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March 26, 2015

Mar 26 16:59

US Warships in Red Sea Ready to Respond in Yemen - CENTCOM

The two warships, the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Fort McHenry, are on standby in the Red Sea and are ready to respond to the rebel uprising in Yemen, according to the US Defense Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So all Israel needs to do is bring sneak of their Dolphin submarines through the Suez Canal (which they have been caught doing), fire a shot as a US ship, claim Iran did it (a repeat of the USS Liberty gambit) and the war with Iran will be underway!

Mar 26 16:52

US delivers Humvees to Ukraine:

Mar 26 16:05

KenFM am Telefon: Peter Haisenko zum Absturz von Germanwings 4U9525

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A longtime pilot talks and wonders why if the copilot was going to commit suicide, he didn't say some last words to the world to be recorded.

Mar 26 16:04

Hackers Use an Android App for Sex Extortion

In a report provided to The New York Times on Monday, Trend Micro’s researchers detailed a new Android app that criminals are using to pressure their victims into paying blackmail fees.

Researchers said the extortionists first lure their victims through a number of online chatting tools like Skype, or KakaoTalk, an Asian chat service. Once the trap is set, they feign audio or messaging problems to persuade their target to download one of four malicious Android apps that can siphon off a phone number, stored passwords and address books.

In some cases, the Android app turned the victim’s device into a recording device. It also intercepted incoming and outgoing telephone calls and text messages.

Mar 26 15:59

Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden.

A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary.

However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.

Mar 26 15:51

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

The best way for preventing such spying operations, for anyone worried about NSA snooping, would be to stop using certain U.S.-based online services, including Facebook, at least until they open data centers in Europe.

“You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” European Commission attorney Bernhard Schima told attorney-general Yves Bot at the CJEU on Tuesday, suggesting that personal data transferred from Europe to the U.S. isn’t necessarily protected under the U.S.-EU pact, even though the Framework should ensure data privacy and security.


Mar 26 15:49

FBI Quietly Removes Recommendation To Encrypt Your Phone... As FBI Director Warns How Encryption Will Lead To Tears

It's as if Comey has absolutely no concept of a cost-benefit analysis. All "bad people" must be stopped, even if it means destroying all of our freedoms, based on what he has to say. That's insane -- and raises serious questions about his competence to lead a government agency charged with protecting the Constitution.

Mar 26 15:46

Canada plans dramatic expansion of its role in Mideast war

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented a motion to parliament Tuesday endorsing the extension of Canadian military operations in Iraq for a further twelve months, and their expansion into Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Stephen!

Mar 26 15:44

London Gold Fix Closed – Sign of Drastic Changes the World Financial System Is To Go Through

The closer of London Gold Fix (LGF) on March 20 is big news. The first London gold fixing was performed in 1919; it had a short way to go till its anniversary. The system of its functioning was simple enough. A number of leading participants started a fixing process to reach a balance between supply and demand to set the price. The gold fixing provided a recognized rate that was used as a benchmark for pricing the majority of gold products and derivatives throughout the world's markets. There were five participating banks and market makers that made up London Bullion Market Association – LBMA. London Gold Market Fixing Ltd. exercised the administrative control.

Mar 26 15:22

Special ops troops using flawed intel software

Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews.

Mar 26 15:18

Some Countries ADMIT They Rig the Stock Market

Several central banks are directly buying stocks. They include the central banks of Switzerland, Japan, Israel, the Czech Republic, and a total of 23 percent of all nations worldwide. (And it has long been rumored that the Fed buys stocks through proxies.)

Mar 26 15:18

'The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law' as U.S. Federal Common Law Not English Common Law Define What an Article II Natural Born Citizen Is

The Framers did not define an Article II "natural born Citizen" because they did not see a reason to. It was a term that was well defined by the law of nations and well-know by civilized nations. Given that citizenship affects "the behavior of nation states with each other" (Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (2004), all civilized nations knew what the definition of citizenship was. The Founders believed that the common law was discoverable by reason and was forever present, a "discoverable reflection of universal reason." Sosa. So since the Constitution did not define "citizen" or "natural born Citizen," "resort must be had to the customs and usages of civilized nations" found in the law of nations, as defined by scholars, jurists, and commentators of the time who devoted “years of labor, research and experience” to the subject. The Paquete Habana, 175 U.S. 677, 700 (1900).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A long read, but in summary, there IS a legal definition of "Natural Born Citizen" and Ted Cruz does not meet it.

Mar 26 15:17

A world gone mad: Fear of Terrorism is Making Us Crazy, Especially in the US

When I lived in China, there was a story going ‘round about a China Airlines flight in which both the pilot and the co-pilot had left the cockpit and then, on their return, found the door locked. They reportedly got a fire ax, and with the whole planeload of freaked out passengers watching, started wailing at the door. The co-pilot then turned, and seeing the panic developing, calmly drew the curtain across the aisle, hiding their work from view. The axe bashing continued until they broke the latch and got back to the controls.


Mar 26 15:05

The $160 Billion Cost: Why Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych Spurned EU’s Offer, on 20 Nov. 2013

Eric Zuesse
RINF Alternative News

“Burying the lede” is a way that ‘news’ professionals hide or “bury” things while ‘reporting’ on them; and the biggest example of this in modern times occurred when Germany’s Spiegel (Mirror) magazine headlined its cover-story on 24 November 2014, “Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine.” On the magazine’s front cover, it was instead bannered as “Kalte Krieger — Geschichte einer Machtprobe.

Mar 26 14:54

Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos

There are 18-wheelers with brake problems, hungry bears just stumbling out of hibernation, and lawnmowers that suddenly shift into reverse. And then there’s the unparalleled danger of Double Stuf Oreos. Thank goodness this teacher requires parents to sign off on cookie consumption—if they dare.

Mar 26 14:48

The Tangle of US-Israeli Double Standards

As Israeli voters went to the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared he would oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. In what The New York Times called a “racist rant,” he also proclaimed, “right-wing rule is in danger” because “Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations.”

Mar 26 14:45

Police Implement New Policy to Treat Everyone as Criminals: When a Cop Stops You, Hands Must Go Up

Drivers as well as their passengers in Topeka Kansas will soon be subject to a new policy requiring everyone to put their hands up during police stops.


Mar 26 14:43

Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?

The Mirror (UK) is now reporting that "Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz 'suffered burnout or depression' a few years ago, a former classmate has claimed."

The reported behavior of Andrea Lubitz is eerily similar to SSRI-drug-induced school shooters who have carried out mass murders in the United States (see detailed list below). In case after case, school shooters have been found to either be on prescription antidepressant drugs or have been recently taken off them, causing withdrawal side effects.

What U.S. school shootings and the Germanwings mass murder have in common is a dissociation from reality where individuals often think they are "playing a video game" and don't realize their actions are literally harming other people in the real world.

Mar 26 14:32

Bringing Gaza to Glasgow: Council spends £24 million on high tech spying kit from Israel

The UK Government and Glasgow City Council are spending £24 million trialling Israeli surveillance equipment in Glasgow.

Mar 26 14:08

Pesticide Lobbyist Refuses to Drink Glyphosate After Claiming It’s Safe to Drink

A lobbyist and public relations consultant for the pesticide industry refused to drink a glass of Monsanto’s weed killer “Roundup” after labeling the substance safe to drink.

Mar 26 14:07

The US House of Representatives Openly Calls for Regime Change in Moscow

The US House Resolution to send lethal arms to Ukraine also calls for a long-term strategy for the overthrow of Vladimir Putin.

Mar 26 14:04

Audit: Border Patrol agents paid overtime for instructing CrossFit

Whistleblower information about the misuse of “administratively uncontrollable overtime” by some U.S. Border Patrol agents has been confirmed, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

Mar 26 14:02

As Saudi Arabia and Allies Continue Airstrikes, Sorrow and Rage in Yemen

Saudi Arabia discusses deploying as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes in operation receiving coordination from the Pentagon and supported by Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain

Mar 26 14:00

Top government scientists say no to vaccines for their kids

Call in the FBI and DHS. Surround Los Alamos Labs with tanks. Lock the place down.


Mar 26 13:58

CIA mastermind behind bin Laden "killing" to be removed from post

The head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), who masterminded the killing of Osama bin Laden and the drone campaign, is being removed from his post at a time when the agency is focusing on a new generation of extremist threats.

Mar 26 13:57

General David Petraeus: Back into the National Spotlight

Another scandal is on the rise in the United States and David Petraeus, former CIA Director and four-star Army four General, is in focus again.

Mar 26 13:47

The Opponents of Free Markets

In spite of a seemingly endless number of examples to the contrary, we continue to be confronted, even in 2015, with the widespread idea that technological innovation can destroy jobs and wealth.

Mar 26 13:40

Globalist Wars Killed Over 2 Million People in Last Decade

U.S. wars initiated at the behest of a global financial elite killed more than 2,000,000 people, according to a report published by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Mar 26 12:54

Senior Ukrainian official arrested for embezzlement as government ups anti-corruption campaign

Senior Ukrainian state official Serhiy Bochkovskiy has been arrested on corruption charges during today's session of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

Bochkovskiy is accused of embezzlement connected to the procurement of fuels and lubricants for the State Emergency Service, which he has headed since April 2014. Bochkovskiy's first deputy Vasyl Stoyetskiy was also detained on similar charges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko's Purge?

Mar 26 12:25

Eloquent 4th Grader Brings Crowd To Its Feet After She Rebukes Govt School Testing

One Florida 4th grader, who could barely see over the podium as she gave a rousing speech to the Board - just couldn't take being a mere statistic any more when it came to the new standardized testing.

Students aren't even allowed to tell parents what the test covers...

WATCH and applaud this 9-year-old...

Mar 26 12:22

A 26% PRICE INCREASE THROUGH DECEPTION

Mar 26 11:51

Watch This Monsanto Lobbyist Refuse To Drink Glass Of Roundup That He Claims Is Safe

A controversial lobbyist who claimed that the chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer was safe for humans refused to drink his own words when a French television journalist offered him a glass.

Mar 26 11:44

Ultra-nationalist Ukrainian battalion gears up for more fighting

The far-right Azov battalion, whose symbol resembles a black swastika on a yellow background, is preparing to defend the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine against a widely expected attack by pro-Russian separatists.

The 1,000 strong ultra-nationalist militia has a reputation as a fierce pro-government fighting force in the almost year-old conflict with the Russia-backed rebels in east Ukraine, and is disdainful of peace efforts.

But the radical views of the commanders of a group affiliated to Ukraine's national guard which works alongside the army, and the use of symbols echoing Nazi emblems have caused alarm in the West and Russia, and could return to haunt Kiev's pro-Western leadership when fighting eventually ends.

Mar 26 11:31

Saudis, Allies Plan Massive Invasion of Yemen

An air war that is already taking its toll on the civilian population of the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa is just the beginning, as Saudi Arabia is telegraphing their planned ground invasion of Yemen, and touting the number of Sunni Arab allies who will be going along.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the White House insists that the previous intervention and installation of a puppet ruler in Yemen was a great success!

Mar 26 11:27

Another Middle East War Breaks Out: Saudis Begin Bombing Yemen, US Military Taking Action

OBAMA AUTHORIZED LOGISTICAL AND INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO GULF, U.S. MILITARY TAKING MILITARY ACTION TO DEFEND SAUDI BORDER, TO DEFEND AGAINST HOUTHI VIOLENCE

Mar 26 11:27

US Stock Market Remains Negative Trend

Shares on the stock exchange in the United States remained lower on Thursday half-day operations, the fourth day the markets recorded negative behavior.

Casualties were more pronounced in European and Asian markets.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21 points (0.1%) to stand at 17,696 units at 11:45 am New York.

http://whatisusa.info/us-stock-market-remains-negative-trend/

Mar 26 11:26

Moody’s downgrades Ukraine heralding imminent default

International rating agency Moody's has downgraded the long-term issuer rating of Ukraine to the second lowest Ca grade from Caa3, leaving the outlook negative and a high possibility of the country’s imminent default.

“Although negotiations over the specific details of the restructuring are only now getting underway, Moody's believes that the likelihood of a distressed exchange, and hence a default on government debt taking place, is virtually one hundred percent,” Moody’s said in a news release Tuesday.

Mar 26 11:23

A California Lawyer Wants to Put Gays to Death. Why Isn’t the Attorney General Ignoring Him?

Now it’s Harris’s turn to respond. Because democracy

Mar 26 11:18

Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot deliberately crashed plane, officials say

German authorities also say "that we have to assume" that Flight 9525 "was deliberately activated for a crash," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. "This is hard to comprehend for most people. Nobody can imagine this."

The French government has asked the FBI to help investigate the crash, a law enforcement official said Thursday.

A search is underway for the plane's second "black box," the flight data recorder, which could shed more light on the plane's final minutes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too many people are assuming too much based on insufficient information. Without the digital flight recorder, nobody knows what the co-pilot did or did not do to the flight control instruments. There is a real rush to judgement happening here.

Mar 26 11:15

Mass-killer co-pilot who deliberately flew Germanwings plane into a mountain after locking captain out of cockpit had to STOP his training because he was depressed and suffering 'burnt-out'

The Germanwings pilot who deliberately crashed into a mountain killing 150 people had to stop his training because he was suffering from depression and 'burnout', it emerged today.

Andreas Günter Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit before ploughing the Airbus A320 into the French Alps at more than 400mph.

The chilling final moments of the doomed jet were revealed by French prosecutors who said Lubitz's sole aim was to 'destroy the plane'.

It has since emerged that the 28-year-old was forced to postpone his pilot training in 2008 because of mental health problems, with a friend saying he was 'in depression.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like EgyptAir 990 all over again.

Mar 26 11:13

DEA agents threw wild sex parties — which were funded by drug cartels: watchdog report

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in an unnamed country had alleged “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by local drug cartels over several years, according to a report published on Thursday by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.

The 10 agents – an assistant regional director and nine special agents – had the alleged parties “at government-leased headquarters,” and three of the special agents “were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members,” according to the report.

Mar 26 11:11

New Study: Monsanto’s Herbicides are Breeding Super Bugs

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it had classified glyphosate, the United States’ most widely used herbicide chemical, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” As if we need another reason to ban Roundup (which contains glyphosate), there is now evidence that the chemicals in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide also cause antibiotic resistance in harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium.

The study abstract states:

“Increasingly common chemicals…can induce a multiple-antibiotic resistance phenotype in potential pathogens. The effect occurs upon simultaneous exposure to antibiotics and is faster than the lethal effect of antibiotics. The magnitude of the induced response may undermine antibiotic therapy and substantially increase the probability of spontaneous mutation to higher levels of resistance.

Mar 26 11:10

Inspector General Report Accuses Homeland Security Official of “Unprecedented” Visa Intervention on Behalf of Harry Reid, Virginia’s Current Governor and Others

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) inspector general has accused the department’s former No. 2 official of “unprecedented” interference in a visa program for wealthy foreign investors on behalf of prominent politicians.

Inspector General John Roth said in “an unusually harsh and detailed report,” according to Government Executive, that the former head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and deputy secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, had helped politically connected foreign investors seeking U.S. residency. Those receiving favoritism from Mayorkas included people with ties to Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Terry McAuliffe, now the Democratic governor of Virginia, former Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and others.

Mar 26 11:08

It Furthers to have Eyes in the Front of your Head.

Every now and then I put my name in quotes, like this; “les visible” and pop it into Zio-Google. I did this today and I noticed something I had never seen before. Ordinarily the only negative commentary I run into is that put together by Dublin Mick, who... ostensibly... ostensibly went out of his way to assault me because he felt that I did not attack The Vatican aggressively enough. He didn't feel it was important enough to approach me first before he launched into his hatchet job, which included seeking out everyone he knew who disliked me for one reason or another and letting them have at me while he performed as modifier, which made him not only look good but also accomplished his real intention. It was a good example of Machiavelli being channeled to a particular end but... I digress.

Mar 26 11:06

The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and “misbehavior before an enemy?”

Mar 26 11:06

Survivors outraged at plan to seal abuse reports for 75 years

Surviviors of institutional abuse have expressed outrage over Government plans to seal all major industrial school and orphanage investigation records for 75 years.

The move, which also allows for the possible destruction of documents, must now be ratified by the Dáil in a bill which will be brought forward by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan.

The Irish Independent has learned that the bill has been approved by Cabinet for drafting.

Mar 26 11:01

Bankers Hate Peace: All Wars Are Bankers’ Wars

As Lee Fang writes: The possibility of an Iran nuclear deal depressing weapons sales was raised by Myles Walton, an analyst from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, during a Lockheed earnings call this past January 27. Walton asked Marillyn Hewson, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, if an Iran agreement could “impede what you see as progress in foreign military sales.” Financial industry analysts such as Walton use earnings calls as an opportunity to ask publicly-traded corporations like Lockheed about issues that might harm profitability.

Mar 26 11:00

11 facts about gun violence in the United States

It's pretty hard to count up all the guns in the United States, especially given how varied different states' licensing and registration policies are. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report estimated that there were 310 million civilian guns in 2009: 114 million handguns, 110 million rifles, and 86 million shotguns. The Small Arms Survey, which measures gun prevalence internationally, estimated that there were 270 million in 2007. The latter estimate suggests there were 88.8 guns for every 100 people in the US in 2007; there were about 307 million people in the US in 2009, which would mean the CRS estimated there were more guns than people in America.

Mar 26 10:55

Anyone Care For Another Dash Of Snow?

Today's tantalizing touch of warmth (high 56?!) will be accompanied by lashing wind and thunderous rain through tonight and Friday morning, at which point we begin our descent back into the cold, icy catacombs. As Joe pointed out yesterday, Saturday's expected high of 39 is more like the normal low for this time in March, but does "normal" even mean anything anymore, man? There is a chance of snow on Saturday.

Mar 26 10:55

Cleveland area looking at rain, snow and falling temperatures

It's raining this morning, temperatures are falling, and that rain could change to snow as early as noon. Forecasters say up to 2 inches of snow could fall along the lakeshore, and several inches could be on the ground in the snow belt by Friday.

Mar 26 10:54

Heavy snow moves into metro Buffalo

Heavy snow has replaced the fog that blanketed metro Buffalo early Thursday, signalling the arrival of a low-pressure system bringing more moisture.

Mar 26 10:54

Snow falls over Pennines and Yorkshire, with more unsettled weather to come

British summer time is just days away but winter has had one last hurrah, with snow falling across parts of the UK.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning overnight when rain turned into sleet and snow as it moved eastwards. More unsettled weather is expected to hit the UK over the weekend when the clocks go forward and many begin Easter breaks.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said 2cm of snow was recorded overnight in Spadeadam, Cumbria.

Mar 26 10:52

“American Politicians are Fools”: Getting Russia Wrong All The Way To War

American politicians in particular and European politicians in general are some of the most ignorant fools when the issue comes to anything outside their own borders. When it comes to Russia, it is an engima wrapped in a mystery…but only because, no one has ever bothered to try to understand Russians, Russian history and the Russian world view.

Mar 26 10:49

Stock market rigging is no longer a ‘conspiracy theory’

The stock market is rigged.

When I started making that claim years ago — and provided solid evidence — people scoffed. Some called it a conspiracy theory, tinfoil hats and that sort of stuff. Most people just ignored me.

But that’s not happening anymore. The dirty secret is out.

With stock prices rushing far ahead of economic reality over the last six or so years, more experts in the financial markets are coming to the same conclusion — even if they don’t fully understand how it’s being rigged or the consequences.

Mar 26 10:48

Hillary Clinton and brother part of corruption probe by DHS inspector general

In a report submitted to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on Tuesday and forwarded to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, Inspector General (IG) John Roth described the improper favoritism shown to several Democrats including the brother of Hillary Clinton, Sen. Harry Reid, and Virginian Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman during the Clinton administration.

Mar 26 10:32

Household Debt Is a National Crisis

Years after Toni Potter's husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills.

Mar 26 10:15

Watch This GENUIS Democrat Congresswoman Try And Park a Car

You seriously will not believe the parking job of a Washington D.C. Congresswoman.
There’s always the joke about women drivers but this woman takes the cake and apparently her ‘entitlement’ as a legislator leads her to believe she can park whatever way she wants.

Mar 26 10:15

Congressman: Releasing Wolves In Urban Environments Would Solve Homelessness

Alaska Representative Don Young (R) is well known for is sharp tongue and gruff personality. On Thursday, he suggested that if you let loose wolves in some congressional districts, they “wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”

Mar 26 10:13

Saudi ‘Decisive Storm’ waged to save Yemen

Saudi Arabia waged early Thursday “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi coup in Yemen and in support of legitimate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

i.e. they are supporting the installed US puppet.

Mar 26 10:07

Netanyahu’s Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, leaked by the Obama White House, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed the intelligence to Congressional Republicans. His office’s denial was categorical and absolute, extending beyond this specific story to U.S.-targeted spying generally, claiming: “The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies.”

Mar 26 10:06

Terrified Sana'a residents say: 'The bodies are starting to fill the streets'

Yemenis in Sana'a have taken to social media as the city comes under air strikes from Saudi Arabia and its anti-Houthi alliance allies.

Residents described a city that was not expecting conflict and has little infrastructure to deal with it, as bombs level houses and kill civilians on the ground.

They report long lines for fuel and the sound of gunfire, with one Twitter user @amera_al_5581, saying they received a text from a friend in Yemen, saying: "The sound of bullets can be heard clearly...[he says] bodies have started to fill the streets. Prayers for your brothers".

Mar 26 10:03

Who was Andreas Lubitz? Germanwings co-pilot who 'intentionally killed' 150 passengers in deliberate Alps crash

Members of the Montbaur flying club where Lubitz renewed his glider license last month said he was pleased to have gained a job with Germanwings.

"He was happy he had the job with Germanwings and he was doing well," longtime club member Peter Ruecker, told AP. "He was very happy. He gave off a good feeling."

Ruecker said that Lubitz had a girlfriend. "I can't remember anything where something wasn't right," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the quote marks around 'intentionally killed'. People are already doubting this story. As this article indicates, there was no indication of a man ready to commit suicide and take 150 people along with him. The story of a suicide/mass murder is the product of this single French Prosecutor who is grabbing his fifteen minutes of fame with sensational claims which newspapers and TV are eager to parrot to attract audience. But not all the parts of the story are substantiated just yet. That the cockpit door was closed is a given, because of security rules. But since the digital flight recorder for the aircraft has not been recovered, there is no factual basis to claim that Lubitz intentionally altered the flight controls, or was even conscious in the cockpit. As other media have reported, the cockpit voice recorder only hears the sounds of the Captain outside the cockpit trying to get in. There are no recorded noise from within the cockpit. Hopefully the DFR will be recovered in a usable condition soon.

There is one other aspect we should look at. There have been previous crashes of airlines blamed on suicidal pilots, such as EgyptAir 990. But behind the headlines of a crazed lone-nut pilot there were indications that EgyptAir 990 was carrying a cargo to Egypt (along with high-ranking Egyptian military officers) that a third party did not wish to arrive. One major clue to the real story of that crash is that a special deep-salvage company that is an expert in toxic and radioactive cargoes was called in to recover something from the wreckage of the plane. So, it will be interesting to keep an eye on the cargo manifest for the A320.

Mar 26 10:00

Ted Cruz compares climate change activists to ‘flat-Earthers.’ Where to begin?

OK, so Ted Cruz said something, and we went back and forth about whether or not we should address it because it's just baffling. But then we figured, yes, even the baffling things deserve some sort of response.
In an interview with The Texas Tribune, Cruz talked about climate change. Specifically, he said this, as transcribed by the Huffington Post's Kate Sheppard:

Mar 26 09:59

Pro-Illegal Amnesty Democrat Holds “Spanish-only” Meeting, Then THIS Happened!

Democrat Illinois Rep. Louis Gutierrez came to a California university recently to hold a “Spanish language only” rally. But, as Top Right News reports, things didn’t go as planned.

Mar 26 09:20

US MILITARY SEXUALLY ABUSED AT LEAST 54 COLOMBIAN CHILDREN

U.S. soldiers and contractors have not been prosecuted for sexually abusing Colombian girls because of diplomatic immunity. U.S. soldiers and military contractors sexually abused at least 54 children between 2003 and 2007, according to a report commissioned by the Colombian government and the FARC. ?

Mar 26 09:20

Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial: Research shows that when governments provide citizens with economic security, they embolden them to take more risks.

In 1988, Ronald Reagan traveled to the Soviet Union and gave a speech at Moscow State University, making the case for capitalism. America’s secret, he argued, was its entrepreneurs, whose “courage to take risks” was responsible “for almost all the economic growth in the United States” and much of its technological edge. This risk-taking was made possible, he continued, by economic freedom, which he associated with “limited, unintrusive” government.

Mar 26 09:19

One sentence that perfectly explains how out of control money in American politics is

If you wanted a single sentence to sum up the state of our modern campaign finance system, it would be hard to do better than this one from the Washington Post's Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger:

Mar 26 09:17

BRITISH STATE 'INVOLVED IN MASS MURDER ON BRITISH SOIL, COLLUDED WITH LOYALIST PARAMILITARIES IN 80 DEATHS BETWEEN 1972 AND 1978'

The state was involved in mass murder on British soil, a lawyer has told a coroner's court. The security forces colluded with loyalist paramilitaries in 80 deaths between July 1972 and June 1978 in Northern Ireland's "murder triangle" in counties Armagh and Tyrone, Leslie Thomas QC said. He said many were carried out by the Glenanne Gang of gunmen with the alleged involvement of soldiers and police officers.

Mar 26 09:17

FLASHBACK - VANUNU'S PHOTOS OF DIMONA - 1985

Mordechai Vanunu brought his camera to work in late 1985, shortly before leaving his eight-year stint as a technician at Israel's nuclear weapons factory at Dimona.

Acting on his conscience, he carefully took about 60 photos of the top-secret labs and unique production processes involved. When some of these photos were originally published in the London Sunday Times' exposé, they confirmed his eyewitness testimony about the extent of Israel's nuclear weapons program and revealed Israel to be one of the world's top nuclear powers. To this day, the Israeli government refuses international inspection of Dimona and continues to deny the existence of its nuclear arsenal.

Mar 26 09:16

Pentagon Released Top Secret Document Concerning Israel's Nuclear Program WR15-84

The 386-page top-secret memo, titled, “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” goes into great detail about how Israel turned into a nuclear power in the 1970s and 80s.

“As far as nuclear technology is concerned the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960,” the report

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That makes every penny of the money taken from you by the US Government and given to Israel illegal under the Symington Amendment to the Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn act. We are owed a refund!

Mar 26 09:14

The Moderate Axis Attacking Axis of Resistance in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, together with Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan launched a military operation against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.

Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.

Air strikes in #Yemen by Saudi Arabia. Picture in The capital Sanaa. pic.twitter.com/bTwROJebGW
— Yemen Post Newspaper

Houthis captured city of Aden in the south after military confrontations with GCC-backed president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled later on to Oman.

Top US diplomat "commended the work of the coalition taking military action against the Houthis" and noted Washington's support "including intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support for strikes against Houthi targets," the State Department official said.

Mar 26 09:12

ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR BACKLASH

What was a secret since 1987 is now public knowledge thanks to America’s move to declassify a document revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program.

Why it remained classified all these years is beyond comprehension, but the timing seemed right for the Obama Administration in response to Netanyahu’s gross accusations that Iran is the only nuclear power and threat in the Middle East.

Mar 26 09:09

Japan continues to use $1.63 billion climate change fund for coal plants in Indonesia, India and Bangladesh

Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found.

Mar 26 09:09

Saudi Attack on Yemen - The New Normal?

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented act of unprovoked unilateral military aggression against Yemen by the autocratic absolute monarchy, was allegedly triggered in a US-backed attempt to restore what Riyadh is calling the "legitimate government of Yemen."

What exactly constitutes a legitimate government is not clear for a despotic regime where elections are not held, women cannot drive, and enemies of the state are beheaded in medieval displays of public barbarism not entirely unlike their ideological ambassadors among the so-called "Islamic State" or ISIS...

Mar 26 09:05

Senator Compares Cops to ISIS- Says He Would Only Own A Gun To Protect Himself From Police

| A Nebraska state senator is receiving some major backlash after making very controversial statements at a legislative hearing

Mar 26 09:05

PROTESTS AS SPAIN'S GAG LAW COMES INTO FORCE

The United Nations and Council of Europe have already warned Spain that legalizing the sending back of immigrants would contradict the European Court of Human Rights, which prohibits collective expulsions.?? The law, championed by the ruling Popular Party (PP) and fiercely opposed by rights groups and left-wing opposition, will be passed on Thursday, in what has been labelled "a bad day for democracy" according to Greenpeace, whose members staged a protest outside the Spanish parliament.

Mar 26 09:03

SOUTH KOREA SAYS TO SEEK MEMBERSHIP IN CHINA-BACKED AIIB

South Korea said on Thursday it has decided to seek to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), another key U.S. ally joining the China-led institution despite Washington's misgivings.

Mar 26 09:02

Texas gets supply of lethal injection drug for death row

Texas acquired the batch of the lethal injection drug from a local pharmacy whose name hasn’t been released.

Mar 26 08:46

Greek Public Coffers Expected to Run Dry Next Month

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, there were no concessions forthcoming, and ECB has placed significant and severe restraints on Greek banks causing capital flight, says Dimitri Lascaris

Mar 26 08:44

American Experts Believe That The US Is Losing The Information War

US is losing the information war Russia and radical Islamists. These findings are contained in a report on the activities of the Board of Governors on broadcasting in charge of such media as “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America”. Members of the Board rejects accusations of poor management and assure that the problem of a lack of funding, which is more than ten times lower than the funds allocated to the promotion of Moscow.

http://whatisusa.info/american-experts-believe-that-the-us-is-losing-t...

Mar 26 08:37

A Review of Jewcentricity by Adam Garfinkle

Adam Garfinkle is the founding editor of The American Interest, a bimonthly magazine focused on politics, culture, and international affairs. He served as speechwriter for secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice and has taught at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Tel Aviv University. Garfinkle’s 2009 book, Jewcentricity: Why the Jews are praised, blamed, and used to explain just about everything is touted as an examination of “the various roles Jews are imagined to play on the world stage that they do not, in fact, actually play.”[1] It was published by Wiley, an elite, academic publisher. It is an excellent example of how books with little or no intellectual or scholarly merit are published by elite publishers if they contain positive portrayals of Jews.

Mar 26 08:34

ZioStarbucks “Race Together” New Attack on European Americans

Although Starbucks’ servers will no longer be writing “Race Together” on cups and inviting customers into a “conversation on race,” the campaign has had an impact. Starbucks’ Jewish CEO, “Israel 50th Anniversary Tribute Award” winner Howard Shultz thought of the preposterous campaign, which is being described in the media as poorly planned but “well-intentioned.” Actually, the campaign was shrewdly planned with sinister intentions, to demonize European Americans as “racists.”

Mar 26 08:34

Experts Lied, And The Arctic Rised

Call the grammar police! The title of this post is to grammar, what the hockey stick is to science.

Arctic sea ice continues to increase past 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011, and will soon start passing other years. No correction from the press about their big lie however.

Mar 26 08:30

One earthquake could cut off 70% of California's water supply

What do you get when you cross a record-setting drought with an earthquake? This question was recently asked on NPR, and it isn't a pleasant visual. The devastation to the precarious water supply caused by a 7.8 magnitude quake on the San Andreas Fault could sever all four aqueducts at once, cutting off more than 70 percent of the water sustaining Southern California. This is a real threat and not some doomsday prediction. This means that an estimated 18 to 22 million people are just one major earthquake away from being completely cut off from their water supply.

Mar 26 08:20

Could Sex Have Brought Ebola Back to Liberia?

The World Health Organization and the Liberian government say they are checking into the possibility that a woman infected with Ebola virus caught it from a survivor she was dating.

Mar 26 08:16

Pakistan police arrest hundreds of parents refusing to vaccinate kids with deadly vaccine causing paralysis epidemic

Reportedly, Pakistan inadvertently wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated by UNICEF because of improper storage. Trying not to further waste supplies, authorities are now resorting to force, hunting down anyone who refuses the drugs.

"There is no leniency" if parents refuse the vaccinations, says the deputy police commissioner for Peshawar, Riaz Khan Mahsud. Pakistani officials are tracking down between 13,000 and 16,000 parents who refuse to vaccinate. Many of the helpless, choiceless Pakistanis are persuaded to comply after spending a "few days behind bars."

Mar 26 08:14

Kuwait intensifies security at oil facilities over Yemen events

Kuwait has intensified security measures at its oil facilities after Saudi Arabia raids neighboring Yemen.

Acting chief executive officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corp, Mohammad al-Farhud, made the remarks on Thursday, describing the measures as precautionary.

Mar 26 08:14

Family receives $2 million in damages from vaccine court; mainstream media ignores case

By setting up a special kangaroo vaccine court, the supply of vaccines continues to multiply, even after people have been damaged by them.

This is an abandonment of true judicial process and accountability, essentially giving pharmaceutical companies a license to hurt others and write it off as a cost of doing business. To pay the families off, the federal Vaccine Court requires that vaccine manufacturer hand over 75 cents to a trust fund for every vaccine dose. To this multi-billion dollar vaccine industry, this 75-cent excise tax is just part of the cost of doing business, a cost which they can offset by raising their prices paid by taxpayer funds.

In this madness, the Vaccine Court has literally become a vicious cycle of abuse.

Mar 26 08:14

Klayman Files RICO Raceteering Case Against Hillary and Bill Clinton and Their Family Foundation over email scandal

Today, Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch and a former federal prosecutor, filed a civil suit against Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and their family foundation alleging criminal violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"). The suit was filed before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Civil Action No. 9:15-cv-80388. A copy of the complaint can be viewed at www.freedomwatchusa.org.

Mar 26 08:10

Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

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Until the digital flight recorder is found, we don;t know if this system was tried, or given that the aircraft was grounded the day before with multiple issues, even working.

Mar 26 08:06

Hollywood homeless shelter finally closing its doors

Hollywood is paying Cononie $4.8 million to hit the road and not come back for 30 years. In return, the city will take over the homeless shelter and nine other Cononie-owned properties.

Mar 26 08:04

Russia: Nationwide Dialogue Must Replace Military Actions in Yemen

Russia will continue to stay in contact with all parties involved in the conflict to quickly find a way to peacefully settle the conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Mar 26 08:00

Egypt to Import Israeli Gas

Bad news for the Palestinians. Given that some of the gas, if not all of the gas belongs to the Palestinians in Gaza- I've covered this situation previously. This explains why Egypt is assisting in the strangulation of Gaza

Mar 26 07:59

Secret NSA Docs: Israel Intelligence in Top 3 Most Aggressive Against US

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied that Israeli intelligence spied on United States-Iran nuclear negotiations, leaked National Security Agency documents show that the US is one of Israel’s most popular targets.

Mar 26 07:59

Espionage, Treason, and the Congressional Fifth Column

"Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks.

"The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal, current and former U.S. officials said. In addition to eavesdropping, Israel acquired information from confidential U.S. briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe, the officials said.

"The espionage didn’t upset the White House as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support from a high-stakes deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program, current and former officials said."

Mar 26 07:58

B.C. selling out taxpayers

So what if you could pay $2.25 not for a 500-ml bottle of water, not for a big office cooler full, but $2.25 for one million litres of water?

Sounds ridiculous given the retail price, but that’s the unbelievably low rate the BC Liberal government has given to giant multinational firm Nestle and others to extract fresh, clean groundwater to bottle and sell for exorbitant profits.

The price is so outrageous I have to repeat it - Nestle Waters Canada pays the province just $2.25 for each one million litres of water.

The total estimated price of all the water Nestle will bottle from B.C. in an entire year is - wait for it - just $562 a year.

But, if you can believe it, that’s an improvement - because until recently they got it all for free.

Mar 26 07:58

Benjamin Netanyahu's wife 'drank three bottles of champagne a DAY': Ex-caretaker of Israeli prime minister's residence claims she 'drinks crazy amounts of alcohol'

Benjamin Netanyahu's wife drank excessive amounts of alcohol including three bottles of champagne a day, a former caretaker claimed in court.

Meni Naftali is suing the Israeli Prime Minister's office over allegations he was subjected to abusive language during his 20 months on the job.

In the witness box yesterday Naftali - who is seeking around $250,000 (£167,000) in damages - claimed Sara Netanyahu drank large amounts of alcohol. Mrs Netanyahu vehemently denies the claim.

The lawsuit, which was filed to the Jerusalem district labour court in Israel, states Naftali worked long hours and received 'unrestrained tongue-lashings from the prime minister's wife, Mrs. Sara Netanyahu'.

It adds: 'The vast majority of which were with the prime minister's knowledge.'

Mar 26 07:57

U.S. Embassy in Uganda warns of possible terror attack

The U.S. Embassy in Uganda issued an emergency message to U.S. citizens Wednesday, warning of possible terror attacks at places in the capital where Westerners gather.

The embassy said it received information "that an attack may take place soon" in Kampala, and it canceled non-essential events scheduled at hotels over the next few days.

Mar 26 07:50

Saudi Arabia Imposes Naval Blockade On Red Sea Strait, Deploys 150,000 Troops As Iran Condemns Military Action

As noted earlier, the biggest significance of any Yemen conflict has little to do with its own domestic oil production, which at 133,000 bpd is negligible, but due to its location, which not only shares a border with Saudi Arabia, but more importantly due to the Bab el-Mandeb strait which connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden: it is the fourth-biggest shipping chokepoint in the world by volume (3.8 million barrels a day of oil and petroleum products flowed through it in 2013) and is just 18 miles wide at its narrowest point. It’s located between Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, and connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. And since to Saudi Arabia preserving the logistics of oil supply is critical, it is hardly surprising that as Egypt's Ahram Gate reported earlier, the Saudi-led Firmness Storm coalition imposed a naval blockade on Bab El-Mandab strait earlier today. The Saudi navy's western fleet has also secured Yemen's main ports including Aden and Midi.

Mar 26 07:48

Initial Jobless Claims Drop Back Below Dreaded "300k" Level

After last week's initial jobless claims drop - which nevertheless held the 4-wk average above 300k - this week saw the number drop once more. Against expectations of 290k, claims printed 282k, leaving the 4-week average at 297k, conveniently below the 300k mark. Continuing claims continues to flatline at an elevated level. This means that since the end of QE3, initial jobless claims are unchanged as the trend of improvement has clearly stalled.

Mar 26 07:46

Germanwings Crash Throws Spotlight on Cockpit Security

New details of the deadly crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 throw a fresh spotlight on one of the most-scrutinized features of modern commercial airline safety: how to secure the cockpit.

Mar 26 07:43

Apps Snoop on Your Location Way More Than You Think

The title of the study, which will be presented at a conference in Seoul next month, tells you all you need to know: Your Location Has Been Shared 5,398 Times! A Field Study on Mobile App Privacy Nudging. (Link to PDF)

That’s right. More than 5,000 pings in 14 days. Once participants in the study knew how frequently data was being collected, many adjusted their settings or deleted some apps entirely. But Professor Norman Sadeh, a member of the research team that conducted the research, says the volume of location-harvesting isn’t the biggest issue.

“There are some applications where you could justify this level of frequency—think for instance of a navigation app,” Sadeh told WIRED. “So the frequency by itself is not the problem. Instead it is whether the frequency is justified, and obviously whether users are informed of these practices and have some level of control.”

Mar 26 07:37

Car Shot With Taser by Border Agents Bursts Into Flames: “Just How Much is the Public Going to Take?”

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com

Dashcam video shows several Border Patrol agents descending on a vehicle at night, with one agent breaking through the passenger window and firing a taser at the driver, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.

The driver, Alex Martin, was killed in the ensuing explosion from the March 2012 incident, prompting a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family against the federal government blaming the weapon once considered “non-lethal” for igniting the fatal fire.

According to the lawsuit, the border agents refused to help save the driver, who was burned, despite having fire extinguishers in their vehicles.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Mar 26 07:36

Ad-Fraud Malware Hijacks Router DNS – Injects Ads Via Google Analytics

Malware that hijacks router DNS settings is not new. However, exploits developed in recent years that enable hijacking through the use of Javascript alone are making this a widespread problem. Ara Labs has uncovered a new ad-fraud scheme where fraudsters are using hijacked router DNS settings to intercept Google Analytics tags and replace them with pornography and other ads.

Mar 26 07:34

Senate passes controversial metadata laws

Australians will have two years of their metadata stored by phone and internet providers after the Abbott government's controversial data retention laws passed parliament.

But it's still unclear how much will be added to internet users' monthly bills.

Mar 26 07:33

Westward Ho on China’s Eurasia BRIC Road

President Xi Jinping's Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives have attracted worldwide attention with some experts and media outlets calling them China's version of the Marshall Plan

Mar 26 07:32

Ukraine's Catch-22

the Ukrainian crisis is wrought up in the midst of the most acute domestic and international contradictions. Those are just too many! To indicate just a few: it’s Kiev cyclically holding gas talks with an “aggressor state;” it’s the government boosting its military expenditures in a pre-default economic situation; it’s the society with a predominantly Russian-speaking population ostensibly hating “the Russians” (while in Central Ukraine, say, well over 70 per cent speak Russian); it’s the Ukraine’s parliament regularly discussing a special status and self-government of the “terrorist organizations” (i.e.

Mar 26 07:31

Australian government welfare report prepares brutal assault against disabled, unemployed

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National government last month released a report into the Australian welfare system that outlined measures aimed at slashing billions of dollars in public spending by denying welfare payments to hundreds of thousands of disabled, unemployed and other vulnerable people.

The report’s chief author, Patrick McClure, has been chief executive officer for both large charity organisations Mission Australia and St Vincent de Paul. He authored an earlier report in 2000 into the welfare system that paved the way for the further privatisation of social services and extension of punitive “mutual obligation” responsibilities for unemployed workers and others receiving welfare payments.

Mar 26 07:30

Obama Takes Revenge Against Israel By Ordering Secret Nuclear Program Documents Declassified

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.

Mar 26 07:30

Obama Now Sides w. Poroshenko & EU to End Ukraine’s War

To understand the recent signs that are pointing toward a final settlement of Ukraine’s civil war, this war’s background must first be summarized.

Mar 26 07:21

Mammoth asteroid 2014-YB35 is not going to destroy life on Earth tomorrow

The potentially hazardous asteroid 2014-YB35 will pass Earth on 27 March at a distance of 0.03 AU, or 2,788,674 miles – about 11 times the distance that the moon is from our planet.

Mar 26 07:19

THE ISRAEL LOBBY - Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?

This unprecedented gathering will focus on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?

Mar 26 07:19

The Return of the Mercenary

Private militaries never really went away, but according to Sean McFate, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and associate professor at National Defense University, they have experienced a resurgence in the past 25 years.

Mar 26 07:18

Imagine a Slightly Different Announcement from Ted Cruz

We would be talking about whether he's a threat to the American way of life and whether he would impose Shariah law. But not Ted Cruz. We have to pretend to take him seriously because he's a Christian and just told the world that this is a Christian nation. We have to waste time and energy mocking this idiot, this future loser who sounds like a fifth-grade schoolmarm chiding her students for writing their cursive improperly.

But if you are a Christian devotee of Ted Cruz's and you read this, feeling even the slightest bit uncomfortable at the notion of the fantasy Muslim candidate, well, now you know how the rest of us feel about your man.

Mar 26 07:17

Fox "News" bathes in its own ignorance

Fox News sent a reporter to interview Harvard students and ask them who the biggest threat to world peace was: ISIS or America.

Can you guess what the overwhelming response was?

That’s right: America.

Fox used this opportunity to poke fun at Harvard for their academic prestige, further ingraining the idea that Fox is an anti-knowledge network.

Mar 26 07:05

Tribute to Rachel Corrie

Mar 26 07:03

What today’s college activism is all about; And the revolt against the empire

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

In the 1960s, there was a fearful and terrible thing called college activism.

It was fearful and terrible for the US war machine, during the Vietnam disaster.

From that moment, the establishment decided: this must never happen again...

Mar 26 06:59

Germanwings crash: pilot locked out of plane's cockpit, say reports

New York Times and AFP news agency say evidence from cockpit voice recorder suggests pilot left before flight 4U9525’s descent and could not get back in

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There is, sadly, a lot of wild speculation going on about what happened. The actual facts are that the Captain left the cockpit after the plane reached cruising height, possibly to use the bathroom, chat with the flight attendants, walk the aisle and smile at the passengers. Because of 9-11, cockpit doors may only be opened from within the cockpit. The pilot who remained in the cockpit cannot be heard on the cockpit voice recorder. Only the captain locked outside is heard screaming and pounding on the door. The French Prosecutor is leaping to a conclusion that the pilot inside the cockpit deliberately crashed the plane (probably realizing the sensation will make him famous in the media for a day or so). I am not ready to make that leap. The pilot may have lost consciousness, suffered a stroke, heart attack, and disengaged the autopilot while thrashing around. The descent, while steep, does not look like a deliberate attempt to crash the plane to me. Until they find the digital recorder, we don't know what controls were touched in the cockpit or why the outside crew did not use the alternative system to unlock the door. But airlines and aircraft manufacturers habitually blame the pilots in disasters to protect their own reputations, so IMHO all we really know is that we do not know. Yet. Obviously, the media claim that there were eyewitnesses to a mid-air explosion and smoke trailing from the aircraft before the crash was someone's attempt to grab attention.

Mar 26 06:08

POLICE KEPT ‘VERY EXTENSIVE’ SECRET FILES ON LABOUR POLITICIANS – WHISTLEBLOWER

British police spied on senior Labour politicians during the 1990s, keeping extensive records of personal and political affairs, a former undercover officer has revealed. Whistleblower Peter Francis claims he read secret files about several Labour ministers, including former Foreign and Home Secretary Jack Straw, current Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, and former Cabinet Minister Peter Hain.

Mar 26 06:03

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

Reality crashed down on those who had hoped the March 17 Knesset elections might lead to a more moderate future Israeli leadership.

The election returns brought the news, Benjamin Netanyahu had won again.

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

“Something like scales” must be made to fall from the eyes of the American public which has been endorsing, funding and supporting a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. How will that be accomplished?

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes She causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 26 06:02

Brazilian Police Uncovers New Case Of Embezzling Millions In State Body

Rio de Janeiro the Brazilian Federal Police today conducted an operation to dismantle a suspicious band millionaires have caused damage to public coffers in a department of the treasury.

Embezzlement proven by research amounted to 5,700 million reais ($ 1.780 billion), but police suspect damage to public funds can be raised to 19,000 million reais (about 6,000 million), according to an official statement.

The gang is suspected of manipulating favor of private interest’s processes of the Administrative Board of Tax Appeals (CARF), the Federal Revenue Department (Treasury) responsible for fining tax evaders.

http://whatisusa.info/brazilian-police-uncovers-new-case-of-embezzling...

Mar 26 06:01

OIL SURGES, GOLD AND SILVER SPIKE AS SAUDI ARABIA BOMBS YEMEN

Geopolitical tensions escalated dramatically over night as Saudi Arabia launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen. The Saudis claim the action is to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S. backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Oil surged and gold rose nearly 2% following a sharp drop in stocks on Wall Street globally in response to the bombing in Yemen.

Mar 26 05:59

Conference Program to Scrutinize Israel Lobby on April 10 at National Press Club

Conference organizers are the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

This unprecedented gathering will focus on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?

Mar 26 05:55

The Roots of Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory: Colonial Expansion and Fascist Ideology

Netanyahu has established the fact that Israel and its people embrace a racist ideology and receive the endorsement of most Western leaders, and mass media and the unconditional support of its overseas fifth column.

There is no question that the majority of Israeli Jewish leaders and parties support Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements and ‘no-state’ solution and joined him in a coalition government. But the larger issue is the positive mass response to Netanyahu’s call to action. Nearly three quarters of the electorate turned out (73%) to elect him. Moreover, Netanyahu has been elected prime minister for four terms: between 1996-99 and more recently 2009-20.

What is more, the opposition has not differed from the Netanyahu coalition regime’s Judeo-centric policies and pronouncements. In other words, ‘racist’ ideology per se is not what drives the Israeli majority to repeatedly support Netanyahu.

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