Sunday, October 21, 2018

Will we ever know what happened to Jamal Kashoggi ??

 
In this Jan. 29, 2011 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum
 

A Saudi official has announced that Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he was "placed in a chokehold position" to prevent him from leaving that country's consulate in Turkey and calling for help.
 
PHOTO: This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish broadcaster TRT World and made available on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, purportedly showing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2018.
 Kahshoggi videotaped alive the day of his disappearance
 
Two weeks later, on Friday, the country's public prosecutor said an initial investigation revealed that discussions between Khashoggi and the individuals who met with him at the consulate led to an argument and a fist fight, which resulted in the journalist's death, according to the Arabic report in the Saudi Press Agency.
The whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remain unknown. A Saudi official, on Sunday claimed that Khashoggi’s body was given to a "local cooperator" in Istanbul for disposal. "Investigation into this continues," the official said.
 
Fifteen Saudis, members of the team sent to Turkey to meet with Khashoggi in the consulate in Istanbul, are among those who have been detained by the Saudi public prosecutor, according to the official.
"All the 15 team members are among those detained," the official said. "I don't have the names at this time."
The official also said that five Saudi intelligence chiefs, who were relieved of their duties in connection to Khashoggi's death, are not currently suspects in the investigation, even though they were "part of the chain of command of the operation" and that "the operational orders ... were written in such a way as to contribute to the series of events that led to the tragic death."
  
Turkish officials have claimed that a team of 15 Saudi men, including one who was identified by the press as an autopsy doctor, flew to Turkey specifically to kill Khashoggi at the consulate.
The Trump administration has strongly denied a claim that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was played an audio recording and provided a transcript of Khashoggi's killing.
 
Eighteen Saudi citizens were detained by the Saudi government in connection with Khashoggi's killing, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency.
Several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists, have called for the U.N. to investigate Khashoggi’s death.
After speaking with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, President Trump suggested that Khashoggi was targeted by "rogue killers." Earlier this week, Trump said that there would be "severe consequences" if it is found that the Saudis murdered Khashoggi, and on Friday the president said that Saudi’s announcement that it had suspects in custody was "a good first step."
 
  Kashogi at a news conference
 
U.S. Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin, and several international business leaders, have pulled out of a major investment forum in Saudi Arabia scheduled to begin next week called the Future Investment Initiative.
Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in 2017, and had recently been living in the U.S. where he served as an opinion columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, writing critically of the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and warning of efforts to stifle the free press in the Middle East.
Khashoggi’s final column in the newspaper, published Oct. 17 was titled: "What the Arab world needs most is free expression."
 Donald Trump said Friday that he believes Saudi Arabia's explanation for the death of the journalist .

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trump tells AP he's not to blame if Republicans loses House

The Associated Press
CATHERINE LUCEY, JONATHAN LEMIRE AND ZEKE MILLER      Oct 16th 2018 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if Republicans lose the House in November.

Trump said he believes he is "helping" Republican candidates as he campaigns ahead of crucial midterm elections next month. With Republicans facing headwinds, Trump said he thinks the GOP is "going to do well," arguing that "it feels to me very much like" 2016.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Trump also accused his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen of "lying" under oath, defended his use of the derisive nickname "Horseface" for porn actress Stormy Daniels and argued that the widespread condemnation of the Saudis in the disappearance of a Washington Post columnist was a rush to judgment.

Of his efforts on the campaign trail, Trump said: "I don't believe anybody has ever had this kind of impact." He resisted comparisons to President Barack Obama, who took responsibility for the Democrats' defeat in 2010 by acknowledging that his party got "shellacked."

Democrats are hopeful about their chances to recapture the House, while Republicans are increasingly confident they can hold the Senate. If Democrats take the House and pursue impeachment or investigations — including seeking his long-hidden tax returns— Trump claimed he will "handle it very well."

Trump also declared that Cohen's testimony was "totally false" in his August plea deal to campaign finance violations alleging he coordinated with Trump on a hush-money scheme to buy the silence of Daniels and a Playboy model who alleged affairs. But in entering the deal with Cohen, prosecutors signaled that they accepted his recitation of facts and account of what occurred.

He derided Cohen, who worked for Trump for a decade, as "a PR person who did small legal work," and said it was "very sad" that Cohen had struck a deal to "achieve a lighter sentence."

And Trump did not back down from derisively nicknaming Daniels "Horseface" in a tweet hours earlier.

Asked by the AP if it was appropriate to insult a woman's appearance, Trump responded, "You can take it any way you want."
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Observations from our in-house expert Mr. Humble :
"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history."
~ John Brennan~
Trump says His administration is a well oiled machine! This machine produces… severe violations of the emoluments clause, conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, racism, adultery, treason!—
REALLY is this a USA President?????

Trump made similar claims in January when boasting about how loyal his fanbase is by suggesting he could shoot someone dead and not lose their vote. Trump>>“They say I have the most loyal people. Where I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, ok?<<Trump

Dictators .. Seek to Confuse the centers of power! Playing one against the other… Causing division in the Executive, the Judicial and the Legislative Branches of Government!!! Dictators make alliances with Foreign Dictators… Russia, Does this sound like anyone familiar?

This piece of Garbage has never taken responsibility for ANYTHING - always blaming everyone else - a great example of a COWARD.
Okay. We'll blame the lying fat guy with the lousy hair, who puts rapists on the supreme court, calls women dogs and horsefaces, tells murdering dictators he loves them, and does business with assassins because he loves money more than human life. We'll blame that guy.

At every rally he says a vote in November is vote for him but he won't accept blame for a loss?  Truth is, trump won't accept responsibility for anything.
I still remember all those campaign promises Trump came up with. We will build a great wall and Mexico will pay for it. We will rebuild the military and the infrastructure while cutting taxes for everyone, especially the wealthy. I kept thinking to myself, how are we going to pay for this? Does Trump know? Has he even thought about it?

It was all a bunch of lies to get fools to vote for him so he could give the wealthy a permanent, massive tax cut, and look at all the fools that still support him.

Last but not least :
Many ways to spot a Trump supporter:
1) They don't really support Trump; they follow him. Kind of like how sheep follow their master or how that cult in Guyana followed Jim Jones. They aren’t really capable of critical thinking. 
2) They want to “make America great again” but can barely string a sentence together and probably don't hold an advanced degree.  
3) They hate (or fear) anyone who is different from them.
4) They tend to vote against their own best interests. 
5) They are blissfully unaware of numbers 1 through 4.
6) They are easily brainwashed
7) They never search for the truth.
8) They never check sources of news on their Facebook and other social media accounts.
9) A lie is just as good as the truth if you can get someone to believe it
10) They will cheer ANYTHING Trump says.
11) And if he says something completely different the next day, they will cheer that too.
That's all folks ------------Just my humble opionon

Sunday, October 14, 2018



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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kushner Makes Millions ... Pays No Taxes

Jared Kushner is seen at the Royal Court after US President Donald Trump received the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner is a multi-millionaire slumlord who evicts and harasses low-income tenants to line his own pockets.
He is also best buds with Mohammed Bin Salman, a 30-something despot nicknamed “Little Saddam”. Salman is  waging a war on Yemen that has killed thousands of children and malnourished millions. He is also reported to have personally ordered the killing of WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
If none of that moved you to despise Kushner, perhaps this will. The NY Times obtained documents that describe Kushner’s taxes (they were part of package in a loan application). The documents show that Kushner has used special tax loopholes created for real-estate investors to an extreme degree. He has paid no income taxes for years, while receiving many millions in taxes:
The documents, which The Times reviewed in their entirety, were created with Mr. Kushner’s cooperation as part of a review of his finances by an institution that was considering lending him money. Totaling more than 40 pages, they describe his business dealings, earnings, expenses and borrowing from 2009 to 2016. They contain information that was taken from Mr. Kushner’s federal tax filings, as well as other data provided by his advisers. The documents, mostly created last year, were shared with The Times by a person who has had financial dealings with Mr. Kushner and his family.
The summaries of Mr. Kushner’s tax returns reviewed by The Times don’t explicitly state how much he paid. Instead, the documents include disclosures by his accountants that estimate how much tax he owed for the year just ended — called “income taxes payable” — and how much he paid during the year in anticipation of taxes he would owe, called “prepaid taxes.” For most of the years covered, both were listed as zero. — www.nytimes.com/...
Of course, none of us are surprised by this. We already know Donald Trump is a tax cheat. Trump hasn’t paid income taxes for years either. Trump took a billion dollar tax loss, for money that he’d borrowed. When that was revealed in 2016, numerous accountants called it illegal.
There has to be a politician somewhere who can speak to this rigged system. How is it that a waitress making $12 an hour is taxed, while a guy like Kushner who makes millions a year pays no taxes?
Why don’t Democrats attack this problem head on?
The tax code affords real estate investors great leeway in how they calculate their depreciation — flexibility that often is used to inflate their annual deductions. Among the tactics used by many developers: Their tax advisers prepare studies arguing that much of a property’s value is attributable to things like appliances and parking lots, which under the law can be depreciated more quickly than the building.
Such strategies are almost never audited, tax professionals say. And the new tax law provides even more opportunities for property investors to take larger deductions. — www.nytimes.com/...
Why don’t more politicians talk about a rigged economic system which is designed to inflate the fortunes of the Trumps and Kushners of the world. Meanwhile, poor and middle-income Americans pay crippling taxes and their children go off to fight our wars, something else that the Trumps and Kushners of the world avoid and evade.

Is Trump on a Collision Course With Impeachment?

Nixon’s case used to be a extra uncomplicated abuse of energy and obstruction of justice: the Watergate housebreaking to secret agent on his political opposition and the ensuing cover-up, together with the cost of hush cash and, in any case, a transcript of the “smoking gun” tape of him seeking to order the C.I.A. to dam the F.B.I. investigation. The House Judiciary Committee voted to question, and Nixon resigned quite than proceed to battle after fellow Republicans deserted him.

Bill Clinton’s case fell someplace within the murky heart. Charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for seeking to hinder a sexual harassment lawsuit filed through Paula Jones through hiding his affair with a former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, Mr. Clinton used to be impeached on a just about party-line vote within the House and acquitted within the Senate. Defenders had been left to argue that sure, he could have violated the legislation, however it used to be no longer such a profound violation to benefit removing.

More than some other president, on the other hand, Mr. Trump has lived below the shadow of impeachment since prior to he took place of job. Within days of his election in November 2016, hypothesis started about impeachment on account of the numerous moral problems surrounding him.

Regardless of whether or not Mr. Mueller stories any ties with Russia all over the 2016 marketing campaign, Mr. Trump’s critics have a laundry checklist of what they believe impeachable offenses, from resort and different non-public trade actions that get pleasure from international governments to the firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, after seeking to get him to drop an investigation of a former aide to hush cash paid to 2 ladies to stay them from speaking publicly about sexual encounters prior to the election.

The public is extra supportive of impeaching Mr. Trump than it ever used to be of impeaching Mr. Clinton and greater than it used to be of starting impeachment lawsuits towards Richard Nixon till close to the top of the Watergate scandal. In August, 49 p.c of Americans surveyed through The Washington Post and ABC News appreciated impeaching Mr. Trump, whilst 46 p.c hostile it.

The elected Democratic management has been reluctant to discuss it, out of worries of a public backlash or enjoying into Mr. Trump’s palms. A failed impeachment may just energize his base or even propel him to re-election in 2020. “It’s not someplace I think we should go,” Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic chief, has said.

But it’s onerous to believe Democrats no longer going there in the event that they take the House, given the large force from their liberal base to no less than open an impeachment inquiry. Three-quarters of Democrats instructed pollsters that they would like Mr. Trump impeached. Tom Steyer, the liberal billionaire who has been financing tv advertisements advocating impeachment, introduced this previous week that he has accumulated six million signatures on a petition.

Mr. Trump’s facet is gearing up and hopes to make use of the possible battle to impress supporters to prove subsequent month. “It’s very simple — Nov. 6, up or down vote,” Steve Bannon, his former leader strategist, said lately. “Up or down vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump.”


Peter Baker is an creator, with Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali and Jeffrey A. Engel, of “Impeachment: An American History.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Peter Jackson's WWI Archive Footage Film ....In High Definition Living Color

 
 
Filmmaker Peter Jackson has swapped fantasy for history in his new 3D film about the First World War.The Oscar-winning director, famous for bringing Lord Of The Rings to the silver screen, and his team have restored and painstakingly hand-colourized 100-year-old footage for the movie. 
The film, called 'They Shall Grow Not Old', is part of a series of events announced by arts organization 14-18 NOW and is due to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.
 
Peter Jackson's new WW1 film
 
Mr Jackson said that he wanted to transform the footage to "beyond anything we’ve ever seen before". He added:
"We started to do some experiments and I was honestly stunned by the results we were getting.
"We all know what First World War footage looks like. It's sped up, it's fast, like Charlie Chaplin, grainy, jumpy, scratchy, and it immediately blocks you from actually connecting with the events on screen." 
They Shall Not Grow Old
 
They Shall Not Grow Old
A before and after of the transformed footage
"But the results are absolutely unbelievable... This footage looks like it was shot in the last week or two, with high-definition cameras. It's so sharp and clear now."
'The Hobbit' filmmaker said: "The faces of the men just jump out at you. It's the faces, it's the people that come to life in this film.
"It's the human beings that were actually there, that were thrust into this extraordinary situation that defined their lives."
They Shall Not Grow Old
 
Mr Jackson and his team combed through approximately 600 hours of audio interviews with veterans, found in the BBC archives from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The interviews illustrate not only the military strategy and knowledge but also the human experience of war.
The filmmaker said that the film will give "a sense of what it was like to be in this war 100 years ago [from] the perspective of the people that were actually there".
 

 
14–18 NOW is the UK’s arts program for the First World War centenary.
The season will conclude by marking Armistice Day on 11 November, with a new, yet-to-be-announced work by filmmaker Danny Boyle, the mastermind behind the London 2012 opening ceremony, which "will invite people across the UK" to take part.
The BFI London Film Festival artistic director, Tricia Tuttle, said:
"A hundred years after the First World War, we know much about the horrific impact of this conflict on its soldiers, especially the brutal scale of the casualties which decimated a generation, but Peter's film offers new understanding of the human experience of life at the front."
"Using original audio and moving image archive, he allows the soldiers to tell their own stories.
"The work his team have done on the materials, adding color and converting to 3D, is painstaking and beautiful.
"It makes these people from 100 years ago seem so alive and gives an uncanny sense the footage was shot recently."
Due to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival's Documentary Special Presentation on 16 October, the film will then be screened nationwide in both 2D and 3D.