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"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." -- The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

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February 4, 2016

Feb 04 09:41

Bizarre Gold & Silver Movements Occurring Behind-the-Scenes...

Feb 04 09:39

Storm drops more than a foot of snow in parts of Northland

Parts of Northwestern Wisconsin saw more than a foot of snow from a winter storm that brushed the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

Feb 04 09:38

Shell CEO confirms 10K layoffs due to merger with BG

The CEO of Shell early Thursday confirmed there will be 10,000 layoffs as the company merges with BG Group and deals with lower oil prices.

"The completion of the BG transaction, which we are expecting in a matter of weeks, marks the start of a new chapter in Shell, rejuvenating the company, and improving shareholder returns," CEO Ben Van Beurden stated in a press release. "As we have previously indicated, this will include a reduction of some 10,000 staff and direct contractor positions in 2015-16 across both companies."

The announcement comes after the company reported a 44 percent drop in Q4 earnings.

Feb 04 09:38

US layoffs surge to 6-month high

Layoffs surged in January to the highest levels since July as employers in the retail and energy sectors pulled out the pink slips, according to a private survey out Thursday.

U.S.-based companies announced 75,114 planned job cuts last month, up more than 200 percent from a 15-year low in December, according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That figure was also 42 percent higher from a year ago.



Feb 04 09:37

Biggest Israeli demolition in a decade leaves 100 homeless

A Palestinian woman sits on the ruins of her house in the West Bank after it was demolished by Israeli occupation forces on 2 February. It was one of two dozen homes demolished by Israeli occupation forces in Jenbah, in the South Hebron Hills, making 100 people homeless.

Feb 04 09:35

Cruz: Trump is ‘losing it,’ would nuke Denmark

Sen. Ted Cruz sharpened his attacks on Donald Trump Wednesday, saying the businessman is "losing it" after Trump accused the Texas Republican of cheating to win the Iowa caucuses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cruz is clearly in a panic to divert the public's attention away from the fact that there was obviously cheating going on in Iowa, including two videos (one from C-SPAN) showing Hillary's people cheating, and Cruz' own stunt of starting the rumor that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race just as the Caucuses got underway. Cruz is trying to make Trump the story, to steer the public away from the fact that the 2016 election rigging is going to make that 2000 Bush v Gore fiasco look like a summer picnic in comparison!

Feb 04 09:30

Insane Islamophobic Ted Cruz Mailer Imagines ISIS Hijacking Washington

Republican candidate Ted Cruz is sending out a mailer that depicts a Lincoln Memorial that has been hijacked by ISIS, breathlessly warning voters that the United States is "under assault" from Islamic fanatics.

Feb 04 09:27

UN nuclear agency suggests using radiation to fight Zika mosquitos

Aiming to prevent the further spread of the dangerous mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil, male insects might be exposed to X- or Gamma rays to irradiate their sperm, the UN’s nuclear agency announced on Tuesday.

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Feb 04 09:22

Currency Wars and 'The Big Reset'

Feb 04 09:21

MEDIA IGNORES DOZENS OF BLACKWATER MERCENARIES KILLED IN YEMEN

While an abundance of attention has been placed on the alarming growth of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the world has largely overlooked the civil war in Yemen, which has been ongoing for nearly a year. After Houthi rebels took control of the government and forced the president to step down, Saudi Arabia intervened in March of 2015 with airstrikes and a naval blockade.

They have since been joined by a coalition of 9 other Middle Eastern and African countries, who are intent on removing the Houthis from power because it’s believed that the Iranians are backing them. Since the Saudi-led intervention began, 7,000 people have been killed by their airstrikes, many of them women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The top executives of Academi are deeply linked in with the US government and military, doing the "dirty work" when the US government doesn't want to directly get their hands dirty.

The rise of the US government's use of private mercenary forces in the 21st century is very troubling, ethically and financially, and it appears as though the practice will continue, unabated.

Feb 04 09:21

List of 9 Things Democrats Have Created in America NEEDS to go Viral

Here’s a quick meme that proves once and for all that no Democrat should ever be Commander-in-Chief again!

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.



Feb 04 09:20

Germany and the UNO against Syria

The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.

Feb 04 09:19

Bills Seek Transparency of Shell Companies

Bills requiring greater transparency of shell companies were introduced in Congress on Wednesday, continuing a yearlong legislative effort to shine light into one of the darkest recesses of business dealings in the United States.

Shell companies, often limited liability companies, are registered at the state level and, in numerous states, the government is not given the name of the person who actually owns the company. This opacity is a significant barrier for law enforcement authorities when they are investigating money laundering and other crimes involving shell companies.

Feb 04 09:19

Seattle theater to stage play about Tylenol murders

The play centers on the "moral conundrums" faced by police and Johnson & Johnson. But it also focuses on the tireless pursuit of what happened by Michelle Rosen, daughter of victim Mary "Lynn" Reiner, of Winfield.

Rosen was only 8 years old when she saw her mother drop to the kitchen floor and die of cyanide poisoning. Years later, that memory drove her to spend years doing her own in-depth investigation. Despite obstacles, Rosen uncovered information about the case (much of it is on tylenolmurders.com) and came to believe the Tylenol tampering occurred in the distribution channel, not the widely believed theory that a lone madman planted cyanide in Tylenol bottles across the suburbs.

Rosen's research was used in "The Tylenol Mafia." However, her findings have been largely ignored by investigators.

Rosen, who now lives in Texas, said she doesn't know Bryce and hasn't seen his script. But she is hopeful the play will help bring the spotlight back onto the cold case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Michelle Rosen has been a guest on the radio show many times, and we will have her back to talk about this new play.

Feb 04 09:15

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn joins Ukraine bank

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been appointed to the supervisory board of a bank owned by Ukraine's second richest businessman Viktor Pinchuk.

Kiev's Kredit-Dnipro Bank said the decision to accept Strauss-Kahn and five others to the advisory body was taken on Monday and goes into immediate effect. It added that Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders' interests.

Pinchuk is the son-in-law of former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma and is believed to have holdings worth US$1.43 billion (€1.29 billion), according to Forbes magazine.

Strauss-Kahn led the International Monetary Fund from 2007 until his forced 2011 resignation over rape charges in a New York hotel. The scandal derailed the Frenchman's presidential ambitions even though it was later dismissed in court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about a marriage made in heaven!!

And if Kredit-Dnipro Bank has made the statement that "...Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders' interests.", it is obvious he will be representing the interests only of its owner, Viktor Pinchuk.

Unfortunately, this won't help the struggling Ukranian economy one bit, and I am sure that Pinchuk and Strauss-Khan have plans to pick up a number of failing Ukrainian businesses for a song, strip their assets, and leave many more unemployed, in the truest sense of vulture capitalism.



Feb 04 09:11

Glyphosate causing a wave of chronic disease across America

A recent study conducted by Dr. Nancy Swanson and the President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Andre Leu, has reinforced what many have been convinced of all along: glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is lethal. Their correlation study determined that it's lethal even in small amounts, debunking the notion in which some people suggest that its levels are so low that it can't possibly damage health.

Feb 04 09:10

PGP co-founder: Ad companies are the biggest privacy problem today, not governments

Think about the biggest tech companies going today: Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. These tech titans have more data on you than anyone or anything else out there -- even governments. (Why do you think they are served a near constant stream of warrants for user data?) In most cases, you serve up your data voluntarily, from emails to text messages, photos and documents, and social networking data.

But there's a growing divide between Silicon Valley companies about what they do with your data.

Feb 04 09:10

Poland extends deadline for considering creating Nord Stream-2 joint venture to 4 months

According to the statement, the management has recognized the need to continue considering the issue and that it is still necessary to examine the impact of the deal on the Polish market of gas supply. Earlier the Polish government has repeatedly criticized plans to build the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, calling the project "a geopolitical project of Russia". "Poland does not agree with the project North Stream-2," Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlow explained the government’s position on the pipeline.

Feb 04 09:09

Despite Territorial Loses, the ISIS Global Position Is Secure

Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS



Feb 04 09:09

"Washington Has Put Ukraine on Its Knees": Viewers Discuss the French Maidan Film

To say that the documentary film "Masks of the revolution", directed by French filmmaker Paul Moreira, blew up social networks, doesn't really explain anything. Thousands of users from around the world vividly and fiercely defended their point of view, whether they believed or not what was shown on the screen. The Federal news agency gathered the more interesting comments on the new video.

Feb 04 09:08

BBC Two Show About Hypothetical WWIII ‘Dangerous Provocation’

Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.

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Feb 04 09:07

Riyadh-backed group left talks amid Syrian army’s success — Russian Foreign Ministry

"The reason behind such a harsh step of the so-called Riyadh group is that the Syrian government army has made serious success over the past days in the north of the Aleppo province," Zakharova said. As a result of the successful operation of the Syrian army and local militias, the gunmen were cut off the supply routes between the north of the Aleppo province and the Idlib province they control. "This was a serious blow for terrorists and those who are their accomplices and sponsors." The diplomat said the case is that the groups of gunmen, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar ash-Sham, have reached an agreement with the Islamic State (IS) group on mutual supplies of fuel and ammunition to Idlib and agricultural goods from Idlib.
Moscow won't forgive Turkey’s "aiding and abetting terrorists" — foreign minister http://tass.ru/en/politics/854432

Feb 04 09:07

A GOLDEN AGE FOR PENTAGON WASTE

As we have often noted one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

(From US News)

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has called for a full audit of the unit responsible for the most egregious Afghan cases. And on Jan. 20th, the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee held hearings on the subject. The Pentagon’s witness, Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon, was decidedly on the defensive as senators from both parties peppered him with questions about his department’s poor record keeping and lack of accountability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This waste and corruption is going to bite the US military in a very sensitive spot, if allowed to continue to go unchecked.

With Russian and Chinese weapons makers, when items are field deployed, they are delivered on time, reasonably within budget, and work as advertised, if not better.

With American weapons makers, there is a nearly incestuous relationship between Congress (whose members are supported, covertly and overtly, by the large weapons makers) and those companies which get the defense contracts.

The outcome of all this is that when US weaponry is delivered, it is very late, has generally had huge cost over-runs, and doesn't perform anywhere near what is specified, once it is field deployed.

IF the US gets into a major war with Russia, and/or or China, the brokenness of our weapons systems is not going to help matters one bit.



Feb 04 09:06

BEX ALERT - World War Three: Inside the War Room, BBC Two, review: 'gripping'

War games. Bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? However, Russia recently having annexed a whole chunk of the former Soviet Union, the prospect of an East-West conflict is less unimaginable now than it has been since 1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This film is a sales pitch to sell WW3 to the masses, and starts right out perpetuating the lie that Russia annexed Crimea, when the truth is that Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine following the US-backed coup in early 2014, then asked to join the Russian Republics.

Feb 04 09:04

Carter Slams 'So-Called' Partners for Not Doing More in Daesh Fight

In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.

Feb 04 09:04

US Special Forces to Take Part in Multinational Exercises in Africa

US Special Operations Forces will participate in the Flintlock training exercise in Africa later this month, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a statement.



Feb 04 09:03

Swedish feminists: “Please don’t protect us if we get raped by immigrants”

Feminists in Sweden have launched a new campaign against men that wants to protect women from being raped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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Feb 04 09:03

Russia not going to enter arms race with US — foreign ministry

"We have already commented on the Pentagon’s plans to increase military expenditure four-fold in 2017, with the main focus on the European war theater. All this takes place under the pretext of containing Russia. The fact that all this is done in a very aggressive manner, under the pretense of some potentially possible Russian aggression causes perplexity and disgust. All this, as we see from these statements, creates grounds for extensive military planning against Russia and taking practical steps to bring its military infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders. No one is going to get involved in any new arms race. No one will try to catch up with or overtake others," Zakharova said. "Of course, we would like to remind our colleagues in Washington and Brussels that any unfriendly steps and attempts to exert pressure on Russia will receive an adequate response — both political and diplomatic and in the sphere of defense.

Feb 04 09:03

Surge in 'Dogs of War' Companies Making Billions in War-Torn Countries

Since the 'war on terror' began 15 years ago, the number of mercenaries hired by private military and security companies and operating on the front lines in the Middle East and Africa has exploded tremendously, a new report by War on Want reveals.

Feb 04 09:02

TONY BLAIR WILL [SHOULD] FACE TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES OVER IRAQ

Tony Blair should be charged with war crimes for ordering the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.
In an extraordinary attack on Labour's most successful ever leader, Mr Corbyn said that 'those that made the decisions' in the run-up to the conflict should be put on trial.
He said Mr Blair should be made to 'explain' launching an 'illegal' war which he said helped cause recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Supporters of Mr Corbyn have claimed he is the 'antidote' to the Blairite 'virus' in the Labour party, despite Mr Blair winning an historic three general elections for Labour.
The 2003 Iraq war remains one of the most damaging and divisive decisions of the Blair government.

Speaking in an interview on BBC2's Newsnight, Mr Corbyn said Mr Blair will have to answer for his decision to join US President George Bush sending in troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein.



Feb 04 09:01

U.S. CITY ‘OVERRUN’ WITH CRIMINAL REFUGEES

More than 120 people braved the snow and ice Monday to rally in front of the Missoula County Courthouse, protesting an effort by the Obama administration and its army of community organizers to plant foreign “refugees” into small cities in western Montana.

One of the speakers was a woman who moved recently to Montana from Amarillo, Texas, which has been inundated with thousands of refugees over the past 15 years.

“Amarillo is overrun with refugees,” said Karen Sherman, who stood and spoke to the crowd amid blowing wind and falling snowflakes. Sherman just moved to Missoula, a college town that serves as home to the University of Montana.

It’s a far cry from Amarillo, which she described as a city of rampant crime and cracking social fabric, thanks to the heavy influx of refugees sent there by the U.S. State Department in cooperation with the United Nations.

Feb 04 08:59

Julian Assange is in arbitrary detention, UN panel finds

A United Nations panel has decided that Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half years in the Ecuadorian embassy amount to “arbitrary detention”, leading his lawyers to call for the Swedish extradition request to be dropped immediately.

A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed that the UN panel, due to publish its findings on Friday, had concluded that Assange was “arbitrarily detained”.

The WikiLeaks founder sought asylum from Ecuador in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

The panel’s findings were disclosed to the Swedish and British governments on 22 January, and will be published on Friday morning. Their judgment is not legally binding but can be used to apply pressure on states in human rights cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see precisely how this plays out.

Feb 04 08:58

What you are not being told about the Zika virus

The establishment mainstream media continue to parrot the same hysteria regarding the Zika virus – that it's causing birth defects – but there is so much information intentionally being left out. The mainstream media's false narrative is causing the public to fear a benign, asymptomatic viral infection, as the true origins of birth defects and brain damage go unstudied. Also, the mainstream media fails to tell the whole story of why Zika has become such a big problem in Brazil in recent years and how the outbreak is connected to the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012.

Feb 04 08:55

Hillary Clinton vs George Bush on IRAQ Invasion:



Feb 04 08:54

FORMER DHS BOSS PUTS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES UNDER SECRET SURVEILLANCE

Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano -- who once stated she "doesn't use email" (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) -- is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to "use email": someone might be reading them over their shoulders.

UC professor Christopher Newfield has the inside details of the recently-exposed monitoring system secretly deployed by the University of California (and approved by school president Napolitano) to keep tabs on the communications, web surfing and file routing of its employees. The SF Chronicle has an article on the secretly-installed spyware behind its paysieve [try this link], but Newfield has the internal communications.

The installation of the third-party monitoring software was so secretive that even the university's campus information technology committee was forbidden from discussing it with other staff. The committee has now decided to go public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not quite know what the University of California's execs were thinking when they hired Napolitano, given her history as the DHS head, but they had to know what they were getting in hiring her; someone with absolute, complete contempt for civil liberty; academic freedoms; personal privacy; the Constitution; and the Bill of Rights.

Feb 04 08:51

Financial intelligence of Russia, Iraq, Iran, Syria agree to fight financing IS together

Russia’s Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) told TASS on Thursday that heads of intelligence services of Russia, Iraq, Iran and Syria held a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday and discussed strengthening cooperation in fighting against financing of terrorism. At the end of the meeting, Russia’s Financial Monitoring Service signed several agreements on cooperation in this sphere with Syria’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Commission and Iranian Economy Ministry’s Center for Financial Intelligence and Fight against Money Laundering.

Feb 04 08:50

Six OPEC states ready for emergency meeting with non-OPEC members — Venezuela's minister

According to the minister, such OPEC member-states as Iraq, Algeria, Nigeria, Ecuador, Iran and Venezuela as well as non-OPEC members Oman and Russia have given their consent. "The idea is not only to hold the meeting but to reach particular results," he was cited as saying by Iran's news agency Shana. The official is expected to discuss the prospects of convening an emergency meeting on oil during his visit to the countries of the Persian Gulf - Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman.



Feb 04 08:43

Ukraine releases Vietnam’s citizens held by security service in Odessa — media

Ukraine’s authorities have released two citizens of Vietnam detained in a recent raid of the Security Service (SBU) in the Vietnamese neighborhood in the southern city of Odessa, local media reports said on Thursday citing the country’s embassy in Kiev... The special Alpha group of the SBU searched for the evidence of an illegal activity of migrants and in particular, foreign currency transactions. Journalists in Odessa said the SBU agents broke into the apartments and cut open the doors even when the owners were not at home. The citizens claimed the agents took their money and valuables. After the incident, the head of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department Ly Quoc Tuan held a meeting with Ukraine’s Ambassador to Vietnam Alexei Shovkoplias on Tuesday. The Vietnamese diplomat said Ukraine’s actions were unacceptable and demanded official explanations.

Feb 04 08:41

Zika: Sex and Bloodsucking Vampire Bugs: The Movie

By Jon Rappoport

Evidence? Who cares about evidence? You give people the mere announcement of an outbreak plus a virus and they’ll cling to it as if it’s a long-lost relative who’s about to die and leave them a billion dollars.

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But now the Centers for Disease Control has upped the ante—a few cases of “Zika-virus transmission” through, wait for it, sex, have been discovered. The tiny Zika terrorist is riding in semen. OMG. OMG...

Feb 04 08:40

Lawmaker says BBC film on Russia-NATO war set to justify West’s military expenses

The film, "World War Three: Inside the War Room," broadcast by the BBC Two TV channel on Thursday is about a potential conflict between Russia and NATO and the beginning of the third world war. Russia is shown as an aggressor in the film... Such films will allow the NATO countries to substantiate their huge military expenses, Klintsevich said. "Today the US has a very serious problem of rearmament, the military and industrial sector needs to get financing. A mechanism of the corrupt American elite has been launched. This was in Iraq, is in Syria and around Europe," the senator said.

Feb 04 08:32

NATO does not comment on Turkey’s denial of observation flight for Russia. NATO not commenting on Russia’s alleged simulated nuclear attacks on alliance’s members

The Turkish authorities should be asked about it, NATO said.
NATO has refused to comment on its allegations that Russia’s exercises carried out simulated nuclear attacks on NATO allies and partners, including Sweden. The allegations were included in NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s 2015 annual report, released on January 28. "We have nothing to add to what is said in the report," the NATO headquarters told TASS on Thursday. The report has been circulated by mass media in Sweden where a discussion is underway on whether this traditionally neutral European country should join NATO amid the so-called increased Russian threat. http://tass.ru/en/world/854447

Feb 04 08:27

Another deputy minister steps down after Ukrainian economy minister’s resignation

Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Yulia Kovaliv said on Thursday she was going to resign after her boss, Aivarus Abromavicius, and two his deputies declared they were stepping down.
The leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine, Oleh Lyashko, made a statement to journalists in the country. "Why does Putin get the blame, if the government steals and lies to the people?! "There is no reason to blame the mirror if the face is crooked", said the leader of the party. The country has the largest unemployment rate in nearly a quarter of a century, the fall of GDP has reached a critical point. Lyashko issued accusations against the existing Ukrainian authorities: "Why is Putin blamed, if it's you that steals?". According to his statement, the authorities deceive people, accepting corrupt and lobbied laws. http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/02/lyashko-why-is-putin-blamed-if.html

Feb 04 08:25

Ukrainian army shells Kominternovo in Donbass buffer zone — local authorities

"The shelling was conducted for two hours. No one has reported to me on destruction or those injured, but the shelling site may only be inspected in the morning," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Morgun as saying. He said the Ukrainian army was possibly using large-caliber weapons, in particular 120-millimeter mortars. Earlier the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] reported that fifteen 82-millimeter shells were fired at Kominternovo from the Ukrainian side over the past 24 hours.

Feb 04 08:24

Feds fight disclosure of Hillary Clinton Whitewater indictment drafts

The National Archives is fighting a lawsuit trying to force disclosure of several draft indictments of Hillary Clinton prepared by a Whitewater prosecutor in the 1990s.

In a brief filed late Tuesday, Justice Department lawyers and the Archives argue that disclosure of the draft indictments would lead to an unwarranted invasion of Clinton’s privacy and violate a court rule protecting grand jury secrecy.

“Despite the role that Mrs. Clinton occupied as the First Lady during President Clinton’s administration, Mrs. Clinton maintains a strong privacy interest in not having information about her from the files of the Independent Counsel disclosed,” wrote Martha Wagner Murphy, chief of the Archives “special access” branch that stores records of former independent counsels. “As an uncharged person, Hillary Rodham Clinton retains a significant interest in her personal privacy despite any status as a public figure.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but the public has a right to know all details of potential criminal activity by all candidates, and crime is not a private matter as all crimes have victims.



Feb 04 08:21

FORMER DHS BOSS PUTS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES UNDER SECRET SURVEILLANCE

Former DHS boss Janet Napolitano -- who once stated she "doesn't use email" (for many reasons, but mainly to dodge accountability) -- is now showing her underlings at the University of California why they, too, might not want to "use email": someone might be reading them over their shoulders. UC professor Christopher Newfield has the inside details of the recently-exposed monitoring system secretly deployed by the University of California (and approved by school president Napolitano) to keep tabs on the communications, web surfing and file routing of its employees. The SF Chronicle has an article on the secretly-installed spyware behind its paysieve [try this link], but Newfield has the internal communications.

Feb 04 08:21

Shell ready for more cost cuts as earnings fall 87 percent on weak oil prices

Shell, whose shareholders last week approved its takeover of rival BG Group (BG.L), said 2015 income fell 87 percent to $1.94 billion (1.33 billion pound), in line with analysts' estimates, as its oil and gas production unit took a big hit from slumping oil prices.

Feb 04 08:20

NYPD COP, WHOSE JOB WAS TO BUST PROSTITUTES, EXPOSED AS A PIMP IN MASSIVE SEX TRAFFICKING RING

Fired from the department last month after failing a drug test, a former NYPD officer was arrested Tuesday for running a prostitution ring. Although he had been on the force for 11 years, the cop allegedly began pimping out prostitutes immediately after his shift ended at the NYPD. In October 2015, police pulled over NYPD Officer Eduardo Cornejo in his personal vehicle after witnessing the off-duty cop apparently running a prostitution ring at a Long Island motel. Instead of arresting Cornejo, the officers let him go. But after receiving an anonymous tip, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau and the FBI planted a bug in his car and wiretapped his phone while using an undercover officer posing as a john.



Feb 04 08:20

Bill Gross: 'Shades of 2007' as central banks flunk

Low interest rates and massive levels of central bank intervention have failed to generate strong economic growth and are beginning to endanger investors, bond guru Bill Gross said in his latest analysis.

Around the world, high debt levels combined with slow economic growth and tumbling oil prices are providing obstacles that extreme easing has been unable to cure, he said.

Feb 04 08:20

Farage: It's people power that will win this referendum

Feb 04 08:19

Syrian rebels losing grip on Aleppo

Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on Aleppo as Russian bombardment and advances by pro-Assad militias come close to cutting their supply lines and besieging the city.

After a week of the most intensive bombardment of the five-year war, forces loyal to the Syrian leader are in control of most of the countryside immediately to the north.

Feb 04 08:18

TRUMP CALLS FOR IOWA ELECTION DO-OVER, PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING HOURS LATER

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just a coincidence, I am sure!!!!!! :)



Feb 04 08:18

Ben Carson: Evangelicals should think twice about Ted Cruz

Ben Carson suggested evangelicals should reevaluate their support for Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary based on what he alleged were "dirty tricks" played by Cruz's staff on the night of the Iowa caucuses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check your airplane engine before you get on board. Lot of aircraft problems happening right now to people Cruz and Hillary do not like!

Feb 04 08:15

Beijing Vs DC: The Battle for Southeast Asia

By Tony Cartalucci

The Straits Times published an opinion piece by the London-based Rob Edens. Wishfully titled, “South-east Asia fast becoming unfriendly territory for China,” it attempts to portray Southeast Asia as increasingly pivoting West toward Washington, coincidentally just as Washington was “pivoting” East toward Asia...

Feb 04 08:12

Tear gas, Molotov cocktails deployed during general strike in Greece (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails have been deployed during a demonstration in Syntagma Square, Athens, where around 50,000 Greeks marched on parliament during a general strike.

Groups of youths then broke away from the crowd and began hurling stones and petrol bombs at police on Thursday. Officers responded with rounds of tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses told Reuters.

Feb 04 08:09

Grounds to believe Turkey planning military invasion in Syria - Russian military

Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Feb 04 08:09

Kerry warns about Syria's continued airstrikes

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement released late Wednesday that attacks by Syrian forces supported by Russian airstrikes against opposition-held areas have signaled that Syria intends to seek a military solution rather than a political one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that the opposition is supported by the US, and given how other nations subject to regime change by the US have suffered afterwards, I don't blame the Syrians for wanting to take back control of their own country. If Mexico were found to have sent in agitators to topple our government, would we not fight back to keep control of our country?

Feb 04 08:06

TRUMP'S PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign, said the delay was caused by a “minor mechanical issue” and that Trump continued on to his destination on a small charter aircraft. Trump was traveling from New York City to Little Rock, Ark.

Feb 04 08:05

John Kerry Almost Beaten Up in Rome for Fostering the Expansion of ISIS

The voyage of US Secretary of State to Italy almost ended in him getting a black eye. Having arrived on the Apennine Peninsula to talk about the victories of American democracy around the world, Kerry was not expecting such a warm reception. Officially the purpose of the visit of the Secretary was a "small group meeting of the international coalition to combat "Daesh"... The most interesting thing happened at a joint press conference between Kerry and Gentiloni. When the Secretary of State said all of his memorized phrases on combating international terrorism and the Assad regime, and the Ministers were about to leave the room, suddenly one of the journalists sitting in the front row raised a banner denouncing the U.S. policy rhetoric, shouting at him "It was you who created ISIS!" and tried to charge at him with her fists...

Feb 04 08:02

Breaking: IRS Just Made Huge Announcement That Could Affect Many Taxpayers

As Americans prepare their tax returns ahead of April’s deadline, the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced a “hardware failure” within its computer system had prevented taxpayers from digitally submitting their applicable records.

Feb 04 08:01

The Opaque Process of Collapse

The ultimate cost of protecting the privileges of the few at the expense of the many is the dissolution of the social order that enabled the rule of the privileged few.

Feb 04 08:01

Obama Escalates Tensions With Russia As Media Keeps Quiet

Retired professor of Russian studies and history at Princeton, Stephen F. Cohen, warns that a nuclear war between Russia and the West looms on the horizon.

Feb 04 07:58

The Biggest Treasonous Plot In the History of the USA

Have you ever wondered how you could explain the Oregon controversy to your unaware and ignorant relatives, friends and co-workers”? I have the solution to your dilemma. “Kiss” is an acronym which frequently associated with the phrase “Keep It Simple Stupid”.

When explaining the state of affairs to the Fox-News crowd, simplicity is your best friend.

Feb 04 07:54

John Cleese is tired of campus political correctness

John Cleese, one of the funniest people to ever walk the earth, is taking a stand against political correctness on college campuses.

The Monty Python co-founder, in a video for Internet forum Big Think, railed against the current wave of hypersensitivity on college campuses, saying he has been warned against performing on campuses.

"[Psychiatrist Robin Skynner] said: 'If people can't control their own emotions, then they have to start trying to control other people's behavior,'" Cleese said. "And when you're around super-sensitive people, you cannot relax and be spontaneous because you have no idea what's going to upset them next."

Feb 04 07:52

U.S Control Over Crimea - the Aim of the Coup in Kiev

"The coup d'état in Kiev in February of this year had a specific goal: to neutralize the Russian black sea fleet based in Sevastopol, and replace it with the U.S. fleet. On 22nd February, the day when Yanukovych was deprived of power, the American group hastily entered the Black sea through the Bosporus Strait. This fleet was to take the place of the Russian black sea fleet based in Crimea. The degree of threat to the vital interests of Moscow clarifies to us why Putin was quick to take Crimea and declare the Peninsula to the Russians. He had irrefutable evidence that the coup in Kiev in February of this year had a specific goal: to neutralize the Russian black sea fleet based in Sevastopol, and replace it with U.S Navy. Ukraine's entry into NATO is already a secondary objective.

Feb 04 07:47

Cameron discovers only way out of Syrian crisis

The Prime Minister of Great Britain claimed that the only possible way to settle the Syrian conflict is the elections of a new government. Such a statement was declared at the Syrian donor conference, which is taking place in London. A long-term solution of the Syrian conflict can be reached only due to a political shift to a new government, which will fugle the people, Cameron said.

Feb 04 07:45

Why I Use the Term ‘AngloZionist’, and Why It’s Important

"How long are we going to continue to allow the top 1% of Jews enjoy a bizarre form of political immunity because they hide behind the memory of Jews murdered during WWII..."

"We need to start talking freely about the “elephant in the room” and stop fearing reprisal..."

Feb 04 07:45

So who is the new Hitler? Western tradition: The West can, but Russia can not

Syria peace talks at UN headquarters in Geneva started with new accusations against Russia. It was said that Russia strengthens the Islamic State and grows a new Hitler in the face of Bashar Al-Assad. The psychoemotional war is designed to force Russia to make concessions, and Russia must clearly explain its position once again. The Hitler remarks were voiced by spokesman for the Higher Committee for Syrian Talks, Salem al-Mislet. "Unfortunately, Syrian citizens are killed by government forces. By helping the regime, Russia will create a new Hitler," he said. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond continued developing the idea...

Feb 04 07:43

Mistaken ID case: Man was jailed despite being 9 inches taller than the wanted man

Still recruiting officers from the intellectually challenged I see!

Mario A. Garcia was booked into a Los Angeles County jail after law enforcement mistook him for a man with an identical birth date and the same first and last names. Garcia protested that deputies had the wrong man: The other Garcia, wanted on a warrant, was 9 inches shorter, 40 pounds lighter and had a different middle name.

But it wasn't until three days after the arrest that a judge rectified the mistake and released Garcia.

Feb 04 07:42

Syria's lost generation

Four million Syrian children have no means of getting to a school in safety because of the actions of marauding gangs of terrorists firing at the personnel of the Syrian Arab Army, police, ambulance and fire services. The United Nations Organization is trying to coordinate an initiative called No Lost Generation, aiming to prioritize the education of Syria's children before an entire generation has its schooling interrupted, losing important parts of the curriculum. UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa, Peter Salama, states: "The scale of the crisis for children is growing all the time, which is why there are now such fears that Syria is losing a whole generation of its youth"...

Feb 04 07:40

Libya: NATO's forgotten outrage, a feather in Hillary's cap

Those responsible for the dire situation in Libya today sitting in their offices in Europe or on the campaign trail in the USA - we are talking about the FUKUS Axis (France, UK, US), should not only hang their heads in shame but prepare themselves for due legal process as war criminals. Once Africa's most prosperous nation, Libya lives a daily nightmare of chaos five years on...

Feb 04 07:39

NASA SPIRIT ROVER MAY HAVE FOUND HINTS OF ALIEN LIFE ON MARS

Tiny nodules resembling heads of cauliflower sprouting from the red dirt are seen to be covering the opaline silica and scientists have yet to determine how the shapes — labled “micro-digitate silica portrustions” — were formed.

But according to recent research in the Chilean desert (claimed to resemble the soil-type found on Mars) by Steven Ruff and Jack Farmer, microbes may have been the cause of the mineral’s formation.

During a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in December, the two scientists from Arizona State University in Tempe presented the case that their hypothesis regarding the silica proves to be our best shot for identifying evidence of past life on Mars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to remind everyone (again) that back in 1976, the Viking landers carried two experiments designed to detect life.

One was the labeled release experiment designed by Dr. Gilbert Levin. This experiment, based on a commonly used system to check for bacteria in city water systems, dropped a sample of martian soil into a nutrient solution tagged with radioactive carbon. A radiation detector would test for metabolic products produced by bacterial activity, and this experiment yielded a positive result!

The second experiment was the Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer, which took a sample of Martian soil, heated it, then looked for recognizable orghanic molecules. This experiment produces a negative result, although it did indicate a high level of chlorine in the samples, which NASA assumed (and we know what that means) were remnants of the sterilization chemicals used on Viking before the launch.

NASA had one positive and one negative result in the search for life, and NASA, already under the control of politicians rather than scientists, decided to play it safe, dropped the positive result, and declared Mars lifeless on the basis of the GC/MS result.

Scientists in other countries, looking at the LRE result, have concluded it is a legitimate positive result indicating indigenous life on Mars.

Meanwhile, subsequent missions to the Martian surface have found the soil has a high concentrations of percholorates, a class of chemicals which in the presence of heat decomposes organic molecules. In other words, the Viking GC/MS as it was designed could not possibly work, as the process of heating the sample was destroying organic molecules before they could be detected. So the actual Results from Viking were one legitimate positive from the LRE and a bogus negative from the GS/MS. NASA, playing it safe, continues the "maybe, maybe not" game, and Dr. Gilbert Levin is denied his place in history.

But then, look how much trouble Richard Fenyman had getting NASA to admit the Challenger's O-Rings were the cause of the crash.

Feb 04 07:32

Turkey finds awkward excuses for violating Open Skies Treaty with Russia

Turkey has explained its latest move to decline Russia the right for an observation flight over its territory. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the route of the routine observation flight had not been coordinated. "Observation flights are conducted when both parties agree on a flight plan. In case of the observation flight that the Russian Federation requested on February 2-5, 2016, the parties failed to agree on the flight route, and the flight did not take place," Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said. Russia requested an observation flight over the territory of Turkey for February 1-5 under the Open Skies Treaty. However, Ankara did not give Russia permission for the flight. A Russian Defense Ministry official, Sergei Ryzhkov, said that when the Russian mission arrived in Turkey and announced the route of the observation flight, "the Turkish military denied the right for the flight having referred to instructions from the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Feb 04 07:31

NATO intimidates its members with Russian nuclear strikes

The head of the North Atlantic Alliance made a rather provocative statement about Russia. According to Jens Stoltenberg, Russia, in addition to large-scale military exercises, simulated nuclear strikes, in particular, on Sweden in March 2013. "As part of its overall military build-up, the pace of Russia's military maneuvers and drills have reached levels unseen since the height of the Cold War," Stoltenberg wrote in the report. Russia conducted 18 major exercises, some of which involved more than 100,000 troops. According to the NATO chief, the drills were conducted to simulate nuclear strikes on NATO and its partners. Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said that the Pentagon was planning to receive $ 3.4 billion in 2017 to support US allies and their forces in Europe against the backdrop of Russia's policy in Ukraine. Thus, the Pentagon plans to increase defense spending four times.

Feb 04 07:23

Excellent Interview with Director of New Film About Neocons (Video)

No matter who occupies the US presidency, it seems the neoconservatives always occupy positions of foreign policy power. A neocon like Robert Kagan, for example, is perfectly comfortable going from a senior position in the GW Bush administration to another senior post in Barack Obama's State Department. When their failed policies wear out the name of one of their institutes, like Project for a New American Century, they simply change the name without losing a beat, in this case turning into the "Foreign Policy Initiative."
Filmmaker Robbie Martin has done a terrific job looking into the neocon domination of Washington in his three-part documentary film, A Very Heavy Agenda.

Feb 04 07:20

U.S. Greater Depression is ALREADY accelerating

With the U.S. economy plummeting lower now, and the manufacturing sector leading the way down, we get another example of the media mouthpieces TORTURING the English language, in order to pretend that bad news is "good news" (or at least not-bad news).

It involves the U.S. manufacturing indices. I've explained these dynamics at least once before, but it's something that's never explained by the mainstream media (of course), so it's probably helpful to review the concepts here again. Each new, incremental reading is derived from the data which existed at the beginning of that month. That is a more technical way of stating that each month's number is CUMULATIVE, with respect to the month(s) prior to that.

Feb 04 07:20

Goldman Sachs makes oil prices drop

"We must prepare for the worst scenario but it would be nice to be proven wrong" - is the leitmotif of virtually all major news-makers. And it is becoming obvious that the oil cartel OPEC, that, incidentally, has been created to protect the oil producers themselves, found itself in a very difficult position because of all that.

Possibly, the cartel members realized that it is much better to keep oil prices high and by doing so to help the competitors with the shale mining (fracking), or to produce at a low price, than not to produce at all. Mikhail Leontieff has been keeping a close look at the markets and his attention was drawn to the fact that the most pessimistic forecasts are being voiced by the most active players.

Feb 04 07:18

French filmmaker Paul Moreira responds to critics of his documentary film on the Odessa Massacre of May 2, 2014

Forty five Ukrainians of Russian origin died in a fire inside a building [the Trades Union House in the city center of Odessa] caused by the Molotov cocktails of Ukrainian nationalist militias. After a quick investigation, I discovered that the event had not been censored. It had been addressed, discussed, but never investigated. As though too embarrassing to discuss. Why no investigation? Probably because the victims were of Russian origin. These victims were reported as “persons” but without knowing who they were, who killed them and why they were dead. “Persons” who were nobodies...
I invite everyone to watch the film on Monday night on Canal Plus and make your own judgment. Because the people who insult me and threaten me on social networks are precisely those who have not seen the documentary. They imagined it. Faith is a powerful drug.

Feb 04 07:08

New French Maidan Documentary, Part 1 Dubbed in English (Video)

This is the documentary shown on French TV which has the Kiev Maidan Regime throwing fits. The hard-hitting documentary by Paul Moreira “Ukraine, les masques de la révolution” [Ukraine: Masks of the Revolution], released on Monday night by Canal+, created a turmoil both in Ukraine and France well before the premiere.
Please watch it attentively. And let’s try to understand why it has infuriated so much the official Kiev.

Feb 04 06:58

Democrat Congresswoman Is Taking on Washington's Syria Delusions (Tulsi Gabbard)

From my own experience, analysts at CIA very often were scrupulous in their judgements on developments overseas but a funny thing would happen at Agency headquarters as information made its way from the ground floor up to the seventh floor where the political appointee mandarins would preside. It would become politicized and any viewpoints diametrically opposed to what prevailed at the consumer level in Congress and in the White House would be mitigated or even excised. Such is the nature of bureaucracy, which exists to support the status quo and inter alia requires a satisfied audience to prosper. And the press fails to do its part to correct the listing ship.

Feb 04 06:53

Goodbye Petrodollar: Russia Accepts Yuan, Is Now China's Biggest Oil Partner

At the start of the decade, Saudi Arabia enjoyed a 20% share of Chinese crude imports, while Russia was lagging far behind with 7%. Now the Saudis find themselves neck and neck with Moscow for the lead in Chinese market share, with both performing in the 13-16% range. But Russia's share continues to rise, as The Kingdom struggles to maintain a foothold. Why? Analysts attribute Russia's huge market share growth to its willingness to accept yuan, while Saudi Arabia is still clinging to blood-soaked dollars...

Feb 04 06:51

19,000,000,000,000 Reasons America Is in Deep Trouble

Debt is expected to exceed $23 trillion by end of the decade...

Feb 04 06:49

Why US LNG Doesn't Stand a Chance Against Russian Gas in Europe

As long as the market determines the winner. Not only is Russian gas already cheaper than US LNG, Gazprom can make it cheaper still and still turn a profit - but US producers can not. U.S. oil drillers have been hollowed out from what has been described as a price war waged by OPEC. But a separate price war might soon descend upon the U.S. natural gas industry, which is already reeling from a downturn in prices. The market for natural gas is not a global one in the same way that it is for crude oil. So while supply and demand fluctuations will reverberate around the world, the full effects of sudden shifts in fundamentals are usually confined to regional markets. A global surge in natural gas export capacity is making the gas trade a lot more competitive. That is especially true in Europe, where U.S. LNG threatens to challenge Russia’s long-held customer base... Gazprom might consider a strategy to flood Europe with cheap gas in 2016 to kill off U.S. LNG.

Feb 04 06:41

C-SPAN Video of Voter Fraud in Iowa Proves Your Votes Mean Absolutely Nothing

Just after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton declared herself the winner of the Democratic Party in the much-anticipated Iowa caucuses. Immediately after the ‘victory,’ Clinton went on CNN to bask in her counterfeit fame.

However, as a C-SPAN video shows, Clinton’s ‘victory’ would have nothing to do with ‘luck,’ and her premature declaration of the “razor thin” tie, was no mistake.

The Democratic Party has already chosen its candidate and who the people actually want is irrelevant.

Feb 04 06:39

Roseburg area rancher encounters Malheur refuge checkpoints

“They were very professional and kind, but when you have guns kind of pointing at you, it is scary,” Spencer said in describing the scene to The News-Review on Friday. “They (officers) were very, very cautious. They asked us to get out and keep our hands free. They were FBI, but they looked like Army personnel. There were snipers around.

“It felt like a checkpoint in a foreign country,” he continued. “There was no room for error. They asked for ID and ran our license plate. They asked me if I had a gun and I told them I did and where it was in the rig. I told them to help themselves as far as looking, but they actually barely looked around. I guess they were comfortable with who we were after checking our IDs and plate.”

Feb 04 06:24

International activists tweet for Mohmed al-Qeeq release

On day 46 of his strike, Mohmed al-Qeeq partially lost speaking and completely lost sight and hearing. On day 47, he started to fell intermittently into coma. On day 71, he had a mild-stroke.

Feb 04 06:16

Cruz: President Trump would nuke Denmark

This guy has lost it!

Ted Cruz ridiculed Donald Trump on Wednesday for his “Trumpertantrum,” saying his recent Twitterstorm is indicative of a candidate who doesn’t have the temperament to be commander in chief.

“I mean, we’re liable to wake up one morning and Donald, if he were president, would have nuked Denmark.

Feb 04 06:06

Ex-prisoner reveals tragedies of female captives in Israeli jails

Captive Fatima told the PIC reporter that she lived six bitter years in prison, during which she experienced the wrench of the throes of childbirth, while she was tied up. She was deprived of the most basic human rights.

Feb 04 05:43

FLASHBACK: Army Report Details How Military Can Be Used Against Tea Party, Right Wingers & American Citizens

The study begins by laying out how the U.S. Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 will include military operations throughout the United States. The outrageous report goes on to describe a theoretical situation where the U.S. Army is sent in to a city that has been taken over by Tea Party “insurrectionists”.After demonizing what they call “right-wing demagogues” and “mobs of angry whites” the report goes on to say:

“In May 2016 an extremist militia motivated by the goals of the “tea party” movement takes over the government of Darlington, South Carolina…. The Department of Homeland Security responds to the governor’s request by asking for defense support to civil law enforcement. After the Department of Justice states that the conditions in Darlington and surrounding areas meet the conditions necessary to invoke the Insurrection Act, the President invokes it.”

Feb 04 05:22

'Acts of Aggression Come from Pentagon, Not Russia or China'

The Pentagon’s claims that Russia and China are among the top challenges for the US is a justification to continue the flow of taxpayer’s money into major weapon systems and their corporate sponsors, Karen Kwiatkowski, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel told RT. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will request a $582.7 billion defense budget in order to maintain security. According to Carter, there are five main challenges for the US to focus on Russia, Iran, China, North Korea and ISIS...

Feb 04 05:19

MI5 Targets Muslim Converts for Recruitment

British security services often target recent Muslim converts for recruitment as informants, according to a new study released by Cambridge University. Researchers from the Centre of Islamic Studies spoke with 50 British men of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds who had converted to Islam. Some of the study’s participants said MI5 agents had personally approached them and asked them to work for the agency, RT reported. One participant described the attempted recruitment as moving from “flattery” at the initial point of contact to “veiled intimidation” if converts rejected their first overtures. Another convert interviewed by academics branded MI5’s tactics “seedy.” He said agents operate “from ‘a bird’s-eye view of society’ rather than from ‘a ground-level view’ that took into account ‘how people live.’ The 180-page report found that converts face distrust from both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Feb 04 05:15

Western Airstrikes in Libya to Fight ISIL 'Intrusive and Neocolonial'

Western military intervention in Libya to stop its seizure by Daesh militants would be perceived as "intrusive and neocolonial", according to Dr Arturo Varvelli, Head of Terrorism and Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, as he told Sputnik it could instead strengthen Daesh’s control. "The lack of clarity on the objectives of the possible mission […whether it is] containing Daesh, state-building, protection of Tripoli, or whatever — is a serious mistake," Dr Varvelli told Sputnik, adding that quashing Daesh is not possible with airstrikes alone — "as recent incursions in Syria and Iraq demonstrate" - and could ultimately make the militants stronger, sputnik reported. "An external intervention could help Daesh in Libya to enlarge the cooperation with other radical groups — ISIL could then become stronger," Dr Varvelli told Sputnik.

Feb 04 05:12

Senior Fath Al-Halab Commander Flees to Turkey

A senior commander of the Fath al-Halab (Conquest of Aleppo) terrorists group fled the battle against the Syrian army in Northern Aleppo and took shelter in Turkey. "Commander of Fath all-Halab's operations room Major Yasser Abdel Rahim has escaped to Turkey," both sides of the war confirmed on Wednesday.

Feb 04 05:05

Trump's plane makes emergency landing

Donald Trump’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Nashville International Airport on Wednesday.

The Republican presidential candidate’s Boeing B757 was flying from Iowa to Arkansas when the aircraft experienced engine problems.

Feb 04 05:05

Terrorist rocket kills 17 civilians in Daraa, Syria

17 people have been killed and up to 101 injured when rockets launched by terrorist groups stuck neighbourhoods across the southern city of Dara’a. Abdul Wadood al-Homsi, the Head of the Health Directorate in Dara’a claimed that most of the victims were women and children who were in critical condition. This was perpetrated by those that in the West call ‘moderate opposition.’ The mythology of moderate rebels has mostly been debunked. In Harasta in northeast Damascus, a rocket attack by Jaysh al-Islam has injured 3 civlians.

Feb 04 05:03

Iraqi Kurdistan calls for independence

Press TV have reported that the President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has called for a non-binding independence referendum. “That referendum does not mean proclaiming statehood, but rather to know the will and opinion of the Kurdish people about independence and for the Kurdish political leadership to execute the will of the people at the appropriate time and conditions,” said Barzani in a statement published on his website on Tuesday. He added that “the situation is now suitable” for Kurds to decide about their fate. “If the people of Kurdistan are waiting for someone else to present the right of self-determination as a gift, independence will never be obtained. That right exists and the people of Kurdistan must demand it and put it into motion,” Barzani noted. Over the past few years, Iraq’s Kurdish region has attempted to increase its semi-autonomy by constructing an independent oil pipeline to Turkey and conducting other oil exports.

Feb 04 05:01

What are Russian troops doing in Syrian Kurdistan? Is it true that American servicemen have also landed in Syrian Kurdistan?

There are three big areas that are under control of the Kurdish Democratic Autonomous Government. They are Al-Jazeera (the Al-Hasakah Governorate), Kobani and Afrin (the Aleppo Governorate). The Syrian government forces are partially located in Al-Jazeera; their military is present in the Al-Qamishli airport, in other parts of the city and there are neighborhoods that are controlled by the Asayish Kurdish security forces that are loyal to the government. The Kurdish population in Syria is divided between supporters of Abdullah Öcalan (the founder of the Kurdish Workers' Party) and supporters of Massoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan. They oppose the Syrian regime, but do not have any problems co-existing with it, if Assad does not interfere with Kurdistan's affairs. Kurds are not fighting in the Syrian Army. They also have no reason to fight the regime. However, they do have some problems – on national grounds – with the Asayish Kurdish special forces.

Feb 04 04:42

Austrian servicemen inspect ranges of Kantemirovskaya tank division

"The foreign military inspectors were shown elements of the formation's range and a combat practice," Western Military District spokesman Igor Muginov told Interfax. The Austrian inspectors were briefed by the first tank army commander and the commanders of the Kantemirovskaya and Tamanskaya formations of the Western Military District, and an artillery regiment of an airborne formation about the formations and military units and the military activity ongoing within the limits of the aforesaid territory, he said. The inspection was made in fulfillment of the 2011 Vienna document on confidence and security-building measures, the report said.

Feb 04 04:39

Ukraine files lawsuit against construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said that Ukraine has filed a lawsuit in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and is asking the European Commission to launch an investigation into what he describes as an "anti-Ukrainian project." According to Yatsenyuk, Ukraine insists on the canceling of the project, which foresees the construction of an undersea pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, circumventing transit countries such as Ukraine... "We do not want to let the Russians outmaneuver us, we want to build a transparent European gas market, that’s why we are sending out a strong signal to our European partners and the European Community. This project should not only be reviewed, but canceled,” he said. Earlier it was reported that Germany will approve the construction of Nord Stream 2 only if it guarantees gas supplies to Eastern Europe.

Feb 04 04:35

Turkey and Poland halt motor freight traffic with Russia

Russia’s long-distance haulers are facing problems following the closure of Polish and Turkish territory to Russian road freight. Negotiations are underway with the Poles to reopen the borders, but the situation with Turkey is more complex. Turkey has joined Poland in closing its borders to Russian motor freight traffic on Feb. 1, saying that the limits proposed for operating in Russia by the Russian side were too narrow. According to the Association of International Road Transport Carriers (ASMAP), the situation with Turkey is linked to the current political situation and the sanctions imposed on Ankara by Russia over the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish air force on the Syrian border on Nov. 24, 2015, while the Poles have closed their borders to Russian truckers in protest over changes to Russian legislation on road transportation...

Feb 04 04:33

Russia opposed to U.S. missile defense system in South Korea

Russia is opposed to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea because it could destabilize the region's security landscape, Russian Ambassador in Seoul, Alexander Timonin said on Feb 2. “This issue is drawing a lot of attention in Russia,” Timonin said, according to The Korea Times. "We are paying close attention to the increased contacts over the issue between relevant organizations of the U.S. and the Republic of Korea.” The U.S. is seeking to deploy a THAAD battery to South Korea, to shield its 27,000 troops in the country from North Korea, according to the paper.

Feb 04 04:31

Kremlin unaware of DiCaprio’s plans to play Putin in biopic

"Putin is unware of this," Peskov told reporters. "We also don’t know whether DiCaprio agreed to play Putin or whether this role does exist as we have seen nowhere any comments by DiCaprio."

Feb 04 04:25

Ammon Bundy's Attorney Has been Up On Disciplinary Charges

Rather strange proceedings even for the feds. Check this though. Ammon Bundy's attorney is a former prosecutor who was brought up on disciplinary charges to wit:

Craig Cook · Sandy, Oregon
Ammon's lawyer sounds like a real neat guy:
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C. MICHAEL ARNOLD
OSB #011873
Eugene
Reprimand

On Jan. 17, 2008, the disciplinary board approved a stipulation for discipline reprimanding Eugene lawyer C. Michael Arnold for violating RPC 8.4(a)(2) (commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects).

Feb 04 02:08

Activists speak out against the silent war on Yemen

“After 10 months of a brutal war under the pretext of saving Yemen [that was] hoped would be a quick operation ‘Decisive Storm’, it’s quite obvious it neither is short, likely attainable, nor is decisive. Millions of civilians are now paying dearly for the dangerous illusion of a decisive win and Yemen is in the worst humanitarian catastrophe it has ever witnessed.” These are the words of Hisham Al-Omeisy, a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, who reports bombs being dropped on the city every single day while people flee in terror. Since the beginning of this brutal siege, there has been a reported 5,878 killed and an additional 27,867 wounded according to the United Nations as of July, 2015.

Feb 04 02:02

Yemeni Army, committees keep control over Nahm in Sanaa

The Yemeni army and popular committees managed on Wednesday to keep their control over the Nahm Governorate in Sanaa after clashing with Hadi’s loyalists, according to Al-Manar reporter. The reporter added that the Saudi warplanes raided the area in order to support the militants of the fugitive president Mansour Hadi.

Feb 04 01:56

TPP protesters shut down central Auckland as ministers sign controversial deal

All motorway access points are now open after protesters blockaded the Cook St, Wellington St and Hobson St offramps earlier this afternoon.

But the Transport Agency said commuters should expect delays and some diversions as they head into or out of the central city. The Auckland Harbour Bridge has remained open throughout the protests and traffic is free flowing.

The agency is also advising drivers to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings as there are larger numbers of pedestrians on central city roads than usual.

"Many of them have been moving on and off the roads and walking in front of traffic. Some vehicles are also making sudden lane changes and u-turns to avoid delays."

Earlier, central Auckland grounded to a halt as trade ministers signed the TPP. All streets around Sky City Convention Centre and motorway on and off ramps leading to the central business district were blocked by protesters.

Feb 04 01:55

TPPA signing: Thousands take to the streets as trade deal is made official

Protesters against the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) did not appear to understand the trade deal, Prime Minister John Key says.

Seven years after talks began, the TPPA is now official after it was signed in Auckland by 12 trade ministers on Thursday.

Protesters had gathered outside and security was tight at Auckland's SkyCity convention centre for the official signing.

Key said the TPPA was "overwhelmingly in the best interests of our country and citizens".

New Zealand was proud to be involved in the whole process, which was many years in the making, he said

Feb 04 01:53

Putin: Meeting with Prime Minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer

Bavaria accounts for 20 percent of total Russian-German economic ties. There are 1,600 companies with Bavarian participation working here in Russia. They are represented in practically every sector, in electronics, engineering, the construction industry and more. Fifty percent of the Germany’s investment projects in Russia are of Bavarian origin. Seehofer: "We have come here from the free state of Bavaria, which traditionally has very intensive ties with Russia, and we want to maintain these ties... I am very pleased that you said today that we are not coming here as plotters. Never in the run-up to any of my previous visits to other countries, have I heard as much untruthful and inaccurate information as I have this time... In today’s globalised world, we in Bavaria, with our population of 13 million, are very much aware, of course, of what is happening every day in our world, whether in Syria or in Ukraine, whether refugees or crime.

Feb 04 01:46

Russian Warplanes Destroy Over 1,300 Terrorist Targets in Syria in One Week

"Over the past week, Russian warplanes carried out 468 sorties in the Syrian Arab Republic, including 24 combat missions conducted by long-range Tu-22M3 bombers," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. According to the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, 1,354 terrorist targets have been destroyed in Syria's provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Raqqa, Daraa and Deir ez-Zor... Russia delivered more than 200 tons of provisions and medication in January to the Syrian city of Deir az-Zor besieged by Daesh terrorists, Igor Konashenkov said, adding that the aid had been airdropped by Syrian aircraft.

Feb 04 01:42

Photo exhibition supporting Donbass people takes place in Spain

It is worth to mention the photo exhibition «Donbass. Bitter Truth» raised huge interest among Spanish citizens, and is to take place in various cities and suburbs of Spain. The DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses sincere gratitude towards initiators and organizers of this photo exhibition. We are sure such events have huge power and value in struggle for informational blockade breakthrough and sharing true information among happening in the DPR and LPR.

Feb 04 01:39

Seeking More Cold War with Cuba

The neocons who dominate Official Washington speak most loudly through their flagship newspaper, The Washington Post, almost always seeking confrontation rather than cooperation in addressing the world’s problems, such as Cold War-era hostility toward Cuba, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. A Washington Post editorial proclaims in its headline, “Failure in Cuba,” with a bank head that declares, “Mr. Obama’s opening is not leading to positive change.” One should not expect anyone, including editorial boards, who have been opposed to a policy departure to change their own position quickly. But what the Post has to say about Cuba illustrates some unfortunate tendencies that have warped policy debate on other issues as well. The biggest problem is the failure to ask, “What’s the alternative?” And to ask as well, “Why should the alternative be expected to bring any better results, especially on the very criteria on which the policy at hand is being criticized?”

Feb 04 01:36

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Record

Under the pretense of protecting our national interest, the United States maintains some 800 military bases in other countries, costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually. Often referred to as “enduring bases,” they enable us to mount attacks whenever and wherever our leaders see fit, whether with drones or manned aircraft... During the 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton promised to “totally obliterate” Iran if it attacked Israel. Clinton was, in effect, pledging to commit genocide against the Iranian people. In an August 2014 Atlantic interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Clinton maintained, “There is no such thing as a right to enrich.” Apparently, she has not read the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which gives countries like Iran the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes... Clinton has consistently and uncritically supported the policies of the Israeli government.

Feb 03 21:18

The Art of War Quotes

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious!

For to win 100 victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Feb 03 20:43

Oregon standoff leader Ammon Bundy, others indicted

By STEVEN DUBOIS Updated 30 min ago (0)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted Ammon Bundy and some of the men and women who joined him at the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge, authorities said Wednesday.
However, the indictment remained sealed and further details on the charges were unavailable.
Defense attorneys demanded the immediate unsealing of the indictment — a request denied Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart.In a criminal complaint, defendants have a right to a preliminary hearing in which they can question the arresting officer under oath about probable cause for the charges.

After an indictment, they are no longer entitled to such a proceeding.
The cancellation of preliminary hearings that had been scheduled for Wednesday dismayed attorneys for the accused.

Feb 03 20:42

Drone video of Homs, Syria shows a city destroyed by war

Making the rounds online this week: this footage shot by a camera-equipped drone of the Syrian city of Homs. After 5 years of civil war, the city is largely reduced to abandoned rubble.

Feb 03 20:39

A Golden Age for Pentagon Waste

As we have often noted one of the giant logs stuck in the eye of many conservatives, people who typically argue for smaller government, is that they often defend military spending with little reservation. Defense, we are told is enumerated in the Constitution and as such is a legitimate expenditure. And yes, defense, is enumerated in the Constitution. Massive unchecked spending, undeclared wars, and bases around the world are not however enumerated in the Constitution.

Feb 03 19:11

Retired cop files complaint against Philadelphia police officers who "forcibly entered his house, threw him to the floor, handcuffed him, and punched him in the back of the head" after accusing him of using two phony $10 bills to pay a delivery driver --

KEVIN BOOKER figures it was around 11:30 at night when someone started pounding on his front door, late enough to make him a little nervous.
When he swung open the door to his Logan home on Jan. 8, no one was there. Booker shrugged it off, trudged back to bed, and went to sleep.

Feb 03 17:33

EX-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn joins Ukraine bank

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been appointed to the supervisory board of a bank owned by Ukraine's second richest businessman Viktor Pinchuk. Kiev's Kredit-Dnipro Bank said the decision to accept Strauss-Kahn and five others to the advisory body was taken on Monday and goes into immediate effect. It added that Strauss-Kahn would serve as an independent committee member who does not represent shareholders' interests.

Feb 03 17:32

Federal Reserve Going Back To ZIRP

Feb 03 17:31

Top German Journalist Admits Live On Air National News Agenda Set By Government

National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports. He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be “to Ms. Merkel’s liking”.

Feb 03 17:12

NH Flooded By $100M in Political Ads!

bout $100 million has already been poured into broadcast and cable television ads courting voters for the Feb. 9 vote, according to estimates from Kantar Media’s CMAG and an analysis by Ken Goldstein, a Bloomberg Politics analyst and University of San Francisco professor. In comparison, about $2 million had been spent in New Hampshire by this point in the 2012 race that ultimately came down to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Feb 03 16:41

Clinton Laughs Off Question on Goldman Sachs, But Can Millions in Special Interest Cash Be Ignored?

The Intercept’s Lee Fang recently questioned Hillary Clinton about her speeches for Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, which paid her $675,000 for just three appearances.

Feb 03 16:40

‘Operation Winter Storm’: Drone buzzes over reenactment of iconic WW2 battle

The battle between Soviet & German troops known as ‘Operation Winter Storm’ was reenacted near the Russian city of Volgograd, marking its 73rd anniversary.

Feb 03 16:38

False Flags Are Just a Conspiracy Theor … Admitted Fact

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos.

Feb 03 16:38

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

Anyone who believes that this election will bring about any real change in how the American government does business is either incredibly naïve, woefully out-of-touch, or oblivious to the fact that as an in-depth Princeton University study shows, we now live in an oligarchy that is “of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.”

Feb 03 16:31

Istanbul streets literally on fire as pro-Kurdish protesters clash with police

Protest slams Turkish government’s offensive against Kurdistan Workers Party in Istanbul, clashes with police.

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