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Jun 04 09:08

CHINA’S INTERNET POLICE LAUNCH ‘SPEECH INSPECTIONS’, CHILL CRITICAL VOICES

According to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, the Internet Police will be patrolling major social media platforms including Weibo and WeChat round the clock to prevent illegal information from spreading under a shared username and account “Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement” (??????). The Internet police teams are meant to detect “illegal and harmful information,” prevent improper words and deeds, publish case reports, and guard against cyber criminals. They will “educate and warn” those who misbehave and crack down on those who violate the law.

Jun 04 09:01

2016: Rubio, Graham Refuse to Answer Whether They Read Obamatrade Before Voting on It

Only two GOP presidential candidates currently in the U.S. Senate publicly admit to have read the Obamatrade agreement prior to voting on it: Sens. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Cruz voted for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal.

Sens. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) —the other two Senate Republicans who have announced they’re running for president—refuse to answer, through spokespersons, whether they’ve gone to the secret room to read the TPP deal and whether they did before voting on TPA. Both Rubio and Graham voted for TPA, which would fast-track TPP—and at this point they’re both choosing through staff to give the public impression they didn’t read the secret text before they voted.

Jun 04 08:58

Why Hillary Can't Run on Her State Department Record

Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state became a hot-button issue this week after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Bloomberg Television that the Barack Obama administration's failed "reset" policy with Moscow was her "invention."

Here's why it matters: Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, gave an interview to Bloomberg View's Al Hunt in April in which he said holding up the “major accomplishments” from her State Department tenure would be a centerpiece of her campaign. Podesta may want to reconsider that plan. Running on Clinton's signature diplomatic initiatives is fraught with risks because, on closer inspection, most that he mentioned don’t hold up to scrutiny.

Jun 04 08:57

Israel tells France to fire 'anti-Semite' Orange CEO

An Israeli minister has asked the French government to dismiss the "anti-Semite" chief executive of the French telecommunications company Orange over its plans for severing business ties with Israeli mobile firm Partner.

Amid the outrage in Israel over the company’s plan, the regime’s Culture Minister Miri Regev on Thursday issued an appeal for the dismissal of Stephane Richard, the chief executive and chairman of Orange.

“The French government must show zero tolerance for anti-Semitism,” the Israeli minister said.

The latest comments are in line with Israel's policy of labeling its critics as "anti-Semite."

Meanwhile, the top official in Partner said Thursday that he is furious at remarks by Richard regarding the French company’s “intention” to withdraw its brand from the occupied territories.

Jun 04 08:53

We The People: 2 Million Petitions Delivered To Congress to Stop TPP

Members of the House and the Senate delivered 2 million petitions to Congress, opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

Jun 04 08:53

Cartoons Mocking “Goldman Rats” And Hillary Clinton Appear All Over NYC

While we don’t know who made the stickers, we should all be grateful to the creator. While the oligarchy remains firmly in place, we don’t have to respect them, and mocking corrupt cronies is the first step in delegitimizing their undeserved claims to positions of extreme wealth and power.

Jun 04 08:49

Probe Reveals Red Cross Raised $500M for Haiti but Built Only 6 Homes

After raising nearly half a billion dollars for emergency disaster relief after the 2010 Haitian earthquake - including $170 million earmarked for 'shelter relief' - the American Red Cross has built a grand total of six houses, according to a new report.

Jun 04 08:43

Michael Collins Piper Archives

The programs appearing on theuglytruth.podbean.com that up until now were accessible only to subscribers are now open up for public listening, as well as the most recent programs Mike did before his passing which can be found on his archive page here.

Jun 04 08:30

US ignores OSCE data, blames ‘majority’ of Ukraine truce violations on rebels

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf refused to directly acknowledge Kiev’s role in violating the Minsk peace agreements in eastern Ukraine, turning a blind eye on daily OSCE reports that equally implicate the government and the rebel forces.

The video below shows RT’s Gayane Chichakyan grilling Harf – and failing to get a straight answer on the issue despite multiple attempts.

Jun 04 08:20

IRS finally admits illegals can get back taxes under Obama amnesty

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has confirmed to Congress that illegal immigrants granted amnesty under President Obama’s new programs could claim back refunds even when they never filed returns to pay their taxes in the first place.

Jun 04 08:12

EDITORS OF WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS MEDICAL JOURNALS: “MUCH OF THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE, PERHAPS HALF, MAY SIMPLY BE UNTRUE”

Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. As one participant put it, “poor methods get results”. The Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Research Council, and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have now put their reputational weight behind an investigation into these questionable research practices.

Jun 04 08:10

EPA hid truth about glyphosate and cancer for decades to protect Monsanto's corporate profits

Did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency run cover for biotech behemoth Monsanto for years to hide the cancer-causing properties of one of the agri-giant's most profitable chemicals? Absolutely, asserts Dr. Anthony Samsel, a research scientist and consultant who says he has EPA documents in his possession which allegedly show that Monsanto was aware of research tying glyphosate, the primary chemical in the company's popular Roundup herbicide, to cancer since the 1970s.

Jun 04 08:08

WHERE DID THE HALF BILLION RAISED FOR HAITI GO? RED CROSS WON'T SAY, ONLY BUILT SIX HOUSES

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures. In late 2011, the Red Cross launched a multimillion-dollar project to transform the desperately poor area, which was hit hard by the earthquake that struck Haiti the year before. The main focus of the project — called LAMIKA, an acronym in Creole for “A Better Life in My Neighborhood” — was building hundreds of permanent homes.

Today, not one home has been built in Campeche. Many residents live in shacks made of rusty sheet metal, without access to drinkable water, electricity or basic sanitation. When it rains, their homes flood and residents bail out mud and water.

Jun 04 08:01

Whistleblower Tells Oversight Committee of Crimes Committed By Hillary and Huma Abedin

This could be the end of Hillary 2016. Two whistleblowers met behind closed doors with the Oversight Committee staffers and the lead general counsel for the committee. The revelations are nothing short of explosive. One of the whistleblowers (WB) is already well known, Richard Higbie, but the second one, who is still unnamed has evidence of possible crimes by Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton and a cover up of those crimes by former Acting Inspector General of the State Department, Harold Geisel, who had previously been accused of playing politics in his position as watchdog for the State Department.

Jun 04 07:46

61% believe it's very or somewhat likely the Clintons sold influence

Jun 04 07:46

Despite the spin, Obama supports Zionist crimes against humanity

US President Barack Obama is a “dishonest” broker in the conflict between Palestinians and Israel and has continuously supported the Zionist regime at the United Nations, says a journalist in Birmingham, UK.

Jun 04 07:35

Congratulation Tony Blair

The Guardian reports this morning that Tony Blair is to take on a new role leading the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

This is no doubt great news. The 21st century’s greatest war criminal is called to lead the campaign against ‘extremism’ which he himself instigated. Truth be told, it only makes sense to appoint a mass murderer to such a delicate job because only a genocidal character could be intimately familiar with the nitty gritty of institutional hatred and intolerance.

Jun 04 07:16

Fallacies in Modern Medicine: Statins and the Cholesterol-Heart Hypothesis

It is becoming increasingly clear that the cholesterol-heart hypothesis is a fallacy of modern medicine. In the future medical historians may liken the prescribing of statins to lower blood cholesterol with the old medical practice of bloodletting. Taking that vital substance out of the body is comparable to today’s practice of blocking production of cholesterol, an equally vital component, with drugs.

Jun 04 07:13

Cruel UK welfare reforms force vunerable children to survive on £1 per day

Thousands of children in the UK are being pushed into severe poverty and hunger because their parents cannot work or receive government benefits, new research has found.

Jun 04 07:05

What happened to Red Cross donations for Haiti?

Following a harrowing earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the American Red Cross launched a project to raise funds and rebuild the area. Roughly $500 million was donated. The Red Cross claims to have provided homes for more than 130,000 people in Haiti, but according to a new report from ProPublica and NPR, as it stands today, only six homes have been built in the four years since those efforts began.

The organization won’t say where the rest of the money has gone. When they declined to show ProPublica’s Justin Elliot and NPR’s Laura Sullivan the grounds of one of their projects in Campache, the reporters visited the area on their own:

Jun 04 03:19

Another Blow For Monsanto — Judge Upholds Genetically Engineered Crop Ban in Jackson County

In an era where big money is tossed around by biotech and pesticide behemoths like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, DuPont and others to defeat laws restricting GMOs, it’s heartening to see grassroots anti-GMO efforts making headway. The latest example involves an American federal court ruling upholding a Jackson County, Oregon ban on genetically engineered crops.

Jun 04 03:00

Being Healthy Is Unprofitable

U.S. healthcare is unsustainable. That it will break in the next decade is predictable. We are collectively wandering the beach, picking up seashells, while a mighty tsunami wave is approaching that will wash everyone on the beach away. We can either deal with the lifestyle and cultural causes of our mounting ill health or be swept away when the system crashes.

Jun 04 02:10

NSA Is a Military Aggressor (Neither Freedom nor Safety)

In their continuous efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied to the public. They have violated their oaths to uphold the Constitution. They have created a false sense of security. And they have dispatched and re-dispatched 60,000 federal agents to intercept the telephone calls, text messages and emails of all Americans all the time.

Jun 03 22:35

Some Israeli leaders do sometimes tell the truth

Still today, 48 years on, there are relatively few people who know the whole truth about how Israel set the stage for war in June 1967 to grab more Arab land. The single most decisive event that made war inevitable happened on Thursday 1 June, four days before Israel launched its attacks. What was it?

Jun 03 21:47

The Podemos Phenomenon: Spain’s Best Hope for Democracy

The ideology of Podemos was incubated during the May 2011 protests in Madrid centered on the skyrocketing unemployment and austerity measures employed by the Zapatero-led government. Spain’s protests erupted nationwide and were centered in the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, led by social networks and citizen assemblies. Protesters were dubbed Indignados (“the outraged”, or “the angry ones”), for their rejection of Spain’s increasingly corrupt two-party system and the “austericide” measures strangling the economy and vitality of the nation. Spreading throughout the country, it is estimated that about 6.5-8 million participated. Protests have continued under the Rajoy regime.

Jun 03 20:33

CIA is a Secret Government, Involved in Domestic Assassinations: Ron Paul

Former US congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said that the Central Intelligence Agency is a “secret government” that may be involved in “domestic assassinations.” -- “They are a secret government,” he said during his program “Ron Paul Liberty Report” on Monday. The CIA is “way out of control.”

Jun 03 20:28

A Recession Within A Recession

Can you guess the last time that corporate profits declined for two quarters in a row? -- It was in 2008. -- So many of the exact same red flags that popped up seven years ago are popping up once again.

Jun 03 20:21

FREEDOM Act Passes, Effectively Kills Freedom

With the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, mainstream media outlets and even some “privacy advocates” are hailing the passage of the bill as a welcome step forward and a sign of defeat for the USA PATRIOT Act, the bill that was itself passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and widely representative of the United States’ rapid descent into outright police state tyranny. -- Unfortunately, however, the passage of the FREEDOM Act is no victory for freedom. In fact, is an insultingly sound nail in freedom’s coffin.

Jun 03 18:20

USA Freedom Act Extends and Minimally Limits Parts of PATRIOT Act

Despite promises made by its supporters, the USA Freedom Act doesn’t end government snooping. It merely shifts the responsibility for collecting communications metadata from the NSA to companies such as AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, which already keep customer records for as long as five years. The NSA or the FBI would simply need to obtain permission from the secret FISA Court to access that data — and the court nearly always grants it.

Jun 03 18:14

Americans Far Better at Keeping Up with the Kardashians than Government Corruption!

As the USA Freedom Act was passed and signed into law yesterday, one can’t help wonder why people are more interested with the transformation of Caitlyn Jenner, from Bruce Jenner. Provisions of the Patriot Act, which expired only days ago, were quickly replaced by something every bit as insidious to American civil liberties, and yet the talk of the town is a former olympian’s sex change.

Jun 03 18:04

US Claims Assad Supporting ISIS as US Supports ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

Reminiscent of a 1970’s television show, whenever one tunes in to the mainstream corporate news to observe the latest propaganda from the US government and the State Department in particular, the viewer can scarcely contain himself from asking “What will they think of next?”

Indeed, mainstream news and the US State Department must be attempting to top themselves in a contest that could only be titled “Wackiest theory of the week.”

Enter this week’s contestant: the “Assad is supporting ISIS” claim...

Jun 03 16:42

* AMERICAN APOCALYPSE coming this SUMMER will be ECO-DISASTER

MULTIPLE INTEL SOURCES TELL US ----- AMERICAN APOCALYPSE coming this SUMMER will be ECO-DISASTER....intentionally triggered by the NWO, and will kill MILLIONS OF AMERICANS within first few weeks.

Jun 03 16:40

FREEDOM Act Passes, Effectively Kills Freedom

By Brandon Turbeville

With the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act, mainstream media outlets and even some “privacy advocates” are hailing the passage of the bill as a welcome step forward and a sign of defeat for the USA PATRIOT Act, the bill that was itself passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and widely representative of the United States’ rapid descent into outright police state tyranny.

Unfortunately, however, the passage of the FREEDOM Act is no victory for freedom. In fact, is an insultingly sound nail in freedom’s coffin...

Jun 03 16:00

Elements of the Coulibaly affair recall the role of the French services in 1999

One thing led to another, and I arrived at three major conclusions :

- The Front National was as creation of the Gaullists, aimed at stabilising the different groups who were excluded from national political life (as the losers of the Second World War, and losers of decolonisation) and re-inserting them into the political arena.

- From its creation, the FN was piloted by the secret services under the vigilant eye of the Elysée.

Jun 03 14:43

CURSE YOU GLOBAL WARMING! Boston has its coldest days to start June in recorded history...

After it’s snowiest winter on record, so-called meteorological summer started with highs in the 40s. “Normal” highs are in the low 70s. -- The high in Boston was just 49 Monday and Tuesday this week, matching the coldest June high temperature ever recorded. The last and only other time it was below 50 for a high in Boston in June was on the 5th in 1945, when it was also 49.

Jun 03 14:39

Ron Paul: Before Applauding Freedom Act, Address “CIA Secret Government Far Above the Law”

SHTFplan.com

The passage of the USA FREEDOM Act and the expiration of parts of the PATRIOT Act are being hailed as monumental steps in ending unwarranted surveillance, but – signed into law by President Obama – it is largely a weak half measure aimed at giving the appearance of restored trust in government:

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul notes: before Americans applaud a minor step toward transparency, they should recognize the corrosive nature of the CIA, a secret government operating far above the law.

“They are a secret government,” Paul says of the CIA. “Way out of control.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jun 03 14:32

29% of Americans over 55 have zero retirement savings

How bad is America doing when it comes to retirement savings? The Government Accountability Office looked into the question, and its answer is sobering. -- A new GAO analysis finds that among households with members aged 55 or older, nearly 29 percent have neither retirement savings nor a traditional pension plan.

Jun 03 14:27

Arrest Warrants Issued To People Who Cheered At High School Graduation

Four people who cheered at a Mississippi high school graduation may be thrown in jail after police issued warrants for their arrest. The superintendent who filed the charges said it’s a necessary move and he is demanding order at the ceremony.

Jun 03 14:23

Poll: 8-in-10 back voter ID

Despite Democratic charges that conservative states and politicians are engaging in discrimination by demanding that voters show identification, more than three-quarters of likely voters believe photo ID laws are needed.

Jun 03 14:14

School board members get a taste of Michelle O lunches

School district administrators in Denver recently got a taste of what students have been complaining about: a school lunch with a cold chicken patty on a rock-hard burnt bun, frozen strawberries and a “really hard” pear.

Jun 03 14:01

The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

As Congress gets ready to vote on whether to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), its proponents are making weaker and more far-fetched arguments for the deal. And they keep getting their facts wrong and their logic twisted.

Jun 03 13:41

He’s a Loser, Baby – Why Bernie Sanders is a Dead End

‘Tis the season once again. You should know it well by now: a “progressive” Democrat running in the primaries for president of the United States. We’ve seen it all before, from Jesse Jackson to Dennis Kucinich, left-leaning voters have time-and-again been asked to support candidates that are working to transform the corrupt and war-hungry Democratic Party from within. And each and every time this strategy has failed — not only to elect a progressive Democrat into the White House — but to alter the party that offer themselves up as a lighter shade of neo-con.

Jun 03 13:40

Gov. Sandoval signs Nevada gun reform bill into law

“[T]o allow law-abiding gun owners to appropriately defend themselves in their vehicles as they can in their homes, and to ensure that our citizens’ Second Amendment rights are upheld in a fair, uniform way across the state,” Roberson said.

Jun 03 12:59

WikiLeaks releases secret TISA docs: The more evil sibling of TTIP and TPP

WikiLeaks has released 17 secret documents from the negotiations of the global Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which have been taking place behind closed doors, largely unnoticed, since 2013. The main participants are the United States, the European Union, and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel, which together comprise two-thirds of global GDP.

Jun 03 12:15

G7 conference to take place behind wall of high security

The so-called leaders of the free world will meet for the annual G7 conference on June 7 and 8 in a hermetically sealed high-security zone. The event will be held at Elmau Castle, a luxury resort in the Bavarian Alps, roughly 100 km south of Munich.

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 12:05

Data Show Cops Growing More Aggressive Against Black People in Missouri

New statistics from Missouri show that the racial disparity in police stops, searches and arrests of drivers was higher, last year, than at any time since the year 2000, when Missouri started keeping records.

Jun 03 11:49

Washington Politicizes Football — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s attack on world soccer is following the script of Washington’s attack on the Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics. The difference is that Washington couldn’t stop the Olympics from being held in Sochi, and was limited to scaring off westerners with lies and propaganda. In the current scandal orchestrated by Washington, Washington intends to use its takeover of FIFA to renege on FIFA’s decision that Russia host the next World Cup.

Jun 03 11:04

Obamacare sticker shock: Big rate hikes proposed for 2016

Hold onto your wallets ... many insurers want to substantially hike rates on Obamacare policies for 2016.

Many are proposing double-digit premium increases for individual policies, with some companies looking to boost rates more than 60%, according to a list posted Monday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Jun 03 10:58

Bill Clinton’s foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on sanctions

Bill Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times.

Jun 03 10:56

Six Nigerian Central Bankers Arrested In Currency Rigging "Mega Scam"

According to Bloomberg, six Nigerian central bankers were charged with fraud in an 8 billion naira ($40.2 million with an m, not a b, not a tr) currency "scam." No chat rooms here, just a plain old "mega scam involving the theft and recirculation of defaced and mutilated currencies,” the Abuja-based Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement dated Sunday on its website. In addition to the central bankers, among those charged are also sixteen commercial bankers who conspired with Central Bank of Nigeria regional executives. The suspects will appear at the Federal High Court in the southwest city of Ibadan from Tuesday to June 4.

Jun 03 10:44

US neoconservatives want war against Iran: Grossman

International lawyer Barry Grossman says US neoconservatives are seeking a military attack against Iran over the country’s nuclear program because it is “profitable” for them.

Jun 03 10:40

Chemical Companies to Write Own Chemical Safety Standards

With bill S.697, the chemical industry is about to be given free reign to write their own safety standards. Unless, they are willing to drink their own glyphosate to prove it is “completely safe” as one Patrick Moore recently refused to do, then it hardly makes sense for them to decide if their own products meet safety requirements for the public.

Jun 03 10:36

Mike Huckabee, U.S. presidential candidate, would've pretended to be transgender to shower with girls

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is drawing heat on social media after he said in a speech that he would have pretended to be transgender in high school to shower with girls after gym class.

"Now I wish someone had told me when I was in high school that I could've felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I'm pretty sure I would've found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.'"

In a speech at the National Religious Broadcasters' convention in Nashville last Sunday, the former Arkansas governor played to the crowd by taking aim at the transgender community.

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Okay Mike, can we get back to the wars and the economy now?

Jun 03 10:11

Chicago Democrats prepare new attacks on public education

As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Democratic administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel continue negotiations for a new contract covering 30,000 teachers and other school employees, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), has been forced to step down from her $250,000 per year position after being targeted by a federal corruption probe. The resignation takes place amid increasingly vocal demands in the media for financial takeover of the school district and as authorities continue to expand privately run, for-profit charter operations.

Jun 03 10:10

6.4 Million Could Lose Obamacare Subsidies Under Supreme Court Ruling

About 6.4 million people would lose their financial help under Obamacare if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration this month, according to new data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Jun 03 10:06

Judge Assigned to Dennis Hastert’s Sex Payments Cover-Up Case Contributed to his Campaigns

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) will be arraigned Thursday in federal court and face a judge who previously supported his campaigns.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin of Chicago contributed twice to Hastert’s reelection efforts, $500 in 2002 and $1,000 in 2004, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Durkin made the donations while he was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown. Hastert’s son Ethan also works for Mayer Brown.

Jun 03 09:47

Ron Paul and the Political Theatre

Students in the state’s official propaganda institutions learn about the wonders of the ­­democratic process, so called, throughout their years of formal study. But the truth is on full display during a presidential election season. These are not wise statesmen, discussing matters of importance from a disinterested, platonic summit, but narcissistic power-seekers shoveling ill-gotten gains to favored constituencies.

Jun 03 09:44

Middle East Turmoil Is Complete Theatre - War Is On The Horizon

By Brandon Turbeville

Considering the years of propaganda surrounding Iran and its nuclear program, it was clear to any informed observer that the recent US-Iran nuclear deal was nothing more than theatre. After all, the US/NATO imperialist machine has made its desire to wage war on the Persian nation explicit for some time. The only question is just how long this theatre will last before that goal is finally realized...

Jun 03 09:36

What does Obama hope to achieve from bullying China?

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed Spratly Islands.

Jun 03 09:22

Asking the Wrong Questions

Ask better questions and we receive more relevant answers.

What did the politicians know about that scandal? The implication is that major politicians MIGHT be innocent and/or ignorant regarding the events in that scandal. We usually receive an implausible answer to such questions.

A better question is: Does the political opposition have enough clout, information, votes, and money to indict the politician on various criminal charges? Further, does the politician have enough damaging and incriminating evidence against the opposition participants to prevent that indictment?

Jun 03 09:08

Jeb Bush and Discrimination

For the third time in twenty-six years, there is the frightening possibility of a Bush being a viable presidential candidate. The United States voter has a short memory indeed, if he or she will even consider casting their ballot for former Florida governor Jeb Bush, son of one-term president George Bush, and brother of the self-proclaimed ‘War President’, the disastrous George W. Bush.

Jun 03 08:34

Feds Sanitize Vaccine Injury Reporting BIG Time

By Catherine J. Frompovich

What kind of cockamamie statistical reporting uses ‘older data’ if not for the prime purpose to skew information? That reminds me of the CDC’s statistical information games about vaccines causing autism, the skewing of autism-vaccine data for ten years or so as documented by the CDC’s William Thompson, PhD, and the apparent misinformation given under oath during congressional hearings by another CDC PhD, Coleen Boyle. When will Congress wake up and do what citizens send them to Capitol Hill to do, and that is, exercise OVERSIGHT that’s not influenced by vested interests—in this case, Big Pharma?...

Jun 03 08:16

Obama and Oil

President Obama must wonder whether someone is trying to tell him something. On March 31, 2010, he announced an expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, putting his faith in “new technologies that reduce the impact of oil exploration.” Just 20 days later, the Deepwater Horizon blowout became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Then, last month, with the ink scarcely dry on his administration’s initial approval of Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic, more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil fouled the California coastline off Refugio State Beach, raising memories of the disastrous 1969 Santa Barbara spill that helped drive the first Earth Day a year later.

Jun 03 08:10

US has become a massive big brother police state: Journalist

The US Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency are spying on all people around the world, particularly those in Islamic countries that Israel does not like, a broadcast journalist in New York City says.

Jun 03 08:00

FBI Misuse of Patriot Act Authority

America is a police state. The FBI is the nation’s Gestapo. It’s abuse of power and misconduct are longstanding.

It’s an instrument for systematically violating civil liberties. It’s a rogue agency operating unconstitutionally.

Jun 03 07:53

Reviving the Patriot Act

Even as talk about the expiry of various parts of the USA Patriot Act was taking place, the background was never going to move that much. Assumptions of security – or its other side, paralytic insecurity – are so entrenched in the complex of power that they tend to win out. Empires on the run tend to seek ways of affirming their demise.

Jun 03 07:52

Elected Officials Grudgingly Admit Snowden Forced This Debate On Surveillance... As White House Insists He Belongs In Jail

The more the White House sticks with this wholly unbelievable line about "very serious crimes" at the very same time that Congress is debating reforms to surveillance programs only because of Snowden's actions, the more and more ridiculous the administration looks. I get that there must be some sort of ridiculous "political calculation" being made here about "looking strong" and "not encouraging" more leaks or something -- but all it really does is make the administration look foolish and unwilling to be honest.

Jun 03 07:46

IPSA set to raise MPs' salaries by 10%

As most Britons reel from tough austerity measures, the watchdog that regulates MPs’ pay has decided to raise their salaries by 10%.

Jun 03 07:38

Never Waste a Good Scandal

A leading spokesperson for the lobbying reform community predicts the 2016 election will galvanize fresh anti-corruption initiatives.

Craig Holman, Ph.D., Government Affairs Lobbyist for the advocacy group Public Citizen was on the job when the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal broke in 2005. He went on to play a major role in the legislation assembled in the scandal’s wake, 2007’s amendment to the 1995 Lobbying Disclosure Act, The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act or LOGA. Suffice to say Holman was feeling déjà vu all over again when I sat down with him recently.

Jun 03 07:37

Snowden Opened This Door for NSA Reform

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act, a bill touted by its authors as surveillance reform that will end the NSA’s mass, suspicionless collection of Americans’ personal data. Given that parts of the Patriot Act expired on June 1st, and that the government is pretending the expiration is a “crisis” rather than an opportunity, President Obama [signed the bill into law soon after].

Jun 03 07:02

Israel losing credibility over Netanyahu’s opposition to Palestinian statehood

US President Barack Obama says Israel is losing “credibility” among the international community over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the creation of a Palestinian state.

Jun 03 06:58

Is the FBI Spying on Your Neighborhood?

The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the US carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology – all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, the Associated Press has learned.

Jun 03 06:58

NYPD Charged With Fraud After Stealing Dead Man’s Credit Card And Buying Diamonds

New York City, New York – Ymmacula Pierre, A three year veteran of the NYPD is being charged by Manhatten district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and official misconduct for stealing the credit card number of a dead man she encountered on the job, and using it to purchase fancy jewels online from Zales in excess of $3000. In July of 2014 Pierre was called to make a wellness check of 65 year old architect, Ken Sanden because after concerned colleagues called after he did not show up for work.

Jun 03 06:48

You've Been Scammed! (On Going for Broke in Ponzi Scheme America)

It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives — or enter them — depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with your parents looking on, waiting to celebrate. The question is: Celebrate what exactly?

Jun 03 05:57

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

FIFA boss Sepp Blatter’s sudden resignation this week only days after being re-elected shows that the US campaign to bust the football federation over alleged financial corruption is probably going to intensify during the weeks and months ahead. Blatter had been re-elected for the fifth time last Friday as the federation’s president. He had earlier brushed off calls for his resignation from the American and British governments, amid a storm of media allegations over corruption at the World Cup organising body. Now only four days after being re-elected, the FIFA chief executive is quitting, saying somewhat cryptically that he does not have a sufficient mandate in the world of football to continue at the helm of the organisation.

Jun 03 05:54

Systemic Corruption Has Destroyed America

The Cop Is On the Take, but the private sector is no better … for example, the big banks have literally turned into criminal syndicates engaged in systemic fraud.

Wall Street and giant corporations are literally manipulating every single market.

And the big corporations are cutting corners to make an extra penny … wreaking havoc with their carelessness.

Jun 03 05:52

Ron Paul Fears The CIA Is The Biggest Threat To Americans' Liberty

As the Senate scrambled to pass the USA Freedom Act this evening, reinstating the agency’s ability to spy on Americans, Ron Paul points out that US intelligence organizations have always – and will continue – to operate outside the law; with Daniel McAdams noting the CIA "is sort of the President’s own Praetorian Guard." As Sputnik News reports, before Americans applaud a minor step toward transparency, Paul warns that they should recognize the corrosive nature of the CIA, "They are a secret government," operating way above the law, and are "way out of control."

Jun 02 23:25

School Cop Arrested After Surveillance Video Showed Him Body Slam 13-Year-Old Boy

Apparently the video of Badia brutally assaulting a child wasn’t enough to get this officer fired, or even suspended without pay.

Jun 02 23:20

Police Deleted Over an Hour of Video Showing them Shooting Teen 16 Times, 9 Times in the Back

As more details come to light about the death of 17-year old Laquan McDonald, the more it seems that the Chicago police department is involved in a massive cover-up. On the night of October 20, 2014 McDonald was shot sixteen times by Chicago police officers.

Jun 02 22:03

Freedom on the Line - Why Should We Care if the PATRIOT Act Expires?

We can answer that in one sentence: because our freedom is at stake, just like it was at the time of the original American Revolution.

Jun 02 15:33

Teen Sues After Police K9 Mauled His Genitals

A federal lawsuit has been filed claiming ‘excessive force’ was used after a police dog attacked a teen’s genitals as he was trying to surrender.

Jun 02 15:06

FBI investigations must be pointed

Any “spying on Americans” needs a court order, says Bob McNeil, the founder of the American Citizen Party, calling for “pointed” investigations at the agency rather than data collection.

Jun 02 14:59

Seniors losing homes to foreclosure

Of all the financial threats facing Americans of retirement age — outliving savings, falling for scams, paying for long-term care — housing isn’t supposed to be one. But after a home-price collapse, the worst recession since the 1930s and some calamitous decisions to turn homes into cash machines, millions of them are straining to make house payments.

Jun 02 14:42

Leaders of Macedonian political parties agree on early parliamentary elections

The leaders of Macedonian political parties have agreed to hold early parliamentary elections in 2016, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn said in Skopje on Tuesday.

Jun 02 14:41

Tyranny: It pisses me off

I am tired of being told that a discriminating attitude is a bad thing, and that total acceptance is somehow “enlightened.” I am tired of people thinking pleasantries are a better method for combating stupidity than a good slap upside the head.

Jun 02 14:32

Ballots, Electoral Offices Burned in Mexican Election Protests

The head of the National Electoral Institute said the government will not install voting stations if the security cannot be guaranteed.

Jun 02 14:04

New York Mets Dress Like Prison Inmates to Promote Gun Control

...it’s actually quite fitting that anti-gun activists would dress like disarmed prisoners to push gun control.

Jun 02 13:50

Manspreading arrests: the long arm of the law just invaded our personal space

Bad news, tall men with a poor sense of boundaries: the NYPD have had enough of your nonsense. Yes, after op–eds in the New York Times, a popular crowdshaming Tumblr campaign and a series of public service ads from the Metropolitan Transport Authority, ‘manspreading’, or ‘sitting with your legs slightly too far apart’, as it used to be known, has apparently become a criminal offence.

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Jun 02 13:45

Politics as an Elite Sport

Demonstrations, participation in elections and the exercise of power are political activities with a common characteristic: the working classes are moving away from them or feel excluded from them.

Jun 02 13:41

Vince Vaughn Full-Throated Defense Of Gun Rights

World famous comedian and movie star Vince Vaughn came out with a double barrel defense of gun rights during a recent interview, calling for guns in schools and arguing the Second Amendment is intended to defend against “the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”

Jun 02 13:34

Who, What, Where and When: UK Police Track Data Every Two Minutes

The words you type into Google, the websites you visit, the text messages you send, the people you call or email and your mobile phone GPS location – all that data is being asked for by UK police forces once every two minutes.

Jun 02 13:31

Rand Paul joins crusade to expose secret 9/11 documents

Sen. Rand Paul is joining a crowd of House lawmakers intent on revealing to the public 28 pages of secret text about Sept. 11, 2001.

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