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"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education." -- Thomas Jefferson on popular sovereignty, letter to W.C. Jarvis, 1820.

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April 18, 2014

Apr 18 07:52

You're Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

Can this be said enough times?

Apr 18 07:47

It’s time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine

If the Israeli government has indeed ordered its spies “to dig up intelligence” showing links between the supporters of BDS and “terrorists and enemy states” as reported in the February 11, 2014 London Times, it may find that it already has as much information as it needs in its data banks.

As described in the UK Guardian by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, a 2008 document obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden states that “one of the NSA’s biggest threats is actually from friendly intelligence services, like Israel. There are parameters on what NSA shares with them, but the exchange is so robust, we sometimes share more than we intended.”

Apr 18 07:45

Ukraine Confirms Entry Ban on Russian Males

The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service confirmed Thursday that Russian males aged 16-60 have been banned from entering the country.

Russia’s largest airline Aeroflot earlier announced it had received an official letter from Ukrainian authorities notifying the company of the severe restrictions.

The exceptions to the ban include passengers traveling with relatives who are women or children, or those who have documents confirming an invitation from close relatives or serious illness or death in the family, the company said.

A spokesman for the service told RIA Novosti that "these temporary measures apply, primarily, to healthy males who could somehow influence the situation in eastern Ukraine."


Apr 18 07:44

Former Drone Operators Reveal Air Force Plays Key Role in Secret CIA Assassination Campaign

A new documentary film reveals how a regular U.S. Air Force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike program in Pakistan. "Drone" identifies the unit conducting CIA strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is located on the Creech Air Force Base, about 45 miles from Las Vegas.

Apr 18 07:44

Greenland really was once green! Three-million-year-old landscape discovered beneath Arctic ice

Scientists have discovered an ancient 'green' tundra landscape preserved below approximately two miles (3.2km) of ice.

The evidence suggests that the Greenland Ice Sheet has existed much longer than previously thought and has survived a number of periods of global warming.

‘We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ice sheet for 2.7 million years,’ said University of Vermont geologist Paul Bierman.

Apr 18 07:41

Obama Announces 8 Million Have Enrolled In Marketplace Plans

And this thing is working. I've said before: This law won't solve all the problems in our health care system. We know we've got more work to do. But we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans, and take insurance away from millions more, which is why, as I've said before, I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, President Bullshit, let's start with the claim that 8 million people have enrolled in Obamacare. Even were it true that is only 2% of the US population. But according to a RAND study, the actual number of people who got insurance through Obamacare is half what you say it is, with the overwhelming majority of those people whose previous policies were canceled. And by admitting that repealing ACA would increase the federal deficit, you have just confirmed what we have known all along; that Obamacare was just another US Government cash grab from the American people.

Fox News report on Obama's speech. Note the spelling error in the title.

Apr 18 07:39

Chuck Hagel: U.S. will send ‘non-lethal’ military aid to Ukraine

The United States will send helmets, medical supplies and other non-lethal military aid to Ukraine amid fears of another Russian incursion there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

Hagel said he had informed Kiev that President Barack Obama “has approved additional non-lethal military assistance for health and welfare items and other supplies.”

The aid includes medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats and water purification units for Ukrainian troops, as well as shelters, small power generators and hand fuel pumps for Ukraine’s border security force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder what the Vegas odds are on how soon this "non lethal" aid....becomes lethal.

Apr 18 07:34

US: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record

A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Judge Katherine Forrest approved the deal between the U.S. government and 19 holders of more than $5 billion in terrorism-related judgments against the government of Iran, including claims brought by the estates of victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The deal calls for the Manhattan building and other forfeited assets to be sold by the U.S. Marshals Service, with the U.S. government receiving reimbursement for litigation expenses and any costs of the sales before the rest is distributed to victims of terrorist attacks. The agreement stems from a 2008 lawsuit by the government against the building's owners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soooooooo ... Afghanistan is behind 9-11, and we invade. Then, oops, we were wrong, it was Iraq ... and we invade. Then ... oops, our bad, it was really Iran, and we get to take their wealth! The US Justice system is now seen by the world as merely the device to legitimize the greed of the money-junkies.

Apr 18 07:32

Two More Victims Of The Retail Apocalypse: Family Dollar And Coldwater Creek

Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores? When I learned of this, I was quite stunned. I knew that retailers that serve the middle class were really struggling right now, but I had no idea that things had gotten so bad for low end stores like Family Dollar. In the post-2008 era, dollar stores had generally been one of the few bright spots in the retail industry. As millions of Americans fell out of the middle class, they were looking to stretch their family budgets as far as possible, and dollar stores helped them do that. It would be great if we could say that the reason why Family Dollar is doing so poorly is because average Americans have more money now and have resumed shopping at retailers that target the middle class, but that is not happening. Rather, as you will see later in this article, things just continue to get even worse for Americans at the low end of the income scale.

I was also surprised to learn that Coldwater Creek is closing all of their stores...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The death of the middle class in this country is not accidental; it is deliberate, because most protest movements spring from the middle class.

Destroy it, push people into real poverty, and you have an utterly dependent class of humans who will barely belch without governmental permission.


Apr 18 07:27

The Militarized U.S. Police, by the Numbers (w/Infographic)

The U.S Congress has been instrumental in allowing this change of mindset to happen. They have long allowed the Drug War to be the excuse for minimal oversight of the actions of SWAT and the DEA, permitting daily paramilitary-style assault raids that terrorize citizens.

Apr 18 07:26

Soldiers on a futile mission

A government anti-terror campaign to root out pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine threatens to turn into a fiasco. The country's demoralized forces are ill-equipped and defections are commonplace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's obvious that Junta in Kiev has neither the public's support nor the army's.

Apr 18 07:25

Saudi Arabia provided hundreds of anti-tank missiles to mercenaries in Syria

An array of anti-tank missiles were fired against the Syrian Arab army over the past two weeks by Harakat Hazm, an Islamist group created by NATO in January 2014. Apparently, hundreds of BGM-71 TOW have been delivered via Turkey to these mercenaries, as part of the secret war orchestrated by Washington.

While experts at first assumed that such materials had been provided by Qatar, today it would seem that Saudi Arabia did the honors on behalf of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nightmare scenario, on the part of the US government, would be to have Al-Assad run in the next election, and win comfortably, so it is doing everything in its power to prevent that from happening, no matter how many more people get killed or maimed for life.


Apr 18 07:25

George Brandis: sidelining climate change deniers is ‘deplorable’

Attorney general accuses ‘true believers in climate change’ of being ‘ignorant’, ‘medieval’ and trying to shut down debate

Webmaster's Commentary: 

REALLY?!? :)

Apr 18 07:18

ACLU Demands Border Patrol Respect Citizens' Right to Record Checkpoints

According to the ACLU, which is now demanding the Border Patrol respect the rights of residents to record their activities or face litigation.

Apr 18 07:17

Obama Administration Encouraged Insider Trading

Bloomberg reports that the meeting, convened a week before talks with Russia in Geneva that ended yesterday, left managers grappling with the question of whether the government intended to follow through, or was trying to trigger asset sales through the threat of sanctions, said the person. Former administration officials have said forcing Russia out of global financial markets is the strongest tool President Barack Obama has

Apr 18 07:11

BP Manager In Charge of Cleaning Up the Gulf Oil Spill – Instead of Actually Cleaning Up – Committed Insider Trading and Sold $1 Million of BP Stock Before the Extent of the Spill Became Public Knowledge

The Head of BP Also Sold Shares After Problems With the Well Were Apparent to Insiders

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today:

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former 20-year employee of BP p.l.c. and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster. The price of BP securities fell significantly after the April 20, 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and the subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulted in an extensive clean-up effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing will happen, no matter how horrendous the damage has been to the ecosystem, and the people who depend on it in the Gulf region for their living.

BP will be slapped on the wrist with a fine, and this guy will be spared criminal prosecution.

And again, please remember that BP is a major contributor to both the Democrats and Republicans in this country.

Companies which get caught doing this kind of thing never get hit all that hard if they are major financial donors to both parties.

BP will simply walk away, for the most part,reasonably unscathed. financially.

Apr 18 07:10

My Ideas, My Boss’s Property

To be human is to create, and we thrive when we use our talents in productive ways. But our research shows that no one can sustain creative energies on passion alone.

This loss of creative fire is not only costly for individuals. In a world in which economic growth depends on innovation, we simply cannot afford such limitations on creativity.


Apr 18 07:06

IRS to track license plates

The Internal Revenue Service and other U.S. agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints.

Apr 18 07:05

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.

But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

The computer doesn't just give advice. It gathers data all day long. Earle's truck is also full of sensors that record to the second when he opens or closes the door behind him, buckles his seat belt and when he starts the truck.

Technology means that no matter what kind of job you have — even if you're alone in a truck on an empty road — your company can now measure everything you do.

Apr 18 07:05

EEEEEVIL Tehran fair showcases classic Ford Mustang cars

An auto fair has kicked off in the Iranian capital, Tehran, showcasing classic Ford Mustang cars. The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company for the first time in 1964.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kind of undermines that whole "Crazy Muslims who hate America and all it stands for" image, doesn't it!

Apr 18 07:03

Lap Dancers, the CIA, Pay-offs, andBP’s Deepwater Horizon

There was CIA involvement through a company called Mega Oil. They were shipping in arms under the cover of oil tools.

The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d’état, overthrowing an elected president of a nation who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation’s former Vice-President, Leslie Abrahams, is pictured here, holding an AK-47 in front of BP headquarters in Baku, Azerbaijan. Like most of the other BP executives I spoke with, he proudly added that while he was working for BP, he was also an operative for MI6, British intelligence.


Apr 18 07:03

Time Warner Cable Pretends Customer Complaints Don't Exist

Time Warner Cable is currently teaming up with Comcast to persuade Congress and the DOJ to allow the companies to merge. Comcast has told Congress that they are "deeply disappointed" that their customer service is rated, along with Time Warner Cable, at or near the bottom of just about every customer service list.

Yet, Time Warner Cable seems to have found a new way to keep complaint numbers down….put language in the franchise agreements that allows them to forget the complaints ever existed.

Apr 18 07:01

Bankers are Behind the Wars

Former managing director of Goldman Sachs – and head of the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London (Nomi Prins) - notes:

Throughout the century that I examined, which began with the Panic of 1907 … what I found by accessing the archives of each president is that through many events and periods, particular bankers were in constant communication [with the White House] — not just about financial and economic policy, and by extension trade policy, but also about aspects of World War I, or World War II, or the Cold War, in terms of the expansion that America was undergoing as a superpower in the world, politically, buoyed by the financial expansion of the banking community.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

People are starting to figure out who the real enemy has been all along!

Apr 18 06:57

‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada ranch, Harry Reid blasts ‘domestic terrorists’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation.

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Apr 18 06:56

White House Counterterror Chief: “Confrontational” Children Could be Terrorists

In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”

Apr 18 06:53

Ukraine charade on parade and psyops, too

Over the weekend an isolated but strange event happened. “Pro-Russian” protestors showed up at a synagogue handing out fliers that Jews were required to register with the protestor's Donetsk Regional Administration, and of course those folks knew nothing about them. This seemed a bit fishy to the locals, as there have not been the nationalist issues with Jews in Eastern Ukraine like in the West. The savvy Easterners figured out it was a psyops creation to spin back on Putin. But what happened next surprised us.

Within 24 hours the “Jews being forced to register in East Ukraine” story was being passed down the neo-con and Christian Zionist email chains to start conditioning minds back here of a potential “Putin Pogrom.” This flier incident was of course a completely fabricated event, done by professionals with experience in these kinds of Cold War psyops games.

By Thursday the mainstream press was picking it up as they have turned into dependable conveyor belts for such things.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Told ya! :)

Apr 18 06:52

See the scathing documents detailing $600 billion squandered in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is always, first and foremost, about making money for large private corporations. It is not about "protecting Americans' freedom and security"; it is about people dying and maimed for life for the profit of private corporations and entities. IF anything, these horrific wars of aggression have made this country, and its assets overseas, infinitely less safe.

And the military/industrial complex has been raking it in, leaving nearly zero value for the money spent, from Iraq to Afghanistan, bigtime.

There should be massive audits, coupled with criminal prosecution of senior executives when money is wasted, and not with a sentence to a Club Fed. Of course, that will happen when pigs fly, because it is these same large corporate entities which fund election cycles, and politicians won't give up that advantage, not even when the American people have been gouged badly in these deals with military contractors.

Apr 18 06:50

Ron Paul: Feds should stand down in Nevada - Apr. 17 #Bundyranch

FOX NOISE - Former Rep. Ron Paul weighs in on the Nevada cattle grazing dispute and the IRS.

Apr 18 06:50

Dave Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, out of Jail after arrest for defending Cattle. No Charges! #Bundyranch

By Shiree BUNDY Cox...... I have had people ask me to explain my dad's stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it s in a nut shell.

Apr 18 06:49

Bollyn: "Why is a Twin of the Missing MH370 in a Hanger in Israel?"

The aircraft stored in Israel is a former Malaysia Airlines plane and is the only aircraft owned by Florida-based GA Telesis. Why is GA Telesis keeping the only plane in its fleet in a hanger in Israel? What is the Fort Lauderdale company's connection to Israel?

Apr 18 06:49

Israel Occupation of Palestine and America

The most important, vital, and critical secessionist movement with the greatest impact on world history is America's secession from Israel's and Zionist Jewish illegal foreign occupation of the entire U.S. Government, especially of the Congress. Their ownership of Wall Street Banks, Investment Firms, and Financial Service Corporations, their almost total ownership of the entire U.S. media, total ownership of Hollywood, Publishing Companies, and their domination of the fields of Law and Medicine; Jewish Americans are proud that they run and manipulate this sole superpower to do Israel's bidding. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21890

Apr 18 06:45

Ukraine: separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement

Pro-Russian groups occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place.

Apr 18 06:42

See the scathing documents detailing $600 billion squandered in Afghanistan

We all had a hand in allowing this to happen. The hawkish crowd should be extremely happy. You know lots of Americans got a large hunk of that money for support contracts, logistics, tank building, etc., Oh, and of course lots of guns and bullets, aircraft, caskets, the list is long.

Apr 18 06:23

‘Letter to Jews’, Kerry cited, appears to be fake

A letter urging the Jews of Donetsk to get registered, which the US Secretary of State cited in Geneva, is a fake says a man whose signature appears on the communication.

Following the four-side meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva on Wednesday, John Kerry lashed out at a letter that was allegedly sent to Jewish citizens in Ukraine’s eastern town of Donetsk, asking them to register and report all their property, or be stripped of citizenship and face expulsion.

Apr 18 06:22

FLASHBACK 2013 - Indicted Businessman Names Harry Reid as Recipient of Massive Bribe

Know anyone in Nevada who could use this information? Please forward.

Apr 18 06:22

Texas Congressman Accuses Obama, DOI, and BLM Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch

“Because of this standoff,” he wrote, “I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada.”

Apr 18 06:16

Zionists' role in the collapse of the USSR and the system of state backed Oligarchs [Podcast]

also here if you want to comment http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?f=114&t=33139

Former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard talks about the role of the oligarchs in the collapse of the USSR and the poisonous plutocratic system of the Western Oligarchs in other countries pervasive today.

Apr 18 06:11

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki Trying To Incite War With Lies

Note the liberal use of "the royal we." She starts to own this once, then goes back to "we." Mouse in the pocket? Bats in the belfry? Who helped her tweet that?

Apr 18 02:48

North Carolina Trooper caught doing 80mph to get to Dunkin’ Donuts

I know it sounds like a cliché, but an investigation by ABC News 20/20 found many incidences of police driving at speeds well over the posted limit in non-emergency situations, including one where the driver was touching 80mph on a mission to get the day's supply of doughnuts.

Apr 18 02:02

French bank bosses to explain 'indecent' pay

France’s economy minister, outraged by huge pay hikes the bosses of the country’s biggest banks have awarded themselves in the past year, called the chiefs to a meeting to “explain” their “indecent” pay.

Apr 18 01:55

Royal Bank of Scotland 'Cleared' Of Ill-Treating Small Firms

A review ordered by the Royal Bank of Scotland has cleared the lender of fraud against small and medium-sized business customers.

Apr 18 00:54

Cameron Finds Out That Ignoring People Can Lead To A Good Deal Of Pain

Let's hope that he continues displaying wilful disregard of sound advice...hopefully next time he makes such an idiotic mistake it will cost him his home and his job. I think Nigel Farage would look great on the news standing outside number 10 Downing Street...

April 17, 2014

Apr 17 20:58

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

Judicial Watch today released a new batch of internal IRS documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This in the same week the Supreme Court will decide whether lies by politicians are protected free speech under the First Amendment.

Apr 17 20:52

Ecuador Will Have Referendum on Fate of Yasuni After Activists Collect Over 700,000 Signatures

Waking Times

In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. The effort started last year after Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, announced he was killing the Yasuni-ITT initiative, which called on the international community to pay into a trust fund to keep the most remote portions of the park free from oil exploitation. Currently, Yasuni National Park is considered the likeliest candidate for the most bio-diverse place on the planet and is home to several indigenous tribes who have chosen voluntary isolation.

Apr 17 20:50

Insect Population Dwindling in Louisiana Marshlands Four Years After BP Deepwater Horizon

Waking Times

Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui has been studying the impact of the BP oil spill on insects and spiders for almost four years. She started her study shortly after the Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010, before any oil washed up on shore. Her work documents the dwindling of the insect population in areas directly hit with the oil.

Apr 17 20:35

The Signing of the Palestinian Spring


A Palestinian Spring that is decades overdue since the shameful signing of the Oslo Accords, after which Palestinians were doomed to face, not only Israeli violence, but PA Security Forces oppressing them on behalf of Israel and its brutal occupation.

Apr 17 19:58

Hurtling into DARKNESS: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny

I do not believe the citizens of the United States any longer possess the capacity to avoid these dark prospects. They are being swept along by forces they mostly do not understand, and most are unwilling to give up on the comfortable almost-religious myths of enforceable Constitutional rights and a benevolent national government.

Ironically, one of the key forces which brought Europe and North America over a few centuries to the kind of liberal democracies we know today is capable of delivering a new and unprecedented form of tyranny. That force is the body of interests of a nation’s middle class – the group of capable, ambitious, and rising people who were called a few centuries back by Europe’s landed old aristocracy “the new men.”

Read more

Apr 17 19:38

U.S. Tyranny

Apr 17 19:04

Banning Chocolate Milk in School Cafeterias Decreases Sales and Increases Waste

For many children eating school lunch, chocolate milk is a favorite choice. What would happen if chocolate milk were banned from school cafeterias? “Students take 10% less milk, waste 29% more and may even stop eating school meals,” says Andrew Hanks, PhD.

Apr 17 18:31

Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

Yup! Putin's a chess player!

Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer.

“Can Europe stop buying Russian gas? I think it's impossible…Will they make themselves bleed? That's hard to imagine,” the Russian president said.

Since oil is sold internationally on global markets cutting the price would mean lower dollar circulation, diminishing its value in the global currency market.

"If prices decrease in the global market, the emerging shale industry will die,” Putin said.

The US shale industry has boosted domestic production, helping the US become independent and situating it to overtake Russia as a producer.

Apr 17 17:41

What Will You Do When You Can No Longer Buy Or Sell Without Submitting To Biometric Identification?

In some areas of the world, payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested. We have entered an era where biometric security is being hailed as the “solution” to the antiquated security methods of the past. We are being promised that the constant problems that hackers are causing with our credit cards, bank accounts, ATM machines and Internet passwords will all go away once we switch over to biometric identification. And without a doubt, we have some massive security problems that need to be addressed. But do you really want a machine to read your face or your hand before you are able to buy anything, sell anything or log on to the Internet? Do you really want “the system” to be able to know where you are, what you are buying and what you are doing at virtually all times? Biometric security systems are being promoted as “cool” and “cutting edge”, but there is also potentially a very dark side to them that should not be ignored.

Apr 17 17:40

BLM next land grab: 90,000 acres of Texas Ranchers’ Land near Red River

J. Patriot: "While are attention is on the Bundy Ranch in Nevada the BLM sets their sights on more land in Texas! The BLM is attacking hard working Ranchers all over the U.S..

Apr 17 17:36

The Untouchables: You Can't Sue General Mills if You "Like" Their Products on Facebook

Are your Lucky Charms less than magically delicious? Are your Cheerios less than cheery? Perhaps you broke off a tooth when there was something extra crunchy in your Cinnamon Toast Crunch or became totally ill from something totally disgusting in your bowl of Total. If so, I hope you didn't "like" them on Facebook.

General Mills has taken "CYA" (Cover Your A**) to an entirely new level.

If you "like" one of their products on Facebook or download coupons from them, their new terms of use state that you can no longer take them to court for any reason. Here is the new clause, straight from the horses...ahem...mouth.

Apr 17 17:34

John McAfee Re: Heartbleed Bug - Obamacare website

Frances Farmer posted a video

Heartbleed Bug

Dcentral1 is aiming to put that control back in people's hands.

legendary Programmer and father of McAfee virus software John McAfee

Apr 17 17:34

Iran nuclear deal on track as country slashes highly- enriched uranium by 75% ahead of schedule UN watchdog has reveals

Iran has slashed its nuclear stockpile by almost 75 percent the International Atomic Energy Committee has confirmed.

The IAEA has spent the past six months investigating whether the Tehran regime has complied with its international obligations.

In a report to the United Nations, the IAEA has confirmed that Iran halted aspects of its nuclear programme on January 20 opening the possibility of the easing of international sanctions.

As a result of Iran's compliance with the international agreement it is now possible for Tehran to access foreign currency reserves frozen since the dispute arose.

The IAEA confirmed that Iran has diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium reserve to a level that cannot be used to make a nuclear bomb.

Apr 17 17:17

Calif. TV station films dog calmly playing with kids after cop shoots himself trying to kill it

A California deputy accidentally shot himself while trying to kill a dog that he said was threatening his life on Wednesday, but video captured by a local television station later showed the animal much smaller than reported and peacefully playing with…

Apr 17 17:15

Russia and West reach surprise deal on Ukraine crisis

Vladimir Putin has secured key concessions from Ukraine and its Western supporters as the Kremlin was offered a central role in determining the future of its neighbour and former client state.

Four-way talks in Geneva involving Kiev and Moscow, alongside the US and EU, called for steps to end the occupation of eastern cities by pro-Russian sympathisers.

If the agreement holds, a monitoring mission of the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe would oversee the handover of occupied government buildings by protesters in return for an amnesty for anyone not facing capital crimes.

Ukraine’s interim government in turn agreed to accept future talks on far-reaching constitutional reform that would grant the Russian-speaking east the extensive autonomy demanded by the Kremlin.

Apr 17 17:12

Porn Star Arrested in Animal Torture Video Investigation

accused of crushing live fish to death with her hands and feet.

also alleged to have repeatedly shot several rats, and then set fire to a pile of the mortally wounded animals.

FREE SPEECH?

Apr 17 17:11

The World's Poorest People Live In These 5 Countries

Two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in just five countries, according to a new World Bank study.

Apr 17 16:28

Why “anti-vaxxers” need to be more vocal about their decision

Many doctors, major news outlets, governmental organizations, and many everyday people say that vaccines are safe, effective, and have saved millions of lives. But this proposition does not become true through repetition. And the assertion of an “authority” cannot substitute for factual information to support this conclusion. Through discussing this topic with doctors and others, and researching the way that the vaccine industry works, I have found that people who believe vaccines are 100% safe and effective are either unaware of all of the evidence to the contrary or they are ignoring the evidence for one reason or another.

Apr 17 16:01

18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million? In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system. And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs? When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government. Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people. In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

Apr 17 15:45

Sage Million - Another Government Overreach?

Thursday, 17 April 2014. Sage was detained yesterday at the Costa Rican border by Panamanian Migration Officers and the Panamanian National Police for 5 hours. He was arrested and removed from the border. We believe that he is being deported to Miami, Florida and then extradited to Hawaii but as of this moment, 24 hours later, we are not certain because he has not been able to, or allowed to, contact us.

Apr 17 15:41

The Disturbing Messages in Police Recruiting Videos

According to the New Mexico Watchdog Web site, this is a new recruiting video being used by the police department in Hobbs, New Mexico. Note the aspects of policing the video emphasizes: Shooting stuff. K-9 enforcement. Nabbing the bad guys. The SWAT team. This is the first step in the process.

Apr 17 15:40

Everything is a BUBBLE Because of the Fed!

Apr 17 15:38

A Brief History of SSRI Shootings

Apr 17 15:14

New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil

An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections...

Apr 17 15:06

Roseville, MN officers accused of savage beating of immigrant

He says he was wrestled to the ground and had a Taser used against him during a routine traffic stop in Roseville, and he's doing more than claiming the cops went too far -- he's taking them to court.

Apr 17 15:03

Harry Reid calls Bundy supporters ‘domestic terrorists’

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way.

Apr 17 13:50

Former Iran Official Describes Alleged US Sabotage of Nuke Program

The former head of Iran's nuclear program is laying out in detail how the U.S. and other intelligence agencies allegedly carried out a constant campaign of sabotage against his country.

According to Fereydoon Abbasi, who spoke to an Iranian newspaper, the U.S. would prevent companies from sending equipment to Iran -- but would then put that kind of equipment on the black market, having ensured it would actually damage Iranian operations.

Apr 17 13:45

Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights

Until this week, the United States and other European allies who are a party to the 34-nation treaty were conducting weekly overflights

Apr 17 13:44

4 Roseville Police Officers Sued for Excessive Force

ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- It all began at a traffic stop for speeding in the early morning hours in May of 2013.

A Roseville Police officer pulled over two men just off of Highway 36. The driver pulled over but the traffic stop became much more than routine, because the driver ran away from the car with the officer giving chase.

Apr 17 13:43

Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and "Natural" Food Fight

After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory—mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.”

On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk, for final approval.

Apr 17 13:32

FLASHBACK 2013 - Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers

Multiple rural county sheriffs from Utah testified Thursday about the abusive use of police power by Bureau of Land Management rangers or forest protection officers with the U.S. Forest Service.

They are asserting it is time to rein in the authority the agencies should have never been allowed to exercise.

Sheriffs from San Juan, Kane and Garfield counties spoke in favor of HB155, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, which proposes to limit BLM rangers and forest protection officers from exercising police power over state and local laws unless someone's safety is at risk or federal contracts are in place with local police agencies.

Apr 17 13:30

Chicken Little 'science'

The cult centered on "global warming" alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show "climate change" barely registers on a list of voters' concerns.

This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn't getting through. What to do? Why shout louder, of course.

Apr 17 13:29

NATO Chief Rasmussen secretly taped, leaked meeting when he was Danish PM

President Vladimir Putin at the Q&A session in Moscow said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, when Danish PM, secretly taped private conversation with Putin and leaked it to the press.

Apr 17 13:28

Yes, We Have No Democracy

Thom Hartmann has it right: Government in the USA is no longer responsive to the will of the people. But his focus on money in politics is misdirected, distracting attention from factors that are more important, more shocking, less discussed. There are six ways in which our democracy has been sabotaged, and only two of them can be discussed in polite society. The most-discussed and least controversial one is the focus of Hartmann's article.

Apr 17 13:17

One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water

Though they concede it's unlikely the public was endangered, officials in Portland, Ore., have decided to drain 38 million gallons of water from a reservoir after a young man was observed urinating into it on Wednesday.

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I think it is a bit of an over-reaction, especially when you consider that there is nothing at that reservoir to prevent wildlife from urinating or defecating into that water supply, especially birds flying overhead!

Apr 17 13:15

‘We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It’

Negotiations over the Ukraine crisis are beginning in Geneva. Pro-Russian protesters are killed, president Vladimir Putin accuses authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an “abyss,” and NATO outlines plans to reinforce itself in eastern Europe. Russian scholar Stephen Cohen tells “Democracy Now!” that “‘hot war’ is imaginable now” and “something has to be done about it.”

Apr 17 13:08

FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee - Washington Times

worth a repeat !
Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absence

Apr 17 13:03

Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling

Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state.

Apr 17 13:02

Harry Reid’s Facebook Page Just Got Obliterated

Reid’s official Facebook page, filled with the traditional fare – i.e., self-congratulatory fluff – of a career politico, has been bombarded by detractors over the past few days.

Apr 17 12:59

Why Is No One Going To Jail?

“Why is no one going to jail?” That is what Joe Wurzelbacher asked Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) during a conference call with reporters and bloggers Tuesday night. Attorney General Eric Holder (Gohmert’s new “buddy”) is in contempt of Congress, Lois Lerner is in contempt of Congress, Hillary Clinton lied to Congress, yet nobody is in jail. There’s an outside chance Lerner could go to jail, but it’s unlikely, given that GOP leadership isn’t doing much about anything.

Apr 17 12:58

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement does not set out specific directions for Ukraine's future, but it requires all sides to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists to be turned back to authorities.

The agreement puts on hold — for now at least — additional economic sanctions the West had prepared to impose on Russia if the talks were fruitless. That will ease international pressure both on Moscow and nervous European Union nations that depend on Russia for their energy.

Apr 17 12:43

Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

Apr 17 12:43

GM seeks to squelch lawsuits stemming from ignition defect

General Motors says it will soon file a motion with a federal bankruptcy judge in New York seeking a court order preventing the families of accident victims from suing the company over defective ignition switches that have been tied to fatal crashes.

As part of the 2009 bankruptcy and restructuring of GM the Obama administration inserted a clause holding the reorganized company harmless from lawsuits stemming from before July 2009. Many of the deaths and injuries resulting from the faulty ignition switches installed on several 2003-2007 GM models, which have now been recalled, took place prior to 2009. At the time, GM was facing 2,500 lawsuits of various kinds. Most received pennies on the dollar.

Apr 17 12:30

Gaza Corrodes Israel’s Soul

As Israel continues its unlawful siege of the Gaza Strip, the health situation for the Palestinians continues to be critical. In a comprehensive report, B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, described the health situation in Gaza on January 1st, 2014.

Apr 17 12:28

Nato Belligerence Endangers Us All

Tomorrow will see a four-way meeting take place as Russia, the United States, the EU and Ukraine discuss ongoing tensions in the latter country.

But while the endless drama of meetings, lurid statements and predictions and mass demonstrations catches the world's eye, something more significant and fundamental is taking place in international politics.

As the US moves into relative economic decline, China's expansion and Russia's huge energy reserves and location are moving the politics of the world to a different place.

Apr 17 12:23

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States

-SATIRE !

THE ONION HAVING FUN WITH THE GOVS LATEST AL QUEDA SCARE FEST

Apr 17 12:19

FDA Reveals Shocking Statements On Vaccines

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Apr 17 12:05

BLM Honcho: “It’s not MY job- but I can sure doubletalk”

This past week the nation got a glimpse of the leadership for the Wild Horse and Burro Program within the Department of Interior (DOI). NBC aired a Today program, “ Wild, but not Free,” in which Joan Guilfoyle, the Chief, responded to questions presented by journalist, Lisa Myers of NBC.

In discussion Joan Guilfoyle lauded the Bureau of Land Management within the DOI for its “balanced multiple use approach” which includes recreation, livestock, mining, wildlife, and wild horses and burros. She failed to tell the nation up to 2.9 M livestock are on BLM public lands compared to 32,000 wild horses. She failed to tell the nation 70,000 bighorn (a species of concern), 700,000 pronghorn, 1 M elk, and 20 M deer, all wildlife, are on the BLM public lands compared to 32,000 wild horses. Ms. Guilfoyle says the wild horses are overpopulated. There should only be 23,000 on our public lands. You tell me, “Is this a “balanced multiple use approach?”

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So, rather than actually manage the land, the BLM simply takers it, then rents it back to the ranchers.

Apr 17 11:58

$30 Billion Oil Pipeline to Be Built from Russia to India through Northwest China

Talks on the construction of the Russia to India oil pipeline project should conclude by mid-2014, officials from ONGC said.

Apr 17 11:57

Italian court: 'You don't have to name to defame on Facebook'

Facebook users in Italy may want to think twice next time they post something on the social networking site after the country’s highest court ruled that insults on the site – even ones with an unnamed target – could be regarded as defamatory.

Apr 17 11:53

'Knockout game' spreads to Italy and claims its first victim

A man has died in Pisa after being punched in the head while walking in the city centre in an attack characteristic of the so-called ‘knockout game’, a vicious street-game craze that originated in the US, whereby passers-by are punched for the fun of it.

Apr 17 11:50

Why has the British Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book on Afghanistan?

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

Apr 17 11:43

US to Putin: This could get ugly

CIA Director John Brennan’s recent secret visit to Ukraine carried a warning from US President Barack Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin about possible future confrontation between the two former Cold War rivals, an analyst says.

Apr 17 11:43

Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption and Insouciance Is a Ramp for War

Libertarian ideology favors privatization. However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare.

Apr 17 11:33

The United States Is In Deep Doodoo!

This brings us to the issue of collateral. We've borrowed so much money the lenders are getting nervous. Back during the Johnson administration Charles DeGaulle demanded the United States collateralize the loans owed to France in gold and started carting out the bullion from the treasury. This caused several other nations to demand the same and President Nixon had to slam the gold window closed or the treasury would have been emptied, since the United States was even then in debt for more money than the treasury could cover in gold.

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Apr 17 11:29

Putin on Kiev op: 'Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!'

Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

“Have they lost their minds?!” said Putin during his annual question and answer session. “They are deploying tanks, armored vehicles and weaponry! Against whom? Are they nuts?!"

Apr 17 11:28

BEX ALERT - Loss of life in Ukraine is fault of Russian authorities according to Ukraine's Putsch-appointed PM

"There is the only one person in the world who believes that there are no Russian troops in the East of Ukraine, the name of this man – Putin," the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk told to reporters.

Apr 17 11:25

Talib Kweli Breaks the Set on the Obama Presidency, the Prison Industrial Complex & Real Hip Hop

Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with hip hop artist Talib Kweli, discussing the role of government, Obama's presidency, the prison industrial complex, and establishment hip hop.

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Apr 17 11:23

No room in Ukraine’s future for politicians or parties calling for hatred — Russia's FM

Ukrainian politicians and parties who have stained their names by incitement to hatred must be barred from having a say in Ukraine’s future state system, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, commenting on the report by Rita Izsak, Independent Expert on minority issues of the United Nations Human Rights Council, after her visit to Ukraine.

Apr 17 11:17

Snow Out: Wintry Weather Cancels Twins-Blue Jays

Snow and freezing temperatures hit Target Field on Wednesday. The hockey weather caused the postponement of today's baseball game. Even the heated turf couldn't keep Mother Nature at bay. The Twins and Blue Jays look to make up the missed contest in a day-night doubleheader on Thursday.

The mercury currently reaches freezing but figures to drop below that thermometer Mendoza line later this afternoon. The 80 percent chance of snow seen for tonight means a zero percent chance of baseball enjoying a delayed start today. The Weather Channel forecasts several inches of snow for tonight. Tomorrow's forecast calls for a high of 42 and a low of 26.

Apr 17 11:15

Medicated to Death: SSRIs and Mass Killings

SSRI stands for Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitor, and it is a class of drugs that is often used to treat depression and anxiety. It includes Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil and a host of other commonly prescribed antidepressants. And the perpetrators of a raft of school shootings, mass murders and other violent incidents in recent years have been taking them.

Apr 17 11:14

Why Americans Pay Way More For Health Care Than Everyone Else

As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that residents of other countries don't pay nearly as much for the same things.

Apr 17 11:10

The Mass Marketing Campaign For World War III

The establishment has begun a new mass marketing campaign for World War III, equating Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler.

The fact that the current crisis in Ukraine was instigated by a US-backed coup which toppled a democratically elected government has been conveniently forgotten.

Apr 17 11:08

Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.

A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe.

The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British.

Among this select group of nations are far-off destinations such as Guatemala, Tajikistan and the Marshall Islands, as well some slightly closer to home, such as Luxembourg.

he analysis is contained in a new book, All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To.

Apr 17 11:05

BEX ALERT - Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation

The leaflet, signed by Chairman of Donetsk's temporary government Denis Pushilin, was distrbiuted to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists have declared Donetsk as an independent "people's republic", defying an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A hoax so that Kerry can scream the Ukraine independent movement are all NAZIS NAZIS NAZIS! Which he is doing on FOX News as I type these words.

Apr 17 11:02

How US Wars Came Home With the Troops: Up Close, Personal and Bloody

After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. When he did so, he also pulled America’s fading wars out of the closet. This time, a Fort Hood mass killing, the second in four and a half years, was committed by a man who was neither a religious nor a political “extremist.” He seems to have been merely one of America’s injured and troubled veterans who now number in the hundreds of thousands.

Apr 17 11:01

A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Visible is moving home

http://www.smoking-mirrors.com/

At the same time, all his blogs - including this one, will be relocating, too; this means that soon this page will disappear - as will all other pages on Vis' sites. The move (the blogs' move that is, not lord Visible's) is expected to take somewhere between 3 and 8 Earth days so should complete some time between 18 and 25 April 2014.

Apr 17 10:58

Video tour of the Natural News forensic food lab: How I discovered tungsten in rice protein

Here’s a real treat for Natural News fans: an inside look at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab featuring new scientific instrumentation hardware and a full explanation of how I discovered the heavy metal tungsten in rice protein!

Apr 17 10:51

Obama and NATO Escalate the Anti-Russian Campaign over the Ukraine

In separate statements in the US and Europe, President Obama and NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen ratcheted up the threats by US and European imperialism against Russia. Their statements came on the eve of four-party talks set for Thursday in Geneva, with the US, the European Union and their Ukrainian puppet regime facing off against Moscow.

Obama gave an interview to Major Garrett of CBS News, who asked a series of provocative questions suggesting that the White House should step up its campaign of economic warfare against Russia. Before the interview, the White House announced that a new round of economic sanctions had been “prepared” for use against Russia if there was no progress in resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

Apr 17 10:44

FLASHBACK - Monsanto Workers Ban GMO Foods From Their Own Cafeteria

The staff cafeteria at biotech-crop Monsanto’s UK headquarters reportedly banned GM foods from the menu back in 1999.

The private catering company running the canteen, Sutcliffe Catering, owned by Granada Food Services, told its clients, including Monsanto, that it would no longer use foods containing GM soya or maize because of “customer concerns” about the technology.

“We have taken the steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve,” Granada told its customers.

Apr 17 10:36

Nick Kollerstrom on WWI & WWII revisionism, Academic Freedom Conference (audio)

Just as leading American conservative Pat Buchanan calls World War II “The Unnecessary War,” Nick Kollerstrom argues that World War I was also avoidable: “A single sentence and the war in the West would not have taken place.”

The two World Wars of the 20th century killed about 100 million people – more than half of them civilians. The leaders who blundered into these wars – from both sides – merit our revulsion as the worst botchers and butchers in human history. We must tear down the statues, desecrate the idols, and profane the sacred myths peddling the Big Lie that there was anything heroic about these two hideous festivals of mass carnage.

Bottom line: War is a Racket and All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars.

Apr 17 10:36

Federal Judge Rules Public has No Right to Information on Targeted Drone Killing

The Department of Justice does not have to disclose documents related to a targeted drone strike that killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011, a federal judge ruled.

The First Amendment Coalition sued the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act in 2012.

A drone strike in September 2011 killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, a propagandist for al Qaeda, in an attack that President Obama called a "success" that was a "tribute to our intelligence community."

Apr 17 10:33

US pushing for war over Ukraine: Analyst

The United States is pushing for a war over the crisis in Ukraine in a bid to cover up its failure to achieve the desired results against Russia from the March coup in Kiev, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

Paul Craig Roberts said it would be an embarrassment for Washington “if Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia.”

Apr 17 10:32

Iran to Set Up Naval Zone in Eastern Caspian Sea

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced on Wednesday that the Navy will establish a naval zone east of the Caspian Sea.

Apr 17 10:30

5 Explosive Revelations Leaked from Senate Report Exposing CIA Torture

The CIA’s torture program started soon after 9/11. The Bush administration signed off on what they called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” but which clearly constituted torture, a crime under U.S. and international law.

Apr 17 10:30

Police storm Temple Mount to disperse Palestinian riot

Fierce clashes continued for several hours on Wednesday between Israeli police officers and dozens of young Palestinians on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Some 25 people were wounded during the riot, Palestinians said, including one in serious condition and 15 with moderate injuries. One officer was lightly wounded amid stone-throwing by the protester.

Apr 17 10:29

Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria: spokesman

Jordanian warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, underlining Amman's concern about incursions from areas controlled by Syrian rebels.

Apr 17 10:28

EU Would Accept Independent Catalonia – Report

The European Union would accept an independent Catalonia despite Spain’s veto on holding an independence referendum this autumn, a report by Catalonia's National Transition Advisory Council has concluded.

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"As long as they agree to shackle their people to the European Central Bank, who cares what flag flies over the slaves!"

Apr 17 10:27

It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice

Almost one month into spring, and the U.S. Coast Guard is still breaking up ice around the Great Lakes.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 64 percent of Lake Superior was covered in ice as of Wednesday. Lake Michigan was 21 percent covered, Lake Huron was 31 percent covered, Lake Erie was 14 percent covered, and Lake Ontario was 2 percent covered. The entire Great Lakes system was 37 percent covered in ice.

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Gosh DARN that human-caused global warming!

Apr 17 10:26

US Sending Helmets, Other Non-lethal Military Aid to Ukraine

The U.S. is sending helmets, sleeping bags and generators to support the Ukrainian military -- but stopped short of approving other items the interim government reportedly says it needs to stand up to the might of Moscow, saber-rattling on its doorstep...

Apr 17 10:26

Researchers speak to new study exposing link between SSRIs and autism

"We found prenatal SSRI exposure was nearly three times as likely in boys with ASD relative to typical development, with the greatest risk when exposure took place during the first trimester," explained Li-Ching Lee.

Apr 17 10:25

Germany has no alternative to Russian gas

Germany faces a renewed debate on energy in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis. To a large extent, the country depends on Russian oil and natural gas imports. Just recently Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that “all of Germany’s energy policies must be reconsidered.” According to Germany’s Energy Balances Group (AGEB), imported rose to 71 percent of all sources of energy last year.

The most important energy supplier is Russia: It provides 38 percent of Germany’s natural gas imports, 35 percent of all oil imports and 25 percent of coal imports, covering a quarter of the country’s entire energy needs. There are no suitable alternatives in sight that could cover shortfalls of this magnitude.

Apr 17 10:24

China’s ban on GMO corn costs US up to $2.9 billion, grain association says

China’s rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions.

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"Dammit, I don't care if they don't want it; you MAKE them buy our product!"

Apr 17 10:24

BLM BS - IS THIS OKAY WITH YOU??? by Karen Quinn-Tostado

Check out these images of murdered cattle on OUR dime:

What would happen if WE: (did the following)

Apr 17 10:23

Two More Victims Of The Retail Apocalypse: Family Dollar And Coldwater Creek

Did you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores? When I learned of this, I was quite stunned. I knew that retailers that serve the middle class were really struggling right now, but I had no idea that things had gotten so bad for low end stores like Family Dollar. In the post-2008 era, dollar stores had generally been one of the few bright spots in the retail industry. As millions of Americans fell out of the middle class, they were looking to stretch their family budgets as far as possible, and dollar stores helped them do that. It would be great if we could say that the reason why Family Dollar is doing so poorly is because average Americans have more money now and have resumed shopping at retailers that target the middle class, but that is not happening. Rather, as you will see later in this article, things just continue to get even worse for Americans at the low end of the income scale.

Apr 17 10:23

BEHIND THE LINES – More Stunning Photos, Video of Bundy Ranch Standoff

As 21WIRE reported previously, Clark County, Nevada Sheriff Douglas Gillespie had given thousands of Bundy supporters the false impression that the BLM, police and gov’t contracted mercenary soldiers – would in fact be “standing down”. Much to the public’s surprise some two hours later, after making their way along the highway to release hundreds of seized Bundy cattle, they were met with multiple platoons of armed Federal agents and SWAT gunman in what can only be described as a type of ambush by a brutal US government.

Apr 17 10:22

BEX TSUNAMI WARNING! - War is a good thing. Honest. Really! No kidding!

There are four parts to the case I will make. The first is that by fighting wars, people have created larger, more organized societies that have reduced the risk that their members will die violently.

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This comes from a website that is part of the military industrial complex, but it should alarm all Americans at how hard the MIC is working to sell us a new World War!

Apr 17 10:13

FLASHBACK 2013 - Federal Framework Being Set Up To Arrest Sheriffs

The bills being introduced defines law as including any rule, regulation, executive order, court order, statute or constitutional provision.

Why are they doing this? Here’s why…

Apr 17 10:09

Reddit co-founder tells Joe Rogan: Cable companies about to ‘f*ck up’ the Internet

The Internet faces an existential threat from the cable companies that provide service to millions of Americans, said the founder of Reddit.com.

Web entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian appeared last week on the Joe Rogan Experience to talk about the future of online rights and access.

Apr 17 10:05

Ebola Outbreak Updates: Virus Caused by New Strain, a Look Inside an Isolation Ward, and How the Virus Spreads

The Ebola virus that has killed more than 120 people so far this year in West Africa is a new strain, scientists say.

This is evidence that the disease did not spread from outbreaks in other regions of the country.

Ebola virus carries a fatality rate of 30 to 90%, depending on the strain. This particular outbreak caused death in 86% of confirmed cases (12 out of 14 patients died).

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Apr 17 09:51

US caught in own web of lies

America has found itself in an untenable situation in the Ukraine. As the second day of military incursions by the coup backed Kiev government proceed in the East, the Obama administration has begun to realize that it has been “blindsided.”

A presidential candidate is beaten in the streets by neo-Nazi thugs and nothing is done. A government responsible for murdering over 100 of the protestors that backed their takeover is now moving military forces across their country to attack the “babushkas resistance,” the heart of the resistance to the Kiev cabal, led by Russian speaking grandmothers.

The US position is clearly unsound and if violence unfolds as Kiev intends despite stories of its forces switching sides, the Obama administration will be severely weakened.

Apr 17 09:50

THE PASSION OF VANUNU

Vanunu committed a crime and served his time ….

BUT …..

The harassment continues and it’s time to stop!

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While Jonathan Pollard is hailed as a hero in Israel!

Apr 17 09:50

NOT LEARNING THE LESSONS OF HISTORY ...

... MAKES IT EASY TO REPEAT THE MISTAKES

Apr 17 09:49

Canada sending 6 CF-18s for NATO operation in eastern Europe

Canada is sending six CF-18s and military personnel to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was to announce the measures Thursday morning. The move comes following a request from NATO amid increasing tensions in Eastern Ukraine.

The fighter jets will be based at Lask, Poland.

Apr 17 09:48

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

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Don't forget to kiss the ground under the feet of the 1%!

Apr 17 09:48

NORAD to conduct exercise flights over Marion, OH area Thursday

. "What people might see are fighter jets flying by themselves at low altitude

Apr 17 09:47

Yellen Says Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Can Solve Unemployment Problem

Federal Reserve Chair Janet discussed the economy and unemployment at the Economic Club of New York on Wednesday. Incredibly, she said that the Fed’s monetary policy will solve the unemployment problem in the US. If that was the case wouldn’t every American who wants a job have a job after 5 years of the same policy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The federal Reserve IS the @#$%ing problem!

Apr 17 09:46

FLASHBACK 2013 - Federal Judge Rules for Property Rights, Smacks Down Abusive Feds

In an historic 104-page ruling, Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada has struck a major blow for property rights and, at the same time, has smacked down federal agencies that have been riding roughshod over Western ranchers and property owners. The long-awaited ruling, which had been expected before the end of last year, was finally issued at the end of May. The court case, U.S. v. Hage, has been keenly watched by legal analysts and constitutional scholars — but has been completely ignored by the major media.

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"Look, we don't care what the law says. We need the money and that's all the justification we need to take your property! Get with the program, already!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 17 09:46

Hackers steal 500k details from Harley Medical Group

Names and addresses of prospective Harley Medical Group clients, as well as details of the cosmetic procedures they were considering, have been stolen by hackers

Apr 17 09:45

Refuting Zionist Propaganda “Palestine Didn't Exist”

One of the common assertions one finds in Zionist propaganda is that there “was never any Palestine.” This odd allegation is simply not true. Palestine has been used for a very long time to refer to the geographical area south of Sidon and north of the Sinai.

Apr 17 09:37

Globalist gangstar’s Nevada land grab

The Agenda 21 model is evident for the entire world to see as the ChiComs and their treasonous political class partners, collude to drive off Cliven Bundy and his family, who have been ranching in the area since the 1800s

Apr 17 09:35

GMO cotton seeds made by Monsanto collaborator banned in Indian state after crops fail

Genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton produced by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco), a collaborator with international biotech kingpin Monsanto, has officially been banned from the Indian state of Karnataka, a major cotton-producing region of India, after the heavily hyped transgenic crop failed to deliver on both pest resistance and yields.

Hailed by Mahyco as the answer to higher yields and improved pest resistance, the crop turned out to be a complete dud, leading to about 54,000 hectares', or around 133,000 acres', worth of failed cotton crops. For the farmers who planted all this fake cotton, this translates into a financial loss of 230 crore rupees, or the U.S. equivalent of nearly $38.1 million.

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Many of the farmers who lost their farms to this mandated cotton experiment committed suicide as a result.

Apr 17 09:34

The CIA’s Declassified Torture Handbook: How to Create a “World of Fear, Terror, Anxiety, Dread.”

Senator Feinstein’s quest to declassify her committee’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program has increased attention on the agency’s illegal –and decades-old– interrogation techniques. Now, newly-declassified portions of the CIA’s infamous 1963 KUBARK manual, a comprehensive guide for teaching interrogators how to effectively create “a world of fear, terror, anxiety, [and] dread,” helps to further contextualize the agency’s long-standing interrogation practices.

Apr 17 09:33

Putin tells Edward Snowden: Russia doesn't carry out mass surveillance - Guardian

President Vladimir Putin has told the National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, that Russia is not carrying out mass surveillance programmes of the kind Snowden exposed in the US.

Snowden made a video-link appearance during Putin's marathon televised question and answer session to ask the president about Russia's attitude to mass surveillance.

Snowden asked: "Does Russia intercept or store or analyse the communication of millions of individuals?" He went on to ask whether increasing the effectiveness of internal security systems could ever justify such actions.

To applause from the studio audience, Putin responded: "Mr Snowden you are a former agent, a spy, I used to work for a intelligence service, we are going to talk the same language."

Apr 17 09:32

Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even Worse than Its Coverage of Iraq? Unprecedented Propaganda Blitz

Over the last year, we’ve documented that – despite all of the mea culpas for horrible Iraq coverage – the U.S. media’s coverage of Ukraine and Syria is just as biased, superficial and pro-war.

Former Associated Press and Newsweek reporter Robert Parry – who broke several of the biggest stories regarding Iran-Contra, and recipient of the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 - writes of U.S. media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine is even worse than Iraq.

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