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Aug 28 08:25

Hot Days In Illinois Are A Thing Of The Past

Prior to 1960, 100 degree days were very common in Illinois, but they rarely happen any more.

Aug 28 07:51

MSN hit by large exploit kit malvertising campaign

Microsoft's MSN web portal has been used by unknown attackers to serve up malicious advertising code that attempted to plant the Angler Exploit Kit on visitors' computers.

MSN is the default home page for Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser in its Windows operating system, and the company claims several hundreds of millions of visitors click through to the site every month.

Researcher Jérôme Segura from security firm Malwarebytes reported users were served the malvertising when they simply browsed MSN news, lifestyle or other sections.

Aug 28 07:49

New Malware Attack Tries To Trick People By Pretending To Be EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put out an alert noting that, as part of a larger spear phishing attack campaign, to try to gain control over computers, a group has created a fake EFF website, designed to trick people into thinking they're going to EFF's actual website, but really installing some pretty nasty malware.

Webmaster Addition: And just where is the mighty "we see everything" NSA in all this? The NSA, trying to promote an image that they are totally monitoring the internet, never catches any computer criminals. We are left with only two possibilities. Either the NSA is totally bluffing, trying to scare is all into silence the way the Gestapo tried to scare the Germans into silence, or the NSA itself is behind this cyber crime wave!

Aug 28 07:39

Farmers are drenching crops with glyphosate for faster harvesting

Unfortunately this process results in huge pesticide residues in our food, even in certified non-GMO food. That's right, your food could be non-GMO Project verified and still have been drenched in glyphosate just prior to harvest. The foods that are approved for Roundup application and/or another pesticide just prior to harvest are as follows:

Wheat
Cotton (cottonseed oil)
Alfalfa
Oats
Sugar cane
Beans
Mustard
Oilseed rape
Rye/Triticale
Lentils
Peas
Flax
Sunflower
Pulses
Soy Bean
Sugar beet
Potatoes
Chick Peas
Feed barley
Canola
Corn



Aug 28 07:36

China Dumps $100 B in T-Bonds: This Road Leads to HYPERINFLATION!

China will clearly no longer fund U.S. budget deficits in the foreseeable future. This leaves us with the misunderstood truth “the Federal Reserve is THE Buyer of last resort.” Worse yet; the Emerging Markets have had to jump the gun and have already started to unload U.S. Treasury’s as their currency falls to reflect lower trade and China’s devaluation of the Yuan.

Apparently, the U.S. has now crossed the Rubicon of sorts and will be forced to “print” deficit spending as a last resort. It is called MONETIZATION and has ALWAYS led to hyperinflation.

Aug 28 07:33

Rosetta probe spots Comet 67P being buzzed by boulder

The rock passed by on July 30th and as the .GIF below shows it headed off into space at decent speed.

The images below were captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera, which only managed to get three frames of the event.

The ESA's name for the .GIF “Boulder flying by comet” is actually quite eloquent, because the agency has advanced no theories about the object. The agency says it was between one and fifty metres in size and there's therefore no word on whether this is a piece of 67/P that's recently broken off or a random space rock that just happened to zip past the comet.

Aug 28 07:29

American taxpayers spend nearly $10 million a day fighting ISIS

The Pentagon has spent nearly $4 billion fighting Islamic State across Syria and Iraq since operations began a year ago, according to statistics released this week. The average daily cost of the campaign is $9.9 million, or $6,785 a minute.



Aug 28 07:28

Kim Jong Un praises ‘landmark’ accord with S. Korea, talks unity & trust

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise statement saying the recent agreement between the two Koreas marks a “landmark occasion” and paves the way for “reconciliation” and “trust” for the divided nation.

The North and South Koreas agreed to end their military standoff on Tuesday, after an exchange of artillery fire had raised tensions along the border to a critical level. The two countries will also be opening up new channels of communication in order to improve ties that have been cut off since 2010.

Aug 28 07:26

Who slipped? How fake report on ‘Russian soldier deaths’ in Ukraine set MSM on fire

A Forbes report on alleged Russian army casualties in Ukraine citing a dodgy Russian website has sparked a media and Twitter storm. Some said Russia had “finally slipped” with the leak on its troops in Ukraine; others were baffled by the “fake publication.” RT decided to investigate.

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However, at a certain point the media storm came to a halt. Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky concluded that the initial Delovaya Zhizn report was fake, questioning the URL, Bs-life.ru, and exposing a grammatical error (“v Ukraine” instead of “na Ukraine”).

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“Two days of Western officials retweeting a Forbes report quoting a Ukrainian web-site quoting a non-existent Russia news web-site re Ukraine,” she added.

“The main problem here is, of course, where was the Forbes online editor when the story was published, why nobody bothered to check sources?”

Aug 28 07:16

Financial Times Calls For Abolishing Cash

The Financial Times has published an anonymous article which calls for the abolition of cash in order to give central banks and governments more power.

Aug 27 20:40

The Scariest Number For The Oil Industry: $550 Billion

Just over half a trillion dollars: that's how much cash US shale producers and other oil industry companies will need to repay in maturing debt over the next 5 years.

Aug 27 18:08

A 'butterfly' in space: Stunning Hubble image captures the Twin Jet Nebula spewing out cosmic clouds at 620,000mph

The majestic beauty of the dying Twin Jet Nebula has been revealed in incredible detail in a stunning new image by Hubble.

Stretched out like iridescent butterfly wings, the image reveals the incredible complexity of the bipolar nebula’s two shimmering lobes.

Aug 27 17:57

E-cigarette industry funded experts who ruled vaping is safe: Official advice is based on research scientists in the pay of manufacturers

Official advice proclaiming e-cigarettes to be ‘95 per cent safe’ is based on research by industry-funded scientists, it was revealed last night.

Public Health England called last week for electronic ‘nicotine sticks’ to be prescribed on the NHS as part of a ‘game-changing’ review of medical evidence.

Aug 27 17:43

Russia's 5G PAK-FA T-50 fighter debuts with stunt program at MAKS-2015 (VIDEO)

Russia’s first 5G fighter has showed off in full its ultra-maneuverability at an international air show near Moscow. In 2016 the Russian Air Force will get ready to put the first production models of the stealth fighter jet into service.

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For short-range dogfight and elimination of lightly armored ground targets PAK-FA is armed with the world’s lightest 30mm air cannon 9A1-4071K, weighing a mere 50kg, and with an effective range of up to 1,800 meters.

The PAK-FA’s hull and wings are stuffed with multiple sensors and detectors, which form the so-called ‘smart skin’, giving the pilot full information about what’s going on for all 360 degrees.

The fighter’s radar is fully integrated with active electronic defense station ‘Himalaya’, enabling the aircraft to do electromagnetic warfare as addition to its weaponry, jamming enemy aircrafts and missiles within the station’s reach.

Aug 27 17:09

FLASHBACK : Every Mass Shooting Shares One Thing In Common & It’s NOT Weapons

Nearly every mass shooting incident in the last twenty years, and multiple other instances of suicide and isolated shootings all share one thing in common, and its not the weapons used. -- The overwhelming evidence points to the signal largest common factor in all of these incidents is the fact that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.

Aug 27 16:49

Tropical Storm Erika Batters Caribbean; Southeastern U.S. , Bahamas on Alert

4 killed in fatal mudslides in Dominica-

Aug 27 16:39

Anti-TPP protesters target Key meeting

Protesters jostled with police last night as they tried to disrupt a National Party fundraising event in Dunedin.

Trans Pacific Partnership opponents hoped Prime Minister John Key would enter through the Savoy restaurant's public entrance, but it is understood he used another door.

Mr Key had earlier been guest of honour at the Otago Daily Times Class Act event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in the Octagon.

The protest started outside the art gallery, before moving around the corner to the Savoy, in Princes St..

Up to 100 protesters attended, split between the venue's Moray Pl and Princes St entrances.

A few policemen's hats were knocked to the ground by protesters as they jostled and shoved at the Princes St entrance.

Protesters linked arms in an attempt to keep National Party supporters out of the restaurant.

Aug 27 16:34

US is bankrupt - so much for a strong dollar:

Aug 27 16:30

Father Robs Bank to Pay for Daughter’s Chemo After Insurance Canceled

A 23-year-old Michigan man is held on $500,000 bond after robbing a bank to try to pay for his one-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments after her insurance was abruptly canceled.

Aug 27 15:55

First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rhodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections

Also known as arctic root or golden root, Rhodiola Rosea has already been clinically shown to stimulate serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine activity, and support healthy neurotransmitter balance, but human trials have now shown that the herb protects against viral infection.

Aug 27 15:50

Federal Reserve Policy Is “Driving People Into Homelessness”

One of the strangest phenomenons of the past decade, is the decreasing rates of homelessness across the United States. Despite the housing bubble crash, the devastating recession that followed, and stagnate wages, the number of people living on the streets in America has fallen in recent years. However, this hasn’t been the case across the board. In some cities and states homelessness is rapidly increasing, and the reasons why don’t bode well for our nation’s financial future.

Aug 27 15:44

There were only 3 ZIP codes in America without any Ashley Madison accounts — here they are

Gawker’s Gabrielle Bluestone has uncovered that there are precisely three ZIP codes across the country that have no record of Ashley Madison users. That’s ZIP codes, not area codes. And what do they have in common? They're partially lacking two things: the internet and a large number of people.

Gawker’s discovery highlights a pretty dark truth. These three ZIP codes are probably the only ones in the US that don't house spouses looking to cheat — at least not by using Ashley Madison.

Aug 27 15:42

Private Prisons Threaten To Sue States Unless They Get More Inmates For Free Labor

Freedom is apparently bad for business. That’s the message from the private prison industry which is threatening to sue states if they don’t start locking more people up. The private prison companies, well-known for profiting off of incarceration and crime, is now saying that the state’s they have contracted with aren’t keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free and virtually-free slave labor.

Aug 27 15:36

Judge Sentenced To 28 Years For Selling ‘Kids For Cash’ To Prisons

A Pennsylvania judge in Pennsylvania was just sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling “kids-for-cash.” The bribery scandal made headlines when Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was alleged to have taking $1 million in bribes from juvenile detention centers to fill their cells with children who came before him in court.

Aug 27 15:30

FLASHBACK - United Nations Pushes the Refugee Scam

At the least, the Obama Administration provoked the immigration crisis in what used to be the American Southwest through its Administrative Amnesty and advocacy of the so-called DREAM Act. Illegals are coming because they know they will not be deported — in fact they will be rewarded for their lawbreaking.

However, there is also evidence to suggest that the Obama Administration deliberately engineered the swarm, as shown by a federal advertisement for “escort services” for “unaccompanied alien children” posted in January of this year. [Gov’t Confirms Authenticity of Contract Request for ‘Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children’ at the Border, by Sara Carter, The Blaze, June 20, 2014]

Nonetheless, the United Nations, which can always be counted on to try to make life worse for the historic American nation, is now flapping its hands and insisting that this is a “refugee crisis.”

Aug 27 15:24

Nazis’ Gold Train Is Said to Have Been Found in Poland

On 27 August, Polish Radio announced that two people have presented evidence that they have discovered Nazi Germany’s legendary “Gold Train,” containing art and that’s especially “laden with precious metals,” and that the pair are demanding a 10% cut of its value, for finding this nearly 200-yard-long train, in a hidden mountain tunnel in the Polish town of Walzbrych, formerly the German town of Waldenburg. Nazis had constructed the tunnel in 1943, to hide valuables from Soviet forces, in the event that Germany might lose the war.

Aug 27 15:19

Rovio To Cut 260 Jobs As The Angry Birds Franchise Becomes Irrelevant

It looks like Angry Birds maker Rovio is having some troubles to pay the bills. The Finnish company is about to cut 260 jobs after reducing its workforce by 110 employees in October 2014. At the end of 2013, the company had 800 employees in total.

Aug 27 15:17

9/11 Survivors' Fund Running Out of Money

A $4.2 billion dollar fund set up in 2010 to cover healthcare costs of 9/11 survivors is set to run out next year, leaving approximately 70,000 enrolled patients to their own devices.

Aug 27 15:05

Find this bastard : Illegal accused of raping Texas girl with Down Syndrome

KHOU reports Atrian is an “illegal alien with a prior adjudication for Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact and is required to register as a Sex Offender.”

Aug 27 15:02

Katrina Victims: Relocated or Forced into Exile?

Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says The New Yorker is marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by attempting to show the benefits of relocating black communities, but it’s not simply a matter of "starting over".

Aug 27 15:02

What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?

Economist Gerard Dumenil argues the Eurozone will face minimal impact and its leaders are already preparing for a possible Grexit.

Aug 27 14:53

Germany hands over citizens’ metadata in return for NSA’s top spy software

In order to obtain a copy of the NSA's main XKeyscore software, whose existence was first revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013, Germany's domestic intelligence agency agreed to hand over metadata of German citizens it spies on. According to documents seen by the German newspaper Die Zeit, after 18 months of negotiations, the US and Germany signed an agreement in April 2013 that would allow the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz—BfV) to obtain a copy of the NSA's most important program and to adopt it for the analysis of data gathered in Germany.

This was a lower level of access compared to the non-US "Five Eyes" nations—the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand—which had direct access to the main XKeyscore system. In return for the software, the BfV would "to the maximum extent possible share all data relevant to NSA's mission."

Aug 27 14:45

Unlike Confederate Flag, Liberals Won’t Ban Gay Flag Linked to WDBJ Shooting

The fact that this hasn’t happened to the rainbow flag, even though Flanagan also wanted a “race war” just like Roof, reveals that the Confederate flag wasn’t banned because it’s “racist” but because there’s an agenda to purge anything that’s not “politically correct.”

Aug 27 14:45

Clinton equates GOP with terrorists while accused of passing secrets to lawyer

In another effort to get attention off of her email server debacle and on to her campaigning in the politically important state of Ohio on Thursday, Hillary Clinton compared Republican candidates to extremist terrorist groups. Many intelligence and law enforcement officers believe this is an intentionally-created controversy in order to take some of the wind out of the sails of a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry about Clinton's slipshod treatment of national secrets during her tenure in the Obama administration.

While many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle indicated she may have gone too far in using Islamic terrorism to make her point, the news media gave Clinton a pass on her over-the-top remarks. "Extreme views about women -- we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world. But it's a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States," Clinton said.

Aug 27 14:42

Jane's Analyst Implicates NATO Terror Group in Bangkok Blast

FCCT panel implicates "Grey Wolves" terror organization in Bangkok blast - created and for decades run out of the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Aug 27 14:35

Quit Bashing Obama, He Continues to Set Presidential Records

The American people really need to quit bashing Obama. He is a record-setting president. There has never been one like him. The Obama administration continues to set records and it is not even close. Here is a list of his “Presidential Firsts”.

Aug 27 14:17

Hilarious! Voters sickened by ‘Clinton fatigue’ (VIDEO)

People are sick of her. The way Cruz’s supporters spin it, in fact, they’re sick from her — well, her, her husband and the whole Clinton legacy.

Aug 27 14:09

CIA Covert Operations and U.S. Interventions Since World War II

Full documentary

Aug 27 14:03

FLASHBACK - Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked “Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman” (BCOAR), and had been planned at least 10 days in advance. Rahman is known as the Blind Sheikh, and is serving life in prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist acts. The new documents also provide the first official confirmation that shows the U.S. government was aware of arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria. The documents also include an August 2012 analysis warning of the rise of ISIS and the predicted failure of the Obama policy of regime change in Syria.

Aug 27 14:02

Intel Agencies Confirm Hillary Clinton Emails Were Classified — By Obama

Another Hillary Clinton talking point is about to bite the dust, as Fox News reports confirmation from three different intelligence agencies – the DIA, the NSA, and the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, in charge of satellite intel) – that email on her server was classified on the day she sent it, and remains classified to this very day.

Furthermore, although Clinton has attempted to portray herself as everything from a “passive and unwitting” recipient of sensitive material to a fearless warrior on a one-woman crusade to reform silly classification rules, the Fox report makes it clear that only the intelligence agencies originating this information have the authority to declassify it, not anyone at the State Department – not Hillary Clinton, and most certainly not her top aide, Huma Abedin, who figures prominently in this story, and is looking more and more like the perfect stooge to take a fall for Clinton.

Aug 27 14:01

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.

'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for tacitly approving the diversion of half of a $1 billion Qatari arms shipment to al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US was arming Al Qaeda (at taxpayer expense) while telling us Al Qaeda was the enemy in the War on Terror!

Aug 27 14:00

The US Is Allegedly Withholding Information About GMOs

A nonprofit organization called the Center for Food Safety filed suit on Tuesday against a division of the US Department of Agriculture for allegedly not responding properly to their requests for information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Aug 27 13:56

Hillary Clinton’s BlackBerry

Hillary Clinton doesn’t like to answer tough questions. In fact, she doesn’t like to be questioned at all about anything. For many years a compliant news media has allowed her to escape scrutiny. But times are changing.

Aug 27 13:32

Suspect in Custody After Active Shooter Incident Reported at Mississippi State University

The suspect has not been identified and the motive is not known. No one was injured in the incident, as the suspect apparently did not fire any shots.

Aug 27 13:32

Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk trade sits in Parliament for million dollars

Founder of the Dragon Capital investment bank told Der Spiegel that during the last parliamentary elections in Ukraine, businessmen were buying sits at $3 to $10 million. Fiala was born in the Czech city of Brno, but has lived in Kiev since 1990. During the "Euromaidan" in Ukraine he was among the other demonstrators. According to him, businessmen were buying sits in order to "lobby their interests" in the parliament.
Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko went the length of it to fund their pre-election campaigns. Fiala explained that "Yatsenyuk did not have his own money, while Poroshenko prefers not to take his capital".
He also noted, that corruption is a serious problem for Ukraine, but the West should keep providing Kiev with its aid, as "these are good investments".

Aug 27 13:22

‘Liar, Dishonest’ Most Used to Describe Hillary

The most frequent words that come to mind when Americans think about Hillary Clinton are “liar” and “dishonest.” That’s according to a new national poll from Quinnipiac that asked more than 1500 registered voters to say the “first word” that comes to mind when they hear the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s name.

Aug 27 13:19

The Coming Unintentional War With Russia

A couple of months before he retired in July, the head of Canada’s air force provided a blunt assessment of what might emerge from the current military mission to Ukraine.
“We pray that our ongoing NATO mission isn’t accompanied by the escalation of deadly force and the shedding of blood,” Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin wrote in the magazine RCAF Today. “We have everything to lose and nothing to gain through a show-down with our former Eastern Bloc foes.”
It was an unusual and candid observation from a veteran Canadian officer about the increased tensions and worsening situation in Ukraine. But Blondin’s warning also reflects an increasing concern among some in the United States and Europe about the possibility that the standoff in eastern Europe between Russia and the West could somehow end in war.

Aug 27 13:11

Ukrainians Are Completely Alienated From Their Political Class

Poll reveals that for every single politician in Ukraine there are far more Ukrainians who perceive him unfavorably than those who perceive him favorably.
Meanwhile the president enjoys a 24% approval rating, and the government an 11% approval.
Just 15% think the country is going in the right direction, 72% disagree.

Right Sector Destroys Memorial Plaque for Slain Journalist, Puts up One for His Murderers http://russia-insider.com/en/right-sector-destroys-memorial-plaque-sla...

Aug 27 13:11

Black, Gay Reporter Murders Straight, White Journalists on LIVE TV… Mainstream Media Blames the Gun

Williams’ violence is part of a larger trend, not of black men killing white people (that still happens disproportionately, but the numbers are down), but of black men using supposed American racism as a rationale for violence more generally, and of gay people using supposed American homophobia as a rationale for violation of others’ rights.

Aug 27 12:59

OXFORD DICTIONARY ADDS ‘BUTTHURT’ ‘FAT-SHAME’ ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR’

Oxford Dictionaries is the branch of the Oxford family that focuses on modern language—words that people are using now and how they’re using them—which makes their barriers to entry different than the venerable, historical Oxford English Dictionary. Their new words often arise from fresh technology and pop culture and might include Internet slang (like new entrypwnage) that would get laughed out of the OED’s admittance office.

Aug 27 12:55

Hillary’s 2 Secret Wars — What If Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Care?

What if Clinton just doesn’t care whether she has broken any federal laws, illegally caused the deaths of thousands of innocents, and profoundly jeopardized and misled the American people? What if the American people do care about all this? What will they do about it?

Aug 27 12:53

Over $1 bln worth of Sukhoi Superjet-100 contracts signed at Russia's MAKS-2015 — official

"I know the contract for supply of 20 aircraft to Yamal air carrier is about $700 mln worth and signed contracts for Superjet amount to over one billion dollars," Boginsky said.
"This MAKS airshow is largely focused on civil aspects," the deputy minister said.
Defense agreements were largely signed at the previous MAKS airshow held in 2013, Boginsky said. "Now these are marketable, commercial contracts," the deputy minister added.
"We consciously focused on civil aspects and regional Russian companies," Boginsky said.

Aug 27 12:52

COCAINE PRODUCTION PLUMMETS AFTER DEA KICKED OUT OF BOLIVIA

After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able todrastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease. It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.

Aug 27 12:50

Known number of deaths while claiming incapacity benefits nears 100,000

The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted defeat in its attempt to hide the number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits since November 2011 – and has announced that the number who died between January that year and February 2014 is a shocking 91,740.

Aug 27 12:47

Donetsk republic military police accuses Kiev of torturing prisoners

"A medical examination of Donetsk prisoners revealed that all captives were tortured, one of them had a heart attack," Viktor Anosov said.
On Wednesday evening Kiev handed 12 prisoners to Donetsk under the prisoner swap program envisaged by the Minsk agreements. The Donetsk People’s Republic has handed 11 captives to the Ukrainian side on Thursday morning.
One of the 12 soldiers refused to return to Ukraine.
Prisoner exchanges in the ‘all for all’ format are one of the key provisions of the Minsk agreements signed in the Belarusian capital on February 12 after marathon talks between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine.

Aug 27 12:46

AP SUES FBI OVER IMPERSONATING AN AP REPORTER WITH A FAKE AP STORY

Last fall, we wrote about how the FBI had set up a fake AP news story in order to implant malware during an investigation. This came out deep in a document that had been released via a FOIA request by EFF, and first noticed by Chris Soghoianof the ACLU. The documents showed the FBI discussing how to install some malware, called a CIPAV (for Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier) by creating a fake news story

Aug 27 12:44

Russian humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Donetsk, Luhansk

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has delivered its 37th humanitarian aid convoy to Donbas, the ministry’s press service told TASS on Thursday.
More than 100 trucks have delivered over 1,100 tons of humanitarian aid, including 500 tons of foodstuffs and 700 tons of textbooks and furniture for local schools.

Donbas Volunteer Union set up in Russia http://tass.ru/en/russia/816955
Any Russian national who took part in the Donbas events may join the union.
The number of Donbas volunteers varies between 30,000 and 50,000. "Russian volunteers should be socially protected and united, that is why we are establishing this organization."
The Russian government has never denied presence of its nationals in Donbas stressing that these people were volunteers, not mercenaries. According to a poll conducted by the state-run Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), most Russians (65%) approve volunteers in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 27 12:35

Russia concerned over increased drug trafficking from Afghanistan

Russian Prosecutor-General: Interaction of SCO members does not match level of drug threat http://tass.ru/en/russia/816839

Kazakhstan invites SCO countries to create new drugs data bank http://tass.ru/en/world/816838

Aug 27 12:27

Egypt ready to use ruble in settlements in tourism sphere — president

"We are ready to use the ruble and the Egyptian pound in mutual settlements in this sphere [tourism] to avoid problems that now emerge with the dollar exchange rate," the Egyptian leader said.
"We are making huge efforts on expanding the tourism infrastructure that the Russian tourists could use and we try to diversify services offered for tourists," he stressed.

Egyptian leader offers Russian investors "best terms" in Suez Canal area http://tass.ru/en/economy/816945
"We are allocating an industrial zone for Russia in this region," the Egyptian president said. "We are inviting Russian companies to participate and work in this region. This zone has been offered for investors."
"We are inviting Russian investors and telling them that we offer the best terms so that they could work there and provide Egyptians with workplaces at the same time," el-Sisi added.

Aug 27 12:25

Speaker of Russia’s upper house to meet with Ban Ki-moon despite US trip cancellation

Diplomat: Situation with US visa for Russian parliament speaker won't pass without trace http://tass.ru/en/russia/816996
"Visas were issued to some persons on US blacklists - where’s the principled approach here? But in a few weeks, the visas were withdrawn. Where’s the systemic approach here? All this looks like some anti-Russian fuss. I see nothing principled or systematic here."
"Such actions don’t pass without a trace. It places a certain negative trace both on the history of bilateral relations and in general in the history of diplomacy".
"The sanctions against legislators look like a savage act smacking of the Middle Ages. They are persecution of parliamentarianism for political views and distortion of the very essence of parliamentarianism. In the meantime, it is legislators’ mission to build bridges between countries and peoples at all times," Matviyenko told the media on Thursday.http://tass.ru/en/world/816964

Aug 27 12:06

New Study of JFK Autopsy Reveals Falisifcation of X-Ray

A bullet fragment depicted in an autopsy X-ray used to implicate Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy recently has been found to be a faked artifact superimposed on the X-ray sometime after JFK’s autopsy.

Such tampering with official evidence could not have been accomplished without the knowledge of high-level federal officials and adds considerable weight to the claims of government cover-up in that tragic event.

The X-ray fabrication was the topic of a 2015 paper by Dr. David Dr. Mantik published in issue three of Medical Research Archives, an international scientific peer-reviewed journal publishing articles in all disciplines of medicine, with a focus on new research.

Aug 27 11:57

Heavy weapons missing from Ukraine army holding areas — OSCE

"The SMM revisited four Ukrainian Armed Forces heavy weapons holding areas, whose locations comply with the respective withdrawal lines. The SMM was denied access to one of these areas. At one holding area it observed that seven self-propelled howitzers (2S3 Akatsia, 152mm) were missing; at a second area six towed anti-tank guns (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) and at the third five self-propelled howitzers (2S3 Akatsia, 152mm) were missing," the OSCE SMM said in its daily report.
The SMM revisited two DPR heavy weapons holding areas, whose locations comply with the respective withdrawal lines, and verified that all weapons previously recorded were present, the OSCE report said.

Aug 27 11:56

World’s private banks believe Russia will not restructure Kiev’s debts — IIF official

Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Russia will insist on full repayment of the debt.

Aug 27 11:50

Scandal at the FDA: board members with drug maker ties voted to approve drug that's killing women

An investigation by the Washington Monthly and the British Medical Journal determined that at least four members of an FDA advisory board which voted to approve a drug used in the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin had either done work for the drugs' manufacturer or received research funds from the manufacturer. Though the four committee members disclosed their ties to the FDA, the FDA decided that the ties did not matter and did not make the disclosures public. Tragically, the drugs the committee endorsed have been killing the women who take them.

Aug 27 11:49

Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal

Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."

Aug 27 11:48

UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial

Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

Aug 27 11:28

Ashley Madison Hack Update: All The High Profile, Celebrity Names Attached To The Private Information Leak From The Cheating Website

In the wake of the very publicized data hack of the website Ashley Madison, many cheating spouses are finding themselves in hot water at home. However, the data dump didn’t just out a cavalcade of private affairs, it revealed infidelity on the part of many celebrities as well.

For those that are unfamiliar with Ashley Madison, it is a website dedicated to facilitating affairs between consenting adults. It’s slogan is “Life is short, have an affair,” and allows a safe place for users to discretely search for a partner to help him or her cheat on their husband or wife.

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These people are all morons!

Aug 27 11:16

NASA: “Mega Earthquakes, Food Riots, Ice Age” – This Winter

According to NASA scientist John Casey, the sun is about to enter a 30-year-cycle of extreme cold which will result in a mini ice age.

He says that large numbers of people will freeze to death, and that there will be a 50% reduction of the worlds food supply, accompanied by mega-earthquakes and volcanos.

All of this, he says, is due to start this coming winter.

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Aug 27 11:14

Rosenthal: ‘Hundreds of white people must be killed for gun laws to get stricter’

John Rosenthal is the founder and chairman of Stop Handgun Violence, a Boston-based 501c3 non-profit organization that, “Works to reduce and prevent injuries and deaths caused by firearms in the United States. The group advocates personal responsibility, public awareness, stronger legislation, increased gun manufacturer responsibility, and strict law enforcement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More people are killed by medical mistakes than by guns, but you don't see anyone in government calling for a ban on dangerous medications, do you?

Aug 27 11:08

Kuwait summons Iran envoy over disputed gas field

Kuwait has summoned an Iranian envoy to protest Tehran's apparent offer of investment opportunities in the disputed Dorra gas field, state media reported Wednesday.

Aug 27 11:05

How Are Hurricanes Named?

Hurricanes occur every year and sometimes two or three hurricanes can be active at the same time. Using names for these storms makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains and citizens to communicate about specific hurricanes and be clearly understood.

For that reason the World Meteorological Organization develops a list of names that are assigned in alphabetical order to tropical storms as the are discovered in each hurricane season.

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So how did we get Kilo before Ignacio and Jimena?!?

Aug 27 11:02

Trump @ 40%

Aug 27 10:57

Putin: Russia Planning to Build Nuclear Plant in Egypt

Russian President says his country will build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, announces greater economic cooperation with Cairo.

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Despite the US attempt to enforce puppet rule, Egypt slips into the Russian sphere of influence.

Aug 27 10:56

Where is Neo When We Need Him - Paul Craig Roberts

In The Matrix in which Americans live, nothing is ever their fault. For example, the current decline in the US stock market is not because years of excessive liquidity supplied by the Federal Reserve have created a bubble so overblown that a mere six stocks, some of which have no earnings commiserate with their price, accounted for more than all of the gain in market capitalization in the S&P 500 prior to the current disruption.

Aug 27 10:51

Operation Zero Footprint used Al Qaida to Topple Leaders

Emails show Stevens was eliminated and every soldier who tried to save him has since been killed in action, demoted or imprisoned along with a General and Admiral to cover up Obama hits on leaders of sovereign nations using Al Qaeda and let Jihadists take control of the Middle East.

Aug 27 10:50

You Could be Entitled to a $25 Check — or $50 in Tuna

Filed two-and-a-half years ago, the suit was launched when one consumer noticed five-ounce cans of Starkist were slightly under-filled. While the short-changing wasn’t noticeable to most people, it saved the company a ton of fish (and money). However, the fishy practice has backfired.

Aug 27 10:49

Tesla 'breaks' Consumer Reports scoring scale

Surpassing the Tesla Model S' recognition as the best-performing car that Consumer Reports has ever tested is no easy feat, but Tesla's P85D variant has done just that–earning a rare overall test score of 100 points and setting a new benchmark.

Aug 27 10:49

ARAB SUPPORT IS KEY TO PALESTINE’S LIBERATION

We Palestinians don’t expect miracles from the Arabs. We don’t expect them to liberate Palestine from the River to the Sea. We don’t even expect them to liberate al-Quds Ash-sharif and al-Masjidul Aqsa from the clutches of Zionism.

However, there are certain tasks the Arabs could easily do to enable our people to survive and be steadfast as we have done since the Nakba 67 years ago.

Rich Arab states, such as the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, can and should allow more Palestinians to seek employment opportunities in their respective countries. The Palestinians are skilled, educated and can be trusted to perform their duties without endangering the internal security of these states.

Aug 27 10:48

Turkey Denies Alerting Abductors of US-Trained 'Moderate' Syrian Fighters

The Turkish government on Tuesday denied allegations it tipped off an al Qaeda-linked group that went on to capture Syrian rebels trained by the United States to battle the Islamic State.

Aug 27 10:46

Western Democracy Is An Endangered Species On Its Way To Extinction

The British Labour Party no longer represents the working class. Under UK prime minister Tony Blair, the Labour Party became a vassal of the One Percent. The result has been a rebellion in the ranks and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, a principled Labourite intent on representing the people, a no-no in Western “democracies.”

Corbyn is too real for the Labour Party Blairites, who hope to be rewarded with similar nest eggs as Blair for representing the capitalist One Percent. So what is the corrupted Labour Party doing to prevent Corbyn’s election?

Aug 27 10:46

What Would Happen If Everyone Joins China In Dumping Treasurys?

Notably, that means China has sold as much in Treasurys in the past 2 weeks - over $100 billion - as it has sold in the entire first half of the year. Today, we got what looks like confirmation late in the session when Bloomberg, citing fixed income desks, reported "substantial selling pressure in long end Treasuries coming from Far East."

Aug 27 10:42

James O'Keefe: Yes Hillary, I Have Undercover Video of Your Campaign

The first video shows a paid campaign staffer telling a volunteer that they only want to register voters who will vote for Hillary, a Democrat, when the law requires voters be able to register regardless of their political affiliation or support for a certain candidate.

Aug 27 10:32

Wall Street reporting is a joke: The Stock Market is Getting Harder to Rig

It’s entertaining to watch and to read reports in the corporate media about the current stock market decline, which over the course of the last six business days erased $2.1 trillion in the market value of stocks of publicly-traded US corporations (and in a lot of ordinary Americans’ retirement savings).

Aug 27 10:32

CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash

On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis. This is a perfect example of what I wrote about yesterday. Every time the market crashes, there are huge up days, huge down days and giant waves of market momentum. Even though the Dow was up 619 points on Wednesday, overall we are still down more than 2,000 points from the peak of the market. During the weeks and months to come, we are going to see many more wild market swings, but the overall direction of the market will be down.

Aug 27 10:13

INDIA JUST TURNED OFF MOBILE INTERNET FOR 63 MILLION CITIZENS AMID PROTESTS IN AHMEDABAD

Restricting access to internet services isn’t the answer to such issues. Indian politicians need to encourage public debate and participation in creating policies that ensure equal opportunities for everyone.? Mobile internet services have been blocked in the Indian state of Gujarat(home to nearly 63 million people), following violent protests led by the Patel community after one of its leaders was detained by local police in Ahmedabad.

Aug 27 10:07

SOCIAL MEDIA STUDY REVEALS HALF OF AMERICANS HATE THEIR POLICE DEPT.

With the rise of digital technology, it has become easier and easier to document the transgressions of state enforcers like police ? so it is no surprise that according to a social media analysis by drug treatment and awareness website drugabuse.com, almost half of Americans hate their local police department. The study found that a little over 47 percent of Americans gave their police precinct a grade of D or F with states like Arkansas, Idaho, Missouri, Virginia, and Georgia exhibiting the most overall dissatisfaction.

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