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26July 201408:56 am

AN authorised biography of Joe Hockey, written by journalist Madonna King, has hit the bookstores. It’s been excerpted and is getting oodles of publicity thanks mostly, it seems, to its subject’s loose lips.

The timing of publication could not have been worse for Tony Abbott devotees anticipating—willing, longing—this will be the week the Australian electorate finally comes to feel about the Prime Minister as they do.

But some of the contents are no one’s fault but Joe’s.

In the book the Treasurer apparently reveals he wanted this year’s budget to be much tougher than it ended up being. This well-used template for showcasing leadership credentials was handed down from Paul Keating and Peter Costello, but they had the sense to wait until events in question had long passed.

Self-aggrandising in this way while the budget is still playing in the cinemas is politically crazy, the sort of thing you might associate with an active attack on the leadership.

But Hockey is more likely to be clumsy than crafty.

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22July 201408:24 am

GREENS leader Christine Milne had a dig at former prime minister Julia Gillard on the weekend.

She was on Sky News primarily to talk about changing the system for electing members to the Senate; the conversation eventually moved to the carbon price, and the disastrous impact of it becoming known as a “carbon tax”.

According to Milne,”a fundamental error occurred when Julia Gillard went on television and conceded that an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price was a tax. That gave Tony Abbott everything he needed to ramp up his campaign on a tax and it was the fundamental error. The fact that Labor had gone into the election saying that they weren’t going to have a carbon price or carbon tax …”

The reason: “I don’t think former prime minister Gillard was really on board with the policy. She was one of the people who had opposed Kevin Rudd continuing with carbon pricing early in 2010 and I don’t think she was across the policy detail.”

In fact check terminology, we find Milne’s assertions are mostly correct. But there’s more to the story.

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18July 201408:01 am

ON Thursday 17 June 2014, hundreds, probably even thousands, of Australians celebrated the end of the “carbon tax”.

Liberal and Nationals branch members punched the air, and in the inner-suburban Libertarian think tanks they hooped and cheered over this key victory in the culture wars.

Inevitably, some of the more excitable illogically cited the eventuality of X as vindication of their belief that X should happen.

The huge bulk of news-consuming Australians, meanwhile, were probably just relieved it was all over, having been bored stupid, night after night, by blow-by-blow accounts of the legislation’s passage through parliament.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, meanwhile, reaffirmed Labor will take an emissions trading scheme to the next election.

What else could he do? The ALP is so tied to carbon pricing that anything else would not be believed.

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18July 201407:30 am

THERE’S a wee contradiction at the heart of the government’s numbers on the carbon price repeal.

I mention it because it has not, as far as I can tell, been noted by commentators.

In December’s MYEFO they put the hit to the bottom line that comes from scrapping the carbon price at a bit over $2 billion dollars in 2014-15. You can see that here.

That amount is relative to PEFO, which the Rudd government put out in August last year, during the campaign. You can see that it showed no changes in revenue since the pre-campaign economic statement.

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Ryan Dawson News

 

CNN’s Chris Cuomo to the Woodshed MH17

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Also Gaza updates and site updates

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Mainstream Media Arm of the Establishment

 

Orwell Would Be Proud: US Media Admits Divine Right To Decide What Public Needs To Know

The government really needs to get its message out to the American people, and it knows that the best way to do that is by using the American news media, said Shanker. The relationship between the government and the media is like a marriage; it is a dysfunctional marriage to be sure, but we stay together for the kids.

You know that myth you were taught in school about how the media was supposed to be a watchdog against government abuse? Well, that’s just more USDA Choice Bovine Excrement. The US corporate media serves as the ministry of propaganda for the US Government.

 

 

Fraudcast News: You Will Believe What the Media Tells You To

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Terrorism

 

The Intercept Reveals The US Government’s Guidebook For Declaring You’re A Terrorist Or Putting You On The No Fly List

Basically, as most people suspected, it appears the government has broad and, until now, secret powers to effectively ruin someone’s life by placing them on one of these watchlists… with no legitimate way to get off.

 

Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab

“Al Qaeda” is a made-up enemy, not unlike “Emmanual Golstien” from George Orwell’s “1984.”

More information on this hoax is HERE.

VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?

So what it looks like is being planned, and pre-sold to the American people with all these stories about celebrities’ personal information being hacked and made public (an activity that produces no profit for the hackers other than news headlines), and the “Syrian” (nudge nudge wink wink) hack of the AP Twitter feed that shocked the US stock market, is that the US Government will itself take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran /Russia/ China/Al Qaeda/Syria/Arabs and others to be named as convenient. This gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks, to set the stage.

Reposted in light of yesterday’s Drudge Report story that “Al Qaeda” is about to launch a cyber-terror attack on the US.

 

Debunking the “The Saudis did 9-11″ nonsense!

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don’t need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

I am reposting this article because three pro-Israel congressmen are claiming that there is a secret 9-11 document that they are demanding to be made public. This is actually a repeat of the same stunt they tried 2 years ago in which they tease the public with the story of a secret 9-11 document and try to get everyone to demand to see it. The document frames Saudi Arabia for 9-11, to protect Israel.

But as this article lays out, Saudi Arabia didn’t have a motive to do 9-11, and if they wanted to hurt the US, they would not need airplanes into skyscrapers to do it.

Al Qaeda prepping for cyber attack on U.S., says Justice Dept. official

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Dept. of Justice, announced Thursday that Al Qaeda terrorists may be planning an attack on infrastructure within the U.S. to 9/11 proportions and that targets may include banking systems and power grids.

 

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Defence and Veteran News

How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide

With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

US paratroopers arrested in Italy for allegedly raping, robbing pregnant Romanian

Two American paratroopers stationed at a US military base in Italy have been arrested for allegedly beating, raping and robbing a pregnant Romanian prostitute in her six month, whose sex services they originally offered to pay for.

The suspected rape happened in the city of Vecenza in north eastern part of Italy on Monday night last week, Italian media reported.

 

 

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The Economy

 

Chiding CEOs at Walgreens and Other Corporate Defectors

Walgreens is the pharmacy that, at least according to its website, can be found “at the corner of Happy & Healthy.” If its executives have their way, however, it may soon be found near the intersection of Ziegelackerstrasse and Untermattweg in Bern, Switzerland. By acquiring the much smaller Swiss company that is located near that corner, the American company can dodge millions in American taxes.

 

The Economic Collapse Death Spiral Has Begun

Workers speak out against social inequality and rising costs of living

A new report put out jointly in June by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and the Maryland Center for Economic Policy titled “Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Working and Living in the National Capital Area” points to an immense deepening of social inequality and poverty in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

 

Real retail sales: after a post-winter pop, growth has faded. Latest 2.1% yoy. Demand growth still quite modest

 

You Can’t Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot

One thing to be said for the women now heading the Federal Reserve and the IMF: compared to some of their predecessors, they are refreshingly honest.

 

 

Flashback: Now taxman wants to trawl a YEAR of your bank statements under powers to raid bank accounts for unpaid tax

Intrusive new powers to spy on the last 12 months of everybody’s bank statements are being demanded by the taxman.

In a major escalation of its existing rights, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs wants to be able to access monthly copies of bank, Isa and even joint account statements.

This would mean sensitive personal details such as the size of families’ monthly mortgage payments, how much they spend in restaurants and the amount saved into a tax-free nest egg are open to scrutiny.

Last night, critics condemned the unprecedented power grab as ‘Big Brother’ tactics.

It is the latest twist in the furore over HMRC’s plans to take money directly from bank accounts to settle unpaid tax bills.

Google pays just £20m on £3.3bn UK revenue: Fresh outrage over internet giant’s tiny bill to the Government

Google is facing fresh outrage over its meagre contribution to the UK taxman, after revealing it paid just £20million in corporation tax last year.

The California-based internet giant has faced stinging criticism for using a complex corporate structure that allows it to route UK sales through Ireland to slash its tax bill.

And the scheme appears to have again paid off.

 

QE Isolates Markets From Geopolitical Risk: Gayeski

 

 

 

US Bonds Dumped, New Gold Backed Currency | Jim Willie (Ep. 2)

 

UNEMPLOYMENT DOUBLES AS 8,000 BUSINESSES FLEE MARYLAND

 

 

Obama: ‘It’s Pretty Hard To Find An Economic Measure Where We’re Not Significantly Better Off’

“What can you tell average Americans about the outlook of the economy?” Liesman asked, noting that even Obama’s own former economic advisor Larry Summers is forecasting lower growth over the next few years.

Obama dismissed that notion. “If you think about where we were, Steve, when I came into office and where we are now — it’s pretty hard to find an economic measure where we’re not significantly better off.”

“You know, like the bailouts, fiscal stimulus, and Obamacare!” — Official White Horse Souse

 

European Central Bank hacked, personal data stolen

Hackers have stolen personal information from the European Central Bank (ECB) in what seems to be a blackmail scheme. The stolen data includes email addresses and contact information taken from the organization’s database.

“There had been a breach of the security protecting a database serving its public website,” ECB said in astatement on Thursday. “This led to the theft of email addresses and other contact data left by people registering for events at the ECB.”

Around 20,000 email addresses were stolen, according to media reports.

The hacked database serves the public website and gathers registrations for conferences and other visits. It is “physically separate from any internal ECB systems.”

And the NSA can’t find these guys either!

Debt Rattle Jul 24 2014: Ukraine: What To Do When Growth Is Gone

“The fact that the coalition has fallen apart, that laws haven’t been voted on, that soldiers can’t be paid, that there is no money to buy rifles, that there is no possibility to fill gas storages. What options do we have now?” This is, as per Bloomberg, what US handpicked handpuppet and – now former – Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk told the Kiev parliament earlier today during a speech in which he announced the resignation of his “government”. Several of his coalition partners, including right wing Svoboda, had left the government not long before.

This raises a ton of poignant questions. The first one that came to my mind was: “in whose name are the women and children of Lugansk and Donetsk going to be killed now”? It can’t be in the Kiev government’s name anymore.

 

Madoff Five Face Sentencing as U.S. Calls Denials Galling

“The devastation caused by these defendants and their co-conspirators is sweeping and, in many ways, unfixable,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Schwartz said in a July 18 memo. “That makes the defendants’ lack of contrition all the more galling.”

Are We Addicted to Failure?

Like all addicts, Central Planners are confident they can manage the monkey on their back. But this is a self-serving illusion.

Addiction is many things, but beneath its complexities it is a self-destructive expression of the desire to avoid or suppress pain. The pain might be physical or the stuff of the mind, memories or inner demons or tortured misgivings about one’s choices, soul and life.

 

Gold Lockdown Until Options Expiry Monday – New Singapore Gold Contract Threatens Manipulation

 

 

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Religion

 

A reputable study also found that non religious people are just as capable of making moral decisions about their lives as religious people. Moral does not just refer to questions about personal sexual behaviour, but rather to all the moral questions of life………..KT

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

 

 

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Torture

Human Rights Court Condemns Poland for CIA Torture Black Site

Joe Wright
Activist Post

The CIA global torture network is coming under much-needed revived scrutiny from the latest revelation that a secret prison existed in a Polish forest for the purpose of rendition and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that Poland fully cooperated with the establishment of the site and subsequently failed to investigate prisoner claims of torture while being held there…

 

European HR Court Rules Poland Helped CIA Torture Prisoners

 

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Israel and the Middle East

 

The New York Times: We Pushed for War in Iraq

• “Newspaper of record” says initial Iraq war reporting driven by “outside agendas.”

• Public editor admits readers should be “wary” about what appears in pages of Times.

Just as the United States appears poised to get involved ever-deeper in the cauldron of Iraq—a toxic brew that is a direct consequence of the American invasion of that country in 2003—The New York Times is crying “boo hoo hoo” and admitting—and apologizing for—the fact that its lead-up coverage of that war was biased in favor of the Bush administration’s disastrous decision to attack that once-thriving Arab republic.

 

Christian Evangelicals Turning Backs on Israel

• Blind support for genocidal policies of Zionist state no longer a prerequisite for salvation.

Zionists are worried.

For decades, conservative evangelical Christians have been among the most fervent backers of the terroristic, rogue nuclear, apartheid Zionist occupation government in the Holy Land, known as Israel. They typically also have failed, knowingly or not, to acknowledge even basic human rights for the oppressed native Palestinians—Muslim and Christian—who face racial extinction at the hands of the region’s Jewish overlords. But that seemingly impregnable mountain of support has started to erode. A growing minority of ministers and younger believers have begun to challenge the established doctrine and practice, asserting that Zionism is contrary to God’s teaching in the Bible, and that continued persecution of Palestinians is a gross violation of fundamental morality.

 

The truth always hurts…..KT

Israel bans radio advert listing names of children killed in Gaza

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio advertisement from a human rights organisation which listed the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza since the conflict began 17 days ago.

B’Tselem’s appeal against the decision was rejected on Wednesday. It intends to petition Israel’s supreme court on Sunday in an effort to get the ban overturned.

The IBA said the ad’s content was “politically controversial”. The broadcast refers to child deaths in Gaza and reads out some of the victims’ names.

Israel Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid, Says UN Rapporteur

A UN human rights investigator has accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies against Palestinians.

Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said Israel carried out a “systematic and continued effort to change the ethnic composition of East Jerusalem”.

Falk, an 82-year-old American, said that in recent years Israel had made it more difficult for Palestinians to reside there while encouraging the building of new Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Falk, an emeritus law professor at Princeton University, said that more than 11,000 Palestinians had lost their right to live in Jerusalem since 1996.

Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Has ‘Surpassed What Hitler Did To Them’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an ridiculed Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza, accusing the Israeli government of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.”

Speaking at a political re-election rally in the Turkish city of Ordu, Turkey’s prime minister said that Israel has “surpassed what Hitler did to them” and declared the country a “terrorist state.”

“[Israelis] have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism,” said Erdo?an. He accused Israel of rejecting ceasefires that Hamas has proposed and “spitting death, spitting blood.”

Israeli Lawyer Doesn’t Deny Nuremberg Crimes on Palestinians

I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said … “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

He said: “Military necessity.”

Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States … and they handle these matters for us.”

And they are clearly doing a wonderful job! :)

PHOTOS: 10,000 Palestinians Protesting Now At The Qalandiya Checkpoint; 3 Dead, Hundreds Injured [UPDATED 1:00AM IL]

 

 

National Demonstration: Stop the Massacre in Gaza 26 July London

STOP THE MASSACRE IN GAZA
DEMONSTRATE SATURDAY 26 JULY
ASSEMBLE 12 NOON ISRAELI EMBASSY
MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

 

Rula Jebreal: 90% of people in Gaza ‘don’t have access even to water’

 

U.N. shelter in Gaza hit, 16 dead

The coordinates of the school in Beit Hanoun, which was serving a shelter for families in Gaza, had been given to the Israeli military, said a U.N. spokesman, Chris Gunness.

Footage from the school showed pools of blood and images from hospitals showed absolute chaos. There were so many victims than many gurneys included two wounded children.

 

Israel Boycott Gains Traction as Gaza Assault Continues

The UN Human Rights Council will been begin an investigation into the allegations over whether Israel engaged in war crimes in its assault on the Gaza Strip. This is all happening in the shadow of Israel’s military assault on Gaza, which has killed more than 700 Palestinians. The UN is already classified 1.1 million Gazans as refugees.

 

Jewish Couple Killed in Brussels Museum Were Israeli Spies

Israel’s leaders have made much ado about a Jewish couple who were gunned down in broad daylight at the Brussels Jewish Museum, claiming that the two retired accountants were targeted because they were Jews. In truth, however, it looks like the two were Israeli spies and were targeted not because of their ethnicity but due to their work in espionage.

 

Operation Security Bottom

But the Palestinians were naïve if they, even for one second, believed that the Jewish Genius was going to be intimidated by this new form of Islamo-Tunnelism. The Israeli defense ministry was quick to gather some ideas. Earlier this week it presented the cabinet with a few operative solutions.

Sarah Toddler, the secretary of the Kindergarten Teachers Union (KTU) and the author of the worldwide progressive best seller Poopoo-Kaka-Weewee-Pipi was amongst the first experts to be invited to the meeting. The experienced early-age educator suggested to wrap Israel’s bottom with a nappie (diaper). “Such a solution’, she said, “would provide us with security but also a sense of relative comfort.” Minister Naftali Bennett, famous for his hard-core nationalist inclinations was very supportive, he argued that such an idea, wrapping the Jewish State with a diaper may even “fuel Zionism with a sense of new begging.”

 

‘SHOOTING’ AGAINST THE OCCUPATION

Anti-war demonstrations during wartime are not unusual in Israel. They rarely bring out more than a few hundred people, as did this one. It was an event that most Israeli news outlets deemed not important enough to cover, especially when Hamas’s rockets were flying all over the country. But Oren Ziv was there with his camera.

PHOTOS ~~ THOUSANDS PARICIPATE IN COALITION MARCH FOR PEACE IN NEW YORK

The demonstration and march, organized by a coalition of groups supporting justice in Palestine, began at Foley Sq. where the names of children murdered in Gaza were read. Some in the crowd of approximately 2,000 were weeping. Led by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra the mile and 1/2 march weaving west through the busy streets of lower Manhattan to the shore of the Hudson began. It was a noisy chanting group carrying Palestinian flags and signs demanding an end to the U.S. funding of Israel, an end to the occupation, and a cease to the slaughter by Israel in Gaza.

HOSTILITIES FROM BOTH SIDES MUST END NOW!

Today the war in Gaza enters its eighteenth day. The eighteenth letter in the Hebrew alphabet is CHAI … meaning LIFE. NOW is the time to give it meaning!

 

Israel Sabotages Ceasefire

Golani is the best infantry brigade of the IDF. It was defeated by a Hamas regional battalion in the Battle of Shuja’iyya. I reviewed the battle in Hamas Battalion Held Ground against IDF Golani Brigade.

Golani was removed and replaced by reserve forces (Israel Transforms Tunnels into Gas Chambers).

The commander of the unit was wounded (Wounded Druze Colonel Runs to Gaza), three officers were killed, another ten soldiers were wounded.

Information on details of military operations is slow to reach civilian media. Today it was disclosed that Hamas also hit two battalion commanders, Shai Siman-Tov of Golani Battalion 12 and the commander of Golani Egoz; the name of the latter is classified.+.

In other words, with a much smaller force, Hamas wiped the command of an elite brigade of the IDF, forcing it to leave the battlefield. Israel took offence.

Remember what I said about Gaza being like that narrow gap at Thermopylae? The confines take away the advantage of the Israeli’s superior weapons.

 

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now declare our refusal to be part of the reserves. We oppose the Israeli Army and the conscription law. Partly, that’s because we revile the current military operation. But most of the signers below are women and would not have fought in combat. For us, the army is flawed for reasons far broader than “Operation Protective Edge,” or even the occupation. We rue the militarization of Israel and the army’s discriminatory policies.

Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard

The Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they’d overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, a crucial Israeli ally, Clinton was told that the Israeli government had thrown the tapes away. But the very mention of them was enough to constitute a form of blackmail,” Halper wrote, adding that “according to information provided by a CIA source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle.”

Judaism in action–God’s chosenoids ‘blessing’ artillery shells before launching them against the Gentiles of Gaza

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mlCRMxUDPPw

Zionist Israel is conducting this genocide in retaliation for the killing of three Israeli youths. There has been no full investigation into who actually killed these teenagers. Yet the Zionists are now holding all Palestinians responsible and guilty as not charged.

To use the same measure of justice, the Americans should have nuked Israel when the Israelis were proven to have deliberately killed and wounded dozens of US Defence Force members in 1967, who were onboard the USS Liberty………………………..KT

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves.

No nation, including any in the Muslim world, appears willing to intervene to protect the Palestinians. No world body, including the United Nations, appears willing or able to pressure Israel through sanctions to conform to the norms of international law. And the longer we in the world community fail to act, the worse the spiral of violence will become.

 

Amnesty International: Israel Remains the Occupying Power in Gaza and is Thus Bound By the Law Of Occupation

Amnesty International notes today:

Israel maintains sole control of Gaza’s air space and territorial waters, and continues to prohibit any movement of people or goods in or out of Gaza via air or sea. Israel directly controls all but one of Gaza’s land border crossings, and continues to close three out of the four crossings for commercial goods, restrict the volume of key imports, and ban most exports, all of which have a serious impact on humanitarian and socioeconomic conditions in Gaza. Israel continues to control the Palestinian population registry, which covers residents of both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, so any change in these records and all Palestinian Authority identity documents (including ID cards and passports) require Israeli approval. An Israeli-approved ID card or passport is required for any Palestinian to leave Gaza, including through the Rafah crossing. And the Gaza Strip continues to depend on Israel for the majority of its electricity supply.

 

 

Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence – medics

Five Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron.

In a separate incident near another protest against the ongoing conflict in Gaza, witnesses said a person in a car believed to be a settler shot dead one man and wounded three others near the city of Nablus.

The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinians and settlers.

‘The Tank Shells Fell Like Rain’: Survivors of the Attack on UNRWA School Report Scenes of Carnage and Destruction

The attack on the UN school came on one of the bloodiest days of the conflict. Approximately 120 Palestinians were killed yesterday, bringing the death toll in Gaza to nearly 800, the vast majority of them civilians, including at least 190 children, according to the Health Ministry. Over a two-day period, a child was killed every hour in Gaza. More than 5,100 have been wounded.

 

Israel’s U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians

The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity.

 

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

The Palestinian territory of Gaza is the scene of war crimes committed by the state of Israel that defy words. What is to be said about yesterday’s bombing by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of a UN-run school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, which killed at least 15 people and inflicted terrible wounds on 200 more, overwhelmingly women and children? The IDF had been provided the coordinates of the facility and informed on numerous occasions that the area was occupied by large numbers of civilians seeking refuge from endless artillery and air strikes. The IDF shelled it regardless—the fourth time in a week that UN shelters have been targeted.

Britain Admits Selling $12 Billion in Weapons to Israel

Data published in a new report from the House of Commons in London states the value of all British military exports to Israel currently being processed comes to £7.9 billion ($12.1 billion).

This data was supplied by Vince Cable, Britain’s business secretary, who oversees the weapons trade.

I had to do a double-take when reading this information as until now Britain has indicated that the value of its arms sales to Israel are measured in millions, rather than billions.

 

10,000 West Bank Protesters on the Gate of Jerusalem.

 

 

MEGA PUKE LEVEL 9 BEX ALERT – Israel’s Deadly Invasion of Gaza Is Morally Justified

For Israel, the first question seems easier to answer. Few would deny that, in principle, Israel’s war with Hamas is both just and necessary. Israel acts on the most clear justification possible: self-defense after days of restraint, warnings, and pleas—as rockets continued to land on its cities and later, as militants sprang from tunnels to kill its citizens. Ceasefires have been offered, but Hamas has rejected them. And whatever criticisms one may have of Israel’s failures to midwife an effective and peaceful alternative to Hamas (and I have many), these do not undermine the fundamental justice of this self-defense.

Let’s review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel’s actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu’s logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel’s supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine’s attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media’s presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel’s aggression!

Germany, France, Italy jointly condemn Gaza-related anti-Semitic acts

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned in a joint statement anti-Semitic acts arising out of the recent wave of anti-Israel demonstrations across Europe.

Of course the protests are anti-Semitism, because common sense tells you that if anyone other than Israel was bombing Gaza back to the stone age, nobody would care, right? Right? Right? Right?

 

Gaza’s Children Burning In The Zionist Terrorism

According to Al-Mezan for Human Rights in Gaza, UNRWA implements strict security measures that ensure that only civilians enter the premises of their shelters. They also provide the address and coordinates of the shelters to the Israeli war criminal forces (IWCF) in order to assure safety measure. The school raises the UN flag.

Mr. Adnan Abu Hasana, the spokesman for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza stated that the (IWCF) did not send warning message before they shelled the school which used as a shelter.

He added: “We asked the israeli forces coordination office to warn us before shelling because the school is located in a dangerous area. We told them to give us enough time to evacuate women, children, elderly and UNRWA team, but they shelled the school without warning.”

 

Gaza Barbarity Shown To Let The World Know Who Runs It – Morris – And the consequences of disobeying

 

POS Tries To Justify Israeli Airstrikes On “HOSPITALS! SCHOOLS! AND MOSQUES!”

 

Debunking Israeli Propaganda

Tension between Israel and the Palestinians has existed since even before the UN partition of Palestine in 1947. Both sides can easily point to some previous incident as an act of incitement, so such tit-for-tat accusations lead nowhere.

 

Washington is Complicit in Israel’s Crimes

While viewing the massacre of Gazans, you may wonder why 1.8 million Arabs are crowded on that tiny strip of seashore and are being bombed day and night into death and ruins by Israel’s powerful military machine. A glimpse of history is timely.

 

America Is the Only Country with a Favorable View of Israel

The U.S. Is the Only Country Which Supports Israel No Matter What It Does

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Let’s check that out!

AMERICANS ONLY – Do you have a favorable view of Israel

YES

NO

 

Just try and imagine if your kids and grandkids were under this bombardment……………..KT

Naama Abu Foul, 2 years old, can’t open her eyes because of what the bombs did to her face.

 

 

US Stands Alone in Vote Against UN Inquiry Into Gaza Assault

Resolution passes, despite US opposition, as body approves official inquiry into “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law”

 

A refreshingly open call for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from an Israeli deputy speaker

Feiglin doesn’t mince his words. In fact, he puts his demands in bold, literally and metaphorically. And his seven lofty quiet-achieving goals are:

Ultimatum
Attack
Siege
Defense (because why not?)
Conquer
Elimination
Sovereignty

I particularly like points 5-7. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Does anybody blame Palestinians for fighting to the death to keep whatever is left of 1948 Palestine before they’re sent to the desert by Israel?

 

West Bank rage at Gaza bloodshed as protests erupt over UN school attack

he violence of the conflict in Gaza spread to the West Bank on Thursday with at least two Palestinians killed and scores wounded in one of the biggest clashes seen for several years.

Further protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are expected following noon prayers on Friday, the last Friday of Ramadan, after the Palestinian Authority called for a “day of rage” over the bloodshed in Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinians took part in a demonstration after more than 15 women, children and United Nations staff were killed and around 200 injured when a UN shelter for those fleeing the Israeli bombing was hit.

 

Israeli soldiers and members of the Breslauer Hassidic sect dance and bless artillery shells

 

PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi: ‘Deliberate Massacre’ in Gaza

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi on the impact of the Israeli ground offensive and airstrikes on Gaza.

 

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Politics, Privacy, Spying, Internet Security

 

Net Neutrality and the Global Digital Divide

EFF’s position on net neutrality simply calls for all data that travels over the Internet to be treated equally. This means that we oppose ISPs blocking content based on its source or destination, or discriminating against certain applications (such as BitTorrent), or imposing special access fees that would make it harder for small websites to reach their users. We havecalled for the FCC to assume firm legal authority to protect the neutrality of the net from these sorts of abuses, while explicitly forbearing from going any further to regulate the Internet.

White House Aide Says Republicans Might Try for Obama Impeachment

A top White House adviser said on Friday Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy, as Obama prepared to talk about the U.S. border crisis with Central American presidents.

 

New IRS Form Proves Obama Lied About Individual Mandate Tax

On Thursday the IRS released a slew of draft 2014 tax forms. The new draft Form 1040 shows a new surtax line has been created for the payment of the individual mandate surtax – see line 61 of the 1040.

President Obama has repeatedly denied that the surtax is in fact actually a tax.

POLL – 63.8% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track

 

 

 

Ex-Rep. Reveals Dirty Secret of D.C. Politics

• Bob Ney details why Congress fears the Israel lobby.

A notorious Orthodox Jewish influence-peddler manipulated accusations of “anti-Semitism” to force a powerful member of Congress to give a lucrative (and sensitive) contract to an Israeli cell phone company, giving that firm access to the cell phone calls made on Capitol Hill.

Former United States Representative Robert William “Bob” Ney (R-Ohio)—snared in the wide-ranging criminal web spun by Zionist intriguer and Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Allan Abramoff—has a lot of stories like this to tell.

 

Eric Holder’s Vendetta

• Patriotic Americans targeted by new task force created by U.S. Justice Department.

On June 3, United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he would revive a task force comprised of U.S. federal attorneys, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and elements of the Justice Department’s National Security Division to investigate so-called homegrown domestic terrorists, in effect to track and monitor any American he contends may be opposed to the existing world order.

 

Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

You can’t get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without trial. It claimed this was a legal act it is prepared to repeat as necessary. Given the Fifth Amendment, how exactly was this justified? Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted — about one-third of the text is missing — Justice Department white paper providing the basis for that extrajudicial killing, we finally know: the president in Post-Constitutional America is now officially judge, jury, and executioner.

 

The Growing Movement to Impeach Obama

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Roger Ogden, the founder and leading organizer of the activist group Stop Obama Now—San Diego, is easily one of the nation’s most dedicated, determined and hardest-working activists out there today.

This reporter has been paying close attention to Mr. Ogden’s activist group, its protests, and YouTube videos, which have featured major demonstrations and public protests all across Southern California, particularly in San Diego County, for well over a year now. AMERICAN FREE PRESS recently spoke with Mr. Ogden to gain a deeper understanding of what motivates him, and to learn more about his organization and past and upcoming protests.

 

Pass the 28th Amendment to Ensure Corporations Are Not People

James Madison and the founding generation of Americans viewed the concentration of wealth and power as the greatest threat to constitutional self-government. Today, their fear is our reality. As a result, we see a broken government responsive only to the largest corporations and privileged few. We see ordinary Americans sidelined as spectators to a big money political game. We see formidable national and global challenges exacerbated by politicians operating in a systemically corrupted system.

 

US Social Security ‘wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE’

Members of the US Congress are demanding answers from the Social Security Administration (SSA) over an ongoing IT project that has racked up a $288m bill without deploying a field-ready product.

A trio of representatives from the House Oversight Committee said in a letter to the SSA that they had “serious problems” with the way it has handled a planned overhaul of the Disability Case Processing System (DCPS), which has been ongoing for six years.

The DCPS is considered to be a central part of the SSA and has long been due for an overhaul to replace aging technology in the system. In 2010 the administration commissioned an update project, contracting Lockheed Martin to build the system with a delivery date for 2015.

 

Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order

In the latest revelation of unconstitutional spying on US citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA), former State Department employee John Napier Tye published his account of ongoing violations of privacy under cover of a legal fig leaf known as Executive Order 12333.

Last week the Washington Post published Tye’s lengthy criticism of the Obama administration under the title “Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans.” The editorial underscores both the immense scope of illegal spying by an unaccountable military-intelligence apparatus and the sham character of the official “reform.”

 

Amazon Fire Phone is harder to fix than the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S

Amazon’s Fire Phone is out in the US today, and it so far has been met with mixed reviews.

iFixit hasn’t had much nice to say about the Fire Phone either, having torn the smartphone apart to see how easy it is to put back together. As it turned out, it’s not easy at all, with iFixit giving the handset a repairability score of three out of 10. This is lower than the five out of 10 scored by the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the six out of 10 given to the iPhone 5S*.

 

Revolving Door: Main Architect Of PIPA (Senate Version Of SOPA) Now… Lobbying For The MPAA

The MPAA, of course, was the main driving lobbying force (along with the US Chamber of Commerce) to get SOPA/PIPA approved. And here we are, just a couple of years later, and the Congressional staffer who was the main internal architect of that bill is… now officially paid by the MPAA. The old “revolving door” continues to swing round and round.

 

SWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong Home

Orange County, Florida sheriff’s deputies waging an armed raid for a suspected pot dealer entered a family’s home guns blazing and shot a teen girl and her dog, only to find out the suspect they were looking for hadn’t lived in the home for weeks — despite their claim to have “surveilled” the home extensively prior to the raid. All the cops ended up finding was some perfectly legal ammunition and some pot seeds and marijuana paraphernalia. All charges against the suspect were later dropped, but their dog is dead and his sister lives with horrible back pain due to the deputies’ murder attempt.

Journalist on Family Vacation Assaulted by Northern Border Agent for Recording Checkpoint

A journalist returning to the United States from Canada was assaulted by a Border Patrol agent this week after attempting to record his encounter.

The journalist, Rogier van Bakel of Reason.com, was preparing to enter Maine after a short family vacation in Quebec when he was stopped at the Jackman Border Patrol Station.

 

Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras

Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States?

Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the presumptive next occupant of a prestigious office lacking — as comedian Jon Stewart observes — any corners.

 

DISINFORMATION GOES VIRAL: the bollocks audit continues

 

 

Obama Calls For Collectivized New World Order

In a geopolitical context, Obama’s call for a “new order” really doesn’t sound any different from the old unipolar world order that the United States has represented since the end of the Cold War, which is now being challenged by the rise of the BRICS countries.

The NSA’s Secret Information War Against Alternative Media

 

 

Wikipedia blocks ‘disruptive’ page edits from US Congress

Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”.

The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination.

The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.

One staffer said they were being banned for the “actions of two or three”.

Edits from computers using the IP address belonging to the House of Representatives have been banned before, following similar acts of vandalism.

 

The Future is Smaller– That’s the Only Way This Works

It’s large governments that maintain police states, that spy on their citizens, and commandeer nearly every personal choice imaginable with regulatory agencies that tell us how to educate our children and what we can/cannot put in our own bodies.

As Kohr theorized, bigness often leads to tyranny.

If you look at the more financially successful nations today, i.e. those with solvent governments who do not indebt future generations to drop bombs by remote control drones, they’re nearly all small.

Hong Kong has some of the lowest tax rates in the world. And yet the local government is awash with so much cash that they frequently send tax refunds back to local residents.

Singapore is in a similar position; the city-state has zero net debt, a strong defense force, incredibly low tax rates… yet they still manage to funnel excess tax revenues back into the economy, often as tax breaks or business incentives.

The future is smaller- that’s the only way this works.

 

 

Exonerated Chicago man freed after two decades

A suburban Chicago man who insisted during two decades in prison that police framed him for a slaying he did not commit walked out of jail Wednesday morning, hours after a jury in his retrial found him not guilty.

Rodell Sanders, 49, said after Tuesday’s verdict that although he will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the Chicago Heights Police Department, detectives and others, he would first focus on trying to become acclimated to freedom. He wants to get reacquainted with his daughters and grandchildren, some of whom he had not met until Wednesday.

Tax agency says ‘preventing poverty’ not allowed as goal for charity

The Canada Revenue Agency has told Oxfam Canada that it can no longer try to prevent poverty, it can only alleviate poverty — because preventing poverty might benefit people who are not already poor.

If you are wondering about this bizarre harassment of this charity, it may have to do with the fact that OXFAM came out against what Israel is doing in Gaza, and the Canadian Tax Agency is as politicized as the IRS!

 

Welfare office worker stole homeless clients’ checks: investigators

A veteran city worker stole more than $500,000 over three years by diverting welfare checks meant to cover the rent of homeless clients to his pals posing as landlords, investigators said.

Rafael Heras, 46, who worked as a job-opportunity specialist for the Human Resources Administration in Harlem, took the public-assistance money and issued checks to phony landlords, who then rerouted the money back to Heras, according to the Department of Investigation.

One of the bogus landlords, Carlos Felix, helped Heras steal more than $100,000, the DOI said.

Obama’s Dumbest Move to Date… Seizing a Foreign Bank

Ten dark suited men entered the premises of FBME bank in Cyprus on Friday afternoon and took it hostage.

The men were from the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC). And they commandeered FBME because an obscure agency within the US government recently issued a report accusing the bank of laundering money.

It just so happens that FBME… and Cyprus in general… is where a lot of wealthy Russians hold their vast fortunes.

Bear in mind, there has been no proof that any crime was committed.

There was no court hearing. No charges were read. It wasn’t even the government of Cyprus who accused them of anything.

When HSBC got caught red-handed laundering funds for a Mexican drug cartel last year, the US government gave them a slap on the wrist. HSBC got off with a fine.

Yet when the US government merely makes an accusation that FBME could be laundering money, the bank gets taken over at gunpoint.

 

Obama, US politicians ‘owned’ by Zionist lobby: Barry Grossman

An international lawyer says President Barack Obama’s statements on Israel’s deadly onslaught against Palestinians stem from “power politics” as he and other US politicians are “owned” by “the Zionist lobby.”

“We should never be so naive as to expect anything said by President Obama that touches on the subject of Israel to be based on sound logic or on facts,” said Barry Grossman in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday commenting on Obama’s remarks about Israel’s offensive on Gaza.

“There is nothing about Obama’s position or rhetoric on Gaza that is based on principle or facts as distinct from pure power politics,” Grossman added. “The simple demonstrable fact which America is at last waking up to, is that its political apparatus has been occupied by special interests for a very long time and no group is more organized, better resourced or more pernicious that the Zionist lobby.”

 

“I DON’T CARE WHAT THE FACTS ARE!” Describe The U.S. Government In One Sentence

 

 

 

San Francisco: Former FBI employee, wife admit to bank fraud

A former FBI employee and his wife pleaded guilty to bank fraud Thursday, with the husband further admitting that he had lied to the agency to maintain a top-level security clearance, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Daly City resident Charles Espinel, 61, who worked for the FBI for 32 years, and his wife Jeannette Espinel, 58, admitted that they defrauded First California Bank and Wells Fargo Bank in connection with mortgage loans they received to buy a $750,000 rental property in Daly City and a $600,000 rental property in San Bruno, court documents stated.

 

Gun-toting psychiatrist shoots suspect who killed Pennsylvania hospital employee: police

Three people, including a doctor, were shot at the wellness center connected to the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital complex in Darby, just outside of Philadelphia, on Thursday, authorities said. One female employee was killed, a doctor suffered a graze wound and suspect Richard Plotts was also shot when the doctor returned fire using his own weapon.

A suspected gunman burst into a Pennsylvania hospital’s psychiatric ward, killing a female caseworker and wounding a psychiatrist Thursday before the doctor returned fire and critically injured Richard Plotts, authorities said.

The gunfire erupted on the third floor of the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, which is part of the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, just outside of Philadelphia, about 2:15 p.m., Darby Borough Mayor Helen Thomas told the Daily News.

 

New discipline figures from Canada’s national police force show a record number of Mounties behaving badly.

From lying under oath, to driving drunk, sharing porn on RCMP computers, to having sex in cruisers, new discipline figures from Canada’s national police force show a record number of Mounties behaving badly.

The latest report from the RCMP’s professional integrity officer shows 104 new formal discipline cases were brought forward in 2012-13 compared to an average of 88 for the previous 13 years. The report suggests the increase may be linked to the force’s tighter discipline process and a tougher stand on “bad apples” by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.

 

 

Ron Paul Wants to Encourage an ‘Epidemic of Truth-Telling’

Former Rep. Ron Paul hopes his new online community will not only force policymakers to hear from the public, but promote more government whistleblowers.

 

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Europe and The UK

America and Australia support unelected part neo NAZI government in Kiev……GOOD!

Russia supports rebels in eastern Ukraine who don’t support unelected Kiev government….BAD!

MORE WAR BEX – Putin ups stakes in Ukraine, to ship more sophisticated weaponry to separatists

The Pentagon says it has intelligence indicating Russia is poised to deliver sophisticated multiple-launch rocket systems to its Ukraine-based supporters — a transaction that could happen Friday.

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Friday that Russia has so far delivered to Ukraine tanks, artillery and rocket systems.

“Along with some of Saddam’s nuclear weapons!”

Note that this article does not say Russia has sent any such weapons, only that the Pentagon claims they know Russia will.

But look at this from Russia’s point of view. Any overt military move by them opens the door t the war the US wants to protect the weakening US dollar’s role as the global banking and trade currency against the rising Ruble (and the Rising Yuan, which is why war with China is being planned as well).

The Junta in Kiev has collapsed. Poroshenko is out of money to supply his troops, let alone pay them. Putin knows that the only way Poroshenko can save himself and the Junta is to get the US directly involved, which is why Putin won;t make a move (and why we are seeing this flood of easily discredited propaganda screaming “The Russians are coming” all over the corporate media).

All Putin has to do is sit and do nothing and the Kiev Junta will crumble.

Mossad Mercenaries Believed Responsible for Ukraine Massacre

In mid-June, a battle raged for the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine. A new militia force launched an offensive against about 250 Russian militiamen loyal to the Donetsk People’s Republic, which had seized the city from the Ukrainian government. The battle focused on a police station held by the separatists in which both armed militants and unarmed civilians had gathered to demand reunion with Russia. The conflict ended cruelly, as the station was burned to the ground with scores of women and children inside. Those fleeing the inferno were machine-gunned.

The massacre was the work of the Dnipro Battalion, a new force of mostly foreign mercenaries drawn from Zionist-backed terrorists around the world and financed by Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi, a Jewish billionaire and banker.

 

GOP=Republican Party [Grand Old Party ]

Rothschild Influence Deep Within GOP

Call it the “War Party,” the “New World Order” or the “Zionist Elite.”

However you describe this element—with multiple ties to the Rothschild banking octopus and its predatory tentacles on American shores—its influence reaches the inner circles of key Republican presidential hopefuls who promise to save the republic from Obama’s legacy in 2016.

 

The NWO Wants A War With Russia

 

 

In the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine there is a version that Boeing was shot down during an exercise

On the day of the disaster Malaysian airliner in Ukraine Ukrainian air defense units of the armed forces conducted training on working with the removal of the lock system of launching missiles, an emergency situation during it could be the cause of the tragedy with Boeing, told RIA Novosti source in one of law enforcement agencies in Ukraine.

London’s Russian billionaires are “at risk” of sanctions, David Cameron warns

David Cameron has warned Russian billionaires who live or own assets in London that they could be “at risk” of sanctions if they have close links to Vladmir Putin.

The Prime Minister said he was “very clear” that if rich Russians living in Britain were shown to be “Putin cronies” they would be in danger of sanctions.

Rula Jebreal: 90% of peop

BEX ALERT – Shelling Ukraine with GRAD from Russia! Village Gukovo, Rostov Oblast.

Boy, the warhawks are not going to quit. Here we have a video with an added voice over which the corporate media is claiming proves Russia is firing into Ukraine with rockets. But of course the video itself does not show who is launching the rockets or where they are located, but it DOES show the direction the video was taken from looking at the gradient in the sky, which clearly shows the video is looking southwest at the launcher, which means the rockets are flying to the EAST! The GRAD is an unguided missile, fired in volleys over a wide area, similar to the American MLRS. Ukraine has been importing the GRAD from Russia (like the BUK) which means even if this was confirmed as a GRAD launcher, that does not mean that it is not KIEV using it. After all, with a maximum range of 35 Kilometers, GRAD’s fired from Russia can only reach into the independent Republics, and why would Putin do that?

 

Bloomberg Lies as Ukrainian Rebels Allegedly Down 2 Warplanes

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

In Bloomberg’s article, “Two Ukrainian Jets Shot Down, Three Dangerous Explanations,” it claims two Ukrainian SU-25 ground attack warplanes were shot down by rebels over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, stating:

“Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters in Kiev that two of its Sukhoi SU-25 fighter jets were shot down while flying at 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) over the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. The pilots ejected, and their whereabouts are unknown.”

“At 17,000 feet, the planes would have been outside the range of the shoulder-fired missiles that the rebels contend are their only air-defense weapons. The planes would, however, be in range of a surface-to-air missile such as the Buk, which is suspected to have been used to shoot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 on July 17.”

Bloomberg’s “three dangerous explanations” are patently false…

 

White phosphorus projectiles are used to ignite targets. It is a war crime to use such rounds on people, civilian or military……….KT

Ukraine Military Caught Using Phosphorus Incendiaries, Cluster Bombs On Civilians!

 

 

U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin’s Ukraine Move to Stalin’s Invasion of Poland

Today the U.S. government claimed the Russian military is firing artillery into Ukraine and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said it reminds him of Russia’s invasion of Poland in 1939.

 

The Australian government officially supports these crooks and fools in Kiev……….KT

Obama’s Ukrainian Ploy Collapses; Ukraine Now Seeks Direct U.S. Bailout

The Ukrainian leadership has resigned, because of their unwillingness to impose the IMF’s terms, which would impoverish the population within months. That impoverishment would be extracted from the Ukrainian public in order to repay the IMF’s loans, which had been skimmed off by Ukraine’s oligarch billionaires into secret bank accounts in Switzerland and other tax-havens.

 

United States Crafting Legislation to Incite World War III

Republican Senator and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, is the most recent inciter of a global war, as he is the main sponsor of the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014.

The piece of legislation, which has already been seen in congressional committee, intends to effectively declare war on Russia by imposing even more draconian sanctions on Russian businesses, and individuals, maintaining American troops in European countries, increasing the presence of American troops and military equipment in countries that support NATO’s actions against Russia, including former Soviet republics, forcing Ukraine to become a member of NATO so the United States can station troops and armament on the Russian-Ukrainian border and cancel any nuclear disarmament treaties signed between the United States and Russia, among other things.

MH17 Instructed by Air Traffic Controllers to Divert Route before Crash

 

 

US Intel releases footage of Vladimir Putin climbing down Brooklyn Bridge after flag placement

 

 

89 yo “Nazi war crime suspect” dies in US custody before extradition to Germany

An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect and American citizen died in custody just hours before a US court gave the go ahead for his extradition to Germany.

Johann Breyer died on Tuesday night at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he had been transferred on Saturday after spending a month behind bars.

“I can confirm he passed away last night,” his lawyer Dennis Boyle told AFP on Wednesday.

Breyer’s death was disclosed just as US Magistrate Timothy Rice had approved the extradition request, which would have still needed approval by a US government review.

Rice found probable cause that Breyer was in fact the same individual being sought by German prosecutors in the Bavarian town of Weiden over his alleged service as an SS concentration camp guard first at Buchenwald, and later at Auschwitz.

Russia Accuses U.S. of ‘Faking Flight MH17 Evidence’!

 

Germany starts spying on U.S. and Britain for first time since end of Second World War

Angela Merkel has ordered its intelligence service to spy on the U.S and Britain for the first time since 1945, according to reports.

The move will see Germany’s equivalent of MI5, the BND, monitor British and American spying operations on its soil.

The move is thought to be a response to the discovery earlier this month of two alleged U.S. spies in Germany and revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency was conducting mass surveillance of German citizens and eavesdropping on Merkel’s cellphone.

 

Phone Call Ex British Soldier UK July 2014 – The War criminals are the government

 

 

New broadband users shun UK porn filters, Ofcom finds

In July 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the major UK internet service providers (ISPs) had agreed to offer “unavoidable choice” parental control filters, which block legal pornography and other adult subjects “by default”.

New subscribers are offered the filter at the point of sign-up, and must actively choose to disable the parental control service.

However, the Ofcom report found users had overwhelmingly opted-out of the filter.

Of the four main ISPs, all of whom now offer a filter at the point of sign-up, TalkTalk was the only company to persuade more than 10% of people to subscribe.

 

The Australian government is also talking about sending a Military contingent. This is all political grandstanding by an Australian government which is way down in the polls. The Europeans have all the military capability which is needed to secure the crash site for investigators………KT

Australian deployment to Ukraine imminent

The federal government is close to finalising an agreement with the Ukrainian government to deploy federal police officers to the MH17 crash site.

What Ukrainian government? It fell apart yesterday!

 

So is the Australian government……..KT

Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War

Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war.

Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.” https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/s2277/BILLS-113s2277is.pdf The bill is before the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Note that prior to any evidence of any Russian aggression, there are already 22 senators lined up in behalf of preventing further Russian aggression.

If they pass that bill, let’s grab every congresscritter who voted for it, toss them on a plane, and fly them to Moscow … one-way.

 

There is NO proof of any kind, at this point in time, regarding what downed MH17. It is to be hoped that the forensic examination of the wreckage will deduce what caused MH17 to crash. All else is speculation, hysteria and nonsense……..KT

The Catastrophe of #MH17: #BBC in the Search of the “#BUK” – The Video Report Deleted by @BBC

The original BBC Video Report was published by BBC Russian Service on July 23, 2014. Why did BBC delete this report by Olga Ivshina? Is it because the BBC team was unable to find any evidence that a rocket was launched in the area that the Ukrainian Security Service (“SBU”) alleges to be the place from which the Novorossiya Militia launched a “BUK” missile?

Or is it because every eyewitness interviewed by the BBC team specifically indicated the presence of Ukrainian military aircraft right beside the Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH17 at the time that it was shot down?

Or is it because of eyewitness accounts (like the one posted following the transcript of the BBC report) confirming that the Ukrainian air force regularly used civilian aircraft flying over Novorossiya as human shields to protect its military aircraft conducting strikes against civilian population from the Militia’s anti-aircraft units?

 

Collapse of Ukraine Government: Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Resigns amidst Pressures Exerted by the IMF

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation in the Rada (Parliament) and that of the entire Cabinet on Thursday, July 24. This decision was taken following the withdrawal of two parties from the coalition government and the non-adoption of two important pieces of legislation, which had been demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

 

ANOTHER PLANE! Flight #AH5017 Lost on Radar before Alleged Crash

 

 

To mock President Putin’s pride and test his paranoia is folly The downing of flight MH17 was clearly an accident. This tragedy should not be used as an excuse to punish Russia.

Why does foreign policy default to stupid? From the moment that we heard of the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine it was clearly an accident. Whoever’s finger was on the trigger, the tragedy cannot have been meant. This was not another 9/11. It was cock-up, not conspiracy.

Yet foreign policy craves conspiracy. Vladimir Putin blamed the Ukrainian government. Ukraine blamed the pro-Russian rebels. America’s UN ambassador, Samantha Power, “cannot rule out” Moscow’s responsibility. London howled blue murder all round. There had been blood. There had to be blame.

 

US Intelligence: No Evidence Russia Did It — Paul Craig Roberts

After days of placing hostile blame for the downing of the Malaysian airliner on Russia, the White House permitted US intelligence officials to tell reporters that there is no evidence of the Russian government’s involvement.

 

Senior Russian lawmaker: By resigning, Yatsenyuk tries to shirk responsibility for crimes

By announcing his resignation Ukraine’s parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is trying to avoid responsibility for crimes his government has committed against its own people, a Russian lawmaker said on Thursday.

 

Russia posts satellite video of moment the Ukrainian BUK-M1 is lunched

 

 

US Invents Reports of Russia Attacking Ukraine Bases

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf introduced the story to the press at today’s briefing, claiming that the US has secret evidence from “human intelligence information” that the attacks are taking place. The Pentagon concurred, saying such attacks have been going on “for several days.”

During the past several days, there has not been a single report out of Ukraine of an artillery strike against any of their military bases, anywhere in the country. The last such incident was two weeks ago, when rebels fired a BM-21 grad at a military base.

And this is Ukraine we’re talking about, which comes up with its own dubious stories of Russian attacks on a near daily basis. If Russia was carried out concerted shelling against Ukrainian military targets, Ukraine would be harping on about it constantly. They aren’t even alleging anything close to that is happening.

 

REALIST NEWS – U.S. Now Going After Allies For Working With Russia

 

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

“I know, too, that it is a maxim with us, and I think it a wise one, not to entangle ourselves with the affairs of Europe. Still, I think we should know them.” — Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787.

Water shut-off foes deliver petitions – and water – for Detroit

Opponents of the water department’s controversial shut-off campaign over unpaid bills rallied Thursday outside City Hall, delivering petition signatures and gallons of water to support Detroit families.

Patricia Jones, a program leader with the Massachusetts-based Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, gathered 6,000 signatures from clergy and others across the country who are demanding an end to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department shut-offs and for Detroit’s elected leaders to issue permanent protections.

A rash of anti-Almond Milk articles flushes the liberal blog-o-sphere. Why?

It was only one month ago that the first anti-almond milk article appeared in U.S. News and World report which sparked the ‘debate’ online. The article received thousands of shares and swept across the internet at alarming speed.

So would it strike you as interesting if I told you that this ‘source’ article was written by Dietician Tamara Duker Freuman and that some deeper research into Ms. Freuman shows that she just so happens to be a paid ‘Media spokesman’ and consultant [PDF] with the Dairy industry? Or perhaps, when all the highly-subsidized overabundance of milk in U.S. public schools was being criticized, it was the same Ms. Freuman who not only came to Dairy’s defense but actually advocated sugar-laden chocolate milk as a ‘good thing’ in schools?

Mrs. Duke remains on the payroll of Redwood hill Farms, which sells milks, cheeses, lactose-free creams, etc. and is headed by a woman by the name of Jennifer Lynn Bice.


Ebola Victim On The Run In West Africa Capital

Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease.

That’s okay, just bring her over to Mexico and send her across the border to give Nancy Pelosi a huge hug and a big, wet, sloppy kiss, and she’ll call you a “refugee Baby Jesus” and give you all kinds of free goodies!


Monsanto is Messing With Animals’ Sperm

Animals exposed to the commonly-used pesticide Roundup are more likely to have an impaired sperm structure, suggests new research from the University of Caen, France.

The scientists investigated the effects of Roundup after an eight day exposure in adult animals. They found a significant difference in the expression of a compound called aromatase in the testis of animals. Aromatase is an enzyme involved in a key step in the synthesis of estrogens in the body. They also found a reduced expression of genetic material in sperm, and a change in hormonal balance (male hormone to estrogen balance) and the resulting quality of sperm. The scientists concluded that “The repetition of exposures of this herbicide could alter the mammalian reproduction.”


Did the BJP party receive donations from Monsanto for the recent Indian election campaign?………..KT

GMO Food Crops in India: BJP Government Grants the “Green Light” to Monsanto and the Biotech Conglomerates

The Indian government is facing strong opposition for its decision to allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops. The Coalition for a GM-Free India is calling the approvals ‘hasty’ and has asked the Minister for Environment, Forests & Climate Change to cancel them.


Judge Sides With Oil Industry To Overturn Colorado Town’s Ban On Fracking

A Colorado town’s voter-approved ban on fracking in residential areas was shot down on Thursday, after a judge sided with an industry lawsuit claiming only the state government has that kind of authority over oil and gas operations.


Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World’s Fourth Most Populous City

Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the “only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet.” That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.


Antipsychotic drugs shrink the brain and may accelerate psychosis for schizophrenics, study finds

As humans age, brain cells lose some of their volume and the brain shrinks slowly, subtly over time. Brain cells and their connections are scaled back especially when they are not used. This process of atrophy usually begins after age 30 and continues each year. According to a new study spearheaded by the University of Oulu and the University of Cambridge in Finland, the average speed of brain atrophy of healthy individuals is 0.5 percent per year.

The team of researchers also discovered a striking difference between healthy participants taking NO mind-altering drugs and schizophrenia patients taking antipsychotic drugs.

Over a nine-year follow-up period, the researchers found that antipsychotic medications speed up brain atrophy, accelerating the degeneration of brain cells. In fact, antipsychotic medications were associated with a 40 percent increase in brain atrophy per year.


Rosetta’s comet seen in close-up

Europe’s Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Surface details of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are becoming visible, as the craft nears its quarry.

The images confirm it may be not one but two objects joined together; a smaller “head” connected to a larger “body”.

Rosetta will arrive at the comet in August.


First West Nile Virus Death This Year Reported In Arizona


Desperate hunt for ‘contagious’ homeless man, 25, in California after he refused to have tuberculosis treatment

A desperate hunt is underway in Northern California for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

Prosecutors said on Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient.

In March, he went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off.

County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.

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Russia posts satellite video of moment the Ukrainian BUK-M1 is lunched

 

I-Team: Ex-Police chief calls Boulder City officials ‘corrupt’

Ethics charges and legal motions are flying in Boulder City, thanks to an employee the city wanted gone. You may not think of Boulder City as a bubbling cauldron of political intrigue and conspiracies, but that’s what police chief Tom Finn alleged last April before — and after — he was fired. He alleged that a homogenous cluster of interconnected elites calls the shots in Boulder City, and says they wanted him gone because he was a burr under their saddle. They had no idea how much trouble he could cause.

“I think a federal agency needs to come in and just start issuing subpoenas,” Finn said.

Police Spied On Family Of De Menezes

THE Met spied on 17 justice campaigns for murder victims and those who died following police contact over 35 years, it was revealed yesterday.

Among those who were monitored are the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police in July 2005.

With the support and encouragement of the Howard led government of Australia. At least two Australian citizens were taken in the dark of night by the CIA, held in various countries and tortured, and then sent to Guantanamo Bay torture central and were held for years without charge and tortured again. Ultimately they were returned to Australia without being found guilty of any of the gossipy allegations which were leveled against them for part political purposes in Australia……………..KT

EU Court: Poland Enabled CIA Torture

In what has been described as a watershed moment, a European court ruled Thursday that Poland enabled rendition and torture carried out by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights marks the first court judgement on the CIA’s so-called “black sites,” secret offshore prisons where detainees are tortured.

Spy for a spy: Germany to monitor US, UK agents

Germany will monitor US and UK agents as part of its long discussed counter-espionage ’360 degree view’ plan, shifting its focus from China, Russia, and Iran, according to local media.

Two unnamed sources confirmed to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, gave a green light for the step after negotiations with interior and foreign ministers.

Richard Duncan – The Threat Of A New Depression

 

Pro Gaza Rally Compared To Pro Israel Rally In The UK. Looks Like The Islamists Have Taken Over Britain!

 

Gartman on Russia: ‘Somebody is keeping a lid on gold prices’

 

Criminal Investigation Will Probe Abuse At Cyril Smith School

A CRIMINAL investigation will be launched into allegations of a child abuse cover-up at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith, it was revealed yesterday.

Marc Faber: Money printing benefits ‘maybe .01 percent’ of the population

 

Derivatives BUBBLE Will Cause Global Economic COLLAPSE!

 

Tracts of the Zionist Propaganda

The Zionist propaganda is not unified and depends on audience. There are many tracts:
First tract: Propaganda directed toward Zionist society; this tract is achieved by disregarding opponent’s power and will, and it aims to reassure local community and diminish frightening.

In 2006, Lebanon’s Hezbollah strongly ‘shocked’ Zionist community due to unexpected performance during the war. Many Zionist intellectuals asked questions about the presence of Israel since thousands of Hezbollah fighters were able to stop Israeli invasion. Israeli Winograd Commission issued balanced report to assess performance of Israeli Army:
We found serious failings and shortcomings in the decision-making processes and staff-work in the political and the military echelons and their interface.
· We found serious failings and flaws in the quality of preparedness, decision-making and performance in the IDF high command, especially in the Army.·

US Invents Reports of Russia Attacking Ukraine Bases

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf introduced the story to the press at today’s briefing, claiming that the US has secret evidence from “human intelligence information” that the attacks are taking place. The Pentagon concurred, saying such attacks have been going on “for several days.”

During the past several days, there has not been a single report out of Ukraine of an artillery strike against any of their military bases, anywhere in the country. The last such incident was two weeks ago, when rebels fired a BM-21 grad at a military base.

And this is Ukraine we’re talking about, which comes up with its own dubious stories of Russian attacks on a near daily basis. If Russia was carried out concerted shelling against Ukrainian military targets, Ukraine would be harping on about it constantly. They aren’t even alleging anything close to that is happening.

Oh that’s right. “ They hate us because we are free
“…..George Bush

WAR CRIMES: Israel’s Gaza Ground Invasion Intensifies, Civilians Slaughtered

Fraudcast News: You Will Believe What the Media Tells You To

REALIST NEWS – U.S. Now Going After Allies For Working With Russia

 

Israel and US Hit Self-Destruct

For years, the term “suicide bombers” has been synonymous with terrorist attacks, especially in Israel. The idea of a martyr willing to give his life for a cause while taking out an “enemy” became a feature of modern conflict especially with resistance movements confronting modern armies.

IMF Slashes 2014 Global Growth, Hedges Bets on Asset Bubbles

Hiding War Crimes Behind a Question

Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself? Though it is hard for a question to be wrong, this is a dead wrong question even though it is the heart and soul of Israel’s defense of its attack on little Gaza.

It is also the basis of the U.S. assessment of the ongoing moral disaster. The Senate voted unanimously to answer the question in the affirmative while ignoring all other piercingly relevant circumstances. Never has a misplaced question had such prestige and high-level cachet.

Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War — Paul Craig Roberts

Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding it toward war.

Twenty-two US senators have introduced into the 113th Congress, Second Session, a bill, S.2277, “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.” https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/s2277/BILLS-113s2277is.pdf The bill is before the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Note that prior to any evidence of any Russian aggression, there are already 22 senators lined up in behalf of preventing further Russian aggression.

Police Investigate Drone ‘Strike’ on Space Needle

This was probably someone innocently testing his new toy, but can we rule out a test-run of something nefarious, in light of Seattle Police Department request that people not use their cell phones for social media during this coming Saturday’s annual Torchlight Parade?

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/spd-asks-you-put-your-phone-down-satur…

Pay-Cut Clock Documents Billions of Dollars Lost by Minimum-Wage Workers

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the last increase in the minimum wage, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) debuts a pay-cut clock to show how much, down to the second, minimum-wage workers continue to lose as long as the wage remains frozen at its current level.

Feds Urge Paramedics, Firefighters to Help Find “Extremists”

The federal government is asking paramedics and firefighters to be on the lookout for “extremists” as part of a program that aims to uncover “suspicious activity.”

A bulletin released in March 2014 by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, obtained this week by Public Intelligence, contains details of a program entitled “Emergency Medical Treatment Presents Opportunity for Discovery of Violent Extremist Activities.”

Has the Globalist Tactic of Discrediting and Destroying The Opposition Lost Its Effect?

Now it is the year 2014. Now the western powers have a new villain to demonize. That is Vladamir Putin the President of Russia. He is a real enemy to the banking establishment of the west. The same Bankers own most of all media in newsprint, radio and television. They control the information they broadcast to the listeners and viewers. Now you can see why the media with the government is demonizing President Putin calling him a tyrant,a Nazi and a Dictator because they are accusing him of being the very thing the west is now trying to discredit him because he is a threat to the power structure of the globalist. Russia forming the B.R.I.C.S alliance is a rival to the western monopoly which can bring the system down.

Palestine Railways, Battir Train Station

Palestine pre-1948, before Zionism/Israel

Human Rights Watch Findings on Gaza Massacre

At this point in Israel’s massacre in Gaza, almost 800 Palestinians have been slaughtered, overwhelmingly civilians, including 24% children. 34 Israelis have been killed, all but 2 of them soldiers.

Today, Israel bombed a marked UN school, for which it had the GPS coordinates, killing 15 and wounding at least 150 people. This is a repeat of Israeli terrorism against UN humanitarian facilities in Gaza in Israel’s 2009 Gaza massacre.

Video: Seeds Of Death – Big Agriculture. Monsanto, Dupont, Sygenta

The leaders of Big Agriculture–Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta–are determined that world’s populations remain ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture. Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them.

Is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Really About Natural Gas?

While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of “self-defense,” very few have attempted to establish why Israel is continuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that Zionists have a fanatic penchant for drawing Palestinian blood. Behind the operation, behind the mass Israeli and U.S. propaganda attempting to justify the massacre, and behind the death of every child in Gaza is a conflict rarely discussed, an imperialist conflict and a contradiction that rests on Israel’s ambitions to appropriate and profit from Gaza’s natural gas resources.

The Keynesian Money Printers Repudiated Again: June New Home Sales Swoon

New home sales during June really hit the skids, posting a 8% decline from May and a 11.5% drop from last June. In whole numbers, the print came at a paltry 406,000 annualized rate compared to Wall Street expectations of 475,000.

The interesting thing is not simply that the Keynesian Cool-Aid drinkers who pass for Wall Street economists got it wrong again. Actually, as can been seen clearly in the chart below from the Wall Street Journal, the June 2014 number for new home sales was exactly the same as the 400,000 number posted right after the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

Ukraine sends another wounded soldier to Russia for medical treatment

Ukraine has asked Russia to admit another wounded Ukrainian soldier to a Russian hospital, spokesman for Russia’s regional Border Guard Service branch Vasily Malayev said on Thursday.

Luhansk hopes direct gas supplies for Russia will be in place for the coming winter

Self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic leaders hope for direct gas supplies from Russia in the coming heating season, premier Marat Bashirov said on Thursday.

Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza assault

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood.”

68 percent of Britons ‘tricked’ by small print financial fees – poll

More than half of Britons say they have been hit with extra fees on their credit cards, bank accounts mortgage or insurance in the last year. Two thirds say lenders and insurers are tricking them with dubious and difficult to compare headline prices.

A survey conducted by the consumer campaign group Which? showed that 68 percent of 2,000 Britons polled feel that companies use additional charges to trick them.

US Aid To Israel – The Real Deal

The special relationship between Israel and the United States goes deep…real deep. It’s based on security, conflict and most of all money. Most of it for the Israeli military. But with over 200 killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military’s long list human rights abuses, is this special relationship worth the price?

Amazon’s Loss Widens as Bezos Keeps Spending

 

US lies and hypocrisy on Gaza and Ukraine

“Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken—men, women, children, infants—who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine. Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.” – President Barack Obama on the plane crash in Ukraine.

“War is tough, and I said that publicly and I’ll say it again. We defend Israel’s right to do what it is doing …” – Secretary of State John Kerry, asked about slaughter of several hundred civilians in Gaza.

Edward Snowden And Daniel Ellsberg Rock The House At Hacker Convention!

 

Hamas pricks Israel’s soft under-belly

Stuart Littlewood reminds us that long before Hamas’s rockets closed Ben-Gurion airport – itself built on stolen land – Israel had destroyed Gaza’s airport, built with international aid and destroyed without a whimper.

The CIA’s Global Torture Operations: Disclosure under Barack Obama, the Most Secretive President in U.S. History

Journalist Mai Bei, (Yahoo News) is reminding America of its recent dark past vis-à-vis that longtime rogue agency the CIA’s global torture operations during that rogue regime of the Bush administration.

The plot thickens with the Senate Intelligence Committee strongly in favor of declassifying its five years in the making, 6,700 page report bringing to light in graphic criminal detail the plethora of Geneva Convention and international law violations committed by overzealous CIA henchmen in their quest to torture information out of thousands of detainees the world over “fighting” America’s so called war on terror. Today’s article attempts to create high drama Washington-style by hyping up anticipation of an executive-legislative showdown between how much of the CIA’s dastardly deeds should be disclosed to the waiting American public.

Kerry presses Hamas to accept pro-Israeli cease-fire plan

US Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Egypt after a short trip to Israel to discuss the Egyptian ceasefire initiative. Kerry had traveled to Tel Aviv after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el Sisi in Cairo and then returned in the same day.

Lawmakers float idea to allow Post Offices to provide payday loans

PROPOSAL WOULD PLACE POST OFFICES IN COMPETITION WITH PAYDAY LENDING COMPANIES SERVING “LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING RURAL AND INNER-CITY AREAS”

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

The first film footage of Palestine circa 1896

Like an early Google Street View, the French movie pioneers brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière sent cameramen over to Palestine in 1896 to shoot the first moving images of life in the region.

At this time, Palestine was a remnant of the Ottoman Empire with around 500,000 inhabitants—30,000 of whom lived in Jerusalem. 85% of the population were Muslim, 10% Christian and 5% were Jewish. All were subjects of the Sultan of Constantinople.

This incredible footage comes from the 93 reels recovered by Lobster Films, a film preservation company based in Paris, in 2007. Serge Bromberg, the company’s co-founder said:

So much for “There never was a Palestine.”

Netanyahu said to have offered Lewinsky tapes for Pollard

Israel attempted to use tapes of former US president Bill Clinton’s steamy conversations with intern Monica Lewinsky to leverage the release of Jonathan Pollard, a new book on the Clinton family’s political enterprises has claimed. In the book, titled “Clinton Inc: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine,” author Daniel Halper relies on on-the-record interviews with former officials together with a close analysis of documents termed “the Monica Files” to paint a salacious – and uncomplimentary – picture of one of the most prominent political families in the United States.

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OK, Wise Guy — What Would You Do About Hamas?

“If I was an Arab leader I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal, we took their land. It is true that God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we come and we have stolen their country. Why should they accept that?”

That statement — which would certainly outrage the current government of Israel and most of its supporters — was made by David Ben Gurion (1886-1973), revered as the father of the State of Israel.

Over 600 Ukrainian refugees find shelter in Russian families

Employees of the Russian Emergencies Ministry have offered help for over 600 Ukrainian refugees, the ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Drobyshevsky, said on Thursday.

Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

Nearly one in four children in the United States lives in a family below the federal poverty line, according to figures presented in a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A total of 16.3 million children live in poverty, and 45 percent of children in the US live in households whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Ukraine introduces legislation banning Communist Party from Parliament

The faction of the Ukrainian Communist Party in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) will be disbanded on Thursday, parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said at a plenary meeting on Wednesday.

Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bombed, of first responders, searching for wounded amid the rubble, killed by Israeli sniper fire.

The Syrian War: What You’re Not Being Told

 

BBC lets right-wing Israeli write for its website

Nureddin Sabir says that far from toning down its pro-Israel bias following mass protests, the BBC has allowed a right-wing Israeli journalist to peddle the Israeli view on Gaza.

‘Disgustingly Biased’ – The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre

Soon after Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine on July 18, killing 298 people, the BBC website quickly, and rightly, set up a ‘LIVE’ feed with rolling reports and commentary on the disaster. This was clearly an important and dramatic event involving horrific loss of life with serious political implications. The public would, of course, be searching for the latest news.

Water cannons arrive on mainland Britain

Three water cannons purchased by the London Metropolitan Police Service (the Met) have arrived in the UK. They are now at a secret location being modified for use for the first time on mainland Britain. The purchase represents a new stage in the militarisation of British police.

The cannons cannot be deployed without a Home Office licence, which has yet to be approved. Last week, Home Secretary Theresa May said “there were several operational issues” regarding the use of water cannon and that she could not give a timeframe for her decision on whether to authorise them.

European Union backs Israel’s Gaza offensive

The European Union has come out unambiguously in support of Israel’s mass murder of defenceless men, women and children in Gaza.

In a statement issued July 22, the EU has destroyed once and for all its pretence of being guided by “humanitarian concerns” in formulating its foreign policy—as exemplified by its pose as a restraining influence over Washington’s pro-Israeli stance regarding the Palestinians.

First West Nile Virus Death Confirmed in Maricopa County

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed an East Valley man in his early 60s has died from West Nile virus, the first death this year from the illness.

Media Coverup: US Played A Decisive “Behind the Scenes Role” in Israel’s Attack on Gaza

Two reporters for major US TV channels were summarily “removed” last week from covering Israel’s attack on Gaza, moments before Israel launched a ground invasion.

NBC pulled out Ayman Mohyeldin, who has been widely praised for the even-handedness of his reporting from Gaza, just as he landed a harrowing scoop. He had kicked a football with four boys who were killed moments later by an Israeli missile.

DC Cops Learn From FBI: Regularly Invent Crimes To Arrest ‘Possible Future’ Criminals

So of course local law enforcement is getting in on the action as well. Take the police in Washington D.C., for instance, who are featured in a Washington Post story detailing how they invent armed robbery plans whole-cloth and then recruit civilians to join up shortly before arresting these future-criminals.

Gov’t: ‘Green burst’& ‘criticality’ being investigated in connection w/ plutonium release at US nuclear site #WIPP — Official: Underground fire may have initiated reaction in ruptured radioactive waste drum — Concern over possible arson/sabotage? (VIDEO

 

Lagos: Ebola Is Here

The deadly Ebola Virus Disease which has killed over over 500 people in West Africa has hit Lagos, the Lagos state government says.

Netanyahu sourly irate over UN plan to investigate crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumes over the UN Human Rights Council’s plan to strike up an investigation into Tel Aviv’s human rights violations in the Gaza Strip.

Israel tanks, jets kill 788 Palestinians in Gaza

The number of Palestinians killed in 17 days of Israeli offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 788.

Evil Forces Behind World Government Revealed

 

Netanyahu: Gaza Operation to Continue ‘At Full Strength’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened a special cabinet meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem Thursday by vowing that the IDF’s defensive operation in Gaza would continue “at full strength”.

“The IDF has struck a significant blow to Hamas,” the prime minister said, adding that “we will continue at full strength in both the air campaign and land campaign.”

“We will take Poland! We will crush Belgium! France will fall before our might!”

We have heard this all before.

Deadly ‘superbug’ Spreading in US Hospitals

Cases of the contagious and deadly “superbug” known as CRE increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S., according to a new study.

Woman in Labor Unable to Cross Street to Hospital Because of Obama Motorcade

A woman who witnesses said appeared to be in labor was prevented from crossing an LA street Wednesday afternoon because the road was closed for President Barack Obama’s motorcade.

The woman was seen sitting at a bus stop bench on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Robertson Boulevard and across from Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Cellphone Video Captures Gaza Civilian Reportedly Shot and Killed by Sniper

 

Journalist working for CNN detained in Ukraine

Obama Approves Substantial Expansion of Terrorist Watch Lists: “Concrete Facts Are Not Necessary”

Amid an outcry from Americans criticizing the Obama Administration over the possibility that terrorists may be among the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants entering the United States without documentation, the Department of Homeland Security has instead turned its scrutiny on American citizens.

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document…

White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years… the entire thing, five years in the making, clocks in at about 6,700 pages, making it the most exhaustive account yet of what really went on in secret

Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what’s likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report; the entire thing, five years in the making, clocks in at about 6,700 pages, making it the most exhaustive account yet of what really went on in secret CIA prisons around the world.

Study: More Than Half Of The People Executed In The United States Have A Severe Mental Illness

A majority of the 100 executed inmates examined in a new study by three legal researchers had “a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or psychosis.” Yet, because of an oddity in the Supreme Court’s death penalty cases, it is typically constitutional under existing precedents to execute people with these illnesses.

NY Dept. of Health and Human Services now collecting sexual orientation data, tracking gays, trannies

EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY LBGTS FOR FUTURE TARGETING AND POSSIBLE DEPOPULATION HAVE ALREADY BEGUN

Worlds First BITCOIN ATM Inside a GUN SHOP

 

White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

With all eyes glued on the atrocities in Gaza and Ukraine, another homegrown atrocity may soon be underway. The Obama administration has quietly executed one of those sneaky summer weekend news dumps in hopes of nobody noticing or caring. Because what, after all, are pods of insane dolphins, and hordes of dead turtles, and the extinction of an entire whale species compared to hundreds of battered human bodies?

Attacks continue on Ukraine from Russian territory

Russian military aggression towards Ukraine has persisted unabated since Kremlin-backed guerillas shot down a commercial airliner on July 17, killing all 298 people on board, including more than 80 children.

While the tragic event has all but deprived Russia of plausible deniability over its involvement in the eastern Ukraine war that has claimed at least 825 civilian and military lives, Russia has with regularity been shelling Ukrainian positions from its side of the border, according to Kyiv authorities.

… most of whom just quit!

CNN is headlining that the US has “proof” Russia is shelling Ukraine. Okay, why would Russia do something that stupid? And shells fired from Russia can only reach into the Independent Republics, which means Kiev is claiming Russia is shelling the separatists. Now, Kiev has been trying to provoke Russia for weeks with cross-border shellings and that stunt with the APC and Putin has refused to bite, so apparently the latest plan is to claim Russia is attacking and launch the war to end the threat of the Ruble to the US dollar.


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Israel denounces UNHRC probing Israeli war crimes as ‘kangaroo court’

ed note–remember that there is more to Israel’s statement than just merely rhetoric. According to Jewish religious law, which is the foundation upon which Israel’s existence is based and justified, there are no ‘civilians’ in Gaza or anywhere else. Jewish religious law makes it very clear how the Jewish state is to wage war–’Save nothing alive that breathes and show them no mercy’, a theme that has been echoed time and again by Jewish rabbis, both in Israel and throughout the diaspora. Therefore, in the Jewish paradigm, since there are no ‘civilians’ in Gaza, there can be no war crimes, and therefore any court investigating Israel for war crimes is by definition–again, according to Jewish law–illegitamate, as intimated by the assertion that the UNHRC is a ‘kangaroo court’.

FLASHBACK – An exodus which was merely a myth

Showing the foundations of the fort of the XVIIIth dynasty, the oldest ever found in this line of defense, known as the road of Horus, Mohamad Abdel-Maqsoud, the leader of excavations and the director of the central administration of Egyptian antiquities, said that it is testimony to the fierceness of the fighting. “It is here that was established the first large lock of the empire against the conquerors from the east, as the Hyksos,” he says, whereas today the Suez Canal is only 5 km. But the basis for subsequent attacks in the Pharaonic empire in the direction of Palestine, with the establishment of a chain composed of a dozen strongholds until what is now known as the Gaza Strip.

Israel gains a great deal of political advantage from the story of Exodus. But much of the Torah or Old Testament is simply stolen from other sources. The story of Noah and the Flood, for example, was copied from the Epic of Gilgamesh, as was the story of Job. It is important to recall that in those days there was no prohibition on copying. The physical book or scroll was the thing of value due to the labor intensive process of creating it, and copying/modifying other stories was accepted practice.

But according to modern archaeologists, including Egypt’s Dr. Zahi Hawass, the story told of the flight of the Hebrews from Pharaoh actually happened to the Hyksos, who fled Egypt looting as they went which is why Pharaoh chased after them.

It is important to understand that rulers always lie, and the Israelites are no different.

See OF THE LIARS, BY THE LIARS, AND FOR THE LIARS

Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks

The United States is reportedly preparing to send a team of military advisers into Ukraine to assist with revamping forces there in the midst of the ongoing crisis between government-loyal troops and an anti-Kiev militia.

On Tuesday this week, the Washington Times reported that a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense confirmed plans to put Pentagon advisers in Ukraine.

“Within the next few weeks, a group of Defense Department representatives who specialize in strategy and policy will head to Kiev to evaluate specific programs that the United States may want to help bolster,” reporter Maggie Ybarra wrote for the Times.

The newspaper says that Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, told the Times that the objective of sending DoD advisers overseas is to “shape and establish an enduring program for future US efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers.”

Oh, REALLY, now that the Ukrainian parliament has just resigned, en masse?!?!?

I would strongly suggest that the Administration’s timing…bites mightily here!

Conservative Scholar Disciplined For Suggesting Obama Be ‘Hung, Drawn And Quartered’

An immigration policy analyst from a think tank often cited by Republicans suggested to a tea party crowd last week that President Barack Obama should be executed.

Stephen Steinlight, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Highlands Tea Party in Florida that efforts to impeach Obama did not go far enough because “there’s no court that’s going to stop Obama from doing anything.”

“We all know, if there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it’s this guy. Alright? And I wouldn’t stop. I would think being hung, drawn and quartered is probably too good for him,” Steinlight said, according to ThinkProgress. “But you know, this man who wants to rule by the use of a pen, a telephone, let us not forget his teleprompter … the fact is that it would backfire very badly and we’ve got to be grownups and accept that we can’t have everything we want, you know, [like] his head on a skewer.”

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the cancellation of all future appearances and the termination of her contract, Jebreal spoke to me about what prompted her to speak out and why MSNBC was presenting such a distorted view of the crisis.

Jeremy Scahill On U.S. Media Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict: ‘We’ve Hit All-Time Lows’

Jeremy Scahill joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss his expose for the Intercept on the way the U.S. government handles its terrorist watchlist database. During the interview, host Alyona Minkovski asked the journalist about media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict, and Scahill had some strong opinions on the matter.

“We could say this every time I come on your show and talk to you: we’ve hit all-time lows with media coverage in this country,” Scahill told Minkovski. “When you look at what’s happening right now in Gaza, this is a massive massacre and one epic series of war crime after war crime, child after child being killed.”

Scahill went on to say that “Israeli propagandists are largely given carte blanche to say what they want on American television with very little pushback.”

Jeremy, we have been pushing back on this for a LONG TIME here at WHATREALLYHAPPENED.COM

FLASHBACK 2013 – Zionists design myth of Jewish genome to usurp Palestine

They perpetrated the fraud solely to support the bogus biblical claim to Palestine which was anchored in their being a separate people. This distinguished them from all others because they claimed a land title in their blood. They bet the farm on this DNA proof of purchase, a God given bar coded passport to the Palestine. Dr. Ehaik just erased the bar code. It was just stamped on anyway, because it was never in the blood.

Why, why did they do it? The second half of the answer not revealed in his research was that you had a bunch of atheist, communist Jews shoot their way into taking over the Land with the sole moral cover that ‘God gave it us only’.

Israel has sold the lie that “Jewish” is an ethnic group in addition to being a religion. But the DNA tells another story, of dozens of other ethnic groups converting to Judaism and simply declaring they are a different and superior race to all others, with a mandate from the imaginary playmate in the sky that they are supposed to own all of Palestine (and anything else they can get their hands on).

Baby among nine dead as Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza

At least nine people were killed, including a baby, when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, an AFP correspondent said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra put the toll as high as 15 dead and dozens injured, with more bodies and wounded expected to arrive at nearby hospitals.

It was the latest in a number of Israeli strikes on schools and hospitals in the embattled Palestinian territory, as the death toll from a 17-day operation to halt rocket fire by Gaza militants topped 770.

A spokesman for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA separately confirmed “multiple dead and injured” at the school in Beit Hanun, which was being used as a shelter by hundreds of Palestinians fleeing a major Israeli operation in the area.

“Precise coordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanun had been formally given to the Israeli army,” Chris Gunness said on his Twitter account.

To the Israeli government: stop this genocidal carnage, and right now!! You are behaving like the absolute, MORALLY LOWEST, scum of the earth, in targeting innocent women, children, and the medically frail.

And to UNRWA: NEVER, EVER GIVE PRECISE COORDINATES OF SHELTERS TO THE IDF AGAIN: THEY WILL USE IT TO BOMB THE CRAP OUT OF CIVILIANS THE NEXT TIME YOU DO.

Mystery Plane With No Callsign Circles South London For Hours

A mysterious plane has been spotted on a flight tracking app circling South London, over and over again, for no obvious reason.

Cameron claims export licenses allowing UK arms sales to Russia don’t breach embargo

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain has not breached an embargo by selling military equipment to Russia, following MP demands to clarify the government’s position on UK-Russian arms deals.

The embargo was enacted “with immediate effect” on March 18 by then-Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Heated criticism of British arms deals with Russia emerged after a group of MPs revealed over 200 licenses allowing the sale of British military equipment to the Russian Federation. These revelations surfaced in a report published on Wednesday, conducted by four separate House of Commons committees.

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MH17 and Australian Government and Media Lies and Buffoonery

THE SICKENING OPPORTUNISM, LIES, CRASS EGO CONFLATION AND HYSTERIA OF ABBOTT AND THE LAMESTREAM AUSTRALIAN MEDIA

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THE tragedy of the 298 murdered over Eastern Ukraine has brought out the worst in Australian media.

Our appearance in international events tends to do this, bring out the very Australian need to make the whole thing about us.

The inevitable key theme is punching above our weight: see our leaders speaking to the great and good on equal footing, forming “close” relationships” with famous people. Check out the body language, see how comfortable they are with each other.

Every mention of us by others is recorded and replayed.

It was from this particular well that Tony Abbott drew several years ago when he declared that “America, Britain and Australia” were “the three most important countries in the world”. A preposterous formulation, but barely commented on in commentatorland.

And similarly, no one outside this country would understand our central role in the Iraq debacle: as one Aussie commentator noted (in this paper) a decade ago: the “[m]ore intellectually acute critics of [George] Bush and [John] Howard know they need to look deeper into the characters of the two men to find an explanation for the war and the foreign policy thinking that created it.”

But in a case like this, the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH-17, this Aussie chippiness becomes more noxious.

From many of the words produced by journalists and, encouraged by them, politicians, you would think only Australians were on board on that airliner.

One journalist on the weekend rued that “sadly, because of tragedies Australians have been involved in the past, we have quite a lot of expertise in this kind of forensic recovery and victim identification.”

The reality is the opposite, and Australians are among the safest people on Earth when it comes to atrocities like this; perhaps that’s part of the reason we are the way we are.

The citizenship numbers of the 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight are: Netherlands 193, Malaysia 43, Australia 27, Indonesia 12, United Kingdom 10, Germany and Belgium four, Philippines three, and Canada and New Zealand one each.

The first two countries are not on the Security Council, but we currently are, and that’s why Australia drafted resolution 2166. It’s not because we’re pluckier than anyone else—sorry.

Abbott has held several news conferences on the catastrophe. On Tuesday he finally got around to mentioning a couple of other countries whose people lost their lives. The Netherlands received many acknowledgements (though not the name of its prime minister), mostly because that’s where the victims’ bodies are being taken, but also because they are, apparently, supporting us in this, our time of need.

[Update: it has been noted in comments that he listed the other countries on Friday. The above is sloppy phrasing on my part, apologies.]

Malaysia’s prime minister received a guernsey by name, this being a friendship forged in tragedy. (Expect the embedding of this theme in future media reports any time the two have dealings.)

Our commentators have contrasted our prime minister’s muscular response with those of Barack Obama (whose nation lost no citizens) and David Cameron. Because these are the three most important nations after all.

It seems true that Abbott has been more assertive than either the Dutch or Malaysian leaders (although Indonesia’s SBY may have been first out of the blocks in calling it a “war crime”.)

Abbott’s intimation that Aussie troops should guard the crash site in the rebel-held territory came as a surprise. And a cynic might reckon the decision to turn this into a military operation called “Operation Bring Them Home” is, well, a slice of cynical politics.

There are undoubtedly folks in the government brains trust considering the long-term effects, hoping this is Tony’s opportunity to transform himself in the voters’ eyes. Like Howard and Port Arthur in 1996. Or his Tampa/September 11/Bali bombings moment.

The only opinion polls taken since then (the news broke on Friday; a Nielsen was taken Thursday to Saturday and an Essential with I think a similar time-frame) have not discernibly registered an improvement in government stocks. We will see.

In early 2011 I was crass enough to contemplate premier Anna Bligh’s newfound popularity after the Queensland floods. I suggested these emotional reactions are temporary, her government was doomed, and she’d be wise to get out while the going was good.

Howard’s stocks soared in 2002 after the first Bali bombings, but 18 months later he was obviously struggling against an apparently resurgent ALP under Mark Latham.

On the other hand, those events of late 2001, Tampa and then September 11, did seem to produce a permanent shift in Howard’s public standing. He became the Man of Steel and remained that way.

But back then the world (or at least its major geopolitics) changed, and as alluded to above, Australian commentators gave our guy a starring role.

Look, it is appropriate that someone becomes the mourner-in-chief after such a disaster (although some may say the Governor-General could share more of the load), and every nation prioritises its own citizens and residents.

But in our case the conflation with our national insecurity about our place in the world produces something unpleasant.

We do it with extra swagger. Or at least our fourth estate does.

Consuming Australian media on MH-17 is rather claustrophobic at the moment.

Thankfully there’s the internet, where you can see events through others’ eyes.

Or perhaps you don’t agree?

Update: I subsequently had a short chat on ABC Radio National’s Media Report about this (the media, no mention of Tony). Here.

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Veteran News

Marine Veteran Literally Locked Inside A VA Clinic And Forgotten About

Retired U.S. Marine Jeffrey Duck was locked inside a Veterans Affairs clinic and forgotten about when the clinic closed without telling him, WKMG reported Tuesday.

Duck, who had gone to the Orange City clinic in Florida to get a prescription, was taken to a small room where he waited for three hours before realizing everyone else in the building had left for the day and that he’d been locked inside.

Worried he’d be accused of breaking in, he filmed himself walking around the empty clinic on his cellphone and eventually called 911 to get someone to let him out. Duck says he arrived at 1 PM and that he didn’t notice the clinic was closed until 4, even though the stated hours on their website say they’re open until 4:30 every weekday.

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