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WW3 Preparations? Amidst Drought, North Korean Officials Raid Homes And Farms To Feed Army

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, North Korean officials are ransacking homes and raiding farms in order to feed their starving army.    Not only has the drought taken its toll on the nation, but this newest harsh seizure of food is causing internal clashes between the civilians and the army.     Soldiers for the communist regime had already been given long periods of leave in order to try to find food and make money to purchase food. However, it hasn’t been enough. Collective farms are suffering due to drought and poor harvests, leading officials to ransack farms and homes in order to find any stored food or money that might benefit the army, Daily NK reports. While North Korean citizens are used to officials searching for food and asking for bribes, their use of increasingly brutal tactics to feed a starving army has led to reported clashes between troops and citizens. Farms in the country have not been able to meet quotas, and in response, officials are giving them new assignments. “We are suffering because collective farms in our region did not have a good harvest last year and so we were unable to fulfill the mandatory quota for military provisions. All individuals who weren’t able to meet the demands have been receiving additional assignments since the very beginning of January,” a source in South Hamgyong Province reported to Daily NK.  “This year,...

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Russian Submarine Seen Engulfed In Flames, Russian Navy Calls It An “Exercise”

A video that first surfaced on Twitter and has since made the rounds on social media, appears to show a moored Russian Kilo-class attack submarine’s stern-engulfed in thick, black smoke. #ВМФ #ТОФ🇷🇺#Russian #Navy Fire on a submarine in #Vladivostok.⚠️The Pacific Fleet’s press service states that these were ‘Damage Control’ exercises. pic.twitter.com/XSMMaNuvoE — Capt(N) (@Capt_Navy) January 21, 2018 The striking footage was filmed in the Russian Pacific port city of Vladivostok, facing the Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. The port of Vladivostok happens to be the home port of the Russian Pacific fleet and the most significant Russian port on the Pacific Ocean. Shortly after the videos were uploaded to social media, the Russian Navy swiftly came out calling the fire part of a “damage control exercise.” Russia’s news outlet TASS quoted the Russian Navy as stating: “Exercises to extinguish a fire on the pier using imitation were conducted on the territory of the connection of the Pacific Fleet submarines among personnel.” The contingent fire was eliminated in six minutes. “The personnel coped with the” excellent .”  Another report from Interfax News states that the Russian military has denied reports of a fire on the submarine base in Vladivostok. Военные опровергли сообщения о пожаре на базе подлодок во Владивостоке https://t.co/gpVYHzh39f — Интерфакс (@interfax_news) January 21, 2018 Five submarines and a dozen Russian naval ships are seen moored in close quarters to the...

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AI Censorship And The Power Of ‘Steem’ To Preserve Truth

Authored by Tom Luongo, Just read a great article by Caitlin Johnstone over at Medium where she discusses the automation of censorship tools by companies like Twitter and Google. Putting paid Julian Assange’s warning last year on this, Ms. Johnstone details just some of the abuses that Twitter and Google engaged in to subtly and not-so-subtly shift public perception of major issues that run counter to the narrative the power structure wants us to believe. And it is for this reason that projects like Steemit are so very important. I talked about how important Steem is after James O’Keefe’s latest expose of Twitter (read it here).  Watching people like Mrs. Johnstone wake up to the problem is great, but she also needs to take the next step. You can’t hack something whose underlying content is stored in a distributed blockchain. Because the blockchain’s ledger is immutable, what you wrote is preserved in all of its glory (ignominious or otherwise) forever. As she points out, type of censorship is far worse than simply throwing books into piles and burning them. With DRM and all digital assets, inconvenient truths can be memory-holed off your Kindle never to be seen again. Abridged versions of books can be substituted for the original text and worse. So, the blockchain as it pertains to how we communicate is a fundamental need to disrupt this communications super-state they...

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Watch A Comedian Shred CNN’s Regime Change Talking Points In Under A Minute

This could well be one of the most epic less-than-60-second devastating take-down of just about every mainstream media lie on Syria… In case you missed it, an entire panel of guests revolted against well-known conservative commentator S.E. Cupp’s demands that the US “do something” to remove the Assad government during a segment on her CNN HLN show late last week, but it was a comedian that delivered the final death blow, calling Cupp’s recycled regime change talking points “insane”.   Cupp has for years argued that “US inaction” is to blame for Syria’s woes and has been a consistent and prominent voice on the right calling for increased and more direct military action in the Syrian war – even as top US officials and Pentagon and intelligence insiders have since been very blunt in stating the obvious that only al-Qaeda and ISIS would fill the vacuum should the Assad government be removed by military force. S.E. Cupp: “Isn’t it time to do something in Syria in a full-throated way?” During a recent Syria panel discussion on “SE Cupp Unfiltered,” she revisited the idea of regime change, posing the question for the panel: “isn’t it time to do something in Syria in a full-throated way?” For hawks like Cupp, nothing is ever enough apparently, even as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pledged that US forces will occupy… remain in Syria for...

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Steyer Doesn’t Care That Impeachment Campaign Frustrates Democratic Leaders: ‘Too Bad’

Share Tweet Email Tom Steyer / YouTube BY: Paul Crookston Follow @P_CrookstonJanuary 23, 2018 10:02 pm Democratic leaders have been scrambling in public and in private to get one of their billionaire donors to tone down his national effort to impeach President Donald Trump, and he doesn’t appear to care. As Tom Steyer has ramped up his Need to Impeach campaign, Democrats have urged him behind the scenes not to focus on Trump’s removal, the New York Times reports. This has led to party leaders’ increasing frustration with Steyer, who has already spent $20 million on advancing impeachment and has pledged to spend $30 million to mobilize young voters in the 2018 midterms. Steyer said in an interview that Democratic leaders should not hesitate to talk about impeachment. “We’re just telling the truth to the American people, and it’s an important truth,” Steyer said about his campaign. “And if you don’t think it’s politically convenient for you, that’s too bad.” His party’s leaders have not just urged him in private to drop impeachment talk, they have also said the campaign is a “distraction,” and only 66 House Democrats voted for an impeachment resolution in January. The next phase of Steyer’s campaign will pressure representatives in safely Democratic seats to support impeachment, and his advantage lies in the enthusiasm the party’s base has for impeaching Trump. An NBC News/Wall Street...

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Dollar Dumps Below Key Level – Worst Start To A Year Since 2003

For the first time since December 2014, the Dollar Index has tumbled below 90.00 tonight as the greenback-bloodbath continues in early Asian FX trading…amid US trade policy concerns. 2017 was an ugly year for the dollar, but 2018 is starting off worse with the Dollar Index down 2.43% so far – the worst start since 2003. In fact it has been a one-way street since The Fed hiked rates in December.   Also of note tonight, the dollar weakness has sent USDJPY back below 110 As Bloomberg reports, the dollar dropped to a three-year low, weighed by concerns over U.S.’s trade policies and a report that President Donald Trump may be questioned in the Russian investigation. The Dollar Index is poised for its third day of losses as investors await China’s reaction to Trump’s trade tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to question Trump about his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey as well as the removal of Michael Flynn. “While at this stage Trump’s protectionist rhetoric is being applied sparingly and not drawing a reaction from China, there is the threat of Trump ramping up protectionism,” said David Forrester, a strategist at Credit Agricole SA’s corporate and investment-banking unit in Hong Kong. That will weigh on the dollar, he said. The question is – will the lagged correlation continue?...

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It’s Official: 2017 Was Mexico’s Most-Murderous Year Ever

Across the 31-Mexican states, there were 29,168 homicides in 2017, the federal government published in a brand new report on Sunday, making last year the most murderous year on record. You will find more statistics at Statista The latest homicide data from the interior ministry is the highest ever to be reported since records were first kept in 1997 and represents a whopping 27% surge over 2016 figures. The interior ministry details last year’s per capita homicide rate at 20.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, up more than one point from 19.4 in 2011. Last week, President Trump tweeted that Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. He cited the “massive inflow of drugs” and alluded to the out of control cartel violence across the nation, as a great sales pitch to the American people of why his proposed Mexico–United States border wall needs funding. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department warned U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees to exercise increased caution while traveling in Mexico, and even restricted some regions from access because of “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.”   While the U.S. State Department discouraged all travel to 31 Mexican states, the new travel warning elevated five states to a level-4 status, otherwise known as a war-zone like some countries in the Middle East. The U.S. State Department defines Level-4 as : Do Not...

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Patrick Cockburn Rages: “It’s Time To Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes”

Authored by Patrick Cockburn via Counterpunch.org, The first pathetic pieces of wreckage from North Korean fishing boats known as “ghost ships” to be found this year are washing up on the coast of northern Japan. These are the storm-battered remains of fragile wooden boats with unreliable engines in which North Korean fishermen go far out to sea in the middle of winter in a desperate search for fish.   Often all that survives is the shattered wooden hull of the boat cast up on the shore, but in some cases the Japanese find the bodies of fishermen who died of hunger and thirst as they drifted across the Sea of Japan. Occasionally, a few famished survivors are alive and explain that their engine failed or they ran out of fuel or they were victims of some other fatal mishap. The number of “ghost ships” is rising with no fewer than 104 found in 2017, which is more than in any previous year, though the real figure must be higher because many boats will have sunk without trace in the 600 miles of rough sea between North Korea and Japan. The reason so many fishermen risk and lose their lives is hunger in North Korea where fish is the cheapest form of protein. The government imposes quotas for fishermen that force them to go far out to sea. Part of...

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Ugandan President Backs Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Comments: ‘He Speaks to Africans Frankly’

http://media.breitbart.com/media/2016/07/Yoweri-Museveni.jpgUgandan president Yoweri Museveni backed President Donald Trump’s alleged comments about “shithole countries,” praising him for talking about “Africans’ weaknesses frankly.” “I love Trump because he speaks to Africans frankly,” Museveni said during a meeting of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). “I don’t know if he was misquoted or whatever. He talks about Africans’ weaknesses frankly.” In a later tweet, Museveni reiterated his message, arguing that “Africans need to solve their problems.” “Donald Trump speaks to Africa frankly. Africans need to solve their problems,” he wrote. “You can’t survive if you are weak. It is the Africans’ fault that they are weak.” The third purpose for integration is strategic security. Donald Trump speaks to Africans frankly. Africans need to solve their problems. You can’t survive if you are weak. It is the Africans’ fault that they are weak. We are12 times the size of India, but why are we not strong? — Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) January 23, 2018 Museveni, 73, has ruled Uganda since 1986 as head of the right-wing National Resistance Movement and could possibly run for a sixth term in 2021 if a bill is approved to remove presidential age limits. Trump caused an uproar in the liberal media after The Washington Post quoted Trump as saying countries like Haiti, El Salvador, and some countries in Africa were “shithole countries” from which America needed to reduce levels of immigration. “Why are we...

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Tillerson Blames Russia For Alleged Syria Chemical Attack After Admitting He Doesn’t Actually Know Who Did It

It’s so absurd it’s hard to believe, but when it comes to US policy absurdity has been par for the course over the past years. At an international meeting hosted by France on global chemical weapons proliferation Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed both Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Russia for carrying out a purported new chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. Speaking from Paris on Tuesday, Tillerson said, “Whoever conducted the attacks Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in eastern Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria.” That’s right – in the same sentence Tillerson leveled the accusation against Russia, while simultaneously pointing the finger at Assad, he admitted that he really doesn’t know much at all about “whoever conducted the attacks”. The incident, a reported chlorine gas attack delivered via rockets, is said to have happened Monday in the same suburb of Syria’s capital that a much larger August 2013 attack took place, which the United States blamed on Assad, which nearly precipitated direct US military intervention under the Obama administration, according to an investigative report by Seymour Hersh in the London Review of Books. Tillerson issued the accusation at chemical weapons conference in Paris on Tuesday. Image source: AP via The Washington Post “Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, mostly children, were victims of an...

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