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March 18, 2015

Mar 18 03:29

Boston: Chill Returns

Boston: Chill Returns, to Stick Around Past Start of Spring

(*There's still a good portion of snow on the ground . The temperature is unseasonably cold . St. Patrick's day is all about the color Green , and I personally associated that with 'Grass' being on display , and in full view , and Spring being just around the corner .
Not so much , this year .)

Mar 18 03:06

A Swing and a Miss

Mar 18 02:50

Israeli Letter Bombs

I thought I would post this again in light of Sen. Uncle-Tom Cotton ranting about letter bombs from "I-ran"

Mar 18 02:08

Protest At European Central Bank headquarters

Police say 10,000 expected at anti-austerity protest at European Central Bank headquarters

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Police in Frankfurt, Germany, have put up barricades and barbed wire around the headquarters of the European Central Bank as they brace for demonstrations against government austerity and capitalism.

The Blockupy alliance says activists plan to try to blockade the new headquarters of the ECB ahead of a ceremony Wednesday inaugurating the building, and to disrupt what they term capitalist business as usual.

Mar 18 01:58

Send Tim Cotton to Tel Aviv

Mar 18 01:47

Lufthansa pilot union’s strike affects some 750 flights

BERLIN — Hundreds of flights have been canceled in a strike by Lufthansa pilots at the German airline’s short- and medium-haul operations — the latest in a string of walkouts.

Around 80,000 passengers are affected by the strike Wednesday that grounded some 750 flights, most of them domestic or within Europe.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union announced that it would extend its strikes to long-distance flights on Thursday.

Mar 18 00:59

They are Dying in Droves

The residents on the Gulf Coast are dying in droves. According to Kindra Arnesen “We are burying two people per week in my town”.

For the people in the Gulf, it will never be over. No public official is investigating the death rates, no politician cares. Someday, our children will wake up to the fact that we have third world country death rates.


March 17, 2015

Mar 17 21:40

Is the sun going dark? Latest Nasa images reveal TWO giant holes - one covering almost 10% of the solar surface

Nasa has spotted a pair of huge 'holes' on the solar surface.

The larger coronal hole of the two, near the southern pole, covers an estimated 6 to 8-percent of the total solar surface, 142 billion miles - making it one of the largest polar holes scientists have observed in decades.

The smaller coronal hole, towards the opposite pole, is long and narrow, covering about 3.8 billion square miles on the sun - only about 0.16-percent of the solar surface.

'Coronal holes are lower density and temperature regions of the sun’s outer atmosphere, known as the corona,' explained Nasa.

Mar 17 21:27

Premera Blue Cross Hacked: 11 Million Customers Could Be Affected

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross was the target of a major cyberattack, and personal or health data for as many as 11 million people may have been compromised, the company announced Tuesday.

Premera said Tuesday hackers gained "unauthorized access" to its systems in a "sophisticated attack" that began May 4, 2014. Just last month, health insurer Anthem disclosed a major breach that may have affected as many as 80 million records.

Mar 17 21:23

FBI Pins 'Terrorist' Nametag On 'Retarded Fool' Without A 'Pot To Piss In'

The agents referred to Sami Osmakac as a "retarded fool" without a "pot to piss in." According to The Intercept's in-depth report, Osmakac couldn't have financed his own glorious Muslim "revenge." He couldn't even afford to replace the dead battery in his '94 Honda. He had no money, no social life and no wheels. And yet, the FBI portrayed him as capable of doing the following:

After recording this video in a rundown Days Inn in Tampa, Florida, Osmakac prepared to deliver what he thought was a car bomb to a popular Irish bar. According to the government, Osmakac was a dangerous, lone-wolf terrorist who would have bombed the Tampa bar, then headed to a local casino where he would have taken hostages, before finally detonating his suicide vest once police arrived.

And yet, when it came down to it, the FBI had to supply everything, including a ride.

Mar 17 21:04

Netanyahu Ahead in Israel Election Over His Chief Rival

After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel emerged from Tuesday’s elections in the best position to form a new government, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process.

While the results were still incomplete early Wednesday, Israeli news sites reported that Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party was likely to wind up with 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, and that his chief rival, the center-left Zionist Union alliance, would take 24 seats.

The official Central Elections Committee site showed that with just over 68 percent of the votes counted, Likud had 23.3 percent of the vote to the Zionist Union’s 18.8 percent.

Mar 17 18:26

HTTPS-crippling FREAK exploit affects thousands of Android and iOS apps

While almost all the attention paid to the HTTPS-crippling FREAK vulnerability has focused on browsers, consider this: thousands of Android and iOS apps, many with finance, shopping, and medical uses, are also vulnerable to the same exploit that decrypts passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive data sent between handsets and Internet servers.

Security researchers from FireEye recently examined the most popular apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store and found 1,999 titles that left users wide open to the encryption downgrade attack. Specifically, 1,228 Android apps with one million or more downloads were vulnerable, while 771 out of the top 14,079 iOS apps were susceptible. Vulnerable apps were those that used—or in the case of iOS, could use—an affected crypto library and connected to servers that offered weak, 512-bit encryption keys. The number of vulnerable apps would no doubt mushroom when analyzing slightly less popular titles.


Mar 17 18:14

Here We Go Again: YouTube Clips Of Syrian "Chemical Attacks" Are Back - Meet The Man Behind The Propaganda

US foreign policy is becoming so easy and predictable, even Derek Zoolander can do it.

Two weeks ago, when discussing the relentless attempts to provoke, or at least greenlight another quasi war with Syria's president Assad, we wrote "one can be confident that the ISIS "campaign" will continue and get ever closer to Damascus until yet another appropriately-framed YouTube clip appears and leads to another war with Assad." Moments ago Reuters reported that "a group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation."

Mar 17 18:09

Something Strange Is Going On With Nonfarm Payrolls

Seasonally adjusted these jobs increased by 17,200 in February, the most in two years (Feb 2013 was greater) and the second most in four years. So while economists are blaming the weather for the plunge in housing starts, residential construction jobs were fairly robust in February. This makes no sense.

Mar 17 18:08

Greek PM To Meet With Putin Amid Cash Crunch

News of an upcoming meeting between Tsipras and Putin comes just days ahead of EU Summit and a €2 billion debt repayment, suggesting Athens may be playing one of its few remaining cards.

Mar 17 17:59

Advantage Netanyahu in close race

Israel's election has yielded a fractured parliament and no clear winner, setting up a horse-trading phase that seems likely to leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in place and in ever deeper confrontation with the world. To govern, his Likud Party would need to depend on ultranationalists - a recipe for neither stability nor bold moves toward Mideast peace.


Mar 17 17:57

Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state. Difficult coalition talks still lie ahead. Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu’s chief opponent and head of the center-left Zionist Union, said “everything is still open” and that he already had spoken to party leaders about forming a government.

Mar 17 16:32

UN Security Council: ISIS replacing Taliban in Afghanistan

The UN envoy to Afghanistan acknowledged that the IS could potentially unite minor Islamist groups in the country under a new command

Mar 17 16:31

World’s greatest pyramid scheme: How banks plot to seize your property and life

The bank begins the pyramid scheme by taking your deposit (which you might think goes into the vault) and they loan most of it out. In fact, generally, with some variation, for every $1 dollar that you deposit, the bank will loan out approximately $10. In other words, the bank uses your deposits to loan out more (way more) than they have in reserves in order to make big profits. This is ‘Fractional Reserve Banking.’ The banks only keep a fraction of the overall money on hand.


Mar 17 16:09

Amputee actor apparently landed a government gig at the Boston Marathon bombing government / media event

https://nathanbickel.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/bostonmarathonbombing...
Please note that the Red arrows (in the above and following pic) show the Code word’s initials, “BK,” – “Below Knee.” The red arrow shows that the amputation from the accident, years ago, was ‘below the knee;’ thus aiding in identifying (Boston Marathon’s) Heather Abbott, as the same person who was seeking Hollywood employment, as reference in the above pic.
https://nathanbickel.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/bostonmarathonbombing...

Mar 17 15:11

Russia’s Remarkable Renaissance

Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed.


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Mar 17 15:03

Exit polls show Netanyahu’s Likud tied with Zionist Union in Israel elections

The national election in Israel has finished with no clear lead for any party, exit polls showed on Tuesday evening. Israel’s governing Netanyahu-led Likud party and the opposition Zionist Union have seen even results, the national TV channels reported.

Mar 17 14:54

San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay with Cancer-Causing Chemical

The City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District filed suit against chemical giant Monsanto Monday for polluting the city’s bay and tidelands.

Mar 17 14:52

This Cop’s Department said he “Acted Admirably” When he Strangled Non-Violent Handcuffed Woman

“Shut the f**k up!” yells the Seargent as he attempts to strangle a handcuffed woman into silence.


Mar 17 14:49

This Cop’s Department said he “Acted Admirably” When he Strangled Non-Violent Handcuffed Woman

“Shut the f**k up!” yells the Seargent as he attempts to strangle a handcuffed woman into silence.

Mar 17 14:45

Pentagon loses track of weapons, aid given to Yemen

he Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering apart, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of U.S.-donated small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers.


Mar 17 14:38

Our Lawless Government – Hillary Edition

Hillary keeps emphasizing she broke no laws... NOT THE POINT. Hillary has admitted to intentionally destroying many of the emails on that server — some 30,000 of them, to put not to fine a point on it. Who trusts anything this woman says???

Mar 17 14:33

Maduro Sends Letter to Putin: 'Venezuela is Your Home'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed confidence that Caracas and Moscow can achieve more than they have over the past 61 years of diplomatic relations.

Mar 17 14:32

US Should Move Military Bases Closer to the Kremlin – General

Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane believes that economic sanctions and NATO drills close to the Russian border are not enough to ensure European security, and so the US should move its air and ground bases further into Eastern Europe.

Mar 17 14:32

What Budget Cuts? US Cyber Command to Double Its Spending

Still in its infancy, US Cyber Command is set to receive a massive bump in its budget. For 2015, the cybersecurity organization will receive $364 million; nearly double the $190 million it was allocated for 2014.

Mar 17 14:32

BREAKING: US Plane Shot Down by Syrian Air Defenses Over Latakia

According to reports this morning from SANA, the Syria State News Agency, announced that a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft, most likely a Predator drone, was shot down in Syrian air space just north the city of Latakia.

Mar 17 14:18

Aaron Russo's America: Freedom To Fascism [Directors Cut]

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Mar 17 14:04

State Department Has ‘No Record’ Of Clinton Signing Separation Statement

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the agency is “fairly certain” that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not sign a separation statement upon her departure from Foggy Bottom.

Mar 17 14:03

Another Media Psyop? The Ancient Statues ISIS Supposedly Destroyed Were All FAKE

The whole story, complete with dramatic video, was about replicas…

That didn’t stop another wash of mainstream media attention given to the idea that ISIS the almighty and powerful was tromping the countryside, destroying precious, ancient, irreplaceable 2700-year-old artifacts and robbing the world of them forever.

Mar 17 13:58

FCC NET NEUTRALITY DOCS HAVE 46 REFERENCES TO A GROUP FUNDED BY BILLIONAIRE GEORGE SOROS AND CO-FOUNDED BY A NEO-MARXIST

The FCC released the 400-page document on Thursday, two weeks after it passed new regulations, which many fear will turn the internet into a public commodity and thereby stifle innovation.

Mar 17 13:45

Norman Finkelstein ExposesMEMRI As Mossad Op

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provides daily English translations of film and print media stories originating in Arabic, Iranian and Turkish media.

It also furnishes original analysis of cultural, political and religious trends in the Middle East.

It sends its daily postings to every news outlet in the United States and Europe, in addition to politicians and cultural leaders.

And it's free, which makes it a Godsend for journalists, editors and policy analysts.

But according to its critics, it is also a dangerous, highly sophisticated propaganda operation, disseminating hate and disinformation on an unprecedented worldwide basis.

"They use the same sort of propaganda techniques as the Nazis," Professor Norman G. Finkelstein, a well-known scholar on Israel/Palestine, told InFocus. "They take things out of context in order to do personal and political harm to people they don't like."

Mar 17 13:33

New World Order Spirituality: Blueprint for a Global Religious Authority

For some time now, political and economic decision-making power has devolved away from citizens and the nation-state to global multilateral organisations. As these organisations shape a new global order favouring corporate and financial elites, local populations have a diminished say in economic decisions affecting them – especially when represented by careerist politicians more aligned to the global elite.

Lately there have been signs of a top-down push for the globalisation of religion as well, with calls for global political authority over the world’s spirituality.

Mar 17 13:27

Mandatory Vaccine Bills Fail In 2 States

Legislation in Oregon and Washington state that would have made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children failed last week in the wake of the recent measles outbreak that began in nearby California.

Mar 17 13:16

China Gaining Western Allies as Development Bank Partners: “A Blow to U.S. Efforts”

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com

Recently, SHTF has pointed out the rise of China and their aim to become a major part of the new global reserve currency, and hence a major weight in the new global order.

China’s renminbi is positioning for major global exchange; the BRICS development bank is taking off, to the chagrin of the U.S. axis of global finance; and the IMF is talking with China about the likelihood of including the yuan in the “basket of currencies” that make up SDRs, or Special Drawing Rights that already includes the dollar, the pound, the euro and the yen.

Now, American leadership is silently watching Anglo partners – and close establishment allies in the post-war world – join ranks with China on its emerging development bank.

Washington’s Blog reports:

Mar 17 13:11

Criminal Violence as Political Theater: Standard Operating Procedure for the FBI

Lone Wolf was the same gun shop that was bullied by the ATF into participating in the notorious “Fast and Furious” operation, through which firearms were illegally provided to agents of Mexican drug cartels. That initiative was inspired by the cynical calculation that an engineered increase in “gun-related violence” would create political pressure to impose new restrictions on firearms ownership.

Mar 17 13:06

DEA agent told to leave rich, white areas alone

Matthew Fogg, a former US Marshal and DEA officer, recently gave an interview to Brave New Films, where he disclosed that he was told, in no uncertain terms, to leave rich, white areas alone from any drug prosecutions. The Resident discusses.

Mar 17 13:02

Self-proclaimed republics don't recognize amendments to law on Donbas special status — DPR

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) do not recognize amendments to the law on Donbas special status that have not been coordinated with them, DPR envoy to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin said on Tuesday.

Mar 17 12:53

U.S. home construction plunges 17% in February

Construction of new homes plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest.

Mar 17 12:37

UKRAINE: Mass riots, people lit rooms where are placed the Ukrainian soldiers (Video)

Google translate: In konstantinovka at 50 km north of Donetsk and occupied by the Ukrainian armed forces after the incident on March 16 in which the Ukrainian armored vehicle ran over two children and two women, mass riots broke out. An eight year old girl has died, a woman, an aunt murdered girl, injured and taken to hospital, where she died.

The incident is the result of drunk driving. Residents konstantinovka were throwing stones at the bus with Ukrainian soldiers, and later set fire to the premises of the Seventh schools, where the soldiers were stationed UOS. From Artemivska have sent reinforcements.

Mar 17 12:23

IMF BREAKS ITS OWN RULES WITH LOAN TO WAR-MONGERING UKRAINE

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed on a scheme of war financing for Ukraine. For the first time, according to Fund sources, the IMF is not only violating its loan repayment conditions, but also the purposes and safeguards of the IMF’s original charter. IMF lending is barred for a member state in civil war or at war with another member state, or for military purposes, according to Article I of the Fund’s 1944-45 Articles of Agreement. This provides “confidence to members by making the general resources of the Fund temporarily available to them under adequate safeguards, thus providing them with opportunity to correct maladjustments in their balance of payments without resorting to measures destructive of national or international prosperity.”

Mar 17 12:08

NYPD WON’T PUNISH COPS FOR SANITIZING WIKIPEDIA POLICE BRUTALITY ENTRIES

The New York Police Department has identified two officers who used agency computers to sanitize Wikipedia entries about incidents of police brutality. "Two officers, who have been identified, were using department equipment to access Wikipedia and make entries," NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton said. "I don’t anticipate any punishment, quite frankly."

Mar 17 12:07

Architects of Iraq War ADMIT It Was Illegal

The chief American prosecutor for the Nuremberg war crime trials – Robert H. Jackson – stated:

To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.

Forget third-hand allegations … the architects of the Iraq war admit that they initiated a war of aggression, not a war to defend America from imminent attack.

Mar 17 12:06

Jewish-American Leadership Rising in Opposition to Israeli Occupation

Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jaisal Noor in Baltimore, where hundreds have gathered for the 2015 Jewish Voice for Peace conference to discuss how to end the occupation of Palestine.

Mar 17 12:06

TOWARDS THE END OF THE U.S. DOMINATED INTERNATIONAL MONEY SYSTEM

Welcome to the end of Brenton Woods and the Washington Consensus that defined the world money systems around U.S. controlled institutions and the U.S. dollar as the sole reserve currency.

Mar 17 11:36

The Verkhovna Rada adopted amendments to the law on the special status of Donbass

Google translate: According to the document, to the territories where will temporarily operate a special order of the local government, are the areas located between the state border of Ukraine with Russia and coastline of the sea of Azov and the line defined by the Supplement to this Ordinance, which corresponds to the Minsk Memorandum dated 19 September 2014". In addition, Parliament adopted a resolution according to which the areas under the control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, recognized as the "occupied territories".

Mar 17 11:35

Israeli election: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urges voters to counter high Arab Israeli turnout in final desperate push

The campaigning went down to the wire, with frantic text messages and Facebook videos from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party attempting to rally Israelis to his cause.

"The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the ballot booths," Mr Netanyahu said in a Facebook message following news that voter turnout amongst Arab Israelis was much higher than in previous elections.

Mar 17 11:28

USA Today: "The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office."

The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.

Mar 17 11:26

Wesley Clark: "Our friends and allies funded ISIS to destroy Hezbollah"

Mar 17 11:21

Gallup: U.S. Population Highly Militaristic

In early 2014 there were unusual news stories about Gallup’s end-of-2013 polling because after polling in 65 countries with the question “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” the overwhelming winner had been the United States of America.

Had Gallup then conducted a poll on whether Gallup would ever ask that question again, I’m willing to bet large numbers would have said no. And thus far they would have been right. But Gallup managed to ask some other good questions, almost certainly by accident as well, in its end-of-2014 polling, revealing something else about the United States and militarism.

Curiously, Gallup’s end-of-2014 polling managed to ask a lot more questions — 32 instead of 6 and even squeezed in one on whether people wash their hands after using the bathroom — so the threat-to-peace question wasn’t dropped for lack of space.

Mar 17 11:14

Bye bye, Bibi: Why today will be different for Israel’s left-leaning coalition

For much of his career, Netanyahu has had something of a Midas touch. In the elections of 1996, the first after Yitzhak Rabin’s murder, Labor’s Shimon Peres went to sleep knowing he had won a new term in office and awoke to discover that Netanyahu had pulled the rug out from under his feet. In the elections of 2009, Tzipi Livni, then head of Ariel Sharon’s Kadima party, actually did win — only to have the rug pulled out from under her feet by a coalition-making deal Netanyahu concocted with Shas, the Sephardic religious party that got four ministries out of the deal. In 2013 Netanyahu was elected despite losing a significant number of the Likud’s Knesset seats, thanks to a deal with then (and now) foreign minister Avigdor Leiberman, that reassured the jittery voters of the ultra-right.

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In short, it ain't over until it's over!

Mar 17 11:13

France at war with alternative medias

They were thousands of people marching all over France for Freedom of Speech, chanting JE SUIS CHARLIE, after the killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. No surprise there. Arguing in France is a national sport, the French just love to discuss the pros and cons of such and such ideas and to defend their point of view in discussions that can last forever. However, some had doubts about the political exploitation of such a massive rally. It looks like they were right.

First, there was a political and mediatic outcry against whoever considered to be an anti-Charlie. That led to a string of arrests on the vague charge of “defending terrorism”.

But that was just the beginning. What we are seeing now, is the start of a smear campaign to denounce all “conspirationists” who dare to disagree with the official policy of the French government.

It started when president Hollande has assimilated what he calls “conspiracy theories“ to Nazism and called to prevent their dissemination on the Internet and social networks.

Mar 17 11:04

Detroit businesses face water shut-offs

The city’s water department this week plans to step up enforcement of overdue business accounts to collect tens of millions in lost revenue, but it won’t shut off residential water until a proven safety net is in place.

Mar 17 11:00

Thousands rally against Netanyahu govt in Tel Aviv

Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, March 7.

Mar 17 10:38

Supersonic strategic bombers heading to Crimea for drills – military source

Russia’s Air Force is deploying an unspecified number of strategic nuclear-capable supersonic bombers to Crimea, according to a source. The major drills also include deployment of tactical Iskander ballistic missiles to the Kaliningrad exclave in Europe.

Several Tu-22M3 (NATO designation ‘Backfire’) variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike rocket aircraft are due to arrive to Crimea as part of global training exercises for the Russian military in the European part of the country.

Mar 17 10:36

Private Company Suspected of Dumping Biohazards Into Oklahoma River. Hundreds of used syringes and blood vials in biohazard containers ended up in the Arkansas River after a private company was hired to dispose of them, investigators said.

Hundreds of used syringes and vials of blood were found in the Arkansas River on Saturday.
Taylor Smyth says he takes his kids to the river almost every weekend, but after coming across the needles in the same spot that his kids build sand castles, that might change.

Mar 17 10:36

UNIVERSAL MUSIC HIJACKS YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF INDIE ARTIST

Universal Music Group has hijacked several YouTube videos of Bjorn Lynne, an independent musician from Norway. The world's largest music corporation is now running advertisements on videos of music tracks Lynne created, and is refusing to correct the mistake.

Mar 17 10:24

School Kicks Gifted 11-Yr-Old Student out for Having Marijuana... That Just Turned out to Be an Ordinary Leaf

These are the people in charge of public education and our criminal justice system, America.

People who will completely ruin a child, screw up his life, and overreact to the point that it makes soap operas look like CSPAN on a Tuesday and all because they can’t bother to tell the difference between a smoke-able illegal substance and a normal ass leaf.

I don’t even know what else to say. This is the dumbest story I have read all year, perhaps even more ignorant than that time the school suspended the kid for “making a terroristic threat” by declaring he was going to make another kid disappear with his magical one ring from The Hobbit movie.

I actually feel dumber for having read it, for it thus lodging into a crack somewhere in my grey brain matter and possibly staying there forever like the Three’s Company theme song.

Thanks a lot, Bedford County public schools for making me stupid, too.

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Mar 17 10:24

Goats Fed GM Soybean Produce Abnormal Milk, Reduces Weight of Off-Spring

A new study finds that feeding goats the genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant soybean MON4-3-2 changes the composition of colostrum, the nutrient-rich first milk produced during pregnancy. Colostrum is ordinarily packed with proteins, vitamins as well as antibodies to protect the new-born against disease. Offspring from conventional and GM-fed mothers weigh the same at birth but those from GM-fed mothers weigh significantly less 30 days after birth. The researchers also discovered transgenic DNA in the milk of mothers fed the GM diet.

The work, published in Small Ruminant Research, led by Professor Lombardi at the University of Naples, Italy [1] should be seen in the light of recent discoveries of glyphosate herbicide in US mother’s breast milk at concentrations up to 1 600 times the legal limit allowed for single pesticides in EU drinking water [2]. The findings have important health implications, with the colostrum playing a well-known role in the short-term health and survival of both ruminant and human neonates. In addition to providing nutrients, antibodies present in colostrum are essential for the passive transfer of immunity to the offspring within the first 12-24 hours of life.......

Mar 17 10:20

Germany faces paying billions to Greece in compensation for wartime atrocities after Merkel's senior advisers warn her Athens DOES HAVE a valid claim to reparations

Senior figures in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner in government - the SPD - have united with the Green Party to declare Germany should compensate Greece to the tune of billions of pounds for wartime Nazi atrocities.

The demands come as parliamentary lawyers warned her cabinet that Greece may have a valid claim which Germany might lose if it chose to fight it all the way to the European Court of Justice.

The solidarity move threatens the united front Berlin has presented to Athens as it tries to keep the struggling country both in the eurozone and the EU. Now high-profile politicians from the SPD and the Greens have thrown their weight behind Greece to say they deserve reparations money 70 years after the end of the conflict.

Mar 17 10:19

Chuck Norris - Please vote for Prime Minister Netanyahu!

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Bibi is trying to use celebrities to win re-election, which tells us he is losing on the issues. Normally I would not waste space on this tripe, but if you look at the actual YouTube page for this video, it has over 2200 dislikes on it!

Mar 17 10:16

Gay couple won't leave $15 to $18 million dollar estate to University of Alabama because of state's war on same-sex marriage

For most of more than four decades as a couple, Elliott Mitchell and Clark West have lived quietly, building careers and sharing a deep love for their alma mater, the University of Alabama.
Mitchell, 65, and West, 60, met at UA in 1972 and have been together since. Married in Hawaii in 2013, they live in Sarasota, Fla.
"We've spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat," West said.

Mar 17 10:15

Secret Service Chief Criticized in Congress Over Agents’ Accident

The director of the Secret Service faced bipartisan criticism from lawmakers on Tuesday as he appeared before Congress for the first time since two agents were accused of getting drunk and driving their car into a White House barricade. The March 4 incident prompted another round of embarrassing stories about the embattled agency.

Representative Harold Rogers, Republican of Kentucky and the chairman of the House Appropriations committee, pledged to keep the Secret Service on a “short string” in the wake of recent scandals and security lapses.

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Why are they making this public? From a security standpoint, you don't advertise the weaknesses and lapses in the President's personal protection to the rest of the world! It hands potential threats a lot of useful information. It's almost like they are inviting someone to take a shot at Obama! WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!? This makes no sense at all.

Mar 17 10:13

Britain's big six energy giants see their profits rise almost 1,000% in just five years as family bills soar

In 2007 the energy giants were pocketing £2.31 in pure profit from each household for their gas or electricity. By 2013 this had risen to £23.71, according to the Competition and Markets Authority.

Mar 17 10:12

Source: Senate panel probing ?possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort

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The hypocrisy is stunning, both because of chronic US interference in the internal politics of nations around the world, and because Netanyahu tried, with the connivance of the Congress, to subvert the administration's Iran policy!

Worse, the growing schism between the pro-Israel members of Congress (which is most of them) and the White House is now on full display to the rest of the world, along with Israel's obvious subversion of that Congress. Neither of these are good for America's foreign policy as other countries see a government clearly divided against itself and all because of meddling by Israel!

Mar 17 10:03

BACK TO THE UPCOMING US ELECTION ~~ IN COMICS

Now that the Israeli Election is finally taking place today, here’s a look at the US Election Campaign …

Mar 17 10:01

PALESTINIANS PRESENT THEIR PLIGHT ON THE BIG SCREEN

The movie was billed as a harmonious effort in film making and a shining example of Palestinian-Israeli cooperation.

Hiding beneath the surface of this idealistic image is a different and far more telling story; one that mirrors everyday life in the Palestinian-Israeli dynamic, and ties directly back to the root cause of the conflict itself.

Mar 17 10:00

Gilad AND ALL THAT JAZZ- NYC Documentary Film Premier

The New York City Documentary Film Premier, Wednesday March 18th,
7 pm Theatre 80

80 St. Marks Place New York 10003

https://theatre80.wordpress.com/

The film will be introduced by Gilad Atzmon himself who will also take questions from the audience after the screening

Mar 17 09:54

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

Let's get two things straight.

1. Banning guns does not reduce crime. Crime goes UP when the law abiding citizen is disarmed.

2. The Second amendment is not about hunting and it's not about target shooting. It's about giving the government good reason to leave the citizen alone.

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Mar 17 09:36

A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement:To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about technology

Any disclosure about the technology, which tracks cellphones and is often called StingRay, could allow criminals and terrorists to circumvent it, the F.B.I. has said in an affidavit. But the tool is adopted in such secrecy that communities are not always sure what they are buying or whether the technology could raise serious privacy concerns.

Mar 17 09:35

Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant

When Yonas Fikre stepped off a luxury private jet at Portland airport last month, the only passenger on a $200,000 flight from Sweden, he braced for the worst.

Mar 17 09:29

Spring Rising: An antiwar intervention March 18-21, 2015

Mar 17 09:24

Al Gore Says Climate Change Deniers Should Pay ‘a Price’

If former Vice President Al Gore had his way, denying global warming would carry repercussions.

Speaking at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, Gore called climate change “accepted science," and said that government officials who continue to deny it should pay a "price."

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Mar 17 09:16

Reader photos from protests in Brazil

Mar 17 09:12

Could Man's Best Friend Be Man's Best Medicine?

by Alexis Blue

A study of the interaction between humans and dogs is the first for the UA's new Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative.

Most dog owners will tell you their furry friends make them feel good emotionally. But the health benefits of owning a dog may not end there...

Mar 17 09:06

MAJOR AMERICAN ALLIES IGNORE U.S. PLEAS AND JOIN CHINA’S ALTERNATIVE BANK

he Financial Times now reports that France, Germany and Italy have all agreed to join the China-led international development bank as well, “delivering a blow to US efforts to keep leading western countries out of the new institution.” This week, 2 major U.S. allies – 2 of the “Five Eyes” – have disregarded American pleas and joined China’s new development bank … alternative to the US-dominated IMF and World Bank lending order. (A third member of the Five Eyes – New Zealand – previously signed onto the Chinese bank.)

Mar 17 09:03

THE WOLF IS GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE: THE GOVERNMENT’S WAR ON CYBERTERRORISM

Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore. As constitutional law professor Garrett Epps points out, “Big Brother is watching…. Big Brother may be watching you right now, and you may never know. Since 9/11, our national life has changed forever. Surveillance is the new normal.”

Mar 17 08:52

Flashback: Prosecutors Refuse to Give Jahar Tsarnaev's Defense Team Pictures of Autopsy Exams

bar Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from seeing some of the gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the attack.

Mar 17 08:46

Bill to Pull Plug On NSA Introduced in Texas

Activist Post

Legislation would Turn Off Water and Electric to San Antonio Facility

A Texas legislator introduced a bill that would stop the independent Texas power grid from being used to power mass, warrantless surveillance by the NSA last week...

Mar 17 08:43

This is the moral Israeli army in action ?

SHOCKING!! Video of Israeli Torture

Mar 17 08:39

Snow likely in N.J. on first day of spring

It appears winter is not ready to release New Jersey from its grip, regardless of what the calendar says

Forecasters believe a measurable snowfall is likely to accompany the first day of spring Friday as a storm develops off the Mid-Atlantic coast with just enough cold air in place to keep at least some of the precipitation that falls frozen.

Mar 17 08:38

Portland over budget for snow cleanup, may qualify for federal aid

Up to 75 percent of city expenses related to cleanup from the Jan. 26-28 winter storms may be reimbursed by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Mar 17 08:37

Snow to Hit Northeast on First Day of Spring

A storm spreading rain across the South this week will take a northward jog and spread snow into part of the Northeast on Friday.

Spring officially arrives on Friday, March 20, at 6:45 p.m. EDT, but Old Man Winter may have the last laugh.

Mar 17 08:33

What can creditors take in a bankruptcy?

Dear Bankruptcy Adviser,
I am on very limited income: unemployment and early Social Security. If I file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, can my creditors such as banks (for my charge cards) take my personal items such as jewelry, clothes or furniture? Should I do something with these items before filing? And will Chapter 7 delay my home foreclosure?

Mar 17 08:31

Stay Alert Against Fake Calls And Emails IRS

Tax scams take many different forms. Recently, the most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who claim to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. Also, they may try to steal your identity. Here are some tips from the IRS to help you avoid becoming a victim of these types of tax scams:

http://whatisusa.info/stay-alert-against-fake-calls-and-emails-irs/

Mar 17 08:27

Iraq, the Ultimate War Crime: Erasing the History of Mesopotamia. The Destruction of Nineveh

From the day of the US-UK invasion that “fructifying richness”, societal, cultural, historic has been systematically, deliberately erased in one of the most devastating, despotic, desecrating, pulverizing cultural armageddons in history.

March 19th commemorates the twelfth anniversary of the destruction of that “crucible”, it’s wonders still unceasingly pillaged and destroyed.

When the National Museum was looted (10th - 12th April 2003) American troops stood by – whilst their colleagues diligently guarded the Oil Ministry.

As some of antiquity’s most sublime, wonders – fifteen thousand items – were looted, Donald Rumsfeld, demonstrably a cultural cretin, remarked: “stuff happens.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.

There is a valid concern that Iraq's ancient archeological sites face risk of complete destruction. And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites is deliberate policy.

Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.

Iraq's ancient heritage was enshrined in its ancient sites and museum. As a result of the war, many of those sites have been damaged or destroyed. Part of the ancient city or Ur now lies underneath a US air base runway. The treasures of the museum have only partly been recovered. The treasures from the looted archaeological sites have been scattered to the world.

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it "all went away." The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.

There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people reassuring each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the one that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So "embellishment" was a low-risk activity.

We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Israelites. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh's household, then give the kid a Hebrew name ("Moses" is actually an Egyptian title meaning "Prince" and is included in the names of many Pharaoh's names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.) But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the "Celebrity dates space alien" stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It's just a story.

But, over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, technology has started to catch up with these ancient myths and call many of them into doubt.

So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Old Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose claimed ancient history remains unsupported by science.

In that context, the strange behavior of the US military which posted guards around the Iraq oil ministry while leaving the Baghdad museum unguarded suddenly starts to make sense, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that leveling the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in archaeological proofs of claimed ancient histories to stand clear in the world's view!

Mar 17 08:24

Fund managers fleeing U.S. stocks on rate-hike fears: Merrill Lynch survey

Investors are shunning U.S. equities at the highest rate since the financial crisis on speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the second quarter, according to the monthly B.of A. Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey.

Mar 17 08:22

BEX ALERT - Basically, the only unusually cold place on Earth last month was the eastern U.S.

February was Earth's second-warmest such month on record, finishing up as the second-warmest winter and warmest 12-month period on record, according to preliminary NASA data. Both of these milestones signal the continued influence of manmade global warming as well as natural climate factors that are acting to elevate global temperatures.

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Nonsense! One town in Italy got 100 inches of snow in a single 18 hour period and last Friday we had a blizzard on the Big Island here in Hawaii that required the evacuation of the observatories! The Mexico City-Puebla freeway was closed by snow just a few days ago!

Mar 17 08:16

Lawmakers say TTP meetings classified to keep Americans in the dark

According to Grayson, putting Wednesday's ISDS briefing in a classified setting "is part of a multi-year campaign of deception and destruction

Mar 17 08:16

CNN Is Beating the Drums of War

President George W. Bush’s national security advisor, Condi Rice, warned Americans that Saddam Hussein’s (nonexistent) weapons of mass destruction could result in a mushroom cloud going up over an American city. No such threat existed. But today a very real threat exists over all American cities, and the national security advisor does not notice.

The threat issues from Washington and arises from the demonization of Russia and its leadership.

Wolf Blitzer (CNN, March 13) used the cover of a news program to broadcast a propaganda performance straight out of the Third Reich or perhaps from George Orwell’s 1984. The orchestration presented Russia as a massive, aggressive military threat. The screen was filled with missiles firing and an assortment of American General Strangeloves urging provocative measures to be deployed against the Russian Threat. Blitzer’s program is part of the orchestrated propaganda campaign whose purpose is to prepare Americans for conflict with Russia.

Mar 17 08:15

Spanish Bank Seeks Creditor Protection After Withdrawals

Banco de Madrid SA stopped operations and is seeking protection from creditors after the U.S. accused its parent, Banca Privada d’Andorra, of money laundering.

Customers of the Spanish bank withdrew significant amounts of funds, leading to a “strong deterioration” of its financial situation, according an e-mailed statement Monday from Banco of Spain, the central bank. Client deposits of up to 100,000 euros ($105,000) are guaranteed by Spain’s deposit-guarantee fund, the central bank said.

Mar 17 08:14

Vote NO! on Loretta Lynch

She's called the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program "constitutional and effective."

She's refused to state whether or not she believed the President has the power to carry out drone strikes on US soil against American citizens.

And she's referred to civil asset "theft" as a "wonderful tool."

I'm talking, of course, about Loretta Lynch.

Unless you and I turn up the heat on the Senate like never before, she could soon be confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney General.

Mar 17 08:05

U.S. Ebola Patient in Critical Condition

An American being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington, D.C. is now in critical condition, the NIH said Monday.

It's bad news for the health care worker who was infected in Sierra Leone while trying to help fight the West African epidemic, which has sickened more than 24,000 people and killed more than 10,000 of them in a year.

Mar 17 08:05

Spam Filtering Service had access to Clinton Classified Emails

Not often do we break news on Dvorak News but today we do. Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses. What this means is – employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee – had full access to all her classified state department email in unencrypted form.

Here’s the MX records for clintonemail.com.

clintonemail.com. 7200 IN MX 10 clintonemail.com.inbound10.mxlogicmx.net.
clintonemail.com. 7200 IN MX 10 clintonemail.com.inbound10.mxlogic.net.

Mar 17 08:03

Putin´s Confident: Putin to Nationalize Rothschild´s Central Bank and Purge “Collaborators” with West.

Under the Constitution, the CBR belongs to a foreign State – the City of London – and is taking orders from London and Washington.

Mar 17 08:00

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson charged with concealing child sex abuse

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse.

The charges relate to Hunter region paedophile priest Jim Fletcher, who worked with the Archbishop in NSW in the 1970s.

Wilson announced in a statement he would take leave from his position after being notified of the charges filed against him by NSW Police.

Mar 17 08:00

Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival holds lead in Israel election

He didn’t get the invitation to address Congress on Iran, but he may just beat the man who did.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog’s center-left coalition holds a small but clear lead as Israelis head to the polls Tuesday. If he wins and is able to form a government, Mr. Herzog is expected to present a very different face to the world than the far better known Benjamin Netanyahu has over the past six years.

Unlike Mr. Netanyahu, who made last-minute pre-election headlines Monday by declaring that he no longer supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr. Herzog has long supported the idea of Palestinian statehood and has pledged during his campaign to push anew for peace talks if he is elected.

Mar 17 07:59

Bill C-51 First Step to Fascist Society - Michael Rivero

Mar 17 07:54

US hires Russian-speaking men for drills with US Marines for $19 an hour

A job ad seeking Russian and Ukrainian men for combat drills with US Marines has recently attracted a lot of public attention on the Internet. It goes about targeted training for US soldiers in military actions against Eastern Slavs, Pravda.Ru says.

The ad requests Ukrainian and Russian speaking men between the ages of 18 and 65 to take part in an 'immersive simulation training program' with US Marines between March 29th and March 31st of 2015. This temporary position will pay these men $19 an hour for an 8 to 12 hour day shift.

Mar 17 07:49

LIVE BLOG: Netanyahu: The right-wing is in danger – Arabs are voting in droves

Likud is troubled over high voter turnout in the Arab community. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently uploaded a video to his Facebook page in which he said: "The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out. We have no V15, we have Order 8 [code for emergency call up to IDF reserve duty], we have only you. Get out to vote, bring your friends and family, vote Likud in order to close the gap between us and 'Labor.'"

Mar 17 07:47

In photos: Defying Israel’s demolition orders in the South Hebron Hills

The residents of these rural communities have lived in this part of the West Bank for decades, many of them since before the Israeli military occupation began in 1967 and long before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Many families have documents proving ownership of the land.

In the 1980s, the Israeli army declared most of the area as a closed military zone for training — a designation imposed on approximately 18 percent of the West Bank. Approximately 5,000 Palestinians, mostly herders, live in those areas. The land of Masafer Yatta was subsequently leased to the World Zionist Organization for the development of Israel’s settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Mar 17 07:46

Israel lobby, UK officials attempt to shut down Univ. of Southampton conference

Of course, this claim betrayed how little science the global warming people really know. Warm water RISES TO THE SURFACE. Even if there were some mechanism to "hide" warming in the deep ocean, it could not stay there due to convection.

Mar 17 07:45

Study Finds Earth’s Ocean Abyss Has NOT Warmed- Not Warmed!

Recall we are supposed to believe that the oceans have absorbed the warming that hasn’t occurred for approximately 15 years now? Yup, in 2013 we were informed by the AGW agenda pushers/profiteers that the deep ocean absorbed all the warming. Allegedly. IPCC claims deep ocean water taking a bullet for us

“Initially absorbed by surface waters, that heat is increasingly moving into the deep ocean, where it may seem "hidden" .....

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Of course, this claim betrayed how little science the global warming people really know. Warm water RISES TO THE SURFACE. Even if there were some mechanism to "hide" warming in the deep ocean, it could not stay there due to convection.

Mar 17 07:39

The First Jewish Lie: The Old Testament fabrication that the Israelites were slaves in Egypt

It seems that Jews have lied about their history in the Old Testament. Overwhelming new evidence by top Egyptian and Israeli scholars shows that Jews were never slaves in Egypt.

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Mar 17 07:36

Actor Chuck Norris: Netanyahu is a Strong Leader

Famed actor Chuck Norris is once again endorsing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and is calling on all his friends in Israel to vote for the Likud party in Tuesday’s election.

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Bibi's celebrity army is on the move!

Mar 17 07:34

Fact-checker takes Obama to task for gun claims

President Obama is under fire from The Washington Post’s fact-checker over a series of recent far-fetched gun claims, including suggesting the country’s homicide rate is higher than that of other industrialized nations “by like a mile.”

The comments, made during a stop in South Carolina last week, earned the president three out of four "Pinocchios" -- the fact-checker's scale for measuring inaccuracy.

Mar 17 07:30

Israelis go to polls after bitter election campaign

With Binyamin Netanyahu trailing in the last opinion polls to his main rival, Yitzhak Herzog of the opposition Zionist Union, Tuesday’s election has been presented to Israelis – 5.8 million of whom are eligible to vote – as a choice over the country’s future direction.

Mar 17 07:30

Bin Laden and Bibi, Together At Last

Remember the brouhaha a few months ago when it was revealed that fighters of the Nusra Front, the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, had seized territory adjacent to Israel? The "let’s intervene in Syria" crowd was up in arms: this supposedly proved the absolute necessity of going full-bore into the region, with US bombing raids and unrestrained support for "moderate" jihadists out to overthrow Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. After all, we can’t leave our loyal ally, Israel, at the mercy of Osama bin Laden’s heirs, can we?

As it turns out, however, Nusra has left the Israelis alone – and, indeed, it looks like there is a de facto alliance between bin Laden’s boys and Bibi’s bombardiers.

Mar 17 07:29

Coca-Cola caught running massive payola scheme to churn out deceptive corporate propaganda on over 1,000 news sites

No matter what junk science the global corporations are trying to push, there's always a long list of scientists, doctors and journalists ready to accept some payola money to spread their propaganda. The latest example comes from the Coca-Cola company, which paid "fitness and nutrition experts" to place pro-Coke articles in over 1,000 news websites (including major newspapers) to position Coca-Cola as a "healthy snack."

Yep. Guzzling a can full of high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid and chemical flavorings is being pawned off as "healthy" in America's corporate-run media circus.

Mar 17 07:28

“Avalanche of opposition to Bill C-51” says National Day of Action Co-Organizer Paul Finch

There was a groundswell of support for today’s National Day of Action Against Bill C-51. Seventy actions took place across the country, from Victoria to Halifax. In Vancouver, more than 2,500 concerned citizens gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery to stand up for democracy.

Mar 17 07:27

More than 100 German fighting in eastern Ukraine

Google translate: Still holds the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. But around the city of Mariupol growing concern of a renewed outbreak of fighting - with which more and German are also involved. More than 100 German citizens have joined the Russian separatists according to research by the "Welt am Sonntag". In most of these fighters are Russian-German repatriates, some of them are former Bundeswehr soldiers.

Mar 17 07:22

Surging support for Palestine fuels JVP’s biggest meeting yet

The first Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) meeting Mitchell Plitnick attended was in 1999, in a living room alongside fifteen people. The latest JVP meeting he went to was last weekend, where over five hundred people took over the second floor of the Baltimore Hyatt. Hundreds more wanted to attend, but it was sold out.

Mar 17 07:21

Three Judges Fired For Watching Porn At Work

Three judges have been fired for allegedly viewing pornography at work - a fourth would also have been sacked but resigned first.

Mar 17 07:19

Boy Suspended for Year and Prosecuted for Bringing A Leaf to School

Carey Wedler
Activist Post

An 11-year-old boy has endured relentless attacks from the government for bringing a leaf to school that tested negative for marijuana.

Nevertheless, he was suspended from school for a 364 days and charged with possession of marijuana – even after it was proven on multiple occasions that the plant was not weed...

Mar 17 07:15

Huckabee sends letter calling John Kerry 'offensive and hypocritical' on Israel

When Kerry claimed the Senate letter was “unprecedented” and “wrong,” Huckabee turned the tables on him. “The fact is, your willingness to trust Iran and undermine Israel is what is unprecedented and wrong,” Huckabee stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Mr. Huckabee, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

And just to keep you honest, please recall that Iran has not initiated a war of conquest against another nation in over 200 years; a sharp contrast to the US and Israel, which these days cannot seem to go two months without invading, drone-striking, or overthrowing someone else's nation!

Mar 17 07:09

Italy, Spain to follow if Greece exits eurozone, says Greek defense minister

Panos Kammenos, Greece's defense minister, spoke to German newspaper "Bild" on Saturday, saying his country's leaving the euro could precede an exit by Italy and Spain, followed by Germany in the future.

Mar 17 07:09

Coca-Cola Pays Nutritionists to Promote Coke as Heart Healthy

by SM Gibson

Did you realize that last month was American Heart Month? Coca-Cola sure did.

The corporate soft drink giant, who has been trying to combat declining sales in the United States, has begun partnering with fitness experts and nutritionists to promote a mini-can of Coke as a ‘healthy’ snack. In February, the idea of drinking a mini-Coke for heart health was suggested on many nutrition blogs and even in major newspapers and websites...

Mar 17 07:09

No, the minimum wage isn't forcing these Seattle restaurants to close

David Watkins of the Lawyers, Guns & Money blog points out that the minimum wage opponents are declaring "We told you so" way too soon. In fact, the article that inspired the gloating doesn't ascribe any of the closings to the minimum wage increase and, indeed, points to different reasons in every case. As for the idea that Seattle restaurants are "closing in record number" (sic), as the Tea Party News Network proclaims, it's just not so

Mar 17 07:07

"Colossal Defeat" For Obama As Australia Joins China's Regional Bank

Having attacked its "closest ally" UK for "constant accomodation" with China, we suspect President Obama will be greatly displeased at yet another close-ally's decision to partner up with the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). As The Australian reports, "make no mistake," the decision by Australia's Abbott government to sign on for negotiations to join China’s regional bank, foreshadowed by Tony Abbott at the weekend, "represents a colossal defeat for the Obama administration’s incompetent, distracted, ham-fisted dip­lomacy in Asia."

Mar 17 07:06

Obama Admin. clarifies Kerry comments on Syria, says Assad must go

President Barack Obama Administration on Monday attempted to play down Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks that suggest the US would be ready to negotiate with the Assad regime in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not a clarification. It is a total reversal of what Kerry said.

Mar 17 07:05

US intel. scraps Iran, Hezbollah from terrorist threats list

The US National Intelligence has removed Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, from its list of "terrorist threats."

Mar 17 07:04

Christopher Bollyn 2015 “Solving 911 Ends the War”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From approx. 27 mins there's an extraordinary and interesting list of "who's who". Some names are known....but it''s the previously unknowns who are noteworthy.

Mar 17 07:00

LIVE BLOG: Netanyahu: The right-wing is in danger - Arabs are voting in droves

Israelis are voting on Tuesday in an election called last December by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The election culminates a strident, personal campaign that, to the surprise of many, finds the incumbent fighting for his political life against the once implausible challenger Isaac Herzog.

Mar 17 06:57

Isis has established a foothold in Afghanistan, says UN envoy

The top UN envoy in Afghanistan has said there was clear evidence that Isis has established a foothold in Afghanistan, a view echoed by Russia which urged the Security Council to stop its expansion.

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"So we can go back into Afghanistan, right? Right? Right? Right?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 17 06:55

Defying U.S., European allies say they'll join China-led bank

Germany, France and Italy said on Tuesday they had agreed to join a new China-led Asian investment bank after close ally Britain defied U.S. pressure to become a founder member of a venture seen in Washington as a rival to the World Bank.

Mar 17 06:55

Paul Krugman exposes how Netanyahu used Iran to conceal Israel’s economic disaster

The real reason behind Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent anti-Iran speech to Congress had nothing to do with foreign policy, Paul Krugman opines in Monday’s column. Insulting the president is not the way to go about that. No, Netanyahu has a serious problem at home and polls suggest that he may well get the boot in Tuesday’s election. That problem might sound familiar—Israel has become almost as unequal as America, and there is widespread economic discontent in the country that once was built on the socialist ideals of the kibbutz syztem.

Mar 17 06:53

Netanyahu's Last-Minute Reversal on the Two-State Solution

The speech was deemed remarkable because it contained Netanyahu's first-ever call for the establishment of a Palestinian state, a statement he had resisted throughout his long and winding political career.

Nearly six years and three Gaza wars later, and with his political legacy on the ropes, Netanyahu issued a major retraction on Monday evening: “I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands, is giving attack grounds to the radical Islam against the state of Israel,” he said in a radio interview.

Mar 17 06:47

Global Security Agencies Rebrand 'Mass Surveillance'

March 16, 2015 - Agencies ranging from the NSA to the UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee are working to rebrand several security phrases, including swapping the controversial “mass surveillance” with the less-ominous term “bulk data collection.” RT’s Marina Portnaya takes a look at the changes and the hopes for rebranding in the security community.

Mar 17 06:37

FLASHBACK - Selective Memri

The reason for Memri's air of secrecy becomes clearer when we look at the people behind it. The co-founder and president of Memri, and the registered owner of its website, is an Israeli called Yigal Carmon.

Mr - or rather, Colonel - Carmon spent 22 years in Israeli military intelligence and later served as counter-terrorism adviser to two Israeli prime ministers, Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.

Retrieving another now-deleted page from the archives of Memri's website also throws up a list of its staff. Of the six people named, three - including Col Carmon - are described as having worked for Israeli intelligence.

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MEMRI provides translations of Arabic media to US media, but the translations are always skewed to make Arabs look bad, such as the mistranslation of Ahmadinejad's "Zionism will vanish from the pages of history" into "We will wipe Israel off of the map." At the moment, MEMRI seems to have joined Rita Katz' SITE Intelligence Group in producing highly dubious proofs of ISIS' crimes against Christians, trying to stoke the new (un)Holy Crusades of Christians against the Muslims.

Mar 17 05:45

STRATFOR: US AIMS TO PREVENT A GERMAN-RUSSIAN ALLIANCE

The head of the private intelligence agency Stratfor has for the first time publicly said that the US government considers to be its overriding strategic objective the prevention of a German-Russian alliance. Blocking that alliance is the only way to prevent an alternative world power capable of challenging extension of the American position of being the world’s lone superpower.

Mar 17 04:39

For Angel Gonzalez Hispanics Are The Most Discriminated In US Prisons

Angel Gonzalez met with the Consul Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías.
Angel Gonzalez took him 20 years of his life to prove his innocence for a crime he did not commit. He waited for science was on his side.

During an interview for Time 21 program, González explained that from the beginning there were irregularities in his case because he did not have a translator.

http://whatisusa.info/for-angel-gonzalez-hispanics-are-the-most-discri...

Mar 17 03:33

Pentagon blocks UN torture investigator from meeting Gitmo detainees

The Pentagon said it will refuse the United Nations special rapporteur on torture from interviewing or even meeting detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. The UN’s Juan E. Mendez called for increased access to the prison last week.

Mar 17 03:26

Four Numbers That Prove America Is a Deeply Messed-Up Place

There's something perversely wrong with a society that creates $30 trillion in new wealth while putting six million more children on food stamps.

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