News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“[The] American thirst for victory, his scorn for defeat, gives the militarist line great leverage over political debate, although its degree of dominance ebbs and flows with the nature of the issue and the public mood, the latter itself significantly shaped by a media that defers to the state on national security policy in most matters.” — Richard Falk, professor
A Nobel prize winning economist, former chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank, and chairman of the President’s council of economic advisers (Joseph Stiglitz) says that the International Monetary Fund and World Bank loan money to third world countries as a way to force them to open up their markets and resources for looting by the West.
Do central banks do something similar?
Economics professor Richard Werner – who created the concept of quantitative easing – has documented that central banks intentionally impoverish their host countries to justify economic and legal changes which allow looting by foreign interests.
“Of COURSE we plunder you. Did you think the banks were here to serve the people and the nation?!? You work, we get rich. That is how it has worked for the last 300 years and we see no reason at all to change that! ” — Gold in my Sacks.
The demands for conformity by Clinton’s henchwomen mirror the anti-free-speech movements on college campuses, but are striking because they came from a former secretary of state and a feminist icon, both of whom struggled against demeaning stereotypes in their own careers. They now ape the sexists they fought.
Albright especially struck a sour note when she declared that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Clinton laughed and clapped at the statement.
Steinem separately accused young women of supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.” She also insulted those who favor Donald Trump, saying they only liked him for his money. If he “lost his wallet, there would be no women in sight,” she told Women’s Health magazine.
The bullying smears are backfiring, but before the incidents give way to new outrages borne of Clinton Entitlement Syndrome, some context is useful.
In short, “yes we can” quickly turned into “no we probably can’t” and now, as the Obama presidency draws to a close, we can definitively say “no we didn’t.”
Against this backdrop, some Americans want to send the Nobel Peace Prize winner off with a rather unpleasant parting gift: a referral to the Hague. Below, find a peition that appeared earlier this week on The White House’s official web page calling for the “conviction of the US President and trial in the international criminal court.”
Documents obtained by Muckrock under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that chemical leaks at the US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa may be the culprit behind the contamination of local drinking water.
According to The Telegraph, defense ministers of 28 NATO countries will discuss issues of collective defense and deterrence policy at a meeting in Brussels. According to the newspaper, the ministers will discuss a new plan to strengthen the Baltic States and Europe. Reportedly, groups of 500-1,000 military men are to be sent to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. Most of the troops will be represented by servicemen from the United States, the UK and Germany. The contingent will be deployed in the EU countries on a rotating basis, and will most likely include special purpose units, armed with ground-to-air missiles, attack aircraft and helicopters. NATO’s largest maneuvers [of airborne troops] since WWII send a clear signal to the world about the “peaceful” intentions of the alliance…
New measurements at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in upstate New York show levels of radioactive tritium 80 percent higher than reported last week. Plant operator insists the spill is not dangerous, as state officials call for a safety probe.
For months now the United States has insisted there can be no military solution to the Syrian civil war, only a political accord between President Bashar al-Assad and the fractured, divided opposition groups that have been trying to topple him.
But after days of intense bombing that could soon put the critical city of Aleppo back into the hands of Mr. Assad’s forces, the Russians may be proving the United States wrong. There may be a military solution, one senior American official conceded Wednesday, “just not our solution,” but that of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
“So, our best option is war with Russia!” — Official White Horse Souse
Here’s your rifle, Barry, and two more for your kids. Ditto the parachutes and day-glo orange jumpsuits. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane and we’ll call Putin and tell him you are on your way to whip his ass all by yourselves!
Have fun, and don’t forget to write!
Whether you want to see it or not, the financial system is in a forced unwinding.
It took some 70 years to build this great credit edifice.
When it goes it may take less than 48 hours to take it ALL down.
Yemen: UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for Halt to Arms Sales, Moots International Inquiry into Alleged International Law Abuses… In context, the reason for the Committee’s stance is related to the black farce of one arm of the UK government providing aid to Yemen, as other arms are providing the advice, aircraft and weaponry to Saudi Arabia to assist in the destruction of the ancient nation whose shores are lapped by the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea…
ALDI, the discount grocery store, recently announced that they will soon be supplying mostly organic products and will be banning many pesticides and toxic chemicals.
The chemicals recently banned from their products includes Thiamethoxam, Chlorpyrifos, Clothianidin, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, Fipronil, Imidacloprid, Sulfoxaflor and other pesticides.
ALDI also announced that they will soon be stocking fresh meat and fish and will be closely analyzing the distributors that they purchase from…
A write-down of this magnitude would imply that DB has a NEGATIVE net worth of 238 billion euros.
In other words, DB is technically insolvent.
I kid you not, Hillary “Jezebel” Clinton claims that her beliefs are aligned with the Ten Commandments and that she is a Christian.
Last week, the prime minister gathered university leaders at Downing Street as part of a move to break down the barriers blocking under-represented young people from going to university. Now, we are taking action – publishing the first new guidance on fair access in five years.
“It’s been crazy – it’s been the best week since 2012. We’ve had people queuing round the block…”
Russia has offered ceasefire in Syria from March 1. Yet, US officials have doubts about the Russian initiative. US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that he did not have any information about the specific date for Russia’s proposal of ceasefire in Syria. However, Toner added, the US would rather prefer immediate ceasefire, Reuters reports. Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said that Russia and the USA were discussing opportunities for a ceasefire in Syria. Officials with the US State Department believe that the Geneva talks on Syria were interrupted because the Russian Air Force supposedly attacked a Syrian humanitarian convoy.
The government of Indonesia intends to purchase ten Su-35 fighter aircraft from Russia, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said after the talks with the head of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev. “I am going to Russia in March to sign the contract,” the minister said, Defenseworld.net reports. According to the Indonesian official, it goes about the acquisition of ten aircraft, even though it was earlier said that Indonesia was planning to purchase 12 jets. Indonesia is sending its pilots and technical staff to Russia soon for training. It is expected that the state-of-the-art Russian-made fighter jets will replace the US-made F-5 aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force. Indonesia also has eleven Su-30 and five Su-27 aircraft. The Sukhoi Su-35 is a deeply modernized super-maneuverable multifunctional 4 ++ generation fighter jet. The aircraft uses fifth-generation technology that makes it superior to other similar class fighters.
Russia has made “specific proposals” on a ceasefire in Syria and is waiting for a reaction from the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
“We made proposals on implementing a ceasefire, quite specific ones,” Lavrov said. “We are waiting for a US response before putting them before the International Syria Support Group.”
In the past two years, we have witnessed a sea of change in the attitude of Americans toward cannabis. Colorado made history by becoming the first state to completely decriminalize possession and use of the plant, with Washington and other states soon following.
Medical cannabis use is now legal in 23 states, and others will soon be joining that list. Polls find that a solid majority of Americans support cannabis legalization, especially for medicinal use…
Israel’s parliamentary delegation has visited Crimea. It is led by Yaakov Margi, the head of the Knesset Committee for Education, Culture and Sports, the press service of Crimea’s Head Sergey Aksyonov reported on Wednesday. Contacts between the Crimean authorities and the Israeli legislators, the press service quoted Aksyonov as saying, are likely to help Israeli citizens and state power bodies to form an objective opinion about contemporary processes and events in Crimea.
Kiev may impose sanctions against Israeli companies for working in Crimea — embassy http://tass.ru/en/world/850299
Warships from the Western alliance will be used to stop people-smuggling boats for the first time
After repeatedly lying to Congress and undermining the Senate Intelligence Committee, CIA Director John Brennan was caught lying again to the oversight committee this week when he refused to admit his employees had used “improper procedures” when they hacked into the Senate’s email accounts. Instead of taking responsibility for ordering his men to break the law, Brennan threw a temper tantrum during the open hearing as Sen. Ron Wyden refused to swallow any more of the CIA Director’s lies…
“Military fog is dissipating for most Ukrainians, and they are starting to think why all of this was started and why it still continues,” Naryshkin told a session of the working group on legal procedures and legal acts adopted in Ukraine. “Such questions will be raised more frequently, especially considering the fact that another anniversary is ahead – the anniversary of the armed seizure of power in February 2014,” the Duma speaker noted. “We see how Ukrainian leaders are fervently searching for successes to cover up in front of their people, in front of Ukrainians. In reality, of course, there are no successes, they are only failures. Kiev paints any benevolent nod or hand-out from Western capitals or another Russophobic gaffe in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, for instance, as a ‘great diplomatic victory’.
The first item that will be pointed out by Wall Street puppets is that a bond buyback would enable DB to book accounting gains, thereby padding net income and book value. But the idiocy of this logic is that gains recognized from buying back bonds at a discount are 100% non-revenue, non-cash generating events. In fact, a bond buyback is a use cash – it further erodes the liquidity of the entity buying back bonds or stock.
These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on the subject, he’s probably reminded you that he — unlike a certain former secretary of state — had the foresight to vote against the Iraq War when it came before Congress back in 2002.
The fuse has been lit. The world economy is in serious trouble and we have the worst possible people at the helm. You have Obama who wants to double the funding now for the SEC and CFTC to go after the banks because he smells blood. He also wants to add a $10 tax to oil just because he see something else he can tax.
The question becomes, just how long can we try to climb out of this mess before it consumes the entire rope? It does appear that the greatest period of turmoil will be 2017 moving into 2020. Whatever can go wrong – will go wrong. We have everything culminating from a Sovereign Debt Crisis to the War Cycle intermixed with political destabilization.
Indeed, 2017 is going to be the year from political hell. With election is Germany, France, and the referendum in Britain exiting the EU, we then throw in the real potential for the election in the States to flip to Trump. The world as we have known it is coming undone.
“We agreed on the principle of a roadmap of actions and priority measures to ensure prompt progress under the program, which will help keep Ukraine on a path toward robust and sustainable (economic) growth,” she said. Earlier, Lagarde said the IMF could cut short financial support to Ukraine if Kiev failed to implement promised reforms.
The government is preparing a multi-year plan to surround Israel with security barriers, prime minister says.’ In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves.’
The Chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, MK Yaakov Margi (Shas), demanded Monday at a committee meeting that all March of the Living trips to Poland be suspended until a budget solution for disadvantaged students who are forced to forgo the trip was found.
“We’ll just get the money from the Americans. That’s what they are for!” — Nodding Yahoo
Moscow’s application to extend its share of the Arctic continental shelf has been registered by the United Nations.
There were 24 delegates to be allocated out of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, based on the vote statewide and by congressional district. Sanders, obviously, won more of those, 15 to her 9.
And yet …
Add in the “superdelegates” who have already committed to a candidate, and Clinton moves into the delegate lead. Six of the state’s eight superdelegates have publicly said they will vote for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in July.
The NH super delegates committed to Hilalry are:
Joanne Dowdell: DNC Board of Directors
Maggie Hassan: Governor
Ann Kuster: Representative of the 2nd congressional district
Billy Shaheen: DNC Committeeman
Jeanne Shaheen: Senator
Kathy Sullivan: DNC Committeewoman
Let them know you are angry at being told your vote doesn’t count!
trying to squeeze money out of people who had to leave the US to seek economic opportunity elsewhere fails spectacularly
Wars and rumors of wars: The Pentagon has requested an unprecedented budget. What threatens the United States and its allies the most?
The Central Banks are getting desperate. The interventions are so obvious now you’d have to be on drugs not so notice them.
On Monday afternoon, at 3PM “someone” stepped in to prop up stocks. They did it again yesterday at 10AM. These were obvious interventions.
How do we know this was intervention and not real buying?
Because no real buyer guns the markets 20+ points higher in a matter of minutes.
The last four holdouts at the Malheur refuge may surrender as early as 8 a.m. Thursday.
At least a bloodbath was avoided. But the public is now more aware than before that the BLM has been acting outside the limits of the Constitution.
According to DPR defense ministry, Kiev forces shelled the DPR territory almost 900 times over the last week. “All of this is connected – increasing number of shellings of Zaytsevo, closure of a border checkpoint in Lugansk, bus blast at a Ukrainian checkpoint yesterday, Kiev’s growing criticism of actions of OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination. This serves as evidence that Ukraine has probably not given up on ideas of deploying some kind of peacekeeping forces in the region,” Pushilin said.
Russia’s Duma speaker warns about possible military provocations in Donbass http://tass.ru/en/politics/855918
Newly uncovered internal memos reveal the Obama administration knowingly exaggerated charges of racial discrimination in probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business as part of a “racial justice” campaign that’s looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation.
Adding to the market angst was the jumble of questions Fed Chair Janet Yellen received during her semi-annual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday. One particular line of questioning from multiple members of the Committee was on whether the Federal Reserve has the legal authority to use negative interest rates as part of its monetary policy tools. Central banks in Europe and the Bank of Japan have deployed negative rates and financial markets have a built-in assumption that the Fed could do likewise. Yellen threw a bucket of cold water on that assumption with two revealing remarks.
The Baghdad spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) refuted Russian claims that American planes bombed Aleppo hospitals, saying the incident was an example of Russia’s “indiscriminate” use of force.
The Russian Ministry of Defense rejected the pentagon’s claim Wednesday that Russian aircraft hit two hospitals in Aleppo saying that it was U.S. aircraft that operated over the city Wednesday. Russian defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday that Russian jets hit targets no closer than about 12 miles from Aleppo. Konashenkov said that two A-10 ground attack jets of the U.S. Air Force flew in from Turkey Wednesday and attacked Aleppo.
That’s what seems to be the case in Ohio, whose Republican governor, John Kasich, wants to be the next president of the United States. His state’s department of education is so stringently absurd, that for lack of a piece of paper, it seeks to jail parents who dare to homeschool their kids.
As reported by Off The Grid News, two separate households that homeschool their children are facing jail time and thousands of dollars in fines and fees, for just barely missing state deadlines that they knew nothing about.
The charges are as ridiculous as the filings – “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” despite the fact that state nannies acknowledged the children were indeed being schooled at home, in parental education programs that officials later acknowledged met the state’s requirements.
“Those are not your children; they are the property of the state!” — Official White Horse Souse
Equities tumbling. Gold and silver gaining. Oil plummeting.
“It’s hard to imagine an uglier morning,” writes JPMorgan’s trading desk.
There’s nothing hyperbolic about that statement.
The French government made a mistake detaining General Christian Piquemal during anti-migrant protests in Calais, as many people are aware there are a lot of illegal migrants who have broken French law by arriving in the country, experts say.
An anti-migrant rally banned by the French government took place in the town of Calais on Saturday. The rally was organized by the PEGIDA movement. Several protesters were arrested. A former commander of the French Foreign Legion General Christian Piquemal, 75 – who spoke at the rally – was among those taken into custody. All could face up to a year in prison and should have appeared in court on Monday in Boulogne-sur-mer. However the appearance of Piquemal has been postponed after the retired general was taken to the hospital.
This is what happens when Michelle Obama ticks off a Marine so much that he decides to respond.
This letter is brutal and filled with hard truth…not to mention, it also echoes what so many of those who love our country feel about MO and BHO.
Vatican guide says ‘not necessarily’ bishop’s duty to report suspects to police despite Pope Francis’s vows to redress Catholic church’s legacy of child abuse
For the first time in a long time I feel concerned and worried about the prospect of war. The reaction of Saudi Arabia to the Russian intervention in Syria has always been the wild card in the shifting geopolitical power base in the Middle East. Turkey and Israel, along with Saudi Arabia are the three countries with the most to lose because of a strong alliance between Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia.
These three traditional American allies have been accustomed to Western support in regards to their own specific regional goals and ambitions. This support has been so staunch and counterproductive to regional stability that the growing comfort and alliance between Iran and the US should be both confusing and worrisome to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Zdravko Tolimir (1948-2016) died in The Hague today, of causes unknown.
Reports of his passing will without exception note he was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. None will say the verdict was passed in a kangaroo court, established by the Atlantic Empire to conjure a fig leaf of legitimacy for its conquest of Yugoslavia.
Everyone will quote the pious proclamations of presiding “judge” Theodor Meron, who said Tolimir “was aware of the genocidal intent of the Bosnian Serb leadership and was responsible for genocide.”
Likewise, everyone will bring up Srebrenica, and the supposed Serb massacre of Muslim “men and boys” (always that phrase), not missing to call it the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.
Russian scientists have developed a project of upgrading intercontinental ballistic missiles to destroy near-Earth meteorites 20-50 meters in size, leading researcher of the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau Sabit Saitgarayev told TASS on Thursday. The scientists would like to test the improved missiles’ capabilities against the asteroid Apophis expected to come dangerously close to the Earth in 2036, the scientist said. “Most rockets work on boiling fuel. Their fueling begins 10 days before the launch and, therefore, they are unfit for destroying meteorites similar to the Chelyabinsk meteorite in diameter, which are detected several hours before coming close to the Earth. For this purpose, intercontinental ballistic missiles can be used, which requires their upgrade,” the scientist said. The improved missiles could be used as the killers of the Apophis asteroid, “which will come dangerously close to the Earth in 2036,” he added.
Watching the live coverage yesterday, I found Janet Yellen’s experience of ‘testifying’ to Congress about US Fed policy, by turns, encouraging and hilarious.
Ms Yellen has that irritating contemporary habit of beginning every answer with “So….”, a tic that I associate with evasion – as in:
“So, you asked me a question there I can’t/won’t answer, therefore I’m going to drone on about tools, experience, volatility, soundness in the economy, regulatory frameworks, spaces, hubs, and getting back to you on that”.
What I found encouraging was that she took a mauling more severe than any I’ve seen in Congress over many years….because that tends to confirm what this triplet of Slog essays is saying: that the markets have lost confidence in the central banker’s ability to pull monetarist rabbits from hats.
For nearly one year, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy has been Janet Yellen’s nemesis over the ongoing probe into Fed leakage of material inside information via Medley Global and any other undisclosed channels, one which has seen subpoeans be lobbed at the Fed which has been doing everything in its power to stall said probe, and which cost Pedro da Costa his job when he dared to ask questions at a Fed presser that were not precleared by his WSJ “Fed mouthpiece” peers.
Today, during Yellen’s appearance before the House Financial Services committee, Duffy finally had enough, and in a heated exchange asked Yellen what on legal authority is the Fed exerting privilege to ignore a Congressional probe into what is clearly a criminal leak, one which has nothing to do with monetary policy and everything to do with the Fed providing material, market moving information to its favorite media and financial outlets.
Currently, Greece is implementing a program of construction of five centers for hosting and registering refugees on country’s islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesbos and Samos.
According to CNN Greece, the protesters gathered near the town hall to demand the cancellation of the center’s construction.
During the weekend, clashes broke out in different parts of Kos between police and residents, who opposed the construction of the hot spot.
Alfred Gaffal, President of the Bavarian Business Association, wrote in an article published Tuesday in the German newspaper “Bayernkurier,” that the prolongation of EU-sanctions against Russia is a severe mistake which will hurt the EU. It will especially hurt the German Federal State Bavaria and Russia.
“I don’t care. I need to piss off Russia enough to start a war and I don;t care what happens to anyone else. Got it now?” — Official White Horse Souse
Zionist values and the hasbara machine dread empathy. Empathy engages with suffering and survivors of Nazi atrocities and their descendants have the privileged capacity to realise there is no difference between suffering under the Nazi or the zionist jackboot – both of which made and make strides because the machinations of moral disengagement duped the German people back then, just as the Jewish people are duped today along with British, Canadian, American, European, Australian citizens whose governments grant impunity to the zionist scourge in Palestine.
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who hate Microsoft and no others … so, actually, there are one kind of people in this world. The company has dreams of Windows 10 being installed on 1 billion devices worldwide, and though that sounds kind of like a made-up child’s goal, it’s actually a real possibility, as more and more users are upgrading to get the bad taste of Windows 8 out of their mouths.
This universal acceptance of Windows 10 is especially bizarre since it seems like people are forgetting all the shady shit Microsoft has already pulled in their short history of updates. Well, I haven’t forgotten, and I’m a little amazed to find that not too many people are talking about it. There’s a huge list of things Windows 10 tried to trick you into and a slightly shorter list of shit they’re still getting away with. For instance …
While today we consider Germany to be one of the preeminent states of the “West,” historically Germany has stood in opposition to what has been defined as the “West” throughout the ages. Indeed, one can easily suggest that Germany’s historical essence is “Eastern.”
A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the South Korean side had sent a letter of clarification on the issue to Moscow. “The relevant reports are obvious misinformation,” the document says. “The contents of reports in South Korea and Russia media differ essentially from the explanation given by a representative of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) of the Republic of Korea to members of the National Assembly during the closed parliamentary hearings.
“During the investigation of the criminal case, four suspects were held,” Poklonskaya said. “Specifically, this concerns the organization which is considered as a terrorist one, Hizb ut-Tahrir.” The terrorist group was active in Crimea’s resorts of Yalta and Alushta, she said. A criminal case has been opened into terrorism, and a special operation is ongoing. Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international religious and political organization founded in 1953 in Jerusalem. Its goal is to remove all the non-Islamic governments and bring back the Muslims to the “truly Islamic life.” Russia’s Supreme Court banned Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2003 declaring it a terrorist organization.
A new bill introduced in Congress Wednesday supports the rights of U.S. states to cut ties with companies that are engaged in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Economic harm or the threat of economic harm as a tool to force someone to change their political views meets the legal definition of terrorism under the USAPATRIOT act.
Which means Congress is a terrorist organization, along with violating the First Amendment right to protest.
Moldova’s opposition is set to picket the US embassy protesting against the support it says Washington provides to the current authorities, the leader of the opposition’s Party of Socialists, Igor Dodon said on Thursday. “The United States has backed the corrupt regime in Moldova thanks to what the oligarchs who seized power have avoided snap elections demanded by the people,” said Dodon, whose party has the largest faction in the parliament controlling a quarter of mandates. The politician reminded that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland held consultations with the Romanian leadership during consultations on January 18 and voiced support for the new ruling majority and the government formed by Moldova’s Democratic Party. “Nuland discussed this issue in Bucharest, not in Chisinau, and decided on the future of this country as if we have no sovereignty or independence.
A set of emails has exposed a sordid, transactional relationship between Hillary Clinton and the press.
The emails were obtained by Gawker as part of a large Freedom of Information Act request it made back in 2012. They show a 2009 exchange between Marc Ambinder, then-politics editor of The Atlantic, and Philippe Reines, a close assistant and adviser to Clinton during her days as Secretary of State.
In the jail abuse scandal that has roiled the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and resulted in the convictions of more than a dozen officials, one question has remained open: How high did the corruption go?
Retired Sheriff Lee Baca admitted in federal court Wednesday that it went all the way to the top.
A senior rebel commander said a lack of support from the West has led to Bashar al-Assad’s regime tightening its grip on Aleppo.
The US-trained rebels are losing ground daily in Syria’s largest city, with more than 500 people killed in the last fortnight
And it is feared the advance by Assad’s regime – backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters – could make the refugee crisis worse.
A spooked world marketplace has prompted keen safe-haven demand for gold that has sent the precious metal to a 12-month high above $1,240.00 an ounce in early U.S. trading Thursday. April Comex gold was last up $44.50 at $1,239.00 an ounce. March Comex silver was last up $0.343 at $15.62 an ounce.
Gold hit $1244 an ounce this morning.
How good is your safe? Maybe not as good as you think.
“Anything you buy in Home Depot, or any safe in Walmart, Costco, Staples, Canadian Tire — it’s all crap,” Terry Whin-Yates (a.k.a. Mr. Locksmith) of Vancouver, Canada, said in a video posted online last week. “We can open them in less than 10 seconds.”
Last year, security expert Jim Stickley showed how to open a hotel safe in less than two minutes. But with the magnet trick, it takes Whin-Yates about two seconds to access a popular type of safe he bought at Staples for $250:
Activist Christopher G. Wahmhoff, 37, is facing charges after he made a Facebook post referencing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Wahmhoff was already on probation for an act of civil disobedience two years ago…
Let me put it out there, clearly and directly:
We have been acting like animals, with barbarism of a degree which indeed could be, and should be, and has been, compared to those whom we love to hate – the Nazis – whose cruelty is supposed to exonerate ours. As Golda Meir told MK Shulamit Aloni: “After the Holocaust, Jews are allowed to do anything.” NO. Damn well not. We’ve used this excuse, with those words or others, together with a systematic cover-up of our own cruelties, since the start. And because we have largely succumbed to our own propaganda in this, we have failed to perceive the historical trace, which, if followed honestly, will show us that we are essentially AT THE SAME PLACE as before – still subjugating, still massacring, still torturing.
A Catholic priest stood down amid child sexual abuse allegations has moved to Malaysia, where he is using a gay dating website to seek the company of “young Asian men” while on paid leave.
It’s true. Bernie earned 15 delegates by winning 62.5% of the Democratic vote– the bottom up democratic way. But Hillary also received 15 delegates. The difference is, she earned 9 delegates and the undemocratic, top down Democratic Party– provides a system that prevents the people from electing people– enabled her to have six superdelegates. That makes the New Hampshire delegate count a tie.
As it stands, Bernie Sanders could continue to win popular votes in more early primary states and lose or tie elections because the DNC gives Hillary superdelegates. This is comparable to intra-party gerrymandering.
This is bullshit, an outrageous obscenity against justice and Democracy. It should go no further.
Well, it’s just an excuse to sell off on a 30-year auction day (happens almost every one) because it panics people into TBills at ridiculously low rates and makes it look like the Fed is doing its job and people really do want to lend the Government money for 30 years at 2.5% rather than do something productive with the money. Why? Because if people don’t want to by 30-year Treasury Notes at 2.5% then one would have to question our Government’s $19,000,000,000,000 debt load which, at 2.5%, costs $475Bn in interest payments alone to sustain and if we were to assume rates climb to 5%, then another $475Bn per year would have to be figured into the budget (without asking the Top 1% or Corporations to contribute, of course!).
Friends, this week, we take a renewed look at the fresh silver demand figures coming out of India…
Now, India has been setting records in silver buying since 2013, and this year, they’ve not failed to disappoint to do so again.
This article as in troop numbers and tank numbers is absolute BEX! The Saudis have lost what little minds they have! ROTFWLMFAO!
Saudi media said some 350,000 forces from the Persian Gulf Arab states and a number of other countries will take part in the Saudi-led military maneuver in the area of Hafer al-Batin in northern Saudi Arabia.
Some 2,540 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 460 helicopters will also participate in the exercise, dubbed “North Thunder.”
In 18 days of maneuvers, the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed.
You may not realize this, but on the democratic side, there’s one candidate who is wildly in full support of Monsanto and GMOs, while another candidate is entirely against them!
New Russian all-terrain vehicle Sherp can reach the most distant corners of Earth.
The US Air Farce! The same outfit that LET 911 happen and the same outfit that bombs hospitals,weddings,schools and funerals. I have to believe the Russians on this one!
Two US Air Force A-10 warplanes carried out airstrikes on Aleppo Wednesday, destroying nine facilities, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported. The same day, the Pentagon accused Moscow of bombing two hospitals, despite no Russian flights over the city.
“No Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes in Aleppo city area yesterday. The nearest target engaged was over 20km away from the city,” Konashenkov stressed, adding that on the contrary, airplanes from the US-led anti-ISIS coalition were active over Aleppo, “both aircrafts and UAVs.”
The spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry drew attention to the stunning similarity of the situation with the American airstrike on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and the US bombing of the positions of the Iraqi army in Fallujah.
Surveillance legislation proposed by the UK last November has been examined in detail by the country’s politicians, with a new report recommending 86 alterations, but broadly approving the powers requested by the government. The parliamentary committee scrutinizing the draft Investigatory Powers Bill said that companies like Apple and Facebook should not be required to decrypt messages sent on their services, but approved plans to record every UK citizen’s browsing history for 12 months. The committee also gave a thumbs up to the bulk retention of data, and the targeted hacking of individuals’ computers, known as “equipment interference.”
Public accounts committee chair tells internet company’s European boss Matt Brittin people are ‘very angry’ over tax deal
The chip industry is no longer going to treat Gordon Moore’s law as the target to aim for.
After raking in dozens of millions in licensing fees, Warner/Chappell has admitted that it doesn’t own the rights to the song “Happy Birthday”. The music company has agreed to set aside a $14 million settlement fund for people who paid to use Happy Birthday in public. In addition, the court has been asked to enter the song into the public domain.
A long-term study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has shown that statin users are more than twice as likely to develop diabetes compared to those who didn’t use statins. Additionally, they’re a whopping 250 percent more likely to develop the disease in conjunction with complications – including nerve, kidney and eye damage – than non-statin users.(1)
“Well, what’s wrong with that? We get to sell you statins AND diabetes treatments. That’s DOUBLE the money we get. What’s wrong with that? It’s a business model that works for us!” — The Medical-Industrial Complex
Katja Kipping has written a personal account of her visit to a special reading room at the German Ministry of Economics that was set up after Parliamentarians fought and won the right to see the text being negotiated on their behalf by bureaucrats.
In it, she describes the extraordinary lengths that the German government has gone to in order to prevent any useful information on the trade deal being made public.
First, Kipping was required to book the room for a given period and was allowed only two hours to review the 300+ pages of the current deal (or 25 seconds per page).
Then she was only permitted to enter the specific room at the Economic Ministry by herself. She was required to leave her jacket, her bag and her phone outside the room so she was not able to take notes or otherwise record or picture the text.
North Korea’s launch of a useless satellite atop a thinly-disguised intercontinental ballistic missile has turned out to have immediate terrestrial implications, including some for the technology industries, after South Korea closed a manufacturing enclave in the North.
The South’s Ministry of Unification has announced that henceforth the Kaesong Industrial Complex will be “completely closed.”
The Russian government says it is looking to dump Microsoft and adopt Linux as the operating system for agency PCs.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Russian internet advisor German Klimenko said the state will consider moving all of its networks off the Microsoft platform and onto an unspecified Linux build instead.
Citing Microsoft’s capitulation to the US government in honoring sanctions against Russia, Klimenko said that the Redmond software giant had reached the “point of no return” with Moscow and that 22,000 government agencies and municipal offices were prepared to drop Windows right now.
“Worse than Lehman” is how one European bond market trader described the carnage this week as the brief respite that ECB monetization and debt-buyback rumors provided yesterday have morphed into utter destruction this morning. European (and US) banks are a sea of contagious red with Deutsche Bank the tip of the collapse spear. Credit risk on Deutsche has exploded this morning with Sub CDS trading up 85bps to a record high 540bps… eerily reminiscent of the pre-Lehman bankruptcy week in 2008.
Time to panic now?
Financial markets are signaling that investors have lost faith in central banks’ ability to support the global economy.
Central banks don’t support the global economy. Manufacturing and agriculture and construction support the global economy. Central banks just build debt to enslave the word.
You see, we are expected to believe that 1.1 million people (officially and suspiciously reduced from the 4 million that had been claimed for 50 years!) were herded into a “gas chamber” the size of a 3-car garage, then killed by bug-spray (Zyklon B), right under the noses of Red Cross camp inspectors, while inmate soccer games were going on in an adjacent field. The hard-working killers (or their slaves) then had to enter the poison room (perhaps wearing HazMat suits?), pick up each dead body one at a time, and then feed them one-by-one into a funeral parlor sized oven for cremation. Whatever happened to that famed German efficiency? (holocau$t at its finest)
In her own appearance before the court, Mrs Netanyahu called the allegations slander and lies. She testified that she enjoyed excellent relations with employees and that she treated them “with civility and politeness”.
But, the court said, “this is not the conclusion reached from the evidence presented to us”. Mrs Netanyahu ran the household in a “high-handed manner” and witnesses had been persuasive and credible, it said.
Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem gave a categorical response, saying the move would be seen as an act of aggression and that any invasion force regardless of its stated reasons for entering Syria will be sent back in “wooden coffins”.
Note: This situation is ongoing. The Feds are now surrounding the Malheur scene and forcing the final four occupiers into a final, and potentially tragic, act.
Is today about to become the next Waco/Ruby Ridge murder-by-government, or is it the day that four holdouts – Sean Anderson, Sandy Anderson, David Fry and Jeff Banta – surrender peacefully to an army of FBI and federal agents after 40 days – as well as the murder-by-feds of LaVoy Finicum, and the arrest of a dozen or so participants?
“I’m sort of in frustrated disbelief right now that there’s someone in the federal government right now who thought it was a good idea to arrest Cliven Bundy while (Nevada State Rep.) Michele Fiore was negotiating for the stand down at the refuge.”
snip: The EU’s refugee strategy du jour gets dumber and dumber by the day. The EU’s latest effort is to put pressure on Greece to improve its accommodations so that Germany can send refugees back to Greece.
Excuse me for asking the obvious, but where the hell is Greece supposed to come up with the money to treat refugees better when it has no money for its own citizens?
But Hillary and Bill Clinton made up to $76,000 a day fueled by large payments from Wall Street banks that date back to at least 1999.
Flying in those friendly skies has never been better for the corporate airlines. As for the cattle that is herded into the pens, the exhilaration and excitement has long faded into storm clouds. No doubt that in a competitive economy, enterprises must make a profit to survive, much less prosper.
There is no saving, or bailing out, the Fed. It, along with every bank in the United States and most major foreign powers, is 100% leveraged, as their valuation is based upon debt rather than wealth.
One thing’s for sure, Donald Trump has a proven track record of getting things done
A memo intended for San Diego city employees attempted to bar them from saying the words “Founding Fathers” because of the “gender bias” the term allegedly implies.
How much safety does $5.7 billion in government spending on cybersecurity buy taxpayers? According to information in a new federal audit of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Protection System, it doesn’t buy much.
We go over just some of the media manipulation from last night’s New Hampshire primary and how many media organizations and social media platforms are capitulating to power.
The establishment is conflating liberty activists with ISIS terrorists, scripting for coming trigger events. Is a provocateured “patriot” terror attack or psy-op event coming?
The liberty movement, likely in the near future, is about to be outwardly defined by the establishment as a terrorist movement, and those who support it through speech will be designated as material supporters of said terrorism.
“Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a “clear and present danger,” John Carlin, the Justice Department’s chief of national security
Remember when it looked like the Senate committee that oversees the CIA was writing the notorious CIA Torture Report, and caught the CIA searching their Senate bosses’ files to find out what they knew?
Apparently, CIA Director John Brennan doesn’t. At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday, Brennan pitched a tantrum when Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR], who sits on the Committee, asked him to account for spying on his bosses. The Director snarls at his boss, insisting that nothing bad happened, that Wyden shouldn’t be talking about it, and so on — saying everything, in fact, except, “Sorry, it won’t happen again.”
When it comes to government bail outs of insolvent banks few are as qualified to opine as John Mack who was CEO of Morgan Stanley when the bank, along with all other U.S. TBTF banks, was bailed out with a multi-trillion rescue package in the aftermath of the Lehman failure. Which is why it was illuminating, if not surprising, that during an interview with Bloomberg TV discussing the future of Deutsche Bank, John Mack said that “there’s no question in my mind, it is absolutely good for every penny.” In other words, “Deutsche Bank is fine.”
Why is he so confident? According to Mack, “this idea that I heard yesterday, the possibility of not making their interest payments, it’s just absurd. The government will not let that happen.”
Said otherwise, it will be bailed out. One wonders if Germany’s citizens were polled before John came up with this conclusion.
Meaning that the German people will be looted and the cash given to the banks, so they can go on making the same mistakes (and paying themselves huge bonuses) just a teensy bit longer!
For nearly 50 years, Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn’t remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The Jerusalem native, now 71, has given no inkling that he will change his story at his 15th parole hearing set for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in San Diego. He is serving a life sentence that was commuted from death when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP
And just like that AMZN joins the AAPL club in admitting it is fresh out of organic growth ideas, and will resort to balance sheet alchemy to boost its price higher over the foreseeable future. Any immediate jumps in the stock are to be faded.
One of the most surprising comments this year came from a closed session on fintech where I sat next to someone in policy circles who argued that we should move quickly to a cashless economy so that we could introduce negative rates well below 1% – as they were concerned that Larry Summers’ secular stagnation was indeed playing out and we would be stuck with negative rates for a decade in Europe. They felt below (1.5)% depositors would start to hoard notes, leading to yet further complexities for monetary policy.
“We are very bearish for the first half of the year. In the second half, every tank and swimming pool in the world is going to fill.”
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Terrorists are just Freedom Fighters pointed back at us.” — Michael Rivero
Tory Home Secretary Theresa May’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill fails to provide sufficient protections for the right to privacy, a senior parliamentary committee has warned in a highly critical report.
The Syrian Army has made major advances in Aleppo province, and is on the brink of surrounding the militant-held portion of the city of Aleppo, cutting off trade routes between the jihadists, Turkey and Daesh to boot. Now, Expert magazine suggests, Turkey’s hints at intervention signal that the Ankara-backed militants are running out of time.
? From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.
Clinton won nine delegates in the primary but came into the contest with the support of six superdelegates, who are state party insiders given the freedom to support any candidate they choose.
I told you those Superdelegates were Hillary’s ace in the hole!
The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought
a corresponding shift in the Obama administration’s Syrian policy.
The change of political format of Russia’s presence in the Council of Europe (CE) should be considered in order to prevent any attempts by Western countries to “judge” Russia, State Duma’s International Affairs Committee chairman Alexey Pushkov said on Wednesday. “Of course, we should take the course of returning to PACE, and we should definitely stay in the Council of Europe as it confirms our European identity and gives us additional opportunities to influence processes in Europe. However, we should start considering changes in political format and politician meaning of our participation in this organization”.
Over 15,000 tea estate employees in northeastern Bangladesh’s Habiganj district are fighting government’s moves to seize land on which they cultivate paddy rice. The Awami League-led government wants the land to set up more low-wage Economic Zones (EZs) for foreign and local investors. The Habiganj district authorities have already taken over about 512 acres at the Chandpur tea garden.
US court marshals have questioned Russian national Alexei Burkov who was detained in Israel without the presence of Russian diplomats. “American court marshals questioned a Russian national in the territory of the Jewish state in the first days after the arrest without the presence of Russian consular workers,” Burkov’s assigned lawyer Mikhail Ironi told TASS outside Jerusalem’s Magistrate Court, which held a hearing into Burkov’s case on Wednesday. “I would like to know who gave permission to US marshals [court bailiffs] to question a Russian national in the Israeli territory and why they did not summon a Russian consul,” Ironi said.
Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va., Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list. It was late June 2008, and Hillary had dropped her bid for the presidency earlier that month. The war room, where her brain trust had devolved into profanity-laced shouting matches, was empty. The data crunchers were gone. The political director had drifted out. A handful of Hillary’s aides had already hooked up with Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign in Chicago.
Webmaster addition: I assume I am on the “sinners” portion.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier on Wednesday that NATO would continue adapting and building up its military capabilities in the Black Sea region, including its naval forces, intelligence means and possibilities for redeploying reinforcements. “First of all, the Black Sea is a closed theatre. It is an internal sea, in fact, which is connected to the Mediterranean Sea by straits,” Komoyedov told TASS on Wednesday in response to Stoltenberg’s words. “There are rules of use and there is the Montreux Declaration, which specifies the duration of stay [of foreign warships in the Black Sea], the warships of non-Black Sea states could stay there no longer than 21 days. Territorially, NATO will certainly build up its forces – in Turkey, in Bulgaria and in Romania. NATO would certainly wish to strengthen and reinforce its Black Sea group. However, it does not mean that 20, 30 or 50 warships are going to appear there.
All of that outrage and personal ridicule is pro forma for an Israeli government that reflexively smears and denigrates any and all critics, but the more interesting epilogue was the unanticipated discovery by the Swedish and international media that Wallstrom has not been paying the full rent on the subsidized government apartment that she occupies. The revelation follows a familiar pattern, where critics of Israel suddenly find themselves being discredited for something completely unrelated to the Middle East.
When Congress gives your money to Israel, Israel does bad things with it!
“The Interior Ministry has launched an investigation,” a spokesman for the Donbass operation headquarters, Andrei Lysenko, told the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Lysenko said the video disclosed classified information. “A video from the frontline that Saakashvili leaked to the Internet,” he said. According to Lysenko, servicemen shown on the video were already receiving threats and “must now be moved from there”. He said the footage could entail punishment under several articles of the Criminal Code. “However, the military prosecutor’s office institutes proceedings and investigates without making public statements. The final decision is with the court,” Lysenko said.
A plan by David Cameron to win the support of Boris Johnson in the EU referendum by asserting the sovereignty of parliament risks turning into a “pointless” gesture, the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has warned.
Washington foreign policies these days are dominated by a bizarre kind of political sado-masochism, not unlike the argument given by the CIA that torture such as waterboarding is a successful, legitimate way to extract invaluable intelligence from an enemy combatant. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo come to mind. The war-makers like CIA head honcho John Brennan or Victoria Nuland at the State Department, or neocon Ash (as in ashes of war) Carter at the Pentagon seem to be convinced that to be a great nation, first you must be “hard cop,” beat the daylights out of your target person or nation. You sanction them to the point of breaking economically. Then you flip sides and go “soft cop.” Their silly CIA and military torture handbooks tell them this works every time. Only problem, it doesn’t. This is definitely true with several nations today who resist the bully hard cop-soft cop games of Washington. What Iran is doing in terms of pricing its oil export sales is an example.
“Today a microbus was blown up by an antitank mine, leaving several civilians dead,” Sajdik said. “I would like to offer sincere condolence to friends and families of the victims. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) underlines the importance of mine clearance in the conflict zone.”
According to Sajdik, “the number of ceasefire violations is growing.”
Earlier today, we highlighted the rather abysmal results reported by Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company.
To the extent the conglomerate is a bellwether for global growth and trade, things are looking pretty grim. Maersk Line – the company’s golden goose and the world’s largest container operator – racked up $182 million in red ink last quarter and the outlook for 2016 isn’t pretty either. The company now sees demand for seaborne container transportation rising a meager 1-3% for the year.
“The demand for transportation of goods was significantly lower than expected, especially in the emerging markets as well as the Group’s key Europe trades, where the impact was further accelerated by de-stocking of the high inventory levels,” the company said, in its annual report.
Just how bad have things gotten amid the global deflationary supply glut you ask?
A video has emerged claiming to show a Calais native detailing a life filled with “iron bars and… Molotov cocktails” in the besieged port town, now home to one of Europe’s most notorious migrant camps.
Filmed at the ‘Save Our Country’ conference just outside Paris, the video was released by the Secular Riposte campaign group, a movement working to halt the influence of political Islam in officially secular France. Featuring “native Calaisienne” Simone Héricourt, the meeting took place outside of Paris, after the group was banned from demonstrating in the city.
Speaking the day after she stood alongside French General Piquemal, who was arrested for protesting, the woman told the assembled how the people of Calais feel abandoned by the government. Ms. Héricourt said locals live in fear of the thousands of migrants who are in a state of permanent flux through the port as they are smuggled, or attempt to smuggle themselves from France into the United Kingdom. She said:
Recent years have seen a string of scandals among those who command and man nuclear missiles silos. Among them have been cheating on tests and drug use. They are considered symptoms of low morale among those working in a branch of military that is seen as having little to actually do and with no future. Of course, for the rest of us, that’s a plus because it means they are not lighting off their ICBMs (the intercontinental ballistic missiles housed in the silos).
It’s not just the fleabags and flophouses. Bedbugs have been reported in some of the city’s swankiest hotels with a list that includes the Waldorf Astoria the Millennium Hilton and the New York Marriott Marquis. According to the Bedbug Registry, a nationwide database of bedbug reports and complaints, bedbug sightings in New York hotels have jumped more than 44 percent between 2014 and 2015…
Seven countries, including France, Britain and Germany urged the European Union to take measures to save choking metallurgical industry, which has suffered from falling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia. The Ministers of the three countries, together with the Ministers from Italy, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg, on Friday sent a letter to the European Commission and the head of the European Council of Ministers… The European Union cannot stand aside when there is a growing reduction in the number of jobs and more and more plants are closed, which means that there is a serious and imminent risk of the collapse of the European steel sector. The European Union is the second largest steel producer in the world after China. It produces over 177 million tonnes a year, equivalent to 11% of global production, according to EU data.
They are figures that could make any investor panic. Since the start of the year, Credit Suisse has lost 40 per cent of its value, UBS is down almost 30 per cent, and French giant Societe Generale has lost around 31 per cent.
On Wall Street, Citigroup has dropped by more than 27 per cent, Bank of America is down by almost 28 per cent, and Morgan Stanley has shed almost 25 per cent.
In Britain, the biggest banks have seen more than £40billion wiped off their value since the start of the year, in a major blow for investors and pension savers.
Shares in HSBC have fallen by a fifth to levels which have not been seen since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.
Emerging markets specialist Standard Chartered has plunged more than 30 per cent to 403.3p – the lowest level since the late 1990s.
After my last article we received two logical questions from readers. The first one pertaining to “gaps” and the Deutsche Bank derivative exposure, the second pertaining to Japan’s strong currency with negative yields while the debt to GDP levels are astronomical.
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Even in a climate of huge squeezes on public sector budgets we shouldn’t take low pay and poor conditions as a given.
There are solutions: last year the senior executive of a firm with large public sector contracts acknowledged to me that if local councils made it an iron cast condition of all contract bids that proposals must meet a specified, high wage threshold for workers, including cleaners and care workers, then businesses would have no choice but to relent.
Soaring in fine fashion before daybreak, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket maneuvered a new spy satellite into a unique retrograde orbit this morning to join an expanding constellation of radar-imaging spacecraft…
A few days ago the German language NWZ mobil here reported on a heated wind park controversy that is boiling over in northwest Germany, writing that “state attorneys are now opening investigations on the profiteers of big money wind energy and how planned wind parks are dividing communities“.
POLICE ARE crediting a vigilant gun owner with saving the life of an Upper Darby cop Friday after he saw the officer being attacked and surrounded by a large group of teens.
Thai police have broken up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian known as “The Doctor” which sent thousands of passports to Middle Eastern customers trying to enter Europe, officers said Wednesday.
The kingdom has long been a hub for a forged document industry serving human traffickers and other criminals.
Five years of investigation culminated in Monday’s arrest of the alleged Iranian mastermind Hamid Reza Jafary, police said.
In his documentary, Mr. Eia just went, in the company of a camera team, and asked some innocent questions to the leading researchers and scientists of the NIKK. Then he took the replies and brought them to leading scientists in other parts of the world, notably in the UK and the US, asking them to comment on the findings of their Norwegian peers. As was to be expected, the results of the Norwegian bogus science provoked amusement and incredulity among the international scientific community – especially because it was based on mere theory, never supported by any empirical research. Mr. Eia filmed those reactions, went back to Oslo, and showed them to the NIKK researchers. It turned out that, when confronted with empiric science, the “Gender Researchers” were speechless, and completely unable to defend their theories against the reality check.
The social “scientists” stubbornly defend their PC beliefs even when confronted with unbiased scientific research and facts on — boys will be boys (and girls will be girls), regardless of culture.
HSBC Holdings PLC has been sued by families of American citizens killed in Mexico, who alleged that the bank helped drug cartels launder money to run their businesses and thus, can be held responsible for the deaths, reports said Tuesday. The bank paid a $1.9 billion fine in 2012 to settle a criminal probe into whether…
“Academies raise standards”, or so we have been told. As Melissa Benn and Janet Downs write in their excellent book The Truth About Our Schools, this is a myth that has “taken on the force of a quasi-biblical truth in public life”. Announced often, its utterance alone has become the basis of its validity. This is an odd way to conduct educational policy. Facts should really speak for themselves, but this doesn’t seem to be the case where academies are concerned.
Opera confirmed Tuesday night it has received an acquisition offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies that values the browser maker at $1.2 billion. The offer, from Kunlun and Qihoo 360, backed by the investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian, values Opera at about 10.4 billion Norwegian kroner, a premium of 53 percent above where it was trading prior to speculation of a buyout bid. Opera’s board is unanimously recommending shareholders approve the takeover.
A payday lender who allegedly exploited more than 620,000 poor people in the U.S. by charging interest rates of more than 700 percent was indicted in New York on charges including collection of unlawful debts and wire fraud.
Richard Moseley Sr. was charged by a New York grand jury.
The Metropolitan police have been accused of failing to inform the family of Leon Brittan about the publication of a report which re-examined a rape investigation into the peer.
Lord Brittan’s widow and children were not told in advance of plans to make public a review of a Scotland Yard rape inquiry into the late peer, which emerged at the weekend. Instead, the family learned about its conclusions through the media, a friend said.
Last week’s game-changing triumph in northern Syria has moved the Russian-led coalition to within striking distance of a decisive victory in Aleppo. After breaking a 40 month-long siege on the cities of Nubl and Zahra, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has encircled the country’s industrial hub and is gradually tightening the noose. Crucial supply-lines to the north have been cut leaving the Sunni extremists and anti-government militias stranded inside a vast, urban cauldron. It’s only a matter of time before these disparate renegades are either killed or forced to surrender. A victory in Aleppo will change the course of the war by restoring government control over the densely-populated western corridor. This is why the Obama administration is frantically searching for ways to either delay or derail the Russian-led juggernaut and avoid the impending collapse of US policy in Syria.
Parisians are calling on the government to combat sexual harassment on public transport after a poll shows that 100 per cent of the women said they experienced at least one incident.
The Gershad app allows users to mark spots on the Tehran city map where the Gasht-e-Ershad (or Guidance Patrol, commonly known as the “morality police”) units are located, in order to help potential targets avoid those areas.
London offers every possible service to individuals wanting to launder money, Peter Lilley, author of ‘Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,’ told Sputnik. London and New York are both popular destinations for money laundering because they are major international financial centers that offer sophisticated financial products and well-versed legal and accountancy services, Peter Lilley, author of ‘Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,’ told Sputnik.
Turkish aircraft entered Greek airspace in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea without Athens’ permission, the Ekathimerini newspaper reported Tuesday, citing country’s military authorities.
At least two of the six fighter jets were armed, the newspaper added.
You know it’s serious when the denials begin. Speaking in a Bloomberg TV interview, Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn explained how “US banks took their medicine early,” adding that “some European banks have been slow getting recapitalized.” Having thrown his ‘competitors’ across the ocean under the bus, Cohn then unleashed his comments with regard Goldman’s own spiking credit risk – demanding that “no one should question the viability of US banks.”
Two months later we find that the media, and all those mocking the government propaganda apparatus, were spot on, because moments ago today, Australia Treasury Secretary John Fraser, during testimony to parliamentary committee, admitted that jobs growth for the two months in question “may be overstated.” What’s the reason? The same one the propaganda bureau always uses when its lies are exposed: “technical issues”, the same explanation the Atlanta Fed used in its explanation for a strangely belated release of its GDP Now estimate one month ago.
Shortly after we detailed the scale of carnage in Japan – a mysterious massive panic-seller of Yen appeared… as Kuroda heads for Parliament…
But it’s not holding…
“The United States expresses certain comments that the Russian-Chinese suggestions on refraining from being the first to deploy weapons into outer space do not stipulate verification measures. This is trickery,” the diplomat said. “If the United States believes that verification is necessary, what prevents it from filling this gap? When such opportunities arise, the United States will not stop at nothing to deploy weapons in space. This will be something similar to the missile defense system in terms of its effects. This will be something that will change the rules of the game. This will open Pandora’s box, and other countries that have such capabilities will follow the same path. We will have an uncontrolled arms race”.
A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to file court briefs by Wednesday explaining why some portion of the remaining Hillary Clinton emails, subject to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News, cannot be produced by Feb. 18.
“It was the snow. Really bad snow. Honest. Ummm … maybe it was too dark? Would you believe the dog ate the emails? Okay, okay, okay … we were hoping Hillary could win New Hampshire and South Carolina before we released these emails, so she can become President and pardon herself. But once we are sure she can’t win and fire us in 2017, we’ll out the really good dirt on her!” — Injustice Department
“At the end of last year, we agreed assurance measures for Turkey – with AWACS surveillance planes, air policing, an increased naval presence in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea and we decided to continue the deployment of our Patriot batteries to augment the air defenses of Turkey,” Stoltenberg said at the meeting of NATO defense ministers. NATO’s aviation and naval expansion in Turkey is taking place against the backdrop of sharp deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara.
Girl who cried UVa. gang rape pretended to be her rapist to win a boy, lawyers say: Three and a half years after an alleged brutal gang rape by fraternity members at the University of Virginia, detailed in Rolling Stone magazine, lawyers say a crush over
Readers were horrified by “A Rape on Campus” when it published online in November 2014, and the article created upheaval at the university.
The 9,000-word article — with almost as many comments at the time it was taken offline — described how an UVa first-year student named Jackie was sexually assaulted by seven attackers during a fraternity party, and how the university failed to adequately respond.
“Turkey continues warfare against its nationals, Kurds, punitive operations against civilians are carried out with extreme cruelty,” Senam Mohamed said at the ceremony to unveil the mission of Syrian Kurdistan in Moscow. As an example she mentioned the developments in the Kurdish populated city of Jizra in Turkey. “Many civilians have died there, women and children among them,” she said, urging reaction to the developments on the border. Syrian Kurds are planning to open missions in the United States and some European countries, Senam Mohamed said on Wednesday. “We are planning to open missions in the US, Germany, France and Sweden in the near future,” she told an opening ceremony of the Moscow office.
A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city’s network of surveillance devices known as “police observational devices” or POD cameras.
“There is also an opinion that the [Schengen] agreement was drawn up incorrectly straight from start and therefore should be re-written… The Schengen system is not just an agreement but a package of subsequent decisions, including the Dublin Regulation, which vests the first country of entry with the right to grant asylum”. According to Chizhov, it looks a bit strange when refugees swim into Greece, which is part of the Schengen zone, from Turkey. “Then, they cross the country and head further for, say, Macedonia, which is neither an EU member nor a signatory to the Schengen agreement. After Macedonia they go to Serbia and it’s only from there that they get into Hungary and return to the Schengen zone. In short, the migrants cross this barrier several times. So, the Dublin Regulation is no longer applied in practice and for the moment has been cancelled de facto. Though nothing else has been invented to replace it so far, they have started pondering the issue already…
“Academic research and scientists in this country are no longer deserving of the public trust,” declared Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech civil engineering professor who helped expose the Flint water crisis. In an interview published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, Edwards explained how the pressures put on academics to…
Fifty soldiers from 53 mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Army left their positions, dropped the guns and left on foot, and headed to the prosecutor’s office in Nikolayevo to lodge a complaint about the conditions in which they live.
They explained that they do not receive salaries, that their army delivered only one meager meal while they were told to get all the other necessary supplies from their own money. Part of the soldiers are mobilized but among them are those who are under some contract.
The soldiers explained that among them is rampant epidemic lice and various diseases, and that the army delivers out of date drugs.
What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the…
Donald Trump on Monday night repeated the offensive term a woman attending his rally shouted in reference to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
After first calling on a woman close to the stage to “shout it out” again, Trump repeated the woman’s one-word insult aimed at Cruz: “She said he’s a pussy.”
Russia’s government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin sets off on Wednesday for a two-day visit to Iraq, a spokesperson from his office has told TASS. In Baghdad, Rogozin will take part in the meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission and hold talks with Iraq’s political leadership – President Fuad Masum, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who co-chairs the commission. This is the first trip of such a major Russian delegation to Iraq over the past years. The delegation consists of 90 people, including high-ranking officials and business representatives. A source in the delegation told TASS among them are five deputy ministers from Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Transport Ministry and Energy Ministry and heads of large companies, including Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov. Representatives of private Russian security companies also fly to Baghdad.
“I was outraged when I read media reports about the insinuations of the South Korean intelligence service, which accused Russia of supplying components for North Korea’s missiles,” Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Mikhail Ulyanov said. “This statement is irresponsible and unprofessional. One cannot come forward with such accusations without having clear evidence. If the Korean side, the Korean media have grounds to suspect us of supplying the components, the evidence should be presented. If there is no such evidence, I urge (Seoul) to officially disavow these insinuations and apologize, preferably in public.”
Washington is using North Korea’s policy aimed at developing the country’s nuclear and missile programs as a pretext for deploying its missile defense system to South Korea, such plans may have an adverse impact on the international security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. http://tass.ru/en/politics/855638
Pinewood Group Plc, the owner of the studios where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and almost all James Bond movies were filmed, hired Rothschild to conduct a strategic review of the company that could lead to its sale. The stock soared.
The 2008 global financial crisis hit Iceland hard. The currency crashed, unemployment soared and the stock market was more or less wiped out.
But unlike other Western economies, the Icelandic government let its three major banks – Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbankinn – fail and went after reckless bankers. Many senior executives have been jailed and the country’s ex-prime minister Geir Haarde was also put on trial, becoming the first world leader to face criminal prosecution arising from the turmoil.
Russia does not see any prospects for working with the United States in the sphere of strategic arms reduction, Russian Ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak told Rossiya 24 TV channel. “They propose to continue reducing strategic nuclear arms – and this is our main deterrent potential – while Americans are planning to deploy new systems which will partially replace them from the point of view of deterrent potential. This is not going to work. We have to ensure the security of our country and our people under any circumstances”. The ambassador said that among US actions on compensating their deterrent potential are deployment of global missile defense system and creating new non-nuclear weapons. “In such conditions at this stage, we do not see prospects for further reduction of strategic arms until our American friends start working seriously with us on those challenges that we consider imminent for our security”.
“Now and then we hear from the leadership of NATO and its member countries that it is necessary to keep open communication channels between the military representatives of Russia and the Alliance,” the diplomat said. “However, the paradoxical feature of these appeals is that it was the NATO side that took a unilateral decision that remains in force from April 2014 to fully suspend practical cooperation, also military, with our country. It is evident that by definition no episodic telephone calls can replace a comprehensive dialog between the military. We do have communication channels. We were not the ones to cut them,” he added. However, “the administration of the chief military representative keeps functioning at the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO, although in a reduced mode because of NATO’s action. So the Alliance’s headquarters has the address to contact.
The chancellor of Germany is a professional at kowtowing to Ukrainian putschists, Washington neo-cons, and would be terrorist ‘refugees’ flooding her country from all over the world. But one group she has still not listened to is the German people
Deutsche Bank’s shares fell again, pushing the lender’s boss and even the German finance minister to step in to reassure investors that the bank is still stable
And now that massive terror-related news stories have struck France – and hard – a whole host of conspiracies have cropped up among kids eager to share the latest snippet from the internet.
And they are proving to be a growing concern for the French government desperately trying to battle radicalization among young people, who have a tendency not to believe the official version of the story.
Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (pictured below) spent Tuesday hosting a conference on the topic of fighting the spread of conspiracies at schools.
It is difficult to suspect one-sidedness from special correspondents who are actually reporting from Gorlovka at the very moment Gorlovka is getting shelled by Ukrainian howitzers. However, this does not prevent the Western press passing off on-the-spot news, as propaganda.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has revealed the US is studying Moscow’s “concrete” plan to end the war in Syria, while expressing concerns that rhetoric over the humanitarian issue is hindering efforts to resolve the crisis in the Arab country.
“You take your phony-baloney ‘terrorists’ and you leave. War’s over.” — Laugh-off
Ministers have withdrawn funding which enabled small schools to provide children with free hot meals, claiming the measures were “always temporary.”
Prime Minister David Cameron previously said he was “proud” of the policy of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), which was brought in by the Liberal Democrats during the coalition government.
The PM reiterated his support for UIFSM as recently as last September, but now his government is taking steps to cut its funding.
Treasury officials regularly accepted invitations to lavish dinners with lobbyists for banks that were being investigated for market rigging, a new report has found.
The explosive research, which was conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO), was published on Tuesday.
It reveals that banking lobby the British Bankers’ Association was a frequent provider of hospitality to senior Treasury officials, despite the fact some of its members were being investigated by UK authorities for market rigging.
The Politico newspaper noted that Angela Merkel spends her time in vain when she carries on negotiations with Turkey.
Turkey, in its turn, very skilfully makes use of Merkel’s attention and works a panhandle on her, as 3 billion dollars which Europe allocated to restrain refugees, turned out to be insufficient.
When asked about whether Moscow had been officially informed about that, the Kremlin spokesman said: “No.” The UK-based newspaper, The Telegraph, has reported that NATO considers deploying troops in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. According to the newspaper, this issue may be discussed at today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers. The paper gives some details of the plan, specifically, about the intended troop strength of 500 to 1,000 servicemen.
Emergency services continued to search for survivors in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, Sunday, after a deadly 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the city.
The Russian Foreign Ministry will study the inquiry of Russian parliamentarians on denouncing the Moscow Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood with Turkey signed on March 16, 1921, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a press briefing on Wednesday. Members of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov (Communist Party faction) have sent a letter earlier this month to the country’s leadership and the Foreign Ministry proposing to denounce the Moscow Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood signed on March 16, 1921, by the government of Soviet Russia (RSFSR) and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Russia’s Izvestia daily wrote. “We should consider a possibility of legal review of all Russian-Turkish agreements that are unfavorable for our country and its allies. Ankara must understand what the escalation of the conflict could be fraught with for it.
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has lambasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for admitting hundreds of thousands of migrants, saying this could be “the end of Europe.” He also said America could have “very good relations” with Russia.
Soft drinks are bad for you, whether it’s the sugar calories in regular cola, or the artificial sweeteners in zero-calorie drinks. In a desperate attempt to stop declining sales, the Coca Cola company is out with a new campaign featuring millions of uniquely designed bottles. The one-of-a-kind limited edition bottles will go on sale tomorrow, and for some folks may become collector items.
Of course, the fizzy brown water inside is the same bad-for-you drink as always. Don’t let a hip marketing campaign distract you from the following truths:
With concerns over the controversial TTIP trade deal between the EU and US, a select number of German MPs have been granted limited access to view the agreement in its current form. Despite this initiative, lawmaker Katja Kipping has raised serious concerns about the transparency of the deal.
The US military is developing a pilot program that would allow its members to put off parenthood by freezing their sperm or eggs. The Pentagon hopes the odd form of family insurance will help attract – and keep – more soldiers, both male and female.
Troops may be more willing to put themselves in harm’s way if there is a “backup” for their ability to father or bear children in case of a catastrophic injury – such as those inflicted by mines and improvised explosives on hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan – the generals appear to believe.
I rather doubt that soldiers returning with such grievous injuries will be willing to add the burden of raising a child to the workload they have just staying alive. Like so many other government programs, it sounds good in a news bite but has not been thought all the way through.
Twitter announced it will be joining in the pro-censorship campaigns currently sweeping social media under the familiar guise defenders of liberty and free speech love to hate: terrorism.
Twitter’s version of the Thought Police, however, sounds somehow even more Orwellian than the original: The Trust & Safety Council — which will, unsurprisingly, “work to develop policies censoring speech on the site,” as the Washington Examiner described…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has drawn a line in the sand; either the US supports Ankara or the Kurdish people. Speaking to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear, activist Elif Sarican and journalist Eric Draitser discuss the meaning behind Erdogan’s comments.
The idiotic, gung ho and teeny bopper former Australian PM phony Tony Abbott, who accused President Putin of murder over the MH 17 downing, is going to recontest this year’s 2016 Federal election, hoping he may one day again be the PM. Yeah, just what we need. More clowns and fools in the Federal Parliament…………….KT
Moscow provided the Netherlands with radar and other data on the MH17 crash but it has all been ignored, a Russian aviation official said, responding to the relatives of Dutch victims who recently wrote to President Vladimir Putin.
Oleg Storchevoy, the deputy head of Rosaviatsia, the agency representing Russia in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash investigation, has personally addressed the relatives of the victims in a lengthy letter.
READ IN FULL: Official letter on MH17 investigation by top Russian aviation official Oleg Storchevoy
“I would like to emphasize that Russia is strongly committed to establishing the actual cause of the crash, and has consistently done everything in its power to help find out the truth, both throughout the course of the technical investigation and following its official completion,” he said.
My theory is that Putin was coming back from a six day visit to South America, and his Presidential jet was flying through the same airspace as MH17. As you can see from the photo above, anyone sent up to shoot down Putin could have easily mistaken MH17 for Putin’s jet and killed it by mistake.
Among an array of deplorable aspirants, she stands out as the most dangerous and loathsome, an anti-populist Wall Street tool, a war profiteer’s dream, shamelessly indifferent to human suffering, a ruthless rogue actor, a menace threatening world peace.
Ignore her gender and calls for finally electing a woman US president. Look at the enormous harm the first Black one caused at home and abroad, Muslims and people of color most affected.
Obama achieved the impossible – exceeding the worst of George Bush, waging endless wars, bombing seven countries in seven years, ignoring popular needs, force-feeding austerity irresponsibly, orchestrating the greatest wealth transfer to privileged interests in US history, enforcing police state harshness on nonbelievers.
If elected president, expect Clinton’s agenda to continue Obama’s on steroids. Her deplorable record in public office as a US senator and secretary of state reveals her dark side, pure evil by any standard.
US-led Western managed news misinformation and Big Lies consistently drown out hard truths.
Russia intervened responsibly in Syria, waging real war on terrorism, polar opposite US phony war, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups it pretends to oppose.
Moscow scrupulously observes international law. Claims about its aerial campaign killing civilians and using illegal weapons are Western-sponsored propaganda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of the problem, not the solution to resolving US-orchestrated Middle East wars, Germany a reliable imperial ally.
Meeting with rogue Turkish officials in Ankara, she lied, irresponsibly blaming Russia for killing Syrian civilians, using “indiscriminate weapons,” citing no corroborating proof because there is none.
The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia.
Markopolos told ABC News that he has found three new schemes that are multibillion-dollar pyramids of fraud.
In an explosive statement, he indicated that one of the three schemes will be bigger than Madoff’s and that one can’t stop them. However, Markopolos declined to identify the names of the scams until he provides the information to government investigators.
Highlighting the plight of gullible investors, he said: “Everybody wants to believe in the holy grail of finance, risk-free returns, and they keep investing in Ponzi schemes.”
The International Monetary Fund has warned it will halt its $40bn (£28bn) bailout programme to Ukraine unless the conflict-torn eastern European country takes immediate action to tackle corruption.
The IMF’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, said on Wednesday that “without a substantial new effort” to improve governance, it was hard to see how the Washington-based organisation could continue to provide financial help.
SHE’S JUST ONE OF THE POLITICAL LIARS WE HAVE TO ENDURE. tHERE ARE MANY, MANY MORE WHO BLATANTLY LIE TO OUR FACES, AND THEY DON’T EVEN BLINK AND EYE OR FEEL ANY GUILT OR SHAME. THEY ARE JUST LIKE LUMPS OF UNCONSCIOUS WOOD, WITHOUT ANY SOUL, CONSCIENCE OR INTEGRITY……………KT
If there are two things that Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is really good at, it is raising money and, in equal measure, lying. Being so adept at both makes her the quintessential political candidate of the 21st Century.
Egypt’s foreign minister said Monday that the landmark nuclear agreement between global powers and Iran offers a new opportunity to hold a United Nations-backed conference aimed at creating a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, alluding to Israel.
News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.
Stan Kroenke, who owns the Los Angeles Rams and is also the largest shareholder in the English football club Arsenal, closed a deal to buy the 535,000-acre W.T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas.
Oscar nominees are receiving free trips to Israel because Tel Aviv is feeling the pressure from the ever-growing BDS movement
Kerry thanked King Salman for expressing his desire to fight ISIS on the ground
I wonder how the Saudi military feels about their government renting them out as mercenaries for the US!
In the US, more than two million people have been hit with Tasers by police over the past decade and more than 9,200 in the UK since they were widely introduced in 2009.
But a new study has raised concerns about the impact that the 50,000 volt shock these ‘non-lethal’ weapons inflict on the human body.
Researchers, who were funded by the US Department of Justice, found the burst of electricity from stun guns can impair a person’s ability to remember and process information.
Some of those who were hit by the electric weapons also showed short-term declines in cognitive function which were comparable to mild dementia.
The scientists behind the study said it raises serious questions about the ability of suspects to understand their rights and answer questions after they have been hit by a Taser.
George Orwell said, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate.” And John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” These observations bear heeding about how sloppy language is corrupting our society. — Before we invest resources into worrying about such matters, we might focus on language corruption, because it is polluting our thinking, resulting in inept and dangerous social policies.
Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to return a “historical debt” to Turkey’s “Aleppo brothers” who helped defend the country in the early 20th century, just days after Russia warned of Ankara’s intentions to invade Syria as the rebels there falter.
Here’s your rifle, Ahmet!
It was recently revealed in court documents that a former police officer who shot a woman in the head during a road rage incident has a history marred with violence and anger issues. Kenneth Caplan, a reserve deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 6, was charged last year with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a woman in the head during a fit of road rage.
The Federal Reserve will slash interest rates and the United States economy is on the cusp of a recession, says Peter Schiff, president and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. — Schiff further explained that the only way the Fed can save the U.S. economy is to cut interest rates. The Fed, says Schiff, may go as far as instituting negative interest rates.
Great documentary about what Israel is doing to Palestine (and you pay for it all).
Iowa caucus attendee Keane Schwarz might want to consider hiring a bodyguard, given that he just dared to do the unthinkable and expose what Hillary did to his vote.
“I voted for Bernie,” Schwarz, 36, admitted to The Des Moines Register this weekend regarding the caucus in Woodbury County, where only he — and thus nobody else — reportedly voted.
Yet the county assigned its delegate to Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton.
“It was really suspicious,” Schwarz added. “I’m actually pretty irate about it.”
It’s real, and it’s ready.
Punch line: MIT Technology Review, 2/8/16: “We have the technology to destroy all Zika mosquitoes.”…
Regardless of the outcome in the New Hampshire primary any and every “professionally Republican political candidate” needs to be removed. Most Americans now refuse to be co-dependents to our own demise.
Ditto the Democrats!
Negative interest rates mean that your bank account shrinks day by day, automatically. Your $1000 in January becomes $950 by December. And where does that money go? To the banks, of course, and to the government. They syphon your money away, drip by drip, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” — Ayn Rand
22-year-old Jovaughn Walker (after supposedly watching poltergeist) walked into the shell station. For no reason he starts beating an 82 year old man with a pipe.
He then goes down the street and slashes the store clerk of “The Swap Shop” with a sword.
This is why we should all be allowed to carry concealed.
If you’ve ever wondered how Forbes Inc., which owns Forbes.com and Forbes magazine, ended up as the corporate publishing arm of Monsanto and the chemical industry, look no further than the entity’s origins.
A complete history of how Forbes was founded, and more importantly why it was founded, is available at TruthWiki.org. And one important fact you need to know is that Forbes has always been a capitalism-at-all-costs propaganda outlet.
The Swiss bank UBS is one of the biggest, most powerful financial institutions in the world. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened to help it out with the IRS. And after that, the Swiss bank paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million for speaking gigs. The Wall Street Journal reported all that and more Thursday in an article that highlights huge conflicts of interest that the Clintons have created in the recent past.
The piece begins by detailing how Clinton helped the global bank.
If you believe that Hillary’s “Pay to Play” behaviour will end if she is nominated, and steals this year’s election, think again!!
This woman and her husband have more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!
These two are so crooked that they have to screw their shoes on in the morning, and have a generally clear understanding of how to bend, and break, the law with unmitigated impunity.
In fact, the TPP is almost entirely ignored and avoided. When it’s mentioned it’s as something our authoritarian government knows better how to handle than we do. Its defenders, including President Barack Obama, present it as a way to jab a finger in China’s eye. Its opponents argue that it attacks U.S. sovereignty and benefits foreign nations. What, if anything, it does to Vietnamese workers, for example, is just not registering, and the idea of a U.S. billionaire in 2016 bringing that to public attention as a moral concern would get you mocked as a dreamer faster than Hillary Clinton changes positions when a check book is opened.
What this agreement does is corporatize government, period, end of discussion.
It should be peacefully protested by the American people, who will wind up losing jobs, and whatever rights we may still have left, under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
IF you understand that the US has already become a third world nation, particularly, in older, urban areas, where jobs have been outsourced/offshored in earnest, the ratification of the TTP will make it far worse!!
As UN Ambassador and the Secretary of State in the Bill Clinton regime, Albright was a fanatical advocate of the genocidal sanctions blockade that killed more than a million women, children and men in Iraq, and of the 1999 U.S./NATO bombing war against Yugoslavia.
On May 12, 1996, nearly six years into the U.S./UN sanctions, Albright was interviewed on CBS “60 Minutes” by Lesley Stahl, who had just returned from Iraq, about the impact on the Iraqi population:
Lesley Stahl: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.”
How in the name of heaven do such utter sociopaths rise to such high positions in America’s government?!?
Seven Islamic State members preparing terror acts in Moscow and St. Petersburg have been detained in the city of Ekaterinburg in the Urals Region, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
UPDATE: Fox News has reset its New Hampshire results page after we reported on them posting the ‘final’ results.
Fox News is reporting the final results of tonight’s Republican and Democratic primaries in advance, with a mock-up page showing establishment favorite Marco Rubio finishing in second place.
The page – which can be viewed here – displays the final tally of the Republican primary with 100% of votes counted. Donald Trump is in first place with 28%, with Rubio thirteen points behind with 15% and Ted Cruz just behind him in third.
It has been scientifically designed to increase the requirements of the territory belonging to Russia for about a million and 200,000 square kilometers within the city triangle Murmansk – North Pole – Chukchi Peninsula. It is expected that the merger of the territory bands increase by five billion tons of potential reserves of Russian hydrocarbons.
According to international regulations, the coastal country has the right to exploit resources on the shelf in a distance of 200 nautical miles from the mainland, in special cases – up to 350 miles. Russia in 2001 addressed the UN expert commission with a request to extend the territory of its continental shelf, and presented evidence that the so-called underwater Lomonosov ridge, which they discovered Soviet researchers in 1948, the continuation of the Eurasian continent, which would mean that the limit of 350 miles does not apply to Russia.
Only a couple of weeks ago, I said we were entering the jaws of the Epocalypse. Now we are sliding rapidly down the great beast’s throat toward its cavernous belly. The biggest economic collapse the world has ever seen is consuming everything — all commodities, all industries, all national economies, all monetary systems, and eventually all peace and stability. This is the mother of all recessions.
As Russian-backed troops encircle the key rebel stronghold of Aleppo in Syria — a potential turning point in the Arab state’s nearly five-year-old conflict — President Barack Obama’s diplomacy-first approach is also coming under siege.
Some opposition leaders and analysts are warning that unless Obama sends a tough message to Russian President Vladimir Putin — possibly even using military force — the Moscow-supported regime of Bashar Assad will weaken the opposition so badly that peace talks being promoted by the United States will become irrelevant.
In the most deliciously ironic way possible, you have to love the title of this article, and how it appears to be deliberately “grooming” Americans for a war with Russia.
Thank you, Ms. Toosi, the writer of this completely disingenuous piece of codswallop, but no.
I have noticed in your bio from politico.com that you “reported” on the following:
Nahal Toosi is a foreign affairs correspondent at POLITICO. She joined POLITICO from The Associated Press, where she reported from and/or served as an editor in New York, Islamabad, Kabul and London. She was one of the first foreign correspondents to reach Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Read more: http://www.politico.com/staff/nahal-toosi#ixzz3zhH4dbGH
However, people know that Osama bin Laden died of natural causes in the winter of 2001.
Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader. “The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead,” the source said. Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.
Here is the narrative of the guy who got assassinated in Abbottabad, as reported at whatreallyhappened.com:
What appears to have happened is that President Obama tried to steal the Pakistanis’ thunder by sending in the SEAL team to capture the body, then claim victory for the US. But as the “victory” was leaked to the press, word finally reached the White House from Abbotabad that the dead man wasn’t the real Osama Bin Laden (who had died of Marfan Syndrome in December of 2001), so the body was dumped into the ocean and a flurry of hastily made (and very sloppy) fake photos leaked to the internet and members of Congress to cover up the latest monumental goof!
So, congratulations, my dear Ms. Toosi, you have just been outed as a lying whorespondent, selling the narrative of empire to a war weary and war-skeptical America.
I hope those big checks are a real salve to your professional conscience; or, perchance, have you had that surgically removed, as have so many of your colleagues?
Let me go on record saying that I do not like Basshar al Assad.
But at the end of the day, when most of the jihadis are removed, through Russian help, it is the Syrian people, and the Syrian people only, who have the right to chose their own destiny.
And I would like, as a final note, to remind you, Ms. Toosi, that during the last election in Syria, with monitors watching every voting precinct, in what was declared a free and fair election, Al-Assad won re-election in a landslide against his competition.
And it’s no surprise at all Obama unveiled this plan on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, when most Americans aren’t paying attention because everyone is too busy focusing on who is going to replace him.
Why doesn’t he just give a press conference where he flips off the American people for five minutes straight on his way out the door, too?
By now, the average American has no excuse for not knowing how decrepit our infrastructure has become. Many of our roads, bridges, and dams are falling apart, and continue to be used long after their expected lifespan has expired. When any of these structures fail, you can expect plenty of casualties and mayhem.
But there’s only so much damage that a crumbling dam or bridge can do. The most frightening aspect of our infrastructure, is our electrical grid. Specifically, our nuclear power plants. If anything ever happened to those facilities, it would make any other infrastructure related disaster pale in comparison. And unfortunately, we may have just received a small taste of what that disaster might look like. A nuclear reactor was just shut down in New York, after a monitoring well detected a 65,000% increase in radiation levels.
Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”
The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games as preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported citing sources.
Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe.
“This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise. If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria,” a source said as cited by the Daily Telegraph, adding, “This is not the sort of kind of force you expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists.”
Has the leadership of NATO, the US, and the UK collectively gone absolutely, thoroughly, barking mad?!?
Russia is not going to invade either Eastern Europe, or Ukraine.
And Ukraine is so economically ruined, courtesy of the recent putsch, and the rampant corruption which followed, that it might be forced to get down on its knees and beg Russia for some economic help.
But unfortunately, as the great American comic, Ron White, says in his act so frequently, “You can’t fix stupid”.
And we have a lot of stupidity going on in the bowels of power in the US, NATO, and Europe.
The US economy is on the ropes, as is the economy of Europe.
And the civilian and military leadership of both of those entities have imbibed enough of their own “koolaid” to believe that a war with Russia will solve all if their economic problems.
After all, it worked for the US in World Wars I and II, right?!?!?
But there is one small problem with this grotesque “groupthink”: The US and NATO do not have the troop strength, the weapons, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia; this is what makes the military scenario here so dangerously scary.
Were I in the bowels of power in NATO, the US, or Europe, I would be looking at trust and trade building actions relative to Russia; not warmongering and threatening.
Of course, that…would be logical.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who has staked his flagging presidential bid on a strong performance in this first-in-the-nation primary state, called Monday for New Hampshire voters to “reset” the race.
“The reset has started as of tonight,” Bush said, adding, “Next Tuesday, we’re going to surprise the world.”
A senior Israeli rabbi says Tel Aviv should execute Palestinians instead of arresting them and “leave no one alive” in order to establish safety in the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinian media report.
Not a word from ABCNNBBCBSFOX! If some Palestinian or Imam called for the murder of all Jews, I’ll bet the reaction would be different!
Apollo Education Group, the company that owns the large but struggling University of Phoenix, is being sold to private investors led by a firm notable for its extensive ties to President Barack Obama’s administration.
Apollo announced in January that it was looking for a buyer interested in patching up a college that appears to be in deep trouble. While it remains the U.S.’s largest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix has seen its enrollment plunge from over 450,000 students six years ago to less than 180,000 today. The bleeding hasn’t stopped yet — dozens of its campuses around the country have closed.
Imagine my (complete absence) of surprise!
The mayor of Hawaii’s Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday amid the state’s largest outbreak of dengue fever since the 1940s.
I did some research and it turns out only 5% of the people who get Dengue are sick enough to require a hospital. 75% of the people who get Dengue never show symptoms and don’t know they have it. The other 20% come down with what feels like a mild flu.
Not only has free speech become a four-letter word – profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places – but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal.
The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the government’s power,reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.
Indeed, there is a long and growing list of the kinds of speech that the government considers dangerous enough to red flag and subject to censorship, surveillance, investigation and prosecution: hate speech, bullying speech, intolerant speech, conspiratorial speech, treasonous speech, threatening speech, incendiary speech, inflammatory speech, radical speech, anti-government speech, right-wing speech, extremist speech, etc.
As a Christian pacifist who never advocates violence, but advocates for good faith negotiations and logic as most generally the best answers to geopolitical problems, even I could be arrested, under the NDAA, and thrown into prison indefinitely, with no due process whatsoever.
I have to wonder what the founding Fathers – and the women who loved them, like Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams – would think about that.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “put refugees on buses” and flood Europe with migrants if EU leaders did not offer him enough cash to help curb the influx of asylum seekers, a leaked record of a high-level meeting claims.
“We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses,” Erdogan was quoted as telling European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk after being told that the EU was offering Turkey €3 billion over two years.
The minutes of the meeting that apparently took place in November in Antalya have been published by the Greek financial news website euro2day.gr
After Tusk mentioned the difficult situation in the European Union, Erdogan, who reportedly demanded €6 billion over two years, said: “So how will you deal with refugees if you don’t get a deal? Kill the refugees?”
This hubristic, strutting popinjay wouldn’t know the truth if it approached him to embrace him, gently.
And the truth here is, between Russian sanctions, after Turkey downed that Russian fighter, and Erdogan’s refusal to allow Kurds to become a viable part of Turkey’s political process, Turkey could well be looking at a looming civil war, tearing the country completely apart.
And that… is the truth.
A federal appeals court on Monday ruled it is not unconstitutional for law enforcement to set up a camera on a public utility pole and record a suspect’s moves for 10 weeks straight.
Such warrantless recording is permitted, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit said, because people have “no reasonable expectation of privacy in video footage recorded by a camera that was located on top of a public utility pole and that captured the same views enjoyed by passersby on public roads.”
The ruling stemmed in part from a nasty, years-long confrontation between two Tennessee brothers and local police — long-simmering bad blood that led to shootouts, officer deaths and ultimately a criminal trial that ended in acquittals for the brothers.
Apparently, according to current judicial rulings, Americans have no right of privacy…ANYWHERE.
Phones and other electronic devices are constantly surveilled, even without warrants, using what are called “stingray” devices, and to what end?!?
I frankly despise a government which constantly characterises me as “the enemy” when I am simply living my life, and doing nothing wrong or illegal; and right now, that is how America’s Federal Government views all of us.
In a recent article, “How to Defeat Your Enemies,” we maintained that governments and their people were natural enemies, and that the most powerful adversarial tactic is “getting one’s enemies to fool themselves.” The article detailed the effective use of this tactic by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. The question arises: how can the American people use it against their natural adversary, the US government?
In a letter disclosed Monday in a federal court filing, the FBI confirms one of the world’s worst-kept secrets: It is looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Washington’s support for Riyadh’s decision to put boots on the ground in Syria indicates a failure of US policies in the West Asian region, “beyond any doubt,” a top Iranian military commander stated.
Just weeks after Michigan’s governor issued an apology for the state’s handling of the Flint water crisis and petitioned the Obama administration to declare a state of emergency, he reportedly threw a secret, lavish party for his wife.
The birthday celebration that Governor Rick Snyder threw for his wife Sue at an upscale restaurant in Ann Arbor was first reported by Ann Arbor blogger Mark Maynard. When Maynard went to investigate the party, he discovered the windows at the restaurant had been “blacked out” and a security detail outside, apparently not knowing that the event had been organized by governor.
College students in Arizona may soon be free to express their opinions anywhere on campus without prior permission if the State Legislature passes a bill banning free speech zones. HB 2615, introduced Monday by State Rep. Anthony Kern, would prohibit all community colleges and universities in the state from designating any area of campus as a free speech zone, and would further require that any such zones that already exist “shall be converted to a monument or memorial.”
How much longer will we deny the growing body of research linking Roundup to infertility before calling this chemical a contraceptive?
I wonder how many of you noticed, sitting at the back of the assembled Commons clonoids last Wednesday, the engrossed figure of London Mayor and Uxbridge MP at one & the same time, Boris Jobsdone. He was watching the Prime Minister bringing home the most inedible cut of faux bacon offered to the House since Neville Chamberlain became a hero by getting Hitler’s autograph in 1938.
This is the original documentary on which the film “Our Brand is Crisis” starring Sandra Bullock is based.
Notice the S he makes twice with his hand too
Children younger than 15 – some as young as 5 – work from 6 am till evening in West Africa at cocoa farms connected to Nestlé, Hershey, Mars, Kraft, ADM Cocoa, Godiva, and Fowler’s Chocolate to produce your favorite chocolates including Reese’s, Kit Kat, M&M’s, MilkyWay and Butterfinger. In September 2015, three class action lawsuits brought in California accused Nestlé, Hershey, and Mars of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses by cocoa suppliers in West Africa while falsely portraying themselves as socially and ethically responsible. Nestlé, Cargill and ADM are currently facing a separate lawsuit brought by three Malian former child slaves in 2005 that accuses the companies of aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa market.
- By: dawson
Maya Angelou stood with Palestinians, but Israeli military uses her for Black History Month hasbara …
Central banks are the ultimate economic hitmen, the main source of the shock doctrine, according to this powerful documentary based on the work of economist Richard Werner:
When Hillary Clinton spoke to Goldman Sachs executives and technology titans at a summit in Arizona in October of 2013, she spoke glowingly of the work the bank was doing raising capital and helping create jobs, according to people who saw her remarks.
CBS recently posted a report entitled, “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever.” The story was based on a new survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Concerning documents that have recently come to light reveal drug firm schemes to maximize profits on medicine that is used to treat cancer, AIDS and heart conditions. A congressional review of more than 300,000 pages from Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals reveals how executives planned to maximize profits while fending off negative publicity over the price hikes.
The two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions – according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers.
Clocks, scales, and meat slicers. IBM sold all kinds of different items when the company started out a century ago. Back then, it looked nothing like the information and consulting company it is today. It didn’t get into the business of personal computers until decades later. Today, IBM does everything but.
And yet, for all their commitment to changing with the times, their underlying business is imploding.
NEW! Updated for Hillary’s 2016 run!
My thanks to everyone who took the time to write and suggest corrections. Many changes have been made to this list based on the info sent in and more will be added in the very near future.
In compiling this list I have tried to find as much photographic evidence as I can, but surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly) these people in many cases seem to have been erased from the internet!
The following is a partial list of a large number of persons who have recently met their demise in suspicious circumstances who appear to have some connection to the Clintons. I stress partial because new additions are coming in faster than closets can be found to hide the bodies in!
The crimes, lies, and frauds of the Clintons are epic in scale, scope, and sheer audacity! Herewith is a by no means all-inclusive telling of the duo of deception, the marriage of mendacity, the couple of corruption!
Well, once again, as in 2008, the Iowa Caucus was not the coronation that she and her supporters thought it was going to be.
Nominal Democrat presidential “frontrunner” Hillary Clinton barely made it out of the nation’s first caucus as the technical victor (though the campaign her main opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has contested those results), leaving many to wonder if she’s got the mojo in 2016 that she lacked in 2008 when she was younger and less scandal-plagued in her loss to a relatively unknown U.S. senator from Illinois.
While China, Hong Kong, South Korea among other markets remained closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, remaining stock exchanges in Asia were trading lower on 9 February. This followed a negative Wall Street and FTSE close overnight.
Fears over a sell-off in the European banking sector gathered pace overnight after Stoxx Europe 600 Banks Index – the gauge of the banking sector in Europe – recorded its sixth consecutive weekly decline, the worst streak since 2008. Worried investors as a result pulled out of Asian stock markets in search for safer havens.
The PPT is fighting gravity today on the US markets.
For much of the world, the visual history of the Vietnam War has been defined by a handful of iconic photographs: Eddie Adams’ image of a Viet Cong fighter being executed, Nick Ut’s picture of nine-year-old Kim Phúc fleeing a napalm strike, Malcolm Browne’s photo of Thích Quang Duc self-immolating in a Saigon intersection.
DRUG rackets worth millions of pounds were run from inside Britain’s biggest police force, according to a former Scotland Yard detective who is to publish his allegations.
The officer, dubbed “Serpico” by friends after the New York police officer who was pilloried for exposing corruption, described sections of the drug squad and the regional crime squad at Scotland Yard as the “most professional criminal cartels in Britain”. He is writing a book in which he alleges that officers stole drugs, paid phantom informants and fabricated evidence.
Duncan MacLaughlin, a detective for 18 years, is believed to be the first officer to talk openly about alleged corruption within the elite squads in which he worked.
Oracle has released yet another Java patch for Windows to fight a flaw that leads to “complete compromise” of a victim’s computer.
An attacker would have to trick the victim into visiting an infected website before performing an installation of Java 6, 7 or 8, but would then find themselves with full control of the target system.
They are not the Syrian Opposition. They are foreign and domestic terrorists who are trying to overthrow the Syrian government by force and terror…………. KT
The Saudi-backed Syrian opposition says Russia should immediately stop its anti-terror airstrikes on militant-held areas as a condition for its participation in peace talks with the Damascus government.
The “Syrian” nudge, nudge, wink, wink, opposition sets a pre-condition to the continuation of peace talks…that Russia must stop bombing the terrorists!
It may be hard to imagine why an innocent person would confess to a crime they didn’t commit, but a number of notorious court cases have shown that it can and does happen.
Now new research suggests that people who are sleep deprived are more likely to sign false confessions than those who are well rested.
American International Group Inc. plans to exit at least half the hedge funds in which the insurer is invested, according to people familiar with the company’s portfolio.
The mobilization of 500,000 soldiers and public-health workers to spray pesticides across Brazil is effectively terminating a controversial British-American biotechnology project that has released millions of gene-engineered mosquitoes in a backfired experiment to combat the dengue fever virus (DENV). The Oxitec gene-manipulation technique called RIDL (Release of Insects carrying a Dominant Lethal) is widely suspected of spreading a new virulent strain of ZIKA virus, and the Brazilian outbreak in turn raises fears of a link to microcephaly or reduced brain size in human embryos. (Oxitec is a corporate spinoff of Oxford University, even though most of its researchers are with less prestigious British schools or from the United States.)
North Korea is facing international condemnation after launching a long-range rocket over the weekend carrying what it called a satellite. The issue came up during Saturday’s Republican debate.
Gold is on the move. As stocks are selling off big time, the gold market is the big beneficiary with a significant inflow of capital.
Is that any coincidence? No, it is not, because the gold market was deeply oversold. Next to that, and perhaps more importantly, sentiment hit rock bottom levels. When everybody and his uncle believes that stocks have only one way to go, i.e. up, the opposite usually happens. The same accounts to the precious metals market.
The international community should not intervene against Islamic State expansion in Libya until a Libyan government is formed and requests such assistance, Egypt said Monday.
Libya already has two governments. The first is from the Libyan people (the ones being bombed) and the second is the puppet regime being forced on them by the US (the ones dropping the bombs).
The Knesset’s Ethics Committee decided yesterday to suspend Arab MKs Haneen Zoabi, Basel Ghattas and Jamal Zahalka from meetings of the Knesset and its committees. Mr. Zoabi and Mr. Ghattas have been suspended for four months, and Mr. Zahalka for two months.
Their crime: the three Arab Joint List members dared to meet with families of Palestinian freedom fighters who gave their lives in the battle to free their land.
“One thing I happen to know about — and I can’t make any claim about it now — but I know this. Methane, when it’s exposed to sunlight, can produce as a by-product formaldehyde… Southern California gas knows that too… it transforms — when it’s subjected to sunlight — to formaldehyde. SoCalGas knows that, and they ought to be straight about it. They ought to be telling us… but they’re not.”
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen.
Rapes, assaults, terror threats kept secret
Housing in many countries, especially Britain is no longer an investment, it’s now made up of three fundamentals; consumption, crime and concern. The general public getting on the bandwagon with cheap loans is consumption. The crime slot is taken now that over 40% of Britain’s housing stock is bought in cash with property used as an international laundrette to wash hundreds of billions and concern comes from savers who quite rightly think that the banks and government will steal their hard earned (low or negative savings rates), tax paid money that drives a reluctant middle class into becoming landlords.
Originally published by GR in November 2011, this report outlines the 2011 judgment of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. It is of particular relevance to the role of Tony Blair in the Iraq war, which is currently the object of controversy and debate in the UK.
US military commanders are preparing to expand US operations in Afghanistan, including through the deployment of more US troops in a front-line combat role and stepped up air strikes, General John Campbell, the outgoing US commander in Afghanistan, told the Washington Post in an interview Friday.
“We shouldn’t sugarcoat it,” Campbell said. “I’m not going to leave without making sure my leadership understands there are things we need to do.
A freedom-of-information request by Sikhs has turned up some curious statistics from the Metropolitan Police. They show that of the more than 400 ‘Islamophobic hate crimes’ recorded in the first half of last year, 28 per cent were not attacks on Muslims at all. They were either attacks on people thought to be Muslims (often Sikhs) or attacks classified as Islamophobic because of the absurd criteria (invented by the Macpherson Report on the death of Stephen Lawrence) which define such incidents as ‘any offence which is perceived to be Islamophobic by the victim or any other person’.
Zurich police used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to break up a group of around 100 Kurdish activists holding an unauthorized demonstration outside the Turkish consulate in Switzerland’s financial capital on Monday.
Police said the crowd threw stones, flags and other objects at the building, forcing authorities to seal off the area. One person was detained in the incident, which followed a largely peaceful march by demonstrators through downtown Zurich in the morning.
The peace talks of the Syrian settlement are being hindered by refugees. This opinion was expressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ankara. She stressed that what is happening with the refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border is a disaster.
Here is a list of one bedroom apartments and their rental price in different expensive cities of America.
The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources.
The Israeli DEBKAfile news site reports that Israeli officials meeting with the Obama administration’s National Security Council at the White House were denied a request for additional $1.9 billion in military aid to counter new and enhanced threats. The threats include the increased arms Iran will be able to give the Hezbollah terrorist group with the tens of billions of dollars Tehran will have available from the nuclear deal’s lifting of sanctions.
Note: President Harry Truman quote “The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog.”
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier hailed JCPOA as a new window to Tehran-Berlin ties, saying that Iran and Germany are deeply interested in expansion of closer bilateral relations.
Michael Best wants to raise at least $10,000 to scan and publish the declassified files online, which are now available only on an intranet server at the National Archives building
Contrary to appearances, the decision of the United States to investigate a possible Russian aid to anti-European parties is not intended to protect Europeans from foreign interference. This is quite the opposite. For 70 years, Washington controls the West European politics prohibiting all forms of genuine democracy.
Fresh on the heals of the controversial visit of Bavaria’s prime minister, who opposes sanctions, to meet with Putin, the Vice Chancellor of Austria and Head of Austria’s major bank, Raiffeisen, have come to Moscow with the same message
Informed sources revealed that Riyadh is holding training courses for 150,000 Saudi, Sudanese, Egyptian and Jordanian forces to prepare them for war in Syria.
For a student and practitioner of foreign policy it was difficult to sum up in a few sentences what British foreign policy was all about – apart from the decades old griping about being a member of the European Union or clinging neurotically to the so-called «Special Relationship» between London and Washington DC.
The 71-year-old will appear in a German court this month to give her harrowing testimony against Reinhold Hanning, a former guard at Auschwitz, who she says was part of the “killing machine” that destroyed 1.1 million lives in the camp.
Note: First she was a baby at the time. Second, will these survivors please tell us about the brothel, the 3 orchestras, the swimming pool, the hospital, the soccer field. There is just no end to the lies!
Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to send ground troops into Syria? If so, how will Russia, Iran and the Syrian government respond? In 2016, Syria has become ground zero for a conflict that has been raging for centuries.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says European countries have no independent will in the face of the United States.
“This criticism applies to Europe that contrary to the past, it has no independent will vis-à-vis the US,” the Leader said in a meeting with visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Tehran on Monday.
He added that the European countries should address this “weak point.”
‘The Clintons are not happy, and have been letting all of us know that,’ one Democrat says.
In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews professional surfing legend Kelly Slater in Oahu Hawaii.
“Oh! Sure. Twice, just last week,” answered Porter Ranch resident Jim Baker to the question about whether the smell of methane gas was reaching his home. “Smells like, well… it’s an oily smell,” continued Jim. “No. You can’t always smell it. It’s when the wind is slack, that’s when it comes down on the houses.”
Indeed. Residents across the affluent north Los Angeles, CA suburb of Porter Ranch report the same smell. Not good: methane gas is poison. On day one of an on-scene look at the world’s largest natural gas leak, which every day spews uncontrolled at extremely high pressure the equivalent greenhouse gas pollution of 4.5 million cars, another distinct smell is becoming obvious: political corruption…
Internet trolls, be gone! Popular publications and social media sites are stepping up their censorship of interactive spaces, shielding the delicate eyes of the common commenter from every kind of digital taboo, from spam to hate speech.
In 1993 an Irish republican paramilitary organization, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), carried out an attack on Shankill road in Belfast, Ireland. The intended target of the IRA were leaders of a loyalist terrorist group, the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), who were had a scheduled meeting above Frizzell’s fish shop.
A relief well is within 20 feet of reaching the leaking Southern California Gas Co. well in Aliso Canyon that released tons of methane into the air and led to the dislocation of thousands of residents, regulatory and company officials said Monday.
Once they can access the leak — which is about 1.6 miles below ground — crews will cap the well with cement.
the curious case of Michael Scheuer and his marriage to the CIA’s “Queen of Torture” Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, the media’s overall silence on the issue, and why it matters.
The gross ignorance of the average American knows no bounds these days. Their minds are so occupied with vapid entertainment and social media, that they’ve left no room for critical thinking. You can tell them anything and they’ll take it as gospel. If you come from a position of authority, you can convince them to accept any course of action, even if it’s absolutely deplorable.
It is now painfully clear that the most corrupt woman in the history of politics, Hillary Pantsuit, has violated numerous U.S. laws regarding handling classified information, and done so hundreds if not thousands of times.
A Florida family of three is thankful to be alive after two police officers opened fire on the wrong home early Saturday morning.
In a letter disclosed Monday in a federal court filing, the FBI confirms one of the world’s worst-kept secrets: It is looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
One has to ask if Booker would have ever had the means to play terrorist and live out his deranged fantasies without the help of the FBI. We also must ask what would have happened if the FBI had intervened in the interest of Booker’s mental health rather than pursuing another conviction? Unfortunately, what ever really happened between Booker and the informants will likely never be made public due to the agreements of the plea deal.
Ladies and Gentlemen, for months I’ve written about how the diminishing price/supply in silver, coupled with fresh, record demand will lead to a “religious experience” for the market riggers. On Saturday, I did an interview with Wall Street for Main Street, on the topic as well.
Well, in the last few days, the downward spiral of Comex silver ounces has turned into a gigantic plummet, a rout of 2011 proportions. Just take a look at the warehouse numbers for Friday! One glance, and you’ll instantly understand: something is very wrong on the silver scene!
The TV channel France 2 has illustrated the “progress of French aviation” in Syria using footage of air strikes inflicted by the aircraft of the Russian air force. The recording of a program was replicated on social networks.
The presentation of France 2, which blogger Timofey Vasiliev published on his Facebook, spoke about the large number of dead Syrian civilians because of the actions of the Russian airforce. No evidence for this was given, but the journalist said that the French aviation works more precisely.
Vasiliev wrote that in the news story, Russia was accused of using “unguided” bombs that lead to large civilian casualties, but France, working in a coalition, “successfully” destroyed terrorists of “Islamic State”.
Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero Rating” schemes like Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program. The decision marks a major victory for grassroots activists in India and around the world who have been calling for such a ban, and a setback for companies like T-Mobile and Verizon, who have been pushing similar practices in the U.S., claiming that they do not violate net neutrality.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” — Voltaire
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Saudi Arabia are reportedly set to discuss Riyadh’s proposal for troop deployment to Syria under the pretext of fighting Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
Another week and Assad and Putin will have finished kicking ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh/whatever out of Syria!
We’ve previously noted that polls show that Americans are in a “pre-revolutionary” mood, that less than 1 in 5 Americans think that the government has the “consent of the governed”, that government corruption tops the list of Americans’ fears, and that 3 times as many Americans supported King George during the Revolutionary War than support our OWN Congress today.
You might assume that such statements are over-the-top … or that the results come from partisan pollsters.
But a group of Republican and Democratic pollsters and political strategists reviewed polling data last week, and revealed some stunning results:
A special report published by Reuters on February 5 reveals that President Obama owns stock in a couple of manufacturers of guns and ammunition.
Isn’t Obama’s wealth supposed to be in a blind trust?!?
Between Iran, North Korea, and Russia, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders disagreed about which was the “greatest threat” to America in the final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary.
Contracts between police and city authorities, leaked after hackers breached the website of the country’s biggest law enforcement union, contain guarantees that disciplinary records and complaints made against officers are kept secret or even destroyed.
A Guardian analysis of dozens of contracts obtained from the servers of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) found that more than a third featured clauses allowing – and often mandating – the destruction of records of civilian complaints, departmental investigations, or disciplinary actions after a negotiated period of time.
BTFD? Deutsche Bank stock crashed over 11% today (the most since July 2009) to its lowest since January 2009 record lows. We have detailed at length why this is a major systemic problem and we wonder how anyone can view this chart and not question their full faith in central planners engineering of the ‘recovery’. Nothing is fixed and it’s starting to become very obvious!
Periscope Channel show him and girlfriend Merissa arguing and scuffling with a security guard. At one point Sgt. Joe Biggs can be heard struggling to yell “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” Austin PD arrives and detains a disoriented Biggs. The security guard claims he was assaulted while attempting to restrain in the InfoWars reporter and retired Army Vet.. Reason is not yet known as to what caused the confrontation in the first place.
Toronto police are warning residents about the discovery of a “fraud lab” after an investigation into several mail and identity thefts at local Money Marts in Toronto.
Police say they found a number of items and computers at a lab in the Bloor Street East and Parliament Street area.
Investigators say the items that can be found in these types of labs include:
Another of the submarine cables connecting Australia to the world, for data, has broken.
PPC-1, which stretches from Sydney to Guam and has 1.92 terabits per second capacity, is out of service until at least March 7.
TPG’s announcement says the fault is around 4,590 km from the cable’s Guam landing, which means it’s around 3,000 metres below the surface.
The fault notice says engineers first logged a report that “alarms indicated that a submarine line card had lost its payload”, and the company is trying to establish when a repair ship can be dispatched to the location.
‘Crack security team’ didn’t notice attempt to log in 99 million times
One of the women who has accused former U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual assault says she has agreed to work for an anti-Clinton political group being formed by a former advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer who says Bill Clinton groped her in an Oval Office hallway in 1993 when she came to him tearfully seeking a paid job, said she had agreed to become a paid national spokeswoman for a group being created by Roger Stone.
Stone, a Republican strategist, said the group would become active should Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton’s wife, win the Democratic nomination in the 2016 race for the White House. Clinton is currently the front runner.
“This gives me more of an opportunity to get this message out to young voters who weren’t even born or don’t even remember what happened and to the women who have suffered,” Willey told Reuters.
I would like to strongly remind Ms. Willey to be wearing her Kevlar outfits, to not “get depressed”, and not to travel in small aircraft.
Yes, Java fixes are a dime a dozen. But this one prevents ‘total compromise’ of machines
Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, situated about 50km from the Sendai nuclear station, has erupted with the country’s meteorological agency issuing an orange warning not to approach it.
“The very people that are on the money were against the Federal Reserve System. Jefferson was against it, Jackson, Lincoln, Franklin, and they’re on the damn money. That’s like putting Mother Theresa’s face on condoms & passing them out at Planned Parenth
New eyewitness reports have emerged that confirm the existence of a massive amount of heavily armed paramilitary government forces patrolling Burns, Oregon.
Private First Class Andres De Leon, 72, signed up for the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam when he turned 18-years-old at a time many were trying to avoid the war. He served for 12 years and spent two full years overseas before being honorably discharged. Like many veterans, he suffers from depression, that spiraled out of control when his mother passed away. But unlike most veterans, his depression led to him being deported.
But the illegals and refugees pour across the borders…
Our Leviev Valentine’s event was yesterday – we shut him down again – they were supposedly closed for inventory (on a Saturday?). Again there were some crazies carrying on, screaming, grabbing someones phone and throwing it. The NYPD was there and refused to arrest him because the phone was still working. All of us ‘law & order types’ were chanting, “Arrest him!” but they didn’t. Of course if that was a Black kid he’d be at Sing-Sing by now or on a coroner’s gurney.
See the ugly face of zionism here …
Finnish national Cubeyda Hassan Jama, of London Road, Thornton Heath, London, was charged with “engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to intention to commit acts of terrorism”.
In other words, the guy joked about committing an act of terror and they are trying to make headline news out of it!
While all the sane people in our weary nation are bracing for a global economic reset, Obama is flat out “peddling fiction,” as he put it during his State of the Union speech. There is no other way to say it. Period. It’s unconscionable that Obama is STILL out in front of the cameras taking credit for a recovery when 1/3 of our entire nation’s POPULATION is out of work. Listen to him spew his garbage!
The rise in rents and home prices is adding additional pressure to the bottom line of most California families. Home prices have been rising steadily for a few years largely driven by low inventory, little construction thanks to NIMBYism, and foreign money flowing into certain markets. But even areas that don’t have foreign demand are seeing prices jump all the while household incomes are stagnant. Yet that growth has hit a wall in 2016, largely because of financial turmoil. We’ve seen a big jump in the financial markets from 2009. Those big investor bets on real estate are paying off as rents continue to move up. For a place like California where net homeownership has fallen in the last decade, a growing list of new renter households is a good thing so long as you own a rental. The problem of course is that household incomes are not moving up and more money is being siphoned off into an unproductive asset class, a house.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today issued an angry condemnation after US envoy to he ISIS War Brett McGurk visited the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, asking how he could trust the US while they associate with the “terrorists in Kobani.”
Erdogan went on to warn that the US is ultimately going to have to choose whether its partner is Turkey or the Syrian Kurds. The State Department didn’t directly address this, simply saying they view the Kurdish PKK as “a terrorist organization.”
The US has long said that of the PKK, but is overtly backing the Kurdish YPG in northern Syria. Turkey insists that the two are essentially the same group, and at times Erdogan and other top Turkish leaders have also claimed the PKK and YPG are the same as ISIS.
By not involving the Kurds in a rational, political process inside Turkey, Edrogan may well be looking at generating a civil war inside his own country. As reported in last November’s huffpo:
Would it have been better if the AKP hadn’t won a majority in Turkey’s elections Sunday? Based on the mood of those who don’t support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP, you would think so. But the truth is, it wouldn’t have made much difference. Against Erdogan’s authoritarianism, only relentless persistence and a true alternative will one day prevail. The AKP won because Erdogan used two dirty weapons. One: violence against the Kurdish political movement, including the armed PKK. And two: authoritarianism. He killed civilians in the Kurdish majority Southeast during day-long curfews and “operations,” bombed the PKK in Turkey and in the Qandil mountains in Iraq, jailed democratically elected mayors, didn’t do anything to prevent violence against offices and rallies of the HDP (the leftist party rooted in the Kurdish movement) and increased the pressure on newspapers not yet under his control. And it worked — he won 49 percent of the vote. Not that it has anything to do with democracy whatsoever, of course. The victory is soaked in suppression and blood. And the chance that Erdogan has had enough now is small. More media will be raided. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to fight the PKK until the last man is standing, and Erdogan outright denied an agreement between the Kurds and the state reached earlier this year. The war rhetoric to gain votes didn’t change to talk of peace after the majority was won back: Erdogan hurried to rant against the PKK in his first address after the polling stations closed.
What Edrogan wants to see happen to the Kurds is genocide, plain and simple.
To say that this guy is a loose cannon is like saying the Titanic hit a little ice. He appears to be getting more and more unhinged every day, and I do not believe that the Turkish Constitution has an element in it like the the 25th Amendment to the American Constitution, which provides for the removal of a President if he or she, for mental or physical reasons, is no longer able to carry out their duties.
Also, the fact that this country holds NATO status right now is more than a little scary. NATO was supposed to be a collection of democratic countries, but the anti-democratic bias of the last election in Turkey means that we have a dictatorship in this country, masquerading as a democracy.
To take the heat off of him for his domestic persecution of the Kurds, he may well haul off and attack Syria on his own (and the US may be impotent to stop him); if Russia counter attacks, he could well invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which, through treaty, forces NATO members to come to each other’s aid, if attacked by Russia.
That was very much how World War I started, due to treaty obligations.
IF I were John Kerry right now, understanding what a loose cannon and geopolitical liability Erdogan has become, because of the desperate situation into which he has put his country’s economy, starting with shooting down a Russia fighter last year which resulted in Russian sanctions against Turkey, I would be on the phone with Edrogan right
Twitter has taken another step towards the abyss. According to an article on BuzzFeed, the company plans to take control of its users’ news feeds, with a Facebook-style computer algorithm determining what content appears on their timelines. But Twitter’s users won’t take it lying down — they’ve been raising hell throughout the day.
In a move sparked by the latest Pentagon plans for a major increase in US military spending, NATO defense ministers are preparing to meet later this week to work out the details of a massive new deployment along the Russian border, with plans to up to 40,000 NATO personnel to head to the area
The Baltic states and some other NATO members have been playing up the idea of a Russian invasion of Europe for over a year now, and while nothing ever came of it, they keep adding troops to the area, with the latest deployment to be the largest NATO deployment since the Cold War.
The Pentagon’s spending hike itself came on the pretext of “Russian aggression,” though the US of course outspends Russia on its military by roughly a factor of 10. Several other NATO members have spending only a bit lower than Russia’s.
NATO is very obviously preparing for a war against Russia; a war that it will, most likely lose, because like the US military, it doesn’t have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.
There is also the factor of the development of its weaponry.
When Russia’s weapons developers have their products field deployed, they either work as advertised, or better than advertised.
Unfortunately in the West, weapons tend not to be up to spec when field deployed, do not work as advertised, are delivered late and way over budget.
A great case in point is the F-35, which still has massive problems, is hideously over-budget, and the schedule for which is slipping monumentally.
Hillary: I address you as equals because you are all billionaires like me, either now or after 8 year of me as Madam President. I have been handsomely rewarded because I am doing God’s work just like your CEO Lloyd Blankfein. I followed the advice of Goldman Sachs in structuring the Clinton Foundation to avoid those pesky American bribery and money laundering laws. I will continue to accept the advice of the men in this room when I am proclaimed President of the United States.
And don’t forget, with me as President you have a two fer. My husband Bill will help me take over the world when you and I join forces and make him Secretary General of the United Nations. Think of it. Wars without end. Invasions and drone strikes. There will be no safe haven for critics of the Clintons and Wall Street.
Money managers may not agree where oil prices are headed, but they are increasingly eager to place their bets.
Total wagers on the price of crude climbed to the highest since the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission began tracking the data in 2006. Speculators’ combined short and long positions in West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. benchmark, rose to 497,280 futures and options contracts in the week ended Feb. 2.
I am not sure this is a smart move given that Iran’s oil is starting to hit the world market!
Anderson Cooper: “But did you have to be paid $675,000 [for three speeches to Goldman Sachs]?”
Hillary Clinton: “Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered.”
Hillary is veering from the truth when she suggests her $225,000 per speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was “what they offered.”
It was not what they offered — it was what Team Hillary demanded.
A review of her 2014 tax return posted on her website shows that $225,000 was her minimum fee.
She received $225,000 for 34 of the 41 speeches listed on her tax return. Of the remaining 7 speeches, two were for 250,000 and the others for $265,000, $275,000, $285,000, $305,000 and $400,000. In total she received $9,680,000 for these speaking engagements in 2013.
And a short memo to Carl Bernstein: a person with ethics would have seen the problems which would have come from accepting those speaking fees from Wall Street firms.
This concept of ethics is found nowhere in Hillary Clinton’s DNA.
Across the country, DHS/Police are profiting from privately owned license-plate readers (LPR’s) in parking lots, shopping malls etc. Mall of America works with police to scan your license plate as soon as you enter their parking lot, and Repo companies are using LPR’s in parking lots across the country. Private companies such as parking lots and universities use “3M,” “Autovu,” and “Vivotek” to spy on our license plates. Click here, here & here to find out more about LPR’s on campuses.
What is in the mind of someone who knowingly poisons children and impairs their lives? Why did the politicians, regulators and bureaucrats who knew the water in Flint, Mich. was toxic lie about the danger for months? What does it say about a society that is ruled by, and refuses to punish, those who willfully destroy the lives of children?
The crisis in Flint is far more ominous than lead-contaminated water. It is symptomatic of the collapse of our democracy. Corporate power is not held accountable for its crimes. Everything is up for sale, including children. Our regulatory agencies — including the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality — have been defunded, emasculated and handed over to corporate-friendly stooges. Our corrupt courts are part of a mirage of justice. The role of these government agencies and courts, and of the legislatures, is to sanction abuse rather than halt it.
Joel Barajas was the only Crystal City council member to show up at the office Friday.
That’s because everyone else he works with is facing felony charges.
Five top officials in the Texas city were arrested Thursday under a federal indictment accusing them of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and helping the operator of an illegal gambling operation who went by the nickname “Mr. T.”
The indictment swept up the city’s mayor, mayor pro tempore (who both have city council votes) and a council member, as well as the city manager, a former city council member and the alleged gambling operator, Ngoc Tri Nguyen. None of the men has commented about the charges or filed any pleas in response to the indictment.
As the UK government passes increasingly far-reaching surveillance laws that bind companies to capture, store and share data on their customers’ activities, US tech giants like Facebook and Google are caught in a dilemma: much of what the UK government demands of them, the US government prohibits. A leaked draft of an agreement between the UK and the US would allow British spy agencies to require the US companies to turn over their records — the private data of Britons, Americans and citizens and residents of other nations.
Nick went with the line that we hear from the pro-EU establishment, including David Cameron, that Britain isn’t big enough to survive on the world stage as a self-governing, independent country. That how could we possibly hope to negotiate our own trade deals?
I responded to Nick that this pessimistic mindset was absolutely ridiculous. I pointed out that we are the fifth largest economy in the world and that Iceland, with a population of 320,000, had just signed a trade deal with China. I said if they were big enough to do this and if Switzerland had more free trade agreements than we did as EU members, I was absolutely certain that we too were big enough to strike these kind of exciting global trade deals outside of the EU.
UK PEGIDA has warned there will be “100,000 Britons marching on the streets against Islam” by the end of the year after a day of sometimes violent anti-Islamic migrant protests were staged across Europe.
The British press is regarded as the most “right-wing” and “biased” in Europe, according to new research by YouGov.
This is what happens when an honest man, with high ideals, gets caught up in a US-controlled crony operation.
Ukraine’s minister for economic development and trade, Aivaras Abromavi?ius , a financial expert who was brought in to help Kiev with reforms, has announced his resignation, citing financial corruption at top levels of the state.
“Neither me, nor my team have any desire to serve as a cover-up for the covert corruption, or become puppets for those who, very much like the ‘old’ government, are trying to exercise control over the flow of public funds,” Abromavi?ius said in his official statement on Wednesday.
His ministry’s reform efforts have been “paralyzed” by the “concrete actions” of certain officials and groups, Abromavi?ius said, adding that he has been pressured by the president’s administration to appoint “questionable individuals” to his team or to key positions in state-owned enterprises.
The US’s “Grand Experiment” with Ukraine is beginning to implode, and their economy is just barely one step away from absolute catastrophe.
The belief that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy will sink makes it possible for US Secretary of State John Kerry to become the Democratic Party’s last-minute presidential nominee, Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch says.
Iowa was a tie. In fact it is looking more and more like Sanders actually won it. If Hillary goes down in flames tomorrow in New Hampshire she is done. Sanders is so far in the lead in polls Hillary can’t steal New Hampshire without everyone knowing that is what she did.
Just as we warned, not only is it time to panic but the panic is ‘contagion’-ing over into the sovereign risk market. European banks are in freefall, down over 4.3% broadly, crashing to 2012’s “whatever it takes” lows.
European bank risk has gone vertical… Today’s spike is the largest since April 2010.
So since Europe unleashed their “Bail-In” regulations, European banks have utterly imploded with Deustche most systemically affected as it seems more than one person is betting that Deutsche will be unable to raise enough capital and will be forced to haircut depositors on up in the capital structure.
Finally – for those desperate dip-buyers hoping for another move from Draghi – don’t hold your breath… As Deutsche Bank itself warned, any more easing by The ECB or BOJ will only hurt banks (and certainly Deutsche). In other words, they are all officially trapped now.
“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”
While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.
IF Turkey decides to invade Syria in the short term, and Russia responds militarily, Turkey could invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter (which states that if one NATO member is attacked, it is as though all are attacked, and all must unite against the attacker). That would definitely force the US’s hand, militarily.
I would like to hope and pray that the leadership in Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha understands that when Russian government officials say, if you invade Syria, this will will be an act of war against Russia as well, that they completely understand that in this circumstance, Russia is not bluffing.
Comments targeting young female supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, made by two prominent women backing his main opponent Hillary Clinton, face the ire of an entire generation, based on social media reactions.
Just days before voting in the first primary begins in New Hampshire, Madeleine Albright, who served as Secretary of State in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet, stumped for his wife Hillary.
“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” former US Secretary of State Albright said when introducing the democratic presidential hopeful at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Saturday.
Hillary is trying to grab the Vagina Vote!
From 1993 to 2001, Alexander Cockburn and I wrote dozens of articles on the political corruption of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their cronies in DC and Arkansas. In many ways, those years represented the golden age of political journalism, with a fresh scandal ripening each month. As Hillary cruises toward the Democratic nomination, if not the White House, it’s time to dig into the Clinton Files and resurrect the stories of sleaze, malfeasance and transgression from that feculent decade.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel should be ready to undo all the commitments and close the borders of Bavaria to millions of refugees, said the Director of the Berlin global public policy Institute Thorsten Benner. This was written in his article for the publication Politico.
He notes that a Professor at Oxford University, Paul Collier, points directly to the main perpetrator of the continental migration crisis: “Blame Merkel. Who, if not her?”
US Secretary of State John Kerry told Syrian aid workers, hours after the Geneva peace talks fell apart, that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition.
“‘He said, ‘Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” one of the aid workers, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her organisation, told Middle East Eye.
“‘What do you want me to do? Go to war with Russia? Is that what you want?’” the aid worker said Kerry told her.
Of course, it’s worth pointing out that Kerry is not in charge of American military or clandestine operations in Syria. His responsibility is to find a diplomatic settlement to the conflict that is agreeable to U.S. interests — apparently a task he sees as borderline futile.
West Virginia just joined a number of other states in proposing to drug test welfare recipients, despite studies proving such testing does nothing but waste taxpayer money. So, a legislator in that state devised the ideal counter-measure: mandatory drug testing for lawmakers.
House Delegate Shawn Fluharty has now introduced a bill requiring legislators to be tested for drugsbefore each voting session — and those who fail would be prohibited from voting and denied pay.
“I think the public expects us to adhere to the rules that we try to legislate,” said Fluharty in an interview with WTRF. “We have 134 people down here and we should be on their dime living within the standards that we implement. There’s no reason we shouldn’t do it.”
While drug testing those who receive welfare was initiated in several states ostensibly hoping to catch users and abusers to kick them off public assistance, thereby saving substantial cash, it hasn’t worked out that way — not even close.
I really think this should happen at the national level; drug testing on politicians, that is!!!
Washington continues to prepare a global strike, according to Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov to RIA Novosti . He noted that a continuation of negotiations on further nuclear reductions are impossible for this reason.
The United States continues, according to Ryabkov, its destabilizing activities. This includes the “creation of a global missile defense system, the continuation of the development of tools capable of inflicting a disarming strike without using nuclear weapons, and a destructive force equal to the range of strategic assets.”
Though there is mounting opposition in Europe to the sanctions, the US is committed to keeping them. Opposition to the sanctions in Europe is still not strong enough to make sure they are lifted.
The Saudis are having a hard enough time with barefoot Houthi farmers. Do they really think they can take on Syria, Iran and Russia?
It is said the deputy commander of the self-proclaimed DNR Staff Eduard Basurin, reports “Sputnik”.
“In our hands, he got a series of secret documents signed by Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muženka and Chief of the General Administration of the Intelligence Service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Valery Kondratyuk the preparation and execution of special operations in the media against the DNR and LNR …
Their content was prepared with the participation of psychological diversion Ukrainian media and resources under their control on the Internet. Now we have goals and objectives, as well as the dates of the planned execution of all operations, “said Basurin.
He added that the plan was in the media provocation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are introduced as the attacks of external enemies.
The news out of Flint, Michigan brought the issue of contaminated drinking water into sharp focus, as it was revealed that officials at every level—local, state and federal—knew about lead-poisoned water for months but did nothing to address the problem.
Under state-run systems like utilities and roads, poorer communities are the last to receive attention from government plagued by inefficiencies and corrupt politicians. Perhaps no group knows this better than Native Americans, who have been victimized by government for centuries.
In the western U.S., water contamination has been a way of life for many tribes. The advocacy group Clean Up The Mines! describes the situation in Navajo country, which is far worse than in Flint, Michigan.
Nuclear water contamination was part of the story line for the Val Kilmer film “Thunderheart.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry told Syrian aid workers, hours after the Geneva peace talks fell apart, that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition.
A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government’s consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”
Now, when one puts those two statements together, one ends up with the idea that Germany stored its gold in the USA to keep it safe from the prospect of an invasion by the Warsaw Pact, and that it now wants its gold back from the USA because that trust in its ally is evaoprating under the solar flare of American-sponsored sanctions against Russia. Russia has no plans of invading Germany, and just about everybody knows this except the neocons in the American Pentagon and State department. To put it country simple: Germans want their country’s gold on German soil because the USA is no longer to be trusted.
As reported by the state agency SANA, government forces have liberated the town from the terrorists El-Basura from which they were “shattered remains of the terrorist gang fled to Turkey.”
Earlier, Assad’s army has regained control of the village of Alia and strategically important angle 454, which is north of it.
With these two success – quite the slump border with Turkey. And it is a success that will have an impact on the whole further course of the war. At least in northwestern Syria.
These successes Syrian Army especially painful defeats suffered by Ankara because terrorist groups which are under the direct control of Turkey and its secret services.
The war in Syria, otherwise, it becomes all the fiercer and all bloody.
See the video that recorded the operators of the Syrian army after entering the town Retjan (15 kilometers north of Aleppo) in which the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda (Džebhat an-Nusra) had about 300 dead.
U.S. stocks fell sharply on Monday as falling oil prices and global growth concerns weighed on investors.
A Palestinian journalist is seeking asylum in Belgium after receiving a series of death threats.
Abdelsalam Abunada has been campaigning in recent months against a new law that would give the Palestinian Authority broad powers to censor the media.
Last month, he decided to flee the occupied West Bank because of threatening emails that had been sent to him. One of the messages warned that his throat would be cut.
Explosive: The invention of an epidemic.
This is an article that explains a great deal—but, with apologies, it involves a line of reasoning, in order to reach a conclusion. That means some readers (not my regular readers) may find it odd. Some readers with short attention spans may suddenly want to switch to a wrestling show or a shopping network. To them I say: give this a try; it does have a payoff; it has its own kind of shock and surprise; explosions do go off in the mind; it is like a ten-car pile-up on the interstate in the fog, late at night; and there is a very nasty plot.
Out of nowhere, a month ago, we were told there was an outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil: over 4,000 cases of babies born with small heads and brain impairment…
Take a deep breath : who could possibly better impartially inform the British people?
Last year, Meagan and Brandon Holt’s daughter Maddie, who suffers from a rare and debilitating disease called Zellweger Syndrome, was given only a short time to live, and her family was forced to do what no family can ever imagine – put a 2-year-old in hospice care…
But then something amazing happened. Meagan began researching the effects of cannabis on intractable, or untreatable epilepsy.
Being in Washington state, where medical and recreational marijuana is legal, Meagan got authorization, and then a beautiful group of people began donating whole plant cannabis extract to their family.
From the first dose, Meagan says, they immediately noticed a positive shift in her health…
But all this hope would quickly be brought to an end thanks to a law that makes it illegal for growers to share cannabis with families like Meagan and Maddie who need this powerful medicine…
The family of a US soldier has said that she and her girlfriend were jailed for 25 years on “false” charges because of their sexuality.
Monique Coverson served in the US military for seven years, before moving to Kuwait along with her partner Larissa.
However, the pair were arrested on drugs charges and now face up to 25 years in jail. The charges, according to Coverson’s family, are entirely false.
Since the establishment is so pro-Hillary, we’re about to see this kind of obvious cheating across the national board. Perhaps the silver lining is that somehow at least this time when it’s so over the top voters will realize how blatantly rigged this entire game is…
The state attorney general of Maryland is taking an alarmingly aggressive stance on the use of controversial cell phone trackers known as cell site simulators, or StingRays, arguing in court that a suspect volunteered to be tracked simply by leaving his phone on.
Even with a number of U.S. sanctions against Iran coming to an end, the Iranian government has recently made a very important decision in regards to its oil payment system and it could spell bad news for the United States. This is because Iran has apparently decided to no longer accept U.S. dollars for payment on both its new and outstanding oil sales. Instead it will receive its payment in euros…
Tehran and Athens signed three political and economical MoUs on Monday.
Iran’s first Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri officially welcomed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at S’adabad Palace on Monday and discussed bilateral issues and cooperation between the two countries.
The two sides inked three momernda of understaning for political cooperation, memorandum of development to cancel visa regime and bilateral cooperation roadmap.
The image above may be considered by some as unfair, as it suggests that taxation is a form of robbery. Well, let’s check the dictionary for a definition:
“Robbery is defined as taking away of goods or property by force or intimidation.”
Well, that certainly fits the bill.
Fundamentally, it is not hard to see why this should be the case. The dollar’s serious breakdown this week, which results from the NIRP move in Japan, and the market’s realization that this makes further rate rises in US much less likely, coupled with now rapidly growing pressure for concerted global QE to beat back the mounting forces of deflation, which are threatening to cause a wave of major defaults and a credit crisis, mean that massive and widespread inflation is not far over the horizon
A malicious computer program is targeting Skype users and listening in to their conversations, security experts have warned.
The Trojan, called T9000, was spotted by experts at Palo Alto Networks, who call it ‘backdoor malware’.
The researchers also warned it is so sophisticated, it can hide from even the most popular anti-virus software, making it extremely difficult to detect.
Jennifer Lopez is facing a social media backlash from pro-Palestine supporters over her rumoured plans to perform in Israel for the first time in the summer.
Writing under the hashtag #CancelTelAviv, activists have been questioning her motives for wanting to gig in Tel Aviv, accusing her of ‘entertaining children’s killers’.
Some of the tweets were accompanied by graphic photos purportedly showing injured children in Gaza, with the caption questioning the American singer’s unconfirmed decision.
When a prominent American political figure speaks boldly about Jewish-Zionist power, that’s news. So the remarks by South Carolina’s senior Senator that Iraq was invaded “to secure Israel,” and that “everybody” in Washington knows it, are indeed remarkable … Bush’s motive in going to war for Israeli interests, charged Ernest “Fritz” Hollings, was to get Jewish support in election campaigns.
Former US lawmaker Cynthia McKinney says every candidate for Congress must pledge to support Israel’s military superiority in the region and continued large-scale US funding for the Zionist state, or risk losing the ability to raise funds for election campaigns. “If you don’t sign the pledge, you don’t get money,” she says in this in this interview with Marzieh Hashemi, an American-born journalist who lives in Iran. “You make a commitment that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel, that the economic assistance that Israel wants, that you would vote to provide that,” she adds. If a candidate does not sign the pledge or perform accordingly, “then you do not get money to run your campaign,” McKinney says. After she made the pledge public, she says, the tactic changed, but the basic requirement remained. Runtime: 4:35 mins.
The next American president will almost certainly be bought and paid for by the Israel Lobby. Hillary Clinton has already declared that when she is elected president she intends to take relations with Israel “to the next level” and has also promised to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit on her very first day in office. It is difficult to imagine what the next level might actually be in America’s already servile deference to Israeli interests so she should perhaps be careful regarding what she commits herself to do … [Sheldon] Adelson is the Republican version of Saban. He believes that the United States should nuke Iran as a “negotiating tactic,” has an estimated $23.8 billion fortune derived mostly from casinos in Las Vegas and in Asia. He is a Republican funder for those prospective candidates who promote unlimited US support for Israel.
Is it not strange that Hillary was so very lucky? It was very clear going into the polling that Sanders and Clinton were in a dead heat. Might we conclude that she and her supporters anticipating a tie in some precincts were prepared for a coin toss or to disappear some ballots, the latter having happened before in Iowa. Is Hillary’s reputation for honesty so sterling that we cannot possibly suspect that? You can answer that for yourself, dear reader.
“Don’t know the status”? — She might as well have said the dog ate her homework. Plus, her non-answer guarantees the question will now come up daily. It speaks volumes about Clinton’s weakness as a candidate that she didn’t have answers ready long ago for such obvious and damning questions. Of course, you can tell she has no clue how ordinary people think by the fact that she happily cashed all those checks in the first place.
Footage released by Syrian state media shows the Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces in heavy clashes during ongoing Syrian Army assault backed by the Russian and Syrian Airforce on the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Beware TPP. It’s nothing more than the further formalization of the worst part of the 20th century: The warfare/welfare state.
It’s just been signed in New Zealand by the 12 negotiating parties and now US President Barack Obama is pressuring Congress to get it passed quickly. Obama wants it passed so that the US will be able to “write the rules of the road in the 21st century,” enabling it to shape global trade to its own advantage.
Obama is nothing but a puppet for Western banking interests that want to disguise and expand their growing global control via TPP. It will be a disaster that places multinational corporations on an equal footing with nation-states.
TPP is an authoritarian exercise that further solidifies various kinds of global “bigness” while squeezing out the average citizen.
One man is dead and three injured following a reported meteorite strike in India.
Indian media report police officials saying the death was the result of an explosion on university grounds in the Southern town of Vellore that shattered windows and killed the unnamed bus driver.
If confirmed it would be the first recorded death from a meteorite strike.
Photos from the scene show members of a police bomb squad inspecting a hole perhaps three feet in diameter with debris or rubbish scattered.
Police have not found evidence of a bomb blast at the impact site.
The zeal of Bernie Sanders supporters is a mystery to many people, especially those who cringe at the word “socialist.”
How, can a geriatric Brooklyn-born Jew who speaks in long, complex sentences, his hands providing the punctuation, draw bigger crowds than Donald Trump, despite claiming a tiny fraction of the mogul’s TV news coverage? How could he battle Hillary Clinton to a virtual tie in Iowa, with a good chance of beating her Tuesday in New Hampshire? How could he be closing the gap with her in national polls?
A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his 55-year-old neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate that blames the mentally ill 19-year-old for causing the officer “extreme emotional trauma.”
“We support the second amendment. We want to reward those who protect themselves, businesses, families, and neighbors,” said Brooks. “I’m a business man, not a politician. It’s not a political thing. “
The Federal Reserve economic stimulus plan is edging toward the Twilight Zone now that the Fed sees its recovery about to be eaten by an economic apocalypse greater than its imagination could conceive.
The Clinton campaign must be in full panic mode to resort to spewing this kind of utter garbage…
Ted Cruz is no libertarian, Ron Paul rages, adding that “You take a guy like Cruz, people are liking the Cruz – they think he’s for the free market, and [in reality] he’s owned by Goldman Sachs. I mean, he and Hillary have more in common than we would have…”
A top official in the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of an international coalition.
The launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea has heightened tensions in north-east Asia and pushed South Korea and the US into talks on the deployment of a controversial high-altitude missile defence system that China and Russia both bitterly oppose.
Responses at reddit.com to an article about Syria demonstrate that Americans have massive misconceptions about the war in Syria.
Their main falsehoods will be quoted here (from that reddit string), and then the relevant solidly established facts will be cited and linked to (so that you can check these facts for yourself):
Danger exists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will provide support to armed groupings fighting against the government troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad if these two countries launch a ground operation against the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, experts polled by TASS said on Friday.
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.
New evidence strongly suggests that US-backed militants in Syria are using American weapons to target senior Russian military officials in the country, a new report says.
The so-called Free Syrian Army has recently released video footage showing a laser-guided BGM-71 TOWs anti-tank missile being fired at a rooftop where unidentified military personnel had gathered, according to the Daily Beast.
Democratic Party officials in the US state of Iowa have found new errors in the original count in Monday’s Iowa caucus where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton narrowly beat Bernie Sanders.
The audit by the Iowa Democratic Party discovered errors in five of 14 precincts across the state from last week’s caucuses that shrink Clinton’s overall advantage to a 0.25 percent lead over Sanders.
Sanders picked up small additional totals of state delegate equivalents because of precinct mistakes in Marion, Woodbury and Poweshiek counties. Reports of discrepancies in other precincts are still being reviewed.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those fucking sunglasses! We need to go back!” — From the book ” Dereliction of Duty” p. 71-72; Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.
The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party leader Frauke Petry caused a storm a week ago when she advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants. But her comments have struck a nerve in a country being pushed to the brink by the crisis with 29 per cent of respondents in a weekend poll backing her extremist plan.
This, say observers, is proof of the greatest fear among liberal politicians – citizens pushed into the embrace of the far-right and its intolerant attitudes which brought Hitler to power in the 1930s.
“YOU WILL NOT GROW YOUR OWN FOOD! YOU WILL NOT COLLECT YOUR OWN WATER OR MAKE YOUR OWN POWER! YOU WILL SPEND YOUR LIFE IN SLAVERY AND DEPENDENCE TO LARGE CORPORATIONS! THAT IS THE ONLY REASON WE LET YOU LIVE!” — official White Horse Souse
As he has risen in the polls, more attention is being paid to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s overall electability as a man who looks, as one fellow Princeton classmate described him: “about as telegenic as an undertaker.”
“Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law,” Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday.
Krasheninnikov said that by promising a ground operation in Syria Riyadh now “intends to send troops to the territory of a sovereign state essentially without declaring a war.”
Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced readiness to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition allegedly targeting terrorists decides to start such operations.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby also welcomed the Saudi decision.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.
Cameron emerged seemingly triumphant from this week’s meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. As expected, three of his four criteria for supporting Britain’s continued membership in the EU – that is, the three largely meaningless ones – were more or less agreed. But Cameron also claimed victory over the one that was expected to be the sticking point: a four-year ban on in-work benefits for new EU migrants. Under existing treaties, EU nationals working in the UK are entitled to be treated the same as British citizens. However, Tusk has now agreed that Britain should be allowed to apply an “emergency brake,” which would block benefits to EU workers in Britain in certain ‘emergency’ circumstances. As yet, exactly what circumstances would qualify as ‘emergencies’ remains undefined, but according to Reuters, what Cameron and Tusk have in mind is the country’s “welfare system [being] under excessive strain”.
North Korea has defied international warnings and has said it will continue to launch more long-range rockets after sending what it claims is a satellite into space.
Sunday’s rocket took off at around 9am Pyongyang time from the North’s west coast, according to South Korea’s defence ministry.
In an “unacceptable” groundwater leak at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, three monitoring wells were discovered to contain “alarming levels of radioactivity,” the Governor of New York said, ordering an immediate environmental probe into the issue.
Health and environment commissioners were ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo to begin an investigation into the leak of “radioactive tritium-contaminated water” at the Indian Point nuclear power plant after the operator, Entergy Nuclear Operations, raised the alarm.
The nation’s infrastructure is falling apart. Every home has hot and cold, toxic radioactivity coming out the faucets!
Wont be any DC sponsored terrorists to torture Donald! Go Russia!
Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.
It determined rules of engagement – turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.
Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:
“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.”
“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”
Mahdi Hashi, a young man of Somali origin who grew up in London, had never been to the United States before he was imprisoned in the 10-South wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan in November 2012, when he was 23. For over three years, he has been confined to a small cell 23 hours a day without natural light, with an hour alone in a slightly larger indoor cage. He has had no physical contact with anyone. Apart from occasional visits by his lawyer, his human interaction has been limited to brief, transactional exchanges with guards and a monthly 30-minute phone call with his family.
There’s more evidence that the American deep state is reconsidering its long relationship with the (out)house of Saud, this time from the CATO institute, an American policy think tank. And in what is becoming a somewhat familiar pattern, it isn’t being reported in the American media, but by Russia’s Sputnik, in this article shared by Mr. V.T.:
Dr. Hudson discusses his paper, The IMF Changes Its Rules To Isolate China and Russia; implications of the four policy changes at the International Monetary Fund in its role as enforcer of inter-government debts; the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an alternative military alliance to NATO; the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) threatens to replace the IMF and World Bank; the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty; the China International Payments System (CIPS); WTO investment treaties; Ukraine and Greece; different philosophies of development between east and west; break up of the post WWII dollarized global financial system; the world dividing into two camps.
The United States must act in a more aggressive manner in the fight against the Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said.
Okay, Jeb, if you really feel that way about it… Here’s your rifle. Here’s your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here’s a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA’s torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call whoever it is you want to invade and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.
But we remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.
We remember your older brother’s whopper about Saddam’s nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.
We remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.
We remember how there weren’t really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.
In short, we remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples’ children. Let’s see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.
The Israeli Knesset rejected a bill that calls for equality (after all all this must remain a state by and for Jews). And a video emerged of Israeli prime minister Netanyahu praising Israeli Fascist Group Im Tirtzu which believes in “Jewishness” of Palestine and acts and
supports to effect ethnic cleansing of native Palestinians in favor of European and other Jewish colonization. The Zionist leaders attacked Ban Ki Moon for mildly speaking about the need to end the occupation and let Palestinians live free. The heads of the EU misssions in
Jerusalem issued a report saying that Israel must respect human rights. They explained that 660 Palestinians are being held without charge or trial. They also mention Mohammad AlQeeq, a Palestinian Journalist on hunger strike for 70 days since his illegal detention.
‘And before I be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be Free’
We go on to discuss worries about the even less transparent New Hampshire Primary, where most of the state still uses the same Diebold paper ballot optical-scan computer systems to tally votes that were seen flipping a mock election in HBO’s Emmy-nominated 2006 documentary Hacking Democracy. (Watch how it was done right here, and feel free to be concerned when the 100% unverified results are reported next Tuesday night.)
Conclusive Evidence Proves A Premeditated Assassination Of LaVoy Finicum
Violent scuffles broke out across Europe today as thousands of people taking part in far-right anti-Islam protests clashed with pro-immigration groups and riot control police.
Police in Dresden, Germany, saw about 2,000 protesters at a rally organised by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, making it the biggest of a coordinated series of demonstrations across European cities.
Known by its German acronym PEGIDA, the group emerged in Dresden two years ago and has become a magnet for far-right and anti-immigrant sentiment.
In Birmingham, protesters held signs saying ‘Trump is right’
The former lover and biographer of disgraced ex-CIA chief General David Petraeus will not be prosecuted for her complicity in accepting highly classified military secrets, supplied by Petraeus. The woman, Paula Broadwell, was never formally charged.
“The law enforcement agencies of the U.S. Federal Government
are rarely about telling the truth …
… especially when it concerns the making of a real martyr, the
government only knows how to misrepresent the truth”
German bathroom manufacturers are developing “multicultural toilets” to help ensure Middle Eastern migrants need not adapt to European sanitation norms.
Exposing police misconduct can be risky, even for a cop.
“Crime By The Numbers,” a short documentary directed by Don Argott for FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ Signals series, tells the story of Adrian Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft, as a New York Police Department officer, blew the whistle on the NYPD’s abuse and misuse of CompStat, a system to track crime trends in New York City.
snip: Here’s what we are not told: the Zika virus was first isolated in 1947 and is associated with fever, rash and joint pain which usually lasts 2-7 days and does not result in death. It has never been associated with microcephaly. There has been a minor increase in microcephaly cases reported in Brazil but also a massive over-reporting of potential cases. And there has been no demonstration of a link between Zika and microcephaly.
By Justin Gardner
Monsanto has earned the dubious reputation of being one of the most hated companies in the world. Its grand proclamations of working to feed the world and help the environment have been exposed for a sham…
The chemical manufacturing side of Monsanto goes back a long way, most notably to Vietnam where Agent Orange was used to decimate vast swaths of tropical rainforest and poison countless Vietnamese civilians and soldiers, including American. The popular 2-4, D herbicide used today was an ingredient in Agent Orange.
But Monsanto’s role as a purveyor of deadly military chemicals goes even deeper…
A tenured professor at Wheaton College suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God has reached an agreement with the west suburban evangelical school to end her employment there, while the administrator who called for her termination has apologized for acting in haste.
Note: So let me see what punishment should be given to the administrator? Nothing….
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called on the world to condemn a suspected arson attack against a makeshift synagogue in the West Bank where Jewish Torah scrolls were burned.
Note: Benny, you forgot to mention they were located there ILLEGALLY!
Officials in Israel’s education ministry banned Dorit Rabinyan’s ‘Gader Haya’ (Borderlife) book from being taught in schools because the plot involving a mixed romantic relationship between an Israeli and Palestinian is perceived as “threatening”.
Jewish prayer books and Torah scrolls in a synagogue in an illegal West Bank outpost were burned by suspected Palestinian arsonists.
Note: That is perfectly ok, key word here ILLEGAL. If they weren’t there it wouldn’t have happened. End
While I was special rapporteur for Palestine, you chose to attack me in public on several occasions. Now Israel has turned its fire on you……Richard Falk
Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad’s heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It’s Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!
The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,…….
Leonard Peltier has been in prison for longer than he was a free man. He was convicted in 1977 of murdering two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in June 1975, despite serious concerns about the fairness of his trial.
In their most heated debate of the campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sparred last night in New Hampshire days ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Sanders repeatedly questioned Clinton’s progressive credentials, while Clinton accused her opponent of an “artful smear” in suggesting she could be bought by political donations. We air highlights and speak to Bertha Lewis of The Black Institute and Lee Fang of The Intercept.
Despite telling them she was pregnant, cops “battered” her, causing her to miscarry, during an incident at her home 15 months ago, a Mariners Harbor woman alleges in an explosive lawsuit.
A group of around 1,000 activists protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have blocked roads in Auckland, as the participant states’ delegations gathered in New Zealand to formally sign the controversial free trade agreement. The TPP agreement, hailed as the “biggest trade deal in a generation,” was signed in a ceremony attended by ministers from the 12 Pacific Rim countries at Auckland’s Sky City Casino, to the dislike of hundreds of protesters.
In response to North Korea’s recent announcement that it plans to launch a satellite within a few days, Washington and its partners are speaking loudly to condemn the regime but carrying very small sticks to stop it. If Teddy Roosevelt were still alive, he would not be impressed.
There are places in America where is ILLEGAL…actually AGAINST THE LAW…to save the life of someone who is in danger. Yes, you read that correctly. Imagine it being a crime to act as a first responder inside a first-aid-free zone. Politicians have passed laws that say “a person who possesses the instruments and skills to save lives may not, under threat of legal action, use their training and tools in these protected-zones”. Does that sound ridiculous to you? Well, it does to me too. But, that is EXACTLY the reality of so-called “gun-free” zones.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, the epicenter of resistance to U.S. spying on phone calls and Internet traffic, law enforcement has set up unprecedented digital surveillance to keep fans and revelers safe from terrorists and other mayhem around Super Bowl 50.
During Thursday’s debate, more questions were raised about Goldman Sachs paying Hillary Clinton $675,000 to give three speeches. Two weeks ago, Clinton laughed when The Intercept’s Lee Fang asked Clinton if she would release the transcripts of her paid speeches. On Thursday, she was asked again by Chuck Todd. “I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it,” Clinton said.
Along the path toward the creation of a global capitalist system, some of the most significant steps were taken by the English enclosure movement.
Between the 15th to 19th centuries, the rich and the powerful fenced off commonly held land and transformed it into private property. Land switched from a source of subsistence to a source of profit, and small farmers were relegated to wage laborers. In Das Kapital, Marx described the process by coining the term land-grabbing. To British historian E.P. Thompson, it was “a plain enough case of class robbery.”
In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested. It is being carried out.”
Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.
“They (the FBI) do not do security reviews,” Pomerantz said. “What they primarily do and what they are clearly doing in this instance is a criminal investigation.”
The unconventional candidate told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that he would not rule out Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the second slot on a potential Trump ticket.
At least Trump didn’t pick Caribou Barbie!
As bad as the month of January was for the global economy, the truth is that the rest of 2016 promises to be much worse. Layoffs are increasing at a pace that we haven’t seen since the last recession, major retailers are shutting down hundreds of locations, corporate profit margins are plunging, global trade is slowing down dramatically, and several major European banks are in the process of completely imploding.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 2nd that he approves of U.S. ‘Defense’ Secretary Ash Carter’s proposal to quadruple U.S. armaments and troops in Europe, against ‘Russian aggression.’
In the northern city of Kiel, 92-year-old Helma M. is accused of being an accessory to the murder of 260,000 people in Auschwitz.
In the western town of Detmold, 94-year-old Reinhold H. is accused of being an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people in Auschwitz and has been deemed fit for trial. The former guard will go on trial on Feb. 11, a court spokeswoman said.
In the northeastern town of Neubrandenburg, a 95-year-old former paramedic at Auschwitz will go on trial on Feb. 29 after a court deemed him fit for trial in December. Hubert Z. is accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,681 people.
Note: Except the Red Cross said it wasn’t a death camp and it had soccer fields, swimming pool, brotherl, theatre and other things for inmates.
Vice News revealed the details of a confidential database that banks, employers and others use to blacklist customers.
The World-Check database also includes major charities, activists, and mainstream religious institutions under its category of “terrorism.”
Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.
A Three Rivers, Michigan, teenager is both the victim and perpetrator of a sex crime. He might land on the sex offender registry, and face criminal charges, all because he took an inappropriate photo—of himself. The boy is unnamed in local news reporters, which note that he is under 15 years of age. He allegedly took a nude photo of himself on a girl’s cell phone. That girl sent the picture to another girl, who sent it to another. Preliminary charges are pending for all three—the boy was charged with manufacturing child porn, and the girls with distributing it. A prosecutor is still weighing whether to pursue the charges.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
As Saudi and Turkish-backed rebels face an impending rout by Russian-backed regime forces, Riyadh and Ankara consider deploying troops.
Funny how they don’t mention the US backed/created “rebels.”
In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
It seems like every year state and federal lawmakers pass legislation that either a) increases an existing tax rate or b) levies a new tax or fee on constituents. Whether the tax is applied to income, property, sales, vehicle registration, inheritance, or even death itself, legislators are continuously thinking of new ways to get an extra penny out of the American people.
Maryland has a law making it’s citizens pay a tax ….. if rain falls on their property!
Not everyone at Academy Award can score an Oscar but even the losers will be winners when they head home with this year’s Oscars gift bag.
This year’s swag bag is worth a record-setting $232,000 and features trips to Israel and Japan as well as a Vampire Breast Lift.
Distinctive Assets, the marketing company in charge of creating the luxurious bags, claims that ‘Everyone wins’ with this year’s incredible bag.
About 30 bloggers and webmasters receive order to submit articles to the military censor for approval before publication.
As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:
If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).
This is from the end of the HBO documentary “Hacking Democracy” in which Bev Harris and her team visit where the electronic voting machines are kept between elections and demonstrate how easy it is to change the outcome of the election by rigging the memory card that stores the election results.
Malcolm from Goldmans doesn’t want this forced money flow to stop. The $2 Trillion in the superannuation fund is invested with his parners at Goldman Sachs and others. It’s just casino chips on the equity markets. In Goldman Sachs terminology the Australian pensioners are Muppets to be fleeced. The value of the fund is falling with the global markets.
This money should have been used for an Australian development and infrastructure bank. This would have aided development and meant people savings were in a bank not a casino.
Human rights and “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement supporters held Blacklisted, an arts and music festival in Tel Aviv on Friday night, in resistance to the attacks they say they are receiving from right-wing Israelis.
They say the government-backed campaign aims to expose Israeli artists and public figures who speak out against the occupation of Palestinian land – and support human rights groups and the BDS movement.
Iran wants post-sanctions’ oil contracts denominated in dollars and have buyers pay in euros, Reuters reported. Tehran is also keen to receive money owed to it since the pre-sanctions days in the European currency.
Iran will start sending 300,000 barrels a day of crude to Europe, 54 percent of the total it shipped before authorities on the continent put an embargo in place.
That will put more downward pressure on oil prices. Worse (for the US) Iran wants Europe to pay for the oil in Euros!
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria without its approval would “return home in wooden coffins.”
“We’re Americans. We demand ALUMINUM coffins!” — Official White Horse Souse
Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against ISIS) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Saudi sources added that thousands of Saudi Special Forces could be deployed, probably in coordination with Turkey.
Deputy director of International Affairs for Marketing and Crude Oil Operation in the National Iranian Oil Co said that Iran gives the priority to the European single currency euro as payment means of its oil export contracts.
“OHMYGAWD! INVADE! INVADE NOW! NOW, NOW, NOW!!!” — Official White Horse Souse
THE PRESIDENT of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said that the British should be allowed to leave the EU if they want to, in an astonishing intervention which reveals that EU leaders expect a Brexit vote.
A UK businessman is making a fortune selling British air to wealthy Chinese buyers for £80 ($115) a bottle.
Leo De Watts, 27, harvests fresh air from rural locations across the UK, including Dorset, Somerset, Wales, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.
His team use specially adapted fishing nets and run through fields to collect the breeze. The nets are left for 10 minutes to absorb the local aroma, before being bottled in 580ml containers.
Some people have waaaaay too much money and no common sense.
In 1999, Sydney was at its peak – the Olympic Games were imminent and there was unbridled optimism that Sydney was about to emerge as an international city as the millennium approached. Internationally, Sydney was renowned as an incredibly fun place to live; the entertainment was world class, with great restaurants and venues to visit at any time of night.
Something pernicious has happened in the 15 years since, and Sydney has not just regressed into a ghost town, but there is an undercurrent of something much more sinister in the way the city is being run.
As I write this in 2016, not a day goes by without the press reporting of yet another bar, club, hotel, restaurant or venue closing.
Claire and I were in Sydney in 1999. It was a wild place. Sorry to hear it has been toned down.
“We have reached that fork in the road within the monetary twilight zone, where Europe’s largest bank is openly defying central bank policy and demanding an end to easy money. Alas, since tighter monetary policy assures just as much if not more pain, one can’t help but wonder just how the central banks get themselves out of this particular trap they set up for themselves.”
The Chicago Stock Exchange said a Chinese investor group agreed to acquire it, giving the buyer entry into the intensely competitive U.S. equity market. Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the company, according to a statement Friday. The deal values the Chicago Stock Exchange at less than $100 million, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked to not be identified because the terms weren’t disclosed publicly. The exchange expects the deal to close in the second half of the year, though that will require regulatory approval.
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“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. And then you win.” – unsourced, and attributed to Gandhi
Among dozens of us in alternative media, I’ve documented retired US Admiral John Kirby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and current US State Department Spokesperson, as blatantly lying in accusation of Russia committing War Crimes. His official and Oath-sworn responsibility is to accurately communicate US foreign policy in on the record media communications; with his Oath to support and defend the US Constitution.
Former US President George W. Bush will campaign with his brother, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, during the upcoming South Carolina primaries later in February, the former Florida governor told US media on Friday.
Somehow I don’t think that is going to help.
Campaigners in France are welcoming a decision by their country’s military not to buy the Watchkeeper drone, which is based on a model Israel has used in hundreds of lethal attacks on Palestinian civilians.
Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”
Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots.
It’s a bad time to be a “moderate” in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war.
At midday today over three hundred people gathered in the lee of the Cenotaph in Wellington to protest the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
EAT THE POLITICIANS! EAT THE POLITICIANS!
The crackdown led to the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented Guatemalans and Mexican workers, sent Agriprocessors into bankruptcy, led to the arrest and conviction of the company’s longtime CEO Sholom Rubashkin, and left in doubt the future of Postville’s Jewish community. (The plant employed some 90 percent of Postville’s Jewish adults before the raid.
Note: How many Jews went to jail for hiring all these illegal aliens?
The Russian military said Thursday that it has “reasonable grounds” to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria.
Refugees and migrants in Austria are having second thoughts and making plans to return home to the Middle East, Deutsche Welle reported.
Myrtle Beach woman faces felony for falsely claiming rape: A Myrtle Beach woman who told police she was raped by four men on the beach near Surfside Beach on Sunday morning was arrested Tuesday after admitting to officers she lied about the rape to cover
The second even more blatant evidence that the Iowa state caucus and entire Democratic Party presidential election process has been rigged is that mega-giant corporation Microsoft founder Bill Gates is now in charge of counting both the Democratic and Republican votes in this year’s state primary elections.
Tech savvy Betanews journalist Brian Fagioli recently had this to say about Microsoft counting votes:
Closed source technologies from companies like Microsoft could, in theory, contain backdoors or vulnerabilities that hackers and evildoers could exploit. Even worse, Microsoft or its employees could purposely alter voting software to influence outcomes.
Can you read between the lines and see the author’s intent?
The Wizard of Oz was an allegory for the condition of America in the 1930s following the stock market crash and bankruptcy of the US Government.
This is a new generation system, capable of destroying aerial offensive targets as well intercontinental ballistic missiles and near space targets.
The Syrian army troops backed by popular committees have inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during a series of concentrated operations that were carried out against their dens and gatherings in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.
This is a disgusting warcrime on the part of the US government and the Pentagram!
The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have begun to use child soldiers in their fight against the Syrian government forces inside the Aleppo Governorate after the latter launched a large-scale offensive to capture much of the province’s northern countryside.
According to local sources, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reported a number of firefights in which children were being deployed by the Islamist rebels to help drive back the government forces.
Some of the children were described as “pre-teen” and unable to properly fire the automatic rifles they were being sent to battle with.
A team of Chinese scientists in Hefei, capital city of east Anhui province, has made an unprecedented breakthrough on an energy generation device that will bring it one step closer to transforming energy into stable, sustainable and controllable resources.
Towards the end of January, the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion device, nicknamed “artificial sun”, made a 102-second-long pulse plasma discharge at a central electron temperature of 50 million degrees-plus, the People’s Daily reported on Friday.
This is the longest plasma discharge time recorded in all the Tokamak fusion devices in the world.
Bethlehem, occupied West Bank – During the day, the Bethlehem Checkpoint 300 tells only half the story. A few lone travellers make the crossing in mere minutes, passing through multiple electronic turnstiles and a warehouse-like compound, and undergoing a quick passport check before leaving the occupied West Bank and entering Israel.
Note: Every time you see occupied put the word ILLEGAL before it and you would be absolutely correct.
Actually, the “begin” part of the title might be a bit of an exaggeration as we have heard whining on this front for some time. Allow me to offer a recent – and rather blatant – example:
Press Versus Liars: Doing Good Journalism in These Trying Times
That’s the headline at Spiegel. Perhaps it doesn’t come across the same way in German, but it sure sounds over-the-top in English. There is what you hear from the (established) press, and there is what you hear elsewhere. What you hear from the press is true; what you hear elsewhere is lies.
Spiegel recognizes that credibility is lost; restoring that credibility is, somehow, your responsibility (emphasis added):
And Mr. Ban – despite his good ties with Israel – was assailed by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel’s ambassador to the UN as fanning terrorism for warning that Palestinian “resistance” would not subside absent statehood.
Note: Time to bring out the holocau$t.
North Korea could launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the time frame for the launch, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday.
North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it would launch the rocket some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25, triggering international opposition from governments that see it as a long-range missile test.
Is it thinking to resolve Rubik’s cube, or has it been programmed to solver the cube. There IS a big difference…………….KT
New breakthrough in technology may offer the world’s fastest time to solve Rubik’s Cube
“As far as Ammon, he wasn’t armed, LaVoy wasn’t armed, all of LaVoys weapons were at the refuge when he left”
Warning against attempts by the government to intimidate journalists whose reporting portrays the government in a negative light or encourages citizens to challenge government injustice and wrongdoing, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute
In the Iowa Democratic party’s chaotic attempt to report caucus results on Monday night, the results in at least one precinct were unilaterally changed by the party as it attempted to deal with the culmination of a rushed and imperfect process overseeing the first-in-the-nation nominating contest.
I would say that all of that confusion, all of that hopelessness is by design. I believe this now. I don’t believe, as I might have years past, that the people on top, they’re trying to do their best but it’s a tough world out there. No. No. No. They want you to feel helpless. They want you to be confused. Let’s talk about why.
One reason why is that the whole planet is being stolen. You’ve got this many people who want to own every single thing that’s worth owning in this planet – all the water, all the genetically modified foods they want to shove down your throat, all the minerals in the ground. They want every single thing. And they’re getting it. They’ve got it, actually, and they just want more. That’s the way it’s happening.
It’s a transnational corporate financial theft of everything. It’s a war. When there’s a war, the people who are running that war really don’t want you to be able to react to it. They don’t want you to be cognizant of what is happening. And they want you to be quiet about it. They want you to obey and be compliant.
Here are 6 links that will show you some of the data Google has about you.
The prosecutor says that Switzer was charged with a count of battery on Friday. This charge is only a petty misdemeanor, but if convicted, Switzer could end up behind bars for 6 months as well as having to pay a $500 fine. Switzer was fired as a result of this video, after having been with the department for eight years.
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Your question: If US 1% oligarchs concluded they could get away with it, would they stage a False Flag Operation (and here, here) at the 2016 Super Bowl to further their political agenda? Perhaps it would look like this 2-minute clip from the 2002 movie, The Sum of All Fears; with plot of a non-complicit US President and non-false flag terrorism:
Considerations for your answer: History is the best tool to predict future events of specific groups’ plans. This is similar to what both Super Bowl teams do in game strategy: analysis of opponents’ history with reasonable conclusions what they’ve successfully done before, they will likely do again.
But is there a US 1% oligarchy that would orchestrate a False Flag Super Bowl attack? Isn’t that beyond reason???
It was only a few weeks ago that Facebook was forced to back down when caught permitting anti-Israel postings, but censoring equivalent anti-Palestinian postings. Now one of the most sinister stories of the past year was hardly even reported. In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook at a UN development summit in New York. As they sat down, Chancellor Merkel’s microphone, still on, recorded Merkel asking Zuckerberg what could be done to stop anti-immigration postings being written on Facebook. She asked if it was something he was working on, and he assured her it was.
A joint investigation published today by ProPublica and the New York Daily News shines light on the NYPD’s enforcement of a little-known law that allows the department to kick people out of their apartments without charging them with a crime or even arresting them. The process, known as nuisance abatement, is used almost exclusively against people of color.
On a state visit to Ecuador,Erdogan has his Turkish Security Force beat and molest Ecuadorian women demonstrating against his visit.This guy has lost it!
Turkish Presidential guards showed astounding levels of brutality towards female activists in Ecuador. Three women were violently hauled away and, according to their accounts, beaten in the face and breasts moments after heckling Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In an act of protest the three activist started screaming “murderer” at Erdogan while he was addressing the crowd at Quito’s Centre for Higher National Studies.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claims she is as much a “progressive Democrat” as her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont despite Sanders’ relentless efforts to link Clinton to Wall Street “millionaires and billionaires.”
Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home in Melbourne, Australia, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral — her funeral.
Finally, she spotted the man she’d been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his head in horror.
“Is it my eyes?” she recalled him saying. “Is it a ghost?”
“Surprise! I’m still alive!” she replied.
It could happen today or tomorrow. Maybe in the years to come. But potential conflicts with Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are inevitable. That’s what the Pentagon says in its new budget request from the US Congress!
European parliament’s resolution on Crimea does not leave space for dialogue with Russia, Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of foreign policy committee in the upper house of Russian parliament said on Thursday.
“The European Parliament has passed a resolution on Crimea and naturally the one marked by categorical overtones that leave no space for dialogue,” he wrote on his page in Facebook on Thursday.
As Turkey shows increasing signs of invading Syria, Turkish journalist Erman Cete and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute speak to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear to discuss the meaning for relations between Russia and NATO.
A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government’s consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis
In the Iowa Democratic party’s chaotic attempt to report caucus results on Monday night, the results in at least one precinct were unilaterally changed by the party as it attempted to deal with the culmination of a rushed and imperfect process overseeing the first-in-the-nation nominating contest.
In Grinnell Ward 1, the precinct where elite liberal arts college Grinnell College is located, 19 delegates were awarded to Bernie Sanders and seven were awarded to Hillary Clinton on caucus night. However, the Iowa Democratic party decided to shift one delegate from Sanders to Clinton on the night and did not notify precinct secretary J Pablo Silva that they had done so. Silva only discovered that this happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the county.
$225,000 for each “speech” and she won’t even say what it was for… hmm.. can you say “BOUGHT AND PAID FOR”?!
The two golf outings alone cost taxpayers $1,836,555 in travel expenses. Obama played a total of five rounds of golf, equating to a cost of $20,406 per hole.
Cops to be on the lookout for Gadsden flag and other “dangerous” symbols — A fusion center in Utah is advising law enforcement to be on the lookout for “caravans” of “extremists” traveling through the state en route to Arizona to attend the funeral of LaVoy Finicum.
There’s no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex. The idea that she is bad on the corporate issues but good on national security has it wrong. Her so-called foreign policy “experience” has been to support every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.
Ted Cruz isn’t a free-market libertarian, Ron Paul warned his son’s former supporters on Friday. — “You take a guy like Cruz, people are liking the Cruz — they think he’s for the free market, and [in reality] he’s owned by Goldman Sachs,” he said of the Texas senator on Fox Business’ Varney & Company. “I mean, he and Hillary have more in common than we would have with Cruz and Trump or any of them so I just don’t think there is much picking.”
Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government.
With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave.
A draft deal over Britain’s future membership of the European Union is driving a wedge between leaders.
Attack on Israeli soldiers by PA guard exposes split between Netanyahu and army over how to respond
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has described his security forces’ cooperation with the Israeli military as “sacred”. But an armed attack on an Israeli checkpoint last weekend by a Palestinian security official, which left three Israeli soldiers injured, suggests that Abbas’ view may not be widely shared among Palestinians.
Ted Cruz, the junior Senator from Texas and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is routinely billed by the mainstream media as a Tea Party outsider who is reviled by fellow Republicans as a “wacko bird” along with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and GOP Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. It is not simply his wife’s connection to Goldman Sachs and investment banking or his unreported loan from the multinational investment banking firm, however, that betrays this image. A closer look at Cruz reveals he is a neocon insider, not a renegade outsider.
Exciting news: WhoWhatWhy has obtained the complete list of 3,603 secret documents on the Kennedy assassination still being held by the US government. (Or, to be precise, what it admits to still holding.)
NATO’s violent overthrow of the Libyan regime in 2011 created a failed state and provided an opening for such groups as ISIL.
And what of the charge that Trump is the most dangerous man in the world? Certainly since the end of the Cold War – and arguably since the end of World War II – whoever has sat in the oval office has always been the most dangerous man in the world – and has acted accordingly.
After nearly 15 years of Mideast war – with those conflicts growing ever grimmer – you might expect that peace would be a major topic of the 2016 presidential race. Instead, there has been a mix of warmongering bluster from most candidates and some confused mutterings against endless war from a few.
Several antivirus vendors have taken the open-source Chromium browser and created derivatives that they claim are more privacy-friendly and secure. Yet, at least two of them were recently found to have serious flaws that don’t exist in Chromium.
The latest example is the Avast SafeZone browser, internally known as Avastium, which is installed with the paid versions of Avast’s antivirus and security suites. Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy found a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of Avastium when opening an attacker-controlled URL in any other locally installed browser.
By exploiting the flaw, an attacker could remotely read “files, cookies, passwords, everything,” Ormandy said in a report that he sent to Avast in December and which he made public Wednesday. “He can even take control of authenticated sessions and read email, interact with online banking, etc.”
The initial response of economic “conventional wisdom” to the slide in oil prices over the past 20 months—down from $110 per barrel in June 2014 to levels approaching $30—was that, whatever the impact on oil-exporting countries, it would aid the global economy because it would lift consumption and other spending.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has admitted that hackers who broke into its systems may have snaffled the personal details of more than 60,000 staff and students.
The breach, discovered in early January but only made public on Thursday, exposed the social security numbers and other private information of 63,000 students, former students and faculty/staff members at the institution, which is a half-an-hour’s drive away from Disney’s Epcot Center.
Credit card numbers, medical records, financial records and grades are all thought to have being unexposed by the hack, according to the Orlando-based university.
The TPP was signed today by 12 countries, but it still has to be ratified by each of the 12 countries’ governments in the next 2 years. If the US does not pass it, the whole TPP falls apart for all 12 countries. We have 90 days left until congress can try
Ukraine’s Supreme Rada registered a draft resolution on cancelling an agreement on the visa-free regime between Russia and Ukraine, the Ukrainian parliament’s website said on Friday. The draft’s authors are requesting the Ukrainian parliament to terminate the Russian-Ukrainian inter-governmental agreement on visa-free travel for citizens of both countries. According to the Russian lawmaker, Russia’s symmetric response “will unfortunately affect ordinary citizens” because “we have not yet curtailed completely cultural and humanitarian exchanges at all levels.
Listening to Hillary last night trying to pass herself off as a progressive is like watching a chameleon change colors to match its surroundings. Not quite the same, however. The chameleon’s move is defensive. Hillary’s is strictly offensive.
“The European Parliament has passed a resolution on Crimea and naturally the one marked by categorical overtones that leave no space for dialogue,” he wrote on his page in Facebook on Thursday. Besides, the document passed by the MEPs says cooperation will be resumed exclusively on the condition of Crimea’s “return” to Ukraine, Kosachev indicated. “Which probably means never?” he asked with a rhetoric emphasis. “Reading such bellicose resolutions makes sense only by way of regular monitoring of the current situation at European organizations.” “You call in your resolution to respect the free and sovereign choice of the Crimeans to walk down the European pathway, but please respect the Crimeans’ choice not to go to Europe together with those who never asked them where to go,” he said.
Robb doesn’t need a cost benefit analysis because he already knows the outcome.
Trans-Pacific Partnership will barely benefit Australia, says World Bank report
Malcolm the partner from Goldman Sachs running Australia admitted it wasn’t about trade.
Malcolm Turnbull asks US congress to back TPP
Malcolm from Goldman:-…The TPP is much more than a trade deal.
In Obama’s Reply:-….it’s important for us to be making the rules in this region and that’s exactly what TPP does.
“We consider as senseless additional responsibilities in the arms control – on the background of the anti-Russian direction of the NATO training, curbing of the military contacts between NATO and Russia – modernisation of the Vienna document is senseless,” The deputy defense minister said in 2015 Russia received all inspection groups under the Vienna document. “If the dialogue on the arms control in Europe resumes, the control mechanism should be different from the one used under CFE (Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe). Nowadays, conventional arms may be compared in potential with nuclear arms, the list of “strategic” system is expanding – there is no limiting to calculating cannons and tanks”. The official noted that NATO’s representatives have been inviting the Russian Defense Ministry to “talk on the phone” with the purpose to accuse Russia of the crisis between Moscow and Brussels.
DONETSK – The number of attacks by the Kievan power is increased tenfold, Ukraine is preparing to complete the conflict, said President DNR Aleksandar Zakhar?enko at a press conference in Donetsk, commenting on the situation on the fronts.
“The situation is tense, the number of attacks has increased tenfold. Ukraine is trying to put the blame on us, but not representatives of the OSCE have not remained indifferent, they said that Kiev has violated a truce. Gorlovka, Jasinovata, Peski and airport area are under fire. Kiev wants to open return fire on them, or to violate the Minsk Agreement.
Judging by what is happening, Kiev prepares to full escalation. We are waiting. We are ready. Let them make a choice. “
Commenting on the statements of representatives of Ukraine on the intention to invite UN peacekeepers in the Donbass, Zakharchenko said that Poroshenko has to realize the futility of their hopes about helping the US and EU.
Sam Dastyari is one of the few Australian Politicians worth their salary. Politicians in Australia get a very generous lifetime pension after ‘serving’ six years. The party hierarchy select people who will be obedient to them, with the knowledge if they sit there and do nothing they will be on the gravy train for life.
The 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine, who came to Russia and the thousands Ukrainian refugees who came to Belarus — they all are settled. They do not organize rallies or do not demand any special guarantees. Belarusian authorities, like authorities in Russia, have undertaken all exhaustive measures to make sure refugees from Ukraine are settled, accommodated, have work and conditions for normal life. This is a result of the work [of migration services] at the national levels, as well as of common activities.
“In the sphere of ensuring rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of Russian citizens, Turkey is one of the most unfavorable countries in the world,” Dolgov said. “We annually register at least 1,000 addresses and complaints of Russian citizens to consular offices of the Russian Federation in Turkey. This happens because of fraud and manipulation of different Turkish companies and organizations (insurance, real estate, banking, etc.). ungrounded and biased actions of state agencies and structures, including policemen (illegal arrests of Russian citizens, their detention in unacceptable conditions, and so on), courts (especially in cases of lawsuits dealing with custody rights for children born in Russian-Turkish families) and so on. The Turkish side “systematically ignores its commitments to timely inform Russia’s consular offices about detention and other types of freedom deprivation of Russian citizens, despite their respective demands,” the commissioner noted.
A vehicle equipped with advanced license plate scanning systems, presumed to be either law enforcement or some type of repossession business, was spotted capturing license plate and possibly other data from the local Walmart parking lot and other parking lots Wednesday.
Over the millennia the mining of gold has driven some of the world’s most brutal practices, as armed militias enslave entire populations, forcing them to mine with their bare hands or use rudimental tools at the blade of a machete or point of a gun. There is nothing new about ‘blood gold’, it’s just that you had no idea that you were likely supporting it when you bought that special piece of jewelry for your partner or relative. From cheap high street retail chains to the fashion houses of Paris and New York, blood gold adorns us all.
Protesters clashed with riot police in Athens today as protests against pension reforms during a general strike turned into violent chaos.
Some 40,000 people had joined anti-government protests in the Greek capital, and although initially peaceful, sporadic clashes between anarchist protesters and police outside Parliament and in other parts of the city centre soon escalated.
Police used tear gas and stun grenades against the dozens of hooded anarchists, while street vendors, tourists, and onlookers ran to safety as the violence broke out.
The deal will be closed in the second half of 2016 after getting approval from regulatory authorities of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland. In April 2015 Lukoil already sold its 100% participation interest in its Ukrainian subsidiary having 240 gas stations and 6 oil depots to AMIC. “The decision to sell the retail chain in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland was made within the framework of the program on optimization of Lukoil’s retail assets structure in Europe,” the company said. It was reported earlier Lukoil listed its assets in Lithuania and Latvia for sale. The decision was made because of higher anti-Russian sentiments in these countries, President of the Russian oil major Vagit Alekperov said earlier. Lukoil’s strategy does not address expansion in Europe in the coming years, Alekperov said.
Apple is being forced to pay VirnetX Holding Corp more than $625 million for violating patents related to FaceTime and other live communication technology. The jury determined that Apple had infringed on every patent claim from VirnetX.
Frants Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Defense and Security, commented on a US statement that the Turkish Air Force would comply with the provisions of the Russian-American memorandum on flight security if it joined the struggle against terrorists on the territory of Syria. “Despite all the US assurances, provocations from Ankara are not ruled out completely if Turkish aviation is involved in Syria. In any case, tension over the Syrian skies will increase,” the senator said. “there is no special military need for the presence of Turkish aviation in Syria.” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told journalists earlier on Friday that Turkish warplanes should fully comply with the provisions of the Russian-US memorandum on flight security, if they were involved in the Syria operation.
“It’s outrageous that this sort of government-made catastrophe would happen anywhere in the United States,” Representative Justin Amash said Wednesday as he opened his allotted time period to question a panel before Congress about the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. “The State of Michigan needs to provide comprehensive assistance to the people of Flint; and the state has the resources, I can assure you that as a former state legislator.”
In his characteristic calm and collected manner, Amash quickly pulled the painful truth from just two members of the decidedly small four-member panel — the lead contamination of the Flint water supply wouldn’t have happened if the city had followed the law…
Earlier this week, Turkey violated the Open Skies Treaty by refusing to allow Russian inspectors to carry out an observation flight scheduled for February 1-5. This is not the first case when Ankara violates its international commitments, Antonov said. “In December 2015, the Turkish side closed for the Russian observation aircraft a part of airspace along the Syrian border and the Diyarbakir airfield (housing NATO aviation) earlier provided for use for the treaty’s aims. In October 2015, Turkey advised “in a mandatory manner” to delay the Russian observation mission due to carrying out a security operation. Russia agreed and postponed the flight. In 2014, a Turkish escort group said it was impossible to ensure the flights’ security in certain areas of the country’s airspace citing intense flights of combat aviation involved in the anti-terrorism operation. In February 2013, Ankara closed for observation the positions of the Patriot surface-to-air missile system in southern Turkey.
“At the meeting attended by ambassadors of the United States, Japan, Australia and a representative of EU, the process of developing sanctions in UN Security Council was discussed, the issue of introducing unilateral restrictions against North Korea was also touched upon,” the foreign ministry said. The sides exchanged opinions on Pyongyang’s plans to launch a ballistic missile and discussed how they can persuade North Korea to refrain from such actions.
According to him, Kiev is trying to shift the blame for the worsening situation in Donbass, which has been seen in recent days, to the militias. Lukashevich believes that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is not monitoring the situation in Ukrainian troops’ rear in Donbass. The mission should provide more information about the work of patrol teams, the diplomat told a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday. Also, Lukashevich has called on Kiev to agree the modality of Donbass elections and the region’s special status with the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement. The Ukrainian authorities are trying to dodge the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “They promise whatever one likes but they do not implement anything,” Lukashevich told a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday.
“We proposed to Americans, in the first place, and other Western countries to create a joint consultation center to solve issues of cooperation. We suggested that the possible location will be Amman,” Antonov said, adding that the proposal was rejected. Russia’s defense minister suggested having a phone conversation with Pentagon’s chief Ashton Carter on January 19. “We were given to understand that such a conversation is inadvisable,” he added.
When a real pandemic devastates humanity, one of the primary causes of mass death will be the refusal of health authorities to even consider the realm of natural medicine as a source of plant-based cures.
Instead of looking for answers to a pandemic from across the entire realm of existing medicine (herbal medicine, indigenous medicine, naturopathic medicine, etc.), today’s corrupt institution of for-profit medicine is only interested in patented pharmaceuticals or vaccines, even when such interventions might take years to produce.
“We raised the price from $1,700 per bottle to $75,000. Should be a very handsome investment for all of us.” — Actual email from Big Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli, relishing the profits to be made from jilting medication consumers.
A number of countries ask not to make public military contacts with Russia because of “harsh commands” from Brussels, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has told reporters… “A meeting of the Russian and French defense ministers was held, and later a meeting between the two countries’ General Staff chiefs took place as well. Army General Valery Gerasimov spoke with his US counterpart twice. We received high-ranking delegations from the UK, Germany and Switzerland,” Antonov said. “Representatives of other countries came here too, but because of the tough commands from Brussels they ask not to advertise the contacts at the moment,” he added.
Russia invites 46 defense ministers to International Army Games http://tass.ru/en/defense/854787
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
A look into the origins of the pledge of allegiance – mandatory regurgitation for school children – reveals that it was actually created by a magazine in 1892 in order to sell flags to schools, and the pledge was created by Francis Bellamy to create a reason for schools to buy the flags.
The U.S. jobs report for January appears to show a big slowdown in hiring at first glance. But changes in monthly employment can be quite fickle and a few things looked fishy.
Here are four reasons you should view the January employment report in a different light — and wait another month or two to see if the labor market is really in retreat.
People living in an encampment for the homeless in Florida have found themselves without Internet access following claims of illegal downloading. The operators of Dignity Village say that after several complaints from their ISP about piracy they had no choice but to stop providing free WiFi to all.
So we are to believe the [Western intelligence asset] leader of ISIS is regularly participating in scheduled online classes with groups of people via Skype on how to blow one’s self up in a public area.
And yet… we are told no one can seem to catch him.
In a world where the NSA can literally hack entire countries and we’ve been told everything everyone can do online can be monitored 24/7 in real-time… we are told no one has any idea where this guy could possibly be.
How can anyone possibly believe this line of bs?
So what’s next for the enterprising young terrorists? Is ISIS going to open up a chain of terrorist community colleges and courses by mail, bombs included?
Hundreds of prisoners in the Genesee County Jail in Flint, Michigan, have had no option but to drink and shower in the contaminated city water.
We often hear about public health crises related to poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. But what about chronic stress?
Canadian physician Gabor Maté studies the mind-body connection. He argues that chronic stress plays a big role in the development of disease.
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary makes history every four years, and on Feb. 9 it will do so for an additional reason.
This year, for the first time, primary voters will have to show ID.
“I think there are definitely going to be lines, with any indication of our absentee balloting already — it’s huge,” said Kerri Parker, the town clerk of Meredith, N.H., and president of the New Hampshire Town and City Clerks Association.
“People are concerned, they want to get out, they want their voice to be heard, which is great,” she said, but cautioned that “the only thing they need to remember is to bring their ID’s to the polls. … We have to see your ID because of voter fraud.”
In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself “a progressive who gets things done.” I had to laugh. And it wasn’t just because former President Bill Clinton – the centrist Triangulator-in-Chief – was standing behind her, beaming and clapping.
The priorities of San Francisco city government are being put on stark display as homeless people, and those supporting them in protest, are being cleared out to make way for Super Bowl festivities. The spectacle of American football, and the millions of dollars that come with it, are far more important than the well-being of the city’s less fortunate…
Janet Yellen has been in the news with her often-stated determination to create price inflation.
Why Fed officials are so scared to death of the deflation we all look for at the shopping mall each weekend is anybody’s guess. Ours is that it keeps the crony banking system and its inflated bureaucracy afloat – on a sea of green, like in a yellow submarine.
But it doesn’t really matter. The Fed can’t do what Congress has decided it needs to do, anyway. That’s because the Fed is a state-empowered monopoly. And its dictates amount to price fixing, which never works.
Stephen Zunes responds to Hillary Clinton’s explanation of her Iraq War vote, and to Bernie Sanders’ plan to mobilize countries like Saudi Arabia to take on ISIS.
I can now provide the latest update on what researchers in Brazil are discovering, as they dig into their original findings about the Zika virus and cases of microcephaly (babies born with small heads and brain impairment)…
In a breaking development that has been completely ignored by mainstream news sources, the leaking natural gas well near Los Angeles, California is now reportedly spewing lethal levels of radioactive material, according to a report from Steve Quayle and a group with expertise in nuclear material.
A leaking natural gas well outside Los Angeles is spewing so much naturally-occurring Uranium and Radon, that “breathable” radiation levels have hit “lethal levels” according to a Nuclear Expert group.
Hal Turner of Super Station 95 reports that the well is releasing 1.91 Curies (Ci) of radiation per hour.
This rogue well is spewing huge amounts of natural gas and about 1.91 curies an hour of natural radioactive material in the natural gas… 1.91 curies an hour is about 45.9 curies per day… It’s a really, really big leak.
A curie is a unit of measure in the U.S. to describe very large radioactive releases.
And yet, the utility company which owns this well appears to be completely impotent to prevent this catastrophe from happening.
A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day.
For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small cage outside, with the opportunity to walk in circles before being taken back in. Even the outdoor cage can usually be opened and closed remotely.
What kind of crank economics contends that brutally punishing two of the great, historically-proven economic virtues——-thrift and prudence—-is the key to economic growth and true wealth creation?
In this age of relentless consumption and 140 character tweets, what kind of insult to common sense argues that human nature is prone to save too much, defer gratification too long, shop too sparingly and consume too little?
Forget all of their mathematical economics and DSGE model regressions. Our 200 unelected rulers are enthrall to a dogma of debt that is so primitive that it’s just plain dumb.
By purchasing existing debt with digital credit conjured from the “send” key on central bank computers, they make room for more and more of it. And they do so without the inconvenience of deferred consumption or an upward climb of interest rates owing to an imbalance of borrowings versus savings.
Never-before-seen video has emerged of the moment a battered and bleeding Colonel Gaddafi was captured by Libyan rebels.
The shocking footage was captured on the mobile phone of one of the fighters who dragged the dictator alive from a drain in Sirte in 2011.
Similar footage was widely circulated at the time of his death, but this video captures his final moments from a new perspective and clearly shows him pleading for his life.
To Put Bankers Behind Bars, Spanish Citizens Take the 1% to Court
For those curious where the big jump in earnings came from, the answer appears rather simple: the reason, according to the BLS’ breakdown of jobs added in January (per the Establishment survey), of the 151,000 jobs added in the past month, retail trade added 58,000 jobs in January, while employment in food services and drinking places, aka waiters and bartenders, rose by 47,000 in January.
In other words, 70% of the job gains in January went to minimum wage workers.
Within the last few years, the World War II British propaganda poster “Keep calm and carry on” has become ubiquitous around the World.
What many people don’t know is that the poster only saw limited distribution during World War II — the 2.5 million copies printed were held back and intended for us only in times of crisis, which (thankfully) never came.
Johnson & Johnson, Viacyte testing possible diabetes cure: “If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing”
A few months ago, I raised concerns about Washington Post food columnist Tamar Haspel (FAIR.org, 10/28/15) after she admitted taking money from agribusiness interest groups that she covers.
We first laid out what that is last September when we said that “the one chart that matters more than ever, has little to nothing to do with the Fed’s monetary policy, but everything to do with the November 2016 presidential elections in which the topic of immigration, both legal and illegal, is shaping up to be the most rancorous, contentious and divisive.”
We were talking about the chart showing the cumulative addition of foreign-born and native-born workers added to US payrolls according to the BLS since December 2007, i.e., since the start of the recession/Second Great Depression.
As usually happens, it is precisely this data that gets no mention following any job report. However, with Trump and his anti-immigration campaign continuing to plow on despite the Iowa disappointment, we are confident that the chart shown below will soon be recognizable to economic and political pundits everywhere.
Corporations love H1 visas (coupled with massive, illegal immigration), because they so lower the cost of doing business.
A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee warned on Wednesday that the Obama administration will declare that additional emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server during her time as secretary of State have been classified at the highest level.
“The press has reporting there’s been 22 emails. There’s actually more than that,” Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday.
“They do reveal classified methods. They do reveal classified sources and they do reveal human assets,” he added. “I can’t imagine how anyone could be familiar with these emails, whether they’re sending them or receiving them, and not realize that these are highly classified.”
From increased anxiety to high blood pressure, it’s well known that anger is bad for our health.
But a new study suggests becoming full of rage could change the structure of the brain itself, with the production of nerve cells in the hippocampus.
Activity in these new nerve cells was seen with the continuation of aggressive behaviour in an experiment involving male mice, which became increasingly angry.
This suggests that the act of getting angry makes us angrier and the cycle continues.
The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.
Some analysts — including those at Citi — have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S.
“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday.
“Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global growth)… and repeat. Ad infinitum, this would lead to Oilmageddon, a ‘significant and synchronized’ global recession and a proper modern-day equity bear market.”
We at WRH told you this was coming; it was only a matter of when.
And please, if you have not already done so, start making some clear and definitive preparations to take care of yourself, and the people you care about.
Make sure you have long-term storable food, water purification, and extra medications for yourselves and your pets. If there is a major disruption in the supply chain (and The Baltic Dry Index has all but collapsed), you need to know that you and those you care about can be as self-reliant as possible.
If you have kids in school, should you need to get them back safely with you, understand clearly what the school policy is on releasing kids before the end of their school day. If you need to be mobile, make sure you have a bug-out kit in the car, and keep it stocked, and have a plan as to where you need to go.
Start building community with like-minded people in your neighborhoods, and see how you can be of mutual help. Find capabilities with which you can barter.
I really don’t want to be “Mrs. Chicken of Hawaii, 2016”, but folks; something wicked this way comes. Preparation will be the key to survival when the excrement hits the ventilator, big-time.
In the middle of the Baltic Sea, a chilly east wind blows across a former Cold War frontier.
After more than 20 years of strategic irrelevance, and thanks to increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour, Gotland is back in the spotlight.
It is the latest chapter in the island’s long military history, and one returning soldier is thrilled.
“It’s almost a dream come true,” says Lt Col Stefan Pettersson.
After a decade in civilian life, Pettersson is back in uniform, preparing to take command of the Swedish island’s defences.
As he scans the snowy landscape where he and his colleagues used to train, he is still pinching himself.
“I always had a dream to come back as an officer and to do it here on Gotland and establish a new unit, it’s perfect,” he tells me.
The new Gotland battle group, expected to take shape by the end of next year, will number 300 full- and part-time soldiers.
Forgive me, but have the folks at BBC collectively lost their minds, gone barking mad, and conveniently forgotten of what real journalism consists, in order to vomit up this codswallop?!?
And how the hell are they going to convince anyone of alleged “…increasingly unpredictable Russian behaviour…” without any provable allegations thereof?!?!?
These wild-ass allegations, which cannot be substantiated in fact, appear to be a further demonisation of Russia, and is the kind of smear tactic which is most generally a prelude to war.
And lastly, will someone please politely remind whoever wrote this more than insane headline, with allegations which they cannot prove in fact (because otherwise, why wouldn’t they?!?) that in the age of the internet, “the big lie” went out with the dribble glass and whoopee cushion?!?
Now, that would be a kindness!!
Webmaster addition: They are just recycling the same bovine excrement they used in the 1950s!
Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who served both Bush administrations as well as the Obama administration, has produced his third self-aggrandizing memoir. His most recent effort, A Passion for Leadership, is in the form of lessons learned, but there is no acknowledgement of any flaw or stumble, let alone mistake.
Two House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday requiring eligible women in the United States to sign up for the military draft, just days after it was recommended by the Marine Corps and Army.
Kiss your daughters goodbye!
The same environmental mechanisms that trap the smog over Los Angels also trap the methane!
It is more than possible to speculate why Prime Minister David Cameron has declared it his mission to scrap the Human Rights Act – which is incorporated into the European Convention on Human Rights – it appears he simply does not believe in human rights.
For example, the fact that Saudi Arabia executed – including beheadings – forty seven people in one day last month, displaying their bodies from gibbets, failed to deter him from having British military experts to work with their Saudi counterparts, advising on which targets – and which people, it seems – to bomb in Yemen. Parliament has not been consulted, thus, without a chance to debate and vote, democracy too has been suspended.
It’s all about the money from the arms sales, and Cameron is utterly no less beholden to the military/industrial complex of the UK than is Obama to the military/industrial complex in the US.
And of course, to enter into deals with fanatical tyrants, who so readily kill and maim their own people, one also has to have one’s conscience surgically removed; I am sure that this has been the case with both Cameron and Obama.
The fact that Bundy only tells law enforcement to go home, raises more SERIOUS suspicions about the BS narrative being pumped out by the FBI and the mainstream media. It draws even more attention to, and only further demands that there be an investigation into the government-sanctioned assassination of rancher LaVoy Finicum.
The following is a letter and a recorded statement given today (2/4/16) from Ammon Bundy which was sent out via email by his mother Carol Bundy from the Bundy Ranch. At the conclusion of the letter is a link to contribute to Ammon Bundy’s legal defense fund, should you wish to lend a hand.
China is burning through its foreign-currency reserves at such a blistering pace that the country will run down its cushion in a few months, forcing the government to wave the white flag and float the yuan, says Société Générale global strategist Albert Edwards.
Money has been weaponized!
Kirby appears to have played loosely with the official statement here.
“He [de Mistura] did cite the difficulties that the military activities by Russia and the regime are having in terms of demonstrating a good faith effort by the regime to have negotiations and talks, but I’m not privy to every issue that they’ve raised – the opposition has raised with Mr. de Mistura,” Kirby told Lee.
This comment came soon after the UN mediator suspended the peace talks just two days in, citing differences between the Syrian government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.
When asked if the recent military escalation by the Syrian government troops and the Russian airstrikes “basically bombed your talks,” de Mistura replied: “I’m not referring to military activities.”
The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria’s neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.
Will they take their scimitars with them to behead all those who don’t conform to their radical Wahabist religion???…..KT
The Guardian said on Thursday citing unnamed Saudi sources that Saudi Arabia could deploy “thousands of special forces,” “probably in coordination with Turkey.”
Several key supply routes of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front have reportedly been destroyed by the Syrian Army in an area of Aleppo Province which borders Turkey.
Layoffs surged in January to the highest levels since July as employers in the retail and energy sectors pulled out the pink slips, according to a private survey out Thursday.
U.S.-based companies announced 75,114 planned job cuts last month, up more than 200 percent from a 15-year low in December, according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That figure was also 42 percent higher from a year ago.
Retailers were the biggest job cutter, despite a nearly 8 percent bump in U.S. holiday sales in 2015. The sector slashed 22,246 positions, a seven-year high.
Wal-Mart accounted for much of the payroll reductions. The nation’s largest retailer said it plans to close 269 stores and expects to let go 16,000 workers.
Macy’s said it will also shutter some locations this year, costing 4,820 employees their jobs.
But the official US Government unemployment report says unemployment is below 5%.
And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam’s nuclear weapons to sell you!
A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (later called Xe Services and more recently “Academi”) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.
Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.
The Israeli military censor usually tries to stay out of the headlines. It’s not always easy, as several times high-profile Israel-related stories have broken in the US media first, and aren’t “allowed” in Israeli papers for days after.
Those incidents are a constant reminder that in Israel, nothing even vaguely national security-related gets published in an Israeli paper without the military censor’s say-so. Today, the military censor is trying to extend that control even further, presenting “orders” to high-profile bloggers and Facebook users, demanding they be placed under the same control.
At least 30 Israelis have received such orders. Many, like Yossi Gurvitz, are outspoken critics of the Israeli government’s policy. Gurvitz says he will be pursuing legal options to get around having to pre-submit all his criticisms to the military censor and get permission before publishing.
Deliberately confusing criticism of the Israeli government with criticism of the Jewish people is a handy tactic, used by the Israeli government ever since its inception.
This will mean the end of what little freedom of speech Israelis had previously known, and the beginning of even more draconian, Orwellian propaganda by the state, which the Israeli people will be ORDERED to believe, and never dare question.
“Films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult….” ? George Orwell, 1984
As Americans train their attention to Super Bowl 50, their way of life — and for nearly half a million people, their livelihoods — just got one step closer to being signed away. This Thursday, in Auckland, New Zealand, representatives of the twelve nations participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership gathered to sign the massive trade deal turned corporate coup, bringing an end to the obligatory 90-day period ostensibly set aside for debate, following the close of five years of negotiations in October…
Sessions suggests that the deal’s “unpopularity with the American people” may perhaps “explain why we are not seeing politicians expressing support for this gargantuan agreement,” despite the fact that many politicians voted to fast-track the deal– which helps to ensure not only the passage of TPP, but all subsequent trade pacts, which are now liberated from Senate filibuster, amendment process and constitutional treaty vote.
There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.
I hereby proclaim the Kingdom of Miketonia! Claire is working on the national anthem! Any ideas for a flag out there?
My first official act will be to declare war on the United States, lose, then ask for reconstruction aid!
The US should know….it controls and funds ISIS using black money from the Afghanistan illicit heroin trade………….KT
When the US made the decision to launch a war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, they dramatically underestimated the size of the ISIS forces there, aiming to downplay the effort for the sake of selling the war as smaller than it really would be. In Libya, they seem to be going the other way.
Pentagon estimates for Libya have around 3,000 ISIS fighters there, but as officials agitate for an expansion of the war into Libya, US officials are now revising the ISIS presence upward, saying that they now has as many as 6,000 fighters there.
It must be asked, however, if the sudden upward revision, which is coming at the exact time the administration is trying to sell the expansion of the war into Libya, is meant to make the ISIS force there look a lot more imposing than it really is.
(from a song of the same name, and a “J’accuse!” to President Obama)
“You’re selling us war… but we’re just not buyin’
You’ve got your talking heads all cued, but we know they’re lyin’
Just how many more will you condemn to dyin’?!?
You can’t justify this war, so just stop tryin’)
(Ahem). Considering just how “brilliantly” our military misadventures in the Middle East and Afghanistan have gone over the last 16 years, one might think that the Pentagon would very seriously consider some other tactic than a reinvasion.
However, unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government and military could do is no guarantee that they will not do it.
And also, unfortunately, doing the same thing precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classical definitions of insanity.
This is all about controlling Libya’s oil (because the oil prices cannot stay at these levels forever), and natural gas, and assuring that these commodities will only be sold in US petrodollars.
The American economy’s jobs machine cooled in January but still performed well enough to push unemployment to an eight-year low and deliver some much-needed wage gains for ordinary workers.
The deal was pretty simple: in exchange for aligning with the Western-backed, post-coup government in Kiev against Russia, the corrupt oligarch class of Ukraine could keep their economic power and the wealth they made looting the country. The arrangement had the value of helping to temporarily secure the government in Kiev from a second coup and providing a funding source for the far-right militias sent to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east. The oligarchs largely went along for fear of losing their positions, or even their lives, as the government in Kiev had come to power through violence and vocal opponents of the new regime began disappearing.
The B-61 nuclear gravity bomb needs design changes to be compatible with, and to be delivered by the new F-35 Lightning II aircraft, but it will be years before the US Air Force knows if the changes actually work, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said.
Almost nine-out-of-ten vulnerabilities targeting Windows last year could have been prevented by removing accounts with administrative rights.
On Windows 7, you can’t do anything without administrative rights! Even WITH administrative rights, I never could get 3D Studio MAX to install! Windows 7 is so secure even I can’t use it!
A last ditch effort to stop a Russian-led military offensive in northern Syria ended in failure on Wednesday when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and heavy Russian air cover broke a 40-month siege on the villages of Nubl and al-Zahra in northwestern Aleppo province. The Obama administration had hoped that it could forestall the onslaught by cobbling together an eleventh-hour ceasefire agreement at the Geneva peace talks. But when the news that Syrian armored units had crashed through al Nusra’s defenses and forced the jihadists to retreat, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura suspended the negotiations tacitly acknowledging that the mission had failed.
The Swedish allegations of rape are obviously trumped up to get Assange into Swedish custody, from whence he can be secreted off to some secret prison in the USA to be tortured and probably locked up for life in solitary confinement on some trumped up charges.
All the while the lily livered, sycophantic and cowardly Australian government, which has a legal and moral obligation to protect the rights of Assange, will probably bend over backwards to do what Washington tells it to do regarding this matter. The Rule of Law, natural justice, due process, habeas corpus and international laws forbidding torture no longer apply in Australia, the USA, Britain, France, Germany….well, the whole western world……………………KT
Britain says it rejects a UN panel ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and insists he will still be extradited to Sweden if arrested in the UK.
“This changes nothing,” a British government spokesman responded to the UN decision, adding that London will formally contest the ruling.
The UK insists that Assange is voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by staying at the Ecuadorian mission in the British capital and Whitehall is “deeply frustrated that this unacceptable situation is still being allowed to continue.”
Mass protests over the TPP in New Zealand did not pass by without tomfoolery; a day after thousands took to the streets of Auckland, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce was hit with a sex toy thrown by a woman, while speaking at Waitangi.
Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region – cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.
Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.
Meanwhile, in Geneva, the remote-controlled Syrian opposition, a.k.a. High Negotiations Committee, graphically demonstrated they never wanted to meet with the Damascus delegation in the first place – “proximity” talks or otherwise, even after Washington and Moscow roughly agreed on a two-year transition plan leading to a theoretically secular, nonsectarian Syria.
The Saudi front wanted no less than Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam and all Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, collaborators at the table in Geneva. So the Geneva charade, quicker than one can say “Road to Aleppo!” was exposed for what it is.
The Taliban’s murder of a 10-year old Afghan boy this week has cast a spotlight on the practice by US allies of turning children into fighters in the war-torn country.
Afghans have hailed the heroism of Wasil Ahmad, whom the Taliban killed in Uruzgan province on Monday for fighting alongside his uncle with a US-backed government militia called the Afghan Local Police.
Wasil Ahmad: the 10-year-old ‘hero’ murdered by the Taliban
Wasil had won acclaim for helping ALP forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle, the unit’s commander, was wounded. He was declare a national hero by the Afghan government, and paraded, wearing an oversized uniform and wielding an AK-47.
Overshadowed in the outpouring of grief is the grim practice of allowing children to take up arms, particularly alongside a quasi-official force created by the US military.
“Hey, he was a kid, he was expendable!! And the end ALWAYS justifies the means!!” – Official Pentagon Souse.
Chicago police officers implicated in the wake of a political scandal within the Chicago Police Department, or CPD, have retired, dodging disciplinary action while holding on to pensions worth more than $100,000 a year, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.
The big question is, how will Washington DC convince the American people that Syria needs to be invaded?
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The chess pieces are continuing to be set by the world’s two superpowers in Syria in steps that are slowly leading to the possibility of a direct military confrontation between them. That is, if the United States and NATO do not abandon their pipe dreams of world hegemony and the destruction of the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.
The latest chess pieces being moved around on the board come in the form of air bases now being set up and expanded by both the United States and Russia inside Syrian territory…
Commenting on the Turkish government’s campaign to demonize former Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc over his criticisms of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leadership, former AKP Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay warned that Turkey is showing worrying signs of a backslide into dictatorship.
Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov has announced that Russia now has ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey is preparing an illegal ground invasion of Syria:
“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,”
“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,”
“We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,”
“Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.”
Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.
Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:
“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”
A Kentucky mayor indicted for solicitation of prostitution had the charges dropped despite admitting that he used his position to get sexual favors from a woman on parole, newly surfaced evidence revealed. The mayor claims he was coerced into confessing.
The Council of the European Union has proposed legislation that could criminalise volunteers trying to help refugees arriving into Europe.
The ‘mass privatisation’ of health services in Staffordshire has been shelved, leaving David Cameron’s plans to sell-off the NHS in tatters.
Health bosses pulled the plug on two major contracts worth £1.2 billion after the running costs of a similar £800 million deal to privatise elderly care in Cambridgeshire spiraled out of control within just eight months.
A ten-year tender to run Staffordshire cancer services should have been awarded by December, reports The Stoke Sentinal.
But the £687 million sell-off has now been scrapped over fears it would be ‘financially unsustainable’.
“This will work if we just find a way to give more people cancer!” — Number 9 3/4
The BBC have been looking for an analyst to join their “specialist jihadist media team”. The public broadcaster shared the opening on its recruitment office’s Twitter account, but deleted the tweet soon after.
Israel’s former ambassador to the UK has been accused of inviting men and boys for trysts late at night when his wife was not home. A British policeman filed a complaint with Israeli authorities about the incidents. A further investigation by the foreign ministry’s inspector general found that UK-born Ambassador Daniel Taub, who was ambassador from 2011-2015, violated security protocol by not notifying his chief of security of the identity of the visitors. The purpose of recording visitors is in order to prevent Israeli diplomatic personnel from being blackmailed or compromised. Since MI5 knew of Taub’s activities, the Israeli foreign ministry was concerned that he might be compromised by them or that one of his paramours might attempt to extort payments from him.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the “Soviet threat” was replaced with the “Muslim threat” and the “War on Terror” took over from the Cold War. Despite a succession of false flag attacks and warnings of a “thirty years war,” a few thousand lightly armed jihadists were an insufficient replacement for the Soviet Union and its thousands of nuclear ICBMs. It was an uncomfortable notion that the “world’s only superpower” could not dispose of a few terrorists.
So we are back to the Cold War with Russia. The propaganda is fast and furious. “Putin is the new Hitler.” “Russia invaded Ukraine.” Russia is about to invade the Baltics and Poland.” “Putin is a corrupt multi-billionaire.” “Putin is scheming to recreate the Soviet Union.” These accusations become headlines despite US military spending being a dozen or more times higher than Russian military spending and the Russian government expressing no hegemonic aspirations.
President Barack Obama will propose a $10-per-barrel charge on oil to fund clean transportation projects as part of his final budget request next week, the White House said Thursday.
Swiss bank Julius Baer, facing a criminal charge, has agreed to pay $547 million and cooperate for three years with American authorities to shut down accounts that enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes
Swiss bank Julius Baer, facing a criminal charge, has agreed to pay $547 million and cooperate for three years with American authorities to shut down accounts that enabled wealthy Americans to evade taxes, authorities announced Thursday.
In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.
“In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.
Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, “substantially burden this fundamental right.”
Bravo to Judge Traxler; someone in the US’s judiciary “gets it”!!
Gold is 3.6% higher this week and is now over 9% higher year to date. The dollar saw sharp falls this week on growing doubts that the Federal Reserve will be able to raise interest rates. The gains this week were due to increasing concerns about the U.S. and global economy.
The French government is giving high-profile backing to an Israeli company that profits from settlements built on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land in violation of international law.
Cher peuple de France. Maintenant, vous savez ce que nous, les Américains doivent faire face à quand Israël envahit votre gouvernement!
“The military censorship served me with an order today, demanding to pre-vet any post or Facebook status I wrote about the IDF [Israeli army] or the defense ministry system,” Gurvitz wrote in a series of Tweets on Wednesday. “I do not intend to comply with the demand and I am considering my legal options,” he added.
Another reminder that Israel does NOT support the right to freedom of speech.
Scientists think Gulf of Alaska seabird die-off is biggest ever recorded… The mass of dead seabirds that have washed up on Alaska beaches in past months is unprecedented in size, scope and duration, a federal biologist said… The staggering die-off… is a signal that something is awry in the Gulf of Alaska, said Heather Renner, supervisory wildlife biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge… It coincides with widespread deaths of other marine animals, from whales in the Gulf of Alaska to sea lions in California…
Fracking leaks methane into the water, which depletes the oxygen. Without oxygen the fish die off, and the animals that feed on those fish starve to death. The chain of life is collapsing and all due to greed.
Military recruitment efforts, whether societal or sponsored directly by the US military, reach children as young as preschool, priming them to think of war and soldiering as cool and exciting, without any discussion of the trauma and death they bring. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)
When he got home from Iraq, Hart Viges began sorting through his boyhood toys, looking for some he could pass on to his new baby nephew. He found a stash of G.I. Joes – his old favorites – and the memories came flooding back.
Please note that these parents were not notified about this impending lesson in advance, and had absolutely no power to ask that their kids be opted-out from this pro-military exercise.
On the other side of the island of Oahu, there is the very formidable Kaneohe Marine Air Station, which every year features a “fun fair” where families are invited, and the atmosphere is one of a carnival.
But one of the most interesting aspects of this is watching young military men, who are great communicators, and great with kids, talking to wide-eyed youngsters about the wonders of the weapons they are seeing, and sometimes, very carefully, climbing over.
Of course, no mention is ever made, during these “teachable moments”, of the carnage and annihilation, these instruments of death create.
This is the propaganda of empire, which cares not that our young men and women are killed or maimed for life; just that the wars provide the necessary profits and logistical resource control to allow that financial empire to grow, with absolutely no thought as to what the human sacrifice must happen in order to maintain and enhance corporate profits.
It’s been nearly four months since the news broke that Volkswagen had been cheating to get around diesel emissions standards, but the scandal is far from over. The federal government has filed suit against the German automaker, and today we learned that the Department of Justice is seeking up to $48 billion in penalties.
Over 35 protests were organized in US cities to mark opposition to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a huge international trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim nations representing 40 percent of the global economy.
“Well, who CARES what you people think? We are here to make money. MONEY! What you want doesn’t matter!” — Official White Horse Souse
Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, situated about 50km from the Sendai nuclear station, has erupted with the country’s meteorological agency issuing an orange warning not to approach it.
Like, we need a government to tell us not to go near an erupting volcano?!?
Shots have been fired at a boxing event at a Dublin hotel, according to The Journal. Local authorities say they are responding to a “serious incident.”
According to NDR, the power supply has been interrupted due to a failed underwater power transmission cable that serves to deliver the power onshore. That means a loss of 7 million euros per month in revenue, which the consumers will have to pay because Germany’s feed-in act required power companies to pay for the electricity produced by wind parks even if it is never delivered. If that sounds strange, it is so because the market-hostile law is the sort of thing one would find only in old communist regimes.
Critics of huge wind farms received a boost last night after the Government gave them new powers to block the developments.
The move, by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, comes amid new health warnings for those living close to turbines.
Ms Rudd has promised to strip her department of its power to force through large wind-farm projects against local opposition.
A UN panel has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been ‘arbitrarily detained’ in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, calling upon the UK and Sweden to end Assange’s deprivation of liberty.
“The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) … considered that Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” the statement said.
The group concluded that the WikiLeaks founder “is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.”
Starting this week, Sailors and Marines from coast to coast will spend half the month engaged in response training to stop active shooters and potential terrorists in their tracks.
The exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 (SC/CS16), will run through Feb. 12 and will test base police, fire and emergency management on how they respond to threats of active shooters and potential terrorists including role-playing on installation buildings with safe or simulated weapons to get a grip on how a more serious event could take place.
Navy officials cite past instances of attacks on installations stateside as a guide on what to be prepared for.
Last July, a terror attack by a gunman at two Navy installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee left four Marines and one Navy Sailor dead and an additional Marine and police officer wounded.
I cannot tell you why, but the announcement of these exercises is making me extraordinarily nervous.
To what end are these “exercises” happening, and what is the US government and military expecting to happen, that these exercises are deemed necessary right now?!?
French controversial comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who has been several times convicted for racist and anti-Semitic remarks, was barred from entering in Hong Kong where his two scheduled shows were cancelled. Dieudonne was detained by immigration officials at Hong Kong International Airport shortly after arriving on a flight from Bangkok. The block on Dieudonne’s entry came reportedly after high-level diplomatic interventions by Israel and France, who warned that his planned appearances could have led to disorder and even violence if they went ahead … Israeli consul general in Hong Kong Sagi Karni praised the government for “taking the right measures.”
Over the centuries, rage and hostility against Jews has repeatedly erupted in terrible violence. Again and again, Jews have been driven out of countries where they’d been living. Why does anti-Semitism exist? And why has furious hostility toward Jews broken out, again and again, in the most varied nations, eras and cultures? … Anti-Semitism is not a mysterious “disease.” As Herzl and Weizmann suggested, and as history shows, what is often called anti-Semitism is the natural and understandable attitude of people toward a minority with particularist loyalties that wields greatly disproportionate power for its own interests, rather than for the common good.
It’s no secret that the US government wants companies to bring more of their offshore profits back home for the sake of taxes, and it’s now exceptionally clear as to why. Bloomberg has sifted through financial filings and discovered that the top eight American tech firms, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, are keeping more than $420 billion overseas — $69 billion of it added in just the past year. That’s over a fifth of the $2.1 trillion held abroad by American companies, and would easily cover a lot of government expenses. A tax on Microsoft’s recent profits alone ($29.6 billion) would cover NASA and the Commerce Department for a year; Apple ($23.3 billion) could take care of the Transportation Department and Social Security, and Oracle could foot the bill for the Labor Department.
Corporations get away with this…because they can.
and in light of the reality that corporations own the United States Government, I seriously doubt that this is going to change anytime soon.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be horrible for Americans and the people of the world.
But most politicians are thoroughly corrupt. Neither the Democratic or Republican parties represent the interests of the American people. Both parties ignore the desires of their own bases.
So today, 12 countries – Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, United States and Vietnam – signed the TPP.
They never followed through on their promise of an open and lively debate.
Politicians in the US care only for the corporations which fund their campaigns; those people they allegedly represent have become totally irrelevant, and an annoyance to the acquisition of their person wealth.
At this moment, Americans politicians can only be characterised as a pernicious disease,metastasizing in a system guaranteed to offer them untold wealth, as long as they explicitly follow the orders of their corporate masters.
And Lloyd Blankfein wonders why the American people are furious, and ready for massive change this year, other than the establishment, which has bankrupted them, to assure the establishment’s permanent gain?!?!
Has Benjamin Netanyahu gone bananas? I don’t mean this as an aberration, like a politician who loses his marbles during a particular crisis. No, it was when I read the Israeli Prime Minister’s response to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, that I realised he just might be a bit insane. Ban referred to “the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians … especially young people” since an increase in attacks on Israelis began last October. What Ban was saying was the truth, that “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half-century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process”. And he spoke of how “oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation …”
Too many migrants are using the ‘outdated’ Geneva Convention to enter Europe when they are not in genuine need, Finland’s president has warned.
Sauli Niinisto called for a rethink of the 1951 UN treaty that obliges signatories – including Britain – to offer sanctuary to those fleeing danger.
He said it was not right that anyone could say the word ‘asylum’ on arrival and have the right to cross into Europe.
We are living in times of growing tension and near societal hysteria in Germany in the wake of the massive influx of refugees. One of the first victims of this development has been the media’s credibility. Restoring public trust will require considerable effort by journalists — but also on the part of their readers.
Sweden’s Migration Agency said on Thursday it expected up to 140,000 asylum seekers in 2016 but the government said it would not allow numbers to get anywhere near that, and vowed to introduce further measures to curb the influx if needed.
Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Charities will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat.
A large majority of Germans think the federal government’s refugee policy isn’t working, polling released on Wednesday showed – with harsh consequences for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The refugee policy isn’t working ANYWHERE!
A leaked police manual reveals how Denver police respond to marches and other forms of protest, including their use of undercover “platoons” of officers to pick out leaders for later arrest.
On Jan. 19, Unicorn Riot, an independent media collective with several members in the state, published a heavily redacted version of the 2011 edition of the “Denver Police Department Crowd Management Manual” obtained through a Colorado Open Records Act request. Days later, an anonymous source sent them an unredacted copy of the 2008 edition of the manual. The two editions appear to have few differences and the policies described in both versions match the behavior of police toward protests, according to activists and journalists interviewed by MintPress News.
“This manual has been a tremendous help to our reporting in terms of understanding the police apparatus that is deployed at protests,” representatives of Unicorn Riot told MintPress by email.
The police in this country, very much thanks to their training courtesy of the IDF, have become a thuggocracy to be feared and avoided, whenever possible.
And NEVER, ever in this country call 911 to assist in controlling someone who is either mentally ill, or coming down off medications; there is at least a 50/50 chance that police “assistance” in those cases, will result in that person’s death.
Men are twice as likely as women to have requests for flexible work hours rejected, a new report has found.
The study into the power of flexibility at work from business consulting firm Bain and Co said around 60 per cent of men wanted flexible working hours, but there was a lack of senior support.
The consequences of Israeli occupation and anti-Palestinian discrimination for Israel’s economy are now coming faster than ever.
An attack against the Russian banking system made by hackers last year compromised Visa and MasterCard international payment systems, representative of the Cybercrime Department of the Russian Interior Ministry Alexander Vurasko said on Thursday.
“The specificity of that [hackers’] ring was that they managed to compromise the largest international payment systems, including Visa and MasterCard. It made possible for them to attack processing center, modified transmitted information, and attack interbank exchange systems,” the official said.
Anyone wondering why the rest of the world sees the US administration as insane — or worse — need only spend a few minutes watching a daily briefing from the White House or especially the US State Department. These are not endeavors by intelligent and rational representatives of the US government to help explain US policies to the press corps and thereby to the rest of the world, but rather mind-numbingly sophomoric and barely literate diatribes.
In a further blow to Poroshenko foreign born Economics Minister Aivaras Abromavicius announces resignation at press conference where he accuses colleagues of blocking reforms and of pressuring him to appoint corrupt officials close to various oligarchs
Oh yes, Ukraine is doing SOOOOOOOOOOO much better since the US-backed coup!
Congolese troops killed two United Nations peacekeepers after civilians accused the Tanzanian U.N. troops of providing supplies to Islamist Ugandan rebels in east Congo, according to a confidential U.N. Security Council report.
Villagers from two major ethnic groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo clashed with machetes and batons before dispersing when army troops and U.N. peacekeepers intervened and fired into the air, a U.N. spokesman said.
Geiger counters are probably ineffective for consumers in detecting hazardous levels of radiation in food and water at home, scientists, professors and device makers said.
Large samples should be tested in laboratory-like settings to obtain results, said Joseph Rotunda, who heads the radiation measurement division at toolmaker Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Determining whether food, water or milk is safe also requires expert knowledge and more sophisticated equipment than the typical devices sold online, said Atsushi Katayama, a member of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry.
The atmosphere on Swedish social media is now almost revolutionary. People post videos of themselves accusing the government of murder, of filling Sweden with violent people.
When Alexandra Mezher was murdered, she was alone in the residence with ten asylum seekers. She was stabbed by one of the “children” she cared for.
When National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson appeared on the “Good Morning Sweden” TV show, the day after Mezher’s murder, he expressed sympathy for the murderer, but barely mentioned the victim. This sparked frenzied outrage on social media.
A USAF spokeswoman confirmed that the error had been pushed to the satellites by “ground system software”.
Another quality US product!
From the time of the French Revolution until the collapse of communism, what successive generations of elites had in common was a sense of fear of what the aggrieved masses might do. In the first half of the 19th century they worried about a new Jacobin Terror, then they worried about socialist revolution on the model of the Paris Commune of 1871. One reason for the first world war was a growing sense of complacency among European elites. Afterwards they had plenty to worry about in the form of international communism, which remained a bogey until the 1980s.
The important problem is that the Bernie counters recounted everyone, while the Hillary counter was literally recorded telling someone else that she only added newcomers to the count she had before, and then when asked if she recounted everyone, she lied to the organizer and said “Yes”. This means that if anyone left the caucus site who was supporting Bernie, then they were removed by Bernie’s recounters, but any Hillary supporter who left the caucus site was treated as though they were still there for the purposes of the recount. Thus, artificial inflation of her numbers occurred unless everyone who left was a Bernie delegate, on top of the Hillary campaign surrogate lying to an election official to cover up her (negligent at best, malicious at worst) mistake.
And they left the recount up to a Yea Nay vote, which is just ridiculous.
As bad as the month of January was for the global economy, the truth is that the rest of 2016 promises to be much worse. Layoffs are increasing at a pace that we haven’t seen since the last recession, major retailers are shutting down hundreds of locations, corporate profit margins are plunging, global trade is slowing down dramatically, and several major European banks are in the process of completely imploding.
Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey.
The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement.
“Someone tell those @#$% Russians to stop getting in the way of our conquering the world, dammit!” — Official White Horse Souse
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” — Ronald Reagan (1986)
My partner and I, as longtime antiwar activists, work hard to talk to our daughter about war, violence and peace in age-appropriate ways.
That’s why we were shocked this November when, shortly after Veterans Day, our daughter came home from kindergarten with a worksheet that asked the children to decide which branch of the military they would like to join. The class had been working on charts in math class, taking polls and graphing the results, which usually fell more along the lines of what flavors of pie they preferred.
A Palestinian village has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Israel is throwing open its doors to refugees.
At a congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis, Republican Rep, Jason Chaffetz vowed to “hunt down” emergency manager Darnell Earley and drag him to Washington, D.C., to explain why he did nothing while citizens drank poisoned water for months.
“We’re calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena,” said Chaffetz.
“We are a peaceful nation,” claimed Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in an interview with Katie Couric late last year.
Carson voiced a view that is held by many in our society. Like most people around the world, we naturally like to think of ourselves as a peace loving country.
Unfortunately, the record does not bear this out. It, in fact, indicates something quite opposite: The United States has had a long and bloody history of aggression and war making.
El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d’Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009 and 2015), Haiti (2010), Libya (2011), Syria (2011), Ukraine (2014), Iraq (2015), etc. etc. etc. etc.
Nearly a decade later, Susan Allen-Samuel still vividly remembers the moment that she first realized her son Joe was a heroin addict.
“It took my breath away,” Allen-Samuel told NBC News.
Allen-Samuel says that she began to notice all the metal spoons — typically used by users to melt down the heroin — in her kitchen were disappearing.
She says she suspected heroin but admits that she couldn’t fully accept that Joe had been caught up in what she calls the “heroin epidemic” sweeping New Hampshire.
In Afghan fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses
Row on row.
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”
The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.
“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.
Leaders from 12 countries will gather in New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The act is largely ceremonial––before the deal can become law it must be ratified by each country’s legislature, including U.S. Congress where it faces fierce opposition from both left and right.
It’s the first spacewalk performed by Russians in 2016. Both cosmonauts remained in space for over five hours in all.
Because Russia is killing and disrupting America’s terrorists aka ISIS et al………………..KT
Speaking to reporters before attending a Syria humanitarian effort conference on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the collapse of the UN-sponsored peace talks and said they must end their bombing campaign in the embattled country, according to AFP
Gilad talked about this in our radio interview Tuesday.
If taken at face value and believed, why would Wells Fargo be doing this? What “emergency” could take place that might cause people to swarm to a bank in such numbers that they would have to lock the bank and only allow three customers in at a time?
A bank collapse? An economic collapse? a Currency collapse?
None of these things would be good and if the claims above are true, it is a dangerous signal to the rest of us to get some money out to tie-us-over for a month or so in the event everything shuts down.
In a banking emergency, CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS WILL NOT WORK. ATM’s will not work. Banks will be closed so that you cannot even enter your own safe deposit box.
Do you have enough cash money on-hand to get through for a couple weeks operating solely on cash? If not, you’d better get that taken care of — fast.
The basis for this analysis is a video published today by Mike Maloney titled, Is A Financial Crisis Being Covered Up? My hats off to Mike for finding this data from the Fed because I would not have otherwise been looking for it. To help think about the analysis below, keep in mind that the Fed’s balance sheet is an aggregation of all of the Regional Fed balance sheets, which themselves are an aggregation of the banks that are members of each Regional Fed.
Representatives of the Syrian opposition have reported that terrorists from the Jabhat al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham groups are training teenage suicide bombers for terrorist attacks in the governorates of Damascus, Homs and Latakia, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday. Konashenkov said the youngest of the suicide bombers is 14 years old and the eldest is 16.
Hillary Clinton insisted on Wednesday that she hasn’t been influenced by the hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees she received from major financial institutions, her latest effort to blunt attacks from Sen. Bernie Sanders that she can’t be a progressive given the way she raises money from Wall Street.
In a town hall hosted by CNN, Clinton said she collected money for years in part because she wasn’t thinking about running for president, and that it’s normal for high-level cabinet officials to give speeches and accept fees. When asked why she accepted $675,000 in fees from a Wall Street bank, she explained, “that’s what they offered me,” and said that money won’t affect policy.
“Since the epidemic’s outbreak 192 flu-related lethal cases were registered, including three deaths among children,” the ministry said. Over 3.2 million people got infected with flu in Ukraine, the figure grew by 65,000 only in the past 24 hours. Some 50% of those infected are children under 17. The epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 19 of 27 Ukraine’s regions. Health ministry data shows swine flu, officially known as influenza virus A/H1N1, is spreading in Ukraine.
The ministry said “this unprecedented step by Turkey contradicts one of the key goals of the Treaty – to contribute to a greater openness and transparency via confidence measures, whose importance, by the way, NATO likes to discuss. Besides, the Turkish side violated the key principle of the above-mentioned multilateral document – observation of any point on the territory of a state that is its member. We are convinced that Ankara had no right to deny us the holding of an observation mission over its territory and that the denial testifies to the desire of the Turkish side to hide some activity that probably is taking place in areas the Russian jet was to have flown above. The closure of the airspace occurred on a request from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which suggests that the step has a political motivation.
World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria’s civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said “will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future.”
But no mention made of the US attempt to overthrow Assad which made all these people refugees in the first place!
As the 2016 presidential race heats up and the nation marks Black History Month, we turn to look back on President Obama’s legacy as the nation’s first African-American president.
Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions on Thursday from U.S. lawmakers interested in why the company raised the price of a lifesaving medicine by 5,000 per cent.
Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year among patients, medical societies and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton after Turing raised the price of 62-year-old Daraprim to $750 US a pill from $13.50.
Look at the grin on this sphincter’s face!
Foreign Minister Lavrov’s press conference shows that Russian government at all levels rejects US attempts to re-write terms of Minsk II Agreement for Ukrainian conflict settlement
The Syrian army managed to cut off supply routes to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in the town of Mayer, North of Aleppo, at the bordering areas with Turkey on Thursday.
Now you know why Turkey is shelling the Syrian troops!
We want to use the power of the documentary form to tell the story of our friend Dr. Hassan Diab [pictured left], a Canadian academic who is at serious risk of a wrongful conviction for a crime he did not commit.
Hassan was extradited to France in November 2014, where he is expected to stay in pretrial detention for at least two years. In France, Hassan is subjected to an unjust legal process where discredited handwriting analysis and unsourced intelligence are used against him.
We would like to make a good quality documentary for online sharing and public showings to spread the word far and wide about the injustices in Hassan’s case. We hope this documentary will help raise awareness about Hassan’s case and Canada’s unfair extradition law, stop the use of discredited evidence against Hassan, and prevent his wrongful conviction.
For the details, see Canada must demand fair investigation by France in case of Hassan Diab
Have you ever read all of those pro-GMO scientists-cum-lobbyists professing their love of science? They are always talking about how science must prevail over ignorance and ideology then they play on the public’s ignorance by using ideology and sloganeering to try to get their points across.
The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that government should be run like a business, always focused on cutting costs.
Welcome to Flint, Michigan. This impoverished, mostly African-American city has indeed been run like a private corporation since Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appointed his “emergency manager” to seize control of Flint’s heavily indebted local government. Snyder’s coup d’etat usurped the people’s democratic voice and effectively imposed a corporate-style autocracy over them, run by his unelected CEO-like manager who answers only to Snyder.
Hillary Clinton has a simple explanation for why she accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs to give three speeches after she was secretary of state.
“That’s what they offered,” Clinton said during CNN’s town hall event in Derry, N.H., on Wednesday. “You know, every secretary of state that I know has done that.”
This is a “PsyOp” which requires large funding from intelligence agencies and governments and corporations. It has become a tool of reverse psychology e.g. if you are broad minded enough to know 911 was a false flag; and now just accept Flat Earth theories. When you engage with this Psyop, a paid shill replies from their “Flat Earth Manual” like some cyborg, there is a mass of paid bloggers on CIA pay roll to push this.
The corporate media is losing their audience to the independent media, and the only way to get their audience back is to start telling the truth. But their masters will not allow them to do that, so their only remaining tactic is to try to make the independent media look kooky with claims about Apollo being faked, no plane at the Pentagon on 9-11, chemtrails, UFOs, and so forth. The fact that they are trying to sell this flat Earth crap betrays the degree of desperation they are feeling.
The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.
“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.
“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.
Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today’s http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:
Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. “In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. “We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. “That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional,” Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610
IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.
Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.
This means that all of NATO’s military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.
Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.
Russia invading Latvia – and then launching a nuclear strike on the British military. That’s the fictitious vision of the future, in a new show from the BBC.
Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region – cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.
Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.
Notorious Saudi intel mastermind Prince Turki, a former mentor of one Osama bin Laden, has been to Paris on a PR offensive; all he could muster was an avalanche of non-denial denials – and blaming the whole Syria tragedy on Bashar al-Assad.
It would be terrific if military intervention would just shatter before the US and Turkey get their way in the region, thanks to Russia’s invited intervention in Syria; unfortunately, however, there are troubling Russian reports of Turkey preparing for an all-out invasion of Syria.
And THAT could well lead to World War III.
Syrian Amy units have broken a siege imposed by terrorist organizations in the towns of Nubbul and al-Zahraa, local media report.
The US-led international coalition continued bombing targets across Syria, Russia’s military said, while demanding that Russia stops its own campaign as part of a ceasefire deal.
Aircraft of the international coalition inflicted 12 powerful strikes in five provinces of Syria between Monday and Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov noted that Russia has been accused of targeting areas which “never had terrorist groups” amid a tentative preparation for talks, an allegation he called absurd. Konashenkov countered allegations previously voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that the US-led coalition has continued its strikes while condemning Russia’s.
“This is especially true of targets engaged outside Raqqa, where aviation of the so-called anti-ISIL coalition supposedly does not fly and does not bomb,” Konashenkov told reporters.
The Russians are being effective, in tandem with their Syrian military counterparts, so much so that they are very close to taking the city of Aleppo.
Kerry’s hypocrisy is showing big-time, because if Syria and Russia are able to control the Western part of the country, they will have far more leverage as to what happens with the rest of Syria, and that is the polar opposite of what the US and Turkey want to see happen here.
Senator John McCain told Sputnik the US will decide when EU sanctions on Russia can be lifted.
A new landmark study entitled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and Globally,” published in Environmental Sciences Europe has labeled Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate as the most widely and heavily used weedkiller in both U.S. and world history. Glyphosate of course is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s famous Roundup herbicide…
Gwyneth Paltrow uses her weekly blog to share her insights and tips for a better life. In a recent post the 43-year-old Hollywood star has shared some invaluable advice with her readers on the dangers of cell phone radiation.
Germany will only continue to provide security support to Afghanistan if the influx of refugees from the nation ceases, the country’s interior minister said.
The return of border checks across the 26 members of the Schengen passport-free travel zone would reduce GDP by 0.8%, according to the French Government
Foreign policy has taken a backseat to domestic issues in the Democratic primary thus far.
There are two explanations for this. One is that the Democratic base simply doesn’t see foreign policy — apart from “terrorism,” which at least has a foreign policy component to it — as a key issue. The other is that neither of the party’s two remaining contenders has much to gain from any kind of detailed scrutiny of their own policies and records.
The decision by the US Department of Defense to boost spending on confronting Russia in Europe and fighting the Islamic State elsewhere will provide no military benefit whatsoever, former US Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The proposed boost in NATO-related spending is “a provocation that builds on the ‘original sin’ of NATO expansion, which led to the predictable breakdown of relations between Russia and the West,” Postol stated on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Defense Department will spend 50 percent more in fiscal year 2017 on its fight against the Islamic State and will request $3.4 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget to support NATO allies in Europe.
The narrative here, which this analyst has not yet grasped, is the reality that the US government is spoiling for an actual military confrontation against Russia, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble.
Look at the Russian demonisation in the West right now, coupled with a massive pre-positioning of arms, material, and troops in Europe, and particularly in Eastern Europe.
Just because a move may well be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the American government can do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.
The problem here is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes a military option here so scarily dangerous.
Russia’s advanced Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jets started accomplishing combat missions in Syria last week, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Some media outlets earlier reported about the redeployment of these fighter jets to Syria.
You got lucky from 2010 to 2014, when you averaged about $552,000 a year. You were so flush that, in 2015, you gave your dependents a little extra, about $61,100.
But last year, you saw your earnings slashed to $36,800. And to make matters worse, this year your earnings will be less, way less.
And all along, however, the bills have to be paid, only they’ll be higher this year.
Author Laila el-Haddad praises Obama’s defense of Muslim Americans, but says his foreign policy perpetuates anti-Muslim bias.
Last week, Seattle, Washington became the latest addition to the list of cities filing lawsuits against multinational corporation Monsanto, joining San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley in California, along with Spokane, Washington. These efforts, led by San Diego-based law firm Gomez Trial Attorneys, aim to extract tens of millions of dollars from the agrochemical company for knowingly promoting the severely hazardous line of polychlorinated biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs.
With the Services economy now catching down to Manufacturing’s demise (in its lagged – not decoupled – manner), this morning’s news that US Factory Orders tumbled 2.9% in December (worse than expected and the biggest MoM drop since Dec 2014) offers little hope for any bounce anytime soon. This is the 14th monthly drop in YoY factory orders – something has not happened outside of a broad US economic recession.
No one can look at these numbers, and use the phrase “economic recovery” with a straight face.
The collapse of Deutsche Bank continues to not just accelerate but to contagiously spread…
Deutsche Bank’s CDS continues to push higher…smashing European bank risk to its highest since 2013…
And now Deutsche Bank’s Contingent Capital securities are crashing – these are among the lowest securities on DB’s capital structure and are screaming that problems loom.
As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State.
Fast forward four months and it appears that after a protracted fight, Russia and Hezbollah are indeed poised to recapture the city where militants are now surrounded. Critically, Russia and Iran have now cut off supply lines from Turkey.
In any event, the urgency expressed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey shouldn’t be mistaken for some kind of benevolent regard for the lives are lost each and every day the war drags on. Rather, Washington, Riyadh, and Ankara know that if Aleppo falls, that’s it for the “moderate” opposition.
The big question, then, is what are DC and Istanbul prepared to actually do to prevent this from happening, and what will they do if they cannot?!?
Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn’t it be delightful if that trip never ended?
Imagine moving to that fantastic destination town, finding a job and a house, and living the dream. Even if you had to wait tables or stock store shelves, who needs a desk job when you live in paradise?
Wendee Crofoot lost her job as a fundraiser for a non-profit in 2011. After exhausting her savings and giving up her Mountain View, California, apartment she ended up working part-time as a restaurant cashier.
I wish the USC # was in here so we could read the law they are charged under. Also unless it is a mistake,they indicted a 15 year old girls as being one of the ringleaders. This whole thing smells bad.
Ammon Bundy and 15 others accused in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge have been indicted in court on charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force.
A federal grand jury returned the indictments Wednesday, and they were unsealed Thursday morning.
It accuses Ammon Bundy, the leader of the monthlong armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, and the other key players of conspiring to prevent employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from working at the refuge, taking over the property armed with firearms and intimidating the people of Harney County.
Portraits of Palestine’s youth rebellion
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There’s a trope in post-Iowa election commentary that suggests that since Donald Trump’s appeal is based on his self-presentation as a “winner,” his loss in the caucuses is likely to cause his support to evaporate. Thus David Brooks (New York Times, 2/2/16):
Israel has threatened to annul the press credentials of journalists and editors who choose ‘contrary to reality’ headlines for their articles. The move comes in response to a publication from US broadcaster CBS after a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. CBS reacted to the terrorist attack which claimed the life of a 19-year-old female officer with a post titled “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” triggering outrage among Israeli officials.
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Of course, I’m talking about the Associated Press (AP)—and its recent coverage of the Zika story: January 27, “270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed.”
AP actually had its hands on the most explosive information possible, it reported that information in one stunning paragraph, and then it let that paragraph sit there like a dead corpse. It didn’t do anything with it. Just another day at the office. Connect the dots? See the implications? Never heard of it.
As celebrities, corporations and citizens alike donates thousands of gallons of bottled water to the lead-poisoned residents of Flint, Michigan, Nestle, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of bottled water, has come under fire for its ties to the state’s water woes. The global food and drink giant teamed up with Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi to deliver up to 6.5 million bottles of water to 10,000 school students in Flint. Celebrities including Madonna and Jimmy Fallon have pledged tens of thousands of dollars toward relief efforts.
A Washington Post editorial proclaims in its headline, “Failure in Cuba,” with a bank head that declares, “Mr. Obama’s opening is not leading to positive change.” One should not expect anyone, including editorial boards, who have been opposed to a policy departure to change their own position quickly. But what the Post has to say about Cuba illustrates some unfortunate tendencies that have warped policy debate on other issues as well.
The Clinton System: “Clinton Foundation data shows that during her term the State Department authorized $165 billion in commercial arms sales to twenty nations that had given money to the Clinton Foundation.”
On January 17, in the final Democratic debate before the primary season begins, Bernie Sanders attacked Hillary Clinton for her close financial ties to Wall Street, something he had avoided in his campaigning up to that moment: “I don’t take money from big banks….You’ve received over $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in one year,” he said.
Frustrated with the New York Times’ unfair coverage of Israel and Palestine, human rights campaigners took matters into their own hands on Tuesday, printing and distributing a stunning 10,000 parody versions of the paper that imagine the premier news outlet as responsible and balanced.
The Prime Minister warned backbenchers not to take a view on the vote “because of what your constituency association might say”
Cameron is essentially saying that the desires of the British people are to be ignored at all costs.
A Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces as rebels pounded by Russian air strikes expressed hope that the failure of Geneva peace talks would encourage their foreign backers to send better weapons.
Turkey, a major sponsor of the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, said there was no point to peace talks while Russia carried out attacks in Syria. Moscow confirmed a Russian military trainer was killed in Syria this week, but denied that Russian servicemen were fighting on the ground.
The United Nations on Wednesday suspended the first peace talks in two years, halting an effort that seemed doomed from the start as the war raged unabated on the ground and government forces severed a major rebel supply route into strategically-important Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city before the war began.
Steve LeVine says most investors thought high priced US shale would cause a boom, then thought economy would benefit from low oil prices – so far they are wrong on both counts.
The head of a major banking firm is “feeling the Bern” but not in the way many of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ voters are.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said Sanders is tapping into class-based anger against growing inequality and called his candidacy a “dangerous moment.” Blankfein was speaking Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” according to Politico.
“It has the potential to personalize it, it has the potential to be a dangerous moment. Not just for Wall Street not just for the people who are particularly targeted but for anybody who is a little bit out of line,” Blankfein said. “It’s a liability to say I’m going to compromise I’m going to get one millimeter off the extreme position I have and if you do you have to back track and swear to people that you’ll never compromise. It’s just incredible. It’s a moment in history.”
In January, Sanders was asked to list examples of corporate greed, and he listed Blankfein, according to Politico.
A short memo to Lloyd Blankfein: sir, what the too big to fail banks did to so many when the mortgage and economic crises hit, coupled with relentless offshoring/outsourcing of jobs, has many Americans furious, underemployed, and economically on the skids.
They have an absolute right to their anger; the question is, how will that anger be expressed?!? As a Christian pacifist, who never advocates violence (because violence is something the Federal government is ready to suppress, with extreme prejudice), I am hopeful that the anger people feel will not be expressed through violence.
Unfortunately you, and those like you, are incapable of having a profoundly necessary “Buddha on the Road moment”, because you have become deaf, dumb, and blind to the misery so many of the policies you champion have caused.
But there is a question that you and your colleagues need to address: if candidates for both parties are simply “pre-manufactured” and both completely beholden to the major corporations and banks, what does that say about the American political process?!?
Such choices, by the Democrats and Republicans, would ultimately and logically mean that the American people have absolutely, utterly no say whatsoever in the political process, and it is so crooked that the corporately “chosen” politicians have to screw their socks on in the morning.
The Fed needs to be abolished; money should become a public utility, and not a loan at interest; the allegedly “too big to fail” banks need to be broken up, and the needs of the people, not the needs of the corporations, must again become the first, and foremost priorities for this government.
The so-called “financial establishment” has had more than enough time to fix those fundamental, integral problems which have been destroying the American economy, and with it, its people, and has failed, utterly, miserably, and horrifically.
This, sir, ultimately, cannot continue, and I hope the change coming in this country will be peaceful
The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.
The orders came from the command of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops – the linchpin of U.S. strategy in the war. Over a four-month period last year, a military cell devoted to what is known as “information operations” at Camp Eggers in Kabul was repeatedly pressured to target visiting senators and other VIPs who met with Caldwell. When the unit resisted the order, arguing that it violated U.S. laws prohibiting the use of propaganda against American citizens, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation.
The CEO of Shell early Thursday confirmed there will be 10,000 layoffs as the company merges with BG Group and deals with lower oil prices.
“The completion of the BG transaction, which we are expecting in a matter of weeks, marks the start of a new chapter in Shell, rejuvenating the company, and improving shareholder returns,” CEO Ben Van Beurden stated in a press release. “As we have previously indicated, this will include a reduction of some 10,000 staff and direct contractor positions in 2015-16 across both companies.”
The announcement comes after the company reported a 44 percent drop in Q4 earnings.
Layoffs surged in January to the highest levels since July as employers in the retail and energy sectors pulled out the pink slips, according to a private survey out Thursday.
U.S.-based companies announced 75,114 planned job cuts last month, up more than 200 percent from a 15-year low in December, according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That figure was also 42 percent higher from a year ago.
A Palestinian woman sits on the ruins of her house in the West Bank after it was demolished by Israeli occupation forces on 2 February. It was one of two dozen homes demolished by Israeli occupation forces in Jenbah, in the South Hebron Hills, making 100 people homeless.
Republican candidate Ted Cruz is sending out a mailer that depicts a Lincoln Memorial that has been hijacked by ISIS, breathlessly warning voters that the United States is “under assault” from Islamic fanatics.
Aiming to prevent the further spread of the dangerous mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil, male insects might be exposed to X- or Gamma rays to irradiate their sperm, the UN’s nuclear agency announced on Tuesday.
While an abundance of attention has been placed on the alarming growth of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the world has largely overlooked the civil war in Yemen, which has been ongoing for nearly a year. After Houthi rebels took control of the government and forced the president to step down, Saudi Arabia intervened in March of 2015 with airstrikes and a naval blockade.
They have since been joined by a coalition of 9 other Middle Eastern and African countries, who are intent on removing the Houthis from power because it’s believed that the Iranians are backing them. Since the Saudi-led intervention began, 7,000 people have been killed by their airstrikes, many of them women and children.
The top executives of Academi are deeply linked in with the US government and military, doing the “dirty work” when the US government doesn’t want to directly get their hands dirty.
The rise of the US government’s use of private mercenary forces in the 21st century is very troubling, ethically and financially, and it appears as though the practice will continue, unabated.
Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.
This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.
The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities – Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) – have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.
The play centers on the “moral conundrums” faced by police and Johnson & Johnson. But it also focuses on the tireless pursuit of what happened by Michelle Rosen, daughter of victim Mary “Lynn” Reiner, of Winfield.
Rosen was only 8 years old when she saw her mother drop to the kitchen floor and die of cyanide poisoning. Years later, that memory drove her to spend years doing her own in-depth investigation. Despite obstacles, Rosen uncovered information about the case (much of it is on tylenolmurders.com) and came to believe the Tylenol tampering occurred in the distribution channel, not the widely believed theory that a lone madman planted cyanide in Tylenol bottles across the suburbs.
Rosen’s research was used in “The Tylenol Mafia.” However, her findings have been largely ignored by investigators.
Rosen, who now lives in Texas, said she doesn’t know Bryce and hasn’t seen his script. But she is hopeful the play will help bring the spotlight back onto the cold case.
Michelle Rosen has been a guest on the radio show many times, and we will have her back to talk about this new play.
Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been appointed to the supervisory board of a bank owned by Ukraine’s second richest businessman Viktor Pinchuk.
Kiev’s Kredit-Dnipro Bank said the decision to accept Strauss-Kahn and five others to the advisory body was taken on Monday and goes into immediate effect. It added that Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders’ interests.
Pinchuk is the son-in-law of former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma and is believed to have holdings worth US$1.43 billion (€1.29 billion), according to Forbes magazine.
Strauss-Kahn led the International Monetary Fund from 2007 until his forced 2011 resignation over rape charges in a New York hotel. The scandal derailed the Frenchman’s presidential ambitions even though it was later dismissed in court.
Talk about a marriage made in heaven!!
And if Kredit-Dnipro Bank has made the statement that “…Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders’ interests.”, it is obvious he will be representing the interests only of its owner, Viktor Pinchuk.
Unfortunately, this won’t help the struggling Ukranian economy one bit, and I am sure that Pinchuk and Strauss-Khan have plans to pick up a number of failing Ukrainian businesses for a song, strip their assets, and leave many more unemployed, in the truest sense of vulture capitalism.
A recent study conducted by Dr. Nancy Swanson and the President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Andre Leu, has reinforced what many have been convinced of all along: glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, is lethal. Their correlation study determined that it’s lethal even in small amounts, debunking the notion in which some people suggest that its levels are so low that it can’t possibly damage health.
Think about the biggest tech companies going today: Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. These tech titans have more data on you than anyone or anything else out there — even governments. (Why do you think they are served a near constant stream of warrants for user data?) In most cases, you serve up your data voluntarily, from emails to text messages, photos and documents, and social networking data.
But there’s a growing divide between Silicon Valley companies about what they do with your data.
According to the statement, the management has recognized the need to continue considering the issue and that it is still necessary to examine the impact of the deal on the Polish market of gas supply. Earlier the Polish government has repeatedly criticized plans to build the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, calling the project “a geopolitical project of Russia”. “Poland does not agree with the project North Stream-2,” Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlow explained the government’s position on the pipeline.
Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS
To say that the documentary film “Masks of the revolution”, directed by French filmmaker Paul Moreira, blew up social networks, doesn’t really explain anything. Thousands of users from around the world vividly and fiercely defended their point of view, whether they believed or not what was shown on the screen. The Federal news agency gathered the more interesting comments on the new video.
Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.
“The reason behind such a harsh step of the so-called Riyadh group is that the Syrian government army has made serious success over the past days in the north of the Aleppo province,” Zakharova said. As a result of the successful operation of the Syrian army and local militias, the gunmen were cut off the supply routes between the north of the Aleppo province and the Idlib province they control. “This was a serious blow for terrorists and those who are their accomplices and sponsors.” The diplomat said the case is that the groups of gunmen, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar ash-Sham, have reached an agreement with the Islamic State (IS) group on mutual supplies of fuel and ammunition to Idlib and agricultural goods from Idlib.
Moscow won’t forgive Turkey’s “aiding and abetting terrorists” — foreign minister http://tass.ru/en/politics/854432
As we have often noted one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.
(From US News)
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has called for a full audit of the unit responsible for the most egregious Afghan cases. And on Jan. 20th, the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee held hearings on the subject. The Pentagon’s witness, Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon, was decidedly on the defensive as senators from both parties peppered him with questions about his department’s poor record keeping and lack of accountability.
This waste and corruption is going to bite the US military in a very sensitive spot, if allowed to continue to go unchecked.
With Russian and Chinese weapons makers, when items are field deployed, they are delivered on time, reasonably within budget, and work as advertised, if not better.
With American weapons makers, there is a nearly incestuous relationship between Congress (whose members are supported, covertly and overtly, by the large weapons makers) and those companies which get the defense contracts.
The outcome of all this is that when US weaponry is delivered, it is very late, has generally had huge cost over-runs, and doesn’t perform anywhere near what is specified, once it is field deployed.
IF the US gets into a major war with Russia, and/or or China, the brokenness of our weapons systems is not going to help matters one bit.
War games. Bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? However, Russia recently having annexed a whole chunk of the former Soviet Union, the prospect of an East-West conflict is less unimaginable now than it has been since 1989.
This film is a sales pitch to sell WW3 to the masses, and starts right out perpetuating the lie that Russia annexed Crimea, when the truth is that Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine following the US-backed coup in early 2014, then asked to join the Russian Republics.
learned passivity and helplessness
In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.
US Special Operations Forces will participate in the Flintlock training exercise in Africa later this month, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a statement.
Feminists in Sweden have launched a new campaign against men that wants to protect women from being raped.
“We have already commented on the Pentagon’s plans to increase military expenditure four-fold in 2017, with the main focus on the European war theater. All this takes place under the pretext of containing Russia. The fact that all this is done in a very aggressive manner, under the pretense of some potentially possible Russian aggression causes perplexity and disgust. All this, as we see from these statements, creates grounds for extensive military planning against Russia and taking practical steps to bring its military infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders. No one is going to get involved in any new arms race. No one will try to catch up with or overtake others,” Zakharova said. “Of course, we would like to remind our colleagues in Washington and Brussels that any unfriendly steps and attempts to exert pressure on Russia will receive an adequate response — both political and diplomatic and in the sphere of defense.
Since the ‘war on terror’ began 15 years ago, the number of mercenaries hired by private military and security companies and operating on the front lines in the Middle East and Africa has exploded tremendously, a new report by War on Want reveals.
Tony Blair should be charged with war crimes for ordering the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.
In an extraordinary attack on Labour’s most successful ever leader, Mr Corbyn said that ‘those that made the decisions’ in the run-up to the conflict should be put on trial.
He said Mr Blair should be made to ‘explain’ launching an ‘illegal’ war which he said helped cause recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
Supporters of Mr Corbyn have claimed he is the ‘antidote’ to the Blairite ‘virus’ in the Labour party, despite Mr Blair winning an historic three general elections for Labour.
The 2003 Iraq war remains one of the most damaging and divisive decisions of the Blair government.
Speaking in an interview on BBC2’s Newsnight, Mr Corbyn said Mr Blair will have to answer for his decision to join US President George Bush sending in troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
More than 120 people braved the snow and ice Monday to rally in front of the Missoula County Courthouse, protesting an effort by the Obama administration and its army of community organizers to plant foreign “refugees” into small cities in western Montana.
One of the speakers was a woman who moved recently to Montana from Amarillo, Texas, which has been inundated with thousands of refugees over the past 15 years.
“Amarillo is overrun with refugees,” said Karen Sherman, who stood and spoke to the crowd amid blowing wind and falling snowflakes. Sherman just moved to Missoula, a college town that serves as home to the University of Montana.
It’s a far cry from Amarillo, which she described as a city of rampant crime and cracking social fabric, thanks to the heavy influx of refugees sent there by the U.S. State Department in cooperation with the United Nations.
A United Nations panel has decided that Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half years in the Ecuadorian embassy amount to “arbitrary detention”, leading his lawyers to call for the Swedish extradition request to be dropped immediately.
A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed that the UN panel, due to publish its findings on Friday, had concluded that Assange was “arbitrarily detained”.
The WikiLeaks founder sought asylum from Ecuador in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations, which he denies.
The panel’s findings were disclosed to the Swedish and British governments on 22 January, and will be published on Friday morning. Their judgment is not legally binding but can be used to apply pressure on states in human rights cases.
It will be interesting to see precisely how this plays out.
The establishment mainstream media continue to parrot the same hysteria regarding the Zika virus – that it’s causing birth defects – but there is so much information intentionally being left out. The mainstream media’s false narrative is causing the public to fear a benign, asymptomatic viral infection, as the true origins of birth defects and brain damage go unstudied. Also, the mainstream media fails to tell the whole story of why Zika has become such a big problem in Brazil in recent years and how the outbreak is connected to the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012.
Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano — who once stated she “doesn’t use email” (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) — is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to “use email”: someone might be reading them over their shoulders.
UC professor Christopher Newfield has the inside details of the recently-exposed monitoring system secretly deployed by the University of California (and approved by school president Napolitano) to keep tabs on the communications, web surfing and file routing of its employees. The SF Chronicle has an article on the secretly-installed spyware behind its paysieve [try this link], but Newfield has the internal communications.
The installation of the third-party monitoring software was so secretive that even the university’s campus information technology committee was forbidden from discussing it with other staff. The committee has now decided to go public.
I do not quite know what the University of California’s execs were thinking when they hired Napolitano, given her history as the DHS head, but they had to know what they were getting in hiring her; someone with absolute, complete contempt for civil liberty; academic freedoms; personal privacy; the Constitution; and the Bill of Rights.
Russia’s Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) told TASS on Thursday that heads of intelligence services of Russia, Iraq, Iran and Syria held a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday and discussed strengthening cooperation in fighting against financing of terrorism. At the end of the meeting, Russia’s Financial Monitoring Service signed several agreements on cooperation in this sphere with Syria’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Commission and Iranian Economy Ministry’s Center for Financial Intelligence and Fight against Money Laundering.
According to the minister, such OPEC member-states as Iraq, Algeria, Nigeria, Ecuador, Iran and Venezuela as well as non-OPEC members Oman and Russia have given their consent. “The idea is not only to hold the meeting but to reach particular results,” he was cited as saying by Iran’s news agency Shana. The official is expected to discuss the prospects of convening an emergency meeting on oil during his visit to the countries of the Persian Gulf – Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Ukraine’s authorities have released two citizens of Vietnam detained in a recent raid of the Security Service (SBU) in the Vietnamese neighborhood in the southern city of Odessa, local media reports said on Thursday citing the country’s embassy in Kiev… The special Alpha group of the SBU searched for the evidence of an illegal activity of migrants and in particular, foreign currency transactions. Journalists in Odessa said the SBU agents broke into the apartments and cut open the doors even when the owners were not at home. The citizens claimed the agents took their money and valuables. After the incident, the head of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department Ly Quoc Tuan held a meeting with Ukraine’s Ambassador to Vietnam Alexei Shovkoplias on Tuesday. The Vietnamese diplomat said Ukraine’s actions were unacceptable and demanded official explanations.
Evidence? Who cares about evidence? You give people the mere announcement of an outbreak plus a virus and they’ll cling to it as if it’s a long-lost relative who’s about to die and leave them a billion dollars.
But now the Centers for Disease Control has upped the ante—a few cases of “Zika-virus transmission” through, wait for it, sex, have been discovered. The tiny Zika terrorist is riding in semen. OMG. OMG…
The film, “World War Three: Inside the War Room,” broadcast by the BBC Two TV channel on Thursday is about a potential conflict between Russia and NATO and the beginning of the third world war. Russia is shown as an aggressor in the film… Such films will allow the NATO countries to substantiate their huge military expenses, Klintsevich said. “Today the US has a very serious problem of rearmament, the military and industrial sector needs to get financing. A mechanism of the corrupt American elite has been launched. This was in Iraq, is in Syria and around Europe,” the senator said.
The Turkish authorities should be asked about it, NATO said.
NATO has refused to comment on its allegations that Russia’s exercises carried out simulated nuclear attacks on NATO allies and partners, including Sweden. The allegations were included in NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s 2015 annual report, released on January 28. “We have nothing to add to what is said in the report,” the NATO headquarters told TASS on Thursday. The report has been circulated by mass media in Sweden where a discussion is underway on whether this traditionally neutral European country should join NATO amid the so-called increased Russian threat. http://tass.ru/en/world/854447
Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Yulia Kovaliv said on Thursday she was going to resign after her boss, Aivarus Abromavicius, and two his deputies declared they were stepping down.
The leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine, Oleh Lyashko, made a statement to journalists in the country. “Why does Putin get the blame, if the government steals and lies to the people?! “There is no reason to blame the mirror if the face is crooked”, said the leader of the party. The country has the largest unemployment rate in nearly a quarter of a century, the fall of GDP has reached a critical point. Lyashko issued accusations against the existing Ukrainian authorities: “Why is Putin blamed, if it’s you that steals?”. According to his statement, the authorities deceive people, accepting corrupt and lobbied laws. http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/02/lyashko-why-is-putin-blamed-if.html
“The shelling was conducted for two hours. No one has reported to me on destruction or those injured, but the shelling site may only be inspected in the morning,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Morgun as saying. He said the Ukrainian army was possibly using large-caliber weapons, in particular 120-millimeter mortars. Earlier the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] reported that fifteen 82-millimeter shells were fired at Kominternovo from the Ukrainian side over the past 24 hours.
The National Archives is fighting a lawsuit trying to force disclosure of several draft indictments of Hillary Clinton prepared by a Whitewater prosecutor in the 1990s.
In a brief filed late Tuesday, Justice Department lawyers and the Archives argue that disclosure of the draft indictments would lead to an unwarranted invasion of Clinton’s privacy and violate a court rule protecting grand jury secrecy.
“Despite the role that Mrs. Clinton occupied as the First Lady during President Clinton’s administration, Mrs. Clinton maintains a strong privacy interest in not having information about her from the files of the Independent Counsel disclosed,” wrote Martha Wagner Murphy, chief of the Archives “special access” branch that stores records of former independent counsels. “As an uncharged person, Hillary Rodham Clinton retains a significant interest in her personal privacy despite any status as a public figure.”
Sorry, but the public has a right to know all details of potential criminal activity by all candidates, and crime is not a private matter as all crimes have victims.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“[T]here seems to be nothing to prevent the transnational corporations taking possession of the planet and subjecting humanity to the dictatorship of capital… In order to crush any thought of organized resistance to the supporters of the new world order, tremendous police and military forces are being used to establish a doctrine of repression…” — Christian la Brie, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris) May 1999, (Transatlantic Wheeling and Dealing)
Apparently, the only way to stop terrorists from hating us for our freedom is to strip away those offensive freedoms.
Erik Barnett, the DHS’s attache to the European Union, pitched some freedom-stripping ideas to a presumably more receptive audience via an article for a French policy magazine. Leveraging both the recent Paris attacks and the omnipresent law enforcement excuse for any bad idea — child porn — Barnett suggested victory in the War on Terror can be achieved by stripping internet users of their anonymity. You know, all of them, not just the terrorists.
I think this is more about finding whistle-blowers than finding terrorists.
Sanders is giving mixed messages on how serious he may be about potentially challenging the Democratic race results, saying, “We’re looking at it right now.”
No one said politics wasn’t dirty, but seriously? If this is true, what is Ted Cruz, five years old?
Then again, the whole system is so corrupt, just like the leadership of the country it represents, that believing it takes anything but fraud to get into higher office these days is like believing in magical unicorns that fly around handing out bags of money… it simply doesn’t happen.
An open source network utility used by administrators and security professionals contains a cryptographic weakness so severe that it may have been intentionally created to give attackers a surreptitious way to eavesdrop on protected communications, its developer warned Monday.
Socat is a more feature-rich variant of the once widely used Netcat networking service for fixing bugs in network applications and for finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities. One of its features allows data to be transmitted through an encrypted channel to prevent it from being intercepted by people monitoring the traffic. Amazingly, when using the Diffie-Hellman method to establish a cryptographic key, Socat used a non-prime parameter to negotiate the key, an omission that violates one of the most basic cryptographic principles.
Another gift from the NSA?
Israeli bulldozers destroy 23 houses in two West Bank villages within controversial ‘military’ zone in one of biggest demolitions of recent years
A month before Turkey shot down a Russian bomber which it accused of entering its airspace, Russian military intelligence had warned President Vladimir Putin that this was the Turkish plan. Diplomats familiar with the events say that Putin dismissed the warning, probably because he did not believe that Turkey would risk provoking Russia into deeper military engagement in the Syrian war.
In the event, on 24 November last year a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian bomber, killing one of the pilots, in an attack that had every sign of being a well-prepared ambush. Turkey claimed that it was responding to the Russian plane entering its airspace for 17 seconds, but the Turkish fighters made every effort to conceal themselves by flying at low altitude, and they appear to have been on a special mission to destroy the Russian aircraft.
In this special edition of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with former prisoners who are organizing to pass legislation that would allow all Maryland ex-felons to vote upon release from incarceration.
Media critic Jeff Cohen says the media is failing to challenge Hillary Clinton’s claim to be a progressive reformer
Saudi Arabia continues to shock the world with its crimes against civilians in Yemen. On this occasion, Saudi warplanes bombed children’s amusement park in Sanaa. The death toll is still undetermined, as local sources in Sanaa reports. Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. This is not the first time the Saudi Air Force has carried out such a raid. Saudi Arabia has committed dozens of war crimes on the territory of Yemen. The strikes have taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. Last month the Saudi-led coalition attacked the day-care center for blind children in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a. The fact Saudi warplanes bomb children in Sanaa is nothing but an element of psychological warfare in order to push the panic in the city, using tools and methods are subject to a rule of war crime.
President of the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq Masoud Barzani has just announced the region will hold a referendum on independence. Which might have be of fundamental importance for regional relations, the war in Syria, and the struggle against the jihadists. This is a momentous event for the regional situation and changes the geopolitical situation in this unstable, war-torn region. Barzani said that “the referendum is an inherent right of the Kurdish people to establish an independent state, and we will not ask anyone for permission.”
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday refuted reports Paris was pushing for military action against ISIS group in Libya. «I have no idea where this information comes from», – Fabius told reporters. French Foreign Minister stressed: «There is absolutely no question of military intervention in Libya, there is pressure but it is not the government’s position».
The documentary “Masks of the Revolution” is an investigation into the events in Ukraine during the “revolution” in 2014. Earlier, the Ukrainian Embassy in France asked Canal+ to reconsider their decision to broadcast the film. It was shown on Monday (1st February) evening on French TV against Kiev’s wishes. The author of the movie, a French journalist named Paul Moreira, over the course of a one-hour film recalled the events in Ukraine in 2014, starting from the protests on the Maidan and ending with the tragedy in the trade unions building in Odessa. During the filming, the reporter interviewed representatives of the nationalist party “Svoboda” and the groups “Azov” and “Right sector” (banned in Russia). The film is based on eyewitness accounts of the events, configured as nationalist and Pro-Russian.
A top aide to Hillary Clinton “refused” to cooperate with investigators looking into whether the Clinton team suppressed a 2012 records request that could have exposed their private email use years before a separate congressional inquiry did so, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Monday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman raised concerns about the role Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Clinton, played in blocking a Freedom of Information Act request for Clinton’s email use in a pair of letters to the State Department and the agency’s inspector general Monday.
America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United States.
Compare the top-of-the-line fighter jets of the two countries: that’s the F-35 fighter-jet produced by the U.S. corporation Lockheed Martin, versus the Su-35 fighter jet produced by the Russian government (its wholly owned Sukhoi Company). The F-35 costs around $100 million per plane. The Su-35 costs around $65 million per plane.
Webmaster addition: We all know that billion Obama wants will NOT actually be spent on stopping the heroin trade.
The situation in Donbass has worsened. The UAF attempted a breakthrough on the Northern outskirts of Donetsk, with continued shelling of the Kuibyshevsky district of the capital of the DPR, Zaytsevo village on the outskirts of Gorlovka shudders from the shells of the Ukrainian security forces. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic, for the past day the UAF shelled DPR 109 times. Moreover, the Ukrainian security forces violated the ceasefire with the use of technology prohibited by the Minsk agreements. During the shelling the UAF used mortars of calibres of 120 mm, 46 times – 82 mm mortars 53 times and used AGS and small arms 10 times. There has been heavy fire tonight in Zaytsevo village, situated to the north of Gorlovka. According to the DPR, the UAF fired on a DPR-controlled part of the village for half an hour. From the position of the Ukrainian side there was about 80 minutes of caliber 82 and 120 mm.
President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $1.1 billion in his next budget to combat the U.S. opioid abuse epidemic, a crisis so severe that it’s emerged as a 2016 campaign issue and has led two senators to block his nominee to run the Food and Drug Administration.
At least 28,648 people in the U.S. died of causes linked to opioid drugs in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost as many as are killed annually in car crashes. The class of drugs includes heroin and some prescription painkillers such as oxycodone.
Obama will include the money in the budget plan for fiscal 2017 that he sends to Congress Feb. 9, the White House said Tuesday in a statement. The amount Obama wants to spend on the drug epidemic over two years is about the same as the $1 billion he’s requested to speed development of cancer treatments and try to find cures.
I have to shake my head, upon reading this, looking at the sheer hypocrisy here.
A number of years ago, little Portugal did something absolutely remarkable, and it worked. It decriminalised a small amount of drugs for personal use, then helped get people counseling to get off the drugs.
And the surprise was, this approach worked brilliantly, and the numbers indicated that far fewer kids started experimenting with drugs because of the program.
Of course, such a program was completely logical, and science-based, which means it has as much chance of being introduced in the US as pigs do of flying.
Additionally, are you aware that right now, under the US and NATO occupation, the production of opium poppies, from which heroin is manufactured, is soaring in Afghanistan?!?
And why are the US and NATO allowing this to continue?!?
Because it is the selling of this product which funds off-the-shelf operations undertaken by various alphabet soup agencies, such as the CIA, etc..
So when President Obama gets up and asks for money to combat this, it is only for public consumption, and he will, of course, allow the flourishing of the opium poppy crop in Afghanistan to continue, because it is financially lucrative, and the money stays off the Federal books for operations that reek of seediness.
Think Iran/Contra, and you’ll get the picture.
Those in Donetsk and Lugansk should speak only the Ukrainian language, and those who disagree should leave the country and go to Russia. This was stated on the air of the TV channel ‘Zik’ by former MP Iryna Farion, now a teacher in one of the universities of Lviv. “It is the fault of the East that Ukrainian society is not capable of bringing adequate politicians to the surface who ultimately will explain to the East that it is Ukraine, and in Donetsk and Luhansk they should speak the Ukrainian language exclusively. If somebody doesn’t like it – the borders are open, they can get in a car and drive to Putin,” said Farion.
Judge Reports Lavoy Shot 9 Times Pleads for Military, Major General on bringing in U.S Military, reports “French Banking” cartel has employed operatives acting falsely as FBI agents. The Major General reports he has escalated the matter.
The tycoon went on to accuse the Cruz campaign of sending mailers to “thousands” of Iowa voters that were designed to look like “voter violation” certificates.
Mr Trump tweeted: “The Voter Violation certificate gave poor marks to the unsuspecting voter (grade of F) and told them to clear it up by voting for Cruz. Fraud.”
Car maker Ford is to shed hundreds of jobs in the UK and Germany as part of a programme to save $200m (£138m) a year.
The group said it was launching a voluntary redundancy programme as it looked to slash costs across its European business, in the face of mounting regulatory costs.
President Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday it was seeking to expand U.S. military spending in Europe four-fold in a bid to reassure allies still unsettled by Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
The new spending would increase to $3.4 billion under the new plan, which is set to be formally unveiled next week as part of Obama’s final presidential budget.
The Pentagon also said Tuesday it was ramping up spending for the battle against ISIS, doubling last year’s request to $7 billion.
The White House said that figure would allow for “continuous U.S. armored brigade rotations” through stations in central and eastern Europe, as well as ramped-up U.S. participation in NATO military exercises and the deployment of additional combat vehicles and supplies to the region.
Obama has sought to affirm the U.S. commitment to NATO ever since Russia annexed sections of Ukraine in 2014, causing alarm in other neighboring countries, some of which belong to the military alliance.
Russia is not the problem here; it is the warmongers in the Administration and Congress who never met a good faith attempt at real-world negotiations they did not utterly despise.
The ugly truth of the business is, this money will be earmarked for pre-positioning troops and weapons into Europe, ultimately for a war against Russia.
Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.
But legal American citizens still get their crotches groped by the perverts at TSA when they travel!
The report comes a day after the EU police agency Europol said more than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe over the past 18-24 months amid concerns that many might have fallen into the hands of sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.
It was still dark in lower Manhattan, a little before 6 a.m. Wednesday, when the parents of Ramarley Graham shook off their sleeping bags and assembled on the steps outside the Department of Justice office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Dozens of supporters had joined them for the all-night vigil in honor of the Bronx teen gunned down by NYPD police exactly four years ago. They slept when they could on the cold, brick plaza outside the DOJ building. They sang songs, read poems and talked to reporters.
Then Constance Malcolm and Frank Graham, Ramarley’s parents, stepped up to a podium.
“We want accountability,” Malcolm said. “Preet Bharara, stop dragging your feet!”
“Losing a child is the worst possible thing anything can go through,” Frank Graham said. “You don’t sleep at night and you wonder during the day… You cry yourself to sleep when you do get sleep and you wake up with tears.”
The gunning down of African-American kids with absolute impunity appears to have become the brutal norm for far too many American police departments; this has to change, and it has to stop.
Accusations of voter fraud have compounded since Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was crowned winner of the Iowa caucus Tuesday, raising suspicions that something nefarious may have actually taken place.
Linux Mint 17.3 is the best Linux desktop operating system and it might be the best PC operating system, period, for you.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus could hit Hawaii especially hard if it arrives in the Aloha State, according to an expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While a widespread outbreak of Zika in the Hawaiian islands remains unlikely at the moment, the state is at higher risk because of its tropical climate and large number of foreign travelers. And many experts are voicing serious concerns about the state’s ability to handle such an event, should it occur.
Hawaii is already battling its largest outbreak of dengue fever since the 1940s, a disease that is carried by the same species of mosquito that carries Zika.
In a December assessment of Hawaii’s response to the current dengue outbreak, Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said there are “critical deficiencies” within the Hawaii Department of Health that should be “urgently addressed.”
Migrants from the Middle East in one of the nightclubs in the Murmansk region began to harass girls. They too late realize that they are not in the EU.
Gladyes Williamson paced the halls of Congress on Wednesday, armed with a bottle of brown water and clumps of her own hair.
She’d traveled with a group from Flint, Michigan, where high lead levels have made the water irritating to the skin and unsafe to drink since 2014. Williamson trekked 14 hours on a packed bus, with no sleep, to remind Washington of what’s happening in a poor, embattled, industrial town nearly 75 miles north of Detroit.
“Not only do we feel like the Republicans hate us, but now that the Democrats don’t care either,” Williams, 62, told The Huffington Post. “We just need something tangible to make us believe that politicians care about us. The wards in Flint haven’t seen any of this federal aid, but we do all the tax paying and all the dying.”
Williamson is correct in her assessment that neither party really cares about the horrific health damage done to the people of Flint, and beyond, due to the poisoning of American’s water.
And the problem is, even if some state or Federal agency is able to cough up the funds in order to treat the lead poisoning by chelation therapy, or intravenous vitamin C therapy, the damage done to the brains of the kids who have been poisoned is irreversible.
Everyone who signed off on this atrocity should resign their jobs en masse, be tried by a jury of their peers, convicted for reckless public endangerment, and serve hard time in prison.
Unfortunately, setting a very ugly example of what happens to people who do this the only way in which to prevent such morally vile actions from happening in the future.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a “natural born citizen” according to the Illinois Board of Elections.
The state’s BOE ruled that Cruz met the citizenship criteria to appear on the state’s primary ballot.
Two state residents, William Graham and Lawrence Joyce, challenged Cruz’s eligibility with the board, claiming his name should not appear on the March 15 primary ballot because his candidacy did not comply with Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
“Constitution, schmonstitution; we gotta use Cruz to get rid of Trump, so Cruz can lose to Hillary. Got the plan yet?”
Note they did not declare Cruz eligible to be President, only to be on their ballot.
Pope Francis was today entertained by a troupe of American cheerleaders who appeared at his weekly sermon to give him a daring impromptu performance.
It’s good to be the Pope!
This is a breaking news development of the arrest of Ammon Bundy and murder of LaVoy Finicum in Oregon.
In psychology, the Asch conformity experiments or the Asch Paradigm refers to a series of studies directed by Solomon Asch studying if and how individuals yield to or defy a majority group and the effect of such influences on beliefs and opinions
Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers.
A congressional review of more than 300,000 pages from Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals reveals how executives planned to maximize profits while fending off negative publicity over the price hikes.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) released the information Tuesday ahead of a hearing Thursday to examine exorbitant price spikes. Cummings has used his position atop the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate several companies that have bought previously low-cost drugs and jacked up their prices many times over.
That last statement is pure and utter bovine excrement.
And please; do not expect Congress to actually DO anything about this issue, because their campaign contributions depend so heavily on healthy contributions from the medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex.
This is sound and fury for public consumption, but expect absolutely zero progress in the area of pharmaceutical companies gouging the public with their prices.
And remember; it is entirely possible that your primary care physician is taking kickbacks for prescribing a specific drug for you, particularly if it is an “off book” prescription.
Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, pleaded guilty yesterday and agreed to pay $430 million to resolve criminal and civil charges that it paid doctors to prescribe its epilepsy drug, Neurontin, to patients with ailments that the drug was not federally approved to treat.
I did, personally, get caught up in that last one.
So at this point in my life, I have no difficulty asking a physician if they are being compensated by the drug company which manufactures any medication they are prescribing.
This is a reasonable question, given the current state of health care in this country.
Something of pharmaceutical concern that the holistic/alternative medical community and the alternative press have been alleging for numerous years now, finally is being confirmed by a British Medical Journal paper published January 27, 2016. Professor Peter C Gotzsche, MD, and several students published “Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review…
In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admitted it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:
It is both amazing, and instructive, to appreciate how many alleged “conspiracy theories” in regard to false flags, around the world, have ultimately been proven as conspiracy facts.
A republican lawmaker has resigned from the Washington state legislature and quit his role as Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign chair over accusations that he exaggerated his military service record.
State Rep. Graham Hunt (R-Orting) stepped down Tuesday due to media coverage of what he described as “inconsistencies in the records of my military service,” reported The Seattle Times.
Hunt resigned, effective immediately, after meeting with other lawmakers to address reports that he was unable or unwilling to provide military service records to prove he served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan or won three medals he listed on his official biography.
Donald Trump isn’t taking losing the Iowa caucuses lightly. After a brief effort to appear statesmanlike and spin his success positively, Trump is now accusing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz of stealing his first-place victory and calling for Cruz’s win to be nullified or for a new Iowa vote to take place.
Today, of course, the judicial system that has evolved from English common law is celebrated as a mighty achievement of modern civilization. Certainly, in the US, the six million individuals suffering from varying degrees of incarceration – the most anywhere in the world – might differ.
The US in particular has perfected a system of “justice” in which prisoners often find themselves incarcerated in penal institutions operated by for-profit private entities. These entities, in fact, may have contracts with the municipality that demands the town, city or state maintain prisons at a certain level of population.
Perhaps this explains why in the US especially there are so many miscarriages of justice and why DNA testing has led to the release of so many prisoners over the past decade. There have been notable releases of prisoners from death row, especially.
Carter highlighted projects inside the “Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO for short,” a murky and extremely wasteful corner of the Pentagon where some of our dumbest, most-likely-to-fail projects are born (and often die, at great expense):
This penchant for waste from the DOD is another very intense reason why the US government should not at all be looking at going to war with Russia and/or China.
In Russia and China, when companies make weapons or planes or ships for either country, when these items are field deployed, they operate as advertised, or better, by the companies which make them.
Unfortunately, in the US, due to the incestuous relationship between weapons makers and Congressional representatives who approve of contracts (and are, I imagine, covertly, rewarded by those weapons makers for those contracts), when items are field deployed, they are generally behind schedule, over budget, and do not at all perform as advertised.
Just think about the F-35, for Pete’s sake; I rest my case!!!
Dr. Ben Carson has called into question the unethical moves by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his staff which purposefully told Iowa Caucus attendees that Carson was dropping out.
It was a purposeful lie at a key moment during the Caucus, which pushed Cruz over the top. Cruz has since apologized for his action.
Conservative businessman Donald J. Trump, who came in 2nd place even after skipping the Iowa debate, just went on Twitter and dropped a bombshell: It’s time to cancel the Iowa Caucus results!
This idea has merit, if for no other reason than the Iowa Democratic chair, with 5% of the votes missing, declared Hillary’s .4% “victory” over Bernie Sanders the final official result.
2016 is going to make 2000 like like a pleasant brunch in comparison!
As Im Tirtzu’s supporters saw last week, the fervent quest to implicate others as traitors can quickly go too far. Israel’s witch hunters need to stop now, before it’s too late.
Saudi Arabia overturns execution, sentences Palestinian poet to prison, 800 lashes
Israel has been accused of ‘sending African migrants’ to other countries through secret deals that could be in breach of international law. The BBC has said they gathered evidence of the deal after speaking to migrants sent to Rwanda and Uganda.
It is not our idea of good journalism to use Palin’s son’s domestic abuse charges as fodder against the failed governor, but when she chose to address it in a campaign speech for Donald Trump, politicizing his crimes as some sort of result of PTSD and a failed Commander in Chief, it becomes necessary to correct and comment on what she has to say.
A federal judge ruled last week that the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will be forced to share a report on its business practices with the public — a decision both the bank and the Department of Justice (DOJ) fought in court to prevent. The report is based on the findings of an ongoing government audit of the bank initiated amid revelations in 2012, that it laundered money for drug cartels and terrorist organizations.
When HSBC’s sordid dealings were discovered in 2012, the DOJ declined to press charges, arguing the bank was too important to prosecute. As the Guardian reported at the time, Assistant Attorney General Larry Breuer argued “the Justice Department had looked at the ‘collateral consequences’ to prosecuting the HSBC or taking away its US banking license. Such a move could have cost thousands of jobs, he said.”
Yes, I know I have become cynical; but sometimes, dang it, it’s just hard to keep up with all the shenanigans going on!!
Zika is now a sexually transmitted disease, says Dallas County Health and Human Services and the CDC. According to this story from the AP, Zika virus has been acquired by a Texas resident via sexual contact with an infected person.
But that’s not all…
According to Dr. Amesh Adalja at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Zika virus may already have infected the emergency blood supply because blood donors are not screened for Zika.
Real threat, or just the current scare tactic to make money on?
Windows update will soon start automatically upgrading older machines to Windows 10 if the update is not turned off.
Slash Gear reports:
Not long ago, Microsoft started issuing notifications twice per day, telling users that they should upgrade their system. Apparently that’s not been effective enough, as the company has decided to go ahead and make Windows 10 a “recommended” upgrade, through Windows Update. This means that if you haven’t upgraded yet, you’re going to go ahead and start the process.
I have already noted that I had heard many of San Francisco’s homeless were moved from the Enbarcadero area, where Super Bowl City has been set up, into tents under the Bay Bridge.
ABC7 News has found them and tweeted out the above picture.??
As a native San Franciscan, this absolutely breaks my heart.
Will SOMEBODY, please, cough up the airfare to send Mayor Ed Lee to Salt Lake City, where the city officials have almost completely ended homelessness by providing shelter and counseling to their people, because they found it was cheaper in the long run, than stays in hospitals and prisons?!?
Stupidity and ignorance …. should be painful; unfortunately, they are not.
The homeless people in Hackney, London are facing expulsion from the street due to a new law will allow the police to give out fines and other legal penalties to homeless people who are found loitering, begging and sleeping in commercial places.
This “Public Space Protection Order” which was introduced by the council of Hackney will place a fine of £1000 on homeless activities. The order has been met with numerous criticisms, with many pointing out that the new laws effectively outlaw homelessness…
Webmaster addition: If the homeless had £1,000 they would not be sleeping in the streets! So what will happen is they will be arrested and thrown in prison for not paying thew fine … which gives them a bed, a roof, and three meals a day. So why not just give the homeless a bed, a roof, and three meals a day and save all the legal costs?
Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash.”
The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.
Beijing is preparing a free trade agreement with the countries of the Persian Gulf, and with Iran plans to increase trade to $ 600 billion a year, linking up with the states required for the new Silk Road…
A U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday that the U.S. was open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea aiming to continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters. Philippines has asked the U.S. to patrol the area together after China began test flights from Fiery Cross Reef an artificial islands where Beijing has built airfields. “We do discuss that principle (joint patrols) with the Philippines and so I am not discarding that possibility,” U.S. Ambassador in Philippines Philip Goldberg told reporters.
Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.
Like Obama, Clinton touts American exceptionalism, the notion that the United States is better than any other country. In his State of the Union addresses, Obama has proclaimed America “exceptional” and said the U.S. must “lead the world.” Clinton wrote in her book “Hard Choices” that “America remains the ‘indispensable nation.’ ”
While Pentagon and Obama Administration officials continue to insist that their goal is to take over materially all of ISIS’ territory, and to do so within the next year, behind the scenes the push is to add ever more ground troops to Iraq.
“It is only a coincidence that ISIS is camped out over all those oil fields!” — Official White Horse Souse
Groundhog Day saw Congressional leaders push a flurry of bills aiming to override presidential vetoes on various issues, and among them was another vote aimed at derailing the international nuclear deal with Iran, trying to forbid the Obama Administration from lifting sanctions on Iran unless the nation is certified as unaffiliated with any terror group, and abandons its conventional ballistic missile program.
Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous furry forecaster, failed to see his shadow Tuesday morning, meaning spring is right around the corner, or so the folklore says.
EUROPE’S biggest economy was plunged into fresh chaos tonight amid warnings a new financial crisis in Germany could destroy the EU.
The US markets are not doing well, either! The DOW is back in the 15000s.
You buy a cell phone, a computer, or a software driven car. You own it and can do what you want with it, right?
Not so fast …
Oman has supported the initiative to hold the next ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between Russia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Moscow in spring, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday following working visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Oman. The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is holding a meeting with Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said. Lavrov will also hold talks with Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. Among the issues on the agenda are security, inter-Syrian talks in Geneva and bilateral relations. The sides are expected to sign an inter-governmental agreement on mutual cancellation of visas for holders diplomatic, special and official passports. http://tass.ru/en/politics/854147
A federal judge ruled last week that the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will be forced to share a report on its business practices with the public — a decision both the bank and the Department of Justice (DOJ) fought in court to prevent. The report is based on the findings of an ongoing government audit of the bank initiated amid revelations in 2012, that it laundered money for drug cartels and terrorist organizations.
It’s Iowa’s nightmare scenario revisited: An extraordinarily close count in the Iowa caucuses — and reports of chaos in precincts, website glitches and coin flips to decide county delegates — are raising questions about accuracy of the count and winner.
This time it’s the Democrats, not the Republicans.
Even as Hillary Clinton trumpeted her Iowa win in New Hampshire on Tuesday, aides for Bernie Sanders said the eyelash-thin margin raised questions and called for a review. The chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party rejected that notion, saying the results are final.
5% of the vote missing, and the chairwoman of the Iowa Democrats declares Hillary’s .2% victory final?
We all know Hillary is a totally ruthless human being who cares not for the law, the Constitution, or the people, but it says something about the American charcter that she has attracted so many supporters who know exactly what Hillary is and has done, but don’t care, so long as they get a “Woman in the White House!”
A man representing himself in a Maryland court was shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity by the judge because he continued to speak when the judge ordered him to stop. Judge Robert Nalley pleaded guilty on Monday to depriving the defendant of his civil rights. The charge stems from an encounter between the judge and victim Delvon King in July of 2014, when King was appearing before Judge Nalley to face gun charges. King had a shocker anklet attached to him, which was supposed to be used in case of an emergency situation, or if King were to attempt to escape or hurt anyone.
Housing, food, clothing and integration policies will cost around £16.5bn this year and another £20bn next year, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research said.
The economists made their calculations but warned it could be higher depending on how many more migrants arrive in the coming months.
At least 1.1million immigrants made their way to Germany last year. More than 300,000 of them have since been granted asylum.
‘I want to remind that it has been two years since the embargo imposed by Russia has been hanging over us. We should start trading meat, fruits, vegetables and diary products with Russia in a normal way,’ Beulin stated.
Two days ago we posted about the brave pushback in France against legislation that makes it a crime to advocate for boycott of Israel. We were then informed that Roger Waters had sent a letter to the French people, via a French news agency, on this very subject some weeks ago that has never been published. We are publishing it here.
Despite the outpour of aid by concerned citizens all over the United States, the people of Flint still continue to face one problem after another amid the deadly water crisis. It appears that new problems surface as each day passes.
Firstly, the water filters which officials have handed out to the residents and businesses in Flint were not especially designed to handle water with extremely high toxicity levels…
This week, America starts primaries season.
If it wasn’t for Donald Trump, it would be quite ordinary and without any surprises, even dull. He is, no doubt, the sensation of the elections. Donald Trump, of course, is more interesting then Obama. To choose a black Muslim democrat to conduct policies, who is not a whit different from the white protestant fundamentalist-republican candidate, is a real PR success. But it is impossible to repeat such steps again; the democrats have presented the quite annoying Hilary. In fact, she would be first woman-president, since gender is a trend, but, anyway, it not that impressive.
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John Kerry, an absolute tool and fool of a US Secretary of State. This dude, who I am ashamed to admit is a fellow Vietnam Veteran, is stupidity and incompetence on two legs. By the way, Kerry is NOT his real name. It is Cohen, which is a Jewish name. Kerry is an ardent Jewish Zionist and he doesn’t have a drop of “Kerry “Irish blood in his veins. Did you notice the news reels yesterday [ 3 Jan 2016 ] where the Australian Foreign Minister all but stripped herself bare as she launched herself embarrassingly into the arms and obviously intimate embrace of Kerry, IN PUBLIC. This woman is a Zionist tool and an absolute embarrassment to all Australians as she struts the international stage…………….KT
US Secretary of State John Kerry believes he can run for US president if Hillary Clinton is forced to withdraw from the race or is jailed for breaking security procedures, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.
Hillary should have been arrested already for her June 17, 2011 email instructing Jacob Sullivan to strip the classification markings from a document and send it non-secure. It doesn’t matter by how much the document was classified or whether Sullivan actually did it or not; the issuing of the order itself by Hillary is a violation of Title 18, Section 793, and is a FELONY!
Why hasn’t Hillary been arrested and charged for this crime?
The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.
US President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address was a “shallow attempt” to fabricate an acceptable foreign policy record through ignoring well-established facts, says a former US Army psychological warfare officer.
How the hell can something like this happen in America? Well, last year the city of Flint switched their water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in a bid to save money. After the switch, they stopped adding orthophosphate — a chemical that stops lead and iron pipes from rotting away into the water supply. It made a difference: Six months after the water source switch, the local GM plant stopped using Flint water because it was so corrosive, it was harmful to their engine parts.
Like an ambush, it has to come by surprise…
Whenever you hear a central banker or politician say something won’t happen, you can almost be certain it will happen. And probably soon.
Coming from a bureaucrat, the real meaning of “no, of course not” is “it could happen tomorrow.”
It’s like the old saying: “Believe nothing until it has been officially denied.”
‘Blood was flowing like a river.’ Key O.J. Simpson murder trial witness tells of stumbling upon the corpse of Nicole Brown Simpson after hearing the wails of her Akita and blasts the new TV miniseries as ‘ghouish’
The woman who discovered Nicole Brown Simpson’s bloodied body on the night of June 12 1994 has hit out at the new dramatized account of the O.J Simpson trial – dubbing it ‘ghoulish’.
Along with her then husband, Sukru Boztepe, 49, Bettina Rasmussen, 46, was one of the first on the scene and later testified to seeing blood flowing down the drive ‘like a river’.
Now Rasmussen has lashed out at new TV drama The People vs. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story saying it ‘won’t bring her [Nicole] back’ and risks turning Simpson ‘into a celebrity again’.
A former news boss in Germany has claimed the country’s media is told what to report on by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.
His admission comes as the country grapples with accusations media ignored hundreds of sex attacks committed by migrants during Cologne’s New Year celebrations.
Dr Wolfgang Herles, the former head of a public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), said journalists are instructed to write news reports that are to ‘Ms Merkel’s liking’.
Governor Rick Snyder is surely one of the most hated people in Flint, if not the entire state of Michigan, and it is a surprise that he can actually go out anywhere in public without being heckled. In fact, there was just an incident reported last week where he was chased out of a restaurant with residents who were angry about the part he played in the city’s current water crisis.
At the Old Town Tavern on Liberty Street, which is just down the street from the governor’s new condo, Snyder was unable to finish his meal because of his public infamy.
According to Ann Arbor resident, Laura Tanner, someone in the restaurant yelled “Snyder, you f*** up!” which alerted everyone else in the bar that the governor was there…
According to the official, the German government is obliged to cut refugee flows under the German constitution. If it fails, the authorities will face a lawsuit at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. About 1.1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany in 2015… Earlier, Udo Di Fabio, a former judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, concluded that Berlin was violating constitutional norms by allowing unlimited numbers of refugees to enter the country. According to him, the best thing under the current circumstances would be to shut the borders legally and restrict the number of migrants. Seehofer said the global community currently has to address such tasks as the migration crisis and counteraction to terrorism. “I am convinced that these challenges require joint action. And without Russia this is impossible.
The warden issued the fine when the driver had walked to the nearest garage, leaving her passenger to be handed the penalty.
Motorist Tony Williams, 49. said: ‘It’s incredible that a stranded motorist was given a parking ticket instead of the help they needed.
‘It’s not the first time this jobsworth traffic warden has picked on drivers like this.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday five Americans linked to the US law enforcement system have been barred from entry. The move comes in retaliation for the recent US expansion of the so-called Magnitsky list of sanctions against Russian officials. The Russian blacklist includes former US attorney general Alberto Gonzales, former US undersecretary of defense Douglas Feith, former senior counsel at the CIA John Rizzo, former assistant attorney general Jay Scott Bybee and former general counsel of the department of defense William James Haynes II. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the expansion of the Magnitsky list that has been used for “groundless accusations against Russian officials” is dealing another blow to bilateral ties.
“The United Nations and the UN Security Council still remain optional agencies in the US scheme of things. The US turns to them exclusively in cases when they can be used for propaganda purposes,” Klishas wrote in his blog on the official website of the upper house of parliament. “Possibly, the United States may soon start bombing other counties and will not even bother to explain the reasons behind its actions or provide some grounds for its own policies,” Klishas said. He also pointed to the Western countries’ refusal to provide any proof of their speculations as a new trend in public behavior. “Denying for no apparent reason the hard facts, such as oil caravans towards Turkey from Syria or refusing to provide any proof to back up their speculations is a new style of civilized Western countries’ policies in communicating with the mass media, the public in their countries and the whole world,” he said.
The disturbingly shocking HBO documentary HACKING DEMOCRACY bravely tangles with our nation’s ills at the heart of democracy. The film the Diebold corporation doesn’t want you to see, this revelatory journey follows tenacious Seattle grandmother Bev Harris and her band of extraordinary citizen-activists as they set out to ask one simple question: How does America count its votes? From Florida and California to Ohio and Washington State, filmmakers Simon Ardizzone, Robert Cohen, and Russell Michaels starkly reveal a broken system riddled with secrecy, incompetent election officials, and electronic voting machines that can be programmed to steal elections. Equipped only with a powerful sense of righteous outrage, the activists take on voting machine industry, exposing alarming security holes in America’s trusted voting machines. They even go dumpster diving at a county election official’s office in Florida, uncovering incendiary evidence of miscounted votes.
The 2016 elections are already a disgrace,
Doug Gurr, president of Amazon China, is expected to be announced as a new non-executive director of the department’s board next week, the latest in a growing number of business leaders appointed to the boards of government departments.
The decision of Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius to leave his post is a sign of a conflict with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, and a signal from the West about the deterioration of relations, Andrei Zolotarev head of the Kiev-based analytical Third Sector Centre, said Wednesday… The Ukrainian government has several foreign nationals holding the posts of ministers. Before his appointment, Abromavicius was a Lithuanian businessman. Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Alexander Kvitashvili is from Georgia, who had also tried to resign earlier, but the Verkhovna Rada did not support his decision. American-born Natalie Jaresko holds the post of Ukraine’s Minister of Finance.
“Today I have decided to resign from the post due to a sharp activation of blocking important systemic reforms in the country,” Abromavicius said at a press conference in Kiev. http://tass.ru/en/world/854174
Russian security services have discovered terrorists who penetrated into Russia’s Novgorod region under the guise of migrants, Vladimir Bulavin, the Russian president’s envoy in the North-Western Federal District, told journalists on Wednesday. “Law enforcers in the Novgorod region have exposed migration flows, which include representatives of terrorist organizations Hizb ut-Tahrir and Al Islami as well as other terrorist groups banned in Russia,” Bulavin said.
Malwarebytes is struggling to fix flaws in its antivirus software that were highlighted by Google’s Project Zero security research team.
Google’s bug-seeking division found that updates for Malwarebytes’ software were not signed or downloaded over a secure HTTP channel.
This left the updates vulnerable to hackers in between the client and Malwarebytes’ servers, and could allow virus-ridden updates to be piped to customers.
Google security boffins have thrown the book at Comodo for turning off Chrome security.
As explained in this advisory today, users who install Comodo Internet Security may not realize that their Chrome installation is replaced with Comodo’s own browser, Chromodo.
That little bit of crapware isn’t secure at all: it’s set as the default browser, and “all shortcuts are replaced with Chromodo links and all settings, cookies, etc are imported from Chrome. They also hijack DNS settings, among other shady practices,” Google’s Tavis Ormandy notes.
The Pentagon is unable to check in on key maintenance of the hugely expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) thanks to information security failings with a Lockheed Martin database.
Engine and airframe maintenance data contained in the database is inaccessible because it is non-compliant with US Cyber Command’s security requirements.
As a result personnel cannot access the database from government networks.
The Iraqi army and the volunteer forces made considerable advances against the Takfiri terrorists in the Western part of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province on Wednesday, killing notorious ISIL commanders in fierce clashes. The Iraqi forces advanced in the strategic region of al-Saqlaviya and reached the surrounding areas of al-Habaniya military base near the riverside. Notorious ISIL commanders, including Abu Ali al-Salmani, Abu Mansour, Abu Jafar al-Shami, Abu Torab al-Shami and Abu al-Ez al-Souri were among scores of terrorists killed in the Iraqi forces’ attacks on the Western part of Fallujah city. In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Iraqi Security forces managed to cut off supply routes to ISIL terrorists in city of Fallujah.
Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shabi) eliminated a number of ISIL terrorists who attacked their positions North of Fallujah in Anbar province. [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13941113001483
Moscow believes statements made by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Russia and Iran’s alleged interference in settling the Syrian crisis to be “a dangerous gambit,” Russia’s Govorit Moskva radio station quoted Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying Tuesday, Sputnik reported. Hammond earlier said that Russia’s actions in Syria were strengthening the positions of the ISIL, which is prohibited in numerous countries including Russia and the United States, because Russia says it wants to destroy the ISIL, but is not bombing the terrorist group and bombing the moderate opposition. Zakharova said this was “a dangerous gambit of misinformation.”
Armed terrorists retreating toward the Turkish border in Syria’s province of Latakia are receiving cover from Turkish artillery, a military source said Tuesday. The source added that Turkish artillery is directed at the Syrian Army positions. “Turkish artillery has given cover several times when units of terrorists were retreating and giving up their positions, which allowed the terrorists to leave for Turkey,” the source told RIA Novosti. The source added that Turkish artillery is directed at Syrian Army positions.
Russia is preparing to conduct an official military inspection in Turkey, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told the media. “From February 2 until February 5, a Russian team of inspectors intends to conduct an inspection of a designated area in Turkey – about 18,000 square kilometers in total – in order to promote mutual trust and security in accordance with the Vienna Document of 2011,” Ryzhkov said, according to RIA Novosti. He also added that the inspection’s goal is to confirm the scale and nature of the officially declared military activity in the specified area of the country, as Russian inspectors will be allowed to visit military ranges and will be briefed by high-ranking Turkish military officials. According to Ryzhkov, a group of Spanish military specialists will conduct a similar inspection in Russia’s Rostov Region during the same time.
Labour Friends of Palestine, a group within the UK’s main opposition party, has canceled a meeting in parliament featuring veteran Palestinian British journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.
The cancelation was made after the group came under pressure from Labour Friends of Israel, a separate group inside the party. Legislators had been due to hear from Palestinian students over Skype.
The Russian Air Force destroyed the militants’ command center and military grid in a mountainous area in Lattakia province. Also other airstrikes ended up in the elimination of ISIL’s open oil depots in Hama province and a column of their arms cargo near Aleppo.
When Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” was released, ther church was in an uproar, calling it blasphemous, even though the film is not about Jesus and only depicts him twice from a distance, at his birth (next door to Brian) and the Sermon on the mount. The Church condemnation made the film a hit, giving it more public exposure in debates like this one on BBC with John Cleese and Michael Palin defending their work against Mervyn Stockwood , then the Bishop of Southwark, later outed as gay!
Israeli forces demolished 24 Palestinian buildings in a disputed military zone in the West Bank Tuesday, including 10 funded by the European Union, leaving families homeless, authorities and residents said.
Note: Thugs, murders, liars and thieves, supported by your tax dollars.
The victims of the Saudi bombing in Yemen is still on the rise as the monarchy regime keeps bombing residential areas, children playgrounds and civilian markets in Sanaa and other Yemeni cities.
The Syrian Army announced minutes ago that its soldiers and their popular allies have reached to the gates of Ma’arasta al-Khan, a small town in the Northwestern part of the newly-liberated Hardatnin and on the main road to al-Zahra and Nubl.
The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) pushed the militant groups back from their positions near a main road in the Northern part of Homs province on Wednesday and seized full control over the militants’ line of supply http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001186
The Russian fighter jets carried out several combat flights over the defense lines of the militant groups North of Aleppo and targeted them heavily in a move to provide aerial coverage for the massive operation of the government forces’ near Nubl and al-Zahra http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114000750
The job cuts will reduce the number of its employees to about 9,000 by the end of 2016.
The announcement came as Yahoo reported a $4.3bn (£3bn) loss for the year.
The Zika Virus Hoax Exposed, “Thanks” To The Associated Press (AP): Of The 4,180 Suspected Microcephaly Cases Only 270 Could Be Confirmed And Of Those 270 Cases Only 6 Cases Were Confirmed To Have The Zika Virus. SIX CASES!!!
“Hello, AP? Anyone home? Pick up. Don’t you see what you’re reporting? Don’t you get it?
So far, there are only six confirmed cases where a baby was born with microcephaly and also had the Zika virus. Six cases. That’s six.”
“There is absolutely no evidence that Zika is causing anything here. Zero evidence.”
So something else is causing the microcephaly; something being covered up. GMO? Glyphosate?
Reports from Aleppo province said on Wednesday that militant groups are evacuating all villages and areas near the towns of Nubl and al-Zahra as the Syrian army, Hezbollah and popular forces continue to gain ground in nearby areas.
The ISIL terrorist group has executed 43 of its own militants on charges of leaving the battlefields and escaping war against the Syrian army, local sources reported http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114000471
A notorious commander of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group was killed in the Syrian army’s artillery attacks North of Aleppo province on Wednesday http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001280
Two more senior commanders of the al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorist group of Nouriddeen al-Zinki were killed in the Syrian government forces’ offensives in the Northwestern part of Aleppo on Wednesday http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001124
A shocking video of a group of migrant men attacking two pensioners who allegedly stopped them from groping a young woman on the subway in Munich has sparked a police hunt.
The footage shows the gang of around five men – who appear to be of ‘Arab’ origin – roughly seizing one elderly man by the arms as they shout abuse at him.
The second elderly victim can be seen grappling with one of the gang, before he is held up by the neck and threatened.
So … how’s that “Let’s blend everyone together into one formless mass with no identity” idea working out for you globalists?
The Yemeni army and popular forces rained down a barrage of missiles at the Saudi forces’ military tower in Al-Dokhan region in Jizan province in Southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Al-Dokhan tower was reportedly destroyed in the Yemeni missile attacks in Jizan as eyewitnesses said that they had seen smoke rising from it. The Yemeni army and popular forces regained control of Al-Khurma region in Asir province after they destroyed two arms depots and other military hardware of the Yemeni forces in the region. Meantime, the Yemeni army’s artillery units pounded Malhama military base in Jizan province. The Saudi troops started fleeing their base as soon as they came under the missile attack.
Yemeni Forces Destroy More Saudi Tanks, Armored Vehicles in Ma’rib, Ta’iz Provinces http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001068
When looking back from the perspective of the 1800’s America, the experience in the 20th and certainly the 21th centuries, has been a consistent and total repudiation of the underpinnings of civil liberties. With the widespread rejection of natural law, the secular humanism of the worldly culture has replaced the time tested and well-grounded principles that are the basis of Western Civilization.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” — Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story of the John Marshall Court
Hundreds of Takfiri terrorists are trying to cross the border to Turkey after losing vast grounds and dozens of their friends in the Syrian army’s massive operations in Northern Aleppo province.
Turkey is shelling the Syrian forces as they advance … inside Syria.
Secretary of State John Kerry has been conspicuously quiet about his predecessor’s email controversy, and perhaps now we know why.
One of the emails that the State Department released on Friday was sent by Kerry—from his iPad—to then-Sec. Clinton, and it has been determined that that email contained classified information.
This isn’t the first time an email from Kerry has been found on her server—previous email releases have shown that she and her staff communicated with him on a number of occasions when he was a senator—but this is the first email that has been classified as “Secret.”
According to the Australian government, the weak and feeble Labor opposition and the idiotic sycophants and crooks in corporate and mainstream media Australia, the TPP is God’s gift to the Australian economy. This propaganda is an utter lie. The TPP is set up to benefit cross border corporate greed and theft…………KT
The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade agreement since in its current form it “is out of step with today’s international human rights regime.”
“That’s the whole point!” — Official White Horse Souse
Microsoft confirmed the change in a statement to The Verge. “As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.
Translation: “We’re gonna shove it down your throats whether you want it or not! This is a fascist country now, and yo do what the corporations tell you to do or bad things will happen to you! Microsoft, Microsoft, Uber alles!”
The Zionist UK Jewish Chronicle reported last weekend that Jewdas, a so-called ‘Left’ Jewish group, recently participated in an Anti-Fa march in Dover against ‘right wing extremists’ who oppose the entry of Syrian refugees into the Kingdom.
a government of sociopaths will reap a population of sheeple
Our views on nuclear weapons run the gauntlet from guarantor of our national security to theater of the absurd. Those partial to the former paint nuclear weapons as not a weapons system, but a threat that’s not even brandished, but sits on the shelf: “our nuclear deterrent.” To most, the concept of deterrence makes perfect sense. Even a child instinctively understands the basic principle: you need something to brandish in a bully’s face to make him back off.
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) is expected to launch its Sniper app, which it says is a search engine for anti-Semitic content.
The Sniper system is set up to scan the internet using an algorithm that will identify certain keywords in different languages. A crew of WZO members will scan the results, confirm the cases that actually show real anti-Semitism, and respond with direct replies or contact authorities in the offending party’s country.
WZO emphasizes the fact that the app will be monitored and supervised, so that its use will be proper, and not aimed at shaming individuals or groups without proper evidence.
H&M and Next, two of Europe’s biggest garment retailers, have found Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, according to a report by a company ethics watchdog.
Of the 28 major brands questioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRCC) about conditions at their supplier factories in Turkey and the potential exploitation of undocumented Syrian children and adults, only H&M and Next confessed to finding children working in the factories.
Recent revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the heads of state of countries allied with the United States – even after President Obama promised to end such spying – have sparked new debates about U.S. surveillance culture.
The Israeli government has vowed to launch an “electronic war” against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, including monitoring, tracking and thwarting their activities in cyber space, as well as attacking it with “special sophisticated tools”.
This meets the definition of terror under the USAPATRIOT Act.
Some 1,300 hotels have been put up for sale in various Turkish resorts as economic problems, terrorist attacks and the crisis in relations with Russia are felt in the tourist sector, Turkish media reported Monday.
Short-staffing and outdated technology at Canada’s borders could be helping groups abroad build weapons of mass destruction.
The findings of a new audit, tabled Tuesday, found almost a fifth of high-risk exports are not being screened, while gaps in screening could mean exporters are gaming the system.
British university educated engineer Jarno Smeets claims to have achieved birdlike flight with a set of man-made wings in a video that has spread rapidly around the internet.
In 2015, a CNN segment over a word turned into an awkward, dramatic confrontation. When host Erin Burnett asked why the word “thug” isn’t an acceptable way to describe predominantly black protesters and rioters in Baltimore, City Councilman Carl Stokesresponded, “Come on. So calling them thugs? Just call them ni**ers.”
Something has just happened that has signaled a recession every single time that it has occurred since World War I. 16 times since 1919 there have been at least 8 month-over-month declines in industrial production during the preceding 12 month period, and in each of those 16 instances the U.S. economy has plunged into recession. Now that it has happened again, will the U.S. economy beat the odds and avoid a major economic downturn? I certainly wouldn’t count on it. As I have written about repeatedly, there are a whole host of other numbers that are screaming that a new recession is here, and global financial markets are crumbling. It would take a miracle of epic proportions to pull us out of this tailspin, and yet there are many people out there that are absolutely convinced that it will happen.
As of early Tuesday morning, Iowa’s Democratic Party reported Clinton having 49.9 of the vote and Sanders receiving 49.6 percent. Despite 1 percent of the precincts still missing, Clinton’s press secretary claimed victory.
Concern about voter fraud was raised late Monday night when C-Span posted video that showed a Polk County caucus chair and Clinton precinct captain did not conduct an actual count of the caucusgoers. Results were also slow to come in with about 5 percent of the precincts (roughly 90 precincts) going unreported at the time that Clinton and Sanders addressed their supporters late Monday night.
On a charter flight to New Hampshire, Sanders had no answers as to what happened with the count.
“Your guess is as good as mine as to what happened,” said Sanders. “I can only hope and expect the count will be honest.”
In its endorsement of Hillary, the New York Times editorial board did such a sloppy job I can’t help but think it may have done permanent damage to its brand. Upon reading it, my initial conclusion was that the editorial board was either suffering from Stockholm syndrome or merely concerned about losing advertising revenues should they endorse Sanders. Then I thought some more and I realized my initial conclusions were wrong. Something else is going on here, something far more subtle, subconscious and illuminating. The New York Times is defending the establishment candidate simply because the New York Times is the establishment.
Americans are feeling the impoverishing effects of the shift from middle-income to low-income jobs. The disappearance—or, more accurately, downsizing—of living-wage jobs is documented by numerous reports that reveal the suddenness and the extent of this affront to middle America.
A second congressional committee has launched an investigation into the security of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent letters this week to four companies that played roles in maintaining and protecting the server.
“Understanding these companies’ roles in providing software and services to maintain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server is critical to improving government cybersecurity standards,” Smith said in a statement.
No mention of Israel here………………KT
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he believes foreign countries like Russia, China and Iran may have hacked the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of State.
“Given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked about 100,000 times a day, I think the odds are pretty high,” he said Thursday during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
Gates said he agreed with former acting CIA Director Mike Morell’s claim that the server had probably been hacked by either Russia, China or Iran.
Or Russia, China and Iran made a “donation” to the Clinton “Charitable” Foundation and got the password!
Security’s being tightened in the German city of Cologne ahead Thursday’s annual carnival.
Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. must pay $10 million in fines and penalties for telling U.S. officials the timber for its wood flooring came from Germany rather than the actual source — the habitats of endangered Siberian tigers in southeast Asia
Lumber Liquidators shares jumped as much as 17 percent with trading volatility briefly triggering market circuit breakers. New York Stock Exchange trading resumed about six minutes later.
A Japanese company is to open the world’s first “robot farm”, as agriculture joins other sectors of the economy in attempting to fill labour shortages created by the country’s rapidly ageing population.
A little over a week ago, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released hundreds of pages of e-mails related to Flint from 2014 and 2015. One of the attachments, an assessment of Flint’s water system by a private water corporation, is very significant.
Everyone probably is familiar with the world population growth clock. Likewise, there’s the time-bomb-like clockwork for the United States national debt. But has anyone ever imagined what a clock would be like that ticks off Big Pharma’s impressive records?
Such a clock would not tick off Big Pharma’s earnings or profits, though. Much to everyone’s probable utter shock, a ‘clock’ has been developed and posted online titled “Pharma Death Clock”, which lists “Total deaths in the United States since January 1, 2000…Big Pharma’s chemical warfare on humanity dwarfs the number of victims killed by all world wars and acts of terrorism combined… While drug companies profit billions, people are dying by the millions.”
Ted Cruz is ineligible to run for President of the United States. He was born in Canada, of parents who were Canadian citizens at the time of his birth. Cruz’s mother claims to have been born in Delaware. The State of Delaware claims not to have any records of her. (The authenticity of the Birth Certificate provided by the Cruz campaign is now in dispute.) But even if genuine, it makes Cruz a US citizen, but not “Natural Born.”
Ted Cruz’s supporters try to get around “Natural Born” by claiming it simply means any US citizen, an opinion even echoed at Wikipedia!
But if any US citizen could be President, then the qualifier “Natural Born” would not be needed (and is not present in the Constitutional citizenship requirements for Representatives and Senators). Clearly, to the Founding Fathers, “Natural Born” had a specific and obvious meaning, applied exclusively to the Presidency!
A group of geoscientists onboard Investigator, the CSIRO’s research ship, managed to capture a rare video footage of the Big Ben volcano eruption in the sub-Antarctic. Because of its extensive ice coverage, very little is so far known about its structure.
Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer’s plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow caused outrage among German politicians, German newspaper Die Welt reported.
Poking fun at political correctness.
Today’s news features an excellent example of the 1984-like absurd attempts at manipulation of information that characterize the pro-US regime in Kiev.
The coup regime has adopted an Orwellian Newspeak term to represent the supposed “Russian aggression” against the country, though there is an almost total lack of objective evidence of such aggression. That term is hybrid war.
On Monday we got the latest “big” news out of China when Beijing announced it had arrested 21 people over a $7.6 billion P2P fraud Ezubao. 900,000 people were defrauded, making the fiasco the biggest ponzi scheme in history by number of victims.
John Cleese says political correctness has gone too far, especially on America’s college campuses, where he will no longer go to perform. As BigThink reports, the very essence of his trade — comedy — is criticism and that not infrequently means hurt feelings. But protecting everyone from negative emotion all the time is not only impractical (one can’t control the feelings of another), but also improper in a free society.
Cleese, having worked with psychiatrist Robin Skynner, says there may even be something more sinister behind the insistence to be always be politically correct.
“If you start to say we mustn’t, we mustn’t criticize or offend them then humor is gone. With humor goes a sense of proportion. And then as far as I’m concerned you’re living in 1984.”
Cleese lampooned political correctness in “Life of Brian.”
Two months ago, we observed the record plunge in Hong Kong home sales when according to Land Registry data, a paltry 2,826 registered residential transactions were record, down 14.4% from October and what we thought was an amazing 41.7% less than in November last year. This was the lowest print in the history of the series.
Little did we know just how bad it would get just two months later.
…One would suspect a 6,000-strong foreign military force being sent into Libya would be major headline news, with debates raging before the operation even was approved. However, it appears with no debate, no public approval, and little media coverage, US, British, and European troops, including Libya’s former colonial rulers – the Italians – are pushing forward with direct military intervention in Libya, once again…
IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS, THE HILLARY 2016 SUPER-PAC RAISED $25.3 MILLION, MEANING THAT SOROS’S CONTRIBUTION ACCOUNTED FOR ALMOST A QUARTER OF ITS FUNDRAISING HAUL.
Hillary Clinton is a funny duck. On CBS This Morning she said that “anyone who knows me knows that I am not in the pocket of anyone”. Her statement immediately caused the CBS panel to break into laughter while she was still speaking. Funnier still is the fact that last month she and her super-PAC happily accepted $6 million from former Nazi collaborator George Soros. Hmm, not in anyone’s pocket, eh?
Moscow is used to “unsubstantiated claims” coming from Western capitals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said in a strong response to his British counterpart’s statement that Russia is undermining international peace efforts in Syria.
“Concerning the statements from London and other Western capitals claiming that our Air Force operations in Syria are not contributing to the resolution of the conflict – we are used to such statements. They are completely groundless,” Lavrov said following a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday.
Such statements “reflect the anxiety of our Western partners that our Air Force is operating effectively in Syrian airspace,” he added.
A Russian publication predicted that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will use the kingdom’s army which is under his control to topple Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef to prevent his ascending to the throne.
The fact that even C-SPAN calls it outright voter fraud should leave Americans with no illusions: The Democratic nominee has already been chosen.
But wait, it gets worse:
That’s right: Caucus results from 90 precincts are missing. Clinton is certainly talented at misplacing/deleting things that she doesn’t want people to read.
Results from 90 precincts are missing? Wasn’t that Microsoft app supposed to send all that data direct to the tabulation center? Were they running that thing on Windows 10? Vista? ME?
Anyone want to bet those 90 missing precincts favored Sanders?
Someone needs to call the precinct captains and ask if they still have their totals.
In this video Luke Rudkowski and Julio N Rausseo confront former presidential candidate and now Marco Rubio spokesperson George Pataki on attending the elites only bilderberg meeting. Pataki praised himself as an honest man more than two times during the press conference but when asked about the bilderberg meeting he quickly showed how dishonest he was.
It is an enormous 2,850-acre site, 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, that was once a top-secret NASA lab.
Santa Susana Field Laboratory now stands unused and frozen in time, slowly rusting and decaying in the elements.
Despite being abandoned for the best part of a decade, the colossal structure still towers over the skyline.
The enormous station, which still has 24-hour surveillance and security, was opened on a craggy plateau in easternmost Ventura County in 1948.
In 1959, it was home to America’s first and worst nuclear disaster.
The ground underneath the facility is loaded with toxic waste and radioactivity, and it sits only a few miles away from the leaking gas field!
An Israeli cabinet minister has attacked the marriage of Hillary Clinton’s daughter to a Jewish man as proof that liberal US Jews do not take their faith seriously.
The comments by Yariv Levin, a Right-wing member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, are an unusually personal swipe at the family of the potential next president of the United States.
Russia has sent its advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters to Syria to test the brand-new aircraft in a combat environment for the first time ever; aviation experts explain what makes the warplanes so unique.
As the news above was being released, a different story of a newly discovered murder in Utah was being unveiled. This was about the death of the son-in-law of Shawna Cox, at her home in Utah. This story will no doubt be a target of the Gag Order that a Federal Judge is expected to issue today in Oregon.
“As a footnote, and as a precondition of her release, Shawna Cox was ordered to have all guns at her Utah home removed. After the guns were removed, her son-in-law, sitting in close proximity to the guns was suddenly and mysteriously caught in a fire in which all the guns and ammunition went up in smoke. Shawna’s son-in-law was killed in the event.”
While I was writing my first book in 1987, AIDS INC., I spoke with a media rep at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). After a bit of wrangling, he told me what I wanted to know: the CDC sends certain people to Langley for CIA training, and when they come back they have advanced security clearances.
This melded nicely with what I was learning about the CDC’s little-known Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Right off the top, I can tell you they create disinformation on a scale that must make the CIA jealous…
Although the movement ostensibly targets universities, not individuals, Israeli academics say they are often snubbed at the personal level.
As the nation focuses on the Iowa caucus, we turn to a local issue that has received little attention.
When Earnest was asked whether Clinton would be indicted in this case, Earnest responded, “I know that some officials over there have said that she is not a target of the investigation, so that does not seem to be the direction it’s trending.”
Speaking on the On the Record with Greta Van Susteren show Friday, Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge said Earnest’s statements have FBI and Justice departments “super pissed off.”
An Israeli pro-settlement company has been accused of forging acquisitions relating to more than a dozen real estate deals in the West Bank. A Channel 10 program alleged that 14 of 15 land deals police examined were fraudulent.
The Israeli authorities have been trying to clear illegal Jewish outposts from the Binyamin region of the West Bank. These include settlements such as Migron and Givat Asaf, which have proved to be flashpoints between pro-Israeli settlers and Palestinians.
An investigative report by Channel 10, as cited by Haaretz claimed that officials from Al-Watan, a company run by Zeev Hever, who has been a key figure in the Israeli settlement movement, were responsible for the forged deals.
A ‘powerful’ explosion has been reported at a school building in the Swedish town of Karlstad, local media say. Emergency services are at the scene.
Fire broke out at the site following the explosion, Expressen newspaper reported. There have been no reports of casualties so far.
“The Jews control Hollywood.” It’s one of those anti-Semitic tropes that, we all know, contains a certain grain of truth. “Control,” no — not with that ominous, conspiratorial connotation. But “helped create”? “Disproportionately populate?” Sure.
In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, and infant formula packaging. Manufacturers had already dropped the use of BPA after studies linked it to early puberty and a rise in breast and prostate cancers. “BPA-free” became all the rage, but even in 2014, there were hints that BPA alternatives were not as safe as presumed. Anew study by UCLA researchers is adding to the evidence that BPS—the most common alternative—is most likely no safer than BPA.
Of course, a war in the Middle East wouldn’t be complete unless the US was involved in some capacity. Officially, our government is only providing logistical support and intel for the Saudis, as well as the occasional drone strike. However, there is a bit more to it than that, because the Saudi coalition has employed hundreds of mercenaries from South America (mainly Colombians) and Africa. And these people are being led by mercenaries from Academi, formerly known as Xe, which was formerly known as Blackwater.
A look into the origins of the pledge of allegiance – mandatory regurgitation for school children – reveals that it was actually created by a magazine in 1892 in order to sell flags to schools, and the pledge was created by Francis Bellamy to create a reason for schools to buy the flags.
In turn, this social ritual creates cohesion and unity in the mind of the public with the federal government.
Until it was changed in the 1940s, the salute was actually a military salute wherein children then “hailed” the flag in a fashion very similar to what was done in Nazi Germany.
When people hear the world “armageddon” there are usually certain images the minds eye begins seeing. For each person it is probably little different with one exception. For the most part, there is nothing good associated with armageddon.
If we look at how our financial and economic worlds are beginning to unfold, especially over the past six months, we see nothing positive happening. Economies, around the world, are in free fall. How can I say this with such conviction? Well, if we look at the actual numbers, not the propaganda paraded as truth through the mainstream media, we begin to see just how bad it really is.
UC Berkeley faculty members are buzzing over news that University of California President Janet Napolitano ordered the installation of computer hardware capable of monitoring all e-mails going in and out of the UC system.
“We must make sure you are not thinking those double-plus ungood thoughts!!!” — Official White Horse Souse
After a Palestinian Authority staff sergeant was shot dead when he allegedly opened fire on and wounded three Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint on Sunday, Israel’s leading newspaper described the incident as “the nightmare scenario that has worried Israel for months.”
President Obama will request $582.7 billion in funding for the Pentagon as part of the fiscal year 2017 budget, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Pentagon plans to focus on keeping an edge over competition rather getting ready for “big wars.”
A group of Texas ranchers are furious after representatives from the federal Bureau of Land Management made claims that their land doesn’t actually belong to the ranchers, but rather it belonged to the federal government. The federal officials claim that despite each rancher having a deed for their property and having paid property taxes on the land each year, the land should never have been sold, as it is actually federal land. However, at least one rancher, Ken Aderholt, isn’t giving up his property without a fight. Aderholt notes that his family has lived and raised cattle on the land for the past 70 years, even building a home on the property that the government now claims it owns.
Under the Constitution, the Federal Government is only allowed to own the land under Federal Buildings, and Federal infrastructure such as harbors, airports, and military bases. The Founding Fathers included that Enclave Clause to prevent the government from “solving” its self-made economic problems by plundering the property of the people.
>Oil and natural gas prices fell 42 percent in fourth quarter
>Global demand growth in 2016 slows to 1.3 percent: IEA
Exxon Mobil Corp. posted its steepest annual profit decline in more than a decade after deeper-than-planned spending cuts failed to offset the impact of crumbling crude and natural gas prices. The stock dropped almost 2 percent.
It’s not the ‘nothing-burger’ Clinton allies have tried to portray — lives are literally at stake
Former FX trader at Citigroup, Chris Arnade, just penned a poignant and entertaining Op-ed at The Guardian detailing how Wall Street came to own the Democratic Party via the Clintons over the course of his career. While anyone reading this already knows how completely bought and paid for the Clintons are by the big financial interests, the article provides some interesting anecdotes as well as a classic quote about a young Larry Summers.
The Clouds Are Gathering Again Over The Global Village We Live In; They Are Getting Darker Every Day. Central Bank Desperation Hits Fever Pitch, February Could Be The Beginning Of A Technical Bear Market Decline.
“If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.”
As a global boycott movement against Israeli universities gains steam, Israeli professors say they are feeling the pressure from their colleagues overseas. Although the movement ostensibly targets universities, not individuals, Israeli academics say they are often shunned at the personal level. They experience snubs at academic conferences, struggle to get recommendations and can experience difficulty publishing their work in professional journals.
Oil LCOc1 struggled to steady, having fallen as much as 7 percent on Monday, and the glum macro mood sweeping back though markets saw European shares .FTEU3 follow Asia .MIAPJ0000PUS deep into the red.
Britain’s FTSE 100 .FTSE, Germany’s DAX .GDAXI and France’s CAC 40 .FCHI were down 1.4-1.7 percent as BP’s biggest loss in 20 years and plans to cut thousands more jobs dovetailed with rating cuts by S&P for Shell and BHP Billiton to underscore commodity woes.
Banks were hit too
n the currency markets, waning risk appetite nudged Japan’s yen JPY= and the euro EUR= up against the dollar. But the greenback was squeezing the main emerging markets, up as much as 1 percent against the rouble RUB, the rand ZAR=, Mexico’s peso MXN= and Malaysia’s ringgit.
The Australian dollar AUD= also slipped
by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).
This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.
It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.
February 1, 2016
And the beat goes on. The media talks about the abortion issue, they talk about the percentage of Jews and Blacks who voted for each candidate, about gay-marriage and on and on and on…………
But they sure aren’t talking about the exit polls, or the way Bush’s tallies spiked upwards whereever the Diebold machines were used. They don’t talk about Kerry’s sudden decision to not pursue the issues and fight for a proper accounting. They don’t talk about the problems that have arisen from electronic voting.
They don’t talk about ELECTION FRAUD. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle it goes–waaaay under the rug. Hush peons. We just don’t discuss such things. Why look at your newly “chosen” leader! Why don’t they tell us who really chose him? It sure as hell wasn’t us.
As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.
The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the Government Accountability Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage. Click here for GAO Report
The government’s lead investigative agency is known for its general incorruptibility and its thorough, in-depth analyses. Its concurrence with assertions widely dismissed as “conspiracy theories” adds crucial new weight to the case that Team Bush has no legitimate business being in the White House.
Businessman Donald Trump was leading in polling ahead of the vote but is likely to finish in second place.
“People who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” Joseph Stalin
Fluoridated milk will be handed out to 8,000 schoolchildren in Blackpool to help tackle “poor dental health”.
The move is part of the Lancashire seaside town’s free school breakfast scheme – but parents will be able to opt out of allowing their children to be given the drink.
Blackpool councillor Tony Williams, who has concerns over the plan, said “mass medication” should not be allowed.
Councillors approved the scheme and a group will be set up to implement it.
With the ongoing methane leak in Porter Ranch California getting worse, I thought of what Matt Simmons might have said if he were still alive. So I dug out one of his last interviews he did right before he died that was about the BP oil spill. He speaks about the dangers of the massive amounts of methane that was leaking from the Macondo oil well in the gulf of Mexico. His warnings are appropriate for the situation going on in California today.
When officials arrested the leaders of the protest group occupying a federal wildlife refuge last week, it appeared the standoff gripping the community of Burns, Oregon, was coming to a close.
Now a new group has entered the scene, ramping up protests and requesting more outsiders come to the remote Oregon community even as four remaining occupiers of the refuge refuse to surrender.
The Pacific Patriots Network, which is protesting the death of Robert “Lavoy” Finicum last week and the armed federal response to the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, staged a rally Saturday followed by a memorial service Sunday for Finicum. Another rally is scheduled for Monday.
Police have questioned a BBC star over allegations that he recently sexually assaulted a 23-year-old man in a hotel room.
The TV personality, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is thought to be a regular on a popular BBC family show.
The international geopolitical balances and situations are developing to a situation where Russia will, at some future point, be the leader of the FREE world. Honest Nations realise this, individual people realise this and so does the corrupt, criminal and fake United States of America………….KT
Dear Mr Putin, It is customary to say I hope this finds you in good heath when we address a Head of State in an open letter. But America and its NATO partners are the sick ones. We are in terrible economic, social and political health. Our press and our political leaders lie to us. They rob us and demand we believe their lies. Thirty years ago a man whose family had farmed their land for generations was told by the federal government that they needed his farm where he had been growing onions. Their land was seized for pennies on the dollar. Today a giant agricultural corporation is raising onions which was the same crop he and his family had been raising.
Last year police seized more assets from American citizens than did all the burglars, muggers and armed robbers. And our police killed more innocent civilians than did terrorists and crazed mass shooters.
The Federal Reserve seems to have been caught off-guard by the recent turmoil on the markets. As the Chinese economic growth seems to be slowing down, all of the Western central banks need to re-think their plans, and the Federal Reserve will have to kneel in the dust.
Whereas just a few weeks ago, the Fed ‘promised’ the markets it would increase the interest rates 4 times in just twelve months, the central bank is already reneging on its promise as it no longer thinks it will be able to do so without completely suffocating the economy. As we explained in a previous column, the use of some specific words when the original rate hike was announced indicated to us the Fed was actually anticipating the markets might not be ready for more rate hikes just yet.
A Syrian opposition official said on Monday the government must within a few days state its readiness to implement goodwill measures on the ground, accusing the U.N. peace envoy of overstepping the mark by declaring the start of peace talks.
The Syrian opposition has travelled to Geneva, where peace talks to end the country’s five year old conflict began on Friday, but has repeatedly said it will not enter negotiations without humanitarian measures, such as the lifting of sieges, being implemented first.
Monzer Makhous, an official from the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee, told Arabic news channel Al Arabiya: “The Syrian regime must state directly, frankly and without ambiguity that it is ready to implement (United Nations) Articles 12 and 13 immediately, and it must not take more than a few days.”
“If not, the High Negotiations Committee will not take part in any other process,” Monzer said.
Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama’s coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.
The consumer group U.S. Right to Know today called for improved transparency and public disclosure of industry funding for and coordination with public university professors.
The Exide Corporation said today that it pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy charges and would pay a $27.5 million fine over five years to end a federal criminal investigation into auto battery sales to former customers of Sears, Roebuck & Company.
The government investigated accusations that the company manufactured a defective product that did not meet the standard for the Sears DieHard brand of batteries. The case grew out of earlier investigations of accusations that Exide, the largest maker of automotive batteries, conspired with Sears to sell used batteries as new, and former Exide officials paid bribes to conceal the fraud.
Nine Americans have been detained on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia over the past week, according to the English-language daily Saudi Gazette.
Wogan allegedly told the BBC news service:
“I ridiculed someone who was in the process of waking up. You see I was asleep myself just as so many others were. Well, I apologise to Mr Icke unreservedly for being a snivelling arse that night on the Wogan show. David Icke was correct on Jimmy Savile and all the others, especially those in the halls of power,”
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says the recent claim by Turkey that a Russian warplane had violated the NATO member state’s airspace lacks any factual basis, describing the allegation as a “premeditated provocation.”
“The hysteria launched by the Turkish side, that we define as unsubstantiated propaganda, looks pretty much like a premeditated provocation,” Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Monday.
In the statement Konashenkov said Russia’s military, instead, had in possession a video which showed “a Turkish artillery battery shelling a Syrian frontier village”.
Every few days, another bombshell appears in the media illustrating just how poorly Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as our nation’s foreign policy boss, handled communications security. By now, we have a complex portrait of someone whose mishandling of our nation’s secrets, by herself and her staff, beggars belief for anyone versed in such matters. EmailGate isn’t going away, no matter how much Ms. Clinton’s supporters want it to.
Over the last few days, whenever I try to comment about the question of Hillary spying to any media that uses Facebook for comments, the comment is blocked and the error message simply says “Oops!”
Is Facebook trying to protect Hillary from an espionage charge?
Please copy the below and comment it into every story you see about the emails!
Remember China-gate from 1996? Then President Bill Clinton authorized the sale of sensitive US technology to China and Chinese money was donated to his re-election campaign!
Was Hillary playing the same game, selling US secrets delivered via a private server with weaker security than the Ashley Madison website in exchange for “donations” to her “charitable” foundation?
It is time to look past the server itself to what may be the biggest spy scandal in US history!
The police, counter-terrorism agencyNCTB and the ministries of justice and defence are working on a range of measures to combat drones,broadcaster Nos said.
They must be reading my website. I made the following image (as a joke) when police drones first became an issue!
When my son was about four years old he played a little game; if he saw someone or something that he didn’t want to see he would close his eyes and imagine that they were gone.
He was four at the time but thankfully outgrew this as he got older and learned to accept the reality of situations. Israel is almost sixty eight and still plays that game in regards to the existence of Palestine. Will they ever grow up?
Shawna Cox is one of five occupants who traveled in with LaVoy Finicum in his white pickup truck on January 26, 2016. Tonight at 10pm Mountain, Rick Koerber and Free Capitalist Radio broadcast ((video below)) her first-hand statements from a telephone interview earlier in the day, recounting the events she experienced, including the tragic shooting death of Mr. Finicum on January 26. This is the second eyewitness account being reported to the public, both differ dramatically from the official FBI story.
GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI.
“[Your information is] too precise, too complete to be believed. The questionnaire plus the other information you brought spell out in detail exactly where, when, how, and by whom we are to be attacked. If anything, it sounds like a trap.”
FBI response to the top British spy, Dusko Popov (code named “Tricycle”) on August 10, 1941, dismissing Popov’s report of the complete Japanese plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor: The Verdict Of History by Gordon Prange, appendix 7 published in 1986. Based on records from the JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Nov 15, 1945 to May 31, 1946.
A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by migrants in a case that triggered a furore in Germany and briefly embroiled Berlin police in a spat with the Kremlin, state prosecutors said.
Canada’s top general says the Canadian Armed Forces’s new sexual misconduct response centre has fielded more than 100 complaints of sexual assault or harassment since it opened in September, resulting in eight investigations.
I thought that I had disclosed in *America’s Decline*, the ultimate secret of
Pearl Harbor, the fact that the unspeakably foul energumenon called Franklin
Roosevelt, in January 1941, almost a full year before the attack on Pearl
Harbor, had incited the Japanese by informing “in strict confidence” the
Portuguese Ambassador that his countrymen need not be concerned about their
colonies in the Orient because the United States was going to attack Japan when
her military forces were extended to the limit and most vulnerable, and would
thus destroy Japan. The Ambassador naturally cabled the good news to his
government in his most secret code, which the Japanese had compromised and were
reading currently. And the success of the diseased monster’s scheme was attested
a few days later when the Portuguese message was quoted in Japanese diplomatic
messages that American cryptanalysts were reading. (1) The Japanese were thus
Reclusive Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter wrote a check for Trump’s veterans fundraiser. Predictably, many Marvel fans and left-wingers went bananas.
Only in the twisted minds of NYPD officials would “more powerful weapons” be a solution to prevent their officers from killing people. Sadly, this is no joke. The NYPD recently announced that they are planning to stock more powerful and potent pepper spray, and they actually claim that this would be intended to prevent police from shooting people. The potency that has been used by the NYPD and other departments previously is already highly dangerous with a concentration of just .21% capsaicinoids. The new spray will be concentrated at .67% which will undoubtedly be more dangerous and far more painful. The NYPD has already begun rolling out the new concentration and has equipped over 19,000 officers with the new mixture.
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As the World Health Organization prepares to convene an emergency committee under international health regulations on Monday February 1, many are now wondering exactly where the Zika virus came from. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Zika went from its first discovered case in 1947 and sporadic appearances up until last year, the…
The Aliso Canyon gas leak (also called Porter Ranch gas leak) is a massive, uncontrolled, ongoing leak from a natural gas well connected to the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility near Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, California since October 23, 2015. The second largest gas storage facility of its kind in the United States belongs to the Southern California Gas Company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. On January 6, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency.
Just like the BP Gulf oil spill, this disaster has made the nation aware that gas leaks are far more common than otherwise known.
Last week, we reported the uncontained U.S. lab virus dubbed by Donetsk Army officials as “Californian Flu” that killed over 20 Ukraine soldiers and hospitalized hundreds more. The deadly strain apparently escaped a U.S. military lab located near the city of Kharkov and is said to claim lives within two days. Coincidentally, reports surfaced of another flu epidemic that spread to…
FSA rebels posing as refugees. Aid convoy brings them….weapons. And you ask why Russia bombs them? youtube removes this (i wonder why, hehehe :))
The federal government has agreed to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until it studies whether the practice is safe for the environment, according to legal settlements filed Friday.
It’s hard to think of an issue that you would less like your company to be associated with than modern slavery. Yet last November Nestlé, the world’s largest foodmaker and one of the most recognisable household brands, went public with the news it had found forced labour in its supply chains in Thailand and that its customers were buying products tainted with the blood and sweat of poor, unpaid and abused migrant workers.
Gold and silver rallied (5.3% and 3.4% respectively) in January, as stocks fell sharply.
Turmoil and sharp falls in Chinese and global stock markets, plunging oil prices, rising stress in credit markets and further signs of weak US and global growth led to a renewed bout of risk aversion in January.
Precious metals have value that is separate from currency. Gold and silver often make an appearance in any diversified portfolio. When stock prices are down, the prices for precious metals tend to go up. In recent years, gold and silver have hit record-breaking high prices, so knowing which companies offer the best gold buying experience is important. Gold dealers may offer a variety of services from storage to brokerage, depending on customer needs.
Thousands of people marched through Paris and in other French cities on Saturday to decry the proposed extension of a state of emergency imposed after the November Paris attacks.
Advocates for divesting from the firearms industry got a boost from Wall Street titan George Soros last week. The billionaire investor is in a strong position to make such a call: He’s one of the leading financiers of the gun control movement, and the fund he leads recently owned a piece of the firearms industry.
Every time the gun-grabbers open their mouths,. gun sales go UP!
After repeated refusals and lawsuits from the owners to give up their land, the legislature passed a law to allow Patterson to either repair or close the pass. This was still not enough for the State because according to law, the State cannot inflict eminent domain on property owners, it’s only enforceable by County where the land is located. The reasoning the State is giving for the closure of this vital pass is because of Mother Earth’s natural erosion. The only way for the County to agree to steal the land and shut down the economy as well as the Freedoms for the people who access it is the root of all evil, and that is Money.
Today people are getting sick with Swine Flu and Zika all over the world, with Ebola hanging back while we await the next outbreak. Diseases occur naturally, but since World War II governments have spent billions weaponising different viruses to be used alongside the usual crop of diseases, the old bacterial standbys like anthrax or smallpox and train loads of poison gas.
A bio-chemical warfare “medical research” facility, like the one in Tbilisi, is almost exactly the same as a fully-fledged bio-chemical warfare production facility. All that would be required is to use one portion of a research facility for this purpose, maybe a few secret labs and underground or outbuilding production facilities which are easy to hide. How you tell one from the other is by examining the plans, the security protocols and the budget. You then look at the management of the facility, its history and examine what diseases it “researches.”
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement Saturday that Ankara’s allegations are “proof-less propaganda,” explaining that Turkish airspace controlling radar stations can only determine the altitude, flight line, and speed of an aerial vehicle, but not its type or state affiliation.
To determine the national identity of a warplane (flying combat missions with its transponder turned off) requires the establishment of visual contact from another aircraft, Konashenkov stressed, adding that no visual contact with the Su-34 had been reported. Neither Russia’s air defense systems in Syria, nor Syria’s airspace controlling radar stations, had recorded any violations of the air border between Syria and Turkey, Konashenkov emphasized.
What is collapse? How do we define it? And, are some of the notions of collapse in the public consciousness completely wrong?
It’s funny, because skeptics opposed to the idea of a U.S. collapse in particular will most often retort with a question they think I cannot or will not answer – “So, Mr. Smith, when specifically is this supposed collapse going to take place? What day and time?”
My response has always been – “We’re in the middle of a collapse right now; you really can’t see it right in front of your sneering face?”
Lockheed Martin keeps producing F-35s despite the fact the aircraft’s combat capabilities have yet to be proven. By the time tests will be completed the manufacturer could construct hundreds of new jets that would need costly upgrade.
Here are ten things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late, can only process so much. But if you live in Flint or the State of Michigan as I do, you know all to well that what the greater public has been told only scratches the surface.
The Energy Department has completed an exhaustive technical review of the plant designed to treat waste from the former Hanford nuclear weapons site and ordered the manager of the project to fix more than 500 problems that could compromise its future operation.