THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson

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September 1, 2014

Sep 01 19:08

Over The Past Year, More Than 90% Of Greenland Has Gained Ice

Sep 01 18:42

Majority of Britons opposed to bombing Isis but David Cameron leaves the door to action open

Only one in three people supports Britain launching air strikes against Isis in Iraq and Syria, according to a survey for The Independent.

David Cameron yesterday left the door open to Britain joining the United States, which has already bombed Isis targets in Iraq. But the ComRes poll found that the Prime Minister would face strong public opposition if he decided to join the US bombing campaign.

Only 35 per cent of people agree that Britain should take part in air strikes, while 50 per cent disagree and 15 per cent are “don’t knows”. Men (42 per cent) are much more likely to support air strikes than women (28 per cent).

There is even stronger opposition to sending ground forces, which Mr Cameron has ruled out. Only 20 per cent of the public agree that the UK should send armed forces on the ground, and 69 per cent disagree.


Sep 01 18:35

Ex-NSA Director, US Intelligence Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel To Avoid All-Out Ukraine War

"We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5. You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. Twelve years ago, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, mindful of the flimsiness of the evidence on Iraqi WMD, refused to join in the attack on Iraq. In our view, you should be appropriately suspicions of charges made by the US State Department and NATO officials alleging a Russian invasion of Ukraine."

Sep 01 16:32

Which country relies most heavily on Russian gas?

What's even more surprising, however, is that Germany is actually the biggest importer of natural gas from Russia. According to BP's latest annual review, it imported close to a whopping 40 billion cubic meters of gas from the Russian Federation in 2013. That places it well ahead of even Ukraine, which imported about 25 billion cubic meters.

Sep 01 16:09

Der Spiegel: German Chancellor Merkel plans to resign

According to an article of the German Der Spiegel magazine, which cites senior officials of the German government and the Christian Democratic party, Angela Merkel will be the first chancellor since 1949 to leave office on her own accord.

Such a move would come as a major shock in her country, where Mrs Merkel remains exceptionally popular with voters and it would certainly affect Europe, where she is considered the continent’s most powerful leader.

The article alleges that the first female Chancellor of Germany doesn’t want to complete her third term and she is planning to resign before the elections due in 2017, as she is interested in a new role as UN Secretary-General or President of the European Council.

Sep 01 15:42

Most corrupt ‘teaching’ union ever: Democratic & Republican Parties unioned with corporate media

*hyperlinks live at source*

Teaching is the art and science of people seeing/learning reality for themselves. Once ignited, passion for learning becomes a life-long expression.

Our Orwellian world of the present witnesses a union of “leaders” in government and corporate media “teaching” the 99% public that what’s good are:

Unlawful war-murders,
our economy,
corporate media journalism.

This Government/Media Union is not teaching, but herding the public into chosen areas of propaganda, as the above links easily explain, document, and prove. Government/Media “teaching” has an academic term thanks to Princeton Professor Harry Frankfurt’s best-selling book on this topic:

Bullsh*t.

Democratic and Republican Party “leaders” with corporate media also increasingly “teach” us that what’s bad are teacher unions, public education, and “non-accountability.”

As a public school teacher of 31 years, I offer these main points of current status:


Sep 01 15:32

Russia outraged after Kiev accuses Moscow of nuclear attack threats

Following comments from Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valery Geletey of Moscow threatening with a nuclear attack on its neighbor, Moscow said it was shocked by the statement. Russia warned that such rhetoric only deepens the civil stand-off in Ukraine.

“Geletey’s calls to get ready for ‘tens of thousands’ of new victims in what he called ‘Great Patriotic War’ and what in fact is a new punitive operation in his own country are appalling. He only drags the Ukrainian people into a new round of the bloody civil stand-off,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Sep 01 15:18

Iceland's Bardabunga Volcano Puts on Breathtaking Lava Display

The Bardabunga volcano in Iceland continues to put on quite a show, with lava pouring out of a gash, or fissure, in the ground.

The latest fissure eruption, which began on Sunday, could go on for weeks, if not longer. It may also lead to a greater hazard — an explosive eruption that sends large clouds of ash into the air and melts glacial ice, causing flooding.

Sep 01 15:13

'Cloud' concerns after celebrity picture leaks

One expert said that private data "becomes much more difficult to control" when using cloud services.

"It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it," said Ken Westin, security analyst at Tripwire.

"Although many cloud providers may encrypt the data communications between the device and the cloud, it does not mean that the image and data is encrypted when the data is at rest.

"If you can view the image in the cloud service, so can a hacker."


Sep 01 15:08

Russia calls for cease-fire with rebels, but Ukraine vows to keep up the fight

Russian officials pressed Ukraine on Monday to declare a cease-fire with separatists, but Ukrainians say they are locked in a war not just against the rebels but also against Russia — on behalf of Europe.

Bovine excerment is now being flug around by a jet engine, and it stinks.

Sep 01 14:57

“But is it good for the Jews?”

Lawrence Davidson explains why Israel and Zionism are not fit for purpose, and argues that Jews must distance themselves from Zionism and Israel, if only for their own enlightened self-interest.


Sep 01 14:55

UK Independence Party hugs Friend of Israel

Stuart Littlewood shows that far from standing for UK independence, the UK Independence Party’s latest “catch”, Tory defector Douglas Carswell, is a Zionist propagandist with a track record of stooging for Israel.

Sep 01 14:50

Israeli Defense Forces sniping at Palestinian kids playing

All in a day's work for the brave menschen of the IDF.

Sep 01 14:37

Britain 'deplores' Israel Decision To Claim West Bank Land

The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation. On Sunday, Israel announced the appropriation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group said was the biggest such claim in 30 years. Some 500,000 Israelis live among 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory that the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

"Deplores" Wow, that ought to scare Israel....my heavens to be deplored! But they get 1000 acres of land and all they get is deplored!

Sep 01 14:33

ISRAELI TWO STATE SOLUTION ~~ ONE JEWISH STATE IN THE EAST, THE OTHER IN THE WEST

Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June. The notice published by the military gave no reason for the decision.

Hmmm …. I thought that was the reason for the genocide in Gaza

Sep 01 14:32

PALESTINE STINKS FROM ZIONISM

“Apart from the repulsive nausea-inducing stench, the skunk liquid can cause pain and redness if it comes into contact with eyes, irritation if it comes into contact with skin and if swallowed can cause abdominal pain requiring medical treatment,” according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

Sep 01 13:57

Egypt slams Israel plan to seize Palestinian land

Cairo (AFP) - Egypt on Monday denounced Israeli plans to expropriate West Bank land, saying the move violates international law and is an obstacle to efforts for a lasting Palestinian-Israeli settlement

Sep 01 13:18

U.S. Preps For Ebola Outbreak: Cases May Exceed 100,000 By December: “The Numbers Are Really Scary”

Physicist Alessandro Vespignani of Northeastern University in Boston is one of several researchers trying to figure out how far Ebola may spread and how many people around the world could be affected. Based on his findings, there will be 10,000 cases by September of this year and it only gets worse from there...

Sep 01 12:58

Fearing dependency, New York State warns against feeding bears; meanwhile food stamp usage at record high

The Niagara Falls Reporter (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) juxtaposed a legitimate news release from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation with a poster with equating the dependency caused by food stamps with the danger of feeding animals.

The author of the poster identifies itself as BIG CITY COPS on FACEBOOK.

Sep 01 12:52

More Global Warming : Labor Day Weekend Snow Blankets Northern Alaska, Wyoming

Snow fell on the Labor Day weekend in parts of northern Alaska and Wyoming, providing a gentle reminder that summer is on its last legs.

Sep 01 12:45

The Role of the Jury Nullification in Freeing Slaves Cannot be Overrated!

The Niagara Falls Reporter (Niagara Falls, N.Y.), a liberty-minded free independent weekly newspaper, explains jury nullification.

From a circa-1850s poster accompanying the article:

"CAUTION! COLORED PEOPLE OF BOSTON! ONE & ALL: You are hereby respectfully CAUTIONED and advised to avoid conversing with the watchmen and police officers of Boston / For since the recent ORDER OF THE MAYOR & ALDERMEN / They are now empowered as / KIDNAPPERS and Slave-Catchers..."

Actually, that's not bad advice. For all of us. Everywhere.

Sep 01 12:30

Another day another data breach - Big Brother Watch

In what is becoming an ever more regular occurrence for the NHS, it has been reported that the East Midlands Ambulance Service has lost a disk containing the notes of 42,000 patients’ who had been treated by paramedics in the last few months.

This incident once again underlines the dangers of organisations holding increasing amounts of personal information about individuals both electronically or in paper format. It seems obvious that the greater the amount of information that is held in one place, the more likely it is to go missing, either by accident or as the result of a deliberate breach. Indeed, just last week Kent Social Care Professionals unintentionally sent out an email containing the names, addresses and phone numbers of 120 elderly and vulnerable individuals to nearly 200 people.

Sep 01 12:26

Billionaire threatens charity donations if Pope continues support for the poor

Billionaire Ken Langone, the founder of Home Depot issued a warning to Pope Francis during an interview with CNBC which was published this past Monday. In the interview he said that wealthy people such as himself are feeling ostracized by the Pope’s messages in support of the poor, and might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality.

Sep 01 12:26

The fate of Detroit in his hands: Judge reviews plan to write off $7bn of debt and rescue city from bankruptcy

Allowing Detroit to declare bankruptcy was one thing, getting it out of it was always going to be another. How do you magically slash $18bn (£10.1bn) in debt and simultaneously put a city as proud – and as dilapidated – as Motown back on its financial feet again?

With great grit and speed, it seems. And a touch of ruthlessness. A process that could have taken years will instead come to a climax starting on Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Judge Steven Rhodes.

It will be his job to review a sweeping debt restructuring plan that has been hammered out in marathon negotiations in the months since the original bankruptcy filing in June 2013. He can approve it if he deems it fair and workable or reject it if he doesn’t. The fate of Detroit, literally, is in his hands.

Sep 01 12:23

Colorado Town Prevents City Officials From Restricting Open Carry

Last year on Labor Day, Coloradans were getting ready to vote on whether to recall two state senators over unconstitutional anti-Second Amendment legislation they passed. -- One year later, those two and a third are gone and the citizens of Castle Rock, Colorado have won another victory for the right to bear arms.

Sep 01 12:22

Busybody Nation

If anyone above a kindergarten pay-grade has figured out America’s vital interest in the Ukraine, it has not been reported — or even leaked from the foundering vessel that is the US State Department. In fact, when you consider the results, it’s hard to understand the rationale behind any recent US foreign policy endeavor. Mr. Putin of Russia summed it up last week, saying, “Anything the US touches turns to Libya or Iraq.” Vlad has a point there, and what he left off the list, of course, was Ukraine, which entered the zone of failing states a few months ago when the US lubricated the overthrow of its previously-elected government.

Sep 01 12:21

Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme

You could tell it was getting serious when Gordon Brown made friends with Alistair Darling; and when the Scottish Daily Mail began running doom headlines about the future of the Union. I don't know whether the narrowing of the poll lead for the no campaign was just a blip, but it doesn't feel like it.

Something incredible is happening in Scotland. The little pin badges – Yes or No – that people wear are sparking open conversation: in the pub, the swimming baths, the post office queue. An entire country of 5 million people is asking itself, sometimes quite vociferously, what it wants to be.

Sep 01 12:13

Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat

Nato is to create a 4,000-strong "spearhead" high-readiness force that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states to help protect member nations against potential Russian aggression, according to Nato officials.

Leaders from the 28 Nato countries are expected to approve the plan at the alliance's summit in Wales when the Ukraine crisis tops the agenda on Friday.

The Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the force, drawn on rotational basis from Nato allies, could be in action at "very, very short notice".

Sep 01 12:10

Homeland Security Agent Harasses Dad For Taking Pictures of His Own Daughters

A father was harassed and later lectured by a Homeland Security agent for taking pictures of his own daughters in another example of how the “see something, say something” mentality is running rampant in America.

Sep 01 10:41

Iraq war 8th year: All "intelligence" for war proven as Orwellian and treasonous lies. Now what?

When US government “leaders” told known lies to unlawfully invade Iraq seven years ago, they committed the crime of treason by levying war against our own soldiers and Constitution. Corporate media are complicit in treason as they also lied by commission and omission to dupe American soldiers and public into “emperor has no clothes” obvious unlawful Wars of Aggression.

Sep 01 10:29

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

Do we have the Internet we deserve? There’s an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users’ general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, paying. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital business models rely on gathering and selling intel on their users to make the money to pay (the investors who paid) for the free service.

A UK startup called MaidSafe, based in the small town of Troon in Scotland, reckons the myriad problems with today’s Internet can be linked to a design quirk of its underlying architecture. And that the answer to solving the web’s most perennial issues, such as finding sustainable digital business models for content, safeguarding user data and privacy, and thwarting hacking, malware and overreaching surveillance, is to begin again — with a whole new re-architected Internet.

Sep 01 10:28

Bad History: Another Ala. Official Thinks The Constitution Is Based On The Ten Commandments

An Alabama official wants to display the Ten Commandments outside a county courthouse, and he thinks he can justify the location of said monument by arguing that the famous list of biblical laws simply isn’t religious.

Sep 01 10:27

Wage Theft is on the Rise in America

Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.

Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.

Sep 01 09:47

Police State: US Government-Funded Database Created to Track “Subversive Propaganda” Online

The creation of the Truthy database by Indiana University researchers has drawn sharp criticism from free-speech advocates and others concerned over government censorship of political expression.

According to the award abstract accompanying the funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Truthy project aims to demonstrate “why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten.” In order to answer this and other questions, the resulting database will actively “[collect] and [analyze] massive streams of public microblogging data.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MOI, subversive?!?!? :-)

If telling the truth has become "subversive", this country might as well pack it in as the alleged "land of the free and the home of the brave". right now.

Sep 01 09:42

Police State: US Military Plans to Crush Dissident Political Groups, Target Leaders with Sniper Fire

Links tweeted by WikiLeaks this week called attention to the development of crowd control doctrines by the US military, the most recent of which are codified in a US Army Techniques document dated April 2014, titled “Civil Disturbances.” Main concepts elaborated in the document include crowd dynamics, behavior theories, crowd types, and a “Graduated Response Matrix.”

The document points to various dissident political groups as main targets of the Army’s crowd control planning. “Examples of well-organized groups are anarchists, antiglobalization groups, and anti free enterprise groups,” the US Army document states.

The paper further cites demonstrations coordinated by labor groups, specifically citing the 2011 protests at the Wisconsin capitol. “Labor unions played a large role in the 2011 Wisconsin protests that included passing on information and transporting participants,” the document states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Always comforting, knowing just what our government has in store for us if we DARE to peacefully express our opinions in a protest against governmental policies, isn't it?!?

Sep 01 09:39

Israeli Politicos: New Testament Is ‘Anti-Semitic’

• Knesset members encourage growing number of attacks against Christian holy sites.

• A cracked gravestone in a Jewish cemetery draws howls of international outrage, but none of these attacks have received U.S. news coverage.

Even as the Zionists in Palestine bombarded the Gaza Strip, another form of Zionist aggression drew less attention—the continuing Zionist war against Christianity.

On July 17, 2012, Zionist Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari publicly destroyed a copy of the New Testament, saying:

“This abominable book galvanized the murder of millions of Jews during the Inquisition and during auto-da-fé instances. Sending the book to MKs is a provocation. There is no doubt that this book and all it represents belongs in the garbage can of history.”

Sep 01 09:29

NAVY Nurse Who Refused To Force Feed Guantanamo Inmates Is Facing Court Martial

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been protesting their imprisonment and cruel treatment with ongoing hunger strikes for the past several months, and have been attacked and force fed by guards as a result. These actions were condemned by more that 250 doctors from the UK, the US, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands.

One nurse that was responsible for force feeding the prisoners, recently made news by refusing to do so. For a length of time this nurse obeyed the orders that he was given, but eventually began to regret his actions, and became a conscientious objector. A spokesperson for the NAVY would not release the name of the nurse, nor the details of their case. They only revealed that the nurse was sent home early and that he is currently “pending court martial”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone who has ever had a doctor recommend NG feeding for a period of time understands that, even when done by the gentlest, and most competent medical professionals, the procedure is still rough on the system.

To have this done as punishment for being on a hunger fast, against inhumane conditions, when one has never been convicted of any wrong doing, is reprehensible, immoral, and brutal, and should never be carried out at all.

Sep 01 09:16

Perpetual war, indefinite detention, and torture: The U.S. and Israel’s shared values

The United States and Israel have "shared values" but not when it comes to upholding democracy and the rule of law. Their shared values are perpetual war, torture, indefinite detention, and military courts. Guantanamo is a perfect example of this. Both states have been in a state of perpetual war for quite some time with Israel against the Palestinians since its founding in 1948 while the U.S. can trace back its war to its founding in 1776 and the colonization of Native American lands. Today's global war on terror is the latest chapter in that saga. Under perpetual war, the United States and Israel can justify a litany of draconian policies, such as indefinite detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing.

Sep 01 09:12

Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program

The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight.

The US government has known, incontrovertibly, since the late 60s that Israel is a nuclear armed country.

And yet, the US government consistently breaks its own law, the Symington Amendment, by continuing to provide financial and military assistance to Israel, even though this law forbids the US government from doing so to any nuclear-armed country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and does not allow for its nuclear facilities to be inspected.

A logical question, then, has to be asked: how can a government which refuses to obey its own laws expect citizens of that country to obey that country's laws?!?

At the moment, the US government appears illegitimate, corrupt, and totally purchased by the corporations which fund election cycles.

Voters are nearly irrelevant, and totally expendable to those in the bowels of Congress.

Sep 01 08:50

Islamist Militia Group Seizes US Embassy In Tripoli, Holds Pool Party

Probably the 'oddest' headline of the day but in yet another show of disdain towards US military might, the Islamist militia group known as "Dawn Of Libya" has 'secured' an annex of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli. As Reuters reports, the United States evacuated its embassy in Tripoli on July 26, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia; but a YouTube video showed the breach of the vacated diplomatic facility by an armed group, with fighters seen milling around a swimming pool. A rebel takeover of the compound would now deliver another symbolic blow to U.S. policy toward Libya, which Western governments fear is teetering toward becoming a failed state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Codswallop! After Gaddafi was executed, Libya is a failed state.

Remember how exultant this administration was right after Gaddafi was executed, and the US installed their own puppet government, putting Libya back on the dollar standard, which had been threatened by Gaddafi wanting to create a gold-backed dinar?!?

And Mr. President, do not even THINK about Americans signing off on a second invasion of Libya, considering how spectacularly horrifically the first one has finally gone.

Sir, your administration has reaped what it has sown, and that is an incontrovertible fact.

Sep 01 08:42

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and possibly lead to direct confrontation between nuclear powers.

Indeed, as further evidence that the Western NATO bloc desires an ultimate conflict with Russia and the BRICS powers, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has indicated that Ukraine is firmly on the path to become an eventual member of the NATO alliance.

Simultaneously, West Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniyuk submitted a bill to the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada that would cancel Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status and restart Ukraine’s official attempt to become a member of NATO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yatseniyuk and Poroshenko have an industrial-strength problem here, and that is one of timing.

The next NATO General Assembly happens this Thursday and Friday in Cardiff, Wales, and NATO has not indicated that it will be adding new members at this time. They may have an emergency consultation after that to bring Ukraine in, but NATO leadership understands that Ukraine has really nothing to give NATO, save for a potential military confrontation with Russia, and because of the effect of existing sanctions against Russia (which may result in a potential turn off of gas which Europe desperately needs), may be very hesitant to accept Ukraine as a member.

Ukraine is dead broke, and in arrears on its payment to GAZPROM, the Russian energy company from which it gets the majority of its energy.

Ukraine may well balkanize, due to its financial problems, long before NATO deliberations on its membership have come to fruition, at which time the issue will become moot, and such a balkanization will put Russia in the ascendency once again.

Sep 01 08:07

The U.S. Government Can Brand You a Terrorist Based on a Facebook Post

The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, to all the alphabet soup agencies following my posts on WRH, I will make this simple for you: I am a Christian pacifist who abhors all violence, and encourages real international cooperation as the best possible way of resolving and preventing wars.

Got it?!?!?

Sep 01 08:02

The U.S. Is Now a ‘Third World’ Country

The measure of “extreme poverty” used here is based on one of the World Bank’s key indicators of global poverty: $2 per person, per day. Tellingly, the World Bank does not release official estimates for the United States for this metric because it is meant to capture poverty based on “the standards of the poorest countries.” … Living below this metric is widely considered to be a marker of extreme destitution, which is assumed to be very uncommon among wealthy nations.

They further explain:

Households are counted as being in extreme poverty if they report $2 dollars or less per person, per day in total household income in a given month (approximated as $60 per person, per month in 2011 dollars). … The official poverty line for a family of three would equate to roughly $17.00 per person, per day, averaged over a year, so our measure is roughly 13 percent of the official poverty line.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; whenever Obama spouts off about an "economic recovery", he is only talking about the 1 percenters and the banks, and that is it.

Sep 01 07:57

Over 300 injured in clashes as thousands demand Pakistan PM resign

Pakistani riot policemen take position during clashes with opposition supporters near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014. (AFP Photo/Aamir Quresh)

Police in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fire tear gas as at least 25,000 people people have gathered in the city center demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. A group of protesters threatened to march on the PM’s house to force him to quit.

At least 300 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters outside Sharif’s house and the Parliament House, medical sources say.

At least 184people have been taken Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Islamabad, spokesman for the hospital, Wasim Khawaja told AFP while the Poly Clinic hospital received 130 wounded so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pakistani people want their country back.

Sep 01 07:54

Mexican Judge Departs From Script, Turns Monsanto’s Mexican Dream Into Legal Nightmare

The latest country to put a spanner in the works is Mexico. This past week the country’s Federal Court voted to uphold Judge Marroquín Zaleta’s 2013 ruling to suspend the granting of licenses for GMO field trials sought by Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pionner-Dupont and Mexico’s SEMARNAT (Environment and Natural Resources Ministry). Zaleta’s ruling was in response to a suit brought by a collective of 53 scientists and 22 civil rights organizations and NGOs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to Judge Zaleta!!

May there be many more like them in the coming days and months, aroung the world!!

Sep 01 06:54

Bloomberg Primes the Pump of the Deflationary Dialectic

Bloomberg offers two editorials on Europe that tell us economic growth is not going well. The one above speaks to the issue of Mario Draghi's lack of courage in terms of implementing a program of aggressive money printing.

The other one, which we excerpt below, is a kind of call to arms by Bloomberg itself – via its editorial staff – demanding that Europe's leaders scrap the fiscal pact negotiated in 2012 that mandates certain austerity measures.

Taken together, they seem to be indicating a certain level of distress, and yet there are other ways to regard this double-barreled explosion of concern over the EU's still-eroding economic condition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let's make things worse with a pointless sanctions war with Russia!

Sep 01 06:52

Newly declassified documents reveal how U.S. agreed to Israel's nuclear program

The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which means every President since Johnson has LIED TO YOU about Israel's nuclear arsenal, including Obama himself who evaded the question when put to him by Helen Thomas during his first press conference. And THAT means that every single penny taken from you to give to Israel is a violation of the Symington Amendment to the Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn Act, which make it illegal for the US to give aid to any nation in possession of nuclear arms which refuses to sign the NNPT and allow IAEA inspections! When will you have enough of this criminal government in Washington DC?

Sep 01 06:50

Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

Truth in Accounting, an economic think tank based in Chicago, released its Fiscal Year 2013 State of the States Report last week. It determined Pennsylvania is a “sinkhole state,” meaning it’s “sinking in debt.”

While the Keystone State owns $38.9 billion in available assets, it owes more than $100 billion, the report says. That makes for $62 billion in obligations, which have been pushed toward the future.

Sep 01 06:49

Supporting the Troops

Sep 01 06:45

Persistent Unemployment Still A Major Problem In The U.S.

While the mainstream media in the U.S. is desperately trying to sell the false narrative that the national economy is “on the rise” again, Iran’s PressTV is more willing to tell us the red pill truth. The fact of the matter is things are really bad, and we are not going through some sort of Cinderella story of economic redemption.

New data shows there is a persistent unemployment problem in the United States. In fact, the number of people relying on the government for food or housing assistance is still at record levels. For those that do have a job, more Americans than ever are dealing with the sobering reality of earning the minimum wage.

Sep 01 06:44

They Must Go - Book Cover

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now imagine the reaction if a similar book appeared about the Jews!

Sep 01 06:43

CDC Responds to Allegation it Omitted Vaccine-Autism Study Link

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a sitting CDC senior scientist to blow the whistle on alleged scientific misconduct involving a study article that he co-authored. In this instance, the impact of the charge is magnified by more than a decade of allegations from autism advocates who say the federal government and pharmaceutical interests have worked to downplay or hide associations between vaccines and autism.

A spokesman for the journal Pediatrics today said the publication stands by the study despite the news. “There’s a standard process that journals follow when an article is questioned,” said the spokesman. “Those discussions took place between the editors of Pediatrics and the authors of this study, and the editors concluded the research was appropriately conducted.” Pediatrics is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which accepts vaccine industry funding.

Sep 01 06:42

Burying the Evidence?

For for the last month I have written to Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop’s office several times – with detailed posts and links to the evidence. It seems there is a disconnect. And The mainstream media will not report it either. When I asked DFAT (Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade) about the signing of a non-disclosure agreement, my query was eventually referred to the Australian Federal Police’s media department.

So if the mainstream media are not reporting the clear evidence of the bullet holes in MH17, what are they hiding about the complex situation in Ukraine and Russia in general?

Sep 01 06:41

Press Conference - Formation of a state - 24 Aug 2014

Sep 01 06:40

Russians push flight MH17 crash conspiracy

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister ­Sergei Lavrov yesterday alleged a lack of transparency in the crash investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the back of a document purporting to detail a secret deal between Australia and Ukraine. claimed critics of Russia who had earlier been so outspoken and hysterical about the causes of the crash have seemed to have ‘’swallowed their tongues’’.

Sep 01 06:40

Busted! Five Miami Police Caught 'Flashing Emergency Lights' to Get to DONUTS!!!!!

Several Miami police officers are now under investigation after they were caught on camera using their emergency lights on a trip to a local bakery. Many have already began to speculate as to how many officers ordered donuts for breakfast.

A witness spotted five different police cars from multiple departments traveling down Interstate 95 with their emergency lights on, even blocking traffic at some intersections once they got off the highway so all of the officers could stay together.

The witness took video footage on their cell phone camera, and much to their surprise, the officers all turned off their lights and pulled into a local bakery where they all ate breakfast before returning to their cars.

Sep 01 06:40

A Sun Tzu Kremlin

Vietnam taught the United States of how vast expenditures could elevate to a crippling place. A great nation could be brought to its knees by a few guys running around with a bag of rice slung over their shoulder and a committed six shooter tied to their hips.

Sep 01 06:37

China to Begin Building Power of Siberia Gas Pipeline in First Half of 2015

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Monday announced that his country would begin the construction of its part of the Power of Siberia gas pipeline in the first half of 2015.

“The Chinese side has already planned to begin the construction of the Chinese part of the pipeline in the first half of next year. And we must use effort so that we complete construction and the beginning of the pipeline’s use in 2018,” Zhang said during the opening ceremony of the construction of the Chinese part of the pipeline, at which Russian President Vladimir Putin was also present.

After 10 years of negotiations, in May 2014, Russia and China signed a 30-year deal on the supply of 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China annually.

The 2,200-mile Power of Siberia pipeline running from the Chayanda oil and gas field in Yakutia will be used to deliver gas to Russia’s Far East as well as to export it to China. The estimated cost of its construction is 770 billion rubles [$21 billion].

Sep 01 06:34

Russia’s Gazprom Neft Starts Commercial Oil Production at Iraq’s Badra Oilfield

Gazprom’s subsidiary Gazprom Neft began the commercial production and delivery of oil at Iraq’s Badra oilfield, a press release on the company’s website reported Monday.

"Over the period of just a few years, a consortium of companies led by Gazprom Neft has fully prepared Badra, one of the most complex geological field structures in Iraq, for full-scale commercial development. This is the first major international project in upstream the company has implemented from scratch. The unique experience gained during this project will contribute to our development of future projects both in Russia and internationally," the company’s Chairman was quoted in the press release as saying.

Sep 01 05:37

Remembering Mike Wallace, A Jew Unafraid of the Truth

Flashback: lying then, lying now. A must read

But the one piece involving Mike that sparked the widest outrage involved the deaths of 17 Palestinians, shot down by Israeli police on Jerusalem’s ultra-sensitive Temple Mount (called Haram al Sharif in Arabic) on October 8, 1990.

An outraged Benjamin Netanyahu, then deputy minister of foreign affairs, appeared at a dramatic press conference, exhibiting a huge, lethal-looking boulder in his hands. Reportedly, several Jews had been hospitalized.

The tsunami of protest hit us immediately — one of the most violent reactions to any report that “60 Minutes” had aired. We were denounced by just about every Jewish organization in the country and faced vitriolic outbursts from leading Israeli officials. We were whitewashing a plot by the Palestine Liberation Organization. We had lied. We had misrepresented. We were doing the work of the anti-Semites. And of course, we were self-hating Jews.

Sep 01 05:26

The West, the Greatest Cause of War in Human History, Stands stripped of all Legitimacy

The former Russian provinces, which Soviet party leaders carelessly attached to Ukraine at a time when it seemed to make no difference as all were part of the Soviet Union, are now independent republics with their own governments. The West pretends that this isn’t so, because Washington and its puppet capitals don’t recognize the independence of formerly captive peoples. But the West’s opinion no longer counts.

In the last couple of days the newly formed military units of the Donetsk National Republic have defeated and surrounded large portions of the remaining Ukrainian military. Russian President Putin asked the Donetsk Republic to allow the defeated Ukrainians to return home to their wives and mothers. The Donetsk Republic agreed to Putin’s mercy request as long as the Ukrainians left their weapons behind. The Donetsk Republic is short on weapons as, contrary to Western lies, the Donetsk Republic is not supplied with weapons by Russia

Sep 01 05:00

Israel announces major West Bank land appropriation for settlement

Israel appropriated a swath of 990 acres in the West Bank on Sunday and declared the Palestinian area south of Bethlehem to be Israeli "state lands," local media reported.

According to the veteran anti-settlement group Peace Now, the declaration is the largest of its kind since the 1980s and stands to change the area dramatically.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a special cabinet meeting at the Ashkelon Shore regional council in Bat-Hadar, Israel, on Sunday. (Amir Cohen / AP)

The group said the Bethlehem area lands are earmarked for a massive expansion of the small settlement of Gevaot, which could grow into a town connected to the so-called Green Line that marks the border that stood prior to the 1967 war.

The announcement of the appropriation was made by COGAT, the military unit implementing the policies of Israel’s government in the Palestinian territories it controls.

August 31, 2014

Aug 31 22:19

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

There is no Russian invasion anymore than there were WMD, mobile weapons labs, aluminum tubes, Sarin gas etc, etc, etc. It’s all BS concocted by a servile media pursuing the agenda of a warmongering political establishment that wants to escalate the conflagration in east Ukraine at all cost. Even if it leads to a Third World War.

Aug 31 22:01

Top NSA whistleblower: 'Investigate 9/11'

Aug 31 21:23

These College Students Couldn't Name a Single U.S. Senator

Correction: one girl knew who Rand Paul is.

No one else in this entire video could name a single senator. Adding more injury to injury, somehow they could all readily name the hit song from the Disney movie Frozen, you know, which definitely has a much more direct impact on their personal lives as Americans that the leadership of America does.

These people are all old enough to vote, but they don't know anyone they're voting for if they do vote. This is really, really sad.

Aug 31 21:22

Cops to City Council: ‘We Were Given an Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota’

For those who still say it's a myth that cops are given quotas for how many tickets they have to write, maybe you've never been to Waldo, Florida. The National Motorists Association listed Waldo as the third worst speed trap for a town of 50,000 people or less in 2012, and it's so bad, billboards like the one above are taken out to warn drivers before they get there.

But earlier this week, five police officers came forward to testify before the Waldo City Council that they are mandated to write a certain number of tickets each shift or face punishment — even though such a quota stands in direct violation of state law. Waldo, by the way, only has seven police officers to begin with.

The Gainesville Sun reported:

Aug 31 20:26

Larken Rose: Thank the Troops for What?

The biggest threat to our rights is our own government - and the military and militarized police are THEIR tools!

Aug 31 20:15

Water ATM's Bring Relief To Thirsty Country

Aug 31 20:13

America’s “Unlimited Imperialism”

Imperial colonialism - how dare other people live on resources we want?!

Another podcast you might want to listen to if you're a boilingfrogspost subscriber is "Ferguson and the Reality of Internal Colonization" http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2014/08/26/empire-power-people-with-an...

Aug 31 20:07

Police State: US Military Plans to Crush Dissident Political Groups, Target Leaders with Sniper Fire

Everything the US criticizes in other governments, they plan to do themselves

Aug 31 20:00

“Russia Invades Ukraine”, Strategic NATO Public Relations Stunt. Where are the Russian Tanks?

The spin is so stupid as to be insulting!

Aug 31 19:32

Middle-East 'Frenemies'

Proof that Michael's dartboard propaganda policy is close to the truth!

Aug 31 19:30

Millions spent on advertising campaign to help boost Army Reserve...but just 140 recruits join up in six months

Under the Armed Forces shake-up, ministers are cutting the strength of the regular Army by 20,000, while doubling the Territorial Army – now called the Army Reserve – to 30,000 by 2020.

But the latest MoD statistics reveal that the number of trained reservists rose in the first six months of the year from 19,150 to 19,290 – an increase of just 140, or 23 a month. At this rate, it would take 39 years to meet the 30,000 target.

Military chiefs had spent at least £2 million on a television advertising campaign to try to persuade thousands to sign up as part-time soldiers – working out at a cost of around £15,000 for each of the 140 new recruits.

Aug 31 19:17

Over 300 injured in clashes as thousands demand Pakistan PM resign

Police in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fire tear gas as at least 25,000 people people have gathered in the city center demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation. A group of protesters threatened to march on the PM’s house to force him to quit.

Aug 31 19:12

U.S. Urges Israel To Reverse Planned West Bank Land Appropriation

Video:
A State Department official said the United States sees Israel’s announcement on Sunday of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the occupied West Bank as “counterproductive” to peace efforts and urges the Israeli government to reverse the decision. Israel laid claim to nearly a thousand acres in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group termed the biggest appropriation in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. The U.S. official said, “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity. This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue is counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.” The official said in Washington, “We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision."

Aug 31 19:03

Climate Science Explained In One Simple Graph

Aug 31 18:59

These Clowns Are Dragging Us Into War

The entire Ukraine conflict could be resolved tomorrow morning if Kiev, and its western support, would pledge to stop waging war on the Donbass. And give it a separate status, either within Ukraine or in a separate state. After half a year+ of warfare, how else could you resolve this crisis? Only through more bloodshed, that’s how. But our western leadership is simply too trigger happy for comfort.... These clowns are dragging us into war. And yes, maybe it would be a good idea for you to tell them that you don’t want them to. Before your kids, or their friends, their neighbors, start dying in some far away ugly theater they should never have been part of. Is peace impossible in Ukraine today? No. Not at all. But it is as long as the west keeps its hopes for conquering the Donbass alive. It should have known that from the start, and perhaps it did, and started this crusade anyway, because the grand prize it’s after is Russia itself. Over our dead bodies.

Aug 31 18:39

'Biggest in 30 years': Israel expropriates 400 hectares of W. Bank land

The Israeli military-run Civil Administration has announced a land appropriation of some 400 hectares in the West Bank to an almost immediate condemnation from anti-settlement activists, who say this is the biggest seizure in 30 years.

Around 400 hectares of land in the Etzion settlement area near the town of Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the Civil Administration on Sunday. Israel Radio said that announcement was made in response to the killing of three Jewish teens in June by Hamas militants in the same area.

The building of a major settlement in the area, known as Gevaot, has been on the cards since 2000 and last year the Israeli government invited tenders for the building of 1,000 houses on the site.

Aug 31 18:30

Half the sponsors of the bill that allowed red light cameras went to prison (NJ)

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D-Middlesex) who’s thinking about introducing a bill to renew and even expand New Jersey’s red light camera system, may want to go looking for some new co-sponsors.

Aug 31 18:27

After a crackdown on cheating, three-quarters of Cambodian high school students failed their final year exam. Of 93,000 students, only 11 got an A

As much-anticipated Grade 12 exam results were released yesterday, 18-year-old So Chan Samnang came one crucial step closer to her dream of studying law at university.
Though her E grade is far from perfect, it’s enough to apply to tertiary institutions and greatly exceeds what most of her peers managed.
Just 25.72 per cent of students passed the exam, the Ministry of Education officially announced yesterday, a result lower even than the dismal 30 per cent figure predicted by Prime Minister Hun Sen in the aftermath of the two-day test earlier this month.

Aug 31 17:51

Ukraine Navy Vessel Attacked, Says Kiev Military

Pro-Russian separatists have attacked a Ukrainian navy vessel in the Azov Sea, a Ukrainian military spokesman has said.

Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the naval cutter was attacked by artillery from the shore, and a rescue operation was under way.

Separatists in the region claimed responsibility for the attack on social media.

Writing on the site VKontake, former separatist military commander Igor Strelkov said: "The militia have dealt the enemy their first naval defeat."

Aug 31 17:50

Ukraine crisis: US senators urge arms 'to fight Russia'

Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion".

Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a cost for his "aggression".

Senator John McCain said: "This is not an incursion. This is an invasion."

Aug 31 17:17

Israel confiscates nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israel on Sunday confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement south of Bethlehem in the West Bank — a move described by Israeli rights group Peace Now as “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s."

Settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel, including East Jerusalem, are deemed illegal by the United Nations. Israel’s refusal to halt their construction and expansion has at times arrested the peace process and increased resentment and distrust among Palestinians.

In a statement published on its website, Peace Now condemned the latest land confiscation and said it further damaged the chance of achieving a last peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on a two-state solution.

Aug 31 17:15

ON LABOUR DAY, AND EVERY OTHER DAY, LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL

Labor Day has arrived, and families across the country will be getting their backyards ready for barbecues. In progressive circles, a familiar message is making the rounds: Buy union. Make sure your grill is a Weber or Thermador, made by union hands. Eat Butterball and Hebrew National franks. A list of brands has been circulating on social media sites with the goal of urging pro-labor consumers to support members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and other food sector and manufacturing unions.

Aug 31 15:09

The 9/11 Triple Cross

Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:

1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.

Aug 31 14:52

Who Shot Down MH17? The Ukrainian Military

imagine my lack of surprise!

Aug 31 14:45

US Army Drills to Battle Political Dissent and Crime in 'Megacities'

Eric Blair
Activist Post

As we've witnessed recently in Ferguson, Missouri, the difference between police and military is already nearly indistinguishable. In other words, the Army is already taking on peaceful citizens in domestic cities. Tank-supported SWAT teams already grenade and raid homes to serve warrants for victimless, non-violent offenses. What more can they possibly train for?

The U.S. Army is now getting into the crime-fighting business. According to the Army Times, the Army is training to fight battles in megacities, not against other armies, but to help local authorities root out shadowy criminals, extremists and, wait for it, wait for it, influential political dissidents...

Aug 31 14:21

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

The imperialist powers are intensifying their confrontation with Russia in the run-up to today’s European Union (EU) meeting and next week’s NATO summit in Wales. The escalation, which is being driven by Washington and Berlin, is increasing the danger of a military conflict between NATO and Russia that could result in a nuclear war.

Aug 31 14:13

Gaza reconstruction will take 20 years, says UN-backed authority

A UN backed construction authority has said rebuilding Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock will take at least 20 years as thousands of houses were razed or suffered damage in Israel’s Protective Edge operation.

Aug 31 14:10

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

Washington's "Pivot" hits a Brick Wall

Aug 31 14:04

The U.S. Is Now a ‘Third World’ Country

Slightly more than one American household with children in every 25 is surviving on less than $2 per day of income from all sources. One quarter of that 4.3% (that’s 1% of all Americans with children) receive less than $1.25 per day. One third (that’s about 1.33% of all Americans) receive between $1.25 and $2. Another third of that 4.3% receive enough government benefits to be living on between $1.25 and $2 a day. A tiny 0.1% of that 4.3% are even surviving somehow on “Negative income & benefits.”

Aug 31 14:02

NATO to Set Up Another 5 Military Bases in Eastern Europe

NATO plans to set up five additional military bases in Eastern Europe, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Aug 31 11:37

Fukushima okays nuke waste storages in return for almost $3bn in subsidies

Fukushima’s governor has officially agreed to allow the country’s authorities to store radioactive waste for 30 years in two municipalities in exchange for 300 billion yen ($2.89 billion) in subsidies.

Aug 31 11:18

How the Palestinians Won

Twas not a famous victory – but that’s what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media when the fireworks burst over that shattered land on Tuesday night. After more than 2,100 dead – about 1,700 of them civilians – and 100,000 wounded, what did they have to crow about? An end to the killing? Peace?

Well, no. In fact, Hamas – the vicious, horrible, terrorist Hamas with whom “we” (as in “the West”, Tony Blair, Israel, the US and all honourable men and women) cannot talk – has indeed won a victory.

Aug 31 10:38

G4S Guantanamo contract ‘breaches UK policy’

The government is being asked to take action against British firm G4S, after it emerged the company has won a £71m contract to provide a range of ‘base support’ services at Guantánamo Bay.

Legal charity Reprieve, which assists Guantánamo prisoners such as British resident Shaker Aamer, has submitted a dossier of evidence to the UK’s responsible business watchdog, the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (UK NCP). The submission argues that by providing ‘essential’ services at the prison, G4S will be contravening British government policy that the prison must be closed, as well as the OECD’s guidelines for responsible business conduct.

Aug 31 10:31

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and possibly lead to direct confrontation between nuclear powers.

Indeed, as further evidence that the Western NATO bloc desires an ultimate conflict with Russia and the BRICS powers, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has indicated that Ukraine is firmly on the path to become an eventual member of the NATO alliance...

Aug 31 09:56

Washington’s Top Ten Favorite Terrorists

While the US government still claims it is fighting a “War on Terror”, it is often forgotten that the US government has a friendly relationship with many terrorist groups around the world. This relationship is not merely historical, but current.

The US government often supports terrorists who are fighting against governments which oppose Wall Street and are seeking to developing independently. Many terrorists, who commit all kinds of violent crimes against humanity, are being directly supported by the US government at this time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In today's Washington, "our thugs" are tinpot dictators who give not a rat's nether regions for their people, oppress them, and, ultimately, are overthrown by angry citizens who will never trust the US government ever again.

Aug 31 09:51

Video of Lava at Eruption Site

According to volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson, the eruption in Holuhraun lava field is more powerful now than it was this morning.

A video of the lava by Þorsteinn Jónsson of the Institute of Earth Sciences can be seen here on the website of national broadcaster RÚV.

The Aviation Color Code for Bárðarbunga has been lowered from red to orange.

The eruption site is outside of the glacier and the fissure is estimated to be 1.5 km long with lava flowing to the northeast, as stated in a report from the Icelandic Department of Civil Protection issued at 2 pm.

The report also states that to volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system and that the civil protection level is still ‘Alert Phase.’

Highland closures remain in effect and all airports are open.

Aug 31 09:47

Monsanto has sued farmers for 16 years, never lost a case

Where is the justice? Since 1997, Monsanto has filed 145 lawsuits, or on average about 9 lawsuits every year for 16 straight years, against farmers who have “improperly reused their patented seeds.”

The biotech giant hasn’t lost a single case, either. Not one. This includes when farmers tried to sue Monsanto over cross-pollination of their organic crops with GMO seed. For example, a federal court dismissed one of those cases, saying that it couldn’t protect Monsanto against unfair lawsuits should they side in the farmers’ favor.

What about unfair business practices? What about 92% of people saying they want their food labeled if it contains genetically modified ingredients? What about the right of farmers to grow food from seed that hasn’t been altered to turn it into a DNA freak show?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how many congressional representatives Monsanto owns, and how many judges (through sweet stock options)it owns as well.

Aug 31 09:23

#GazaUnderAttack ~~ LESSONS FROM THE WAR

The future of Gaza is still uncertain. Even when you reach agreement with Israel (or with Egypt) there is no guarantee that it will be honored, as happened with the agreements after the previous (2012) war and with the 2011 prisoners’ exchange. Yet Gaza is fighting for liberty…

Aug 31 09:23

#OccupyFaceBook

It’s one thing for an Israeli soldier to post his venom on FaceBook or Instagram …. BUT when a Palestinian speaks his piece, that’s a different story …

An Israeli court in Petah Tikva extended the detention of Suhaib Zahida, 31, until Sept. 4, after he was arrested on Thursday for creating a page on Facebook called “the Intifada of Hebron” in addition to leading a campaign for the boycott of Israeli products.

Aug 31 09:22

ISIL completely fabricated enemy by US: Former CIA contractor

Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States.

“This is a completely fabricated enemy,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California on Thursday.

“The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy,” Kelley added.

He made the remarks as US President Barack Obama is under pressure to seek congressional approval before expanding Washington’s military air campaign against ISIL targets from Iraq into neighboring Syria.

Aug 31 09:20

Ecuador to replace the US dollar with its own digital currency

Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first digital currency issued by the country’s central bank, in what is seen by many as a step to abandon the US dollar, the currency now used by the Central American country.

The currency is expected to start circulating in December, according to the country’s Central Bank.

The technical details or the name of the currency have not been revealed, although the officials stated that it would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin.

The new currency is expected to co-exist with the US dollar, the current official money Ecuador uses, and will be channeled for 2.8 million people in the country – 40 per cent of the participants in the economy – who are too poor to afford the usual banking.

Use of the currency will be voluntary, and it will not be used to pay the state employees.

It will be possible to make and get payments via cellphones, Central Bank’s deputy director Gustavo Solorzano told AP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The Ecuadorian government is poised to do WHAT?!?!?

INVADE NOW!!!!" Official Federal Reserve Souse.

Aug 31 09:19

Family of unarmed man fatally shot by off-duty Chicago cop seeks justice

A fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Chicago was caught on surveillance video and has sparked outrage and calls from his family for justice to be served on those who murdered him.

Aug 31 09:18

Militia says it "secured" U.S. compound in Tripoli

An Islamist-allied militia group "secured" a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, needless to say, the justification for the US to re-invade Libya!

Aug 31 09:14

Another Eruption Starts in Holuhraun

Another eruption started in Holuhraun lava field north of Bárðarbunga volcano at around 4:00 am this morning.

Weather conditions in the area are currently bad, making the eruption difficult to see on the webcam located at Bárðarbunga.

The eruption is in the same area as the eruption which occurred on Friday morning.

Aug 31 09:06

EU set to tighten Russia sanctions 'within a week'

The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia.

Russia denies Western accusations that its forces have illegally crossed into Ukraine to support separatists there.

Pro-Russian rebels have made gains against Ukrainian troops in recent days in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Aug 31 09:05

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war is really cranking up and the bankers are having orgasms!

The original article that inspired this video is HERE and contains additional information not in the video.

Aug 31 09:01

The Economics Of Perpetual War

Art of War actually states that “no country has ever profited from protracted warfare,” and cautions generals to “fight under Heaven with the paramount aim of ‘preservation.’” Yet as far back as we have historical records, these sorts of ideas have fallen on deaf ears among governments and military organizations alike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people who profit from wars are the bankers who create money out of thin air then loan it to the warring parties at ruinous interest!

Aug 31 08:58

French President Says "There Is Risk Of War" As Europe Plans Additional Russia Sanctions

For months Europe had thought that mere verbal (and hollow) threats, populist posturing and propaganda would be enough to force Russia's Putin to back off and withdraw from the endless Ukraine escalation, into a Kremlin cocoon with his tail between his legs. What they didn't anticipate was that Putin would in no way back down (as that would be seen as defeat and weakness by his numerous internal foes), nor would have have to: with Russia providing a third of European gas and with winter approaching, Russia had all the trumps cards from day one.

Aug 31 08:57

20,000 Pakistan Riot Police Unleash Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets As Protesters Breach PM's Residence, 230 Injured

Against the background we initialliy explained here, and the escalation we discussed here, Imran Khan's "Pakistan Spring" has grown dramatically. The former cricketing-legend and erstwhile opposition leader's call for people to take to the streets to demand new 'unrigged' elections has 1000s of protesters breaching the Prime Minister's residence in Islamabad. Along with anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri, Khan urged peaceful protest but, as AP reports, an estimated 20,000 police in riot gear are blocking the procession using tear gas and rubber bullets. Local hospitals report at least 100 injuries.

Aug 31 08:56

A Nation in Denial? The US has the most people in denial about the inequality they live amid. People who underestimate their society’s level of inequality turn out to be less likely to support policies that would help distribute their society’s income and

Every August, for most of the last four decades, top central bankers from around the world have been making their way to the Wyoming mountain resort of Jackson Hole for an invitation-only blue-ribbon economic symposium.

Aug 31 08:56

Britain to spearhead 10,000-strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin's 'Tsarist expansionism'

Britain is to spearhead a new Nato rapid-reaction force amid warnings that Vladimir Putin is virtually ‘at war against Europe’ and planning ‘Tsarist expansionism’.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I say we take all these "leaders" all hot and bothered for a war with Russia and parachute them into Moscow right now!

Aug 31 08:54

75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

Israel confirms entry of UNDOF peacemakers across Golan border; al-Nusra rebels attack troops near DMZ; Irish troops extricate some Fijian colleagues

Aug 31 08:51

Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when

The Independent on Sunday can reveal that a House of Commons committee is to investigate what Tony Blair's Home Office knew about the Rotherham scandal as far back as 2001 after more evidence emerged about his government's efforts to pacify Muslim communities.

Meanwhile, a former minister claimed he was threatened with the sack by his then boss, the foreign secretary Jack Straw, for calling on Muslims in the UK to choose between the "British way or the way of the terrorists" after a 24-year-old from South Yorkshire tried to bomb Israelis in a bar in Tel Aviv in 2003. Former Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane said he was forced to agree to a "grovelling climb-down" over his remarks because he was warned it risked upsetting community relations.

Aug 31 08:49

‘Common sense prevailed’: Ukraine releases Russian paratroopers

All Russian paratroopers who were detained earlier in the week in eastern Ukraine have been handed over to the Russian side, deputy commander of the Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksey Ragozin has confirmed.

“The negotiations were very difficult. However, common sense prevailed, and all ended well,” Ragozin said on Saturday night, cited by RIA.

Aug 31 08:48

Russell Brand is 'left-wing commie scum', Fox News says, as fight to the death continues

We’re not sure how nasty it has to get between Fox News and Russell Brand before the two decide to meet up, kiss and put it all behind them, but the war of words certainly makes for good viewing.

Two days ago, comedian Brand used his YouTube channel to address the criticism levelled at him for his own denigration of Fox News’ coverage of the Ferguson protests.

He had originally condemned the news station for hiring a token black person to come on to lament the riots and was labelled “left-wing commie scum” as a result by Fox presenter Greg Gutfeld.

Aug 31 08:46

'We're not kidnappers. We took our son because cruel NHS let us down': Father of five-year-old with brain tumour explains why he fled to Spain

The parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old boy who was taken out of hospital against doctors’ orders, have been arrested after they were found with their son in Spain.

Hampshire Police said King and his parents were pulled over in their family car by Malaga police at 9pm UK time on Saturday.

Police said the young boy, who has a brain tumour and requires extensive medical care, showed “no visible signs of distress” and has been taken to hospital.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead of Hampshire Constabulary said Ashya’s parents, Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, were in custody after being arrested on a European arrest warrant. Police have 72 hours to question the pair before handing them over to a judge, who will then initiate extradition proceedures.

Aug 31 08:41

Canadian MP: Palestinians have a right to self-defence

Canadian member of parliament Sana Hassainia reiterated her condemnation of the Israeli massacres in Gaza, saying that condoning Israel's actions against Palestinian civilians is "unfair."

In an interview with Anadolu Agency on Friday, Hassainia, who recently resigned from her New Democratic Party over its stance on Gaza, criticised the censorship of any views sympathetic to the Palestinians in Canada and western countries.

Aug 31 08:41

Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dramatically raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

Aug 31 08:40

EU leaders deliver sanctions ultimatum to Russia over Ukraine

European Union leaders have given Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warns it is on the brink of full-scale war with Moscow.

Fears are growing that the confrontation on the EU's eastern borders could engulf the whole continent after Russia sent troops to back a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels in south-east Ukraine.

The EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, said the 28 leaders meeting in Brussels had agreed to take "further significant steps" if Moscow did not back down.

Aug 31 08:40

Hamas calls for disarming Israelis instead of Palestinians

The Gaza resistance movement Hamas has announced that any attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza are "worthless," urging other nations to ban the Israeli regime.

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Just think how much US taxpayer money we will save by not paying for all those weapons!

Aug 31 08:39

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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 today pushing this latest attempt to protect Israel from the consequences of their actions.

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.

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Aug 31 08:37

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules

The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

Aug 31 08:34

See for yourself: Aerial and panoramic views show devastation in Gaza

Aug 31 08:33

"Open Bethlehem" film documents fight against wall, settlements


The trailer has been released for Open Bethlehem, a new film by Palestinian documentary-maker Leila Sansour which calls for an international response to the plight of her hometown.

Aug 31 08:31

Israel's defense establishment recommends easing Gaza restrictions

Israel's defense establishment will recommend to politicians that they show generosity in indirect negotiations with Hamas when discussing the conditions for a permanent cease-fire, in order to forestall renewed hostilities at the end of September. A senior military source has told Haaretz that it is in Israel’s interest to avoid intense social and economic pressure on Gaza.

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Netanyahu will never agree to this, as he is trying to claim that Israel "won" the latest war with Gaza, and any concessions at all will undermine his hallucinations in that regard!

Aug 31 08:30

Thirteen arrested as protesters tell Senators Menendez and Booker: ‘No more blank check for Israel’s crimes’

On Tuesday August 26, 2014, more than 50 demonstrators protested outside the Newark, New Jersey, offices of U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker demanding that the legislators stop providing a blank check for Israel’s crimes. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested inside the building as they read out the names of some of the nearly 500 Palestinian children killed in Gaza.

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Aug 31 08:28

Nuclear War is Solution to Problems of Old Age

Thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Canada will be a Russian
target in any future nuclear war.
My old age will be taken care of.

Aug 31 08:27

FLASHBACK - The New McCarthyism

Once again vast sums of money are being spent on a war, this time a hot one and getting hotter. Once again parties with a vested interest are out to smear and destroy anyone who dares ask if the wars are worth the sacrifice of our young people (not to mention the money), indeed if there really is any point at all to the wars aside from justifying the flow of money to defense contractors.

But the Soviet Union has gone out of business. The word "communist" doesn't carry the same psychological impact it used to, so the war hawk smear squad has come up with a new one, "Anti-Semite." Like "Communist", "Anti-Semite" is used to ruin the lives of people who have not actually done anything wrong other than to challenge the war profiteers. It is a new word for an old trick, and I am amazed that they are still playing the same old game, but I guess the FBI can always find some dumb-assed idiot to fall for it and do their dirty work of wrecking a career for them.

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In the aftermath of Israel's Pyrrhic "victory" in Gaza, there is a new McCarthyism stalking Hollywood intending to punish all those who dared speak out for Palestine, only instead of "communist", the word used to wreck careers is "Anti-Semite!" Film and TV, although no longer the high ground in the war for the minds of Americans, was once dominant, and as such, was a target for political influence of every agenda. Those who go along have good careers. Those who do not are destroyed. That is a fact of life in Hollywood, as the trashing of my own career during the Vincent Foster affair illustrates.

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Aug 31 08:24

Police State: US Military Plans to Crush Dissident Political Groups, Target Leaders with Sniper Fire

Links tweeted by WikiLeaks this week called attention to the development of crowd control doctrines by the US military, the most recent of which are codified in a US Army Techniques document dated April 2014, titled “Civil Disturbances.” Main concepts elaborated in the document include crowd dynamics, behavior theories, crowd types, and a “Graduated Response Matrix.”

The document points to various dissident political groups as main targets of the Army’s crowd control planning. “Examples of well-organized groups are anarchists, antiglobalization groups, and anti free enterprise groups,” the US Army document states.

Aug 31 08:23

Israel’s Political Firewall against the Truth

In an article published in the September 6th edition of The Palestine Chronicle (“Imagining Palestinians as Equal”) I began with this quote from novelist Aldous Huxley: “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” It is the key to separating out what is blatant propaganda and what is fair and honest communication.

The purpose of Israel’s political firewall is blocking out and discrediting the testimony of the people it abuses on a daily basis and their supporters, through using high level elites.

Aug 31 08:22

Calls to Fire Minister as Fallout Over Gaza Operation Continues

Senior Likud MK Ofer Akunis calls on PM Netanyahu to fire Tourism Minister Landau for saying Israel 'lost' Gaza Operation.

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Israel did lose the Gaza operation, and firing ministers and Netanyahu's proclamations cannot change that. For Israel to be seen as victorious, HAMAS (if not all the Gazans) had to be removed. For HAMAS (and the Gazans) to be seen as victorious, they merely had to endure, which is what they did. Along the way, Israel destroyed their reputation as permanent victim and stands revealed to the world as the aggressor, striking from behind the flimsiest of lies and justifications.

Aug 31 08:17

Saudi king: Islamic State will reach ‘Europe in a month and America in another month’

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has a stark warning to America: The Islamic State’s terror will visit American shores in one month if it is not confronted in Syria and Iraq.

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Saudi Arabia continues to play ball with the US supporting more wars because more wars means more oil and gas for war which means more money for Saudi Arabia. But King Abdullah needs to pay attention to the anti-Saudi propaganda taking place (such as the attempt to frame them for 9-11) and realize that the US, goaded by Israel, will eventually turn on him.

Aug 31 08:15

Israel confiscates 1000 acres of Palestinian land south of Bethlehem

Israeli authorities on Sunday announced the confiscation of around 4,000 dunums (1,000 acres) of private Palestinian land south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Palestinian owners of the land were given 45 days to submit formal objections to the announcement in Israeli courts, otherwise all confiscated lands would automatically become Israeli government property.

Mayor of the nearby Palestinian town of Surif Muhammad Ghuneimat told Ma'an that Israeli forces posted signs in private olive tree orchards in the area warning that they have been confiscated by the Israeli government.

Aug 31 08:04

NATO plans to dispatch 10,000 troops to eastern Ukraine

NATO is reportedly planning to send an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states to Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia over the conflict in Eastern European country.

The creation of the force will be led by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands, media outlets reported on Saturday.

Canada is also interested in joining the plan, but it is not known what its final decision will be.

Although no formal announcement has been made yet, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare the force formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4.

Aug 31 07:49

Menendez: US should provide arms to Ukraine to fight Russian ‘invasion’

** He advocates that the Ukranian junta should use "lethal" weapons on it`s citizens. **

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Sunday said the U.S. and its allies should provide lethal weapons to Ukraine’s military, calling Russia’s recent incursions into the country an “invasion.”

“This is a watershed moment,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said during an interview from the capital city of Kiev on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Thousands of Russian troops are here … and they are directly engaged in an invasion.”

President Obama has been reluctant to provide even defensive weapons to Ukraine’s military, believing Kiev had the capabilities to fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Menendez said that while that may have been the president’s “initial assessment,” circumstances on the ground today are “dramatically different.”

Aug 31 07:47

The Covert Origins of ISIS

The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari'ah law. The mass executions, beheadings and even crucifixions that they are committing as they work towards this goal are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see. This is the new face of evil.

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