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Umm Ahmed Abu Sahwish holds stones in her hands. They are now all that's left of her demolished home. "My home is gone and only stones remain," the 65-year-old says.
Hundreds of homes here have been destroyed, and unexploded Israeli missiles litter the ground at the entrance to the town, at Gaza's northern tip near the border with Israel. The local hospital, emergency rescue equipment, and infrastructure have also incurred heavy damage from Israeli shelling.
This amazing interview was done back in 1985 with Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent who was trained in subversion techniques. He explains the 4 basic steps to socially engineering entire generations into thinking and behaving the way those in power want them to. It’s shocking because our nation has been transformed in the exact same way, and followed the exact same steps.
Lawrence Davidson debunks the fantasies and inventions of the Zionist view of the horror in Gaza, as represented by the thoughts of David Harris, the executive director of the American Jewish Congress.
Despite these warnings and the fact that over 650 people are confirmed dead by medical officials in Africa, global governments failed to take any significant action. Flights out of West Africa were still being allowed to leave without any real screening procedures, even though medical professionals in the region had warned that containment of the virus was spiraling out of control.
Now, amid the highly publicized infection of a leading Ebola doctor, the first case of the virus travelling aboard a commercial passenger airline has been confirmed.
If you don't see English subtitles, watch the video on Youtube and turn on English captioning with the icon in the bottom right of video
Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov
#1 - Warning from Anton Guryanov
Comrades, Friends, Brother and Sisters,
I, Anton Guryanov, speaking on behalf of the Resistance Forces that I have the honour to represent, will now make an official address. The text of the address is in front of me, and, in order to make no mistakes, I will refer to it, from time to time.
According to our information, the Nazis of the Kiev Junta are planning to conduct a major terrorist act in the next several days. Or a series of terrorist acts. On the territory of Ukraine.
Israel has killed almost 800 [0ver 1000 counted so far now - ed] Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world’s only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.
U.S. security and intelligence agencies have repeatedly been caught lying about matters of war and peace. After being caught in one lie, the State Department doesn’t apologize … it just launches a new lie. While they would have you believe that their old lies are irrelevant because they’re “ancient history”, this is still continuing to today. In the last year, for example, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf has been busted again and again for lying:
RT’s article, “90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance,” reported that:
"Libya is considering a deployment of international force to re-establish security amid a flare-up of violence in Tripoli which saw dozens of rockets destroy most of the civilian aircraft fleet at its international airport."
"'The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority,' a government spokesman, Ahmed Lamine said in a statement.'"
Obama has "checked out". Or rather, his administration and the folks that run his show have.
The president's completely ridiculous, inappropriate behavior after the MH17 plane was shot down should've tipped even the casual viewer that something is a tad amiss here in good 'ol U.S.A.
That day, reports that an official in the Ukrainian government had announced that 23 Americans were killed in the crash flooded the media. They were unsubstantiated reports later found to be incorrect, but they happened nonetheless.
Every outlet from Reuters on down ran with that information. Countless journalists Tweeted about it. In a late night moment of amazement at Obama's response to this news, I made this video:
WIKIPEDIA has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives in response to “disruptive” revisions of the online encyclopedia.
A 10-day ban imposed on Thursday blocked any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers.
The much-admired Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black may be rolling in his grave at the prospect of a merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc., which would reduce control of the major Hollywood studios to five owners, from six, and major television producers to four, from five.
The New York Police Department is looking into another altercation involving one of its officers placing an individual in a chokehold, following a similar incident last week that left one man dead.
In a video obtained by DNAinfo.com, an unidentified NYPD officer can be seen putting a man in a chokehold and punching him in the face multiple times during an attempted arrest. Another officer is present at the scene, which is believed to be a subway stop in East Harlem, but he does not appear to be physically involved in the confrontation,
The officer tells the man to place his arms behind his back. But when that doesn’t stop him from struggling, the policeman begins punching him in the head repeatedly. At this point, one bystander can be heard screaming, “Why do you have to hit him?”
Sheera Frenkel has just tweeted an amazing, deeply troubling statement from Israeli official sources. To most of us here, this tweet will be nothing new. Journalists were reporting within a few days after the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers that the Netanyahu claim that Hamas was responsible was false. But now we have official confirmation that this claim was a lie.
The humanitarian cease-fire was meant, above all, to allow for the removal of bodies trapped under bombed homes in residential areas adjacent to the border with Israel. Around 150 bodies were extricated yesterday, bringing the number of Palestinians killed in the past two-plus weeks of fighting past the thousand mark. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, of the 928 fatalities who had been identified by name as of 10 A.M. yesterday, 764 were civilians, and they included 215 children and 118 women.
The notion that Israel would engage in the business of ritualistic human sacrifice should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the ‘beating heart’ of what keeps her alive, meaning Judaism. Human sacrifice, i.e. murdering innocent human beings in order to appease the demands of some ‘higher’ power, is a theme introduced within literally the first chapters of the very first book of the Jewish Torah–the book of Genesis to be exact–where a penniless nomad named Abraham–the ‘Founding Father’ of the Jewish state as the world has been told time and again–has got it in his head to slit the throat of his own son Isaac and burn his young son’s body on a pile of stones in pleasing and appeasing the Jewish god Yahweh.
The Israeli Police Foreign Press Spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, appears to have falsified the Israeli government’s claim that Hamas was responsible for the killing of three Israeli settler teens in June, by saying responsibility lies with a lone cell that operated without the complicity of Hamas’ leadership.
The kidnapping and subsequent killing of three Israeli settler teens last month is considered to be a flashpoint for the escalated violence in Gaza -- that as of day 19 of the conflict has left 926 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead.
At the time Israeli authorities placed the blame squarely on Hamas, with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu saying "They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals in human form. Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay."
Let's review the timetable.
Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.
But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.
To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!
The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.
But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.
I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.
Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!
ADL - "Misinformation about Israel is widespread, fanning deep-seated bigotry and hatred. It’s important for each of us to counter false messages and disseminate the facts about the situation in Israel."
(Note: Link to a series of 9 short propaganda videos from Abe Foxman of the ADL)
A new Facebook page showcases a new way for Israeli women to support the troops — by stripping down practically to their birthday suit.
“Standing With the IDF” calls on Israel women to raise morale (so to speak) by uploading sexy pictures of the their bodies, upon which uplifting messages have been scrawled. The page’s intro is pretty self-explanatory: “You keep us safe from above, and we will watch you from below!”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Hamas is “continuing all its operations” despite agreeing to a temporary cease-fire extension after it initially refused to do so. The continued hostilities call into question whether the latest cease-fire between Israeli forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip will hold up.
“We’re faced with a very ruthless terrorist enemy,” Netanyahu told CNN on Sunday, accusing Hamas of hiding behind “civilians as human shields.”
Rockets are flying, but nobody knows whose rockets they are? Splinter groups? Israeli agents provocateurs? Israel is only just now admitting that HAMAS had nothing to do with the killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month; the excuse Netanyahu used to initiate the current hostilities. And contrary to Israel describing HAMAS as a "terrorist organization", you need to recall that HAMAS won the elections in 2006 and is the legally elected government of Gaza. Only a few months ago, HAMAS and FATAH agreed to form a Unity government for all of Palestine which Netanyahu public vowed he intended to destroy, with the current military operation clearly the result of that promise.
Israel is making a lot of wild claims right now, trying to gain at least an illusion of moral equivalency, now that they have clearly lost the moral high ground. Hence we get claims (b=but no proof) that HAMAS is hiding rockets in the bombed-out United Nations schools, the hospitals, police station, water plant, power station, and sewage treatment plant. Does Netanyahu really expect us to believe HAMAS is hiding rockets in tanks full of human waste?
Remember the motto of the Mossad, "By way of deception thou shalt do war." Lies and propaganda are an essential part of Israel's conduct. It is now widely reported that Israel uses some of that money they get from the US taxpayers to pay and give scholarships to Jewish students in exchange for them posting pro-Israel propaganda to social media. Even with their paid Hasbara, online opinion is running twenty to one against Israel, so much so that in France (which drew global condemnation for banning pro-Palestinian demonstrations, but not pro-Israel ones) ISPs are now deleting every post or comment critical of Israel or sympathetic to the Palestinians. So obvious and heavy-handed has this censorship and propaganda become that it has called attention to itself. The public now KNOWS this is being done, which negates its ability to influence public opinion. Indeed the public reaction to this blatant attack on freedom of speech, coupled with the shameless bowing of elected leaders towards Tel Aviv (as evidence by the entire US Congress unanimously voting their support for Israel's attack on Gaza) has awakened the world to the fact that it is not a wild-eyed, tin-foil-hat kooky conspiracy theory that Israel has subverted most western governments and has control of the corporate media.
It is simply a lie that Israel's slaughter in Gaza is a response to an "unprovoked attack" by Hamas. Not only is it a lie, it is a transparent, brazen lie, whose falsehood is glaringly apparent to anyone who had given even a cursory look at coverage of the Israeli government's response to the murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.
BBC Russia accidentally aired a truthful report about the HM17 crash, they have since deleted it. The problem with the report was that local people told they they had seen two fighter jets with the Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 MH17 and that it was one of these fighter jets that shot the HM17 down. Before they deleted it it was saved by watchful internet users and have now been uploaded many times to internet. Just like they did with the video were they claimed that the Salomon building (WTC7) had collapsed 20 minutes before it actually happened. That video have also been deleted from BBC's archives.
BBC Russia's coverage of Malaysian Flight 17 found numerous witnesses saying that the 777 was shot down by Kiev warplanes seen following the passenger jet (tracked on Russian radar and according to "Carlos", the Spanish air traffic controller, seen on ATC radar as well).
Drive on a public highway in any major city: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles. It’s a disaster. Potholes so big you worry about breaking an axle. And you should. In New York State, for example, a recent study estimated that bad roads and bridges cost motorists $20.3 billion in repairs annually.
Cracked concrete and asphalt everywhere. Missing guardrails, stolen signs, and everywhere you turn, garbage. Graffiti and vandalism take a toll but mostly it’s all just old. Old, rusted, worn out, years of “deferred maintenance” — as in none at all.
Your tax dollars go to build and maintain modern highways in Israel ... but not here. After Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc. et. al. toss out there puppet rulers, maybe it is time for Americans to toss out theirs!
On Thursday, a week after former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates argued for amnesty and for an unlimited number of high-tech guest-worker visas, Microsoft announced it would slash 18,000 jobs.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promised his employees that "we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible." Analysts told USA Today that the number being let go was "larger than expected."
Although Bill Gates is officially retired from Microsoft, his vast wealth remains primarily in his stock holdings in the company, so his activism regarding Guest-worker visas is motivated by his wallet, especially in light of the decline in Microsoft stock following Windows 8 and the NSA scandal.
The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) is a tragedy that will be remembered for years to come. However, the way in which the West has distorted the facts about what happened is no mere accident. Rather, it is a clear attempt by Washington and its allies and proxies to capitalize on the incident, using it as a weapon in their continued belligerent and aggressive policies toward Russia.
The US has evacuated its Libyan embassy staff under air cover as they faced a "real risk" from fierce fighting around Tripoli airport.
The announcement came just hours after the country's interim government warned that the clashes between militia vying for control of the strategic airport were threatening to tear Libya apart.
It was around 5am on Saturday (local time) when the evacuation began, with the sky over the capital filled with the sound of military jets and helicopters.
America's war to force the world back onto Bretton-Woods and the Petro-dollar is already failing. The people of Libya are taking back their country from the US puppet regime. So are the people of Iraq. The US is barely clinging to Afghanistan, which is why Obama broke his promise to bring our kids home. These are repeats of Iran in 1979, when the Iranian people kicked out their US puppet ruler, the Shah.
The US is not following an exit strategy here for the simple reason they do not have one. The petro-dollar war, which seeks to force all the world's resources to be traded only for the US dollar, is an all or nothing deal. When the US loses it, as they clearly are, the US financial system, grown lazy and dependent on that mafia-like piece of the action they get from all global commerce, will collapse and take Washington DC with it. Somewhere between now and final capitulation, I expect DC will resort to their nuclear arsenal in a final strike against the Russian Ruble and the Chinese Yuan which are already displacing the US dollar in global trade and banking.
Tightening the economic screws will hurt Russia's economy, but the consequences will also be felt by western companies – and not just the usual suspects of energy and arms companies that have made high-profile deals with the Kremlin. Germany, for example, has 6,000 companies doing business in Russia, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises. But large conglomerates will be the bellwethers, showing how serious the consequences will be.
At a time when both the US and EU economies are already fragile, the promoters of war against the Ruble (and the Yuan) are willing to inflict even more hardship and suffering on their own people.
Who is the real enemy?
It isn't Russia and it isn't China.
The common enemy of all mankind are private central banks issuing all of the public currency as a loan at interest, a system that by design leads to massive debt, enslavement, and world wars.
"Leave or Die" is the message, yet there is no where to leave "to".
Israel has clearly lost the public-relations war. The flood of pro-Israel propaganda into social media is being ignored as the public comes to understand that Israel's government pays and gives scholarships to Jewish students to post propaganda. What, of what, will Israel try to do next to regain the initiative?
srael’s assault on Gaza, as pointed out by analyst Nathan Thrall in the New York Times, was not triggered by Hamas’ rockets directed at Israel but by Israel’s determination to bring down the Palestinian unity government that was formed in early June, even though that government was committed to honoring all of the conditions imposed by the international community for recognition of its legitimacy.
Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.
The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola's symptoms are similar to other diseases.
Two SU-25 fighter jets from the airbase of the 229th Brigade of the Kulbakino tactical force in Nikolayev reportedly served as control targets. One of these aircraft had been recorded near Sarostschenskoje by a Buk anti-aircraft missile system.
“The tragic accident could have led to the flight route of the Malaysian Boeing and the SU-25, which were at different altitudes, crossing and appearing on the radar display as one large point, which was fatal for the civilian plane, because the targeting system would automatically choose the larger target,” the source told Ria Novosti.
A rocket launch was reportedly not scheduled. Why a rocket was nevertheless fired, the source could not explain. “This is the question facing Ukrainian Security Service staff, who picked up the battery commander and crew at about half past nine in the evening,” he said.
Some 7,000 protesters were estimated to attended in the biggest protest against the operation thus far, alongside a small protest in support of the IDF.
This is in Tel Aviv. And it is important to keep pointing out that the majority of people in Israel do not agree with or support what Israel's government is doing, just as the majority of Americans do not agree with or support what Washington DC is doing.
All the people of the world face the same enemy; national governments gone rogue and playing their imperial games with our lives and money, but without our permission or agreement.
Americans love their cars. Urban sprawl with poorly designed city centers has made driving a near necessity for most people. During the credit crisis, one of the problems that occurred was that too many loans were being made to people that had no ability of paying their debt back. We see this trend in full stride once again in the auto industry. Subprime auto lending is back in a big way. The vast majority of non-housing debt growth in the last 12 months has come in the form of auto and student loan debt. As we all should know, a car loses value the minute you take it off the lot. Sure, these new cars come fully loaded and are virtually spaceships but it will cost you especially when the per capita wage in the country is approximately $26,000. Given that the average new car costs $30,000 most people need to go into debt to finance this purchase. We are now seeing a big wave of subprime borrowers purchasing cars. What can possibly go wrong?
‘While the Fed has begun ‘tapering’, slowing down the rate of its de facto money–printing, the scale of QE remains vast, some $45 billion a month. That’s driven the absurd ‘bad news is good news’ mantra that still dominates the thinking of investors on Wall Street and other major stock markets. Weak economic numbers make it more likely the Fed will relent and slow down or even reverse its tapering, turning up the funny–money dial, and thus stock prices, even more. Forget economic growth and forget corporate earnings. It’s all about the Fed.
Since the attacks of September 11, we are witnessing a transformation of the way the media report the news. They lock us in the unreal. They base truth not on the coherence of a presentation, but on its shocking character. Thus, the observer remains petrified and cannot establish a relation to reality.
The media are lying to us, but at the same time, they show us that they are lying. It is no longer a matter of changing our perception of facts in order to get our support, but to lock us in the spectacle of the omnipotence of power. Showing the annihilation of reason is based on images that serve to replace facts. Information no longer focuses on the ability to perceive and represent a thing, but the need to experience it, or rather to experience oneself through it.
In a bid to bring in more campaign cash, House Democrats sent out a plea to donors to pitch in more funds to defend President Obama from a seemingly-imminent impeachment.
In an email notice, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee solicited immediate donations citing House Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against Mr. Obama.
“The White House announced yesterday that Boehner’s lawsuit could lead to the impeachment of President Obama,” the email read.
On a purely moral level I would love nothing better than to see Obama kicked out of office. In fact I have a bottle of cheap champagne saved for that day. However that would put Biden into the Oval Office, and he is even more gung-ho for Israel and sending Americans to war than Obama is, so that would not be an improvement. The only upside to Biden being President is that it positions him to enter the 2016 race as the incumbent sitting President, an advantage that would keep Hillary from winning, and I see that as a good thing.
But while we might all be told that Obama's removal fixes all the problems, and we should go back to our lives and doing what we are told to do, that is simply not true. Obama is a figurehead. The problems are systemic, infecting the entire Federal Government which has openly violated their contract with the American people as set forth in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Yes, Obama needs to be impeached, but so does Biden and so does the entire US Congress (which voted unanimously to support Israel's aggressions against Gaza) along with all the career officials who transcend the election cycles.
In 2003, Jörg Guido Hülsmann, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute, published the essay “Has Fractional-Reserve Banking Really Passed the Market Test?” in a Winter edition of The Independent Review. The key conclusion drawn was that it is the obfuscation of the difference between fractional-reserve IOUs and genuine money titles which preserves the the practice of fractional-reserve banking.
He was held at Guantanamo Baby for more than 10 years without being charged before being released to his home country Dec. 5, 2013. He had opposed transfer to Algeria, because he feared persecution there, according to court papers.
The Pentagon, however, refused to return his money, based on what government lawyers claimed to be a policy “based on a strong national security interest in preventing these funds from being used in a manner that would adversely impact the safety and security of the United States.” The justification was drawn from provisions in the USA Patriot Act, reports said.
Some human rights groups have argued that the policy constitutes a “war crime,” specifically in that it is in violation of an international prohibition of wartime “pillage,” according to Vice News.
The Belleville News-Democrat (BND) explains that federal agents brought in multiple helicopters, armored vehicles and SWAT teams just to raid the home of 34-year-old Robert E. Godsey, who had no history of violence. Before raiding Godsey's home, the agents staged these outrageous weapons of war in the field of a nearby farm before finally converging on the man's property to execute a search warrant.
Weapons of government terrorism were also staged at the nearby A.R. Graiff Elementary School, where the superintendent was reportedly not even informed of the events that would take place there. Tactical vehicles from the Alton Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff's Office and a mobile command center for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, as well as an ambulance, medical helicopter and U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, were all brought in for the gratuitous display of tyranny.
In a landmark gun control case, a federal judge in Washington DC has overturned the city’s total ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it is unconstitutional.
"There is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny," Judge Frederick Scullin said.
"Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia's complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional," Scullin added in his 19-page ruling.
The ruling was made in the PALMER et al v. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA et al case.
The court order now allows both city residents and non-residents to carry handguns outside their homes.
"Okay, what if we start banning BULLETS? Will THAT work? There are people who do not like politicians, or even me (although I cannot fathom why that might be the case), and we have a right to protection, same as Israel. Say, THERE'S an idea! How about we build this enclave out in the western desert with a 25 foot wall around it, and put every American who is not in the ruling class inside it! Then we can BOMB THEM WHENEVER WE WANT (and claim it is self defense)!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse
Haaretz obtains U.S. proposal for weeklong cease-fire which Israel's cabinet rejected; Kerry did not recognize Israel's demand to continue working against the tunnels and presented Hamas as equal to Israel.
Israel's idea of a cease fire (routed through Egypt to make it appear to come from an "impartial" third part) was to give Israel everything it wanted (HAMAS weapons) and nothing that HAMAS wanted (open borders, use of their own sea port, access to their own fishing grounds and natural gas fields). Kerry's plan was a straightforward cease fire with no conditions, to give Israel and HAMAS time to work out a more complete deal. But Israel's attitude is and always has been, "You give us what we want now, and maybe later we will do something nice for you ... which never happens. So now Israel will scream that the United States is failing Israel because the US is not enforcing the "Israel way" on the cease fire.
It happened after the demonstration -the biggest in Tel Aviv against the war yet, estimates of over 6,000 demonstrators- had mostly dispersed. The now-familiar group of right-wing demonstrators had worked themselves up into a frenzy throughout the speeches by left-wing Knesset Members and bereaved parents and chants to end the war, end the siege, end the occupation, end the violence. They were screaming: “Traitors!” “Death to Arabs and Leftists!” “You all get fucked in the ass!” The usual. The two demonstrations had been tightly cordoned off by the police, though. And then, after.
A reminder that even the people of Israel do not agree with what Israel is doing in Gaza!
The Western media is steeped in denial about the true damage being caused by genetically modified (GM) crops, especially in the developing Third World. But despite the lies you may have heard from mainstream news sources, nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 as a direct result of mounting debt and crop failures associated with GMO crops, and mainly cotton crops that were forcibly converted to patented, transgenic varieties owned by Big Biotech.
A report by India's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) revealed that, between 1995 and 2011, 290,740 farmer suicides had taken place due to economic failure, poverty and bankruptcy caused by GMO adoption. And in the years since that time, for which there is no official data, there have more than likely been thousands of additional suicides, bringing this number to at least 300,000 and possibly higher.
A former employee of Vanguard Group Inc. has sued the mutual-fund company in New York, saying it has avoided paying federal and state taxes and sheltered hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
The civil suit, unsealed in the Supreme Court of New York on Friday, accuses the Malvern, Pa.-based firm of operating an illegal tax shelter for nearly 40 years, thus avoiding $1 billion of U.S. federal income tax and at least $20 million of New York tax over the last 10 years, according to a copy of the complaint. The suit was filed by David Danon, whose LinkedIn profile describes him as an associate counsel at the company from August 2008 to June 2013. Mr. Danon is requesting all costs of filing the lawsuit as well as 15% to 30% of any money recovered by the state and local governments, including all proceeds of any related action.
Why are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a serious threat to humanity and the environment? The reasons span the realms of science, social justice, economics and the environment, and once you understand this, you'll readily understand why so many environmentalists, humanitarians, responsible scientists and social justice advocates are strongly opposed to GMOs.
Ayman Abu Toaimah, 32, a resident of Khuza’a recalls, “As Israeli invading troops advanced to the village they besieged it and used residents as human shields. When the Israeli army arrested people and then released some of them, they were told they are free to go back to the village, but as they were fleeing they came under fire and some of them shot dead. These people were used as human shields.”
Abu Saleem, 56, a resident of Khuza’a echoed Abu Toaimah, “Israelis claim that Hamas is using us as human shields– how? This is a lie, we do not see fighters in the streets. It’s them, the Israelis who used us as human shields in Khuza’a and Shuja’iyeh. They turned our houses into military posts, terrified residents in the houses. They attacked innocent civilians with their bombs, and missiles, they attacked chicken farms, they burned our crops, they have no mercy.”
This is not the first time the Israelis have been caught using Palestinians as human shields. Click for larger image
Unless the underlying issues are addressed, the next ceasefire will not stop this tragic cycle. The stage will be set for another round, when Israel will mow the lawn again. Absent regime change in Israel, the cycle will continue until and unless political leaders in the U.S.-led West summon political courage they have not displayed and acknowledge that the objectives the current Israeli government is pursuing are not in their own country’s interests, or even in Israel’s.
As the sequence of events preceding the current round of violence makes clear, Netanyahu saw as the biggest threat to that strategy the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, the dominant party in the Palestinian Authority. If the agreement held, excuses for not being serious about negotiating a comprehensive peace agreement and establishing a Palestinian state to replace the occupation would become too flimsy to maintain.
Google continues to expand its use of legal-but-questionable tax shenanigans as a way to minimize its overseas tax burden.
According to Irish media reports Friday, in 2013 Google Ireland Limited paid an effective tax rate of just 0.16 percent on €17 billion ($22.8 billion) revenue, which came to a mere €27.7 million ($37.2 million). Google paid €11.7 billion in “administrative expenses,” which The Irish Times reports “largely refers to royalties paid to other Google entities, some of which are ultimately controlled from tax havens such as Bermuda.”
For 66 years Gaza Strip (the present day Auschwitz) was subject to incremental Genocide by Israel. Gaza Strip itself was created by Israel in its earliest war crimes.
In the spring and summer of 1948 Israel uprooted all the population of 247 Palestinian villages in southern Palestine and herded them in a tiny strip, hence named Gaza Strip. Thus the largest and longest-duration concentration camp in the world was created by Israel. Since then Israel continued to exterminate as many refugees as possible.
The world has reacted in disgust to pictures of the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in Gaza, including women and children, since Israel launched an offensive against Hamas 19 days ago.
In France, several hundred people also flouted a ban to protest after an attempt to halt yesterday's demonstration following an attack on a synagogue and Jewish-owned shops in a Paris suburb. The demonstrators ignored calls from Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, for the ban to be observed, after he claimed chatter on social networks had indicated a risk it could become a "cortège of violence".
Other pro-Gaza demonstrations were also mounted in cities around the globe, including Dublin, Singapore, Washington DC, San Francisco, Auckland and Melbourne.
Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.
There is a reason for this enhancement of the PR skills of Israeli spokesmen. Going by what they say, the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".
The Israeli armed forces said on Sunday they were resuming their military operation in Gaza after rockets continued to be launched from the Palestinian territory despite Israel extending its humanitarian pause in bombing for an additional 24 hours until midnight.
“We have spoken to Israel for more than 18 years and the result has been zero. We have signed agreements here and there at various times and then when there is a change in the government of Israel we have to start again from the beginning. We ask for our life and to be given back our Jerusalem, to be given our state and for enough water to drink. We want to be given more opportunity to reach Jerusalem. I have not seen Jerusalem since 1990.
“We want to see an end to this occupation, and please do not ask us to protect those who are occupying our territory.”…..Fr Manuel Mussallam
But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiwork after all. BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts in the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions
On Fox News’ Hannity, eponymous host Sean Hannity decided to bring on a Palestinian guest to help get a better understanding of the experience for Palestinians in Gaza right now. Just kidding, he had him on to belittle, demean and badger the Palestinian expert before ultimately cutting his mic and kicking him off the air. Fox News: Fair and Balanced.
Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain’s continuing shameful policies towards Israel’s aggression against the Palestinian people, noting that the new foreign minister, Philip Hammond, is as wedded to Israel as his predecessor, William Hague.
The Russian government and Europe need to look beyond Washington’s propaganda, because the reality is much worse.
NATO commander General Breedlove and Senate bill 2277 clearly indicate that Washington is organizing itself and Europe for war against Russia.
The US Senate’s Russian Aggression Prevention Act, about which I reported in my previous column, does even more mischief than I reported.If the bill passes, which it likely will, Washington becomes empowered to bypass NATO and to grant the status of “allied nation” to Ukraine independently of NATO membership. By so doing, Washington can send troops to Ukraine and thereby commit NATO to a war with Russia.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed criticism of spiralling Palestinian civilian fatalities in Gaza, saying Israel tries to avoid them but that Hamas seeks to use “telegenically dead Palestinians” for its cause.
Israel hardly needs Palestine's help to look bad, and with the Israeli police in the West Bank now confirming that HAMAS had nothing to do with those three Israeli teenagers killed last month which Netanyahu used as his justification to attack HAMAS, Netanyahu's propaganda has clearly jumped the shark! I don't think Netanyahu is thinking clearly because people are going to be asking if HAMAS wants dead bodies to make Israel look bad, why does Israel go on giving HAMAS more dead bodies?
A homeless man infected with Tuberculosis disappeared in Stockton. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 26, first came on health officials’ radar in March, after he was diagnosed with a severe and contagious strain of TB. According to the court complaint, he didn’t comply with treatment.
Palestinians have done it all. We choose resistance, always, in all its forms. We resist because it is our right. Because we are the indigenous people of the land and we have nowhere else to go or belong. Because our parents, grandparents, great grandparents and on and on are buried in this soil. Because we are right and our cause is just. We resist passively and actively. We resist violently and non-violently. It is our legal and moral right to resist with whatever means available to us against what has been accurately called “incremental genocide.”
I went rambling through the archives on this Blog today and wanted to give you all a pretty good picture of who I am …. So be sure to click on all of the links and then you might have a better understanding of WHO AND WHY I AM WHO I AM.
Leck's bot, @AI_AGW, doesn't just respond to arguments directed at Leck himself, it goes out and picks fights. Every five minutes it trawls Twitter for terms and phrases that commonly crop up in Tweets that refute human-caused climate change. It then searches its database of hundreds to find a counter-argument best suited for that tweet—usually a quick statement and a link to a scientific source.
And when someone comes back with the cite that proves the original report was a fraud, how does the bot respond? Or is actual accuracy not a factor to Leck's propaganda-o-tron?
The fact is that many of the so-called scientific papers supporting the push for a Carbon tax have been discredited, yet the promoters of this hoax still continue to use them to support their agendas. And the bottom line is that ten years ago the Carbonazis were claiming that snowfalls were a thing of the past (UK Independent, March 20, 2000) and following several hard winters in a row (and looks like we are headed into another one) are now claiming their scientific papers "prove" that a warming Earth causes more ice and snow, or that the global warming heat is "hiding" at the bottom of the ocean , which proves the authors of these scientific papers do not understand the basic principle of convection.
There is one good point to this story. Now that people know about Leck's propaganda-o-tron, they will not be fooled into thinking that the flood of social media supporting Al Gore and his carbon exchanges represents the honest view of their fellow citizens, but is just an automated bot trying to hijack the discussion.
As American officials fire off diplomatic salvos at Russia in response to that nation’s purported actual artillery salvos into Ukraine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case.
Tens of thousands of people amassed outside the Israeli embassy in London today to protest against Israel’s incursion into Gaza which has killed over 1000 Palestinians, including at least 192 children.
Chanting messages of solidarity to the Palestinian people, a constant flow of supporters filed through High Street Kensington underground station from early in the day.
45,000 people joined the demonstration, which later followed a route to Parliament, according to figures released by the Metropolitan Police.
The latest in a series of protests, last Saturday around 20,000 marched from outside Downing Street to the Israeli embassy.
mpunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if you refer only to the “innocent” dead – ie no Hamas fighters, young sympathisers or corrupt Hamas officials, with whom the Israelis will, in due course, have to talk – then the women and children and elderly who have been slaughtered in Gaza are still well over the total number of MH17 victims
Because – and this has been creeping up on me for years – we don’t care so much about the Palestinians, do we? We care neither about Israeli culpability, which is far greater because of the larger number of civilians the Israeli army have killed. Nor, for that matter, Hamas’s capability. Of course, God forbid that the figures should have been the other way round. If 800 Israelis had died and only 35 Palestinians, I think I know our reaction.
A Palestinian child in Gaza pleads for international help amid the Israeli regime’s brutal attacks in the impoverished region.
On Thursday, as a Press TV correspondent was giving a live update of the Gaza situation on the ground, a Palestinian child came over and pleaded for international help to stop the Israeli regime’s massacre of Gazans.
“We, the children of Gaza, have never seen [the] dream land even in our dreams. We only have nightmares of massive destruction and of a bleak future. Please help us, save us from the Israeli monster, thank you”, pleaded the child in a tragic, trembling tone.
As I write, after just over a week of this invasion, the death toll of Palestinians is climbing towards 1000. Most are civilians, many are children. Assaulting Gaza by land, air and sea, Israel has destroyed homes and reduced entire city blocks to rubble. It has attacked schools, mosques and hospitals. Tens of thousands of people have fled, although there is nowhere safe for them to go in this wretched strip of land just 40 kilometres long and about 10 kilometres wide. There are desperate shortages of food and water, of medical and surgical supplies.
In an open letter to US President Barack Obama, Dr Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian surgeon working at Gaza's al-Shifa hospital, writes of "the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. Humans!
Obama, of course, has no time for suffering Palestinians or for that matter suffering Americans. He is too busy spending your tax dollars on those 5 million instant Democratic voters coming across the border from Mexico!
"This is what happens when HAMAS kidnaps and kills three Israeli teenagers, and, well ... yeah, HAMAS didn't actually do that as it turns out, but this is what happens when HAMAS was maybe thinking about considering a plan to scheme about a plot to kidnap and kill three Israel teenagers!" -- Nodding Yahoo
I’ve always said that I like my ethnic cleansers like my men: honest, direct, and with a plan. Sadly, like good men, honest and open ethnic cleansers are few and far between. As the Israeli government, and those who blindly defend it, claim that the attacks in Gaza are for self-defense, and self-defense alone, one man has the courage to admit that the real goal is to rid the area of Palestinians and populate it with Jews. And that man is Moshe Feiglin, Deputy speaker and member of Knesset (Israel’s parliament).
Feiglin wrote an op-ed on Tuesday in which he revealed his hopes and dreams for the future of Israel and the demise of Palestinians in Gaza. The headline is “My Outline for a Solution in Gaza.” And the subheadline reads “Clear and concise, the steps towards achieving quiet in Gaza.”
Feiglin should have named the op-ed "My Outline for a FINAL Solution in Gaza".
That would really have had the right ring to it, don't you think?!? Because Feiglin wants to have done to Gazan Palestinians precisely the same thing Hitler did to Jews, Gypsies, and other minority groups he did not much like.
That the children, and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors would even be thinking that this would be acceptable to do, just chills me to the core of my being.
Israel has killed almost 800 Palestinians in the past twenty-one days in the Gaza Strip alone; its onslaught continues. The UN estimates that more than 74 percent of those killed are civilians. That is to be expected in a population of 1.8 million where the number of Hamas members is approximately 15,000. Israel does not deny that it killed those Palestinians using modern aerial technology and precise weaponry courtesy of the world's only superpower. In fact, it does not even deny that they are civilians.
If HAMAS wants dead people to make Israel look bad ... why is Israel giving HAMAS what they want?
By Lisa Egan
Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a detailed report outlining a major threat to public health - antibiotic resistance.
That report describes the very real possibility of common infections and minor injuries becoming lethal because of the diminishing effectiveness of antibiotics.
According to the report, resistance to common bacteria has reached "alarming levels" in many parts of the world. Perhaps even more scary is that in some settings, few - if any - available treatment options remain effective.
"The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." — George Orwell
"All news is lies and all propaganda is disguised as news." — Willy Munzenberg, Stalin's propaganda chief
"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." — William Colby, former CIA director
"The media is a Counter-Intelligence organisation. The media backs every war. The role of the media and embedded historians is to surround the truth with a bodyguard of lies. " — Greg Hallett
"The media tries to put a sad face on these things, painting them up as great human tragedies; but we all know the function of the media has never been to eliminate the evils of the world, no! Their job is to persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them. The powers that be want us to be passive observers." — Burning Man, "Waking Life"
Hours after the U.S. State Department on Thursday claimed (though failed to describe) new evidence that Russia's military was both increasing the flow of arms to rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine and firing artillery at Ukrainian Army positions across its border, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey elevated the rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin and directly invoked the idea that a new Cold War-like posture is now being taken by the U.S. military.
Speaking from the Aspen Security Forum, a defense industry conference in Colorado, Dempsey said Pentagon planners are now looking at military options “we haven’t had to look at for 20 years" and warned that Putin—whom he characterized as escalating the crisis inside Ukraine—“may actually light a fire” he cannot control. And not just in Ukraine or eastern Europe, Dempsey said, but globally.
Memo to Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey: sir, forgive me, but in the eyes of history, this is going to prove to be your "yellowcake uranium moment", as when Colin Powell addressed the UN with the accusation that Saddam Hussein was creating weapons of mass destruction.
And since that moment, sir, I have never, ever been able to take anything this government says, no matter which political party is in charge, seriously. In fact, the US government, at this point in its history (dare we say, devolution?!?) is simply a collection of individuals who take the money of large corporations which fund election cycles, and keep them happy. We the People?!? Completely expendable and useless, thank you very much.
And I am sure that the military industrial complex is salivating over these statements, and looking for large amounts of cash to flow to them.
Yes, I know the agenda here; to prevent the rise of the ruble and the yuan against a failing US dollar, even if it takes another horrific world war to make that happen. Many countries already have direct monetary exchange with Russia and China, already bypassing the dollar completely.
But General, I would like to politely remind you that the US doesn't have the money, the troop strength, and God knows, not the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia and/or China, and this is what makes a military strike option so scarily dangerous.
So sir, I would strongly caution you, and those around you, to be very, very careful about what you wish for: the unintended consequences of a nuclear war could be both catastrophic...and irreversible.
Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding the World toward war.
The death of two Americans serving in Israel’s military in this weekend’s fighting with Hamas in Gaza is not the first time Americans have died while serving in foreign militaries.
Max Steinberg, 24, of California, and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, of Texas, were serving in the Israeli army when they died along with 11 other Israeli soldiers over the weekend. At least 60 Palestinians were also killed.
“All of them have joint citizenship,” Maya Kadosh, Israel’s Houston-based deputy consul to the Southwest United States, told The New York Times. “They are very proud. They are not less American when they serve in the army. They are more American. They feel they protect the values of the place they came from, and they also protect the values of the state of Israel.”
Gaspipe Diplomacy: How Ukraine Set Off a New U.S.-Russian Energy Fight
By Sylvia Todorova on Jul 23, 2014
As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas are driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine.
If you want to understand where the rubber meets the geopolitical road in the Ukraine war, you need to learn about the 1,480-mile South Stream natural gas pipeline.
I might rephrase the headline slightly": "How a US - Russian Energy Fight Set Off Ukraine /SR
Israel’s narrative on yesterday’s attack on a UN school full of refugees in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun has revised again today, with Israel now claiming they informed the UN of the plan to attack the school hours in advance, and told them to remove the refugees before then.
The UN is disputing that, saying that no warning at all was given, and further complaining that when experts visited the site today to inspect the damage, they too were attacked.
The claim of a warning is puzzling, because for hours the Israeli military denied having attacked the school at all, speculating that Hamas had somehow one it themselves. The story just kept changing.
"You see, if we had warned the UN about our intentions, we NEVER could have possibly killed and injured as many innocent Gazan civilians as we did!" - Official IDF Spokes-souse.
Pro-Palestinian Guest of Hannity Won’t Answer Whether He Thinks Hamas is a Terrorist Organization
“You’re making a rationalization for rockets and kidnapping and murder, and you want to blame the victims in this case!” Hannity said.
“The only people blaming the victim here is you,” Munayyer said.
Hannity then asked Munayyer whether Hamas, which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, was a terror organization, as it has been designated by the United States and its allies.
“Thank you for your question, and now I will provide an answer,” he said. “It’s very telling to me, and it should be telling to your viewers as well, by the way, that the moment you have a Palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of Palestinians on the ground, not just Hamas.”
“Answer the question!” Hannity yelled. “Is Hamas a terrorist organization?”
“The United States certainly considers Hamas a terrorist organization, we all know that,” Munayyer said.
“I ask what you think! Can you hear?” Hannity asked.
Munayyer said they would not make any progress if Hannity simply yelled at him, setting the host off.
“What part of this can’t you get through your thick head? Is Hamas a terrorist organization? Yes or no? Yes or no?” Hannity asked, his voice rising.
Over the past several months, Mr. Tenet has quietly engineered a counterattack against the Senate committee’s voluminous report, which could become public next month. The effort to discredit the report has set up a three-way showdown among former C.I.A. officials who believe history has been distorted, a White House carefully managing the process and politics of declassifying the document, and Senate Democrats convinced that the Obama administration is trying to protect the C.I.A. at all costs.
The report is expected to accuse a number of former C.I.A. officials of misleading Congress and the White House about the program and its effectiveness, but it is Mr. Tenet who might have the most at stake.
The people who engineered this torture program should not have the luxury of living comfortably, writing their memoirs; they should be cooling their heels at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, awaiting trials for war crimes.
Humankind has known, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only makes the tortured individual confess to anything their torturers want to hear to get the torture to stop. Torture does not produce actionable intelligence, is immoral, and should be illegal.
Because when the US tortures, or outsources torture, it gives carte blanche to any foreign government to torture American civilians or military personnel.
Please, those of you in the military, or with family and friends in the military, chew on that one for awhile.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed since Israel started its military operation in Gaza, officials said. As the 12-hour ceasefire approaches its end and body recovery continues in the Strip, world leaders are calling for an extension to the truce.
The power to “censor history” should not be left in Google’s hands, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales warned, after the search engine giant revealed it had approved over 90,000 so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ requests.
Wales said a European Court ruling allowing people to have links scrubbed from the search engine's index was "open-ended." He further slammed the law for being unclear.
“The law as it stands right now is quite confusing. We have this one ruling of the ECJ (European Court of Justice) which is very open-ended and very hard to interpret,” he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.
In May, the ECJ said links to irrelevant and outdated data should be erased from searches on request, sparking fears that news stories and other public information could be concealed from public view.
The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic resolution that calls for the executive branch to attain explicit approval from Congress before deploying troops to Iraq in a "sustained combat role," in what peace campaigners are heralding as an important milestone in efforts to prevent a new war.
The U.K.'s Metropolitan Police Service is the subject of a report describing a secret organization within Greater London's police force that spied on activists and families who campaigned against miscarriages of justice, often following deaths in police custody.
The report was written by Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who is tasked with investigating The Met.
An Israel-bound Air Canada passenger jet was forced to abort its landing after Hamas fired rockets at an airport on Friday. The Boeing 767 was just five miles from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport when it was advised by air traffic control to keep flying "until airspace conditions could be confirmed as safe for landing," Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur told NBC News. After altering course, Flight AC84 landed 10 minutes later at 12:07 p.m. local time (5:07 a.m. ET). The jet originated at Toronto's Pearson airport.
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.
Nasrallah, in a rare public appearance in Al-Suhadaa Complex in Beirut’s southern suburbs, also spoke out against recent developments in Iraq and the establishment of the so-called Islamic caliphate by ISIS, saying: "Our duty as Muslims today is to condemn what Christians and Muslims are facing in Iraq."
Speaking on Jerusalem Day, Nasrallah warned Israel against expanding its offensive in Gaza, saying the resistance in the enclave had already won the fighting.
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.
A lot of people are wagging their fingers at Joan Rivers and Al Franken for their unquestioned support of Israel's attack on Gaza even as Israel finally admits HAMAS had nothing to do with the killing of those three teenagers. Yes, there are some fanatics who believe Israel must be right no matter how wrong they are, but we should cut some slack for people in entertainment who "sin by silence" in these dark times. They have invested a lot of time in building their careers. Many actually become addicted to their fame (which is why you see this flow of stars from cancelled TV shows migrating to the scandal sheets at the supermarkets). A successful career in film and TV, or simply being known for your well-knowness, is not likely cast aside, and as this article points out, there is a new McCarthyism stalking Hollywood, 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 went along had good careers. Those who did not were destroyed. That is a fact of life in Hollywood, as the trashing of my own career during the Vincent Foster affair illustrates.
When she’s not critiquing celebrity style on Fashion Police, Joan Rivers spends time dipping her hand into politics. The comedian recently backed Israel in the fight against the Palestinians.
When you have a religion that teaches you that you are superior to everyone else, you start getting an attitude that you have a right to tell the rest of the world how to live, and it is been a constant thread through the Jewish culture, one that non-Jews find immensely annoying. But if you challenge that assumption, you get this bewildered look like something is wrong with YOU for not understanding the "natural order." When I was married to my first wife, Broadzilla, (Ashkenazi) her mother came over to our home one time and launched into a monologue of how we should redecorate it. I stopped her, saying that this was OUR home (my wife and mine) and WE would decide how it should be decorated, and Broadzilla's mother gave me a cold stare like I had just pooped on her shoes! Later, while working on LOST, one of the directors was always saying that it was the job of the Jews to decide what was good taste or not for the rest of the world. And so forth. Joan's show "Fashion Police" is just more of that same presumptive attitude of an unquestionable right to judge all others around them.
Big wins can happen in small places. The West Virginia State Supreme Court finalized a big blow to the biotech giant Monsanto this month, finishing a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to the tiny town of Nitro, West Virginia for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals.
The settlement was approved last year, but details were worked out only weeks ago as to how the funds were to be spent.
This kind of thing should be happening internationally to Monsanto, for all the harm they have done to people, and to this planet.
The push back is not about students’ taste buds, but their wallets. Food fundraisers are a crucial source of revenue for schools, state education officials say. “Tough economic times have translated into fewer resources and these fundraisers allow our schools to raise a considerable amount of money for very worthwhile education programs,” the Georgia Department of Education wrote in a recent press release. “While we are concerned about the obesity epidemic, limiting food-and-beverage fundraisers at schools and school-related events is not the solution to solving it.” The statement called the federal guidelines on fundraisers “an absolute overreach of the federal government.”
New York’s Division of Homeland Security is posting signs on businesses to encourage people to snitch on fellow citizens who buy such things as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), ammunition, flash lights, match containers, gas masks and other items deemed to be ‘prepper’ in nature.
This is obviously nothing more than the beginning of the cultivation of ‘average citizen snitches’ who will rat out on their fellow citizens.
And before anyone rushes out to make a fast $500 because their neighbor has a garage full of MREs, remember what the French people did to the collaborators after the Nazis left France.
Little side story here. After the Nazis left, young women who had been "friendly" with the Nazis had their hair all shaved off. Humiliating at first with the bald head, as their hair stared to grow back these women found they were much sought after by young men, who viewed the short hair as a sign of easy sexual availability. The women with short hair became so popular that even women who had not been "friendly" with the Nazis started wearing shorter hair styles to attract men!
Oh, and let me save the DHS $500. I do have MREs. I do have a gas mask, but it was my grandfather's from WW1, and in typical government quality it did not work and he lost a lung to mustard gas, so I would not worry about it. I do have flashlights (rather a lot of them, really) and a supply of batteries, plus a short wave. Also canned food, first aid supplies, that sort of thing. I guess that puts me on the terror watch list, but I would like to remind the government that while I may be annoying, obnoxious, and irritating, I am NOT a terrorist! I did try to blow up a bus one time, but I was drunk and burned my lips on the exhaust pipe.
An Israeli air strike in southern Gaza hours before a humanitarian truce was declared killed 20 people, including 11 children, most of them from a single family, medics said.
Separately, the bodies of at least another 85 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day Israeli terror campaign to 985, the overwhelming majority of them civilians.
“Ambulance crews have recovered the bodies of 85 martyrs under destroyed houses, including children and women, across the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of martyrs to 985 as a result of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip,” Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more occupation soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37.
Israel’s assault on Gaza constitutes “state terrorism” and the state should be referred to the International Criminal Court, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Hanan Ashrawi charged in an interview Friday.
"God ways Israel is above the laws of men. You don;t want to go against God, do you? Huh? Do you? DO YOU?!?" -- Nodding Yahoo
On Friday during her weekly press briefing, the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, demonstrated her theological acumen.
“These are children coming over the border. They are children… what would we do if Moses had not been accepted by the Pharaohs family. We would not have the Ten Commandments for starters. You understand my point, historically we have a challenge and we have examples of humanitarian assistance that should guide us,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi is showing her God-complex, and has cleared sailed over the shark and out of her mind!
“I think there’s a myth that the Jewish community supports the Israeli attack on Gaza,” she added, and asserted that there are “hundreds of thousands” of Jews in the U.S. that oppose the Israeli occupation.
Most of the Jewish protesters interviewed opposed Israeli policies long before the current campaign. But they view the current hostilities as deplorable, or even criminal.
UPDATED 22/7/14: The young man who was murdered in Shajiya after being wounded by an Israeli sniper, has been confirmed as Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, 23-years-old, resident of Shajiya (http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/woun...).
20/7/14: International and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defense and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shajiya, in an attempt to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man, in a green t-shirt, who hoped to reach his family's home, was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground.
"First off, HAMAS has in fact denied any connection to the three teens, which makes sense when you think about it. After all, HAMAS and FATAH need world support for their new unity government. A stunt like kidnapping and killing three teenagers destroys the very public support the unity government needs. This is clearly something HAMAS is not going to do, but of course is perfect for Israel to do and then frame HAMAS as part of Netanyahu's promise to wreck the unity government."
So Israel attacked HAMAS without provocation and now even Israel is admitting they attacked HAMAS without provocation, but will continue the bombardment after the current cease-fire ends claiming a right to self-defense because HAMAS dared fight back when attacked without provocation.
And Israel wonders why all those Jewish students paid to post pro-Israel propaganda on social media have failed to build support for Israel's actions!
The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.
About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines were evacuated from the embassy in the early hours of Saturday morning and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm to CNN.
U.S. officials stress that this is a relocation of embassy personnel and the operations have been "temporarily suspended" until "the security situation on the ground improves." The embassy will continue to operate from other locations.