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August 20, 2015

Aug 20 11:29

Jeb: Trump Not a Proven Conservative, Has Un-American Policies

Wednesday at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said the Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump “doesn’t have a proven conservative record” and described him as being “very un-American.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, un-American policies like ... peace, prosperity, the Bill of Rights (especially that Fourth Amendment, Jeb) ... those sorts of un-American policies.

Aug 20 11:26

Georgos Galeos: Tsipras Surrendered the Greek Flag to the Germans

Aug 20 11:24

TPP Stumbles, Puts Sovereignty at Grave Risk

A funny thing happened on the way to global governance. Just when the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was supposed to move one step closer to world corporatocracy, it stumbled over nationalism and fell. It may soon rise up again—all too soon—but the world’s plutocrats took a pace backward in failing to reach agreement on the final text of the proposed “free trade” treaty at the end of July in Lahaina, Hawaii.

It’s an American tradition to limit the power of government to protect the people from its excesses. Yet the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) takes that concept in the wrong direction, as it would, in a very dramatic and possibly permanent way, limit government by putting corporations in charge. As a result, the 12 governments that have signed onto the TPP would see their powers limited—but according to the designs of transnational banks and other corporations that have replaced the people as the real constituents.

Aug 20 11:23

15 Questions for The Donald

Since announcing his presidential candidacy on June 16, billionaire real estate mogul Donald John Trump has sparked a nationwide debate on illegal immigration, dismissed Senator John Sidney McCain III’s status as a “war hero,” lambasted a number of mainstream media newscasters, jabbed at fellow Republican contenders and emerged as the GOP’s undeniable frontrunner.

If given an opportunity to sit down with Trump, this writer would ask him the following 15 questions.



Aug 20 11:21

10 Questions for Bernie

United States Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I-Vt.) has spoken out against the banking cartel, anti-American global trade deals and the military-industrial-banking complex. He also stands behind American workers.

But on other issues, an alarming number of red flags surrounding this man should fill voters with a great deal of concern.

If given the opportunity to interview Sanders, this writer would pose the following 10 questions that liberal mainstream media pundits refuse to broach.

Aug 20 11:20

The Seed of Corporate Greed

Is Monsanto the most evil corporation in the world? Many people say “yes.”

By a vote of 275 to 150, the United States House of Representatives passed on July 22, H.R. 1599, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” known to many as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act.

Sponsored by Michael Richard Pompeo (R-Kan.), the DARK Act is so named because the legislation keeps consumers in the dark about which foods are derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), preempts state efforts to mandate GMO labeling laws and creates a voluntary scheme tilted toward big agriculture’s interests. The DARK act also prohibits states and localities from banning GMO crops, as reported in this newspaper.

Aug 20 11:08

9-Year-Old Shot Dead in Ferguson While Sitting in Bed Doing Her Homework

A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed Tuesday in Ferguson, Missouri, while she sat in bed doing her homework, her family says.



Aug 20 11:05

Original intent of the 14th Amendment

In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard clearly spelled out the intent of the 14th Amendment by stating:

"Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country."

This understanding was reaffirmed by Senator Edward Cowan, who stated:

"[A foreigner in the United States] has a right to the protection of the laws; but he is not a citizen in the ordinary acceptance of the word..."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So under the original intent of the 14th Amendment, foreigners cannot sneak into the nation, pop out a baby, and have that baby be a citizen. Trump does not need to change the Constitution, he just needs to enforce it!

Aug 20 10:58

EXCLUSIVE: 'Don't you know who I am?' How Hillary's 'arrogant' aide Huma Abedin - now in the crosshairs of Servergate - tried to force her way past Secret Service agents without ID and expected them to carry her luggage

When it comes to arrogance, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's longtime top aide, and her presidential candidate boss are two peas in a pod, according to Secret Service agents.

For that reason, it's not surprising that the FBI investigation of Hillary's use of classified emails reportedly got a jump start after uncovering highly classified emails sent by Abedin and another Clinton aide.

Yesterday, it was revealed that State Department BlackBerry devices issued to the former Secretary of State's aides Cheryl Mills and Abedin, 39, have likely been destroyed or sold off, the department said in a court filing.

Aug 20 10:54

Notes on Police Violence in America: St. Louis Police Kill 18-year-old, Send SWAT Teams against Demonstrators

The rapid police suppression of this minor protest in St. Louis reveals the advanced state of decay of democratic rights in the United States. When a crowd gathers to express anger and protest, the response of the state is increasingly to send in heavily armed, militarized police to intimidate protesters and quell social opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist who abhors violence, I am watching in great alarm as minor protests get escalated, generally by police violence. As long as a protest remains peaceful, the police do not, Constitutionally, have a legal right to intervene.

It is painfully clear that the underlying problems of poverty, drugs, and crime, have not been dealt with by city and country officials in St. Louis at all, one year after the shooting of Kajieme Powell.

I would like to hope that the leadership of all faith communities, churches, synagogues, and mosques in St. Louis come together to create some meaningful dialogue with police, and develop a better sense of trust.

I would also like to encourage the leadership of all faith communities to come together to create a public/private partnership for education in jobs which cannot be outsourced to the cheapest international pools of labor (as has most manufacturing).



Aug 20 10:39

Ashley Madison: The Internet’s Greatest COINTELPRO Honey Pot?

Anyone employed by the state who was stupid enough to join this site should by now realize that this whole hacking affair was a staged exercise in mass entrapment, and blackmail. The media are making a big deal about how this hack is somehow a “goldmine” for cyber criminals, but do not dare mention what this kind of information could do in the hands of the deep state via covert agencies like the NSA, the FBI or the CIA, Canada’s CSIS, or overseas spook houses like Britain’s MI5, or Israel’s Mossad.

Aug 20 10:38

North Korea Exchanges Fire With South Korea Over Loudspeaker

North Korea fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts — and South Korea fired back, officials said.

Aug 20 10:26

Exarchia, The Town In Athens Greece That Is Keeping The Government Out And Starting Anew

As the economic and political systems continue to crumble and collapse in Greece, a district in Athens is growing in strength and independence after large numbers of individuals began to keep the government out and empower their own community.

Aug 20 10:25

Report: Turkey Sends Trucks Loaded with Weapons, Ammo to Syria

A number of trucks have crossed Iskenderun and al-Salib border crossings over the last two nights into Lattakia and Idlib provinces, the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper said citing the Turkish opposition media reports.

It wrote that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also ordered blackouts in the border towns to facilitate the smuggling of the weapons into Syria.

Turkey is a key backer of the terrorists who fight against the Syrian people and the government of President Assad.

Aug 20 10:25

FLASHBACK - The Boot That Stamps On Your Face

The way to see that picture of one central controlling financial octopus slithering down through history with backroom bribes and secret assassinations is to take the core syllabus of Eustace Mullins and Archibald Maule Ramsay, edit it, and lay it out like an outline.

1645: Portuguese Jewish bankers in Holland Solomon de Medina and Fernando Carvajal secretly fund Oliver Cromwell to readmit the Jews to England, where they had been banished for loansharking for almost 400 years. This drama leads to the killing of the king, the debauching of Ireland, and the capture of the British treasury by the Jews, which is why the [Rothschild] City of London is the power center of the world today.



Aug 20 10:24

African-American rights activists endorse boycott of Israel

Young African-Americans facing heavily armed police in the streets of Baltimore and Ferguson over the past year have compared their situation to that of Palestinians under Israeli fire, telling reporters that their conditions were “like Gaza.” On Tuesday, black racial-justice activists took the comparison a step further, issuing a statement linking their cause with that of Palestinians, and putting their weight behind the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is where having Israeli companies train the American police to treat Americans the way the IDF treats the Palestinians backfires!

Aug 20 10:23

Saudi raid on Yemen teachers, senseless bloodshed: UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned Saudi Arabia’s latest deadly airstrike on a teachers’ office in the northwestern Yemeni province of Amran, describing the attack as an act of bloodshed.

Aug 20 10:22

These alarming new passport laws are being snuck through Congress right now

Just the other day we wrote about a U.S. House “suspension” bill that would give the Secretary of State the authority to cancel your passport if he decided that you had “aided” an organization that he rules is terrorist.

There is no definition of what “aided” means, no chance to dispute the Secretary’s decision, no trial or presentation of evidence, and in fact any evidence the government has can be classified as secret so that you may not see it. In effect the Secretary of State can unilaterally consign you to internal exile and there is nothing you can do about it.

Because Members of the U.S. House were too cowardly to go on record voting for such an anti-American piece of legislation, the bill passed by a voice vote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is America, in the 21st century still the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" or has it become the "Land of the Cowed, and the Home of the Surveilled"?!?

The border between the US and Mexico is completely open, with no real control whatsoever; now, they want to lock the border against legal Americans leaving?!? Something is absolutely wrong with this picture.

Aug 20 10:21

UN Watchdog Says Access to Suspected Iran Nuclear Site Meets Demands

The International Atomic Energy Association said Thursday that it was satisfied by the access its inspectors would receive to the Parchin military site, where the Iranians are suspected of experimenting with components to create a nuclear bomb.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should be remembered that when Iraq was undergoing inspections, the American inspectors were accused of planting traces of weapons-grade uranium on the Iraqi sites. The other inspectors demanded the reference samples the Americans had to see if they were identical, and the Americans promptly destroyed their reference samples.



Aug 20 10:17

Indian Government sues Nestle for $99 million after finding lead in instant noodles

From selling Californians their own water at high costs during the worst drought in history to donating millions to fight GMO labeling through the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, Big Food company Nestle is becoming despised more every day. Now, the company’s latest indiscretion has gotten them in trouble with the Indian Government.

Aug 20 10:15

Hillary Clinton Campaign Says Classified Emails Were on Server

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that emails on the private server she used when she was secretary of state contained material that is now classified, the clearest explanation thus far of an issue that has roiled her bid for the presidency.

At the same time, the campaign sought to play down the disclosure by saying the material had been retroactively classified out of an abundance of caution by U.S. intelligence agencies.

“She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now here is a real problem for Hillary. When information becomes classified, those people known to be officially in possession of that information are notified of the change in status. So either Hillary ignored the change of status, or had copies of the information outside normal channels.

Another point; much if not most of the information the Secretary of State deals with is classified. When Hillary set up her own server, there is no way she could assume no classified information would not land on it. So, weak security, NO encryption, set up by as company not cleared by DSS, both management and the company itself in serious legal trouble.

And, while Hillary may try to deflect the scandal by saying the information was not classified when she received it (unlikely) it certainly was classified when it was deleted, by Hillary personnel without the necessary security clearances to destroy classified information.

One more point. Nobody is going to believe that the United States Secretary of State isn't handling classified material. That is why Hillary has the security clearance, after all. So, if Hillary did not use her private email server to handle classified information ... what server DID she use for classified material? Certainly none provided for her use by the US Government!



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Aug 20 10:10

U.S. Official: Saudis Have Used Cluster Bombs in Yemen

The U.S. knows the Saudi government has employed cluster bombs in its ongoing war against Shiite Muslim rebels in neighboring Yemen, but has done little if anything to stop the use of the indiscriminate and deadly weapons during what has become a human rights catastrophe in one of the Arab world's poorest countries.

With watchdog groups warning of war crimes and attacks striking civilians in Yemen, the Pentagon declined to comment publicly on whether it has discussed cluster bombs with Saudi Arabia or encouraged its military to cease using them, deferring all such questions to the State Department. But a Pentagon official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells U.S. News "the U.S. is aware that Saudi Arabia has used cluster munitions in Yemen."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cluster bombs do such a magnificent job of ripping infants and toddlers apart with deadly dispatch.

It is painfully obvious that the Saudi government and military, and the US government, which allowed the Saudis to buy these weapons, collectively, have the morals of a trout, to be deploying this weapon in Yemen.

As reported at motherjones.com in June of this year:

On April 29, three adults and a child came across some fist-sized canisters on the ground outside of Baqim, a Yemeni town controlled by Houthi rebels. To the 10-year-old boy among them, they "looked like toys." Out of curiosity, they picked up the cannisters, which then exploded. All four were injured; a nurse told Human Rights Watch that the child was wounded in the stomach, and one of the adults received injuries to his face, torso, thigh, and crotch. Considering the kind of damage that cluster-bomb submunitions can cause, they're lucky to still be alive. Fighter jets from the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have been carrying out strikes against Houthi rebels since late March, when Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi fled the country. Now, according to two recent Human Rights Watch investigations, they are also using cluster munitions, some supplied by the United States. The first HRW report was published on the heels of mounting concern over the growing toll of civilian casualties from the air campaign—more than 1,800 people have been killed as of late May; at least 135 of them were children. The second report found evidence that US-supplied cluster munitions deployed near populated areas are harming civilians. Here's a look at why American cluster bombs, which have been banned by more than 100 countries, are being used in Yemen. Which US cluster bombs are being using in Yemen? Of the three types of cluster munitions identified recently in Yemen, two were manufactured in the United States and supplied by the US government. The notorious BLU-97, dubbed "Yellow Killers" for their high failure rate, were supplied to Saudi Arabia in the early '90s and have been dropped by Saudi-led forces in Yemen's Saada Province. The other type is the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon, manufactured by Textron Systems Corporation. The CBU-105's 10 submunitions each contain four "skeets." "Those are the things that actually go boom," says Goose. In 2013, Textron landed a controversial $641 million contract to produce 1,300 of the cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia. While the CBU-105 is banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions, US law allows its export.

So let me get this straight: these cluster bombs are courtesy .... of the US government's allowing them to be sold for export?!?

Aug 20 10:08

CNN/ORC Poll: Donald Trump now competitive in general election

Since announcing his campaign in late June, Donald Trump has quickly leapt to the top of the Republican field, leading recent polls nationally, in Iowa and in New Hampshire. And now, for the first time in CNN/ORC polling, his gains among the Republican Party have boosted him enough to be competitive in the general election.

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Aug 20 10:05

Hillary Clinton just got more awful poll news — and there's now an opening for Joe Biden

Biden is running about equal or better with Clinton in head-to-head matchups with potential Republican challengers in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. And his underlying numbers could put him in better position than Clinton heading into the general election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not bad for a guy who isn't officially a candidate yet! :)



Aug 20 10:04

Swing-state poll shows Joe Biden’s appeal

In hypothetical pairings, he performs as well or better than Clinton against the top GOP candidates.

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Aug 20 10:03

BEX ALERT - July was Earth's hottest month ever recorded

July was the hottest single month worldwide since records began in 1880, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people never give up! It has already started snowing on the US as we head into another harsh winter, and still the US Government pushes this global warming and carbon tax bovine excrement!

Aug 20 09:57

Israeli Military Admits to Supporting Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria Part of channel(s): Syria (current event)

The alternative press has noted for months that Israel is supporting jihadis in Syria. But Israel has consistently denied these allegations ... until now.

The Times of Israel reported 3 weeks ago:

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"We've assisted them under two conditions", Ya'alon said of the Israeli medical aid to the Syrian rebels, some of whom are presumably fighting with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. "That they don't get too close to the border, and that they don't touch the Druze."

Al Nusra is Al Qaeda, and closely affiliated with ISIS. And remember, there have never been any "moderate Syrian rebels" ... only Islamic Sunni jihadis.

Aug 20 09:56

INSANE Bloomberg Breaks Embargo

Aug 20 09:56

Morocco condemns Israel’s Judaisation of Jerusalem

The Moroccan government has condemned what it describes as Israel’s attempts to Judaise Jerusalem and encourage illegal Jewish settlements across the occupied territories.

Speaking to reporters after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting in Rabat, government spokesman and Minister of Communications Mustapha Al-Khalfi said that Morocco regards such attempts as the “fragmentation” of Arab and Islamic identity in the city.

“Work is underway within the Arab League,” he explained, “and in coordination with the Islamic countries to crystallise positions to stand up to these exercises and put in place a process that ensures support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and enables them to regain their legitimate rights.”

Aug 20 09:56

'Yemen After 5 Months Looks Like Syria After 5 Years': Red Cross Chief

The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Ertharin Cousin, head of the U.N.'s World Food Program, said that while some food aid is flowing in, fighting around major ports is stalling deliveries, while reaching the country's interior is proving difficult and donor funding is still falling short.

"If we do not receive the additional access that is required to meet the needs of those who are affected by this ongoing conflict, if we cannot support the commercial markets by ensuring that the ports are open and providing food to ensure that those who have resources can buy the food that is necessary, and if we do not see increased donor support, we are facing the perfect storm in Yemen," she told reporters in Cairo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the situation the US government wanted to see happen, as collective punishment, meted out by their militarily enabled "friends", the Saudi military, for the people of Yemen.

Does anyone out there happen to remember how many names were on the ballot when Al-Hadi was elected?!? Only one; his.

The Yemenite people got tired of their corrupt, western-centric dictator, and threw him out; the US government wants him back, and are having women, children, and the medically fragile assassinated by Saudi troops.

I would like to politely remind both the US government and the House of Saud that these actions are considered war crimes, by international law.

What the US government and the Saudis have managed to accomplish here, is to make a negotiated settlement between the Houthis and the Yemenite government in exile completely impossible.

Aug 20 09:55

Oklahoma school replaces chalkboards, finds 98 year old drawings and lessons hidden behind them

Aug 20 09:53

Gullible Americans Forever

“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” — Mark Twain

Aug 20 09:52

Psychology studies show that police supporters & terrorists think alike

A recent article from the Australian media outlet SBS showing how Scientism is psychologically identical to religion or other forms of ideological extremism and dogma has some interesting implications regarding the supporters of police and the state. Before I make that connection, take a look at what the article had to say about the psychological roots of extremism.

Aug 20 09:52

Greek debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras 'to resign' and call snap election for September

Greek leader Alexis Tsipras will make an announcement on 20 August where he will call snap elections towards the end of September and unconfirmed reports say he will resign to re-establish confidence in his Syriza party.

Aug 20 09:50

NJ Lost 13,600 Jobs In July

Aug 20 09:49

American Apparel warns it may go out of business

American Apparel has "substantial doubt" it will stay in business, the company said Monday.

The clothing brand has been struggling for some time, and news it's nearing collapse came as American Apparel (APP) reported a net loss of $19.4 million for last quarter.

Aug 20 09:47

Christian pastor lashes out at ‘false reverend’ John Oliver for mocking predatory televangelists

Comedian and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight John Oliver slammed televangelists on Sunday for their greed and extortion as they enjoy mass wealth as a result. To mock the government’s absence of regulation, Oliver started his own church, called “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption,” naming himself “megapstor” and CEO.

Looks like Oliver struck a nerve. On Wednesday, Christian minister Jennifer LeClaire said Oliver shouldn’t “mock what you don’t understand,” calling him a “false reverend.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Reverend LeClaire: John Oliver understood precisely what he was doing, and was simply acting. Mike and I saw the bit, and both of us laughed so hard it was almost difficult to stop.

Here's the thing; I am part of a Christian Methodist community which does a tremendous amount of positive outreach, both inside, and outside of the community.

I know, when I contribute, where the money goes, because we have financial accountability, and a Director of Finances, and all the information is very publicly reviewed in committee, so that people know where the money has been spent.

But I would guess, for some the predatory vultures among the clergy, that there are two sets of books; one for public consumption, and one very private set of books which demonstrates the level of personal, and financial comfort they enjoy by taking money from the people who can least afford it.

This is absolutely so morally wrong that I almost do not know where to begin.

What responsible churches would do with those megafunds might be to build a community back up, through programs like food distribution for the food insecure; providing a safe place for teens to hang out and do homework, to keep them out of the clutches of gangs; well child care; educational supplementation for those having a hard time in school because they do not speak English at home; and providing scholarships for worthy students headed off to college or trade school.

Aug 20 09:46

#blackdogsliivesmatter

Aug 20 09:46

Horror *new* Video: Custom Planned Parenthood abortions, intact fetus moving outside the womb

A horrific new video released by the Center for Medical Progress details the story of former procurement technician Holly O’Donnell who witnessed the harvesting of organs in an intact late-term fetus aborted at a Planned Parenthood clinic in California.

Aug 20 09:45

Britain to reopen Tehran embassy: Iranian official

Britain will reopen its embassy in Tehran during a visit to Iran by Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond due to start on Sunday, an Iranian foreign ministry official told AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's whores in Congress stall the US part in the P5+1, and the rest of the world moves forward making deals.

Aug 20 09:42

Jewish Leaders Support Iran Deal

26 Jewish leaders are running an ad in the New York Times today supporting the Iran deal:

Aug 20 09:38

Americans Don’t Know that the Rest of the World Views U.S. as Biggest Danger, Rogue State

According to the leading western polling agencies (WIN/Gallup International), the prize for “greatest threat” is won by the United States. The rest of the world regards it as the gravest threat to world peace by a large margin. In second place, far below, is Pakistan, its ranking probably inflated by the Indian vote. Iran is ranked below those two, along with China, Israel, North Korea, and Afghanistan.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fear that fifty years form now, the world will view the stars and stripes with the same revulsion that our generation viewed the Swastika!

Aug 20 09:36

Israeli Army: 4 Rockets From Syria Hit Israel; No Injuries

Israel's military says four rockets fired from Syria have hit northern Israel but caused no injuries.

The military would not elaborate on the Thursday afternoon attack. In northern Galilee, sirens wailed in warning of the incoming attack.

Israeli media said the rockets landed in an open field and broadcast footage showing small fires reportedly sparked by the rockets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone here stupid enough to believe that Syria would invite an Israeli invasion by firing rockets into Israel ... then not aim those rockets at anything important? Because if you are that stupid, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Aug 20 09:34

Mike Huckabee blunders his way through Israel press conference

Taking a position to the right of even the declared statements of rightwing Israeli ministers who have argued for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, Huckabee, an evangelical Christian who has visited Israel dozens of times, repeated his comments made in Shilo that the West Bank was part of Israel, adding that Israel should be free to expand there.
“I think it is very important that as Americans we show support for Israelis in their capacity to build their neighbourhoods in their own country,” he said.
Note: He is a republican candidate for president and a popular spiritual leader. AMEN!!

Aug 20 09:33

IDF: At Least Four Rockets Fired at Northern Israel, Likely From Syria

At least four rockets were fired at the northern Galilee on Thursday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said. An unconfirmed number of the projectiles exploded in the north after sirens sounded in several towns on the Israel-Lebanon border.

The IDF said that the rockets were likely fired from Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST when Israel was training for a Syrian ground invasion! What an amazing coincidence. and, of course, anyone who doesn't think it is a coincidence is a Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!

Aug 20 09:30

HOW JEB BUSH FUNNELED PENSION MONEY TO LEHMAN BEFORE GETTING A $1.3 MILLION A YEAR CONSULTING JOB AT THE FIRM

At this point, it almost feels like kicking someone while he’s down. Jeb Bush can’t even stand up to Donald Trump, let alone his own growing series of scandals.

In the latest revelation from David Sirota and team at International Business Daily, we learn that:

For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops, teachers and firefighters. Lehman would capture more than $5 million in fees on these deals, while gaining additional contracts to manage another $1.2 billion of Florida’s money. Then, in the fall of 2008, Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy, leaving Florida facing up to $1 billion in losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this political dynasty.

They are all about the money; and the people they hurt through their shenanigans can simply go to hell.

IF you want a President who will not give a damn about any of you, but only about his wealthy cronies, please continue to support this crook in his campaign.

Aug 20 09:27

Belarus strengthens border with Ukraine — border service

Work is in progress in Belarus on strengthening the security of the Ukrainian sector of the state border to counter the penetration of criminals from the adjacent territory, spokesman for the Belarusian State Border Committee Alexander Tischenko told TASS on Thursday.
"These measures will be directed not against Ukraine as a country but against the criminal elements and schemes that emerged due to the difficult socio-economic situation in the neighboring country," he said.
Ukraine’s State Border Service connected to Interpol database http://tass.ru/en/world/815508

Aug 20 09:26

MONSANTO DEEPLY ENTWINED WITH THE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND AL GORE (IT’S PLENTY ENTWINED WITH THE GOP TOO)

While Monsanto played God during the 1990s, the Clinton Administration had its back — a policy consistent with its corporate-friendly approach to environmental issues. When, for example, the French balked at allowing GMO corn into their country, the president, the secretary of state, the national-security adviser, and assorted U.S. senators pleaded Monsanto’s cause.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my absolute (absence) of surprise.

Aug 20 09:25

Kiev accused of disrupting prisoner swap agreements

"We have repeatedly made efforts to release our military servicemen from captivity. We handed over to the Ukrainian side the list of Ukrainian prisoners-of-war with the suggestions on prisoner exchanges three times within the past four weeks. However, all our initiatives face hurdles, which leads to the disruption of the prisoner swap process," Colonel Igor Yashchenko said.
He noted that every time a Ukrainian prisoners-of-war was brought to an appointed place where the exchange was to take place, the Ukrainian side refused to implement the agreements without providing any explanations. The latest unsuccessful attempt to exchange prisoners was made on August 17.
"One gets the impression that the Ukrainian authorities care little about the fate of Ukrainian prisoners-of-war and that they are engaged in some obscure game causing a delay in the exchange process," the colonel said.

Aug 20 09:23

Ukrainian forces violate ceasefire regime 17 times over last 24 hours — DPR

"Twenty-five artillery shells were fired on the territory of the republic [by Ukrainian forces], as well as 50 mines of 82mm and 120mm caliber," the defense ministry said.
The Petrovsky district’s administration said earlier that one civilian was injured in the nightly shellings.

Aug 20 09:22

FLASHBACK - Clinton Approves Technology Transfer to China

President Clinton said in a letter to Congress that the transfer would not harm national security or significantly improve China's military capability in space. The President was required under a 1998 law to certify that all such technology exports are in the national interest.

The certification was the first such notice to Congress under the law, which was passed in the aftermath of a Congressional uproar last year over the transfer of sensitive missile technology to China.

Mr. Clinton's notification also follows by less than a week the release of a report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which concluded that lax monitoring of the launching of American-made satellites aboard Chinese rockets had enhanced the accuracy of China's ballistic missile arsenal.

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As Judicial Watch later uncovered, the Clintons were well rewarded for allowing China access to this technology, repaid with campaign donations funneled in through people like John Huang, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

So ...

What if Hillary's weak server was their delivery system for more sold secrets, a far better solution than having to tape packages of documents underneath a bridge (Robert Hanssen's preferred method).

Aug 20 09:20

Russian medics cure some 70% of Ebola patients who asked them for treatement in Guinea

"The Russian-Guinean hospital in the Kindia Region [western Guinea] has treated 96 Ebola-infected patients, the numbers of successfully recovered exceed 70%," Rospotrebnadzor said.
The work of the Russian medical team, started last August, was highly evaluated by the World Health Organization and the anti-Ebola committee in Guinea.
Russian Ebola vaccine prepared for human trials http://tass.ru/en/russia/815164

Aug 20 09:15

US citizens warned against visiting Crimean jazz festival

The American embassy in Ukraine: "US citizens are prohibited by law from providing services to the territory of Crimea," the embassy said.
"Russian organizers will hold a Koktebel Jazz Party August 28-30 in Crimea. Crimea remains Ukrainian territory and this event is being conducted without the permission of the Government of Ukraine," the embassy said.
The embassy reminded US citizens of "broad sanctions on activity in Crimea."
The Koktebel Jazz Party international music festival will be held in Koktebel, a popular resort in Crimea’s east, for the 13th time. The festival’s box office revenues will be spent on the development of Crimean cultural sites, organisers said.

Aug 20 09:11

BREAKING: Ukraine’s Donetsk republic says it has information on Kiev’s plans to encircle Donetsk

"Information has been received about the plan of forthcoming actions by the Ukrainian army from a source in the Ukrainian General Staff and, no matter how strange this may seem, there are still true officers there who do not want to fight against their own people," Basurin said at a briefing in the press center of the Donetsk News Agency.
"Kiev plans to deliver two converging blows in the direction of the settlement of Uspenka to defeat the DPR and advance to the border with Russia to eventually prevent civilians from reaching the Russian territory," Basurin said.
"Along with this, two groupings [of Kiev’s forces] are intended to launch an offensive in the Donetsk direction north and south of Donetsk towards Ilovaisk, close the circle around the republic’s capital and encircle the city," the spokesman said.

Aug 20 09:10

Ukraine parliament to decide on decentralization in session Aug 27 or 31 — Poroshenko

"Decentralization of power and delegation of authority to local governments will be the key issue at the extraordinary session," Poroshenko said, adding that discussions would also focus on plans to lift parliamentary and judicial immunity alongside judicial amendments to the country’s constitution.
The president expressed confidence that the Verkhovna Rada would support the proposed constitutional changes.

Aug 20 08:52

On Michael Savage Today THREE Consecutive calls from govt. workers with high security clearances OPEN NEW CAN OF WORMS ON HILLARY EMAILS

One person after another – now it’s three four callers – were revealing stuff that there are extraordinary procedural requirements and systems that protect the top secret emails.

It’s difficult for me to regurgitate what the callers said, but Hillary has broken major laws to be able to send or receive the emails that she sent and received.

It’s literally impossible for non secure email accounts to send emails to the top secret rooms where those top secret emails must go when being sent or received.

So the Pentagon would be unable to send a satellite photo to her nonsecure email account nor could it receive one from a nonsecure email account.

They said it would take putting the emails on a thumb drive or the equivalent to remove it from the secure room. I got the impression that doing so was highly illegal.

Aug 20 08:23

Drawing a blank: Devices from Clinton, aides wiped clean

The web of investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that held classified information and her inner circle's dealings is being hampered by revelations that their computer devices have been wiped clean or destroyed -- despite the Democratic presidential candidate claiming earlier this week she doesn't know "how it works digitally at all."

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Aug 20 08:12

U.S. Military Leaders Support Iran Deal

Scores of high-level American military leaders support the Iran deal. For example, the following 35 military officials – from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps – signed a letter urging support for the deal:

Aug 20 08:07

First Snow of the Season Dusts Colorado High Country

So it begins. The first dusting of snow was spotted in the Colorado High Country on Wednesday morning and the temperature recorded at Denver International Airport dropped to 47 degrees Fahrenheit, setting a new record low for August 19th.

Aug 20 08:02

Nato launches largest airborne drills in Europe since end of Cold War

The US said Tuesday it has launched the biggest allied airborne drills in Europe since the Cold War ended, as fighting involving pro-Russian separatists escalated in eastern Ukraine.

Nearly 5,000 soldiers from 11 Nato allies are taking part in four weeks of "simultaneous multinational airborne operations" across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania that began on Saturday, the US army said in a statement.

"Swift Response 15 is the largest Allied airborne training event on the continent since the end of the Cold War," according to the statement from the US army in Grafenwohr in southern Germany.

Aug 20 07:56

Air pollution from fracking wells linked to low birth weights in newborns

Experts from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health assessed three southwestern Pennsylvania counties, reviewing more than 15,000 birth records from 2007 through 2010. These dates are significant, as they highlight the potential problems behind UGDs; prior to 2007, just 44 wells were drilled in the studied areas. From 2007 to 2010, the number grew to a whopping 2,864 wells, which begs the question of how the technology may be affecting those living nearby. The study included four groups based on "the number and proximity of wells within a 10-mile radius of the mothers' homes," according to the study's press release.(1)

The results, which were published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that mothers who were in the top well-to-residence proximity group -- with at least six wells per mile -- were 34 percent more likely to have babies of a lower birth weight than mothers who lived in areas in the bottom 25 percent.

Aug 20 07:54

California governor says people who don't buy into climate change agenda are genetically inferior 'troglodytes'

The debate over global warming and climate change got uglier recently after California Gov. Jerry Brown of "no vaccine choice" fame insulted the intelligence – and genetic makeup – of everyone who disagrees with his premise that these phenomena are real.

Aug 20 07:50

Narcolepsy, brain damage, and autoimmunity: the dark side of the vaccine agenda

The truth of the matter is that one in five Americans now suffers from one or more autoimmune conditions likely caused by vaccination. Autoimmune disease is now a leading killer of girls and young women. In fact, and 32 million American children, or some 43% of individuals under the age of 18, now suffer from one of 20 chronic illnesses, not including obesity.

Compared to their parents, children today are four times more likely to suffer from some form of chronic illness, and this statistical likelihood is constantly increasing. Roughly 25% of children today take one or more prescription drug regularly, and many struggle with inexplicable health afflictions like chronic fatigue and inflammatory bowel disease, not to mention gluten intolerance and Celiac disease, that leave them weak, frail and in some cases unable to function without constant care.

Aug 20 07:49

Western medicine abandoning all medical ethics: forced vaccinations, abortion profiteering and the silencing of dissenters

The country that our Founding Fathers envisioned -- one that champions freedom of religion, freedom of speech and individual liberty -- is rapidly turning into a totalitarian police state of the type from which these brave men fled, both medically and socially. Americans are losing their right to eat clean food (e.g. The DARK Act), choose their own doctors (Obamacare), and even make their own medical decisions (forced vaccinations), among many other escalating restrictions on liberty.

There is a demon under every rock, it seems, as corrupt politicians working on behalf of powerful corporations strip us all of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as provisioned in the Constitution.

Aug 20 07:43

Rand Paul Introduces Bill to “Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian Foreign Aid”

Senator Rand Paul introduced the “Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian Foreign Aid Act of 2015” on Wednesday, which would halt U.S. aid to Palestinians, until they withdraw their request to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), in order to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.

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"Don't you understand? You are NOT allowed to take Israel to court, no matter what they do! Israel is above the law! Israel told me so. They write it on the back of that last campaign check and I believe them." -- Bland Paul

Aug 20 07:41

Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.”

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This is so funny! I would love to see a statistical breakdown of the data; how many are Republican or Christian, for example. :)

Aug 20 07:32

Do YOU trust your partner? Millions of suspicious spouses crash websites set up to find names of Ashley Madison 'cheaters' as map reveals locations of men and women registered with the adultery website

Millions of panicked Ashley Madison members and their suspicious spouses have crashed websites hosting the 'cheat sheet' of 37million users worldwide including more than a million Britons.

Several searchable databases of names and sexual fantasies linked the data hack had to shut down within minutes of going live because they could not cope with demand, MailOnline can reveal.

A series of world maps plotting where the Ashley Madison members live have also been plotted and posted online.

Aug 20 06:33

Huckabee in Jerusalem says West Bank not occupied

Jerusalem (AFP) - US presidential contender Mike Huckabee said during a visit to Jerusalem on Wednesday that he did not consider the West Bank occupied by Israel -- a stand sharply at odds with much of the world.
The Republican and Baptist minister, a regular visitor to Israel, attended a fundraiser for his campaign on Tuesday at a Jewish settlement in the Palestinian territory.

Aug 20 06:24

Greek PM Tsipras to call snap election - State TV

Aug 20 06:23

S. Korea orders civilian evacuation near western border, after exchanging fire with N. Korea

Relations between North and South Korea are tenser than usual at the moment in the wake of a land mine incident this month. Two South Korean troops were hit by a primitive landmine explosion, with Seoul blaming Pyongyang, an accusation the North denied. Mounting propaganda loudspeakers along the borders was the South’s response to the incident.

Aug 20 06:17

Turkey On The Brink As Calls For Martial Law, Civil War Send Lira Plunging Again

Turkey is rapidly descending into chaos on all fronts. With the lira in free fall and the politically-motivated violence escalating, one prominent lawmaker is calling for martial law ahead of new elections which could plunge the country further into civil war.

Aug 20 06:14

Curiosity rolls over onto Martian WET PATCH, takes satisfied selfie

The Curiosity Rover has found the wettest patch of ground it's yet observed on Mars.

The nuclear-powered laser-packing space tank has spent the last week or so in the "Marias Pass" region where it unleashed its drill to turn parts of a rock named “Buckskin” to powder.

That powder's since been subjected to analysis by Curiosity's Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument, which has found that “The ground about 1 meter beneath the rover in this area holds three or four times as much water as the ground anywhere else Curiosity has driven during its three years on Mars," according to DAN principal investigator Igor Mitrofanov.

So much water, that DAN spotted an interesting result in passive mode. Curiosity's drivers therefore rolled the rover back over the wet patch to let DAN do a proper job.

Aug 20 06:08

South Korea fires at North Korea in retaliation for loudspeaker attack

South Korea has fired artillery rounds towards North Korea after its neighbour fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, the defence ministry in Seoul has said.

Aug 20 05:49

The Key Reason for the Man-made Global Warming Hoax is …

… to have the justification for the New World Order mob to control and own all food, water, land, minerals, information, education, means of production, construction, animals, plants, and all human beings in the world.

Aug 20 04:51

MONSANTO DEEPLY ENTWINED WITH THE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND AL GORE (IT’S PLENTY ENTWINED WITH THE GOP TOO)

While Monsanto played God during the 1990s, the Clinton Administration had its back — a policy consistent with its corporate-friendly approach to environmental issues. When, for example, the French balked at allowing GMO corn into their country, the president, the secretary of state, the national-security adviser, and assorted U.S. senators pleaded Monsanto’s cause. (The French finally caved when Gore himself phoned the prime minister to lobby on the corporation’s behalf.)2 In addition, Washington’s revolving door whirled many Clinton Administration officials onto the Monsanto payroll, while the president’s committee of science and technology advisers included Virginia Weldon, the corporation’s senior vice president for public policy.

August 19, 2015

Aug 19 23:15

Greece is for Sale – and Everything Must Go

Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports are up for sale – the former case has caused the chief executive to resign and industrial action has begun. A gas transmission system looks likely to be sold to the government of Azerbaijan, but there’s still a power and electricity company, the postal service, a transport utility which allows trains and buses to run, the country’s main telecommunications company, a 648 km motorway, and a significant holding in the leading oil refiner, which covers approximately two-thirds of the country’s refining capacity.

Holdings in Thessaloniki and Athens water are both on sale – though public protest has ensured that 50% plus 1 share remains in state hands. Nonetheless, the sale will mean that market logic will dictate the future of these water and sewerage monopolies. Finally there are pockets of land, including tourist and sports developments, throughout Greece.

Aug 19 23:08

Who profits from the Bangkok bombing?

If the shady forces controlling The Guy in the Yellow T-shirt thought they could masquerade the Erawan massacre as a Deep South-style IED blast, it didn’t stick. We already know the losers; Thailand’s fragile unity; Thailand’s economy — heavily dependent on tourism; and the geopolitical Big Prize: the multilayered Thai-Chinese relationship, which includes several instances of the New Silk Road(s).

Aug 19 22:58

Minsk Agreement Has Failed

It appears that the Russian government has made a mistake with regard to its approach to the breakaway Republics consisting of Russian peoples in former Russian territories who reject being governed by the anti-Russian coup government installed in Kiev by Washington. The Russian government could have ended the crisis by accepting the requests of these territories to be reunited with Russia. Instead, the Russian government opted for a diplomatic approach—hands off Donetsk and Luhansk—and this diplomacy has now failed.

Aug 19 22:08

UK would be safer if it stopped following US foreign policy, says Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has said the United Kingdom must become "a constant irritant on human rights” and should stop looking to the United States when formulating foreign policy.

Aug 19 21:52

Germany and France: Leading Actors in Greek Drama

The debates about the future of Greece are acquiring a political-geographical dimension. The interests and opinions are divided between two leading European power centers – the northern one led by Germany and the Mediterranean headed by France. The arguments and conclusions are opposing. The widening gap directly threatens the ability of the European Union to act as one economic and political entity.

Aug 19 19:58

Eight soldiers killed, Istanbul palace attacked as Turkish unrest mounts

By Nick Tattersall and Seyhmus Cakan

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Gunmen fired on police outside an Istanbul palace and a bomb killed eight soldiers in the southeast on Wednesday, heightening a sense of crisis as Turkey's leaders struggled to form a new government.

Aug 19 19:49

Undiplomatic Power

calling murder 'humanitarian' and the 'defense of human rights'

Aug 19 19:44

Whooping Cough Vaccination Fail

when the 'cure' gives you the disease

Aug 19 19:34

Insouciance Rules The West — Paul Craig Roberts

snip: Just as the idiot Europeans produce their own refugee problems, the idiot Americans produce their own terrorist problems. It is mindless. And there is no end to it.

Aug 19 19:29

Two Reports on Yemen Ignore Obama's Aggression

snip: UNICEF reports 900 hospitals and health facilities closed since March along with 3,600 schools. US supported Saudi blockade created a humanitarian crisis. Small amounts of aid only are allowed in - way too little to matter, a deliberate attempt to starve people to death or kill them for lack of medical treatment for wounds or diseases.

Aug 19 19:23

War Begets War Refugees: the Moral Bankruptcy of Italy and NATO

snip: While Libya continues to descend into chaos, and Syria and Iraq subsist in a state of bedlam, both France and Britain discuss the problem of refugees attempting to cross into both countries as if the refugees are swarms of locusts, not innocent people who were victimized mostly by US-European wars. Meanwhile, the US, geographically removed from the refugee crisis, seems unconcerned by the chaotic scenes of desperate refugees, capsizing boats, and pleading families.

Aug 19 19:12

New York Times: "If blocking becomes widespread, the ad industry will be pushed to produce ads that are simpler, less invasive, and are far more transparent about the way they’re handling our data — or risk getting blocked forever if they fail."

The great philosopher Homer Simpson once memorably described alcohol as “the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” Internet advertising is a bit like that — the funder of and terrible nuisance baked into everything you do online.

Aug 19 19:11

Politicians' Student Loan Fixes Are Flawed - For every additional $100 in government loans to students, colleges raised tuition $65, the Fed found

Re publicans Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich and Chris Christie all have plans or will soon. The same goes for Democrats Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. Hillary Clinton joined the crowd last week with a $350 billion package of ideas.

Aug 19 19:01

FBI Had 12-Page File On George Carlin Because He Made Jokes About Government

how dare he speak truth to power and hurt our feelings!

Aug 19 18:07

5 reasons to be skeptical of the new "female Viagra"

Let's be clear up front: No drug is without side effects. But every medicine is a balance of risks and benefits. And as Walid Fouad Gellad, an internist in Pittsburgh who has written about flibanserin in JAMA, noted, given the fact that flibanserin doesn't seem to do all that much to alter women's sex drives, there's a big question about whether its side effects are worth the risk.

Research to date has shown that about one in five women who took the drug reported adverse effects. Most commonly these included drowsiness, dizziness, and fainting, which increased the risk of injuries such as concussions. Extremely low blood pressure was another, less common side effect.

"If you're going to give something to women and they can pass out any time, that’s a real problem," Gellad remarked.

What's worse, these side effects are exacerbated when the drug is taken with alcohol and hormonal contraceptives — and many, many women drink alcohol and use these types of birth control.

Aug 19 18:00

East Ukraine's Donetsk Republic Will Hold Referendum To Join Russia

The referendum is scheduled to take place some in early to mid November, or specifically two to four weeks after the Oct. 18 local elections, said the news agency.

The ballot papers for the referendum designed in the colors of the Russian flag have already been printed, it said.

And while neither the rebel leadership nor the Ukrainian authorities have commented on the report yet, the modus operandi is strikingly familiar to what happened in Crimea.

Aug 19 16:47

Why Are So Many People Freaking Out About A Stock Market Crash In The Fall Of 2015?

In fact, I don’t think that I have ever seen more experts come out with bold predictions that a stock market crash will happen within a very specific period of time.

Aug 19 15:17

President of South Sudan informed the United States that he would sign an agreement with the rebels

President Salvatore Kiir of South Sudan in the coming days plans to sign a peace agreement with the rebels on the cessation of the armed conflict in the country. According to the spokesperson of the US State Department, John Kirby, South Sudanese leader informed about this on the phone Secretary of State John Kerry.

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"Well, how do we take over the place NOW?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 19 15:15

THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING! YELP adds TSA reviews… (Go give YOUR review!)

Yelp announced in a blog post that they had reached an agreement with the federal government that allows federal agencies and offices to claim their Yelp pages, and even respond to reviews with the possibility of incorporating that feedback.

Aug 19 15:06

The government of Ukraine has introduced the post of Commissioner for the Crimea and Sevastopol

The authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol March 16, 2014 held a referendum on reunification with Russia. It was attended by more than 80% of eligible voters. For the reunification with Russia voted and 96,7 95,6%, respectively.
18 March of the same year the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a Treaty accepting the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, and on March 21 it was ratified by the Federal Assembly.
Despite the compelling results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

Aug 19 14:59

Audit: DHS Employees Used Gov’t Charge Card to Spend $31,413 at Starbucks

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees used a government charge card to make purchases totaling $31,413 at Starbucks, according to an audit by the DHS Inspector General (IG).

Aug 19 14:57

General Hodges: the military in the US are studying the experience of fighting in the Donbass

Military in the US carefully study the experience of fighting in the Donbass. The commander of the US ground forces in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has published an interview relevant to the American edition of Defence News.
In recognition of the General, the U.S. is particularly interested in the combat capabilities of Russian arms. "None of the Americans did not come under Russian artillery or rocket fire, does not show significant impact of Russia's military electronic equipment, e.g., inhibition, and information-gathering in any case, at the tactical level,' said Hodges. And Ukrainians were so interesting to listen to what they have learned".

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