THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"...In the first years of this century (now the last century) Americans were free and prideful and independent. We were an ambitious people, and any social injustices were being slowly but steadily eliminated. We were a kind and generous people, guardful of our liberties. But, after 1917, the black plague spread over Europe, and we were infected long before 1939, when a new and deliberately plotted war broke out. We were infected in the very halls of Congress, in the very inmost chambers of Washington. The disease was already in our flesh, and its foul breath was already in the mouths of our children, and its cries were ringing in every schoolroom, every college, decades before we were plunged into this series of wars which have lasted over twenty years. We were a diseased nation long before we were slaves. We were impotent before we knew we were impotent." -- Taylor Caldwell,"The Devil's Advocate"

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August 20, 2014

Aug 20 11:25

AVAAZ spreads Tutu’s message to divest from Israel and free Palestine

It's a tremendous thing for us to once again stand alongside Archbishop Tutu in standing up for justice, but out of a love for all people that refuses to fall victim to the fear and ignorance that is our universal enemy. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1qqHsmE

Aug 20 11:20

Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs.

Aug 20 11:19

Getting gouged by geeks

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I ... can ... identify...

Aug 20 11:19

Live Blog #GazaUnderAttack – Day 45

LIVE BLOG | Day 45 | WARNING - POSSIBLE GRAPHIC CONTENT #Gaza: #Israel continues its massive offensive operation #ProtectiveEdge on #GazaUnderAttack . #Palestine . Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pNtM8H


Aug 20 11:15

From Albert Einstein to Noam Chomsky: famous Jews who have opposed Israel

Many prominent Jewish figures over the past century -- from Albert Einstein to holocaust survivor Primo Levi -- have opposed the idea of an ethnically exclusive Israeli state. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1uXnMOj

Aug 20 11:08

Illegal Wiretapping Is Illegal, Even for Governments

Earlier this week, EFF told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Ethiopia must be held accountable for its illegal wiretapping of an American citizen. Foreign governments simply do not have a get-out-of-court-free card when they commit serious felonies in America against Americans. This case is the centerpiece of our U.S. legal efforts to combat state sponsored malware.

Aug 20 11:04

Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners

Editor's note: Latest research highlights the ongoing ruse of supposedly tightened airport security. Meanwhile, those who profited from these scanners laugh all the way to the bank. Then of course there are the negative health effects.

Activist Post

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University have discovered several security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013...

Aug 20 11:02

Police Captain Unleashes Ferguson Riot Cops Against Journalists

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson used riot police to intimidate, assault and arrest journalists early Wednesday morning after several thrown bottles ignited unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Mo.


Aug 20 11:00

NDP MP quits over Mulcair's Israel stance

A New Democrat MP has quit the party over what she deems leader Tom Mulcair's excessively pro-Israel stance on the current conflict in Gaza.

Sana Hassainia, who represents the Montreal-area riding of Vercheres-Les Patriotes, has told Montreal's La Presse she can't accept Mulcair's position and will now sit as an independent.

Aug 20 10:58

Kyrie Eleison - Gaza 2014

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BUMP TO THE TOP

YouTube has "clamped" the view numbers on this video (which they have been caught doing for politically 'dangerous' videos) at just over 16,000, and they have not moved in a week!

This video is also available at VIMEO! Feel free to make local copies and repost, include in video compilations.

 

I WANT EVERY VOTER IN AMERICA TO SEE THIS VIDEO BY NOVEMBER!

New York's Governor Cuomo is in Israel right now, refusing to meet with any Palestinians and sucking up to Netanyahu in total support of Israel's attack on Gaza. make a point of sharing this video with everyone you know in New York as they hold their primary next month! Here in Hawaii, for the first time in history, a sitting governor just lost the primary for his re-election. Let's try for #2.

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Aug 20 10:58

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Aug 20 10:54

How the Globalists Are Raping Africa (and the Rest of the World, Too)

Full article at link above!

We're back! It's Truthstream News No. 2! First, we just want to say THANK YOU for the overwhelming support we received after we put up the first show. You guys are awesome.

In this second episode of Truthstream News, Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton expose the phony pretenses behind a massive corporate takeover in Africa and the rest of the world – as well as other examples of Trojan Horse philanthropic aid on the international scene.

We also finally finished Corntamination! (Long time fans: remember that from last summer?) Woooot!

In this episode:
– Aaron sells the world on international food aid at the hands of the planet's foremost billionaires
– Melissa presents evidence to support her hypothesis that working for the highest echelon of the federal government turns people into bridge trolls
– The duo breakdown the recent U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and what's really driving all this "foreign aid"

Aug 20 10:50

British Isis militant in James Foley video 'guards foreign hostages in Syria'

The English jihadist who beheaded the American journalist James Foley is believed to be the leader of a group of British fighters holding foreign hostages in Syria, sources have told the Guardian.

As an international manhunt got under way on Wednesday, the English-speaking militant was identified to the Guardian by one of his former hostages as the ringleader of three British jihadists thought to be the main guards of foreign nationals in Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State (Isis) rebels.

The militant who appeared on the Foley video, who called himself John and is believed to be from London, was said to be the main rebel negotiator during talks earlier this year to release 11 Islamic State hostages – who were eventually handed to Turkish officials after ransom demands were met.

Aug 20 10:46

Staged Provocations Ahead of Possible US-Syrian War

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

With the alleged brutal murder of American journalist James Wright Foley, a wave of anger and aggression across Western audiences has been generated. Upon that wave rides two objectives. One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region.

Aug 20 10:42

The New American Elite

There is in many people a natural tendency to serfdom.To bow and curtsy to royalty, to fawn over celebrities, indeed, to take their every lead from that band of 'superiors' which can be called 'they' - they who 'know best', they who are 'natural born leaders', etc.

Most British settlers of America in 1775 wanted to remain loyal to the British elite, and it was this class of serf-in-the-mind that Thomas Paine castigated for their continuing support of a regime that had 'lost sight of the limits of humanity'.


Aug 20 10:38

Obama and the Democrats: The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil

As the old saying goes, “the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. It is remarkable as to how applicable that this saying is when applied to President Barack Obama. Obama was widely hailed as the man who would lead the nation out of the dark wilderness of the Bush-Cheney years of war, torture, mass-surveillance, destruction of civil liberties and grand scale theft by the jackals of high finance. Now it is apparent that Obama is not only a fraud but is arguably far worse than Bush and Cheney because El Presidente kills with a smile. Ever more so when it is the extrajudicial murders of American citizens who just happen to be on the “kill list” that is brought to him alongside his morning orange juice.

Aug 20 10:38

How the Defense Industry Corrupts State Politics

Ted Baumann
Activist Post

On my desk I have a teargas canister that a policeman fired at me many years ago. It’s there to remind me of several things: that the struggle for liberty is often violent; that 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (a.k.a. pepper spray) really hurts; and that somebody, somewhere, makes a lot of money selling the tools of repression to government...

Aug 20 10:30

Passengers overcharged after TSA hikes ‘security fees’

Airlines and ticket agents are warning that hundreds of thousands of travelers might be getting overcharged on airline tickets to Alaska, Hawaii, and foreign destinations because of computer problems related to higher Transportation Security Administration fees.


Aug 20 10:27

Army to Continue ‘Black Helicopter’ Training Over Twin Cities Despite Anger

The U.S. Army is set to continue training exercises involving low flying “black helicopters” over Minneapolis and St. Paul tonight despite residents and local officials expressing outrage at the danger posed by the unannounced drills.

Aug 20 10:23

Government's Response To Snowden? Strip 100,000 Potential Whistleblowers Of Their Security Clearances

The government swears it protects whistleblowers but the efforts it makes undermines its assertions. Telling people the government is targeting them for reasons it doesn't seem to be able to put into words is called a "criminal act." But here's the most surprising fact from Evanina's profile.

One crisp action taken following agency auditing after Snowden’s exposure: 100,000 fewer people have security clearances than did a year ago, Evanina said. “That’s a lot.”

This looks like the proper response to someone like Snowden. Handing out too many security clearances undermines security. But it's more than that: it's a consolidation of power. By stripping 100,000 people of their clearances, the government eliminates 100,000 potential whistleblowers. With fewer eyes watching surveillance programs, odds of abuse multiply. Someone has to watch the watchers and sometimes that someone is nothing more than a government contractor.

Aug 20 10:23

Israel Assassinated Gaza Army Commander's Wife and Son

Today, August 20, 2014, the wife (Wadad, 28) and son (Ali, 8) of Mohammed Deif, Commander of Gaza's Army were buried after the failed Israeli fifth attempt to assassinate the Palestinian leader. "Hamas is not a terror organization but a state in the making," claims Yediot Ahronot, Israel's largest paid newspaper.

Aug 20 10:17

CNN Anchor Suggests Police Use Water Cannons On Ferguson Protesters

In discussing seemingly less-violent options for crowd control, Rosemary Church wonders why the largely white authorities in Ferguson haven't considered using water cannons on the the largely black crowds. Once her co-anchor Errol Barnett processed what she just said, he looks at her like she's gone insane.

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All I can think of is the song line, "Don't know much about history..."

And it is very obvious that Ms. Church is blissfully unaware of the the civil rights movement and struggle in this country in the 60s, when peaceful African-Americans protestors got routinely hit with water cannon attacks so hard, they literally fell to the ground.

As reported at wikipedia.com:

As the jails and holding areas filled with arrested students, the Birmingham Police Department, led by Eugene "Bull" Connor, used high-pressure water jets and police attack dogs on the children and bystanders.

But when you look at this corporate presstitute, whose job it is not to report the news, or do any due-dilligence fact-checking, but to skew the news in any direction the Federal government wants it to be skewed, what she said was both completely logical, and throughly, outrageously stupid and insensitive at the same time.

The Corporatocracy has spoken: either stop protesting, or such protest will be brutally repressed.

But I think the real reason Furgeson has been so over-run with reporters, etc., after this horrifically tragic incident of the shooting of Michael Brown, is to look at creating a national wave of protest which would give Obama the excuse for suspending the Constitution and Bill of Rights nationally, and invoking martial law. Or at the very least, creating a racial issue for the Democrats to ride into the November elections.

Who know, perhaps, even postponing the mid-terms in November indefinitely?!?

As an observer of the geopolitical scene for some time now, I do not have the luxury...of believing in "coincidences".


Aug 20 10:10

Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year

Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police.

Aug 20 09:56

Real Nazis, Or More Zionist Hoaxes?

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The German-American Bund was a pro-Nazi political movement that started in 1935. Under the leadership of its "Führer," a notorious anti-Semite named Fritz Kuhn, the Bund at its height claimed about 15,000 members. The Bund's fortunes experienced a downturn in 1939, when Kuhn was sent to prison for embezzling funds.
It turned out that the ADL was financing the whole thing.

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Posted in light of the infiltration of Common Dreams.

Aug 20 09:51

The Double Identity of an "Anti-Semitic" Commenter

Like many other news websites, Common Dreams has been plagued by inflammatory anti-Semitic comments following its stories. But on Common Dreams these posts have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity.

A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website's discussion of issues involving Israel.

His intricate campaign, which he has admitted to Common Dreams, included posting comments by a screen name, "JewishProgressive," whose purpose was to draw attention to and denounce the anti-Semitic comments that he had written under many other screen names.

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We get a lot of that here as well. And there is nothing new in this tactic. Back in the 1930s, the ADL was able to solicit huge donations to oppose the American Nazi Party, a very small organization that nonetheless garnered a lot of media attention, which assisted ADL in raising more funds. Then the leader of the American Nazi Party was arrested for embezzling from his sponsor ... which turned out to be the ADL!

Israel needs the illusion of anti-Semitism for political reasons and if none is to be found, they just create it themselves!

Aug 20 09:35

ZIONISM’S ORIGINAL SIN RELIVED

Gaza is being punished because Gaza is a constant reminder to Israel and the world of the original sin of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the creation of a so-called Jewish state. Even though Palestinian resistance has never presented a military threat to Israel, it has always been portrayed as an existential threat to the state.

Aug 20 09:35

A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR THAT LIVES THE MANTRA “NEVER AGAIN”

This video tells the story of a German victim of holocaust who has spent most of her life trying to stop the genocide committed by Israel against the Palestinian people in the last 6 decades.

Aug 20 09:35

‘HALLMARK CARDS’ TO GAZA

The female gunners can be seen scrawling birthday greetings to friends and such messages as “To Adi, Good luck with the new job!” on the mortar shells before blasting them into Gaza.

Aug 20 09:34

Massive hail storm dumps on Mexico City

An intense hail storm rained on Mexico City causing floods.

The storm began late Sunday with heavy rain and quickly turned into a massive hail storm.

Residents scrambled to get indoors as the rocks pummeled to the ground.

The hail reportedly reached almost two feet high at one point, blocking many city tunnels and throughways.

Aug 20 09:23

Neither Obama Nor Congress Eager for Vote on Iraq

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the lead up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq became a huge political issue in the years to come, with Congressmen and Senators defined to a great extent by whether they voted for the war or against it. They’re not making that mistake again.

Not the mistake of starting a big war in Iraq, that’s totally happening. Rather, Congress is eager to avoid a vote that could come back to haunt them when the new war inevitably turns sour and stops being the trendy thing for officials to support.

It was less than a month ago, incredibly, that the House passed a resolution saying they opposed any troops being sent to Iraq without Congressional authorization. That came in the wake of polls showing overwhelming opposition for a new Iraq War, but weeks before President Obama unveiled his “humanitarian intervention.”

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What the people of this country want - an end to Israeli butchery in Gaza, and an end to a widened military involvement in Iraq - has become irrelevant.

And if you don't believe that, why in heaven's name did Obama make this move in Iraq before an election, and why did he think it was a "safe" move for his brother and sister Democratic incumbents, barely 90 days before the 2014 midterms?!?

Because Obama is only the titular head of the people of this country; the hard fact is, Obama and Congress are simply the handmaidens of the large corporations which fund their election cycles. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Once you understand this, it gets easier to somewhat understand their decisions and the legislation these decisions generate, which are generally lousy for We the People.

And war and carnage are big business in this country, and internationally, particularly if those activities are done to protect the US dollar.

Obama and the money junkies cannot allow Iraq to be overcome by Isis, which now controls large swathes of its oil-producing territory. Their control means that this oil may not be sold in US dollars, and economically competing countries, like Russia and China, will be allowed to freely purchase, and develop, Iraq's oil.

And no matter how much he has declared that there will be "no boots on the ground in Iraq", get out an egg timer; and see how long that whopper really lasts.

Because the cold, hard reality is, (and this country's leadership SHOULD have learned this from the Vietnam War, but did not) you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

Anyone see any ISIS military aircraft in Iraq or Syria?!?!?

I rest my case.

Aug 20 09:08

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.

Palestinians launched more than 130 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. No casualties were reported on the Israeli side.

Egypt, which has been trying to broker a long-term ceasefire in indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks, said it would continue contacts with both sides, whose delegates left Cairo after hostilities resumed on Tuesday.

But there appeared to be no end in sight to violence that shattered a 10-day period of calm, the longest break from fighting since Israel launched its Gaza offensive on July 8 with the declared aim of ending rocket fire into its territory.

Israeli aircraft have carried out 80 strikes in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, "targeting terror sites", the military said.

Aug 20 09:00

Are Negative Rates Coming to the U.S.?

Aug 20 08:59

Obama Denies Plans to Put US Combat Forces on Iraqi Ground

US President Barack Obama in a Monday statement reaffirmed that the US military had no plans to put combat forces on the ground in Iraq, despite an increase in US airstrikes at Islamic State positions in the country’s north.

“I have been firm from the start that we are not reintroducing thousands of US troops back on the Iraqi territory,” Barack Obama said in response to journalists after the statement.

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IF Obama has denied this, that means that the US government most probably has boots on the ground in Iraq right now.

Because if the US government doesn't get back control of the oil-producing regions in Iraq, it has no control over who gets sold that oil, and in what currencies. And if ISIS is successful in maintaining control over these areas, you can bet your sweet bippie that the oil will not be sold in US dollars.

Aug 20 08:59

ISIS are Sunni Impostors & Saudi-CIA Shills

John McCain in a meeting with ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!

An effort is being made to paint ISIS as a "Sunni" movement in order to suggest that they may have a far larger following and can ignite a major conflict.

AbuBakr.jpg(America's latest Bin Laden, after meeting with handler John McCain)

But nothing could be further from the truth. ISIS are Salafis, a manifestation of a modern phenomenon in Islam which scholars have referred to as "Revivalism." The Islamic revivalists have two important things in common: they have always been British-sponsored, and are marked by a rejection of Islamic legal tradition.

Aug 20 08:55

Finland: NATO Military Aid to Kiev ‘Not Possible’

"Of course it’s not possible. Not from NATO because NATO only provides military assistance to its members, and that’s well known. And the EU doesn’t have the capacity to provide this kind of support," he believes, RT reported.

Stubb was commenting on a request voiced Sunday by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, who said Kiev would welcome military aid from NATO and the EU in an interview.

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Finnish Prime Minister may well be in for a grand surprise at the next NATO summit in Wales on the 4th and 5th of next month; I wouldn't be at all surprised if the issue of bringing Ukraine into NATO is not fast-tracked at that time, because Ukraine is absolutely falling apart, financially and militarily.

Without NATO intervention, and soon, the Ukraine may well not be able to survive.

Aug 20 08:53

Vaccine bombshell: CDC whistleblower reveals cover-up linking MMR vaccines to autism in African-Americans

If what we are hearing so far is true, it means the CDC has deliberately run a decade-long cover-up which condemned tens of thousands of African-American children to a life of autism caused by MMR vaccines. It would also mean the CDC has engaged in a shameless conspiracy to hide the truth about the damage caused by vaccines, confirming the agency's primary mission of protecting pharmaceutical profits even at the expense of human life.

Aug 20 08:51

The Militarization of America's police

Here's how it all happened. A little-known Pentagon program has been quietly militarizing American police forces for years. A total of $4.2bn worth of equipment has been distributed by the Defense Department to municipal law enforcement agencies, with a record $546m in 2012 alone. In the fine print of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1997, the "1033 program" was born. It allows the Defense Department to donate surplus military equipment to local police forces.

Aug 20 08:50

City of Des Moines Begins Homeless Camp Evictions

The City of Des Moines said it gave about 50 homeless people living in camps along the river fair warning. On Monday, city crews went from site to site making sure the campers had packed up and moved.

“Today they’re going to come down and take everybody’s stuff and throw it in the dump,” said Don Welch.

Welch was kicked out of a camp site under the George Washington Carver Bridge.

The city brought in a garbage truck and end loader to remove the trash and belongings left behind. Crews are targeting about a dozen remote campsites along the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. Officials said most of the campers had already left on their own. Police were on hand to deal with any problems with the few who remained.

“If you don’t leave, they’re going to put you in jail,” warned Welch.

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Phil Delafield, I call grade-A, bovine excrement on that last statement of yours.

and what about Don Welch's warning that if these people don't move, they will be jailed?!?

If this is not the criminalization of homelessness, I don't know what the hell is.

That these people only have the choice between moving out of sight, or jail, says a lot about the current moral, and fiscal, state of Des Moines; and I can tell you, neither perspective is very pretty right now.

Aug 20 08:47

Curiosity rover is having wheel problems

Mission planners didn’t anticipate that Curiosity would be driving over an area on Mars that has sharp, pyramid-shaped rocks embedded in hard ground.

Aug 20 08:45

US Police Train with Foreign Militaries to Crackdown on Dissent

Abby Martin remarks on the growing militarization of America’s local police forces in the midst of the unrest in Ferguson, MO, highlighting a program known as Urban Shield, where US police forces train and learn military tactics together.
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Aug 20 08:43

Officer involved shootings escape FBI scrutiny

Demonstrations are popping up across the US to protest not only the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, but a host of other police killings of unarmed persons. Over 400 citizens are shot by law enforcement every year in the US, according to the FBI, but this figure is widely believed to be inaccurate due to inadequate reporting procedures by law enforcement.

Aug 20 08:34

Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry

Congress Is For Sale to the Highest Bidder

Americans of all stripes oppose the militarization of U.S. police forces.

For example:

A December 2013 Reason-Rupe poll found that 58% of Americans thought that police militarization has gone too far

A new Pew research poll shows that a plurality of people think that the police have gone too far in Ferguson, Missouri

So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money.

Maplight reports that congress critters opposing Congressman Grayson’s bill to demilitarize police receive 73% more money than those voting for it:

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The US Federal Government, through its collective actions, both domestically and internationally, has lost all credibility and all morality.

Its policies have left this country morally and fiscally bankrupt, and warrants absolutely no faith whatsoever from the American people.

We the people, have become expendable and useless to the American political process, because by the time candidates are vetted at the state and national level, the corporations funding their campaigns have told them, very clearly, what the quid pro quo is for their funding.

Aug 20 08:33

“Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother”

In a September 2003 interview in Elsevier (the Dutch weekly) Van Creveld said: “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force…. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”

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Aug 20 08:31

LIVE UPDATES: 22 Palestinians killed in last day; 140 rockets and mortars fired at Israel

Israeli strike reportedly targets Hamas military chief; 100 projectiles fired at Israel since truce collapsed, IDF attacks 50 targets; Hollande calls for demilitarization of Gaza.

Aug 20 08:30

BREAKING: Lagos records 5 new suspected Ebola cases

Five new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said.

At a press conference, Wednesday, Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, told journalists that two of those cases were from secondary contacts.

“Till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which came in yesterday, 12 confirmed,” said Dr. Idris.

Aug 20 08:29

Does THIS Explain the “Snipers” Shadowing the Occupy Protests?

Was the Government Prepared to Deploy Snipers If the Occupy Protests Gained Momentum?

TruthDig reported last year:

“Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders?” asks investigative reporter Dave Lindorff at WhoWhatWhy. “What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?”

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Washington, D.C.-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund yielded an FBI document containing knowledge of a plot by an unnamed group or individual to kill “leaders” of the Houston chapter of the nonviolent Occupy Wall Street movement.

Here’s what the document said, according to WhoWhatWhy:

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Apparently, the policy of extrajudicial assassinations has been very much alive and well in this country for quite some time.

Aug 20 08:28

Is Portugal Next in Line for Wealth Confiscation?

The pattern should be seared in your memory by now. If you fail to recognize it, you could be struck with a huge financial blow.

It’s a pattern that has played out over and over throughout history: a government gets into financial trouble, then denies there’s a problem, which is followed by a surprise wealth grab.

That’s exactly what happened when bank deposits in Spain and Cyprus were raided. We’ve also seen retirement savings confiscated in some form in Poland, Portugal, and Hungary. Capital controls have been imposed in Cyprus and Iceland.

Of course these aren’t the only examples of blatant government thievery. These examples are just within Europe and just within recent years. They can and will happen anywhere.

Aug 20 08:27

Watching 'beheading' video may be a terrorism offence

The Metropolitan Police has warned that watching or downloading an Islamic State video that purports to show the beheading of a US journalist could constitute a terrorism offence.

Aug 20 08:26

Destruction Of Syria Chemical Weapons Complete

Aug 20 08:25

Why cops have a bad reputation

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

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Civil Rights are a matter of principle, and I would like to remind this officer that the United States Supreme Court ruled in John Bad Elk vs United States that when the police are acting outside the law the citizen has a legal right to resist, up to and including the use of lethal force.

Aug 20 08:24

EU Advisors Advocate use of Military Against Strikes and Protests

Experts at a European Union (EU) think-tank are demanding that the EU prepare to put down strikes and protests with military force. Due to the deepening social inequality in a globalised economy and growing military conflicts within the EU’s borders, such outbursts will inevitably increase.

In the study by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, the authors bluntly state that in the face of these developments, the army will have to be used increasingly for policing duties to protect the rich from the anger of the poor.

The book appeared a year after the near-collapse of the global financial system in 2008, entitled “Perspectives for European Defence 2020.” It makes clear that academics and politicians are very aware of the revolutionary implications of the crisis. They are working through scenarios that would allow the opposition of the vast majority of the population to social attacks to be suppressed.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; looks as though Europe is rapidly turning fascist also.

Aug 20 08:21

Spielberg’s Hoax – The Last Days of The Big Lie – Debunking ‘The Last Days’

The Last Days of the Big Lie is a documentary which debunks the disgusting liars glorified as heroes and victims in the Steven Spielberg produced, Academy Award winning “Holocaust” documentary The Last Days.

Anyone else notice in uptick in Holocaust whining since Israel stepped up its Holocaust in Gaza?

Aug 20 08:19

Ukraine Overnight Interest Rates Soars to 17.5%; External Debt Cannot Be Paid Back; Ukraine Demands Rebels Surrender

It's crystal clear Ukraine has no interest in a ceasefire under any terms. Instead it demands rebels lay down weapons and for Russia to stop intervention. In short, Ukraine demands surrender.

Thus death and destruction will continue, possibly long after Ukraine takes over Luhansk and Donetsk (or rather what's left of Luhansk and Donetsk).

The conflict has cost Ukraine $8 billion, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying today by the Unian newswire. Ukraine’s central bank raised its overnight refinancing rate to 17.5 percent today from 15 percent as it seeks to support the hryvnia. The Ukrainian currency fell as much as 1.6 percent before trading little changed at to 13.03 per dollar, taking its decline for the month to 5.8 percent.

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It will be interesting to see how Ukrainians decide to respond to current and future misery, both economically, and militarily.

One has to wonder; will they manage to throw Poroshenko and the rest of the crew out of office, or will the EU, UCB, and the US prevent this by going in militarily to put down the rebellions?!?

But whatever happens, it will be ugly, and most probably, happen very soon.

Aug 20 08:18

Israel's 'refusers': Why we too feel 'occupied'

His long hair has been shaved off, he has to wear a Marine's uniform and is given orders like a soldier, but Udi Segal is not in the military -- he has in fact refused to join the Israel Defense Forces. He may have refused to join then, but he's still forced to look like a soldier in prison.

The 19-year-old has been in prison for 20 days. He's a "refuser" -- the name given to conscientious objectors who refuse to join the Israeli military on political and ethical grounds.

Aug 20 08:16

An Unsettling Climate

And yet, highly credentialed scientists, including Nobel Prize–winning physicist Ivar Giaever, reject what is often called the “climate consensus.” Giaever resigned from the American Physical Society in protest of the group’s statement that evidence of global warming was “incontrovertible” and that governments needed to move immediately to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Sixteen distinguished scientists signed a 2012 Wall Street Journal article, in which they argued that taking drastic action to “decarbonize” the world’s economy—an effort that would have major effects on economic growth and quality of life, especially in the developing world—was not justified by observable scientific evidence.

Aug 20 08:15

EU farmers complain €125mn compensation is just drop in the ocean

The €125 million in emergency EU support to its food producers may not be enough to cover the damage, as some estimates have it more than a hundred times higher.

On Monday, the European Commission announced €125 million in emergency funding for European farmers hit by the Russian trade ban

Economists at ING estimate the embargo could cost the European Union €6.7 billion ($9 billion) during a year of lost production. The report also sees 130,000 jobs at risk in the trade row between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

The European statistics office, Eurostat, said the ban - which bars meat, dairy, cheese, fruit and vegetables from all 28 EU member states, affects €12 billion ($16 billion) worth of EU exports, or 10 percent of the total.

Aug 20 08:12

Fluoridation outlawed in Israel

Just occasionally during the long sordid history of fluoridation an individual stands up against the bullying tactics of the arrogant promoters of fluoridation. This has just happened in Israel where the Minister of Health Yael German has ended fluoridation in Israel despite the vocal and vociferous attacks of fluoridation promoters which have been gleefully – and one-sidedly – reported in The Jerusalem Post.

Aug 20 08:12

Vietnam tests two Nigerians for Ebola

Vietnam is testing two Nigerians for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived on a flight to Ho Chi Minh City showing symptoms of fever.

Aug 20 08:11

Two Suspected Cases Of Ebola In Austria

Two men who arrived in Austria last week from Nigeria have been hospitalised on suspicion of carrying the Ebola disease, a regional Austrian governor said Tuesday.

Aug 20 08:11

BREAKING NEWS: Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola

A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola.

Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated.

The hospital's Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release 'We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.

Aug 20 08:10

Germany Ebola scare as Nigerian woman showing symptoms of killer disease faints in jobcentre forcing 600 people into quarantine

A woman was rushed to hospital and hundreds of people were quarantined today after she showed symptoms of Ebola virus infection in a jobcentre in Germany.

As many as 600 visitors and staff at the employment office building in Berlin were also stopped from leaving for several hours as emergency services sealed off part of the street.

The mass-circulation daily Bild said the woman had fainted, that she hailed from Nigeria and that she said later that she had recently been in contact with people infected with Ebola.

Aug 20 08:10

If Ebola hits Lagos, we're in big trouble

You think there are magic bullets in some rich country's freezers that will instantly stop the relentless spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa? You think airport security guards in Los Angeles can look a traveller in the eyes and see infection, blocking that jet passenger's entry into La-la land? You believe novelist Dan Brown's utterly absurd description of a World Health Organisation that has a private C5-A military transport jet and disease SWAT team that can swoop into outbreaks, saving the world from contagion?

Wake up, fools. What's going on in West Africa now isn't Brown's silly Inferno scenario - it's Steven Soderberg's movie "Contagion", though without a modicum of its high-tech capacity.

Aug 20 08:09

County in Liberia runs out of body bags for Ebola victims

In areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone, there aren't enough body bags for victims of Ebola or protective clothing for the health workers trying to fight the virus.

Aug 20 08:08

Ebola Dead Can’t Be Buried in Liberia Amid Bag Shortage

The bodies of some Ebola victims in the region of Liberia hit hardest by the outbreak can’t be buried because there are no body bags, adding to the obstacles the West African nation faces as it tries to tame the virus.

The northern county of Lofa, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone, has “absolutely no body bags,” Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said in a statement dated Aug. 17 and posted on its website yesterday. The government also has only a small fraction of the protective clothing, chlorine powder and mattresses it needs, according to the statement.

Aug 20 08:08

New Mexico woman, other patient in Calif. both being tested for Ebola virus

The 30-year-old New Mexico woman is currently in isolation as a precaution at the University of New Mexico Hospital after experiencing symptoms similar to the virus which has killed more than 1,200 people overseas as of Tuesday, according to health officials. The woman recently returned from Sierra Leone. In Sacramento, Calif., a patient 'who may have been exposed' to Ebola is under observation, officials there said.

Aug 20 08:07

Sadistic cop keeps tazering unresponsive man

Aug 20 08:05

Did you say August or Autumn? Sun rises over misty Peak District as miles of rolling hills are shrouded in morning fog and the nation shivers as temperatures drop to 2C

The mercury dipped as low as 2.1C in County Down, Northern Ireland, this morning and hovered around 3C in Devon and the Derybshire Peak District.

And tomorrow Britain will be colder than Siberia, feeling chillier than an average October in the UK as the Arctic summer shiver peaks.

Aug 20 08:03

Hamas Chief 'Deserves To Die Like Bin Laden'

An Israeli cabinet minister has said Hamas's military leader "deserves to die just like bin Laden", after an airstrike apparently targeting him left his wife and infant son dead.

Interior Minister Gideon Saar told army radio Mohammed Deif was a legitimate target, as Hamas and Israel's military carried out rocket attacks and airstrikes following the breakdown of the latest truce.

"He is an arch murderer and as long as we have an opportunity we will try to kill him," Mr Saar said.

Mr Deif, who has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the past, was not at home at the time of the latest attack.

Aug 20 08:01

Hamas denies launching rockets into Israel

The Islamist Hamas movement denied Tuesday firing four rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in an emailed press statement that "Hamas does not have any information on launching any rockets from Gaza".

Aug 20 08:01

Ship targeted by protesters makes U-turn, heads back to Oakland

Demonstrators scrambled to shore up their forces at the Port of Oakland Tuesday night after a cargo ship they had blocked from unloading as a protest against Israel's military actions in Gaza set sail for Los Angeles then abruptly made a U-turn and headed back to Oakland.

Aug 20 07:59

Italy Tornado fighter jets collide near Ascoli

Two Italian military jets have collided in mid-air during a training exercise in eastern Italy.

The aircraft crashed 30km (18 miles) from Ascoli in the Marche region on Tuesday, setting off raging fires in the forest below.

Four people are thought to be missing, including both the pilots and navigators.

Aug 20 07:58

The poor get poorer: Low-wage jobs still dominate

Not so long ago, Russ Holton was married, making a six-figure income and looking at a promising career ahead.

Now, seven years later, he's divorced, interviewing for $12-an-hour jobs and trying to further his education and stay afloat in a jobs market that is creating in excess of 200,000 positions a month but few that provide an opportunity to live the life to which he had become accustomed.

"I'm not finding what I'm looking for," Holton, a 45-year-old resident of Mason, Ohio, said during a phone interview that provided a break during a day of job hunting. "I just interviewed for a job that pays $12 an hour. I felt really stupid. For 12 bucks an hour, that's not right.... It's a different world right now."

Aug 20 07:57

How Your Morning Coffee Can Prevent Tinnitus

by Dr. Victor Marchione

One of the best and most reliable “health drinks” available is a simple, good ol’ cup of Joe. A few mugs of black coffee per day can do more than just keep you awake and stimulated. There is evidence showing that coffee can lower your risk of diabetes and liver disease and that it can promote a healthy heart. These are just some of the potential benefits of coffee, and there are likely more on the way.

In fact, when I was enjoying my morning cup of coffee the other day, I came across a new discovery suggesting coffee may be able to stave off tinnitus...

Aug 20 07:52

BUSTED! Gov. Running #Ferguson Twitter Psyop

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It is a fact that the US Government has spent millions of your tax dollars buying special software that allows government propagandists to create and use hundreds of fake identities to flood social media with US Government propaganda.

That they are provably using this system now to fan up the racial tensions tells us that indeed Ferguson is an operation to try to trigger mass race riots leading to martial law. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!

Shortly after exposing the government propaganda accounts, this poster was issued a warning form Twitter, implying that calling attention to these manufactured government accounts would suspend his own twitter account!

Aug 20 07:51

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...Like Gold's Sudden Ignorance Of Geopolitical Risk

The last time the world faced a meaningful threat of a large-scale conflict between East and West, the gold price soared. This time it hasn’t moved. Why?

Aug 20 07:49

WATCH THIS, THE LOCALS KNOW THE FERGUSON RIOTERS ARE PAID

I debated with myself over an hour about whether I should post this or not. Earlier, while on the 2nd shift of our U. City protest, a guy pulled up, called all of us over, and said he worked with the government. He asked if we had a cell phone or something we could record him with. He said he was on his way out of here and wanted this recorded. I shid you not, and between my research on this government, & history, I'm inclined to believe him. Watch, like, share, tag, flood the news fb pages, WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF TIME!!!

Aug 20 07:44

The Great Israeli Iron Dome Hoax

In April 2002, noted MIT physicist Theodore Postol headlined his Technology Review article “Why Missile Defense Won’t Work.”

The notion is more hoax than possibility. His reasoning was detailed and technical. What’s supposed to work doesn’t as claimed

Hitting and destroying a missile with another one isn’t possible. It may never be other than occasional lucky exceptions.

Claims otherwise are fabricated to maintain funding and deceive populations into believing they’re safe.

According to Postol, “(t)his should be of profound concern to every US citizen” and every Israeli one.

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The US Congress is looting you to send hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel to pay for the Iron Dome system, which apparently has a 90% failure rate!

Aug 20 07:42

Store owners speak out about surveillance video after release

The attorney for the owners of the store says the owners do not wish to be wrapped up in the middle of this. They are simply complying with police orders and again the attorney wanted to emphasize the 911 call did not come from the owners or an employee.

Aug 20 07:42

How to Decode News Reports in the Mainstream Media About Palestinian Genocide

• World catching on to truth about Israeli genocide despite meticulous crafting of message by Zionists.

The Zionist power elite are masters of the Big Lie. They have convinced the credulous of this world that unbridled destruction is a “targeted attack” and that the massacre of thousands of mostly unarmed Palestinian children, women and men is “self-defense.” Were Syria, Iran—or even France—to attempt such a thing, international outrage and intervention would be a foregone conclusion. But terrorist, genocidal Israel gets a free pass. Why? Because it controls and directs the language describing its atrocities. In the face of multiplying Israeli crimes against humanity, however, the truth may finally be getting the upper hand.

Aug 20 07:41

Researchers Hack Into Michigan’s Traffic Lights

Security flaws in a system of networked stoplights point to looming problems with an increasingly connected infrastructure.

Aug 20 07:40

Obama’s ‘Refugee Crisis’ Revealed

• Expert says Mideast is where real humanitarian disaster exists.

The numbers are genuinely staggering. According to a June 20, 2014 United Nations report, refugees worldwide have now topped 51 million. This type of mass displacement hasn’t been seen since Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa were torn apart in World War II.

Unfortunately, this humanitarian crisis being experienced in so many impoverished foreign countries, is being used as an emotional weapon to justify scores of illegal aliens flooding across the United States southern border from Mexico and Central America. But despite all the heartstrings being pulled, these situations are vastly different for one primary reason: In Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia, residents continue to flee because of war, not merely to exploit the wealth and generosity of American taxpayers.

Aug 20 07:38

Beyond Millennials: How to Reach Generation Z

As the average Facebook user gets older, more than 25% of 13- to 17-year-olds left the network in 2013.

Aug 20 07:38

Officer points gun at me and other media on W. Florissant #ferguson

Aug 20 07:37

OfficerGoFuckYourself

Aug 20 07:32

UK police probes MP Galloway for anti-Israel remarks

British police have questioned prominent UK lawmaker George Galloway over his critical statements of the Israeli regime.

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Proving that the government of Great Britain is just as much a slave to Tel Aviv as the US Government is!

Aug 20 07:22

ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized

Dead American Journalist the Latest Ploy to Cover-up Regional Genocide Years in the Making

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

American journalist James Wright Foley was allegedly brutally murdered on video by terrorists of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). The development would at first appear to portray a terrorist organization openly declaring itself an enemy of the West; but, in reality, it is the latest attempt by the West itself to cover up the true genesis of the current region-wide catastrophe of its own creation now unfolding in the Middle East...

Aug 20 07:20

Israel glorifies its own murderers

Israelis honored the terrorists who killed 92 people in the 1948 King David HoTo cite just one example of many, in July 2006 a plaque was unveiled in Jerusalem's King David Hotel honoring the men of the Irgun terrorist group who bombed the hotel in 1948, killing 92 people. In response, the British ambassador to Israel issued a statement declaring, "We do not think that it is right for an act of terrorism, which led to the loss of many lives, to be commemorated." Among those attending the ceremony honoring the mass murderers was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. One of the perpetrators of the crime was on hand to provide guided tours.tel bombing.

Aug 20 07:18

Classified Information on Malaysia Airlines MH370 Case Stolen - Reports

Classified information from the computers of officials involved in the investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 has been stolen, The Star Online reported Wednesday.

The computers of the high-ranking officials are said to have been hacked and the stolen information was allegedly being sent to a computer in China before the Malaysian Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry blocked the transmissions, the website reported.

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This kind of skullduggery supports the theory that MH370 was shot down during a joint US/Thai military exercise, in an accident similar to that which killed TWA 800.

Aug 20 07:17

King David Hotel Bombing

Dressed as Arabs.

The attack on the hotel was the deadliest attack against the British in the history of the Mandate and is often credited as being a major factor in the British decision to relinquish the Mandate. If classed as terrorism, the attack was the most cowardly & deadliest of that kind anywhere in the world.

Aug 20 07:13

Pastors: Man claiming to be peacekeeper actually escalating things in Ferguson

Many African American church leaders told News 4 a man pretending to spread messages of peace is actually escalating violence in Ferguson.

Pastors are pointing the finger at Malik Shabazz, the former leader of the New Black Panther Party, and many church leaders want him to leave Ferguson.

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Agent provocateur?

Recall that during COINTELPRO, the original Black Panther party was heavily infiltrated by the FBI, and undercover informants were directed to carry out actions that would discredit the civil rights movement in the eyes of the public.

This is feeling like more of the same.

Aug 20 07:09

It Was Their Job

It was their job . . . to kill women and children. An LRC reader writes about meeting the crew of the Enola Gay:

Aug 20 07:08

A USS Liberty’s Hero’s Passing

Silver Star winner Terry Halbardier, the hero who got off the SOS that saved the USS Liberty from Israeli destruction in 1967, died last week in California, prompting ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern to recall the murderous attack and the cowardly cover-up that followed.

"I remembered what a naval officer involved in McGonagle’s award ceremony told one of the Liberty crew: 'The government is pretty jumpy about Israel…the State Department even asked the Israeli ambassador if his government had any objections to McGonagle getting the medal.'"

Aug 20 07:06

California may have paid millions for fraudulent drug treatment: audit

A California program that covers addiction treatments for the poor may have paid $93.7 million in fraudulent claims, a state audit showed.

The report released Tuesday by the California State Auditor showed that the state's Drug Medi-Cal program may have paid more than $3 million in claims for patients who were actually dead, and found serious deficiencies in the agency's records for 30 drug treatment program providers.

“It is a very troubling audit,” said State Senator Ted Lieu, a Southern California Democrat who requested the audit along with another lawmaker. “It shows that there is significant fraud in California’s Drug Medi-Cal system, and that this fraud has been ongoing for many years.”

The audit was spurred by a 2013 investigation by The Center For Investigative Reporting and CNN, which found questionable billing practices at drug-treatment clinics in Southern California. The program is a division of the state's healthcare program for the poor, known as Medi-Cal.

Aug 20 07:06

USA IMMINENT COLLAPSE

Aug 20 06:59

Israel is COMPLETELY illegitimate! - George Galloway speech - 9th August 2014

Aug 20 06:58

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses: What Did You Expect?

Deif, whom Israel has attempted to kill many times, may have survived, though reports say a third unidentified person was killed as well. The reason why this is especially important is that Israel was supposedly observing a temporary ceasefire and supposedly negotiating in good faith with Egypt and Hamas about a permanent ceasefire.

We can clearly see how genuine Israeli ceasefires and commitments are. When they can drown their enemies in blood, they do so no matter what agreements this may violate.

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So, once again, the truth comes out. Israel struck first, and the US corporate media claims the retaliation is an "unprovoked attack" by HAMAS.

Aug 20 06:54

BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Thursday, August 14, 2014

The following is a summary of the 8/14/14 daily beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). I will endeavour to publish this summary each day the FDEP issues such a report. While the media and public believe that the effects of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout and Oil Spill have been largely eradicated, this data suggests otherwise.

It is important to note that these reports of daily oil discoveries and further environmental damage come at a time when BP is attempting to renege on its oft-stated “Commitment to the Gulf.”

Aug 20 06:53

Uh-oh: Stock buybacks are on the decline

One of the problems with buybacks is that you have to run faster and faster just to stay in one place. If share prices rise, you have to spend more just to buy in the same number of shares. And to some extent it just becomes a matter of robbing Peter to pay Paul: You borrow money in the bond market to buy back some of your shares on the stock market. Meanwhile your stockholders, in an effort to reduce the “risks” of their portfolio as they near retirement, sell you some of their stocks and use the money…to, er, buy your new bonds.

But don’t worry about that. As Chuck Prince once said, so long as the music keeps playing, you gotta keep dancing.

Aug 20 06:52

Municipal Bonds: The Bait in the Trap

Aug 20 06:52

Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.

Aug 20 06:47

The 21 Stupidest Things Ever Said by Powerful People

The great Uncle Ben once said, "With great power, comes great responsibility." Some famous folks didn't get that memo, though, evidenced by them just saying whatever stupid things their brains just come up with.

Aug 20 06:46

THE FINEST SENATE THAT MONEY CAN BUY

It is the usual practice to spend such sums according to a very precise and carefully calculated procedure, so that every single dollar spent in this respect is guaranteed maximum return. The sum of $576,000 was handed to the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which backed, without any reservation, every single act by the Israeli government. It has also been paid to new candidates, usually running against committee members who have not submitted to the instructions of the Israeli embassy in Washington.

For the $4.25m Israel has paid to prime the US Congress, Israel will receive a US grant totalling $2.6bn. for its money, therefore, Israel will have struck the bargain of the century, receiving an interest of 60,000 per cent on its original investment. The extra grant to Israel will increase that interest even more.

Aug 20 06:42

Father of kid that killed 4 people in popular "affluenza" case arrested for impersonating a police officer

The father of Ethan Couch was arrested Tuesday for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

Frederick Anthony Couch was taken into custody shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday by North Richland Hills police.

Aug 20 06:42

LA schools to end zero-tolerance polices and criminalization of students

The nation’s second largest school district will stop criminalizing students for low-level offenses as part of wider reforms relating to controversial zero-tolerance policies, officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Tuesday.

Aug 20 06:37

Bolivia Declares Israel a Terrorist State!

I may buy a Bolivian flag for my room

Aug 20 06:35

Kol Nidre

THE KOL NIDRE

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=340&letter=K

"All vows , obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called '?onam,' '?onas,' or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent.
May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect; they shall not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths."

Aug 20 06:19

Whistleblower Names CDC Scientists In Covering Up Vaccine-Autism Link

GMI Reporter

A Study by Focus Autism Foundation Finds: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Manipulation of Scientific Data and Top-Down Pressure on CDC Scientists to Support the Fraudulent Application of Government Policies on Vaccine Safety.

A top research scientist working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) played a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover data manipulation by the CDC that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African-American boys...

Aug 20 06:07

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

It is traditional US diplomacy to play a double game — on the one hand training, arming and financing terrorists to overthrow or destabilize non-compliant governments, while at the same time condemning those same malcontents when it is convenient to do so.

Aug 20 06:04

The Community has Stolen My Birthright

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, more than seventy people gathered in the sanctuary of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis (CRC) to hear from representatives of the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). We oppose the Israeli occupation and advocate for a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with freedom and equality for all. We opposed oppose the recent current war in Gaza. In hosting this event, Rabbi Susan Talve and CRC took steps to distinguish St. Louis as a place safe for Jewish progressives and a community willing to engage in a thoughtful reevaluation of our community’s politics and alignments. Rabbi Talve initiated the event after witnessing the police escort four JVP activists off of the campus of the Jewish Community Center on July 29. We had disrupted a “Solidarity Gathering in Support of Israel,” co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and additional organizations.

Aug 20 06:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Putin should meet privately with European Leaders

Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.

Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.

If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.

Aug 20 05:44

Turkey to send floating power station to Gaza

Turkey is sending a floating power plant to Gaza after its sole power station was hit during an Israeli attack at the end of July.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz revealed the plan for a ship to anchor off the coast of Gaza yesterday after a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart, Dr Omer Kittaneh.

The 100 MW floating power plant is reportedly to be provided by shipbuilder Karadeniz Holding.

Explaining the move, Mr Yildiz said the elderly, patients in hospitals and schools had electricity needs to be meet.

He said: “These [are] Islamic topics, but also humanitarian issues.”

Gaza has been bombarded with shells by its neighbour in the recent offensive, with the UN estimating the Palestinian death toll has reached 1,976 while 64 Israeli Defence Force soldiers are reported to have been killed.

Aug 20 05:40

Database Shows What Military Equipment Your Local Police Department Has Been Stockpiling

There’s no doubt that domestic law enforcement agencies on every level have been ramping up their militarization efforts in recent years. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that it has prompted Senator Rand Paul to call for a demilitarization of domestic police departments. “The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action,” notes Paul in a recent article.

Aug 20 05:28

The Black Sphere’s Kevin Jackson on the Media’s Impact on Ferguson

Executive Director of The Black Sphere and radio show host Kevin Jackson spoke with 1-800-Politics’ Editor Stephen Beadencup regarding the situation in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old black man Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. Kevin Jackson is based out of St. Louis and has been on the ground providing commentary and opinion on the events taking place in Ferguson on Fox News and CNN.

SB: What’s your take on the mainstream media’s portrayal of Michael Brown and the shooting incident?

Aug 20 05:11

Ukrainian coal industry loses $23 million over war in east Ukraine

Ukraine’s coal industry lost $22.84 million in July over the continued military operations in the country’s east, First Deputy Energy and Coal Minister Yuriy Zyukov said on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian coal industry’s decline has been unprecedented since World War II, the first deputy minister said.

“We lost 297 million hryvnias in July alone due to the continued war [in east Ukraine] and failed to produce 315,000 tons of coal as planned,” he said.

“We have lost about 420,000 tons of coal since the start of the year,” Zyukov said.

From 30 to 35 coalmines in east Ukraine are not working mainly due to the absence of electricity and, as a result, mine flooding,” the first deputy energy and coal minister said.

Aug 20 05:03

Poland calls for end to 'Polish mercenaries in Ukraine' reports

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland dissociates itself from media speculation about the alleged involvement of Polish mercenaries in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Information available to us does not corroborate such allegations,” a statement by ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski says.

The denial follows a report by the German DPA news agency on 16 August that Ukraine military sources told them foreign nationals, including Poles, were fighting in eastern Ukraine.

On 14 August, Russian and pro-Russian web sites were claiming that ASBS Othago, a Polish mercenary unit, was involved in fighting rebels.

Aug 20 04:31

Israel to pay students to defend it online

"Everyone who believes in the cause, and wants to join, can join," he told The Associated Press. He said the office was looking to budget $778,000 for the project, and that the national Israeli student association would select participants from a pool of applicants.

Aug 20 04:29

Thought-police is here

The Foreign Ministry intends to hire young people who speak at least one language and who study communication, political science, or law – or alternately, Israelis with military experience gained at units dealing with information analysis.

The reason is that good PR cannot make the reality in the occupied territories prettier. Children are being killed, homes are being bombed, and families are starved. Yet nonetheless, the Foreign Ministry wants to try to change the situation. And they have willing partners. “Where do I submit a CV?” wrote one respondent. “I’m fluent in several languages and I’m able to spew forth bullshit for hours on end.”

Aug 20 04:24

Israeli students to get $2,000 to spread state propaganda on Facebook

The National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) has become a full-time partner in the Israeli government’s efforts to spread its propaganda online and on college campuses around the world.

NUIS has launched a program to pay Israeli university students $2,000 to spread pro-Israel propaganda online for 5 hours per week from the “comfort of home.”

The union is also partnering with Israel’s Jewish Agency to send Israeli students as missionaries to spread propaganda in other countries, for which they will also receive a stipend.

This active recruitment of Israeli students is part of Israel’s orchestrated effort to suppress the Palestinian solidarity movement under the guise of combating “delegitimization” of Israel and anti-Semitism.

Aug 20 04:22

Israel Hires Internet Soldiers to Penetrate American Forums, Chatrooms

a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel. Internet-savvy Israeli youngsters, mainly recent graduates and demobilised soldiers with language skills, are being recruited to pose as ordinary surfers while they provide the government’s line on the Middle East conflict...About $150,000 has been set aside for the first stage of development, with increased funding expected next year.

Aug 20 03:32

Cop Points Gun at Journalists: “I’m Going to F***ing Kill You!”

Shocking footage out of Ferguson, Missouri shows a police officer pointing his gun directly at protesters and press

Aug 20 01:47

VIDEO: Caleb-Michael Files -Officer points gun at me and other media on W. Florissant #ferguson

As myself and other media were attempting to get to action. We were approached by this officer who was wildly wielding his gun.
Caleb-Michael Files

As myself and other media were attempting to get to action. We were approached by this officer who was wildly wielding his gun.

Aug 20 00:47

The Bitcoin Novelty – A Revolutionary Idea

Waking Times

Even though the crypto currency, Bitcoin, isn’t exactly new, it still hasn’t infiltrated the mainstream ethos. But it’s getting there. You may have heard the term outside the fringe Internet message boards, or dark bar alleyways—that seemingly hacker-fancied geekdom thing that probably sprang from 4chan or Anonymous—but you probably didn’t understand it or, better yet, you probably didn’t want to. And who wouldn’t? What with most money and economic language so obscure and blathering it makes economists and Wall Street walkers seem like members of a secret money society or currency cult.

Aug 20 00:47

VIDEO: ID this Cop said "I will fcking kill you!"#officergofuckyourself #Ferguson - POINTED GUN

"I will fucking kill you" says cop on @Rebelutionary_Z livestream. Gave his name as Officer Go Fuck Yourself. #Ferguson

August 19, 2014

Aug 19 23:42

Lessons from Ferguson: Prepping for Civil Unrest and Martial Law

Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapse. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event.

Aug 19 23:18

Movement! The Tide is Returning

"Don't hate the media. Become the media!" ~ Jello Biafra

Aug 19 23:17

Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Aug 19 23:11

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

This was no ordinary defeat for Mr. Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against the Second Amendment” group. Losing to a local sheriff in a county dominated by Democratic Party voters just might have set his futile movement back to a point of no recovery.

Aug 19 22:53

Israeli ship is blocked from unloading in Oakland for four straight days

While the port shutdown was in response to Israel’s current bombardment of Gaza and a direct appeal by Palestinian trade union groups, local organizations like AROC want the action to mark the first of many direct mobilizations against Israel’s decades-long control of Palestinians and US-supported colonization of their land.

Aug 19 22:41

Boston PD Tested Facial Recognition Software By Recording Every Face At Local Music Festivals

Concertgoers at last year’s annual Boston Calling music festivals weren’t just there to watch the show — they were watched themselves as test subjects for Boston police’ new facial recognition technology, which reportedly analyzed every attendee at the May and September two-day events.

Aug 19 22:35

Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high — $3.884 per pound — in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Aug 19 22:29

Cops cleared more than 400 times each year for justified homicides

More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn’t specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person’s death.

Aug 19 21:57

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry guarantees safety of Russian humanitarian convoy

Ukraine has provided guarantees of the safe passage of the Russian humanitarian convoy in areas controlled by the Ukrainian army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebeinos said on Tuesday.

Aug 19 20:54

WATCH LIVE: Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

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Aug 19 19:33

The Pros And Cons Of Militarizing The Police

PROS:
Same tactics used successfully in Afghanistan, Iraq
Modern law enforcement simply cannot do their job properly by relying on handguns, tasers, and tear gas alone
A real shot in arm for nation’s ailing weapons industry.......

CONS:
Most police officers have proven fully capable of violently subduing protesters without any military-grade weapons......

Aug 19 19:27

US Intelligence Committee Head Says US In Greater Danger Than Before 911!

Here we go! With the distraction in Ferguson Missouri dragging on.

MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – The emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world have put the United States in greater danger than even before September 11 2001, says Representative Mike Rogers, head of the US House Intelligence Committee.

Aug 19 18:51

"I fear our panic stricken politicians are leading us into another bloody shambles in Iraq," GENERAL SIR MICHAEL ROSE

Amid the rising tide of horror stories coming from Iraq, there seems to be little constructive thought emerging from Western politicians on how to solve the political and humanitarian issues that confront the country.

Like panic-stricken rabbits caught in the headlights, our political leaders do not appear to know which way to go.

The only thing that they do know is that something must be done. But developing a viable, effective strategy against the brutal campaign of the Islamic State has, so far, clearly been beyond their competence.

Although I strongly believe that military intervention must be instigated only as a matter of last resort and I firmly opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I am convinced that there is a powerful moral — and practical — case for intervening now against the Islamic State.

Aug 19 18:33

Despite growing trends, Police Departments in Illinois opt out of military hardware programs

The topic of police undergoing a military transformation is a hot one nationally. But some Journal Star-area law-enforcement departments haven’t seen fit to try to obtain an armored car or a mine-resistant vehicle from the Pentagon’s scrap yard.
An informal survey revealed few have chosen to participate in a program to obtain military surplus equipment. Those that did received a few weapons years ago and haven’t tried to get anything since.

Aug 19 18:32

Facebooked! UK police post threats, racist comments and ‘compromising’ images on social media

UK police officers and civilian staff made racist and threatening comments on Facebook and Twitter, friend-requested victims of crime and uploaded “compromising” images of colleagues, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.

Documents obtained by the Press Association show a total of 828 police employees were investigated over a five-year period for breaching police social media guidelines at forces across England and Wales.

One in seven investigations resulted in no further action or the personnel having no case to answer, but one in 10 resulted in an officer resigning, being dismissed or taking retirement.

Aug 19 17:57

Congress Members Who Approve Militarization of U.S. Police Receive 73% More Money from Defense Industry

A December 2013 Reason-Rupe poll found that 58% of Americans thought that police militarization has gone too far

A new Pew research poll shows that a plurality of people think that the police have gone too far in Ferguson, Missouri

So why does Congress continue to approve militarization? For the same reason that Congress members vote for NSA spying on Americans and go easy on Wall Street criminals: money.

Maplight reports that congress critters opposing Congressman Grayson’s bill to demilitarize police receive 73% more money than those voting for it:

Aug 19 17:55

White House nixes Fox News?

A Mississippi woman says she was told by workers at a Veterans Administration facility that she could not watch the Fox News Channel in its waiting room because of a directive from the White House.

Tammy Williams, a resident of Gulfport, Mississippi, spent eight years in the United States Air Force. She and her mother recently visited the Veterans Benefits Office in Jackson to take care of some business involving her father, who had passed away in June, and being the only people in the lobby, they requested that the television be changed from CNN to the Fox News Channel. But the answer was no.

"When I called and spoke with the facility manager, he said that that was a direct order from the White House -- that they're not allowed to turn the channels," Williams reports.

Aug 19 17:53

Russia: Last WW2 German Prisoner Finally Released from Gulag

The Russian prison authorities surprised the international community this morning, by announcing that they would finally set free on Friday, the last German prisoner of war from the Second World War. 84-year old Reinhard Kunze, was only 14 years old when he was captured by Soviet troops during the Battle of Berlin, in January 1945, and was detained for the last 69 years in various Soviet and Russian forced labor camps. The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergueï Lavrov, announced this morning that in an “act of good will”, the Moscow government was ready to “put aside their national pride” and show their “generosity and good will” by letting him go home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Putin is sending a message to remind Europe of what might happen if war breaks out with Russia.

Aug 19 17:47

Oakland Protest Blocks Unloading of Israeli Cargo Ship

Activists protesting Israel's military action in the Gaza Strip converged on the Port of Oakland on Sunday afternoon in an effort to block the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship, the second such action in two days.

The activists formed pickets at several Port gates to prevent workers from unloading the Piraeus, a vessel from Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel's largest shipping firm. The ship docked at 5 p.m. at the port's Oakland International Container Terminal, and protesters communicating via Twitter said port employees were honoring their picket lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

LATEST UPDATE!

Update: Block the Ship……please distribute widely!

HISTORIC VICTORY! Leaving Oakland port headed to LA!

From Peter Turner:
"Zim Piraeus underway 1508, ETA Los Angeles Aug 19 / confirmed......was clearing the estuary at 4:00pm."

We did it!!....4 days of blockade and not a single container unloaded!

"Let the ship stay at sea. Until Palestine is free." (FPM)

More details soon....but no need to go to Oakland Port, unless you want to thank the awesome ILWU!!.....which would be deserving!

Let's all have a celebration party soon!

Toby
Bay Area CodePink


NOW WE NEED A PROTEST AT LOS ANGELES HARBOR!
Aug 19 17:42

My prediction about Facebook came true

"The company is too important as a data-mining asset of the intelligence community to let it fall into disrepair and chaos."

Aug 19 17:42

American Evangelical Christian Leaders Plan Solidarity Trip to Israel

Several prominent American evangelical Christian leaders will travel to Israel to demonstrate their support.

The Aug. 17-22 trip, called “Christians in Solidarity with Israel,” was organized by the National Religious Broadcasters.

Participants include Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham and president of AnGeL Ministries; Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; and Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C.

Aug 19 17:15

Palestine, Israel and CNN

CNN continues to foster the fantasy that the very existence of a poor, vulnerable little Israel is in grave danger from big, bad Palestine. It makes no mention of the fact that Israel has the most modern weaponry on the planet, provided by the United States, or that Israel receives $3 billion a year in aid from the U.S., while Palestine receives nothing. It also doesn’t mention that many of the weapons used against Palestinians citizens are in violation of international law.

Aug 19 16:16

Silly Moms Demand Action Against Guns, Kroger Says....Uh...NO.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Nanny Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has made Kroger its latest gun control campaign target.

The group is attempting to pressure the grocery store chain to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its stores via the circulation of an online petition and social media posts.

In response to the group’s request, Kroger’s company spokesman Keith Dailey said the grocery chain had no plans to change existing policy. He said they will continue to abide state and local laws.

Aug 19 15:42

‘There is full reason to expect an eruption’ of Iceland’s largest volcanic system

Days ago, the rumbles started. They ripped through central Iceland on Saturday, home to the Bardarbunga, the largest volcanic system in the country. There were hundreds of the quakes, if not thousands. But the biggest came early Monday morning — the largest in the region since 1996.

On Tuesday morning, something ominous was definitely brewing in Bardarbunga. “The intense seismic activity that started on August 16th at Bardarbunga persists,” the Icelandic Meteorlogical Office said in a statement, adding there were “very strong indications of ongoing magma movement.”

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This was “the largest earthquake measured in the area since the eruption in Gjalp in 1996,” national seismologist Kristin Jonsdottir told local media, referencing a 13-day-long eruption that caused some serious flooding. “There’s full reason to expect an eruption.”

Aug 19 15:34

New Audio: Listen to Edward Snowden Defend Whistleblowers

Edward Snowden beamed into DC from Russia

Aug 19 15:32

Dr. Erik Fosse: There's No Justification for the Mass Killing of Palestinians by Israel

Dr. Erik Fosse, a prominent Norwegian medical doctor, who has been in the Gaza Strip during the recent Israeli incursion tells Fars News Agency about his experiences with the deadly Israeli aggression and its impacts on the Palestinian civilians.

Aug 19 15:31

'Less-than-lethal' ammunition makers profiting off unrest from Ferguson to Israel

So-called less-than-lethal munitions used on protesters in Ferguson have become not only a symbol of a militarized mindset among law enforcement in the US, but have galvanized bonds between struggles against state aggression, from Missouri to Palestine.

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