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Expansive AZ Senate Bill 1475: You may soon have to give your DNA to the state and pay $250

Arizona State Capitol Building
A bill would require anyone who needs fingerprints from the state to give their DNA: Parent school volunteers, teachers, real estate agents, etc. Alyssa Williams, Arizona Republic

Arizona could soon be one of the first states to maintain a massive statewide DNA database.

And if the proposed legislation passes, many people - from parent school volunteers and teachers to real estate agents and foster parents - will have no choice but to give up their DNA.

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Bad Guys

Who benefits from turning Europe into a potential nuclear battlefield?

arming plane with nukes
The United States and its NATO partners are attempting to make the case for Washington's decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Claims that the Russian Federation has been violating the treaty have yet to be substantiated with anything resembling credible evidence. Also missing is any rational explanation as to why Russia would develop or deploy nuclear weapons capable of launching a nuclear strike on Europe without warning - a scenario the INF Treaty was created to deter.

Bloomberg in its article, "Nuclear Fears Haunt Leaders With U.S.-Russian Arms Pact's Demise," would claim:
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's top civilian, cited recent Russian deployments and evoked a Cold War-style threat of nuclear destruction at a global conference of security and defense officials this weekend in Munich, the baroque German metropolis that's one of Europe's richest cities.

"These missiles are mobile, easy to hide and nuclear-capable," Stoltenberg said. "They can reach European cities, like Munich, with little warning."
Stoltenberg, the rest of NATO, Washington, and the many media organizations that work for and answer to both have failed categorically to explain why Russia would ever use nuclear-capable missiles against cities "like Munich, with little warning."

Cow Skull

The choice is simple: Stand up to US' phony global cold war - or face decades of destructive conflict

flag painting
© Global Look Press / Maik Blume
For forty-five years, following the end of WWII, the world was locked into a US-led hostile Cold War against the Soviet Union.

We know now, following the release of virtually all Soviet government documents, that Joseph Stalin had no intention of launching a conflict with the West. In fact, in his meeting with American President Franklin Roosevelt, at the Yalta Conference, he asked for a $6 billion loan to enable him to rebuild the Soviet economy which had been devastated by Nazi invasion.

The idea that the Soviet Union could pose a threat to the US was nonsense. At the end of WWII, around 50 percent of the world's economy was in the US. The Soviet Union would finally get up to ten percent by 1950.

Roosevelt had planned a working relationship with Stalin but tragically his death saw vice president Harry Truman become commander-in-chief.

Radar

Testing the waters: US Naval Destroyer enters Black Sea - Russia sends Missile Corvette in response

US Naval destroyer
Twitter users have published pictures of the US destroyer USS Donald Cook, which last night entered the waters of the Black Sea.

The shot shows how the ship passes through the Turkish Bosphorus. As stated, it will conduct "routine operations" in the region. According to the Ukrainian Naval Forces, the American destroyer will arrive in the port of Odessa on February 25, writes the Russian language version of RT .

Caesar

Putin's Address to the Nation: Sovereignty, coexistence with the West, and what self-defense will mean


Comment: RT has put out a set of articles highlighting different aspects of Putin's Address to the Nation. In it he has clearly articulating Russia's current thinking regarding its place in the world and what it means to defend that place.


Sovereign Russia is a given
russian air force fly over
© Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva
A Russian Air Force flyover of the Spasskaya Tower during the Victory Day Parade
The world's largest country will forever stay independent or it will cease to exist, but this core idea is what makes Russia differ from others, Vladimir Putin said in his annual address.

"Russia was and will be a sovereign and independent state. It is an axiom, it will either be such or it won't exist at all," Putin stated in the 2019 keynote speech. He said other countries can afford being dependent, but Russia cannot.
Russia can't exist as a state if it is not sovereign.
Other countries should take this into account when engaging Moscow, the President noted. "Building ties with us is to find common solutions, including to the most complicated issues, not to dictate conditions," according to Putin.

Bad Guys

Trump accused of seeking to sell US nuclear 'secrets' to Saudis

trump kushner bin salman
© Reuters / Jonathan Ernst
House Democrats have launched a probe into the Trump administration's alleged attempt to transfer 'sensitive' US nuclear technologies to Saudi Arabia. The company implicated has already found a couple of usual suspects to blame.

White House staff members are reportedly fast-tracking "the transfer of highly sensitive US nuclear technology" to Saudi Arabia without the necessary congressional review, possibly running afoul of the Atomic Energy Act and potentially allowing the Saudis to build a nuclear bomb, according to an interim staff report by Committee on Oversight and Reform chair Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), which cites "multiple whistleblowers" as the source of the information. The Committee has opened an investigation into the allegations.

The report implicates the President's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, and Trump fundraiser Thomas Barrack in a project backed by "strong private commercial interests" to develop "dozens of nuclear power plants" through a private US company called IP3 International under the so-called "Trump Middle East Marshall Plan."

Comment: RT also reports:
Iran slams US 'hypocrisy' over potential sale of nuclear secrets to Saudi Arabia

Iran's Twitter-savvy FM Javid Zarif took to his favored medium to call out US hypocrisy, noting how Washington's ostensible concerns over human rights and nuclear proliferation disappear when it comes to Saudi Arabia.

House Democrats aren't the only ones up in arms over the White House's alleged attempt to fast-track 'sensitive' US nuclear technologies to Saudi Arabia, as Iran's Foreign Minister made clear in his Tweet on Wednesday.

"Day by day it becomes clearer to the world what was always clear to us," Zarif wrote.
Neither human rights nor a nuclear program have been the real concern of the US. First a dismembered journalist [Jamal Khashoggi]; now illicit sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia fully expose US hypocrisy.
Trump heavily criticized and eventually canceled the Iran nuclear deal (known as the JCPOA) last year. Yet, members of his administration have reportedly been all too eager to bypass necessary congressional review and potentially provide Saudi Arabia with the information it needs to build a nuclear weapon, flagrantly violating the Atomic Energy Act in the process.

Zarif's Tweet also references how, despite endlessly accusing its enemies of human rights violations, the administration was quick to look the other way when it came to its Saudi ally's likely role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi ruling family, was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish authorities and the UN have concluded that the murder was perpetrated by Saudi officials. Responding to calls to punish Riyadh in the wake of the murder, Trump reminded critics that the Saudi kingdom is "a very good ally of ours" who has "been funding a lot of things." Despite voicing outrage over the killing, Trump announced that the US, alongside a number of other states, would continue providing the Saudis with arms as planned.
So while Trump's prattling on about the 'threat' of North Korea's nukes and punishing Iran with sanctions, some in the US administration are looking to (potentially) arm some of the world's proudest sadists? And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: The Russia Collusion Ruse: Why the US Deep State Hates Russia, Not Trump


Megaphone

UK: Sordid history of the 7 tawdry MPs who defected from Labour

big ben jack
© AP Photo / Matt Dunham
The 1960 film 'The Magnificent Seven' was apparently based on the true story which formed the basis of the 1954 Japanese movie the 'Seven Samurai'. 'The Magnificent Seven' was in fact a Hollywood re-make of that film and was full of heroism, self-sacrifice and human integrity. I loved it.

Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner were immense. Yesterday I watched the polar opposite of all those virtues when 'The Tawdry Seven' walked into a pre-arranged press conference in London full of giggles and self-importance to denounce the very political party they had been elected to represent less than 24 months ago.

Seven individuals who would struggle to be recognised in their own households took it in turn to savage the man under whose leadership every single one of them had been re-elected to Parliament with increased majorities. Jeremy Corbyn stood as the Labour leader in 2015 after Ed Miliband stood down. He won a convincing victory with 59% of the votes cast. He stuck to his election pledges and began to re-position the Labour Party as a genuine socialist party instead of the pale imitation of the Tories it had become under Blair and Brown.

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Bad Guys

Schiff wants to do his own investigation if Mueller doesn't present evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia

Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hinted that he would not accept the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller as the end of the investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia.

CNN's Dana Bash asked, "We expect at some point maybe soon, maybe not, the findings of the Mueller investigation to finally be completed. If he finds that there was no direct collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, will you accept that?"

Schiff, "We're going to have to do our own investigation, and we are. We'll certainly be very interested to learn what Bob Mueller finds. We may have to fight to get that information. Bill Barr has not been willing to commit to provide that report either to the Congress or to the American people. We're going to need to see it. The American people need to see it. We may also need to see the evidence behind that report. There may be, for example, evidence of collusion or conspiracy that is clear and convincing but not proof beyond a reasonable doubt."


Comment: Puleeze! If there was anything resembling evidence it would have been leaked long ago. Schiff just prefers his warped conception of reality over reality itself.


Chess

Syrian Army finds alleged US and Israeli-made weapons near Damascus

weapons caches
© YouTube/Syrianarabnewsagency
Militant groups fighting the Syrian government left many weapons caches behind as they were retreating from the Syrian army; these are now being discovered in sweeping operations being conducted by the authorities.

The Syrian army has discovered US and Israeli-made weapons left behind by terrorists in the region around Damascus, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

Earlier in December, Syrian Security Forces discovered another big warehouse loaded with weapons left behind by terrorist groups in Daraa province in the south of the country. It contained numerous rifles, mortars, US-made Tao anti-tank missiles and recon drones.


Eye 1

Google admits it forgot to tell users about its hidden spy microphone

Nest Secure
© Nest
Google's Nest Secure alarm system
Google could face a backlash over privacy after admitting that Nest users were not told about the existence of a microphone on their devices.

Early this month, Nest Secure was updated to allow users to enable Google Assistant, the tech giant's virtual-assistant technology, to be used by the system's hub and keypad.

However, Nest users apparently did not know a microphone even existed on their security device.

According to Business Insider, the existence of a microphone was not disclosed in any of the device's product materials.