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Jan 20 11:57

How the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Apparatus Is Being Turned on Protesters

Activists organizing protests against police brutality in New York are marking Martin Luther King Day with a march beginning in Harlem. Some attendees might be surprised along the way to encounter officers in blue jackets with the words "NYPD Counter Terrorism" emblazoned on the back. But Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim-American activist and member of the anti-police brutality group Justice League NYC, one of the sponsors of the march, is almost used to it by now.

Jan 20 11:56

Salt intake not associated with mortality or risk of cardiovascular disease and heart failure in older adults.

Like salty foods? Salt intake was not associated with mortality or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and health failure (HF) in older adults based on self-reported estimated sodium intake, according to a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Jan 20 10:55

Majority still support single-payer option, poll finds: "The single-payer option – also known as Medicare for all – would create a new, government-run insurance program to replace private coverage."

More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.

Jan 20 10:54

Photos Of Food The Poor Can Afford Daily Shows What Poverty Looks Like Around The World

The Poverty Line is a series by photographer Stefen Chow and economist Hui-Yi Lin that asks the simple question: What does poverty mean in different countries? By carefully researching each country's economy, the photographer is able to translate that data cohesively, creating a visual representation of the edibles one could potentially fit into their daily food budget.

Jan 20 10:18

How Do You Unmanipulate a Manipulated Economy?

Rip the bandage off! Let's deal with the festering mess once and for all!

Jan 20 10:04

Legalized marijuana: Colorado police say no impact 1 year after Amendment 64

It's been a year since Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and CBC's Reg Sherren travelled to Denver to see how some $1 billion US in sales has impacted the state's capital.

Jan 20 10:04

Japanese man sues women-only university for rejecting his application

A man seeking entrance to a women's university in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, filed a damages lawsuit Monday, arguing the public college's rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional.

Jan 20 09:56

The First 10 Things Every New Prepper Should Do (Some of Them Are Free!)

Over the past couple of years, here in America....

Contaminated water caused a complete loss of municipal services in both Ohio and West Virginia, resulting in almost a million people vying for the stock in local stores.

A freak confluence of storms caused a "Superstorm" that took out power to much of the Eastern Seaboard, including New York City and the coastal parts of New Jersey. Nearly a year later, some families were still without electricity to their homes.

Two winters in a row, a "polar vortex" caused horrifyingly low temperatures and paired with winter storms to make the mid-western US resemble the Artic Circle.

A small town in Missouri was under siege twice in a few months due to a police shooting of a young black man, and the officer's subsequent acquittal.

Job loss and poverty is at an all-time high.

A deadly virus that everyone thought would be relegated to the distant regions of Africa was diagnosed here in the US, not just once, but multiple times.

Jan 20 09:37

Gold's New Friend: The Swiss Franc!

While I predicted a huge rally in gold would usher in the new year of 2015 in a spectacular way, the top bank economists have failed again

Most of them predicted, “No rally for gold!” Their dire predictions in 2014 all failed to materialize, and this year they are off to an even worse start.

The bank economists, quite frankly, look ridiculous. They clearly need to reset their thinking about the powerful demand coming from billions of Chinese and Indian citizens, or they risk turning themselves into clownish figurines.

Jan 20 09:25

Release the Kraken!

Thoughts from the Frontline: The Swiss Release the Kraken!
And this was not a painless policy decision for the SNB. Citibank estimates the SNB’s losses to be close to 60 billion Swiss francs. Let’s try to add a little perspective on that. The US is (very) roughly 40 times the size of Switzerland in both GDP and population. At today’s conversion rate, the Swiss lost something like $70 billion if Citibank is right. That’s like the US Federal Reserve’s losing $2.8 trillion. That, my friends, will leave a red mark on any central bank’s balance sheet. Not that the Swiss can’t afford it or that they’re going to be out on the corner with a tin cup, but they do have a considerable quantity of euros that are now much less valuable. And dollars and yen and pounds and renminbi. But then again, they are in the privileged position of having a currency that the rest of the world wants, so much that in order to hold it you will have to take a haircut on your deposits at the SNB, a haircut that is going to increase

Jan 20 09:15

New police radars can "see" inside homes; At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Jan 20 09:15

5-Year-Old Gets Slapped With An Invoice Just For Missing A Birthday Party

Two mothers became embroiled in a bitter Facebook battle over an invoice handed to one of their sons for missing the other's birthday party.

Tanya Walsh and her partner Derek Nash were appalled when their son Alex, five, arrived home from school with a £15.95 bill for missing his classmate Charlie Lawrence’s big day at a local ski centre.

After refusing to pay, Alex's parents were threatened that they would be taken to court.

Since then Miss Walsh and Charlie's mother Julie Lawrence have become entangled in a war of words.

Jan 20 08:58

Shooting on D.C.’s Metro bus; two wounded

Two men have been shot on board a packed Metrobus in the District of Columbia.

Nearly 50 people were on the bus at the time of the Monday night shooting near Union Station in northwest Washington.

Jan 20 08:50

Turkey arrests 23 in wire-tapping scandal

Turkey has arrested 23 people for wire-tapping senior government officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Police launched raids in the capital Ankara and three other cities early Tuesday, arresting some 23 people suspected of illegally eavesdropping on senior government officials.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said the suspects are linked to Turkey's telecommunications authority and its research center. They are suspected of wiretapping phones, including encrypted ones used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior officials.

Jan 20 08:48

Instead of Criminalizing Homelessness, Utah Is Doing the Opposite — And It's Working -- "Their remedy was astoundingly simple: give homes to people without them."

After Barbara Simons left her abusive husband and the house they lived in together six years ago, she had nowhere to go. She was without a job and her daughter, Jamie, was struggling with mental health issues. She ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and feared she'd become homeless.

Jan 20 08:46

25 Images That Defined The Civil Rights Movement

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. We celebrate the legacy of the thousands of people who stood up and spoke out against injustice. These images tell their story.

Jan 20 08:43

BEX Alert - "Five Russians detained in France on suspicion of planning attack - prosecutor"

Five Russians have been detained in France on suspicion of planning an attack, said the French prosecutor’s office in a statement as cited by AFP.

Five Chechens were held overnight on Monday in Beziers, a town in Languedoc in southern France on suspicion of planning a terror attack, the prosecutor of the city, Yvon Calvet, said on Tuesday.

The suspects’ ages range from 24 to 37, according to BFM TV.

The Russian embassy in Paris told RIA Novosti it has no information concerning the arrests at the moment.

According to Midi Libre, the Chechens are also suspected of hiding a cache of explosives, which was found near the Sauclieres stadium in Beziers.

Jan 20 08:19

SHOCKING: COUNTLESS WOMEN HAVE BEEN RAPED AT TEXAS’ FOR-PROFIT DETENTION CENTER

Attorneys from multiple firms have sent a letter of complaint to officials with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security alleging that the male guards at the for-profit Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas – one of many in the country that hold undocumented immigrants (mostly unaccompanied minors and mothers with children apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border illegally) – raped, groped, and sexually assaulted the women detainees as they awaited hearings on their deportation from the United States.

Jan 20 08:16

Good News. Tiger Numbers in India up From 1,400 to 2,226 in 7 Years

The number of tigers in India has seen a sharp rise to 2,226 tigers from 1,411 seven years ago, the environment ministry has said.

Jan 20 08:15

Woman fakes own DEATH to get out of dating man she met online

Ann Gray, 29, from Somerset, told us that she had been seeing a man she met on an online dating site.

After the third date Ann invited him around for a meal but later made up her mind that he wasn't for her - fair enough, right?

She said: "I called it a night and decided that I never wanted to see him again. Luckily, he didn't live in my town."

When she tried to let her date down gently, it was clear he wasn't getting the hint - so she told him outright that it 'wasn't working for her'.

Jan 20 08:01

Delaware man: Police probing Biden shooting ‘beat the daylights out of me’

The incident occurred on Saturday night when Peters had been driving in a car near the entrance to Joe Biden’s estate

Jan 20 07:26

Israel Attacks Syria in Support of ISIS

Israel and its stooges in the West are for all practical purposes allied with ISIS, while Iran and the State Department-designated “terrorist” organization Hezbollah are supporting the legitimate government of Syria’s efforts to ward off foreign ISIS invaders. This does not mean that Zionists want ISIS to completely take over Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, but they do want these countries to remain in strife and civil war in order to keep them weak and thus preserve Israeli hegemony.

Jan 20 07:14

My Liberty Movement Suicide Security Pledge

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

Jan 20 02:51

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Mustapha noted in the interview that in Western countries “the full force of the law” is brought down upon critics of Zionism, whereas anti-Islamic neocon zealots are given a platform on mainstream media to spout lies and deceptions intended to demonize Muslims and Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya.

Jan 20 02:22

More Police-Worship Propaganda Slated For #SOTU Address As Michelle Obama Invites Interracial LAPD Cop Couple

Police in Los Angeles are in a tweeting frenzy over excitement about bi-racial couple who have been invited to Washington D.C. as personal guests of Michelle Obama for the State of the Union Address tomorrow night.

"Recently, Captain Phil Tingirides, Commanding Officer of Southeast Division, and his wife, Sergeant Emada Tingirides, assigned to Operations-South Bureau, received an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama requesting their presence at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address at the U.S. Capitol... The Tingirides have been requested to sit in a box with First Lady Michelle Obama," the LAPD press release said. But a closer look at the LAPD ain't so pretty.

Jan 20 00:47

Calif. Police investigate KKK fliers, business cards left at houses on MLK Day

Santa Ana, Police issued an advisory yesterday, on Martin Luther King day about baggies which were reportedly left at 40 homes. The small zip-loc baggies allegedly contained a rock, a candy, a flyer, and a KKK business card.

Jan 19 23:42

From Prisoner to Debt Slave: Inmates Becoming Corporate Slaves in For-Profit Facilities

For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges.

Jan 19 23:39

7 Homeschooled Kids Taken from Parents Because Dad Had Unapproved Mineral Supplement

The supplement in question is MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution). The FDA has been at war with this product and its distributors for several years.

Jan 19 23:38

Virginia’s New Anti-NDAA Detention Bill Turns the Table on Feds

Virginia is one of DC’s (specifically the DoD’s) prime real estate providers. It serves as home to many government, private security, and intelligence contractors, particularly in the Northern Virginia area. HB2144 demands the feds comply or creates a climate where the state can end those contracts of cooperation that the DoD relies on through either the legislature or the governor.

Jan 19 23:35

Neocon Confronts Ron Paul On Paul Craig Roberts Article: 'Do You Believe Hebdo Was A False Flag?

"Well no obviously not, and I don't even think Paul Craig Roberts believes that," asserts Paul.

Jan 19 23:34

New Computer Guided Rifle is Accurate UP TO A MILE!

My only question is, what will the government make of this?

Jan 19 23:22

Challenge for Pope: Seize Chance for Religious Renewal

The world now needs a fearless champion with clout, another overturner of money tables, scatterer of vested interests, exposer of hypocrisy and scourge of the unjust... a genuinely heroic figure that ordinary folk around the world can look up to.

In any month nearly 200 Palestinian children are held in Israeli military detention and the numbers remain fairly constant.

His Holiness, on reflection, must know that the situation in Palestine is wretchedly deplorable and an ugly stain on civilization generally and Christendom in particular for allowing it to happen. Praying with villains like Peres and accepting their refusal to allow access to Gaza’s communities doesn’t cut the mustard. Extraordinary evil requires extraordinary measures.

Save you prayers, Holiness, for someone and something more deserving.
Are we just people who use fine and pious words?

Jan 19 23:11

Did a Russian Parliamentarian Just Commit Treason?

An interesting thing happened in Washington recently, and it had nothing to do with Beltway politics, Democrats vs. Republicans, or any of the other standard fare for the middle of the week in mid-January. Rather, a relatively small, little publicized event took place at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prominent liberal-leaning think tank in Washington.

Jan 19 23:06

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

The Ukrainian regime opened a renewed offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbass region over the weekend in an effort to solidify control over the Donetsk International Airport, which has been the site of months of intense fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Jan 19 23:00

Western politics of high-octane emotion

So America's top diplomat John Kerry wants to give France "a big hug" to condole over the recent spate of alleged terror attacks in that country. Speaking in Paris while laying a wreath for the 17 victims of violence, Kerry said that "America feels the pain of our oldest ally."

Jan 19 22:58

The New York Times Sinks to a New Journalistic Low in its Reporting on Ukraine

On 8 January 2015, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk demonstrated once again that he is either a liar or an ignoramus (inspired by Russophobia) when he told a German TV channel, “I will not allow the Russians to march across Ukraine and Germany, as they did in WWII.” Putting aside his ludicrous bravado – analogous to a crazed, dying gnat promising to stop a bull elephant — only the untaught do not know that it was Hitler’s Nazi Germany that invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. Moreover, while most military historians specializing in the history of the Eastern Front (including this writer) know that the Red Army played by far the greatest role in saving Europe from prolonged Nazi rule, only an ignoramus or liar like Mr. Yatsenyuk would say, “We all very well remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany, and we have to avoid it.”

Jan 19 22:08

Trolling Russia

The edifice of world post-1991 order is collapsing right now before our eyes. President Putin’s decision to give a miss to the Auschwitz pilgrimage, right after his absence in Paris at the Charlie festival, gave it the last shove. It was good clean fun to troll Russia, as long as it stayed the course. Not anymore. Russia broke the rules.

Neither willingly nor easily did Russia break ranks. Putin tried to take Western baiting in his stride: be it Olympic games, Syria confrontation, gender politics, Georgian border, even Crimea-related sanctions. The open economic warfare was a game-changer. Russia felt attacked by falling oil prices, by rouble trouble, by credit downgrading. These developments are considered an act of hostility, rather than the result of “the hidden hand of the market”.

If the initiators expected Russians to be mad at Putin, they miscalculated. The Russian public is angry with the American organizers of the economical warfare, not with its own government.

Jan 19 20:31

Syrian Ambassador: France allowed Terrorists who commited Charlie Hebdo massacre to fight in Syria

Ambassador al-Ja’afari: I’m sure you’re aware of the alarming reports of Da’esh coming from Camp Bucca in Iraq, the famous American prison in Iraq. Al-Baghdadi, the caliph of Da’esh, was at Bucca. He was released by the Americans, not by the Syrian president. The men who committed the massacre in Paris, they were fighting in Syria and came back to France. France allowed them to go to Syria, where they killed scores of people, and in Iraq. Then they came back, normally, and the French police let them in. The same terrorists. They are good when they kill Syrians, and they are bad when they kill the French.

Jan 19 19:45

Charlie Hebdo Attack: The Kouachi brothers died from CPS---Chronic Patsy Syndrome

Notice how the post-attack narrative has morphed from protecting freedom of the press and France from jihadists to protecting French Jews from Muslims and ridding Europe of anti-Semitism, which, according to Israeli PM Netenyahu, can only be accomplished by eliminating funding of the International Criminal Court so they can't try Israel for the massive number of war crimes it committed against Gaza and by letting European Jews and ONLY Jews, carry firearms?

Yes, that would work out splendidly, wouldn't it?

Jan 19 19:06

Germany repatriated 120 tonnes of gold in 2014

The Germans see the writing on the wall...

Stay tuned as the ECB is expected to announce massive QE (quantitative easing) on Thursday.

Jan 19 18:58

(VIDEO) This Obscure Biblical Prophecy is Coming True

When they say "there is peace and security" then sudden destruction will come upon them, and they shall not escape...

Jan 19 18:30

Breached pipeline spills up to 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Bridger Pipeline said the rupture in the 12-inch steel pipe occurred early Saturday and lasted for one hour, dispensing no more than 1,200 barrels, or about 50,000 gallons, of crude oil.

Oil has been reported as far as 25 miles downstream from Glendive, according to company spokesman Bill Salvin. Some of the crude is trapped under ice.

"Oil has made it into the river," Salvin said, according to AP. "We do not know how much at this point."

Jan 19 18:27

Kenya police tear-gas school kids protesting the removal of playground

Kenyan police Monday tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, said a Kenyan human rights activist.

Jan 19 18:26

Over two thirds of Christians support the torture of terrorist suspects, compared with just 41% of nonbelievers.

Over two thirds of Christians support the torture of terrorist suspects, compared with just 41% of nonbelievers. Why?
In a way, this shouldn’t be surprising.
Christianity is the religion that brought us the Inquisition, the Crusades, and the burning of witches. So perhaps it makes sense that Christians are more supportive of torture than atheists, as shown in a Washington Post poll taken just after the revelations that the CIA had tortured suspected terrorists.

Jan 19 17:59

Obamacare penalty may be larger than expected

Those Americans who didn’t get health insurance last year could be in for a rude awakening when the IRS asks them to fork over their Obamacare penalty — and it could be a lot more than the $95 many of them may be expecting.

Jan 19 17:38

New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes

At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.

Jan 19 17:36

How Propaganda Conquers Democracy

snip: Self-serving politicians and parties compete for funding in election campaigns run by the advertising industry, to give political investors the most corrupt President, administration and Congress that money can buy, while courts uphold new corporate and plutocratic political rights to ward off challenges to the closed circle of wealth and political power.

Oligarchic corporate control of the media is a critical element in this dystopian system. Under the genius of inverted totalitarianism, a confluence of corrupt interests has built a more effective and durable propaganda system than direct government control has ever achieved.

Jan 19 17:04

Obama Administration Now Boasting About How Many Illegal Alien Immigrant Children It Resettled This Summer

The Department of Health and Human Services is touting its handling of last summer’s massive influx of unaccompanied alien children in an end-of-year report, despite the fact that its own failures worsened the situation.

Jan 19 16:46

Do we even need a State of the Union address anymore?

Not to start too pessimistically, but let’s be honest with one another. -- The pomp and scale that surrounds Washington, D.C. is a skeleton of the past. That’s not meant to refer solely to the architecture, the fake-it-’till-you-make-it pretensions of a young country written in marble. It refers to much of the pageantry that we still embrace, beyond modern utility or necessity. It refers, to be direct, to the State of the Union Address.

Jan 19 16:36

Report: Richest 1% to Own More Than Rest by 2016

Wealth accumulated by the richest 1 percent will exceed that of the other 99 percent in 2016, the Oxfam charity said Monday, ahead of the annual meeting of the world’s most powerful at Davos, Switzerland.

Jan 19 16:16

If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed’s policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

Jan 19 15:49

CIA’s Small World at the Jeffrey Sterling Trial: Racial Profiling and Leaked

While the jury will likely neither note nor learn of them, there were details from last week’s testimony in the Jeffrey Sterling trial that resonated with two other notable cases involving the CIA: the New York Police Department’s spying on Muslims and the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity.

Jan 19 15:39

Liam Neeson’s Anti-Gun Rant: Without Guns, You’d Pretty Much Have No Career

His movie posters speak for themselves. Without guns, Neeson's resumé would be a whole lot shorter.

Jan 19 15:34

GITMO: Symbol of America's Moral Depravity by Stephen Lendman

the posturing hypocrites that prattle about the morality of torture are sickening!

Jan 19 15:28

Christine Lagarde Calls For World To Embrace "New Multilateralism" Order In 2015

As 2015 begins, policymakers around the world are faced with three fundamental choices: to strive for economic growth or accept stagnation; to work to improve stability or risk succumbing to fragility; and to cooperate or go it alone. The stakes could not be higher; 2015 promises to be a make-or-break year for the global community. For starters, growth and jobs are needed to support prosperity and social cohesion in the wake of the Great Recession that began in 2008. Six years after the eruption of the financial crisis, the recovery remains weak and uneven. Global growth is projected at just 3.3% in 2014 and 3.8% in 2015. Some important economies are still fighting deflation. More than 200 million people are unemployed. The global economy risks getting stuck in a “new mediocre” – a prolonged period of slow growth and feeble job creation.

Jan 19 15:07

An Interview with Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari by EVA BARTLETT

snip: Yes, this is what transpired in the media. I didn’t ask to circulate the letter, I wanted it to be shared only by the members of the Security Council, but it was somehow leaked. But I would like to confirm that, yes, I sent a letter drawing the kind attention of the secretary-general and the members of the Security Council to this flagrant and blatant interference in domestic affairs, this violation of our sovereignty, the illegal crossing of our borders. Whenever one of those who cross illegally into Syria gets killed by the terrorists, then the Syrian government is blamed for not protecting him, although they entered Syria illegally. Many journalists have been killed, unfortunately. It is unfortunate, but they are responsible for their own fate. They didn’t enter Syria via the Syrian government. We would have protected them. We would have shown them where to go and where not to go. But they had bad intentions. So, many of them got killed, beheaded, kidnapped.

Jan 19 15:07

A challenge for Pope Francis: Seize the chance for religious “renewal"

Stuart Littlewood calls on Pope Francis to go beyond using fine and pious words, challenge Israeli crime in the Holy Land, and pluck up the courage to visit the besieged Gaza Strip.

Jan 19 14:50

Persecution, A Crusade Against Muslims by NORMAN POLLACK

proto-fascism seems too weak a term to me. it is glaringly apparent and aggressive fascism

Jan 19 14:29

Challenge for Pope: Seize Chance for Religious Renewal

The world now needs a fearless champion with clout, another overturner of money tables, scatterer of vested interests, exposer of hypocrisy and scourge of the unjust... a genuinely heroic figure that ordinary folk around the world can look up to.

Not many weeks after that bizarre presidential pray-in with the Pope, Israel launched its most recent murder spree, Operation Protective Edge, slaughtering nearly 2,200 including more than 500 children, seriously injuring thousands more, making countless families homeless, wreaking massive destruction on vital infrastructure and causing lethal public health problems.

His Holiness, on reflection, must know that the situation in Palestine is wretchedly deplorable and an ugly stain on civilization generally and Christendom in particular for allowing it to happen. Praying with villains like Peres and accepting their refusal to allow access to Gaza’s communities doesn’t cut the mustard. Extraordinary evil requires extraordinary measures.

Jan 19 14:27

A challenge for the Pope: seize the chance for religious 'renewal'

During his May 2014 visit to the Holy Land, Christianity’s top man was (presumably) prevented from bearing witness to the human suffering in Gaza. Since then Israel has launched yet another murderous assault slaughtering civilians, including children, on a massive scale and afterwards obstructing humanitarian aid and re-construction. Is it time for the Pope and other religious leaders to mobilise and used their clout?

Jan 19 14:21

Crisis Point: Putin, The West, and the Game Being Played

James Holbrooks
Activist Post

I picture him in a shadowy room, stretched out in a plush leather chair with a cup of steaming coffee on the table next to him. His hands are steepled at his mouth as he studies in meditative silence the bank of muted screens before him. Flickering across those screens are pundits, press conferences, and live reports from war correspondents. He killed the sound a minute before. He doesn’t need to hear the words. He understands the message all too well.

The West is closing in.

I’ve heard Vladimir Putin referred to as The Chessmaster. I’ve never sat at the board with the man so I can’t say for certain this is apt. But it does seem like the Russian leader’s moves of late have been carefully thought-out and even more carefully executed...

Jan 19 14:18

Netanyahu, Europe’s far right find common ground

Jonathan Cook says Israel’s PM and Europe’s far right’s common vision is a Europe free of Jews, who should be in Israel, and free of Muslims, who risk undermining support for Israel.

Jan 19 14:17

The Syrian Ambassador’s Complaint

This is why they want to privatize the United Nations, so that the influential donors can control the decision-making mechanisms, without giving a damn about the provisions of the Charter.

Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, sat down with Al-Akhbar for an interview.
The veteran diplomat, who has held his position at the UN since 2006, and lives restricted to a 25-mile radius of New York City, has much more to say than the half hour allowed. Defiant as always, he discussed the challenges he faces at the UN, explained why he thinks the organization has lost its way, and censured Western states and media for their hostility toward the Syrian government.

Jan 19 13:26

Gray State Film Family Killed, Labeled 'Murder-Suicide' - Dead for Weeks

David Crowley, aged 29, had headed up a small crew for an ongoing full-feature and highly anticipated production called Gray State. The project had been in the works for over four years. A description exerpt from the film's website, which raised over $61,000 from fans...

In a stomach-churning turn of events, the filmwriter/producer David Crowley, his 28-year-old wife Komel, and young daughter, Rani, were found dead in their Apple Valley, MN home - after not being seen or heard from since before Christmas.

Jan 19 13:23

'Francogeddon' sends German cities' debts soaring

Following the shock move last week to unpeg the Swiss Franc (CHF) from the Euro, estimates suggest that debt in German municipalities has gone up by €2 billion, it was reported on Monday.

Jan 19 13:20

Fractures show in new French 'national unity'

A French flag was burned on the island of Corsica on Monday as cracks appeared to be widening in the new found unity created in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

Jan 19 12:53

A Critical Shift: How the Swiss Just Screwed the ECB

We have just witnessed a very significant event; one that suggests our world is about to rapidly change. This change will bring a lot of grief and a lot of destruction.
But it may be the necessary evil first step to bring order back to the world’s financial system. If we are lucky.

Jan 19 12:12

Neocons: The ‘Anti-Realists’

Historically, one of the main threads of U.S. foreign policy was called “realism,” that is the measured application of American power on behalf of definable national interests, with U.S. principles preached to others but not imposed.

Jan 19 12:06

I'm Maurice Sinet - "I Like Charlie Coulibaly"

The Western democracies have a real problem with the concept of "freedom of speech". Their hypocrisy and double standards know no borders. The inflicted state terrorism of the West against Muslims in the Middle East or non-white peoples in Africa or elsewhere is boundless. But when these downtrodden victims of Western genocidal attacks fight back, they are called "terrorists". Insults and incitement against Muslims and their prophet Mohammad falls allegedly under the concept of freedom of speech, which is assumed unlimited, however, when this noble concept is used against the atrocities committed by the Zionist occupying regime in Palestine or its US master, it's considered a "crime" by the French judiciary.

Jan 19 12:04

HHS secretary uses MLK Day speech to shill Obamacare at Al Sharpton event

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell promoted Obamacare “in the spirit of Dr. King” on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during a breakfast hosted by Al Sharpton.

“African-Americans have the lowest life expectancy of any other race in this country,” Ms. Burwell said in a speech to the National Action Network, The Hill reported.

Jan 19 12:01

Netanyahu and Europe’s far right find common ground

Israel has been having its own internal debate about the significance of the Paris killings this month, with concerns quite separate from those expressed in Europe.

While Europeans are mired in debates about free speech and the role of Islam in secular societies, Israelis generally – and their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in particular – view the attacks as confirming Israel's place as the only safe haven for Jews around the world.

Jan 19 11:51

Police crackdown after Charlie Hebdo attack spreads across Europe

This weekend, police and military forces were deployed across Europe on an unprecedented scale. Security forces in France, Belgium, Germany, Greece and Britain are continuing a crackdown on suspected Islamists, arresting dozens of people, after the January 7 attack on the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Jan 19 11:44

Russian Central Bank Bans Western Ratings Agencies

The decision comes after Fitch and Moody’s downgraded Russian sovereign debt to just above junk status.

Jan 19 11:40

Former White House Official – Europe In Danger Of Mega-Bank Runs That Jeopardize The World

former White House official and Plunge Protection Team member warned King World News that Europe is now in danger of mega-bank runs that will destabilize the entire global financial system.

Jan 19 11:33

GCHQ - MI5 - Investigate Journalists are 'a potential threat to security'

The revelation, buried in intelligence documents leaked by the fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden

Jan 19 11:21

MLK: a message from the grave

The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today . . . the cry is always the same–“We want to be free.”

Jan 19 11:18

FROM DREAM TO NIGHTMARE IN IMAGES

Jan 19 11:05

Army Recruiting Poster BANNED for THIS Ridiculous Reason!

A poster with the message “On a mission for both God and Country” on display outside a recruiting station in Phoenix was removed Friday morning after it was brought to the attention of the the Army Recruiting Command.

Jan 19 11:05

40% of British families ‘too poor to play a part in society’ :8 million lacking required income level, says charity, as rising figure reflects cost of living and benefit cuts

Nearly four out of 10 households with children, or 8.1 million people, live below an income level regarded by the public as the minimum needed to participate in society, according to new research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Jan 19 10:51

Justice Department Ends Participation in Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that state and local officials would no longer be allowed to use federal law to seize private property such as cash or cars without evidence that a crime was committed.

This practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, circumvents the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which prohibit the governmental takings of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

It is, in essence, legalized theft.

Jan 19 10:48

It’s not just Muslim fanatics who treat blasphemy as a crime. So does Canada.

Canadian blasphemy trial a warning against smugness: Walkom

Jan 19 10:40

Ex-Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer found guilty in WikiLeaks trial, avoids jail

accused of passing confidential information to WikiLeaks on two occasions, one in 2008 and another in 2011.

Jan 19 10:37

LAPD Announces: "The Museum of Tolerance Will Provide Training For Patrol Officers Throughout 2015."

Just as they've been caught on camera this week reaching for their service weapons to deal with uppity 10-year-old black kids and arresting women for filming police in public, the LAPD has announced that all LAPD officers are being trained by the revered 'Museum of Tolerance.'

Jan 19 10:25

Restaurant Sign “I Can’t Breath” Honoring Murdered Vet Is Offending Liberals

A restaurant in Spokane, Washington, is taking some heat for a sign they used to support a local man who was killed there in August. The sign used a turn of the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” which, of course, became a rallying cry for many following the death of Eric Garner in New York this summer.

Jan 19 10:24

Barack Obama goes after the one per cent with proposed $320 billion tax hike

President Barack Obama will use his annual State of the Union address to propose hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes on America's "one per cent" in a move that will increase tensions with the Republican-dominated Congress.

Jan 19 10:23

Thieves Get Away With Massive Haul Until They Do Something INCREDIBLY STUPID

File this under “World’s Dumbest.”
Two young men thought they got away with stealing $5,000, an iPad, and MacBook from an an suspecting Houston, Texas victim.
But immediately after pulling off their “hustle,” the two idiots proceeded to a nearby Burger King and videotaped themselves–on the stolen iPad, no less–bragging about what they had just done, showing off wads of stolen cash, and thenposting the video to the Internet!

Jan 19 10:12

France’s Le Pen says Paris attacks were the work of US or Israeli agents.

Mr Le Pen pointed to the fact that one of the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre, left his identity card in a crashed getaway car. He compared this to the “miraculous fact”

Jan 19 10:01

Why People Are Protesting GMOs

Video - Ever wonder why there are so many people against Monsanto and GMOs? Journalist Luke Rudkowski interviews people at a recent Monsanto protest in New York City. He asks the attendees why they are there, one fact about Monsanto and what they hope happens. If you would consider protesting GMOs, or have participated in such protests, please share a comment explaining why.

Jan 19 09:58

Ferguson Activists Bring Message of Love and Struggle to Palestine

Since returning to the US, the group has released a powerful video of a flash mob demonstration it staged in Nazareth — a city in historic Palestine — in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against Israeli settler colonialism.

Jan 19 09:29

Police Refuse To Explain How Young African American Woman Died In Police Custody

A young African American woman from Brighton, Alabama recently died in police custody. Police have still refused to provide any reasonable explanation for the cause behind her death.

Jan 19 09:29

“I am very good at working with Jews” Says Chinese tycoon trying to buy the New York Times/Wall Street Journal

Chen Guangbiao, a recycling magnate and one of China’s 400 richest people—and a high-profile philanthropist; he’s known for what he calls flashy philanthropy—recently announced his intention to buy the New York Times. But when Guangbiao, whose fortune was estimatedat $740 million in 2012, was rebuffed by the Internet, he changed his tack: he checked to see if the Wall Street Journal was for sale.

Jan 19 09:24

Alabama school superintendent bans high school history club from seeing ‘Selma’

A school trip to the see the historical civil rights drama ‘Selma‘ by a high school history club has been cancelled by the school superintendent over concerns over language, reports WAFF.

DeKalb County school superintendent Hugh Taylor cancelled the outing by students at the predominately minority school, saying he was concerned about obscene language and “racial profanity” in the Oscar-nominated film.

Taylor was elected DeKalb County school superintendent in 2013 despite concerns that he sends his own four children to a private Christian academy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This history is the history of every African American kid in that school district, and they have the right to know it. Yes, it was an ugly chapter in Alabama's past, but it gave (or should have given) every one of those kids two priceless things: a chance for a decent education, and the right to vote.

As to profanity: every high school kid know double the dirty words they may hear in this film, and sideways.

And a memo to De Kalb county School Board; next time you elect a superintendent, perhaps vote for someone with enough faith that they send their kids to public school, not a private academy.

Jan 19 09:10

Color of Change’s ‘Lynching Map’ Inciting More Hatred: “Any Cop That Kills Again Will Be Hanged”

The ColorofChange.org is campaigning this weekend to “reclaim MLK” by putting out a map claiming that police are killing blacks at nearly the same rate they were lynched during the Jim Crow era and it is spawning the intended hatred from Twitter followers.

Jan 19 09:09

Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Oklahoma State economist Jayson Lusk has some additional details on the survey. If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this:

Jan 19 09:04

The Drug War, Asset Forfeiture, and the Cycle that Funds the Police State

“You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don’t know where the f*** it’s gonna take you.”

Jan 19 08:50

Bill Cosby Might Face Criminal Charges As New Alleged Victim Comes Forward

. It was reported earlier that Cosby has hired a team of detectives to dig up dirt on his accusers to raise doubts regarding their credibility.

Jan 19 08:47

Boston City employee fired after being charged in relation to I-93 protest

“Mayor Walsh strongly respects the right to protest and the right to free speech, however

Jan 19 08:44

Coca-Cola Plans To Open A Factory In Gaza

Jan 19 08:38

Police accountability measures working? Intense standoff with gun wielding man ends peacefully

Instead of shooting first and asking questions later, a negotiator, Officer Ed Bertola, was called in

Jan 19 08:32

Americans concerned about jobs and finances — not 'terrorism,' poll shows

The threat of joblessness tops the list of concerns facing American households, according to a new Al Jazeera America/Monmouth University Poll. When asked to describe the biggest concern facing their family, 16 percent of poll respondents said either job security or unemployment. The second most-cited concern was health care costs, followed by everyday bills.

Jan 19 08:32

Half global wealth held by 1%:Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that–on current trends–by next year,1% of the world’s population will own more wealth

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.

Jan 19 08:19

Selma movie review: ‘What happens when a man stands up?’ Viewing yesterday and today

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

Selma artistically documents activists’ strategic work to realize basic human rights already legally guaranteed under the US Constitution: voting and freedom of speech.

Activism was required after government “leaders” ongoing rejection of their Oath of office to protect and defend the US Constitution, and psychopathically attacking activists for “disturbing the peace.”

The movie has FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover advise US President Johnson that Dr. King is a “degenerate immoral animal” who the FBI could simply assassinate.

President Johnson acknowledges this power to kill US activists they don’t like, but chooses to allow the FBI to continue illegally wiretapping Dr. King, making illegal and ongoing threats against the lives of his children, his wife, and Martin via phone calls, letters, and audio tapes, and to attempt to cause Dr. King’s death by suicide.

Jan 19 08:13

Man Who Shot Oklahoma Police Chief Four Times Will Not Be Charged

A man who shot the police chief of Sentinel, Oklahoma, four times has been released with no charges filed against him.
The shooting took place Thursday, Jan. 15, when the police chief entered a home looking for the person who allegedly called in a bomb threat to a Head Start center, reports CNN.

Jan 19 08:13

Elon Musk plans to launch 4,000 satellites to deliver high-speed Internet access anywhere on Earth “all for the purpose of generating revenue to pay for a city on Mars.”

Serial entrepreneur and tech billionaire Elon Musk visited Seattle Friday but made clear he has higher aspirations when he told the crowd at a glitzy private event, “One day I will visit Mars.”

Jan 19 08:10

Moroccan man in France brutally stabbed to death by neighbour in 'horrible Islamophobic attack'

A Moroccan man in France was brutally stabbed to death by a neighbour in front of his wife in what is described as a 'horrible Islamophobic attack'.

Mohamed El Makouli was attacked after a 28-year-old man burst into his home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, it has been reported.

His 31-year-old wife, Nadia, suffered wounds to her hands as she tried to save her husband before she fled their home in the quiet village of Beaucet, near Avignon, with their child to alert the police.

Jan 19 08:03

Almost half French oppose publishing Mohammed cartoons: poll

Almost half of the French public oppose publication of cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammed, according to a poll Sunday, as global debate deepened on the limits of free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Jan 19 08:03

Police Accountability Measures Working?

Intense Standoff With Gun Wielding Man Ends Peacfully

Could it be that the public’s demand for a more peaceful police system had something to do with the way the officers conducted themselves?

Jan 19 08:02

Charlie Hebdo: Muslim media anger at new cartoon

Newspapers across the globe respond to the "survivors' edition" of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo - featuring a cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad - with a mixture of anger, concern and solidarity.

"With new cover of French paper, a new set of fears," says the New York Times on its front page, adding that there is a "dread that Charlie Hebdo may prompt further violence".

Jan 19 08:02

Aspiring filmmaker and family found dead in home, police say ‘murder-suicide’

Close friend, neighbors, say 'something doesn't seem right'

Jan 19 08:01

Tariq Ramadan: 'Double standard of freedom of expression'

Jan 19 07:37

MAN WHO WAS MAKING FILM ABOUT AMERICAN DICTATORSHIP FOUND DEAD IN HOME ALONG WITH WIFE AND CHILD

In the white rambler in the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive in Apple Valley, a terrible sight awaited police: The bodies of a man, woman and child lying in the living room, the perpetrator and victims of an apparent murder-suicide. The bodies may have been there for up to four weeks before they were found Saturday afternoon; neighbors next door and across the street said they hadn’t seen the family since before Christmas.

Jan 19 07:37

Liars’ Remorse -- Democrats have second thoughts about Obamacare

Half of the 60 Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act in December 2009—the exact number needed to prevent its being filibustered to death, since all Republicans opposed it—are no longer in the Senate.

Jan 19 07:35

BODY OF MISSING AIG EXECUTIVE FOUND IN GOLF COURSE POND

A body found floating in a pond on a golf course in California has been identified as the AIG executive who disappeared two weeks ago while attending a work conference in the area. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office confirmed that it was the body of Omar Meza on Friday, according to KESQ. The cause of death is under investigation and it is not clear how long Meza was in the pond.

Jan 19 07:32

N.S.A. BREACHED NORTH KOREAN NETWORKS BEFORE SONY ATTACK, OFFICIALS SAY

The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled to break into the computer systems of a country considered one of the most impenetrable targets on earth.

Jan 19 07:29

ARGENTINE PROSECUTOR WHO ACCUSED CRISTINA KIRCHNER OVER 1994 BOMBINGS FOUND DEAD

Alberto Nisman, who on Monday was due in parliament to present his case against president Cristina Kirchner, found dead days after warning "I could end up dead because of this" A prosecutor who has accused President Cristina Kirchner of covering up Iran's alleged involvement in the country's worst terrorist attack has been found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment – hours before he was due to present his findings. Alberto Nisman was discovered lying dead in his bathroom in the early hours of Monday morning, with a handgun by his side. Initial reports suggested suicide.

Jan 19 03:59

Terror in Paris – An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

The editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb knew that the Charlie Weekly approach would work only as long as its ridicule was seen as politically acceptable by both most French people and their government. Defaming national heroes or Jews was out of bounds, but ridiculing Muslims was and is acceptable, and maybe that is why they became Charlie Weekly’s preferred target. That, in turn, made the magazine’s staff targets of Muslim extremists.

Jan 19 01:53

Caught On Video: Crazy LAPD Cop Reaches For His Gun In Reaction To Crying 10 Year Old Black Boy

At 6:43 into the video, outside LAPD HQ, an indignant Dixon begins "when you are allowing everyone else to walk past these barriers to walk in that door, but you get some black mothers here, that are demanding it's got to stop, killing our children, and we can't come in?? And we can't come in?? Fuck you, man!" She then starts to daintily climb over the metal barricade in an act of civil disobedience, and a man helps her as she swings legs over the barricade and places her feet onto the ground. There are dozens of cops standing around, all wearing bullet proof vests. None of the cops interfere in her attempt to climb over the barrier in her long skirt, which shows they realize the petite woman is not a threat. Once she is over the barrier and standing, however, the police surround her and start grabbing at her to take her away. A black boy behind the barricade starts to get upset and says what sounds like "don't touch my mom!

Jan 19 01:30

Nanny State Billboards…Cuz the Government Is Your Mommy!

What a sad testament to our society that there are more billboards on the side of the road from the government reminding us to have basic common sense than there are companies trying to sell us crap.

Idiocracy, anyone?

Jan 19 00:32

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

On the program I asked Mustapha if Zionism and the octopus of lobby groups that work on its behalf is as big a driving force behind US and broader Western foreign policy as some contend. “France, the US [and other Western countries] are under the domination of Israel,” Mustapha told me. Mustapha contends that Israel’s agents have supplanted all independent leaders in the West, replacing them with grovelling lapdogs who do the bidding of Israel at all costs, even to the detriment to their own people and nations.

We touched on the recent events in Paris, wherein “Islamist” gun-men are said to have carried out a massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher market. Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Jan 18 23:29

Cops - The Great Escalators of violence

“Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
- Simone Weil

Jan 18 23:24

Journalist Finian Cunningham Wonders If There Is Any Limit To The Credulity of Western Populations

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
- Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

Jan 18 23:06

Charlie Hebdo: Report from Europe

The culpability of the Western media in lies, death, and destruction is extreme. Consider the Malaysian airliner that went down in Ukraine. The US, UK, EU, and the puppet government in Kiev blamed Russia and forces of the breakaway eastern province for shooting down the civilian airliner. An investigation was convened. It has been six months since the investigation was completed, and the results have not been released.

Jan 18 23:01

Striking Fear in Paris - Waving in the First Row

Netanyahu went to Paris as part of his election campaign. As a veteran campaigner, he knew that three days in Paris, visiting synagogues and making proud Jewish speeches, were worth more than three weeks at home, slinging mud.

Jan 18 18:42

Catholic Bishops From Around The World Visit Gaza: “Terrible Destruction, Shocking Scandal”: Israeli Settlements “Illegal Under International Law.. Simply Unjust”

CATHOLIC BISHOPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VISIT GAZA: "TERRIBLE DESTRUCTION, SHOCKING SCANDAL": ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS "ILLEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.. SIMPLY UNJUST""POLITICAL LEADERS MUST DEFEND THE HUMAN DIGNITY OF THE PEOPLE IN GAZA," BISHOPS SAY

Jan 18 18:26

Fox Formally Apologizes for Claiming Muslims Have Taken Over European Cities

This evening, Fox News formally apologized for a false claim about Muslims that was so egregious, even the Prime Minister of Great Britain and all of French television had to step in and call them out for it.

Jan 18 18:25

Pope Francis at a loss for words as street child asks: 'Why does God allow children to suffer?'

Pope Francis on Sunday morning warmly embraced a former street child, comforting the little one after emotions overcame her as she asked: 'Why does God allow so many children to suffer?'

Jan 18 17:34

CNN fires Jim Clancy after 34 years over tweeting row with Jewish activists. Welcome to Press Freedom in Zio-America!

Yesterday CNN fired one of its star reporters after he got into a tweeting argument with Jewish activists, including Oren Kessler of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The FDD is a neocon propaganda organization lavishly funded by billionaire Jewish Zionists like Roland Arnall, Charles Bronfman, and Michael Steinhardt. Jim Clancy’s CNN biography page was promptly deleted, but to see how little loyalty from CNN 34 years of hard work will get you, please refer to this archived snapshot of his page.

Jan 18 16:34

GIF: VP Joe Biden Is So Creepy

Jan 18 16:33

Woman Arrested For Filming Police In L.A. Remains Jailed, Says Her Civil Rights Are Being Violated

A female Los Angeles area activist and independent journalist who goes by the name "Lissa Bissa" has reportedly been arrested for filming police Friday night, and remains jailed today. Friends reported that she had been 'cop watching' when they arrested and handcuffed her, along with another person.

Jan 18 15:01

Helicopters Don’t Pay for Themselves

Why Eric Holder’s civil forfeiture decision won’t stop civil forfeiture abuse.

Jan 18 14:59

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is looking for its stolen drone but

some residents are looking for answers as to why the department owns a drone

Jan 18 14:44

This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

They arrest people for feeding homeless people in some cities. And God forbid you are a doctor in Mississippi with an excellent reputation who wants to treat people for free. Can’t have that. Many of Dr. Landrum’s patients can’t afford to drive to a doctor’s office. So he comes and sees them. I thought that was called a “house call.”

Jan 18 14:34

Meet the three American families bank-rolling Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu

More than 90 per cent of the recent campaign contributions collected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came from the US, official records show. In previous campaigns, around half of his campaign funding has come from just three American families. In the past, almost half of his funding has come from three American families – the Falic family of Florida which owns the Duty Free Americas airport shops, the Schottenstein family, owners of the American Eagle Outfitters fashion chain, and the Book family of New Jersey, owners of Jet Support Systems.
“Thank you, rich Americans,” said Yonatan Benizri, a 27-year-old Likud Party activist recently told Buzzfeed. “Why get money from Israel when you can get it from the US?”

Jan 18 14:20

Police State PR: Cop Rocking Out To Taylor Swift Exposed As Publicity Stunt

We asked further if that officer knew about the new web series: again, no response. It may seem obvious to some, but others have swallowed this PR-stunt hook-line-and-sinker. The purpose seems to be showing the public the “nicer side” of those guys and gals who pull you over for anything and everything, fine you, lock you in a cage if you don’t pay that fine… And those are just the tame aspects of “community policing.”

Jan 18 14:14

Texe Marrs: I Am Not Charlie Hebdo, And I Never Will Be!

When I investigated Charlie Hebdo, I found sick, depraved cartoons showing a “joyous” Mohammed having gay, anal sex. I saw Mohammed kissing men and having sexual relations with kids. I also saw the Pope, nude, cavorting about in a perverted fashion. Worse than these, however, are the cartoons which depict Jesus Christ sodomizing God the Father, bestiality, sodomy, on and on... Charlie Hebdo is so disgustingly sick, I am surprised that a tiny three Moslems out of some 1.6 million worldwide were upset enough to attack the magazine with arms. I thought, why? Why do the editors and artists of this Parisian magazine hate Islam and Christianity with such apparent purple passion? A little more investigation uncovered the reason: Charlie Hebdo is a thoroughly Jewish publication, owned and run by Jews, and most all Jews hold a talmudic, all-consuming hatred for Moslems and Christians.

Jan 18 13:53

The Revenge of the CIA by NORMAN SOLOMON

snip: Top officials in the U.S. government leak classified information all the time, without punishment. But Jeffrey Sterling was not a top official. He’s a former CIA officer, charged with giving classified information to journalist James Risen about a CIA operation that provided Iran with flawed nuclear weapon blueprints — information that appeared in Risen’s 2006 book State of War.

Hearing the testimony from CIA operatives, it’s clear that the agency is extremely eager to make an example of Sterling. Despite all the legalisms, the overarching reality is that the case against Sterling is scarcely legal — it is cravenly political.

Jan 18 13:46

Terror in Paris: how we got there and a way out

Lawrence Davidson views the Paris attacks in the broader contexts that contributed to them, and asks how much blood has to be shed before we honour the only escape route: international law.

Jan 18 13:37

Western politics of high-octane emotion

Western governments and their pliable news media are audaciously playing politics with public emotions.

The trouble with this “high-octane emotional politics” is that it stupefies the public from asking some very necessary hard questions of the authorities. By buying into weeping and self-indulgence, the public are at risk of being manipulated like never before.

Just as John Kerry was offering a big hug “to all of France”, the US government this week announced a significant step-up in its military involvement in Syria. The Pentagon unveiled plans to send 500 military personnel to train “moderate rebels” to fight against the elected government forces of President Bashar al Assad.

Jan 18 13:33

Hansel and Gretel at the Recruiter by JOHN LAFORGE

War sucks for everyone but the profiteers yet the Poverty Draft ensures there will continue to be meat for the grinder

Jan 18 13:27

Paris Charlie – the Shock Doctrine par Excellence

False flag – converted immediately into public shock, the perfect condition for ramming any police, military and surveillance legislation down the people’s throat.

On 12 January the French Parliament approved with almost unanimity – with one abstention only – the budget for France’s continuous and enlarged involvement in the new war on Iraq, a new war engagement led by Washington and supported by its vassals, UK, Canada, Australia and France. Aircraft carriers and troops were immediately mobilized, not even losing a day.

Jan 18 13:08

CNN anchor resigns after criticising Israeli propaganda

Longtime CNN International anchor Jim Clancy left the network after being involved in a Twitter feud with what he called the “Hasbara team,” referring to public relations efforts by Israel supporters on social media.

Jan 18 12:46

Shots fired Saturday night near Biden's Delaware home

Shots were fired Saturday night near Vice President Biden’s home in Delaware, the Secret Service said Sunday.

The agency said multiple shots were fired from a vehicle being driven on a public road outside the security perimeter of the Wilmington, Del.-area home.

The vice president and wife Jill Biden were not home at the time of the incident.

Jan 18 12:37

Escalated Kiev Aggression on Donbas by Stephen Lendman

snip: Expect lots more mass slaughter and destruction. Mostly civilians affected. Suffering most like always in wars.

Especially ones directed against them. Like Israel against Gaza. Kiev against Donbas. Horrific war crimes by any standard.

No end of conflict looms. Fully supported by Washington and rogue NATO partners.

Perhaps wanting Donbas' entire population exterminated. Genocide is longstanding US-dominated NATO policy. Don't expect this time to be different.

Jan 18 12:24

Middle class decline looms over final years of Obama presidency

Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue.

Jan 18 11:49

"Since 1979, American workers’ productivity has increased by 80 percent. The income of the top 1 percent has increased 240 percent. And the average American wage, adjusted for inflation, has gone up just a few percentage points, maybe 8 percent

Now that Republicans are opportunistically talking about stagnant wages, Democrats finally have the chance to throw supply-side economics in the dustbin of history.
It’s now shaping up that wages and the condition of the middle class are going to be the dominant issues as we enter this first phase of the 2016 slog. Don’t take it from me, or even from Elizabeth Warren. Speaker John Boehner said as much (well, almost) on the day he opened the new session of Congress.

Jan 18 11:48

Good Cop Files Lawsuit Against Corrupt Department That Told Him ‘If you snitch, your career is done’

“Where are all the good cops?” Critics of police brutality and abuse of power often wonder this – sometimes aloud, often on social media. But there is an answer to that question – it’s not purely rhetorical – the “good cops” are driven out of work by the bad cops.

Jan 18 11:48

Obama and Cameron’s ‘solutions’ for cybersecurity will make the internet worse. Drafting policies to imprison people who share an HBO GO password? Eliminating end-to-end data encryption? They can’t be serious

The current state of the US and UK governments’ ass-backwards approach to cybersecurity was on full display this week – culminating with British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama meeting to discuss the issue at the White House on Friday. When it comes to cybersecurity, it seems the UK and US want to embrace every crazy idea except what we know actually works.

Jan 18 11:35

Watch John Kerry apologize to France by having James Taylor sing "You've Got a Friend"

Over 1 million people and many prominent world leaders marched in anti-terrorism protests in Paris last Sunday, but the United States government notably failedto send either President Obama or any other high-level official. The next day, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that this was a mistake, and that someone with a higher profile should have been sent. This Friday, however, Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to apologize to France in his own unique way — by having legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor perform "You've Got a Friend" at a Paris press conference.

Jan 18 10:41

BREAKING: Israeli Airstrike on Syria kills Jihad Mughnyieh

A Hezbollah official says an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of a slain top military commander, and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group.

The official said the Sunday strike targeted two Hezbollah vehicles as fighters were inspecting positions in the area of Mazaare al-Amal in the mountainous plateau close to the Israeli-controlled frontier.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
Jihad is the son of Emad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah operative assassinated in 2008 in Damascus. Hezbollah blames Israel for the killing.

Jan 18 10:41

3,000 "Moderate Rebels" Defect to ISIS - US Preparing 5,000 More

“It is a long-cherished tradition among a certain type of military thinker that huge casualties are the main thing. If they are on the other side then this is a valuable bonus.”
- Terry Pratchett

Jan 18 10:18

These States Will Revoke Your Driver’s License If You Can’t Pay Back Student Loans

Most of the nation is unaware of it, but there are two states which will take your driver’s license away if you do not pay your student loans.
Alums in both Montana and Iowa, face laws that allow the state to revoke driver’s licenses if the individual is unable to pay back their loans.

Jan 18 10:18

Parents Shocked by Middle School Teacher’s Assignment: Write a Story on How to Kill Me

A middle school teacher from Montgomery County, MD decided to “think” outside the box on a recent writing assignment for her four English classes which completely backfired. Last November, Patricia Lorenzen, assigned her students to write a story on how to kill her.

Jan 18 10:00

Life after an Economic Collapse: The same… only Worse Part I

link to part II http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2015/01/life-after-economic-collapse-same-o...

Read these and see how many parallels have already occurred

Jan 18 09:48

Princeton Study: The U.S. Democracy Is An Oligarchy

This won’t come as a total shock, but there’s some new hard data to back up what we already suspect anecdotally: Our democracy is really an oligarchy.

Looking at actual policy and polling, researchers at Princeton concluded that the wealthiest Americans tend to get what they want, or at least they did between 1981 and 2002 (the time frame on which the study focuses).

[Photo: Frequent presidential candidate and all-around rich guy Mitt Romney, who once referred to the poorest 47 percent of Americans as “takers.”]

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” write Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Jan 18 09:40

Can Obama Untangle from Syria’s Civil War?

Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar would all reject a policy that would allow a regime they regard as an Iranian ally to persist in Syria.

Contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that U.S. officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

The proposal surfaced in two articles in Foreign Policy magazine and in a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Those indicated that it was under serious consideration by administration officials. In fact, the proposal may even have played a role in a series of four White House meetings during the week of Nov. 6-13, to discuss Syria policy, one of which Obama himself presided over.

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