News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” — Pablo Picasso
With the upcoming presidential election in the US, do you believe any of the candidates offer any hope for a change of political, economic or foreign policy direction?
The government is not run by presidents. It’s run by several hundred assistant secretaries, and they have nominal bosses called cabinet secretaries … when you get elected, you’re excited and want to get going and you’ve got to get all of these appointees through the Senate, you end up having to appoint the people the Senate’s going to confirm. Otherwise, you never have a government. So unless the revolution also changed the Senate, so that they were to say, “Yes, let’s appoint all of these people who will bring change, and undermine all of our relationships with the power structure, the people who give the political contributions to keep us in office, let’s wreck all that and appoint somebody who’s going to make change,” that’s not going to happen!
The division of the Turkish army has made advances by 700 meters into Syria, in the city of Afrin located in northern Aleppo province according to al-Mayedin channel.
A large convoy of Turkish military including tanks and ambulances rolls from the southeastern part of Turkey toward the Iraqi border (File)
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Turkey Threatens to Launch ‘Unilateral’ Operations on Syrian Soil
The Turkish military has put up a checkpoint next to the settlement, which has a predominantly Kurdish population.
So far there has been no official comment regarding this information.
Earlier, Sergey Rudskoy, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of Russia, noted that Turkey continues to shell Syrian towns along the border and at the positions of Kurdish militia.
“Turkish artillery continues shelling Syrian border settlements and Kurdish militia positions,” he said.
It appears that Turkey (most likely in conjunction with US and Syrian forces) are getting ready for a major assault against the Syrian government forces.
The question which needs to be asked here, is how will Russia respond to such an attack?!?
This is what happens when politicians think they are smarter than the great unwashed whom they rule over.
They lack common sense on every possible level. The rise of third parties is a reality and our computer has been spot on with this forecast for 2016. It accomplished this forecast by simply doing what government does not seem capable of doing — correlating political trends with economic trends.
So what’s going on should be of no surprise. There are many separatist movements building throughout Europe all because government has become corrupt.
There are separatist movements in Hawaii, Texas, and Vermont in the USA for starters. This is ALL predictable. All you have to do is let the data speak for itself — no water or hot air needs to be added.
During Memorial Day weekend, this city reopens its Lake Michigan beaches, regular fireworks displays start at Navy Pier and the downtown streets and spruced-up Riverwalk are crowded with tourists.
But the holiday weekend is often seen here as the start of heightened violence, as well. That has been particularly worrying this year to community leaders and city officials, as they grapple with a rise in gun violence that has traumatized some neighborhoods and left city officials searching for new ways to subdue street crime.
“If something doesn’t change, if we don’t get jobs for these kids, if we don’t change the economic situation, I’m worried that we could be looking at a blood bath,” said the Rev. Corey Brooks, a pastor on the city’s South Side, a mostly African-American area where some of the shootings have been concentrated. “If something doesn’t happen, I fear that we’re potentially looking at one of the worst summers we’ve ever had.”
Looks as though, from a standpoint of concretely and effectively addressing this issue, Rom Emanuel has been a colossal, epic fail as mayor of this city.
The alleged “educational” system in the city has utterly failed these kids; so have the drug and gang policies, at the state, city, and Federal levels.
Urban gangs give these kids the opportunity to make money, selling drugs, and give them a sense of identity which sometimes their (frequently broken) families can not.
I have to wonder; how well can these kids read and write a standard English?!? How are their math skills?!? And if they don’t have proficiencies in reading and math, who is going to want to hire them, and for what kinds of jobs?
How many “shovel ready” jobs exist in Chicago which the construction unions will allow unskilled, non-union members take?!?
There is a hideous overlap of problems here, and I hope that the community can find effective coping strategies to keep the city calm this summer, but were I a betting woman, I would not bet on that happening.
The courts? Closed most days. The bureau to start a business? Same thing. The public defender’s office? That’s been converted into a food bank for government employees.
Step by step, Venezuela has been shutting down.
This country has long been accustomed to painful shortages, even of basic foods. But Venezuela keeps drifting further into uncharted territory.
In recent weeks, the government has taken what may be one of the most desperate measures ever by a country to save electricity: A shutdown of many of its offices for all but two half-days each week.
But that is only the start of the country’s woes. Electricity and water are being rationed, and huge areas of the country have spent months with little of either.
Many people cannot make international calls from their phones because of a dispute between the government and phone companies over currency regulations and rates.
I cannot see how this can ultimately end well, or that Maduro will be able to remain in power that much longer.
But I do hope that the government which replaces that of Maduro will be able to meet the needs of the suffering Venezuelan people, and as quickly as humanly possible.
The breathtaking record of perfidy is so mutated in the public mind, wrote the late Harold Pinter, that it “never happened …Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. It didn’t matter … “. Pinter expressed a mock admiration for what he called “a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”
Take Obama. As he prepares to leave office, the fawning has begun all over again. He is “cool”. One of the more violent presidents, Obama gave full reign to the Pentagon war-making apparatus of his discredited predecessor. He prosecuted more whistleblowers – truth-tellers – than any president. He pronounced Chelsea Manning guilty before she was tried. Today, Obama runs an unprecedented worldwide campaign of terrorism and murder by drone.
I would like to politely remind Mr. Pilger that what Donald Trump has been criticising, and quite reasonably, are the effects of illegal immigration on this country, in terms of the financial burden it places on the US.
But on that issue of alleged “choice” of candidates, he is absolutely correct. The Kabuki-like process of American elections gives the people of this country the “illusion” that they, through the process, are at least somewhat in control of the national dialogue; they are not, in any meaningful way, whatsoever.
It is the corporations, who fund the election processes, at state and national levels, who ultimately chose the candidates.
And those candidates are vetted, not on their ability to lift the American people up, or address their needs and concerns; they are vetted on how well they can keep those promises to those corporations which fund them, and that – my friend – is the bottom line here.
Three plaintiffs have been awarded $17.5 million in damages caused by Monsanto and three other companies for negligence in the production of PCBs.
A jury voting 10-2 in St. Louis found Monsanto, Pfizer, Solutia, and Pharmacia must pay the plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto for its continued selling of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, after the compound had been banned, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Plaintiffs in this case — three of nearly 100 involved in litigation, some of whom died — said they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma from exposure to PCBs.
“All of us could pretty much agree that Monsanto was negligent,” said juror Nathan Nevius in the Post-Dispatch.
A PROVISION SNUCK INTO the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers without a warrant and in complete secrecy.
If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs — most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account.
Since a 2008 Justice Department legal opinion, the FBI has not been allowed to use NSLs to demand “electronic communication transactional records,” such as email subject lines and other metadata, or URLs visited.
Intelligent people already know NOT to say anything in their emails or Facebook posts, that is not the most vanilla information possible to share.
And they know that their “on line behaviour” is already tracked by the Federal government.
In my case, under the First Amendment to the Constitution, I read a lot of the foreign press in English, because it is there that one can generally discern most clearly, what the US government is up to. And to date, my reading cannot be construed as “illegal”, under the First Amendment.
And the bad guys have already encrypted their electronics communications to the degree that they have become impenetrable to Federal agencies’ attempts to break them.
So what is this about?!? Most likely, gleaning trade and proprietary information for their corporate buddies, to enhance their financial and professional “edge”.
It does not have to do with real national security, in any way, shape, or manner. If it did, why would the text of this law need to remain secret?!?
Just days after the establishment of Israel’s new far-right coalition government, reports from the nation’s Channel 10 say that the move may be backfiring, and that the coalition is on the verge of collapse amid infighting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett.
Netanyahu and Bennett had been arguing for awhile, but with the introduction of the new coalition, including far-right Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Bennett has been holding out for an overhaul to the security cabinet, something Netanyahu is rejecting.
This is just one of several problems facing the coalition, as the rightward shift is also alienating relative moderates. With former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon already having resigned, the coalition has lost another minister today, as Kulanu’s Environment Minister Avi Gabbay left, citing concerns about the “extremist government.”
A fresh election; what a true miracle for the Israeli people – and the world – were this to come about!! 🙂
However, having watched Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s career over the years, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this; he is both wily, and hubristic in the extreme, and I would be willing to bet that he has some scheme for preventing that new election from ever happening.
The strategic importance of Montenegro is inversely proportional to its size. With it, NATO will have full control of the Adriatic Sea, finish the encirclement of Serbia, and be emboldened to pursue a more aggressive stance towards Russia.
Last week, the government of Montenegro signed a protocol on joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. If ratified by the Alliance’s other 28 members – and it will be – the membership may become a formality by the end of this year. While the country has a population fewer than 700,000 and no more than 1,500 members of the military, the reason NATO wants Montenegro is not its military might, but in equal measures strategic location and symbolism.
And so, the encirclement of Russia continues apace, courtesy of NATO and the US government.
When the war with Russia will begin, I cannot tell you; however, this has moved from an “if” to “when” status at lightning speed, with current developments.
Whoever takes the Oath of Office to be the President of the United states will happen mid-January of 2017.
If the White House’s internal polling indicates in any way that Trump may well win the November election, Democrats may want to inflict the most massive collateral damage they can on his presidency, by giving him a war against Russia, started before his presidency, coupled with an horrific economic collapse.
After she left the State Department in 2013, Clinton — now under fire for using a personal email account for work-related correspondences while serving as America’s top diplomat — hired at least three different private firms to manage different aspects of her server.
The firms included Platte River Networks, a Denver-based firm that hosted her server; SECNAP, which sold her a firewall program known as CloudJacket SMB to detect hackers; and Datto, Inc., a cloud storage company that backed up Clinton’s emails in case her server crashed.
The companies, which are relatively unknown, have been described by some cyber security experts as odd choices for such a high-level public figure.
“I’ve never heard of SECNAP or CloudJacket SMB, which says a lot right there,” Michael Borohovski, CEO and founder of TinFoil Security, told Business Insider. “But the ‘SMB’ in ‘CloudJacket SMB’ means Small Medium Business, which Hillary Clinton is not.”
All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a European visa for foreign start-up founders.
From the Philippines, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Nicaragua, right through Korea, Vietnam and Grenada, to Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine today, the United States’ blatant hypocrisy is on full display, as the citizens of those nations paid or continue to pay a high price for daring to be independent when the U.S. wanted their natural resources, or who had the temerity to democratically elect leadership that was too far to the left to accommodate U.S. corporate interests. And in the case of Palestine, being on the opposite end of a powerful political lobby causes their suffering at the hands of the U.S.
Russia will indulge in no discussion with anyone on ceding Crimea back to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
“As for Crimea, we think this issue closed once and for all. It was a historic decision of people living in Crimea,” he said at a news conference after his talks with the Greek leaders.
“Russia will indulge in no discussions with anyone on that matter,” Putin stressed. “So, let us stop raising this matter over and over again.”
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.
Putin is absolutely correct in his assessment here; when Crimeans learned that Yanukovich has been thrown under the proverbial bus during the 2014 putsch, and Poroshenko was “installed” as president, during an “election” more crooked than a dog’s hind leg, they understood that there was no longer any legitimate government in Kiev.
The referendums were free, open, and honest, according to all observers, and Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10.
In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders” saying that Netanyahu’s surprise move to bring the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party into the coalition may be backfiring on him.
After decades of denials and attacks by the media which called people concerned about cell phone radiation “tin foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists,” a massive, multi-year study funded by the federal government now concludes that yes, cell phone radiation causes brain cancer.
The study is published here and it’s entitled, “Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD rats (Whole Body Exposures).”
“The findings, which chronicle an unprecedented number of rodents subjected to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation, present some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure is associated with the formation of rare cancers in at least two cell types in the brains and hearts of rats,” reports Scientific American:
Once again, we “tin foil hat-wearing conspiracy theorists” turn out to have been right all along! 🙂
After all of his worldly experience, Holder cannot believe he fell victim to a common scam.
Someone claiming to be from the Publisher’s Clearing House called his home in Chandler and told him he’d won $4.7 million, and a new Mercedes Benz.
“I’d entered their drawings years ago, and they said they keep the entries for many years,” Holder said.
The scammers told Holder he had to pay taxes before he was given his prizes.
He and his fiancée, Ruth Calabro, wrote several checks, totaling $43,000.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.
Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that it would have to take retaliatory steps but that Washington and its allies had ignored the warnings.
Earlier this month the U.S. military — which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not threaten Russia — switched on the Romanian part of the shield. Work is going ahead on another part of the shield, in Poland.
“If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin told a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
What Putin is saying is completely logical.
And for the US to state that the missile shield in Poland and Romania are there to protect these countries from Iran is pure, grade A, 100% unmitigated codswallop.
The Iranian government and leadership is many things, but one thing it is NOT is stupid.
It understands that, were it to attempt to attack any part of Europe, or Israel, that the country would be reduced to molten glass, courtesy of return nuclear attacks by Israel and the US. That is not an outcome the country’s leadership wants to see happen at all.
So yes, Putin understands completely that these missile defense systems have been installed against Russia, despite what the US government says.
I would suspect that his response to these moves will be asymmetric, and potentially economic.
Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said in his press briefing on Friday that weapons and ammunitions are continuously being delivered to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria, allowing them to engage Syrian government forces and hindering the fight against ISIL in the country, Sputnik reported.
Pollster YouGov carried out the survey ahead of the publication of the long-delayed Chilcot Inquiry report, which examines the legality of Britain’s 2003 Iraq invasion.
It found only eight percent believe Blair did nothing wrong, while 53 percent said they could never forgive him.
On May 27th, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Athens on a state visit. The Russian head of state will meet with the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. After Athens, the Russian President will go to Mount Athos, where together with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill he will participate in the commemoration of the millennium of Russian monarchial presence on Mount Athos.
Putin is going to offer Greece an alternative to the permanent debt-slavery of the ECB!
France’s Senate will debate a draft resolution calling for the easing and gradual lifting of anti-Russia sanctions on June 8. The draft resolution has already been supported by the body’s Committee on European Affairs.
Who is being aggressive? For the past few years the drumbeat for a conflict with Russia has been building almost to the point of hysteria. Now there is talk of a war – including a nuclear war – that could destroy civilization. On this edition of CrossTalk we ask who benefits from such dangerous talk.
Barghouthi, a 54-year-old professor at Al-Quds University, has spent over a month in an Israeli prison without charge or trial, garnering condemnation from scholars around the world.
The appointment this week of Avigdor Lieberman from the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party to Israel’s Minister of Defense is alarming many Canadian Jews. Hawkish, ultra-nationalist Lieberman is infamous for his belligerent stance on negotiations with Palestinians and saying that Palestinians who do not swear allegiance to Israel “should have their heads chopped off by an ax.”
Emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman discussing TPP with Goldman Sachs lobbyists
(Note [ts]: This is Putin’s response that the U.S. is the aggressor, and not Russia. Not faithfully translated at about 3.34. What is missing is that Putin asserts that Russia was there [in Tajikistan & Afghanistan] so that there would be calm/peace [????????? = “spa-koi-nee-a”].)
UK Home Secretary Theresa May said many British Muslims “benefit a great deal” from living under Sharia law while launching an investigation into any possible “mistreatment of women” under the separate legal
In response to the U.S. Senate’s unanimous vote to allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia in federal court, a report published in the London-based Al-Hayat daily, by Saudi legal expert Katib al-Shammari, claims that the U.S. masterminded the terror attacks as a means of creating a nebulous “enemy” in order garner public support for a global war on terror.
25 Rules of Disinformation – Possible rules of Operation Mockingbird
- Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.
- Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the “How dare you!” gambit.