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September 13, 2014

Sep 13 05:32

£1,000 bonuses for staff who hound BBC licence fee dodgers: Move comes as MPs plan to drop threat of prison

Enforcement officers working on behalf of the BBC are being offered bonuses of up to £1,000 a month to pursue people who fail to pay the TV licence fee.

Almost 200,000 people are taken to court each year accused of failing to pay the £145.50 fee.

They risk a £1,000 fine, a criminal record and even jail. Now private firm Capita, which runs the BBC's licensing service, has launched a major recruitment drive to hire extra 'enforcement officers' to hunt down even more fee dodgers.

Potential employees were told they could double their basic salaries with commission for collecting the evidence the BBC needs to prosecute householders.

Sep 13 04:29

Police investigate alleged assault by HPD officer caught on video

A recently-promoted Honolulu Police Department sergeant with a history of domestic violence accusations is under internal investigation after a security surveillance video surfaced showing him apparently beating up his girlfriend in the Waipahu restaurant where she works.

Sep 13 04:19

Russia warns US against strikes on Islamic State in Syria

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action, without the backing of the UN, would be “an act of aggression”.


Sep 13 04:07

Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials.

Sep 13 02:04

Frost to Grip East This Weekend

Temperatures are forecast to dip into the 50s from Boston and New York City to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The last time readings were this low was during the first couple of days of June in most cases and in late May in others.

(*and in between , Summer , itself , wasn't all that 'hot' . )

September 12, 2014

Sep 12 23:56

Autopsy: Inmate died from heat, meds in NYC cell

The death of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine in a 101-degree New York City jail cell was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat, according to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, who ruled the February death an accident on Friday. Antipsychotic medication therapy for treatment of schizo-affective disorder contributed to the death of Jerome Murdough, 56, in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island, said spokeswoman Julie Bolcer.

Sep 12 23:45

Federal court overturns Ohio law barring false campaign statements

Federal judge struck down the law banning political lying as unconstitutional.


Sep 12 22:34

FLASHBACK 2011 - INN 9-11 Symposium Trailer

Sep 12 21:34

Canadian border is vulnerable to Ebola and other weaponized pathogens

As the Ebola outbreak widens in Africa, there have been increasing concerns that the virus could eventually be spread to other parts of the world, due to modern modes of travel.

Sep 12 19:41

9/11 The Sensible Doubt

What happened on September 11, 2001? All over the world, people question the official story and explanation about the events that took place in the USA more than 10 years ago. In this Danish documentary you will meet architect Jan Utzon, MP Benny Engelbrecht, professor Niels Harrit, airline captain Niels Studstrup, journalist Tommy Hansen and artist Jacob Fuglsang. They will talk about their doubt and skepticism and explain why they have come to feel and think this way. This film is presented in Danish with English subtitles.

Perhaps the best quote of the film: “If you fight you might lose, if you don’t you have already lost.”

Sep 12 18:43

Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution

PRESIDENT OBAMA’s declaration of war against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria marks a decisive break in the American constitutional tradition. Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris.

Sep 12 18:09

9-11 Witnesses, Whistleblowers and Parents

Imagine if you had suffered the most traumatic event; lost friends; were now suffering PST or possible disability or illness – and THEN: No one in authority believed you? Not only did they not believe you; but they refused to have an investigation into the crime. If this was not bad enough, the mainstream media went out of its way to trash you view of what happened. Then the then President threatened you with, “Let us not tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories” – or back in Australia: Our Prime Minister called your view “Stupid and wrong“; a much loved ABC radio personality compared it to, “debating whether the earth is flat“. And so much more.

Many in power have referred to ‘you’ as a conspiracy nut, crazy, deranged, insane – and worse (if that is possible). So imagine – not only do they want to suppress the evidence – they make a fool of you. And not only has the crime not been investigated, they debase, demean, demoralize and dishonour your experience; your life.

Sep 12 17:43

The Undeclared "Economic" War on Russia Sanctions or War?

It's long overdue we label sanctions for what they really are: war. If you prefer, call them "economic war".

Today, president Obama took the undeclared war another step forward by targeting Lukoil, a private Russian company.


Sep 12 17:40

Entire Leadership of ISIS Opposition Wiped Out by ‘Unexplained’ Explosion in Syria

Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic ‘moderates’ opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State.

Sep 12 17:13

Generating Fear through Lies and Hypocrisy: a Reply to Dershowitz’ Pathological Tirade

The sad truth is that Alan Dershowitz, like the black garbed hangman working for ISIS, like the unseen trained sniper hiding on the roof top in a Gazan village protected by the captured family to use as security insurance against a Hamas militant, like the pilot of the F-16 releasing his missiles, like any and all who justify criminal acts for their own selfless ends or through forced indoctrination serve those in power and become in fact figures made of mud like the Golem of old Prague, but a servant of their master, lacking a soul and made indifferent to their fellow humans. For Dershowitz that very loss of his humanity is perhaps his greatest gift.

Sep 12 17:10

What?! Another Massive BP Oil Spill Cover-Up? | Interview with Greg Palast

Published on Sep 10, 2014
Abby Martin speaks with investigative journalist, Greg Palast discussing the most recent penalties against BP, and aspects of the company’s criminality that have been largely overlooked by the rest of the media including a massive oil spill cover-up in the Caspian Sea.

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Sep 12 17:06

9/11: 100s of Warnings Ignored, US Ally Funding, Bush Admin Lies & Redacted Truths

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Sep 12 16:56

Military Source: Troops On The Ground In Syria 'Absolutely Crucial' To Defeat ISIS

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the threat of nuclear war hangs over the world as a result of NATO meddling in Ukraine, Russia has once again warned Washington against military aggression. This time, however, the warning comes in the context of the Syrian crisis where the United States and NATO are considering “targeted airstrikes” against what it claims would be ISIS fighters but what would actually be, almost assuredly, the forces of the secular Syrian government...


Sep 12 15:51

Even 6th-graders can see the paralles between Hitler and Bush

Bringing Nazi comparisons into discussions is usually reserved for internet arguments, not middle school classrooms. But one US teacher may have missed that lesson when she assigned her sixth graders homework comparing Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush.

The students of McKinley Tech Middle School in Washington, DC were working on a unit about war and peace this week, when, as if proving the Godwin's law, the unnamed teacher handed out a worksheet that related to two of their readings.

Sep 12 15:43

Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story — FULL MOVIE

On June 26, 1975, during a period of high tensions on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians. Although several men were charged with killing the agents, only one, Leonard Peltier, was found guilty. This film describes the events surrounding the shootout and suggests that Peltier was unjustly convicted.

Sep 12 15:25

Proposed Anti-Terror Law in Would Erode Civil Liberties

A proposed anti-terrorism law in France has freedom of expression advocates concerned. The bill, as our friends at La Quadrature du Net frame it, “institutes a permanent state of emergency on the Internet,” providing for harsher penalties for incitement or “glorification” of terrorism conducted online. Furthermore, the bill (in Article 9) allows for “the possibility for the administrative authority to require Internet service providers to block access to sites inciting or apologizing for terrorism” without distinguishing criteria or an authority to conduct the blocking.

Sep 12 15:20

BEX Alert! French journalist Charlotte Balzac held in Iraq by ISIS militants

The Henderson Risks Private Security Company published secret documents indicating that Charlotte Balzac is still alive and abducted by ISIS militants.

According to Naomi Wolf's Facebook post, ". . . the image of the woman from the news story about ISIS abducting "Charlotte Balzac" -- an alleged foreign correspondent of news stories for the Montreal-based Le Devoir -- who does not exist -- is in fact this entirely different Swedish sports journalist Johanna Franden. Also Le Devoir denied that "Charlotte Balzac" works for them." https://www.facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/10152670198239476

WEBMASTER ADDITION: SO, with the last two staged beheadings not igniting the war fever, they will try a third time with a woman!!!

Sep 12 15:12

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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The war is really cranking up and the bankers are having orgasms!

The original article that inspired this video is HERE and contains additional information not in the video.

Sep 12 15:10

'Jewish NeoCons' Responsible For 911: MSNBC

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Sep 12 15:09

There Are Now 52 Explanations For The Pause In Global Warming

It’s been a busy year for climate scientists, who have been trying to explain why there has been no global warming for nearly two decades...

Sep 12 14:54

$2.66T: Tax Revenues for FY14 Hit Record Through August; Government Still Runs $589B Deficit

Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,663,426,000,000 for the first 11 months of the fiscal year this August, but the federal government still ran a $589,185,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement.

Sep 12 14:27

4 Pennsylvania Cops suspended indefinitely for an alleged joy ride gone awry

The four officers were off-duty Sept. 1, Labor Day, when they were allegedly chased by Kulpmont Patrolman David Tomtishen. It began in the borough, continued through Marion Heights and led into the surrounding coal lands in Mount Carmel Township. A firework was allegedly tossed at the on-duty officer’s cruiser as a joke, sparking the chase.

Sep 12 14:20

More Americans than forecast file jobless claims

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week to a two-month high, interrupting a steady decrease to the lowest level since before the last recession.

Sep 12 14:18

9 11 truth video placed in Times Square: three towers collapsed but only two planes

Nine Eleven is one of the most the monstrous lies at the core of the New World Order.

There were only two planes involved in 9/11, yet three towers collapsed. Even a child of two can understand the numbers don’t add up.

“Beginning today, the organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has placed a massive, 45-foot video billboard of World Trade Center 7?s destruction in Times Square which is timed to run for the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and on through October 5th.

Sep 12 14:17

Michigan's weekend weather: First frost for some, and will skies clear for northern lights?

This weekend will really feel like fall here in Michigan.

There are some things to know about the rainfall, frost chances, and the chance to see northern lights.

First, the most important thing in my mind. There is a 45% chance for a solar storm that may produce northern lights, according to NASA. But the skies have to obviously be clear to see the northern lights. So the first graphic above shows the percent of sky expected to be covered in clouds Saturday night. It should be a mostly clear sky in all of Michigan, except the western U.P. Saturday night will be our best time period to see the northern lights.

Sep 12 14:15

“Global Warming” Advocates Plan March Amid Record Cold Temperatures

Snow hits the ground in seven states as advocates demand U.N. response to “global warming" -- Later this month, activists are planning a march in New York City for “global warming awareness,” even though the northern U.S. is reeling from record cold temperatures.

Sep 12 13:32

Government threatened Foley family before son’s execution

After a series of recent interviews, members of the Foley family have said the government threatened to prosecute their family if they had raised and paid the money for the ransom sought for the life of their son, James Foley.

According to ABC News, Diane Foley, the mother of James, said they were threatened with lawsuits multiple times if they had gone through with paying the ransom. “We were told that several times and we took it as a threat and it was appalling.”

Diane then said a highly decorated military officer, who serves on the National Security Council, came to their house to warn them about the pending prosecutions.

Sep 12 13:30

Flimflam Patriotism: Obama’s War Address

Is that John Wayne riding toward us, Winchester across his chest, the setting sun as background?

Sep 12 13:14

Tasmania Renews GMO-Free Status For Five Years

TASMANIAN agriculture is set to remain free of genetically modified organisms for at least five more years, with the State Government opting to extend a longstanding GMO ban.

Sep 12 13:05

Naked Celebrity Photo Leak: Can You Be Bothered? Russell Brand

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Down in New Zealand, in what appears to have been a test, websites carrying the hacked nude celebrity photos were planting malware that shut the entire New Zealand network down for a day! So, I owuld advise you to focus your attention on naked pictures of your significant other and avoid being victimized!

Sep 12 13:00

Investors pull £17bn from UK as banks ratchet up Scottish independence pressure

nvestors have pulled money out of the UK at the fastest pace seen since the financial crisis of 2008 amid fears that Scotland will break away from the Union, triggering a broader political crisis.

Net flows out of Britain hit $27.3bn (£16.8bn) in August, the highest seen since Lehman Brothers collapsed, according to investment advisory firm CrossBorder Capital.

“Sterling outflows have been an issue since the end of June, but they really gathered pace in August,” said Michael Howell, managing director of CrossBorder Capital, who compiled the index of UK financial investment.

Sep 12 12:55

Vaccines as Biological Weapons? Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries

There's a popular medical thriller novel in which a global pandemic is intentionally set off by an evil plot designed to reduce the human population. In the book, a nefarious drug company inserts live avian flu viruses into vaccine materials that are distributed to countries around the world to be injected into patients as "flu shots." Those patients then become carriers for these highly-virulent strains of avian flu which go on to infect the world population and cause widespread death.

There's only one problem with this story: It's not fiction. Or, at least, the part about live avian flu viruses being inserted into vaccine materials isn't fiction. It's happening right now.

Sep 12 12:55

Corporate Media Ignores International and Constitutional Law

A previous article discussed Obama's open-ended Middle East war. It flagrantly violates international and constitutional laws.

They're clear and unequivocal. The Constitution's Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) states all US laws and treaties "shall be the supreme law of the land…"

Presidents and Congress have no authority to spurn them. Especially on issues of war and peace.

Sep 12 12:49

Why New York is crumbling

New York is spending less than a third of what is needed to keep these systems in adequate repair. Local governments should be spending $3.9 billion a year. In 2012 they spent only $1.2 billion. Half of the roads are in only fair or poor condition, and a third of the bridges are deficient.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Governing is choosing. Governing is prioritizing. If we spend the taxpayers' money on roads and bridges then we have none left to give to Wall Street, Israel, or to bomb other countries that refuse to live the way we do!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 12 12:44

Russian oil giants, Kalashnikov top new EU sanctions list

The Russian targets in the latest EU sanctions which have now come to light. The latest restrictions tighten the screws on 5 Russian state-owned banks already under sanctions. The length of loans they now can get from Europe has been reduced to 30 days.

Sep 12 12:40

9/11 First Responders Denied Access to Memorial Ceremony

Lee Ann McAdoo reports live from ground zero on this thirteenth anniversary of 9/11 discussing first responders who have been denied access to the memorial event.

Sep 12 12:37

UK, Germany reject joint strikes against ISIL in Syria

Some US allies, including the United Kingdom and Germany, have refused to join Washington's planned military campaign against ISIL terrorists in war-ravaged Syria.

Sep 12 12:34

America's Poor, Deeper in Debt Than Ever

U.S. consumers have made a lot of progress in paring down the extreme debt loads that helped make the 2008 financial crisis such an epochal disaster. Fresh data from the Federal Reserve, though, offer an important caveat: Millions of the poorest families are still very deep in the hole -- and might be getting deeper.

Sep 12 12:22

CNN Op-Ed: Scotland Might Leave the UK, so the U.S. Should Come Crawling Back

The pathetic desperation of monarchs and megabanks is being heard far and wide at the idea that Scotland might actually vote itself independent of the Crown...but here in America, we have one journalism professor promoted by CNN who believes we should come crawling back begging for forgiveness and a chance to take Scotland's place.

Quote: "David Wheeler says the U.S. would be better off if we apologized for our revolt and joined the U.K." because "We hold this truth to be self-evident: Brits have a superior society."

Thoughts? (You know, if you can stop yourself from gagging long enough to type...)

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Sep 12 12:03

FLASHBACK - Exposure threats e-mailed to Sharon rabbi

A series of menacing e-mails between Rabbi Barry Starr and a Milton man suspected of blackmailing him reveals the hardball tactics the alleged extortionist used, threatening to expose the rabbi for having an alleged sexual relationship with a teen described as the man’s brother.

Sep 12 12:02

Rabbi who runs Orthodox seminaries in Israel sued for sexual assault

Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, who runs four religious seminaries in Israel for young Orthodox women, is being sued for sexual assault and fraud.

The civil suit was filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of four parents with daughters signed up for Meisels’ Haredi Orthodox seminaries for the 2014-2015 school year. The parents are seeking to recover their tuition deposits.

The suit alleges that Meisels would lure girls under his charge “into late night coffee meetings and other private settings and then sexually assault them.” It says he threatened to ruin girls’ marriage prospects if they told and would “intimidate his victims by telling them that no one would believe that a rabbi and author with his reputation would have done such a thing.”

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Posted for those who complain I only pick on the Catholics!

Sep 12 12:01

Rabbinical leaders to be called to royal commission into child sexual abuse

Senior rabbinical leaders will be called to give evidence to a royal commission about alleged cover-ups of historic sexual abuse against children.

The royal commission into child sexual abuse began inviting Jewish victim-survivors to tell their stories in recent weeks, publishing advertisements in the Australian Jewish News.

"Anyone who experienced child sexual abuse while in the care of a Jewish institution, such as a school, youth program or sporting club, and wishes to share their story, can make contact with the royal commission," the advertisement says.

Sep 12 11:51

UK Government changes story again on destruction of Diego Garcia renditions evidence

A British minister has today admitted that a number of records relating to flights passing through the island of Diego Garcia – which is known to have been used by CIA rendition jets – have been “damaged [by water] to the point of no longer being useful.”

The Government first informed Parliament that flight records for Diego Garcia were “incomplete due to water damage” on 8 July this year. The revelation led to further questions from MPs, as ministers have previously admitted that the island – part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and home to a US military base – was used by CIA rendition flights.

Sep 12 11:45

Police Chief accused of “protecting & serving” $50,000 out of a children’s charity fund

THE “LALIBERTE TOY FUND” WAS SET UP BY A NOW DECEASED POLICE OFFICER, AND IN THE ENTIRE TIME THAT THE CHARITY WAS RUNNING, ONLY ONE SINGLE CHECK FOR $250 WAS SENT OUT TO A NEEDY FAMILY

Sep 12 11:26

Texas County Commissioners give themselves pay raises as high as 42%

Despite negative comments and at least one negative opinion poll, Lubbock County Commissioners approved a pay raise for themselves and certain other elected officials on Monday. In the case of County Judge Tom Head the raise is 42 percent - taking him from $77,450 to $109,925 yearly. Head was the only 'no' vote Monday.

Sep 12 11:26

9/11 responders with rare cancer denied insurance coverage

John Meyers remembers standing at ground zero, feeling like a small speck amid mountains of debris.
"Everything was pulverized," said Meyers, a former New York police officer and first-responder who provided security after the September 11 terror attacks. "It was nothing but dust."

Sep 12 11:22

Worldwide Censorship Suppliers Want More Censorship

The movement to save Net Neutrality by reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers got another boost via Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown protest. But the other side isn’t relenting. This week a number of phone and cable equipment suppliers sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker urging her to oppose reclassification.

The letter in itself is not surprising. The companies listed are business partners of the largest U.S. Internet providers — the same companies that support FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to allow discrimination online.

Sep 12 10:55

Scottish referendum too close to call, says ICM poll Guardian/ICM poll finds support for no campaign on 51% and yes on 49% with less than a week to go

The union between Scotland and England hangs by a political thread as a fresh Guardian/ICM poll published on Friday puts the yes vote just two percentage points behind those supporting no.

Despite a week of intense political campaigning by pro-union politicians and repeated warnings from business about the dangers of independence, the poll finds support for no on 51% and yes on 49% once don’t knows were excluded.

Sep 12 10:50

Gaza and the Threat of World War

On 31 July, the National Defense Panel in Washington published a remarkable document that called for the United States to prepare to fight six major wars simultaneously. At the top of the list were Russia and China – nuclear powers.

In one sense, a war against Russia has already begun. While the world watched horrified as Israel assaulted Gaza, similar atrocities in eastern Ukraine were barely news. At the time of writing, two Ukrainian cities of Russian-speaking people – Donetsk and Luhansk – are under siege: their people and hospitals and schools blitzed by a regime in Kiev that came to power in a putsch led by neo-Nazis backed and paid for by the United States. The coup was the climax of what the Russian political observer Sergei Glaziev describes as a 20-year “grooming of Ukrainian Nazis aimed at Russia”. Actual fascism has risen again in Europe and not one European leader has spoken against it, perhaps because the rise of fascism across Europe is now a truth that dares not speak its name.

Sep 12 10:42

Judge Napolitano: We Are "Profoundly" Less Free And Less Safe Today Than Before 9/11

BRET BAIER: We are less free and less safe?

NAPOLITANO: Yes. It is the worst of all worlds because we now have come to the point to expect the government to spy on us. We don't even complain about it. And our grandchildren will be raised in an environment where that will know no privacy and they will know that they are expected to answer for their personal behavior to a faceless government bureaucrat.

Sep 12 10:41

Judge: Founding Fathers Turning In Graves At Obama’s ‘Unconstitutional, Murderous’ Behavior

In a very candid interview on the anniversary of 9/11, libertarian analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano blasted Barack Obama and George W. Bush, warning that successive presidents are using precedents set by their predecessors to erode liberties and act outside the Constitution.

Sep 12 10:28

FLASHBACK - FBI Asks Clinton Not to Release Leonard Peltier, As His Supporters Fight for Executive Clemency

FBI Director Louis Freeh yesterday urged President Clinton not to commute the life sentence of Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist who has served almost 24 years in prison. Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1975, a crime he has always said he did not commit. In a show of support for Freeh, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Henry Hyde, a Republican of Illinois, has released a letter to Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno also opposing clemency. [includes rush transcript]

Sep 12 10:28

FLASHBACK - Exclusive: Native American Activist Leonard Peltier’s Jailhouse Plea for Long-Denied Clemency

During the holidays, the atmosphere of goodwill and mercy traditionally extends all the way to the nation’s highest leaders, with presidents typically pardoning more prisoners than any other time in the year. On Friday, actors, musicians and activists are uniting to renew calls for clemency for one of America’s most well-known and longest-incarcerated prisoners: Leonard Peltier. The Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement was convicted of abetting the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Peltier has long maintained his innocence. Amnesty International considers him a political prisoner who was not granted a fair trial

Sep 12 10:25

Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan

Official Washington’s ever-influential neoconservatives and their “liberal interventionist” allies see President Barack Obama’s decision to extend U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists into Syria as a new chance to achieve the long-treasured neocon goal of “regime change” in Damascus.

Sep 12 10:17

1.8mn people, 11km line: Catalonians stage their biggest independence rally

Europe saw one of the largest demonstrations in recent years: at least 1.8 million people formed an 11km red-yellow line to show their support for the upcoming independence referendum. A mosaic was made in the form of a 'V' for 'vote'.

Sep 12 10:16

Putin: New EU sanctions 'odd', Russia will consider safe alternatives, won't harm itself

The latest list of sanctions looks “quite odd” in view of the peace drive including a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said as the EU’s restricting measures came into force Friday.

Speaking after a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Putin said that Russia has not ruled out responding with tit-for-tat sanctions. At the same time, he said, those measures would only be implemented if they did not harm Russia, and if they would help protect the country.

"The government is thinking about that. But if they are to be imposed, this will be to create better conditions for ourselves,” Putin said.

As for trade partnerships and cooperation in sectors targeted by the EU sanctions, Putin said that “there is always an alternative” in case somebody “does not want to work with Russia.”

Sep 12 10:08

9/11 hero fighting for his life after being diagnosed with cancer ‘caused by exposure to toxic fumes at Ground Zero’

Hero firefighter Jimmy Martinez was off duty when he saw the first aircraft crash into the World Trade Center 13 years ago before racing to his assigned station house in Staten Island.

Now the 24-year veteran is facing a life-or-death battle with a rare form of blood cancer, which he believed was caused by breathing toxic dust from the scene of the disaster. Such was the rush to get to Ground Zero, many of Martinez's colleagues didn't even have basic safety equipment such as masks or respirators.

The 54-year-old firefighter was diagnosed last year with multiple myeloma in June 2013 and now needs a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.

Sep 12 10:06

Snouts still in the trough: Five years after expenses scandal, MPs claim more than ever - and record number employ relatives

MPs are pocketing even more expenses than they were before the 2009 scandal – with many putting family members on the payroll, figures showed yesterday.

Taxpayers last year funded a record £103million of allowances. In 2008 – the year before the expenses scandal broke – the figure was £102million.

Part of the increase is down to a rise in the number of MPs employing relatives and business associates on the public payroll. Some 168 parliamentarians – more than a quarter – listed wives, children and even parents on their expenses returns last year, costing taxpayers more than £4million. This is up 8 per cent on the 155 who did so the year before.

Sep 12 10:01

Senior SNP figure threatens BP with nationalisation and cutting banks down to size for being 'in cahoots with rich English Tories'

The former deputy leader of the Scottish nationalists has threatened a 'day of reckoning' for businesses that have spoken out against independence.

SNP grandee Jim Sillars lashed out after a host of banks, finance firms, supermarkets and retail giants warned about the dangers of separation.

Mr Sillars said oil giant BP would be nationalised 'in part or in whole' while bankers and big business chiefs would be punished for 'being in cahoots' with the Tories.

The remarks are likely to increase business anxiety over independence just six days before next week's referendum.

Sep 12 09:57

Egypt urged to free activists who defied protest law

Amnesty International called Friday for the release of more than 20 demonstrators including two prominent female activists detained in June for defying Egypt's controversial law on protests.

Sep 12 09:56

Northern Lights shining tonight: Parts of Britain expected to be treated to rare light show after huge explosion on the Sun

The prospect of celestial fireworks in such southerly locations is down to huge explosions on the surface of the Sun.

A solar blast last night hurled vast clouds of magnetically charged particles towards Earth – and another explosion is forecast this evening.

Sep 12 09:55

Consultant at Stoke Mandeville Hospital 'attempted to arrange abortion for young girl he raped'

A retired hospital consultant has denied charges that he tried to arrange abortions for a young girl patient he is already accused of raping.

Dr Michael Salmon, 79, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, appeared before a judge at Reading Crown Court to plead not guilty to two charges of procuring an abortion for the same girl.

The offences are alleged to have happened on separate occasions between July 1984 and July 1985.

The claims, made by a total of eight alleged victims, related to when Salmon was a consultant at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Royal Buckingham Hospital, both in Buckinghamshire, in the 1980s.

Sep 12 09:52

France, US provide additional funds for Lebanon

The United States announced an additional $103.8 million in humanitarian aid for Lebanon to help the country cope with the impact of the Syrian crisis, while France has contributed 7 million euros to the International Support Group for Lebanon Fund.

Sep 12 09:51

Russia, Syria warn against intervention after Obama speech -UPDATED

Any foreign intervention in Syria would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, a Syrian government minister said on Thursday, after the United States said it was prepared to strike against militants in the country.

"Any action of any type without the approval of Syrian government is an aggression against Syria," Ali Haidar, Minister of National Reconciliation Affairs, told reporters in Damascus.

Sep 12 09:51

Ferguson PD Lies About Why It Released Videotape Of Store Robbery, Lies Some More When Confronted With The Facts

In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, the Ferguson Police made several ill-advised moves. The biggest was the paramilitary force that greeted protests, looking for all the world like a unit flown in from Kabul, followed shortly thereafter by the detainment of several journalists. The decision to withhold the officer's name was also received poorly, but this was complicated by one baffling move -- the release of a store surveillance tape that appeared to show Brown stealing cigarillos from a local store shortly before he was shot dead.

Sep 12 09:50

Putin looks to Asia as EU announces new sanctions

"I believe it is necessary to further improve the efficiency of our interaction to meet the challenges of the time," Putin said at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Sep 12 09:49

Experts Dispute the Potential for the Ebola Virus to Go Airborne

Health experts continue to dispute the question of whether or not the Ebola virus disease could mutate to spread in an airborne manner. Regarding the current outbreak, there have been no documented incidents that would suggest the virus has been transmitted in any way other than direct contact and bodily fluids, but experts like Michael Osterholm, warn that it could potentially mutate into an airborne form. The idea stems from the knowledge that virus mutate, and that different strains of the Ebola virus may have spread though air in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over time, pathogens evolve towards stable and benign forms. An illness that immediately kills its host is less likely to survive and propagate than one that only makes their host mildly ill, or produces no symptoms at all. Extreme lethality and rapid mutation are signs of a brand new organism, and given that no natural source for Ebola has ever been found, raises the possibility that Ebola is an artificial creation either deliberately crafted as a depopulation tool, or accidentally created by a lab accident (as I suspect was the case with the AIDs virus).

Sep 12 09:45

Odessa massacre probe falsified? Parliament inquiry member blasts ‘redacted’ results

A member of the Ukrainian parliamentary probe into the Odessa massacre has retracted her signature under the document, saying it was heavily redacted after signing. Multiple Odessa news outlets published what they said was the original probe conclusions.

Sep 12 09:42

West's antics pushing Russia closer to China

The Ukraine crisis is not just about Eastern Europe, it is also about the world order. The Kremlin is seeking Washington's recognition of what it regards as its core national security interests.

Sep 12 09:41

Camouflage and Coverup: The Dutch Commission Report on the Malaysian MH17 Crash is “Not Worth the Paper it’s Written On”

One thing must be stated outright: This report does not lie.

It just can’t lie since there is nothing new in it. I myself have never seen such a meaningless plane crash report. What comes as a surprise, however, is the report’s diplomatic, sophisticated choice of words, which loses itself in ambiguous terminology.

It was probably planned this way, so each party can continue to defend their version of what happened with zeal.

Sep 12 09:41

Intense reactions to come after Abbas withdraws ICC application, analysts

Analysts expect strong reactions from the Palestinian public and from within the ruling elite if reports of Abbas withdrawing an application to join the ICC are confirmed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Abbas does indeed withdraw his complaint against Israel, it will drive the Palestinians away from the PA and towards HAMAS.

Sep 12 09:40

Syria warns against American anti-IS air strikes

Assad government says any uncoordinated strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria would constitute 'an attack on Syria' itself

Sep 12 09:39

Judge sides with Occupy Eugene: ‘1st Amendment does not go to sleep at 5 p.m.’

A federal judge ruled that the General Services Administration (GSA) wrongly infringed on the First Amendment rights of Occupy Eugene protesters by severely restricting the hours and days they were allowed to demonstrate.

The group, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, sued the GSA for denying a permit so its members could protest in a public plaza in Eugene, Oregon in 2012. The members believed that the reason their application was denied was that the government had targeted Occupy Eugene for its messages concerning financial fairness, homelessness and demands for corporate accountability.

On Wednesday, US District Judge Michael McShane issued a summary judgment in favor of the movement, but denied that they were targeted.

Sep 12 09:38

Comparing deaths from medical drugs, vitamins, all US wars

People want to believe medical science gives us, at any given moment, the best of all possible worlds.

And of course, the best of all possible worlds must have its enemies: the quacks who sell unproven snake oil.

So let’s look at some facts.

Sep 12 09:32

EU-Ukraine trade pact postponed after talks between Moscow, Kiev & Brussels

Moscow scored a major diplomatic coup after Kiev agreed to postpone the enforcement of its Association Agreement with EU until the end of next year, following three-way talks between Russia, Ukraine and European Union officials in Brussels.

Russia, which enjoys close economic ties with Ukraine, promised that it would not introduce tariffs for Ukrainian exporters for the duration of the delay – something it earlier threatened to do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like I was right when I suggested that Putin offered Poroshenko an economic lifeline in their private meeting.

Sep 12 09:29

If Republicans want full-scale war, they should say so "The only one who was clear on what they would do instead, oddly enough, was Dick Cheney. He pronounced Obama’s strategy insufficient in a speech bordering on the insane

While there were a few Republicans who reacted favorably to President Obama’s speech last night describing what we will be doing to combat ISIS, the reaction from most on the right was predictably negative. Which is fine — it’s the opposition’s job to oppose, after all. But when you hear what they have to say, you notice a yawning gap in their criticisms: They were missing clear articulation of what exactly Republicans would prefer that we do.

Sep 12 09:28

Two U.S. Navy fighter jets crash in Pacific Ocean; pilot missing

Two U.S. Navy fighter jets crashed into ocean waters while carrying out a mission in the Pacific, Navy officials said Friday.

Two F/A-18 Hornets were operating on the USS Carl Vinson carrier when they crashed, the Navy said.

Sep 12 09:28

Lawsuit: Man beaten in Cook County jail more than 10 hours after judge ordered his release

Under the authority of Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County inmates who’ve already been freed by a judge are taken back into the jail’s general population while they wait to be processed out.
It’s a practice that’s been called unconstitutional. and more than a year ago Dart told WBEZ he’d fix it.

Sep 12 09:28

US gov’t threatened Yahoo with $250K daily fine if it didn’t use PRISM

Yahoo reports that it is on the verge of releasing 1,500 pages of documents related to a long court battle over its participation in the PRISM program, a National Security Agency program revealed last summer as part of the Snowden leaks.

Sep 12 09:26

What Is Not Being Said Publicly: "Ebola Virus’s Hyper-Evolution is Unprecedented… Could Go Airborne"

What is not getting said publicly, despite briefings and discussions in the inner circles of the world’s public health agencies, is that we are in totally uncharted waters and that Mother Nature is the only force in charge of the crisis at this time.

Sep 12 09:20

Meet The Puppetmasters: Here Are The 25 Most Politically Influential Billionaires In The US

For one answer we turn to Brookings Institution Governance Studies Director Darrell West in whose upcoming book "Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust" examines the political use of great wealth, including campaign expenditures, activism through nonprofit organizations and foundations, holding public office, media ownership, policy thought leadership, and behind the scenes influence. Most importantly, it ranks the 25 most influential American billionaires.

So from the Koch Brothers, to Bloomberg, to Tom Steyer, all the way to Marc Andreesen, Donald Trump and Alice Walton, here they are, whether readers agree with the ranking or not.

Sep 12 09:19

TEXAS BORDER SECURITY REPORT - PDF

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nearly 250,000 illegal immigrants have already been apprehended in Texas in 2014, and some estimate that only 1 out of 5 who cross illegally are actually caught. Over 150 have been identified as members of cartel gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street.Almost 70 percent of those apprehended do not originate from Mexico.

Sep 12 09:16

Please note if you use the names ISIS, IS, ISIL or Al-Qaeda, you must get written permission from the CIA

Sep 12 09:10

Student debt over $50K is on the rise

Almost 19% of student loan borrowers owe more than $50,000, according to a report published last week by the Federal Reserve. Only 6% of borrowers had that much in 2001. Student loan debt now outstrips credit card and auto loan debt in America.

Sep 12 09:10

Isis air strikes: Obama's plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran

The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law yesterday, hours after the US president announced that he was authorising an open-ended campaign of air strikes against militants on both sides of the border with Iraq.

Syrian opposition groups welcomed Obama's announcement and called for heavy weapons to fight the "terror" of Isis and Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia and nine other Arab states pledged to back the US plan "as appropriate".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And note how quickly Assad has been lumped in with ISIS as the intended target!

Sep 12 09:08

Retired NASA engineer explains why he doesn’t believe the official 9/11 report

It has been said that it requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. But is it unusual to want peace? Truth? Dwain Deets doesn’t think so, and the retired NASA director is determined to demonstrate that the official version of the events of 9/11 defies science. His lectures have been gaining popularity… Deets, a physicist and engineer, was the former director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center’s Aerospace project and is currently a member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Having retired from a 37-year career, Deets has set out to show that the American public has been duped into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His goal is simple. Faith alone cannot end the wars abroad. But perhaps science can.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Faith, or belief, is used to START wars, not end them!

Sep 12 09:08

The Speech on Diplomacy That Obama Should Have Given Last Night

But the reality is that when there are no military solutions—which is most of the time, for those who care to notice, including on September 12, 2001—the alternative is not nothing, but active non-military engagement. Diplomacy becomes even more important. President Obama has said it over and over again: there is no US military solution in Iraq or Syria. He’s right. And yet military actions—in coalitions, with local partners, counter-terrorism but not counter-insurgency—were pretty much all we heard in his speech last night.

Sep 12 09:07

Evidence growing that Hamas used residential areas

"Gaza, from Beit Hanoun in the north to Rafah in the south, is one uninterrupted urban chain that Israel has turned into a war zone," said Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel declared war against a residential area then complains when those who fought back did so from within a residential zone. This article is intended to counter the UN's investigation into Israel's bombing of UN schools, justified with a video now known to have been 5 years old!

Sep 12 09:04

Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia After World War III?

The end goal of the US and NATO is to divide (balkanize) and pacify (finlandize) the world’s biggest country, the Russian Federation, and to even establish a blanket of perpetual disorder (somalization) over its vast territory or, at a minimum, over a portion of Russia and the post-Soviet space, similarly to what is being done to the Middle East and North Africa.

Sep 12 09:03

ISRAEL’S POST WAR WINE LIST

Listed below are Israel’s favourite new wines WHINES

Sep 12 09:02

Native American Activist and Member of the American Indian Movement: Leonard Peltier Case


Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Peltier's indictment and conviction is the subject of the 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala, a film directed by Michael Apted. Peltier has been identified as a political prisoner by certain activist groups. Amnesty International placed his case under the "Unfair Trials" category of its Annual Report: USA 2010, citing concerns with the fairness of the proceedings. His murder conviction has survived appeals in various courts over the years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actual examination of the facts reveals that the FBI coerced witnesses and fabricated evidence to frame Leonard Peltier in a pattern all too recognizable to anyone who has studied the crimes of COINTELPRO or the framing of James Earl Ray for the assassination of Martin Luther King. The available evidence from "Incident at Oglala" ( which is sadly no longer available in its entirety on the net) plus statements made by others at the scene suggest that the two FBI agents were accidentally shot by one of their own as they lay in ambush for members of AIM. The back story to the incident involves a faction fight between political corruption that was trying to allow corporate exploitation of resources in the reservation versus the residents who wanted to live their lives in the traditional way. The Val Kilmer film, "Thunderheart" is loosely based on these events, although the movie has a much happier ending than the real story.

TODAY IS LEONARD PELTIER'S BIRTHDAY AND WE WISH HIM MANY HAPPY RETURNS AND AN EVENTUAL REDRESS ON THE INJUSTICE OF HIS IMPRISONMENT.

Sep 12 08:49

POST 9/11 ~~ THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS ON MY FATHER’S PRISON WALL

My father, Ghassan Elashi, is currently serving a 65-year-prison-sentence at the Communications Management Unit in Marion, Illinois for conspiracy to send Material Support in the form of humanitarian aid to charities in the West Bank and Gaza that prosecutors claimed were associated with designated terrorists; our biggest defense thus far (and the reason my father may be vindicated in due time) is that his charity, the Holy Land Foundation, used the same exact Palestinian charities that our own government agency –the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)–used to distribute its aid.

Sep 12 08:47

ISRAEL WANTS ITS CAKE AND WANTS TO EAT IT TOO

They wage war and then they whine that there was a drop in tourism as a result. If only the people of Gaza had such ‘problems ...

Sep 12 08:46

Scotland, you want out? We'll take your place

If Scotland votes to secede, does that open up a spot for another country? And if so -- Scotland, can we take your place?

I realize that Americans fought a bloody war of independence from England in the late 1700s, but our rifts have healed over the past 240 years. In 2013, the Pew Research Center reported that England topped America's list of favorite nations, in a near-tie with our beloved northern neighbor, Canada.

In the past few years, as America has degenerated into political and economic chaos, it has become increasingly clear that we would be far better off if we apologized for our revolt against the Crown and requested to rejoin the United Kingdom.

Sep 12 08:45

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [SEPTEMBER 12, 2014]

Sep 12 08:43

Why is Israel Missing from ISIS Fight?

Israel gets $3 billion a year in military aid from the US. Over the last 60 years, the Jewish state has received about $250 billion worth of airplanes and armaments.

Yet when Obama appeals for a "a broad international coalition" to fight ISIS, which supposedly threatens the whole Middle East, Israel is not asked to join. Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Turkey ..all are asked..but not Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel helped create ISIS!

See ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi Trained by Israeli Mossad, NSA Documents Reveal

So, once again, your sons and daughters will be killed and cripppled in a war of Israel's creation!

Sep 12 08:40

Why We Need to Prosecute Our Torturers

Just when you thought Republicans couldn't sink any lower, they ask Dick Cheney, the guy who screwed up Iraq, for advice on how to fix Iraq.

Seriously, I'm not kidding.

Sep 12 08:40

Former priest found guilty on 24 sex charges involving Inuit children

A Nunavut judge has found a former Roman Catholic priest guilty of 24 of the more than 70 sex-related charges he faced involving Inuit children more than 30 years ago.

Defrocked Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger had already pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual assault when his trial began in December.

Sep 12 08:35

Strategy Revealed: Make Syria "Look Like a Nail"

Bernie Suarez
Activist Post

The Obama speech is done. Those hypnotized by his lies ponder his message. The U.S. has the "authority" to attack ISIS/ISIL. The U.S. will enter the sovereign nation of Syria without permission because apparently it doesn't need permission.

Obama in his usual deceptive talk, had the usual smirk on his face as he narrates his role in the now well established global empire of oppression, the U.S. empire. The new world order is here. Spread the word.

The mass psychopathy is at an all time high, only this time there is no one to stop this violent empire. Is there anyone out there who can play moral police and help turn this thing around? If so, now is the time to act...

Sep 12 08:15

Traitor Senator Slows Primary Allegiance to Another Country

Finds out some citizens don't like it.

Sep 12 07:30

American Politics Has Become A Billionaire’s Playground

Think of this as the year that democracy of, by, and for the billionaires shall not perish from the Earth — not when we’re on a new electoral playing field in a political world in which distinctions are no longer made between unlimited money and unlimited speech. In other words, these days, if you have billions of dollars, you can shout from the skies and the rest of us have to listen.

Sep 12 07:25

Mainstream Media Propaganda: Breaking the Last Taboo – Gaza and the Threat of World War

“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.”

Sep 12 07:20

The Lone Gladio Released! (first work of fiction by Sibel Edmonds shows workings of the deep state)

The Lone Gladio, a new novel by Sibel Edmonds, has been released today, September 11th, 2014. This is a work of fiction, something Ms. Edmonds chose to do as a calculated sidestepping of the legal red tape and threats from the government, which she experienced first hand with her first book, a non-fiction memoir called Classified Woman. Edmonds writing is brilliantly sophisticated, while simply satisfying. She's learned how to utilize some literary devices so well that she won't seem like a first time novelist.

Through her composite characters and events in this new book, we begin to see much deeper into the world of the deep state. While some of the characters are an easy peg, if you're trying to list all of the characters next to their analogous real-life inspiration, you'll find it impossible. But if that's what we have to sacrifice in order to learn about what's really been going on with our politicians, our corrupt and corporate controlled shell of a federal government. You won't find yourself that far away from some of the places Ms. Edmonds took you with Classified Woman. Then, suddenly, you'll find yourself travelling all over the globe, watching operations unfold, full of dangerous killers, blackmail, a plethora of spies, and some very sickening politicians.

Sep 12 07:16

'Real risk' Ebola virus will mutate to become an AIRBORNE disease, expert warns

As the Ebola outbreak rampages through Africa scientists are privately concerned the virus could mutate to become airborne, one expert has warned.

So far 2,300 people have lost their lives to the disease with more than 4,300 cases recorded in West Africa in the last six months - the worst outbreak since the disease was discovered in 1976.

The World Health Organisation has warned there may be thousands of new cases each week in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria by early October.

Fifteen countries could be hit by the outbreak - putting the lives of 22 million people at risk, a new study has revealed.

But behind closed doors, virologists fear what we have seen so far may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Sep 12 07:04

Only Israel Can Put an End to the Horror in Gaza

The individual stories are tragically too many to recount in one short article. Whole families wiped out before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Others, managing to reach shelter in U.N. buildings, killed just as they thought they were protected -- all coming to the awful realization that nowhere in this tiny strip of land is safe. Those lucky enough to survive this latest assault on Gaza have returned to rubble; the loss of loved ones compounded by the destruction of homes, family heirlooms, photographs and memories.

Sep 12 07:00

Ted Cruz Was Booed Off Stage Because No One Told Him Not to Talk About Israel

Cruz’s communications director, Amanda Carpenter, told The Daily Signal that he never would have agreed to the event if he'd known his pro-Israel message would be taken that way. “It is crystal clear to anyone who observes Ted Cruz that he stands with Israel,” she said. “If organizers had asked us not to discuss our support of Israel, we would have declined the event.”

Sep 12 06:49

Walking Amid the Rubble of Gaza

I just returned from a visit to Gaza — my first since the war’s end — and found it ruined on a scale that I was not prepared for, despite all the pictures.

On the ground it can take you suddenly and squeeze the breath out of you. You drive through an area that is merely decrepit and derelict and crumbling, and then you come upon destruction that is of Hieronymus Bosch proportions.

Sep 12 06:46

DHS Wants To Expand 'See Something, Say Something' To Retailers Selling You Pressure Cookers

This is another dangerous, stupid step that won't catch terrorists but will generate tons of budget-justifying busywork for the DHS, and put more people on the government's radar who've done nothing more suspicious than buy things they need or want.

Sep 12 06:27

What If the Easy Money Is Now on the Bear Side?

Complacent melt-ups aren't just boring--they're not very profitable.

File this under Devil's Advocate: what if the easy money in the stock market is no longer the "guaranteed" Bull melt-up but the Bearish bet on a sudden air pocket?Just as a thought experiment, put yourself in the shoes of the money managers who have the leverage to move the markets.

Sep 12 06:17

University board formally rejects Salaita appointment

The University of Illinois board of trustees formally voted not to hire controversial professor Steven Salaita, whose anti-Israel tweets spurred university administrators to revoke the offer of a faculty position.

By an 8-1 vote on Thursday, the trustees voted to reject the faculty recommendation that Salaita be appointed to a tenured position with the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The vote supported the recommendation of the university’s president and chancellor, who had previously announced that they would not submit Salaita’s appointment to the board, but who then changed course and asked for a vote to reject.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the board’s action in rejecting a faculty appointment was rare and possibly unprecedented.

Sep 12 06:16

Haul from federal forfeitures in Minnesota: $12.3M

"...In Minnesota alone, according to the Post's analysis, the feds confiscated $12.3 million since 2001, of which $9.1 million went back to the state. A portion was distributed to local agencies that assisted in the forfeitures. The big winners were the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police (138 seizures, $897K), the Hennepin County Sheriff (126 seizures, $798K), Saint Paul Police (96 seizures, $455K), Bloomington Police (35 seizures, $449K), Minneapolis Police (46 seizures, $400K) and the Ramsey County Sheriff (19 seizures, $342K)..."

Sep 12 05:43

Civil asset forfeitures more than double under Obama

An ongoing investigative series by the Post sheds light on a law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture, in which officials can seize cash or goods from a person suspected of a crime, even if no charges are ever brought against that person. Since 2001, police have seized $2.5 billion in cash from people who were never charged with a crime.

The chart above plots the inflation-adjusted dollar value of all Department of Justice asset forfeitures from 1989-2013. It includes both civil asset forfeitures, like the ones discussed in the Post's investigative series, and criminal asset forfeitures, which occur when police seize property from defendants formally accused of a crime.

Sep 12 04:32

Virologist: ‘It’s Too Late, Ebola Will Kill 5 Million’ -- Expert says virus will infect entire population of African countries

A top German virologist has caused shockwaves by asserting that it’s too late to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia and that five million people will die, noting that efforts should now be focused on stopping the transmission of the virus to other countries.

Sep 12 04:31

Illegals in the wind as DMV worker gets off easy in bribery case

Nearly a year after a Virginia DMV worker and two others were convicted of selling drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, the 100-plus buyers remain at large. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will say only the investigation “is ongoing.” DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said, “It is my understanding that the licenses had ‘limited duration validity’ and have expired.”

A vote-watch organization says the official answers don’t inspire confidence. “The expiration date on the licenses means (the authorities) probably know who these people are. It still begs the question of how many illegals are registered to vote and have voted,” said Reagan George, president of the Virginia Voters Alliance.

Sep 12 04:19

US gov’t threatened Yahoo with $250K daily fine if it didn’t use PRISM

Yahoo reports that it is on the verge of releasing 1,500 pages of documents related to a long court battle over its participation in the PRISM program, a National Security Agency program revealed last summer as part of the Snowden leaks.

A leaked top-secret slide about PRISM shows that Yahoo was one of the first participants, having begun contributing to the database in March of 2008. It did so under severe duress. Company executives believed the government's demand for data was "unconstitutional and overbroad" and fought it in court.

Sep 12 04:06

9/11 After Thirteen Years: Continuous Warfare, Police State, Endless Falsehoods

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.

Sep 12 04:03

Israeli Navy Boats Open Fire At Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza

The fishermen had to return to the shore without being able to fish despite the fact that they were not only in Palestinian waters, but also very close to the shore.

Under the ceasefire agreement, the fishermen are supposed to be allowed to fish within twelve nautical miles off the Gaza shore, but are continuously attacked by the navy ships.

Israeli war jets have also been heavily flying over different areas of the Gaza Strip.

Israel also continues to violate the ceasefire agreement, with repeated limited invasions into border areas, and bulldozing agricultural lands, especially in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

The army also continues to attack local farmers and workers in Palestinian lands, close to the border fence with Israel.

Sep 12 03:54

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

Personnel were instructed to keep any damaging details of Palestinians’ lives they came across, including information on sexual preferences, infidelities, financial problems or family illnesses that could be “used to extort/blackmail the person and turn them into a collaborator”.

Sep 12 03:09

Domino Effect: More Smart Meters Being Replaced Due to Fires

It is almost impossible to keep track of all of the smart meter fires and related safety issues. We jump from country to country and from state to state. The latest issue is in Florida where Lakeland Electric will soon begin replacing over 10,000 residential smart meters on concerns they might overheat, General Manager Joel Ivy said Tuesday, August 26th.

Are we seeing a domino effect within the industry?

Six of the meters have caught fire during the past year, Ivy said. Early Tuesday, he said the utility was still deciding whether to replace the meters, but later in the day, he said the decision had been made.

Sep 12 03:04

“I’m Glad People Have This 9/11 Mentality Again”

In the wake of non-stop propaganda from politicians of both parties, as well as a mainstream media desperate for ratings, the American public is finally terrified enough to support another war in the Middle East.

Sep 12 01:28

One-Percenters’ Gun Control Would Mean ‘Handgun Registration’ for Washington State

Initiative-594, the universal background check initiative being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires in Washington state, will lead to “universal handgun registration” if passed.

September 11, 2014

Sep 11 23:51

Wasted! Feds spend millions of tax dollars getting monkeys drunk

There’s a whole lot of drinking going on in the name of government science, and some watchdogs think it’s the American taxpayer who is getting hammered. Right now the National Institutes of Health is spending $3.2 million to get monkeys to drink alcohol excessively to determine what effect it has long term on their body tissue.

Sep 11 22:30

Obama Uses ISIL In Speech On Purpose

Sep 11 21:08

Eastern Military District Troops Moved to Highest State of Combat Readiness

Troops in Russia's Eastern Military District are moved to the highest state of combat readiness as surprise drills begin in the region, the Russian Ministry of Defense informed on Friday.

"As part of a surprise check of the Eastern Military District troops' combat readiness, military formations and units located in the Eastern region of the Russian Federation have completed the implementation of measures to enter the highest degree of combat readiness," the ministry wrote in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to hold snap combat readiness drills in Russia's Eastern Military District starting Thursday.

Air defense forces and military units would be put on full combat alert starting 10:00 a.m. Moscow time [6:00 a.m. GMT], Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

Sep 11 20:01

U.S. Fear/War Mongers Win This Round

The fear/war mongers got to the New York Times editorial board between May 23, 2013 and September 10, 2014. The Times and President Obama both gave in to the wrong people.

The American public doesn’t want to go to war unless there is something out there that frightens them.

This explains why all of our wars have been preceded by dire warnings of what will happen if we don’t militarily engage the enemy.
In President Obama’s Wednesday night speech, he repudiated his own caution and prudence by falling in line with those who think there is no fear out there that war cannot overcome.

The New York Times editorial board sonorously endorsed the President’s decision under a headline that informs the nation that the drums of war have had their effect: “The Attack on ISIS Expands to Syria,”

Sep 11 19:57

Obama takes hypocrisy to new high levels

In laying out his plans to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, President Obama said this: “America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.”

There’s an old English, somewhat vulgar, four-letter word which in my view sums up that statement. CRAP. (The dictionary definition of it is “excrement, rubbish, dirt, worthless nonsense.”)

An informed visitor from another planet who listened to Obama would scratch his head and say, “Has the president not heard about the occupied and oppressed Palestinians and their long struggle for freedom, justice and dignity?”

Sep 11 19:04

The Christian family refusing to give up its Bethlehem hill farm bulldozed by Israel

On his farm outside Bethlehem, Daher Nassar is picking apples from the ruins of the orchard he planted at least eight years ago. The fruit is scattered across ground freshly opened and imprinted with the tracks of a bulldozer. At the field’s edge, branches reach out from inside a mound of earth, the bark stripped and mangled, unripe almonds still clinging to the trees.

On 19 May a Palestinian shepherd from the village of Nahalin was out at first light and saw the bulldozer at work in the field, guarded by Israeli soldiers. By the time Nassar arrived the whole orchard – the best part of a decade’s work – was gone. His English is far from fluent, but there’s no mistaking the pain in his voice: “Why you broke the trees?”

A spokesperson for the Israeli military authorities in the West Bank said the trees were planted illegally on state land.

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