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September 30, 2014

Sep 30 18:09

GMO companies are dousing Hawaiian island with toxic pesticides

The four transnational corporations that are experimenting with genetically engineered crops on Kauai have transformed part of the island into one of most toxic chemical environments in all of American agriculture.

For the better part of two decades, BASF Plant Science, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, and Syngenta have been drenching their test crops near the small town of Waimea on the southwest coast of Kauai with some of the most dangerous synthetic pesticides in use in agriculture today, at an intensity that far surpasses the norm at most other American farms, an analysis of government pesticide databases shows.

Each of the seven highly toxic chemicals most commonly used on the test fields has been linked to a variety of serious health problems ranging from childhood cognitive disorders to cancer. And when applied together in a toxic cocktail, their joint action can make them even more dangerous to exposed people.

Sep 30 17:32

September: Worst Quarter Since 2012

Sep 30 17:22

Boeing Plans 2,000 Job Cuts in Defense Work

In the latest drain of high-paying Boeing jobs out of Washington state, the jet maker’s defense division said Monday it will shift about 2,000 jobs, mostly in engineering, out of the region by 2017.

The announcement comes after receiving an 8.7 billion dollar in tax breaks passed to secure the building of the 777X in Washington.

Sep 30 17:21

Ebola In America: The Confirmed Case In Dallas, Texas Could Change Everything

The day that many of us hoped would never arrive is here. Ebola has come to America. Air travel between the United States and the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone should have been totally shut down except for absolutely essential personnel but it wasn't. And now our nation may end up paying a great price as a result.


Sep 30 17:20

Thought Crime: UK Leadership Wants To Ban Predicted 'Extremists' From Social Media, TV, Events

What's especially galling is the fact that May is claiming that this is being done in the name of "British values," which certainly suggests that freedom of speech and freedom to associate are, in fact, antithetical to British values. Also, all of this assumes that speech, alone, is somehow dangerous -- despite years of proof that speech by itself is rarely dangerous. However, the suppression of speech often creates more problems.

Sep 30 16:37

Ebola Is Now In The USA, But, You Have Nothing To Fear

That’s the message you’ll probably start hearing from the mainstream talking heads. The risk of Ebola spreading is little to none. The public has nothing to fear. -- Just because the CDC said that Ebola infections could reach 1.4 million by the end of January (worldwide), don’t worry – you will be fine. Ebola will always be somewhere else – not here…

Sep 30 15:47

Could polio or other vaccinations be behind the new "polio-like" Illness outbreak in California?

After years of massive administration of polio vaccine, India was declared polio-free and the last reported incidence of polio in India was in January 2011. Although the reported milestone has been widely publicized, what has not been so widely reported is that there were an extra 47,500 new cases in 2011 of the rare illness known as Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis (NPAFP).

The incidence of NPAFP in India in 2011 was 12 times higher than expected and was found to be directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though it may be called "Non-Polio" the symptoms of NPAFP are clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis and the illness is twice as deadly.


Sep 30 15:45

Local Media: Sierra Leone Government Cannot Account for More than 1,000 Ebola Patients

Sierra Leone's largest newspaper, the Awareness Times, is reporting with alarm that at least 1,028 Ebola patients appear to be missing in the country, as official Ministry of Health statistics account for a smaller number of combined victims and survivors of the disease than the total number of registered cases.

Sep 30 15:44

Feds to Give Illegals Refugee Status

The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sep 30 15:33

Mosquito Virus Spreads in USA — “Joint pain lasting for years”

A mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America.


Sep 30 15:20

Confirmed: India’s Polio Eradication Campaign in 2011 Caused 47,500 Cases of Vaccine-Induced Polio Paralysis

A paper published earlier this year in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics should have made headlines around the globe, as it estimated there were 47,500 cases of a polio-like condition linked to children in India receiving repeated doses of oral polio vaccine in 2011 alone. The incidence of non-polio Accute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) in India is now 12 times higher than expected and coincides with huge increases in OPV doses being given to children in the quest to “eradicate” wild type polio infection and paralysis.

Sep 30 15:11

A ‘No Social Media List’ For Extremists And Potential Terrorists?

You have heard of the “No Fly List”, right? Well, now the Tories are pledging that if they win the next election in the UK they will establish a list of “extremists” that will have to have their social media posts “approved in advance by the police” before they post them.


Sep 30 15:11

Auschwitz Survivors recall fond memories of Orchestras, Grand pianos, painting murals, making tea, watching movies, playing soccer, buying cigarettes & beer with their paychecks, theatre productions

This is certainly not something you'll see in the mainstream media or in an ordinary classroom. A series of video interviews with elderly Jewish Auschwitz concentration camp survivors reveal some not-so-well-known facts about the camp. One survivor recalls the magnificent orchestra. "One musician was so good," she says, they had "not just a piano, a grand piano!" Another explains how there was a cantina in the camp where they could buy needed items, and tells the interviewer that yes they were allowed to have money, and he would buy things like cigarettes and beer. The only thing he wasn't impressed with was the 'weak beer'...

Sep 30 15:08

Will CDC Activate Emergency Measures After Ebola Confirmed in US?

Confirmation that the first case of Ebola has arrived in the United States will prompt questions as to whether the CDC will enact emergency procedures that could see even healthy Americans detained against their will.

Sep 30 15:02

BREAKING: Ebola has been confirmed in Texas

We knew it was only a matter of time, since the United States has put no restrictions on international travel.

Ebola has now been confirmed in Dallas, Texas.

Sep 30 14:53

Oops? America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes

The White House says it wants to work with Syria’s moderate rebels. But warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition came awfully close to striking one of their HQs.

Sep 30 14:48

The US’ Unauthorised Air Strikes in Syria: Against or Favouring Wahhabism and the Islamic State?

Since the night of September 22/23, US fighter planes have been carrying out strikes with missiles and drones against targets in and around Raqqah, the city in the Northern part of Syria where are located the headquarters of ISIS’ self-proclaimed ‘Islamic state’. Four of the US’s Middle Eastern allies are known to be taking part in these aerial strikes. They signify not just an extension in the warfare the US had previously launched against ISIS positions in Northern Iraq, but herald a decisive break with President Obama’s past efforts to wind down and bring to an end the US’s involvement in Middle Eastern wars. Once again, as when the US had started its aggression for the overthrow of the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussain (2003), – the current air strikes are clearly illegitimate.

Sep 30 14:46

Israeli settlers take over 25 homes in E.Jerusalem: residents

Israeli settlers forcefully took over 25 apartments in Arab east Jerusalem Tuesday, residents and Palestinian leaders said, with the new occupants claiming they had legitimately bought the properties.

The incident led to clashes between Arab residents and Jewish settlers in the Silwan neighbourhood, which is right outside Jerusalem's Old City, near the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

It came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas traded inflammatory accusations at the UN General Assembly in New York, making the prospects of peace look even bleaker.

Mohammed al-Khayat, whose family owns three apartments in one Silwan building, told AFP settlers had broken the locks on empty properties and then changed them.

Sep 30 14:45

Obama’s ISIL strategy is against Assad govt.: Rodney Martin

US President Barack Obama’s “strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL” is actually designed to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an American political commentator says.

Sep 30 14:44

US steps up interference in China amid Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

The United States has stepped up its interference in China’s internal affairs, saying Washington “supports the aspirations of the Hong Kong people” amid continuing pro-democracy protests in the Chinese territory.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday Washington backs “universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people.”

Earnest said the legitimacy of Hong Kong’s chief executive will be greatly enhanced if he is elected by universal suffrage according to the Basic Law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But those Scottish voters can go pound herring!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 30 14:43

"ISIL crisis" plays right into Zionists hands

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first Chief of Staff – who also served as Obama's Israeli Mossad handler – famously said: "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

Individuals, groups, whole industries, even nations sometimes take advantage of crises and catastrophes. Big bankers, for example, love war because it forces governments to borrow vast sums of money at compound interest. Arms manufacturers also make huge profits. And the big government always gets bigger during wartime as it confiscates people's wealth and scales back their rights.

Sep 30 14:07

Experts Fear Outbreak As Polio-Like Enterovirus Strikes Children Across Country

Experts fear an outbreak as children across the country are being attacked by the rare, polio-like enterovirus, right as flu season is set to begin.

Sep 30 14:02

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs California Gun Restriction

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill making California the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat.

Sep 30 14:01

Palestinian Authority Has No Legitimacy to Govern in Gaza

Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah says Palestinians need to be able to rebuild independently of the neoliberal government in Ramallah

Sep 30 13:58

UK jets launch first attacks against ISIS in Iraq

Tornado bombers from Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) have carried out their first attacks against the Islamic State in Iraq, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Sep 30 13:55

New York City Red Light Camera Issues 1,551 Tickets in One Day

City officials across the country claim that red light cameras are for “safety.” Critics, though, claim they are just another way for a city to raise money. Officials in New York City might find it hard to deny the critics after it was reported that one city red light camera resulted in over 1,500 tickets in one day this year.

Sep 30 12:55

THE WRH BANKER ARTICLES: ALL IN ONE CHUNK

I have received many emails regarding the various articles I have written about the problems with the current economic system of being forced to borrow all currency at interest from a privately-owned central bank. This is, of course, the very system of banking the United States fought a revolution to be free of, only to be sold back into said banker slavery not just once, but three times by corrupted congresses and corrupted presidents.

I have been asked to collect all those articles into a single page to make it easier for people to send to their friends, and this collection is the result.

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Sep 30 12:48

Failure Is Success: How US Intelligence Works in the 21st Century

What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the ages. You listen in on your citizenry and gather their communications in staggering quantities. Your employees even morph into avatars and enter video-game landscapes, lest any Americans betray a penchant for evil deeds while in entertainment mode.

Sep 30 12:48

TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War

Want to know what corporate media look like when they're reporting for duty?

On the most recent CBS's Face the Nation (9/28/14), host Bob Schieffer previewed the guests who would be appearing on the show:

We will get the latest on the mission and what it entails from Deputy National Security Adviser Anthony Blinken, retired General Carter Ham, former Pentagon official Michele Flournoy and former Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morell.

Sep 30 12:34

‘Join the invisible to make the impossible’: Israel’s Mossad now recruits agents online

Israeli intelligence has given up to modern trends and introduced an online questionnaire for would-be spies. Unlike the businesslike CIA or MI5 web draft campaigns, Israelis are luring volunteers with mystery halo always shrouding Mossad’s activities.

Mossad has become one of the last intelligence agencies in the world that vouchsafed to recruiting volunteer spies online, facilitating the induction process for those who always wanted to be a secret agent, but considered it unattainable.

Sep 30 12:15

Joe Biden and the Ghost of Shylock

Napoleon once famously remarked that “in politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” In few cases does this seem more apt than in that of Vice-President Joe Biden, perennial lapdog to the ADL’s Abraham Foxman. Biden has recently added to last year’s faux pas by recently committing the egregious sin of using the word “Shylocks” to describe mortgage lenders. The slip came in a speech to the Legal Services Corporation, which provides lawyers to Americans who could not afford them otherwise. In his remarks, the Vice-President described the experience of his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who was deployed for one year in Iraq:

People would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas.

Sep 30 12:13

G-77, China condemn coercive sanctions against Iran

In a resolution issued on the sidelines of the 69th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, foreign ministers of the Group of 77 plus China for the first time explicitly rejected as unacceptable the imposition of unilateral economic sanctions against Iran.

Such sanctions would have adverse consequences on the development of the Iranian nation, the resolution said, calling for the immediate removal of the bans.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions on Iran have been imposed based on the accusation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Sep 30 11:36

SWAT teams surround Kentucky school after student shot

Police and SWAT teams are flooding into Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky after reports of shots fired. At least one student has been injured and taken to the hospital, and the parents have been notified, police said.

Sep 30 11:29

Collect More Than $7,000 Per Month for 'Fostering' Adult Illegal Aliens

The federal government is in dire need of U.S. citizens willing to house the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter the country each week, and they are willing to pay them to do so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the claim that all these illegals are staying with relatives here in the US!

Sep 30 11:22

THOUGHT CRIME: UK LEADERSHIP WANTS TO BAN PREDICTED 'EXTREMISTS' FROM SOCIAL MEDIA, TV, EVENTS

Theresa May, the current UK Home Secretary, has announced that, if re-elected, her party (the Conservatives) will push for "extremist disruption orders" which would effectively ban people declared "extremist" (using a very broad definition) from using social media or appearing on TV.

Sep 30 11:18

Inventor Of World Wide Web Warns Of Threat To Internet

The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users’ privacy.

Sep 30 10:59

Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border

American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months.

Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicates, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not all of them have relatives, as the cash offers to house illegals indicate. And where is the added funding to the schools to deal with a higher student load supposed to come from?

Sep 30 10:54

Sandy Hook Justice

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Our mission is to demand answers from the state of Connecticut. Sixteen simple questions that every American wants answered.

Check back often for updates, as we work together to uncover the Sandy Hook Truth!

Sep 30 10:50

US imperialism is still in crisis—build opposition to Obama’s messy war

US president Barack Obama talked tough on Islamic State in his speech to the United Nations (UN) last week.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate insisted that “the only language understood by killers like this is the language of force,” and pledged to “dismantle this network of death”.

There’s nothing new about a US president calling for war. But for several years the humiliating failure of the last war in Iraq—and the widespread opposition to it—has left the US ruling class nervous about launching more attacks.

Sep 30 10:42

Scottish man finds bag full of YES votes

Sep 30 10:40

Hong Kong Riots US Gov Plot?

Sep 30 10:38

ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad': Islamic militants fighting 'just one mile from Iraqi capital' despite days Western airstrikes

Fierce fighting has been reported on the outskirts of Baghdad where ISIS militants are attempting to seize control of the Iraqi capital - despite ongoing Western airstrikes against the terror group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is going on in Iraq is a repeat of Iran in 1979 and Libya in recent months. The people are giving their US puppet rulers the old heave-ho!

Sep 30 10:37

New US Marine Corps Crisis Unit To Be Based in Kuwait

The US Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

Sep 30 10:37

Saudi man dies of suspected Ebola virus

A Saudi man, who was hospitalized for suspected Ebola infection, died on Wednesday.

The man, in his 40s, had returned recently to Jeddah from a business trip to Sierra Leone, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. He was admitted to hospital on Monday and showed symptoms of Ebola virus infection.

Sep 30 10:36

China Accuses U.S. of Fomenting Hong Kong Unrest

The U.S. has certainly promoted regime change worldwide, often by using non-governmental organizations as front groups to funnel money to dissidents who will overthrow the government.

For example, USAID has been called the “new CIA”, and FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. State Department is involved in many “hard power” operations, often coordinating through well-known “Non-Governmental Organizations” (NGOs). Specifically, Edmonds explained that numerous well-known NGOs – which claim to focus on development, birth control, women’s rights, fighting oppression and other “magnificent sounding” purposes or seemingly benign issues – act as covers for State Department operations. She said that the State Department directly places operatives inside the NGOs.

Edmonds also told us that – during the late 90s and early 2000s – perhaps 30-40% of the people working for NGOs operated by George Soros were actually working for the U.S. State Department.

Sep 30 10:35

We the undersigned demand a revote of the Scottish Referendum, counted by impartial international parties.

Countless evidences of fraud during the recent Scottish Referendum have come to light. We demand a revote be taken of said referendum, where each vote shall be counted by two individuals, one of whom should be an international impartial party without a stake in the vote.

Sep 30 10:34

Nationwide UK protests against illegal Iraq and Syria wars

Protesters took to the streets at the news of a new war on Iraq in cities across Britain from Glasgow to Portsmouth.

Students Ellie and Fionnuala joined more than 200 people who demonstrated outside Downing Street in central London the night before the vote on air strikes.

Sep 30 10:34

Russia could ditch US dollar in 2-3 years – head of Russia's #2 bank

Two to three years would be enough time for Russia to switch to international settlements to the ruble, Andrey Kostin, head of Russia’s second-biggest bank VTB, said.

“Two to three years is enough, not only to launch [settlements in rubles], but also to complete these mechanisms. But much will depend on how banks will cope with the task,” Kostin said in an interview with Izvestia newspaper.

Kostin first put forward the idea of switching to national currencies in international settlements about a decade ago, which means a move to the ruble shouldn’t be considered a counter-sanction measure.

"I did not find understanding in this matter with the previous leadership of the Central Bank [10 years ago ] They believed that since the [US] dollar works, we shouldn’t do anything, and settlements in rubles will just bring additional risks. Under the new leadership the position of the Central Bank changed. I think that soon we will achieve a major breakthrough,” Kostin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the ever growing frailty of the US economy (except for the already super-rich), I frankly doubt that it will take quite as much time for this to happen as Mr. Kostin postulates.

Sep 30 10:32

Mass Hardship and Disaster Affect Unborn's DNA, Immunity

Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University think they've cracked the code on exactly how disasters like the storm can affect the unborn.

Sep 30 10:31

Germany Condemns Abu Ghraib-Like Abuse as Cases Increase

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government condemned possible abuses against refugees at German shelters after photos and videos surfaced reminiscent of maltreatment by U.S. guards at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

Police are investigating at least eight security guards at two facilities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Johannes Daheim, spokesman for the regional prosecutor, said today by phone. German media showed a photo of a guard with his foot on the neck of a bound refugee, and a video of an asylum seeker being forced to sit on a mattress covered in vomit.

Sep 30 10:31

U.S. judge signals he may order more Abu Ghraib photos released

A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as 2,000 photographs depicting the alleged harsh treatment of detainees in U.S. custody at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other sites.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York ruled the U.S. Department of Defense had failed to show why releasing the photographs would endanger the lives of American soldiers and workers abroad.

Sep 30 10:29

Strip private banks of their power to create money - Martin Wolf (Financial Times)

“Printing counterfeit banknotes is illegal, but creating private money is not. The interdependence between the state and the businesses that can do this is the source of much of the instability of our economies. It could – and should – be terminated.”

Sep 30 10:23

HONG KONG PROTESTS PART OF HILLARY'S "CHINA WILL PAY" THREAT

Today's big story tells of a "spontaneous" student uprising and a horrible "crackdown" taking place in Hong Kong (part of China for past 20 years). As loyal readers of The Anti-New York Times are well aware of by now, yet unbeknown to most of the silly young University punks of Hong Kong, these types of protests are the clear handiwork of the CIA. The fact that factory workers have joined the students is further evidence that this is a "color revolution' maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that Hillary will see this as revenge on China for standing up for Assad, but I think the primary agenda is to wreck BRICS before it fully activates in January!

Sep 30 10:20

Video: The Death Of King Dollar: “This Could Happen As Soon As 2018?

Despite continued assurances about America’s economic strength and global influence, scores of nations around the world are rapidly divesting themselves from their dependency on the world’s reserve currency as a mechanism of exchange. The key players, Russia and China, are actively developing entirely new systems of trade with numerous partners that include countries from the middle east, Asia and South America.

Sep 30 10:20

Raising minimum wage reduces poverty while increasing GDP in Brazil

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released a research paper today that looks at social and economic indicators, as well as policy changes that have occurred since 2003 in Brazil.

“The lives of tens of millions of Brazilians have been transformed by the economic and social policy changes of the past decade,” said CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot, lead author of the paper. “A sharp increase in economic growth, combined with increased social spending, large increases in the real minimum wage, and increased bargaining power for labor allowed for greatly reduced poverty and unemployment, as well as declining inequality.”

“These changes appear to be durable, having mostly withstood the world recession and the slowdown in worldwide economic and trade growth of the past few years.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, NO! WE are supposed to have all the money! We are doing God's work! You wanna go up against GOD! Huh? HUH??" -- Gold in my Sacks

Sep 30 10:19

Office opposes foreign interference in HK

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the HKSAR — discussing media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s meeting with a former US official — said it opposed foreign forces interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs.

A special edition of Eastweek showed Lai, owner of Next Media and Apple Daily, meeting Paul Wolfowitz, a former US deputy secretary of defense in George W. Bush’s administration. The pair met on Lai’s private yacht for five hours in late May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US hand in the China protests is showing itself!

Sep 30 10:17

Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement…

If you’re a Grooveshark user, you should probably start backing up your collection. In a decision released Monday, the United States District Court in Manhattan has found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement based on a preponderance of internal emails, statements from former top executives, direct evidence from internal logs, and willfully deleted files and source code.

Specifically, CEO Samuel Tarantino and co-founder and CTO Josh Greenberg will face the heaviest charges, which remain to be determined. The others were just scared rats: earlier, a number of top Grooveshark executives were removed from the defendant list in a settlement agreement, which now appears part of a clever exchange for cooperation. Oh and did they talk…

Sep 30 10:14

Did the Fed Steal Ukraine's Gold?

Sep 30 10:12

How the FBI is trying to scare the public into believing iPhone privacy and security features are somehow dangerous

Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone – law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA – even if they wanted to.

Sep 30 10:12

Meet the Prison Bankers Who Profit from the Inmates

With the ultimate captive markets, prison bankers and state jailers make money off high fees for financial services.

Lately, Taylor, 64, has felt torn between that commitment and her desire to be a loving, supportive mother for her son Eddie.

Sep 30 10:10

Boehner might bring Congress back for Syria debate after all

Just days after suggesting lawmakers might not debate U.S. military involvement in Syria until next year, House Speaker John Boehner said he'd agree to call Congress back into session to vote if President Barack Obama sends up a resolution asking for the authority.

Boehner told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that if the President wanted a vote, "I'd bring the Congress back" -- never mind that the U.S. has already begun airstrikes inside Syria as part of a coalition.

Boehner hopes the President requests and sends up an authorization for use of military force as soon as possible," his spokesman, Michael Steel, told CNN Monday.

Boehner left a much different impression in an interview published Thursday in The New York Times.

Sep 30 10:10

Spyware phone app CEO indicted for conspiracy

The head of a company that sells a spyware application for smartphones has been indicted and arrested for conspiracy and other charges related to surreptitious interception. It is the first time the US Department of Justice has targeted spyware apps.

Undetectable and untraceable by most phone users – that is how a spyware application dubbed StealthGenie was allegedly being advertised by Hammad Akbar, the chief executive of the Pakistani-owned, UK-based company InvoCode.

Sep 30 10:10

Isis an Hour Away from Baghdad

US air strikes are failing to drive back Isis in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour’s drive of Baghdad.

Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of Isis fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace Nouri al-Maliki last month was supposed to introduce a more conciliatory government that would appeal to Iraq’s Sunni minority from which Isis draws its support.

Mr Abadi promised to end the random bombardment of Sunni civilians, but Fallujah has been shelled for six out of seven days, with 28 killed and 117 injured. Despite the military crisis, the government has still not been able to gets its choice for the two top security jobs, theDefence Minister and Interior Minister, through parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only question to be asked here, is the following: when will there be US boots on the ground - and one heck of a lot of them - to prevent Baghdad from falling?!?

The air campaign here against ISIL has not worked, and the cold hard reality, is that it is impossible to win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

The US government should have absorbed that lesson from Vietnam, but aparrently has not, all these years after that military confrontation.

Sep 30 10:09

On Israel’s little-known concentration and labor camps in 1948-1955

Much of the grim and murky circumstances of the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the late 1940s have gradually been exposed over time. One aspect – rarely researched or deeply discussed – is the internment of thousands of Palestinian civilians within at least 22 Zionist-run concentration and labor camps that existed from 1948 to 1955. Now more is known about the contours of this historical crime, due to the comprehensive research by renowned Palestinian historian Salman Abu Sitta and founding member of the Palestinian resource center BADIL Terry Rempel.

The facts are these.

The study – to be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies – relies on almost 500 pages of International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) reports written during the 1948 war, that were declassified and made available to the public in 1996, and accidentally discovered by one of the authors in 1999.

Sep 30 10:04

Did The Winter War Just Begin? Russian Gas Supplies To Europe Plunge 15%, Ukraine Transit Slashed 54%

Just a week ago, the Russian energy minister made the first public 'threat' of gas supply "throttling" disruptions to Europe but judging by the data that has just been released, it appears the 'throttling' has begun. Bloomberg reports that Russian gas supplies to Europe fell 15% year-over-year in Q3 - the most in over two years - as natural gas transit through Ukraine plunged 54% year-over-year. In 2013, Gazprom sent 60% of its supply via Ukraine pipelines, in August that dropped to 39%, and in September only 34%. Of course, Europe remains confident its storage efforts will buffer any "Winter War" disruptions, as we noted here, but as Citi warned previously, "if colder weather arrives, storage levels will be drained," and then there is the Spring (and German industry needs).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media is spinning this as an evil plot on the part of the Russians, but fails to mention that Kiev has not fully paid for the gas they get from Russia since the Junta and is arrears in the bill. Russia has every right to shut off the valves just as your gas company will do if you do not pay the bill.

Sep 30 10:01

US Expands Syria Strikes: Not Just a War Against ISIS

US airstrikes seem to be expanding in scope today in Syria, with four different provinces of the country hit in attacks, including areas where ISIS is virtually non-existent.

President Obama has been insisting it is an oversimplification to say this war is America versus ISIS. Indeed, that’s the case, but while the president is seeking to downplay the scope of the conflict, the signs are that he’s at war with actually a much broader swath of the Syrian rebellion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious to even a casual observer of the current geopolitical scene that these bombings of Syria are engineered to generate regime change in Damascus.

The questions which need to be asked are, will Al-Assad attempt invoke the mutual defense pact Syria has with Iran, to assist him against the US, and if that happens, what will Russia do to prevent any attacks against Iran, and stop the US from bombing Syria?

Sep 30 09:59

Netanyahu plays the blame game at the UN to avoid responsibility for Israeli human rights violations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the UN General Assembly today, presented a black and white, and upside down world view in which aggressors are victims and human rights violators deserve applause. Consistent with his now predictable approach to diplomacy, Netanyahu deployed fear-mongering and Islamophobic language to deflect attention from Israel’s aggression in Gaza this summer, and its ongoing occupation and illegal siege of Palestinian civilians.

Sep 30 09:49

“Very pleased we have entered into relations again with American Government” -Rothschilds, 1878

In 1878, the Rothschilds were back in business with the US government (after having been chased out of DC by Andrew Jackson in the 1830’s), as detailed by this cable discussing the Rothschild refinancing of American debt:

Messrs. Rothschild & Sons to Mr. Sherman.
[Cable message.]

April 12,1878.
Hon. John Sherman,
Secretary of the Treasury, Washington D. C.:

Very pleased we have entered into relations again with American Government. Shall do our best to make the business successful.

ROTHSCHILDS.

We’ve now established that the Rothschilds “entered into relations” with the US government in 1878.

Sep 30 09:48

FLASHBACK - The Lavon Affair: When Israel firebombed U.S. Installations to make it appear attacks were by ‘Muslim extremists,’ and how the US media cover it up

In their 1979 book, The Untold History of Israel, Israeli journalists Jacques Derogy and Hesi Carmel relate that in 1954 Israel’s army intelligence section conceived a plan to attack British personnel seconded to King Hussein’s government in Jordan. The purpose was to sour relations between Britain and Jordan as well as between both Jordan and Britain on the one hand and Egypt, which would be blamed for such attacks.

Shortly afterward, the same Israeli army intelligence organization activated two networks of Egyptian Jews first established in 1948. These young people had been recruited in Egypt, secretly trained in Israel, and then sent back to their homes in Cairo and Alexandria to await orders to carry out acts of sabotage in case of war between Egypt and Israel.

Sep 30 09:47

LA cops kill one person every week

Police in Los Angeles County have killed at least 589 people since 2000, according to a report by the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, based on homicide data from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and local media. On average, LA police have killed one person every week for the last 14 years.

Last year, police killings constituted a staggering seven percent of all homicides in LA County.

Sep 30 09:46

RISING ABOVE PAMELA GELLER

Condemned by such noted liberals as the ADL, Dinesh D’Souza, and the Daily News, banned by the Great Neck Synagogue (but embraced by Chabad), Geller is the anti-Muslim wacko who takes ads on buses and subways to remind us all that followers of Islam are “savages” and that there’s no such thing as a moderate Muslim. (Someone better inform Dr. Oz.)

Sep 30 09:46

Worker Groups 'Alarmed' White House May Delay New Minimum Wage, Overtime Rule

It was once part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" economic agenda. But now the wait might be getting even longer.

The Labor Department is considering delaying a long-awaited rule that would extend new workplace protections to home care workers -- a possibility that has advocates for low-wage workers steamed.

In a letter addressed to Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Monday, more than 40 labor and advocacy groups said that they were "alarmed" by suggestions that officials might delay the new regulations and put a "historic workplace victory in jeopardy."

"The basic rights of two million home care workers -- predominantly women and disproportionately women of color -- once again hang in the balance, as the administration appears at risk of faltering in the face of opposition," they wrote.

The letter included signatures from the AFL-CIO labor federation, American Psychological Association and the National Employment Law Project, among others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the members of these groups: did you ever, for one millisecond, believe that this man, the ever-faithful servant of the banks and large corporations, represented YOU?!?

IF so, I would imagine that the absence of movement on this cause is a very rude awakening.

Obama's faux populism is simply that; an act, nothing more, nothing left. I am sorry that hurts right now, but it is the cold, hard reality.

By the time a national candidate is carefully vetted by the major corporations in this country, which expect those candidates to do their will, they no longer represent the people of this country at all.

Sep 30 09:45

Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Obama Can't Appoint a Replacement I Want to See on the Court

Coming off of her stirring dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, 21-year veteran Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never been a more important voice for American women. In a rare interview—featured exclusively in the October issue of ELLE—she speaks frankly with Jessica Weisberg about everything from riding an elephant with Antonin Scalia to why people who want her to resign so President Obama can appoint another progressive justice are nuts.

Sep 30 09:44

U.S. Bid for Secret Guantánamo Force-Feeding Hearings Prompts Cover-Up Fears

The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to hold a highly anticipated court hearing on its painful force-feedings of Guantánamo Bay detainees almost entirely in secret, prompting suspicions of a cover-up.

Justice Department attorneys argued to district judge Gladys Kessler that allowing the hearings to be open to the public would jeopardize national security through the disclosure of classified information. Should Kessler agree, the first major legal battle over forced feeding in a federal court would be less transparent than the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay.

Sep 30 09:44

U.S. Signs Deal for Troops to Remain in Afghanistan

The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region.

Sep 30 09:43

West Virginia Plans to Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water to Millions

ine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns that drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increase the risk of earthquakes in the region.

Sep 30 09:43

CDC Warns Funeral Homes in U.S. to Prepare For Ebola Victims

The Centers for Disease Control is advising funeral homes in the United States on how to handle the remains of Ebola victims, although officials are keen to stress that the development is not a cause for alarm.

Sep 30 09:31

US AFRICOM to establish its own Air Command

Come the start of October US Air Forces Africa will be activated and given the designation of the 17th Air Force.

This announcement was made at Ramstein Air Base in Germany by General William Ward, Commander of US Africa Command (Africom).

Welcoming the US Air Forces Africa to Africom he said it was a major undertaking involving hard work to establish a new air force service component command from the ground up.

The airborne component of Africom, Ward said, will have the same mission. That is to In concert with other US Government agencies and international partners, conduct sustained security engagement through military to military programmes, military sponsored activities and other military operations as directed to promote a stable and more secure African environment in support of US foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply about determining who gets Africa's vast natural resources, and assuring that those resources will only be sold in US dollars.

Sep 30 09:29

Craig Murray: We have become a helot society

Britain has developed a new kind of low wage economy – one where the bulk of those on low wages work to provide services to those on very, very high remuneration. In a sense it is very old. We have become a helot society. It should be stressed that low wage is a deliberate policy. There is absolutely no reason why those in work could not be paid more. The economy would not crash. In Norway the median wage of the lowest 10 percentile is over 20,000 pounds, while the multiple between the lowest ten percentile and the top ten percentile is less than one third what it is in Britain. The UK’s astonishing and accelerating wealth gap is a result of deliberate ideological policy, founded on a notion that those at the top are possessed of rare and extraordinary abilities – whereas in truth, in the UK more than anywhere, their main achievement was usually to be born into the right family.

Had to look this one up myself at dictionary.com
British Dictionary definitions for Helot
Helot

Sep 30 09:28

In the shadow of Iran a new UAE oil port is transforming energy sector

In response to Iran’s strategic grip over oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz, a new export route for crude from the Persian Gulf is growing on the coast of the Arabian Sea, with the potential to transform global energy markets.

Giant tankers now queue in lines stretching for miles to load oil or refuel at Fujairah – a sleepy sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – after the government invested billions of dollars into building a giant oil pipeline across the rugged Hajar mountains, with the aim of ending the potential stranglehold that Iran could place on the nation’s exports of crude.

The 21-mile-wide Hormuz channel handles a third of the world’s oil-tanker traffic and connects the Persian Gulf’s sheikhdoms to the Arabian Sea. Fears that Tehran could choke off exports shipped through it have been a concern weighing on oil markets for decades.

Sep 30 09:24

US wants Guantanamo force-feeding hearing to stay secret

Attorneys for the United States government say that an upcoming court hearing concerning the force-feeding practices used on a Guantanamo Bay detainee should be held almost entirely behind closed doors.

The motion, filed by US attorneys on Friday in District Court for the District of Columbia, asks that the preliminary injunction hearing for Gitmo detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab scheduled for early next month be conducted largely in secret over supposed national security concerns.

“As an initial matter, the hearing should be closed in order to prevent any unauthorized disclosure of classified or protected information,” the motion reads in part. “Furthermore, the hearing should be closed because, although portions of the materials in the record in this case are unclassified, conducting an open hearing in this case would impose significant burdens on the parties and the Court.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are NO valid "national security concerns" only "deep embarrassment concerns."

Anyone whose doctor has prescribed this process in their convalescence from an illness understands that even in the most competent and compassionate hands, it is still uncomfortable as hell.

To use this as a punishment for a hunger strike (as it has been primarily practiced at Gitmo, in a restraint chair) is both immoral and inhumane.

I would very strongly suggest that this is being done to prevent these hunger strikers from dying to prevent autopsies being leaked, which may well show the extent to which these men had been tortured in order to get them to confess to whatever their torturers wanted to hear.

Sep 30 09:22

UK pilots union agrees mass layoffs/pay cuts

Trade unions at Monarch Airlines, Britain’s oldest surviving carrier, have agreed to cut 900 jobs, slash pay by up to 30 percent, and reduce the terms and conditions of the remaining workforce, including changing working patterns.

Details have yet to emerge as to the concessions the unions agreed regarding changing working patterns.

Monarch began discussions with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) and Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, earlier this year after it threatened that without huge cutbacks it would not survive.

Sep 30 09:22

The U.S. must stand up to Israel or exit the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has been playing by America’s rules for years and received nothing for his efforts apart from empty promises. Unlike his fiery predecessor, Yasser Arafat, until now he’s adopted a non-combative, compromising stance and been taken to task by his Palestinian critics as being too compliant. But since Israel’s seven-week-long onslaught on Gaza that robbed so many innocent lives and left 10,000 families homeless, he’s put diplomatic-speak on the shelf, as evidenced by his no holds-barred speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

Sep 30 09:21

Report: Obama Has Missed over Half His Second-Term Daily Intel Briefings

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I had to try out this new putter!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 30 09:21

Catalan separatists call street protests over referendum ruling

Just hours after the Constitutional Court accepted the government’s appeal of the Catalan referendum on self-rule, the northeastern Spanish region registered its first protests.

Around 300 people congregated in front of the government delegation in Barcelona to express support for the plebiscite, which is scheduled for November 9, and to condemn Madrid’s attempt to get it ruled illegal by a top Spanish court.

This early protest was the beginning of a series of region-wide demonstrations planned for Tuesday by a pro-independence group called National Catalan Assembly (ANC).

Sep 30 09:20

British PM David Cameron: “Non-Violent Extremists” Including “9/11 Truthers” and “Conspiracy Theorists” are Just as Dangerous as ISIL Terrorists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only to a government that lies, David. Only to a government that lies!

Sep 30 09:16

Putin's Possible Successor Explains Russia's Military & Economic Plans

The Floridian blogger about Russia, "Vineyard of the Saker," posted an English translation on September 29th of an informative interview on Russian television. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin, who has Russia's military portfolio, was addressing his nation's public, September 22nd, on Rossiya TV, and he explained how his country is responding to the threat of America's intending to place its nuclear missiles on Russia's border, inside Ukraine (much as the USSR had done in Cuba to America during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis). Russia is not responding with any talk about the nuclear button; at least not yet. There is still time enough to avoid anything so urgent as that. But they are preparing for such an eventuality. (8:50) "We are creating a nuclear submarine fleet ... capable of reaching any country on any continent, if it suddenly becomes the aggressor and our topmost national interests come under threat."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US governmental military interventions are creating the perfect storm for war with Russia.

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

Sep 30 09:16

US Court Says it’s Okay for Police Departments to Refuse to Hire Someone who is Too Smart

Ever wonder why cops yell “quit resisting” as they beat a person who’s not resisting? Or why they shoot people who pose no threat? Maybe the answer is right in front of us.

Sep 30 09:15

Trust in cloud security at all-time low: Execs still betting on the cloud

A new report on IT decision makers shows enterprise trust in cloud security at its lowest -- yet they're flocking to use it. OpenStack's Matt Joyce thinks it's fair to ask if everyone's gone nuts.

Sep 30 09:14

Secret Service chief acknowledges White House intruder entered East Room, used unlocked door

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson admitted Tuesday that her agency's security plan fell apart when an intruder broke into the White House earlier this month -- entering through an unlocked door and making it all the way into the East Room -- as she faced heated questioning from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the risk of having the Secret Service invade our food distribution program again this Christmas, who the hell cares? Does Obama, after all the crimes against the Constitution and humanity, really think We The People are going to get our knickers in a twist because some nutcase wandered into the East Room of the White House? Does he actually think we will feel any sympathy for him because someone strolled through a portion of the White House that only exists to keep the West Wing from making the place look lopsided?

Hardly

Sep 30 09:10

Whistleblower Releases Tapes Exposing Federal Reserve Corruption

Do you believe that the Federal Reserve is regulating big banks? Recordings released by a whistleblower show the cozy relationship between banks “too big to jail” and the private Federal Reserve that rejects accountability to Congress.

Sep 30 09:09

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping the jihadist terror from Iraq and Syria.

"Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated," Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly, referring to the Islamic State group.

"But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war."

Netanyahu spoke a week after US President Barack Obama took to the UN podium to appeal for international support for the US-led coalition firing air strikes to defeat the IS jihadists.

The prime minister took a swipe at Iran's "smooth-talking" President Hassan Rouhani, accusing him of seeking a deal on Tehran's nuclear program without scrapping any bomb-making capacity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so, Israel's nuclear capabilities are absolutely no threat to the world, Prime Minister Netanyahu!?

And IF the US government had any male attributes whatsoever, it would follow the letter of its own law, because under the Symington Amendment, the US is forbidden to give either any any money or military aid to a country which has either a nuclear weapons program or nuclear energy program, but refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and refuses to allow its nuclear sites to be inspected.

Israel is such a country.

The US government breaks its own laws with impunity.

So why should civilians believe, for a second, that they need to obey any laws Congress passes?!?

The stench of these double standards stinks to high heaven.

Sep 30 09:07

The Terrorism Narrative

When philosopher Hannah Arendt witnessed the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, she was struck by his ‘unthinking’ nature in the way that he went about the ordinary business of carrying out the holocaust.

He was not only following orders, he was following procedures, normal ways of acting in a complex, but deadly, organization. That ordinary people can carry out evil deeds led Professor Arendt to suggest that the “banality of evil” was a critical problem that had to be recognized as a modern condition.

Sep 30 09:05

Massive vaccine cover-up confirmed: Secret documents prove vaccines cause autism

The ongoing debate over whether or not vaccines cause autism would probably take on an entirely different tone if key information that has been mostly censored from the public was fully brought to light. Hidden documents that have been locked away for more than two decades reveal that the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella does cause autism, and regulators, drug executives and various others have known about this for a long time.

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in the UK has forced the Department of Health to release confidential documents outlining the details of MMR's initial approval back in the 1980s. These documents reveal that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine Pluserix, knew that there were problems with the vaccine causing a high rate of adverse events in children. Among these were encephalitis and other conditions associated with autism.

Sep 30 09:02

Al-Moallem: Syria supports any international effort to combat terrorism as long as it preserves civilians’ lives and sovereignty

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, delivered a speech on Monday at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in which he affirmed that Syria supports any international effort to combat terrorism as long as it fully preserves civilians’ lives and national sovereignty and is carried out according to international accords.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning NOT bombing the economic and food infrastructure of the nation the US is trying to "save."

Sep 30 09:02

One-Fifth of U.S. Workers Were Laid Off in Past Five Years

One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven’t found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended.

Those who did find work had a difficult time with their job search and the effects of unemployment, the survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University found.

Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "recovery" economically, except for the one percenters.

Sep 30 09:01

If the government had confidence in its 9/11 story, every effort to investigate would not be blocked

Given the dramatic difference in the percentage of invalidated signatures, 57% on the first petition compared to 78% on the second petition, it was immediately apparent that the City Clerk and the Board of Elections had determined to wrongly invalidate thousands of signatures — and in so doing, disenfranchise thousands of voters — in order to keep the High-Rise Safety Initiative off the ballot.

Sure enough, when the City finally provided a copy of its notations, we saw that the percentage of signatures invalidated because the signer was allegedly “not registered” had skyrocketed from 43% on the first petition (28,404 out of 65,597) to 73% on the second petition (24,523 out of 33,366).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Scotland can sympathize!

This ballot initiative, despite its innocuous name, is really about forcing a new independent investigation of 9-11. And as the article title suggests, if the official story of 9-11 were true, why would the government care if there was a new investigation?

Sep 30 08:59

Average Americans Grow Poorer as U.S. Per Capita Wealth Reaches New High

A study by economists at the University of Michigan for the Russell Sage Foundation showed that, in 2013, the median American household saw its total assets fall by 36% from 2003. Over the same time period, the total wealth in the United States grew by over 80%.

With total wealth growing and median wealth declining, the average American’s nest egg is getting smaller and smaller despite greater wealth per person in the country. A Credit Suisse study from earlier this year showed that an American’s median net worth was just $45,000. In other words, the typical American has total assets that are just 15% of the actual per capita wealth in the United States.

At the same time, the average millionaire in the United States has $50 million in total assets.
Debt, Wealth Per Capita

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is totally unsustainable, economically.

Sep 30 08:58

Man beaten, shocked with Taser by Portland police awarded $562,000 by jury

A jury on Monday awarded more than $562,000 to a man Portland police knocked face-down to the ground and repeatedly pummeled and zapped with a Taser.

In doing so, jurors 9-3 gave Jason Matthew Cox every penny he had sought. Jurors found Portland police committed a battery against Cox, who was 37 at the time of the June 28, 2011, incident.

Sep 30 08:57

US resumes supply of Hellfire missiles to Israel

The US has now supplied some of the Hellfire missiles that Israel requested in the course of the conflict with Hamas this summer, and more are on the way, The Times of Israel has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Each Hellfire costs $58,000. Funny how the US Government has no money to feed our people or give Detroit water but always has plenty of money to give to Israel!

Sep 30 08:56

Saudi Prince: War Against ISIS Really About Removing al-Assad

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., tells CBS This Morning Anchor Norah O’Donnell, he hopes the airstrikes that include Saudi planes against ISIS are the first step in ultimately removing Syrian leader Bashar Assad and does not see any reason why they shouldn’t send in Saudi ground troops if necessary.
+YouTube footage by Infowars
Source: Luis Manuel blog

Sep 30 08:56

Most Americans Say US Gives Too Much Aid to Israel

Most Americans believe the United States is giving too much foreign aid to Israel according to an online survey. The American Public Opinion on U.S. Aid to Israel (PDF) survey was fielded via Google Consumer Surveys between September 26-29, 2014 as a necessary follow-up to the release of the influential Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2014 report. Middle East analysts eagerly await the biennial Chicago Council survey results and its frank reflections of American views about foreign policy toward the region. Many are surprised by Chicago Council’s conclusions that 64 percent of Americans prefer not to take sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict and that 55 percent would oppose sending U.S. troops to protect Israel if it struck Iran.

Sep 30 08:56

Does the US give too much foreign aid to Israel?

YES
98% (725 votes)
NO
2% (13 votes)
Total votes: 738
Sep 30 08:54

U.S. Petroleum Output

“US petroleum output set to exceed Saudi Arabia's for the first time since 1991.”
Source: Financial Times

Sep 30 08:47

ISIS Home Base: Raqqa, Syria or Washington, D.C.?

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

While mainstream media outlets in the Western world continue to shill for the White House and NATO’s plans to destroy the Syrian state and oust its democratically elected president, one notable linchpin of propaganda involves the labeling of Raqqa province in Syria as the “home base” of ISIS...

Sep 30 08:43

5 Viral Stories That Had Insane Twists After We All Moved On

The Pepper Spray Cop Got a Better Settlement Than the Students He Sprayed

Sep 30 08:38

House prices see widespread slowdown in July

Here’s one sign that the cooling off for housing appreciation has become widespread: The hot San Francisco housing market actually saw home prices drop in July, marking the city’s weakest result since early 2012, according to data released Tuesday morning.

Sep 30 08:37

Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by Catholic priest seeks $13 million from diocese

It has been 30 years, but Kansas City’s Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday,

kicking off a US$10 million (S$13 million) lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he was molested 20 times over two years in the early 1980s by Monsignor Thomas O’Brien, who died in 2013. Couzens was deeply involved in Catholic school and church activities.

The alleged abuse included an encounter in which O’Brien forced Couzens and other altar boys to perform sex acts on each other and on the priest, according to Couzens’ attorney,

Sep 30 08:37

5 babies test positive for tuberculosis; 96 more babies added to TB testing list

This weekend, the number of families affected by the possibility of tuberculosis (TB) exposure at Providence Memorial Hospital grew yet again.

Niney-six babies were added to the previous list of 762 who were possibly exposed to a Providence hospital worker with active TB.

Sep 30 08:36

David Cameron: Questioning Government Policy Is Terrorism

Met Police warn people that viewing extremist material in wake of Islamic State’s killing of journalist may be a terror offence but experts say prosecutions are unlikely.

Sep 30 08:36

Israel PM slams UNHRC criticism of Gaza assualt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday condemned the UN Human Rights Council for criticizing Israel's actions in Gaza, saying it encouraged militants to use human shields as a war tactic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sep 30 08:35

PLO official says Netanyahu speech full of 'hate language and slander'

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of blatantly manipulating facts and misleading the United Nations by delivering a speech filled with “hate language, slander and argument of obfuscation.”

She issued her statement to the media shortly after Netanyahu addressed a session of the 69th UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.

Sep 30 08:34

Three Members of US Congress call for end to the Gaza blockade

On September 8, Rep. Danny Davis from Chicago became the third Member of
Congress to issue a public statement calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza, joining Reps. Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee. [1]

The Davis statement came as a result of grassroots engagement led by the
Chicago-based Committee for Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP).
Their story is an inspiration to us all, showing us that, with perseverance and persuasion, it is possible to turn Members of Congress out in favor of justice in Israel/Palestine. [2]

Sep 30 08:33

Israelis Demolish 5-story Residential in Abu Dis, Distribute Further Notices in Bethlehem

Israeli forces demolished three floors of a residential Palestinian building, in occupied East Jerusalem's Abu Dis neighborhood, overnight Sunday, claiming that the owners lacked building permission.

Sep 30 08:33

Saeb Erekat: Today`s evictions in East Jerusalem reaffirm what Netanyahu said yesterday at the UN

PLO Executive Committee Member and head of the Negotiations Affairs Department Dr. Saeb Erekat strongly denounced the latest forced home evictions and confiscation in Occupied East Jerusalem. This morning, illegal Israeli settlers protected by occupation forces entered seven [apartment] buildings in the neighborhood of Silwan. A total of seven Palestinian families were left homeless.

Sep 30 08:32

Israeli settlers 'occupy 23 homes' in East Jerusalem neighborhood

Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that "settlers of the Elad (Ir David) Association" stormed Silwan at 1:30 a.m. escorted by Israeli soldiers and forcibly evicted the residents of an apartment and occupied it, in addition to several vacant homes.

Sep 30 08:31

Federal Judge Rules Detroit Residents Have No “Fundamental Right” to Water

Rhodes dismissed a lawsuit filed by victims of the water shutoffs, which argued that the city’s policy was doing irreparable harm to residents and threatened to create a public health disaster. The residents argued that the city’s policy violated the 14th Amendment’s prohibition against a state “depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” and the principle of “equal protection” under the law, since service to major corporations, which failed to pay, had not been discontinued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sep 30 08:31

Is Israel Trying to Force Palestinians into the Sinai?

What is Israel’s endgame in Gaza? It is a question that has been puzzling analysts and observers for some time. But indications of the future Israel and Washington may have in mind for Gaza are emerging.

Desperately overcrowded, short on basic resources like fresh water, blockaded for eight years by Israel, with its infrastructure intermittently destroyed by Israeli bombing campaigns, Gaza looks like a giant pressure cooker waiting to explode.

Sep 30 08:29

Ebola-stricken Liberia is descending into economic hell

Liberia, the West African nation hardest it by Ebola, has begun a frightening descent into economic hell.

That’s the import of three recent reports from international organizations that seem to bear out the worst-case scenarios of months ago: that people would abandon the fields and factories, that food and fuel would become scarce and unaffordable, and that the government’s already meager capacity to help, along with the nation’s prospects for a better future, would be severely compromised.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Agenda 21? NSS memorandum 200? Just bad luck?

Sep 30 08:28

Dutch FM threatens sanctions against Israel

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard has threatened sanctions against Israel if the country doesn’t go along with the proposed terms in the peace talks taking place in Egypt this week.

In the talks, which will get underway in Cairo on Tuesday, Lidegaard wants to see Israel commit to ending its eight-year blockade of Gaza and stop its “illegal settlements”. The foreign minister is also calling on Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza to lay down their weapons.

If the talks fail to reach any long-term concessions from both sides, Lidegaard said that Denmark and the EU should adopt a tougher approach to Israel.

Sep 30 08:20

The Fake Terror Threat Used To Justify Bombing Syria

As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.”

Sep 30 08:18

British hostage in new ISIS propaganda video panning Obama strategy

The Islamic State (IS) has released a third video showing John Cantlie, a British journalist held prisoner for two years, in which he delivers a scripted propaganda speech criticizing US President Barack Obama’s strategy against IS in Iraq and Syria.

Sep 30 08:12

Is the Stock Market Top In?

The pool of greater fools willing and able to buy assets at higher prices with leveraged free money has been drained by six years of credit/risk expansion.

Sep 30 08:06

Extremists may face broadcast ban, social media vetting - home secretary

Powers banning extremists from appearing on TV and which allow police to vet “harmful” individuals’ social media activity would be enforced if the Conservatives return to power next year, Home Secretary Theresa May is set to announce.

The party manifesto will also pledge to introduce time-limited Extremist Disruption Orders to curb individuals’ right to speak at public events and control their social media usage. The maximum sentence could be up to 10 years in prison for breaking a banning order.

Announcing the plans at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, May will also promise greater powers for British police to access internet data.

Police and intelligence services would accrue greater access to details of when and where phone calls and emails are sent, but not their content.

Sep 30 08:04

Nearly $1bn already spent on US military campaign against ISIS

The US-led military operation against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants has likely so far cost between $780 and $930 million, according to an estimate by Washington-based think tank specializing in defense issues.

The estimate is part of a report attempting to forecast how much the operation might cost in the future. It was published on Monday by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), that’s influential with the US Department of Defense.

The think tank’s defense experts, many of whom are military veterans, have used a figure given by the Pentagon itself, which said that the military operations against the Islamic State cost $530 million through August 26.

Sep 30 07:59

'Open border' virus now leaving children paralyzed

Thousands of cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have been seen across the country since mid-August, landing scores of children in intensive care units with acute respiratory distress. Not only is there no end in sight to this current and extremely rare outbreak (at least in this country), a disturbing new symptom is presenting itself in children who have been infected with EV-D68...paralysis.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that nine children in Colorado recently presented with polio-like symptoms, with muscle weakness and paralyzed limbs. Four of the children have tested positive for EV-D68, while health officials are still awaiting the test results for the others.

Sep 30 07:47

Open border: Illegal alien cop-killer has been deported once already

On Friday, Jesus Cabrera Molina, 25, who killed a Phoenix police officer in 2013, was sentenced by Maricopa County Judge David Gass to eight years in prison. The Mexican national pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and hit-and-run with death or injury.

On May 19, 2013, the victim, Officer Daryl Raetz was conducting a traffic stop at the intersection of 51st Street and Cambridge Avenue when he was struck by an SUV driven by Molina. The officer was left lying in road, as Molina fled the scene.

Officer Daryl Raetz was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Molina admitted that he had been drinking and snorting cocaine only hours before the fatal crash, according to police. The officer's widow, Stephanie Raetz, made the following statement before Molina was sentenced:

Sep 30 07:34

Pharmaceutical companies conspired to keep more affordable generic products off the market, FTC claims

(NaturalNews) Men who require testosterone replacement therapy have been deprived access to lower-cost, generic versions of the popular branded testosterone drug AndroGel in violation of the law, claims a new federal lawsuit. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing several major drug companies, including AbbVie and its partner Besins Healthcare, for allegedly breaking the law by blocking consumer access to cheaper versions of the drug.

According to the FTC complaint, AbbVie engaged in illegal, anticompetitive behavior when it paid Teva Pharmaceuticals, a generic drug competitor, to not produce a generic alternative to AndroGel, even though the drug's patent had already expired. And Teva, by allegedly accepting this settlement agreement, also engaged in illegal behavior, says the FTC.

Sep 30 07:27

US Openly Approves Hong Kong Chaos it Created

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

The "Occupy Central" protests in Hong Kong continue on - destabilizing the small southern Chinese island famous as an international hub for corporate-financier interests, and before that, the colonial ambitions of the British Empire. Those interests have been conspiring for years to peel the island away from Beijing after it was begrudgingly returned to China in the late 1990s, and use it as a springboard to further destabilize mainland China...

Sep 30 07:18

Two Bad Speeches — and Scant Hope for Peace

If you were the leader of your people and you really wanted to extend a hand to your enemy, you wouldn’t call him a racist. And genocidal. You probably wouldn’t want to say that this enemy assassinated thousands of children, devastated homes and schools and destroyed the dreams of a generation.
Note: Even if it is true?

Netanyahu tied Abbas to Hamas, and then asserted that Hamas is virtually identical to the rampaging, beheading Islamic terrorists known as ISIS (or, if you are President Obama, ISIL).. That’s a fine way to cut short dialogue over the future of Hamas-ruled Gaza. Or, for that matter, any dialogue with Abbas himself.

And just to add to the public chill between these two men, Netanyahu denied that Israel is occupying any land and, in a neat rhetorical flourish, reminded his listeners that Abbas “wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust.” (That was in 1982, but no matter.)
Note: Even if it is not true?

Sep 30 07:13

Big Lies Launch Lawless Wars

Obama’s Iraq war III is lawless. It has no legal authority. It constitutes cold, calculated, premeditated naked aggression.

The same holds for his three-and-a-half year proxy war on Syria. It was planned long before March 2011 hostilities began. It’s now elevated to direct US intervention.

Last Tuesday, US warplanes bombed multiple Syrian targets. Precise ones aren’t clear.

Sep 30 07:10

Cop Arrested in Prostitution Sting is Set to Get $10,579 a Month in Paid Leave

A Glendale police sergeant arrested last month for allegedly soliciting a prostitute will make more than $10,000 a month on paid leave until he retires at the end of 2015, records show.

The arrangement was reached months before Sgt. Vahak Mardikian’s arrest during an investigation of a Nevada prostitution ring, the Glendale News-Press reported. Mardikian was one of five officers who filed a lawsuit in 2010 against the Glendale Police Department alleging discrimination, retaliation and harassment because they’re Armenian.

He was demoted in early 2012 following claims that he was pressuring fellow officers to join the lawsuit, but he successfully appealed and was reinstated last year. Under the settlement deal, Mardikian will receive $10,579 a month in paid leave through Dec. 29, 2015, after which he will be required to retire from the police department, according to settlement documents.

Sep 30 07:03

Crushing Dissent in America: New York Fusion Center Declares Oath Keepers, Other Liberty Groups as ‘Extremist Threats’

The New York State Intelligence Center — a known Fusion Center with the stated purpose to, “collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information and intelligence data regarding criminal and terrorist activity relevant to New York State” — issued a Counter Terrorism Bulletin last June identifying Oath Keepers in addition to other liberty related groups as “far-right extremist group and/or a threat to law enforcement.”

Sep 30 06:51

Turkey and Israel in Liaison with US-NATO are Supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria

The Jerusalem Post reports that an ISIS fighter says that Turkey funds the terrorist group. Turkey is a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally.

A German news program – with English subtitles captions – shows that Turkey is sending terrorists into Syria. Opposition Turkish lawmakers say that the government is protecting and cooperating with ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists, and providing free medical care to their leaders.
According to a leading Turkish newspaper (Today’s Zaman), Turkish nurses are sick of providing freemedical treatment to ISIS terrorists in Turkish hospitals.

According to Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh and leaked phone calls between top Turkish officials, Turkey also carried out the chemical weapons attack which has been blamed on Assad, and has planned other “false flag attacks” within Turkey.

Sep 30 06:48

Why Isn’t America “As Mad As Hell” And Unwilling To “Take It Anymore”?

Howard Bloom, Yale literature professor and cultural critic, recently stated

“I am 79 years old and I have never seen this country in such a bad state. It is madness. What we are seeing is the fall of the Roman Empire, only now it is the fall of America, the glory of our Empire.”

Ebola threatens to sweep across America. The United States sits on the brink of World War III. The economy is teetering on collapse.

Sep 30 06:31

Ron Paul calls for more secessionist movements in US

Former US congressman from Texas Ron Paul has called for more secessionist movements in the United States following Scotland’s unsuccessful attempt at independence from the United Kingdom.

In an article on his website, Paul argues that all supporters of freedom should cheer secessionism because it allows for smaller government.

“Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe,” he wrote.

The former presidential candidate added that support for secession was also growing in America.

He also referred to a recent poll, in which one in four Americans said they would support their state seceding from the federal government.

Sep 30 05:44

Bug in iOS 8's 'Reset All Settings' Option Also Erases iCloud Drive Documents

It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive. According to multiple posters on the MacRumors forums, using the "Reset All Settings" option under General --> Reset has caused documents to be permanently deleted from iCloud Drive.

Sep 30 05:43

Facebook Ads Will Follow You Around. Starting Now.

Good news for advertisers, but maybe not-so-great news for users concerned about their personal data: Starting Monday, Facebook will use data it gleans from users for its new ad network, Atlas, which it will serve up ads on non-Facebook sites based on what Facebook knows about you.

Sep 30 05:40

Benjamin Netanyahu trolled on Twitter by liberal group using Beyonce lyrics to promote two-state Israel-Gaza solution

The US organisation that promotes peace in the Middle East has designed a cartoon graphic of the Israeli Prime Minister performing the "Single Ladies" dance in front of two women wearing leotards in the shape of the country.

The lines on said leotards? Well, they denote the borders of a potential Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

"If you like it then you should put a border on it," reads the caption.

Sep 30 05:32

Nebraska Legislature runs its own news service

LINCOLN, Neb. — If you go to a hearing on a high-profile bill at the Nebraska Legislature, you might see a TV reporter here, a newspaper reporter there and a reporter who’s being paid by the Legislature itself.

In addition to the gaggle of TV, radio, online and newspaper reporters that regularly cover the Legislature, a handful of lesser-known reporters write about the Legislature while also working for it.

The Unicameral Information Office employs three public information officers — who earn an average of $47,442 per year — who do public relations but also act as journalists, taking photos and writing stories about legislation, just like the free press. They’re overseen by a director who earns nearly $60,000 annually. Altogether, they earn more than $200,000 in salaries, not counting benefits and office costs.

Sep 30 04:50

Spot The Total Logic Fail

It appears the leadership in Spain has reached its panic-point. Following Catalonia's President Artur Mas signing of a decree calling for an ultimately democratic referendum on independence for the region, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy uttered this mind-numbing phrase:

CATALAN VOTE PROFOUNDLY ANTI-DEMOCRATIC, RAJOY SAYS

It appears Rajoy's perspective on democracy and the will of the people is a little different as the situation has become serious enough that he has gone full-Juncker.

Sep 30 04:49

The US Is Now 50% More Unequal Than Ancient Rome (And That Includes Slaves)

It is perhaps not entirely surprising then that, the total income controlled by the Top 1% is drastically above that of the slave-included times of Ancient Rome and as high as the peak in the roaring 20s.

Sep 30 04:47

Study Finds Treated Fracking Wastewater Still Too Toxic

One of the biggest concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is that the vast amount of wastewater produced by the process of extracting oil and gas from shale rock deep underground is incredibly toxic. Most often, the wastewater is injected into disposal wells deep underground. But a process does exist to convert contaminated water into drinking water that involves running it through wastewater treatment plants and into rivers. Now a new report says that treated wastewater could be fouling drinking water supplies.

Sep 30 04:44

Europe & China Start Direct Trading In Euros & Yuan As De-Dollarization Expands

De-dollarization has been an ongoing theme hidden just below the surface of the mainstream media for more than a year as Russia and China slowly but surely attempt to "isolate" the US Dollar. Until very recently, direct trade agreements with China (in other words, bypassing the US Dollar exchange in bilateral trade) had been with smaller trade partners. On the heels of Western pressure, Russia and China were forced closer together and de-dollarization accelerated from Turkey to Argentina as an increasing number of countries around the world realize the importance of this chart. However, things are about to get even more dramatic. As Bloomberg reports, China will start direct trading between the yuan and the euro tomorrow as the world’s second-largest economy seeks to spur global use of its currency in a "fresh step forward in China’s yuan internationalization."

September 29, 2014

Sep 29 22:46

ISIS trained like ‘monster’ to be unleashed against Syria, Iraq, Lebanon – Syrian FM to UN General Assembly

The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem addressed the UN General Assembly on Monday, September 29, during a fifth day of debate as UN member states convened for the assembly’s 69th session.

Sep 29 22:43

Ukraine’s People’s Republics Rule Out Political Union With Kiev

Ukraine's southeastern regions could cooperate with Kiev in the spheres of security and economy, but a political union is out of the question, Andrei Purgin, Deputy Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said in an interview with Russian Channel One on Tuesday.

Sep 29 22:41

By mistake? US-led jets bomb grain silos in Syria, civilians killed

US-led coalition airstrikes destroyed grain silos and other targets in parts of northern and eastern Syria dominated by Islamic State, killing civilians while only wounding ISIS fighters, according to an organization monitoring war in Syria.

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