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"Rosa had her breasts cut off. Then they cut into her chest and took out her heart. The men had their arms broken, their testicles cut off, and their eyes poked out They were killed by slitting their throats and pulling the tongue out through the slit." -- A survivor of a raid by US-backed Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s

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April 8, 2015

Apr 08 09:14

An exhibition in Iran will mock the Holocaust

Its stated goal is to provoke Western sensibilities — particularly as a response to satirical cartoons of the pr0phet Muhammad published in numerous European outlets in recent years. The "contest and exhibition intends to display the West's double standard behavior towards freedom of expression as it allows sacrilege of Islamic sanctities," Fars reports.

Apr 08 09:12

6 Ways a Creationist Textbook Sabotaged Science

This first chapter describes how three theories of the moon's formation are wrong, which is pretty easy when you don't include the fourth one that's probably right. They instruct parents to mock the theory of it condensing from dust by throwing baby powder in the air and asking the kid to notice how it doesn't condense into tiny planets.

Apr 08 09:05

Pianist’s ‘atheist’ Tweet could spell jail

Award-winning Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say says he is forced to flee his native country to avoid jail after Tweeting that he is an atheist. Say has been accused of “insulting religious values” – an offense which can mean a year in jail.

­Although officially a secular country, Turkey has strict laws governing religious offenses.
Say came under fire after declaring on Twitter that he does not believe in God.

Apr 08 09:01

White House Tell-All Reveals What the Staff Saw Clintons Do…And It Does Not Bode Well for Billary

observations of many White House ushers, florists, cooks, and other staffers have been compiled in a new book by Kate Andersen Brower, entitled The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House.

Apr 08 09:01

‘I was to play Rachmaninoff, not preach politics’ – fired pianist Valentina Lisitsa to RT

The Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa has become even more famous than she's already been among the online community, after her political views cost her a job with a Canadian orchestra. And she doesn't plan on being silenced, she told RT.

"I always separated music from politics and tried to keep enormous distance between the two," the pianist told RT's 'In the Now' host Anissa Naouai on Tuesday, after news of how she's been treated by Canada's Toronto Symphony Orchestra has spread globally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how all these people that screamed "Freedom of Speech" following the Charlie Hebdo false-flag actually practice Freedom of Speech!

Apr 08 08:59

Recession Confirmed: “Even The Bureau of Labor Statistics Has Run Out Of Bullsh*t”

It sure is lucky those Ivy League educated economists at those Wall Street criminal banks are paid millions per year. How else could we get such accurate forecasts about job growth in the U.S. These mental midgets predicted 245,000 new Obama jobs (bartenders, waitresses, house cleaners, clerks, fry cooks) in March. Even the BLS has run out of bullshit and lies. Those dramatic job increases in January and February were cut by 69,000 jobs. That is a 13% error. If I make a 13% error doing my job, I’d be fired. The BLS government drones have the power to move markets with their bullshit reports. It’s funny how the negative revision is put at the very end of their 2,000 word press release.


Apr 08 08:53

Did the FBI cover up its KKK informant's role in Martin Luther King's murder? Historian claims crucial documents were destroyed to stop exposure of high- ranking Klansman who was Fed 'agent'

The FBI repeatedly deceived Congress by destroying vital files relating to the assassination of Martin Luther King, a new book claims.

Leading King historian Stuart Wexler said that the bureau chose to cover up the potential role of a high level informant in the killing rather than tell the truth.

Wexler said that it could have been one of the greatest scandals in the history of the FBI - but now we may never know what happened.

By destroying the files the FBI disobeyed a direct order not to do so from a Congressional Committee which had been set up to investigate the killing of King and former President John F Kennedy.

Wexler told Daily Mail Online that the bureau's actions were 'disturbing' and that his research had left him suspecting that agents had mounted a deliberate operation to bury the truth forever.

King was shot dead by James Earl Ray on 4 April 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee in a killing which galvanized the civil rights movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

James Earl Ray may not have even pulled the trigger. Careful analysis of the iconic photo showing witnesses to the shooting pointing to where the shot came from show them pointing, not at the window of the rooming house where James Earl Ray was staying, but at the roof of the building next door. The FBI ballistics lab was never able to match the bullets to the rifle owned by James Earl Ray as Ray's rifle had a manufacturing defect that left a deep gouge in the bullets fired from it, and no such gouge was on the bullets recovered from Dr. King's body. Even Martin Luther King's family thought James Earl Ray was the victim of a frame-up.

See MARTIN LUTHER KING - THE FATAL SHOT CAME FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION

Apr 08 08:52

Japan considers evaporation, storage of tritium-laced Fukushima water

Nice. Removes the evaporation part of the evaporation/condensation process spreading Fukushima radiation around the world.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Tritium is a highly profitable commercial product, used in watch dials, emergency lights, gunsights, and so forth. Tritium sells for about $12,000 a gram! Japan ought to commercialize their considerable holdings by setting up a refining process, and use the revenue from the sale of Tritium to finance further cleanup!

Apr 08 08:46

Island sold $ 2.5 million in Puerto Rico

Cayo Ratones, an islet South of Puerto Rico with a size of 25 acres (10 hectares) and where there is only a wooden house with a pool that works entirely with solar energy, has been put up for sale by his owner for 2.5 million dollars.

http://whatisusa.info/island-sold-2-5-million-in-puerto-rico/

Apr 08 08:34

Dilbert Explains Economics And Economists!

All of that said this Dilbert cartoon attempts to clarify the field of economics and let me preface it first it by saying that in no way is it meant as a knock on economists (okay maybe just a little).


Apr 08 08:33

AIPAC's "No One Wants War" in Iran Claim Debunked

The problem with saying “no one wants war” is of course that some people do want war. These include some congressional critics, some Israeli officials, some in the pro-Israel movement and some of Iran’s Sunni Arab neighbors. None acts as a monolith, but their beautiful diversity definitely includes some warmongers.

AIPAC, moreover, surely knows this. Sheldon Adelson, a sometime AIPAC funder and partner who remains a major force in the “pro-Israel movement” has for example called for nuking Iran. The group’s stable of regular speakers at fundraisers and events includes several figures who have, indeed, called for war with Iran. Just consider a January AIPAC fundraiser in New York, headlined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I/D-CT)-both of whom have at some point called for military strikes. As Lieberman once boasted, there is a “broad bipartisan base of support” for such an attack.

Apr 08 08:30

6 children dead in Yemen as Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits school

Half a dozen children were killed after a rocket hit a school in a Saudi-led coalition air raid in central Yemen, Sputnik reported citing a military source. The Red Cross has warned of a “catastrophic” situation as shelling in Yemen intensified.

“So far we have recovered the bodies of three students, the bodies of the remaining [three students] are still being removed,” the source told the agency.

The targeted school was reportedly in a central province, located between Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and the port city of Aden.

Apr 08 08:29

Veterangate: VA whistleblower says records of deceased vets were altered

A Veteran Affairs employee has come forward claiming that government officials doctored the medial records of deceased veterans in order to hide the fact that they died waiting for medical care.

Apr 08 08:28

VA hit with class action lawsuit from Vietnam vet over disability benefits

A Vietnam veteran, long denied disability benefits, is suing the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the compensation appeals process. It is a move that could potentially affect the outcomes of thousands of cases stuck in administrative limbo.

The suit, filed by Marine vet Conley Monk, Jr in the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, was brought against the Secretary of Veteran Affairs and asks the VA to promptly decide disability compensation appeals that have been pending for more than a year.

“I want to get the resolution not only for myself, but for veterans undergoing a similar problem,” Monk said.


Apr 08 08:28

Rahm Emanuel re-elected as Chicago mayor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was re-elected to a second term Tuesday evening, outlasting his challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in a hard-fought runoff.

With roughly 94 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel holds a substantial lead over Garcia. Emanuel has 55.5 percent of the vote, compared to Garcia's 44.5 percent. Garcia has also called Emanuel to concede the race.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would have demanded a recount.

Apr 08 08:27

Cost of Negative Bank Rates

So you thought that the unimaginable could not happen. The signal is heard loud and clear. Keeping your money in a fiduciary account will not only earn no interest; there will be an actual cost of parking your funds in a bank relationship. The madness that has engulfed the financial sector is preparing to escalate the systematic looting of saved capital. Ponder the consequences of negative bank rates and ask, what exactly can anyone do or where can they place their money for safekeeping. The first objective of entrusting your funds to a financial institution is to have the ability to obtain access to the return of your capital.

The Less Than Zero article analysis explains accordingly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These policies rely on the assumption that people will start borrowing again, supporting the pyramid scheme of central banking, if the cost of borrowing is attractive enough. But the reality is that people are not borrowing because they have little confidence in the future of the economy and hence their own ability to repay new loans. Ignoring that aspect is what is luring the financial system closer to disaster.

Apr 08 08:25

Barclays ends investment in ‘toxic’ coal mining practice under campaign pressure

Following years of political pressure from financial justice campaigners and concerned account holders, British bank Barclays has ceased funding controversial firms that profit from environmentally devastating mining techniques.

In a public policy statement released Tuesday, the high street bank announced its intention to abandon firms that engage in Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining.

“Provision of financial support to companies which are significant producers of MTR sourced coal will be agreed by exception only,” the statement said.

Apr 08 08:24

Here is what you need to know about Putin's meeting with Tsipras

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Greece could ask Moscow to bankroll a bailout, Gazprom could agree to a gas discount, or the two sides could talk about how to sidestep EU sanctions.


Apr 08 08:16

Fish reproductive rates plummeting because of hormonal birth control in sewage effluent

The top environmental agencies in the United States, Canada, and England have all found that exposure to unmetabolized birth control hormones has caused feminization of male fish, delayed reproduction in female fish, and has damaged the kidneys and livers of fish of both sexes. Studies have found that female fish outnumber male fish in streams by a ratio of ten to one in areas where there is a high incidence of birth control pill usage. Biologist John Wooding said about this finding: “It’s the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me.”

Apr 08 08:14

Did two French fighter jets shoot down the autopiloted Germanwings airliner?

ANONYMOUS: GERMANWINGS SHOT DOWN BY
FRENCH JETS AS IT HEADED FOR EUROPE’S
BIGGEST DAM IN FALSE FLAG

*GERMANY S COMPUTER HACKING GROUP, ANONYMOUS, SAYS FLIGHT DATA INDICATE GERMANWINGS WAS HEADING FOR EUROPE S BIGGEST DAM
* SUGGEST THE FRENCH AIR FORCE SHOT DOWN THE PLANE TO STOP IT
*WAS THE GERMANWINGS PLANE TURNED INTO A DRONE AND DIRECTED STRAIGHT AT DAM?
*ANONYMOUS SAYS AUDIO FILES FROM VOICE COCKPIT RECORDER ARE FAKE
*PILOTS ASSOCIATION COCKPIT DOUBTS OFFICIAL VERSION

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a lot of theories still floating around about the Germanwings crash. Some are total junk. As it turns out, the story about an accidental shoot-down with a military laser turned out to be more Sorcha Faal junk. But one thing that is fairly obvious is that we are not getting the straight story from the various governments and agencies involved in the "official" investigation.

Apr 08 08:07

Rand Paul Stands With Israel

I’m proud to support Israel, America’s longtime friend and ally in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I am proud to say that I would rather clean out all the toilets in Grand Central Station ... with my tongue ... then ever vote for you!


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Apr 08 08:01

Federal judge orders entrepreneur to commit his own Facebook identity theft or go to jail

The winners of the bankruptcy proceedings, however, wish to use the "Jeremy Alcede Entrepreneur" account to promote the business they have been granted via the bankruptcy proceedings. Without those 10,800+ likes, 5,000 friends and who knows how many followers, they may not be able to successfully generate the business and cash flow necessary to keep the business afloat. So they asked Judge Jeff Bohm to force Alcede to turn over the account to them, allowing them to post messages in the name of Jeremy Alcede to Alcede's friends and followers, effectively impersonating Alcede.

Per the court order, Alcede is even being ordered by a judge to accept a Facebook friend! (When was the last time a court judge ordered you to friend someone you didn't consider a friend at all?)

Apr 08 07:58

The World's Most Powerful Atom Smasher Restarts With a Big Bang

The new-and-improved LHC will be more powerful than ever, smashing protons together at energies up to 13 trillion electron volts (TeV); for comparison, the atom smasher was running at 8 TeV when it detected the Higgs boson.

Higher energies mean more chances of discovering the exotic particles the LHC was created to find.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Particle physicists like to joke that studying matter with colliders is like smashing two mechanical clocks together and trying to guess what the clocks looked like based on the springs, gears, and levers that fly out. Let us take that analogy one step further and speculate that given enough speed at the moment of collision, individual teeth from the clock gears will come flying out as separate distinct pieces. But clearly, prior to that moment of collision, they never did exist as separate distinct pieces. Their separateness is created by the collision at that very moment. The same may well be true of the ultra-tiny particles generated by the collisions of the LHC, including whatever we may be asked to accept on faith as the "God Particle." They may be artifacts of the experimental method, and not of natural processes.

See THE "BIG BANG" IS JUST RELIGION DISGUISED AS SCIENCE

Apr 08 07:58

Why Legalize Marijuana? Because GMO Pot Is Coming

The Monsanto / Soros Connection


Apr 08 07:53

France declassifies Rwanda massacre documents

France has declassified documents relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which it is accused of having an indirect role, a government source says.

A decision to declassify documents concerning Rwanda and the genocide, which claimed at least 800,000 lives, was made on Tuesday, said a source in President Francois Hollande's office.

According to the source, the papers include documents from diplomatic and military advisers of then-President Francois Mitterrand, and will be viewable by researchers and historians.

"The president had announced a year ago that France must provide proof of transparency and facilitate remembrance of this period," said the source.


Apr 08 07:52

Mayor of Venezuelan capital formally accused of coup attempt

The mayor of the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas has formally been accused of attempting a US-funded coup d’état against the South American country’s President Nicolas Maduro.

“The prosecutors’ office on Tuesday formally charged Caracas mayor and opposition member Antonio Ledezma, who was arrested February 19, with allegedly supporting groups plotting to use violent acts to destabilize the country,” the office said in a statement.

Chief Prosecutor of Caracas Luis Orta accused Ledezma, 59, of conspiracy and planning the coup with a number of unnamed individuals, the statement added.

Since his arrest, Ledezma has been imprisoned at the Ramo Verde military prison along with fellow Maduro opponent Leopoldo Lopez. The latter has been charged with provoking anti-government protests that resulted in the death of 43 people between February and May 2014.

Apr 08 07:52

Cops in this Small Town have 35,000 Open Arrest Warrants, That’s 26 Warrants per Citizen!

If you want to know what a corrupt police state of revenue collecting, citation addicted bureaucrats look like, look in Missouri.

A recent report showed that there were 23,457 arrest warrants pending in Pine Lawn Municipal Court in St. Louis County. That’s about 7.3 per resident. However, Pine Lawn is far from the worst. The town of Country Club Hills has over 35,000 outstanding arrest warrants, or a mind blowing 26.9 per resident.

The vast majority of these warrants are for what St. Louis residents have come to call “poverty violations.” Poverty violations are “crimes” that have no victim and are designed to generate revenue for the state. They are things like driving with a suspended license, expired plates, expired registration and a failure to provide proof of insurance.

Apr 08 07:51

FDA Sets Hearing to Regulate Homeopathic Medicine- ACT NOW to save access to homeopathic remedies

The FDA has called a hearing to decide the future of access to homeopathic medicine. Urgent comments are needed to protect health freedom. The FDA is reevaluating their "regulatory framework" for homoeopathic remedies. Friends and supporters of homeopathy have to act immediately to tell the FDA that they want to maintain their freedom to use homeopathic medicines.

Apr 08 07:48

National Geographic's corporate-corrupted war on REALITY: how a once-upstanding mag now betrays humanity to push toxic poisons of advertisers

The cover of this month's National Geographic magazine is causing some major controversy among the cognitively aware, as this once-upstanding and generally unbiased nature periodical has quite obviously fallen headlong into the clutches of corporate-controlled propaganda and lies.

Outlining what it says are some of the basic tenets of "The War on Science," National Geographic likens having concerns about the safety of vaccines, fluoride, and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) to believing that the moon landings were faked, or that the earth was made flat by Jenny McCarthy, or something (because science!).

Each of the following beliefs is presented on the National Geographic cover as being some kind of hare-brained conspiracy theory that threatens the continued advancement of modern civilization:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me preface this by saying I come from a science background myself, but all too often science gets hijacked and distorted for political or economic gain, or simply makes goofs which are perpetuated by arrogance!

Why should we not just blindly trust science?

Alchemy, for one.

Phlogiston Chemistry, for another.

Prior to the 14th Century Astronomers thought the Earth was the center of the universe, because, well, that's what the church wanted, and spent hundreds of years of scientific research on the theory of Epicycles; which holds the record for longest running scientific goof!

17th Century doctors thought rubbing chicken dung into your scalp would cure baldness! They also thought leeches sucked disease out of patients.

18th Century Geologists thinking the Earth was 6000 years old, because, well, that's what the church wanted!

Prior to the 1950s, scientists thought proteins carried our heredity.

Until the 19th Century, doctors though infection was caused by bad air.

Scientists claimed cigarettes were good for you up until the 1950s. They even had a machine to pump tobacco smoke into your anus...



... the origin of the phrase "blowing smoke up your a**!"

Until 2005, doctors thought ulcers were caused by stress.

National Geographic should not be questioning why people do not trust science after its own 1999 "Piltdown Chicken" scandal!

Science is not perfect. Science does make mistakes. The beauty of science is supposed to be that they admit it, not use the label of "science" like a modern religious icon to push agendas onto people! Anyone who says the "Science is settled" is not being scientific, they are being propagandistic!

Apr 08 07:46

Judge cuts child rapist’s sentence by 15 years, saying he had not meant to hurt the 3-year-old victim

Kevin Rojano was convicted Dec. 3 of sodomizing a child younger than 10 and lascivious acts with a minor, and he was initially sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

But Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly trimmed 15 years off Rojano’s sentence, saying it would be cruel and unusual punishment to impose the maximum prison term because the 20-year-old lacked “callous disregard for (the victim’s) well-being,” reported the Orange County Register.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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Apr 08 07:41

Smoking gun? Britain’s top diplomat to Pakistan rapped for attending tobacco lobby meeting

Britain’s most senior diplomat to Pakistan broke government rules by attending a meeting alongside one of the world’s most influential tobacco lobby groups, it has been claimed.

Phillip Barton, UK High Commissioner to Pakistan, was revealed to have attended a meeting in Islamabad on March 13 at which British American Tobacco (BAT) pressed the Pakistani finance and health ministers to drop plans for larger graphic warning photos on cigarette packets.

Apr 08 07:32

Israel could send Iran ‘back to the stone age’ with electromagnetic bomb

Israel could destroy Iran’s electric network with a specially designed electromagnetic bomb in the event of a military conflict between the countries, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

An electromagnetic bomb of this sort would be detonated above the ground, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would “disrupt all the technological devices working on the ground,” an American expert was quoted as saying to the London paper.

The use of the new technology by Israel was brought up in discussions regarding a possible attack on Tehran’s nuclear facilities, the report claimed. Such a move would send Iran “back to the stone age,” the British paper said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this story of an electromagnetic bomb is a cover for the use of nuclear weapons by Israel against Iran. Unlike any other bomb, which destroys itself as it destroys the target, a theoretical electromagnetic bomb has to maintain its physical integrity during use. Electricity in wire travels at .2 times the speed of light. Any break in the wiring of the coils producing the magnetic field will instantly collapse that field. This limits how much power that can go into such an electromagnetic bomb as it must be able to withstand the magnetic field it produces. In the case of an EMP produced by a nuclear weapon above the atmosphere, loss of the initiating device is not an issue as the EMP is produced not by the bomb itself but by a sudden displacement of the Earth's own magnetic field.

Apr 08 07:31

Should Israeli nuclear bombs be inspected?

Israel is a nuclear power was the conclusion of a Department of Defense report prepared in 1987 and kept secret until its release this past March. It was brought to light through a Freedom of Information lawsuit by Grant Smith, an investigative reporter and author affiliated with the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, who forced the release of the report, which confirms the existence of Israel's nuclear program. The actual report was prepared by the Institute for Defense Analysis, a Pentagon-funded research unit, and provides U.S.-based evidence to the advanced nature of Israel's nuclear program. According to Smith, this is the first time the U.S. government has ever provided official documentation that recognizes long-standing knowledge of the existence and extent of such a program.

Apr 08 07:28

Top Democrat backs bill okaying Congress to sink Iran deal

Defying White House, Senator Chuck Schumer endorses legislation intended to enable lawmakers to kill nuclear accord with Tehran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time to arrest Schumer and every other member of Congress acting on Israel's desire to kill the Iran deal for violating the Logan Act. The reason for foreign policy to be handled by the State Department and the White House is to provide a reliable single point of contact for foreign governments, in order to avoid the very situation we are in now, with foreign leaders unable to determ,ine what is or is not official US policy.

Apr 08 07:27

The Winds of Change are Blowing in from the Sea.

A year or more ago, we mentioned on these pages that this person was a scam. It appears that the truth of it has now surfaced and we are glad for that. We are glad whenever the truth makes an appearance in the midst of the madness that composes the world as we presently know it, simply because we do not know it. Ah... but it knows us. It's a button pushing automaton that knows where our tendencies and weaknesses lie. It's engaged in a full scale assault against our better nature and that accounts for why there is such an army of walking wounded, accompanied by zombies in the making. It's not a pretty sight.

Here is proof positive that in the land of preeminent materialism, insanity has become full blown. There is madness in the enforcement arm of corporate controlled society and madness in the culture, as it reaches for ever greater absurdities of experience.

Apr 08 07:25

Working class and youth see UK democracy ‘rigged in favor of the powerful’

Young and working class Britons feel disenfranchised and less inclined to vote than the affluent and should therefore be legally forced to do so as part of a democratic reboot, a think tank claims.

The new study, ‘Political inequality: Why British democracy must be reformed and revitalized,’ was carried out by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

Its findings suggest the decline in voting by the less well-off and young is damaging democracy, with politicians playing only to those already inclined to get involved.

Apr 08 07:24

Greece hasn’t applied for economic help from Russia – Putin

Athens has not formally asked Moscow for financial help to pay off its debt, Russian President Putin said after he met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Moscow on Wednesday.

“The Greek side did not contact us with any requests for help,” the Russian president said, when asked by a journalist whether Russia could help Greece with its debt burden.

Apr 08 07:23

Jury weighs verdict for second day in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 charges and could face the death penalty if convicted on any one of more than a dozen of those counts.

(*And the pain continues to be administrated , despite the first words of the trial; "It Was Him , He Did It" coming from His Defense Attorney .)

Apr 08 07:14

Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech

John Oliver’s Monday night interview of Edward Snowden — which in 24 hours has been viewed by 3 million people on YouTube alone — renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snowden of being a traitor in cahoots with the Kremlin. What’s most striking about this — aside from the utter lack of evidence for any of it — is how identical it is to whatNixon officials said to smear the last generation’s greatest whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg (who is widely regarded by Democrats as a hero because his leak occurred with a Republican in the White House).

Apr 08 07:13

Christ, not again

So familiar. A police officer claims a black man struggled with him for his weapon, and then the officer had to shoot him to protect himself.

Only problem with the story: a passer-by recorded the incident on his cell phone. The reality was that the black man was running away, the officer fired 8 shots into his back, and then threw his taser onto the ground next to him to fake the evidence of a struggle, in full view of his fellow officers. The video is horrific: after shooting the guy, he’s lying on the ground motionless, and Officer Michael Slagger walks over, yells at him to put his hands behind his back, and cuffs him.

He’d been hit 5 times. He was dead. There was no attempt at resuscitation.

The police killed a man in cold blood, and lied about it.

So, so familiar.

Apr 08 07:12

The Nineveh Plains Protection Unit: US Christians fund emerging private war on Iraq jihadists

After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary-cum-filmmaker has traded his fatigues for a three-piece suit.

VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against Moamer Kadhafi, has just finished leading his new military contracting firm through its first assignment — training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists.

Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the United States, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU) aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.

VanDyke is one of the best-known — and least camera-shy — figures in an expanding and complex constellation of foreign fighters, organisations and donors getting involved in a private war against the jihadists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian, I am very tired of seeing these battles in the Middle East characterised as a latter-day crusade.

Oh, I am quite certain that there are those in the military, in DC, and the various alphabet soup "security agencies" in this country who LOVE to see these "Christian Soldiers" get lots of press, to inflame the masses in this country to want to enlist and just tear up any Muslim in the region with their bare hands.

I would not bet against some covert US government agencies actually funding these activities.

There is only one minor problem, however: these movements in the Middle East are economic and political in nature, not religious.

Religion is just the window-dressing here, applied sort of like a smokescreen, to keep people from recognizing what is really going on.

It is about who is in control of the vast riches of the region of the Middle East and Africa, and in what currency these assets will be sold.

In this country, and around the world, people are waking up to this reality.

I am sure that these Christian mercenaries are well-intentioned. However, the harder thing to do is to ask those in control and power in this country why the US keeps propping up tin-pot dictators in places like Yemen and Bahrain, and keep getting surprised when a desperate civilian population has had enough, and - literally throw the bums out?!?

Apr 08 07:11

As Was Always the Plan: California Water Authorities Using Smart Meter Data as Evidence to Impose Fines

The smart grid isn’t coming. It’s already here.

Everywhere people’s houses are being fitted if they already haven’t with smart electric meters and smart water meters. These meters communicate real-time usage data via radio frequency (which comes with its own set of health problems).

Apr 08 07:10

Iceland vs Banksters

Iceland's government is considering a revolutionary monetary proposal – removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank. The proposal, which would be a turnaround in the history of modern finance, was part of a report written by a lawmaker from the ruling centrist Progress Party, Frosti Sigurjonsson, entitled "A better monetary system for Iceland". In Iceland, as in other modern market economies, the central bank controls the creation of banknotes and coins but not the creation of all money, which occurs as soon as a commercial bank offers a line of credit. The central bank can only try to influence the money supply with its monetary policy tools.

Apr 08 07:08

Russia Didn’t Carry Out White House Computer Hack, Peskov Says

Russia rejected a report that its government had been involved in hacking a non-classified White House computer network.

“It has become a kind of sport to blame everything on Russia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.

Apr 08 07:06

Hatton Garden raiders plunder from safety deposit boxes

Hatton Garden raiders plunder jewels worth up to £200m from safety deposit boxes
Raiders strike in London's most exclusive jewellery district and use heavy cutting equipment to empty an estimated 300 safety deposit boxes in vault

(*get your stuff out of your safety deposit box sooner rather than later)

Apr 08 07:03

Hologram replaces Edward Snowden statue in Brooklyn park

Hours after police removed an illicit bust of Edward Snowden from its perch in a Brooklyn park on Monday, artists replaced it with a hologram.

Apr 08 07:03

Alan Dershowitz on sex suit toss: 'I feel completely, legally vindicated' by judge's ruling

After having vehemently denied accusations by a woman claiming she was forced to have sex with him as a teen, attorney Alan Dershowitz feels some justice has been served after a federal judge ordered the allegations to be struck from court records.

"I feel completely, legally vindicated,'' Dershowitz told Matt Lauer on TODAY Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Judge did not actually state that the accusations were false. He merely said they were irrelevant. Alan's sleazy behavior is not going to be easily erased from the public memory.

Apr 08 07:01

Eating Crow: US and Cuba Talk Human Rights

Given the typical spin U.S. corporate media puts on stories about Cuba one would assume the March 31st meeting between the United States and Cuba on human rights would be awkward for Cuba. The U.S. propaganda has continuously characterized Cuba as abusing the human rights of its citizens and imprisoning people merely for political dissent. But, on the contrary, it is the very topic of human rights that enables the tables to turn and affords an opportunity to expose the reality within both countries.

Apr 08 06:59

Yemen campaign a ‘great mistake’: Iran official in Beirut

The Saudi-led military campaign launched two weeks ago in Yemen is a “great strategic mistake,” an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday during a visit to Beirut.

“We believe that a huge mistake has been committed recently in the issue of Yemen,” Morteza Sarmadi, who is also the country's deputy foreign minister, said after meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

“The airstrikes in Yemen have resulted in numerous atrocities, and has shed the blood of innocent civilians... This should be ended.”

Apr 08 06:59

New Evidence BP's Spill Dispersant Caused Harm to Humans and Wildlife

In the desperately dark days following BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident in April 2010, one of the issues that I highlighted on this blog was the dangers of BP’s chemical Corexit, which the oil giant was using to disperse the oil.

Apr 08 06:55

US aerospace command moving comms gear back to Cold War bunker

The US military command that scans North America’s skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said.

The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command’s sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said.

The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command.

Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that “because of the very nature of the way that Cheyenne Mountain’s built, it’s EMP-hardened.”

“And so, there’s a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there,” Gortney told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing here strikes me as most odd; there must be something going on here other than Cheyenne Mountain's being EMP-hardened.

That appears to be the "good reason" for American taxpayers to have to shell out yet another $700 million to retrofit the space; it doesn't feel like the "real reason".

Apr 08 06:54

New defense rules would give Japan new powers to aid U.S. military

TOKYO — The United States and Japan are close to concluding a set of bilateral defense rules that if finalized would give Japan’s military new powers to act when U.S. forces are threatened by a third country, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Apr 08 06:52

What Happens to Sales and Employment When Corporate Profits Fall?

Corporate profits are back at the levels reached in 1990, 1999 and 2008 that presaged recessions and a sharp downturn in sales and employment.

It really isn’t a surprise that corporate profits are falling: not only is the stronger U.S. dollar (USD) crushing the overseas profits of U.S. global corporations when reported in USD, but both the U.S. and global economies are slowing.

Apr 08 06:50

Capitol Hill’s Golden Revolving Door

As the latest chapter in the curious saga of Congressman Aaron “Fly Me” Schock recently came to an end, there was an unintentionally, darkly comic moment. It happened just after the Downton Abbeyfanboy announced his resignation from the House of Representatives.

Apr 08 06:50

Iran officials in China to discuss oil supplies

Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran, just days after Tehran and world powers reached a framework nuclear deal, and with the OPEC nation’s oil minister due to arrive Thursday. Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh is set to make his first trip to Beijing since joining the then-new government two years ago, one Iranian oil official and a senior Chinese industry official told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is already planning contingencies as both Canada and the US signal no easing of sanctions despite the framework agreement.Net result; Iran will do fine and US/Canadian businesses will suffer.

Apr 08 06:49

US to speed up delivery of weapons to Saudi-led forces in Yemen

"We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination and planning cell in the Saudi operations center "

Apr 08 06:48

US stepping up weapons deliveries to Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen rebels

Washington deepened its involvement in the Saudi-led air war in Yemen Wednesday as aid agencies scrambled to deliver help to civilians caught up in the campaign now heading into its third week.

The Red Cross has warned of a “catastrophic” situation in main southern city Aden where militia loyal to fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have been holding out against Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies within the security forces.

Scores of people have been killed or wounded in the street fighting in the heart of the port city and aid agency Doctors Without Borders said it feared many more had been unable to reach hospitals.

The main Shiite power Iran, which has strongly opposed the Saudi-led intervention, stepped up its efforts for a negotiated settlement with a visit to Saudi ally Pakistan by Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So far, this Saudi-led bombing campaign has been disastrous, from both a tactical and PR perspective.

It has managed to kill and maim a huge number of non-coms, and not really made a dent in the Houthi takeover of Yemen.

This is, of course, why the internet in this country was taken down late last month; to prevent pictures of the dead and wounded going viral.

But Yemen isn't alone. When conflict strikes, Internet access is often an early casualty -- cutting off communications for civilians when they need it the most. "When there's some sort of conflict, communications ends up being damaged or in some cases intentionally disconnected," said Doug Madory, who watches global online routing data from his perch in New Hampshire as the director of Internet analysis for Dyn. The effects can be particularly harmful in the developing world, where infrastructure is less robust than in other nations. Such is the case with Yemen, whose Internet infrastructure is controlled by one state-run provider and relies on a handful of access points to just two submarine fiber cables. Internet stability in Yemen started to get rocky on Monday, Madory said. But the apparent outages of the Djibouti cable, starting Wednesday as fighting intensified in Aden, caused more significant disruptions. "It's safe to say that national Internet connectivity during that time was degraded," he said.

Bombing the Houthis into submission doesn't seem to be working at all, and I have to wonder; does the Saudi and US military leadership have a plan?!?

Because there is one thing I do know: no military on the planet can actually win what is, essentially, a ground war from the air.

Degrade capabilities?!? Perhaps. But win?!? In a single word, no.

Apr 08 06:46

Harry Reid’s brother faces DUI, battery charge

Kristen Orthman, spokeswoman for the senate minority leader’s office, confirmed that it was the senator’s brother who was arrested but said “this is a private matter.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I don't bother with the family members of politicians, but I have to wonder now if it really was an exercise machine that caused Harry's facial wounds!

Apr 08 06:41

A standard dejection in the IRS help line

Andrew Concha came out into the hall holding a purple sign. He checked his watch — 11:04 a.m. — then calculated how many people could be seen before the Taxpayer Assistance Center closed at 4:30 p.m. He placed the sign behind the 17th customer, signaling to the other 30 or so in line that their chance of seeing a specialist that day was slim.

“I’m not technically turning them away yet,” Concha explained. “I’m letting them know it may not be in their interest to wait three to four hours to see someone.”

With Tax Day approaching, it was the best the IRS could offer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taxes are obfuscated and confusing to conceal the special exemptions for the rich, and to distract people from wondering if in fact a direct non-apportioned tax on the people is even legal to begin with.

Apr 08 06:40

Silver on the verge of a huge break out ..

Apr 08 06:34

THIS COULD SINK BANKS IN GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, AND ITALY

The European Commission is now contemplating pulling the rug out from under the banking miracles in Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Italy.

In total, there are €40 billion in deferred tax assets dressed up as core capital in the banks of these four countries. That’s how precarious these banks are. At one unnamed bank in Greece, these deferred tax assets account for 30% to 40% of its core capital. Without Greece’s special state guarantee, these deferred tax assets could not be part of the core capital, and without this additional “capital,” the bank would be toast.

But on paper, these crummy sorts of assets do a nice job of propping up these banks. And that’s why these four countries have bent over backwards to make it happen. Why bail out rotten banks with real money when fake assets can accomplish the same?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More taxpayer bailouts coming in Europe in the not too distant future, I see.

Apr 08 06:28

COST OF NEGATIVE BANK RATES

Only a dullard would believe that banking institutions will not eventually drop their interest rate pay outs to depositors, as their own costs are taxed or central banking policy demands that the value of the currency must be diminished.

The example that Australia Wants To Tax Bank Deposits: Will The US Follow? This report poses an obvious question for anyone keeping money in the depository system.

“Several months ago, the government of Australia proposed to tax bank deposits up to $250,000 at a rate of 0.05% (5 basis points). To be clear, the proposal seems to plan on taxing the banks based on the amount of deposits they’re holding—but it’s pretty obvious this will be passed on to consumers in the form of lower interest rates.”

1. Taxes on bank deposits are generally the same as negative interest rates.
2. Taxes always start small… then increase over time.
3. Taxes are rarely used for their stated purpose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please don't think "it can't happen here; it will. It is only a matter of time.

Apr 08 06:26

Afghan soldier shoots at US troops

The incident happened after a meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a US embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in Jalalabad, said General Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, police chief for eastern Nangarhar province.

The Afghan soldier opened fire "right after the US official had left", he said.

The American troops immediately returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, he added.

It is the second insider attack this year. An Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on January 29.

The Afghan soldier was identified by Gen Sherzad as Abdul Azim, from Laghman province.

(*since this report is 99% bull$#!^ , I say we add that he got one of our guys to it
whitehorse souce)

Apr 08 06:26

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan, official says

A US service member was killed Wednesday in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said amid a report that an Afghan soldier had shot at U.S. troops

Apr 08 06:22

15 Years Of Stimulus—–Nothing To Show

Apr 08 06:10

U.S. plan to shut down cell phones and internet in energency. Court ruled no disclosure. Flashback: U.S. condemns cell phone and internet shut down in Egypt and Syria

It seems the courts through a Freedom of information act lawsuit is standing by the U.S. government and not allowing the release of the U.S. governments plan to shut down the internet and cell phone service (plan SOP303) in times of emergencies. In other words if there was civil unrest.

The reason why the lawsuit was filed in the first place was due to when all cell phone service was cut in San Francisco during the BART unrest.

EPIC asked the court to revisit its ruling, arguing that the decision, "if left in place, would create an untethered 'national security' exemption'" in FOIA law. On Friday, the court ordered (PDF) the government to respond—a move that suggests the appellate court might rehear the case.

Apr 08 06:09

IRAN DEPLOYS WARSHIPS OFF YEMEN'S COAST

(^Reuters) - Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy

Apr 08 05:51

EPA Issues Moratorium on New Pesticides That Kill Birds and Bees

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a moratorium that will restrict the use of new pesticides that have been blamed for declining bee populations, though the policy does not apply to products currently on the market.

The chemicals in question, neonicotinoids, are a new class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects and result in paralysis and death.

Apr 08 05:48

California Water Authorities Using Smart Meter Data as Evidence to Impose Fines

Essentially, consumption of utilities in your home is being big brother tracked and traced at all times on the smart grid.

Sure, it was sold to everyone as a “smart” solution for keeping consumption in check, that it would decrease utility bills because people could use it to check out how much they use and find smart ways to cut down. (How many people are really even doing that, by the way?)

Not only is this going to be used to serve up “peak pricing” models against the population — to price electricity and water higher during times of higher consumption by the population — it’s also going to be used to allow the people to tattle on themselves via their data, a set up that will come with heavy financial consequences.

As we can see happening now in California during its historic drought, smart meters are also being used by authorities to seek people out and impose fines.

Apr 08 05:44

Why Rand Paul’s Campaign Will Never Succeed

Earlier today Rand Paul announced to his supporters in Louisville, Kentucky, that he is officially running for President. He stood before the enthusiastic crowd, and spoke of defeating the Washington machine, reining in special interests, and returning our government to its constitutional limits. While these are all worthy goals, one must wonder if he has taken the right approach.

See, Rand is quite similar to his father in many ways, but he’s also quite different.

Apr 08 05:41

Psychological Warfare and the Fragmentation of the Psyche

The subject of dissociative identity disorder and the fracturing of the psyche is a complex topic that is becoming more mainstream through alternative media. The causes, nature and extent of the disorder are still shrouded in mystery, though modern medicine and psychology do have a lot to say about the matter. One of the reasons the disorder is controversial is that it doesn’t seem to fit well in the dominant materialist/biologist reductionism upon which mass science is built. Given the presupposition of modern science that the psyche is entirely equated with the brain itself, the assumptions are thus that any possible solution to mental problems of this nature can only be remedied or suppressed through the addition of, and rearrangement of, molecular compounds.

Apr 08 04:53

Canada Escalates War With Syria

Apr 08 03:43

The Brutal Bio Of Tom Cotton

The Brutal Bio Of Tom Cotton – Kristol’s Guy

Think: William Kristol, the big-time neocon who merged Sarah Palin onto John McCain’s ticket in 2008. Think of the same neocon whose New York Times op-ed columns were eliminated after the editors finally lost patience with his many factual errors. Think of the same neocon who seeks relevancy as editor of the right-wing Weekly Standard as well as the smarmy guest on TV shows. And think of the warrior neocon who was a major figure in calling for the Bush invasion of Iraq and who has now supports a re-invasion of the that country.

Now, think of the neocon as a board member of the Emergency Committee for Israel with considerable sway among other donor allies.
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So when you see Cotton’s name, you need to know more about what the political world is now talking about, the man who wanted to imprison NY Times editor Bill Keller and two reporters over something the Times printed.

As a congressman in 2013 Cotton also proved he can be damned cruel.

Apr 08 03:31

The real reason Netanyahu and the GOP hate this Iran deal

1) The nuclear architecture Iran gets to keep is way too big.
2) Sanctions relief will enable Iranian aggression.
3) The deal isn't strict enough in key areas.
4) Inspections won't be as strong as you think.

The thing about some of these arguments is that they are basically objections to any feasible deal with Iran. Many critics, particularly Netanyahu, have taken pains to deny that they oppose any deal altogether — but it seems quite clearly that they do.

Apr 08 03:17

Yemen conflict escalation to benefit US, Israel: MPs

ISLAMABAD: On the second day of the ongoing discussion in the joint sitting of parliament on the Middle East crisis, legislators from both sides of the aisle said the escalation of the conflict in Yemen will benefit the US and Israel.

(*The Talks Are Making Progress )

Apr 08 02:58

Rahm Emanuel Defeats Chuy Garcia in Chicago Mayoral Race

The Chicago Tribune reported that Emanuel had garnered 55.7 percent of the unofficial vote, giving the incumbent mayor and former Obama chief of staff a 10-percent edge over the 44.3 percent gained by Garcia, the Cook County, Illinois commissioner, with approximately 95 percent of the city's precincts reporting after the polls closed Tuesday night.

Garcia conceded the race to Emanuel around 10 p.m. EST Tuesday night.

Apr 08 02:48

Shell swallows BG for $70 billion

A new era of oil mega-mergers? Shell swallows BG for $70 billion
Collapse in prices creates backdrop for biggest energy merger in over a decade.

Royal Dutch Shell RD agreed to buy smaller rival BG Group BGG for $70 billion in the first oil super-merger in more than a decade to close the gap with the world’s largest oil firm U.S. ExxonMobil Inc.

In a joint statement, the two firms said Shell would pay a mix of cash and shares that would value each BG share at around 1,350 pence, more than 50% over its average price during the last three months.

Britain’s BG had a market capitalisation of $46 billion as of Tuesday’s close, while Shell was worth $202 billion. Exxon, the world’s largest oil company by market value, was worth $360 billion.

April 7, 2015

Apr 07 23:46

Russian Hackers Accused Of Cyberattacks Against The White House

The intrusion was carried out through computers around the world.

United States suspects that Russian hackers are the authors of cyberattacks suffered by the Department of State, through which would have gotten access to sensitive White House computer system elements, according to U.S. officials who were informed of the investigation revealed to CNN.

http://whatisusa.info/russian-hackers-accused-of-cyberattacks-against-...

Apr 07 23:18

A South Carolina Official Is Accused Of Murder After Killing An African-American

A police officer, accused on Tuesday of murder, shoot an African-American man in South Carolina.

A white police officer faces charges for murder once they broadcast a video which shows that the officer fired from behind an African-American man while trying to escape, said the Mayor of North Charleston, South Carolina.

http://whatisusa.info/a-south-carolina-official-is-accused-of-murder-a...

Apr 07 23:02

Public demands 911 reports declassified.


It's not Saudi Arabia who had its intelligence agents busted filming or celebrating 911. It was Israel.

Apr 07 22:08

A 'Spectacle' Erupts - A Pro-Ukraine Television Channel in Crimea

The Guardian and the The Moscow Times are reporting that broadcasting of “the world’s only Crimean Tatar-language television channel” ceased last week. The ATR channel had until April 1 to renew its license to broadcast by Russia’s state media overseeing body, Roskomnadzor. Its renewal application failed.

Apr 07 22:00

Yemen – the Big Picture. US Sponsored Civil Wars

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.

Apr 07 21:56

North Charleston officer faces murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back

A white North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge after a video surfaced Tuesday of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as the man ran away.

Apr 07 21:27

Confiscating Houses For the Greater Good

Apr 07 19:26

America: Bankrupt And On Borrowed Time

Thomas Jefferson is credited with the following sage advice, “The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” And so it seems sometimes the answer is right in front of us all along and we just fail to see it.

Apr 07 19:24

Hillary Angers Chinese Even Before She Announces Presidential Run

"We hope that public figures in other countries can respect China's judicial sovereignty and independence," was the abrupt response from Beijing, clearly aimed at Hillary Clinton, after the yet-to-announce-her-run-for-president-ness, denounced as "inexcusable" the detention of five women activists. On suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", the five women face a jail sentence of up to five years, and so Clinton, using direct social media channels, tweeted, "The detention of women's activists in China must end. This is inexcusable". China's Foreign Ministry said the matter was an internal affair.

Apr 07 19:17

Firefox disables “opportunistic encryption” to fix HTTPS-crippling bug

The bug was introduced in Firefox 37, which was released last week and introduced a new feature that could encrypt Web connections even when servers didn't support HTTPS protocols. While opportunistic encryption lacks some of the crucial protections of the transport layer security protocol, it was still hailed by many as a watershed moment that moved the world closer to an Internet where all data receives end-to-end encryption. That in theory could make it harder for criminal and state-sponsored adversaries to monitor or manipulate the communications of end users.

Now, Mozilla developers have disabled opportunistic crypto in the just-released Firefox 37.0.1 after they discovered that the implementation released last week introduced a critical bug. The vulnerability, which resides in functionality related to opportunistic crypto, in some cases gave attackers an easy way to present fake TLS certificates that wouldn't be detected by the browser.

Apr 07 19:03

Gerber Toddler Snack Tests 100% Positive for GMO Insecticide Corn

GMO Free USA has published the results of independent lab testing which documented that Gerber Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn toddler snack contains high levels of herbicide tolerant, insecticide producing genetically engineered corn.

GMO Free USA stated; “We sent a package of Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn Snack to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO material. The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100% of the corn in the Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip was GMO. All of the corn has been genetically engineered to be herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) and the corn contained DNA sequences known to be present in Bt insecticide-producing GMO corn.” ...

Apr 07 18:35

Baltimore's City Council members often miss votes. "Where else in America can you not to show up for work and then [make] a decision on something that impacts 600,000 people? That's unacceptable."

A city Councilman Brandon Scott's bill seeking health grades for Baltimore restaurants was languishing in committee, partly because not enough members showed up to vote. Councilman William "Pete" Welch was a persistent no-show.

Apr 07 18:32

Sorry, Cancer Patients And Boston Marathon Victims: Indiana’s Memories Pizza Raised More Than You On GoFundMe

The GoFundMe campaign supporting the bigoted owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, has ended, raising the O’Connor family a grand total of $842,387.

Apr 07 17:59

Officer Charged With Murder for Shooting Unarmed Man in the Back

A South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has been arrested and charged with murder.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, claimed he feared for his life because the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, took his stun gun in an altercation during a traffic stop on Saturday.

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Apr 07 17:14

Video: How the Next Economic Collapse Unfolds: ‘This Is How They’ll Press The Reset Button’

You need to understand what's coming... you need to understand the magnitude of the event ahead...

Apr 07 16:51

Skin problems? Try this DIY natural antibacterial cream

Need a do-it-yourself alternative to antibacterial creams that don’t have any weird chemicals in it that you can’t pronounce?

Apr 07 15:32

Al-Qaeda militants attack Yemen-Saudi Arabia border post - reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists reportedly attacked a remote Yemeni military post near the Saudi border on Tuesday, killing several officers. The attack comes amid turmoil in Yemen which has already claimed over 540 lives, according to the WHO.

A remote border base was stormed by suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Manwakh, about 440 km (270 miles) northeast of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Reuters reported, citing sources in the country's eastern Hadramawt province.

Apr 07 15:29

Police Chief Magazine: Possible New Revenue Streams For Law Enforcement

In the April edition of The Police Chief magazine, Paul LaCommare, Commander of the West Covina Police Department in West Covina, California, discusses new ways for law enforcement to raise money in light of dwindling revenue streams. This article was sent to us by a reader who said, “If war is a racket, policing is even more so…”

Apr 07 15:17

Israel’s nuclear gun pointed at Obama’s head

It is possibly the greatest of American political myths, repeated ad nauseam by presidential candidates in their election campaigns. President Barack Obama has claimed that the United States enjoys a special bond with Israel unlike its relations with any other country. He has called the friendship “unshakeable”, “enduring” and “unique”, “anchored by our common interests and deeply held values”.

His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, has gone further, arguing that there is not “an inch of difference between ourselves and our ally Israel”. A recent Romney election advertisemnet, highlighting his summer visit to Israel, extolled the “deep and cherished relationship”.

Apr 07 14:58

Ukrainian Gov’t. Condemns Russia’s Celebration of Victory Against Nazis

The Ukrainian Government said on April 7th that any country sending representatives to Russia’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler, will be blacklisted by Ukraine. That celebration will take place on May 9th.

Apr 07 14:57

Ukraine’s Car-Production Plunges 96%; Many Banks Also Fail

On Tuesday April 7th, Ukravtoprome (the Ukrainian Association of Automobile Manufacturers) reported that, in the three-month period January-March 2015, as compared to the same three months of 2014, production of passenger cars plunged 96%, commercial vehicles 23%, buses 43%, for an overall decline of 92%.

Apr 07 14:49

Slap-Happy Cop Gets Slapped Back: Battery Charges Filed

A Fort Lauderdale cop who was caught on cell phone camera slapping a homeless man across the face is now facing charges.

On February 22, a bystander recorded the altercation between Officer Victor Ramirez, 34, and Bruce Laclair, 58.

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Apr 07 14:43

U.S. NGOs Kicked Out of Eritrea: Foreign Aid Is Meant To Cripple People

“Anyone who takes aid is crippled. Aid is meant to cripple people… Governments in Africa and elsewhere are not allowed to write their own programs. And when it comes to implementing programs, it deprives you of building institutions and the capacity to implement your programs…We need to write our own programs in the first place. We need to articulate on the projects we write. We need to have a comprehensive strategy, plans on how to implement those programs…Unless we do that on our own, we can’t possibly imagine that we are achieving any of the goals – millennium or non millennium.” — President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea

Apr 07 14:18

British accountant falls to his death from 14th floor apartment in suspected suicide in Manhattan

A British tax advisor has plunged more than 100ft to his death from an apartment window in a suspected suicide while on a business trip to New York.

Duncan Hodgetts, 25, fell from the 14th floor window of the Executive Plaza building in midtown Manhattan at 8.30am yesterday morning.

He was found on a third-floor balcony of the neighboring Michelangelo Hotel, near the Rockefeller Center, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood the tax specialist for Ernst and Young, based in Birmingham, had been on a business trip when he fell from the balcony of one of the corporate apartments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because we all know that successful people on a trip to a foreign country get reeeeeeally depressed and suicidal, right?

Apr 07 14:08

The US and Israel: Diverging interests

Lawrence Davidson says the US’s interests in the Middle East have diverged from Israel’s, with Washington prioritising the jihadist threat while Israel and Saudi Arabia see the jihadists as allies against Iran.

Apr 07 13:45

Jade Helm Precursor: The Phoenix Program

Apr 07 13:44

BEX ALERT - So Far, 2015 Is Hottest Year Yet

The dramatically rapid melting of the earth's poles is the biggest news in this month's climate dispatch.

Increasingly fast melting in Antarctica, which will be discussed in more detail below, is now expected to increase sea levels by 10 feet worldwide in less than 100 years, according to recent NASA satellite calculations.

This will "recurve" heavily populated coastlines and reshape the world in which we live, according to one geophysicist with whom Truthout spoke. In addition, a second geophysicist, from Harvard, said that parts of Antarctica are thawing out so quickly that the icy continent has become "ground zero of global climate change, without a doubt."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you kidding? We just had record cold across the US. One town in Italy got 100 inches of snow in just 18 hours. We had a blizzard here in Hawaii 3 weeks ago. Much of the nation had a white Easter!

Are you paid by the lie, or are you on salary?

Apr 07 13:27

The 'Big Event' in America: JADE HELM 15

Apr 07 13:19

Glenn Greenwald: NSA Surveillance Program is ‘Antithesis’ of Fourth Amendment

Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and journalist who became a left-wing celebrity for his articles helping whistle-blower Edward Snowden expose the NSA’s mass-surveillance program, admits enjoying the reaction when critics discovered he would be in North Texas to appear on Glenn Beck’s right-wing radio show—and then to address the conservative National Center for Policy Analysis.

Apr 07 13:18

FAA hit by cyberattack, finds no damage

The Federal Aviation Administration discovered malicious software from email in its computer system in early February, but the agency said Tuesday it found no damage from the cyberattack.

Apr 07 12:53

SOP 303 MOBILE-PHONE KILL-SWITCH: COURT MULLS REVEALING SECRET GOVERNMENT PLAN TO CUT CELL PHONE SERVICE

EPIC originally asked for the document in 2011 in the wake of the shut down of mobile phone service in the San Francisco Bay Area subway system during a protest. The government withheld the information, EPIC sued and won, but the government then appealed and prevailed.?

A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during "critical emergencies."

The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.

Apr 07 12:50

No chump change! TSA netted $675K in lost coins

Going through airline security can be hectic, so it's not surprising that passengers sometimes forget to pick up a quarter or dime that's slipped out of a coat and into a security bin.

That's adding up to a small fortune for the Transportation Security Administration, which last year collected almost $675,000 in spare change left behind by travelers, according to agency data.

Apr 07 12:48

Authentic Journalism that Challenges Empire and Its Centers of Power

Exposing Lies of the Empire is a monumental work.

Some years back, I was approached to come up with a story that I’d really like to cover. There were many, but right away I was drawn to a story whose angle was completely marginalized in any media I had checked. I was interested to go to Zimbabwe and get a genuine impression from Zimbabweans of how they view the direction of their country under the government of Robert Mugabe. How they viewed the redistribution of land within the country.

In the case of theft, when the stolen property is recovered, the usually accepted, and rightful, custom is that the property be returned to its rightful owner(s).

Apr 07 12:48

Judge Sides With Dershowitz, Strikes Claims in Epstein Case

A federal judge today granted law professor Alan Dershowitz’s request to strike allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct from an ongoing lawsuit against convicted sexual offender and former Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The lawsuit, filed in 2008, seeks to undo a non-prosecution agreement between federal prosecutors and Epstein, who the woman said arranged the sex with Prince Andrew and Dershowitz.

Apr 07 12:46

Dozens Injured as Saudi Authorities Crack Down on Yemen War Protests

Amid public opposition to the ongoing military campaign in Yemen, the Saudi government has purportedly cracked down on potential protests in the Eastern Province. During a series of security raids, conflicting reports suggest dozens may be injured, and that one police officer has been killed.

Apr 07 12:45

Protesters in Ukrainian's Kiev call for PM resignation

Led by Ukrainian far-right groups, the protesters took the square in front of Ukrainian Parliament in a rally against endemic corruption in the government in Kiev.

The protesters demand establishment of a special parliamentary commission to investigate the corruption schemes in which they think the prime minister and his allies are involved.

The protest was triggered by the recent scandal around Prime-minister Arseniy Yatsenuk. The head of the state financial inspection Igor Gordienko accused him of covering up corruption schemes. The head of the government however, dismissed the charges.

Apr 07 12:44

Breaking News: Whooping cough outbreak in only vaccinated children

An alarming outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) is currently sweeping through the Park City, Utah area. And the news is not good for the vaccine industry – as you’ll soon see.

This whooping cough outbreak marks the first time in many years that the area has experienced even one case of pertussis. So far, 19 kids have been diagnosed with the illness.

Apr 07 12:43

Saudi Arabia has dispatched paratroopers to Yemen + Pics

Reports say Saudi Arabia has dispatched paratroopers to southern Yemen to help the forces loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Apr 07 12:43

Top Donor to Clinton Foundation (jewish) Oligarch in Ukraine

Follow the Money

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, based in Kiev, Ukraine.

In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, a wing of the foundation that coordinates charitable projects and funding for them but doesn’t handle the money. The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation.

It said that if Mr. Pinchuk was lobbying the State Department about Ukraine, “this cannot be seen as anything but a good thing.”

Oh certainly, all you have to do is take a brief look at Ukraine to see what a wonderful thing it has been.

Apr 07 12:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Apr 07 12:34

BEX ALERT - Climate change deniers are selling - and we're buying

Directed by Robert Kenner and based on a book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, "Merchants of Doubt" is a meticulous examination of the disinformation campaign mounted against climate change, which is - let's not fool around here - a well-documented phenomenon.

Nothing makes this point more plainly than a 2004 article by Oreskes, published in Science Magazine: Oreskes decided to review the scholarly work on climate change, some 928 abstracts published between 1993 and 2003. None rejected the consensus of the scientific community, that climate change is occurring and that the activities of humanity have contributed to that change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Several record-settings winters in a row (we even had a blizzard here in Hawaii 3 weeks ago) and still the Carbonazis are pushing their human-caused global warming hoax, in a desperate bid to salvage their reputations (and collect a carbon tax).

Climate always changes. And climate is dominated by solar output (which is at a 100 year low) and the slowly oscillating shape of Earth's orbit, changing from elliptical (where we get the ice ages) to more circular(where we get the interglacial periods) and back again. So until Al Gore and his ilk can control the sun, or move the Earth in its orbit, there isn't a thing they can do about climate change. They are as impotent as Nero, who had his soldiers flog the ocean for daring to spoil his beach picnic with a rising tide!

Contrary to the hype, warming (were it actually happening) is a good thing, and the Roman and Medieval warm periods were times of abundant food, which allowed the flowering of Roman and later Renaissance civilization.

There is one effect that has been noticed following an uptick in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Plants are growing faster and larger, providing more food, and deserts are shrinking. The Earth is getting greener, because CO2 is not a pollutant, but an essential component of the chain of life on Earth.

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