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Feb 27 18:47

Wage Slave America: NYC Offering 360 Sq Ft Apartments for $3,150

They make it look so classy, but in reality it’s a giant ripoff. Like everything else in life, the bigger an apartment is, the cheaper it is per square foot. This is just an attempt by developers to milk every penny out of their tenants. Instead of saving money by sharing an apartment with other people, our corporate overlords want us to us pay exorbitant prices to live alone in tiny apartments.

Feb 27 17:36

The evil empire has the world in a death grip — Paul Craig Roberts

Perkins shows that the evil empire has the world in the grip of a “death economy.” -- He concludes that “we need a revolution” in order “to bury the death economy and birth the life economy.” Don’t look to politicians, neoliberal economists, and presstitutes for any help.

Feb 27 17:30

We’re in recession and it’s getting worse: Ron Paul

Ron Paul wants to deliver a message to the market that he claims the Federal Reserve refuses to do itself. The former U.S. Republican congressman said this week that the Fed has been propping up markets, and the U.S. economy has already entered a recession despite what central bankers might say.

Feb 27 17:10

USA Has Record 10th Straight Year Without 3% Growth in GDP…

That's what happens when you get bogged down in decade long wars that are beyond pointless, all your money goes overseas, only the debt stays here.

Feb 27 16:59

CLINTON PROJECTED TO WIN SC IN 30-POINT LANDSLIDE!

What a joke the Democrat Party is. One candidate should be in a nursing home in Moscow and the other should be in an orange jumpsuit in Leavenworth.

Feb 27 16:39

Virginia Senate Passes Bill That Will Effectively Turn Cops into Secret Police

In the United States, the Fourth Estate, also known as the Fourth Power or the fourth branch of government, has always been a popular label for the media’s role in a free society. But in the state of Virginia, legislators want to remove that power from the press by shielding police officers from public scrutiny.

Feb 27 16:32

Homeland Security Is Spilling a Lot of Secrets

The Department of Homeland Security suffered over 100 “spills” of classified information last year, 40 percent of which came from one office, according to a leaked internal document I obtained. Officials and lawmakers told me that until the Department imposes stricter policies and sounder practices to better protect sensitive intelligence, the vulnerabilities there could be exploited. Not only does this raise the threat that hostile actors could get their hands on classified information, but may lead to other U.S. agencies keeping DHS out of the loop on major security issues.

Feb 27 16:24

Rather Than Ending NSA’s Key Surveillance Tool, White House To Now Let Other Agencies Use It

It appears that President Obama is going to expand the power of Executive Order 12333 in dangerous ways

Feb 27 16:07

Twitter Accused Of Shutting Down Hillary Critics

Bernie Sanders supporters are saying their Twitter account was “censored and locked down” after they criticized Hillary Clinton

Feb 27 16:00

Inside Scalia’s Very, Very Weird Secret Hunting Society

When late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at a Texas ranch two weeks ago, he was without the customary security detail the U.S. Marshals typically provide for such elites. Why, you ask? Because he was hunkered down with a highly secretive and enigmatic fraternity full of crazy expensive guns, ceremonial daggers, and powerful people.

Feb 27 15:40

Are Environmentalism and Global Warming Effectively Religious Socialism?

The world needed the new paradigm of environmentalism. The problem is that a few grabbed it for a political agenda. They used it as a vehicle to take the moral high ground, to claim only they cared about the environment. They argued that everyone else was guilty of environmental destruction because of their avarice and wasteful ways. The debate about global warming is a subset of environmentalism that was also hijacked using the same themes.

Feb 27 15:38

Kiwi Big Brother is watching you

In the US, Apple is fighting the FBI's court order to unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The terrorist, with his wife, massacred 14 people in San Bernardino last year.

It's a tough case. There is not a lot of sympathy for murdering terrorists, but Apple says complying with the FBI's warrant would set a precedent for all Apple users.

Meanwhile, in New Zealand our companies fall over themselves to give private information when a Government department asks for it.

The Government mostly needs no warrant and companies hand over information even if not legally obligated to do so. The Government asks, companies provide.

The Privacy Commissioner reports the big three that ask for information are the Inland Revenue, the Ministry of Social Development and police. These three departments issued 11,333 information requests to just 10 companies - two telcos, seven financial services companies and one utility.

Feb 27 14:50

United Arab Emirates to Introduce 5% VAT Thanks to IMF

The impact of the collapse in oil is having dramatic effects on taxation in the Middle East and suddenly on the issue of government debt. The UAE will implement a 5% value added tax (VAT) beginning January 1, 2018. UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid Al Tayer made the announcement after listening to Christine Lagarde speak at the IMF conference. In fact, he made the announcement at a joint press conference on Wednesday with Lagarde. However, our sources within government have relayed that income taxes are likely perhaps within 2 years as well.

It appears that Lagarde is bringing French socialism to the world since it was the French who dreamed up communism and sold that idea to Karl Marx. What is ours is always theirs and never will they consider reform.

Feb 27 14:16

Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump

Despite all the forces arrayed against Mr. Trump, the interviews show, the party has been gripped by a nearly incapacitating leadership vacuum and a paralytic sense of indecision and despair, as he has won smashing victories in South Carolina and Nevada. Donors have dreaded the consequences of clashing with Mr. Trump directly. Elected officials have balked at attacking him out of concern that they might unintentionally fuel his populist revolt. And Republicans have lacked someone from outside the presidential race who could help set the terms of debate from afar.

Feb 27 13:59

Rubio’s verbal assault on Trump continues

joined by seven-figure ad buys
According to Politico’s Ken Vogel, the pro-Rubio Conservative Solutions PAC has vacuumed up $20 million since Bush left the race and the anti-Trump flamethrower was passed to Rubio. In the 72 hours before the polls open, $6.4 million has been reserved for spots that attack Trump

Feb 27 13:38

Shocking Video: US Marine Booed, Removed From Clinton Rally For Asking Legitimate Question

Hillary Clinton supporters booed and shouted at a Marine veteran until security forcibly removed him – all because he asked about Benghazi.

The incident happened at a Clinton rally in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, where the man who introduced himself as a veteran asked former President Bill Clinton why his wife “lied over the coffins” of the men killed in the Benghazi attacks.

Feb 27 13:25

Obama To Expand Surveillance State Powers By Signing A 21 Page Memo

As the Apple vs. FBI battle rages in the court system and throughout the halls of Congress, Obama decides to do what he does best. Using “his pen” to make consequential decisions unilaterally. Just another day in the American banana republic.

Feb 27 12:56

Dear Warren, Nothing Lasts Forever

In his latest letter to investors, Cherry-Coke-sipping Warren Buffett went full fiction-peddle-tard. As the man who perhaps best rode the coat-tails of an ever-increasing wave of American credit expansion exceptionalism (only to come undone in recent times as that game ends), it is no surprise that he explains “for 240 years it’s been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start.” We don’t mean to rain on his parade too much, but the following charts suggest “nothing lasts forever” and time is ticking.

Feb 27 11:45

UPDATE: At least 1,818 Clinton emails contain classified material…

At least 1,818 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails.

Feb 27 11:34

Global Bankers Promise ‘All Tools’ to Shore Up Sagging Growth…

Finance officials of the world’s biggest economies promised Saturday to use “all tools” to shore up sagging global growth and to avoid devaluing their currencies to boost exports, but made no pledges of joint action.

Feb 27 10:54

Hillary vs. The Donald

America is crossing into a new era. Trump seems to have caught the wave while Clinton seems to belong to yesterday. A note of caution: This establishment is not going quietly.

Feb 27 10:36

COMER Case Against Bank of Canada Reaches Its End

The Bank of Canada vs COMER case appears to have reached the end of its road. It has once again been tossed out of court and there isn't any more opportunity for them to amend their claim and re-file. As recent as February of this year, the court has ordered that COMER have their amended claim struck entirely, the leave to amend was refused, and that costs should be awarded to the Defendants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the private central bankers won (bought the government) and the Canadian people got screwed.

Feb 27 10:13

Trump Right, Stupid to Release Taxes During Audit

Donald Trump is Right, It Would Be Very Stupid to Release His Taxes During an Audit
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<<< For the last 24 hours, pundits have been criticizing Trump for this. They point to a statement by the IRS which said “nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information” during an audit. That’s true. However, Trump would be very, very stupid to release them, at least according to nearly all (except one) of the high profile tax attorneys and accountants around the country we contacted for this story. I posed two questions to them: 1) Like Trump, would you also advise your client NOT to release their returns until the audit was over? 2) Do Trump’s statements above seem like a plausible explanation to you?

Here are their responses:

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Feb 27 09:54

In Emails, Top Snyder Aides Raised Issues About Flint Water

An aide to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder warned of "downright scary" Flint water … in 2014.
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— Dennis Muchmore, Snyder's former chief of staff: In July 2015, he wrote emails to two department directors warning that Flint residents who had complained about the smell, taste and appearance of the water and had raised health concerns were "basically getting blown off."

And in October 2014, two of the governor's lawyers urged that Flint — then under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager — switch back to getting water from Lake Huron via Detroit's water system, according to highlights published in Detroit newspapers.

Deputy counsel Valerie Brader called it "an urgent matter to fix," since water from the Flint River was contaminated with bacteria and corrosive enough that General Motors wouldn't use it to clean machinery, the Detroit Free Press reported. And her boss, Michael Gadola, called the idea of using Flint River water "downright scary."

But it would be another year before the state stepped in to address the problems, after a Flint pediatrician documented high levels of lead poisoning among children there and a Virginia Tech water expert documented how improperly treated water from the river leached lead out of aging pipes in the long-depressed city. Brader told the Free Press that emergency manager Darnell Earley assured them the problems were expected to dissipate.

Snyder, a two-term Republican elected on promises of conservative reform, has said he learned about the problem in October 2015 >>>

Feb 27 09:51

Lackey Canadian Judge Rules For the Private Banksters and Against the People and their Public Bank of Canada

“They want the Court to interfere, albeit on Constitutional and Charter grounds, with the way Parliament goes about its business,” wrote Justice James Russell. “The Plaintiffs appear to be of the view that, as a think-tank, they can simply come to Court and ask the Court to declare that the Minister of Finance and the Government of Canada are required to do certain things under the Bank Act, and that they have abdicated their constitutional duties, and allowed international private entities to trump the interests of Canadians,” he said.

Yes, so as a reminder, watch this speech of truth:

Feb 27 09:44

Who will watch for BBC bias in the EU referendum campaign?

It is wearisome work, but I hope the ‘leave’ campaign is carefully monitoring the BBC’s coverage of the referendum. On Monday, the first full weekday since Mr Cameron’s ‘legally binding’ deal, I listened to the Today programme for more than two hours. I heard six speakers for ‘remain’ and two (John Mills and Nigel Lawson) for ‘leave’.

In this I am not including any of the BBC interviewers themselves, though my hunch, based solely on the way they ask questions, is that all of them, with the possible exception of John Humphrys, are for ‘remain’. The guests explicitly in favour of ‘remain’ were Carolyn Fairbairn, Sir Mike Rake, Stanley Johnson and Michael Fallon. Jonathan Portes, who is always presented by the BBC as a neutral expert, was actually pushing the EU cause.

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Feb 27 08:41

South Carolina: Clinton Aims for Decisive Blow Against Sanders

(*I'll bet she can't deliver 'The Blow' that Monica Lewinsky gave her old man )

Feb 27 08:26

FBI vs. Apple: Fake Fight?

A few of the reports mention the "10-times you're out" problem, where the phone data is deleted automatically after 10 incorrect password attempts. Still, the FBI could clone the phone's memory and just use brute-force to make different attempts on cloned phones. It's just a 4-digit PIN, so there's only 10,000 different PINs to try. This means that they'd only have to make the clone 1000 times, though there's a 50% chance the PIN will be in the 1st half of the numbers attempted, so on average only 500 10-try attempts will be needed. Sure, making 1000 (or even just 500) phone memory clones and testing them is time-consuming, but it certainly can't take longer than the time to sue Apple all the way to the Supreme Court.

Feb 27 08:18

David Duke Supports Donald Trump

(*So it comes as no surprise , YES! , The New York Daily news DID work Dr. Duke's past into their header for this story >>>Donald Trump supported by former KKK leader David Duke: 'I hope he does everything we hope he will do'
I usually downsize the text of a link , but I think WRH readers should see this one !
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-endorsed-kkk-neo-nazis- america-white-article-1.2543847?cid=bitly )

Feb 27 08:14

South Dakota partners with Big Pharma to prey on Native Americans in genocidal campaign to increase revenues

In what appears to be a "genocide-for-profit" scheme, South Dakota officials and Big Pharma interests have teamed up to remove Native American children from their homes to be put into foster care, where they are routinely over-prescribed dangerous drugs used for treating mental illness.

Feb 27 08:06

Trump: IRS Audits Me Every Year

"Well, I know they certainly had a lot of problems, I mean, if you look at what's been happening over the years — I don't think, I don't think it applies," Trump said. "But I can tell you one thing: I am audited when I shouldn't be audited. ... I tell my people: Why is it that every single year, I'm audited, whereas other people that are very rich, people are never audited — and they don't even know what I'm talking about when I talk about audits."

(*found in an article dangling this header >>> Donald Trump says IRS audits could be tied to being a ‘strong Christian’)

Feb 27 07:30

flashback: 10/26/1992 Perot Charges Plot Forced Him Out

Perot Charges Plot Forced Him Out; 'Loony,' GOP Says : Campaign: He accuses Bush camp of plan to smear daughter and disrupt her wedding, and says he quit race to protect her. Texan offers no proof for allegations.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot accused President Bush's campaign Sunday of plotting to fake a photograph to smear his youngest daughter, of conspiring to disrupt her wedding and of hiring an ex-CIA employee to wiretap his computerized stock trading program and ruin him.

Perot said the plotting was the real reason he dropped out of the campaign for 11 weeks. He said he wanted to spare his daughter >>>

(*There are more then one way to 'take care of' an 'undesirable' candidate , Bill Clinton ran against Bush in '92 , and Perot 'lumped' them together , 'there is no difference between the two' in debates he , as an independent candidate was allowed to participated in , and here we have the corporate media helping the cause , in this case The LATimes )

Feb 27 07:30

Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump

The scenario Karl Rove outlined was bleak.

Addressing a luncheon of Republican governors and donors in Washington on Feb. 19, he warned that Donald J. Trump’s increasingly likely nomination would be catastrophic, dooming the party in November. But Mr. Rove, the master strategist of George W. Bush’s campaigns, insisted it was not too late for them to stop Mr. Trump, according to three people present.

At a meeting of Republican governors the next morning, Paul R. LePage of Maine called for action. Seated at a long boardroom table at the Willard Hotel, he erupted in frustration over the state of the 2016 race, saying Mr. Trump’s nomination would deeply wound the Republican Party. Mr. LePage urged the governors to draft an open letter “to the people,” disavowing Mr. Trump and his divisive brand of politics.

Feb 27 07:29

Maine Gov. LePage Endorses Trump

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is endorsing GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, touting the real estate billionaire's business acumen as a deal-maker."He's a businessman. I'm a businessman.">>>

Feb 26 16:59

In Collapsing Venezuela, “Paramilitaries Roaming Neighborhoods, Shooting” At Dissenters

Venezuela is in complete chaos as a result of their economic collapse. State-rationed food and groceries have run out, prices are hyper-inflated and millions of people are waiting in huge lines for any goods that are available. And now, it is becoming police state crackdown:

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

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Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 26 16:34

Hillary Clinton Remembers ‘Friend and Mentor’ Robert Byrd

“It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd. He was not just its longest serving member, he was its heart and soul. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom,” Clinton wrote.

“I will remember him most for a heartfelt comment he made to me in the dark days following 9/11, when my state of New York was reeling and we were scrambling to provide support and relief. ‘Think of me as the third senator from New York,’ he said. And he meant it. Thanks to the leadership of Senator Byrd, who chaired the Appropriations Committee, New Yorkers got the help they needed. I will never forget his devotion and his friendship in that critical time.”

Here’s her full statement:
(*No Thanks , I'm Good !)

Bill Clinton ATTEMPTS to Justify Robert Byrd's KKK Membership

Feb 26 16:16

Deadline looms for homeless at San Francisco tent city

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Earlier this month, a founder of a technology startup posted a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee complaining that he “shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people” on his way to work.

The letter, which went viral, was soundly mocked on social media for its whiny lack of sensitivity but writer Justin Keller is not alone in demanding the city do more about homelessness.

(*So kicking them out of the tent city is SF's way of doing more ?)

Feb 26 15:43

Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis files state bar complaint against Ammon Bundy's lawyers

This is being done so the Defendants have no representation or have to use a Federal Public defender in their case.

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has filed a complaint with the state bar against Ammon Bundy's lawyers, contending their pretrial statements outside federal court and released recordings of their client will unfairly prejudice future jurors.

Marquis, who informed the Oregon State Bar that he's lectured on the "ethical limits of making comments on pending cases,'' said he is not personally acquainted with the Eugene-based attorneys Mike Arnold or Lissa Casey but has watched three lengthy videos posted on YouTube by Arnold's firm.

Feb 26 15:33

Trump wants to 'open up' libel laws so he can sue press

Donald Trump said Friday that if elected president he will change the nation's libel laws in order to make it easier to sue news organizations.

"One of the things I'm going to do if I win... I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money," Trump said during a rally in Fort Worth, Texas.

"We're going to open up those libel laws so when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected," he said. "We're going to open up libel laws and we're going to have people sue you like you've never got sued before."

Those remarks immediately drew criticism from journalists

Feb 26 13:33

NSA TO SIDESTEP PRIVACY PROTECTIONS IN SHARING AMERICANS’ INTERCEPTED DATA WITH U.S. SPY AGENCIES

The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other U.S. intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations. The change would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email the security agency vacuums up around the world, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies.

Feb 26 13:26

GERMAN GOVERNMENT TO USE TROJAN SPYWARE TO MONITOR CITIZENS

A spokesman for the German interior ministry announced on Monday that the government had approved the usage of Trojans to monitor suspected citizens. The interior ministry spokesman defended the government's decision, saying "basically we now have the skills in an area where we did not have this kind of skill." The program was already endorsed by members of the government in autumn 2015, the ministry said. Trojans are software programs, also known as malware, specially designed to get into users' computers. They are often used by hackers and thieves to gain access to somebody else's data.
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Feb 26 13:24

TEN DAYS TO SAVE EU MIGRATION SYSTEM: COMMISSIONER

The EU has until a March 7 summit with Turkey to curb the number of migrants coming to Europe or else the bloc's migration system might "completely break down", migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Thursday. "In the next 10 days, we need tangible and clear results on the ground. Otherwise there is a risk that the whole system will completely break down," Avramopoulos told a press conference after interior ministers dealing with the crisis met in Brussels. The EU official also warned of an imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece, the main arrival point for migrants in Europe, or on the western Balkans route most take to richer northern European countries.

Feb 26 12:37

Caught On Tape: U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns "We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons"

Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid.

In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where - for the second time this week - the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.

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Well, THAT is going to ratchet down world tensions!

Feb 26 12:24

Longstanding Hillary Clinton Ties to Monsanto

Her presidency would be nightmarish for world peace, popular interests and what remains of fundamental freedoms, a disaster risking full-blown tyranny and global war - vital to go all-out to oppose.

Her biotech/agribusiness ties began during the 1980s as a Rose Law firm lawyer. Monsanto and Tyson Foods were clients.

During her years as first lady in the 1990s, she supported harmful to health genetically modified foods and ingredients - while banning them from White House menus.

The Clinton and Bush II families ate organic foods, free from genetic manipulation and toxic pesticides.

As Obama’s secretary of state, she heavily pressured other countries to use and import GMOs. US taxpayer money continues promoting them worldwide, ignoring food safety.

Monsanto gave the Clinton Foundation up to a million dollars - dirty money buying influence. Last year, she hired former Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford to run her campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Clinton wants you to vote for her "on her record"; this support for GMO companies is a big part of that "record".

Feb 26 12:20

Feds Seek “Mental Health” Testing of All Children, Adults

Next time you visit your doctor, be careful how you respond to his questions, or you may just be branded “mentally ill” and subjected to “treatment.” That is because a panel advising the Obama administration, in partnership with Big Psychiatry, wants to make doctors subject all American adults and children over age 12 to screening for alleged “mental health” disorders — particularly depression, at least to start with. Then, anyone found to harbor any alleged mental disorder, including children as young as eight, should undergo “therapy,” often including powerful psychotropic medications that experts say have dubious value but often come with well-documented and highly dangerous side effects.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the best things you can do for yourself is educate yourself on now nutrition and exercise can positively benefit your health.

I am absolutely not "anti-Doctor" (we have one in the family, and she is terrific!) But remember the model they have been given: symptoms must be conventionally medicated.

And sometimes, in the medical/industrial complex, that conventional medication may do more harm than good.

And remember, as demonstrated with the Pfizer debacle, many doctors do take compensation from drug companies for prescribing "off book" drugs, which have never been specifically tested for symptoms a patient may have.

This is so "Old Soviet Union" I hardly know where to begin. And what I mean by that is, in the USSR, people who had differences of opinions with those of the government were isolated, sent to mental hospitals, and drugged out of their mind, until those opinions did conform to the official line (if they didn't die from bad drug reactions first).

Right now, the straight jackets are chemical, not physical; and these anti-depressant drugs are documented as having some really horrific side effects.

Feb 26 11:35

HOW HILLARY CLINTON ENABLED THE 2009 MILITARY COUP IN HUNDURAS

On June 28, 2009, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup. The United Nations, the European Union, and the Organization of American States condemned the coup, and on July 5, Honduras was suspended from the OAS.

Under longstanding and clear-cut U.S. law, all U.S. aid to Honduras except democracy assistance, including all military aid, should have been immediately suspended following the coup.

Why wasn’t U.S. aid to Honduras suspended following the coup? The justification given by Clinton’s State Department on August 25 for not suspending U.S. aid to Honduras was that events in Honduras were murky and it was not clear whether a coup had taken place. Clinton’s State Department claimed that State Department lawyers were studying the murky question of whether a coup had taken place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Clinton is saying over and over again, that she wants you to vote on her record.

Few things could be more indicative of the lies, coverups, and horrific things she allowed to happen during her tenure as Secretary of State than this coup.

Please remember; this coup is a part of her "record".

Feb 26 11:27

No dad, no money: Illinois GOP bill proposes cutting aid to single mothers, including rape victims

A new bill proposed by Illinois Republicans would strip single mothers and their children of financial aid. The draft law makes no excuse for rape victims who decide not to abort, but excludes in vitro mothers.
Currently in committee, the bill proposed by two GOP members, John Cavaletto and Keith Wheeler, would deny newborns birth certificates if their mothers will not or cannot provide the name of a biological father.

“Absent DNA evidence or a family member’s name, a birth certificate will not be issued and the mother will be ineligible for financial aid from the State for support of the child,” the bill reads.

The bill would also take away the state’s financial support for a child born to a single mother if she fails to provide the name of the biological father or bring DNA test results identifying him within 30 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to State Republicans Cavaletto and Wheeler; it is painfully obvious that you have not thought this through in any serious fashion.

And at the end of the day, it will be the kids of these moms, (if they are allowed to live) plus the moms, who will be punished, if this legislation is passed.

Are you seriously looking at forcing these single mothers to abort these children, if the pregnancy is within the state guidelines of dates of termination allowed, then sterilizing these women with some kind of permanent form of birth control?

Because gentlemen, that is sure as hell what it looks to me.

Could we not, please, be looking at something so draconian and punitive, to save the state of Illinois some money?!?

There is an article, from npr.org, to which both these gentlemen need to take heed:

Love them or hate them, contraceptives do save taxpayers money, Brookings concludes. The study, from the Brookings Center on Children and Families, looked at three different ways to prevent unintended pregnancies, which account for about half of all pregnancies in the U.S. All three approaches more than pay for themselves. But one -– increasing funding for family planning services through the Medicaid program -– clearly outshines the other two in terms of cost-effectiveness. Yes, you may have heard there are lots of ways to lower the rate of unintended pregnancy. There are mass media campaigns to urge young people to avoid unprotected sex. Other programs urge teens to delay having sex, or, as a fallback, teach them how to use contraception effectively. And then there's Medicaid's help low-income women afford the most effective contraceptive methods. But this study, using a simulation model devised by Brookings, is the first to estimate exactly how much could be saved using each method. It found that a national mass media campaign that would cost $100 million would result in about $431 million in savings to taxpayers, largely by reducing unintended pregnancy, particularly among people who don't make much money. Programs the Brookings researchers called "evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention," which combine an emphasis on abstinence "while also educating participants about how to use various methods of contraception" have both reduced the rate of sexual activity and increased the use of contraception. Spending $145 million on such programs would return $356 million to taxpayers, according to the model. But by far the biggest return on investment would come from expanding access to family planning through Medicaid, something made possibly through the 2010 Affordable Care Act. A $235 million investment there would lower taxpayer costs of $1.32 billion by preventing unintended pregnancies.

Logic dictates that education on pregnancy prevention is the key, here; not poorly-conceived legislation like this.

And PLEASE, for God's sake, do not punish the kid; their having been conceived and born, was not their fault, OK

Feb 26 11:03

L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless

Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people in South Los Angeles.

Elvis Summers, who built and donated the structures, removed seven of the gaily painted wooden houses — which come with solar-powered lights and American flags — on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a scheduled city sweep.

Feb 26 10:54

Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts

The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

The change would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email the security agency vacuums up around the world, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the 4th Amendment to the Constitution has just been completely eviscerated by this move.

Any attempt at reading my posts, emails, or texts, will reveal the following:

1. I love my husband.
2. I care about my friends.
3. I love creating music.
4. I love being involved in my church's music program.
5. I am a Christian pacifist activist who abhors violence, and encourages the US government to resolve geopolitical disputes through fair, moral, and disciplined negotiations with other countries.

Unfortunately, it's that last bit which has probably gotten me on a number of Persons of Interest lists.

But the irony here is, the bad guys have installed state of the art encryption into their systems to the point where neither the DHS or NSA can break into their communications.

Over the last years, Mike has presented 6 encryption challenges to the NSA, none of which were ever solved; the computer logs indicate that a lot of people downloaded these, but the end result was an epic fail.

In the words of my late grandmother, the horse is already out of the barn here.

Feb 26 10:46

‘Path to 9/11’ Director Reveals How Clintons Had Film Banned in U.S.

In an explosive new interview, award-winning filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M., The Young Messiah) detailed how Bill and Hillary Clinton allegedly used their influence at Disney/ABC to effectively ban the 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11, which examined the events leading up to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

As Breitbart’s John Nolte reported last year, the four-hour miniseries from the acclaimed Iranian-American writer-director presents an unflinching dramatization of the events leading up to 9/11, including an examination of then-President Bill Clinton’s failure to capture and kill its chief architect, Osama bin Laden. ABC reportedly spent $40 million to produce the miniseries, but shelved it indefinitely under alleged pressure from the Clintons.

Feb 26 10:31

DISNEY OFFERS TO DEDUCT CONTRIBUTIONS TO ITS PAC FROM EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS, TO LOBBY FOR TPP

In a mass mailing to employees, CEO Bob Iger asked Disney people to make a regular contribution to Disney PAC to help the company lobby for expanded copyright laws, and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The company explicitly advised employees that they wouldn't be penalized for failing to contribute.

The Disney PAC gave out $375 K in the 2014 election cycle.

Other companies have engaged in similar tactics. Citibank encourages its employees to donate to Citi PAC, whose mission is to promote impunity for international financial crimes and tax-funded bailouts of millionaires.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW! Talk about a corporate shakedown of their employees, writ large!!

The amount of hubris is amazing here.

Feb 26 10:05

ECONOMIC RECOVERY? 13 OF THE BIGGEST RETAILERS IN AMERICA ARE CLOSING DOWN STORES

Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America’s economy is in decline is “peddling fiction“.

Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country? Last month, I wrote about the “retail apocalypse” that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse. Closing stores has become the “hot new trend” in the retail world, and “space available” signs are going up in mall windows all over the United States. Barack Obama can continue huffing and puffing about how well the middle class is doing all he wants, but the truth is that the cold, hard numbers that retailers are reporting tell an entirely different story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US economy is flailing, and rapidly going from bad to worse; no wonder those in the bowels of power in Foggy Bottom are so damned eager to start a world war, in an attempt to distract a very angry American public from the real reasons for their intense financial distress!!

Feb 26 09:58

COPS ARREST SICK WOMAN IN THE HOSPITAL FOR UNPAID FINES, PUT HER IN JAIL & DEHYDRATE HER TO DEATH

On July 21, of last year, Joyce Curnell, 50, of Edisto Island became very ill and was taken by ambulance to the hospital while complaining of nausea and vomiting. While she was in the hospital, somehow police were alerted to her presence over unpaid court fees and were dispatched to the scene. The sick woman was then arrested, while in the hospital, and brought to jail — where she would spend the rest of her life.

The family of Curnell has since filed a lawsuit after it was discovered that she was deprived of water until she died.

After she had been discharged from the hospital into police custody, the officers were given instructions to care for her. However, officers and jail medical staff “refused to provide any medical attention to (her) whatsoever,” the court documents stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love how police are interpreting the phrase "To protect and Serve" these days, not only in South Carolina, but other states as well.

How monstrous and soulless do police have to be, to forcibly take a sick woman from a hospital bed to jail, and just let her die, over....unpaid fines?!?

Ah, but in the 21st century, in Amerika, the corporate culture is also soulless and monstrous, with "money uber alles" as it's motto, isn't it?!?

And that, of course,thoroughly justifies the assassination of a woman who couldn't pay those $1,148.90 court costs, through jailhouse medical neglect, right?!?

Folks, we had damned well better start thinking about where we are going as a species, because incidents like this, which bear all the signs of wicked inhumanity and callous indifference to one's brothers and sisters, make me really fear for the future of humankind on this planet.

Feb 26 09:19

“My God, The Banks Are PLANNING TO TAKE YOUR MONEY”

One must control essentially five human endeavors to implement
: NWO control over an individual. Once these are locked up
: with absolute enforceable rules, so to speak, human
: independence ceases to exist, and is totally governed by
: "THE MAN". These are, in no certain order:
: Societal: (rules governing personal intercourse with
: others)
: Political: (rules of who/what is one's personal ruler)
: Educational: (rules of what you are allowed to know/learn)
: Religious: (rules defining your personal works and mental
: beliefs)
: Economic: (rules concerning the use of the fruits of your
: labor)

: For most people, the economic control has by far the greatest
: impact on their lives. In a word..It is MONEY..

Feb 26 08:01

Fox News Mocks Woman on Minimum Wage Who Can't Afford Food: It's the 'Lifestyle You Chose'

As usual, the network assumes poverty is a choice.

Feb 26 08:01

Making a killing from 'austerity': the EU's great privatisation fire sale

Europe's economic crisis has offered vast business opportunities to an all-powerful nexus of financial interests that have snapped up valuable state assets at bargain basement prices, defrauding the poorest countries of countless billions of euros, write Sol Trumbo & Nick Buxton. The EU's highest institutions are in the grip of a deep, systemic corruption that knows no boundaries.

Feb 26 07:53

Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events? — Paul Craig Roberts

Most people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the “mainstream media.” The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—“Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” and so forth. The “mainstream media” has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever government authorities say about alleged “terrorist events,” such as 9/11 and Boston Marathon Bombing, or alleged mass shootings such as Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. Despite glaring inconsistencies, contradictions, and security failures that seem too unlikely to be believable, the “mainstream media” never asks questions or investigates. It merely reports as fact whatever authorities say.

Feb 26 07:43

Rubio prepares for contested convention

Marco Rubio's campaign is preparing for a contested Republican Convention as one option to take the GOP nomination away from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, his campaign manager told top donors at a closed-door meeting in Manhattan Wednesday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feb 26 06:53

The candidates we deserve

All right, kids. Before we go a step further down the rabbit hole, I just have to ask: Are we really doing this? With 330 million Americans wandering about our vast fruited plain, at least 1 million or 2 million of whom might not be a complete presidential catastrophe, are we really going to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the position of Leader of the Free(ish) World?

Feb 26 06:46

All politics is staged ‘reality’

(Most) Politics is staged. It’s not reality. To the establishment, politics is both a game and a livelihood. Politicians, consultants, pollsters and campaign operatives are in the game for the money and power and prestige. They have no core values. This applies to the political hacks, especially, who will go from one politician to the next at the drop of a hat.

Feb 26 06:41

An Escalating War on Cash

The war on cash unquestionably has extended from government into the private banking sector. But the public is predominantly unaware of the ever-increasing encroachment of individual privacy and freedom.

Feb 25 20:15

Essential history: ‘Forever debt’ Federal Reserve system invented to pay interest without ever ever ever repaying debt – definition of ‘Ponzi scheme’

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Ponzi scheme: criminal fraud of paying existing “investors” only and always from new “investors.” Collapse occurs without new “investors” and/or existing “investors” panic to cash-in.

The US Federal Reserve is based on the 1694-created Bank of England because this model allows government finance with debt that is never meant to be repaid. It is an “investment” model that pays interest guaranteed through tax collection. Its invention was to finance England’s government and military in a history of continuous centuries of war.

It’s cleverness allowed British finance to fund a short-term empire over rival European powers.

Although we can appreciate this historical manipulation, this is a Ponzi scheme because the system collapses without new “investors” of government debt securities.

This Ponzi scheme model is our US Federal Reserve System today:

not “US Federal” but admitted privately-owned,

Feb 25 18:25

Feds Refuse To Allow LaVoy Finicum Family Lawyer To See Truck Riddled With Bullets

The widow of LaVoy Finicum was interviewed for the first time publicly since Oregon State Police killed the rancher January 26th. Jeanette Finicum said that the family paid for a private autopsy to be done on her deceased husband, (smarter than the Scalia's!) but that they will not release the results until after the federal government releases the findings of their autopsy. She also revealed that when their lawyer attempted to examine the vehicle which LaVoy was driving that day, the feds refused access to it.

Feb 25 17:37

The ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Issue & American Presidents

No court decision is needed. The idea that a court must weigh in because the Founders didn’t define the term in the Constitution is nonsense. It is the same type of nonsense modern people have created to undermine other fundamental elements of our Constitution. The Founders knew exactly what the term meant, just like they knew what “weights and measures” meant when they used that (without defining it) and they used it with precision, for deliberate reason.

Feb 25 16:54

Cops are trained liars, and courts have sanctioned the practice

Bottom line is, you should never talk to police without an attorney present. Even during routine traffic stops, police can and do attempt to manipulate you into confessing to some crime. And you should always video every encounter, even if it’s likely to get you assaulted. And you should never consent to a search of your vehicle.

Feb 25 16:41

Louisiana Bill Filed For Constitutional Carry

If Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge has his way, Louisiana will be the next state on the growing list of states that allow “Constitutional Carry.” -- For those not familiar with the relatively new term, Constitutional Carry is both the legal carrying of a handgun without the state requiring a government-issued permit to do so and the belief that the Second Amendment serves as the de facto permit needed to exercise that right.

Feb 25 16:30

Do central bankers now rule the Earth?

The problem for the central banks is that they really can’t do much more to try to re-inflate their economies. And knowing what they know, they have no desire to let the free market sort it out because the system would collapse. So, they’re pumping air in a tire that still has a hole.

Feb 25 16:29

Ron Paul Says Trump Is Blaming Immigrants & Mexicans For the Country's Ills

Donald Trump is "capitalizing on the worries and fears and concerns" of the American people, Ron Paul said. "It's the immigrants! It's the Mexicans! It's the Chinese fault! It's all nonsense," Paul proclaimed, adding "They're tapping into the concern but I think they offer zero in solution to the problem." Ron Paul's son, failed Presidential hopeful Rand Paul, was famous for saying "The eleven million (illegal aliens) are never going home, don't need to be sent home. I would incorporate them into our society by making them taxpayers."

Feb 25 16:19

Here Are 100 Reasons Why We Need To Audit The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve does whatever it feels like doing, and Fed officials insist that the institution must remain “independent” and “above politics” because monetary policy is too important to entrust to the American people. To me, this is absolutely ridiculous. Everything else, including our national defense, is subject to the normal political process, and yet the decisions made by the Fed are so “important” that the American people can’t have a voice? It is high time that the American people begin to learn what the Federal Reserve is really all about, and that can start with a full, comprehensive audit of all of the Federal Reserve’s activities. Yesterday, Donald Trump came out in favor of such an audit…

Feb 25 16:10

Anti-Defamation League Demands Donald Trump "publicly condemn their racism" Of David Duke & White Nationalist Supporters

"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to distance himself from white nationalist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, as well as other white supremacists, and publicly condemn their racism," a press release stated.

Feb 25 16:03

Citi: Risk of global recession rising

The risk of the global economy falling into a recession is rising as fundamentals remain poor, analysts at Citigroup said in a note Wednesday. -- “We are currently in a highly precarious environment for global growth and asset markets after two to three years of relative calm,” Citigroup said, noting that global growth was “unusually weak” in the fourth quarter at around 2.0 percent on-year.

Feb 25 15:57

Central Bankers’ Bogus Wand Will Have No Effect

Central Bank heads believe they are magicians who can wave their magic wand to create whatever economic conditions they desire. But the problem is that they are consistently wrong in their assessment of the economy so they don’t know what to do with the wand. Also, the wand is not magic but just bogus. And this is the dilemma of all central banks. They are given unlimited powers to manipulate monetary policy and to print money.But when you give infinite powers to someone who can neither assess the situation properly nor understands the consequences of his actions, it is like giving weapons of mass destruction to a bunch of kids.

Feb 25 15:34

Federal Reserve Stupid or Playing Stupid? What’s Next?

Even among mainstream media business pundits, there is growing acknowledgement of what we had long forecast: Central banks are running out of monetary ammunition. Neither new rounds of quantitative easing nor negative interest-rate policies will stop/reverse the economic decline or stabilize equity markets. Trendpost: Fed minutes proved the Federal Reserve was blindsided by the Panic of ’08. Are they stupid, or playing stupid by not seeing the Panic of 2016?

Feb 25 15:26

Presstitutes At Work – Paul Craig Roberts

This morning I was stuck in front of a Fox “News” broadcast for a short period and then with an NPR news program. It was enough to convince me that Nazi propaganda during Hitler’s Third Reich was very mild compared to the constant stream of dangerous lies that are pumped out constantly by the American media.

Feb 25 15:18

A Warning To The Feds On Incremental Prosecutions Of The Liberty Movement

This is not a threat, this is fair warning to government agencies that they are walking a razor’s edge. Incremental prosecutions and dismantling of the liberty movement will not be tolerated; they represent a non-negotiable line in the sand. The feds may or may not care what the consequences will be for crossing this line. They may even think they want such consequences. Regardless, consequences there will be.

Feb 25 15:13

Apple’s Involuntary Servitude

There is more at stake here than the privacy of Apple’s millions of customers and the security of power grids and all that the Internet serves. Personal liberty in a free society is at stake. A government that stays within the confines of the Constitution is at stake. The late great Justice Antonin Scalia recognized that liberty and safety are not in equipoise when he wrote that there is nothing novel about liberty trumping safety under the Constitution. The primacy of liberty and a government subject to the rule of law is the core constitutional principle that, while honored, will keep tyranny at bay. And when dishonored, will let tyranny thrive.

Feb 25 13:45

DISNEY OFFERS TO DEDUCT CONTRIBUTIONS TO ITS PAC FROM EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS, TO LOBBY FOR TPP

In a mass mailing to employees, CEO Bob Iger asked Disney people to make a regular contribution to Disney PAC to help the company lobby for expanded copyright laws, and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The company explicitly advised employees that they wouldn't be penalized for failing to contribute.

The Disney PAC gave out $375K in the 2014 election cycle.

Other companies have engaged in similar tactics. Citibank encourages its employees to donate to Citi PAC, whose mission is to promote impunity for international financial crimes and tax-funded bailouts of millionaires.

Feb 25 12:12

What are these Michigan legislators thinking?

The biggest news in Michigan in recent months has been the severe crisis over the lead-contaminated water in Flint that has poisoned residents, but the Detroit public school district has generated some of its own.

Detroit teachers have been staging a series of sickouts to call attention to the appalling conditions of the public schools, and the teachers union recently filed a lawsuit which says that conditions inside the schools are so unhealthy that the rights of students — who are predominately African American and poor — are being violated.

Feb 25 09:10

Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton At Private Event In South Carolina

Two Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a private Hillary Clinton fundraising event Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Youth activist Ashley Williams protested Clinton, demanding that the Democratic presidential candidate account for inconsistencies on her record on race, specifically around her comments made about crime in 1996.

Williams and her colleague, whom she did not identify, contributed $500 to attend the Clinton event, which was held at a private residence with around 100 people, she estimated.

Williams said she and her colleague strategically placed themselves at the front of the crowd and waited until Clinton appeared. Speakers introducing Clinton around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night spoke of Walter Scott, the Charleston A.M.E. shootings and how Clinton had a strong record of racial justice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The hubristic impunity which defines Candidate Clinton means that she doesn't believe that whatever she ever says should ultimately come back to....bite her.

And this reference to at-youth risk being kids we have to "bring to heel", as one does with a dog, is something thinking would people never say in the first place. Troubled kids are just that; troubled, and you have to create a plan of action to keep them focused, to give them protection when they need it (from the gangs and the drugs) and find a way of helping their families stay encouraging and secure.

Sometimes, people don't want to hear what they need to hear; this instance, at this event, was one of them.

Ashley Williams, I hope your family is proud of you today, for having had the temerity to tell the truth; Bravo, and well done on that.

There may well be consequences for you for having done this, and God knows I understand what they may be, having been victims of the Clintons, and lived to tell the tale.

Feb 25 09:01

Italy Summons US Envoy Over NSA Spying Reports

Italy has summoned the US ambassador to Rome following reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped the telephones of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his aides in 2011

Feb 25 08:47

Do You Really Want To Live In A World Where Computers Read Your Mind?

Not that we really have a say in the matter either way, but nothing about the question conjures up warm, gushy feelings. The government, via its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is spending $60 million on a direct brain-computer interface via neural implant that would allow computers to decode the human brain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feb 25 08:47

The Globalists and the Islamists:

The Globalists and the Islamists:

Fomenting the "Clash of Civilizations" for a New World Order

Part Two:

The Muslim Brotherhood – The Globalists' Secret Weapon

I. The Roots of Islamic Terrorism
II. Creating the 'Arc of Crisis'
III. The Muslim Brotherhood Branches Out
IV. Osama Bin Laden: The Early Years
V. Bin Laden In Exile
VI. World Trade Center 1993
VII. Bin Laden's Money Problems
VIII. The Brotherhood Revolution Continues

Feb 25 08:30

SECRET POLICE' PLAN CALLED 'UNPRECEDENTED'

A prominent civil-rights organization is protesting a Virginia state bill that would create a “secret police” force allowing officers to be “effectively immunized from wrongdoing and able to act with impunity.”

The Rutherford Institute dispatched a letter Wednesday to James LeMunyon, chairman of the House of Delegates’ General Laws subcommittee.

The proposal, Senate Bill 552, would classify the names of all police officers as “personnel records,” making them exempt from disclosure.

“American citizens have a right to know when government agencies and government officials have engaged in wrongdoing,” said constitutional attorney John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute and author of “Battlefield America: The War on the American People.”

Trust the government? Maybe you shouldn’t. Read the details in “Lies the Government Told You,” by Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the Virginia Legislature has the collective sense not to pass this bill; the impunity, and rashness to action, demonstrated by police departments across this country, has killed enough of our young people of color, thank you very much.

Feb 25 07:33

Cruz and Rubio Must Take Down Trump at Tonight’s Debate

Tonight’s debate has to be the beginning of Trump’s downfall.
***
As it stands, there are only two men in America who can take on Trump and defeat him: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The two senators clearly don’t like each other. Each thinks that if only the other guy would drop out of the race, a conservative coalition would consolidate in time to top Trump. Each hopes that some outside bazooka of money will open up on Trump to take him down a notch or two. Wrong, wrong, all wrong. If either Rubio or Cruz is going to defeat Trump, the turnaround will begin tonight at the GOP debate in Houston

(*That's the plan ? Stay The Jeb! Bush Course ??
Meanwhile , once again , there will be no debate on the actual issues enveloping the nation .)

Feb 25 07:16

Hillary Clinton’s War on Women

As a Senator, Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War, and in 2008, defended her vote, saying, “I believe in coercive diplomacy.” She also voted against the Levin Amendment in 2002, an amendment that would have given the UN veto power over United States military action. In 2004, she voted in favor of allocating $86 billion of the U.S. budget to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She voted against withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2007.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s record is horrific. Clinton aggressively pursued regime changes in Libya and Syria, leading to the creation of ISIS, war in Mali, and the strengthening of terrorist group Boko Haram. Regime change has historically been terrible for national security, leading to blowback and the creation of newer, bigger, more oppressive threats to both citizens of the United States and citizens of the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do not be fooled by Clinton's slick marketing blitzkrieg: she is not "fighting for us" - she is fighting for the major corporations which look to abuse the rights of Americans even more than they already are abused; she will bring more war and desperation to this country, and continue to offshore/outsource jobs away from this country to make her corporate cronies, who own her, happy.

And BTW, in a coming Clinton regime, look for a reinstitution of the draft, culling both our young men and young women, to fight and die, ultimately for private corporate profit; this is what this woman is all about.

Feb 25 07:12

What Was So Important About Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ?

Why was Justice Antonin Scalia the most important Judge on the Bench, in terms of our Constitutional Rights as Americans ?

Why was Justice Antonin Scalia so despised by this administration, that for the first time in US history, this "president" snubbed this Supreme Court Justice's funeral?

What is it about Justice Scalia's importance that fewer than 1 in a 100 Americas even understands the gravity of his passing?

Feb 25 06:54

Reuters Asks Even Stupider Questions about Apple-FBI Fight than Pew

In my post on Pew’s polling on whether Apple should have to write a custom version of its operating system so FBI can brute force the third phone, I gave Pew credit for several aspects of its question, but suggested the result might be different if Pew had reminded the people the FBI has already solved the San Bernardino attack.

Feb 25 06:48

Rubio Attacks Trump

In Shift, Marco Rubio Attacks Donald Trump By Name Ahead of Debate
In an abrupt about-face in strategy, Marco Rubio on Wednesday night attacked Donald Trump on policy by name from the stump, drawing the battle lines for a certain showdown with the GOP front-runner on the eve of Thursday's debate.

At an energetic rally in Houston, Rubio targeted Trump on Obamacare and Israel, charging Trump "thinks parts of Obamacare are pretty good" and that he's refused to come to Israel's defense.

"The front-runner in this race, Donald Trump, has said he's not going to take sides on Israel versus the Palestinians because he wants to be an honest broker," Rubio said. "Well, there is no such thing as an honest broker in that. Because the Palestinian Authority, which has strong links to terror, they teach little kids that it's a glorious thing to kill Jews."

(*Still memorizing lines , I see .)

Feb 25 06:39

Clinton Democrats Turn a Nervous Eye to Trump After His Nevada Blowout

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But the Clinton campaign itself seems suddenly anxious over the Trump phenomenon. “Everything’s coming up Trump — we need to take this seriously!” they wrote in the subject line of a fundraising e-mail sent late on Wednesday evening. Most Clinton Democrats at the rally agreed and are nervously eyeing Trump’s dominance over his Republican rivals. “A couple of months ago, I would’ve said, ‘Okay, that would be our best possible strategy, that Trump would win, Hillary would beat him,’” says Kathy Michaelman, of Fairfax, Va. “But the way I see people voting and the support that he’s getting — when he alienates a group, the next day his numbers go up, when you think it would make them go down — that’s what worries me.

“You have to trust the electorate, and I don’t,”>>>

Feb 25 06:29

Tim Cook: If The FBI Gets What It Wants, It Will Threaten Public Safety

Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday said that complying with a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters would be "bad for America," and set a legal precedent that would offend many Americans.

"Some things are hard, and some things are right, and some things are both - this is one of those things," Cook told ABC News in his first interview since the court order came down last week. He added that the government was asking for "the software equivalent of cancer" and that he planned to talk to President Barack Obama directly about getting the dispute "on a better path."

Later asked whether Apple would be prepared to fight this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Cook said, “We would be prepared to take this issue all the way.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is not about breaking encryption on one phone: this is about establishing precedent, and Cook understands that.

IF this is allowed to move forward, it will be about every phone the FBI, CIA, and DHS do not have the skills or personnel to decrypt.

And that could well mean yours, even if you have done absolutely nothing wrong; and as Shakespeare said, "Aye, there's the rub!!"

Feb 25 06:28

Apple Hires Former Solicitor General, Who Lost Wife In 9/11, To Defend It Against FBI

Two can play at the "pull on the heart strings about losses due to terror" game apparently. While the FBI has rolled out the "but the poor victims of San Bernardino" argument for why it wants to force Apple into hacking the security of its own customers, Apple has countered with a big gun of its own: it has hired former Solicitor General Ted Olson to defend the company against the FBI in this case. Olson is a mega-star in legal circles. He's argued tons of cases before the Supreme Court, and of course, was Solicitor General under George W. Bush (whose election he helped ensure in representing him in Bush v. Gore).

Feb 25 06:27

We Just Found Out The Real Reason The FBI Wants A Backdoor Into The IPhone

Whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted last week that “crucial details [of the case] are being obscured by officials.” Specifically, he made the following trenchant points:

1) The FBI already has all of the suspect's communications records -- who they talked to and how -- as these are stored by service providers, not on the phone itself.

2) The FBI has received comprehensive backups of all the suspect's data until just 5 weeks before the crime.

3) Copies of the suspect's contacts with co-workers -- the FBI's claimed interest -- are available in duplicate from those co-workers' phones.

4) The phone in controversy is a government-issued work phone, subjected to consent-to-monitoring, not a secret terrorist communications device. The "operational" phones believed to be hiding incriminating information, recovered by the FBI during a search, were physically destroyed, not "shielded by Apple."

Feb 25 06:18

Raw Footage Of NY Govt Forcing Vendors To TRASH Crates Of Perfectly Good Food

It was a sad sorry day for vendors, the homeless and mystified onlookers who witnessed a recent wasteful and intimidating incident in New York. An order was made to take food from city vendors and hurl it into the garbage.

A witness recorded the event with a cell phone and the video was submitted to The Free Thought Project from the Facebook page of Gary Schlesinger. Police hover in the background as sanitation workers pick up large crates of fresh produce outside shops and start hurling them into the back of the trash-collecting dump truck.

Feb 25 06:11

Loretta Lynch for U.S. Supreme Court

(*Here It Starts .)

Feb 25 06:01

Ammon Bundy, others plead not guilty

Oregon standoff: Ammon Bundy, others plead not guilty; judge aims to avoid trial delay
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After the judge explained their rights to a trial and their presumption of innocence, several of the defendants directly challenged her assertions.

"It's difficult to understand the presumption of innocence when I've spent the last month in a jail cell and led around in chains wherever I go,'' Payne said.

Brown said she understood his concerns, but noted that his detention was a separate matter.

Co-defendant Ryan Bundy, standing beside his lawyer in the jury box, grabbed hold of a wireless microphone that the lawyers were passing from one to another and told the court that he shared the same reservation. He is Ammon Bundy's older brother.

"We're being treated as we're guilty,'' he said. "So I don't understand the presumption of innocence.''

Co-defendant Jason Patrick, when asked if he understood his constitutional rights, replied, "I understand I have no rights at all. You're the federal government. You're going to do whatever you want.''

And David Fry, the last to surrender to federal officers on Feb. 11, joined in, "It's weird - innocent until proven guilty - shackled up.''

>>>

(*Making the most of 'Their Day In Court' !)

Feb 25 05:32

How the Affordable Care Act Continues to Fall Short

The government always fails to deliver on its promises.

Of the seven main candidates running for president, only one wants to keep the Affordable Care Act in place: the Democratic kind-of-front-runner Hillary Clinton. Everyone else wants to get rid of it.

Most Republicans would replace it by returning health insurance regulation to the states, although they would also lock in much of the ACA's new spending. Self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders would replace it with a single-payer system—Medicare for all. It's a terribly inefficient and costly idea, as many pundits have explained.

But it's worth noting that Sanders' main beef with the ACA is that it doesn't offer universal coverage. Basically, not everyone is insured under the law >>>

Feb 24 17:16

45 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax

An estimated 45.3 percent of American households — roughly 77.5 million — will pay no federal individual income tax, according to data for the 2015 tax year from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington-based research group. (Note that this does not necessarily mean they won’t owe their states income tax.)

Feb 24 16:39

School districts spending millions on ‘white privilege’ training for teachers

The company sells the notion that the American education system is unfairly based on traditional white cultural norms (white privilege in schools) to the benefit of white students and the detriment of minorities.

Feb 24 16:29

Watch: Anti-Gun MSNBC Learns Firearms are Loud Amid Botched Report

Watch what happens when reporter Kerry Sanders attempts to break down Donald Trump’s support of the Second Amendment on MSNBC’s The Place for Politics, unaware guns can be very loud.

Feb 24 16:23

Economic Nonsense From Politicians

Too many Americans believe in the possibility of a free lunch. Politicians exploit that gullibility. The unpleasant task of a good economist is to teach that fundamental principle: One cannot get something for nothing.

Feb 24 16:18

The Fed’s Nightmare Scenario

Operating under the mistaken belief that a modest dose of inflation is either a prerequisite for, or a by-product of, economic growth, the nation’s top economists have been assuring us for quite some time that inflation will stay very low until the currently mediocre economy finally catches fire. As a result, they believe that the low inflation of the past few months has frustrated Federal Reserve policy makers, who have been supposedly chomping at the bit to keep hiking rates in order to restore confidence in the present and to build the ability to cut rates in the future if the nation were to ever, god forbid, enter another recession.

Feb 24 16:13

An Armed Citizen Does It Again

The shooting by the armed citizen is only mentioned in the video report; there is no mention of it in the transcript.

Feb 24 16:00

Here’s why (and how) the government will ‘borrow’ your retirement savings

Bottom line, they need more money. Lots of it. And there is perhaps no easier pool of cash to ‘borrow’ than Americans’ retirement savings.

$7.3 trillion in US IRA accounts is too large for them to ignore.

And if you think it’s inconceivable for the government to borrow your retirement savings, just consider the following:

Feb 24 15:31

Judge Nap on New Email Ruling: 'I Don't Know How Hillary Escapes This'

Judicial Watch is seeking information about whether Clinton and her aides intentionally dodged public records laws by using a private email server.

Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in this morning on FBN's "Varney & Co." and explained that this civil FOIA case moving slowly through the court system is a "nightmare" for Clinton.

Napolitano noted that separately, the FBI's investigation based on these documents continues.

He explained that a civil case allows for a far "broader latitude" for questioning witnesses than in a criminal case.

If Clinton's aides do not invoke the Fifth Amendment, Napolitano said that they could end up revealing information that could be used in the FBI's criminal probe.

"I don't know how she escapes this. I really don't. ... She cannot not know how grave her legal situation is," said Napolitano, adding that it's "probable" that Clinton receives a subpoena to testify.

Feb 24 13:22

Apple’s Little Secret: There Is Already A Backdoor Installed On Your iPhone

The current media frenzy about Apple’s stance on user privacy is likely to be a deliberately orchestrated distraction from the fact that the government already routinely accesses private information from Apple and Microsoft products.

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s “protests” against FBI’s demands are a ploy to distract the public from the reality that there’s already a backdoor on every new iPhone that ships around the globe: the ability to load and execute modified firmware without user intervention.

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You know, Apple's sales have been down, and this whole contrived "controversy" may be an attempt to boost Apple's sales.

Feb 24 13:18

San Francisco declares homeless tent city a HEALTH HAZARD...and gives those living on the sidewalk just 72 hours to pack up 

San Francisco health officials declared a tent city that has been growing along a city street a health hazard and gave homeless people living on the sidewalk 72 hours to clear the area.

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And go .......... where???????

Feb 24 12:12

Judge orders Clinton aides to be questioned under oath on emails

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that U.S. State Department officials and aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether the former secretary of state's use of a private email system was an effort to skirt open records laws.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is likely to add to the uncertainty hovering over Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the November U.S. presidential election, about the legal consequences of her decision to exclusively use a private email server in her New York home for her government work.

Feb 24 12:02

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Murderous Police in the City of Love

Bay area police 'executions' of civilians

Feb 24 12:01

Brexit: Why Britons won’t get what they vote for

On June 23, British citizens will line up to cast their vote on whether or not the country should stay in the European Union.

Plenty of reasons exist for Britain to leave the EU. Britain itself is an increasingly authoritarian environment but the trend in the EU is even worse.

Though it is heartening that British voters are finally able to vote on the Brexit issue, we are not confident that the elites will allow the people’s voices to be heard.

Feb 24 11:57

Obama Falsely Implies His Gun Controls Could Have Stopped the Kalamazoo Shooter

Speaking at a White House reception for the National Governors Association yesterday, President Obama mentioned the series of shootings that killed six people in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, on Saturday. "Earlier this year, I took some steps that will make it harder for dangerous people, like this individual, to buy a gun," he claimed. At this point there is no reason to believe that's true.

Obama's "executive actions" on gun control included a "clarification" of which gun sellers are "engaged in the business of selling firearms" and therefore must conduct background checks. But even if we assume that more gun buyers will undergo background checks as a result of that initiative (which is by no means assured), it is almost certainly irrelevant to the the case at hand.

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Feb 24 11:54

Greek Attempt To Force Use Of Electronic Money Instead Of Physical Cash Fails

While the "developed world" is only now starting its aggressive push to slowly at first, then very fast ban the use of physical cash as the key gating factor to the global adoption of NIRP (by first eliminating high-denomination bills because they "aid terrorism and spread criminality") one country has long been doing everything in its power to ween its population away from tax-evasive cash as a medium of payment, and into digital transactions: Greece.

The problem, however, is that it has failed.

According to Kathimerini, "Greek businesses are not ready for the expansion of plastic money through the compulsory use of credit and debit cards for everyday transactions."

Feb 24 11:37

Crumbling American Economy Headed for Venezula-Style Collapse: “Worthless Cash; Nothing To Buy”

This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at his Project Chesapeake website.

Editor’s Comment: System breaks down. Lines form, doors shut, shelves go empty. Currency self-implodes. Scarcity, starvation, submission kick in for those who aren’t prepared with resources or barter items.

Feb 24 11:23

Cops Raid Wrong House and Kill an Innocent Young Man – Steal Witness’s Phone for Filming It

Edgar Camacho-Alvarado, 23, was shot and killed by police this weekend while police were searching for a murder suspect in his neighborhood. The young man was not actually guilty of any crime, nor did he pose a threat to officers, and he never even attempted to interfere with their investigation. He was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, working to fix the engine in his truck in the driveway in front of his home.

The police are refusing to release any further information about the shooting, but Edgar’s family wants answers.

PINAC reported that the victim’s little brother had his cell phone confiscated by police and that it is possible that he recorded the killing on his phone.

Feb 24 11:11

Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign-Policy Catastrophes

Many commentators have mentioned (such as here and here and here and here) that Hillary Clinton left behind no major achievement as U.S. Secretary of State; but, actually, she did. Unfortunately, all of her major achievements were bad, and some were catastrophic. Six countries were especially involved: Honduras, Haiti, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. The harm she did to each country was not in the interest of the American people, and it was disastrous for the residents there.
Hillary Clinton at every campaign debate says “I have a better track-record,” and that she’s “a progressive who gets things done.” Here’s what she has actually done, when she was Secretary of State; here’s her track-record when she actually had executive responsibility for U.S. foreign-affairs. This will display her real values, not just her claimed values:

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IF you want more wars; the return of the draft (there are, as of last count, 3 bills in Congress to make this happen, and this time, women will be drafted as well); more US job offshoring/outsourcing; more income inequality at home, and more hatred of America abroad because of its horrific foreign policy, then by all means, please support Clinton's candidacy.

IF you do not want to see this happen, please consider your alternatives, and read and think very carefully about the other candidates' positions on foreign and domestic policies.

Feb 24 10:56

German Govt Has New Trojan Horse Malware To Spy On Citizens’ Calls, Typing AND See Through Their Cameraphones

Germany’s Federal government has announced it’s new “trojan horse” computer software which will allow it to spy on citizens computers and smartphones.

The German Interior Ministry has formally announced that they have created a new “Bundestrojaner” or government trojan horse software to enable them to track the communications of anyone that downloads it according to the German press, in addition to purchasing an “off the shelf” tool from a company which is said to help authoritarian regimes track their citizens.

Feb 24 10:46

The new mind control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

Feb 24 10:45

Congressional Budget Office Unleashes Plot To Fleece America, Charge Drivers By The Mile (While Giving Untold Billions To Israel)

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office released a lengthy report two weeks ago strongly suggesting that the 18.4 cents per gallon gasoline tax, which is supposedly spent on maintaining the roads and infrastructure, is not nearly enough anymore. One "approach that the Congress could consider," according to the report, was to "Have the federal government—or allow states or private businesses to—charge drivers directly for their use of roads more often, including charging them more for using roads when traffic is more congested...Charging drivers specifically for using roads would increase economic output by allowing highly valued transportation to move more quickly and more reliably. Such pricing could take the form of per-mile charges (also known as vehicle-miles traveled, or VMT, charges), congestion charges, or tolls on Interstate highways." Treachery abounds!

Feb 24 10:19

US marshals shoot innocent man in back ‘execution style’ during raid on wrong address: attorney

A New Mexico attorney accused U.S. marshals this week of shooting a 23-year-old man in the back “execution style” when they arrived at the wrong address to make an arrest.

According to KOB, marshals were attempting to execute an arrest warrant for George Bond in Albuquerque on Saturday, but mistakenly opened fire on a home three trailers away from the suspect’s.

Family of 23-year-old Edgar Alvarado confirmed that he was fatally shot by agents.

“They said that they had made a mistake because he was out there at the wrong time. No such a mistake by killing somebody. There’s no accident,” Perla Alvarado, cousin of the victim, told KOB.

At a press conference on Monday, an attorney for the family accused federal agents of shooting Alvarado four times in the back, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

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Unfortunately, the state of New Mexico appears to have devolved from "the land of enchantment" into "the land of assassinations, courtesy of law enforcement".

IF you are planning some kind of vacation, or some kind of symposium or conference, please avoid this state as though it were the plague; it can be extremely hazardous to your health to go there, or even worse, to live there.

Feb 24 10:15

Reality Check: McAfee Claims FBI wants to end all encryption not just hack 1 iPhone

Feb 24 10:12

Military-Funded Study Predicts When You’ll Protest on Twitter

Ever get angry, go to Twitter, and shoot off a protest tweet tagged #Arabspring, #AppleVsFBI, #syrianconflict or something else in solidarity with a cause? Whether the tweet is part of a violent movement, a peaceful action, or simply a response to a debate, military and national security types have an interest in predicting how big any given protest movement might become. A new study by researchers at Arizona State University, Texas A&M, and Yahoo, funded in part by the Office of Naval Research, can predict with 70 percent accuracy the likelihood that your next tweet will be part of a protest.

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The ... Full Bio

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I tend not to tweet; and whatever is on my Facebook page is absolute, and sheer, vanilla.

Everything I have to say can pretty much be read from my posts here.

And to anyone in any US "alphabet soup" agency reading this (which MUST count as punishment duty), know this: I am a Christian pacifist activist who never advocates violence.

Deal with it!! :-)

Feb 24 09:30

CIA leaker: Clinton 'given a pass' for emails

A former CIA officer serving jail time for leaking documents to the New York Times accused federal officials of setting a double standard by apparently refusing to aggressively prosecute Hillary Clinton.

Clinton was “a high ranking official who should know better, but completely given a pass, and almost an apologetic pass,” Jeffrey Sterling, who was found guilty of leaking classified information to Times reporter James Risen last year, said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Monday.

“So how should us regular citizens feel, especially with heightened concerns about national security?”

Feb 24 08:18

Hillary Clinton wants to take away women’s rights to say NO to vaccines!

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"Women should have a right to choose ... unless they don't do what I tell them to do!" -- Hitlery

Feb 24 08:13

Donald Trump Is Right – Here Are 100 Reasons Why We Need To Audit The Federal Reserve

When one of our major politicians gets something exactly right, we should applaud them for it. In this case, Donald Trump’s call to audit the Federal Reserve is dead on correct. Most Americans don’t realize this, but the Federal Reserve has far more power over the economy than anyone else does – including Barack Obama. Financial markets all over the planet gyrate wildly at the smallest comment from Fed officials, and virtually every boom and bust cycle over the past 100 years can be traced directly back to specific decisions made by the Federal Reserve. We get all excited about what various presidential candidates say that they “will do for the economy”, but in the end it is the Fed that is holding all of the cards. The funny thing is that the Federal Reserve is not even part of the federal government. It is an independent private central bank that was designed by very powerful Wall Street interests a little over 100 years ago.

Feb 24 05:09

Rubio Plans Summit with His Mentor Jeb Bush

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is planning to meet with his former political mentor Jeb Bush to try to bury the hatchet, the Florida Senator says.

(*There is no 'hatchet' to bury . The PNAC agenda is unfolding according to plan . Granted , the Rubio campaign appears to be a 'hack job' !)

Feb 24 04:27

Man charged in Michigan attacks had no barriers to guns

PLAINWELL, Mich. — A man accused of randomly killing six people in Michigan had a personal cache of weapons that included handguns and long guns, but there was nothing in his past that prevented him from owning as many guns as he could afford.

Authorities seized the gun collection after the weekend attacks around the Kalamazoo area. With no criminal history or record of mental illness, Michigan residents who follow requirements can legally acquire any number of firearms.

(*Michigan primaries being held 03/08/2016
also Here>>> http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/kalamazoo-shooting-rampage-six-dead it says
Surrounded by officers, the driver surrendered without trouble. This is starting to resonate a foul odor over in Kalamazoo )

Feb 24 04:06

Marco Rubio Woos Voters as 'Best Choice' for Win in November

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Marco Rubio wants to be your second choice for president.

Feb 24 03:52

Yes, the “bathroom bill” danger to women and girls is REAL. Here are some chilling examples of what’s already happened.

The danger to women and young girls is worse than most people imagine. The LGBT movement is aggressively pushing transgender “non-discrimination” bills across the country. In Massachusetts, Bill #1577 could be voted in the State House on any day now! Across the country, pro-family groups refer to them as “bathroom bills” – claiming that men would go into women’s restrooms and locker rooms for crude or obscene purposes.We’ll admit we were skeptical at first. But recently we’ve talked to many women who’ve experienced it, and seen news reports (which are just the very tip of the iceberg)...Man in ladies' room. In November, a woman in Attleboro encountered a man in the ladies’ room of a local restaurant chain. He was facing her as she was leaving a stall. She was emotionally shaken. When she complained to the management they acknowledged that the man was an employee, but said that he was a “transgender” and therefore he had a right to be there.

Feb 23 20:45

Here’s How We Got Here: A Short Primer On The History Of The Petrodollar

In 1971, Nixon closed the door by removing the ability of any member nation to convert into gold. The dollar (used as the world’s reserve currency) was still the reserve; however, it was completely fiat at this point. At this time, President Nixon dispatched Kissinger to Saudi Arabia with a scheme that made extortionists pale in comparison.

The ruling House of Saud in Saudi Arabia was offered a deal by Kissinger with four parts.

America’s military would guarantee protection of Saudi Arabia and her oilfields.
The U.S. would also sell the Saudis any weapons needed.
The U.S. would furthermore guarantee protection from Israel and the other countries of the region.
Finally, the Saudi family was ensured that they would rule in perpetuity.

Feb 23 17:13

U.S. judge orders discovery to go forward over Clinton’s private email system

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington came in a lawsuit over public records brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, regarding its May 2013 request for information about the employment arrangement of Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide.

Officials with the State and Justice departments said that they were aware of the order but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing litigation. Discovery orders are not readily appealable. An attorney for Abedin declined to comment.

Feb 23 16:40

HHS: Immigrants with HIV, STDs now welcome in USA…

The administration has decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the United States, an expansion of a previous decision to let in those with HIV.

Feb 23 16:33

This Burglar Kicked In The Front Door Of The Wrong Guy

Sounds like one burglary suspect really didn’t do his homework before attempting to rob an off-duty Memphis police officer. It will definitely be the last time he makes that mistake as now he’s under guard, in critical condition, at a nearby medical facility. Accounts by neighbors tell of an officer home alone with his two kids when a burglar attempted to break in. Left with no choice, the off-duty police officer got out his pistol and shot the suspect.

Feb 23 16:22

Apple, Americans, Security vs. FBI

This tool would be dangerous, whether used by a black hat hacker who might infiltrate Apple systems, a future FBI investigation emboldened by this week’s order to apply the precedent in other less compelling settings, or a dictatorship looking for new ways to oppress people that might cite the company’s compliance with this FBI demand as a reason to comply with those of its own intelligence agencies.

Feb 23 16:19

Windows 10 updates forcing PCs to use Microsoft products on default - and you can't change it back

It seems that the saga of Windows 10 problems is never-ending – users are now reporting that the latest Windows 10 update automatically switches a user's chosen programs over to Microsoft alternatives without permission, and users can't reset the defaults back to the programs they want to use.

If you're a windows user, you probably have certain programs that you prefer to use. For example, you might prefer to use the Google Chrome web browser over Firefox to surf the web, or you might be using a photo editing program like IrfanView or Adobe Photoshop, or you might be opening all video files using VLC.

Unfortunately, that's not going to be possible if your computer has downloaded the forced cumulative update KB3135173 that was pushed out between 15-21 February, which is causing users' default programs to revert back to Microsoft alternatives, such as Chrome reverting back to Edge, or IrfanView reverting back to the Microsoft Photos app.

Feb 23 16:15

CLAP FOR ME : As the Bush Dynasty Ends, This Is What Jeb Spent $130 Million On

The Bush dynasty ended not with a bang, but a whimper on Saturday when Jed Bush officially threw in the towel at the feet of Donald Trump, but not before spending $130 million for his now failed presidential campaign.

Feb 23 16:11

Survey: You’ll Never Guess What Americans Are Most Afraid Of… (yes you will)

Americans are more afraid of their own corrupt government than ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ELSE including death, rape, murder, nuclear war, pandemics, terrorism, zombies, and even clowns.

Feb 23 16:02

How Obama Lost the Mideast to Putin

It’s too late for Obama now, but not for the next American president to recoil from this record of failure. American leadership and strategic vision should, first and foremost, have recognized that the intervention pendulum has swung too far the other way, to pacifism. A global power vacuum, by definition, would soon be filled by another power. Enter Russia.

Feb 23 15:47

Government of the Politicians, by the Generals, for the Cronies

America is at a crossroads. -- History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom.

Feb 23 15:43

Leave it to the government : Safety Devices That Kill You

Automated braking, Lane Keep Assist, Park Assist, Back-Up Cameras, Traction Control, ABS… all this technology is, is idiot-proofing. It operates at the level of an idiot, too.

Feb 23 15:37

The Real Bernie

In other words, from what we can see from Bernie Sanders’ campaign rhetoric, he is simply another version of what we have had in the United States ever since the end of World War II. I call it Keynesianism on steroids.

Feb 23 15:28

Judge threatens subpoena against Clinton over emails

A federal judge warned Tuesday that he may have to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s entire secret email account, saying he has real questions about whether the Obama administration gave her special treatment.

In the interim, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said he was granting discovery to Judicial Watch, a public interest law firm who’s sued to get a look at the emails, meaning the group will be able to demand the State Department explain who approved Mrs. Clinton’s server, how many officials knew about it, and what accommodations they made to her after her emails become a public issue.

Feb 23 15:08

Bush Haunts the GOP (Bush, Cheney, and their henchmen should be jailed for war crimes)

George W. continues to haunt the Republican Party and damage its electoral chances. At home, Bush has been staying out of public gaze; abroad, he is widely hated and limits overseas travel due to fear of war crimes arrest for his 2003 invasions of Iraq. Republican spin doctors and the rightwing US media has been trying to soft soap Bush and his mentor, Dick Cheney, for years and slowly expunge their disastrous Iraq and Afghanistan Wars that opened a Pandora’s Box of horrors across the Muslim world. Democrats who cheered the war have equally sought to dodge responsibility. However, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to escape her tawdry war record.

Feb 23 15:00

Democrats: Do You Realize Your Votes Don’t Matter? Hillary Already Won

While most of us already know the system is rigged and our votes aren’t worth the electronic voting machine we type them into regardless of which side of the carpet we’re voting on, this election with Hillary vs. Bernie has proven, without a doubt, that Dem votes don’t even pretend to matter — OPENLY!

Feb 23 13:29

THE ISIS HOOK: Libya’s Growing Crisis Primed for Hostile ‘Regime Change’ Again

By some estimates, there are approximately 30 multiple wars and civil wars taking place on the planet right at this very moment.

This brings us to Libya…

Feb 23 13:09

28 U.S. Code § 3002 - Definitions

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Check out number 15!

Feb 23 12:11

Obama signs executive order, bypasses Congress, and legalizes all BLM land grabs

This is a short video, but a most important one for land owners.

Obama is to sign an executive order, bypass Congress, and do a massive BLM land grab.

Republican Congressman of Utah says he has the BLM documents to prove it. They were initially leaked, and he says there are more coming.

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The last official act of any government is to loot the nation!

Feb 23 11:45

WIKITOON

NSA Targets World Leaders for US Geopolitical Interests

Feb 23 10:37

Koch brothers’ D.C. guru joins Marco Rubio team

Marc Short, the Koch brothers’ top political adviser in Washington and a trusted member of their inner circle for five years, is making a surprise move to the Marco Rubio campaign as a senior adviser as the Republican establishment ramps up efforts to stop Donald Trump.

Short — president of Freedom Partners, the Kochs’ umbrella political organization — will join the campaign in about a week and brings deep connections to the donor and grass-roots worlds.

Feb 23 09:45

Press TV: UK Anti BDS Bill is a spectacle of Jewish Power (video)

Jews should beware of the dangers entangled with Jewish Power for Jews and the society…

Feb 23 09:32

Apple’s iPhone: the Backdoor Is Already There

Ostensibly software patches were intended to fix bugs. But they can just as easily install code that compromises sensitive data. I repeat: without user intervention. Apple isn’t alone in this regard. Has anyone noticed that the auto-update feature deployed with certain versions of Windows 10 is impossible to turn off using existing user controls?

Feb 23 09:28

Tory Think Tank Gives The Game Away – Benefit Sanctions Are About Keeping Wages Low

‘A chilling vision of the future has been presented by Tory think-tank Reform who have called for all out of work sickness and disability benefits to be scrapped, even for the most seriously ill, alongside a Jobcentre programme of forced medical treatment.

In a report published this month Reform argue that paying those with serious health conditions more money than those simply on the dole acts as a disincentive to find employment. Instead every claimant, no matter how unwell, should receive just over £70 a week, although they concede that this should be combined with an increase in Personal Independence Payments – the benefit paid to those either in or out of work which is intended to cover the additional costs of living with a disability. Many people on out of work sickness benefits are not eligible for these payments however.’

Feb 23 09:27

Danish police want to track everyone’s movements on the net

The national police force, Rigspolitiet, wants the ability to track every user’s digital footprints.

“Tracking online movements will help them to identify and arrest criminals, as crime and communication about crime is increasingly taking place in cyberspace,” Rigspolitiet commissioner Jens Henrik Højbjerg told DR Nyheder.

Højbjerg is publicly supporting Søren Pind, who said last month that he would draft a law that created a system of online surveillance.

Feb 23 08:55

What Every Twitter User Needs To Know

Feb 23 08:10

UK BAN ON PUBLIC-SECTOR BOYCOTTS OF ISRAELI GOODS RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT ISRAEL, DEMOCRACY

Last week, without parliamentary debate or vote, the United Kingdom announced a controversial new law that looks to ban publicly-funded institutions from boycotting Israeli goods and services on political grounds — including student unions at publicly-funded universities, local councils and the National Health Service. In a statement released on Feb. 17, the Cabinet Office of the U.K.’s Conservative government stated: “Town hall boycotts undermine good community relations, poisoning and polarizing debate, weakening integration and fueling anti-Semitism.” “Locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain’s export trade and harm international relationships,” it added.

Feb 23 06:17

We Need to Talk About Sheldon

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Adelson, who spent upwards of $100 million trying (and failing) to sway the 2012 presidential election, is essentially a single-issue candidate: His driving concern is not only maintaining but supplementing the diplomatic and military cover that the United States offers the state of Israel. The Palestinians, he has said, are an “invented people” whose sole purpose “is to destroy Israel.”

The casino magnate has not yet graced a Republican candidate with his largesse in this election, though he is thought to favor Marco Rubio.

Feb 23 05:07

flashback: 2/5/16 Adelson's Vegas Paper Endorses Rubio

Sheldon Adelson-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal endorses Marco Rubio
Endorsement comes after months of speculation surrounding secretive purchase of state’s largest newspaper by the GOP donor and casino mogul

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, now under the ownership of billionaire casino mogul and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, has endorsed senator Marco Rubio in the presidential race.

The high-profile endorsement comes after months of speculation surrounding Adelson’s initially secretive purchase of Nevada’s largest newspaper, with the news organization’s own staff forced to investigate the identity of their new boss.

The endorsement published Friday afternoon includes a prominent disclaimer distancing Adelson from the decision: >>>

Feb 23 04:56

Sheldon Adelson and the missing $100 million

It’s one of the biggest mysteries in Republican circles: Why has Sheldon Adelson ? who spent upward of $100 million during the previous presidential campaign ? suddenly stopped pouring huge sums of money into politics?

The conventional wisdom ? that he’s planning to spend millions of dollars to support Marco Rubio but is waiting to see how the Florida senator fares in a few more primaries ? does not explain the severity of Adelson’s political spending freeze, which is more far-reaching than previously known.

According to a dozen donors and operatives who have spoken recently to Adelson or his representatives, the 82-year-old Las Vegas casino mogul hasn’t donated during this election cycle to several of the conservative political groups that have been regular recipients of his largesse >>>

Feb 22 23:27

Americans Mindless About the Grave Dangers They Face

Never before in history has the danger of possible humanity destroying nuclear war been greater. Fundamental rights Americans think they have don’t exist.

They’re deplorably out-of-touch, the most over-entertained, uninformed people anywhere, controlled by neocon infested bipartisan governance, lunatics threatening their welfare, security and world peace.

Public ignorance is shocking, why America gets away with high crimes at home and abroad. Lawless interventionism is longstanding policy.

Endless US wars on humanity rage. Human and civil rights are fast eroding en route toward disappearing altogether. Police state injustice rules, tyranny by any standard, heading toward becoming full-blown.

Feb 22 22:20

Guess What Americans Are Most Afraid Of

mostly rational fears - government corruption, privacy violations, big brother, etc.

Feb 22 19:37

PCR: The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip

Paul Craig Roberts blogs on the recent release of an updated version of the book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by the former "hit man" John Perkins.

PCR:
Perkins shows that despite his revelations, the situation is worse than ever and has spread into the West itself. The populations of Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the United States itself are now being looted by Hit Man activity.

Perkins’ book shows that the US is “exceptional” only in the unbridled violence it applies to others who get in its way. One of the new chapters tells the story of France-Albert Rene, president of Seychelles, who threatened to reveal the illegal and inhumane eviction of the residents of Diego Garcia by Britain and Washington so that the island could be converted into an air base from which Washington could bomb noncompliant countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Washington sent in a team of jackels to murder the president of Seychelles, but the assassins were foiled. All but one were captured, tried and sentenced to execution or prison, but a multi-million dollar bribe to Rene freed them. Rene got the message and became compliant.

Feb 22 18:03

Consultants reaped windfall from failed Bush campaign

When Donald Trump pointed the finger at Jeb Bush at the last debate and claimed he’s got nothing to show for the millions his campaign has spent, he wasn’t kidding.

A review of how Bush and his allies spent over $125 million in his failed campaign shows the main thing to come out of it was a lot of consultants and local TV stations made a lot of money.
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The rest of the money, according to the Post review, went to polling, legal fees, and other areas. For all that, he won just four delegates – or roughly $31 million per delegate >>>

Feb 22 17:30

Trump Now Counts Rudy Giuliani as Part of His Political Kitchen Cabinet

In an email Sunday night, Trump confirmed that Giuliani has become part of his inner circle as he navigates the 2016 terrain and hotly contested primaries. "Rudy is a very knowledgeable friend. I consider his counsel very important," Trump wrote.

Feb 22 17:05

Arizona Bill To Nullify All Future Federal Gun Laws

state nullification
regional nullification
city nullification
courtroom nullification
group nullification
individual nullification

take your power back

Feb 22 16:55

George Galloway calling BBC tabloid on Brexit

BBC wants to focus on scandal rather than the official topic of the interview

Feb 22 16:21

Obama Hints at More Gun Control Following Kalamazoo Shooting

Never one to let a good crisis go to waste, President Obama on Monday continued to push the left’s gun control agenda following the shooting of seven people in Kalamazoo, Michigan over the weekend.

Feb 22 16:12

Trump Calls For Auditing the Fed (Keep your bulletproof vest on Donald!)

“It is so important to audit The Federal Reserve, and yet Ted Cruz missed the vote on the bill that would allow this to be done,” Trump tweeted out. -- “He’s not a big fan of the Fed,” Stone pointed out. “He is scaring the central bankers; he is scaring the Washington/Wall Street/D.C. consultant/lobbyist class.”

Feb 22 16:03

Scare report doesn’t want you to pass on firearm traditions

The latest nonsense anti-2nd Amendment propaganda to hit the scene aims to convince Americans that firearm manufacturers are marketing their products directly to children. The anti-2nd Amendment Violence Policy Center just released a report titled “Start Them Young,” which features as its cover a photograph of unhinged Sandy Hook murderer Adam Lanza as a child and surrounded by firearm paraphernalia.

Feb 22 15:56

Why are CIA, DHS, NSA, FBI and FEMA retirees all bugging out in preparation for something big?

When government officials, from the various alphabet soup agencies, retire en masse, it is not necessarily a noteworthy event. However, when the same officials retire en masse and then relocate to form their own survivalist enclaves, then this is something that we should all sit up and take notice of, especially when we are seeing the same behavior on the part of Wall Street executives.

Feb 22 15:46

Four Star General Presents Indisputable Case for a Temporary Military Takeover of the U.S. Federal Government

These United States of America have reached a critical juncture. As a matter of historical fact, this country has committed a series of heinous war crimes through the prosecution of several unprovoked wars of aggression throughout the world. This preplanned scheme to wage unlawful and undeclared wars against innocent nations has been clearly explained by one of the highest ranking generals of the U.S. Army.

Feb 22 15:43

The Ethics of Armed Self Defense

Since the cost/benefit calculations are different for each person, is it realistic to apply the usual one-size-fits-all type of government regulation to the questions of who can use firearms for self-defense and what kind is best suited for their needs? If you are satisfied with how our government manages our education system, defense procurement, immigration, health care and criminal justice system, then for you the answer may be yes. For the rest of us, the answer is a resounding NO.

Feb 22 15:35

The Schools Subvert Your Children (The Need to Read Better!)

Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” I look about and see America on the downslide with our liberties being the first things to go over the proverbial cliff. Wise advice abounds but if only 13% of our voting-age citizens can read, evaluate, and act upon complex explanations and suggestions, it is no wonder that we are losing both our liberties and our country.

Feb 22 15:27

Good Pussy and Bad Pussy at the New York Times

The New York Times vendetta against Donald Trump continues with its latest theme that The Donald is “vulgar.” This highly newsworthy charge recently made it to the front page with the headline, “With a Slur for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump Further Splits Voters.” The Times tells us that the slur involved a “vulgar word.” How this “splits voters” is not made clear – but never mind.

Feb 22 15:10

Marco Rubio: A New American Century

(*worse then Bush & Obama together , and he's not even IN yet .)

Feb 22 15:05

No, The FBI Does Not 'Need' The Info On Farook's iPhone; This Is Entirely About The Precedent

No, The FBI Does Not 'Need' The Info On Farook's iPhone; This Is Entirely About The Precedent

Over and over again as people keep talking about the Apple / FBI encryption stuff, I keep seeing the same line pop up. It's something along the lines of "but the FBI needs to know what's on that phone, so if Apple can help, why shouldn't it." Let's debunk that myth. The FBI absolutely does not need to know what's on that phone. It might not even care very much about what's on that phone. As the Grugq ably explained last week, there's almost certainly nothing of interest on the phone. As he notes, Farook destroyed his and his wife's personal phones, indicating that if there were anything truly important, he would have destroyed the last phone too.

Feb 22 14:42

Entire US political establishment serving Israel

Israel's slaves in Congress have bankrupted the USA morally and financially
The entire political establishment in the United States has been serving Israel for decades, an American scholar and political analyst says.

Dr. Kevin Barrett of Veterans Today, editor of We Are Not Charlie Hebdo and scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on a statement by US Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who has that if elected, he will ignore Palestinians and serve Israel.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in South Carolina on Friday night, Cruz said, “Let me tell you this: As president, I have no intention of being neutral. As president, I will be unapologetically alongside the nation of Israel.”

Cruz also condemned his Republican rival Donald Trump for saying he would remain neutral in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Feb 22 14:28

flashback March 20, 2015; Senator Marco Rubio – Israel First, America Last

On March 19, 2015, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) gave a speech which promoted Israel. He spoke more like a paid Israeli lobbyist than a US Senator.

Who exactly is Senator Rubio working for, America or Israel? And where does his loyalty lie?

Not only was his speech filled with a stunning facade of inaccuracies, and outright lies, it approached sycophancy and boot-licking of Israel and Bibi Netanyahu.

Could it be that Senator Rubio clearly understands who is running America and that in order to advance his political career, he must suck up to them?

>Could it be that he understands that the City of London based Rothschild Khazarian Mafia Banksters established a beachhead in America in 1913, from which they proceeded to infiltrate and hijack our monetary production and distribution system in order to buy control of Congress, and now uses Israel as their main action-agent?

>Could it be that he understands >>>

Feb 22 13:19

SAUDI ARABIA BECOMES BIGGEST ARMS IMPORTER IN MIDDLE EAST

In a further sign of its ramping up its military muscle, Saudi Arabia has become the biggest arms importer in the Middle East, and the second biggest in the world, after India, with an increase of 275 percent in 2011-5 compared to 2006-10. Between 2011-15 Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer, with an increase of 275 per cent compared to 2006-10. In the same period, arms imports by the United Arab Emirates rose by 35 per cent and those by Qatar went up by 279 per cent.

Feb 22 13:15

What the Social Security Administration doesn't tell you

Amid all the changes underway with retirement, from disappearing pensions to shrinking matches on company 401(k) plans, one thing – so far – has remained constant: Social Security.(*?)

Among those age 65 and over, more than half of married couples and 74 percent of those who are not married depend on Social Security for at least half of their income, according to the Social Security Administration.

But are Americans leaving Social Security money on the table? And could the Social Security statement provide more information that would help them make better choices?

"It probably could do more,">>>

Feb 22 13:01

Rubio Inherits Establishment Support

Rubio inherits establishment support but is on a narrow path to stop Trump

LAS VEGAS — A wave of mainstream Republican donors and elected officials is swiftly flocking to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) amid a growing sense that is he is the last best chance to prevent Donald Trump from running away with the Republican nomination.

(*The Jeb!tanic sunk , but they're trying to steady the Rubio Life Boat , which could capsize from the pitch caused by the wake from The passing SS Trump )

Feb 22 12:33

Liberals denounce and agree with Tory motion condemning Israel boycotters

So, the Trudeau government intends to join with the Conservatives next week and condemn the United Church of Canada and the Quakers, along with every other organization and individual participating to any degree in a boycott of Israeli goods and services.

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If you have ever wondered just why it is that Zionists throughout history have been so hated ... you just got another demonstration!

They love to much about with other peoples' governments; a bad habit the US has acquired from them!

Feb 22 12:30

A Panicked China Orders Media To Stick To "Positive Reporting" Or Risk "The Stability Of The Country"

If China's recent record surge in loan creation, and its revision of a key PBOC capital outflow "data" wasn't sufficient proof that the world's second largest economy is on the verge of panic, then the explicit propaganda directive issued to the the local press by China's president Xi Jinping late on Friday should certainly seal it.

As SCMP reports, according to a commentary published by a leading mouthpiece online "having public opinions that are different from the official ones will shake the foundation of the rule of the Communist party and the country."

Xiakedao, a social media account operated by the overseas edition of People’s Daily, said in a commentary on Friday’s high-profile tour by President Xi Jinping to the three largest state media outlets – People’s Daily, Xinhua and Central China Television — "that the party was alarmed by how different public opinion is from official media."

Feb 22 12:08

COINTELPRO, False Flags, and a Patriot Down

On January 26, 2016, the FBI shot and killed rancher LaVoy Finicum in what appeared to be a deliberate setup. This brought the 25 day stand off between federal agents and militia members protesting for restored property rights to an end. Controversy surrounds the shooting, as it appears that LaVoy may have reached for something around his waistband after appearing to take a bullet; however, there is no sound in the video released by the FBI so no definite conclusions can be made. LaVoy Finicum, along with other militia members are portrayed as terrorists by the main stream media and were treated accordingly by federal law enforcement officers.

Feb 22 11:43

WOMAN JAILED FOR REFUSING FEDERAL ORDER TO COMMIT PERJURY

Hendrickson’s saga officially began in 2006, when the Internal Revenue Service claimed that refunds it had issued to her years earlier were mistakes, according to the family and official documents reviewed by WND.

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice went much further, asking a federal court to sign an order purporting to force Hendrickson to repudiate her previous tax returns and sign new ones.

However, she was never even accused by the government of tax evasion or filing false returns, much less convicted.

The DOJ, however, wanted her to replace her original returns – signed under penalty of perjury – with new documents in which the content would be dictated by the IRS, also signed under penalty of perjury. They flew in prosecutor Melissa Siskind from Washington to pursue the case.

Hendrickson believed the information dictated by the IRS was incorrect, so she could not sign it without an explanatory note pointing out that it was made under duress, she explained.

Feb 22 11:10

America Is In A Proxy War With Itself In Syria

American proxies are now at war with each other in Syria.
Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government.
The infighting between American proxies is the latest setback for the Obama administration’s Syria policy and lays bare its contradictions as violence in the country gets worse.
The confusion is playing out on the battlefield — with the U.S. effectively engaged in a proxy war with itself. “It’s very strange, and I cannot understand it,” said Ahmed Othman, the commander of the U.S.-backed rebel battalion Furqa al-Sultan Murad, who said he had come under attack from U.S.-backed Kurdish militants in Aleppo this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

I think we need to start immediately sending the Pentagon, State Department, White House, and Congress massive shipments of ouija boards; perhaps that might help them come up with something infinitely more coherent with these than whatever they are currently doing.

What is going on, in terms of US foreign policy in Syria, is completely, utterly insane!!

Feb 22 10:58

Torture Is a Crime

The subject of U.S. policies on torture is back in the news again. With far too much frequency, I've been seeing media reports of public figures calling for a return to so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" or, even worse, using dangerous and ill-informed rhetoric in support of reviving these illegal and immoral tactics.

In my more than 30 years of human rights and humanitarian work, most recently with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), I've witnessed too often the near destruction of both the human body and the human spirit as a result of torture, as well as the corrosive effects it has on societies and institutions that permit it. And although appropriate rehabilitative care can help to heal the person, I long for the day when organizations such as CVT are put out of business because torture has been wiped off the face of the Earth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it tells the world that it doesn't care about human rights, democracy, or the rule of law.

And when the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it gives rulers in other countries carte blanche to do the same to American civilians or military personnel.

Feb 22 10:48

Largest ever US-South Korea military drill planned as a 'warning to Pyongyang'

The joint US-South Korean exercises scheduled for March will be largest military drills ever staged on the Korean Peninsula and are both a warning to Pyongyang and an effort to reassure the jittery public in the South.
The parallel Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises are scheduled to commence on March 7, with the field-training exercises that make up Foal Eagle lasting until April 30. The drills will involve 15,000 US troops, twice the number of previous years, and will serve to demonstrate Washington's firepower.
The US will deploy a combat aviation brigade to South Korea for the duration of the manoeuvres, as well as a mobile US Marine brigade, an aircraft carrier and its attendant fleet, a nuclear-powered submarine and aerial tankers to refuel fighter aircraft.

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"ABRN"!!!!

(Anything but reasonable negotiations- official White House Souse)

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