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April 22, 2015

Apr 22 10:54

Dahr Jamail | Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left 1 Million Dead

A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Apr 22 10:53

Detroit Just Had the Single Largest Tax Foreclosure in American History

Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.

On March 31st at the Wayne Country Treasurer's Office, that Victorian-era invention was accomplishing neither objective. Then again, no door in the history of architecture—rotating or otherwise—could have accommodated the latest perversity Detroit officials were inflicting on city residents: the potential eviction of tens of thousands, possibly as many as 100,000 people, all at precisely the same time.

Apr 22 10:53

4 million hens euthenized over bird flu fears

avian influenza cases are mounting in the U.S.

Apr 22 10:51

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Rotten Deal

Free traders in Congress formally proposed last week that lawmakers relax, put their feet up and neglect the rigor of legislative review for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade scheme.

The TPP is a secret deal among 12 Pacific Rim nations that was covertly negotiated by unelected officials and corporate bosses. It’s so clandestine that lawmakers elected to represent the American people were refused access to the deliberations. It would expand secret trade tribunals that corporations use to sue governments over democratically established laws and win compensation from taxpayers.


Apr 22 10:51

WikiLeaks Docs: Sony Chiefs Met With Cameron Ahead of Scottish Referendum

British Prime Minister David Cameron met with representatives from Sony Pictures just ten weeks before the Scottish independence referendum to discuss the release of a TV show based on Scotland's repression under British rule, documents released by WikiLeaks have revealed.

The release of the 'Outlander' TV series, which depicts among other things, 18th century life in Scotland under British rule, was delayed in the UK, heightening suggestions it was done amid concerns over any nationalistic sentiment it may have generated in the lead up to the independence referendum.

Apr 22 10:50

Grant Shapps accused of editing his Conservative rivals' Wikipedia pages and deleting references to his embarrassing past

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps has been accused of editing the Wikipedia pages of his Conservative rivals and allegedly changing his own page to delete embarrassing references to his past.

A user claiming to be a Wikipedia administrator reported and suspended an account on suspicion it was being used by Mr Shapps or “someone acting on his behalf”.

Apr 22 10:50

Saudi Arabia Gives Israel 16bn Dollars!

The odd-couple relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel may have been sealed with more than a mutual desire to kiss-off Iran. According to an intelligence source, there was a dowry involved, too, with the Saudis reportedly giving Israel some $16 billion, writes Robert Parry.

Apr 22 10:49

After Lord Janner I now believe the Establishment DOES shamelessly twist justice to protect its own

There was a time when I regarded the idea of an ‘Establishment cover-up’ with a pinch of salt. Was it really plausible that the powers-that-be should act in concert over a prolonged period of time to suppress the truth?

Even if they attempted to do so, surely some decent person would sooner or later speak out, or inform the Press. It seemed unlikely that evil on a vast scale could be concealed more or less indefinitely in what is supposed to be a free and open society.

I’m afraid a succession of sex abuse cases have blown apart my preconceptions. It’s plain beyond any dispute that politicians, senior policemen and members of the security services have conspired to protect abusers because they were considered important, and to deny their victims justice.


Apr 22 10:49

NASA Scientist Warns Prepare Food and Guns as We Approaching the 2017 !!

Source: ON Point Preparedness: John L. Casey Interview-The Coming Cold Crisis 2015

Apr 22 10:47

Yet Another MSNBC Host Owes Thousands In Taxes

Apr 22 10:44

Shocking images from cameras on Texas-Mexico border capture steady stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States with packages of drugs and guns

Cameras placed along Texas' 1,200-mile border with Mexico have captured the stream of illegal immigrants sneaking into the country on a daily basis.

The network of more than 1,000 motion detectors, similar to those used to film wildlife, have been placed strategically in areas that have not been secured - where Mexican citizens can cross and evade capture with ease.

Apr 22 10:37

More Illegally Dumped Radioactive Waste Found on Somalia’s Coast

Yesterday the BBC reported that radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima reactor site are ten million times normal levels. As the oceans near the damaged nuclear plant are becoming contaminated with increasing amounts of nuclear radiation, concerns are growing about how much radioactive poison the planet’s seas can withstand.

However, although it is not receiving anywhere near as much attention as the unfolding disaster in Japan, the massive amounts of illegally dumped radioactive nuclear waste that are still being thrown into Somalia’s oceans potentially could prove to be an even more deadly catastrophe.

Apr 22 10:36

Police Imposing Death Sentence Without Trial

In the last minutes of the video, Harris lies on the pavement with police on top of him. An officer calls for a Taser, but in place of an electric clicking sound, a gunshot rings out.

A voice can be heard saying, "Oh! I shot him! I'm sorry!" Another officer screams out, "He shot him! He shot him!"

Harris, who is bleeding, calls out, too. He's losing his breath, he says. An officer yells back at him.

"You f**king ran! Shut the f**k up!" he yells. "F**k your breath," he said.

Clark defended the officer's language, saying the deputy experienced auditory exclusion, never heard the gunshot and thought the suspect was out of breath from running. The language has no bearing on whether the shooting was justified, Clark said.

Apr 22 10:34

Russia may propose BRICS orbital station creation — Roscosmos

Russia is ready to propose to the BRICS group member states (comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) the creation of a joint orbital station, head of the Scientific-Technical Council of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Yuri Koptev told journalists on Wednesday.
The joint orbital station development may be started if the International Space Station (ISS) operation is stopped due to political disagreements between the current ISS partners, Koptev said.
"If we have a force majeure situation due to some political demarche, we have a possibility after 2019 to preserve the backbone of the station which we’ll be able to develop jointly with BRICS states or with some other countries," he said.
Roscosmos head Igor Komarov said that Russia’s new orbital station will be based on three units - a multifunctional laboratory module, a universal docking module and a scientific-power module that are planned to be launched respectively in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Apr 22 10:33

Israel: We Can Target Russian-Made Weapons

Infuriated by Moscow's decision last week to revive a long-shelved S-300 missile deal to Tehran, officials here reiterated Israel's right to target those batteries or any other high-end Russian arms transferred to regional terrorist organizations via Iran or Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go ahead Israel; try to bomb an anti-air missile system!


Apr 22 10:33

Whistleblowers reveal criminal practices of pharmaceutical industry in stunning interviews

Before you rush out to get the MMR vaccine for your child or sign up for the latest statin or antidepressant pharmaceutical pill in obedience to the television, you might want to first consider what several former pill pushers-turned-whistleblowers have to say about how drugs and vaccines are actually approved, marketed and dispensed to the masses in today's corrupt regulatory paradigm.

Apr 22 10:32

Moscow says S-300 supplies to Iran will force those willing to attack it to ‘think twice’

However, according to the minister, neither Moscow, nor Tehran need a Russian-Iranian military alliance.
"We have received no [such] proposals from the Iranian side. This is unrealistic and unnecessary," Lavrov said.
According to him, Russia, Iran, as well as India and China are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). "SCO members and observers actively interact within the framework of this antiterrorist structure, at regular military exercises, which are primarily of antiterrorist nature or are aimed at emergency response preparation," said the Russian foreign minister. "This is quite enough for promoting these ideas," Lavrov said. "As for the attitude towards Russia in Iran, I think the people fairly assess our interaction."

Apr 22 10:32

UK, France call for Israeli-Palestinian UN deal, resolution being drafted

Britain and France are urging the UN Security Council to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while New Zealand has begun drafting a resolution on the issue. This was prompted by the US saying it may “reassess” its position on the stalled talks.

France and New Zealand have stressed that it is imperative to act now, given that the Israeli elections are over and there is a current lull in the US before the presidential election campaign heats up.

Apr 22 10:31

Confirmed: Lobbyists Calling the Shots for SB277; Community Outpour Ignored

After passing the Sacramento Health Committee vote, the bill was delayed as committee chair Senator Carol Liu wisely told the bill’s author Richard Pan “If I were you, I would not take a vote today.” At the conclusion of the vote, Liu asked Senator Pan point blank how he wanted to proceed. To this, Pan, appearing to have no power to make the decision, turned to lobbyists Jodi Hicks and Janus Norman for advice. It is telling that, here, the authors Senator Pan and Ben Allen appear to be told what to do and how to do it. Pan is making his decisions based not on the thousands of families that showed up in protest, but from lobbyists. When Richard Pan turns to Hicks and Norman for his orders, it becomes clear that these individuals are the ones behind senate bill 277.

Apr 22 10:31

‘March2Justice’ rally arrives in DC seeking to end police brutality

Activits campaigning against policy brutality and racial profiling have reached Washington DC, having marched more than 200 miles from New York City on foot. They have planned a rally for Tuesday on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building.

Apr 22 10:30

Lavrov: US demands fast demolition of WW II monuments in East European country

The United States is demanding faster demolition of monuments to World War II monuments in one of the East European countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a live interview to three Russian radio stations on Wednesday.
"We do know what type of activities the Americans are engaged in [European] capitals, and what messages they try to deliver," he said, commenting on his earlier statement Washington was using the Ukrainian crisis with the aim of spoiling Russia-EU relations.
"US emissaries have gone as far as to demand that the government of one of the East European countries, liberated by the Red Army, should speed up the demolition of monuments to World War II heroes," said Lavrov. He avoided mentioning the country he was referring to.


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Apr 22 10:30

Feds investigating video of US Marshal destroying woman’s camera

A California woman was videotaping an arrest in a Los Angeles suburb recently when a rifle-toting police officer charged towards her and destroyed the recording device. Now federal authorities say they’re investigating the incident.

The video footage surfaced on the internet over the weekend, showing how the encounter unfolded in the city of South Gate, which is a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Apr 22 10:30

Motion to move Monsanto vs. Maui case to State court denied

Following up on my April 19th article, “Update: Judge drops bomb in the Monsanto vs. Maui case,” here is the document confirming that Federal Judge Mollway has refused to allow the Monsanto vs. Maui case to move to State court.

Apr 22 10:29

First Chinese state-owned company announces bond default

Baoding Tianwei Group, owned by the China South Industries Group, has become the country’s first state-owned company to announce a default on its bonds traded in mainland China, after failing to pay $13.8 million in interest.

Apr 22 10:29

Russia will not deploy nuclear forces outside its territory — Lavrov

"We do not believe that the security of our country must be maintained by moving our nuclear forces some other places," he said. "As far as the conventional forces, including the Navy and the Air Force, are concerned, we are interested in ensuring they should be able to cope with tasks around the globe. We use airdromes and ports and are prepared to negotiate the creation of logistic facilities with other countries."
Lavrov said Russia did not need foreign bases identical to those of the United States.
"But the opportunities for making a stop, fuelling the tanks, giving the crew sometime for rest and recreation and replenishing supplies should certainly be built up," he added.


Apr 22 10:28

Australia vaccine war update: the people, slaves to the State

The other day, I wrote about radical changes in Australian vaccination policy. Principally, the national government has unilaterally decided that parents who receive government money will have that money taken away, if they don’t vaccinate their children. (See: Australia: refuse vaccination, lose $15,000)

Now I have learned that all families in Australia receive some form of government money. So the policy change affects everyone.

Which, of course, is what happens when citizens become beholden to big government. Government taketh, giveth back, taketh again, on their own timetable, according to their own dictates.

Apr 22 10:27

New York Judge Makes The Most Ridiculous Decision Of ALL TIME

It’s the dawn of the Planet of the Apes…
An idiot New York judge has granted two research chimps effective personhood by granting them a writ of habeas corpus, marking the first time in U.S. history an animal has been given the right to challenge it’s detention.

Apr 22 10:27

'Global pandemic': False, substandard medicines flagged as risk to world health

Fake and low-quality medicinal drugs are threatening progress made in fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, according to a collection of 17 scientific studies published at once to highlight the issue.

Researchers found that up to 41 percent of medicinal specimens out of a total 16,800 drug samples fell short of quality standards.

In addition, one article published in the batch considered an estimated 122,350 deaths of African children given fake or substandard malaria drugs in 2013.

Apr 22 10:23

Moscow comments on Ukrainian official's 'dirty bomb' statements

Creation of a 'dirty bomb' that incorporates fissionable materials will turn Ukraine into a rogue state, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment on Wednesday in connection with the declarations made earlier by the Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Oleksanr Turchynov.
"We would like to hope such programs exist only in Mr. Turchynov's inflamed mentality," the commentary said. "He obviously falls short of realizing the aftermaths of implementation of such ideas."
"The manufacturing of devices of this kind would turn Ukraine into a rogue state and would bring up the application of provisions of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to it," the ministry said.

Apr 22 10:23

Tories forced to return £50k donation from US tax evader’s wife

Britain’s Conservative Party returned a donation of £50,000 from a wealthy businesswoman on Monday after it emerged she was once wanted on charges of tax fraud in the United States.

Beatrice Tollman, founder of luxury hotel chain Red Carnation, made an election campaign donation to the Tories earlier this month.

Apr 22 10:21

TODAY’S TOON >>> WHO’S NEXT?

Apr 22 10:21

WHEN BOB DYLAN WAS A ‘MENTCH’

Bob Dylan has a long and mixed history … although he would appear to be the perfect political ally for a Free Palestine, his human and civil rights bona fides have faded over time – to the point of non-existence. (SEE) He was once considered to be a real mentch, today he is nothing but a has-been. But, despite that a work of the past sparked a protest at an Israeli University today

Apr 22 10:20

HOW THE FBI INVADED MY PRIVACY WHEN I WAS ONLY 10 YEARS OLD

On the wall of our classroom, two framed photos were hanging ….

One was of the Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem

The other was yet another Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz

One afternoon two FBI agents entered our classroom and arrested the teacher. Someone had apparently ‘reported us’ for teaching Communism, proof being that one of the photos resembled Lenin, and the other Stalin.

Apr 22 10:18

Protesters swarm Baltimore streets as Justice Department begins investigation into Freddie Gray case and city suspends six officers in after he died of severed spine

The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

Baltimore police officials, meanwhile, released the names of six officers who were involved in the arrest and the van transport of the 25-year-old and who've been suspended pending an investigation.

Apr 22 10:18

In Their Own Voices: Protestors Speak Out as Feds Start Probe of Freddie Gray's Death

Anger and frustration over the death of another black man at the hands of police continues to spill into the streets of Baltimore.

Apr 22 10:17

NSA leaker Snowden issue not raised by US side over past year — Russian FM

The United States over the past year has not raised the issue of the US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday in an interview with three radio stations, Ekho Moskvy, Sputnik and Govorit Moskva.
"The Snowden situation was absolutely accidental, we simply could not act differently," he said. "The Russian president has in a most detailed way spoken out on this matter." "Over the past year neither US Secretary of State John Kerry nor his staff members have mentioned [Snowden], and our embassy has also not been bothered by anybody," the minister added.

Apr 22 10:16

American Boots on Ukraine’s Ground

Apr 22 10:15

Man forms tiny European nation, 160,000 sign up to become citizens

With the advent of modern communication and means of travel, it seems unlikely there is any area of the world left unclaimed by one nation or another. But such land does, or in fact did exist within Europe, and one man has just made his claim to it and created a brand new European nation.

Apr 22 10:14

France plans to train Ukrainian combat engineers — declaration

France is ready to support Ukraine in the fight against organized crime and in the strengthening of domestic security, says a joint declaration signed in Paris on Wednesday by presidents Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko.
"The presidents of the two countries welcomed France’s consent to train Ukrainian sappers to defuse self-made explosive devices," the document says.
The move is aimed to "protect the civilian population from the consequences of the armed conflict" in Donbas, the declaration says.

Apr 22 10:06

Anger at acquittal of Chicago policeman in shooting of woman

A judge's surprise acquittal of an off-duty Chicago police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed woman called into question prosecutors' decision not to charge the man with murder, and set off protests for a second day Tuesday.

That the officer shot Rekia Boyd, 22, was never in dispute. But the judge said he was bound to find detective Dante Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter — because manslaughter requires evidence of "recklessness," while the judge described the act of shooting as "intentional."

Apr 22 10:06

Japan pleased with expansion of ties with Iran: Japanese PM

In the meeting held on the sidelines of the 60th Asia-Africa Summit Meeting in Indonesia the two sides in addition to reviewing bilateral relations exchanged views on most important regional and international issues.

President Rouhani and Prime Minister Abe both agreed that further expansion of Tehran-Tokyo comprehensive relations and cooperation under the current conditions was a must.

Apr 22 10:05

Hillary's back in first class at end of New Hampshire campaign trip where she railed against the rich – after 80 mph race to BOSTON to catch flight with elite seats

Hillary Clinton ended her whirlwind New Hampshire campaign swing on Tuesday afternoon in another state entirely, taking taxpayers for an 80 miles-per-hour ride all the way to Boston – to catch a flight with first class seats.

Her Secret Service-provided 'Scooby' van motored from Concord to Boston Logan International Airport, escorted by troopers from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

She arrived in time to take a 7:00 p.m. US Airways shuttle to Washington, D.C. On the way, her motorcade passed exits to the Manchester, N.H. airport, which was 55 miles closer and offered a 5:16 p.m. flight to the same destination.

The Boston flight, though, used a larger aircraft with 12 first class seats. The Manchester flight was scheduled to use a smaller plane with nothing but coach.

Apr 22 10:02

Iranian airline buys Boeing 757

In an exclusive interview with IRNA, he said this is the first Boeing 757 aircraft which joins the commercial fleet of the country and the second Boeing will be added to the Taban Air fleet by next month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Boeing is above those US sanctions!

Apr 22 10:01

Giant money sucking sound: Bill and Hillary Clinton's sellout of America

According to reports already known, foreign individuals and organizations donated millions of dollars to the foundation and gave former President Bill Clinton high-dollar speaking fees while his wife served as President Barack Obama's Secretary of State. She in turn is accused of granting favors from her State Department, all the while transacting business using a private email account and a Clinton owned and controlled Internet server.

Apr 22 10:00

Twilight Zone Economics

The US government has annual income of approximately $3 Trillion and official debt in excess of $18 Trillion. This does not count other liabilities such as Fannie and Freddie, and massive unfunded liabilities. But assuming “only” $18 Trillion in debt (optimistic) the US has the same ratio as a family with $60K income and $360K in credit card debt.

But this is not recognized as a problem because the Treasury sells bonds and the Fed “prints” the currency to buy the bonds. Debt increases and the US government spends. Life is good for politicians and bankers.

Apr 22 09:59

Wind Turbines Kill More Birds Than BP Oil Spill

The liberal blog Mother Jones reports that 800,000 birds have been killed and the Pelican population in the Gulf has decreased 12 percent. While the 2010 Gulf spill was indeed a horrible disaster, the number of birds that died pales in comparison the number killed in the last five years due to wind turbines.

A 2013 study found that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed every year by wind turbines — a figure 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009. These deaths have likely increased as wind power capacity increases across the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A moment's thought will explain why this is so. Birds and bats instinctively use higher winds to carry them along and save their strength. Sadly, wind farms are placed in those same high wind corridors.

Apr 22 09:59

Chicago PD refuses to reveal use of StingRay to illegally monitor citizens

Federal, state and local governments are increasingly doing all that they can to hide their activities from the citizenry paying them to serve

Apr 22 09:57

Mother sues cops who stripped naked her 20-year-old daughter's body for 'crime scene photos' after fatal crash

Sheriff's deputies undressed the body of a 20-year-old car crash victim then took inappropriate nude photos of her at the side of the road, her mother has claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not just inappropriate, but downright sick!

Apr 22 09:56

Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage

McDonald’s Corp. said its sales are continuing to struggle as efforts by its new chief executive to win back customers in the U.S. haven’t paid off yet.

Apr 22 09:49

McDonald’s Reports Steeper Profit Drop

McDonald’s Corp. said its sales are continuing to struggle as efforts by its new chief executive to win back customers in the U.S. haven’t paid off yet.

Apr 22 09:49

Supreme Court rules cops can’t hold suspects to wait for dog

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday that the Constitution forbids police from holding a suspect without probable cause, even for fewer than 10 extra minutes.
Writing on behalf of the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared that the constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure prevent police from extending an otherwise completed traffic stop to allow for a drug-sniffing dog to arrive.

Apr 22 09:49

Could massive EU-US trade deal be extended to Israel?

There are many reasons to oppose the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

It is designed to make capitalism the only permissible system in both the US and the European Union. It is being negotiated in a secretive and anti-democratic fashion. The groundwork for it has been laid by an unholy alliance of banks and the manufacturers of cigarettes, cars and chemicals.

And it may be extended to Israel.

Apr 22 09:48

Woman Dies in Custody, Family Finds Out at Courthouse, Only after a call from a inmate.

As a South Florida family walked into a courhouse expecting to see their daughter appear for a hearing, they recieved a phone call from an inmate informing them that the inmate had died in custody, family attorney Sabino Jauregui told NBC 6.

Apr 22 09:48

“Death to the Arabs” march forces its way through occupied Jerusalem

This disturbing video shows Israeli youths, escorted by police and occupation forces, marching through the Old City of Jerusalem chanting “mavet la’aravim” – “death to the Arabs” – and other cries of hate.

According to the racism-monitoring website Kifaya, the 19 April march was part of the monthly “Tour of the Gates” by Jewish extremists through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

As part of the event, held at the beginning of every month according to the Jewish calendar, the one-kilometer-long route is blocked to Palestinians, and businesses and stores must close, Kifaya says.

Palestinians are forbidden from leaving their homes during the march.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, imagine the reaction of the corporate media if Palestinians had marched through those same streets shouting "Death to Jews!"

Apr 22 09:47

Did Hillel board member inappropriately advise Stanford on divestment request?

A board member of an Israel-aligned group played a key role in discussions which led administrators at California’s Stanford University to reject calls for the college to divest from firms which abet the oppression of Palestinians.

This week, the Students for Justice in Palestine group at Stanford learned that Susan Weinstein, chairperson of the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL) — which evaluated the request to pull university investments in US companies that profit from violations of Palestinians’ rights — was, until late January, concurrently serving as a director on the board of Stanford’s Hillel chapter.

Apr 22 09:47

Frustrated man charged by police after shooting his uncooperative computer

Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after what authorities said had been a long battle with the uncooperative machine.

Apr 22 09:45

Honest Political Ads - Gil Fulbright for Senate

Apr 22 09:38

Mapping Chaos in Yemen

In late March, Saudi-led forces began an offensive in Yemen against the Houthi rebel group, which has taken over large portions of the country. Though it is the poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen is of outsize importance to crucial players like Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States.

Apr 22 09:37

Google image search for "Iranian convoy" only shows US warships!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media continues to describe the Iranian convoy as "warships" with the purpose of delivering weapons to Yemen. Now warships are not designed to carry a lot of cargo past what they need to operate, so already the story is suspect. The corporate media has yet to show us this supposed convoy of Iranian "warships", and as this link shows, even a Google image search for "Iranian convoy" only returns photos of the US warships. Hence, the convoy is in all likelihood composed of cargo ships carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen who are starving under the US/Saudi blockade, a possibility even USA Today concedes is likely.

Today the report on corporate media are that the US ships are shadowing the Iranian convoy, but still no pictures of the Iranian convoy itself to tell us whether they really are warships or not.

The wild card in all this is Irsael, which is known to operate their dolphin class submarines in the region. One such sub could be sitting submerged and silent ahead of the oncoming Iranian convoy, wait until it is overhead, then fire a torpedo at a US ship, to trigger a US war with Iran that Israel has obviously been trying to create for a very long time.

Apr 22 09:34

Hundreds of bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy

More than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving bacteria, viruses and toxins that pose significant or bioterror risks to people and agriculture were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012

Apr 22 09:33

VIDEO -Monopoly Men: Federal Reserve Fraud

the connective tissue between this and other top-secret international organizations is explored and exposed

Apr 22 09:31

CIA Whistleblower Reveals Hollywood Megastar Asked Government For $50K Of Cocaine

Another bombshell revelations that Hollywood and Washington are much closer than anyone has previously thought

Apr 22 09:27

Depression is NOT caused by low serotonin levels and most drugs used to treat it are based on a myth, psychiatrist claims

The belief that the most popular antidepressant drugs raise serotonin levels in the brain is nothing more than a myth, a leading professor of psychiatry has claimed.

David Healy, head of psychiatry at the Hergest psychiatric unit in Bangor, North Wales, said the misconception that low levels of serotonin were responsible for depression had become established fact.

He suggested that the success of so-called SSRI drugs – which include Prozac and Seroxat – was based on the ‘marketing of a myth’.

Apr 22 09:26

Kansas lawmakers want the poor to pay for tax cuts for the rich: "Wealthier Kansans are paying much less in taxes after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback overhauled the state's income tax a few years ago...It didn't work."

Wealthier Kansans are paying much less in taxes after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback overhauled the state's income tax a few years ago. Brownback and other Republican officials hoped that more generous policies would stimulate the economy, bringing more revenue into the state's coffers and making up the difference on the bottom line.

Apr 22 09:23

Fifteen million credit card holders have their limit increased without asking - and one in five worry it will mean they overspend

Millions of credit card holders have seen their credit limit upped without asking for a higher limit but the increases could help lead some into unmanageable levels of debt, a debt advice organisation has warned.

As many as 41 per cent of credit card holders – the equivalent of 15 million people – have seen their credit limit increased in the past year, even though they have not requested a rise.

Apr 22 09:20

Reopen The Death Cases Of Edward Peterson And Tyrell Fuller

ATTN: FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO CORONER

Edward Peterson and Tyrell Fuller were both inmates at the Franklin County Jail serving time for minor sentences. Both men had medical conditions and were left to die an excruciating death.

Apr 22 09:18

Truth is Washington’s Enemy

US Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work destroying the possibility of truth being spoken in the US. On April 15 at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Royce is chairman, Royce made use of two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington’s lies as “threats” who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.

Apr 22 09:18

Ben Affleck on slave-owner revelation in TV show: 'I was embarrassed.'

PBS is conducting an internal review following revelations that producers of Finding Your Roots may have violated the network's editorial standards after a request by Ben Affleck that the program not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor.

Meanwhile, Affleck has expressed regret for seeking to have the information omitted from the episode that featured the actor and aired last October.

"We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery," Affleck posted on his Facebook page Tuesday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is an interesting show, and we saw an episode in which Rob Lowe was trying to find out about his ancestor who had fought in the American revolution, only to discover his ancestor was a Hessian who fought against Washington, was captured, and remained in the US after the war was over.

But in both Affleck's and Lowe's case, there is nothing for them to be ashamed of. It's just an interesting historical footnote.

Apr 22 09:17

This Is What Happens If Venezuela Implodes

Apr 22 09:13

Pregnant restaurant worker fired after armed robbery after she refused to pay back money stolen

A fast food restaurant is robbed and the shift manager says she got fired for refusing to pay the money back.
"I told them I'm not paying nothing," said Marissa Holcomb. "I just had a gun to me. I'm not paying the money."
The heist happened on March 31st at the Popeyes restaurant in the 500 block of Sheldon Road in Channelview and was captured on surveillance video.

Apr 22 09:12

Police won't let black man record his traffic stop

To judge from a recent video of an encounter with a black motorist, it looks like some Tempe cops could use a refresher course in the First Amendment.
The video was shot by 29-year-old Arizona resident Anderson Jean-Louis, after he was stopped by Tempe bike cops on the evening of February 13, allegedly because he was playing his music too loud on the car stereo of his Audi A8L.

Apr 22 09:12

Congress About to Pass All The Horrible Spying/Anti-Internet Bills We Defeated Before

After we the people – web users and just plain folks – killed SOPA and CISPA, Congress has just renamed them and is about to pass them under the radar …

Wake up, Internet … THERE’S STILL TIME TO STOP THIS FASCIST MOVE!

Apr 22 09:11

Egypt Drops Out of U.S. Inner Circle Even as Aid Resumes

The most populous Arab nation will now receive F-16 jets, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Abrams tank upgrade kits withheld following the military ouster of its elected president in July 2013. Starting in 2018, however, its army will no longer be allowed to buy weapons on credit, a privilege enjoyed since the 1979 peace accord with Israel.

“It is back to business, but not back to business as usual,” Michele Dunne, senior associate in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said.

Apr 22 09:10

Take Action: Tell Senate Finance Committee You Support BDS

We just learned that Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) will introduce an anti-BDS amendment to a bill in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. While the exact text isn’t public yet, the amendment will be similar to a bill—S.619, the United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015—he introduced last month.

Please call Sen. Cardin’s office today at (202) 224-4524 to oppose this legislation (talking points are below).

Cardin’s bill would make it a “principal trade negotiating objective of the United States” to “discourage politically motivated actions” that “limit commercial relations” with Israel and Israeli businesses, including those operating in illegal Israeli colonies in Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Apr 22 09:06

How the New Flexible Economy Is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.

Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid from school and arranged for childcare, the work is no longer available and she won’t be paid for it.

Just-in-time scheduling like this is the latest new thing, designed to make retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and other customer-driven businesses more nimble and keep costs to a minimum.

Software can now predict up-to-the-minute staffing needs on the basis of information such as traffic patterns, weather, and sales merely hours or possibly minutes before.

This way, employers don’t need to pay anyone to be at work unless they’re really needed. Companies can avoid paying wages to workers who’d otherwise just sit around.

Apr 22 09:03

Why An American And A Russian General Are Suddenly Very Worried About Nuclear War

Over the past several years, there has been an alarming escalation of two very disturbing trends: an increasing preponderance of cyberattacks on complex infrastructure (whether domestic or abroad and whether instigated by external sources or internally, in a false falg attempt to evolve the issue to the benefit of various military-industrial complex benficiaries) as well as around the globe, and a largely unexpected return to a Cold War footing, one catalyzed by the violent US-sponsored overthrow of the former Kiev government and the eagerness to escalate the resultant conflict exhibited by the Kremlin.

If one extends said trends, one would arrive at a very unpleasant conclusion: due to the porous nature of modern technology and the increasing prevalence of cyberattacks, coupled with Cold War-era nuclear doctrines and rising tensions between the two superpowers who are now back to a Cold War regime, a nuclear war has suddenly emerged yet again as a very real threat.

Apr 22 09:02

Ukraine: Hundreds call for end to American interference outside US Embassy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But remember, they only hate us for our freedoms!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 22 09:01

More blacks see guns as lifesaver:

"Gun control makes about as much sense for black families living in inner-city ghettos as it did for Jews living in Nazi ghettos during World War II"

Apr 22 08:52

France Sends Battle Tanks to Poland

Apr 22 08:49

Brisbane and Queensland weather: Cold snap sees April records tumble

"It was the coldest April night in Brisbane for three years at 12 degrees," he said.

"In Redcliffe it dropped to 11.3 degrees, their coldest night in six years."

Other chilly minimums included 7.4 at Toowoomba, 6.3 at Dalby, 5.4 at Warwick and just 2.9 at Kingaroy.

Coolangatta on the Gold Coast dropped to 8.1 degrees, its coldest April night in 16 years.

The Sunshine Coast shivered through a 7 degree low, 10 degrees below average and the region's coldest April night in 20 years.

Apr 22 08:47

M'boro low of 6.2 degrees is coldest April morning on record

Maryborough's minimum of 6.2 degrees at 6.13am on Tuesday is the city's lowest April temperature on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

"In Maryborough, we haven't seen this occur in the last 107 years," Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Jess Carey said.

"That's not to say it hasn't occurred before but certainly the time at which we've been taking temperature records there, since 1908, we haven't seen a temperature this cold in April.

"The previous record was 6.7 in 1966."

Apr 22 08:42

More Than 734 Prisoners Waiting To Die In California

The interminable wait of more than 700 death row in California
More than 734 prisoners waiting to die in California.

Jarvis Masters, a man who in 1990 was sentenced to death for his role in the murder of a prison guard remains from that time waiting on death row in San Quentin Prison to execute it.

http://whatisusa.info/more-than-700-death-row-in-california/

Apr 22 08:41

BP sees 'massive' shock for North Sea as oil glut deepens

The North Sea oil industry faces a drastic squeeze as the world’s crude glut worsens, BP has warned.

“We’re going to see massive restructuring,” Bob Dudley, chief executive, said. “The North Sea is a very high cost basin and it is going to be a painful adjustment.”

Mr Dudley told the IHS CERAweek forum in Houston, Texas, that the latest tax cuts in the Budget will help margins but do not go far enough to avert a bloodbath for smaller drillers and exploration companies.

Apr 22 08:39

Explosive new video shows Freddie Gray 'shackled' on the ground outside police van up to 30 minutes BEFORE officers called ambulance for his fatal severed spine injury

Police said that they needed to stop and shackle ankles of the young man, who was arrested while screaming in pain, because he was being 'irate' in the back of the van.

However, the new video - shot by a witness - shows Gray hunched over on his knees and not visibly agitated during a stop that occurred in the more than 40 minutes between his arrest and officers' call to an ambulance.

Apr 22 08:38

Ex-Stasi "expert" consult with U.S. on homeland security

It was reported last December that former East German Secret Police (Staats Sicherheitsdienst, or Stasi) Director Markus Wolf was being considered for the top post at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The rumor caused such a stir that the Bush administration chose Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Michael Chertoff to replace outgoing Tom Ridge as Director of Homeland Security.

Wolf was, at one time, considered by the U.S. State Department to be a terrorist.

Wolf, who had been consulting with the department, is expected to continue in his capacity as a consultant for the federal agency charged with keeping Americans safe.

Under the directorship of Wolf, the Stasi was one of the most ruthless police forces ever assembled.

Apr 22 08:37

Intensity of US Propaganda ‘Very Dangerous’ - John Pilger

John Pilger, the award-winning journalist and film-maker based in Australia, talks to Sputnik about US foreign policy and the propaganda wars.

In regards to the US Congress, Pilger said that the current actions of the Congress are quite extraordinary. He said that he has never known it to behave in this manner.

“The US Congress has already passed legislation that empowers the acting President to make war on Russia. And the latest congressional machinations that you refer to are really about propaganda.”

Apr 22 08:36

Ebola survivors urged to abstain from sex indefinitely due to newfound risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection is warning Ebola survivors to abstain from sex or use a condom when they engage in sexual intercourse, following a discovery that suggests the virus may be spread through semen long after previously thought.

Apr 22 08:36

Crisis? What crisis? How politicians ignore the existence of food banks

It’s like Groundhog Day. A report into food bank use is published. There are more people now than there were last year, month, week using them. Many people are referred to food banks due to delays and cuts to their benefits. Of the remaining referrals, a significant number are in low-paid, insecure work.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the UK doesn’t have a food bank problem, so absent have they been from the election debates and manifesto launches of the past few weeks. Yet the sharp rise in the number of people going hungry in our country seems to be an indicator that something has gone horribly wrong.

In 2009-10, the Trussel Trust’s food banks helped 41,000 people. This has risen to 1.1 million over the past year.

Apr 22 08:35

¥12 million worth of 3 million fake condoms busted by police

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe you should re-write that headline?

Apr 22 08:35

Collecting Taxes Might Just Be a ‘War Crime’ in Hawaii

WEBMASTER ADDITION: See also Hawaii is not legally a state!

Apr 22 08:33

FLASHBACK - GM food banned in Monsanto canteen

Monsanto, the biggest promoter of genetically modified food, was hoist with its own petard when it was disclosed that it has a staff canteen in which GM produce is banned.

The firm running the canteen at Monsanto's pharmaceuticals factory at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, serves only GM-free meals, Friends of the Earth said. In a notice in the canteen, Sutcliffe Catering, owned by the Granada Group, said it had taken the decision "to remove, as far as practicable, GM soya and maize from all food products served in our restaurant. We have taken the above steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve."

Apr 22 08:32

Monsanto Levies Charges of “Junk Science” Against Top World Health Experts, EWG Calls for a Retraction

Monsanto has worked hard (and spent an absurd amount of money on PR) to defend its company’s image, but a spate of negative press in recent weeks is really starting to take its toll on the company.

Of course, it’s well deserved: the main ingredient company’s flagship Roundup weedkiller product was just declared a probable carcinogen by a panel of 17 of the top cancer experts according to the World Health Organization.

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Apr 22 08:31

Right to privacy 'could be meaningless in 10 years under Tory and Labour plans'

The private lives of Britons will be an open book to the state within 10 years, campaigners have warned, highlighting manifesto pledges from Labour and the Conservatives that promise more powers for spies.

Both parties have pledged to extend the powers of the security agencies, nearly two years after revelations by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden shone a light on the extent of state surveillance in Britain and the US.

Last month a committee of MPs called for an overhaul of laws governing the intelligence agencies’ use of mass surveillance to make them more transparent, comprehensible and up to date. Labour and the Tories both promise better oversight, but they also promise to strengthen the powers of the agencies.

Apr 22 08:29

Tesco reports record £6.4bn loss

Supermarket company reports worst results in its 96-year history and UK’s biggest retail loss as company undergoes latest shakeup under new boss Dave Lewis

Apr 22 08:24

Video: Building without a permit, driving without a license: The Tom Hyland Lifestyle

incredible story of asserting his freedom of movement

Apr 22 08:23

Felicia Davis - Help Me Get Back To My Dad

I was kidnapped by Sampson County DSS and Sampson County Law Enforcement over a year ago. I was returned to my dad by Judge Stevens because my dad never abused or neglected me. Now DSS wants me back because I was exposing how I was abused and neglected in Foster Care.

Apr 22 08:22

Iran: Terrorists in Yemen Organized by Israeli Mossad Agency

"The (Israeli) Mossad has brought ISIL, Boko Haram and al-Shabab terrorists to Yemen," Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister underlined that the evidence and intel gathered over the past two months shows that certain spy agencies have transferred the ISIL terrorists from Syria and Iraq as well as some (other) regional countries to South Yemen.

"Boko Haram and al-Shabab terrorists have been taken from Nigeria and Somalia to Yemen," Amir Abdollahian added.

He noted that the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists never attack Israel's interests around the world due to their cooperation with Mossad, and said, "Even in the recent Gaza war against Gaza, the ISIL refrained from confronting the Zionist regime."

Apr 22 08:21

Antarctic seafloor ocean acidification measured for first time by Australian divers

WEBMASTER ADDITION: The Carbonazis are floundering trying to continue to scare people into paying carbon taxes and accepting control over their lives with the claim of human-caused global warming, given the several record-setting winters we have all directly experienced. So now they are dropping warming and shifting to "Ocean acidification" as the danger because most humans cannot perceive the claimed Ph of the oceans directly. Even so, note that this claim of acidification is being made down in Antarctica to forestall young chemistry students from heading to their local beach to check for themselves.

But even this acidification claim, soon to be blamed on human activity, is in trouble. I would remind you that nobody knows how many active volcanoes and thermal vents there are on the oceans' floors, pouring out not only heat but acidic chemicals.

Apr 22 08:18

Roundup’s Glyphosate on the EPA’s Radar—Finally!

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup® just may be heading for a roundup at the U.S. EPA! How’d that happen after all these years of being declared safe enough to drink? Did public relations person Patrick Moore have any influence when he refused to drink a glass of Roundup offered to him while being interviewed about a GMO crop, golden rice? As he said, “I’m not an idiot!” Hmmm...

Apr 22 08:18

White House: 'Job Is Not Done' in Yemen

Yemeni security officials say the Saudi-led coalition has launched fresh airstrikes on Shi'ite rebels in two cities, a day after the kingdom declared an end to its monthlong air campaign targeting the Iran-backed rebels and their allies.

The instability in Yemen requires much more work there and in the entire Middle East region, the White House said on Wednesday.

Apr 22 08:18

Rally to Support the Miners!

At the request of the Sugar Pine Mining Claim owners, Oath Keepers of Josephine County mission is to ensure the mining claim owners 5th Amendment Constitutional Right to Due Process is not violated by the Bureau of Land Management.

NOTICE
This is NOT a standoff with BLM. We are NOT promoting any confrontation with BLM. This is a security operation for the protection of Constitutional Rights. If you have a different agenda outside of the above peaceful mission statement, we don't need your assistance. Please DO NOT make any type of threatening phone calls to the local BLM or USFS as it undermines our mission, professionalism and is unwarranted. Thank you.

Apr 22 08:17

Oregon Gold Mine: Disinfo Outlet Busted, Huge Protest at BLM Office On 23rd

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claim that Oregon Gold Miners requested militia to stand down was a hoax!

Apr 22 08:16

If a Clinton were to marry a Bush, the US could cancel elections

With apologies to their respective spouses, if Jeb Bush’s son, George P. Bush, had married Chelsea Clinton, Americans could have spared themselves the spectacle of Election 2016 and saved billions of dollars.

All that the USA needs now is for a young Clinton to pair up with a junior Bush. Should the union produce an heir, a single line of monarchy would be established. This is the reality of the USA’s broken politics in 2015. A country pretty much established in opposition to hereditary elites now has the most closed political system in the Western world.

Apr 22 08:09

Orange “Toyota” Paul Walker Of “Fast And The Furious” Put Up For Auction

On the off chance that you’ve needed to claim an arrangement of wheels like Dom, Brian and the posse, now is your possibility.

The orange 1993 Toyota Supra that was utilized as a trick auto as a part of key scenes in the first The Fast and the Furious film is hitting the bartering square. The vehicle is recorded by Mecum Auctions and will be accessible to the top bidder amid their Indy 2015 occasion, occurring May 12-17 in Indianapolis.

http://whatisusa.info/orange-toyota-paul-walker-of-fast-and-the-furiou...

Apr 22 08:01

Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

The devices that will be locked out of the streaming service include pre-2013 TVs and Blu-Ray players by Panasonic and Sony. But a surprising number of other, even "smarter" devices will no longer work, either, including many from Apple.

Any device not running iOS 7 or above won't support the new API – meaning the iPhone 3GS and earlier, the fourth-generation iPod Touch and earlier, the first-generation iPad, and the second-generation Apple TV are all shut out.

The Chocolate Factory's move will even cut off YouTube access for versions 2 and earlier of its own Google TV platform, presumably because it would like to shift customers toward the newer Android TV, which replaces it.

Apr 22 07:59

Yemen ex-president Saleh 'hopes for return to dialogue'

Yemen's pro-rebel ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh voiced hope Wednesday that a halt to a Saudi-led air campaign in support of his exiled successor would open the way for renewed dialogue.

"While the decision to start the attacks and the aggression was rejected, the decision to stop the attacks and end the aggression is welcome," Saleh said in a Facebook post carried by his party's website al-motamar.net.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the real issue in Yemen. In 2012 the US intervened and kicked Yemen's legitimate leader out and replaced him with a puppet ruler, just as the US has done to Chile, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Kiev, and some twenty other nations since the end of WW2. The people of Yemen, like the people of Iran, Iraq, Libya, etc. do not like having their nation ruled by a government that serves a foreign power. Who does? Here in America this is growing awareness of how the US Government has become a puppet for Israel, and that angers us. Hence the people of Iraq, Libya, Yemen, eastern Ukraine, are trying to take their country back from foreign rule, just as Iran succeeded in doing in 1979. Saleh wants his legitimate job back. The people of Yemen want him back. But the US, using Saudi Arabia as a proxy, are going to starve and bomb the people of Yemen until they realize that once under US puppet rule, they are expected to stay there, just as the US is doing in Iraq, Libya, Eastern Ukraine, and as soon as possible, Iran.

The leaders of nations will gladly kill each other over who gets to rule what region, but can be counted on to unite against any people that dares think they should rule their own country!

Apr 22 07:58

Lapider les corneilles! French Patriot Act faces growing opposition

A petition to block France’s controversial new snooping law has topped 100,000 signatures.

The French National Assembly is about to fast-track a law which would allow widespread snooping powers. The Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement would allow law enforcement and intelligence agencies to monitor mobile metadata and access personal information about anyone suspected of being linked to terrorism.

The petition organisers say they are “normal citizens who refuse to live in a digital police state. We refuse to legalise a French NSA which would store everything on everyone”.

The petition asks for the law to be withdrawn completely.

Apr 22 07:58

This Article May Be Illegal: Lifting the Veil of Silence on Standardized Testing

Warning!

What you are about to read may be a criminal act.

I may have broken the law by putting this information out there.

Edward Snowden leaked data about civilian surveillance. Chelsea Manning released top secret military documents.

Apr 22 07:55

Security Flaw Lets Attackers Crash Any iPhone or iPad Within Wi-Fi Range

At the RSA security conference in San Francisco today, researchers from security firm Skycure presented ‘No iOS Zone’, a vulnerability that would let attackers crash any iOS device within range of a WiFi hotspot — whether you deliberately connect or not. Gulp.

The vulnerability takes advantage of a bug in iOS 8: namely, that by manipulating SSL certificates sent to iOS devices over a network — certificates used in virtually every app, and in iOS itself — the researchers could make iOS devices crash, in the worst-case scenario putting them into a constant boot-loop.

Apr 22 07:54

WHO Calls for Publication of ALL Clinical Trial Results – Not Just Favorable Ones

In a strong and surprising action, the World Health Organization (WHO) made it crystal clear that researchers have an ethical mandate to publish all clinical trial results, regardless of their outcomes.

Apr 22 07:52

Our Response To Sony Sending Us A Threat Letter For Reporting On The Company's Leaked Emails

Yesterday we wrote about how Sony's high-powered lawyer on retainer, David Boies, had apparently been sending major media properties an idiotic letter warning them not to report on the leaked Sony hack emails. And then, what did we find in our mail on Monday afternoon? A copy of the same damn letter of our very own. How thoughtful of David Boies to send us a personally signed copy. I've asked my staff to frame it and hang it on the wall. I hope that he's charging Sony top dollar to send us a letter we'd already mocked as ridiculous, wrong on the law and pointless.

Anyway, given that we've now personally received our own copy, I feel semi-obligated to respond -- and to respond in public.

So, David, Leah and Sony Corp. -- our official response is: go pound sand.

Apr 22 07:50

Google Changes Search Results To Favour Mobile-Friendly Sites

Google changes its search algorithm

Google Inc. is patching up its inquiry administration to support sites that are custom-made to cell phones.

http://whatisusa.info/google-will-favor-websites-tailored-to-mobile/

Apr 22 07:50

Hillary Clinton Calls For ‘Toppling’ the 1%…While Being Bankrolled by the 1%

This really happened. As crazy as it sounds, Hillary Clinton is trying to repackage her war-torn reputation into a populist spitting image of progressive icon Elizabeth Warren. The New York Times reports that “Mrs. Clinton pointed at the top category and said the economy required a ‘toppling’ of the wealthiest 1 percent, according to several people who were briefed on Mrs. Clinton’s policy discussions.”

Apr 22 07:50

European Rights Body Again Rejects Mass Surveillance

Europe’s top rights body, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has crystalized its censure of mass surveillance as a threat to fundamental human rights and to democracy itself by adopting a draft resolution in which it reiterates deep concerns over the practice of intelligence agencies systematically harvesting untargeted communications data, without adequate legal regulation or technical protection.

“Mass surveillance does not appear to have contributed to the prevention of terrorist attacks, contrary to earlier assertions made by senior intelligence officials. Instead, resources that might prevent attacks are diverted to mass surveillance, leaving potentially dangerous persons free to act,” PACE warned yesterday.

“These powerful structures risk escaping democratic control and accountability and they threaten the free and open character of our societies,” it added.

Apr 22 07:48

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership

IT’S OFFICIAL: JOHN Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”

It’s John Deere’s tractor, folks. You’re just driving it.

Apr 22 07:47

Homeland Security Secretary Begs Silicon Valley to Stop the Encryption

Broadly speaking, these are all efforts aimed at getting private industry to share critical information about infosec threats with the government. So this new DHS outpost is part of a much larger agenda to bring Silicon Valley companies into the national security fold.

Johnson also emphasized that DHS has a specific agenda, which is to push back on the call for encryption that’s come from many tech companies, including Yahoo and Google.

Johnson asked the audience at RSA to help the government have more access to unencrypted data to help them stop threats to our digital infrastructure.

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Apr 22 07:46

Fracking linked to rise in Texas quakes

Another slam-dunk for the anti-fracking lobby, as new evidence draws a more direct link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in North Texas. The study is the first time researchers were able to move past ‘possible’ and into ‘most likely’ causes.

Apr 22 07:37

As Yemen is pulverized into oblivion, it remains unclear just exactly what Riyadh hopes to achieve in this war. Washington has tied itself to this conflict, but can’t control or explain it.

WEBMASTAR ADDITION: The explanation is simple, but cannot be made public. in 2012 the US intervened in Yemen, drove out the legitimate government of President Salah, and imposed a US puppet Ruler, Hadi, on the people of Yemen. The people of Yemen don't like having their nation ruled by a government that serves a foreign nation, and are trying to kick Hadi out and bring Saleh back. So the US, using Saudi Arabia as a proxy, is having to go back into Yemen to bomb and starve those people until they remember that, like the provinces of ancient Rome, once conquered they are expected to remain conquered. The people of Yemen do not agree.

Ditto Iraq.

Ditto Libya.

Ditto Ukraine.

Ditto Iran.

The leaders of nations will gladly kill each other over who gets to rule what region, but can be counted on to unite against any people that dares think they should rule their own country!

Apr 22 07:36

Hillary: The President America Deserves

“It’s time” for Hillary, and who can disagree? It doesn’t matter that no one who isn’t being paid to say it sincerely believes she can lead the country. She is precisely what the American system is designed to produce.

Mencken said of American government:

“All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Apr 22 07:29

TECHNO FASCISM: DHS TO OPEN UP SHOP IN SILICON VALLEY

The Department of Homeland Security is setting up shop in Google's territory. DHS is close to opening a branch in Silicon Valley to help tighten the tech industry's computer security -- and conscript its top talent, the department's top official announced Tuesday. The move is part of a larger attempt to build a bridge between West Coast Web giants and the government, after 2013 revelations of online surveillance soured many in the industry on the concept of public-private partnerships.

Apr 22 07:17

The Total Destruction of America from Within

Paul Craig Roberts discusses the dismantling of the U.S. constitution and the current Great Recession

Apr 22 07:15

WIRED now totally admits what the entire media called 'loony conspiracy theories' just five years ago

NSA and other treasonous organizations surveil Americans to maintain military dictatorship, not to protect "national security"

Apr 22 07:04

The Stain of Big Oil Is Smearing Earth... and Our Culture

This week marks the 5th anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company continues to be hounded by the legal fallout, including criminal convictions, and it is desperate to do whatever it can to cleanse its public image. This is especially challenging in the face of intense criticism globally from the fossil fuel divestment groups like 350.org, the #keepitintheground campaign and the movement to end oil sponsorship of the arts.

Apr 22 07:01

CIA-BACKED COMPANY MAY BE READING YOUR FACEBOOK CHATS

While sending a web link over Facebook Chat, a group of app developers noticed a curious amount of activity. Pulling at the thread, they discovered a mysterious company known as Recorded Future, and a potential CIA conspiracy. Facebook Chat seems innocuous enough. So thought Bosnadev, a group of coders and bloggers, when they used the communication program to send a link. But something seemed amiss.

Apr 22 07:01

SAUDIS DECLARE END OF ONE YEMEN OPERATION, THEN ANNOUNCE A SECOND

Iranian officials began Tuesday hopeful a ceasefire would bring an end to the relentless air campaign Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have conducted in Yemen for nearly a month now. In the following hours Saudi Arabia announced on television that Operation Decisive Storm was over, that “all the goals had been met” and declared the beginning of a new operation: “Restoring Hope.” In its statement, the kingdom said the new operation would have more of a political focus, would spend time dealing with helping civilians and counter terrorism.

Apr 22 07:00

Libertarians’ Civil War Over Ukraine

On the one hand, Andrei Illarionov of the Koch Brothers’ libertarian Cato Institute says that the first among “the crimes that have been committed or are being committed by the Kremlin — stealing Crimea” can be rectified only by rejecting “Russia’s aggression in Crimea,” which means to replace the current Russian government by “a free democratic state with the rule of law”: i.e., overthrowing it in order to establish that very thing, “a free democratic state with the rule of law.” He says that, “The issue of Crimea’s jurisdiction is within the competence of only one subject of international law — the owner of that territory, namely Ukraine. Only this subject, and no one else, has necessary legal rights to change this territory’s jurisdiction.” And, since Ukraine did not sell Crimea to Russia, Russia “stole” it from Ukraine.

Apr 22 06:53

STATE LETS POLICE TAKE TEENAGERS AWAY FROM PARENTS IF THEY ARE LEFT HOME ALONE

A new Illinois law is threatening parents who leave their children home alone if they are 13-years-old or younger. The new Illinois law states that parents who leave 13-year-olds home are guilty of neglect, and subject to arrest, as well as their children being taken away by police. The new law states that "any minor under the age of 14 years whose parent or other person responsible for the minor's welfare leaves the minor without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety, or welfare of that minor" is now considered ?neglected.?

Apr 22 06:53

Hundreds of children brain damaged by the swine flu vaccine to receive $90 million in financial compensation from UK government

The swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 children across Europe, and the UK government has now agreed to pay $90 million in compensation to those victims

Apr 22 06:48

European Union Court Upholds Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

Ruling says sanctions fairly targeted people and companies linked to government

Apr 22 06:47

Radioactive drone found on Japan PM’s office roof

A drone marked with the radioactive sign and equipped with a camera, flare and water bottle, was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Tokyo office

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