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April 7, 2014

Apr 07 10:46

Syria's Assad says political Islam project has failed

The "project of political Islam has failed," Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday, calling for the separation of religion from politics, state television said.

Assad's regime has been battling an uprising that has come to be dominated by Islamists, ranging from moderates to radicals, who want to see Syria run as an Islamic state.

"The project of political Islam has failed, and there should be no mixing between political and religious work," he said in comments on the 67th anniversary of the founding of his Baath party.

Apr 07 10:45

Critics attack oil fund plans

Finance Minister Siv Jensen’s plans to change the management of the country’s huge sovereign wealth fund, announced on Friday, quickly met a torrent of criticism. Critics argued that disbanding the ethical council would reduce independence and transparency, and that the new plan does nothing to safeguard human rights or encourage more environmentally investments

Apr 07 10:45

NYPD and FDNY have bench clearing brawl at charity hockey game

At a charity hockey game the police department ended up getting in a massive brawl with the fire department.

Apr 07 10:37

US has reportedly started supplying Syrian rebels with anti-tank weapons

Rebels embattled against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have reportedly come into possession of high-powered anti-tank weaponry, the likes of which may have been supplied by the United States.

Images of rebels equipped with heavy arms have begun to circulate in recent days, and at least one news site has claimed that the source responsible is the US government.

On Monday, Israel’s Debkafile website reported that two moderate Syrian rebel militias — the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Revolutionary Front — have been supplied with advanced US weapons, including armor-piercing, optically-guided BGM-71 TOW missiles, thanks to the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, it marks a very dangerous turning point in US support of these rebels.

What is likely to happen, if the Al-Assad government is deposed, is the establishment of a virulently anti-US government in Damascus, which is the polar opposite of what the US government wants to see happen.


Apr 07 10:36

AFGHAN ELECTIONS FOR ANOTHER FAKE REGIME

Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington.

The candidates include US groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a major war criminal and principal CIA ally who ordered the massacre of over 2,000 Taliban prisoners.

Such is the rotten foundation on which Washington is hoping to build a compliant Afghan “democracy” that will continue to offer bases to US troops and warplanes. Afghanistan’s majority, the Pashtun tribes, have little voice in the election charade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why there were attacks on the hotel where the observers were staying, which caused many of them to leave out of fear for their lives.

Apr 07 10:28

CBS' '60 Minutes' admits to faking Tesla car noise

What is it about Tesla and its ability to make major media outlets look like fools?

The latest example came a week ago today when CBS' 60 Minutes aired a report on Tesla and its amazing electric car. It was basically the kind of coverage that any automaker would kill to have (and must have left flummoxed General Motors executives wondering why they never got it for the plug-in Chevrolet Volt).

Just one problem: As the Associated Press reported, a CBS editor made what is being called an "audio error" in dubbing the sound of a loud traditional car engine over footage of the much quieter Tesla electric car. The Model is whisper quiet, no matter how hard you push it.

Auto website Jalopnik broke the story of the fake sound and CBS was in retreat all week.

Apr 07 10:21

Obama Issues Threats To Russia And NATO

The Obama regime has issued simultaneous threats to the enemy it is making out of Russia and to its European NATO allies on which Washington is relying to support sanctions on Russia. This cannot end well.

The Obama regime, desperate that no individual and no country escape its spy net, denounced Western Europe’s intention to protect the privacy of its communications as “a violation of trade laws.”

Washington’s objection to the Russian/Iranian deal made it clear to all governments that Washington uses the dollar-based international payments system as a means of control. Why should countries accept an international payments system that infringes their sovereignty? What would happen if instead of passively accepting the dollar as the means of international payment, countries simply left the dollar system?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IS everyone in DC pathologically incapable of long-term, logical, critical thinking?

The US government's threats to Europe will drive all European countries away from any current or future trade deals with the US.

And I would like to politely point out that that at this point, the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; that is what makes a potential military scenario against it so scarily dangerous.

Apr 07 10:20

‘Leaving in a hurry,’ hundreds of residents chase Westboro protesters out of Oklahoma town

Hundreds of Moore residents lined Broadway across from Central Junior High Sunday afternoon.

They were ready and waiting for members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church.

Members of that church have long contended that God hates homosexuality and America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

They also claim that he sends disasters as punishment.

Church members had a permit to picket in front of the school, which has been housing Plaza Towers Elementary students since last year’s deadly tornado.

According to the Westboro website, they contend that God sent that tornado as retribution against Moore.

Apr 07 10:17

The African Ebola outbreak that keeps getting worse

April 3: Ebola “has a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent,” the organization said. 83 dead. 127 confirmed cases.

On Sunday, after the number of dead topped 90 and Mali and Ghana recorded their first suspected cases of the disease, trouble began in remote villages.

Apr 07 10:16

Activist Art Against Drone Killing Redesigns The Landscape in Pakistan

Joe Wright
Activist Post

A new form of activist art is taking shape to ensure that human beings should be recognized as more than just "collateral damage" in a war that the vast majority of global citizens have no interest in continuing. This art form aims to literally get right in the face of those who pull the trigger...


Apr 07 10:15

Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Coy resigns over 'moral failing'

Thousands of parishioners attending a special Sunday afternoon meeting at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale were stunned to learn that the megachurch's popular founder and leader, Pastor Bob Coy, had abruptly resigned.

The reason given by church elders: "a moral failing."

Apr 07 10:10

8 Headlines the Mainstream Media Doesn't Have the Balls to Print

The following are all relevant, fact-based issues, the "hard news" stories that the media has a responsibility to report. But the business-oriented press generally avoids them.

Apr 07 10:07

CEO Of Liechtenstein Bank Frick Murdered In Broad Daylight

Over the weekend the world was gripped by the drama surrounding the mysterious murder-homicide of the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro and members of his family, and whether there is more foul play than meets the eye. However, that is nothing compared to what just happened in the tiny, and all too quiet Principality of Lichtenstein, where moments ago the CEO of local financial institution Bank Frick & Co. AG, Juergen Frick, was shot dead in the underground garage of the bank located in the city of Balzers.

Apr 07 10:05

Poland Confiscate Bond Holdings from Private Pension Funds

While everyone is paying attention to Russia, the European economy continues to spiral downward into its Debt-Deflation, and the rising cost of debt to EU members in real international terms is alarming. Poland on Wednesday confiscated all bond holdings of private pension funds. This will be booked on their balance sheet to reduce their debt to GDP ratio by as much as 8%.


Apr 07 10:02

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

If negotiations collapse, it should be clear that, while both sides were supposed to be talking, one side – ­Israel – was vigorously and unilaterally acting to further its goals. Israel has already threatened “punitive measures”, meaning things are likely to turn yet uglier. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20712

Apr 07 09:59

Another 5 Executive Orders

As I scroll through the news sites searching for any indication that someone has reported on the Executive Orders our sitting President has written I am not surprised I cannot find so much as a blurb.

Apr 07 09:56

The False Face of Capitalism

Facebook is an interesting tool; a jumble, a hodgepodge of non-sense, comedy and partisan rhetoric. For instance, a labor friend of mine posted that the top five states for personal bankruptcies were all “right to work states”. Fair enough, an anti-Obama friend posted, and countered by citing the many alleged scandals of Eric Holder and, of course, the inescapable” Benghazi meme. And don’t forget the Koch brothers and so on and so on. But what I find most startling is the amount of cross-over. The majority of these posts are accusatory, defending some partisan position, ignoring the root cause of our problems.

Apr 07 09:49

Secret of Military Suicides Exposed

A special report on the tragedy at Fort Hood and the connection between SSRI drugs and mass shootings.

Apr 07 09:45

Distracted by the Israel-Palestine “Peace Process”: What Really Happened during the Talks

As Bassem Khoury, a former Palestinian Authority minister, observed last week: “Israel hasn’t changed. It is the same colonial entity pursuing the same ethnic cleansing policies it did for decades.”

That was also the little-noticed conclusion reached by Richard Falk as he stepped down last month as the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied territories. In line with warnings he has issued in his UN post for the past six years, Falk, a professor emeritus in international law at Princeton University, said Israeli policies were designed to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from the occupied territories, and especially East Jerusalem, the expected capital of any Palestinian state.

Falk noted that Israel had cynically exploited the peace process to expand its settlement programme, as it did again during these past nine months of talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government has demonstrated, consistently, that it does not at all want peace, but wants territory, and by any means necessary.


Apr 07 09:43

Israeli Supremes Endorse War Crimes

They didn’t surprise. They’re like US Supremes. They support wealth, power and privilege. They rubber-stamp war crimes when asked.

They ignore fundamental rule of law principles. Israel High Court justices declined to hear petitioner Marwan Dalal.

He’s an Israeli Arab jurist. Earlier he served as a Hague International Criminal Court senior prosecutor. He’s the only Palestinian ever to serve in this capacity.

Apr 07 09:40

Oligarchs and Money

So what makes the obvious unsayable? In a direct sense, what we’re seeing is the power of conventional wisdom. But conventional wisdom doesn’t come from nowhere, and I’m increasingly convinced that our failure to deal with high unemployment has a lot to do with class interests.

Apr 07 09:39

Kerr-McGee to Pay $5.15 Billion for “85 Years of Poisoning the Earth”

Kerr-McGee Corporation and certain of its affiliates, and their parent Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, will pay $5.15 billion to settle a fraudulent conveyance case in the bankruptcy of Tronox Inc. and its subsidiaries.

The bankruptcy court had previously found, in December 2013, that the historic Kerr-McGee Corporation fraudulently conveyed assets to New Kerr-McGee to evade its debts, including its liability for environmental clean-up at contaminated sites around the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kerr-McGee was notorious in the story of Karen Silkwood.

Apr 07 09:35

NY Times rewrites peace process history to make it more “balanced”

The New York Times is rewriting the history of a famous incident to claim that US Secretary of State James Baker publicly rebuked Israelis and Palestinians, when in fact his specific rebuke was only aimed at Israel.

Apr 07 09:34

NYT Friedman says “Global Weirding” caused Syrian Revolution

Not only does Liberal New York Times writer call anyone who disagrees with him on Climate Change a communist radical, he blames the Syrian revolution on Global warming or in his words “global weirding.”

Apr 07 09:33

Snowden, Poitras to Receive 'Truth-Telling' Honor

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and one of the journalists who helped catapult his message into the mainstream press, Laura Poitras, were named recipients of The Nation Institute's 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling on Monday.

Apr 07 09:29

Narcotics boom, West's legacy for Afghanistan: Activist

The major legacy of the West’s war in Afghanistan has been a dramatic rise in production and use of narcotics in the country and across the world, a political activist tells Press TV.

Apr 07 09:28

Hayden suggests Feinstein too ‘emotional’ about CIA interrogation techniques

Former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden suggested Sunday that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) might have compromised the objectivity of a report on CIA interrogation techniques because she personally wants to change them.

On "Fox News Sunday," Hayden cited comments Feinstein made last month in which she said declassifying the report would "ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted."

Hayden suggested Feinstein feels too strongly about the issue on an "emotional" level.

"That sentence -- that motivation for the report -- may show deep, emotional feeling on the part of the senator, but I don't think it leads you to an objective report," Hayden said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response is disingenuous in the extreme; and General Hayden, shame on you for having said that.

I would sincerely like to invite General Hayden to have his sons or daughter waterboarded or otherwise tortured in his very presence, and then proclaim to the world that what he witnessed is not torture.

And do I need to remind this man that for some prisoners of war held by Americans, waterboarding was kind of far down on the list of tortures done to them?!?

Gitmo Detainee’s ‘Genitals Were Sliced With A Scalpel,’ Waterboarding ‘Far Down The List Of Things They Did’ Last week, two British High Court judges ruled against releasing documents describing the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. The judges said the Bush administration “had threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with Britain if the information were made public.” But The Daily Telegraph reported over the weekend that the documents actually “contained details of how British intelligence officers supplied information to (Mohamed’s) captors and contributed questions while he was brutally tortured.” In fact, it was British officials, not the Americans, who pressured Foreign Secretary David Miliband “to do nothing that would leave serving MI6 officers open to prosecution.” According to the Telegraph’s sources, the documents describe particularly gruesome interrogation tactics: The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed’s genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding, the controversial technique of simulated drowning, “is very far down the list of things they did,” the official said.

I am curious, General Hayden: did you PERSONALLY sign off on this torture, knowing, as the entire world has known from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that the only reason to torture is to force confessions,and not arrive at actionable evidence?!?
IF so, you are in desperate need psychiatric assistance, and right the flip now.

General Hayden, I would strongly suggest that you allow this to be done to you with cameras rolling; then, and only then, do you have permission to call Senator Feinstein "too emotional" on the issue of torture.

Apr 07 09:12

'Revolutionary' BDS iPhone App to Spread Boycott Israel Message on Smartphones

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is to release a beta version of a smartphone app that will allow users to search for a company's links to Israel in order to boycott its products.

The app will bring activism to a user's iPhone by informing them of a company's links to Israel via a large database of researched product information by voluntary staff.

Apr 07 09:11

Norway refuses holiday visa to Russian TV's Dmitry Kiselyov, the anchor who recently said Russia was the only country that could reduce US to radioactive rubble

Russian television host Dmitry Kiselyov has been forced to cancel his planned family holiday in far northern Norway after Norway's government refused him a visa as a result of EU sanctions.

Apr 07 09:10

Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators

An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause to drone operators searching the area for kills.

According to #notabugsplat, named after the description given to kills on the ground when viewed through grainy video footage, the artists – with help of villagers – unfurled the giant poster in a field in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan.

The hope is that it will increase awareness of drone operators of human cost, or ‘collateral damage’, when drones are used to attack targets on the ground.

The massive poster is also large enough to be captured by satellites collecting landscapes for online mapping sites.

#notabugssplat claims the installation was done with the help of artists associated with French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

God bless the artists who did this.

It will not affect the psychopaths in the government of the United States who steadfastly believe that extrajudicial assassinations are absolutely the way to go, no matter how illegal and immoral they may be, or how much horrific collateral damage they create; but installations like this may touch the collective conscience of the American people, and I would like to hope that would happen.

Apr 07 09:08

THE BOYCOTT CAN BECOME ISRAEL’S ‘WAKE UP CALL’

Many Israelis are shielded from the occupation. To those soaking up the sun on a Tel Aviv beach or working in a hi-tech hub in Haifa, Gaza and the West Bank feel like another planet. The daily grind experienced by more than 4 million Palestinians living under military occupation just a few dozen miles away barely registers. A boycott – whether it’s the ending of academic links; the refusal of artists to perform; the divestment of international companies for reputational reasons; or a consumer rejecting Israeli produce in the supermarket – has the potential to jolt Israelis from this somnolence.

Apr 07 09:08

DON’T BLAME GLOBAL WARMING ON COW FARTS …. NO MATTER WHAT OBAMA SAYS

Great News: Cow Farts Don’t Cause Global Warming

Apr 07 09:05

NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along. The propaganda isn’t limited just to schlock networks like Fox News, but is promulgated also by widely trusted newspapers, including The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Trusted?!?"

Apr 07 09:04

Darth Vader Economics: Why the Banksters Want Inflation

When it comes to matters of macro economic sorcery, why is it that government ministers and financial media pundits always defer to private bankers? What exotic secret do they hold?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Big fat campaign donations checks.

Apr 07 09:03

Post-Constitutional America, Where Innocence is a Poor Defense

Rahinah Ibrahim is a slight Malaysian woman who attended Stanford University on a U.S. student visa, majoring in architecture. She was not a political person. Despite this, as part of a post-9/11 sweep directed against Muslims, she was investigated by the FBI. In 2004, while she was still in the U.S. but unbeknownst to her, the FBI sent her name to the no-fly list.

Ibrahim was no threat to anyone, innocent of everything, and ended up on that list only due to a government mistake. Nonetheless, she was not allowed to reenter the U.S. to finish her studies or even attend her trial and speak in her own defense. Her life was derailed by the tangle of national security bureaucracy and pointless “anti-terror” measures that have come to define post-Constitutional America. Here's what happened, and why it may matter to you.

Apr 07 09:00

The Day That BTFD Failed

As a gentle reminder, the main investing thesis of the last few years has been BTFD (because buying the fucking dip has worked every time in the past, it will continue to work - therefore BFTD, BTFATH, and BTFWWIII)...

Apr 07 09:00

Ukraine Loses State Buildings In Key Eastern Cities To Protesters; Blames Putin - Live Webcast

Earlier this morning we reported that "Pro-Russia Protesters Seize Government Building In East Ukraine, Demand Autonomy." We suggested that this was only the first city in eastern Ukraine that would see this kind of internal revolt. Sure enough, hours later, the largest city in East Ukraine and one located in close proximity to Russia, Kharkiv, also saw its state building fall to what appear to be pro-Russia protesters, making it the third major city after Donetsk and nearby Luhansk. This coordinated and largely unexpected pro-Russian action triggering accusations from the pro-European government in Kiev that President Vladimir Putin was orchestrating "separatist disorder."

Apr 07 08:59

Ukraine PM Warns Russia's "Economic Aggression" Is Unacceptable

"Russia was unable to seize Ukraine by means of military aggression," Ukraine's PM Yatsenyuk blasted, "Now they are implementing plans to seize Ukraine through economic aggression." His comments come after Russia's Gazprom raised prices for gas 81% from $268.50 to $485.50 (on the basis that the previous discount was a subsidy for allowing the use of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, which Russia now has annexed) to which Yatsenyuk chided "political pressure is unacceptable, and we are not accepting the price of $500."

Apr 07 08:59

Dangerous Crossroads: NATO Commander Paints Dark Picture of “An Imminent Russian Threat” as US-NATO Move to Further Isolate Russia

Breedlove did not speculate that Russian forces may be used to secure Eastern Ukraine – a favourite topic of speculation in the western media following the secession of Crimea. He went on to explain that the NATO council had asked planners to come up with a range of military options by April 15, including potential deployments of sea, air and land forces.

In the meantime, the US has sent F-15?s and F-16?s to Poland and the Baltic states.

Apr 07 08:58

China projects power in its own seas to defend against US

China is projecting power in its own seas to defend itself against the United States, which wants to use the disputed islands in the East China Sea as a forward military base against the Asian nation, a political commentator says.

Apr 07 08:58

Ukraine president holds security meeting in Kiev

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has called an emergency meeting of security services as pro-Russian demonstrators take to the streets of several cities demanding referendum and autonomy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a major threat not just to the unelected government in Kiev but to the entire structure of US foreign policy which has operated for more than half a century on the theory that when the changes a regime in a nation, the people of that nation will just follow the new government as they did the old. But that paradigm is shifting as the people of the regime-changed nations decide to cede the capital city to the coup d'etat, and simply secede. That changes the requirement for the US to control a region form simply overthrowing the leadership to full-on invasion, which increased the costs exponentially (and is not looked on favorably by the people of the world).

Apr 07 08:49

Merkel Ally Says US Assurances on NSA Spying ‘Insufficient’

A leading ally of Angela Merkel has criticized the United States for failing to provide sufficient assurances on its spying tactics and said bilateral talks were unlikely to make much progress before the German leader visits Washington next month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assurances by the US Government are worth about the same as a Zimbabwe dollar!

Apr 07 08:48

Dutch Jesuit priest beaten and killed in Syria

A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Monday, the Vatican said.

Apr 07 08:45

Oliver Peoples Taps Amanda Hearst

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting logo on her robe, don't you think? :)

Apr 07 08:41

Tens Of Thousands Of Russian Troops Near Ukraine Border, U.S. Envoy Says

The U.S. ambassador to the OSCE said Russia had amassed tens of thousands of troops near the border with Ukraine and called on Moscow to take steps to de-escalate the situation.

"We have strong evidence that there are tens of thousands of forces on the border and again not in their normal peacetime positions or garrisons," Daniel Baer told reporters after an emergency meeting of the 57-member Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Monday to discuss the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to US OCSE Ambassador Baer: sir, where the FLIP is your proof of this alleged massing of Russian troops?!?!?

And particularly after an NBC camera crew traveled the entire length of the Ukraine/ Russian border last week, and saw no evidence of any such Russian troop buildup on the border. Are these guys hiding under tarps, waiting for the order to make themselves visible to the world?!?

We went to look for ourselves. Cameraman Dmitry Solovyov, sound engineer Alexei Gordienko and I packed our bags, devices and news-gathering gadgets into the back of our grey, nondescript bureau minivan and began a journey along the 1,200 mile border between Russia and Ukraine – many segments of which give no indication that it’s an actual border between two countries. Sudzha, a small town in the region of Kursk, site of the biggest tank battle of World War II, was our first destination. A tank column had been spotted there, 5 miles from the border, about a week before. But as we drove around the quaint town – equally proud of its freshly painted Orthodox Church and its bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin – we saw no tanks, or even armored personnel carriers. We did see ATM machines on almost every block. All was quiet. There was no tension in the air. Outside town, farmers were planting winter wheat.

Ambassador Baer, I would very much like to politely point out to you that the "big lie" technique no longer works, thanks to the alternative media.

Putin, unlike many of his Western counterparts, is a man of his word: he has assured the world that he has absolutely no interest in invading the Ukraine, and my bet would be that he will not do so.

A war with Russia over the Ukraine would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the United States government could do at this point; of course, that reality is absolutely no guarantee that the US government will not do it.

Apr 07 08:40

If the New York Stock Exchange is a “High-Frequency Brothel” then the SEC is its Pimp

The fallout from the new book, “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis continues. Yesterday, Jonathon Trugman wrote in the New York Post that “These traders who use the HOV lane to get ahead of investors could not do their trades without the full knowledge and complicity of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.”

Trubman went on to compare the two best known stock exchanges in the U.S. to houses of ill repute, writing: “What is clearly unfair and unethical — and, frankly, ought to be outlawed — is how the exchanges have essentially taken on the role of running a high-priced, high-frequency brothel…”

Apr 07 08:36

Searchers for missing MH370 detect ‘promising’ acoustic lead

“The towed pinger locator deployed from the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield has detected signals consistent with those emitted from aircraft black boxes,” Houston told a press conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Didn't Ocean shield make a visit to Diego Garcia just a week ago?

Apr 07 08:30

The Bill of Rights has been Revoked!

While you were focused on the missing Airliner, there was a little case being heard in front of the Supreme Court called U.S. v. Castleman. The case was a landmark win for the gun control left wing, but what no one realized, is that our Constitution no longer affords us “rights.”

No longer rights that are inviolate

The case was decided March 28, 2014. The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Bill of Rights is no longer made up of “Declaratory and Restrictive Clauses.” They are judicially now perceived as “privileges.” A “privilege” can be revoked for the slightest of legislative causes, but a “Right” is “Forever Inviolate” … We the People no longer have that.

Apr 07 08:24

Chris Hedges on “Israel’s War on American Universities” [Must Watch]

Israel is attacking American universities with data shared to them by the National Security Agency, and “busy” professors are responsible for the degradation of Occupy Wall Street, author and journalist Chris Hedges said.

Hedges said while he and Dr. Cornel West were having dinner, the two of them lambasted lazy journalism professors and other intellectuals of being “too busy” to support free speech. During a speech to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Hedges revealed a sinister Zionist plot to undermine American efforts at free dialog. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20704

Apr 07 08:17

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

“To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury.”—Benjamin Tucker, 19th century advocate of American individualist anarchism

Apr 07 08:16

USAID Subversion in Latin America Not Limited to Cuba

A new investigation by the Associated Press into a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project to create a Twitter-style social media network in Cuba has received a lot of attention this week, with the news trending on the actual Twitter for much of the day yesterday when the story broke, and eliciting comment from various members of Congress and other policy makers. The “ZunZuneo” project, which AP reports was “aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government,” was overseen by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). AP describes OTI as “a division that was created after the fall of the Soviet Union to promote U.S. interests in quickly changing political environments — without the usual red tape.” Its efforts to undermine the Cuban government are not unusual, however, considering the organization’s track record in other countries in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government would infinitely less put its citizens at risk of terror by stopping mucking about in other peoples' countries.

OF course, that...would be logical.

Apr 07 08:15

Israeli boycott mirrors attitude of United Nations

The international community must now grapple with the reality that Israel has fatally undermined the two-state solution. When governments fail in their duties, as ours has done in its futile Middle East policies, citizens — academics and others — must take action. The non-violent academic boycott of Israel, while primarily symbolic, can still be powerful, as the furious reactions of Israeli leaders to BDS attest. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20697

Apr 07 08:13

Video: Pro-Russian activists storm Security building in Lugansk, Ukraine

Apr 07 08:13

U.S. ‘Monitoring’ Development Of European Communication Network Proposals

n February, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she’s going to talk to the President of France, Francois Hollande, about building a separate communications network for Europe so as to stop data from passing through the U.S. The U.S. has criticized such proposals and has said that they may breach international trade laws. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said that obstructions to cross-border data flows are a serious and growing concern.

The U.S. has been heavily criticized ever since word of the NSA’s global electronic spying programs broke last summer. Documents leaked by former CIA technical analyst Edward Snowden revealed just how widespread the NSA’s clandestine spying operations are. Apparently it also spied on allies of the U.S., which weren’t exactly happy when all this came to light.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Merkel, and good on Germany and Europe for this development! And there is really absolutely NOTHING the US government can do about it, except complain bitterly.

Apr 07 08:12

Activists declare independent Donetsk republic, seize local govt building

Apr 07 08:12

Putin warns against letting West use anti-Kremlin groups

President Vladimir Putin told the FSB security service on Monday to ensure Russia did not follow what he said was Ukraine's example by letting the West use local groups for "destructive" purposes.

Putin's remarks signaled his lingering concern that the West could use non-governmental organizations to fuel dissent in Russia, despite a clampdown on groups funded from abroad since big protests against him in the winter of 2011-12.

Apr 07 08:11

Was Turkey Behind Syrian Sarin Attack?

Journalist Seymour Hersh has unearthed information implicating Turkish intelligence in last summer’s Sarin attack near Damascus that almost pushed President Obama into a war to topple Syria’s government and open a path for an al-Qaeda victory, writes Robert Parry.

Apr 07 08:10

Triathlete hit in head by falling drone at race

Conspiracy theorists rejoice, drones are now attacking the general public.

Well ... not really. But an athlete competing in the Endure Batavia Triathlon in western Australia was hit in the head by a falling one during the race.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was being operated by local videographers covering the sporting event. The media company's owner said the circumstances surrounding the accident looked to be suspicious.

Apr 07 08:10

Ukraine Crisis

Pro-Moscow activists proclaim Ukraine city ‘Donetsk people’s republic’

Apr 07 08:09

Ukraine and Crimea - an Illegal Putsch and a Democratic Referendum

Again, for anyone just returning from another planet, Crimea with a turn out of 83.1%, voted, in a referendum, by nearly ninety seven percent, to rejoin Russia. Not only was not a shot fired (apart from a couple in the air and one by a sniper suspiciously mirroring actions by the far right in Kiev) but incredibly, Russia is now contemplating returning some of the arms from the bases it has taken over, to Kiev.

Reportedly two thirds of Ukrainian armed forces are so underwhelmed by those who, backed by the US, illegally overthrew the government in Kiev, that they have opted to stay in Crimea and/or join Russia's defence forces.

Apr 07 08:09

German industrial production posts another rise

Government data show that German industrial production grew for the fourth consecutive month in February, underlining expectations of a pickup in Europe's biggest economy.

Apr 07 08:08

Protests in eastern Ukraine aimed at bringing in Russian troops, warns PM

Protests in eastern Ukraine in which pro-Russian activists seized public buildings in three cities are part of a plan to destabilize Ukraine and bring in Russian troops, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Monday.

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And why did the unelected government in Kiev start hiring mercenaries?

Apr 07 08:07

Nasrallah: Danger of Syria’s fall doesn’t exist anymore

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says the danger of Syrian government fall with the ongoing foreign-backed insurgency is now gone, so are the separation threats.

Apr 07 08:05

This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…

The level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000. There have been moments when things have appeared to have been getting better for a short period of time, and then the decline has resumed. Thanks to the offshoring of millions of jobs, the replacement of millions of workers with technology and the overall weakness of the U.S. economy, the percentage of Americans that are actually working is significantly lower than it was when this century began. And even though things have stabilized at a reduced level over the past few years, it is only a matter of time until the next major wave of the economic collapse strikes and the employment level goes even lower. And the truth is that more good jobs are being lost every single day in America. For example, as you will read about below, Warren Buffett is shutting down a Fruit of the Loom factory in Kentucky and moving it to Honduras just so that he can make a little bit more money.

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The offshoring/outsourcing of decent American jobs means the absolute end of the middle class in this country; and the US government has been arming itself to the teeth to protect itself against the angry aftermath which will inevitably follow.

Apr 07 08:05

It’s the Palestinians’ fault, let them pay

It's unbelievable that the occupier is imposing more sanctions on the occupied. What sin did the Palestinians commit by seeking to join international conventions? Israel is so certain of the justice of its path, of its army being the most moral in the world, and its occupation as more enlightened than any other – so what is there to be afraid of? What does Israel have to hide that it is so fears the international bodies of justice and law? What is this foolish chatter about the Palestinians being the ones taking a "unilateral measure"? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20692

Apr 07 08:00

5 Ways Congress Has Manipulated You | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin goes over five instances of misleading legislation, including bills like the Patriot Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative which do almost the opposite of what their 'catchy titles' imply.

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Apr 07 07:59

Are War Criminals Great Painters? | Think Tank

Abby Martin covers what Dick Cheney has been up to since leaving office and features an interview with comedian and host of the Moment of Clarity web series, Lee Camp, discussing a few of the more ridiculous stories in the news, including Bush's exhibit of paintings, low wages for congressmen and the universities teaching students how to lobby congress.

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Apr 07 07:57

Woman becomes first person to be jailed for ‘trolling herself’

Michelle Chapman was given 20 months in prison after setting up fake Facebook profiles supposedly of her father and his wife to send hundreds of abusive messages to herself, before complaining to police.

Apr 07 07:57

Obama’s Hegelian Deception: NSA ‘Overhaul’ Forces Telecoms to Collect More Data

In the new American Stasi States, it’s been imperative for White House technocrats to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’. Instead of repealing the unconstitutional Patriot Acts (these legally enable illegal gov’t practices), the public outrage over the NSA’s rape of 4th Amendment privacy rights has been used by President Barack Obama to order the seizure of even more of our metadata.

Even better now, instead of the NSA collecting and storing up to 30% of our phone records and communications, Obama has ordered that US telecoms firms store ALL of our data, and will come calling when they want it. Very clever.

In other words, the whole operation has just gone “more corporate” now. More fascist.

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Common sense dictates that one avoids all phone calls and all internet communication for anything sensitive or delicate: that is simply reality for Americans at this point.

IF information doesn't get communicated this way, it cannot be tracked.

Apr 07 07:56

Radiation 'therapy' kills children with brain tumors who might otherwise survive just fine

(NaturalNews) Children diagnosed with the most common type of pediatric brain tumor are significantly more likely to die from radiation treatment than from the tumor itself, according to the first comprehensive, large-scale cohort study of long-term survival in such patients.

Apr 07 07:45

Jeb Bush Talks Approach If He Runs for President

With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.

Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thinks he could avoid “the vortex of a mud fight” with a “hopeful” message.

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We tried "Hope." It didn't work. We need a President who will "Do!" But given your family history, what Jeb Bush will do is not what this nation needs.

Apr 07 07:43

Media Blackout over Syria

On April 6, The London Review of Books published in its online journal Seymour Hersh’s “The Red Line and the Rat Line.” Hersh continues to expose details surrounding the staged August 21 chemical attack incident in Syria, which apparently pretty much everyone in Washington’s intelligence bureaucracy suspected was carried out by the rebels as soon as it happened.

Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist whose 40+ years career includes the exposing of the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up, as well as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. His December 19 report, “Whose Sarin?” -was his first report to expose the Syria chemical attack hoax based on close contact with US Intelligence officials. While “Whose Sarin” was originally prepared for the Washington Post, the newspaper rejected it and a media blackout followed in American press. Currently, Hersh’s newest investigative findings are going unacknowledged in mainstream US media.

Apr 07 07:43

CFPB Director Told Whistleblower to ‘Back Down’.

‘Pervasive culture of retaliation and intimidation’ at the Dodd-Frank office

Apr 07 07:43

Rumsfeld Documentary Reveals What an Unaccountable Slippery Bastard He Is

So what do we know now that we didn’t after documentarian Errol Morris’s 100-minute Q&A with Donald “I Don’t Do Quagmires” Rumsfeld in  “ The Unknown Known”? Only that the former U.S. secretary of defense is still a master strategist of evasion, contradiction, misdirection and malapropism. 

Apr 07 07:41

Neocons’ Ukraine-Syria-Iran Gambit

You might think that policymakers with so many bloody fiascos on their résumés as the U.S. neocons, including the catastrophic Iraq War, would admit their incompetence and return home to sell insurance or maybe work in a fast-food restaurant. Anything but directing the geopolitical decisions of the world’s leading superpower.

But Official Washington’s neocons are nothing if not relentless and resilient. They are also well-funded and well-connected. So they won’t do the honorable thing and disappear. They keep hatching new schemes and strategies to keep the world stirred up and to keep their vision of world domination – and particularly “regime change” in the Middle East – alive.

Apr 07 07:34

More threats from Palestine's nasty neigbour

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau warns that Abbas's unilateral request to join 15 international institutions is in breach of peace talk conditions and "will cost the PA [Palestinian Authority] dearly.... ? They must know something simple: they will pay a heavy price

Apr 07 07:33

Legislature of just proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic asks Putin move in peacekeepers

Legislature of just-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic asks Russian president to move in temporary peacekeeping contingent.The legislators also passed a decision on holding a referendum on whether or not the region should join the Russian Federation. It will be held no later than May 11, TASS reports.

Apr 07 07:31

Pharmaceutical company payments to doctors extend deep into the leadership of America’s teaching hospitals

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

Apr 07 07:22

Judge sides with TSA vs. naked man

Man who stripped naked as a personal protest against security screenings found guilty in civil case filed by TSA. ... faces a $500 fine.

Apr 07 07:22

5 Terrible Things I Learned as a Corporate Whistleblower

The trouble started when I picked out a problem. This was not a little problem, either: It was a blatantly illegal $250 million deal. I thought I was protecting the bank. A lot of my success over the years had been due to spotting this kind of thing and stopping it. In the past, that's how I'd climbed the ladder, and I didn't see why it would be different this time.

I was very wrong.

When I pointed out that the deal was super illegal, their response was for me to just sign off on it and let it go through so they could post the earnings that year. If it caused a problem the following year, so be it. They had bonuses to earn now, and any potential prison terms were the future's problem -- and the future would probably have a way to deal with them (lasers or something, knowing how the future rolls).

Apr 07 07:20

China warns US against 'interference' in Hong Kong

Beijing warned the United States on Monday against interfering in Hong Kong's affairs after US Vice President Joe Biden met with two of the city's outspoken pro-democracy campaigners last week.

In an unusually high sign of support, Biden attended talks at the White House on Friday with Martin Lee, a founder of Hong Kong's opposition Democratic Party, and Anson Chan, former number two in the city's government.

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"We will help you overthrow China's government, and you will end this silly 'Yuan as global currency' crap. Okay?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 07 07:18

The Red Line and the Rat Line

British intelligence had obtained a sample of the sarin used in the 21 August attack and analysis demonstrated that the gas used didn’t match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons arsenal. The message that the case against Syria wouldn’t hold up was quickly relayed to the US joint chiefs of staff. The British report heightened doubts inside the Pentagon; the joint chiefs were already preparing to warn Obama that his plans for a far-reaching bomb and missile attack on Syria’s infrastructure could lead to a wider war in the Middle East. As a consequence the American officers delivered a last-minute caution to the president, which, in their view, eventually led to his cancelling the attack.

Apr 07 07:17

UK companies succumb to tech bubble fears

Fears that technology companies have been substantially overvalued have spread to traders in Britain, causing a widespread sell-off of internet retailers and computing businesses on the London Stock Exchange.

Shares in many London-listed companies whose sky-high market valuations are based on growth expectations rather than profits tumbled as markets opened on Monday morning, after similar fears emerged in the US, hitting the value of internet companies like Facebook and Twitter.

Waning confidence in internet stocks have raised fears that the dotcom crash at the turn of the century is due for a second round.

Apr 07 07:15

Livni: Israel will surround Abbas until he surrenders to our terms

Israel will surround the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas until he accepts the Israeli terms and recognises Israel as a Jewish state, Israel’s top negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said yesterday.

Apr 07 07:14

US/NATO imperialism is a threat to civilization - FM Živadin Jovanovi?

Today Europe is living with the consequences of unprecedented US/NATO aggression against the former Yugoslavia 15 years ago. The invasion and destruction of Yugoslavia, the first war in Europe since WWII, resolved nothing in the Balkans but created many new problems. The former Foreign Minister of Yugosalvia ŽivadinJovanovi? discussed these issues and more in an interview with the Voice of Russia and stated that countries are increasingly becoming ready to fight back against the United States and its colonial attitudes and that it is time for all the forces of peace in the world to join together and stop US/NATO imperialist policies which are the single biggest threat to modern civilization.

Apr 07 07:14

Activities of 46 foreign special service officers, 258 agents were curbed in Russia in 2013

The Russian Federal Security Service uncovered 46 officers of foreign special services, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "In 2013, the activities by 46 officers of the special services of foreign countries and 258 agents were curbed by the security services, Putin said at the Federal Security Service collegium on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking part in the conference of the board of the Federal Security Service (FSB) today. According to the president’s press-service, the conference is summing up the results of FSB departments’ activities in 2013 and will determine priority tasks for 2014.

Apr 07 07:12

Obama's Mistakes: Chancellor Merkel Visits the Debt President

The occupant of the White House may have changed recently. But the amount of ill-advised ideology coming from Washington has remained constant. Obama's list of economic errors is long -- and continues to grow.

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The source of all of Obama's mistakes is trying to look like he is improving the economy without challenging the fundamental problem, which is a privately-owned central bank issuing all of the public currency as a loan at interest. There is only one way to fix the economy and that is the way Andrew Jackson did it; which was to shut down the Second Bank of the United States. Any other economic actions are pure political theater and doomed to fail.

Apr 07 07:11

Tony Blair 'knew everything about CIA interrogation programme'

The then prime minster and Jack Straw, his foreign secretary, were kept informed “every step of the way” by MI6 and were shown Bush administration legal opinions that declared “enhanced interrogation” techniques such as waterboarding and stress positions to be legal, the source said.

“The politicians took a very active interest indeed. They wanted to know everything. The Americans passed over the legal opinions saying that this was now 'legal’, and our politicians were aware of what was going on at the highest possible level,” the source, who was reported to have direct and detailed knowledge of the transatlantic relations during that period, told The Telegraph.

“The politicians knew in detail about everything – the torture and the rendition. They could have said [to M16] 'stop it, do not get involved’, but at no time did they.”

Apr 07 07:08

MSc in cyber security: GCHQ to approve postgraduate 'degree courses in spying'

GCHQ is to start giving its official stamp of approval to Master’s courses, effectively creating the first certified degrees for spies.

The surveillance agency has sent out a briefing note to universities that offer MSc courses in cyber security, asking them to apply for certification by 20 June. Graduates of the selected courses will be able to say they have “successfully completed a GCHQ-certified degree”, it states.

Apr 07 07:06

Afghan Elections Point to Runoff, Waning Karzai Influence

Candidate Viewed as President's Choice Appears to Trail Far Behind

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And now you know why the international observers were chased out of there.

Apr 07 05:52

Tensions Rise: Pro-Russian Activist Seize Buildings In Eastern Ukraine Declaring Donetsk A Republic

Tensions have risen in Ukraine as pro-Russian activists have declared Donetsk a ‘peoples republic’, and have taken over buildings in Luhansk, just a few miles from the Russian border. The security headquarters in Luhansk saw its arsenal raided in the assault.

At an emergency Cabinet meeting Arsenly Yatsenuk, the interim Prime Minister of Ukraine accused the Russians of planning the seizures.

Apr 07 05:51

Gary Works steel mill closed due to Great Lakes ice

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.

The company says in a letter to its customers that it has idled the Gary Works complex's blast furnaces and steelmaking due to "unprecedented ice conditions on the Great Lakes.

The Gary Works complex is the nation's largest steel mill, stretching seven miles along Lake Michigan. It can produce 7.5 million net tons of steel a year.

Apr 07 04:55

The Deindustrialization of America

Apr 07 04:28

Activists declare Donetsk republic after capturing regional administration in Eastern Ukraine

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a group of activists have declared their region independent from Kiev. This comes after protesters stormed a local government building last night.

Mass demonstrations against the country's new leadership started peacefully on Sunday, but the situation quickly escalated.

Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk have seized the local power building, including the headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine and proclaimed the creation of a People’s Republic of Donetsk.

Ukraine’s police and security services have not interfered, although officials in Kiev are threatening punishment for the rioters.

Apr 07 04:25

Japanese physicians link spike in cancer to Fukushima radiation

Cancer rates in many areas of Japan are on the rise following the global catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility back in March 2011. And some Japanese doctors now caring for all those radiation refugees who were shipped out from areas surrounding the nuclear plant after it exploded say fallout from the disaster is likely to blame for this massive uptick in disease.

The German media group Deutsche Welle (DW) reports that many radiation refugees are having to watch as their family members and pets suffer gruesome fates at the hands of what appears to be radiation poisoning. One elderly woman told reporters that her dog lost all the hair around his neck, his skin turned black, and he eventually died, all signs that suggest a link to radiation.

Many people are also suffering, as evidenced by tests revealing an increase in thyroid damage among folks who lived in close proximity to the plant.

Apr 07 04:21

DOJ Apologizes For Misleading FISC Concerning Evidence; Hints Strongly That It Used Opportunity To Destroy Evidence

What that almost certainly means is that the NSA destroyed the metadata collected up until 2009, which likely is relevant to the Jewel and Schubert cases, even though the lawyers in those cases had alerted the DOJ of these concerns. For all of the DOJ's "apologies" in the first document, this certainly seems very convenient for the US government. And, as Marcy Wheeler notes, the destroyed evidence may have included "cover almost all of the phone dragnet violations discovered over the course of 2009." Convenient. But the DOJ is really, really sorry about it. Really.

Apr 07 03:35

Woman experiences DEA raid at 5:00AM after shopping for indoor gardening supplies

A woman became the subject of an investigation when she was observed shopping for indoor gardening supplies at a hydroponics store. Police and federal agents began staking out the woman’s home, sifting through her garbage, and monitoring her electricity usage. The investigation prompted gun-wielding agents to show up in her bedroom in the middle of the night.

Apr 07 03:34

Bill Clinton: An Alien Invasion “May Be The Only Way To Unite This Increasingly Divided World”

Would contact with a race of aliens be enough to fully unite humanity? Would it cause all of us to drop our bitter quarrels and come together as one? That is apparently what former president Bill Clinton believes. On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Clinton said that an alien invasion “may be the only way to unite this increasingly divided world of ours”.

Apr 07 03:31

Obama’s Redline, Erdogan’s False Flag and the Rat Line Channel Highway into Syria

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition.

Apr 07 02:40

Flashback: Hack The Vote

You see, Diebold machines leave no paper trail.

Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey, who has introduced a bill requiring that digital voting machines leave a paper trail and that their software be available for public inspection, is occasionally told that systems lacking these safeguards haven't caused problems. ''How do you know?'' he asks.

What we do know about Diebold does not inspire confidence.

Apr 07 02:31

EVM woe: Voters free to complain, but may face action for false claims

Voters can lodge a complaint if the result of the 'paper trail' does not match with the vote they have cast, but making a false statement can also lead to penal action against them.

The Election Commission has recently amended the rules to introduce the concept of printers for the paper trail of votes recorded by the EVMs. As per the guidelines issued to chief electoral officers, a voter is free to lodge a complaint if the slip generated by the printer shows the name and symbol of the candidate other than for whom the elector has voted for.

Apr 07 01:30

The Scientific Revolution: Bringing an Extinction Level Event Right To Your Door

I’m not quite old enough yet to spend my days considering how I, as an individual, will die. I have seen so many things in my former life in the hospital that it would be almost impossible to pick one as the most likely cause of my demise.

Increasingly I have considered that what finishes me off will most likely take a whole load of other people with me. A nuclear winter from Yellowstone popping off cutting the food supply, a pandemic like Ebola sweeping the globe, bad weather causing widespread famine or maybe a solar flare ending life as we know it. All of these things could, and possibly would be what I call an AELE…an Almost Extinction Level Event. I say almost because all of them would see some people surviving, and hopefully one of them would be me.

The last year or so though, my thoughts have drifted from an AELE, to a total ELE, an Extinction Level Event that actually kills off the entire human race.

April 6, 2014

Apr 06 22:21

African Center for Biosafety orders Monsanto to stop making false claims about GMOs | Intellihub News HOME NEWS-FEED MULTI-MEDIA BLOGS OPINION REVIEWS WORLD African Center for Biosafety orders Monsanto to stop making false claims about GMOs

Since the 1970s Monsanto has falsely advertised their products – from insecticides to DDT, even when independent research proved how vile these substances truly were. DDT was eventually banned, overturning Monsanto’s then claims, that the substance was ‘safe.’ It now seems that the African Center for Biosafety is among the clear-headed, realizing that Monsanto’s GMO crops are nothing but another false advertising campaign gone amuck.

Apr 06 22:18

Shocking facts about the deindustrialization of America that everyone should know

How long can America continue to burn up wealth? How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces?

Apr 06 22:14

If you don’t conform the Nazis will get you

If you do not conform to the new politically correct moral code in America, you cannot be a CEO of a major corporation

Apr 06 22:02

How water will be used to subjugate America

Let’s assume for a moment that in the unlikely event that the Ukrainian crisis is mitigated without escalating into World War III, we have another dire set of circumstances which have been created that will force the world into conflict

Apr 06 22:00

New flight 370 details: All signs point to backdoor westwardly landing approach onto secret island base

All evidence shows that a massive cover-up surrounding flight 370 has taken place, likely implementing U.S. military factions

Apr 06 21:01

#OpIsrael: Anonymous attacks hundreds of Israeli websites

Hacktivist group Anonymous plans to execute an anti-Israel operation dubbed #OpIsrael by launching massive cyber-attacks against Israeli ministries and organizations on April 7, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary” the group said in a statement.

Apr 06 19:59

Trend Analyst: “Yes, There Will Be Riots In Major Cities”

In the following interview Daniel shares a wealth of knowledge and takes a practical approach for how to thrive personally and financially during an economic collapse.

This is a must-watch guide from an extremely well informed source and delves into a wide range of scenarios such as what happens with our currency and our systems of commerce within two weeks of a collapse, as well as the months that follow.

As highlighted in the video, preparing for a worst-case scenario isn’t just about putting food in your pantry, but involves a dynamic strategy depending on your specific circumstances, capabilities and needs.

Apr 06 19:34

Media Manipulation: Seymour Hersh Unearths More Lies on Syria

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has a second fascinating essay that rewrites the official record of the sarin gas attack on Ghouta, near Damascus, in August last year. As usual, Hersh uses his sources in the US security establishment to throw light on what really took place. The bottom line: Turkey was almost certainly the party responsible for the attack, hoping it would force Obama to honour his threatened “red line” if Assad used chemical weapons. Was the Assad regime to be brought down by a US military campaign, Turkey assumed it would be able to turn Syria into a client state.

Apr 06 19:31

Chris Hedges on “Israel’s War on American Universities”

Excerpts from author, foreign correspondent Chris Hedges’ talk at Northeastern University in support of its now banned Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.

Apr 06 18:30

Thousands Riot In The Streets of Isla Vista California

What began as an unlawful assembly during a spring break party Saturday night in Santa Barbara quickly became an emergency situation, leaving multiple sheriff's deputies injured, more than 100 arrested and many transported to the hospital.

Apr 06 17:44

Ukraine Loses State Buildings In Key Eastern Cities To Protesters; Blames Putin - Live Webcast

Earlier this morning we reported that "Pro-Russia Protesters Seize Government Building In East Ukraine, Demand Autonomy." We suggested that this was only the first city in eastern Ukraine that would see this kind of internal revolt. Sure enough, hours later, the largest city in East Ukraine and one located in close proximity to Russia, Kharkiv, also saw its state building fall to what appear to be pro-Russia protesters, making it the third major city after Donetsk and nearby Luhansk.

Apr 06 15:51

Mounting evidence of health concerns near tar sands development

Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns. The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected and that air emissions from a certain type of drilling tar sands operation is likely causing health problems. These studies add to what is a growing mountain of peer-reviewed science that confirms tar sands operations are contaminating air and water with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. In other words, the linkages between tar sands development and potential health impacts are emerging.

Apr 06 15:32

This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…

The level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000. There have been moments when things have appeared to have been getting better for a short period of time, and then the decline has resumed. Thanks to the offshoring of millions of jobs, the replacement of millions of workerswith technologyand the overall weakness of the U.S. economy, the percentage of Americans that are actually working is significantly lower than it was when this century began. And even though things have stabilized at a reduced level over the past few years, it is only a matter of time until the next major wave of the economic collapse strikes and the employment level goes even lower. And the truth is that more good jobs are being lost every single day in America. For example, as you will read about below, Warren Buffett is shutting down a Fruit of the Loom factory in Kentucky and moving it to Honduras just so that he can make a little bit more money.

Apr 06 13:20

Vaccines kill far more people than faulty Chevy Cobalt cars, but drug makers are granted total legal immunity

Even more disheartening than this whole GM scandal, though, is the much bigger vaccine scandal -- which still goes unaddressed. Though vaccines injure and kill far more people annually than defective Chevy Cobalts, there is no mainstream movement to hold vaccine manufacturers accountable for injuring and killing children.

In fact, the federal government has granted the vaccine industry total immunity from ever having to face the legal system for its crimes against humanity.

Apr 06 12:54

Recall: Something nastier than normal lurks in Tyson chicken nuggets

Just in case chicken “nuggets” aren’t disgusting enough, now Tyson has been forced to recall more than 75,000 pounds of the melded poultry parts because of “extraneous material”

Apr 06 12:43

Barack Obama: The last American president - Intellihub News

I have reported on various aspects of Executive Order (EO) 13603 in the past. However, I have not reported on the EO in a global sense.

Apr 06 12:13

Uri Avnery: The Monster on the Hill

THE BASIC problem is that the American political process is totally corrupt. There is no other way to put it.
It is nice to think that ordinary citizens can raise these sums with their modest donations, but that is an illusion. Donations of these dimensions can only come from the rich, especially from the very, very rich.

In Las Vegas, potential GOP Presidential candidates groveled before Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson who has one primary interest: potential Presidential candidates must support the militaristic right wing in Israel.
Mighty governors of important states did their best to sell themselves like applicants at a job interview. Each of them tried to trump the others in promising to do the Mogul’s bidding.

If Adelson succeeds in installing his favorite in the White House, the U.S. will become totally subservient to the extreme right-wing in Israel. He might as well put Netanyahu in the Oval Office.

Uri Avnery writes from Israel:

Apr 06 11:44

Mass strike paralyses Libya's Benghazi

Large parts of Libya's restive eastern city have come to a standstill because of a strike over security concerns.

Apr 06 11:38

German Finance Minister says no haircut, but new Greek bailout possible

Despite the impending release of a long-delayed 8.3 billion euro installment from international lenders and a primary surplus of as much as 2.5 billion euros, Greece may yet need a third bailout, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says.

Apr 06 11:34

Protesters in Donetsk seize state administration building

Earlier on Sunday, about 2,000 people gathered in Donetsk’s central Lenin Square in voice their support to the officers of the Berkut riot police who had been detained by the security services.

Apr 06 11:27

Chossudovsky: Divisions Among the Ukrainian Neo-Nazis?

Professor Michel Chossudosky, the Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and Professor (Emeritus) of Economics at the University of Ottawa, discusses divisions among the the Ukrainian opposition parties behind the February 2014 coup in Kiev and International Monetary Fund (IMF) austerity measures.

Apr 06 11:17

In US, vaccine denial goes mainstream

Vaccine hesitancy is increasingly common, and not only when it comes to infant and childhood immunizations, experts say.
Two in three working age adults refuse to get the annual flu vaccine and the same proportion of parents decline the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for young adolescents, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apr 06 10:38

US senators fail to kick Russia out of 2014 World Cup

Football’s world governing body FIFA, has refused to kick Russia out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after two American senators said the country should be barred due to its actions in Ukraine.

Dan Coats and Mark Kirk wrote a letter to the organization based in Zurich in March asking for Russia’s membership to be suspended, and for the country to be barred from competing in this year’s World Cup in Brazil, as well as losing the right to host the event in four years’ time.

In a letter to the two senators, FIFA said participation in the World Cup is based on sporting merit and only a violation of FIFA statutes and regulations could lead to a suspension from a competition.

Apr 06 10:16

Glyphosate/Roundup & Human Male Infertility

There is already evidence that glyphosate is an endocrine disrupting chemical (see later), but the extent of the problem is far greater than it appears. Different glyphosate formulations vary in toxicity, mainly because some of them contain adjuvants that are either toxic by themselves, or else exert synergistic effects with glyphosate. It has long been known that Monsanto’s formulation Roundup, the most widely used glyphosate herbicide, is far more damaging than glyphosate itself (reviewed in [5] Ban GMOs Now, ISIS special report).

Apr 06 10:15

Supreme Court Rules for Big Money

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

It didn't surprise. It's supremely pro-business. It's always been this way. It's more than ever now.

It supports Big Monied interests. It does so over democratic governance. It's on the wrong side of most issues mattering most.

On April 2, it repeated a familiar pattern. Its McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision ruled one dollar = one vote. It struck down federal campaign contribution limits. It did so disgracefully...

Apr 06 09:50

US sending two ballistic missile destroyers to Japan In Response To North Korean Threat

The US defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations on Sunday, announcing that the US would send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbours.

Apr 06 09:47

Green 'smear campaign' against professor who dared to disown 'sexed up' UN climate dossier

Prof Tol, from Sussex University, is a highly respected climate economist and one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of an important chapter in the 2,600-page report published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He has been widely criticised by green campaigners after he claimed that the much shorter ‘summary for policymakers’ – hammered out in all-night sessions between scientists and government officials over a week-long meeting in Yokohama, Japan – was overly ‘alarmist’.

In his view, the summary focused on ‘scare stories’ and suggestions the world faced ‘the four horsemen of the apocalypse’.

He said he did not want his name associated with it because he felt ‘uncomfortable’ with the way the summary exaggerated the economic impact of global warming.

Apr 06 09:27

EU "unhappy" with Australia's decision to drop climate change from the G20 agenda

European Union officials say Australia has become completely “disengaged” on climate change since Tony Abbott was elected in September last year.

Apr 06 09:27

Low fat foods contain an average 20% more sugar than full fat equivalents and can increase risk of weight gain and diabetes, health experts warn

‘Low fat’ foods contain 20 per cent more sugar on average than their full fat equivalents, a study has claimed.

Experts labelled some of the sugar levels found in an investigation as dangerous, adding that eating the ‘skinny’ version of certain products could lead to a higher risk of diabetes and weight gain.

Without fat, sugar is absorbed rapidly into the body giving you a large intake of energy which you may not actually need. If you're not an athlete who's burning it off, that's a bad idea.

‘The sugar will convert into fat and you'll also find you feel hungry again quicker and end up eating more. Continuously high sugar levels contribute to obesity and diabetes.’

Apr 06 09:26

Stolichnaya Vodka Bans Obama, Kerry and McCain From Drinking Its Product

First, McDonalds announced that it was removing their restaurants from Crimea due to tensions between the U.S. and Russia causing Moscow to fire back and suggest the removal of the fast food chain. A few days back, a Mexican fast food establishment banned Vladimir Putin from its restaurant. Now, in a move seen by many insiders/specialists/idiots, Stolichnaya vodka has retaliated against the president of the U.S, Barack Obama.

Apr 06 09:21

McCutcheon took us back in time, but it might just birth the next Occupy The conservative supreme court thinks it can build a gilded age for the era of income inequality. They won't know what hit 'em - Guardian

The supreme court is composed of five justices appointed by Republican presidents, and four appointed by Democratic ones. In the McCutcheon v FEC case decided on Wednesday, the five Republican appointees interpreted the first amendment to protect the right of individuals to pour as much as $3.6m into a political party or $800,000 into a political campaign.

The decision by those justices allows individual donors to buy – and federal officeholders to solicit – unparalleled personal influence in Washington. McCutcheon drowns out the voices of ordinary citizens.

The decision rests on the court's dubious finding that such spending does not give rise to corruption. That's baloney, as anyone who has the faintest familiarity with contemporary American politics well knows. As Justice Stephen Breyer noted in his dissenting opinion: "where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard".

Apr 06 09:21

Military drone crashes near Pennsylvania elementary school

A nearly 400-pound unmanned aerial vehicle crash-landed near an elementary school in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania on Thursday afternoon, irritating members of the community and alarming civil liberties advocates nervous about drones flying over the US.

The drone, an RQ-7 Shadow, is 11 feet long with a 14 foot wingspan. Why it was flying in the air above Lickdale Elemantary School is unknown, but Major Ed Shank, a public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania National Guard, told Les Stewart of the Lebanon Daily News that drones operate out of Fort Indiantown Gap, an Army post in Lebanon County.

The 375-pound craft endured what officials called a “hard landing” before being run over by a civilian vehicle.

Apr 06 09:19

New revelations about mom killed by Capitol cops

First they called her a terrorist threat.

When she turned out to be an unarmed suburban mother, they said she was on drugs.

Now, WND has exclusively learned, without a trace of doubt, that was wrong, too.

WND can also now report Miriam Carey was shot in the back of the head by U.S. Capitol Police officers and uniformed Secret Service agents six months ago, on Oct. 3, 2013.

Apr 06 09:18

Guardian awarded 2013 IRE medal for NSA files investigative reporting

The Guardian was awarded Thursday with the 2013 IRE medal for investigative reporting for its work to expose secret government surveillance programs.

“In a series of investigative stories based on top-secret National Security Agency documents leaked by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, the Guardian US revealed a story that continues to reverberate in the United States and across the globe,” the IRE judges said in a statement. “The Guardian’s reporting, and that by other news organizations, prompted vigorous debate in the US and around the world as well as numerous legal challenges, Congressional hearings and legislation calling for reform of NSA programs.”

Apr 06 09:18

Treated like a criminal? Girl, 13, says she was suspended for opposing Common Core

A 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES believes she was suspended from school this week as a result of telling other students they didn't have to take the Common Core English test Tuesday.

The girl, eighth-grader Seirra Olivero, was suspended for two days for insubordination.

While she acknowledges the charge, she contends in a complaint filed with the district that she felt bullied by three administrators because she told other students they didn't have to take the test.

Apr 06 09:18

J STREET AND THE END OF ZIONISM

It’s time to bite the bullet. We of the critical (non/anti/post-Zionist) Israeli peace camp understand why a liberal Zionist organization like J Street could never consider, let alone accept, the end of the two-state solution. You say it yourselves: the end of the two-state solution is the end of Israel as a Jewish state; it marks the end of Zionism.

Apr 06 09:17

DIASPORA PSYCHOSIS ….

And Kerry sees a possible solution?

He is as wacko as all of the above!

Apr 06 09:17

Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald address US campaigners via video

In Chicago, a sympathetic crowd of nearly 1,000 packed a downtown hotel ballroom at Amnesty International USA's annual human rights meeting and gave Greenwald, who dialled in from Brazil, a raucous welcome before Snowden was patched in 15 minutes later – to a standing ovation.

The pair cautioned that government monitoring of "metadata" is more intrusive than directly listening to phone calls or reading emails and stressed the importance of a free press willing to scrutinise government activity.

Metadata includes which telephone number calls which other numbers, when the calls were made and how long they lasted. Metadata does not include the content of the calls.

Amnesty International is campaigning to end mass surveillance by the US government and calling for congressional action to further rein in the collection of information about telephone calls and other communications.

Apr 06 09:15

All Wars are Banker's Wars QR code T-SHIRTS!

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"All Ware are Banker's Wars" has become one of the most popular articles at whatreallyhappened.com with Google reporting almost 2 million links and references to it around the world. So I created a QR code that points at that article and made it into T-shirts, buttons, etc. at the WRH CafePress store for our readers to share the link with others around them!

Apr 06 09:01

The Kamikaze Economics and Politics of Forcing Austerity on the Ukraine

“Unpopular austerity measures” are, of course, among the best things Ukraine can do to aid Russia’s effort to “destabilize” the Ukraine. Indeed, Yatseniuk admits this point later in the article.

Apr 06 08:58

Obama and the EPA Know No Bounds With Regard To Climate Change

First, it was cows. Now it’s humans. Will Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not stop until EVERYTHING is regulated in the name of global warming, or climate change, or whatever it’s called this week?

On March 28, 2014, Obama released a Fact Sheet entitled “Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions.” That “Fact Sheet” closely follows a study by the EPA that announced that cows emit methane.

So the stage is set. The EPA will protect us from evil cows that emit methane. We can all sleep better. Or can we?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I call the plan OBAMACORK!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 06 08:55

Hundreds of gunmen turn themselves in to authorities in Homs and Hassaka

Cases of 285 gunmen who turned themselves in and handed their weapons over to authorities was settled in several areas in Homs and Hasaka, a local source said Sunday.

The source told SANA The gunmen are from Deir-Baalbeh, al-Rastan, al-Zohouriyeh, al-Jdeideh al-Sharqyieh and al-Freglos and have turned themselves in with the endeavors of National Reconciliation Committees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may take a while to load. The Syrian news website has been having problems all morning (or is being interfered with).

Apr 06 08:54

Recall: Something Even Nastier than Usual Lurks in Tyson Chicken Nuggets

Just in case chicken "nuggets" aren't disgusting enough, now Tyson has been forced to recall more than 75,000 pounds of the melded poultry parts because of "extraneous material".

Due to an issue with some of the processing equipments, consumers may find a little something extra in their "nuggets" - little bits of plastic.

Apr 06 08:51

13 yr old suspended in Vernon NJ for Twirling a pencil like a gun

Michael Chaplin? gives us a cautionary tail about his son's ordeal at his local public school in Vernon NJ

Apr 06 08:18

British National Party BNP activists are told to take down a "STOP PAEDOPHILE RINGS" banner by Greater Manchester Police

British National Party BNP activists are told to take down a "STOP
PAEDOPHILE RINGS" banner by Greater Manchester Police on the basis it might be offensive in a diverse society.

Apr 06 08:17

Big Brother’s Facebook: UK, US intelligence ‘infiltrating’ social media

American and British intelligence hope to take advantage of social media platforms, like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, in an effort to spread disinformation and propaganda, as well as potentially foment public protests, recent Snowden leaks claim.

According to Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the news on the Snowden NSA leaks, an Orwellian-style dystopia is lurking on the horizon as western spy agencies see an opportunity for manipulating public opinion and disseminating state propaganda by exploiting global internet giants, such as Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Apr 06 08:16

NASA spacecraft to rock dark side of the moon

A NASA spacecraft that has been orbiting the moon for months is set to conclude its mission, with a bang when it smashes into the far side of the celestial body later this month.

Apr 06 08:15

Abducted Ukrainian journalist found killed, believed to be tortured first

A kidnapped Ukrainian journalist and Maidan activist has been found dead in a forest some 150 kilometers (90 miles) from the capital Kiev. The reporter is believed to have been brutally tortured before being killed and buried, local media report.

Apr 06 08:14

Anti-EU mood rising as Hungary goes to revamped parliamentary poll

Hungarians are casting their votes in revamped elections which will see the parliament slashed by almost a third. Surveys predict a landslide victory for PM Viktor Orban’s party, who led the country out of the crisis and resisted Brussels’ influence.

"If the government can stay in power for another four years it could create an economy providing work for all... cuts in energy prices and supporting families," said Orban at a rally in support of his Fidesz political party in the southern Hungarian town of Szeged.

With 47 percent of the population supporting him, the party’s rallying cry of ‘four more years’ may prove accurate, according to the recent opinion polls, led by the Median Opinion Center.

Apr 06 08:10

Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity

Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.

Apr 06 08:08

Windows XP diehards to fend off hackers on their own

People clinging to Microsoft’s aging Windows XP operating system will be left to fend off cyber criminals by themselves come Tuesday.

On April 8, the US software colossus will stop patching newly found security holes in Windows XP code that hackers could exploit to slip into computers.

Despite Microsoft’s long-heralded plan to stop “supporting” the nearly 13-year-old operating system, it still powers from 20 to 30 percent of Windows machines around the world, according to industry estimates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I won't buy the newer Windows products because they have MORE security holes ... thanks to the NSA! When this machine dies I am going Linux.

Microsoft wants to loot their customers for a new operating system every five years, which means being forced to buy new updated versions of all your applications. Enough is enough.

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