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CURRENT EVENTS

Apr 08 07:58

Why Legalize Marijuana? Because GMO Pot Is Coming

The Monsanto / Soros Connection

Apr 08 07:46

Judge cuts child rapist’s sentence by 15 years, saying he had not meant to hurt the 3-year-old victim

Kevin Rojano was convicted Dec. 3 of sodomizing a child younger than 10 and lascivious acts with a minor, and he was initially sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

But Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly trimmed 15 years off Rojano’s sentence, saying it would be cruel and unusual punishment to impose the maximum prison term because the 20-year-old lacked “callous disregard for (the victim’s) well-being,” reported the Orange County Register.

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Apr 08 07:27

The Winds of Change are Blowing in from the Sea.

A year or more ago, we mentioned on these pages that this person was a scam. It appears that the truth of it has now surfaced and we are glad for that. We are glad whenever the truth makes an appearance in the midst of the madness that composes the world as we presently know it, simply because we do not know it. Ah... but it knows us. It's a button pushing automaton that knows where our tendencies and weaknesses lie. It's engaged in a full scale assault against our better nature and that accounts for why there is such an army of walking wounded, accompanied by zombies in the making. It's not a pretty sight.

Here is proof positive that in the land of preeminent materialism, insanity has become full blown. There is madness in the enforcement arm of corporate controlled society and madness in the culture, as it reaches for ever greater absurdities of experience.

Apr 08 07:23

Jury weighs verdict for second day in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 charges and could face the death penalty if convicted on any one of more than a dozen of those counts.

(*And the pain continues to be administrated , despite the first words of the trial; "It Was Him , He Did It" coming from His Defense Attorney .)

Apr 08 07:12

The Nineveh Plains Protection Unit: US Christians fund emerging private war on Iraq jihadists

After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary-cum-filmmaker has traded his fatigues for a three-piece suit.

VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against Moamer Kadhafi, has just finished leading his new military contracting firm through its first assignment — training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists.

Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the United States, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU) aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.

VanDyke is one of the best-known — and least camera-shy — figures in an expanding and complex constellation of foreign fighters, organisations and donors getting involved in a private war against the jihadists.

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As a Christian, I am very tired of seeing these battles in the Middle East characterised as a latter-day crusade.

Oh, I am quite certain that there are those in the military, in DC, and the various alphabet soup "security agencies" in this country who LOVE to see these "Christian Soldiers" get lots of press, to inflame the masses in this country to want to enlist and just tear up any Muslim in the region with their bare hands.

I would not bet against some covert US government agencies actually funding these activities.

There is only one minor problem, however: these movements in the Middle East are economic and political in nature, not religious.

Religion is just the window-dressing here, applied sort of like a smokescreen, to keep people from recognizing what is really going on.

It is about who is in control of the vast riches of the region of the Middle East and Africa, and in what currency these assets will be sold.

In this country, and around the world, people are waking up to this reality.

I am sure that these Christian mercenaries are well-intentioned. However, the harder thing to do is to ask those in control and power in this country why the US keeps propping up tin-pot dictators in places like Yemen and Bahrain, and keep getting surprised when a desperate civilian population has had enough, and - literally throw the bums out?!?

Apr 08 07:11

As Was Always the Plan: California Water Authorities Using Smart Meter Data as Evidence to Impose Fines

The smart grid isn’t coming. It’s already here.

Everywhere people’s houses are being fitted if they already haven’t with smart electric meters and smart water meters. These meters communicate real-time usage data via radio frequency (which comes with its own set of health problems).

Apr 08 07:08

Russia Didn’t Carry Out White House Computer Hack, Peskov Says

Russia rejected a report that its government had been involved in hacking a non-classified White House computer network.

“It has become a kind of sport to blame everything on Russia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.

Apr 08 07:06

Hatton Garden raiders plunder from safety deposit boxes

Hatton Garden raiders plunder jewels worth up to £200m from safety deposit boxes
Raiders strike in London's most exclusive jewellery district and use heavy cutting equipment to empty an estimated 300 safety deposit boxes in vault

(*get your stuff out of your safety deposit box sooner rather than later)

Apr 08 07:03

Hologram replaces Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn park

Hours after police removed an illicit bust of Edward Snowden from its perch in a Brooklyn park on Monday, artists replaced it with a hologram.

Apr 08 06:55

US aerospace command moving comms gear back to Cold War bunker

The US military command that scans North America’s skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said.

The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command’s sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said.

The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command.

Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that “because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain’s built, it’s EMP-hardened.”

“And so, there’s a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there,” Gortney told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing here strikes me as most odd; there must be something going on here other than Cheyenne Mountain's being EMP-hardened.

That appears to be the "good reason" for American taxpayers to have to shell out yet another $700 million to retrofit the space; it doesn't feel like the "real reason".

Apr 08 06:54

New defense rules would give Japan new powers to aid U.S. military

TOKYO — The United States and Japan are close to concluding a set of bilateral defense rules that if finalized would give Japan’s military new powers to act when U.S. forces are threatened by a third country, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Apr 08 06:49

US to speed up delivery of weapons to Saudi-led forces in Yemen

"We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination and planning cell in the Saudi operations center "

Apr 08 06:34

THIS COULD SINK BANKS IN GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, AND ITALY

The European Commission is now contemplating pulling the rug out from under the banking miracles in Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Italy.

In total, there are €40 billion in deferred tax assets dressed up as core capital in the banks of these four countries. That’s how precarious these banks are. At one unnamed bank in Greece, these deferred tax assets account for 30% to 40% of its core capital. Without Greece’s special state guarantee, these deferred tax assets could not be part of the core capital, and without this additional “capital,” the bank would be toast.

But on paper, these crummy sorts of assets do a nice job of propping up these banks. And that’s why these four countries have bent over backwards to make it happen. Why bail out rotten banks with real money when fake assets can accomplish the same?

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More taxpayer bailouts coming in Europe in the not too distant future, I see.

Apr 08 06:28

COST OF NEGATIVE BANK RATES

Only a dullard would believe that banking institutions will not eventually drop their interest rate pay outs to depositors, as their own costs are taxed or central banking policy demands that the value of the currency must be diminished.

The example that Australia Wants To Tax Bank Deposits: Will The US Follow? This report poses an obvious question for anyone keeping money in the depository system.

“Several months ago, the government of Australia proposed to tax bank deposits up to $250,000 at a rate of 0.05% (5 basis points). To be clear, the proposal seems to plan on taxing the banks based on the amount of deposits they’re holding—but it’s pretty obvious this will be passed on to consumers in the form of lower interest rates.”

1. Taxes on bank deposits are generally the same as negative interest rates.
2. Taxes always start small… then increase over time.
3. Taxes are rarely used for their stated purpose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please don't think "it can't happen here; it will. It is only a matter of time.

Apr 08 06:26

Afghan soldier shoots at US troops

The incident happened after a meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a US embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in Jalalabad, said General Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, police chief for eastern Nangarhar province.

The Afghan soldier opened fire "right after the US official had left", he said.

The American troops immediately returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, he added.

It is the second insider attack this year. An Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on January 29.

The Afghan soldier was identified by Gen Sherzad as Abdul Azim, from Laghman province.

(*since this report is 99% bull$#!^ , I say we add that he got one of our guys to it
whitehorse souce)

Apr 08 06:26

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan, official says

A US service member was killed Wednesday in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said amid a report that an Afghan soldier had shot at U.S. troops

Apr 08 06:09

IRAN DEPLOYS WARSHIPS OFF YEMEN'S COAST

(^Reuters) - Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy

Apr 08 05:51

EPA Issues Moratorium on New Pesticides That Kill Birds and Bees

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a moratorium that will restrict the use of new pesticides that have been blamed for declining bee populations, though the policy does not apply to products currently on the market.

The chemicals in question, neonicotinoids, are a new class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects and result in paralysis and death.

Apr 08 05:48

California Water Authorities Using Smart Meter Data as Evidence to Impose Fines

Essentially, consumption of utilities in your home is being big brother tracked and traced at all times on the smart grid.

Sure, it was sold to everyone as a “smart” solution for keeping consumption in check, that it would decrease utility bills because people could use it to check out how much they use and find smart ways to cut down. (How many people are really even doing that, by the way?)

Not only is this going to be used to serve up “peak pricing” models against the population — to price electricity and water higher during times of higher consumption by the population — it’s also going to be used to allow the people to tattle on themselves via their data, a set up that will come with heavy financial consequences.

As we can see happening now in California during its historic drought, smart meters are also being used by authorities to seek people out and impose fines.

Apr 08 05:44

Why Rand Paul’s Campaign Will Never Succeed

Earlier today Rand Paul announced to his supporters in Louisville, Kentucky, that he is officially running for President. He stood before the enthusiastic crowd, and spoke of defeating the Washington machine, reining in special interests, and returning our government to its constitutional limits. While these are all worthy goals, one must wonder if he has taken the right approach.

See, Rand is quite similar to his father in many ways, but he’s also quite different.

Apr 08 05:41

Psychological Warfare and the Fragmentation of the Psyche

The subject of dissociative identity disorder and the fracturing of the psyche is a complex topic that is becoming more mainstream through alternative media. The causes, nature and extent of the disorder are still shrouded in mystery, though modern medicine and psychology do have a lot to say about the matter. One of the reasons the disorder is controversial is that it doesn’t seem to fit well in the dominant materialist/biologist reductionism upon which mass science is built. Given the presupposition of modern science that the psyche is entirely equated with the brain itself, the assumptions are thus that any possible solution to mental problems of this nature can only be remedied or suppressed through the addition of, and rearrangement of, molecular compounds.

Apr 08 03:31

The real reason Netanyahu and the GOP hate this Iran deal

1) The nuclear architecture Iran gets to keep is way too big.
2) Sanctions relief will enable Iranian aggression.
3) The deal isn't strict enough in key areas.
4) Inspections won't be as strong as you think.

The thing about some of these arguments is that they are basically objections to any feasible deal with Iran. Many critics, particularly Netanyahu, have taken pains to deny that they oppose any deal altogether — but it seems quite clearly that they do.

Apr 08 03:17

Yemen conflict escalation to benefit US, Israel: MPs

ISLAMABAD: On the second day of the ongoing discussion in the joint sitting of parliament on the Middle East crisis, legislators from both sides of the aisle said the escalation of the conflict in Yemen will benefit the US and Israel.

(*The Talks Are Making Progress )

Apr 08 02:58

Rahm Emanuel Defeats Chuy Garcia in Chicago Mayoral Race

The Chicago Tribune reported that Emanuel had garnered 55.7 percent of the unofficial vote, giving the incumbent mayor and former Obama chief of staff a 10-percent edge over the 44.3 percent gained by Garcia, the Cook County, Illinois commissioner, with approximately 95 percent of the city's precincts reporting after the polls closed Tuesday night.

Garcia conceded the race to Emanuel around 10 p.m. EST Tuesday night.

Apr 08 02:48

Shell swallows BG for $70 billion

A new era of oil mega-mergers? Shell swallows BG for $70 billion
Collapse in prices creates backdrop for biggest energy merger in over a decade.

Royal Dutch Shell RD agreed to buy smaller rival BG Group BGG for $70 billion in the first oil super-merger in more than a decade to close the gap with the world’s largest oil firm U.S. ExxonMobil Inc.

In a joint statement, the two firms said Shell would pay a mix of cash and shares that would value each BG share at around 1,350 pence, more than 50% over its average price during the last three months.

Britain’s BG had a market capitalisation of $46 billion as of Tuesday’s close, while Shell was worth $202 billion. Exxon, the world’s largest oil company by market value, was worth $360 billion.

Apr 07 22:00

Yemen – the Big Picture. US Sponsored Civil Wars

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Apr 07 21:56

North Charleston officer faces murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back

A white North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge after a video surfaced Tuesday of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as the man ran away.

Apr 07 18:35

Baltimore's City Council members often miss votes. "Where else in America can you not to show up for work and then [make] a decision on something that impacts 600,000 people? That's unacceptable."

A city Councilman Brandon Scott's bill seeking health grades for Baltimore restaurants was languishing in committee, partly because not enough members showed up to vote. Councilman William "Pete" Welch was a persistent no-show.

Apr 07 18:32

Sorry, Cancer Patients And Boston Marathon Victims: Indiana’s Memories Pizza Raised More Than You On GoFundMe

The GoFundMe campaign supporting the bigoted owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, has ended, raising the O’Connor family a grand total of $842,387.

Apr 07 17:59

Officer Charged With Murder for Shooting Unarmed Man in the Back

A South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has been arrested and charged with murder.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, claimed he feared for his life because the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, took his stun gun in an altercation during a traffic stop on Saturday.

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Apr 07 16:54

Warmongers hit Rand Paul with slander campaign as he announces presidential run

A Republican front group is set to plough $1 million into a slanderous advertising campaign designed to attack Rand Paul.

Apr 07 16:28

Power loss hits Washington, DC, government left in dark

Lights went out at the State Department, White House, Capitol and many other places in Washington, DC, in a puzzling series of power outages.

Apr 07 16:13

RedIce Radio 3Fourteen Censored by Apple's iTunes

Apple podcast that covers politically-incorrect topics, exposed Marxist atrocities and explores revisionist history is pulled down by ITunes. Shouldn't Apple be focusing on their abuse of their workers in China who kill themselves to escape from their horrible conditions?

Apr 07 16:00

The Iran Nuclear Energy Agreement: Force Again Prevails Over Law — Paul Craig Roberts

The real question, however, is on what basis can Iran possibly trust Washington?

Iran should ask former Soviet president Gorbachev what Washington’s word is worth. In exchange for Gorbachev’s agreement to the reunification of Germany, Washington promised Gorbachev that NATO would not move one inch to the East and promptly took NATO to Russia’s border and is now working to incorporate former parts of the Russian empire into NATO.

Iran should ask current Russian president Putin what Washington’s word is worth. Sensing Russian strategic weakness, the George W. Bush regime broke the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that Washington had signed with Moscow. Pulling out of the treaty, Washington quickly put anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders, hoping to degrade Russia’s strategic missile forces that serve as a guardian against Washington’s first nuclear strike, a policy now permissible under Washington’s revised war doctrine.

Apr 07 15:23

Faithful dog lies down with companions as they’re arrested

A drug raid in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina turned up some drugs, guns and one faithful dog. The photo, which has since gone viral in Brazil, shows the suspects – and apparently their companion as well – surrendering to authorities during the raid.

Apr 07 14:58

California Water Authorities Using Smart Meter Data as Evidence to Impose Fines

Question: while the system is busy turning neighbors into angry snitches and using smart meters to impose heavy fines on everyone, is any of this making more water?

Apr 07 14:49

Slap-Happy Cop Gets Slapped Back: Battery Charges Filed

A Fort Lauderdale cop who was caught on cell phone camera slapping a homeless man across the face is now facing charges.

On February 22, a bystander recorded the altercation between Officer Victor Ramirez, 34, and Bruce Laclair, 58.

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Apr 07 14:43

U.S. NGOs Kicked Out of Eritrea: Foreign Aid Is Meant To Cripple People

“Anyone who takes aid is crippled. Aid is meant to cripple people… Governments in Africa and elsewhere are not allowed to write their own programs. And when it comes to implementing programs, it deprives you of building institutions and the capacity to implement your programs…We need to write our own programs in the first place. We need to articulate on the projects we write. We need to have a comprehensive strategy, plans on how to implement those programs…Unless we do that on our own, we can’t possibly imagine that we are achieving any of the goals – millennium or non millennium.” — President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea

Apr 07 14:08

The US and Israel: Diverging interests

Lawrence Davidson says the US’s interests in the Middle East have diverged from Israel’s, with Washington prioritising the jihadist threat while Israel and Saudi Arabia see the jihadists as allies against Iran.

Apr 07 13:45

Jade Helm Precursor: The Phoenix Program

Apr 07 13:40

TSA Now Training Armed Officers

Apr 07 13:27

The 'Big Event' in America: JADE HELM 15

Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 07 12:43

Top Donor to Clinton Foundation (jewish) Oligarch in Ukraine

Follow the Money

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, based in Kiev, Ukraine.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation.

It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

Oh certainly, all you have to do is take a brief look at Ukraine to see what a wonderful thing it has been.

Apr 07 12:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Apr 07 11:31

Zio-media lied about Iran while burying Pentagon report revealing Israels nukes!

While the Zio-media was reporting on a daily basis Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran never be allowed to develop the technology to build nuclear weapons, it conveniently buried the astounding news that the Pentagon declassified a report showing that Israel acquired nuclear weapons technology, including a hydrogen bomb capability, decades ago.

Apr 07 11:24

Major utility to begin closing down power plants next month

One of the country's largest coal utilities will begin closing power plants next month in four states, as strict federal environmental regulations begin to kick in.

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Apparently they started with Washington DC! :)

Apr 07 11:16

Police in Thailand forced to shoot out cars tires as American tourist refused to stop driving the wrong way

Police in Thailand opened fire on a car driven by an 'crazy' American tourist after she drove the wrong way down a busy road and crashed into 13 vehicles, injuring two people.
The 29-year-old woman, named by local media as Samantha or Amanda, was chased by police through the Pattaya region for 30 minutes before they shot out three wheels of her car.

Apr 07 11:16

Environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer served notice on Monday that he will use his wealth to try to bring climate change into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, vowing to target Republican hopefuls who deny the connection between burning fos

Environmental activist and billionaire Tom Steyer served notice on Monday that he will use his wealth to try to bring climate change into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, vowing to target Republican hopefuls who deny the connection between burning fossil fuels and rising global temperatures.

Apr 07 11:15

Mitch McConnell: Congress to 'respond legislatively' to Iran nuclear bill

Fresh off a trip to the Middle East, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting that Congress get a chance to review and approve a nuclear deal with Iran.

"To the detriment of international security […] the Obama administration has always approached the goal of these negotiations as reaching the best deal that is acceptable to Iran, rather than what should be our national goal: ending Iran's nuclear program," the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Monday.

McConnell visited Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan last week with a Senate delegation. On Thursday, a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers was announced — much to the dismay of many Republican lawmakers.

Apr 07 10:51

Ecstasy & steak-outs: NYPD expenses show eclectic shopping list, says report

The New York Police Department spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on an eclectic assortment of items over the past five years, DNAinfo reported, purchasing everything from crime-fighting costumes and steak dinners to robots and hallucinogenic drugs.

More than $13,000 was spent on hallucinogenic mushrooms and ecstasy (MDMA, also known as Molly) from chemical and laboratory suppliers, though the NYPD wasn’t stocking up for police officers to expand their consciousness. Rather, they were buying samples to compare to what’s sold during street buys.

Apr 07 10:49

'Disarm NYPD' movement grows in New York

An activist group calling itself Disarm NYPD is seeking to strip officers of their firearms and boot them from select neighborhood streets, all in the name of keeping city citizens safe.

Apr 07 10:46

Zero Deforestation arrangement for Palm oil to be implemented by KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut

Yum! Brands, the organization that claims KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, on Thursday reported a zero deforestation arrangement for its palm oil sourcing. The move came after forceful battles by ecological gatherings that argued that the restaurants weren’t doing what’s needed to guarantee the palm oil they used to cook food wasn’t connected to human rights misuses, obliteration of peat lands, and logging of rainforests.

Apr 07 10:45

‘Toy Gun Free Zone’ Coming to a Tennessee School Near You

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Monday night that makes it illegal to take a squirt gun — but not a real gun — within 150 feet of a school.
The new ban was included in a larger bill that would nix any local laws prohibiting people with gun permits from taking guns to parks.

Apr 07 10:44

Man kills himself at M Resort in Las Vegas after being stripped of his "free buffet for life" privileges and kicked out for harassing employees

The day before he put a gun to his head and killed himself at an M Resort buffet on Easter, a Las Vegas man filled a box with his complaints against the resort and its employees and mailed it to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Apr 07 10:43

A former spy has described the debate within the CIA over the arrest, rendition and torture of Canadian Maher Arar, saying multiple colleagues warned against it because they were convinced they were punishing an innocent man

The account from former CIA officer John Kiriakou sheds new light on decade-old events that caused a public inquiry in Canada, a $10 million payout from the federal government, and unsuccessful lawsuits in the U.S.

Apr 07 10:31

U.S. – Iran Deal — A Battle Between Radical Zionist Crazies & More Cunning Radical Zionists!

The nuclear deal reached with Iran has been cause for celebration in the streets of Tehran, while Netanyahu was offered the platforms of three major U.S. news networks to decry the agreement. One would think that Iran was offered major concessions, special privileges, even exemptions from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that forms the basis of international law regarding nuclear weapons.

Apr 07 10:28

The SPLC, PayPal, and Tortious Interference

Dr. Greg Johnson of Counter-Currents Publishing declared on his website recently that his project is “under siege” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which—along with other leftist outfits—is putting pressure on PayPal and Amazon to cease permitting him to raise funds and sell books.

Dr. Johnson relays in his article that Heidi Beirich “has been writing letters to Amazon.com and PayPal to get them to stop doing business with Counter-Currents. The SPLC wants to put us out of business because they fear the ideas that we advocate.”

Apr 07 10:27

Washington, D.C., Including the White House, Hit by Power Outages: Reports

Several buildings in the Washington, D.C., area, including the White House and the State Department, were without power Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

Utility provider Pepco confirmed that there were calls of scattered outages for "unknown" reasons, CNBC reported. It said around 1 p.m. ET that it had recorded 79 active outages and 794 affected customers.

The State Department's daily briefing was cut short because of the blackout, while the U.S. Capitol complex was running on a backup generator, a congressional aide told CNBC.

Apr 07 10:20

20 Reasons I Will Not 'Stand With Rand'

Apr 07 10:08

Will Israel's New Advanced Submarines Carry Nuclear Weapons?

In recent days, a number of Israeli and other news sources have said that the INS Tanin is nearing the end of its testing, and will soon enter service with the Israeli navy. The Tanin first arrived in Israel from Germany in September of last year. It is the first of three new Dolphin submarines that Tel Aviv is purchasing from Germany.
Note: Purchased???

Apr 07 10:02

Judge orders Prince Andrew sex allegations struck from court record

Allegations that a 17-year-old was forced to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew, which prompted a crisis at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, have been removed from a federal court case by a judge in the US.

Judge Kenneth Marra ordered Virginia Roberts’s accusations about Andrew to be struck from the record as he denied her attempt to join a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the prince and a convicted sex offender.

“At this juncture in the proceedings, these lurid details are unnecessary,” Marra wrote in his order, issued at the US district court in southern Florida on Tuesday morning. “These unnecessary details shall be stricken.”

Apr 07 10:01

People Given Disability Benefits Because They Only Speak Spanish

The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.

Apr 07 10:00

What Americans Think About The State Of Our Politics Perfectly Illustrated

George Washington understood the dangerous impact political parties would have on our country and wrote about it in his Farewell Address:

Apr 07 09:59

The 73 year old reserve deputy sheriff who accidentally shot a suspect instead of tasering him was one of several "wealthy donors" to the sheriff's office.

Robert Bates, the reserve Tulsa County deputy who fatally shot a man who was in a physical altercation with another deputy last week, has donated thousands of dollars worth of items to the Sheriff’s Office since becoming a reserve deputy in 2008.

Apr 07 09:59

An incredible 97 percent of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, agree: the time has come to end government corruption in America.

Turn on the TV, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a news story about Americans uniting across ideologies. Our nation appears mired in controversy on every topic imaginable, from parenting to religious freedom to who should host the Daily Show.

Apr 07 09:33

Kansas wants to ban welfare recipients from seeing movies, going swimming on government’s dime

There’s nothing fun about being on welfare, and a new Kansas bill aims to keep it that way.
If House Bill 2258 is signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) this week, Kansas families receiving government assistance will no longer be able to use those funds to visit swimming pools, see movies, go gambling or get tattoos on the state’s dime.

Apr 07 09:33

Liberal Uses Math to Prove Memories Pizza Donations Are a GOP Trick

By now you’d have to live in a cave to not have heard about the uproar over Memories Pizza.

A reporter intentionally decided to put the business on the spot by asking if they’d cater a gay wedding.

Apr 07 09:22

Kansas set to prevent poor from using aid for swimming pools, psychics

Kansas is close to telling poor families by law that they can't use cash assistance from the state to visit swimming pools, get tattoos or consult with psychics among a list of other things, leading critics to focus on whether tighter rules for social services will make life more unpleasant for the needy.

Apr 07 09:21

Weird and Wonderful Facts about US Cities

Here are a few uniquely odd facts about a few cities in America.

Apr 07 09:20

BILLIONS OF CALIFORNIA FRACKING ‘WATER WASTING’ IGNORED

As California lawmakers decide if resident ‘water wasters’ should face jail time, based on a ‘snitch’ system,’ water agencies are busy working on higher rates and fees to penalize individual residents. As the main facilitator in the pollution of California's two biggest fresh water aquifers, the real question is “who will report California Governor Jerry Brown?”

Apr 07 09:10

PRISON GUARDS RESIGN AFTER VIRAL BEATING PHOTO POSTED TO FACEBOOK

This picture was allegedly taken inside a Georgia correctional facility and posted on Facebook. The aunt of the man shown leashed in the picture, Cortez Berry, said the family got a phone call when it turned up on the social media site. She sent a screenshot to NBC News. Berry was 17 at the time the photo was taken. The faces of the men with Berry have been blurred by NBC News.

Apr 07 08:50

The Whitehouse’s New Executive Order On Cyber Crime is (Unfortunately) No Joke

by Nadia Kayyali and Kurt Opsahl

On the morning of April 1st, the Whitehouse issued a new executive order (EO) that asserts that malicious “cyber-enabled activities” are a national threat, declares a national emergency, and establishes sanctions and other consequences for individuals and entities. While computer and information security is certainly very important, this EO could dangerously backfire, and chill the very security research that is necessary to protect people from malicious attacks...

Apr 07 08:26

PNAC Project for a New American Century War Plan Map

Remember: when confused, when all other analysis seems to fail to make sense, come back to The Map, the PNAC Project for a New "American" Century. The duplicitous and misleading title of the project establishing Israel's (City of London's) empire that used American post 9/11 (inside job) concocted anti-Muslim enmity, its resources, its military, economic, and political might that will become the dominant political power of the planet long after the United States has been destroyed and left held responsible for the horrors visited on the world via the so-called "war on terror".

Apr 07 07:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.
Note: Action please, we need action, call all your congress people and email all. ACTION!

Apr 07 07:44

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn

While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there. UPDATE: Parks Department put a tarp over the bust and removed it this afternoon.

Apr 07 06:21

Gay, Atheist Indiana Doctor: Does New Law Give Me The Right to Refuse Treatment on A**hole Christians?

Fort Schritt, Indiana — Dr. Michael Freiheit is a general practitioner in the small town of Fort Schritt, Indiana. He describes himself as both an atheist and gay. Dr. Freiheit estimates that he sees a few hundred people a month for various maladies. In the wake of his state’s governor signing a highly-contentious bill that would allow any business in Indiana to discriminate against Freiheit, who last week volunteered to provide no-cost health care at a homeless shelter, based solely on the business owners’ religiously-based discriminatory feelings toward homosexuals.

Apr 07 05:45

Mads Gilbert: 'People are questioning Israel'

"This is a genocide. This is a massacre. And I hope that somebody is being held accountable for it," Gilbert told the media from the site of one of the attacks this year.

"Israeli impunity has gone so far now that they think they can do whatever, with whoever, and they don't consider Palestinians even human, according to how they treat them now."

Apr 07 05:31

Austria to Default on Bank Guarantees

Apr 07 05:30

U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli [insane] demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognising Israel. "The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognising Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime [sic] completely transforms," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Apr 07 05:27

Lithuania prosecutors restart probe into secret CIA ‘black site’

Lithuanian prosecutors have reportedly reopened a criminal investigation into claims that state security officials helped the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to operate a 'black site' in the Baltic country. Senior prosecutor Irmantas Mikelionis has decided to restart the investigation into the "possible abuse" of power by state employees, the spokeswoman for the prosecutor-general's office told Reuters in an email on Thursday. The investigation into Lithuania's criminal complicity in the CIA program was terminated in January 2011 due to lack of evidence. However, prosecutors decided to reopen it after the US Senate report issued last year said that Washington paid Vilnius 1 million in appreciation for establishing the detention center.

Apr 07 05:25

$45 Billion in Tax Dollars Goes Missing in Afghanistan - See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/04/01/45-Billion-Tax-Dollars-Goes-Missing-Afghanistan#sthash.4nLbTpZs.dpuf

Hundreds of millions of dollars are missing in action in Afghanistan, and auditors are blaming the Pentagon’s flawed accounting practices for the problem.

A new report from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), revealed that there’s virtually no way to know what happened to a large chunk of money the Defense Department spent in Afghanistan before 2010.

Apr 07 05:10

John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden. U.S. citizens real concerns? They only care if their 'dick' pictures are seen by government.

June 1st the govt. votes on continuing the Patriot Act.

It is important for people to stand up for their freedoms. If we don't stand up we lose it all. We can't live in fear as the government wants us to, just so they can spy on every single person and everything we do. Understand this is not about fighting terrorism, this is about knowing everything about every single citizen.

Every citizen is considered guilty by the government and they spy on every thing we do and spend. John Oliver makes the conversation funny and shows how people are not concerned unless it involves pictures of dicks. Yes... I wrote that correctly.

Must watch video.

Apr 07 02:28

GOP pops poison pill

There is a poison pill inside the Republican Party and if its presidential hopefuls keep swallowing it, they are going to choke off their chances for the White House.

The religious right has managed to convince some potential candidates that it is extremely powerful. It has convinced the more gullible ones that they must grovel, kowtow and genuflect before it.

This is nonsense. As I have written before, the religious right has not gotten the nominee it has wanted since Ronald Reagan. It is a paper tiger.

And by taking the poison pill that the religious right offers, the potential candidates risk alienating the rest of the nation.

Apr 07 02:21

Jeb Bush is stretching the limits of campaign finance law

Jeb Bush hasn't yet said that he's running for president, and he's in no rush to do so. Because, as long as he's not a candidate, he'll have an easier time raising the money he thinks his operation will need.

By not making his bid official, Bush can ask for unlimited money for his Super PAC and coordinate with the aides who will run that Super PAC directly
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Bush has given his "tacit endorsement" to a new nonprofit group that will effectively serve as his policy shop — and will be able to keep its donors secret.
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If this works, secret money nonprofits could become the new normal for presidential campaigns

Apr 07 02:00

Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli officials and congressional Republicans on Monday set high bars with exacting conditions for a nuclear accord with Iran, signaling fresh domestic and international pressure on negotiations leading up to a summer deadline.

Apr 07 01:49

Iran Nuclear Deal Prods Saudi Arabia To Raise Crude Oil Prices In Asia

Saudi Arabia is raising the price of crude oil it ships to Asia. The oil-rich kingdom has been selling oil to Asian nations at a discount for much of the past year to keep competitors from snatching market share amid a global oil glut. Starting in May, it will narrow the discount.

The move comes as demand for oil is declining somewhat -- and supply is already abundant and possibly growing even larger. Economists warn China, with its weakening economy, won’t offer the same annual boost to oil demand that it has in the past. Meanwhile, Iran could soon add more oil to global supply if a comprehensive nuclear deal is finalized in June.

Apr 07 01:48

Crude oil futures surge amid increased Saudi prices, reduced U.S. output

Crude oil futures surged on Monday, experiencing one of its highest daily-gains of the year, amid the rising cost of Saudi Arabian oil for Asian delivery and hopes for reduced output in the U.S.

On Sunday night, Saudi Arabia announced it is raising oil prices for May sales to Asia, marking the second straight month it has instituted a price hike for Asian buyers.

On the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), brent crude for May delivery soared 5.94% or 3.23 to 58.23 a barrel, amid increasing margins for refiners. Prices for oil futures fell below $56 a barrel in U.S. morning trading before increasing steadily throughout the trading session to settle at $58.10.

Apr 07 01:24

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising, says consumer groups who urge FTC investigation

The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.

Google introduced the app in February as a "safer" place for kids to explore videos because it was restricted to "family-focused content."

But the consumer activists say the app is so stuffed with advertisements and product placements that it's hard to tell the difference between entertainment and commercials.

Apr 06 22:03

A Precarious State of Affairs - Al-Shabaab and Kenya: the Somali Factor

It doesn’t take much effort to acknowledge that an assault on a University that kills nearly 150 people is a tragic and unjustifiable event, but we must not stop there—as most news outlets do. Appeals for emotional outrage, hollow tropes of “they hate us for our freedom,” and pointless/bellicose statements declaring “We will keep hitting them until their spine is completely broken… and we will relish that moment” have no place in a serious sociological analysis, past or present.

Apr 06 21:51

Rahm Emanuel: Symbol of a Sick America

Apr 06 17:49

Former active US Marine demands GMO ban after curing debilitating health problems by switching to organic

An aging baby-boomer population continues to connect the dots between biotechnology and chronic diseases

Apr 06 16:54

Socialism at Its Finest: Venezuela Facing Toilet Paper Shortage

It appears that the shortages are being caused by price controls, which is arguably one of the dumbest economic rules any nation can impose on their people.

Apr 06 16:41

New Precedent Allows People to Serve Divorce Papers over Facebook

Pretty soon, people will likely be getting married on Facebook as well. In fact, in our trendy future, people will probably live their entire adult lives out through social media platforms and never even have to leave their houses. Maybe if we’re lucky, it’ll be like that movie Surrogates with Bruce Willis.

Apr 06 15:37

New Govt ‘Study': No Link to War and Suicide — Implies Opposite Is True!

In yet another example of politicized tainted unreliable junk science, psychology researchers are claiming that a new study suggests that being in the military and being deployed to war has no impact on committing suicide!

Apr 06 15:36

Former Presidents Warn About the “Invisible Government” Running the United States

Past presidents of the United States and other high profile political leaders have repeatedly issued warnings over the last 214 years that the U.S. government is under the control of an “invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”

Apr 06 15:33

Cops Respond to Wrong House, Kill Service Dog Who Worked With Children With Down Syndrome

How many times do cops have to kill service dogs before the public starts to question these tactics?

Apr 06 15:31

DHS Takeover: NYPD Receives $180M Grant to Aid Fight Against Terrorism

It’s sad they keep pretending our police are “local” at this point… Follow the money. It’s all federal law enforcement now.

Apr 06 14:18

2015 Winter Deaflympics in Russia’s Khanty-Mansiysk declared closed

The 2015 Winter Deaflympics held in held in Khanty-Mansiysk, in western Siberia, and Magnitogorsk, in the Urals, between March 28 and April 5 have been declared closed on Sunday by President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf Valery Rukhledev.

The closing ceremony began with a pageant, which was followed by the presentation of the 27 participating nations. After a parade of participants, a prize giving ceremony to the winners of men’s and ladies’ boardcross was held. Medals to the winners were awarded by President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf Valery Rukhledev, acting governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous area /Yugra/ Natalia Komarova and President of the Russian Deaflympic Committee Alexander Romantsov.

At the end of the ceremony, Romantsov handed over the flag of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf to its President Valery Rukhledev.

Apr 06 13:44

Pakistan says Saudi asked for warplanes, warships and soldiers

Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday, at the start of a parliamentary debate on whether Pakistan should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

Apr 06 13:42

Yemen: 'Corpses are lying in the streets'

After more than a week of Saudi-led air strikes, the country is heading towards a major humanitarian crisis.

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