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August 21, 2014

Aug 21 16:19

Who Told Giuliani the WTC was Going to Collapse on 9/11?

“I went down to the scene and we set up headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was going to collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10, 15 minutes, and finally found an exit and got out, walked north, and took a lot of people with us.”
WEBMASTER NOTE: Right now the corporate media is shoveling ISIS at us as hard as they can, in an obvious propaganda campaign reminiscent of the similar campaign about "Al Qaeda" and "Osama Bin Laden" that preceded 9-11. Given how desperate the US Government is to revive the war agenda, we should be concerned that a new false-flag attack, bigger and bloodier than the World Trade Towers, is being considered.

Aug 21 16:18

SUPPRESSED DETAILS OF CRIMINAL INSIDER TRADING LEAD DIRECTLY INTO THE CIA'S HIGHEST RANKS

On Sept. 6, 2001, the Thursday before the tragedy, 2,075 put options were made on United Airlines and on Sept. 10, the day before the attacks, 2,282 put options were recorded for American Airlines. Given the prices at the time, this could have yielded speculators between $2 million and $4 million in profit.

Aug 21 16:18

The 9/11 USAF Stand Down

The US military has spent billions of dollars developing stealth aircraft which are invisible to radar so they can mount surprise attacks on adversaries, but it seems they should have saved their money and bought a fleet of airliners because they appear to be far more effective.

On 9/11 the world's only military superpower was apparently oblivious to the location of rogue airliners in it's airspace for over an hour, and military commanders were left perplexed on how to deal with the situation of hijackers using these planes as flying bombs.

This confusion resulted in fighter jets flying around aimlessly whilst the hierarchy fully assessed what was going on, and this total lack of cohesion ultimately led to the loss of nearly 3000 lives.

All that was required to overcome America's military might on 9/11 were 19 hijackers on 4 airliners.

Does this sound plausible to you?

It's what you're expected to believe.

Aug 21 16:18

THE 9/11 ANTHRAX FRAME-UP

In October [2001], press reports revealed that White House staff had been on a regimen of the powerful antibiotic Cipro since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Judicial Watch wants to know why White House workers, including President Bush, began taking the drug nearly a month before anthrax was detected on Capitol Hill.
WEBMASTER NOTE: Right now the corporate media is shoveling ISIS at us as hard as they can, in an obvious propaganda campaign reminiscent of the similar campaign about "Al Qaeda" and "Osama Bin Laden" that preceded 9-11. Given how desperate the US Government is to revive the war agenda, we should be concerned that a new false-flag attack, bigger and bloodier than the World Trade Towers, is being considered.


Aug 21 16:18

9/11 WTC Explosions: The Official Collapse Theory Implodes

"CBS2 has learned ... that two men are in custody tonight after being arrested at the George Washington bridge with an entire truckload of explosives. Now I'm told those explosives could have been enough to blow up the entire span and all the cars and the people that were on it ... the explosives were destined for underneath the George Washington bridge..."

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The CBS2 news broadcast leaves it unsaid that the men arrested with the truckload of explosives at the GW Bridge were Israelis.
WEBMASTER NOTE: Right now the corporate media is shoveling ISIS at us as hard as they can, in an obvious propaganda campaign reminiscent of the similar campaign about "Al Qaeda" and "Osama Bin Laden" that preceded 9-11. Given how desperate the US Government is to revive the war agenda, we should be concerned that a new false-flag attack, bigger and bloodier than the World Trade Towers, is being considered.

Aug 21 16:17

A Coalition for Major Outreach in NYC This 9/11 Anniversary

http://GroundZero911.com aims to provide activists with 9/11 Anniversary event information as well as the tools necessary for public outreach.

Our goal is to encourage anyone that believes we need a new investigation into the events surrounding September 11th, 2001 to come to New York City for the Anniversary.

This movement was started by the victims' family members who had questions. Their loved ones were murdered and they've never been given answers. It's time to demand those answers, to unite together to demand justice. Let's make history this September 11th by coming together in New York City in hopes of the justice we've all been fighting for. Please also check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Facebook Event Page.

Aug 21 16:17

9/11 Pentagon Eyewitness Accounts

WEBMASTER COMMENT: For some reason the no-planers are really piling onto me over at Facebook.

Maybe we are just dealing with people who got suckered in at the start and now refuse to admit they were made fools of. Or maybe, as we approach the 13th anniversary of 9-11, the government is trying one last desperate push to get a majority of independent media to sign onto the no-plane story so that they can release the actual videos confiscated from around the scene and discredit as many of the critics of the official story as they can in one fell swoop.

But the one question none of the no-planers can answer is WHY the perpetrators of 9-11 would bother trying to play games with that passenger jet. They had to get rid of the plane and its passengers anyway, so there is no reason NOT to crash it into the Pentagon.

Aug 21 16:17

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting this article because three pro-Israel congressmen are claiming that there is a secret 9-11 document that they are demanding to be made public, one that places the blame for 9-11 on Saudi Arabia. Walter Jones was on the Ron Paul channel today pushing this latest attempt to protect Israel from the consequences of their actions.

This is actually a repeat of the same stunt they tried 2 years ago in which they tease the public with the story of a secret 9-11 document and try to get everyone to demand to see it. The document frames Saudi Arabia for 9-11, to protect Israel.

But as this article lays out, Saudi Arabia didn't have a motive to do 9-11, and if they wanted to hurt the US, they would not need airplanes into skyscrapers to do it.

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Aug 21 16:16

9/11 Probe Closing In On Israel

WEBMASTER NOTE: Right now the corporate media is shoveling ISIS at us as hard as they can, in an obvious propaganda campaign reminiscent of the similar campaign about "Al Qaeda" and "Osama Bin Laden" that preceded 9-11. Given how desperate the US Government is to revive the war agenda, we should be concerned that a new false-flag attack, bigger and bloodier than the World Trade Towers, is being considered.

Aug 21 16:15

Just What Has QE Accomplished Since 2009?

Aug 21 16:11

63 Trillion Gallons of Groundwater Lost in Drought, Study Finds A side-effect of drought: Land deformations

The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused so much loss of groundwater that the Earth, on average, has lifted up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months, according to a new study.
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Aug 21 16:09

Faked Kuwaiti girl testimony

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was the hoax used to trick Americans into supporting the first invasion of Iraq. The "nurse" was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador, and the incubator story a total fabrication created by PR firm Hill & Knowlton. It is worth recalling because it appears that the US Government is once again prepared to use lies and deceptions to trick the American people into a third invasion of Iraq.


Aug 21 16:04

THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the story of how the American people were tricked into supporting the second invasion of Iraq, and it is worth remembering as it appears the US Government is trying to lie and trick us into a third invasion of Iraq.

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Aug 21 15:47

Ron Paul: "FED is immoral"


Aug 21 15:41

Hiding The Decline In Greenland

Like in the US, temperatures have been falling in Greenland for over 80 years.

Aug 21 15:03

Officer fired 9 times in bar shooting - Two innoncent bystanders were shot, 1 killed

Deadly officer-involved shooting in downtown Orlando.


Aug 21 14:55

Federal judge will not stop “keep moving” order

On Monday, a federal judge refused to order a halt to the arbitrary “keep moving” rule imposed by the police on residents and journalists on public sidewalks in Ferguson, Missouri.

As part of the police-military crackdown on protests in Ferguson over the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the police have adopted the tactic of patrolling the sidewalks in groups and shouting “keep moving” at those standing in their way. Anyone who does not move quickly enough is tackled and arrested.

Aug 21 14:48

Let them eat reindeer! Kremlin replaces banned US meat imports with Siberian venison in schools and hospitals

As beef from the West disappears from Russian supermarkets, the Kremlin is urging people to eat Siberian reindeer instead.

Schools and hospitals in Chukota - a far-flung region close to Alaska where football tycoon Roman Abramovich was once governor - are to be supplied from local herds to replace American imports.


Aug 21 14:47

Iceland homeowners get welcome boost

Iceland says it has launched a debt cancellation initiative for mortgage holders which is likely to benefit half the households in the country.

Each debt could see as much as 26,000 euros knocked off the total due. On Sunday, the country’s tax authorities launched the leidretting.is website, where homeowners can file their application. Some 5,000 people registered in the opening two hours, said one of the site’s technical managers.

Aug 21 14:47

British Gas took £17,000 from businessman's bank account after they accidentally charged him 100 times more than usual - and refused to give it back for 11 days

Eventually Mr Wotherspoon had to contact a solicitor who demanded the firm return the £16,670.57. It was returned to Mr Wotherspoon’s account after an 11 day legal stand-off.

Aug 21 14:39

Argentina Peso Collapses At Fastest Pace In 8 Months, Hits Record Low

Since President Kirchner unleashed her 'cramdown' plan for Argentinian debt, the Peso has collapsed at the fastest pace since January's devaluation.

Aug 21 14:39

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson…

Demonstrations began after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area. Data provided Thursday by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missourians, just seven live in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse. Twenty-one face burglary-related charges.

Aug 21 14:37

The 9/11 Reichstag Fire

On June 2, 2001 PNAC signatory Paul Wolfowitz predicted a military surprise:

"Military history is full of surprises, even if few are as dramatic or memorable as Pearl Harbor. Surprises happen so often, that is is surprising that we're still surprised by it. ... Be prepared to be surprised. Have courage."

Aug 21 14:34

Mainstream Media Ignores Ukraine War Crimes

Extensive war crimes in Donbass committed by Poroshenko and his army of murderers from July 27 to August 14, 2014. Kiev's warmongers/Zionists continue genocide of civilian population of Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. Most of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on mainstream media of any country including Russia and Ukraine.

Aug 21 14:34

RIDICULOUS HOUSING PROPAGANDA FROM NAR & MSM

I’ve told myself to not even look at the highly manipulated statistical drivel put out by the government, corrupt organizations, and regurgitated and spun in a positive manner by the captured corporate media. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

Aug 21 14:20

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat.

Aug 21 14:19

Illegal alien kills 2 female children and not deported as Obama 'Dreamer'

An illegal alien from Mexico who was convicted of killing two young girls is still being protected by President Barack Obama’s “Dreamers” amnesty decree which stipulates that illegal aliens "brought to the United States through no fault of their own as children will not be deported," according to an "Inside the Beltway" watchdog that investigates and exposes government corruption and criminal activity on Wednesday.

Aug 21 14:19

Rick Perry Warns ISIS May Already Be in the United States

ISIS terrorists may already be in the country, Governor Rick Perry (R., Texas) warned, saying that the terrorists’ own version of “mission creep” will draw them from Iraq to the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet Perry's indictment goes away now!

Aug 21 14:17

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research.

Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown.

The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the most scientifically stupid thing to come out of the global warming cult to date!

Aug 21 14:04

Video of deadly St Louis police shooting raises questions (GRAPHIC)


In the newly released video, Powell can be seen walking in the direction of and yelling at the two responding officers, telling them to shoot him. However, his hands look to be at his side while this is happening, and he also appears to be further than three or four feet from police when they decide to shoot him.

Aug 21 14:03

Police SWAT Lobbyists Mobilize to Cover Their Assets

As a certain level of outrage takes hold, lobbyists for SWAT teams across the country have swung into action to protect the flow of sweet federal military armament heading to police station near you.

Aug 21 13:51

Charity Calls For Suspension Of Arms Sales To Israel And Palestine

Today the charity Oxfam has called for the immediate suspension of arms and ammunition sales to Israel and Palestine, in an effort to shield civilians.

Aug 21 13:48

SEC aggressively investigates media leaks

The government agency sends a clear warning to any employee who speaks to a journalist: Shut up

Aug 21 13:42

‘Media Pen’: Journos sidelined on the streets of Ferguson

Police in Ferguson arrested at least 6 people overnight during peaceful protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen. Demonstrators want to see prosecuted the police officer who gunned down Michael Brown while the 18-year-old had his hands up.

Aug 21 13:33

Obama administration broke law in Bergdahl exchange: audit

Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged Taliban warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government’s top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday.

Officials should have given Congress a 30-day heads-up, and also illegally switched money from one account to another to conduct the swap, the Government Accountability Office said.

Aug 21 13:32

New Report Claims NYPD 'Stop-And-Frisk' Policy Ineffective

Data on New York City’s stop-and-frisk policing program during the reign of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg show the policy, which disproportionately targeted minorities, was not effective in reducing shootings and murders, according to a new report.

Officials in the Big Apple have long justified the punitive law enforcement tactic as a needed tool for reducing gun violence and the sheer number of firearms on city streets. During the Bloomberg era, New York Police Department data shows that NYPD officers made more than 5 million stops, a quarter of them of young black men who represent only 1.9 percent of the city's population.

Aug 21 13:31

Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs

The war between the Ukraine government and the republics of Novorossiya [New Russia] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting reserves are at an end. For the people’s republics, defending themselves against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, the well-known principle of “a government needs to win, but for an insurrection it is enough not to lose” operates with full force.

The deteriorating economic situation in Ukraine, the growing demoralisation of supporters of the Kiev regime and the gradual development of a partisan movement on government-controlled territory together herald a new phase in a civil war that will clearly extend far beyond the boundaries of the south-east.

Aug 21 13:19

Vladimir Putin: Russia Issues International Arrest Warrant For Rothschild & Soros

Russia will make The United States reflect upon what they allowed Rothschild to do to their own country. So when you see protests against Vladimir now, keep in mind it is probably staged by The Rothschild’s trying to control Russia once again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no confirmation of this, but it sure sounds good! :)

Aug 21 13:03

U.S. Military Blocks Employees From Investigative News Site

A notice has been circulated to units within the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps warning staff that they are prohibited from reading stories published by The Intercept on the grounds that they may contain classified information. The ban appears to apply to all employees—including those with top-secret security clearance—and is aimed at preventing classified information from being viewed on unclassified computer networks, even if it is freely available on the internet. Similar military-wide bans have been directed against news outlets in the past after leaks of classified information.

Aug 21 12:57

"Isolation Procedures Put In Place" After Ebola Suspect Dies In Ireland; Ebola-Like Disease Claims 70 In Congo

Last week Ireland rushed to deny that a man with Ebola-like symptoms who was being tested in Dublin, did not have the disease. It may find such a refutation more difficult this time after Irish Times reported that a man was found dead last night in Donegal, after working in Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the current Ebola outbreak, and where "it is understood that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus." The deceased was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether the death resulted from Ebola.

Aug 21 12:55

Republican: ISIS developing means to ‘blow up’ a US city

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said ISIS members are “rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Jimmy; it is YOU we do not believe.

We The People remember how we were tricked into the first invasion of Iraq with a hoax about stolen Kuwaiti incubators.

We The People remember how we were tricked into the second invasion of Iraq with a hoax about Saddam's nuclear bombs.

Frankly, your claims seem like more of the same. And if a US city should vanish in a blinding flash of light, we will remember all the evidence that points the finger of blame for 9-11 at Israel and the US working together to hoax us into a century of war and conquest.

But if you personally want to go after ISIS, feel free. Here is your rifle, here is you're parachute, watch your head climbing into that transport plane, and we will call Iraq and tell them you are on your way to invade them (for the third time) all by yourself!

Aug 21 12:55

Ex CIA Officer Claims ISIS And Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate

“We’ve had good intel over the years about al-Qaeda, about their efforts to coordinate with, as an example, Mexican cartels… in an effort to try to exploit our southern border,” Mike Baker told Ingraham.

The one-time CIA employee said there is “a lot of communication” between ISIS and drug cartels and “the cartels are a business… if there’s a revenue stream they can exploit, then they will, and the extremists understand that.”

Aug 21 12:48

Profit Down 62% For Another Major US Retailer

Sales at U.S. mass merchandisers such as Target and Wal-Mart Stores Inc have been hit this year as consumers struggling with stagnant wages and high inflation reduce spending.

On top of that, Target has run up big losses in Canada, where its ambitious expansion has stumbled due to supply chain issues and a backlash from customers who had expected prices to be more in line with those in the United States.

Aug 21 12:46

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 On Welfare

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is the 35% who can be counted on not to criticize the government! Which is the whole point of forcing them into dependency in the first place.

This is how economic tyranny works. The government takes all your money, then offers to give you back a tiny fraction of it as long as you do what the government tells you to do!

Aug 21 12:42

Russia To Surpass Australia As World No 2 Gold Producer

Yesterday, we reported on China’s intent to become a global gold hub and key player in gold price discovery. Another important player in the gold market at the moment is Russia. Their intentions are more realistic and not as ambitious of those of China. However, Russia sees gold as a valuable monetary asset that will protect the ruble in the continuing currency wars.

This is why, Russia has been one of the largest buyers of gold in recent months (see chart) – largest sovereign buyer and one of the largest buyers in general. Although we do not know how much gold the People’s Bank of China is quietly accumulating.

Russia now looks set to become the world’s second largest producer of gold, after China and surpassing current world number two gold producer Australia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"INVADE! INVADE NOW! WE NEED TO SAVE THE FED! RUSSIA'S GOT ALL THE GOLD WE NEED!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 21 12:36

Israeli settlers unleash dog pack on Palestinian kids

Israeli settlers have unleashed a large pack of dogs on Palestinian children, brutally injuring one near Salfit in the center of the occupied West Bank.

The dogs harshly savaged the five-year-old boy, who is in dire need of several surgeries, including a facial reconstructive one.

The boy, identified as Karmel Moayyad Shakir, was playing with his peers in the village of Azawiyeh when the illegal settlers from the nearby Kannat settlement arrived at the spot along with a large pack of dogs.

Before the boy’s family could intervene, the dogs attacked the five-year-old who was lucky enough not to die, yet sustained severe injuries.

Aug 21 12:29

Is the Smallest Guy on the Playground Bullying the Big Kid?

ISIS representatives beheading journalist James Foley has shocked the Western media this week, as the Islamic extremist group has upped the ante in it’s mission to create a Caliphate across the Middle East.

Firstly, it must be acknowledged that James Foley was executed by a regime, in retaliation against another regime he wasn’t a part of. Foley’s death in the line of duty as a reporter is a tragic and cruel loss of life, his only crime being a desire to inform people.

His murder has brought with it an abundance of new questions of how best to deal with this terrorist threat, and once again brings forth the issue of how much is too much? When must the line be drawn?

Aug 21 12:29

Gaza severely short of water for drinking and bathing

Almost all the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents are suffering from a severe lack of water for drinking and washing, since Israeli bombs seriously damaged the Strip’s water, electricity and sewage infrastructure. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/YFaQiA

Aug 21 12:27

Israel’s Genocidal War Continues; BDS Continues

Palestinians are today's Native Americans. Israel continues genocidal war against them. It's been ongoing for decades. Unless stopped, potential extermination is possible. It happened in Haiti, America and elsewhere. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/VGWUmt

Aug 21 12:25

Questions to Ask Your Pro-Israeli Friends

Ask your pro-Israel friend questions requiring thought instead of quoting "facts" might result in a more productive dialog. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1v2kFEE

Aug 21 12:24

ATTENTION: Free Palestine billboard removed from Melbourne

Free Palestine banner removed barely up for 48 hours, Australians for Palestine was told that due to "unprecedented complaints" the decision was taken to remove the banner. Take Action here: http://sabbah.in/1z7Rq0W

Aug 21 12:22

US Readying More Troops to ‘Crush’ ISIS

The Obama Administration has never been one to let a sad piece of news slip by unexploited, and when news emerged last night of the beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS, they were quick to transition their narrative to fit the new story.

The US was already escalating the Iraq War at an alarming pace under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention,” but now are using Foley’s killing as the official justification to continue that escalation in the name of revenge.

President Obama presented ISIS as a “cancer” that had to be “extracted” from the Middle East, going on to accuse them of plotting genocide and offering “nothing but an endless slavery.”

Obama went on to declare that “no just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day,” vowing his own relentless pursuit of them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Barry and John; here are your rifles... Here are your parachutes. We ran out of the desert camo but here are a couple bright day-glo orange jumpsuits left over from the CIA torture centers. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane, and we will call Iraq and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember how we were tricked into the first invasion of Iraq with a hoax about stolen Kuwaiti incubators.

We The People remember how we were tricked into the second invasion of Iraq with a hoax about Saddam's nuclear bombs.

Frankly, this beheading video just seems like more of the same.

So you will understand if we sit this one out and keep our kids safe at home.

Aug 21 12:22

Look who’s being pushed to the sea now

The disappearing land, the continuos war and the extreme restrictions imposed on Palestinians makes them the ones being driven into the sea. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1wenhki

Aug 21 12:22

New PSA: “Because Fluoride!”

The same government that has no problem legalizing all kinds of chemicals that wreak havoc on your entire body…really cares about your teeth. A lot. Enough to add chemical byproducts from fertilizer manufacturing to your water for you whether you like it or not. For your teeth. They don’t care enough about you to add, say, vitamins to the water while they’re in there adding that fluoride…but your teeth. Yes. Your teeth (and only your teeth) are very, very important to the government.

Brought to you by the Oh Just Shut Up and Drink It Already, Who Even Needs a Pineal Gland Coalition.

Aug 21 12:19

State Department requests 300 more US troops for Iraq: official

The U.S. State Department has requested additional military personnel to provide security in Iraq, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The request for additional military personnel, which would include fewer than 300 people, has not yet been approved, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. military has already sent more than 800 soldiers to Iraq since Islamic State fighters took over much of the country's north in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But they are all just advisers. ADVISERS! AD-VISE-ERRRRRRRRS!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 21 12:18

Ukrainian parliament to ratify association agreement with EU in September — Poroshenko

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) will ratify the Association Agreement with the European Union in September, President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday.

“We worked hard to make the Association Agreement a reality. And there is no discussion in Ukraine as to whether this important document should be ratified or not,” Poroshenko said at a meeting with deputies from the Batkivshchina party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because anyone who might have opposed this was kicked out or killed last January!

Aug 21 12:18

What would Israel do in Hamas’ shoes?

What would Hamas benefit if it succeeded to kill the prime minister or the chief of staff? Wouldn't we have found substitutes? Would Israel have renounced its leadership? Bowed its head to its leaders' assassins? Would Israel have hastened to build them a deep-water seaport and airport in Gaza? Read more --> http://sabbah.in/XDqFpG

Aug 21 12:17

Ferguson Is A Sample Of What’s To Come

Aug 21 12:17

CFR Boss Calls for Military Action Against ISIS

Richard Haass, director of the Council on Foreign Relations and former high level functionary at the State Department, is calling for attacking ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Dick...

Aug 21 12:16

Are people finally seeing Jesse Jackson for exactly what he is?

Opportunist Jesse Jackson Asks For Donations In Ferguson,

Aug 21 12:04

US accuses Israel of targeting relatives of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian 16-year-old

The United States on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenaged son was kidnapped and killed in July along with two cousins, who are US citizens.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in annexed east Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder was snatched from an east Jerusalem street and later found burned alive.

Israeli police arrested six alleged Jewish extremists as suspects and on July 17 charged three, freeing the others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be the reaosn Israel; is again trying to claim HAMAS kidnapped and killed the three teens in the West Bank, to create an "equivalency" for the death of the American.

Aug 21 12:01

Congress Proposes New Law Prohibiting Citizens from Buying Body Armor

H.R. 5344 is a bill currently going through Congress that would ban the purchase of body armor.

Violation would carry CRIMINAL penalties, including up to ten years in prison.

Many bullet-resistant items on the market now, such as bulletproof backpacks for school children, would be banned by this legislation.

This is incredible given that the legislation is all about banning something that is purely defensive.

Aug 21 11:59

Elitists Lovefest: Rahm Emanuel defends Michael Bloomberg in wake of NRA criticism

Mayor Rahm Emanuel voiced support on Twitter for Michael Bloomberg after the National Rifle Association purchased ad time to attack the former New York mayor's gun control work.

"No leader has done more to help end gun violence than @MikeBloomberg. He deserves our praise, not the NRA's shameful attacks," according to a tweet this morning on Emanuel's official Twitter account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the mayor of a city with very strict gun control and one of the highest murder rates in the country.

Aug 21 11:48

global Internet conditions

Akamai monitors global Internet conditions around the clock. With this real-time data we identify the global regions with the greatest attack traffic, cities with the slowest Web connections (latency), and geographic areas with the most Web traffic (traffic density).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Click on "attacks" in the Modes menu above the map. (It takes a minute to fully fill in the graphics)

Seems the US is a teensy bit over-represented as a target! Where is the NSA, which is supposed to be protecting the nation? Or is this the work of the NSA, stealing what is left of our privacy?

Aug 21 11:39

Do you support more air strikes into Iraq?

YES
8% (43 votes)
NO
92% (497 votes)
Total votes: 540
Aug 21 11:37

Google is ‘distorting’ and undermining EC privacy ruling – EU Justice Commissioner

Google and other prolific search engines are “distorting” and undermining the European High Court’s recent ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling, the European Commission’s (EC) most senior justice official has warned.

The EU Justice Commissioner, Martine Reicherts, has accused the tech giant and other internet search engines of effectively undermining planned data protection reforms.

Aug 21 11:32

WHO says 70 die from illness in Congo, denies Ebola link

At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola.

A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died. Five health care workers, including one doctor, are among the dead.

"This is not Ebola," a WHO spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the same WHO that lowered the threshold for a pandemic during the 2009 "When Pigs Fly" flu to help the vaccine companies make a ton of money for a product that ultimately turned out to be no more helpful that tylonol!

Aug 21 11:24

How To End The War Crimes In Gaza

Some people may read this and say, no way, this is not a solution but I challenge your belief and I offer that this is indeed an effective and powerful way to move forward as a humanity with regard to the ongoing atrocities in Gaza.

Aug 21 11:24

Big Investors Push for Auditors to Sign Financial Statements

An industry group which represents some of the nation’s largest investors is urging regulators not to back away from plans to require auditors to sign the financial statements they prepare for companies.

Aug 21 11:19

Woman shot at #Ferguson protest: Police took the bullet and now claim they don't have it

Remember woman shot in head leaving #Ferguson protest early on? Police took the bullet, now claim they don't have it

Aug 21 11:05

The Secret Playbook of Internet Trolls

Why would a Jew post vile anti-Semitic comments? Because normal people are offended by – and don’t want to be associated with – pure, naked anti-Semitism, and so they will avoid such discussions. If the discussion was originally criticizing a specific aspect of Israel policy, the discussion will break down, and the actual point regarding policy will be lost.

Similarly, anti-Semitic posts weaken websites by making them seem less reputable. Indeed, Common Dreams says that the troll’s anti-Semitic comments drove away many of that site’s largest donors … dealing a severe blow to its continued viability. That’s exactly what trolls spewing anti-Semitic bile are trying to do: shut down logical discussion and discredit and weaken sites which allow rational criticism of policy.

Aug 21 11:03

World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip.

Aug 21 11:02

And Now… Former CIA Officer: ‘A Lot of Communication’ Between ISIS, Mexican Cartels

So what you have here is some sort of scam designed to get Americans to accept a “solution” that wouldn’t be accepted under anything like normal circumstances. The poor immigrants are being used as props.

Aug 21 10:59

Russell Brand opposes anti-Semitism after death threats: 'We must disavow all forms of prejudice that lead to exclusion and execution'

Russell Brand has been vocal in his criticism of the media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Particularly in his satirical YouTube series, The Trews.

He memorably dissected FOX News reporter Sean Hannity’s pro-Israel bias that appeared not to recognise the disproportionate number of Palestinian casualties and disallowed Palestinian guests on his current affairs show from being able to be an active part of the debate.

He recently took on Bill O’Reilly, also of FOX News, his self-congratulatory reporting of the Islamic State after the beheading of American photo journalist James Foley.

But it was a video he made highlighting an Avaaz.org petition that caused the biggest stir of all. In it, he called for viewers to put pressure on British businesses to sever ties with investments in Israel he says “facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza”.

Aug 21 10:40

Following Tuesday's release of a video depicting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, numerous voices are warning that a U.S. rush to escalate military intervention would only further devastate the region.

Following Tuesday's release of a video depicting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, numerous voices are warning that a U.S. rush to escalate military intervention would only further devastate the region.

The U.S. government on Wednesday confirmed that a video released Tuesday by ISIS depicting the beheading U.S. freelance journalist James Foley is authentic. In the gruesome footage, a masked ISIS fighter states that the killing is in retaliation for U.S. military attacks on ISIS in Iraq and threatens to take the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who appeared to be in their captivity in the video footage.

Aug 21 10:39

BEX ALERT - Funeral For Islamic Terrorist Gets A Surprise Ending From Funeral Director Error

But as you will see in this funeral for one of their own fallen terrorists, there was an “unexpected surprise” awaiting them. Turns out they don’t like death, destruction and the shedding of blood so much when it’s their own.

Someone should have told the funeral director to remove the suicide vest before holding the funeral….the last 30 seconds of this video will horrifically astound you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the explosion, the bomber's body is still intact. This tells us it wasn't a suicide vest but a drone strike.

Aug 21 10:36

INTEREST RATE RISES: stand by for the traffic accident

Overpriced stock markets have finally met Zirp interest levels. The Slog analyses why this is the unstoppable force colliding with the immovable object.

Aug 21 10:35

Got weapons? Nude body scanners easily defeated

Researchers are delivering a paper at a security conference Thursday highlighting how easy it is to get weapons through the nude body scanners that have been removed from US airports but have been placed at other government installations across the globe.

The report, given at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego, highlights the insecurity of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose "backscatter" scanner that once was used throughout the nation's airports but are now deployed at US prisons and courthouses, as well as airports in Africa. The paper, "Security Analysis of a Full-Body Scanner," from researchers at the University of California-San Diego, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University, confirms what even laymen researchers had already discovered: hiding weapons on the side of one's body defeats the machine (PDF).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This whole TSA thing is a huge money-making scam!

Aug 21 10:34

Suicide Tourism: Terminally ill Britons now make up a nearly one quarter of users of suicide clinics in Switzerland. Only Germany has a higher numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ visiting institutions to end their own lives

Terminally ill Britons now make up a nearly one quarter of users of suicide clinics like Dignitas in Switzerland, new figures have shown.
Only Germany has a higher numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ visiting institutions to end their own lives.
Between 2008 and 2012, 126 Britons chose to die in Zurich, the majority at Dignitas, and a handful via less well known clinics, like Exit.

Aug 21 10:33

The White House Gives Up on Making Coders Dress Like Adults

The U.S. Government wants to hire more people like Mikey Dickerson. He’s the former Google engineer the White House recently tapped to lead the new U.S. Digital Service.
Dickerson has impeccable credentials. He comes from one of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies. He flew into Washington a year ago to salvage the disastrous Healthcare.gov website. And by all accounts, he did an amazing job. Now, his White House on-boarding has become a kind of recruiting tool for Uncle Sam. And just for good measure, the feds want all the techies out there to know Dickerson wasn’t forced to do that amazing job in a suit and tie.

Aug 21 10:33

US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border – Providing Cover for Terrorists in Syria; Fighting ISIS in Iraq

US may attempt to arm and provide air cover for terrorists in Syria after claiming success in fighting ISIS in Iraq using Kurds.
As predicted, the “sudden” appearance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in northern Iraq weeks ago, has created the rhetorical framework within which the United States and its regional partners will attempt to militarily intervene in both Iraq and Syria.

Aug 21 10:28

BEX ALERT - Top Hamas sheikh admits to June kidnapping of Israeli teens

Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri, a senior Hamas religious figure, is heard on the video saying that he “blessed the heroic action” which was “carried out by the al-Qassam Brigades” — the armed wing of Hamas. This action, “the kidnapping to Hebron of the three settlers,” was an “operation spoken of far and wide,” al-Arouri added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel just posted this story and as is to be expected, the corporate media is giving it headline treatment without questioning the story. Nobody ever came up with a reason why HAMAS, which at the time was trying to build world support for their Unity government, would have done such a stupid thing. Nobody has explained why the abductors, whose voices were captured in the cell phone call made by one of the victims, were speaking Hebrew.

Assuming that this is the real Saleh al-Arouri and he is not being intentionally mistranslated (again), why would he hand Israel such a potent propaganda weapon on a silver platter, especially since the IDF destroyed his home last June?

This does not pass the smell test at all!

Aug 21 10:05

Chaos! Orchestrated Or Coincidental? It Sure Is Focused And Wide Spread!

Posted by margaret

ERIC "FAST AND FURIOUS" HOLDER GOES TO FERGUSON

Aug 21 10:04

Americans are waking up to Lamestream media finally....

Posted by margaret

People outside CNN's headquarters Atlanta, protesting against the company's coverage of the Ferguson unrest.

Aug 21 10:03

So much for summer: Snow set to blast Scotland as forecasters warn of 'coldest August spell in a century'

Bitter Arctic winds could plunge parts of Britain into the coldest spell of August weather for almost a century.

Thermometers are set to plummet as a stubborn band of low pressure drags air in from the north - with two weeks of wet, windy and cold weather on the horizon.

There is even a chance of snow and sleet over the mountains of Scotland as it dips to near freezing overnight.

Government figures show the last time it was this cold in August was in 1919 when the mercury rose no higher than 8.9C for four days in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Aug 21 10:00

83 out of 4'700: Fighters ask, why they were sent «into certain death» – ENG SUBS

83 Fighters of the 30th Mechanised Brigade [out of 4700] return to Nowgorod-Wolynski to confront their Military Leaders with the Question
why they were sent to certain death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kiev is collapsing!

Aug 21 09:45

Are we handing our sovereignty over to unelected U.S. lobbyists?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations have resumed, and a troubling provision has come to light. The United States government is using an enhanced version of the provision known as "certification," which allows it to change other countries' domestic obligations at will. This has internet freedom activists worried that the US may enforce draconian copyright laws globally.

Aug 21 09:43

US debt statistics: from bad to sheeeit:

Aug 21 09:38

From Albert Einstein to Noam Chomsky: famous Jews who have opposed Israel

Many prominent Jewish figures over the past century -- from Albert Einstein to holocaust survivor Primo Levi -- have opposed the idea of an ethnically exclusive Israeli state.

"I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime." --Albert Einstein, 1947

Aug 21 09:38

VIDEO: Cop suspended for threatening to kill Ferguson protesters, journalists

A suburban St. Louis police officer has been suspended indefinitely for threatening to kill protesters and journalists in Ferguson, Missouri while he pointed a rifle in the crowd's direction during a demonstration this week.

Aug 21 09:26

Liberia overwhelmed by number of Ebola dead

The crematorium in Liberia's capital Monrovia is being overwhelmed by the number of dead Ebola victims being brought in, the Red Cross has said.

Fayah Tamba, the secretary-general of the Liberian division of the charity, said on Thursday workers were having to return corpses to a hospital in the city after being told there was no capacity to cremate all the victims.

Aug 21 09:26

Fraud and Embezzlement Drives Anti-Piracy Group into Bankruptcy

SMAIS, the Icelandic branch of the Motion Picture Association, has filed for bankruptcy. The board of the notorious anti-piracy group says that it suffered from mismanagement. In addition to tax fraud and falsified financial records, the group's CEO has admitted to embezzlement.

Aug 21 09:23

Why isn't Ukraine a cause for Hollywood celebrities?

In the 90s, the mere mention of Bosnia (slowly pronounced BOS-KNEE-AH for emphasis) was enough to get Bono in a tizzy about human rights and displaced persons. So much so that he wrote a rather good song about it and roped in the late Luciano Pavarotti to add gravitas. Madonna was falling over herself a few years ago about Malawi, and Clooney took Sudan so seriously that he led a ‘Save Darfur’ rally in Washington.

However, despite around three-quarters of a million Ukrainians fleeing to Russia alone this year, the celebs have placed their pulpits in storage and have absolutely nothing to say.

Aug 21 09:22

#OperationFailedCeasefire ~~ WHY ISRAEL FAILED TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS THROUGH TERROR

With the end of the ceasefire and the failure of permanent truce negotiations mediated by Egypt, Israel resumed its full-scale massacre in Gaza, killing 22 people on Wednesday.

Why did the truce talks break down? I discussed this question on Al Jazeera English on Wednesday evening, explaining that Israel rejected far-reaching and generous Palestinian offers.

Aug 21 09:22

AMERICA IS QUICK TO ACCUSE, BUT SLOW TO PROSECUTE

The US Government is usually silent when one of its citizens is either savagely beaten or even murdered by the Israeli establishment.

BUT ….

Finally they are talking about this;

BUT AGAIN ….

Let’s see what they do about it.

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Aug 21 09:20

The Negligence Of Some Child Welfare Workers

"Before 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend, they doused him with pepper spray, forced him to eat his own vomit and locked him in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams, according to court records made public Monday."

Aug 21 09:18

15 year old girl leaves anti-gun politicians speechless

Aug 21 09:17

Gaza Changed Everything

After every bloody episode of violence perpetrated by Israel, media spin doctors are often deployed with one grand mission: to absolve Israel of any responsibility in their acts of carnage.

Aug 21 09:02

UPS says hackers may have stolen credit card data from 51 of its stores

Logistics firm UPS said on Wednesday that customer credit and debit card data may have been stolen from 51 of its UPS Stores across the United States. The company found malware capable of recording card information and sending it to a third party on cash register systems in one percent of its 4,470 UPS Store locations — 51 stores in 24 states.

Aug 21 09:01

US Escalates Iraq Airstrikes but Lacks Long-Term Strategy

Vijay Prashad: US airstrikes are working strategically but alone with not turn the tide against the Islamic State

Aug 21 08:59

120,000 People Want the White House to Pass 'Mike Brown Law'

Posted by Deep Space-- petition calling for all police to wear cameras

Aug 21 08:53

Israel’s Most Important Source of Capital: California

For over 20 years California’s technology industry has been channeling billions of dollars to finance the growth of Israeli tech firms. In that time, tech has become a key sector for Israel’s economy

Aug 21 08:53

Police Continue to Violate Press Freedom in Ferguson

With 11 journalists arrested thus far, investigative reporter Mike Ludwig describes how Ferguson police are using intimidation tactics against journalists

Aug 21 08:49

Glyphosate Market Continues to Boom Despite Health Concerns

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global glyphosate herbicides market was valued at USD 5.46 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 8.79 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. In terms of volume, the global glyphosate market demand was 718.6 kilo tons in 2012...

Aug 21 08:49

How many bombs has Israel dropped on Gaza?

A few days before he was killed trying to disarm an unexploded Israeli missile, Hazem Abu Murad, the head of Gaza’s bomb squad, estimated that Israel had dropped between eighteen to twenty thousand tons of explosives on Gaza since 7 July.

As I write, Israel has resumed its heavy bombardment after a nine-day truce ended without a long-term ceasefire agreement.

If Abu Murad’s estimate is right, then the explosive power Israel has fired on Gaza by land, sea and air so far is roughly equivalent to one of the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Japan in August 1945.

The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was rated at 13 kilotons – the equivalent of thirteen thousand tons of high-explosive TNT – while the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was rated at 21 kilotons.

Aug 21 08:47

UK Police: Merely Watching James Foley Beheading Video May Be an Act of Terrorism

British police have warned the public that merely watching the James Foley beheading video may be a criminal offense under terrorism legislation, a draconian escalation that threatens to create an ominous pretext for the free flow of information on the Internet.

After the video emerged, which purports to show an ISIS militant with a British accent beheading American journalist James Foley, the Guardian reported that Scotland Yard had launched a full investigation.

Aug 21 08:47

Experimental drug success: US Ebola doctor to be discharged after recovery

An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday after being treated with the experimental drug, ZMapp.

Kent Brantley was treated in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Georgia; a second doctor with Ebola Nancy Writebol is also being treated with ZMapp there.

Aug 21 08:45

Upcoming Eruption in Iceland’s Vatnajökull?

A level of uncertainty has been declared in Bárðarbunga volcano, located in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, due to an increase in seismic activity in the volcano. The largest earthquake of the swarm, 3.8 in magnitude, occurred near Kistufell last night. It could be felt as far as Akureyri in Northeast Iceland, visir.is reports. The seismic activity continues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Bardabunga Volcano, Iceland's second highest peak, is located underneath a massive glacier system with thirty outflows. An eruption will melt those glaciers, producing a phenomenon known as a lahar, which is a volcanic mudslide. In the event of a major eruption of Bardabunga, a lahar from the Vatna glacier system will flood the central Iceland valley and possibly mud and debris into the North Atlantic.

Aug 21 08:44

Teacher raises nearly $80,000 to feed Ferguson kids who can’t get meals at shuttered schools

A teacher in North Carolina has raised nearly $80,000 to feed students from low-income families in Ferguson, Mo., who would ordinarily be getting free lunches at public schools in the St. Louis suburb but can’t because the start of the 2014-15 school year has been delayed twice as a result of civil unrest.

Aug 21 08:44

Nanny State and Police State Unite to Arrest Boy For Bringing the Word "Gun" to School

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Thankfully, the dynamic duo of the Police State and the Nanny State come together again to protect the American people from another dangerous terrorist. This time, the danger to society was a 16-year-old boy from Summerville, S.C. who went so far as to write a fictional statement about killing a dinosaur with a gun...

Aug 21 08:41

Comcast’s Epic Fails

Florida resident Benny Druin needed Comcast to come out for a service call. No big deal, right?

Well, the first technician couldn’t do the job. Nor could the second technician, who was supposed to arrive first thing in the morning and instead didn’t show up until 6:45 p.m.

If this were a fairytale, the third technician would have proven the charm, but he too didn’t know what to do. He left Druin’s house to call his supervisor — and never came back.

Aug 21 08:40

Alert: Area North of Bárðarbunga Volcano Evacuated

The Police Commissioners in Húsavík and Seyðisfjörður have decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajökull following the seismic activity in Bárðarbunga.

This decision is a safety measure. It cannot be ruled out that the seismic activity in Bárðarbunga will lead to a volcanic eruption. There is no change in the seismic activity at the moment and no sign of an eruption but experience shows that seismic activity can be ongoing for a long time without an eruption. This is first and foremost a precautionary measure since the evacuation of the area is impossible at short notice.

Aug 21 08:37

Dr. Kent Brantly being released from Atlanta hospital after Ebola treatment

At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.

Aug 21 08:34

Bárdarbunga volcano - intense earthquake swarm continues, Iceland

Since the onset of intense earthquake swarm at Bárðarbunga volcano, Iceland, on Saturday, August 16 at 03:00 UTC, and by late Monday, August 18, around 2 600 earthquakes have been detected with the earthquake monitoring network of the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). Of these around 950 occurred since midnight, August 17/18. Several of these events were larger than magnitude 3.

Aug 21 08:34

Boiling Water Challenge Injures Multiple Teens

The challenge originated as a prank video shot by several youth who work at the McDonalds in DeQuincy, La. The teens filmed their production in the walk in cooler to make it appear that the water, which was presented via editing as having been boiled, would steam after being dumped on one of the pranksters. After the water was dumped on the teen (identified in the video as Rob) he convincingly acted as if the experience was painful, but that he was tough enough to handle it. The video ended with Rob looking into the camera and asking “are you a man enough to take it?”.

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Unfortunately those who attempted to reproduce the stunt didn’t realize that the original was faked, and apparently didn’t understand the catastrophic consequences of dumping boiling water on one’s self. Several hospitalizations have occurred and luckily, so far, no deaths.

Aug 21 08:34

BIG AGRICULTURE, GMOs, AND THE UKRAINE

In other words, part of the hidden story behind the Ukrainian mess is what appears to be a larger agenda: the penetration of Russian agriculture by GMOs, with all the corresponding things this has brought with it elsewhere: imposition of American standards of patent law on foreign nations and therewith, the controls over agricultural production that this ultimately issues in (not to mention, massive profits for the “agribusiness” companies that stand to gain new markets for their scientifically questionable products and claims).

Aug 21 08:33

Florida Couple Wins Fight For Front Yard Vegetable Garden!

In this video Luke Rudkowksi of WeAreChange speaks with Jason and Jennifer Helvenston, gardeners who were targeted by the state. Are Americans losing their right to grow their own food peacefully on private property?

The U.S. and Florida constitutions protect property rights from arbitrary invasions. After taking the fight to the government and winning the city has withdrawn their demands to tear up a beautiful garden. These peaceful vegetable farmers are sharing their knowledge with others, for more information visit patriot-gardens.com

Aug 21 08:32

Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history

"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.

It's the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don't even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.

Aug 21 08:29

Why conspiracy theorists won't give up on MH17 and MH370

As Mel Gibson's character Jerry Fletcher says in the 1997 movie Conspiracy Theory:

A good conspiracy is unprovable. I mean, if you can prove it, it means they screwed up somewhere along the line.

All conspiracy theorists are not mad

Now Jerry Fletcher might sound crazy, but consider the alternatives. The first would be to say that there are no conspiracies. This is clearly mad, because we know that powerful forces do try to arrange the world for their benefit.

The second gulf of Tonkin incident which justified US involvement in Vietnam was proven to be a fiction, and there is plenty of evidence about "false flag" and similar covert operations activities by everyone from the CIA to the British secret service MI6. Add to that the activities of global elites at Davos and the routine deceit practised by capitalist corporations and you would be naive to believe that the world is what it seems.

Aug 21 08:29

Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day

Oklahoma’s Geology Survey recorded an unprecedented 20 small earthquakes across the state on Tuesday, highlighting the dramatic increase of seismic activity that has occurred there as the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing — otherwise known as fracking — has spread across the state.

Aug 21 08:28

Veteran Cop: 'If You Don't Want To Get Shot,' Shut Up -- Even If We're Violating Your Rights

There it is folks! Submit to our will our tyranny or we will kill you all!
Submission and terror! If these mattoids win the entire planet will die!

If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you," he writes. "Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

Aug 21 08:26

326 Survivors and Descendants of Survivors of Victims of the Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel’s Assault on Gaza

We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. “Never again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!

Aug 21 08:26

Ferguson: No Justice in the American Police State — Paul Craig Roberts

There are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police.

For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, John Crawford picked up a toy gun from a WalMart shelf in the toy department and was shot and killed on the spot by police goons.

Aug 21 08:24

'We will be relentless . . . right after my vacation': Fury as Obama is seen fist-bumping, high-fiving and laughing on the golf course just MINUTES after pledging justice for journalist James Foley

President Barack Obama reacted to the on-camera slaying of photojournalist James Foley for five minutes on Wednesday, telling a global audience that 'when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.'

Less than 10 minutes after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour game Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha's Vineyard - his seventh round in ten days.

The decision brought a chorus of condemnation from TV commentators, journalists, conservative partisans and Twitter users.

Aug 21 08:23

UK PM lobbied to ramp up military spending amid deep public spending cuts

Prime Minister David Cameron should pledge to increase state spending on Britain’s armed forces for a full five years, according to a pressure group of military experts and retired commanders.

British military lobby, the UK National Defence Association (UKNDA), warned on Tuesday in an open letter to David Cameron that Britain’s military might would no longer be credible unless the Ministry of Defence’s [MoD] budget was taken care of following the next election.

Aug 21 08:20

As Repression Escalates on US Campuses, an Account of My Ordeal With the Israel Lobby and UC

Professor William Robinson of UCSB was the target of a campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included techniques described in the "Hasbara handbook" by the Israel lobby in contravention of academic freedom and university rules. He describes the experience here.

Aug 21 08:15

Warren Buffett And The Chinese Are Loading Up On Hard Assets

In the last several years, Warren Buffett went out and bought the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. He didn’t just buy some stock, he bought the whole thing, took it private...A railroad is nothing but hard assets. It’s right of way, mining rights adjacent to the right of way, rail, rolling stock, yards, switches, signals, buildings, it’s all hard assets. How does the railroad make money? It makes money by moving hard assets so coal, wheat, corn, steel, other kinds of freight, etc. So, railroad is the ultimate, its hard assets moving hard assets. It’s the ultimate hard asset play. Warren Buffett’s next deal was to go out and buy massive natural resources in oil and natural gas. And by the way, he can move his oil on his railroad. He doesn’t need the Keystone Pipeline. You line up a hundred tanker cars, that’s a pipeline on wheels...

Aug 21 08:15

Money And Power: The Real Reason For The NSA Spying On Everyone

We noted that Booz Allen Hamilton (yes, the last employer of one Ed Snowden) had hired former NSA director and also Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell as its Vice Chairman. He was the leading voice out there screaming about the threat of "cyberwar" getting on TV and having lots of opinion pieces in big name publications -- all of which mentioned his former government jobs, but almost none of which mentioned that his current employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, stood to make billions selling "solutions" to the government. And, indeed, Booz Allen has been raking in the cash on "cybersecurity."

Aug 21 08:11

NATO signals no new members for the present

Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.

Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For some, that means dashed hopes. Macedonia's foreign minister told The Associated Press in a statement it was a "step backward."

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It looks as though there will be no invitation for Ukraine to join NATO at the next round of meetings in Wales.

Aug 21 08:00

Emergency protest called after Israel resumes airstrikes on Gaza

Around 22 Palestinians have been killed in fresh Israeli attacks on Gaza since the ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday of this week. They include a number of children and a pregnant woman.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a “continued campaign” in Gaza at a press conference on Wednesday.

Aug 21 08:00

Jewish Iranian MP: Israeli War Crimes Must Be Denounced by the World

The representative of the Jewish minority in the Iranian Parliament Siamak Marreh Sedq strongly condemned Israel’s recent attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said that the time is now ripe for the international community to break its silence on Tel Aviv’s criminal acts.

“Attacks on hospitals, schools and other public places are regarded as war crimes and the world should break the silence and confront these savage attempts,” Marreh Sedq told reporters on Thursday.

He noted that Israel should have its membership at the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) annulled.

Aug 21 07:57

British National May be Involved in Beheading of US Journalist in Iraq – Cameron

The alleged execution of US journalist James Foley, shown in an online video by the Islamic State militant group, may have been carried by a British national, who is yet to be identified, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday.

“We have not identified the individual responsible, but from what we have seen it looks increasingly likely that it is a British citizen. This is deeply shocking,” Cameron said.

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First off, there are multiple reasons to suspect this beheading video is, like the stolen Kuwait incubators and Saddam's nuclear weapons, yet another in an endless series of propaganda hoaxes to trick us all into supporting yet another invasion of Iraq.

Second, one wonders how they are able to identify the man in that Hollywood-esque executioners costume as being British, without knowing his name.

Is this the start of a rationalization to send British Muslims to the gulags?

Aug 21 07:54

Homeland Security Warns Ahead Of ‘National Day Of Rage’

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a bulletin drawing attention to the hactivist group Anonymous’ plans for nationwide protests against the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The group has called for a “National Day of Rage” on Thursday to span 38 major U.S. cities.

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If you join one of these protests, keep it peaceful. The federal Government NEEDS mass rioting to transform the nation into a total dictatorship in order to continue the war agenda. If you meet a smelly kid with dynamite trying to talk you into blowing something up, THAT is the undercover FBI informant. Treat him or her the way the French treated the Nazi collaborators after the liberation.

Aug 21 07:52

The Peacekeeper Vision

Communities of people who look out for each other. Neighbors and friends who help each other out when someone has an emergency, be it a robbery or just a bad fall. Individuals who stand up for themselves and those they care about, rather than relying on a bureaucratic system to save them.
This is the vision of Peacekeeper. It’s an app, but it’s more than that. At its heart, Peacekeeper is about independence and personal empowerment.

Aug 21 07:46

Prosecutor Stalls for Time in Michael Brown Case

grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing evidence in the police shooting of Michael Brown on Wednesday, the 20th. However, local reports are that the decision on whether to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson is "complicated" and may take "several weeks".

Ferguson residents agree that the failure to arrest Wilson is the main reason for the civil unrest in their town, now in its eleventh day.

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The people of Ferguson are being set up. Officer Wilson will not be charged as they have found enough witnesses to state that Michael Brown charged the officer and the officer reacted in self-defense. At that point the agents provocateurs will try to kick up riots not just in Ferguson but across the US, giving the Federal Government an excuse for martial law and a crack down.

Please do not be a fool. Do not do what the government hopes and has prepared for you to do. The only way this government can perpetuate itself any longer is to become a true dictatorship. Don;t give them the excuse. Only a fool fights the war the other side is already prepared to win!

Aug 21 07:41

CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY (UPDATED FOR EARLY 2014)

I do not care how many scientists traded their honor for global warming funding. Science is not a democracy where the majority rules. In 1633, virtually every scientist was in agreement that Galileo was wrong when he concluded that the Earth moved around the sun. Motivated by peer pressure, the church, and fear of losing their jobs, all those scientists went along with the desired agenda, and history eventually showed they were all, down to the last man, flat-out wrong.

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It is time for a repost. Even as Scotland braces for an August snowfall and Mexico City digs out of two feet of hail, the global warming "scientists" are issuing a new "study" that reassures us human-caused global warming is real despite the recent 17 year pause. The fact that they missed predicting the pause alone should tell them their theory is flawed and they do not know what they are talking about. But all these government bodies like IPCC, NASA, NOAA, and all the academic institutions that were funded to "prove" human-caused global warming, and the corporate media that was paid to promote this hoax to trick us into paying carbon taxes, have all shackled their reputations to global warming and are reluctant (to put it mildly) that they were totally wrong on this.

So, I'll tell you what! Al Gore, backed by his bought-and-paid-for scientists, predicted that 2014 would have an ice free Arctic. That did not happen. I will make a prediction that this coming winter will be even harsher and colder than the ones we have seen over the last several years. Get back to me next spring. If I am right, maybe I can get some funding to tell the public the truth rather than to feed them more lies!

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Aug 21 07:35

For U.K., Europe, It's One of the Chilliest Augusts in Decades; Snow Possible in Scottish Highlands

Parts of Europe and the U.K. are being plagued by one of the coolest August spells in decades.

Forecast high temperatures the next few days were expected to hold in the upper teens to low 20s Celsius (about 62-72 degrees Fahrenheit) over a broad swath from England and Ireland to northern France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.

"The cool Arctic flow will reach much of central Europe with temperatures 5-6 degrees Celsius below normal," says Leon Brown, meteorologist with The Weather Channel U.K.

Aug 21 07:30

THEY REFUSE TO QUIT BEX ALERT - Global warming will soon resume, scientists say

A new study has scientists concerned that the recent slowing of global warming is only temporary and that temperatures are poised to resume dramatically rising.

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"No, really. Honest. It will! I wouldn't lie to you; I'm a @#%$ing scientist, man!!"

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Global warming has not "slowed." We have had a cooling trend for going on 18 years now, coinciding with a decline in solar activity similar to the Maunder Minimum which triggered the Little Ice Age. Temperatures are already down to freezing in Scotland and this is still August! And with every flake of snow that falls, the credibility of all those government agencies like NASA and NOAA, the IPCC, and all those academics funded to "prove" human-caused global warming to trick us all into paying carbon taxes, along with the corporate media paid to promote this myth, falls with it. 2014 was the year when Al Gore predicted an ice free Arctic.

But politicians (especially Al Gore), and those agencies, media, and academics, all hate to admit it when they are wrong, so they are trying to desperately prop up their global warming cult (and keep their funding) with bizarre explanations of why we should ignore the fact that snow fell on the Pyramids of Egypt last winter for the first time in 100 years, and go on believing as we are told to believe; that the world is warming and it is all our fault! Some of these pathetic fraudsters are trying to claim global warming produces cold weather, or that the warming is "hiding" in the deep ocean (a violation of the principles of convection), or that while it may look like there is a lot of ice in the Arctic, it is just really very thin and just spread out more.

Aug 21 07:23

Food safety attorney, publisher fending off subpoenas over 'pink slime' stories

Attorney Bill Marler, one of the nation’s leading litigators in food safety issues, is increasingly also wearing a journalist’s hat.

In fact, Marler, a partner for MarlerClark in Seattle, has hired Davis Wright Tremaine attorney Bruce Johnson to fight off a subpoena that journalists for his publication, Seattle-based Food Safety News, last month received from Beef Products Inc.

Beef Products, a Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processing company, manufactures a meat-based product it calls “lean finely textured beef,” but which detractors have dubbed “pink slime.”

That term was used by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, who i n a May, 2012 story with ABC reporter Jim Avila, stirred a controversy by reporting the use of the meat product in ground beef around the country.

Aug 21 07:14

TRACK THE POSITION OF THE ZIM CARGO SHIP IN REAL TIME

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As of last report, the Zim Shipping cargo ship only unloaded 2% of its cargo before protesters succeeded in halting the operation. In the rush to unload the ship, port authorities bypassed the Union Hiring Hall which put the Longshoremen firmly on the side of the protesters! As of this posting, tracking shows the Zim Piraeus well out of San Francisco bay and heading NW.

The next step is to contact any stores that carry products from Israel and announce a boycott, not of the Israeli products but the entire store itself!

Aug 21 07:13

The Crazy-Making Fed

The Federal Reserve’s communications and policies are a form of crazy-making double bind.

Systems theorist/anthropologist Gregory Bateson developed (with others) the concept of double bind, a psychological and social conflict in which contradictory demands generate a form of schizophrenia:

Aug 21 07:12

FBI Tracks Charter Schools

There's been a flood of local news stories in recent months about FBI raids on charter schools all over the country.

From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge, from Hartford to Cincinnati to Albuquerque, FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents, and making arrests leading to high-profile indictments.

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