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CURRENT EVENTS

Apr 07 07:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.
Note: Action please, we need action, call all your congress people and email all. ACTION!

Apr 07 07:44

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn

While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there. UPDATE: Parks Department put a tarp over the bust and removed it this afternoon.

Apr 07 06:21

Gay, Atheist Indiana Doctor: Does New Law Give Me The Right to Refuse Treatment on A**hole Christians?

Fort Schritt, Indiana — Dr. Michael Freiheit is a general practitioner in the small town of Fort Schritt, Indiana. He describes himself as both an atheist and gay. Dr. Freiheit estimates that he sees a few hundred people a month for various maladies. In the wake of his state’s governor signing a highly-contentious bill that would allow any business in Indiana to discriminate against Freiheit, who last week volunteered to provide no-cost health care at a homeless shelter, based solely on the business owners’ religiously-based discriminatory feelings toward homosexuals.

Apr 07 05:45

Mads Gilbert: 'People are questioning Israel'

"This is a genocide. This is a massacre. And I hope that somebody is being held accountable for it," Gilbert told the media from the site of one of the attacks this year.

"Israeli impunity has gone so far now that they think they can do whatever, with whoever, and they don't consider Palestinians even human, according to how they treat them now."

Apr 07 05:31

Austria to Default on Bank Guarantees

Apr 07 05:30

U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli [insane] demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognising Israel. "The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognising Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime [sic] completely transforms," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Apr 07 05:27

Lithuania prosecutors restart probe into secret CIA ‘black site’

Lithuanian prosecutors have reportedly reopened a criminal investigation into claims that state security officials helped the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to operate a 'black site' in the Baltic country. Senior prosecutor Irmantas Mikelionis has decided to restart the investigation into the "possible abuse" of power by state employees, the spokeswoman for the prosecutor-general's office told Reuters in an email on Thursday. The investigation into Lithuania's criminal complicity in the CIA program was terminated in January 2011 due to lack of evidence. However, prosecutors decided to reopen it after the US Senate report issued last year said that Washington paid Vilnius 1 million in appreciation for establishing the detention center.

Apr 07 05:25

$45 Billion in Tax Dollars Goes Missing in Afghanistan - See more at: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/04/01/45-Billion-Tax-Dollars-Goes-Missing-Afghanistan#sthash.4nLbTpZs.dpuf

Hundreds of millions of dollars are missing in action in Afghanistan, and auditors are blaming the Pentagon’s flawed accounting practices for the problem.

A new report from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), revealed that there’s virtually no way to know what happened to a large chunk of money the Defense Department spent in Afghanistan before 2010.

Apr 07 05:10

John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden. U.S. citizens real concerns? They only care if their 'dick' pictures are seen by government.

June 1st the govt. votes on continuing the Patriot Act.

It is important for people to stand up for their freedoms. If we don't stand up we lose it all. We can't live in fear as the government wants us to, just so they can spy on every single person and everything we do. Understand this is not about fighting terrorism, this is about knowing everything about every single citizen.

Every citizen is considered guilty by the government and they spy on every thing we do and spend. John Oliver makes the conversation funny and shows how people are not concerned unless it involves pictures of dicks. Yes... I wrote that correctly.

Must watch video.

Apr 07 02:28

GOP pops poison pill

There is a poison pill inside the Republican Party and if its presidential hopefuls keep swallowing it, they are going to choke off their chances for the White House.

The religious right has managed to convince some potential candidates that it is extremely powerful. It has convinced the more gullible ones that they must grovel, kowtow and genuflect before it.

This is nonsense. As I have written before, the religious right has not gotten the nominee it has wanted since Ronald Reagan. It is a paper tiger.

And by taking the poison pill that the religious right offers, the potential candidates risk alienating the rest of the nation.

Apr 07 02:21

Jeb Bush is stretching the limits of campaign finance law

Jeb Bush hasn't yet said that he's running for president, and he's in no rush to do so. Because, as long as he's not a candidate, he'll have an easier time raising the money he thinks his operation will need.

By not making his bid official, Bush can ask for unlimited money for his Super PAC and coordinate with the aides who will run that Super PAC directly
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Bush has given his "tacit endorsement" to a new nonprofit group that will effectively serve as his policy shop — and will be able to keep its donors secret.
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If this works, secret money nonprofits could become the new normal for presidential campaigns

Apr 07 02:00

Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli officials and congressional Republicans on Monday set high bars with exacting conditions for a nuclear accord with Iran, signaling fresh domestic and international pressure on negotiations leading up to a summer deadline.

Apr 07 01:49

Iran Nuclear Deal Prods Saudi Arabia To Raise Crude Oil Prices In Asia

Saudi Arabia is raising the price of crude oil it ships to Asia. The oil-rich kingdom has been selling oil to Asian nations at a discount for much of the past year to keep competitors from snatching market share amid a global oil glut. Starting in May, it will narrow the discount.

The move comes as demand for oil is declining somewhat -- and supply is already abundant and possibly growing even larger. Economists warn China, with its weakening economy, won’t offer the same annual boost to oil demand that it has in the past. Meanwhile, Iran could soon add more oil to global supply if a comprehensive nuclear deal is finalized in June.

Apr 07 01:48

Crude oil futures surge amid increased Saudi prices, reduced U.S. output

Crude oil futures surged on Monday, experiencing one of its highest daily-gains of the year, amid the rising cost of Saudi Arabian oil for Asian delivery and hopes for reduced output in the U.S.

On Sunday night, Saudi Arabia announced it is raising oil prices for May sales to Asia, marking the second straight month it has instituted a price hike for Asian buyers.

On the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), brent crude for May delivery soared 5.94% or 3.23 to 58.23 a barrel, amid increasing margins for refiners. Prices for oil futures fell below $56 a barrel in U.S. morning trading before increasing steadily throughout the trading session to settle at $58.10.

Apr 07 01:24

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising, says consumer groups who urge FTC investigation

The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.

Google introduced the app in February as a "safer" place for kids to explore videos because it was restricted to "family-focused content."

But the consumer activists say the app is so stuffed with advertisements and product placements that it's hard to tell the difference between entertainment and commercials.

Apr 06 22:03

A Precarious State of Affairs - Al-Shabaab and Kenya: the Somali Factor

It doesn’t take much effort to acknowledge that an assault on a University that kills nearly 150 people is a tragic and unjustifiable event, but we must not stop there—as most news outlets do. Appeals for emotional outrage, hollow tropes of “they hate us for our freedom,” and pointless/bellicose statements declaring “We will keep hitting them until their spine is completely broken… and we will relish that moment” have no place in a serious sociological analysis, past or present.

Apr 06 21:51

Rahm Emanuel: Symbol of a Sick America

Apr 06 17:49

Former active US Marine demands GMO ban after curing debilitating health problems by switching to organic

An aging baby-boomer population continues to connect the dots between biotechnology and chronic diseases

Apr 06 16:54

Socialism at Its Finest: Venezuela Facing Toilet Paper Shortage

It appears that the shortages are being caused by price controls, which is arguably one of the dumbest economic rules any nation can impose on their people.

Apr 06 16:41

New Precedent Allows People to Serve Divorce Papers over Facebook

Pretty soon, people will likely be getting married on Facebook as well. In fact, in our trendy future, people will probably live their entire adult lives out through social media platforms and never even have to leave their houses. Maybe if we’re lucky, it’ll be like that movie Surrogates with Bruce Willis.

Apr 06 15:37

New Govt ‘Study': No Link to War and Suicide — Implies Opposite Is True!

In yet another example of politicized tainted unreliable junk science, psychology researchers are claiming that a new study suggests that being in the military and being deployed to war has no impact on committing suicide!

Apr 06 15:36

Former Presidents Warn About the “Invisible Government” Running the United States

Past presidents of the United States and other high profile political leaders have repeatedly issued warnings over the last 214 years that the U.S. government is under the control of an “invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”

Apr 06 15:33

Cops Respond to Wrong House, Kill Service Dog Who Worked With Children With Down Syndrome

How many times do cops have to kill service dogs before the public starts to question these tactics?

Apr 06 15:31

DHS Takeover: NYPD Receives $180M Grant to Aid Fight Against Terrorism

It’s sad they keep pretending our police are “local” at this point… Follow the money. It’s all federal law enforcement now.

Apr 06 14:18

2015 Winter Deaflympics in Russia’s Khanty-Mansiysk declared closed

The 2015 Winter Deaflympics held in held in Khanty-Mansiysk, in western Siberia, and Magnitogorsk, in the Urals, between March 28 and April 5 have been declared closed on Sunday by President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf Valery Rukhledev.

The closing ceremony began with a pageant, which was followed by the presentation of the 27 participating nations. After a parade of participants, a prize giving ceremony to the winners of men’s and ladies’ boardcross was held. Medals to the winners were awarded by President of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf Valery Rukhledev, acting governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous area /Yugra/ Natalia Komarova and President of the Russian Deaflympic Committee Alexander Romantsov.

At the end of the ceremony, Romantsov handed over the flag of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf to its President Valery Rukhledev.

Apr 06 13:44

Pakistan says Saudi asked for warplanes, warships and soldiers

Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday, at the start of a parliamentary debate on whether Pakistan should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

Apr 06 13:42

Yemen: 'Corpses are lying in the streets'

After more than a week of Saudi-led air strikes, the country is heading towards a major humanitarian crisis.

Apr 06 12:46

Andergachew Tsige: Ethiopian brutality, UK apathy

Graham Peebles says the UK government – a major donor to Ethiopia – is complicit through its inaction in the illegal detention and probable mistreatment of Ethiopian opposition leader and British citizen Andergachew Tsige.

Apr 06 11:27

Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

“We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official.

Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands.

Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.

Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 11:03

The NSA is still collecting “your dick pics”

John Oliver traveled all the way to Russia for Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” to interview “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history,” Edward Snowden, making Oliver the first host since Brian Williams to accomplish such a feat.

Apr 06 10:59

CALIFORNIA VACCINE EXEMPTION BILL FACES CRUCIAL FIRST TEST ON WEDNESDAY

CALIFORNIA VACCINE EXEMPTION BILL FACES CRUCIAL FIRST TEST ON WEDNESDAY
On Wednesday, a controversial bill proposed by three state lawmakers to abolish all vaccine exemptions in the Golden State — except for medical reasons — begins an uphill journey through the Legislature. And many observers wonder if it will encounter a similar fate.Democratic-led efforts to ban vaccine exemptions in Oregon and Washington state toppled one after the other last month amid fervent opposition from parents and anti-vaccine groups who say the bills would have trampled their fundamental rights to decide how to care for their own children. Now it's California's turn to try.

Apr 06 10:39

Pet Owners Beware: Animal Control Agencies Killing Dogs Over Unpaid Fees

Keep a close eye on your dogs: animal control agencies across the US are hitting pet owners with large fines for small violations - and some are killing the pets of those who can't afford to pay up.

CNN Money posted a disturbing article titled Dogs Killed Over Unpaid Fines that exposes the atrocities:

In a number of cities across the country, animal control agencies are aggressively going after pet owners with big fines for small violations. Some hold people's pets until they settle their bills, even if it means they end up killed. Others leave the dogs alone but issue arrest warrants for owners who can't pay up.

Apr 06 10:31

Jeb Bush identified himself as 'Hispanic' in 2009 form

There is little doubt that Jeb Bush possesses strong credentials for appealing to Hispanic voters.

He speaks fluent Spanish. His wife, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico. For two years in his 20s, he lived in Venezuela, immersing himself in the country’s culture.

Apr 06 10:31

Cop Claims He Can’t Remember Killing Two People After Climbing On Hood Of Car, Firing 15 Rounds

A Cleveland police officer claims he can’t remember climbing onto the hood of two suspects’ car and firing 15 rounds through the windshield. Both suspects died from gunshot wounds. The officer is now facing two counts of voluntary manslaughter for his part in the two deaths.

Apr 06 10:28

The Pentagon’s $10-billion bet gone bad

Leaders of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency were effusive about the new technology.
It was the most powerful radar of its kind in the world, they told Congress. So powerful it could detect a baseball over San Francisco from the other side of the country.

Apr 06 10:27

Rupert Murdoch's US empire siphons $4.5 billion from Australian business virtually tax-free

Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free.

Apr 06 10:18

American cops just killed more people in March then the U.K. did in the entire 20th century

A new report by ThinkProgress.com unearthed disturbing figures when it came to the number of police-related deaths that occurred in America in the month

Apr 06 10:18

FBI UNCOVERS ANOTHER OF ITS OWN PLOTS, SENATOR FEINSTEIN RESPONDS BY SAYING WE SHOULD CENSOR THE INTERNET

As you may have heard, yesterday the FBI "uncovered" yet another of its own terrorist plots, the latest in a very long line of "terrorist plots" the FBI has "uncovered" -- in which the details always show that it was an undercover FBI "informant" (often doing this to get off leniently for some other issue), who more or less goads hapless, naive people, into a "plot" that had no real chance of ever happening. This appears to be the same sort of thing.

Still, politicians never leave an opportunity like this unexploited, and so in jumps Senator Dianne Feinstein, arguing that the only proper way to deal with this is to, of course... censor the internet:

I am particularly struck that the alleged bombers made use of online bombmaking guides like the Anarchist Cookbook and Inspire Magazine. These documents are not, in my view, protected by the First Amendment and should be removed from the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is a consistent insult to her constituency, and other than being in lockstep submission to her corporate masters, I am continually bemused that she keeps getting re-elected.

But Pelosi doesn't want to answer the hard question here, and that is: why do people become radicalized and disenchanted with their governments in the first place?!?

And first, let me get this out of the way: I am a Christian pacifist who would never, EVER advocate, or endorse, violence.

American politicians talk a good game, about loving democracy, freedom, and those values expressed in the Constitution and Bill of rights.

But when it comes to propping up tinpot dictators who are to its liking, the US government comes across as one of the most completely morally bankrupt and hypocritical governments in the world.

And when the inevitable disaster strikes, and we have regime change against those puppets, the pols in Sodom on the Potomac are at a complete loss to explain why those individuals overthrew their despots could have possibly been the least bit upset with the quality of government the Americans set up for them.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable." It is only a matter of time.

But those in the State Department, the White House, Congress, and the military don't like to talk about that, because it is all about protecting American corporate money, period, end of discussion.

A case in point: the current ruling junta in Thailand. The government of Thailand is a dictatorship, where there are zero freedoms for the Thai people, and no protections for its citizens. But a lot of American interests manufacture there, paying slave-labor wages, which American corporations love.

But of course, neither Nancy Pelosi nor anyone else in Congress want to connect the dots, because corporate wealth must be protected at all costs, and no one in Congress wants to take responsibility when people in places like Bahrain or Yemen want to get rid of their US-imposed leadership, as to why this is going on at all.

Apr 06 10:05

Outraged Democrats Demand Name Change to Ronald Reagan National Airport

It seems many Democrats are still smarting from a 17-year-old political wound. No, we aren’t talking about former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, although we’ll probably hear a lot more about THAT in the next year and a half as the potential for the Clintons to return to the White House mounts.

Apr 06 10:05

9 Crucial Tips Written By A Cop, This Might Save Someone’s Life!

WRITTEN BY A COP: Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one’s life. …This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

Apr 06 09:56

New York judge rules that divorce papers can now be served through Facebook

A Brooklyn woman scored a judge’s approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook.

In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message.

Apr 06 09:55

More than 1 million Californians don't have reliable access to clean water

Californians who grumble about not being able to water their lawns everyday during the fourth year of a historic drought should swing by this small town in southern Kern County.

Apr 06 09:37

REASONABLE DOUBT IN THE TSARNAEV CASE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one image undermines the entire case against the Tsarnaev brothers. Reasonable doubt exists that they planted the bombs. That this evidence was never shown to a jury proves the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a show trial; a kangaroo court whose real purpose is to resell the official story to the public. Feel free to copy and share this image around social media!

Apr 06 08:48

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)

Apr 06 08:47

THE BODIES PILE UP IN YEMEN'S CIVIL WAR AND SAUDI ARABIA'S BOMBING CAMPAIGN, BUT WHO IS COUNTING THE CASUALTIES?

Between 29 and 45 people were reported killed by an apparent air attack at the al Mazraq camp – some were said to have been burned beyond recognition. Depressingly, the victims also included children. Although the attack came shortly after Saudi Arabia had launched an aerial bombardment of Yemen, Yemen’s foreign minister, speaking from Riyadh, blamed artillery fired by the Houthi militia which stormed the country’s capital Sanaa late last year. A Saudi spokesman meanwhile said that rebels had been firing from a residential area in response to a question about the bombing.

Apr 06 08:07

Oregon man to Obama: 'Please come arrest me' for sending Edward Snowden bitcoin

An Oregon software programmer is publicly taunting President Obama to come arrest him after he openly defied an executive order that appears to prohibit Americans from supplying cyber-currency to Edward Snowden.

Kristopher Ives, who lives in Lafeyette, sent Snowden about 33 cents worth of bitcoin in defiance of the presidential order.

"It's not much but it's the principle of the matter," Ives wrote on the social networking and news site Reddit: "Please come arrest me. I live in Oregon and my name is Kristopher Ives and you can reach me at 503-383-1047."

Apr 06 07:50

Obama says a weakened Israel would be 'failure' of his presidency

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has said that a weakened Israel would be a "fundamental failure of my presidency," affirming solidarity with the long-time ally despite recent differences over the Iran nuclear deal.
Note: It would be a great success. (Will Obama and politicians ever
quite kissing Israel's donkey!

Apr 06 07:46

Israel to detain female Palestinian lawmaker for 6 months

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has placed a female Palestinian legislator under detention for six months without trial, a lawyer for the lawmaker said Monday.
Note: From the "only democracy in the middle east" and our friend.

Apr 06 07:44

In Pictures: Indian Jews keep heritage alive

The first Jews arrived in India more than 2,000 years ago and settled in the southern state of Kerala. Six hundred years later, the Bene Israelis followed, while the Baghdadi Jews arrived in 1730, some of them fleeing religious persecution in the Arab world.

After the formation of Israel in 1948, around 33,000 people emigrated, leaving just 5,000 Jews in India today. The majority of them are Bene Israelis, most of whom live in Mumbai. The city is also host to around 100 Baghdadi Jews.
Note: Who cares the Jews are less than 1% in the world. Bah

Apr 06 07:41

Israel confiscates nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israel on Sunday confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement south of Bethlehem in the West Bank — a move described by Israeli rights group Peace Now as “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s."

Settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel, including East Jerusalem, are deemed illegal by the United Nations. Israel’s refusal to halt their construction and expansion has at times arrested the peace process and increased resentment and distrust among Palestinians.

Apr 06 07:39

Palestinian Authority rejects Israel tax transfer

He has threatened to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) unless the full amount is released.
Israel collects taxes on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), but suspended payments in January.
It froze the transfers in protest at the Palestinians joining the ICC.
Note: This is from our must trusted friends in Israel!

Apr 06 07:37

Israelis targeted UN peacekeepers in Lebanon: Spanish report

Madrid (AFP) - A confidential Spanish military report on the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Israeli shelling in Lebanon said he was manning a post that appeared to have been targeted, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Spain and Israel have agreed to carry out a joint probe into the death of 36-year-old corporal Javier Soria Toledo.
Note: Results will be predictably not guilty.

Apr 06 07:19

California water shortage: One drought for the rich and another for everyone else as Golden State goes brown again

In Los Angeles, whose residents use an average of 265 litres per day, an academic study found that the most affluent neighbourhoods used up to three times more water than others. In wealthy southern cities such as Malibu and Newport Beach, where people have large front lawns, consumption was more than 560 litres per capita in January.

Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Centre for Sustainable Communities, told The Los Angeles Times: “The problem lies, in part, in the social isolation of the rich, the moral isolation of the rich.” The rich, she said, were “lacking a sense that we are all in this together”.

Apr 06 06:56

Dictatorship has now begun: Welcome to the surreal

The dictatorship has already begun. There is no need to argue about that

Apr 06 06:54

Gov Jerry Brown Californians to Be Heavily Fined for Long Showers

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers. Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.”

Apr 06 06:34

Activists ‘Shut Down’ Nestlé Water Bottling Plant In Sacramento

Environmental and human rights activists, holding plastic “torches” and “pitchforks,” formed human barricades at both entrances to the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, effectively shutting down the company’s operations for the day.

Apr 06 05:30

Journalistic failure: Rolling Stone retracts gang rape story, journalists face no discipline

An independent review has led Rolling Stone Magazine to retract their sensational story about an alleged gang rape.

Apr 06 02:24

The CIA Is on the Attack in Argentina. Who Will Be its Next Victim?

By all indications, the investigation into the reasons and circumstances surrounding the death of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman is far from complete. His body was discovered on the night of 18 and 19 January on the tiled floor of his bathroom. A Bersa Thunder 22 handgun lay under the prosecutor’s right hand, and an entrance wound from a bullet to the temple indicated possible suicide.

Apr 05 18:30

Trooper offered to toss arrest warrant for sex, but wasn't charged, internal report reveals

A State Police trooper offered to get rid of an arrest warrant in exchange for sex from the person being sought, but was allowed to resign without being criminally charged, according to a new misconduct report.

Apr 05 17:52

Woman Arrested For Posting Selfie With Gun on Facebook

Henrico, VA– Be careful what you post on Facebook, or you could be charged with a crime over your smiling selfie. This is something 26-year-old Kristin Holmes learned the hard way this week when she was arrested and charged with a crime she referred to as “Facebook Thugging,” for posting of a photo of herself with a handgun. It’s not just photos that can get you in trouble though, the Fraternal Order of Police is warning that in Virginia, you can be charged with this crime even for swearing.

Apr 05 17:37

US Oil Celebrates Election of Former Nigerian Dictator

A massive series of NATO War Games simulations took place at the Operation Flintlock 2015 AFRICOM Conference, where thousands of US and African soldiers began intensive training programs. As the conference concluded, Boko Haram declared its allegiance with ISIS. Major media latched onto that story and ran with it like a constipated greyhound. A report published by one of the world’s largest audit, tax, and advisory firms, KPMG Africa, a subsidiary of KPMG International, outlined in explicit detail the plans and tax incentives of razing the impoverished and unstable region for oil and natural gas.

Apr 05 15:30

The hidden hand behind the Islamic State militants? Saddam Hussein’s.

On Easter no less! He's back!

“A lot of people think of the Islamic State as a terrorist group, and it’s not useful,” Hassan said. “It is a terrorist group, but it is more than that. It is a homegrown Iraqi insurgency, and it is organic to Iraq.”

Apr 05 15:04

US Court of Appeals upholds discriminatory ruling against transit ads critical of Israel - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/discriminatory-transit-critical?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=be0967c863-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&ut

The ongoing saga began when King County Metro approved SeaMAC’s ads in 2010 and then abruptly canceled the contract before the ads were displayed. The Metro claimed that threats of vandalism, including the warning that “Jews would take physical action” against the ads, could disrupt transit service. Since then the county metro system has claimed to take a “viewpoint neutral” policy of rejecting all ads relating to Israel/Palestine as part of an effort to ban debate of public issues in bus ads, but it undertook a “quiet policy change” to accommodate ads by Islamophobe Pamela Geller. The court’s decision supports this double standard which has in practice endorsed Geller’s views while censoring SeaMAC’s.
Note: This is standard operating procedure to cancel ads or events because of threats that violence may erupt. Never have those who threaten informed that the law will be upheld and they will be jailed.

Apr 05 14:17

Yemen – the Big Picture

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Yemen, like Ukraine, is just another square on the geopolitical chess board which the exceptional nation aims to dominate.

It is certainly true, where ever the US and its NATO cronies put their heavy boots, they create lasting misery and chaos

Apr 05 13:49

Happy Easter

9/11 Truth shall end the global gulag and the Satanic NWO

Apr 05 13:39

An American makes “aliyah” to hell in Israel

Marianne Azizi relates the story of an American citizen who was paid by Nefesh B'Nefesh and the Jewish Agency to immigrate to Israel, only to be humiliated, fleeced and lose his children.

Apr 05 13:32

US-Israel Wage War on Iran in Syria

The ongoing conflict in Syria has always been a proxy conflict aimed at Iran, as well as nearby Russia, and more distant China. As far back as 2007, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh warned in his 9-page New Yorker report “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?,” that a region-wide sectarian war was being engineered by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – all of whom were working in concert even in 2007, to build the foundation of a sectarian militant army.

Apr 05 13:26

The Crimes the New York Times Believes Should Go Unpunished

The New York Times recently published an editorial lamenting the "shameful impunity of the Islamic State" and encouraging the United Nations Security Council to refer the group's crimes to the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.). The editorial, titled "The Crimes of Terrorists" (4/2/2015), should more accurately be titled "The Crimes of the U.S. and Its Allies Should Go Unpunished."

Apr 05 12:58

Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam?

Any Arab county that gets involved in Yemen is going to create domestic instability, regional instability and ultimately it will hurt Saudi Arabia. It does not have the military capabilities to invade and occupy Yemen. Hence, they will push to broaden the war and get other actors involved. There are already others involved.

Apr 05 12:53

Saudi Arabia rejects all-inclusive arms embargo on Yemen proposed by Russia

Saudi Arabia has rejected Russia’s amendments to a Security Council draft resolution which would see an all-inclusive arms embargo on all parties in the Yemeni conflict, as it continues to spiral out of control with civilian death toll climbing up.

Apr 05 12:49

Guess Who’s Loving Saudi Bombs in Yemen?

As the US-backed Saudi bombing of Yemen enters its second week, more than 500 people — including many civilians — have been killed, what infrastructure existed in the impoverished country has been destroyed, and the ousted president cheers on the destruction of his country within the protective embrace of the country that is bombing his own.

Apr 05 12:23

Raimondo: The Iran Deal

It’s a good one – but can it survive the US Congress?

Israel has been threatening to attack Iran unilaterally for years, including during these negotiations, and they are not above launching a provocation – one that will ignite a conflict that would envelope the entire Middle East and much of the world.

As I said in my last column, the US Congress is the catch, the fly in the ointment that could nix this deal and lead us down the path to another war in the Middle East. Nothing has been signed. What we have is a framework, one that will lead to a fuller agreement in June – if Congress doesn’t step in and stop it.

Apr 05 11:05

Report: Obama Administration To Fly Millions Of Illegal Immigrant Children to U.S.: “The Price Tag… We Don’t Know”

When you look at this program you have to wonder… why is there a border anyway?

Apr 05 10:58

4th Grader Destroys Common Core By Asking School Board One Question

Sydney Smoot might look like your average 4th grade girl, but she has taken such a bold stand against Common Core that she received a standing ovation from adults at least three times her age.

Apr 05 10:57

Obama Ignores Plea that Nuke Deal Recognizes Israel’s “Right to Exist”

A State Department official dismissed a plea Friday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran nuclear agreement include clear recognition of his nation’s “right to exist,” declaring negotiations are “only about the nuclear issue.”

Apr 05 10:02

Michelle Obama Sends Message To White Girls That They Don’t Matter

he double standard runs deep in the White House and proof of that was with one particular event Saturday night, guest starring America’s First Lady. Michelle Obama not only supported the purpose of the evening, but she rallied behind it and pushed the racial bias way too far.

Apr 05 10:02

See The Ads Being Placed On Buses That Are PISSING OFF Muslims Everywhere

A pro-Israel ad is set to be placed on 84 buses over the course of April, and of course, Muslims are ticked about it. Despite being called everything from “terrible” to “racist,” a federal judge has recently ordered the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to accept the ads as freedom of speech.

Apr 05 09:15

Mindy Kaling’s brother: I got into medical school by pretending to be black

The big brother of Fox sitcom star Mindy Kaling reveals that he got into medical school by pretending to be African American.
Fifteen years ago, Vijay Chokal-Ingam shaved off his straight black hair, trimmed what he calls his “long Indian eyelashes” and started checking off the “black” box for race on his med-school applications.

Apr 05 09:14

The Russian Government Runs a Troll Agency to Flood the Internet With Propaganda

Here’s one way to win the adoration of the Internet: launch an entire agency dedicated to making you look good.
This, according to a fascinating report in The Guardian, is a method that the pectoral stunt double and Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted in an attempt to sway the hearts and minds of his countryfolk.

Apr 05 09:02

Warning over thousands of unqualified teachers 'jeopardising' children's education in Britain - The latest government figures show that 17,100 unqualified teachers are working in publicly funded schools across England

A teachers’ union has warned against the use of unqualified staff in schools, claiming it is jeopardising children’s education.
Figures from a NASUWT survey suggested that numbers of unqualified teachers were increasing, with more than 60 per cent of the 4,600 members questioned saying they were working alongside staff who had not completed their training.

Apr 05 09:02

These States are the Absolute WORST Offenders of Welfare Abuse

A new report details which states are the worst offenders of welfare abuse and how to fix the problem.

The Foundation for Government Accountability has released a report detailing the worst cases of welfare abuse and proposed specific remedies including increased screening, checkups, and prosecuting those who commit fraud.

Apr 05 08:53

BREAKING: Legislation Launched to SHUT DOWN the UN’s Agenda

Senator Jim Inhofe added an amendment to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that would potentially shut down parts of the United Nations if the treaty were to pass. Prior to Inhofe’s amendment, Senator Mike Crapo added an amendment to push back Obama’s Department of Justice and their Operation Choke Point.

Operation Choke Point was an overreach of Attorney General Eric Holder to strong-arm businesses he doesn’t like (like gun manufacturers and dealers) by putting pressure on banks to not do business with them (H/T Eagle Rising).

Apr 05 08:35

Chinese docs behind 41 of 43 'fake' articles in British journal

A leading British medical journal has retracted 43 published articles after it was found that the authors had fabricated their peer reviews. As many as 41 articles were written by doctors who worked in Chinese hospitals.

Apr 05 08:34

Tesco wins £1.50 compensation over spilt milk

The UK's biggest supermarket has won £1.50 from an unemployed man who spilt a bottle of milk in a store.
Retail giant Tesco will receive the compensation from shopper Cornelius Price, 40, following a court hearing.

Apr 05 08:24

Why Is Jerry Brown Letting Big Ag and Oil Gluttons Suck Up Most of California's Water?

As California’s record drought continues, Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered residents and non-agricultural businesses to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in the state’s history. One group not facing restrictions under the new rules is big agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of California’s water. The group Food & Water Watch California has criticized Brown for not capping water usage by oil extraction industries and corporate farms, which grow water-intensive crops such as almonds and pistachios, most of which are exported out of state and overseas.

Apr 05 08:19

The Richie Allen Show on Davidicke.com: Michael Rivero – ‘Coming Soon, You’ll Have To Pay Corporations For The Air You Breathe

Apr 05 08:12

The Political Revolution We Desperately Need

The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues. Real unemployment is much too high, 35 million Americans continue to have no health insurance and more of our friends and neighbors are living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country.

Apr 05 08:12

Republicans have no interest in peace. The Iran talks proved that

A small part of the Middle East may soon be off limits to US bombing and killing, so naturally Republicans and their neocon allies are furious.

Apr 05 03:02

Fidel Castro Seen In Public

Fidel Castro seen in public for the first time in over a year
Fears that the former leader had died after a prolonged spell of illness were quashed after new photos were released

Castro met with a group of visiting Venezuelans in the capital Havana, according to the website Cubadebate.
http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2015/04/03/fidel-saluda-a-venezolano...

Apr 05 02:47

Good News and Bad News


For Israel, there's good news and bad news after Iran deal

Although Iran's nuclear project will be monitored for at least a decade, the deal also grants it recognition as a power to be reckoned with.

HAARETZ: The framework agreement crafted Thursday in Lausanne between Iran and the world powers is a historic step. After nearly 13 years of on-and-off negotiations, a deal aims to stop the progress of Iran’s nuclear program for an extended period.
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From an Israeli perspective, the relatively good news is that Iran’s nuclear project will be monitored for at least a decade. For now, it seems that during this time Iran’s chances of developing a nuclear weapon will decline significantly.
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The bad news is not only that Iran’s economy, which has taken a double-barreled blow from both sanctions and declining oil prices, is expected to recover quickly, but that Iran has also achieved recognition from the world powers for two elements it greatly needs. The powers now acknowledge, indirectly, that Iran is a nuclear threshold state, and no less importantly, they accept Iran as a force to be reckoned with throughout the Middle East.

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