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July 19, 2015

Jul 19 09:40

WOAH!! Largest Gun Grab EVER 4.2 Million Americans to be Disarmed Or Denied

Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many Social Security recipients are perfectly fine, but choose to let a financial planner handle their bills for convenience' sake. And when was the last time you saw a 70-year old do a mass shooting?

Jul 19 09:37

UK says it's once again illegal to rip CDs for personal use

Brits: we hope you enjoyed that brief, glorious year of legal media ripping, because you're once again flouting the law. In the wake of a challenge from the music industry, the UK's High Court has overturned regulation that allowed format shifting (such as ripping CDs and DVDs) for the sake of personal use. Supposedly, the government was in the wrong when it didn't implement compensation for copyright holders when you dumped those albums and movies on to your hard drive. Officials could reintroduce exceptions, but they'd have to take a different tack if they want these measures to survive.

Jul 19 09:18

Filmmaker Laura Poitras Sues US Over 'Kafkaesque' Harassment

"I'm filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law," Poitras said. "This simply should not be tolerated in a democracy. I am also filing this suit in support of the countless other less high-profile people who have also been subjected to years of Kafkaesque harassment at the borders. We have a right to know how this system works and why we are targeted."

Poitras has spoken openly about her harassment at U.S. borders, which included reportedly being placed on the government's No Fly List after returning home from filming My Country, My Country, a 2006 documentary which profiled Iraqi critics of the U.S. occupation.

She has also had her laptop, camera, mobile phone, and reporter notebooks seized and their contents copied, according to the suit. On one occasion, Poitras was allegedly threatened with handcuffing for taking notes during her detention, as border agents said her pen could be used as a weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But all those NSA people who violated the highest laws of the land, the Bill of Rights, got raises and promotions, even though the NSA can't actually find any real criminals or terrorists!



Jul 19 09:18

Which countries still need to approve a Greek bailout – and how will they vote?

Greece may have voted to authorise the deal but it also needs to be approved by other eurozone parliaments before any funds are released

Jul 19 09:13

TOON ~~ ISRAEL HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

Jul 19 09:13

ONE MOTHER LOOKS BACK AT LAST YEAR’S EID IN GAZA

Um Bilal al-Ghoul found it difficult to celebrate the Eid holiday this year, after she lost most of her family to Israeli air strikes a year ago during last summer’s devastating Gaza war.

Last summer’s war was the third in Gaza in six years, and by far the deadliest and most destructive of the three.

Jul 19 09:12

Israel and U.S. Will Cooperate on Cybersecurity

The U.S. deputy secretary of Homeland Security and the top Israeli official handling cybersecurity cosigned a statement committing to U.S-Israel cooperation in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is now legal for Israel's hackers to wreck US websites.



Jul 19 09:08

Martin Martinez: 3 Children, 2 Adults Slain In California Home, Martinez ‘Armed And Dangerous’

Police in California are hunting tonight for 30-year-old Modesto resident Martin Martinez in connection with what appears to be a gruesome and horrifying mass slaying in a home located on Nob Hill Court in the Central Valley city of about 200,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But since Martinez doesn't fit the "Muslim Jihadist" or "Gun-loving Southern White Boy" mold (and worse, validates Trump's comments) there will be scant mentioning of this by ABCNNBBCBSFOX! That would, after all, be politically incorrect!

Jul 19 08:37

Aloha, summer! Snowstorm hits Hawaiian volcano (TIMELAPSE)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's not snow! That's global warming dust!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

Jul 19 06:30

Bankruptcy of the planet accelerates – 24 Nations currently facing debt crisis

As you are about to see, there are 24 nations that are currently facing a full-blown debt crisis

Jul 19 06:11

QSB suspends sale of silver, demand crushes supply

Several SGT report readers alerted us to this one: Quality Silver Bullion announced this weekend that at least for the immediate future, they are no longer taking any new orders for PHYSICAL silver or gold.

Jul 19 06:03

Forced water cut-offs begin in California as drought-stricken state’s leaders consider depopulation program

In Detroit, the city is cutting off water to residents who are months delinquent on paying their bills. In California, water is being cut off by various levels of government because there is less and less of it to go around.

Jul 19 04:36

Argentine president invokes Shylock in perceived anti-Semitic slur

Kirchner tells students to study Shakespeare villain to better understand debt crisis; local Jewish leaders and ADL outraged.

Jul 19 04:29

More than 2,800 people are dead in Yemen – so why aren’t we outraged?

In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State’s barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria’s majestic city of Palmyra.

Compare this coverage to the almost universal silence on the ongoing war in Yemen, which is largely absent from our TV screens, Facebook and Twitter trending topics sections and the front pages of broadsheet papers.

Jul 19 02:45

Tsipras Boots Syriza's Left from Government

Former financial minister Yanis Varoufakis warns that new reforms will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever."



Jul 19 02:39

Sweden Ponders NATO Membership

Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises as an element of its anti-Russia policy. It will increase the number of training events with NATO, including those on Swedish NATO territory, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told Dagens Nyheter on June 26.

Jul 19 02:24

Russia Vetoes "Genocide"

I love Russia’s vetoes. Sparse, strong, hard hits, they mark the limits of the Empire’s power. They said “No”, and Zimbabwe remained at peace, its old maverick Robert Mugabe still alive and kicking and proposing Obama his hand in marriage. They said “No”, and Burma could grow at its own pace. They said “No”, and Syria… well, Syria still suffers immensely, but it was not destroyed by the Sixth Fleet. All US vetoes are similar, – usually for Israel; Russia’s vetoes are fewer and evenly spread. The recent Russian veto (last week) stopped misuse of this terrible cliché “genocide”, and this is a good thing. It would be good to ban this word altogether.

Jul 19 02:09

Was Afghanistan’s Invasion Also Based on Lies? It's Time for a Real Investigation

There appears to be a bigger lie than “weapons of mass destruction.” It’s not simply that the illegal invasion of Iraq was based on lies, but that the entire “war on terrorism” is likely based on lies.

We were told by our government that Afghanistan was invaded for giving shelter to Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Mainstream press have pushed this so repeatedly that “9/11? and “Osama bin Laden” have become interchangeable.

July 18, 2015

Jul 18 17:53

Alex Jones Says All Muslims Should Be Deported



Jul 18 16:16

The Creator of This Amazing Internet Privacy Device Has Been Silenced By The Government: “Effective Immediately We Are Halting Further Development”

Data collection and invasive monitoring of American citizens has been at theforefront of government activities for decades. After revelations by Edward Snowden in recent years, the fringe conspiracy theorists who warned of Big Brother surveillance and had been laughed at by the general population were finally proven right.

Jul 18 15:03

Jewish Sayanim more DANGEROUS than al Qaeda cells

“With a network of ‘sayanim’ scattered everywhere throughout the world (as described by ex-Mossad officer Victor Ostrovsky in his book ‘By Way Of Deception’) Israel literally has millions of eyes and ears, watching and listening to everything as it all pertains to the Jewish state.”

Jul 18 14:53

Ukraine bans famous Balkan film director due to pro-Russian views

On July 15 Ukraine’s Culture Ministry asked the country’s Interior Ministry and Ukraine's Security Service to ban Serbian film director's concert in Kiev to avert possible mass riots.

The Love Saves the World concert, in which Serbian film director Emir Kusturica was supposed to take part, has been cancelled in Kiev following numerous requests by Ukrainian public activists and cultural workers, the administration of the Kiev Palace of Sport, the concert’s venue, said on Thursday.

Jul 18 14:37

Prime Minister Tsipras’ Bailout Reform Package: An Act of Treason against the Greek People

After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June.

This about-turn had been carefully engineered. The Greek people were misled and deceived. The Referendum was an outright ”ritual of democracy”.

Tsipras had made a deal with the creditors. He was in favor of accepting the demands of the creditors all along.

Jul 18 11:44

Greece Deal is 'Inhumane and Colonialist' Says Uruguay's Mujica

“What we have seen in Greece is a brutal thing. It is as if Europe had established a protectorate or something like that,” said Mujica in an interview with a local radio station Tuesday.

The former president also added that this decision by the Eurogroup “reminds us yet again that basically this is a Europe that decides. It's an heir of colonialist Europe.”

Jul 18 11:31

Netanyahu mobilizes his "fifth column" in America

Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his "fifth column" of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area "think tanks", and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement.

Jul 18 11:30

Iran Deal: Ploy for Future Sabotage?

All in all, it is incontestable that the US and Israel are the foremost belligerents, aggressors and destabilizers throughout the world. These imperial forces relentlessly target countries like Iran that simply seeks to exercise its right to self-determination. This self-evident truth is plainly discernable and hidden in open view if one took the care to read through the hubristic musings of imperial-oriented think tanks that have set the West on an endless warpath towards Armageddon.

Jul 18 11:25

MH-17 Mystery One Year Later: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?

Like the Tonkin Gulf case, the evidence on the MH-17 case was shaky and contradictory from the start. But, in both cases, U.S. officials confidently pointed fingers at the “enemy.” President Lyndon Johnson blamed North Vietnam in 1964 and Secretary of State John Kerry implicated ethnic Russian rebels and their backers in Moscow in 2014. In both cases, analysts in the U.S. intelligence community were less certain and even reached contrary conclusions once more evidence was available.

In both cases, those divergent assessments appear to have been suppressed so as not to interfere with what was regarded as a national security priority – confronting “North Vietnamese aggression” in 1964 and “Russian aggression” in 2014. To put out the contrary information would have undermined the government’s policy and damaged “credibility.” So the facts – or at least the conflicting judgments – were hidden.

Jul 18 11:22

Clearing EU Hurdles, Greek Austerity Package Moves Forward

The German Parliament on Friday voted yes on entering a new round of negotiations for a Greek bailout, and the European Union formally approved a bridging loan—two steps that move the controversial €86 billion rescue package for debt-ridden Greece forward past a significant hurdle.

Parliament, or Bundestang, voted 439-119, with 40 lawmakers abstaining, in favor of beginning talks on a third bailout which, as Common Dreams reported on Thursday, "comes at a high political and social cost" through severe austerity measures—but which Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was "forced to accept."

Jul 18 11:22

MSNBC Tries to Claim Tenn. Terrorist Killed Because he’s a Southern Gun Nut, Not Because He’s Muslim

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell tried to absolve Islam as a motive for the Tennessee terror attack yesterday by trying to get a classmate of the murderer to say that the killer liked southern culture, guns, and hunting like other southerners do.

Jul 18 10:28

FED: Immigration flood taking jobs from American teens

American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve.

Jul 18 09:56

Huffington Post won't cover Trump as politics, Donald fires back at 'blog'

Donald Trump fired back Friday after The Huffington Post announced they would no longer cover his 2016 presidential run as a political story, calling the liberal news site a "glorified blog."

The website announced its editorial decision earlier in the day, with a blaring homepage headline that read: "YOU'RE FIRED! From Our Political Reporting."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Huffington Post confirms that Trump is being given the Ron Paul treatment!

Jul 18 09:55

Poll: Israelis Back Attack Against Iran, 47%-35%, in Wake of Bad Deal

A new poll published by the Israeli newspaper Maariv and cited by the Times of Israel reports that a plurality of Israelis support a military strike against Iran in the wake of the lopsided agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama’s team with Iran in Vienna this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The part left unsaid; that Israelis expect it will be American kids to do the fighting and dying!

Jul 18 09:54

FLASHBACK - THE LOOTING OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET

What we've been doing, Mr. Chairman, in all reality, is taken a hundred billion out of the Social Security Trust Fund, transferring it over to the spending column, and spending it. Our friends to the left here are getting their tax cuts, we getting our spending increases, and hollering surplus, surplus, and balanced budget, and balanced budget plans when we continue to spend a hundred billion more than we take in.

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Posted by reader request

Jul 18 09:43

Shootings at Chattanooga military facilities leave 4 Marines, gunman dead; act called 'domestic terrorism'

The shooter was later identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, and it was revealed late Thursday by SITE, a widely read website that tracks Islamic terrorism, that he maintained a blog where he wrote “Islamic-focused” posts that were entered as recently as three days ago.

An FBI official told Yahoo News, "there is no reason to question the authenticity" of the blog with the pro-jihad entries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really; you should never EVER doubt the authenticity of anything we tell you! Well, okay, yes, we did lie about torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, and we did lie about a Spanish mine in Havana harbor sinking the USS Maine and we did lie about Saddam's nuclear weapons, and we did lie about the Lusitania not carrying weapons, and we did lie about Pearl Harbor being a surprise, and we did lie about Assad using Sarin on his own people, and yes we did lie about Israel's attack on the USS Liberty being mistaken identity, and yes we did play dirty tricks with that staged hippie riot at Disneyland, and yes we did create the Black Panther Coloring book and frame the blacks for it back in the 60s! We did lie about Vince Foster being a suicide, and we did lie about TWA 800 being about an exploding fuel tank and how all the people who thought they saw a missile were drunks. I will admit we really blew the timeline on 9-11 by reporting that Building 7 had collapsed 22 minutes before it actually happened! And yes we did make up that whole Al Qaeda hoax, and yes, that wasn't really Osama bin Laden at Abbottabad, and we did lie about not reading all your emails, listening to your phone calls, and we are lying about the 5.6% unemployment rate and how well the Obamacare computer system works, and how safe vaccines and GMO are.

"BUT!!!!

"That is no reason to ever for one second doubt that a Government-linked website run by a woman whose father was executed as an Israeli spy would ever, ever, ever, EVER, lie to you about this Jihad website being 100% bona fide authentic and the real deal, so you have to give us your money and your children for another WAR FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM (reg trademark White House)!" -- Official White Horse Souse


Jul 18 09:39

Hillary Forbids Young Supporters from Talking to Press

The Hillary Clinton campaign forbid young supporters from talking to the press at an event last night in Iowa:

"Here's what struck me," said Susan Page of USA Today, "when I read the coverage in the Des Moines Register this morning. Jennifer Jacobs, who's been on your show, was covering this last night. Big demonstrations outside of young people for O'Malley and Hillary Clinton. She went up to the Clinton supporters -- these are protesters for Clinton -- and they were told they were not allowed to [speak to] a reporter."

Page continued, "Now, why in the world would the campaign tell their own supporters who came out to campaign in favor Hillary Clinton ... these are the young people, college kids, for Hillary, and they've been told they can't talk to reporters. Why in the world would you do that?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why, indeed, except for knowing that there are some very uncomfortable facts these reports might know about her professional, and personal, past, she does not want dredged up with supporters, at this point in her foundering candidacy.

Jul 18 09:38

More than 200,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church in 2014, accelerating the downward trend in the Catholic proportion of the country’s population

Germans who are officially enrolled in congregation are subject to a “church tax,” and so disaffected Catholics have an incentive to drop their registration, rather than simply stop attending Mass. The number of Catholics taking that step has increased sharply in recent years.

Jul 18 09:33

Chicago’s Rebel Rabbi Standing with Palestinians: “We Must Stand with the Oppressed and Call Out the Oppressor”

If you’ve heard of Rabbi Brant Rosen, chances are that you know about his vocal and principled stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rosen has been on a personal journey ever since Israel’s 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead, the brutality of which compelled him to question his beliefs about the State of Israel and Zionism. Much of this journey unfolded in public as Rosen courageously wrote about his evolving views on Israel/Palestine in his well-read blog, Shalom Rav. These blog posts and some of the responses to them formed the basis for his 2012 book “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path To Palestinian Solidarity.”Rosen is the founder of the Jewish Voice For Peace Rabbinical Council and for 17 years he was the Rabbi of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. He stepped down from this pulpit in September and took a position as the Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have 4 words for this guy: "God Bless You, Rabbi!!"

Jul 18 09:28

Saudi Foreign Minister Threatens Iran with Confrontation after Nuclear Talks Breakthrough

Ostensibly angered by the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, the Al Saud regime has threatened to “resolutely” confront the Islamic Republic over any alleged “mischief” in the region.

Following a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh is “committed to confront” the Islamic Republic should Iran “try to cause mischief in the region.”

He made the comments only two days after Iran and the P5+1 states reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

The success of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks is viewed by political experts as a major blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been the two major critical voices seeking to throw a monkey wrench in the diplomatic process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Sir, kindly cool your jets, as we say in our colloquial American English!

As those who read this blog know very well; there are many issues where President Obama and I do not agree. But on this P5+1 breakthrough, I think there is room for cautious optimism.

I hope time and history will prove this to have been a sound move, on the part of the US and Europe.

Unfortunately, there are many in the region who see war against Iran as preferable to this deal, including the Israeli government.

But this time, should Israel just haul off and attack Iran, let it be with their own soldiers and hardware exclusively.

And we in the US will just sit back, eat our popcorn, and watch the fireworks.

Jul 18 09:15

AIPAC employees told to ax summer vacation plans and gear up to fight Iran deal

Cancel your summer vacations.

That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal.

With the influential pro-Israel lobby group pushing for Congress to reject the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, it’s all hands on deck. Lay leaders, too, are canceling their summer plans, and AIPAC activists already are calling lawmakers and hitting synagogue listservs with appeals to can the plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Congress; if you work to destroy this deal, you will be seen henceforward as never again representing your alleged constituents, but only representing a foreign government, that of Israel.

The American people are waking up, and do not want a foreign power dictating this country's foreign policy, period, end of discussion.

Jul 18 09:15

FLASHBACK - A GOVERNMENT THAT LIES

The most expensive purchase most Americans will ever make is their own government. Government costs the average American more than their home, more than their health care, more than their childrens' college education. Yet people who would spend a great deal of time kicking the tires before buying a new car spend disastrously little time checking out the government that sucks so much money out of them over their lifetimes.

Right now, looking under the hood of that expensive item called "government", we see a unified group of men and women who lied to send your children off to a war of conquest. Across this land there are thousands of families waking up to the knowledge that their sons and daughters were crippled and killed in Iraq for reasons other than what they were told.

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Jul 18 09:14

Vandals Hit Two North Carolina Confederate Memorials. On One, They Didn’t Just Use Spray Paint

In the aftermath of the horrific murders of nine black church members at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church, vandals have sprouted up across the South, taking extreme measures by defacing monuments to Confederate soldiers – most often by using spray paint to write words expressing their discontent with the displays.

Jul 18 09:08

Hillary Clinton - War Goddess, Corporate Shill, Anti-Populist

All US presidential cycles are money controlled corrupted processes with no legitimacy whatever. Voters have no say despite believing otherwise.

They naively think electing new bums replacing old ones improves things. Their choices are among an array of long ago bought and paid for candidates supporting what most harms them.

The late Gore Vidal said "(b)y the time a (candidate) gets to be presidential material, (he or she has) been bought ten times over."

"There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party (with) two right wings: Republican and Democrat," he explained.

Hillary Clinton perhaps represents the worst choice among an array of aspirants looking more like a police lineup. Previous articles explained her warmongering lust for endless conflicts. She's unabashedly hawkish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The choices coming at us this coming Presidential election are horrifically bleak.

By the time the primaries roll around, the candidates have been fully vetted by the corporations which own them, and only those with the best chance of doing the absolute best by those corporations will have a chance to compete for the big "prize" of the presidency.

We have an elaborate, Kabuki-like process of elections in this country, but at the end of the day, they are simply a mechanism, engineered to make the American people feel they have some control over their destiny, when they absolutely do not.

And if you don't believe me, just ask yourself; when was the last time this country's leadership actually negotiated something which actually bettered your circumstances in this country?!? If you are hesitant, trust me, you are not alone; it has been one heck of a long, long time, and things do not appear to be getting better for most of us any of us soon.

Jul 18 09:05

Gaza trade unions urge boycott of Israeli labor federation

Fifteen trade unions in Gaza have jointly renewed their support for the boycott of Israel and its labor institutions that are complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the boycott movement, the member unions of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) - Gaza Strip, are reaffirming their “unwavering commitment to the call of Palestinian civil society for … boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel (BDS).”

“We salute and appreciate the many trade unions and federations in the world who heed the call of BDS and would like to reiterate our call on all comrades and activists for freedom and justice in unions and federations all over the world to boycott Israel because of its racist, settler-colonial regime,” the Palestinian trade unions say.

Jul 18 09:04

ICC judges order new probe of Israeli massacre on Mavi Marmara

A panel of judges has ordered the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to review her decision not to investigate Israel’s lethal attack on an aid flotilla to Gaza five years ago.

The judges said that Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had made serious errors in an earlier decision not to pursue the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fatou didn't make any mistakes. Israel made her an offer to drop the case and she accepted!

Jul 18 09:03

Is the Whole “War on Terror” a Fraud?

And after a while I was refusing visas because the idea underlying law and regulation in the United States is that, someone applying for a visa has to be considered an intending immigrant, unless and until he can prove otherwise and the burden of proof is on him, you’ve got to show ties, like a job or property or family or you are going to class at a university or something. So, these were people that had no real job, no real existence in Saudi Arabia, and in fact one of them, a Sudanese guy was a refugee from Sudan and unemployed in Saudi Arabia and I refused these characters and Freres and other people would round on me and demand to know why I said that they can’t have a visa and I said, they have no ties, as law and regulations says they must. And it got to where they were telling me to do this and it’s your decision, if you want to keep your job in the State Department, you will issue the visa to this particular person.

Jul 18 09:02

Zakharchenko announced that Ukraine is the "line of contact" concentrated 70,000 troops

Google Translate: UKRAINE occupying forces in the Donbas - the "line of contact" with squads of Donetsk and Lugansk Republic - concentrated at more than 70,000 troops, said Alexander Zakharchenko.

Ukrainian President Peter Poroshenko the other day boasted that its troops in the Donbas counted 64,000 soldiers and officers. At the same time asserted that Russia is concentrated along the border, "a record number of soldiers with war technique."

At the same time he claimed, to speak on the basis of the data of the Ukrainian military espionage whose findings are supposedly "confirmed and the line of NATO and the line of the US and the EU."

Jul 18 09:00

Israel seeks stronger U.S. aid package with F-35 squadron inclusion

Israel will seek to increase the aid it receives from the United States, used mostly on defense, as U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is set to visit the country next week.

Israeli defense officials believe certain aspects of the U.S. aid package may be strengthened, such as additional funding for the development of defense systems and the restocking of ammunition after last year's Israel-Gaza 50-day war, according to The Jerusalem Post.

An additional squadron of F-35 fighter jets may also be included in a future U.S. aid package. Israel will also want to improve its Iron Dome rocket defense system and its cyberdefense systems.

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Jul 18 08:59

Former Obama Adviser: Give Israel B-52 Bombers to Deter Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been one of most vocal opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. To allay his concerns, a former top advisor to President Obama has recommended providing Israel with B-52 bunker-busting bombers.

Jul 18 08:58

U.S. Navy says sailor injured in Chattanooga shooting has died

The sailor injured in the Chattanooga shooting earlier this week died of this wounds early Saturday morning, the Navy said in a statement.

Jul 18 08:58

Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teen near Gaza border

Last week, there were at least 11 incidents of Israeli forces opening live fire on Palestinians in "access restricted areas" inside the Gaza Strip, according to the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Jul 18 08:57

Cops Impersonating Panhandlers in Massive Revenue Generation Scheme

Well well, it seems the bangers in blue have a new twist on an old tactic. The next time you come up to a stop light, and panhandlers are around, you might want to double-check your seatbelt and put your phone down. Cops are impersonating homeless people, to entrap you, and extort money from you for violating their sacred edicts passed down by the benevolent overlords.

Jul 18 08:56

Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground

The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group.

“The most important” part of Rand Paul’s assessment of “questions of war,” the Kentucky senator told The Daily Beast this fall, is “how you go to war.” Now he’s putting that assessment into action with a plan to introduce a declaration of war against ISIS in the Senate next month.

Jul 18 08:55

Letter to a Historian over Foster and the Clintons

Dear Professor Leuchtenburg:

I have heard nothing from D.G. and am proceeding upon the assumption that you are of the generation that has nothing to do with computers. That might also explain why you are so misinformed about the death of Vincent Foster. It is no excuse for writing about the matter based upon that misinformation, however.

Jul 18 08:55

'Crisis' hit Zimbabwe wants white farmers back – report

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government has reportedly indicated, for the first time, that it may hand back land to some white farmers whose farms were forcibly taken away from them during the height of the country’s controversial land reform programme.

This comes a decade and a half after the Zimbabwean government seized large swaths of land from white farmers in the country - a move that saw a drastic deterioration in the country's economy.

According to The Telegraph, Minister of Lands Douglas Mombeshora said provincial leaders had been tasked to come up with names of white farmers they wanted to remain on their farms. The farms should be "of strategic economic importance".

"We have asked provinces to give us the names of white farmers they want to remain on farms so that we can give them security of tenure documents to enable them to plan their operations properly," Mombeshora was quoted as saying.

Compensation process

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Successful agriculture is not just achieved with luck; it is achieved through science and education.

Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, used to be the breadbasket of Africa.

I have to wonder how many former farm owners will actually return; I would doubt it will be many, after having been kicked off their farms.

The government of Zimbabwe might well want to consider hiring agricultural specialists, who focus on food crop production, to teach the people who have the land how to get decent yields, and for the government to buy the tools necessary, to bring organic, sustainable methods to the process of farming in this country.

People around the world are paying a pretty penny these days for non-GMO crops; perhaps not a bad idea, in terms of the Zimbabwean government's long term agricultural focus.

Jul 18 08:48

Royal descendants want Romanovs’ killer’s name erased from Moscow map

Representatives of the Russian Imperial House say that the renaming could be done on the anniversary of the killing, which happened in the early hours of July 17, 1918. The station in question is currently called Voikovskaya – After Pyotr Voikov who worked in the Bolshevik “Extraordinary Commission” security service and was in charge of first keeping the Romanovs under house arrest and later of their execution and body disposal. The Romanovs also want the city authorities to rename the whole Voikovsky district in Moscow for the same reasons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's just skip all the tiny details and ban everything that offends anyone anywhere on Earth. No flags, no names, no alphabets, no colors, no flavors...

Jul 18 08:43

More Than 2,800 People Are Dead in Yemen, So Why Is the Media Silent?

In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State's barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria's majestic city of Palmyra.

Compare this coverage to the almost universal silence on the ongoing war in Yemen, which is largely absent from our TV screens, Facebook and Twitter trending topics sections and the front pages of broadsheet papers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cause of this can be laid squarely at the feet of abysmal US foreign policy failure in this country.

Pop quiz; in the last election here, how many names were on the ballot?!?

Only one: that of Al-Hadi, a replacement US puppet from the Al-Selah, the US puppet who got run out of town on a rail.

And since al-Hadi has been in office, how have the conditions for the Yemenite people improved?!?

Not one bit. And the late President Kennedy said this best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

This is precisely what we are witnessing in Yemen right now.

and the Saudis are being used by the US as their proxy military here.

Notice that houses, schools, hospitals have been shelled; this collective punishment is a war crime, under international law.

But it appears here that the US, by enabling its Saudi ally, is attempting to use collective punishment against the Yemenite people to force them to take back their former leader, who has provided neither leadership nor hope.

The Yemenite people deserve a chance to chart their own destiny; but of course, the US government will not allow that to happen.

We are in for a very long war here, and Isis, the result of failed US government policy, or perhaps a US asset, is being made to be the "bad guy".

US government's collective punishment appears to include the destruction of those world heritage sites in Yemen which are part of the history of these people.

when you take away a country's history, you also take away its future.

Jul 18 08:36

Liberia says 4 remaining Ebola patients have recovered

The four remaining patients infected during Liberia's recent string of Ebola cases have recovered, meaning there are currently no confirmed cases in the country though more than 100 people are still under surveillance, a health official said Friday.

Jul 18 08:36

End The Jewish Occupation Of The Solidarity Movement

Ten days ago, we learned that the Israeli Government has actually recruited left organisations to cleanse the Solidarity movement of its ‘radicals’ –those who dare to tell the truth about the Jewish State and the culture and ideology that drive its politics. EOIO seems to be exceedingly enthusiastic about its role as dictated by its Jerusalem masters. Following JVP’s AKA Jewish Voice Police campaign against Alison Weir, the EOIO has now published its complete list of ‘accusations’ against Ms. Weir. Alison Weir is a dedicated, articulate pro Palestinian American patriot and the founder of the very informative outlet, If Americans Knew.

Jul 18 08:28

DM: Israel Expects Significant US ‘Compensation’ After Iran Pact

The latest in a long line of Israeli officials railing about the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon talked up the idea that it posed a major threat to Israel, and meant the nation has to prepare a military option against Iran, as though Israel hasn’t been doing that for decades.

More importantly, Ya’alon become the first Israeli official to publicly talk about the actual end-game in all of this for Israel, a massive “compensation” package by the US government to Israel to placate them after the Iran deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Defense Minister Ya'alon: the American people have gotten extraordinarily tired of the demands, bullying, and blackmail the American government has received from the fully nuclear armed, viciously apartheid, theocracy which is what Israel has become in the 21st century.

And we have one word for you: enough!!

We will provide you no more American military to get slaughtered or maimed for life in the process of "neutralizing" all your alleged existential threats in the Middle East. And of course, as we both know, that includes all of your neighbors in the region.

And on top of that, sir, we would appreciate it greatly if the US government immediately pull all financial and military aid from your country immediately, as all this aid is completely illegal under the Symington Amendment.

We the people would like to see this accomplished and immediately, sir. The days of the host/parasite relationship between the Us government and that of Israel may well be coming to a very abrupt halt, and it is damn well about time, sir!!!

Jul 18 08:20

Brilliant Meme Explains the Six Amazing “Miracles” of Socialism

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders “shunned” some of his closest personal friends as he moved away from Vermont socialist circles and into big-time Democratic Party politics, and the resentment still lingers today.

Jul 18 08:18

Russia plans to ship fuel from Crimea to Syria

Russia plans to supply Syria with 200,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas per year via the Crimean port of Kerch, two trading sources told Reuters.

The plans are a further sign of cooperation between the two countries despite hopes in the West that Russia might stop shielding President Bashar al-Assad from pressure to step aside.

Moscow had been shipping significantly lower volumes of LPG to Syria via Kerch before Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.

The United States and the European Union, which say the seizure of Crimea violates international law, have imposed sanctions on individuals and business in Crimea, which include restrictions on use of the Kerch port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting that no one at Reuters wanted to sign their name to this piece of codswallop.

Would someone please send Reuters a message, please that the "Big Lie" no longer works, and whatever credibility this alleged new organisation ever had, has now been well and truly flushed?!?

Russia did not annex Crimea.

After a US/NATO/ECB Putsch against the previous government last year, and the illegal installation of Poroshenko was accomplished, Crimea found itself without a legitimate government.

At that point, Crimea, which had been historically a part of Russia, until it was annexed by Kruschiev in the 50's, decided to request to become a part of the Russian Federation, in a free and fair election, witnessed by international observers. Russia accepted this referendum, and Crimea was again part of Russia, through the will of the Crimean people; not an annexation by Russia.

Russia has done nothing wrong, and the world knows this.

The US government narrative on Crimea is an absolute piece of fabrication, to goad Russia into a military conflict and thinking Americans have come to the place where they know they cannot trust anything the Us government says...except, occasionally about the weather; sometimes, they do get actually that right.

Jul 18 08:14

Obama rebuffs critics of Iran nuclear pact

US President Barack Obama rebuffed critics of the Iran nuclear agreement Saturday, defending the historic accord amid skepticism from lawmakers reviewing the deal.
In his weekly address, Obama said that without the accord, "we`d risk another war in the most volatile region in the world," underlining the limits now placed on Iran`s nuclear program.

Jul 18 08:10

Krauthammer: Talking about Trump is 'a complete waste of time'

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that talking about 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is a “complete waste of time.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump has become a real danger to not just the GOP (where he is leading in the polls) but to the political status quo as a whole.Trump is willing to talk about the real problems confronting this nation, rather than hide behind the contrived fringe issue that have become a permanent feature of every election year, gay marriage, women's rights, race relations, and (this year) the Confederate flag) used as distractions by candidates not wishing to talk about that which truly affects all of our lives, the crashing economy, the mired wars of conquest, a capital city more interested in what Israel wants than what the American people want, and the problems which have arrived along with a flood of illegal immigrants. Unfazed by the label of "politically incorrect", Trump has voiced what many Americans already know. A large number of the illegals are criminals in their own countries fleeing prosecution, members of MS-13, carrying drugs, infected with contagious illnesses, and already committing crimes in the US way out of proportion to their percentage of the population. 75% of Federal Drug arrests right now involve illegals. Mexico is taking advantage of the open borders to get rid of its least desirable citizens and is hardly the first government to do so. When the US opened its borders to Cuban refugees in the 1980s, Castro emptied his prisons, put them all on boats headed north, and Florida has suffered from the resulting crime wave ever since!

Trump refuses to live in the politically correct fantasy world of the political class. That is why people like him. He is operating in the real world, something career politicians never do, which is why all people like Charles Krauthammer can do is blubber how unimportant Trump is and try to ignore him. But Trump is important because he is stirring the pot, and forcing the career politicians to deal with real issues of concern to the American people, such as the crashing economy, the mired wars of conquest, and Congress' obeisance to a foreign power.

I have no expectations Trump will win. Already we see the corporate media and the party apparatchiks moving to eject him as they did Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012. Failing that, I would not rule out the "Robert Kennedy option" to keep Trump from spoiling the little party Wall Street and Washington DC have had going all this time.

But Trump is a refreshing breath of truth in a long-simmering sea of political bovine excrement, and for that reason I wish him success.

Jul 18 08:09

Why President Hillary Clinton WOULD Go To War With Iran

Clinton started out innocently enough, saying: ‘Based on the briefings I received and a review of the documents, I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon’. Continuing, she said that the ‘agreement can make the United States, Israel and our Arab partners safer’.

She then went on to say that ‘the message to Iran should be loud and clear: we will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon; not just during the term of this agreement – never’. Why exactly does she believe the United States should be directing the internal affairs of a sovereign country?

Then, she really went off the deep end:

‘Signing is just the beginning. As president I would use every tool in our arsenal to compel rigorous Iranian compliance.’

‘Just the beginning’?!

Jul 18 08:08

Pro-Israel Aipac Creates Group to Lobby Against the Iran Deal

The pro-Israel group Aipac has formed a tax-exempt lobbying group to oppose the nuclear deal reached this week with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I note the IRS didn't give AIPAC the same grief it gave to the Tea Party!

Jul 18 08:07

CrossTalk: ‘Remembering MH17? with Ray McGovern, Patrick Henningsen and Alexander Mercouris

Investigations into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine are still inconclusive or incomplete a year on from the tragedy. However, this has not stopped the West and their media from apportioning blames, without facts and figures to back up their claims. The search for justice for the families of those killed on MH17 continues.

Jul 18 08:03

Obama Is Sending Military-Grade Spy Gear To Egypt. What Could Go Wrong?

President Barack Obama's State Department has approved the sale to Egypt of a sophisticated, military-grade mobile surveillance system that experts and activists fear Cairo's authoritarian regime will use against the country's citizens.

The State Department says that Egypt will only use the system on the Egyptian border with war-torn Libya, where a branch of the Islamic State group is mushrooming. But the current Egyptian government sees domestic critics as existential threats at least on par with the extremist group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama knows precisely what the Al-Sisi government will do with this equipment.

As reported in US NEWS on 25 July, 2016:

The death sentences issued June 16 against former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 90 Muslim Brotherhood members raised the concerns of political parties on the continued violence in the Sinai Peninsula, with the possibility of this violence expanding across Egypt. The Associated Press RELATED Egypt Court Confirms Ousted President Morsi's Death Sentence A sheikh from the Sawarka tribe, one of the largest tribes in Sinai, told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that Morsi’s death sentence will adversely affect Sinai. He said that the innocent people of Sinai will pay the price of the continued power struggle between the Egyptian army and the Brotherhood. According to the sheikh, the death sentences will translate into armed violence in Sinai.

IF the above is, in fact, likely as these death sentences are carried out (and with 106 to be executed - that will almost have to be done by rotating firing squads with prisoners lined up in shackles, and the corpses dragged away en masse), this equipment will most likely mean more arrests, more executions...and more violence against the sitting government of Egypt.

This action on the part of the US government, demonstrates yet more incontrovertible proof that one of the most crucial criteria for getting hired by this Administration is the pathological inability to think any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jul 18 08:02

Password manager Mitro will shutter itself on 31 August

You've got six weeks to migrate all your creds. Chop, chop

Jul 18 07:58

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has published a scathing open letter to Google's Gmail team after discovering that the service had incorrectly marked hundreds of his incoming email threads as spam – including ones containing kernel patches.

"Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster," Torvalds wrote in post to his Google+ page on Friday. In a later update to his post, he added that after going over some 3,000 email threads in his spam box, he had to manually mark 1,190 threads as "not spam."

Finnish-American firebrand Torvalds pretty much coordinates Linux kernel development entirely via email to and from his herd of developers, so losing messages is a disaster for him.

Jul 18 07:57

Queen Elizabeth II Nazi Salute

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is another "We decide what the symbol means" moments, not unlike the contrived flap over the Confederate flag. Why is what the Queen did a Nazi salute? After all, American children of the 1930s were taught to make the exact same gesture while pledging allegiance to the US flag!

Jul 18 07:47

“BANK LIVES MATTER” – OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MAKES ANOTHER MOVE TO PROTECT PROFITS OF CRIMINAL MEGA BANKS

Three top Democrats are accusing the Department of Housing and Urban Development of quietly removing a key clause in its requirements for taxpayer-guaranteed mortgage insurance in order to spare two banks recently convicted of federal crimes from being frozen out of the lucrative market.

HUD’s action is the latest in a series of steps by federal agencies to eliminate real-world consequences for serial financial felons, even as the Obama administration has touted its efforts to hold banks accountable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is utterly no accountability in the US government, at any level, whatsoever; what we have is a toxic, incestuous relationship between large corporations, and the politicians they buy. It is just that simple.

We are no more a government "of the people, by the people and for the people; this country has devolved to a government "of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.

Jul 18 07:46

Michelle Obama Takes Food From Navy, Sailors Immediately UNLEASH This Response

Seems as though Michelle Obama’s failed nutritional lunch program for schools may be making its way into the military or at least that is who the Navy is blaming.
The Navy Times reported that fried chicken is out and healthy eating is in. You want fries with that? Too bad, they are out as well.

Jul 18 07:43

FEDERAL RESERVE CHIEF YELLEN SAYS CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT WOULD HURT ECONOMY

House Republicans want to impose greater oversight over the Federal Reserve, moves that the central bank’s top official claims would damage the U.S. economy.

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress this week as part of a semiannual appearance with lawmakers. She used part of her time before the House Financial Services Committee to speak out against legislative proposals to expand congressional review of the Fed’s decision-making.

“Efforts to further increase transparency, no matter how well intentioned, must avoid unintended consequences that could undermine the Federal Reserve’s ability to make policy in the long-run best interest of American families and businesses,” Yellen said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Chairwoman Yellen: your policies, including tacit approval of the off-shoring/outsourcing of American jobs by multinational corporations, has destroyed American manufacturing, and with it, American lives.

Corporations love this process, shopping jobs to the cheapest labor pools they can find; but what happens to those Americans who are now without jobs due to that process?!?

Chairwoman Yellen, what happens, when people lose those jobs is a downward spiral to absolute hopelessness and helplessness. People lose their homes; their credit; and potentially health care; their access to school for their kids may well be in peril also.

But of course, as the representative of a huge private central bank, masquerading, badly, as an arm of US government (and we all know, the Fed is no more "Federal" than is the shipping company Federal Express), people do not matter to you or your colleagues; only profit.

I would, therefore, strongly encourage the Federal government to disband the Federal Reserve, and create money, as it is Constitutionally empowered to do, as a public utility, and not as a loan at interest.

Jul 18 07:25

TO PASS TPP, U.S. STATE DEPT. UPGRADES MALAYSIA’S HUMAN TRAFFICKING RANKING DESPITE DISCOVERY OF MASS GRAVES

Earlier this week, we wrote about a troubling move by the US State Department to “upgrade” Malaysia from a “tier 3? country to a “tier 2? country regarding human trafficking. This move came despite a near total lack of evidence of any improvement by Malaysia. In fact, just two months ago 139 mass graves were discovered for migrant workers who had been trafficked and/or held for ransom. And the US ambassador to Malaysia had publicly criticized the country for failing to tackle its massive human trafficking problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, it's official; when it comes to slave labor and human trafficking, this Administration has the morals...of a trout!!

Jul 18 07:21

GREEK BANKS WILL NOT RE-OPEN MONDAY EVEN AS LOAN TO REPAY ECB APPROVED

The timing could not be worse from a visual perspective but within minutes of the Eurogroup confirming that they approved the €7.16 billion bridge loan (which will merely be recycled back to The ECB to ensure the appearance of normalcy continues), local reports note that the Greek finance ministry says banks will not re-open on Monday (as promised).

The elites get their money...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Monday may well see massive unrest in the major cities in Greece.

And if there is unrest, it would not be beyond the IMF and European creditors to hire one of the private, global mercenary armies to put that unrest down, with extreme prejudice.

This tactic is certainly not new to the IMF. As reported at http://www.aloha.net/~stroble/mercs.html in 1997, regarding a hydra-headed corporate entity called "Executive Outcomes" or EO, for short:

Salaries for EO hires range anywhere from $2000-$13,000 per month depending on the worker's experience and area of expertise. Contract military instructors receive approximately $2500 each month, while pilots receive closer to $7,000 each month.(86) These salaries often quadruple the amount that can be earned in the most prestigious government armies of Africa. In addition to a high income, EO provides life insurance for its workers.(87) In Sierra Leone, International Monetary Fund (IMF) money was used to finance EO's contract fee. Western powers supported the IMF initiative, remembering the long protracted war in Liberia and its devastating effect on the economy.(88) EO and its affiliated companies reportedly reaped further financial benefits from the contracted diamond mining concessions.(89) The Kono diamond fields yield approximately $300 million dollars in diamonds annually.(90) One report asserts that, in total, EO reportedly acquired payments valued at around $100 million dollars for their services of less than a year.(91) EO's annual revenues are reportedly between $25 million and $40 million dollars.(92) According to EO its revenue for the last four years was $55 million (U.S. dollars).(93)

I would not be willing to bet against the IMF having relationships with multiple private mercenary armies of this kind.

The government, having capitulated fully, has completely lost the trust of the Greek people.

And were I a betting person, if there is massive unrest in Greece next week, you can trust that the whorespondents and presstitutes in the US have been given their marching orders by their producers to focus on ABG (anything but Greece!!)

Update: according to an article in Bloomberg.com:

Greek banks will reopen on Monday as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rebuilds his government to shore up support for a bailout agreed with the country’s creditors. The banks, which have remained closed since June 29, will open July 20, the government said on Saturday. Most capital controls concerning withdrawals and money transfers will remain, and while the daily limit was held at 60 euros ($65), a cumulative limit of 420 euros a week was set, it said. Lenders will reopen a week after Tsipras and creditors agreed to a bailout program and Greek lawmakers approved legislation needed to release funding for the country. Hours after the vote, the European Central Bank approved emergency financing for the country’s lenders and the European Union finalized a bridge loan on Friday to provide a stop-gap until a full three-year rescue program, worth as much as 86 billion euros, is settled.

Guess this will all be sorted, one way or the other, by Monday morning in Greece.

Jul 18 07:20

How bad are things for the people of Greece?

Faced with the prospect of dwindling incomes or unemployment, many Greeks have been forced to look for work elsewhere. In the last five years, Greece's population has declined, falling by about 400,000.

A 2013 study found that more than 120,000 professionals, including doctors, engineers and scientists, had left Greece since the start of the crisis in 2010.

A more recent European University Institute survey found that of those who emigrated, nine in 10 hold a university degree and more than 60% of those have a master's degree, while 11% hold a PhD.

Jul 18 07:03

FBI TRACKED CHATTANOOGA SHOOTER'S FAMILY FOR YEARS

Once again, another convenient shooting has helped supercharge anger, hatred, fear, and division across the Western World after an alleged "Islamist extremist" opened fire on and killed 4 US Marines at a recruiting station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Without any knowledge of how the US has in fact created Al Qaeda and its many global affiliates, including vicious terrorist groups plaguing Southeast Asia, and the most notorious to date, the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS), the American public will predictably react in a manner that will simply further justify America's meddling across the globe amid its self-created and perpetuated "War on Terror." It will also help in efforts to further tighten control over the American public itself, with increased justifications for expanding police state measures and future pushes to disarm the American people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, the FBI has been tracking this family for years, why were they unable to prevent the tragedy in Chattanooga last week?!?

Either this agency, charged with protecting Americans, is the most sloppy, pathetically incapable bunch of people ever to work for this agency, who should be collectively and immediately fired en masse, or...there was some kind of foreknowledge, and this horrific act was allowed to happen.

And unfortunately, this wouldn't be the first time something like this happened.

As reported at firstlook.org in January of this year:

he Justice Department on Wednesday issued a press release trumpeting its latest success in disrupting a domestic terrorism plot, announcing that “the Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested a Cincinnati-area man for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials.” The alleged would-be terrorist is 20-year-old Christopher Cornell (above), who is unemployed, lives at home, spends most of his time playing video games in his bedroom, still addresses his mother as “Mommy” and regards his cat as his best friend; he was described as “a typical student” and “quiet but not overly reserved” by the principal of the local high school he graduated in 2012. The affidavit filed by an FBI investigative agent alleges Cornell had “posted comments and information supportive of [ISIS] through Twitter accounts.” The FBI learned about Cornell from an unnamed informant who, as the FBI put it, “began cooperating with the FBI in order to obtain favorable treatment with respect to his criminal exposure on an unrelated case.” Acting under the FBI’s direction, the informant arranged two in-person meetings with Cornell where they allegedly discussed an attack on the Capitol, and the FBI says it arrested Cornell to prevent him from carrying out the attack. he known facts from this latest case seem to fit well within a now-familiar FBI pattern whereby the agency does not disrupt planned domestic terror attacks but rather creates them, then publicly praises itself for stopping its own plots. First, they target a Muslim: not due to any evidence of intent or capability to engage in terrorism, but rather for the “radical” political views he expresses. In most cases, the Muslim targeted by the FBI is a very young (late teens, early 20s), adrift, unemployed loner who has shown no signs of mastering basic life functions, let alone carrying out a serious terror attack, and has no known involvement with actual terrorist groups

Sorry, folks: but if the FBI was allegedly following this family for years, there is no middle ground possible here whatsoever.

And the other question that nags me is, rather than shoot to kill, would it not have been more logical to shoot to wound, so that this man could be interrogated, to find out if he was a "lone wolf", or part of a larger organization?!?

It almost appears that the people in control of the situation did not want the public to know anything which would disturb the official narrative here; and I find that very troubling as well.

Jul 18 07:00

US shooter`s travel, web activity probed for motive

Investigators are searching for evidence that the man who killed four US Marines may have contacted jihadist extremists either online or during overseas travel but so far have found nothing, the FBI said Friday.
Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire on two military centres in Chattanooga on Thursday, gunning down the four Marines and wounding three people before dying in a shootout with police.

Jul 18 06:44

How Britian covered up the friendship between Hitler & Edward VIII

History has romanticized Edward VIII as the king of hearts, the man who gave up the throne for the love of an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. But the truth is far darker, says author Andrew Morton, Princess Diana’s official biographer. In his new book, “17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History,” Morton unveils how Edward VIII openly sympathized with the Nazis — a fact the British leadership desperately attempted to hide.

Jul 18 03:27

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 18 03:14

We Are All Greeks Now

The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know existence on a few dollars a day. They know gas and electricity being turned off because of unpaid bills. They know the crippling weight of debt. They know being sick and unable to afford medical care. They know the state seizing their meager assets, a process known in the United States as “civil asset forfeiture,” which has permitted American police agencies to confiscate more than $3 billion in cash and property. They know the profound despair and abandonment that come when schools, libraries, neighborhood health clinics, day care services, roads, bridges, public buildings and assistance programs are neglected or closed. They know the financial elites’ hijacking of democratic institutions to impose widespread misery in the name of austerity. They, like the Greeks, know what it is to be abandoned.

Jul 18 03:00

European Council President Tells Greeks That Russia, China Are Their Enemies

Didn't you know: It was actually Russia and China that just imposed an ‘austerity’ program on Greece days after the Greek people had rejected it.

Jul 18 01:33

Satellites: Earth Is Nearly In Its 21st Year Without Global Warming

After September of this year, the Earth will be entering its 21st year without statistically significant warming trend, according to satellite-derived temperature data.

July 17, 2015

Jul 17 21:07

All Hail Our Banking Overlords!

You really have to be paying attention to see what’s truly going on these days. The keepers of the system, that is the banking elites, now openly control everything — though you’d never know that by listening to the mainstream media.

Jul 17 20:43

The Rise of Concealed Carry

How many people are licensed to carry concealed guns in your state? The Crime Prevention Research Center has released a paper with the numbers, finding that the number of permit holders has risen 15.4 percent in the last year alone.

Jul 17 20:08

Agency to Enslave Greeks Is Established

Late on Thursday, July 16th, German Economic News headlined “Greece: Debt Restructuring Through the Back Door,” and reported that, “The majority of Greece’s national debt is to be moved in the next three years gradually to the euro bailout fund ESM [European Stability Mechanism], so that the IMF will continue to remain as a lender. The euro zone countries will thereby provide Athens a longer grace period [a temporary postponement of payments, while the 18% annual interest-rate soars Greece’s debt even higher], and longer repayment periods.”

Jul 17 19:15

Palace Defends Queen Over 'Nazi Salute' Film

The private film - apparently shot more than 80 years ago at Balmoral - has been "exploited", says a Palace statement.

...just like the Confederate flag.

Jul 17 19:13

New Horizons: Why bother exploring the Solar System?

So, I wondered, what would we have thought if Christopher Columbus or Captain Cook had spotted an unmapped coastline but turned away with a look of indifference and had not bothered to land?

To them, the lure of exotic new sights and undiscovered realms proved overwhelming. And nothing has changed.

The long trek to the edge of the Solar System paid off by producing staggering glimpses of alien worlds. When we all first saw the giant mountains of ice on Pluto and vast canyons on Charon, it took the breath away. And the images caught the imagination around the world.

The most powerful answer to the question "why bother?" may be the simplest: the thrill of witnessing discovery is its own reward.

Jul 17 16:43

NZ Government's fingers in the wrong pie

This week the big news has been an inescapable revelation that a hands-off approach to foreign investment in our residential property market has had the predictable result of amplifying inequality.

In this case, the wealthy of Auckland are able to sell their properties to the wealthy of other countries - a cycle that has inevitably locked people in the largely low-wage New Zealand economy right out of the picture.

For those of us who believe one of the Government's primary roles is to ensure its citizens are able to access reasonably priced, warm and safe housing, this has been a monumental fail. But the evidence has been there all along, although rather less visible. State housing is now the focal point of a brand new experimental process that may or may not manage to house the most needy in the city. Meanwhile, some live in garages and mobile lockers with little to no heating.

Jul 17 16:01

Appeal Court orders Attorney-General to issue new directions on sending Dotcom's devices to US

The Court of Appeal has ordered the Attorney-General to issue new directions to the New Zealand police in order to send cloned devices seized from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom to US authorities, although it's likely to be opposed by the internet entrepreneur.

In a decision released today, Justices Douglas White, Tony Randerson and Lynton Stevens set aside earlier High Court rulings, essentially allowing the Attorney-General to issue new directives to police under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, enabling the remaining seized devices be sent to the US.

Read also:
• Mega investor Shen Zhao Wu leaves board, exits shareholding; Yan's influence grows
• Attorney-General appeals for release of Kim Dotcom's devices to US

Dotcom and his co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk can then challenge the move in a new judicial review in the High Court if they wish.

Jul 17 16:00

Inquiry needed into police search and seizure conduct (NZ)

This week the High Court at Wellington has been hearing a challenge to the lawfulness of the police's conduct in procuring a search warrant and then conducting a search of Nicky Hager's house.

The allegation (as yet unproven) is that police misled the judge who issued the warrant, breached Hager's rights during the search, and then breached undertakings about what they would do with any items seized during the search.

The outcome is still to be determined, but it seems to be the latest example in a rising tide of cases in which the police and Crown prosecutors have been challenged in respect of the execution of search warrants and the conduct of criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Other high-profile examples include the Red Devils case in Nelson, the John Banks case and the Kim Dotcom raid. In each of those cases, the courts have been critical of the conduct of police or prosecutors, to varying extents.

Jul 17 15:58

Identity clothing chain in receivership

The Identity women's clothing chain, which has 16 stores around the country, has been put into receivership.

The receivers said yesterday afternoon the stores will continue to trade.

Identity was started in 1985 and its website claims it has since "grown to become one of the leading fashion retailers in New Zealand". It stocks products at a range of price points, and its website advertises jackets for more than $500.

Jul 17 15:57

Drone rage puts stomper in court

A stoush over a drone came to a head in a quiet reserve leaving one man in the dock and another's flying craft in tatters.

Aaron Wagstaff was flying his drone in Waikanae on Monday. He paid $1700 for the 30cm-square "Phantom 3" remote-controlled craft to take scenic shots.

After it landed, Simon Done walked over and stomped on it with his right foot, smashing it. He says he was standing up for people's privacy but Mr Wagstaff wasn't convinced.

"I'm not sure why he did it," Mr Wagstaff said yesterday.

"I was just flying it over the river and there was a family watching and asking me questions and then I landed it and he said something about, 'don't you know you're not allowed to fly within 150m of someone'.

"I was picking it up and he came along and stomped on it. I still can't believe it happened to be honest. It was just completely out of the blue."

Jul 17 15:41

Canada boosts Kiev regime with free trade pact

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Chelsea, Quebec on Tuesday to announce the conclusion of a free trade pact between the two countries.

The deal will see the elimination of the vast majority of tariffs on the country’s bi-lateral trade, including foodstuffs, manufactures, and wood and forestry items.

Jul 17 15:32

Boeing Ground Tests on Military Tanker Aircraft Reveal More Issues

Boeing Ground Tests on Military Tanker Aircraft Reveal More Issues
Aerospace firm says new design, manufacturing work triggers $835 million pretax charge
By Doug Cameron
Updated July 17, 2015 4:00 p.m. ET

Boeing Co. said it uncovered more issues with its new military tanker aircraft, tripling the total pretax charges from the troubled program to more than $1.2 billion so far as it works to meet its delivery target for the U.S. Air Force.

Jul 17 15:21

The end of FoI? 'Right to know' in peril as Government targets Freedom of Information

The Government’s decision to launch a review of the Freedom of Information Act was widely condemned last night as likely to lead to “more secrecy, more mistakes and bad decisions”.

The unexpected move to set up a review of the law emerged just hours after a FoI request revealed how British pilots were involved in Syrian air strikes – a fact ministers had kept from the public.

Critics argued that a commission was likely to lead to more secrecy – allowing politicians and officials to conceal “bad decisions and mistakes”. They expressed scepticism that the review would be unbiased, given that one of the commissioners, former Labour Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, is an outspoken critic of how the Act is enforced.

Jul 17 15:16

Shipwreck found off North Carolina, possibly from late 1700s

Scientists using underwater vehicles and sonar have found a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast that may date back to the American Revolution, Duke University said Friday.

The expedition led by Duke marine scientist Cindy Van Dover found the previously unknown wreck in mile-deep waters on July 12 using an underwater robot and a manned submarine.

They've found artifacts including an iron chain, glass bottles, an unglazed pottery jug and navigational instruments including a metal compass. Archaeologists who examined photos of the artifacts say the wreck appears to date back as far as the late 18th century, which would make it a rare find.

Jul 17 15:13

The GOP's Biggest Nightmare: Trump Dominates Fox News Poll

Demagogue or not, The Donald continues to gain support among Republicans for the GOP Presidential nomination, according to the latest FOX News poll, and among Republican primary voters, Trump now captures 18 percent: more than his closest competitor, Walker.

Jul 17 14:40

The United States Is A Dying Country

Jul 17 14:22

The strange case of Carlos the Spanish air traffic controller

The mysterious case of Spanish air traffic controller claimed to have been working in Borispol airport (Kiev) when MH17 was shot down and who claims that the Boeing was shot down by military jets on the instruction of the Kiev Junta

Jul 17 14:20

Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

Israel signaled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock. Israel asking for more money!

Jul 17 14:18

AIPAC backing group that plans to press Democrats on Iran deal through TV ads

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is backing an action committee that plans to run TV ads across the country pressing Democrats to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran is a 501 (c) (4), a tax designation that includes groups that advance political causes, and it launched its website on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how the IRS didn't stall their tax-exempt status!

Jul 17 13:48

Greek Guilt and Syriza Perfidy

At this sad and very dangerous juncture of the unfolding events surrounding Greece and the crushing demands of the Troika, it becomes clear that all this would never have come to pass had the Greek people not felt guilty over their country’s debt situation. As a consequence of their feeling guilty since the crisis began in October 2009, the situation is rapidly turning into a human tragedy where an entire people are now faced with likely destruction.

Jul 17 13:40

Greek doctor describes the austerity regime imposed on his country as a "crime against humanity"

In an interview with the UK's Channel 4, a doctor whose hospital has had its budget slashed from €19 million to €7 million says the deal imposed on Greece is 'a crime against humanity'.

Jul 17 13:25

Miami Cops Actively Working to Sabotage Traffic App 'Waze' With Fake Submissions

By Michael Carney

Police in Miami are taking a page out of the vigilante playbook of many Los Angeles communities in an effort to sabotage the crowdsourced traffic app, Waze.

Members of law enforcement around the nation have voiced fears that Waze, which includes reports of police sightings, complete with time and location, represents a threat to their safety...

Jul 17 12:59

Public Trust In The Establishment Has Shattered

Public faith in politicians and their puppet corporate media has been slowly declining for decades thanks to the efforts of dissidents, researchers and activists, and now for the first time the scales have tipped as trust in the establishment is at a record low.

Jul 17 12:40

Newtown Tax Assessors Database: ‘The whole town of Sandy Hook was bought off on Christmas Day 2009?, says investigator

That’s right, on Christmas Day of 2009, when just about every business in the country was closed, numerous real estate transactions for the amount of $0.00 (free) took place in and around the town, most of which included families or public figures, such as Gene Rossen, who were in some way connected to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“Everybody gets a house for free”, factitiously said one Youtuber in a recent video posted on his channel after researching claims by others, like Youtuber LogicBeforeAuthority, who may have cracked open another part of the mystery surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which took place Dec. 14 2012.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Wayback machine shows now computer activity from the school after 2008, when the school was closed for asbestos contamination!

Jul 17 12:02

Ron Paul warns of coming stock market chaos as bottom falls out of market

Record highs or not, the stock market is in for a major crash in the near future, says former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. The economics expert and seasoned defender of liberty told CNBC recently that the Fed's fiat currency creation scheme can only maintain the illusion of economic stability and growth for a time before the bottom completely falls out and the chickens come home to roost.

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