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Jan 26 13:19

Man honks horn at cops because they’re blocking a driveway, so they brutally beat him

It seems to be impossible to even have a conversation about the police accountability without “Rialto” being mentioned at least once

Jan 26 12:25

Public Water Fluoridation Being Challenged in Dallas

Activist Post

Regina Imburgia states,"Dallas Councilman Sheffie Kadane continues to repeat the basic truth about the water fluoridation issue in Dallas by stating, 'We have enough fluoride in the raw untreated water and we can save a million dollars for the city by voting no to the purchase of this chemical'”.

Sheffie states his concerns saying, ”This fluoride is not even pharmaceutical grade; it is a toxic by-product of industry”. On December 10, 2014 the vote was postponed to January 28, 2015, Sheffie explained why he wanted to postpone the vote to renew the contract to purchase the Hydrofluorosilicic Acid by saying, “It would give me more time to discuss with the entire council one on one”...

Jan 26 12:08

Canada Signs Billion-Dollar Weapons Deal with Saudi Arabia

According to reports in a variety of specialist military publications -- including Jane's, the UK-based group of defence industry publications -- the LAV IIIs are for the National Guard (SANG), a 100,000-strong force of Bedouin tribesmen and Wahhabi religious zealots whose prime task is to protect King Abdullah and the royal family from domestic opponents.

Indeed, the SANG acts as the king's personal army, is not administered by the Ministry of Defence and is commanded by his son Miteb. One of the SANG's main duties is to protect the monarch from military coups. Another is to guard the country's Muslim religious sites.

The role of the SANG, which outnumbers the 75,000-strong Saudi Arabian army, will be of critical importance in coming months and years as the country approaches an unprecedented succession crisis. King Abdullah is 91 years old and in failing health.

Jan 26 12:01

U.S. NURSING HOMES’ NEW TACTIC TO COLLECT DEBTS: SEIZING POWER OF ATTORNEY TO CONTROL THEIR MONEY

One day last summer, after he disputed nursing home bills that had suddenly doubled Lillian Palermo’s copays, and complained about inexperienced employees who dropped his wife on the floor, Dino Palermo was shocked to find a six-page legal document waiting on her bed. It was a guardianship petition filed by the nursing home, Mary Manning Walsh, asking the court to give a stranger full legal power over Lillian Palermo, now 90, and complete control of her money.

Jan 26 12:00

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Do you ever solve problems by ignoring them? Most of us would say that is not possible, yet that is precisely what western governments do in their efforts to counteract what is called “Islamic terror.” Yes, there are vast and costly efforts to suppress the symptoms of what western governments regard as a modern plague, including killing many people presumed to be infected with it, fomenting rebellion and destruction in places presumed to be prone to it, secretly returning to barbaric practices such as torture, things we thought had been left behind centuries ago, to fight it, and violating rights of their own citizens we thought were as firmly established as the need for food and shelter. Governments ignore, in all these destructive efforts, what in private they know very well is the origin of the problem.

Jan 26 11:50

Downsize Democracy for 40 Years, Here's What You Get: New signs civilization is veering towards collapse

Theoretically, of course, neoliberalism says the state should not intervene in the efficient functioning of the market -- resulting in prosperity for everyone. But the theory, according to neoliberalism authority David Harvey, was simply hijacked by the elites to fleece the system -- bailing out the financial sector with trillions of taxpayers' dollars and failing to re-regulate, while gutting labour and environmental regulation. Government actions reveal neoliberalism as "more of a practical attempt to restore elite class power than as a theoretical project driven by the works of [Friedrich von] Hayek or Friedman."

The NASA study is not optimistic about our chances of avoiding eventual collapse given the failure of other civilizations, saying "collapse is difficult to avoid.... Elites grow and consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society."

Warnings go unheeded. The NASA reports says "historical collapses were allowed to occur by elites who appear to be oblivious to the catastrophic trajectory (most clearly apparent in the Roman and Mayan cases)."

Jan 26 11:30

GOP nixes vote on border bill

House Republican leaders Monday abruptly canceled votes this week on their border security bill, blaming the weather but also earning more time to work out disagreements within their own caucus that had threatened to scuttle the legislation.

Under the new schedule announced Monday afternoon, the House will no longer vote on any bills Monday evening, but will spend Tuesday and Wednesday working on bills dealing with human trafficking and liquid natural gas.

Jan 26 11:29

Benzer pleads guilty in massive Las Vegas Valley HOA scheme

Benzer, who once owned Silver Lining construction, and 10 others were indicted in the scheme in January 2013, and several months later Benzer was indicted again on charges of evading $1.2 million in personal and company taxes. The charges were related to more than $7 million Benzer and his company obtained from a fraudulent contract with the Vistana condominium development to do construction defect work.

Five of the 10 defendants charged in the first indictment with Benzer, including attorney Barry Levinson, previously pleaded guilty and are waiting to be sentenced.

The sweeping investigation that led to the indictments, spearheaded by the Justice Department’s Fraud Section in Washington, is thought to be the largest public corruption case federal authorities have brought in Southern Nevada. The FBI, Las Vegas police and IRS all played key roles in the long-running investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am bumping this story back to the top because this is very important.

Organized crime is targeting Homeowner's Associations across America. Complicit property managers will purchase "improvements" from Mafia-owned businesses which provide shoddy products and services at hugely inflated prices which the homeowners have no choice but to pay! This contributes to the skyrocketing rental prices!

Jan 26 11:05

PLAN C: THE TOP SECRET COLD WAR PLAN FOR MARTIAL LAW IN THE USA

Michael from Muckrock sez, "Starting on April 19, 1956, the federal government practiced and planned for a near-doomsday scenario known as Plan C. When activated, Plan C would have brought the United States under marshal law, rounded up over ten thousand individuals connected to 'subversive' organizations, implemented a censorship board, and prepared the country for life after nuclear attack. There was no Plan A or B."

Jan 26 11:00

Defiant Netanyahu to Obama: I will go anywhere to warn about nuclear Iran

Israel's Prime Minister on Sunday said openly and loudly that he will go anywhere in the world that he is invited to speak about the clear and present danger posed by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the threat to Israel, the United States and European nations posed by radical Islam, according to the Middle Eastern news agencies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a former officer with the Israeli special forces, while not mentioning names left the impression he was referring to his controversial upcoming visit to the United States.

Jan 26 10:10

Bibi the Brat

Probably, the biggest on earth; most certainly the one with the highest profile. And just like a favorite son of someone very, very powerful, Bibi seems determined to prove that he can do just about anything he wants.

But his latest petulant misstep in inviting himself to address the US congress, without giving notice to the president, has really earned him his stripes and brought a barrage of condemnation on his head, from all corners of the internet. Bibi the brat has finally outdone himself. This may very well be the straw that breaks Bibi’s back:

Jan 26 10:09

Negative Interest: A ticking time bomb

Many Americans have been predicting this for well over a decade, but it appears the big axe is finally set to swing at America. Amidst a spate of global currency moves causing seismic shifts in global assets, military conflicts are fast enveloping the planet. An increasingly dysfunctional US government struggles over war with Iran, which incidentally just dumped the dollar, in a domestic environment that is steeped in racism, police brutality and irrational fear without end. Our water supply is being swiftly contaminated, all over the country, by fracking. And above all, corruption and lies are being exposed on the internet at breakneck speed, making it painfully obvious, to even the most political clueless, that something terribly wrong is about to happen.

Jan 26 10:08

IRA Accounts Bill

Jan 26 09:26

Obama’s India Visit - Shill for American Capitalism

After delivering a State of the Union Address that put Obama, with his Ben-and-Rebekah shtick which served to personify/miniaturize US advanced capitalism, as though Dagwood and Blondie sitting around the breakfast table, he set off to India, awaiting the open arms of Prime Minister Modi, as pitchman for the American nuclear power industry. Compare at the outset the double standard with reference to Iran. (It invariably depends on whose ox is gored.)

Jan 26 09:21

Barack to Bibi: Stop “Meddling” In Our Politics

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Meddling in other peoples' nations is OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 26 09:14

As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced.

All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she should play in Republican politics as the 2016 race begins in earnest.

Jan 26 09:08

Radical leftists win election in Greece – Future of Eurozone in serious jeopardy

Radical leftists have been catapulted to power in Greece, and that means that the European financial crisis has just entered a dangerous new phase

Jan 26 08:50

Marijuana legalization in 2016?

Professional reformers, longtime activists, and stakeholders in the marijuana industry attended an invitation-only meeting at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland January 9 to discuss plans for a marijuana ‘legalization’ initiative to be on the ballot in California in 2016.

Jan 26 08:36

GMO Biotech Companies and Compliant Politicians: Infiltrating India Using Baseless Claims and Deception

A study of GMOs over a four-year plus period by India’s multi-party Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture recommended a ban on GM food crops, stating they had no role in a country of small farmers.

The Supreme Court appointed Technical Expert Committee recommended an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of GM crops until the government devised a proper regulatory and safety mechanism.

Jan 26 08:32

The Death of Vincent Foster

This is the story that nobody dares touch. This is the story that ended my career in Hollywood back in 1994.

Despite having reported the discovery of Dr. Haut's signed report confirming the existence of a second wound to Vincent Foster's neck, radio host Rush Limbaugh to this very day refers to Vincent Foster's death as a suicide.

Even Matt Drudge, when presented with the FBI records proving that the FBI fraudulently manufactured Lisa Foster's recognition of the gun found at Fort Marcy Park, refused to get involved, opting instead for a story accusing Sidney Blumenthal of domestic violence (for which Drudge was then sued and made famous).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everyone is focusing on Bill Clinton's wild parties with Jeff Epstein and speculating on how this might deter Hillary from running in 2016.

Quite the contrary, yet another sex scandal for Bill will actually HELP Hillary because she will win sympathy from the female voters by playing the wronged woman, and more importantly, focusing on Bill's sexcapades distracts from the real Hillary scandals that could end her career such as the cattle futures trades, Travel office firings, herself being fired from the Watergate committee, being photographed with a known cocaine smuggler in front of the White House Christmas Tree, and of course, the murder of Vince Foster!


Jan 26 08:30

As European’s left cheers, Syriza vows to move swiftly to end Greek ‘nightmare’

Ruling COALITION IS ANNOUNCED AS ALEXIS TSIPRAS PREPARES TO BE SWORN IN AS NEW PRIME MINISTER

Jan 26 08:20

Special Report: Notes on Another Clinton Scandal - Was Vince Foster Killed?

We encountered one of those while on a road trip through Arkansas – and stopping off in Hope. It is not only the famed birthplace of former president Bill Clinton, as well as former governor Mike Huckabee, it is also the hometown and burial ground of Vince Foster, a man who was childhood neighbors with Bill, partner at the Rose Law Firm with Hillary, and as deputy legal council for the White House, one of the closest keepers of the Clinton Administration’s most personal secrets.

Early into the first term, when the Clintons found themselves already embroiled in scandals including those surrounding the Travel Staff and Whitewater financial investigations, Vince Foster was found dead in Fort Darcy Park, officially ruled to be a suicide – but suggesting much more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Vince Foster case was the reason I lost my career in Hollywood and was thrust into a career as a truth activist over twenty years ago.

Jan 26 08:18

THE TSA WANTS TO READ YOUR FACEBOOK POSTS AND CHECK OUT YOUR PURCHASES BEFORE IT WILL APPROVE YOU FOR PRECHECK

The TSA is disappointed that so few Americans have opted out of its bottle-tossing, package-groping screenings by signing up for its PreCheck program. For a few years now, the TSA has been selling travelers' civil liberties back to them, most recently for $85 a head, but it's now making a serious push to increase participation. The TSA can't do it alone, so it's accepting bids on its PreCheck expansion proposal. (h/t to Amy Alkon)

Jan 26 08:00

GOOGLE SECRETLY HANDED OVER WIKILEAKS EMAILS AND PERSONAL DATA TO US GOVERNMENT

In what WikiLeaks called a “serious violation of the privacy and journalistic rights of WikiLeaks’ staff”, Google handed over the information under a secret search warrant issued by a federal judge in 2012. Google then wrote to Wikileaks on Christmas Eve 2014, telling the group that it had complied with an order from the Justice Department to hand over digital data including all email and IP addresses of three WikiLeaks staff members.

Jan 26 07:57

Radical Leftists Win Election In Greece – Future Of Eurozone In Serious Jeopardy

Radical leftists have been catapulted to power in Greece, and that means that the European financial crisis has just entered a dangerous new phase. Syriza, which is actually an acronym for “Coalition of the Radical Left” in Greek, has 36 percent of the total vote with approximately 80 percent of the polling stations reporting. The current governing party, New Democracy, only has 28 percent of the vote. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras is promising to roll back a whole host of austerity measures that were imposed on Greece by the EU, and his primary campaign slogan was “hope is on the way”. Hmmm – that sounds a bit familiar. Clearly, the Greek population is fed up with the EU after years of austerity and depression-like conditions. At this point, the unemployment rate in Greece is sitting at 25.8 percent, and the Greek economy is approximately 25 percent smaller than it was just six years ago.

Jan 26 07:31

Davos elites enjoy the global depression

Globalism is god in Davos. Genuine entrepreneurial business creation shares the wealth across a broad spectrum of contributors

Jan 26 07:27

'American Sniper': Lies and Propaganda to Divide a Nation

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The recent release of the film American Sniper has, if nothing else, furthered widened the divide between many Americans. While those who view Chris Kyle as the reincarnation of George Washington are singing the praises of Kyle and the movie, others have come to the opposite conclusion.

Of course, the American oligarchy via its mouthpiece mainstream media has firmly attempted to draw the battle lines – If you like Chris Kyle and American Sniper then you are firmly in the camp that supports the troops, loves your country, and opposes terrorism. If you do not view Kyle as a hero, then you are clearly in the camp made up of pinko-commies, socialists, and terrorist sympathizers.

And, of course, if you don’t think Chris Kyle was a hero, then you hate the troops.

But the truth is that Chris Kyle was not a hero. Chris Kyle was a murderer. He was also a war profiteer and a liar...

Jan 26 00:23

Israel’s Treasonous Drone Strike by URI AVNERY

snips: So why did Israeli drones hit a small convoy of Assad’s allies – Hezbollah and Iran? It is very unlikely that they had any aggressive intentions against Israel. Probably they were scouting the terrain in search of Syrian rebels.

The Israeli government and the army did not explain. How could they, when they did not officially admit to the action? Even unofficially, there was no hint.

But there is an elephant in the room: the Israeli elections.

We are now in the middle of the election campaign. Was there, could there be, any connection between the election campaign and the attack?

You bet!

To suggest that our leaders could order a military action to increase their chances in an election borders on treason.

Yet It has happened before. Indeed, it happened in many of our 19 election campaigns till now.
[...]

Jan 26 00:19

For Some, Life on the Mexican Border Is Absolutely Apocalyptic

If you asked a prepper to describe the most devastating disaster they could think of, they’ll probably mention a global cataclysm, like nuclear war or economic collapse. In truth, the apocalypse doesn’t have to be epic or global in nature. For people living in certain parts of the world, the collapse of civilization has already occurred.

As we speak, there are plenty of regions around the world that are living with tyrannical gangs, resource shortages, and a failing infrastructure; where trying to survive disease, starvation, and violence is a daily occurrence. If you’re a refugee in Syria, or a child growing up in the slums of Haiti, or someone struggling to survive in the ruins of Donbass, it might as well be the end of the world for you.

Jan 26 00:16

The Point of My Articles on Lawlessness

So here’s the point of this article — a few have wondered repeatedly, either through the tone of what they email me or through outright request, why I keep writing about the cops and their actions.

Let me point something out for the peanut gallery: My articles about such are in fact a quite-small percentage of those dealing with various forms of corruption in government agencies and private industry.

Where, may I ask, is those people’s outrage directed at the other forms of corruption? Let me give you just a few examples of article titles from a search on Tickers I just ran across the entire archive base using just that one word — “corruption” — as a key.

Jan 25 23:35

Law Has Been Murdered — Paul Craig Roberts

part of the on-going war on whistle-blowers, peace protestors, and people using their 1st amendment rights.

snip: What Brown, Kelly, and Mahoney are in fact proving is that the US is lawless in the sense that law serves only the government and its agenda. In America law no longer has any other meaning. There is no rule of law. We are ruled by the government’s agenda.

Jan 25 22:40

Military-clad English-speakers caught on camera in Mariupol shelling aftermath

Armed people in uniform speaking fluent English with no accent have been spotted in Mariupol in the aftermath of the rocket hit, fueling allegations that foreign private military contractors are serving among Ukrainian troops.

Jan 25 22:13

Inevitable Payback - by Ambassador Craig Murray

In this globalised world, if we launch weapons of great destructive power into communities abroad, incinerating and shredding women and children, we cannot avoid the fact that those who identify with those communities – ethnically, culturally and religiously – will take revenge on people here. If we are lucky it will be revenge on combatants. If we are unlucky it will be on our innocents. But either way, the truth is this. We caused it.

Jan 25 17:05

Politicians or central bankers: who runs the world?

Global governance sounds like a good idea. Solving the sorts of “collective action problems” that are an inescapable part of geographically dispersed activities – especially economic ones – is something only some sort of supranational authority can do. Until relatively recently we looked primarily to states to provide the institutional and legal infrastructure that allowed people to conduct commercial relationships with strangers. Now, when economic activities and relationships are increasingly transnational, states cannot provide such a regulatory framework – or they can’t on their own, at least.

Jan 25 16:08

SPECIAL REPORT: Notes on Another Clinton Scandal — Was Vince Foster Killed?

Is seems as though the unfolding paedophile scandal connected to Bill Clinton may be delaying… or even preventing… a presidential run announcement by Hillary Clinton, which by all accounts would have been upon us.

Think about… where is the much anticipated “Ready for Hillary” officially-in moment?

I don’t want; I’ll never be ready; but by all accounts, it would have been here by now.

Something is up.

But there is MUCH MORE where that came from!

(read more)

Jan 25 13:57

Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party officially wins parliamentary elections

Greece’s radical leftist party, Syriza, is leading the country’s parliamentary election, claiming 36.5 percent of the vote, and leaving the ruling New Democracy party in second place with 29.22 percent, according to the first official results.

Jan 25 13:49

Barack to Bibi: Stop “Meddling” In Our Politics

An unidentified senior American official said that Obama warned Netanyahu “not to meddle in the battle” Obama was “waging against Congress over the sanctions legislation”

Ha’aretz, reported the firmness with which Obama addressed Netanyahu: “Obama stressed to Netanyahu that he is seeking to reach an agreement with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons and assure the international community in a verifiable fashion that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only,

One week later, after secret meetings with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner invited Israel’s Prime Minister to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress February 11.

It is unprecedented for a House speaker to invite a foreign leader to speak to the Congress without prior consultation and agreement with the President of the United States.

Jan 25 13:11

European Parliament Adopts Resolution Making War With Russia Possible

6.Calls for the continuation of the current EU sanctions regime, in particular with a view to the upcoming March 2015 Council meeting, as long as Russia does not fully respect and, above all, deliver on its Minsk obligations, and urges the Commission to find ways to enhance solidarity among Member States should the crisis with Russia continue; stresses the need to adopt a clear set of benchmarks which, when achieved, could prevent imposing new restrictive measures against Russia or lead to lifting of the previous ones, including: implementation of the ceasefire, unconditional withdrawal from Ukraine of all Russian troops and Russian-backed illegal armed groups and mercenaries, exchange of all prisoners including Nadia Savchenko, and restoration of Ukraine’s control over its whole territory, including Crimea; in the case of any further Russian actions destabilising Ukraine, invites the European Council to take up further restrictive measures and broaden their scope, by covering the nucl

Jan 25 12:07

New Saudi King Was Major Supporter of Al Qaeda

On the surface, Salman will not govern much differently than his predecessor in affairs of oil politics and national security. Salman will be assisted by his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the minister of defense and the chief of the royal court. Mohammed was the chief adviser to his father when Salman served as the governor of Riyadh province. Prince Mohammed became defense minister when his father acceded to the throne upon the death of Abdullah.

Jan 25 12:01

UK internet porn filters up and running as expected -- blocking the websites of businesses and charities

The adult content filters being rolled out by some internet providers under a scheme championed by David Cameron are blocking the websites of businesses and charities and are a “distraction” for parents seeking to protect children from online pornography, claim campaigners. TalkTalk announced this weekend that it would follow Sky and become the second of the UK’s four major internet providers to roll out automatic filters for all its customers unless they specifically ask for them to be turned off. It plans to begin applying the blocks to all users’ accounts next month.

Jan 25 11:32

FLASHBACK - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets 29 standing ovations from Congress

Jan 25 11:00

Wheelchair-bound man pushed off curb face-first by evil cop

Police officer under investigation

Jan 25 10:27

Greek anti-austerity party Syriza leads exit polls with 35.5% to 39.5% of votes

Radical-leftist party, Syriza, has won from 35.5 to 39.5 per cent of the votes in the parliamentary election in Greece, leaving ruling New Democracy party more than 10 per cent behind, the exit-polls revealed.

The New Democracy party, led by Greece prime minister, Antonis Samaras, has received between 23 and 27 per cent of the vote.

Jan 25 10:06

'The man can only ride you when your back is bent': Sarah Palin 'rambles incoherently' in Iowa after teleprompter freezes... a day after she declared an interest in 2016 run

Republican firebrand Sarah Palin is rarely at a loss for words but became unmoored on Saturday in Iowa after her teleprompter froze and left her without portions of her prepared speech.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee flipped through a binder of notes and strung together a series of one-liners – and some of them made little sense.

'The man can only ride you when your back is bent,' she said, as audience members looked at each other quizzically.

'So strengthen it! Then the man can't ride you, America won't get taken for a ride, because so much is at stake.'

Addressing the controversy over the virtues of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and the 'American Sniper' film that tells his life story, she shouted: “Screw the left in Hollywood!'

Jan 25 10:01

Falling To Pieces For Israel

Jan 25 08:11

Is the Pentagon’s Andrew Marshall the Leo Strauss of Military Analysis?

Comparing Andrew Marshall and Leo Strauss yields some interesting similarities. Andrew Marshall, one of the longest-serving U.S. civil servants, has recently retired after heading an internal Pentagon think tank, called the Office of New Assessment with direct link to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, for four decades. The 93-year-old strategic thinker, nicknamed “Yoda,” due to his enigmatic assertions and his devoted band of followers in the community of American strategic thinkers, has to date been the Office of Net Assessment’s only director.

Jan 25 08:09

Syriza Leads Final Polls Before Greece's Election

The last nine polls published on Friday — the last day of campaigning — showed Syriza's lead over the ruling New Democracy conservatives trending upward. Syriza led by anywhere from 2.8 to 6.7 percentage points.

Jan 24 21:49

Scientists Attempt to Create Kill Switch for Genetically Modified Bacteria

As genetically-modified microbes take on ever more tasks – from creating new pharmaceuticals to turning out clean fuel sources – researchers have searched for a way to biologically isolate them from their wild counterparts, so that if they were ever accidentally released, they wouldn’t be able to survive.

Jan 24 18:21

EPSTEIN'S BLACK BOOK - NAMES LISTED

Jeffrey Epstein's Little Black Book contains the names of people who could be described as being a mixture of the Feudal Elite, Robber Barons, Zionists, Nazis and members of the security services.

Here are some of the better known names:

Jan 24 16:34

Arrested for driving without a license while walking

I was walking home from buying some items at the local grocery store

Jan 24 15:23

Netanyahu trying to provoke war to win election

Uri Avnery explains why many Israelis believe that the sudden flair up on the border with Syria, caused by an unprovoked Israeli attack, was an election ploy by Netanyahu and his companions.

Jan 24 14:44

Western fawning to shore up Saudi House of Cards

The fawning by the American and British governments toward Saudi Arabia over the death of King Abdullah is for good – albeit unspoken – reasons. The oil-rich feudal kingdom is a lynchpin of Western hegemony in the strategically vital Middle East region. At a time when the region is gripped by instability more than ever, the House of Saud now enters a dangerous period of transition, which presents deep alarm to the Western patrons.

Jan 24 14:38

ECB to launch €1.1 trillion of quantitative easing

By buying eurozone governments’ bonds using electronically created money – so-called quantitative easing– the ECB hopes to shore up confidence, boost inflation, and drive down the value of the euro on foreign exchanges, helping to boost exports and kickstart growth.

The €60bn a month figure includes the purchases of private sector assets that the ECB had already begun to try to unlock credit markets.

Jan 24 14:37

New Utah Law Instructs Cops To Seize Uninsured Vehicles

Does the government really even need excuses to seize the assets of its citizens, especially for relatively minor crimes? Apparently it does, at least according to the state of Utah.

Jan 24 14:35

Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction

Showing who some in Congress believe is the real master of U.S. foreign policy, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session and offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s comments on world affairs in his State of the Union speech.

Boehner made clear that Netanyahu’s third speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress – scheduled for Feb. 11 – was meant to counter Obama’s assessments.

“There is a serious threat in the world, and the President last night kind of papered over it,” Boehner said on Wednesday. “And the fact is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.”

Jan 24 12:43

Congress seeks Netanyahu’s Direction - The real master of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Conservative Pat Buchanan once got in trouble by calling Capitol Hill “Israeli occupied territory,” but even he might not imagine what’s happening now – with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invited to address a joint session of Congress to decry President Obama’s foreign policy.

Jan 24 11:49

Feds Spent $432,000 Studying Gay Hookup Apps

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

Jan 24 10:57

Cop shoots man in back, bodycam captures entire event

Police bodycam documents shooting

Jan 24 10:37

Beyond a crime of music

How criminal is the brush of justice?

Jan 24 10:36

Bill Maher advises billionaires on which GOP ‘corporate a*s-lickers’ they should support

Bill Maher closed out Real Time on Friday with a “buyers’ guide” for any billionaires looking to support one of the nine prospective Republican presidential contenders.

“The field is more crowded at an earlier time than ever because each of these corporate a*s-lickers wants to sign up mega-rich donors like Sheldon Adelson before one of the other guys in the pack blows him first,” Maher explained, before presenting the upside and downside to each candidate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a centerist progressive, I have a "hug and a punch" relationship with Maher's work, and I did see this bit last night, and it was funny.

However, this segment did an interesting job of exposing Maher's
pathological myopia, which means he is completely blind to the corruption in the party he prefers; and that, intellectually, is a very dangerous place to be.

His absolute darling, Hillary Clinton, is no less staunchly supported by Wall Street and the corporate monied interests than is Barak Obama, his faux populism notwithstanding. Republicans have no exclusive claim here to want as much money as possible from their corporate masters in order to win in 2016 than the Democrats.

As reported last December at Salon.com:

Few political families are closer to Wall Street than the Clintons. Their family foundation has raised millions from financiers and the foundations of big banks, and recently held its annual briefing for donors in the auditorium of Goldman Sachs’s headquarters in Manhattan. Major financial firms are stocked with Clinton alumni. And the Clintons often interact with the titans of finance on the Manhattan charity circuit and during their vacations in the Hamptons. Last month, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton sat at a table with Hamilton E. James, president of the Blackstone Group, and mingled with the billionaire David H. Koch at a benefit for the Wildlife Conservation Society. I’m thinking of Hillary also using the Obama playbook, early-on posturing as some kind of a PRAGMATIC “community organizer” bridge builder between the classes seeking out WIN/WIN solutions. In Obama’s case it turned out to be "community organizing" the Dem Party leadership class with the BIG MONEY ELITE class, and giving the rest of the population a rhetorical snow-job which many still haven’t managed to dig themselves out of into real, justified angry consciousness. Since leaving her position as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has enjoyed phenomenally well paying speaking engagements such as the ones for Goldman Sachs. Goldman also generously has been using Bill Clinton on its speech circuit. Last month, Hillary Clinton also was pitching the trustworthiness of the biotech industry at their national conference. According to Queally she offered the biotech execs “political advice on how to overcome public opposition to the use of genetically-modified seeds and industrial-scale, chemical-based agriculture.”

To characterise all Republicans as corporate sycophants,eagerly ready to carry out the agenda of their corporate masters, who have purchased their allegiance, and not see Hillary Clinton in precisely the same light, given her and Bill Clinton's strong corporate ties, is completely intellectually dishonest.

So, Bill Maher, aye, there's the rub: no matter who America elects for President in 2016, We the People are screwed.

This is because no matter who gets elected to high office in this country, they are still beholden to the same set of Corporate donors, who put them in office, to carry out their agenda. This is no longer a country of We the People; but Those, the Corporations. And these are the entities which are really crafting foreign and domestic policies. We the people have become expendable.

Jan 24 10:29

Sarah Palin on 2016: 'Of Course' She's Interested

Just before she heads to Iowa for the first major conservative showcase of the 2016 election cycle, Sarah Palin said “of course” she’s interested in the 2016 presidential election.

Jan 24 10:29

Yet Another Image to Haunt Sarah Palin if She Ever Does Run for Office?

As you can see, the men are holding up a poster that reads “FUC_ YOU, MICHAEL MOORE” with crosshairs replacing the Os, and the “K” strangely missing from the first word (Why bother censoring yourself when you’re already going all-out?). She also autographed the poster.

Jan 24 10:25

Cop Faces Life In Prison For Repeated 'Indecent Assault & Battery' On 10 Year Old Girl, Judge Lets Him Out On $2500 Bail

No word on why the Bristol County, Massachusetts District Attorney and Judge Renee P. Dupuis imposed such an extremely low bail of $2,500 cash for a defendant accused of such a heinous crime against a child. 58-year-old canine officer Jean Gomes of the New Bedford, Massachusetts Police Department has been on the force 26 years, and faces 10-years to life in prison if convicted.

Jan 24 09:56

Business of Civil Forfeiture (made easier!)

snip: Black Asphalt lets its 25,000 users compile and share detailed data on private motorists—whether they’ve done anything wrong or not—including addresses, social security numbers, information from traffic stops or interrogations, searches, etc. Information is shared informally without official oversight, and many of the reports end up in federal fusion centers where they can be shared with law enforcement agencies at all levels.

Desert Snow encourages users to provide data about their traffic stops by offering rewards and incentives. The more data an officer enters, the more rewards he earns. Desert Snow also holds an annual competition to recognize officers who have seized the most contraband. Top earners (to borrow a term from The Sopranos) are honored at Desert Snow’s annual conference.

Jan 24 07:38

The Many Problems with the DEA's Bulk Phone Records Collection Program

Hanni Fakhoury
Activist Post

Think mass surveillance is just the wheelhouse of agencies like the NSA? Think again. One of the biggest concerns to come from the revelations about the NSA’s bulk collection of the phone records of millions of innocent Americans was that law enforcement agencies might be doing the same thing.

It turns out this concern was valid, as last week the government let slip for the first time that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had also been collecting the phone records of Americans in bulk since the 1990s...

Jan 23 20:54

James Corbett: New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato

Al Gore's 7-continent religious frenzy
US/UK cyber bank 9/11 war-games
Greenhouse: where does a politician get his green/funding?

Jan 23 19:55

The UK kidnapped people for the Libyan government and secretly shipped them to Tripoli for Gadhaffi to torture

Tony Blair wrote to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to thank him for the “excellent cooperation” between the two countries’ counter-terrorism agencies following a period during which the UK and Libya worked together to arrange for Libyan dissidents to be kidnapped and flown to Tripoli, along with their families. The letter, written in 2007, followed a period in which the dictator’s intelligence officers were permitted to operate in the UK, approaching and intimidating Libyan refugees in an attempt to persuade them to work as informants for both countries’ agencies.

Jan 23 19:06

Kelly Thomas: Cops Brutally Murder Homeless Man on Video, Found Not Guilty

Unbelievably — but not surprisingly — the officers have been found “not guilty,” according to reports. A jury has found them not guilty on all charges, despite the overwhelming video evidence. A third officer, Joseph Wolfe, was also accused of involuntary manslaughter, but the DA has now dropped the charges in light of the not guilty verdict.

Jan 23 16:37

A 600,000 Cubic Foot Blimp May Be Spying on You

Ted Baumann
Activist Post

In the summer of 1849, Austrian Field Marshall Joseph Radetzky did something no one had done before: He bombed a city from the air.

His target was Venice, then in rebellion against the Habsburg crown. During the siege, he launched a fleet of unmanned linen balloons, carrying bombs made from canister shot and gunpowder, timed to drop over the besieged city.

Radetzky told Emperor Franz Joseph that the effect on the people of Venice was “frightful.” Indeed, Radetzky’s balloons had done little physical damage, but had a substantial effect on the morale of the city’s defenders. As the 19th century wore on, fear of attack by airships became a constant theme in popular literature. By World War I, the mere mention of the word “Zeppelin” was enough to cause panic in the streets of London.

Jan 23 14:34

The Silence and the Storm

We’re being jerked around something fierce but most don’t even recognize it. The abrupt up and down news cycle changes are really doing a number on humanity. There’s this periodic deadness of spirit in the world at large coupled with this sugary news of fake social and political improvements, and then they slam us with another off the wall staged event.

Jan 23 14:24

Five Private Prison Corporations You’ve Never Heard Of Are Making Millions From Mass Incarceration

Of the five, the two most well-known prison profiteers in the United States, Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group pulled in about $3.3 billion last year running scores of private prisons and immigration detention centers.

Jan 23 13:46

THE DAVOS OLIGARCHS ARE RIGHT TO FEAR THE WORLD THEY’VE MADE

The billionaires and corporate oligarchs meeting in Davos this week are getting worried about inequality. It might be hard to stomach that the overlords of a system that has delivered the widest global economic gulf in human history should be handwringing about the consequences of their own actions.

Jan 23 13:29

This Israeli politician is basically a psychopath. Guess who

Israeli Voters need to keep one eye on the news and one eye on the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of mental disorders.

Jan 23 12:28

FLIGHT LOGS PUT CLINTON, DERSHOWITZ ON PEDOPHILE BILLIONAIRE’S SEX JET

Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the "Lolita Express"—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein's address book under an entry for "massages," according to flight logbooks obtained by Gawker and published today for the first time. The logs also show that Clinton shared more than a dozen flights with a woman who federal prosecutors believe procured underage girls to sexually service Epstein and his friends and acted as a "potential co-conspirator" in his crimes.

Jan 23 12:05

LaRouche Warns: Wall Street's Growing Desperation Is Fueling Global Thermonuclear Showdown

Wall Street is on the edge of another financial tsunami, and this is driving the world towards general war, with the latest provocations in Ukraine serving as the immediate trigger for confrontation with Russia.

As Citibank was the latest of the Wall Street too-big-to-fail banks to post serious fourth-quarter losses, and as the Wall Street banks were announcing 50,000 layoffs, half-way around the globe the Ukrainian government was launching new provocations against Russia, meeting with top NATO generals and announcing a draft to call up 100,000 new troops to launch a military offensive against its own citizens in eastern Ukraine.

Jan 23 11:39

Clinton fundraising will be 'like nothing you've seen'

President Obama raised $1.072 billion for his 2012 successful presidential campaign. This is after he raised $750 million for his 2008 campaign.

How well is Hillary Clinton expected to do in the fundraising department?

According to aides, her efforts will "astound and intimidate."

Jan 23 11:37

US is ‘vassal state’ of Israel: Analyst

Washington is “infested” with traitors who place Israel’s interests first, an indication that the US is a “vassal state” of Israel, an American journalist in Phoenix says.

“We can no longer afford Israel as a friend, much less an ally [because] as a friend they’ve been a severe disappointment,” said Mike Harris, a financial editor at Veterans Today.

Jan 23 11:18

All aboard the 'Lolita Express': Flight logs reveal the many trips Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz took on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's private jet with anonymous women

Just released flight records show Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has been flying with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein on the financier's private jet dubbed the 'Lolita Express' since as early as 1997, despite public statements that they were only acquaintances.

The high-profile lawyer has been distancing himself from Epstein ever since a young woman named Virginia Roberts filed a lawsuit claiming she was recruited to work as a 'sex slave' for Epstein when she was just 15, naming both Dershowitz and Prince Andrew as two of her molesters.

Jan 23 11:13

The Grand Strategy To Cast Off the Corporate State

If the strategies and tactics within this document are implemented successfully, our movement will be more united, driven, connected, funded, and determined than ever before. The corporate state will be broken in both finances and spirit.

Jan 23 10:58

Are paedophile politicians about to fake their own deaths?

We have it on very good authority that Mossad rent-boys, MI5, are working overtime to execute a permanent CSA cover-up.

They are so desperate to prevent the truth about Britain’s VIP paedophile ring being exposed, they’re trying every trick in the book to stop a planned inquiry going ahead.

Jan 23 10:22

Flight logs place Bill Clinton on sex offender’s jet multiple times

Flight logbooks show that former President Bill Clinton took more than a dozen flights on the private jet of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to a new report by Gawker.

The logbooks also show Clinton flew alongside a woman who prosecutors believe procured underage girls to service Epstein and others. In other instances, Clinton reportedly flew with a soft-core porn actress who appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for “massages.”

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Jan 23 10:05

Kentucky State Senator: 1891 Rule Voids My DUI Bust

A Kentucky state senator accused of driving drunk on the legislature's opening day this month has invoked a law brought in by predecessors who traveled in horse-drawn carriages. Brandon Smith's lawyer filed a request this week to dismiss his DUI charge based on an 1891 provision in the state constitution saying that, barring felonies, treason, or "breach or surety of the peace," assembly members are "privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same," WKYT reports. State police say the Republican was speeding and smelled of booze during a Jan. 6 traffic stop.

Jan 23 09:55

Democrats: We Weren't Consulted on Netanyahu Visit

Harry Reid says he wasn't consulted about Netanyahu invite to Congress but will "listen to what he has to say".

Jan 23 09:37

Obama won’t meet Netanyahu during ‘bizarre,’ ‘historic,’ ‘unprecedented’ visit

White House and State Department won’t meet with Netanyahu on his March visit to address both houses of Congress. Emergency Committee for Israel calls this a snub.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I agree with Obama on this one. Netanyahu and Boehner are trying to hijack the AMERICAN Congress to serve Israel's agenda. Obama knows that war with Iran means war with Russia and while a degree of conflict is desired to forestall the rise of the Ruble, all-out war will cost millions of lives and there is the real possibility the US will lose.

Israel, like the bankers, doesn't care who wins or loses so long as their personal wealth and power are elevated in the process. Obama, in his final two years in office and no longer dependent on Israeli support for future elections, seems to be looking at the situation from the point of view of the US, and that is a good thing!

Jan 23 09:04

VICTORY: Citizens Stand up to Agenda 21 in Alaska

By Dan Johnson

The average planning and zoning meeting consists of the planning and zoning commissioners, a room, and very little else. They are often dry meetings dealing with rules and regulations for business and home licensing, property lines, and nuisance ordinances.

So when the Borough of Kodiak, AK (Pop. 13,600) chose to attempt to entirely revamp the zoning code and place greater restrictions on property owners, including a $1,000 fine per violation, they expected there to be little opposition, and little knowledge of the change...

Jan 23 08:43

Assuming We're Not All Incinerated: Eurasian Power in a Post-Western World

James Holbrooks
Activist Post

“Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamization, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. It is awash in this, and we would like to ensure that the State of Israel will have varied markets around the world.”

Speaking ahead of a meeting with the prime minister of Japan on Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Israel’s need to reduce its dependence on European trade. The arrival of the delegation marked the first time since 2006 that a Japanese prime minister has visited Israel, and highlights the extent to which ties have been strengthening between the two countries since Netanyahu was welcomed in Japan in May of last year.

Jan 23 07:21

Did rap music pull the trigger?

More than a dozen San Diego City Police burst into Brandon Duncan's home, far from Lincoln Park, guns drawn

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