After Lightning Offensive, Kirkuk Is Now Fully Under Iraqi Military Control

Photo-posted by local reporters- of a mass exodus from Kirkuk to Erbil as pro Iranian militias are advancing on the city. To be confirmed pic.twitter.com/x94bYbKDhT
— Walid Phares (@WalidPhares) October 16, 2017

Iraq’s military has effectively gained control of major assets and government buildings in Kirkuk city, and is now set to fully pacify it after overnight clashes at a moment when oil prices rose toward a six month high as the conflict now threatens output.
Iraq’s elite U. S.-trained Counter-Terrorism Force has taken over the provincial government headquarters in the center of Kirkuk after operations to seize the city from Kurdish forces began overnight – the contested city is now reportedly under the control of Iraqi national forces. Some of the first footage Western audiences woke up to Monday morning were of (ironically enough) US supplied equipment – including tanks, being used to bulldoze images of Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani. Iraqi forces have further pulled down Kurdish flags flying over government buildings throughout the city, while leaving the Iraqi flag flying.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 16, 2017.

Catalan Leader Defies Spain, Sends Evasive Reply To Rajoy Activating Second Ultimatum Deadline

President Puigdemont's response to Prime Minister Rajoy regarding the political situation in #Catalonia pic.twitter.com/0R1ej2LQic
— Catalan Government (@catalangov) October 16, 2017

The Catalan stand-off has been extended until Thursday as both sides hold their ground.
After days of expectation and talks with his separatist allies, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont stood by his decision to keep his region’s declaration of independence from Spain ‘in suspension’ despite a demand for clarity from Spain prime minister Rajoy, effectively challenging the central government to follow through on promises to forcibly take control of the region by sending an evasive reply to the central government’s Article 155 notification, which on Wednesday began the process of suspending home rule in the region.
The Spanish Prime Minister’s office was seeking a simple “yes” or “no” reply by 10 a.m. on Monday on the question of whether Mr. Puigdemont had or had not declared independence last Tuesday. Anything other than “no”, the First Minister was warned, would lead to the activation of the so-called faced the use of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution. This article is the so-called ‘nuclear option’ which allows Madrid to dissolve the regional government and call fresh regional elections. The central government can also take over the local police force and television channels.
Eventually, Puigdemont chose more obfuscation and defiance: his four-page reply, obtained by Catalan radio stations Catalunya Radio and RAC1 and released by The Spain Report, neither confirmed nor denied he had proclaimed a new Catalan republic last week, but said the declaration remained ‘in suspension’ and proposed two months of dialogue arguing that the Spanish people and Europe will only understand ‘dialogue, negotiation and agreement.’ He did not say what he would do if talks did not take place by the middle of December.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 16, 2017.

Bombshell: Singer Kaya Jones Targets Hollywood Sex Abusers: ‘I Kept A Journal… With Timelines… There’s More Than One Name’

Well known singer and former band member of the Pussycat Dolls Kaya Jones may be preparing an all-out war on Hollywood movie and music executives.
As Hollywood’s elite meet to distance themselves from Harvey Weinstein sexual allegations and further cover-up other improprieties engaged in by their philandering members, Jones took to Twitter to explain that she has repeatedly spoken about the abuse she and her band mates had to endure while rising to the top of the music food chain, only to be completely ignored and threatened.
According to Jones, the Pussycat Dolls were nothing more than a high-end prostitution ring, as they were forced to sell their souls and bodies to power brokers in the entertainment industry. And now, as the Harvey Wiestein scandal is beginning to explode into accusations by even more Hollywood women against the men who forced them to make choices between their morals and their careers, Jones says she has details of predatory sexual behavior and abuse, including names and timelines, that she logged in a personal journal.
Taking to Twitter in a stream of messages, Jones says that she understands that she is targeting the very top of the entertainment industry and that she has prepared a document that has been stashed with a close confidante in case she ends up dead.
I hope all you Hollywood elites are a little nervous tonight. Who knows maybe tomorrow your family & friends will find out who you really are
— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 13, 2017

This post was published at shtfplan on October 15th, 2017.

Assange Thanks US Govt For His 50,000% Gain On Bitcoin As Russia Unveils ‘CryptoRuble’

My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin — with > 50000% return. pic.twitter.com/9i8D69yxLC
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) October 14, 2017

Once again the unintended consequences of government intervention are exposed…
In 2010 – following the release of sensitive government documents related to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – John McCain and Joe Lieberman led a bipartisan attempt to cut off WikiLeaks funding by forcing ‘traditional’ payment systems to block them.
7 years later and the price of Bitcoin has… risen…50,000%!
And Julian Assange chose yesterday to thank the US government and its corporatocracy for his forced investment…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 15, 2017.

LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING COVER-UP EXPLODES: POLICE BAN INDEPENDENT REPORTERS FROM ATTENDING PRESS CONFERENCE

.@lvmpd has refused our access to the press conference and has an armed officer guarding the door. This is outrageous. pic.twitter.com/GpAZVT262P
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) October 13, 2017

In a move that is only furthering the now widespread belief that a cover-up is currently underway in Las Vegas, two conservative reporters who have broken multiple key stories about the strange and ever changing circumstances surrounding the horrific mass shooting were banned from attending the latest police press conference.
Laura Loomer and Mike Tokes were both denied entry by armed guards in what was a transparent attempt by the Las Vegas Police Department to stop anyone from asking real questions. Keep in mind, Loomer’s reporting conclusively proved that supposed shooter Stephen Paddock had arrived at the hotel a full three days earlier than authorities had claimed. Eventually, the ‘official story’ was changed, largely due to Loomer’s reporting itself.
In other words, they knew exactly who they were keeping out of the press conference and were doing it to specifically stop any real information from getting released to the public.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on Oct 13, 2017.

Syrian Government Condemns Turkish Military Invasion of Idlib Province

21st Century Wire says…
Turkish troops have been entering northwest Syria for the last few days. Some reports have detailed the apparent compliance of Tahrir Al Sham terrorists with this maneuver by the Turkish military. HTS is a rebrand of Nusra Front aka Al Qaeda in Syria and the group controls the majority of Idlib province.
al-Qaeda's Syria branch (HTS) escorts a group of Turkish troops as they enter Idlib via Atma border crossing. Looks like Turkey-AQ has a deal pic.twitter.com/pNgo8RUfvm
— Ersin Satlyck (@e_sklt) October 8, 2017

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 14, 2017.

Trump And Bannon Make Up: Breitbart Chief Slams Vanity Fair, Predicts Huge Victory For Trump In 2020

The original, populist, “grassroots” Trump, the one who won the elections before surrounding himself with various Goldman Sachs-derived advisors, made a solid comeback this past week: just consider the flurry of recent actions undertaken by the president.
When Trump ran for president last year, he frequently said that only he ‘alone’ could fix the nation’s problems. But once he took office, Trump attempted to follow the lead of Republicans on Capitol Hill, and he watched with dismay how little movement was made on priorities such as healthcare, immigration, and national security. And, after weeks of seeing his agenda imperiled by Republican divisions and infighting among his aides, Trump became a whirlwind of activity this week, reasserting his campaign priorities and trying to deliver wins for his fervent but frustrated base of supporters.
Indeed, Trump took steps to dramatically undercut the Obamacare health system, sent notice he was willing to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran, moved to roll back coal-plant limits, and again demanded a wall along the Mexican border. In doing so, Trump reverting back to conflicts and fights that defined the core of his campaign, and which drifted as Trump became increasingly more institutionalized by the Washington swamp. Meanwhile, on Twitter Trump increasingly relished his feuds with the news media, senior Republicans in Congress, and National Football League players who have protested during the national anthem.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 14, 2017.

DHS Releases Images Of Border Wall Prototypes

The White House wasn’t going to let minor details like the fact that Congress hasn’t appropriated any money to fund construction of President Trump’s promised border wall stop it from building eight prototypes in Otay Mesa, near San Diego.
And with few expecting the Democrats to accept the White House’s demands relating to a tentative deal that Trump struck with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ last month to avert a shutdown and secure some border wall funding in exchange for enshrining DACA, it’s possible that the Trump administration will never secure the funds, given rumors that a handful of Republican lawmakers privately oppose it.
Nevertheless, construction on the prototypes, which were selected by the Department of Homeland Security back in August, began two weeks ago. And now, DHS has released the first images of the partly finished designs.
Beginning preps are underway at #OtayMesa for the Wall prototypes. pic.twitter.com/77YVMUFAk9
— CBP San Diego (@CBPSanDiego) September 27, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 12, 2017.

On The Verge Of World War 3! North Korea: Trump Lit The Wick Of War

North Korea claims that president Donald Trump has ‘lit the wick of war,’ and has issued a threat. The tyrannical regime says that it will unleash a ‘hail of fire’ on the United States.
Tensions are not even close to cooling especially when it comes to the rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Ri Yong Ho, Pyongyang’s foreign minister, verbally lashed out at the US President and said that the red-hot tensions will not be settled with words. ‘With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us. We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words,’ Ri said.
President Trump has repeatedly hinted that conflict and war are in the near future with recent tweets suggesting that military action is still considered an option. With World War 3 perhaps just around the corner, Trump took to Twitter to raise tensions even higher. On Saturday he tweeted: ‘Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U. S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!’

This post was published at shtfplan on October 12th, 2017.

Trump To Sign Executive Order On Obamacare Tomorrow Morning

As first previewed over the weekend, tomorrow at 11:15am, President Trump will sign an executive order aimed at taking action on health care, or as the White House put it, “to promote health care choice and competition”, after Congress’s failure to repeal ObamaCare. The order – which is expected to further weaken Obamacare – should, in theory, ease rules on small businesses banding together to buy health insurance, through what are known as association health plans, and lift Obama administration limits on short-term health insurance plans, according to a source on a call with administration officials Wednesday night.
According to The Hill’s sources, the order will direct the Department of Labor to “modernize” rules to allow small employers to create association health plans. Small businesses will be able to band together if they are within the same state, in the same “line of business,” or are in the same trade association.
Needless to say, this latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare did not make the likes of Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Madicaid and Obamacare under Obama, happy, and he took to twitter to make it clear:
BREAKING: Tomorrow 11:15 Eastern, Trump will sign his Executive Order on ACA. 1/
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) October 12, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 11, 2017.

‘Russia did it’ is Smokescreen for Big Business Ownership of US Government and Congress

Finian Cunningham
Sputnik
Google is the latest US internet company to claim it found ‘Russia-linked’ advertisements on its network – allegedly posted to influence the US presidential election last year.
Twitter and Facebook have already made similar claims and all three are now facing more scrutiny in the coming weeks before Congressional committees.
What is truly astounding about this hysteria over alleged Russian interference in US democracy is that American citizens are being distracted from what is, by far, the much more alarming issue of how their government and Congress is bought by US Big Business.
Bloomberg reported this week that: ‘Google identifies Russian election interference network’. It said the internet giant found political ads worth $4,700 which it believes are ‘tied to the Russian government’. These ads, it is claimed, carried political articles which were meant to influence which way American citizens would vote in the presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump last November.
Google has reportedly said that another $53,000 worth of ads are ‘under review’ for suspicion of being ‘linked’ to the Russian government. This follows claims made by Facebook that it had earlier identified $100,000 spent on ads by Russian sources, while Twitter said it had located $274,000 worth of such ads.
The Russian government has repeatedly rejected accusations that it tried to meddle in the US election. Moscow rightly highlights the dearth of any evidence and total lack of due legal process. The American allegations have also whipped up a toxic climate to curb the legitimate media activities of Russian news channels.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on OCTOBER 12, 2017.

Trump Doubles Down On Threat To Revoke Network News Licenses

Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017

Update (8:20 pm ET): Fresh off a rally in Pennsylvania where the president talked up the administration’s tax reform plans, Trump has returned to twitter to round out a day of roasting NBC News by doubling down on his earlier assertion that the FCC should consider revoking the network’s license(s).
Of course, as one FCC commissioner pointed out earlier, the FCC can’t revoke a license for an entire network, only its regional affiliates.
Update (2:40 pm ET): Defense Secretary James Mattis has come forward to vouche for his boss, telling the press that NBC’s report is “absolutely false.”
In an unusual move, he published his denial in a terse statement.
Update (2:30 pm ET): Echoing a statement from the White House communications released earlier Wednesday, President Donald Trump clarified during a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he never said anything about increasing the nuclear arsenal by “tenfold” – like NBC reported early today, citing anonymous sources that reportedly were in the room with Trump at the time.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 11, 2017.

Number Of Puerto Rico Residents Without Clean Water And Electricity Keeps Rising

Yesterday, 84% of people in Puerto Rico had no power (per govt stats on status.pr).
Today, it's gone up, to 90% without power. pic.twitter.com/5WnCA8mrhf
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) October 11, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s wrath, Puerto Rico remains devastated. Newest reports from the island territory now show that the number of residents without clean drinking water and electricity continues to rise, despite humanitarian efforts.
Puerto Rico’s government has reported that roughly 10 percent of the islands 3.4 million United States citizens are without electricity Tuesday morning, an increase of about six percent from Monday.

This post was published at shtfplan on October 11th, 2017.

THIS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM SARAH SILVERMAN WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO BARF: ‘THAT’S MY LUXURY… IT’S CALLED WHITE PRIVILEGE’

Liberal mouthpiece Sarah Silverman has a new song for all of us… It’s called ‘I Love You America, The Song’
Rather than trying to sum up her totally incoherent bloviating, we’ll let the Twitterverse handle that part.
Here’s the song – please get a barf bag before you hit play – and then check out a selection of community responses below.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 10, 2017.

Republican Senator Says That Trump’s Actions Threaten World War 3

With what The New York Times called “almost cathartic satisfaction,” Senator Bob Corker took his feud with the president from Twitter to mainstream media, proclaiming during a 25-minute confessional that Trump was treating his office like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation ‘on the path to World War III.’
After a brief reposte following the day’s Twitter-fight in which President Trump accused him of lacking “guts” and he compared the White House to an “adult day care center,” Corker went running to the New York Times to spill his guts, saying that he believes Trump is out of control, and dangerous:
Trump is treating the presidency like ‘a reality show’ and acts ‘like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.’
‘He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.’
Then, desperate to refute Trump’s claims that he had begged for an endorsement for 2018 and backed out when he didn’t receive one, he claimed Trump actually pushed him to run, saying:
“I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 9, 2017.

“He Concerns Me” – Corker Tells NYT That Trump’s Actions Threaten World War 3

With what The New York Times called “almost cathartic satisfaction,” Senator Bob Corker took his feud with the president from Twitter to mainstream media, proclaiming during a 25-minute confessional that Trump was treating his office like ‘a reality show,’ with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation ‘on the path to World War III.’
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After a brief reposte following the day’s Twitter-fight in which President Trump accused him of lacking “guts” and he compared the White House to an “adult day care center,” Corker went running to the New York Times to spill his guts, saying that he believes Trump is out of control, and dangerous:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2017.

Turkish Lira Crashes 4%, Biggest Drop Since “Failed Coup” Following Visa Suspension Drama

With tensions between Turkey and the US escalating dramatically and unexpectedly in the past few days, when first Turkish police on Wednesday arrested a local employee of the US embassy in Istanbul and charged him with espionage and an attempt to overthrow the government, which was following on Sunday afternoon by the US embassy in Turkey announcing that “effective immediately” it has “suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U. S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey”…
Statement from the U. S. Mission to Turkey pic.twitter.com/RjTU3BfSXZ
— US Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) October 8, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2017.

‘Suicide Note’ Seen In Vegas Shooter’s Hotel Room Finally Explained

The #StephenPaddock suicide note that the govt. is hiding from us. pic.twitter.com/z3JRAE80z6
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) October 3, 2017

A mysterious piece of paper discovered last week, when photos from the Las Vegas gunman’s hotel room were leaked to the media, is now back in the news cycle. The pictures were published by numerous news outlets and shared by millions of people on social media.
At the time the photos were published by the Daily Mail, police had not mentioned if Paddock left behind a note in his hotel room. Nevada Sheriff Joe Lombardo said police were investigating who leaked the crime scene photos.
In one photo in particular, a white piece of paper or notepad on a side table next to a chair is visible, which caused some to speculate that it may have been a suicide note. Soon after the photos were leaked, Twitter was abuzz with chatter referencing the paper, with people spreading cover-up conspiracies and rumors that it was a suicide note.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2017.

US Suspends All Non-Immigrant Visa Services In Turkey

Statement from the U. S. Mission to Turkey pic.twitter.com/RjTU3BfSXZ
— US Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) October 8, 2017

On Friday, we reported that in a move that looks suspiciously like retaliation, Turkish police on Wednesday arrested a local employee of the US embassy in Istanbul and charged him with espionage and trying to overthrow the government. The arrest stemmed from the man’s alleged support for Erdogan’s scapegoat for “fill-in-the-blank“, US-based Cleric Fettulah Gulen, who was blamed for 2016’s fake coup attempt and pretty much everything else that’s wrong in Turkey.
Predictably, the US government slammed the crackdown, with embassy officials telling the WSJ that ‘these allegations are wholly without merit” adding that ‘baseless, anonymous allegations against our employees undermine and devalue this longstanding partnership.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 8, 2017.