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TBR News January 31, 2019

Jan 31 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 30, 2019:” We will be out of the office until February 2.” Ed



Table of Contents

  • Pelosi: No wall money in U.S. border deal talks
  • Death of the private self: how fifteen years of Facebook changed the human condition
  • Apple bans Facebook’s data-collecting app, reportedly kicks it off developer program
  • The National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning Facebook into a surveillance tool
  • How the religious right gained unprecedented access to Trump
  • The New Christian Manifesto
  • S. lawmakers move to curtail president’s power to levy tariffs
  • INSTEX: Europe sets up transactions channel with Iran
  • Police Make More Than 10 Million Arrests a Year, but That Doesn’t Mean They’re Solving Crimes
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 30, 2019

Jan 30 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 30, 2019:” We will be out of the office until February 2.” e


The Table of Contents

  • ‘Absolute coldest’ deadly deep freeze grips Midwestern U.S.
  • Venezuela’s political crisis: How did we get here?
  • Our Man From Boeing
  • Apple bans Facebook from tech tools for tracking teen browsing habits
  • A Tale of Two Walls
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 29, 2019

Jan 29 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 29, 2019:” Throughout his career, Trump has always felt comfortable operating at or beyond the ethical boundaries that constrain typical businesses. In the 1980s, he worked with La Cosa Nostra, which controlled the New York cement trade, and later employed Michael Cohen and Felix Sater, both of whom have links to the Russian Mafia. Trump habitually refused to pay his counter parties, and if the people he burned (or any journalists) got in his way, he bullied them with threats. He also used LLCs which he created for the purpose of swindling firm who, for example, laid new carpet in one of his hotels. The vendor billed the LLC which promptly went bankrupt. This has been a favorite gambit of Trump.

Trump continually acts like a man with a great deal to hide: declining to testify to anything under oath, dangling  Presidential pardons to keep potential witnesses and former employees from incriminating him, publicly chastising his attorney general for not quashing the whole Russian investigation, and endorsing Russia’s claims that it had nothing to do with the election. (“Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” he tweeted, contradicting the conclusion of every U.S. intelligence and counter-intelligence agency.) Trump’s behavior toward Russia looks exactly like that of an accessory after the fact. When, and not if, it becomes public knowledge that the President of the US is an agent of a foreign power, it would be the worst scandal in American history, far surpassing Tea Pot Dome or Watergate

The Table of Contents

  • Trump tracker: How his first two years have gone
  • Shutdown costs pegged at $3 billion as government reopens
  • US charges China’s Huawei with fraud, theft
  • U.S. spy chiefs break with Trump on many threats to U.S.
  • Trump ally Stone pleads not guilty to Russia probe charges
  • If the Army Stands With Maduro, What Is Plan B?
  • Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to open by November
  • Iran defends plan to improve missile accuracy
  • The Broken Encirclement Plan: Nato in Eastern Europe
  • Russian-run air base in northwestern Syria intercepts 3 unknown targets
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 28, 2019

Jan 28 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 28, 2019:” The U.S.’ perceived enemies in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. CIA-owned and controlled drone missiles are now being used by Blackwater against many purely civilian targets in both countries with the sole idea of terrorizing the local population and the added advantage of possibly killing militants, their families or potential supporters.

To those of my readers who know little about this private SS association, perhaps a brief discussion of Blackwater, its owner and previous bloody activities might be in order. In Nazi Germany, it was not the German Wehrmacht who liquidated Communists and Jews in captured German territory in Western Russia but the SS and the SD. Both of these were private, not public, organizations and if a large massacre might be discovered, the military could say that they had no knowledge of it and hence, no responsibility for it.

That many of these killers were hired by the Army, and later the CIA, after the war is a page of history that has not been written. As a parallel, the Blackwater assassins are a private army and official U.S. agencies can have Reagan’s ‘plausible deniability.”


The Table of Contents

  • A Bruised Trump Faces Uncertain 2020 Prospects. His Team Fears a Primary Fight.
  • Kamala Harris and the US state looking to take down Trump
  • Russia: Trump & His Team’s Ties
  • Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data on Millions of Cellpho
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations
  • Russia: Trump & His Team’s Ties

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TBR News January 27, 2019

Jan 27 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 27, 2019:” Because of the growing, and serious, public discontent that had been manifested during the course of the Vietnamese War from 1950 through 1973, the American governmental establishment resolved to take steps to recognize, infiltrate and neutralize any significant future national anti-government actions.

Once the most powerful nation, the United States is rapidly losing its premier position in the international sphere while at the same time facing a potential serious anti-government political movement developing in that country. The number of unemployed in the United States today is approximately 97,000,000. Official American sources claim that employment is always improving but in fact it is not.

Most official governmental releases reflect wishful thinking or are designed to placate the public

This situation is caused by the movement, by management, of manufacturing businesses to foreign labor markets. While these removals can indeed save the companies a great deal of expenditure on domestic labor, by sharply reducing their former worker bodies to a small number, the companies have reduced the number of prospective purchasers of expensive items like automobiles.

The U.S. government’s total revenue is estimated to be $3.654 trillion for fiscal year 2018.

  • Personal income taxes contribute $1.836 trillion, half of the total.
  • Another third ($1.224 trillion) comes from payroll taxes.

This includes $892 billion for Social Security, $270 billion for Medicare and $50 billion for unemployment insurance.

  • Corporate taxes add $355 billion, only 10 percent.
  • Customs excise taxes and tariffs on imports contribute $146 billion, just 4 percent
  • The Federal Reserve’s net income adds $70 billion.
  • The remaining $23 billion of federal income comes from estate taxes and miscellaneous receipts.
  • The use of secret offshore accounts by US citizens to evade U.S. federal taxes costs the U.S. Department of the Treasury well over $100 billion annually.

By moving from a producing to an importing entity, the United States has developed, and is developing, serious sociological and economic problems in a significant number of its citizens, and many suffer from serious health problems that are not treated.

It is estimated that over 500,000 American citizens are without any form of housing. Many of these people either are living on the streets, in public parks, living in cars or in charity shelters. There are at present over 200,000 family groups in America with over 300,000 individuals involved and 25% of the total are minor children.

Over 80,000 individuals are permanently without any residence. Many of these have physical disabilities such as chronic alcoholism or drug addiction. Many are classified as having severe mental disorders.

About 50,000 of these homeless individuals are military veterans, many of whom have serious physical or mental problems. One of the most common mental disorders is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Governmental treatment for these individuals is virtually non-existent.  Approximately half of this number are either black or Latin American (“Hispanics” in official designation.)

Of the total number of the homeless individuals, approximately 10% are female.

Official but private, estimates are that there over 500,000 youths below the age of 24 in current American society that find themselves homeless for periods lasting from one week to a permanent status.

Over 100,000 of this class are young people who are defined as being homosexual. Those in this class find themselves persecuted to a considerable degree by society in general and their peer groups in specific.

Approximately 50% of this homeless population are over the age of 50, many of whom suffer from chronic, debilitating physical illnesses that are not treated.

Drug deaths in the U.S. in 2017 exceeded 60,000.  Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involved prescriptions. Opioids are a class of strong painkillers drugs and include Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin which are synthetic drugs designed to resemble opiates such as opium derived morphine and heroin. The most dangerous opioid is Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. The increasing demand for these drugs is causing them to be manufactured outside the United States.

Suicide is the primary cause of “injury death” in the United States and more U.S. military personnel on active duty have killed themselves than were killed in combat last year.

The growing instability of American families is manifested by the fact that:

  • One out of every three children in America lives in a home without a father.
  • More than half of all babies are being born out of wedlock for women under the age of 30 living in the United States
  • The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the developed world.
  • The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world although the numbers have declined in recent years due to the use of contraceptives.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world. The criminal justice system in the United States holds more than 4,166,000 people in 1,719 state prisons, 102,000 in federal prisons, 901,000 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 3,163,000 in local jails. Additionally, 5,203,400 adults are on probation or on parole.

The number of people on probation or parole has increased the population of the American corrections system to more than 9,369,400 in 2017. Corrections costs the American taxpayer $69 billion a year.

There are a huge number of American domestic and business mortgages, (67 million by conservative estimate) which have been sliced up, put into so-called “investment packages” and sold to customers both domestic and foreign. This problem has been covered up by American authorities by cloaking the facts in something called MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration System)

This results in the fact that the holders of mortgages, so chopped and packed, are not possible to identify by MERS or anyone else, at any time and by any agency. This means that any property holder, be they a domestic home owner or a business owner, is paying their monthly fees for property they can never own.

Another festering problem consists of the official loans made to students in colleges and universities in the U.S. the predatory nature of the $90 billion student loan industry. These so-called student loans are the most serious economic problem faced today by American university students.

This problem arose due to federal legislation originating in the mid-1990s which effectively removed basic consumer protections from student loans, thus permitting extensive penalties and the methodology for enforced collection.

Because of the highly inflated cost of higher American education, very few students from high school can afford university education. The new college graduate has, on average, a student loan in excess of $20,000 and students attending graduate programs have average debts of over $40,000.

America today has seriously failing public school systems. Upper economic class Americans are able to send their children to expensive private schools and avoid the exceedingly incompetent public systems. The average American lower school graduates are only a step above illiteracy and their lack of knowledge of world affairs is quite unbelievable.

A small number of extremely wealthy men control and operate all of the major American print and television media.

Each of the few very powerful, rich men have their own reasons for deciding what qualifies as news.

But the public in America now gets its news, without cost, from various internet sites and the circulation number of major print news has dropped dramatically. This has forced the internet editions of the print news media to erect what they call “paywalls.” This permits a very limited number of articles to be read or downloaded before the system demands money for the use of additional material.

The major print media in America is faced with imminent bankruptcy and are making frantic efforts at attempts to prevent free news sites from being aired on the internet.

Government surveillance of the American public is very widespread and at the present time, almost every aspect of an American citizen, or resident, is available for official surveillance. This includes mail, television viewing, telephone conversations, computer communications, travel, ownership of property, medical and school records, banking and credit card transactions, inheritances and other aspects of a citizen’s daily life.

This is done to circumvent any possible organization that could contravene official government policy and has its roots in massive civil resistance to governmental policy during the war in Vietnam. The government does not want a reprise of that problem and its growing surveillance is designed to carefully watch any citizen, or groups of citizens, who might, present or future, pose a threat to government policy.

Another factor to be considered is the current American attitudes towards racial issues. There has always been prejudice in the United States against blacks. In 1943 there were bloody riots in Detroit and Los Angeles, the former aimed at blacks and the latter against Mexicans. Since then, there has been chronic racial prejudice but it has been relatively small and very local. Also, there is growing anti-Semitic prejudice in American but this is officially ignored and never is mentioned in the American media. Much of this growing problem is directed at the brutal actions of Israel against Palestinians. Israelis have an undue influence in the American political scene. The very far right so-called neo-cons are almost all Jewish and most are Israeli citizens. Also, the middle-level ranks of American CIA personnel are heavily infiltrated by Israelis and it is said that any secret the CIA has is at once passed to Israel and that countries needs are assuming importance in CIA actions.

The attitudes of the working class Americans were inflamed during the last presidential elections by Mr. Trump who catered to them and encouraged rebellious attitudes. By speaking against Central American illegal immigrants, Mr. Trump has caused a polarization of attitudes and the militant right wing in America, currently small in number but well-organized and potentially very dangerous, has begun to make its views very well known in public demonstrations.

This movement has played into the hands of far-right American political manipulators.

It is their intention to clandestinely arm these groups and use them to cause violent public confrontations with the far left groups.

By causing this potential violence, the manipulators intend to use the American military to move into unstable area to, as they say, ‘establish law and order’ while in reality, they will use martial law to firm up their basic control of a potentially fractious public.

It is then intended, according to information, to incorporate organized, para-military groups into a sort of domestic Federal police force. These people will not be punished for their actions but rewarded and utilized to ensure further right-wing control of the country.

The Table of Contents

  • Roger Stone Made His Name as a Dirty Trickster, But the Trump-Russia Coverup May Finally Bring Him Down
  • There’s a Better Battlefield for the War Against Trump’s Lies: the Courts
  • Trump and the Numbers Game
  • What is at stake for Russia in Venezuela?
  • Holocaust remembrance in Germany: A changing culture
  • The Numbers Game: An Analysis of Demographics in Holocaust Literature
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 26, 2019

Jan 26 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 26, 2019:”American far-right political figures, feeling safe in the establishment of a New Fascist State, are now howling with simian rage and banging their knuckles on their cage floors at what they, rightfully, see, is the demarche of the once mighty God, Donald, to a mere woman. His backdown on his nonsensical wall has shaken the faith of the far-right who were eagerly anticipating a great Trump victory parade complete with goose-stepping troops in black uniforms and hundreds of serried armored vehicles marching past his reviewing stand. It is one thing to delude others but to delude yourself is never profitable. What will Donald do now? Threaten to kill all the bears in the Washington zoo? Force all public schools to display color pictures of Jesus and Hitler shaking hands? Insist that his picture be put on hundred dollar bills? Force Congress to declare him a permanent president? It is often sad when great men fall from power but merely laughable when the Trump-types fall into the septic tank.”



The Table of Contents

  • Trump wounded by border wall retreat in deal to end shutdown
  • Like Trump’s favorite steaks, Roger Stone is well and truly done
  • Trump’s CFPB Fines a Man $1 For Swindling Veterans, Orders Him Not to Do It Again
  • US must remember Donald Trump’s pointless cruelty
  • This Is A Cave, Not A Wall’: Internet Explodes Over Donald Trump’s Shutdown Cave
  • Conservatives to Trump: You caved!
  • The Blind Eye
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 25, 2019

Jan 25 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 25, 2019: “Inside the Beltway, the strong rumors floating around among senior bureaucrats, the media and members of Congress is that the House will be bringing articles of impeachment against President Trump and that his son, Donald Jr. is slated to be arrested. It is slowly coming out that the Wikileaks that released the Podesta documents in support of Trump in the last election is wholly controlled by Russian intelligence and that the degree of control by Russia over Trump is slowly but surely emerging.”

The Table of Contents

  • How unpopular is Donald Trump?
  • Opposing bills to end US shutdown fail in Senate, with no clear path forward
  • Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he has no idea what to do
  • ‘Don’t bet against Nancy Pelosi,’ former top aide warns Donald Trump
  • Backing down, Trump agrees to end shutdown without border wall money
  • Trump longtime ally Stone arrested in U.S. Special Counsel probe
  • Factbox: ‘Prepare to die’ – Most colorful alleged threats by Trump ally Stone
  • Roger Stone’s arrest may renew threat of impeachment for Trump
  • House to release all Russia probe transcripts: Schiff
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 24, 2019

Jan 24 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 24, 2019:”There isn’t any question that the planet’s huge ice caps are melting at a furious rate and that, as a logical consequence, the planet’s  sea levels are rising.

However, in the United States at least, oceanographers are enjoined from discussing the obvious fact that coastal cities and infrastructure are headed for massive, long-term flooding and destruction.

This is not to be talked about because the government has neither the money nor the desire to aid their flooded citizens and further, the banks who hold mortgages on houses and businesses under water will not forgive the mortgages they hold on these properties.

This means a displaced citizen must pay on a house that is under water and if they do not, foreclosures happen and credit is ruined.

The government will not want to challenge the banks so either the flood victim pays off or has to live in a tent. “


The Table of Contents

  • Senate plans votes to end shutdown, but solution still far off
  • Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen postpones testimony to Congress, citing ‘threats’
  • Locked out of House by Pelosi, Trump vows State of Union alternative
  • Senate intel panel subpoenas former Trump lawyer Cohen, says Cohen adviser
  • Democrats launch inquiry into White House’s use of security clearances
  • Russia says ‘arbitrary’ Israeli air strikes on Syria must stop
  • Venezuela crisis: How the world sees it
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations
  • Adelaide breaks its all-time heat record, hitting 46.6C,(115 F) in extreme Australia heatwave
  • European court orders Italy to pay Amanda Knox damages
  • Everybody Does It: The Messy Truth About Infiltrating Computer Supply Chains

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TBR News January 23, 2019

Jan 23 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 23, 2019:”The government shut-down was encouraged by Trump in the mistaken idea that it would force Congress to do his bidding. Aside from groups of right-wing racists, very few see any necessity for a vastly expensive, and useless, border wall, but Trump is used to forcing his employees to his will and will not give up his futile quest. There comes a tipping-point in all matters and Trump has reached his.”


The Table of Contents

  • Commentary: Why Trump’s border wall would backfire on him
  • Trump’s disapproval rating hits record high amid shutdown, poll shows
  • Trump disapproval rating at all-time high amid shutdown, Russia concerns: poll
  • New polls indicate Trump’s shutdown position is unpopular and dragging his approval rating to new lows
  • Switzerland & Iran developing payment channel to bypass US sanctions
  • The Poor Man’s Air Force: A History of the Car Bomb
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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TBR News January 22, 2019

Jan 22 2019 Published by under Uncategorized

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Isaiah 40:3-8 

Washington, D.C. January 22, 2019:”From a CIA position paper prepared by their Rand Corporation:

1 Internet access can be controlled or its use directed according to the server configuration, thus creating an excellent disinformation weapon.  In previous times, a national media report that was deemed to be offensive or problematical to the government could be  censored, or removed at governmental request. Now, however, the government cannot control the present Internet in the same manner in which it has previously controlled the public media. The Internet permits uncensored and unfiltered versions of events, personalities and actions to be disseminated worldwide in seconds and the so-called “blogs,” chat rooms and websites are almost completely uncontrolled and uncontrollable. This unfortunate situation permits versions of events to find a far wider and far more instantaneous audience than the standard print and, to a lesser degree, the television mediums ever could.

  1. The Internet can be used to send coded messages that cannot be interdicted by any government or law-enforcement agency.

3.The Internet can be utilized to steal and disseminate highly damaging, sensitive government or business data.

4.The Internet permits anti-government groups or individuals with few resources to offset the efforts of far larger, and far better funded, government and its national media sources.

5.The Internet can be used to create serious disruptions of governmental agencies and the business communities.

The Internet can serve as an excellent tool for organizing groups of anti-government individuals into action.

  1. The Internet can be used to expose government actions and military operations in advance of said actions.
  2. The Internet is capable of hiding the identities of those launching attacks on the actions and personnel of various government agencies.

9.The Internet can materially assist an underfunded, anti-government group to raise money for continued operations.

10.The Internet can be utilized to locate and publicize the personnel of government agencies.

  1. The Internet can be used as a tool to recruit new members for anti-government groups.
  2. The Internet is capable of limiting the risk of identification of the members of anti-government groups.
  3. The Internet, while impossible to control, is also an excellent recruiting ground for sympathetic or easily-convinced “bloggers” who will quickly disseminate official dissemination for pay or public acclaim.
  4. By using controlled sources, it is easily possible to defuse delicate situations and divert public attention away from unwelcome issues.

15.The Internet can be utilized to create an atmosphere of fear or of compliancy in furtherance of official policy.



The Table of Contents

  • Trump unleashed a blizzard of immigration lies in a 52-false-claim week
  • Trump seeks to move ahead with big speech despite Pelosi shutdown concerns
  • At least 10 dead as fire rages on Black Sea ships
  • Russian rescue amid deadly blaze on two cargo ships off Crimea
  • Accidents on Purpose
  • Greenland’s ice melting faster than scientists previously thought – study
  • The CIA Confessions: The Crowley Conversations

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