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Jul 01 07:36

Who killed the three teens in the West Bank?

HAMAS
4% (39 votes)
Israel
96% (895 votes)
Total votes: 934
Jul 01 07:34

Report: Militarized Police Treating Citizens as “Wartime Enemies”

Joe Wolverton, II
Activist Post

As the number of troop-heavy foreign interventions decreases, the warcraft and weaponry used in battle are now being deployed in neighborhoods as members and machines of law enforcement become increasingly indistinguishable from those of the military.

This is the situation as revealed in a new report published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) entitled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.”

“A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2 year-old son” is perhaps the best example of a headline announcing the horrific impact this conversion can have when left unchecked...


Jul 01 07:17

Israel finds teens' bodies, vows to make Hamas pay

One of the civilian volunteers involved in the search told army radio the bodies had been found under a pile of branches and stones in a remote area.

"Today, during a sweep with the army, one of the guys spotted something unusual, they started to move branches and stones and found the bodies," said volunteer Benny Truper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the bodies were placed in a manner meant to draw attention and be found.

The quickest way to detect a government lie is to look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a REASON for HAMAS to do something that stupid at this particular time.

HAMAS and FATAH formed a unity government. They need the support of the world right now, and neither HAMAS or FATAH is going to carry out an act that would wreck the very public support they need. It's like George Washington trying to kick out the British by shooting students in the colonial schools; it is just not going to happen.

Netanyahu, of course, is adamantly opposed to the unity government and stated he would find some way to wreck it. It appears he has done just that.

Keep in mind Israel's history. In both the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty, Israel carried out attacks then tried to frame Egypt for them, to trick the US into ending political relations and possibly launching war. In these two cases, Israel's deception became known, but one may presume that where one Israeli deception is found, there are likely dozens more they got away with. This stunt with the three teens appears to be more of the same. Kidnapping and killing these kids does not help HAMAS, but clearly helped Netanyahu by creating the excuse for him to launch outright war on Gaza.

"By way of deception, thou shalt do war" -- Motto of the Mossad

Fool me once...

Jul 01 07:03

Bodies of three missing teenagers found in West Bank: Israeli media

Israel has accused Hamas, which has its power base in the Gaza Strip, as being behind the abduction of the teenagers. Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied involvement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

One more point. In the photo showing the line search is a dead (if you will pardon the expression) giveaway. Line searches are something that is done when you already know what you are searching for is in the area. They were TOLD the bodies would be there.

I think we can safely presume that if HAMAS were stupid enough to engage in a stunt that would crush public support for them, they know how to make sure the bodies would never be found.

This whole affair is as obvious a setup as the Lavon affair, or Israel's attack on the USS Liberty. In both cases, Israel tried to frame Egypt for actions carried out by Israel. On the basis of that history alone, prudence demands skepticism of Israel's claims.

Jul 01 06:56

The Next Global Meltdown Is Baked In: Connecting the Dots Between Oil, Debt, Interest Rates and Risk

The bottom line is the Fed can only keep the machine duct-taped together by suppressing the market's pricing of risk.

One of the Grand Narratives of our era is the substitution of debt for income: as earned income and disposable income have stagnated for 40 years, the gap between the rising cost of living and stagnant household income has been filled by borrowed money.

Jul 01 06:54

The “12 Commandments” of the Israel Lobby

To help readers with this Orwellian dilemma, I offer these “12 Commandments of the Israel Lobby,” to be memorized if possible in a venue featuring the theme song of “The Twilight Zone” in the background.

1. The Israel Lobby does not exist. In those cases where it does exist, its conclusions cannot be questioned.

2. All criticisms of Israel are false. They are invented by anti-Semites, self-hating Jews, and terrorists. Also by crypto-Nazis, apostates and liars.

3. All critics of Israel must be punished by extracting a public apology. Some offenders may be required to apologize more than once, if they do not grovel sufficiently the first time around.

4. Those who criticize Israel and do not publicly apologize must be endlessly harassed, and fired from their jobs if possible. In academia they must be denied tenure.

5. Any Arab or Muslim that criticizes Israel is a terrorist, and deserves to die.

Jul 01 06:53

Iraqi Hydrocarbon Prize of U.S. Invasion in Danger?

Excluding “boots on the ground” and leaving combat missions to local and regional “partners,” President Barak Obama and his administration say the United States keeps “all options on the table” to respond militarily to the terrorists’ threat to “American interests” in Iraq, which are now in “danger.”

Similarly, former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on TV screens and in print has recently urged western governments to “put aside the differences of the past and act now” and to intervene militarily in Iraq “to save the future” because “we do have interests in this.”

Both men refrained from indicating what are exactly the “American” and “western” interests in Iraq that need military intervention to defend, but the major prize of their invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the country’s hydrocarbon assets. There lies their “interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the US, the prize is for Iraq's oil to continue to trade for the US Petrodollar, from which the US financial system gets a "piece of the action".

If the Sunnis take Baghdad, Iraq's oil will be sold for whatever currency they want. Russia has stepped in with real assistance to Maliki so if Maliki hangs onto power, at least in the southern oil regions of Iraq, Iraq's oil will start trading for the Ruble, and again the US loses.

In desperation, the US is trying to force Maliki out and replace him with another US puppet regime and hope this will calm things down, but that is not likely to work.


Jul 01 06:46

Al Gore tells Tony Abbott: ‘Change or get out of the way’

AL GORE has warned Tony Abbott to “change or get out of the way” of sensible environmental policy, labelling the Prime Minister a “straight-out climate denier”.

Jul 01 06:44

300 more U.S. troops headed to Iraq

The new injection of manpower brings the total number of U.S. personnel sent to Iraq to deal with the recent crisis to approximately 800.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Happy Fourth of July. Pay no attention to me starting a new war in Iraq. Loyal Americans do not notice such things, nor do they remember that only a week ago I promised there would be no boots on the ground in Iraq! You ARE a loyal American, right? Because if you are not, we know how to handle troublemakers like you!!" -- Official White Horse Souse


Jul 01 06:36

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater

Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.

Jul 01 06:35

PayPal freezes out NSA-proof, encrypted ProtonMail

PayPal has restricted payments to and from ProtonMail, a Swiss-based email service offering full end-to-end encryption, “pending further review.” When pressed, PayPal questioned the legality of the anti-snooping service.

ProtonMail announced the payment freeze in a statement Tuesday, saying PayPal had made no attempt to contact them before shutting them out.

“When we pressed the PayPal representative on the phone for further details, he questioned whether ProtonMail is legal and if we have government approval to encrypt emails, the statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We don't need government permission to encrypt our emails or data. The Fourth Amendment gives us that right.


Jul 01 06:33

Israeli Air Force Carries Out 34 Air Strikes Against Gaza Amidst Threats of ‘Vengeance’

The WAFA news agency has reported that Israeli F-16 fighter jets fired missiles into different areas of the Gaza Strip, mainly in agricultural and open areas, in addition to several homes and civilian property.

WAFA reported that the army bombarded Gaza, Rafah, Khan Younis, the Central District and the Northern District of the besieged coastal region, adding that Israeli navy ships also participated in the attacks.

Local sources said dozens of Israeli drones remained in the Gaza skies all night, while Israeli helicopters also continue to fly over the Gaza Strip, firing rounds of live ammunition.

Jul 01 06:28

Divided Israeli Cabinet Debates ‘Harsh Retaliation’ Against Gaza

In the midst of the baying of the Dogs of War over the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers apparently murdered after being abducted, let’s hear a still small voice of reason and sanity.

First, despite scores of repeated claims by Israeli officials and reporters that the alleged killers were affiliated with Hamas, not a single shred of evidence has been presented to confirm this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Think "Stolen Kuwaiti Incubators" and "Saddam's Nuclear Weapons." This is just more of the same.

Jul 01 06:20

Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others

Russia’s president has blamed the turmoil in Ukraine on the country’s newly-elected leader Petro Poroshenko. Vladimir Putin also criticized the West for its intention to turn the planet into a "global barracks."

Russia’s president has laid the blame for the ongoing turmoil between Kiev and south-eastern regions squarely at the feet of Petro Poroshenko, after the Ukrainian leader terminated the ceasefire.

He has stressed that Russia and European partners could not convince Poroshenko to not take the path of violence, which can’t lead to peace.

Jul 01 06:20

Why Sanctions Against Russia Won't Work

Given that American companies are firmly entrenched in the post-Communist pro-profit Russia and that they are firmly entrenched in the American political system through both political contributions and lobbying, surely, they are using some of their political clout to prevent the Obama Administration from effectively imposing any sanctions against Russia that may interfere with their ongoing business plans and profits? With the intertwining nature of the global economy today, one can't help but shoot oneself in the foot when imposing tough and meaningful economic sanctions on another nation. While the sanctions against Russia, at some point, may impact the Russian man/woman on the street, those who are at the top of the oligarchy food chain are still driving (or being driven) around the streets of Moscow in their Bentleys, Range Rovers and Ferraris and not really caring about the impact of sanctions.


Jul 01 06:12

DDoS Attack Alert: DNS Flooder v1.1 Toolkit

In a new twist on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, the DNS Flooder toolkit enables malicious actors to purchase, set up and use their own DNS servers to launch reflection attacks without the need to find open and vulnerable DNS servers on the Internet. This DDoS method allows malicious actors to launch powerful cyber attacks without having to spend considerable time and resources building an army of bots through malware infections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if this was what hit my server yesterday during the radio show.

Jul 01 05:39

18 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is Accelerating As We Enter The Last Half Of 2014

A lot of people that I talk to these days want to know “when things are going to start happening”. Well, there are certainly some perilous times on the horizon, but all you have to do is open up your eyes and look to see the global economic crisis unfolding. As you will see below, even central bankers are issuing frightening warnings about “dangerous new asset bubbles” and even the World Bank is declaring that “now is the time to prepare” for the next crisis. Most Americans tend to only care about what is happening in the United States, but the truth is that serious economic trouble is erupting in South America, all across Europe and in Asian powerhouses such as China and Japan. And the endless conflicts in the Middle East could erupt into a major regional war at just about any time.

Jul 01 05:29

flashback: Fireworks sales lighting up


07/03/2013 07:01:47 AM EDT

SEABROOK, N.H. -- Five months after one of the Boston Marathon bombers bought two gun powder-laden mortar kits from the state's leading fireworks retailer in Seabrook, consumer fireworks sales in New Hampshire are booming as strongly as ever this July 4 holiday season, retailers reported.

However, those being hurt most in the long run by New Hampshire's fireworks sales continue to be taxpayers of Massachusetts, said April Walton, store manager of Phantom Fireworks in Seabrook.

"(Massachusetts government officials) are just upset with us because people come up here to buy their alcohol, cigarettes and fireworks and Massachusetts isn't getting that tax revenue,"

(*submitted in light of the re instigated 'fireworks debacle' being dragged back into the Friends Of The Bomber character labeling case)


Jul 01 04:43

Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Accused Boston Bomber's Friend

Federal prosecutors contend that Kazakh exchange student Azamat Tazhayakov, along with two schoolmates, went to marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the April 15, 2013, attack and removed a laptop computer and backpack containing empty fireworks shells.

One of Tazhayakov's lawyers, Matthew Myers, last week told reporters that his 20-year-old client had rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors, contending that there was a “lack of evidence” to convict the man.

Jul 01 03:34

A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance?

The poor US economic outlook has brought America’s two largest business lobbies–the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (or what is left of them) into conflict with the Obama regime’s threat of further sanctions against Russia.
According to Bloomberg News, beginning tomorrow (June 26), the business groups will run advertisements in the New York Times, Wall St Journal, and Washington Post opposing any further sanctions on Russia. The US business organizations say that the sanctions will harm their profits and result in layoffs of American workers.

Thus, America’s two largest business organizations, important sources of political campaign contributions, have finally added their voice to the voices of German, French, and Italian business.

Everyone, except the brainwashed American public, knows that the «crisis in Ukraine» is entirely the work of Washington. European and American businesses are asking:

Jul 01 03:33

Ukraine army attacks eastern rebels as truce ends

Ukrainian forces have launched a full-scale military operation against pro-Russia separatists in the east, hours after a ceasefire ended.

Rebel bases and strongholds were under attack from aircraft and artillery, government officials said.

Jul 01 03:24

French ex-President Sarkozy held over influence claims

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling.

Mr Sarkozy is being held at Nanterre, near Paris, in an unprecedented step against a former president.

Jul 01 03:18

Charlie Daniels Shows His Love for our Veterans

Daniels has made several trips to perform for our troops. He visited Iraq in 2006 and again in 2009 to perform several sandy shows for our men and women. in 2012,

Jul 01 01:08

Obama’s Half-Billion to Syria’s ‘Moderates’

President Obama’s plan to spend another half-billion dollars on Syria’s “moderate” rebels will add more fuel to the destructive violence just as the killing was finally dying down. It’s also hard to see how this investment will promote serious negotiations, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

June 30, 2014

Jun 30 22:50

'US fighting alongside ISIS': Direct American role in strengthening jihadists?

ISIS proclaimed Islamic order on territories they captured both in Iraq and Syria. The area they now hold contains economically vital oil sites. Where does ISIS get the funding it needs to snatch power in the region? Even Washington has played its role in the rise of ISIS.

Jun 30 22:44

Robert Fisk: How on earth can Israel tolerate this filth from B’nai Brith Canada?

Not long ago, I was handed the most outrageous, vile, dishonest and slanderous calumny uttered against the people of Canada. It was contained in a full-page advertisement in the National Post (founder, Conrad Black), a newspaper handed out – free, I’m happy to say – on my Air France flight out of Toronto. Here is the headline: “Almost 4 million Canadians are afflicted by this disease.”

Jun 30 22:40

Spanish bank manager robs blind man of €27,000

A bank manager in eastern Spain has been charged with cheating a partially blind 93-year-old out of €27,000 by fooling him into signing a document which granted her access to his savings.

Jun 30 22:35

Russia may revise free-market trade with Ukraine without breaking WTO regulations

Russia may revise the regime of free trade with Ukraine by raising the import duties to a level typical of trade with partners having the most favored nation status, and this will be done in full compliance with the regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Nebenzya said in an interview published by Izvestia daily.

Jun 30 22:27

Israeli Government and Press Knew Teenagers Were Dead For Weeks

TRNN Middle East Correspondent Lia Tarachansky says Palestinian anger towards the Palestinian Authority has reached unprecedented levels, and that the Israeli government is now trying to instigate a third intifada in order to legitimate military actions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Jun 30 20:41

Police arrest parapalegic man for considering himself a pedestrian

A wheelchair-bound man was taken to the ground face-first and handcuffed because he rode his motorized scooter on the shoulder of a road against traffic, the way pedestrians are legally supposed to. Police impounded his scooter and took him to jail.

Jun 30 20:22

‘We Will Attack’: Ukrainian President Prepares for Offensive

Perhaps the real question is not whether Putin decides to invade the Ukraine. It's how will President Obama respond if he does?

There can be no half measures taken should Russia respond to Ukraine's halting of the ceasefire.

Russian and American media have both suggested that a confrontation between east and west would very quickly become a worst-case global scenario, with the end result being widespread thermo-nuclear warfare, an option that neither nation has taken off the table.

Jun 30 20:21

Firearms makers moving to more gun-friendly U.S. southern states

PTR Industries Inc is among a wave of firearms makers moving or expanding away from the industry's traditional base in the U.S. Northeast to the more gun-friendly South. Gun sales in the United States have grown steadily over the past 30 years and spiked last year after the Newtown shootings because of fear of coming restrictions, analysts said.

Jun 30 20:11

17 Facts That Prove That The Quality Of Jobs In America Is Going Down The Drain

Do you wish that you had a better job? If so, you are not alone. In fact, there are millions upon millions of Americans that get up every day and go to a job that they wish that they could afford to quit. Unfortunately, most Americans end up just desperately holding on to the jobs that they have because just about any job is valuable in this economic environment. Over the past decade, the long-term trends that are destroying jobs in America have accelerated. We have seen countless numbers of jobs shipped overseas, we have seen countless numbers of jobs replaced by technology, we have seen countless numbers of jobs taken by immigrants and we have seen countless numbers of jobs lost to the overall decline of the once great U.S. economy. Unfortunately, even though we can all see this happening, our “leaders” have failed to come up with any solutions. And since there are so many of us that are desperate for jobs these days, employers know that they don’t have to pay as much.

Jun 30 20:07

Border Patrol has agents — in the wrong places

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley and for new powers to deal with returning unaccompanied children, a White House official said Saturday. A letter will be sent to Congress on Monday, said the official who was not authorized to speak by name and discussed the requests on condition of anonymity. The exact amount and how it will be spent will come after Congress returns from recess on July 7. Whether any funds will go toward border staffing is unknown.

Jun 30 18:30

Andy Coulson To Face Retrial Over Bribery Allegations

DAVID CAMERON’S former adviser Andy Coulson was told yesterday he was to face retrial for misconduct in public office after allegedly bribing policemen for information.

Jun 30 18:27

Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge

The test saw Facebook "manipulate" news feeds to control which emotional expressions the users were exposed to.

Jun 30 18:25

Does Cell-Phone Case Imperil NSA Spying?

In one of the most significant Fourth Amendment rulings ever handed down by the Supreme Court, all nine justices agreed in an opinion involving two companion cases, Riley v. Californiaand United States v. Wurie, that police generally need a warrant before reading data on the cell phone of an arrestee.

Jun 30 18:19

Supreme Court hits new low: Only 30% have confidence in justices

We know Americans don’t have much confidence in Congress or President Obama, but it turns out the Supreme Court is also slipping in the public eye.

Jun 30 17:19

Supreme Court Sends Stupid Software Patent Back To Federal Circuit, Again

Is adding “do it on the Internet” enough to make an abstract idea patentable? That’s the question for the Federal Circuit when it considers, for the third time, Ultramercial’s idiotic patent on showing an online advertisement before a “media product.” The Ultramercial case is the first big test for the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank. If the patent stands, the Federal Circuit will be insisting on business as usual. If it falls, many other abstract software and Internet patents should soon fall with it.

Jun 30 16:34

Ohio Judge Violates Bankruptcy Stay and Ignores U.S. Mail Fraud in Nasty BoA Foreclosure Case.


So much corruption so little time.
http://mortgagemovies.blogspot.com/2014/06/kingcast-and-mortgage-movie...

Holy Shit: Just got information from someone else in Montgomery County. Skip to the bottom to read it.

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Monday, June 30, 2014
KingCast and Mortgage Movies See Ohio Judge Violate Bankruptcy Stay and Ignore U.S. Mail Fraud in Nasty BoA Foreclosure Case.

In yet another case involving probable banking and foreclosure fraud, Ohio Montgomery County Judge Timothy O’Connell has refused to reconsider a foreclosure even as sworn affidavits indicate that Bank of America and its agents forged U.S. Mail documents to falsely obtain service.

Jun 30 16:07

Proof: Obama Admin flooding illegals into American cities now *Video*

“It’s a crisis obviously. It’s border security at its best”, said a border facility worker in a Breitbart interview. The worker went on to say that the immigrants have been approved to “continue to their final destination [...] an American city near you.”

Jun 30 15:54

I Believe Him For Once : Obama Jokes White House Pastry Chef Puts Crack in His Pies

Monday at the White House while hosting a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month, President Barack Obama call his White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses “the crust master” because the president said, “I don’t know what he does wether he puts crack in them.” But the president continued he had to adopt a no weekday pie rule.

Jun 30 15:43

Copper, Aluminum & Gold, Where’d it all go?

Jun 30 15:36

Hospital To Question All Patients On Drug, Alcohol Use Even if Admitted For Unrelated Issue

Massachusetts General Hospital plans to begin questioning all patients about their use of alcohol and illegal drugs starting this fall, even if they are at MGH for a totally unrelated issue.

Jun 30 15:36

Ukraine president terminates ceasefire

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has decided to not prolong the ceasefire with Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, announcing an end to a fragile deal to deescalate tensions in the eastern regions of the country.

“We will attack and will free our land,” Poroshenko said.

Jun 30 15:21

Pig Shoots Cow For No Apparent Reason

Jun 30 15:21

Cargill Announces New Non-GMO Soybean Oil

Cargill developed it for "customers interested in exploring a non-GMO claim on their product label."

The tides are changing...

Jun 30 15:15

Barclays dark pool fine 'could top Libor'

Allegations that Barclays defrauded investors when encouraging them to operate in its dark pool could trigger a fine bigger than the one it paid for attempting to manipulate Libor, it is claimed.

Jun 30 14:59

All but four nations are subject to NSA surveillance – new Snowden leak

Previously undisclosed files leaked to the media by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now show that the United States National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on persons in all but four countries.

The Washington Post published on Monday official documents provided by Mr. Snowden that shows new proof concerning the extent of the NSA’s vast surveillance apparatus.

Jun 30 14:52

Will Jewish meddlers dictate UK Methodist policy?

Stuart Littlewood wonders whether the UK’s Methodist Church will surrender to the Zionist lobby, noting one Methodist delegate’s observation that the church has already sold out to Israel on several issues.

Jun 30 14:50

A worldwide revolution of ideas is needed

Graham Peebles says a root and branch revolution of the fundamental ideas on which contemporary capitalist societies are built is essential if the causes of conflict and disharmony are to be eliminated.

Jun 30 14:16

Are U.S. Stocks Headed for a Correction?

Jun 30 14:12

Rolf Harris found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault of four girls

ROLF Harris has been found guilty of sexually assaulting four teenage school girls over an almost 20-year period with a jury unanimously declaring him guilty on all charges in a sensational conclusion to his long running trial.

Jun 30 14:12

Q2 Economic "Hope" Misses The Point

Jun 30 14:02

Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution

Nick Hanauer, internet entrepreneur, has a message for his fellow "zillionaires": the revolution is coming.

Mr Hanauer, an early investor in internet retail giant Amazon, says like many of his fellow one-percenters, he owns his own yacht, multiple homes and private jet. He says he acquired all his wealth by seeing the potential of the internet and acting on it.

Jun 30 13:31

"Ukrainian Democracy": Killing Civilians in Eastern Ukraine

Jun 30 13:31

Blackwater considered itself above the law, US state department was warned

A state department investigator warned that the private security firm Blackwater considered itself above the law, just weeks before Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians, it has been reported.

Blackwater guards "saw themselves as above the law", Richter wrote in the memo. His inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater's top manager said he could kill the government's chief investigator and no one could or would do anything about it as it was in Iraq. The threat came from Daniel Carroll, Blackwater's project manager in Iraq, during a meeting with Richter and another state department official, Donald Thomas, to discuss the review, which had uncovered overbilling and complaints about a cafeteria in Blackwater's compound.

Jun 30 13:30

Orders for US durable goods drop 1 percent in May

Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply. But excluding defense-related goods, orders actually rose, and orders in a key category that signals business investment also increased.

Jun 30 13:28

Will Supremes Apply Cell Phone Privacy to Metadata Collection?

In one of the most significant Fourth Amendment rulings everhanded down by the Supreme Court, all nine justices agreed in an opinion involving two companion cases, Riley v. California [PDF] and United States v. Wurie, that police generally need a warrant before reading data on the cell phone of an arrestee. This decision may well presage how the court will rule on the constitutionality of the National Security Agency (NSA) metadata collection program when that issue inevitably comes before it.

Jun 30 13:25

Pro Gun Rights Groups’ Counter Rally in Media, PA a Great Success

A coalition of Pro-freedom/gun rights groups counter rallied the Walk & Rally for Universal Background Checks on Gun Sales on June 28, 2014. Over 100 attended

Jun 30 13:13

Obama Promises Unconstitutional Executive Action to Fix “Broken” Immigration System

Speaking from the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama on Monday promised to sign an unconstitutional executive action “to fix the immigration system.”

Jun 30 13:05

Netanyahu calls for independent Kurdistan

Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region, and asserted that Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the West Bank to keep a jihadi juggernaut from powering its way to the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

Jun 30 13:04

Lump sum repayments approved in Detroit bankruptcy

Detroit retirees will be allowed to repay generous annuity returns with a lump sum in the city's bankruptcy case.

A single payment could be cheaper than stretching it over time.

The city is proposing to recover as much as 20 percent of the money paid between 2003 and 2013. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr says guaranteed annuity returns paid during that time put stress on the pension system.

Detroit plans to recoup the money as part of its plan to get out of bankruptcy. But under a deal announced Monday, retirees can pay it off with a single payment.

Jun 30 12:59

Store Manager Saved by Armed Citizen, Store Puts Up "No Guns Allowed" Signs

A convenience store in Mississippi has posted "No Guns Allowed" signs on the front doors - despite the fact that a brutal stabbing was stopped by an armed citizen there recently.

On March 12, the manager of Keith’s Superstore in Lumberton was attacked by Lamont Williams, 29, who is believed to be a disgruntled former employee.

An armed citizen with a concealed carry permit happened to be in the store at the time of the stabbing. When Williams tried to flee, the armed citizen chased him and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Jun 30 12:59

Obama: I will bypass Congress to fix immigration

President Obama announced a retreat on interior immigration enforcement Monday, saying he is going to shift resources from deporting illegal immigrants inside the U.S. and send them to the border to try to stop the latest surge of children and families attempting to cross.

The announcement amounts to a concession that the chances for a broad immigration deal are deal this year.

Mr. Obama also said he will take action by the end of the summer to try to halt even more deportations, once he gets a final recommendation back from his attorney general and Homeland Security chief.

“If congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours,” the president said in an afternoon speech from the White House Rose Garden.

Jun 30 12:49

Corporate Gag Orders Have a Chilling Effect on Whistleblowers

Corporations are using overly broad and limiting nondisclosure agreements to prevent employees from reporting wrongdoing or fraud to government officials, according to an investigation published in the Washington Post on Monday.

Jun 30 12:44

Local Law Enforcement More Dangerous, Thanks To Trickle Down Of Military Equipment, Militarized Mindset

The militarized mindset is not just reserved to SWAT officers, but has trickled down into all reaches of law enforcement, as evidenced by the increased prevalence of violent encounters between police and peaceful citizens.

Jun 30 12:32

US creates time bomb situation in Russia: Analyst

The decades-old eastward expansion of the US-led NATO is a provocative act as it infringes upon Russia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, an analyst writes for Press TV.

Jun 30 12:31

Death of Russian Journalist in Ukraine Proves Kiev Blackballing De-Escalation in East

The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded on Monday that Kiev investigate the situation around the death of yet another Russian journalist in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donetsk.

A cameraman from Russia’s Channel-1 television station, Anatoly Klyan, was killed late Sunday night by gunfire while he was traveling on a bus with a group of refugees outside the city of Donetsk.

“We demand the Ukrainian authorities conduct an objective investigation into this tragedy and firmly punish the guilty,” the ministry said in a statement.

Jun 30 12:28

Europe warns Putin on eve of Ukraine truce deadline

The leaders of Germany and France warned Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Russia could be hit with punishing sanctions within days unless he forced Ukrainian rebels Moscow is accused of backing to suspend their deadly uprising.

Jun 30 12:26

Ukrainian forces shell Slavyansk church during Sunday service

Ukrainian government forces have shelled a church in the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine. An estimated 1,000 people were on the territory of the church during the shelling, which lasted for 30 minutes; however, none was killed, nor injured.

Jun 30 12:23

Conflicting parking signs in D.C.? Sorry, you’re still guilty (Videos)

Parking signs in D.C. can be very confusing. Some joke that you need a Ph.D. to decipher them. But what happens when the signs are flat- out wrong? A ticket writer should spot the error and report it, and then it gets fixed, right?

... Wrong...

Jun 30 12:20

Graphic: Last moments of Russian TV cameraman shot by Kiev forces

Anatoly Klyan, 68, was fatally wounded in the stomach and died Sunday night. Along with a few other journalists, he had boarded a bus full of women -- mostly mothers -- who were traveling to a military base in Donetsk to demand that their sons be dismissed from the unit and allowed to go home.

Jun 30 12:17

Berlin's refugee protest: 'This is a police siege'

Police have sealed off an area of Berlin for almost a week after part of the Kreuzberg district became the centre of the city's latest conflict between refugees and authorities.

Jun 30 12:16

Iraqi torture victims will have day in court

In a ruling that "affirms that U.S. corporations are not entitled to impunity for torture and war crimes," a federal appeals court Monday overturned a lower court's decision that had prevented accountability sought by Iraqi victims of torture at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

Jun 30 12:11

NOAA Quietly Reinstates July 1936 — Not July 2012 — As Hottest Month On Record

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, criticized for manipulating temperature records to create a warming trend, has now been caught warming the past and cooling the present.

Jun 30 12:02

Syria Threat Could Prompt Changes at Airports

[This threat] is different and more disturbing than past aviation plots,"

Jun 30 11:56

Cold War Renewed With A Vengeance While Washington Again Lies

The Cold War made a lot of money for the military/security complex for four decades dating from Churchill’s March 5, 1946 speech in Fulton, Missouri declaring a Soviet “Iron Curtain” until Reagan and Gorbachev ended the Cold War in the late 1980s. During the Cold War Americans heard endlessly about “the Captive Nations.” The Captive Nations were the Baltics and the Soviet bloc, usually summarized as “Eastern Europe.”

Jun 30 11:47

Workers on Detroit water shutoffs: “They are making it so you can’t live”

Many reacted angrily to the DWSD’s brutal shutoff policy that authorizes up to 3,000 shutoffs per week of households and small businesses, some with bills of as little as $150. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s office characterizes the cutoffs as a necessary measure to help restore financial stability to the city.

Linda Clarkston, who is on disability after being injured in an auto accident, said, “It is inhuman. They are making it so you can’t live. You have to pay more for utilities than the cost of living. Rich people don’t care about working class people. I am disabled and I have to struggle just to pay my bills. Never mind eating.

Jun 30 11:43

Flashback - Ukraine Leader In New Leaked Recording: 8 Million Russians In Ukraine "Must Be Killed With Nuclear Weapons"

But the smoking gun, and where Putin once again shows just how masterful of a chess player he is, is the following statement by Tymoshenko, after asked, rhetorically, by her counterparty, "what should we do now with the 8 million Russians that stayed in Ukraine. They are outcasts"... to which she replies: "They must be killed with nuclear weapons."

Jun 30 11:40

Remember the Sen McCain Syria Rebels Photos ?

As it turns out, the group that he was meeting with was a particular subset of rebels in Syria, who we now know as ISIS.

Jun 30 11:34

71% of Americans between ages 17-24 would be rejected for military service. Most common reasons are being too fat, not graduating high school, being on ADHD medication, or having gauge piercings or tattoos.

"The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly," the U.S. Army Recruiting Command's commanding general says

Approximately 71% of the 34 million 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. would not qualify for military service because of reasons related to health, physical appearance and educational background, according to the Pentagon.

Jun 30 11:28

VIDEO: Feds flood GREYHOUND bus station with illegals

A glimpse into the reality of the thousands of illegal immigrants being released into the U.S. by the Obama Administration was captured on video in a Greyhound Bus station in Laredo, Texas this weekend.

Jun 30 11:25

ANOTHER U.S. COMPANY TO CLOSE ALL STORES

Jun 30 11:22

Groups Protest Gov’t Snooping with Giant Airship over NSA Facility

A consortium of interested groups launched a giant airship to fly over the NSA’s new snooping repository in Bluffdale, Utah. A 135 foot long thermal airship flew over the snoop headquarters last Friday with the message: “NSA Illegal Spying Below” with an arrow pointing downwards at the panopticon.

Jun 30 11:11

German automaker BMW reports record sales, prepares attacks on workers

Germany’s third largest automaker, BMW, is planning major wage cuts and rationalisation measures. Many of the proposals were initiated directly by the works council, which has been collaborating closely with management for months. Meanwhile, the first results of the discussions between management, the IG Metall trade union and works councils have gradually been released to the public.

Jun 30 11:03

FDA may be seeking to use untested technology in livestock feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be looking to use emerging technology in products for livestock that could make animals on factory farms gain weight and absorb medications faster.

Jun 30 10:54

How much do you really know about the Jewish holocaust of World War II?

One of the most misunderstood historical events, the Jewish holocaust of World War II is a fascinating and complex subject, as well as a political hot potato.

How much do you really know about the holocaust?

Jun 30 10:51

BREAKING NEWS ~~ ABDUCTED ISRAELI TEENS FOUND DEAD

DesrtPeace condemns the senseless killings of these innocent youth. NOTHING positive can come out of this except for Israel where the aggression and occupation will continue indefinitely as a result.

Our hearts go out to the families of these boys.

Jun 30 10:42

DMV: Nevada has issued 20,000-plus driving cards in first six months

Nevada has issued more than 20,000 driver authorization cards in the first six months of the program’s existence, but many more immigrants who are in the country illegally remain afraid to come forward, those familiar with the program say.

“This is going to take years to get everyone licensed,” said Esperanza Montelongo, owner of Aztec insurance just east of the Strip.

Jun 30 10:41

Bodies of Three Missing Israeli Teens Found Near Hebron, Source Says

The bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month have been found north of the city of Hebron, a source confirmed to ABC News today.

Hamas, the Palestinian militant group accused by Israel of taking the boys, has denied kidnapping the teens, though senior Israeli and Palestinian officials agree that the abductors were likely tied to -- or part of -- Hamas but operating without orders from the organization's leadership.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now Israel will uncork on HAMAS on the basis of an unfounded accusation. Just like the US with Saddam's nuclear weapons.

Jun 30 10:37

Thousands go without water as Detroit cuts service for nonpayment

“Are we the kind of people that resort to shutting water off when there are disabled people and seniors?” said Maureen Taylor, chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. “We live near the Great Lakes, we have the greatest source of fresh water on Earth, and we still can’t get water here.”

Jun 30 10:31

Bank run fears in Bulgaria

Jun 30 10:28

NY Firearms Buyback Nets Broken BB Guns

A New York gun buyback scheme promoted by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman turned into a complete flop after it was protested by Second Amendment activists and netted just 30 firearms in total, some of which were broken BB guns.

Jun 30 10:21

ISIS: Netanyahu’s New Excuse for Keeping West Bank Border Zone

ISIS forces are on the Jordanian-Iraqi border, and even if this is a long, long way away from Israel, that’s no reason Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t use it as the newest excuse against Palestinian statehood.

Jun 30 10:21

SNAPSHOT OF A DYING COUNTRY: America, June 2014

So much has happened in such a short span of time, it's hard to keep up. We move as a society from one scandal to another so quickly these days, the last one barely had time to make a mark in the collective conscious before the next one hits.

Someone is killing this country. The video at the bottom of this article illustrates this well enough, with astounding examples from just the past few days in America. Watch it; see for yourself.

Tens of thousands of immigrants are now flooding the southern border of the United States. The mainstream media is throwing around the buzz term "humanitarian crisis" as if they get a cookie every time they say it, no doubt causing Bilderberg's Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration, to lick his chops.

Jun 30 10:19

Regional powers drawn into Iraq civil war

Reports of the fighting in the civil war in Iraq are contradictory, especially on the outcome of a government offensive in the northern city of Tikrit. However, all reports demonstrate a further descent of the country into a nightmarish conflict for which the United States bears chief responsibility.

Jun 30 10:19

Celebrate Independence Day By Opposing Government Tyranny

This week Americans will enjoy Independence Day with family cookouts and fireworks. Flags will be displayed in abundance. Sadly, however, what should be a celebration of the courage of those who risked so much to oppose tyranny will instead be turned into a celebration of government, not liberty. The mainstream media and opportunistic politicians have turned Independence Day into the opposite of what was intended.

Jun 30 10:16

Anger Follows Facebook's Secret Study to Manipulate Emotions

New details surrounding how Facebook allowed academic researchers to conduct a secret experiment on nearly 700,000 of its users to determine if digital manipulation of their emotions could be achieved has spurred widespread condemnation and new fears about the power of such systems when turned against the millions of people who use them on a daily basis.

Jun 30 10:15

ALL branches of government hit record low approval ratings

A fresh Gallup poll today highlights the fact that Americans are at their wits’ end with government, all three branches of government. Confidence in The Supreme Court, Congress, and the Presidency has hit record lows.

Jun 30 10:10

Video: Trucker Pulls Over Speeding Cop

A truck driver pulled over an Illinois state police officer for speeding and using a cell phone on a wet roadway and he caught the entire traffic stop on camera.

Jun 30 10:05

Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military

Japan is poised for a historic shift in its defense policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two, a major step away from post-war pacifism and a big political victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The change will significantly widen Japan’s military options by ending the ban on exercising “collective self-defense”, or aiding a friendly country under attack. It will also relax limits on activities in U.N.-led peace-keeping operations and “grey zone” incidents short of full-scale war, according to a draft government proposal made available to reporters.

The change will likely rile an increasingly assertive China, whose ties with Japan have chilled due to a maritime row, mutual mistrust and the legacy of Japan’s past military aggression, but will be welcomed by Tokyo’s ally Washington, which has long urged Japan to become a more equal partner in the alliance.

Jun 30 10:04

VIDEO: Cop Forces Professor To Ground After Being Stopped For Jaywalking

An Arizona State University English professor is claiming self-defense against a campus police officer who slammed her to the front of a police car last month.

Jun 30 10:02

U.S. top court rejects Google bid to drop Street View privacy case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when it accidentally collected emails and other personal data while building its popular Street View program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The idea that this was an accident is totally absurd! Street views systems are basically cameras and positioning equipment, The ability to look into peoples' computers via open wifi connections was a deliberate add on! Was Google collecting this data for the NSA?

Jun 30 10:01

Turkey Ready To Accept Kurdish State in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s ruling party has indicated that it is ready to accept an independent Kurdish state in what is currently northern Iraq following the charge of Islamist militants through the country’s northern regions.

“In the past an independent Kurdish state was a reason for war [for Turkey] but no one has the right to say this now,” Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for the ruling AK party, told the Financial Times.

“In Turkey, even the word ‘Kurdistan’ makes people nervous, but their name is Kurdistan,” he added.

“If Iraq is divided and it is inevitable, they are our brothers .?.?. Unfortunately, the situation in Iraq is not good and it looks like it is going to be divided.”

A Kurdish state is viewed in Ankara as a possible buffer against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) which has shown the threat the group poses to regional security following the capture of Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kurdistan has come very close to declaring its independence from Iraq.

On Monday, 23 June, as reported at http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com:

"Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani gave his strongest-ever indication on Monday that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.

“Iraq is obviously falling apart,” he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And it’s obvious that the federal or central government has lost control over everything. Everything is collapsing – the army, the troops, the police.”

“We did not cause the collapse of Iraq. It is others who did. And we cannot remain hostages for the unknown,” he said through an interpreter.

“The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”

IF Turkey and Israel have already factored this strong probability into their calculus on the region, you can bet that this is going to happen sooner rather than later, and there is absolutely nothing the US can do to stop it.

Jun 30 09:56

Student Loans Company uses Wonga-style fake legal letters: Business invents firm to harass graduates who are behind with repayments

The official Student Loans Company has been accused of using ‘Wonga tactics’ to harass thousands of graduates who are behind on their repayments.

It has invented a fictional firm – Smith Lawson and Company Recovery Services – which adopts the same threatening language as private debt firms and solicitors to chase payments.

The tactic appears similar to an approach taken by the payday lender Wonga, which was last week ordered to pay £2.6million in compensation after sending letters to thousands of customers from made-up debt recovery firms.

Both sets of revelations have triggered calls for a police inquiry into what appears to be evidence of mis-representation and harassment.

Jun 30 09:55

Michigan awards $90M deal to builder of problem-plagued HealthCare.gov

The State of Michigan has awarded computer contracts worth nearly $90 million to the Canadian firm that built the federal government’s Affordable Care Act website and took much of the blame for its disastrous launch.

Officials in the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder chose CGI Technologies and Solutions, whose parent company is headquartered in Montreal, over three U.S.-based firms.

CGI did not submit the lowest bid. Accenture, a management consulting and technology firm headquartered in New York, offered the lowest price by nearly $5 million, but “CGI provided best value,” Kurt Weiss, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Best value" possibly meaning more kickbacks, hookers, and booze than the other bidders!

Jun 30 09:52

Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists

Israeli diplomats have told their American counterparts that Israel would be prepared to take military action to save the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan if it came under attack by jihadist militants, the Daily Beast reported on Saturday.

The threat posed to Jordan by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has already taken over wide swathes of Iraq and Syria, is of deep concern to the Obama administration and was the subject of a confidential briefing by administration officials to senators last week, according to the online news site.

The chief concern is that an attack on Jordan would inevitably drag Israel and possibly the United States into the fighting.

“Jordan could not repel a full assault from ISIS on its own at this point,” one senator was quoted as saying. Jordan “will ask Israel and the United States for as much help as they can get.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting more than a slight chill along my spine, upon reading this.

My question has to be, what is the quid pro quo the Israeli government is expecting from such an agreement?!?

The ability to to militarily occupy Jordan indefinitely, "for its own good"?!?

Were I King Abdullah II of Jordan, I would be more than a little bit wary of this Israeli offer.

Jun 30 09:51

For Sale: Personal Brands & Commodity Lives

Modern marketing changes language and machinery but not its material foundation, which existed long before the industrial age. An allegedly “new” economy of information technology – IT – is just an update with different jargon and tools but the profit and loss substance remain exactly what they’ve always been: great for some, nice for many, and terrible for the earth and most of its people.

Consuming at the market is the same whether walking, riding a horse or driving a car to get there, ordering on a phone or tapping a keyboard. Fewer and cheaper workers result in more profits from new forms of automation, which bring greater loss to those no longer employed. Along with being replaced by machines, exporting jobs to cheaper foreign labor markets and importing cheap foreign labor to this market, we can add apps that act as hi-tech scabs by displacing workers with phone-text-symbol manipulation. All these create profits for private investors and loss for everyone else.

Jun 30 09:48

The Jew and the Other: Alain Soral & Gilad Atzmon in Lyon

This lecture appeared on the net 24 hours ago. In spite of its length and depth, it attracted 40.000 viewers in such a short time. The meaning of it is simple:

1. we are a mass movement

2. the future of intellectual exchange is out of the Zionised academia that is suffocated with marginal 'studies' that detach humans from questions to do with Being & Time.

Jun 30 09:41

Drone Assassinations Not Limited to U.S. Citizens “Living Abroad”

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says:

No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law ….

So how did the legal memorandum “justifying” assassination of U.S. citizens by drone try to sidestep the Fifth Amendment?

Jun 30 09:39

The European Union prepares the ‘solidarity clause’ framework for military use against citizens

The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made ??possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien, so police forces with military status are used. One of the founding countries of the EUROGENDFOR include Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands. We provide our services to the police unit of the EU, NATO or the UN.

“The ‘solidarity clause’ is redundant, since the EU already has mechanisms for mutual assistance in case of disasters. Secondly, the clause amplifies the course to a militarization of domestic politics, since upon request military can be used in another Member State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If I were a citizen of any EU country where these laws apply, I would be contemplating a very quick migration elsewhere, particularly if I had children and skills.

Dictatorship arrives softly, generally in small, stealthy increments, before you even know it is there. And by the time you realize what has happened, it is too late to change things, or to run.

Jun 30 09:33

Carlyle Group’s Latest Acquisition: the JFK Library (!)

Some things you truly cannot make up. Like this: the museum and archives celebrating and exploring the life (if not really wanting to investigate the death) of John F. Kennedy is getting a facelift—courtesy of…the Carlyle Group.

This development was noted, without much fanfare, in a variety of major media. If there was a smidgen of irony, I missed it.

Yet, consider this: The ultimate globe-girdling corporation is playing a major role in preserving the memory of a president who at the time of his death was engaged in what may be described as mortal combat with outfits not unlike Carlyle—if smaller and less global.

Jun 30 09:32

Christine Lagarde – The Most Dangerous Woman in the World – IMF Advocates Taking Pensions & Extending Maturities of Gov’t Debt to Prevent Redemption

I have gone on record that the most dangerous organization is the now French led IMF with Christine Lagarde at the helm, which has presented a concept report that debt cuts for over-indebted states are uncompromising and are to be performed more effectively in the future by defaulting on retirement accounts held in life insurance, mutual funds and other types of pension schemes, or arbitrarily extending debt perpetually so you cannot redeem. Yes you read correctly, The new IMF paper is described in great detail exactly how to now allow the private sector, which has invested in government bonds, to be expropriated to pay for the national debts of the socialist governments.

Jun 30 09:31

Supreme Court refuses to weigh in on Google privacy violations

The Supreme Court of the United States said Monday that it won’t consider a request from Google to weigh in on a matter concerning the Silicon Valley giant’s Street View map feature.

Refusal on the part of SCOTUS to grant Google’s request for an appeal from the high court now leaves intact an earlier decision handed down by a federal appellate panel in California.

Jun 30 09:27

Attorney General Eric Holder Paid No Attention to Bank Fraud: “Wall Street Wasn’t Even On His Radar”

Attorney General Eric Holder’s statements that prosecuting Wall Street fraud would hurt the economy is exactly backwards: the experts say that failing to prosecute fraud is dooming our economy.

But prosecuting fraud was never on Holder’s radar.

In reality, Holder laid the groundwork for the “too big to jail” approach in 1999.

And Holder and his head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division were partners at a law firm which used to represent the big banks, Fannie and Freddie, and which wrote the legal opinion which allowed the creation of the cancerous MERS scam … which was at the heart of the foreclosure crisis.

Indeed, Wall Street was Holder’s priority … specifically, protecting Wall Street criminals and prosecuting whistleblowers.

Jun 30 09:22

U.S. Relies On Law from Governments Which Don’t Even HAVE a Constitution to Justify Assassination of U.S. Citizens By Drone

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says:

No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law ….

So how did the legal memorandum “justifying” assassination of U.S. citizens by drone try to sidestep the Fifth Amendment?

It relied on reasoning from two countries that don’t have any constitution.

The New York Times reports:

One might have expected a thoughtful memo that carefully weighed the pros and cons and discussed how such a strike accords with international and Constitutional law.

Instead, the memo turns out to be a slapdash pastiche of legal theories — some based on obscure interpretations of British and Israeli law — that was clearly tailored to the desired result. Perhaps the administration held out so long to avoid exposing the thin foundation on which it based such a momentous decision.

Neither England nor Israel have a constitution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

Extrajudicial assassinations are NOT allowed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Jun 30 09:18

Kiev's bloody eastern Ukraine campaign LIVE UPDATES

Fighting is continuing between Kiev and anti-government troops in southeastern Ukraine as the cease-fire is to expire on Monday evening. Russia and the EU have called to prolong the truce and start the third round of negotiations.

Jun 30 09:18

Mini Tax Havens: How Europe’s 1% Gets To Pay Only 1%

Something completely out of the ordinary happened in Spain this week: a politician resigned. His name is Willy Meyer and he was, until Wednesday morning at least, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and European Parliamentary leader for Spain’s ostensibly far-left party “Izquierda Union.”

The reason for Meyer’s resignation is that he was caught funneling his parliamentary pension contributions into an EU-sponsored investment fund commonly referred to as a SICAV (standing for Société d’Investissement à Capital Variable) – an investment vehicle that Meyer’s own party has long pledged to ban.

Jun 30 09:18

California governor signs bill legalizing bitcoin

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making alternative currencies, including bitcoin, lawful in the state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!!" -- Every Private Central Banker in the world in unison!

Jun 30 09:16

LATUFF’S LATEST INTERNATIONAL SPOOFS

Jun 30 09:16

‘SO LONG, IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU’ ~~ A PALESTINIAN LOVE STORY

‘So long, Israel, and thanks for nothing’
As a Palestinian Israeli married to a Palestinian, we’ve been waiting for Israel to grant us permission to live together. 15 years later, forced to choose between homeland and family unity, we have finally left.

Jun 30 09:15

‘BREAKING THE SILENCE’ GOING VIRAL INTERNATIONALLY

Israeli soldiers speak out on abuse of Palestinians
Yehuda Shaul says disturbing images represent norm in occupied territories

Jun 30 09:14

Russia Reveals "Plan B": Gazprom Says Gas Transit Via Ukraine May Be Stopped Completely

A few days ago, when we wrote our "explainer" on the need for Russia to have an alternative pathway for its gas, one which bypasses Ukraine entirely and as the current "South Stream" framework is set up, crosses the Black Sea and enters Bulgaria before passing Serbia and Hungary on the way to the Central European energy hub located in Baumgarten, Austria, we said that "one short month after Putin concluded the Holy Grail deal with Beijing, he not only managed to formalize his conquest of Europe's energy needs with yet another pipeline, one which completely bypasses Ukraine (for numerous reasons but mostly one: call it a Plan B), but scored a massive political victory by creating a fissure in the heart of the Eurozone, after Austria openly defied its European peers and sided with Putin."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the cutting off of the pipelines in Ukraine will be interpreted by Europe, the US, the EU, and NATO as an act of war, justifying military reprisals.

Jun 30 09:14

America’s CEOs: In a Class All by Themselves

Workers in the United States don’t make double what workers make in Japan or Switzerland. Why should U.S. CEOs routinely make double — and often much more — than Japanese and Swiss top execs?

Jun 30 09:13

Hobby Lobby stunner: Supreme Court issues long-awaited ruling in birth-control dispute

The government cannot require closely held corporations to insure birth control in company health plans if it violates their religious beliefs, a divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The 5-to-4 decision in the “Hobby Lobby” case is a political blow to the Obama administration, which had allowed nonprofit groups to avoid direct responsibility for Obamacare’s contraception mandate but held firm against for-profit owners who complained and filed suit.

Jun 30 09:13

Argentina Must Pay $539 Million Today - Default Imminent

Argentina is poised to miss a bond payment today, putting the country on the brink of its second default in 13 years, after a U.S. court blocked the cash from being distributed until the government settles with creditors from the previous debt debacle.

Jun 30 09:01

11 Shocking Facts About America's Militarized Police Forces

In June, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought more attention to police militarization when it issued a comprehensive, nearly 100-page (appendix and endnotes included) report titled, “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing.” Based on public records requests to more than 260 law enforcement agencies in 26 states, the ACLU concluded that “American policing has become excessively militarized through the use of weapons and tactics designed for the battlefield” and that this militarization “unfairly impacts people of color and undermines individual liberties, and it has been allowed to happen in the absence of any meaningful public discussion.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are very lucky here in Hawaii that we do not have a lot of this kind of behaviour on the part of the police; not that it absolutely doesn't happen, but it is far rarer than for people on the mainland.

But the other aspect of the militarization of the police this article doesn't address is the training of the US police by Israel's IDF, which makes US police view American citizens very much the way the IDF views - and treats - Palestinians.

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