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Friday, June 30, 2017


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Imagine it is your baby born with a congenital disease.  You, the loving parents of this British baby, manage to raise money to pay for an experimental treatment in the US to save his life.  But then the European Court of Human Rights orders that your baby must die in the name of "death with dignity".  His life support was to be switched off on Friday June 30, 2017, but due to world-wide outrage his parents were given a few more days to say good bye.  UK parents do NOT have the right to save their sick children.  Courts decide whether to let them live or die.
baby Charlie
UPDATE July 3:  President Donald J. Trump has backed the fight to save the critically ill British baby Charlie Gard, saying he would be “delighted” to “help” the boy after a European court ruled his parents could not privately fund a final attempt to treat him.  The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has been slammed for acting like a “death panel” after denying Charlie’s parents the chance to take their son to the U.S. for “experimental treatment”.  (More further down this page.)
  • The following news story is not about the baby's chances of survival under experimental care, and it's not about whether people with severe disabilities can have a meaningful life.  Those are subjects for separate discussions. 
  • What really matters here is that a European institution can decide whether an English baby should live or die, overriding the desire of his parents to give him a chance with an experimental treatment abroad, even when those parents have the means to fully pay for it.
  • When Britain voted for Brexit it was to free itself from the dictatorial clutches of the European Union, which in only a few years has managed to override national democratic rights in all its country members.  
  • A bureaucracy now has absolute powers over every aspect of life and death in the European Union.    
  • Not many people are aware that notorious Nazis rehabilitated after the war were key in the creation of the European Union.  Watch shocking video on this page
  • Individual and national rights are being lost all over the western world. 
  • Schools now decide not only on the curriculum they teach, but also on the values with which they indoctrinate students. 
  • Tiny kids in kindergarten are now being brainwashed into thinking that it's up to them to be either a boy or a girl.
  • Schools explain to primary school kids the graphic details of unnatural sexual practices, and characterizes them as being perfectly OK. 
  • In Ontario, Canada, parents can lose custody of their children - even little kindergarten-age kids - if they object to their children's desire to identify with the biologically wrong gender.
  • There are some countries in Europe, such as Germany and Sweden, where home schooling is illegal, so kids are in fact hostages of the state.
  • Having lost the right to impart moral values on their children, now European parents have lost the right to save their lives when they suffer from a serious medical condition, as the following news story demonstrates.
  • Incidentally, the notorious European Court of Human Rights has stopped the deportation of hundreds, if not thousands, of foreigners guilty of murder, rape, genocide, in consideration of their human rights.   
Breitbart - A European court has ruled that the parents of a critically ill baby cannot privately pay for him to go to the United States for “experimental treatment”, and the child must stay in a British hospital to “die with dignity”.
The parents of 10-month-old Charlie Gard are reported to be “utterly distraught” after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) denied them a final effort to save their dying son. 

After losing a battle in the UK’s Supreme Court, they had appealed to the court in France to fight the decision of British doctors at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, who argued the baby could not be saved in the U.S. and must “die with dignity”. 

Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31 (photo above), had raised more than £1.3 million to take Charlie to the U.S. for partially untested, “experimental” treatment, which they claim could save his life.
Continue reading this article, one about the EU Court of Human Rights protecting foreign killers and rapists from deportation, and VIDEO on how the European Union was developed in phases by notorious Nazis rehabilitated after the end of World War II.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


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When army ants move out, a new study found that, instead of chasing each other away, birds work together to follow the column and hunt the insects that marching ants scare out of hiding. 
 Ruddy woodcreeper,
a bivouac-checking species

  • Finding that birds largely work together to forage at army ant raids seems to demonstrate that cooperation is a better survival strategy than trying to keep food from the raids for their own species.
  • In watching for the raids and the flocks that "attend" them, a key to avian cooperation may be what are termed "bivouac-checking" birds.  
  • These are birds that perch near the sites where army ants make their nests (bivouacs) and watch to see where and when the ants move.
  • So when bivouac-checking birds see the movement of the columns and take off, other birds take the cue. They either know birds like the ocellated antbird follow ant columns or recognize vocalizations the specialized birds make when chasing the colonies.
  • Birds may use each other as a way of finding army ant raids, which are very hard to locate in the forest because they are widely spaced and the ants are mobile.
Army ants scare up a lot of food when they're on the move, which makes following them valuable for predator birds. But instead of competing and chasing each other off from the ant "raids," as scientists had thought, birds actually give each other a heads up when the ants are marching, according to a new Drexel University study.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HEARTBREAKING VIDEO OF FRANCE THEN AND NOW - The fun years of the 1960s and 70s are gone to never return again.

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  • Former French President embraces Chief
    Palestinian terrorist Mahmoud Abbas
    Some people regard Europe in the grip of terror and losing control of its cities as poetic justice. 
  • France, Germany, the UK, and other European countries have been for decades spending billions funding Arab terror in Israel, all disguised as humanitarian aid.
  • As long as the victims are Jewish, Europeans characterize terror as 'resistance' and Muslim terrorists as freedom fighters. 
  • But terror has come to Europe to stay, and militarized cities and constant fear of where the next bombing or stabbing will occur are now part of Europeans' daily lives.  What goes around, comes around.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Three Employees Resign from CNN Amid Very Fake News Scandal
  • Above:  the now iconic picture of CNN top pundits with very long and sad faces the evening Republicans won the recent election in Georgia.  CNN's leftist bias has never been a secret. 
  • CNN is a pro-Democrat activist organization disguised as a news channel, now fully dedicated to attack and bring down the Trump presidency by any means possible - even fake news, if necessary. 
  • Even though CNN has at its disposal a wide array of correspondents and media resources all over the world, it obsessively narrows its broadcasts to whatever reflects negatively on Trump and his staff - most of it speculation, innuendo and misinformation.  This is a clear case of gross journalistic malpractice.
  • Their nefarious fake news reporting has finally caught up with them, as you can see on the following reports exposing the sordid details of CNN's unethical journalism.
  • CNN has retracted, three staffers have resigned, but this is not the end of it.  Stay tuned. 
UPDATE - VIDEO BY REBEL MEDIA:  CNN's very bad week vindicates Trump  
More Videos by Rebel Media
Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN as Jeff Zucker, Network Flack Refuse to Comment on Russia Retraction to Own Network
The scandal surrounding CNN’s mishandling of a very fake news hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates grows bigger as the network’s president Jeff Zucker and public relations team are refusing to comment to anyone — even to CNN media reporter Brian Stelter — about what happened. 

CNN President Jeff Zucker and correspondent Brian Stelter attend CNN Heroes Gala 2016 at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2016 in New York City.


READ MORE on this issue further down this page


In the meantime here are some news sources where you will find some of what CNN and other mainstream media refuse to report on:
Suggested news sources:




AMERICAN THINKER (The best columns on current events)  -

GATESTONE INSTITUTE - Europe and Middle East news stories and commentary -

HONEST REPORTING - Exposing bias in media Middle East reporting

New still evolving website to keep an eye on: 

Whatfinger News  
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down on Breaking News & Commentary
The Relentless Pursuit of Creating The Greatest Aggregate Link News Site On Earth
American Pravda: CNN
  • CNN "ratings are incredible right now," President Trump "good for business"
  • John Bonifield, CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative "Mostly bullshit right now"
  • "Get back to Russia," Says CEO Jeff Zucker
  • President Trump is Right About Witch Hunt, "No real proof"
  • Comes in Wake of CNN's Russia-Gate Retraction & New Rules on Russia Coverage 
UNDERCOVER VIDEO By Project Veritas 
(NEW YORK) -- Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN's Russia narrative. 
"I mean, it's mostly bullshit right now," Bonifield says. "Like, we don't have any giant proof."    He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:
"It's a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss... All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you're just like, that's adorable. That's adorable. This is a business."
Continue reading about the investigation of CNN fake news

Sunday, June 25, 2017


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These winning images were among 10,000 entries from 74 different countries in the annual contest.  This year's overall winner was Maria Davison, from Portugal, for her image of a puppy resting its head (top left below). 
Kennel Club’s dog photographer of the year awards

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Friday, June 23, 2017

MUSLIM JIHAD IN JEFFERSON'S TIME - How the BARBARY WARS changed US history - Jefferson's war against Muslim piracy and slavery

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Many people think that jihad is a recent phenomenon.  The fact is that Islam has been waging an almost relentless war of conquest, slavery, looting, mass slaughter, and forced conversions since the 7th century, allowing it to expand through much of Asia and Africa. 
Muslim Arabs were key perpetrators of the international slave trade in Africa.  But that is not all.  Islam also conquered parts of Europe at one time, and engaged in piracy and the capture of European women as sex slaves.
Contrary to current mainstream views, Islam's practices of gruesome violence against non-Muslims, slavery, and other crimes are not an aberration or a distortion of Islam but they correspond to strict religious mandates by the Koran, which is regarded as the will of Allah. 
The following article reviews a recent book on the Barbary Wars - the US defensive wars against Arab piracy, slavery and their exorbitant demands for ransom - and on these wars' importance in early American history. 
Incidentally, today western countries pay generous welfare and other benefits to Muslims living in the West, afraid that if those payments are cut or reduced, even greater violence will erupt.

  The Forgotten War that Changed American History
by Janet Levy

 Some key ideas on this article: 
  • For centuries, ships had been attacked in international waters and had their crews and cargoes held for ransom, even those belonging to the great naval powers of the day, France and Great Britain. 
  • Rather than fight the pirates, these countries preferred to pay annual tributes to purchase safe passage for their vessels.
  • The First Barbary War, marking the first time that the American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil, had ended with America standing up to the pirates, something the established European naval powers had not done. 
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, then respective American ambassadors to Britain and France, were confounded by the Muslim practice of attacking a nation outside the context of war and absent an identifiable threat. 
  • Following a meeting with Muslim leaders both Adams and Jefferson registered astonishment at the excessive tribute amounts and inquired how the Barbary States could justify "[making] war upon nations who had done them no injury." 
  •  The (Muslim) Tripolitan ambassador declared that "all nations which [have] not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave."
  • Authors Kilmeade and Yaeger point out the irony of Jefferson, author of "all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights," being confronted by the stark reality of Islamic doctrine.
  • President Washington wanted neither a standing army nor navy and favored a policy of neutrality in foreign affairs. His administration made payments to ensure U.S. ships passage through the seas. 
  • in 1800 the USS George Washington, the first American warship to enter the Mediterranean arrived safely in Algiers but failed to carry a significant enough tribute so Muslims captured the ship and crew. 
  • In response then president Jefferson declared war and a blockade.
In the late 1700s, the newly independent republic of the United States was continually beset by piracy at sea from four Muslim Barbary Coast states: Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, and Morocco. 
The U.S., with limited military resources and staggering debts from the War for Independence, sought to establish secure routes for international commerce to spur rapid economic growth needed to build the emerging country. 
Yet the U.S. faced constant Ottoman attacks on its merchant ships. American and European ships venturing into the region routinely faced capture of crewmembers, who risked being held as slaves until hefty ransoms were paid. 
The persistent Barbary pirate raids created a major crisis for a new nation that could not afford to either suffer from economic isolation or pay the exorbitant tributes demanded by the pirates.
In Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (Sentinel, 2015), coauthors Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger explore "the forgotten war that changed American history." In an action-packed thriller that aptly captures the time, place, politics, and circumstances, the authors chronicle the crisis leading up to the Barbary Wars and their triumphant aftermath.

Continue reading this and watch VIDEO - See UPDATE:  Washington Post Fake News about Jefferson

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


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A few days ago I posted the case of the single dad lion who devotedly raised his orphaned cub after mom had died.  Here is another moving story showing the nurturing feelings of wild felines, which in many documented cases extend to babies of other species. 
A young lion was pictured licking an antelope calf clean in the Kruger National Park in South Africa after apparently picking the youngster up when it wandered off from its mother
Amazing moment lion adopts tiny newborn antelope carrying it in its mouth like a cub and even LICKING the calf clean
  • Graeme Mitchley captured the extraordinary moment a lion adopts a baby antelope at Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Mr Mitchley said he doesn't know what became of the calf's mother or how the big cat got hold of it   But the teacher did witness the lion carrying the baby like a cub and attempting to lick its fur clean
  • Eventually the lion carried the cub out of sight, so Mr Mitchley says he doesn't know if the animal survived 

  • Continue reading and watch VIDEO

    Sunday, June 18, 2017


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    In the aftermath of more stabbings against non-Muslims and an apparent revenge vehicle ramming against Muslims in London, these articles and videos about diversity seem relevant.

    VIDEO - Andrew Klavan: Multiculturalism Explained - in less than three minutes
    • We are essentially tribal creatures.  It's our nature.  We are wired to be protective of our family, our clan, our religion, and our own country first.  
    • In animals this allegiance to the pack is regarded as an important tool for survival, but when humans exhibit this trait ideologues and politicians want to eradicate it, by stealth or by force if necessary.
    • This is utterly hypocritical, as we naturally continue to ally ourselves with our favorite sports team, our ethnic or national group, our language, and many other forms of tribal alliances.  We associate more with those who share our values. 
    • In Canada the French are still fierce defenders of their culture against English encroachment.  
    • Britain was until recent years in the grip of terror by Irish nationalists.
    • Tyrolean Austrians, forcibly annexed to Italy after World War II, still do not feel Italian and cling to their German language and culture.
    • The Catalan are desperately trying to gain independence from Spain.
    • The Olympic Games themselves are based on national and racial pride, not so much individual achievement.
    • The Soviets tried in vain to eradicate nationalism by upholding internationalism and by creating  the Soviet citizen.  The experiment completely failed. When the Soviet Union broke up, nationalisms were reignited.
    • Islam itself is a political system fated to create non-ending violence, as the two major branches of Islam, the Sunni and the Shia, have been killing each other for fourteen centuries in an ongoing carnage.
    • Islam has been oppressing and slaughtering non-Muslim minorities in their rapid historical expansion into much of Asia and Africa.   
    • The French and the British drew new borders in the Middle East in the early 20th century, placing Shia and Sunni together in the same countries.  We are still witnessing the explosive results as they continue to blow each other up.
    • You yourself can probably name dozens of other cases of tribalism, some more violent than others, maybe in your own city and neighborhood. 
    • Tribalism is not an aberration but a natural human attribute, and should be taken into account when drawing borders and when separating incompatible minorities.
    • These days social engineering in the form of forced ethnic diversity - instigated and implemented by globalists and socialists - is creating strife, resentment, and more tribalism, instead of uniting us.
    • A sprinkle of diversity works well, but not when you have resentful masses of very diverse people forced to live alongside each other, or when their interests are completely divergent. 
    • France successfully imported a lot of talent from other European countries and America, but their society began to unravel when millions of Muslims could not or would not be integrated.
    • Europe is rife with racial and tribal strife and the increased isolation of ethnic communities, including the ever widening Muslim No-Go Zones.
    • On top of that there has been a sickening spike in violent anti-Semitic attacks against European Jews perpetrated by Muslim migrants.  Imams call for the killing of Jews from their European mosques.  Thousands of Jews have already fled Europe for Israel and other countries.  Jew hatred is part of the Koran and Islam's history. 
    • If you think that time heals all wounds, think again.  Black nationalism and anti-white racism are on the rise in America, even after years of genuine efforts to integrate Afro-Americans.
    • Curiously, it is only white societies that are expected to invite and absorb other diverse cultures and races, while non-white societies seem to be exempt.  Nobody tells Mexico that it's 'too brown' and needs to diversify by bringing in more white immigrants.
    • The following article is based on a study carried out by a major Swedish university.  Considering how hard Sweden stifles its own national interests in defense of forced diversity through the absorption of millions of African and Middle Eastern refugees, one must take the study results as being somewhat restrained.  The reality of lingering tribalism in Sweden is much worse, particularly among non-Europeans who bring in fierce allegiances and antagonisms from their own societies.
    Study:  Diversity is Bad for Social Cohesion

    New research from Gothenburg University on solidarity in Sweden backs up evidence from previous studies that ethnic diversity is bad for social cohesion.
    Surveying 9,800 randomly selected people, the university’s SOM Institute looked at the degree to which people in Sweden are able to feel a connection with people who differ from themselves.  Researchers found that, outside of their own group, respondents are most inclined to feel an affinity with people whose education vastly differs from their own.    “Most also feel a relatively large affinity with those who have very different political views, a different sexual orientation or whose financial situation differs from their own,” science and technology magazine Forskning reports.  
    Respondents said they feel the least affinity with people with different ethnic backgrounds, who practice a different religion, or who were brought up in other cultures.

    Continue reading, a similar study by a Harvard University scholar, and watch VIDEO "Diversity DESTROYS Social Cohesion in the West

    REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS UNITED IN THEIR PLOT TO OUST PRESIDENT TRUMP - The GOP winks and watches complicitly as the president is besieged by Congress, the media, multiple investigations, and subversive and murderous 'resistance', and does absolutely nothing to defend him

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    • There is a concerted effort by Democrats and establishment Republicans - most of them in the pockets of globalist enterprises and sinister agitators such as George Soros - to bring down the Trump presidency. 
    • Aside from whether we like Trump or not, the alarming fact is that Republican and Democrat men and women elected to Congress are collaborating in a plot to topple the US president.  
    • The following video  and others on this page outline the choreography of the coup d'etat, and the background of those associated with bringing down the president through endless innuendo, attacks, and sordid investigations.   The most eloquent video is this one by Judge Jeanine Pirro.
    VIDEO - Judge Jeanine: Where is GOP establishment support of Trump?

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    Friday, June 16, 2017


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    Daddy's pride: It's a Father's Day story to make your heart soar - how Wallace the lion broke all the laws of the jungle to raise his son alone after Mummy passed away
    Daddy's pride: A story to make your heart soar  Little Khari the lion cub was left without his mother after she died from a stroke.  But doting father Wallace amazed keepers by stepping into Khari's mother's role.  Wallace even began grooming Khari - a job that usually only lionesses would do.

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    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    MURDERING REPUBLICANS TO RESTORE OBAMACARE AND THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL - How the left's incitement leads to terrorism and the undermining of democracy

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    The Democrats are sleepwalking into a civil war. They want power, but like leftists from Russia to Cuba, they haven’t seriously contemplated the price that will have to paid for their bloody utopia.  (Daniel Greenfield)

    Killing Republicans to Save Health Care and the Planet  -  How the Left’s incitement to violence leads to terrorism.
    By Daniel Greenfield
    Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, 
    investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

    The Democratic National Committee announced that Resistance Summer would begin in June. James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders volunteer, delivered by opening fire on Republicans playing baseball.
    Hodgkinson had spent the weeks before the shooting staring at the site of his future attack and working on his laptop. What was he doing on his laptop? Ranting about Trump and Republicans. 

    The assassin was a pro-Bernie Sanders activist,

    and inveterate Trump hater

    The left-wing terrorist who opened fire on Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game, an event to which they had brought their children, didn’t come up with his own ideas. His Facebook pages were dumpsters rotting with reposted left-wing hate. There was Bill Moyers' Resistance plan along with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Maddow, Robert Reich and Noam Chomsky.
    They helped shape Hodgkinson’s conviction that Republicans had to be destroyed. Or as the title of a Facebook group that he belonged to put it, “Terminate the Republican Party.”

    Continue reading about the many instances where anti-Trump activists have threatened the lives of fellow Americans

    HOW BACTERIA HELP CARNIVORE PITCHER PLANTS CATCH PREY - One of so many examples of bacteria helping their animal and plant hosts survive

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    There are countless examples of life-enabling collaboration between bacteria and their animal or plant hosts.  We humans, for example, benefit from bacteria living in our guts to help us digest food.  And 90% of our cells are bacterial.  We look human because our cells are bigger, that's all.    Here is another surprising example of important collaboration between bacteria and other living things: 
    How Bacteria Help Pitcher Plants Trap Prey
    • Pity the insect that tumbles into a pitcher plant’s trap. The slippery walls and waiting pool of water ensure it won’t clamber back out. There’s nothing left to do but wait to be digested.
    • The California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica) is also called the cobra lily for its curled-over shape that hides its exit from its victims.
    • Unlike other pitcher plants, it doesn’t fill its trap from above with rainwater but from below, drawing water up with its roots. But like others, it seems to use bacteria living in that well to help digest its prey.  
    • The bacteria perform another role too: making the liquid even harder for an insect to escape than ordinary water. 

    Continue reading this and other amazing articles about microbes