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Empty gesture: Trump's costly military parade could feed homeless veterans for weeks

homeless veteran
President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength and flex the US empire. This display of militarism will proceed in spite of the very people Trump claims to be honoring being vehemently opposed to it. In fact, an unofficial poll conducted by the Military Times found the 90% of people do not want a parade. Nevertheless, it will happen.

While many of Trump's supporters favor the parade, for those who've actually served in the military, the idea of being forced to practice day in and day out for a march through Washington D.C. so civilians can pump out their chests with nationalist pride is terrible. There are far better ways to "support the troops" than forcing them to parade around in front of you.

Here's an idea, end all the wars. If you really want to support the troops, stop using them as pawns in the spread of empire and the expansion of the military-industrial complex. If you really want to support the troops and veterans, how about we address the fact that tens of thousands of them sleep on the streets every single night in the country they offered up their lives for.

Comment: See also:
Use once, then throw away: 40,000 U.S. veterans are homeless
Los Angeles: Number of homeless veterans continues to grow
The US government's war - against its own veterans


Family sues police for killing their pregnant teen daughter during unwarranted car chase

Elena Mondragon
A family is suing the city of Fremont and its police department one year after their 16-year-old daughter was shot and killed by police when officers opened fire on the car she was riding in, and the department blamed her death on the driver.

Elena Mondragon, who was pregnant and unarmed, was sitting in the passenger seat of the car with her cousin and two of their friends when they were followed by two undercover police officers dressed in plain clothes.

The officers, who were also driving an unmarked car, claimed that one of the boys in the group, Rico Tiger, 19, was a suspect in multiple armed robberies and the BMW they were in was a stolen car. While the officers were already conducting surveillance around the apartment complex and they claimed they intended to confront their target before he left the area, their plan failed.

Because the officers were in plainclothes and they were driving what appeared to be a regular car, the driver of the car Mondragon was in claimed the group thought they were being followed or robbed, so they began to accelerate to get away from the other car.

Cell Phone

Chinese woman develops blood clots after lying on her side for 20 hours staring at her mobile phone

woman on mobile
© Asiawire
The woman is pictured recovering in the hospital - still glued to her phone
A woman almost died after she spent her entire 20-hour train journey lying on her side and playing on her mobile phone.

Medics say the 47-year-old Chinese migrant worker had developed life-threatening blood clots on her brain.

She was travelling from the central Henan province to the southern city of Guangzhou.

But congestion on the train meant the unnamed woman was unable or unwilling to move from her prone position, reports claim.

As soon as she got off the train at Guanzhou station she fainted on the platform.

Comment: She never even got up to go the the toilet?


Terrorist capabilities exposed in Eastern Ghouta chem lab

Chem lab Ghouta
© Sharmine Narwani
Canisters contain chlorine, shelves of chemicals, US manufactured Hill-Rom air or gas compressor, chem beakers.
The battle of narratives over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has been raging ferociously for years. But a chemical lab discovered in Eastern Ghouta this week is set to change the parameters of the discourse.

Last December, at a US military hangar near Washington DC, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley showcased an over-sized metal pipe as evidence of Iran's military collusion with Yemen's Houthi rebels. That picture hit every front page in the western hemisphere, drowning out the many objections that a big pipe on an American stage proves nothing.

This week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated some Eastern Ghouta farmlands between Shifouniyeh and Douma and discovered a well-equipped chemical laboratory run by Saudi-backed Islamist terrorists. Not a single Western reporter showed up to investigate the facility.

The media disinterest is strange, given that US officials appear poised to green-light military attacks against Syria, which they claim has used chemical weapons (CW) against civilian populations. This charge remains unproven and highly contentious, with other parties arguing that anti-government militants are employing CW munitions to provoke a US military intervention against Syria.

So perhaps it's not so strange that a chemical lab discovered right at the epicenter of a major strategic battle over Syria is being ignored by one side. In the end, it is likely that only one side is right about who is using CWs in Syria. Which is why one side went silent when this lab was revealed.
boiler munition tubes
© Sharmine Narwani
Boilers in basement connected to pressurizing and compression equipment on flour above, piles of munitions suggest lab made substance for warfare use.

Arrow Up

Judge says five other accusers may testify at Bill Cosby's retrial

Bill Cosby
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Bill Cosby
A judge agreed Thursday to let five additional Bill Cosby accusers testify at his April 2 retrial for an alleged 2004 sexual assault, giving prosecutors a chance to portray the man once known as "America's Dad" as a serial predator who made a sadistic habit of drugging and molesting women.

Judge Steven O'Neill said prosecutors could choose the witnesses from a list of eight women with allegations dating as far back as the early 1980s. They include model Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby knocked her out with pills and raped her during a 1982 trip to Lake Tahoe.

Prosecutors, eager to expand the scope of the underlying he-said-she-said case, had pushed to let jurors hear from as many as 19 of the dozens of women who say Cosby assaulted them over a five-decade span. "We are reviewing the judge's order and will be making some determinations," District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

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US trains Syria militants' in false flag chem attacks as basis for airstrikes

Falseflagsyrian flag
© Sputnik News/KJN
Russia's Defense Ministry says "US instructors" are training militants to stage false flag chemical attacks in south Syria. The incidents are said to be a pretext for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.

"We have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria," Russian General Staff spokesman General Sergey Rudskoy said at a news briefing on Saturday.
"Early in March, the saboteur groups were deployed to the southern de-escalation zone to the city of Deraa, where the units of the so-called Free Syrian Army are stationed. They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame the government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs."
The planned provocations will be widely covered in the Western media and will ultimately be used as a pretext by the US-led coalition to launch strikes on Syria, Rudskoy warned. "The provocations will be used as a pretext by the United States and its allies to launch strikes on military and government infrastructure in Syria," the official stated.

Comment: Russia is being proactive in its alert and the information most likely accurate.


An 8-cop police dept. secretly acquired an arsenal of 19 military vehicles using 1033 program

© Dover Post
Dewey Beach Humvee
A tiny police department in a small Delaware town has been using the newly reinstated 1033 program to amass an arsenal of vehicles, weapons, and equipment and they are keeping it secret.

Last August, the Trump administration lifted a ban on military surplus hardware being transferred to police departments across the United States. The controversial 1033 program became a source of citizen outrage after images of police armed with military-grade weaponry, including grenade launchers and armored MRAPs, were beamed into people homes across the country during the battlefield-style police response to the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

As many Americans noted, Ferguson, Missouri looked like a war zone, with police kitted out in Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles - virtually indistinguishable from US soldiers.

Shortly after the American public became widely aware, and largely outraged, over the extreme militarization of their local police forces, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) that blocked large-caliber weapons, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and other heavy military hardware from being repurposed from battlefields across the globe to small town USA. This was one of very few notable pro-liberty moves by the Obama admin, however, thanks to the current administration, it is all gone.

Comment: According to the Dover Post:
So-called controlled property, including weapons, accessories and military-grade vehicles and gear, remain property of the federal government, but title to other surplus property -- from bulldozers to blankets -- is turned over to police agencies after they have been held for one year. After that, each department can sell, trade or give away uncontrolled property that it has received from the feds.

Small arms and accessories are controlled equipment continuously monitored by DEMA and LESO and can never be sold or given away, only returned to the federal government.

DEMA officials don't track what happens to non-controlled gear that falls off the annual inventory. They said they have become aware of sales after it was revealed the Dewey police sold over $120,000 worth of equipment - identified through FOIA requests for bank statements and auction records -- over several years and turned the cash into a pair of police-equipped SUVs.

Dewey Beach also traded a bulldozer for demolition work, but since federal title had lapsed, DEMA was unconcerned.


West countries continue to spread fake news about E.Ghouta evacuation

Residents leave Eastern Ghouta
© Sputnik/ Muhamad Maruf
Residents leave the territory of Eastern Ghouta
Western countries know the truth about the voluntary nature of humanitarian evacuation from Syria's Eastern Ghouta, have access to information about the situation in the area, but still continue to circulate rumors about alleged violations of international law, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

"Western members of the International Syria Support Group, including the humanitarian task force, that is spreading rumors about the alleged coercive nature of evacuation and violations of international law, are well aware of the truth. They also receive objective information from UN," the diplomatic source said.

The source noted that the employees of international humanitarian organizations shared with Russian diplomats and military their impressions of the course of humanitarian evacuation from Eastern Ghouta organized by the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation.

Comment: Russia's Defense Ministry has dismissed false reports about Russian airstrikes in East Ghouta killing civilians as "fake news."
"Reports from the British Syrian Observatory For Human Rights citing anonymous 'activists' from the village of Kafer Batna about alleged Russian airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta are yet another fake," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.

"Russia's air force performed no combat missions in the area of Eastern Ghouta," he continued to explain.

Arrow Down

UPDATE: Florida bridge collapse: Figg Bridge engineer reported cracks 2 days before fatal incident

Bridge collapse
© Joe Skipper / Reuters
An aerial view of the Florida International University bridge collapse.
Damning new evidence reveals that an engineer working on the pedestrian bridge in Greater Miami, Florida, that collapsed on Thursday had attempted to report damage days before the incident took place.

Just three days after the Florida International University bridge, designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers, "swung into place,"the project's lead engineer, Denney Pate, left a voicemail message for a colleague to report structural fissures.

No one was available to hear the March 13 message until Friday, one day after the bridge collapsed, killing at least six people and leaving a massive pile of rubble on an eight-lane highway. Nine others were taken to local hospitals, authorities reported.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released a statement with a short transcript of Pate's voicemail and explanation of events leading up to the catastrophe.


Why is the MSM suddenly running a bunch of stories about space aliens?

UFO NBC story
This Red Scare reboot keeps getting stranger and stranger.

In a recent discussion with Infowars' Alex Jones, Luis Elizondo of To The Stars Academy spoke about new video footage of UFO phenomena recently released by the Pentagon, and says the three videos that have been released so far comprise just a small fraction of the strange and compelling evidence that he has accessed personally.

"These are just three videos now that have come out that everybody's looking at," Elizondo said as Jones downed an entire pitcher of CAVEMAN True Alpha Bone Broth Formula™ without pausing to breathe or breaking eye contact with the camera. "But there is far more compelling evidence that I was privy to that - you know, I think you're looking at the tip of the iceberg."

"It could be anything, so I wouldn't rule anything out, and that's why I think we need to look at it," Elizondo added. "I mean it could be Russian. It could be Chinese. It could be little green men from Mars. We don't know what the hell it is."

Oh wait, sorry, I got mixed up. That wasn't Infowars, it was CNN.

Comment: See also: Recently released CIA-UFO files reveal US considered plan to stage alien invasion for psychological warfare