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December 9, 2014

Dec 09 19:38

Video: Man records himself being pepper sprayed by Massachusetts State Police

Kin Moy, 24, was filming protesters near an onramp to 93 when he was asked by an officer to move back while attempting to recording an arrest. Moy's video, seen above, appears to show him comply with the officer's orders but the officer pepper sprays him anyway as he is moving backward.

Moy told the Boston Herald that he was participating in the protests with friends when he saw police "dog-piling" a protester.

“I wanted to film all of it just in case, and as I was backing up and complying with his demands but still trying to film everything, he sprayed me," Moy said to the Herald.

The video, which shows Moy's face briefly after he was pepper sprayed, lasts approximately 39 seconds.

Dec 09 19:34

President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 summit in Australia

President Obama's one-night stay in Brisbane for the G20 summit cost taxpayers $1.7 million, a report has revealed.

The cost is said to have covered 4,096 rooms at three separate hotels for his entourage of security guards and assistants on November 15.

According to the Justification document published by the White House, it was 'fair and reasonable based on the pricing available across the city of Brisbane at the time of the visit'.

Dec 09 19:32

If At First You Fail Miserably & Blow Up The Financial System, Do It Again!

Here we go again! Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have now officially approved 3% down payment mortgages. Having government entities provide low down payment mortgages to people who can’t afford to buy a house is always a good move. Keynesians like Krugman approve wholeheartedly. The housing market will get a nice boost and the working taxpayers will fund the bad debt through Fannie and Freddie. You own Fannie and Freddie. Everyone wins. In case you forgot, the closing costs to sell a house are usually 8% of the home price. So these home buyers are immediately 5% underwater when they move in... "Sometimes I can’t believe I live in a world this f##ked up. And no one notices and no one cares."


Dec 09 19:30

"Isolated" Russia Begins Testing De-Dollarization-Driven Payment System

Having announced its intention to create an alternative to the SWIFT payment system (following calls from Western politicians for SWIFT to cut off Russia - which the 'independent' firm rapidly denied), Russia recently said it would be ready in May. However, it seems the rapid drop in the Ruble (and the Yuan in recent days) has escalated the need for this de-dollarized payment system and, as RT reports, Russia’s Rossiya and SMP banks, which fell under Western sanctions, are among the eight lenders that will start testing the country’s new national payment system on December 15.

Dec 09 19:21

The 9/11 Reichstag Fire

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." - President Harry S. Truman.

Dec 09 19:05

PTSD and Pot: The Fight to Get Veterans Some Weed

The push moved to Congress on November 21st, when Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) introduced the Veterans Equal Access Act, a bill that aims to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to certain patients.

Obama could facilitate this by ending the drug war TODAY with the stroke of his pen (or robo-pen), but . . . you know . . . .

Dec 09 18:48

Missouri Legislation Will Change Constitution to Allow Vote on Marijuana Legalization

Shane Trejo
Activist Post

The Missouri state legislature will consider a constitutional amendment that would allow the voters to decide on the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes during the 2015 session, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition of the same...

Dec 09 18:48

Massachusetts Man Files Lawsuit over Arrest for Recording, Deletion of Footage

George Thompson was shoved to the ground and arrested in January by a Massachusetts cop for the crime of standing on his porch and recording a police officer with his iPhone. The cops then deleted his footage. -- Now it’s payback time.


Dec 09 18:45

Not Just Oil: Guess What Happened The Last Time Commodity Prices Crashed Like This?…

It isn’t just the price of oil that is collapsing. The last time commodity prices were this low was during the immediate aftermath of the last financial crisis.

Dec 09 18:39

UN human rights expert: US legally obliged to prosecute senior Bush officials for torture crimes

A U.N. human rights expert said a report that the U.S. Senate released on Tuesday revealed a “clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration” and called for prosecution of U.S. officials who ordered crimes, including torture, against detainees.

Ben Emmerson, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, said senior Bush administration officials who planned and authorized crimes must be prosecuted, along with as CIA and other U.S. government officials who committed torture such as waterboarding.

“As a matter of international law, the U.S. is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice,” Emmerson said in a statement issued in Geneva. “The U.S. Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible.”

Dec 09 18:39

The Nazis Used the Same “Enchanced Interrogation” Techniques the U.S. Did .. and Even CALLED IT the Same Thing

Nazis Called Their Torture “Enhanced Interrogation” Too

Just ran across an older piece documenting that the CIA and crew did the exact same things the Nazis did to torture people … and even called it the exact same thing.

The Nazis’ “enhanced interrogation” – just like America’s – included:

Sleep deprivation
Cold
Blows
Hard surfaces

Sadly, American officials apparently took a page from the Nazis … and the Communists.


Dec 09 18:19

"CIA officers threatened to sexually assault the wife of one detainee, and cut the throat of another prisoner's mother." 16 Horrifying Excerpts From the Torture Report

One prisoner froze to death after being left to sleep, without pants, on a cold concrete floor. Another was forced to stand in a "stress position" on broken bones. CIA officers threatened to sexually assault the wife of one detainee, and cut the throat of another prisoner's mother.

Dec 09 18:12

Cop Finally Fired After Refusing to Turn on Body Camera When He Shot Woman

An investigation that began back in April determined that Officer Jeremy Dear’s camera was intentionally disabled right before he shot and killed Mary Hawkes, 19. Now, Albuquerque Police Chief Eden has fired Officer Dear, as part of what is being called a “zero tolerance” policy on police camera use during citizen interactions.

Dec 09 17:54

The CIA Torture Report Was Finally Released, and Boy, Is It Disturbing

The Senate Intelligence Committee has finally released a 500 page redacted version of the executive summary of its investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

The 6,300 page report took four years to produce and is based on more than six million internal agency documents. The full report was not released due to security concerns raised by the CIA. Earlier this year, a compromise between the committee and the White House was reached to release the redacted version.

The findings revealed that the CIA's "interrogation techniques" were more brutal than we previously were told and were used more extensively.


Dec 09 17:41

Luxembourg tax deals for Disney, Koch brothers empires revealed

A new leak of confidential documents expands the list of big companies seeking secret tax deals in Luxembourg, exposing tax-saving maneuvers by American entertainment icon The Walt Disney Co., politically controversial Koch Industries Inc. and 33 other companies.

Dec 09 17:02

The Wages of Global Capitalism

Wage growth in the world slowed to an average of 2 percent in 2013. That was less than in 2012 and far less than the pre-crisis rate of 3 percent. Starker still were the differences between wage growth in the “developed world” (chiefly Western Europe, North America and Japan) and wage growth in the major “emerging growth” countries, chiefly China.

Dec 09 16:47

Remember, CIA officer and whistleblower, John Kiriakou, is the only reason why we learned of waterboarding in the first place

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee connected to its interrogation program to go to prison. But he was prosecuted for providing information to reporters, not for anything connected to waterboarding or other actions that today’s Senate Intelligence Committee report calls “torture.” No other person connected to the program has been charged with a crime, after the Justice Department said their actions had been approved legally or that there was not sufficient admissible evidence in a couple cases of potential wrongdoing, even in light of the death of two detainees in the early 2000s.

Dec 09 16:36

Seattle Viaduct Soil Settlement Sinks 30 Pioneer Square Businesses

Tunnel trouble is mounting on the Viaduct replacement project now that 30 businesses appear to be sinking in Pioneer Square.


Dec 09 16:28

Horrific Torture Report Shows Why Much Of The World Considers America To Be The Nazis Of The 21st Century

Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be “American” to future generations.

Dec 09 16:28

What ceasefire? Donetsk's residents pick apart the rubble of what used to be their homes as shaky 'day of silence' holds

Today, Russia also resumed shipments of natural gas to Ukraine, despite it being shut off for six months over a dispute over price.

Dec 09 16:23

Are three MILLION abandoned wells pumping methane into the atmosphere? Leakage could be contributing to climate change, study claims

Princeton University researchers have uncovered a previously unknown, and possibly substantial, source of the greenhouse gas methane to the Earth's atmosphere.

After testing a sample of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania, the researchers found that many of the old wells leaked substantial quantities of methane.

Because there are so many abandoned wells nationwide - about three million - the researchers believe the overall contribution of leaking wells could be significant.


Dec 09 16:18

Phew! Mountain sized asteroid heading for Earth spotted by Russian scientists poses no threat, Nasa says (for 150 years, at least)

A mountain-sized asteroid which passes Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.

Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, named '2014 UR116', poses no immediate threat - although warned it could 'theoretically' hit Earth..

However, he said it highlights the damage an asteroid could cause - in this case an explosion 1,000 times greater than the surprise 2013 impact of a bus-sized meteor in Russia.

Prof Lipunov said it is difficult to calculate the orbit of big rocks like '2014 UR116' because their trajectories are constantly being changed by the gravitational pull of other planets

'We need to permanently track this asteroid, because even a small mistake in calculations could have serious consequences,' he said.

Dec 09 16:16

CIA claims that 'torture' techniques thwarted a 9/11-style attack on London are dismissed by damning US report

CIA claims they foiled a terror attack on Heathrow and Canary Wharf using controversial ‘torture’ techniques were rejected by a highly critical US report published today.

The American spy agency said it had ‘saved lives’ by thwarting the planned 9/11-style attack on Britain’s busiest airport and business district.

But a long-delayed report, published by the Senate’s powerful Intelligence Committee, today roundly rejected claims that ‘enhanced interrogation’ of terror suspects had played any part in stopping attacks.

Dec 09 16:15

CIA 'rectal fed and watered' at least five detainees

At least five terrorist detainees were subjected to rectal feeding while being tortured by the CIA, according to the highly controversial Senate report released on Tuesday.

Marwan al-Jabbur, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Abu Zubaydah, underwent 'rectal rehydration' while being detained as a method of behavioral control at CIA secret locations and Guantanamo Bay.

Detainee Majid Khan was placed in a forward-facing position, with his head lower than torso, and had a pureed lunch of hummus, pasta with sauce and raisins rectally infused.

Dec 09 16:13

US Peace Memorial Foundation

Many Americans are reluctant to speak out against a U.S. war. There are individual reasons for this: a sense of patriotism, the desire to support our troops, fear of reprisals, a lack of understanding about the political process, etc. Unfortunately, when we do not speak up, our elected officials do not receive sufficient feedback that we (their constituents) oppose a particular war. To demonstrate that advocating for peaceful solutions to international problems is an honorable and socially acceptable activity, the US Peace Memorial Foundation, Inc.:

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Dec 09 16:09

U.S. fertility rate fell to a record low last year. What that means for the American economy:

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Has the EPICYTE gene (that sterilizes humans who eat the corn that contains it) broken into the wild?

Dec 09 15:46

Netherlands rejects MH17 relatives' request for UN investigation

The Netherlands has rejected a demand to allow the UN to replace Dutch experts at the helm of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation. The proposal was made by relatives of the plane's passengers.

The law firm that represents 20 relatives from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US filed a letter request for “the UN to appoint a special envoy to take over” the inquiries on Friday, Reuters reported.

"The investigation by the Dutch Safety Board is being carried out not only by Dutch investigators," Dick Schoof, a senior justice ministry official, wrote in a reply to the law firm.

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Got something to hide?

Dec 09 15:31

CBS2 Exclusive: $20,000 In Loot Allegedly Taken From Checked Luggage By JFK Bag Handlers

Seven John F. Kennedy International Airport baggage handlers were arrested Wednesday, on allegations that they stole out of travelers’ luggage.

As Dick Brennan reported, CBS2 got an exclusive look at the loot that baggage handlers were allegedly taking for themselves. The items included cellphones, iPads, laptops, jewelry and other items worth a grand total of more than $20,000.

The items were taken from travelers’ checked luggage between March 2012 and June 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Wednesday.

“The defendants have been caught red handed and will now face the consequences of their alleged illegal acts,” said Brown.

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And TSA wants to ban carry-on luggage to force you to put all your valuables where the baggage handlers can steal it!


Dec 09 15:31

Trade Agreement Brings Frankenfoods to Europe

Under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), genetically modified foods could flood Europe where harsh opposition to America’s “dirty” food is prevalent.

Dec 09 15:30

Get 'Um While They're Young: Dictators Seek Patriotic Puppets For Posterity

All dictators and cultists alike seek to mold the minds of the youth. There are numerous examples like Hitler's German Young People, Mao's Red Guard, Lenin's Young Pioneers and Little Octobrists. American also children stand before the flag and pledge their allegiance to the Empire. Those children will become willing accomplices and further the interests of their leaders. Today is no different from then, we have pop culture vultures who cunningly push kids into emulating themselves and their behavior is changed ever so slowly. MTV and its celebs push the “Rock the Vote” campaign. What a great idea to vote on degenerate politicians selected by Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex. Worst than that is military junta that turned a country upside down and now wants school children to worship the state, wrap themselves in a bloody flag and glorify its virtues.

Dec 09 15:16

President Obama Praises "Patriotic" Torturers, Says USA "Greatest Force For Human Dignity The World Has Ever Seen"

Throughout our history, the United States of America has done more than any other nation to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the inherent dignity and human rights of people around the world. As Americans, we owe a profound debt of gratitude to our fellow citizens who serve to keep us safe, among them the dedicated men and women of our intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency. Since the horrific attacks of 9/11, these public servants have worked tirelessly to devastate core al Qaeda, deliver justice to Osama bin Laden, disrupt terrorist operations and thwart terrorist attacks. Solemn rows of stars on the Memorial Wall at the CIA honor those who have given their lives to protect ours. Our intelligence professionals are patriots, and we are safer because of their heroic service and sacrifices.

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Pass me a bucket: I think I’m gonna hurl!!

And Obama is lying when he says he stopped the torture when he took office, because the Senate report makes it clear that the torture program was stopped in 2006 in response to the public outcry from the revelations of torture in the independent media.

Dec 09 15:12

Bring those involved in CIA torture to justice: UN

The United Nations and human rights groups have called for prosecution of those involved in torture committed by the CIA as shows a Senate report about “brutal” torture techniques conducted by the spy agency.


Dec 09 15:12

MIT Prof. Gruber: Just Trying to “Look Smart” by Calling Americans Stupid

Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a MIT professor who received his Ph.D from Harvard, claimed he was just trying to “look smart” when he called American voters “stupid.” -- In a congressional hearing today, the Obamacare architect was asked by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) what he meant when he said Obamacare passed due to the “stupidity of the American voter.”

Dec 09 15:03

The train with tanks of army of the USA passed across Latvia

Dec 09 14:51

Stop Believing the Lies: America Tortured More Than 'Some Folks' – and Covered It Up

It wasn’t that bad, we’ve been told, over and over again, for more than a decade. “We only waterboarded three people” goes the line American officials have been force-feeding the world for years. “We tortured some folks,” Barack Obama admitted recently, still downplaying war crimes committed in America’s name. But we now know those statements do not even begin to do justice to the horrific activities carried out by the CIA for years – atrocities that now have been exposed by the US Senate’s historic report on the CIA’s torture program, finally released on Tuesday after years of delay.

Dec 09 14:45

GRUBER: I Wasn't Lying I Was CONJECTURING

Dec 09 14:40

Thousands of Cellphone Users Receive Government “Emergency Alert”

Thousands of cellphone users in Kentucky were surprised to receive an “emergency alert” from the federal government warning them to “prepare for action,” a message local authorities later blamed on “human error” during testing.

Dec 09 14:29

Obama’s immigration taunt: Next president won’t dare reverse my executive action

President Obama insisted Tuesday that his successor won’t take the political risk that would come with reversing his recent executive action on immigration reform.

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Whom the gods would destroy they first make proud! (apologies to Longfellow)

Dec 09 14:23

Massive Federal Land Grab Hidden In This Year's NDAA

Eric Blair
Activist Post

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) seems to be the catalyst each year for passing tyrannical laws that couldn't stand on their own without its cover of "defense."

Previous NDAAs gave us an open declaration of war on US citizens, indefinite detention without due process, and funding for the domestic spy grid and police militarization.

Buried deep in this year's 1600-page NDAA (likely that not one lawmaker even read) is a massive federal land grab for special interests...

Dec 09 14:14

Israel's Draconian Anti-Infiltration Law

December 10 is Human Rights Day. Commemorating "the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values."

Not in America. Or Israel. Fascist police states. Racist ones. Mocking fundamental civil and human rights.

Dec 09 14:03

Court and U.S. Chapter 7 Trustee Gary F. Seitz Caught Trying to Steal Property Instead of Allowing Chapter 13.


Wait for the taped phone call in a moment, but note first that former Eckert, Seamans Attorney Margaret England (more info) now works for the same law firm as Gary F. Seitz. England is a racist who called La Mar Gunn a nigger, as noted in a recent Federal Trial that Mr. Gunn won, pro se. So now we have discrimination against a Philipino family, nice.

In this case, the pro se Blanco family tried to file a Chapter 13 but checked the wrong box. Should be a simple matter to convert, right? I mean you know, seeing as they are trying to pay, rather than to extinguish a debt, right?

Dec 09 13:38

Germany Does Something the U.S. Hasn’t for Peace

On December 5, the renowned weekly newspaper Die Zeit published the letter “Another War in Europe? Not in our name!” The more than 60 personalities from politics, business, culture and media certainly do not sound like the typical voices for peace, and indeed they are not. Nevertheless they came together to demand de-escalatory politics between the United States and the European Union, on one side, and Russia. They appeal to the German federal government, its representatives and the media to assume their responsibility for peace in Europe. The desire for a world without war is one shared far beyond the peace movement choir.

Dec 09 13:29

OOPS: THE CIA MISTAKENLY TORTURED ITS OWN INFORMANTS

Among the many abuses the Senate Intelligence Committee found in its report on the CIA's torture program, perhaps one of the more embarrassing for the CIA is that the agency actually tortured its own informants at one point. In short, the CIA shackled two detainees for approximately 24 hours in a standing position to deprive them of sleep — only to find out that the detainees were former CIA contacts who tried to let the agency know of their activities so they could provide intelligence. So the CIA tortured two people who not only were not terrorists, but had been trying to help the CIA fight actual terrorists.

Dec 09 13:15

Stephen Harper’s “Northern Foundation”

Stephen Harper was a member of the ultra-right-wing Northern Foundation in 1989, Mr. Harrison documents that this was a group that had numerous Neo-Nazi skinheads as organizers, as well as a leadership that included a well-known white supremacist and anti-feminist crusader as a prominent leader that sought to take over the mass-media to enable the fulfillment of a right wing agenda. The Northern Foundation, with the support of corporate allies was able to get Mr. Harper elected in the first place by indeed, taking over the mass-media in Canada. This was done to shelter Mr. Harper from the kinds of critical journalism which had kept him out of power, in the first place. Corporate mass-media owners would seek to remake Mr. Harper and the Conservative Party from being ultra right, into a fabricated image of a non-threatening “moderately conservative” party.

Dec 09 13:06

Strikes on Gaza high-rises were ‘war crimes’

Israeli airstrikes on four multi-storey buildings towards the end of its 50-day military assault on Gaza this summer amounted to war crimes, rights group Amnesty International has said.

A new report released by the London-based rights organisation on Tuesday claimed that the attacks on the civilian buildings on the last four days of the war were deliberate.

Dec 09 12:58

CIA torture: US risked losing 'moral authority', says PM

Latest

19.32 Not only were the interrogation tactics used by the CIA more brutal and less effective than previously admitted, but they had been proven to be counterproductive in the 1980s - by the CIA itself.

Peter Foster reports

The brutal techniques deployed by the CIA’s interrogation teams including waterboarding, sleep and food deprivation and mock executions were derived from Cold War manuals that had long been discredited, the report says.

In 1989 the CIA’s own reviews of the “inhumane” techniques concluded that those kinds of interrogations were “counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.”

However despite this finding the report says the CIA deployed the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” in a “near non-stop fashion for days or weeks at a time”.

19.17 America risked losing its “moral authority” by using torture techniques, David Cameron has suggested.

Dec 09 12:58

Hawaii Lava Flow Update: Eruption Could Reach Major Intersection By Year’s End

A lava flow on Hawaii’s Big Island that had stalled in November has picked up again and is moving toward a major traffic intersection of a small village. Although the main flow from Kilauea volcano slowed weeks ago several yards from the main road and just feet from a recycling transfer plant, lava continues to spew from a vent near the volcano’s summit and is moving downslope toward the former plantation town of Pahoa Village, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dec 09 12:57

War Criminal Tony Blair Refuses To Retire

Tony Blair has called for MPs to be paid more. He says he has amassed a £10 million fortune since leaving Number 10. Others have estimated he is worth £100 million.

In an interview with Vanity Fair the former prime minister launched a robust defence of his leadership, saying the public should still listen to him.

Dec 09 12:55

Victim of paedophile neighbour forced to move home because HE would suffer if made to move

THE 14-year-old victim of a paedophile has been forced to leave her home - because a court ruled it would cause HIM hardship to move.

The sex attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons in case it reveals his victim's identity, was convicted last year and handed an eight-month jail term suspended for two years.

Dec 09 12:49

Murder conviction overturned thanks to Cardiff law students

Dwaine George spent 12 years in jail but his conviction was quashed after work by the university’s Innocence Project

Dwaine George, now aged 30, was jailed for life in 2002 for the shooting of 18-year-old Daniel Dale in Manchester, and served 12 years behind bars on a life sentence before being freed last year. But on Tuesday top judges overturned his conviction, and praised the “diligent” work of law students who helped provide the evidence which they deemed made the conviction “no longer safe”.

George, who has always maintained his innocence, was helped by law students at Cardiff University working under the university’s Innocence Project, which investigates potential miscarriages of justice.

Dec 09 12:48

There Is No Such Thing As a Gun-Free Zone

To appreciate the similarity between believing in unicorns and working towards a “gun-free” world, let’s travel to the country where gunpowder began: the People’s Republic of China. Anti-gunners often hold up this civil rights black hole as the paragon of gun-free zone virtue. T’ain’t necessarily so. Check this dispatch from gulftoday.ae . . .

Dec 09 12:48

War by media and the end of truth By John Pilger

snip: In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist.

Dec 09 12:45

CIA relied on Israeli Supreme Court rulings to justify torture, Senate report says

Israel, always connected to Israel

Dec 09 12:41

U.S. Tortured and Killed Innocent People for the Specific Purpose of Producing False Propaganda

According to NBC News:

Much of the 9/11 Commission Report was based upon the testimony of people who were tortured

At least four of the people whose interrogation figured in the 9/11 Commission Report have claimed that they told interrogators information as a way to stop being “tortured.”

The 9/11 Commission itself doubted the accuracy of the torture confessions, and yet kept their doubts to themselves

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Dec 09 12:33

150 Million PayPal Accounts In Danger of Hijacking

A vulnerability that would have enabled a hacker to completely bypass the authentication system in PayPal has been patched, resulting in a $10,000 bounty for the white-hat that found it.

Dec 09 12:32

Air Force repaints its trucks because of F-35s

Plagued with chronic cost overruns and delayed deliveries, the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has yet another issue threatening the plane’s safety record: the dark-green, heat-absorbing trucks used to refuel the jet need a new paint job.

Luke Air Force Base in Arizona recently announced that, based on the fifth-generation fighter’s requirement that fuel be under a certain temperature for safe takeoff and vertical landing, the dark-colored trucks that carry the jet’s fuel must be painted with a reflective coat as to avoid absorbing heat from the sun, thus keeping fuel temperature at an acceptable level.

Dec 09 12:30

BREAKING: Sheriff Joe Just Made His Move Against Obama

Just days before Thanksgiving, following months of threats and promises, President Barack Obama acted in a purely dictatorial manner to change immigration law and defer deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, effectively granting them amnesty.

OR DID HE?

IT'S RECENTLY COME TO LIGHT NO EXECUTIVE ORDER HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN!

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been one of the many voices warning about Obama’s actions.

Now he has now taken the huge step of filing a lawsuit against Obama to stop the government from implementing his unconstitutional plan to bestow amnesty on certain illegals.

Now that the lawsuit has been filed, WND is reporting on a motion filed seeking a preliminary hearing to request an injunction against Obama’s executive branch, and the agencies that make it up, to prevent them from further engaging in implementation of Obama’s unilateral changes to immigration law.

Dec 09 12:28

No agreement with US until settlement of Syria no-fly zone issue: President Erdo?an

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said Ankara and Washington are “on the same page” about equipping and training moderate Syrian rebels, but differences remain over the no-fly zone and safe zone issues, thwarting the striking of a deal.

Dec 09 12:28

Britain and the US have always used torture

The problem wasn’t carrying out torture. It was that releasing a report into torture might increase the chance of terrorism.

That was the deliberately obtuse response from the media to a report examining the CIA’s use of torture.

After a six-year study of CIA documents, the US Senate intelligence committee was set to release a 480-page summary of its 6,200-page report as Socialist Worker went to press.

Dec 09 12:25

States Move Forward With Plan To Alter Constitution

A very important meeting is being held in Washington this week, but career politicians, lobbyists and most in the media don't want you to know about it.

More than 100 state legislators from around the country are meeting at the Naval Heritage Center. The Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) will discuss the rules for the first-ever Article V Constitutional amendment convention. This is their third meeting. They're preparing to take on Washington, and Congress doesn't like it.

The Framers of the Constitution had the foresight to anticipate what Congress has become: a dysfunctional mess. In Article V they wisely provided a means for the states to step in and amend the Constitution largely without congressional approval.

The state legislators in ASL are determined to convene an amendment convention. Our situation is that dire.

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I don't trust these guys to do a better job.

Dec 09 12:24

More D.C. Lies on Debts and Spending

Interest payments and entitlement payments will soon skyrocket. The next recession will bring about more stimulus packages. Politicians will buy votes by adding new spending programs to the budget and will be reluctant to pay for their spending with additional tax revenues. We will again see record budget deficits.

Dec 09 12:13

This Time Is The Same: Like The Housing Bubble, The Fed Is Ignoring The Shale Bubble In Plain Sight

We are now far advanced into the third central bank generated bubble of the last two decades, but our monetary politburo has taken no notice whatsoever of its self-evident leading wave. Namely, the massive malinvestments and debt mania in the shale patch.

Dec 09 12:04

See no evil, hear no evil? UK building firm linked to Qatari human rights violations

One of Britain’s largest construction firms has been linked to severely sub-standard working conditions for migrants in Qatar. Over 1,000 foreign workers perished in the Gulf state between 2012 and 2013, a government report shows.

The petro-rich Gulf state is investing over £200 billion in a construction frenzy in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup. Following a recent investigation into the matter, BBC Newsnight concluded that the building binge is benefitting many in the state – but not migrant workers.

Dec 09 12:03

What a Reserve Currency Should Look Like

If the Fed wants the dollar to remain the world’s reserve currency of choice, it must raise interest rates rather than create more money and the government must slash its spending to avoid imposing higher taxes. If it chooses neither of these, or in such small increments as to make little difference, then I fear the dollar is doomed as the world’s primary reserve currency.

Dec 09 11:27

$80M for teaching torture

Apparently Evil pays very well

Dec 09 11:26

Israel Partners with Obama's War on Syria

Both countries partner in each other's wars. Israel bombs Syria at its discretion. Naked aggression by any standard. Longstanding Israeli practice.

The latest incident striking a Damascus' international airport warehouse. Believed to contain Iranian and Russian-supplied weapons.

Separate attacks targeted a Dimas area military site near Lebanon's border. Syrian and Lebanese sources reported at least 10 strikes.

Israel's last air attack was in March. Against alleged Syrian Quneitra region military positions. On Syria's side of the Golan.

Dec 09 11:26

CrossTalk: Arab Spring Mirage

With the judicial exoneration of Egypt’s former President Mubarak, we are forced to consider the condition of the so-called Arab Spring. Or even ponder if there was even such a thing. And whether Washington actually prefers dictators and monarchs in the region, notes Peter Lavelle.

CrossTalking with David Ottaway, Wael Eskandar and Hafsa Kara-Mustapha.

Interesting that they are only just beginning to wake up to the farce. Its like calling the Kiev coup a revolution. This is what analyst Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich told RT almost four years ago about the uprisings “wrong to call it Arab Spring, that was a term used by Western journalists to justify the Iraq invasion and imply ‘democracy’ would spread!”

Dec 09 11:20

Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from controlling the full cycle of extraction, transportation and sale of energy resources.

Dec 09 11:19

Racism Laid Bare in Israel

snip: In 1940, a director of the JNF, Joseph Weitz, stated: “It must be clear that there is no room for both peoples in this country… there is no way besides transferring the Arabs from here to the neighbouring countries, to transfer them all; except maybe for Bethlehem, Nazareth and Old Jerusalem, we must not leave a single village, not a single tribe.”

If proof were needed that Zionism is racism, then the evidence has been amassed over the past century and is now there for all to see. That it has taken the likes of alleged war criminal Tzipi Livni to remove the rose-tinted spectacles from the eyes of some in the Knesset is a bitter-sweet irony.

Dec 09 11:17

Ebola diary: 'There are reports of people disappearing into the forest to die'

“Ebola is a hidden killer. You can’t count it until people are infected with symptoms, by which time they have infected other people. So cases will be under-reported.

“There is a second fact compounding this. People are afraid to report their numbers to the government. They are afraid to call the helpline. They are afraid they will be taken away to treatment centres and never see their families again. There are reports of people disappearing into the forest because they’d rather die with their family than be taken into a treatment site.”

Dec 09 11:15

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone doctors go on strike over inadequate equipment

Junior doctors at the hospital in Sierra Leone where British Ebola survivor Will Pooley is working have gone on strike in protest over inadequate equipment to fight the epidemic ravaging the impoverished country.

Dec 09 11:15

Northeast Dealing With Heavy Rains, Snow, Wind

New Hampshire awoke Tuesday morning to light snow, freezing rain and sleet. To the south, New Jersey dealt with a soaking rain and the threat of coastal flooding from morning and midday high tides. Worsening conditions were expected as the storm winds up later Tuesday, and into Wednesday in northern areas.

Dec 09 11:14

Ithaca warned of heavy snowfall

Ithaca may see 10 inches of snow this week and is under a winter storm warning until Thursday morning.

Dec 09 11:13

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.It is not wise to provoke a powerful enemy unless a vital national interest is at stake, which is not the case with Ukraine and Crimea.

Today, more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are many indications that Washington is slipping into a new and completely unnecessary confrontation with Moscow, only this time it is not being run largely out of sight by the CIA. Much of the new conflict is being conducted openly, with sanctions and resolutions by Congress, regular appearances in unstable regions overseas by senior state department officials and politicians, and trainings in new media political organizing funded by quasi non-governmental organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Dec 09 11:11

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR A TRUE PRISONER OF ZION

The term ‘Prisoner of zion‘ usually refers to the ‘plight’ of those Jews in the Former Soviet Union that were refused permission to leave.

In reality, there are truly Prisoners of zion in today’s world …. the following is a report about one of them, Rasmea Odeh. HERE you can read about the Mossad-zio connection. After the video, there is an update on her case.

Dec 09 11:11

PEACE IS NOT A GAME OF ‘TRUTH OR DARE’

False or not, the photo was meant to be an inspiration to those fighting for Peace.

The following photo is actually a true one …. but keep in mind that the struggle for Peace is not a game of Truth or Dare! Any tool that can be used can be considered Truth …. I dare you to disagree!

Dec 09 11:10

BDS MOVEMENT ‘BACKHANDEDLY’ ENDORSES NETANYAHU

Barghouti, speaking recently at an event held at Columbia University Law School in Manhattan, credited broadly negative world response to Netanyahu and his government’s hardline policies, for much of the movement’s success in recent years.

“We’ve got to give credit to Netanyahu,” Barghouti said in remarks quoted on the pro-BDS Mondoweiss website. “Without him we could not have reached this far, at this time”.

Dec 09 10:58

The Most Essential Lesson of History That No One Wants To Admit

snip: Now I understand many at this point are thinking “yep another conspiracy theory, why can’t it ever just be the US government thinks what they are doing is best for Americans”? And it can, it just never is anymore and perhaps ever was. Lies are told and public opinion is manipulated. For war must be every bit good theatre in the press, as good strategy on the ground. It is the theatre that makes war so ugly. Fighting a war for what one believes in is unfortunate and brutal but fighting for lies and deceit to an end that benefits only those telling the lies is a type of ugliness most of us cannot comprehend. It is only in the world ruled by sociopaths where such things can happen. Allow me to offer some facts many don’t know about how it came to be that we invaded Iraq and Syria as the truth is still very much hidden from common knowledge.

Dec 09 10:42

Cash Register Politics Destroys Democracy

“The mid-term elections are over. After spending hundreds of millions of business dollars, the Republicans now control the Senate and hold on to the House of Representatives. It is amazing that the Democrats did not do worse.” If those sentences ring familiar, it’s because I wrote them in 2002 in response to that year’s midterm elections, although they could easily apply today.

Dec 09 10:40

Venezuelan Bonds Crash To Lowest Price Since 1998

Bond prices in Venezuela have totally collapsed this morning - at 45c on the dollar, they are the lowest since 1998 - as the realization of the "abyss" they are staring into sparks an exodus from all credit positions in the country. VENZ 5Y CDS rallied 130bps which signals hedgers unwinding and the simultaneous sale of the underlying bonds implies broad-based capital flight (and profit taking) as 1Y CDS surges to record highs at 4830bps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Coming hard on the heels of the Greek problems and the US market being down, could this trigger a global sell-off?

Dec 09 10:24

The FDA Gets in Women's Panties: Reusuable Menstrual Pads to be Subject to $4000 a Year in Extortion Fees

Well, our good friends at the FDA are looking out for us again. Thank goodness we have them to fine us, charges us fees, regulate perfectly natural things, and keep us safe. Heck, who knew women couldn't even safely menstruate without them?

The FDA has decided that reusable menstrual pads are Class I Medical Devices. That means those who manufacture these products must pay an annual fee of THREE TO FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS to continue doing so. Not only must these ladies armed with sewing machines pay taxes on their income, they must pay a fealty charge to the FDA to continue making a living this way. FDA Regulation #884.5435 states that a reusable menstrual pad maker must be FDA compliant - which means they must pay a yearly registration fee of $3,646 to remain in business for 2015 and a fee of $3,872 for 2016.

This is part of the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act...also known as "The government gets a piece or they put you out of business."

Dec 09 10:24

The Majdanek Gas Chamber Myth

Dec 09 10:12

Growing gap between rich and poor in Britain over two decades means the economy is 9% smaller that it could be

In the last two decades rising inequality knocked almost 9 percentage points off growth in the UK, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said.

The global think tank said taxes on the rich did not damage the economy, and could be used to help families with children to improve their lives.

Countries where income inequality is falling grow faster than those with rising inequality, the body's latest report states.

Dec 09 10:08

Banker dies after becoming impaled on railings in 60ft fall from central London home next door to John Lennon's former house

Police were called to the exclusive block of flats in Montagu Square in Marylebone, central London, at about 5.20pm yesterday, but were unable to save the man who was in his early fifties. Metropolitan Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious but confirmed enquiries were being carried out into the circumstances surrounding the death. Neighbours said they believed the man was living with his American girlfriend at the time, and said they thought he worked as a banker or in the financial industry. The man fell from the fourth floor window of a £3million split-level flat, which is next door to a property that used to be owned by John Lennon.

Dec 09 10:04

The Senate Committee’s Report on the C.I.A.’s Use of Torture

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the actual 500 page summary, just released.

Two observations:

1. This report is clearly written to dump the blame for the excessive tortures on the CIA, and to portray the torture as only occurring under the Bush/GOP years.

2. Obama claims he stopped the torture upon taking office, yet this report makes it clear that the torture actually stopped in 2006 due to backlash arising from revelations in the independent media.



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Dec 09 10:03

Prepare for ‘dirty bomb’ attack, ISIS now capable

DIRTY BOMB MATERIAL OBTAINED — DEVICE “HAS ENTERED EUROPE”, U.S. TARGETS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Attempting a new false-flag against the US to revive support for war right now will likely fail, as the release of the report on torture will likely generate an attitude of "Oh well, they deserved it" among the world's people.

Dec 09 10:02

Dick Cheney Was Lying About Torture: Senate Report Confirms It Didn't Work

t’s official: torture doesn’t work. Waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, did not in fact “produce the intelligence that allowed us to get Osama bin Laden," as former Vice President Dick Cheney asserted in 2011. Those are among the central findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation and detention after 9/11.

The report’s executive summary is expected to be released Tuesday. After reviewing thousands of the CIA’s own documents, the committee has concluded that torture was ineffective as an intelligence-gathering technique. Torture produced little information of value, and what little it did produce could’ve been gained through humane, legal methods that uphold American ideals.

Dec 09 10:01

Greece’s stock market just suffered its worst collapse ever

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the US markets are not doing so well either!

Dec 09 09:53

Obama's anti-ISIS plans backfire on boosting Baghdad

The US-led coalition has pledged to boost the number of forces fighting against Islamic State in Iraq. An extra 15 hundred troops will now be added to the over 3 thousand already there, to help train and advise local soldiers. Although the White House still insists they are not edging towards another ground war.

Dec 09 09:49

CIA torture report reveals tactics WORSE than agency let on: Al Qaeda suspects were kept awake in 'stress positions' for 180 hours, waterboarded until vomiting and unconscious and one died of hypothermia chained naked to a floor

CIA torture techniques used on al-Qaeda suspects included sleep deprivation for 180 hours in shackled, stress positions and waterboarding to the point of unconsciousness, according to a long-delayed and highly controversial report published on Tuesday.

At least five CIA detainees were subjected to 'rectal feeding' or 'rectal hydration' without medical need, the report states. Rectal feeding is an enema administered with the intent of providing nutrition when normal feeding is not possible - common in 19th-century medicine.

The al-Qaeda suspects were subjected to stress positions for days and weeks on end with hands shackled above their heads at CIA-run 'black sites' or the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba.

One suspect died of hypothermia while naked chained to a floor, in brutal methods worse than the agency previously reported.

Dec 09 09:45

It's official: Lawmakers vote to dissolve Knesset

Latest updates:

9:59 P.M. Members of Knesset vote 93-0 in favor of dissolving parliament, in third and final reading of proposal. Elections will now be held in 99 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu now has 99 days to do whatever he wants to do without restraint.

Dec 09 09:43

Videos show casual brutality of Israeli army in Hebron

Two videos published by Christian Peacemaker Teams show the casual brutality faced by the people of the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

The first video, above, shows what happened when a group of Palestinians waving flags attempted to stage a peaceful protest against the closure of “Checkpoint 56” on 29 November.

As Christian Peacemaker Teams explains in a 4 December release, the protestors were immediately met by “a torrent of tear gas and sound grenades rained down from Israeli forces, who were occupying rooftops” above the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood.

Checkpoint 56 stands between the Bab al-Zawiya and Tel Rumeida districts and leads on to a small section of Shuhada Street. Palestinians are banned from most of the street, once a bustling center of city life, for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

Dec 09 09:41

CIA torture report released; Obama says tactics harmed America

President Obama said Tuesday that a long-awaited Senate report on CIA torture of terrorism suspects details “a troubling program” that harmed America’s reputation, reasons that he ended the practices soon after taking office.

In a statement before Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California released the report, Mr. Obama said the probe “reinforces my long-held view that these harsh methods were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is going to dump this scandal on the Bush Presidency and make it an issue for Democrats to run on in 2016.

The United States War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.

The statute applies not only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.

18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations, which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.

The penalty may be life imprisonment or — if a single prisoner dies due to torture — death. Given that there are numerous, documented cases of prisoners being tortured to death by U.S. soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that means that the death penalty would be appropriate for anyone found guilty of carrying out, ordering, or sanctioning such conduct.

Obama's claim that he stopped the torture soon after taking office is unproven, but at the very least his failure to arrest and prosecute the torturers of the previous administration makes him an accessory after-the-fact.

Dec 09 09:38

Top NSA Whistleblower: Federal Government Has Gone Rogue

Binney, a 36-year veteran of the NSA, detailed multiple aspects of the agency’s current agenda, including its “treasonous” role in lying to judges in order to get unconstitutional domestic spying programs legitimized.

“When the government gets boxed into a corner, where they’re threatened by the test of a constitutionality of any of the programs they’re running, they lie to the courts,” Binney said. “And the courts are letting them get away with it.”

Dec 09 09:38

Chris Hedges: The legal system no longer functions to protect ordinary Americans. It serves our oligarchic, corporate elites.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to launch a pilot program in New York City to place body cameras on police officers and conduct training seminars to help them reduce their adrenaline rushes and abusive language, along with the establishment of a less stringent marijuana policy, are merely cosmetic reforms. The killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island was, after all, captured on video. These proposed reforms, like those out of Washington, D.C., fail to address the underlying cause of poverty, state-sponsored murder and the obscene explosion of mass incarceration—the rise of the corporate state and the death of our democracy. Mass acts of civil disobedience, now being carried out across the country, are the only mechanism left that offers hope for systematic legal and judicial reform. We must defy the corporate state, not work with it.

Dec 09 09:37

Houston Cops Try, Fail To Erase Video Of Themselves Handcuffing Gun Advocate

A pro-gun advocate recently filmed Houston police officers detaining him and admitting to wanting to delete cellphone video of the incident.

The man was openly carrying an AR-15 assault weapon, books on the U.S. Constitution, a sign and a cellphone that was filming (video below) when he was confronted by police officers on Dec. 6, notes PhotographyisNotaCrime.com.

Dec 09 09:31

Old Tricks, Old Dogs: Israeli Attacks on Syria

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Israel has once again conducted air strikes against the Syrian government and its people, in yet another act of unprovoked aggression and international criminality.

Strikes hit government facilities in the capital as well as Damascus International Airport. One must wonder why Israel attacks what it has called “regional threats” in Damascus when it allows terrorist groups including Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front to park tanks along its borders...

Dec 09 09:31

Greece Post Mortem: Worst Day Since 1987 Crash, Banks Destroyed, Bond Yields At Post-Bailout Highs

As the sun sets in Athens, we thought a moment of reflection was worthwhile. Greek stocks are now down 13% - the biggest single-day drop since (drum roll please) the crash of 1987... led by total carnage in Greek banks (down 15-25% on the day). Greek bond yields exploded, 3YR +183bps to a new post-bailout high at 8.32% (and inverted to 10Y).

Dec 09 09:30

Government In Action: Guns Being Seized By Police From People On Secret List

Legal gun owners in New York State deemed mentally unfit by health professionals are unknowingly being added to a state database for probable future gun confiscation.

As part of provisions listed in the state’s draconian SAFE Act, New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services has found 278 gun owners whom physicians and other “mental health professionals” have identified as mentally unstable, according to a FOIA request submitted by the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Gun owners can be identified by physicians, psychologists, registered nurses or licensed clinical social workers as unfit without their knowledge, as the law does not require health professionals to inform a patient or ask their permission before reporting them to the state.

Dec 09 09:29

Government In Action: Obama’s Administration Is Back On The Hunt For Internet Censorship In The US

A State Department official met with the czar of China’s infamous Internet censorship program in Washington DC yesterday, where she urged “co-operation” with the figure who helped implement prison sentences for online critics of the ruling Communist Party.

Dec 09 09:29

Could cheap U.S. gas lead to higher taxes?

For two decades, politicians have generally stayed far away from the gas tax. Americans are so sensitive to what they pay at the pump that the idea of raising gas taxes was considered politically untouchable.

But that may be changing now that gas prices have plunged to their lowest levels in four years. If there ever was a perfect time to raise gas taxes, now would be it. Which is why it's no surprise that federal and state lawmakers are showing new interest.

Dec 09 09:19

Greek stocks crash, yields spike on political strife

Greece's stock market plunged 13 percent on Tuesday and bond yields spiked after the country's government surprised investors by announcing a snap presidential vote.

The election was originally scheduled for the new year, but will now take place next week. The news, announced late Monday, caused the Athens Stock Exchange to fall 13 percent by Tuesday afternoon, and the yield on Greek 10-year government debt to rise to 8.08 percent.

Greece's banks were among the worst hit, with the National Bank of Greece trading down around 20 percent and Attica bank down 26 percent.

Dec 09 09:16

Disturbing video shows anti-police brutality protester bashing Berkeley man in the head with a hammer

A man at a protest against police brutality in Berkeley, California, was knocked out with a hammer on Sunday night after he tried to stop looters.

Disturbing footage of the incident was captured on camera by Berkeleyside reporter Emilie Raguso.

The brief video shows a man in a bicycle helmet pushing protesters wearing black hoodies outside a Radio Shack on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. One of the protesters then smashes a hammer into the man’s head, and he drops to the ground.

Dec 09 09:15

TGI Friday’s ‘Mobile Mistletoe’ drone crashes into journalist, severs part of her nose

A photographer was struck in the face by a mistletoe-carrying drone at a TGI Friday’s last Thursday, severing the tip of her nose.

According to the Brooklyn Daily, the accident took place at the Sheepshead Bay location of the popular chain restaurant, which has been promoting the “Mobile Mistletoe” drones as a holiday attraction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think I will stay with my mistletoe belt-buckle. It's a lot safer! :)

Dec 09 09:14

Chicago protesters say cop car playing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ proves ‘genocidal logic’ of police

Chicago police said on Monday they are investigating an incident caught on video during a weekend protest that appears to show a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The 1974 song, by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood.

Dec 09 09:13

Maryland woman and her 2 children among 6 dead after jet crashes into home

An executive jet crashed into a Maryland house on Monday, killing all three people aboard the plane and a mother and two children inside the house, a fire official said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was registered to Michael Rosenberg, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and CEO of clinical research company Health Decisions, Inc.

Dec 09 09:13

Jonathan Gruber apologizes to Congress for ‘inexcusable’ political comments about Obamacare

Jonathan Gruber, the man at the center of Obamacare’s troubled public image, apologized to Congress for “glib” and “thoughtless” comments about the stupidity of the American voters and how the health overhaul passed, arguing he is no political expert and shouldn’t have posed as one in speeches around the country.

Dec 09 09:07

Glenn Greenwald Previews The Senate Torture Report

One of the worst myths official Washington and its establishment media have told itself about the torture debate is that the controversy is limited to three cases of waterboarding at Guantánamo and a handful of bad Republican actors. In fact, a wide array of torture techniques were approved at the highest levels of the U.S. Government and then systematically employed in lawless US prisons around the world - at Bagram (including during the Obama presidency), CIA black sites, even to US citizens on US soil. So systematic was the torture regime that a 2008 Senate report concluded that the criminal abuses at Abu Ghraib were the direct result of the torture mentality imposed by official Washington.

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Dec 09 09:05

New Yorker gets 33 months for threatening Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Sherbow had been harassing Gabbard, a Democrat, since about February 2011, including making threats via email and telephone, prosecutors said. He was charged with two threats made in August 2013, one of them a voicemail message in which he threatened to kill her.

Mexican police arrested Sherbow in August 2013 on a U.S. warrant and transferred him to U.S. custody.

As part of the sentence, Sherbow will have three years of supervised release after his prison term. During that period he is barred from contact with Gabbard.

He also must reimburse the U.S. government $538,282 for security expenses and undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment, if necessary, the prosecutors’ statement said.

Dec 09 09:04

US prepares for security risks from torture report

American embassies, military units and other U.S. interests are preparing for possible security threats related to the release of a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the people who ordered the use of torture will sadly never see the necktie party they all deserve, there is one good thing about the release of the torture report, even heavily redacted as it is.

This report will make it very difficult indeed for the US Government to engage in a false-flag attack to restart the war agenda as the overwhelming opinion of Americans and people around the world is that the US deserves what it gets. The expected rush of sympathy and blind support that is the objective of any false-flag attack will be elusive in the extreme.

Dec 09 09:01

UK complicit? US Senate report into CIA torture and rendition due

As the US administration prepares for the release of a long-awaited report examining the CIA’s use of torture post 9/11, Britain’s previously undisclosed role in the controversial rendition program is set to become clearer.

Following a six-year examination of CIA documents, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will publish a 480-page summary on Tuesday of its investigation into CIA mistreatment and abuse of terror suspects.

Dec 09 08:57

Child Poverty In The U.S. Where Do We Rank?

Dec 09 08:55

Winter is coming: Gaza still in ruins, hard to rebuild after after 50-day war

Dec 09 08:54

WAIT FOR IT: The Mother of all Bank Runs!

There comes a time when the following occurs: a large number of banks’ customers lose confidence in either the banks, the government or the larger financial system, and all want to withdraw their deposits – at the same time simultaneously.

The result is panic, followed by chaos.

It’s happened before, and will happen again…

Dec 09 08:53

Iraqi Army Discovers Huge Depots of Israel-Made Weapons, Ammunition

"An Iraqi army unit has found around 10 weapons and munition depots where Israel-made weapons and explosives were kept in Hamrin mountains," the Iraqi Al-Ansar news website quoted Sadeq Al-Moussavi, a member of Diyala provincial council, as saying.

Moussavi said that the depot contained a lot of explosives, weapons and bombs all made by Israel.

Dec 09 08:52

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group's founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh.

Kavanagh told a news conference the group would focus on state-level gun control reforms, including the prevention of interstate gun trafficking and tightening background checks on buyers.

Dec 09 08:52

Banks Urge Big U.S. Clients to Move Deposits, WSJ Reports

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Citigroup Inc. are among at least five banks urging big clients in the U.S. to park cash elsewhere as new rules make it onerous to hold certain deposits, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You little-depositors don;t get a warning from the banks, of course. The only warning you will get is the one you are looking at right now! Get your money out of the banks and under your own control.

Dec 09 08:47

Michael Rivero - December 8, 2014 - Radioactive Fish Off West Coast

Dec 09 08:46

Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in new U.S. report

The CIA used sexual threats, waterboarding and other harsh methods to interrogate terrorism suspects and all were ineffective at eliciting critical information, according to a U.S. Senate report due to be released on Tuesday.

The report on government-sanctioned interrogation at sites around the world for questioning captured al Qaeda and other militants prompted the United States to warn its facilities abroad to shore up security in case of violent reactions.

Sources familiar with the document said it includes graphic details about techniques the Central Intelligence Agency used in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The sources said tactics meant to force detainees to divulge information on terrorist plots and cells went beyond the techniques authorized by White House, CIA and lawyers working for President George W. Bush's Justice Department.

Dec 09 08:45

De-Manufacturing Consent- “State Kills with Impunity in the Land of the Free”

Did the Rodney King verdict in 1992 set the precedent for police today to get away with murder, even when caught on camera? Has recording technology and surveillance made things better or worse? Are there comparisons to be made between the state violence experienced in the United States and that in Mexico and other parts of the world, and what is to be gained from mass protest?

Dec 09 08:44

‘German govt acts like masters of the universe within the EU’

Despite the German economy facing a crisis it is still the strongest in Europe. That is why Germany keeps dictating the EU path and asserts itself as the dominant power within the Union, Ernst Wolff, journalist and author, told RT.

A French member of the European Parliament, Jean-Luc Melenchon, has advised German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “shut up.” This Sunday using his twitter feed the founder of a French left party and former education minister responded angrily to Merkel’s call for France to introduce more economic reform. He said she should concentrate on Germany’s own problems.

Dec 09 08:43

Obamacare Creates Boom for Federal Contractors

The new money is buying medical-record software, insurance websites, claims processing, data analysis, computer system overhauls, consumer education and consulting expertise to control costs and identify fraud.

True, it’s a fraction of the $200 billion-plus the Pentagon spent on planes, bombs and other purchases in fiscal 2014. But thanks largely to automatic cuts set in 2011, defense contracting has dipped by more than a third since 2008 despite continuing conflict in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Dec 09 08:42

Not a parody

Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams.

Dec 09 08:41

How A Top Anonymous Hacker Became An FBI Informant

Anonymous is one of the biggest online vigilante groups where members hack into companies and governments. Hector Monsegur, a former top member who helped carry out cyberattacks that caused $50 million in damage, is breaking his silence in his first television interview on "CBS This Morning."

Dec 09 08:41

Ebola kills 2 more doctors in Sierra Leone

Two more Sierra Leonean doctors have died from Ebola, further depleting the West African country’s ability to respond to the devastating outbreak, health officials said Saturday.

Dec 09 08:40

Sierra Leone Overtakes Liberia in Number of Ebola Cases

The World Health Organization says new cases of Ebola continue to rise in West Africa, and it says Sierra Leone has overtaken Liberia as the country with the highest number of cases.

Data published Monday by the WHO shows that Sierra Leone has recorded 7,798 cases of the deadly virus, indicating that the disease is now spreading fastest in that country.

Infection rates for Ebola are decreasing in Liberia, which now has just over 7,700 cases. Liberia still has more Ebola deaths than any other country.

Dec 09 08:39

Who is the aggressor?

Russia
2% (16 votes)
USA
98% (786 votes)
Total votes: 802
Dec 09 08:29

MEET THE RICH WHITE GUY WHO IS RUNNING THE UNITED BLACK OUT BOYCOTT OF CAPITALISM

There’s a white, rich dude running the black boycott capitalism movement known as United Blackout. His name is Michael Latt and he is the marketing director of United Blackout. “Control how Black money is spent and you win the game,” says United Blackout’s campaign video. And Latt seeks to deliver.

Dec 09 08:29

Alternative Media and the MH17 JIT Reversal

After weeks of protests and growing suspicion, Dutch authorities overseeing the investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have finally included Malaysia as a member of its Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Malaysia had made it clear it was immensely displeased with its inexplicable exclusion from JIT formed after the downing of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Including NATO members (Belgium and the Netherlands), a defacto NATO collaborator (Australia) and a potential culprit in the air disaster (Ukraine), Malaysia’s exclusion looked to be a part of an ongoing cover-up amid a larger attempt to use the disaster to frame Russia and advance NATO’s agenda in Eastern Europe.

Dec 09 08:28

Palestine secures ICC observer status

Palestine has secured an observer status at the International Criminal Court (ICC), which paves the way for the Palestinians to sue senior Israeli officials for war crimes.

Dec 09 08:20

You're Likely to Be a Lot Poorer Than You Were a Few Years Ago—And It's All By Design

The typical American is even poorer than his or her equivalent in Greece. The median Australian is four times wealthier. The Canadians are twice as wealthy. The U.S. continues to lead the world in billionaires (571 in 2014, with China a distant second at 190). But after decades of financial deregulation and attacks on employee rights, Americans rank 26th in median wealth (defined as assets owned, minus debts owed for the person on the middle rung of the wealth ladder).

Dec 09 08:20

LEBRON JAMES LEADS THE WAY IN 'I CAN'T BREATHE' T-SHIRT AS HUNDREDS OF ANTI-POLICE PROTESTERS MOB NBA GAME ATTENDED BY WILLIAM AND KATE

Hundreds of Eric Garner protesters descended on the Brooklyn's Barclays Center hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday night in the fifth day of protests. Star players including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving joined the demonstration by wearing 'I Can't Breathe' shirts as they warm up for a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. And pop royalty Jay Z supported the statement by posing for a picture with four Nets players wearing the customized shirts. The protest, dubbed #RoyalShutdown, comes almost a week after a grand jury refused to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold that killed black father-of-six Eric Garner.

Dec 09 08:13

Russian Missiles Shoot Down Ukrainian Surveillance Drones Over Crimea

Russia has shot down several Ukrainian unmanned surveillance aircrafts flying over the Crimean Peninsula from the North over the last month using Pantsir (Greyhound) surface-to-air missile systems, a Crimean military source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

“Pantsirs have been used against the targets by the division based close to the Chongar Isthmus,” the military source said.

“After recognizing the unmanned surveillance aircraft, it is intercepted on the border with the command of capturing and escort. If the unmanned surveillance aircraft flies deep into our territory or approaches a military facility, then it is shot down,” the source added.

Dec 09 08:13

US government's invention secrecy orders highest in 20 years, watchdog group says

At the end of fiscal 2014, the federal government has 5,520 invention secrecy orders that prohibit both the issuance of a patent and its public disclosure, according to recent blog post by the Federation of American Scientists.

Dec 09 08:11

Ten Facts You Should Know About the American Police State

Here are ten frightening facts about the police state that you need to know about:

WEBMASTER ADDITION: 5. UNICOR, an establishment inside the US Federal Prison System uses its confined pool of labor to produce war goods for the US military.

Which is exactly what the Nazis did with the prisoners in their camps!

Dec 09 08:10

Britain accused of complicity in Kenyan death squad terrorism suspect killings

Kenyan intelligence members also claim they receive training and intelligence from Britain’s military and officials

Dec 09 08:10

The elite of the world (exposed on video)

For decades, a shadowy and secret elite organization called the Bilderberg Group has plotted policy together that subjugates humanity under the cover of darkness. Now WeAreChange.org expose them, this is real journalism you won’t see anywhere else.

Dec 09 08:06

What Bad, Shameful, Dirty Behavior is U.S. Judge Richard Posner Hiding? Demand to Know.

Like so many federal judges, Judge Posner recognizes rights only when they belong to agents of the state or the economic elite. When it’s ordinary citizens at issue, he snidely rejects any such protections. Of course, this is exactly backwards: those exercising public power (police officers) have a lower entitlement to privacy than private individuals. But power-servants like Judge Posner view only actors of the state and those who serve it (such as himself) as entitled to these prerogatives. That’s become the corrupt essence of the U.S. justice system, and it’s perfectly expressed by Judge Posner’s radically divergent views based on whose privacy is at stake.

Dec 09 08:05

Hawaii under martial law was like ‘military dictatorship’ (1941-1944)

Islanders suffered under nearly three years of martial law from 1941-1944; so oppressive that it was later described by a federal judge as a “military dictatorship.” All manner of civilian liberties were replaced by oppressive military orders enforced by American soldiers.

The dark period of Hawaiian history began on December 7, 1941, with the massive surprise attack of Japanese bombers on the U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor. The air raid successfully sunk or grounded 18 ships and killed 2,403 Americans.

As the smoke billowed from the harbor, Lieutenant General Walter Short met with Territorial Governor Joseph Poindexter to convince him to declare martial law. Being coerced through tactics discussed below, Gov. Poindexter reluctantly ceded power to the military — temporarily, or so he thought.

Dec 09 08:04

‘Worst Case Scenario’ has happened at US nuclear site — Robert Redford film predicted 2014 WIPP disaster: Plutonium release due to chemical reaction in burst nuclear drum is ultimate catastrophe…

[D]ocuments obtained by The New Mexican… raise questions about the stability of dozens of other nuclear waste drums that were in the same chamber as the drum that ruptured [after a] chemical reaction… Radiation leaked into the air, and temperatures in the underground chamber peaked at nearly 1,600 degrees… One internal lab report described the [contents] as similar to plastic explosives… Investigators believe the organic material may be one reason temperatures in the chamber rose so high… Internal emails… detail concerns about the stability of drums… exposed to the extreme temperatures… June 17 draft of a LANL report… suggested the high temperatures may have made other nuclear waste drums in the chamber more unstable than ever…

Dec 09 08:02

The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Its Man

President Barack Obama has bungled the job of appointments to key national security positions for the past six years, and the nomination of Ashton Carter will allow him to maintain his streak. Carter is the classic example of the defense intellectual who has labored in the halls of academe, and then becoming extremely hawkish as he or she attains status and influence in the halls of the Pentagon. An important example is Carter’s views on national missile defense over the past three decades.

Dec 09 08:01

Will China Save The Giant Panda?

They might. If China adopts some of the ecostrategies developed in America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claiming the polar bears were drowning didn't work out, so the Carbonazis are switching to the cuter and cuddlier Pandas as their doomed mascot!

Dec 09 08:00

Release of Six Detainees After Twelve Years Highlights the Historic Evil of Guantánamo

The U.S. military overnight transferred six Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay. All of them had been imprisoned since 2002 – more than 12 years. None has ever been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of any wrongdoing. They had all been cleared for release years ago by the Pentagon itself, but nonetheless remained in cages until today.

Dec 09 07:59

Ukraine peace talks in Minsk delayed: Kiev

Ukraine’s foreign ministry says scheduled peace talks with pro-Russian forces have been postponed, as the two sides are expected to observe a Day of Silence.

A foreign ministry spokesman said that scheduled talks involving Moscow and European envoys in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Tuesday have been delayed.

"Today, nothing will happen. Consultations are continuing," said the unnamed spokesman.

This is while Kiev’s government troops and pro-Russian forces were expected to halt fighting on Tuesday in a bid to kick-start a much violated truce agreement signed three months ago.

Dec 09 07:58

The Chalk Bandits: Government Targets Activists Exposing Cover-Ups Through Chalk

A group of activists are spreading information about government cover-ups in chalk on the streets of Denmark, which has led to two of its members being charged with crimes despite their activities being completely legal.

Dec 09 07:56

US cops could be in firing line ‘if system doesn't change’

If American police officers keep pushing the limits of their powers and there are no changes in the police system, people who are strongly frustrated will take their anger out on the authorities, Erik Nation, an American pastor, told RT.

The US has been inflamed, coast-to-coast, by recent protests against police brutality. Erik Nation, pastor of Zion Tabernacle the House of Prayers, thinks some things the police did were uncalled for and there will be repercussions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia today correctly calls these protests against police brutality. Only in the US does the corporate media try to portray this as a racial issue.

Dec 09 07:54

‘Didn’t say that’ Psaki ducks CIA torture report delay issues

The potential ISIS reaction is a factor in the release of the CIA torture report, the State Department spokeswoman said. Commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s request to delay the report, Jen Psaki told RT “That's not exactly what we said.”

RT’s Gayane Chichakyan was among the reporters grilling the State Department spokesperson on the recent reports that Kerry called the Chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), asking her to even further delay the release of the document detailing on the Central Intelligence Agency’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Dec 09 07:54

MEASURE ALLOWING ROTHSCHILD'S RIO TINTO TO OPEN A MASSIVE COPPER MINING PROJECT ON SACRED APACHE LAND SLIPPED INTO NDAA

The leader of the San Carlos Apache Tribe is asking the Senate not to vote on the annual National Defense Authorization Act until a provision that would allow a massive copper mining project on sacred land is removed. The House approved a bill on December 4 that gives 2,400 acres of sacred Apach eland to a giant international mining corporation, then sent it to the Senate for a fast vote in a process that won’t allow amendments to be made. The Senate is expected to act on it this week.

Dec 09 07:54

Supreme Court rejects BP appeal over oil spill payments

The US Supreme Court has rejected hearing a BP appeal challenging its own multi-billion dollar settlement over a Gulf of Mexico oil spill four years ago. BP claims there has been fraud in some settlements, plaintiffs praised the court’s decision.

Without comment and with no Justices dissenting, the Supreme Court turned down a plea by BP to reopen its 2012 deal aimed at settling hundreds of millions in claims over the April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This decision leaves intact a lower court opinion approving the settlement that BP negotiated, signed and asked the Court to approve in 2012. It will allow the businesses and families of the Gulf Coast to continue to make claims for another six months.

Dec 09 07:53

Whooping cough outbreak at Massachusetts high school affected only vaccinated students

Unvaccinated children are supposedly the cause, according to state health officials, of a recent whooping cough outbreak that occurred in the posh Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. But as reported by CBS Boston, all of the children affected by the outbreak were already vaccinated, proving once again that vaccines don't really work.

Some 15 children at Falmouth High School reportedly came down with the respiratory illness, which also goes by the name pertussis, sparking a wave of panic about a corresponding increase in vaccine exemptions. But as usual, nobody affected by the outbreak was unvaccinated, and no matter how hard the media tries to spin the issue, those who were vaccinated were not protected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Indeed the inescapable conclusion is that the vaccine CAUSED the illness!

Dec 09 07:52

Rothschild Bankers Lobby Congress To Force Taxpayers To Insure $TRILLIONS$ Of Fraudulent Bank Derivatives!!

As Michael Snyder notes, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and plenty of others have manipulated the market with these derivative bets, and have at least $40 trillion in derivatives exposure. If Congress passes FDIC protection for these controversial and complex financial instruments, it could dwarf existing debt held by the federal government and cost taxpayers an absolutely insurmountable sum, all while letting the bankers walk away free, and with their other winnings in hand.

Dec 09 07:51

Europe should decide its fate without using US ‘disservices’ – Russian Duma speaker

State Duma chairman, Sergey Naryshkin, has reiterated his advice to European countries to rule themselves and stop heeding meddlesome US advice that does more harm than good.

Dec 09 07:51

Merkel Digs Own Grave, Doubles Down With Harsh Anti-Russia Rhetoric

As we reported last week, Angela Merkel has come under fire by her three predecessors – Schroeder, Kohl and Schmidt – over her uncompromising stance towards Russia.

Those wondering how she will react to such criticism did not have to wait for long.

Die Welt am Sonntag has just printed an interview with her under the header: „Angela Merkel blames Moscow for the destabilization of Eastern Europe“.

Those still hoping that her words had somehow, sometimes been equivocated, or even mistranslated, will now have to face facts: Angela Merkel really is a staunch servant of the American empire.

Dec 09 07:50

Jewish Left Is Not The Solution, It Is The Heart Of The Problem

We spoke about the deceitful nature of the Jewish Left (Chomsky, Mondoweiss, JVP etc'), The Guardian of Zion, The corrosive impact of George Soros, ID Politics and the damage it inflicts on society. Very interesting

Dec 09 07:50

Phony Kiev Day of Silence

Last week, illegitimate/oligarch Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko declared December 9 a "day of silence."

Ahead of Human Rights Day. On December 10. This year's theme: Human Rights 365.

Longstanding Western tool Kan Ki-moon "call(ing) on states to honor their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year."

Dec 09 07:49

The Flawed Arguments Behind Not Releasing Guantanamo Footage

Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a 43-year old Syrian national, was among the six Guantanamo Bay prisoners freed last week and transferred to Uruguay after spending 13 years in U.S. detention. He had been cleared for release since 2009, yet the husband and father of three found himself imprisoned several years longer in circumstances characterized by indefinite detention, humiliation and inhumane treatment.

In response to what they saw as their increasingly desperate conditions, Dhiab and many other Guantanamo detainees repeatedly sought to employ the only means of resistance left available to them: refusing food. “We have given up the very things which are important: food and drink,” Dhiab stated last year, describing his motivations and those of his other hunger-striking prisoners. “And we have done so to get answers to our questions: What is our guilt and what is our crime?”

Dec 09 07:49

US Expands Military Presence at Spanish Naval Base

The US Defense Department has announced the addition of two more ballistic missile ships to its base in Europe, with up to 3,000 more servicemen being deployed.

Dec 09 07:44

Anyone That Believes That Collapsing Oil Prices Are Good For The Economy Is Crazy

Are much lower oil prices good news for the U.S. economy? Only if you like collapsing capital expenditures, rising unemployment and a potential financial implosion on Wall Street.

Dec 09 07:43

Why Are U.S. ‘News’-Media Ignoring Important News?

On December 5th, it was “U.S. House Votes 98% to Donate U.S. Weapons to Ukraine; U.S. Public Is 67% Against. Is this Democracy?”

On December 6th, it was “Ukraine Receives New Weapons.”

On December 7th, it was “NATO Prepositions Weapons In Poland for Attack on Russia.”

Dec 09 07:43

Wrapping Paper With Swastika Pattern Recalled by Walgreens

Wrapping paper that contains a swastika pattern in the trim is being recalled from stores nationwide after an outraged California shopper noticed it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just getting silly! Nobody is going to see a Swastika in that pattern unless they are obsessed with seeing Swastikas everywhere! It reminds me of the stink over the tea kettle that looked like Hitler (if you really squinted your eyes).

Dec 09 07:43

Taxpayers shortchanged by bloated Defense bill

House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and, as in past years, it represents a missed opportunity to scale back unnecessary expenditures and apply commonsense reforms to our military budget.

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