THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"...In the first years of this century (now the last century) Americans were free and prideful and independent. We were an ambitious people, and any social injustices were being slowly but steadily eliminated. We were a kind and generous people, guardful of our liberties. But, after 1917, the black plague spread over Europe, and we were infected long before 1939, when a new and deliberately plotted war broke out. We were infected in the very halls of Congress, in the very inmost chambers of Washington. The disease was already in our flesh, and its foul breath was already in the mouths of our children, and its cries were ringing in every schoolroom, every college, decades before we were plunged into this series of wars which have lasted over twenty years. We were a diseased nation long before we were slaves. We were impotent before we knew we were impotent.

YOUR RANDOM DHS MONITORED PHRASE OF THE DAY

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August 15, 2014

Aug 15 12:45

Russell Brand slams Bill O’Reilly over Ferguson protests

British comedian Russell Brand took to his online series The Trews to criticize Bill O’Reilly of Fox News for insisting that protesters angry over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson are not letting justice take its course.

On the latest episode of The Trews, Brand performed running commentary of a recent O’Reilly segment where the Fox News host begins by saying the death of Brown, 18, at the hands of a police officer

“is now being investigated by state and local authorities, but that hasn’t stopped rioting and looting in the area.”

Aug 15 12:43

Questioning Edward Snowden’s Cure-All

Ed Snowden recently gave fellow NSA whistleblower James Bamford an “extended cut” interview in Moscow.1 While Snowden offered up a few morsels of headline-worthy information, like how he purposefully left forensic artifacts for investigators or details on the NSA’s automated cyber-attack system called MonsterMind, Bamford’s piece ends with Snowden describing what he views as the answer to the NSA’s global surveillance program:

We have the means and we have the technology to end mass surveillance without any legislative action at all, without any policy changes… By basically adopting changes like making encryption a universal standard—where all communications are encrypted by default—we can end mass surveillance not just in the United States but around the world.

So, that’s it, huh? All we need is strong crypto? Download the latest app and guaranteed civil liberties are but a click away…

Pleasant fiction, caws your humble narrator.

Aug 15 12:34

How Do We Tell Our Children About The New World Order?

America’s southern border has disintegrated. Ebola has entered America, Russia and NATO are mobilizing in and around Ukraine in what could be the beginning of World War III our economy is one slight push from free fall, we have foreign troops who have promised us harm, training on our soil. And all of this is the short list of challenges presented to inhabitants of America by the New World Order. The biggest question is, WHAT DO I TELL MY SON ABOUT THE NEW WORLD ORDER? WHAT WILL YOU TELL YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE NEW WORLD ORDER?


Aug 15 12:20

EU Threatens New Anti-Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine

Foreign Ministers of the 28-member European Union agreed Friday to consider new sanctions against Russia if Moscow maintains its stance on the Ukrainian crisis, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.

“We've also agreed that if Russia doesn’t change its behavior, further measures might be necessary. It should stop creating havoc in Eastern Ukraine. It’s quite obvious,” Timmermans told reporters after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

At the same time many European politicians note that the sanctions against Russia are detrimental for both sides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Europe's economy is already taking a multi-billion dollar hit from the sanctions war, and oil and gas supplies look to be disrupted going into another harsh winter, and STILL the politicians are trying to escalate a war with Russia!

Aug 15 12:14

New UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Léon, is a Bilderberg Group member

The question if a member of the Bilderberg Group will be able to establish peace in warn-torn Libya – a war orchestrated long time ago by this very group – is beyond rhetorical.


Aug 15 12:11

Five illegal immigrants detained in Albania with Ebola symptoms

Albanian police have detained 40 illegal immigrants from Africa today, five of whom are currently under quarantine after exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, Macedonian newspaper Vecer has reported. Police suspect the five are of Eritrean origin, having arrived illegally in Europe via Greece. They are currently being tested for carrying the Ebola virus in hospital in the Albanian city of Vlore, less than 86 miles from Italy’s closest port.

Aug 15 12:09

Bennett Calls to Unilaterally End Gaza Operation

As the Security Cabinet meeting in the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem ended Friday morning, Cabinet member and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) called for Israel to unilaterally end Operation Protective Edge.

The minister said Israel should stop the operation without an agreement with Hamas, allowing the IDF to continue actions against the terror tunnels in Gaza while easing the blockade of the Hamas terror enclave.

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Aug 15 12:07

Russia seeks safe haven in gold, away from dollar and euro

Russia is taking steps to ensure that it protects itself from any future dollar or euro sanctions. Moscow boasts the world’s 5th biggest foreign exchange reserves and the 6th largest gold reserves. In total, the assets amount to over $1.5 trillion.

While the West is continuing to try and punish Russia via economic sanctions, the response of the Russian Central Bank has been to diversify away from the euro and dollar – and to buy up more gold.

Aug 15 11:57

America Giving Israel a Pass on Civilian Deaths

United Nations officials and human rights organisations have characterised Israeli attacks on civilian targets during the IDF war on Gaza as violations of the laws of war.

During the war, Israeli bombardment leveled whole urban neighbourhoods, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and 30,000 damaged and killing 1,300 civilians, according to U.N. data. Israeli forces also struck six schools providing shelter to refugees under U.N. protection, killing at least 47 refugees and wounding more than 340.


Aug 15 11:57

Petition Seeks to Ban Joan Rivers in Britain Over Gaza

Thousands of people have signed a petition to halt American television host Joan Rivers’ upcoming tour in Britain after her remarks about the crisis in Gaza, Al Arabiya reports.

According to the report, the petition was created by Dipu Ahad, a Labour councilor from Newcastle, and has been signed by more than 20,000 people so far.

The petition urges event organizers to cancel all of Rivers’ upcoming UK tour dates.

Rivers made headlines when she said “Palestinians deserve to be dead” after she was approached by a reporter working for U.S. entertainment website TMZ asking her opinion on the crisis in Gaza.

“They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead... Don’t you dare make me feel sad about that... You don’t get out, then you know you’re an idiot,” Rivers said, according to Al Arabiya.

Ahad said that Rivers was “not welcome in Britain.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If nobody shows up, I'll bet the tour gets canceled real quick!

Aug 15 11:54

Leaked Doc Puts Spotlight on Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal

A leaked document is putting the spotlight on a trade deal between Canada and the European Union that one critic says is all about "giving corporations rights."

The text of the deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), had thus far been kept from public scrutiny. But the German television show Tagesschau uploaded a521-page portion (pdf) Wednesday, said to be roughly a third of the full text.

Aug 15 11:49

World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war.

But experts believe this is actually almost universally the case, according to a think-tank which produces one of the world’s leading measures of “global peacefulness” – and things are only going to get worse.

It may make for bleak reading, but of the 162 countries covered by the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP’s) latest study, just 11 were not involved in conflict of one kind or another.

Aug 15 11:45

Useful Idiots and the Something For Nothing Society - Part III of IV

The greatest man made societal and economic collapse in history is unfolding before our eyes. This Journey to the collapse of the developed world's civilization and empire began over 100 years ago during the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson with his subversion/betrayal of the constitution of the United States and creation of a privately owned banking and currency monopoly called the Federal Reserve and the creation of the income tax to fund the beginning of the Confiscationism of the progressive socialism we see today. In exchange for a monopoly on money to multi century banking cartels which allowed the country to be run for the benefit of the banking systems. In exchange for unlimited funding for government. Private property rights began its road to demise at that time.


Aug 15 11:38

How Israel targeted the children of Gaza

Who in the world would believe that Israeli warplanes would pursue a child who had survived their initial bombing only to kill him 10 days later? This is the reality of the war on Gaza and the story of nine-year-old Ibrahim al-Dawawsa, who lived with his family in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood north of Gaza City. Last Friday around noon, a drone dropped a missile that blew his head off, killing him immediately.

Ibrahim went out to perform the Friday prayers for what turned out to be the last time ever after he heard the call to prayer at al-Nour al-Mohammedi Mosque near his home. He had showered and worn his new clothes, as if he sensed that his moment of death is near and wanted to die pure.

This is the Israeli war machine that has no regard for children or humanity. Very simply, it dropped its bombs over the heads of people flocking to the mosque. When a missile hit Ibrahim, worshippers rushed to where he was only to find him drowning in his own blood.

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Aug 15 11:36

UK Beefs Up Channel Patrols After Ebola Immigrant Threat

Britain has increased the number of maritime patrols, and beefed up security at French ports to counter the risk of illegal immigrants making it across the Channel. The French town of Calais is home to thousands of African immigrants desperately waiting to come to the UK.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here in the US, they are still flooding across the border and being bussed and flown all across America ... at taxpayer expense.

Aug 15 11:34

The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis: Syrian “Opposition” Armed to Thwart Construction of Iran-Iraq-Syria Gas Pipeline

In the apt expression of F. William Engdahl, «Natural gas is the flammable ingredient that is fueling this insane scramble for energy in the region.» A battle is raging over whether pipelines will go toward Europe from east to west, from Iran and Iraq to the Mediterranean coast of Syria, or take a more northbound route from Qatar and Saudi Arabia via Syria and Turkey. Having realized that the stalled Nabucco pipeline, and indeed the entire Southern Corridor, are backed up only by Azerbaijan’s reserves and can never equal Russian supplies to Europe or thwart the construction of the South Stream, the West is in a hurry to replace them with resources from the Persian Gulf. Syria ends up being a key link in this chain, and it leans in favor of Iran and Russia; thus it was decided in the Western capitals that its regime needs to change. The fight for «democracy» is a false flag thrown out to cover up totally different aims.

Aug 15 11:33

DOCUMENT: Homeland Security Predicts Rise of 'Anti-Government' Violence

A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis predicts increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” The document says the inspiration for violence is Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville standoff with the Bureau of Land Management from earlier in the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, the inspiration for the violence is a government that has delegitimized itself by failing to keep to the rules in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and sees as its divine right the authority to loot the people for the banks, trick us into wars of conquest, and spy on our every move.


Aug 15 11:31

One Nation Under SWAT

Think of it as a different kind of blowback. Even when you fight wars in countries thousands of miles distant, they still have an eerie way of making the long trip home.

Take the latest news from Bergen County, New Jersey, one of the richest counties in the country. Its sheriff’s department is getting two mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs – 15 tons of protective equipment – for a song from the Pentagon. And there’s nothing special in that. The Pentagon has handed out 600 of them for nothing since 2013, with plenty more to come. They’re surplus equipment, mostly from our recent wars, and perhaps they will indeed prove handy for a sheriff fretting about insurgent IEDs (roadside bombs) in New Jersey or elsewhere in the country. When it comes to the up-armoring and militarization of America’s police forces, this is completely run-of-the-mill stuff.

Aug 15 11:30

Lukoil signs deal to produce gas in Iraq

The Russian company Lukoil and the Oil Exploration Company of Iraq have signed a memorandum on gas exploration in the Western Euphrates block in Iraq. Until now, the Russian company has participated only in oil extraction projects in Iraq.

The decision on signing a final contract will be made ??after a thorough evaluation of the block, said Lukoil. The company hopes to find major reserves there.

Aug 15 11:29

China’s Iraq Oil Problem

Thanks to China’s insatiable appetite for oil—last year it passed the U.S. as the world’s largest importer—the country has become Iraq’s top trading partner. After Iraq turned peaceful post-war, China’s state-run oil giants rushed to sign Iraqi contracts. They were largely low-margin, unprofitable deals, but the Chinese need crude and were willing to accept meager deals that other countries weren’t. There are now 10,000 Chinese oil workers in the country.

Aug 15 11:26

Iraq Crisis Threatens Chinese Oil Investments

As the situation in Iraq worsens, China is showing increasing consternation. And while authorities have mainly issued broad statements of concern, it’s no secret what worries those in charge in Beijing: the risks the crisis could pose to its Iraqi-sourced oil supply and China’s three petro-majors, all active in the country.


Aug 15 11:21

This Secret to Massive Yields Could Rock the Farming World

What will ultimately feed the world? Is it really genetic engineering? Is it biodiversity?

According to a new study, it lies in an unpatented technique...

Aug 15 11:09

NAFTA is 20-years old — Here are some facts on how it is destroying the economy

Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country.

Aug 15 11:03

If the East Bay Was Gaza How Would You Feel?

The Palestinian enclave known as Gaza is approximately 25 miles long by 5 miles wide. It is about the same area as the East Bay from Oakland in the north to Fremont in the south. To the west is open water; to the east are the hills (heavily-reinforced razor wire fence for Gaza).

What would life be like if the East Bay of San Francisco was Gaza?

Aug 15 11:02

Pathology of Domination

Psychiatry deals with the individual, but why not a social psychiatry which deals with collective behavior, values, mindset, that of a nation with its particular history, social structure, behavior, in this case, as measured by war, intervention, policies of drone assassination, torture, and rendition, opposition to world democratization, and internally, widespread class differentiation and income/power disparities, deregulation of its financial and corporate systems, massive surveillance to tamp down possible dissent and resistance, in short, a society of emergent fascism?


Aug 15 11:00

McDonald's testing new automated cashiers that won't go on strike demanding $15/hour

Still think that strike was a good idea?
Regardless of where you are in the United States, if you stop into a McDonald's you know what to expect. The buildings look fairly similar, the staff will be dressed in pretty much the same attire, and you'll be offered the chance to buy food that will make you spend the next four hours either sleeping or moaning as you regret your purchase.

Aug 15 11:00

We're sorry that your son was bullied to the point of committing suicide. We're very appreciative that he wanted to be an organ donor, but we're worried that his organs are just too gay. Thanks, but no thanks

Sheryl Moore’s son lay on the bed before her. Soon, she knew, her 16-year-old boy would be taken off life support — another life lost to bullying.
Alexander “AJ” Betts Jr. attempted suicide in July 2013, the Des Moines Register reported at the time. He died shortly thereafter. Betts’s mother said he had been outed as gay about a year and half before his death. His friends told KCCI that schoolmates constantly made fun of him, ridiculing him for being gay, for being half African American, and for his cleft lip.

Aug 15 10:58

Why Obama Wants Maliki Removed

The Obama administration is pushing for regime change in Iraq on the basis that current prime minister Nouri al Maliki is too sectarian. The fact is, however, that Maliki’s abusive treatment of Sunnis never factored into Washington’s decision to have him removed. Whether he has been “too sectarian” or not is completely irrelevant. The real reason he’s under attack is because he wouldn’t sign the Status of Forces Agreement in 2011. He refused to grant immunity to the tens of thousands of troops the administration wanted to leave in Iraq following the formal withdrawal. That’s what angered Washington. That’s why the administration wants Maliki replaced.

Aug 15 10:55

No power to the people? UK govt watchdog blocks new grassroots energy co-ops

The British government’s financial watchdog has been accused of blocking new community projects aimed at challenging the dominance of big energy corporations.

In the past six weeks, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has prevented a number of new applications for energy co-ops on the grounds that they did not have enough members to participate.

Aug 15 10:53

Tax dodgers' land for sale; may be booby-trapped

The New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months is being sold at auction — even as prospective buyers have been kept off the land because it could still be booby-trapped.

The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown's fortress-like home on 100 acres in Plainfield is scheduled for Friday afternoon at U.S. District Court in Concord. The minimum required bid is $250,000. Elaine Brown's dental office in Lebanon also is being auctioned.

Prospective bidders have not been allowed to tour the property, and last year, the U.S. Marshals Service cited the possibility of land mines and other explosives buried on the property as a complication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yeah, I can see people lining up to bid a quarter million for that!

Aug 15 10:51

You’re Nine Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

The U.S. Department of State reports that only 17 U.S. citizens were killed worldwide as a result of terrorism in 2011.* That figure includes deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq and all other theaters of war.

Aug 15 10:49

European Bombs Hit Gaza

Complicating Europe in the Gaza War, Israel disclosed that it used NATO weapons to attack Gaza while fighting the USA over the supply of Hellfire missiles. On the same day, August 15, a Dutch citizen returned to Israel his Righteous Among the Nations medal, after Zion killed his family in Gaza.

Aug 15 10:41

China Is Rejecting GMO Corn and That Isn't Good for American Farmers

The industrial agribusiness has embraced GMOs in the United States, but it's having a serious effect on farmers. Most recently, China began rejecting a variety of genetically modified US corn, and the rejection is reportedly costing American farmers upwards of $3 billion, according to the National Feed and Grain Association. A rejection of US grain in China has serious consequences here on home turf, as the country is one of the top importers of US corn, and its demand is projected to grow. But not if GMOs are involved.

Aug 15 10:40

Iraq Escalation: US Troops Headed Back to Fallujah

Having ditched the Yazidi rescue pretext for the new US war in Iraq, after discovering there weren’t really many Yazidis to rescue in the first place, the US has reportedly set its sights on the Anbar Province, site of some of the bloodiest US battles during the previous occupation.

In an interview with Reuters, Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed meetings with US diplomats and senior military officials, and secured a promise of not only air strikes against ISIS holdings in the province, but a military presence on the ground.

“No date was decided but it will be very soon and there will be a presence for the Americans in the western area,” Dulaimi confirmed. ISIS controls materially all of the Anbar Province at this point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can tell, very easily, as to when President Obama is lying, as he did when he said, "no troops on the ground" in Iraq; he opens his mouth...and words come out of it.

President Obama promised that there will be no boots on the ground in Iraq even though the Pentagon recently sent 130 military advisers to Iraq bringing the total number of military advisers to 1,000.

Aug 15 10:17

Haaretz newspaper: Antiwar dissidents face a ‘witch hunt’ in Israel

In Israel, dissent against the war in Gaza is bitterly quashed. The few who speak out complain of being harassed, intimidated or even sacked. The once mighty left has disappeared.

It has been Israel’s deadliest conflict in years. More than 1,960 Palestinians were killed and 64 Israeli soldiers died fighting what some see as an unwinnable war.

And yet the only significant protest in Israel so far saw thousands late Thursday demand an end to Hamas rocket attacks, dissatisfied with the status quo after ground troops pulled out and a ceasefire was extended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist who never sees war or violence as an answer to anything, to all those in Israel who are protesting against this war: welcome to my world.

Aug 15 10:12

Record Cold Summer Leads To Changing Leaves In August

Pittsburgh is dealing with one of the coldest summers in history, and it’s having an effect on the trees. Friday morning temperatures fell into the 40s in Western Pennsylvania. Meteorologists say these cold temperatures are leading to trees changing colors in the middle of August.

Aug 15 10:11

US jets strike Islamic State armored vehicles in Iraq

US jets and drones launched more air strikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said.

The latest operations came after President Barack Obama said the air campaign had achieved its initial objectives but warned of more strikes to protect US personnel in the Kurdish city of Arbil.

US Central Command said drones and fighter jets took part in the latest strikes, the first at 1505 GMT to take out two armed trucks that had been firing on Kurdish forces.

The second strike took place just over 30 minutes later, targeting an MRAP — a heavy armored truck of the type supplied by Washington to Iraqi forces and presumably captured by IS forces in recent months.

“All aircraft exited the strike area safely,” Centcom said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pentagon; the White House; the State Department; and Congress: you absolutely cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

The Vietnam War should have taught ALL of you that, but apparently, NONE OF YOU HAVE LEARNED THE LESSON. And those who remain ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.

Aug 15 10:05

Spanish public debt tops one trillion euros

Spain’s public debt has topped one trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, the central bank announced Thursday, despite years of government-imposed austerity.

The nation’s accumulated public debt mushroomed to 1.007 trillion euros at the end of June from 996 billion euros a month earlier, the Bank of Spain said in a report.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has struggled to contain annual deficits by raising taxes, freezing public salaries and curbing spending on services such as education and health care despite angry street protests.

Though the annual deficits are on the decline, they continue to push up the sovereign debt of the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. The public debt figure includes the cost of a 41-billion-euro banking rescue in 2012 financed by Spain’s eurozone partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with such a Ponzie scheme is that it cannot remain stable forever, and there will be a hard and fast point when their economy (and ours) will collapse.

Aug 15 10:05

African Ebola outbreak like ‘wartime’, food shortages threaten

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has created a “wartime” situation, including the threat of food shortages, and could take six months to bring under control, medical charity MSF and the Liberian government said on Friday.

Aug 15 10:04

GAZA CRISIS ATLAS – August 2014

The Atlas has 108 pages of printable A3-size maps featuring satellite images of all areas of the Gaza Strip. The individual subset maps illustrate physical damages provided by UNOSAT based on analysis of satellite images from 1 August 2014. Read more--> http://sabbah.in/1Ak0UbI

Aug 15 10:03

Palestine & Israel Magazine (Updated)

UNCENSORED - Occupied Palestine and Israel breaking news, related world news and multimedia. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oVWXXn

Aug 15 10:01

Israeli military uses footage from Egypt, labelled as Gaza

The Israeli military has used video footage of Upper Egypt’s Beni Suef in one of its official video, labelling it instead as footage of Gaza. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1px0sDx

Aug 15 10:01

Ebola Virus: Nigerian Patients to Be Given Experimental Drug

Ebola victims in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos will receive an experimental drug called Nano Silver, the country's top health official said on Thursday, in a step that introduces a new untested treatment to the fight against an outbreak in several West African countries.

Aug 15 10:00

Israel’s War On Palestine: It’s Bad, But Is It ‘Genocide’?

There's a lot of war and evil in this world, but kicking people out of their homes and bombing them because of who they are—because they aren't the same ethnicity—has a specific name: "genocide." Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1oOSq3U

Aug 15 09:58

Israel Strategy: Hunting Palestinian Children

Nearly 400,000 children in Gaza display signs of trauma from Israel’s recurrent wars on the Strip, with Palestinians believing their targeting is on purpose. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1kHcbPJ

Aug 15 09:57

NZ Superfund office occupied: call to divest from Israel

We are occupying the NZ Superfund office today to send a clear message; we demand our tax dollars are immediately withdrawn from companies which arm Israel and help maintain it’s brutal regime of occupation and siege. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1mRiZ8U

Aug 15 09:56

Judge Demands Answers After IRS Contradicts Sworn Testimony

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan Thursday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to come up with new answers after IRS employees contradicted sworn testimony about damage to Lois Lerner’s hard drive.

Aug 15 09:55

MH17: First crash report ‘in weeks’: Dutch investigators

“We have sufficient information to compile a preliminary report,” said Wim van der Weegen, spokesman for the Dutch Safety Board (OVV).

“We hope that it will be ready in a few weeks,” he told AFP, announcing that international crash investigators had now returned to the Netherlands without visiting the crash site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They have not visited the crash site, but have enough information to report what they were told to report.

Aug 15 09:55

Australia: Pro-Palestinian protesters raids Israeli drone factory

Melbourne Palestine Action Group occupied the roof of Elbit Systems of Australia, which is a subsidiary of an Israeli company that manufactures air and land drones. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1pxmGFy

Aug 15 09:54

We're ill-prepared if the iceman cometh

What if the warmth the world has enjoyed for the past 50 years is the result of solar activity, not man-made CO2?

In a letter to the editor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, IG Usoskin et al produced the "first fully ­adjustment-free physical reconstruction of solar activity". They found that during the past 3000 years the modern grand maxima, which occurred between 1959 and 2009, was a rare event both in magnitude and duration. This research adds to growing evidence that climate change is determined by the sun, not humans.

Aug 15 09:52

AZ Sheriff: ICE Doesn’t Verify the Legal Status of People Turned Over to Them — ‘Let as Many People Go as Possible’…

Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu said that when his deputies turn individuals that they suspect are in the county illegal over to ICE, the agency doesn’t verify that the suspect is in the country legally.

Aug 15 09:51

Making Murder "Reasonable": How the Ferguson PD Will Whitewash the Killing of Michael E. Brown (UPDATE, August 15)

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, in a press conference notable for its brevity, identified the officer who shot Michael Brown as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of his department. Information distributed to the media included reports suggesting that Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a package of cigars at a local convenience store. Still photographs, reportedly of the incident in the local QuikTrip, show a large young man resembling Brown involved in what appeared to be an assault on a much smaller individual in the store.

Aug 15 09:49

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Leads March In Ferguson: “When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem. We’ve got to solve that.”

Suddenly, everything has changed.
The heavy riot armor, the SWAT trucks with sniper posts, the hostile glares: tonight in Ferguson they were gone.
A stunning change in tone radiated through the suburban streets where protests had turned violent each of the last four evenings following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
But Thursday night, when more than a thousand protesters descended on the remains of QuickTrip – which was burned during riots on Sunday – they had a new leader.

Aug 15 09:45

CDC Scientist Kept Quiet About Flu Blunder

An investigation into a potentially dangerous blunder at a government lab found that a scientist kept silent about the accident and revealed it only after other employees noticed something fishy.

Aug 15 09:45

Ukraine Says It Destroyed Russian Vehicles That Entered Territory

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has told David Cameron that a column of Russian armoured vehicles that entered Ukrainian territory late on Thursday night had been destroyed by Ukrainian forces.

In a phone call to Cameron on Friday, Poroshenko appeared to confirm a report by the Guardian and other journalists that Russian armoured personnel carriers had crossed the border. He suggested that Ukrainian troops who have been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine swiftly knocked out the Russian column.

A statement from Poroshenko's office said: "The president informed [Cameron] that the information was trustworthy because the majority of those machines [Russian military vehicles] had been eliminated by the Ukrainian artillery at night."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like what happened is that the Russian convoy showed up at the border and was inspected and found to contain nothing but humanitarian aid. This created a problem for Kiev and the US government, which for the last several days had been denouncing the convoy as a clandestine Russian invasion. So, Kiev is trying to create a Russian invasion out of thin air!

Aug 15 09:42

Ukraine Says It Destroyed Part of Armed Convoy From Russia

Ukraine said its troops attacked and partially destroyed a column of armed vehicles that had crossed the border from Russian territory, while Russia said it was concerned about an attack on another convoy carrying aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like what happened is that the Russian convoy showed up at the border and was inspected and found to contain nothing but humanitarian aid. This created a problem for Kiev and the US government, which for the last several days had been denouncing the convoy as a clandestine Russian invasion. So, Kiev is trying to create a Russian invasion out of thin air!

Aug 15 09:33

Ferguson Calm But NYPD Issues Level 2 Mobilization, Mass Arrests, Choppers - Live Feed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The pictures say it all here.

The country I thought I lived in is now no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is the home of the caged, cowed, trod upon, and viciously treated by alleged representatives of law enforcement.

Welcome to Amerika, folks; George Orwell just blinked and missed slightly on the timing of his novel, "1984".

Aug 15 09:33

PICS : Times Square SHUT DOWN:

The New York rally in support of Michael Brown began Thursday evening in a march up Broadway before culminated in Times Square

Aug 15 09:28

Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company g4s

A British private security company that has been accused of numerous human rights violations has been handed a $118 million deal by the Pentagon to provide "operating support services" for the Guantanamo Bay naval base that houses the U.S. military's notorious prison.

The Department of Defense announced earlier this week that G4S has been granted the contract to provide services that include "family housing, facility management, facility investment, other (swimming pools), custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, grounds maintenance and landscaping, base support vehicles and equipment, electrical, wastewater, water, and limited facilities support functions." The statement did not mention any duties relating to the Guantanamo Bay prison, which currently holds 149 men without charge or trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, we HAD to contract these services out to a firm which embraces human rights violations; otherwise, the contract just wouldn't have worked out!! (Official DOD Souse)

But seriously, this company's penchant for violently handling prisoners is well-documented. As reported at huffingtonpost.com on 29 April, 2014:

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike last week against Israel's policy of administrative detention, a draconian practice whereby Palestinians are detained on "secret evidence" and without being charged. According to Randa Kamel, an advocacy officer for Addameer, a group that monitors Israel's arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians, many of these hunger strikers are being held in prisons using surveillance and security equipment provided by the controversial British security firm G4S. Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails." Across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, G4S also provides security services at many Israeli military checkpoints that control Palestinian movement. The petition is being spearheaded by Addameer and the Palestine Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee. It was also endorsed by an additional 121 Palestinian and international organizations. The Gates Foundation is a global development organization that works in the areas of global health, global development, and betterment in the United States. Despite its public record as a force for global betterment, the Gates Foundation solicited widespread criticism when it purchased $172 million in G4S shares.

Aug 15 09:25

Ferguson police: Michael Brown was robbery suspect

Michael Brown, the black teenager shot by police on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, was a suspect in a robbery just moments earlier, police have said.

Police say Mr Brown, 18, was one of two men suspected of robbing a nearby convenience store.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assuming these photos are not after-the-fact stagings, at best they show an altercation between two people, not a robbery.

Missouri is a "shall issue" state for carry permits. Why didn't the store owner have a weapon and use it to defend his store with, if he was actually being robbed?

According to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Michael Brown had no criminal record at all, and he was a week away from starting college. That does not fit the profile of a convenience store holdup man.

But ...

Even if Michael Brown was a suspect, THE POLICE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EMPTY THEIR GUNS INTO SOMEONE JUST FOR BEING A SUSPECT!

Why didn't the officer use his taser?

More to the point, why didn't the officer call in the shooting on his police car radio? The recording of the St. Louis dispatch radio calls confirm that they only learned of the shooting from the news media. St. Louis dispatch called the Ferguson police station and they had not heard anything at all. The fact that the officer failed to immediately report the shooting is not consistent with the officer thinking his shooting of a suspect was justified.

The corporate media is still trying to spin this as a white versus black issue, to divide us against each other. But this is an issue of We The People, OF ALL COLORS, fed up with a domestic police force armed with military weapons and trained by the Israelis to treat Americans the way the IDF treats the Palestinians.

Since 9-11, the domestic police in the US have murdered 8 times as many innocent Americans as terrorists have, and we are supposed to quietly accept that?

I don't think so!

Aug 15 09:14

Full Video - Gov Nixon Captain Johnson - -Ferguson, Missouri, Police Shooting and Protests - THE PEOPLE GIVE THEM AN EAR FULL !

Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) on Ferguson, Missouri Shooting

Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) and Captain Ron Johnson provide an update on the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Ferguson.?Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force, was named earlier today as the officer involved in the shooting.

Aug 15 09:14

The Militarization of Law Enforcement in America: Blowback in Ferguson

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri has rocked America. Even the mainstream media with its aversion to the truth, has been forced to address the militarization of the police in America – albeit years too late.

This is a short call from informing the mainstream media that the country has been living under pseudo martial law for decades.

Aug 15 09:12

Stop Fracking Our Oceans, Californians Say

Contaminated water, polluted air, increased earthquake risk: As fracking has expanded across America, this dangerous form of oil and gas production has caused massive harm to our environment and public health.

Now the oil industry is ramping up fracking offshore, in our delicate coastal ecosystems.

Aug 15 09:10

#OperationCeasefire ~~ OUT OF GAZA INTO THE WEST BANK

Man injured by live fire in Bethlehem clashes

Aug 15 09:10

WHAT GIVES THE BASTARD STATE OF ISRAEL THE RIGHT TO CALL ANYONE ILLEGITIMATE?

Israel …..

A State that has NOT stood on its own financially since its inception

A State that has ignored EVERY UN Sanction against it since its inception

A State that has sent spies to the very nations that have kept her alive

A State has displace millions of people from their homes and properties

A State that, in this decade alone, has murdered thousands of innocent civilians including women and children

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YET, this is how the zionists portray the latest events …

Aug 15 09:09

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West’s own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the Syrian government. Those “aided,” are now clearly the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) running rampant on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Aug 15 09:08

Michael Brown had no criminal background

An 18-year-old shot and killed near a Ferguson apartment complex Saturday afternoon had no criminal record, according to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office.

According to police, Brown pushed an officer into his car. Then, both struggled and at some point, Brown reached for the officer's weapon before a shot inside of the car followed by a number of other shots. Brown was not armed.

Aug 15 09:08

The Great Israeli Iron Dome Hoax

Call it a billion dollar + scam. Add another congressionally funded $225 million tax dollars. Expect millions more on request.

In April 2002, noted MIT physicist Theodore Postol headlined his Technology Review article "Why Missile Defense Won't Work."

The notion is more hoax than possibility. His reasoning was detailed and technical. What's supposed to work doesn't as claimed

Hitting and destroying a missile with another one isn't possible. It may never be other than occasional lucky exceptions.

Aug 15 09:05

Fighting All the Wrong Battles in Ferguson

The death of Mike Brown, a teenager a week away from beginning his college education, at the hands of the Ferguson police, is a tragedy by any measure. Even if you believe the official story given by police, which has been contradicted by several eyewitnesses, and accept that Brown reached for a police officer’s gun before running away, that doesn’t change the fact that an unarmed young man was killed while being about thirty feet away from a police officer.

Aug 15 08:55

Russian pilots uninvited from Swiss air show

Swiss neutrality is a joke. Gonna get cold up there in those Alps without Natural Gas!

The Swiss defence ministry has decided to cancel participation by Russian pilots and aircraft in the Air14 air show. It based its decision on its policy of “exercising restraint in the area of military contacts” with Russia.

Aug 15 08:52

How Old Will Social Security Be When the Rich Pay the Same Rate as the Rest of Us?

Today is Social Security's 79th birthday, a good time to celebrate the nation's most effective anti-poverty program, which, especially after the housing crash and Great Recession, is crucial to the retirement security of middle- and working-class Americans.

But in about 20 years, Social Security will likely be able to pay only about 3/4 of promised benefits to retirees (if nothing's done to change the program). One way to make sure that this drop doesn't happen is to have our nation's wealthiest folks pay the same Social Security payroll tax rate as the rest of us.

Aug 15 08:49

Is this really Mike Brown Robbing a Store? PICS to Compare

Breaking: Mike Brown called robbery suspect in police report - Still Pics ! 
Photos Released of Suspect Michael Brown Robbing Store Before Shooting  Claiming a "strong-arm" robbery at a convenience store just moments before he was killed.

Aug 15 08:49

CODE PINK TO PROTEST LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION BLAMING HAMAS FOR GAZA WAR

August 14, 2014
This is crazy. How can the LA City Council even consider a resolution focusing on Hamas instead of the crimes committed by the Israeli government that killed over 2,000 Palestinians?? We hear it said that Gaza is an open-air prison, but prisoners get at least minimal food, security and heathcare. We must stand against this resolution and let the City Council know this would be a racist and violent move.
Join us this Friday, August 15th at 8:15 AM – At Los Angeles City Hall Main Steps.
The Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Los Angeles City Council is set to meet on Friday, August 15 at 9AM to consider an outrageous resolution that condemns Hamas and fails to mention Israeli war crimes. The resolution turns reality on its head by implying that Israel is the victim, when in fact it is the engaged in brutal occupation, mass killing of civilians and scores of war crimes. The resolution is an attempt to obscure the truth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This announcement was sent out as an email and does not yet appear on the Codepink website yet, but the LA City Council, apparently with nothing better to do in the taxpayer dollar than suck up to Israel, is considering a resolution that would drop the blame for 5 weeks of Israel's attacks on Gaza squarely on HAMAS.

Codepink is mobilizing a protest. I know there are a lot of protests going on, and maybe that is a good thing, but this is one you should make a point of getting to if you live in the Los Angeles area. If my wife and I still lived in North Hollywood, we would be heading down to this one ourselves!

Let's review the timetable.

In June, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declared HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launched bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Gazans, who were attacked without provocation, fought back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Gaza's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Gazans huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Gazans have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression, right alongside the Los Angeles City Council!

Aug 15 08:45

France rebels against austerity as Europe's recovery collapses

France’s finance minister sends tremors through European capitals with a defiant warning that his country would no longer try to meet deficit targets

Aug 15 08:37

Police in Ky., Ind. respond to 'The Purge' threat making rounds on social media

Louisville isn't the only city to see a threat of "The Purge".

“The Purge” image is circulating right now on social media in Jacksonville, Fla.

It has a date of Aug. 31 and the phrase "get your squad ready" followed by symbols of a gun, bomb and knife.

Similar threats have circulated in cities like Cleveland, Saint Louis and Pittsburgh. But no one saw any escalated crime or violence related to the social media posts.

Louisville friend claims they've called in the National Guard, and they're prepping hospitals. Is this a crazy response to a 'Rave' flyer? A fusion center drill? Or worse?

Aug 15 08:31

Massacre Announced: Brazil PM to evict 20K people in $6.5B land grab

20,000 people in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, are to be attacked by 10,000 military police and evicted from their homes in a land grab mega-operation intent on creating a 6.5 billion dollar profit. 8,000 families will have their houses be demolished, and be thrown into total poverty and homelessness. The military police’s operation is illegal, there is not even a court decision yet for the mass eviction, and the state has not and does not intend to provide alternate housing. Police are simply interested in clearing the land from the 20,000 inhabitants so that real estate can turn it into profit.

Aug 15 08:16

Struggling to survive in Gaza's ruins

After five weeks of war, the destruction in Gaza has reached almost apocalyptic proportions. The clinics can no longer treat people; electricity and power are scarce - people are fighting to survive.

Aug 15 08:16

Ghana Doctors’ threat to flee Ebola patients sad

Former President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana has said he felt sad upon hearing that some Ghanaian Doctors had threatened fleeing Ebola patients should the haemorrhagic virus hits home.

“I feel sad when I hear medical personnel talk of how they will flee if they suspect a patient to be infected with the virus," the former Military ruler said.

“All medical personnel need urgent education on their responsibilities as far as the disease is concerned and protective clothing should be provided to all medical facilities," he suggested.

Aug 15 08:16

Dutch nonagenarian returns Righteous Among the Nations medal after six relatives killed in Gaza

A 91-year-old Dutch man who was declared a Righteous Among the Nations for saving a Jew during the German occupation on Thursday returned his medal and certificate because six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip last month.

Aug 15 08:15

Illegal immigrant children get first-class treatment at taxpayers’ expense

From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills classes in Spanish, and intensive English language training, including use of the Rosetta Stone program. Doctors and dentists treat the children at taxpayers’ expense

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But LEGAL American children are left to go hungry, save for the charity of ordinary citizens!

Aug 15 08:12

Biotech firms sue local Hawaii government for protecting citizens and environment from GMOs

The lawsuit, driven largely by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the world's largest trade association for the biotech industry representing companies like Monsanto, seeks to dissolve the county's 2013 ordinance to open the island up for the expansion of genetically engineered crop production. These herbicide resistant crops result in intensive pesticide use, which threatens public health, contaminates water, and harms wildlife and neighboring crops. Most GE crops also threaten transgenic contamination of non-GE crops, which has already caused several billion dollars in damage to growers.

Aug 15 08:11

Microsoft considered rebranding Internet Explorer to escape negative perception

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a bit of a brand identity issue on its hands. Because of decisions made many, many years ago, Internet Explorer 6 has left a sour taste in the mouths of developers and consumers.

Aug 15 08:09

Hint From Ferguson's Chaos

The violence in Ferguson shows how fast and abrupt could the situation be changed in the United States.

Aug 15 08:03

Yazidis Weren’t Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other Missions

The 40,000 Yazidis stranded on the mountain. That was the pretext for US military intervention in Iraq, as set out by President Obama last Thursday. The air war was commenced, and officials were talking up sending ground forces for “rescue” operations as recently as this afternoon.

But a funny thing happened when the US “advisers” got to Mount Sinjar. There weren’t 40,000 starving Yazidis stranded there. In fact, the indications are that there never were, and the Pentagon quickly dropped the “rescue” plan.

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Aug 15 07:57

Electoral Commission scrutinises donation to Conservatives

The Electoral Commission has agreed to scrutinise a donation connected to a Russian banker to the Conservative Party following a complaint by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The Bureau made the complaint on 8 July after the Party refused to comment on whether Andrei Borodin, a former president of the Bank of Moscow, was behind a £40,000 purchase of a portrait of Margaret Thatcher auctioned at the Party’s 2013 summer fundraiser.

Aug 15 07:56

Euro-Zone Growth Grinds to a Standstill

Aug 15 07:54

The Obama Administration Is Forcibly Discharging Patients From Hospitals Who Have Pandemic-Causing Diseases

She is an author, an activist and a music performer. She is articulate and intelligent. However, she puts forth a conspiracy theory that is largely unsubstantiated and mostly unbelievable.

The woman pictured above has been on a crusade against the New World Order and has produced many telling videos and documentaries on the subject. Her name is Rebecca Scott and she claims that she is being used by elements of the U.S. government to infect as many people as possible with a virulent strain of TB that has infected her. On the surface, her claims seem outrageous and unsupported until one considers the conditions of her discharge from the hospital.

Aug 15 07:52

Blood Thirst: 'Finish The Job!' Of Killing Palestinians

—Thousands of Israelis rally in support of Gaza offense

Thousands of people in Tel Aviv rallied to show support for the IDF's military campaign in Gaza, urging the government forces to stop Hamas rocket attacks on Israel once and for all.

An estimated 10,000 Israelis gathered in Rabin Square for first major demonstration since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8, officially to protect Israeli civilians from the barrage of rockets launched from the militant organization on the Gaza strip.

Aug 15 07:51

US police armed with 93,763 new machine guns

If Ferguson, Missouri, looks like a war zone, that may be because its police force is armed to the teeth with military equipment. In photographs from this week’s protests, officers can be seen toting assault rifles, wearing gas masks and body armour loaded with extra ammunition magazines, and riding around in mine-resistant armoured personnel carriers.

The militarisation of US police departments has escalated exponentially in the years since 9/11, with many local forces increasingly resembling US troops fighting overseas.

And with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wound down, much of the military’s surplus equipment has been handed to domestic law enforcement agencies.

Aug 15 07:49

Turns Out When Police Act Cordial, Rather Than As An Oppressive Military Force, Things Work Out Better

It's almost as if treating the public as people with rights who the police are supposed to be serving, rather than as an enemy that needs invading... works better. Who would have expected that, other than, well, most normal people?

Aug 15 07:48

Poverty Pimp Snitch [and GOP Troll] Al Sharpton Gets Heckled in Ferguson, MO, for Showing Up

Here’s the transcript of how it all went down: Adam Sharp: “Reverend Sharpton, the term ‘Snitches Get Stitches’ was spray painted on the burned out QuikTrip. Since you are a federal snitch, sir, do you fear for your life?” Al Sharpton: “I’m not a snitch. (Not true.) But today I want to tell the feds about a cop that needs to go to jail.”

Aug 15 07:45

Ukraine begins inspection of Russian convoy

Ukrainian border guards and customs officers have begun inspecting a convoy of trucks that Russia says is packed with humanitarian aid for cities in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the army said Friday.

Forty-one Ukrainian border guards and 18 customs officers began customs inspection and clearance of the goods at 10 a.m. local time at the Russian border post in Donetsk, the army said on its Facebook page. The goods will then head to the rebel-held city of Luhansk, the army said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Poroshenko backed down, and ABCNNBBCBSFOX are about to look like utter fools for all those headlines claiming the convoy was a covert military attack.

Aug 15 07:43

NYPD threatens mass arrests at Ferguson solidarity rally

Thousands of people in New York rallied in solidarity with residents of Ferguson on Thursday, showing support to people across the US who have been victims of police brutality. The NYPD threatened mass arrests if people did not stop blocking traffic.

The New York City Police Department has arrested at least four people during a peaceful rally intended to pay tribute to Michael Brown and others who have suffered from police brutality.

Aug 15 07:41

Officer Darren Wilson identified as shooter in Ferguson teen killing

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has been identified as Darren Wilson. The incident, which happened on August 9, stoked racial tension throughout the country.

Michael Brown was shot dead while walking to his grandmother’s house after getting into an argument with the law enforcement officer in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. The statement identifying Wilson as the shooter was made by Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson, standing in front of the convenience store that was burned down during four nights of demonstrations and rioting.

Aug 15 07:39

Washington DC Protest for Gaza with Counterprotest by Israel August 9 2014

Aug 15 07:38

Food import ban harmful for both the EU and Russia

Russia's neighboring countries such as Lithuania, Finland, and Denmark will suffer the most from the sanctions as their exports are largely dependent on Moscow, Lianne Van Den Boss food analysts at Euromonitor told RT.

Aug 15 07:38

Ferguson, Mo., Is Destroying Public Faith in Government

There’s a long list of reasons to be angry about what’s happened in Ferguson, Mo., since a police officer there shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, last Saturday. One of them is the astonishing absence of oversight from government officials as the local police, armed to the teeth, have effectively laid siege to local protesters, shooting them with rubber bullets and tear gas, arresting reporters, and inflaming the situation in a way that seems likely to lead to more violence.

Aug 15 07:38

Did you have faith in the Federal Government before Ferguson?

YES
2% (8 votes)
NO
98% (422 votes)
Total votes: 430
Aug 15 07:33

Data: Ferguson/ Defense Industry-Backed Lawmakers Voted to Continue Police Militarization Program

WASHINGTON - Local law enforcement around the country has become more heavily armed through partnerships with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. One of the key programs, the 1033 Program, allows the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) under the Department of Defense to transfer military equipment to civilian police.

Aug 15 07:32

Israel – a Sanctuary for Nevada Gambling Boss?

Yesterday, federal officials took into custody the reputed partner of gambling boss Sheldon Adelson, the chief financial backer for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and primary financier for America’s GOP or Republican Party.

Aug 15 07:31

Kiev Regime Blocks Humanitarian Aid as Fighting Spreads in Eastern Ukraine

On Thursday, the Ukrainian army expanded its attacks on the regions in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The city of Donetsk, where a million people lived prior to the conflict, came under heavy fire.

The Ukrainian army also deployed heavy artillery, likely including grenade and missile launchers, according to reports. Several residential districts were fired upon. For the first time, the city centre was attacked. The city’s famous polytechnic university was hit by grenades; two people were killed and twelve wounded.

Aug 15 07:31

Dual US / Israeli Citizens Running American Government

American / Isreali Dual Citizens Running the American Government

Attorney General – Michael Mukasey
Head of Homeland Security – Michael Chertoff
Chairman Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Richard Perle
Deputy Defense Secretary (Former) – Paul Wolfowitz
Under Secretary of Defense – Douglas Feith
National Security Council Advisor – Elliott Abrams
Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff (Former) – “Scooter” Libby
White House Deputy Chief of Staff – Joshua Bolten
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs – Marc Grossman
Director of Policy Planning at the State Department – Richard Haass
U.S. Trade Representative (Cabinet-level Position) – Robert Zoellick
Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – James Schlesinger
UN Representative (Former) – John Bolton
Under Secretary for Arms Control – David Wurmser
Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Eliot Cohen
Senior Advisor to the President – Steve Goldsmith

Aug 15 07:29

Watchdog: The FBI Spied on the Wrong People Because of Typos

The FBI unintentionally spied on the communications data of some Americans who were not targets of investigations because of typographical errors, according to a government watchdog.

The Justice Department's inspector general concluded in a report Thursday that the FBI has improved its overall handling of national security letters, which permit the agency to collect telephone and Internet data of suspects believed to be tied to a national security investigation.

But the inspector general identified a number of areas that "require additional effort and attention," such as a tendency to collect data on the wrong person because of routine mistakes.

Aug 15 07:28

Why I Quit the [U.S.] Democratic Party Yesterday

I draw the line at racist fascism, otherwise known as ‘nazism’ (lower-case ‘n,’ just as lower-case ‘f’ ‘fascism’ refers to any fascist party of any country, rather than to the Italian original, ‘Fascist Party’). (The German original nazi party was, of course the capital-’N’ ‘Nazi Party,’ the nazi party of Germany.) I left the Democratic Party yesterday, because I cannot support the first American President who ever installed anywhere in the world a nazi regime — it has never happened before, not even under a Republican President; and, until Obama, I had always assumed that if it ever would happen, it could come only under a Republican President, never under any Democratic one. But I was wrong — mortifyingly wrong — because Barack Obama did this in Ukraine.

Aug 15 07:27

Ferguson Police Descend on Protesters with Arrests, Tear Gas, and Martial Law

Police in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday arrested reporters and activists, launched tear gas at protesters, and used armored tanks and helicopters to force media out as residents continued to demand answers about the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by an officer last weekend.

Aug 15 07:17

SOS! Five Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children

The toll of the war on Gaza’s children has been “catastrophic,” according to UN agencies. At least 450 have been killed, and those not having their physical bodies buried have found their innocence entombed. It is another casualty in the war—a war against all things daring to live and resist in Gaza. According to Chamseddine

Aug 15 07:15

Massive artillery shelling may have caused numerous civilian fatalities in Gaza

It is thought that at least 32,000 artillery shells were fired during Protective Edge, four times as much as in Cast Lead in 2008.

Aug 15 07:12

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, once actually charged a man with destruction of property for bleeding on their uniforms while four of them allegedly beat him.

Aug 15 07:10

Video: NYPD police brutality 8.12.14

A young Dominican complains they were the victim of police brutality.

Aug 15 07:03

This Is the Sound Cannon Used Against Protesters in Ferguson

The LRAD 500X-RE, the model that appears to have been present at the Ferguson demonstration, “achieves maximum sound projection and penetration beyond 2,000 meters” and can reach 149 decibels. The 500X-RE gives law enforcement “the ability to issue clear, authoritative verbal commands, followed with powerful deterrent tones.” And according to a report by the Economist in 2004, those deterrent tones cause immediate headaches and pain. Since LRADs can blast above a person’s 120-decibel discomfort mark, and their 130-decibel threshold for potential hearing loss, there’s no telling what the consequences of encountering a LRAD may be for protesters. One woman sued the city of Pittsburgh for permanent damage caused by an LRAD. And the Missouri Department of Transportation purchased two LRADs in April, though it's unclear if they are the same ones used in Ferguson.

Aug 15 07:03

The Daily(Rand)Paul.com going down?

After being banned after 7yrs there, with out a hint why or even a warning...

I say fuck Mike N, and his Israel protecting, Rand loving site.

Aug 15 06:50

Global Cooling Since 1997 – Worse Than It Seems

Winter snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has been rapidly expanding since 1997, and is at record levels. The snow line is moving further south every winter, due to Arctic air intruding further south.

Aug 15 06:44

VA Spent $1.4 Billion in Stimulus Funds on Green Energy Projects, Cemeteries

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs spent nearly $1.5 billion on green energy projects, upgrading facilities, and fixing headstones at national cemeteries even as veterans were denied service due to lengthy wait times.

Records show the VA spent $1.4 billion in stimulus funds that it claimed would be spent on projects of the “most interest to veterans” across the country. The agency also received an additional $700 million in stimulus funds that made one-time payments of $250 to veterans.

Aug 15 06:42

Poland readies complaint to WTO over Russian embargo

Don't buy Polish apples,buy American apples if there are any!
You can't sell your apples in Russia any more because you care more about pleasing dc then you do about your own people!

Polish Agriculture Ministry has prepared a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the Russian ban on exports of agricultural goods from the European Union, according to the Minister Marek Sawicki.

Sawicki confirmed on Monday its being handled by Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechoci?ski, who is responsible for WTO cooperation and that in the coming days “the complaint will be handed over further.”

Aug 15 06:38

EU Farmers to Lose $16 Billion As Russians Support Food Embargo!

By the time this plays out the US may find itself under world wide quarantine...until it gets better or passes on!

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) — The EU commissioners are seeking ways of reducing the harmful impact that Russia's food import ban is causing the European economy, although it is early to speak of exact numbers of losses, experts say.

"We still feel it's a little bit soon to discuss the cost implications. We are looking at every product individually," said Roger Waite, a spokesman for the EU’s executive Commission, earlier this week as cited by the International Business Times.

Aug 15 06:37

'Buy firewood & coal': MP warns Ukrainians after US, EU get access to national gas pipes

The decision by the Ukrainian parliament to allow companies from the US and EU to co-manage the country’s gas pipelines could lead to the country being left with no gas supplies in the coming winter, an MP has warned in an emotional online address.

Nikolay Rudkovsky, an independent MP in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, believes the law allowing 49 percent of Ukraine’s national gas transportation system (GTS) to be managed by foreign companies is a big mistake.

“People, my advice to you is: buy firewood and coal! After the Law on reforming the management system of the united gas transportation system of Ukraine (#4116) was passed today, our country has been left with almost no chances of staying with gas,” Rudkovsky said on Facebook, following the Rada session.

“Don’t the MPs understand that we are now guaranteed to have a winter with no heating?” he asked.

Aug 15 06:34

China to start direct sales of fruit and vegetables to Russia

Putin signed deals with numerous countries before and after the Russian sanctions were announced. Russia wont suffer but Europeans will suffer for the US government and their stupid dictatorial policys! BRRR! Gonna be a cold winter!

China will start selling fruit and vegetables directly to Russia, and Baorong company plans to set up a special logistics center in Dongning on the border with Russia’s Far East to do it.

The announcement comes after Russia introduced a 1-year ban on imports of some agricultural products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada, Australia and Norway last week. If it lasts, it could cost European Union members $16 billion, Vygaudas Usackas, the EU ambassador to Russia, estimated.

On Thursday the EU is holding a meeting to assess the possible effect of Russia’s sanctions on its farmers.

Aug 15 06:29

Stirring The Pot: DOJ Sends ‘Marshals’ To ‘Coach’ The Protesters In Ferguson

Is the Obama administration looking to stir up more trouble in Ferguson? “Protest marshals” from the same Department of Justice division that organized protests against George Zimmerman in the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin have been deployed to the troubled city. It is being reported that these DOJ agents will be “conducting training” for Ferguson protesters that will focus on “best practices for participating in protests”. Local officials in Missouri hope that this will help defuse the situation, but if history is any guide it may end up doing just the opposite. According to the head of Judicial Watch, the Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice “has a record of racially inflammatory rhetoric that is extreme in ideology and cynical in its politics”. Could these Ferguson protests ultimately be used to take us to the next level in the inflammation of racial tensions in America?

Aug 15 06:19

Gaza agriculture devastated by Israeli offensive – UN

The Israeli military operation in Gaza has devastated the enclave's food production process the UN has announced, warning that the lack of food will “severely” affect the local population and that recovery will need “significant external assistance.”

“The recent fighting has resulted in substantial direct damage to Gaza's 17,000 hectares of croplands as well as much of its agricultural infrastructure, including greenhouses, irrigation systems, animal farms, fodder stocks and fishing boats,” the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement.

With farming and fishing activities virtually halted after farmers, herders and fishermen were forced to flee their domains, and with the Israeli blockade imposed, Palestinians are facing food shortages.

Aug 15 06:17

EU sanctions like 'shooting oneself in the foot' - Hungary PM

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has urged a rethink of the European Union’s sanctions policy toward Russia, saying the measures are like “shooting oneself in the foot.”

“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which, has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia,” Reuters quoted Orban as saying on the radio, he added “in politics, this is called shooting oneself in the foot.”

Aug 15 06:13

Selling your Tesco Hudl? Beware: Processor flaw means private data remains on the device - even after a factory reset

A bug in the processor that powers the popular Tesco Hudl tablet could be leaving private data at risk.

Investigations carried out by security researchers and the BBC discovered that they could retrieve ‘deleted’ data from second-hand models of the device.

Experts typically advise carrying out a factory reset to remove data from any gadget, but the investigation has revealed this technique may not always work on the supermarket’s tablet.

Aug 15 06:11

Cannabis oil helped cure my cancer, claims father who was given two years to live

A father battling cancer claims cannabis helped cure him of the disease.

Trevor Smith, 54, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012. Doctors told him that without immediate surgery to remove his bladder, prostate and lymph nodes - followed by chemotherapy - he would be dead within two years.

But worried about his quality of life after such radical surgery, he decided to try alternative therapies - and began taking cannabis oil after learning about it online.

He claims that 10 weeks later, despite doctors' warnings about delaying treatment, the cancer had not spread to any other organs.

This meant it could be lasered away in a far less invasive procedure - and he the father-of-three has now been cancer-free for a year.

Aug 15 06:06

Ebola is ‘vastly’ worse than anyone first thought, warns World Health Organisation as America evacuates diplomatic families from affected country

The World Health Organisation has warned that the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been 'vastly' underestimated and extraordinary measures are needed to contain the disease.

The warning comes as the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats’ families from Sierra Leone, one of the countries at the epicentre of the outbreak.

The Geneva-based organisation said in a statement that it was co-ordinating a 'massive scale-up of the international response' in a bid to tackle the spread of the disease.

Aug 15 06:02

Do you believe us now? Police state militarization of USA was foretold by alternative media

For the past decade, alternative news websites like Natural News, Info Wars, SHTFplan.com and many others have repeatedly warned about the alarming militarization of domestic police forces across the United States. The response from the mostly liberal mainstream media was raucous laughter and denial. "Government is good!" we were told. "We need strong police forces to fight the..." (fill in the blank with your favorite fictional enemy such as "domestic terrorists" or "the war on drugs" or "protesters.")

But today, the exact scenario the alternative media has been warning you about for ten years is here. The Ferguson (St. Louis) riots have erased all denials and delusions. Police are now soldiers of war rigged up with bomb-proof armored vehicles made for military assaults, automatic weapons, desert camouflage uniforms, Darth Vader-like masks, grenades, laser sniper sights and more.

Aug 15 05:21

Eyewitness: Ferguson Cops ‘Allowed Everybody to Loot’

This past Sunday, police cordoned off an area in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., and stood idly by allowing people to destroy commercial property and loot retail establishments, an eyewitness told Infowars.

The witness, whom Infowars reporter Joe Biggs interviewed briefly, said he had been out on Sunday when most of the looting happened and that police let people have a free-for-all after establishing blockades around the community.

“The thing about it is they allowed everybody to loot Sunday,” the Ferguson resident told Biggs.

“That’s what I heard,” Biggs corroborated. “One of the guys we spoke to earlier said the cops were blocking an area and literally letting the masses drive by and go into the shopping centers.”

Aug 15 05:19

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lawyer wants details of FBI investigations

The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of defense team members.

Civilian defense attorney David Nevin said during a pretrial hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that the possibility that defense team members are working with the FBI has strained his relationship with client Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Kuwait. The proceedings are video streamed to a room at Fort Meade for journalists.

"It is an extremely extraordinary and singular thing that the FBI tried to invade my defense camp, and it's astonishing to me and I have no idea why they did it," Nevin said.

Aug 15 05:16

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days.

The extension in the talks was made possible because Hamas is standing firm in its humanitarian demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, while Israel is feeling the negative worldwide vibes over its massive military assault.

The vibes are negative everywhere, that is, except in the U.S., where in an Atlantic interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign with a ringing endorsement of Israel’s massive assault on the Palestinians of Gaza.

For his part, as the man who holds the reins of responsibility, President Obama has called a halt to U.S. Hellfire missile shipments to Israel until arrangements are made to clear with the White House all future transfers of Hellfire missiles.

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Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 15 04:43

Dutchman who saved Jew returns medal to protest Gaza deaths

A Dutch man who risked his life to save a Jew during the Holocaust gave back a medal he received for his actions in order to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Henk Zanoli, 91, returned his medal to the Israeli embassy in The Hague after a member of his family died in an Israeli strike in Gaza, the Haaretz daily reported Friday.

Zanoli and his mother were recognized by the State of Israel and its Holocaust commemoration authority, Yad Vashem, in 2011 for hiding a Jewish child in their home from 1943 to 1945.

A great-niece of Zanoli is a Dutch diplomat whose husband was born in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. Last month an Israeli bomb killed several members of his family, Haaretz reported.

Aug 15 04:36

‘White rain’: Donetsk residents record alleged phosphorus shelling (VIDEO)

Citizens of Donetsk have recorded multiple videos of white glowing particles raining on residential quarters. The locals allege that Ukraine's military has shelled their city with internationally prohibited phosphorus incendiaries.

On Thursday night, people in the Lenin district of the city of Donetsk saw a flow of white fire pouring down from the dark sky alongside the now-familiar sound of bombing, RIA Novosti reported.

They suspect these have been incendiary shells stuffed with white phosphorous, similar to those reportedly used by the military during the blockade of another eastern city of Slavyansk in June.

Aug 15 01:15

World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war. -- But experts believe this is actually almost universally the case, according to a think-tank which produces one of the world’s leading measures of “global peacefulness” – and things are only going to get worse.

Aug 15 00:52

$2.46T: Tax Revenues for FY14 Hit Record Through July — Government Runs $460B Deficit

Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $2,469,178,000,000 for the first 10 months of the fiscal year this July, but the federal government still ran a $460,450,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.

Aug 15 00:43

Obama prepares schools for migrant kids

The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.

Aug 15 00:38

Second illegal immigrant wave of 30,000 coming in September, October

A second wave of some 30,000 unaccompanied illegal minors from violence-ravaged Central American nations is expected to swamp the U.S.-Mexico border in September and October, a crisis that could be worse than the one that has already pushed 62,000 children into the U.S., according to a top immigration group.

Aug 15 00:34

Record number of parents turn to homeschooling

While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the public schools in the first place.

August 14, 2014

Aug 14 23:53

Half a billion dollars of military gear given to local law enforcement — last year…

The events in Ferguson, Missouri this week are an uncomfortable reminder of the militarization of America’s small town law enforcement agencies. The photos coming out of the town–of heavily armed officers in full combat gear squaring off against unarmed protesters–look like images we’re used to seeing from places like Gaza, Turkey, or Egypt, not from a midwestern suburb of 21,000 people.

Aug 14 23:47

PENTAGON WEAPONRY CONFIRMED IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY…

Department of Defense provided surplus military vehicles, rifles, pistols to local police departments.

Aug 14 22:33

The Beginning of World Shift

Russian Strategy in the Face of Anglo-American Imperialism
by Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 13 August 2014

Anglo-Saxon agression against Russia is taking the form of financial and economic warfare. However, Moscow is preparing for armed hostilities by developing its agricultural self-sufficency and multiplying its alliances. For Thierry Meyssan, after the creation of the caliphate in the Levant, Washington would lay down a new card in September in St. Petersburg. The ability of Russia to maintain its internal stability will determine the course of events.......

Aug 14 20:06

New Ferguson Police Commander Ron Johnson Walks With Protesters

The Governor had enough! He sent in the State Police. Let us hope it isn't good cop bad cop,but the beginning of the end of tyrannical policing. We don't need a civil war!

The man now leading police in Ferguson, Missouri, walked Thursday night with those protesting the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, one day after protesters faced rubber bullets and tear gas from heavily armed officers in riot gear.

On Twitter, MSNBC's Jamil Smith in Ferguson captured a scene Thursday:

Aug 14 19:11

Iraq’s Mosul Dam Demands 24/7 Maintenance (or it will collapse and cause massive floods and loss of life)

Last week, the barbaric Islamic State (IS) seized the vitally important Mosul dam, dramatically impacting tactical options against them and potentially changing the future of the Middle East.

When the US coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003, military intelligence developed invasion scenarios. One scenario included Iraqi forces placing detonation charges at the vitally important dam. If US forces were able to safely secure the dam, then they had a contingency plan to operate it and ensure critically important maintenance. The US quickly discovered the necessity for $27 million worth of frantically urgent repairs.

Since the dam was completed in the mid-1980’s it has required continuous (daily) maintenance, because it was built on top of gypsum, a soft mineral which dissolves when in contact with water. More than 50,000 tons of materials have been injected into the dam since 1986. The ‘sink hole’ type of cavities that constantly form have to be expeditiously plugged with “grout”, a liquefied mixture of cement and other additives.

Aug 14 19:03

New York #NMOS14 #JusticeforMikeBrown Protest getting antsy now

National organizers, who rallied communities from coast to coast under the Twitter hashtag #NMOS14, were adamant that the gatherings weren't protests or boycotts after four days of unrest and confrontation in Ferguson.

hands up don't shoot - I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO STREAM

Aug 14 18:28

Newspaper employee, father of five Tased to death after police ID him as suspect b/c he was riding a bicycle

Contrasting pictures emerged Wednesday of a Daily Press employee who died Tuesday night in the custody of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies after being stunned with a taser multiple times.

Aug 14 18:26

Ferguson or Iraq? Photos Unmask the Militarization of America's Police

The racial tensions, looting, vandalism and police tactics that have followed Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised the question: Is this really what America looks like in 2014?

Aug 14 18:21

Camera shy cops didn’t like this guy practicing his 1st Amendment right, so they arrest him

BRYCE WEBER WALKED OUT OF HIS HOUSE TO FIND AN UNMARKED POLICE CAR SITTING IN THE ROAD, SO HE BECAME CURIOUS

Aug 14 18:11

Putting a 9/11 Mystery (i.e. WTC 7) on the Ballot

There is a reason so many people don’t trust the security apparatus and its allies in government, academia and the media, or the reassuring stories they tell us time after time that “there’s nothing to see here, folks.”Or to allow even the most reasonable question into the public discourse.

That kind of question hasn’t been possible with the mystery of Building 7. Until now.

A small group, NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), run and largely staffed by a young man named Ted Walter, has come up with a solution: Get the public to legislate a formal inquiry into building collapses.

Aug 14 17:37

Turkey dismisses support for US airstrike on IS, cites hostage crisis

Defense Minister ?smet Y?lmaz has ruled out any support from Turkey for the US military airstrike that began on Friday targeting artillery belonging to the al-Qaeda splinter group, the terrorist “Islamic State” (IS), near Arbil, in Iraq.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday in the province of Sivas, Y?lmaz said: “We are not providing any kind of support [to the US military strikes on the IS in Iraq]. The US, using its own means, with its military aircraft launched from warships [in the Gulf area], is bombing IS positions that the US sees as a threat.”

Turkey is sensitive about becoming involved in the US military hitting IS targets in Iraq due to a hostage crisis.

Aug 14 17:35

I am Mike Brown Live Protests from Ferguson, MO

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