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"We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction... We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better." -- George Kennan head of U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff, 1948

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July 20, 2015

Jul 20 10:20

U.N. endorses Iran nuclear deal with 6 world powers

As the United Nations Security Council endorsed a deal Monday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions, Republicans blasted President Obama for seeking international approval before Congress can review the agreement.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said Mr. Obama’s decision to go to the U.N. before Congress “is an affront to the American people.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, it isn't. Congress trying to derail the Iran deal at Israel's bidding is the affront to the American people!

Jul 20 09:56

Anybody out there? $100m radio wave project to scan far regions for alien life

Astronomers are to embark on the most intensive search for alien life yet by listening out for potential radio signals coming from advanced civilisations far beyond the solar system.

Leading researchers have secured time on two of the world’s most powerful telescopes in the US and Australia to scan the Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies for radio emissions that betray the existence of life elsewhere. The search will be 50 times more sensitive, and cover 10 times more sky, than previous hunts for alien life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish them luck, and I hope any positive results they find are greeted with more open minds than those that ignored Dr. Gilbert Levin's results indicating microbial life during the Viking missions to Mars in 1976. However, along with deliberate radio transmissions, one might also listen for the harmonic "noise" of power systems. Deliberate radio signals may be megawatts in power, but even on our own Earth the radio leakage into space is in decline as mass communication switches to cable systems. But all intelligent technological societies will use electricity, Like us, they will discover that AC power is most efficient at long line distances, and that the range of alternating current frequencies where the efficiency is greatest is rather narrow. That means that all alien technological civilizations will be using alternating current power distribution running between 10 and 200 Hz. Radiative power is more efficient at higher frequencies, so looking for upper band harmonics for signals in those ranges would be advisable. But consider the scale of power. as I said before, deliberate radio signals may be in the megawatts, but the power grid of an advanced planet is leaking terrawatts of radio noise into the universe!



Jul 20 09:55

Pew report: US unfunded public pension liabilities hit $1 trillion

State and local public pension funds were underfunded by more than $1 trillion in 2013, a $54 billion increase from the year before, according to a report issued Tuesday by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The pension shortfall is the result of decades of underfunding by state and local governments, even as they have offered billions of dollars in tax handouts to big business.

Jul 20 09:44

Actually There Is One Problem That's Solved by Starting Wars

"In any event, I had to get involved with the shipment as I was the only person who had any experience with the military's arcane procedures for packaging and shipment. We were approaching the first shipment date, so I called the supply sergeant, who I had carefully cultivated with lunches and beers so there wouldn't be any problems on that end. We'd had a problem, however, with a mandatory engineering change making the cost of getting new PCBs made and replaced in time to meet the schedule hugely expensive. And then Saddam invaded Kuwait. So I called the sergeant up and asked him (without too much desperation in my voice, I hoped) whether the outbreak of hostilities would impact our schedule. To my relief he replied that he did want to delay our shipments, that he'd been trying to get a chance to call me, he was insanely busy at the moment. I replied that yes, it must be quite a job to get ready for the invasion and keep our brave troops supplied after.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I witnessed something similar when I was at NASA, working at a US Government military base. In the book "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism", within the book "1984", Orwell/Goldstein writes that the real purpose of war is to destroy work product, so that no matter how hard the population works, they will never rise above whatever standard of living the government decides they can be allowed to have.

Jul 20 09:37

Trump Swiftboats McCain the Way Bush Swiftboated John Kerry

The chickens of 2004 have come home to roost in the Republican Party. The Republican strategists around George W. Bush in that year decided to rip John Kerry’s face off by attacking him, in accordance with Karl Rove’s dirty tactics, at his strength. Bush, who hid out from the Vietnam War in the Texas Air Reserve faced a decorated war hero in Senator Kerry. A campaign of falsehoods and vilication was gotten up against him by unscrupulous propaganda gangsters that questioned his heroism and his medals. Their charges were shown to be without merit, but they no doubt did hurt Kerry’s reputation and campaign with their falsehoods.

Now another Republican candidate is trying to swiftboat a decorated veteran. But this time the candidate is Donald Trump and the veteran is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). (McCain, by the way, defended Kerry in 2004; but then he had been the victim of Bushie dirty tricks in the 2000 primaries and knew the filthy ends to which they were willing to go).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During his career McCain crashed 5 US aircraft. That makes him an enemy ace, I think. And then there was that "wet start" stung on the USS Forrestal.

It is clear that the panic is on over Trump's soaring popularity.



Jul 20 09:35

Greek Banks Reopen After Three-Week Shutdown

Greek banks have reopened their branches across the country after a three-week shutdown, but many restrictions, including cash withdrawals, will remain, officials said.

Jul 20 09:33

ISIS suspected in car bombing of Hamas, Islamic Jihad men in Gaza

According to Hamas sources, at this point, the identity of those involved is unclear. One possibility is that ISIS-linked militants carried out the attacks, following the release of some, but not all, of ISIS-linked prisoners held by Hamas for the recent holiday.

Hamas did not point fingers at any group or organization but noted that this deed only serves Israel and the occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't it funny how the eeeeeevil Islamic ISIS never attacks Israel, but does constantly attack Israel's enemies!

Jul 20 09:31

This outstanding response to the MP’s pay rise is food for thought

Do you remember the story about the patient who went to hospital on Friday night and didn’t get seen by a Doctor until Monday morning? Me neither….



Jul 20 09:29

On this day in 1969 - Apollo 11 lands on the sea of tranquility


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Apollo 11 landing site imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Jul 20 09:27

Israelis, Saudis Considering Attack on Iran in Wake of Nuke Deal

By Brandon Turbeville

I have argued from the very beginning of the US-Iran nuclear talks that the diplomacy taking place was nothing more than theatre to be used later in the rush to war as evidence that the US did “everything in its power” to avoid confrontation. Considering the years of propaganda surrounding Iran and its nuclear program, it should be clear that the recent US-Iran nuclear deal was nothing more than a show...

Jul 20 09:27

VIKIING ANNIVERSARY FLASHBACK - VIKING, LIFE ON MARS, AND DR. GILBERT LEVIN

History has shown that credit for great achievements often goes to the wrong person. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain initially gave credit for the discovery of the new world to Amerigo Vespucci rather than to Christopher Columbus. The political agenda was to declare the new lands the sole property of Spain and not share them with other European monarchs. Of course, Leif Erikson had explored the new continent in the 11th Century, and evidence suggests that the ancient Egyptians were importing cocaine from central America for the Pharaohs long before that. Indeed it may well be that America is the real historical Atlantis; the great lands beyond the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar) told by the ancient Egyptians to Plato. But I digress.

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Jul 20 09:22

Mexican Peso Plunges To 16/USD - Record Lows

This is the fastest collapse in the currency since Lehman.

Jul 20 09:22

5 Minute Speech that Got Judge Napolitano Fired from Fox News

Jul 20 08:58

FDA Does Big Pharma's Dirty Work Again, This Time to Censor the Benefits of Essential Oils

By Kristen Anderson

In September of 2014, the FDA began a coordinated attack on companies that market essential oils. The top brands are d?TERRA and Young Living. Both companies offer essential oils to help manage a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches to anxiety to hyperactivity. Many essential oil users claim to have eliminated the need for over-the-counter medications due to using specific combinations of essential oils to target common maladies...



Jul 20 08:41

CIA Reactions to Finding No WMD in Iraq

Duelfer was appointed by CIA Director George Tenet to lead a massive search after an earlier massive search led by David Kay had determined that there were no WMD stockpiles in Iraq. Duelfer went to work in January 2004, to find nothing for a second time, on behalf of people who had launched a war knowing full well that their own statements about WMDs were not true.
Note: Why aren't these people in prison!

Jul 20 08:28

Concentrated Wealth + Widespread Stupidity = End of Democracy

Today’s America is not a democracy:

“Dark Money Groups Are Funded By Dark Money Groups That Fund Dark Money Groups That Fund…”

That terrific investigative news report by Paul Blumenthal at Huffington Post, on 9 November 2013, penetrated beyond what the U.S. oligarchy — or more traditionally called aristocracy — requires its dark-money groups to disclose to the Federal Election Commission; and so Blumenthal researched also into what dark-money groups are required to report to the IRS (America’s tax-authorities).

Jul 20 08:05

Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece

The precarious situation in Greece means that thousands of refugees are making their way to northern Europe. There, the reaction is increasingly panicked: The Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has announced plans to fend off refugees with “rigorous measures.” In Germany, there have been several attacks on asylum facilities. In Italy and the Czech Republic, there were demonstrations and riots.

Jul 20 07:47

Real American wages are going DOWN



Jul 20 07:41

Do You See What’s ‘Wrong’ With the Cake Costco Pulled from Ordering System after Mom Complained?

The left is notorious for being super sensitive and making a fuss out of everything they find ‘offensive’. It only takes one offended person to tip the corners of the corporate world into the sea of chaos.

Jul 20 07:18

Should Drug and Alcohol Tests Be Required In Officer-Involved Shootings?

Seeing as police killed more Americans in 2014 than all U.S. mass shootings combined, getting to the bottom of the problem and increasing accountability are more important than ever. Drug testing police involved in shootings is an argument up for debate in the state of North Carolina - at least it is currently up for scrutiny and speculation.

An investigation conducted in part by Greensboro's News & Record found that it is incredibly rare for a North Carolina officer to have a drug test after an officer involved shooting - even the fatal ones.

Jul 20 07:07

US, Cuba restore ties, open embassies after 54 years

Cuba and the United States formally renewed diplomatic ties Monday, as embassies reopened in their respective capitals, a powerful move toward burying decades of enmity between the Cold War foes.
A foreign policy legacy for President Barack Obama, the historic turnaround between two bitter foes has come about at breakneck pace, in just a matter of months since the two sides agreed to bury the hatchet and work together as equals.

Jul 20 02:25

Is AFFH Really Fair Housing?


Once again a racial pretext to slide in more state control.
This is how Democrats roll. They site some fluffy ism to fight
but then just do more damage.

Jul 19 23:03

Academic Oligarchy: Majority of Science Publishing is Controlled by Just Six Companies

The flow of science in this modern age is largely controlled by just six corporate publishing groups, which by calculated design have been gobbling up the journal market since at least the 1970s. And a new study out of Canada reveals that this mass consolidation of publishing power is, to a large extent, skewing what passes as scientific progress.

Jul 19 22:08

What If Everything You Were Ever Taught Was A Lie?

By: Gregg Prescott, M.S.

www.in5d.com.

There is a war going on right now and it doesn’t involve guns or the military industrial complex.
It’s a war on consciousness and most people are clueless that it even exists.

In the beginning… there was religion and government.
It is blatantly obvious that religion has been teaching either half truths or full out lies, right from the start. According to the Christian bible, God created Adam and Eve and told them to be fruitful and multiply.

Based under this premise, we would all be the products of incest.

Jul 19 19:44

Jimmy Carter says he'd rather be a bad president than a 'warmonger' following Obama comparison

“He wants to go to war in this country and that country, and when President Obama refrains from taking the most extreme military action that’s when John McCain compares him to me.

“I was lucky enough, when I was president, to keep our country at peace and provide peace for others. I was lucky enough to go through my four years — we never dropped a bomb, never fired a missile, we never shot a bullet.”

Jul 19 19:39

Map: All the Countries John McCain Has Wanted to Attack

Syria, Iraq, Russia, North Korea, and nine other nations the Arizona senator has been eager to bomb, invade, or destabilize.

Jul 19 19:12

Celestial extravaganza: Watch the trio meet of Moon, Jupiter and Venus!

Soon after sunset, shift your eyes towards the sky! You will get to witness the crescent moon given company by Venus and Jupiter making it a celestial extravaganza.
The three celestial objects will be seen in a row as if they are in a divine meeting.

Jul 19 16:37

NSW snow: Big freeze causes snowfalls from Goulburn to Katoomba

A DEEP freeze not seen in NSW for at least 20 years has caused havoc on the roads, closed schools and services, and put Sydney commuters through one of their coldest mornings on record.

The apparent temperature in Sydney’s CBD dropped to -1C at 7am today, believed to be the coldest for the city since hourly wind chill readings began in the 1990s, with rain exacerbating the discomfort.

Further west it was snow causing most of the trouble.

More than 40 schools in the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands had to be closed because of snow.

An estimated 9500 homes in those regions were without electricity on Friday morning after snow-laden tree branches hit power lines.

Jul 19 16:28

Ice makes a rare impact on Australian flights

Jul 19 16:02

Microsoft to spoofed Skype users: Change your account passwords NOW

An unknown number of frustrated Skype customers have been pestered by spoof messages on the Microsoft service for weeks, but the company is yet to close what appears to be a gaping hole in its software.

Instead, Redmond has advised Skype users to change their account passwords.

But complaints are building up about the lack of communication coming out of the Microsoft camp regarding what seems to be a Skype security flaw.

Jul 19 15:34

Finland Prepares New Military Buildup at Russian Border

Finland's defense ministry has begun preparing new military units to be deployed at its border with Russia, and is pushing for more defense budget allocations.

Jul 19 15:32

New Study Shows GMO Soy Accumulates Cancer Causing Chemical Formaldehyde

Breaking Bombshell: Right now Congress is getting ready to cut a deal with Monsanto to try to kill GMO labeling and common sense regulations on new GMO foods. Incredibly, at the same time, a groundbreaking new study released this week reveals that genetic engineering significantly disrupts basic cellular functions in GMO plants at an alarming level.

In the first of its kind systems biology approach, scientists at the International Center for Integrative Systems analyzed more than 6,497 lab experiments to discover an alarming accumulation of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a dramatic depletion of glutathione, a key antioxidant necessary for proper detoxification of cells and maintain a healthy immune systems in plants, animals and humans.

Jul 19 15:28

Iraqi Forces Shoot Down ISIL's Israeli-Made Spy Drone in Western Iraq

Iraq's popular forces reported that they have brought down a hostile surveillance aircraft over the Southeastern Fallujah in Anbar Province.

They said that the wreckage of the ISIL's spy drone carried 'Israel-Made' labels.

Jul 19 15:25

FLASHBACK - Anti-depressants and psychiatric drugs can lead to 'long-term harm'

A Nevada seventh-grader who went on a deadly shooting rampage at his school nearly seven months ago had been teased at school and was taking a prescription antidepressant, police said Tuesday.

Jul 19 15:24

‘Not the son we knew’: Tennessee gunman’s family says he suffered from depression

“For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence," the Abdulazeez family said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet again we look behind the screams about "Muslims" and "gun nuts" to another brain melted by these dangerous prescription psychiatric drugs!

Jul 19 14:58

The fund they want Greek assets transferred to is managed by … Schäuble

“Valuable Greek assets of [EUR 50 bn] shall be transferred to an existing external and independent fund like the Institution for Growth in Luxembourg, to be privatized and decrease debt.”

Jul 19 14:52

Germans Demonstrate in 14 Cities Against Merkel’s Tough Stance on Greece

Germans, angry at their government’s handling of Greek debt negotiations and what they perceive to be unfair treatment against Greece, have organized demonstrations in 14 German cities, including a large one outside the German finance ministry in Berlin— seat of Dr. Wolgang Schauble.

Jul 19 14:05

John Mccain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow's

PLUS LINKS - SATIRICAL PICS O PLENTY

Jul 19 12:29

LIES, DAMNED LIES & STATISTICS

The government released their monthly CPI report this week. Even though it came in at an annualized rate of 3.6%, they and their mouthpieces in the corporate mainstream media dutifully downplayed the uptrend. They can’t let the plebs know the truth. That might upend their economic recovery storyline and put a crimp into their artificial free money, zero interest rate, stock market rally. If they were to admit inflation is rising, the Fed would be forced to raise rates. That is unacceptable in our rigged .01% economy. There are banker bonuses, CEO stock options, corporate stock buyback earnings per share goals and captured politician elections at stake.

Jul 19 12:29

Angry clashes in South Carolina as Ku Klux Klan and New Black Panther Party come face-to-face in battle over Confederate flag

Angry clashes have erupted between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the New Black Panther Party as both groups rally at the South Carolina statehouse.

Confederate flags were stolen and ripped up to cheers and applause from the New Black Panther demonstrators - while KKK members stood on the steps of the capitol performing Nazi salutes.

The white supremacists came out in force on Saturday afternoon to condemn the governor's decision to remove the Confederate Flag due to its associations with racial hatred.

Countering their demonstration, around 400 people with links to the New Black Panther Party marched in the name of racial equality - calling on politicians to do more than simply bring down a flag.

Jul 19 11:16

Hillary’s secret war

Does she really think the American voters will overlook her criminal behavior and put her in the White House where she can pardon herself?

Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.

What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.

Mr. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer.

Jul 19 10:44

Obama Is in a Bind on Drugs That Could Cost Consumers Billions of Dollars

The Obama administration is caught in a trap as it tries to bring home a trade deal with its Pacific Rim partners. Some of the chief beneficiaries may be big drug companies like Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG, and Pfizer Inc. while the losers could be consumers in both the U.S. and the region.

The administration says it’s bound by congressionally imposed instructions to try to get as much current U.S. law as possible into trade accords -- including stringent protections for patented drugs that it’s repeatedly tried to ease at home to encourage more cost-saving generics.

Jul 19 10:44

Ukrainian forces shell Donetsk: 1 civilian killed, hospital hit (PHOTO, VIDEO)

At least one person was killed and several injured in Donetsk as Ukrainian forces shelled a hospital and several residential blocks in the city's center. Almost 50 cases of ceasefire violations on Saturday have been blamed on Kiev by the rebels.

A city hospital was hit during the attack, RIA Novosti reported citing Donetsk city hall. A doctor and several patients were injured.

Jul 19 10:38

Police investigating claims of child sex abuse against a senior Labour MP

Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse and corruption made against a senior Labour MP.

Detectives were told two weeks ago that the politician had abused children and other vulnerable people over the course of more than a decade. They also received a report claiming that he had charged constituents fees to take on their cases.

Jul 19 10:24

Whistleblower prison guard paid the price for reporting abuse

“This inmate was cowering under a blanket in the corner of his cell,” Pisciotta recalled in an interview this week. “He was an older man, very frail and mentally ill. He wasn’t trying to fight anybody. He was just scared. He was no threat to anyone.”

He saw everything that happened, and wrestled with what to do.

“I knew that it was morally wrong. They wanted us to prepare statements and not say anything. I told them I just couldn’t go along with it,” said Pisciotta, 41.

Pisciotta told the truth, and Wilson was arrested. After testifying against Wilson, Pisciotta was fired and lost almost everything: his home, his friends, his pension and his career.

“I knew once I did the right thing, and I stepped forward...my career would be over,” Pisciotta told a jury during Wilson’s 2009 federal criminal trial. “It’s something you don’t do. You don’t go against other officers. Because my life has been a living hell ever since.’’

Jul 19 10:24

'Not even our husbands knew!' The women who have been secretly delivering cakes to underprivileged families for over 30 YEARS

For three decades, nine women have kept a covert baking operation so under wraps that not even their husbands knew about it.
They call themselves 'The 9 Nanas,' and have been secretly whipping up, and delivering hundreds of pound cakes during the middle of the night in a grand scheme to help those in need.

Jul 19 10:19

We Are All Greeks Now

The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without a pension. They know existence on a few dollars a day. They know gas and electricity being turned off because of unpaid bills. They know the crippling weight of debt. They know being sick and unable to afford medical care. They know the state seizing their meager assets, a process known in the United States as “civil asset forfeiture,” which has permitted American police agencies to confiscate more than $3 billion in cash and property. They know the profound despair and abandonment that come when schools, libraries, neighborhood health clinics, day care services, roads, bridges, public buildings and assistance programs are neglected or closed. They know the financial elites’ hijacking of democratic institutions to impose widespread misery in the name of austerity. They, like the Greeks, know what it is to be abandoned.

Jul 19 10:18

Pope Calls on World Youth to Rise Up Against Global Capitalism

The latest call for a youth uprising against global capitalism came not from grassroots groups, but from the leader of the Catholic Church, who on Sunday gave a rousing speech during which he told a crowd of young people in Paraguay that it is their time to "make a mess."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that what we are all dealing with is not capitalism, but fascism!

Jul 19 10:17

How Does Bernie Sanders' Turnout in Maine Compare to Other Democratic Rallies? It Was Epic.

What was scheduled as a town hall forum had become a full-blown rally by Monday night. Sanders’ speech was delayed by 20 minutes as organizers let in the throngs of people still awaiting entry. Estimates pegged the crowd at 8,000 to 9,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary is probably hiring Photoshop experts to "amplify" her crowds the way Romney did!

Jul 19 10:15

Israel wants US 'compensation' for Iran nuclear deal

Israel is preparing to deliver a list of aircraft and weapons it wants from the USA as a “compensation package” for the recent agreement with Iran that limited Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sun comes up, Israel demands money. Sun goes down, Israel demands money. Moon waxes, Israel demands money. Moon wanes, Israel demands money. Weather is sunny, Israel demands money. Weather is rainy, Israel demands money.

I sense a pattern here!

Jul 19 10:11

Human sewage eating away sewer pipes throughout drought-stricken California

As if California doesn't have enough problems, ranging from its severe drought to the ongoing threat of forest fires, it's now experiencing the possibility that human sewage may soon be strewn about its streets. The problem is facing San Francisco in particular; there, pipes are about 150 years old and considered a "working relic." The term working puts it kindly since they're basically so old that they're much more prone to problems than newer ones.(1)

Couple an already fragile piping system with 1) less water flow due to water conservation efforts, and 2) the amount of human waste traveling through them remaining the same, if not more than before, and you've got a recipe for disaster. Simply put, you've got an old system which now has less drainage capability grappling with a great deal of human waste trying to make its way through. Yet it can't very easily, and therein lies the problem.

Jul 19 10:01

Arctic Sea Ice Continues To Track 2006

With the Arctic melt season rapidly winding down, sea ice is following an almost identical track to 2006 – the year with the highest minimum of the past decade.

Jul 19 10:00

Capital Of Greenland Having Their Coldest Year Since 1993

Nuuk is located on the southwest coast of Greenland, near the area where peak melting occurs on the ice sheet. They are having one of their coldest years on record, and coldest since 1993, which was cooled by Mt. Pinatubo. Temperatures have been plummeting there since 2003.

Meanwhile, the center of the ice sheet has seen no melt this season, and won’t see any melt the remainder of the season. It is very cold there and scientists are disappearing under the ice.

Jul 19 09:46

Buckingham Palace considers legal action over leaked Queen Nazi salute film

Buckingham Palace is considering taking legal action over leaked footage that shows the Queen as a child performing a Nazi salute with her family.

The Palace has launched an inquiry into how the 17-second black and white film came into the hands of The Sun newspaper.

It shows the Queen, aged six or seven, join the Queen Mother and her uncle Prince Edward in raising an arm in salute as she played alongside her younger sister, Princess Margaret.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is another "We decide what the symbol means" moments, not unlike the contrived flap over the Confederate flag. Why is what the Queen did a Nazi salute? After all, American children in the 1930s were taught to make the exact same gesture while pledging allegiance to the US flag!

You need to study history more to understand why this is such a tempest in a teapot. In 1933 WW2 was still 6 years away. Hitler had just started the revival of Germany's economy. It was called the German Miracle and it worked so well that Hitler was TIME Magazine's Man of the Year in 1938. In 1930, Germany looked good! To everyone! But behind the scenes, bankers in Britain and the US realized that the German Miracle was based on Hitler's shutting down the private central bank imposed on Germany by the treaty of Versailles at the end of WW1, and issuing a government currency that freed the German people from usury paid to the private bankers. As a result, of course Germany was going to be an economic powerhouse no nation still enslaved to a private central bank could possibly compete with. The private central bankers were worried that the people of other nations would see how well Germany was doing and want to free themselves of the private central bankers as well. In 1933 the private central bankers organized a global boycott against Germany, trying to crush this upstart who thought he could run a country by creating his own money (the same reason they supported the Confederacy to destroy Lincoln's Greenbacks) . In 1936, Winston Churchill started arguing for a new war with Germany in British Radio broadcasts. All that was needed was to provoke Germany into an overt move that could be used as a pretext to blame Germany for the war, much as Germany had been made the villain in WW1, which was actually between Austria-Hungary and Serbia.

Jul 19 09:43

Naomi Wolf - Jewish Lobby in the US

Jul 19 09:42

Netanyahu Goes NUTS Over The Iran Deal

It wouldn’t be the first time he’s gone nuts either.

Earlier in the year, we picked out the top 10 points from Netanyahu’s speech to congress proving he had gone completely mad. He’s apparently out to go one better now the Iran Deal has passed, claiming that we can’t allow Iran to ‘have their yellow cake and eat it too’. Hilarious…

Despite the sane among us seeing the deal as a world historic moment that could mark the beginning of an incredibly prosperous relationship with Iran, Netanyahu has a lot of problems with the deal. Hillary Clinton has put on a facade of contentment, underlined with a promise to essentially go to war with Iran if things go sour.

In the following video, Trends Forecaster Gerald Celente explains exactly why Netanyahu has gone NUTS over the Iran deal…

Jul 19 09:40

WOAH!! Largest Gun Grab EVER 4.2 Million Americans to be Disarmed Or Denied

Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many Social Security recipients are perfectly fine, but choose to let a financial planner handle their bills for convenience' sake. And when was the last time you saw a 70-year old do a mass shooting?

Jul 19 09:37

UK says it's once again illegal to rip CDs for personal use

Brits: we hope you enjoyed that brief, glorious year of legal media ripping, because you're once again flouting the law. In the wake of a challenge from the music industry, the UK's High Court has overturned regulation that allowed format shifting (such as ripping CDs and DVDs) for the sake of personal use. Supposedly, the government was in the wrong when it didn't implement compensation for copyright holders when you dumped those albums and movies on to your hard drive. Officials could reintroduce exceptions, but they'd have to take a different tack if they want these measures to survive.

Jul 19 09:18

Filmmaker Laura Poitras Sues US Over 'Kafkaesque' Harassment

"I'm filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law," Poitras said. "This simply should not be tolerated in a democracy. I am also filing this suit in support of the countless other less high-profile people who have also been subjected to years of Kafkaesque harassment at the borders. We have a right to know how this system works and why we are targeted."

Poitras has spoken openly about her harassment at U.S. borders, which included reportedly being placed on the government's No Fly List after returning home from filming My Country, My Country, a 2006 documentary which profiled Iraqi critics of the U.S. occupation.

She has also had her laptop, camera, mobile phone, and reporter notebooks seized and their contents copied, according to the suit. On one occasion, Poitras was allegedly threatened with handcuffing for taking notes during her detention, as border agents said her pen could be used as a weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But all those NSA people who violated the highest laws of the land, the Bill of Rights, got raises and promotions, even though the NSA can't actually find any real criminals or terrorists!

Jul 19 09:18

Which countries still need to approve a Greek bailout – and how will they vote?

Greece may have voted to authorise the deal but it also needs to be approved by other eurozone parliaments before any funds are released

Jul 19 09:13

TOON ~~ ISRAEL HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

Jul 19 09:13

ONE MOTHER LOOKS BACK AT LAST YEAR’S EID IN GAZA

Um Bilal al-Ghoul found it difficult to celebrate the Eid holiday this year, after she lost most of her family to Israeli air strikes a year ago during last summer’s devastating Gaza war.

Last summer’s war was the third in Gaza in six years, and by far the deadliest and most destructive of the three.

Jul 19 09:12

Israel and U.S. Will Cooperate on Cybersecurity

The U.S. deputy secretary of Homeland Security and the top Israeli official handling cybersecurity cosigned a statement committing to U.S-Israel cooperation in the area.

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It is now legal for Israel's hackers to wreck US websites.

Jul 19 09:08

Martin Martinez: 3 Children, 2 Adults Slain In California Home, Martinez ‘Armed And Dangerous’

Police in California are hunting tonight for 30-year-old Modesto resident Martin Martinez in connection with what appears to be a gruesome and horrifying mass slaying in a home located on Nob Hill Court in the Central Valley city of about 200,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But since Martinez doesn't fit the "Muslim Jihadist" or "Gun-loving Southern White Boy" mold (and worse, validates Trump's comments) there will be scant mentioning of this by ABCNNBBCBSFOX! That would, after all, be politically incorrect!

Jul 19 08:37

Aloha, summer! Snowstorm hits Hawaiian volcano (TIMELAPSE)

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"That's not snow! That's global warming dust!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

Jul 19 06:30

Bankruptcy of the planet accelerates – 24 Nations currently facing debt crisis

As you are about to see, there are 24 nations that are currently facing a full-blown debt crisis

Jul 19 06:11

QSB suspends sale of silver, demand crushes supply

Several SGT report readers alerted us to this one: Quality Silver Bullion announced this weekend that at least for the immediate future, they are no longer taking any new orders for PHYSICAL silver or gold.

Jul 19 06:03

Forced water cut-offs begin in California as drought-stricken state’s leaders consider depopulation program

In Detroit, the city is cutting off water to residents who are months delinquent on paying their bills. In California, water is being cut off by various levels of government because there is less and less of it to go around.

Jul 19 04:36

Argentine president invokes Shylock in perceived anti-Semitic slur

Kirchner tells students to study Shakespeare villain to better understand debt crisis; local Jewish leaders and ADL outraged.

Jul 19 04:29

More than 2,800 people are dead in Yemen – so why aren’t we outraged?

In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State’s barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria’s majestic city of Palmyra.

Compare this coverage to the almost universal silence on the ongoing war in Yemen, which is largely absent from our TV screens, Facebook and Twitter trending topics sections and the front pages of broadsheet papers.

Jul 19 02:45

Tsipras Boots Syriza's Left from Government

Former financial minister Yanis Varoufakis warns that new reforms will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever."

Jul 19 02:39

Sweden Ponders NATO Membership

Sweden is stepping up its military capabilities and exercises as an element of its anti-Russia policy. It will increase the number of training events with NATO, including those on Swedish NATO territory, Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told Dagens Nyheter on June 26.

Jul 19 02:24

Russia Vetoes "Genocide"

I love Russia’s vetoes. Sparse, strong, hard hits, they mark the limits of the Empire’s power. They said “No”, and Zimbabwe remained at peace, its old maverick Robert Mugabe still alive and kicking and proposing Obama his hand in marriage. They said “No”, and Burma could grow at its own pace. They said “No”, and Syria… well, Syria still suffers immensely, but it was not destroyed by the Sixth Fleet. All US vetoes are similar, – usually for Israel; Russia’s vetoes are fewer and evenly spread. The recent Russian veto (last week) stopped misuse of this terrible cliché “genocide”, and this is a good thing. It would be good to ban this word altogether.

Jul 19 02:09

Was Afghanistan’s Invasion Also Based on Lies? It's Time for a Real Investigation

There appears to be a bigger lie than “weapons of mass destruction.” It’s not simply that the illegal invasion of Iraq was based on lies, but that the entire “war on terrorism” is likely based on lies.

We were told by our government that Afghanistan was invaded for giving shelter to Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Mainstream press have pushed this so repeatedly that “9/11? and “Osama bin Laden” have become interchangeable.

July 18, 2015

Jul 18 17:53

Alex Jones Says All Muslims Should Be Deported

Jul 18 16:16

The Creator of This Amazing Internet Privacy Device Has Been Silenced By The Government: “Effective Immediately We Are Halting Further Development”

Data collection and invasive monitoring of American citizens has been at theforefront of government activities for decades. After revelations by Edward Snowden in recent years, the fringe conspiracy theorists who warned of Big Brother surveillance and had been laughed at by the general population were finally proven right.

Jul 18 15:03

Jewish Sayanim more DANGEROUS than al Qaeda cells

“With a network of ‘sayanim’ scattered everywhere throughout the world (as described by ex-Mossad officer Victor Ostrovsky in his book ‘By Way Of Deception’) Israel literally has millions of eyes and ears, watching and listening to everything as it all pertains to the Jewish state.”

Jul 18 14:53

Ukraine bans famous Balkan film director due to pro-Russian views

On July 15 Ukraine’s Culture Ministry asked the country’s Interior Ministry and Ukraine's Security Service to ban Serbian film director's concert in Kiev to avert possible mass riots.

The Love Saves the World concert, in which Serbian film director Emir Kusturica was supposed to take part, has been cancelled in Kiev following numerous requests by Ukrainian public activists and cultural workers, the administration of the Kiev Palace of Sport, the concert’s venue, said on Thursday.

Jul 18 14:37

Prime Minister Tsipras’ Bailout Reform Package: An Act of Treason against the Greek People

After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June.

This about-turn had been carefully engineered. The Greek people were misled and deceived. The Referendum was an outright ”ritual of democracy”.

Tsipras had made a deal with the creditors. He was in favor of accepting the demands of the creditors all along.

Jul 18 11:44

Greece Deal is 'Inhumane and Colonialist' Says Uruguay's Mujica

“What we have seen in Greece is a brutal thing. It is as if Europe had established a protectorate or something like that,” said Mujica in an interview with a local radio station Tuesday.

The former president also added that this decision by the Eurogroup “reminds us yet again that basically this is a Europe that decides. It's an heir of colonialist Europe.”

Jul 18 11:31

Netanyahu mobilizes his "fifth column" in America

Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his "fifth column" of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area "think tanks", and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement.

Jul 18 11:30

Iran Deal: Ploy for Future Sabotage?

All in all, it is incontestable that the US and Israel are the foremost belligerents, aggressors and destabilizers throughout the world. These imperial forces relentlessly target countries like Iran that simply seeks to exercise its right to self-determination. This self-evident truth is plainly discernable and hidden in open view if one took the care to read through the hubristic musings of imperial-oriented think tanks that have set the West on an endless warpath towards Armageddon.

Jul 18 11:25

MH-17 Mystery One Year Later: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?

Like the Tonkin Gulf case, the evidence on the MH-17 case was shaky and contradictory from the start. But, in both cases, U.S. officials confidently pointed fingers at the “enemy.” President Lyndon Johnson blamed North Vietnam in 1964 and Secretary of State John Kerry implicated ethnic Russian rebels and their backers in Moscow in 2014. In both cases, analysts in the U.S. intelligence community were less certain and even reached contrary conclusions once more evidence was available.

In both cases, those divergent assessments appear to have been suppressed so as not to interfere with what was regarded as a national security priority – confronting “North Vietnamese aggression” in 1964 and “Russian aggression” in 2014. To put out the contrary information would have undermined the government’s policy and damaged “credibility.” So the facts – or at least the conflicting judgments – were hidden.

Jul 18 11:22

Clearing EU Hurdles, Greek Austerity Package Moves Forward

The German Parliament on Friday voted yes on entering a new round of negotiations for a Greek bailout, and the European Union formally approved a bridging loan—two steps that move the controversial €86 billion rescue package for debt-ridden Greece forward past a significant hurdle.

Parliament, or Bundestang, voted 439-119, with 40 lawmakers abstaining, in favor of beginning talks on a third bailout which, as Common Dreams reported on Thursday, "comes at a high political and social cost" through severe austerity measures—but which Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he was "forced to accept."

Jul 18 11:22

MSNBC Tries to Claim Tenn. Terrorist Killed Because he’s a Southern Gun Nut, Not Because He’s Muslim

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell tried to absolve Islam as a motive for the Tennessee terror attack yesterday by trying to get a classmate of the murderer to say that the killer liked southern culture, guns, and hunting like other southerners do.

Jul 18 10:28

FED: Immigration flood taking jobs from American teens

American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve.

Jul 18 09:56

Huffington Post won't cover Trump as politics, Donald fires back at 'blog'

Donald Trump fired back Friday after The Huffington Post announced they would no longer cover his 2016 presidential run as a political story, calling the liberal news site a "glorified blog."

The website announced its editorial decision earlier in the day, with a blaring homepage headline that read: "YOU'RE FIRED! From Our Political Reporting."

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Yep, Huffington Post confirms that Trump is being given the Ron Paul treatment!

Jul 18 09:55

Poll: Israelis Back Attack Against Iran, 47%-35%, in Wake of Bad Deal

A new poll published by the Israeli newspaper Maariv and cited by the Times of Israel reports that a plurality of Israelis support a military strike against Iran in the wake of the lopsided agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama’s team with Iran in Vienna this week.

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The part left unsaid; that Israelis expect it will be American kids to do the fighting and dying!

Jul 18 09:54

FLASHBACK - THE LOOTING OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET

What we've been doing, Mr. Chairman, in all reality, is taken a hundred billion out of the Social Security Trust Fund, transferring it over to the spending column, and spending it. Our friends to the left here are getting their tax cuts, we getting our spending increases, and hollering surplus, surplus, and balanced budget, and balanced budget plans when we continue to spend a hundred billion more than we take in.

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Jul 18 09:43

Shootings at Chattanooga military facilities leave 4 Marines, gunman dead; act called 'domestic terrorism'

The shooter was later identified by the FBI as 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, and it was revealed late Thursday by SITE, a widely read website that tracks Islamic terrorism, that he maintained a blog where he wrote “Islamic-focused” posts that were entered as recently as three days ago.

An FBI official told Yahoo News, "there is no reason to question the authenticity" of the blog with the pro-jihad entries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really; you should never EVER doubt the authenticity of anything we tell you! Well, okay, yes, we did lie about torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, and we did lie about a Spanish mine in Havana harbor sinking the USS Maine and we did lie about Saddam's nuclear weapons, and we did lie about the Lusitania not carrying weapons, and we did lie about Pearl Harbor being a surprise, and we did lie about Assad using Sarin on his own people, and yes we did lie about Israel's attack on the USS Liberty being mistaken identity, and yes we did play dirty tricks with that staged hippie riot at Disneyland, and yes we did create the Black Panther Coloring book and frame the blacks for it back in the 60s! We did lie about Vince Foster being a suicide, and we did lie about TWA 800 being about an exploding fuel tank and how all the people who thought they saw a missile were drunks. I will admit we really blew the timeline on 9-11 by reporting that Building 7 had collapsed 22 minutes before it actually happened! And yes we did make up that whole Al Qaeda hoax, and yes, that wasn't really Osama bin Laden at Abbottabad, and we did lie about not reading all your emails, listening to your phone calls, and we are lying about the 5.6% unemployment rate and how well the Obamacare computer system works, and how safe vaccines and GMO are.

"BUT!!!!

"That is no reason to ever for one second doubt that a Government-linked website run by a woman whose father was executed as an Israeli spy would ever, ever, ever, EVER, lie to you about this Jihad website being 100% bona fide authentic and the real deal, so you have to give us your money and your children for another WAR FOR DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM (reg trademark White House)!" -- Official White Horse Souse


Jul 18 09:39

Hillary Forbids Young Supporters from Talking to Press

The Hillary Clinton campaign forbid young supporters from talking to the press at an event last night in Iowa:

"Here's what struck me," said Susan Page of USA Today, "when I read the coverage in the Des Moines Register this morning. Jennifer Jacobs, who's been on your show, was covering this last night. Big demonstrations outside of young people for O'Malley and Hillary Clinton. She went up to the Clinton supporters -- these are protesters for Clinton -- and they were told they were not allowed to [speak to] a reporter."

Page continued, "Now, why in the world would the campaign tell their own supporters who came out to campaign in favor Hillary Clinton ... these are the young people, college kids, for Hillary, and they've been told they can't talk to reporters. Why in the world would you do that?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why, indeed, except for knowing that there are some very uncomfortable facts these reports might know about her professional, and personal, past, she does not want dredged up with supporters, at this point in her foundering candidacy.

Jul 18 09:38

More than 200,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church in 2014, accelerating the downward trend in the Catholic proportion of the country’s population

Germans who are officially enrolled in congregation are subject to a “church tax,” and so disaffected Catholics have an incentive to drop their registration, rather than simply stop attending Mass. The number of Catholics taking that step has increased sharply in recent years.

Jul 18 09:33

Chicago’s Rebel Rabbi Standing with Palestinians: “We Must Stand with the Oppressed and Call Out the Oppressor”

If you’ve heard of Rabbi Brant Rosen, chances are that you know about his vocal and principled stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rosen has been on a personal journey ever since Israel’s 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead, the brutality of which compelled him to question his beliefs about the State of Israel and Zionism. Much of this journey unfolded in public as Rosen courageously wrote about his evolving views on Israel/Palestine in his well-read blog, Shalom Rav. These blog posts and some of the responses to them formed the basis for his 2012 book “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path To Palestinian Solidarity.”Rosen is the founder of the Jewish Voice For Peace Rabbinical Council and for 17 years he was the Rabbi of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston. He stepped down from this pulpit in September and took a position as the Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee.

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I have 4 words for this guy: "God Bless You, Rabbi!!"

Jul 18 09:28

Saudi Foreign Minister Threatens Iran with Confrontation after Nuclear Talks Breakthrough

Ostensibly angered by the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, the Al Saud regime has threatened to “resolutely” confront the Islamic Republic over any alleged “mischief” in the region.

Following a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh is “committed to confront” the Islamic Republic should Iran “try to cause mischief in the region.”

He made the comments only two days after Iran and the P5+1 states reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

The success of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks is viewed by political experts as a major blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been the two major critical voices seeking to throw a monkey wrench in the diplomatic process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Sir, kindly cool your jets, as we say in our colloquial American English!

As those who read this blog know very well; there are many issues where President Obama and I do not agree. But on this P5+1 breakthrough, I think there is room for cautious optimism.

I hope time and history will prove this to have been a sound move, on the part of the US and Europe.

Unfortunately, there are many in the region who see war against Iran as preferable to this deal, including the Israeli government.

But this time, should Israel just haul off and attack Iran, let it be with their own soldiers and hardware exclusively.

And we in the US will just sit back, eat our popcorn, and watch the fireworks.

Jul 18 09:15

AIPAC employees told to ax summer vacation plans and gear up to fight Iran deal

Cancel your summer vacations.

That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the Iran nuclear deal.

With the influential pro-Israel lobby group pushing for Congress to reject the deal negotiated by the Obama administration, it’s all hands on deck. Lay leaders, too, are canceling their summer plans, and AIPAC activists already are calling lawmakers and hitting synagogue listservs with appeals to can the plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Congress; if you work to destroy this deal, you will be seen henceforward as never again representing your alleged constituents, but only representing a foreign government, that of Israel.

The American people are waking up, and do not want a foreign power dictating this country's foreign policy, period, end of discussion.

Jul 18 09:15

FLASHBACK - A GOVERNMENT THAT LIES

The most expensive purchase most Americans will ever make is their own government. Government costs the average American more than their home, more than their health care, more than their childrens' college education. Yet people who would spend a great deal of time kicking the tires before buying a new car spend disastrously little time checking out the government that sucks so much money out of them over their lifetimes.

Right now, looking under the hood of that expensive item called "government", we see a unified group of men and women who lied to send your children off to a war of conquest. Across this land there are thousands of families waking up to the knowledge that their sons and daughters were crippled and killed in Iraq for reasons other than what they were told.

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Jul 18 09:14

Vandals Hit Two North Carolina Confederate Memorials. On One, They Didn’t Just Use Spray Paint

In the aftermath of the horrific murders of nine black church members at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church, vandals have sprouted up across the South, taking extreme measures by defacing monuments to Confederate soldiers – most often by using spray paint to write words expressing their discontent with the displays.

Jul 18 09:08

Hillary Clinton - War Goddess, Corporate Shill, Anti-Populist

All US presidential cycles are money controlled corrupted processes with no legitimacy whatever. Voters have no say despite believing otherwise.

They naively think electing new bums replacing old ones improves things. Their choices are among an array of long ago bought and paid for candidates supporting what most harms them.

The late Gore Vidal said "(b)y the time a (candidate) gets to be presidential material, (he or she has) been bought ten times over."

"There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party (with) two right wings: Republican and Democrat," he explained.

Hillary Clinton perhaps represents the worst choice among an array of aspirants looking more like a police lineup. Previous articles explained her warmongering lust for endless conflicts. She's unabashedly hawkish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The choices coming at us this coming Presidential election are horrifically bleak.

By the time the primaries roll around, the candidates have been fully vetted by the corporations which own them, and only those with the best chance of doing the absolute best by those corporations will have a chance to compete for the big "prize" of the presidency.

We have an elaborate, Kabuki-like process of elections in this country, but at the end of the day, they are simply a mechanism, engineered to make the American people feel they have some control over their destiny, when they absolutely do not.

And if you don't believe me, just ask yourself; when was the last time this country's leadership actually negotiated something which actually bettered your circumstances in this country?!? If you are hesitant, trust me, you are not alone; it has been one heck of a long, long time, and things do not appear to be getting better for most of us any of us soon.

Jul 18 09:05

Gaza trade unions urge boycott of Israeli labor federation

Fifteen trade unions in Gaza have jointly renewed their support for the boycott of Israel and its labor institutions that are complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the boycott movement, the member unions of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) - Gaza Strip, are reaffirming their “unwavering commitment to the call of Palestinian civil society for … boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel (BDS).”

“We salute and appreciate the many trade unions and federations in the world who heed the call of BDS and would like to reiterate our call on all comrades and activists for freedom and justice in unions and federations all over the world to boycott Israel because of its racist, settler-colonial regime,” the Palestinian trade unions say.

Jul 18 09:04

ICC judges order new probe of Israeli massacre on Mavi Marmara

A panel of judges has ordered the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to review her decision not to investigate Israel’s lethal attack on an aid flotilla to Gaza five years ago.

The judges said that Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had made serious errors in an earlier decision not to pursue the case.

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Fatou didn't make any mistakes. Israel made her an offer to drop the case and she accepted!

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