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My apologies for the confusion. I had been given to understand my radio show would be live today, then off Christmas and Friday, but apparently the majority of the other GCN hosts wanted today off as well, and so we are doing replays until the end of the week.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said 'Stop! don't do it!' 'Why shouldn't I?' he said. I said, 'Well, there's so much to live for!' He said, 'Like what?' I said, 'Well...are you religious or atheist?' He said, 'Religious.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Christian or Buddhist?' He said, 'Christian.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?' He said, 'Protestant.' I said, 'Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?' He said, 'Baptist!' I said, 'Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist church of god or Baptist church of the lord?' He said, 'Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you original Baptist church of god, or are you reformed Baptist church of god?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god!' I said, 'Me too! Are you reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1879, or reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915?' He said, 'Reformed Baptist church of god, reformation of 1915!' I said, 'Die, heretic scum,' and pushed him off." -- Emo Phillips

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Dec 11 09:04

Did Juncker offer vital assistance to Amazon? Firm's former head of tax claims current EU president acted like 'business partner' while he was PM of Luxembourg

EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker acted like a ‘business partner’ to web giant Amazon when he was prime minister of Luxembourg, a former company boss claimed last night.

Bob Comfort, the firm’s former head of tax, reportedly said the Luxembourg government ‘helped solve problems’ for the business.

In comments reported by the Guardian newspaper, Mr Comfort said: ‘The Luxembourg government presents itself as a business partner and I think it’s an accurate description. It helps to solve problems.’

He said Mr Juncker’s message was: ‘if you encounter problems which you don’t seem to be able to resolve, please come back and tell me. I’ll try to help.’

Amazon’s tax deal with the Duchy is under investigation by the European Commission over the tax arrangements granted to the firm in 2003.

Dec 11 09:02

Sen Mark Udall ‘The CIA Is Lying’, Reveals More Information About Torture Report

He said the agency “violated our moral and legal obligations in the name of keeping us safe,” and instead of making any attempt to admit mistakes, they’ve “fought to bury the truth” and in doing so repeatedly lied to congressional oversight.

“When asked to describe the critical information in detail which plots were thwarted,” Udall said, “the CIA provided exaggerated versions of plots and misattributed information that was obtained from traditional intelligence collection.”

Dec 11 09:00

Garlic and Ginger Inhibit Drug Resistant Bacteria

With the exception of Enterobacter sp. and Klebsiella sp., the researchers found that all of the bacteria tested were inhibited to some degree by the ginger and garlic. The bacteria inhibited the most by Ginger included P. aeruginosa, E. coli and Bacillus sp.

The Garlic extract inhibited P. aeruginosa the greatest, followed by E. coli and Bacillus sp. The Garlic cloves ethanol extract showed similar inhibition zones against Proteus sp., Enterobacter sp. and S. aureus.

The researchers added: "It is interesting to note that even crude extracts of these plants showed good activity against multidrug resistant strains where modern antibiotic therapy has limited effect."


Dec 11 08:56

Google shuts down its news feed in Spain after new law forces it to pay publishers for using snippets of their content

Google is to close its news-linking service in Spain next in response to a new law which will force it to pay publishers for using their content.

The Internet advertising giant said the new law makes Google News unsustainable and that 'with real sadness' it would remove Spanish publishers from the service on December 16.

'The new law requires publishers to charge Google News for showing even the smallest snippets of their content - whether they want to charge or not,' the company said.

Dec 11 08:55

Curcumin: Spicy Painkiller Finally Delivers on Promise

In praising the curcumin phytosome product he tried, Meriva-SR, Dr. Whitaker talks glowingly about its effect on the back pain that had previously ruined his golf game. He writes, "Imagine, a supplement that has the pain-relieving power of Advil, Motrin, and even stronger drugs--without any of their negative side effects. Better still, you can take comfort in the fact you are also protecting your brain, reducing your risk of cancer, and quelling inflammation and oxidative stress throughout your body. It just doesn't get much better than that."

Dec 11 08:53

Triclosan found to induce liver cancer in scientific study

The evidence continues to mount regarding the harmful health effects of triclosan, an antimicrobial agent found in many consumer care products, including toothpaste. Despite industry claims that the chemical is totally safe, the results of a new study performed by UC Davis scientists beg to differ.


Dec 11 08:52

The Israeli Scientific Mind

Palestinian official says medical examination shows Minister Ziad Abu Ein died from being struck and inhaling tear gas; Israeli source: He died from a heart attack.

I am not surprised by this emerging dispute. Israelis are not very good in handling causality unless Jewish pain is detected. In the Jewish universe the Jew is always an innocent victim. But in this case of Minister Ziad Abu Ein, it is a Palestinian person in his prime, who was physically and brutally attacked by a young Israeli policeman. When such an event happens, the Israelis prefer to stick to forensic evidence – they remove any responsibility.

Dec 11 08:50

Why Bad Software Succeeds

One of the hardest things to accept, as a justice-loving maker of software, is that a perfectly engineered and beautifully designed piece of software can go completely unused. Similarly, a lot of the software on which the world relies a great deal can be terrible — riddled with poor design decisions if not outright and undeniable bugs. This seems to be a fundamental frustrating truth about software.

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I have never been able to install 3DS MAX 2014 on my new windows 7 machine.

Dec 11 08:49

Drug commonly prescribed for back pain DOESN'T work - and is 'no better than a sugar pill'

People with back pain are being prescribed a drug which does nothing to help their discomfort.

A study has found a drug commonly prescribed to treat lower back pain is actually ineffective.

The drug pregabalin works no better than a placebo to control pain, doctors discovered.

Pregabalin, which is marketed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer under the name Lyrica, is commonly prescribed all over the world to treat chronic lower back pain syndromes such as lumbar spinal stenosis.

Dec 11 08:48

Leadership courts centrist support for $1.1T spending bill as shutdown looms

Congressional leaders were trying to hold the center in the run-up to Thursday’s government shutdown deadline, with Senate Democrats and House Republicans pleading for their troops to back a $1.1 trillion spending bill that had those on both extremes of the ideological spectrum fuming.

House Republican leaders touted dents to the Internal Revenue Service budget and Environmental Protection Agency staffing levels, language that stalls some of President Obama’s plans to battle climate change, and the chance to fight the White House’s deportation amnesty next year as reasons to get behind the massive 1,600-page bill.

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THIS IS A CALL TO KEYBOARDS FOR ALL RIVERO'S RANGERS!

Wherever you see any articles, posts, or blogs about raising the debt ceiling, please post the above graphic, or quote the following...

"The question Americans should be asking is not whether to raise the debt ceiling, but rather why the Federal Government, which is authorized by the Constitution to create and issue interest-free money, instead borrows that money at interest from a privately owned central bank, thereby plunging future generations into debt slavery to that bank? THAT is the real question Americans should be asking!"

This quote is already making the rounds but we need to put this in front of the eyes of every American that we can over the next week as Congress debates just how much further they will sell us all into the slavery of the private central bankers.


Dec 11 08:44

Psychiatry: the modern priest-class

One of the main psychiatric mantras gaining force? “Everyone at some time in their lives will experience a mental disorder.”

But an open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.

THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.

And along with that:

ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.

Dec 11 08:43

Dead Scientists 2004-2014

Dec 11 08:40

Richmond Police Chief participates in Protest against Police Violence

Amid the nationwide tumult over recent instances of police officers using deadly force against unarmed people, Bay Area cities like Berkeley and Oakland have been rived by impassioned protests that have at times turned violent.
But a different kind of protest popped up in Richmond on Tuesday, and at the vanguard of the gathering calling for a reduction in police violence in communities of color was an unlikely participant: Richmond's police chief.

Dec 11 08:40

An anonymous Wikipedia user from an IP address that is registered to United States Senate has tried, and failed, to remove a phrase with the word "torture" from the website's article on the Senate Intelligence Committee's blockbuster CIA torture report

An anonymous Wikipedia user from an IP address that is registered to United States Senate has tried, and failed, to remove a phrase with the word "torture" from the website's article on the Senate Intelligence Committee's blockbuster CIA torture report.

Dec 11 08:40

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal:$479 Million for warplanes that the Pentagon didn’t ask for;70 of the 85 lines in the new House bill reflect recommendations made in a piece of model legislation drafted by lobbyists for Citigroup

On Tuesday, Congressional leaders struck a deal to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. And while most members of the least productive Congress in the history of these United States are already busy patting themselves on the back for summoning enough courage and can-do American spirit to actually govern for a day, the rest of us shouldn’t start celebrating just yet.

Dec 11 08:39

German Poultry Industry Giant Returns to GMO-Free Production

Wiesenhof’s U-turn comes just 10 months after the German Poultry Association (ZDG) unilaterally declared that it was stopping using GM-free animal feed, following similar moves by other associations in England and Denmark. The reasons provided for the step after over a decade of GMO-free feeding were an alleged shortage of GMO-free soya, the risk of contamination, and the associated legal uncertainty.


Dec 11 08:38

Israel teaches brutality to your security agencies

Early this year, in Denver (Colorado) ex-Israeli soldier Eran Efrati, explained how Israel Occupation Force (IOF) have militarized foreign law enforcement agencies in countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, India, etc. “Israeli soldiers are intensely trained for a war, whilst their actual military duties are to subdue and control Palestinians,” he said.

Dec 11 08:35

A GALLERY OF FAKE DEAD BIN LADENS

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The defenders of the US use of torture continue to make the claim that torture led them to Osama bin Laden. This is yet another self-serving lie. The Pakistanis were actually the ones who raided that house, and only after it was over did the neighbors speculate that Osama bin Laden lived there, which is when the Obama administration stepped in to steal the "glory" for themselves, only to discover that it was not Osama in the house (who actually died of natural causes in December 2001), which is what prompted the sloppy fake photos to try to save face.

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Dec 11 08:30

CIA Torture Could Be Revenge For 9/11 – But, Was 9/11 An Inside Job ???

US officials are compiling what one called “growing” evidence that other hijackings may have been planned for September 11. Officials from both the government and the airline industry tell TIME Magazine that a knife-like weapon was found on each of two separate Delta Airlines aircraft later that day, although neither plane took off due to the nationwide grounding after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on hijacked United and American airlines planes.

Investigators are not yet certain how these weapons came to be on board the aircraft. But they increasingly believe that the weapons may have been prepositioned by accomplices for use by others. As one US official told TIME, “These look like inside jobs.”

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The defenders of US torture are trying to sell the idea that 9-11 justified torture of Muslims, legal or not. But remember that Israelis were arrested for cheering and dancing as the towers fell. Israelis were also arrested driving a truck that tested positive for explosives and may have been arrested with actual explosives (which was reported just once then vanished from the media). Just prior to 9-11, the largest foreign spy ring ever found in the United States was discovered, operated by Israel.

So if the torture was a response to 9-11, how many Israelis were tortured?

The fact is that the torture program was never intended to identify the culprits behind 9-11 but to force Muslims to accept the blame, to justify wars. Khalid Sheik Mohammed has been declared the mastermind of 9-11 based on a confession wrested after 183 waterboardings and the torture of his children before his eyes.

Dec 11 08:25

Rep. Peter King: Senate Report Not Torture, Just People Having “To Stand In Awkward Positions”

“We’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut or anything like that. We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward in positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth. Nobody suffered any lasting injuries from this.”

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Okay, Peter; just lie down on this board for a little experiment and I hope that nice suit you are wearing is waterproof!


Dec 11 08:24

Shin Bet: Anti-Arab activists admit to J'lem school arson

The three suspects arrested for an arson attack at a Hebrew-Arabic bilingual school in Jerusalem are members of the right-wing Lehava organization, the Shin Bet said on Thursday.

Lehava, an anti-Arab group, attempts to combat Jewish assimilation. According to the Shin Bet, the three suspects confessed their actions during questioning.

Dec 11 08:22

Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem

Over the last several months, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been giving speeches, campaigning for candidates, appearing at public forums, and meeting with wealthy donors, which has led many people to believe that he may soon enter the race to become the next Republican presidential nominee. On Dec.?1, Bush told a gathering of business leaders at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington that he would make a decision about his political future “in short order.” But Bush’s recent business ventures reveal that he shares a number of liabilities with the last nominee, Mitt Romney, whose career in private equity proved so politically damaging that it sunk his candidacy.

Dec 11 08:22

Michael Brown Star Witness Gets Government Job

Dorian Johnson, the star witness to the Michael Brown shooting and the man who was assisting Brown during the strong-arm robbery moments before Brown was killed, has been hired by the city of St. Louis.

According to STltoday.com, “Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city's Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.”

Meeting the low income eligibility requirements, the 22-year-old will be holding the temporary position and will be making about $8.50 an hour.

Johnson told media, falsely, that Brown had been shot from behind, and then shot while surrendering to police with his hands up. Johnson will not be charged in the strong-arm robbery of the store, authorities said.

Dec 11 08:21

Obama asks Netanyahu why he bombed Syria


Dec 11 08:19

CIA torture report 'full of crap,' says former VP Cheney

The CIA and several of its past leaders, along with former vice-president Dick Cheney, are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year U.S. Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal action around the world.

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Cheney and his cohorts are faced with defending the indefensible, which is why the only arguments they have are pejorative!

Dec 11 08:16

CIA agents and Bush minions should be prosecuted for torture: Report

A United Nations "expert" on human rights on Wednesday stated that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Senate report on torture by the CIA coincides with what he and others at the U.N. suspected for years: that Bush Administration allowed the use of interrogation methods that reached the level of torture, according to reports on Wednesday. The U.N. expert is also calling for criminal charges to be filed against all involved.

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Those who carried out, authorized, or condoned the use of torture on innocent victims need to be tarred, feathered, hanged, drawn, quartered, burned, and their ashes pissed on by a rabid wombat!

Be my guest!

Dec 11 08:14

Canada Bill Would Legalize Euthanasia of People With Disabilities

Like I keep saying: Euthanasia/assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. It is ultimately about allowing anyone with more than a transitory desire to die to be killed–whether by a doctor, a lay suicide facilitator, or even, family and friends.

And here we go again! Canadian legislation would legalize active lethal-injection euthanasia and assisted suicide for people with disabilities. From S. 225

Dec 11 08:13

Nuremberg Trials

Held for the purpose of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, the Nuremberg trials were a series of 13 trials carried out in Nuremberg, Germany, between 1945 and 1949. The defendants, who included Nazi Party officials and high-ranking military officers along with German industrialists, lawyers and doctors, were indicted on such charges as crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) committed suicide and was never brought to trial. Although the legal justifications for the trials and their procedural innovations were controversial at the time, the Nuremberg trials are now regarded as a milestone toward the establishment of a permanent international court, and an important precedent for dealing with later instances of genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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So, when do we start?


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Dec 11 08:10

U.S. Marines Raid Dodger Stadium with MV-22B Ospreys

A Marine Press Release stated, in part, "Using MV-22B Ospreys and other aircraft, the MEU inserted a raid force nearly 170 miles from Fort Hunter Liggett, near Monterey, and assaulted through the stadium to capture a simulated high value target, and then returned to base. We deeply appreciate the training opportunity and the patience and support of the local communities as we conduct this vital training..."

Dec 11 08:07

In the original German

The term “enhanced interrogation” was coined by the Nazis…or Verschärfte Vernehmung, in the original German.

You know what was done with the Nazis who supported these kinds of evil acts after the war, right? So when is the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/etc. trial before an international tribunal?

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My family lost a great many men and boys in the war against Nazi Germany. Probably most of you reading these words did as well. I wonder what all those who died thinking they were cleansing the world of such evil would think today about what their sacrifice has created.

Dec 11 08:07

It’s official: Americans are the baddies now

We might as well start wearing black and putting skulls on our caps. The Senate Torture Report (it’s chilling that we even have to have a “torture report”) has been released, and it’s just full of the evil crap the CIA has been doing.

Detainees were deprived of sleep for as long as a week, and were sometimes told that they would be killed while in American custody. With the approval of the C.I.A.’s medical staff, some C.I.A. prisoners were subjected to medically unnecessary “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” — a technique that the C.I.A.’s chief of interrogations described as a way to exert “total control over the detainee.” C.I.A. medical staff members described the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, as a “series of near drownings.”


Dec 11 08:05

How Wal-Mart Made Its Crumbling China Business Look So Good for So Long

After years of heralding China as one of its best markets, Wal-Mart (WMT) in August said its performance there was among the worst in its major countries. A management shake-up and job cuts have followed.

Dec 11 08:02

FLASHBACK 2009 - Rice dismisses torture claims

Condoleezza Rice, the former US secetary of State, has rejected claims she approved the use of torture when she was US national security adviser.

Rice, who held the positions under the administration of George Bush, the former US president, triggered controversy recently when she said at Stanford University that if torture techniques including waterboarding were authorized by Bush, then they were not illegal.

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Richard Nixon echoed that same sentiment; that if the President does something it is not a crime. That is, of course, contrary to the intentions of the Founding Fathers when they limited the authority of the Executive Branch to executing the will of the Congress, which in turn was supposed to represent the will of the people.

The President is not above the law. If any candidate does not like that, seek another form of employment!

Dec 11 08:00

UN Resolution on Iran Mockery of Justice

Too many people think the UN (which is mostly funded by the US and bends over back wards for Israel) offers a route to justice. Like so many forms of government it is just another body to rationalize injustices and call them legal

Dec 11 07:55

SHOULD YOU BELIEVE WHAT THEY TELL YOU OR WHAT YOU SEE?

Sometimes I wish I could just passively accept what my government monarchs and their mainstream media mouthpieces feed me on a daily basis. Why do I have to question everything I’m told? Life would be much simpler and I could concentrate on more important things like the size of Kim Kardashian’s ass, why the Honey Boo Boo show was canceled, the Victoria Secret Fashion Show, whether I’ll get a better deal on Chinese slave labor produced crap on Black Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, fantasy football league standings, the latest NFL player to knockout their woman and get reinstated, Obama’s latest racial healing plan, which Clinton or Bush will be our next figurehead president, or the latest fake rape story from Rolling Stone.

Dec 11 07:54

Victory: US student workers’ union backs Israel boycott in landslide vote

Student workers at the University of California have voted by a landslide to support the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

The votes, which were cast on 4 December by members of UAW Local 2865, resulted in 65 percent, or 1,411 members voting in support of a BDS resolution against 35 percent, or 749 members, voting against.

UAW Local 2865 has thus become the first labor union in the US to join the BDS movement.

Dec 11 07:50

Netanyahu urges PA for calm following minister's death

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to the Palestinian Authority urging for calm following the death of Minister Ziad Abu Ein after he was attacked by Israeli soldiers yesterday, the Anadolu Agency reported.

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Netanyahu is just showboating. If he really wanted calm, the IDF would not have murdered the minister!

Dec 11 07:49

Autopsy reveals Palestinian minister was murdered

The death Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein was the result of beating, teargas-induced asphyxiation and obstruction by the Israeli army to transfer him to a hospital on time, a Palestinian official said, citing official forensic results.

Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hassan Al-Sheikh, detailing the forensic results to the official Palestinian radio station today, asserted that the findings show that Abu Ein, who was fatally injured yesterday during an Israeli clampdown on a Palestinian protest against settlements and the Separation Wall near Ramallah, had been "murdered".

"The forensic report is an essential piece of evidence of Israel's responsibility [for Abu Ein's death]," Al-Sheikh said following yesterday evening's autopsy.

He added that the Palestinian authorities carried out the autopsy in an East Jerusalem university hospital after refusing to allow an Israeli medical centre to handle the procedure.

Dec 11 07:49

5 Creepy Ways Your Town Is Designed to Control Your Mind

Get a dude who grew up in rural Mississippi in a room with somebody who was born and raised in San Francisco, and you find that where you live has a lot to do with how you see the world. You might think this is simply the difference in your neighbors, but it's not; the physical layout of your town or city affects you. And these days, a lot of that shit is done on purpose.

All around you are little design choices you've probably never even noticed, that are at this moment

Dec 11 07:46

Breaking Ban: After 90yr old US veteran arrested for feeding homeless, city lifts law

A 90-year-old World War II veteran Arnold Abbot was arrested for feeding the homeless in Florida last month. He is still facing 60 days in jail and a 500 dollar fine, but after protests and a massive backlash he's achieved a small victory. It is no longer illegal to feed homeless people in public places in Fort Lauderdale.

Dec 11 07:45

Does Torture Actually Work?

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"Short answer; No. But it's so much FUN!" -- Cocaine Importation Agency

Dec 11 07:43

Illinois Passes Law Making it a Felony to Video Police

There's one way and one way only to stop police abuse: Criminally prosecute it, then allow civil penalties.

In a podcast today with Chris Martenson, Chris suggested civil penalties should come straight out of the police retirement fund, not taxpayer pockets.

But as with CIA torture, government does not really want to stop abuse, they want to stop reporting the abuse.

Earlier this year, Illinois passed a law making videotaping of police illegal. However, the Illinois Supreme Curt struck down the law as a violation of free speech.

So what did the Illinois legislature do? They wrote an even worse law.

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Dec 11 07:38

VIDEO: NAVY TESTS LASER WEAPON IN PERSIAN GULF

Navy on Wednesday announced it successfully tested its first laser weapon aboard the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. Testing on the laser weapon system, dubbed LaWS by the Navy, took place from September to November aboard the Austin-class amphibious transport dock. Implementation of the weapon was not only historic, a release from the Navy said, but it also proved such a system could be "operated seamlessly with existing ship defense systems." "Laser weapons are powerful, affordable and will play a vital role in the future of naval combat operations," said Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research. "We ran this particular weapon, a prototype, through some extremely tough paces, and it locked on and destroyed the targets we designated with near-instantaneous lethality." During the tests, the LaWS struck targets on a small, speeding boat and shot an unmanned aerial vehicle out of the sky.

Dec 11 07:31

Lifestyles of the money-junkies - The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

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A lot of people really do not see the wealth gap between the money-junkies and ... us. As I mentioned in the article about the HYT H1 Hydro-Mechanical Watch, I have a resonance with the art of fine watch making. But the $45,000 price tag for the HYT seemed a bit impractical to me, especially since my CASIO has far more functionality for only $300. But the watches in this article, topping out at $2.5 million for a wrist decoration, make anyone wearing the $45,000 HYT look like a pauper!

Dec 11 07:30

Luxury Brand Retail Stocks: All You Need to Know

Strangely, Americans are getting richer and poorer at the same time, and this is benefiting the luxury brand stocks. While the number of Americans requiring food stamps is at a staggering 48 million or so, at the other end of the spectrum, the rich are increasing their wealth to new record-highs at a rapid pace. This is what will help the luxury brand stocks—a widening income gap that’s seeing the rich rapidly becoming richer.

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Yes, you can make money investing in stocks for companies that cater to the rich. The problem is there are not enough rich to support the entire economy. There are not enough hours in the day for them to buy all the products manufactured by all the people, so they "save time" by buying a few highly overpriced trinkets to prove their wealth.

Dec 11 07:27

French Senate to vote on Palestine's statehood

After the French National Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the government to recognize the State of Palestine, the Senate will vote on Thursday on a similar resolution, submitted by the Greens parliamentary group.

The draft resolution is symbolic, as was the one passed by the Assembly on Dec. 2. However, experts believe that the support of France will strengthen the position of Palestine in peace negotiations.

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"No, it won't It won't it won't it WON'T!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Dec 11 07:26

CIA Cited Israeli Court Rulings to Justify Torture

The report revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel's Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

The controversial report published Tuesday by the United States Senate Intelligence Committee on the torture methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel’s Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

Dec 11 07:26

Hong Kong police haul away protesters from rally site

Hong Kong police began dismantling the city's main pro-democracy site Thursday, clearing away tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies, and hauling off a hard core of protesters who nevertheless vow that their struggle lives on.

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Looks like the US attempt to bring down China (meaning the Yuan) from within has failed.

Dec 11 07:24

AN INCONVENIENT 9/11 TRUTH [2014] (rough unfinished demo)


AN INCONVENIENT 9/11 TRUTH is a rough unfinished demo film and project designated for 9/11 truth activist, then it is as an introductory to 9/11 truth (alternative versions of the official conspiracy). This is to demonstrate much of what’s already been known and connected together with new and old research

Dec 11 07:21

i594 I Will NOT Comply! - the rally against initiative 594 in Olympia Washington on December 13.

We're not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is NOT to be touched. We call on our Sheriffs, local representatives and legislators to stand with us and uphold their oaths.

The Constitution is the supreme law and our God given rights are NOT open for negotiation. We choose to uphold the law as peacefully and principled as possible, but it will be upheld.

We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT Comply.

We will rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the legislation and violate i594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!

This is being organized by the Gavin Seim for Liberty and Anthony Bosworth For Sheriff and many great volunteers from across the State. Please show up.

Dec 11 07:16

If I Wanted America To Be A Dictatorship

Is America becoming a dictatorship? Is Tyranny about to destroy freedom in America? What role has The Federal Reserve Bank played? In this video Fabian4Liberty exposes the forces behind the economic collapse, soaring autism rates, and the growing police state.

Dec 11 07:01

The Spies Who Fooled the World – The WMD Lies That Took Us to War in Iraq

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, Panorama reveals how key aspects of the secret intelligence used to justify the invasion were based on fabrication and lies. The CIA and M16 knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We went to war in Iraq on a lie.

Dec 11 06:42

Shielding Israel’s Secret Nukes

You know something doesn’t wash when the contrary views are as overwhelmingly held as on this matter. The resolution passed on a vote of 161-5.

Neither Israel nor the United States says publicly that Israel has nuclear weapons, but just about everyone else in the world takes it as a given that it does, which would make it the only state in the Middle East that does.

The stated rationale for the United States casting last Tuesday one of the very lonely votes it sometimes casts at the United Nations General Assembly, on matters on which almost the entire world sees things differently, warrants some reflection.

The resolution in question this time endorsed the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons, and to put its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Dec 11 06:18

FLASHBACK: CIA Director Patreaus RESIGNS

WEBMASTER ADDITION: If people in DC resigned for having extra-marital affairs, the city would be empty. I suspect Patreus wanted to get out before the scale of the torture scandal became known and war crimes trials started.

Dec 11 01:41

10 Facts About Water Fluoridation That You Need to Know

Waking Times

With few exceptions, most other countries do not fluoridate their drinking water,1and for good reason—fluoride is a toxic drug linked with an array of potentially serious health problems.

Dec 11 01:39

Controlled Opposition – The Hidden Hand of Misdirection

Waking Times

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Lenin

This concept eludes public awareness to a scary degree. It’s similar to the reality of false flag operations, the epitome of carefully planned societal manipulation by unseen forces who have no regard for the human condition other than to control it at any cost.

Dec 10 23:00

The CIA’s Operation Deception

CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program. Former CIA directors George Tenet and Michael Hayden and deputy directors John McLaughlin and Steve Kappes, who were guilty of past deceit on sensitive issues, have threatened to make documents available to undermine the findings of the Senate committee. The senior operations officer who ran the CIA’s torture and abuse program, Jose Rodriquez, has been permitted to write a book and a long essay in the Washington Post that argue the interrogation techniques were legal and effective.

Dec 10 22:57

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

Two irrefutable conclusions flow from the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: 1) The United States, during the Bush administration, committed criminal acts of the most serious character, in violation of international and domestic law; and 2) None of those responsible for these crimes will be arrested, indicted or prosecuted for their actions.

Dec 10 22:52

Meet James Mitchell, CIA's post-9/11 torture architect whose firm we paid $80 million

James Elmer Mitchell, a former Air Force psychologist credited with teaching the CIA how to torture war on terror detainees in the 2000s, is the subject of an on-camera interview with VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen.

Dec 10 22:46

Obama tortures, too

Yes, Obama is required to stop his desperate attempts to protect suspected war criminals of all kinds, including torturers and, worse, aggressors. While constantly executing some suspects, Obama chooses to protect (and also hire) other suspects – the ones who are suspected, often with far better reason, of incomparably worse crimes.

Dec 10 22:43

Stop believing the lies: America tortured more than 'some folks' – and covered it up

Beyond all the the depravity, perhaps the most shocking part of this exposed history is the action of US officials who knew these horrors were unfolding – and covered them up.

Dec 10 21:52

Congress Unanimously Passes Bill Confirming American Subservience to Israel

In an open display of Jewish Supremacist power over Congress, that body has unanimously passed a bill which ties America to Israel even more closely than before, promising increased financial and military aid—even though America is technically bankrupt and unprecedented millions of Americans are on welfare.

The news that Congress unanimously passed the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, promoted by the Jewish Supremacist senator Barbara Boxer, has not surprisingly been almost completely suppressed by the Zio-media dominated media aimed at non-Jewish readers.

Dec 10 21:49

Being Critical of Jews Is the Ultimate Taboo

Nobody — or hardly anybody — ever talks about how Palestinian Christians are treated in Israel. The reason is very probably what I found out for myself when I published an article on my blog about how Israel is not such a haven for Christians and received abusive comments from a couple of (anonymous) usual suspects.

Dec 10 20:21

'Each time police shut Pirate Bay down, we will multiply other servers'

The Pirate Bay and several other torrent websites temporarily disappeared from the internet on Tuesday. Reports say the sites were downed in a raid by Swedish police, which seized the servers, computers, and equipment of previously elusive web pirates. RT talks to the Berlin Chairman of the Pirate Party - Bruno Kramm.

Dec 10 19:30

US Budget Bill Stealthily Allows Banks to Use Federal Deposit Insurance to Cover Swaps and Derivates

Congress has agreed to use federal deposit insurance, which was designed to protect the savings accounts of consumers, to cover risky trading by the nation’s biggest banks. In a small provision in the budget bill, Congress agreed to allow banks to house their trading of swaps and derivatives alongside customer deposits, which are insured by the federal government against losses. Note: This destroys the last remaining albeit (limp wristed) protection Americans had left when they deposit their funds in these banks! If banks fail again, you'll never see your money.

Dec 10 18:05

California Drought Linked to Natural Causes, Not Climate Change

Natural temperature swings in the ocean, not global warming, are driving California's extreme drought, according to a new government study.

Researchers said sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean set up an atmospheric roadblock off the West Coast that diverted winter storms away from California. The state relies on winter rain and snow for most of its yearly water.

The roadblock is a persistent ridge of high pressure that first formed in 2011 during a La Niña event. Even though La Niña broke down after the 2011-2012 winter, the western equatorial Pacific Ocean remained a warm water bull's-eye, a pattern known to trigger droughts in the Southwest and California, the researchers report.

Dec 10 18:02

Nazi Designed Torture Instrumental for Maintenance of CIA’s Terror War Charade

The Nazis called it “Verschärfte Vernehmung,” German for “enhanced interrogation.”

“It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court. The methods, as you can see above, are indistinguishable from those described as ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ by the president,” The Atlantic wrote in 2007.

Considering the early history of the CIA and its post-war collaboration with Nazi party members, including Gestapo butchers, this similarity should not be surprising.

According to author and researcher Annie Jacobsen, former Nazis were at the forefront of developing torture techniques for the United States government.

Dec 10 18:02

Leaked Document: Ukraine's Government Set To Eliminate... Everything

In reality, bureaucrats and politicians who produce nothing of value parasitically choke off the productive class through onerous taxation and regulation.

Dec 10 18:01

It’s time.

Dec 10 18:00

Obama: Christmas Season Should Help Us Understand Executive Amnesty

President Barack Obama thinks that Christians should use the Christmas season and “the good book” to understand the importance of immigration reform.

“If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and remember what it was like to be a stranger,” Obama said during an immigration town hall in Nashville.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pathetic. Just pathetic.

Dec 10 17:53

CIA struggled to keep rationalizing brutal interrogations, report shows

When CIA interrogators waterboarded their first prisoner, Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, on Aug. 4, 2002, they justified the simulated drowning as a vital tool to extract secrets about future attacks against the United States. -- But after 20 days of round-the-clock interrogation at a secret prison in Thailand, during which Zubaydah was repeatedly waterboarded in long sessions, slammed against walls, slapped, confined in a coffin-size box for 266 hours and chained in “stress positions,” the interrogators concluded the Saudi-born operative knew nothing about new plots.

Dec 10 17:47

Lawsuit: Cops Confiscate Guns From Home After False Arrest

After falsely arresting a concealed carry permit holder nearly four months ago, Bakersfield, Calif., police confiscated all the guns from his home and never returned them, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Dec 10 17:34

Spy Wars: CIA vs. Congress (VIDEO)

Why is it okay to spy on U.S. citizens but not government officials?

Dec 10 17:31

Hacked payment card service transmitted some data in plaintext

Charge Anywhere, a company that routes payment transactions between merchants and payment card processors, said that malicious software planted on its network may have accessed unencrypted sensitive cardholder data for almost five years.

In a statement, the company warned that some of the card data it sends or receives appears in plaintext, allowing attackers to copy it and use it in fraudulent transactions. Details including names, account numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes are known to be exposed for transactions that occurred this year from August 17 through September 24, although it's possible transactions dating back to November 5, 2009 may also have been accessed, the statement said.

Dec 10 17:01

Is wearing make-up harmful during pregnancy? Exposure to beauty chemicals is linked with lower IQ in children, study claims

The scientists assessed the pthalate exposure of 328 New York City women and their children, all of whom were from low-income communities.

Break down chemicals from the compounds left after they had been processed in the body were measured in urine samples during the last three months of pregnancy.

Children of mothers whose exposure to DnBP and DiBP was in the top 25 per cent had IQ scores 6.6 and 7.6 points lower, respectively, than those of mothers exposed to the lowest concentrations.

Associations were also seen for specific aspects of IQ, such as perceptual reasoning, working memory and processing speed.

Dec 10 16:59

BP to spend nearly £640m making hundreds of job cuts as oil price slumps

Continued fall in global oil prices and demand forces BP to plan staff redundancies in all segments over the next year

Dec 10 16:46

FLASHBACK - Israeli high court decision enables widespread torture of Palestinian detainees

When human rights workers, lawyers and doctors get a chance to speak with Palestinian detainees about their treatment in Israeli prisons, the standard response is ‘?di, meaning “as usual.” After a little prodding, sometimes they will get the details of what exactly is “usual.” (See Bana Shoughry-Badarne’s “Torture in Israel – A Question of Getting Away With It.”)

One man tells of being violently beaten for 80 hours while being told his mother was dying.

Another man was allowed to sleep for two hours every three days for a total of 40 days, while interrogators shouted directly into his ears. (Examples from Shoughry-Badarne’s article.)

When the brutal “interrogation” is exhausted, officers may send the prisoners to a foul-smelling cell, where mold lines the walls and there is a hole in the floor to use as a toilet.

Dec 10 16:43

Study Suggests Conspiracy Theorists Are More Positive & ‘Sane’ Compared To Conventional Thinkers

A case study examining online commenting trends was performed by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent that revealed so called “conspiracy theorists” are actually more mentally sane (reasonable & sensible) than those who are considered conventionalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, THAT sure takes the fun out of it! :)

Dec 10 16:40

How the Fed Grows Government

We are told that elections are important, but the most powerful state institution, the central bank, is totally out of reach of the voter.

Dec 10 16:30

Death Becomes Him: Top 5 Obama War Crimes Since His Nobel Peace Prize

In the aftermath of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell Torture Report, both Democrats and Republicans are now jockeying for position to occupy the moral high ground. On one side you have apologists for CIA torture, and on the other are half-hearted partisan Democrats desperate to protect their own administration’s sins overseas – and in the middle is a small minority who still believe in doing what’s right to preserve America’s integrity internationally.

Dec 10 16:24

Profiting Massively From Torture: Designers Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million (And Are Still Getting Money)

Torture sure is profitable.

Reading the details of the report, it certainly feels like James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen deserve a place in history alongside other infamous torturers. And yet, instead, they're free and have banked many millions of dollars -- and Mitchell now spends his retirement kayaking in Florida. It's downright sickening.

Dec 10 16:19

‘Die-in’ for Eric Garner: Hundreds shut down mall, block streets in London protest

A crowd of people stormed a London mall, blockaded roads, and shouted slogans in an anti-police brutality demonstration against a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for Eric Garner’s death on December 4.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where are the enraged protests over the US Government's commission of wars crimes, including the torture of US citizens? It underscores that these protests over Eric Garner may be manufactured propaganda to divide society along racial lines.

Dec 10 16:18

Protests Across America: Will Obama Step Down?

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

According to U.S. leaders, “peaceful protests” across ??Syria? were enough to warrant calls for Assad to step down. Such civil unrest was reason enough to demand that Assad “face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people.” So with massive civil unrest taking place all across the U.S., one must ask the question, is the logical response to demand that Obama step down?...

Dec 10 16:18

Obama admin ‘won’t be around forever’ - Israeli minister on W. Bank settlement stall

"I really want to approve plans and build more – right now this issue provokes a reaction first and foremost from the Americans, and then threats from various sources," Ya’alon said, as quoted by Haaretz, on Tuesday addressing high school students in a Jewish West Bank settlement.

According to Ya’alon, the United States has “led the charge” and Israel has been “very, very careful not to push the envelope too much.”

The construction will eventually begin again because the Obama administration “won’t be around forever.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And we already own Hillary Clinton!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Dec 10 16:15

Short Reminder: The Legitimacy

Have you ever noticed that the governments which are NOT pro-Western are named "regimes" such as:

Putin's (or Russian) regime.
Chinese regime.
North Korean regime.
Iranian regime.
Saddam's regime (former and toppled by the Western alliance).
Gaddafi regime (former and toppled by the Western alliance).
Syrian regime.
Cuba's regime.
BUT: the pro-Western governments are named "governments" by the main-stream media, even though they are tyrant and totalitarian.

Saudi government.
Ukrainian government (current one, although eastern Ukrainian citizens did not participate in the last elections).
Bahraini government.
Qatari government.
Moroccan government.
Israeli CABINET.

Dec 10 16:13

14 Facts That Prove That The Number Of Children Living In Poverty This Christmas Is At A Record High

We live at a time when child poverty in America is exploding.

Dec 10 16:09

Welcome to the Recovery – McKinsey Survey Shows 40% of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Up From 31% in 2012

Nothing screams economic recovery like 2 out of every 5 Americans living paycheck to paycheck. Especially when that number has reportedly increased by 33% since 2012.

Dec 10 16:08

Loss of Control: The Current Financial Bubble is Busting?

Many who will read this work have been sitting patiently waiting for the house of cards to collapse. For me personally, I confess the current maniacal financial bubble has gone on much longer than I ever imagined. What did we miss?

Are we wrong or just early? In my opinion, we were early, mathematically correct yet the “rules” changed. For my part, I can say that I missed just how much “leverage” could be used to extend the game. In the current instance, we are not even talking about garden variety leverage. We live in a world where leverage is leveraged, leveraged again and again and again.

Dec 10 16:06

Snowden on CIA torture report: US commited inexcusable crimes

Dec 10 16:03

Abu Ghraib abuse photos 'show rape'

At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.

Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Dec 10 16:01

The CIA Tortured More Than ‘Some Folks’–And Now The MSM Invites The Perpetrators To Lie, Again

“We tortured some folks,” Barack Obama admitted recently, still downplaying war crimes committed in America’s name. But we now know those statements do not even begin to do justice to the horrific activities carried out by the CIA for years – atrocities that now have been exposed by the US Senate’s historic report on the CIA’s torture program, finally released on Tuesday after years of delay.

Dec 10 15:47

Obama administration claims a right to hide evidence before Supreme Court

In the June case, a minor child was killed in a car crash when a median barrier failed. The barrier had failed safety crash testing; the government knew but installed it anyway. When the plaintiff investigated, the government would not make federal employees — who knew the truth — available for deposition until after the two year deadline to file. The government now argues that equitable tolling should not apply to claims brought under the FTCA. It maintains that it can avoid liability by hiding evidence and waiting for the clock to run out.

Dec 10 15:22

Russell Brand on CIA Torture Report: If Rape Is Being Used As a Way To Get Info, We’re Already In Hell

Russell Brand has described the CIA’s torture report as “terrifying” in his latest episode of The Trews.

The Senate Intelligence Committee's report will reveal the extent of the organisation’s “enhanced interrogation”. Main methods are thought to include sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, slapping, humiliation, sexual assault threats and waterboarding. These measures were carried out on al-Qaeda terrorism suspects following the 9/11 attack and weren’t effective in delivering life-saving intelligence to the US.

Dec 10 15:19

Climate Change, Global Warming and the Carbon Finance Business

It’s perhaps the greatest speculative bubble since Holland’s ‘Tulip Mania’.

At the peak of tulip mania, circa 1637, a single tulip bulb sold for more than 3,000 Dutch guilders – that’s 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman in those days. It was great while it lasted, but reality eventually caught up with the creative opportunists.

Man-made global warming, or as it likes to be referred to these days as ‘climate change’, had a grand plan in its heyday. The mythology was underpinned by a new economic model, one which hoped to monetize CO2 emissions – or more accurately, the absence of CO2.

Dec 10 15:18

US closes Bagram detention center in Afghanistan

The US Defense Department announced it has closed the Bagram detention center and now has zero detainees in its custody in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

Dec 10 15:17

The Missing Photos From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

However, the 528-page "summary version" of the report's "Findings and Conclusions" has, by the admission of Feinstein herself, been heavily redacted and is focused only on CIA torture. It reports only one prisoner death and does not include more damning information and photographic evidence on US torture and prisons operated by the US Army, US Navy and other Department of Defense (DOD) agencies.

For example, in March 2005, CBS's "60 Minutes" reported that 108 prisoners had already died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan prisons. A July 5, 2005, follow-up review of government documents on torture from multiple DOD agencies and the CIA, including the results of criminal investigations by the US Army and Navy, was conducted by Steven H. Miles, M.D., under the joint auspices of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the heading, "How Many Detainees Died of Homicide by Torture?"

Dec 10 15:12

Osborne's new 'Google tax' on firms shifting profits abroad is ridiculed as it emerges they will have to report THEMSELVES to the taxman

The levy, which was introduced by George Osborne in last week’s Autumn Statement, is overwhelmingly backed by the public.

But it emerged today that under the new scheme companies will be asked to ‘self-report’ how much tax they have avoided.

One tax expert said: ‘It's a bit like reporting yourself to the police and then having to defend yourself.’

Dec 10 15:11

Explosive Senate torture report could open floodgates for costly lawsuits against United States, Britain and other allies complicit in programme, experts warn

Experts who have spent years working at American detention centres said yesterday's report did not contain any surprises, but suggested that now detainees' torture allegations are supported by an official government report, claimants have far more evidence to back any legal action.

Human rights lawyers are currently working their way through the 525-page report, which confirmed the existence of secret CIA prisons around the world, in the hope of finding material that could provide the breakthrough needed to revive dormant and failed lawsuits launched by detainees.

Previously, private claimants and international non-governmental organizations have found it incredibly difficult to win legal challenges alleging illegal interrogation by the CIA and its allies.

This is largely because, until now, the U.S. government has insisted that all details of the detentions and related extraordinary rendition hearings were state secrets, and therefore not valid evidence.

Dec 10 15:04

Game over, Japan

In April, the Japanese government raised the sales tax rate from 5% to 8%, which while doing nothing for the government’s ability to cover debt payments, did significant damage on the country’s growth in terms of GDP.

Clearly that didn’t work out very well, so they’re postponing the planned second increase in the sales tax.

But by doing that, the country’s credit rating was promptly downgraded by Moody’s.

While it’s astonishing that Japan’s rating is still as high as it is, the shift downwards is critical.

This is the beginning of the end. The Japanese government is running out of moves. If they raise taxes, they lose growth; if they don’t, they lose the last remaining shred of confidence from investors that they’ll ever make good on their debt.

Game over, Japan. Hara-kiri seems to be the only option at this point.

Dec 10 15:04

UN counterterrorism expert says U.S. officials must be prosecuted for CIA torture

Senior U.S. officials who authorized and carried out torture as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, a top United Nations special investigator said Wednesday.

Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, said in addition that all CIA and other U.S. officials who used waterboarding and other torture techniques must be prosecuted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The UN should kick the US out, thereby stripping Israel of their shield.

Dec 10 15:02

The Retail Apocalypse Accelerates: Collapsing Holiday Sales Are A Signal That A Recession Is Coming

Retail sales during the four day Thanksgiving weekend were down a whopping 11 percent from last year.

This is a “make or break” time of the year for many retailers, and if things don’t turn around during the coming weeks we could see a tsunami of store closings in January and February.

Dec 10 15:01

Plummeting Oil Prices Could Destroy The Banks That Are Holding Trillions In Commodity Derivatives

Could rapidly falling oil prices trigger a nightmare scenario for the commodity derivatives market?

The big Wall Street banks did not expect plunging home prices to cause a mortgage-backed securities implosion back in 2008, and their models did not anticipate a decline in the price of oil by more than 40 dollars in less than six months this time either.

We are heading for a derivatives crisis unlike anything that we have ever seen. It is going to make the financial meltdown of 2008 look like a walk in the park.

Dec 10 15:00

Is the US overseeing torture in Somalia? - video

An exclusive report on allegations the CIA has been working closely with Somali forces in the interrogation and torture of suspected al-Shabaab members - the militant group linked to al-Qaeda.

Dec 10 14:54

Trade ministers beg Brussels to remove more national sovereignty

Prime Ministers blame Brussels for, well, everything, But trade ministers have just written to EU President Juncker insisting he removes more of their national sovereignty through secret corporate courts.

Conflict rages in Brussels between those seeking to salvage the embattled EU/US trade pact (TTIP) by dropping ISDS as its most controversial aspect, and those who still want to push through the whole project in the face of mounting public opposition.

The ‘investor-state dispute settlement system’ (ISDS) would allow investors and corporations to sue governments in private international tribunals for any policy they deem “unfair” or which could affect their “legitimate profit expectations”.

Dec 10 14:47

Sen. Graham: US enemies are 'bastards'

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has defended the CIA’s torture program, describing enemies of the United States as “bastards.”

“We have a lot going for us that our enemy doesn’t. We’re actually good people, and they’re bastards,” Graham told Fox News on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And their mothers dress them funny. And their dogs smell bad. And they won't live like we do!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Lindsey, it is the government of the United States that are the bastards and you are one of them.

Dec 10 14:36

It’s Not the Law, But Prosecutors, That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

Black Americans know all about “law and order”: the term, itself, is code for the state-wielded hammer that is relentlessly deployed against us. No people on earth are more conditioned to concentrated bludgeoning under “color of law” than African Americans, who account for one out of out eight of the world’s prison inmates. Black males are 21 times more likely than their white peers to be killed by U.S. lawmen, and make up a clear majority of young police shooting victims under the most draconian law and order regime on the planet. Of all the world’s peoples, none have been so unremittingly inculcated with the lessons of crime and punishment – especially punishment, whether merited or not.

Dec 10 14:31

CIA Torture Report Incomplete as Key Documents Remain Withheld

Well, I think some of the details of who were mistaken identity detainees, for example Gul Rahman, who was frozen to death on the floor of a prison in Afghanistan in 2002, this report acknowledges that he was a case of mistaken identity. There was another guy named /d??n?t?gu?l/, who was the subject of a 2005 Steven Bradbury memo. Again, we had no reason to hold him. He was hallucinating. We made him crazy. So not just that they shouldn't have been detained, but the people we kept and killed and tortured, incredibly, were among those we kept.

Dec 10 14:30

Congress and Pentagon Shielding Weapons Contracts From Budget Cuts

Dec 10 14:29

Treasury Department Seeking Survival Kits For Bank Employees

The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation.

The emergency supplies would be for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country. The survival kit includes everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets.

The government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, according to the solicitation released on Dec. 4.

The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh shit! :)

Dec 10 14:21

Israel resumes building museum on Muslim cemetery

Israeli authorities have resumed excavations in Mamilla graveyard in West Jerusalem as part of the "Museum of Tolerance" project, a local committee said Tuesday.

Dec 10 14:17

New ISIS “scare video” reveals Ottawa’s unprecedented hubris

Canada’s puppet politicians have so little faith in the public’s ability to think critically or discern reality that they are now marketing the most ridiculous harebrained nonsense to further hoodwink an already woefully ignorant Canadian populace.

Dec 10 14:14

Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades

Gun-rights supporters are now a majority among Americans, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday that marks a stunning turnaround from two years ago, when the Newtown school shooting had appeared to give gun control advocates the upper hand in the public debate.

It’s the highest approval rate in two decades, Pew said, and it’s driven by changing attitudes across nearly all demographic lines, including among black Americans who are increasingly likely to view guns as good for protection, rather than as a public safety danger.

Dec 10 14:10

CIA tortured German it mistook for a terrorist

A German citizen abducted and tortured by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents in 2004 should never have been detained, a US Senate report published on Tuesday showed.

Dec 10 14:06

French tax man second greediest in the world

France is now the second most taxed country in the world with with a mammoth 45 percent of its GDP raised through taxes. Only Denmark has a larger tax-to-GDP ratio, a new study by Paris-based think tank the OECD has found.

Dec 10 13:54

Storm to bring river of rain, snow to Sacramento region

The storm predicted to strike Northern California starting Wednesday night originated in the complex high-altitude wind currents constantly whipping around the globe. In this case, those winds are focusing into a narrow jet that is poised to sling heavy rain and wind unlike anything the state has seen in years.

The storm has taken the shape of an “atmospheric river,” a condition some experts have described as a kind of horizontal hurricane. Miles above the Earth, swirling winds of up to 200 mph are funneling into a narrow band, pulling subtropical moisture all the way across the Pacific Ocean. That funnel will be emptying on California.

“If this continues to intensify, this is going to be a lot more rain than anybody has seen in a long time, because everything is so dry,” said William Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. “Any way you look at it, you could say the Pacific Ocean decided to declare war on the California drought this week.”

Dec 10 13:54

Up to 3 inches of snow possible today in parts of the state

The National Weather Service says rain and/or snow showers are likely with accumulations ranging from up to three inches in parts of Sussex County to nothing along the shore. In Woodbridge, the NWS says a half-inch of snow is possible.

Dec 10 13:53

Winter storm isn't over yet: Heavy snow could slow commute, warning still in effect

Tuesday wasn't as bad as predicted, but hang in there -- the snow is coming today, the National Weather Service says.

"STORM IS NOT OVER," the weather service said in its early morning briefing. "It is a long-duration system."

Dec 10 13:51

EU Demands Russia Bail Out EU & Ukraine

Mark Adomanis of Forbes is the clearest and most honest writer in the West about Ukraine’s financial situation, though he propagandizes constantly against Russia just like all the rest of the West’s aristocracy-paid ‘reporters’ do (and must do in order to keep their jobs). He wrote on 15 April 2014, that, “when it bought $3 billion worth of [Ukrainian Government] bonds at the end of 2013 Russia inserted a clause that stipulates that the total volume of Ukrainian state-guaranteed debt cannot exceed 60% of its annual GDP. If that threshold is breached, Russia can legally demand repayments on an accelerated schedule. Given the parlous state of the Ukrainian economy and its government’s extremely weak finances, this essentially means that if Ukraine’s debt exceeds 60% of its GDP Russia can legally force it to default.”

Dec 10 13:40

MONSANTO NABS CHICAGO BIG-DATA STARTUP 640 LABS

One of Chicago's more interesting big-data startups, 640 Labs, has been acquired by agriculture giant Monsanto. The company was bought by San Francisco-based Climate Corp., a fast-growing technology unit of Monsanto. Founded by two former Motorola engineers, 640 Labs uses GPS, wireless and mobile technologies to give farmers detailed data on their crops and equipment to improve operations.

Dec 10 13:38

Serbia dismantles human trafficking ring

Serbian authorities have arrested nearly 50 people allegedly involved in a human trafficking ring that took immigrants from Asian countries to the European Union.

Dec 10 13:35

Venezuela Default Probability Has Never Been Higher; Maduro "Working To Raise Oil Prices"

With OPEC slashing demand expectations to 12 year lows, oil prices have re-cratered today putting further pressure on socialist-utopia Venezuala which needs $121/bbl to break-even. Credit risk for the South American nation has exploded today to record highs - implying a 93% probability of default and President Maduro has taken to the airwaves to calm a benefit-needy nation... tensions are mounting...

Default risk has gone vertical...

Dec 10 13:32

Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

President-elect Barack Obama tells George Stephanopoulos he's not interested in a broad investigation of Bush-era intelligence programs, saying, "We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards."

Dec 10 13:28

VETERAN FALSELY CONVICTED BY LYING JUDGE

A mineral is not a drug; and, since David kept the minerals in their pure form, the FDA and “Big Pharma” could not stop him from selling them. But it was within their power to falsely accuse him of mislabeling his products – a felony. Whether he mislabeled or not wasn’t their real motivation. He became a force they could not control. David, like many veterans today, has been persecuted by his own government – a government that he, like other veterans supported unconditionally when they were in the service. (So what happened to reciprocal support for veterans today?)

Dec 10 13:23

WATCH: Jewish State terrorists shoot Palestinian kid in the head

Video showing unarmed 16 year old Raouf Snobar shot in the head by JS terrorists (Israeli army) in Jalazon refugee camp near Ramallah today, near the same spot they killed the Palestinian minister. After shooting him in the head and seriously injuring him, maybe permanently, they try to "revive" him.

Dec 10 13:22

Torture Report Shows Need for Accountability

After the recent release of six long-term detainees in indefinite detention from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp to Uruguay and the release of the CIA Torture Report, we are reminded once again of the abuses that our own government has committed in the so-called "War on Terror."

Dec 10 13:15

The great lie of our time

In all International Relations (IR) classrooms throughout the English-speaking world, something called the democratic peace theory is taught. The theory holds that countries are less likely to go to war if they are democracies, and that installing democratic regimes is therefore the path to peace and security in the world. Paradoxically, the theory is more often applied to justify wars than to end them.

Democratic peace theory is a large part of the underlying rhetoric behind the United States’ commitment to “democratization” in the world’s conflict zones, particularly the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. While the US supplies arms to dictatorships it falsely labels “democracies,” it works to overthrow governments that were actually democratically elected.

Dec 10 13:10

RT exclusive: John Pilger talks CIA torture and media complicity

RT’s Harry Fear spoke to the iconic filmmaker John Pilger about the damning revelations of the Senate’s CIA torture inquiry.

Pilger said the report will not fulfill its purpose if no one is held culpable for the actions of torturous CIA officials.

“We have crimes laid out in for us,” he says, “but where are the prosecutions? That’s all that matters now, where are the prosecutions?”

Pilger says knowledge of the torture methods was widespread, but that people were never held responsible for the “disgusting things they’ve done.”

Dec 10 13:07

Congressional leaders hammer out deal to allow pension plans to cut retiree benefits

A measure that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut is set to be attached to a massive spending bill, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These pension plans were put into distress when Wall Street's pet ratings agencies rated the mortgage-backed securities as "Triple A", making it legal for pension plans to invest in them. Then when the fraud collapsed in 2008, pensions were defunded. But nobody in either government of the corporate media had the gonads to point the finger of blame for the pensions problem where it belonged and instead blamed "greedy" workers and anyone who had the temerity to live to a ripe old age. So, together with the proposal to drop the derivatives losses onto the American people, this proposed bill is another example of Congress screwing ordinary Americans to pay for Wall Street's crimes!

Dec 10 12:58

Hagel’s Fall from Grace

Whether he was fired or only encouraged to resign from his position as secretary of defense, Charles Timothy “Chuck” Hagel’s departure was seen by many in Washington as inevitable. It underscored the disturbing reality of chaos, which has plagued the White House’s foreign policy of late.

Dec 10 12:56

CIA paid two ex-military psychologists $81 million to help design and run torture program

Included in the hideous details of the executive summary version of the torture report released Tuesday is the news that the company founded by two former military psychologists who urged waterboarding and other coercive methods against suspects secretly imprisoned by the CIA and Department of Defense was paid $81 million for work with the agency's interrogation program from 2005 until 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.

The statute applies not only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.

18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations, which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.The penalty may be life imprisonment or — if a single prisoner dies due to torture — death.

Book 'em, Dan-o!

Dec 10 12:53

Farmers, Consumers Challenge Monsanto-Backed GMO Bill Designed to Keep Public in the 'DARK'

Farmers, states' rights activists, and consumer rights advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to protest outside a hearing on a bill they say would gut states' rights to pass laws requiring the mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The legislation, introduced earlier this year by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), would give sole authority to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to stipulate labeling requirements for GMO foods and would also allow food manufacturers to use the word "natural" on products that contain GMO ingredients.

Dec 10 12:48

Aliens Decide Elections

• Shocking new study proves millions of ‘non-citizens’ vote in U.S. elections.

Will President Barack Obama’s decision to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens have a major impact on future United States elections? Recent evidence not only indicates it will but that it will also bolster the Democratic Party for generations to come.

In a recent academic study, two political science professors at Old Dominion University found that “non-citizens” not only “tend to favor Democrats” but that “more than 14%” were registered to vote in both 2008 and 2010 elections.

Dec 10 12:43

GLOBALIZING TORTURE

CIA SECRET DETENTION AND EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The recently released Senate Torture Executive Summary reports only on torture committed directly by the CIA, and does not address the issue of the US sending of prisoners to other countries to be tortured.

Dec 10 12:41

The Founding Fathers Were Strongly Opposed to Torture … and Enshrined a Torture Ban In the Constitution

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and the Other Framers Made It Clear that Torture Is Never Permissible

The Founding Fathers were strongly opposed to torture.

For example, George Washington – the father of our country – was against torture.

And he wasn’t the only one …

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everyone who committed torture, authorized it, or covered it up, is a traitor to the nation.

Dec 10 12:31

Ex-leader: Poland agreed to CIA site, not torture

After years of denials, two former Polish leaders acknowledged Wednesday they had allowed a secret CIA prison to operate on their territory but insisted they never authorized the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates.

Dec 10 12:28

British Company Offers No Reassurance to Concerns of Proposal to Release GM Mosquitoes in U.S.

Last Thursday, a town hall meeting at Harvey Government Center in Key West drew a large crowd that erupted in opposition to a proposal to release genetically modified mosquitoes this coming Spring. It's a proposal from a seemingly strange choice - the United Kingdom.

Dec 10 12:07

Dow off 200-plus as oil price slips further

The U.S. stock market was headed for its first three-day losing streak since October Wednesday as a gloomy prediction for global oil demand sent crude prices plunging again.

Dec 10 11:55

Obama's FDIC, DOJ conspire to bankrupt gunmakers: Govt. report

While overshadowed by the release of the Senate's CIA torture report, the announcement of Attorney General Eric Holder's racial profiling ban, and the highly anticipated testimony of the "Obamacare architect," Dr. Jonathan Gruber, before a congressional panel, the House Oversight Committee chairman, Californian Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, released another report that got lost in the shuffle on Monday. A part of the report reveals how President Barack Obama and his minions conspired against companies they disliked such as firearms and ammunition manufacturers with the goal of denying them access to bank loans and capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the people allow the government and bankers to acquire all of the money, inevitably great evil against the people follows.

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