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Deep State in panic mode: Putin may have shared devastating information with Trump - and he's not tellingDeep State in panic mode: Putin may have shared devastating information with Trump - and he's not telling
We reported over the weekend that -> The Democrats, Deep State Mueller and Rosenstein and their MSM are doing all they can to prevent President Donald Trump from meeting with Russian President Putin. Why are they so persistent in stopping the President of the US from meeting with Putin? You would think this was a good thing, right? President Trump is planning on meeting with Russian President Putin over the next few days in Finland. These will be the first scheduled meetings between the US President, accused by the Democrats and the Deep State and their MSM of the fake story of colluding with the Russians during the 2016 campaign. The Deep State is going crazy - CNN reports the following - "President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections. Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. The top Democrat in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, tweeted, "@realDonaldTrump must immediately cancel his meeting with Putin." Far left VOX goes as far as to call the meeting a gift for Putin. Corrupt Rosenstein came out Friday with a quickly scheduled presser to announce the indictment of another 12 Russians supposedly who interfered in the 2016 election. The case however, like the prior indictments against Russians, appears weak at best. Numerous observations already over the weekend show the indictments are suspect. So why are the Democrats, the Deep State and the MSM so petrified of President Trump meeting with Putin? The answer is because they are deathly afraid of not what Putin might tell Trump but what evidence Putin might have that would indict their leaders in prior criminal actions. -> We nailed it!
BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Pentagon Launches Global Fake News And Cyberwarfare Campaign to Influence Populations Foreign and DomesticBEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Pentagon Launches Global Fake News And Cyberwarfare Campaign to Influence Populations Foreign and Domestic
The Pentagon is developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations as part of a new effort to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and unfriendly countries, military officials said. The plans, which have not received final approval from the Bush administration, have stirred opposition among some Pentagon officials who say they might undermine the credibility of information that is openly distributed by the Defense Department's public affairs officers. The military has long engaged in information warfare against hostile nations -- for instance, by dropping leaflets and broadcasting messages into Afghanistan when it was still under Taliban rule. But it recently created the Office of Strategic Influence, which is proposing to broaden that mission into allied nations in the Middle East, Asia and even Western Europe. The office would assume a role traditionally led by civilian agencies, mainly the State Department. The small but well-financed Pentagon office, which was established shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was a response to concerns in the administration that the United States was losing public support overseas for its war on terrorism, particularly in Islamic countries.
Russia ready to boost security cooperation with US on Syria, nuclear and moreRussia ready to boost security cooperation with US on Syria, nuclear and more
Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday said it stands ready to step up cooperation with the U.S. on international security matters outlined by President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their Monday summit in Helsinki. "The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of international security reached by Russian and U.S. Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their Monday's summit in Helsinki," Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry said, according to the Russian state-run news agency TASS. Konashenkov said that Russia was ready to enter into discussions about extending the New START Treaty, which places caps on deployable nuclear weapons. As of now, that treaty is set to expire in 2021.
University professor and CNN contributor under fire for praising 'cop-killer' Assata ShakurUniversity professor and CNN contributor under fire for praising 'cop-killer' Assata Shakur
CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill is facing a torrent of criticism over an Instagram post praising Assata Shakur - who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1977 - as "one of our most treasured freedom fighters." The Temple University professor and CNN contributor posted a photograph of Shakur on her 71st birthday, writing that he was praying for her "continued safety and protection" and said that reading her books had changed his life.
BEST OF THE WEB: Trump and Putin strike a glorious blow for peace!BEST OF THE WEB: Trump and Putin strike a glorious blow for peace!
The Vlad and Donald show in Helsinki Monday was simply brilliant and breathtaking - we'd say even a beautiful thing to behold. Between them, they left CNN's nattering nabobs of neocon nonsense sounding like the shrieking monkeys they actually are. And that's to say nothing of the fools they made out of the newly minted liberal and progressive warmongers on the Dem side of the aisle in Washington or the so-called journalists who fill 90% of the space in the so-called mainstream media with endless pro-war propaganda. But most of all it was the single greatest blow to the War Party since it turned Imperial Washington into a colossal menace bent on global hegemony when the Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history in 1991. We have said all along that Putin and Russia have been demonized because the Warfare State desperately needs an "enemy" to justify its $800 billion annual mugging of America's taxpayers. Yet today's spontaneous chorus by the two leaders in behalf of détente, dialogue and diplomacy puts the kibosh on that Big Lie more completely than could 100 Ted Talks or a year's worth of pro-peace op eds in the Washington Post. So Flyover America will have no trouble seeing the good of the Helsinki Summit. Trump and Putin just killed it on every topic where the War Party and its shills in the press wanted to drive a wedge. That is to say, cooperation on Syria, arms control, terrorism, North Korea, Ukraine; friendly competition on supplying natural gas to Europe; an invitation to Mueller to send his legal sleuths to Russia to participate in the interrogation of the 12 GRU ham sandwiches named in the indictment; and best of all, a reciprocal notion that Russian prosecutors come here to question Deep State operatives about how they helped one of the greatest scoundrels of modern times, Bill Browder, abscond from Russia with almost $1.5 billion skimmed from its people and on which he and his posse paid zero taxes either there or here.
More face spasms and brain freezes: Pelosi suffers another face spasm saying 'intelligence'More face spasms and brain freezes: Pelosi suffers another face spasm saying 'intelligence'
"Intelligence" triggers Nancy Pelosi. When the House Minority Leader attempted to say the word today, she suffered a face spasm - just one of several during today's press conference with Intelligence Committee Democrats. While introducing her colleagues, Pelosi said, "I'm very honored to stand, uh, before members of the House Intelligence Committee," suffering a face spasm. She repeated herself - while reading from note cards. "We also want to protect, we also want to protect the Muell- the integrity of the Mueller investigation," Pelosi said.
Judges rule Tommy Robinson to remain behind bars while appeal consideredJudges rule Tommy Robinson to remain behind bars while appeal considered
Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League, is to remain behind bars as three judges consider his appeal against a 13-month prison sentence for contempt of court - which he claims is excessive. Three judges have reserved their decision in the court of appeal after hearing evidence about Robinson's two convictions in Leeds and Canterbury for breaking reporting restrictions. Jeremy Dein QC, representing Robinson, said the sentence imposed on him in Leeds was "manifestly excessive".
SOTT FOCUS: Immigration, Crime and PropagandaSOTT FOCUS: Immigration, Crime and Propaganda
In my previous article on the topic of immigration, I wrote that one of "the destructive consequences of non-integrated mass migration is a rise in crime". I naively thought the connection between migration and crime was obvious. However, after publishing the article, I researched the topic further and realized that, as usual, things are way more complex and interesting than it seems. In the present article we will try to understand the connections, if any, between migration and crime. To do so, we will go through a series of charts, we will interpret them and, more importantly, we will see how those data are often cherry-picked and twisted to serve extremist ideological discourses. First, let's have a look at how migration is perceived. In Europe, immigration has clearly become the most important source of concern among the average citizen. It is ranked higher than terrorism or unemployment. Whether this concern is justified doesn't really matter at this point, because it reveals an important point: a majority of European people are really concerned about immigration into their countries, i.e. there is an emotional load. And we know that heightened emotional states constitute a very fertile ground for hystericization, black and white thinking and extremist ideologies.
French wineries say new warning label requirements will kill 'the soul of France'French wineries say new warning label requirements will kill 'the soul of France'
Labeling bottles with bigger health warnings will turn wine into a "criminal product" and damage "the soul of France", says the group of French top chateaus in response to the plan by the country's health ministry. In an attempt to stop the measure, 64 major French wine producers, including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Yquem, Cheval Blanc, Petrus, Pol Roger and Roederer Champagne houses, have written an open letter, published by the French daily Le Figaro. The proposals to mark the bottles with two-centimeter-wide red tags were sent to industry officials last month. "Every day, our cellars, our domains and chateaus, our winemaking landscapes are welcoming thousands of travelers coming to discover this France, bosom of the art de vivre that is the envy of the world and where wine plays a leading role," the letter reads.
White House press secretary says Trump was answering different question when he said Russia wasn't targeting USWhite House press secretary says Trump was answering different question when he said Russia wasn't targeting US
© RT When he appeared to claim that Russia was no longer a threat to US, Donald Trump was actually saying that he would not field the question asked, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insists. At the end of a press briefing on Wednesday, Trump was asked "Is Russia still targeting the US?" to which Trump said "Thank you very much, no." As the press was being shepherded out, he listened in to several more queries, also dismissing them with a curt "Thank you very much everybody." You can judge the moment for yourself here (approximately 44:30):
European air giant Airbus unveils solar-powered droneEuropean air giant Airbus unveils solar-powered drone
European air giant Airbus on Wednesday unveiled a solar-powered drone called Zephyr that will fly at a high altitude and fulfil the same functions as a satellite. The project was presented at Britain's Farnborough airshow, where Airbus revealed that the Zephyr S took off on July 11 for its maiden flight from Arizona in the United States. "This maiden flight of the Zephyr S aims to prove and demonstrate the aircraft capabilities," Airbus said in a statement. The High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) has a wingspan of 25 metres (82 feet) and weighs less than 25 kilogrammes (55 pounds).
Russian FSB detains former head of Moscow investigations for links to organized crimeRussian FSB detains former head of Moscow investigations for links to organized crime
Russian media reports say the former head of the Moscow branch of Russia's Investigative Committee has been detained until September 12 over alleged links to the bosses of organized criminal groups. General Aleksandr Drymanov, who faces a criminal investigation on allegations of bribe taking, was reportedly arrested by the Federal Security Service (FSB) at his Moscow apartment late on July 16. Interfax reports that he was detained "in a case of accepting bribes by high-ranking officials in exchange for freeing" a notorious criminal. Drymanov's lawyer, Aleksandr Karabanov, was quoted as saying Drymanov was being questioned by the FSB at Moscow's high-security Lefortovo jail. Drymanov resigned in June from his post as the chief of the Moscow Main Investigative Department. Drymanov has denied any wrongdoing, saying that he was "ready for the court battle."
Body cam footage shows Las Vegas cop shooting through his own windshield in high-speed car chaseBody cam footage shows Las Vegas cop shooting through his own windshield in high-speed car chase
Shocking footage has surfaced of a Las Vegas cop shooting through his own windshield in a blazing gun battle and high-speed chase. It came to an end with the suspects' SUV smashing into an elementary school. Police had been on the lookout for the stolen black SUV after a man was shot at a carwash at about 7.30am local time on July 11. He later died in hospital. In the video, released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police on Monday, one officer can be heard yelling "Shots fired! Shots fired!" into his radio as they start to pursue the suspects' car. In an intense, four minute chase the SUV can be seen careering into oncoming traffic.
Trump-Putin summit hysteria shows Western pundits only believe Russian 'propaganda' when it praises TrumpTrump-Putin summit hysteria shows Western pundits only believe Russian 'propaganda' when it praises Trump
The West's double standards toward Russian media have been on full display this week after the hysteria over the Putin-Trump Summit in Helsinki. The Western Mainstream Media routinely characterizes Russian media as "propaganda" on the misleading basis that publicly financed media outlets and those that regularly have exclusive scoops from government figures are supposedly "state-run". The prevailing narrative is that nothing that comes out of Russia should be believed because it might be part of a "Kremlin disinformation operation", whether it concerns Ukraine, Syria, or whatever else might be the topic of the day. Interestingly, that strict "standard" was just contradicted by none other than those same Western Mainstream Media outlets themselves after they reported on Russian media's positive response to the Putin-Trump Summit in Helsinki and hinted that this means that the American President might have committed "treason". The wink-and-a-nod editorial suggestion is that the Kremlin couldn't contain its joy at whatever was secretly agreed between it and the White House behind closed doors, sloppily ordering its "propaganda proxies" to exuberantly sing Trump's praises in what is now being framed as the ultimate "gotcha" moment that supposedly proves that something nefarious happened. This conspiratorial perspective proves just how desperately The Establishment is grasping for straws in order to concoct reasons for Americans to condemn the President for his very successful summit, which in the words of both leaders was a milestone in restoring the previously fraught relations between these two Great Powers. That, however, is precisely what the "deep state" is against because of its ideological opposition to any pragmatic cooperation with Russia.
What, not Russia? Israel's newest big industry is cyber-election meddlingWhat, not Russia? Israel's newest big industry is cyber-election meddling
Those US and British politicians who are bashing Russia for foreign "election meddling" could use a more honest set of talking points. It is Israel, not Russia, China, or North Korea, that hosts a blossoming industry of cyber-election meddlers who operate from corporate offices in Tel Aviv, Cyprus, London, Washington, and Tortola. Most, if not all, of these firms, received their start-up funds from Israeli government-backed business development venture capital funds, some of which are solidly linked to right-wing American financiers like Robert Mercer, Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson, and Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. The US media, subjected to a constant barrage of pressure from the all-powerful Israel Lobby, has refrained from reporting that when it comes to provable election meddling, including social media campaigns to smear politicians, Israel has become the "go to" place for politicians to seek election victory through guile and deceit. Israel "beta-tested" its social media manipulation software tools when, in 2006, it premiered "Give Israel Your United Support" (GIYUS) program and its associated Megaphone desktop computer article and commentary monitoring tool. The Israelis wanted to influence any bad press it received because of its 2006 surprise attack on Lebanon. Pro-Israeli volunteers around the world, who became known as "hasbara trolls," disrupted web sites take a number through various means. Options included the use of profanity on forums and chat rooms, especially toward the original poster of an item. But more than often, the infiltration took the form of posting extraneous information to detour the commentary thread away from uncomfortable subjects and promoting Israeli propaganda posted by dubious websites connected to the Israeli state.
Hawaiian telescope detected asteroid over Africa five hours before entering atmosphereHawaiian telescope detected asteroid over Africa five hours before entering atmosphere
This week, a team of scientists announced that a University of Hawaii telescope took images of a harmless asteroid that exploded over Africa five hours before it entered the Earth's atmosphere on June 2. The university's Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope took photos of the asteroid, which was named 2018 LA. Even though the asteroid was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey telescope in Arizona a few hours later that same day, ATLAS played a major role in pinpointing the asteroid's final destination over Botswana, where its atmospheric entry was captured by security camera footage. "Prior to the ATLAS measurement, impact predictions showed 2018 LA hitting the Earth anywhere from Madagascar to the South Pacific - a range spanning almost half Earth's southern hemisphere," a July 13 University of Hawaii blog post stated.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow leads 100,000 in procession remembering 100th anniversary of Romanov martyrdomPatriarch Kirill of Moscow leads 100,000 in procession remembering 100th anniversary of Romanov martyrdom
About 100,000 pilgrims led by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, have walked 21 kilometers in a solemn procession commemorating the 100th anniversary of the killing of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family. The procession covered the distance between the Yekaterinburg Church of All Saints, built on the place of the house where Romanovs were killed in 1918, and the Monastery in the Name of Saint Regal Martyrs which now marks the site of the Romanovs' grave, or rather the site where their killers dumped the bodies in an abandoned mine. Patriarch Kirill walked together with the rest of the believers who came to honor the memory of the last Russian Tsar on the 100th anniversary of the killing. Overall, the procession lasted about 4 hours, TASS agency reported. In the monastery, Patriarch Kirill held a solemn mass in honor of the last Russian monarch, his wife and children killed by Bolshevik executioners on July 17, 1918.
Whoopi Goldberg stokes hysteria, calls for Homeland Security intervention because Trump met with PutinWhoopi Goldberg stokes hysteria, calls for Homeland Security intervention because Trump met with Putin
As pundits across the US continue their descent into rage over President Donald Trump's "treasonous" meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Whoopi Goldberg has called on Homeland Security to intervene. Speaking on 'The View' on Monday, Goldberg and her fellow presenters competed to see who could be the most enraged about Trump's behavior at the Helsinki summit with Putin. John McCain's daughter Megan got the most words in, addressing National Security Advisor John Bolton and the Trump administration. "Are you an America first, do you not believe in genocide? Or are you going to allow the chemical gassing of children right now?" Comment: Megan must have missed the little detail that OPCW found no traces of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria. She's apparently afflicted with the same denial of reality as her father.
Fox News legal analyst and attorney schools Deep State shill John Brennan for calling Trump's meeting with Putin an impeachable offenseFox News legal analyst and attorney schools Deep State shill John Brennan for calling Trump's meeting with Putin an impeachable offense
Former CIA Director-turned-Twitter-troll, John Brennan went way off the rails Monday, calling Trump's presser with Putin an impeachable offense. Brennan claimed Trump's presser with Putin exceeded the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors" then said it was "nothing short of treasonous." Brennan promptly got schooled by attorney Gregg Jarrett.
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 50 days in a row Arctic temperatures below normalAdapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 50 days in a row Arctic temperatures below normal
From the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) it is now more than 50 Days in a Row Arctic Temperatures Below Normal. This is the entire 80N latitude to the North Pole 90N across the entire top of our planet. Hard to believe its the hottest year ever with these numbers, additionally sea surface temperatures are not showing signs of extreme heat. Difficult to have a hot planet without hot oceans. Sources
A lesson in diplomacy 101 versus politics writ smallA lesson in diplomacy 101 versus politics writ small
The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence. Though I voted for Trump, I've never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+. Both presidents started with the basic truth. Putin: The Cold War is ancient history. Nobody in Russia (putting himself in this category) wants that kind of enmity again. It is best for Russia, for America, and for everybody else if the two find areas of agreement or forbearance. Trump: Relations between the globe's major nuclear powers have never been this bad-especially since some Americans are exacerbating existing international differences for domestic partisan gain. For the sake of peace and adjustment of differences where those exist and adjustment is possible, Trump is willing to pay a political cost to improve those relations (if, indeed further enraging his enemies is a cost rather than a benefit). In short, this was a classic statement of diplomatic positions and a drawing of spheres of influence.
Lisa Page testimony rats out top FBI officials: Bureau bosses covered up evidence CHINA hacked Hillary's top secret emailsLisa Page testimony rats out top FBI officials: Bureau bosses covered up evidence CHINA hacked Hillary's top secret emails
Former top FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified during two days of closed-door House hearings, revealing shocking new Intel against her old bosses at the Bureau, according the well-placed FBI sources. Alarming new details on allegations of a bureau-wide cover up. Or should we say another bureau-wide cover up. The embattled Page tossed James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Bill Priestap among others under the Congressional bus, alleging the upper echelon of the FBI concealed intelligence confirming Chinese state-backed 'assets' had illegally acquired former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 30,000+ "missing" emails, federal sources said. The Russians didn't do it. The Chinese did, according to well-placed FBI sources. And while Democratic lawmakers and the mainstream media prop up Russia as America's boogeyman, it was the ironically Chinese who acquired Hillary's treasure trove of classified and top secret intelligence from her home-brewed private server. And a public revelation of that magnitude - publicizing that a communist world power intercepted Hillary's sensitive and top secret emails - would have derailed Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes. Overnight. But it didn't - simply because it was concealed.
US Sec of State Pompeo to testify before the Senate on RussiaUS Sec of State Pompeo to testify before the Senate on Russia
The reason for the upcoming testimony hasn't been revealed yet, while Pompeo himself has yet to comment on the information. Republican Senator Bob Corker has announced that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to testify on Russia before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week. According to the senator, the White House "got to be reeling" after the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, the reason for the testimony, as well as the exact date, remains unknown. Neither the US State Department, nor the White House or Pompeo himself have commented on the issue yet. The development comes a day after the US president and Pompeo returned from Helsinki, where the first one-on-one meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin took place. The talks were dedicated to a number of pressing issues, including the alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential vote, Syria, gas supplies to Europe, the Iranian nuclear deal. While the presidents hailed the summit as successful and productive, the joint press conference of the heads of state sparked criticism among many current and former US officials. Particularly, ex-CIA chief Brennan lashed out at Trump, calling his performance "treasonous," while Senator Lindsey Graham slammed the speech as a "missed opportunity" to hold Russia accountable for the alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
Israeli Knesset: Prime Minister and Defense Minister stripped of right to start warIsraeli Knesset: Prime Minister and Defense Minister stripped of right to start war
Until Tuesday, the two officials could have started a war without additional authorization. Israeli members of Parliament have revised earlier legislation that allowed the prime minister and minister of defense to make a decision together to start a war, according to the press service of the Knesset, Israel's parliamentary body. The majority of the MPs have reportedly voted in favor of a new law that delegates that war power to the Security Cabinet - a forum of key government officials. "It is appropriate that a decision of the Ministerial Committee regarding starting a war or taking significant military action that may at a high level of certainty lead to war be adopted by as wide a panel as possible," the latest amendment says.
English astronomer reports photographing more noctilucent clouds in past six weeks than last three yearsEnglish astronomer reports photographing more noctilucent clouds in past six weeks than last three years
It looks like the 2018 noctilucent cloud season is drawing to a close, writes Stuart Atkison. The season runs from the beginning of June through to the end of July, but after a flurry of activity, when we saw noctilucent clouds shining and glowing blue in the northern sky for almost ten nights in a row, there have been no major displays for the past week. Although it's possible we may see more displays - and we still haven't had a jaw-droppingly spectacular 'storm' yet - 2018 might be past its best. If it is, we can't complain; I've seen and photographed more NLC displays in the past six weeks than in the last three years. But we'll see what happens. Keep an eye on the northern sky on any and every clear night over what's left of July, just in case the season decides to go out with a bang.
Democrat insanity: What did Trump promise Putin? Bring Putin's interpreter to Congress for interrogationDemocrat insanity: What did Trump promise Putin? Bring Putin's interpreter to Congress for interrogation
Did Donald Trump secretly surrender America to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki? Suspicious Democrats want to know the truth by bringing the State Department interpreter to testify before Congress. The first direct Trump-Putin talks on Monday were savaged by the critics. The US president was branded a "traitor" and "Putin's poodle," with political opponents and some members of his own party accusing him of "siding with the enemy." Trump predictably took a lot of flak for the statements he made during the press conference after the talks ended. But what did he and Putin actually discuss at their two-hour meeting? Some Democrats are keen to find out, and suggest his interpreter should clear things up. The idea was initially voiced by Congressman Joe Kennedy III. "Trump's translator should come before Congress and testify as to what was said privately immediately," he tweeted shortly after the president parted ways with Putin in Helsinki. The call to subpoena the interpreter was picked up by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who said the State Department official will "uncover" what Putin and Trump discussed privately and help determine what the US president "shared with or promised Putin on our behalf."
It was all for Bibi: Netanyahu thanks Trump-Putin summit for discussing Israel's securityIt was all for Bibi: Netanyahu thanks Trump-Putin summit for discussing Israel's security
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hailed Israel's relations with the US and Russia after Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin said that the Jewish state's security concerns were discussed during their summit in Helsinki. The prime minister's office released a statement applauding both nations shortly after Putin and Trump concluded their meeting on Monday. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the deep commitment of the United States and President Trump to Israel's security, as expressed in the meeting between President Trump and President Putin. The friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger," the statement said, adding that Netanyahu "also greatly appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russia and President Putin's clear position on the need to implement the 1974 separation agreements between Israel and Syria." The Russian president told reporters during a joint press conference that his US counterpart had raised the issue of Israel's security during their talks. Trump added that both leaders had consulted with Netanyahu regarding "the safety of Israel" before heading into the summit. However, Trump dodged a question asking about specific agreements between the US and Russia regarding Israel's security.
Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Greenland the Summer that never was: Shifting jet streams?Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Greenland the Summer that never was: Shifting jet streams?
Shifting jetstreams seem to be causing new climate patterns to form, pronounced effects are being seen in Greenland where July snows and incredibly late freezes have left migrating and nesting birds no open ground. The usual migratory stop over is covered in snow. Add to this, 60% losses of blueberries in Nova Scotia, 45% price increases in Balsamic Vinegar due to European grape losses and you can see why hail nets are the new norm for crops and our world is woefully unprepared for these changes. Sources
Tucker Carlson: Those who made Trump buckle are the same people who ravage the US and world nationsTucker Carlson: Those who made Trump buckle are the same people who ravage the US and world nations
The fallout from the Helsinki Summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has never seemed so dire. Where before the summit Trump had support from many GOP members and even a good proportion of the anchors and reports at Fox and other conservative-leaning news outlets, the last twenty-four hours saw a radical change. Even the supportive Fox News website is full of criticism that is almost identical to the cries of "Treason!" given by former CIA director and now CNN-hack James Clapper. Very little objective analysis is featured on this network that prides itself on fair and balanced reporting. The outrage escalated to such a pitch that Mr. Trump actually caved slightly, by making a carefully worded statement that he "misspoke" in Helsinki about the likelihood of Russia committing election meddling. It takes a slightly careful and fully heard listening to his statement to realize that he really isn't giving up his position, but just stating it differently. However, the optics of being "broken" by the opposition raise for some the spectre of the great power of the American Intelligence community and their ability to make or destroy anyone they wish.
Tory rebels threatened with election if they oppose May's Brexit planTory rebels threatened with election if they oppose May's Brexit plan
Theresa May cowed fellow Tories into backing a vote on her post-Brexit customs plan as she told them they would otherwise face a general election, which could ultimately catapult Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10, the Times reports. In one of her most challenging days as a PM, the Tory leader on Thursday night just narrowly managed to scrape through a crunch parliamentary vote on her customs plan - which would see the UK leaving the EU customs union. An amendment by 12 Tory MPs which would have kept Britain within the union was defeated by 307-301 thanks to four Labour Brexiteers who sided with the government. According to a source cited by the Times, Tory Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher told rebel MPs they would be responsible for a vote of no confidence if May's plan was shot down. Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, two votes of no confidence in two weeks can trigger a general election.
Israel preps for large-scale offensive in GazaIsrael preps for large-scale offensive in Gaza
The state of Israel has given Hamas until Friday to stop its flaming kite attacks on Israeli territory. The report comes as Israel's Parliament has stripped the prime minister of the right to declare war. Israeli leadership has reportedly instructed the country's military forces to prepare to invade the Gaza Strip if the flaming kite attacks don't cease by this week, according to a Channel 10 news report cited by The Times of Israel. According to the report, Israel has given Hamas until Friday to stop its flaming kite and balloon attacks; if Hamas fails to comply with the demand, Israel might decide it has no choice but to start a large-scale military operation.
Trump: Discussed ME with Putin, made progress on conflictsTrump: Discussed ME with Putin, made progress on conflicts
US President Donald Trump has said that he discussed the Middle East conflicts with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and said he hoped that at some point Iran would call him and say "let's make a deal". Speaking from the White House a day after meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Trump said that US-Russia relations have never been in a worse place, but that relations had "gotten substantially better" since meeting the Russian leader and could improve more in the future. Trump said he and Putin discussed several Middle East subjects, "starting with the civil war in Syria and the need for humanitarian aid." Syria was discussed in the context of "long-term security of Israel," the US president added. "We also spoke of Iran and the need to halt the nuclear ambitions and destabilizing activities taking place in Iran," he said, pointing out that recent US rejection of the 2015 nuclear deal has "had a major impact on Iran. It's substantially weakened Iran." Trump said he was hoping that Tehran "will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal."
SC Mueller seeks immunity/secrecy for 5 witnesses against Manafort; is it to protect the Podesta brothers?SC Mueller seeks immunity/secrecy for 5 witnesses against Manafort; is it to protect the Podesta brothers?
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is asking a federal judge to grant immunity to five witnesses who may be called to testify at the upcoming trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud. Mueller's prosecutors did not identify the potential witnesses publicly, but said they had indicated they would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights unless they were given immunity. "The five individuals identified in the motions at issue are third parties who have not been charged in this matter, and who have not been identified publicly with the case," prosecutors wrote. "Disclosing the motions would reveal those individuals' involvement in the investigation and the trial, thereby creating the risk of their undue harassment. Such concern potentially would be heightened by the additional revelation that they have invoked their privilege against self-incrimination and may be granted immunity from the use against them of any compelled testimony." That description seems to fit the profiles of John Podesta and brother Tony, two of the patron saints in the Democratic party who have been linked to the Manafort case yet never charged. Uncanny. Wouldn't it be just like Mueller - and his team of partisan Democratic lawyers - to make sure they couldn't be prosecuted? Absolutely.
Russian prosecutors want to interrogate US officials and ex-envoy over Browder caseRussian prosecutors want to interrogate US officials and ex-envoy over Browder case
William Browder, founder of UK-based Hermitage Capital Management investment fund, is wanted in Russia for various offenses, including tax evasion, since 2013. The Office of Russian Attorney General is poised to send an official request to the United States' authorities to question a number of US officials and intelligence agents, including the former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, as part of a criminal case against Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder. "As part of the investigation of one of the criminal cases against William Browder and his criminal group, we're ready to send another request to the US authorities to grant us permission to question these very employees of the US intelligence agencies, as well as a number of other US government officials and businessmen, in order to charge them for the crimes committed by Browder," Alexander Kurennoy, spokesman for the Russia's Office of Prosecutor General, said. According to him, the list of people sought by Moscow for questioning includes "employees of the US National Security Agency - Todd Hyman, who signed under an oath a lawsuit filed in the US court on behalf of Browder, Svetlana Engert, who took from Russia the stolen materials from the criminal case, Alexander Shvartsman, who was Browder's handler while he was in the US."
Russia continues dumping the dollar by liquidating its Treasury holdings to 11-year lowRussia continues dumping the dollar by liquidating its Treasury holdings to 11-year low
Russia is continuing to diversify state reserves away from US debt. The latest data from the US Treasury shows that Russia's share hit an 11-year minimum and totaled only $14.9 billion. The share of US sovereign debt bonds in Russia's portfolio has been reduced dramatically in recent months. Russia held $96.1 billion in US Treasuries in March before selling half its holdings in April, dropping to 22nd place among major foreign holders of American treasury securities at $48.7 billion. In 2010, Russia was among the top 10 holders of US Treasuries at $176.3 billion. With its holdings falling to $14.9 billion in May, the country is now below the $30 billion threshold for inclusion on the Treasury Department's monthly report of major holders. On Tuesday, the Treasury released a list of 33 countries which includes the biggest holder China to the smallest Chile. Russia is no longer on the list.
Powerful dust devil sweeps through baseball field in Oak Grove, MissouriPowerful dust devil sweeps through baseball field in Oak Grove, Missouri
A little league team's post-championship game photo shoot was interrupted by a dust devil that swept onto the baseball diamond. Heather Bunting, who captured video of the whirlwind, said her 10-year-old son, Adin, and his team were posing for pictures in Oak Grove when they were upstaged by the weather. "We had just gotten done taking pictures of the boys with their parents and trophies, and all of a sudden, my son said, 'coach, look over there!'" Bunting told WDAF-TV.
Number of Muslim-Americans running for office hits post-9/11 highNumber of Muslim-Americans running for office hits post-9/11 high
There has been a surge in the number of Muslim-Americans launching their bids for national and statewide offices, analysts say, crediting the Trump administration's policies with sparking the moment. The primary season ahead of the November midterm elections is in full swing, and it has already broken some records. AP reported, citing Jetpac, a non-profit company assisting Muslim-American candidates, that 90 Muslim-Americans initially stood for statewide and nationwide offices in this year's elections. The number represents a record high, never seen after the 9/11 terrorist attacks eroded the trust of Americans in their fellow citizens of Islamic faith. Not all of them have crossed the first threshold on the way to become elected officials. Only some 50 are still standing in their respective races after primaries. In some states, like Michigan, primaries are yet to take place and may see the number of Muslim-American candidates plummeting further. Still, 50 is a huge increase from about a dozen Muslim-Americans that ran for office in 2016, the report notes. If they all succeed, Congress may receive up to nine new Muslim members.
Scottish photographer captures noctilucent clouds over EdinburghScottish photographer captures noctilucent clouds over Edinburgh
Noctilucent clouds, which can only be seen at night when lit up by the setting sun for a few weeks each year, were caught on camera by photographer Tom Duffin, 48. Mr Duffin had to stay up until 1am to get the perfect shot of the uniquely positioned clouds, which form five times higher than normal cloud level - 50 miles above ground level. The Scottish photographer set up shop in both urban and rural locations to make sure he got the perfect shots - gazing out on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and looking out on the Firth of Forth estuary. Mr Duffin said: "The noctilucent clouds only appear during the two weeks either side of the longest day of the year, and even then only every four to five days.
One of Jupiter's newly discovered moons is an oddityOne of Jupiter's newly discovered moons is an oddity
If we were to host a system-wide beauty contest among the planets and accepted natural satellites as a valid skill, Jupiter would have a pretty unfair advantage. Nothing against Earth's beautiful Luna, but according to The Verge the number of confirmed moons around Jupiter is now up to 79, thanks to ten - or 12, depending on who's counting and how - recent confirmations by the International Astronomical Union. The moons were first discovered along with two others early in 2017 by astronomers at Carnegie Institute for Science who were looking for objects beyond Pluto. The moons are small compared to our own and compared to others that orbit Jupiter, with diameters ranging between less than a mile and two miles wide. According to the data, the 12 Jovian moons are divided into two main groups. There are two moons close to the planet that are spinning in the same direction. Further out, there are nine moons that are spinning in the opposite direction. Near those nine is one moon that likes to move to the beat of its own and, like the two closer to Jupiter, has a rotation that mimics its host planet.
Trump: 'Haters' who criticized meeting with Putin suffer from Trump Derangement SyndromeTrump: 'Haters' who criticized meeting with Putin suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome
In a fresh tweet President Donald Trump has said some people would rather "go to war" than see him getting along with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. He added that the "haters" merely want "a boxing match." Starting the morning with a fresh post, Trump gave credit to his press conference following a landmark gathering with Putin in Finland on Monday. "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki," he said. Trump then gave his take on the negotiations with Putin, and the apparent "haters," who he suggested suffered from "Trump Derangement Syndrome!"
Man kicked out of Trump-Putin summit accuses media of lying, says he asked question about Israel's nuclear arsenalMan kicked out of Trump-Putin summit accuses media of lying, says he asked question about Israel's nuclear arsenal
Political activist and writer Sam Husseini, who was ousted from a joint media conference by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, accuses the media of lying about his goal at the event. He had a question about Israel's nuclear arsenal. Husseini, a contributor to The Nation who also wrote for a number of major media outlets as well as the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), was evicted from a media conference held by the two presidents on Tuesday in Helsinki. The news agency Associated Press (AP) quoted him as saying that he had a question "on Syria's nuclear policy" and the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia. Husseini says AP misquoted him and that he wanted to hear Putin's and Trump's opinion on Israel's clandestine nuclear arsenal, the existence of which the Jewish state neither acknowledges nor denies. In further tweets Husseini called the AP story by Jari Tanner a "piece of crap" that has spread to other media outlets. He added his ousting from the event was falsely attributed by many to Russian officials, while in fact the decision was made by Finnish security. The statement even made it to his Wikipedia page.
Elon Musk and other tech leaders pledge to never build killer robotsElon Musk and other tech leaders pledge to never build killer robots
Elon Musk and other tech leaders have pledged never to build killer robots, possibly halting the chances of a future a Skynet-type disaster. This is the first time AI bigwigs have pledged not to develop lethal autonomous weapons. Musk, the three co-founders of Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind, Skype founder Jaan Tallinn, and other giants of the tech industry signed the pledge, published Wednesday at the 2018 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Stockholm. The agreement was coordinated by the Future of Life Institute (FLI), a Boston-based organization that supports research and initiatives to safeguard life, particularly the risk faced by advanced artificial intelligence. The letter warns that, with AI "poised to play an increasing role in military systems," citizens and lawmakers urgently need to "distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable uses of AI."
Missing 411? Search for Colorado hiker continues with K-9 units, aerial supportMissing 411? Search for Colorado hiker continues with K-9 units, aerial support
For a third day, San Miguel County Search and Rescue, Sheriff's deputies and a cadre of citizen volunteers combed the wilderness area around and on Iron Mountain, where Tim Cannon had reportedly spent Sunday hiking. On Wednesday, a private K-9 search and rescue unit from Dolores joined the search party. As of press time Wednesday afternoon, there was still no sign of the missing man. Cannon, 55, left his home early Sunday morning, telling his wife, Amy, he would be hiking up Iron Mountain. When he failed to return, Amy's pre-dawn call to 911 on Monday kicked off what has become and extended search for the longtime local. Considered an experienced hiker, Cannon is assumed to have appropriate gear for a day hike, and knowledge of his surroundings. His car was found parked at the Deep Creek Road and Last Dollar Road intersection.
Syrian Kurds prepping a team for talks with DamascusSyrian Kurds prepping a team for talks with Damascus
The Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) plans for talks with the government come on the heels of the Helsinki summit meeting between Presidents Putin and Trump, where the two men focused extensively on the Syrian conflict and ways to resolve the country's ongoing humanitarian crisis. The political arm of the SDF, a Kurdish-dominated militia group which controls much of northern and eastern Syria, is working to create a negotiating team for possible talks with the Assad government, key Syrian Democratic Council figure Hekmat Habib has told AFP. "One of the meeting's aims is to create a platform to negotiate with the Syrian regime, "Habib said. "This platform will represent all areas in the autonomous administration and all areas held by the SDF," he added, without providing more details. Members of the Syrian Democratic Council, the SDF's political arm, met in the northern Syrian town of Tabqa on Monday for discussions on a number of issues, including the possibility of negotiations with Damascus.
Trump statement: No, Russia isn't targeting USTrump statement: No, Russia isn't targeting US
US President Donald Trump has said Russia is not targeting the US and reiterated that nobody has been as tough on Moscow as he has. Speaking following a Wednesday cabinet meeting, Trump shook his head and said "no" when asked by a reporter if Russia was still targeting the US. "There's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia," he said adding that Putin "knows it better than the media."
Tucker Carlson: 'Mexico interferes in US elections more successfully than Russia'Tucker Carlson: 'Mexico interferes in US elections more successfully than Russia'
Forget Vladimir Putin and Russian hackers - according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson Mexico interferes more successfully in American elections, by "packing" the US electorate with its citizens. "I don't think Russia is our close friend or anything like that," Carlson said, discussing President Donald Trump's summit with Putin on Fox Monday. "Of course they try to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do. Some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate." Hispanic immigrants traditionally vote Democrat, a party seen as softer on border control and more generous to immigrants. Republicans, including several officials within the Trump administration, have repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants often vote in US elections.
Corbyn-critic John Woodcock quitting as Labour MP - alleges 'manipulated' sexual harassment probeCorbyn-critic John Woodcock quitting as Labour MP - alleges 'manipulated' sexual harassment probe
Suspended MP John Woodcock, a long-time critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn has resigned from the Labour party, citing dissatisfaction with the handling of a sexual harassment case brought against him by a female staffer. Woodcock, the MP for Barrow and Furness, told the Labour leader of his decision on Wednesday, claiming in his letter that the investigation "process has been manipulated for factional purposes." In his letter he also states that Corbyn would be a "clear risk to UK national security as prime minister," if Labour gained power and that "anti-Semitism is being tolerated" - insisting the party "has been taken over at nearly every level by the hard left.
US author writing book about grandfather, Lithuanian national hero, now campaigns for his role in collaborating with Nazis to be recognizedUS author writing book about grandfather, Lithuanian national hero, now campaigns for his role in collaborating with Nazis to be recognized
A US author who promised to write a book about her grandfather, a Lithuanian national hero, is now campaigning for his role in slaughtering Jews and collaborating with the Nazis to be recognized. Jonas Noreika is honored in modern Lithuania as a hero, a resistance fighter who fought both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia and was persecuted by each side. There is a plaque in his memory on one of the buildings in the capital Vilnius, where his name is displayed next to his nom-de-guerre - Generolas Vėtra, or General Storm. Silvia Foti is a US fiction writer and maternal granddaughter of Noreika. On her mother's deathbed she promised her that she would finish a book about her grandfather, a patriot and a hero, as he was described in family lore. She went to Lithuania to learn more about his heroic deeds, but was shocked to discover a darker aspect to the family history.
SOTT FOCUS: Joe Quinn on Sputnik: 'Deep State Wants Trump to Acknowledge Russian Collusion, Thus Undermine His Own Presidency'SOTT FOCUS: Joe Quinn on Sputnik: 'Deep State Wants Trump to Acknowledge Russian Collusion, Thus Undermine His Own Presidency'
Commenting on the arrest of Maria Butina on charges that she was an agent of the Russian government, the Russian ambassador to the US accused American intelligence agencies of "hunting" Russians abroad. Speaking to Sputnik, political commentator Joe Quinn explained why Butina's alleged activities may have touched a nerve among the US deep state. Transcript Sputnik: Maria Butina's lawyer has called the charges against her a misuse of law. How justified are the charges, in your view? Joe Quinn: Butina is effectively a lobbyist for her 'right to bear arms' organization in Russia, and also for her patron I suppose - Alexander Torshin. And sure, Torshin might have some kind of shady dealings in his history, but they're no worse than many other US and European politicians. The allegations that Butina and Torshin were trying to network in the US are probably true. They may have also have had some small or ineffective attempts to establish contacts between Team Trump and Russia. But that's kind of par for the course in politics, in both the US and Russia, not to mention around the world. There's no reason to believe that Butina and Torshin wanted anything other than to have improved relations between the US and Russia - between the then-incoming Trump administration and Russia. For the 'deep state', the forces that run the US behind the scenes, that's a serious crime - trying to establish positive relations between the US and Russia.
Arctic island's mysterious stone spheresArctic island's mysterious stone spheres
Giant natural balls in the Franz Josef archipelago that leave scientists flummoxed. The huge stone balls up to two metres in height are found on appropriately-named Champ island above the polar circle. Perfectly spherical they are scattered all over this northern uninhabited outpost. We reveal the latest pictures of this remarkable sight as the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is played 2,842 kilometres to the south in Russian capital Moscow.