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Newsweek and the Dark, Dark Media Wonderland

Newsweek protected sources, alleged Kremlin tampering, threats and big-mouth romping and stomping by a Newsweek "operative".

All this and more illuminates the darkest alleyways of controlled western media.

A nasty backlash from Vanity Fair/Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald, over a Sputnik author's innocent mistake heralds a media circus act gone bad.

My report today is first and foremost, an effort to let new readers in on the kinds of mudslinging that goes on at Newsweek.

By way of background, when a young journalist named Bill Moran was duped into making use of a doctored WikiLeaks cable, Newsweek and Kurt Eichenwald leaped into action capitalizing on the mistake. Moran used a misattributed Sidney Blumenthal note, in order to refute clearly manipulative western mainstream rhetoric, and his mistake backfired loudly. The crap-storm that ensued began with the Newsweek piece; 'Dear Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: I Am Not Sidney Blumenthal', and was fueled by sheer meanness, arrogance, and buffoonery. Moran's over-enthusiasm led to a media maelstrom, but it also cost him his job. What ensued is right out of a carnival freak show. It's a story of a young writer caught in between a holy or unholy rock and a hard place, and the darkest media wonderland you ever imagined.


Sott.net's Joe Quinn: "France ignoring cause of Calais 'jungle': Western military intervention in countries of origin"

The Calais 'Jungle' now has some 10,000 refugees/immigrants
Hundreds of refugees carrying their possessions are queuing outside a hangar with armed police fanning out around the shanty-town. Officials are planning to dismantle the controversial camp after relocating some 10-thousand occupants from there. Most refugees in the camp want to get into Britain, but Paris wants to send them to other centers across the country.

Last month, President François Hollande vowed to tear down the camp, populated with people fleeing conflict zones of Africa and the Middle East. The idea of relocation has angered many refugees who want to travel to Britain. The French government's preference is to let them go where they want to go - the UK - but the British government won't let them in.

We spoke with editor of Sott.net, Joe Quinn, about how Europe is struggling to deal with its biggest influx of asylum seekers since World War Two.


Man arrested for 'chemical incident' at London City Airport under terrorism laws

© Ruptly
A man has been arrested under terrorism laws after trying to unleash a "noxious substance" at London City Airport on Friday.

London police said they arrested a 25-year-old man on Saturday. He was suspected of using a chemical substance to cause serious damage, an offence under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act.


What's Monsanto up to in Vietnam? First Agent Orange, now Roundup

© Mick Grant
A keyboard player, blind from birth due to a genetic defect induced by Agent Orange, performing at the War Remnants Museum.
With the International Monsanto Tribunal beginning this week (14-16 October) in The Hague, MICK GRANT reports from Vietnam with this special investigation for The Ecologist five decades after the company's lethal herbicide Agent Orange first devastated the country - and discovers the agribusiness giant is sneaking its way back into Vietnam with modern herbicides and 'Roundup-Ready' GMO crops.

Flying into Saigon at night - after an absence of more than a decade - I am struck by the American corporate logos lighting up the landscape, especially those related to food and drink.

Golden Arches are sprinkled along the boulevards, and Starbucks mermaids flash their twin tails everywhere. A neon Colonel Sanders even takes on Ho Chi Minh portraits, sporting the same wispy white goatee.

As Vietnam embraces American culture, the US food gang is back in force - McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Coca-Cola.

And Monsanto.

Well, Monsanto does not exactly advertise its presence because it is more on the Apocalypse Now side of things. Actually, when it comes to the food chain, Monsanto is more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - War, Pestilence, Famine and Death.

As Monsanto rides roughshod over farmers, buys off politicians and pays off scientists, the Four Horsemen could easily be symbolic for the four GM crops they control: GM corn, cotton, soybeans and canola (rapeseed).


An uncensored inside look at a Donald Trump rally

I received a phone call from my good friend Steve (an ardent Trump supporter) Thursday morning exclaiming that Trump will be in Pennsylvania on Saturday and do I want to go. I quickly looked at the map to see where Johnstown, PA is and said I'm in.

Trump was scheduled to speak at 4:00 pm at the Cambria County War Memorial, home of the immortal ice hockey comedy Slapshot! We quickly downloaded our tickets and were advised to arrive early even though doors were opening at 1:00 pm. I woke up at 4:30 am Saturday morning to begin my trek West. As Steve said, "The Colonialists had it tougher.."

We decided on the Mohegan Sun Pocono as our meeting point and hit the road around 8:00 am. Weather forecasts called for heavy rain all day with 25 mph winds but we would not allow that to deny us. Although we hit a couple pockets of rain the storm never really materialized. (We hypothesized that the DNC had hacked the National Weather Bureau in an effort to deter attendees.) Rolling into Johnstown around noon we knew we were close when we saw a line snaking over the bridge and beyond.

Comment: You won't read about any of this in the MSM wonder why? Or listen to: Trump is far from an ideal choice to be president. His popularity comes from the fact that much of the American middle class are disgruntled and grasping at anything that offers them hope or change. But is Donald the pied piper leading them to be drowned?

Red Flag

Austria: Iraqi refugee rapes 10yo boy, conviction overturned

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An Iraqi refugee who raped a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool, calling it a "sexual emergency," has had his conviction overturned after a court in Austria concluded that the 20-year-old attacker may have been unaware the boy did not want to be abused. The assailant, identified as Amir A., was taken to the Theresienbad pool in Vienna in December of last year as part of the integration process into Austrian society. He was also provided with a 15-year-old translator to help him integrate.

Once at the pool, Amir A, who had worked as a taxi driver in Iraq, dragged a 10-year-old schoolboy into the changing rooms, locked the door and violently sexually assaulted him. The boy, known only by his first name, Goran, told a lifeguard he had been attacked, and the police were called. He suffered severe internal injuries and was rushed to a children's hospital. He is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

After the incident, Amir A. reportedly returned to the swimming pool as if nothing had happened, continuing to have fun and using the diving board.

The assailant, who came to Austria via the Balkans in September 2015, confessed to the rape, saying he had acted because of a "sexual emergency" as he had not had sex for four months. When asked if such actions were legal in his home country, he admitted he knew that "such acts were forbidden in any country of the world," Kronen Zeitung daily reported.

Comment: Would this case have made international news if it didn't involve a refugee? Putting that aside, pedophilia gets a new excuse - "sexual emergency."

Che Guevara

Dakota Access Pipeline protest heats up: Police fire on media drones, mass arrests, treaty rights declared

© Terray Sylvester / Reuters
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police near the Standing Rock Reservation and the pipeline route outside the little town of Saint Anthony, North Dakota, U.S., October 5, 2016.
Protests over development of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota led to more than 125 arrests and a highway blockade over the weekend, as pipeline opponents claimed "unceded territory" in the direct path of construction.

Meanwhile, local law enforcement fired on two unmanned media drones, claiming that "protesters attacked a helicopter with a drone," and that the helicopter pilot and passengers were "in fear of their lives."

The weekend developments marked a distinct heightening of tensions between self-proclaimed water protectors and law enforcement. Roadblocks went up on State Highway 1806 on Sunday, as water protectors declared eminent domain and set up a new winter camp on private land known as Cannonball Ranch. The property was recently purchased by Dakota Access pipeline company, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, developer of the pipeline.

The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) camp coordinator Mekasi Camp-Horinek said Oceti Sakowin's new frontline camp — just east of State Highway 1806 and 2.5 miles north of the Cannonball River, along the proposed path of the pipeline — is part of an occupation that is planned to persist "until the pipeline is permanently stopped."

Comment: Pipeline protest at Sacred Stone encampment now a city of 4,000 with a growing infrastructure
Mainstream media has all but ignored the ongoing protest, despite both its ballooning size and pertinence in the continuing struggle for Native Americans fighting naked government and corporate exploitation.


Single mother fatally shot by cops on Muckleshoot tribal land was 5 months pregnant

© Renee Davis / Facebook
An investigation is underway into the fatal shooting of a single mother from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe by Kings County police, in her home on the reservation. She was five months pregnant and was holding a gun at the time of the incident.

Renee Davis, 23, had been struggling with depression when King County deputies turned up at her home on Friday night. The reservation is located 30 miles south east of Seattle in Washington state.


World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao builds 1,000 homes for poor in home town

After earning millions for fighting Floyd Mayweather, the boxer and politician used a portion of his earnings to construct homes for 1,000 poor families in his hometown.

Manny Pacquiao is more than a world-class athlete or a Filipino politician. He's a compassionate activist who paid for 1,000 homes to be built to help out underprivileged families in his hometown.

Earlier this year, Pacquiao proclaimed his good deed on Facebook:
"I'm so happy giving this houses free to my constituents in Sarangani Province from my own pocket more than thousand families are the beneficiaries."


Chinese CCTV camera firm behind Friday's internet outage threatens Western accusers with lawsuits

As we reported earlier today, according to Bloomberg, Internet-connected CCTV cameras made by a Chinese firm, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology were infected with malware that allowed hackers to takeover "tens of millions" of devices and launch the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks which brought the internet across much of the US, and especially on the east coast, to a virtual crawl for hours on Friday.

As Bloomberg first reported, and many others confirmed, the company itself admitted its culpability, with the security camera maker saying "its products were used to launch a cyber-attack that severed internet access for millions of users, highlighting the threat posed by the global proliferation of connected devices. The attackers hijacked CCTV cameras made by Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co. using malware known as Mirai, the company said in an e-mailed statement. While Xiongmai didn't say how many of its products had been infiltrated, all cameras made before September 2015 were potentially vulnerable."

However, just a few hours later, the company appears to have changed its tune.

As IP Video Market reports, "the Chinese video surveillance manufacturer, Xiongmai, whose equipment numerous sources blame for driving massive Internet attacks over the past month has fired back, defending itself against allegations. Moreover, they have involved the Chinese government's Ministry of Justice threatening legal action against those defaming them."

Comment: More on this massive DDoS internet attack: