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July 17, 2014

Jul 17 13:19

[FIRST FOOTAGE] Malaysia flight MH17 crash site

Jul 17 13:16

Live from Gaza

Jul 17 13:10

Ukraine Adviser: Malaysian Airlines Jet Shot Down By Missile Near Ukraine-Russia Border

nterfax reports that the Ukrainian Interior Ministry says that everyone on board was killed. The Interior Ministry claims that 23 Americans were killed in the crash, according to Interfax.

Jul 17 13:08

Malaysian flight being hit by what looks to be a missle.

Jul 17 13:04

Connecticut trooper admits to stealing cash, gold from dying motorcyclist

A veteran Connecticut state trooper faces a year and a half in prison after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing a dying motorcyclist’s cash and gold crucifix at the scene of a 2012 crash.

Aaron “AJ” Huntsman, 45, was caught by his own dashboard camera stealing the items belonging to John Scalesse, who was killed on Sept. 22, 2012 after his motorcycle crashed into a construction company truck in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Jul 17 13:03

Israel begins ground invasion of Gaza strip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said.

"The prime minister and defense minister have instructed the IDF to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel," the statement said.

Reuters witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling along the Gazaborder.

Jul 17 12:56

Moscow: Kiev allegations that Russian jet downed Ukraine plane absurd

Kiev’s accusations that Russia shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet are “absurd,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

Jul 17 12:56

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

Despite this powerful first-hand reporting – or perhaps because of it – Mohyeldin was nowhere to be seen on last night’s NBC Nightly News

Jul 17 12:56

Exit Agent William Hague... still making excuses for Israel

Stuart Littlewood says the recently-resigned UK foreign secretary, William Hague, was waving Israel’s flag to the last minute, and holds little hope that Hague’s successor, Philip Hammond, would be any better.

Jul 17 12:51

Report: NBC Pulled Reporter From Gaza After He Covered Child Deaths

"Despite this powerful first-hand reporting – or perhaps because of it – Mohyeldin was nowhere to be seen on last night’s NBC Nightly News broadcast with Brian Williams. "

Jul 17 12:47

Snowden: NSA Employees Routinely Pass Around Nude Photos Obtained Via Mass Surveillance

Snowden …. Made a startling claim that a culture exists within the NSA in which, during surveillance, nude photographs picked up of people in “sexually compromising” situations are routinely passed around.

Jul 17 12:43

Snowden: NSA Employees Routinely Pass Around Nude Photos Obtained Via Mass Surveillance

NSA Spies On Americans, Then Passes Around Their Nude Pictures and Videos

Edward Snowden just told the Guardian:

Snowden …. Made a startling claim that a culture exists within the NSA in which,during surveillance, nude photographs picked up of people in “sexually compromising” situations are routinely passed around.

NSA employees have also been caught using their mass surveillance powers to spy on love interests, such as girlfriends, obsessions or former wives … and to eavesdrop on American soldiers’ intimate conversations with their wives back home.

Jul 17 12:42

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide:

the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step.

Jul 17 12:32

FLASHBACK 2001 - Ukraine admits missile may have downed Russian plane

A Ukrainian official today admitted that his country's military may have mistakenly shot down a Russian commercial airliner over the Black sea last week, killing all 78 people on board.

The announcement by Yevhen Marchuk, the head of the Ukrainian security council and a member of the commission investigating the tragedy, marks the first time that the country has conceded it may be responsible.

"The reason for the crash could be an unintentional hit by an S-200 missile during the Ukrainian air defence exercises," Mr Marchuk told a press conference today, adding that investigators would make their final conclusions after further, complex research.

Jul 17 11:56

Who ordered the water shutoffs in Detroit?

In an act of brutality, water service has been disconnected to more than 14,000 homes in Detroit, with private contractors continuing to turn off the taps at the rate of 3,000 households per week. The shutoffs are part of the bankruptcy process overseen by the city’s unelected emergency manager Kevyn Orr, which includes privatizing the nation’s third largest municipally owned water system and driving out large number of residents living in neighborhoods deemed too poor for investment.

Jul 17 11:47

President Putin's plane might have been the target for Ukrainian missile - sources

Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane was travelling almost the same route as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s jet shortly before the crash that killed 295, Interfax news agency reports citing sources.

LIVE UPDATES:Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in Ukraine

“I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters. The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft - 15:44 Moscow time,” a source told the news agency on condition of anonymity.

"The contours of the aircrafts are similar, linear dimensions are also very similar, as for the coloring, at a quite remote distance they are almost identical", the source added.

Jul 17 11:44

Malaysian Flight Shot Down Over Ukraine - Kiev Gov't Implicated

In what is now the second curious incident involving a Malaysian airlines flight, a Malaysian airlines Boeing 777 has crashed over Ukraine. The flight was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 295 people on board. The flight crashed in East Ukraine close to the Russian border.

The flight was allegedly downed by a missile.

Jul 17 11:36

BREAKING: President Putin's plane might have been the target for Ukrainian missile - sources

Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane was travelling almost the same route as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s jet shortly before the crash that killed 295, Interfax news agency reports citing sources.

Jul 17 11:18


MK Basel Ghattas (Balad) caused a firestorm in the Knesset Wednesday, after he staged a “moment of silence” for the “victims” of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza.

“I cannot give over my words today without addressing the current situation, whereby people are dying from criminal acts every day,” he touted. “I will stand for a moment of silence for the hundreds of people who have lost their lives during the current war.”

Jul 17 11:18

Mothers of all Palestinians must be killed: Israeli MP

A pure, unadulterated, bronze-age, Old Testament mindset.

Jul 17 11:17


Jul 17 11:17


Jul 17 11:15

FLASHBACK - Was TWA 800 Shot Down By a Military Missile?

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A rather ironic anniversary!

Jul 17 10:58

Selling Israel’s War on Gaza

There is an art to war and there is an art to selling war—to one’s own people and the world at large.

Israel is a master on both tracks. When we speak of the “only democracy” in the Middle East, it is often forgotten—perhaps deliberately—that the country is run by a War or “Security” Cabinet. It is, and has been a military regime with as many powerful religious fanatics as its Iranian nemesis.

Jul 17 10:48

Epic fail: Israel's ambassador to US lambasted on Twitter during #AskDermer Q&A

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer received fierce backlash on Thursday as he defended his country’s Operation Protective Edge offensive on Gaza during a Twitter Q&A.

According to the latest Pew Research polling on the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Americans still heavily lean toward sympathizing with Israel. Yet Dermer urged those who oppose Israel's military actions to ask him any questions so he could clarify his government's position. So they did, but the result was probably not the one that Dermer expected.

Jul 17 10:45

Not All Israelis are psychos

Why wasn't the Israeli mother who was fluent in English allowed more than a few seconds on ABC? Because she condemned the collective punishment that's why.

Jul 17 10:33

Obama Attacks Second Amendment with Executive Order

Outlaws Russian-made AK-47 rifles with stroke of his unconstitutional pen!

Obama exploited the conflict in Ukraine to target the importation of the popular AK line of firearms manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern in Izhmash, Russia. The unconstitutional ban includes the Saiga line of rifles and shotguns.

Jul 17 10:22

Pure Manipulation, $1.3B of Paper Gold Dumped Onto Illiquid Market

There is one entity that has proven time and time again that they are quite capable of making money no matter which way the market moves.

That entity are the banks.

As we know, most markets are manipulated in some degree, but none more so than the commodities market.

Within the commodities market, some of the most rampant and blatant manipulation takes place in the precious metals market.

Manipulation that once was considered “conspiracy”, has now been proven true.

Unfortunately, even though the manipulation has been exposed, it still continues on.

Jul 17 10:20

Buk missile system

The Buk missile system (Russian: "???"; beech, /b?k/ BOOK) is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the former Soviet Union and Russian Federation and designed to engage cruise missiles, smart bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.[2]

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The BUK missile system is thought to be the weapon that downed the Malaysian 777 over Ukraine. FOX News is selling the idea that this system had to be smuggled across the border into Ukraine from Russia but the fact is that prior to the overthrow of Ukraine's elected government by a US-backed junta, Ukraine imported the BUK from Russia and even developed an enhanced radar systems for it which they market to other users of the system. So it is a FACT that the Kiev junta has this weapon. At this point I am thinking Kiev shot the 777 down to try to pin on the Russians, then when the wreckage fell short of the border, on the independence fighters in Eastern Ukraine.

One other note. Unlike a MANPAD, the BUK requires a full crew to operate, and cannot be launched by a single person. So if indeed the BUK destroyed the plane, it was a deliberate act, whether by intention or (like TWA 800) locking onto the wrong target.

Jul 17 10:15

“Development Banks” Are Ruining the Philippines: Billions of Dollars Deeper in Debt with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank

Groups demanding the cancellation of Philippine debts delivered luggage full of questionable loan contracts and conditionalities to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who is visiting the country from July 14 to 15.

“Goodbye, Mr. Kim, and take your oppressive loans with you,” chanted members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and Focus on the Global South during a staged send-off for “nuisance visitor” Mr. Kim.

Jul 17 10:14

Israeli Airport Security responsible at Schiphol Amsterdam

There was someone on an Israeli blogspot claiming that Israel ran the security on Schiphol Amsterdam.

Israeli television interviewed the CEO of the company that handles security at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport last night. Unfortunately, he's an Israeli and it's an Israeli company. Not good. (I did not see the interview).

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See also All 9/11 Airports Serviced by
One Israeli Owned Company

So far, there is no actual evidence of a missile being fired. The plane might have been brought down by a bomb placed on board in Amsterdam, timed to go off as the plane crossed into Russian airspace. But if MH17 was delayed by just a few minutes out of the gate, then the bomb would go off over Ukraine, the wreckage come down on the Ukraine side of the border and the blame shifted from Russia to the separatists.

Or, Kiev simply used on of the BUK missile launchers Ukraine bought from Russia prior to the coup to shoot down a civilian jet and blame Russia/Separatists for it.

Jul 17 10:13

Obama Executive Order Bans Sale and Importation of AK-47 Rifles

With the stroke of a pen President Obama has banned tens of thousands of firearms. Under such an approach the President could effectively target a wide variety of gun-related industries including the raw materials suppliers and parts manufacturers. This could potentially have the effect of not just banning importation of firearms, but making it nearly impossible for US-based manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and accessories to produce their products if any of their raw materials are sourced outside of the United States.

Jul 17 09:49

The Fingerpointing Begins: Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Shooting Down Airplane, Rebels Deny

Jul 17 09:33


One of the greatest sources of inspiration and hope in Gaza is the Gaza Ark Project …. a constant threat to zion as they worked tirelessly to destroy it.


However, it is now clear that Gaza’s Ark was deliberately targeted by Israel (for the second time). Israel is not worried about its security as it claims, what it is worried about and afraid of are peaceful projects like ours that expose its atrocities.

The good news is that no one was killed or injured in this attack as we had decided to pull the guard off the boat two days earlier, for his own safety.

Jul 17 09:32


As the bombings continue, so do the demonstrations for Peace in Gaza. Here at the UN Building yesterday, New Yorkers (mostly young Muslims) stand (and drive) for Justice in Palestine.

Jul 17 09:31

Israel Showed Restraint in Gaza Before Attacking? You Must Be Kidding

Our media ingrains warped terminology that bolsters the effort to portray Israel as a victim. Here are a few examples.

Jul 17 09:26

Conclusive Link Between GMOs and Cancer | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin goes over the publication of a study on how genetically modified foods (GMOs) affect living organisms, as well as the pushback the study received by the GMO companies like Monsanto who fought unsuccessfully to silence the findings of the research.

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Jul 17 09:20

Extensive War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine. The Voices of the Innocent: “We Haven’t Got Anywhere to Run…”

Today, not only the Russian mass media has raised the issue of the investigation of war crimes in Ukraine, but delegates of European media as well. Journalistic investigation led me to the Russian refugee camp, located not far from the place of military events.

There is another world, though the planet is the same – the Earth. Water, food, light, absence of firing, a manifestation of humanity in everyday life allow people to feel safe again and with gratitude to accept the help and care in the neighboring state. All that they have lost overnight, continuing to remain citizens of Ukraine.

Jul 17 09:17

'They went to the beach to play': Deaths of 4 children add to growing toll in Gaza conflict

The boys were cousins -- playing, as they had many times before, at a beach by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean when the shelling started.

The first shell struck a fisherman's hut on a jetty by the beach where the boys' game had taken them.

As a plume of smoke rose from the blast, several of the boys dashed across the sand, seeking cover.

But they couldn't outrun the second shell, which whizzed in and exploded right by them.

Jul 17 09:17

US Taxes Pay for Israeli War Crimes

With numbing regularity, Israel bombs the Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million Palestinians, from the air, land, and sea, and the excuse is always the same: Hamas "terrorists" don’t accept Israel’s “right to exist.” The specific trigger this time: the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers.

Hamas has publicly stated that it was not responsible for the deaths, and the claim is credible. Increasingly isolated, it had just concluded reconciliation talks with Fatah, a popular move with the Palestinian public, which it was not likely to jeopardize.

Jul 17 09:15

Report: Malaysia Airlines flight crashes in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with MH17, and the flight's last known position was over Ukrainian airspace, the airline said on Twitter.

The jet is a Boeing 777, according to Interfax.

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FOX News has Geraldo Rivera on right now screaming about how nobody in the Ukraine has missiles that can reach 30,000 feet and therefore it HAD to be the Russians. This is the same argument John Kerry used a year ago to claim that since the Syrian rebels could not possibly have Sarin gas, that it just HAD to be Assad who was gassing his own Alawite supporters.

FOX News is reporting that the debris field spans nine miles across the countryside (Gee, just like flight 93!)

These maniacs are really going to do it! They are going to start a war with Russia to protect the Federal Reserve's paper-and-ink dollar from the Ruble!

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Jul 17 09:10

All aboard the 'death train' for the USA: Extraordinary images of hundreds of Central Americans climbing on top of lethal cargo train 'The Beast' in attempt to reach Mexico-U.S. border

This is 'La Bestia' - or 'The Beast' - which is perhaps the most treacherous train in the world.

It is not built to carry passengers, but that doesn't stop around 1,500 migrants piling on board the freight train's roof.

Jul 17 09:05

Frightening People into Silence

“Chilling” is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them.

Classic examples of “chilling” occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at anti-war rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape record protesters.

Jul 17 09:04

Why the 2014 Stock Market Feels Like 1994

Jul 17 09:03

Fake screener probes women at airport until TSA finally realizes he wasn't an employee

A man suspected of being drunk posed as a security screener at San Francisco International Airport long enough to direct a couple of women into a private booth for pat downs before real security staffers caught on to him, authorities said Wednesday.

Jul 17 09:03

Mexico is going to war on the nation's obesity epidemic by banning television ads for soda and high-calorie foods

Mexico is restricting television advertising for high-calorie food and soft drinks, as part of its campaign against obesity, the government says.
Such ads will be banned with immediate effect on terrestrial and cable TV between 14:30 and 19:30 on weekdays and between 07:30 and 19:30 at weekends.

Jul 17 09:02

Wind turbine fire risk: Number that catch alight each year is ten times higher than the industry admits

Nearly 120 wind turbines catch fire each year, according to new research - ten times the number reported by the industry.

The figures, compiled by engineers at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh, make fire the second-largest cause of accidents after blade failure.

The researchers claim that out of 200,000 turbines around the world, 117 fires take place annually - far more than the 12 reported by wind farm companies.

Jul 17 09:02

Malaysian airliner crashes in E. Ukraine near Russian border, over 280 people on board

A Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing-777 has crashed over Ukraine, close to the border with Russia.

The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Geraschenko said the plane carrying 285 passengers and 15 crew members fell.

Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that it has lost contact with the plane when it was flying over Ukrainian soil.

Jul 17 09:01

France 'bans pro-Palestinian rallies' as tensions increasingly mirror Israel-Gaza animosity

As thousands of protesters took to Parisian streets in demonstrations this week against the rising Palestinian death toll in Israeli military operations, French authorities reportedly imposed a full ban on pro-Palestinian marches in several cities.

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Chefs de merde!

Jul 17 09:00

GM withheld information about crashes tied to defective ignition switch

Documents obtained by the New York Times reveal that General Motors (GM) withheld information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding several fatal crashes linked to an ignition switch defect. The Times revelations, published Wednesday, further suggest that General Motors executives worked consciously to cover up the defect, which likely killed scores if not hundreds.

After delaying for more than a decade, earlier this year GM ordered a recall of several low cost models, whose ignition switches can be easily jarred out of the run position. This can lead to loss of vehicle control and the failure of airbags to deploy.

Jul 17 08:58

Here in the Kingdom of the Doomed Serfs

I don't know what's taking this next false flag so long.

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I think it just happened with that Malaysian 777 shoot-down.

Jul 17 08:57

Washington Post’s Gaza Dispatch: Ugly and Dishonest

There’s something deeply ugly, verging on mendacious, about this eye-witness account of the strike against four children on Gaza’s beach by William Booth in the Washington Post. It begins with what appears to be context but is, in fact, simply an effort to deflect criticism from Israel and blame the victims.

Jul 17 08:55

Meet The Gangs Behind The Border Crises

Are deported L.A. gang members partly responsible for the tide of young illegal immigrants? CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Jul 17 08:52

BREAKING BEX: Malaysia Airlines plane 'shot down by Russians' and crashes in Ukraine

A MALAYSIAN Airlines passenger plane with 295 people has crashed in Ukraine today after being reportedly shot down by Russian authorities.

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That is quite a trick for Russia to have done this considering that the 777 was flying from west to east and was deep inside Ukraine when it started to fall from the sky.

To detect a lie, look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a REASON for Russia to shoot down a civilian passenger jet. Certainly it serves no political or military purpose for Russia, but plays into the hands of Ukraine and the US which clearly seek a confrontation with Russia.

Assuming that the aircraft transponders were working properly, and this was a scheduled flight on a declared international route, there is no way Russia would have not known it was a passenger flight. Nations tend to be very careful of such things since the embarrassment of the USS Vincennes shooting down the Iranian Airbus back in 1988, and the Soviet shoot-down of flight 007 when it drifted off course and crossed the border of the USSR.

This story reeks of the Lusitania fraud!

Jul 17 08:46

Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in Ukraine near Russian border

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday.

The Boeing 777 had 280 passengers and 15 crew members, Interfax reported citing an an aviation industry source.

The plane appears to have gone down in an area where the Ukrainian government has been fighting pro-Russian rebels.

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Kiev and the US media are already saying the plane was "probably" shot down by the Russians. But the plane started to lose altitude while over Ukraine, and assuming the transponders were working correctly, Russian radar would have known it was a passenger plane.

Again, look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a reason for Russia to shoot down a passenger plane.

This is the Lusitania all over again.

Jul 17 08:40

Nancy Pelosi Now Wants to Decelerate Deportation of Illegals from Mexico

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) now wants to make it more difficult to deport illegal immigrant children from Mexico.

After indicating that she would support changing a 2008 law to make it easier for the federal government to deport illegal immigrant children from countries other than Mexico and Canada, Pelosi, under pressure from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and particularly Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), changed her mind on Wednesday.

Jul 17 08:36

Shocking scenes as 150 Jewish men go on rampage in Paris streets and clash with pro-Palestinian demonstrators

Jul 17 08:33

Tens of thousands flee Israeli raids on Gaza

Air strikes that struck the enclave on Wednesday killed at least 17 people, including four children, bringing the total deaths of Palestinians in the nine-day conflict to 213, with more than 1,450 wounded.

One Israeli was killed a day earlier by a Hamas-launched rocket, the only Israeli fatality since the fighting erupted on July 8.

The renewed bombardment on Wednesday destroyed several homes in Gaza, including the house of a senior Hamas official. The New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch called the destruction of civilian homes in the strip a war crime.

Jul 17 08:33

Gaza Live: Israel now plans "boots on the ground", says ground attack chances "very high"

In a clear indication that Israel is seriously considering ground strikes on Gaza, a senior Israeli military official told New York Times that chances of such a possibility was "very high", and that "if you want to efficiently fight terrorism you must be present, boots on the ground".

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Israel's perceived might rests on having the latest and (maybe not so) greatest weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers. It is easy to sit in those drone-control rooms, or inside a tank, or in an F-16 high in the sky dropping bombs and rockets onto a giant open-air prison camp and imagine oneself the heroes you read about in the Torah.

Going into Gaza will be another story and here again the story of Thermopylae comes into play, for just as the narrow gap held by Leonida took away the advantage of Xerxes' larger force and superior weapons, the tight confines of the world's most densely-packed population center will negate the high-tech whiz-bang of Israel's weapons, leaving the battles to be decided by the soldiers themselves.

Israel's soldiers, too-long dependent on their technological edge, are not an effective fighting force. They have not won a battle against an equal force since 1985. They failed to reach the Litani River in their last invasion of Lebanon and only a few days ago, Israeli commandos, supposedly their best, were clubbed like baby seals on a beach on Gaza and driven back into the sea.

I expect that HAMAS prefers to get the battle out of the skies where Israel has the clear advantage and onto the streets and alleys of Gaza where the fight will be more equal.

Jul 17 08:18

If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

According to the latest data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, year-over-year gains in some food products at the producer level have been truly spectacular.

Eggs for fresh use are up 33.9%.

Pork is up 28%.

Processed turkeys are up 20.4%.

Dairy products are up 10.7%.

Fresh and dry vegetables are up 8.4%.

Fresh fruits and melons are up 7.5%.

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Jul 17 08:18

Russia warns of retaliation over new Western "blackmail" sanctions

MOSCOW, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said here Thursday that Russia would retaliate "asymmetrically but painfully," after the United States and the European Union (EU) announced fresh sanctions against the country.

"We are not going to tolerate blackmail and reserve the right to take measures in response," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement said the sanctions, imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday and targeting individuals and major Russian firms in the financial, energy and arms sectors, are a "primitive attempt to take revenge for the fact that events in Ukraine are not unfolding in line with Washington's scenario."

Jul 17 08:15

One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years

Official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah have revealed that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel's occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013. That's the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The ministry added that the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the Second Intifada against Israel's occupation has now reached 6,000.

Jul 17 08:15

Why Big Business Loves Desperate Workers

We don’t think enough about the economic functions of social welfare policy, or about the relationship between the safety net and labor markets, and this hinders our ability to make sense of why some people fight so hard against programs that aid poor and low-income people: We mistake them for anti-welfare ideologues, and dismiss them as cruel or ignorant, but there’s an economic logic to their activism, one that’s revealed if we look at the relationship between welfare and work from both the employee’s and the employer’s perspective. Let me explain.

Imagine that we have two workers, worker K and worker O, each with two young children.

Jul 17 08:13

Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port

It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: "They are only children."

In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among fishermen's shacks on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.

Three others who were injured made it to the hotel: Hamad Bakr, aged 13, with shrapnel in his chest; his cousin Motasem, 11, injured in his head and legs, and Mohammad Abu Watfah, 21, who was hit by shrapnel in his stomach.

Jul 17 08:12

Israel Commits War Crimes While World Turns A Blind Eye | Interview with Harry Fear

Jul 17 08:10

DHS Immigrant Dump-Off Stopped by Residents of Oracle Arizona

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) were planning to bus-in approximately 40 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors to the Sycamore Canyon Boys Ranch, located in Oracle, Arizona, but the plan came to a halt as peaceful, law-abiding residents exercised their First Amendment right to challenge Washington’s latest the border surge scheme.

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Jul 17 08:10

Insider Trading and Financial Terrorism on Comex

The first two days this week gold was subjected to a series of computer HFT-driven “flash crashes” that were aimed at cooling off the big move higher gold has made since the beginning of June. During this move higher, the hedge funds, who typically “chase” the momentum of gold up or down, built up hefty long positions in gold futures over the last 6 weeks. In order to disrupt the upward momentum in the price of gold, the bullion banks short gold in the futures market by dumping large contracts that drive down the price and make money for the banks in the process.

Jul 17 08:09

#Israel assassinates 4 Palestinian children on the beach in #Gaza

Jul 17 08:07

Video Shows Cops Execute 4 Men On The Ground Surrendered! Then They Steal From The Bodies!

Jul 17 08:07

We single Israel out because we in the west are shamefully complicit in its crimes

Seventeen members of a single family wiped out in a missile strike. A centre for disabled people bombed. Schools and mosques attacked. Operation Protective Edge has been a humanitarian disaster for the residents of Gaza. This, apparently, is how Israel defines “self-defence”.

Jul 17 08:05

See How Israeli War Criminals Massacre Children On Gaza Beach

Israel war criminals have continued their bloody aggression on the children of the besieged Gaza on the ninth day.

The Israeli naval boats monitored four children having fun like butterflies on the beach of Gaza in front of a Hotel assesses a number of journalists. The naval decided to kill them for making fun.

The children were helping their father to provide the juice to the reporters when the naval boats shelled the beach. The naval have targeted the children with the full intention to kill them without mercy.

The children were identified as Ahed Atef Bakir, 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakir, 10, Mohammad Ramiz Bakir, 11 and Ismail Mahmoud Bakir, 9. The father was injured seriously and transferred to the hospital of

On the ninth day of the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza, 23 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured bringing the death toll to 222.

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Jul 17 08:04

Israeli MP: Mothers of All Palestinians Must Be Killed

A well-known Israeli politician and parliament member has branded Palestinians as terrorists, saying mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

Jul 17 08:01

Campaigners call on UK government to end military ties with Israel

Campaigners are calling for the UK to end its military ties with Israel.

The UK has consistently given extensive political and military support to Israel. Earlier this year the Prime Minister, David Cameron, described his support for Israel as "unbreakable".

Jul 17 08:01

U.S. Military Seeks To Brain Scan Troops For "Signs of Potential Betrayal"

Nicholas West
Activist Post

The massive investment in neuroscience undertaken by the U.S. BRAIN project and its sister initiative the Human Brain Project is increasingly taking a turn toward the examination of mental health. In fact, hundreds of European scientists working on the project are threatening a boycott because of this direction. In their view, the initial directive was to be more focused on repairing organic injuries and disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and physical brain damage sustained in accidents. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder would be one area that might involve the military.

However, there is a disturbing trend developing in law enforcement and medicine to use what has been learned about the human brain in order to adopt pre-crime systems and predictive behavior technology.

But could a brain scan become standard procedure to see which troops might be inclined to commit insider attacks?..

Jul 17 07:56

Backed by Obama, Israeli Leaders Threaten Full Scale Ground Invasion of Gaza

The Israeli government intensified its barbaric nine-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip yesterday, as senior ministers issued new warnings of a full-scale ground assault that would send the Palestinian death toll—already exceeding 220—soaring further.

Jul 17 07:55

Pro-Israeli Mob Goes On Rampage In Paris On Sunday

July 16, 2014 - A group of 150 pro-Israel men went on rampage on the streets of Paris on Sunday. They wielded iron bars, wooden sticks, pepper spray and tear gas canisters, and threw chairs and tables at a pro-Palestinian rally outside of a synagogue. The video footage, also verified by the French police, shows the mob chanting racist slogans while attacking anti-Israeli demonstrators. The French police didn't arrest any member of the group, which is said to be linked to the Jewish Defense League. However, they arrested six pro-Palestinian demonstrators, accusing them of trying to storm the synagogue.

Jul 17 07:51

Fascist Atrocities Mount as US-backed Regime Assaults Eastern Ukraine

As the Western-backed regime in Kiev assaults pro-Russian militias in the major cities of eastern Ukraine, mass graves are coming to light in Slavyansk, the former opposition stronghold recently captured by Kiev. The government offensive is unfolding with the support of Washington and the European Union (EU), which yesterday imposed more sanctions to compel Moscow to abandon any support for opposition militias in Ukraine.

Jul 17 07:44

Guanabana: the cancer killer big pharma doesn't want you to know about

As far back as the 1970s, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) investigated the merits of guanabana, and discovered the stems and leaves of the tree were successful in destroying cancer cells. "Inexplicably, the results [of the NCI research] were published in an internal report and never released to the public. Since 1976, guanabana has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, but as of now, no double-blind clinical trials," reports Christopher Lane, Ph.D., in Psychology Today.

Moreover, this study found that a compound derived from the leaves of guanabana was "selectively cytotoxic for the lung (A-549), colon (HT-29), and pancreatic (PACA-2) cell lines with potencies equal to or exceeding those of Adriamycin." And research in the Journal of Natural Products discovered that extracts of guanabana demonstrated pesticidal, antimalarial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties.

Jul 17 07:44

Nowhere To Go During Airstrikes In Gaza

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Jul 17 07:42

Crime and no punishment; putting babies on psychiatric drugs

No one should use Big Pharma's toxic drugs to support the myth of brain chemistry imbalances. Even the FDA prohibits prescribing these to children under five. Yet in 2013 the number of babies under one year of age in the USA prescribed dangerous psychotropic drugs was well over a quarter-million.

Jul 17 07:41

Illegal immigration crisis poses quandary for Democrats

Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are showing divisions over how to handle the surge of illegal immigrant children, underscoring how quickly the immigration issue has gone from what they thought was a guaranteed political winner to an electoral headache.

Some Democratic governors considering presidential bids also are having to grapple personally with the surge as they decide whether to fight or accept the Obama administration’s requests to house the children in facilities within their borders.

Jul 17 07:40

Tax Office sued for $6m after allegedly ruining a man's life

The Tax Office, in its legal defence, says Mr Kurzer’s case is weak and that he will be unable to prove the Tax Office owed him a duty of care, but declined on Wednesday to publicly to discuss the case.

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In plain English, the Tax Office is saying they are not under any real obligation to get things right.

Jul 17 07:39

Israel’s recurring use of terror on civilians

“The stated aim was, as always, to stop the launching of the rockets. The means: killing a maximum of Palestinians, in order to teach them a lesson. The decision was based on the traditional Israeli concept: hit the civilian population again and again, until it overthrows its leaders. This has been tried hundreds of times and has failed hundreds of times.” (Uri Avnery “Kill a Hundred Turks and Rest”: The Five-Day War in Gaza March 2008).

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Jul 17 07:37

List of Fracking Bans Worldwide

Food and Water Watch maintains a state-by-state, up-to-the-minute list and map of actions passed against fracking in the U.S. As of today, the national total has risen to 418.

Jul 17 07:36

Court rules Dutch peacekeepers liable for 300 deaths in Srebrenica

The civil court in The Hague has ordered compensation to families of 300 male Bosnian Muslims who found shelter in the Dutch UN peacekeepers’ compound in Srebrenica in July 1995, but who were later handed over to Serbian forces.

The court has not specified the exact sum of compensation to be delivered to each family of the victims.

The court also cleared the Dutchbat (Dutch UN peacekeeping battalion) of other alleged 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica tragedy as these people were not in the direct custody of Dutch troops.

Jul 17 07:36

Moscow: Kiev allegations that Russian jet downed Ukraine plane absurd

Kiev’s accusations that Russia shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet are “absurd,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

“This is absurd, like all previous accusations from Kiev officials concerning Russia’s Ministry of Defense,” a ministerial official told journalists on Thursday.

Kiev has accused Russia of downing its Su-25 fighter jet on June 16. Andrey Lysenko, spokesman of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said a Russian military jet shot down a plane that was fulfilling a military operation over the east of Ukraine at 19:00 local time. Earlier Kiev blamed the attack on self-defense forces.

Jul 17 07:35

Central Bankers Are Now Defending The Reserve Status Of The Dollar

Jul 17 07:34

Hawks Hint at Expanding Use of Never-Ending War 'Slush Fund'

A proposal for supplemental war funding was under scrutiny Wednesday at a Congressional hearing, where Defense Department officials hinted that there is no end in sight to the need for this counterterrorism "war chest."

At issue is nearly $60 billion proposed last month by the White House for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds for the 2015 budget. The pot for OCO, which until 2009 was called Global War on Terrorism, is on top of the base budget for the Defense Department, which for the 2015 proposal is nearly $500 billion.

Mattea Kramer of the National Priorities Project has pointed out that the OCO budget "isn’t subject to caps or cuts or any restrictions at all." This has led some, like Stephen Miles, coalition coordinator for Win Without War, to refer to it as "a massive slush fund to avoid fiscal discipline."

Jul 17 07:34

How to Make Protest Signs

For those that plan on protesting illegal aliens this weekend (or any other protest), here are a few links to help with protest signs. Over the years I've noticed that the most effective signs follow this basic rule: Try to keep what you write to a bare minimum--a three or four word phrase with large enough characters that people can read quickly. Too much verbiage with small characters is often overlooked. (ts)

Jul 17 07:34

Support Builds for Friday March to End Water Shutoff

Support is growing from labor, community, clergy, and environmental activists, along with those attending the national Netroots Nation convention in Detroit this week for a march and rally Friday July 18 to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs.
National Nurses United, the lead sponsor of the event, and the dozens of groups and activists organizations supporting the action, call the shutoff a public health emergency and a major violation of human rights. NNU is the largest U.S. organization of nurses.
Among the broad and growing list of local, national, and international endorsers are the International Union United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW AFL-CIO), Michigan Sierra Club, People’s Water Board, Food and Water Watch, Netroots Nation, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, Michigan Nurses Association, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, We the People of Detroit, Moratorium Now!,and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

Jul 17 07:33

Experts Agree – The Fed Must End! – 17 July 2014

Jul 17 07:32

Irish gov confirms 2,000 babies illegally sent to US for adoption

The Irish government has confirmed that the remains of almost 500 “unclaimed” infants were used for medical examinations and nearly 2,000 were put up for adoption in the United States.

A document released by the government also shows that the remains of 474 babies were sent to medical schools between 1940 and 1965, without the consent of their families.

The report also shows that of the nearly 2,000 children sent to the United States for adoption there are few or no records of parental consent. Many were apparently sold to wealthy Catholic families.

Jul 17 07:31

What Next For Gaza?

As I sit here in my office cum bedroom in Gaza City, listening to the airstrikes and rocket fire, there is talk of how to bring the violence to an end. This is to be eminently desired, particularly for the civilian population in Gaza who have suffered the brunt of this escalation.

Jul 17 07:26

July 16 Gaza News - "At least they wont breed"

The kids were helping their father/uncle fixing fishing nets. The targeted artillery rounds came from an Israeli warship. Killed were Ahed Atef Bakr 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakr 10, Mohamed Ramez Bakr 11, Ismael Mohamed Bakr 9. An "Israel Activist and media monitor" responded to the news of the four killed children by writing:

At least they wont breed

Today Israel also intentionally hit the Wafa Hospital in Gaza with a smaller missile. The hospital is completely crowded with patients and the missile was considered a "warning shot" that might be followed up with a bigger attack. There is no place for the the people in the hospital to flee to.

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"At least they wont breed."

Jul 17 07:23

American orthodox Jews reject Israeli Zionism and murder of Palestinians

Jul 17 07:23

How Israeli PR Sells Gaza Slaughter

There is an art of war and there is an art to selling war – to one’s own people and to the world at large.

Israel is a master on both tracks. When we speak of the “only democracy” in the Middle East, it is often forgotten, perhaps deliberately, that the country is run by a War or “Security” Cabinet. It is, and has been, in effect, a military regime with as many powerful religious fanatics as its Iranian nemesis.

Jul 17 07:23

Saying That You're Not Concerned Because The NSA Isn't Interested In You Is Obnoxious And Dangerous

It's easy to claim that you're not worried when you're the one out there supporting those in power. It becomes a lot trickier when you're either criticizing those in power, or communicating with those who challenge the power structure. Suddenly, it's not so easy to sit on the sidelines and say "Meh, no one's going to care about me..." And that should be a major concern. The way we keep a strong democracy is by having people who are able and willing to challenge the status quo and those in power. And yes, the US is much more forgiving than many, many other countries to such people, but there are clear biases and clear cases where they are not at all accepting of such things. And the more of a chilling effect the government creates around those things, the more dangerous it becomes to stand up for what you believe in.

Jul 17 07:23

Housing Ponzi Scheme Losses: American Homeowners Battling Wall Street

For years, homeowners have been battling Wall Street in an attempt to recover some portion of their massive losses from the housing Ponzi scheme. But progress has been slow, as they have been outgunned and out-spent by the banking titans.

In June, however, the banks may have met their match, as some equally powerful titans strode onto the stage. Investors led by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, and PIMCO, the world’s largest bond-fund manager, have sued some of the world’s largest banks for breach of fiduciary duty as trustees of their investment funds. The investors are seeking damages for losses surpassing $250 billion. That is the equivalent of one million homeowners with $250,000 in damages suing at one time.

Jul 17 07:22

Fabricated compassion: Democrats abandon U.S. homeless, veterans and the hungry in rush to roll out red carpet for illegals

The mantra of democrats has suddenly become one of claiming America should no longer have any borders at all. Every adult or child from anywhere in the world, regardless of their criminal background, should be welcomed to America and deposited on the streets of U.S. cities, the democrats say. This is all being done in the name of "compassion," because America is supposed to be a nation that cares about people. Thus, the economic costs of managing such an influx is irrelevant, we're told, because compassion knows no limits of expenditure.

It's a touching argument, but of course it's entirely fabricated. And proof of that is found in the fact that all this compassion does not extend to America's existing homeless children and adults who suffer right now on our streets. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness this year. Astonishingly, 1.35 million of those people are American children.

Jul 17 07:21

Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical ‘Breakdown’ at the Border

The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.

The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.

Inside the government, officials are sounding alarms, fearing that they and their teams who come in contact with the sick children face potential exposure to infectious diseases from chicken pox to influenza, including rare cases of H1N1, more commonly called swine flu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the corporate media goes on claiming that people worried about a potential health crisis from the illegals are just "fear mongering."

Jul 17 07:20

How US and Blair Plotted ‘Ceasefire’ Scam

We now have confirmation from the Israeli daily Haaretz of what we should have suspected: that the idea for the so-called Egyptian “ceasefire proposal” was actually hatched in Washington, the messenger boy was arch-war criminal Tony Blair, and the terms were drafted by Israel.

The intention was either to corner Hamas into surrendering – and thereby keep the savage blockade of Gaza in place – or force Hamas to reject the proposal and confirm the Israeli narrative that it is a terrorist organisation with which Israel cannot make peace.

Jul 17 07:19

Israel Accused Of War Crimes (UK Parliament)

Highlights from a UK parliamentary debate in which MPs variously accused Israel of war crimes, disproportionate violence, ruining peace negotiations by building illegal settlements, running the worlds largest outdoor prison, collective punishment, and attacking water supplies, hospitals, supply centres and all manner of other civilian targets.

Jul 17 07:17

BRICS Nations Recognize Iran’s Inalienable Right To A Peaceful Nuclear Program

With Iran’s nuclear talks at a decisive crossroads, the BRICS group of emerging powers says Tehran has an inalienable right to a peaceful nuclear program.

The BRICS countries also say there’s no alternative to a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. The countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, made the statement in a declaration adopted at their summit meeting in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

The support came as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are negotiating for a final solution to their dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. The BRICS countries welcomed what they called the positive momentum generated by the talks which they encouraged to continue in order to achieve a comprehensive and long-lasting solution.

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What is important to remember is that by signing the Nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty, the United States also recognized Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear program. By using the threat of military action to coerce Iran to surrender their rights under that treaty, it is the United States that is in violation of international law.

Jul 17 07:14

U.S. Army Training to Fight Black Americans

A promotional video touting FEMA’s emergency response capabilities shows U.S. National Guard troops training to detain unruly African-American citizens in prison camps before handing them over to police.

Jul 17 07:11

Check Mating Washington in its Own Backyard with BRICSIANSE

The United States and its closest allies have attempted to isolate Russia and President Vladimir Putin from the world stage. As a result of Western support for the Ukrainian regime that came to power through violence in Kiev, actions taken by Western powers against Russia have included expelling Russia from the G-8 of capitalist powers, the freezing of the assets of Russian government officials and Russian banks, and imposing travel bands on Russian citizens.

However, Putin has check-mated U.S. President Barack Obama in the American president’s own backyard.

The interest of Iran, Argentina, Nigeria, Syria, and Egypt in joining BRICS may soon see the group's acronym become «BRICSIANSE». Such a development would triumph the nations of the world that refuse to take orders from Washington...

Jul 17 07:11

Here’s why your Comcast rep is yelling at you

In other words, the incentive structure is really about punishment. Reps start out the month with a full commission, but every canceled product deducts from that amount. Once reps fall below a certain threshold, they get no commission at all. That means a rep could get all the way to the second-to-last day of the pay period only to have a customer cancel four products. Suddenly the rep is below her goal, losing $800 to $1,000 off her paycheck.

Jul 17 07:10

Microsoft announces biggest layoff in history, cutting 18,000 jobs

Microsoft will cut a record 18,000 jobs next year, as the company’s new CEO Satya Nadella seeks to boost efficiency, according to a company memo on Thursday.

“The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year,” Satya Nadella said in the memo published by Business Insider.

The number made redundant represents 14 percent of the entire Microsoft workforce.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Microsoft made two big mistakes.

Mistake Number 1: Windows-8. Microsoft has become an arrogant corporation that thinks they should decide for the entire world how things work. A good example of that is the browser wars where Microsoft arbitrarily discarded much of the original HTML standards in Internet Explorer, counting on their market share to force everyone to adopt the Microsoft standard (from which Microsoft would collect license fees). As a web developer myself, I can attest to the fact that this doubles the work load of everyone writing pages as one has to create two blocks of code to embed media, one for Microsoft and one for everyone else. Microsoft didn't care. They were going to tell the world what to do and the world would pay Microsoft for the "favor." That it was less efficient and made web pages less efficient was irrelevant.

That same arrogance carried over into the tile interface on Windows-8 where Microsoft decided to abandon the window and desktop paradigm that has been an industry standard going all the way back to Xerox PARC (where Steve Jobs got the idea to use it for the MAC) and force everyone onto the tile interface with the idea that all computational devices from desktop down to cell phone would eventually use it, with Microsoft again collecting license fees. That it was less efficient and made the products harder to use was irrelevant. But the tile interface cratered in the customers' eyes and today on eBay you can find brand new tablets with the Win8 interface selling at 50% off. Microsoft forget the age-old adage, "The customer is always right!" They didn't want to sell us what we wanted. They wanted to sell us what they decided we should have. Their habit of releasing products and making the end user find and report the bugs to save them having to pay for better quality control did not help, nor did forcing everyone to buy new operating systems and updated applications every 5 years.

The second big mistake Microsoft made was to get into bed with the NSA. While Microsoft is hardly alone in that crime, Microsoft took the brunt of the hostile public backlash going back to Windows NT when a beta release that still contained the symbol tables that revealed NSA-KEY to the world.

Computer users were left with the impression that Microsoft was selling computer operating systems far less concerned with the productivity of the consumer than with spying for the US Government, and protecting the copyrights of media producers too quick to blame piracy for the poor sales of their declining offerings.

And now Microsoft is paying the price.

I have no sympathy for them. They did it to themselves. Personally I think it is time for Microsoft to go away and make room for new software companies that have a healthier respect for the customer and for the Bill of Rights. This latest sign of the decline of the great God of Redmond may signal a push towards Linux and open-source software, which probably explains why the IRS was targeting open-source organizations right alongside the Tea Party and political dissidents, to protect software corporations from the "threat" of people wanting to go back to writing their own bug-free and spy-free software.

Jul 17 07:06

Students Offered Grants if they Tweet Pro-Israeli Propaganda

This article was published in August 2013, but it is even more relevant today, as the world witnesses more attacks on Gaza and an important propaganda operation from Israel.

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Jul 17 07:04

Anthony Bourdain’s GAZA

Jul 17 07:01

The New York Times Blames The Victims In Their Coverage of An Israeli Strike On A Gaza Beach That Killed 4 Kids

A photo of the father whose four children were killed by the Israeli army in a vicious strike on a beach in Gaza. The New York Times says the kids’ deaths was their own fault because they defied their parents’ orders and went out to the beach to play.

Jul 17 06:56

Secret propaganda: British spies can manipulate polls

But then there's the propaganda machine.

  • Underpass: a tool that lets the government "change outcome of online polls"
  • Bomb Bay: can "increase website hits/rankings"
  • Gestator: provides "amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites"
  • Gateway: will "artificially increase traffic to a website"
  • Slipstream: can "inflate page views on websites"

    The government may also deliver en masse text messages, emails, faxes and tailored instant messages. It's important to note, however, that it's not clear whether these are currently in use.

  • Jul 17 06:50

    Israel intentionally kills civilians

    Jon Snow on Channel 4 News challenges an Israeli government official in a way you will never witness on American television: Israeli air attacks in Gaza investigated by Human Rights Watch have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war. Israel should end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property. Deliberate or reckless attacks violating the laws of war are war crimes, Human Rights Watch said.

    Jul 17 06:49

    When You See This Happen, You Know It's Game Over For The Dollar

    This week, 70 years after Bretton Woods, leaders from China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa, and several other nations are hard at work in Fortaleza, Brazil creating a new development bank that will compete against the US-controlled World Bank. This is a major step in an obvious trend towards a new financial system. Every shred of objective data is screaming for this to happen. It’s a different world. Everyone realizes it except for the US government, which is still living in the past where they’re #1 and get to call all the shots.

    Jul 17 06:47

    Israeli Military "Denies Targeting Children" Slammed For "Not Having The Courage To Talk To Hamas"

    In one of the most uncomfortable (and must-see) interviews, UK Channel 4's John Snow 'discusses' Israel's bombing raids and policies towards Hamas with Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. The interview starts with a punch, "How does killing children on a beach contribute to your purpose of protecting Israeli civilians?" Regev ducks and weaves from question to question, flummoxed when Snow jabs, "if you couldn't tell these were 4 young Palestinian children playing football on a Gaza beach, you need better equipment," only to be slammed towards the end with, "why not be brave and talk directly to Hamas? You haven't got the courage." Not the kind of interview one is likely to see on US TV.

    Jul 17 06:46

    Four in Ten Bostonians Skeptical of Official Marathon Bombing Account

    Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe recently expressed surprise about the poll’s results in a column in which he wrote: “Call me Pollyanna, but I’m shocked they were able to find the 42 percent who don’t think he’s guilty.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    "I mean, look how hard we worked to make them think he is guilty!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

    Jul 17 06:45

    World May Be More Dangerous Now Than During Cold War

    Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer said Obama’s comment that “We live in a complex world” “may the understatement of the year”, and claimed the world may be more dangerous now than at the height of the Cold War.

    Jul 17 06:36

    Study: Curcumin Kills Throat Cancer Cells

    ...there is now documented evidence that curcumin is actually a cancer killer.

    Jul 17 06:36

    DETROIT POLICE CHIEF: Armed homeowners cut crime

    “Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.

    Jul 17 06:34

    Militants in Gaza fire rocket at Israel as humanitarian cease-fire window expires

    Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket at Israel Thursday just as a five-hour U.N. humanitarian cease-fire expired, the Israeli military said.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    FOX News is trying to claim that HAMAS fired the rockets just BEFORE the cease fire ended. They have Charles Krauthammer on right now putting the blame for the whole mess on HAMAS.

    Let's review the timetable.

    Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

    But Netanyahu declares HAMAS responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers. The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have not killed anyone or done more damage than knock a few roof tiles loose.

    But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

    I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

    Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!

    "Saddam has nuclear weapons."

    "Assad is gassing his own people."

    "Putin is to blame for Ukraine."

    "Gaza is all HAMAS' fault."

    Need I say more?

    Jul 17 06:07

    Authoritarian Library Demands Censorship After Publication of Anti-Clinton Files

    Proving once again that libraries are vestiges of Soviet thinking, an administrator at the University of Arkansas is insisting that a news outlet stop publishing files from university archives that paint Hillary Clinton in a bad light.

    Earlier this week, the Washington Free Beacon published some Clinton audio files that it obtained from a University of Arkansas library collection. The files were located in a public library and freely handed over to the Free Beacon. They include a recording of Clinton joking about an accused rapist she once represented as a public defender and would seem to reflect poorly on the likely Democratic presidential candidate.

    Jul 17 06:02

    Russia: US sanctions revenge for Ukrainian failure, Moscow may retaliate

    Russia considers the latest package of sanctions against it issued by the US as revenge for the failure of Washington’s schemes in Ukraine and blackmail. Moscow reserves the right to retaliate.

    Moscow believes that America is targeting it with sanctions “because the events in Ukraine have not developed the way Washington scripted them,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

    “The outrageous and groundless desire to blame Russia for the civil war in a neighboring country, which was caused by a deep internal crisis and already resulted in the loss of many lives, proves that the US and its clients in Kiev have failed to pacify the wide public dissent,” the ministry said.

    Jul 17 05:56

    Detroit homeowners stuck with squatter's water bill

    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Imagine footing the water bill for the people who squatted in the home before you moved in. It is the reality of a Detroit couple stuck now with that outrageous utility bill.

    Frustrated with the situation, they turned to 7 Action News for help.

    The couple bought the house not knowing the squatters were inside.

    They had been evicted and thought their troubles were over. Then they learned the squatters had been stealing water for years and they got stuck with the bill.

    Ken and Lorie’s ordeal with the Detroit Water and Sewage Department started last fall.

    They purchased their home in a Wayne County auction.

    Jul 17 05:50

    Microsoft Eliminating 18,000 Jobs as Nadella Streamlines

    The restructuring, amounting to about 14 percent of its workforce, includes 12,500 factory and professional positions, the world’s biggest software maker said in a statement today.

    Jul 17 05:46

    Lexapro ingredients exposed: You won't believe what this drug is really made of

    (NaturalNews) Sure, we all know that drugs aren't made of sugar and spice, but sometimes the ingredients that are included in even the most popular and widely used drugs can be pretty disturbing. Although Lexapro is marketed as a drug for fighting both depression and anxiety, many of the ingredients contained in the medication have been linked with serious health conditions, including cancer.

    Jul 17 05:46

    Russian jet ‘shoots down Ukrainian warplane’

    A Russian jet shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on military operations over the east of Ukraine, where government forces are fighting to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

    The plane was brought down on Wednesday night by a rocket strike and the pilot safely ejected, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national Defence and Security Council, told journalists.

    Jul 17 05:45

    Flashback: Ukrainian warplane invades Russia airspace

    A plane of the Ukrainian Air Force has invaded the Russian airspace, a special correspondent of Russia’s Zvezda TV channel said on Sunday.

    “We came to the suburb of Donetsk [a Russian town bordering on Ukraine] in the first half of the day,” Maxim Gritsenko said.

    “During our TV footage work, a Ukrainian plane entered the Russian territory and flew above the Donetsk suburb and everyone could see it deliver an air strike, apparently, against a locality in Ukraine,” the journalist said.

    Jul 17 05:40

    Chaos Computer Club bolsters NSA spying complaint with Tor snooping evidence

    The German Chaos Computer Club said Wednesday that it has added to its legal complaint about U.S. spying on German citizens evidence that the NSA allegedly snooped on at least one of its Tor servers.

    The CCC filed a complaint with Germany’s federal prosecutor, Harald Range, in February, demanding an investigation into the German government’s alleged involvement in the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of German citizens.

    However, while Range started an investigation into the alleged tapping of Merkel’s phone by the NSA in June, he said there wasn’t enough evidence to start a similar investigation into the widely reported mass surveillance of German citizens.

    The CCC hopes that new publications exposing data collection explicitly targeting servers that are used to connect to The Onion Router (Tor) network, a network that encrypts data traffic through random servers in order to obscure users’ identities, will change Range’s mind.

    Jul 17 05:16

    The Losers From U.S. Sanctions: AMERICAN Businesses

    U.S. Sanctions Against Foreign Nations Are Hurting American Companies

    Jul 17 05:15

    Dems’ Plan B fails: Bill to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling can’t clear filibuster

    Democrats’ first effort to make political hay out of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision fell short Wednesday, victim to a GOP filibuster that leaves the justices’ ruling in place and likely shifts the issue to voters in November.

    Only three Republicans joined with Democrats to back a bill to overturn last month’s ruling, which gave owners of closely-held corporations the right to opt out of providing insurance for contraceptive coverage for employees if they held a valid religious objection.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said the failure to push the bill over the line will reignite charges of a GOP war on women.

    “Senate Republicans continue to demonstrate that they are out of touch with women across America,” he told reporters after the vote.

    Jul 17 05:11

    Charlotte: Illegal alien child-rapist could have received proposed city ID

    After a number of illegal aliens, who have children attending public schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, began complaining to city officials that they could not become more involved in school activities, due to the fact that the school system requires anyone who wishes to perform volunteer work in the schools have a valid Social Security number (The schools use the Social Security numbers to perform criminal background checks, to weed-out anyone with a history of sex offenses and other serious crimes. ), Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter proposed issuing another form of identification cards to accommodate them.

    Jul 17 05:08

    UC regents appoint pro-Israel student despite protests

    A student with strong ties to Israel was appointed to the governing council of the University of California Wednesday amid protests.

    Abrahem "Avi" Oved, a 21-year-old economics major at UCLA who will replace Sadia Saifuddin, a UC Berkeley student who is the board's first Muslim student member as student regent, said he would work with all students and represent them on the board.

    "I want to work with students on the ground, and that should be the focus of this position - empowering students and giving them the resources they need to be heard," said Oved, whose parents are from Israel.

    Oved drew controversy in the 10-campus UC system when a student newspaper published emails that appeared to connect him to a pro-Israel activist whose Twitter posts have included pictures he said were of "Muslim thugs" at a Los Angeles demonstration.

    "The concern at this point is whether there is trust between Avi and students," said Kareem Aref, President of the UC Student Association.

    Jul 17 04:48

    FBI questions meningitis victims

    Agents with the FBI are knocking on the doors of Tennesseans sickened or widowed by fungal meningitis as the agency conducts a criminal probe into the outbreak that sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths.

    The outbreak was traced to contaminated steroid medicine made by Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center that was used in spinal injections as pain treatment. Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is leading the investigation.

    Joan Peay of Nashville, who survived one round of fungal meningitis in 2012 only to relapse with a more severe case a year later, said she met Tuesday with an FBI agent from Massachusetts.

    "They are creating a criminal case against New England Compounding Center," Peay said. "They are just at the point now where they are interviewing patients."

    Questions from the agent concerned how she contracted the illness and how it affected her, she said. Other victims in Middle Tennessee also have been contacted by the FBI.

    Jul 17 04:45

    Censorship war: Website unmasks links Google is blocking from search results

    A subversive website has been launched to keep track of news and other webpages Google has “censored” from the search engine’s index, following the European Court of Justice’s controversial Right to be Forgotten ruling.

    The tech giant has reportedly been inundated with 70,000 requests to remove sensitive information from its search results in the aftermath of the ECJ’s decision. While this data may be accurate, it is considered “irrelevant” and possibly defamatory under the EU policy shift.

    Jul 17 04:38

    Ukraine accuses Russia of shooting down jet

    A Russianjet has shot down a Ukrainianwar plane, Ukraine’s military has claimed, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the two countries' common border.

    A Ukrainian Su-25 war plane operating over Eastern Ukraine was downed by a rocket fired by a Russian fighter on Wednesday evening, Ukraine’s Security Council claimed at a press briefing on Thursday.

    If corroborated, the incident would be the first time Russian aircraft have directly engaged Ukrainian forces fighting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, raising the prospect of open war breaking out between the two neighbours.

    The spokesperson said the incident happened at about 7pm local time.

    “A war plane of the Russian armed forces carried out a rocket attack on an Su-25 of the Ukrainian armed forces, which was carrying out missions on Ukrainian territory,” the spokesman said. “Our plane was shot down, the pilot ejected and was evacuated to a safe place.”

    Jul 17 04:35

    GOP rep calls Petraeus probe 'perplexing and suspicious'

    The ongoing investigation of former CIA director David Petraeus is “perplexing and suspicious,” according to a leading Republican on the House Government Oversight Committee.

    After sending a letter and questioning Attorney General Eric Holder twice and former FBI Director Robert Mueller once about the probe, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Holder in a new letter this week, "I find the be increasingly perplexing and suspicious. I urge the Department to move forward with this investigation in an expeditious and prudent manner."

    Chaffetz also told Gretchen Carlson on Fox News’ “The Real Story” Wednesday that the open investigation may have a chilling effect on the probe by the new Benghazi Select Committee.

    July 16, 2014

    Jul 16 23:25

    CDC Safety Lapses: CDC Security Breaches and Mishandling of Biological Weapons and Pathogens

    The event has sparked major concerns over the lack of independent oversight of potentially dangerous biological research nationwide, as the number of labs dealing with these deadly pathogens has surged in recent years.

    Jul 16 23:06

    U.S. incarceration rate second only to guess who? (With Infographic)

    When it comes to living in the land of the free, how free are we really? How does America’s incarceration rate reflect on our liberty? -- The U.S. ranks number one in the world for the largest prison population. 25% of the world’s prisoners live right here in our great land of liberty. That’s staggering! In America, even as crime decreases, prison populations continue to increase. Look around at all of your friends and neighbors…how many would you consider to be “bad people” deserving of prison time?

    Jul 16 22:47

    See How Israeli War Criminals Massacre Children On Gaza Beach

    Israel war criminals have continued their bloody aggression on the children of the besieged Gaza on the ninth day.

    The Israeli naval boats monitored four children having fun like butterflies on the beach of Gaza in front of a Hotel assesses a number of journalists. The naval decided to kill them for making fun.

    The children were helping their father to provide the juice to the reporters when the naval boats shelled the beach. The naval have targeted the children with the full intention to kill them without mercy.

    Jul 16 22:00

    Putin: US sanctions contradict its national interests, will backfire

    Imposing sanctions on Russia and blaming it for destabilizing Ukraine contradicts US national interests, President Putin said at the BRICS summit in Brazil, emphasizing that declared support of Ukrainians should not be limited to the country’s oligarchs.

    Jul 16 22:00

    Insurgents attack Kabul airport

    Afghan insurgents staged a pre-dawn attack on Kabul International Airport Thursday, firing rocket-propelled grenades from a nearby building and engaging in a gun battle with security forces, officials said, the Washington Post reported.

    Jul 16 21:54

    Sanctions push Russian-US relations to dead-end — Putin

    Sanctions against Russia have the effect of a boomerang and push Russian-American relations to a dead-end, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists.

    Jul 16 21:53

    The Gaza Bombardment - What You're Not Being Told

    On July 7, 2014 Israel began a massive assault on the Gaza strip of Palestine. In the first week alone Israel dropped over 400 tons of bombs, killing over 130 Palestinians. Most were civilians, about half of them were women and children. By the time you are watching the the number will be higher.

    Jul 16 20:18

    Gaza Live: Israel now plans "boots on the ground", says ground attack chances "very high"

    In a clear indication that Israel is seriously considering ground strikes on Gaza, a senior Israeli military official told New York Times that chances of such a possibility was "very high", and that "if you want to efficiently fight terrorism you must be present, boots on the ground".

    Jul 16 20:16

    Shocking scenes as 150 Jewish men go on rampage in Paris streets and clash with pro-Palestinian demonstrators

    A group of 150 Jewish men were seen brandishing iron bars and cans of pepper spray as they clashed with Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Paris.

    Video footage of the clashes show the group chanting racist slogans as they roamed the streets.

    It came as President Francois Hollande warned that he did not want to see ‘the Israeli-Palestinian conflict imported into France’.

    Jul 16 20:13

    Obama orders Putin to halt flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine as he imposes tough new sanctions on Russia's energy companies and banks

    President Obama told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that he 'must halt the flow of weapons and fighters' into Ukraine as the U.S. imposed tough new sanctions on Moscow.

    The tough action, in the form of new sanctions on Russia's lucrative energy and defense companies as well as a handful of Russian banks, was announced by Obama in a half-empty White House press briefing room on Wednesday.

    It came as his administration struggled for a way to quell a Moscow-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

    The penalties, which Obama said were a response to Russia's 'provocations in Ukraine,' significantly expand on previous U.S. sanctions, which were limited to Russian individuals and companies.

    'Russia must halt the flow of weapons and fighters across the border in Ukraine' and pursue international talks, Obama said. 'I've made this clear directly to Mr. Putin,' his counterpart in Moscow.

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    Jul 16 20:07

    Murrieta: Border Patrol “will not obey unlawful orders” from Homeland Security and White House

    As the Department of Homeland Security and The Department of Health and Human Services scrambled to find food, medical care and shelter for up to 60,000 illegal immigrants making their way into the United States over the last several months, they came up with the idea of shipping thousands of undocumented migrants to detention centers in Murrieta, California.

    Jul 16 19:50

    CDC's National Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is spying on kids & parents

    The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is using data analysis to identify children and families most at risk, and thus inform how time and money is allocated. When the DCF started this project two years ago, the goal was to see fewer dead children -- and that's what the department says is happening while spying on children & families.

    Jul 16 18:57

    Behind 'Smokescreen' of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn Each Year

    Under the "smokescreen" of giving aid or charity, western governments and multinational corporations are pillaging states in sub-Sahara Africa with losses nearing $60 billion each year, according to research published on Tuesday by a coalition of 10 Africa and UK-based NGOs.

    The report, Honest accounts? The true story of Africa's billion dollar losses (pdf), finds that while an estimated $134 billion flows into the continent annually through a combination of loans, foreign investment and aid, African nations lose approximately $192 billion in profits made by foreign multinational companies, as well as through tax evasion and the costs of adapting to climate change.c

    Jul 16 18:55

    The Worst Trolls On The Internet Are The Government Trolls

    We have all run into them. All over the Internet, there are horrible trolls that seem to delight in making life miserable for other people. But the worst trolls of all are the government trolls. And thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have some startling new evidence of what really goes on behind the scenes.

    According to newly revealed documents, British spy agency GCHQ is manipulating online discussions, infiltrating the computers of specific targets, purposely destroying reputations, altering the results of online polls, and using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for propaganda and espionage purposes.

    Jul 16 18:54

    The Immorality Of Paper Money

    One of today’s most common economic fallacies is that the soaring stock market is evidence of economic recovery. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Jul 16 18:52

    636,000 Vets Wait a Month or More for Doc Appointments

    Some 636,000 veterans across the country have medical appointments that are least a month from when they wanted to be seen, and 8,000 have been waiting four months to see a doctor, the chairman of a Senate committee announced Wednesday.

    Jul 16 18:50

    Silver was money in Hamburg for 250 years

    Jul 16 18:40

    Censorship war: Website unmasks links Google is blocking from search results

    A subversive website has been launched to keep track of news and other webpages Google has “censored” from the search engine’s index, following the European Court of Justice’s controversial Right to be Forgotten ruling.

    The tech giant has reportedly been inundated with 70,000 requests to remove sensitive information from its search results in the aftermath of the ECJ’s decision. While this data may be accurate, it is considered “irrelevant” and possibly defamatory under the EU policy shift.

    Jul 16 18:39

    RIP Australia’s Carbon Tax

    With perhaps a few more grandstanding shenanigans in our Federal Senate this week, Australia’s two-year experiment with a Carbon Tax will soon end. Legislation to kill the tax, which was brought in by the left-leaning Labor-Greens coalition in mid-2012, is now being finalised by our one year-old conservative Government.

    Jul 16 18:38

    Texas Jury Refuses To Indict Man Who Shot and Killed Officer During ‘No Knock’ Raid

    In a remarkable ruling, a Texas grand jury has refused to indict Goedrich Magee, 20, who shot and killed a law enforcement officer, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, 31, during a no knock entrance into his home. Magee said that he thought he was being robbed and acted to protect his pregnant girlfriend and children. The grand jury “no billed” the case in February.

    Jul 16 18:30

    PAUL B. FARRELL: Our Market Society Has Made A Deal With The Devil, Capitalism Is On A Self-destructive Path, Killing Our Morals

    Yes, capitalism is working … for the Forbes Global Billionaires. Their ranks swelled from 322 in 2000 to 1,645 in 2014. Yes, God wants them rich: 85 billionaires now control half the planet’s wealth. And by 2100 we’ll have 11 trillionaires.

    Jul 16 18:30

    Journalists will face jail over spy leaks under new security laws in Australia

    Australian journalists could face prosecution and jail for reporting Snowden-style revelations about certain spy operations, in an “outrageous” expansion of the government’s national security powers, leading criminal lawyers have warned.