Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wikileaks Exposes John McCain’s Illegal Request for Campaign Cash From Russian Ambassador Who Suddenly Died Monday in NYC

The John McCain Russian saga keeps getting more bizarre. Sen. John McCain as a presidential candidate in 2008 directly and illegally propositioned Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, to donate to the McCain/Sarah Palin GOP ticket, according to documents released by Wikileaks.

Since the 2016 presidential election in Nov., Sen. McCain has accused Russia of hacking and meddling in U.S. politics and President Donald Trump’s successful campaign. But ironically it was McCain himself who forced Russia to interfere in the 2008 presidential campaign by asking the ambassador and Russian embassy for a campaign contribution ....

McCain Fingered as Major Trump Leaker

At least some officials think the senator listened to some of Trump’s telephone conversations, including one with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They say, reportedly that McCain is giving information on these conversations to mainstream media journos and other to injure Trump and even set him up for impeachment.

There are others besides McCain who are doing a lot of leaking, but McCain definitely seems a major player. … though obviously he would deny it. There are no charges pending and McCain is a very powerful figure within the GOP. It is not clear if and when charges would be made ....

Venezuela | The First Arrests in the Odebrecht Case…are of journalists looking into it

In Zulia State, the secret police (SEBIN) arrested journalists Jesús Urbina and María José Túa, managers and activists for NGO Transparencia Venezuela. Brazilian correspondents Leandro Stoliar (pictured above) and Gilson Souza de Oliveira (reporting for Rede Record, a Brazilian TV network) were also arrested as they were gathering information on the site of the second bridge over Maracaibo Lake —Nigale Bridge— one of many unfinished projects, one of many jewels in Odebrecht’s corruption crown.

Although Venezuela ranks second in Latin America in the company’s bribe-o-meter, according to its former president Marcelo Odebrecht, the Venezuelan government has remained impassive in the face of this enormous scandal. Its silence has no parallels in the region ....

Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations from Russians

John McCain is leading a vicious campaign against the Russian government since the November election.

But it wasn’t that long ago that Senator McCain requested campaign donations from Russian officials.

Wikileaks released documents this week following the sudden death of Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin.

There are several documents on McCain’s request for donations from the Russians.

In 2008 the Russian mission released a letter on a fundraising attempt from John McCain.

According to Reddit users John McCain illegally asked for campaign donations from the Russian Ambassador ....

Mika Brzezinski: 'Our job is to control what people think'

Controlling "exactly what people think" is the job of the media, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.

While discussing President Trump's entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.

"And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think," Brzezinski said. "And that, that is our job." ....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rioters set cars on fire, loot shops in Stockholm suburb (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Police in Sweden were forced to fire warning shots after a group of unidentified persons ran riots in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm late on Monday, setting cars on fire, throwing stones at police and looting local stores.

A police officer was injured during the clashes, forcing law enforcers to fire several warning shots at the crowd, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT reported, citing a local police spokesperson.

At least seven or eight cars were burned in the area during the evening, police said in a statement ....

Monday, February 20, 2017

Four NATO Nations Would Pick Russia to Defend Them If Threatened: Poll

Who you gonna call? For the citizens of four NATO countries asked which military power they’d want fighting on their side if attacked, the answer was simple -- Russia.

That was among the findings of a multi-nation WIN/Gallup International poll published just ahead of Friday’s annual gathering of the transatlantic security community in Germany that appeared to map out shifts in the post-Cold War security alliances which have come under renewed strain and scrutiny since Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency.

By far the largest number of countries polled chose the U.S. for their go-to defense partner, suggesting that it remains the world’s only military power with truly global reach and alliances ....

Obama's "economic recovery" in 9 charts

Far-right Sweden Democrats neck-and-neck in poll with 2nd most popular party

The far-right anti-immigration party Sweden Democrats are tying for second place with the center-right opposition, a new poll shows. It comes as right-wing parties across Europe see Donald Trump’s victory as a welcome defeat for the establishment.

According to a poll published on Wednesday by Aftonbladet newspaper, support for the Sweden Democrats (SD) party rose to 21.5 percent, compared with the 13 percent they got in the 2014 general election. While the ruling Social Democrats maintain their lead of 25.7 percent, the Sweden Democrats (SD) are gaining ground on the Moderate Party, the largest opposition party with a popularity of 22 percent.

SD popularity figures are rising for a third month in a row, Aftonbladet adds.

“There is a movement in both Europe and the United States where the establishment is being challenged,” SD leader Jimmie Akesson told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. “It is clearly happening here as well.” ....

Robots that take human jobs should pay taxes - Bill Gates

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has called for a tax on robots to make up losses due to automation.

“Certainly there will be taxes that relate to automation. Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed, and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you'd think that we'd tax the robot at a similar level,” the billionaire said in an interview with news website Quartz.

Governments should tax corporations’ use of robots to at least temporarily gear down the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment, according to Gates ....