News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Swords were given to men, that none might be Slaves, but such as know not how to use them.” — Algernon Sidney (1622-1683) English statesman, writer, Whig leader, Source: Discourses Concerning Government 270 (1763)
The search giant has been ordered to change the way it collects data from users that is then used to target advertising, or face a significant fine.
A Texas plumber says he has no idea how his old company truck ended up in a jihadi photo from the front lines of the war in Syria produced by the militant group ISIS
The New York Daily News reported that Mark Oberholtzer of Texas City traded the company car in at a dealership in 2013 and hadn’t thought of it since.
On Monday, however, the Ansar al-Deen Front, a Syrian militant group, posted a photo featuring the black Ford F-250 pickup with an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the truck bed and the logo of Oberholtzer’s Mark-1 Plumbing Company and contact information emblazoned on the doors.
So, whoever bought the truck here in the US and shipped it to ISIS is materially aiding the enemy in time of war. I think that is called treason.
Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has ordered an inquiry into an apparent mass HIV infection believed to have been spread by contaminated needles, as the number of suspected cases passed 100.
Hundreds of panicked residents of the remote village of Roka, in western Battambang province, have sought testing since news of the infections emerged last week, with health officials saying a total of 106 people may have contracted the virus.
“I call for a thorough investigation into the issue,” Hun Sen said in a televised speech, urging tests of the equipment used to verify that the patients have HIV.
snip: That’s a mild characterization; in fact, as the Washington Post (12/9/14) showed, Hayden’s 2007 Senate testimony about CIA torture was revealed to be full of distortions and evasions–from the number of prisoners held by the CIA to his claims that “punches and kicks…have never been employed” and that the “most serious injury” was bruising.
The European Court of Justice today ruled that an obese person can be considered to have a disability if their weight “hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers”.
The judgement was made following the landmark case of a Danish childminder who is believed to have weighed more than 25 stone when he was sacked more than four years ago.
But the ruling has already sparked outrage from a weight-loss expert, who described it as an “absolute kick in the teeth” for disabled people.
Steve Miller, who stars on TV show Fat Families, said: “Being fat is self–inflicted, if someone wants to lose weight they can if they decide to do something about it. Disabled people will never be able to do this.
snip: The study evaluated discussion and debate segments on the Sunday talk shows (CNN’s State of the Union, CBS’s Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week, Fox News Sunday and NBC’s Meet the Press), the PBS NewsHour and a sample of cable news programs that feature roundtables and interview segments (CNN’s Situation Room, Fox News Channel’s Special Report and MSNBC’s Hardball).
The key findings:
–In total, 205 sources appeared on the programs discussing military options in Syria and Iraq. Just six of these guests, or 3 percent, voiced opposition to US military intervention. There were 125 guests (61 percent) who spoke in favor of US war.
–On the high-profile Sunday talk shows, 89 guests were invited to talk about the war. But just one, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, could be coded as an anti-war guest.
This explains the Americans support torture lie!
“Sometimes I wonder, maybe the bear should just sit quietly, munch on berries and honey rather than chasing after piglets, maybe then, they would leave it alone? But no, they wouldn’t, because they will always try to chain it up. And as soon as they chain it up, they will pull out its teeth and claws.”
By teeth and claws, Putin said he meant Russia’s nuclear weapons. The west was circling round to destroy Russia, so it could steal its natural resources, he continued. “Once they’ve taken out his claws and his teeth, then the bear is no longer necessary. He’ll become a stuffed animal.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday made his first public remarks about the Palestinian initiative at the UN aimed at ending the occupation by 2017, saying that unilateral moves would result in a Hamas takeover of the West Bank.
Which is why Netanyahu is shrieking about the EU removing HAMAS from the terror group list.
Two month ago, we became aware of an utterly gross video ‘installation’ by Natalie Cohen-Waxberg. In the video, Cohen-Waxberg poo-ed over many national flags including Arab flags. Apparently, smearing other people’s symbols with human excrement is consistent with Jewish cosmopolitan ideology. At the time, I didn’t notice any Jewish Left organisations criticise Cohen-Waxberg’s production.
Soon after being caught on camera attempting to push into a toilet cabin with another man, Blumenthal gave an interview in which he expressed the worst form of vile Goy-hatred. He denounced ‘German pathology’ and referred to German sickening society,
The hatred of Jewish progressives for the Goyim and the nations of the world is cause for great concern. History reveals that it wasn’t Zionism that disturbed the National Socialists and many Europeans in the 1930’s; it was actually Jewish cosmopolitanism and cultural Marxists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating remains strong amongst the citizenry, at 81%
The Pentagon’s main arm for fighting improvised explosive devices engaged in unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens and companies and improperly collected intelligence from Afghan farmers when an analyst posed as a college student, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday.
The intelligence efforts by the Joint IED Defeat Organization — established to fight roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan — were found to violate executive orders and regulations.
After reporting November business conditions were the best in more than two decades, Mid-Atlantic manufacturers curbed their enthusiasm about the economic environment this month.
Those “unnamed sources” (Mossad, cough-cough) are at it again. This time they have solved the mystery of the hacked Hollywood E-mails and anonymous threats that Jewish Hollywood is all abuzz about. It was the North Koreans, these slimy sleuths assure us. As usual, Sulzberger’s Slimes has accepted the baseless accusation at face value and gone full front-page retard with the bogus claims and threats.
For the big spenders — men willing to spend $350 to $500 for an hour with the girls, some as young as 14 years old — La Tencha had hardly any rules. Anything goes, she told clients — oral sex, anal sex, slapping and hitting. Just don’t strike the girls in the face, she told them. It could depreciate their value.
The feds allege that La Tencha was the “matriarch” of the whole racket, a prostitution ring that smuggled, enslaved, and sold undocumented Mexican girls for at least a decade on Houston’s southeast side.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Amnesty: “Obama’s Unilateral Action Violates Separation of Powers… is Unconstitutional”
While Texas and other states have already initiated lawsuits challenging the order, this is the first case to test how Obama’s unilateral immigration action would impact deportations and sentencing for illegal aliens unlawfully present in the United States.
$2 Trillion High-yield Debt Market On The Verge Of Default, Goldman Sachs Says 1 Trillion In Investments Just Went Poof Due To The Collapse Of Oil, Debt Defaults Have Already Begun To Hit In The North American Shale Oil/gas Industry!
Waking up to the news this morning was like being in an episode of The Twilight Zone …. Are we finally seeing the fruits of decades of struggle? Is there finally hope for the progress and change that was actually voted for??
Thai police ‘harassing’ tourists on streets of Bangkok with searches, on-the-spot drug tests and heavy fines to be paid in cash
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported incidents of Australian tourists being pulled over at this busy heart of the city, and asked to show their passports.
Others have been subjected to random searches, being told to open their bags and take out their belongings – or even asked to submit a urine sample for drugs tests.
Disturbingly, there are reported cases of travellers being given on-the-spot fines that have to be paid immediately, and in cash.
Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008
Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America – as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years.
And a sickening map of abuse shows how at least 786 children, most under the age of four, died from violence or neglect from 2008 to 2013 in plain view of child protection authorities.
Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.
The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.
snip: Washington and Israel replicate each other’s worst crimes. A previous article discussed a UN Committee Against Torture report.
Citing grave US civil and human rights abuses. Including systematic use of torture. Senate Intelligence Committee members confirmed it. In highly redacted form.
Constituting appalling breaches of fundamental rule of law principles. At home and abroad. In US prisons. Global black sites. Out of sight and mind.
Israel operates the same way. Brutalizing Palestinians horrifically. The Middle East Monitor discussed a UN report. Covering around 200 torture methods.
B’Tselem lists around half this number. Including against children. Torture and other forms of abuse reflect the worst of occupation harshness.
How Israel lobbying organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S. federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of a foreign state.
How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?
Cowbirds use the devious strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs. Cowbirds then enjoy unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents. If an avian host dares remove the cowbird’s offspring, the host’s own eggs—if not the entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird.
Major banks across Europe, as well as the UK, US, and Japan, are at major risk should the Russian economy default, according to a new study by Capital Economics.
The ING Group in the Netherlands, Raiffeisen Bank in Austria, Societe General in France, UniCredit in Italy, and Commerzbank in Germany, have all faced significant losses in the wake of the ruble crisis. On Tuesday, the currency had its biggest fall in a decade and a half, losing 20 percent, nearing the 27 percent drop it experienced in 1998 that led to a default.
“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” is an all-day conference which will take place April 10 in the National Press Club ballroom in Washington, DC. Questions will be addressed by experts of all ages and backgrounds from academia, government, independent research organizations and alternative news media shut out of public discourse. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust’s publication Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc (IRmep).
Register online for “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” today at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org
snip: Dicamba was first introduced in 1967 to be used as a broadleaf herbicide. Even then it was linked to higher cancer rates in farmers who used it, as well as birth defects in their male offspring. The herbicide is especially notable for its ability to drift into neighboring farms, thereby damaging crops. – See more at: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-new-herbicide-resistant-gmo-crop-s…
The US-Iranian negotiations for a nuclear deal are slated to resume on Monday amidst growing optimism that this could be the end of the year-long endgame under way, and an accord is in sight, finally. The US secretary of state John Kerry recently said that the effort will be to reach an accord even before the extended deadline of end-June.
The target is to reach a political agreement by March 1, 2015and a comprehensive agreement by July 1. To be sure, if there was any disappointment that the deal couldn’t be struck yet after intense talks began an year ago, that has dispelled. The mood in Tehran bazaar is “bullish”, according to New York Times, sensing that a deal with the US is in the works.
The main reason for this growing optimism is that the two sides have a good idea by now of each other’s ‘red lines’ and also the grey area where give-and-take is possible. In sum, there is no more a need for brinkmanship or grandstanding.
snip: For members of the elite like Malthus, “the system could not be the cause of poverty since they were profiting from it. The cause of poverty was the poor: there were too many of them. Therefore the solution to poverty and threatening revolutionary movements was simply to eliminate poor people and what better solution than war to kill poor people?”
snip: “American foreign policy has almost always been based on agricultural exports, not on industrial exports as people might think. It’s by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.” Professor Michael Hudson .
snip: “Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996,” explains the Institute for Responsible Technology.
“The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.”
The shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 came into greater focus with the December 15 YouTube video featuring a former crew member of BUK self-propelled fire installation, number 312 (BUK 312). Ukraine’s government and others maintained that the BUK 312 unit shot down MH17 while manned by a resistance crew. The Obama administration championed that narrative holding both the resistance and Russia responsible for the 298 deaths on July 17. The interview was conducted by investigative journalist Anatoly Sharij and translated by Marina Stewart (see full test in English at end of this article). (Image: BUK 312 in Kiev junta terrotiry – Anatoly Sharij)
The 23-year-old former BUK 312 crewmember revealed that the missile unit was in fact manned by the Ukraine military.
Morpheus and the Architect stand behind the lectern in a packed White House press room. Morpheus addresses the crowd.
“People, hear me! You are all living in a vast simulation, a prison for your mind two centuries in your future. I am here to tell you that everything is controlled by evil machines! I am here to tell you that you are now free! I am here, and feel I should add that I am not crazy!”
Murmuring from the crowd indicates that nobody believes any of this. Especially the last part. The Architect sighs, and addresses the crowd.
“What he says is true. This is a simulation.” Everyone in the Matrix suddenly spends five seconds in their goo tank before returning to the Matrix. Millions are violently sick. More people swear about never wanting to go through that again. Morpheus faces the crowd with his cool mirrored shades, the worst possible thing to be wearing when you’re asking people to trust you.
“Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws” – Baron M.A. Rothschild
Russia is on the list! Let us see if Vlad ignores the central bank or shuts it down.
Qatar: Qatar Central Bank
Romania: National Bank of Romania
Russia: Central Bank of Russia
Rwanda: National Bank of Rwanda
San Marino: Central Bank of the Republic of San Marino
Rosetta probe’s dizzying bounce revealed: New images emerge of Philae shooting back into space – and its final, lonely resting spot
North Sea oil industry ‘close to collapse': Experts’ warning that oil price plunge is not all good news for UK economy
The tumbling oil price has left the UK’s North Sea oil industry ‘close to collapse’ experts warned today
North Sea oil and gas tycoon and government adviser Sir Ian Wood has said around 10 per cent of jobs may go, while Robin Allan, chairman of the independent explorers’ association Brindex and Premier Oil executive, said today that at current oil prices it is ‘almost impossible to make money’.
New York state law prohibits retailers from selling guns in realistic colors unless it has one-inch-wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel that cannot be removed.
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In recent days, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered herself as the great progressive hope of the Democratic Party by calling out Citigroup on the Senate floor and saying that the government is setting itself up for more bailouts of big banks that will rob the middle class. Lionized by MSNBC and TPM and NPR, while refusing to rule out a presidential run, Warren has plainly made the calculation that she has a lot to gain by alienating a key donor class, the financial industry; Chris Matthews says she has set herself up to run for the party’s progressive base against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914. Unlearned Lessons which could have Prevented a Century of War
It was exactly 100 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man’s Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped their guns and fraternized with the so-called enemies that they had been ordered to kill without mercy the day before. As mentioned in last week’s column, the truth of that remarkable event has since been effectively covered up by state and military authorities (and the embedded journalists at the time) because they were angered (and embarrassed) by the breakdown of military discipline.
The United States is creating momentum for the French to forestall, or altogether abandon, presenting a resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on behalf of the Palestinians. France has been informed of an American alternative offer to the Palestinian pursuit of a draft resolution to negotiate an end Israel’s occupation of territories gained in June 1967, a French diplomatic source has told me.
Palestinian sources said they have not received any proposal from the U.S. to counter their moves at the UN. “If you have something you share it,” said a senior Palestinian official close to the arrangements. “I think what the Americans are trying to do is to delay any initiative until Israeli elections take place.”
The world is still hell-bent for hydrocarbon-based energy. Russia is the world’s largest producer of energy. Russia has recently announced that in the future she will no longer trade energy in US dollars, but in rubles and currencies of the trading partners. In fact, this rule will apply to all trading. Russia and China are detaching their economies from that of the West. To confirm this decision, in July 2014 Russia’s Gazprom concluded a 400 billion gas deal with China, and in November this year they signed an additional slightly smaller contract – all to be nominated in rubles and yuan.
Americans are all giddy about the drop in gas prices because they can’t see economic logic beyond the shadow of its immediate effect on their wallets. Little do they know that much of the nearly 1.2 quadrillion dollars of dodgy derivatives, the liability for which Citigroup masterfully managed to dump on American taxpayers and depositors recently, are riding on high oil prices, which have tanked and look as though they will remain that way for the foreseeable future. It’s almost certain that oil derivatives are soon to follow.
Some of the investigators point to malware written in Korean, but Monsegur said that doesn’t necessarily mean the hackers are Korean.
“Well, it doesn’t tell me much. I’ve seen Russian hackers pretending to be Indian. I’ve seen Ukrainian hackers pretending to be Peruvian.There’s hackers that pretend they’re little girls. They do this for misinformation, disinformation, covering their tracks,” he said. “Do you really think a bunch of nerds from North Korea are going to fly to New York and start blowing up movie theaters? No. It’s not realistic. It’s not about ‘The interview.’ It’s about money. It’s a professional job.”
Monsegur thinks it’s also possible this was an inside job, that an employee or consultant downloaded all the information from Sony’s servers and then sold it to someone else.
Qatar hires “$8 fake fans” to fill empty stadiums | Migrant workers in Qatar get one dollar an hour for sitting in the stadiums and pretending to have fun, to applaud and to do the wave
Migrant workers in Qatar get one dollar an hour for sitting in the stadiums and pretending to have fun, to applaud and to do the wave, AP reports. Sometimes they even were asked to dress like Qataris in white robes and head-scarves.
An attorney for the SHAKA Movement in Hawaii that has been trying to uphold a democratically voted moratorium on GMOs on the island of Maui reports that residents and activists have won.
An intervention in a federal lawsuit that was brought on by Monsanto and Dow trying to push their genetically modified agenda on islanders will not go through.
ICANN says the hackers accessed internal emails, a members-only Wiki page containing public information, the WHOIS portal (used to look up who registered a particular domain), and the organization’s Centralized Zone Data System (CZDS). This last breach is the most troubling as ICANN reports that the attackers gained access to a wide range of user information including real names, addresses, emails, telephones and usernames. Users’ passwords were also accessed but ICANN has said that these were encrypted rather than stored as plaintext.
“What emerges is an understanding of TTIP as the political project of a transatlantic corporate and political elite which, on the unfounded promise of increased trade and job creation, will attempt to reverse social and environmental regulatory protections, redirect legal rights from citizens to corporations, and consolidate US and European global leadership in a changing world order.” – (Seattle to Brussels Network, Kim Bizzarri)
The bad news for Israel keeps on coming, and judging by the reactions of Israeli and U.S. politicians, more is yet to come.
The Israelis were aghast at the news that a European court found that Hamas should be removed from the EU’s terror list. Benjamin Netanyahu reacted with his predictable buffoonery and bombast, alleging that Europe has “learned nothing” from the Holocaust.
The reality is that Israel has learned nothing from several decades of warnings by its friends and allies, who have repeatedly said Israeli indifference to human rights law, the provisions of Geneva Conventions, and the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would lead only to stalemate and backlash.
“A shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers” spearheaded an anti-net neutrality form letter writing campaign that tipped the scales against net neutrality proponents, according to an analysis released today by the Sunlight Foundation.
As the fighting was continuing at the school in Peshawar, there were reports on Pakistani TV that eyewitnesses to the attack heard some of the assailants speak in Arabic and central Asian languages, rather than local languages such as Pashto or Urdu.
Food prices surge in Russia as crisis continues, Contagion risk in Eastern Europe seen as “serious concern”… Jim Rickards: “Hey, America, you want a financial war? Here it comes.”
Unknown attackers fired dozens of bullets at the facade of the Israeli embassy in Athens without causing any injury in a pre-dawn, drive-by attack Friday on one of the Greek capital’s best-guarded buildings.
Search for “Malaysian Airlines Flight 17? on the New York Times website and you’ll find a page promoting three articles from July, two hyping the idea that Russia did it and one just focused on the horror of it.
Below that you’ll find 109 articles arranged from newest to oldest. The newest is from December 10th and consists of 4 sentences that convey little. The next is from November and all about an inappropriate tweet. The next half dozen take us back through September and we’re little the wiser for it.
Yet the world outside of the U.S. media is full of evidence suggesting that Russia did not do it.
It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS).
Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a defacto NATO invasion by proxy.
A news agency attached to the Shafaq Foundation for Culture and Media of Faili Kurds reports U.S. ground troops engaged in a battle with IS fighters.
The battle allegedly occurred near the Ain al-Asad base in western Ramadi, Iraq.
According to sources, the U.S. soldiers were equipped with light and medium weapons and supported by F-18 aircraft.
So much for the “advisers” cover story!
The US government now reportedly believes that North Korea is directly to blame for the devastating and unprecedented attack on Sony, The New York Times reports.
The massive Sony data hack is likely retaliation for the controversial comedy “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
US investigators have now parsed through enough evidence to claim that North Korea is “centrally involved.”
The Diocese of Gallup has released the names of more clergy members facing what it deems to be credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors.
The list, released Monday, contains the names of 30 priests and one lay teacher. Some of the names date back to the 1950s.
As 2014 comes to a close the American mainstream media has represented the most aggressive attack on global environmental movements that defend peoples’ right to live in healthy and clean environment worldwide.
The current attacks against anti-fracking everywhere seem to be locked in step with the growing pressure by the Obama administration on many countries to join trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP Americas-Asia) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP US-EU), and the anti-environmental rhetoric has been revved up to almost hysterical proportions.
Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.
Can you guess which one is which?
More egg on the face of the silly, opportunistic Australian government and its chief anti Russian cheerleaders phony Tony Abbott PM and Foreign Minister and PM in waiting Julie Bishop………………KT
A Ukrainian soldier who was part of the crew that operated the supposed missile-battery that the Ukrainian Government claims shot down the Malaysian MH17 airliner on July 17th has testified publicly for the first time, saying that the missile-battery was operated by the Ukrainian military, not by the rebels as asserted, and that he and his former crew-mates who operated it laughed when they heard their Government say that this missile-battery was operated by rebels and had shot the airliner down.
An English-translated transcript of the December 15th Russian-language interview with this soldier was posted at UkraineWar.Info on December 17th by Michael Collins, an investigative journalist with UkraineWar.Info who has been following very closely the multiple investigations that are proceeding into the cause of the downing.
Commenting on the issue, Lebanon’s Daily Star noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Europe as sympathy for the Palestinian cause was increasing across the continent, both on the street and at a political level. “In recent weeks, parliaments in France, Spain, the UK, Portugal and Ireland have recommended that their governments formally recognise Palestine and Sweden has taken that further step. These steps have left the US in an awkward position and it has still to declare whether or not it would use its veto were a UN resolution on Palestinian statehood recognition to come up soon. Officials have also implied it is not yet set in stone how the US would vote whether a timetable for Israeli withdrawal from [occupied] East Jerusalem and the West Bank was introduced, Jordan having last month circulated a draft motion scheduling November 2016 as a deadline.”
The internet browser Mozilla is teaming up with Tor to give internet users greater security online. The new Polaris project is designed to combat internet censorship and make NSA like intrusion’s a thing of the past.
Edward Snowden’s revelations concerning the extent of the National Security Agency’s spying on the general public, hit computer and internet enthusiasts hard. A poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the internet company Mozilla last month, found that three quarters of those surveyed feel that their personal information on the web is less secure than it was one year ago.
The comment in the article about the NSA not being able to find a TOR users identity is not entirely accurate. Recently it has come to light that if a user has the flash player installed on their computer, malicious code inside a flash object can detect the source IP of the request despite the onion network, which is why the current implementation of TOR recommends users not have the flash player installed. However I think that Mozilla and TOR will close that exploit (if they have not already done so).
As a general rule, everyone ought to be using anonymity tools and strong encryption, even if you do not really have anything to hide, to jam the NSA with added workload and confuse them as to who they should be looking at. For your local data protection or small-group communications, I strongly recommend investing the time to develop your own encryption methods using the code snippets in the NSA Challenge page as examples.
Typically, imperial powers depend on the inability of oppressed local populations to muster a unified resistance, and the most successful occupiers are skilled at exploiting the differences among the occupied. Certainly that was the story of the British Empire’s success, and its legacy of nurtured local hatreds can be seen wherever the Union Flag flew, from Muslim-Hindu hatred in Pakistan and India, to Catholic-Protestant hatred in Ireland, to, yes, Jew-Arab, hatred in modern Israel. Ancient Rome was as good at encouraging internecine resentments among the occupied as Britain ever was. – Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews – A History by James Carroll
A digital rights group in the United States plans to argue in federal court this week that the National Security Agency’s internet surveillance operations violate the US Constitution’s ban against unlawful searches and seizures.
Six years after the Electronic Frontier Foundation brought suit against the NSA on behalf of a former AT&T customer, Carolyn Jewel, US District Court Judge Jeffrey White for the Northern District of California will hear an EFF attorney argue on Friday for summary judgment and attest that the intelligence agency’s data collection methods breach the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment clauses intended to protect private information.
Earlier this evening China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange’s (SAFE) Wang Yungui noted “the impact of the Russian Ruble depreciation was unclear yet, and, as Bloomberg reported, “SAFE is closely watching Ruble’s depreciation and encouraging companies to hedge Ruble risks.” His comments also echoed the ongoing FX reform agenda aimed at increasing Yuan flexibility which The South China Morning Post then hinted in a story entitled “Russia may seek China help to deal with crisis,” which which noted that Russia could fall back on its 150 billion yuan ($24 billion) currency swap agreement with China if the ruble continues to plunge, that was signed in October. Furthermore, two bankers close to the PBOC reportedly said the swap-line was meant to reduce the role of the US dollar if China and Russia need to help each other overcome a liquidity squeeze.
The combined effect produced by Western sanctions and low oil prices proves that there’s no place for Russia in the international financial system, believes British prime minister David Cameron, urging for more pressure on Moscow.
“We should stand up very firmly against the Russian aggression that’s taking place,” Cameron said before the Parliament on Wednesday.
Okay, David. If you really feel that way, here’s your rifle, here’s you parachute, here’s your camo gear, etc. And take that Dodgy Dossier that got us into the mess in Iraq with you!
The federal government issued a statement that the Justice Department’s DEA would not be going after federally sanctioned reservations if they wanted to grow and sell their own marijuana.
Okay, it’s no secret that the MPAA hates Google. It doesn’t take a psychology expert to figure that out. But in the last few days, some of the leaks from the Sony Pictures hack have revealed the depths of that hatred, raising serious questions about how the MPAA abuses the legal process in corrupt and dangerous ways. The most serious charge — unfortunately completely buried by this report at The Verge — is that it appears the MPAA and the major Hollywood studios directly funded various state Attorneys General in their efforts to attack and shame Google. Think about that for a second.
The uproar from UN officials came after the central government recently refused to release €15 million in funds for local authorities to provide accommodation and food for those asylum seekers, who have been deemed to lack genuine humanitarian reasons for staying in the Netherlands without a visa
Michele Bachmann has just one big wish for Christmas this year: Mr. President, please bomb Iran. That’s what the outgoing Minnesota Rep. told President Obama at the White House holiday party on Monday.
Drop Bachmann on Tehran!
One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.
Ebola has killed more than 350 health workers in West Africa, depleting the ranks of doctors and nurses in countries that already had too few to begin with. Because Ebola is spread through bodily fluids, it is only transmitted through close contact. It is often called the “caregivers’ disease” because those infected are typically family members caring for the sick or health workers treating them.
The assertion about lowered IQ is derived in part from a 2012 Duke University study of 38 heavy users of cannabis, but has since been challenged, notably by a British study of 2,612 young people which could find no such link.
A spokesperson for Health Canada, Eric Morrissette, cited other research published in 2012, known as the Dunedin Study, as the basis for the ad’s assertion about reduced IQ.
But the House of Commons health committee reported in October that there are doubts about the Dunedin Study’s conclusion. A key witness — Zach Walsh, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia — told the committee in May that “substantial concerns have been raised in various publications” about the IQ claim.
Another committee witness warned MPs against using “scare tactics” in ads, which must rather focus on “accurate information,” says the report of the committee, which recommended the government launch a public-awareness campaign.
“We don’t want the truth; we want what WORKS!”
What the US Government is guaranteeing for the future by vetoing the Security Council resolutions for Palestine.
In the secretive special operations community, officials are debating whether to tweak tactics for daring and risky missions involving hostage rescue and terrorist targeting that have been compromised by years of detailed news accounts and Hollywood portrayals.
Some believe Islamic extremists have gone to school on special operations forces. The classroom is the U.S. media.
Slaughter by Royal appointment: As Prince William campaigns to save endangered species, a rather embarrassing reminder that most of his relatives had a somewhat different approach
Writing to her father-in-law George V from a safari in Africa, the Duchess of York — the future Queen Mother — gave a gripping account of the excitement of the kill.
‘I took to shooting with a rifle, which I hope you won’t dislike me for,’ she wrote. ‘But really there was nothing else to do, and I enjoyed it so much, and became very bloodthirsty.
‘First of all I shot birds as big as capercailzie [grouse] for the pot, and then I shot buck, and by great flukes managed to kill and not wound, and then I shot a rhinoceros, which nearly broke my heart.’
Israel reacted furiously on Wednesday to the European Court of Justice’s decision to take Hamas off the EU’s list of terrorist organization, rejecting explanations that this was just a technical step that will be overturned before it is implemented.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before a meeting with Joni Ernst, the newly elected Republican senator from Iowa, called it one example of “staggering” European “hypocrisy.”
Greece Might Be Hit With Cyprus Style Bail-Ins. Euro Crisis Getting Worse. Us Mortgage Applications Declined, A Sign That Real Estate Is Collapsing.
The leader of the British Labour Party is a Jew. Whether or not he is a Zionist is unknown at this point in time by me……………………….KT
British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.
Actually, David, you just showed YOUR true colors by opening your mouth!
Cut the people’s pensions, Pay the politicians squillions ……………….KT
Indigenous Brazilians attack police with ARROWS as they storm Congress in angry dispute over new bill on land ownership
Indigenous Brazilians armed with bows and arrows tried to break into the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, battling with police who fired tear gas and pepper spray in response.
Around 30 Indians, many in colourful headdresses and some carrying arrows, clashed with law enforcement outside the building in the capital Brasilia yesterday in protest at a bill which would give parliament powers to demarcate indigenous territory.
One police officer escaped injury when an arrow struck his boot, but four of his colleagues were hurt in the clashes, as the indigenous people tried to force their way into the chamber of deputies.
David Cameron’s bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union will be dealt a blow on Thursday when the French president tells the Prime Minister he is “obsessed with his own problems”.
Francois Hollande will block Mr Cameron’s request for a change to the EU treaty to include a new settlement for Britain in Europe, The Telegraph has learnt.
Mr Hollande will tell the Prime Minister that he is opposed to amending the EU’s treaty on the grounds that change is not needed and might trigger a referendum in France
Market has an unhealthy reliance hanging on every word of someone who also doesn’t know what the future holds
Details of Hillary Clinton’s firing from the House Judiciary Committee staff for unethical behavior as she helped prepare articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon have been confirmed by the panel’s chief Republican counsel.
Franklin Polk backed up major claims by Jerry Zeifman, the general counsel and chief of staff
of the House Judiciary Committee who supervised Clinton’s work on the Watergate investigation in 1974, reported columnist Dan Calabrese in a column republished by WND.
Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, called Clinton a “liar” and “an unethical, dishonest lawyer.”
He contends Clinton was collaborating with allies of the Kennedys to block revelation of Kennedy-administration activities that made Watergate “look like a day at the beach.”
Attorney General Downplays Ties To MPAA… Just As NY Times Reveals MPAA Actually Wrote The Letter He Sent Google
Just like the Commos did in the former Soviet Union……………..KT
In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.
An article published in August by The New Republic said “Harper’s antagonism toward climate-change experts in his government may sound familiar to Americans,” pointing to similar deeds done by the George W. Bush Administration. That article also said that “Bush’s replacement,” President Barack Obama, “has reversed course” in this area.
Society for Professional Journalists, the largest trade association for professional journalists in the U.S., disagrees with this conclusion.
At a meeting with the leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a new investment fund of $3 billion to facilitate financing in the cash-strapped countries.
The German Federal Prosecutor must investigate former CIA Director Tenet, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and others – and should not wait until they are on German soil
Israel’s upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback for the US-supported system billed as a bulwark against Iran.
Not only is torture against international law, it also produces no useful intelligence. Common sense is enough to prove that statement.
If someone threatened to rape your sister, kill your mom, or shackled you until you were half-dead while feeding you up your anus, you would say nearly anything to ease the pain. So would I, and so would everyone else. Anyone who disagrees is either a liar or a fool.
Even Napoleon recognized that fact.
The music of the spheres?……………….KT
The sound of insterstellar space: Nasa’s Voyager 1 probe reveals deep space sounds a lot like bells ringing as it rides massive ‘tsumani wave’
After a day of closed-door negotiations among Arab members of the United Nations, Jordan, which represents Arab countries on the Security Council, put the draft resolution “in blue,” meaning the text of the draft has been finalized and could be put to a vote 24 hours later.
While the resolution could be put to a vote late Thursday, Riyad Mansour, Palestinian ambassador to the UN, said his country was open to continuing negotiations.
“The draft in blue in not closing the door to the continuation of the negotiation with all of our partners,” Mansour said. “We are willing to work with those who want to work with us in the Security Council in a positive and constructive way.”
It took two years of hard work to build the Samra community school in the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley.
But an Israeli demolition order issued against the school in October threatens to leave dozens of children without nearby access to education.
The demolition order was given under the pretext that the school was built without a permit. Yet building permits are only very rarely issued to Palestinians by the Israeli occupation authorities, one of many measures intended to push Palestinians out of the area.
The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.
The draft resolution obtained by AFP would set a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories.
Kerry has already announced the US will veto the measure, proving to the world that not only is the US Government torturing innocent people to death to find nuclear weapons that don;t exist, but a slave to Israel as well.
Tis the season to be wary, fa la la la la la la watch out. Don we now our camouflage apparel etc. Well… one should always be wary and that is an admonition I should have taken to heart earlier in this life. It’s certainly in place now. Lao Tzu says; “Wary as a traveler crossing an icy stream.” Later on, Jack London expanded on that with his third match story (yikes!) There’s crazy. There’s batshit crazy and there’s stark raving mad. I think this qualifies for the last of the series; how could any lawmaker have been involved in this and then been unable to stop themselves from laughing out loud? I’m not going to go into all of reasons why this is ridiculous and crazy, except to say, “and what about the other children?” I’m guessing they are not in the ‘special needs’ group,
RadioShack Corp. (RSH) is finding an unlikely ally in its efforts to stay out of bankruptcy: credit derivatives traders who amassed more than $25 billion of trades speculating how much longer it can keep paying its bills.
After a 60 percent surge this year, the amount of credit-default swaps tied to RadioShack is 28 times its debt, more than any other U.S. company. When the retailer’s biggest shareholder arranged $585 million of funding in October to help it survive the holidays, much of the money came from hedge funds wagering on the company to avoid default, said people with knowledge of the trading. Those included DW Investment Management and Saba Capital Management, the people said.
Are apprenticeships best? Graduates faced with high student debt and poor earning prospects would be better off skipping university, report says
The earning power generated by some university courses is so low and student debt so high that pupils would be better off choosing apprenticeships, new research suggested today(THUR).
Findings showed sharp variations in the graduate earnings premium depending on the university and course chosen.
With student debt now averaging £44,000, industry apprenticeships would be a ‘better deal’ for many pupils than costly degrees, according to the charity behind the study.
The Sutton Trust said some youngsters ‘may be better earning and learning on good apprenticeships than on a degree course with poor prospects’.
On Tuesday, CNN asked Twitter users to use #AskACop to present questions to police officers.
You can only imagine how this went, especially if you happened to see the outcome of the #MyNYPD Twitter campaign earlier this year. That Twitter hashtag brought a flurry of NYPD-related police brutality Tweets, and led to the launch of other hashtags…
Internet gift not arrived? Pity the drivers paid just 45p to deliver it with no sick pay, pension or holiday… and they can be sacked at a moment’s notice
Sarah, who is required to work six days per week, aims to get rid of a package every four minutes. Even if she hits that relentless target, she’ll end up being paid a mere £7.50 per hour.
Sarah must then use part of that already tiny income to pay for petrol, specialist courier insurance, and everything else it takes to keep her delivery vehicle on the road.
‘I drive about 30 miles on each round, so even with petrol being quite cheap at the moment, I’m basically making minimum wage [£6.50],’ she says. ‘The money’s awful, but it’s a choice between this or living on benefits.’
Sarah, who is 45 and has a grown-up son, is one of tens of thousands of so-called ‘lifestyle couriers’, poorly paid contractors who are increasingly employed by delivery firms to bring shopping to our door for the lowest possible cost.
For Zemel and his faithfully Democratic congregation, that hope and anxiety has come to rest most squarely on Hillary Clinton. This has happened at the same time that Clinton has staked out a firmly hawkish, pro-Israel position on Gaza and Israeli security. In August, many liberals were discouraged after reading a Clinton interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. In it, she struck a tone on Israel that was markedly more hard-line than that of the Obama administration, generally avoiding empathy with Palestinian losses and asserting, “If I were the prime minister of Israel, you’re damn right I would expect to have control over security” on the West Bank.
Swiss Central Bank Plunges Into NIRP, Sends Deposit Rates Negative, Scrambles Against Safe-Haven Capital Flight
Everyone thought that any major monetary policy surprises and/or capital controls today would come from Putin during his annual press conference. Boy were they wrong: just after 2 am Eastern, none other than the Swiss National Bank joined the ranks of the ECB in scrambling to stem the wave of capital flight, not to mention the cost of money, when it announced it too would start charging customers for the privilege of holding cash in its banks
From Dr. Kevin Barrett: ” It seems that all that Israeli “training” (using American taxpayer money) is turning American police officers into Zionists. Is this really a good idea? Do we really need Israeli-militarized American cops driving star-of-David-decorated tanks down our streets, setting up ethnic-ID checkpoints and dropping white phosphorus and cluster bombs on our neighborhoods? Here are the top ten reasons why Israel shouldn’t be brainwashing (I mean, “training”) American cops.
You interfere in everybody else’s elections John, why not Israel too?…………………KT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday outlined America’s opposition to any effort undermining Israel’s election process, while at the same time holding out hope the US and its partners could find a way to advance Mideast peace and respond to the frustrations of Palestinians.
Kerry has since announced that the US will indeed veto the Palestinian resolutions before the Security Council.
Read the comments. Nobody is buying Harper’s bovine excrement!
Police said today they are investigating whether members of a VIP Westminster paedophile ring murdered three young boys at ‘abuse parties’.
Scotland Yard detectives are calling on witnesses to come forward if they know anything about boys being killed at Dolphin Square, a block of flats in Pimlico, London.
It is believed that every weekend in the late seventies and early eighties groups of vulnerable boys were smuggled to an address in the exclusive development by the Thames close to Parliament.
There, after being plied with alcohol, they suffered sickening sexual assaults by the rich and powerful including Tory MPs, and one victim says some children were eventually killed.
Is NBC predicting RFID implanted in Americans in 2017 or are they the mouth piece for the beast?
If you take the RFID Microchip they can TRACK your every move, Control your MONEY, Control your FOOD and possible even KILL you if you don’t obey!
A number of states like Virginia, have passed “stop the mark of the beast legislation” in an effort to stop this.
The human rights group Amnesty International has charged that Israel was in violation of humanitarian law due to the deliberate destruction of civilian buildings in the Gaza Strip following a brutal siege over the summer dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper.
According to a recent investigative report by Amnesty International, Israel’s actions were tantamount to war crimes based on their unjustified destruction of buildings in the Gaza Strip between August 23-26 of 2014. Even though there were no civilian casualties during the decimation of those buildings, the advocacy group report states that the ‘collective punishment’ was without justification and in clear violation of the international community.
Predictably, Israel has asserted that the buildings destroyed have been allegedly linked to Hamas and that Amnesty International has fallen prey to a conspiratorial plot crafted by Hamas. However, there has been no definitive proof offered by Israel to prove this claim.
Since 2009, I have published 1,211 articles on the coming economic collapse on my website. Some people assume that I must be filled with worry, bitterness and fear because I am constantly dealing with such deeply disturbing issues.
But that is not the case at all.
Bloomberg writer Leonid Bershidsky, under the headline, “Will Ruble’s Rout Force Capital Controls?”, wrote yesterday on what he called, “the probability that Russia will introduce capital controls.”
He asserts his view that President Vladimir Putin is an “anti-Western, authoritarian” leader, noting that in 1998, a leader he views as having the same traits, Dr. Mahathir Muhammed, President of Malaysia, successfully implemented capital controls and brought his nation out of turmoil. Bershidsky then reviews what he calls, the “recipe” for how capital controls worked in Malaysia.
But the author also reports specifically on Putin’s advisers calling for capital controls, and moreover, doing so, because Russia is under political attack from the West. He cites in particular, Sergei Markov, an advisor from a different alignment than well-known economist Sergei Glazyev, who reiterated his own policy proposals today, noted below.
The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram threatened the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, the nation’s second-highest Muslim leader, after he urged followers to defend themselves against the militants.
Did you know that according to Daniel Freeman’s study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that paranoid thoughts are common among normally functioning people? In fact, the study concluded that some dose of paranoia is actually quite adaptive and can serve to keep us safe from danger. What is about to be presented in this article should make one paranoid for when one considers why governments in the West, particularly in the United States, spend billions of dollars to spy on our actions, words, Internet browsing habits, places visited and even our thoughts, we should all be looking under our beds.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is reported to have informed the Palestinian delegation headed by Saeb Erekat that Washington will use its veto power at the UN Security Council against the Arab draft resolution which calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestine territories occupied in 1967; AFP quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying.
Kerry had earlier said that Washington has not decided on the Security Council draft resolution saying: “The time is not right for speculation about a UN draft resolution that has not been submitted yet.”
You literally cannot believe your eyes anymore. If it’s not Photoshopped, it’s CGI’d or otherwise manipulated. So your loopy aunt can be forgiven for Facebooking that picture of a smiling sun with a bunch of geese forming a smiley face in front of it and calling it “irrefutable proof that God exists.” It would be less forgivable if she, say, got the authorities involved somehow. It would be even less forgivable if the cops actually showed up and started seriously investigating it. Like the time …
A bill introduced in the Texas legislature would do just that – giving cops credit card readers, as an adjunct to their radar detectors. Instead of just, license, registration and proof of insurance, please – it’ll be: License, registration, proof of insurance… and Visa or Mastercard, please.
And no, I am not making it up.
The bill is HB 121 and you can read all about it here. It was introduced about a month ago by a – you guessed it – “conservative” Republican. You can always count on “conservative” Republicans to bed down with law enforcement – and rape due process.
Especially if there’s a buck to be made.
If it were not for the fact that the lives of some 45 million people are at stake, Ukrainian national politics could be laughed off as a very sick joke. Any pretenses that the October national elections would bring a semblance of genuine democracy of the sort thousands of ordinary Ukrainians demonstrated for on Maidan Square just one year ago vanished with the announcement by Victoria Nuland’s darling Prime Minister, “Yat” Yatsenyuk, of his new cabinet…
The trajectory is clear. Painfully clear.
The US government is so beyond bankrupt it isn’t even worth belaboring the point. We’ve spent the last five years here doing so.
What is more important, if you are an American who still has most of your assets inside the US, is that the walls are closing down around you at an unprecedented rate. Nearly daily the proof continues to mount…
After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice
Following in the footsteps of the main site, Pirate Bay’s Facebook page with nearly half a million likes was shut down a few hours ago.
The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony Entertainment CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interviewwould be useful propaganda against the North Korean regime.
Flashback:Recently Americans have begun to read and hear that “Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid.” That’s true. But it’s still a lie. The problem is that in fiscal 1997 alone, Israel received from a variety of other U.S. federal budgets at least $525.8 million above and beyond its $3 billion from the foreign aid budget, and yet another $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the complete total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel for fiscal 1997 was $5,525,800,000.
Flashback:Following is a list of United Nations Security Council resolutions directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law.
Criticism of Israel does not mean someone is anti-Semitic per se. Those who would have you believe otherwise are increasingly using this argument to shut down legitimate debate over the Israel-Palestine conflict.
While Lieberman’s comments were dismissive of the resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced alarm over international pressure on Israel to withdraw from occupied territory, saying Islamist militants would then move in.
“[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has been very, very clear about not allowing increased settlement activity in areas that will be part of a Palestinian state,” Dershowitz, an ardent defender of Israel against international criticism, told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner. “So, he’s getting a bum rap.”
Note: Most important words…Netanyahu, Dershowitz,…BUM!
U.S. powerbrokers have put the country at risk of another financial crisis to intensify their economic war on Moscow and to move ahead with their plan to “pivot to Asia”.
Washington Seeks an Excuse to Wage a Nuclear War on Russia? “We’re Close to the Precipice. Will the Public Remain Silent?”
The world is more nervous about the drift toward nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia than at any time since 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. When French President Francois Hollande urgently side-tracked his return-flight from a diplomatic mission recently, in order to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, at a private room that had been scoured ahead of time to eliminate any possible bugging devices, there was speculation as to what had caused Hollande’s sudden detour, and there were even rumors of a possible cause being an American “false-flag” event in the works to be blamed on Russia as a pretext for going to war against Russia, just as Russia had been falsely blamed for the Ukrainian military’s downing of Malaysia’s airliner MH17 onJuly 17th.
Britain’s armed forces are returning to the Middle East, reversing an earlier withdrawal from Iraq after more than a decade of war.
The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On Friday the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain.
Despite scores of children at public schools across the nation issuing resounding disapproval of federally-imposed school lunch rules, the much scorned Healthy Hungry Kids initiative, sponsored in large part by First Lady Michelle Obama, has managed to receive funding via Congress’s recently passed $1 trillion omnibus budget deal.
“The best police department in the world”, reads a sign hung at the new NYPD office. However, it looks as if New York taxpayers may be footing the bill.
Where’s the Organians when you need them. My kinda folks!
The Organians: “super-evolved” and completely pacifistic.
Israel is also capitalising on the war on the IS to misleadingly portray it as identical with the Palestinian “Islamic” resistance movements because of their Islamic credentials. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 29.
The degree and extent of criminality surrounding the Sandy Hook deception is mind boggling. When you consider the complicity of the governor, state police, the medical examiner, state attorney general, Newtown officials, its police and fire department, emergency personnel, school officials, crisis actors, make believe parents of make believe children victims, fabricated teachers, school principal, & school nurse, CNN liars, etc., you have to wonder if there’s an honest soul left standing in the Banana Republic of Connecticut. Will these well paid criminals ever be brought to justice?
Cafe in Leeds (UK) feeds 10,000 people on 20 tonnes of unwanted food, which would otherwise have been wasted
The founder of a quietly-growing empire of social cafes has called on a change in the law to prevent the UK’s “criminal” levels of food waste – especially by supermarkets – while so many go hungry.
Adam Smith, founder of The Real Junk Food Project, in Armley, Leeds, feeds his punters on goods that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets, independent grocers and food banks.
Parents are outraged after they say an elementary school punished their blind child by replacing his cane with a pool noodle.
ALERT! Bird Flu, H5N2, found in wild birds in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t worry says the Gov’t… But just a few hundred miles north, they are killing the birds….
snip: Obama is thirdworldizing America. He’s banana republicanizing it. He’s turning it into a dystopian backwater. A race to the bottom reflects official policy.
Administration policy prioritizes wealth, power and privileged interests. It lets vital popular needs go begging. Obama’s operated this way throughout his tenure.
He consigned growing millions to poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness and despair. He’s got more human wrecking in mind.
He wants US resources used for militarism, warmaking, and homeland repression. He wants ordinary people left high and dry.
This is another weapon in the Big Ag giant’s chemical arsenal that is being called yet another indiscriminate chemical that “will take agriculture back to the dark days of heavy, hazardous pesticide use that will seriously endanger human health and the environment.”
White House officials are openly expressing happiness with their siege/war tactics that they say are throwing Russia into an economic collapse and are, as a scholar defending the siege notes, “hurting the Russian public’s ability to buy food or heat homes”. This eagerness to starve and freeze children is particularly relevant given the recent publicity of the US’s tactics of starving and freezing innocent detainees as well as people claimed to be “suspects”.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
AN EXAMPLE OF BARBARITY COMMITTED BY MODERN CHRISTIANS. Barbarity is engaged in by many groups, not just radical Moslems…………….KT
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
‘My name is Rigoberta Menchu Tum. l am a representative of the “Vincente Menchu”[her father] Revolutionary Christians … On 9 December 1979, my 16-year-old brother Patrocino was captured and tortured for several days and then taken with twenty other young men to the square in Chajul … An officer of [President] Lucas Garcia’s army of murderers ordered the prisoners to be paraded in a line. Then he started to insult and threaten the inhabitants of the village who were forced to come out of their houses to witness the event. I was with my mother, and we saw Patrocino; he had had his tongue cut out and his toes cut off. The officer jackal made a speech. Every time he paused the soldiers beat the Indian prisoners. When he finished his ranting, the bodies of my brother and the other prisoners were swollen bloody, unrecognizable. It was monstrous, but they were still alive. They were thrown on the ground and drenched with gasoline. The soldiers set fire to the wretched bodies with torches and the captain laughed like a hyena and forced the inhabitants of Chajul to watch. This was his objective-that they should be terrified and witness the punishment given to the “guerrillas”. — Rigoberta Menchu Tum, awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize
rfkcenter.org/rigoberta-menchu-tum – Cached
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a heroine to Mayan Indians in Guatemala and indigenous peoples throughout the world. Born into an impoverished family in 1959, the …
November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th.
Calling President Obama “willfully ignorant” and “the worst negotiator” the U.S. has had in decades, Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday slammed the administration’s agreement with Cuba to open normal diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 50 years, saying the deal will only allow Cuban President Raul Castro to shore up his power base and continue oppressing his own people.
“And that’s OUR job!”
A refusal by Greece to repay bailout debts would be “suicidal” for the country, the European Union’s top finance official said Monday in a clear warning to the country’s popular opposition.
EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici made the remarks after a three-hour meeting with conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
“The idea of contemplating the possibility not to reimburse a huge debt is suicidal ? it’s not possible, you’ll be in default and that’s what we’ve been trying to avoid for years,” Moscovici said.
Moscovici’s two-day visit went ahead despite stalled negotiations between Greece and bailout creditors, and took place ahead of a parliamentary vote that could topple Greece’s pro-bailout government this month.
A memo to EU Finance Commissioner Moscovici: it sure as heck was NOT suicidal when Iceland did it. They repudiated their odious debt, threw the politicians and the banksters responsible for creating their financial mess into prison, and their economy is doing quite well, thank you very much!!
I frankly think it is a GRAND model, sir, and one that the Greeks might well think about emulating.
Hamas removed from EU terrorist list on technicality
“This is not who we are. This is not how we operate,” were the words of President Barack Obama commenting on the grisly findings of a long-awaited congressional report on the use of torture by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
But what if this is exactly who we are?
The report is difficult to read, not just because it is awfully long – hundreds of pages of a summary of a nearly 6,000-page investigation, including 38,000 citations based on the review of six million pages – but because it was most disturbing. Parts of it resemble the horror of an extremely dark Hollywood movie. But it was all real: fromrectal feeding (as in putting hummus in detainee’s rectums), to rape, to torturing prisoners to death, to blinding prisoners, to forcing them to stand on broken feet, for days. It is beyond ghastly.
The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene
at Capital Hill this Christmas season.
This isn’t for any religious reason. They simply have not been
able to find Three Wise Men in the Nation’s Capital.
The search for a Virgin continues.
There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.
Tactical aircraft of North Atlantic Alliance states more than doubled flight intensity near borders of Russia and Belarus this year, Chief Commander of Russian Air Force Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Tuesday.
“Overall number of flights by NATO tactical aircraft in regions bordering Russia and Belarus has more than doubled to exceed three thousand in 2014 against 2013,” Bondarev said.
NATO aircraft flights near Russian borders “are beyond comparison with flight intensity by Russian long-range aircraft,” the chief commander added.
The United States and NATO states have made flights of their spy planes much more intensive this year, particularly in the Baltic states. The number of flights makes 8-12 a week, the general said.
Just because initiating a war with Russia would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid things the US and NATO could do right now, is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that they will not do so, and that is just the hard truth here.
I have seen the demonization of Russia rise exponentially in the last couple of months. Now, we see an economic war against the ruble due to the oil price collapse, courtesy of the US and Saudi Arabia, which is already putting many US oil-related companies and projects at high risk.
I would like to very politely suggest to all those inhabiting Sodom on the Potomac, that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a
6 yrs into economic recovery: America’s wealth gap between middle-income and upper-income families is widest on record… ‘worse than South Africa Apartheid’
The US Senate approved a sweeping package of tax breaks, sending to President Barack Obama a bill that allows individuals and corporations to save billions of dollars on their 2014 taxes.
On the Senate’s final day of the year, lawmakers passed some 55 so-called tax extenders, deductions that expired at the end of 2013 but will be retroactively restored with the current legislation.
The Senate easily passed the measure, 76 votes to 16, after the House passed it earlier this month.
“Today’s strong bipartisan vote shows that Democrats and Republicans can come together to encourage our economy to create jobs and strengthen the middle class,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.
Please, someone get me a bucket; with that last statement by Harry Reid, I think I am about to HURL!!
This is NOT about making things better for the middle class, those precious few who still exist in the US; it is about giving everything to the large corporations which fund election cycles, period, end of discussion.
Australian government, judicial, police and security agency boffins and boofheads have made an absolute fool of Australia over the Lyndt cafe hostage tragedy. The Abbott government recently granted an extra $600 mil to our security agencies for new equipment and capabilities, which will guarantee nothing regarding the security of ordinary Australians when the authorities and those who govern them cannot get the very basics right. This whole affair is either an ultra shambles in security/police work or somehow somebody wanted Man Haron Monis in Australia for some reason. There can only be these two explanations………………KT
Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.
Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born self-styled cleric who died along with two of the people he had taken hostage, was being investigated over fraud charges when he fled in 1996, police said.
But Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said Australia ignored the guidance sent.
SOUTH BEND, Indiana – When police abuse and misconduct became a national conversation recently, police all over the country have had a great opportunity to actually connect with the public,
Russia has the military/atomic power and China the economic power to build a whole new Sino-Russian economic bloc, which will attract other countries who are sick to the teeth of the theft and national nepotism of the Wall Steer- City of London criminals and crooks……………….KT
Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.
The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. It will represent geopolitics with a human touch, knitting together small traders and huge markets across a vast landmass. It’s already a graphic example of Eurasian integration on the go. And most of all, it’s the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road,” conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.
What does Chinese government do to get the things it wants economically?!?
It pushes technology, and drives win/win deals.
What does the US government do to get what it wants economically?!/ It wages wars.
And what is wrong with this picture?!?
If the best America comes up with at the 2016 Presidential election is Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton the US will again show itself as a sham in democratic and fair representation of the people by Americans who are outside the political elite and outside the moneyed world of professional politics. The whole American political system, which we are told is a beacon to all democrats around the world, is nothing but a sham…………..KT
Police-owned company sells “Breathe Easy Don’t Break The Law” shirts in response to popular “I Can’t Breathe” shirts
A Michiana police officer and businessman is selling shirts with a slogan supporting police in response to the popular ’I Can’t Breathe“ shirts worn recently by professional and college athletes.
Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend: “[T]he recently released interrogation video shows police were trying to force Crawford’s girlfriend to say something to justify what they’d done.”
After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video obtained by CNN.
The man, John Crawford III, was holding an air rifle he had picked up off a store shelf when police shot him. A prosecutor called the case a “perfect storm” with “no bad guys,” but the family has said police used excessive force.
A lawsuit has been filed in Bridgeport Superior Court against Bushmaster, Camfour (a firearms distributor), and now-defunct Riverview Gun Sales for negligence and wrongful death in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nine of the 26 families assert the rifle was a military-grade weapon and should not have been made publicly available, as its unsuitable for hunting or home defense.
Delta Airlines intends to remain ahead of the competition when it comes to being on the cutting edge of technology, but even the best of intentions can result in an mistake or a flaw being discovered. Case in point, Delta Airlines’ glitch would allow you to actually access someone else’s boarding pass – without them being aware of it.
The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Germany’s Family Ministry and the Berlin Senate are engulfed in an anti-Israel scandal because they provided some funding for the three-day Canaan conference that included a group that had previously hosted a speaker who called for an “end of Jewry” and claimed that “Zionists are racists.”
If anyone still harbored some remote doubts about racism and the ‘Jews only State’, such doubts evaporated last month when the Israeli cabinet approved Israel’s National Bill, a law that specifically affirms the primacy of Jews in Israel.
The Palestinians seem to be more united than ever while Israel is sinking into shtetle type fights. Seemingly, even the Jewish Lobby can’t provide the good anymore. Israeli PM has been witnessed in the last few days begging America to veto the plea submitted by Palestinian President Abbas with the Security Council to set a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Francisco Javier Lopez, a Roman catholic priest of the Salesian order of Don Bosco, was held by police for a month in 2013 following sexual abuse complaints from up to 30 children from Cadiz’s Salesian San Ignacio College.
Judge Miguel Angel Lopez Marchena charged the priest with sexual abuse of 12 children, between the ages of 12 and 14, and 15 counts of assault.
A total of 126 of 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention have met in Geneva and agreed that international humanitarian law must be followed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The EU General Court’s ruling to exclude Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations has sparked a powerful protest in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Hamas a “murderous terrorist organization” and promised to continue to fight it.
Plus a “Hamas” (nudge nudge wink wink) terror attack on a major European city!
Nothing shows more clearly just how little Americans have learned than their foreign policies. Belligerent, trigger-happy and naive, in recent years the blundering motivation behind them has been compounded by a naked desire to prosecute energy (and other raw materials) imperialism that will satisfy the infinite greed of its dominant neoliberal franchise.
What never ceases to baffle me is the American citizen surprise when, on going abroad (and over 74% of them never do) they discover the profound degree to which US interference in other people’s affairs has made them widely loathed. It is equalled in my experience only by the inability of Germans to understand why they get poor service in Greek restaurants.
Over 1,000 Gun Owners Violate Washington’s I-594 – In Front Of Police!……..Is This The Catlyst We’ve Been Waiting For?
Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington state held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation’s history, brazenly titled “I Will Not Comply.” No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.
FedEx’s stock FDX, -4.71% slumped 3% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the package delivery giant reported fiscal second-quarter profit and sales that missed expectations.
With the federal government engaged in a de facto unconstitutional occupation of some two thirds of Utah’s territory, citizens of the state and their elected representatives have had just about enough. So, on December 31, the State of Utah is formally demanding that Washington, D.C., relinquish control over more than 30 million acres of valuable land currently controlled by various federal bureaucracies.
Can a person actually be “too smart” to be a cop in America?
A federal court’s decision back in 2000 suggests that, yes, you actually can.
While the fall in the Ruble means bad news for ordinary Russians in many domestic areas of life, it means heaven for Russian exports, which have become dirt cheap for overseas buyers, and it means that gold has increased in value as a store of wealth in Russia…………..KT
European stocks dropped Wednesday, resuming their recent run of losses as investors wrestle with economic and political uncertainty throughout the region.
The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.19% fell 0.7% to 326.62, with all major sectors swimming in the red.
In Frankfurt, the DAX 30 index DAX, -0.12% fell 1% to 9,459.54. France’s CAC 40 PX1, +0.61% declined 0.9% to 4,058.65 and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 UKX, +0.11% declined 0.9% to 6,274.87.
At the same time, attention turned once again to Russia’s currency, which advanced against the dollar Wednesday following a report the Russian finance ministry has started to sell foreign currency in an effort to halt the ruble’s slide. The dollar was buying 64.674 rubles USDRUB, -15.46% compared with 67.893 late Tuesday.
In a little over one month, the British built Beagle 2 exobiology lander will look for signs of extinct or extant life on the surface of Mars. Not since NASA’s Viking mission 27 years ago has another search for life on Mars been attempted.
One has to wonder why since the Viking mission left behind important unanswered questions – such as: are there organic molecules from either life and meteorites laying on the surface? Or are they destroyed by the hypothetical oxidants many NASA researchers say are certainly there? One of the Principal Investigators for the NASA Viking biology team was Dr. Gilbert V. Levin who invented and built the Viking Labeled Release Experiment. His experiment tested the soil of Mars nine times at two different landing sites under different temperature regimes and environmental conditions. All his data point to microbes metabolizing a nutrient solution and giving off an indicative radioactive CO2 gas.
Sadly, the Beagle 2 lander failed to communicate from the surface of Mars.
Warren: “Ever since the new financial regulations went into place, Wall Street has been working behind the scenes to open another loophole so they could gamble with taxpayer money…”
This kind of back-room dealing is completely commonplace in the Obama administration. Obama has doled out special favors to all manner of large political donors, rewarding them with everything from cushy jobs as ambassadors to countries they know nothing about to large Federal contracts to further pad their wallets.
Eurozone Ends 2014 With Weak Growth. Us Manufacturing Declines. Housing Permits Decline, Signals An Implosion In Real Estate.
More than 50,000 people aged 16 to 18 not in education or work have “gone missing” from official statistics and are receiving no support, according to research published today.
It warned that the problem of Neets – young people not in education, employment or training – is much bigger than local authorities realises because tens of thousands of them have “disappeared off the radar”. In London alone, an estimated 15,000 youngsters have “gone missing”.
This in a Christian country………………..KT
After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot with several arrows before being burned alive. Paraguayan authorities investigating the killing have arrested nine men in the village, all of whom have confessed to the killing and with little indication of remorse. Police have also rescued a fourteen-year-old girl who was accused of witchcraft as well.
Foreign Exchange Currency Market (FXCM) Halts ALL Ruble Trading Worldwide; NATO broke almost all ties with Russia
A Richmond police officer found with marijuana in his home earlier this year likely won’t be charged with a crime, authorities said, but his future on the police force is undetermined.
The fault lays with you James. Don’t engage in torture in the first place. Bet you wouldn’t be moaning if you had never been caught………..KT
The “architect” of the CIA’s interrogation program, James Mitchell, accused Senate Democrats of putting his life in danger last week when they released a report detailing the program’s “brutal” abuses.
It is well planned that Poroshenko in the next 10 days proclaims martial law for the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. It is probably pushed by the right sector.
In Kramatorsk regular Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles are equipped with Russian national emblem. The vehicles move in the direction Slavyansk. A False Flag action must be close. Finally proof of a Russian invasion to the world! What is already clear: the West “must” strike then!
INSTEAD OF NEGOTIATIONS DESIGNED TO END CRISIS OVER STATUS OF UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT WILL SIGN QUIETLY PASSED BILL THAT CRITICS SAYS WILL SOLIDIFY NEW COLD WAR
The US Federal Reserve only has a basic capital ratio of 1.26%. Talk about razor thin. (This is down from 4.5% just a few years ago)
That means if the value of the Fed’s assets declines by only 1.26%, the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve currency becomes insolvent.
Now, what happens to the liabilities of an insolvent entity? They decrease in value. Just like how Greek bonds (the liabilities of the Greek government) collapsed a few years ago.
What are the Fed’s liabilities? Open your wallet. Those green pieces of paper aren’t ‘dollars’. Just look. They have “Federal Reserve Note” (i.e. debt) printed on them.
So the Fed’s pitiful financial condition directly affects the value of the dollar over the long-term.
On the other hand, the Russian central bank’s ratio is 12.5%—literally almost TEN TIMES GREATER than the Fed.
It’s possible that one day Texas gun owners could have a tax holiday of their own.
A proposed tax holiday bill would establish March 2, which also happens to be Texas’ Independence Day, as a day in which guns can be purchased tax-free. Hunting supplies would also be tax-free on March 2.
Like Australians Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks…………………KT
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that some of the men and boys detained as terrorism suspects after 9/11 were in fact innocent
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Cheney, a staunch proponent of the ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ used during US questioning of terror suspects but considered torture under domestic and international law, said that a “few” detainees were wrongfully held. However, Cheney expressed no remorse and little concern that these people were imprisoned for long periods and sometimes tortured — even to death.
Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of World War Two, in what would be Kim’s first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive state in 2011, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun daily said on Wednesday.
American political commentator Kevin Barrett says Washington’s so-called war on terror is actually a war on Israel’s enemies.
He made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on the US Senate’s approval of a multi-billion-dollar military spending bill that includes $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.
“Once again the United States’ Congress has proved its absolute slavement to… Israel by voting to give 350 million dollars of the American taxpayers’ money to Israel to build its so-called Iron Dome missile system,” Barrett said.
“This is just a small part of the vast outlays that Americans are sending over to Israel. According to a Christian Science Monitor article, earlier – was it about ten years ago?! – the US has provided over a trillion dollars in support to Israel over the years,” he stated.
Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko has ordered a vote on a parliamentary investigation into the recent activities of the Central Bank and its alleged role in the worst-ever plunge of the ruble rate.
The motion was initiated by Senator Evgeny Tarlo (Tambov Region) who sits in the Upper House committee for economic policy.
“I suggest to start a parliamentary investigation into activities of the Central Bank that has allowed violations of the citizens’ Constitutional rights, including the right for property,” the RIA Novosti quoted Tarlo as saying on Wednesday.
Incredible Volatility today – 100 point roundtrip in the S&P, and 800 points in the Dow – all driven by a halt in Ruble Trading, the European close, and Kuwait pissing on the US market’s fireworks…
U.S. officials say the Obama administration plans to start talks with Cuba on normalizing full diplomatic relations and opening an embassy, after American Alan Gross was released from Cuba as part of a prisoner swap.
For the Jews, the term “Holocaust” does not simply denote a single catastrophic era in history, but is a grim metaphor for the meaning of Jewish history. The “Holocaust” lies at the heart of the Jewish experience of time itself. One is either anxiously awaiting persecution, experiencing persecution, recovering from it, or living in a period that is a temporary reprieve from it … Thus the “reality” of the Holocaust is inextricably part of the myth in which it is woven — and for which myth it serves as further confirmatory evidence for the timeless Jewish theme that the world is in conspiracy to annihilate them, one way or another, at least eventually.
Police in Colorado have arrested a man who witnessed an officer brutally punching a suspect earlier this month.
Enter Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby.
In a scathing letter yesterday . . . McNesby demanded an apology from the Bucks County Courier Times for the cartoon.
“Surprisingly, you have at least one reader of that excuse for a newspaper you run,” McNesby wrote. “The one reader forwarded a copy of your disgraceful and highly offensive ‘cartoon.’ . . .
“There is a special place in hell for you miserable parasites in the media who seek to exploit violence and hatred in order to sell advertisements.”
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. sanctions on Monday and told a crowd of supporters in Caracas that the recent police killings in New York and Ferguson were a sign of an “imperialist police state.”
Sparking Maduro’s comments at the rally to mark the 15th anniversary of Venezuela’s constitution was legislation passed by Congress last week to impose new sanctions against the Latin American nation. The measure would freeze the assets of and ban visas for “persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes.”
Speaking in front of a banner that read “Respect Venezuela,” the leftist leader said that “insolent Yankees[…] already know where they need to put the sanctions.”
Believe it or not, Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the actual U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015. Yes! They might as well had since they got everything they wanted.. Could you imagine Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives.
This is just jumping off the cliff. Not only did these people grease enough palms to repeal Dodd Frank, they are now virtually leasing space right in the Capital Building and managed to increase the donation limitation from $32,400 to $324,000. They own Congress.
Shemin-Roth believes her father was denied the highest honor because of anti-Semitism. “Now a wrong has been made right and all is forgiven,”
Note: That’s it more anti-Semitism again!
Russia’s PM says emotions have been one of the main factors driving the rouble out of its comfort zone. It is now sliding a little after regaining some ground following Tuesday’s shocking falls. Financial commentator Jim Rogers believes panic is a crucial factor driving the rouble down, but overall he’s optimistic about Russia’s plan to tackle the problem without strict capital control.
According to what I’m hearing from several sources in my network of contacts, the U.S. government is putting systems in place to black out online news sites like Natural News, Drudge Report, The Blaze and many others. A practice run that took place earlier this week in California has already achieved this result and confirmed the technical ability to make it happen at will.
The medical examiner claimed that the children were killed with the rifle. But the rifle was found in the truck of a Adam Lanza car. So who did all the shooting if the rifle was in the trunk of a car? and why would the medical examiner say that the children were killed with the rifle ?
Emily Parker’s dad was laughing and smiling right before he gave an official interview on CNN. Let me ask you a question if you lost a child would you be laughing and smiling 24 hours after the death of your loved one?
Who created the Emily Parker Fan page on Dec 14th just a few hours before the shooting. I just want to know what kind of a person makes a Facebook Fund Page while their child in in the school on a lock-down yet they still didn’t know the condition of their daughter? she was not even confirmed dead yet…. i smell BS
If you think you’ve spotted low-flying black helicopters around Downtown Dallas in recent days, you likely have.
Twitter users reported seeing blacked-out helicopters flying in low, close formations with no lights.
Our partners at The Dallas Morning News checked and found out the helicopters were taking part in preparedness training for U.S. Special Forces Monday night.
The administration warned a federal judge Monday to stay out of the debate over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, saying decisions about whom to deport fall squarely within the executive’s job description, “which this court lacks authority to review.”
As Zero Hedge first reported today, shortly before noon one (and subsequently more) FX brokers advised clients that any existing Ruble positions would be forcibly closed out because “western banks have stopped pricing USDRUB”, over concerns of Russian capital controls.
Two years ago the team at UNESCO declared the cave to have “universal value” because of its documentation of human history dating back to half a million years. The site allowed researchers to precisely document how the use of fire by humans evolved over a lengthy period of time.
Researchers examined the caves sediment layers and found that most flints were not burned in layers that were older than 350,000 years old. The flints, characterized by cracking, red or black coloration began regularly showing up 350,000 years ago. The group found small round depressions where fragments called pot lids flaked off the stone, indicating exposure to fire.
snip: The failure to take on the entire torture apparatus is one reason accountability for U.S. torture cannot get sufficient traction. The argument remains shackled by what the Establishment deems reasonable dialogue about torture. So one can criticize the embrace of euphemism to describe torture, or argue why waterboarding is torture, or shout loudly why the redacted portion of the SSCI’s Executive Summary of their years-long investigation should be released, but evidently it is not reasonable, that is, establishment-sanctioned via the New York Times or other media or political authority, to bring up torture beyond the terms already established.
It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS).
Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a de facto NATO invasion by proxy…
Cuba has exchanged American citizen Alan Gross for three Cubans jailed in the United States. The prisoner swap is set to be the first step in a major overhaul of US-Cuba relations.
US officials said Gross was transported on a government plane Wednesday morning after being released on humanitarian grounds, which followed a request from the White House. Gross, who had been imprisoned for five years, was viewed as a stumbling block towards improving relations between Havana and Washington.
Cuban President Raul Castro is set to address his nation about relations with the United States at 1700 GMT on Wednesday, Reuters cites Cuban state television as saying.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to shake off allegations of systematic abuse at any cost, as hard evidence corroborates the British Army’s use of torture techniques.
In an era that increasingly relies on paperless technology, Maryland is about to revert to using old-fashioned pen and paper to elect its leaders..
The Board of Public Works is expected to approve a $28 million contract Wednesday to replace Maryland’s touch-screen voting system with machines that scan paper ballots, which voters will mark with a pen or pencil.
The alarm warnings are going off in Europe. International markets under pressure, global tensions rising and the financial system stressed to the point of breaking. Europe is ready for a relapse. It may be a very cold winter without Russian gas. Yet the technocrats in Brussels just go on their merry way in dictating the future to the vastly different societies and economies that make up the EU block…
The online magazine Mute is “hosting” a call for the boycott of the Zabludowicz Foundation, set up by London tycoon Poju Zabludowicz and his wife Anita.
According to Mute, the document was initially published in the wake of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, which killed over 2,000 Gazans and over 70 Israelis. It also caused the displacement of an estimated half-million Gaza Strip inhabitants.
OPEC Has Started A Price War, U.S. Shale-Oil Stocks Getting Crushed, Strong Us Dollar Hurting Corporate Profits
For more than a decade, a powerful app called Metasploit has been the most important tool in the hacking world: An open-source Swiss Army knife of hacks that puts the latest exploits in the hands of anyone who’s interested, from random criminals to the thousands of security professionals who rely on the app to scour client networks for holes.
Now Metasploit has a new and surprising fan: the FBI. WIRED has learned that FBI agents relied on Flash code from an abandoned Metasploit side project called the “Decloaking Engine” to stage its first known effort to successfully identify a multitude of suspects hiding behind the Tor anonymity network.
The truth is that the crisis the US is drumming up is designed to cripple several economies at once, of which Russia is just one. Moreover, Russia is not as helpless as the Guardian and others want to make it appear. Russia could impose its own capital controls, among other real economic measures, that could send the whole world’s paper wealth into a tailspin.
The US government knows this but doesn’t care about the tens of millions of extras whose life savings (and livelihoods) will be wiped out in this game of thrones. Instead, behind the scenes, Congress has quietly and steadily increased the pressure, creating the economic conditions for a perfect storm in Russia (and the world) and the legal framework to bring Ukraine fully into the fold of hegemony.
“Questionable Police Conduct”: Report Examines Alleged NYPD Gun Planting, Judges’ Distrust Of Police
A New York Times investigation of three individuals arrested on gun charges by the NYPD has shed light on several similarities involving anonymous informants and some of the same arresting officers in each case.
The Times’ report on the three men- Eugene Moore, John Hooper, and Jeffrey Herring- is part of an outline that questions the methods of one group of police: “Taken individually, the cases seem to be routine examples of differences between the police account of an arrest and that of the person arrested.
The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying Wednesday the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying power.
A declaration adopted by consensus among 126 of the 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention insists that international humanitarian law must be followed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel’s response will be a new attack on Gaza.
Treasury Department seeks survival kits to prepare employees at every major bank for coming collapse
The Treasury Department is looking to buy survival kits for all of its employees who are proprietors of the federal banking system, according to a new government solicitation posted online.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon (FB), the emergency goods and supplies are for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller and Currency — the OCC — which is in charge of conducting on-site reviews and audits of banks around the nation.
According to the solicitation, each survival kit contains everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets. And the government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, the solicitation says [which can be viewed here in PDF format: FreeBeacon.com].
We recently noted the rise of counterparty risks in the financial system due to oil prices dropping (and leveraged derivative exposures) but as the Russia situation has deteriorated so dramatically this week, a renewed focus on bank exposures has sent stocks reeling (and credit risk soaring) among many European (and US) banks.
Only because those American and European banks were already in a fragile state … but let’s blame Russia for the mess, shall we?
CIA health professionals may have committed war crimes by collecting and analyzing data on brutally interrogated detainees in potential violation of U.S. and international bans on research on human subjects without their consent, a human rights organization said Tuesday.
Tony Blair will face an inquiry into British complicity in the CIA’s torture of terror suspects. The former prime minister’s decision came to light following Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement that the probe would not be judge-led.
Hope abounds once again this morning. Stocks are up (albeit off their overnight highs) thanks to AUDJPY and the Ruble is ‘stabilizing’. However, the two crucial factors for recent volatility – crude prices and credit spreads – continue to slump. WTI crude is back below $55 (trading as low as $54.60 this morning) and HY credit spreads have pushed back to their wides around 406bps (disagreeing with stocks modest bounce).
fter nearly five years of heading the United States Agency for International Development, one of the Obama administration’s most charismatic and well-liked bureaucrats is leaving his job next month, Foreign Policy has learned.
Attorneys from Arlington, Virginia say “the most contentious civil forfeiture fight in the nation” is nearing an end.
Federal prosecutors are dropping an effort to seize nearly $33,000 from Carole Hinders, who operated Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food restaurant in Arnolds Park for 38 years. The New York Times reports the IRS became suspicious of Hinders because of a pattern of cash deposits of less than $10,000. The law pertaining to cash deposits is designed to catch drug dealers, terrorists and money launderers.
JERUSALEM — A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official says an exercise meant to test an advanced missile defense system developed with the U.S. has failed.
The official said a missile was launched from the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday to test the first live interception by the Arrow 3.
The system locked and was not deployed, he said anonymously according to protocol.
As I write this, the news is saturated with stories of a hostage situation possibly involving Islamic militants in Sydney, Australia. Like many, I am concerned about the shockwave such an event will create through our sociopolitical structures. However, while most of the world will be distracted by the outcome of this crisis (for good or bad) for at least the week, I find I must concern myself with a far more important and dangerous situation…
The Single European Mechanism (SRM) will be launched over the next three months, with the aim of rescuing or winding up stricken banks with minimal recourse to taxpayers’ money. The SRM will consist of a board and a fund, and will cover banks overseen by the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) which became operational last month, and represents a concluding part of the new Banking Union.
In a profile published today of former Associated Press (AP) reporter Mark Lavie, the veteran journalist admitted that the “‘The Media’s’ response to Israel does not tolerate the truth if it is good.”
Now retired after a 40-year career at NPR, NBC, the CBC and the AP, Lavie has become a critic of reporting generally and reporting on the Middle East specifically. As far as the state of journalism, Lavie says he didn’t leave the field, rather “it left me.”
On Monday, attorneys representing two former Sony workers filed paperwork in United States District Court for the Central District of California asking that a jury be assembled to weigh in on what could become a class action lawsuit between upwards of 15,000 current and past employees and the major motion picture company over the massive security breach suffered earlier this month.
According to the class action complaint, Sony should have been better prepared to protect against the hackers who recently pilfered troves of company data, especially in light of similar lapses suffered by the company in years past.
But the biggest surprise in this story was the reason why Gunvor chose to discontinues its gold trading. Per Bloomberg, “executives decided to abandon the precious metals trading business partly because of difficulties in finding steady supplies of gold where the origin could be well documented, one of the people said.”
And while we would certainly love to learn more about this problem of “undocumented” physical gold, just like that we have the most definitive confirmation yet that the story surrounding China’s rehypothecated commodities scandal in the port of Qingdao which as previously reported included copper and aluminum and which mysteriously disappeared just as abruptly as it first appeared, not only also involved the precious yellow metal but never really went away, and instead what appears to have happened is that “robosigned” physical gold – or gold whose ownership traders are unable to validate – has now flooded into the global trading infrastructure.
Note the China-bashing without any mention of the problems nations are having getting their gold back from the New York Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the Bank of China!
President Obama was met with complete silence when attempting to make a joke in front of a group of U.S. soldiers. The response only kicked up a notch when he mentioned the C-130 military aircraft, and even then it was barely lukewarm.
JERUSALEM — The Israeli army might be forced to attack Gaza again, said the Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday, according to the army’s radio channel.
Ya’alon came together with the Israeli soldiers and told them that they need to be ready for another war in Gaza anytime, the Israeli news radio reported. Ya’alon reportedly said, “The army might be forced to attack Gaza with all its power.”
Your all-electric car may not be so green: Researchers say electricity generated by coal plants can cause MORE pollution than simply using gasoline
‘A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.’
A federal judge has ordered New York Times reporter James Risen to appear in court to answer questions about his book on CIA efforts to subvert Iran’s nuclear program. Risen has long resisted government threats over his refusal to reveal a book source.
According to an anonymous US official cited by CBS, prosecutors will ask Risen about his 2006 book, “State of War,” as well as two New York Times articles in late 2001 and early 2002.
“They will ask him to confirm that both the book and articles are accurate, as far as he knows,” CBS reported.
The Tuesday order comes days after the US Department of Justice decided not to force Risen to reveal an intelligence community source in “State of War.” Risen had been told repeatedly by the US government that he would have to offer evidence about who gave him the information, but he has refused to officially provide the name of his source, saying that it would be a breach of his civil liberties and press freedom.
Russia Completely Jammed The U.S. Navy In The Black Sea And Could Have Subsequently Blown Them Away! [Validated]
As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.
The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.
After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.
The Pentagon has confirmed the military buildup along Russia’s borders to ensure long-term “peace and stability” in the region. Earlier Moscow accused NATO of a sharp increase in air activity and intelligence flights in the border zone.
Replying to RIA Novosti’s query on the increased number of NATO flights around Russia’s borders, a Pentagon representative told the news agency that the military presence of the alliance has increased, but all operations are carried out under utmost “transparency.”
The current efforts of the US European Command, the Pentagon official said, are in line with Operation Atlantic Resolve and demonstrate American “commitment to the collective security of NATO, the long-term peace and stability in the region”, particularly in the light of Russian “interference” in Ukraine.
Spokane County Sheriff has one of his deputies saying the department’s new military surplus MRAP is needed for dealing with “Constitutionalists”
The family of John Crawford filed a federal lawsuit claiming Ohio police officers and Walmart were negligent in his death. A grand jury failed to indict the officers involved, but video footage appeared to contradict the police’s version of events.
In the suit, the family’s lawyer argues the Beavercreek Walmart was at fault for allowing the Crosman MK-177, which resembles an AR-15 rifle, to be left unlocked on a shelf for two days. That mistake led John Crawford III, 22 years old, to pick up the gun on August 5 and walk around the store freely — an act that led to the tragic killing of the father of two young children when a shopper made a 9/11 call to which police responded.
Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.
Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies to hijack the organic industry by selling products blatantly in violation of strict organic standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA fails to prosecute violators due to giant corporations’ lobbyists pressuring the agency to “favor their preferred industrial model of food production,” according to Mark Kastel, the Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.
Bloomberg was in full cry last night regarding a failing Russian economy. We’ve never seen anything like it on Bloomberg: The front page of the website carried a box on the top left hand corner filled with blaring stories.
The Collapse of Putin’s Economic System
U.S.-China Economic Role Reversal Roils Emerging Markets
Russian Crisis Hits Pimco Fund Wipes Out Options as Ruble Sinks
Apple Stops Online Sales in Russia Over Ruble Fluctuation
Is the Russian Collapse Wrecking Your 401(k)?
Rate Jump Fails to Stop the Ruble Crash
Russian Stocks Drop 12 Percent
View: Russia’s Problems Are Everyone’s Problems
Of course, corporate media has been telling us that Iran and North Korea’s economies are on the verge of collapse for the last twenty years and it hasn’t happened yet.
This economic turmoil was started with the US-backed overthrow in Kiev last January, and accelerated by the US sanctions, and now that everything is about to implode, the rush is on to convince the world that this is all somehow Russia’s fault!
How did a plumber’s pick-up truck from Texas end up carrying an anti-aircraft gun for Islamic fighters on the front lines of Syria?
Mark Oberholtzer isn’t an Islamic fighter in Syria. He’s never been to Syria. And the plumber from Texas City, Texas, says he certainly would never willingly aid fundamentalist rebels. So it’s hard for him to understand how his Ford F-250 pickup truck – including his logo for Mark-1 Plumbing and his phone number – wound up in a propaganda picture sent out by the extremist Ansar al-Deen Front from the front lines of the war in Syria.
What’s Behind the Riots? A Federal Police Force: “Everything else has been nationalized, so why not the police?”
They are terrified of the consequences: man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind slams CIA interrogation report
The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.
“If it was torture, I would be in jail,” James Mitchell said on “The Kelly File.” “This thing was investigated over and over. I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law, and that all of the things we had included in that list were legal.”
The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones.
European Union foreign ministers agreed to give the green light to a UK-German plan to revive Bosnia’s bid to join the 28-member bloc.
The troubled Balkan country, which has a fragile, stagnant economy riven with corruption, launched its bid to join the EU in 2010.
A new bill imposing further sanctions on Russia is to be signed by US President Barack Obama by the end of the week, a White House spokesman told a news briefing Tuesday.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that Obama is expected to sign new legislation this week despite preliminary concerns about its content. “I would anticipate that it would get done before the end of the week,” he said.
China has presented Poly WB-1, a non-lethal ray gun that can be used for crowd dispersal, by making its targets feel like their skin is on fire. The US version of the weapon was shelved due to practical difficulties and the potential public backlash.
An historic milestone in the 9/11 Truth Movement has been achieved by a dedicated group of activists in Ottawa, Ontario, with the presentation of a petition in the House of Commons requesting a “parliamentary review of the omissions and inconsistencies in the official United States of America 9/11 Commission Report.”
This is not the first time that Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has published news on the three-year effort to present this petition to the Canadian government. Back in February 2012, we reported that the petition for a parliamentary review of the destruction of the three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, had been given to members of Parliament in the hope that they would formally present the petition in the House of Commons. However, officials were not yet ready to tackle the numerous unanswered questions about 9/11. Again, in March 2013, we reported that a renewed effort to have the petition read in the House of Commons was impeded by Ottawa MP and foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar, because he “did not agree with it.” Still not ready.
A major development finally unfolded on December 3, 2014 when a Member of Parliament rose in the House of Commons “to present a petition, from petitioners in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and particularly in the Ottawa area, calling on the government of Canada to conduct a parliamentary review into the events that occurred in the United States on September 11.”
A threatening message from the Guardians of Peace, the group responsible for hacking into and releasing more than a terabyte of Sony’s internal data so far, is alleging an attack on movie theaters that plan to screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie “The Interview.”
“The world will be full of fear,” the message, first reported by BuzzFeed, reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.).”
Which theater will show what movie isn’t usually available until just days before a release. However, the Interview, a movie about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is scheduled for a wide release this Christmas. This threat could affect thousands of theaters across the U.S.
And where is the mighty NSA in all this? We have this huge spy system that cost billions of dollars, has violated the Fourth Amendment, which said spying along with torture has destroyed the reputation of the United States around the world, and for the last year that SONY knew they had an intrusion have been unable to find these hackers!
Here we are being told there is an actual threat of terror; the very reason we were told we had to accept the NSA peeking at our wives and daughters through our webcams, and the NSA has come up short.
Or maybe the NSA are the hackers, so they can say, “See? You NEED us!” after some patsy gets framed for the hack down the road!
VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?
Such a cyber false-flag also gives the US Government the excuse to take total control of the internet so that those pesky truth-seeking bloggers don’t give the slaves uppity ideas that this is just another war-starting hoax like the attack on the USS Liberty or 9-11 or the Boston bombing.
Reposted in light of the claim that the SONY Hackers are planning to bomb movie theaters now.
A federal judge on Monday tossed evidence that was gathered by a webcam—turned on for six weeks—that the authorities nailed to a utility pole 100 yards from a suspected drug dealer’s rural Washington state house.
The Justice Department contended that the webcam, with pan-and-zoom capabilities that were operated from afar—was no different from a police officer’s observation from the public right-of-way.
Ruble down 50%, good buying opportunity?
AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED DURING RAIDS TODAY IN SPAIN FOR BEING PART OF SO-CALLED “ANARCHIST TERROR ORGANIZATION”
On orders from the Spanish National Court, in an operation ordered by Judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez, the agents have raided the Kasa de la Muntanya, the historic house which this year celebrates twenty five years of activity. They busted the main entrance of the house to gain access while a police helicopter with spotlights was above the building. The twenty inhabitants of the house were able to gather in the gym while police accessed the building. At the time of the police raid, the building had two children aged five and six years. The Mossos separated one of the minors from his father on the ground floor.
Job cuts at the New York Times will exceed the stated goal of 100 newsroom positions eliminated, the Newspaper Guild of New York said yesterday in a memo to union members.
Wednesday, January 7, 1998
MIT and Quaker Oats Co. agreed last week to pay $1.85 million to children at the Walter E. Fernald State School who were subjects of nutrition studies during the 1940s and 1950s as part of an out of court settlement. The students were fed breakfast cereals laced with minute amounts of radioactive iron and calcium tracers. Children were encouraged to take part in the testing with promises of gifts or trips to Red Sox games.
Fernald had been officially designated as a school for retarded children, although some of the residents at the time of the experiment were not retarded.
Following the declassification of federal records on post-war radiation experiments in 1993, a state task force investigating postwar radiation experiments throughout Massachusetts found children at Fernald were used in experiments without the informed consent of parents. A class action suit against MIT and Quaker Oats was filed by former students in December 1995.
(*Torture in the United States is nothing new .)
The largest U.S. banks, such as Wells Fargo, have continued to erode standards for some of the riskiest lending, a sign that weak underwriting is returning to levels seen before the 2008 financial crisis.
For a member of Congress to accuse his party leaders of lying to him, and for their aides to return the favor, is about as rare as the drama that surrounded last week’s procedural vote — a vote that led to the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.
There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about when the lava might reach the center and what it could hit. The lava could smother one structure in the complex or cover them all, he said.
Moments before he was murdered and standing in the middle of a group of Israeli soldiers, the minister spoke live to TV reporters,
“‘This is an occupying terrorising army… we came here to plant trees. We are peaceful. No one was violent, yet we were attacked brutally by this terrorist army.’
Despite the millions spent by anti-gun advocates to promote gun control, more and more Americans are now embracing their gun rights.
A German court says a 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.
MSM are too myopic to realize a Russian collapse will just be a first domino in a worldwide conflagration.
Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.
Harry Dent: “These falling oil prices trigger these fracking firms. They have 20% of the junk bond high-yield debt in the United States, and that’s all it takes to trigger another financial crisis…”
Cop Was Not Fired Despite 75 Counts of Stalking and Harassment — Now He Just Shot a Mother and Her Daughter
A mother and her daughter have been gunned down in a deadly shooting incident that happened Monday night in Glenolden.
Valerie Morrow, the mother, has been pronounced dead. Her daughter suffered bullet wounds but is now recovering.
The shooter has been identified as Officer Stephen Rozniakowski, according to a report by NBC 10.
Officer Rozniakowski was an employee of the Colwyn Borough Police Department.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the European Union for urgent financial aid on Monday, saying the government was doing all it could to fix a shattered economy but needed help.
The Russian Central Bank has seemingly lost control of the ruble, which lost more than 20% in just hours on Tuesday. Currency interventions and interest rates both have failed to save the ruble. The next major step could be limiting the cash flow.
James Elmer Mitchell, psychologist and former member of the USAF: After retirement from the military, received a contract from the CIA to create a program of torture techniques to be used on CIA detainees. His company earned US$81 million for their work
The news of surveillance by the NSA and intelligence agency counterparts at allied nations has damaged the U.S. tech industry on “many levels,” with many Europeans now distrusting U.S. tech companies to hold on to their personal data, Schmidt said Friday at a surveillance conference at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.
According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.
A college education used to be considered the great equalizer in which a young adult from any social class could close the future income gap regardless of the social class of origin. Unfortunately, a college education is becoming a governmental form of oppression. Step on to almost any college campus today and you will witness the beginning of the creation of generational debt slaves.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“I implore you to recognize the Church as a lady and in the name of the Pope take the King as lord of this land and obey his mandates. If you do not do it, I tell you that with the help of God I will enter powerfully against you all. I will make war everywhere and every way that I can. I will take your women and children and make them slaves…The deaths and injuries you will receive from here on will be your own fault and not that of his majesty nor of the gentlemen that accompany me. –“The Requirement”, read by Spaniards (in Latin) to native tribes they encountered in the New World
They don’t agree with sanctions against Russia and they against her support of Nazis in Ukraine
US installed fascist putschists run Ukraine. Illegitimate. Brutal. Lawless. Ruthless. Obama’s new friends.
A rogue’s gallery of societal misfits. Neo-Nazi thugs. Racists. Anti-Semites. Making Mafia bosses look saintly by comparison.
For the first time since WW II, overt fascists have real power in Europe’s heartland. Taking full advantage destructively.
Corporate news reports of people killed by nonmilitary law enforcement officers, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method.
Inclusion implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. The post merely documents the occurrence of a death.
Readers and members were calling for a database of police killings. As it turns out, there is already one in existence.
LA is taking the steps to lead nation in establishing trust between community and police with deployment of bodycams. The real measure of good policing is the presence of justice bbb In a series of tweets, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that the LAPD will use bodycams departmentwide. The Mayor’s office tweeted: “For last year @LAPDHQ has been field testing bodycams. Today we’re announcing cameras will be deployed across department. LA is taking the steps to lead nation in establishing trust between community and police with deployment of bodycams. The real measure of good policing is the presence of justice. That’s what builds trust… Connecting community & police is essential to public safety.. Mayor Eric Garcetti announces new policy of on-person cameras for police officers.”
Germany will spend up to 115 million Euros on the construction of four warships worth 1 billion Euros that Israel plans to purchase, the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper revealed on Sunday.
Police are investigating “several” swastikas painted on the south side of a Tufts University campus building Saturday morning.
The USA signed and ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture, which reads, in part: “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invo
Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that’s sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that’s currently being considered by the MPAA: What if you simply erased any record that the site was there in the first place?
To do that, the MPAA’s lawyers would target the Domain Name System (DNS) that directs traffic across the internet. The tactic was first proposed as part of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011, but three years after the law failed in Congress, the MPAA has been looking for legal justification for the practice in existing law and working with ISPs like Comcast to examine how a system might work technically.
In the early 1600s, as the global economy moved from “production for consumption” into “production for profit”, Dutch trading and business had become so efficient that merchants were finding themselves contracting for products that did not yet exist. The Dutch called it “Trading on the wind”, a reference to the Dutch trading ships that sailed the Atlantic.
In 1636, increasing demand for newly created varieties of tulips set off a speculative cycle of ever higher prices. Tulip bulbs were bought and sold unseen. Huge fortunes (on paper) were created seemingly overnight.
Then, in 1637, the market crashed. People were ruined. The entire Dutch credit system was almost destroyed and the effects of the crash were felt across Europe.
Citigroup, which entered the Philadelphia market with a bang six years ago, said it will be closing 13 of its 21 branches here, with 90 positions being lost. The closings include virtually all of its suburban locations, which is part of a global strategy to focus on an urban physical footprint, spokeswoman Catherine Pulley said during an interview Friday.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, national statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation do not report 25 percent or more of police killings in the US.
The newspaper analyzed data from 105 of the largest police agencies in the country and compared the figures to the official statistics of the FBI. More than 550 killings between 2007 and 2012 were not part of the FBI totals.
His finger was on the trigger
We recently noted the rise of counterparty risks in the financial system due to oil prices dropping (and leveraged derivative exposures) but as the Russia situation has deteriorated so dramatically this week, a renewed focus on bank exposures has sent stocks reeling (and credit risk soaring) among many European (and US) banks.
Oh yes, let’s blame it all on Russia! Let us forget that this whole mess was started when the US and Saudi Arabia decided to flood the oil market to drive prices down, to harm Russia’s economy, and in the process, slammed the economies of every other oil-producing nation on Earth, as well as commodity traders dealing with oil. So, as it all unravels, let’s put the blame on Russia!
The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December.
As is made clear in the article by Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United States, transmitted here, at a time when European states are, hesitantly, moving toward holding Israel accountable for its crimes and taking meaningful action to end the occupation, the United States is, defiantly, moving in the opposite direction, confirming its national subservience to Israel and its continuing support (in its acts if not its rhetoric) for perpetual occupation.
A Ukrainian solider tells his fellow soliders that there are no peaceful civilians in Donetsk and that everyone there is a collaborator with the enemy. Within seconds of this utterance, which was ironically spoken in the Russian language, he gets hit by an artillery shell.
The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for.
Soon after the Iran nuclear talks were recently extended for another seven months (beyond the November 22, 2014 deadline), President Rouhani spoke with the Iranian people in a televised address in which he sought to portray the inconclusive negotiations as a diplomatic victory for Iran, as an indication that his team of negotiators “stood their ground” in the face of excessive demands by the US and its allies.
The Crisis of Credit – Understanding what happened in 2008 and what will happen again soon (but worse!)
Berne, Switzerland: Amid concerns that the bullion trade is being used to bring back black money from Swiss banks, data showed gold exports from Switzerland are fast approaching the Rs. 1 trillion (nearly $16 billion) mark this year.
Swiss gold exports to India stood at over 2.8 billion Swiss francs ($2.9 billion) in October, up from about 2.2 billion Swiss francs in the previous month, according to the Swiss Customs Administration.
Tyler Durden: Yesterday, when we skeptically mocked the NY Mag’s Jessica Pressler coverage of Mohammed Islam, the 17-year-old wunderkind who “allegedly” made $72 million in the market by trading penny stocks, we covered the salient lies and told readers to “feel free to click on the NY Mag’s story about the young “multi-millionaire” – after all that was the whole point.”
Sure enough, in the finest tradition of the New Republic’s Stephen Glass, the entire article was nothing more than one epic big clickbait fest.
Oh, did we mention: completely fabricated clickbait.
The United States’ renewed cold war policy to isolate Russia is dividing Europe and changing the orbit for China and Asia.
Venezuela’s bondholders have long held that if the South American country ever defaulted, they’d be able to seize its refineries and almost 6,000 gas stations in the U.S.
Russia is reacting to the economic war which NATO is waging against her in the way she would have reacted in a conventional war. She allowed herself to be hit by unilateral “sanctions” in order to better lead the opponent to a battleground of her own choosing. Simultaneously, she has signed agreements with China to safeguard her future and with Turkey to disrupt NATO. As long ago, against France or Germany, her initial defeat could be the guarantee of her victory in the end.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is our Frankenstein. The United States after a decade of war in Iraq pieced together its body parts. We jolted it into life. We bathed it in blood and trauma. And we gave it its intelligence. Its dark and vicious heart of vengeance and war is our heart. It kills as we kill. It tortures as we torture. It carries out conquest as we carry out conquest. It is building a state driven by hatred for American occupation, a product of the death, horror and destruction we visited on the Middle East. ISIS now controls an area the size of Texas. It is erasing the borders established by French and British colonial powers through the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement. There is little we can do to stop it.
Are you aware that genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide? Right after GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. Now, the Florida Keys are in danger of facing a similar fate. The mosquitoes haven’t even been officially approved, but Oxitec, the British company who created the mosquitoes, has already shipped them to Florida. The only hope is a very vocal grassroots effort to tell the Governor of Florida that these mosquitoes will ruin tourism and possibly turn the natural ecosystem there on its head.
Jonathan Cook says while Europe is becoming increasingly disenchanted with Israel, as shown by the growing recognitions of Palestine, US policy towards Israel is paralysed by fear of upsetting the Zionist lobby.
The World In Crisis Mode? China, Japan & Russia Dump US Treasurys, Foreigners Sell Most US Stocks Since 2007, Many EU Country’s Asking For There Gold Back All Of A Sudden
Irony is the difference between what is expected and what is realized. I want to be able to say that it is incredibly ironic that, on the eve of the Senate Intelligence Committee condemnation of America’s abuse of human rights, President Obama, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the incoming Senate Intelligence Committee itself all declared that they would leave the torture in the past and not follow up on the report, while the U.S. Congress voted to sanction Venezuela, a leader of one of the few regions in the world that did not help or accommodate America’s human rights abuses, for human rights abuses.
OUTRAGE: The Court ruled almost unanimously (8-1) in favor of police legally voiding your 4th Amendment right of unreasonable search and seizure.
It’s the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,” the report — you know which one — is out. Or at least, the redacted executive summary of it is available to be read and, as Senator Mark Udall said before its release, “When this report is declassified, people will abhor what they read. They’re gonna be disgusted. They’re gonna be appalled. They’re gonna be shocked at what we did.”
Jim Rickards – Currency Wars shows I warned the Pentagon in 2009 about Russia’s objectives in gold. Look at what’s happened since:
VIDEO: Cemetery filled with babies downwind of US nuclear site — “This needs to be talked about, the children… murdered” — Mom: Newborns died in hours, tumors all over, brain disintegrated — Body parts, cadavers, fetuses taken at night by nuclear industry
A NATION IN TURMOIL: MORE VIOLENT PROTESTS BREAK OUT IN MEXICO AS VIGILANTES SET UP ROAD BLOCKS IN PROTEST AT PRESIDENT PENA NIETO’S RULE
Chaos ruled the streets of Mexico last night as violent protests erupted across the country over the government’s failure to catch the killers of 43 missing college students or snare a notorious drugs baron. Running battles between federal police and protesters organizing a concert in solidarity with the missing students left at least 21 people injured and several cars ablaze on Sunday in the southern state of Guerrero.
“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”
Russians hurried to change their savings and pensions into dollars and euros while also stocking up on furniture and jewellery as the rouble’s collapse accelerated. Their mounting concern was reflected on Tuesday morning in the red lights of the currency exchange booths that dot the city, which were ticking over to show ever weaker rouble rates.
Illinois’ House just passed a bill that criminalizes recording private conversations with citizens, and it also imposes harsher penalties for recording private conversations with police.
13,500,000 Millennials Live in Poverty, 46,000,000 Americans on Food Stamps, 65% of Children Live in Households on Federal Aid Programs
In the wake of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell report last week, advocates for those who were victims of the CIA’s brutal torture program have taken up a renewed call: “Charge them or let them go.”
In a piece published on Monday, Helen Duffy, attorney for Abu Zubaydah, who was held and tortured at a CIA black site in Poland and is now imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, argues that since the rendition and torture of detainees has now been brought to light, it’s time for “truth, justice, and accountability.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue on Friday before a federal court that the National Security Agency (NSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and searching data that it collects by tapping into the Internet backbone.
The hearing on a motion for partial summary judgment in Jewel v. NSA will be at 9 am on Dec. 19 before Judge Jeffrey White at the federal courthouse in Oakland…
Center for Food Safety criticized the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.
The EIS paves the way for introduction of new crops genetically engineered to survive spraying with the herbicide dicamba. If approved, the anticipated widespread adoption of these GE crops would lead to an over 10-fold increase in dicamba use in American agriculture, from under 4 million lbs. at present to more than 40 million lbs. per year. Commercialization is also contingent on EPA approval of dicamba formulations for use on the new crops, which is presently under consideration…
Federal investigators in the United States should considering weighing whether or not health workers involved in the interrogation tactics highlighted in the recent CIA torture port should be charged with war crimes, a group said this week.
The Royal Air Force’s next generation F-35 fighter jet could “shut down” in mid-flight if its fuel overheats, US test pilots have discovered. The fault is the latest in a string of embarrassments for military chiefs and manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
wouldn’t put it past the psychopaths in charge…
Evidence of life on Mars could have been found by Nasa’s Curiosity Rover.
One of the instruments on the robot found mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or other theories. Scientists can’t be sure what is causing the spikes, but it is possible that it could be very small, bacteria-like living organisms.
If the gas is coming from living, breathing microbes then it would mark one of the biggest discoveries in history.
Scientists have said that the rover now has to test and re-test the possibility of life.
Back in 1976 the Viking Landers carried two different experiments to detect life. The first took a sample of Martian soil and dropped it into a generic nutrient solution tagged with a radioactive isotope and waited for radioactive gas to be released by metabolic processes. This experiment showed a positive result.
The second experiment was a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer that heated a sample of Martian soil to cause large organic molecules to leave the soil and be drawn into a mass spectrometer, but unlike the inorganic mass spectrometer the heat was kept low enough to not cause the molecules themselves to come apart. This experiment returned a negative for the organic molecules it was designed to detect.
NASA was faced with one positive and one negative result. Most of us sitting at those consoles were convinced the positive needed to be given priority.
NASA was under a huge amount of public pressure over the issue of life on Mars. In particular the Buy-bull bangers were adamant that there could not possibly be life on Mars because the Bible did not mention it, and life on other planets meant Earth was not special in the eyes of whatever gods were being prayed to. Some of the controllers were getting death threats from fanatics like the Children of God. The post-Apollo “New” NASA was already entrenched. The scientists with the PhDs were no longer in control, but political appointees with MBAs ran the show, and so a political decision was made to ignore the positive result, rely on the negative, and declare that Viking had not found any life on Mars at all. That placated the masses at what we all felt was the expense of the truth.
Now, years later, subsequent probes to Mars have discovered a high amount of perchlorate in the Martian soil. In the presence of heat, perchlorate will decompose organic molecules. So the Viking organic mass spectrometer was destroying the organic molecules before it ever had a chance to detect them. That means the negative result was bogus data and can be discarded. That leaves just one positive result.
And before anyone shouts, “Oh no, NASA would never hide such an important find”, please recall that when Marco Polo returned from China he was promptly locked away in a dungeon by the Dominicans on the orders of the church, who thought that their control over Europe would be threatened by public awareness of a great civilization to the East that had never heard of Jesus. Eventually, word of Marco Polo’s discoveries leaked out and he was released.
There is no question that confirmation of extraterrestrial life will be a socially transformative event. Humans might decide to put down their weapons of war and unite to find our just who is out there. For those governments dependent on war, that is a huge threat to their power and ample motive to bias their assessment of the Viking results towards the negative.
In 2009, Nicholas Heien of North Carolina was pulled over for having one broken brake light. Having one working brake light is legal in North Carolina. However, upon searching, the officer allegedly found cocaine and Heien was arrested and charged for attempted drug trafficking.
Attorneys argued that the law would have made Heien’s search and ensuing arrest invalid.
10x the reserves and infinite times the gold
Here’s the latest scam the government is burning your money on: a “shark-like spy drone” that looks somewhat like a shark and swims like a physically disabled fish.
America on a War Footing: Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking
The Russia Sanctions bill that passed “unanimously,” with no scheduled debate, at 10:23:55 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2014, includes:
1. Sanctions of Russia’s energy industry, including Rosoboronexport and Gazprom.
- Sanctions of Russia’s defense industry, with respect to arms sales to Syria.
- Broad sanctions on Russians’ banking and investments.
- Provisions for privatization of Ukrainian infrastructure, electricity, oil, gas and renewables, with the help of the World Bank and USAID.
- Fifty million dollars to assist in a corporate takeover of Ukraine’s oil and gas sectors.
‘Children were forced to watch as their teacher was burned alive': Survivors reveal horror inside Pakistan school as nine Taliban gunmen bomb and shoot to death 132 children
Meanwhile, terrifying accounts of the children’s ordeal began to emerge.
This is obviously another false-flag stunt. The US Government is trying to evade the consequences of their use of torture on prisoners by selling the idea that everyone who was tortured deserved it because of 9-11 (even if they had nothing to do with it) because they are all just evil wicked Arab Muslims who commit atrocities. The false-flag down in Sydney did not produce enough dead bodies to register on most peoples’ media radar, so today they up the ante.
But stop and think for a moment. Any group that wants to change the status quo needs the support of the general public. Such a group is not going to carry out any action that would wreck that popular support. If George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had kicked in the doors of a colonial school and killed a bunch of children, how successful do you think they would have been at their objective, which was to get the British to leave? The answer is, “not very.”
The same applies here. Attacking a school is intended to produce the maximum shock and revulsion in the public mind, something not useful to an agenda of sociopolitical change, but very useful for those who want to prevent that change.
And, as noted below, Blackwater/Xi (or whatever they are calling themselves this week) has a prior history of carrying out false-flag attacks in Pakistan which are then blamed on the Taliban. This appears to be more of the same.
Look at the third picture down. How convenient that they already had coffins in place to use!
Citigroup is the Wall Street mega bank that forced the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999; blew itself up as a result of the repeal in 2008; was propped back up with the largest taxpayer bailout in the history of the world even though it was insolvent and didn’t qualify for a bailout; has now written its own legislation to de-regulate itself; got the President of the United States to lobby for its passage; and received an up vote from both houses of Congress in less than a week.
Former Obama CIA Deputy Director Warns, Expect Similar ISIS Inspired Attack in U.S. “In the next year or so, Guaranteed.”
By Hanni Fakhoury
In United States v. Vargas local police in rural Washington suspected Vargas of drug trafficking. In April 2013, police installed a camera on top of a utility pole overlooking his home. Even though police did not have a warrant, they nonetheless pointed the camera at his front door and driveway and began watching every day…
In June, Shell Oil halted its newly dug shale-gas wells at the Yuzivska gas field in southeastern Ukraine, and gave as the reason the civil war there, though only after Ukrainian Government troops had ousted the local residents (who had opposed fracking) was Shell even enabled to dig the wells, so Shell’s departure was puzzling. Then, on 19 June 2014, Igor Alexeev at the oilprce blog presented the reasonable hypothesis of “The Real Reason Shell Halted Its Ukrainian Shale Operations”: “In reality, the truth may be closer to the fact that company is disappointed with the economic viability of what it once thought was a large shale deposit and is looking for a way out.”
US stock futures fell along with shares in European companies exposed to Russia, as the ruble and crude oil slid to new record lows on Tuesday.
The Russian ruble lost over 20 percent against hard currencies on Tuesday. At its worst the ruble plummeted to 75 against the US dollar, and traded at almost 100 to the euro on the Moscow Exchange.
Brent crude fell below $59 a barrel for the first time since May 2009, losing 4 percent as it hit a low of $58.50. US WTI crude was down 3 percent at $54.21 after plunging to $53.80.
The global oil industry will face a loss of $1 trillion as producers will be forced to cancel a number of key projects if oil prices stay below $60, says Goldman Sachs.
With Brent crude losing 45 percent of its price and trading at $59.9 at 12PM MSK Tuesday, a number of once ambitious projects could become unprofitable. Thus, plans on deep exploration in such challenging regions as the Gulf of Mexico or Arctic may be put at risk, says the Financial Times.
The research based on a $70 oil price was carried out looking at 400 oil and gas fields around the world, many of which are still waiting for a final investment decisions. The analysis, which excludes US shale, shows the fields with the equivalent of 2.3 million barrels a day output by 2020 have now become uneconomic. That figure rises to 7.5 million barrels a day by 2025.
snip: Tantaros’s rant did have the feel of a Saturday Night Live satire, but her upbeat jingoism was only a slight exaggeration of what Americans have been hearing from much of their media and politicians for decades. At least since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, any substantive criticism of the United States has been treated as unpatriotic. Indeed, a journalist or a politician who dares point out any fundamental flaws in the country or even its actual history can expect to have his or her patriotism challenged. That is how debate over “how we’re not awesome” is silenced.
The real time U.S. debt clock shows that America is now over $18 trillion in debt. According to Obama, it was just plain un-American when the debt piled up under Bush’s watch. But Obama has racked up more debt than every U.S. president combined, and there’s no signs of him stopping his legacy. It’s bad enough that congress passed the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” bill.
Fear is an emotional state produced in human beings and other animals to watch for real or anticipated dangers. An animal that reacts to danger or even potential danger and escapes lives and reproduces. Selection favored such mechanisms to be hightened in situations of danger of predation, of starvation of accidental death and so on. But an animal that is exceptionally fearful is also disadvantaged because it can avoid going out to find food or a better shelter or a mate. Fear is a double edged sword; useful in moderation especially when accompanied by logical thinking based on real phenomena and harmful in certain situations.
Every year as the calendar wound down, here came one of music journalism’s over-roasted chestnuts: the annual roundup of new Christmas albums. I never groaned. I’m one of those Christmas music people. As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is down my gullet, I’m trotting out the tinseled tunes. And each year, somehow, the same old songs are rechristened, rearranged, repackaged anew. It’s the big catalog that could. It’s the lamp that you’d think should have burned out a long time ago.
The following lecture by Caroline Glick meted out to Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference last Thursday is simultaneously so over the top and so typical of apologists for Israel that it deserves wide attention.
Glick, the deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, is a popular right wing public figure in Israel and abroad. Her fans can’t get enough of her, note the uploader of the video (below) thinks she’s “brilliant” and you can hear audience members cheering her on as she berates Ambassador Vahr in this clip. She got a lot of airtime in The New Yorker last month.
As a longtime Glick-watcher I have developed a deep appreciation for her mobile facial expressions and body language. There’s never any doubt how much disdain she has for her adversaries. Whether it’s a good tactic for dealing with diplomats, though– well, judge for yourself.
We started Babes Against Biotech in response to the blatant financial ties between elected officials and the agrochemical biotech companies poisoning the Hawaiian islands. Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont/Pioneer use Hawai’i as an open air laboratory to test genetically engineered crop seeds for export. In developing pesticide resistant Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs,) these multi-national companies create zero local food sending profits off island, while exposing our communities to obscene amounts of restricted and general use pesticides up to ten times the national average. We already have two pesticide linked birth defects doctors estimate at ten times the national average in communities near GE test fields.
See the tray up top? It is an example of the school lunches being served to kids in public schools. See the chicken wings below? That’s an example of what the Obama kids, Sasha and Malia, get for lunch at school.
With the turmoil in Ferguson activists and the mainstream media would have us believe that police officers are “trigger happy” when dealing with black suspects. The truth couldn’t be more different.
On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a time and a radar to detect — among other potential threats— drones.
Al-Nusrah Front (also known as Jabhat Al-Nusrah), one of al-Qaeda affiliated militia posted a picture and video of its fighters using an American-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile on an Assad regime tank.
( IMAGE: Syrian rebel is preparing to use American-made TOW missile)
“The photograph and video were distributed on Twitter by Al Nusrah’s official page for Idlib operations. The TOW was used during the recent fighting in Wadi al Daif which, until this morning, was a major regime base in the countryside of Idlib. The fighting at Wadi al Daif was part of a larger jihadist offensive on two regime bases near the Idlib city of Maa’rat al Nu’man. The other base, Al Hamadiya, is also reported to have fallen to members of Ahrar al Sham, an al Qaeda ally, as well as to members of Al Nusrah and Free Syrian Army elements.”
Washington Post reported:
Man who claims 4 Tampa police entered his home w/o warrant, punched, kicked and arrested him on charges that were later dropped gets $80k.
Infected sites load attack code into webpages viewed by visitors.
The worst role in any children’s Christmas play is the innkeeper who gets to lecture the holy couple about how there’s “no room for them in the inn.” That’s the role jerky little kids get to prepare them for a lifetime of managerial positions. Long story short, the holy family ends up in the stable. But wait — the entire reason they made the trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem was because it was Joseph’s hometown. You’d think there’d be at least one family member with a futon they could crash on or something, right? So why did they even need an inn to begin with? The simple answer is that, in the Bible, there is no innkeeper — and probably no inn. That’s because inns were only found on major roads, and Bethlehem was the equivalent of a truck stop outside of a rural town in Wyoming.
And number 7: The Christmas story has the shepherds out tending their flocks at night (in order to see the star and hear the angels). But the only time Shepherds need to tend their flocks by night is when the lambs are being born, both to deal with difficult deliveries and protect the new lambs from predators. Lambs are not born in the middle of winter but in the Spring, late February to mid-April.
Sony Corp. (6758) was warned about a year ago that hackers had infiltrated its network and were stealing gigabytes of data several times a week, underscoring a pattern of lapses predating a recent attack that has spilled Sony Pictures’ secrets onto the Internet.
The hackers, who haven’t been identified, sifted in late 2013 through data from the company’s network, encrypted the information to cover their tracks and mined it on a regular schedule, said a person familiar with Sony’s investigation of the breach who asked not to be named because the findings are confidential.
The company’s cybersecurity problems date at least as far back as 2011, with a breach of Sony’s PlayStation video-game network.
University student finds herself stranded with no cash or bank card, is approached by a homeless man who gave her the last £3 he had so she could take a taxi home. She’s now raising funds to get him off the streets.
After a homeless good Samaritan came to her aid, a 22-year-old UCLan student has vowed to pay him back.
Dominique Harrison-Bentzen from Leyland lost her bank card while out in Preston city centre but only realised when she went to get money for a taxi home.
Associated Press in New York
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North Korea has asked the UN security council to address the CIA’s harsh treatment of terror suspects instead of its own human rights situation.
North Korea’s UN ambassador, Ja Song-nam, objected to the inclusion of his country’s human rights record on the security council’s agenda for debate as a first step toward a possible referral to the international criminal court (ICC).
Prosecutor fired after refusing to withhold evidence from defendant after D.A. told him not to share the info.
Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve the construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe…
The West is lacking options with regards to reducing dependence on Russian gas in the foreseeable future and is desperately (and unsuccessfully) trying to find alternatives…
Denmark has presented a claim to the U.N. asserting sovereignty over the North Pole, saying the Arctic region is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland, a Danish autonomous territory. The claim, expected to be submitted formally on Monday, constitutes a challenge to Canada and Russia, which already have asserted their own claims to the Arctic region—a vast untapped energy resource.
Elizabeth Warren got a lot of attention last week for rallying liberals against a provision of the cromnibus spending bill that repealed a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. This particular bit of the law had required FDIC-insured banks to get out of the custom swaps business. If they wanted to buy and sell risky derivatives, the parent company needed to do it at a separate entity outside the bank, not with government-insured cash.
A local judge in Arizona ruled Friday that the Tucson Police Department (TPD) does not have to disclose records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators, under the state’s public records act. According to a Saturday report from Capitol Media Services, a state news wire, complying with reporter Beau Hodai’s public records request “would give criminals a road map for how to defeat the device, which is used not only by Tucson but other local and national police agencies.”
Suspect had multiple aliases, granted political asylum by Australian government, interviewed by Australian media, spent years as fake pro-Western “Shia’a cleric” condemning Iran and Syria before recently “converting” to Sunni and supporting ISIS.
Another embarrassing chapter has unfolded for Western intelligence and security communities in the wake of the so-called “Sydney Siege.” The suspect named by the media as “Man Haron Monis” also has gone by the names “Manteghi Boroujerdi” and “Mohammad Hassan Manteghi” and was an individual now confirmed to have long been on the radar of the Australian government, media, law enforcement, and court system since his arrival on Australian shores almost two decades ago…
The Great Recession is officially over, but Americans are still 40% poorer today than they were in 2007, the year before the global financial crisis.
A Miami cop pulled someone over last month on a routine traffic stop, but the ensuing mess resulted in an internal investigation because it turns out the man this police officer pulled over was actually a higher-ranking officer in the same police department. Officer Marcel Jackson pulled over Lieutenant David Ramras and things got intense really quickly.
In a video captured on Jackson’s GoPro camera, you can see them fighting and Jackson forcing Ramras to the ground. Other officers nearby run up to break the two of them up. Ramras angrily shouts, “Do you know who the fuck I am?” He then tells Jackson who he is.
At least the cops are beating each other up, rather than innocent citizens, and that has to be an improvement!
From productivity to email to operating systems to mobile to hardware, David Gewirtz is no longer actively using Microsoft products. He’s not a Microsoft hater. The transition just happened organically as he adopted products that better served his needs.
U.S. fights to stop release of photos showing soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating prisoners in Iraq
Cops killed a man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend and accused her of lying and being on drugs.
“… the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights … Our enemies act without conscience. We must not.” —John McCain
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the only member of the U.S. Senate who personally knows what it means to be tortured, on Tuesday strongly defended the Democratic-led Senate investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program, saying the agency’s activities “stained our national honor, did much harm, and little practical good.”
The UAE Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei says OPEC will maintain output at 30 million barrels of oil a day, and wants to monitor the price for three months before even considering a meeting about possible changes.
Kiev-controlled volunteer battalions and the Ukrainian Security Service are involved in an increasing number of human rights violations including torture and forced disappearances of those suspected of “separatism,” according to a UN OHCHR report.
The report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says that Kiev’s actions in eastern Ukraine to “restore order” have led to “arbitrary detentions, torture, and enforced disappearances of people suspected of ‘separatism and terrorism’. Most of such human rights violations appear to have been perpetrated by certain voluntary battalions or by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).”
The eighth OHCHR report on the human rights situation in Ukraine released on Monday added that the procedural rights of people have not always been observed, with reports of ill-treatment and reprisals upon release.
Former Florida governor and brother and son of United States presidents, Jeb Bush, announced that he will “actively explore” a possible presidential campaign for 2016.
The US Army today announced that it has cancelled the two-day pretrial hearing at Guantanamo Bay related to FBI infiltration of the defense teams for detainees. They provided no reason for the cancellation.
But we can guess!
Here is a look at the growth in the population of Israel’s West Bank settlements over the past decade, including the past five years under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared with growth of the overall Israeli and Palestinian populations.
As extremist rebels in Syria lay claim to fresh weapons, a new video circulating online purports to show an al-Qaeda-linked group fielding U.S.-supplied anti-tank weapons that may have been intended for more moderate factions in the conflict.
Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the military and Palestinian witnesses said.
The Palestinians want to establish a state in East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Gaza, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. U.S.-brokered peace talks between the sides broke down in April.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Secretary of State John Kerry today, pressing for a US veto for the assorted UN resolutions coming up on the subject of peace talks
More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, it appears that the United States and Russia are engaging in the same sort of proxy wars that were so common during the Cold War. Everywhere that Western and Russian spheres of influence meet there is the potential for conflict, and the two aging superpowers have shown their willingness fight through their neighbors. However, this game of chess has taken on a whole new dimension that is radically different than what we saw during the Cold War.
The CIA’s rendition, interrogation, and detention programs were even more nightmarish than you could imagine.
Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death. The Senate Intelligence Committee is finally releasing its review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs. And it is brutal.
A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ruled out any negotiations whatsoever over the Islamic Republic’s defensive missile capabilities.
“Iran’s missile issue is not up for any type of negotiation,” Ali Akbar Velayati told reporters on Monday.
The senior Iranian official added that the issue of the country’s missile program would not be part of the upcoming nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Some Western officials, particularly in the US, have called for Iran’s missile program to be included in the country’s nuclear talks with the P5+1 – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany.
Although this article does not mention it, it is Israel that is behind the push to add in Iran’s missile’s to the negotiations, even though that was never a part of the original interim deal.
Some people are still under the impression that the Rockefeller Foundation is all about philanthropy: helping people and saving lives.
In reality, the Rockefellers have been one of the largest financial backers and drivers of the eugenics and the depopulation agenda for over a century now.
Check out these 1915 newspaper clippings we came across in research.
For a decade now, a legal back-and-forth has continued to brew between lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union intent on having the photos released, and government attorneys operating under first President George W. Bush, then President Barack Obama, to keep the images from public eyes. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in 2008 that a 21-photo subset of the images should be released, but President Obama argued that doing as much would “further inflame anti-American opinion and…put our troops in greater danger.” Soon after, the Protected National Security Documents Act (PNSDA) was passed, allowing the Pentagon to withhold certain images should a court agree with whatever rationale is argued.
Early indications suggest that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s administration is successfully working to reduce the sectarian divisions in Iraq, though it has made him some enemies.
The Human Rights Ministry revealed that about 2,700 Iraqis are missing since the invasion by the Islamic State militants. About half went missing from Speicher Camp and Badush Prison. This figure is based on applications made by family members. Those without family in unoccupied Iraq likely remain uncounted.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed at least at least 4,707 people since the conflict began in mid-April and more than a quarter of the recorded deaths have come since a much-ignored cease-fire, U.N. rights investigators said Monday.
Amal Alamuddin, actor George Clooney’s fiancée, has turned down a United Nations appointment to a commission investigating possible war crimes in the occupied Gaza Strip during Israel’s military offensive.
The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council announced Monday that Alamuddin, a Lebanese-born British human rights attorney, would join two other experts on a special commission to investigate looking into possible violations of the rules of war during the Israeli offensive against Hamas. The council is a 47 member-state body elected by the member states of the U.N. Its mission is to promote human rights.
But just hours after the HRC announcement, Clooney’s Hollywood agent, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement on Alamuddin’s behalf saying she had pulled out of participating in the probe, The Guardian reported.
Clooney must have gotten a nasty phone call!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today mounted a last-ditch effort to thwart a Palestinian and Arab bid to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within two years.
Mr Netanyahu met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome to lobby for an American veto after issuing statements ruling out any such withdrawal, even if it is passed by the Security Council.
US authorities tortured Chelsea Manning with barbaric CIA techniques, which posed a threat to her psychological health, the Welsh aunt of the jailed whistleblower revealed to local media. Before her trial for providing WikiLeaks with the largest cache of classified information in US history, Chelsea Manning was humiliated in a similar way that terrorist suspects were, her Welsh relatives told WalesOnline on Sunday. “What really hurt me was the treatment Chelsea received in Quantico two years before the trial: stripped naked, kept in solitary confinement, made to stand in a corner, everything taken away,” said Sharon Staples, Manning’s aunt. Her revelation echoed the 2012 report of UN special rapporteur Juan Mendez, who ruled that “the alleged prolonged solitary confinement … was…a violation of Manning’s right to physical and psychological integrity,” as well as of presumption of innocence.
Spain will impose a raft of new laws to combat popular protests in opposition to EU central bankster austerity.
Politically motivated budget cuts and a hiring freeze have left the Navy with a shipyard workforce incapable of maintaining even its most valuable hardware, including the fleet of hunter-killer submarines and aircraft carriers that are crucial to projecting U.S. force across the globe.
Officials are warning that employee shortages mean completions of ongoing retrofits are being delayed, endangering deployment plans and compromising international agreements that require tight time lines.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday described a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for an end to Israel’s decades-long occupation and the creation of an independent state of Palestine as a “political attack” on the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
Israeli-American real estate mogul Adam Milstein recently made headlines when it emerged that he had solicited funds on behalf of two student senate candidates at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) who espouse strong anti-Palestinian views.
When asked about the donations, which had reportedly been funneled through UCLA’s chapter of the Zionist campus organization Hillel, by Mondoweiss’ Alex Kane, Milstein feigned ignorance: “When I make a donation to the UCLA Foundation or what have you, I don’t know what they’re doing with the money.”
However, Milstein’s claims were swiftly belied by emails discovered by Chloe Hunt of UC Berkeley campus newspaper The Daily Californian.
Now Israel is buying STUDENT politicians!
I thought you’d be interested to know that the government has asked the judge to limit the defense by not allowing any of Ross’ political or philosophical beliefs to be introduced to the jury as they might influence the jury in his favor. The prosecution goes so far as to say that they fear that exposing the jury to his political thought could invite a jury nullification verdict.
The government obviously doesn’t want this trial to become about internet freedom, the drug war, or liberty. But these crucial issues are on trial along with Ross. This trial is poised to be the most important of 2015 in the fight for freedom. Obviously the government thinks so. They are doing their best to smear Ross and obstruct his defense.
I’m attaching an excerpt (bolds and highlights mine) from the prosecution’s motions illustrating what I’m saying. If you want the original document, just let me know.
This outrage needs to become known, so please spread the word!
This isn’t the first time I’ve brought this up. In Summer of last year Microsoft had buggy Patch Tuesday updates three months in a row. There had been others that year, some of which crippled systems.
“WMR has learned from a deep background source that Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, has been conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan that are later blamed on the entity called Pakistani Taliban,” The News quoted Madsen, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club, as saying.
A former Tennessee police officer was arrested for forcing a prostitute to have sex with him while he was on-duty, according to a news release from Metro police.
Jonathan Mays was indicted by a grand jury and charged with rape, two counts of official misconduct and two counts of official oppression Friday.
The 2007 revelation by ABC News that the Bush Administration was covertly backing the Jundallah terrorist organization in an effort to convince them to launch attacks on Iran was no small embarrassment for the administration, and a considerable source of tension with the Shi’ite world as the militants attacked mosques and killed large numbers of civilians.
The only problem is, it apparently didn’t happen. At least not the way ABC News claims. Instead of being direct US backing, by way of the CIA, for a State Department listed terrorist organization (a big no-no), Foreign Policy is reporting today that the whole thing was actually a Mossad plot designed to frame the CIA and the administration.
A Northern California police department put one of its officers on leave Monday and is investigating threatening comments from his Twitter account about demonstrators who have participated in protests over the recent deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.
The San Jose Police Department said Officer Phillip White was sidelined after officials learned of statements made Saturday from his Twitter account.
Hundreds of torture methods used against Palestinian prisoners during interrogations conducted in Israeli prisoners have been observed by human rights organisations and prisoners’ rights associations.
A report by the United Nations lists around 200 methods of torture. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem listed around 105 torture methods. Regardless of the number, all these reports indicate a grave level of violations perpetrated against Palestinians following their arrest.
POLITICAL PRISONER BARRETT BROWN TO BE SENTENCED TOMORROW – WHY THE RESULT MATTERS TO FREEDOM IN AMERICA
Barrett Lancaster Brown is a writer and activist who possesses a unique combination of ability, courage, wit and determination. This resume of personality traits turned him into a threatening individual once he decided to direct much of that energy against the prevailing corrupt status quo. This is also why he’s one of the roughly roughly 2.4 million Americans locked up within these United States; many of them for non-crimes. The Feds went after Barrett Brown in the same manner in which they went after Aaron Swartz (tactics that led to the suicide of the latter). They came out with a bunch of trumped up charges, including that of copying and pasting a link (that charge was later dropped), and threatened him with 105 years in jail.
14 facts that prove that the number of children living in poverty this Christmas is at a record high
Did you know that 65 percent of all children in the United States live in a home that receives aid from the federal government?
BREAKING: Taliban Storms School In Pakistan, 500 students held hostage (120+ dead, 83+ injured) Rescue Operation Underway
Hell on Earth: The American Eugenics Movement and the Fernald Boys Home
As boys, they were confined to the Fernald State School in Waltham, Mass. during the 1940s into the 1970s, often on the basis of a single faulty intelligence test. With no possible way of being released, they were considered “morons” or “imbeciles”… less than human. They were completely at the mercy of the state run institution. Torture and sexual abuse was rampant.
(*Submitted for anyone who thinks American sponsored ‘torture’ is something new .
This article subdivides into;
-The American Eugenics Movement
-Indiana Committee on Mental Defectives
-American Scientific Racism
-Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Involuntary Sterilizations
-The Eugenics Sterilization Program
-American Funding of Germany’s Eugenics Programs
More on the Fernald Center>>> http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/sites/walthamma/files/file/file/fernald_… which was founded in 1848 , Waltham MA USA)
Josh Randall ponders his mother’s fate before Seattle City Council
Do I like apodments… err…. micro housing? In general, no. I will not eat them with green eggs and ham and Might I reconsider my general disdain depending on the circumstance? Yes. To wit, the situation with Kathleen Randall, in which the purchase of her U-District home at 4315 7th Avenue NE is imperiled because the developer cannot obtain a build permit. Permits are needed, inter alia, to fix a crumbled sewer line that rendered the home uninhabitable. The thing of it is, the application was submitted prior to imposition of the moratorium but as I told City Council yesterday I believe that much of pushback they are getting in permitting is because of the moratorium. I wrote Council today:
Longstanding US plans call for regime change in Russia. Targeting its sovereign independent government. Its main Eurasian rival.
Washington wants pro-Western stooge governance installed. By color revolution or war. US hegemonic ambitions threaten world peace.
The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world. The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.
For the wretched souls addicted to Facebook, you are their economic engine. They mine your data, run facial recognition software on your pictures and you tell them about everything about yourself, and everything about everyone you know. Governments are salivating at the idea of learning more about you and Facebook offers you up on a silver platter. They have been censoring information in the past but now they are mulling the idea of a ‘dislike button. It won’t be hard to find some good minders who will disappear information that your Government doesn’t approve of.
“[W]e want to use our reserves more constructively by investing in development projects around the world rather than just reflexively buying US Treasuries. In any case, we usually lose money on Treasuries, so we need to find ways to improve our return on investment.”
– Unnamed senior Chinese official, cited in an FT article, ‘Turning away from the dollar’, 10th December 2014.
This is the empire in its final stages.
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PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth of WTC 7’s “Scooped-Out” 10 Stories
Editor’s Note: This fascinating and provocative technical piece on NIST’s manipulation of the WTC 7 evidence is broken down into a series of six articles. The second installment (below) is PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth About WTC 7’s “Scooped-Out” 10 Stories. The first installment was the INTRODUCTION. Stand by for the next four installments, to be published monthly.
The US news media has treated Dick Cheney and Michael Hayden better in interviews this week than they treat British royalty on an American vacation.
It’s been less than one week since the US Senate released its devastating report on CIA torture and criminality, but if you turned on the television Sunday morning, it looked frighteningly like the year 2002. Virtually all the Sunday talk shows led offnot with those who documented the CIA’s depravity, or the victims of such abuse, or those who objected to torture when it wasn’t fashionable to do so. Instead, they instead continued to pump up the former Bush administration architects of this illegal program, so they could once be given a platform to defend it.
One sure way to get a grasp of our political predicament is to logically analyze what the political leadership has done – and what it has failed to do – about the terror atrocity of 9-11.
Since September 11, 2001, four successive administrations and fourteen Sessions of Congress have utterly failed to conduct a proper criminal investigation of 9-11, a criminal atrocity that profoundly affected the course of the nation. Rather than investigate the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9-11, successive U.S. administrations have engaged in a criminal deception, using lies to take us into foreign wars while imposing police state measures at home.
The government’s egregious failure to conduct a proper criminal investigation into the events of 9-11 is exactly like the failure by the newly-installed president, Lyndon B. Johnson, to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In both cases, rather than conducting proper criminal investigations, the government appointed commissions that produced seriously flawed reports that were simply meant to support the official, but false, version of events.
Overnight, Microsoft pulled two high-profile screwed-up patches: KB 3011970 and KB 3004394. Another patch, KB 2553154, is killing some Excel 2010 and 2013 macros, saying the ActiveX control “has stopped working in Excel.” Admins are reporting that KB 3008923 has broken modal dialogs in IE. And the hang on installing KB 3002339 described yesterday is still kicking.
Blogger Colonel Cassad: The Reason For Shutting Down Ukrainian Airspace Is To Accept Military Cargo From USA. New Unofficial Military Advisers/assistants Should Be Expected To Show Up As Well
The banksters obliterated gold and silver today as Russia announced an emergency rate hike of 650 basis points, raising rates on the Ruble from 10.5% to 17%, sending the USD plunging vs the RUB!
Collective punishment of 1.8 million human shields in a prison — Newsweek dares publish the truth of Gaza
The evening I left, I passed back by Beit Hanoun. Three young teenagers were digging in the dark… They were clearing the rubble from their family orchard.
The teenagers showed me where they had planted a new clementine tree. As I squeezed back out of the Erez turnstiles, I realised why there was no longer a need to plaster up martyrs pictures on Gaza’s walls. The latest collective punishment inflicted on 1.8 million Gazans had made martyrs of them all.
The European Newsweek ran the article. but not the US edition!
In a house in Rafah in southern Gaza, near the Egyptian border, Nabil Siyam, aged 34, slowly lays out pictures of his family. He only has one arm, the other was blown off by an Israeli bomb during the summer war. The pictures show his wife, Shireen, and their children – Mustafa, 9, Ghaida, a girl aged 8, Abdul Rahman, 6, Badruddin, 5 and Dalal, also a girl, aged nine months. All but Badruddin were killed by the same bomb; the little boy lost a kidney and now plays on his father’s lap. Also killed were two of Nabil’s brothers, two of his brothers’ wives and three of their children, who lived in this house.
The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11
President Barack Obama announced that he would not pursue any of the perpetrators of these crimes, while defenders of human rights are fighting to have the perpetrators brought to justice. It’s the least we can do.
However, the real issues are elsewhere: Why did the CIA committed such crimes? Why did it fabricate confessions to link al-Qaeda artificially to the attacks of September 11? And therefore, al-Qaeda being unrelated to the attacks of Sept. 11, who has the CIA therefore sought to protect?
Monis, whose age was given as 50 by police, arrived in Australia in 1996 claiming to be a refugee, according to Australia’s 9News. Iran’s Fars news agency said Australia denied an attempt to extradite him back to the Islamic Republic, where he went by the name of Mohammad Hassan Manteghi Bourjerdi and had been indicted for fraud.
The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world.The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.
A particularly cringe-worthy revelation is that the CIA practiced “rectal feeding” where prisoners on hunger strikes were force-fed through their rectum in order to keep them alive. The RT commentary cited above writes that, “At least five CIA detainees were subjected to ‘rectal rehydration,’ or rectal feeding, the Senate report reads, in order to keep prisoners alive who allegedly otherwise refused to eat.”
Where else but in Israel would you find a coalition made up of ‘Social Democrats’, terrorists and war criminals?
Vice President Joe Biden will assist in the lighting this year of the Hanukka menorah on the ellipse in front of the White House.
Oooooh, isn’t that special!
Nobel peace prize winners in Rome on Sunday expressed deep concern about the growing threat of conflict, including nuclear war, and “a new and more dangerous Cold War”.
In the aftermath of yet another highly publicized terror attack (or at least the potential for a high profile attack) in Australia by foreign-born jihadists, the Western public is once again experiencing a variety of emotional reactions that they have carefully been trained to experience whenever such events take place at home or abroad…
So this is what the US advocates for and finances now. The new coup imposed government are nazis in Kiev folks…they always were.
Four Spanish government ministries were hit by serious cyberattacks in 2014, with the assaults targeting the mobile phones and personal computers of prominent government figures.
There was a banking and economics seminar in the center of Kiev, next to Olymipiskii stadium.
A group of armed people in balaclavas broke into the building and the
auditorium, opened fire in the air and accused people inside of being
Armed men took all the valuables from the attendees, and kidnapped the person giving the lecture.
As a result 1 person is in a hospital with a gun shot wound, the
source informed the journalist that the wounded person is a citizen of
the United States. A bunch of other people are scattered in various
places with head traumas, and other bodily injuries.
WASHINGTON DC – The grand jury system that is used to judge cases of police misconduct, has come under heavy public scrutiny in recent weeks, after a string of high profile acquittals for killer cops.
As extensively telegraphed by Microsoft, the company’s cast of supporters in its legal fight over a warrant seeking a customer’s emails just got a whole lot bigger.
Microsoft was joined by Amazon.com as well as Silicon Valley stalwarts Hewlett-Packard and eBay. Apple, AT&T, Cisco and Verizion, which all supported Microsoft in its lower court case, also weighed in again.
Google, a leader
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
They always use the “we are doing this to keep you safe “mantra every time they get ready to bend you over and grease you up……………………….KT
Former vice president Dick Cheney defended the CIA’s actions claiming it “worked” to help keep the country safe. If some innocent people were tortured, it doesn’t matter because Cheney believes it had successful results.
WEBMASTER ADDITION: Between endless repeats of things we have already seen a dozen times before, and corporate news divisions that have melted their own credibility year after year, I am not surprised. My wife and I were commenting at the new line up on BBC America and I suspect they are sensing an opportunity to grab a larger share of the American market with their new programming!
Long before the Ferguson situation occurred, another young man named Michael B. was shot and killed by a police officer. His father’s relentless activism led to changes in the law surrounding how police-involved death cases are investigated in Wisconsin.
Where else but in Israel would you find a coalition made up of ‘Social Democrats’, terrorists and war criminals?
Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets yesterday demanding an end to racist police violence and seeking justice for those who died at the hands of officers who are never held accountable for their illegal actions.
This is this year’s WRH/Home Baked Entertainment/Melophilia holiday card. The ones we use have added text and graphics but these are left without identifiers for your own use.
The small version is suitable for email, but the full size version is 4K across, a 4 meg download, and you can use photoshop or other graphic tool to add your own names and messages to both versions before you print or email them out.
And this link leads to some older holiday card designs, also suitable for modification and personal use.
Red for ECB “danger zone”. 5y euro zone inflation expectations slide to new low 1.69%, 90% of respondents predict ECB QE will start next year
Conflicting Reports: Hostages From Inside Lindt Cafe Post Terrorists Demands To Facebook; Self Proclaimed Member Of ISIS
Videos allegedly made by hostages inside the terrorist contained further details about the hostage taker and his demands, but were soon removed by YouTube.
A Facebook post attributed to a victim of the Sydney cafe siege which purports to contain a list of demands from the hostage taker states that the terrorist is a self-proclaimed member of ISIS, that two other accomplices have placed bombs elsewhere in the city, and that he will start killing hostages unless his demands are met.
I have to wonder of the Facebook posts were propaganda phonies, considering the next article down.
The man said to be responsible for taking hostages at the Lindt café in Sydney is an Iranian mystic who claims to practice black magic, not an ISIS terrorist as previously reported.
Previously an outspoken critic of Iranian government, was interviewed by Australian media in 2001, loved Western society…
As predicted, the suspect amid the “Sydney Siege,” has long been on the radar of Australian law enforcement, as well as a frequent visitor to Australia’s court system.
Before that, however, he came to Australia as a political refugee, an opponent of what he called the “Iranian regime,” and was even interviewed by Australia’s ABC network in 2001 as part of an ongoing anti-Iranian propaganda campaign…
What is going on is that Windows has become a bloated nightmare and as the economy shrinks, Microsoft has lost the ability to effectively maintain it all. This problem is hardly confined to Microsoft, and indeed Rome fell when it could no longer maintain the infrastructure it had built such as the roads and aqueducts.
We have had an absolute deluge of problem updates from Redmond recently and some have been serious. What’s up at Microsoft?
What is going on is that Windows has become a bloated nightmare and as the economy shrinks, Microsoft has lost the ability to effectively maintain it all. This problem is hardly confined to Microsoft, and indeed Rome fell when it could no longer maintain the infrastructure it had built such as the roads and aqueducts.
US manufacturing output surges in November
See next story down!
The New York Fed’s Empire State general business conditions index fell to -3.58 in December from November’s 10.16 reading, falling to negative territory for the first time since January 2013.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected a reading of 12.4 this month. A reading above zero indicates expansion.
The new orders index tumbled to -1.97 from 9.14 in November, while prices paid were at 10.42 against 10.64 in the prior.
The dominant media narrative this past week has been that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, firmly saddled in her high horse, is trying to hold up the passage of the budget over a trifle. In reality, the so-called “Citigroup” provision to kill a rule designed to prevent future bailouts (so named because it was allegedly written by Citigroup lobbyists) is potentially quite an evil and destructive little thing. But the nitpicking counter-spin is already coming hot and heavy.
According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.? In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees. Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.
While everyone’s attention was focused on the Senate and the Keystone XL decision on Tuesday, some pretty shocking stuff was quietly going on in the House of Representatives. The GOP-dominated House passed a bill that effectively prevents scientists who are peer-reviewed experts in their field from providing advice — directly or indirectly — to the EPA, while at the same time allowing industry representatives with financial interests in fossil fuels to have their say. Perversely, all this is being done in the name of “transparency.”
BREAKING NEWS: Two reportedly dead, ‘including gunman’, as police open fire and storm Sydney cafe with stun grenades as hostages flee in terror
The gunman who held hostage at least a dozen people for up to 17 hours, is one of two reportedly killed in a dramatic shoot-out at a Sydney cafe during the early hours of Tuesday which abruptly ended the seige.
Police fired automatic weapons and lobbed stun grenades before storming the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in the heart of the city’s central business district.
There were at least three others were injured, but this could not immediately be confirmed.
Live television coverage showed at least two people being taken away from the scene on stretchers. One hostage was seen being carried out of the building. She appeared to be in pain, and blood flowed down her legs.
Nine News reported that eleven hostages had been accounted for after the police raid, which occurred shortly after 2am.
Spending bill bans schools from serving children Chinese chicken, salty food and belching cows are winners
All the proof you need that today’s GOP are the party of Fascism
As elections loom and politicians begin to woo their voters in Israel, now is the time for people power. As an extraordinarily critical time emerges in the Middle East, love them or hate them, it is time for us to get out our pompoms and support real change in Israel.
Questions need to be asked of the major US funders, who are using outlandish propaganda to raise funds – such as 40% of cot deaths in Israel are in fact murder and 38% of children are sexually or psychologically abused. What sane democratic country such as the USA would pour in military aid to such a deranged people? Of course, the spreading of such lies is merely a smokescreen for the these funders to make money in their own private institutions. One such organisation – the Lynn Shusterman Foundation – seems to be using outlandish propaganda to feed its private profits.
The IMF has concluded that it was too optimistic when loaning Ukraine $17 billion at the end of April, and that the Ukrainian Government’s economic condition is far worse than the IMF expected, and also that the Government’s anti-corruption program is too weak to justify the planned loan-installments or “tranches” going to Ukraine. Therefore, “even providing the program of the next two tranches is open to question.”
Police appear to have attempted to storm the Sydney where a self-styled Muslim cleric was holding hostages.
Explosions were heard and armed tactical officers could be seen running into the building, live televisions broadcast in Australia show.
UPDATE: Siege is now over. Gunman under arrest. He was living in Australia because he had run afoul of Iranian authorities. A self-describes religious man, like so many clergy, he has been charged with sexual abuse against others. More details to follow.
Einstein was a pacifist who favored a Jewish homeland but was against a sovereign entity, with an army, interests, and endless strife, according to the Shapell Manuscript Foundation. Instead, he favored a bi-national formula with Arabs and Jews sharing a common state.
In 1919, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist wrote: “Zionist cause is very close to my heart…. I am very confident of the happy development of the Jewish colony and am glad that there should be a tiny speck on this earth in which the members of our tribe should not be aliens,” according to the Zionism Israel Information Center.
Ex-judge convicted of planting drugs on woman: Judge conspired to plant methamphetamine on a woman shortly after she publicly accused him of propositioning her in his chambers
A former Georgia judge recently returned to the courtroom last week, but this time he was on the other side of the bench.
Bryant Cochran, the ex-chief magistrate of Murray County, was convicted Thursday of conspiring to plant methamphetamine in the car of a woman who had publicly accused him of propositioning her for sex.
Khalid al Masri is a broken man today. A decade after the CIA snatched him by mistake, flew him half way around the world in secret, and questioned him as part of its detention and interrogation program, he’s yet to recover.
As part of its atonement for the Nazi Holocaust, Germany is committed to Israel’s security and has often helped pay for the cost of military equipment such as submarines.
NY Police Union: “We have to teach our children, our sons and our daughters, no matter who they look like, to respect New York City police officers. Teach them to comply with police officers, even if they feel it’s unjust.”
WEBMASTER ADDITION: The United States Supreme Court ruled in John Bad Elk vs United States that when the police are acting outside the law, citizens have a legal right to resist up to and including the use of lethal force.
Once again, it seems that an obsession with “protecting” copyright from imaginary harm causes otherwise rational people to lose the ability to think properly.
For centuries, the British Pound was the world’s reserve currency, because it was consider to be the strongest of all currencies.
There were Christmas shopping bargains galore on Amazon’s website over the weekend … for about an hour. Because of a technical glitch, the prices of thousands of items crashed to 1p – giving eagle-eyed customers a pre-Christmas treat while leaving scores of small family-owned businesses nursing heavy losses, with some warning they could enter the new year facing closure.
From 7-8pm on Friday, software used by third-party sellers to ensure their products are the cheapest on the market went haywire and reduced prices to as little as 1p. “Amazon is all kinds of broken,” one observer tweeted. “Mattress 1p. Headphones 1p. Batteries, clothing, games all 1p. Someone messed up big time.”
Martin Le Corre, who sells toys and games via his MB Housewares store on Amazon, told the Guardian that the glitch in software developed by RepricerExpress could have cost him more than £100,000.
The problem update is called KB3004394. The purpose of this update was to change how Windows updates its collection of root certificates used to authenticate SSL and TLS connections. Without the update, Windows is meant to poll for certificate updates once a week. With the update, this frequency is increased to once a day.
Unfortunately, this apparently simple change has had severe consequences for some users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, with users reporting that Windows Update, drivers from both Nvidia and AMD, and some third-party software including Virtual Box are all unable to install correctly. The error code 0x8004FF91 seems to be a common finding.
Microsoft has issued a second update to remove the bad update from affected machines and has withdrawn the original update for Windows 7.
Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies sent a letter to news organizations Sunday, cautioning them against using information that hackers have leaked about the studio.
In the letter, first reported by The New York Times, Boies referred to leaked Sony documents as “stolen information” and demanded that the files be ignored, or destroyed if they had already been downloaded.
“We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,” the letter reads.
Cleared in release in 2009… but still in jail: Guantanamo inmate tells how he is subject to horrific treatment including rape threats and being drugged
A Guantanamo Bay inmate has described how he is still being subjected to horrific treatment at the notorious jail despite being cleared for release four years ago.
Samir Naji told how he had been drugged, threatened with rape and forced to watch videos of other detainees being abused at the prison in Cuba which Barack Obama has promised – but so far failed – to close down.
The Yemeni has been imprisoned for nearly 13 years after being accused of serving in Osama bin Laden’s security detail. He was cleared for release in 2009 but remains in the US detention facility with 135 other inmates.
Mr Naji released a first-person account of his experience inside Guantanamo through his lawyers.
Just like Australia intends to do as a policy position………………….KT
Senior Israeli official says U.S. should maintain its policy on unilateral measures, ahead of leaders’ Rome meet; Kerry staff nixes scheduled photo op; Palestinians say will submit UN draft resolution this week.
Blair and Straw should ‘absolutely’ be quizzed over British complicity in torture, says former home secretary Alan Johnson
US hostage Peter Kassig was killed by gunshot BEFORE being beheaded, analysis shows, suggesting he may have resisted ISIS captors
Extraordinary new research has emerged suggesting Peter Kassig’s beheading was faked by ISIS, and that the U.S. aid worker was killed by a gunshot, not decapitated by Jihadi John as implied.
Medical experts examining an ISIS propaganda video in which Mr Kassig’s severed head is seen at the feet of ISIS’ British executioner in chief, have concluded that he is likely to have been shot dead.
The claims add further weight to speculation over why Mr Kassig’s full body was not shown in the video. Unlike ISIS’ previous sickening filmed murders, he did not speak directly to camera before being killed and his body was not shown after the murder.
Victoria, TX cop tackles and tasers 76 year old man for an expired registration sticker. Even worse, turns out the the sticker was unnecessary because it was a new car with dealer tags
A Victoria police officer is under investigation after a 76-year-old man accused him of using excessive force during a traffic stop.
The officer, Nathanial Robinson, 23, was placed on administrative duty Friday pending the outcome of an internal investigation into whether he violated the use of force policy when he tased Victoria resident Pete Vasquez, said Chief J.J. Craig. The officer was hired after graduating from the police academy two years ago.
Just in time to turn the talking points meme from torture to ‘lets bomb Iran‘.
Funny how that works…
Sydney siege: Sydney commuters volunteer to ride by Muslims’ side, hashtag #illridewithyou trends on twitter
A hashtag showing support for Muslim Australians has taken off on social media following a siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney today.
#illridewithyou is trending worldwide on Twitter, rising by hundreds of tweets per minute since it began this morning.
702 ABC Sydney have had calls from Muslim listeners who say they are too scared to ride on public transport at the moment.
So Shinzo Abe storms back. Next up in Asia, beggar-thy-neighbour currency debasement war starring Japan, China, Korea et al ….? The printing press is alive and well and being used to devalue the entire world!
The American economy has stopped delivering the broadly shared prosperity that the nation grew accustomed to after World War II. The explanation for why that is begins with the millions of middle-class jobs that vanished over the past 25 years, and with what happened to the men and women who once held those jobs. Millions of Americans are working harder than ever just to keep from falling behind; Green is one of them. Those workers have been devalued in the eyes of the economy, pushed into jobs that pay them much less than the ones they once had.
NOTORIOUS BRITISH CRIMINAL AND MILLIONAIRE SLUM LANDLORD NICHOLAS VAN HOOGSTRATEN IS BANKROLLING MUGABE’S RUTHLESS WIFE ‘GUCCI GRACE’ TO BE THE WORLD’S FIRST FEMALE DICTATOR
Notorious for her foreign shopping sprees and obsession with Ferragamo shoes, Grace Mugabe has long been a figure of derision in Zimbabwe. Now the 49-year-old – known as ‘Disgrace,’ ‘Gucci Grace’ or the ‘First Shopper’ – is launching an astonishing bid to become the world’s first female dictator – backed with millions in cash from a deeply unsavoury British millionaire.
Snowden told The Intercept that the Belgacom hack was the first documented case to show one EU member state mounting a cyber-attack on another, being a breath-taking example of the scale of the state-sponsored hacking problem.
According to the documents received from Snowden, GHCQ first infiltrated the computers of three Belgian engineers back in 2011 and the virus went on undetected until 2013, when Belgacom removed it from its system. It is said that the malicious software was camouflaged as legitimate Microsoft software whilst extracting data.
“The security service was thus able to intercept communications from Belgacom’s individual clients, from NATO and the EU, as well as from clients of hundreds of international telecoms providers. It is an unprecedented violation of the privacy of anybody who used a mobile telephone,” De Standaard said.
Former vice president of the United States Dick Cheney told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that he’d “do it again in a minute.”
The fact he then demanded an Isil flag sparked speculation that the gunman may have made a mistake in his initial choice of flag.
BREAKING: American Airlines #AA135 from London to Los Angeles is declaring an emergency. holding 26,000 feet.
UPDATE: Cause for return to ground is an on board medical emergency.
Bump to the top now that the “Iranian terrorist” in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!
Bump to the top now that the “Iranian terrorist” in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!
Whether a tyranny labels itself as communism, fascism. dictatorship, monarchy, they all fall under the umbrella of despotism. How can we tell if our nation of liberty and civil rights is sliding towards a system run by despots? Knowing the signs are critical, especially when they are happening all around us.
This weekend, the “Guardians of Peace”—the cyber-attackers who brought Sony Pictures Entertainment’s network down in November and have since shared over a terabyte of the company’s internal data—made two more dumps of SPE data to file sharing sites and torrents. The second of the two, on Sunday, was the e-mail box of Sony Pictures Releasing International President Steven O’Dell. And the hackers promised a “Christmas present” soon of even more data if the company does not relent and meet their unspecified demands.
This hack story is not being reported, it is being promoted! Coupled with the FBI warning that Iranian hackers are about to strike, I expect a virtual 9-11 to happen to justify a government clamp down on the internet!
For nearly any crime requiring a “Whodunnit” answer in Boston around the time of the April 15, 2013, Marathon bombing, the authorities answered: The Tsarnaev brothers.
One egregious crime pinned on them was a grisly Sept. 11, 2011, triple murder in Waltham, Mass.
Now, prosecutors in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have delivered a shocking reversal. They admit to having no evidence that his dead brother, Tamerlan, was involved in the slayings.
That wasn’t the case right after the bombing: law enforcement fingered Tamerlan as the perpetrator, and suggested Dzokhar may have been involved. Much of the media has presented it as fact ever since.
This is a pattern we’ve seen since the bombing: The government feeds prejudicial information (usually anonymously) to the press, implying Tamerlan and Dzhokhar’s guilt, despite having flimsy or no evidence. In the most extreme example, prosecutors had to completely recant their accusation thatthe brothers robbed a 7-Eleven.
The FBI was trying to coerce Ibragim Todashev into saying that the Tsarnaev brothers were the killers in the triple murder, but apparently Ibragim resisted to the point where he was shot several times by one of the FBI agents, including a kill shot to the top of his head. The FBI agent has never been charged with the murder, carried out whlie trying to frame someone else for a murder.
The Derivatives Nightmare & Physical Precious Metals Moving From Weak Institutions To Strong Retail Hands — Rick Rule
Traditionally, privacy worries for consumers and tech companies have been limited to keeping information secure from third parties or hackers. But a series of internal abuses show that tech company employees often have universal access to user information, as well as reason — be it pure voyeuristic curiosity or, in the worst cases, a vendetta — to look at our whereabouts, spending, and of the most private corners of our lives.
Police have identified the man behind the siege at Lindt cafe in Sydney as Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis.
“See? See? We HAVE to invade Iran now! Right? Right? Of course right!” — Official White Horse Souse
The fact is that GMO technology would still be owned and controlled by certain very powerful interests. In their hands, this technology is first and foremost an instrument of corporate power, a tool to ensure profit. Beyond that, it is intended to serve US global geopolitical interests. Indeed, agriculture has for a long time been central to US foreign policy.
“American foreign policy has almost always been based on agricultural exports, not on industrial exports as people might think. It’s by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.” Professor Michael Hudson .
The Project for a New American Century and the Wolfowitz Doctrine show that US foreign policy is about power, control and ensuring global supremacy at any cost [4,5]. Part of the plan for attaining world domination rests on the US controlling agriculture and hijacking food sovereignty and nations’ food security.
One sentence that proves the American torture program was a national disgrace. “Hummus in a mans rectum”
He spends most of his days in “nearly total isolation,” according to his attorneys, locked behind a heavy steel door in a tiny cell in the most restricted wing at Fort Devens medical prison 40 miles outside Boston.
The Russian Ruble has collapsed this morning. Despite a modest dead-cat-bounce-like rally in crude oil, the Ruble is down almost 3 handles smashing through the 61/USD level for the first time ever. Minutes after flash-crashing to 61.46/USD, officials, according to Reuters, halted trading in certain instruments to “prevent possible manipulation of equity futures market.”
We recently noted that, despite it passing overwhelmingly, Congress quietly deleted a key bit of NSA reform that would have blocked the agency from using backdoors for surveillance. But this week something even more nefarious happened, and it likely would have gone almost entirely unnoticed if Rep. Justin Amash’s staffers hadn’t caught the details of a new provision quietly slipped into the Intelligence Authorization Act, which effectively “legitimized” the way the NSA conducts most of its mass surveillance.
There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as Israelis don’t treat the Palestinians as equals, Efraim Halevy said last week, accusing senior government officials of advancing “condescending” policies toward the Palestinians.
This is a plot of the NSA programs revealed in the past year according to whether they are bulk or targeted, and whether the targets of surveillance are foreign or domestic. Most of the programs fall squarely into the agency’s stated mission of foreign surveillance, but some – particularly those that are both domestic and broad-sweeping – are more controversial.
But the NSA still cannot find who hacked SONY!
The publication last week of a long-awaited US Senate intelligence report has raised fresh questions about what the UK knew about the CIA’s torture programme – and in particular the role played by an obscure overseas British territory.’
Is Obama Blackmailing Boehner? -Drudge Tweets: Spending Bill Passed Because NSA Has ‘Dirt’ on Speaker
He drinks a bit. That is well-chronicled.
The tabloids have splashed headlines about torrid affairs, including one with a lobbyist.
And, of course, he cries in public.
But is there more to the personal story of House Speaker John Boehner that would explain his funding of Obamacare and the president’s executive action providing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in his budget accommodation with Democrats?
Enter the ubiquitous Matt Drudge who tweeted Friday: “Obama got EVERYTHING. NSA dirt on Boehner must be incredible. Chicago wins.”
A biography of former President William Jefferson Clinton that reveals his history of lies, womanizing, threats and likely murders of political opponents and close associates who might have revealed his misgivings. The Whitewater scandal, Hillary and Bill’s disdain for the police professionals who protected them, Bill’s affairs, Hillary’s fraudulent business deals, and countless other instances of corruption shed a stunning light on America’s former first family and the ring of power they assembled around them.
Is this the start of the next major financial crisis? The nightmarish collapse of the price of oil is creating panic in financial markets all over the planet. On June 16th, U.S. oil was trading at a price of $107.52. Since then, it has fallen by almost 50 dollars in less than 6 months. This has only happened one other time in our history.
The protest began on Friday evening at 22.15 clock.
Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse some 500 people who caused hundreds of thousands of euros worth of damage
that police said was claimed by left-wing radicals.
Zurich is a major financial hub hosting several banking giants.Cars, trees and bins were set alight in the upscale and normally peaceful city.
The violence erupted during a left-wing protest in Zurich’s upscale Stadtkreis 4 neighbourhood.
Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, that changed America forever.
The Christmas Day release of this film strikes me as more than coincidental to the push to revive race hate in this country!
When Income Peaked – Americans’ Best Days Are Behind Them – A Stunning 210 Counties, Income Peaked Over 45 Years Ago!
Australian News reports that 2 or more Terrorists have taken aprox 30 people hostage in a small cafe in Martin Place Sydney.
Last year a video was uploaded to Youtube showing Counter Terrorism training going on in this exact same location! Coincidence?
British Royal Marines Join U.S. Troops, LAPD for final week of ‘Realist Urban Training,’ Machine-Gunning Civilian Practice Targets in Calif.
A week of ‘Realistic Urban Training’ drills which culminates December 16th in Los Angeles has included British foreign troops into its training festivities. Two new videos and several photos were released by the military yesterday and include video of U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Forcea at downtown L.A. raids, as well as numerous photos of international troops machine-gunning civilian enemy combatant practice targets.
Reports indicate that a gunman dressed in Al Qaeda or “Islamic State” (ISIS) attire has taken hostages in a cafe in the Australian city of Sydney. Demands made by the gunman include being allowed to contact Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and bringing him the Al Qaeda/ISIS flag.
The latest incident should be examined in the context of ISIS’ genesis and the source of its ability to seemingly menace the entire planet with violence and acts of terrorism with seemingly inexhaustible resources…
EMPIRE MANUFACTURING INDEX COLLAPSES TO NEGATIVE: Empire Fed -3.6, Exp. 12.40, New orders plunged and unfilled orders utterly collapsed from -7.45 to -23.96!
The United States wasn’t the only country releasing information about past human rights abuses last week. A report released by the Brazilian Truth Commission found that some members of that country’s military came to the United States for a special kind of education—to learn how to torture dissidents in their country. More than 300 Brazilians came to the School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where instructors “recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned,” according to a Pentagon manual released in 1996.
In an amendment to its tough gun control laws, the Russian government eases restrictions, allowing citizens to carry licensed weapons for the purposes of ‘self-defense.’
Until now Russian gun enthusiasts were only permitted to carry firearms for hunting or target shooting after obtaining a license through the Interior Ministry. Russian gun licenses are to be renewed every five years, and applicants face strict background checks and are required to take gun safety courses.
The addendum to the law now lists self-defense as a legally acceptable reason for carrying a weapon.
A group of Russian citizens has launched a petition seeking to prevent the adoption of a bill that would introduce a universal tax on the internet, collected by rights organizations representing authors of copyrighted films, music and books.
The anonymous authors of the motion claim that the universal tax is against the law as it would force the majority of internet users to pay for content that they never download or use.
Am I offending the families of the persons who may get hurt in Sydney today? Maybe so, but I am un-offending the rest of us. We need to get sensible, Folks. We should have been quicker and firmer in noting that the terrorism that befell Ottawa a few weeks ago looked very scripted.
We need a measuring stick for these things, one that any citizen can apply. Example: after dropping bombs at the Boston Marathon, the brother Tsarnaev did a ‘carjacking.’ That’s diagnostic. If those boys needed a ride, they had only to drop into the subway at Copley Square and be transported to their choice of remote towns.
Far as I know, the Powers That Be are so drunk with their success in using the word ‘terrorist,’ or even the quick-symbol word ‘Muslim,’ to scare people into accepting authoritarianism that they have completely overdone it.
Reid’s name was removed from Southern Utah University’s Outdoor Engagement Center in Cedar City in August, several months after a group of Republicans met with school President Scott Wyatt and made the request to remove it.
In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth debunks 7 claims made by the food authorities:
Claim 1: Genetic engineering isn’t radical technology
Claim 2: GMO Crops aren’t new
Claim 3: Farmer’s Don’t Want to Save Seeds, Anyway
Claim 4: The Only Way to Feed the World is Through GMOs
Claim 5: GMO’s don’t cause health problems
Claim 6: It’s Not just Monsanto, All Research says GMOs are okay
Claim 7: *GMOs don’t spread to other crops and wild plants
In a claim that must have people laughing out loud, the telecom and broadband providers are fighting net neutrality by claiming that they will raise the rates of consumers! It is hard to believe that even telecom lobbyists, well-paid to mislead Congress and regulators, could make this claim without smirking as cable bills have been rising at four times the rate of inflation without net neutrality.
NeoCon Glenn Beck is a devoted cheerleader of Zionism. Making things worse, he is also a Dispensationalist. Departing from the solid research on condemning the failed philosophy of Progressivism, Beck demeans his audience with a false history of Palestine and the nature of the Israeli state. His religious doctrine regarding Israel makes him an apostate. Duping well intentions, but ill-informed viewers into accepting the crimes of Israel, as the will of God, is why he is a Trojan horse.
He is just one of the countless buffoons or propagandists who earned their place in the media circus by proving their loyalty to a gang of criminals. Israel is no ally of the United States. Zionism is not a victim. “Likudnick” Benjamin Bebe Netanyahu is no friend of America. Most importantly, not all Jews are Zionists or even support the state of Israel.
The shop is directly opposite Channel 7 – convenient for mainstream publicity.
Read the comments. I am not alone in thinking this smells to high heaven!
More indications that this hostage situation is a staged propaganda stunt.
The state medical examiner, who performed an autopsy, ruled Lacy’s death a suicide. Some residents criticized authorities for not probing further, even if to support the suicide finding. But on Friday, amid calls for federal authorities to step in, Bladen County prosecutor Jon David said in a televised news conference that the case remains open and that he welcomed help from the FBI.
The US Government is desperate to turn the American people against each other; to divide us to keep us conquered. That the FBI is involved is very telling in that it was the FBI’s COINTELPRO program of the 1960s that used dirty tricks such as the Black Panther Coloring Book to anger the blacks and whites against each other so we could not unite in opposition to the war in Vietnam.
And it looks like they are up to their old tricks again!
These Presidential libraries are the modern equivalent of the triumphal arches and monuments Roman Emperors built to glorify themselves………………KT
Robert Fisk on the CIA ‘torture report': Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
Long before I knew him, undergraduate Fisk laboured at his university linguistics course, where Chomsky’s work first alerted me to the pernicious use of language. Hence I condemn at once the vile semantics of the Pentagon and the CIA. Not just that old, wolfish, obscene phrase “collateral damage”, but the language of torture.
Or, as the lads who torture on our behalf call it, “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Let’s take a closer look at that. “Enhanced” is a word of improvement. It suggests something better, more learned, even less costly. For example, “enhanced medicine” would presumably involve a more streamlined way of improving your health. Just as “enhanced schooling” would suggest a more worthy education for a child. “Interrogation” at least gives a hint of what this is all about. Asking questions and getting – or not getting – a reply. But “techniques” beats the lot. A technique is a technical skill, is it not? Usually, so my dictionary tells me, in artistic work.
Even bad doctors must have qualifications, and are bound by enforceable ethics. Not so journalists; in fact, anyone who says he’s a journalist is one.
And as revenues implode and the death spiral of traditional journalism accelerates, such journalistic ethics as once existed are rapidly becoming artifacts.
As Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of The New Republic and Atlantic magazines, put it recently, there is no longer any “sense of an ethical line … It is survival at all costs.”
Among other things, the new breed is adept at sticking a finger in the air and sensing trends and going with them. Joining social movements can make you look worthy; it also results in treasured Facebook “shares” and re-tweets.
That is the only possible explanation for the travesty published last month by Rolling Stone magazine, generally considered a pillar of traditional, aggressive journalism.
I personally think Rolling Stone may have been set up, to silence them after publishing Matt Taibbi’s devastating critiques on Wall Street!
More than a million retired and current truck drivers, construction workers and other union workers could see their pension benefits cut now that Congress passed a proposal aimed at shoring up some of the nation’s biggest pensions.
Tacked on as an amendment to the government’s $1.1 trillion spending bill, the proposal was approved by the Senate late Saturday night.
While those sponsoring the pension proposal say it is “the only available option” to save failing multiemployer pension plans, other groups — like the AARP and the Pension Rights Center — are crying foul.
There is another option to cutting pensions. Take those Wall Street bankers whose 2008 mortgage-backed securities fraud wrecked the pension funds in the first place and make them cover the shortfall to protect the pensioners!
Belgium is down, stopped turning over Nationwide Strike,.. no plaines , no trains , no busses, no work in offices, no school, factories…nothing
A senior police source confirmed to Fairfax Media that one of the men was arrested for allegedly financing terrorism.
The man is understood to have been arrested during Operation Appleby, the largest counter-terrorism probe in Australia, that was carried out in September, but he was released at the time.
Take a guess how you can be arrested for financing terror, then be released.
In 1954, Israeli agents working in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including a United States diplomatic facility, and left evidence behind implicating Egyptian Muslims as the culprits. The ruse would have worked, had not one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to capture and identify one of the bombers, which in turn led to the round up of an Israeli spy ring.
Some of the spies were from Israel, while others were recruited from the local Jewish population. Israel responded to the scandal with claims in the media that there was no spy ring, that it was all a hoax perpetrated by “anti-Semites”.
Something to keep in mind while the media wags “Arab terrorists” at us in Australia and Belgium!
To understand today’s ISIS attack on the Sydney Lindt Chocolate Café on Martins Place, right in the heart of the city, you got to know Sydney. The Lindt Chocolate Café is the main competitor of the Mossad owned Max Brenner Café chain. The Lindt Café targeted in today’s attack is just across the road from Sydney’s biggest Max Brenner Café.
Two other clues you need to recall. Lindt is a Swiss company, and Switzerland just offered to host a meeting of signatory states to the Geneva Conventions on PA territories. Odd that “Arab terrorists” would target one of the good guys!
Second, the Australian police have shut down the Sydney Opera House, which is world famous and will get noticed. But the Sydney Opera House is a mile from the actual seen of the hostage drama. There really is no threat to the opera house; it is just media bait to drive the story!
Four armed men have reportedly taken a hostage leading to a tense standoff with police at an apartment building in Belgium.
Around 30 special police have been called out to the developing situation in Ghent, a city in the north west of the country, this morning.
Follow live update on the situation in Ghent here.
The Belgium hostage drama comes as the police in Australia continue to deal with a standoff with a suspected gunman in Syndey, who is holding a number of hostages inside a cafe.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Here is a look at the growth in the population of Israel’s West Bank settlements over the past decade, including the past five years under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared with growth of the overall Israeli and Palestinian populations.
Note: All references to settlements should include the word “ILLEGAL”
Hello everyone, and welcome back to Truthstream’s original series “Letters to the New World Order.” Letter #5 goes out to former Vice President DICK Cheney.
One time Aaron had a dream that saying the word “torture” five times resurrected Dick Cheney as every movie villain in the history of cinema combined like Voltron possessed by John McCain’s mother to single-handedly continue fighting the fictitious war on terror using war crimes to save the Middle East from the specter of peace.
Did I say dream? It was more like a nightmare of a nightmare that had a nightmare about a nightmare. On nightmare juice.
Five down, only 8,738 left to go.
Israel’s Nazi Nuremberg Laws-based citizenship rules are not strict enough to preserve Jewish racial purity and more needs to be done to prevent non-Jews from marrying Jews, that country’s chief rabbi has declared, a report in the New Observer has revealed.
Interviewed by the Israeli newspaper Ynetnews, Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau—the single most powerful and influential Jewish religious leader in the world—said that his nation’s “Law of Return” was letting too many non-Jews into the country.
Trading on Thin Air explains the methods used by the financial oligarchy in the past to extract the wealth of the nation and shows how the same strategy is being used today to subvert a movement for conservation and sustainability and harness it in order to create the next big bubble.
This documentary shows how the army is exploited as Psychiatry’s testing ground for drugs and other inhumane “treatment” which have resulted in exponential growth of military suicides. Currently, more US soldiers die from suicide than from combat.
ISIS™ nabs a chocolate shop in Sydney, right across from Channel 7!
As of 10 PM Central time on the 14th (which is the 15th in Australia) an “Islamic terrorist” has taken over a Lindt chocolate shop in Sydney Australia and held 50 people hostage. But there are serious problems with this story.
The first problem? A sign the hostages reportedly were forced to hold up against the windows which read “We sacrifice ourselves for you, O Mohamed” was shown via a blurry photograph and had incomplete text. This would be expected of a hack doing this, no Muslim would get the text wrong.
We live in a truly depressing age — one where groups like the ADL and the Zionist Organization of America can kick back and let Christians do their dirty work for them. Although Pastor John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel, has recently backtracked on his recent claim that Barack Obama is one of the “most anti-Semitic presidents” in history
Russian Jews have a historic right on which to base their land settling activity in the Crimea. This was the opinion expressed by Dr. Simon Dubnow, well known Russian Jewish historian, in an interview with the representative of the “Menorah.”
Slowly, the world awakens from the nightmare of debt slavery and illegitimate authority imposed on us for nearly 6000 years which has violated the natural, universal laws made to govern us and our interaction with each other and all other species on this planet by the Creator of the universe…
The more research is released, the more legalization makes sense.
According to U.S. Department of Defense records, equipment ranging from an ice cream maker to grenade launchers has been given to Georgia law enforcement and government agencies through a federal military surplus program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia agencies received more than $70 million in decommissioned military gear, mostly in the last three years.
Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce new legislation to break up Wall Street banks and prevent them from using the the House-passed spending bill to engage in the kind of investments that led to the 2008 financial crisis.
Stay out of small planes, Bernie!
Palestinian militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, took part in a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement’s creation, at Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014.
It is useless for Washington to try to pressure Moscow on the world arena; instead, it should take into account the other side’s interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry as the two officials met in Rome.
“When discussing bilateral relations Lavrov stressed that their development is possible only on the basis of equality and mutual interests, while any attempts to pressure Russia have no prospect,” according to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement on Facebook.
The top diplomats discussed the situation in southeastern Ukraine, and Lavrov stressed the importance of adhering to the Minsk agreements.
Two decades after the U.S. began to scale back its nuclear forces in the aftermath of the Cold War, a number of military strategists, scientists and congressional leaders are calling for a new generation of hydrogen bombs.
Warheads in the nation’s stockpile are an average of 27 years old, which raises serious concerns about their reliability, they say. Provocative nuclear threats by Russian President Vladimir Putin have added to the pressure to not only design new weapons but conduct underground tests for the first time since 1992.
The FBI has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, a confidential agency document reveals.
Wow. They are really cranking up the BOOGA BOOGA to get us to forget that torture scandal and revive the war agenda!!
Wisconsin passed a law requiring outside investigation when police are involved in an incident that results in death
Race is at the forefront of the current debate over the police use of deadly force. But one shooting in Wisconsin highlights another factor at play when police shoot civilians — the lack of outside investigation. And the decade-old death has led to real reform in the state.
Breaking false flag/drill-gone-live: Sydney airspace shut down, Channel 7 studios evacuated during Martin Place siege –‘Islamic flag’ hung in Martin Place hostage crisis
Sydney Opera House evacuated: Reuters –Martin Place businesses, including the nearby Channel 7 studios, have been evacuated –Sydney airspace has also been reportedly shut down as a result of the Martin Place siege.
This is an out-of-proportion reaction to a simple hostage crisis. Shut down the airspace? That is being done to fan this story into a global news event, which is working because it is the lead story on the US Corporate media right now! The flags in the window signal this is being staged for political gain.
This propaganda is intended to distract from the US torturing of innocent Muslims, and return Muslims to their designated roles as permanent villains!
Cardboard cutouts of black LYNCHING victims linked to Eric Garner protests found hanging on campus at Berkeley
Cardboard cutouts of lynching victims were found hanging from ropes around the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, apparently linked to protests over the death of Eric Garner.
Three of the effigies were pictured around campus – one hanging from a gate, another from a tree and one on the floor held up by an activist.
The lifesize cardboard figures – which seemed to resemble historical lynching victims from 1911 – was printed with a slogan linked to protests over Eric Garner’s death by apparent chokehold at the hands of the NYPD.
“Someone” is really trying to find a way to get race riots going. Now who could that be? Well, the US needs to find some way to distract America from the torture scandal and the new laws that lay our wealth open for plundering by Wall Street, and right now the US Government is desperate for any excuse to declare a national emergency to confiscate the guns and shut down the independent media! Back in the 1960s, these kind of stunts were a major part of the FBI’s COINTELPRO program!
Romania allowed the CIA to use a number of sites on its territory, a former head of the countryâ€™s intelligence confessed. He added that Bucharestâ€™s bid to join NATO at the time prevented it from asking the US about the purposes of the sites.
The sites in question were called â€œtransit centersâ€ and Romania was unaware of whether they were used for detention, Ioan Talpes, who headed Romaniaâ€™s Foreign Intelligence Service from 2000 to 2004, told the daily Adevarul in a video interview posted online on Saturday.
“The Romanian side was not interested in what the Americans were doing, purposely to show them that they could trust us,” said Talpes.
‘I ran that n***** over': Two women who encouraged their friend to run over and kill black man after brutally beating and robbing him in unprovoked race-hate attack face prison
Two women are facing prison after they admitted this week to encouraging their friend to run over and kill a black man with his pick up during a deliberate mission to target and attack African Americans.
James Anderson, was run over by a Ford F250 truck outside a hotel in Jackson, Mississisppi, after being brutally beaten and robbed in 2011.
His assault was caught by a hotel surveillance camera – which has already resulted in the conviction of driver Deryl Dedmon who boasted afterwards to his friends – ‘I ran that n***** over.’
“What is it going to take to get you people to stop thinking about the CIA torture crap AND START KILLING EACH OTHER OFF, like we need you to do!” — Official White Horse Souse
Note that this crime actually happened back in 2011, which means reviving the story today serves the purpose of trying to fan up a racial crisis and riots here in the US so the government can declare a national emergency!
Months after the formation of new financial institutions like the $100 billion BRICS Bank and the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said Friday that the organization is ready to discuss IMF voting reforms without the United States to give BRICS and emerging countries greater voting power.
Lagarde said the IMF is disappointed with the US inaction to ratify the governance and quota reforms and will now move forward without Washington.
“The IMF’s membership has been calling on and was expecting the United States to approve the IMF’s 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms by year-end. Adoption of the reforms remains critical to strengthen the Fund’s credibility, legitimacy, and effectiveness, and to ensure it has sufficient permanent resources to meet its members’needs,” Lagarde said in a statement.
The release of the Torture Report was a political act, and the report itself is a whitewash.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others have given a pathetic and predictable defense of torture. By leaning on the false flag 9/11 events to morally, intellectually, and politically justify torture they have yet again revealed the emptiness of their arguments. They are using one crime to justify another one.
Jamal Kanj examines the murder by Israeli Wehrmacht soldiers of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein and the subsequent propaganda blitz by Israel and its Western stooges and nincompoops to whitewash the murder.
During Obama’s reign, median wealth of black households fell 33.7%, from $16,600 in 2010 to $11,000 in 2013
Excess in the City: ITV’s documentary on life in the square mile, featuring five traders/bankers and ex-banker Polly Courtney, who left to write a book about her experiences. – Britain’s super rich
On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20’s new “bail-in” rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s extensive use of torture reveals that the agency regularly misled the White House and Congress about the information it had obtained from detainees and used techniques that are far more brutal than it — or former Bush administration officials — had previously acknowledged.
Following on from a damning report on “harsh interrogation techniques” used by the CIA, CAGE’s Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility.
Lost in all the defense of uncivilized and unethical behavior that should be criminally punished in the CIA Torture scandal, is the simple fact that human beings with a conscious do not act that way. It was agreed among nations that torture would be outlawed and the bottom-line is rather clear – no American is now safe for when captured they will be tortured in retaliation. The people who authorized this should be criminally prosecuted and the two psychologists in Spokane, Washington should stand trial for violating international and US law.
September 15, 2008 is the day that Lehman died and the moment that the world’s central banks led by the Fed went all-in. As it has turned out, that was an epochal leap into the most dangerous monetary deformation that the world has ever known.
On Saturday, December 13th, Russian media reported that U.S. President Obama evidently can’t wait to sign the congressional authorization for war against Russia (which has already been passed in draft form by 98% of U.S. House members and 100% of U.S. Senate members), and that he is already shipping military supplies into Ukraine for use against Ukraine’s ethnic Russians that the Ukrainian Government is trying to eliminate.
Dutch court rules that Dutch central bank does not have authority to tell pension fund SPVG not to invest in gold
FRACKERS, WASHINGTON, OPEC, BRUSSELS AND THE CENTRAL BANKS: The consequences of being led by smartarsed idiots.
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These Israelis seem to be convinced that Palestinians are defeated by kosher technology. They are so wrong…
But they clearly made war and destruction into a profitable business…
A London court has sentenced a pro-Israel British man to 16 months in jail for attacking British lawmaker and Press TV presenter George Galloway earlier this year.
Judge Aidon Marron of the Isleworth Crown Court sentenced former BBC employee Niel Masterson on Thursday for assaulting the Bradford lawmaker in August.
Israeli army officials are outraged over a leaked IDF’s video analysis of two Palestinian sea-borne heroic commando raids during the recent onslaught on Gaza.
The nearly six-minute-long debriefing video and audio is made of an amalgam of CCTV footage from secretive army human and electronic surveillance outposts close to the beach at the northern end of the Gaza Strip. The video reveals an outstanding Palestinian heroism, but it also exposes the level of surveillance coverage around Israel’s border. The cuts are taken from various locations, angles and heights, include manned and remote watch towers, helicopters, drones, seaborne weapons-systems viewfinders and targeting systems, all synced together in order to track the Palestinian commandos.
Guardian editors chose the photo of Bush in front of a menorah (from a 2008 White House Hanukkah ceremony) despite the absence of any references to Jews in the text, and the fact that the media group no doubt has countless other photos of the former president – which don’t include eye-catching symbols evoking one particular religion which isn’t the focus of the editorial – that they could have used instead.
Israel resumes building museum on Muslim cemetery
Israeli forces detain over 20 in West Bank, East Jerusalem
Activists raise Palestinian flag at checkpoint in Bethlehem
The ghosts of Gaza: Interview with a front-line resistance fighter
Israeli forces raid home of Ma’an reporter in Jerusalem
Yet even though hard evidence exists to warrant a full re-examination of the basic assumption of the expanding universe, our science classes and TV programs still promote the “Big Bang” view, just as the erroneous theory of Aristotle continued to be promoted even after Galileo proved it wrong, because one theory fits into a theology, and the other does not.
Man’s progress is not measured by the reaches of his science but by the limits of his superstition. The truth is known. But the truth is unpopular.
1) “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” Though many in the modern age have the will to bury their head in the sand when it comes to political matters, nobody can only concern themselves with the proverbial pebble in their shoe. If one is successful in avoiding politics, at some point the effects of the political decisions they abstained from participating in will reach their front door. More often than not, by that time the person has already lost whatever whisper of a voice the government has allowed them.
ony Blair and his former foreign secretary Jack Straw could be summoned before a parliamentary inquiry in an attempt to determine the extent of any British involvement in torture of terror suspects.
The two senior figures from the last Labour government may be asked to give evidence to the intelligence and security committee (ISC) in the wake of the publication of a US Senate report confirming that the CIA used brutal and ineffective methods after 9/11.
However, pressure is growing on the government to announce a separate, judge-led inquiry, amid concerns that the ISC is too closely associated with the Westminster establishment.
There Is A Clear Trend Of The Northern EU Countries Actively Working To Repatriate Foreign-Held Gold
CHP: “Military Personnel Easily Fit Into The CHP’s Workforce And Adapt Well To Our Paramilitary Work Environment”
The California Highway Patrol website has a special military recruiting page which states “Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP’s workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment” and that applicants can “use ‘military skills’ to ‘promote through the CHP’s ranks.’
The CHP then continues to admit they will promote military applicants further down the long hiring process, regardless of test scores!”All individuals awarded Veterans’ Preference will be certified in Rank 1 of the eligibility list, regardless of score.” Another page on their site admits “The California Highway Patrol is often described as a “paramilitary” department, and that is true.”
In the wake of CHP recently caught on video beating elderly grandmothers and pointing guns at protesters, perhaps this mentality of a ‘CHP PARAMILITARY FORCE’ ought to be examined.
In 2003, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Australian Prime Minister John Howard deliver largely identical speeches urging their nations to join George W. Bush’s Coalition of the Willing to go to war with Iraq.
(Source: Luis Manuel’s)
Apparently, both the Australian and the Canadian ministers had the SAME ideas during the SAME period, on the SAME issue (Iraq). Well, the outcome is the SAME speech.
Who says there are no angels?
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“I am not here to make friends. I am here to set humankind free. I realize that is a loss for those who need and take pride in their chains, but slavery has never set well with me.” — Michael Rivero
Some Democrats who have criticized the actions described in the Senate report on torture were aware of each of the techniques — including waterboarding and sleep deprivation — as far back as 2002, a former top CIA official said Sunday.
Over the years anti-piracy PSAs haven’t enjoyed a great reception, with many ending up as objects of ridicule.
The moment that the Nobel Prize Winner spent $5 billion destabilizing Ukraine, it became a failed state. Not unlike the 7 Muslim countries that the Nobel Prize Winner has bombed – Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
PROTECTING AND SERVING IS THE NEW RACKETEERING
In what supporters are calling a “big victory for defying illegitimate authority,” the Department of Justice will reportedly not force New York Times journalist James Risen to testify against a source in court, an unnamed official told news outlets on Friday.
H. R. 5344: Responsible Body Armor Possession Act – Citizens would no longer be allowed to own Body Armor, punishable by up to 10 Years in Prison
Some companies have been called economic traitors for seeking to lower their tax bills by moving overseas. But life insurers are accomplishing the same goal without leaving the country, saving as much as $100 billion in federal taxes, much of it in the last several years.
In the new geopolitical-security-economic world alignment, China is the economic powerhouse and Russia is the military/nuclear force which protects the common economic interests of both countries, and their BRICS partners . Australian leaders are aligning Australia with what is a failed and failing western geopolitical-economic force, which is doomed by any commonsensical and honest measure. Australian economic and security interests are at the most important juncture they have been at in the 200 odd years since British settlement, and if our politicians continue to force the old system on this country, Australia will either fail in economic and security terms or be dragged unwillingly for survival sakes into the new Sino-Russian-BRICS world. Australia, in the new world of economic and security facts, cannot continue on its merry way and close its mind to the reality and truth of international realpolitik, if she hopes to continue as a prosperous and secure nation whose people are free to share in the common wealth while remaining secure……………..KT
We’ve all seen the headlines about rampant Chinese economic growth. Many have presented evidence — from ghost cities, to excessive financial debt — that China’s growth is an unsustainable bubble. And maybe the boom there will soon give way to a bust.
The difference in the way the media treats Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren tells you all you need to know about bias in the media.
Compare these two headlines regarding Warren’s attempt to convince Democrats in the House to oppose the CRomnibus versus Ted Cruz’s similar effort in the Senate.
Yep, the fit is about to hit the shan!
Argentina, a brief summary:
until 1950, Argentina was 5th power on this planet. Everything worked perfect, there was infrastructure, and raw materials to feed the planet. With 1.5 metres top-soil average in the Pampa region, this is the most fertile and commercially viable place on the planet.
It was a paradise, and lots of fortunes were made there.
Enter WW2. In 1948, Argentina hadn’t declared war on Germany yet. Why ? well, cuz they knew who was behind it. That is right, the Rothschild banksters, who had bankrolled Hitler.
So, the “World Bank” (now IMF) set up a blockade of Argentina. No more beef exports, no more Sorgum/Wheat/Corn/Milk exports.
After 2 years, the “World Bank” gave Argentina an ultimatum: either you install our puppet as a “democratic” ruler (Peron), and get rid of the Military gob-our-mint (until then not called a Junta).
Skinny Puppy demands $666,000 in royalties from U.S. government for using their music in Guantanamo torture
Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy have invoiced the U.S. government $666,000 in royalties after learning their music was used as a torture device at Guantánamo Bay:
Ireland’s highest-paid university president has staunchly defended his six-figure salary.
The president of University College Cork, Dr Michael Murphy, who is paid €232,000 a year, has described how the heads of Irish universities “are as challenged at paying their bills as anyone else”.
Contrary to what we’ve been led to believe the GOP is not a conservative party, and in fact wants conservatives to go away.
The truth is that far from being the poor victim it likes to portray itself as, Israel is in fact the most aggressive and belligerent nation in the region, having invaded pretty much everyone it shares a border with.
The following maps show just who is wiping who off of the map!
Israel is now in a race against time to change the map of Palestine. It will annex large parts of areas in the West Bank classified as “C”. This is the unilateral Israeli solution of the Palestinian question, a euphemism for the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.
Palestinian officials say the growth of Israeli settlements – there are now 22 around Bethlehem – is steadily strangling access, prompting tourists to stay away.
The Latin American country’s National Truth Commission just produced its own torture report, which among other things documents the way American teachers taught Brazilian officers the theory and methods of torture.
Boeing is working to convert F-16 fighter aircraft into fully-fledged unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for potential use by US armed forces, IHS Jane’s was told on 7 May.
The company has already converted the first six of 126 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons into optionally piloted QF-16 target drones for the US Air Force (USAF), but is looking to add improved datalinks to enable the QF-16 to fly as high and as far as conventional UAVs. This, say company officials, will open the door to future roles in surveillance and close air support.
Or use in a false-flag attack when you need to make it look like nation A is attacking nation B with F-16s!
The Greek Drama: The Greek Political Crisis Is Dominating The Financial Markets, Italy Follows Greece With President Vote Seen Guiding Renzi Fate. Goldman Warns Greeks Of “Cyprus-Style Prolonged Bank Holiday”
The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has said he will tell the US secretary of state, John Kerry, that Israel will rebuff any moves at the United Nations to set a timeframe for a withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for their state.
The State Department has said the two men will meet in Rome on Monday to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state that are circulating at the United Nations.
Kerry will then meet the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, and a delegation of Arab foreign ministers in London on Tuesday, who will urge the United States not to use its UN security council veto to block the proposals, Palestinian officials said.
The US may have boxed itself in. The Arab nations can put real pressure on the US to refrain from a veto by threatening to keep the drop in oil prices in place. If the US complains, Saudi Arabia will just remind the world that this was all the US’ idea in the first place, to harm Russia. Israel may be in for a big surprise at the Security council!
Stephen Curtis died when his new £1.5million machine plunged to the ground a short distance from an airport.
Days earlier he told a relative: “If anything happens to me in the next few weeks, it will not be an accident.”
While the Republicans are getting ready to take control of the of the U.S. Senate in just a few weeks, Americans witnessed a preview on Saturday of what can be expected in 2015 from a GOP majority in both houses of the U.S. Congress. When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, raised a point of order saying that President Barack Obama’s immigration reform by fiat is unconstitutional, during the heated debate over the $1.1 trillion spending bill, he only received support from 22 senators.
The vast majority of the U.S. Senate openly disagreed with Sen. Cruz’s attempt to enter opposition to President Obama’s executive order on immigration, on the grounds it is unconstitutional, in the omnibus spending bill for 2015.
Hundreds of people in Berlin joined the German Peace Movement march on Saturday, blaming the West – especially the US and NATO – for spreading wars worldwide. The protest called for peaceful resolutions to conflicts and mending relations with Russia.
At least 3,500 people came out to support the ‘Die Friedensbewegung’ march, which ended outside Bellevue Palace – the official residence of Germany’s President Joachim Gauck.
The brutality of domestic family laws in Israel has taken more lives than armed conflict. But among the living there is still a sense of despair and desperation as people continue to battle with poverty, parental alienation and a system so corrupted by greed it takes one’s breath away.
Where are the headlines? Where is the indignation of a society which doesn’t even blink when another person is found hanging or has jumped from a building, no longer able to cope with a system which must be exposed for what it really is? It is a money making machine.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the use of torture in the post 9/11 period shocked the world and dealt a serious blow to America’s moral authority. Is torture ever justified, and will its perpetrators be brought to justice? Oksana is joined by Manfred Nowak, a former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, to flesh out these issues.
Waterboarding is a form of torture, more specifically a type of water torture, in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death. Adverse physical consequences can manifest themselves months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years.
It’s an odd quirk of modern warfare than when a bomb falls in Yemen or Iraq, the person who dropped it might be able finish her mission and be back home for dinner — in Nevada.
But that is reality for operators of the American drones that spy on, and sometimes kill, potential terrorists all over the world.
“Taylor” is one of those long-distance soldiers. She doesn’t want us to use her real name, knowing that some people aren’t happy about what she does for a living. She fears they’ll target her for protests.
Taylor is a murderer, killing innocent people in other countries with which we are not actually at war. For every terror “suspect” (who in many cases are innocent people named only for the reward money) some 20-30 innocent bystanders are killed.
It was July 2005 and Jack Straw was in combative mood. During a parliamentary debate, the then foreign secretary insisted that there was no need for a judicial inquiry into the UK’s role in extraordinary rendition – “unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States”.
But the publication last week of a long-awaited US Senate intelligence report has raised fresh questions about what the UK knew about the CIA’s torture programme – and in particular the role played by an obscure overseas British territory.
“The CIA is going through a huge morale problem,” said US security expert Harlan Ullman in an interview with DW, commenting on the recent US Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation methods, which has made serious torture allegations against the secret service. “CIA employees believed they were doing what they were supposed to be doing. They find this to be a devastating critique.”
Awwwwwww … Let’s all feel; bad for the poow widdle torturers over at the Central Intelligence Agency, who are apparently not intelligent enough to remember the Nuremberg principle that torturing innocent people to find weapons of mass destruction that don’t exist is not what they are “supposed to be doing” no matter what their superiors say. So in point of fact I do not feel any sympathy because they have low morale right now. They should be facing war crimes trials!
Before Obama made his Amnesty speech last Thursday I thought of The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. One brick after another sealed the fate of an unsuspecting murder victim in Poe’s classic mystery story. We could all benefit if we began to interpret every action of the New World Order as part of an elaborate step by step scheme to kill the majority of Americans and to reduce the remaining survivors to Debt Slavery.
Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report pillorying the CIA’s Bush-era detention and interrogation program is replete with lurid details of what would commonly be called torture, if those practices were carried out on you or me. Waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation, coffin-size cells and forcing detainees to stand in stress positions, even with broken bones, is the stuff of a horror movie. But there is another revelation in the long-awaited, and controversial, Senate committee report that so far seems to have slipped past much examination in the public spotlight.
Which, if implemented, will force thousands more European businesses to the wall……………….KT
The European Union is considering stepping up its restrictions on business with Crimea to make clear that the bloc doesn’t accept Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said.
The Crimean people voted to separate from the unelected Junta in Kiev (the latter being the product of a US/EU-backed coup a year ago), then voted to ask to join Russia. Russia agreed. What’s the matter, Denmark? Don’t you believe in Democracy?
Iraq torture claims: New allegations against British soldiers to go to the International Criminal Court
Hundreds of new cases accusing British soldiers of abusing – in many cases torturing – Iraqi men, women and children, aged from 13 to 101, are to be considered by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Britain is already under scrutiny for alleged war crimes committed by its forces in Iraq. The ICC is currently examining a dossier of claims presented by lawyers and human rights campaigners earlier this year that could lead to a full investigation.
The fresh details come on the eve of the publication of an official report into allegations that British soldiers mistreated and unlawfully killed Iraqis in 2004. The report, to be released on Wednesday, is expected to criticise the abuse of Iraqi prisoners captured after a battle. A number of “warning letters” have been sent to individuals believed to face criticism in the report.
Lawyers representing the credit card processor used by WikiLeaks are suing Visa and MasterCard in the United States over the 2010 banking blockade that kept the anti-secrecy group from receiving funds.
On Monday this week, American attorneys for Icelandic hosting provider DataCell ehf filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in hopes of having a federal judge award the company upwards of $5 million for what it claims was a coordinated attempt between Visa and MasterCard to restrict funding to WikiLeaks after the secret-spilling organization started publishing classified US State Department cables over four years ago.
All but one on board died in the crash. A 16th passenger, Sergeant Harold Julien, the acting chief security officer, died as a result of injuries a few days later, having told medical staff he had seen “sparks in the sky” shortly before the crash.
Several people who attended the crash scene claimed the Albertina was riddled with bullets. A delay of more than nine hours in locating the plane has triggered speculation that the crash site was interfered with. Several witnesses said they saw between six and eight white men, armed and in combat fatigues, at the crash site.
Then there are lurid claims that some on board, including Hammarskjöld himself, had bullet wounds, suggesting he had survived the crash but had been killed on the spot. His body was found propped up on a termite mound a short distance from the plane, surrounded by playing cards. Reputedly an ace of spades was found on his collar.
Well, we know that Santa Claws is a myth, unless you think of him as a big, fat, red and white mushroom that those in the know are aware opens the doors of perception into the invisible realms. I love making that reference because it makes those who have never ventured gnash their teeth and howl out of their unconfirming absence of any experience whatsoever of that which is known and verified by indigenous peoples the world over. Here is an interesting ticket concerning this. Those cultures abstaining from a general engagement with this sort of thing (for the most part) and rather relying on the inspiration of alcoholic ‘spirits’, are all manifest expressions of materialism at its most intense level and those cultures that do engage nearly all reflect a much smaller presence of materialism.
A leading Conservative backbencher has been reported to Parliament’s standards watchdog for potentially breaching the rules on declaring financial interests in the House of Commons.
Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke in four debates in the Chamber in support of the tobacco, mining and oil and gas industries without declaring that he is a founder and director of a firm with multimillion-pound investments in the sectors.
BBC attacked for running ‘lucrative revolving door’ after sacking 700 staff with £10million golden goodbyes… then re-hiring them all back again
The BBC has come under fire for re-hiring 700 people who it had previously spent £10.3million on making redundant.
It has emerged that of the 700 staff members who took redundancy packages, more than 400 are now back at the broadcaster working as freelancers.
Just as current Australian independent MP Andrew Wilkie, aDefence Security analyist at the time of the 2003 Iraq invasion, warned Australia that former PM John Howard and his government were sending young Australians to the war in Iraq based on lies. Wilkie then was faced with covert pressure from Howard et al and resigned from the military. Wilkie told the truth, as subsequent revelations have shown, and Howard and his treacherous Ministers and Cabinet got off Scot free for sending young Australians to war based in lies………………..KT
Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says diplomat who was fired when he warned Labour Government of UK collusion with US abuse
In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.
When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.
Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.
VIP paedophile networks ‘shut down police investigations which got too close’, retired officers claim
High-level probes into VIP paedophile networks were shut down as police closed in on a number of powerful figures, former officers claim.
In an extraordinary development, detectives have turned whistleblower to expose how undercover operations were suddenly “canned”.
Almost 30 officers have been venting their anger online – heaping pressure on the probe by Scotland Yard and the Government into widespread claims of historic sexual abuse.
One former officer called Jim wrote: “This is about kids being raped by those in power that included politicians of all sorts.
“It goes to the very heart of our establishment.”
It is easy to prove to yourself that God is imaginary. The evidence is all around you. Here are 50 simple proofs:
And number 51: If one posits the existence of a god or gods able to communicate their presence to human minds, then as an inevitable result of the existence of that god or gods, it would be expected that all humans, or at least the priests who claim communications with the god(s), would have a unanimity of opinion as to how many gods there are.
Likewise, if one posits the existence of a god or gods able to communicate their existence to human minds, then as an inevitable result of the existence of that god or gods, able to communicate to human minds, all theologies would be in accord, and there would be no need for missionaries, let alone inquisitions and holy crusades. The religion of Abraham would have stayed unified, rather than split up into Christianity, Judaism, Sunni, and Shi’ite over what amounts to a bunch of soap opera arguments.
The world is not as it would be if there was a god or gods which could communicate their existence to the minds of humankind. None of the conditions which must inevitably follow the existence of a god or gods able to communicate their existence to the minds of humankind can be found anywhere on Earth.
Major energy companies have effectively created a secret law firm of conservative attorneys general to persuade Washington lawmakers to gut environmental regulations, according to an investigation by the New York Times. In return, these senior government officials have received millions of dollars to help them win political campaigns.
New reports indicate that a British spy agency has hacked into the computers of Belgian telecoms firm, Belgacom, on a larger scale than previously thought.
Belgian newspaper De Standaard and The Intercept website on Saturday published detailed accounts of how the British surveillance agency, GCHQ, intruded into Belgacom’s networks.
The hacking first came to light in 2013 when Belgium asked Britain to respond to the espionage allegations.
Thousands of Germans have staged a protest rally to express their anger at the West’s warmongering policies against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
At least 3,500 people took part in the protest, organized by the German Peace Movement, in the capital Berlin on Saturday.
The demonstrators marched to the presidential Bellevue palace to condemn the West’s confrontation with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
They expressed concern that the policies adopted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) under the influence of the United States will lead to further escalation of tensions in Europe.
The US Senate has approved a multi-billion-dollar military spending bill that includes $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.
The Senate passed the bill on Friday by a 89-11 vote.
The bill was sent to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.
The 2015 defense authorization bill also authorized $521.3 billion for Defense Department operations, and about $64 billion for overseas military operations.
The House of Representatives last week approved the National Defense Authorization Act by a 300-119 vote.
Five billion dollars are allocated for the fight against the ISIL terrorist group. The money should be spent for the training and arming of the so-called moderate rebels in Syria for two years and for the training and assisting of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
Earlier this month, US Vice President Joe Biden announced that the Obama administration had provided Israel with more than $17 billion in military aid since 2008.
In the United States we have 5 percent of humanity living in a society dedicated to war in an unprecedented manner, putting over $1 trillion every year into war and preparations for war. Going to the other extreme you have a country like Costa Rica that abolished its military and thus spends $0 on war. Most nations of the world are much closer to Costa Rica than to the United States. Most nations of the world spend a small fraction of what the United States spends on militarism (in real numbers or per capita). If the United States were to reduce its military spending to the global average or mean of all other countries, suddenly it would become difficult for people in the United States to talk about war as “human nature,” and going that last little bit to complete abolition wouldn’t look so hard.
But isn’t the other 95 percent of humanity human now?
Since its founding in 1946, the School of the Americas has trained tens of thousands of police and military personnel in Latin America and the Caribbean. Not by coincidence, its graduates were involved in some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – from filling the ranks of Haiti’s brutal Tonton Macoutes to training the founders of Mexico’s paramilitary narco-cartel Los Zetas. It’s no exaggeration to say that the School of the Americas has painted an entire region in blood.
While the School left a permanent mark on countries throughout the hemisphere, the doctrine it expounded has also metastasized into an intellectual cancer infecting the way NATO countries in the post-Soviet era fight the Wars on Drugs and Terror. This is a story of studied incompetence, torture and murder. And judging by the militarized response of American police departments, from Occupy Wall Street to Ferguson, the trend isn’t just going global: it’s also coming home.
Philadelphia has a policy of sending out tax delinquency notices with fictional “jeopardy assessments.” Those assessments aren’t based on any actual tax determination, and are set deliberately high to induce the targeted taxpayer to contact the city’s revenue department to determine the true amount of tax owed[…]When Lerner’s attorney asked Reynolds whether the jeopardy assessment “is just something you make up to scare the taxpayers to come in,” Reynolds replied, “Basically, yes.”
The Senate report on torture created a tsunami of media coverage this week. The American public hasn’t been so shocked by evidence of the U.S. torture program since the Abu Ghraib photos of 2004. The program is far worse than previously disclosed. Greater numbers of victims have been tortured for longer periods and in ways that rival the most infamous tortures in history (“rectal feeding”). But one falsehood gets repeated as fact by even in the most serious reporters, namely, that the torture program stopped years ago. It has not. The Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on interrogation methods allows military and CIA interrogators to continue torturing detainees, and the current force feeding of Guantanamo hunger strikers is so brutal it rises to the level of torture.
The chief refused to be interviewed on camera, but released a video response on Facebook. “Aaron Brilbeck partially completed a request for information report for the same report. Director Martinez has taken the position not to release the body camera video recording honoring the request of the parents of the minor children involved,” Nevada Public Safety Director Ricardo Martinez II said.
The problem is, the law requires the release of information, regardless of whether parents want it released. The director of the Iowa Public Information Board says he does not believe there is an exception in Iowa law that allows the Chief to withhold this public information, and the board is investigating a complaint against Chief Martinez.
Tens of thousands of Polish opposition supporters marched in the capital Warsaw on Saturday to denounce alleged irregularities in last month’s local elections.
Protesters are taking to the streets by the thousands in cities across the US to protest grand juries’ decisions not to indict the white officers responsible for the deaths of two unarmed black men, and demand police accountability.
New York’s financial regulator investigates possibility of systemic foreign exchange manipulation at Barclays and Deutsche Bank
The families of Lebanon’s 25 captive soldiers and policemen slammed the government Sunday for failing to bring back their men, threatening to take matters into their own hands.
“This is a failed government that cannot bring the sons of its institutions back to their mothers,” Omar Haidar, a member of the captives’ families committee told hundreds of people at a solidarity rally for the hostages in Downtown Beirut.
Never one to hold back when it comes to corrupt big government agencies, former Congressman Ron Paul said Tuesday that the world would be a much better place if the CIA were completely abolished.
Responding in part to the release of the Summary of the forthcoming Senate report on CIA torture, and also to an impending possible government shutdown, Paul stated “my government shutdown would be something to be proud of.”
“Abolish the NSA, the TSA, the CIA and all spying on American citizens.” Paul urged.
Russian companies in oil, finance, military, and other sectors – as well as the country’s embassies abroad – have become the primary targets of a new espionage campaign, labeled ‘Cloud Atlas’ by global information security powerhouse Kaspersky Lab.
Enterprises in Belarus and Kazakhstan – which are Russia’s partners in the Eurasian Custom Union – are also affected. Another major target of the campaign is India, the Moscow-based company said.
According to Kaspersky Lab, Cloud Atlas infects corporate computers via RTF (Rich Text Format) files attached to emails.
Those behind the campaign have also launched attacks using MMS and SMS messages to infect Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices.
The global currency reset is now 100% confirmed, activated and performing.
Bank of China monies have been received into master paymaster accounts globally, yet still are unreleased to private groups or the public as of Monday evening EST.
The United States Treasury was sequestered to solve government shut down threat this coming Thursday. But remaining cabal leadership, led by David Cohen of UST, is still fighting public disclosure of TRN tooth and nail. However, his delay attempts are futile as the Believe it or not cabal has been rendered incapable of starting yet another war/mass destruction event (a la 9/11 or 3/11).
‘Suicide Drones’ and the Spoils of War: Israeli arms manufacturers look to cash in on the war in Gaza
Three weeks after Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip concluded, Israeli military and political leaders attended a conference next to Ben Gurion Airport to sell the successes of what Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians including 521 children. The annual conference, named “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014,” took place in business-as-usual atmosphere — even with a complimentary beer keg. But the fare was anything but humdrum. Among the offerings were suicide drones, “loitering munitions” that need to explode; a 16-year-old showing off high-tech robots designed by fellow high schoolers and future drone makers; and “premature” weapons, armaments that have not been fully tested before they are used on a live Palestinian population. Such is Israel the military power.
President Obama’s approval ratings among Hispanic Americans has leaped double digit numbers since he signed the immigration presidential executive order.
Software that monitors employees who work at home. Electronic gear that tracks everywhere they go and how they drive while on the job. Technology that records their fitness and “happiness levels.”
CIA Director John Brennan’s televised press conference Thursday at the agency’s headquarters, an unprecedented event, marked a new threshold in the collapse of American democracy and the erection of a police state.
Ebola outbreak: Darwin volunteer writes from Sierra Leone treatment centre, ‘I just cry in my goggles’
Australian Dan Baschiera is volunteering at an Ebola treatment hospital in Sierra Leone where he is doing what he can to stop the deadly disease.
Meteors should be visible throughout the night from around 10pm – and at its peak later there could be between 50 and 100 shooting stars every hour
Last week I wrote that contrary to the prevailing mood US dollar strength could reverse at any time. This week I look at another aspect of the dollar, which almost certainly will become a significant source of supply: a global shift out of it by foreign holders.
But now comes a naked Wall Street raid on the taxpayers that’s beyond the pale; and it would have sailed right through in the dead of night absent Elizabeth Warren’s intrepid opposition. Bravo, Senator!
I am referring to the Citigroup-drafted sneak attack on Washington’s tepid effort to curtail the more egregious gambling habits of some of the big banks. These incorrigible larcenists have been trying to gut the “push out” provisions of Dodd-Frank for more than three years now, yet the latter boils down to a simple and urgently necessary injunction to the banks. Namely, you can’t roll the dice in the “derivatives” gambling halls with taxpayer guaranteed deposits.
… Israel has both the ability and the inclination to drag the United States into its disputes, and that is precisely the problem … The incoming Secretary of Defense Carter Ashton visited Israel last year and enthused “Protecting America means protecting Israel …” That senior US government officials feel compelled to sing the praises of Israel without any shame or embarrassment is precisely what is wrong because they know perfectly well that disaster awaits if the leaders in Tel Aviv do not come to their senses and seriously address their nation’s rogue status … Washington has long since abdicated any serious role in either reining Israel in or encouraging a political settlement that would benefit every state in the region.
US budget resolution funds war and repression:”a staggering $830 billion,more than 80 cents out of every dollar in the funding bill,is devoted to killing,spying on,imprisoning or otherwise oppressing the people of the world,including the American people
The omnibus spending resolution adopted by the US House of Representatives just before midnight Thursday, and which is now before the Senate, is a detailed public statement of the priorities of the American ruling elite. The bulk of the more than $1.1 trillion in funding goes to the military and other repressive functions of the federal government, such as spying, prisons and the police.
On December 11, 2014, the US House passed a bill repealing the Dodd-Frank requirement that risky derivatives be pushed into big-bank subsidiaries, leaving our deposits and pensions exposed to massive derivatives losses. The bill was vigorously challenged by Senator Elizabeth Warren; but the tide turned when Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorganChase, stepped into the ring. Perhaps what prompted his intervention was the unanticipated $40 drop in the price of oil. As financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, that drop could trigger a derivatives payout that could bankrupt the biggest banks. And if the G20’s new “bail-in” rules are formalized, depositors and pensioners could be on the hook…
Watch Elizabeth Warren come out swinging against bill that could allow another economic collapse (VIDEO)
“Hands up. Don’t shoot!”
“I can’t breathe!”
“How do we spell murder? NYPD!”
These were the sounds heard in the Times Sq. area last night as over 100 people gathered to protest the killings of unarmed Black people that have been going on for much too long in this country. A multi-racial, multi-ethnic group of people stood in the cold for 2 hours holding signs, reading the names of victims, and telling their stories to all who would listen. To further decry the long history of American racism, the names of people lynched, like Emmett Till, were included in the signs and recitation.
Where are the hundreds protesting the use of Nazi-like torture methods on innocent prisoners? Where are the hundreds protesting the G20 unlocking our savings accounts for the banks to plunder at will? Where are the hundreds protesting pensions being allowed to cut benefits if they lose money on wall street fraud? Where are the hundreds protesting the taxpayer put on the hook for #300 trillion of potential derivatives losses to save the Wall Street firms that made fortunes selling those derivatives?
These Michael Brown and Eric Garner protests are staged propaganda by a government intent on turning us against ourselves so we cannot unite against them!
Our government has proven time and time again that following the constitution is simply not something they feel they have to do when it stands in their way.
French parliament to debate a draft law that will give doctors in France the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die.
The establishment media usually insists the United Nations is impartial and sends blue helmets to hotspots in the spirit of neutrality.
Something is very wrong: Lowest labor participation rate ~40 yrs, Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession And that’s WITH our housing & stock bubble 2.0.
The only threat to Israel’s very existence is its on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank (ethnic cleansing slowly and by stealth) and the sickening Zionist self-righteousness that justifies it.
It’s Israel’s Jews not the Palestinians who have got to make the first major move if there is ever to be peace based on justice for the Palestinians and security for all. And what does that first major move have to be?
AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT A TERRIBLE WRONG WAS DONE TO THE PALESTINIANS BY ZIONISM IN THE NAME OF ALL JEWS AND THAT THIS WRONG MUST BE RIGHTED
Shocking video provided exclusively to Infowars shows a Washington state sheriff’s deputy proclaiming that law enforcement officers need armored military vehicles because of “constitutionalists” with firearms.
On December 10th, the office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko drew up plans for a huge graveyard to accommodate 250,000 corpses for its soldiers in the Government’s renewed military plan for next year to conquer the regions of Ukraine that reject the coup-Government that was imposed upon all of Ukraine when the United States hired mercenaries to carry out a coup in Kiev on 22 February 2014 (under the cover of the “Maidan” anti-corruption demonstrations), which overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych. The rebelling regions of Ukraine are those which had voted about 90% for Yanukovych.
Revealed in an Associated Press (AP) investigation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had for two years attempted to create and exploit a social network within Cuba for the purpose of sparking unrest and overthrowing the Cuban government. The program was an abject failure, primarily because the Cuban government took the necessary measures to investigate, interrogate, and otherwise disrupt what was foreign-backed sedition…
Undercover Cops Attempt to Incite Looting, Pull Gun On #ICan’tBreathe Protesters Oakland demonstrators expose officers in tense stand off
is anybody surprised by this crap?
Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.
I recently had the pleasure to speak with Glen Roberts, a self-described “techno-geek”, blogger and the author of “How to Renounce Your US Citizenship in Two Easy Steps.” The book was written as a guide to cut through opinions and describe the requirements and process of renouncing US citizenship … something in high demand lately. Glen renounced his US citizenship after living in various Central and South American countries for more than a decade and currently resides, statelessly, in Paraguay.
His story is one of the most interesting we’ve heard in the neverending Escape from Amerika struggle. Here was our conversation…
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
A special unit of the British spy agency GCHQ has been tasked with roaming the “dark net” to locate child pornography images and weed out online abusers, according to Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron.
FINALLY, something useful!
A joint piece of research conducted by the UPV/EHU, the Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Biomedical Research Centre Network into Mental Health (CIBERSAM) of the Carlos III Institute of Health links, for the first time, the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. In fact, cocaine consumption doubles the risk of death of cardiovascular origin that can be attributed to smoking, and becomes the main risk factor among subjects under 50.
Black CHP Chief Says Cops Did Nothing Wrong Pointing Gun At Protesters, Insists “We wanted to prove we deserved your trust”
Avery A. Browne the Chief of the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division, insists that plain-clothed undercover officers who pointed guns at protesters did nothing wrong whatsoever. His darling officers, who never identified themselves as police as required by law, pointed their loaded weapons at people after getting into a melee with the crowd.
“Two officers were not going to be able to arrest 30 or 40 or 50 individuals,” Brown said. “I am very much sensitive to how disturbing it is when a weapon is drawn, and I don’t take these matters lightly at all. At the same time, we have to understand these officers were under attack.” On his website, however, Brown insists “You have entrusted us with the enforcement of laws and regulations. We wanted to prove we deserved your trust.”
The Soup Thickens – DDoS Attack “Of Unprecedented Scale” Shuts Down Sweden’s Largest Internet Provider!
You know what torture is to me? Can I tell you what torture is to me? Torture to me is not all this waterboarding stuff. You know what torture is? Torture is trying to go to sleep every night with pictures in your head that your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter jumped from a top floor at the World Trade Center to his or her death rather than burn alive. That’s torture.
A group of more than 300 hundred former Obama staffers have written an open letter urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States. “We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016,” the letter is titled.
During a Thursday night show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, comedian Dave Chappelle reportedly told a crowd that he was once choked by a police officer while filming a movie in the city.
Central Banks Are Now Ready To Loot The American People And The Rest Of The Private Western Bank Countries.
Currently, the Australian Catholic Church put out a report claiming the reason for the pandemic number of priests having homosexual sex with little boys is because priests must take a vow of celibacy.
However, if most Catholic priests are heterosexual, why do they most often have sex with MALE children?
Because little boys don’t get pregnant!
Yesterday’s Post dealt with the countrywide protests against Remax. Those protests continue to this day …. but I wanted to share a post from the archives dealing with my own run in with Remax many years ago …. nothing has changed as far as their racist policies go ….. Here’s the post;
My 8th Christmas, like the 7 before it, was spent in the rural Farmlands of New Hampshire just north of the state capital of Concord. Our little town of Loudon, long ago bypassed by the new turnpike, remained locked in a small but comfortable time warp away from the hustle of the more modern times that surrounded us. Each winter, we lived the Christmases that Normal Rockwell painted and Currier & Ives printed.
Wintertime, by and large, was a wonderful time for adventurous boys. Unlike the rest of the year filled with hard dirt and stone, the winterscape is malleable, subject to the will and direction of 8 year old hands that lost no time in the construction of snow men, snow women, snow dogs, igloos, and the inevitable snow forts from which to launch that most safest and humane of warfare against the similar edifice in the neighboring yard.
A former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox has been confirmed as the first Major League Baseball player to become a U.S. ambassador.
Mark Gilbert is the new ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. The Senate approved his nomination by voice vote on Friday.
Apparently, in the Obama Administration, Ambassadorships are up for sale.
As noted at Wickipedia.com:
In 2007, Gilbert began a close relationship as a fundraiser for then-Sen. Barack Obama, and he quickly became an early supporter of Obama’s successful presidential bid. In 2007, Gilbert was appointed deputy national finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee. Ultimately, Gilbert served as a fundraiser for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns. In 2012, the New York Times reported that Gilbert had raised $1.23 million for Obama in 2011 and 2012, and a total of $3.36 million since 2007.
Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the bloodstream. Supported by experimental evidence, these findings, published in Science on Dec. 12, demonstrate the vital importance of an underappreciated defense mechanism, nutritional immunity.
Texas is now leading a coalition of 24 states that are suing President Emperor Obama The First for his illegal executive orders on immigration. The latest four states to join the effort are Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma.
Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills ‘thousands of innocents’ during droning of terrorism suspects
President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.
The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama’s critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.
After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it’s ‘moral authority,’ the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn’t believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.
This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.
Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.
But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.
It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems “dangerous”.
Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the extremists’ ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has welcomed a recommendation passed earlier Friday by the Portuguese parliament urging Lisbon to recognize the state of Palestine within pre-1967 borders.
“We have followed these positive developments… through our embassy in Portugal,” the ministry said in a statement.
Friday’s parliamentary vote, the ministry added, reflected unanimity among Portugal’s various political parties in support of the Palestinian people’s “legitimate rights.”
US peace activist Kathy Kelly has been sentenced to 3 months prison for her criticism of the US drone programme in Afghanistan on the 10th December.
Considered to be Human Rights Day, peace activist Kathy Kelly was sentenced on the 10th December to 3 months prison by the US Federal court.
According to the Centre for Global Research the defence said that “The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S”
This is the fourth known time the #GOP has contacted the studio. The group previously accessed dozens of Sony employee computer screens in late November, displaying a similarly ominous image when staff tried to log in for work. See a screenshot here.
And the mighty NSA can’t do a thing about it! I guess the people at NSA are too busy spying on our wives and daughters through our webcams or stealing our business secrets to actually bother themselves with actual computer criminals, right?
This is how we should respond to every single report of a hack anywhere, by proclaiming it as a total failure of the NSA and by extension the Federal Government.
For myself, this looks like a staged publicity stunt as a prelude for draconian controls over the internet, much like the pornography that flooded the internet (all of it traced back to US Government and military servers) that preceded the debate on the Exon Amendment.