Wednesday, March 21, 2018


News Roundup 3/21/18

  • The police officer who shot and killed Justine Damond has finally been charged with murder. [Link]
  • Sacramento police shoot and kill a young man. Police report mistaking a cell phone for a gun. The two police officers shot the man 20 times. [Link]
  • The Senate votes to kill the Yemen War Powers Act 55-44. [Link]
  • Trump called Putin to congratulate him on his reelection. The call went well and the two plan to discuss the arms race. [Link]
  • Ray McGovern discuss the Russiagate leaks. [Link]
  • An Israeli appeals court denies Ahed Tamimi’s request for a public trial. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government will allow Turkey to carry out operations on the Iraqi border. The operations will target the Kurds. [Link]
  • The Islamic State captured a neighborhood in Damascus from the Syrian Army. The Syrian Army recently took the neighborhood from a Syrian rebel group. [Link]
  • Airstrikes hit several civilians targets in Eastern Ghouta. A school was among the targets destroyed and dozens were killed. Russia is being accused of carrying out the strikes. [Link]

Episode 93: Will Porter on the Taliban’s 2017 Record Opium Crop

Mance welcomes Will Porter back to the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast. Will and his friend Kyle Anzalone wrote an article reporting on the record opium crop in 2017 the Taliban will use the proceeds from to fund their “Spring Offensive” against U.S. forces. Will talks about the article and what the funds raised could mean for tensions in the region.

Will and Kyle’s Article

Will on Twitter

Mance’s Book

Mance on Twitter

Facebook Just Lost $50 Billion in Market Value Over the Last Two Days

This article originally appeared at Anti-Media. 


The Cambridge Analytica scandal has Facebook feeling it where it counts most for a publicly traded company — investor confidence.

On Friday, the social media giant’s closing stock price was $185.09, making it worth about $538 billion. The next day, the news broke that data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump on the 2016 election, had allegedly obtained unauthorized access to some 50 million Facebook accounts.

The effects were felt immediately, and not just in the area of privacy concerns. Facebook shares tumbled nearly seven percent on Monday. That’s a loss of about $35 billion in market value, making it the worst day of trading the company has seen in four years.

The slide continued on Tuesday, spurred on by news that the Federal Trade Commission will launch an investigation into the handling of user data and calls from lawmakers for Facebook executives to testify before Congress on the subject.

The further 2.6 percent drop, which put the stock price at around $168, means that Facebook lost roughly $50 billion in market value over the course of two days. That’s after slightly recovering from an even further dip of around six percent.

But it’s not just the company as a whole that’s hurting. The Cambridge Analytica debacle is affecting the man at the top, as well. From CNBC on Tuesday:

“Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth status has changed — he’s lost more than $9 billion in stock wealth over the past 48 hours.

Zuckerberg, who owns about 400 million shares of Facebook, has seen his wealth drop to around $66 billion from $75 billion since the stock closed on Friday, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index and Forbes. This weekend, he was the fourth richest man in the world. Now, he will be sixth or seventh.”

Call Your Senator Today! End the Yemen War!

The debate on the Senate Yemen resolution has begun. C-SPAN 2 now. Please call your goddamn senator. 1-833-STOP-WAR will connect you automatically.

News Roundup 3/20/18

  • Mark Perry on Rex Tillerson’s firing. [Link]
  • The EU and NATO issue statements supporting the UK allegations that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack. [Link]
  • Senator Bob Corker says Trump will withdraw from the Iran Deal in May unless European countries make any surprise moves. [Link]
  • Mohammed bin Salman on 60 Minutes. [Link]
  • Qatar continues to hold out from the Saudi, Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain blockade. [Link]
  • The Afghan government is looking to prevent women’s shelters from receiving private donations. [Link]
  • The Afghan Army mistakenly attacked a group of farmers. Nine farmers died in the attack. [Link]
  • Syrian President Assad drives a Honda Civic though Eastern Ghouta. [Link]
  • Turkey’s President Erdogan says Turkey will look to remove the Kurds from along the Turkey/Syrian border. [Link]
  • A UK woman, who traveled to Syria to fight ISIS with the Syrian Kurds, is killed fighting Turkish troops. [Link]
  • Turkish backed forces looted Afrin after taking the city. [Link]
  • The State Department says that the Turkish invasion of Syrian is allowing ISIS to rebuild. [Link]

16 Articles That Expose How They Lied Us Into War in Iraq

Compiled here.

Trump Calls to Give Drug Dealers the Death Penalty

Make America A Worse Police State Again Some More.

Speech to the Pennsylvania LP State Convention

Took place on March 3rd. C-SPAN Book TV covered it.

Video here.

News Roundup 3/19/18

  • Maj. Danny Sjursen explains the dangers of Mike Pompeo becoming Secretary of State. [Link]
  • Heather Nauert has been prompted to Undersecretary of State. [Link]
  • Trump will roll out a plan to seek the death penalty in some drug cases. [Link]
  • A video is released of prison guards mocking a man as he dies. The man was subject to torture before he died. [Link]
  • US debt hits $21 trillion. [Link]
  • Jeremy Corbyn says don’t rush to blame Russia for the chemical attack on the former spy. [Link]
  • Putin wins reelection as Russia President for a six-year term. [Link]
  • The Philippines tell the UN Security Council the country will withdraw from the International Criminal Court. [Link]
  • Turkey now controls the city of Afrin. Turkish allied fighters report the YPG fled the city. [Link]
  • A Palestinian man killed two IDF soldiers with his car. [Link]
  • Vice President Pence tells the Pakistani Prime Minister that Pakistan must do more to fight the Taliban. [Link]
  • Forces allied to Assad take a town near Damascus from Syrian rebels. [Link]
  • Syrian Army is using incendiary bombs in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian Army is also accused of using cluster bombs. [Link]
  • Up to 68,000 people have fled Eastern Ghouta. [Link]
  • Seven US soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. [Link]
  • Public Health officials in Iraq are concerned that the bodies in the Tigris River are contaminating the water. [Link]
  • A diphtheria outbreak in Yemen has infected over 1,300 and killed at least 70. [Link]
  • Canada to send up 600 troops to Mali to join the UN peacekeeping mission. [Link]
  • Former South African President Jacob Zuma to face 16 charges of corruption. [Link]

Government Tells Living Man That Legally, He’s Dead — And Must Remain That Way

This article originally appeared at Anti-Media. 


Romania — Despite a 63-year-old man presenting himself as alive and well before judges this week, a Romanian court has ruled that due to a technicality, he must remain legally deceased.

In 1992, Constantin Reliu moved from Romania to Turkey, where he found work as a chef. According to local media reports, the last time he returned to his native country was in 1999. This was also the last time he was in contact with his family.

In 1999, a devastating earthquake struck Turkey, killing nearly 17,000 people. Hearing nothing from her estranged husband for years, Reliu’s wife assumed he had died in the quake. Wanting to remarry, she obtained a death certificate for Reliu in 2016.

In January of this year, Reliu was detained by Turkish authorities and deported back to Romania for having expired documents. That’s when he first learned he was legally a walking dead man.

Seeking to regain his identity and return to his life in Turkey, Reliu petitioned the city of Vaslui’s court to throw out the death certificate. However, judges rejected his petition on Friday, saying too much time had passed since the certificate had been issued.

Apparently, that ruling is final and can’t be appealed. Now, Constantin Reliu is stuck in a legal limbo where he has lost the ability to earn a living and, essentially, do anything else.

“I am officially dead, although I’m alive,” Reliu told local media following the verdict. “I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything.”

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