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July 05, 2019
“house judiciary committee” – Google News: Dems train fire on administration’s handling of migrants – The Spokesman-Review
“house judiciary committee” – Google News: New report claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation – Yahoo News
“mueller” – Google News: New report claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation – Yahoo News
“fbi surveillance” – Google News: 442nd Vet Don Seki Tells ‘Ike’s Soldiers’ What Patriotism Really Looks Like – The Rafu Shimpo
Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Attorney weighs ethics behind California lawmakers taking campaign contributions from PG&E – ABC10.com KXTV

“house judiciary committee” – Google News: Dems train fire on administration’s handling of migrants – The Spokesman-Review

FBI from Michael_Novakhov (28 sites)
WASHINGTON – Democrats pivoted Wednesday from a divisive fight over a border bill to what they label the government’s “willful neglect” and “callous” treatment of thousands of detained migrants, even as President Donald Trump defended Border Patrol agents and said many people being held “are living far better now than where they came from.”
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“house judiciary committee” – Google News: New report claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation – Yahoo News

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New report claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation Yahoo NewsThe Real Clear Politics report claims Mueller’s team relied on a ‘private contractor for the Democratic National Committee’; reaction from Florida Congressman …
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“mueller” – Google News: New report claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation – Yahoo News

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New report claims to have uncovered conflicts of interest inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation Yahoo NewsThe Real Clear Politics report claims Mueller’s team relied on a ‘private contractor for the Democratic National Committee’; reaction from Florida Congressman …
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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: 442nd Vet Don Seki Tells ‘Ike’s Soldiers’ What Patriotism Really Looks Like – The Rafu Shimpo

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Above and below: World War II veteran Don Seki and his wife and former “Rosie,” Sumi Seki, share their stories with Ike’s Soldiers. ABILENE, Kan. — “We were under surveillance. FBI, CIC … so I ran all over the place — away from the counterintelligence officers,” recounted Don Seki, as he and his wife Sumi sat with Ike’s Soldiers one afternoon.
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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Attorney weighs ethics behind California lawmakers taking campaign contributions from PG&E – ABC10.com KXTV

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 80 percent of all sitting California lawmakers took money from the utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric, an ABC10 investigation found. The campaign contributions came after the company was convicted of and on probation for multiple felonies for its involvement in deadly San Bruno Fires in 2010.
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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: How Much Is A Tree Worth? – OpEd

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How much is a tree is worth? And how does one measure the value and then convert the result to monetary terms?

Sue Rostas, Communications Officer for the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project, Australia says if the value of $1 a day for the amount of oxygen that a tree produces. A tree thus produces $365 worth of oxygen per year or a total of $36,500 over 100 years (and that’s not allowing for inflation!)

But Assoc. Prof. Tlna Offler, University of Newcastle, and Bill Nethery, State Forests of New SouthWales, plus some library work revealed some startling but often overlooked facts about the true value of trees.

She said the true value (considering only oxygen output) of a tree such as a Pine or Cedar would be about $120,000 each yea . If the tree lived 50 years, it would have produced about $6 million worth of oxygen!

The world would indeed be in deep economic trouble if we had to pay for the oxygen a tree produces. This calculation of the value of a tree has been based solely on its net oxygen output. But trees also have economic value in a number of other ways: They reduce the water table level and hence reduce soil salinity, which in turn improves the soil’s ability to grow plants.

They act as a carbon sink, using up considerable quantities of carbon dioxide, thus reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. and by the way, they produce a valuable building material – timber.

A 50-year-old Red Cedar would yield about $5000 worth of timber – this is the only factor usually considered when determining the economic value of a tree. As you can see, this pales into insignificance compared to the value of the oxygen the tree gives us free of charge!

The commercial cost of oxygen 7.9 litres (9.0 kg) of oxygen costs $54. From this we can calculate that 5 mole oxygen costs $1.

The value of net oxygen output of a tree such as pine or cedar:

Trees produce approx 5 mole (a measure of the number of molecules) oxygen per square metre leaf area per day. Trees use about half this oxygen for their own respiration. Therefore, the net oxygen output of a tree is approx 2.5 mole per square metre leaf area per day.

For tropical rainforest the average total leaf surface area is about 8 times the area of the canopy. A 5 year old red cedar has a canopy of about 7 square metres and hence a net oxygen output of 2.5 x 8 x 7 = 140 moles worth $28 per day (about $10,000 per year). ∑ A 20 year old red cedar has a canopy of about 80 square metres and hence a net oxygen output of 2.5 x 8 x 80 = 1600 moles worth $320 per day (about $120,000 per year). By the time the tree is 50 years old it would have produced oxygen worth about $6 million

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: A Glimmer Of Hope – OpEd

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A close confidant of PM Modi and the architect of NDA’s spectacular victory in general elections, Amit Shah’s first visit to the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir after becoming Home Minister aroused much speculation and the Hurriyat not giving a bandh call to protest against this visit has been interpreted in various ways.

While some feel that it is an indication that the separatist conglomerate is trying to be more accommodative in its approach towards the center, others feel that this is the result of the government’s iron-fist policy against terror funding under which NIA cracked down on many separatist leaders in Kashmir. However, the most important thing is that this is undoubtedly a reconciliatory gesture which is a very important development in Kashmir politics.

In function held at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said Hurriyat leaders were “ready for talks… this is an encouraging sign and we welcome this step.” It is heartening to note that the Hurriyat leaders who had once shut doors to Ram Vilas Paswan when he approached them for dialogue are now ready for talks and the separatists have finally softened the obdurate stand that they had adopted during the 2016 summer agitation which was triggered by killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

In response to the statement of Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said “we are convinced that a way out can only be achieved through talking” and added that “dialogue is the only way and that is our consistent stand. Hurriyat has always been in favour of talks as the means of resolution. We have not said anything new. We have always been saying this. As the most affected party with daily killings of our young, we would naturally want peaceful resolution of the issue.”

Home Minister Amit Shah made it clear to the local officials that while the government will go ahead with ‘Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat’ motto in Jammu and Kashmir, it will not tolerate terrorism and this stand is in accordance with the Modi government’s policy that terror and talks can’t go hand in hand.

That the Hurriyat has responded positively is an encouraging sign as due to this the prospects of the Centre and separatists veering towards dialogue have greatly improved. The message that the centre will keep pushing developmental initiatives to address the alienation among the people that has built up over the last three decades in Kashmir will also help in reducing the frustration level amongst those who despite being educated and qualified are still unemployed. Addressing Kashmir’s developmental deficit is surely going to be the first step for engagement with its people and an important confidence building measure.

A common complaint of the people of Kashmir has been the lethargy and widespread dishonesty within the bureaucracy, especially at lower levels. By declaring that democracy will be strengthened in Kashmir at any cost and directing civil administration officials to dismantle the ‘corrupt and elitist’ structure and reach out to every last citizen in the state, Shah has initiated a positive measure that was long overdue. His clear instructions to clean up corruption and prosecute those who have ‘milked the system’ so that every Kashmiri feels that it’s not a government of the elitists’ will surely go down very well with the masses.

By pursuing the issues of promoting development and curbing corruption in J&K, Shah will be killing two birds with one arrow as illicit power centres which have come up through ill-gotten money will be demolished and the people will get empowered.

Youth of Kashmir have lot of expectations from the Home Minister. They hope that he will make all-out efforts as far as emotional reach-out to the people of Kashmir is concerned as well as overcome the employment crisis. Things have already started moving; in a first-of-its-kind, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has embarked on an ambitious initiative to reach out to the people at the grassroots level through a programme named as ‘Back to the Village’. Launched in backdrop of Amit Shah’s visit, this initiative aims to empower people at the gross root level and has received a good response from the public.

From Modi 1.0 to Modi 2.0, the BJP-led government has continued to take keen interest in Kashmir and even though it has currently closed down all communication channels with Pakistan and is investigating separatists for having been allegedly involved in economic offences, it has not ruled out the possibility of holding dialogue with the Hurriyat. This is the reason why people hope that Shah would be able to change the situation in Kashmir where death and destruction is presently the order of the day, so that its people see a new dawn of peace.

One only hopes that the new dispensation at the centre will seriously take steps for ensuring everlasting resolution of the Kashmir issue so that myriad border skirmishes, animosity and blood shed will end and normalcy restored.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Eurasia Review: Hypocrisies About Refugees – OpEd

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Here are two visuals from the latest annual U.N. report about the world’s refugee situation, “UNHCR Global Trends 2018”, and though these images don’t pack the emotional punch of a child’s corpse that has just been washed upon a beach after drowning when his family had attempted to escape from a country that the U.S. and its allies were ‘trying to make free’ by bombing it to hell, each of these two pictures below contains a much bigger and more important message than does any such tear-jerking image or anecdote, but each of these pictures requires a bit of intelligence in order to understand it:

The first picture shows the result of the U.S. regime’s regime-change wars under Obama and Trump, in Syria and Venezuela especially. (Syria by using Al Qaeda in Syria to lead jihadists to bring down the Government, and Venezuela by strangulating sanctions that have produced an economic blockade which prohibits food and medicine from being able to reach the population).

The 9-year earlier “UNHCR Global Trends 2009”, which covered the end of the George W. Bush Presidency, had reported that “There were 43.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2009,” and that this was up from 42.0 million in 2008. The “UNHCR Global Trends 2007” said only that “available information suggests that a total of 67 million people had been forcibly displaced at the end of 2007”, and so there might have been a reduction during the later years of Bush’s Presidency.

In any case, the number of “forcibly displaced people” was stable during the final years of Bush’s second term and the entirety of Barack Obama’s first term, until 2012. 2011 was the first year of the Arab Spring uprisings, which were a CIA production, as was documented by two books from Ahmed Bensada, each of which was well reviewed by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, in her two articles, one on 18 January 2014, and the other on 25 October 2015. Of course, the impression that the American public was presented about the Arab Spring uprisings is that those were spontaneous. Actually, Obama came into office in 2009 hoping to overthrow Syria’s Government.

So,
whereas the numbers had been stable for Obama’s first term of office,
all hell broke loose throughout his second term, with his invasions of
Libya and Syria, plus his continuation of George W. Bush’s occupations
of both Afghanistan and Iraq. And, now, under Trump, the number is back
again to GWB’s peak level and rising.

As I noted on June 30th under the headline “U.S. Government Tops All For Creating Refugees”,
“the U.S. regime’s regime-change operations produce around half of the
entire world’s refugee-problem.” That fact is shown in the second visual
here. (Just look at Syria and Venezuela there.) What the first visual
shows is that the U.S. regime’s attempts to overthrow the Governments of
Syria and of Venezuela caused those global totals to soar. Those two
nations alone accounted for nearly half of the global total, and part of
the rest was from America’s prior invasions: Afghanistan, Iraq, the
U.S.-backed coup in Honduras in 2009, etc. America’s invasions and
attempted coups (such as in Venezuela) provided the dynamos that drove
those rising numbers of refugees.  

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton at The Gray Zone headlined on June 19th, “This celebrated Western-funded nonprofit collaborated with al-Qaeda to wage lawfare on Syria” and
documented how U.S.-and-allied billionaires and the U.S. Government
fund “lawfare,” a war in international courts, and not only a huge
international propaganda campaign to demonize Bashar al-Assad, in order
to overthrow him. I had previously documented that “U.S. Protects Al Qaeda in Syria”. Actually, Obama bombed
Syria’s army at the oil center city of Deir Ezzor on 17 September 2016
in order to enable both Al Qaeda and ISIS to take over that city
.
The U.S. team talk a storm against “terrorism” but quietly (along with
the monarchs of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar) sponsor it as being
“boots-on-the-ground” fighters — proxies there, instead of U.S. troops —
to bring down leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad.   

So, when the U.S. and its allies complain about the refugee crisis, and pontificate against “dictators,” and assert international law when they are the worst violators of international law, maybe they enjoy fooling their own public, but outside the U.S. alliance, their lying and evil are obvious. It even shows up clearly in the UNHCR’s statistics (such as those visuals).

Obviously, China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and other nations that the U.S. regime labels as ‘enemies’, are not to blame for those tens of millions of refugees. The U.S. and its allies definitely are to blame for it. This isn’t a situation where the pot is calling the kettle black, but instead it’s one where the pot is calling the fresh-fallen snow black, and in which only propagandistic ‘news’ media refuse to reveal this to their audiences. The snow is white, and the U.S. regime and its allies are red, covered with their tens of millions of victims’ blood and flaming misery. 

International poll after international poll finds that
the country which is considered to be “the greatest threat to peace in
the world today” by the most people worldwide is the U.S., but that
Americans don’t think it’s true. So: who is right? Americans? Or the
rest of the world? Now, why would people outside the U.S. believe that
way? Maybe it’s because of “communist propaganda”? The most important
thing to recognize is that the U.S. is a dictatorship.
That scientifically demonstrated fact explains a lot. None of these
sanctions and coups and invasions against countries that had never
invaded nor in any way endangered the U.S. could exist otherwise than
this, because any dictatorship is based upon lies. Invading Iraq was
based upon lies. Invading Afghanistan was based upon lies. Invading
Syria was based upon lies. Invading Libya was based upon lies. The economic sanctions against Russia are based upon lies. American foreign policies are based upon lies. It’s no wonder, then, why Americans are so misinformed.

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Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Perspective | All eight Spider-Man movies, ranked from worst to best washingtonpost.com/arts-entertain…

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Perspective | All eight Spider-Man movies, ranked from worst to best washingtonpost.com/arts-entertain…


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Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Opinion | Can Ursula von der Leyen save the transatlantic relationship? washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/…

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Opinion | Can Ursula von der Leyen save the transatlantic relationship? washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/…


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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: Opinion | Trump and Barr are crossing another line wapo.st/32ansjg?tid=ss…

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Opinion | Trump and Barr are crossing another line wapo.st/32ansjg?tid=ss…


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