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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92

Barbara Pierce Bush
© Jason Reed / Reuters
Barbara Pierce Bush, wife of one US president and the mother of another, has passed away at the age of 92, according to a statement from her family.

Barbara and her future husband George Herbert Walker Bush met in 1941 and married in 1945. They were married for 72 years, the longest marriage of any first couple in US history. She was Second Lady of the US from 1981 to 1989, and then First Lady between 1989 and 1993. During her time in the White House, she famously established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.



The one-third of Syria illegally occupied by US and proxy forces contain most of its oil, water and gas

US troops syria
© Associated Press/Susannah George
American troops look out toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, Syria, Feb. 7, 2018.
While gaining control of key resources for partitioning Syria and destabilizing the government in Damascus, the U.S.' main goal in occupying the oil and water rich northeastern Syria is aimed not at Syria but at Iran.

After the U.S. launched "limited" airstrikes on Friday against Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that the U.S. will maintain its illegal presence in Syria until U.S. goals in the area are fulfilled, opening the door for the U.S. occupation to continue indefinitely.

While the U.S. military presence in Syria has been ongoing since 2015 - justified as a means of countering Daesh (ISIS) - U.S. troops have since turned into an occupying force with their failure to pull out following Daesh's defeat in northeastern Syria. Currently, the U.S. occupies nearly a third of Syrian territory - around 30 percent - including much of the area east of the Euphrates River, encompassing large swaths of the Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah and Raqqa regions.

2 + 2 = 4

How NYU reined in their student mobs

At NYU, administrators threatened the protesters' financial aid, and the woke warriors went back to their rooms.
NYU protest
© Bria Webb/Reuters
New York University students participate in a protest against then President-elect Donald Trump in Manhattan on November 16, 2016.
Spare a thought for those knights of social justice, the student protesters. Motivated by the yearning for a better world, they sacrifice their time and energy in service to their ideals. They display courage, stamina, determination, and creativity in coming up with rhymes in their chants.

Except if you tell them they're jeopardizing their financial aid or their housing. Then they fold immediately.

Light Saber

'This is not France': Frenchman renounces citizenship in order to protest attack on Syria

French Gendarme
© AFP 2018 / Pascal Guyot
A Frenchman living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is renouncing his French citizenship to protest the strikes conducted on Syria last week by three Western countries, including France.

The missile attack on Syria, launched by the US and allies the UK and France on April 14, has triggered protest that took many different forms, from crowds of Iraqis burning US flags on Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Baghdad to former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters condemning the attack and "fake" White Helmets at a concert in Barcelona.



IRS payment website crashes on tax day

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington
© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
A general view of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington
It's that time of year that all Americans love: tax day. Fortunately, for some of those who have procrastinated all year and waited until the last moment to file their returns, the IRS payment website is down.

The Internal Revenue Service still expects Americans to cough up the cash. Just how, exactly, eager taxpayers are supposed to do that, however, is unclear. According to various pages on the IRS website, including those allowing people to make a direct payment and set up a payment plan, the "service is currently unavailable".

The IRS stresses that they "apologize for any inconvenience."


Pedophile-hunter mom travels to Mexico to catch her son's abuser after police let him walk free

Lydia Lerma
© Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan
Lydia Lerma, the mother of the first victim who came forward in a child sexual assault case against Andrew Vanderwal, poses for a portrait in her child's bedroom on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at her home in Fort Collins, Colo.
Anyone who has ever dealt with law enforcement when they've been a victim of a crime knows that the wheels of justice move very slowly. For some, the waiting is too much to bear and when police - who are often more concerned with prosecuting people for possessing a plant - refuse to go after criminals, they take matters into their own hands.

When Lydia Lerma discovered that her son had been molested by a man who was living with her ex-husband, the crime devastated her. However, the insultingly low bail placed on her son's abuser was equally devastating as it allowed him to walk free for very little money. When police allowed Andrew Vanderwal to walk free after posting $750 bail, the family was doubly impacted. Worse still, Vanderwal fled to Mexico, escaping justice and infuriating Lerma, who then made it her mission to become a pedophile hunter.

Vanderwal had fully confessed to molesting Lerma's son. Yet even with a full confession, a judge set the bail so low he was able to get out of jail and go on the run. Vanderwal quickly found refuge south of the U.S. border, eventually settling in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, which is where Lerma found him, almost a year and a half after police let a confessed pedophile walk free.


Mainstream media wants you to think Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet...

hacker software
© Lino Mirgeler
Ominous looking hacker software... the type used by spooky Russian bots. (spoiler alert: it's a mock up program)
Vladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up milk from the shop or who is shagging who in the office... or so the mainstream media would have you believe.

According to sections of the British press - who, let's be honest, don't often get carried away like this - are insistent that Russia is about to launch a full-scale cyberattack on the United Kingdom... or they already have, depending on who you ask. And all because the UK, USA and France launched a missile attack against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime.

If you ask the Express, "Russia is 'SPYING' on THOUSANDS of UK households in 'RETALIATION to Syria strikes." Apparently, your home could become a part of a Russian "botnet," used to launch large scale cyber attacks. No explanation was provided as to what a botnet is though... but when you're whipping the British population into a fearful frenzy, who has time to explain?

Comment: Unless one's accepted that the mainstream media is capable - and has a long history of - telling incredibly large egregious lies to steer public support in certain directions, then unfortunately one leaves oneself open and vulnerable to believing an incredible amount of complete bullshit.

Bizarro Earth

Paul Craig Roberts: The larger crisis is only in its beginning stages

US missile attack Syria
© Associated Press/Hassan Ammar
Missiles streak across the Damascus skyline as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Many, including Russia's President Putin, have asked why the US launched an illegal attack on Syria prior to the chemical weapons inspectors examining the site of the alleged chemical attack.

This popular question completely misses the point. The US attack on Syria is a clear and indisputable war crime against a sovereign country regardless of whether Syria used a chemical weapon in driving the Washington supported terrorists from Douma. No one acted to stop Washington's war crime. Some of Washington's vassals, such as Germany and Italy, refused to participate in Washington's war crime, but no one attempted to block it. The impotent UN Security Council, to which Russia is wasting its time appealing, the EU, NATO, Russia and China themselves did nothing to stop Washington's Nazi era war crime.


Conchita Wurst: I'm HIV positive and stronger, 'freer than ever'

Conchita Wurst
© AP Photo/ Christian Bruna
On Sunday, former Austrian Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst announced on instagram that she is HIV-positive.

In her post, she wrote in German, "Today is the day to free me from the sword of Damocles for the rest of my life: I have been HIV-positive for many years. This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend threatened me to go public with this private information and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life in the future."

The post had 44,000 likes as of Monday evening.

Stock Up

Russian stocks and ruble rebound after US delays further economic sanctions

russian nesting dolls
© Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
The US president's decision to delay extending further economic sanctions against Moscow has pushed Russian stocks and currency higher. The new penalties were aimed at punishing Russia for its support of the Syrian government.

The RTS dollar-traded index had gained nearly three percent by 08:00 GMT on Tuesday, while the ruble-denominated MOEX climbed almost two percent, led by shares in Sberbank and mining company Norilsk Nickel. The ruble gained slightly against the US dollar and the euro.

Russian stocks are currently reeling from last week's plunge, when the ruble passed through its steepest slump since the middle of 2015. The currency slipped after the White House announced the toughest penalties against Moscow to date, targeting Russian businessmen and companies.