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Feb 17 15:25

Bibi's Bizarre Call for Jews to Flee Europe for Israel Netanyahu: the King of Chutzpah by BARRY LANDO

snip: But all that is inflamed by the actions of Israel itself. The direct relationship between those acts and the increase in anti-Semitic attacks can’t be denied.

Indeed, the Israeli government has increasingly claimed that the mounting criticisms of Israel for having committed war crimes or human rights violations, all such claims—even if they are coming from Jews as well– are nothing but the product of anti-Semitism.

An outspoken Israeli writer, Uri Avnery, for decades one of the most acerbic critics of his country’s policies, has pointed out the irony: Israel, created as a haven from anti-Semitism for Jews around the world, has instead, by its actions, become the greatest promoter of anti-Semitism around the world.

Feb 17 15:06

PHOTO: Even the New Defense Secretary’s Wife Is Not Safe from Pervy Joe Biden

If our new defense secretary can’t even defend his wife from pervy Uncle Joe over there, why should anyone have faith in him to defend our nation?

Feb 17 14:28

Texas federal court enjoins Obama immigration executive action

Issues Temporary Restraining Order — Is this a way out for Republicans on DHS funding


Feb 17 14:17

Ohio’s Crumbling Hunk of Radioactive Junk

As the world’s nuke reactors begin to crumble and fall, the danger of a major disaster is escalating at the decrepit Davis-Besse plant near Toledo, Ohio.

Now the plant’s owners are asking the Ohio Public Utilities Commission to force the public to pay billions of dollars over the next 15 years to subsidize reactor operations.

But Davis-Besse’s astonishing history of near-miss disasters defies belief. Its shoddy construction, continual operator error and relentless owner incompetence would not be believed as fiction, let alone as the stark realities of a large commercial reactor operating in a heavily populated area.

Feb 17 14:13

Italian Senate moves to outlaw Holocaust denial

Italian senators on Wednesday voted in favour of a bill criminalizing Holocaust denial, following changes to the proposed law to protect freedom of speech.

Feb 17 14:12

Greece rejects bailout deal – Deadline to avoid financial chaos in Europe is March 1st

Europe is on the verge of a horrifying financial meltdown, and there are only a few short weeks left to avert total disaster


Feb 17 14:00

Russian draft resolution on Ukraine passed by UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to approve a Russia-drafted resolution to support the Minsk agreements, reached by the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine last week.

Feb 17 13:56

“Mass Sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe.

The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, however, saw evidence to the contrary, and had six different samples of the tetanus vaccine from various locations around Kenya sent to an independent laboratory in South Africa for testing.

Feb 17 13:49

Man thrown in prison for 3 months for possessing completely legal vitamins

31-year-old Joseph Burrell was thrown in jail for months after he was apprehended for possessing an unidentified white powder


Feb 17 13:39

Western "mediators" are biased toward Kiev putschists

Gone are the days when certain Western nations possessed bona fide credentials as impartial mediators of conflicts. Today, even the Swiss, long regarded as neutral, are anything but, judging from their cooperation agreements with such NATO contrivances the as Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).

Feb 17 13:24

Israeli Hardliners Reject Palestinian Statehood, Want War, not Peace

Israel and America give rogue state governance new meaning. Both are ruthless warrior states.

Living by the sword is longstanding. Naked aggression is official policy. So is partnering in each other's high crimes.

Premeditated dirty wars without mercy repeat with disturbing regularity. Israel and America are like Ukraine.


Feb 17 13:24

gung ho beltway bandits go for broke

Let’s recall what I’d been saying from the start. The goals of the US in Ukraine are, among others: 1. to put a wedge between Russia and Germany/France/EU; 2. paint Russia as a villain; 3. pit Russia and Ukraine in a hot war, by making Russia send troops to Ukraine.

The potential false flag involving a mini-nuke inside the Debaltsevo cauldron is supposed to be blamed on Russia. Therefore, Russia gets again painted as a villain that detonates nukes in poor Ukraine. This may result in more EU sanctions and in US delivering those lethal weapons they had been threatening to send.

Feb 17 13:22

ATF could ban .223 ammunition by reclassification

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has released a plan which would reclassify the popular .223 (M855) round as an armor piercing round.

This particular ammo type is most commonly used in all AR-15 style rifles, and if the ammo were to be reclassified, these firearms would be rendered obsolete without the proper ammo.

Feb 17 13:07

If Massive U.S.-EU Trade Pact Passes Congress, U.S. Farmers May Be Subject to Foreign Regs

Free trade does not simply include cars, appliances, electronics and other durable goods. It also includes food. And the seeds have been planted to lure farmers into this trap through a massive trade bill known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Feb 17 13:05

European Court confirms Polish complicity in CIA rendition and torture

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has today confirmed its judgement that Poland actively assisted the CIA’s European “black site” programme, which saw detainees held and tortured in secret prisons across the Continent.

In July 2014, the ECHR had ruled that Poland “facilitated” the torture, secret detention and unlawful transfer of Abu Zubaydah, who is now held in Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Zubaydah was flown from a secret site in Thailand to another CIA prison in Stare Kiejkuty in northern Poland, where he was detained and tortured during 2002 and 2003. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) detailed in its recent report how Mr Zubaydah was subjected to torture numerous times by the CIA, before the Agency concluded that he was not a member of al Qaeda at all.

Feb 17 13:04

Winter's icy grip brings record cold to metro Detroit

An arctic blast that's cold enough to chill your fingers inside your gloves and make you tear up when you walk outside is going to continue testing our weather-weary patience this week.

Feb 17 13:04

Free Speech Debate Ignited Over Firewoman’s Firing

Charlotte, North Carolina fire investigator Crystal Eschert was recently fired from her job for supposedly posting “offensive” comments to her private Facebook page in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. Since then, Ms. Eschert and her attorney have been fighting to get her job back, alleging she was really fired in retaliation for her whistleblowing during a prior investigation.

Feb 17 11:57

BEX ALERT - Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study

When Ukrainian forces came under withering attack in the east of the country last summer, soldiers were surprised as much as scared by the ferocity of the attack. The separatists they were up against had proven fierce and organised. But this was something else.

Now a group of British investigative journalists using digital detection techniques, satellite imagery and social media has provided near conclusive proof that the shelling came from across the border in Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OSCE does not confirm this.

And the co-author of this piece, Eliot Higgins, has a very spooky background!

Feb 17 11:27

The New York Harbor Looks Like The Arctic Ocean

It’s so cold in New York City that the harbor looks like the Arctic Ocean, floating ice chunks and all. The temperature hit a low of 4 degrees on Monday morning, with a wind chill that made it feel more like -15. New York’s coldest February 16th on record, however, remains 1888 when it was just 1 degree.

Feb 17 11:00

Criminally insane irresponsibility led to modern ‘hacker’s paradise’

The US government has been irresponsible about cyber security for the past 25 years, essentially allowing the NSA to create a ‘hackers paradise’ through numerous infantile backdoors they planted, former US intelligence officer Robert Steele told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, by installing backdoors in all computers, the US Government opened them up to hackers both inside and outside the NSA, and now Obama wants to sell us a solution to the problem they created in the first place.


Feb 17 10:59

SARAH NETANYAHU WAS JUSTIFIED IN STEALING STATE OWNED BOTTLES

Just look at their residence …. it’s in a shambles.

No one should have to live like this …

But

Thank goodness they have a place to move to after the election…

The Netanyahus have an additional, private home of their own in Caesarea

Feb 17 10:58

‘WALKING LIKE A JEW IN PARIS’

Searching for anti-Semitism ...

creating it along the way

Perhaps on a ‘fact finding mission’ for Charlie?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am not the only one who thought this video was a propaganda setup.

Feb 17 10:46

Exactly What Obama’s Request to Use Force Against ISIS Looks Like to the Rest of the World

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah called President Obama’s military force proposal “utterly stupid” on on Wednesday.
Mr. Obama’s draft resolution for the authorization for use of military force (AUMF) does not include a request for the deployment of U.S. ground combat troops and limits authorization for the resources he does want to three years.

Feb 17 10:41

UK's Cameron Wants Unemployed Youth to Do Unpaid Work for the State

Activist Post

United Kingdom's Prime Minister David Cameron wants to teach "order and discipline" to the country's unemployed youth by making them work for the government without pay.

Under the Conservatives' plan, youths in the UK will be required to do "daily work" from the moment they claim any government benefits...

Feb 17 10:22

Obama Calls For A Public Debate On Encryption

President Barack Obama said Friday he probably more than anyone in the security forces would opt for a strong data encryption, adding that understands the concerns of researchers in the field by the need to protect the people from possible attacks.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: See Rivero challenges the NSA

Feb 17 10:18

Poroshenko President and members of Parliament have taken their families abroad

Google translate: Ukrainian political elite is preparing for a new round of conflict in the country, which will occur in the near future. President Poroshenko and many Members of Parliament have already taken their families abroad, and the mayor of the capital Kiev Klitschko inspect the bomb shelters. What awaits Ukraine - new maidan or full war with Russia?

Feb 17 10:17

Ben Carson Is Asked How He Would Fight The Islamic State; You’ll Love His Answer…

Dr. Ben Carson, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said on Monday that now is the time to “crush” the Islamic State while they are still in their “adolescent stage,” adding that he would use “every resource available” if he were president of the United States.

Feb 17 10:16

Snowstorm paralyses central US as New York cold hits record low

Record-breaking cold gripped the eastern United States while an icy winter storm crippled the nation’s central states and then moved into the mid-Atlantic, dumping snow and forcing federal offices in Washington DC to close on Tuesday.

Feb 17 10:16

FRANCE ISSUES ARREST WARRANTS FOR EX-UBS MANAGERS - JUDICIAL SOURCE

French investigating magistrates have issued arrest warrants for three former Swiss managers at UBS in connection with their investigation into whether the bank helped tax dodgers, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday. It was unclear if the managers worked in France or elsewhere within the Zurich-based bank.

Feb 17 10:15

Tri-State Area Braces For Possibility Of Record Cold

Temperatures began to plunge Sunday afternoon and could challenge record lows by Monday morning.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for New York City, northern New Jersey, western Long Island and southern portions of western Connecticut through 9 a.m. Monday.

Feb 17 10:14

Record Cold Grips MichiganFebruary 16, 2015 10:50 AM

It’s not just been cold in Michigan, it’s been record cold.

The National Weather Service reported Monday that records were broken across the state this weekend due to the cold.

Feb 17 10:14

Polar vortex to deliver another brutal shot of record cold to Michigan later this week

The polar vortex is going to move south to nearly Lake Huron in the second half of this week. It will bring Michigan another surge of record cold.

Feb 17 10:14

Cold wave overnight includes record 12 below zero in Cleveland, 23 below in Ashtabula County

Monday marked the third straight day of record low temperatures in parts of northern Ohio, with readings dipping as low as 23 degrees below zero in Ashtabula County.

At Hopkins International Airport, the official Cleveland weather station, a record of 12 degrees below zero was set at 5:32 a.m., the National Weather Service reported.

That makes Monday the coldest day in Cleveland in six years, Northeast Ohio Media Group research found.

Feb 17 10:13

FORECAST: After ice and sleet, record cold in Fayetteville this week

The Cape Fear region scraped away as much as a half-inch of ice and sleet Tuesday morning as another powerful Arctic bast prepared to slam the region by Wednesday night.

Feb 17 10:13

CIA and Mossad are behind Boko Haram and ISIL, says Sudan president

Omar al-Bashir said that America’s CIA and Israel’s Mossad are behind group Boko Haram and ISIL.

“I said CIA and the Mossad stand behind these organisations. There is no Muslim who would carry out such acts.”

Feb 17 10:10

BEX ALERT - Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record

While it's been a rough winter so far for people in the north-central and northeastern U.S., both December and January were actually warmer than average across the country overall.

The U.S. is having its sixth-warmest winter on record, according to data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which has records back to 1895.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

National Climatic Data Center. Aren't they the ones the British media exposed for manipulating raw data showing cooling so that it supported the global warming agenda? I mean, we ARE dealing with the same government that told us Saddam had nuclear weapons!

Feb 17 10:04

Intel: US Mini-Nukes Delivered to Ukraine; Poroshenko’s Family Urgently Leaves the Country

The potential false flag involving a mini-nuke inside the Debaltsevo cauldron is supposed to be blamed on Russia. Therefore, Russia gets again painted as a villain that detonates nukes in poor Ukraine. This may result in more EU sanctions and in US delivering those lethal weapons they had been threatening to send.

Feb 17 10:03

PUTIN HEADS OFF A US-RUSSIA WAR

Has Russia’s Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire for a second time?

Will the shaky cease-fire in Ukraine that began this weekend hold up and end a conflict that was threatening a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

The answer to the first question is yes. Remember back in 2013 when the Obama White House was threatening to attack Syria over allegations it was using poison gas?
As it turned out, the UN found it was the US-backed Syrian rebels who were likely to have used chemical weapons rather than the Damascus regime.

Feb 17 10:02

NSA hid spying software in hard drive firmware, report says

The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.

Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said.

Feb 17 10:01

Russian Federal Security Service seizes caches with weapons for mass riots in Crimea

Officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Crimea have seized caches of the Right Sector Ukrainian ultranationalist far-right movement that were designed for organization of mass riots, the head of the regional FSB department in Crimea and Sevastopol Viktor Palagin said Tuesday.

Feb 17 09:58

Mount Washington second-coldest place on planet

Mount Washington Observatory staffers Monday recorded one of the world's coldest temperatures and the highest gusts since 2008: 141 mph, higher than the 140 recorded during Hurricane Sandy in 2008.

Early Monday, Mount Washington Observatory Summit observer Ryan Knapp received information from www.wx-now.com that, at -35 degrees F., the summit was the second-coldest reporting location on Earth, behind only the South Pole at -51 degrees.

Feb 17 09:55

Leading Ukrainian Nazi Will Visit Washington Next Week Seeking Weapons

Andrey Parubiy, a co-founder of the Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, which the CIA renamed the “Freedom” Party (“Svoboda”) in order to hide its origin as Ukraine’s nazi party, announced on Sunday February 15th, that he’ll be seeking weapons from the U.S. He had started (but the CIA named) Ukraine’s ‘Anti Terrorist Operation,’ which has been trying to exterminate the residents in Ukraine’s Donbass region, Ukraine’s separatist region. Parubiy’s announcement said, “Next week I’m off to the United States to speak about this very subject,” of getting Washington to supply the weapons necessary to finish that job.

Feb 17 09:52

Danish intelligence was warned about Copenhagen gunman

False Flags Don't Fly Anymore

Feb 17 09:49

State Department spokesperson: We can’t stop ISIS by killing them, we need to give them jobs

For some people, liberalism is truly a mental disorder.
State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told Chris Matthews that ISIS can be stopped if we just create jobs for them. She is literally living in an alternate reality. Guess what happens if we stop trying to kill ISIS? They grow stronger and keep killing the infidels.

Feb 17 09:49

'If Greece exits eurozone, the immediate question will be - Who's next?'

The Eurozone and IMF were ready to extend the current bailout. But the new Greek government asked for a so-called bridge loan - to keep the country's finances afloat until summer.

Feb 17 09:44

UK university rebuffs call by Israel lobby to cancel conference

Southampton University has rejected calls to cancel a conference on Israel and international law, after the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) said it would "have a detrimental impact on cohesiveness."

The conference, 'International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism', is billed as "the first of its kind", and is being organised by Southampton-based academic and former Israeli Oren Ben-Dor, and Palestinian-American law professor George Bisharat.

According to the Jewish News, several "Jewish community leaders" have expressed their "opposition" to the conference and "lodged protests with the university's vice-chancellor."

Feb 17 09:32

Russian researchers expose 'NSA's secret weapon': Outrage at program that enables America to spy on EVERY home computer in the world is uncovered

The NSA began infecting computers in 2001 claims Kaspersky, ramping up their efforts in 2008 when President Barack Obama was elected.

...

The exposure of these new spying tools could lead to greater backlash against Western technology, particularly in countries such as China, which is already drafting regulations that would require most bank technology suppliers to proffer copies of their software code for inspection.

Feb 17 09:27

A woman, one of “San Diego’s best 50 mothers”, stalks and traumatizes young couple — posting fake ads for parties and sex services — after they outbid her on dream home.

A woman who missed out on her dream home in San Diego has been convicted of stalking the young family who outbid her.
Kathy Rowe waged an escalating campaign of abuse, signing the buyers up to magazine subscriptions and sending them $1,200 worth of adult diapers before posting ads for fake parties at their home and leaving their photographs on sex websites.

Feb 17 09:27

Demonizing Scientists and Opponents of GMOs: The Cheap Propaganda of the Pro-GMO Lobby

The pro-GMO lobby always demands that its opponents produce scientific evidence to back up their claims. Parts of this lobby smear and attack people like Vandana Shiva, Professor G.E. Seralini and others for supposedly being incompetent, ‘liars’ or ideological/politically motivated (for example, read this piece on Shiva that calls her a liar, especially the part on farmer suicides – then see the evidence that Shiva provides to back up her claims here).

Feb 17 09:04

A Fanny Equation: "I am your father, Stuxnet"

Back in 2010, very few people paid much attention to a piece of malware that used the LNK exploit prior to Stuxnet. Zlob is a large malware family and these kinds of crimeware-grade samples are rarely of interest to researchers digging into zero-days and nation-state sponsored operations.

However, during our 2014 research into the Equation group, we created a special detection for the group's exploitation library, codenamed "PrivLib". To our surprise, this detection triggered a worm from 2008 that used the Stuxnet LNK exploit to replicate, codenamed Fanny.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the reason the NSA doesn't hunt down and find the cyber criminals is that the NSA happen to BE the cybercriminals!

Feb 17 09:02

Bloomberg's remarks at the Aspen Institute about minorities and guns

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Audio with Bloomberg saying certain minorities should not be allowed to have guns.

Feb 17 09:01

Danish Jews refuse calls to emigrate to Israel

Danish Jews yesterday turned down an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to emigrate to Israel following an attack on the main synagogue in Copenhagen, AFP reported.

"We are very grateful for Netanyahu's concern but having said that, we are Danish – we are Danish Jews but we are Danish – and it will not be terror that makes us go to Israel," the spokesman of the Jewish community in Denmark Jeppe Juhl.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, then there will be another terror attack, and another and another and another until you do what I TELL you to do!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Feb 17 08:49

The rich own our democracy, new evidence suggests

Two new studies by political scientists offer compelling evidence that the rich use their wealth to control the political system and that the U.S. is a democratic republic in name only.

Feb 17 08:49

Someone steals man’s spot after digging his car out after huge storm, his revenge is PERFECT

Shoveling snow sucks. Depending on where you live it can take a long time to get your car out of the snow. The last thing you want is for some lazy idiot to steal the spot you broke your back clearing out.

Feb 17 08:45

Inflation explodes in six countries

Feb 17 08:41

Mum ‘kills son, 10, to save him from embarrassment because his ears were too big

A MUM who throttled her 10-year-old son to death because she thought his big ears were ruining his life is facing murder charges in Turkey.
Nuray Sacan, 37, had paid for the boy to have cosmetic surgery in Gazi Hospital in the capital Ankara, but when she turned up to see the results she told surgeons she was unhappy with the way it turned out.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Was this woman on prescription anti-depressants?

Feb 17 08:41

The NSA has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Samsung, Micron and other manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers

The National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives, allowing them to monitor and eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers - even when they are not connected to the internet.

Feb 17 08:38

Home-Builder Confidence Dips in February

A measure of home-builder confidence dipped in February, a sign that the housing sector may continue to face headwinds in 2015.

An index of builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes fell by two points to a seasonally adjusted level of 55 in February from January’s reading of 57, the National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday. A reading over 50 means a majority of builders see conditions as generally positive.

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected the index would move up to 58 in February from January’s reading of 57.

Feb 17 08:22

Egypt seeks UN mandate for Libya Islamic State intervention

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a United Nations resolution allowing international forces to intervene in Libya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you. When the people of Libya kick out their US puppet rulers, there has to be a second invasion. ISIS is just the excuse.

Feb 17 08:21

Password cracking experts decipher elusive Equation Group crypto hash

Shortly afterward, Steube and Schmidt cracked the hash. Blocking attacks against visitors bearing the username unregistered is an indication that attackers didn't want to infect visitors who weren't logged in. Instead, the attackers appear to have had specific users in mind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the use of the Arabic version of "unregistered" tells us who the intended targets were.

Feb 17 08:18

Saudi cleric rejects that Earth revolves around the Sun

A Saudi cleric has appeared in a recent video rejecting the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and claiming the opposite holds true, prompting a wave of social media remarks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See my comment yesterday about Bronze Age Goat-herders...

Feb 17 08:17

Paul Craig Roberts – Putin Just Warned The West It Faces These Terrifying Consequences

Former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: “The U.S. demonization of Russia and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has resulted in alienating those Russians who were supportive of the West and the United States. The constant demonization of Russia and Putin has galvanized the Russian people behind their president.

Feb 17 08:12

CogniToys' huggable dinosaur is connected to IBM's supercomputer

Feb 17 08:09

Police detain five teenagers suspected of destroying 300 Jewish graves in France

The boy, who was encouraged to hand himself in by one of his friends, denied any anti-Semitic motive, Mr Vannier added.

“We don’t know the motives of these adolescents who don’t have past criminal records and we don’t know of any ideological convictions that could explain their behaviour.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This suggests that the boys are Jewish, and the media doesn't want to admit it.

Feb 17 08:07

America’s most prominent Muslim says The Atlantic is doing PR for ISIS

The letter is an extended exegesis, heavily salted with quotes from the Koran and the Hadith, arguing point by point about the nature of jihad, the slaughtering of innocents, the taking of slaves, and other not-so-savory elements of the distant past — and in the past they should remain, the text argues. It makes the case not only that ISIS was wrong to commit horrific acts of violence in modern times, but that it was interpreting Islamic law incorrectly to justify such acts.

ISIS not only doesn’t represent Muslims. It isn’t, in fact, Islamic at all, the document argues.

Feb 17 08:04

MI5 'halted police child abuse investigation': Victims at children's home accuse security service of colluding to protect abusers

MI5 blocked police investigations into sexual abuse at a children’s home to protect their intelligence gathering operation, campaigners will tell the High Court today.

Victims of abuse at the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland have accused senior members of the security services of colluding in protecting abusers from being investigated or prosecuted.

Campaigners are taking legal action at the High Court in Belfast to force a full independent inquiry with the power to force MI5 witnesses to testify and release documents.

Feb 17 08:03

Advocate calls for global Jewish child-abuse commission

For the past two weeks in Australia, the global Jewish community was rocked by what it heard during public hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne. Dramatic testimony by victims of child sex abuse, their families and those who worked for the Jewish institutions that covered up the abuse led international media headlines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet the Pope is breathing a sigh of relief!

Feb 17 08:03

“OFFICER OF THE YEAR” ADMITS TO RAPING 20 MALE IMMIGRANTS, NOT CHARGED AS SEX OFFENDER

A former Florida police officer has admitted to forcing undocumented immigrants into having sex with him. Jonathan Bleiweiss, 34, pleaded guilty to an array of charges last week, admitting to 14 counts of armed false imprisonment, 15 counts of battery and four counts of stalking. However, he avoided all of the charges with “sex” in them.

Feb 17 08:02

BT poised to land bailiff contract to collect billions in unpaid fines

BT is expected to land a much-criticised Ministry of Justice semi-privatisation deal that would see the telephony giant turn bailiff.

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, believes that big business would be more effective than the courts at reducing the level of outstanding fines, which was around £2bn when the competition to find a private-sector provider was launched two years ago.

At a time when the Coalition has been trying to balance the UK’s books, ministers have also ended up writing off hundreds of millions of pounds in fines in recent years.

Feb 17 08:01

Private Arms Dealers in Bed With UK Defence Ministry

Concerns have been raised over the close relationship between the British government and the private sector, after it was revealed that a number of arms firms’ employees are currently seconded to positions in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and other government departments.

Feb 17 08:01

‘Effectively dead’: Media speculate on India’s purchase of $20bn French Rafale jets

Three years of negotiations between France’s Dassault and the contract negotiation committee of the India’s Defense Ministry on the purchase of 126 Rafale fighter jets may be about to collapse. Sources mostly blame the exorbitant price.

According to Business Standard, citing an anonymous source at the CNC, Dassault’s proposal turned out to be much more expensive than presented in the commercial bid, making it far from being the cheapest one, as announced on January 31, 2012.

Feb 17 08:00

Greece And Euroland's Crumbling McMansion Of Debt

Sometimes the best way to summarize a complex situation is with an analogy. The Greek debt crisis, for example, is very much like the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-08.

As you might recall, service workers earning $25,000 annually got $500,000 mortgages to buy McMansions in subprime's go-go days. The applicant fudged a bit here and there on income and creditworthiness, and lenders reaping huge profits from originating and selling mortgages were delighted to ignore prudent underwriting standards and stamp "low-risk" on the mortgage because it was quickly sold to credulous investors.

The bank made its money in transaction and origination fees, and passed the risk of default on to investors who accepted the fraud that the loan was low-risk.

Feb 17 07:59

‘What part of no don’t you understand?’ TTIP critics target EU trade commissioner

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom’s visit to London to promote the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been met with protest, as MPs say more transparency is needed to address public concern.

Malmstrom’s meeting with business and political leaders Monday afternoon was an attempt to shore up more public support for the deal, which has been criticized for allowing large corporations to flourish at the expense of small businesses.

Business Secretary Vince Cable will tell the Commissioner there are many benefits for the US and the EU, but only if politicians are given access to TTIP as the treaty develops, so that they can ask questions on behalf of the public.

Protest group StopTTIP UK, however, say Monday’s meeting ignores the fact “people across the EU are loudly and clearly rejecting” TTIP, claiming the trade deal could jeopardize governments’ legal freedom and will lower trade standards.

Feb 17 07:59

U.S. stocks open lower

U.S. stocks open lower amid Greek deadlock

The U.S. stock market began the holiday-shortened week on a sour note Tuesday, as investors reacted to the latest news on Greece. The deadlock between Greece and its creditors, after talks collapsed on Monday, weighed on sentiment. Adding to general gloom was a weaker-than-expected reading on manufacturing activity in New York State. The S&P 500 SPX, -0.25% dropped 5 points, or 0.3%, to 2,091. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.21% opened 50 points, or 0.3%, lower at 17,972. The Nasdaq Composite fell 8 points, or 0.2%, to 4,885.

Feb 17 07:58

How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last

Kaspersky researchers have documented 500 infections by Equation Group in at least 42 countries, with Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Syria, and Mali topping the list. Because of a self-destruct mechanism built into the malware, the researchers suspect that this is just a tiny percentage of the total; the actual number of victims likely reaches into the tens of thousands.

Feb 17 07:57

Montana community turns away teen with troubled past

Spencer's parents said he was on antidepressants and medication for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder when he took a loaded .357 Magnum and unloaded .22 handgun to Harrison High School on Jan. 25, 2013.

Feb 17 07:55

Ukrainian army battles rebels for control of Debaltseve

The fighting has erupted on the streets of the besieged town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, despite the shaky truce. The rebels claim they have taken over most of the key strategic city.

Feb 17 07:54

Euro falls after Greece talks collapse

The euro slipped more than a full cent on Tuesday before recovering slightly after talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers broke down. Global markets also retreated as a result of the impasse.

Feb 17 07:48

Why can’t media describe Chapel Hill murders as terrorism?

Today marks one week since 23-year-old Yousef Abu-Salha’s younger sisters — Yusor, 21, and Razan, 19 — were murdered by their neighbor. Yousef told The Electronic Intifada over the the phone from North Carolina that he has no doubt their murder was an anti-Muslim hate crime.

The women were executed along with Yusor’s husband, 23-year-old Deah Barakat, in the newlywed couple’s condominium.

Feb 17 07:47

Israeli ambassador: Netanyahu address to Congress on Iran deal worth price of ties with Obama

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to influence the nuclear negotiations with Iran by addressing Congress is worth the price Israel will pay in its relations with the U.S. administration, Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer has told Israeli envoys working in America.

Feb 17 07:46

Greece’s game of chicken and a ‘final mania phase’ for Wall Street

Talks between Greece and eurozone finance ministers on Monday night lasted barely two hours, according to some reports. Sticking to his guns, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his country wants a deal, but with concessions. He also said negotiators don’t have “the right to play games with the future of Europe,” and that a halfway meeting point may emerge during the next couple of days.

Feb 17 07:45

‘Concrete steps for OSCE to monitor E. Ukraine’ agreed by Putin, Merkel, Poroshenko

The leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine have discussed the progress in implementing the Ukraine ceasefire deal amid an ongoing dispute over Kiev’s besieged military force in Debaltsevo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is all well and good for these leaders to agree to a course of action and quite another to get the eastern Ukrainian republics, who are not part of the negotiations, to go along. Everyone is assuming that Putin is somehow able to influence the eastern Ukrainian Republics, but even Poroshenko is unable to control his own hard right sector, which has vowed to continue the fighting. And, if the reports we had yesterday are accurate, Poroshenko has been handed an ultimatum by his own military to end the war in one week, or be ousted. After a year, it is clear that Poroshenko cannot capture the east in just a week, and the Eastern Ukrainian Republic know this.

Feb 17 07:33

Kremlin rejects copyright defenders’ initiative for ‘internet tax’ - report

Russian Presidential Administration will oppose the motion suggesting to introduce a universal copyright fee levied on all internet users, a Russian business daily reports.

The initiative originated in the Russian Union of Copyright Holders – a nationwide organization headed by film director Nikita Mikhalkov. The union has earlier succeeded in introducing the 1 percent universal fee on digital media – since 2010 Russian businesses that sell blank DVDs and memory cards have to pay to copyright holders because their products could potentially be used to record pirated works.

Feb 17 07:32

Global economy continues to wither as West Coast ports remain shut down

Has the world's economy officially tanked? One radio talk show host thinks so, and he has some data to back it up.

In a blog post on his website, Dave Hodges -- host of The Common Sense Show -- notes that economic indices are bottoming out and that's in large part due to a proposed agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Electronic Freedom Foundation describes as "a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement."

The forces behind the agreement, notes Hodges, have used their influence to stall delivery of critically important commodities until it is fully implemented among member nations.

Feb 17 07:31

Greece: What Happened Today, And What Happens Next

After today's second in one week Eurogroup fiasco, things for Greece are getting perilously close to the endgame. Either that, or Yanis Varoufakis, who earlier said he is "not bluffing", is conducting a master class in just that. So for all those confused what happened earlier, and more importantly, what may happen next, here is Deutsche Bank's George Saravelos with a handy summary of the next steps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We grasp at straws and pray for a miracle!"

Feb 17 07:30

‘Such a knucklehead’: US army commander admits confusing location of key Ukrainian city

A US general and NATO's most senior military commander in Europe said he felt like a “knucklehead” after mixing up the location of the strategically important Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And US officers are supposed to be training the Kiev troops?

Feb 17 07:28

Winged Falcon could see Ford make an early exit

COLLAPSING sales of Ford’s once iconic Falcon have intensified pressure on the company to axe Australian production ahead of schedule, forcing premature job losses and escalating the ­urgency of structural reform in the embattled component sector.

Dire sales figures for the Ford Falcon and poor results for the Holden Commodore have raised serious questions about the short-term sustainability of local production as the global car industry seeks ways to further rationalise the sector.

The Federation of Auto Parts Manufacturers warned yesterday that both tiers of government needed to urgently examine how they could assist the component industry to restructure ahead of the closure of Ford, Holden and Toyota production plants.

Feb 17 07:24

ALERT! NYPD Pushes for Law that Would Turn Anyone They Want Into a Felon

Feb 17 07:22

Minnesota Man Released after Months in Jail for Possession of Vitamins

Joseph Ray Burrell, 31, said he isn’t happy that it took as long as it did for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime lab’s findings to be processed. He said evidence records show about a month passed before prosecutors sent the powder in to be tested and more than a month passed after that before the results were returned.

Feb 17 07:20

The War Against Debt? We Lost it Two Thousand years Ago…

Even with Adam Smith’s clear analysis of the wealth of nations, published in those times, economics remains very simple: More money must come in than what goes out, whether running a household, a business or a nation; and of all institutions, banks should be aware of that and be teaching the ethics of frugality and saving real money and genuine prosperity rether than charging you to lend them your money which they use to make more profit on lending it out – prosperity for the banks!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article misses a major point. When you have a private central bank issuing all of the public currency as a loan at interest, it is impossible by design to escape debt slavery.

Feb 17 07:19

Climate “Science”: Consensus or Conformity?

I started a PhD program in Environmental Engineering because I worried about climate change. It didn’t take long for me to become a skeptic.

My first paper, a study about precipitation intensity over the U.S., was rejected by reviewers because it contradicted the climate model projections. Though they could find nothing wrong with the methodology, they decided observational data must be flawed because climate models couldn’t possibly be wrong and wrote that the paper could not be published.

Feb 17 07:18

Cold logic on climate change policy

Change, after all, can be for the better or the worse, and at any rate it is inevitable; there has never been a lengthy period of climate stasis.

Just as there is no logical or scientific basis for thinking that climate change is new, there is no self-evident reason to assume that the climate of the past is “better” than the climate of the future.

Feb 17 07:17

NJ POLICE STATE CHARGES 72-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO HAD 300-YEAR-OLD ANTIQUE GUN

What was his crime? The elderly man was arrested for having a 300 year old, antique flintlock pistol in the notoriously anti-gun state. VanGilder is retired schoolteacher, and never gets in trouble with the law. His attorney explains that the 72-year-old was transporting an unloaded mid-1700s firearm in his vehicle

Feb 17 07:13

Pentagon Deploys Boots On The Ground For ISIS War

Feb 17 07:12

“Islamic State Déjà Vu”: US Sponsored Islamic Fighters in the Balkans, Washington Was Behind the 2001 Terrorist Attacks in Macedonia

The following article focussing on the jihadist terrorist insurgency in Macedonia was first published by antiwar.com in July 2001, barely two months before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon.

Known and documented, since the Soviet-Afghan war, recruiting Mujahedin (“holy warriors”) to fight covert wars on Washington’s behest had become an integral part of US foreign policy. A report of the US Congress had revealed how the US administration – under advice from the National Security Council headed by Anthony Lake – had “helped turn Bosnia into a militant Islamic base” leading to the recruitment through the so-called “Militant Islamic Network,” of thousands of Mujahedin from the Muslim world.

Feb 17 07:11

Syrian army takes ground north of Aleppo: activists

The Syrian army backed by allied militia has captured several villages north of Aleppo from insurgents and fighting has blocked a main supply route leading into the northern city, an activist group said Tuesday.

A U.N. mediator has been struggling to broker a ceasefire in Aleppo and government forces had long been expected to try to encircle it completely, aiming to drive insurgents from Syria's second city and take control of their main supply road.

Feb 17 07:08

Arkansas state senator suggests US nuke allies in order to deal with ISIS threat

Arkansas state Senator Jason Rapert took to Facebook to suggest that the best way to “quickly turn things around” in territory captured by Islamic State extremists would be a “strategically placed nuclear weapon.”

“With ISIS spreading all over the Middle East and Africa and Islamic Extremists carrying out violence in Europe, the United Kingdom and even in the United States, I wonder why the civilized world just sits by when we have weapons that could wipe out these barbarians where they are concentrated?” he asked.

“I believe,” Rapert continued, “it is time to annihilate the strongholds and pursue the rest till we have them all captured or killed. A strategically placed nuclear weapon would save the lives of our soldiers and quickly turn things around.”

Feb 17 07:08

Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ISIS is just more of the same!

Feb 17 07:07

US Not 'Anti-Terror Leader,' But 'Terrorist Breeder' – Chinese State News

Commentary in the Chinese press casts aspersions on the US government's anti-terror credentials ahead of an anti-terror summit hosted by the White House this week.

The Chinese state news agency Xinhua has published a commentary which casts doubts on the ability of the US to "find and eliminate the root causes of terrorism and extremism," owing to its "secret identity as a terrorist breeder."

Feb 17 07:06

Hungarian rhapsody: Will Putin’s visit to Viktor Orban give Russia a way into Europe?

Vladimir Putin has chosen Hungary for his first state visit to an EU state since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis a year ago. Energy issues are expected to top the agenda, yet the Russian leader usually has an ace up his sleeve.

The Russian president’s visit to Hungary is keeping EU officials in Brussels guessing about what sort of deals exactly are going to be signed in Budapest.

Feb 17 07:06

Terror expert: "New strategy needed"

The terror researcher at the Sweden National Defence College, believes that closer cooperation between countries in Europe is needed to create a new stategy to counter the threat of Jihadism and individuals acting alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not destroying other people's countries while taking part in CIA coups d'état on behalf of the banksters might help!

Feb 17 07:05

BBC Reporter Almost Killed by Ukrainian Shell While Accusing Rebels of Shelling

In one more incredibly biased TV report from the Donetsk airport, a BBC journalist started accusing Donetsk self defense forces of breaking the ceasefire while almost getting killed by a Ukrainian "peace-loving" sticking-to-ceasefire shell.

First, Ian Pannell, international BBC corespondent, implicitly accuses rebels of a "scorched earth policy".

Than in an almost surreal moment while saying that artillery fire "appears" to be mostly "outgoing", there's a clear and visible evidence of incoming Ukrainian fire, resulting in an dangerous explosion extremely close to and directly behind him.

Feb 17 06:57

Patriotism and civil disobedience

As the NATO juggernaut directed by a U.S. NeoCon foreign policy marches towards a nuclear confrontation with Russia, the American public is being manipulated to accept that Foggy Bottom knows best

Feb 17 06:55

American Fighting For Custody In A Foreign Country

TX Man's Wife Dumps Him, Takes Their Son To Her Foreign Country- Chronicling His Fight For Custody: The following is a series of messages corresponding with a man in his late 30's whose wife left him, then left the U.S. with the couple's son and filed for divorce. He relays the story of his quest to fight for visitation and custody of his son up in Canada. No editing has been done to the messages, other than some names have been changed. This is posted in the interest of public education and free speech. Rusty cares a lot about his country and protested 'Texas Israel Day' in Austin in 2013 with a handful of others. He is pictured here with his son who is in a stroller with a sign reading 'NO TEXAS ISRAEL DAY!' outside the State Capitol.

Feb 17 06:54

Port Delays Starting to Damage Businesses

Backups hurt retailers and take a heavy toll on small companies as labor dispute drags on

As employers at the ports along the West Coast on Monday refused to unload ships for the sixth day out of the past 10, their nine-month contract dispute with port workers is becoming a significant business problem.
Ocean carrier Maersk Line has canceled some sailings, while China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. said it will skip at least one port. Truckers that normally haul an average of five containers a day away from the Port of Oakland, Calif., are lucky to haul one. A West Coast customs broker said that her customers are being assessed as much as $300 a day for containers that sit too long on the docks, though the containers are trapped there.

The delays are causing acute distress to small-business owners with limited inventory to cover sales.

Feb 17 06:51

Edinburgh patient tests negative for Ebola

A patient admitted to hospital in Edinburgh after recently returning from west Africa has tested negative for Ebola.

Feb 17 06:50

SocGen: Key dates for Greece

Feb 17 06:37

Dept. of Homeland Security shutdown looms, would idle 15% of workforce

Despite this supposedly critical juncture, Congress is taking this week off,

Feb 17 06:35

Kaspersky fingers NSA-style Equation Group for hard drive backdoor epidemic

WD, Seagate and Toshiba kit has a whiff of surveillance

RUSSIAN SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky has exposed what looks like evidence of backdoor surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA)

Kaspersky researchers claim to have uncovered one of the biggest, if not the biggest, threat actor that it has seen in two decades.

The security firm has dubbed this outfit the Equation Group, and its toolbox 'the Death Star of the Malware Galaxy', and explained that the tools of its trade have hallmarks and themes similar to those of Stuxnet.

Feb 17 06:31

Putin Wins a Second Match

Has Russia’s Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire for a second time?

Will the shaky cease-fire in Ukraine that began this weekend hold up and end a conflict that was threatening a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

The answer to the first question is yes. Remember back in 2013 when the Obama White House was threatening to attack Syria over allegations it was using poison gas?As it turned out, the UN found it was the US-backed Syrian rebels who were likely to have used chemical weapons rather than the Damascus regime.

Noble Peace Prize Winner Obama and his lady strategists almost got the US into a war in Syria that could have led to direct clashes with Russia, which was backing the Damascus government.Along came that unlikely man of peace, Russia’s Vlad Putin, who charted a diplomatic course out of the Syria mess for the bumbling White House which had talked itself into corner.

Feb 17 06:26

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite

Once Gadaffi was brutally killed by a mob, advocates of intervention threw a giddy party for themselves, celebrating their own rightness and righteousness and declaring Libya a model for future western interventions. Upon Gadaffi’s fleeing, The New York Times, which editorially supported the war, published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.”

Leading war advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nick Kristof celebrated themselves as humanitarian visionaries and chided war opponents for being blinkered and overly cynical about the virtues of American force. British and French leaders descended upon Libya to strut around like some sort of conquering heroes, while American and Canadian officials held pompous war victory ceremonies. Hillary Clinton was downright sociopathic, gloating and cackling in an interview when told about Gadaffi’s death by mob: “We came, we saw, he died.”

Feb 17 06:21

Border Patrol ordered to release all illegal alien drunk drivers: “Allow them to go on their way”

If you are caught driving while intoxicated and happen to be an American citizen than you’re going to be arrested, fined, and potentially jailed

Feb 17 06:20

Netanyahu Uses US Congress as Prop

By addressing the U.S. Congress for a third time, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will again demonstrate his mastery of the American political process, using the backdrop of repeated standing ovations to keep Israelis from thinking too much about economic troubles.

The speech itself enables Netanyahu to show the U.S. Congress again eating out of his hand, reassuring his voters that he has everything under control as far as U.S. politics are concerned, notwithstanding any unpleasantness with the current U.S. president.

Feb 17 06:03

Stop jumping out of windows!

Mayor Martin J. Walsh blasted city residents who have been filming themselves jumping out of the windows of their houses into snowbanks yesterday, calling the social media craze “a foolish thing to do” with potentially fatal consequences.

“I’m asking people to stop their nonsense right now. These are adults jumping out windows,”

“It’s a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself.”

“We’re asking people to act responsibly in the city of Boston,” Walsh said. “This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous. And the last thing we want to do is respond to an emergency call where somebody jumped out of the window because they thought it was a funny thing to do.”

(*Horsing Around is a long time tradition among the college student population in the City Of Boston , Mister Mayor , Sir)

Feb 17 05:48

FEDERAL COURT TEMPORARILY BLOCKS OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION ACTION

A federal judge has granted a request by 26 states to temporarily block President Obama's executive action on illegal immigration, allowing a lawsuit aimed at permanently stopping the orders to make its way through the courts.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen granted the preliminary injunction Monday after hearing arguments in Brownsville, Texas last month. He wrote in a memorandum accompanying his order that the lawsuit should go forward and that without a preliminary injunction the states will "suffer irreparable harm in this case."

Feb 17 03:42

VA ‘I CARE’ slogan slammed by veterans, employees as mockery of reform

“Adopting a catchy acronym and circulating a checklist is not enough,” said Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. “It’s easy to put on an ‘I CARE’ pin, but it doesn’t matter unless you actually demonstrate that care through your actions and the results you deliver. That’s what veterans, military members and their families are looking for: real results, not a slogan.”

Feb 17 01:44

Russian Farmer Pays His $610 Bank Loan with Manure

However, there’s one thing the banks never seem to account for. If you have the power to take away everything your customer owns, then they’ll have nothing left to lose. This often results in some very candid responses from the people who owe the bank. In the case of one Russian farmer, he’s had enough of his bank’s punitive fees, and has decided to pay them exactly what they deserved.

Feb 17 01:07

How the elite control us, and what they will do when they lose control

In large part, the American people have been conquered through the principle of groupthink. Throughout history, groupthink has played a prominent role in coercing the public of any nation into going to war for the benefit of the elite ruling class and their financial bottom line.

Feb 17 00:34

Obama’s ATF proposes Backdoor Gun Control to Ban Some AR15 Ammunition

President Obama has yet again decided to go around congress, in an attempt to push more of his Anti-Gun, Gun Control Agenda. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) is in the process of reclassifying a certain type of popular AR15 ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition”, so they can then ban its sale to the public.

Feb 17 00:21

HSBC in damage control following biggest banking leak in history

No one is jailed once again...

Feb 17 00:09

C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons

These munitions were remnants of an Iraqi special weapons program that was abandoned long before the 2003 invasion, and they turned up sporadically during the American occupation in buried caches, as part of improvised bombs or on black markets.

February 16, 2015

Feb 16 23:51

Britain and Canada Involved in Foiled US Venezuelan Coup Plot

Feb 16 23:45

Coup plot foiled in Venezuela

Feb 16 23:34

Senator Sessions Releases Lengthy Timeline Of Obama Administration’s Dismantling Of Immigration Laws

As Republicans work to overcome a Democratic filibuster of a House-passed Department of Homeland Security bill that blocks President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is highlighting the Obama administration’s long history of dismantling immigration laws.

Feb 16 23:24

Applegate Farms organic brand may be selling out to GMO Juggernaut

What’s the best way to squash your competition? Buy them out. Applegate Farms, LLC really has no good reason to sell out to a GMO-supporting mega-corporation. They’ve been worth millions for years, and have gained success in the organic food industry like few others. But money talks, and the organic meat seller is in negotiations with industrial food giant Hormel Foods Corp. to become part of its conglomerate.

Feb 16 23:11

‘Hold up. We’re red right now!’ Cops Caught Turning Off Cameras Before Further Beating Man

A lawsuit was filed, and charges have been dropped after dash cam video was released showing St. Louis cops turning off their cameras prior to further assaulting an 18-year-old man.

Feb 16 23:05

Kincora scandal: Abuse victim seeks Judicial Review over MI5 link to Belfast boys' home

A victim of abuse at a notorious boys’ home in Northern Ireland will seek this week to challenge the conduct of Whitehall’s ill-fated investigation into child abuse.

Feb 16 23:03

Cyber-Security Firm: NSA-Linked Spyware Found in Hard Drives Worldwide

Researchers with Kaspersky Lab describe what they say is "the most advanced threat actor" they’ve seen to date.

Feb 16 23:01

Game with No Rules: Legal Imperialism against Russia

The term legal imperialism was coined in relation to the Argentina’s public debt. A New York court admitted a number of private claims to hand down a verdict. By a stroke of hand a judge increased the country’s debt up to $120 billion, according to experts’ estimates. The essence of legal imperialism is the support rendered by Anglo-Saxon legal system to financial vultures.

Feb 16 22:55

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

What is unfolding across the Middle East today is an indictment of imperialism, its ruling elites, its political servants and its lying media.

Feb 16 22:53

NSA Braces for News Leak of Its Cyber Surveillance Work

The National Security Agency is bracing for another major leak, according to U.S. intelligence officials, who say they’re expecting disclosures about the agency’s technical cyber intelligence gathering capabilities to be published in an undisclosed news outlet.

Feb 16 22:43

Blizzard mania costs U.S. over $1 billion

If you live in bone-chilling Boston, you may be booking a flight to Miami right now. The U.S. economy could use some more sun, too.

Feb 16 21:36

German TV Channel in Trouble After Being Caught in Ukraine War Lie

The German federal television channel ZDF got into a bit of trouble recently after a citizens' media monitoring group called them out over false reporting on the presence of Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 16 21:35

Ukrainian Government Faces Possible Coup - Michael Rivero

Feb 16 21:22

U.S. Complicity American Officials Silent on Israeli Abuse of Palestinian Children by MATT PEPPE

snip: The Israeli occupation uses stone-throwing to punish and abuse children like Malak whose land they have illegally occupied for 47 years.
The human rights group Defence for Children International Palestine found that “Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank last year fell victim to a pattern of abuse designed to coerce confessions.”

They reported that Israeli occupiers ordered solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and torture against children. “Impunity for violations was a significant obstacle in 2014 as DCIP filed nine complaints with Israeli authorities concerning the ill-treatment and torture of five children while in Israeli military detention. Not a single indictment has been issued against a perpetrator,” the group wrote.

Another human rights group reported that 240 children detained in Jerusalem over one year suffered sexual abuse by Israeli authorities.

Feb 16 20:44

Cometh the Censor

snip: Today the internet is the only free press we have, all that stands against total control of information. Consider how relentlessly the media impose political correctness, how the slightest offense to the protected groups—we all know who they are—or to sacred policies leads to firing of reporters and groveling by politicians. The wars are buried and serious criticism of Washington suppressed. That leaves the net, only the net, without which we would know nothing.

Feb 16 20:13

Niagara Falls comes to a halt AGAIN: Millions of gallons of cascading water is frozen in bitter temperatures

For the second time in what has been a frigid winter in the Northeastern United States, Niagara falls has come to an icy halt as the six million cubic feet of water that typically flow over the falls every minute has frozen over.

Feb 16 19:14

A clear view of Titan: Nasa 'despeckles' Saturn's largest moon to reveal hidden river channels, shorelines and windswept dunes

For nearly a decade, the Cassini spacecraft has pulled back the misty veil that obscures Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

Its radar has revealed half of the giant moon's surface, highlighting desert-like expanses of sand dunes and vast hydrocarbon seas.

Now, using a new technique for cleaning up Cassini's radar images, these views have taken been transformed into high-definition images of its stunning features.

Feb 16 18:59

The mysterious giant clouds spotted on Mars: Scientists left baffled by 150-mile high plumes coming off the red planet

The phenomenon was observed on March 12, 2012 over the 'terminator', which is the boundary between day and night on Mars.

One of the plumes developed in around 10 hours and lasted for 11 days, shifting shape from 'double blob protrusions' to pillars which merged into a 'finger' shape.

A second was spotted nearby on April 6, 2012, and lasted about 10 days.

'At about 155 miles (250 km), the division between the atmosphere and outer space is very thin, so the reported plumes are extremely unexpected,' says Agustin Sanchez-Lavega of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, who led the study.

Feb 16 18:55

'I probably shouldn't be advocating this': Video of a young George Osborne advising voters how to dodge taxes unearthed

A video of a young George Osborne advising voters how to use ‘clever financial products’ to avoid taxes has been unearthed.

In the clip, recorded on BBC's Daily Politics in 2003, Mr Osborne smirks as he advises a caller to the show how to cut inheritance tax bills and avoid paying for old age care.

Mr Osborne even admits that he ‘probably shouldn’t be advocating this on television’.

Feb 16 18:50

Equation = NSA? Researchers Uncloak Huge 'American Cyber Arsenal'

Though many have shied away from direct attribution, the research appears to have shone a light on what many knew to be true: the US is sitting on extensive and complex cyber tools that it uses against a wide array of targets. ”This is the next level of sophistication, far more sophisticated than Regin,” added Jaime Blasco, from security firm AlienVault Labs.

Feb 16 18:42

Equation group victims map – Kaspersky Lab Discovers The Crown Creator of Cyber-Espionage

By reprogramming the hard drive firmware (i.e. rewriting the hard drive’s operating system), the group achieves two purposes:

1. An extreme level of persistence that helps to survive disk formatting and OS reinstallation. If the malware gets into the firmware, it is available to “resurrect” itself forever. It may prevent the deletion of a certain disk sector or substitute it with a malicious one during system boot.

“Another dangerous thing is that once the hard drive gets infected with this malicious payload, it is impossible to scan its firmware. To put it simply: for most hard drives there are functions to write into the hardware firmware area, but there are no functions to read it back. It means that we are practically blind, and cannot detect hard drives that have been infected by this malware” – warns Costin Raiu, Director of the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab.

Feb 16 18:38

Suite of Sophisticated Nation-State Attack Tools Found With Connection to Stuxnet

Although the Equation Group findings are significant, they still represent only a very small subset of nation-state malware out in the wild from not only the U.S. but other actors as well. And given that the samples Kaspersky found are at least a year old, they may not be state-of-the-art any more.

“The thing that scares me the most is that we don’t have any samples from the Equation Group from 2014,” Raiu says, suggesting the group’s capabilities may have already been surpassed by even more sophisticated wares.

Feb 16 17:10

NSA has ability to embed spying software in computer hard drives, including yours

The NSA has figured out “how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers,” reports Joe Menn at Reuters, which gives the agency “the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers.”

Feb 16 16:30

Beyond Stuxnet and Flame: Equation 'most advanced' cybercriminal gang recorded

The Equation Group uses multiple malware platforms, some of which go far beyond threats such as Regin in complexity and sophistication.

"The Equation group is probably one of the most sophisticated cyber attack groups in the world; and they are the most advanced threat actor we have seen," the company says.

After tracking over 60 threat actors responsible for cyberattacks across the globe, GReAT says that The Equation Group, active over two decades, goes beyond anything else the security team has tracked and witnessed.

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