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June 30, 2015

Jun 30 04:30

Russian MP suggests blacklisting 5 "most aggressive" NGOs

"How the most aggressive international organizations can be identified? [They] are aligned with the US Department of State, with some US government agencies - these are the first signs," Zhirinovsky said. In his opinion, the most important "aggressive organizations" are the American NGOs.
"We fully support [the initiative], because we have to draw up a list of all foreign organizations - they pursue an aggressive policy towards us and finance the destructive forces. Which means they are against Russia and even provide the funding so that the number of organizations engaged in such activities grows here," Zhirinovsky said.

Jun 30 03:24

White House Says It Expects Greece To Keep Commitments

Webmaster addition: This is how the financial firms that sold credit default swaps against Greece's debt plan to avoid having to pay for them, by saying there is no default because Greece will pay back the money ... eventually ... somewhere down the road ... next century ... maybe ...

Jun 30 02:34

State Duma speaker compares G7 summit in Bavaria with Munich Pact

Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergey Naryshkin has likened the recent G7 summit in Bavaria to the 1938 Munich Agreement, during which Western countries de facto endorsed the beginning of Czechoslovakia’s seizure by Nazi Germany.
"The forum in Moscow was held publicly, with a positive agenda. What the G7 leaders in Bavaria discussed is unknown, the meeting was held practically behind closed doors, only the photo session was public," the head of the lower house of the Russian parliament said.
"This brings to mind another historic meeting, which took place in Bavaria in 1938. We all remember that it got its ominous name - the ‘Munich Conspiracy.’ Unfortunately, far from everyone draws necessary lessons from history," Naryshkin said.


Jun 30 02:33

Russian Railways, Defence Ministry to build railroad section bypassing Ukraine — source

Russian Railways (RZD) and Russia’s Defence Ministry have signed a deal on constructing a two-way electrified railway line bypassing Ukraine, a source in the company told TASS on Tuesday.
Under the deal, which was inked on June 25, the railway line will be built between Zhuravka, in the Voronezh region, and Millerovo, in the Rostov region.
The construction works will be performed by the Defence Ministry, while the Russian Railways will act as a customer.
"This concerns implementing works on the erection of the formation on the section between the 11th and 31st kilometers," the source said.

Jun 30 02:31

Dry grass on fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone — Ukraine’s emergencies service

Dry grass is on fire on the territory of a forestry complex near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine’s emergencies service said on Tuesday, adding that the fire area is covering around 130 hectares.
The fire broke out at 17.10 p.m. (1410GMT) on Monday near the villages of Kovshilovka and Polesskoye in the flood plain of the Uzh River. The dry grass and bulrush started burning and the fire spread to the further area, the service said.
The firefighting effort involves 24 pieces of equipment and 117 personnel. A headquarters has been set up and a mobile task force has been deployed to deal with the fire.

Jun 30 02:27

US to work together with EU to prevent Grexit

US will work together with its European colleagues to prevent Greece’s default and exit from the euro zone, the White House press service said on Monday after talks between US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
The leaders said their economic teams were in close contact and were monitoring developments in Greece and financial markets, the White House said.

Jun 30 02:26

Greece threatens to sue EU institutions to block country’s expulsion from euro zone

Greece may seek a court injunction against the EU institutions to block the country’s expulsion from the euro zone and stop suffocation of the Greek banking system by the European Central Bank, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Monday.
"The Greek government will make use of all out legal rights," the Daily Telegraph cited Varoufakis as saying. "We are taking advice and will certainly consider an injunction at the European Court of Justice. The EU treaties make no provision for euro exit and we refuse to accept it. Our membership is not negotiable," the finance minister said.


Jun 30 02:25

Europe blackmailing Greece, says minister in Athens

"The country has lived under the toughest imaginable pressure from European institutes in the past five months," he said. "They’re forcing us to do the things they’d like us to do."
"This unprecedented blackmail put us in the face of a choice, namely, either we accept what they recommend and what will put Greece to its knees and will destroy the remainders of our economy and society, or else we pull out of the euro area," said Lafazanis, one of the leaders of the ruling Coalition of the Radical Left.
"But we didn’t accept this blackmail and told them we must ask our people whether or not it accepts blackmailing," he said. "Hence we needed a referendum."

Jun 30 02:05

China's Stock Market Enters Bear Market

Jun 30 00:40

Massive train full of military equipment seen heading into “hostile” Salt Lake City, Utah ahead of Jade Helm 2015

In the last three months we have seen dozens upon dozens of suspicious military equipment movements throughout the country coupled with numerous urban military training drills with a strong domestic focus.

June 29, 2015

Jun 29 23:47

Political roundup: Dangers for democracy in today's cyber bullying law

Every MP, bar one, will vote this afternoon for a piece of legislation that seeks to protect those being “harmed” by material on the internet. But the Harmful Digital Communications Bill is being widely criticised as dangerous in the way it seeks to regulate online activities. So is online democracy under threat?

Could Patrick Gower be taken off the internet? Of course this is a ridiculous question - with many possible replies - yet it's also a useful question posed by opponents of new cyber-bullying legislation that will be passed today in Parliament.

It was posed on Twitter by the biggest critic of the new bill, blogger No Right Turn (@norightturnnz), who tweeted to Gower "Did you know that if the harmful Digital Communications bill passes, your job will be illegal?" - see my blog post, Top tweets about the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.

Jun 29 23:44

Economist: Why cracks in China are more worrying for NZ than Greek nightmare

As extreme volatility plagues Chinese sharemarkets a top economist is warning that the cracks appearing within China's economy are of much greater concern for New Zealand than Greece's economic woes.

Almost US$1.25 trillion in value has been wiped off the Shanghai market since June 12. That's nearly eight times New Zealand's annual gross domestic product.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by more than 5 per cent earlier today after plunging 3.3 per cent yesterday and 7.4 per cent on Friday.

It bounced back into positive territory this afternoon.

READ MORE: Greece is waking up to a nightmare

The index gained a massive 150 per cent in the year to June 12, but has retreated more than 20 per cent since then, meaning China has entered bear market territory.

Jun 29 22:59

Ex-CIA Head: ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’ if ISIS Attacks the U.S. This July 4th

The Blaze reports that former CIA head Michael Morell said today he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there’s a terrorist attack in the United States over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boy, they are really telegraphing that false-flag attack!


Jun 29 22:04

Group behind intercepted Gaza flotilla accuses Israel of 'piracy'

Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla that was intercepted by the Israeli navy complained Monday that they were victims of an act of piracy, while Israeli officials denounced the pro-Palestinian campaign as hypocritical and unnecessary.

Jun 29 21:58

“Russian aggression”—CBS provides a perfect example of imperial disinformation

Everything—and I mean that literally—everything in this item filed by CBS This Morning on 6.23.15, is false. The object is, as usual, to sell the almost completely clueless and habitually semi-indifferent American public the idea that Russia is the new Nazi Germany, with Putin as the new Fuhrer, rampaging across Europe and grabbing, insatiably, one hapless nation after another in his march toward the conquest of the…whole Free World!

Jun 29 21:31

Woman loses checks in the mail, calls 12 for help

Nearly two weeks ago, Temika Brown handed off letters to her mail carrier. Those letters included two checks and a money order, all for bills that needed to be paid. None of those letters arrived at their intended destinations.

"I had to call cancel and do new checks and everything," Brown said.

This cost her $80. With her bill money missing, Brown went to her area post office on Hopkins Road in South Richmond to get answers.

"I was told they were having problems at the Richmond processing. But I couldn't get a number to the processing, and that was basically it," Brown said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I ordered a replacement telephone for my wife from eBay and it arrived at Richmond over a week ago, and tracking has shown nothing about it since. This is (I think) the fourth time I have had a package disappear when it is routed through that facility, which has a long reputation for losing mail, which the USPS seems unable to rectify!

Jun 29 20:10

July 4: Land of the free, home of the brave? Ok; are you free and brave enough to demand arrests of US .01% War Criminals?

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

9-minute video from Tragedy & Hope:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E-q1CcPHig

Do you admire the US Declaration of Independence ideals of unalienable rights, having the intellectual integrity and moral courage to defend your country from dictatorial government, and refusing being used as work animals of a .01% self-declared “elite”?

Those of you with Oaths to support and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, are you honorable to enact that Oath here and now?

Those of you who consider yourselves responsible and educated citizens, do you respect the sacrifices of all our families through two world wars to uphold the Emperor’s New Clothes simple treaties that make current US wars Orwellian unlawful? I mean, really: can you tell us any more important law for citizens to understand than when armed attack is and is not lawful?


Jun 29 19:52

Beggar Thy Neighbor? Greece's Battered Banks Beget Balkan Jitters

"Millions of people in ex-Communist Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Romania have deposits in banks owned by Greek lenders, putting this corner of south-eastern Europe in the frontline if there is contagion from the Greek crisis."

Jun 29 19:52

French Economy In "Dire Straits", "Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine", Leaked NSA Cable Reveals

Moscovici who served as French finance minister until 2014 and then became European commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, used some very colorful language, i.e., the French economic situation was "worse than anyone [could] imagine and drastic measures [would] have to be taken in the next two years”.

Jun 29 19:48

The Mood On The Ground In Greece: "Some Have Raised The Prospect Of Civil War"

"There have been some people that worry that the military may actually get involved. It wouldn't surprise me - there are some people in Greece that have raised the whole prospect of potential civil war."

Jun 29 19:11

Greece Crisis – How Safe Is YOUR Bank Account? Michael Rivero - June 29, 2015


Jun 29 19:05

Butting in: NYC mayor wants to stop smoking in private homes

New Yorkers may soon be unable to smoke in their own homes, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing landlords and developers to prohibit residents from lighting up inside apartments.

Jun 29 18:40

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.

Jun 29 17:32

Cake-Correctness: “ISIS Cake Anybody Can Buy at Walmart… But You Can’t Buy Confederate”

First, the store refused to make a cake for a Louisiana man designed with the Confederate flag stars and bars and the words “Heritage Not Hate.”

However, in a follow up request, the same man ordered an ISIS flag cake, which the Walmart bakery did fulfill.

Will the real enemy please stand up?

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Jun 29 16:24

Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America

Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third decision – on housing discrimination.

Jun 29 16:15

US government covered up 14,000 photos documenting CIA secret prisons

The US government has concealed the existence of some 14,000 images documenting the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) network of secret "black site" torture and interrogation centers established after September 11, according to unnamed US officials who spoke to the Washington Post.


Jun 29 16:15

British politician to stand in the dock over child sex abuse

In the UK, Labour peer Greville Ewan Janner is set to stand trial over alleged child sex abuses.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the decision which overturns a previous ruling that exempted the 89-year-old peer from criminal proceedings due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, RT reported on Monday.

Jun 29 15:28

Israel’s creation ‘direct rebellion’ against God: US rabbi

The creation of Israel by Zionist Jews in 1948 was a “direct rebellion” against God and contrary to the teachings of the Torah, an American orthodox rabbi says.

“The concept of making this whole ‘state’ that was created over 60 years ago was a direct rebellion against the [God] Almighty who’s compassionate,” said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, who is also an activist and spokesman for a minority branch of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist grouping of Haredi Jews.

Jun 29 15:06

Firearms Numbers in the United States 1945 - 2012

Jun 29 14:53

Army Reserve recruiting targets ‘unachievable’ – watchdog

Army reservist recruiting targets, which had been upped to account for cuts to the regular military, are ‘unachievable’ despite an expensive recruiting drive by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to the Major Projects Authority (MPA).

Jun 29 14:32

SPOOF ON ISRAELI PIRACY

Naval special forces take control of ship, which carried 20 activists including MK Basel Ghattas, without violence.

Jun 29 14:18

Another Federal Circuit Court Unravels Second Amendment Gun Rights

Webmaster addition: Those people in Charleston were not in their homes!

Jun 29 14:06

Global stocks are getting crushed on fears that this time, Greece really will leave the eurozone

U.S. stocks extended their losses in heavy trading on Monday after a collapse in Greek bailout talks intensified fears that the country could be the first to exit the eurozone.

Greece appeared to confirm it was heading for a default after a government official said the country would not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.
The European Central Bank froze funding to Greek banks, forcing Athens to shut banks for a week to keep them from collapsing.

All three major U.S. indexes fell more than 1 per cent for the first time since May 26 and the TSX and Dow Jones Industrial Average turned negative for the year to date. Its last annual decline was 2008.

Jun 29 13:54

Sanders: Americans ‘sick and tired’ of working longer hours for low wages

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders says the American people are sick and tired of the economic situation in the United States.

“The American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class of this country,” he said in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.

Jun 29 13:49

Let's Be Honest - Stalin Was Less of a Criminal Than Churchill, Truman, and LBJ

For reasons of sheer class interest among the plutocrats of the West, the business elites that still rule most of the so-called “capitalist democracies,” the demonization of Stalin was a necessity, a campaign only briefly interrupted by World War Two and quickly resumed literally a few hours after its ending.
As any propaganda student will attest, when vilifying a nation’s policies and social values, it’s far easier (and effective) if the propagandist aims the Big Lie machine at its leader. As we have seen in recent times with Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Bashar al-Assad, Fidel Castro, Iran and North Korea’s leaders, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, and finally Putin—among many others (the empire is never lacking in “dangerous enemies”)—the character assassination of a leader is an old tactic to prepare the perennially benighted home population for an attack on the targeted nation.

Jun 29 13:48

Tunisia beach attack: Isis planning 'terrible acts' in Britain says David Cameron

UK prime minister David Cameron has warned that Islamic State (Isis) militants are planning "terrible" attacks against Britain.

Jun 29 13:46

Joke of the Day: NATO to Beat Russian Propaganda With 'Facts'

Says NATO’s political head Jens Stoltenberg

Meanwhile EU is to promoto “European values” in the post-Soviet space which actually means:

funding pro-EU NGOs and media
training journalists
influencing national media regulators (censors)

Jun 29 13:42

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.

Jun 29 13:42

Georgian Justice Minister: Saakashvili Has Escaped Extradition, Will Ruin Odessa

Mikheil Saakashvili will not face justice in Georgia because the Ukrainian constitution forbids extradition of Ukrainian citizens to foreign countries, according to Georgia’s Justice Minister. Commenting on her recent trip to Kiev, the Justice Minister warned Ukrainians about Georgia’s notorious ex-president.
"I returned from Kiev 24 hours ago. I saw that Saakashvili’s team has failed to succeed there. Reforms are on hold; the Ukrainian people and the media have serious questions about these so-called experts.
He was sent away from Kiev because he was unable to carry out reforms. I have no doubt that he will not do any better in Odessa. It’s a message of warning for the Ukrainian people and media".

Jun 29 13:38

Breathtaking German hypocrisy: Germany owes Greece 11 billion euros in unpaid loans

This little fact changes everything.

In 1943, Germany forced the Bank of Greece to lend it two loans worth 11 billion euros in today’s money.

And Germany has still not paid back the debt.

Jun 29 13:36

Going Nuclear on Russia

We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.”

Oh dear; the Pentagon and their European minions have been freaking out on overdrive ever since.

Jun 29 13:34

IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans

In April this year, figures released by the Jubilee Debt Campaign show that the IMF has made €2.5 billion of profit out of its loans to Greece since 2010. If Greece does repay the IMF in full this will rise to €4.3 billion by 2024.

Jun 29 13:32

What can Russia do to rock the boat of the West?

The United States is committing color revolutions in post-Soviet space, trying to strangle Russia with sanctions (for the wish of Russian people to reunite against the backdrop of the fascist regime in Ukraine) and threatening its integrity. Russia faces the task of finding a good, adequate response.
According to Sky News, an advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Norbert Röttgen, expressed concerns that the Russian authorities may start funding the anti-European lobby in the United Kingdom. "If he (Putin) could affect driving a wedge between Britain and other Western countries, he would definitely do it," said Röttgen.

Jun 29 13:27

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka breaks world record in orbit time

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is on board the International Space Station (ISS), at about 02:00 a.m. Monday Moscow Time [23:00 Sunday UTC] set a world record in the overall orbit time, set by his colleague Sergey Krikalyov 10 years ago - 803 days.
Padalka is currently making his fifth spaceflight, which he embarked on March 27. The cosmonaut is expected to return to Earth September 11. In this way, the overall time spent by him in space will reach some 880 days.
The rocket and space industry told TASS that in order for Padalka’s new record to be recognized officially, the cosmonaut has to spend five percent more time in orbit than the previous record holder. Thus, the new achievement will only be taken into account in the first ten days of August.

Jun 29 13:25

Ukraine's Luhansk republic militia report eight ceasefire violations over 24 hours

The shellings were carried out with the use of large-caliber mortars and air defence guns, the LuganskInformCenter has reported. One militia member was injured during the attack on the Zhelobok village conducted with the use of a 120mm caliber mortar.
Donetsk republic sees redeployment of Kiev tanks to Maryinka http://tass.ru/en/world/804673

Jun 29 13:18

Just As You Suspected, Mega-Corporations Dominate EU Lobbying

The latest analytical report from Transparency International has revealed that the majority of lobbying meetings involving the European Commissioners and their staff were actually held with corporate managers. The EU declares the number of lobbying meetings it has approximately every six months.

Jun 29 13:17

Chicago mayor turns down state cash advance to struggling schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 state payment to the city's cash-strapped school system to help make a pension payment.

"We appreciate the governor's gesture, but the use of this year's dollars to pay last year's pension payment follows the same path that got the schools into the current financial mess," said a statement from Emanuel's office.

Jun 29 13:16

KKK Leaflets Show up on LA Lawns; Another Part of the Race War Psyop?

Apparently the distribution of white supremacist propaganda also occurred in Orange County last week as well, so they’re really hitting this one up hard post-Charleston. A similar incident also took place earlier this year in Santa Ana on, of all days, Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Again, this sounds like something straight out of a COINTELPRO course on provocateuring, especially in the fact that it was splashed all over the news to add a little something to the race baiting in a post-Ferguson, post-Baltimore, post-Charleston America.

Speaking of COINTELPRO, considering there have been recent claims the FBI covered up their KKK informant’s role in Martin Luther King’s assassination, and that the agency destroyed crucial documents on purpose to stop the exposure of a high-ranking Klansman who also happened to be a Fed agent, the government might know a little thing or two about the KKK…

Jun 29 13:08

Foreign specialists operate Ukrainian army’s drones — LPR reconnaissance

The examination of the drone shot down by the LPR militias revealed photos of the drone operators made while testing the drone’s camera. "The photos feature men operating the drone from an apartment equipped with special devices," the agency said. "Such equipment and work conditions are not typical for rank and file Ukrainian soldiers. More to it, the uniform and underwear of such models and colors are not used in any of the Ukrainian army units."
The LPR security service officer noted that "one of the foreigners from the photos was reported to have taken part in combat operation during Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia in 2008." This information, according to the officer, was being verified.

Jun 29 13:05

Final price of gas for Ukraine will amount $247 per 1,000 cubic meters — PM Medvedev

"The prices for oil and subsequently for gas have greatly subsided, so the discount will be $40 per 1,000 cubic meters," said Medvedev.
Further decisions on the price of gas for Ukraine will depend on the world prices and the situation in the economy, Medvedev said.
Until the end of June, the price of gas for Ukraine amounts to $247.18 per 1,000 cubic meters, and takes into the $100 discount on export duties, offered by the Russian government. When the gas prices are below $330, the discount amounts to 30% of the gas prices.

Jun 29 13:05

China Seeks to Clean Up Space Junk

A new agency was recently established in China to help clean up space junk orbiting around the Earth.

Jun 29 13:02

Revealed: NSA Conducted Massive Economic Espionage Against France

New documents released by WikiLeaks reveal that the NSA's spying program delved even deeper into the French economy and politics, eavesdropping on government ministers and major corporations. The news comes only days after it was revealed that the US spied on three French presidential administrations.

Jun 29 12:59

Giftcard Fraud on the Rise

The FBI recently released a statement warning that gift card fraud is on the rise.

Jun 29 12:56

NBCUniversal Cuts Ties With Donald Trump

NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Business mogul Donald Trump points as he gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, in New York City. (Credit: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

Jun 29 12:55

JP Morgan Chase Stockpiles Silver While Pushing For Ban On Cash

In a communication with JP Morgan Chase shareholders earlier this month Jamie Dimon, CEO of one of the world’s largest and most influential banks, said that a more volatile crisis than 2008 is coming.

Jun 29 12:50

Hillary Lucks Out; News on Emails She Failed to Turn over Got ‘Lost’ on Biggest News Day of the Year

Yes, Hillary sure did luck out didn’t she?

News hit that, despite her promises that she turned over each and every email during her tenure as Secretary of State, the State Department found at least 15 emails Hillary Clinton did not turn over (via The New York Times):

The State Department said on Thursday that 15 emails sent or received by Hillary Rodham Clinton were missing from records that she has turned over, raising new questions about whether she deleted work-related emails from the private account she used exclusively while in office.

But, considering the news didn’t fully break until the same day that the Supreme Court upheld gay marriage and that’s all anyone was talking about that day in the mainstream press, no one likely even saw buried headlines about Hillary’s “lost” emails.

Oh, and the emails just so happened to be about Libya, too.

Jun 29 12:48

Predictable: DHS and FBI Warn Against Possible 4th of July Terror Attacks

Apparently “they” still hate us for our freedom.

According to USA Today, despite any specific, credible threat (as usual), local law enforcement agencies across the country have been warned about the potential for possible terror attacks this Independence Day.

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Jun 29 12:48

7 photos that sum up what it looks like in Greece today

Here’s what it looks like in Greece today, after a weekend in which the government walked away from negotiations with creditors and declared a referendum on debt-holder demands for this Sunday: Banks are closed, and there are lines outside ATMs, where withdrawals from a Greek account are limited to just 60 euros.

That’s if there is still money in the ATM.

Jun 29 12:45

Riots in Armenia designed to 'squeeze' Russia out of Caucasus

South Ossetia has only one goal — to preserve its state, people and the relations, which it has established with Russia, which is a strategic partner, and remain a reliable support for it on Russia’s southern fringes, South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov said after meeting the heads of the defence ministry and law enforcers on Monday.
According to him, the recent riots in Armenia are a fresh attempt to "squeeze" Russia out of the Caucasus. "It is impossible to call the current events in Armenia, which is Russia’s friend and partner, incidental," Tibilov said.
"Western countries have not given up intentions or attempts, to be more precise, to weaken and undermine Russia’s strong and solid positions in the world arena. This applies to all allies of Russia, including South Ossetia," Tibilov stressed.
"We should pay special attention to the republic’s young people in the first place. They are the most vulnerable group, "the South Ossetian president said.

Jun 29 12:44

SCAM ALERT - The Google Marketing Scam Phone Call

I just received a phone call from a number in Reno, Nevada. 773-800-7882. When I picked up the phone, it was an automated phone dialer telling me to press 1 to be connected to someone immediately or my business will NOT show up in the Google searches.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claire just got one, and I got one last week.

Funny how the NSA can't find these crooks, either!

Jun 29 12:42

Should Tunisia be Thanking Washington for the Recent Terrorist Attacks?

After a terrorist attack carried out by “Islamic State” (ISIL) militants on a hotel resort in Tunisia on June 26, that resulted in 39 people being killed, the situation in the country has begun to reach boiling point. This attack claimed more lives than any other massacre in the history of Tunisia. Tunisian authorities announced the closure of over 80 mosques, which, according to Prime Minister Habib Essid, have become the place where violence breeds. The public has not fully recovered from shock when on the following day a police car was blown up in the Kef governorate.

Jun 29 12:42

Canada introduces additional economic sanctions against Russia

Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three individuals. Such information is contained in the statement of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper posted on the internet page of the Canadian government on Monday.
Furthermore, Canada imposed a ban on import and export of goods from the territory of Crimea.
Names of companies and Russian citizens in the ‘black list’ will be published in the nearest future.
Gazprom and Transneft included into extended sanction list — Canada’s Foreign Ministry http://tass.ru/en/world/804770

Jun 29 12:36

The Children of Gaza’s Harrowing Cry for Help

A year after Israel’s attack on Gaza, children there are still trying to recover from the consequences of the brutal assault on the Strip. The Israeli attack, which started on 8 July 2014, resulted in between 2,142 and 2,310 Gazans deaths. According to the Gaza Health Ministry and to the UN and human rights groups, 69-75 percent of the Palestinian casualties were civilians, many of them children.

Jun 29 12:32

Europe's richest countries (adjusted to cost of living)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Latest victim of a US overthrow Ukraine is, of course, at the bottom of the list!

Jun 29 12:24

White phosphorus shells fired at a village in Pisky

Jun 29 12:22

Sidney Blumenthal Played Under-The-Radar Role At Young Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton’s confidant Sidney Blumenthal played a quiet role in shaping, and sometimes steering political coverage, in the early days of The Daily Beast.

Blumenthal’s role, early employees said, was touched with a bit of the conspiratorial haze that has emerged as a point of controversy in Clinton’s campaign. He wasn’t listed on the site’s masthead, and the site’s founder, Tina Brown, said she had “no idea” whether or not he was on Clinton’s payroll while helping to shape the site’s political coverage. In one case, he commissioned a hit piece on a potential Clinton rival, Caroline Kennedy, though his name appeared nowhere on the story.

Jun 29 12:20

Russia: Tit for Tat

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. The tempest is all around. American tanks moved into the Baltic states. American warships sail up the Black sea. The EU sanctions against Russia were extended for another six months. Russian assets were seized in France and Belgium.

Jun 29 12:12

*CAUGHT ON CAMERA** MAN PAYS ILLEGAL MEXICANS TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA ELECTION

Jun 29 12:10

The 2016 Presidential Race — Cast your vote on this independent poll

(INTELLIHUB) — The following poll is independent from the mainstream media and reflects what the masses actually think not what the establishment wants you to think.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: "None of the above" is ahead, 2 to 1!

Jun 29 11:42

Anti-Gay Jewish Group Hires Mexican Laborers To Protest NYC Pride Parade

Hoping to persuade the jubilant masses of their iniquity, bearded Orthodox men donned their most prejudicial black robes and added some unintentional levity at yesterday's Pride Parade. But the action was apparently 2 Hott for the littlest of God's messengers.

The Times stumbled upon a group of Mexican laborers holding signs in a protest pen at Fifth Avenue and 15th Street ("Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve").

But the men were not Jewish. They were Mexican laborers, protesting because they were paid to protest, said one of the men, who would not give his name.

Astroturfing is nothing new. But outsourcing bigotry?

Jun 29 11:41

Nuke talks set for several more days; signs of backtracking

World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday's deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran's negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve.

Jun 29 11:37

Viral Video: CNN Spots Man ‘”Waving An ISIS Flag At A Gay Pride Parade In London”. It Definitely was NOT!

Propagamda and counterintel are useful when ‘all war is based on deception’, but some are more eager than others to spread evil.
Imagine that everyone in the Arab world is being told that ALL Americans lean toward the Ku Klux Klan and can’t wail to rip the burqas off their women and rape them…

Jun 29 11:36

Mocking Jesus on Israeli Zionist TV

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Free speech?

Jun 29 11:31

FALSE FLAG ALERT: Craigslist Ad Asking for CRISIS ACTORS in Houston For JULY 4th

In a Craigslist ad posted about 17 days ago, our Federal Government is looking for crisis actors for July 4th through July 6th.

“We are looking for crisis actors for a government emergency drill between July 4-6th. Actors will be responsible for portraying different emergency scenarios in a simulated government terror drill. No experience is needed. Confidentiality agreements are required. Pay is $200. Please message for details.” ~Houston Craigslist

This isn’t the first time that they have advertised on Craigslist for “crisis actors” though. It seems to be a major deal, paying decent money if you can catch it before the post is removed from Craigslist. One such post even made the news on Infowars shortly before the LAX Shooting.

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The ad has since been pulled.

Jun 29 11:24

AUDIO INTERVIEW: Wolfgang Halbig Gains Some Ground

Wolfgang W. Halbig, who gained worldwide recognition after an interview conducted by this newspaper, still doesn’t believe anyone was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, and he finally got a chance to get some answers, from Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission.

Dave Gahary had a chance to sit down with Wolfgang, who gave an update on his first two hearings in front of the commission, which revealed several blockbuster bits of information about that December day, his ongoing quest for answers, and his plea to supporters, in this interesting interview (27:16).

Jun 29 11:14

Capture, Smear, Contaminate: The Politics Of GMOs

When rich companies with politically-connected lobbyists and seats on public bodies bend policies for their own ends, we are in serious trouble. It is then that public institutions become hijacked and our choices, freedoms and rights are destroyed. Corporate interests have too often used their dubious ‘science’, lobbyists, political connections and presence within the heart of governments to subvert institutions set up to supposedly protect the public interest for their own commercial benefit. Once their power has been established, anyone who questions them or who stands in their way can expect a very bumpy ride.

Jun 29 11:07

Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food

“Science” is derived from the scire – “to know”.

Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health.

“Agroecology, not the mechanistic and blind paradigm of industrial agriculture, is the truly scientific approach to food production.”

Jun 29 10:58

The Greek Bank Holiday: This is What an Economic Collapse Looks Like

A “bank holiday” sounds like such an innocuous thing, doesn’t it? Playful, a well-deserved rest, maybe even fun.

If you’d like to learn more about the fun of such a holiday, look no further than the streets of Greece, where people have been informed the banks will be closed for the next week.

Why? Because the European Central Bank has stopped sending in the money that was keeping the Greek financial system afloat. Had people been able to go to the bank and withdraw their money, the banks would be unable to function. So, the banks said, “Nope, you can have $60 if you want to wait in line for long enough to get it.”

Jun 29 10:41

15 civilians dead as Saudi warplanes hit Yemen again

At least 15 civilians, including women and children, were killed and several others injured when Saudi fighter jets launched a fresh round of airstrikes against various areas in Yemen as Riyadh pushed ahead with its atrocious onslaught against its impoverished southern neighbor.

Saudi military aircraft conducted attacks against a residential area in Sarwah district of Yemen’s central province of Ma'rib, situated approximately 120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on Monday. Nine members of a family lost their lives and three others sustained injuries, the Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

Six civilians, among them two women and three children, were also killed as Saudi warplanes struck Shibam Kawkaban district in the western Yemeni province of al-Mahwit, situated 53 kilometers (29 miles) northwest of of Sana’a.

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Has anyone bothered to remind the House of Saud, the Saudi Government, and its primary enabler in this carnage, the US government, that the killing of civilians is a war crime, under international law?!?!?

Jun 29 10:37

Turkey scrambles tanks to create ‘buffer zone’ on Syria border

Amid talk of a potential Turkish military intervention in Syria, the Turkish military is deploying tanks to the common border to create a “military buffer zone” there.

On Monday, Turkish armed forces began amassing near the Turkish border city of Sanliurfa, AFP reported.

The agency said Turkish officials were also discussing the potential intervention.

The planned buffer zone stretches 110 kilometers (68 miles) long and 28 kilometers (17 miles) wide between the southern Turkish towns of Karkamis and Oncupinar.

The forces are deploying opposite the border town of Kobani, AFP said.

Turkish daily Yeni Safak said Turkey had undertaken the measure to block possible advances by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group and Kurdish groups.

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"John Kerry, white courtesy telephone, please: paging John Kerry, white courtesy telephone, please!"

It is apparent that Edrogan hasn't received the memo from Kerry about the Kurds in the region being part of the US's defense against Isis.

This could be a real flustercluck in terms of US foreign policy in the region.

Jun 29 10:28

Supreme Court upholds lethal injections

The Supreme Court upheld by 5-4 the usage of a sedative called midazolam in drug cocktails used for death penalties in several states. Death row inmates argued the drug failed to block pain and suffering, leading to 'cruel and unusual' executions.

Justice Alito delivered the court’s opinion, joined by judges Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Chief Justice Roberts. According to the majority, it is “settled that capital punishment is constitutional,” and therefore there has to be a constitutional method of carrying it out.

In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor criticized the majority for accepting the District Court’s decision to “credit the scientifically unsupported and implausible testimony of a single expert witness,” and “faulting petitioners for failing to satisfy the wholly novel requirement of proving the availability of an alternative means for their own executions.”

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I wish that states, and the Federal Government, were completely out of the business of chemical assassinations of condemned prisoners.

I am NOT soft on crime, but in the 21st century in this country, the fact that it is by far the poorer individuals accused of crimes,and saddled with overworked public defenders, rather than those who have the luxury of a "dream team" of defenders, who get sentenced to death, bothers me greatly.

Additionally, the way DNA is treated after an accused person is jailed, pending trial, is not consistent, and because of this, I would advocate for life with no parole, at hard labor for the worst of the worst. There needs to be a national standard for DNA testing and storing, to give those truly innocent a chance for acquittal.

Jun 29 10:23

Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn't be subsidizing religion and non-profits

Two weeks ago, with a decision inObergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee’s fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Friday’s case, which promises “that religious organizations and persons [will be] given proper protection.”

Jun 29 10:20

How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to ease the way for cities to become Internet service providers. So-called municipal broadband is already a reality in a few towns, often providing Internet access and faster service to rural communities that cable companies don’t serve.

Jun 29 10:14

They Must Be Controlled

In a 1968 Star Trek episode titled "The Gamesters of Triskelion," disembodied aliens abduct Captain Kirk and two of his crew for their own entertainment. They fit the humans with special collars that create enormous pain on command, thereby ensuring compliance.

Of course, Captain Kirk finds a heroic way to escape the situation. Actual 2015 prisoners fitted with "Stun-Cuffs" from Myers Enterprises are not so lucky. Their keepers can inflict agony on command from up to 100 yards away.

Jun 29 10:13

Greek banks will stay CLOSED tomorrow as British tourists are warned cash machines will become 'limited at short notice'

Greek banks and the country's stock exchange will not open tomorrow as the country enters the 'dark hour' of trying to rescue its stricken economy.

The Foreign Office warned today warned British holidaymakers that credit card machines and ATMs in Greece could become 'limited at short notice' and urged people to prepare for 'emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays'.

With Tuesday's deadline for Greece to repay more than £1billion of its debts looming, the country is on the brink of leaving the single currency.

Jun 29 10:13

A Grexit would be disastrous and could signal disintegration of euro

Whatever the outcome of the weekend crisis meetings on Greece it has been another dreadful week for the European Union. Greece could fall out of the common currency even before the referendum planned for next Sunday and financial markets are set for a turbulent opening tomorrow. Seven years into the crisis this kind of thing simply should not be happening. There must be senior politicians in France and Germany, the principal architects of the common currency, beginning to wonder if the game is worth the candle.

Jun 29 10:12

Britain, The Empire of Evil, Pushes Genocide and World War

As Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrived Wednesday in Germany for a three-day visit, the truly Satanic nature of the British Empire was on full display. Prince Philip's top aide, Martin Palmer, is the principal organizer of a French government-sponsored Paris conference in July, peddling the same genocidal program of “Earth stewardship” that would-be mass murderer John Schellnhuber inserted into the recent Papal Encyclical on climate change. The Paris conference is part of the propaganda assault, leading to the next 'Copenhagen' conference at the end of the year, also in Paris. The Worldwatch Institute, founded by Lester Brown, has just issued a report, demanding an end to all subsidies for fossil-fuel and nuclear power, as part of the drive for a total conversion to renewables like solar and wind power.

Jun 29 10:10

PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the The Genesis Prize Award Ceremony

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Short version: "The UN are all anti-Semites."

The reason Israel has so many more human rights accusations is they commit more human rights violations!

Jun 29 10:08

We Are All Greeks! Europe Only Has a Future With the New Silk Road

It's not Greece which has failed, but rather Chancellor Merkel, Finance Minister Schäuble, the EU Commission, the European Central Bank, and the IMF. Why should the Greek government stick with the austerity measures demanded by the EU, which have already reduced the Greek economy by a third, lowered the birth rate, raised the death rate, and increased youth unemployment to 65%? A policy that even the IMF had to admit was completely incompetent, and that the UN expert on debt and human rights condemned as a clear violation of human rights? Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's decision not to capitulate to the "shock and awe" method of the Eurogroup's Shylocks is not only correct, but offers the chance for all of Europe to break with the insanity of the casino economy, which only serves the interests of the banks and speculators—provided however, that Germany and other countries find the courage to mobilize Europe's moral and intellectual strengths.

Jun 29 10:08

Newsday Editor: Carve Hate Speech Out Of First Amendment, Hold Websites Responsible If Users Post Hate Speech

It's perfectly reasonable to be angered and horrified at ignorant, racist, bigoted hate speech. It's perfectly reasonable to be concerned about those who spew such idiocy. But it's something else entirely to argue that because you dislike it, others should not be allowed to speak their beliefs. That a newspaper editor would advocate for such things seems particularly bizarre and counterproductive.

Jun 29 10:05

US, Japan Did Not Expect China-Led AIIB to Resonate With so Many Countries

Some 57 prospective founding nations signed a legal framework agreement in Beijing earlier in the day, assigning each a share of voting rights and initial capital in the bank.
The United States and Japan did not take part in the AIIB’s launch due to concerns about a lack of transparency in the bank’s initial formative stages.
Fan Mingtai, the head of the Institute of Quantitative and Technological Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, explains the US and Japanese absence as “information asymmetry.”
“[The United States and Japan] Some 57 prospective founding nations signed a legal framework agreement in Beijing earlier in the day, assigning each a share of voting rights and initial capital in the bank.
The United States and Japan did not take part in the AIIB’s launch due to concerns about a lack of transparency in the bank’s initial formative stages.

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IF the people advising the US and Japan on economic issues didn't have the horse sense to understand how attractive the AIIB's launch would be, they were not thinking at all about the possibilities and consequences for such an organization.

And, as reported at mineweb.com, last week:

China plans to launch a yuan-denominated gold fix by the end of 2015 via the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), in a move aimed at giving the world’s biggest bullion producer and consumer more influence over pricing. The first public confirmation made by an exchange official comes after Reuters cited sources in February on the proposal for the fix to be set through trading on the SGE, the world’s biggest physical bullion exchange. “We will be introducing a renminbi-denominated fix at the right moment, we are hoping to introduce by the end of the year,” Shen Gang, SGE’s vice president, said at the LBMA Bullion Market Forum in Shanghai on Thursday. Shen did not give more details, but sources familiar with the matter have said that China is expected to receive central bank approval for the fix soon. Pan Gongsheng, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), said the bank would continue to support “speedy and healthy growth of the China gold market” and its internationalisation. Given its leading role in gold, China feels it is entitled to be a price-setter for bullion and is asserting itself at a time when the global benchmark, the century-old London fix, is under scrutiny for alleged price-manipulation. If the yuan fix takes off, China could compel local buyers and foreign suppliers to pay the domestic yuan price, making the London fix less relevant in the world’s biggest bullion market.

A gold-backed renminbi against a worthless US paper currency, backed by absolutely nothing?!?

THIS is why the US government is slouching toward a war against China, folks; to attempt to save what is left of the US dollar.

Jun 29 10:05

European Banks drop $56 Billion, socialist Greece poised to exit EU

European banks lost more than 50 billiion Euros ($56 billion US) as Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls to attempt to prevent the collapse of its financial system.

Stoxx 600 Banks Index fell 4.4%, its largest dip since Novemeber 2011, with all 446 members declining.

Jun 29 10:04

Former Treasury Official: The West Is Collapsing!

Everything in this country is becoming Third World – nothing functions anymore. – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Shadow of Truth, in reference to the completely rigged financial markets and failed democracy in the United States

Based on the reaction overnight by the stock market futures to the EU/Greek situation – the S&P 500 futures are down 25 pts/1.2% – I would hazard the opinion that the zombies on CNBC were slighly off-base when they asserted last week that a Greek default was already “priced into the market.”

This idiocy displayed on CNBC is emblematic of the extreme degree to which propaganda has infected our media. But it also highlights the degree to which the American public has willingly turned a blind eye to the Orwellian fog that has completely enveloped our system.

Jun 29 10:03

1929-1930: The Crash of '29--A Federal Reserve Production, Racist Pseudoscience, Murdering Workers (Again) And The Dulles Brothers Help Old Adolf

The Wall Street Crash is the opening act in the Great Depression, the latest production of the boys in the back room who own the private company operating under the deceptive name of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve was supposedly created to prevent such things as the Wall Street Crash happening. But, from 1921 to 1929, the Fed dramatically increases the U.S. money supply, fueling massive speculation.

Jun 29 10:02

Merkel says open to talks with Greece after referendum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down prospects of a breakthrough with Greece in the coming days, but said she stood ready to restart talks with the government in Athens after a planned referendum on Sunday.

Jun 29 10:01

Parliamentary official Informs of Obama's Secret Message to Iran

Parliamentary officials disclosed on Monday that US President Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iran in the last few days, adding that the letter focused on the nuclear standoff between the two sides.

Jun 29 09:59

NETANYAHU PREPARES TO ‘WELCOME’ FLOTILLA lll TO GAZA

Four boats carrying 47 pro-Palestinian activists will be welcomed with letter from PM: ‘It looks like you took a wrong turn. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria’.

Jun 29 09:57

US Needs War Every Four Years to Maintain Economic Growth – Belgian Analyst

During 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has not forgotten even for a moment about the idea of an attack on Russia, Belgian political scientist and director of geopolitical research center Euro-Rus Kris Roman said in an exclusive interview with Regnum.
"But they had no pretext. Now, due to the chaos in Ukraine, this opportunity appeared and it is actively developed. The older generation, which had been brought up on the propaganda against the Soviet Union, has already accepted the idea of ??an inevitable conflict with Russia," Roman said.

The Belgian expert believes that with the collapse of the USSR, NATO should have stopped existing, but somehow the alliance "has grown to the size of the Universe because the motto 'The Russians are coming!' is relevant again."

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Memo to Kris Roman; there are more Americans (even some of us "older coots") who have "stopped drinking the Koolaid" on US government narrative on foreign policy, and do not believe a word the government says to them, or the world, for that matter.

There were things Karl Marx said that are, to be honest, cringeworthy, but his statement that "all wars are economic" was deeply insightful.

Jun 29 09:50

PIRACY AT SEA ~~ LIVE ON VIDEO

Jun 29 09:44

Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemcial Weapons" Trial Balloon

Then again, as we reported earlier this month in "The Noose Around Syria's Assad Tightens", the advent of ISIS has added a new wrinkle to the Assad "war", where as a result of a brutal, US-funded mercenary force which has taken over half of Syria's territory, Assad's days may indeed be numbered.

Which would provide for a useful return of the chemical weapons narrative: the "desperate dictator" is now a loose cannon, and all it takes is another false flag chemical attack to rerun the staged events of 2013, this time hopefully achieve the outcome the US is hoping for - planting a US-friendly regime, and one which would be agreeable to a Qatar pipeline crossing the land.

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Then again, as we reported earlier this month in "The Noose Around Syria's Assad Tightens", the advent of ISIS has added a new wrinkle to the Assad "war", where as a result of a brutal, US-funded mercenary force which has taken over half of Syria's territory, Assad's days may indeed be numbered.

Which would provide for a useful return of the chemical weapons narrative: the "desperate dictator" is now a loose cannon, and all it takes is another false flag chemical attack to rerun the staged events of 2013, this time hopefully achieve the outcome the US is hoping for - planting a US-friendly regime, and one which would be agreeable to a Qatar pipeline crossing the land.

And then there are all the "positive" Keynesian externalities: after all there is nothing quite like a "limited" war to boost a nation's GDP. In this case, the nation being the US of course, by way of its military-industrial complex, which is to US military spending as the US banking criminal syndicate is to the Fed's monetary policy.

The only question is whether this would be a limited war, and as Syria just revealed it won't be, because yet again Russia has made it very clear that any US military intervention in Syria, no matter how depleted the Syrian army is due to fighting ISIS on the ground every day, will be met with a proportional Russian response.

Jun 29 09:29

Puerto Rico Bonds Are Collapsing

With all eyes focused on Greek ATM lines, collapsing Chinese ponzi schemes, and European bank implosions, one could be forgiven for forgetting about another crisis occurring closer to home. As we detailed here, Puerto Rico is now "in a death spiral" and PR bonds are collapsing this morning...

Jun 29 09:28

EU to counter Russian propaganda by promoting 'European values'

The European Union aims to counter Russian propaganda by boosting support for independent media in “eastern neighbourhood” countries and increasing awareness of “disinformation activities by external actors”, according to a strategic communications action plan seen by RFE/RL.

Jun 29 09:21

'Cash Strapped' VA Forgot It Had $43.1 Million Stashed Away

When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.The latest example: In 2011, the VA set $43.1 million aside to produce brochures informing veterans about their benefits, then forgot about it. The money went unspent for three years and now might be lost for good.
An internal audit released earlier this month said, "A breakdown of VA fiscal controls and a lack of oversight led to the parking of funds . .. and the failure to detect and properly use and manage these funds."
That breakdown in fiscal controls seems to be endemic at the VA.
This week, in fact, the VA is telling Congress that it needs $2.6 billion in funds to cover its "unexpectedly" high health costs, and if it doesn't get the money, it might have to start furloughing medical personnel.

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Absoflippinglutely UNBELIEVABLE!!

The people who did this should be found out, charged, convicted by a jury of their peers, and spend a LOT OF TIME in prison, and not at a Club Fed.

No matter how much I may hate these pre-emptive wars in which the US government seems to be so directly complicit, our Vets should get the best quality of care possible, period, end of discussion.

Jun 29 09:14

Oh, The Lies We Are Fed

What is happening is a convergence of events unlike the world has ever seen. The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, also known as the Plunge Protection Team, has kept the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 on a continually higher moving plane for over five years. If you just look at a chart for either of these two indices you will see an approximate 30 degree angle moving from left to right. This is unnatural; this is unsustainable.

Jun 29 09:13

Sask. man charged with drugging, sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl

A 43-year-old Saskatchewan man is facing a number of child pornography charges in connection with the assault of a seven-year-old girl, and investigators believe there could be more victims.

Jun 29 09:10

Texas attorney general says religious state workers can deny licenses to same-sex couples if they object to gay marriage

Texas's conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is calling the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a 'lawless ruling' and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine.

But in the nonbinding legal opinion, Paxton says 'numerous lawyers' stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one.

Jun 29 09:09

Here Comes "Prexit": Puerto Rico In "Death Spiral", Debts Are "Not Payable", Governor Refuses To "Kick The Can"

Jun 29 08:56

Truth is a Crime Against The State

The Western presstitutes have succeeded in creating a false reality for insouciant Americans and also for much of the European Union population.

A sizable percentage of these insouciant peoples believe that Russia invaded Ukraine and that Russia is threatening to invade the Baltic States and Poland. This belief exists despite all intelligence of all Western governments reporting that there is no sign of any Russian forces that would be required for invasion.

The “Russian invasion,” like “Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections,” like “Assad of Syria’s use of chemical weapons against his own people,” like “Iranian nukes,” never existed but nevertheless became the reality in the Western media. The insouciant Western peoples believe in non-existent occurrences.

In other words, just to state the obvious noncontroversial fact, the Western “news” media is a propaganda ministry from which no truth emerges.

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The "Whoreporate news networks", in print, or electronically, only give you the narrative the US government wants you to hear or see, which is why you are many times shielded so carefully from the stark realities creating public policy about which you need to know, and understand.

Unfortunately, at this point in my life, the country of which I am most deeply frightened, in terms of making some sort of ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong policies which will impact Americans badly (either by declaring a new war, against a truly non-belligerent country which is no threat to us), or embracing fiscal policies which will lead to a smash and burn of the US economy's small businesses, is my own government.

Jun 29 08:50

Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

The justices said Monday they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university’s flagship Austin campus.

Jun 29 08:50

BRICS Bank panel hosted by RT and SPIEF

RT and SPIEF have jointly held a panel discussion titled ‘THE NEW DEVELOPMENT BANK: A STRONGER ROLE FOR BRICS IN THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL ARCHITECTURE’.

Jun 29 08:49

Fraudulent Big Pharma science leads to half a million psych drug deaths every year

Psychiatric drugs kill an estimated 500,000 people per year, looking only at people over age 65 living in Western countries, according to an analysis conducted by a world-renowned Danish researcher.

Peter Gotzsche, research director at the Nordic Cochrane Centre, cited the figure in an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), in which he argues that psychiatric drugs have only "minimal" benefits but very severe side effects. Most use of these drugs could be halted without doing any harm, he says.

Jun 29 08:49

Man Wins Lawsuit After Neighbor Shotgunned His Drone

Comments section tough guys and fictional sitcom characters like Ron Swanson have popularized the idea that it's completely acceptable to shoot a drone out of the sky. As one man in California recently learned, it's not: A judge just awarded a drone pilot $850 in a lawsuit related to the shotgunning of his custom-built drone.

Jun 29 08:47

Merkel Warns of Europe's Collapse: 'If Euro Fails, So Will the Idea of European Union'

In a dramatic appeal for Europeans to come together to address the common currency crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday that if the euro collapses, so will the idea of European unity. She also described the current euro crisis as Europe's greatest test since the collapse of communism.

Jun 29 08:46

What Does The Stars and Bars Represent?

That emblem represents many things to many people. It is loved by some and hated by others. It is a source of pride to some and a source of humiliation to others. Everyone has their own feelings and should have the liberty to express themselves however they see fit.

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Jun 29 08:43

Supreme Court strikes down Obama power-plant regulations

The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a serious blow to President Obama’s climate-change agenda, striking down key environmental regulations limiting pollution from power plants.

Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with the conservative side of the court in the 5-4 decision, with the majority ruling that the Obama administration should have factored into its rulemaking process the cost of the proposed regulations, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

Jun 29 08:42

Janner charged with historic child abuse

Prosecutors on Monday brought 22 charges of abuse against an elderly politician accused of using his position to have sex with young boys.

The prosecution against Lord Greville Janner, a former MP and a member of the House of Lords, represents a victory for campaigners who have demanded tougher action on child abuse.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had initially declined to bring charges against the 86-year-old because he is suffering from Alzheimer's and was considered too ill to stand trial.

But after intense criticism, director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders announced he has now been charged with offences against nine victims, all but one of them aged 16 or under at the time, relating to alleged incidents between 1963 and 1988.

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Jun 29 08:42

After Palestinians Submit Formal Complaint with ICC, US Backers of Israel Lash Out with Threats

For the mere act of submitting documents to the International Criminal Court detailing Israel's ongoing human rights violations and history of war crimes on Thursday, the Palestinian Authority is now facing a barrage of threats and rebukes from U.S. lawmakers and the White House.

Jun 29 08:41

Greece May Not Even Have The Funds To Conduct A Referendum

According to Germany's FAZ, "the Greek Court also estimates that the referendum will cost around 110 million euros, according to a well-informed policy analyst. Money that in view of the strapped Greek Checkout simply will not be there, even if the country saves a EUR 1.6 billion full-scale default to the International Monetary Fund this Tuesday."

Jun 29 08:40

Greek 10Y Bonds Collapse - Yield Tops 15%

Greek stocks may be closed and the bond market super-illiquid but traders are willing to dump GGBs at almost any price for now. 10Y Greek government bonds are spiking over 400bps and have topped 15% for the first time since December 2012.

Jun 29 08:40

The individual vs. collective mind control

By Jon Rappoport

If you want to spend a disturbing afternoon, read through (and try to fathom) the bewildering blizzard of sub-organizations that make up the European Union. I did. And I emerged with a new definition of insanity. OTO. The Obsession to Organize.

OTO speaks of a bottomless fear that somewhere, someone might be living free...

Jun 29 08:39

The Absence of Policy: Washington’s Shrill Anti-Russia Rhetoric Has No Plan B

As host of RT’s political debate program “CrossTalk”, I have explored and covered the divergent narratives and rhetoric when it comes to the artificially generated Ukraine crisis. It is difficult to conjure up a topic that is so polarizing, antagonistic, and even dangerous.

The west’s failed policy in Ukraine has only emboldened the low-octane policymakers in Washington and Brussels. This is the worst of all possible worlds — a game of chicken where both sides lose.

If you are an avid reader of Russia Insider, you will know the situation in Ukraine worsens by the day. The country faces financial default in a matter of weeks with overall economic meltdown to follow. The IMF — the evil lender of last resort — openly admits it will continue to assist Kiev even after it defaults (which breaks all the lender’s own internal rules). Alas! In this case, geopolitics trumps common sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The analysis here is fine, as far as it goes, but the writer of this article is missing one key factor to the problem; the pathological inability of the US government and military to think any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

And this is why the US government is moving forward, almost as does a picador in a bull fight, toward an all out war with Russia, as insane as this pathway sounds; that is the US government's Plan B.

Jun 29 08:38

‘Support debt cancellation for Greece,’ MPs, economists & campaigners tell Cameron

MPs, trade unionists, economists and campaigners have called upon David Cameron to support Greek debt cancellation, saying it could be funded by seizing capital from speculators and banks that were the true beneficiaries of Athens’ bailouts.

Jun 29 08:37

Will distance from Greece save U.S. markets?

The means by which faraway market storms come to whip around U.S. stock prices is some form of contagion. This can occur when basic global banking and capital-market function is disturbed, or when many of the same people who own the collapsing assets also own stuff here and need to sell it to raise cash.

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They are ignoring the credit default swap problem.

Jun 29 08:31

Lapid slams 'despicable' Gaza flotilla as 'gang of terror supporters'

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid on Saturday denounced those taking part in the flotilla to Gaza as “a gang of supporters of terrorism” and a “despicable flotilla that needs to be stopped.”

The former finance minister spoke to a town hall meeting in Holon. He ridiculed the idea that the flotilla was aimed at highlighting the plight of Gaza and advancing Palestinian human rights.

“This flotilla is a kind of provocation against the State of Israel,” he said. “This is a provocation by people who are anything but defenders of human rights.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Mr. Lapid, you have a very unique definition of "terrorism".

Apparently it is an act of terrorism to attempt to bring desperately needed food and medication to Gaza..

But what is NOT, in your mind, terroristic in any way, is:

1. Serial genocide against the Palestinian people.
2. The torture and indefinite detention of Palestinian kids to get them to confess to ANYTHING there torturers ask them to confess to.
3. The brisk annexation of Palestinian land to which the State of Israel has no legal claim.

Please be aware that there is no way humanly possible in which you can attempt to redirect this narrative about the heartless, contemptible treatment of Palestinians by their Israeli overlords.

Sir, you cannot lie your way out of this; the evidence for everything I have stated is palpably clear and true.

Jun 29 08:21

SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere

The actual ruling text of the SCOTUS decision makes it clear that its "equal protection" logic would apply universally to concealed carry gun rights which already exist in a majority of states:

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/050237_SCOTUS_gun_laws_same-sex_marriage.ht...

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If you get to marry, we get to carry!

Jun 29 08:17

Greece Will Open 700 Bank Branches On Thursday - For Limited Pension Withdrawals Only

Good news - some Greek bank branches will re-open sooner than expected.

*GREEK OFFICIAL: 700 BANK BRANCHES TO OPEN THURSDAY FOR PENSIONS

Bad news - only pension withdrawals are allowed in limited size.

*GREEK PENSION WITHDRAWALS WILL BE LIMITED TO EU240: OFFICIAL

Party's over.

Jun 29 08:17

Reports: Turkey Plans to Invade Syria to Fight Kurds

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued another vociferous anti-Kurdish speech, vowing Turkey would never allow the YPG to establish an independent state in northwestern Syria. Since then, reports are emerging that Erdogan has ordered the Turkish military to send troops into Syria to fight against the Kurds.

If true, the move would be hugely controversial, as the Kurdish YPG are being openly backed by the US in their fights against ISIS. Having Turkey, itself allied with the US, attacking the YPG and trying to carve out a “buffer zone” from Kurdish territory would be seen as bolstering ISIS.

The real opposition is likely to come from the Turkish military itself, however, and there are reports that Gen. Ozel, the Turkish military Chief of Staff, has delayed previous directives to intervene in Syria, citing questions about international law. The Erdogan government has been lobbying them heavily ever since, trying to convince them to be on board for the deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, IF true, this policy of Edrogan's will complicate things here mightily for the US military.

Jun 29 08:16

The Next Round of the Great Crisis Has Just Begun

here is no recovery. There is only the bond bubble. And everything has been done to prop it up because when it bursts (as all bubbles do), entire countries (including the US) will go bust.

Greece is just the first domino to fall.

Jun 29 08:13

Israel says it blocked ship attempting to break Gaza blockade

Israeli officials said Monday that the country's military had blocked a ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza, boarding it in international waters, arresting people on board, and directing it to dock in an Israeli port.

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Boarding it in international waters is a criminal act.

Jun 29 08:12

‘Hi, I’m Uncle Sam and I’m a War-oholic’

War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality takes over, it chooses the weapons and tactics for you. It limits the terms of debate before you even begin. It answers questions before they’re even asked.

When you define something as war, it dictates the use of the military (or militarized police forces, prisons, and other forms of coercion) as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser, or even a traitor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever noticed that when the US declares war on ANYTHING (poverty, drugs, terror, etc.), the problem gets worse rather than better?!?

And the government of the US has a severe problem on its hands; after the lies about Saddam's Weapons, the lies used to trick us into invading and occupying Afghanistan, and the general state of lying about the economy, the American government has zero credibility with the American people.

We can no longer believe anything this government says, and have become (peacefully and logically) vocal about that.

About the only thing the US government has now is to engineer a massive false flag attack, and use it as the excuse to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights and declare martial law.

Jun 29 08:00

Iran, World Powers Plan To Keep Nuclear Talks Going Beyond June 30 Deadline, Official Says

The six world powers seeking to negotiate an historic agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program plan to carry on negotiating beyond a Tuesday deadline, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to leave Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with the country's leadership on the state of negotiations, Iran said.

Officials from both sides said big differences still remained.

European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini said earlier on Sunday it was not impossible to get an accord by the self-imposed deadline but that a few extra days may be needed.

Foreign ministers from the negotiating countries were gathering in Vienna on Sunday to assess where the talks stood. They expected them to spill over into July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With these talks "spilling over" into July, the logical question I have to ask is, how long before Israel bombs the Iranian reactors with impunity, in order to make the negotiations null and void?!?

And as the country which has offered the training and technology to Iran to make their nuclear state possible, what will Russia do when that happens?!?

Unfortunately, Israel's Netanyahu is hubristic enough to not have considered this, but I would strongly caution any sane member of his cabinet to raise the question, loudly, and articulately.

Jun 29 07:54

Anger Aimed at Troika's Ruthless Neoliberalism as Greece Exit Looms

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech in Brussels on Monday that observers say has dramatically escalated the tensions surrounding a referendum vote in Greece next Sunday—a vote that could ultimately result in the country's exit from the Eurozone.

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Jun 29 07:48

White supremacists sign up for military to train for race war — with little pushback from Pentagon

After the horrific massacre at Charleston’s historic black church, Americans are slowly realizing the threat posed by white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements. But few know that their presence has grown within one of the most powerful institutions in America: the US military.

According to the FBI, there are hundreds of white supremacists in the US army or in the veteran community. Some analysts even estimate the number is in the thousands. In America, 203 white supremacist “extremist cases” investigated by the Bureau from 2001 to 2008 involved veterans. The problem hasn’t gone away. Neo-Nazi veteran Wade Michael Page attacked six worshippers at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in 2012.

I spent a number of years investigating how neo-Nazis and white supremacists had infiltrated the US military, with very little push back from the Pentagon, which was desperate to keep the supply of troops flowing for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pure codswallop to make Americans feel very afraid...very afraid indeed; to the point of doing everything their government tells them to, unthinkingly and unquestioningly.

If, in fact, this person actually did any research whatsoever, where are the numbers, please?!?

Notice that there is no hard evidence to back up anything this person alleges in this article.

IF this is not "research", then it is pure, grade-A bovine excrement propaganda, engineered to scare Americans.

And please remember; just as is the case with so many other mass casualty shooters in the US, Dylann Roof, the accused here, was on heavy psychiatric medications, which have a known history of causing homicidal or suicidal thoughts.

Please see the article here:

http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/big-list-of-drug-induced-killers/

Of course, demanding that pharmaceutical companies remove these dangerous substances from their product list would just cut into their bottom line too greatly, so that never happens. And in MY world, any drug company executive who allows such a drug to be sold, knowing its high risk, should be tried, convicted and jailed for a very long, and not in a Club Fed. But: I digress.

It has appeared to both Mike and me that someone in this country wants to see race hatred leading to some kind of a race war, and I have to pull back a bit, and ask "cui bono"?!? Who benefits?!?

Well, you have an Administration on the ropes in Washington, with its star player for the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, tanking on potential charges of corruption, gross mismanagement of the State Department, and outright lying to Congress on Benghazi, you start to feel cornered. And cornered politicians are both desperate and dangerous.

Except for the money junkies, the economy is in a mess; just ask anyone whose job was recently offshored/outsourced.

The benefit for such an administration from a national series of race riots would be to give Obama the excuse to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Law, and invoke martial law, and perhaps postpone the next election...indefinitely.

Nothing could be said about the US business-shredding Atlantic or Pacific trade deals, without imprisonment, fines, or both.

Nothing could be said about upcoming potential wars with Iran, China, and Russia.

And nothing could be said about Charlie Rangel's legislation, still sitting in the Armed Services Committee, to reinstate the draft, and draft our young women, as well as our young men.

I am noticing that on the feed from Faux News, we are being "prepped" for some kind of horrific terror incident to happen over this weekend, either domestically, or against American interests.

This could well be another "justification" for President Obama's gleeful suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Jun 29 07:48

Video: Freedom Flotilla intercepted by IDF after attempt to breach Gaza blockade

Israel intercepts & escorts Gaza flotilla flagship in ‘uneventful’ raid, other boats heading to ports of origin.

Jun 29 07:47

‘Unlawful, structurally unfair’ fast-track asylum system scrapped in Court of Appeal

Britain’s Court of Appeal has suspended the controversial detained fast-track (DFT) system, which imprisons thousands of asylum seekers each year while they appeal rulings.

Jun 29 07:45

Central Bank of Central Banks Says “The World is Unable to Fight Next Global Crash”

According to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the shadowy “central bank of central banks,” the world as it stands is incapable of combating another global financial crash – a crash that there is every reason to think is coming.

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Jun 29 07:44

'Russian Aggression' - CBS Provides a Perfect Example of Imperial Disinformation

Everything—and I mean that literally—everything in this item filed by CBS This Morning on 6.23.15 (below), is false. The object is, as usual, to sell the almost completely clueless and habitually semi-indifferent American public the idea that Russia is the new Nazi Germany, with Putin as the new Fuhrer, rampaging across Europe and grabbing, insatiably, one hapless nation after another in his march toward the conquest of the…whole Free World!

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Jun 29 07:42

California Drought So Bad, Neighbors Stealing Water From Each Other

There is simply no commodity on the planet more precious than water. Without it, life as we know it cannot exist. The human body can go without water for only three days at the most before death occurs.

Aside from the essential survival aspects, we also depend on water for many other things, such as bathing, watering our lawns and gardens, washing our clothes, and a number of other daily activities. Everyone knows this, but access to clean water is something most of us have taken for granted.

However, that is beginning to change, particularly in the Southwest region of the United States, where a drought period that has lasted for more than a decade has become a massive problem. In California, Nevada and Arizona in particular, millions of people are being affected. Experts say that the problem will only worsen over the coming years.

Jun 29 07:41

“Sewer Socialist” Bernie Sanders’ Anti-Russian Propaganda

The presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders — an anti-Russia, Israel-supporting politician from Vermont — revives an archaic feud among leftists. The old debate about “sewer socialism” is back.

In the early part of the 20th century, there was a broad movement of people in the United States who advocated the overthrow of capitalism. Among them were many revolutionaries like Eugene Debs, William Z. Foster, Lucy Parsons, and Paul Robeson.

Jun 29 07:39

Greek Contagion Spreads As Several Italian Bank Stocks Failed To Open

While things have normalized since the open thanks entirely to the SNB's aggressive EUR-buying, CHF-selling intervention (good to see that central banks have read the BIS' report and have learned from their prior intervention mistakes), earlier this morning we got a snapshot of what happens if and when the SNB, and then the ECB itself, finally lose control when as a result of the Greek crisis the contagion promptly spread a few hundred kilometers west to Italy where as the WSJ reported, "several Italian banks failed to start trading on Monday as fears over a Greek debt default induced many investors to shed peripheral stocks, including Italian, with banks suffering the most."

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