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July 1, 2015

Jul 01 07:51

U.S. State Department: We won’t protect Israeli settlements against boycott

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday punched a big hole in Israel-led efforts to induce the Obama administration to regard boycotts of settlements as identical to boycott of Israel proper.

Jul 01 07:50

At least 50 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai terror attacks

Islamist militants on Wednesday launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai in which at least 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.

Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal.

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I think we have another case of the label "ISIS" being applied to the people of a nation trying to kick out their US puppet ruler.

Jul 01 07:48

The Official Barack Obama Bullsh*t Decoder

Likely you have noticed. You hear Barack Obama say something today and it just doesn’t seem to be what you remember him saying originally. It seems very different. To assist liberals in understanding what Barack Obama means when he says something I have compiled an Obama Bullsh*t Decoder that should be of great aid.

Jul 01 07:46

What’s the Timetable to a Grexit?

We are in the climax of Greece’s debt crisis. It has been a slow-burn crisis, a five-year-long string of high-drama confrontations amid tedious talks. These next three weeks are crucial. On Tuesday, Greece defaulted on the International Monetary Fund. July 20 is the endgame—the day Greece must repay a bond to the European Central Bank.


Jul 01 07:45

Israel deports former Tunisian president to France

Following Israel's hijacking of the Gaza-bound ship Marianne in international waters on Monday, Arab-Israeli Basel Ghattas MK has been released from custody and former Tunisian President Moncef Al-Marzouki has been deported to France, reported Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Sixteen foreign nationals were on board the vessel, along with two Israelis, Ghattas and a television reporter. The MK could face a parliamentary hearing to see whether he should face sanctions or not. He revealed that MEP Ana Miranda was also deported along with Al-Marzouki.

According to Ghattas, the Israeli navy intercepted the Marianne at 2am local time and the crew turned the engines off, refusing to cooperate with the Israelis. By 7am, the navy was towing the ship towards Ashdod. "The Israelis confiscated all of the activists' personal belongings, including mobile phones and other equipment," he said. "They did not allow any telephone calls to be made by anyone on board."

Jul 01 07:44

10 things they’re not telling you about the Greek crisis

The Greeks are in a crisis because they’re a bunch of lazy deadbeats, right?

After all, they work only 10 months of the year — and get paid for 14. They retire at 25 and lounge around in cafes drinking ouzo. They live on handouts from Germany and cheat on their taxes. The troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have tried and tried and tried to help them, but they just won’t listen. And now they’ve gone full moonbat and are refusing to pay back even a scrap of the money they’ve borrowed.

Right?

Rubbish.

Almost everything you’re being told about the Greek crisis is a load of complete nonsense.

Jul 01 07:42

The real losers from a Greek exit won’t be in Greece

Sooner or later, Greece is going to get out of the single currency.

And there is a paradox in that which most commentators have so far missed. When the moment comes, the Greeks themselves will be just fine. But the collateral damage will be huge.

Jul 01 07:41

Ending the Ownership of Money

As is now common knowledge, some of the world’s most powerful countries are insolvent due to ever-increasing sovereign debt. At this point, the economies are being held together through only one factor: continued faith in the currency by the average citizen. As soon as that faith disappears, the economies will crash.

Not surprisingly, the leaders of these countries and their close associates (particularly the banks) are actively seeking means by which they can escape the effects of the crisis they have created and still retain some sort of control.

For some time, I’ve predicted that one way in which they will accomplish this will be the elimination of cash, that in order to prevent a run on the banks in which the average citizen simply removes his money from the system, such a removal would be made impossible by ending the existence of bank notes. It would be replaced with an electronic currency system, so that the only “cash” that exists is a credit in a bank account.

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Jul 01 07:40

Russophrenia - an Illness in Need of a Cure

Russophrenia - a condition where the sufferer believes Russia is both about to collapse, and take over the world.

Since 2013, instances of this ailment have reached epidemic-like proportions in certain parts of Washington, London and Brussels.

However, when I was actually living in Russia, I got so caught up in the place that I completely forgot how little fellow Westerners know of the country. It frustrated me when I returned to Europe, giddy with enthusiasm for my temporary home, to meet attitudes to Russia that haven’t changed much since the Cold War and the days of “reds in the bed.”

Jul 01 07:38

Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine after pay dispute

Russian gas company Gazprom has halted all natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kyiv failed to make an advanced payment for July. Kyiv revealed on Tuesday it would suspend Russian gas purchases.

Jul 01 07:36

Greece Again Can Save The West — Paul Craig Roberts

Like Marathon, Thermopylae, Plateau and Mycale roughly 2,500 years ago, Western freedom again depends on Greece. Today Washington and its empire of European vassal states are playing the part of the Persian Empire, and belatedly the Greeks have formed a government, Syriza, that refuses to submit to the Washington Empire.

Few people understand that the fate of Western liberty, what remains of it, is at stake in the conflict, and, indeed, the fate of life on earth. Certainly the German government does not understand. Sigmar Gabriel, a German vice-chancellor, has declared the Greek government to be a threat to the European order. What he means by the “European order” is the right of the stronger countries to loot the weaker ones.

The “Greek crisis” is not about debt. Debt is the propaganda that the Empire is using to subdue sovereignty throughout the Western world.

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Jul 01 07:34

Israel asking US for 50% increase in next defense package

Defense News reported this weekend that Israel and US officials have in recent months begun negotiations on the next 10-year aid package.
The previous package, negotiated by the George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert governments in 2007, averaged $3 billion of assistance each year, for a total of $30 billion, from 2007-2017.

The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants that to increase to $42-45 billion over the 2018-2028 period, Defense News reported, adding that President Barack Obama during his March 2013 visit to Israel “endorsed in principle” that range.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greedy, greedy, greedy, greedy, greedy


Jul 01 07:29

SCOTUS Case Could Bring “Right to Work” to All 50 States

Labor Notes’ Samantha Winslow explains how the Supreme Court could weaken public sector worker unions.

Jul 01 07:18

Drone footage: Massive blaze engulfs historic Oregon Civic Stadium

Historic Civic Stadium in Eugene, Oregon has been engulfed in flames. Parts of the stadium grandstands have been burnt away and a giant plume of smoke is visible throughout the city, according to local media reports.


Jul 01 07:17

AP on Twitter - Council of Europe: Conditions of Greek referendum fall short of international standards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Building a case for the creditors to ignore the will of the Greek people?

Jul 01 07:16

Greek Referendum Plan by Alexis Tsipras Tests His Power and Conviction

As Friday night became Saturday morning, with sidewalk cafes still bustling in central Athens, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras abruptly appeared on national television.

Mr. Tsipras, only 40, had spent his five months in office locked in increasingly acrimonious negotiations with Greece’s creditors. Belittled by critics, and facing the prospect of default, he was under intense pressure to sign a deal.

Instead, Mr. Tsipras tossed a grenade.

Jul 01 07:15

Key Greek Referendum Debt Document Mistranslated

There are three scenarios, and the document’s conclusion is that under the first two there are “no sustainability issues” when the country’s financing needs are taken into account. The official translation provided by the Foreign Ministry and sent to reporters on Monday, though, was missing the word “no.” So the Greek text reads that there is a sustainability issue.

In addition, Greek parliament minutes show that a separate draft translation provided to lawmakers before they were asked to approve the referendum also dropped this crucial “no.” Spokespersons from the interior and foreign ministries declined to comment on the error.

Jul 01 07:13

Fresh Greek Bailout Proposal Falls Short of Creditors’ Demands

A new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials Wednesday as insufficient to revive negotiations over a new bailout for Athens.


Jul 01 07:08

Nearly 1 in 4 People Shot By Police Are Mentally Ill, More Are Just Distraught

...has decided to take details of officer-involved shootings and compile this year's data to detect patterns.

One pattern that soon became clear: the significant amount of mentally unstable or distraught people who are shot on site.

Last year, I wrote about one such instance in "Naked? Acting Weird? On-site Execution by Police..."

Jul 01 06:18

Ukraine Civil War Has Revealed the EU Has No Spine

The EU is a spineless and voiceless US colony with no foreign policy at all. The EU officials are no less corrupt than the Ukrainian ones (and I am not even sure of which ones are cheaper to purchase!). This crisis also also shown that the EU has absolutely no moral or civilizational values, that all the so-called “EU values” are just a thin veneer of respectability over a systematic use of double-standards. For the life of me I cannot think of a single reason to call Poroshenko or Bokassa or Mobutu more corrupt or less principled than Merkel, Hollande or Cameron.
Numerous Russian politicians have reported that in their private conversations with European diplomats the latter have admitted many times that they fully understood Russia’s stance, but that they could not say so openly. So they are *knowingly* supporting the wrong side.


Jul 01 06:04

Russia waiting for France’s proposal on settling situation with Mistrals — state agency

Russia is expecting to receive France’s proposals on settling the situation with delivering Mistral helicopter carriers, Rosoboronexport deputy head Igor Sevastyanov told TASS on Wednesday.
"It is too early to talks about any concrete results," Sevastyanov, who heads the arms exporter’s delegation at the International Maritime Defense Show, said, refusing to provide any further details.
Russia to build landing ships to replace Mistral class vessels — Navy commander http://tass.ru/en/russia/805200
"We are capable of building our own vessels and we know how to do that".

Jul 01 05:58

How the Pentagon and American bases pollute and control humanity

Poland and Baltic countries, other places in Europe are now fanaticized against Russia because our information, our culture, our military are controlled by maddened American imperialism. We perfectly know thank to Mr Ulfkotte that the American CIA controls the great media in Europe and bribes the most famous journalists. The elite in France or elsewhere have sold their soul (if they had one!) to American corporations, and this cause explains scandalous and secret TTIP.
But I want to remind the importance of American bases that have sprawled like cancer, virus or insects all around the world. Before the last war, there were 14 American military settlements the world. After the war, they were 30 000. Now there are around 200 bases around the world, involving more than 100 000 soldiers. One may think that it is not so important. But the impact of these bases is enormous on our life and behaviour. These bases are the experiment laboratories of our 'hallucinated' (Kunstler) way of life.

Jul 01 05:51

The 75 Trillion Dollar Shadow Banking System Is In Danger Of Collapsing

Keep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core. According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars.

Jul 01 05:47

Norwegian kids allowed to become transgender in 7 years

The Norwegian government introduced legislation, enabling children to change their sex in the age of 7. Thus, the country will have one of the lowest age, allowing to change sex.
The vast majority of the European countries let citizens to change sex only since the age of 18.
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services claimed that in a case a kid wants to change sex being from 7 to 16 years old, he should advise the parents first. After the permission, the surgery can be conducted without any psychological or medical study.
Some years ago, the Head of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a declaration to stop violence and discrimination regarding nonconventional sexual orientation representatives.


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Jul 01 05:18

Treason? Neocons openly planning to support Al Qaeda in Syria

With their plans for regime change in Syria not working out as planned, the neocons are desperately looking around for another hare-brained scheme to sell.

Jul 01 04:57

It's Official: The Pentagon Finally Admitted That Israel Has Nuclear Weapons, Too

While the Washington press corps obsessed over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails at the State Department, reporters were missing a far more important story about government secrets. After five decades of pretending otherwise, the Pentagon has reluctantly confirmed that Israel does indeed possess nuclear bombs, as well as awesome weapons technology similar to America’s.

Jul 01 04:56

Iran and six world powers extend nuclear negotiations deadline by one week

"The P5+1 and Iran have decided to extend the measures under the Joint Plan of Action until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution," said Marie Harf, a senior adviser for strategic communications at the US State Department.
The major text of the final 80-page deal is still a subject of negotiations in Austria’s capital Vienna. Now the scrupulous work will continue at the level of experts and political directors. It is still unclear when the ministers will join it.
A diplomatic source told TASS has not ruled out that the ministers could arrive in Vienna by July 5. "We are discussing the issue on the possibility of the meeting on Sunday," he said.

Jul 01 04:53

The elephant in the room: Israel’s nuclear weapons

By his side was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the room with them, there was an elephant, a large and formidably destructive elephant, which they and the assembled press pretended not to see.

I am, of course, referring to Israel’s actual nuclear weapons systems, with which Netanyahu is capable of doing to numerous cities in the Middle East, including Tehran, what the US did to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Iran, by contrast, has no nuclear weapons. The US President said so himself in Prague on 5 April 2009 in his major speech on nuclear disarmament. “Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon,” he admitted.


Jul 01 04:53

Russia says Palestinian sovereignty serves interests of international community

In a message to participants in an international seminar in support of peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Lavrov said: "Mutually acceptable agreements should ensure creation of an independent, territorially integral and viable Palestinian state that would co-exist in peace and security with Israel."

Jul 01 04:51

Greece has not applied to Russia for financial aid — finance minister

Greece has not applied to Russia for financial aid in recent days, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters on Wednesday.
"No," - he said when responding to the relevant question.

Jul 01 04:50

Ukraine’s Federation of Employers calls on Poroshenko to send government to resignation

"The anti-national, anti-Ukrainian policy of the current government has led to an undeclared default. As a result of the government’s unprofessionalism, the country’s aggregate foreign debt for the first time in history has exceeded its GDP and reached 110.5%," the Federation said in an appeal.
The employers demand a "moratorium on privatization be imposed in condition of default." "Most of the 300 debtor enterprises subject to privatization will be sold at a price that is lower than their real cost," the appeal said.

Donetsk republic preparing report on Kiev’s breach of UN convention on children’s rights http://tass.ru/en/world/805115

Jul 01 04:47

Gas import from Russia to Ukraine down 73.4% in first half of 2015 — Ukrtransgaz

In the first half of the year the reverse gas import from the European countries increased 10.5-fold from 600 mln cubic meters in the first half of 2014 to 6.3 bln cubic meters in January-June of 2015. "The largest gas volume was imported from Slovakia - 716 mln cubic meters," Ukrtransgaz said.
Ukraine suspends natural gas import from Hungary — Ukrtransgaz http://tass.ru/en/economy/805134

Jul 01 04:42

Russian delegation will not participate in PA OSCE session in Helsinki — lawmaker

"It became known yesterday in the evening that under the pressure from Washington and Brussels, the Finnish authorities deny five members of the Russian delegation the legal right to participate in the PA OSCE session," Naryshkin said, commenting on Finland’s decision to deny him entry to participate in PA OSCE session. "My colleagues agreed with me that it is impressible to lower the level of representation of the Russian delegation at the session, especially such an important session, devoted to the 40th anniversary of signing the Helsinki Final Act - a fundamental document," he noted. "The Russian delegation in full will not participate in the session," he said. "This is the expression of our protest against arbitrariness, against violation of principles of democracy and parliamentarism," Naryshkin noted.
Denying Russian State Duma speaker entry to Finland unacceptable — Kremlin spokesman http://tass.ru/en/russia/805163

Jul 01 04:36

Russia contributes $6mln for Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan agriculture

Russia will contribute $6mln to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to help Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan develop agriculture.
An order published on the government website says that from 2015 to 2017, Russia will grant $2bn annually to finance technical issues of securing farm output and agriculture’s sustainable development.

Jul 01 04:31

How Israel Weaponized Water

A report from the United Nations found that the average Israeli settler consumes 300 liters of water per day — a figure surpassing even the average Californian’s 290. But thanks to Israeli military action and legal restrictions on access, the average Palestinian in the occupied West Bank only gets about 70. And for the tens of thousands of Palestinians who live off the water grid altogether, daily consumption hovers at around 30. That’s just 10 percent of the Israeli figure.

Jul 01 04:29

Zionism and the Third Reich

Early in 1935, a passenger ship bound for Haifa in Palestine left the German port of Bremerhaven. Its stern bore the Hebrew letters for its name, "Tel Aviv," while a swastika banner fluttered from the mast. And although the ship was Zionist-owned, its captain was a National Socialist Party member. Many years later a traveler aboard the ship recalled this symbolic combination as a "metaphysical absurdity."/1 Absurd or not, this is but one vignette from a little-known chapter of history: The wide-ranging collaboration between Zionism and Hitler's Third Reich.

Jul 01 04:26

Israeli Minister Elkin: 'To all the Jews of France I say: Come home!'

“To all the Jews of France I say: Come home!”, Zeev Elkin said.
Note: Elkin didn't mention all the Jews of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. to come home!

Jul 01 04:22

War Crimes? Us???

The investigation committee bent over backwards to be "balanced", and accused both the Israeli army and Hamas in almost equal terms. That, in itself, is problematic.
This was not a war between equals. On one side, the State of Israel, with one of the mightiest armies in the world. On the other side, a stateless population of 1.8 million people, led by a guerrilla organization devoid of any modern arms.

Jul 01 04:19

Israel Boycotts UN Debate on Gaza War Probe

Israel has boycotted a daylong debate on a report on the 2014 Gaza conflict, calling it biased and flawed. The report, commissioned by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, finds both Israel and armed Palestinian groups may have committed war crimes in Gaza.
The report documents serious violations of international law and human rights abuses committed during Gaza’s seven-week war last summer. More than 2,200 people were killed, most of them Gazans.

Jul 01 04:16

Inside Israel’s Secret War in Syria

Much of what the indictment calls “secret Israeli army activity” is blacked out in the document, and al-Makt’s lawyer declined to comment. But Yamin Zidan, his former attorney, who wasn’t allowed to represent him at the trial because he lacked security clearance, believes the full indictment, if disclosed, would reveal what Israel is really up to in Syria. “The conversations,” he says, “show the level of cooperation between Israel and the rebels against Assad.”

Jul 01 02:35

Racial Tensions Ignite, Distracting Americans While “Major Financial Collapse is Imminent”

Inciting hatred has a tendency to spread and boil over... and then distract from the real issues.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jul 01 00:55

Greece’s Downfall and Redemption

Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Jul 01 00:49

Alexis Tsipras must be stopped: the underlying message of Europe's leaders

One day before Greece’s bailout ends and the country’s financial lifeline melts away, Europe’s big guns have lined up one after another to tell the Greeks unequivocally that voting no in Sunday’s referendum means saying goodbye to the euro.

June 30, 2015

Jun 30 22:06

Australia annexed a self-governing territory and the world remained silent

Compare the overwhelming desire of the people of Crimea for separation from Ukraine and accession to the Russian Federation with how Australia has recently treated the self-governing territory of Norfolk Island, located in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand and the full story of the West’s total and utter hypocrisy comes to light.

Jun 30 22:01

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Free Gaza Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part of Violent Assault on Ship

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an "uneventful" incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

Jun 30 21:55

Greek Referendum on IMF Ultimatum

This is a test. Will the internationalist banksters force extraction of their ill-gotten interest payments to bail out their reckless derivative trades gone wrong, or will a sovereign country abandon the chains of financial elite coercion and renounce their IMF and ECB debt? Make no mistake about it, Greece has lived high on the hog for decades and has serious internal problems. There is no free ride. However, the pain from the coming default is necessary to shed the yoke of a failed European Union construct.

Jun 30 21:41

Letter to God

Please forgive my cynicism and negative connotations in this letter but I find it is often necessary to infuse the negativity to emit action, anger and resolution.

Why do You allow the criminal, corporate media to continuously and incessantly lie to its citizens and not only misrepresent the facts but often fabricate stories in order to inflate the severity of the fiction?

Jun 30 21:36

Greece – A Moving Target

Mr. Tsipras lets it be known that if the Greek vote ‘yes’ – for the austerity program, he may resign – that might bring the hegemon’s desired ‘regime change’.

Greece is a moving target. A new bail-out package in the wings? Being negotiated as these lines are going to print? An act of desperation? – Confusing for sure – for the electorate, for observers – but especially for the suffering every-day Greek. Almost hour by hour things are changing.

A last-minute, last ditch negotiation with Brussels for a new bail-out program has apparently been initiated by Athens for two years. No amount has been mentioned – let alone the austerities that Greece would have to accept – or the troika.

Jun 30 20:23

Warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares access to password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts.

Those contacts include their Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, their Facebook friends. There is method in the Microsoft madness – it saves having to shout across the office or house “what’s the Wi-Fi password?” – but ease of use has to be tamed with security. If you wander close to a wireless network, and your friend knows the password, and you both have Wi-Fi Sense, you can now log into that network.

Wi-Fi Sense doesn’t reveal the plaintext password to your family, friends, acquaintances, and the chap at the takeaway who's an Outlook.com contact, but it does allow them, if they are also running Wi-Fi Sense, to log in to your Wi-Fi.

Jun 30 19:39

Greece becomes first developed nation to default on international obligations

The International Monetary Fund has confirmed that it didn't receive the €1.5 billion payment from Athens that was due by the end of June 30, Brussels time, as Greece becomes the first developed country to default on its international obligations.

Jun 30 19:38

Another black church on fire in South Carolina

The Mt. Zion AME Church in Williamsburg County, South Carolina is on fire and the roof has collapsed, according to local reports. Emergency crews are currently at the scene fighting the blaze.

It’s currently unknown how the fire began, but local WCSC reported that officials received a call about it around 9 pm. The church is located on Mackey Road in Greeleyville.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, COINTELPRO is really trying to kick up race riots to distract us all from the coming economic disaster!

Jun 30 19:10

FAKE HATE: Black Activist Admits Hanging Confederate Flag from Black Soldier Memorial

A Confederate flag was hung on a Boston memorial to black soldiers on Sunday night.
The Boston Globe reported:

A Confederate battle flag was attached Sunday night to a Boston memorial that commemorates one of the first all-black regiments to fight for the union during the Civil War, hanging there for over an hour before a woman removed it.

Melissa Carino, 37, of Lowell said she saw the flag hanging from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the State House at about 8 p.m. Carino said she left and returned to the location later, angered that it had not been removed.

Now here’s the rest of the story…
A black activist hung the flag for shock value.
The Boston Globe reported:

Jun 30 18:38

Sick: ‘Intolerable Levels’ Of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found In Breast Milk

After testing 16 women from different regions all over Germany, the Green Party has found that traces of the chemical glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Round Up, are appearing in breast milk at ‘intolerable levels’ that could harm a developing baby and the mother.

The weed killer traces in breast milk were found to be between 0.210 and 0.432 nanograms per millilitre (PPB). Drinking water is allowed to have no more than 0.100 nanograms of glyphosate.

Jun 30 18:34

Drug cops took a college kid’s life savings and now 13 police departments want a cut

In February 2014, Drug Enforcement Administration task force officers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport seized $11,000 in cash from 24-year-old college student Charles Clarke. They didn't find any guns, drugs or contraband on him. But, according to an affidavit filled out by one of the agents, the task force officers reasoned that the cash was the proceeds of drug trafficking, because Clarke was traveling on a recently-purchased one-way ticket, he was unable to provide documentation for where the money came from, and his checked baggage had an odor of marijuana.

Jun 30 18:33

FBI investigating new fiber cable attack in California

The cut took place in Livermore, a city about 40 miles east of San Francisco, Wuthrich said. He was not able to provide any further information.

Wave Broadband said the fiber cables were physically severed beginning at 4:20 a.m. local time (1220 GMT). Repairs are underway, but Wave could not say when service would be restored.

Jun 30 18:24

Router malware spreads to steal passwords

Once the virus was running, not only would it steal your information, it would use your computer to send spam containing the virus. However, researchers have noticed that the virus has moved beyond just infecting computers.

The researches have seen hundreds of routers infected with Dyre that are communicating with hacker-run servers and sending out virus-filled spam. So far, the affected routers are ones running MikroTik and Ubiquiti's AirOS operating systems.

Researchers aren't quite sure how the routers are being taken over, but they suspect it's because the routers never had their default password changed. Most new routers come with a default password that's the same for every model unit.

Jun 30 18:19

Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

'Nuff said.

Jun 30 18:15

China's "E*trade Babies" Wiped Out In Market Crash

The relentless, limit-down trading in Chinese stocks that unfolded last week and continued into Monday (despite the PBoC's best efforts to arrest the slide with an emergency rate cut) has wreaked havoc on China's rookie money managers and their unsuspecting clients with losses amounting to as much as 80% in some structured funds.

Jun 30 18:14

Federal employee union sues US government over data breach

The largest US federal employee union has lodged a lawsuit against the federal personnel office for failing to protect personal files from the most damaging cyberthefts in the country’s history.

Jun 30 18:11

‘Greece not for sale’: PM Tsipras urges ‘no’ vote on Euro bailout referendum

All eyes are on Greece today, as it moves closer to defaulting on an IMF repayment, which is due in 10 hours.

Jun 30 18:03

Barack Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either.

Jun 30 17:59

Israel might be heading to the point of no return

Recent international advances by Palestinians threaten a violent backlash

Jun 30 16:03

'Coordinated attack' downs services with cut lines

Internet providers suffered disruptions Tuesday in what a West Coast internet provider said appeared to be a coordinated physical attack on three high-capacity "backbone" lines in California.

Wave Broadband said three major fiber-optic cables in the Sacramento area were "physically severed in what appears to be a coordinated attack on multiple internet carriers."

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Well, that would explain what happened during today's show!

Jun 30 15:42

Mega-merger: Monsanto still seeks takeover of Syngenta, world's largest crop chemical company

Transnational agrochemical and seed giant Monsanto has reiterated its desire to merge with fellow chemical-producing behemoth Syngenta, a company that has already rebuffed three previous purchase attempts by Monsanto.

Jun 30 15:09

Video: Young Americans Shocked to Learn of Hillary’s Multiple Mansions

Young Americans being quizzed on the homes of 2016 Presidential candidates were in for a shock this week after learning of the multiple mansions owned by Hillary Clinton.

Jun 30 14:52

Athens Agonistes: Troika Extremists Write New Greek Tragedy

The people of Greece are being driven to their knees by a gang of brutal religious extremists, willing to destroy whole nations for the sake of something that doesn't even exist. Yet the 'civilized' world cheers these barbarians on as they despoil the cradle of Western democracy.

Greece is facing total collapse unless it knuckles under to the draconian demands of the bizarre cultists known as the Troika, a sinister union of three extremist groups (the I.M.F., the European Central Bank and the European Commission) who seek to impose their harsh and rigid way of life across the world. They insist that control of a nation's wealth be given over to a few powerful emirs and the Troika's favored moneylenders in its richer satrapies.

Jun 30 14:25

Russia Vows Continued Support for Embattled Syria

Obama's war is in its fourth year - using Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists as US proxies to replace Bashar al-Assad with a pro-Western puppet.

Continued conflict killed over 200,000, displaced millions more and created the world's greatest internal and external refugee crisis. Nothing in prospect suggests ending things diplomatically.

Putin and Sergey Lavrov met with Syrian Foreign Minister Wali al-Moualem in Moscow. They pledged continued support in fighting terrorism.

Jun 30 14:19

Microsoft braces for more job cuts

Jun 30 14:19

The Care and Feeding of a Financial Black Hole

If the black hole does succeed in sucking in Greece, then which country is next? Will it be Italy, Spain or Portugal? And, as that process continues, at what point will enough people say that enough is enough? Because when they do, the black hole will shrivel up.

Jun 30 14:15

Protest Is the New Terror: How US Law Enforcement Is Working to Criminalize Dissent

It's well established that the FBI surveilled civil rights and other activists from Martin Luther King Jr. to leaders of the National Lawyers Guild as part of its wide ranging COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) during the 1960s and early 70s. The use of planted news stories, faked communications to create dissension within activist groups, informants to make dubious cases and even assassinations was revealed by a group of activists called the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, who broke into a bureau office in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1971 and found ample evidence of the agency's misdeeds. This is generally seen as an era of terrible government overreach in the name of fighting "communism."

Jun 30 13:48

Puerto Rico May Declare Bankruptcy as US Rejects Bail Out

Puerto Rico signaled Monday that bankruptcy would be a way to restructure its burdensome debt, even while U.S. official say there will be no bail out for the Caribbean island.

Puerto Rican governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla called for a moratorium that would postpone debt payments for years, allowing the country to catch up on payments while also investing at home in key areas like job creation. He also called for the U.S. to allow the country to file for bankruptcy to enabled debt restructuring.

Jun 30 13:38

Ron Paul Says the Stock Market Crash Could Cause an Economic Collapse

During an interview on CNBC last week, the libertarian commentator predicted a huge crash in the financial system, saying the stock market’s “day of reckoning” is near

Jun 30 13:35

France bans the sale of glyphosate

France is the latest country to ban the private sale of Monsanto’s favorite carcinogen – glyphosate. France has been in the alternative news quite a bit lately, asking the makers of Nutella to stop using palm oil, insisting all new rooftops be covered in solar panels or plants, and mandating the donation of all supermarket food waste. This new move by their Ecology Minister is the latest result of their forward thinking.

Jun 30 13:34

Syrians in occupied Golan furious about Israel's alliance with al-Qaeda

Israel's most unlikely alliance is that it currently engages in with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.

Despite a long history of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish rhetoric, the main victims of al-Qaeda's horrible sectarian attacks have been Muslims in the Arab world, along with western civilian and military targets. The movement has rarely targeted Israel.

Jun 30 13:28

Are Your Savings Next?

This is an “Amber Alert” day in the markets.

“Greeks Line Up at Banks; ATMs Run Dry” was the headline over at the Drudge Report. Versions of it ran throughout the financial media.

Jun 30 13:28

Greece Is the Canary in the Coal Mine : Are Your Savings Next?

This is an “Amber Alert” day in the markets. -- First, they will limit withdrawals. Then they will either close their doors or run out of cash.

Jun 30 13:26

Is Puerto Rico America's Greece?

Jun 30 12:50

Truth or Deception: New Report Exposes How Industry Front Groups are Spending Millions to Shape the Story of Food

Organic and non-GMO food sales are skyrocketing as more and more people are choosing healthier, more sustainable food produced without synthetic pesticides, GMOs or the routine use of antibiotics and added hormones. Rather than respond to changing market demands by shifting the way they do business, many large food and agrochemical companies are using tobacco-style PR tactics to mislead the public and attack the organic food industry to try to win back skeptical consu

Jun 30 12:47

137 shots - Trial for five white Cleveland police supervisors moving to black suburb

case regarding a deadly 137-shot barrage of police gunfire

(case moved to where the incident occurred - outside Cleveland jurisdiction)

Jun 30 12:44

Rare Bethlehem “Superstar” Tonight: Venus and Jupiter Converging for First Time in 2,000 Years

Tonight an illusion will make it appear as if the planets Jupiter and Venus have merged in the Western horizon, giving off the appearance of a “superstar”. The sight will be visible in North America in that direction just after sunset.

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Jun 30 12:44

Yellen may have just gotten her excuse: Ex-Fed Gov. Lindsey

The spiraling Greek debt crisis might just be the cover the U.S. central bank, led by Janet Yellen, has been looking for to put off increasing interest rates, former Fed Gov. Larry Lindsey said Tuesday.

"They are going to use this as another reason to delay," argued Lindsey, also director of the National Economic Council for President George W. Bush. "The problem is all the [rate hike] delays haven't solved anything."

Jun 30 12:43

Greece willing to call off referendum in exchange for loan deal: Reuters, citing sources

The government today tabled a new proposal asking 2-year program covering the needs of chrimatodtotikes #ert country
Meaning now have choices and actions will open good prospects for the country and Europe #ert
To find a solution we must recognize the reality
The program failed and was stagnant since last August . Today ends minutes
The Greece is seeking a solution that will not constitute a submission but will not disclaims the country responsibilities
The government seeks a new financing program for 2 years
We need a new design for its debt so that it becomes viable
Last Monday Greece submitted a proposal to its Institutions considered a good basis for discussion
The next day , the same proposal was cast in " bucket " , there has been the engagement
We seek to stabilize the economy and the start of the development process
After five years of recession and austerity we can not talk about reducing salaries and pensions as far as exit from the crisis

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The story does not support the Reuter's headline

Jun 30 12:36

10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules

Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution.

Jun 30 12:27

Major Geologic movement in Ontario Canada — Methane Gas Geyser bursts from the ground

A large burst of naturally occurring methane has occurred in Lambton Shores, Ontario Canada, located about 80 miles Northeast of Detroit near the Michigan border along the shores of Lake Huron.

Appearing more like a violent geyser eruption at Yellowstone super-volcano, this large emission of methane caught locals off guard — as this is not ‘normal’ by any means.

Officials are saying this is a ‘natural’ burst of gas from the ground, and have issued a local state of emergency – warning people to keep away from the area.

Jun 30 12:16

To Our Friends in the United Church of Christ:

We write to thank you as Jews, Muslims, Protestants, atheists and others; as mothers and fathers, daughters and sons; and as people united in our belief in justice and liberation for all peoples.

We thank you for your historic and moral vote to divest from the Israeli occupation. Your vote is a profound act of solidarity with Palestinians who have suffered decades of occupation, dispossession, and discrimination.

And it is a source of great friendship to the countless Jews who believe our liberation is inextricably tied to Palestinian liberation. Speaking is not enough, only courageous actions can help us create the conditions for a lasting and just peace.

Jun 30 12:16

Former Columbus schools administrator pleads to data-scandal felonies

in addition, Former Superintendent Gene Harris was convicted of dereliction of duty

Jun 30 12:12

Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this year

Despite claims the administration was caught off guard, the White House and four Cabinet departments predicted last year’s surge of at least 60,000 illegal juveniles over the U.S.-Mexico border and expect it to more than double to 127,000 this year, according to an internal document.

Jun 30 12:07

Gaza: The hijacking of The Marianne by "The Pirates of the Mediterranean"

The "international community" is, it would seem, remarkably selective over piracy.

Concern over Somali pirates was such that foreign Navy's were sent to protect shipping in international waters. In one incident three alleged pirates were killed and a Somali teenager spirited away to the US to be tried, whilst eleven others were sent for trial in Kenya.

However, in the early hours of the morning (local time) of 29th June, three Israeli Navy ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship, the Marianne av Göteborg on route to Gaza in the State of Palestine (recognized as a State by the United Nations on 30th November 2012 by an overwhelming vote of 138-9, elevating Palestine to Non-Member Observer State a status bestowed on just one other entity, The Vatican.)

Jun 30 12:05

On Greece and Europe: What is Called “Negotiation” is a Demand for Total Surrender

What is called “negotiation” is in reality a demand for total surrender. The Troika’s demand is to force Syriza to go back on the campaign promises that it made to voters who replaced the old right-wing Pasok (“socialist”) and Conservative New Democracy coalition, or else simply apply the austerity program to which that coalition had agreed:cutbacks in pensions, deeper austerity, more privatization selloffs, and a tax shift off business onto labor. In short, economic suicide.

Jun 30 12:04

‘New demands on Iran – deliberate stumbling blocks’

All sort of things in these negotiations are going on behind the scenes, not only between the P5+1 and Iran but between the Western allies as well.

Additional demands on Iran at the nuclear talks put forward by France are basically impossible to fulfill; it’s unlikely that they were made without the full knowledge and approval of the US, says political commentator Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich.

Jun 30 12:02

IMF and USA set to ruin Ghana

Just ten years ago, Ghana had the most reliable electricity supply in all of Africa and the highest percentage of households connected to the grid in all of Africa – including South Africa. The Volta River Authority, the power producer and distributor was, in my very considerable experience, the best run and most efficient public utility in all of Africa. Indeed it was truly world class, and Ghana was proud of it.

Obviously the sight of truly successful public owned and run enterprise was too much of a threat to the neo-liberal ideologues of the IMF and World Bank. When Ghana needed some temporary financial assistance (against a generally healthy background) the IMF insisted that VRA be broken up. Right wing neoliberal dogma was applied to the Ghanaian electricity market. Electricity was separated between production and distribution, and private sector Independent Power Producers introduced.

The result is disaster.

Jun 30 12:01

Russia: Tit for Tat – Israel Shamir.

Summing it up, President Putin speaks softly. If he carries a big stick, he does not flash it around.

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest.

Jun 30 11:56

Obama: Inadequate Nuclear Program Verification to Halt Talks With Iran

Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, including Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, agreed to extend the joint plan of action on Tehran’s nuclear program until July 7 to allow more time for a comprehensive solution earlier on Tuesday.
“If we can’t provide assurances that the pathways for Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon are closed, and if we can’t verify that, if the verification regime is inadequate then we are not going to get a deal,” Obama said.

“I will walk away from the negotiations if, in fact it is a bad deal.”

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Obama appears to be channeling his Master, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, and right on cue.

Folks, what is going on here is creation of the illusion that US government is being an honest broker in these negotiations, when in fact, right now, it is engineering these talks to fail.

The US government is asserting many aspects of the deal as being true, when they are not, such as complete access to all Iran's military sites, and consistent conversations with Iran's nuclear scientists, two very sticky demands to which the Iranian government feels they cannot concede,and to which they have never agreed.

Netanyahu wants a war against Iran, to "neutralize' this country, and prepare it for regime change; of course, he will not send the IDF to accomplish this.

What Netanyahu wants is for our American kids in uniform to be killed and maimed for life in such a military confrontation, in the name of Israeli hegemony.

And of course, there is the 500 lb gorilla, draped comfortably over the Bechstein piano in this conference room, and that is Russia.

Both Russian military and civilian leadership have stated, very emphatically, that should Iran be attacked militarily, that they will come to its aid.

I would strongly caution those few adults in the room in the bowels of power in DC, that such an attack against Iran, involving Russia military, is not the highest and best use of US military power at this moment in world history.

We have seen how "brilliantly " the wars against Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and Iraq have gone.

On top of that, after all the lies stated to justify these wars, the American public doesn't believe anything the current administration, NATO, or the American military has to say about what a good idea it would be to go to war against (fill in the blank).

Ladies and gentlemen in Congress, you, the State Department, and the White House have a problem with the American people; and that problem is having absolutely zero credibility at this moment.

So instead of shilling for how great yet another war would be for this country, I would like to politely suggest that you need to invest in some confidence building exercises...like telling the American people the truth.

Of course, I know, THAT...would be logical.

And truth DOES get in the way of your litany/narrative justification for more endless wars, doesn't it.

Jun 30 11:54

China starts work on 3,968-km long gas pipeline with Russia

In what can be seen as a step to firm up the energy cooperation with Moscow, which is reeling under US and EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis, China has begun the construction of the 3,968-km long gas pipeline which will pump 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia's far east to Shanghai.

Jun 30 11:39

Craig Murray: official line of a lone gunman in Tunisian attack is a lie.

I knew with certainty that the BBC and official line of a lone gunman being responsible for the Tunisian attacks was a lie, because one of the victims of one of the “other” gunmen was my dear niece Kirsty.

We had a terrible day of the attack, because for hours Kirsty was simply missing. I was the whole day on the phone to the FCO and Tunisian authorities, and we feared the worst. My brothers Neil (Kirsty’s dad) and Stuart managed to get out to Tunisia that very day. The only thought that we had was Kirsty’s safety. Thankfully she has been (strange to say in the circumstances) miraculously lucky in the path of the bullets. Many others were less fortunate. Radley also was less fortunate. I know how the families must feel of others, and there are some who even now are suffering the agony of no confirmation of disappeared relatives. 12 hours of that were bad enough.

Jun 30 11:32

‘The Science is Clear': Gov. Brown Signs SB 277

Governor Jerry Brown announced late Tuesday morning that he has signed the controversial vaccine bill, Senate Bill 277.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And the campaign donation check cleared!"

Jun 30 11:30

Europe Will Soon Impose Border Controls

Europe is imposing capital controls… next up will be border controls.

Why border controls? Well in truth, it was all about the money… specifically, physical cash. As we’ve noted before… with the vast majority of the global financial system based on digital money… the minute a significant number of depositors try to move their money OUT of a bank and INTO physical cash, the whole system can collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for the same thing to happen here, ultimately, as a method of stemming financial contagion, if things get too bad financially.

Jun 30 11:21

Egypt president to change law to permit speedy executions

Egypt’s President, General Abdel-Fattah al Sisi, has said he wants to change the law to allow for quicker executions in the country.

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Putting in an express lane!

Jun 30 11:19

Activists Plan to Burn American Flags in New York City Ahead of Fourth of July

A group calling for the immediate disarmament of the New York Police Department plans to burn American flags in a Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the Fourth of July holiday.

“Disarm NYPD” announced the “Burn the American Flags” event on Facebook, inviting individuals to join the organization at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.”

Organizers said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wasn’t an “isolated actor,” but a “product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.” The event originally was aimed at burning the Confederate flag, but later changed to focus on the stars and stripes.

“There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression,” the group wrote on Facebook. “It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are several questions which come to mind on this, and the first is: who is paying for these flags to be burned?!?

And the second question is, should these protests go national, and get horrifically violent, who benefits?!?

I really have to very soberly think that the greatest benefactor for such actions would be the Federal Government itself, because a national curfew could be imposed, followed by the suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, coupled with the invocation of martial law.

And this administration would dearly love to be in a position to do this.

Why?!? Because world financial conditions will impact the American economy horrifically, with it looking like Greece, Puerto Rico, and Ukraine defaulting, all at approximately the same time.

What we saw yesterday on the stock markets may well be a harbinger of things to come.

The US government is very keen to start wars with Russia and China, to prevent the upswing of the ruble and yuan against the dollar.

With no First Amendment protection available, we cannot protest against either these wars, nor the reintroduction of the draft (and legislation for that, which will draft both our young men and women, has been sitting in the House Armed Services Committee for at least the last two years, until the "Right emotional moment" comes, where the House and senate believe that the American people will sign off on it)

Please be smart about how you protest, and do not give this Administration the reasons it wants to invoke martial law.

Yes, I know that the Supreme Court made flag burning protected free speech; but you can still be charged with a misdemeanor.

Anyone who wants to protest this weekend, please do it peacefully.

And remember; the stinky kid advocating property destruction, or the hurting of anyone of your brothers and sisters who are also protesting with you, is most likely a government operative, hoping to inflame the angers which exist into becoming full on riot conditions.

Jun 30 10:52

The next Greece may be in the U.S

When Chicago Public Schools announced on June 24 that it would borrow $1 billion to make a $600 million-plus pension payment due June 30 an eerie feeling spread across bond investors and taxpayers alike.

It was the same feeling that gripped investors when Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago’s credit rating to junk based almost entirely on the city’s pension problems.

The fear was that elevated pension costs, in cities like Chicago, might push these public entities into insolvency, wiping out much of the holdings of municipal-bond investors.

Once a sleepy corner of the municipal bond market — often not even properly reflected on cities’ balance sheets — public pensions have recently turned into the biggest headache for taxpayers and municipal-bond investors, threatening to bring down the finances of U.S. cities and states.

In some places, like Puerto Rico, Illinois, New Jersey and Chicago, entire balance sheets of cities or states hang in the balance.

Jun 30 10:49

16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World

As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun?

Things have been relatively quiet in the financial world for so long that many have been sucked into a false sense of security.

But the underlying imbalances were always there, and they have been getting worse over time.

I believe that we are heading into a global financial collapse that will make what happened in 2008 look like a Sunday picnic by the time it is all said and done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To all our readers/listeners; I would never want to be characterized as "Mrs. Chicken Little of Oahu, 2015, but I can tell you this: something wicked this way comes.

Whether it is a major collapse of the US economy, or a world war, began by a US government, which will be engineered as a distraction from a collapse of the US economy, I do not know.

But as always, we advise prudence in favor of freaking out.

Make sure that you have no more funds in the bank than are absolutely needed to pay your bills.

Make sure to have extra storable food, potable water, and medications for your family, and your pets.

Create a bug-out plan, and figure out how much flexibility your children's schools have, if you are seeing a state of emergency coming, and feel you need to get your kids out of school quickly.

Have some amounts of silver in your possession; if the dollar craters completely, that will most likely become a medium of exchange, because it is solid.

Find people with whom you can barter skills and services, and develop a community of like-minded people with whom you would feel comfortable.

Jun 30 10:46

Coming To America: The Hoarding Begins: Greeks Rush To Grocery Stores, Gas Stations and ATMs In Anticipation of Collapse

The reality of the situation is that not only is this contagion soon to reach America, there will be no stopping it when it does.

Jun 30 10:43

SO TELL ME AGAIN WHY THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS THE SYMBOL OF BLACK OPPRESSION IN AMERICA!

This whole Confederate flag issue is an attack on the First Amendment itself, to trick Americans into accepting the idea that because some people see the Confederate flag as a symbol of oppression, that justifies taking it away from everyone, including those who see it as symbolizing something else, such as family history or the right to secede from tyrannical government.

And if you fall for it; if you go along with the idea that something offensive to a minority justifies banning it for all, it will not stop with the Confederate flag. Politicians will start to ban anything they can find a few people to claim they are offended by, and there are already too many people living in this nation whose entire sense of self-worth is built on always being offended by something!

We are poised on the same slippery slope that led another nation into disaster!

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Jun 30 10:36

'No to Austerity': Tens of Thousands Back Syriza at Rally in Athens

Tens of thousands gathered in Athens on Monday night, adding their voices to the ranks of the Syriza government officials and international observers who are urging Greek citizens to act boldly and reject the terms of an aid deal offered by Greece's austerity-loving international creditors.

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Jun 30 10:35

Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy

The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics.

Jun 30 10:34

Phalanx of Philadelphia Cops Arrest and Assault Crying-Toddler-Holding Guy For Evading $2.25 Fare and Did We Mention He's Black?

Now that we've offered at least some legal protections to gay and sick people, maybe it's time to safeguard black people still being daily terrorized by blue people with a sick sense of entitlement. Case in point: Philadelphia's burly mob of both transit and street cops - tellingly, black and white - who set upon a black dad carrying his baby daughter, grabbing him by the throat, slamming him into a wall and arresting him after he allegedly failed to pay his $2.25 subway fare. When surreal video of the encounter surfaced and quickly went viral, it was first reported that Ellis Smith had failed to pay his daughter's fare, and outrage centered on the fact that kids under four are free so huh? Then it was reported police had approached Smith for evading his own fare, a "crime" targeted in a recent crackdown.

Jun 30 10:34

Recently Retired Cop Blows the Whistle on Police Corruption in Epic Twitter Rant

Michael A. Woods is a retired Baltimore police officer who recently began tweeting about the embedded culture of oppression and corruption in police departments. While he speaks directly only to his own personal experiences, the same shady behavior exists in police department across the country — and none of this comes as a surprise to poor people and persons of color.

Jun 30 10:32

Putin: Nations must unite to fight Islamic State militants; Russia backs Syria's Assad

In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Brilliant move by Putin. The US has made this ubervillain out of ISIS, and cannot complain that Putin is aiding ISIS opponents in Syria, can they? :)

Jun 30 10:31

ISRAEL APPLAUDS THE WORLD’S SILENCE

In a statement Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the seizure of the Marianne, claiming that the “flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region.”

Netanyahu insisted that “preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.”

“Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu insisted, adding that “there is no siege on Gaza.”

Jun 30 10:30

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IN ISRAEL MARRED BY RACISM

Vandals attacked a dual Hebrew and Arabic language school in southern Jerusalem Monday night, the second incident in eight months, spray-painting swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti on the school’s walls just in time for the last day of school.

Jun 30 10:26

Saab signs deal worth billions for Swedish subs

A deal between Swedish defence giant Saab and Sweden's military for two submarines worth 8.6 billion kronor ($1.04 billion) is set to boost jobs in the Nordic country, chief executive Håkan Buskhe said on Tuesday.

Jun 30 10:24

‘Britain to send fence to France to block migrants’

Britain is reportedly set to build a 2-mile fence at the Channel Tunnel to stop migrants from boarding UK-bound trains.

Home Secretary Theresa May has said she wanted to send a “very clear message” that people will not be able to get through to the UK through this, the Daily Mail reported.

She said, “We are working very closely with the French authorities on this issue. We have been doing a number of things to increase security around the port.

“We are making a number of changes at Calais to increase security, we're also going to be putting some extra security fencing at Coquelle at the entrance to the Tunnel.”

The report says migrants have been trying to hide in vehicles waiting to board Channel Tunnel services at Coquelles and at the ferry port of Calais.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of this message, from the UK and France, to desperate immigrants: "Kill your children first, then yourselves next: we will incinerate your bones and use them for soil enrichment!"*

*Due to the recent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis in the European beef industry, the use of animal-derived products to feed cattle is now severely restricted. Large quantities of waste animal meat and bone meal (MBM), also known as animal flour, have to be safely disposed of or transformed. One disposal option is pyrolysis. Vacuum pyrolysis of an animal flour sample has been performed in a laboratory reactor. The results obtained revealed that vacuum pyrolysis can be an attractive alternative to incineration and cement kilns. The process generated a combustible gas (15.1 wt %), a high calorific value oil (35.1 wt %), a solid residue rich in minerals (39.1 wt %), and an aqueous phase rich in organics (10.7 wt %). The gas and the aqueous phase can be used to provide heat to the vacuum pyrolysis reactor and the MBM drying unit. The oil can be used alone or mixed with petroleum products as a fuel in boilers or gas turbines. Conversion of animal waste by pyrolysis into fuels can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases. It is suggested to use the solid residue for agricultural soil enrichment in minerals and as a soil moisturizer.

To the leadership of the UK and France; some of these people cannot possibly go home, because they will be tortured and killed; others are trying to escape crushing poverty and corrupt governments at home.

And THIS policy is your most "compassionate answer" to their pain?!?

Please think again, leadership of the UK and France: you can do better than this.

Jun 30 10:24

Google searches give own services priority, ‘yield inferior results’ – new study

A hard-hitting new study claims that Google’s search results not only favor its own internal websites over competing destinations, but also degrade social welfare and freeze out potential rivals in doing so.

Jun 30 10:22

Credit-Default Hypocrites

A funny thing happened on the way to the Greek bailout: Credit-default swaps involving Greek debt—the same kind of financial instruments that triggered the 2008 fiscal cataclysm—were set aside, once again protecting big financial institutions from their own irresponsibility.

Jun 30 10:04

Washington man given less than 2 gallons of water while jailed 13 days over bad check — and now he’s dead

ashington man starved to death while jailed 13 days over a bad check.

An autopsy showed that Keaton Farris died April 7 of dehydration and malnutrition after nearly two weeks in the Island County Jail, reported Natives in America.

Relatives hired a detective to investigate his death, and they learned two months later that jail employees refused to offer medical treatment to Farris or provide medication for his bipolar disorder.

They also found the 25-year-old Farris was denied even the minimum amount of water needed for human survival after guards shut it off to prevent him from flooding his cell.

The investigation revealed Farris had been given just 185 ounces of water, or about a gallon and a half, while incarcerated – far below the 1,563 ounces recommended under National Institute of Health guidelines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what happens to mentally ill people in the US; rather than being places in a psychiatric hospital where he really belonged, he was thrown in jail, and died there.

Had he received proper treatment, he might have survived. But of course, public funds for psychiatric hospitals are nearly non-existent in this country; so people who desperately need psychiatric services are considered completely expendable by the local and federal authorities.

Mr. Farris was, obviously, one of those people.

Jun 30 10:04

Brazil Supports Setting Common BRICS Currency

The idea of setting a single currency for the BRICS member states is positive but the technical side of the issue needs to be ironed out first, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro said.

“This issue has been repeatedly raised and discussed. We believe the idea itself is very positive as it would allow for the use of a single currency without any dependence on the currency market fluctuations,” Guerreiro told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Wall Street's worst nightmare. The emergence of a global currency not under their control!

Jun 30 10:02

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOOGA BOOGA! July 4 terrorist attack on U.S. soil a legitimate threat, officials warn

U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.

The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how serious this is.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CIA, FBI, and DHS are all wagging "Islamic terror" (Reg. Trademark The White House) at us as hard as they can. Best interpretation; they are trying to distract us all from financial melt-downs in Greece, Puerto Rico, France, Detroit, etc. Worst interpretation; they are planning a false-flag attack to goad Americans into more wars on those pesky nations that refuse to be part of the American Money-Junkie Empire.

But ...

If there is a big bang over the Fourth that is not an intentional firework, all it will tell the American people is that this massive domestic spy system really doesn't work to protect us from acts of terror, and we should demand NSA, CIA, FBI, all be scrapped and restore the Bill of Rights in its entirety!

Jun 30 09:53

‘Dead wrong about the Bible': Portland pastor annihilates Christians who use religion to push bigotry

In a commentary for the Huffington Post, an Oregon minister makes a biblical case for gay marriage — and scolds politicians who campaign on homophobia.

“With its historic ruling on Marriage Equality Friday,” writes Adam Phillips, pastor at Christ Church: Portland, “the U.S. Supreme Court finally caught up to the movement of the Holy Spirit. That’s right. I said it.”

“I am an evangelical Christian pastor (and proud of it),” Phillips continues, “and I believe that the freedom bell of love and justice just pealed a little louder and the arc of history is bent a little closer to justice.”

Phillips specifically calls our Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Christian presidential candidates who vocally oppose marriage rights for couples of the same gender.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I like what this guy has to say on this issue.

As a Christian, I seem to remember that the primary tenants of Christ's teachings, and the two which stand out are to love God, and to love one's neighbor as oneself.

And I have read a great many Bible translations (my favorite is that by George Lamsa), but NONE of them add any cautionary exception about love if these people happen to be LGBT.

As Christians, we are encouraged and entreated to love EVERYONE, period, end of discussion.

Jun 30 09:51

Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

“The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.”

The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35?—?which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history’s most expensive weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians and Chinese are building weapons, while the US military industrial complex builds profit-centers (that just happen to have wings, hulls, or treads!

Jun 30 09:49

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Jun 30 09:46

Varoufakis threatens EU with court as Greek default looms

Greece may take EU institutions to court to stop its creditors from pushing the country out of the eurozone. Athens' bailout expires Tuesday and a default could mean it is exiled by Brussels.

Jun 30 09:46

ICELAND HANDS CORRUPT BANKERS PRISON SENTENCES OF UP TO FOUR YEARS AND SIX MONTHS

Six defendants in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the biggest case of this type in Iceland’s history, have been handed prison sentences ranging from one year to four years and six months.

By fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bank was accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence.

Former Director of Kaupþing, Ingólfur Helgason, is to be jailed for four years and six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Greek leadership: may I suggest to you the "Icelandic Option" as a way out of the current economic crisis.

1. Repudiate the odious debt, which was never approved by the Greek people.
2. Charge the crooked bankers and politicians who put Greece into this mess with their crimes, have them tried and convicted by a jury of their peers, and jailed for an appropriate length of time.

You way also want to examine, very seriously, just how well the Icelandic did after making those choices.

Jun 30 09:44

Letter signed by 22 senators urges Obama to support Israel

Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world.

Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22 concerning his commitment to Israel’s security. The letter was sponsored by Sens. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

While welcoming Obama’s “unwavering commitment” to Israel’s security, the signers also want the Obama administration to remain committed to the United States’ “long-standing policy” of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians as the way to peace.

The letter specifically asked the administration to oppose Palestinian efforts for membership in the United Nations and other international bodies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How nice that everything is running so well in our country that those Senators have nothing better to do than worry about Israel and Palestine, and work towards peace by blocking Palestinian statehood wherever they can!

Dear Senators, if you love Israel that much, kindly move there and vacate your office for someone concerned with America and Americans!

Jun 30 09:41

FLASHBACK June 12 - Deutsche Bank CEOs “Shown Door” – World’s Largest Holder of Derivatives In Trouble?

In the past year Deutsche, like many international banks, have been found to have been engaged in a slew of corrupt practices from manipulation of interest rates, for which the firm was fined $2.5 billion in April, to tax evasion and money laundering to “mis-selling” of derivatives.

Deutsche Bank’s derivatives position is truly enormous. It was recently estimated to be around $54 trillion. Germany’s GDP, the fourth largest in the world, was a mere $3.64 trillion in 2015. Were Deutsche Bank caught off-side in its derivatives positions there is not a government or institution on earth that could bail it out and it could lead to contagion in the German financial system and indeed in the global financial system.

Jun 30 09:40

Greece Over the Brink

It has been obvious for some time that the creation of the euro was a terrible mistake. Europe never had the preconditions for a successful single currency — above all, the kind of fiscal and banking union that, for example, ensures that when a housing bubble in Florida bursts, Washington automatically protects seniors against any threat to their medical care or their bank deposits.

Jun 30 09:39

FLASHBACK February - Leaked files implicate over 6,000 Israelis in massive bank scandal

Banking giant HSBC faced damaging claims Monday that its Swiss division helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes after a “SwissLeaks” cache of secret files emerged online. Among their clients are over 6,200 Israelis, with holdings totaling some $10 billion.

Jun 30 09:39

U.S. WILL RESUME SENDING WEAPONS TO BAHRAIN DESPITE ONGOING REPRESSION

The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011.

“The Administration has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard that were implemented following Bahrain’s crackdown on demonstrations in 2011,” wrote John Kirby, a State Department spokesperson, in a press release on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'“We do not think that the human rights situation in Bahrain is adequate,” the State Department said.'

(Sigh) I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

And State Department Spokesperson John Kirby, I have a bone to pick with you.

If the human rights situation is adjudged by the State Department as "inadequate", WHY THE FLIP ARE WE SENDING THE AL KHALIFA REGIME WEAPONS WITH WHICH IT CAN TORTURE AND KILL THEIR OWN PEOPLE WITH IMPUNITY?!?

But, then again, human rights in foreign countries are encouraged by the US government... only when they are convenient.

And Bahrain is home to the Navy's 5th fleet, which means that honoring the observance of human rights in such a place is both monumentally inconvenient, and incompatible with US hegemony.

The people in the Middle East do not hate us because we are free; they hate us for killing family and friends in extrajudicial assassinations; they hate us for supporting tin pot dictators, with money and guns, because these leaders are "our thugs", no matter how grim the situation is for the people of these countries; they hate us for torture, which still goes on today under President Obama's watch.

And if you don't believe it, please be aware that this Administration is having hunger strikers at Gitmo force fed, not as a form of keeping them alive, but as a form of punishment for doing the only thing they can do in protest, as many of them held for over 11 years without a hearing or court date.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable".

And when the Kingdom of Bahrain ultimately successfully changes leadership (however that happens), I will be willing to bet you that, because of US the government's stumbling, bumbling attempt to shore up a completely corrupt regime, that Bahrain will become one of the most vehemently anti-American countries in the Middle East.

And if I, as a plain, average citizen can see this coming, why can't the US government?!?

Apparently, one of the most prized criteria for hiring anyone to work for the last two administrations is that of not being able to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

I would politely suggest that this might be a monumental problem, both domestically, and internationally, for this country.

Jun 30 09:31

Greece Asks For 2-Year Bailout From ESM, Merkel Promptly Shoots It Down

Update 2: The Greferendum cancellation calls have begun and Greece has now effectively applied for a DIP loan.

GREECE MUST CANCEL REFERENDUM TO ALLOW PROPOSAL AIRING: GABRIEL
GABRIEL: GREEK TALKS CAN RESUME QUICKLY IF REFERENDUM KILLED
GREECE REQUESTS LOAN EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEETING DEBT PAYMENTS: DOC
GREECE REQUESTS BAILOUT EXTENSION TO AVERT DEFAULT: DOCUMENT

Jun 30 09:30

Jewish Lord Faces British Child Sex Charges

British prosecutors said on Monday an aging Jewish member of the House of Lords would now face criminal action over accusations of serious historical child sex crimes after they overturned an earlier decision following anger from alleged victims.

Lord Greville Janner, 86, a former Labour member of parliament and ex-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, is accused of more than 20 offenses on former residents of children’s homes in the 1970s and 1980s.

In April, Alison Saunders, Britain’s Director of Public Prosecutions said there was evidence to bring charges against Janner, who has always denied any wrongdoing, over 16 allegations of indecent assaults and six other counts.

But she said he was not fit to plead or give evidence because he was suffering from severe dementia and so a trial could not take place.

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Jun 30 09:26

Australia's New Law Would Strip Citizenship For Possessing A 'Thing' Connected With Terrorism, Or Whistleblowing

Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Australia. In April, it brought in mandatory data retention, and last week its own version of SOPA finally became law. Now the Australian government is working on another awful piece of legislation: a bill to revoke the citizenship of those holding dual nationality if they are "involved in terrorism." A column in The Sydney Morning Herald gives a few examples of what that dangerously elastic concept might mean in practice:

Citizenship would automatically be stripped from a person convicted of entering an area declared to be a no-go zone by the Australian government. This would occur even if the person has entered that area for innocent purposes, such as to do business, visit friends or undertake a religious pilgrimage. The same result would follow for a person convicted of damaging Commonwealth property or possessing a 'thing', such as a book or downloaded file from the Internet, that is in some way connected with terrorism.

Jun 30 09:26

Israel arrests Tunisia's former President Moncef Marzouki

Israeli navy forces arrested on Monday the former Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, in attacks on Freedom Flotilla III, which was heading towards the besieged Gaza Strip.

The European campaign to lift the siege on Gaza reported that Marzouki refused to deal with the Israeli investigators, for he was abducted illegally by the Israelis.

Jun 30 09:24

WWII did not get the US out of the Great Depression. And WW 3 Won’t “Help” the Current Global Financial Meltdown…

Jun 30 09:24

LEAKED NSA DOCUMENT French Government Official Says French Economy In "Dire Straits", "Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine"

Wikileaks has released a new batch of NSA intercepts. Among them is an intercepted communication which reveals that then French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici believes the French economic situation was far worse, as of mid-2012, than perceived.

Jun 30 09:22

Greece Defaults! Is Puerto Rico Next?

Jun 30 09:21

Big money: pump and dump as a way of life

By Jon Rappoport

Let’s start with the analogy of the stock market. To boil it down, here is how the game is played by insiders:

They acquire many, many shares of a stock and then they push the price up, up, up, and then they create a top, crash it, sending the stock price off a cliff to a dismal bottom.

They profit greatly on the way up (pump), and then, selling short (dump), they pile up more profits on the way down.

Getting away with it is like having a license to print money...

Jun 30 09:19

‘Jewish cow’ is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says

The “Jewish cow” is the most productive cow in the world. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest boast about miraculous Israeli innovations came in an award speech he made last week (for the actor Michael Douglas), which was published by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Jun 30 09:18

Top 4 employment sectors in the United States pay $10 an hour or less: The uneven recovery being led by low wage labor.

It is hard to believe but we are now “officially” six years into this recovery. For most Americans, it doesn’t feel anything like a recovery and that label appears to be a misnomer. Americans need only look at their paychecks and the cost of living to realize that yes, things are getting tougher. There appears to be a global race to the bottom when it comes to wages. Most of the jobs added since the recovery hit have come in the form of low wage service sector jobs with scant benefits, if any. The top four employment sectors in the United States are all in the service sector and all pay $10 an hour or less. The math begins to get murky because you have so many older Americans depending on Social Security as their primary source of retirement income while our young labor force is earning less and therefore paying smaller amounts into the Social Security pool. The recovery has been very uneven and when we look at the numbers today, we continue to find that the trend is continuing.

Jun 30 09:17

Europe is set to get COLDER: Melting sea ice could weaken the Gulf Stream and cause temperatures to plummet

WEBMASTER ADDITION: This is the story line from the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" and the "conveyor belt" theory behind it has already been discredited it. The carbonazis are still looking for a way to protect their precious human-caused global warming theory (and the carbon tax) in the face of record setting winters, and another likely on the way.

Jun 30 09:17

High-Seas Piracy: Israel’s Latest Bandit Act. “Gaza: the World’s Largest Open-air Prison”

Israel wants Gazans trapped indefinitely in the world’s largest open-air prison deprived of essentials for well-being – suffocated under a policy of slow-motion genocide.

Israeli commandos lawlessly seized the Marianne in international waters. Netanyahu saying it was done lawfully is one of a litany of Big Lies he claimed about the incident – a bandit act like so many others Israel commits endlessly.

Jun 30 09:16

The Use Of Flouridation For Mass Mind Control

The following letter was received by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee Wisconsin, on 2 October 1954, from Mr. Charles Perkins, a chemist:

Jun 30 09:14

France says the name 'ISIS' is offensive, will call it 'Daesh' instead

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a bit of a misnomer, says France, as it lends the imprimatur of Islam to a group that the vast majority of Muslims finds despicable. "This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims, and Islamists," France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement. "The Arabs call it 'Daesh' and I will be calling them the 'Daesh cutthroats.'"

The name Daesh, according to France24, is a "loose acronym" for "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham).

Sham would be a far better term.

Jun 30 09:14

Report Finds 100+ Walmart.com Products Labeled “Made In U.S.A.” That Were Made Elsewhere

While there is no official review process required for labeling a product as “Made in the U.S.A.,” a company can get into legal trouble for misusing that label, as doing so may constitute false advertising. A new report from an advertising watchdog group claims that Walmart’s website has more than 100 examples of products incorrectly marketed as made in America.

Jun 30 09:13

The American Worker: Crushed Again by the Overwhelming Power of Corporatism

There's a song that includes this phrase: "Kick 'em when they're down, Kick 'em when they're stiff, Kick 'em all around." Well that's what has just happened very recently when the massive global corporations that now rule America were, once again, given free license to kick American workers when they're down.

The American worker, already hemorrhaging from corporate administered beatings over several decades, has just received what may be a knockout punch by President Obama and his team of corporate bullies who have combined their power to successfully force Fast Track legislation for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) through Congress.

Jun 30 09:13

GOV. BROWN HAS 12 DAYS TO SIGN CALIF. SCHOOL VACCINE BILL

California's contentious school vaccine bill is now on Governor Jerry Brown's desk. On Monday, the state senate passed the bill that would require vaccinations for every student.

At the heart of the debate is a personal belief exemption that, until now, allowed parents to not have their kids immunized.

Such was the decision by Mill Valley residents Alex Gatsis and Tim Lundeen, who worry that their son Jace might suffer a bad reaction based on an auto-immune condition.

"Do we move? Do we leave California, maybe?" Gatsis asked.

"I think the whole purpose of the bill is to increase the number of vaccines that are on the mandatory schedule, which is going to generate hundreds of millions of dollars. There is no public benefit to this bill but there is a benefit to Merck, and there is a benefit to the politicians who are getting campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical business," Lundee said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill, if signed, will witness the ushering in of an entire generation of young moms and dads who will either home school their children, rather than vaccinate, or leave the state.

If you are a California resident who has to make the tough decisions about vaccinating your kids, please do your due diligence.

But the worst offenders, in terms of vaccines leaving kids permanently damaged,seem to be the combination shots. Please do your research wisely, and remember; home schooled kids tend to do extraordinarily well on college entrance exams.

Jun 30 09:07

SB277 Recalls - Will Governor Brown Veto SB277 Because It's Based On Lies?

Jun 30 09:06

Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

A well-meaning, if definitely doomed, attempt to crowdfund a bailout for soon-to-default Greece has been launched on Indiegogo by a Yorkshireman who works in a London shoe shop.

Pitched as a bailout fund for Greece, replete with Gettysburg Addres-style "by the people, for the people" rhetoric, Thom Feeney aims to raise €1,600,000,000 for Greece within the next seven days.

Jun 30 09:05

BOND INSURERS CRASH, HIT BY PUERTO RICO’S DEFAULT SHRAPNEL

On Monday, Puerto Rico’s government released a report that gave the municipal bond market the willies.

he single most telling statistic in Puerto Rico is that only 40% of the adult population – versus 63% on the US mainland – is employed or looking for work; the rest are economically idle or working in the grey economy. In an economy with an abundance of unskilled labor, the reasons boil down to two.

– Employers are disinclined to hire workers because (a) the US federal minimum wage is very high relative to the local average (full-time employment at the minimum wage is equivalent to 77% of per capita income, versus 28% on the mainland) and a more binding constraint on employment (28% of hourly workers in Puerto Rico earn $8.50 or less versus only 3% on the mainland); and (b) local regulations pertaining to overtime, paid vacation, and dismissal are costly and more onerous than on the US mainland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is completely unsustainable, as are the economic realities both Greece, and Ukraine, which will most likely default in 3 weeks, give or take.

Jun 30 09:01

US Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terrorists– directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes the United States Government a state sponsor of terror!

Jun 30 09:01

Ebola returns to Liberia after nation declared free of virus

A teenager has died of Ebola in a remote Liberian village, shattering hopes the nation defeated the disease in May when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country virus- free.

Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberian deputy minister for surveillance and disease control, said Tuesday that the virus had been positively identified in the 17-year-old boy's remains.

Jun 30 09:00

Chris Christie faces uphill climb in 2016 race

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made it official Tuesday: He's running for president.

Jun 30 08:59

Court: First Amendment protects profanity against police

A teenage boy convicted of obstruction after yelling and cursing at three Seattle police officers while they were investigating a disturbance at his house had a First Amendment right to behave the way he did, the Washington Supreme Court said in an opinion Thursday.

Jun 30 08:58

France's Fabius says three conditions still not met for Iran deal

"For this there are three indispensable conditions: a lasting limitation of Iran's research and development capacity, a rigorous inspection of sites, including military if needed, and the third condition is the automatic return of sanctions in case it violates its commitments."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

France is now doing Israel's dirty work for them! Iran has never agreed to inspections of non-nuclear military sites (despite claims they did so in the original framework). And non-nuclear military sites are irrelevant in the context of this being a deal about nuclear weapons. The other automatic deal-breaker is the threat that sanctions can be returned in an instant if anyone (like Israel or even just a stockbroker selling Iranian stocks short) makes any unfounded accusation about Iran at all.

Jun 30 08:54

Fund Manager Warns Puerto Rico Default May Trigger A “Black Swan” Derivatives Melt-Down

It is highly probable that the crashing stocks of MBIA, AMBAC and AGO are the alarm bells of a black swan landing. And, of course, no one has been talking about them…. until today.

Although these firms are somewhat obscure and small compared to the size of the majority of financial companies, they are highly leveraged with massive off-balance-sheet liabilities for which they have zero hope of covering in the event of even relatively small bond defaults.

In other words, these firms are the ones most likely to set off the next financial collapse triggered by their counterparty defaults.

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