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Turning Singing of the National Anthem at Sporting Events into a Police and Military Support Ritual

Saturday evening I walked through my living room where game four of the World Series was playing. On the field four cops were singing the national anthem before the thousands of people gathered at the stadium and the millions more watching on TV.

After seeing this, I sent an email to Joshua Bennett, telling him I had just seen an example of what I had talked about earlier that day on his radio show Patriot’s Lament on KFAR radio in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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RPI's Daniel McAdams: Twitter's Decision to Ban Ads From RT, Sputnik 'is About Politics'

The tech giant announced it would no longer allow ads from the two Russian media outlets to run on its platforms, citing allegations that they meddled in the 2016 US presidential election as the motive behind its decision. Sputnik discussed the issue with Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Twitter said on its blog recently that its decision to ban RT and Sputnik's advertising was based "on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 US election."

Following the statement, RT published Twitter's election advertising sales pitch, which demonstrates that the tech giant was vying for millions of dollars from RT in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election.

In an interview with Radio Sputnik, US analyst Daniel McAdams commented on the issue by saying that Twitter's move was politically motivated and that Russia's "demonization" is unlikely to be over.

Sputnik: RT actually published a Twitter ad pitched to them. They also revealed that they rejected the offer and decided on a very basic ad plan. Will this possibly put an end to the witch hunt?

Daniel McAdams: No, I don't think it will because I don't think it's based on anything rational. First of all, the real collusion is the collusion between the mega-companies like Twitter and Facebook and the US government. Twitter's move is clearly meant to head off the coming testimony that Twitter, Google and Facebook are going to have in the House and the Senate, intelligence units. They will be able to go there and show the government how they are cracking down on RT and Sputnik and it can be currying some favor. So, this is really all about politics more than anything else.
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Cuba - US Diplomats Retreat In Horror ... Because ... 'Crickets'

This incident earlier this month will probably go down in the annals as the most stupid diplomatic foul-up ever:
President Trump on Tuesday expelled 15 Cuban diplomats, escalating his response to a mysterious affliction that has stricken American Embassy personnel in Havana in a move that cast a Cold War chill over relations between the two countries. 
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American diplomats and their spouses began reporting symptoms that included hearing loss, dizziness, balance and visual problems, headaches and cognitive issues last December. By late January, the State Department realized that the illnesses were related and might have resulted from some sort of attack, perhaps by a sonic device, toxin or virus.
The US diplomats were hearing strange noises at night. This within certain parts of their embassy as well as in some homes. Lots of mischief was suspected - from huge infrasound weapons to food poisoning. But no technical or medical explanation was found. The State Department described the noise as "specific attacks" on its diplomats. At least 21 were affected and half of the US staff in Havana was ordered home. Cuban diplomats were expelled from the US
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Niger Ambush Serves as Excuse for AFRICOM to Seek More Funds

The October 4 ambush in Niger that killed four US special forces members forced the Pentagon to admit that they had been routinely carrying out ground patrols inside Niger, but African command (AFRICOM) may be cashing in on the incident.

With the revelation that there are US military operations ongoing in Niger and countless other countries, AFRICOM is noting that they’d requested a lot more military equipment than they got, and some of that might conceivably have come in handy during the ambush.
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RPI's Daniel McAdams: ‘Report Listing RT’s Guests is Designed to Intimidate'

A new report by a US-funded Czech think tank that targeted RT’s on-air guests is an attempt to stifle any views that go outside the accepted US neocon foreign policy of interventionism, Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT.

The group, called “European Values Think-Tank,” released a supposedly damning report about RT, criticizing over 2,300 experts who shared their views on the channel.
The institute, which receives funding from the US and other Western governments, called RT’s guests “useful idiots,” to borrow from a famous quote from Communist leader Vladimir Lenin.
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Washington Forbids Serbia from De-Mining Syria

This may be one of the cruelest and most cynical moves of Washington in its entire dark "regime change Syria" chapter. Serbian media sources are reporting, based on quotes from US Embassy Belgrade personnel, that the United States has sought and been given assurances by the Serbian government and military that Serbian de-mining experts would not be deploying to Syria to assist in removing the ubiquitous horrific mines and other explosive devices left behind by a retreating ISIS. 

As the rout of ISIS forces continues in Syria, the civilian population begins returning to their homes and their lives that had been disrupted by the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and other extremist groups. According to the United Nations, more than 600,000 Syrians have returned to areas liberated by the Syrian government with the assistance of Russia and Iranian forces.
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Texas City Declares No Harvey Relief Unless Applicants Promise Not To Boycott Israel

The town of Dickinson, Texas is home to just over 20,000 people, an annual crawfish festival, and one of the most absurd requirements for disaster relief imaginable.

The town recently made non-support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign a condition for receiving hurricane aid. How can a small town like Dickinson put forth such a gratuitous disaster relief requirement? In this case, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — Dickinson is simply following in the footsteps of the entire state of Texas.
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