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February 20, 2015

Feb 20 13:08

Utter Destruction of Hezbollah & Nusayri Army in Aleppo

Every last Town & Village taking by them in their ''Offensive'' has being Retaken Aleppo & Daraa SyrianGirl is blaming the Disaster of thousands of ''Turkish Troops'' they also sneeked in daraa too

Feb 20 13:04

‘Russian Bomber Over UK’ Story ‘Not True At All’ - UK Defense Ministry

Under The Guardian headline, "Russian bomber flew inland over Cornwall, witness claims", Bamford told the newspaper, "My partner says there's some Russian bomber off the coast of Cornwall. It's then that I go online and say that's the plane I saw, holy crap. It wasn't out to sea, it's on St Eval where all the radio masts are, I saw that thing over British land."

However, the UK Ministry of Defense immediately dismissed the story.

"It's not true, not true at all," MoD spokeswoman Emma Sloper told Sputnik.

In a statement the MoD added, "The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace."

Feb 20 13:03

Greece, euro zone creditors reach accord on loan

Euro zone finance ministers reached an agreement on Friday to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months, officials on both sides said.

"It's done. For four months," one said.

An agreement removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced out of the single currency area. It provides a breathing space for the new leftist-led Athens government to try to negotiate longer-term debt relief with its official creditors.

Feb 20 12:47

Chillin’: Bostonians Build Snow Lounge With Fire Pit

When faced with a a pile of snow taller than a fence, Imgur user WeAreNotRealWeAreJaden and a few friends broke out the shovels, the fire pit, and the beer to show snow what American ingenuity is all about, with a little inspiration from our neighbors to the north. Behold, the snow pit:

Feb 20 11:45

How to Spot the Sociopath in Your Midst

They always know how to get what they want from you. They know your weaknesses better than anyone, even yourself. They can always turn a no into a yes, and they don’t seem particularly concerned with laws, safety, or right and wrong. They’re the most predatory members of our society, and they’ll take what they want, and hang you out to dry.

Feb 20 11:44

The Fallacy of Rising Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is on the rise. All over Europe it is raising its ugly head. Jews are in danger everywhere. They must make haste and come home to Israel before it is too late.

True? Untrue?


Practically all the alarming incidents which have taken place in Europe recently – especially in Paris and Copenhagen – in which Jews were killed or attacked – had nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

All these outrages were conducted by young Muslims, mostly of Arab descent. They were part of the ongoing war between Israelis and Arabs that has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. They are not descended from the pogrom in Kishinev and not related to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

In theory, Arab anti-Semitism is an oxymoron, since Arabs are Semites. Indeed, Arabs may be more Semitic then Jews, because Jews have mingled for many centuries with Gentiles.

Feb 20 11:43

The “Exceptional” U.S. Suffers Crushing Defeat in Debaltsevo

In less than a year, the United States has toppled the democratically-elected government of Ukraine, installed a Washington-backed stooge in Kiev, launched a bloody and costly war of annihilation on Russian-speaking people in the East, thrust the economy into a downward death spiral, and reduced the nation to an anarchic, failed state destined to endure a vicious fratricidal civil war for as far as the eye can see.

Feb 20 11:41

FBI smearing my hacker husband

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

Feb 20 11:34

James Comey Says the FBI Can’t Let Police Talk about Widely Reported Surveillance Tech Because of ‘Bad People’

I hope you’re hungry, because here’s a whopper: The FBI director has publicly defended his organization’s use of non-disclosure agreements to prevent local police departments from releasing documents about their use of controversial surveillance technologies, despite the fact that these technologies have been widely discussed in media outlets for years. What’s his justification for this policy?

"Bad people."

Feb 20 11:26

Any which way but warm

Greenland is a place most people associate with cold. But the country currently finds itself in the grip of an intense cold snap that is trying the patience of even some of its hardiest residents.

How cold has it been? Extreme, say meteorologists. American scientists at Camp Summit, located at the highest point of the ice cap, 3,216m above sea level, measured a temperature of -64C on February 12. The temperature was just 3 degrees above the base’s record low of -67C.

Feb 20 11:19

Time Warner Cable calls customer "cunt" after she reports cable box problem

Time Warner Cable (TWC) isn't yet a part of Comcast, but it's taking after its potential parent company in one very unfortunate way.

Feb 20 10:51

The State Duma has proposed to establish prosecutorial oversight of the Central Bank

Google translation: "The bill is intended to include the powers of the prosecutor's office in Russia oversee compliance with the Constitution of Russia and the execution of federal law by the Central Bank of Russia, as well as clarifies in this regard, the subject of prosecutorial supervision," - said in a memorandum.

MPs also emphasize that the adoption of this bill will ensure the stability of the national currency and to implement unified state monetary policy.

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Reinforcing state control over the central bank. That will definitely put Putin on the Special High Interest Targets list!

Feb 20 10:48

Putin said that Russia is ready to give an answer to external pressure

Google translate: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will always find an adequate response to any pressure from the outside. The Head of State said at a gala concert dedicated on February 23, "Interfax".

Feb 20 10:47

SWIFT has accused Russia of violating ChronoPay trademark rights

Google translate: The company "Soyuzpatent" on behalf of the Society for Worldwide International Financial Telecommunication SCRL (SWIFT) filed a claim Russian processing company ChronoPay abuse solely on the trademark «Swift», the letter says "Soyuzpatent".

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This is pure harassment. The Russian system does not call itself "SWIFT", so how can they infringe on the trademark?

Feb 20 10:23

Washington's Prying Eyes

As the U.S. government maintains its uneasy silence about the kidnapping and probable murder of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico—or, for that matter, about the estimated 100 thousand Mexicans killed since the recommitment to the drug war in 2006—it is worth remembering that the United States maintains the largest and most elaborate international surveillance network in the world. Which, then, is the more troubling interpretation of events: that U.S. State Department and National Security Agency (NSA) officials know who is responsible for these horrific crimes but are choosing not to say, or that despite untold billions of dollars of investment in spy programs like PRISM and Boundless Informant, Washington still has no clue?

Feb 20 10:23

Sony releases $160 64 GB SD cards marketed for 'Premium Sound', claiming it will produce 'less electrical noise'. Storage media can not change sound quality, but people are spending over $100 more to buy it.

Need the perfect expandable storage solution for your $1,200 Walkman? Sony might have a bridge to sell you.
The company is now selling a 64 GB Micro SDXC card “for Premium Sound” in Japan. At $160, it's four or five times more expensive than a typical 64 GB card, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, it's supposed to produce “less electrical noise.”

Feb 20 10:21

New Map Shows Americans Where to Go If They Crave Freedom and Liberty

The John Locke Foundation has released the “2015 First in Freedom Index” which ranks states by how much personal freedom it’s residents enjoy. The ranking is based on an analysis of each state’s fiscal, education, regulatory and healthcare policies.

Feb 20 10:20

Uk defense minister: "Mr Putin is as great a threat to Europe as Islamic State" | "You have jets being flown up the English Channel and you have submarines in the north sea, it looks to me like the cold war it's warming up"

Nato is getting ready to fight back against Russian aggression as it poses a ‘real and present danger’ to the Baltic States, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said yesterday.
He told of the threat to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as Vladimir Putin continues to ‘test us’ by deploying submarines and warplanes near British territory.

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Feb 20 10:13

GCHQ and NSA Collaborate to Steal the Keys to Your Cellphone

By Nadia Kayyali

Anyone interested in privacy and security should think twice about their cell phone dependence right now. That’s because today, The Intercept revealed that British spy agency GCHQ led successful efforts to hack into the internal networks of Gemalto, “the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications” made on the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, including “AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world.”

In other words, for millions or even billions of users around the world, global cellular communications are about as secure from GCHQ and NSA as an FM radio broadcast...

Feb 20 10:09

HUGE DEAL: Russia Ratifies $100bn BRICS Development Bank

Today, Russia’s government ratified its commitment to the new BRICS Development Bank. The bank will fund infrastructure development in the BRICS nations and be first global competitor capable of challenging the financial hegemony of the Western-led World Bank and IMF.

Feb 20 10:04

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

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

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

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Feb 20 09:55

Fossil Microbes in Meteors

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As you know, I am partial towards the planet Mars in my astronomy interests, and continue to champion the recognition of Dr. Gilbert Levin as having detected indigenous life on Mars during the Viking missions.

As I ramp my animation business back up to pay my medical bills not covered by my Obamacare compliant health insurance I am working on a small documentary on Mars, during which I did a web search about the fossil microbes seen in a meteorite recovered in Antarctica determined to have originated from the planet Mars. This story briefly made the major news in 1966, then faded.

I was rather surprised to find out that there have been dozens of other papers published detailing separate cases where scientists have discovered microfossils that appear to be biological shapes that do not match anything known here on Earth inside of meteorites, primarily carbonaceous chondrites. Each paper is immediately followed by dismissive articles in the corporate media that ridicule the idea that there is any evidence for life elsewhere in the universe. Usually there is no refutation of the data, only comments like "Rubbish" provided by "authorities" eager to see their name in major media. Needless to say, funding to pursue the question of what these fossilized objects are is almost as rare as funding to study the coming ice age!

At the bottom of my article on Dr. Levin I drew a parallel between Europe's initial suppression of Marco Polo's discoveries in China (to preserve the power and authority of the church) and a very obvious institutional bias within NASA against confirmation of the Viking results. I observed that confirmation of life on other worlds would be a socially transformative event, leading humans to put down their weapons of war and unite together to find out who is out there. This would be a threat to those whose wealth and power rests on the machinery of endless wars.

But in looking at all these papers and all the micrographs, there is enough "smoke" here to wonder if we should not look for the fire, and if confirmation of extraterrestrial life has literally been under our feet all along!

Feb 20 09:48


Therefore, if these radio transmissions are genuine, we now know two facts. The hijackers were talking about a list of demands, not suicide. And the story of the passengers crashing the plane during a fight with the hijackers simply could not have happened that way.

Feb 20 09:30

Pope Francis's response to clergy sex abuse tripped up by Vatican loophole

“The return of a cleric to public ministry is excluded if such ministry is a danger for minors or a cause of scandal," the document reads. It is the bishop who decides if danger or scandal exists.

“In fact, this is what bishops have always done,” BishopAccountability co-director Anne Barrett-Doyle told GroundTruth. “The CDF sees a bishop as judge and jury. He can forgive a guilty priest if he wants to after some clinic stay, and put him back in the saddle. That’s what the American bishops did for decades until it blew up on them.”

Feb 20 09:24

Clinton Foundation Receiving Millions From Proponents of Keystone XL

Fossil fuel corporations and a Canadian trade agency that has promoted the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline have donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, which is jointly run by Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea.

Climate campaigners say that the payments raise concerns about industry influence on Hillary Clinton, a likely 2016 presidential candidate who has so far remained mum on her position on the tar sands pipeline, despite a call from 30 environmental organizations—issued over a year ago—urging her to take a stand against it.

The gifts to the foundation—whose stated mission is to "improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change"—were first reported by The Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

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The next question is how much overlap exists between the Clinton Foundation and the 2016 campaign.

Feb 20 09:23

Element Of Surpwhat? Pentagon Reveals Details Of Iraq Military Offensive Involving Up To 25,000 Troops

First, the US openly allows potential Jihadist elements (don't worry, the answered "moderate" on the questionnaire) to call in B-1B strikes, and now in all its Sun Tzu-esque brilliance, the Pentagon is handing out not only issuing press releases on its military invasion calendar, but its troops deployment numbers as well.

According to Reuters, the United States sees an Iraqi military offensive involving 20,000-25,000 troops to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in April-May, a U.N. military official said on Thursday.

Feb 20 09:23

Record freeze on Lake Ontario as 4,700 square miles of ice forms on Great Lakes IN ONE NIGHT

More than 4,700 square miles of ice formed over the Great Lakes in just one night on Tuesday.

The Arctic blast that swept the Midwest and Northeast saw a near-record amount of Lake Ontario was iced over, with just 20 per cent of open water left.

Overall 82 percent of the five water bodies sealed up.

Temperatures are expected to drop again on Thursday night, leading forecasters to predict that figure to climb significantly by Friday morning.

Feb 20 09:20

Judicial Watch Forces Obama Administration to Release Pentagon Benghazi Attack Documents

Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama administration finally turned over hundreds of pages of documents about the military response to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and other facilities in Benghazi. The documents, which are heavily blacked out (redacted), confirm that the U.S. Military, through its U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) drafted orders for a military response to the attack, specifically “to protect vital naval and national assets.” Other documents suggest that the military, hours after the attack, tied the assault to a group supporting “an Islamic state” that wanted to attack U.S. interests in Libya in retaliation for a drone strike on an al-Qaeda leader.

Feb 20 09:13

Any way you slice it stocks are overvalued

Feb 20 09:11

Russia’s Antimonopoly Agency Launches Antitrust Probe Against Google

Yandex said Google prevents manufacturers of phones and tablets working on the US company's Android operation system from preinstalling services by Google's competitors.

Yandex is a party to another antitrust investigation against Google, led by the European Commission.

Feb 20 09:11

Is Global Warming Real or a Hoax? Expert Climatologist Has The Answer And Liberals Won’t Like It

We have been told that the “science is settled” on global warming. We’ve been told that the ice caps are melting. We’ve been told that the only way for mankind to survive extended heat waves and the severest of droughts is to curb the CO2 emissions from human activity. The U.N., the EPA, and the Sierra Club all claim we must start using solar and wind energy if we are to avoid a future doomsday.

Feb 20 09:06

Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to east Ukraine

Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what could be the next key battlefront.

Russia did not immediately respond to the accusation which, if confirmed, would be almost certain to finally kill off a tattered European-brokered truce that came into force on Sunday. Moscow has always denied such charges in the past.

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Give the Russians a chance to stop laughing! Meanwhile FOX News is carrying this latest "cry Wolf" from Kiev as if it is established fact, ignoring the numerous embarrassments where supposed photographs of Russian military in Ukraine turn out to be older photos taken elsewhere, including Russia itself.

Feb 20 09:04

STSKK recognized Debaltseve part of the LC and the DNI

Google translate: Russia's representative to the Joint Center for control and coordination of the ceasefire and stabilization (STSKK) Lentsov Alexander said that in accordance with the plan of withdrawal of heavy weapons Debaltseve is part of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republic.

Feb 20 09:00

Middle East cold snap disrupts daily life

Another cold snap that hit the Middle East this week has disrupted daily life in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

"The snowstorm has blocked several main roads in the West Bank," Loai Beni Ouda, a spokesman for Palestine's civil defense authorities, told The Anadolu Agency.

A number of West Bank cities have also experienced serious flooding.

Schools were closed for the day across Israel, while transport services were suspended in West Jerusalem.

Feb 20 09:00

Heavy winter storm descends on parts of Mideast

A heavy winter storm descended on parts of the Middle East on Friday, with snow forcing the closure of all roads leading in and out of Jerusalem and sprinkling Israel's desert with a rare layer of white.

Snow also fell in parts of the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria as a cold front swept through the region.

Feb 20 09:00

Pro Vaccine Campaign Exposed:

Woman who posted a viral facebook post worried that her new born baby may have contracted the measles due to the "anti- vaxxers" has large ties to big pharma.

Feb 20 09:00

Record snow in Istanbul and Snowstorm shuts Lebanon schools

Parts of the Middle East continue to grapple with blizzards as heavy snowfall breaks a chilling new record in Istanbul and a third snowstorm in Lebanon prompted the education minister to order all schools in mountainous areas to shut on Friday and Saturday.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality said Thursday that the snowfall in Istanbul has broken a 28-year record in the Turkish city, with snow reaching as high as 75 cm in the Çatalca district, in the westernmost region of greater Istanbul, The Hurriyet Daily reported.

Feb 20 08:59

Brrrr: Cold breaks record; snow Saturday

The old low for Feb. 20 shattered like a falling icicle Friday morning.

It was minus 1 at 7:15 a.m. in White Plains. The former record of 5 degrees was set in 1966. The National Weather Service has a wind chill advisory in place because it can feel like 25 below when the wind blows.

Feb 20 08:57

It Begins: Goldman Cuts Q1 GDP Due To Snow

Feb 20 08:56

US Senator Schumer calls on fellow Democrats to attend Netanyahu speech

Leading Democratic senator says Israel-US relationship should “transcend” any political differences

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"We have to show those Canadians that the US is still Israel's top slave!"

Feb 20 08:55

IN PICTURES: Snow falls in Golan, Jerusalem, and even in Negev desert

Israelis in various regions of the country woke up to see white on Friday morning, with snow falling from the Golan Heights in the north to the Negev in the south overnight.

Some 20 cm. of snow fell in Jerusalem overnight and areas of the northern Golan Heights saw 30 cm. Small amounts of snow also fell in the southern cities of Arad, Dimona and Beersheba.

Snow in Rosh Pina forced the airport in the northern town to close on Friday morning. Schools were closed in the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and surrounding areas and in different parts of the Galilee.

Feb 20 08:54

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

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

Feb 20 08:53

Dutch Government Releases Heavily Redacted MH17 Documents

The Dutch government released dozens of documents Tuesday about the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but much of the information was redacted in order to safeguard "the interests of the Netherlands' relationship with other states"

Feb 20 08:52


One would never guess that we were in the middle of an election campaign as snow in Jerusalem dominates the headlines today ..

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Feb 20 08:52

Thousands of Polish Farmers Protest in Warsaw

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6000 farmers marched in Warsaw to protest the Polish government’s failure to address their long-standing demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime minister during the afternoon, farmers built an occupation camp outside the prime minister's palace and have vowed to remain until their demands are met...

Feb 20 08:50

Germany and its allies declared their consent to the exit of Greece from the eurozone

Google Translate: Block eurozone countries led by Germany agree on a Greek exit from the currency bloc if agreement on Greek debt and extend the program of financial aid to the country will not be reached, said Finance Minister of Malta, Edward Scicluna.

Feb 20 08:45

Great Lakes Ice Up 400% Since 1995

Feb 20 08:40

NATO member Turkey to buy $3.4 billion worth of incompatible Chinese antimissiles

The Turkish military is determined to buy long-range anti-missile systems from China, even though they wouldn’t be compatible with NATO weapons. Security concerns have been raised by other members of the alliance.

Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, in a written statement to the parliament, gave an assurance that the contract would go ahead.

Feb 20 08:40

How Germany Is Blowing Up The European Union

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

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

Feb 20 08:38

Germany Slams Greek Bailout Extension Proposal As "Trojan Horse" - Full Text

As leaked by Reuters moments ago, here is the text of a document that describes Germany's position on Greece's letter requesting an extension of its bailout facility as nothing short of a Trojan Horse.

Feb 20 08:38

Pay to protest? Campaigners reject govt bid to ‘privatize dissent’

Furious campaign groups across the UK have rejected the government’s proposed ‘pay to protest’ measures, warning they will not hire private companies to facilitate anti-government rallies.

Their announcement on Thursday came shortly after Scotland Yard told protest groups it will no longer monitor traffic adjacent to protest sites in Britain. The force had previously carried out this role for decades.

Feb 20 08:37

Why the Free and Open Internet Is Never Going to Die

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

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

Feb 20 08:32

ISIL fabricated by US!: Former CIA contractor

Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy

Feb 20 08:24

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

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

Feb 20 08:22

Ice and snow lead to record freeze in the USA, in pictures (18pics)

Ice and snow lead to record freeze in the USA, in pictures (18pics)

Feb 20 08:22

FDA warns about medical scopes after “superbug” hits California hospital

news broke that seven patients had been infected by a drug-resistant “superbug” at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center

Feb 20 08:19

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

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

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

Feb 20 08:18

U.S., Turkey Sign Deal to Openly Arm ISIS-Linked Syrian Rebels

The U.S. and Turkey have signed an agreement to openly train and arm Syrian rebels, the majority of whom have ties to ISIS.

Feb 20 08:18

UN Report Reveals How Israel is Coordinating with ISIS Militants Inside Syria

The Syrian conflict continues to develop into a proxy war, pitting various foreign ‘national interests’ against one another, including US vs. Syria, US vs Iran, Saudi Arabia vs Syria, Qatar vs. Syria, Turkey vs. Kurdistan and Iran vs. Israel – to name only a few. So the support network behind Washington’s ‘Moderate Rebels’ and terrorist groups fighting in Syria is comprised of many contributing covert intelligence agencies, including the CIA, MI5/6, Mossad, France, NATO, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Feb 20 08:18

‘Unhackable’: Russian firm develops totally surveillance-proof smartphone

Russia is entering the post-Snowden world with style. Its own anti-surveillance smartphone prototype, equipped with the latest in cutting-edge cybersecurity and intended for corporate users, is currently being tested.

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Feb 20 08:17

Greece Gives Europe A Counter-Ultimatum: Accept Or Reject Our Offer


After days of repeated ultimata from The Eurogroup, as Germany (bad cop) and the rest (good cop) make optimistic sounds, this morning's rejection of Greece's latest plan (following Greek comparisons of Germany to Nazi surrender demands) has prompted something new:


Feb 20 08:14

Court recording of CeeCee Lyles on Flight 93 HEAR THE WHISPERS IN THE BACKGROUND

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After the 9/11 stewardess makes her strange, stilted recording on her home answering machine, you can clearly hear a second female voice say, "You were great."

Not surprisingly, the link to the US Government's original audio file is not working!

But not to worry, I have an mp3 of the audio HERE! I washed out the hiss and static, but otherwise this is unchanged. The "You were great" is at 37 seconds.

Earlier in the call, the "stewerdess" says there are three hijackers on board flight 93. The official story is that there were actually four.

Feb 20 08:11


In the midst of the dramatic showdown in Brussels between the new Greek government and its European creditors, many Greek depositors—spooked by the prospect of a Greek default or, worse, an exit from the euro zone and a possible return to the drachma—have been pulling euros out of the nation's banks in record amounts over the last few days.

Feb 20 08:05


Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal information about your location to every app on your device through a different, unlikely data leak: the phone’s power consumption.

Feb 20 08:05

School near Nablus repeatedly attacked by Israel

A school near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus has been repeatedly attacked by Israel.

On 4 February, Israeli forces fired sound bombs into a secondary school serving the Palestinian villages of al-Lubban and al-Sawiya. A flimsy excuse was given to justify this assault on the right to education: Israeli settlers had alleged that pupils from the school had thrown stones at them.

Feb 20 08:04

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

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

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

Feb 20 08:04

Students allege “travesty of justice” as Ohio university muzzles debate on Israel divestment

After several hours of debate on Tuesday night, the student government at the University of Toledo in Ohio shut down a hearing on a resolution to divest from firms abetting Israel’s crimes.

Just before the vote was to take place by the student senate, the university’s Student Judicial Council, part of the student government, announced that it had ruled a resolution calling for divestment “unconstitutional” on the grounds that it was “discriminatory” and “one-sided.” The ruling allowed no recourse or debate and the entire vote was then scrapped.

As The Electronic Intifada reported, the university administration had insisted that discussions relating to the resolution be conducted in a secretive manner.

Feb 20 08:03

Northwestern University students pass Israel divestment resolution

Northwestern University’s student government passed a divestment resolution early Thursday morning after more than five hours of hearing and debate. The resolution calls on the university to pull its investments from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation.

Feb 20 08:03

Israeli foreign minister on Facebook: Palestinian prisoners should be executed

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

Feb 20 08:02

Record freezes in Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia

If people thought Thursday morning was frigid in Northeast Florida, prepare for record freezing temperatures Friday, said Ben Nelson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Record lows also are expected to be approached in southeastern Georgia, Nelson said.

Nelson said a record low in the Jacksonville area of 28 degrees for Feb. 20, set in 1958, is almost guaranteed to fall Friday when temperatures are expected to hit 20 degrees at Jacksonville International Airport, with mid- to upper 20s from downtown to the Beaches.

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Reader photo of their frozen bird bath in Sarasota this morning.

Feb 20 07:50

Clearing Paths From Crisfield to Smith Island

With frigid temperatures expected to last for at least the next few days, it means the icebreaker in Crisfield is hard at work clearing a path through the frozen Tangier Sound.

Feb 20 07:50

DNR Icebreaker to Free Frozen Tangier Island

The largest icebreaker in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources fleet will make an out-of-state house call Saturday to free the frozen residents of Virginia’s Tangier Island.

Feb 20 07:50

Today’s prisoner exchange announced by Kiev not coordinated with DPR — defense ministry

According to DPR intelligence, Ukrainian forces capture civilians in Artyomovsk and Slaviansk to exchange them as prisoners

Feb 20 07:49

Russia’s humanitarian aid delivered to Luhansk, Donetsk

Fifteen trucks carrying more than 100 tons of cargo arrived to Donetsk, and fifteen other trucks delivered around 100 tons to Luhansk

Feb 20 07:49

France spends €2.5 mln monthly on maintaining Mistral ship intended for Russia

According to earlier media reports, France’s penalty for breaching the contract on Mistral delivery to Russia may amount to around €3 billion

Feb 20 07:48

Snowfall paralyzed Istanbul

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for "It's only cold in New England and the rest of the world is roasty-toasty!"

Feb 20 07:45

UN report reveals how Israel is coordinating with ISIS militants inside Syria

Israel may very well believe that it is acting in the interest of its national security by adopting the axiom, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”

Feb 20 07:34

Top GOP senators blast Obama admin’s waffling on arming Ukraine military

Two influential Republican national security hawks in the Senate hammered the Obama administration’s failure to take a more aggressive posture toward the war in eastern Ukraine Tuesday, asserting that the White House should “immediately” authorize the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Ukrainian military.

“The Chancellor of Germany and the President of France, with the support of the President of the United States, are legitimizing the dismemberment of a sovereign nation in Europe for the first time in seven decades,” Sens. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona said in a joint statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay John, if you really feel that way, here's your rifle and here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the CIA's torture centers and we think the cleaners got most of the blood out. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane and we will call Putin and tell him you are on your way to kick his butt all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that wee have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 20 07:32

Scaremonger: UK Defence Secretary Accused of Delusion Over Baltic Threat

British military experts have poured scorn over the UK Defence Secretary's claim that the Baltic States could be the next targets for Russia. The news comes as senior British parliamentarians accused the EU of "sleep-walking" into the current crisis in Ukraine.

Feb 20 07:29

Marathon Oil To Lay Off 10% Of Workforce

Feb 20 07:27

Ukraine: UK and EU 'badly misread' Russia

The UK and the EU have been accused of a "catastrophic misreading" of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine.

The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe "sleepwalked" into the crisis.

The EU had not realised the depth of Russian hostility to its plans for closer relations with Ukraine, it said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia wasn't the problem. It was the US and EU who were hostile to the legitimate Ukraine government's intentions to move closer to Russia. That is what triggered the US backed coup that drove the legitimate government out and installed a pro-European junta in its place a year ago; one of an endless series of such covert regime changes the US engages in (such as the one that just failed against Maduro last week).

What the EU and US failed to anticipate is the Ukrainian people deciding they were under no obligation to follow a government they did not create for themselves, which triggered first Crimea to secede, then Lugansk and Donetsk. The US panicked, because unless the people of nations can be relied on to follow a new installed government as they followed the old, then the US model for covert overthrow in all countries ceases to work. The Ukrainian people changed the dynamic, and invoked their right to self-determination as set forth in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The US had to have Poroshenko retake Lugansk, Donetsk, and ultimately Crimea, or the US model of conquering a nation by simply replacing its government no longer works. and that is what has led to this last year's carnage!

Feb 20 07:15

Britain, Spain oppose lethal military assistance to Ukraine

The United Kingdom and Spain have expressed opposition to the provision of lethal military aid to Ukraine, highlighting that the settlement of hostilities between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian military has to come through dialogue.

Feb 20 07:14

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

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

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

Feb 20 07:10

There is no debate: Vaccine data is largely based on research fraud and intimidation of scientists

Government spokespersons, media correspondents, celebrities and others are urging everyone, young and old alike, to march down to their local pharmacy and get an MMR vaccine, which they insist will provide protection against the threat of infection.

But is this actually true? Both the safety and efficacy of the MMR vaccine have been called into question on numerous occasions, including late last summer when U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whistleblower Dr. William Thompson came forward with information about how the MMR had been shown to cause autism in children, and particularly African American children. The government tried to conceal this data from the public, but Thompson bravely brought it to light in a move that could cost him his career.

Feb 20 07:09

Pharma-connected vaccine pushers chemically abuse children in push for medical tyranny

Seven-year-old Rhett Krawitt is adorable in every sense of the word, no doubt. But the way his parents are currently exploiting his condition to advocate for eliminating parental rights and medical choice in California is a textbook example of propaganda that appeals to emotion. If enough people see the young boy on national news and think, "Those evil anti-vaxxers! Let's go out right now and get the MMR vaccine, as a family," then the propagandists have won.

Feb 20 07:09

Whistleblower Reveals Deadly Nerve Agent Spill At Kentucky Army Base

Interestingly, the Blue Grass Army Depot was also where the U.S. Army was stockpiling millions of rounds of 7.62x39mm AK-47 ammunition, most likely for the CIA who has been covertly arming ISIS-linked Syrian rebels for at least two years.

Feb 20 07:08

Venezuela Coup Timeline: Plotters Paid in US Dollars, Planned to Assassinate President and Install De Facto Regime

This story was completely blacked-out in the US media, and it’s no wonder why.

Last week an attempted coup d’é·tat took place in Venezuela. It is the third failed US-backed coup attempt in the last 25 years.

It was the latest episode of Washington’s war on democracy in South America. TeleSUR provided detailed coverage of a US-backed power grab which was reminiscent of the CIA’s gilded age of southern hemisphere nation-wrecking in the 1970?s. The ouster attempt saw key opposition fascist-oriented figures took advantage of plunging oil prices and used student street protests as cover for the attempted coup which was foiled by the Maduro government.

Feb 20 07:07

Innocent College Student Subject to Restraining Order for Resembling Alleged Rapist

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 20 07:01

Axeman Lloyds bank boss set for £7m bonus after overseeing thousands of job losses

Lloyds bank boss Antonio Horta-Osorio is poised to pocket a bonus of more than £7million after overseeing thousands of job losses.

Portuguese banker Mr Horta-Osorio, 51, who has headed Lloyds since 2011, has just begun a second, three-year wave of cost cutting.

It will mean the loss of another 9,000 jobs and 200 branches.

But he is being rewarded for helping turn the firm’s fortunes around. The bank is expected to confirm the shares windfall for its chief executive when it announces its results.

Feb 20 07:01

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

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

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

Feb 20 07:00

If You Can't Make It Fake It: UK Claims Russian Missiles in Ukraine

British diplomats released photographs on Wednesday of what they described as Russia's advanced anti-aircraft artillery system allegedly being used in eastern Ukraine, saying it was further proof of Russia's military involvement in the conflict.

The snapshots of the truck-mounted SA-22 Pantsir surface-to-air missile system appeared on the web and on social networks, but for some strange reason the time and date they were taken differed from what appears on these very same photos published earlier.


Further linked was the webpage of the Billingcat investigative journalism group and showed a KAMAZ truck with a Pantsir-like unit sitting on top. The photo, made on a misty day against the backdrop of a concrete wall and some trees, only says, without elaborating, that it was taken in Shakhtarsk.

Which is surprising, because the very same photograph, which appeared on other websites, indicates it was taken on January 23 in Russia’s very own Rostov region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If at first you don't succeed, lie lie again!

Feb 20 06:56

EU set to dispatch armored vehicles to Ukraine: Official

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... as soon as they finish painting Russian insignia on them! :)

Feb 20 06:54

The Straw That Broke the Back of the American Economy

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

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

Feb 20 06:49

Too Many Lies, Too Much of the Time

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”
-- THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 19, 1785

Feb 20 06:47

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 20 06:45

Lebanon blizzard blocks mountain roads; schools shut

Snow continued to fall on mountainous areas across Lebanon Friday, blocking roads, closing schools and leaving thousands stranded in their homes.

Dozens of villages in the eastern, northern and southern parts of the country were cut off by the blizzard.

Schools across Lebanon abided by Education Minister Elias Bou Saab’s decision to shut down Friday and Saturday due to the storm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the Carbonazis' "It's only cold in New England" theory!

Feb 20 06:42

The young man rescued from ice captivity" dog

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian man rescues dog from frozen lake. Those Russians are tough people! Do we really want to go to war with them?!?

Feb 20 06:32

Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem

After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on a tear. On his television show, the top-rated cable news anchor declared that the American press isn't "half as responsible as the men who forged the nation." He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other "distortions" by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O'Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.

Feb 20 05:47

Netanyahu: We Do Know What’s in the Proposed Iran Nuclear Deal – And It’s Bad

(CNSNews.com) – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has gently pushed back at the inference that his government does not know the details of a proposed agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, after the State Department confirmed that it is not sharing everything about the negotiations with the Israelis.
Note: And how Mr. Netanyahu do you know everything? Are great "friend" spying on us. Had enough yet!

Feb 20 05:43

Finally! The US is busting Israeli banks

Bank Leumi, Israel's second largest bank, admitted late last year to helping its American customers evade income taxes, hide assets, and launder their money back into the United States. The bank agreed to pay $130 million in fines to New York regulators and another $270 million to the federal government, and assist in an ongoing probe of other Israeli banks.

Feb 20 03:50

Investigation Into Ron Paul’s 2012 Campaign “Expanding”

(* 2012's "Audit The Fed" Candidate )

Feb 20 03:20

Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis Unanimously Passes Senate Committee in Hawaii

Hawaii’s Senatehawaii2 Health Committee has unanimously passed Senate Bill 596 , a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 596 would remove criminal penlites for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the charge to a simple $100 civil infraction. The measure would apply to everyone 18 and older.

Feb 20 02:48


How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

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

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

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

Feb 20 02:48

Dutch Firm Gemalto Investigates Hacking Claim

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

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

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

Feb 20 02:29

2 sides in damaging West Coast seaport dispute still talking

As negotiators haggle, billions of dollars of cargo sits on ships anchored outside the 29 ports. They cannot dock because of historically bad cargo bottlenecks at ports that handle about $1 trillion of trade annually, much of it with Asia.

Though the economic impact has been hardest on specific industries - U.S. produce and meat exporters, for example, and smaller importers of consumer goods - no less than Wal-Mart Stores Inc. warned Thursday that congestion at the ports could affect selection in the retail giant's stores.

Feb 20 02:03

Venezuela: Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma arrested on claims of coup plot

Antonio Ledezma, the mayor of Venezuelan capital Caracas, has been detained amid claims of involvement in a US-backed coup attempt.

Feb 20 01:14

Christopher Adams: What were they thinking?

A Portuguese bank on the verge of collapse - what were they thinking?

That would have been the response of many newspaper readers this morning upon learning the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has lost nearly $200 million in taxpayers' cash on a "risk-free" loan it provided to Lisbon-based Banco Espirito Santo (BES) on July 3.

The loan - part of a US$784 million credit package US investment bank Goldman Sachs put together through its Oak Finance vehicle - was made exactly one month before BES collapsed and Portugal's central bank split the country's biggest lender into two, with one part holding the good assets and the toxic assets placed in the other.

Unfortunately, the Oak Finance loan is now stranded in the so-called "bad bank" following a retrospective law change by the Bank of Portugal.

Feb 20 01:13

NZ Super Fund loses $200m in Portuguese bank collapse

Almost $200 million in taxpayers' money invested through the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has been lost after the collapse of a Portuguese bank where the money was invested - supposedly as a "risk-free" loan.

The fund, set up with public money to partly cover the retirement costs of Baby Boomers, revealed yesterday it had been caught up in the collapse of Banco Espirito Santo (BES), and a US$150 million investment made in July had been wiped out.

Read how the Super Fund lost $200m

The investment was a contribution to a Goldman Sachs-organised loan to the bank, but only weeks after the money was injected it imploded. President and founder Ricardo Salgado was arrested as part of a criminal investigation into tax evasion.

After disclosing billions of euros in losses, and facing a run on funds by depositors, the bank collapsed in a heap and was broken up in August.

Feb 20 00:21

Putin Should Just Take East Ukraine

Such a decisive move by Russia would definitely put an end to the Western-backed war of aggression on the pro-Russian people of east Ukraine.

Moscow has so far shown more than enough forbearance towards Washington and its puppet regime in Kiev. And yet this week, Washington’s allies in the European Union have seen it fit to impose fresh sanctions on Russia. Putin’s diplomatic efforts to end the conflict on a mutual basis between the Kiev regime and the separatist ethnic Russian people have been twisted and upended at every turn by Washington.

February 19, 2015

Feb 19 22:49

Google Chairman Vs. Obsolete Man

Bilderberger and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt versus the Twilight Zone's Mr. Wordsworth.

Feb 19 22:39

CNN Insists ISIS Lures Women… With Nutella & Kittens.

I wanted to actually add some info here from this story but just... look at that headline. HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA SERIOUSLY??? Why are people still watching this utter b.s.?

Feb 19 21:46

Jonestown doomsday predictions have no consequences

Jonestown doomsday predictions have no consequences

Feb 19 20:38

How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

The Intercept - First Look Media

Feb 19 20:30

'NSA has eyes in every digital communication'

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

Feb 19 20:08

The Internet Is Our Only Free Press

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

Feb 19 18:45

Ukraine Soldiers Storm Poltova Rada Demand Promised Payments for Fighting in Civil War

Feb 19 18:34

How to remove Superfish adware from your laptop

The bad news is that Lenovo ever put Superfish on their consumer laptops. The good news is that it's not that hard to get rid of it.

Feb 19 18:26

How cable networks speed up shows to squeeze in more ads

If you're still watching cable, it turns out that channels like TBS and TNT are now speeding up syndicated programs, classics films and other shows by as much as 7 percent. We hadn't noticed it much ourselves, but the trend was spotted by Snopes and others thanks to a YouTube user who compared the same programs aired now and several years ago. A Seinfeld episode that originally ran 25 minutes was nearly 22 after the process, letting the broadcaster fit in about six extra spots. As the WSJ pointed out, ads now run an average of 15.8 minutes per hour on cable, and one unnamed cable exec said that "it's a way to keep the revenue from going down as much as the ratings."

Feb 19 18:24

The Superfish certificate has been cracked, exposing Lenovo users to attack

Lenovo's Superfish bug just went from bad to worse, as researchers have turned up an easy way to take advantage of the security flaws opened up by the pre-installed software. Superfish is present on Lenovo laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015, although Lenovo says no Thinkpads were shipped with the software. The bug has come under fire for breaking fundamental web security protocols, routing all encryption through a single password-protected certificate authority owned by a third-party adware company that makes Superfish. Anyone with the password that unlocks that certificate authority would be able to completely bypass the computer's web encryption.

This morning, researchers found and published that password, turning a security flaw into an active vector for attack. According to a post by Errata Security's Robert David Graham, the password was stored in the Superfish software's active memory and was trivial to extract.

Feb 19 18:23

Sony's latest snake oil: Pricey 'Premium Sound' Micro SDXC cards

If spending an extra $100 or more on a “Premium Sound” SDXC card makes you happy, go for it. It's your hobby, after all. But the whole thing seems reminiscent of that Penn and Teller show that lampooned water connoisseurs by secretly serving them from the tap.

Feb 19 16:52

Obama Destroyed Libya

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

Feb 19 16:50

Oh, That Statin Scam I’ve Talked About?

You mean that statins may actually be causing heart failure and calcified cardiac arteries?

Feb 19 16:48

When It Comes to ISIS, Obama Is Utterly Clueless

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

Feb 19 16:46

State Dept. Prepares to Give Armed Drones to Allies

Government officials in the United States say the White House is readying to announce a policy change that will let armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or weaponized drones, legally be given to allied nations.

The Washington Post was first to report on Tuesday this week that the Obama administration is preparing to reveal details about an arrangement that will for the first time let American allies receive the controversial counterterrorism tool that has become a hallmark of recent US-led wars.

“The United States is committed to stringent standards for the sale, transfer and subsequent use of US-origin military UAS,” or unmanned aerial systems, the State Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Feb 19 16:44

Just Six Companies Control 90% of What You Read, Watch, and Listen To

Check out this infographic... it's the illusion of choice.

Feb 19 16:43

From Manhattan Project to A.I.: The Coming Synthetic Rewrite of Nature

It is not by accident or organic, “grassroots” trend that numerous films are coming focused on artificial intelligence and the transhumanist takeover. From H.G. Wells’ tales of genetic chimaeras in The Island of Dr. Moreau to The 6th Day with Schwarzenegger, to coming A.I. films like Chappie, the predictive programming preparations are rolling out. My recent research has focused on the Manhattan, and like the MK ULTRA programs, Manhattan had a much wider application than is commonly known.

Feb 19 16:43

Hyperinflation To Start in 2015: Economist Says Get Supplies : “Gold, Silver, Canned Goods, Toilet Paper, Bottled Water…”

It’s impossible to predict when and how our economy will finally reach a breaking point, but according to contrarian Shadow Stats economist John Williams it’s coming one way or the other.

Feb 19 16:42

Trash Your Pineal Gland: This Movie Symbol Shows How Society is Programmed for Self-Destruction

It was a subtle and quick moment in the film, but one worthy of pointing out.

Terry Gilliam’s latest The Zero Theorem portrays a near-future society run by scientific materialism, a place where hyper-stimulation through the ever-present telescreens, billboards, targeted advertisements that literally follow you down the street, pop music, signs and other continuous stimuli have created a dumbed-down, consumerist society with little meaning.

Only slightly ahead of where Western culture has already brought us, the film portrays a shallow and narcissistic culture obsessed with smart phones, tablet devices and even new religions based upon pop figures and superheroes (hinted at in references to the Church of Batman the Redeemer, for example).

Feb 19 16:41

AIPAC: Netanyahu’s Silent Partner

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

Feb 19 16:31

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

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

Feb 19 16:29

Really, really cold

The average temperature for each day this February (dark blue) compared to the 30-year "normal" average temperature for the date. The gap between the bars for each date is known as the "snot-freezing difference." (OK, that last part is made up.)

You know what's better than complaining about the weather? Complaining about the weather with numbers.

Feb 19 16:26

It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake

Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone?

Feb 19 16:20

Vaccine horrors: Medical mutilation of innocent children exposed in GRAPHIC photos of "safe" vaccines gone horribly wrong

Much like Brian Williams, vaccine promoters are serial liars. They know vaccines harm many children (and even kill some), yet they knowingly lie to the public by falsely claiming vaccines cause no harm whatsoever. (They do this willfully, in total violation of all medical ethics and fundamental honesty with the public.)

The "Big Lie" about vaccine safety is crumbling by the day, of course, causing the vaccine industry to resort to desperate tactics such as attempting to declare absolute government control over your body via a medical police state that forces you to submit to medical interventions.

Feb 19 16:16

Wal-Mart, under pressure, boosts minimum U.S. wage to $9 an hour

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said it would raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, a 24 percent increase from the U.S. minimum wage that some employees now earn, succumbing to longstanding pressure to pay its workforce more.

The world's largest retailer said the increases would cost it $1 billion and impact 500,000 employees, or about 40 percent of its workforce, although the hike falls short of what some labor groups have been agitating for.

The move comes amid a growing debate in the U.S. over the widening gulf between the rich and low-income workers. Wal-Mart has been a prime target of critics who say its low-wages and inflexible scheduling are a big part of the problem.

Feb 19 15:53

Syria: Special Forces From Turkey Attack The Syrian Arab Army

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

Feb 19 15:51

Clinton Foundation Receiving Millions From Proponents of Keystone XL

Fossil fuel corporations and a Canadian trade agency that has promoted the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline have donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, which is jointly run by Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea.

Feb 19 15:46

Debt Fraud: Greece Actually Owes Nothing!

The Greek debt, as such, is mostly not Greek debt. The debt which Germany and other nations are demanding that they pay for, is money that the Greeks never got! So the Greeks don't owe that money. This was a swindle, because the Greeks didn't incur that debt.

Feb 19 15:45

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

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

Feb 19 15:44

New York Is Trying To Ban Butcher Knives and Machetes Now

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

Feb 19 15:18

Alberta tar sands pollution suspected in rare cancer cases

In 2006, Canadian doctor John O’Connor made a startling realization. Specialists had diagnosed three of his patients in the northern Alberta village of Fort Chipewyan with cholangiocarcinoma — a deadly cancer of the bile duct. The same cancer had killed his own father years earlier in Ireland.

Only about one in 100,000 Canadians contracts this type of cancer, so the likelihood of three cases in a town of about 950 was minuscule. O’Connor suspected pollution from Alberta’s tar sands, 100 miles upstream from Fort Chipewyan on the Athabasca River. Since then, the provincial government, while confirming an additional case of bile duct cancer and high rates of lung and cervical cancer, has yet to investigate further.

Feb 19 15:17

Fighting breaks out in Turkish parliament

The Turkish parliament descended into chaos when a brawl broke out as the country's ruling party sought to push through a controversial bill to boost police powers.

Five opposition lawmakers were injured in the brawl overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, with two suffering head injuries inflicted by the president of the assembly's [gavel], the Dogan news agency said.

Four of the five required hospital treatment for their injuries and the session was adjourned until later Wednesday.

Feb 19 15:06

"Taking Mariupol - a matter of two weeks"

Armed Forces Novorossia count trophies that Ukrainian security forces left at Debaltseve. Only tanks - about 90 units. Who fights moved to Mariupol. According to the Ukrainian security forces, militias are now regular attacks Shirokino village, which is located 20 km from Mariupol. Field commanders say that they can take Mariupol two weeks.

Feb 19 15:02

Photos reveal NSA tampered with Cisco router prior to export

For years, the US government has accused Chinese companies of placing surveillance equipment inside routers being exported to America, but this week evidence suggests the exact opposite may be happening.

New photos implicate the US National Security Agency (NSA) in planting "beacons" into servers, routers and other network gear prior to being exported worldwide.

Feb 19 15:02

The NSA and its allies stole the keys to your phone's security

A new report by The Intercept details a stunning heist made by US and UK spies that has given intelligence agencies the ability to break through the privacy of smartphone communications. The report claims that the NSA and GCHQ successfully hacked the network of Gemalto, a major manufacturer of SIM cards, and obtained the secret keys that unlock phone data. In short, it's a massive security breach that means your phone could be vulnerable to the whims of the world's most powerful spy agencies.

We still don't know how many people may be affected, but it's safe to say that the number could be significant; all four major US carriers are customers of Gemalto, and The Intercept reports that the company produces around 2 billion SIM cards each year.