20 Feb 2018

Hacker doubles down: It WAS Seth Rich who took DNC files
The hacker, Kim Dotcom, said in a tweet Monday that “the DNC hack wasn’t even a hack,” reported Tyler Durden at the Zerohedge blog. “It was an insider with a memory stick. I know this because I know who did it and why. Special Counsel Mueller is not interested in my evidence. My lawyers wrote to him twice. He never replied.

Limbaugh: ‘Russia investigation’ designed to protect Obama
While Hillary Clinton also is being protected, Obama “is the primary person being protected here, because all of this spying and all of his collusion to destroy Trump happened with his knowledge and probably encouragement,” he said on his nationally syndicated show Monday. Limbaugh pointed out that “the only collusion that we know of – that could actually be established – is that between Hillary Clinton and the Russians, through Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS.”

CNN and MSNBC Helped Russia Sow Discord by Promoting Fake Anti-Trump Rally
One of the revelations in Friday’s indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was that alleged Russian attempts to sow disunity in 2016 included the organization of both pro- and anti-Trump rallies in New York City on the Saturday after Election Day. A check of their November 12 coverage showed both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally that day, with live reports every hour. …their … helpers on CNN and MSNBC certainly gave them plenty of assistance…

Iranian Official Threatens to ‘Level’ Israel to the Ground
A senior Iranian official threatened to “level” Israel to the ground on Monday in an interview with the Arabic languages news outlet, al-Manar. “About Netanyahu’s unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,”

Israel’s ‘Deep State’ Targets Netanyahu with Bogus Charge
The Israeli police investigation against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows remarkable similarities with the Special Counsel probe against President Donald Trump in the United States. But it also raises an equal, if not greater, number of questions about the purity of the police service’s intentions and its trustworthiness

First Conference to Connect with Millions of Pashtun Claiming to be Lost Tribes of Israel
At a groundbreaking conference on Thursday, experts will gather in Jerusalem to discuss the status of Pashtun, a tribal nation of tens of millions of Afghani and Pakistani Muslims who believe they are descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. The experts will discuss how reconnecting Israel to the Pashtun will have enormous consequences, most notably as their prophesied return.

The contest for Afrin province has become dangerous and deadly
The Kurds of Afrin in northwest Syria find themselves in the midst of an increasingly deadly and dangerous interchange of agendas. Over the last month the province has been plunged into war by a Turkish operation whose stated aim is removing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, from the area. Turkey has spoken of a 30-km. buffer zone. There have also been statements about settling 500,000 or more Syrian refugees who fled Syria to Turkey, in Afrin.

UN issues blank statement on Syria, says it has run out of words
“No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones,” the release from UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappalaere began. There followed 10 empty lines with quote marks indicating missing text, and an explanatory footnote. “UNICEF is issuing this blank statement. We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage,” it said.

Defeats in Middle East driving Islamic State fighters to Philippines
Foreign Islamic State fighters forced out of Syria and Iraq have been arriving in the Philippines with the intent of recruiting, and they have plans to attack two Philippine towns, the head of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group said on Tuesday.

Yesha envoy: Time to change ‘peace’ narrative in Washington
Envoy meets with American congressmen. ‘The Ottomans and British aren’t coming back, so why do we still have their laws in Judea, Samaria?’ Oded Revivi told Congressmen Scott Tipton and Congressman David B. McKinley that Israel’s supporters in Washington need to change the narrative for peace by advocating full implementation of Israeli law in Judea and Samaria.

Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians
Michael Moore, the polemical filmmaker who has long accused President Trump of colluding with Russians, posted videos and pictures of himself participating in a protest in Manhattan that was allegedly organized by Russians in November 2016. Prosecutors said Friday that the Russians indicted for meddling in the presidential campaign were also behind anti-Trump rallies that occured after the election.

Abbas to urge international involvement in peace process at the UN
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will urge world powers at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to stand up to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and establish a revamped peace process.

‘We will level Tel Aviv to the ground’ senior Iranian official warns Israel
Any attacks carried out against Iran will result in the destruction of Tel Aviv, Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, warned Israel on Monday…Rezaei, in response to Netanyahu’s comments at the Munich Security Conference, asserted that “If they [Israel] carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee.”

Lebanon army chief vows to battle ‘Israeli aggression’ no matter the cost
Lebanon’s army will use use every available means to confront any potential “Israeli aggression” no matter the cost, its commander said on Monday. “I affirm again our categorical rejection of the Israeli enemy infringing on Lebanon’s sovereignty and its sacred right to exploit all its economic resources,” the Lebanese army quoted General Joseph Aoun as saying on Twitter.

Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency
Christchurch and two other districts on New Zealand’s South Island have declared a state of emergency as former cyclone Gita hit the country. Dozens of schools have been shut and roads closed on the South Island as the storm made landfall on Tuesday. New Zealand’s national airline has cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, on North Island.

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe
Europe has seen a massive surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased by 400%, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths. Fifteen European region countries, including the UK, had large outbreaks. Measles cases were highest in Romania, Italy and Ukraine.

Syria war: Scores of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes
Bombardments by Syrian government forces have killed at least 100 people including 20 children in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus, rescue teams and monitors say. This would make Monday one of the deadliest days for the district since it came under siege in 2013. The Syria Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said bombs were continuing to fall on Tuesday morning.

Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts
Security researchers have posted “friendly warnings” to users of Amazon’s cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. The BBC found almost 50 warnings posted to the firm’s servers. Many had more than one warning uploaded to them. The messages urged owners to secure their information before it was stolen by malicious hackers.

EU warns it will retaliate if hit by U.S. trade curbs
The European Commission said on Tuesday it had expressed its concern to Washington about possible measures to curb imports of steel and aluminum and warned that it was ready to react if its industry was hit. “We have made it clear to the U.S. administration at the highest level that we would be deeply concerned about measures that affect the EU industry,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a news conference.

Revealed: Cash eclipsed as Britain turns to digital payments
Britain will move beyond “peak cash” this year, according to data gathered by the Guardian that suggests notes and coins are rapidly being supplanted as the favoured payment method, particularly in cities.

Wild weather: Record cold West, record warm East, flooding in the center
Wild, weird weather is coming to the U.S. this week with snow and record cold in the West, record warmth in the East, and a threat of heavy flooding rain in the central part of the USA.

L.A. County’s homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures
Los Angeles County’s homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region’s homelessness agency.

Amazon Employee Wristband Patents Light Fire Under Privacy Advocates
Amazon swears it doesn’t want to turn its warehouse workers into “fleshy robots,” as alleged by writer Matt Novak in Gizmodo. Amazon was granted two patents in January for the wristbands that are intended to show an employee how to use his hands most efficiently.

Survey of Downtown San Francisco Reveals Trash on Every Block, 303 Piles of Feces and 100 Drug Needles
An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous concoction of drug needles, garbage, and feces lining the streets of downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed more than 150 blocks, including some of the city’s top tourist destinations, and discovered conditions that are now being compared to some of the worst slums in the world.

U.S. Still Unsure Who Directed Syria Attack, Despite Russian Dead
The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved.

Trump to host PM Netanyahu at White House next month
“The president has a great relationship with the prime minister and looks forward to meeting with him” on March 5, says White House official • Administration has put controversy over so-called “annexation bill” behind it, official tells Israel Hayom.

Sheriffs Thank Trump for Sending Them Military Gear
A group of sheriffs praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday for his role in helping reverse an Obama-era ban on transferring military hardware – including armored vehicles – to police departments around the country.

Video: NBC Calls For Abolishing Second Amendment
This weekend’s news shows were dominated by calls for stricter gun control in the wake of the latest school shooting, but none advocated more radical action than NBC’s Chuck Todd, who openly called for abolishing the Second Amendment.