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The Megalomania of Modern America

by Julian Rose

As many already know, on September 18, 2017 the Senate passed a bill authorizing a further $700 billion to be injected into the coffers of the Pentagon's military industrial complex, whose primary role is ceaseless global hegemonic expansion, under the deceitful banner of 'protecting the national interest'.

The US already has over 1,000 military bases spread all over the world. Each exerting a strong geopolitical influence within its particular domain. The budget which supports these bases and the troops, air power and naval presence which goes with them, amounts to 54% of Federal discretionary spending.

The feverish determination to retain and expand the US position as the planet's number one bully boy, has been accompanied by an unprecedented escalation in the rhetoric of war and violence.

The vitriolic exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Yong-un, bear testimony to the levels of depravity each party is prepared to descend to in threatening the other with various shades of annihilation. Within the shifting parameters of this slanging match, it is worth noting that North Korea actually has something to defend: its sovereignty and independence from the ever present threat of US hegemony.

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Saudi Arabia Is Destroying an Entire Country — and the US Is Helping Them Do It

by Darius Shahtahmasebi, The Anti-Media

Following an air strike in Yemen that killed at least 12 civilians, a senior United Nations official has condemned Saudi Arabia’s actions, asserting the Kingdom has shown a complete disregard for human life.

According to Reuters, three women and six children from the same family were killed in their sleep during the dawn air strike conducted the Saudi-led coalition. Medical officials noted that the youngest of the children was just two years old. Ten others were wounded, according to the U.K.’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick.

In an official statement, McGoldrick said he was “deeply concerned” about the Saudi-led action, also accusing Saudi Arabia of violating international law:

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Parents Catch FBI In Plot To Force Mentally Ill Son To Be A Right Wing Terrorist

by Matt Agorist, TFTP

It’s become a near-weekly occurrence. Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they’ve foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives. However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who’ve been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents. Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.

While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.

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Here's Your Chance to Convince the FDA to Reclassify CBD Oil as Medicine

by Carey Wedler, The Anti-Media

On Monday, the FDA invited the public to submit comments on the potential benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), along with a handful of other substances.

Published in the federal register, the announcement explained that the FDA is “requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of 17 drug substances.” The agency will eventually submit a report including this public input to the World Health Organization, which will use the information to make decisions regarding legal access to the substances. The FDA will collaborate with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to produce the report.

According to the FDA document:

These comments will be considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the abuse liability and diversion of these drugs. WHO will use this information to consider whether to recommend that certain international restrictions be placed on these drugs. This notice requesting comments is required by the Controlled Substances Act (the CSA).

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Proud Mother Says Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer 'Was About Stopping Hatred'

by Jon Queally, Common Dreams

“I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion,” says mother of Heather Heyer. “No mother wants to lose a child, but I’m proud of her.”

Though there is much more to learn about the lone victim—identified by family and friends on Sunday as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Virginia—who lost her life in the vicious attack in Charlottesville on a group of anti-racist demonstrators, the last public message she left behind offered at least a semblance of what inspired her to march against hate on Saturday: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

The well-worn but still evocative saying is the banner image on Heyer’s public Facebook page, receiving increased attention since her horrific death on Saturday afternoon when an individual—the police have arrested and charged 20-year-old James Fields Jr. with murder—intentionally slammed a car into people protesting a rally by neo-Nazi and white supremacists in the city.

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Before You Freak out About North Korea, You Need to See What South Koreans Are Saying

by James Holbrooks, The Anti-Media

Speaking to ABC News on Sunday, one of South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s top aides criticized Donald Trump’s recent bellicose rhetoric against North Korea, calling the U.S. leader’s comments “very worrisome” because they’ve only made the situation worse.

“This is very unusual,” ambassador-at-large for international security Moon Chung-in said“We do not expect that the president of the United States would make that kind of statement. It is very worrisome for the president of the United States to fuel the crisis.”

To be sure, this “crisis” aide was speaking of, if fanned into the flames of military engagement, would have immediate ramifications for North Korea’s neighbor to the south. Some in the media, however, have begun pointing out that despite all the sabre-rattling, most South Koreans simply aren’t all that concerned.

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Fill the Swamp: Trump to Put Military Industrial Complex Lobbyist in Charge of the Army

by James Holbrooks, The Anti-Media

Last Wednesday, it was reported that Donald Trump was moving to nominate Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper for secretary of the Army. Raytheon is one of the “big five” defense contractors, and the president’s decision comes at a time when concerns are being raised over the idea of defense industry executives being placed in senior positions at the Pentagon.

Esper, who holds a master’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from George Washington University, has been Raytheon’s vice president of government relations since 2010. Before that, he held a slew of positions in both the public and private sectors. His resume is extensive, but The Hill managed to succinctly package the high points:

“Esper graduated from West Point in 1986 and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring. His Army career includes a combat tour in Iraq during the Gulf War.

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Banks Are Scheming to Dominate a Future Cashless Society

by Shaun Bradley, The Anti-Media

Visa recently announced its new Cashless Challenge program, which offers $10,000 to restaurants willing to transition into accepting only digital payments.  As the largest credit card processor in the U.S., it’s no surprise Visa is spearheading this campaign. Under the guise of increasing transparency and efficiency, they’ve partnered with governments around the world to help convert financial systems into cashless models, but their real incentive is the billions of dollars in extra transaction fees it would generate.

“We are declaring war on cash,” Visa spokesman Andy Gerlt proudly proclaimed after the program was announced.

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Google Exposed: New Evidence Reveals an Extreme Level of Manipulation and Corruption

by Josie Wales, The Anti-Media

In September of 2011, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt testified before Congress that Google was not manipulating search results to favor its own shopping service (it was). Schmidt also denied allegations that the company was a monopoly, citing a research paper written by David Balto, former policy director of the Federal Trade Commission. What Schmidt neglected to tell the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee was that Google had funded that research paper.

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Nevada Just Issued A "State of Emergency" over Marijuana Shortage

by Carey Wedler, The Anti-Media

Las Vegas, NV — Nevada’s Department of Taxation has issued a “statement of emergency” amid a shortage of cannabis since the plant was legalized for recreational use at the beginning of this month.

Between July 1 and 4, dispensaries made roughly $3 million in sales and generated as much as $1 million in tax revenue. But the green rush has come with a shortage — one almost certainly created because of the way the law was written and, as a result, the government’s willingness to grant liquor vendors an 18-month monopoly on distribution.

The Department of Taxation announced on Friday that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has endorsed the agency’s statement of emergency over the shortage of weed. As a result, state officials will vote Thursday on whether to adopt a regulation to allow the tax department to issue more distribution licenses.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported:

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