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Feb 23 17:56

Obamacare Mega-Oops: Nearly One Million Incorrect Tax Forms Sent Out

Sometimes one can’t help but wonder if this whole Obamacare fiasco is ever going to end. It’s like a recurring bad dream…an infinite nightmare that keeps returning, with new plot twists and horrible surprises every evening.

The latest blunder (to put it mildly) involves tax forms.

Feb 23 17:53

The Rise of the Mercenary World Order - Max Keiser Reports

After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan quickly turned into quagmires, the politicians and generals realized they had a problem. They had neither the logistical, nor the combative manpower to properly fight these wars. They were left with three courses of action: withdraw their forces from the conflict, institute a draft, or hire mercenaries to fill the gap. They chose the latter of the three.

Feb 23 17:51

Big News Is Coming...

…and it probably isn’t good.

Remember Project Veritas, the nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption in public and private institutions?

The foundation has exposed some pretty serious corruption before, including the illegal copying of voter information by Battleground Texas, fraud and deceptive techniques being used by Obamacare navigators, and problems with advice given by police departments across the nation.

That’s some pretty heavy stuff, right?

Feb 23 17:45

Facebook Owner Mark Zuckerberg Takes Public Stand Against Vaccine Refusers

This is the same guy who called all the users of his network "dumb f*cks" once upon a time, so...

Feb 23 17:39

A Viral Video about Police Brutality Is Making Its Way across the Web, Read This before Sharing It

A quote popularized by Mark Twain best sums up a recent motion graphic that’s been circulating on social media.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

The video attempts to make a comparison of how likely the chances were for you to get murdered or raped, and then endeavors to compare this to police brutality per contact.

Feb 23 17:26

Al Shabab video threatens attack on Mall of America, shoppers urged to remain vigilant

In what appears to be a desperate bid by Somalia-based al Shabaab group to seek global attention, the extremist outfit has released a video threatening more Westgate mall-style attacks in the shopping malls of US, UK and Canada.


Feb 23 17:25

Amazing Aerial Views Show A Frozen New York City (16 Pics)

The entire east coast of the United States is covered in snow right now and New York City is no exception. These aerial views show that Manhattan has pretty much been transformed into a giant icicle.

Feb 23 16:46

Fireball & sonic boom witnessed from Florida to South Carolina

Residents of the Sunshine State say they spotted a massive fireball soar through the Florida sky over the weekend, and similar reports have since surfaced from as far away as South Carolina.

According to the American Meteorological Society (AMS), 189 people have filed reports since late Saturday evening, when they saw a fireball cut through the night sky. At least 15 eyewitnesses described seeing the phenomenon accompanied by what the AMS called a "window rattling delayed boom."

It “sounded like an explosion,” a witness, who gave her name as Kasey W. from Lake City, FL, told the AMS. Another person who said she encountered the fireball, Lindsey E., also of Lake City, said her “windows and walls shook along with a loud pop and boom.”

Feb 23 16:45

Republican FCC Commissioners Ask Wheeler To Delay Net Neutrality Vote, Release Proposal

Three days before the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on the most significant Internet regulations in history, two commissioners are asking Chairman Tom Wheeler to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public.

“We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it,” Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly said in a statement Monday. “Then, after the commission reviews the specific input it receives from the American public and makes any modifications to the plan as appropriate, we could proceed to a final vote.”


Feb 23 16:44

Broward terminal Police slaps man

Feb 23 16:43

Putin: France, Germany genuinely want to find compromise over E. Ukraine

The leaders of France and Germany genuinely want to find a compromise that would help end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his latest interview.

Speaking to Rossiya 1 TV channel on the conflict and the breakthrough of the Minsk agreement, Putin said that “it seemed to me [the leaders of France and Germany], have a genuine desire to find such compromise solutions that would lead to the final settlement [of the conflict]...”

He cited the Minsk protocol which includes the decentralization of power in Ukraine and a “reference explaining what it implies.” The authors of the reference are "our German and French partners,” he said, adding that this speaks of their sincerity in finding a compromise.

“I had the impression that our partners have more trust in us than distrust, and in any case believe in our sincerity,” Putin said on Monday.

Feb 23 16:41

Paul Craig Roberts: Whatever Became of Economists (and the American Economy)?

According to the official economic fairy tale, the US economy has been in recovery since June 2009.

This fairy tale supports America’s image as the safe haven, an image that keeps the dollar up, the stock market up, and interest rates down. It is an image that causes the massive numbers of unemployed Americans to blame themselves and not the mishandled economy.

Feb 23 16:40

Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?

A senior Ukrainian official is urging the West to risk a nuclear conflagration in support of a “full-scale war” with Russia that he says authorities in Kiev are now seeking, another sign of the extremism that pervades the year-old, U.S.-backed regime in Kiev.


Feb 23 16:33

Chinese Gold Buying Stampede

It seems the longer the Federal Reserve and its representative bullion banks keep a manipulative lid on the price of gold using paper gold naked shorts, the more physical gold the Chinese buy.

Feb 23 16:28

Syriza MP Asks $330bn Question: "How Will 4-Month Extension Improve Our Negotiating Position?"

While the tone may not be as vociferous as historic Syriza MEP Manolis Glezos' recent statements over the Greek 'new deal', the rhetoric of Costas Lapavitsas (newly-elected Syriza MP) blog post is clearly questioning the decision-making of his party's leadership. With regards "our commitment to the Greek people, we have deep concerns," he begins, detailing five major questions that must be answered, perhaps most importantly, "What exactly will change in the next four months of 'extension', so that the new negotiation with our partners to become of better places? What will prevent the deterioration of the political, economic and social situation of the country?"

Feb 23 16:26

I do NOT unconditionally support the troops


Quit being so basic

Feb 23 16:26

This Is The Biggest Problem Facing The World Today: 9 Countries Have Debt-To-GDP Over 300%

This is the biggest problem facing the world today, namely that at least 9 countries have debt/GDP above 300%, and that a whopping 39% countries have debt-to-GDP of over 100%!


Feb 23 16:18

Dubai Tower Torched – Reminds Us Of What Building Again – WTC7

Hundreds of people were evacuated after a fire broke out in Dubai’s Marina Torch tower, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. Strong winds fanned the fire in the 79-storey skyscraper, which is 336 metres tall and opened in 2011.

Well – remember this building (below), Building 7. NIST said it came down as a result of fires at 5.20pm on September 11, 2001.

Building 7 was demolished

And it once again reminds us that we are being lead by criminals and liars, and that the media giants are colluding in this massive cover up. What a shameful fraud. And shameful on society for accepting the lies.

Feb 23 16:17

Former Jones County deputy pleads guilty to burning down house, fraud

A former Jones County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty for burning down his empty house in 2013 and defrauding his insurance company for over $66,000 Friday in federal court.

James M. Plower, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of use of fire to commit a felony in U.S. District Court.

He faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine, a fine equal to the greater of twice the gross gain to Plower resulting from the offenses or twice the gross loss resulting from the offenses.

Feb 23 16:13

Guardian 'changed Iraq article to avoid offending Apple'

The Guardian is facing questions over its relationship with advertisers after allegations that it changed a news article amid concerns about offending Apple.

The media organisation has criticised The Telegraph for failing to observe the "Chinese wall" between advertising and editorial coverage, a claim The Telegraph strongly denies.

However, The Telegraph can disclose that in July last year Apple bought wraparound advertising on The Guardian's website and stipulated that the advertising should not be placed next to negative news.

A Guardian insider said that the headline of an article about Iraq on The Guardian's website was changed amid concerns about offending Apple, and the article was later removed from the home page entirely.

Feb 23 15:57

Faked PayPal sites hard to distinguish from the real thing

Faked PayPal email notifications directing recipients to malicious websites aren’t new. But cybercriminals are getting a lot better at executing them.

That’s what the discovery of a current phishing campaign designed to lure victims to click to a pair of very well-designed faked PayPal websites shows.

The finding comes from researchers at OpenDNS, a free, advertising-sponsored service for making faster, more secure website connections.

The fraudulent PayPal websites are virtually indistinguishable from the real PayPal.com, down to the images used on the login screen, the color palette, and the HTML code used in the page’s layout, the researchers found.

Feb 23 15:50

How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling

The hacking tool, believed to be a product of the NSA, is significant because subverting the firmware gives the attackers God-like control of the system in a way that is stealthy and persistent even through software updates. The module, named “nls_933w.dll”, is the first of its kind found in the wild and is used with both the EquationDrug and GrayFish spy platforms Kaspersky uncovered.

It also has another capability: to create invisible storage space on the hard drive to hide data stolen from the system so the attackers can retrieve it later. This lets spies like the Equation Group bypass disk encryption by secreting documents they want to seize in areas that don’t get encrypted.


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Feb 23 15:47

The dark future of American space exploration

In the meantime, the lights in the outer solar system will continue to switch off, one probe and planet at a time. NASA will continue to absorb broadsides from the Office of Management and Budget and do its best with such halfhearted executive mandates as the asteroid redirect mission. "If we're not inspired by that, it's not NASA's fault — it's our leadership's fault," said Lakdawalla. "And we need our Congress and our president and the people of the United States to stand up and say, ‘This isn't good enough. I want my moon base. I want my Mars base, and I'm willing to put the money forward to make that happen.' And if you're me, I want my outer planets missions. I want a Uranus orbiter. I want go back to Jupiter. I want to fly to the plumes of Enceladus. I want a boat on Titan. Those are what I want. I understand that not all of the American public agrees with all of those goals, so I'm not going to get them all. But I would like at least one of them."

Feb 23 14:30

Ukraine Prepares for FULL SCALE WAR! Military Industrial Complex Profits!


Feb 23 14:18

"Ukraine will go to war in late March"--Zakharchenko

The head of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Zakharchenko announced that Ukraine is bringing up heavy equipment to the conflict zone and, in his opinion, might resume combat operations in late March or early April.

“We are beginning the withdrawal of heavy equipment, while Ukraine is bringing it up from Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. Seems to be there will be a provocation. Ukraine will go to war in late March or Early April. Ukraine needs war,” Zakharchenko said during a Monday briefing.

Feb 23 14:02

Ukraine: Emergency Measures to Build Totalitarian State

Ukraine has become closer to becoming a repressive police state which has been clamping down on freedom of speech since the time of last year’s coup. Today it can be said that the process is finished. A totalitarian model to control the country’s life is about to come in full swing.

Feb 23 13:47

Defending Ukraine From Russian Imperialism?

Both the government and their corporate media vassals know their conclusions in advance. They are simple: Russia is the aggressor; America is the defender of freedom; and NATO is gallant security force that must counter Moscow’s bellicosity. As the chief pleader in the construction of this fable, the Obama administration has compiled a litany of lies about the conflict that it disseminates almost daily to its press flacks.

Feb 23 13:43

Peter Oborne Opens a Media Can of Worms

The revelations last week by the Daily Telegraph’s former chief political commentator Peter Oborne that his newspaper spiked stories that upset advertisers to avoid losing lucrative ad revenue have apparently taken most journalists by surprise.


Feb 23 13:36

Processed Foods Indisputably Linked to Auto-Immune Disease

“Great news! Processed food isn’t as bad as you’ve been told!” -- How I wish that could be the headline for this article, but microwave meals and processed convenience foods are still killing us softly, as I’ve reported before. This time, the study points to a considerable increase in auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, alopecia, asthma, and eczema.

Feb 23 13:35

Netanyahu's Claims About Iran Nuclear Program Denied By His Own Spy Agency

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim three years ago that Iran was within close reach of possessing a nuclear bomb was denied by his government's own spy agency, Mossad, a top secret document obtained by Al Jazeera and the Guardian reveals.

Feb 23 13:32

Filmmaker, Author Who Is Suing Corporate Media Over Sandy Hook Conveniently Lands In Jail

On January 31st, William Shanley was arrested in New London, CT and charged with a felony attempt to assualt a police officer along with two misdemeanors of interfering with a police officer/resisting arrest and 2nd degree breach of peace. To me, this seems awfully convenient and not only a way to try and silence him, but also a way to scare him, in other words, trying to make an example of him. From what I have learned, Shanley is not yet in tight with people such as me and others in the activist community, which can get very scary as we all prefer to stick together and have each others backs incase something of this nature happens.

Feb 23 13:31

REPORT: More than one-third of Americans at risk of financial crisis

If your rainy day fund is light, you have plenty of company. According to a newly released report from Bankrate, 24 percent of Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings, and 13 percent are not much better off—they don’t have credit card debt but they don’t have emergency savings either. Put another way, more than a third of Americans are living at risk of a financial crisis.

Feb 23 13:23

Houston Admits Rapists Allowed to Rape Again Due to Backlogged Rape Kits

Houston’s District Attorney Devon Anderson admitted in the press conference that this lack of action on Houston’s rape kits did allow some of those rapists to rape again in the meantime (via KHOU).

“Now the technology is better. And as the mayor just said, it’s a lot cheaper. So we can test all of them. But yes, it did happen, unfortunately, and we are eagerly looking forward to prosecuting those rapists, those repeat rapists.”

So what is the statute of limitations on getting raped because your local law enforcement agency failed to act on evidence against your rapist who already raped someone else?

Feb 23 12:46

Car Hacking Report Refuels Concerns About Michael Hastings Crash

Those still wondering what really happened in gonzo journalist Michael Hastings’ fiery demise likely sat up straight during 60 Minutes’ recent piece on how hackers can hijack the controls of a car.

After Hastings died in a bizarre one-car crash along a straight Los Angeles street, former counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke noted the accident was “consistent with a car cyber attack” and that it was easy to hack cars. It seems he was right, as 60 Minutes demonstrated in a chilling fashion.

Feb 23 12:45

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: ‘Employees on the front lines will be forced to come to work without pay’

Government expects employees to work for free while still securing the homeland

Feb 23 12:41

John Browne: Ukraine a Very High Risk of Slipping into Nuclear War

Could the Ukraine crisis turn into a nuclear war? Former Russian advisor to Margret Thatcher, John Browne, contends, “This would have a very high risk of slipping into nuclear war. Russia has enormous ground forces, and they are very up to date. Putin has updated the Russian armed forces tremendously. They have very sophisticated rocket weapons, and if we saw massive numbers of our troops being slaughtered, maybe we would be the first to press the nuclear button. . . . So, this is a desperate situation.”

On the Greece bailout crisis, Browne says, “Germany has exerted its force. Basically, they have a four month reprieve, but even the funds that will come in on Tuesday of this week, they are going to have monitoring which the Greeks have accepted. They said they would never accept monitoring, and they have accepted monitoring and have accepted conditions. . . . Germany has won.”

Feb 23 12:40

Gaza Strip Created in U.S. Southwest

Why are Israeli companies heavily involved in the United States federal government’s alleged efforts to “close” our unprotected borders and keep out tidal waves of aliens illegally invading our country? To find out, AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed Tucson, Arizona resident Todd Miller, author of the book Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security, who has uncovered highly troubling facts about Israel’s long-term, ever-deepening involvement in “securing the American homeland” after September 11, 2001.

Feb 23 12:36

Bank of Israel slashes rates

The Bank of Israel has joined the easing party.

In an announcement on Monday, the Bank of Israel cut its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%.

Feb 23 12:34

Israeli Flag Flies in Texas

Why did Representative White feel the need to ask God to bless an Israeli company? According to financial disclosure reports, she is also an investor in the Israeli company. This is the same Texas state representative who was recently caught up in considerable controversy when she decided to place an Israeli flag on the reception desk in the entrance of her state office.

Feb 23 12:32

Not a Debtor? You Don’t Exist

As if all the other insults of Obamacare aren’t bad enough, here’s a new one I just became aware of.

When you go into the exchange to buy insurance the site verifies you’re a person, and a citizen. Well, so it says.

What it actually does is contact Experian to “verify” your identity.

If you have no credit record because you’ve never applied for or held credit in your name, the system refuses to confirm you, and in fact even after an hour-long phone call they will still refuse!

The only way to confirm in that case is to send a paper copy of your driver license and Social Security card (and sometimes your birth certificate) to them for manual processing, which of course, may take a while — and during which you can’t do anything.

Feb 23 12:31

Making Me Pay For My Crimes Would Send “Message of Uncertainty to the Markets”: Bank President to Spanish Judge

The first to hit back was Rodrigo Rato, the bank’s former chairman and one-time IMF president. In a 75-page notice of appeal that was leaked to the Spanish press, Rato cautioned that Judge Andreu’s “premature” decision to force the six defendants to compensate the thousands of shareholders they are accused of defrauding could end up provoking a “much greater evil” than that it is supposed to address.

In the worst case scenario, the document warns, it could send a “message of uncertainty to the markets,” which could in turn exert downward pressure (otherwise known as gravity) on the already semi-defunct bank’s share price. This is not the first time that a panicked banker has used this argument; indeed, it is the preferred alibi of all 21st-century banking racketeers.

The argument is simple:

Don’t touch me, or the bank gets it. And if the bank gets it, so will everyone else.

Feb 23 12:31

Top Ukrainian General Admits: Russian Forces Not in His Nation

Top Ukrainian General Viktor Muzhenko admitted on Ukrainian television that the Ukrainian army is not fighting Russian troops in Ukraine, thereby proving that the reason given by the Obama administration for imposing sanctions against Russia is a complete lie.

During a January 29 briefing for foreign military attaches aired on Ukraine’s Channel 5 television, Muzhenko, the chief of the armed forces of Ukraine, officially acknowledged, “the Ukrainian army is not engaged in combat operations against Russian units.”

Feb 23 12:30

NWO Genocide in Ukraine: Victims Pleading for Help

In February 2015, millions of peaceful people are living in hell in eastern Ukraine while the national government starves, freezes and murders them because it benefits the New World Order. The Kiev government and United Nations investigators have been hiding reports of genocide, claiming that between April 2014 and February 4, 2015 the overall death toll in the bloody civil war in Ukraine stands at 5,358.

Feb 23 12:30

Most Americans Are Slaves and They Don't Even Know It

Most Americans spend their lives working for others, paying off debts to others and performing tasks that others tell them that they “must” do. These days, we don’t like to think of ourselves as “servants” or “slaves”, but that is what the vast majority of us are. It is just that the mechanisms of our enslavement have become much more sophisticated over time.

Feb 23 12:29

Genocide Court Whitewashes U.S.-NATO Crimes

A ruling by the United Nations’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) clearing Serbia and Croatia of genocide in the Balkan wars of the 1990s has shed light on a conflict in which the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) played a pivotal role. In fact, some people now say the U.S. and NATO should have been the ones appearing before the international judges for the illegal bombing of Serbia in 1999.

Feb 23 12:00

‘Eye popping’ City bonuses highlight scale of UK inequality – tax justice group

Bonuses paid by financial firms since the onslaught of the financial crisis will surpass £100 billion in 2015. Campaigners warn that Britain’s finance sector is continuing to breed inequality, while ordinary taxpayers clean up the mess.

Feb 23 11:55

Bankers Rally Against ‘Audit the Fed’

A growing number of bankers – including representatives of smaller community banks -- are joining the ranks of those opposed to congressional legislation that would allow Congress to weigh-in on monetary policy decisions made by the US Federal Reserve.

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I dare anyone to show me where in the Constitution where anyone BUT the US Government is authorized to make monetary policy for the nation!

Feb 23 11:54

Poroshenko Vows to 'Regain Control' of Crimea, Gets Rebuke from Crimean PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed early Monday to return "occupied Crimea" to Ukraine, prompting a rebuke from internet users, and later from Crimean authorities as well.

Feb 23 11:45

94-Year-Old Charged With Serving in Auschwitz Death Camp

German prosecutors have charged a 94-year-old man with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served in the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp.

Schwerin prosecutors' spokesman Stefan Urbanek said Monday the suspect was an SS sergeant who served as a medic in Auschwitz in an SS hospital. In that role, Urbanek said the man helped the extermination camp function and could thus be charged as an accessory to the 1944 killings.

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This is just getting silly. But then, with a lack of real war criminals to wag at us, Israel is getting desperate. We are at the point where soon there will be no more people who were alive back then. What will Israel do, start burning the witches that "channel" the spirits of dead Nazis?

Feb 23 11:44

Norman Finkelstein: Netanyahu is a maniac

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the recent Israeli attack on Gaza. Norman Finkelstein, author of ‘Method and Madness - The hidden story of Israel's assaults on Gaza’, says the Goldstone report was 'devastating' in its conclusion that Israel was trying to punish and humiliate the citizens of Gaza, and that Israel has a 'maniac' for a head of state.

Feb 23 11:43

Dancing with the Lizards on the way to Kansas City.

Four in the morning. This part of the world sleeps. Then again, they sleep everywhere but... with the exception of few things, not forever. It's coming folks. We've been talking about it for awhile. Yes indeedy, Mother McCreedy! We've been talking about that here for some time. We've been talking about Mr. Apocalypse and his walking stick. We've been talking about the the march of programmed circumstance that leads, inevitably, to the sum total of itself. Programmed how? The taste and virtue of a soup is determined by its contents and the process of its manufacture. It tastes like what it is. Because of planetary interplay, the forces expressing themselves in and us, manifest accordingly. Think of this interplay as the vibrationary soundtrack for the time. It goes through movements, just like a symphony. Music is something you feel. I give it an 88 cause it has a good beat and you can dance to it; intended for humor and irony, not truth.

Feb 23 11:38

Netanyahu misled UN on Iran nuclear programme

Less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 warning to the UN General Assembly that Iran was 70 per cent of the way to completing its "plans to build a nuclear weapon", Israel's intelligence service believed that Iran was "not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons".

Feb 23 11:38

Ukraine army puts off withdrawal of heavy weapons from frontline of conflict

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says the army will not withdraw heavy weapons along the frontline in the conflict-stricken east as long as a full ceasefire with pro-Russia forces has not come into force.

Feb 23 11:38

Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL

"The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL," Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

Feb 23 11:36

The Math Doesn't Add Up

Oh, you didn’t notice that World War Three is underway, actually has been for more than year? Well, that’s because most of it has been taking place in the banking sector, which for most people is just an alternative universe of math. The catch, which many people either miss or don’t care about, is that the math doesn’t add up.

For instance, the runaway choo-choo train of linked European sovereign bond obligations with its overloaded caboose of interest rate swaps and other janky derivatives of mass destruction. That train left the station in Athens a few weeks ago bound for Frankfurt. Ever since, the German government and its cohorts in the EU, the ECB, and the IMF have been issuing reassurances that the choo choo train will not blow up when it reaches its destination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you have a privately-owned Central Bank issuing all of the public currency, by design the debt will always exceed the available money-supply, trapping the nation and its people in debt-slavery, until the system collapses. Having the entire world under such a system is great for the owners of those private-central banks, who eventually buy up all the real assets for pennies on the dollar, dut destructive to human civilization as a whole.

Feb 23 11:33

Israeli #SpyCables reveals S Africa missile theft cover-up

Leaked Mossad cable shows Israel obtained stolen missile plans, and South Africa asked for their return.

Feb 23 11:32

Measles virus circulating in Ontario is a variant previously unknown to WHO

The measles outbreak in Canada’s largest city was already a minor epidemiological puzzle when scientists discovered something that deepened the mystery.

Of the 11 Greater Toronto Area patients diagnosed with the highly contagious illness since the end of January, none are connected to each other in any way that public health staff could discover through interviews with the patients or their parents. None had recently travelled outside Canada to a place where they might have caught the measles.

Public health officials had hoped that genetic analysis of the measles viruses in these cases might shed light on where the Toronto outbreak came from.

Instead, scientists found something new: The version of the measles virus circulating in Ontario is a variant that has never before been reported to the World Health Organization database that contains descriptions of more than 22,000 slightly different viral sequences of the measles virus found across the globe.

Feb 23 11:26

#SpyCables confirm Mossad and Netanyahu have known for years Iran wasn't, and isn't, trying to build nuclear bombs

INSERT NUCLEAR DUCK HERE
Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Feb 23 11:13

Terrorists luring followers through pancake propaganda, according to national security review

Terrorists are serving up pancake recipes to win over new followers.
That is one of the conclusions of a national security review released by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday.
The review report said terror groups such as Islamic State were using "highly targeted messages to appeal to vulnerable audiences".
The report gives the example of IS releasing a pancake recipe "designed to feed jihadists after a hard day of fighting".

Feb 23 11:08

Is this Britain's cleverest girl? Ten-year-old is accepted on university course to study maths degree despite not going to school

She spends her spare time in a similar way to many other ten-year-old girls - playing with Barbie dolls and making loom bands.

But the key difference between Esther Okade and other children her age is that she has been accepted to study for a university maths degree - despite not going to school.

Esther, from Walsall, West Midlands, has enrolled on an Open University course months after she passed her A-levels - and wants to study for a PhD before running her own bank.

Feb 23 11:07

Caravan To Midnight - Boston Marathon Bombing Hoax Deconstructed

Host John B. Wells

Episode 232

Feb 23 10:58

Russia will never ‘submit’ to U.S.

Will Americans ever feel the pain — of other nations? We Americans tend to see ourselves as above such sentimentality. Yet, perhaps we might make an exception for Russia. To see why, let us reflect on our responsibility for its desert wandering since 1991.

History shows how banishing a celebrated power to the wilderness can be like stripping people of their identity. Russians do not wish to return there. We Americans should not wish Russians to see us as the main agent of their exile.

Feb 23 10:58

Greece — Syriza – Subservience to Neoliberalism – The Killing Plague that Knows No Mercy?

Greece’s debt today stands at 175 % of her economic output. The best – and only decent and socially as well as economically viable option – is exiting the Eurozone by her own decision.

Greece has various options/

Tsipras-Varoufakis must know them. Perhaps they keep them hidden away until “the last ditch” moment. To begin with, they could have imposed and still can impose strict capital transfer controls, to avoid the outflow of precious capital from Greek oligarchs, capital that eventually is missing for rebuilding Greece’s economy and would need to be replaced by new debt. Although, this is basically against EU’s rule of free transfer of capital, Greece as a sovereign country, can roll back its EU vassal status, take back its sovereignty and do what every reasonable central bank would do in Greece’s situation – impose capital transfer restrictions. After all, the Euro is also – and still is – Greece’s currency.

Feb 23 10:57

Top NATO Commander Sounds as Crazy as General Ripper

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, appointed last year as Nato’s deputy commander of forces in Europe, said the alliance needed to develop both fast-reacting conventional forces and capacities to counter Russian efforts at coercion and propaganda, as seen in Ukraine.

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Feb 23 10:57

Al-Jazeera to publish leaked Mossad cables

“true assessment” of Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Feb 23 10:56

Savings of Ukrainian Jewish refugees from Donetsk stolen in Kiev

Several Jewish refugees fleeing the civil war raging in eastern Ukraine have found themselves penniless after their life savings were stolen from a bank in Kiev, local media reported.

According to JewishNews.com.ua, a number of Jews who left the separatist stronghold of Donetsk to escape the violence had their money stolen from a safety deposit box at a branch of Alliance Bank belonging to community member Sergei Nuzbrokh, who was holding their money for them.

According to a letter obtained by the Ukrainian Jewish website, Pinchas Vishedski, Donetsk’s rabbi, accused the SBU, the Ukrainian Security Service, of stealing the funds.

Feb 23 10:55

Report: Leaked intelligence document shows Mossad didn't think Iran sought nuclear weapon

Al Jazeera says one of hundreds of intelligence documents it has obtained shows that Mossad assessment of Iranian nuclear threat differed with Netanyahu's statements on the issue.

Feb 23 10:54

Weekend storm dumps more snow on still-buried Northeast

A winter storm dropped another sizable amount of snowfall in the area over the weekend with some places recording upwards of 10 inches. (Video via The Weather Channel)

When it's all said and done this weekend, Washington, D.C., could get 6 inches, Baltimore up to 10 and Boston adding to snow-filled streets with 5 inches.

In Boston especially, the silver lining is hard to make out, buried as it is under record snowfall.

Feb 23 10:53

Winter Weather: Southern Plains, South Hit by Sleet, Freezing Rain, Snow

Snow, sleet and freezing rain made a mess of Texas on Monday — part of a winter weather pattern that threatened a 2,000-mile stretch of the country from California to the Carolinas.

More than 1,100 flights were canceled at the Dallas airports, more than 700 schools were forced to close, and authorities warned that roads were dangerously slick. Thunder and lightning accompanied the wintry mix, and a driver was killed, The Weather Channel reported.

Feb 23 10:53

PHOTOS: Winter Storm Snarls Travel in the Virginias, Turns Deadly in Tennessee

A robust winter storm, covering a stretch of nearly 2,000 miles, spread a swath of snow and ice from the central U.S. to the Northeast over the weekend. The storm began Friday night over the central Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley before departing from the Northeast Sunday morning.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam elevated the state of emergency declaration to a level two due to "major impacts to infrastructure power and roads" throughout the state, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), reported. The storm death toll in Tennessee increased to 22 on Sunday afternoon. More than 44,000 customers remained without power in the state as of Sunday afternoon, according to TEMA.

Feb 23 10:53

More snow forecast for Colorado, 4 Corners

More snow was in the forecast Monday for parts of the Rockies and Southwest after a storm brought heavy snow over the weekend, a welcome dose of moisture after a month of fairly dry weather.

Feb 23 10:51

"Deep injection of wastewater is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in detected earthquakes... in the central U.S. " - US Geological Survey

A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States. The paper is the result of a series of workshops led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the University of Colorado, Oklahoma Geological Survey and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, suggests that it is possible to reduce the hazard of induced seismicity through management of injection activities.

Feb 23 10:50

Check Out This EPIC Sign – “I Used to be Called a ‘Taxpayer’ Now I’m Called a…”

According to the Obama administration people who want constitutionally limited small government, fiscal responsibility and free markets are now considered right wing extremists.

Feb 23 10:50

Class action lawsuit claims Purina’s Beneful Dog Food is killing dogs

Lucindo filed the lawsuit on February 5. He owns a Labrador Retriever, an English Bulldog, and a German Shepherd. He bought a bag of Beneful for the first time in late December of 2014 or early January 2015 and began feeding it to his dogs exclusively. Soon after that, all his dogs experienced significant health problems, and one died.

According to the lawsuit, the German Shepherd began to lose a large amount of hair and began giving off a unusual odor on Jan. 15. Two days later it became“violently ill.”

A veterinarian who examined the dog determined that it was suffering from internal bleeding in its stomach and the liver was also malfunctioning, which the veterinarian said was “consistent with poisoning.”

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Photo sent in by a reader whose dog has become ill after eating that brand of dog food.

Feb 23 10:47

U.S. Free Press Freezes About Italian Court Ruling That Vaccines Cause Autism

Catherine J. Frompovich
Activist Post

Have any readers read about the Italian court’s ruling that vaccines have caused autism? Have you heard about it on your nightly TV news channels? Have you scanned it on your favorite online newspaper? Probably not—but even more so, why not?

Well, there were at least two such autism rulings, the latest being in September 2014. Here is the 8-page official court document written in Italian, signed by Judge Nicola Di Leo. Mary Holland, JD, wrote an article about that ruling, which everyone at the HHS, CDC, FDA and all state and local health agencies should read, know about and, furthermore, accept because vaccines DO cause autism...

Feb 23 10:45

Amid record cold temperatures, watch for snow

Monday's sunny skies aren't much comfort amid -35 wind chills, and soon even the sun will be a casualty of Ontario's bitter winter.

As extreme cold warnings cover almost the entire province from north to south, meteorologists are warning of more snow, coming down in the afternoon for the northwest and reaching the south through the day Tuesday.

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Reader photo from New England. Note the stop sign.

Feb 23 10:44

More record cold this week

Our weather pattern is a record breaking machine. After several record lows last week, 5 record lows are in jeopardy this week. We are also on pace now to come very close to the all time record for the coldest and snowiest February since 1871. Not only could this February be the coldest on record, but it has the chance to be the 2nd coldest month ever on record for Toledo. So think about it, out of the 1,730 months on record, this month will either end up as the 2nd or 3rd coldest. Not even the historic winter of 2014 can compare with this February in terms of cold or snow. Currently the coldest February ever recorded was in 1978 with an average temperature of 11.8° (we will be around 11.5° to 12.0° this year if the forecast holds). The coldest month on the books for Toledo was January of 1977 with an average temperature of 9.6°.

Feb 23 10:44

Toronto breaks 43-year-old temperature record as frigid cold continues

Toronto has broken a 43-year-old temperature record for this date as an arctic air mass continues to hover over the city.

At 5 a .m. the temperature hit – 20.1 C at Pearson International Airport, breaking the previous record for February 23 of – 19.4 C (1972).

Things aren’t going to improve anytime soon either.

According to Environment Canada, the temperature will not surpass – 16 C today and the wind chill will make it feel closer to – 33.

Feb 23 10:44

Harrisburg on track to surpass coldest February on record, weather service says

With more bone-chilling temperatures expected this week, Harrisburg has a strong chance of surpassing the coldest February on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Through Sunday, the average temperature this month sat at 20.7 degrees, said Aaron Tyburski, a meteorologist with the weather service. That average factors in the high and low temperatures from the month's 22 days.

Harrisburg's all-time record-low average for February is 21.4 degrees. That record was set in 1934, according to weather service records, which stretch back to 1888.

Feb 23 10:42

Erie breaks another record for cold temperatures

Erie continues to shatter weather records during this brutally frigid winter.

Today's low of minus 7 degrees, recorded in the city at 7:45 a.m., is the coldest temperature ever recorded in Erie for Feb. 23, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The previous record low for today's date was minus 4, which was set in 1889.

Wind chill temperatures this morning in Erie hovered around minus 20.

Feb 23 10:41

Toronto's extreme cold breaks record for Feb. 23

e are off to a chilly start to the week as an extreme cold warning from Environment Canada remains in effect for Toronto.

While the morning temperature hovers between -19 to -21 C, winds will make it feel like -30 to -40 C — well below the seasonal normals of 1 to -7 C.

According to The Weather Network, the 5 a.m. temperature of -20.1 C at Pearson airport broke the 1972 cold record of -19.4 C for Feb. 23.

Feb 23 10:40

Record cold morning, more Arctic air on the way

Monday morning is one for the “record books” as Grand Rapids has broken the record low for this date of -4 degrees, which had stood since 1989. As of 6 a.m., the mercury dropped to -5 degrees, with areas to the north and east of Grand Rapids dropping to -20 to -35! At least two more strong waves of Arctic air are on the way over the next 10 days.

Feb 23 10:39

Are Conspiracy Theorists Nuts?

The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.

But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed.
The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967

Feb 23 10:37

U.S. helped Israel develop hydrogen bomb: Obama releases documents

Officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran claim they have documents that prove the United States assisted Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which they claim is a crime according to international laws, according to the Iranian news media. And there is suspicion that President Barack Obama declassified the documents and released them to a left-wing think-tank to hurt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Feb 23 10:36

Worship The State (Performed By School Children)

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Lena Riefenstahl would be proud!

Feb 23 10:35

Rep Cornish (R): Mall of America signs banning guns create "killing zone"

Amid concerns about the Mall of America being targeted for a terrorist attack, a top member of the Minnesota House of Representatives was strongly critical today of signs posted

Feb 23 10:33

School Surveillance ''the norm'' in US and UK; on the rise in Australia: Study

TechSwarm

Invasive school surveillance practices are the norm in the UK and USA, and according to a University of Adelaide criminologist, such practices are becoming increasingly popular in Australian schools.

Associate Professor Andrew Hope’s research into school-based surveillance in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia was published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education...

Feb 23 10:30

Israel refuses to give Palestinians their own tax revenues, then cuts off electricity when they can't pay bills

Israel temporarily cuts power in parts of West Bank, citing unpaid Palestinian debt

Feb 23 10:29

Winter returns with snow in Las Vegas Valley

After a night of showers, some Las Vegas valley residents woke up to a cool surprise: Snow!

Parts of Summerlin were dusted with about one to two inches of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Stan Czyzyk said.

At least one to two inches of snow was recorded in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. But Czyzyk said he wouldn’t be surprised if they received more.

Las Vegas police said three hikers were reported stranded in Red Rock Canyon near the Ice Box Canyon trail about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The search and rescue team were forced to delay the search until early Monday morning due to inclement weather. The hikers were advised to conduct a shelter in place until then.

Feb 23 10:28

Air Force captain, 30, shoots herself dead 'after being sexually assaulted in Afghanistan'

An Air Force Reserve captain whose family believe she was sexually assaulted in Afghanistan killed herself using her handgun.

Jamie Brunette, from Tampa, Florida, was found dead on February 9 by Tampa police in the back of her locked sedan near her apartment.

It appears the 30-year-old killed herself with her Smith & Wesson .380 handgun, which she purchased about six months earlier according to police, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Feb 23 10:27

Have you bought a ticket to see "American Sniper?"

YES
3% (33 votes)
NO
97% (1251 votes)
Total votes: 1284
Feb 23 10:25

Local bankers joining the fight against proposal to audit the U.S. Federal Reserve

We feel the current system works well

Feb 23 10:21

Bibi Netanyahu, Ingrate

After nearly 70 years of faithful American support – financial, diplomatic, and military – to the state of Israel, this is how the Israeli Prime Minister repays us – with naked appeals to anti-Americanism in a desperate bid to rescue his failing reelection campaign. Ingrate is far too mild a term to apply to the faithless Bibi, but since this is a family-friendly web site, I shall refrain from choosing a more fitting epithet.

The US relationship with Israel has changed, in part, because Israel has changed – and not for the better. The growth of ultra-nationalist extremism, the openly racist policies toward Palestinians and African immigrants, the ruthlessness of Israeli military policy with its brazen disregard for innocent civilians, and the braying posturing arrogance of Netanyahu himself have all contributed to the growing unease with which Americans view their longtime ally-turned-frenemy.

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Let's see; a rabidly xenophobic, apartheid, serially ethnic cleansing, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons :strong>what's not to love?!?

Feb 23 10:20

US wants to hack your phone because it doesn’t have real spies it needs. The tech community fires back:

“The only actions that have undermined the rule of law are the government’s deceptive and secret mass-surveillance programs.”

Feb 23 10:14

Al Jazeera Spy Cables

On February 23, Al Jazeera headlined "The Spy Cables: A Glimpse into the world of espionage."

Saying "(s)ecret documents, leaked from numerous intelligence agencies, offer rare insights into the interactions between spies."

Hold the cheers. Al Jazeera is owned, operated and controlled by Qatar's government. Its agenda is closely tied to Washington and other Western governments.

Feb 23 10:08

Benjamin Netanyahu Hires Top Defense Attorney For Possible Corruption Case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hired a well-known lawyer described in the Israeli press as a "specialist in white-collar crime" to represent him and his wife if they face criminal corruption charges. Jacob Weinroth is considered to be one of the country’s top defense attorneys.

The potential prosecution stems from a report published Tuesday by Israel’s state comptroller, accusing the Netanyahus of spending public funds in a way that “strayed from the cornerstone principles of financial management and the principles of proportionality, reasonableness, saving, and efficiency.”

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IF these charges are treu, the Netanyahus are certainly not alone in their "coupled corruptness"; first political families from around the world believe it is their divine right to live in a manner completely consistent with the lifestyle they choose...at public expense.

Feb 23 10:06

VIDEO OF RACISM IN THE AIR GONE VIRAL

Big story going viral on Facebook and in the Israeli press about a vulgar and racist exchange between some Israeli passengers and a flight attendant on an Israir Airlines flight to Varna, Bulgaria.

Feb 23 10:05

REMEMBERING MALCOLM X, OUR BROTHER AND TEACHER

Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago this month (February 21st 1965). He would have been almost 90 years old. But he left us when his time was due. A fearless, courageous and sincere man who will never be forgotten by those who stand with the oppressed.

We will remember him today as we did yesterday as our beloved brother.

We remember him and appreciate the sacrifices he made not only for the African Americans but all people across the world. May God grant him mercy and the highest station in paradise. Amen.

Feb 23 10:02

Hundreds Displaced as Israel Opens Dam, Flooding Gaza Villages

Hundreds of Palestinian civilians were displaced today when the Israeli military, with no prior warning, opened a dam and flooded out the Gaza Valley, destroying a number of homes and leaving many under nearly 10 feet of water.

Gaza civil defense officials say the dam was opened without any notification overnight, and forced at least 80 families out of their homes and into a nearby refugee camp. It also destroyed considerable farmland in the area.

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I would speculate that there is someone in the IDF who is stays awake nights,thinking, "How can I POSSIBLY make the lives of Gazan Palestinians even WORSE than it is today?"

Feb 23 09:59

"Prepare for Full-Scale War" says Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister: "With What?" asks Mish; Ukraine Lie of the Day

I have been sitting on close to a dozen videos describing the massive damage in military equipment in the latest separatist surge.

For a description, but no videos, please see Debaltsevsky Under Rebel Control, Boiler Remains; What's Next?

I saw no need to post videos because to me it was pretty obvious this was a repeat of the devastating defeat of Ukraine last August in the Battle of Ilovaisk in which Ukrainian forces refused an offer to exit encirclement by leaving behind equipment.

Ukraine Lie of the Day

Today Ukrainian "Antiterrorist Operation" spokesman Andrei Lysenko says Since 2015 Ukraine Destroyed Nearly 3,000 Militants.

I have no idea how many separatists were killed, but the rest of the claim in the body of the article is preposterous.

Feb 23 09:58

Ukraine Gets $17.5 Billion From IMF

The IMF has put in place for the government of Ukraine a four-year extended fund facility worth about $17.5 billion. The facility was approved within hours of the announcement of a cease-fire in the battle between the Kiev government and separatists.

Feb 23 09:58

US outlines plan to retake Mosul

A US military official, who outlined plans to retake the vital Iraq city of Mosul from Islamic State terrorists as early as April, has drawn sharp criticism that the Pentagon was revealing too much information to the enemy.
A senior US Central Command official said the ‘shaping’ for the battle is currently underway, and the Iraqi military hopes to begin operations in the ‘April, May time frame,’ according to American media reports. The goal is to retake the city before Ramadan begins on June 17.

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Why was the info made so public, so far ahead of the military campaign, and was reported in such detail?!?

This just does not make any military sense whatsoever.

Feb 23 09:56

FBI Flouts Directive to Limit Gag Orders on National Security Letters

Despite the post-Snowden spotlight on mass surveillance, the intelligence community’s easiest end-run around the Fourth Amendment since 2001 has been something called a National Security Letter.

FBI agents can demand that an Internet service provider, telephone company or financial institution turn over its records on any number of people — without any judicial review whatsoever — simply by writing a letter that says the information is needed for national security purposes. The FBI at one point was cranking out over 50,000 such letters a year; by the latest count, it still issues about 60 a day.

Feb 23 09:54

'Ida,' Stark Polish Holocaust Film, Wins Oscar

The spare black-and-white drama, set in Poland in 1962, won international plaudits but also drew criticism in Poland for its portrayal of Polish complicity in the sins of the Holocaust.
Note: I am so sick of hearing this holocau$t lie. At least they are not talking about Jewish soap anymore! Had enough yet.

Feb 23 09:52

ABORIGINES IN ISRAEL ~~ PAST AND PRESENT

The Palestinian citizens of Israel stand at the crossroads of hope for peace in the Middle East, their achievements uncelebrated and their promise untested. As a member of this indigenous group, I try to bring our existence to light, to sing out our pleasure and pain, to echo our sense of alienation and dispossession, to face up to the dilemma of our identity, and to hail our occasional successes and our trust in the future.

Since the establishment of the state, we have endured systematic dispossession and ghettoization. Of late, the process has turned vicious: fundamentalist messianic Zionists and settler leaders, the abrasive curse of occupation, have assumed advanced positions in Israel’s political and military leadership.

Feb 23 09:51

IS OBAMA BEING SINCERELY IGNORANT OR KNOWINGLY MALICIOUS?

y impression is that President Obama is not truly interested in telling the truth, all the truth, and nothing but the truth. Instead he, like most politicians, is interested in navigating his boat in safe water.

Feb 23 09:50

BEX ALERT - Are Siberia's mysterious craters caused by climate change? Scientists find four new enormous holes in northern Russia

Four new mysterious giant craters have appeared in the Siberian permafrost in northern Russia, sparking fears that global warming may be causing gas to erupt from underground.

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If those are new craters, then why do they show erosional features?

UPDATE: A Geologist was written in to inform me that these features are called hydrolaccoliths, they are very common in permafrost, and as the name suggests, they are caused by water, not by methane.

Feb 23 09:49

VIX- “Anti” Fear trade breaking out!

Feb 23 09:49

OLIGARCHY: Top British Politicians Offer Influence For Cash

The very fabric of British political society is being torn into pieces with an apparently never-ending stream of scandals.

Top British Labour Party figure Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, overseer of British intelligence agencies, have been caught on camera offering political influence for cash.

Feb 23 09:49

Whatever Became of Economists and the American economy–Paul Craig Roberts

According to the official economic fairy tale, the US economy has been in recovery since June 2009.

This fairy tale supports America’s image as the safe haven, an image that keeps the dollar up, the stock market up, and interest rates down. It is an image that causes the massive numbers of unemployed Americans to blame themselves and not the mishandled economy.

This fairy tale survives despite the fact that there is no economic information whatsoever that supports it.

Feb 23 09:47

U.S. Army Claims to Be Full of Liars

“Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession” is the title of a new paper by Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras of the U.S. Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. Its thesis: the U.S. Army is full of liars who habitually lie as part of a lying culture that has internalized and normalized lying to the point of unrecognizability.

Finally a claim from the Army I’m prepared to take seriously!

Feb 23 09:46

Another Airdrop for ISIS

A security source in Diyala province said that ISIS terrorists have executed a citizen while trying to videotape an unidentified helicopter landing in one of the northern agricultural villages of Muqdadiyah through ISIS control over these areas in the past periods.

The source told “Shafaq News", that "We have received reliable information from residents of one of the farming villages that ISIS organization has arrested one of the citizens during filming the landing of an aircraft of the International Alliance with his mobile telephone, adding that one of the elements of the organization was able to detect the person who was hiding behind a one of the houses in farming village and took him to the leaders of the organization before he completed filming “.

The source asserts that ISIS elements beaten and left him clinically dead for several days before being executed, indicating that the plane landed in the village for 15 to 20 minutes and flew again, according to eyewitnesses.

Feb 23 09:43

Mueller Kayla’s father denounces US policy not to pay ransom

Carl Mueller, father of Kayla Mueller -the American who died in the hands of the jihadist Islamic State (EI or ISIS, for its acronym in English) – denounced the systematic policy of your country of choice for not paying ransoms “before life American citizens.”

“We understand the policy of not paying ransoms, but otherwise any parent can understand that one would do anything to bring her daughter home. And we tried. We ask it. But put politics ahead of the lives of American citizens” Mueller said in an interview with NBC News, pointing to Barack Obama.

Further Read: http://whatisusa.info/mueller-kaylas-father-denounces-us-policy-not-to...

Feb 23 09:42

The train fare trick that can save railway user MILLIONS: Website uses secret code to find cheaper tickets by splitting a journey into legs while travelling on same train

Rail passengers could save millions of pounds a year thanks to a secret computer code which finds cut-price fares normally hidden from the public.

Founders of the website TrainSplit.com are helping travellers buy cheaper ‘split tickets’.

This means that instead of buying one ticket for a journey, passengers can break their trip up into legs – offering a lower combined fare while travelling on the same train.

Feb 23 09:40

9 surprising industries getting filthy rich from mass incarceration

It’s no coincidence that the United States now imprisons more of its people than any other country in the world: mass incarceration has become a giant industry in the U.S., resulting in huge profits not only for private prison companies, but also, for everything from food companies and telecoms to all the businesses that are using prison labor to cut their manufacturing costs. The prison-industrial complex even has its own lobbyists: according to a 2011 report from the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), the U.S.’ largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and their competitor the GEO Group have both spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for longer prison sentences. And the American Bail Coalition has been lobbying for the bail bond industry for 23 years.

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The current prison system in the US is corrupt, insane, and guarantees a ridiculously high rate of recidivism.

The country of Sweden is emptying its prisons. And why?!?

Because the entire focus is rehabilitation and social integration after the prisoner has served his term.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that any degree of enlightenment will come to the American penal system anytime soon.

Feb 23 09:39

Free Dollar In Venezuela, The Country Of The Four Exchange Rates

For the first time in many years, the Venezuelan bolivars per dollar can be changed freely, with the backdrop of the government’s fight against a deep economic crisis, which has made ??reopens a kind of free forex market.

Thursday entered into force far released two weeks ago by the government of Nicolas Maduro, so the country is now four different exchange rates.

Further Read: http://whatisusa.info/free-dollar-in-venezuela-the-country-of-the-four...

Feb 23 09:38

Secrecy around police surveillance equipment proves a case’s undoing

The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time pot dealer of $130 worth of weed using BB guns. Under Florida law, that was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four years in prison.

But before trial, his defense team detected investigators’ use of a secret surveillance tool, one that raises significant privacy concerns. In an unprecedented move, a state judge ordered the police to show the device — a cell-tower simulator sometimes called a StingRay — to the attorneys.

Rather than show the equipment, the state offered McKenzie a plea bargain.

Feb 23 09:36

GLADIO STRIKES: Explosion at Peace Rally in Kharkov, Ukraine

At least two people have been killed after an explosive device was tossed from a car into a crowd of people gathering for a peace rally in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Feb 23 09:35

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

It would certainly seem that way if one were to take at face value the putrid assertions of Western governments that are not particularly known for their honesty or integrity. But astute observers of history and geopolitics can spot a deception when they see one, and the latest theatrical performances being marketed to the masses as real, organic occurrences remind one of a Monty Python sketch.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses. On Feb. 15 the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released another highly choreographed and visually striking video allegedly depicting the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Shortly following the video’s release, the Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sissi launched air strikes against ISIS targets in Libya where the execution video was allegedly filmed, although experts are now saying that the production was faked.

Feb 23 09:34

Big Pharma Is America’s New Mafia

Pharmaceutical companies have more power than ever, and the American people are paying the price—too often with our lives.

But as physicians, we have very little good information to go on. Even our most prestigious journals publish research based on falsified studies, according to Charles Seife, a journalism professor whose class spent a semester trying to figure out why the data don’t get corrected once research fraud comes to light. “As a result,” Seife writes, “nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses.”

Feb 23 09:32

BEX ALERT - Libyan Army official tells Arab paper that militias captured chemical weapons

Militias in Libya have captured chemical weapons from storage areas in southern and central parts of the country, the Arab media reported on Saturday.

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"Ooooooh; they have chemical weapons. CHEMICAL WEAPONS!!! We just HAVE to invade Libya again!:" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 23 09:31

MPs' salary of £67,000 is not enough for the standard of living I'm ENTITLED to, says Tory Sir Malcolm Rifkind as he defends his second jobs after 'cash for access' sting

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who chairs the Intelligence and Security Select Committee, has been suspended from the Conservative party after bragging that he could see any foreign ambassador in London and has 'useful access' to every British ambassador in the world.

But in a series of disastrous media interviews, he claimed today that it was 'quite unrealistic' to expect backbench MPs with professional backgrounds to 'simply accept a salary of £60,000'.

Sir Malcolm and former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw were secretly filmed discussing how they could use their contacts to benefit a private company and both boasted about charging at least £5,000-a-day. Mr Straw has also been suspended by the Labour party over the 'disturbing' allegations.

Feb 23 09:31

White House that promised transparency refuses to cooperate with IRS probe

The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama’s top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually.

The tax agency has already said it doesn’t have the capability to dig out the emails in question, but the White House’s chief counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, insisted in a letter last week to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan that the IRS would try again once it finishes with the tea party-targeting scandal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can't the NSA find that info quickly? If not, then they really can;t find terrorists, can they?

Feb 23 09:25

Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s low-key wife

In 1999, Columba Bush, the famously private wife of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was detained and fined by federal customs officials for misrepresenting the amount of clothing and jewelry she had bought while on a solo five-day shopping spree in Paris.

The incident left the Florida first lady deeply mortified and her husband politically chagrined. Jeb Bush said the first lady had misled customs officials because she did not want him to know that she had spent about $19,000 on the trip.

Feb 23 09:24

5 Emergency Drills That Went Horribly Wrong

Normally, when one participates in a training exercise, all of the participants in said training exercise are well aware that they are, in fact, participating in a training exercise. In this case, however, the other soldiers were told that Baker was a prisoner who wasn't cooperating, and that he had already assaulted a sergeant.

Here's what happened next, in Baker's own words:

Feb 23 09:19

Florida Tribe Threatens Rick Scott: Let Us Build A Casino Or We Start Growing Pot

An Alabama native American tribe that operates casinos in Florida informed the state that if it doesn’t allow them to expand their casinos, they will have no choice but to start growing marijuana on the land designated for the expansion, the Associated Press reports.

Feb 23 09:18

Austerity Victims of the World Unite!

Regardless of the outcome of the newly-elected Greek government’s debt negotiations with representatives of Europe’s big finance, the mere fact of the left-leaning Syriza Party’s ride to power on a groundswell of the Greek people’s anger over the neoliberal austerity measures deserves to be celebrated by austerity victims everywhere. More than anything else, Syriza’s electoral victory represents a clear indication that, when mobilized, people can bring about change.

Feb 23 09:15

US arming Israel with additional 14 stealth fighters

The United States is set to arm Israel with more fighter jets in a three-billion-dollar agreement signed between Washington and Tel Aviv over the weekend.

The deal includes 14 F-35 stealth fighters made by the US company, Lockheed Martin, at a cost of about $110 million each, Israeli officials announced on Sunday.

Feb 23 09:15

Record Low Baltic Dry Casualties Emerge: Third Dry-Bulk Shipper Files For Bankruptcy In Past 3 Weeks

The unintended consequences of a money-printed, credit-fueled, mal-investment-boom in commodities (prices - as opposed to physical demand per se) and the downstream signals that sent to any and all industries are starting to bite. The Baltic Dry Index has plunged once again to new record lows and the collapse of the non-financialized 'clean' indicator of the imbalances between global trade demand and freight transport supply has the real-world effects are starting to be felt, as Reuters reports the third dry-bulk shipper this month has filed for bankruptcy... in what shippers call "the worst market conditions since the '80s."

Feb 23 09:14

UN: Israel Deliberately Targeted Peacekeeper in Lebanon

UNIFIL officials say Israel never even attempted to fire at the Hezbollah forces that were attacking them, and instead focused their artillery directly at the UNIFIL observation tower, with strikes getting closer until they finally hit it, killing soldier Francisco Javier Soria Toledo.

Feb 23 09:13

Hillary Clinton Exposed: How She Aggressively Lobbied For Mega Corporations As Secretary Of State

"...those companies were among the many that gave to the Clinton family’s global foundation set up by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. At least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during her tenure donated a total of more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation, ...Mrs. Clinton’s connections to the companies don’t end there. As secretary of state, she created 15 public-private partnerships coordinated by the State Department, and at least 25 companies contributed to those partnerships."

Feb 23 09:13

USGS Confirms Oklahoma Quakes Are Due To Fracking

The debate about the cause of the exponential rise in the frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma has really heated up in the last year, but as KFOR4 reports, The United States Geological Survey (USGS) appears to have put any doubt firmly to rest. In a strongly-worded press release, the USGS states, "...Large areas of the United States that used to experience few or no earthquakes have, in recent years, experienced a remarkable increase in earthquake activity.. This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes... Instead, the increased seismicity is due to fluid injection associated with new technologies that enable the extraction of oil and gas from previously unproductive reservoirs."

Feb 23 09:12

White elephants in the room: How EU projects blow billions of euros amidst austerity talks

Looking at some of the projects the EU has funded over the last decade, one would think the organization had limitless funds at its disposal. Millions across the continent are currently living in poverty following the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. One in three Greeks is living below the poverty line, while the nation has an unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent. However, that figure is double amongst the country’s youth. Spain is not fairing much better, with almost a quarter of the working population unable to find a job.

Despite pressing needs to address these problems, the EU has been lavishing billions of euros on extravagant projects, with poor oversight into what will happen to these schemes when completed. RT looks at six ‘white elephants’ the EU has funded, which are leaving taxpayers around the European Union thinking why this was ever built.

Feb 23 09:11

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Islamic State: The Case for Removing the “Fantasist-in-Chief”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is full of predictable surprises. Stomping and punching his way into the history books, his government finds itself teetering before the electoral precipice. As it should. His domestic policy lies in stagnant waters. His foreign policy has entered the comic books – a Marvel animation with misguided perceptions of world power, his seemingly rehearsed idiocy lead to threats of “shirt-fronting” Vladimir Putin and prosaic speculations at world summits. His dangerous union with Peta Credlin, his tyrannical bully of a chief of staff who keeps ministers in line and leaks to please, continues to thrive with ominous energy.

Feb 23 09:10

Abbott warns Australia will ‘have to reconsider where the line is between individual freedoms and the safety of the community’ (a long way from where it is now, right?)

‘Australia is to toughen citizenship laws and tackle those inciting hatred under new measures targeting domestic extremists, PM Tony Abbott has said.

He said citizenship for dual nationals involved in terrorism could be suspended or even revoked.

People born in Australia could also lose some privileges if they broke anti-terror laws, he added.

Officials have warned that the country faces a growing security threat from radical Islamists.’

Feb 23 09:09

VIDEO: ADL OFFICIAL AT EXTREMIST EVENT FALSELY STATES 95% OF TERRORISM IN US FROM WHITE SUPREMACISTS

Oren Segal, who heads the Anti-Defamation League’s Extremism Center, said on February 18 at a White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, that Islam wasn’t the only violent threat. Instead Segal blamed America and white supremacists for violence. “Violent extremism is not a Muslim community problem,” he said, “It’s an American problem. It’s also a problem that’s international.”

Feb 23 09:09

Cop Chains Innocent Man to Wall, Beats Him, Gouges Eyes After Refusing to Confess to a Crime

In August of 2013 former detective Rodolfo Gomez savagely beat Deron Love during an interrogation. He was chained to the wall.

Love, 27, was accused of killing his 7-month-old baby, a charge he would not confess to and one that he would eventually beat.

A year after being tortured by Gomez, Love was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect in the death of his infant son.

Love’s innocence was of no matter to Gomez who repeatedly compelled him to confess.

After becoming tired of being told to confess to a crime that he did not commit, Love became agitated and began screaming in the face of Gomez. Gomez, then “feared for his safety” as the man, who was chained to a wall yelled at him. So he began to beat the restrained man – savagely.

There are two videos of Gomez’s interaction with Love. In the first video, Gomez is seen unleashing multiple punches and knee blows to the face and head of Love.

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"It was NOT the vaccines! It was NOT the vaccines! It was NOT the vaccines! You killed that baby! It was NOT the vaccines!"

Feb 23 09:07

Chevron ditches last European fracking project in Romania

US energy giant Chevron is terminating its operations in Romania due to poor exploration results and prolonged protests by environmentalists.The withdrawal from this fracking project will mark the end of the company’s shale gas exploration in Europe.

Feb 23 09:06

What Ordinary Greeks Think Of Friday's Deal: "We Went Through Two Months Of Agony To Realize We Are Still A Debt Colony"

"Their political problem is that this a reversal of their election position. There is absolutely nothing on the table that could be considered a concession. They're now compromising and compromising quite significantly," he told national broadcaster RTE, but made clear Athens had little choice. "The biggest threat to Greece was that their banking system would go belly up next Wednesday."

Feb 23 09:05

HSBC chief executive says he only put his £5million into secret Swiss bank account at centre of tax avoidance scandal 'to keep it private from his colleagues'

The chief executive of crisis-hit HSBC admitted today he put millions of pounds in a secret Swiss bank account because it was the only way to hide his huge earnings from his spying colleagues.

Feb 23 09:04

James O’Keefe: “I Am Afraid for My Life”Journalist set to release bombshell story

Whatever its nature, the story promises to be a big one given the impact generated by O’Keefe’s previous work.

In 2007, O’Keefe posed as a donor wanting to give money to Planned Parenthood to pay for the abortion of black and other minority babies. Workers at numerous Planned Parenthood clinics agreed to accept the donation on these terms.

O’Keefe’s biggest scalp was undoubtedly his 2009 take down of ACORN, an advocacy organization for people on low income. Hidden camera footage published by O’Keefe showed ACORN employees giving advice on how to evade detection for tax evasion, human smuggling and child prostitution. Congress voted to eliminate federal funding for ACORN as a result of the exposé.

In August 2014, O’Keefe demonstrated the porous state of the U.S. border when he crossed an unguarded footbridge in the upper Rio Grande while dressed as Osama Bin Laden.

Feb 23 09:01

Kerry says deal not imminent as Iran, US energy chiefs join talks

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz joined Iran nuclear negotiations here for the first time Feb. 21, raising expectations that talks had reached a critical point. US Secretary of State John Kerry, however, sought to tamp down expectations that Iran and six world powers were close to finalizing a preliminiary political agreement, telling reporters that there were still significant gaps.

Feb 23 09:00

Financial War: US Wants to Trigger Wave of Russian Bankruptcies

The US government insists on a tightening of sanctions against Russia, and demands that the EU follow suit. Washington now wants sanctions that will have a “devastating” effect, which Russia must “suffer.” Financial measures are planned to trigger a wave of bankruptcies in Russia.

Feb 23 08:59

More Embellishments From Bill O'Reilly

Feb 23 08:53

Palestine accuses Israel of opening dams, flooding Gaza, forcing evacuations

In the wake of a recent severe winter storm in the region, Israeli authorities opened the floodgates to discharge the accumulated water, Palestinian officials say. Residents of eastern Gaza reported injuries as well as deaths of livestock and poultry, caused by the Israeli action which allegedly came without prior notification, Gaza's Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) said Sunday.

Feb 23 08:52

‘Bailout deal won’t stop Syriza from cutting austerity trend’ – Greek econ minister

Syriza is still determined to fulfill its campaign promises to cut austerity regardless of the new agreement between Athens and Eurozone ministers, a Greek economic minister told RT.

In accordance with a deal agreed to on Friday, Greece must submit a list of reforms for review to a group of bailout monitors on Monday. If the reforms are approved, Athens will secure a four month extension to Eurozone funding.

The extension provides Greece with a temporary economic lifeline, without offering permanent solutions to the debt-ridden nation.

Feb 23 08:51

Coins for Abbott: Indonesians rally to repay tsunami aid, call Australian PM ‘Shylock’

Indonesians have mobilized in record numbers to collect cash for the Australian PM, who touched a raw nerve by bringing up Australia’s $1 bn in tsunami relief aid to Jakarta while making a clemency appeal for convicted drug traffickers.

Images of Australian Prime Minister Tonny Abbott with red tape crossed over his mouth can be seen all over Indonesia, particularly in Jakarata. Loads of silver coins are covering banners spread on the ground – all part of the “repay” protest campaign that has spread like a bushfire across the island nation.

Feb 23 08:51

Why Are Government Subsidies Forcing GMO Baby Formula on Low Income Mothers?

It’s unfortunate, but mothers and babies who receive federally-funded WIC assistance (Women, Infants and Children Program) are usually provided with formula comprised of GMO ingredients, including GMO corn and GMO soy.

Feb 23 08:50

A fabulous smackdown of O’Reilly

In a way, it’s impossible to win a debate with O’Reilly because he is not bound by reality. In response to the article, he told Fox News’ media reporter, Howard Kurtz, "Nobody was on the Falklands and I never said I was on the island, ever." Yet our article included video of O’Reilly saying in 2013, "I was in a situation one time, in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falklands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete. And the army was chasing us." Note the words "war zone" and "in the Falklands."

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Feb 23 08:47

‘No credible plot’: DHS distances itself from chief’s ‘mall terror threat’ warnings

The Department of Homeland Security has denied it is aware of any credible terrorist plots against shopping centers on US soil after their chief advised shoppers, particularly in the Mall of America, to be careful following threats from Somali extremists.

“We are not aware of any specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center,” Homeland Security Department spokeswoman Marsha Catron said in a statement. She noted, however, that federal agents have shared the information with local law enforcement and “private sector partners.”

Earlier on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke on CNN’s State of the Union about the threat made in a video attributed to Somalia’s Al-Shabaab radical group.

Feb 23 08:46

72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents

Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order?
Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents.

Feb 23 08:46

This European Nation's Poverty Rate Just Hit A Record High (Spoiler Alert: Not Greece)

For the last few years - and most especially the last few months - all eyes have been focused on Greece. From record poverty rates to record suicide rates and levels of youth unemployment, post-election emboldened hopes for a phoenix-like rebirth of a nation from the flames of Eurogroup repression were seemingly dashed on Friday. However there is another nation, that begins with the letter 'G' and that is at the heart of the EU-Greece talks that is suffering seemingly silently. As Newsweek reports, poverty in Germany is at its highest since the reunification of the country in 1990, with 12.5 million residents now classified as 'poor'...

Feb 23 08:45

Republicans To Investigate NASA Over Climate Data Tampering

With record heat (and drought) in the west and record cold (wet and snow) in the east, the global warming game-playing continues every day but the climate-gate rhetoric has increased vociferously since we first noted three weeks ago, the data that has been so relied upon to 'prove' global warming's trend was in fact manipulated. What The Telegraph called "the most extraordinary scandal of our times" - that of the "seasonally-adjusted" seasonal raw global temperature data - is about to be investigated by Congress. As Daily Caller reports, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrbacher exclaimed "expect there to be congressional hearings into NASA altering weather station data to falsely indicate warming & sea rise."

Feb 23 08:45

Who needs facts? Associated Press caught in yet another bizarre denial of mercury in vaccines

It seems that even Associated Press writers have been so utterly propagandized by the corrupt vaccine industry that they can't tell truth from lies anymore. An AP story authored by Gosia Wozniacka and published yesterday on Yahoo News repeats an oft-repeated vaccine industry lie, claiming that mercury has been "phased out" of all vaccines.

"The CDC has phased out a mercury-containing preservative in vaccines as a precautionary measure," claims the Associated Press story. Unfortunately, that's simply not true. The claim is utterly false, even according to the CDC itself.

As Natural News has extensively documented in articles like this one, even the CDC openly admits mercury is still used in vaccines. In fact, the CDC vaccine additives page, found here, repeats this admission that mercury is still used in vaccines.

Feb 23 08:44

Cartoon:Bull O'Reilly

Cartoon:Bull O'Reilly

Feb 23 08:43

Google Chrome Approaching World Domination?

A few moments ago a reader was having difficulty with an ad on my blog. I occasionally get complaints, and most of the recent ones involve non-US ads. The reader said the problem went away when he switched over to Chrome from Internet Explorer.

That got me wondering what browsers people were using to read my blog. Here are the results from a 20-minute, mid-Saturday snip.

Feb 23 08:43

$1 billion arms grant 'on its way': Lebanon interior minister

Lebanon will soon receive the first shipment of weapons financed through a $1 billion Saudi grant, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in remarks published Monday.

Separately, Lebanon Monday will receive a shipment of Jordanian weapons, Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported.

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Israel just lost the Litani River!

Feb 23 08:42

Corporate Power Grab: The Wild Claims and PR Spin of the Pro-GMO Lobby

A recent report by US Right to Know (‘Seedy Business: What Big Food is Hiding with Its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs’, see here) outlines how agrichemical firms have spent more than $100 million since 2012 on political and PR campaigns to shift the media narrative on GMOs. The non-profit food research group is now calling on media to accurately report that the science on GMOs is contradictory and has been largely controlled by corporations that profit from GMO seeds and the pesticides that go with them.

Feb 23 08:42

One of the racist Chelsea fans sought after the Paris metro incident is an ex-policeman and director of the World Human Rights Forum

A former policeman accused of being involved in an alleged racist incident with Chelsea football fans on the Paris Metro has apologised.
Richard Barklie, who was one of three men police sought after a black man was allegedly pushed off the train by chanting football supporters, has insisted he is not a racist.

Feb 23 08:42

Even If Current Talks Are Successful, Grave Greek Problems Remain

Greece readies list of reforms to dodge bankruptcy ... Yanis Varoufakis says a bail-out extension will be "dead and buried" if international creditors do not ratify Athens' proposals ... The Greek government will put forward plans to root out tax evasion and overhaul the country's labour laws in a bid to convince creditors it should be granted a vital extension of its bail-out programme on Monday. – UK Telegraph

Feb 23 08:41

Young (UK) voters shunning major political parties as 70% say they wouldn't vote for any of them

Most first-time voters are so fed up with politicians they would not vote for any of the main parties at the election.

An exclusive Mirror Voice of a Generation poll reveals 70% of 18 to 22-year-olds would most likely tick a box backing “none of the above” on their ballot papers.

Feb 23 08:41

JFK Airport officials filter fecal matter in search for drugs

The federal government is looking for doctors to help monitor suspected smugglers’ bowel movements at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in a solicitation that sounds like it could be something out of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” program.

In reality it’s all a very sanitary process and even includes a special high-tech toilet to recover the drugs or other contraband from the other waste passing from the suspected smuggler’s system.

But the details, described in a new solicitation for doctors to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection, underscore the efforts smugglers will go to in trying to get their goods into the country, and the lengths the government will go to try to flush them out.

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"You will NOT buy the drugs you want! You WILL buy the drugs WE decide you must take!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 23 08:39

Maldives' ex-president arrested over judge detention

Police have arrested former Maldivian president, Mohamed Nasheed, in connection with allegedly illegal detention of a senior judge during his tenure.

Nasheed, who currently heads the main opposition party, was taken into custody in the capital island of Male, police said on Sunday.

Feb 23 08:38

Israel opens dams’ gates, floods Gaza

Hundreds of Palestinians have been forced to evacuate their homes in the Gaza Strip because of a move by the Israeli regime to open the gates of several dams surrounding the besieged area.

“The [Israeli] army opened the floodgates of a canal leading to central Gaza, which led to the removal of sand mounds along the border with Israel,” GAZA’s Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) said in a statement on Sunday.

“Opening the levees to the canal has led to the flooding of several Palestinian homes, and we had to quickly evacuate the afflicted citizens,” the statement further read.

Feb 23 08:37

Iraqi minister criticizes US over revealing Mosul assault details

Iraq's defense minister criticizes the US for revealing a time-frame for a looming offensive to recapture Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Mosul, a city of over a million people in northern Iraq, about 400km north of Baghdad, was captured by the extremist group in June.

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Actually, Mosul was taken back by the people of Iraq, who do not care for their US puppet rulers in Baghdad any more than anyone else in any of the conquered lands, but the only way the US could sell a third invasion of Iraq to you was to create a new super-terrorist group called ISIS, and then apply that label to anyone who does not wish to continue living as a slave to the private central banks!

Feb 23 08:23

Dailykos’s Cover-Up of Obama’s Ukrainian Atrocities

Generally speaking, the falsely-called ‘liberal’ (some even call it ‘progressive’) website dailykos (founded and owned by the ‘formerly’ far-right Markos Moulitsas Zuniga) has ignored President Barack Obama’s coup a year ago in Ukraine, which violently overthrew that country’s unpopular but democratically elected President and replaced him with a racist-fascist (i.e., ideologically nazi) anti-Russian regime. It’s a regime that quickly set to work on a euphemistically called ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’ in its far-eastern region Donbass, where the voters had voted 90% for the very same man whom Obama’s State Department and CIA had just overthrown — an ‘Anti Terrorist Operation’ that kills its ‘Terrorists’ (i.e., the residents there) en-masse by firebombing, cluster-bombing, and shelling, the cities, towns, and villages, throughout the region.

Feb 23 08:11

FLASHBACK 2012 - Rising Temperatures Threaten Fundamental Change for Ski Slopes

Whether this winter turns out to be warm or cold, scientists say that climate change means the long-term outlook for skiers everywhere is bleak. The threat of global warming hangs over almost every resort, from Sugarloaf in Maine to Squaw Valley in California. As temperatures rise, analysts predict that scores of the nation’s ski centers, especially those at lower elevations and latitudes, will eventually vanish.


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Another "Snow will be a thing of the past" epic fail, this one from the New York Times!

Feb 23 08:06

Likud, Zionist Union trade blows over Jerusalem attack

Likud warns left-wing government will bring Hamas 'to heart of Jerusalem,' while Zionist Union accuses Netanyahu of using terror and fear for his own survival needs.'

Feb 23 08:05

Western Intervention in Libya a Recipe for Disaster

Libya is in chaos; it has been since the West (especially France) and Qatar-aided civil war that brought an end to Colonel Qadhafi’s regime, which had lasted 41 years and guaranteed, if not democracy, the kind of stability that is now sorely missing from the North African country.

Feb 23 08:04

Evil Assad, Evil Gaddafi, Now Evil Putin: How the West Sells War (and Makes a Killing)

As the conflict in Ukraine persists and as peace talks between Putin and western European leaders (Merkel and Hollande) continue, it is important to look at the economic actors/interests that benefit from conflict and regime change in the Ukraine and how this compares to situations like Syria, Libya and Iraq. There are under-reported angles and interests to these conflicts that we hear little about in western mainstream media and that many do not look for because they are too caught up in political or human dramas.

Feb 23 08:03

Obama’s War Policies Show a Pattern

U.S. President Barack Obama has repeatedly employed a tactic of attacking Russia by using fundamentalist and other conservative extremists in a given Russia-allied nation, so as to turn that Russia-allied nation away from Russia, and toward America, and then of trying to crush these very same right-wing extremists who have been so effective in defeating (or at least weakening) the pro-Russian leader in that Russia-allied country. This tactic leaves civil war and enormous bloodshed in the given formerly (or still) Russia-allied nation.

Feb 23 08:02

4,000 Lynched By White Christian Terrorists

An Alabama-based civil rights organization found that over the course of the South’s turbulent racial history, some 4,000 people are known to have been lynched...

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Let he who is without sin cast the first drone!

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