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Trump Wants Foreign Leaders To Call Him On His Cell Phone

crooksandliars - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:33

The AP is reporting that Donald Trump has been handing out his cell phone number to world leaders and asking that they ring him up.

You know, like friends reaching friends. That's so cute. Apparently Canada's Justin Trudeau has already done so.

Except, there's those pesky security protocols to protect the presidency from spies and lookie loos that intercept everything.

The notion of world leaders calling each other up via cellphone may seem unremarkable in the modern, mobile world. But in the diplomatic arena, where leader-to-leader calls are highly orchestrated affairs, it is another notable breach of protocol for a president who has expressed distrust of official channels. The formalities and discipline of diplomacy have been a rough fit for Trump — who, before taking office, was long easily accessible by cellphone and viewed himself as freewheeling, impulsive dealmaker.

Presidents generally place calls on one of several secure phone lines, including those in the White House Situation Room, the Oval Office or the presidential limousine. Even if Trump uses his government-issued cellphone, his calls are vulnerable to eavesdropping, particularly from foreign governments, national security experts say.

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Both Sides Don't! Larry Sabato Slams CNN For 'False Equivalency' On Campaign Violence

crooksandliars - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:15

University of Virginia political professor Larry Sabato accused CNN hosts of perpetrating a false equivalence by suggesting that both Democratic and Republican candidates have the same tendencies to promote violence and use violent rhetoric.

"I'm not going to deny that American history is dotted with examples of legislators and congressmen getting into fights of one sort or another," Sabato explained to CNN hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow. "But here's the difference: We're in the age of Donald Trump. What happened over the past two years? Donald Trump really brutalized many people. Not just the press, loads of individuals and groups, including using the issue of immigration to stir up the Republican base."

Sabato noted that he was not accusing Trump of physically attacking anyone.

"But in those rallies, you remember him doing nothing to stop some of the physical violence," the analyst explained. "And in fact, urging it on. Let's not rewrite history. The man got elected president. He was rewarded for these sorts of activities. Politicians pick up on that. A man who will do and say anything got rewarded with the presidency."

"I think that affects other elected officials. And you combine that with social media, the anonymity of social media, there's a mob mentality on social media and it spills over into real life. And we're going to see a lot more of it."

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'We Go Higher' will be first 9/11 documentary by and about children of victims - amNY

Google News 9/11 Feed - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:55

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'We Go Higher' will be first 9/11 documentary by and about children of victims
amNY
Production company Women Rising has unveiled the project "We Go Higher," touted as the first-ever documentary by and about the surviving children of the 9/11 attacks, Variety has learned exclusively. A total of 3,051 young people from the ages of 0-18 ...

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'We Go Higher' will be first 9/11 documentary focused on children of victims - amNY

Google News 9/11 Feed - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:55

amNY

'We Go Higher' will be first 9/11 documentary focused on children of victims
amNY
Production company Women Rising has unveiled the project "We Go Higher," touted as the first-ever documentary by and about the surviving children of the 9/11 attacks, Variety has learned exclusively. A total of 3,051 young people from the ages of 0-18 ...

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Funeral mass set for Bill Doyle, advocate for 9/11 families - SILive.com

Google News 9/11 Feed - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:16

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Funeral mass set for Bill Doyle, advocate for 9/11 families
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An 11 a.m. funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, in Holy Child R.C. Church, Eltingville, for Bill Doyle, a former Staten Island resident who became an outspoken advocate for families of 9/11 victims after his own son was killed ...
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Chris Hayes Pays Tribute To Portland Heroes: Different Politics; Shared Vision

crooksandliars - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:00

Tuesday night, Chris Hayes paid tribute to the two men who lost their lives defending two teens' right to be women of color, ride the train, and identify as Muslim from a White supremacist harassing them on the train.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best were polar opposites, politically, but both of them died defending their common belief that all men (and women) are created equal, and that this country allows them to worship as they choose.

Chris Hayes' tribute highlights how it is that two men with little in common, at least at first blush, became heroes and martyrs, forever linked together by their common values and beliefs.

He said it better than I can, so I'll just leave the video and the transcript here.

The only survivor in a horrific attack by a white supremacist in Portland, Oregon, is out of the hospital tonight. 21-year-old Micah Fletcher is now back home recovering after he was stabbed in the neck. His alleged assailant, 35-year-old Jeremy Christian, was arraigned on murder charges today.

Christian is a self-avowed white nationalist who posted hateful sentiments on his Facebook page and attended a free speech march in Portland last month, where he was seen giving Nazi salutes and shouting, "Die Muslims."

On Friday night, according to witnesses, Christian boarded a light rail train in Portland and began yelling slurs at two young women, one of whom was black, the other wearing a hijab.

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Al Franken On Healthcare Stalemate: It's Mitch McConnell's Fault

crooksandliars - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:00

Sen. Al Franken was a guest on Morning Joe today, and was asked if polarization was as bad as the media thought it was.

"On this health care bill, the fact that McConnell is going to a group of 13 Republicans behind closed doors, that to me is the very wrong way to do it," he said.

"This is a disaster, what came from the House, anyway. I think this needs to be opened in a bipartisan way."

He also said he doesn't think McConnell can get 50 votes. "I hope they start sooner rather than later. This is incredibly important."

"Why can't we figure out how to do this in a bipartisan way?" Scarborough said -- with a straight face.

"That's what we're urging. I'm on the health care committee," Franken said..

"This the third time. You had Clinton's efforts in '93, '94, Obama's efforts in 2009 and 2010," Scarborough said.

"We had hearings. So much of that bill was Republican amendments," Franken pointed out.

"It's one-sixth of the economy. Why can't Republicans and Democrats get together and say, let's figure this out together? What is the problem?" (Again, with a straight face.)

"Ask Mitch McConnell," Franken said.

"It's not just Mitch McConnell's fault," Scarborough said.

"It is right now," Franken shot back.

"I'm talking about since '93. If you believe it's just the Republicans' fault, you can say that. I'm just curious. It's frustrating. it's one-sixth of the economy. We've got to get the cost curve down," Scarborough said. (straight face)

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'We Go Higher' Movie Project Launching for 9/11 Surviving Children ... - Variety

Google News 9/11 Feed - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 08:00

Variety

'We Go Higher' Movie Project Launching for 9/11 Surviving Children ...
Variety
Women Rising has unveiled "We Go Higher," touted as the first-ever documentary by and about the surviving children of the 9/11 attacks.

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In California, Robert Lee Ahn Is Funded By Trump's SuperPAC

crooksandliars - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 08:00

At last week's debate, Robert Lee Ahn described himself as the anti-establishment alternative to progressive Democrat Jimmy Gomez in the race to replace Xavier Becerra. In his Republican style, Robert Lee Ahn interrupted Jimmy numerous times to explain his phony pledge to be funded solely by the people -- granted, he doesn't understand that much of Gomez's funding comes from liberal/progressive individuals and organizations.

Obviously, we here at Crooks and Liars understand the truth about Robert Lee Ahn for a while, so we investigated these claims. Needless to say, Robert Lee Ahn is a fraud. He is funded by Republican millionaires who want to steal this seat from the people of Los Angeles. In particular, Robert Lee Ahn is hiding behind a Super PAC funded largely by a top Trump contributor.

If you look at Robert Lee Ahn's campaign spending, you'll find that most of his campaign's money goes to propaganda mail such as this:

Yes, that's right, Robert Lee Ahn tricks voters into opening nonsensical mail (the people he seeks to represent) by falsely depicting the mail piece as a jury duty summons. This is right out of Roger Stone's handbook (you know, Paul Manaforte's business partner who prides himself of being the "Prince of Darkness").

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UN Criticism over Britain’s Anti-Terror Strategy Two Days Before Manchester Bombing

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:44

Reuters reports that: Britain has been undergoing a subtle but alarming shift towards criminalising peaceful protest and free expression, said a U.N. report on Monday that likened it to a “Big Brother” state of surveillance and suspicion.

I’ve been …

The Significance of the Kathy Griffin Head-chopper Photo

American Everyman - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:31

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: CNN has fired her. 

Not being an expert in such matters I can only imagine that when you run an unconventional warfare campaign like the one being conducted against the current president of the United States by the Deep State, various mileposts signify the relative success or failure of the tactics you are employing to demonize said target. You evaluate these achievements as they occur in real time and structure the direction of the project accordingly.

That is my guess as to how the manipulators of psychological warfare campaigns operate. It is only a guess but one based on years of research into the outward projections of their craft.

Such a milepost was reached yesterday when Kathy Griffin, a former mediocre comedian turned reality TV star and perpetual host of various D-list network events, published this photo:

Needless too say, the image stirred up controversy which is exactly what Ms. Griffin wanted.

For those of you who don’t know, she won some award a couple years ago and took advantage of the network face-time to make disparaging comments about Jesus and religion knowing full well how offensive it would be, but being the eternal self-promoter and as vain-glorious as they come, Kathy understood bad press is better than no press. So she did it for the attention.

And let’s just make this clear as well: Kathy Griffin released this photo of her holding the severed head of the seated president for the same reason.

Unfortunately for Kathy, it was the wrong kind of attention and she’s already been fired from one company that used her in their advertising and I am sure more will follow. CNN is apparently thinking of terminating her contract with them for the New Year’s Eve coverage she does with the CIA’s guy, Anderson Cooper. She had several more years on that contract certainly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars per.

True to form, the tireless self-promoter Griffin has come out with a video apologizing profusely for the image saying she went “way” over the line.

Ms. Griffin should be made aware that nothing says vapid Mammon worshiper like someone making a bold, offensive political statement and then retracting it because it hits you in the wallet.

It’s hard too tell what’s more pathetic about Kathy’s little publicity stunt. Is it the fact that she’s such a follower that she thought this picture was appropriate or how quickly she buckled to save herself a few fucking dollars?

I guess in the end she saw her contracts drying up and realized she was about to become an ex-celebrity and that was just too much for her soulless psyche to take. I suppose saving the republic from the evils of President Cheeto is a secondary consideration to Ms. Griffin. Remaining famous at any cost obviously comes first.

Watching this worm trying to wiggle herself out of this PR stunt’s predictable backlash, though amusing, isn’t the real significance of this short-lived act of self-promoting “defiance”.

What is significant is the fact that she (and apparently her photographer and publicist?) thought it was a reasonable move in the first place.

We are something like 140 days into the Trump presidency and already the Deep State has convinced about half of the country it might be a good idea to lop off the head of the current ruler of these United States.

Not because he’s taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Kathy Griffin is rich. She will benefit tremendously when Trump’s tax plan kicks in. And her stock portfolio is certainly benefiting from the salad days Wall Street is currently enjoying because they know they have a ruthless, pragmatic neoliberal ideologue and his Goldman Sachs crew running things in the White House on their behalf.

No, Kathy isn’t standing up for the poor and downtrodden with this “off with their heads” image of hers. She’s certainly not promoting the idea of a new French Revolution…or Russian Revolution… or even American Revolution.

Nothing like that.

Because if that were the case… she wouldn’t apologize.

Instead she is simply reacting to the endless barrage of Deep State propaganda that has infected the corporate media across the board since Inauguration Day 2017.

Oh, well, sorry. My fault.

Since Election Day 2016 to be more specific.

Oh, wait, my bad.

Since candidate Trump won the Republican Party nomination and Queen Hillary stole her party’s nomination.

There, that’s better.

Right now, thanks to a YouGov poll we know that well over half of the Democrats in this country think da ebil Roooskies “hacked” the election results and that is why Queen Hillary is not our current beloved leader in spite of the fact that her coronation was per-ordained by the Gods of the Deep State, whom she serves willingly.

Now notice: that question isn’t about them thinking the Russians “influenced” the election. That question is about them thinking the Russians hacked into our systems and changed vote totals, something that there is absolutely zero evidence of. None. Zip. Zilch. Nothing.

Not only that, but aside from RT putting 3rd party candidates on their network so they could get some face-time during the campaign season, there is also no evidence of Russia “influencing” our elections either. None. Zip. Zilch. Nothing.

Fascinating isn’t it? With absolutely no evidence what-so-ever, over half of the people polled who self-identify with the Democratic Party believe a complete and utter fabrication… and of course the main stream media knows full well about this poll and about this erroneous belief held by so many Americans… and yet they do nothing to correct it.

That’s probably because the Mockingbird press helped create the misinformation in the first place… just like they did so many years ago:

“In late 2003, half a year after US and coalition forces invaded Iraq, a poll by USA Today found that 70 percent of Americans still believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11. They didn’t believe this because the mass media was directly saying “Saddam did 9/11”; they would have lost the public’s trust if they’d directly promulgated such an outrageous falsehood. The public subscribed to this false belief because corporate media reporters consistently mentioned the September 11 terrorist attacks in the same breath as they mentioned the falsified intelligence reports stating that the Iraqi government had weapons of mass destruction and intended to facilitate their use on American soil. This misperception successfully manufactured public support for a regime change invasion that claimed the lives of a million innocent Iraqis.” Medium

As this quote shows us, propaganda has consequences. That’s why the Deep State invests so much of your money in it’s practice.

In the case of Iraq we have a war that is still raging in a country that did nothing to us and never posed the slightest threat to our way of life in the first place. Billions if not trillions in profits have been collected by various Military Industrial Complex aligned companies as well as by various others in the oil, banking and infrastructure rebuilding industries. In fact, all kinds of corporations have profited from the illegal invasion of Iraq and that was all due, not “in part”, but wholly due to the propaganda that linked Saddam Hussian to 9/11 and WMDs he didn’t have.

A million people died as a result and millions more were displaced, made into refugees who are currently being bartered and traded by global interests as cheap labor like the old slave trading posts of days gone by. All of that generating still more profits for those who move the Deep State to action.

Propaganda has consequences. Just ask that young disabled man in Chicago who was tortured by those 4 African American kids who had been fed a daily diet of “whitey all voted for racist Trump” propaganda. Ask that young man what he thinks of the corporate media’s constant barrage of “Ebil Trump” campaigns.

And now you can ask Kathy Griffin right along with him. Better yet, ask her accountant and agent. They’ll tell you.

If you aren’t willing to learn from history, from the mistakes of the past, you are damn sure condemned to repeat them. And that’s more than a cliche… it’s a fact.

In 1933 then president Franklin D. Roosevelt kicked off the start of the New Deal. He started with banking reform since the banksters had been the ones who collapsed the economy causing the Great Depression. In that reform package (the Banking Act of 1933 was a four part piece of legislation) was the Glass-Steagall Act or a modification of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1932. This was tremendously unpopular with the super wealthy elite, even more so than the creation of Social Security. They also instituted the Securities Act of 1933 which put regulations on securities for the first time. Very unpopular with the rabid Wall Street types.

Needless too say, the corporate press at the time did all they could to demonize Roosevelt, but he was still immensely popular with a good part of the population because it had gotten so bad with the elites just ripping off everything they could in the country prior to his election, the people demanded real change and he represented that for them.

Kind of like Trump fans feel right now actually.

In the end, the Deep State, as it was back then, got together and came up with a plan to hire Smedley Butler to run an army of former soldiers to overthrow President Roosevelt and take charge in a bloody coup on their behalf, setting up what would have been a fascist dictatorship. It was called the Business Plot of 1933 for a reason.

Butler, being a true patriot, declined their offer by going along with it for a time and then turning them in. The corporate press denies to this day it ever happened, but it did… and it could again.

All they need is the right atmosphere created where it would be viewed as a necessity rather than a corporate power grab.

And what do we see today? What is today’s milestone?

Propaganda has consequences. Just ask Moammar Gadhafi or Bashar al-Assad.

Or better yet, ask the people of Libya and Syria who’s once beautiful independent nations have been reduced to rubble by our needless, profit-driven corporate Deep State greed.

I am not here too say Donald Trump should be compared to the likes of Roosevelt or Gadhafi or Assad in any way, shape or form. In fact it’s a disservice to mention his name among theirs in any given sentence. They at least stood for something. He doesn’t.

But we can make at least one comparison, like it or not: Trump is the target of the Deep State at the moment, just like they once were

And as such we should be very careful who’s side we choose to take.

The Deep State is not your friend. They do not represent your best interests nor do share your concerns about the world and how this country is run.

The Deep State manufactures grief and they do so with a malice of purpose unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Nothing is “off the table”, nothing is “out of bounds”

When you internalize their propaganda to the point that Ms. Griffin has, anything is possible. That’s how the Wahhabist head-choppers from Saudi Arabia were made. That’s how death squads have been fabricated by Deep State professionals all across the world for decades.

We have a choice before us. Oppose the neoliberal elements of the current administration with civility and respect for the institutions that we have sworn allegiance to since our first days in kindergarten, or embrace the viler angels of our nature like so many “freedom fighters” have in service to the Deep State.

That is where we are and that is the significance of this moment.

We have a choice to make, neither of them good. But it has to be made right now, right here.

Say you are being forced to chose between the lesser of two evils if it makes it any easier. Say you are simply being a responsible adult if you want.

Say whatever you have to but the bottom line is, to quote the Decider of all people, “You are either with us, or with the enemy”… the terrorists.

Unfortunately, we find ourselves at this dire milepost and as such, we must choose a path. Though painful, I suggest we choose wisely.

I for one want no part of the Business Plot of 2017 and I think deep down, you don’t either.

Timshel.


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World Watches as Yemen Descends into Total Collapse

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:27

Yemen is descending into total collapse, its people facing war, famine and a deadly outbreak of cholera, as the world watches, the UN aid chief said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the UN Security Council, Stephen O’Brien said

“the time is

Selected Articles: Manchester Saga: Cui Bono?

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:11

In the quest for truth and the zest of bringing it out, Global Research introduces to you a number of incisive articles on the Manchester terror attack.

Unspoken questions should now be answered.  According to John Pilger, information is being

Sanctions, What Sanctions? Russian Credit Risk Collapses to 4-Year Lows

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:01

After more than three years of US sanctions (and almost a year of constant attacks from the western media) Russian credit risk has collapsed to its lowest level since September 2013.

As Bloomberg notes, high demand for Russia’s dollar-denominated

Russia Looks East, Capitalism with a Strong State Sector. Observations and Impressions from Russia

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:01

Introduction

For over two weeks this May, a delegation of 30 Americans visited seven regions and ten cities across Russia. Organized by Sharon Tennison of Center for Citizen Initiatives, the entire group began in Moscow with several days of

Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:00

Indomitable: Trump's bloody America.

The Non Sequitur: Straw men and analogies.

Scholars and Rogues: Where are the facts we can agree on?

Reading the Pictures: Trump's first foreign trip.

Balkinization: Why Trump campaigned like a populist and governs like a sellout.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.


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Terror in Britain: What Did the Prime Minister Know?

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:55

The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Critical questions – …

Wall Street Funds Hold Hundreds of Millions in Sanctioned Russian Bank Subject to Kushner Probe

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:54

The 2017 Memorial Day weekend will inevitably go down in history as the three-day span when remembrances of our military veterans took a media backseat to President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and everything Russian.

One of the key …

What Is Trump’s Middle East Doctrine and How China, Russia and Iran Are Dealing with It

globalresearch - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:50

Donald Trump‘s first foreign visit has begun to define America’s foreign-policy posture. After almost two years of words and rhetoric, Trump has began to reverse his electoral promises with diametrically opposed actions. The most recent meetings with the King

Russia Launches Kalibr Missiles Hitting ISIS Targets Near Palmyra

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 06:33
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The Russian frigate Admiral Essen and submarine Krasnador together launched four Kalibr cruise missiles against Islamic State targets near the ruined city of Palmyra in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 31 May. The MoD released video footage showing two missiles being launched from Admiral Essen's eight-cell vertical launch system. At least one sub-surface launch was also seen in the footage, as well as aerial footage showing two multistorey buildings being hit. The buildings appeared to be part of the T3 pumping station complex 44 km west of Palmyra.
A still from the video released by the Russian Ministry of Defence shows the first of two Kalibr cruise missiles being launched from the frigate Admiral Essen. (Russian Ministry of Defence)
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According to the Defense Ministry, the submarine fired missiles from underwater. The attack targeted terrorist shelters east of Palmyra, where militants armed with heavy weapons had moved from Raqqa, the Defense Ministry added.
The statement also says that "the U.S., Turkish and Israeli military authorities were timely informed about cruise missile attacks, the current communications channels were used."
"The successful mission has proved the high level of the Russian navy’s combat readiness, particularly of the crews of the warships and the submarine involved in the cruise missile attack," the Defense Ministry pointed out.
"Russia’s navy has shown its ability to carry out effective attacks using precision weapons shortly after receiving orders," the ministry stressed. As the US Arms PKK/YPG to steal more Syrian territory- making yet more misery for the civilians that survive the aerial bombs delivered by the US led coalition of the killing

YPG/PKK to Move on Raqqa- Tribulation for Civilians to Follow
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