News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
As Congress gets ready to convene, a new poll shows a full 60 percent of Republican voters want Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, removed from his position as House speaker.
Let’s keep in mind that the first recorded sex slave–at least as far as the history of Western Civilization is concerned–was Sarah, the wife of Abraham. According to the ordeal as described in the bible, TWICE the father of Judaism sold his wife into prostitution for his own personal enrichment. Giving credence to that old saying concerning an apple not falling far from the tree we have Abraham’s son Isaac who–following in his father’s footsteps–attempted the same thing with his wife Rebecca. A few chapters later we see Lott, Abraham’s nephew, giving away his two virgin daughters to a group of sex maniacs, encouraging them to gang-rape his own daughters, saying “abuse them as you see fit”. Later, these same daughters, no doubt having lost their minds after being handed over by their own father and “abused” the entire night in exactly the fashion he intimated, engage in incestuous relations with him.
Apple is facing a lawsuit over the amount of space that the iOS 8 update takes up on iPhone, iPads, and iPods.
The complaint, filed in California by Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, claims that the 16GB iPhones and iPads they purchased had less than the stated amount of usable space, and that this was further reduced after upgrading his iPhone 5S from iOS 7 to iOS 8.
The complaint claims that iOS 8 can occupy more than 23 percent of the storage available on some devices, and further goes on to claim that upgrading devices from iOS 7 to 8 can cause users to lose a further 1.3GB of storage.
I guess all that government spyware takes up a lot of room!
Children at Sisters of Nazareth properties in Derry were known by their numbers rather than their names.
Abuse included physical assaults using sticks, straps and kettle flexes.
Another former resident described how nuns’ treatment of children at Termonbacca care home “bordered on the psychotic”.
He described the home as a “hell-hole” and likened it to a concentration camp.
The number of victims coming forward with allegations of historical child abuse could reach ‘many tens of thousands’, an MP has warned.
John Mann said the state ‘can’t deal with’ the volume of claims that are being made.
The Labour MP for Bassetlaw suggested a national institute needed to be created to handle the complaints.
Under the guise of advancing what the United Nations refers to as “human rights,” the dictator-dominated global body is waging a full-blown assault on free-speech rights by pressuring governments to criminalize so-called “hate speech.” Indeed, working alongside radical government-funded activist groups and anti-liberty politicians around the world, the UN and other totalitarian-minded forces have now reached the point where they openly claim that what they call “international law” actually requires governments to ban speech and organizations they disapprove of. Critics, though, are fighting back in an effort to protect freedom of speech — among the most fundamental of all real rights.
The AirAsia jet which plunged into the Java Sea rose up as fast as a fighter jet and then dropped almost vertically into the water as if being thrust down by a giant hand, crash experts agreed today.
Their conclusion is that the Airbus 320-200 was in the grip of weather so freakishly extreme that there was nothing the pilots could have done to save the jet and all 162 people on board.
British press reports today that a woman claims that Jewish banker Jeffrey Epstein loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave.” The woman has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz.
The woman, who filed the motion anonymously, alleges that between 1999 and 2002 she was repeatedly sexually abused by Epstein who, she also alleges, loaned her out to rich and influential men around the world.
The British press is obviously interested in developments related to prince Andrew. But I am actually curious to hear what the ethnic cleansing enthusiast Alan Dershowitz has to say in his defence.
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, spent the first night of the new year at Vintage Cave, an upscale restaurant in Hawaii.
“At Vintage Cave Honolulu, one can enjoy exceptional food and wine at the hands of gifted masters of the culinary arts. ‘Chef’s recommendation’ commands a gravitas guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning palate. Seasoned sommelier’s conduct the process of pairing wine and food with true finesse and style. Secure in the natural embrace of the cave-like environment, guests are encouraged to relax, ‘hit reset’ and escape the ordinary,” Vintage Cave’s description reads on its website.
As Time’s Zeke Miller pointed out, membership at the restaurant can set you back $500,000.
Wow! I live here and I didn’t know this place existed!
Cop fired for forcefully cutting off restrained woman’s hair, gets job back with back pay
Fox News Liberty Update: There is nothing more American, and generally freedom-loving, than getting sprinkles on your doughnut. It’s what makes America great. Only Vladimir Putin would deny American children—and adults that need to rethink their dietary life choices—their God-given right to ingest sugar in whatever form they deem fit. That’s what freedom looks like.
Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL terrorists in Syria’s northern town of Kobani have managed to kill a senior commander of the Takfiri group.
On Friday, the Kurdish forces engaged in fierce battle with ISIL in Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic.
Osman al-Nazeh of Saudi origin was killed along with a number of ISIL militants in the fight.
A leading anti-war movement has called on the British government to suspend an agreement it has recently reached with Bahrain to develop a naval base in the Persian Gulf Arab country.
On Thursday, the Stop the War Coalition declared its strong opposition to the British plans for the development of the Mina Salman Port in Bahrain.
The group said that London should end its “disastrous interventions in the region.”
It’s the “fake cop” theft scam, except with real cops!
Two Detroit police officers were caught robbing people at gunpoint while wearing their badges, guns, bullet proof vests and flashing those red and blue lights.
The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational.
Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot its 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
“We will give the pilot plenty of rocks throw at adversaries” – Official White Horse Souce
Virginians who try to sell homemade food from their kitchens are feeling the heat from state and local inspectors.
“I have to turn down my neighbors when they ask if they can buy pesto I make from my own basil plants,” says Bernadette Barber, a farmer in Lancaster, Va.
And this isn’t just a rural phenomenon.
In Arlington, government inspectors shut down a home-based soup maker, even though no customer complaints had been registered. Others have encountered similar fates, stripping them of needed income.
Collins Bartholomew, a map-publishing company that is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, said that including Israel in its “Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East” would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Gulf and that leaving Israel off the maps incorporated “local preferences.”
While Israel is not demarcated on the maps, the West Bank is clearly labeled.
I had originally assumed this was a simple mistake, due to Israel’s small size relative to the scale of the map. But this admission that HarperCollins intentionally altered the maps to please certain customers calls into the question the validity of every map they produce.
This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.
In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.
A group of Jewish settlers attacked at dawn Friday Palestinian vehicles traveling on Jenin-Nablus road near the junction of Jaba village south of Jenin.
Around 12 vehicles carrying settlers stormed today the evacuated settlement of Tarsleh and blocked Jenin-Nablus road under military protection.
The settlers spread amongst nearby olive trees and embarked on attacking and stoning the passing Palestinian cars in the presence of Israeli soldiers, eyewitnesses said.
Iran dismissed United States efforts to fight Islamic State as a ploy to advance U.S. policies in the region: “The reality is that the United States is not acting to eliminate Daesh. They are not even interested in weakening Daesh, they are only intereste
Falling world oil prices will hurt countries across the Middle East unless Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, takes action to reverse the slump, Iran’s deputy foreign minister told Reuters.
Off-shore wind turbines take power from the National Grid when not generating electricity, it has emerged.
They use electricity to keep their blades rotating slowly in cold weather to prevent them icing up and to power the systems which turn the blades into the wind.
It costs around twice as much to produce electricity using offshore wind than at traditional coal and gas-fired power stations.
There were no protests nor will there be for the death of Robert Lawrence. The Alabama man was turning in a stray animal at a local animal shelter when he apparently caused a commotion due to the shelter’s identification requirement. In an ensuing altercation with the police, the man ended up being shot and later died at the hospital.
Robert Earl Lawrence was turning in a stray cat in to a Dothan, Alabama animal shelter. For some reason, he had to show I.D. before he could leave the cat. Rather than pulling out a driver’s license, “he instead showed paperwork that identified him as a sovereign citizen and, therefore, not bound by federal, state, or local laws.”
The workers at the shelter called the cops, arguments enusued, and Lawrence was shot in the stomach, dying several hours later that day.
The Year Of Dollar Danger For The World, We Are Entering A New Financial Order Where There Is No Longer An Automatic “Fed Put” Or A “Politburo Put” To Act As A Safety Net For Asset Markets, And Euro Falls Against Dollar as European Central Bank Hints of S
Though this immensely popular coffee chain often tries to blend in with the health crowd
In initiating a war crimes probe against Israel with the International Criminal Court, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas may fall afoul of US legislation that would mandate defunding the PA. The US funds the PA to the tune of some $400 million per year.
Even if Abbas’s ICC investigation gambit does not play out — and Palestine’s route ahead at the ICC is strewn with legal obstacles — it is viewed by many leaders of the incoming Republican-controlled Congress as the latest justification to reexamine the PA’s American funding.
Should the US stop funding the PA, other, more local, Middle Eastern countries could well pick up the slack, like Qatar.
The nightmarish toxicological profile of Roundup herbicide (glyphosate) continues to emerge within the peer-reviewed research, this time revealing its role in supporting the growth of a pathogenic bacteria of great medical significance…
The murder of two New York policemen shouldn’t surprise anyone. We’ve been watching liberal protesters war against police since the rise of Occupy Wall Street three years ago.
“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”
HDT: “If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”
GC: That’s what I’m getting at! That’s what it’s come to. The government is of that nature. My God, we went to war against Iraq! We killed a million people… because of a phony claim of “weapons of mass destruction.” It was just so much flatulence! We wrapped it up in rhetoric and sold it to our sleeping masses. We hanged their dictator after a kangaroo trial, installed another—more corrupt and more incompetent!—and 11 years later it blows up in our faces. We made ourselves the Policeman of the World. Who voted on that? Our people shout out “freedom” and they don’t know what the hell is going on!
HDT: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
So has the State Department anything intelligent to say? Apparently not.
When it came to the Palestinians’ application to the ICC, US State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said the United States strongly opposed the move and warned it would be “counter-productive and do nothing to further the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a sovereign and independent state. It will badly damage the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace.”
In case he hadn’t noticed, the atmosphere is wrecked beyond repair and has been for a long time. So why is Vasquez annoying us with this claptrap?
Rubio, a Republican from Florida and potential contender for 2016 presidential election, says it is within Obama’s powers to obstruct the movement of legislation in Congress but not when it comes to Iran.
“There are some bills where I think he won’t be able to do that on — for example, sanctions on Iran. I think we’ll have a supermajority, a veto-proof majority to impose additional sanctions on Iran and to require the administration to come before Congress for approval of any deal that he has with Iran,” the senator said in an interview with NPR News.
Asked whether he would impose additional sanctions on Tehran in the midst of nuclear talks even if the move would destroy the prospect of a deal, Rubio said, “yes, because I don’t believe there is a prospect for a deal with Iran.”
As Sheikh Ali Salman remains in custody after leading protest against November elections, state department says more unrest may be on the horizon.
The State Department has expressed deep concern over the detention of the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, warning the arrest could lead to more tensions in the island kingdom.
Sheikh Salman, head of the al-Wefaq Islamic Society, was arrested on Sunday after leading a protest rally against elections in November which his party boycotted. He was remanded in custody for a further week on Tuesday.
“Opposition parties that peacefully voice criticism of the government play a vital role in inclusive, pluralistic states and societies,” the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
This is hypocrisy writ large, on the part of the US State Department, and it stinks to high heaven.
Because Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s 5th fleet, the US government has continued to enable the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy against its largely Shiite population. So far, these protests have been peaceful.
But these protestors have not only been arrested, tortured, then imprisoned after their arrests in a complete kangaroo court environment; the first responders who treated their wounds, meted out at the hands of the Bahraini police, have also been arrested, tortured, and jailed also.
The outlook for any real peace and democracy looks pretty dismal indeed.
The last President Kennedy said it best: “where peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.”
Another year has come to an end, which means another set of Unified Crime Reports (UCR) will be published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The reports are supposed to be the most authoritative set of data on crime in the US.
As has become the habit with most federal documents, the numbers are cooked. They could have honestly just made them up. In 2013, the FBI reported that there were 461 people killed by cops in the US.
461 seems to be a fairly good number. It fits with the estimates of 500 per year that most believe to be accurate. The problem is that the actual number of people killed by cops in 2013 is much higher…
In Iraq’s western Anbar province, more than 300 U.S. troops are posted at a base in the thick of a pitched battle between Iraqi forces, backed by tribal fighters, and well-armed Islamic State militants.
The militants, positioned at a nearby town, have repeatedly hit the base with artillery and rocket fire in recent weeks. Since the middle of December, the U.S.-led military coalition has launched 13 airstrikes around the facility.
U.S. troops have suffered no casualties in the attacks. But the violence has underlined the risks to American personnel as they fan out across Iraq as part of the expanding U.S. mission against the Islamic State, even as President Obama has pledged that U.S. operations “will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”
You can clock that last promise with a bloody egg timer.
My read would be, it is only a matter of time before we see combat, on the ground, in both Iraq and Syria; and why do I say this?!?
Because no military can win what is essentially a land war from the air.
And what happens then?!?
Apparently, the folks in Foggy Bottom in DC are dealing with SMD (selective memory disorder) on the issue of ground troops.
Does anyone remember Muqtada al Sadr, and the Mahdi Army, which were two of the primary reasons the US essentially withdrew from Iraq?!?
As of June of last year, he denounced the presence of US advisers in Iraq, as reported at www.islamicinvitationturkey.com:
Muqtada al-Sadr has voiced opposition against the presence of US military advisers in Iraq and has issued a warning to Takfiri militants there. On Wednesday, Sadr ruled out any intervention by the United States in Iraq and pledged to stop assaults by militants of the al-Qaeda splinter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “We will shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism as we did under those of the occupation,” Sadr said in a televised speech from the holy city of Najaf. The prominent cleric expressed opposition against US military advisers’ meeting with Iraqi commanders, adding that he would back “international support from non-occupying states for the army of Iraq.”
IF there are US ground forces in Iraq now, I do not believe, for a moment, that this gentleman, and the forces at his disposal, will join hands and sing “Kumbyah”.
After years of being blocked by Democratic leader Harry Reid, The Washington Times reports, the Senate will finally get a chance next year to vote on legislation to force a broad audit of the Federal Reserve’s decision-making. Ron Paul’s flagship legislative efforts have been picked up by his son and now has the backing of the leader of the new Republican majority, Sen. Mitch McConnell, whose office says the legislation will earn a floor vote. While the bill is not a sure thing, it appears to have The Fed worried as Reuters reports, Yellen and other Fed officials are lobbying Capitol Hill to drop the audit push.
As The Washington Times reports,
After years of being blocked by Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Senate will finally get a chance next year to vote on legislation to force a broad audit of the Federal Reserve’s decision-making.
If everything at the Federal Reserve is done open and above board, then Yellen should have no fear of an audit.
But because the Federal Reserve is no more “federal” than the Federal Express, what are the odds that monetary policies are made on the basis of what is going to line the pockets of executives of this bank, rather than create financial opportunities for hard working individuals in this country?!? I frankly would not bet against that.
Right now, money in this country is a loan at interest rather than a public utility.
And did you know that the Federal Reserve pays absolutely no taxes?!?
Scotts and several other companies are developing genetically modified crops using techniques that either are outside the jurisdiction of the Agriculture Department or use new methods — like “genome editing” — that were not envisioned when the regulations were created.
The department has said, for example, that it has no authority over a new herbicide-resistant canola, a corn that would create less pollution from livestock waste, switch grass tailored for biofuel production, and even an ornamental plant that glows in the dark.
The trend alarms critics of biotech crops, who say genetic modification can have unintended effects, regardless of the process.
“They are using a technical loophole so that what are clearly genetically engineered crops and organisms are escaping regulation,” said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union. He said the grass “can have all sorts of ecological impact and no one is required to look at it.”
ANY GMO tinkering with any plant can have long-term unintended consequences, which can range from mild to horrific
IncreaSING NUMBERS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO IRAQ
A woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew. The accusation against the Duke of York is contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week in connection with a long-running lawsuit brought by women who say they were exploited by Jeffrey Epstein, a multi-millionaire convicted of soliciting sex with an underage girl after a plea deal.
“ATO children” – a documentary filmed in Donetsk, in areas destroyed by Ukrainian Armed Forces by Ukrainian journalist Alena Berezovskaya. “ATO” stands for “anti-terrorist operation” according to Kiev regime, but in Donetsk the children call it “war”.
Many of the children filmed in this documentary have borne serious physical and psychological traumas. Many of them had to leave their homes. This documentary tells the story of the children who have witnessed death and destruction on the streets of Donetsk.
James Howard Meredith, born June 25, 1933 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, makes a lot of people uncomfortable. So much so that in the 90’s he said he had to move out of California “to make ends meet” after no one wanted to pay him to appear at speaking engagements anymore. Educated at the University of Mississippi and Columbia Law School, Meredith was known for becoming the first black student at the University of Mississippi.
Meredith supported David Duke for governor of Louisiana and even appeared in a TV ad for him in 1991. He supported Duke’s efforts to reform the welfare system because “it has caused dependency rather than self reliance,” adding “the liberals will be surprised how much of the black vote he receives.”
The majority of cancer cases can be explained by “bad luck” rather than the result of environmental factors and inherited genes, a US study said Thursday.
The study, published in the US journal Science, found that two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues might be caused by random mutations that occur in dividing healthy stem cells.
Six years ago, on January 1, 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot execution style in the Oakland train station, a killing captured by witnesses on cell phone video which shocked the world. 28 year old police officer Johannes Mehserle eventually went to trial for the killing. During trial, Mehserle testified that he had almost no experience with firearms before joining the police force. He said he never owned guns before becoming a cop and had shot a gun “maybe once…My dad took me to the shooting range, at about thirteen, and that was it.” He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. He served a year in jail and got out in June of 2011. Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother, started the Oscar Grant Foundation and is active nationwide.
After years of lies and senseless military conflict, we must oppose US escalation in Iraq.
Last month’s G20 Summit in Australia came and went without the protests and riots we’ve come to expect at the summit in recent years. But as author and researcher Ellen Brown notes, the real fireworks happened behind closed doors, where the group rubber stamped new regulations that will make Cyprus style bank bail-ins a worldwide reality.
Along with the letters of accession to the ICC, Palestine has reportedly filed a request to the Hague to investigate Israeli war crimes during the 50-day war in Gaza last summer. Palestinian officials have not yet commented on the Israeli media reports.
Were a visitor to arrive at the embattled city of Aleppo these frigid and bleak days from the western government controlled side of the 7000 year old city, even if blindfolded and wearing tight earplugs the sightless and deaf traveler would likely sense something very different from what he experiences in Damascus and other cities in Syria.
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi on Wednesday condemned the UN Security Council vote against a bid to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine as “outrageously shameful.”
Not that we think anything even remotely good of Kim Jong-un or his family, but exactly how many countries will America try and overthrow and takeover simultaneously via false flags?
Yes, these laws are strange. But the weirdest part is that all of this stuff had to happen in order for these bizarre laws to even be considered.
The ongoing Zio-media lynching of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise over a meeting he allegedly addressed 12 years ago has provided a textbook example of how the Jewish Supremacist-controlled mass media lies, deceives and slanders anyone who does not slavishly follow the Jewish Lobby’s control of Washington DC.
British Jews also behave like ethnic outsiders and, like the Bolsheviks, they have a dramatic influence on society as a whole. Despite being less than 0.5% of the population, British Jews have a huge influence on British politics because of their financial contributions. And their role in the British media is no less. Genuine conservatives sometimes say that the acronym BBC stands for “Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation.” They speak more truly than they know. Just as Jews were hugely over-represented among the Bolshevik leaders, so they are among the BBC’s executives: Alan Yentob, Jenny Abramsky and Mark Damazer, for example.
According to the HSCIC, 50 percent of women and 43 percent of men are taking specialised drugs to combat physical and mental illnesses, with cholesterol-lowering statins and anti-depressants being among the most common drugs taken by Brits. According to the HSE report, doctors issued on average 18.7 prescriptions per person in England during 2013, costing the NHS more than £15bn per year. While the report does not count issuing of contraceptives and anti-smoking medication, nearly a third of the prescriptions were related to regulating blood pressure, with more than 65 million being issued in one year alone.
For the Wealthiest Political Donors, It Was a Very Good Year: “Three of the country’s wealthiest political contributors each saw their net worth grow in 2014 by more than $3.7 billion, the entire cost of the midterm elections.”
Here’s a bit of perspective on the ever-rising cost of elections, and the big-money donors who finance them: Three of the country’s wealthiest political contributors each saw their net worth grow in 2014 by more than $3.7 billion, the entire cost of the midterm elections.
While the economy has been miserable for small business, and many larger ones as well, the ranks of the self-employed have been growing. According to research by Economic Modeling Specialists International, the number of people who primarily work on their own has swelled by 1.3 million since 2001 to 10.6 million, a 14% increase.
“I’m ready to lead,” claims Paul
The Washington Examiner’s Luke Rosiak reported this week that bureaucrats have been ignoring nearly 9,000 concrete recommendations from the Government Accountability Office — the government’s independent watchdog agency — to combat waste, fraud and inefficiency in the federal government. Some of the recommendations date all the way back to the Reagan era, and have been ignored for more than 30 years.
The U.S. Air Force quietly keeps a small, inconspicuous spy ship in the Persian Gulf, presumably in order to keep an eye on Iran’s missile launches.
Technically speaking, USNS Invincible—a 224-foot vessel displacing a mere 2,800 tons—belongs to Military Sealift Command, the quasi-civilian branch of the Navy that operates America’s military logistics ship and other specialist vessels.
But Invincible is just a hull—unremarkable, painted white and maintained by 18 civilian contractors. It’s what’s inside and atop the hull that really matters. A sophisticated, dual X- and S-band radar called Gray Star that belongs to the Air Force.
The International Monetary Fund has said it is suspending financial aid to Greece under its huge rescue program until a new government is formed.
Why die to benefit the banksters?
A new report by the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute emphasises the need for “US security and military support” to its key allies in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly Israel, over access to recent vast discoveries of regional oil and gas. The Army study, released earlier in December 2014, concludes that extensive US military involvement “may prove essential in managing possible future conflict” in case of “an eruption of natural resource conflict in the East Mediterranean,” due to huge gas discoveries in recent years.
US to Russia: kneel!
I really don’t like to make predictions.
I’m not Zoltan, the fortune-telling dude in the machine – you know, the one with the turban who waves his mechanical hands dramatically over a crystal ball and tells you of your future in a heavily accented voice.
But, I think there is something coming in 2015 that we all need to be concerned about, and I wouldn’t be doing my job, writing these posts, if I didn’t warn you.
Some people are going to roll their eyes and call me a doomer. Some people are going to say, “You warned us about stuff all the time, and it hardly ever happens.” Some people are going to revert to cognitive dissonance and say, “Life is too short to worry all the time.”
But there is something very troubling on the horizon, and it’s going to affect us all. From most reports, the outlook for 2015 is not particularly bright.
Economically speaking, the bottom is falling out.
58-year-old Margaret McCollum was found shot twice after
Egypt’s highest court of appeals has ordered a retrial of three al-Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned there last year, AFP reports, citing a defense lawyer.
Two Al Jazeera Journalists Held in Egypt Could Be Released Soon
“The Court of Cassation has accepted their appeal and ordered a retrial,” said Amr Al-Deeb, a defense lawyer for Peter Greste, following a brief hearing.
Greste, an Australian national, as well as Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian national, were found guilty of publishing false news about Egypt, as well as aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization authorities there have considered a terrorist organization since December 2013. Al-Jazeera has demanded the release of its reporters, and is calling the accusations against them absurd.
This is a step forward.
Even countries acting like dictatorships do not want to APPEAR as though they are dictatorships.
I hope to see these reporters all released, and soon.
Things are not looking pretty for the land of the free.
The year 2014 has made it very clear that privacy is under threat, and the situation is not likely to improve. Mass surveillance – which became a national issue via the Edward Snowden leaks – is not subsiding or under reform; instead, is becoming more bold and complex with each passing day.
It would take several books to catalog the myriad ways in which the rights of The People have been casually infringed by various levels of government just in years since 9/11 and the introduction of the PATRIOT Act.
And it’s not only are federal agencies like the NSA, Homeland Security and the FBI that are taking liberties with our… umm… liberties; it is local police, too. The rise of technology is rapidly fueling these agencies with data and “intelligence” with very little oversight and even less pause for reflection to use these powerful abilities wisely and yes, judiciously.
By any measure 2014 has been a truly historic year which saw huge, I would say, even tectonic developments. This year ends in very high instability, and the future looks hard to guess. I don’t think that anybody can confidently predict what might happen next year. So what I propose to do today is something far more modest. I want to look into some of the key events of 2014 and think of them as vectors with a specific direction and magnitude. I want to look in which direction a number of key actors (countries) “moved” this year and with what degree of intensity. Then I want to see whether it is likely that they will change course or determination. Then adding up all the “vectors” of these key actors (countries) I want to make a calculation and see what resulting vector we will obtain for the next year.
This is a very long post, but well worth the read.
The bottom line here is that both Russia and the US/NATO military and political leaders are preparing for war over the rebellious provinces of Eastern Ukraine.
The big question is just how such a war will play out, with US/NATO fighting with the Ukrainian military, and Russia fighting to protect those Eastern rebellious provinces.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said Israel expects the International Criminal Court in The Hague to reject the Palestinian application due to the fact that it is not a state.
Netanyahu’s arrogance will be his undoing.
Iconoclast Arab supporter of IDF seeks Knesset seat
A photo of a small child’s bloody shoe has been widely shared on Twitter and Facebook in the wake of a Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan that’s left at least 135 people dead – most of them children.
One tweeter says: “This image says its all #PeshawarAttack”.
But the photo is not recent. A search on the photo-lookup site TinEye reveals it has been used in the past by both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man on Wednesday convicted of smuggling “large quantities” of heroin, the kingdom’s state news agency reported, bringing the number of publicly announced executions to its highest level in at least five years.
An Associated Press tally of announcements from the official Saudi Press Agency shows 83 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2014, including Wednesday’s execution. Most were executed for drug smuggling.
Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world.
In talking about the barbarism of ISIS, rarely a word is stated regarding Saudi Arabia’s penchant for lopping off the heads of their prisoners.
I started writing this as a Letter to the Editor, but my anger could not be conveyed in only 150 words, so I am posting this open letter instead:
Readers expect greater accuracy from New York Times columnists.
How dare Mr. Roger Cohen suggest that Gaza, a part of my homeland, is “nowhere!”
If Mr. Cohen is at a loss to know where Gaza lies, allow me to guide him. The Gaza Strip, as well as Gaza City, were both part and parcel of Historic Palestine, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Following the colossal injustice that resulted in the displacement of more than half of the Palestinian people, and then the creation of what we know today as the state of Israel, and the subsequent military occupation of the remaining Palestinian lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip become part and parcel of an Israeli-militarily-occupied territory. It is this military occupation under which many of my friends and colleagues were born and live to this day.
HAPPY 2015 MURICA!
Check out this interesting passage we found in some old history books…are things really worse these days or is it more “same as it ever was”…?
‘And of all the law firms out there operating within the public sphere, clearly the most insidious, oily, and dangerous to the well-being of mortal man is the one that has but one client and one agenda–the infamously shady/crooked-as-a-dog’s-hind-leg outfit known as Israel, Israel & Israel. A gang of Mob lawyers tasked with protecting and defending a criminal enterprise unlike anything previously seen in human history, it is nothing less than a private army of sorts busting at the seams with thousands of professional loudmouths, enforcers, spies, bribesters, etc and strategically placed within the most powerful corridors of influence throughout America, the West and elsewhere…’
A Comcast user named Mike posted a portion of a four-hour call with the company to cancel his account. The resulting back and forth — full of long, pregnant pauses and corporate rigamarole — isn’t nearly as exciting as Ryan Block’s Kafkaesque hell: Mike’s story is about patience, perseverance and poorly trained customer service providers whereas Ryan’s was about insanity.
Including appliances, the cost to build the home was only a little more than $30,000. Feeling inspired? The Morrisons have a free e-course that teaches others how to build their own tiny home. They know that less is more, and a lot more people are learning that too.
Making life in a slave shack seem fashionable!
Plantation slave shack. Click for larger image
Because under the fascist New World Order, only BANKERS are allowed to live in large homes!
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The killing of 10 million Christians by the Jewish Bolsheviks under Joseph Stalin 1932-1933 in Ukraine. These events are also known as Holodomor.
Turning up the pressure on Israel, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they are joining the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against the Jewish state — a risky, high-stakes move that brought threats of retaliation from Israel and criticism from the U.S.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acted a day after suffering a defeat in the U.N. Security Council, which voted down a resolution setting a three-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state on lands occupied by Israel.
“We want to complain. There’s aggression against us, against our land. The Security Council disappointed us,” Abbas said.
Turning to the international court at The Hague marks a major policy shift, transforming Abbas’ relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile. The ultimate goal is to pressure Israel into withdrawing from the territories and agreeing to Palestinian statehood.
And the countless killings of innocent Palestinians by the IDF are not “hostile” acts?!? Operation Protective Edge was not “hostile”?!? The brisk annexation of Palestinian land for Jewish only settlements is not “hostile”?!?
IF these acts are not “hostile”, I cannot tell you what IS supposed to be hostile!
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech Thursday that he is open to more talks or even a summit with his South Korean counterpart, a statement welcomed by Seoul, which in turn urged the North to take concrete steps toward normalization of relations.
Kim’s call for improving inter-Korea relations comes as Pyongyang is facing heightened criticism over its human rights record and souring ties with Washington over allegations it was involved in the massive hacking attack on Sony Pictures linked to “The Interview,” a dark comedy that portrayed an assassination attempt on Kim.
“Ambush Recharges Debate,” declares the front page of USA Today
Mr Soejatman said that at least as baffling was “the extremely low ground speed” which was as low as 61 knots during the descent. This would suggest the plane was heading almost straight down, explaining why it was found in the water just 10km from its last point of radar contact.
The new claims lend weight to the impression that the plane was subject to extraordinary forces from the weather.
You may recall, from the dark days of Abu Ghraib, that there was a batch of photos that was never released—images the Pentagon deemed so inflammatory that they needed to stay under wraps. The ones we saw were disturbing enough: the piles of naked Iraqi prisoners, the soldier giving a thumbs up next to an ice-packed corpse, the prisoners being menaced by dogs. And who can forget that iconic shot of a hooded man (his name is Ali Shalil Qaissi), standing on a box in a shower with wires attached to his fingers—a mock execution. There are as many as 2,100 additional images, according to the ACLU, which sued the government in 2004 demanding their release. President Obama has resisted the legal efforts, noting in a statement that to make the photos public would “impact the safety of our troops.”
Actually, release of the photos will impact the safety of our leaders who ordered the use of these methods, and frankly I see that as a good thing! So yes, release them all. We The People have a right to know what the government has been doing with our money and in our name. And if it is war crimes, which seems to be the case, We The People have a moral obligation to crate up these leaders ourselves and ship them to the Hague for trial.
At least six people have been jailed in Texas over the past two years for owing money on payday loans, according to a damning new analysis of public court records.
In his visit to the G20 in Brisbane, President Barack Obama sought to promote his ambitious Pacific Rim trade agreement?—?the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He told an audience at the University of Queensland:
This list of the 10 symptoms that may indicate chronic liberalism is one of the best things on the internet today.
American University in Washington D.C. is proud to boast on their website that “keeping up-to-date with political affairs” is important to 73% of incoming freshmen to the private, liberal arts school.
A British couple is stranded in New York City after their son was born 11 weeks early while they were visiting on vacation. Now they are afraid they could be on the hook for a huge medical bill.
In a December afternoon, Frances Amy Richardson took a break from her quilting class to reflect on a groundbreaking experiment she took part in 40 years earlier.
“Well, that was quite a few years ago,” she said. “There was a lot of people that really benefitted from it.”
Under the public radar , NATO is modernising its tactical nuclear arsenal. Moscow’s latest tests of intercontinental missiles and its parading of nuclear capable strategic bombers have rightly prompted international concern. In December 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov implied that Russia might be moving nuclear weapons to Crimea. From violations of airspace to near mid- air collisions, the number of incidents between Russia and NATO has soared dramatically, increasing the danger of an unintended escalation. Yet, it is rarely mentioned that NATO, too, is back in the game of nuclear deterrence.
While much furor and speculation has surrounded the Sandy Hook
Physicians for Human Rights called on President Obama and Congress to create a panel to examine the participation of CIA and private medical personnel in the interrogation program, including possible breaches of domestic and international laws
Guns for me but not for thee: Rahm Emanuel doesn’t want you to have guns, but he’s got ‘em. All over.
One of the world’s biggest banks was accused of breathtaking arrogance yesterday for handing a £367m pay bonanza to its London staff.
The staggering sum is being shared out among 121 Goldman Sachs bosses and traders – at an average of £3million a head.
Campaigners said the payouts were obscene and accused the Wall Street bank of ‘sneaking the details out while no one is watching’.
By the end of next year, Washington plans to station about 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe, according to a US military commander, who said the decision was made before the Ukrainian crisis strained Russia-US relations.
2014 was a weird financial year. Oil hit a record high and low, economic war erupted over Ukraine, bankers found new tricks to cheat, China’s role significantly increased, and while the US pulled itself out of recession, Europe looks poised to re-enter.
The US has decided to lift a ban on crude oil exports introduced in the 1970’s. The Obama administration is allowing several companies to start exporting raw materials beginning next August.
The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has authorized several energy companies to export so-called ultra-light oil, as stocks in the United States have increased following the development of shale deposits. Supplies can start as early as August, although initial volumes are likely be small.
British charities working in conflict zones are being cut off from millions of pounds worth of funding due to counter-terrorism legislation, a report published on Wednesday suggests.
The paper, produced by the Demos think tank, shows that a wide range of charities, especially those operating in the Middle East, have been affected as major banks continue to shut down bank accounts they believe might be linked to funding terrorist activity.
“Certain users of the banking system deemed to be high risk have found it ever harder to receive, send and store their money,” said the Royal United Services Institute’s (RUSI) director for financial crime and security studies, Tom Keatinge, who authored the report.
“In the worst cases they have had their bank accounts closed, losing financial access.”
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the group, who call themselves the “Love Activists,” said that the situation facing the homeless in central London has hit crisis point. Services to help the homeless in the area are woefully inadequate, they argued, with all dedicated centers due to remain closed until January 3.
Recovering data from flight and cockpit recorders would be crucial for establishing the truth about the fate of QZ8501, but some flight experts point out that the AirAsia Airbus A320 crash has similarities with another flight incident, that of Air France flight AF447 in 2009.
The plane was officially classed as missing for two years and was found only in 2011. The investigation showed instruments called pitot tubes froze and gave false airspeed readings to the crew. They failed to respond to the problem accordingly and didn’t notice that the plane was about to stall or to try to recover it.
Defeated by US pressure. Its veto power. Supporting virtually everything Israel wants. Two nations united against Palestinian liberation. Determined to prevent it.
Wanting Palestinians held hostage. Under permanent bondage. Controlling virtually all aspects of their lives.
Denying them fundamental rights. Collectively punishing them. Leaving them isolated on their own. Longstanding injustice continues.
Palestine declared independence years ago. Previous articles explained. Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its 1988 Declaration of Independence.
Predicting a “instantaneous success.” De jure UN membership. Saying Palestine meets all basic requirements for statehood. Then and now.
Venezuela’s economy has entered a recession with the economy contracting 2.3 percent in the third quarter and the highest inflation in the Americas at 63.6 percent.
Another victim of Obama’s oil price war with Russia!
At least 26 civilians have been killed and over 40 wounded after Afghan army mortar rockets targeted a wedding party in southern Helmand. Most of the victims are believed to be women and children.
The tragedy happened in a village in Sangin district, which was targeted by artillery fire from three directions, General Mahmoud, deputy commander of the Afghan 215 Corps in the province, told Reuters.
“What we know so far is that our soldiers fired mortar rounds from three outposts but we do not know whether it was intentional,” the official said.
Three launching points? Yeah; it was intentional!
Palestine will start an international campaign showcasing the US as “an enemy,” pushing Israeli extremists to carry on with their actions and supporting Israel in everything, Fatah central committee member Abbas Zaki said.
Zaki, also the former representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, told RT Arabic that the latest developments in the UNSC were not a failure for Palestinian diplomacy.
“It’s just the persistent unwillingness of the US administration to give the Palestinian people its lawful right of self-determination. It’s a very dangerous precedent,” he said.
The number of civilians killed in Iraq in 2014 doubled from 9,743 in 2013, while compared to 2012, the number has grown nearly four times, Iraq Body Count reports.
“These numbers do not include combatant deaths, which even by the most cautious tallies have also seen a sharp rise in 2014,” the group said in its report.
Last year, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials sent ‘a friendly letter’ to a seed bank/seed exchange group in Mechanicsburg, telling them they need to test every variety of seed with extremely impractical and pointless tests to ensure that they are up to standards with regulations.
‘Agri-Terrorism’ was cited by officials as a reason why such regulations should be enforced on something as natural as the right to exchange and possess seeds.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.” — Steve Martin
Some bad news could welcome lawmakers back from Christmas break: A projected $162 million shortfall in the state budget.
A preliminary forecast out this week from the state Senate Fiscal Agency says income throughout the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 will be $212.2 million less than officials estimated in May. Lawmakers used the spring forecast to develop the current budget.
Based on approved general-fund spending, income would fall short and lawmakers would have to cover the gap “by a shift of revenue from other fund sources or reduced spending,” the report says.
Fasten your seat belts; 2015 will be a whirlwind pitting China, Russia and Iran against what I have described as the Empire of Chaos.
So yes – it will be all about further moves towards the integration of Eurasia as the US is progressively squeezed out of Eurasia. We will see a complex geostrategic interplay progressively undermining the hegemony of the US dollar as a reserve currency and, most of all, the petrodollar.
China, Russia, and Iran are all thinking long-term progress.
The US government can barely think past the next election.
The United States said Wednesday it “strongly opposes” a request from the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), fearing this will further delay peace talks with Israel.
“It would be counterproductive and would do nothing to further the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a sovereign and independent state,” the State Department said. “It will badly damage the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace.”
“As we’ve said before, the United States continues to strongly oppose actions — by both parties — that undermine trust and create doubts about their commitment to a negotiated peace,” it continued. “Our position has not changed. Such actions only push the parties further
The US is doing its level best to keep the criminal activities of the IDF and Israeli government against the Palestinians as quiet as possible; with the Palestinian Authority becoming a signatory to the ICC, that will be rendered impossible.
The level of embarrassment the US government will experience will be pretty uncomfortable, when neither they, nor Israel can dictate the narrative here.
Lawyers and restructuring consultants charged the city $170.2 million in fees and expenses during Detroit’s landmark bankruptcy case, city officials disclosed on Tuesday.
Sydney’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebrations were crowned early this morning with the lighting of the Harbour Bridge centrepiece — a spectacular, multicoloured lightbulb that burst into life as the city’s 12-minute fireworks spectacular drew to a breathtaking crescendo.
Claire and I were on a tall ship in Sydney Harbor in 1999. The Ozzies know how to put on a show!
On a different note, I don;t want 20156 to be a year of hope. I want 2015 to be the year of “fix it now or resign, dammit!”
It’s only when her sister comes along that she is able to break free from a stranger claiming to have extra rights. WATCH
A few weeks ago, we reported that for some still unexplained reason, the US Treasury is ordering “survival kits” to its employees overseeing the federal banking system.
We still don’t know why. But what makes things even more surprising, and confusing, is that two days before the survival kit RFP soliciation became public on December 4, 2014, a just as curious notice was blasted by the Fed’s recruiting Twitter account:
So the Fed is hiring not just any “emergency preparedness specialist” but one familiar with DHS directives?
#Hiring an emergency preparedness specialist familiar w/ Department of Homeland Security directives. #Job ID:10185 http://go.usa.gov/6rpx
The only question is why does the Fed – a uniformly safe institution, where economists engage in deep contemplation and decide how much of the US deficit they will monetize – need a person with these qualifications?
The only thing which makes sense to me is that the Fed believes, based on some very critical realities, that there is going to be some massive financial and social disruption in the US in 2015.
Folks, I know I sound like a chipped CD on this one, but if the Fed is preparing for a massive financial and social disruption here at home, you had darned well better be preparing for it as well.
Please make sure you have potable water, some kind of filtration, storable food and a means to cook things if power goes off. If you, or the people you care about are on medication, please make sure you have extra medication for yourself, and your loved ones. Buy small amounts of gold and silver, and do not put any more money in the bank than just what you need to pay your bills. Figure out what skills and services you can barter if the US currency crashes completely, and becomes worthless. Have a bug out plan, if you need to leave, and make sure you know how to get your children released from school, if you need to.
Preparing never hurts; when things go haywire, it is the preparing that can keep you and your family alive in the middle of any kind of a disaster.
Protesters have occupied the police station in St Louis demanding that the “occupiers of the St. Louis Police Metropolitan Police Department….be removed from power.
These useful idiots don’t realize they are being played to create a “domestic crisis” that will allow Obama to decl;are a national emergency, suspend the Constitution, and declare martial law!
Meanwhile, cyber security (or “cyberterrorism” as it is now being lovingly referred to) and hacking are so important, such huge pressing national security issues that when our own CIA gets caught hacking into our Senate’s computers, well…
Nothing. Investigators drop it like a nuclear potato in the summer on the sun.
Via The New York Times:
A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.’s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode, according to current and former government officials.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen.
Of course, if YOU did that, you’d be labeled a cyberterrorist like the Guardians of Peace or something…
by Jonathan Schoenfeld
Drought, climate conditions, and pollution are major factors concerning agriculturists. Drought can be overcome with drought resistant plants, climate controlled environments can isolate a grow from any environmental factors, and local organic grows can greatly reduce pollution from pesticides and transportation. One family in Phoenix, Arizona responded to the world’s agriculture issues and ensuing food crisis with their own self-sufficient pool farm…
Bloomberg reports this week:
With revenue of almost $400 billion last year and operations in about 80 countries, BP trades large quantities of currency each day. Traders at the company regularly received valuable information from counterparts at some of the world’s biggest banks — including tips about forthcoming trades, details of confidential client business and discussions of stop-losses, the trigger points for a flurry of buying or selling — according to four traders with direct knowledge of the practice.
UPDATE: Shortly after WND’s publishing of this article, HarperCollins vice president for corporate communications called and sent the following statement via email:
“HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologizes for this omission and for any offense caused.”
The base with the most expensive prison on earth is getting one of the world’s priciest schools — a $65 million building with classroom space for, at most, 275 kindergarten through high school students.
Saudi Arabia’s elderly King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was admitted to a hospital in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday for medical tests, state media reported on Wednesday, citing a royal court statement.
King Abdullah was born in the court of his father, King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, in the early 1920s.
The softly-spoken monarch, who took power in 2005 after the death of King Fahd, has undergone surgery in the past few years related to a herniated disc.
This is a critically important juncture for the House of Saud, because should the king die, succession is not yet clear. And it will be King Abdullah’s successor who, most likely, will be calling the shots on foreign and domestic policies.
And one has to wonder; after the US vetoed the establishment of a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council yesterday, just how western-centric Abdullah’s successor might be, and whether they will still insist on selling their oil in US dollars?
As reported in wickipedia.com:
The order of succession to the throne of Saudi Arabia is determined by, and within, the House of Saud. It follows agnatic (a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males) seniority, but a prince may be surpassed or another elevated. The Allegiance Council was created in 2006 to facilitate the royal transfer of power.
Attempts to use nuclear fuel from the US manufacturer Westinghouse inside reactors of the Czech Republic’s Soviet-designed Temelin nuclear power plant in the past repeatedly caused many unexpected situations and problems, the provider of Russian fuel assemblies for Czech NPPs, ALTA, told TASS.
“In particular, such incidents occurred at Hungary’s Paks NPP and the Czech Republic’s Temelin,” the company said. “Europe still remembers that and advises its counterparts in other countries not to repeat their mistakes by replacing the nuclear fuel specifically designed for this type of reactors with unauthorized substitutes.”
The issue is important because Ukraine has just contracted with Westinghouse to provide fuel rods for their Russian-built reactors.
An Alabama couple say they ended up in a modern-day equivalent of a debtor’s jail after they had failed to pay court fees in connection to a minor traffic violation as their young son lay dying in the hospital.
Tim Fugatt, a music pastor from Sylacauga, Alabama, was pulled over in Childersburg in December 2010 and issued a ticket for driving with an expired tag on his license plate.
At the time of the traffic stop, Mr Fugatt was returning home from visiting his terminally ill infant son, Cole, suffering from a rare brain disease.
The couple told a judge about their gravely ill child and were both found not guilty, but the judge ruled they still had to pay $500 in court fees.
Not guilty, and they STILL have to pay $500?!?
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The United States and Israel have promised harsh sanctions, something the PA is well aware of. “This could indeed be the beginning of the end of the P.A.
Note: What possible objection could there be to the Palestinians joining an international court of justice! Go figure.
The NYPD has basically stopped doing its job since the murder of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu earlier this month, according to reports in the New York Post and New York Daily News, and yet the city hasn’t descended into total chaos.
Hmmmm. Maybe we don’t need those police after all. Or their tanks. Tear gas. Rubber bullets. Tasers. Drones and other spy gear. Flash-bang grenades into baby cribs.
US Special Envoy Russ Feingold today demanded that the United Nations and African nations launch a war against Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Congo, insisting that any delay of the war would lead to human rights abuses.
The group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR), is facing a demand to unconditionally surrender by January 2. Feingold says that on that day, military action needs to be launched without delay.
A short memo to US Special Envoy Feingold: after the heavily redacted US report on the use of torture, released this last Fall, this country has absolutely no place whatsoever to lecture any government, or militia, on human rights abuses.
And sir, let us come down to the brass tacks of why the US is advocating war on Rwanda. It is to make sure that those yet unexploited resources of the country are safely in Western-centric hands, and that they be sold only for the US dollar.
As reported in indexmundi.com
Natural resources: gold, cassiterite (tin ore), wolframite (tungsten ore), methane, hydropower, arable land Definition: This entry lists a country’s mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance. Source: CIA World Factbook – Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of August 23, 2014 See Also
The hipocracy here is almost laughable: the problem, sir, is stopping laughing at this demand.
The UN, after all, has had more than 60 years to give the Palestinians any semblance of justice, but to no avail. The reason behind this monumental moral failure is simple. The world order is not based on justice and morality. It is rather based on military might and political power.
Want mt predictions for 2015? These are most of them!
The national-level data from this study, released back in September, showed that drug and alcohol use rates among all Americans is essentially flat, while teen use is actually trending downward. These figures were borne out by more recent 2014 numbers from the federal government’s other major drug study, the Monitoring the Future survey.
A resident’s lawsuit accusing two Bloomfield police officers of assaulting a prisoner has been transferred to federal court, based on a motion by the defense.
Plaintiff Rodolfo Crespo filed suit in September, naming Bloomfield Offcs. Jennifer Horn and Orlando Trinidad, as in addition to the township, regarding a 2013 incident following his arrest at the scene of a single vehicle accident on JFK Drive.
Obama’s food policy stuffed with tyranny: More and more over the last 6 years, the Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, and in their mouths.
Silence isn’t something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.
And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students’ demeanor.
“The kids see guns on a daily basis,” the school’s athletic director, Barry O’Driscoll said, adding, “there would be fights here three-to-five times a week.”
With a typical schools days filled with mayhem, O’Driscoll was skeptical when the San Francisco Public School District introduced a meditation program, called “quiet time,” to four of its schools, including Visitacion Valley.
While there are no cure-alls for the dismal state of education in this country, this is one modality I wish other schools would explore; it appears to be working, and the numbers speak for themselves.
Radioactivity from Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors has turned up off the British Columbia coast and the level will likely peak in waters off North America in the next year or two, according to a Canadian-led team that’s intercepted the nuclear plume.
The radioactivity “does not represent a threat to human health or the environment,” but is detectable off Canada’s west coast and the level is climbing, a team led by oceanographer John Smith at Fisheries and Ocean Canada (also known as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans) reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
When the current Libyan government was hand-picked by the Washington-London-Paris axis in 2012-2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a New Year’s message to U.S. President Barack Obama that Moscow is looking for equality in bilateral relations next year.
The Kremlin on Wednesday published several dozen New Year’s messages addressed to heads of states and international organizations such as the Olympic Committee and FIFA.
Putin reminded Obama of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the allied victory in World War II and said that it should serve as a reminder of “the responsibility that Russia and the United States bear for maintaining peace and international stability.” Moscow is anxious for the relations to advance but only as long as there is “equality and mutual respect.”
In line with their pro Israeli, anti Palestinian polices, the New York Times found the response to THIS Editorial unfit to print …
We present it here!
A “regional economic power.” That’s how ANIMA, the Euro-Mediterranean Network of Investment Promotion Agencies encompassing 70 governmental agencies and international networks, described Israel in its January 2010 Mediterranean Investment Map. The report analyzed the economies of the 27 European Union countries as well as 9 “partner countries.”
I am not an economist, but I have to wonder why US taxpayers are doling out $3 billion a year in direct military aid to a “regional economic power.”
A long investigation to prove Osama Bin Laden’s guilt with prosecutorial certainty is entirely unnecessary. He is guilty in word and deed. His history is the source of his culpability. The same holds true for Saddam Hussein.
Just in the last few weeks, the Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine. According to data compiled from the federal government’s Regulations.gov website by the Daily Caller, most of the new regulatory schemes involve energy and the environment — 139 during a mere two-week period in December, to be precise. In all, the Obama administration foisted more than 75,000 pages of regulations on the United States in 2014, costing over $200 billion, on the low end, if new proposed rules are taken into account.
This works out to just over 205 new regulations every single day of 2014!
The Obama administration’s move to allow exports of ultralight crude without government approval may encourage shale drilling and thwart Saudi Arabia’s strategy to curb U.S. output, further weakening oil markets, according to Citigroup Inc.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, set to announce a new currency system today, needs to devalue the bolivar or risk inflation passing 1,000 percent as soon as next year, according to Bank of America Corp.
Under the current system, Venezuela’s overvalued bolivar means that the government effectively sells the dollars it gets from oil exports at a discount, compelling policy makers to print extra currency to cover domestic spending needs. Currency controls that limit Venezuelans’ access to dollars have spawned a black market in which the greenback fetches 172 bolivars, compared with officially sanctioned exchange rates that range from 6.3 to about 50 bolivars per dollar.
Russia is not the only country hit by a downward spiral or oil prices!
According to a report in the Austrian news daily Der Standard, Möchel had made extensive use of the documents revealed by Edward Snowden, the former systems administrator and defense contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton who allegedly leaked NSA and CIA secret archives.
The documents show that the American National Security Agency operates a robust presence in the Austrian capital, and with good reason. Despite Vienna having a population of only 1.75 million people, the city is home to more than 17,000 accredited diplomats, many of whom work in the various international organizations, including the United Nations, IAEA, UNIDO, CTBTO, OSCE and OPEC.
That means nearly 1 percent of Vienna’s population have diplomatic status – and a significant portion of those are likely to be spies, according to Austrian investigative journalist Emil Bobi, who estimates that there are more than 7,000 spooks living in the
Russia has warned that the United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a draft resolution demanding the recognition of an independent Palestinian state could plunge the Middle East into insecurity and violence.
“The inaction of the Security Council in this area dooms the situation to a dangerous status quo which we cannot accept. One chance for hope is not enough. We must continue,” Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.
The Russian diplomat expressed regret over the UN’s rejection of the resolution, describing it as a “strategic mistake.”
Today, Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore, India) Policy Director Pranesh Prakash posted a copy of the notice listing the 32 blocked URLs.
In August of 2014, a high-level CDC scientist named William Thompson went public with an admission that he and other scientists knowingly committed scientific fraud at the CDC. This was done, Thompson explained, to bury any public knowledge of the scientific evidence linking vaccines and autism.
In a public letter posted on the website of his legal counsel, Thompson wrote:
I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected…
Along with this admission, Natural News also exclusively released two secret emails further implicating the CDC and its top scientists and executives. You can read those emails here.
Just when you thought the U.S. economy was roaring back to health, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is here to tell you otherwise.
U.S. President Barack Obama said in a December 30th Oval Office interview with Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio, that, “wherever we have been involved over the last several years, I think the outcome has been better because of American leadership.” This statement from him was part of his answer when Inskeep asked whether the President had regrets about “overthrowing the Gaddafi regime” in Libya.
“We are hugely influential; we’re the one indispensable nation. But when it comes to nation-building, when it comes to what is going to be a generational project in a place like Libya or a place like Syria or a place like Iraq, we can help, but we can’t do it for them.” In other words: the Libyan people failed, and the Syrian people failed, and the Iraqi people failed, according to America’s President — but he himself and his predecessor Bush did not fail by bombing those countries under false pretenses as they did.
There is only a one word characterization of Obama’s state of mind, upon making these statements: delusional!!!
And unfortunately, even invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which states that a President can be removed for physical or mental disabilities, the US government would be left with…President Biden for at least two years.
American companies are seeking ways to fend off hack attacks similar to the cyberattack against Sony Pictures, but the FBI is looking into some of the country’s largest banks to see if they took “revenge hacking” too far and overstepped the law. Jan Crawford reports.
When six mega-corporations who depend upon other mega-corporations, Wall Street banks and political parties for their revenue, control all of the news and information flowing to the masses, you have all the ingredients needed to control, influence and mold the opinions, tastes and ideas of the people. We are being manipulated by men who constitute the real government, hiding in the shadows and pulling the strings. Nothing reported by these six mega-corporation media mouthpieces for the oligarchs can be trusted. Their job is to coverup, subvert, and obscure the truth. And best of all, they have succeeded in convincing the people we are free and informed. Edward Bernays would be so proud.
A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers.
The officers were searching for Mr. Filippidis‘ Florida-licensed, palm-size Kel-Tec .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he left at home locked in his safe. (Maryland does not recognize handgun permits issued by other states.)
Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men keep delaying flights by refusing to sit next to women:A flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed by half an hour last week after a group of male ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women
A flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed by half an hour last week after a group of male ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women, the third such incident in recent months.
West Uses Anti-Terror Laws to Murder Farmers, Small-Time Drug Dealers and Low-Level Taliban Members – Poppy Farmers, Drug Couriers and Drug Dealers
Spiegel reported yesterday that drug dealers and low-level Taliban members were targeted for death by drone:
The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training there, according to a U.S. military commander.
“And, you know, sort of like, be available … if we … kinda need to invade Russia … or something.” — Official white Horse Souse
The nuclear age gave way to a fascination in the 1950’s with space aliens, leading to the creation of Project BLUE BOOK by the Air Force to track the soaring number of UFO sightings being reported nationwide.
The CIA is now admitting that they were actually to blame for the vast majority of such sightings, confirming in a report on the U-2 spy planes that test flights over the US coincided with the mania.
Having been set back in the UN Security Council with its statehood bid, the Palestinian leadership is pressuring President Mahmoud Abbas to join the International Criminal ourt in The Hague, and other international institutions.
The visit was the brainchild of an Israeli operative deeply involved in settlements in the occupied West Bank, working closely with the Israeli government.
It involved Palestinian counterparts in Israel with ties to the ruling Likud party and the Zionist political establishment.
It is unlikely that the non-governmental organization in Gaza that helped coordinate the visit was aware of these facts when it agreed to take part.
As the generally Israel-friendly crowd of mostly older New Yorkers sipped on Merlot and munched on pita chips from the comfort and safety of the JCC, they listened to the ethicists doing what they do best: twisting international law to sanctify Israel’s “right” to inflict limitless suffering on the 1.8 million Palestinians, the vast majority refugees, confined to the Gaza Strip solely because they are not Jews.
The Palestinian representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation said in a statement Wednesday that Nigeria’s abstention from a UN vote on Palestinian statehood was a “big disappointment” in light of the country’s historical support for the Palestinian cause.
Muhannad al-Akluk blasted the West African power in the statement, saying that voting against Palestine despite being a member of the OIC was a “clear contradiction.”
And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don’t need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.
And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.
I am reposting this article because three pro-Israel congressmen are claiming that there is a secret 9-11 document that they are demanding to be made public, one that places the blame for 9-11 on Saudi Arabia. Walter Jones was on the Ron Paul channel recently pushing this latest attempt to protect Israel from the consequences of their actions. More recently, Veteran’s Today has signed onto the sales-force for this latest hoax.
Jones Lynch, and Massie are called a press conference to announce bill HR428, which will “authorize” the declassification of this hoax.
Now, we all know how DC works. If these congresscritters wanted the document to be made public they would leak it. They could send it to WikiLeaks. It happens all the time. This caterwauling is just an attention-getting device to try to trick Americans into supporting this document before they have actually seen it, so that once it is released, they will support it because it is what “they” wanted!
This is actually a repeat of the same stunt they tried 2 years ago in which they tease the public with the story of a secret 9-11 document and try to get everyone to demand to see it. The document frames Saudi Arabia for 9-11, to protect Israel.
But as this article lays out, Saudi Arabia didn’t have a motive to do 9-11, and if they wanted to hurt the US, they would not need airplanes into skyscrapers to do it.
The Scottish nurse who contracted the Ebola virus was cleared to leave Heathrow earlier this week despite raising concerns about her own health, prompting questions over the effectiveness of the UK’s screening process.
Pauline Cafferkey, a community nurse in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, had told medics she was worried she had Ebola but was given the all-clear to catch a British Airways flight to Glasgow on Sunday evening, according to Public Health England (PHE).
The 39-year-old, whose identity emerged on Tuesday, was receiving specialist treatment in an isolation unit at the Royal Free hospital in London on Tuesday night having been transferred from Gartnavel hospital in Glasgow.
The armed coup in Kiev is painfully similar to CIA operations to oust unwanted foreign leaders in Iran, Chile and Venezuela, said US filmmaker Oliver Stone after interviewing Ukraine’s ousted president for a documentary.
Stone spent four hours in Moscow talking to Viktor Yanukovich, who was deposed from power during the February 2014 coup, the filmmaker wrote on his Facebook page.
“Details to follow in the documentary, but it seems clear that the so-called ‘shooters’ who killed 14 police men, wounded some 85, and killed 45 protesting civilians, were outside third party agitators,” he said. “Many witnesses, including Yanukovych and police officials, believe these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions – with CIA fingerprints on it.”
The New York Times reported in 2012 that Republicans, on average, spend three times as much at strip clubs as Democrats at convention time. But is there something to this, or is this just political mudslinging? According to researchers who analyzed state-by-state Google searches, the evidence holds water. The highest volumes of Internet searches for sexual content were found in states where religion and conservatism were most prevalent.
A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s “The Interview” toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un.
The way the news is covered by Fox in the US can seem incomprehensible to the rest of the world – not to mention many Americans.
This is how 2014 panned out – if Fox News coverage is to be believed.
At a time when veterans are already facing record unemployment and homelessness, the Pentagon has made it crystal clear that if given a choice between benefits and bullets, without hesitation it will throw troops under the bus and save what’s left of its budget for bullets.
Which tells us the US is running out of money and war material before it even starts the planned wars with Iran, Russia, and China.
I’ll predict a happier outcome for 2015: we obsolete the psychopaths in charge and find our own ways to liberty despite them
A NEW STUDY SHOWS ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS ARE LESS LIKELY TO FLOCK TO THE U.S.—AND ALSO CASTS LINKEDIN AS A POWERFUL RESEARCH TOOL.
The UN Security Council has failed to adopt the Arab coalition’s bid calling for the creation of a Palestinian state and an end to Israeli “occupation”. The veto power US and Australia voted against the move with 5 abstentions.
The draft resolution gathered only 8 votes in favour, so it was automatically defeated. The US however still used its veto power and voted against the resolution.
This year’s influenza season started earlier than expected and is sending more patients to the hospital, raising concerns this could be a more severe outbreak than in recent years.
Thirty-six states are now experiencing high levels of flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, as this year’s flu vaccine may not fully protect against a strain known as influenza A H3N2 that is currently circulating and tends to be more severe.
For the record, a major, global, financial collapse is now underway. It’s not impending; it’s here. Forget about the “happy talk” propaganda from the USSA government and the lame stream news media in the Western countries. When you understand that at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day the dire living conditions of the great mass of humanity come into sharp focus. The situation is already very bad for most human beings on this planet. The crisis is highly likely to enter an even more acute phase this year, fraught with peril for many millions of people, after which the global economy will either begin to improve for the great mass of humanity, or the present so-called “global civilization” will be rocked to its very core, and may even outright collapse. We should know which way the trend will tend by this time next year.
If we had to sum up 2014 in four words, they would be: “bold new policy ideas.” We needed them, and we didn’t get them. To be fair, though, some of them were actually new. And some of them were bold. But most of them barely qualified as ideas. Now, we don’t like to be nattering nabobs of negativism here at Wonkblog, but we do want our policymakers to do better. Or at least try harder. So, in the spirit of learning from our mistakes, here are the times when our leaders failed to answer the call in the most spectacular way possible. We invite you to add your own nominees in the comments, and without further ado, present the abbreviated version of the year that was in terrible policy.
snip: Naomi Klein has commented that Iraq was more than a failed occupation, it was a “radical experiment in corporate rule.” Led by radical free-market ideologists, the Bush administration placed a primacy on deregulation, corporate tax cuts and privatizing state-run industry in Iraq, which was to be a shining model for the virtues of neoliberal capitalism. After Saddam’s government fell, Booz-Allen Hamilton, one of the Beltway’s biggest consulting firms, organized a conference which called for the rewriting of Iraq’s business, property and trade laws in ways conducive to foreign investment. The Bush administration ultimately tore down Iraq’s centralized, state-run economy without building anything to replace it while provoking civil war and putting in place a political system ensuring fierce regional and ethnic divisions.
The war’s key architects believed with Erik Prince, founding CEO of Blackwater, that the privatization of war could ensure greater military efficiency while cutting out wasteful spending. Prince told a reporter that “we’re trying to do for the national security apparatus what fed-ex did for the postal service. They did many of the same services, better, faster and cheaper.” Upon his appointment as defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld had set about reducing the wasteful Pentagon bureaucracy and revolutionizing the U.S. armed forces by moving towards a lighter, more flexible fighting machine and harnessing private sector power on multiple fronts. He wrote in Foreign Affairs that “we must promote a more entrepreneurial approach: one that encourages people to be proactive, not reactive, and to behave less like bureaucrats and more like venture capitalists.” These remarks were in-line with the philosophy initially honed in Rumsfeld’s days outsourcing government functions as head of the Office of Economic Opportunity under Richard M. Nixon. They were welcomed by defense contractors and PMCs ready to cash in on the new opportunities made available by the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
Five people were displaying Ebola-like symptoms in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on Monday, according to rumors that were being circulated on Twitter. However, the Health Department says that the reports are not true.
The information appeared to come from police scanner traffic but was unconfirmed. A number of users retweeted the information from several accounts which posted the scanner traffic.
I wasn’t paying much attention to this story until it was officially denied. NOW I am worried!
Let’s see, tonight there will be a million plus people jammed into Times Square for the New Year. One Ebola carrier added to the mix, an r-naught of 2.2, and I can guess why all those merchants and vendors would not want to see any stories about Ebola in New York right now, along with the government that needs those tax revenues.
From November 2013 through November 2014, the aggregate balance in the federal direct student loan program–as reported by the Monthly Treasury Statement–rose from $687,149,000,000 to $806,561,000,000, a one-year jump of $119,412,000,000. The balance on all student loans, including those from private sources, exceeded a trillion dollars as of the end of the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
A North Carolina police chief reminded residents during a remembrance ceremony Sunday that “all lives matter,” after a Durham police officer what shot at in an ambush attack by two black men.
snip: Now there are those who still insist that they are beyond the reach of the police state because they have done nothing wrong and have nothing to fear. To those sanctimonious few, secure in their delusions, let this be a warning: the danger posed by the American police state applies equally to all of us: lawbreaker and law abider alike, black and white, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, blue collar and white collar, and any other distinction you’d care to trot out.
The lesson of 2014 is simply this: in a police state, you’re either a cop or you’re one of the little people. Right now, we are the little people, the servants, the serfs, the grunts who must obey without question or suffer the consequences.
If there is to be any hope in 2015 for restoring our freedoms and reclaiming our runaway government, we will have to start by breathing life into those three powerful words that set the tone for everything that follows in the Constitution: “we the people.”
Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year? Just keep an eye on junk bonds.
Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first.
And as you will see below, high yield debt is starting to crash again.
Real average earnings across Britain have fallen by 15 per cent over the past six years and in some parts of the country by as much as 50 per cent, according to research published today.
The study by the GMB union found average annual pay rose by £1,134 to £27,271 between 2008 and 2014.
But the cost of living rose so much over the same period that the value of average earnings has in fact fallen 15.1 per cent nationally once adjusted for inflation – and it was London boroughs that dominated the biggest falls along with northern towns and cities.
The BBC’s decision to shelve a documentary about the Royal Family days before it was due to be broadcast is ‘sinister censorship’, critics said today.
Reinventing The Royals is said to be critical of Prince Charles’ attempt to rebuild his reputation and increase public sympathy for Camilla Parker Bowles after the death of Princess Diana.
MPs said today the Royals are guilty of ‘gross interference’ after lawyers known to represent Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are said to have complained about the shows.
Critics have also said that the BBC has questions to answer after failing to ‘stand firm’ under pressure over the documentary.
The series was due to have documented a PR plan to make Charles and Camilla more popular after Diana’s death in 1997 in a campaign called ‘Operation Mrs PB’.
While 2014 saw some marvellous discoveries like 3D-printed body parts and scientific breakthroughs like comet landing, 2015 too holds a great future for science, reports the prestigious journal Nature.
The first big news is expected to come with the reboot of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in March after a two-year shutdown.
“This New Year’s day is not a moment for despair, It is the birthday of a new hope,” Coughlin said- a hope based on ‘understanding’ the “flagrant abuse of our financial system”- a “financial system originated by the Rothschilds,” he explained.
He said we must “rescue the principle of Christ’s charity and brotherhood from the stupid hands of those who have tried to substitute the doctrines of selfishness and the gospel of greed which have foisted upon us a man-made depression.” People must decide “whether or not men shall adopt the principles of Moloch or the Gospel of Christ.”
With the year drawing to a close, it’s important to take inventory of some of the larger, more impactful conspiratorial stories and events in 2014
You’d may be surprised at the dozens of pieces of data that some of the most popular apps are collecting about you every day
The number of whistleblowers being retaliated against is increasing every year as former federal workers warn it’s almost impossible to raise grievances through official avenues within the government, a new report reveals.
Venezuela’s petroleum export price has plunged by half during the second half of 2014 to $48, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday in denouncing a U.S.-led “war” against Russia and his nation in the global oil market
The South American OPEC nation’s crude trades at a discount to the U.S. and Brent benchmarks because of its higher content of heavy oil.
Average monthly prices for oil, a product that accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela’s hard currency revenue, have dropped steadily since July, when it was at $96.14 per barrel.
Venezuela enjoyed average prices of $103.42 per barrel in 2012 and $98.08 in 2013.
Giving the latest figure for Monday, Maduro repeated his socialist government’s accusations that the plunge in oil was a U.S.-planned conspiracy primarily intended to harm Russia.
I had always known there was a yawning gap between mainstream reporting (MSM) and the alternative media, but it was only when I actually began the investigating and reporting process, that it became apparent we exist in two parallel realities (#1).
Egypt said Tuesday work will begin next week to double the width of a buffer zone being built along the border with the Gaza Strip to prevent militants infiltrating from the Palestinian enclave.
A 500-metre (546-yard) wide buffer zone is now being built along some 10 kilometres (six miles) of the border, with some 800 homes being demolished in the process.
Note the buffer is carved out of Palestine, not Egypt.
More than 18 years have passed since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with his “Dark Alliance” newspaper series investigating the connections between the CIA, a crack cocaine explosion in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, and the Nicaraguan Contra fighters — scandalous implications that outraged LA’s black community, severely damaged the intelligence agency’s reputation and launched a number of federal investigations.
It did not end well for Webb, however. Major media, led by The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, worked to discredit his story. Under intense pressure, Webb’s top editor abandoned him. Webb was drummed out of journalism. One LA Times reporter recently apologized for his leading role in the assault on Webb, but it came too late. Webb died in 2004 from an apparent suicide. Obituaries referred to his investigation as “discredited.”
New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer’s plants are now freely growing there. A new study published in PLoS titled,”Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.)
The so-called War on Drugs pushed by Washington is just one of the many means that the United States uses to pressure and control governments in Latin America, according to Bolivian President Evo Morales.
“(U.S. government) uses its War on Drugs to pursue its own geo-political agenda and now they use it to accuse other governments and take them down,” Morales, one of the Latin American leaders who has most fiercely criticized U.S. policy in the region, told the Mexican newspaper La Jornada in an article published Monday.
“They even named me the ‘Andinean Bin Laden’ and accused us of being terrorists and drug traffickers and at the same United States is the top-nation that backs and benefits from drug trafficking,” the Bolivian president continued.
(NaturalNews) A Georgia family whose child was blown up by a flash grenade during a botched drug raid, which a local pastor had the audacity to claim was part of “the Lord’s work,” has had their lives completely destroyed, with over $1 million in medical debt that the local government responsible for this act of terrorism is now refusing to pay.
A radioactive leak has been detected at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, a media report says, citing the country’s emergency services. Ukrainian officials have denied the report.
LifeNews published what it claims is a leaked report by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, which denies an earlier assessment by the plant’s authorities that the radiation at the facility is equal to the natural background following an incident on Sunday.
Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.
Until the early 19th century, astronomers could do little more than watch the night sky and the movements of the stars charting. But astrophysics brought many new opportunities. The American Henry Norris Russell was one of the first astrophysicists he suggested a color-luminosity diagram for research into the life of stars. This so-called HR diagram is still a resource for astronomers.
If I had any say with the Arab oil-producing nations, I would tell them to all start selling their oil for currencies other than the dollar at once and start pulling their money out of the US financial system as fast as possible.
The SWIFT System is an integral part of a communication process that assists payment and clearing of financial transactions…
Now that Western Central Banks are coordinating with their puppet governments in a desperate struggle to preserve their financial preeminence, the pushback is heating up…
Police in Pennsylvania have shot and killed a 52yo man after he allegedly attempted to ‘run them over’ in his vehicle after they tried to arrest him over his [alleged] earlier online threats against police officers and federal agents.
A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets, information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions, audiences, public opinion, nationalism, different governmental bodies and agencies, identity politics, proxy wars, diplomacy, countervailing international alliances, major business agreements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights, prestige, military personnel, capital, and psychological tactics are all involved in this multi-spectrum war.
On a daily basis this struggle can be seen playing out on the airwaves, in the war theaters in Ukraine and the Middle East, through the statements and accusations of diplomats, and in the economic sphere.
President Obama released five more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base overnight, Fox News reported. They were held for more than a decade and were sent to resettle in Kazakhstan.
The men were arrested in Pakistan following the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, but were never charged, The Daily Mail reported. Three of the men were from Yemen and identified by The Daily Mail as: “Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi, who is about 46; Muhammad Ali Husayn Khanayna, who is about 36; and Sabri Mohammad al Qurashi, about 44.”
The federal government shipped nearly 4,000 more assault rifles to local law enforcement agencies in the three months following the Ferguson riots, marking a huge surge in the amount of lethal firearms being doled out to police and sheriff’s offices.
Many cyber security firms are now questioning the FBI and the Obama administration and it looks like North Korea had nothing to do with the cyber attack on Sony. The US is telling lies to provoke war.
This article presents the idea that people are going to get so fed up with do-nothing politicians – hamstrung by gridlock – that they will rise up and demand a dictatorship.
The logic fails to convince us, though the article is penned by an award-winning professor. Jared Diamond, we learn from his bio, is author of The World Until Yesterday, Collapse and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel.
Despite his credentials, we find plenty of controversial statements in this editorial. Bottom line: We never heard anyone say, “Gee, I’m so frustrated over the lack of laws being passed that I hope a dictator comes along and passes more of them.”
I’ve recently stumbled across a list of top bankers that have been killed in cold blood, died in “accidents” or have allegedly committed suicide. In some of the cases, their deaths are so suspicious that the ‘suicide’ verdict is simply ridiculous, as you will see.
As the year comes to an end, two disturbing stories illustrate how the Obama administration is deliberately compromising national security by drastically expanding a fraud-infested program that lets rich foreigners buy U.S. visas and losing track of 96% of the illegal immigrants recently ordered deported.
This video shows the dramatic moment an off-duty police officer slammed a screaming woman into the side of a car. The pair were captured struggling in a parking lot after the woman reportedly rear-ended the officer’s car in San Jose, California.
The officer was dressed in shorts and sunglasses and is said to have shown no badge, but police later confirmed they employed him – adding the woman in the video bit him.
As you may or may not have heard, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La), House Majority Whip since August, spoke in front of some bad people back in 2002. The story was broken at a (mostly) Louisiana political blog, CenLamar, by blogger Lamar White, Jr. Steve Scalise reportedly had spoken in front of a conference held by an organization founded by none other than ex-Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Louisiana political darling (sorry, Louisiana, but you wet your own nest, so the stink sticks), David Duke.
Head of the Census Department of the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, stated that the Israeli army continues to attack and abduct Palestinian children in violation of international law, kidnapping 3755 children in the last four years, including 1266 in 2014.
The National Security Agency’s Office of Target Pursuit (OTP) maintains a team of engineers dedicated to cracking the encrypted traffic of virtual private networks (VPNs) and has developed tools that could potentially uncloak the traffic in the majority of VPNs used to secure traffic passing over the Internet today, according to documents published this week by the German news magazine Der Speigel.
Another Palestinian attempt for statehood fails at the UN, as the resolution for Israeli withdrawal falls short by just one vote. Professor of international studies, Stephen Zunes thinks the rejection of the bid will cause a surge of violence in the Middle East.
Arrests of people making allegedly “threatening” statements towards local police throughout the country have continued. A teenager in Fort Worth, Texas was arrested for posting a Twitter photo of a rifle pointed at a police vehicle. In Chicago, Illinois a man was arrested after Facebook posts led police to search the place where he was staying, where a gun and ammunition were found.
In her memoir, Defonseca wrote that she trekked 1,900 miles across Europe in search of her parents. She spent months living in the forest with a pack of wolves, hiding from Nazis and in one encounter, stabbed a Nazi rapist to death.
These events all occurred when she was aged between seven and 11 years old, according to the book.
Following her trial loss, Daniel set out to determine whether Defonseca’s tale was truthful.
She eventually located a document that included Defonseca’s maiden name – which in the book was Levy – and her date and place of birth.
Her real name, Daniel found, was Monica Ernestine Josephine De Wael, and she was not Jewish.
During the time she was supposed to have been communing with wolves and killing Nazis, Defonseca was in actual fact enrolled in a Brussels school.
Bernie Sanders: “People care more about Tom Brady’s arm than they do about our disastrous trade policy, NAFTA, CAFTA, the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. ISIS and Ebola are serious issues, but what they really don’t want you to think about is what’
There were a few changes in that same speech Bernie Sanders freely admits he’s been giving for the past four decades, give or take a j’accuse or two.
Thanks in part to the growing trend of private collection agencies – including those who service fines and penalties assessed by government agencies – the inability or failure to pay debts is resulting in arrest warrants, mounting costs and, yes, jail time.
A diet containing GM soy and maize fed to rats for 30, 60, and 90 days caused a wide range of toxic effects, including DNA damage, abnormal sperm, blood changes, and damage to liver, kidney, and testes.
The Egyptian team of researchers concluded (see item 1 below) that “there are health hazards linked to the ingestion of diets containing genetically modified components”.
Histopathological examinations of various body tissues were carried out, and marked differences in the tissues of the GM-fed animals were found. The images, with explanations, can be seen in the published study.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin, whose cable news network is the only one among the big three to lose primetime viewers this season, told staffers he would look to turn things around by continuing a push for younger viewers in 2015.
Griffin, in a memo sent Monday, also promised “to get on the road — and outside of Washington” to broaden the network’s coverage.
The US as a nation consumes more than anyone else, virtually at the expense of everyone else. The petrodollar system has ensured that imports into the US have been cheap and readily available. Post 1945, Washington has been able to take full advantage of the labour and the material resources of poor countries.
The Pentagon is looking to sharply slash troop benefits in its new budget, which would be in effect from 2016-2020.
The Daily Caller reports that the previous lowering of a 1.8 percent pay raise to just one percent in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, a drop in housing allowances by five percent and an increase in co-pays for pharmaceuticals leaves “some troops (feeling) betrayed and frustrated, mainly because they’re just finished fighting the longest war in the nation’s history.”
Defense Department spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban told The Hill: “We have and will continue to look at ways to slow the growth of compensation. I would expect these efforts to continue to some degree in the 2016 Defense budget.”
Google’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the country’s “great firewall” was to blame.
Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, according to GreatFire.org, a China-based freedom of speech advocacy group. Users said the service was still down on Monday.
“I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google’s presence in China and even weaken its market overseas,” said a member of the group who uses a pseudonym. “Imagine if Gmail users might not get through to Chinese clients. Many people outside China might be forced to switch away from Gmail.”
China has set up their own search engines and mail providers to allow the Chinese people to web surf and communicate without the US Government spying on them. Russia has also done this.
Two days ago we reported of the odd coincidence of a 2nd emergency shutdown at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear reactor – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant – following our earlier fears of disinformation. Today, we get information of a leaked report sourced from three different place – unconfirmed for now (but RT is trying to verify) – that Ukrainian nuclear scioentists misled the public and a radioactive leak has been detected – citing the country’s emergency services claiming that levels of radiation are 16.3 times the legally permitted norm.
During the next banking crisis, any ‘money’ that you and I have in the bank will be ‘bailed-in’ after a financial collapse. And if you think that your money is protected with your bank account’s FDIC backing, think again.
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, set to announce a new currency system today, needs to devalue the bolivar or risk inflation passing 1,000 percent as soon as next year, according to Bank of America Corp. Under the current system, Venezuela’s overvalued bolivar means that the government effectively sells the dollars it gets from oil exports at a discount, compelling policy makers to print extra currency to cover domestic spending needs. Currency controls that limit Venezuelans’ access to dollars have spawned a black market in which the greenback fetches 172 bolivars, compared with officially sanctioned exchange rates that range from 6.3 to about 50 bolivars per dollar.
WEBMASTER ADDITION: This is another Israeli propaganda hoax, to push “antisemitism” as a political shield against Israel’s crimes again .. well, pretty much everyone. The reason we know this is a hoax is because nobody BUT Israel still cares about the Swastika. All that Hitler, Nazi, Swastika stuff happened before we were all born, and only Israel (aided by Hollywood) keeps it alive, for political propaganda purposes.
A doctor who sat next to a British nurse with Ebola on her flight home to the UK from Sierra Leone said today the ‘shambolic’ handling of her case could help the killer disease spread.
Dr Martin Deahl landed at Heathrow with Pauline Cafferkey and around 30 other NHS volunteers on Sunday but said staff testing them for Ebola ‘didn’t seem to know what they were doing’.
He also criticised Public Health England’s (PHE) rules on travel, which say ‘high risk’ medics returning from Ebola-hit regions should take public transport home but then avoid planes, trains and buses for three weeks after that.
Since then the authorities have been desperately trying to trace the 70 other people who were on board the same internal flight, and the 133 who were on her plane from Casablanca. Passengers on the plane will now be monitored by NHS officials via phone.
Please be aware that we will continue to monitor comments on social media & any offensive comments will be investigated.
In other words: “fuck free speech — if you say something we deem offensive, we can arrest you.” So far, nearly all of the reply tweets seem to be mocking the police.
David Icke – Police State – (The Lion Sleeps No More)
Here’s a good start : STOP LYING!
Comedy, Doug Stanhope, Jew, Jews, Zionism
Despite a fantastic Christmas at the box office, 81 million people didn’t buy movie tickets this year. Not only were this year’s domestic admissions of 1.259 billion off 6% from 2013’s 1.34B, but the number of tickets sold hit their lowest level since 1995 when 1.211B people went to the cinema.
At its peak, levels of radioactivity from cesium-137 will still fall far below levels that the US and Canadian governments deem unsafe for drinking water, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
an you imagine a foreign movie dedicated to assassinating Barack Obama? Not just that, but proceeding to display it in loving detail – along with the president defecating in his pants minutes before the final attack?
It might be considered an act of war.
I’m a First Amendment maven – sure, Sony has the right to make this movie.
But it’s not funny.
I’ve always liked Seth Rogen, the star and producer.
I appreciate humor that blows away boundaries.
But Rogen should hang his head in shame.
Whoever decided to try to ruinHouse Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise by revealing his ties to David Duke, ended up lionizing Duke instead.
In an interview with Fusion.net explaining his connection to current House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Duke said that he is exceptionally well-connected within the U.S. political class and that charges of racism against him are a product of the media’s “zionist” and “tribalist” mentality.
U.S. troops are back in Iraq, the endgame in Afghanistan is requiring more troops — and perhaps more risks — than once expected and Obama is saddled with a worsening, high-stakes conflict in Syria.
A recent trend has emerged among ‘artists’ such as Jay Z, Beyonce, Lady GaGa, and Rihanna to reference the illuminati and use symbolism and body language commonly associated with the shadowy group. This has culminated in speculation that the Illuminati is using pop culture to slowly acclimatize people to its existence, or simply as an underhanded way of showing the world they control the entertainment industry.
In Russia, shopping malls are putting out American flag doormats for people to wipe their feet on, and there are stores that are selling toilet paper with the American flag imprinted on it.
The Russians have a sense of humor!
Obama will block DHS funding of the new GOP Congress imposes spending limits on Obama’s amnety for illegals.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Kiev is to sign an additional nuclear fuel supply deal with a US nuclear power company aimed at easing Ukraine’s energy dependence on Russia.
All-out war is coming to Libya, as rebel militias and a government-in-hiding begin a battle for control of the country.
Not to make a prediction as to timing (don’t worry, you won’t ever get one out of me!) but 2015 could be the year the Anglo-imperialist franchise finally starts shutting down in obvious ways. We know it will have to shut down eventually, because failing all the time is not conducive to its survival. The bonus question is, what sort of anti-America will these parasites set up inside America before they abandon their host and scatter to their fortified compounds in undisclosed locations around the world? Or will they not even bother, and just provoke a war of all against all?
Iran stands first among Islamic states in terms of registering inventions, a report dubbed Science-Innovation Atlas of Islamic States and sponsored by Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), showed.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“Do not ever say that the desire to “do good” by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.” — Ayn Rand
Amnesty International has found that “the already desperate situation in eastern Ukraine is being made even worse by” so-called ‘volunteer’ or mercenary forces for the Ukrainian Government, which are blocking the supply of food to residents in that region, and trying to starve them to death.
Thus, “The region is facing a humanitarian disaster with many already at risk of starvation,” said Denis Krivosheev, acting Director of Europe and Central Asia for Amnesty International, on Wed., December 24th.
Amnesty International reports that, “Over half of the population in these areas are now entirely dependent on food aid.”
This is absolutely certifiably criminal, on the part of the Ukrainian government.
And THIS is the government which has become the “BFF” of the American government?!?
Poroschenko is just another tinpot dictator, but apparently, in the eyes of DC, he is “our” tinpot dictator.
The Internet’s No.1 source for breaking North Korea News is currently offline …due to suspected DDOS attack
On December 18, and in the subsequent December 22 Security Council meeting, the double standards within the United Nations are shockingly visible, and one can only gasp at the arrogance of the blatantly biased and politically motivated resolution A/69/488/Add.3 which “condemns the long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in the DPRK.” The resolution condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is clearly an attempt to eviscerate the socialist government of North Korea.
The use of allegations of human rights abuses by the United States, the world’s most powerful country, and the powerful country whose own documented record of criminal human rights abuses has just been published, causing revulsion and horror throughout the world, constitutes an assault on justice which so dishonors the United Nations that the adoption of this resolution condemning the DPRK can only be described as shameful.
The short answer posed by the title of this article is, “HELL, yes!”.
And why?!? Because war with North Korea will translate into a war against China, which has both a national currency and military capabilities on the ascendent.
It is a war the US government and military may well lose; but just because an action is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government could possibly do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that it will not do such a thing.
WikiLeaks published a CIA report that included an analysis of the effect of using drones against terrorist groups. [The finding was that the attacks have been ineffective and suggests that, because they kill so many innocent civilians, they actually encou
Billionaire Warns Of Massive Crash That Will Wipe Out America’s Colleges: “You’re Going To See A Repeat Of What We Saw In The Housing Market”
Millions upon millions of dreams will be crushed by the propaganda being spewed by high school counselors, university marketing departments and the federal government.
Sanctions introduced by the West against Russia are a form of hot economic warfare. But the attack on the ruble resulted in a competitive currency devaluation for Russia, limiting its ability to import from the West (saving foreign currency), and protecting the value of its declining volume of exports by increasing the number of dollars it receives for each devalued ruble.
As Michael Hudson has explained, Putin has responded to the U.S.-led sanctions movement by diversifying oil and gas exports towards China and Turkey, and signing sales agreements in rubles or currencies other than the U.S. dollar. By abandoning the U.S. dollar as its trading currency, and accepting payments in Chinese yuan, for instance, Putin is signalling his desire to break the stranglehold the U.S. currency has enjoyed over oil and gas trade, and within the world economy.
On December 22, China announced its willingness to support the ruble through currency swaps from its $4-trillion reserves.
It painfully clearly appears that the Obama Administration has again, collectively, shot itself in the foot economically, because of its consistent, to the point of pathological, inability to think anything through to its logical conclusion.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.
60 Prominent Germans Appeal Against Another War In Europe: “It Is Not About Putin. What Is At Stake Is Europe”
Two weeks ago, as the S&P was preparing to surge on the latest round of all time high market-goosing algo trickery by the FOMC, 60 prominent German personalities from the realms of politics, economics, culture and the media were less concerned with blinking red and green stock quotes and were focused on something far more serious to the future of the world: the threat of war with Russia. In a letter published by Die Zeit, numerous famous and respected Germans including a former president and former prime minister write “Wieder Krieg in Europa? Nicht in unserem Namen!”, or, roughly translated, “War in Europe Again? Not in Our Names!” As the signatories note: “It is not about Putin. Heads of state come and go. What is at stake is Europe.”
For years, the US was wondering what it was going to do with many thousands of war vehicles it shipped to Afghanistan when the drawdown left so many of them in surplus. At times they talked about giving them away, or shredding them.
Instead, 3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. Officials simply found another war for them.
The bulk of the vehicles are MRAPs, used by ground troops to resist IEDs in travel, and that points to the buildup being done with an eye on an eventual US ground war in Iraq and Syria.
“No us troops on the ground” in Iraq or Syria, MY ASTROLABE!!
Just imagine the outcry if Russia sent a Fleet to the Gulf of Mexico on permanent station and a war footing………………………KT
Moscow is being forced to come up with countermeasures in response to NATO’s increased presence in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said following an announcement on the arrival of another US warship in the area.
“Unfortunately, the Black Sea is becoming a place where non-regional powers have a permanent presence. What they are doing there is unclear,” Aleksandr Grushko said.
“Of course, we will take the necessary countermeasures,” he continued.
Grushko also criticized the North Atlantic Alliance for stationing high alert forces near Russia’s borders by holding frequent military drills with counties including Poland and the Baltic states.
READ MORE: Pentagon confirms military buildup along Russian borders for ‘peace and stability’
Russia’s new military doctrine, adopted on December 26, stresses that the country’s army remains a defensive tool, but lists NATO’s military buildup and the United States’ Prompt Global Strike concept as main security threats.
NATO’S continued provocation of Russia appears to be a deliberate series of events, engineered to get Russia to react militarily, then blame Russia for its “aggression”, and start a war with Russia.
I would like to politely and calmly point out to those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC that neither NATO nor the US military has the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.
And if you want any kind of a picture of how NATO will most likely perform military, just please look at the epic fail it has helped create in its partnership with the US in Afghanistan.
There is absolutely zero military metric one can use to possibly characterize this slo-mo bloodbath as a “victory” or success of any kind. The only thing which has “increased”, except the body count of Afghanis, US and NATO military personnel, is the incredible increase of opium production, and THAT, since the beginning of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, has SKYROCKETED.
So folks, before you swallow the Koolaid and get all gung ho about the US and NATO whupping Russia’s backside, please do some due dilligence about the absolute disaster the occupation of Afghanistan has been.
Since there is a proven NATO “track record” here, if you will, you cannot logically expect any better an outcome against Russia.
For really secure browsing, if you want where you go kept out of the hands of the snoops, use the Tor browser……………………..KT
This might seem counterintuitive at first — after all, ABP blocks all of those annoying animated Flash ads from loading, and so it should save you from unnecessary memory and CPU hits. Unfortunately, the actual situation is a lot more complex than that. Basically, ABP has grown too big for its own good, and just the very process of running ABP in your web browser consumes more memory and CPU cycles than it saves.
Jamal Kanj recalls the empty Palestinian threats, broken Israeli promises and United States collusion with Israel, and reminds the Palestinian leadership of the fate awaiting it if it does not act decisively.
The NSA’s idea of a Christmas present, it seems, is to release multiple reports detailing 12 years of improper conduct. The heavily redacted accounts reveal many incidents of misuse (both accidental and intentional) of the NSA’s Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) systems. A large portion of the misconduct occurred due to the way agents searched the NSA’s systems. Poorly constructed and sometimes unauthorized searches led to agents gleaning data on either US citizens and other unintended targets. According to an accompanying press release, data acquired illegally or accidentally is “almost always” deleted in what it refers to as a “purge process.”
Thanks to redactions, it’s difficult to say exactly how many times the NSA broke the law.
The United States Supreme Court decides cases involving the nation’s most pressing legal issues, affecting the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Americans — and yet so much about its functioning is shrouded in mystique and exclusivity. The court’s front doors are locked and its vast “public” plaza is off-limits to protesters. Alone among the branches of government, it refuses to televise its proceedings, even though its gallery can seat only 250 members of the public.
As a new report by Reuters shows, this exclusivity extends even to the types of cases the court agrees to hear.
Are you at all surprised that US government, including its judiciary, is for sale to the highest bidder??
You shouldn’t be.
According to new claims, Sony used copyrighted music in The Interview without permission and without compensating an artist.
Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. In January 2013 as part of MFBTY (My Fans Better Than Yours), the 33-year-old hit the number 1 spot in the Korean Music Charts and in September reached the same heights on Billboard’s Kpop Hot 100 list with her song ‘Touch Love’.
But while these recognitions were achieved by fans buying her music, she’s now in the spotlight for not getting paid for her work. It appears that Yoon Mi-rae was in negotiations with Sony to have her track ‘Pay Day’ appear in The Interview. Even though no agreement was reached, Sony used the music anyway.
Over a lunch in Washington in 1976, James J. Angleton, for years the ruthless chief of counterintelligence at the C.I.A., likened the agency to a medieval city occupied by an invading army.
“Only, we have been occupied by Congress,” he told a young congressional investigator. “With our files rifled, our officials humiliated, and our agents exposed.”
Nearly four decades later, another Senate committee’s allegations that the C.I.A. has engaged in torture, lying and cover-up have stirred echoes of the Church era — raising the question of whether the agency is in for another period of change.
Translation: the CIA will continue to operate outside of US laws,and international norms of decency, including the continuance of torture with which to obtain “confessions” germane to supporting the official governmental narrative.
And I for one do not support this kind of behaviour on the part of the CIA or any other governmental agency,and know, for a fact, that I am not alone.
Police are investigating whether the hostages injured in the shootout that ended the Sydney cafe siege were accidentally shot by armed officers as they stormed the Lindt Café.
Three women – a 75 year old, a 52 year old and a 43 year old – received gunshot wounds to the shoulder, the foot and the leg respectively.
NSW Police Homicide Squad detectives are looking at the possibility that at least one of the women were hit by bullets which ricocheted off the cafe walls, according to The Australian.
Libya’s largest oil port ablaze after rebels launch rocket strikes amid warnings the country could descend into chaos
Malaysian PM criticized for golfing with Obama while 118,000 residents are displaced in massive floods
Malaysia’s worst flooding in decades forced some 118,000 people to flee as premier Najib Razak came under fire after photos showed him golfing with U.S. President Barack Obama during the storms.
At least five people have been killed by the rising waters and there appeared little respite on the way on Friday, with forecasters predicting further heavy rainfall across previously unaffected southern parts of the country.
As local media carried photographs of people wading through flood waters as deep as two meters (6.5 feet) and entire houses submerged by rising water, the government faced criticism for not declaring a state of emergency to help devastated communities.
It is obvious that the Malaysian government is just as oblivious to the suffering of their people as is Obama to the economic suffering of the American middle class, which is vanishing exponentially.
New poll shows Labour faces electoral disaster in Scotland after surge in SNP support in wake of referendum
On Friday, December 26th, National Public Radio aired two superbly done pieces of anti-Russia propaganda, which could as well have been written by the U.S. CIA, or by Voice of America, it was so skillfully deceiving.
One of these propaganda-pieces, on “Morning Edition,” presented Eleanor Beardsley alleging that the anti-immigrant political parties in Britain and France are anti-U.S. and pro-Russian because they are supposedly all “far right”; and the other piece, on “All Things Considered,” presented Corey Flintoff alleging that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin “seized Crimea” (as if he hadn’t actually rescued it) and thereby caused U.S. President Barack Obama and the EU to respond with economic sanctions as punishment for the ‘seizure” (actually, as we’ll show, rescue).
NPR is simply another tool of government propaganda; I simply won’t watch it anymore, because its alleged “news” is no better than the intellectual slop offered up by the privately sponsored competing presstitute stations.
According to [WTC designer Leslie Robertson], New York City has some of the worst wind loads in the nation … This is because of the occasional wind generated off of the Atlantic Ocean during hurricane season. As a result, buildings in New York City must be designed to be twice as strong as similar buildings designed to withstand an earthquake in Los Angeles.
After two attempts to blow up a building in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, demolition authorities were forced to leave the illegal structure teetering at a 20-degree angle for several hours.
In Ruplty video footage, onlookers laugh and holler as demolition experts tried to detonate the building twice on Friday, both times unsuccessfully.
Damascus has expressed readiness to attend the peace talks that Moscow has offered to host between the Syrian government and opposition next month, a report says.
A mixture of emotions is running through the Finger Lakes region of New York in the wake of Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Wednesday, December 17 to ban hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the state. Residents are relieved to be protected from the health risks and environmental damage produced from fracking. Nevertheless, they are continuing their struggle to oppose the Texas-based Crestwood corporation’s project to store volatile gases extracted from other states, such as Pennsylvania, in salt caverns along the shores of Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water for approximately 100,000 people. Crestwood is seeking to make the Seneca Lake location a hub in its broader infrastructure that supports fracking.
The silence from Australian PM Abbott on the downing of MH17 is now deafening…………………………KT
The Russians disclosed, inter alia, their radar and satellite data. These data showed that MH17 had been diverted from its scheduled route so that it flew directly over the war zone in eastern Ukraine. They asked for an explanation but one has never been forthcoming. These data also showed that MH17 had been shadowed during its last minutes by two SU25 fighter jets, a model flown by the Ukrainian air force. Again the Russians asked why this had happened.
The main response was a claim that the SU25 could not fly above 10,000 metres. Not only is this untrue, as an examination of military resources readily demonstrates, but the Wikipedia entry on the SU25 had been altered days before the shoot down to claim that the SU25’s operating ceiling was only 7000 metres. Again the western media ignored this obvious alarm bell.
Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab accused Bahrain’s ruling family of seeking to change Bahrain’s demography by adopting a strategy similar to that used by the UK in the creation of Israel.
Talking to Iranian news channel Press TV, Rajab said the systematic naturalization of foreigners and the deportation of locals after revoking their citizenships are proof that al-Khalifa family is implementing the same strategy that Britain implemented in Palestine.
Dozens of Bahrainis have had their citizenship revoked and several have also been deported since Bahrain adopted the Bahraini Citizenship Law last year stipulating that suspects convicted of “terrorist” acts could be stripped of their nationality.
And a short memo to the Al-Khalifa monarchy: in doing this, you are sowing the seeds for this monarchy’s destruction.
And I say this because there will be a point, when these “newly minted” citizens will begin to chafe under your dictatorship, and begin to demand what the Sunni members of your country have been demanding, so far, peacefully; and that is true representation in government..
And what are they going to do when they don’t get that?!? Has anyone in the monarchy or your advisers thought this through?!?
The late President Kennedy said it best; when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.
With these moves, you may have postponed a revolution, and bought yourselves some time; but just barely.
Religious Circumcision Leaves Another Jewish Baby With Herpes, 17th Case Linked To Controversial Ritual Of Oral Suction
The controversial practice of a Jewish circumcision ritual has led another newborn baby to contract neonatal herpes in New York City – the fourth case this year and the 17th since 2000, city health officials said Wednesday.
Twelve days after undergoing the ancient ritual, known as metzitzah b’peh, which involves cleaning the circumcision wound by oral suction, the newborn baby was rushed to the hospital in November, the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.
Although the unidentified boy has recovered in the latest case, two of the other infected infants since 2000 have died, and at least two have suffered brain damage.
Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police Ignorant of the Law
In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had violated the law.
But rest assured that “ignorance of the law is no excuse” will still be applied to YOU!
Famed journalist Glenn Greenwald, most known for being the main reporter who received and exposed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s stolen files, has just released another shocking global espionage revelation. Except this one doesn’t expose overzealous spying upon all of humanity. It exposes a worldwide cointelpro operation being perpetrated by 5 Western governments.
Police forces are in the business of protecting the populace from criminals and harm. It’s mostly a defensive job. But in the mid-twentieth century, the FBI expanded their mission to include going on the offense, not against criminals, but against anyone the government deemed the ‘enemy’. Thanks to a detailed report from journalist Glenn Greenwald and the accompanying 50-page secret document from the British government, it’s now apparent cointelpro operations are back.
More about the original COINTELPRO here!
Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.
Richard Wilcox, PhD
Setting aside the issue of robots taking over the world (as opposed to saving it) and making human workers redundant; or Artificial Intelligence (as opposed to severe lack of intelligence we see in the world) causing the extinction of homo sapiens, it is true that tools and technology have done much good in the world ever since chimps figured out how to use a stick to prod grubs from a tree for a tasty morsel.
Maybe robots can help to bring a speedy end to the nuclear mess at Fukushima as well. However, while robots are being touted for all sorts of things, such as replacing human workers and removing melted fuel, they are not quite there yet. Remember the promises of nuclear technology and GMO foods? Maybe those Genies should have been kept in the bottle…
You can put the next stock-market crash on your 2016 calendar now – You’ll hear the crash warnings, but your brain won’t believe your ears.
Could the global tide in support of GMOs be turning? A new report reveals that the formerly pro-GMO Chinese government, one of the largest consumers of GMO food crops in the world, is beginning to crack down on GM corn shipments from the US that have not followed appropriate biosafety regulations.
According to a news brief released today by GMWatch.org, China destroyed three shipments of GM corn imported from the US.
Well, let me put it to you this way. What would happen to Whole Foods’ program of voluntary GMO labeling if there were mandatory labeling across America, or in any state where Whole Foods does business?
Can you guess?
I’ll break it down. Whole Foods has pledged to put “non-GMO” labels on their products by 2018. They’ll do everything they can to sell as many non-GMO products as possible. The products that don’t carry the non-GMO seal will obviously be GMO, and customers can avoid them if they want to.
On the other hand, if suddenly, out of the blue, mandatory labeling became law, the whole voluntary non-GMO label enterprise would be obsolete. Why voluntarily put that label on products when mandatory labeling handles the whole issue?
“We put non-GMO labels on our food. Aren’t we wonderful?”
“Not really. The mandatory labels tell me everything that’s GMO. All the other products are non-GMO. Thanks, but no thanks.”
The ‘1969 Day’ lecture has been referenced in many comments (mainly by Ned) – and thus I have posted the full Rense article here below. Dr. Day seemed to have anesthetized his audience into the belief that nothing could stop the well laid plans of this powerful (NWO) group. Well, we know, the natural order of systems is that they flourish and then decline. And in some ways, this can also be viewed as a parasite – host relationship. The success of a parasite is that it’s host is oblivious to the parasite. And as the host is sapped of ‘energy’ and resources, it has to adapt – thus the two are in a constant process of co-evolution. The danger, however, for the parasite is that: 1) the host becomes aware of the parasite, and 2) it has evolved to survive only on its host.
Now that the November elections are in President Barack Obama’s rearview mirror, the postponement of his program to replace American citizens with illegal aliens in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces is set to resume. The Pentagon is once again seeking to attract so-called undocumented immigrants as recruits in the next several weeks, according to Military Times on Friday.
‘Most Influential’ Media Jewess Sneers: There Is No Cabal Of Bankers Conspiring To Pick The President
Alleged ‘right-wing conservative’ and hardcore-Zionist Jennifer Rubin: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”
The South Korean labor ministry has ordered the closure of two nuclear reactors under construction, after a toxic gas leak killed three workers.
Enterprises in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the south-east of Ukraine have been nationalised — these are the facilities that had been in Ukraine’s state ownership, DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko told the Donetsk news agency on Friday. “Where the Ukrainian state property was partial, DPR will act as a business partner,” Zakharchenko said.
Sulzberger’s Slimes has a long and disgusting history of creating disasters, and then expressing false sympathy for the very people its dishonest reporting has victimized. This was seen recently when a few editorial crocodile tears were shed for two murdered New York police officers who would still be alive today were it not for Sulzberger’s unremitting race-baiting and cop-bashing.
Today’s Jewish whine, a book review actually, is about “the human costs of America’s forever wars”. Here’s a snippet:
“War cracks people’s lives apart, unmasks the most extreme emotions, fuels the deepest existential questions. Even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan morph into shapeless struggles with no clear ends in sight, they have given birth to an extraordinary outpouring of writing that tries to make sense of it all.”
Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago! Half of all children will be autistic by 2025, warns senior research scientist at MIT
And: “a Palestinian majority” would not just endanger Israel’s Jewish character, but its “democratic ideals?” Isn’t that like saying democracy would endanger a democracy? Not when you’re talking about Arabs! Writes Donald Johnson: “Imagine them saying that about any other ethnic group in the world. Interpreted charitably, they might be saying that a one state solution might lead to ethnic strife between extremists on one or both sides, or something like that, but if so, they should spell it out. Their brains just shut down when writing on this subject.”
The racism against Palestinians in the mainstream press is so casual it’s shocking. People would be picketed if they wrote this about an American ethnic group.
Shocking, isn’t it!
Filmmaker and Author William Brandon Shanley Launches Wave of Lawsuits for more than $1 Trillion Against Big Media Over Sandy Hook Massacre Coverage
Here is Mr. Shanley’s Statement:
“After exhaustive research, the good news is that overwhelming evidence reveals that no children or teachers died at Sandy Hook two years ago. For relief, I have filed lawsuits against the media in US District Court in New Haven for Fraud and Terrorism. Here is an example of our abundant evidence, Exhibit D: The Connecticut State Police dash cams record no evacuation of children from school at critical moments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqcaaE6aFX8 — Smoking Gun evidence no children died at Sandy Hook.”
We are seeing the capitulation bottom in gold & silver- BLOOD IS FLOWING in the streets in the mining shares!
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was purchasing four New Saars-class Corvettes from Germany. Dubbed “the Son of Saars,” the next generation vessels are for the protection of Israel’s offshore gas fields.
… which used to be Gaza’s and Lebanon’s oil fields!
As 2014 comes to an end, precious metal investors overwhelmingly chose Silver Eagles as the clear winner. Not only did the sales of Silver Eagles hit a new record in 2014, the ratio to Gold Eagle sales were off the charts. In just five years, sales of Silver Eagles compared to Gold Eagles, quadrupled.
Two issues are dealt with in the video below… 1) How NORSE has evidence that the SONY hack originated from within the US and; 2) How the United States is second only to China in being the originating location of attacks occurring right now INSIDE the United States.
Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president of Norse, told CBS News “Sony was not just hacked, this is a company that was essentially nuked from the inside.” Stammberger continues on to state “We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history.”
The entire world is watching Putin play poker with the Western politicians lead by Obama and followed by Washington quislings in London, Brussels and Berlin AND AUSTRALIA. America’s goal since the end of the Cold War has been to weaken by financial, economic and, if necessary, military means any real competition to its global financial and resource domination through the petrodollar and dollar world reserve currency status.
More than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks and a deadly tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia, federal agencies remain woefully lacking in disaster preparedness and don’t even have coordination plans to close the gap, Congress’ chief watchdog warns in a new report.
That is because these Federal agencies were not created to take care of the public in an emergency but to protect the government itself.
It’s a miracle that the reality bubble created by the evil faction who hijacked our government may actually burst, after over a decade of fake news and cover-ups about the deeply criminal nature of the people who launched the war in Iraq.
Calls are increasing for the prosecution of George W. Bush administration officials tied to the CIA torture program. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the crimes detailed in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the program.
On Monday, The New York Times editorial board called for a full and independent criminal investigation. We put the question about prosecution to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005.
There seem to be two messages here. One is the message of subversion utilizing ridicule among other methods. The other is that Jews are seen as high-mindedly making Christmas “into a holiday season belonging to all Americans.” The end result is that Christmas is not “taken too seriously” and the Christian religious aspect central to the traditional holiday is de-emphasized.
In spite of the media and establishment’s attempts to portray divisions between two-party ideologies, similarities are often blatant. One thing they have in common? A worship of authority. In this case, it manifests as a shared distaste for the police accountability and education organization, Cop Block…
Documentary by Press TV on the siege of Gaza, focusing on the number of innocents who die due to the strangulation of the Gaza strip though the blocking / closing of it’s various crossing into Egypt and Israel.
In Secrets of the Vatican, FRONTLINE tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy, root out corruption and chart a new course for the troubled Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers.
President Obama claims that race relations have gotten better since he became president despite the fact that he and his minions have spent the last six years stirring the racial pot in an obvious attempt to cause racial division and strife.
But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.
North Korea’s creaky internet crashed for nine hours on Monday, and is now mostly back up. This outage is probably no coincidence. Many observers assume that the Obama administration is behind it, retaliating to what the government called North Korean “cyber vandalism” aimed at Sony Pictures. That attack, as everyone knows, led Sony to cancel the release of a comedy, The Interview, about the assassination of North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un.
If President Obama did launch an undeclared cyberwar against North Korea, it may well be the equivalent of Bill Clinton launching cruise missiles at Osama bin Laden’s empty training camps back in the 1990s. Clinton’s salvo was never a real strategy to deal with a growing threat, and resulted only in intensified attacks. Obama may be making a similar mistake now.
Muhammad al-Gharib says his life was turned upside down when his father and younger sister were killed in an airstrike during Israel’s 51-day offensive on the Gaza Strip this past summer.
Shortly after his father, Baha, 58, and his sister, Ola, 16, stepped out of their home in Rafah on 29 July, they were directly struck by an Israeli missile. “They were only about two hundred meters [218 yards] from the house when they died,” al-Gharib, a first-year university student, told The Electronic Intifada. “We ran outside and couldn’t believe what we saw. They were dead.”
Two recent stories in The New York Times involve violence against Palestinian and Israeli children. But it is striking how differently the stories are treated based on the identity of the victim.
The first, from today, is headlined “Israeli Girl Severely Wounded in Firebomb Attack in West Bank.” The second, from November, is headlined “Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border.” Both are by Isabel Kershner.
A high ranking Iranian military commander says the ongoing maneuvers in southern country focus, among other things, on electronic warfare.
Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari said that the drills will also focus on countering enemy’s electronic warfare in which Iranian armed forces will use their electronic warfare potentials against the attacks by hypothetical enemy.
A laboratory technician in Atlanta may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A small amount of material from an Ebola virus experiment that was transported Monday from one lab to another may have contained live virus. The material was on a sealed plate but should not have been moved into the second laboratory, the CDC said in a statement.
There was no exposure outside the secure laboratory and no exposure or risk to the public, the CDC says. The mistake was discovered by laboratory scientists Tuesday.
The lab technician who processed the material has no symptoms of the illness, the CDC says, and will be monitored for 21 days. Others who entered the lab will be assessed for possible exposure.
Thirteen agency police officers received more in salary, overtime and other payments in that period than did Executive Director Patrick Foye, whose annual salary is $289,000.
The North Korean government called President Obama ‘a monkey living in a tropical forest’ in a racist tirade against the United States, which the dictatorship blames for knocking out its internet.
Officials on the National Defense Commission, led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, lashed out at America, calling its leader ‘reckless’ and saying the U.S. is shameless.
Washington has denied it has anything to do with the disturbance, which has seen the internet repeatedly black out in the country.
Nothing like embarrassing America yet again like Obama going out and saying that we will be responding “proportionally” to the attack from North Korea and then finding out it might not have been them at all.
Danny Cohen, the director of television at the BBC, is usually in the news to talk about the next big thing in British television. He is known for helping commission popular British shows such as the coming-of-age sitcom “The Inbetweeners” and the BAFTA award-winning “Skins.” Now he oversees the BBC’s four main channels.
However, on Sunday, Cohen gave the discussion about anti-Semitism in Europe a potent jolt.
So let me see if I have this right. This guy holds a top position at the BBC, but still feels he is being discriminated against?!?
US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles have ended up in the hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria’s branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the missiles to CIA vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province.
A story that should have been headline news of Obama’s arming of Al Qaeda across all US media, largely went unnoticed…
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a new military doctrine that names NATO’s military presence near the country’s border and expansion in
A federal judge in Arizona ruled that the state must allow thousands of illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
Throughout, the document drips noblesse oblige and fake concern for Palestinian children:
“As a matter of principle, we believe that it is a basic right of children to be raised without hate. We ask the Palestinian leadership to end the culture of hate in Palestinian schools, 300 of which are named for suicide bombers. Palestinian leaders should take textbooks out of classrooms that show maps of the Middle East without Israel and that glorify terrorism.”
Saudi Arabia will suffer from a $39 billion deficit of the government’s budget in 2015. The reason related to the accelerated crude oil production, and the subsequent reduction in oil prices.
However, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi announced that the kingdom will not reduce oil output, even the barrel’s price would touch the $20. Al-Naimi said: “it is not in the interest of OPEC producers to cut their production, whatever the price is,”…”Whether it goes down to $20, $40, $50, $60, it is irrelevant,”
A worthy question rises here: why does the Saudi Arabian regime insist on accelerated oil production despite of budget deficit?
Russian president Putin suggested that a U.S.-Saudi ‘conspiracy’ to flood oil market “not ruled out”.
The U.S. government is preparing to hike the number of private mercenary forces in Iraq, as part of the expanding war in that country and neighboring Syria
Not quite the Biblical Noah’s Ark, but possibly the next best thing
In December, the Bank of Russia offered a new service to credit institutions for the transfer of financial messages in SWIFT format for domestic operations. Banks can be connected to the service on the basis of their agreements with the Bank of Russia.
After listening to the Stephen Harper interview with Peter Mansbridge and now having listened to Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird interview with Evan Solomon (CBC), it is apparent that they both have their talking points down pat. They could have exchanged places and the comments would have come out pretty much the same.
A multi-spectrum war is being waged against Moscow by Washington. If there are any doubts about this, they should be put to rest. Geopolitics, science and technology, speculation, financial markets, information streams, large business conglomerates, intelligentsia, mass communication, social media, the internet, popular culture, news networks, international institutions, sanctions, audiences, public opinion, nationalism, different governmental bodies and agencies, identity politics, proxy wars, diplomacy, countervailing international alliances, major business agreements, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights, prestige, military personnel, capital, and psychological tactics are all involved in this multi-spectrum war.
A parliamentary inquiry into the banking crisis in Ireland commenced on December 17. It is a toothless body, which will do nothing to hold anyone responsible for the financial collapse in 2008 to account.
Ireland has a history of carrying out extra-judicial inquiries where a judicial process would be far more appropriate. This is a method of ensuring that damning evidence is made public in such a prejudicial way as to render any subsequent judicial process impossible.
2015 Will See Decisive Battles
The Roman Empire did it. The British Empire copied it in style. The Empire of Chaos has always done it. They all do it. Divide et impera. Divide and rule – or divide and conquer. It’s nasty, brutish and effective. Not forever though, like diamonds, because empires do crumble.
We all have a certain degree of admiration for those forward-thinkers who were ahead of their time or for those free-spirited individuals who had the courage, the will and the foresight to speak out their minds despite risking being labelled as non-conformists and cast to the outer fringes of society. Well, truth be told, that is never a real threat for free thinkers. Actually that is where they belong and makes them what they are. Free-thinkers breathe and thrive at the margins of society where structure and chaos cross at the borderline. If you want to be a free thinker, embrace chaos, novelty, disruptive change and non-conformity. Free-thinkers live on the brink of social breakdown. They live on the edge, away from the anaesthesia of normalcy and institutionalised control.
While much has been made of the oil price war theories lately, whether it is a direct competition between the United States and Saudi Arabia, or whether the two are in collusion to cripple the Iranian and Russian economies, there is another aspect to the current situation that is worth considering.
Iran launched extensive military drills on Thursday, local media reported, in a show of strength stretching several hundred kilometres from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden.
The exercises are set to last six days and involve ballistic missile and drone testing, according to military officials.
Close to 13,000 personnel will take part in the drills, which will be the first time Iran has organised military manuevers so far from its coastline.
Some might be surprised to learn that the fate of America’s economy has already been determined, verified and announced by the Obama White House. Yet, it has received scant attention from the corporate media. In 2011, economist Kyle Bass interviewed a senior member of the Obama administration about its planned solutions for fixing the US economy and trade deficit.
Rarely Seen “Enchanted” Moments of US History
The Times recently carried this unusual report on an Israeli Jew (Tsvi Misinai, a retired computer expert) who’s hoping to prove that Palestinians are descended from Jews. Apparently, he thinks that proving this will help to stop the bloodshed. His idea is that modern Jews are descended from emigration in the first few centuries of the Christian era. The Jews who stayed put in Palestine converted to Islam, and became Palestinian Arabs. There’s hope that genetic tests might be able to prove this.
Our Economy Is On The Brink With $18 Trillion Dollar Deficit, $240 Trillion Dollar Unfunded Liabilities (e.g. Social Security, Medicare), Negative National Savings Rate, The Planned Bail-ins Of Your Savings Accounts And Of Course, The Estimated One Quadri
The annual trend of spoiled ungrateful brats taking to social media to complain about the Christmas gifts they did or didn’t receive from their parents has reared its ugly head
Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health-care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military.
Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health-care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military. The veterans and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.
U.S. government taxes citizens & uses the money to build a surveillance state. Citizens of America, you are paying for your own enslavement.
Nicaragua has started work on one of the most-ambitious construction projects in Latin America – a waterway linking the Pacific and Caribbean to dwarf the Panama Canal.
Inquiring minds want to know. Does Santa Yellen really work for the little people? Or just for the naughty people on Wall Street?