2019-10-03: News Headlines

RT (2019-10-03). Twitter pulls 'look at this photograph' meme after Trump supporters snap it up. rt.com Twitter has yanked a clip featuring a photo of Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and a Ukrainian gas exec set to a Nickelback song after the meme was tweeted by US President Donald Trump and went viral. | The platform cited copyright in its decision to remove the video, which opens with Biden denying he had ever spoken to Hunter about his "overseas business dealings," then segues through just a few seconds of the Nickelback video before zeroing in on a framed photo of the two Bidens with a "Ukrainian gas exec" and unidentified fourth man. Hearts appear drawn around their faces. | LOOK AT THIS P…

RT (2019-10-03). Homeless LA 'subway soprano' offered a record deal after video of her angelic singing goes viral. rt.com Emily Zamourka, a homeless Russian singer who has become an overnight internet sensation, has been offered a record deal by a Grammy-nominated music producer, signaling a reversal of fortunes for the destitute virtuoso. | Zamourka has been living on the streets of Los Angeles after falling on hard times, but a viral video of her singing Puccini in the subway has led to an outpouring of support, donations and job offers. | According to TMZ, Zamourka caught the attention of Joel Diamond, who has worked with the likes of David Hasselhoff and famed singer Engelbert Humperdinck. The producer hopes to create a "huge…

RT (2019-10-03). Snowden rips MSM & US politicians for hypocrisy in 'supporting whistleblowers'. rt.com Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden took a shot at US politicians, and the media outlets covering them, for failing to consistently support those who come forward with claims of official corruption or wrongdoing. | The famed ex-National Security Agency analyst sent out the criticism in a tweet on Wednesday, arguing that a deluge of recent statements from lawmakers on the virtues of whistleblowing rang hollow in the face of their poor records on the issue. He singled out the ongoing legal case of analyst-turned-leaker Daniel Hale. | "Unbelievable that in a moment where politicians are making daily media s…

Staff (2019-10-03). Trump Calls on China to Investigate Bidens. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Ensnarled in an impeachment investigation over his request for Ukraine to investigate a chief political rival, President Donald Trump on Thursday called on another nation to probe former Vice President Joe Biden: China. | "China should start an investigation into the Bidens," Trump said in remarks to reporters outside the White House. Trump said he hadn't directly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to investigate Biden and his son Hunter but said it's "certainly something we could start thinking about." | Trump and personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have also tried to raise suspicions about Hunter Bid…

RT (2019-10-03). 'For futur of you're famly': FBI seeks to recruit 'Russian spies' with hilariously inept Facebook ad. rt.com The FBI has sought to recruit "Russian spies" in Washington, DC through a series of Facebook ads — suggesting a degree of desperation when it comes to counter-intelligence assets, but also a serious lack of copy editing talent. | "The FBI obtains the best intelligence to combat threats through information provided by the public. If you have information that can help the FBI, visit us," the three ads launched on September 11 urge in English. They are accompanied by stock photos with trite captions in Russian. | "Time to build Bridges," says one, over a drawing of a man crossing a bridge. | "Isn't it time…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-10-03). No Good Reasons to Avoid Impeaching Trump. commondreams.org If any president is deserving of impeachment, it is Trump. (Photo: YouTube screen shot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald-trump-youtube-screen-grab-795×500.jpeg

RT (2019-10-03). 'Keep up the great work': Trump jabs at Greta Thunberg in Twitter proxy battle. rt.com US President Donald Trump has taken another swipe at Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, retweeting a pro-MAGA account mocking the teenage eco-campaigner. | Thunberg's impassioned speech to world leaders at last week's UN Climate Action Summit established her as the world's leading spokesperson against climate change. But not everyone agrees with her apocalyptic message and lack of clear-cut suggestions for change. | Among the critics is Trump and some of his voters. On Thursday, the president held off directly attacking Thunberg but retweeted a post from one of his supporters calling the climate crusader…

Rob Dunn (2019-10-02). Black Dean of Students Jamie Riley fired in Alabama for telling the truth. liberationnews.org Riley fired for tweets about racist foundations of US society.

John Wojcik (2019-10-02). Trump calls impeachment inquiry a "coup" that will trigger civil war. peoplesworld.org President Trump, after predicting his impeachment would trigger civil war, stepped up his vitriol yesterday by characterizing the impeachment inquiry as a "coup" and by warning his die-hard right-wing followers in one of almost 50 tweets that Democrats were "coming for" their liberty, their homes, and their guns. The escalating rhetoric from the White House …

RT (2019-10-02). 7 killed after WWII-era plane crashes at Connecticut airport, sparking huge fire (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Seven people were killed in a crash involving a WWII-era aircraft at Bradley Airport, Connecticut. The plane caught fire while attempting to land. | Thirteen people were on board at the time of the crash, and one of the casualties was a civilian on the ground, officials told the media. The number of casualties was initially withheld by officials, but police put out the figure later on Wednesday evening. | The FAA said the plane was a civilian-registered B17. | The airport tweeted confirmation of the crash, and said it has been closed as "we have an active fire and rescue operation underway." Air traffic is bei…

RT (2019-10-02). 'This isn't impeachment, it's a COUP!' Trump warns followers Dems are out for their God-given freedoms & rights. rt.com US President Donald Trump tore into Democratic impeachment efforts, slamming the drive to have him removed from office as a "coup" plot seeking to deprive Americans of their rights and freedoms. | Taking to Twitter on Tuesday night, the president told his followers their very identity as Americans was threatened by impeachment proceedings initiated by House Democrats last week. | As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People. | He added the Democrats were looking to take away his supp…

Ellen Brown (2019-10-02). The Disaster of Negative Interest Rates. counterpunch.org The dollar strengthened against the euro in August, merely in anticipation of the European Central Bank slashing its key interest rate further into negative territory. Investors were fleeing into the dollar, prompting President Trump to tweet on Aug. 30: The Euro is dropping against the Dollar "like crazy," giving them a big export and manufacturing More

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-02). 'Unbelievable': Snowden Calls Out Media for Failing to Press US Politicians on Inconsistent Support of Whistleblowers. commondreams.org Exiled National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden declared on Twitter Wednesday it is "unbelievable that in a moment where politicians are making daily media statements about 'supporting whistleblowers,' the media is not pressing them on the case of Daniel Hale." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/snowden_3_0.jpg

Josmar Trujillo (2019-10-02). NYT Perp Walks a Bronx Neighborhood. fair.org "Sources" gave NY1 reporter Dean Meminger (Twitter, 9/29/19) an entirely inaccurate account of a NYPD "friendly fire" incident. | Two people died in a hail of bullets last weekend in the Bronx. One, a plainclothes New York City police officer, Brian Mulkeen; the other, Antonio Williams, accused of wrestling with the cop and possessing a weapon. It turned out to be the second case this year of a fatal so-called "friendly fire" incident, but the New York Times took its cue from law enforcement officials in shaping the early narrative around…

RT (2019-10-01). 'Don't shoot messenger,' Giuliani tells media as Biden team pressures channels to ban him from airwaves. rt.com Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden's campaign has called for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to be banned from TV networks for "knowingly and willingly lying" – but Giuliani says it's the networks lying to protect Biden. | Giuliani has accused the mainstream media of "covering up the message, Dem[ocratic Party] corruption" and "going after me because I'm the messenger" in a tweet posted on Tuesday in response to the Biden campaign's efforts to have him banned from television news. The media won't hold Biden to account, the former New York mayor said, "because he is protected and immune like the Clintons…

RT (2019-10-01). Facebook CEO warns breaking up Big Tech will lead to more 'election meddling' and less censorship will hurt people in LEAKED audio. rt.com Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to threaten politicians who want to break up the company with election interference 'issues', and warns that unregulated social media would create angry crowds, in recently leaked audio. | Breaking up Big Tech firms like Facebook "is not actually going to solve the issues," Zuckerberg complained during a July open question-and-answer meeting with employees, a recording of which was obtained by The Verge. Instead, he warned, it'll make them worse. | It doesn't make election interference less likely. It makes it more likely because now the companies can't coordinate and work…

American Herald Tribune (2019-09-30). Daniel McAdams: "The US Has Ceased Being a Republic and Has Become a National Security State" theantimedia.com Daniel McAdams, the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, is banned from Twitter.

Middle East Eye (2019-09-30). Exposed: Twitter Executive in Charge of Middle East is British Army 'PsyOp' Officer. theantimedia.com The senior Twitter executive with editorial responsibility for the Middle East is in the British Army's psychological warfare unit.

Staff (2019-09-27). Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi, Trump's "Favorite Dictator" democracynow.org Demonstrations continued in Egypt Friday, with thousands taking to the streets to demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over accusations of corruption. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested over the past week amid protests in Cairo and other cities. The demonstrations were triggered by social media posts by a former army contractor accusing Sisi and other officials of misusing public money. Anti-government protests are rare in Egypt as they've been effectively banned since Sisi came to power following the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi and launched a widespread crackdown on d…

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