By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Yesterday, I heard that gas was going to drop sixteen cents a gallon over the next couple of weeks and I thought that was odd. This morning that was nullified because Iran decided to torpedo two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and you can bet that Russia and China were in the wings egging them on. The United States is saying the acts of war are ‘highly likely’ to be from Iran. Ya think? Oil prices immediately spiked four percent.
This is surely an opening salvo in an attempt at shutting down the Straights of Hormuz and to cut off international oil flow. As I understand from close friends, the US will probably not attack Iran directly over this… opting instead to attack them covertly to take out the subs that did this, etc. It’s a good thing it wasn’t left up to me. I would have counseled them to attack Iran right now and take out whatever facilities they could while having special ops teams eliminate their leadership – or at least those they could get at. Hit them hard when they least expect it because believe me we are now in a hot war and many will die if we fail to act.
The Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair had a fireball explode from their decks as they were torpedoed. It caused three explosions and the crew was forced to abandon ship. The Taiwanese oil refiner which chartered the Marshall Islands-flagged Altair said the ship was ‘suspected of being hit by a torpedo’. Sailors on the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous also had to jump ship after it was hit by another explosion. The owner says the ship was hit twice over a three-hour period. A limpet mine is suspected. The attacks have left the Middle East on high alert and on the precipice of WWIII.
This happened just weeks after Saudi tankers were attacked in a mysterious act of sabotage off the UAE coast which Washington believes was the work of Iran. Iran admitted those attacks and it doesn’t take a military genius to see they are behind these escalated attacks as well. Warning that the Gulf’s waters are ‘becoming unsafe’, tanker industry chief Paolo d’Amico stated that “the oil supply to the entire Western world could be at risk” as 30 percent of the world’s crude oil passes through the area.
— Mirror Breaking News (@MirrorBreaking_) June 13, 2019
By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times
When Donald Trump, Jr. recently told Fox News that the 2020 election would be “about communism versus freedom,” he was not exaggerating.
The United States’ four major communist groups: Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS), Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) (and its close affiliate LeftRoots), and America’s largest Marxist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), are all working together in the innocuously named “Left Inside/Outside Project” to mobilize their 65,000-plus members to take over the Democratic Party.
Lest the word “socialist” in their names fool you, the first four groups support the People’s Republic of China, while DSA is allied to several European communist parties, including the former Stalinist East German ruling party now known as Die Linke.
The Marxist takeover of an existing mainstream politic party in a First World Western country should not be easy.
When the Trotskyist group “Militant Tendency” tried to infiltrate the British Labour Party in the 1970s and 1980s, the media and Labour moderates exposed the Marxists and they were expelled from the party. Unfortunately, in the United States today, the infiltration is on a much larger scale and neither the mainstream media nor the Democratic Party seems at all interested in exposing or countering it.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
Let’s start calling it what it is and it is profitable at epic levels. We cannot overlook that the Syrian refugees were also smuggled in, so there is no longer much separating the United States from Europe in this human crisis and yet Congress is not acting.
Senator Lindsey Graham at least introduced a bill to address the asylum issue but is there a Democrat on the House side that has visited the border or introduced anything? Silence…
Arrests at the southwest border increased for the fourth straight month in May as authorities continued to grapple with an unprecedented influx of migrants from Central America. 132,887 people were arrested between ports of entry last month, up from 99,304 migrants in April, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection released Wednesday.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
Let’s take a look, shall we?
- He pardoned several felons just last month including those that committed grand theft, solicited a murder for hire operation in a street gang network, and even forgery.
- There is a growing homeless problem that is so far out of control the Center for Disease Control should declare several cities/counties a threat to public safety for disease control and prevention. In fact, the CDC spends more than $3 million out of their California office and most of that is earmarked for Los Angeles.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Well, if you weren’t incensed over the censorship and bannings at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube before… maybe this will get you there. Pinterest had a whistleblower out them over censorship of pro-lifers, Christians, and conservatives. Project Veritas has exposed them and now the crap has hit the fan. This is all out war and it won’t end the way the left envisioned. It will mobilize the right and bind them with a righteous cause – a constitutional one.
Pinterest blacklisted a top pro-life site by labeling it as “pornography.” Even after a complaint was filed, they left it there. Eventually, it was removed and Live Action was banned permanently from Pinterest for ‘misinformation’ because they posted the truth over abortions. They were exposing infanticide and the left just can’t have that don’t cha know. The whistleblower also revealed the platform’s “sensitive terms list” which reveals that Pinterest considers the term “Bible verses” to be “brand unsafe.”
The Pinterest insider gave an interview to James O’Keefe of Project Veritas and said, “Somebody happened to notice that LiveAction.org was blocked. I was pretty surprised,” the whistleblower said, after discovering the national pro-life organization was added to a “porn domain block list,” a compilation of pornographic websites that Pinterest has gathered to ensure porn is not posted on the platform. The insider also stated that websites on a “domain block list” cannot be linked in posts made by users. Gee… sounds like Facebook and Twitter.
Project Veritas reported:
“While investigating, Project Veritas tried to post the LiveAction.org link on Pinterest and failed to do so, receiving an error message that read, “Sorry! Your request could not be completed.”
“Project Veritas reviewed the list of websites from the “porn domain block list” and was able to confirm that along with LiveAction.org, websites like zerohedge.com, pjmedia.com, teaparty.org, and other various conservative websites were also listed. The majority of the document lists pornographic websites.” Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire is also on that list and he was censored under a “zero tolerance moment” for discussing Islam and Muslims.
— Alison H.Centofante (@AlisonHowardC) June 11, 2019
By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American
Today we got to enjoy the Sunday Session of the Conroe Stake Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as it was broadcast via the internet from the Creighton Stake Center Building to the Madisonville Chapel. When we arrived, about twenty minutes prior to the actual start time, Brother Simpson had all the equipment set up and had his laptop computer set up to receive the transmission so everyone in our chapel could enjoy the Primary Children’s Choir singing prelude music.
While it may appear to be a simple task; turning on the computer and aiming the projector on the wall to present the image, there is nothing simple about it. The folks at the Creighton end were responsible for establishing the transmission feed which was sent up to Salt Lake City, it having been assigned a specific URL which could then be sent out over the internet and received by anyone who knows what that URL is.
Everything was working as designed, that is right up until it was time for Conference to actually start. That’s when the screen went blank and the sound quit. I observed as Brother Simpson got up rather hurriedly from his seat, went to the front of the chapel and checked on the equipment.
I should mention that at one time I had the calling of Stake Clerk/IT Specialist for the Houston North Stake. One of my jobs was to make sure internet connections during conference were established and working. Invariably, if there was going to be a problem, those issues would present themselves at the very moment when conference began in earnest. All your training and skills would be put to the test as you tried to figure out what had gone wrong.
By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times
Most Westerners have never heard of it, yet it’s rapidly becoming one of the most powerful forces on the planet.
In fact, most Western leaders operate under the delusional belief that Russia and China are antagonists and can at times be played against each other. The idea that Russia and China are allies and are jointly working to destroy the West is just too much for most Western leaders to contemplate.
The “Russia and China are enemies” disinformation campaign led former President Richard Nixon to open diplomatic and trade relations with Beijing in the mid-1970s. Nixon believed he could play communist China against the communist Soviet Union. Nixon’s massive blunder undermined the United States’ industrial base while building up a new powerful enemy. Today, the United States faces two world-class enemies rather than one.
Worse, Russia and China are now open allies.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
When the United States collaborates with counterparts in Europe, it must be quite frustrating when European officials ignore evidence. Perhaps this is all driven by German Chancellor Merkel as she appears to only concentrate on stopping Brexit. But read on…
In Part: British intelligence in 2015 caught an alleged Hezbollah terrorist stockpiling more than three tons of ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in homemade bombs, on the outskirts of London, but never divulged the plot, The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.
The report said the arrest came just months after the UK joined the US and other world powers in signing the Iran nuclear deal and speculated that it was hushed up to avoid derailing the agreement with Tehran, which is the main supporter of the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
Acting on a tip from a foreign intelligence agency, MI5 and the Metropolitan Police raided four properties in North West London, discovering thousands of disposable ice packs containing ammonium nitrate, the Telegraph said.
According to the report, the plot was part of a wider Hezbollah plan to lay the groundwork for future attacks and noted foiled Hezbollah operations in Thailand, Cyprus and New York. All those plots were made public and were believed to have targeted Israeli interests around the world.
The Telegraph said the Cyprus case was strikingly similar to the one in London. In 2015 in Cyprus, confessed Hezbollah agent Hussein Bassam Abdallah was sentenced to six years in jail after he was found with 8.2 tons of ammonia nitrate in his home. He had reportedly planned to attack Israeli targets. (by the way, this Abdallah cat has dual citizenship in Lebanon and Canada.)
The Telegraph said its information came after a three-month investigation in which more than 30 current and former officials in Britain, America, and Cyprus were approached and court documents were obtained. More here.
But hold on there is more. John Kerry and Barack Obama promised inspections and validations of the Iranian nuclear program, remember that? Well…
For the first time since the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the UN’s nuclear watchdog on Monday did not explicitly report that Iran was implementing its nuclear-related commitments and said that its rate of uranium enrichment was increasing.
In each of the previous reports since the agreement, International Atomic Energy Agency director general Yukiya Amano wrote that “Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments,” text that was notably absent from Monday’s report.
Iran announced May 8 that it no longer considered itself bound to keep to the limits of stocks of heavy water and enriched uranium that it agreed to as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which lifted crippling economic sanctions against it. Tehran’s move came a year after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal. Washington has also reinforced economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The latest IAEA report noted that “technical discussions… are ongoing” with Iran in relation to its installation of up to 33 advanced IR-6 centrifuges. But it did not specify the content of those discussions.
Iran has also said that if the other parties to the JCPOA do not speed up work on mitigating the effects of US sanctions, by early July it may stop abiding by restrictions on the level to which it can enrich uranium and on modifications to its Arak heavy water reactor.
Two weeks ago, the latest inspections report by the IAEA said that while stocks of uranium and heavy water had increased, they were still within the limits set by the JCPOA.
In Tehran on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that those waging “economic war” against his country through US sanctions could not expect to “remain safe.” Read more here.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
There are several events going on regarding Russia. The Russia Desk at the CIA and the U.S. State Department must be real busy about now. Why? Could the United States and international friends be encouraging some of these items? One cannot overlook the fact that Russia continues to bomb Syria and then well, we have Russia still embedding itself in Venezuela… but read on… some interesting items below.
1. Jon Huntsman is expected to leave his role as U.S. ambassador to Russia this year ahead of a potential bid to be Utah’s next governor, The Atlantic reported Monday. Four sources familiar with the situation told the magazine that Huntsman is more seriously considering the job, which he already held from 2004 to 2009, than he previously had been. “It’s not idle chatter,” Chuck Warren, a Republican consultant who served as Huntsman’s campaign manager during his first bid for governor, told The Atlantic. “He’s seriously considering it.”
2. Yet another mock gravestone bearing the name and image of President Vladimir Putin has appeared in Russia — this time in the southwestern city of Voronezh. ”Incredible thief and liar. Political corpse,” read the accompanying text featuring Putin’s surname, initials, and birth year, and listing 2019 as the year of death. Soon after that a mock gravestone emerged in Moscow, and a third in Berlin. On April 3, activists placed one opposite the famed St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, garnering widespread attention.
Agit Rossia has taken responsibility for at least some of the gravestones. In an interview with Meduza in April, spokesman Grigory Kudryavtsev said the group was created to “fill a niche” left behind by the lack of street protests in Russia.
3. Vladimir Putin’s decision to offer Russian citizenship to those living in Russian-occupied portions of Ukraine and possibly others as well may be intended not only to extend Russian power over that country further but also to help solve Russia’s demographic collapse, according to a Russian blogger who writes under the screen name “Ded Moroz” [Grandfather Frost]. He suggests that the extremely negative demographic figures of recent months mean that “the massive distribution of passports may be the only way to save [Russia] from withering away altogether” (cont.ws/@Ded-Moroz/1310165 reposted at newizv.ru).If Russian government claims that 86 percent of the population in Russian-occupied portions of the Donbas are correct, this policy would immediately produce some two million new Russian citizens and be a boost to the country’s total population.
Many analysts had concluded that the declining number of women in the prime child-bearing ages and declining birthrates present Russia with an almost intractable problem especially given that the number of immigrants has fallen sharply, Grandfather Frost says. But it turns out that this all can be solved not just by falsification of demographic data but by “the stroke of a pen.” Complete summary here.
4. Ukraine is still under military attack by Russia.
Russia’s hybrid military forces on June 9 mounted 26 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. “In eight instances, they used the weapons banned by the Minsk agreements – 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82mm mortars,” the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation said on Facebook in an update as of 07:00 Kyiv time on June 10, 2019.
Russia-led forces also used weapons installed on infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers of various types, heavy machine guns, and small arms. Under attack were Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka, as well as near the villages of Vodiane, Talakivka, Pavlopil, Hnutove, Verkhniotoretske, Pisky, Berezove, Nevelske, Novo-Oleksandrivka, Zaitseve, and Novoluhanske.
*** There is more but now it stands to reason that since Europe has joined the United States by pushing back on countless items of Russian aggression, it is no wonder Putin is looking for a deeper relationship with China, both for sure rogue nations that are in a hybrid war against the United States. Putin was not invited to any of the D-Day events so he met with Xi Jinping and they declared the best of friendships. Putin’s message got a boost, if a superficial one, from Xi, who called him “my best friend” and presented a pair of pandas – Ru Yi and Ding Ding – that China is loaning Russia for 15 years for what was described as a joint research project.
In what seems like some sort of metaphor for Russia’s lopsided relationship with China, whose economy is nearly 10 times the size of Russia’s, state news agency TASS reported that the pandas will remain the property of the Chinese government “and their offspring, if any, will also belong to China.”
And Putin’s message at the forum was undermined by a warning from longtime former Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin, who suggested that Calvey’s arrest in February was behind a doubling of capital flight from Russia, which he said reached $40 billion so far this year.
5. Meanwhile, there has been almost no reporting of the near purposeful collision of a Russian destroyer with a U.S. Navy cruiser.USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) was attempting to recover a helicopter when it was approached by a Udaloy-class destroyer at about 11:45 a.m. local time, according to a Friday statement from 7th Fleet.“While Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of ~50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision,” read the statement.
The Friday incident in the Pacific follows an unsafe aircraft interaction between a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon and a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter. By the way, notice towards the end of the video where the Russian sailors are on the stern sunbathing… More here.