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Goodbye My Friend, Walter Jones

John J. Duncan, Jr. Feb 16, 2019

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I just retired after serving 30 years in the US House of Representatives and 16 years before that as a lawyer and Judge. I have to say, of all the great men and women with whom I have worked during my career, Walter Jones was one of the best.
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Hate-Fest in Warsaw

Eric Margolis Feb 16, 2019

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Warsaw, Poland is not a fun place to visit in darkest February, but that is where the US just staged an anti-Iranian jamboree of 60 client states that brought derision and scorn from Europeans and much of the Mideast.

The point of this cynical exercise was to lay the diplomatic groundwork for an anti-Iranian coalition to act as a fig-leaf for an upcoming attack on Iran planned by President Donald Trump and his close ally, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

The real question is who is calling the shots in bleak Warsaw, Trump or Bibi Netanyahu?  It seems to many that the Israeli tail is again wagging the American dog.

This is thanks to the power of America’s born-again evangelicals, hoodwinked into believing that a Greater Israel is somehow a key part of the Second Coming of Christ.

A Fox News poll this week finds that a quarter of these credulous folks believe that God actually summoned Donald Trump to become president.  This may even be more than the number of Americans who believe that Elvis is still alive.  More proof that the Republicans have pretty much become a theological party.
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Real ‘Obscene Masquerade’: How BBC Depicted Staged Hospital Scenes as Proof of Douma Chemical Attack

Vanessa Beeley Feb 16, 2019

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In an extraordinary turn of events, corporate media appears to have been exposed again as an extension of state foreign policy, by a member of the establishment media cabal, manufacturing consent for regime change in Syria.

Riam Dalati is on the BBC production team based in Beirut and describes himself, on his Twitter page, as an “esteemed colleague” of Quentin Sommerville, the BBC’s Middle East correspondent. Dalati broke ranks with his UK Government-aligned media, on Twitter, to announce that “after almost 6 months of investigation, I can prove, without a doubt, that the Douma hospital scene was staged.”

The scenes in question are those manufactured by the White Helmet pseudo-humanitarian group and activists affiliated to Jaish al-Islam, the extremist armed group in charge of Douma at the time of the alleged chemical weapon attack on April 7, 2018. The scenes of children being hosed down, following a “chemical attack” were immediately accepted as credible and appeared alongside sensationalist headlines in most Western media outlets, including the BBC, CNN and Channel 4. Simon Tisdall of the Guardian wrote an opinion piece, with the headline ‘After Douma the West’s response to Syria regime must be military’ – only two days after Douma, effectively calling for all out war.
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Medium Is The Message: Ilhan Omar, Social Media, And Making News

Feb. 14 - Democratic US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) set off a firestorm on Sunday with a one-line Tweet on a third rail topic. The aftermath continues four days later. Canadian philosopher and public intellectual Marshal McLuhan famously observed that "the medium is the message." How is messaging changing with the advent of such radically different mediums? Is news/reality accelerating? Ludwig von Mises Institute President Jeff Deist joins the discussion...in today's Liberty Report:



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Lew Rockwell Calls ‘Baloney’ on Claim Iran is a National Security Threat to the United States
Asked in a recent panel discussion at the RT show CrossTalk if Iran is a national security threat to the United States, Ludwig von Mises Institute Founder and Chairman Lew Rockwell answered that that claim is ‘baloney’ used for “justifying imperialism.”
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McAdams: Senate Finds 'No Collusion' Between Trump and Russia - Now What?
RPI Director Daniel McAdams joined RT America's "Watching the Hawks" program today to discuss yesterday's bombshell report that the Senate Intelligence Committee has nearly completed its two year investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that it could find no evidence. As McAdams points out, this conclusion was hardly a surprise to many independent news and analysis sources but the damage has already been done: on the excuse of ferreting out "Russian influence" the media and social media companies have built a largely US government-funded Orwellian censorship network that isn't about to be unwound now that the basis for creating it has been proven false. Watch the interview below...
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Venezuela: Politics of Regime Change ‘Dangerous & Inhumane’ - Daniel McAdams
RPI's Daniel McAdams joins RT America to discuss Marco Rubio's crocodile tears over suffering in Venezuela. After supporting the sanctions that contributed to Venezuela's economic decline, he's pointing to that decline as an excuse for regime change. Also - at what point do people demonstrating in the street gain the legitimacy to overthrow an election?
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Where Greens and Libertarians Can Agree
On Saturday, officers of the Maine state Green Independent and Libertarian parties held a press conference announcing the parties’ ten areas of agreement. The two parties note in a joint statement that the ten areas of agreement are related to the parties’ effort to work together in areas where they agree. The ten areas of agreement regard pursuing a more peaceful foreign policy, greater respect for individual rights, a more open elections process, and an end to corporate welfare.
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Staying in Syria, Tulsi Gabbard, Acres of Hemp, Marianne Williamson, Mushroom Decrim
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.
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