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"... What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I'll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusionary -property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life -don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don't freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don't claw at your insides. If your back isn't broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Jul 31 16:04

NSA pledges to eventually delete old bulk surveillance records. Oh sure, we can trust them, right?

The National Security Agency will eventually delete the trove of millions of telephone records it controversially amassed under the Patriot Act, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced Monday.

Destruction of the bulk surveillance records, which the NSA retained for a five-year period, won’t be immediate, but the ODNI said it has determined that the NSA will not be allowed to maintain access to them. Their deletion would mark a victory for privacy advocates, though it’s unclear exactly when that will begin.

Jul 31 15:46

Courtney Love fights release of Kurt Cobain death-scene photos that lawsuit claims prove rock star was murdered

Kurt Cobain’s widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago.

Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear arguments Friday over whether to proceed with a trial after Richard Lee, who runs a Seattle public access TV show, sued the city and the Seattle Police Department for the material he says will show Cobain didn’t die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994, The Seattle Times reported.

The city is arguing that the material should stay sealed for the sake of the family’s privacy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, we let a murderer go free so that the family keeps their privacy? Funny how when it's the NSA involved, NOBODY has any privacy, but a celebrity can keep evidence of a murder hidden by claiming a threat to her privacy?

Not without precedent; The US Supreme Court allowed crime scene photos of Vincent Foster that reportedly showed a second gunshot wound (which would have proven the suicide claim was nonsense) to remain hidden because of the family's "privacy concerns."



Jul 31 15:44

Windows 10 upgrade stuck in server woes

Microsoft released is new operating system on July 29, but since doing so the Windows 10 upgrade is getting stuck in server woes. Many users reported all over social media channels the new install process was getting stuck, stalling at the progress bar loop then leaving a message saying, “Preparing to Install.”

Jul 31 15:38

Erodogan and Netanyahu Declare War

The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war.

At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Erodogan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people and their aspirations for a Kurdish state. T

Jul 31 15:32

Jeb Bush Sat On Board Of Philanthropy That Gave Millions To Planned Parenthood

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was one of the directors of a charity that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, LifeSiteNews first reported.

Named a founding director to the tax-exempt Bloomberg Family Foundation in 2010, Bush sat on the board until the end of 2014 when he began to prepare for his presidential run.

Jul 31 15:16

US marines flying with unlicensed arms to Ukraine detained in Vienna, sent home

Nine American marines have been arrested in Vienna’s airport for carrying assault rifles and handguns on board a commercial airliner without proper clearance. They were on their way to Ukraine to take part in Exercise Saber Guardian that began July 20.

The incident took place on July 19, but was only reported to the media a fortnight later.



Jul 31 15:14

US govt never minded Americans killing rare lions before Cecil – WikiLeaks document

WikiLeaks has unveiled a secret document on US hunters in Zimbabwe allegedly sent from a US official to the CIA, casting light upon the recent killing of Cecil the lion, a popular attraction to Zimbabwean Hwange National Park’s visitors.

A 2008’s classified memo signed by James D McGee, the-then US ambassador to Zimbabwe, has revealed that the US government knew about and approved of its citizens going trophy hunting to South Africa, says WikiLeaks.

Jul 31 15:12

9/11 Shock Opera… Act 4 – Building 7 and Flight 93: The Grand Finale that Wasn’t

The inescapable conclusion drawn from this is that a lot of very odd things had to happen to put Flight 93 on a direct collision course with Building 7 at just the right time after the two towers were cleared out of the way. Odd that is, if one believes they all happened by chance.

But, if you take a look at these events in the context of a deliberate schedule then you see that these “odd occurrences” took place in exactly the right sequence to put that plane in the north face of Building 7 at just the precise moment to not only justify the complete collapse of the building (and destruction of volumes of evidence) but also to serve as the final terrifying act of the “New Pearl Harbor” event the neocon Vulcans sitting in the command bunker had written about just 1 year earlier.

Jul 31 15:05

FLASHBACK - Mass Layoff Stats not reported due to budget cuts

Important Notice
On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all "measuring green jobs" products. The final release of Mass Layoffs Statistics data will be the publication of the May 2013 data.



Jul 31 14:47

What you knew all along: Powerful criminal syndicate inside Bank of England

A powerful criminal syndicate with links to money laundering, assassinations and terrorism infiltrated the Bank of England (BoE), a damning new report has revealed.

The scandal was uncovered by BuzzFeed News on Thursday, following an investigation into how the UK's criminal underworld penetrated its central bank.

Jul 31 14:41

Demand your teleSUR, RT, PressTV, and CCTV!

Whenever you stay in any hotel in Latin America, which does not “play” RT, PressTV, CCTV, TeleSUR, be a pest; demand! Nag, nag, and nag!

Mighty new television networks based in South America, Russia, China and Iran are locked in what could only be described as an epic battle against the omnipresent Western propaganda and indoctrination networks.Their programs can be seen all over the globe, and they have been dramatically changing the lives of millions in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, even in some hubs of the Empire itself, like New York and London.

Jul 31 14:30

How Much Cash the Candidates Have Raised and Who’s Giving

Today, two weeks after campaigns disclosed how much money they’ve raised, the Super PACs that support candidates must file their first fundraising totals with the Federal Election Commission. See who’s leading, and who’s falling behind, in the money race.



Jul 31 14:19

Obamacare’s Government-Backed Nonprofit Health Plans Are a Disaster—and Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

The federal government shelled out $2.4 billion in loans to a series of non-profit health plans under Obamacare, but now they’re struggling to stay alive.

The plans, dubbed CO-OPs (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans) were intended to increase competition in the insurance market and serve as a check on private insurers by providing an alternative that wasn’t focused on profit. They were a compromise measure intended to satisfy liberals who wanted the law to set up a fully government-run health insurance option.

As it turns out, Obamacare’s CO-OPs weren’t focused on profit—or, it seems, financial viability of any kind.

The CO-OPs have struggled to meet enrollment targets, with 13 of the 23 non-profit plans showing “considerably lower” enrollment than projected, according to a report by the Health and Human Services Inspector General. Finances were shaky all around with 21 of 23 plans incurring losses through the end of 2014, the report says.

Jul 31 14:18

DONALD TRUMP attacks Hillary Clinton’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked right-hand woman, Huma Abedin

Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet attacked her for Islamic terrorism-connections, but we know he will. Below are several links that explain in detail why having Huma Abedin anywhere near the White House would be like inviting in the terrorism-linked Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned in Egypt and the UAE.

Jul 31 13:47

Georgia cops pose as construction workers to nab texting drivers

Police officers in Marietta, Georgia went undercover as members of a construction crew to catch drivers checking a mobile device behind the wheel. Texting while driving is against the law in Georgia.
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The officers set up at a busy intersection in Cobb County to get a closer look inside vehicles, Marietta police officer Nick Serkedakis told WSB-TV.

Jul 31 13:45

Hillary Clinton and secret Swiss bank accounts

A lengthy report in the Wall Street Journal Thursday details Hillary Clinton’s actions while US secretary of state,on behalf of the Swiss banking giant UBS. The bank reciprocated by means of large contributions to the Clinton Foundation and a fat paycheck for Bill Clinton to participate in a question-and-answer session with UBS executives.

Jul 31 13:44

Chicago mulls borrowing that Puerto Rico rejected as too risky

Chicago is considering selling a type of debt that's fallen out of favor in other municipalities because it saddles taxpayers with higher costs by delaying payments.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed issuing $500 million of bonds this week in an ordinance that would permit the use of capital appreciation bonds, where borrowers postpone interest and principal payments into one big sum at the end of the term. Emanuel's pitch also allows for the more common current interest bonds, which the city said it expects to use.

Chicago is struggling to plug its deficit and $20 billion of unfunded pension liabilities. Emanuel's move would give the third-most-populous city a means of borrowing without having to face the costs right away.

Jul 31 13:32

Hacker Sends Toronto Woman Creepy Pictures of Herself Taken Through Her Own Webcam

According to Clark, the police's initial intervention offered little assistance. "They came over and took a statement, and they were very nice and polite and completely useless."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just like the NSA!

Jul 31 13:19

Turkey's War On The Kurds, ISIS Air Force Flies Again

By Brandon Turbeville

Shortly before calling a NATO meeting under the pretense of concerns over its security, Turkey launched a bombing campaign across the border into Syria allegedly against the ISIS forces that it has supported, trained, and facilitated since the beginning of the Syrian crisis...

Jul 31 13:10

Facebook lands itself in more legal trouble

Facebook has landed itself in trouble again over it’s controversial data policy, which actively seeks to destroy the anonymity of its users.

Germany’s Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection, Johannes Caspar, has found that Facebook’s ‘real names’ policy is in violation of German data protection law and must cease immediately.

Jul 31 13:02

Least Transparent Ever: IRS Used "Wholly Separate" Message System To Hide Communications

The IRS used a “wholly separate” instant messaging system that automatically deleted office communications, according to documentation [9]released by the House Oversight Committee on Monday. The system appears to have been purposefully used by agency officials responsible for the targeting of conservative non-profits, in order to evade public scrutiny.

Jul 31 12:54

WH Launches Cutesy @TheIranDeal Twitter Account, While Keeping Unclassified Iran Nuke Deal Docs Hidden from Public

We live in a world where the public gets to have their government info on nuclear deals filtered through a website with a blue bird icon and a 160-character limit. The White House is a joke, and the people apparently running it aren’t just treating the American public with kid gloves…they are treating you all like children.

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Jul 31 12:54

Dior under fire for using 14-year-old as its main model

Not everyone adores Dior. The Christian Dior fashion label has come under fire for making a 14-year-old Israeli model, Sofia Mechetner, the face of their very adult brand, signing her to a $265,000 contract, and having her walk in a fashion show topless in a see-through gown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appears to be a publicity stunt by Christian Dior to create a faux controversy to get a lot of free press attention.



Jul 31 12:40

Noise pollution and the Iran nuclear deal

Lawrence Davidson examines the mind-dumbing effect of noise, from the near-mindless chatter of modern city restaurants to the media’s regurgitation of the Republican-Zionist propaganda about the Iran nuclear deal.

Jul 31 12:33

Are We Being Forced Into a “Second American Civil War”… If So, Who Will Win?

The best way to keep us from fighting the real enemy is to keep us fighting amongst ourselves.

But could the culture war ever turn into a real war?

Some people actually think so, and it seems the military has been planning for the scenario, too.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jul 31 12:29

Hiroshima, Nagasaki 70th anniversary: Anti-Trident activists join global fast against nukes

Anti-nuclear activists will mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki next week by taking part in a four-day fast against Trident.

Campaigners in the UK will join an international protest against nuclear weapons organized to commemorate the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in August 1945.

Jul 31 12:24

Accidents and incidents involving the Boeing 777

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been four crashes involving the Boeing 777.

Maylasian Airlines Flight 370, most likely shot down in a military accident over the Indian Ocean.

Maylasian Airlines Flight 17, crashed in Ukraine, again possibly a military accident.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed on landing in San Francisco, possibly due to faulty computer code.

British Airways Flight 38, crashed short of the runway at London Heathrow, blamed in icing in the fuel lines.

Since only one 777 was lost over the Indian Ocean, we can conclude from process of elimination that the flaperon found on Reunion Island is part of the missing Maylasian Airlines Flight 370.

Jul 31 11:57

Hollow Israeli Sorrow Over Palestinian Baby Immolated by Settlers

Israeli officials throughout its history consistently showed contempt for Palestinian rights - from Ben-Gurion to Allon to Meir to Begin to Rabin to Peres to Sharon to Netanyahu and others, an array of rogue leaders, not a democrat in the bunch.

Jul 31 11:51

Obama heavily redacts latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails

The Obama administration slapped a secret designation Friday on a number of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, raising more questions about whether her controversial email arrangement led to classified information being left unsecured.

A new tranche of Clinton emails, released by the State Department under a court order to impose transparency on the Obama administration, contains dozens of documents with information redacted and labeled either “confidential” or “sensitive.”

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Jul 31 11:48

Is Planned Parenthood Selling “Fully Intact” Babies Born Alive and Left to Die?

“In a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it,” Daleiden said.

What does that mean?

If true, that means Planned Parenthood could be breaking the federal law known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that requires abortion clinics, hospitals and other places that do abortions to provide appropriate medical care for a baby born alive after a failed abortion or purposefully birthed to “let die.” That would be one of the potential ways Planned Parenthood could produce a “fully intact” baby to sell to StemExpress for research. Most “crunchy” abortion methods would do damage to the baby’s body.

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Jul 31 11:43

EU’s Greek Austerity Plan Rejected By The IMF — Paul Craig Roberts

I have maintained since the so-called Greek Debt “crisis” began back in 2010, I believe it was,that the imposition of austerity on Greece could not possibly work and that the only solution was to write down the debt to a level that Greece could service and introduce reforms that loosen the hold the oligarchs have on the Greek economy. The current Greek government has taken the same position, and now the IMF has joined us.

Jul 31 11:32

The Ukrainian political emigration in Moscow formed a "government in exile"

Ukrainian opposition in exile has decided to finally deliver their Rubicon.

In the Moscow hotel "Ukraine" will form August 3 Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine. With respect to the composition of the Committee, it will be virtually "government in exile".

The composition of the Committee would enter: former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov (2010-2014.), Former MP Vladimir Olejnjik, deputy Igor Markov, president of the association "Mothers of Ukraine," Galina Zaporožceva and journalist Yuri Kot.

Composition of the Committee may be slightly different (as announced and surprise).

On the same day from the same place, the Committee will Appeal to the people of Ukraine and expose his plan "further actions" and announce that he is ready to assume "responsibility for the fate of Ukraine".
It is symptomatic that yesterday a close associate of Petro Poroshenko Yuriy Lutsenko warned the government Arseniy Yatsenyuk and all supporters Euromaidan:

Jul 31 11:10

Sick, Depraved Liberal Broad Claims Planned Parenthood "Not Selling Baby Parts, You Idiots"

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UPDATE: I am already getting nasty messages from the feminazis for this one, so go ahead and copy it and make it go viral! :)

Jul 31 10:46

Hillary Clinton shuts down department store to get $820 haircut

HILLARY Clinton put part of up-market NYC department store Bergdorf Goodman on lockdown on Friday to get an $A820 haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon.

Clinton, with a huge entourage in tow, was spotted being ushered through a side entrance of the Fifth Avenue store on Friday.

A source said, “Staff closed off one side of Bergdorf’s so Hillary could come in privately to get her hair done. An elevator bank was shut down so she could ride up alone, and then she was styled in a private area of the salon. Other customers didn’t get a glimpse. Hillary was later seen with a new feathered hairdo.”

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Remember: Her husband Bill pulled a stunt similar to this 22 years ago on Air Force One at LAX (where two runways were closed down to accommodate this indulgence), having his hair cut and blow-dried by a European hair stylist from a Beverly Hills salon:

Jul 31 10:44

FLASHBACK - U.S. Suspected Israeli Involvement in 1960s Missing Uranium

Declassified documents from the 1970s provide new evidence that federal officials believed bomb-grade uranium that disappeared from a Pennsylvania nuclear facility in the 1960s was likely taken for use in a clandestine Israeli atomic-weapons program.

The documents, obtained earlier this year through public-records requests by a Washington-based nonprofit group, also indicate that senior officials wanted to keep the matter under wraps for fear it could undermine U.S. Middle East peace efforts.

Jul 31 10:43

Candidate for U.S. House Advocates Peoples Takoever

Because I love America enough to stand up and speak the hard truths I had no choice but to persist to report what Vanunu told me in June 2005:

Did you know that President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons? In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding that Ben Guirion open up the Dimona for inspection.

The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the Holocaust, and tried to pay their way out. Everything inside was written in French, when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then, the Dimona descended seven floors underground.

Jul 31 10:38

VANUNU'S PHOTOS OF DIMONA - 1985

Mordechai Vanunu brought his camera to work in late 1985, shortly before leaving his eight-year stint as a technician at Israel's nuclear weapons factory at Dimona.

Acting on his conscience, he carefully took about 60 photos of the top-secret labs and unique production processes involved. When some of these photos were originally published in the London Sunday Times' exposé, they confirmed his eyewitness testimony about the extent of Israel's nuclear weapons program and revealed Israel to be one of the world's top nuclear powers. To this day, the Israeli government refuses international inspection of Dimona and continues to deny the existence of its nuclear arsenal.

Jul 31 10:37

Israel, not Iran, started Middle East nuclear arms race

The debate about the P5+1 agreement with Iran on its nuclear program has already produced a storm of angry rhetoric and a tsunami of opinion pieces. But one issue is notably absent from the debate: the fact that Israel has a nuclear weapons arsenal and sophisticated delivery systems that are decades ahead of anything Iran could develop in the foreseeable future. Iran should be constrained by a global regime from getting the bomb, but the notion that Israel is a weak powerless state like Czechoslovakia in 1938 is ludicrous.

Jul 31 10:11

Ron Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul

In his pursuit of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Rand Paul has made sure to put lots of distance between himself and his father—and Dad appears to be firing back.

Jul 31 10:06

Police officer shoots and kills 5 month old dog in owners front yard. The owner of the dog is then charged with not having dog on a leash.

A local woman said she's still facing charges after a Clayton County police officer shot and killed her dog.

"He just shot the dog and stood there with no remorse, no regrets in front of her and her kids," neighbor Aijohli King told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri after she witnessed the shooting from her home across the street.

Jul 31 10:06

How the Rich Can Keep Their Homes, Businesses, Artwork, and Wealth Tax-Free—Forever: Dynasty trusts enable the wealthy to control their assets even beyond the grave.

?It’s a common-sense notion that society’s wealth shouldn’t be governed by ghosts. “Our Creator made the earth for the use of the living and not of the dead,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. (Also: “One generation of men cannot foreclose or burthen its use to another.”) But in our new age of inequality—the top 10 percent now own nearly 80 percent of all wealth—old concerns about wealth and inheritance are coming back from the dead.

Jul 31 10:03

Coldest July since 1993

Environment Canada meteorologist Daniel Jumbainville said that climate reports out of Badger showed this to be the coldest July since 1993.

“In terms of maximum temperature, the average daily high for this July was 19.3. Normally, that should have been 22.7, so its about three or three and half degrees below normal,” he told the Advertiser.

“The overall mean temperature was 13.7 when it should have been around 17.1. Again, it’s a three or three and a half degree difference.”

Jul 31 09:59

Confirmed! July 2015 weather was officially dreadful

And then, as if all of that wasn't enough, last night Sennybridge in Powys was the coldest place in the UK with an overnight temperature of 0.9c...That is very cold indeed for the summer!

Jul 31 09:50

You Won’t Believe How Much Planned Parenthood Charges For Aborted Baby Body Parts!

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director in Texas, revealed to The Christian Post earlier this week just how much the twisted organization profits from aborted-baby body parts.

Jul 31 09:42

A man raising money for affordable housing by riding his bicycle across America died in Oklahoma Thursday morning after being hit by a woman who was texting while driving

A man bicycling across America to raise money for affordable housing died after being hit by a car in western Oklahoma Thursday morning.
Patrick Wanninkhof, 25, was hit while riding on Highway 152 south of Elk City at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He died at the scene.

Jul 31 09:41

This 19-Year-Old Will Spend the Next 25 Years as a Registered Sex Offender

When Les and Amanda Anderson went to pick up their son from a county jail in St. Joseph, Michigan, it was the first time they had seen him in two and half months.

Jul 31 09:40

The Swiss National Bank Is Long $94 Billion In Stocks, Reports Record Loss Equal To 7% Of Swiss GDP

Earlier today, the SNB which is perhaps the most transparent hedge fund of all central banks and actually lays out its financial statements in a respectable manner every quarter, released its results for the second quarter (and first half) of 2015. The result: another absolutely epic loss, amounting to €50.1 billion ($51.8 billion) of which €47.2 billion on currency positions - a whopping 7% of Swiss GDP - meaning that in Q2 the SNB lost another €20 billion. This happened despite the SNB having invested 17%, or $94 billion, in foreign - mostly US -stocks.

Jul 31 09:33

US slams 'vicious terrorist attack' that killed Palestinian baby

A statement from the US State Department urged Israel to "apprehend the murderers" and called on both sides to "avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this tragic incident."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any members of Congress (on the AIPAC dole) commenting on this case yet?

Jul 31 09:30

FAIL: US-backed ‘Electric’ Color Revolution in Armenia Short Circuits

Here’s how history might one day look back on the west’s democracy rackets of the last 15 years:

“In the early part of the 21st century, The Revolution Business really took off, as US-funded NGOs around the globe began to nibble away at the social and political foundations of countries all over the planet.

Consultants and ‘agents of change’ were dispatched to places like Georgia, the Ukraine, Tunisia and Egypt. Their task was to help build two kinds of mobs – virtual mobs on Twitter, as well as street mobs. The best part about it was that you can actually make money off of other nation’s misery and social strife. For ambitious young social entrepreneurs, if you could “get in there” with USAID, then you’d be in the chips, as it were.

For hapless activists and their shrewd nation-wrecking bosses in Washington, it was a charmed life of endless globe-trotting, transatlantic social justice junkets and promoting democracy worldwide. Life couldn’t be better.

Jul 31 09:29

Iran says planes ready for US flights

Iran's aviation officials say the country is technically prepared to launch direct flights to the United States, but an authorization to do so is still needed.

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And watch out for those Aegis ships; they don't check their targets, as Iran knows all too well!

Jul 31 09:25

Greek ‘Rescue’ is Berlin’s Tar Baby, Worse than WWI Reparations

By now it is clear that far from a sensible resolution of the relatively solvable Greek crisis, the agreement pushed on Greece above all by the Merkel coalition in Berlin, with the willing complicity of Greek Prime Minister Tsipras, is preprogrammed to not merely fail but also to detonate a tsunami of consequences which likely will begin the chaotic breakup of the European Monetary System and its Euro.

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Jul 31 09:21

Iran has signed a historic nuclear deal – now it’s Israel’s turn

Iran’s push for a ban on weapons of mass destruction in its regional neighbourhood has been consistent. The fact that it precedes Saddam Hussein’s systematic use of WMDs against Iran (never reciprocated in kind) is evidence of the depth of my country’s commitment to this noble cause. And while Iran has received the support of some of its Arab friends in this endeavour, Israel – home to the Middle East’s only nuclear weapons programme – has been the holdout. In the light of the historic nuclear deal, we must address this challenge head on.

Jul 31 09:20

Oil prices have plunged nearly 20% this month

Jul 31 09:19

Editor of Prestigious Medical Journal Says “Science has Taken a Turn into Darkness”

And there we have it. The editor of a prestigious medical journal that has published peer-reviewed data since 1823 has openly admitted that the corrupt have indeed infiltrated the science community and its media outlets. Surely, this isn’t news to many, yet millions of readers have been and will continue to be deceived by the label of “peer-reviewed” in spite of this blatant confession.

What one can find almost laughable is that this isn’t the first time an editor of a prestigious medical journal has come forward and declared the science community and its publications to be manipulated and corrupt. In 2009, Dr. Marcia Angell of the New England Journal of Medicine wrote:

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"Vaccines are safe! GMO is good for you! Humans are warming the Earth! Vaccines are safe! GMO is good for you! Humans are warming the Earth! Vaccines are safe! GMO is good for you! Humans are warming the Earth! Vaccines are safe! GMO is good for you! Humans are warming the Earth! Vaccines are safe! GMO is good for you! Humans are warming the Earth!"

Jul 31 09:17

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

To religious Jews, these are more powerful than mere hate speech. They classify us as criminals under Jewish law, and thus enemies of Israel who will bring divine collective punishment. Gays have even been blamed for Hurricane Katrina, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Killing us is an act of self-defense.

Jul 31 09:14

Things Get Awkward When Matthews Asks DNC Head About Bernie Sanders, Socialism (VIDEO)

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Matthews thrashes about trying to please his political masters.

Jul 31 09:12

Wasserman-What? Broward congresswoman, ex-county commissioner in Wikipedia mixup

News flash: Wikipedia isn't always correct.

The online encyclopedia's penchant for posting inaccuracies isn't helping U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, whose parents are listed on Wikipedia as being two fallen public figures in Broward.

"She is the daughter of former Broward Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, and her stepfather is Richard Rubin," the entry about the congresswoman reads.

Wasserman-Rubin resigned from the Broward County Commission in 2010 and is facing trial on public corruption related charges, and Rubin, a former grants writer for Southwest Ranches, is serving a 10- month federal prison sentence for tax evasion.

Wasserman Schultz has a national profile as head of the Democratic National Committee, so conservative bloggers took the faux familial tie and ran with it.

Some of the headlines:

"DNC Chair's parents off to jail for corruption''

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone sent me the link to this story over at Pamela Geller's site. Knowing what I know of Pamela I decided to do some basic fact checking and sure enough, the claim that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's parents have been jailed for corruption is junk, the result of an error in familial relations in the Wikipedia article.

Jul 31 09:04

Is Mullah Omar Really Dead This Time?

For the time being, though, it may be wise to withhold judgment. Omar, who lost an eye fighting against the Soviets in the 1980s, has been the subject of death rumors repeatedly over the years. Here’s a quick rundown:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US keeps claiming that thus and such terror leader is dead to make it look like the war on terror is being won, then the leader shows up, tanned, rested, and ready for the next booga booga. Not that anyone thinks the US government has any credibility left anyway!

Jul 31 09:00

Hurricane Guillermo, Swirling in Pacific, Could Hit Hawaii

Hurricane Guillermo is swirling in the Pacific and could be headed toward Hawaii.

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds early Friday near 90 mph (150 kph) with additional strengthening forecast during the next two days. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Guillermo could become a major hurricane this weekend.

Earlier Friday, Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist at the center, said Guillermo is headed in Hawaii's general direction but it's too early to tell if there will be any danger to land.

Jul 31 08:24

Puerto Rico Expected to Default Tomorrow

Jul 31 07:49

Mozilla sends Microsoft a no thank you letter for Windows 10

"I am writing to you about a very disturbing aspect of Windows 10. Specifically, that the update experience appears to have been designed to throw away the choice your customers have made about the internet experience they want, and replace it with the internet experience Microsoft wants them to have," he said.

"When we first saw the Windows 10 upgrade experience that strips users of their choice by effectively overriding existing user preferences for the browser and other apps, we reached out to your team to discuss this issue. Unfortunately, it didn't result in any meaningful progress, hence this letter."

Jul 31 07:47

Incongruities in the News — Paul Craig Roberts

Jonathan Pollard, a paid spy for Israel described by Michael D. Shear as “one of the country’s most notorious spies,” has been pardoned from his life sentence.

Pollard is a hero to Israel, not to America, and it is Pollard who is released. Manning, Snowden, and Assange are heroes to America, and they continue to be confined.

What disturbs me about the case is that it is Pollard, who spied for a foreign country, who is released. In contrast, Manning and Snowden who spied for the American people are locked away, Manning in a federal prison and Snowden in his Russian exile. Julian Assange, who merely did his job as a journalist and made available to newspapers documents leaked to him, is confined to the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

Jul 31 07:15

FLASHBACK - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

The town I grew up in in New England farming country was even smaller than the film's fictional town of Lawson, California. Loudon, New Hampshire didn't have a movie theater open or closed, and still doesn't. However, like the fictional town of Lawson, the town I grew up in had lost many men in World War II. I was just a child in those post war years, one of the generation later called the baby boomers, but I recall the plaques, the flags, the ribbons, the special emphasis on memorial day, and the markers on the stones in the cemetery behind the church on the hill, identifying where the men had died, and where in some cases, their bodies were presumed to remain. Every family, including my own, had lost people. Parents grieved for lost sons, siblings for lost brothers, wives for lost husbands. Bedrooms were still kept pristine, filled with the artifacts of an innocent childhood, waiting for occupants who would never return.

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Jul 31 07:12

Maine Drops 9000 From Food Stamps After They Refuse To Comply With Work Requirement

Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently began enforcing Maine’s volunteer and work requirements for food stamp SNAP recipients to keep their benefits. The end result was more than 9,000 non-disabled adults getting dropped from the program.

The rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months, unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program, or meet volunteer guidelines for 24 hours out of the month. Any one of those three getting met will not result in the loss of their SNAP food benefits.

Jul 31 07:11

Canadian Climate Change Arctic Expedition Derailed Due to Heavy Ice

So sad. A Canadian arctic research expedition to study "climate change" (always meaning global warming) has been derailed. Why? Heavy ice. However, readers of the CBC News account of the story are left in the dark as to the exact nature of the expedition that is not to be this year.

Jul 31 07:09

Historical Truth

We call the war of 1861 the Civil War. But is that right? A civil war is a struggle between two or more entities trying to take over the central government. Confederate President Jefferson Davis no more sought to take over Washington, D.C., than George Washington sought to take over London in 1776. Both wars, those of 1776 and 1861, were wars of independence. Such a recognition does not require one to sanction the horrors of slavery. We might ask, How much of the war was about slavery?

Jul 31 06:55

FLASHBACK - Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty, study finds

As international ceremonies commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, a new report revealed the sobering reality that, with little safety nets available, a significant number of an estimated 189,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel struggle to find enough money to heat their homes or eat regularly.

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So, just where is all this Holocaust reparations money going?!?

Jul 31 06:54

Iran to IAEA: U.S. in Material Breach of Nuclear Agreement

Iran has taken action under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last week, sending a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) accusing the United States of being in “material breach” of the understandings. The letter (.pdf), which was posted on the IAEA’s website yesterday, cites July 17 statements from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as the source of the complaint.

“The military option would remain on the table, but the fact is, that military option would be enhanced because we’d been spending the intervening number of years gathering significantly more detail about Iran’s nuclear program. So when it comes to the targeting decisions that would be made by military officials either in Israel or the United States, those targeting decisions would be significantly informed, and our capabilities improved, based on the knowledge that has been gained in the intervening years through this inspections regime.” [Emphasis added].

Jul 31 06:53

Gov’t: Erosion is “undermining foundation” of major dam upstream of US nuclear plants

The location of this sinkhole and the presence of the sediment… really raised the possibility of a safety concern with the dam… The initial investigation showed that we had internal erosion. A phenomenon called ‘piping’ where voids from water flowing through the dam — more of a stream-like effect — than just seepage. Internal erosion is one of the leading causes of dam failures around the world. So we knew that we had to do something here to protect the safety of the public… particularly downstream risk… Around the clock inspectors [are] keeping surveillance on the dam [and we have] sensors to monitor movements that might occur in the dam itself.

4:00 — One of the key findings so far is that water is flowing through the foundation from multiple sources, and in multiple directions. It’s actually seeping through porous rock — rainwater upstream, through porous rock, through the dam…

Jul 31 06:52

German government accuses news website of treason over leaks

Germany has opened a treason investigation into a news website a broadcaster said had reported on plans to increase state surveillance of online communications.

German media said it was the first time in more than 50 years journalists had faced treason charges, and some denounced the move as an attack on the freedom of the press.

Jul 31 06:51

“Bomb Iran” plan simply won’t go away

Even before the upcoming August recess on Capitol Hill, the dogs of war, unleashed by remote control from Tel Aviv, predictably are trying to tear the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal to shreds from all sides.

It does not matter that the National Iranian American Council – which happens to be widely respected in Washington itself – has forcefully come out in defense of the deal.

It does not matter that the Obama administration can count on the combined efforts of the so-called E3 ambassadors (Britain, France and Germany) in Washington, who are exhausting themselves to explain the obvious: This is an international treaty, already approved by the United Nations, and not a parochial squabble decided in Idaho.

Jul 31 06:49

Israel Security Establishment Breaks With Bibi on Iran Deal

There’s a deep crack emerging in the veneer of wall-to-wall support offered by Israel’s political leadership to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his war against the Iran nuclear agreement.

The crack has a name you might recognize: the Israeli security establishment. You know — the folks whose job it is to identify and address threats to Israel’s safety. A small but growing group of high-power ex-commanders has been speaking out in media interviews and op-ed essays in the past few days, saying that Netanyahu has got the Iran issue wrong.

It’s not yet what you’d call an avalanche of dissent. But against the pro-Netanyahu unanimity among the politicians, coalition and opposition alike, the skepticism emerging from the security community stands out in striking relief. As unanimous as the politicians are in backing the prime minister, the generals and spymasters are nearly as unanimous in questioning him. Generals publicly backing Netanyahu can be counted on — well — one finger.

Jul 31 06:48

Israeli Diplomat: Maintaining German Guilt About The Holocaust Helps Israel

The Israeli ambassador, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, was present for some of the briefing, as were other embassy workers who don’t speak Hebrew. One journalist commented, “It was so awkward. We couldn’t believe our ears. We’re sitting there eating peanuts, and behind the spokeswoman there are two German women sitting there who don’t understand a word of Hebrew – and the embassy staff is telling us they’re working to preserve the German guilt feelings and that Israel has no interest in normalization of relations between the two countries.”

Talking to Haaretz, Farjon made the usual distinction between Jews and ‘goyim.’ “It was an off-the-record conversation, a briefing talk. The way I speak with Israeli journalists is a little different. These things aren’t intended to get out.”

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Dear Germany

With very few exceptions, none of you reading this were alive back when whatever it is that is supposed to have happened ... is supposed to have happened.

Nobody is guilty for anything that happened before they were born!

Please keep that in mind.

Jul 31 06:46

Israelis burn 18-months-old Palestinian baby

A house fire in the occupied West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured a four-year-old brother and both parents on Friday, Israeli security officials said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the "Price Tag" slogan used in the past by extremist Israelis was daubed on the walls of the family home that had been torched in a village near the West Bank city of Nablus.

"This is a suspected attack with nationalist motives," Samri said. It was the worst attack by Israeli extremists since a Palestinian teen was torched to death a year ago.

Jul 31 06:45

Israel installs Iron Dome along Lebanon border

Israel has deployed its Iron Dome anti-missile system near Lebanon's southern border, an Israeli military officer has said.

Jul 31 06:40

6MILLION John Niems Authorised Version

Jul 31 06:35

Ashrawi Says Israel Now "Completely Out of Control"

“Israel is deliberately and willfully defying international consensus to create ‘Greater Israel’ on historical Palestine. With its rapid, intensive and overwhelming violations, Israel has gone completely out of control, and it is quantitatively making it impossible for the international community to pursue these violations systematically.”

Jul 31 06:32

Palestinian fury as infant dies in 'Jewish settler' arson attack

Palestinian officials say Israel is "fully responsible" for the death of an infant in an arson attack blamed on Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

The 18-month-old boy was killed in the night-time attack on two homes in the village of Duma. His parents and brother suffered serious injuries.

Slogans in Hebrew, including the word "revenge", were found sprayed on a wall of one of the firebombed houses.

Israel's prime minister called the attack "reprehensible and horrific".

"This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators," Benjamin Netanyahu said in a tweet.

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Sure you do, Binny!

Jul 31 06:29

BEX ALERT - What turns someone into a conspiracy theorist? Study to look at why some are more 'receptive' to such theories

He believes that some people are more vulnerable to “intellectual vices” such as dogmatism, gullibility and close mindedness and this in turn makes them more likely to listen to extreme "alternative" sources of information.

He told The Independent: “The other explanation is that that these people are literally mad or mentally ill but I don’t really go for that theory.

“For example take 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Why do they hold onto their conspiracy theory despite the fact that there seems to be overwhelming evidence that it wasn’t an American government conspiracy to bring down the towers?

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The ones trusting the official US story about anything (remember Saddam's nuclear weapons?) are the gullible ones!

I am not surprised they did not allow comments on this article!

Jul 31 06:28

MSM avoids central Pollard question: Did Israel trade secrets to Soviets for emigres?

The reason that Pollard was kept in prison for so long is that American authorities knew that he had taken a vast amount of US intelligence, including a top secret manual detailing methods for the collection of intelligence around the world. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is adamant that Pollard shouldn’t be freed; he publishes a letter he wrote to his boss George W. Bush in 2001, in which he was joined by seven former Defense Secretaries opposing Pollard’s release.

The Times has ignored the Soviet question here and here. The Washington Post ignored it in the main news story and in a followup story on the extent of Pollard’s damage. Politico merely touches on it. Tim Phelps in the LA Times gets to it nine paragraphs down in his story:

Jul 31 06:26

FLASHBACK - US Suppressed Footage of Hiroshima for Decades

As the world prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Saturday, some American media experts see uncomfortable echoes between the suppression of images of death and destruction then and coverage of the war in Iraq today.

As author Greg Mitchell lays out in an article in Editor & Publisher this week, in the weeks following the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, U.S. authorities seized and suppressed film shot in the bombed cities by U.S. military crews and Japanese newsreel teams to prevent Americans from seeing the full extent of devastation wrought by the new weapons.

Tens of thousands died in each attack.

Jul 31 06:21

10 top secret military bases that the government doesn’t want you to know about

Escondido, CA — It should come as no surprise that with an annual military budget of over $610 billion, the United States invests in some gargantuan black ops and top secret facilities. These include warfare testing, nuclear bunkers, chemical experimentation,Continuance of Government (COG) command centers, and a wide variety of both known and unknown contingency preparation.

Some of the facilities, like the infamous Area 51, are well-branded into

Jul 31 06:06

Fabrication in BBC Panorama “Saving Syria’s Children”: Substitution of “Napalm Bomb” Footage

The below admission from the BBC that its substitution of Syria footage between two 2014 broadcasts breaches its own Editorial Guidelines on accuracy is a modest victory in the battle to attract scrutiny to the wider charges that one of the reports in question (at least) was largely, if not entirely, fabricated.

For almost two years I have pursued the question of whether scenes of the aftermath of an alleged incendiary attack on an Aleppo school – filmed by BBC staff and first broadcast as UK legislators voted on military intervention in Syria – were staged for the purposes of propaganda.

Jul 31 05:26

Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals; CDC whistleblower case is back

By Jon Rappoport

“…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (William Thompson, CDC researcher)

On July 29, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.

“No connection to autism” was the lie...

July 30, 2015

Jul 30 22:37

Palestinian Baby Burned to Death After Settlers Set Fire to Home

A one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously wounded late Thursday night after a house was set on fire in the village of Douma, near Nablus. According to reports, settlers were those who set the house on fire after targeting it with firebombs and graffiti. The Israeli military called the attack "Jewish terror."

According to Ghassan Douglas, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, several settlers threw firebombs into the house and spraypainted graffiti reading "revenge" and "long live the Messiah" before fleeing. Witnesses say the whole house caught fire soon after.

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God's chosen...

Jul 30 21:53

Viet Nam a Half Century Later

Jimmy Carter called a war waged in Vietnam by the United States — a war that killed 60,000 Americans and 4,000,000 Vietnamese, without burning down a single U.S. town or forest — “mutual” damage. Ronald Reagan called it a “noble” and “just cause.” Barack Obama promotes the myth of the widespread mistreatment of returning U.S. veterans, denounces the Vietnamese as “brutal,” and has launched a 13-year, $65 million propaganda program to glorify what the Vietnamese call the American War

Jul 30 20:39

Preparing for Financial Disaster Is More Necessary Than Ever! | Mike Rivero

Jul 30 20:11

Hypnotic Trance in Delhi: Monsanto, GMOs and the Looting of India’s Agriculture

We are about to enter August. And that’s a special month in India. Each year, on the 15th, the country commemorates the anniversary of independence from Britain. To mark the occasion, official public celebrations take place in Delhi with flag waving and fly-pasts, and the corporate media is awash with patriotic sentiments. Behind the scenes, however, agriculture, the very heart and soul of the nation, will continue to be restructured for the benefit of foreign interests, raising the question: just where does the notion independence sit with such a policy?

Jul 30 19:15

Afghan War Is Not Over, Says Judge, So Indefinite Detention Can Continue

A federal judge on Thursday rejected the petition of a Guantanamo detainee who had requested to be freed after spending nearly a decade and a half in the U.S. offshore prison without trial.

Jul 30 15:22

Government water police state almost here

Anyone who says that liberty, freedom and individualism has thrived under the Obama administration has either been living in a cave or is far too partisan to acknowledge what's really been going on.

The Obamaites have long used the power of the federal bureaucracy that the president controls to limit, not enhance, personal freedoms and liberty with a bevy of rules and regulations aimed at imposing more government control. Obamacare is a major example, but at least that was accomplished legislatively; the more insidious work has been undertaken by various federal agencies that control different sectors of our society, economy and industry.

Jul 30 15:06

Be Prepared To Flex Your Rights

While police generally need a warrant to search you or your property — during a traffic stop, police only need probable cause to legally search your vehicle. Probable cause means police must have some facts or evidence to believe you’re involved in criminal activity.

Jul 30 14:44

Washington delivers Eight F-16s Block 52 to Egypt after military package is unfrozen

The United States will deliver eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt within the next two days, the US embassy in Cairo has said, part of a military package that was unfrozen earlier this year. The statement on Thursday said Washington would deliver four more F-16s to Egypt in the autumn. Despite US lawmakers’ concerns that Egypt is delaying on democratic reforms, Egypt remains one of Washington’s closest military allies in the region.

Jul 30 14:39

US imposes further sanctions on Russia over Crimea, east Ukraine conflict

The United States has imposed further sanctions against Russia over the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Eleven more people and 15 more companies have been put on the sanctions list.

Among the newly included firms are affiliate companies of Russian oil giant Rosneft, as well as several organizations linked to one of the country’s major banks - Vnesheconombank.

Sanctions were also imposed against five Crimean commercial ports located in the towns of Sevastopol, Feodoisa, Kerch, Evpatoria and Yalta, as well as the Kerch ferry service.

The US embassy to Russia said that Washington regards the new sanctions not as an escalation of tensions between the countries but rather as a "routine step" in strengthening current US policy.

Jul 30 14:24

Did Planned Parenthood Just "Hack" Its Own Website As A Publicity Stunt?

On the splash page declaring that the organization was hacked, visitors are asked “Why do you stand with Planned Parenthood” and invited to share their stories on a separate page housed at ppaction.org.

And wouldn’t you know it, that page functions perfectly. No sign of hacking. No sign of intrusion. Just a perfectly functional and secure web page that exists solely to build Planned Parenthood’s mailing list:

Even though ppaction.org redirects to a page saying the site was hacked, the domain still house a perfectly functional URL and page that are being actively used to help build Planned Parenthood’s fundraising list. Coincidentally, this “hacking” happened just days after Planned Parenthood decided to hire a PR firm, SKDKnickerbocker, to help manage its response to the widening baby organ trafficking scandal.

Jul 30 14:21

From Hill-ary To Mountain-ary - How UBS Sent Millions To The Clintons After Saving The Bank In 2009

How many more blind eyes can the press (or "we, the people") turn?

Jul 30 14:17

FLASHBACK JUNE - HSBC Holdings plc To Cut 50,000 Jobs As Deutsche Bank Raided By Police

It has been an odd morning in the banking world. HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HSBC) announced it would lay off around 50,000 people on the same morning that the Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB) HQ in Frankfurt was raided by prosecutors looking for evidence. The German bank laid off two people, its co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen, on Sunday.

Jul 30 14:17

Anglo American warns on further pain for commodities

One of the world's largest miners, Anglo American, maintained its interim dividend on Friday despite a deep sell-off in metals hurting its first-half profit, while the group's chief executive warned that there could more pain for the sector to come.

Jul 30 14:17

Anglo American : Posts $3 Billion Loss Amid Plunging Commodity Prices -- Update

Anglo American PLC on Friday reported a $3 billion loss for the first half of 2015 as plunging commodity prices continue to wreak havoc on the bottom lines of miners world-wide.

A one-time charge of $3.5 billion, including $2.9 billion from a write-down in the value of Anglo American's huge Minas-Rio iron-ore project in Brazil, weighed on its results.

Anglo American said last week that it would shave up to $4 billion off the value of its mining assets. Most of the write-down would come from the Minas-Rio project in Brazil, a person familiar with the matter said,

Jul 30 14:16

FLASHBACK MAY - Major U.S. Retailers Are Closing More Than 6,000 Stores

If the U.S. economy really is improving, then why are big U.S. retailers permanently shutting down thousands of stores? The “retail apocalypse” that I have written about so frequently appears to be accelerating.

Jul 30 14:09

The hidden weed killer in your BREAD: Commercial wheat doused with cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide right before harvest... and you're eating it!

Now that the World Health Organization has publicly condemned glyphosate herbicide as "probably carcinogenic to humans," awareness of this insidious chemical's contamination of the human food supply is suddenly exploding among health-conscious consumers.

Most people, however, have no awareness at all that commercial wheat products are saturated with glyphosate before harvest. They think glyphosate is only used on genetically modified crops like corn and soybeans. But it turns out that glyphosate is routinely used as a wheat crop drying chemical to speed up harvesting.

Jul 30 14:06

'Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic,' declares WHO scientist who authored Roundup cancer study

One of the lead scientists who helped conduct the World Health Organization (WHO) study on Monsanto's Roundup herbicide that determined the chemical to be "probably carcinogenic" has now gone on record saying that glyphosate is "definitely genotoxic."

Professor Christopher Portier, speaking at a recent scientific briefing on glyphosate in Westminster, London, told listeners that there's "no doubt" in his mind that glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Roundup, causes genetic damage that can lead to cellular malfunction and cancer.

Jul 30 14:01

Windows 10 Is Spying On You: Here’s How To Stop It

Windows 10‘s privacy settings very much need to be frowned at. Essentially: unless you pay close attention to the fluffy options offered when you first install Microsoft’s new operating system, it’s going to quietly track your behaviour and use it to fire targeted ads at you, as well as keeping tabs on your location history, data from messages, calendars, contacts and God knows what else. It is a bit scary, despite coming off the back of Microsoft’s own pledge to offer ‘real transparency’. You may or may not be OK with this yourself, but in any event at least some of this stuff can be turned off after the fact.

Jul 30 13:59

Windows 10 Uses Your Bandwidth to Distribute Updates, Disable It Here

Every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, its servers get slammed. To help alleviate this burden, Windows 10 can download updates from other users’ computers. The problem is, it can use up your bandwidth and data caps to do so. Here’s how to turn it off.

Jul 30 13:55

Former Greek finance minister Varoufakis facing calls for criminal prosecution

The witch-hunt against former Syriza finance minister Yanis Varoufakis by various right-wing forces has intensified after Greece’s senior state prosecutor, Efterpi Koutzamani, ordered parliament to examine a swathe of complaints against him.

Five separate lawsuits have been brought against Varoufakis. He faces a series of charges that could lead to his imprisonment, including treason and participating in a criminal organisation.

Jul 30 13:52

Fracking could be delayed for up to two years across UK after Lancashire council rejects test drilling

Government plans to roll out fracking across Britain face delays of up to two years following a surprise decision to reject exploration for shale gas in Lancashire.

Ministers are concerned by the implications of the decision by Lancashire County Council last month to reject planning applications from the shale gas company Cuadrilla to drill eight wells at two sites on the Fylde coastal plain.

The Government had been expecting councilors to give their go-ahead to exploratory drilling on sites. But instead they turned down Cuadrilla’s application on the grounds that it would have an unacceptable visual impact and create too much noise.

Cuadrilla has now appealed but that process, regardless of the outcome, is likely to take 16 months.

Jul 30 13:46

Nothing to see here : Hillary Clinton Losing Strength in New National Polling

...haven't trusted anyone named Clinton since Vince Foster (or the general 'Clinton body count') , and if you haven't read much on that... let's use the IRS, Benghazi, her personal e-mail server or my favorite, the whole "left the white house with nothing" comments. Utter bullshitter and if women buy into this voting for a woman just cause... well... "vagina"... it's worse than 2012 ;)

Jul 30 13:44

‘Gambling with lives’: Private contractors pick US drone targets, says report

An “insatiable” demand for analysts of drone intelligence is driving the US military to hire private contractors, with 1 in 10 analysts now a civilian, says a new report. Civilian analysts describe their work as “gambling,” with innocent lives at stake.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), a UK-based nonprofit, conducted a six-month probe into the US military’s contracting of drone data analysts, using specially designed software to sift through some 8 million transaction records published by the Pentagon between 2009 to 2014. They also interviewed some of the contractors, who asked to remain anonymous.

Jul 30 13:44

Russia and China Plan Military Drills in Sea of Japan

In the latest sign of military cooperation between the two nations, Russia and China will conduct joint naval and air defense drills in the Sea of Japan next month.

Jul 30 13:42

LOS ANGELES PASSES LAW BANNING LARGE-CAPACITY GUN MAGAZINES

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity gun magazines on Tuesday, following San Francisco to become the second major city in California to take that step. The ordinance prohibits Los Angeles residents from possessing a handgun or rifle magazine that fits more than 10 rounds.

Jul 30 13:37

FLORIDA POLICEMEN LAUNDERS $70 MLN IN NOTORIOUS STING OPERATION

Policemen from Bal Harbour Village and Glades County in Florida have laundered as much as $71 million for criminal enterprises over three years of the sting operation, rewarding themselves with a grand fee of about 3 percent of the whole sum, according to Miami Herald. They created a task force entitled Tri-County in 2010 to provide federal authorities with information about criminal groups across the country. Local policemen contributed to the program and confiscated over $30 million of laundered money, but at the same time returned more than $70 million to criminals’ bank accounts, media reports.

Jul 30 13:37

Judge May Jail IRS Head

Jul 30 13:18

THIS GADGET HACKS GM CARS TO LOCATE, UNLOCK, AND START THEM

GM’s Onstar service offers some of the most futuristic features on any connected car, including the ability to locate the vehicle, unlock it, and even start its ignition—all from a smartphone app. But if a hacker like Samy Kamkar has hidden a small, $100 box anywhere on your Onstar-equipped car or truck, those same conveniences could fall into unintended hands.

Jul 30 13:18

64 Nations Say No to GMO, Yet US Government Nears Illegal GMO Labeling

The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.

Jul 30 13:13

Flashback: Putin scores highest ever poll rating

...the Levada Center estimates that 89% of Russians now approve of Putin, while only 10% disapprove. This supersedes the previous record popularity he enjoyed of 88%, which he first reached in 2008 and then equalled last November.

Jul 30 13:11

Trump Says He Would 'Get Along Very Well' With Putin

"I think I would get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so. People say, 'What do you mean?' I think I would get along well with him," Trump told reporters in Glasgow, Scotland, where he is attending the women's British Open being played at a golf course he owns.

"He hates Obama, Obama hates him. We have unbelievably bad relationships. Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. She was the worst secretary of state in the history of our country. The world blew apart during her reign. Now she wants to be president," Trump added.

Jul 30 13:04

Greek Debt Crisis Update: Tsipras Calls For New Vote Amid Struggle To Unify Syriza Party Divisions

Struggling to unify his splintering Syriza party, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he would not be bullied any further on austerity measures and called for a partywide vote Sunday on whether Greece would be better off without help from European rescue loans. Stuck between a leftist government that wants fewer austerity measures and European lenders that want more, Tsipras said Wednesday that he would not implement additional reforms such as further cuts to the budget or pensions.

Jul 30 13:03

Expert Sees Repeat of Horrors He Predicted: “Next Great Stock Market Crash is Imminent”

The alarm bells of a looming crash have again and again sounded, with a constant stream of reports that show Americans at large have been screwed over again and again, while the same maniacal banksters who took us over the cliff last time up the ante and threaten to topple everything.

As this news repeats, and things remain gloomy for the average person, it remains apparent that few have any real confidence in those in charge, and most are just trying to hang on until the storm passes. The weight of the situation is with the Federal Reserve, who’ve made addicts of financiers, and put the whole system on artificial stimulus medication that is sure to cause suffering when dose is pulled, and sure to kill the patient if the dosage is pushed up any further than it already has been.

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