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Feb 23 11:05

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

Israel has essentially used the United States as a cat’s paw in the Middle East, manipulating America’s Leviathan military to smash up her enemies.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses.

Feb 23 10:46

ObamaCare's Frankenstein Tax Monster Awakens

Health and Human Services admits it sent nearly a million incorrect tax forms to ObamaCare enrollees.

Feb 23 10:39

Are Conspiracy Theorists Nuts?

The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.

But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed.
The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967

Feb 23 10:30

Israel refuses to give Palestinians their own tax revenues, then cuts off electricity when they can't pay bills

Israel temporarily cuts power in parts of West Bank, citing unpaid Palestinian debt

Feb 23 10:25

Local bankers joining the fight against proposal to audit the U.S. Federal Reserve

We feel the current system works well

Feb 23 10:20

US wants to hack your phone because it doesn’t have real spies it needs. The tech community fires back:

“The only actions that have undermined the rule of law are the government’s deceptive and secret mass-surveillance programs.”

Feb 23 09:56

FBI Flouts Directive to Limit Gag Orders on National Security Letters

Despite the post-Snowden spotlight on mass surveillance, the intelligence community’s easiest end-run around the Fourth Amendment since 2001 has been something called a National Security Letter.

FBI agents can demand that an Internet service provider, telephone company or financial institution turn over its records on any number of people — without any judicial review whatsoever — simply by writing a letter that says the information is needed for national security purposes. The FBI at one point was cranking out over 50,000 such letters a year; by the latest count, it still issues about 60 a day.

Feb 23 09:38

Secrecy around police surveillance equipment proves a case’s undoing

The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time pot dealer of $130 worth of weed using BB guns. Under Florida law, that was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four years in prison.

But before trial, his defense team detected investigators’ use of a secret surveillance tool, one that raises significant privacy concerns. In an unprecedented move, a state judge ordered the police to show the device — a cell-tower simulator sometimes called a StingRay — to the attorneys.

Rather than show the equipment, the state offered McKenzie a plea bargain.

Feb 23 09:35

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

It would certainly seem that way if one were to take at face value the putrid assertions of Western governments that are not particularly known for their honesty or integrity. But astute observers of history and geopolitics can spot a deception when they see one, and the latest theatrical performances being marketed to the masses as real, organic occurrences remind one of a Monty Python sketch.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses. On Feb. 15 the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released another highly choreographed and visually striking video allegedly depicting the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Shortly following the video’s release, the Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sissi launched air strikes against ISIS targets in Libya where the execution video was allegedly filmed, although experts are now saying that the production was faked.

Feb 23 09:25

?‘NO CREDIBLE PLOT’: DHS DISTANCES ITSELF FROM CHIEF’S ‘MALL TERROR THREAT’ WARNINGS

The Department of Homeland Security has denied it is aware of any credible terrorist plots against shopping centers on US soil after their chief advised shoppers, particularly in the Mall of America, to be careful following threats from Somali extremists. “We are not aware of any specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center,” Homeland Security Department spokeswoman Marsha Catron said in a statement. She noted, however, that federal agents have shared the information with local law enforcement and “private sector partners.”

Feb 23 09:18

BILL GATES SETS NEW WORLD ORDER CONSPIRACY THEORIES ON FIRE WITH GLOBAL GOVERNMENT QUOTE

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may be the the richest man in the world, but he apparently envisions a global government as a goal for the future. This prospect has New World Order conspiracy theorists buzzing about the potential for the one world government being pushed by the Gates Foundation. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Brazil’s Eike Batista managed to go from one of the world’s richest men to the very first negative billionaire within a period of only several years. Some New World Order conspiracy theories claim the Illuminati devil horns were spotted at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Feb 23 09:11

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Islamic State: The Case for Removing the “Fantasist-in-Chief”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is full of predictable surprises. Stomping and punching his way into the history books, his government finds itself teetering before the electoral precipice. As it should. His domestic policy lies in stagnant waters. His foreign policy has entered the comic books – a Marvel animation with misguided perceptions of world power, his seemingly rehearsed idiocy lead to threats of “shirt-fronting” Vladimir Putin and prosaic speculations at world summits. His dangerous union with Peta Credlin, his tyrannical bully of a chief of staff who keeps ministers in line and leaks to please, continues to thrive with ominous energy.

Feb 23 09:10

Abbott warns Australia will ‘have to reconsider where the line is between individual freedoms and the safety of the community’ (a long way from where it is now, right?)

‘Australia is to toughen citizenship laws and tackle those inciting hatred under new measures targeting domestic extremists, PM Tony Abbott has said.

He said citizenship for dual nationals involved in terrorism could be suspended or even revoked.

People born in Australia could also lose some privileges if they broke anti-terror laws, he added.

Officials have warned that the country faces a growing security threat from radical Islamists.’

Feb 23 09:09

Cop Chains Innocent Man to Wall, Beats Him, Gouges Eyes After Refusing to Confess to a Crime

In August of 2013 former detective Rodolfo Gomez savagely beat Deron Love during an interrogation. He was chained to the wall.

Love, 27, was accused of killing his 7-month-old baby, a charge he would not confess to and one that he would eventually beat.

A year after being tortured by Gomez, Love was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide and child neglect in the death of his infant son.

Love’s innocence was of no matter to Gomez who repeatedly compelled him to confess.

After becoming tired of being told to confess to a crime that he did not commit, Love became agitated and began screaming in the face of Gomez. Gomez, then “feared for his safety” as the man, who was chained to a wall yelled at him. So he began to beat the restrained man – savagely.

There are two videos of Gomez’s interaction with Love. In the first video, Gomez is seen unleashing multiple punches and knee blows to the face and head of Love.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It was NOT the vaccines! It was NOT the vaccines! It was NOT the vaccines! You killed that baby! It was NOT the vaccines!"

Feb 23 08:52

‘Bailout deal won’t stop Syriza from cutting austerity trend’ – Greek econ minister

Syriza is still determined to fulfill its campaign promises to cut austerity regardless of the new agreement between Athens and Eurozone ministers, a Greek economic minister told RT.

In accordance with a deal agreed to on Friday, Greece must submit a list of reforms for review to a group of bailout monitors on Monday. If the reforms are approved, Athens will secure a four month extension to Eurozone funding.

The extension provides Greece with a temporary economic lifeline, without offering permanent solutions to the debt-ridden nation.

Feb 23 08:41

JFK Airport officials filter fecal matter in search for drugs

The federal government is looking for doctors to help monitor suspected smugglers’ bowel movements at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in a solicitation that sounds like it could be something out of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” program.

In reality it’s all a very sanitary process and even includes a special high-tech toilet to recover the drugs or other contraband from the other waste passing from the suspected smuggler’s system.

But the details, described in a new solicitation for doctors to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection, underscore the efforts smugglers will go to in trying to get their goods into the country, and the lengths the government will go to try to flush them out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You will NOT buy the drugs you want! You WILL buy the drugs WE decide you must take!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 23 08:04

Evil Assad, Evil Gaddafi, Now Evil Putin: How the West Sells War (and Makes a Killing)

As the conflict in Ukraine persists and as peace talks between Putin and western European leaders (Merkel and Hollande) continue, it is important to look at the economic actors/interests that benefit from conflict and regime change in the Ukraine and how this compares to situations like Syria, Libya and Iraq. There are under-reported angles and interests to these conflicts that we hear little about in western mainstream media and that many do not look for because they are too caught up in political or human dramas.

Feb 22 21:25

Teaching critical thinking to high school students: US Government research/presentation (5.2 of 6)

*hyperlinks live at source*
The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use:

Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this article series) 1 of 6
Heart of social science (2 of 6)
Critical thinking skills in government and economics (3 of 6)
Case Study: Economics and policy of ending poverty (4 of 6)
Critical thinking skills in action: policy analysis of ‘current events,’ past and present (US Government: 5 of 6)
Critical thinking skills in action: economic analysis of ‘current events,’ past and present (Economics: 6 of 6)

Feb 22 17:40

Bombshell Interview: Cop Reveals That “Planting Evidence And Lying” Are Just “Part Of The Game” By John Vibes

snip: One of the consequences of the war on drugs is that police officers are pressured to make large numbers of arrests, and it’s easy for some of the less honest cops to plant evidence on innocent people. The drug war inevitably leads to crooked policing — and quotas further incentivize such practices. It doesn’t help that your higherups all did the same thing when they were on the road. It’s like a neverending cycle. Like how molested children accept that as okay behavior and begin molesting children themselves.

Feb 22 11:52

Swimming with the Sharks: Goldman Sachs, School Districts, and Capital Appreciation Bonds

...Among the hundreds of California school districts signing up for CABs were fifteen in Orange County. The Anaheim-based Savanna School District took on the costliest of these bonds, issuing $239,721 in CABs in 2009 for which it will have to repay $3.6 million by the final maturity date in 2034. That works out to $15 for every $1 borrowed.

...Santa Ana Unified issued $34.8 million in CABs in 2011. It will have to repay $305.5 million by the maturity date in 2047, or $9.76 for every dollar borrowed.

...Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified issued $22.1 million in capital appreciation bonds in 2011. It will have to repay $281 million by the maturity date in 2049, or $12.73 for every dollar borrowed.

Feb 22 11:34

[mother jones] Bill O'Reilly Responds. We Annotate.

On Thursday, Mother Jones published an article by Daniel Schulman and me documenting how Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience.
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O'Reilly responded to the story by launching a slew of personal invective. He did not respond to the details of the story. Instead, he called me a "liar," a "left-wing assassin," and a "despicable guttersnipe." He said that I deserve "to be in the kill zone." (You can read one of my responses here.) And in his show-opening "Talking Points memo" monologue on Friday evening, he continued the name-calling.

(*O'Reilly's undeniable trademark; Journalistic Suaveness . )

Feb 22 11:02

Fracking: Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?

An Ohio Supreme Court justice lamented last week that “the oil and gas industry has gotten its way” in a decision that says local governments can’t regulate drilling. “What the drilling industry has bought and paid for in campaign contributions they shall receive.”

The dissenting opinion of Justice William M. O’Neill in a fracking case was not without factual basis: Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry poured about $1.4 million into the campaign coffers of legislators and other state officials in 2013-14 — including about $8,000 for the justice who wrote the pro-industry ruling and $7,200 for another who concurred — a Dispatch computer analysis shows.

Feb 22 10:36

The Government’s War on Freedom of the Press

The U.S. plummeted to a dismal 49th place on the Reporters Without Borders annual Press Freedom Index, marking the country’s second lowest ranking since the list was created in 2002 and its lowest since 2006. Other countries ranked in the 40s and 50s include Haiti, Mongolia, and Chile.

Feb 22 10:34

Bush family ties to terror suspects re-opened by 9/11 '28 pages'

As pressure builds to make public 28 pages of a joint congressional inquiry on 9/11 which was classified by President George W. Bush, the Bush family's well-documented relationships to Saudi and other foreign terror suspects are again coming to the fore. North Carolina Republican Congressman Walter Jones told the New Yorker last September, of the what is now commonly known as the “28 Pages”

Feb 22 10:01

Political Correctness Hampering 'Free Speech' In UK Universities

Free speech in British university campuses is in danger of being silenced. A survey shows UK educational institutions are pulling the plug on debates and societies they deem controversial, often going far beyond any legal requirement.

Feb 22 09:53

Circling The Wagons

the daily beast
Bill O’Reilly Is No Brian Williams
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/20/bill-o-reilly-is-no-b...
christian science monitor
Does Bill O'Reilly really have a 'Brian Williams problem'?
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Buzz/2015/0220/Does-Bi...
slate
Bill O’Reilly Wouldn’t Lie About Seeing Action as a War Reporter. Maybe.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/02/19/bill_o_reilly_falkla...
Breitbart News
MISFIRE: Mother Jones Trolls Bill O’Reilly with Hair-Splitting to Avenge Brian Williams
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/02/20/misfire-mother-jone...

(*as of this posting , I've not found FOX NEWS commentary )

Feb 22 09:30

Buyer Beware: Talking Barbie Records Kids’ Conversations

Mattel’s new high-tech Barbie that records conversations for analysts to read. What possibly could go wrong?

Feb 22 09:28

Officers Who Sprayed 80 Rounds Into Mentally Ill Man Cleared of Wrongdoing

Jose Garza had just bought a BB gun and was sleeping on a couch outside a truck stop in Laredo, Texas, when police arrived and woke him up. Despite having prior knowledged that Garza had a BB gun, they opened fire when he stood up. Now those officers have been cleared of wrongdoing.

Feb 22 09:23

Enter The Common Core Nazis....Dad Faces 10 Years In Prison For Asking Question At School Meeting

Feb 22 09:14

Alexander Hamilton's connection to Jews

Alexander Hamilton, widely regarded as an important Founding Father of America and a champion of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, has long been suspected of having Jewish ancestry. Hamilton was a Federalist, and a strong proponent of a robust, centralized federal government and national bank. Alternative media personalities have even claimed Hamilton was essentially a Rothschild agent operating in America, seeking to financially enslave the American Republic shortly after gaining independence from Great Britain following the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War.

Feb 22 09:12

Their Double Standard and Ours Muslims Lives Matter, Too (But Only in Theory) by ANDREW LEVINE

snip: If you kill a bunch of people and you are white, the assumption is that you have a psychological problem; if you are Muslim, or if your ancestors were, Allah made you do it.

When atrocities happen, calls go out to fix the system. When the perpetrator is white and the victims are Muslim, this usually means fixing the mental health delivery system; not the causes of institutional and attitudinal Islamophobia. When the perpetrators are Muslim, there is nothing to do but beef up the police – or call in the army.

In Western public opinion, and in the practice of Western governments, Islam and double standards go hand in hand.

Feb 22 09:04

Anti What? The Fallacy of Rising Anti-Semitism by URI AVNERY

An Israeli viewpoint Snip: When Binyamin Netanyahu does not miss an opportunity to declare that he represents all the Jews in the world, he makes all the world’s Jews responsible for Israeli policies and actions.

When Jewish institutions in France, the US and everywhere totally and uncritically identify with the policies and operations of Israel, such as the recent Gaza war, they turn themselves voluntarily into potential victims of revenge actions. The French Jewish leadership, CRIF, did so just now.

Neither of these reasons has anything to do with anti-Semitism.

Feb 22 08:46

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Watching the Same Movie About American War for 75 Years

a good recap of formulaic war porn

snip: All it takes these days to turn a loss into a win is to zoom in tight enough to ignore defeat. In American Sniper, the disastrous occupation of Iraq is shoved offstage so that more Iraqis can die in Kyle’s sniper scope. In Lone Survivor, a small American “victory” is somehow dredged out of hopeless Afghanistan because an Afghan man takes a break from being droned to save the life of a SEAL.

In sum: gritty, brave, selfless men, stoic women waiting at home, noble wounded warriors, just causes, and the necessity of saving American lives. Against such a lineup, the savage enemy is a crew of sitting ducks who deserve to die. Everything else is just music, narration, and special effects. War pornos, like their oversexed cousins, are all the same movie.

Feb 22 08:45

The "War On Terror" Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns Of Right Wing Terror Threat

What you are about to read from CNN is just the very beginning of the intentional demonization of a growing segment of the U.S. population that rightly believes the government is run by a collective of thieving, corrupt, immoral sociopaths. This isn’t speculation either, years of content on this site serves as definitive proof that this is true. Commingling dissent, violence and “right wing” ideology will be key in the ultimate division of government critics in these United States, and a successful attempt to scare people away from questioning a clearly degraded and parasitic status quo.

Feb 22 08:43

UK admits unlawfully monitoring legally privileged communications

The regime under which UK intelligence agencies, including MI5 and MI6, have been monitoring conversations between lawyers and their clients for the past five years is unlawful, the British government has admitted.

The admission that the activities of the security services have failed to comply fully with human rights laws in a second major area – this time highly sensitive legally privileged communications – is a severe embarrassment for the government.

Feb 22 08:40

Leaked e-mails show that Israeli consulate, StandWithUs tried to thwart Northwestern divestment (Updated)

The Israeli consulate and other pro-Israel groups teamed up to try to thwart a divestment campaign at Northwestern University, according to e-mails obtained by Mondoweiss.

Their efforts ultimately failed, though. Last night, Northwestern University’s student government voted to recommend divestment from corporations linked to the Israeli army. The resolution passed with 24 student senators voting in favor, and 22 against.
Northwestern Divest Logo

The leaked messages are from a listserv for the campus’ Hillel. They provide insight into the inner workings of how pro-Israel groups, many of them from outside campus, are banding together to fight divestment resolutions on campus. The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on U.S. college campuses has become a major focus for pro-Israel groups over the past few years.

Feb 22 08:35

800,000 HealthCare.gov Users in 37 States Received Wrong Tax Information From Government, Leading to 'Mayhem' This Tax Filing Season

About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through HealthCare.gov received erroneous tax information from the government and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected.

Feb 22 08:14

Obama to Congress: Rubber-Stamp My Perpetual War By Marjorie Cohn

The most important question is: how can more bloodshed justify past bloodshed? Perpetual war is perpetual murder

Feb 22 07:43

Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories By Adam Johnson

“If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war's perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war's consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…

The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war's refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.”

Feb 22 07:33

Whoa! A Bit of Accuracy from the Corporate Media! Becky Akers

Truthful media? Shocking!

“All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance.”
- Will Rogers

Feb 22 07:27

Kagan + Nuland: Liberal Interventionists Michael S. Rozeff

snip: Kagan stands for the liberal values that came out of the Enlightenment and characterize the Western states. But he also believes that these states are pansies who need to be muscular in defense of these values. “Muscular” means interventionist and ever-willing to insert force and arms in foreign lands; not in classic self-defense but on a pro-active, preemptive basis. In other words, to maintain liberal values and promote liberalism worldwide, the liberal states have to behave illiberally. They have to attack other countries that they deem threatening. They have to be provocative toward any country that doesn’t meet their standards of liberality.

Feb 22 06:29

US judge dismisses antitrust case against Google over Android apps

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that charges Google harmed consumers by forcing Android handset makers to use its apps by default, but gave the plaintiffs three weeks to amend their complaint.
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Google faces allegations of anticompetitive behavior in a number of antitrust cases around the world. The most recent case involves Russian search engine company Yandex, which has accused Google of illegally forcing Android device manufacturers to install its own apps and exclude software from competitors. Yandex said on Feb. 18 that it had filed a complaint with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) asking the authority to investigate Google for possible violations of Russian antitrust law.

Feb 22 06:09

Bush's PAC handing out checks

Jeb Bush isn't just visiting states, attending fundraisers and delivering grand policy speeches — he's handing out money with a clear strategy in mind.

(*Buying the 2016 election)

Feb 22 05:49

Iran not to seal "vague, imperfect" deals: FM

TEHRAN, Feb. 22--Iran will not put its signature on agreements which are "ambiguous and imperfect," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif told state IRIB TV on Sunday.

"No accord will be sealed unless a comprehensive agreement is reached," Zarif said in Geneva as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to join the ongoing bilateral talks on Sunday and Monday over Tehran's long-disputed nuclear program.

"Petit, fragmentary and temporary agreements are neither in favor of our country nor the other party," Zarif was quoted as saying.

Feb 21 21:08

"Prepare for Full-Scale War" says Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister

I have been sitting on close to a dozen videos describing the massive damage in military equipment in the latest separatist surge. For a description, but no videos, please see Debaltsevsky Under Rebel Control, Boiler Remains; What's Next?

Feb 21 15:54

How to defeat violent Islamic fundamentalism

Alan Hart says Western foreign policy and repressive Arab and Muslim regimes are at the core of violent Islamic fundamentalism, and that Western leaders could change both, but they will not.

Feb 21 15:22

Barack Obama’s push toward communism and his dark shady past: exposed

It's time to get down to the nitty-gritty and proverbially hammer Obama like he has hammered us

Feb 21 13:46

Poroshenko Wants NATO Troops in Donbass. Kiev Forces Defeated in Debaltsevo

Yatsenyuk is a Washington favorite. He’s virulently anti-Russian. He wants Donbass freedom fighters crushed.

Perhaps he’ll be Ukraine’s next president – tasked with waging greater than ever full-scale aggression on his own people.

Maybe this time with US-led NATO help? Will Ukraine be another Libya?

Feb 21 11:11

FDA has known since at least 2009 devices spread fatal 'superbug' - lethal infections

... but does not order fix - NO New safety requirements

devices at the center of the "superbug" outbreak at UCLA

Feb 21 10:35

Moody's "Junks" Russia

Expects Deep Recession In 2015

Feb 21 10:16

A Century of American Figurehead Presidents Marching to the Beat of Wall Street and the New World Order

But between our Presidents’ Day sales, popcorn and beer, this President’s Day 2015 might also be an opportune time to pause and reflect on our presidents over this last century. President’s Day then becomes a sober reckoning of how the fate of our cherished democratic republic was lost and stolen by today’s totalitarian oligarchy. A chronicle of this last century’s presidents offers us Americans a greater understanding of the diminished role our figurehead presidents have played as a mere public face to the shrouded power elite puppet masters pulling their strings. What follows is a presentational overview providing a step-by-step thread of continuity that has led us to the New World Order burgeoning today.

1913 was a pivotal year that brought to fruition the meticulously laid out agenda conspired in total secrecy of the Jekyll Island Coup d’Etat that culminated with the Federal Reserve Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson establishing the deceptively covert, privatized central banking cabal of the Federal Reserve Board. The other illegal 1913 coup that was part of the low-blow, one-two near knockout punch against the American people was the birth of the federal income tax. Thus the foundation of today’s globalist Ponzi scheme on the verge right now of implosion gained its lethal foothold into our lives just one year before “the war to end all wars.”

Feb 21 10:11

Hillary Clinton Exposed Part 1 – How She Aggressively Lobbied for Mega Corporations as Secretary of State

That approach, which Mrs. Clinton called “economic statecraft,” emerged in discussions with Robert Hormats, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investment banker who has worked in Democratic and Republican administrations and became an undersecretary of state. “One of the very first items was, how do we strengthen the role of the State Department in economic policy?” he says.

Early in Mrs. Clinton’s tenure, according to Mr. Hormats, Microsoft’s then Chief Research Officer Craig Mundie asked the State Department to send a ranking official to a fourth annual meeting of U.S. software executives and Chinese government officials about piracy and Internet freedom. Mr. Hormats joined the December 2009 meeting in Beijing.

Mr. Hormats says there was no relation between Microsoft’s donations and the State Department’s participation in the China conference.

Feb 21 10:11

Sharyl Attkisson: Obama Administration Treats Journalists Like ‘Enemies of the State’

Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson accused the Obama administration of stifling press freedom by systematically cracking down on reporters—even treating them like enemies.

“If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don’t like, you will be attacked and punished,” Attkisson said. “You and your sources may be subjected to the kind of surveillance devised for enemies of the state.”

Feb 21 10:07

Students object to online courses recording facial features, knuckles, voice

Students at Rutgers University are balking at a new biometric software used in online classes that requires them to record their facial features, knuckles and photo ID.

Feb 21 09:36

Swimming with the Sharks: Goldman Sachs, School Districts, and Capital Appreciation Bonds

Remember when Goldman Sachs – dubbed by Matt Taibbi the Vampire Squid – sold derivatives to Greece so the government could conceal its debt, then bet against that debt, driving it up? It seems that the ubiquitous investment bank has also put the squeeze on California and its school districts. Not that Goldman was alone in this; but the unscrupulous practices of the bank once called the undisputed king of the municipal bond business epitomize the culture of greed that has ensnared students and future generations in unrepayable debt.

Feb 21 09:31

Republic Of Texas Meeting Raided

TEXIANS UNDER ATTACK # 2

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Republic of Texas, officially starting at 9:50 a.m. and held, as usual, at the rented VFW Post 4892 in Bryan, Texas, the congenial and unimposing group was raided at 10:10 a.m. by an army of policing agencies with flashing emergency lights: Police Departments of Bryan and College Station along with their Brazos County Sheriff’s Office counterparts (northeast of San Antonio) along with deputies from the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office (west of San Antonio), The Texas Rangers, Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol State Troopers, The Texas State Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and the US Marshall Service. Ingress and egress from Harvey Mitchell Parkway was sealed even to the media that responded two hours later from KBTX television during the four-hour ordeal.

Feb 21 09:26

The bizarre war against AP U.S. history courses

This week an Oklahoma legislative committee voted overwhelmingly to effectively ban the teaching of Advanced Placement U.S. history classes. The bill’s author, Rep. Dan Fisher (R), said that state funds shouldn’t be used to teach the course — which students can take to receive college credit — because he believes it emphasizes “what is bad about America” and characterizes the United States as a “nation of oppressors and exploiters.” Fisher’s proposal to replace the ready-made, nationally used, college-recognized AP curriculum — studied by hundreds of thousands of high school students each year — with a homegrown substitute would cost the state an estimated $3.8 million.

Feb 21 09:10

Ralph Nader: Stephen Harper is selling the politics of fear

A former candidate for the U.S. presidency has come down hard on the Canadian government's new anti-terrorism bill, calling it a crass effort to "sell the politics of fear."

Ralph Nader says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is exaggerating the threat of Islamic terrorism and his paranoia has now exceeded "Washington's chief attack dog, former vice-president Dick Cheney" — and he has written a letter to Harper to express his concerns.

Feb 21 09:01

Why are the RCMP so afraid of enviro activists?

The real threat to oil and gas industry is not the so-called “anti-petroleum movement,” but growing public support for Indigenous land defence across the country

Feb 21 08:47

Islamic terror and the great deception

The unseen adepts who rule America also rule the world. They are masters at understanding human nature.

They have spent hundreds of years creating the public mindset which they manipulate in our generation with the most perfect precision. Words, phrases and thought patterns are a political science that triggers exact and predictable responses to political rhetoric.

They have many names — the elite, Illuminati, Zionists, Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund, to name a few — but in the end they are one in the same. Their goals are one in the same. Their goals are not your goals, but they are masters at convincing you they are.

Feb 21 08:39

The Sun Will Rise On Jewish Power (Press TV)

On Press TV's The Sun Will Rise, Roshan Muhammed Salih discusses with Raza Nadim and Gilad Atzmon the collapse of freedom of speech in Britain as reflected by the attacks on George Galloway MP and Reverent Stephen Sizer. The program explores issues to do with Jewish power, Zionism the role of the Jewish Left and The Guardian.

Feb 21 06:40

From 1750 AD?

UN Calculates 300-year “Climate Debt” for United States

Feb 21 03:53

Harsh winter brings city’s homeless problem into full view

Worcester MA: The lodging license at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council's (SMOC) Triage Center on Queen Street allows for up to 40 people. During the winter the city allows the homeless shelter to go above capacity to potentially save lives, and the shelter has been inundated – two recent city inspections put the number of residents living at the shelter above 100.
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“We talked about how to reduce the volume of people,” City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. said of opening the Triage Center. “We were trying to get people off the street, and the only place to take anybody regardless of their situation was the Triage Center, in order to save peoples' lives and not have them freeze to death in snow drifts during a blizzard.”

The undisputed fact, given the high census numbers at the shelter during a particularly harsh winter, seems to be that the city's homelessness services are stretched thin, especially when it snows. The issue is how to solve that problem.

Feb 21 02:42

Missing schoolgirls:

Missing schoolgirls: Police appeal for three London teenagers feared to have gone to Syria to join ISIS

(*To Commit Great Sins Against Islam )

Feb 21 01:35

Report: Obama hustling ‘full-throttle’ to set up amnesty contracts

The Obama administration is hustling to move quickly on contracts for the president’s executive-memo-driven amnesty program even though a federal judge has ordered Washington bureaucrats to stop in their tracks.

Feb 21 01:22

Why The “1%” Hates The Gold Standard

Between 1930 and 1970, it was only the “bottom 90%” that saw their incomes rise.

Feb 21 01:12

Buyer Beware: Talking Barbie Records Kids’ Conversations

Mattel’s new high-tech Barbie that records conversations for analysts to read. What possibly could go wrong?

Feb 20 19:50

Why Rand Paul Went To The Wailing Wall

American politicians are made to show obeisance to Israel

Feb 20 17:10

Teaching critical thinking to high school students: US government student research/presentation (5.1 of 6)

*hyperlinks live at source*
The following are my teaching assignments on critical thinking for California 12th grade students in the semester-long courses, “US Government” and “Economics.” I offer them for non-profit use:

Information and recommendations for your child’s success (and overall introduction to this article series) 1 of 6
Heart of social science (2 of 6)
Critical thinking skills in government and economics (3 of 6)
Case Study: Economics and policy of ending poverty (4 of 6)
Critical thinking skills in action: policy analysis of ‘current events,’ past and present (US Government: 5 of 6)
Critical thinking skills in action: economic analysis of ‘current events,’ past and present (Economics: 6 of 6)

Feb 20 13:50

Obama: Pass a bill or I’ll rip up the Constitution

When Republicans challenged Obamacare in the courts, they had to overcome the hurdle of persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a program enacted by Congress and signed by a president. The legal challenge by Texas and 25 other states to the administration’s executive actions on immigration is different. Congress never passed a Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (or DAPA) to grant legal status to some 5 million undocumented immigrants. President Obama himself never signed what his aides call an “executive action”; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson takes that honor. Thus DAPA is a scary power grab that claims the president — and even his bureaucrats — have the power to override duly enacted federal law. Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, was right to issue a temporary injunction against it.

Feb 20 13:42

BYE-BYE POLICE TANKS? LAW-MAKERS PROPOSE ANTI-POLICE-MILITARIZATION BILL

A bill introduced in Montana, HB 330, which would attempt to reign in the growing militarization of law enforcement is making its way through the House. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer, would put limit on the type of military equipment that could be transferred to state and local police under the federal 1033 program. In addition, the bill will audit the current inventory and require a strict regiment of oversight.

Feb 20 13:34

US TRAVELLERS SET FOR EU BIOMETRIC DRAGNET

US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. The biometric dragnet is part of a pilot test of the EU’s so-called ‘smart borders’ package. Passengers can refuse to give the data for now but there are plans to eventually make it obligatory.

Feb 20 11:41

FBI smearing my hacker husband

The FBI jailed and conducted a smear campaign against Texas hacker Fidel Salinas after he refused to do work for the agency, according to the imprisoned man’s wife,

Feb 20 11:20

Let's Talk About the Holocaust

Let's talk about the Holocaust; another chapter in the multi-millennia feud between the occult, now Zionism, and the Judaism, the foundations of justice found in the Torah.

Feb 20 10:04

FLUSTERCLUCK! Healthcare.gov sent out 800,000 bad tax forms; Update: Officials don’t know what happened?

The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay filing their 2014 taxes. …

The errors mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their tax refunds this year.

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Feb 20 09:31

BREAKING: There's another Obamacare Disaster

800,000 HealthCare.gov Customers Given Wrong Tax Info ...

Feb 20 08:54

Bombshell: Obama’s AG Nominee Loretta Lynch is reportedly being investigated,

Whistleblower alleges she helped cover up investigation of HSBC laundering of funds for Mexican drug cartels

Feb 20 08:40

How Germany Is Blowing Up The European Union

As Germany is set to reject a Greek loan extension request (and no, international press, that is not the same as an extension of the bailout program), Steve Keen uses proprietary numbers issued by the OECD – which is supposed to be on Germany’s side?! – to show how dramatically austerity has failed in Europe- that is, if the recovery of the Greek and Spanish economies was ever the real target. It certainly failed the populations of the countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Austerity was never meant to improve the lives of the people. It was designed to loot the people to make the private central bankers richer than they already are!

Feb 20 08:37

Why the Free and Open Internet Is Never Going to Die

Oh well. I guess it’s time to pack it up guys. We had a really nice run, but I guess the bad guys won. The Internet as we know it dead. Hammer the last nail and shovel in the dirt. We’ll just have to go back to watching CNN and shopping at Walmart.

I’m kidding of course. Put the noose down and listen up folks. The free Internet isn’t going to disappear. It’s just going underground. Even in countries like China, dissidents and businessmen have found some pretty creative ways to work around their government’s strict censorship of the Internet. And people of Cuba have gone so far as to build their own Internet infrastructure, separate from the government’s overpriced service. Even Mexico’s drug cartels have built a sprawling clandestine communication system that allow them to evade and spy on the authorities.

Feb 20 08:24

SHOCK DOCS: Total Federalization of Police Under New Homeland Security Mission.

A new white paper presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence carves out an 'evolving mission' for Homeland Security

Feb 20 08:19

David Cole: Holocaust is based on fakes, frauds, and forgeries

David Cole is not an “anti-Semite” or “revisionist”. He is ardently pro-Zionist, pro-Israel Jew. He is author of book Republican Party Animal. In his latest article, entitled Justifying My Existence, published at TAKI’s Magazine on February 17, 2015, he wrote: I attempt to correct the historical record regarding the Holocaust, primarily by sniffing out and exposing fake artifacts and fraudulent or improperly-used documents.

In no other field are fakes, frauds, and forgeries tolerated as they are in Holocaust history. And in no other field are the people who try to sort the fakes from the facts so ruthlessly attacked and in many countries imprisoned, David Cole added.

Feb 20 08:06

WIRETAPS REVEAL TURKEY'S ATTACKS ON SYRIAN REGIME POSITIONS

Media reports based on eyewitness and opposition sources saying that Turkey has become a party to the civil war in Syria have found their way into court proceedings. During the trial of the Islamic State (IS) militants who attacked Turkish security forces at Nigde last year, court files revealed that Turkey, beyond supplying opposition forces with weapons and ammunition, had also given artillery support to the opposition groups that captured Kassab. The prosecutor obtained striking admissions by tapping the defendants’ phones. According to documents obtained by Ahmet Sik of Cumhuriyet, the wiretapping transcripts reveal that the opposition forces at Kassab inform people in Turkey of the coordinates of Syrian army positions around Kassab, and then Turkey shells those locations.

Feb 20 08:04

How EU-US trade deal could thwart “boycott Israel” campaign

Two members of the US Congress have introduced a bill that would turn a giant trade deal between the EU and US into a devastating weapon against the people of Palestine and all those seeking justice alongside them. Together with the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently under negotiation, the proposed bill would compel all 28 EU member states to crack down on European groups participating in the growing movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

In order to combat the increasing isolation of Israel in global public opinion, European governments would effectively be turned into police agents for the US state.

Feb 20 08:03

Israeli foreign minister on Facebook: Palestinian prisoners should be executed

Israel’s hardline right-wing foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman plans to introduce a bill into the country’s parliament, the Knesset, which would implement the death penalty for Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli lockup.

Feb 20 07:14

Guess Which "Liberal" State Has 500 Laws Aimed at Oppressing the Homeless?

Cities in the United States have a long history of criminalizing the public presence of people they consider undesirable. In the late 1800s, Southern cities established “sundown towns,” laws that restricted black people from being outside after sunset. Throughout the 19th century, cities ratified “ugly laws,” banning people who were diseased or deformed from being outside. During the Great Depression, California cities passed an “anti-Okie” law, making it illegal to assist poor people entering the state.

Today, society’s target is homeless people. Beginning in the 1980s when the federal government slashed the affordable housing budget, cities have enacted thousands of laws to criminalize basic human needs such as resting, sleeping, standing, and sitting, as well as acts like panhandling and food sharing.

Feb 20 07:07

Innocent College Student Subject to Restraining Order for Resembling Alleged Rapist

An innocent male student was reportedly banned from entering large areas of his liberal-arts school in Oregon after a female classmate accused him of slightly resembling a rapist she encountered months prior in another state.

According to Professor Janey Halley, who detailed the incident in an article for the Harvard Law Review, the unnamed male student was forced to abide by the restraining order despite being found innocent during an extensive school investigation.

“I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them…” Halley wrote.

Calling the investigation “an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy,” Halley stated that the ensuing punishment resulted in the near-complete dismantling of his education at the college.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The feminists are trying to revive the rape hysteria of the 1990s to divide and conquer (and enslave) us again. This idea of issuing a restraining order against a man simply because he resembled a rapist shows the ludicrous lengths they will go to to push their agenda.

Feb 20 07:01

Bank bonuses to run into BILLIONS as population continues to feel after-effects of bailout crisis

Banks mired in scandal and bailed out by the state are set to infuriate hard-up families by announcing their share in nearly £5billion in bonuses.

The bumper payouts could include £2.2billion for staff at HSBC amid controversy over its Swiss banking arm, accused of helping super-rich customers evade tax.

Feb 20 06:54

The Straw That Broke the Back of the American Economy

As many of you know, we have an $18 trillion dollar [official government] debt, a $240 trillion dollar [unofficial government] debt, a $200 trillion dollar consumer credit debt and we have the ultimate elephant in the room, the one quadrillion dollar derivatives debt. In a country that imports 20% of its food supply, it was reported yesterday by KTAR 92.3 FM (Phoenix) that massive amounts of food are rotting on ships waiting to be offloaded and the docks awaiting shipment.

We should be wondering how much more can the economy take? What will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?

Feb 20 06:47

Researcher Reaffirms: At Least 760,000 Defensive Gun Uses a Year

On February 17 Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck responded to recent criticism of his past studies on defensive gun uses (DGUs) by showing why the criticism is wrong and why a minimum of 760,000 DGUs each year is still a viable claim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that Politico used investment counselors to try to refute the gun statistics!

Feb 20 02:48

THE GREAT SIM HEIST

How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.

The company targeted by the intelligence agencies, Gemalto, is a multinational firm incorporated in the Netherlands that makes the chips used in mobile phones and next-generation credit cards.

Feb 20 02:48

Dutch Firm Gemalto Investigates Hacking Claim

AMSTERDAM—Digital-security firm Gemalto NV said Friday it was investigating a report that alleged it was hacked on a massive scale by U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies.

The Intercept, a news website, reported Thursday that the National Security Agency and the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters hacked the Netherlands-based firm to steal encryption keys used to protect the privacy of mobile-phone communications. The report cited documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden .

GCHQ declined to comment, while the NSA couldn’t be reached for comment.

Feb 19 20:38

How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

The Intercept - First Look Media

Feb 19 20:30

'NSA has eyes in every digital communication'

Top secret documents previously provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), broke into the network of the world’s largest SIM card maker to compromise global communications. Marc Rogers, head of Security at the DEF CON hacker conference thinks that the NSA has invaded all digital communications.

Feb 19 20:08

The Internet Is Our Only Free Press

The country was never really a democracy, meaning a polity in which final power rested with the people. The voters have always been too remote from the levers of power to have much influence. Yet for a brief window of time there actually was freedom of a sort. With the censorship of the net—it will be called “regulation”—the last hope of retaining former liberty will expire.

Feb 19 19:59

Man acquitted after 24 years in prison sues NYC, police

Deacon was convicted in the 1989 shooting death of a teenager during a robbery in a Flatbush apartment complex. He was granted a new trial in 2012 after one witness recanted and an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the shooter.

Feb 19 19:51

More U.S. cities ban sledding: ‘We can’t protect people from themselves all the time’

A recent sledding accident in Columbia, Missouri could prompt local officials to consider a ban on the wintertime activity, a step taken by an increasing number of U.S. cities and municipalities.

Feb 19 19:48

A Growing Number of Wealthy Federal Employees

How much money does one need in order to be “rich”? As noted in a Time Magazine article: “The rich don’t really think they’re rich. In a new survey, the vast majority of investors with $1 million in assets don’t consider themselves wealthy.”

Feb 19 19:29

No More AUMFs! No More 'Unitary Executives' We’re Losing Our Democracy and All Our Freedoms by DAVE LINDORFF

snip: The legal “theory” cobbled together by the Bush/Cheney White House attorney-for-hire John Yoo and accepted by the Supreme Court majority is that during time of war, and particularly in a war zone, the Constitution makes the American president a “unitary executive” who has within his power not just executive, but also legislative and judicial authority to act on his own without restraint. This is the specious argument that has allowed President Obama, and President Bush before him, to override the Constitutional guarantee of a right to a fair trial by ones peers, and to simply decide whether to torture captives or whether an American should be killed in a drone strike for allegedly being a terrorist or terror supporter. It is the argument that allows the president to decide that it’s okay to torture someone, in violation of US and international law. It’s okay for the NSA and other federal agencies to spy on Americans under this unitary executive theory, too.

Feb 19 18:07

White House: Giuliani's comments on Obama 'horrible'

"I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America, He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."

(*Great example of how Main Stream Media gives it's minions their opinion . "What Giuliani said was "HORRIBLE" , and there's the story . Not one of them to step up and say something American about his words . How about this opinion ? Just because Rudy was an all around ass throughout his time in office , does this mean he is denied his first amendment / freedom of speech ? Does anyone at ABCNNBCBS&FOX bother to examine the possibility that perhaps many feel the same regards ? I don't know , but I'm not feeling the 'horrible' ,
Says Who ?
Giuliani , that's who . Look at him throwing the "H" bomb around .

Raum Emanual knew better than to Waste A Perfectly Good Crisis !>>> http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-lends-hand-rahm-emanuel... )

Feb 19 16:52

Obama Destroyed Libya

What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.

Feb 19 16:48

When It Comes to ISIS, Obama Is Utterly Clueless

The most savage group of Islamic terrorists that any of us have ever seen has taken over large portions of Iraq, Syria and Libya. As they go along, they are gleefully beheading, crucifying and torching innocent civilians. They believe that they are living in the end times, and that they are part of a great Islamic army that will defeat “the forces of Rome” and bring about a glorious new age during which Islam rules the entire planet. But Barack Obama and his minions absolutely refuse to use the words “Islam” or “Muslim” when discussing ISIS. Instead, as you will see below, the Obama administration insists that the reason that ISIS exists is because of a lack of “job opportunities” in that area of the world. If we could just find enough good jobs for the terrorists, apparently the entire problem of Islamic terror would just fade away according to them. This kind of twisted politically correct thinking is going to be one of the things that leads to the downfall of this country.

Feb 19 16:41

AIPAC: Netanyahu’s Silent Partner

As the bitter diplomatic row between the United States and Israel plays out in Washington, the largest and most influential pro-Israel lobby has largely been silent. But don’t confuse this silence for surrender. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) still wields tremendous influence on Capitol Hill, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a speech March 3 that’s expected to criticize President Barack Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Feb 19 16:31

Shaken Baby Syndrome often just a cover story for children who are brain damaged by vaccines

Child abuse comes in many forms, and can result in serious and permanent health conditions such as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a type of brain damage that typically afflicts children younger than one-year-old. But the cause of such abuse is not always physical trauma as many experts claim -- pediatricians, doctors, and government officials routinely abuse children by injecting them with toxic vaccines, which are often the real cause of SBS and other brain damage-related conditions inappropriately blamed on physical abuse allegedly caused by parents and guardians.

Feb 19 15:53

Syria: Special Forces From Turkey Attack The Syrian Arab Army

Yesterday the Syrian Arab Army tried to relief the insurgent-besieged villages of Nubl and al-Zahraa and to close the corridor between the city of Aleppo and the Turkish border to the north. The troops captured three villages and nearly closed the gap in their ring around Aleppo but were pushed out again in an onslaught by hundreds of enemies coming from the direction of the Turkish border.

Feb 19 15:45

After Blizzard Closes Campus, Harvard Spends $800,000 to Combat “Global Warming”

Harvard University has awarded $800,000 in grants to combat “global warming” after canceling three days of classes due to severe snowfall.

Feb 19 15:44

New York Is Trying To Ban Butcher Knives and Machetes Now

New York State has long been notorious for heavily restricting and banning weapons. Critics have suggested that the bans that started with firearms could end up banning anything and everything the State decided citizens should not be trusted with. Meanwhile, New York has seen some of the most militaristically-armed police forces in the nation.

Feb 19 12:29

The Murder Blanket

Esar Met insisted he was innocent but after repeated threats and menacing behavior from an FBI agent he agreed to say whatever he was told to say.

For most of the 'confession', the detective and FBI agent ask him a question and he gives an answer that makes it obvious he is not familiar with the crime. The predatory law enforcers then help him adapt his story so it fits the actual crime scene.

When the interview was wrapping up they were tired though.

In the video below the FBI agent asks him about the linens and he doesn't have much of an answer. Instead of coaxing him through a new story that would look good to the public and make him look guilty, they let it go.

As a result you will see next to nothing in the media about the fact that the bedsheets from the bedroom next to the crime scene were gone.

Or the fact that a large bloody plastic bag was found next to the body.

Feb 19 12:11

76-Year-Old Texas Man Jailed For Feeding Homeless Cats

David Parton, 76, was arrested in the town of Gainesville for breaking an ordinance against feeding strays and refusing to pay $900 in fines, according to MyFoxNY.

“My responsibility was simply to do what God said,’keep feeding them’,” Parton said.

Legal assistance was offered by the advocacy group Alley Cat Allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We actually have the same stupid law here in Hawaii.

Feb 19 11:36

2016 Hopeful Jeb Bush Backs Big Brother: Gov't Surveillance “Keeps Us Safe”

Possible 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush has declared his support for the controversial NSA mass surveillance programs, many of which were created during the presidency of his brother George W., that most potential Republican candidates have criticized.

Feb 19 11:23

UK Guardian, Bank of England: ‘Banks create money as debt.’ Translation: debt-free money, at-cost credit creates instant prosperity

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

The UK Guardian is Earth’s third most-read on-line newspaper. In a revealing article, The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling it in, the author explains what the Bank of England and US Federal Reserve admit:

What we use for money is created as debt by private banks.

What this means is that with monetary and credit reform the public could have instant prosperity: full-employment, zero public deficits and debt, the best infrastructure we can imagine, falling prices, and release of public TRILLIONS held in “rainy day” accounts.

These solutions are OBVIOUS with a few moments of attention, and affirmed by leading Americans since Benjamin Franklin. See for yourself with what we have now, and what these solutions offer.

What we have:

Feb 19 11:14

Europe Will Implement Both Border and Capital Controls in the Coming Months

This is not some idle conjecture. We know that the political elite in Europe are only too happy to ignore the rule of law whenever the crisis gets too out of hand. Indeed, this won’t even be the first time that this happens in the EU.

Back in March of 2012, when the EU Crisis first began to spin out of control, then Prime Minister of France Nicolas Sarkozy openly called for the renegotiation of the Schengen Treaty: the treaty that established the 26-nation EU as a “borderless” entity in which individuals could move from one country to another with little difficulty and which also made trade among EU members easier.

France was not alone either. A few months later, both France and Germany proposed imposing border controls in June of that same year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the EU is a union only for the bankers.

Feb 19 08:56

DEAR A-HOLE FBI AGENT EL-NOURY

You know who you are, the piece of malfunctioning trash that framed up a simpleton with an IQ of at most 65 in an idiotic plot to blow up Yellowstone and derail a train -

You are the lowest of the gutter low trash, so low that all comment sections below the five articles on five different papers I read were all disabled simply because others were obviously calling you an A-hole. The people DO NOT believe it is the FBI's job to empower simpletons to carry out impossible plots they would never progress with absent your help. Your job is to assess real threats, not chase down simpletons and manipulate them into stacking your credentials.

Yes, you can take your fat bonus check, call your idiotic tax wasting pursuit a successful classified mission, slam some total retard in jail and climb the ladder. Cool it is how tyranny rewards the lowest of filth.

Feb 19 08:51

9 weirdest things about this RCMP intelligence report on the "anti-petroleum movement"

First reported in La Presse, and again Monday in the Globe and Mail, the RCMP report dated January 2014 warns of "a growing, highly organized and well-financed anti-Canada petroleum movement that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society's reliance on fossil fuels."

The report surfaces amidst fresh debate in Parliament over the Tories new anti-terror legislation and its potential use against groups involved in peaceful protest and legitimate dissent. The Harper government already has a proven track record for gathering intelligence on opponents of the oil sands.

Feb 19 07:39

Officials Declare ‘Eating Healthy’ A Mental Disorder

In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa,” defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” In other words, experts are saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder when they will decide that a desire for truth is a mental illness.

Feb 19 06:54

‘100 riot police’ clash with housing justice activists in South London, 6 arrested

Six people were arrested on Tuesday night in a London council estate, following a standoff between riot police and activists protesting against the ‘social cleansing’ of London's poor.

Feb 19 06:54

GAO and The Goldilocks Option: Audit the Fed but Don't Make It Sweat

Just in time to join this larger debate comes the reasonable GAO alternative: Let's make the Fed more accountable but not TOO accountable.

Feb 19 01:40

Kung Hei Fat Choi ! What Really Happened in The Opium War

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year Kung Hei Fat Choi! Its fitting and timely to watch An Epic Film Premiered in 1997 for the Handover of Hong Kong by he British back to China. A must see for anyone interested in the dark history of the British empire. What they don't teach you in the history school books. This 2 1/2 hour film (subtitled in English and Chinese) is probably the most powerful movie ever made on the wars waged by the Chinese over the British to rid the country of the opium addiction that was crippling Chinese of every walk of life.

Feb 18 22:55

American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo

Allegations stemming from interviews and court documents, concerning five Chicago suspects, suggest Zuley and his colleagues shackled suspects to walls for extended periods, threatened their family members, and perhaps even planted evidence on them. The point was to yield confessions, even while ignoring potentially exculpatory evidence.

Several of those techniques bear similarities to those used by Zuley when he took over the interrogation of Mohamedou Ould Slahi at Guantánamo, described in official government reports and a best-selling memoir serialised last month by the Guardian as one of the most brutal ever conducted at the US wartime prison.

Feb 18 19:51

One day the ruler's here, next they're gone - law prof. on drone policies

The State Department has announced a new policy change that will allow for the sale of weaponized drones to allied nations, but the consequences are far from clear considering recent events and regime changes in the Middle East.

Feb 18 19:41

America In Distress – Have We Reached The Tipping Point?

Obama has spent the last eight years adding Trillions to our National Debt, edging us closer to bankruptcy. Scandals have plagued us at an alarming rate – IRS, Benghazi, NSA, Snowden, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Operation Choke Point, The VA, AP Wiretapping, Drones, ObamaCare, Monsanto / FDA appointment, Recess appointments… and on and on.

Feb 18 18:34

Mass surveillance warning after European terror attacks

Europe’s human rights watchdog has issued a strong warning on the dangers of new mass surveillance counter-terrorism measures being adopted by governments in the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen terror attacks.

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, says proposals such as banning encryption, as advocated by David Cameron, and giving the security services unfettered access to digital communications suggests “little has been learned from the Snowden affair about the danger to human rights”.

The human rights watchdog also warns that plans to make internet companies responsible for removing content that “incites terrorism” without any possibility of being challenged in court are “highly problematic”.

Feb 18 17:13

Flashback: Merck vaccine fraud exposed by two Merck virologists

company faked mumps vaccine efficacy results for over a decade, says lawsuit

Feb 18 17:08

How One Nebraska Woman Lost Her Health Insurance Three Times Under Obamacare

For Weldin, 58, the insurer’s liquidation marked the third time she would lose her health insurance under Obamacare, the third time she would head to HealthCare.gov to shop for coverage, and the third time she would have to purchase a brand new plan.

Feb 18 16:19

Government In Action: The NSA’s Latest Attempt To Hack Your Computer

Sometimes I wonder just how bad the news about government spying can get. The answer was in my inbox this morning. I quickly ran out of superlatives: Awful. Terrible. Appalling. Dreadful.

The article in question reported that for most of the last two decades, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been deliberately infecting the “firmware” that runs most common hard drives, including those made by Seagate, Western Digital, IBM, Toshiba, Samsung and Maxtor. There’s a 99% chance that the computer you’re using has one of those in it. Mine has four.

Feb 18 15:50

Police Trash 90-Year-Old Woman’s Home in Search for Nonexistent Drugs

A 90-year-old woman whose home was significantly damaged in a police drug raid says she was falsely targeted by Miami-area law enforcement.

Feb 18 15:36

Obama administration to allow sales of armed drones to allies

The Obama administration will permit the widespread export of armed drones for the first time, a step toward providing allied nations with weapons that have become a cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy but whose remotely controlled power to kill is intensely controversial.

Feb 18 15:14

Officials Declare ‘Eating Healthy’ A Mental Disorder

In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa,” defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” In other words, experts are saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated.

Feb 18 15:06

UK Police Forces Have Secret Facial Recognition Database Of 18 Million People, Many Innocent

The UK already has a pretty awful reputation when it comes to surveillance, what with millions of CCTV cameras, DRIPA and two recent attempts to shove the Snooper’s Charter through Parliament without scrutiny. So perhaps it should come as no surprise to discover that UK police forces have created a giant facial recognition database that includes hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

Feb 18 15:03

The Federal Government Demands Censorship On Social Media

Congress and the White House are leaning on Twitter to censor Islamic State posts on its network.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, the chair of a House foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, has singled out Twitter for allowing supposed IS operatives to recruit and propagandize on the social media platform.

“This is the way (the Islamic State) is recruiting — they are getting people to leave their homelands and become fighters,” Poe said.

Feb 18 15:00

Google warns of US government ‘hacking any facility’ in the world

Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would open the door to US “government hacking of any facility” in the world.

Feb 18 14:46

White House Overhypes Obamacare Enrollment, Again

Yesterday evening, not long after the official (but not actual) end of Obamacare’s open enrollment period, the White House Twitter feed posted some breaking news: “About 11.4 million Americans are signed up for private health coverage,” the tweet said, posting the information with the hashtag #ACAWorks.

It is in some ways remarkable that the White House can provide this information so quickly. Not because the information should be hard to collect, but because other similar information often eludes the administration.

As Bloomberg News health care reporter Alex Wayne noted on Twitter earlier today during a Q&A session with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the administration "still can’t tell us how many people were enrolled in Obamacare at the end of 2014."

Feb 18 14:45

Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling Obama an ‘Assclown’

Editor’s Note: Any president who takes “selfies” to promote his unconstitutional healthcare initiative IS an assclown.

Feb 18 11:47

Obama Destroyed Libya

Bush committed this error in Iraq. Obama made it in Libya. And now he's doing it again in Syria.What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.

When Obama took office in 2009, Libya was under the clutches of longtime dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But things were looking up.

Bush and Gaddafi had cut a deal to lift Western trade sanctions in exchange for Libya acknowledging and paying restitution for its role in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In a rare triumph for Bush, Libya also agreed to give up its nuclear weapons research program. Libyan and Western analysts anticipated that Gaddafi’s dictatorship would be forced to accept liberal reforms, perhaps even free elections and rival political parties, in order to attract Western investment.

Feb 18 11:43

WPD conducts violent no-knock raid: guess what they found

The Wichita Police Department used a battering ram to enter an unlocked home near Reflection Ridge, thinking the home was a drug house because the men renting the expensive home were young, and had a lot of visitors. The police did not realize that the men were renting the home from one of the men's parents, who are living in Costa Rica. The police also did not realize that the home has a music studio, and that the men were helping many artists record their music.

Feb 18 10:31

Is Washington Fabricating the Economic Data?

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Is this a trick question?

Feb 18 10:27

Global Politics – a war of meanings

In the course of life today, we’ve grown accustomed to using terms whose meaning we might not fully understand. We throw them around casually, not realizing that they lose their meaning and sometimes even come around to stand for their exact opposite. This is precisely why the sense has arisen today in society that there is a need to determine in a clear and understandable manner exactly what is happening on the global chessboard in front of all of our eyes – the Big Story, written online.

Feb 18 10:23

In Whose America?

If ever there was a system in need of “reform,” this was it. And yet the NSA has successfully outlasted the long Snowden moment without a single thing being walked back, not even the most shocking revelation for Americans: that the agency was gathering and storing their bulk phone “metadata.” A year ago, a presidential advisory board on privacy concluded that the bulk data collection was “illegal and unproductive” and recommended changes. None have yet taken place. “Reform” efforts on the NSA collapsed in Congress even before the Republicans took the Senate. As with the police, so the president has announced minor “tweaks” to the system of data collection and it’s marching right on.

Feb 18 10:20

Elimination of Public Option Threw Consumers to the Insurance Wolves

hen members of Congress caved to demands from the insurance industry and ditched their plan to establish a “public option” health plan, the lawmakers also ditched one of their favorite talking points, that a government-run plan was necessary to “keep insurers honest.”

Feb 18 10:02

video - IOUSA

- An interesting, informative and factual summary of the US financial health up to the end of the Bush era.

Feb 18 08:04

Robert Reich: This Very Bad Deal Will Make Wall Street Richer and Bust the Rest of America

Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1percent. ?

The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages.

This is pretty much what “free trade” has brought us over the last two decades.

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