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Jan 20 12:20

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media

New evidence from other UK intelligence documents revealed by Snowden also shows that a GCHQ information security assessment listed “investigative journalists” as a threat in a hierarchy alongside terrorists or hackers.

Senior editors and lawyers in the UK have called for the urgent introduction of a freedom of expression law amid growing concern over safeguards proposed by ministers to meet concerns over the police use of surveillance powers linked to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa).

More than 100 editors, including those from all the national newspapers, have signed a letter, coordinated by the Society of Editors and Press Gazette, to the UK prime minister, David Cameron, protesting at snooping on journalists’ communications.

Jan 20 12:13

World Bank Lowers its Growth Forecast

Jan 20 12:10

Central bank prophet fears QE warfare pushing world financial system out of control

Former BIS chief economist warns that QE in Europe is doomed to failure and may draw the region into deeper difficulties

The economic prophet who foresaw the Lehman crisis with uncanny accuracy is even more worried about the world's financial system going into 2015.

Beggar-thy-neighbour devaluations are spreading to every region. All the major central banks are stoking asset bubbles deliberately to put off the day of reckoning. This time emerging markets have been drawn into the quagmire as well, corrupted by the leakage from quantitative easing (QE) in the West.

"We are in a world that is dangerously unanchored," said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD's Review Committee. "We're seeing true currency wars and everybody is doing it, and I have no idea where this is going to end."


Jan 20 11:57

How the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Apparatus Is Being Turned on Protesters

Activists organizing protests against police brutality in New York are marking Martin Luther King Day with a march beginning in Harlem. Some attendees might be surprised along the way to encounter officers in blue jackets with the words "NYPD Counter Terrorism" emblazoned on the back. But Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim-American activist and member of the anti-police brutality group Justice League NYC, one of the sponsors of the march, is almost used to it by now.

Jan 20 11:56

Salt intake not associated with mortality or risk of cardiovascular disease and heart failure in older adults.

Like salty foods? Salt intake was not associated with mortality or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and health failure (HF) in older adults based on self-reported estimated sodium intake, according to a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Jan 20 11:56

The Great 21st-Century Wage Slowdown:

Jan 20 11:31

Showcase Showdown: How Ukraine’s Offensive May Go From Bad To Worse

Kiev’s forces began heavy shelling in Donetsk over the weekend, with Poroshenko dismissing Putin’s emergency peace plan thus restarting the conflict in East Ukraine. The offensive now appears poised to expand from a battle for the airport to an entire regional operation, with no weapons off-limits.

Jan 20 11:31

Israel Deploys Iron Dome Batteries, Braces for Hezbollah Retaliation

Israel has deployed several Iron Dome anti-missile batteries along its northern border bracing for possible attacks from Hezbollah, after six fighters of the militant group were killed during the raid on the Golan Heights on Sunday, January 18.

Jan 20 11:29

Russia and China ‘Furiously’ Buying Up Gold

A larger global currency shift is underway.

And it may be happening much more quickly than anyone has realized.

Things are definitely in motion. Call it a game of musical chairs, or an exercise in rearranging chairs on the Titanic, or just that a tilting balance of power. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking this is all routine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I invested in gold coins, but I discovered that they lose their value if you eat the chocolate part inside!


Jan 20 11:27

Obama's "Partners" In Yemen Overthrown As Presidential Palace Falls To Local Militiamen

It seems like an eternity ago when Obama delivered the following extensively choreographed "Statement by the President on ISIL", in which he praised US anti-terrorist tactics, giving Yemen and its "partners" as an example of "successful" US foreign intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another of Obama’s epic foreign policy failures; this one is well and truly flushed.

And JUST in time for Obama's State of the Union Speech.

Jan 20 11:18

2 Yemeni nationals charged in U.S. with joining al Qaeda

Two Yemeni men linked to al Qaeda will stand trial in the United States over charges they conspired to kill Americans overseas.

Saudi Arabia arrested and expelled Yemeni nationals Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi to the U.S. Mr. Alvi appeared Sunday in a Brooklyn federal court, and Mr. Al-Abbadi’s arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wagging Al Qaeda so hard they are about to puke!

Jan 20 11:13

The Next Israel-Hezbollah Vis-à-vis

There are many scenarios for the inevitable Israel-Hezbollah war. But, it is quiet hard to predict the coarse and consequences of the next vis-à-vis.

Two days ago, Israel attacked Hezbollah's military convoy in Syria. The attack occurred just few days after long televised interview with Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrullah. He stated that any assault on Syria is regarded as an attack on the "axis of resistance" in the region.

Israel responded to Nasrullah's interview
Hassan Nasrullah is undoubtedly an extraordinary Arab leader. Unlike other Arab leaders, he is very well knowledgeable on the Israeli society, elections and other internal issues. I think he has special assistants who are specialized on monitoring the Israeli media and they speak Hebrew as second language.

Jan 20 11:13

Writer/Director of "Gray State" Found DEAD in "apparent suicide"


Jan 20 10:55

Majority still support single-payer option, poll finds: "The single-payer option – also known as Medicare for all – would create a new, government-run insurance program to replace private coverage."

More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.

Jan 20 10:52

The CDC called me yesterday; what they wanted to know may shock you

They wanted to know personal information about my household

Jan 20 10:49

THE ZIONISATION OF MLK? …. NOT QUITE!

King canceled a planned trip to Israel in September 1967 in part because of political misgivings over the annexation of Jerusalem. He reportedly told his aides in a telephone call:

[“I’d run into the situation where I’m damned if I say this and I’m damned if I say that no matter what I’d say, and I’ve already faced enough criticism including pro-Arab. I just think that if I go, the Arab world, and of course Africa and Asia for that matter, would interpret this as endorsing everything that Israel has done, and I do have questions of doubt… Most of it [the pilgrimage] would be Jerusalem and they [the Israelis] have annexed Jerusalem, and any way you say it they don’t plan to give it up… I frankly have to admit that my instincts – and when I follow my instincts so to speak I’m usually right – I just think that this would be a great mistake. I don’t think I could come out unscathed”]


Jan 20 10:48

#JeSuisCanadien ~~ OY CANADA

Canada Post has reached a new low by issuing a postage stamp honouring the dishonourable!

Jan 20 10:47

China’s Undisclosed Gold Reserves: A Dagger Pointed At The Heart Of The Dollar

China has a 4-way global gold supply domination strategy. And it’s starting to corner the market.

First, China buys physical gold in world markets, fabricates it where necessary into “good delivery” bars – in Switzerland or the Middle East – then ships the bullion, transparently through Hong Kong or Shanghai (or quietly through Beijing and other ports of entry).

Second, it keeps virtually all domestically mined gold “in house.”

Jan 20 10:32

First It Refused To Bail Out Its Insolvent Banks; Now Iceland Set To Officially Withdraw European Union Application

Iceland may be a small country, but when it comes to dealing with big problems it is truly the modern equivalent of David in the battle against the status quo Goliath. First, it was Iceland, and only Iceland, refusing to bail out its banks, when every other western nation was being held hostage by those who stood to lose the most from a financial collapse, and even going so far as throwing some of its banking executives in prison. And now, as MBL reports, Iceland's con­ser­v­a­tive In­de­pen­dence Party will sup­port a res­o­lu­tion in par­lia­ment to for­mally with­draw Ice­land's ap­pli­ca­tion to join the Eu­ro­pean Union.


Jan 20 10:29

Canadian soldiers get into firefight in Iraq

Canadian soldiers were visiting front-line positions with Iraqi forces when they came under mortar and machine-gun fire.

Jan 20 10:28

US sending 700 soldiers to Djibouti on training mission

The United States is deploying some 700 soldiers to a strategic location in the Horn of Africa on a security and training mission, a report says.

Jan 20 10:28

Israel Joins Forces With ISIS? Tel Aviv Bombs Syria for Sixth Time in 18 months

The Syrian conflict continues to develop into a proxy war, pitting various foreign ‘national interests’ against one another, including Iran vs. Israel.

Israel launched its sixth airstrike inside Syria in last 18 months, in what the local media are describing as a ‘targeted killing’ carried out Sunday, killing at least 6 members of Hezbollah and the al Quds Iranian Guard who were fighting ISIS, al Nusra and other terrorist organizations operating in Syria.

Among those killed in the missile attack was Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the former Hezbollah head, Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated by the IDF in Damascus in 2008.


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Jan 20 10:27

International Criminal Court Opens ‘War Crimes’ Inquiry Into Israel

For decades, Israel has never faced any international oversight, or recognized any international laws or UN resolutions regarding its illegal and violent occupation in Palestine.

Writer Ali Albunimah explains, “When your land has been occupied by a foreign army as long as your children have been alive, and this occupying army regularly brutalises and humiliates the friends and relatives of these children, stopping kids from confronting the invaders is naturally going to be very difficult. Convincing the Israeli adults in control of this weaponry in civilian areas that they should not be using it to kill children who are merely stone throwers should not be difficult. The statistics sadly tell a different story, of a deep-rooted Israeli contempt for the lives of Palestinian children that should inspire Western outrage.”

Jan 20 10:26

60 U.S. malls on life support

FBN’s Jeff Flock reports on the state of the shopping mall.

Jan 20 10:23

‘Most convincing evidence’: Russian embassy trolls NATO with toy tanks

The Twitter account @RussEmbassyUAE, which is the official Twitter of the Russian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, posted a picture of tiny toy trucks, tanks and armored vehicles all lined up on the ground, with the words: “#NATO's latest evidence of #Russian armor invading #Ukraine has been leaked! Seems to be the most convincing ever!”


Jan 20 10:18

How Do You Unmanipulate a Manipulated Economy?

Rip the bandage off! Let's deal with the festering mess once and for all!

Jan 20 10:09

Israeli army to award dozens of soldiers for deadly summer offensive

Jan 20 10:04

Legalized marijuana: Colorado police say no impact 1 year after Amendment 64

It's been a year since Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and CBC's Reg Sherren travelled to Denver to see how some $1 billion US in sales has impacted the state's capital.

Jan 20 09:58

Obama to gloat over resurgent U.S. economy in State of the Union address

Exactly six years after President Obama took office in the depths of the recession, the economy has finally improved enough for the president to brag about it Tuesday night in his annual State of the Union address.

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Jan 20 09:56

Russia gives Ukraine warning after airport battle

Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed rebels have both claimed victory in a bitter battle for Donetsk airport as Moscow warned Ukraine of “irreversible consequences” if it continued to use force.

Jan 20 09:56

Majority of French Citizens Say Mistral Ships Should Be Delivered to Russia

According to a recent opinion poll, 72 percent of French citizens believe that failure to deliver Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia will have direct negative consequences for France's defense sector and affect other contracts.

Jan 20 09:54

Hezbollah in Golan Heights to prevent Israel normalization: MP

Hezbollah is collaborating with Syria and Iran to create a "resistant society" in the Golan Heights to prevent Israel from normalizing relations with locals, party MP Walid Sukkarieh said Tuesday, two days after Israel's deadly strike on a military convoy in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel attacks Syria, but it's Hezbollah's fault the Syrians don't like Israel? Is this guy on drugs?!?

Jan 20 09:52

European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2015 on the situation in Ukraine

A. whereas on 26 October 2014 Ukraine held parliamentary elections, which were conducted efficiently, in an orderly and peaceful manner and with general respect for fundamental freedoms, in spite of the ongoing conflict in the eastern regions and the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

European Parliament Legitimizes Lies

Jan 20 09:49

Russia's support for Ukraine will not be endless — Russian PM

Russia’s support for Ukraine will not be endless, that fact has to be considered, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

"We have to understand that it is the good will of our country. And that kind of support cannot go on forever. Sooner or later, it will run out, everyone has to be aware of that," Medvedev said at the cabinet meeting. The cabinet meeting was dedicated solely to the gas relations between Ukraine and Russia.

"We really believe that there are people who are close to us, who live on the territory of Ukraine. Russia's President has a position on this matter and we use it as a guideline," reminded Medvedev. "We will continue to work on this matter in the future," he added.

Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will honour its commitments on gas cooperation with Ukraine only in case Kiev settles its debt for gas supplies.

Jan 20 09:48

Did a Russian Parliamentarian Just Commit Treason?

An interesting thing happened in Washington recently, and it had nothing to do with Beltway politics, Democrats vs. Republicans, or any of the other standard fare for the middle of the week in mid-January. Rather, a relatively small, little publicized event took place at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prominent liberal-leaning think tank in Washington.

The event, “Russia’s Opposition in a Time of War and Crisis,” featured prominent Russian liberal opposition parliamentarian (member of the Russian Duma) Ilya Ponomarev, a noted critic of Russian President Putin, providing a detailed presentation regarding the current political climate in Russia, and the potential for the ousting or overthrow of the Russian government. Yes, you heard that right. A Russian elected official came to the United States to give a talk about how best to effect regime change in his own country.

Jan 20 09:46

H&R Block: ‘No One Can Understand’ New Obamacare Tax Code

H&R Block, the nation’s largest retail tax preparation company warns that the newly released Obamacare tax code, officially called the Affordable Care Act, is likely to confuse millions of taxpayers who try to tackle their tax returns for 2014.

“Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care a tax issue, no one can understand it,” H&R Block flatly tells taxpayers in a video that resides on its dedicated Obamacare web site.

A former IRS Commissioner agrees, and cautions that the new tax requirements will be a “shock to the system,” especially afflicting low-income earners who have never itemized on their tax return.

Jan 20 09:44

Are Plunging Petrodollar Revenues Behind the Fed’s Projected Rate Hikes?

Why is the Fed threatening to raise interest rates when the economy is still in the doldrums? Is it because they want to avoid further asset-price inflation, prevent the economy from overheating, or is it something else altogether? Take a look at the chart below and you’ll see why the Fed might want to raise rates prematurely. It all has to do with the sharp decline in petrodollars that are no longer recycling into US financial assets.

Jan 20 09:43

50,000 Wall Street jobs cut

There’s blood on the Street.

In a wild swing of the ax that has shocked many pundits, Wall Street’s biggest banks have slashed nearly 50,000 jobs, and bonuses and expense money are being cut as profit opportunities dry up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Awwwww ... let's all feel weally bad for the poo widdle bankers. Boo Hoo Hoo!

Sorry guys. You plundered the American people for a fast buck and it was a hell of a ride, but now that the entire system is coming down because of your antics, don't expect the American people to shed a single tear over your misfortune, because these things are relative and even in your declines, you are living far higher than the rest of the people.

Jan 20 09:40

5 Awful Lessons I Learned Living With a Mystery Illness

Having a chronic, potentially life-threatening illness is terrible, which is why we call it "chronic illness" and not "chronic victory." Luckily, medical science has advanced to such a point over the years that, for the most part, you can go to a doctor to get your symptoms diagnosed and treated with a minimal amount of leeching.

But what if you were violently, persistently ill, and not a single doctor in the country had any idea what was wrong with you? That's what happened to Thomas Wolfe, who suffered from an extremely rare disease that took four damn years to correctly diagnose. We tend to think that modern medicine has identified every possible disease a person can catch, but as we learned when we talked to Mr. Wolfe about his experience, that assumption is dangerously, hilariously far from the truth:

Jan 20 09:38

Currency Wars The Bloodbath Begins

Jan 20 09:37

Gold's New Friend: The Swiss Franc!

While I predicted a huge rally in gold would usher in the new year of 2015 in a spectacular way, the top bank economists have failed again

Most of them predicted, “No rally for gold!” Their dire predictions in 2014 all failed to materialize, and this year they are off to an even worse start.

The bank economists, quite frankly, look ridiculous. They clearly need to reset their thinking about the powerful demand coming from billions of Chinese and Indian citizens, or they risk turning themselves into clownish figurines.

Jan 20 09:34

The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"

Having noted that voter angst has been riled, propagandized, and fear-mongered to the point at which the most pressing priority for Congress is to 'fix' terrorism, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that we discover - deep down in the archives - that giving the public someone to 'hate' as opposed to something may have been an entire fiction. As The New York Times exposed in 2007, Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the titular head of the Islamic State, according to Brigadier General Kevin Bergner - the chief American military spokesman at the time - never existed (and was actually a fictional character whose audio-taped declarations were provided by an elderly actor named Abu Adullah al-Naima). So he was a ghost back then.... is he a ghost again, designed purely to put a face on ISIS and the biggest bogeyman of the current global anti-terrorist mania?

Jan 20 09:34

The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

Normally, internship applicants need to have polished resumes, with volunteer work on social projects considered a plus. But at Politerain, the job posting calls for candidates with significantly different skill sets. We are, the ad says, "looking for interns who want to break things."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The links in red go to PDF files of US documents regarding the scope of cyber-warfare planned by the US Government.

Jan 20 09:25

Release the Kraken!

Thoughts from the Frontline: The Swiss Release the Kraken!
And this was not a painless policy decision for the SNB. Citibank estimates the SNB’s losses to be close to 60 billion Swiss francs. Let’s try to add a little perspective on that. The US is (very) roughly 40 times the size of Switzerland in both GDP and population. At today’s conversion rate, the Swiss lost something like $70 billion if Citibank is right. That’s like the US Federal Reserve’s losing $2.8 trillion. That, my friends, will leave a red mark on any central bank’s balance sheet. Not that the Swiss can’t afford it or that they’re going to be out on the corner with a tin cup, but they do have a considerable quantity of euros that are now much less valuable. And dollars and yen and pounds and renminbi. But then again, they are in the privileged position of having a currency that the rest of the world wants, so much that in order to hold it you will have to take a haircut on your deposits at the SNB, a haircut that is going to increase

Jan 20 09:17

Scotland's struggling North Sea oil industry WILL be bailed out by British taxpayers, Osborne admits

Scotland’s struggling oil industry will be bailed out by the UK Government, George Osborne revealed today.

The Chancellor said he had already cut taxes on North Sea oil to protect jobs in the industry, amid rapidly falling prices, but would take ‘further steps at the Budget’ in March to help.

But Mr Osborne also revealed that MPs representing Scottish constituencies could be barred from voting on parts of the Budget after the election – once the Edinburgh government had been handed sweeping new powers over tax and spending.

Jan 20 09:15

New police radars can "see" inside homes; At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Jan 20 09:13

Pseudoscience in the service of policy

Short version–some people who were (mostly) not scientists and certainly don’t know how to do research properly conducted a series of studies that had foregone conclusions supporting their position on climate policy. For Prall, Cook and Lewandowsky the foregone nature of the conclusions was explicit–they wrote on various websites that they were conducting the studies with a predetermined end. For Oreskes it was implicit, but easy to see, as she structured her research carefully, not to show the breadth of opinion on climate change, but rather to conceal it.

Jan 20 09:12

‘CIA killed prisoners, made it look like suicide’ – Guantanamo guard

A former Guantanamo Bay prison guard and Marine explained in details what makes him believe three problematic detainees were killed at CIA black site in Guantanomo and their death was covered up as a triple suicide.

Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on duty at the notorious prison camp when the three men died, and insists the official version of events is “impossible,” he told Vice News.

The three men were Salah Ahmed Al-Salami, 37, from Yemen, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi, 30, from Saudi Arabia, and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, 22, also from Saudi Arabia. None of them had been charged with any crime.

He explained in an incendiary interview with Vice News that the three men would have had to have committed suicide at exactly the same time in a cellblock where guards check on detainees every four minutes.

Jan 20 09:12

Gold Is Indicating Fear

Gold continues to power higher on safe-haven buying ahead of the ECB’s stimulus announcement on Thursday and the Greek election scheduled for Sunday. Except for palladium, which I believe is not only responding in sympathy with gold but also moving higher on fundamental supply issues, the other industrial metals continue to lag.

Jan 20 09:11

Gold Price Model Says Gold Still Undervalued

In my opinion gold reached an important low in November, and in spite of a rising dollar, has rallied since then in dollar terms, and even more in most other fiat currencies.

However gold is still undervalued by about 16% according to my long-term empirical model. Further, gold has potential to rally far higher and is likely to overshoot the 2014 equilibrium price of $1,527 calculated by the gold model. Gold could easily reach $2,000 by late 2015 or 2016.

Jan 20 09:06

The 1961 Massacre of Algerians in Paris: When the Media Failed the Test

A COLLEAGUE of mine in Cairo told me a story a few years ago about a massacre in the streets of Paris. He was a news service reporter at the time of the violence in the French capital – Oct. 17, 1961 – and saw tens of bodies of dead Algerians piled like cordwood in the center of the city in the wake of what would now be called a police riot.

But his superiors at the news agency stopped him from telling the full story then, and most of the world paid little attention to the thin news coverage that the massacre did receive. Even now, the events of that time are not widely known and many people, like myself, had never heard of them at all.

Jan 20 09:05

In the Charlie Hebdo psyop double standards, logical fallacies and crass ignorance are everywhere

Many of pointed out that apparently the French and most westerners seem to be much more upset when 12 people die in Paris then when hundreds, thousand and tens of thousands die elsewhere. It appears that the 1980s slogan "don't touch my pal" which was originally supposed to denounce racism now has been "re-worked" into a, if not racist, then at least a chauvinistic mode: don't kill French leftists no matter how offensive their discourse is. I won't make that case again here, but because by now anybody still capable of critical thought "got it", but I will look at another, much less noticed case of double standards: the one about the issue of moral pain.

Jan 20 09:05

4k Porn Is Here and Shows You Every. Single. Detail. (NSFW)

There seems to be some backlash online about how "gross" porn would look at 4k, but we big to differ. =)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While it is amusing to consider 4K porn, my own take is that like 3D TV sets, 4K is a passing fad. Yes, if you shove your nose right up to the screen the added resolution is impressive, but at normal living room distances, HD and 4K look a lot alike, unless you have the eyesight of a superhero.

Jan 20 09:01

Flashback 2009 - Prof. Dr. Robert John Aumann on game theory, incentives and the financial crisis

Born in 1930. Fleeing Nazi persecution, Robert Aumann emigrated to the United States with his family in 1938, settling in New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the City College of New York in 1950 and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1955.

He joined the mathematics department at the Hebrew University Jerusalem in 1956, and has been there ever since. In 1990, he was among the founders of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University, an interdisciplinary research center, centered on Game Theory.

. . . Robert Aumann has received numerous prizes, including the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for 2005.

Recorded at the 39th St. Gallen Symposium

Jan 20 09:00

Trolling Russia

The edifice of world post-1991 order is collapsing right now before our eyes. President Putin’s decision to give a miss to the Auschwitz pilgrimage, right after his absence in Paris at the Charlie festival, gave it the last shove. It was good clean fun to troll Russia, as long as it stayed the course. Not anymore. Russia broke the rules.

Until now, Russia, like a country bumpkin in Eton, tried to belong. It attended the gathering of the grandees where it was shunned, paid its dues to European bodies that condemned it, patiently suffered ceaseless hectoring of the great powers and irritating baiting of East European small-timers alike. But something broke down. The lad does not want to belong anymore; he picked up his stuff and went home - just when they needed him to knee in Auschwitz.

Jan 20 08:59

BEX ALERT - Israel claims to have found first Palestinian Islamic State cell

Israel said on Sunday it had cracked the first Islamic State cell on its soil, made up of seven Arab citizens who would be prosecuted on charges of planning attacks in the Jewish state and communicating with the insurgent group in Syria, Reuters reported.

"The defendants, including a lawyer who was representing himself in court, denied the charges of belonging to an illegal group, aiding terrorism and contacting foreign agents," a Justice Ministry spokesman said after a gag order on the case was eased.

Though members of Israel's 20 per cent Arab minority rarely turn to armed violence, many chafe at state authority and security officials worry about Islamist doctrines taking root.

Jan 20 08:58

Shooting on D.C.’s Metro bus; two wounded

Two men have been shot on board a packed Metrobus in the District of Columbia.

Nearly 50 people were on the bus at the time of the Monday night shooting near Union Station in northwest Washington.

Jan 20 08:55

Israeli security source: We didn't know Iranian general was at site of Syria strike

An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday.

The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike.

Jan 20 08:55

First Schlumberger Fires 9,000; Now Baker Hughes Unleashes 7,000 More Layoffs

Another day, another unambiguously bad announcement from America's bettered energy sector which are bolting down ahead of the crude storm, and firing thousands. Last week it was Schlumberger which announced it would fire 9000, today it is Baker Hughes which just warned it too will hand out about 7000 pink slips in the first quarter. And as a reminder, when it comes to comp: each Baker Hughes job is equivalent to about 10 waiter and bartender jobs, which have been the basis of this "recovery."

Jan 20 08:51

Obama has worst State of the Union record since Ford, study shows

Judging by his recent history, it doesn’t really matter what President Obama says in Tuesday’s State of the Union address — Congress is going to ignore him anyway.

Mr. Obama has the second-worst record of getting his State of the Union policy requests enacted into law of any president in the last five decades, according to an analysis by two scholars that puts him only above the unelected two-year presidency of Gerald Ford.

Jan 20 08:51

Retired Israeli general suggests Syria attack timed for election effect

Retired Israeli army general Yoav Galant suggested that Israel’s assassination of a senior Hezbollah commander and an Iranian general in Syria on Sunday might have been timed with electoral politics in mind.

Appearing as a guest commentator on Israel’s Channel 2 News, responding to the air strike in Syria earlier in the day, Galant told a story from his time heading the IDF’s Gaza command.

“If you look at the previous elections, [the timing of the assassination of Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari] wasn’t something that was possible only on that date.”

Jan 20 08:50

Flight from Paris quarantined in Moscow after suspicion of Ebola on-board

A full passenger plane was quarantined in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for about 4 hours, after pilots told the ground staff one of the travelers was suffering from suspected Ebola symptoms.

“Several minutes before landing we received an alert from the pilots about a passenger, and after being put in quarantine, she was looked at by doctors from several departments in accordance with a special protocol,” Anna Zakharenkova, the Sheremetyevo press officer said to RT by phone.

After completing their examination, Medics from Russia's health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said the patient was suffering from acute respiratory infection.

Jan 20 08:50

Turkey arrests 23 in wire-tapping scandal

Turkey has arrested 23 people for wire-tapping senior government officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Police launched raids in the capital Ankara and three other cities early Tuesday, arresting some 23 people suspected of illegally eavesdropping on senior government officials.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the suspects are linked to Turkey's telecommunications authority and its research center. They are suspected of wiretapping phones, including encrypted ones used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior officials.

Jan 20 08:49

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall, the paper produced an important investigation of municipal government, one that has sparked an official inquiry, led to policy changes at a local bank, and prompted the mayor of Virginia Beach to resign his lucrative private-sector job. By any expectation, the paper would have kept dogging the story, probing whether there was more to discover about the overlap between government and business elites in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Instead, the newsroom has been consumed with warding off pressure from an unexpected source: upper management at its own paper. In the view of several Pilot journalists, that pressure has stifled further enterprise reporting. It has also led to concerns that the paper might even publicly backtrack from its published coverage.

As one veteran journalist at the paper put it: “We’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards.”

Jan 20 08:48

Instead of Criminalizing Homelessness, Utah Is Doing the Opposite — And It's Working -- "Their remedy was astoundingly simple: give homes to people without them."

After Barbara Simons left her abusive husband and the house they lived in together six years ago, she had nowhere to go. She was without a job and her daughter, Jamie, was struggling with mental health issues. She ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and feared she'd become homeless.

Jan 20 08:46

25 Images That Defined The Civil Rights Movement

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. We celebrate the legacy of the thousands of people who stood up and spoke out against injustice. These images tell their story.

Jan 20 08:43

BEX Alert - "Five Russians detained in France on suspicion of planning attack - prosecutor"

Five Russians have been detained in France on suspicion of planning an attack, said the French prosecutor’s office in a statement as cited by AFP.

Five Chechens were held overnight on Monday in Beziers, a town in Languedoc in southern France on suspicion of planning a terror attack, the prosecutor of the city, Yvon Calvet, said on Tuesday.

The suspects’ ages range from 24 to 37, according to BFM TV.

The Russian embassy in Paris told RIA Novosti it has no information concerning the arrests at the moment.

According to Midi Libre, the Chechens are also suspected of hiding a cache of explosives, which was found near the Sauclieres stadium in Beziers.

Jan 20 08:39

BEX ALERT - ISIL demands $200m ransom for two Japanese hostages

In a video posted on websites linked to the ISIL terrorist group on Tuesday, a black-clad militant is seen standing between two hostages in orange jumpsuits and holding a knife while addressing the camera in English.

“You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” the militant says in the video.

He adds that the ransom demand is to compensate for the 200 million dollar that Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged in non-military aid to support the campaign against the ISIL.

Jan 20 08:34

Israel’s challenge to the International Criminal Court

Israeli government officials have reacted furiously to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the International Criminal Court. While Israel and its allies have attempted for years to prevent it from signing the Rome Statute of the ICC, Israel has not previously been opposed in principle to the court. Indeed, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s position is that “Israel has been a long-standing advocate of the Court.” Now, however, in response to the ICC’s launch of a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes in Palestinian territory, Israeli government officials have chosen to challenge the very existence of the court.

Jan 20 08:33

Hubble's High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy

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Jan 20 08:32

Palestine could 'lose millions in US aid' if they sue Israel in ICC, senator warns

Palestine could have millions of dollars of crucial American aid withdrawn if they attempt to use their newly-acquired membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) to sue Israel for alleged atrocities carried out during the last conflict, a Republican senator has warned.

Senator Lindsey Graham said existing US legislation “would cut off aid to the Palestinians if they filed a complaint.”

Jan 20 08:23

FIVE SURPRISES ABOUT AMERICAN INTERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II

The general history of America’s internment of its own citizens during World War II has focused on the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese, 62 percent of them American-born, who were forcibly evacuated from the Pacific coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Jan 20 08:19

Eric Dubin: ECB QE Imminent?

Jan 20 08:19

SHOCKING: COUNTLESS WOMEN HAVE BEEN RAPED AT TEXAS’ FOR-PROFIT DETENTION CENTER

Attorneys from multiple firms have sent a letter of complaint to officials with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security alleging that the male guards at the for-profit Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas – one of many in the country that hold undocumented immigrants (mostly unaccompanied minors and mothers with children apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border illegally) – raped, groped, and sexually assaulted the women detainees as they awaited hearings on their deportation from the United States.

Jan 20 08:16

Good News. Tiger Numbers in India up From 1,400 to 2,226 in 7 Years

The number of tigers in India has seen a sharp rise to 2,226 tigers from 1,411 seven years ago, the environment ministry has said.

Jan 20 08:16

Gold running higher on QE expectations.

Jan 20 08:15

Woman fakes own DEATH to get out of dating man she met online

Ann Gray, 29, from Somerset, told us that she had been seeing a man she met on an online dating site.

After the third date Ann invited him around for a meal but later made up her mind that he wasn't for her - fair enough, right?

She said: "I called it a night and decided that I never wanted to see him again. Luckily, he didn't live in my town."

When she tried to let her date down gently, it was clear he wasn't getting the hint - so she told him outright that it 'wasn't working for her'.

Jan 20 08:12

Jewish Groups Hope They Can Keep Homeland Security Money Flowing

Flashback: Jewish groups gratefully absorbed more than half of the homeland security funds last year aimed at protecting nonprofits — and they’re campaigning to make sure the money keeps flowing. An array of Jewish groups nationwide is just now beginning to spend the $14 million of the $25 million mandated by Congress in 2005 to secure at-risk nonprofit groups. Another $25 million mandated in the 2006 budget is mired in intergovernmental infighting.
Note: Jews comprise 2.2 % of the population of the U.S.

Jan 20 08:01

Delaware man: Police probing Biden shooting ‘beat the daylights out of me’

The incident occurred on Saturday night when Peters had been driving in a car near the entrance to Joe Biden’s estate

Jan 20 07:51

ECB (QE) May Deliver $635 Billion

Jan 20 07:44

Snowden leaks reveal GCHQ stores journalists’ data

British security agency GCHQ has stored thousands of emails from journalists working for the world’s biggest news organizations, according to a new batch of Edward Snowden leaks. Emails from the BBC, Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and others were saved by GCHQ, allegedly as part of a ‘test exercise’ conducted by the agency.

Jan 20 07:41

Why people pay banks to hold their money

Jan 20 07:27

Cops have new tool, radar, that sees through walls

In full violation of the U.S. Constitution law enforcement officers can now look right into your home, through the walls

Jan 20 07:26

Israel Attacks Syria in Support of ISIS

Israel and its stooges in the West are for all practical purposes allied with ISIS, while Iran and the State Department-designated “terrorist” organization Hezbollah are supporting the legitimate government of Syria’s efforts to ward off foreign ISIS invaders. This does not mean that Zionists want ISIS to completely take over Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, but they do want these countries to remain in strife and civil war in order to keep them weak and thus preserve Israeli hegemony.

Jan 20 07:21

5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

by Gaye Levy

One of the key strategies for every prepper is the formation of a prepper community. Yet, as strategic as this may be, it is conceivably the most difficult of all of the prepper strategies...

Jan 20 07:20

600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water

(NaturalNews) According to the document you're about to see, for the last eight years, government scientists have actively engineered viral vaccines designed to alter thoughts and beliefs by infecting the brain and suppressing genetic expression of neurological cells. Dispersal of these vaccines has been tested via high-altitude aerosolized sprays, highway vehicles, the water supply and even the food system.

Jan 20 07:14

My Liberty Movement Suicide Security Pledge

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

Jan 20 06:55

How Western policy assists the transformation of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism

Israel is the criterion according to which all Jews will tend to be judged. Israel as a Jewish state is an example of the Jewish character, which finds free and concentrated expression within it. Anti-Semitism has deep and historical roots. Nevertheless, any flaw in Israeli conduct, which initially is cited as anti-Israelism, is likely to be transformed into empirical proof of the validity of anti-Semitism. It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state, which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world.”

Jan 20 06:47

Illegal Aliens Commit 200 Child Sexual Assaults in North Carolina During December

During the month of December 2014, there were 59 illegal aliens charged with 230 various counts of sexual assault against North Carolina’s children, according to the citizens advocacy group known as NCFIRE.

The charges range from the manufacture of child pornography, to first-degree rape and even incest.

Jan 20 06:39

Anchor's resignation rekindles pro-Israel media controversy

The resignation of veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy following a Twitter fight with what he called pro-Israeli public relations agents has once again brought the media front of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into focus.

Clancy announced last weekend that he left the network after 34 years, without specifying the reason of his resignation. His resignation came, however, more than a week after he was involved in an argument on Twitter over "Hasbara," a Hebrew word referring to public relations efforts by Israel supporters on social media.

Jan 20 06:37

So in Japan, there’s an Abandoned American Cowboy Theme Park (16 Pics)

Photographer Shane Thoms makes an excellent point when he says that abandoned theme parks are more fun to visit than active theme parks– especially when they’re creepy colonial cowboy-themed ones wasting away outside small remote towns in Japan

Jan 20 06:37

After Israel halts funds transfer, Palestinians pay partial salaries

The Palestinian unity government has paid only partial salaries to its 153,000 civil servants after Israel's freezing of the transfer of taxes it collects for the Palestinians, a West Bank official said on Tuesday.

Abd El Rahman Bayatneh, a spokesman for the Palestinian finance ministry, said the government paid civil servants only 60 percent of their salaries for December. Israel froze more than $100 million a month in taxes after the Palestinians moved to join the International Criminal Court, which could expose Israel to war crimes charges.

Jan 20 06:22

Third-party connections prompt more privacy concerns about ObamaCare site

WASHINGTON – A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.

It works like this: When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some can even glean details such as your age, income, ZIP code, whether you smoke or if you are pregnant.

Jan 20 06:16

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

TEHRAN: Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu today signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and the agreement comes with both countries facing Western sanctions.

Jan 20 06:10

Proff of a failed economy: Low Cookie Sales Concern Central Ohio Girl Scouts

COLUMBUS ,Ohio - Girl Scout cookie season is here and it’s something 12 year-old Roni Baumgardner knows very well. She's one of the top sellers across central Ohio with over 3,000 boxes worth of sales. She says the sales have helped her mature. “When I was talking, I was really shy,” recalls Roni. “Now, I think I’m better at talking to people since I’ve been in Girl Scouts.”

Jan 20 02:51

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Mustapha noted in the interview that in Western countries “the full force of the law” is brought down upon critics of Zionism, whereas anti-Islamic neocon zealots are given a platform on mainstream media to spout lies and deceptions intended to demonize Muslims and Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya.

Jan 20 02:22

More Police-Worship Propaganda Slated For #SOTU Address As Michelle Obama Invites Interracial LAPD Cop Couple

Police in Los Angeles are in a tweeting frenzy over excitement about bi-racial couple who have been invited to Washington D.C. as personal guests of Michelle Obama for the State of the Union Address tomorrow night.

"Recently, Captain Phil Tingirides, Commanding Officer of Southeast Division, and his wife, Sergeant Emada Tingirides, assigned to Operations-South Bureau, received an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama requesting their presence at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address at the U.S. Capitol... The Tingirides have been requested to sit in a box with First Lady Michelle Obama," the LAPD press release said. But a closer look at the LAPD ain't so pretty.

Jan 20 02:15

Think It All Started with Phones and Email? The NSA Used to Copy Our Telegrams

That’s right, folks: the NSA was systematically intercepting our telegrams all the way back in the 1960s.

One has to wonder: had the NSA been around in the days of communication by carrier pigeon, would we have found a government fort filled to the brim with dead birds and scrawled notes somewhere or what?

Jan 20 00:47

Prime Minister John Key: Isis fight 'price of the club'

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand's likely military contribution to the fight against Islamic State "is the price of the club" that New Zealand belongs to with the likes of the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada in the intelligence alliance known as Five Eyes.

In his strongest hint yet that the Cabinet will approve a deployment of troops to train Iraqis alongside Australians, Mr Key in an interview with the BBC drew heavily on New Zealand pulling its weight as part of "a club".

Jan 20 00:47

Calif. Police investigate KKK fliers, business cards left at houses on MLK Day

Santa Ana, Police issued an advisory yesterday, on Martin Luther King day about baggies which were reportedly left at 40 homes. The small zip-loc baggies allegedly contained a rock, a candy, a flyer, and a KKK business card.

Jan 20 00:21

James Corbett: Tim Ball on Geography, Politics and Cognition

fun and games in jiggering the data
the purposeful innumeracy to keep specialties from connecting
perfected mediocracy

January 19, 2015

Jan 19 23:42

From Prisoner to Debt Slave: Inmates Becoming Corporate Slaves in For-Profit Facilities

For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges.

Jan 19 23:39

7 Homeschooled Kids Taken from Parents Because Dad Had Unapproved Mineral Supplement

The supplement in question is MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution). The FDA has been at war with this product and its distributors for several years.

Jan 19 23:38

Virginia’s New Anti-NDAA Detention Bill Turns the Table on Feds

Virginia is one of DC’s (specifically the DoD’s) prime real estate providers. It serves as home to many government, private security, and intelligence contractors, particularly in the Northern Virginia area. HB2144 demands the feds comply or creates a climate where the state can end those contracts of cooperation that the DoD relies on through either the legislature or the governor.

Jan 19 23:35

Neocon Confronts Ron Paul On Paul Craig Roberts Article: 'Do You Believe Hebdo Was A False Flag?

"Well no obviously not, and I don't even think Paul Craig Roberts believes that," asserts Paul.

Jan 19 23:34

New Computer Guided Rifle is Accurate UP TO A MILE!

My only question is, what will the government make of this?

Jan 19 23:06

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

The Ukrainian regime opened a renewed offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbass region over the weekend in an effort to solidify control over the Donetsk International Airport, which has been the site of months of intense fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Jan 19 23:03

The Danger of an MH-17 ‘Cold Case’

Now more than six months after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, the refusal of the Obama administration to make public what intelligence evidence it has about who was responsible has created fertile ground for conspiracy theories to take root while reducing hopes for holding the guilty parties accountable.

Jan 19 22:08

Trolling Russia

The edifice of world post-1991 order is collapsing right now before our eyes. President Putin’s decision to give a miss to the Auschwitz pilgrimage, right after his absence in Paris at the Charlie festival, gave it the last shove. It was good clean fun to troll Russia, as long as it stayed the course. Not anymore. Russia broke the rules.

Neither willingly nor easily did Russia break ranks. Putin tried to take Western baiting in his stride: be it Olympic games, Syria confrontation, gender politics, Georgian border, even Crimea-related sanctions. The open economic warfare was a game-changer. Russia felt attacked by falling oil prices, by rouble trouble, by credit downgrading. These developments are considered an act of hostility, rather than the result of “the hidden hand of the market”.

If the initiators expected Russians to be mad at Putin, they miscalculated. The Russian public is angry with the American organizers of the economical warfare, not with its own government.

Jan 19 21:06

Insiders Look At New York City’s Mysterious Abandoned North Brother Island (39 Pics)

Located in between Queens and the Bronx, 20 acre North Brother Island was in use by New York City from 1885 to 1963 as a hospital complex to quarantine and treat people suffering from smallpox and typhoid fever then a rehab center and a housing project for WWII vets. By 1963 things were falling apart on the island and it was abandoned. 50 years later Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming her territory as you’ll see in the following photos.

Jan 19 20:31

Syrian Ambassador: France allowed Terrorists who commited Charlie Hebdo massacre to fight in Syria

Ambassador al-Ja’afari: I’m sure you’re aware of the alarming reports of Da’esh coming from Camp Bucca in Iraq, the famous American prison in Iraq. Al-Baghdadi, the caliph of Da’esh, was at Bucca. He was released by the Americans, not by the Syrian president. The men who committed the massacre in Paris, they were fighting in Syria and came back to France. France allowed them to go to Syria, where they killed scores of people, and in Iraq. Then they came back, normally, and the French police let them in. The same terrorists. They are good when they kill Syrians, and they are bad when they kill the French.

Jan 19 19:45

Charlie Hebdo Attack: The Kouachi brothers died from CPS---Chronic Patsy Syndrome

Notice how the post-attack narrative has morphed from protecting freedom of the press and France from jihadists to protecting French Jews from Muslims and ridding Europe of anti-Semitism, which, according to Israeli PM Netenyahu, can only be accomplished by eliminating funding of the International Criminal Court so they can't try Israel for the massive number of war crimes it committed against Gaza and by letting European Jews and ONLY Jews, carry firearms?

Yes, that would work out splendidly, wouldn't it?

Jan 19 19:41

Mockingbird: US Media Sets Stage For Yemen ‘Military Intervention’ Ahead of SOTU

While watching the international news network CNN today, one can’t help but notice the quick-fire talking points and messaging being rolled-out in rapid succession, as propagandists work feverishly to build-up the case for a possible military intervention in Yemen.

Jan 19 19:24

France's First False Flag: The Dreyfus Affair

The Dreyfus Affair (1894-1906) traumatized and transformed France much like Charlie Hebdo is doing today. Edmund de Rothschild arranged for an innocent Jew, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, to be charged with spying. This aroused anti-Semitism so Jews would go to Israel, as is happening today.
Later, when the real spy, Esterhazy, a secret Rothschild agent, confessed, Jews were vindicated and Patriotic France disgraced.

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Actor Richard Dreyfuss is a descendant of Alfred Dreyfuss.

Jan 19 18:32

?‘Strong correlation’ between quakes and fracking in Kansas – official

Geologists in the state of Kansas say that a recent string of mysterious earthquakes may have been caused by pumping chemicals into the ground as part of the controversial gas and oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Rick Miller, a geophysicist and senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey, told the Lawrence Journal-World recently that he believes the injection of fracking chemicals into the earth has been a catalyst for the quakes.

“We can say there is a strong correlation between the disposal of saltwater and the earthquakes,” Miller told the paper.

Jan 19 18:28

Swiss Shocker Triggers Gigantic Losses For Banks, Hedge Funds And Currency Traders

The absolutely stunning decision by the Swiss National Bank to decouple from the euro has triggered billions of dollars worth of losses all over the globe. Citigroup and Deutsche Bank both say that their losses were somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 million dollars, a major hedge fund that had 830 million dollars in assets at the end of December has been forced to shut down, and several major global currency trading firms have announced that they are now insolvent.

Jan 19 18:27

Kenya police tear-gas school kids protesting the removal of playground

Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist.

Jan 19 18:26

Over two thirds of Christians support the torture of terrorist suspects, compared with just 41% of nonbelievers.

Over two thirds of Christians support the torture of terrorist suspects, compared with just 41% of nonbelievers. Why?
In a way, this shouldn’t be surprising.
Christianity is the religion that brought us the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the burning of witches. So perhaps it makes sense that Christians are more supportive of torture than atheists, as shown in a Washington Post poll taken just after the revelations that the CIA had tortured suspected terrorists.

Jan 19 18:21

Malvertising Campaign exploited Google AdWords advertising

Malvertising campaigns are one of privileged attack vector exploited by criminal crews, their efficiency depends on the ability of attackers to compromise large audience channels. In September 2014 Malwarebytes firm discovered a large scale malvertising campaign exploiting Google’s DoubleClick and popular Zedo advertising agency to deliver malicious ad, while earlier 2015 security company Cyphort has discovered another malvertising campaign that targeted several websites via AOL Ad-Network, including the Huffington Post.

Jan 19 18:08

Global unemployment to rise to 212 million, says ILO

The global jobs market will continue to deteriorate in the coming years,, while rising income inequality and high youth unemployment will stoke more social unrest, a new report warns today.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) says a slowdown in economic growth means more jobs will be lost this year with young people again bearing the brunt of the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Releasing its latest forecasts, the ILO said the challenge of bringing unemployment back to pre-crisis levels “now appears as daunting a task as ever”.

Jan 19 18:00

Germany's Bundesbank Resumes Gold Repatriation; Transfers 120 Tonnes Of Physical Gold From Paris And NY Fed

A month ago we asked the following question: who in addition to the Netherlands has been quietly withdrawing their gold from the NY Fed. Was it Belgium? Or did the Dutch simply decide to haul back some more. Or did Germany finally get over its "logistical complications" which prevented it from transporting more than just a laughable 5 tons in 2013? And most importantly, did Germany finally grow a pair and decide not to let "diplomatic difficulties" stand between it and its gold? We now know the answer, and it was, indeed, the latter with confirmation coming from the Bundesbank itself. As the German Central Bank announced earlier today, after withdrawing an embarrassing 5 tonnes of gold from New York in 2013, its rate of repatriation soared, and in what appears to have been just the past two months, has transferred a whopping 85 tonnes of gold from 80 feet below street level at Liberty 33 back to Frankfurt!

Jan 19 17:59

Obamacare penalty may be larger than expected

Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.

Jan 19 17:38

Denmark acts over fallout from Swiss currency turmoil

Denmark cut its deposit rate to minus 0.2% from minus 0.05%. The lending rate was cut from 0.2% to 0.05%.

It makes the krone less attractive to investors, and eases pressure on the central bank to keep buying euros.

Denmark pegs its currency to the euro to help the country's exporters and maintain stable inflation.

But the country's central bank has been forced to intervene to defend the peg as the krone appreciated.

Jan 19 17:38

New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.

Jan 19 17:36

How Propaganda Conquers Democracy

snip: Self-serving politicians and parties compete for funding in election campaigns run by the advertising industry, to give political investors the most corrupt President, administration and Congress that money can buy, while courts uphold new corporate and plutocratic political rights to ward off challenges to the closed circle of wealth and political power.

Oligarchic corporate control of the media is a critical element in this dystopian system. Under the genius of inverted totalitarianism, a confluence of corrupt interests has built a more effective and durable propaganda system than direct government control has ever achieved.

Jan 19 17:04

Obama Administration Now Boasting About How Many Illegal Alien Immigrant Children It Resettled This Summer

The Department of Health and Human Services is touting its handling of last summer’s massive influx of unaccompanied alien children in an end-of-year report, despite the fact that its own failures worsened the situation.

Jan 19 17:00

SOTU address: Obama to bash the wealthy as Iranians and Russians sign deal

As President Barack Obama prepares to give his highly-anticipated State of the Union address in which he's expected to target the people he believes are America's real enemy -- the American people who possess wealth -- the nations of Iran and Russia plan to sign what is a significant memorandum of understanding (MOU) on increasing the two nations' military cooperation.

Jan 19 16:52

The 18% Recession Threshold

Jan 19 16:46

Do we even need a State of the Union address anymore?

Not to start too pessimistically, but let’s be honest with one another. -- The pomp and scale that surrounds Washington, D.C. is a skeleton of the past. That’s not meant to refer solely to the architecture, the fake-it-’till-you-make-it pretensions of a young country written in marble. It refers to much of the pageantry that we still embrace, beyond modern utility or necessity. It refers, to be direct, to the State of the Union Address.

Jan 19 16:41

Fanfare Publications

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Gilad Atzmon's music and publications website.

Jan 19 16:23

Zakharchenko: Ukraine withdraws from regime of ‘silence’ unilaterally

Ukraine has withdrawn from the regime of ‘silence’ unilaterally, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko said on Monday.

“The latest heavy artillery shelling of Donetsk and adjacent areas and Gorlovka was unprecedented over the entire conflict,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

“As a matter of fact, the Ukrainian side once again violated the truce regime and the Minsk agreements,” he said, adding that Kiev’s attacks were killing civilians and servicemen and destroying “our homes.”

Jan 19 16:16

If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed’s policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

Jan 19 15:50

Why Does America Tend to Freak Out Only When Terrorists Have Brown Skin?

I've been deeply struck this week by the extreme amount of attention being paid in the media to the horrific terrorist attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Struck mainly because there is something strangely, and profoundly, disproportionate about it all.

Jan 19 15:49

CIA’s Small World at the Jeffrey Sterling Trial: Racial Profiling and Leaked

While the jury will likely neither note nor learn of them, there were details from last week’s testimony in the Jeffrey Sterling trial that resonated with two other notable cases involving the CIA: the New York Police Department’s spying on Muslims and the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity.

Jan 19 15:46

Google will review Europe-only policy for ‘right to be forgotten’

Google is only removing search results from European websites when individuals invoke their “right to be forgotten”, contrary to regulators’ guidelines, but will review that approach soon, the company’s chief legal officer said on Monday.

Jan 19 15:45

US Army Command delegation ‘to arrive in Kiev this week’

Representatives of the US Army Command will arrive in Ukraine in the coming days, Ukrainian military announced. The visit comes as the Kiev forces have launched a large-scale offensive on the militia positions in the south-east of the country.

READ MORE: Poroshenko rejected Putin’s artillery withdrawal plan, began assault - Kremlin

“This week, a delegation from the US Army Command, headed by Commander of US Army Europe, Lt. Gen [Frederick Ben] Hodges, will arrive in Ukraine,” Vladislav Seleznyov, spokesman for Ukraine’s General Staff of Armed Forces, said at a media briefing in Kiev on Monday.

The spokesman also said that Ukraine will take part in the NATO Military Committee conference on January 20-22.

Jan 19 15:45

Exposed! ISIS Caught Using US Army Tents In New Training Video!

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