US General Michael Flynn officially put Iran on notice after Houthi rebels from Yemen attacked a Saudi Arabian naval ship. He blamed Iran for the attack because it previously backed the Houthis. General Flynn did not mention that Saudi Arabia has been attacking Yemen since 2015. In a separate event, Iran tested several ballistic missiles that the US says is in violation of the UN nuclear agreement.
Google blocked from its search engine 140,000 articles from Mike Adams’ website, NaturalNews.com. This came in the wake of a series of strong articles written by Mike that were highly supportive of President Trump. Since NaturalNews.com has a large following, there was an Internet uproar over this move that embarrassed Google into restoring the articles to the search engine. Google claims that NaturalNews was targeted, not because of its advocacy of non-drug health care or his support of Trump, but because of a “sneaky mobile redirect” from a subdomain that was created by outside bloggers.
The victory of Marine Le Pen spells doom for the EU and the soft-coup over France by immigrants. The European Parliament voted to lift the immunity from prosecution for Le Pen for tweeting graphic images of executions by ISIS. She tweeted the photos in 2015, after a journalist compared her party to ISIS, in an effort to show the difference between her nationalist political party and the extreme violence of ISIS terrorists. If she is prosecuted and convicted, she could face up to 3 years in prison and a fine of more than $100,000.
Ron Paul analyzes President Trump’s first speech before Congress from a Libertarian perspective and gives him an A- grade for his goals but an F for his methods to achieve them. For example, Trump wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, but there is no money available for that, so it is likely that he will depend on the Federal Reserves to simply print it, leading to more debt and inflation. Paul said that cutting corporate taxes is a great idea, but that spending must also be cut, otherwise, there will be disaster. One of the primary purposes of a just state is to protect liberty, and Paul was disappointed that Trump did not mention liberty in his speech.
All plans to amend, repeal or replace Obamacare are based on the false idea that there is an insurance problem when the real problem is billing. Healthcare pricing is based on how much can be extracted from an individual or an insurance company, so prices fluctuate widely. People cannot shop for a better price because price comparison is prohibited. In fact, pricing is considered to be a trade secret that is protected by law.
President Trump proposed increasing the military’s budget by $54 billion, a 10% bump totaling $603 billion. War hawks, led by Senator John McCain are demanding even more money. Democrats railed against the increase, because it cuts into domestic programs such as those carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump’s plan would reduce foreign aid and would cut the State Department’s budget up to 30%.
California: A Superior Court judge has ruled that a report on cell-phone risk, written by the state’s Environmental Health Investigations, must be released to the public. The report shows that use of cell phones involves a significant risk of contracting cancer. So far, the report has been covered up because officials are afraid of law suits by the cellphone industry.
A retired EPA official is at the center of more than 20 lawsuits that allege Monsanto failed to warn of cancer risks from glyphosate, the key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer. Jess Rowland, a former EPA deputy division director, is accused of helping Monsanto by publishing a report advising that there was not enough evidence to link glyphosate to cancer, which preempted further research. The EPA is trying to stop his deposition in March.
A Louisiana radio station obtained leaked audio from ‘Indivisible’, an anti-Trump protest group, that revealed their plot to dominate a town hall meeting in order to influence Republican Senator Bill Cassidy to withdraw his support from President Trump. The self-identified liberals’ strategy consisted of dressing like conservatives, using an outside team to pander to the media and using an inside team to fill as many seats as possible to monopolize the meeting with their agenda.
Arizona’s State House passed a bill to eliminate state capital gains taxes on gold and silver coins because it is an exchange of one kind of legal tender for another kind of legal tender. Precious metals appear to gain in value when Federal Reserve notes depreciate in value, making the taxable gain fictional. If the bill becomes a state law, it will encourage the use of precious metals as currency and will open the door to undermining the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.