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June 30, 2015

Jun 30 10:04

Brazil Supports Setting Common BRICS Currency

The idea of setting a single currency for the BRICS member states is positive but the technical side of the issue needs to be ironed out first, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro said.

“This issue has been repeatedly raised and discussed. We believe the idea itself is very positive as it would allow for the use of a single currency without any dependence on the currency market fluctuations,” Guerreiro told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is Wall Street's worst nightmare. The emergence of a global currency not under their control!

Jun 30 10:02

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOOGA BOOGA! July 4 terrorist attack on U.S. soil a legitimate threat, officials warn

U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.

The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how serious this is.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CIA, FBI, and DHS are all wagging "Islamic terror" (Reg. Trademark The White House) at us as hard as they can. Best interpretation; they are trying to distract us all from financial melt-downs in Greece, Puerto Rico, France, Detroit, etc. Worst interpretation; they are planning a false-flag attack to goad Americans into more wars on those pesky nations that refuse to be part of the American Money-Junkie Empire.

But ...

If there is a big bang over the Fourth that is not an intentional firework, all it will tell the American people is that this massive domestic spy system really doesn't work to protect us from acts of terror, and we should demand NSA, CIA, FBI, all be scrapped and restore the Bill of Rights in its entirety!

Jun 30 09:53

‘Dead wrong about the Bible': Portland pastor annihilates Christians who use religion to push bigotry

In a commentary for the Huffington Post, an Oregon minister makes a biblical case for gay marriage — and scolds politicians who campaign on homophobia.

“With its historic ruling on Marriage Equality Friday,” writes Adam Phillips, pastor at Christ Church: Portland, “the U.S. Supreme Court finally caught up to the movement of the Holy Spirit. That’s right. I said it.”

“I am an evangelical Christian pastor (and proud of it),” Phillips continues, “and I believe that the freedom bell of love and justice just pealed a little louder and the arc of history is bent a little closer to justice.”

Phillips specifically calls our Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Christian presidential candidates who vocally oppose marriage rights for couples of the same gender.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I like what this guy has to say on this issue.

As a Christian, I seem to remember that the primary tenants of Christ's teachings, and the two which stand out are to love God, and to love one's neighbor as oneself.

And I have read a great many Bible translations (my favorite is that by George Lamsa), but NONE of them add any cautionary exception about love if these people happen to be LGBT.

As Christians, we are encouraged and entreated to love EVERYONE, period, end of discussion.

Jun 30 09:51

Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

“The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.”

The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35?—?which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history’s most expensive weapon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians and Chinese are building weapons, while the US military industrial complex builds profit-centers (that just happen to have wings, hulls, or treads!


Jun 30 09:49

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Jun 30 09:46

Varoufakis threatens EU with court as Greek default looms

Greece may take EU institutions to court to stop its creditors from pushing the country out of the eurozone. Athens' bailout expires Tuesday and a default could mean it is exiled by Brussels.

Jun 30 09:46

ICELAND HANDS CORRUPT BANKERS PRISON SENTENCES OF UP TO FOUR YEARS AND SIX MONTHS

Six defendants in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the biggest case of this type in Iceland’s history, have been handed prison sentences ranging from one year to four years and six months.

By fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bank was accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupþingi shares by means of deception and pretence.

Former Director of Kaupþing, Ingólfur Helgason, is to be jailed for four years and six months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Greek leadership: may I suggest to you the "Icelandic Option" as a way out of the current economic crisis.

1. Repudiate the odious debt, which was never approved by the Greek people.
2. Charge the crooked bankers and politicians who put Greece into this mess with their crimes, have them tried and convicted by a jury of their peers, and jailed for an appropriate length of time.

You way also want to examine, very seriously, just how well the Icelandic did after making those choices.

Jun 30 09:44

Letter signed by 22 senators urges Obama to support Israel

Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. Senate signed on to a bipartisan letter urging President Barack Obama to support Israel around the world.

Twenty-two senators signed the letter, which was written “in response to your welcomed recent remarks at Congregation Adas Israel” on May 22 concerning his commitment to Israel’s security. The letter was sponsored by Sens. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

While welcoming Obama’s “unwavering commitment” to Israel’s security, the signers also want the Obama administration to remain committed to the United States’ “long-standing policy” of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians as the way to peace.

The letter specifically asked the administration to oppose Palestinian efforts for membership in the United Nations and other international bodies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How nice that everything is running so well in our country that those Senators have nothing better to do than worry about Israel and Palestine, and work towards peace by blocking Palestinian statehood wherever they can!

Dear Senators, if you love Israel that much, kindly move there and vacate your office for someone concerned with America and Americans!


Jun 30 09:41

FLASHBACK June 12 - Deutsche Bank CEOs “Shown Door” – World’s Largest Holder of Derivatives In Trouble?

In the past year Deutsche, like many international banks, have been found to have been engaged in a slew of corrupt practices from manipulation of interest rates, for which the firm was fined $2.5 billion in April, to tax evasion and money laundering to “mis-selling” of derivatives.

Deutsche Bank’s derivatives position is truly enormous. It was recently estimated to be around $54 trillion. Germany’s GDP, the fourth largest in the world, was a mere $3.64 trillion in 2015. Were Deutsche Bank caught off-side in its derivatives positions there is not a government or institution on earth that could bail it out and it could lead to contagion in the German financial system and indeed in the global financial system.

Jun 30 09:40

Greece Over the Brink

It has been obvious for some time that the creation of the euro was a terrible mistake. Europe never had the preconditions for a successful single currency — above all, the kind of fiscal and banking union that, for example, ensures that when a housing bubble in Florida bursts, Washington automatically protects seniors against any threat to their medical care or their bank deposits.

Jun 30 09:39

FLASHBACK February - Leaked files implicate over 6,000 Israelis in massive bank scandal

Banking giant HSBC faced damaging claims Monday that its Swiss division helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes after a “SwissLeaks” cache of secret files emerged online. Among their clients are over 6,200 Israelis, with holdings totaling some $10 billion.


Jun 30 09:39

U.S. WILL RESUME SENDING WEAPONS TO BAHRAIN DESPITE ONGOING REPRESSION

The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011.

“The Administration has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard that were implemented following Bahrain’s crackdown on demonstrations in 2011,” wrote John Kirby, a State Department spokesperson, in a press release on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'“We do not think that the human rights situation in Bahrain is adequate,” the State Department said.'

(Sigh) I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

And State Department Spokesperson John Kirby, I have a bone to pick with you.

If the human rights situation is adjudged by the State Department as "inadequate", WHY THE FLIP ARE WE SENDING THE AL KHALIFA REGIME WEAPONS WITH WHICH IT CAN TORTURE AND KILL THEIR OWN PEOPLE WITH IMPUNITY?!?

But, then again, human rights in foreign countries are encouraged by the US government... only when they are convenient.

And Bahrain is home to the Navy's 5th fleet, which means that honoring the observance of human rights in such a place is both monumentally inconvenient, and incompatible with US hegemony.

The people in the Middle East do not hate us because we are free; they hate us for killing family and friends in extrajudicial assassinations; they hate us for supporting tin pot dictators, with money and guns, because these leaders are "our thugs", no matter how grim the situation is for the people of these countries; they hate us for torture, which still goes on today under President Obama's watch.

And if you don't believe it, please be aware that this Administration is having hunger strikers at Gitmo force fed, not as a form of keeping them alive, but as a form of punishment for doing the only thing they can do in protest, as many of them held for over 11 years without a hearing or court date.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable".

And when the Kingdom of Bahrain ultimately successfully changes leadership (however that happens), I will be willing to bet you that, because of US the government's stumbling, bumbling attempt to shore up a completely corrupt regime, that Bahrain will become one of the most vehemently anti-American countries in the Middle East.

And if I, as a plain, average citizen can see this coming, why can't the US government?!?

Apparently, one of the most prized criteria for hiring anyone to work for the last two administrations is that of not being able to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

I would politely suggest that this might be a monumental problem, both domestically, and internationally, for this country.

Jun 30 09:31

Greece Asks For 2-Year Bailout From ESM, Merkel Promptly Shoots It Down

Update 2: The Greferendum cancellation calls have begun and Greece has now effectively applied for a DIP loan.

GREECE MUST CANCEL REFERENDUM TO ALLOW PROPOSAL AIRING: GABRIEL
GABRIEL: GREEK TALKS CAN RESUME QUICKLY IF REFERENDUM KILLED
GREECE REQUESTS LOAN EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEETING DEBT PAYMENTS: DOC
GREECE REQUESTS BAILOUT EXTENSION TO AVERT DEFAULT: DOCUMENT


Jun 30 09:30

Jewish Lord Faces British Child Sex Charges

British prosecutors said on Monday an aging Jewish member of the House of Lords would now face criminal action over accusations of serious historical child sex crimes after they overturned an earlier decision following anger from alleged victims.

Lord Greville Janner, 86, a former Labour member of parliament and ex-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, is accused of more than 20 offenses on former residents of children’s homes in the 1970s and 1980s.

In April, Alison Saunders, Britain’s Director of Public Prosecutions said there was evidence to bring charges against Janner, who has always denied any wrongdoing, over 16 allegations of indecent assaults and six other counts.

But she said he was not fit to plead or give evidence because he was suffering from severe dementia and so a trial could not take place.

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Jun 30 09:26

Australia's New Law Would Strip Citizenship For Possessing A 'Thing' Connected With Terrorism, Or Whistleblowing

Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Australia. In April, it brought in mandatory data retention, and last week its own version of SOPA finally became law. Now the Australian government is working on another awful piece of legislation: a bill to revoke the citizenship of those holding dual nationality if they are "involved in terrorism." A column in The Sydney Morning Herald gives a few examples of what that dangerously elastic concept might mean in practice:

Citizenship would automatically be stripped from a person convicted of entering an area declared to be a no-go zone by the Australian government. This would occur even if the person has entered that area for innocent purposes, such as to do business, visit friends or undertake a religious pilgrimage. The same result would follow for a person convicted of damaging Commonwealth property or possessing a 'thing', such as a book or downloaded file from the Internet, that is in some way connected with terrorism.

Jun 30 09:26

Israel arrests Tunisia's former President Moncef Marzouki

Israeli navy forces arrested on Monday the former Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, in attacks on Freedom Flotilla III, which was heading towards the besieged Gaza Strip.

The European campaign to lift the siege on Gaza reported that Marzouki refused to deal with the Israeli investigators, for he was abducted illegally by the Israelis.

Jun 30 09:24

WWII did not get the US out of the Great Depression. And WW 3 Won’t “Help” the Current Global Financial Meltdown…


Jun 30 09:24

LEAKED NSA DOCUMENT French Government Official Says French Economy In "Dire Straits", "Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine"

Wikileaks has released a new batch of NSA intercepts. Among them is an intercepted communication which reveals that then French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici believes the French economic situation was far worse, as of mid-2012, than perceived.

Jun 30 09:22

Greece Defaults! Is Puerto Rico Next?

Jun 30 09:21

Big money: pump and dump as a way of life

By Jon Rappoport

Let’s start with the analogy of the stock market. To boil it down, here is how the game is played by insiders:

They acquire many, many shares of a stock and then they push the price up, up, up, and then they create a top, crash it, sending the stock price off a cliff to a dismal bottom.

They profit greatly on the way up (pump), and then, selling short (dump), they pile up more profits on the way down.

Getting away with it is like having a license to print money...

Jun 30 09:19

‘Jewish cow’ is udderly superior to all other cows in the world, Netanyahu says

The “Jewish cow” is the most productive cow in the world. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest boast about miraculous Israeli innovations came in an award speech he made last week (for the actor Michael Douglas), which was published by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


Jun 30 09:18

Top 4 employment sectors in the United States pay $10 an hour or less: The uneven recovery being led by low wage labor.

It is hard to believe but we are now “officially” six years into this recovery. For most Americans, it doesn’t feel anything like a recovery and that label appears to be a misnomer. Americans need only look at their paychecks and the cost of living to realize that yes, things are getting tougher. There appears to be a global race to the bottom when it comes to wages. Most of the jobs added since the recovery hit have come in the form of low wage service sector jobs with scant benefits, if any. The top four employment sectors in the United States are all in the service sector and all pay $10 an hour or less. The math begins to get murky because you have so many older Americans depending on Social Security as their primary source of retirement income while our young labor force is earning less and therefore paying smaller amounts into the Social Security pool. The recovery has been very uneven and when we look at the numbers today, we continue to find that the trend is continuing.

Jun 30 09:17

Europe is set to get COLDER: Melting sea ice could weaken the Gulf Stream and cause temperatures to plummet

WEBMASTER ADDITION: This is the story line from the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" and the "conveyor belt" theory behind it has already been discredited it. The carbonazis are still looking for a way to protect their precious human-caused global warming theory (and the carbon tax) in the face of record setting winters, and another likely on the way.

Jun 30 09:17

High-Seas Piracy: Israel’s Latest Bandit Act. “Gaza: the World’s Largest Open-air Prison”

Israel wants Gazans trapped indefinitely in the world’s largest open-air prison deprived of essentials for well-being – suffocated under a policy of slow-motion genocide.

Israeli commandos lawlessly seized the Marianne in international waters. Netanyahu saying it was done lawfully is one of a litany of Big Lies he claimed about the incident – a bandit act like so many others Israel commits endlessly.

Jun 30 09:16

The Use Of Flouridation For Mass Mind Control

The following letter was received by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee Wisconsin, on 2 October 1954, from Mr. Charles Perkins, a chemist:


Jun 30 09:14

France says the name 'ISIS' is offensive, will call it 'Daesh' instead

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a bit of a misnomer, says France, as it lends the imprimatur of Islam to a group that the vast majority of Muslims finds despicable. "This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims, and Islamists," France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement. "The Arabs call it 'Daesh' and I will be calling them the 'Daesh cutthroats.'"

The name Daesh, according to France24, is a "loose acronym" for "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham).

Sham would be a far better term.

Jun 30 09:14

Report Finds 100+ Walmart.com Products Labeled “Made In U.S.A.” That Were Made Elsewhere

While there is no official review process required for labeling a product as “Made in the U.S.A.,” a company can get into legal trouble for misusing that label, as doing so may constitute false advertising. A new report from an advertising watchdog group claims that Walmart’s website has more than 100 examples of products incorrectly marketed as made in America.

Jun 30 09:13

The American Worker: Crushed Again by the Overwhelming Power of Corporatism

There's a song that includes this phrase: "Kick 'em when they're down, Kick 'em when they're stiff, Kick 'em all around." Well that's what has just happened very recently when the massive global corporations that now rule America were, once again, given free license to kick American workers when they're down.

The American worker, already hemorrhaging from corporate administered beatings over several decades, has just received what may be a knockout punch by President Obama and his team of corporate bullies who have combined their power to successfully force Fast Track legislation for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) through Congress.

Jun 30 09:13

GOV. BROWN HAS 12 DAYS TO SIGN CALIF. SCHOOL VACCINE BILL

California's contentious school vaccine bill is now on Governor Jerry Brown's desk. On Monday, the state senate passed the bill that would require vaccinations for every student.

At the heart of the debate is a personal belief exemption that, until now, allowed parents to not have their kids immunized.

Such was the decision by Mill Valley residents Alex Gatsis and Tim Lundeen, who worry that their son Jace might suffer a bad reaction based on an auto-immune condition.

"Do we move? Do we leave California, maybe?" Gatsis asked.

"I think the whole purpose of the bill is to increase the number of vaccines that are on the mandatory schedule, which is going to generate hundreds of millions of dollars. There is no public benefit to this bill but there is a benefit to Merck, and there is a benefit to the politicians who are getting campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical business," Lundee said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill, if signed, will witness the ushering in of an entire generation of young moms and dads who will either home school their children, rather than vaccinate, or leave the state.

If you are a California resident who has to make the tough decisions about vaccinating your kids, please do your due diligence.

But the worst offenders, in terms of vaccines leaving kids permanently damaged,seem to be the combination shots. Please do your research wisely, and remember; home schooled kids tend to do extraordinarily well on college entrance exams.


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Jun 30 09:07

SB277 Recalls - Will Governor Brown Veto SB277 Because It's Based On Lies?

Jun 30 09:06

Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

A well-meaning, if definitely doomed, attempt to crowdfund a bailout for soon-to-default Greece has been launched on Indiegogo by a Yorkshireman who works in a London shoe shop.

Pitched as a bailout fund for Greece, replete with Gettysburg Addres-style "by the people, for the people" rhetoric, Thom Feeney aims to raise €1,600,000,000 for Greece within the next seven days.

Jun 30 09:05

BOND INSURERS CRASH, HIT BY PUERTO RICO’S DEFAULT SHRAPNEL

On Monday, Puerto Rico’s government released a report that gave the municipal bond market the willies.

he single most telling statistic in Puerto Rico is that only 40% of the adult population – versus 63% on the US mainland – is employed or looking for work; the rest are economically idle or working in the grey economy. In an economy with an abundance of unskilled labor, the reasons boil down to two.

– Employers are disinclined to hire workers because (a) the US federal minimum wage is very high relative to the local average (full-time employment at the minimum wage is equivalent to 77% of per capita income, versus 28% on the mainland) and a more binding constraint on employment (28% of hourly workers in Puerto Rico earn $8.50 or less versus only 3% on the mainland); and (b) local regulations pertaining to overtime, paid vacation, and dismissal are costly and more onerous than on the US mainland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is completely unsustainable, as are the economic realities both Greece, and Ukraine, which will most likely default in 3 weeks, give or take.


Jun 30 09:01

US Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria

When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the fact that even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it was funding terrorists– directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes the United States Government a state sponsor of terror!

Jun 30 09:01

Ebola returns to Liberia after nation declared free of virus

A teenager has died of Ebola in a remote Liberian village, shattering hopes the nation defeated the disease in May when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country virus- free.

Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberian deputy minister for surveillance and disease control, said Tuesday that the virus had been positively identified in the 17-year-old boy's remains.

Jun 30 09:00

Chris Christie faces uphill climb in 2016 race

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made it official Tuesday: He's running for president.


Jun 30 08:59

Court: First Amendment protects profanity against police

A teenage boy convicted of obstruction after yelling and cursing at three Seattle police officers while they were investigating a disturbance at his house had a First Amendment right to behave the way he did, the Washington Supreme Court said in an opinion Thursday.

Jun 30 08:58

France's Fabius says three conditions still not met for Iran deal

"For this there are three indispensable conditions: a lasting limitation of Iran's research and development capacity, a rigorous inspection of sites, including military if needed, and the third condition is the automatic return of sanctions in case it violates its commitments."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

France is now doing Israel's dirty work for them! Iran has never agreed to inspections of non-nuclear military sites (despite claims they did so in the original framework). And non-nuclear military sites are irrelevant in the context of this being a deal about nuclear weapons. The other automatic deal-breaker is the threat that sanctions can be returned in an instant if anyone (like Israel or even just a stockbroker selling Iranian stocks short) makes any unfounded accusation about Iran at all.

Jun 30 08:54

Fund Manager Warns Puerto Rico Default May Trigger A “Black Swan” Derivatives Melt-Down

It is highly probable that the crashing stocks of MBIA, AMBAC and AGO are the alarm bells of a black swan landing. And, of course, no one has been talking about them…. until today.

Although these firms are somewhat obscure and small compared to the size of the majority of financial companies, they are highly leveraged with massive off-balance-sheet liabilities for which they have zero hope of covering in the event of even relatively small bond defaults.

In other words, these firms are the ones most likely to set off the next financial collapse triggered by their counterparty defaults.

Jun 30 08:38

Bahrain to get more US arms as authorities keep cracking down on protestors

Washington has resumed military aid to the Bahraini government. The move was criticized by human rights groups, which say it takes place “in the absence of any real or meaningful political reforms” and amid numerous human rights abuses.

“The administration has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard that were implemented following Bahrain’s crackdown on demonstrations in 2011,” the US State Department’s John Kirby said in a statement.

Jun 30 08:36

Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt.

What brought us to this? A sinister system combining staggering campaign costs, political contributions, political action committees, special interest payments for access, and, most of all, the rise of the lobbying class.

Worst of all, the army of lobbyists that started relatively small in the mid-twentieth century has now grown to big battalions of law firms and lobbying firms of the right, left, and an amalgam of both. And that gargantuan, if not reptilian, industry now takes on board former members of the House and the Senate and their personal and committee staffs. And they are all getting fabulously rich.

Jun 30 08:35

Cameron threatens RAF bombing raids against Islamic State in Syria: PM says response in wake of Tunisian beach massacre must involve 'military solutions'

RAF raids on Islamic State could be extended to its Syrian strongholds, David Cameron suggested yesterday.

The Prime Minister said ‘military solutions’ must form part of the response to IS in the wake of the Tunisian beach massacre. ‘We do need to crush IS in Iraq and Syria,’ he told MPs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the purpose of the Tunisia false-flag was to escalate the conquest of Syria and the breakup of Iraq!

Jun 30 08:34

Nevada joins water suit against feds

Nevada Monday joined 12 other states in a suit challenging a new federal “Waters of the United States” rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that greatly expands the scope of waters covered by the Clean Water Act.

Jun 30 08:33

Will Puerto Rico Cause An Inadvertent “Black Swan” Derivatives Melt-Down?

MBI guarantees $4.5 billion in par amount of Puerto Rico muni paper. As of it’s latest 10-Q (March 31, 2015), MBI showed a book value of $3.9 billion. Puerto Rico alone could more than wipe out MBI’s net worth. But that’s only a portion of the story. The bigger part of the story is buried off-balance sheet in the footnotes in opaque financial structures called Variable Interest Entities (VIE’s). Remember those from 2008? I remember them vividly.

The VIEs are the off-balance sheet vehicles that triggered the massive chain of counterparty defaults which de facto collapsed the U.S. financial system in 2008. The VIEs are where the credit default swaps and other nebulous forms of OTC derivatives bet slither around.

Jun 30 08:32

Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants: Another Reason to Shun Vaccines

Why are autoimmune disorders on the rise in a big way? For several years, researchers have been sifting through evidence that might answer that question, and recently the pieces started coming together with the discovery of a condition known as autoimmune syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA). Adjuvants are substances added to vaccines to increase the body’s immune response to them, but they may end up tipping the scale in favor of autoimmunity.

Jun 30 08:30

Pope Francis to chew coca leaves during visit to Bolivia – minister

Pope Francis has made an unexpected request for his upcoming trip to Bolivia – he wants to chew coca leaves, the natural source of cocaine, according to a government official. Bolivia says it will “await the Holy Father” with the "sacred" leaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I SEE GOD! I SEE GOD!!!"

Jun 30 08:30

Iran, P5+1 extend interim nuclear deal until July 7 to win more time for talks

Six world powers and Iran have come to an agreement to extend the interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear program until July 7 to allow more time for talks to reach a final deal, the US State Department said Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 30, had previously been set as the deadline for reaching a final agreement on the nuclear deal.

Jun 30 08:26

Iceland’s Glaciers May Expand after Snowy Winter

After the unusually heavy snowfall last winter—20 to 30 percent more snow fell compared to the average winter in the past 20 years—Iceland’s glaciers may expand for the first time in two decades, according to glaciologist Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson at the Icelandic Met Office.

Jun 30 08:24

Summer forecast calls for more cool weather in July for Ontario, Quebec

Be patient, Ontario and Quebec, summer really is around the corner. It just depends on your definition of "around the corner."

You might have to wait a little longer because Dave Phillips, Environment Canada's senior climatologist, says temperatures will be below average into July, with above average precipitation, too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gosh DARN that human-caused global warming!

Jun 30 08:24

US dollar will not survive 2015

Jun 30 08:16

Greek debt crisis - live updates

The head of the European Commission has made a last-ditch proposal to try to save Greece from default. The Greek premier is reported to be considering the offer.

Jun 30 08:15

NJ court rules for nurse in vaccine-refusal firing

A nurse was unfairly denied unemployment benefits after she was fired for refusing a flu shot without claiming a religious or medical exemption, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Thursday.

The three-judge panel wrote that the hospital's policy of allowing religious or medical exemptions to the flu shot requirement "unconstitutionally discriminated against" plaintiff June Valent by rejecting her refusal to be vaccinated for secular reasons.

Jun 30 08:14

Why Israel Declared 18 Dairy Cows a National Security Risk

Within six months, the whole town had turned to the local dairy for its milk, dubbed “Intifada milk.” The self-made dairymen delivered it by night so Israeli soldiers wouldn’t see it. One day an Israeli soldier came to the farm, took photos of the cows, and told the Palestinians they weren’t allowed to have the cows and gave them 24 hours to shut it down. He said the cows were a threat to Israel’s national security. Amer Shomali thinks he knows why.

“For the Palestinians, it meant a step closer to being free, to be able to decide their future, to be independent. Basically that was what was the security threat for Israel. It’s not the cow itself. It’s what the cow represents: a step toward independence.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal for Israel was to keep the Palestinians dependent on Israeli dairies, for both economic and political gain. We see the same thing happening here in the US with the government forcing us to remain dependent on favored corporations, for economic and political gain.

Jun 30 08:09

The secret projects of Israël and Saudi Arabia

No-one in the Middle East seems to be aware that the secret agreements which should be signed on the 30th June 2015 by Washington and Teheran – on the fringe of the multilateral agreements concerning nuclear power – will probably set the rules of the game for the next ten years.

These agreements arrive at a moment when the United States have become the world’s first producers of petrol, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Consequently they do not need Middle-Eastern petrol for themselves, and are only interested in it as a means of maintaining the world market in dollars.

Jun 30 08:08

ISIS lays mines on Syrian-Turkish borders

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” terrorists laid mines on the border line between Syria and Turkey near Karkamis city in the province of Gaziantep, Turkish Milliyet newspaper said Monday.

Jun 30 08:06

FLASHBACK 1999 - “It’s not ‘Regime Change’ America wants, but ‘Region Change.’”: Historic Interview With Tariq Aziz

Tariq Aziz doesn’t hide his anger and frustration when speaking of his country’s plight:

“This is a region of conflicts, upheavals, revolutions, but this is the first time such rigid and comprehensive sanctions have been imposed anywhere.

“Prior to the embargo we had a high standard of free education from primary school to university and free health care. But one cannot live alone in the world. Nations need to trade, to buy and sell. There has been a sharp deterioration in health, social services, electricity, clean water.”

Seated in his Baghdad office, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister lists countless further examples of the misery inflicted by sanctions, from how the collapse of the Dinar has slashed the income of once well paid professionals to the equivalent of $3 a month, to the way the world’s former number one date producer is prohibited from selling its crop.

Jun 30 08:03

A college balks at Hillary Clinton’s fee, so books Chelsea for $65,000 instead

When the University of Missouri at Kansas City was looking for a celebrity speaker to headline its gala luncheon marking the opening of a women’s hall of fame, one name came to mind: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But when the former secretary of state’s representatives quoted a fee of $275,000, officials at the public university balked. “Yikes!” one e-mailed another.

So the school turned to the next best option: her daughter, Chelsea.

Jun 30 08:02

Report: Israel, Jordan in talks to readmit non-Muslim visitors to Temple Mount sites

More than 15 years after they were closed to non-Muslim visitors, the sites on the Temple Mount may be opened to them once again.

Jun 30 07:53

Sniper shots and mass arrests: UN Gaza report also documents Israeli abuses in West Bank last summer

The recently released United Nations report on the 2014 war in Gaza meticulously documents last summer’s horror. The reports of Israeli executions of Palestinians, Israel’s aerial assaults on Palestinians in their homes in Gaza and other aspects of the assault have attracted the most attention.

But the UN report also highlights what it calls “widespread human rights violations” by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the time period it examines. These violations ran the gamut from a sweeping campaign of arrests of those Israel claimed were tied to Hamas, torture of detainees, killings of protesters and punitive home demolitions.

Jun 30 07:52

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it…. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.” ? Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Jun 30 07:51

Capitalism Has Devolved Into Looting

…when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. – Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”

Jun 30 07:49

A gang of wolves comes for Greece

The election of an anti-austerity Syriza government in Greece signalled trouble for the powers-that-be in the European Union. Principally Germany which has no interest in rethinking how the EU operates, since it serves German interests so well, but also the most powerful European institution: the European Central Bank (ECB).

As of Saturday, June 27, it is clear what Syriza was up against. As Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis explained, the Eurogroup (finance ministers from the 19 countries that use the euro -- collectively, the Eurozone) was never prepared to discuss the anti-austerity proposals put forward by Syriza and provide debt relief for Greece.

Jun 30 07:47

Greece asks for new 2yr bailout program

The Greek government has asked for a new bailout program from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), that’ll cover all the country’s financial needs for the next two years, according to the government statement.

The request also includes a restructuring plan for Greek debt to the European Financial Stability Facility, that accounts for about 63 percent of the Greece's total debt.

Jun 30 07:42

Future Berlin Philharmonic Conductor Hit With Anti-Semitism

Both reports were “bursting with anti-Semitic hatred,” one reader wrote to NDR, adding: “This is now apparently OK in Germany again.”
Note: Ah hah, more anti-Semitism! It's been two days already.

Jun 30 07:41

Video: Maniac Cop Straps Handcuffed Man To Chair And Tortures Him For “Resisting”

A police officer in Federal Heights, CO has pleaded guilty of attempted third-degree assault after video emerged of him beating and literally torturing a restrained suspect while his colleagues looked on.

Jun 30 07:39

Why Do Jewish Camps Erase the Green Line on Israel Maps?

The map portrayed a barebones Israel, with borders stretching laterally from the Mediterranean to Jordan. Distributed to the kids within a larger information packet, it looked like an ordinary map to the Israeli and American Jews, an outline similar to ones they had seen in school, camp and synagogue.

Jun 30 07:31

Foreign investment in Israel drops by 50%

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Israel dropped by almost 50% last year in comparison to the year before as the country continues to feel the effects of last summer's Gaza conflict, a new UN report has revealed.
Note: G....O....O....D

Jun 30 06:53

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

Jun 30 06:51

War is the business of killing the "enemy", in order to impose your will on them. Therefore, "humane war" is an oxymoron.

War is the business of killing the "enemy", in order to impose your
will on them.

Therefore, "humane war" is an oxymoron.

Jun 30 06:40

16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World

Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun? The following are 16 facts about the tremendous financial devastation that is happening all over the world right now…

Jun 30 06:39

NSA spied on French economy ministers, companies: WikiLeaks

The US National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped the communications of two French economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, according to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, just one week after it emerged the US had spied on the last three presidents of France.

Jun 30 06:36

Unprepared: What Do You Think Would Happen If A Greek-Style Crisis Hit America?

Sadly, most Americans will not listen until it is far too late. And then once a major crisis strikes, they will be forced to rely on the kindness of others because they have not made any preparations themselves.

Jun 30 06:16

Deal Reached: Wireless Remote Drug-Releasing Microchip Implants On The Assembly Line

A pharma company with generic drugs meets michrochip and biotech in a marriage of implantable devices that are shockingly close to the finish line of commercialization.

Deals were made. Money exchanged. Development in process - this is actually going to happen.

Jun 30 05:58

Hillary Clinton is a manipulative LIAR – She deleted important work related emails and continues to directly lie to the American people

The ONLY chance that the American people have of stopping Clinton from further destroying the country is by waking up as many people as possible to who she really is.

Jun 30 04:49

The U.S. want to block the $ 300 million in Uzbekistan

The U.S. Department of justice appealed to the court New York a statement about blocking $300 million as part of an investigation of bribery in the telecommunications market of Uzbekistan with participation of Russian VimpelCom and MTS, said on Tuesday the Agency Bloomberg.

Jun 30 04:47

The US has expanded sanctions list of the Russian oil and gas companies

The relevant document is published on the OFAC website. In the sanctions list first came Gazprom, LUKOIL, Transneft, Gazprom Neft and Surgutneftegaz.
Sectoral restrictive measures prohibit deliveries of Russian oil and gas companies, products and technologies used for the development of hydrocarbon fields in deep waters and Arctic shelf, as well as in the shale formations.
On 29 June it was reported that Canada has imposed economic sanctions against three Russian nationals and 14 entities. Sanctions were imposed against the leaders of the Eurasian youth Union of Alexander Dugin, Paul Kanisawa and Andrei Kovalenko, a number of other companies, including Oboronprom, United
aircraft Corporation (UAC) and "Stankoinstrument", and the biker club "Night wolves".

Jun 30 04:38

Greeks to say 'no' to Europe at referendum - expert

European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German publication Handelsblatt that the decision about the referendum was unfriendly. Is there a cold war brewing between the European Union and Greece?
Pravda.Ru asked this question to Drector of the Greek Cultural Center, Theodora Giannitsi.
"This is a natural result of the impasse process of negotiations - the period that lasts for five years. This is maybe the time, when it is peoples that stand responsible for their actions, for their leaders' actions, as well as for the future of the so-called Europe," she told Pravda.Ru.
We asked the expert what would be the results of the negotiations. The Greek people are tired, she replied. The expert believes tat the Greek people will say no to the conditions that the European Union has been imposing on Greece for the last five years.

Jun 30 04:34

Why Russian-Made Submarines Are Set to Dominate Asian Waters

Asian nations are expanding their submarine fleets at breakneck speed, coinciding with a major comeback by Russia’s undersea boats.
China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh are existing or prospective customers for Russian-made diesel-electrics.
Moscow is making a high-octane entry into the huge export market, with advanced diesel-electric submarines. As well as being silent, stealthy and armed with the world’s deadliest missiles, Russian submarines are often the vessel of choice for an increasing number of navies, especially in cash-rich Asia.
According to David Isenberg of Asia Times, “Russian submarines’ unique capabilities and powerful armament are the two major attractions for foreign customers. In underwater duel modelling, Russian Kilo-class submarines invariably emerged the winner in virtual competition against German, French and Dutch submarines.”

Jun 30 04:32

Canada ruins prospects of its aircraft industry by expanding sanctions — Russian deputy PM

Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three Russian individuals, according to a statement issued by Harper on Monday.
"[Canada’s PM Stephen Harper] in the pursuit of the votes of Canadians of Ukrainian descent has killed the prospects of its own aircraft industry that has been dreaming of a deal with Russia," Rogozin wrote in his Twitter microblog.

Jun 30 04:30

Russian MP suggests blacklisting 5 "most aggressive" NGOs

"How the most aggressive international organizations can be identified? [They] are aligned with the US Department of State, with some US government agencies - these are the first signs," Zhirinovsky said. In his opinion, the most important "aggressive organizations" are the American NGOs.
"We fully support [the initiative], because we have to draw up a list of all foreign organizations - they pursue an aggressive policy towards us and finance the destructive forces. Which means they are against Russia and even provide the funding so that the number of organizations engaged in such activities grows here," Zhirinovsky said.

Jun 30 03:24

White House Says It Expects Greece To Keep Commitments

Webmaster addition: This is how the financial firms that sold credit default swaps against Greece's debt plan to avoid having to pay for them, by saying there is no default because Greece will pay back the money ... eventually ... somewhere down the road ... next century ... maybe ...

Jun 30 02:34

State Duma speaker compares G7 summit in Bavaria with Munich Pact

Speaker of Russia’s State Duma Sergey Naryshkin has likened the recent G7 summit in Bavaria to the 1938 Munich Agreement, during which Western countries de facto endorsed the beginning of Czechoslovakia’s seizure by Nazi Germany.
"The forum in Moscow was held publicly, with a positive agenda. What the G7 leaders in Bavaria discussed is unknown, the meeting was held practically behind closed doors, only the photo session was public," the head of the lower house of the Russian parliament said.
"This brings to mind another historic meeting, which took place in Bavaria in 1938. We all remember that it got its ominous name - the ‘Munich Conspiracy.’ Unfortunately, far from everyone draws necessary lessons from history," Naryshkin said.

Jun 30 02:33

Russian Railways, Defence Ministry to build railroad section bypassing Ukraine — source

Russian Railways (RZD) and Russia’s Defence Ministry have signed a deal on constructing a two-way electrified railway line bypassing Ukraine, a source in the company told TASS on Tuesday.
Under the deal, which was inked on June 25, the railway line will be built between Zhuravka, in the Voronezh region, and Millerovo, in the Rostov region.
The construction works will be performed by the Defence Ministry, while the Russian Railways will act as a customer.
"This concerns implementing works on the erection of the formation on the section between the 11th and 31st kilometers," the source said.

Jun 30 02:31

Dry grass on fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone — Ukraine’s emergencies service

Dry grass is on fire on the territory of a forestry complex near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine’s emergencies service said on Tuesday, adding that the fire area is covering around 130 hectares.
The fire broke out at 17.10 p.m. (1410GMT) on Monday near the villages of Kovshilovka and Polesskoye in the flood plain of the Uzh River. The dry grass and bulrush started burning and the fire spread to the further area, the service said.
The firefighting effort involves 24 pieces of equipment and 117 personnel. A headquarters has been set up and a mobile task force has been deployed to deal with the fire.

Jun 30 02:27

US to work together with EU to prevent Grexit

US will work together with its European colleagues to prevent Greece’s default and exit from the euro zone, the White House press service said on Monday after talks between US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
The leaders said their economic teams were in close contact and were monitoring developments in Greece and financial markets, the White House said.

Jun 30 02:26

Greece threatens to sue EU institutions to block country’s expulsion from euro zone

Greece may seek a court injunction against the EU institutions to block the country’s expulsion from the euro zone and stop suffocation of the Greek banking system by the European Central Bank, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Monday.
"The Greek government will make use of all out legal rights," the Daily Telegraph cited Varoufakis as saying. "We are taking advice and will certainly consider an injunction at the European Court of Justice. The EU treaties make no provision for euro exit and we refuse to accept it. Our membership is not negotiable," the finance minister said.

Jun 30 02:25

Europe blackmailing Greece, says minister in Athens

"The country has lived under the toughest imaginable pressure from European institutes in the past five months," he said. "They’re forcing us to do the things they’d like us to do."
"This unprecedented blackmail put us in the face of a choice, namely, either we accept what they recommend and what will put Greece to its knees and will destroy the remainders of our economy and society, or else we pull out of the euro area," said Lafazanis, one of the leaders of the ruling Coalition of the Radical Left.
"But we didn’t accept this blackmail and told them we must ask our people whether or not it accepts blackmailing," he said. "Hence we needed a referendum."

Jun 30 02:05

China's Stock Market Enters Bear Market

Jun 30 00:40

Massive train full of military equipment seen heading into “hostile” Salt Lake City, Utah ahead of Jade Helm 2015

In the last three months we have seen dozens upon dozens of suspicious military equipment movements throughout the country coupled with numerous urban military training drills with a strong domestic focus.

June 29, 2015

Jun 29 23:47

Political roundup: Dangers for democracy in today's cyber bullying law

Every MP, bar one, will vote this afternoon for a piece of legislation that seeks to protect those being “harmed” by material on the internet. But the Harmful Digital Communications Bill is being widely criticised as dangerous in the way it seeks to regulate online activities. So is online democracy under threat?

Could Patrick Gower be taken off the internet? Of course this is a ridiculous question - with many possible replies - yet it's also a useful question posed by opponents of new cyber-bullying legislation that will be passed today in Parliament.

It was posed on Twitter by the biggest critic of the new bill, blogger No Right Turn (@norightturnnz), who tweeted to Gower "Did you know that if the harmful Digital Communications bill passes, your job will be illegal?" - see my blog post, Top tweets about the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.

Jun 29 23:44

Economist: Why cracks in China are more worrying for NZ than Greek nightmare

As extreme volatility plagues Chinese sharemarkets a top economist is warning that the cracks appearing within China's economy are of much greater concern for New Zealand than Greece's economic woes.

Almost US$1.25 trillion in value has been wiped off the Shanghai market since June 12. That's nearly eight times New Zealand's annual gross domestic product.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by more than 5 per cent earlier today after plunging 3.3 per cent yesterday and 7.4 per cent on Friday.

It bounced back into positive territory this afternoon.

READ MORE: Greece is waking up to a nightmare

The index gained a massive 150 per cent in the year to June 12, but has retreated more than 20 per cent since then, meaning China has entered bear market territory.

Jun 29 22:59

Ex-CIA Head: ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’ if ISIS Attacks the U.S. This July 4th

The Blaze reports that former CIA head Michael Morell said today he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there’s a terrorist attack in the United States over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boy, they are really telegraphing that false-flag attack!

Jun 29 22:04

Group behind intercepted Gaza flotilla accuses Israel of 'piracy'

Organizers of a Gaza-bound flotilla that was intercepted by the Israeli navy complained Monday that they were victims of an act of piracy, while Israeli officials denounced the pro-Palestinian campaign as hypocritical and unnecessary.

Jun 29 21:58

“Russian aggression”—CBS provides a perfect example of imperial disinformation

Everything—and I mean that literally—everything in this item filed by CBS This Morning on 6.23.15, is false. The object is, as usual, to sell the almost completely clueless and habitually semi-indifferent American public the idea that Russia is the new Nazi Germany, with Putin as the new Fuhrer, rampaging across Europe and grabbing, insatiably, one hapless nation after another in his march toward the conquest of the…whole Free World!

Jun 29 21:31

Woman loses checks in the mail, calls 12 for help

Nearly two weeks ago, Temika Brown handed off letters to her mail carrier. Those letters included two checks and a money order, all for bills that needed to be paid. None of those letters arrived at their intended destinations.

"I had to call cancel and do new checks and everything," Brown said.

This cost her $80. With her bill money missing, Brown went to her area post office on Hopkins Road in South Richmond to get answers.

"I was told they were having problems at the Richmond processing. But I couldn't get a number to the processing, and that was basically it," Brown said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I ordered a replacement telephone for my wife from eBay and it arrived at Richmond over a week ago, and tracking has shown nothing about it since. This is (I think) the fourth time I have had a package disappear when it is routed through that facility, which has a long reputation for losing mail, which the USPS seems unable to rectify!

Jun 29 20:10

July 4: Land of the free, home of the brave? Ok; are you free and brave enough to demand arrests of US .01% War Criminals?

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

9-minute video from Tragedy & Hope:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E-q1CcPHig

Do you admire the US Declaration of Independence ideals of unalienable rights, having the intellectual integrity and moral courage to defend your country from dictatorial government, and refusing being used as work animals of a .01% self-declared “elite”?

Those of you with Oaths to support and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, are you honorable to enact that Oath here and now?

Those of you who consider yourselves responsible and educated citizens, do you respect the sacrifices of all our families through two world wars to uphold the Emperor’s New Clothes simple treaties that make current US wars Orwellian unlawful? I mean, really: can you tell us any more important law for citizens to understand than when armed attack is and is not lawful?

Jun 29 19:52

Beggar Thy Neighbor? Greece's Battered Banks Beget Balkan Jitters

"Millions of people in ex-Communist Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Romania have deposits in banks owned by Greek lenders, putting this corner of south-eastern Europe in the frontline if there is contagion from the Greek crisis."

Jun 29 19:52

French Economy In "Dire Straits", "Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine", Leaked NSA Cable Reveals

Moscovici who served as French finance minister until 2014 and then became European commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, used some very colorful language, i.e., the French economic situation was "worse than anyone [could] imagine and drastic measures [would] have to be taken in the next two years”.

Jun 29 19:48

The Mood On The Ground In Greece: "Some Have Raised The Prospect Of Civil War"

"There have been some people that worry that the military may actually get involved. It wouldn't surprise me - there are some people in Greece that have raised the whole prospect of potential civil war."

Jun 29 19:11

Greece Crisis – How Safe Is YOUR Bank Account? Michael Rivero - June 29, 2015

Jun 29 19:05

Butting in: NYC mayor wants to stop smoking in private homes

New Yorkers may soon be unable to smoke in their own homes, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing landlords and developers to prohibit residents from lighting up inside apartments.

Jun 29 18:40

16 Facts About The Tremendous Financial Devastation That We Are Seeing All Over The World

As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors.

Jun 29 17:32

Cake-Correctness: “ISIS Cake Anybody Can Buy at Walmart… But You Can’t Buy Confederate”

First, the store refused to make a cake for a Louisiana man designed with the Confederate flag stars and bars and the words “Heritage Not Hate.”

However, in a follow up request, the same man ordered an ISIS flag cake, which the Walmart bakery did fulfill.

Will the real enemy please stand up?

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jun 29 16:24

Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America

Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third decision – on housing discrimination.

Jun 29 16:15

US government covered up 14,000 photos documenting CIA secret prisons

The US government has concealed the existence of some 14,000 images documenting the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) network of secret "black site" torture and interrogation centers established after September 11, according to unnamed US officials who spoke to the Washington Post.

Jun 29 16:15

British politician to stand in the dock over child sex abuse

In the UK, Labour peer Greville Ewan Janner is set to stand trial over alleged child sex abuses.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the decision which overturns a previous ruling that exempted the 89-year-old peer from criminal proceedings due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, RT reported on Monday.

Jun 29 15:28

Israel’s creation ‘direct rebellion’ against God: US rabbi

The creation of Israel by Zionist Jews in 1948 was a “direct rebellion” against God and contrary to the teachings of the Torah, an American orthodox rabbi says.

“The concept of making this whole ‘state’ that was created over 60 years ago was a direct rebellion against the [God] Almighty who’s compassionate,” said Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, who is also an activist and spokesman for a minority branch of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist grouping of Haredi Jews.

Jun 29 15:06

Firearms Numbers in the United States 1945 - 2012

Jun 29 14:53

Army Reserve recruiting targets ‘unachievable’ – watchdog

Army reservist recruiting targets, which had been upped to account for cuts to the regular military, are ‘unachievable’ despite an expensive recruiting drive by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), according to the Major Projects Authority (MPA).

Jun 29 14:32

SPOOF ON ISRAELI PIRACY

Naval special forces take control of ship, which carried 20 activists including MK Basel Ghattas, without violence.

Jun 29 14:18

Another Federal Circuit Court Unravels Second Amendment Gun Rights

Webmaster addition: Those people in Charleston were not in their homes!

Jun 29 14:06

Global stocks are getting crushed on fears that this time, Greece really will leave the eurozone

U.S. stocks extended their losses in heavy trading on Monday after a collapse in Greek bailout talks intensified fears that the country could be the first to exit the eurozone.

Greece appeared to confirm it was heading for a default after a government official said the country would not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.
The European Central Bank froze funding to Greek banks, forcing Athens to shut banks for a week to keep them from collapsing.

All three major U.S. indexes fell more than 1 per cent for the first time since May 26 and the TSX and Dow Jones Industrial Average turned negative for the year to date. Its last annual decline was 2008.

Jun 29 13:54

Sanders: Americans ‘sick and tired’ of working longer hours for low wages

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders says the American people are sick and tired of the economic situation in the United States.

“The American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class of this country,” he said in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.

Jun 29 13:49

Let's Be Honest - Stalin Was Less of a Criminal Than Churchill, Truman, and LBJ

For reasons of sheer class interest among the plutocrats of the West, the business elites that still rule most of the so-called “capitalist democracies,” the demonization of Stalin was a necessity, a campaign only briefly interrupted by World War Two and quickly resumed literally a few hours after its ending.
As any propaganda student will attest, when vilifying a nation’s policies and social values, it’s far easier (and effective) if the propagandist aims the Big Lie machine at its leader. As we have seen in recent times with Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Bashar al-Assad, Fidel Castro, Iran and North Korea’s leaders, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, and finally Putin—among many others (the empire is never lacking in “dangerous enemies”)—the character assassination of a leader is an old tactic to prepare the perennially benighted home population for an attack on the targeted nation.

Jun 29 13:48

Tunisia beach attack: Isis planning 'terrible acts' in Britain says David Cameron

UK prime minister David Cameron has warned that Islamic State (Isis) militants are planning "terrible" attacks against Britain.

Jun 29 13:46

Joke of the Day: NATO to Beat Russian Propaganda With 'Facts'

Says NATO’s political head Jens Stoltenberg

Meanwhile EU is to promoto “European values” in the post-Soviet space which actually means:

funding pro-EU NGOs and media
training journalists
influencing national media regulators (censors)

Jun 29 13:42

Iceland hands corrupt bankers prison sentences of up to four years and six months

Six defendants in the Kaupþing market manipulation case, the biggest case of this type in Iceland’s history, have been handed prison sentences ranging from one year to four years and six months.

Jun 29 13:42

Georgian Justice Minister: Saakashvili Has Escaped Extradition, Will Ruin Odessa

Mikheil Saakashvili will not face justice in Georgia because the Ukrainian constitution forbids extradition of Ukrainian citizens to foreign countries, according to Georgia’s Justice Minister. Commenting on her recent trip to Kiev, the Justice Minister warned Ukrainians about Georgia’s notorious ex-president.
"I returned from Kiev 24 hours ago. I saw that Saakashvili’s team has failed to succeed there. Reforms are on hold; the Ukrainian people and the media have serious questions about these so-called experts.
He was sent away from Kiev because he was unable to carry out reforms. I have no doubt that he will not do any better in Odessa. It’s a message of warning for the Ukrainian people and media".

Jun 29 13:38

Breathtaking German hypocrisy: Germany owes Greece 11 billion euros in unpaid loans

This little fact changes everything.

In 1943, Germany forced the Bank of Greece to lend it two loans worth 11 billion euros in today’s money.

And Germany has still not paid back the debt.

Jun 29 13:36

Going Nuclear on Russia

We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.”

Oh dear; the Pentagon and their European minions have been freaking out on overdrive ever since.

Jun 29 13:34

IMF has made €2.5 billion profit out of Greece loans

In April this year, figures released by the Jubilee Debt Campaign show that the IMF has made €2.5 billion of profit out of its loans to Greece since 2010. If Greece does repay the IMF in full this will rise to €4.3 billion by 2024.

Jun 29 13:32

What can Russia do to rock the boat of the West?

The United States is committing color revolutions in post-Soviet space, trying to strangle Russia with sanctions (for the wish of Russian people to reunite against the backdrop of the fascist regime in Ukraine) and threatening its integrity. Russia faces the task of finding a good, adequate response.
According to Sky News, an advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Norbert Röttgen, expressed concerns that the Russian authorities may start funding the anti-European lobby in the United Kingdom. "If he (Putin) could affect driving a wedge between Britain and other Western countries, he would definitely do it," said Röttgen.

Jun 29 13:27

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka breaks world record in orbit time

Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who is on board the International Space Station (ISS), at about 02:00 a.m. Monday Moscow Time [23:00 Sunday UTC] set a world record in the overall orbit time, set by his colleague Sergey Krikalyov 10 years ago - 803 days.
Padalka is currently making his fifth spaceflight, which he embarked on March 27. The cosmonaut is expected to return to Earth September 11. In this way, the overall time spent by him in space will reach some 880 days.
The rocket and space industry told TASS that in order for Padalka’s new record to be recognized officially, the cosmonaut has to spend five percent more time in orbit than the previous record holder. Thus, the new achievement will only be taken into account in the first ten days of August.

Jun 29 13:25

Ukraine's Luhansk republic militia report eight ceasefire violations over 24 hours

The shellings were carried out with the use of large-caliber mortars and air defence guns, the LuganskInformCenter has reported. One militia member was injured during the attack on the Zhelobok village conducted with the use of a 120mm caliber mortar.
Donetsk republic sees redeployment of Kiev tanks to Maryinka http://tass.ru/en/world/804673

Jun 29 13:18

Just As You Suspected, Mega-Corporations Dominate EU Lobbying

The latest analytical report from Transparency International has revealed that the majority of lobbying meetings involving the European Commissioners and their staff were actually held with corporate managers. The EU declares the number of lobbying meetings it has approximately every six months.

Jun 29 13:17

Chicago mayor turns down state cash advance to struggling schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 state payment to the city's cash-strapped school system to help make a pension payment.

"We appreciate the governor's gesture, but the use of this year's dollars to pay last year's pension payment follows the same path that got the schools into the current financial mess," said a statement from Emanuel's office.

Jun 29 13:16

KKK Leaflets Show up on LA Lawns; Another Part of the Race War Psyop?

Apparently the distribution of white supremacist propaganda also occurred in Orange County last week as well, so they’re really hitting this one up hard post-Charleston. A similar incident also took place earlier this year in Santa Ana on, of all days, Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Again, this sounds like something straight out of a COINTELPRO course on provocateuring, especially in the fact that it was splashed all over the news to add a little something to the race baiting in a post-Ferguson, post-Baltimore, post-Charleston America.

Speaking of COINTELPRO, considering there have been recent claims the FBI covered up their KKK informant’s role in Martin Luther King’s assassination, and that the agency destroyed crucial documents on purpose to stop the exposure of a high-ranking Klansman who also happened to be a Fed agent, the government might know a little thing or two about the KKK…

Jun 29 13:08

Foreign specialists operate Ukrainian army’s drones — LPR reconnaissance

The examination of the drone shot down by the LPR militias revealed photos of the drone operators made while testing the drone’s camera. "The photos feature men operating the drone from an apartment equipped with special devices," the agency said. "Such equipment and work conditions are not typical for rank and file Ukrainian soldiers. More to it, the uniform and underwear of such models and colors are not used in any of the Ukrainian army units."
The LPR security service officer noted that "one of the foreigners from the photos was reported to have taken part in combat operation during Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia in 2008." This information, according to the officer, was being verified.

Jun 29 13:05

Final price of gas for Ukraine will amount $247 per 1,000 cubic meters — PM Medvedev

"The prices for oil and subsequently for gas have greatly subsided, so the discount will be $40 per 1,000 cubic meters," said Medvedev.
Further decisions on the price of gas for Ukraine will depend on the world prices and the situation in the economy, Medvedev said.
Until the end of June, the price of gas for Ukraine amounts to $247.18 per 1,000 cubic meters, and takes into the $100 discount on export duties, offered by the Russian government. When the gas prices are below $330, the discount amounts to 30% of the gas prices.

Jun 29 13:05

China Seeks to Clean Up Space Junk

A new agency was recently established in China to help clean up space junk orbiting around the Earth.

Jun 29 13:02

Revealed: NSA Conducted Massive Economic Espionage Against France

New documents released by WikiLeaks reveal that the NSA's spying program delved even deeper into the French economy and politics, eavesdropping on government ministers and major corporations. The news comes only days after it was revealed that the US spied on three French presidential administrations.

Jun 29 12:59

Giftcard Fraud on the Rise

The FBI recently released a statement warning that gift card fraud is on the rise.

Jun 29 12:56

NBCUniversal Cuts Ties With Donald Trump

NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Business mogul Donald Trump points as he gives a speech as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, in New York City. (Credit: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

Jun 29 12:55

JP Morgan Chase Stockpiles Silver While Pushing For Ban On Cash

In a communication with JP Morgan Chase shareholders earlier this month Jamie Dimon, CEO of one of the world’s largest and most influential banks, said that a more volatile crisis than 2008 is coming.

Jun 29 12:50

Hillary Lucks Out; News on Emails She Failed to Turn over Got ‘Lost’ on Biggest News Day of the Year

Yes, Hillary sure did luck out didn’t she?

News hit that, despite her promises that she turned over each and every email during her tenure as Secretary of State, the State Department found at least 15 emails Hillary Clinton did not turn over (via The New York Times):

The State Department said on Thursday that 15 emails sent or received by Hillary Rodham Clinton were missing from records that she has turned over, raising new questions about whether she deleted work-related emails from the private account she used exclusively while in office.

But, considering the news didn’t fully break until the same day that the Supreme Court upheld gay marriage and that’s all anyone was talking about that day in the mainstream press, no one likely even saw buried headlines about Hillary’s “lost” emails.

Oh, and the emails just so happened to be about Libya, too.

Jun 29 12:48

Predictable: DHS and FBI Warn Against Possible 4th of July Terror Attacks

Apparently “they” still hate us for our freedom.

According to USA Today, despite any specific, credible threat (as usual), local law enforcement agencies across the country have been warned about the potential for possible terror attacks this Independence Day.

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Jun 29 12:48

7 photos that sum up what it looks like in Greece today

Here’s what it looks like in Greece today, after a weekend in which the government walked away from negotiations with creditors and declared a referendum on debt-holder demands for this Sunday: Banks are closed, and there are lines outside ATMs, where withdrawals from a Greek account are limited to just 60 euros.

That’s if there is still money in the ATM.

Jun 29 12:45

Riots in Armenia designed to 'squeeze' Russia out of Caucasus

South Ossetia has only one goal — to preserve its state, people and the relations, which it has established with Russia, which is a strategic partner, and remain a reliable support for it on Russia’s southern fringes, South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov said after meeting the heads of the defence ministry and law enforcers on Monday.
According to him, the recent riots in Armenia are a fresh attempt to "squeeze" Russia out of the Caucasus. "It is impossible to call the current events in Armenia, which is Russia’s friend and partner, incidental," Tibilov said.
"Western countries have not given up intentions or attempts, to be more precise, to weaken and undermine Russia’s strong and solid positions in the world arena. This applies to all allies of Russia, including South Ossetia," Tibilov stressed.
"We should pay special attention to the republic’s young people in the first place. They are the most vulnerable group, "the South Ossetian president said.

Jun 29 12:44

SCAM ALERT - The Google Marketing Scam Phone Call

I just received a phone call from a number in Reno, Nevada. 773-800-7882. When I picked up the phone, it was an automated phone dialer telling me to press 1 to be connected to someone immediately or my business will NOT show up in the Google searches.

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Claire just got one, and I got one last week.

Funny how the NSA can't find these crooks, either!

Jun 29 12:42

Should Tunisia be Thanking Washington for the Recent Terrorist Attacks?

After a terrorist attack carried out by “Islamic State” (ISIL) militants on a hotel resort in Tunisia on June 26, that resulted in 39 people being killed, the situation in the country has begun to reach boiling point. This attack claimed more lives than any other massacre in the history of Tunisia. Tunisian authorities announced the closure of over 80 mosques, which, according to Prime Minister Habib Essid, have become the place where violence breeds. The public has not fully recovered from shock when on the following day a police car was blown up in the Kef governorate.

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