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March 27, 2014

Mar 27 08:26

Global Warming Will Not Cost the Earth, Leaked IPCC Report Admits

Previous reports - notably the hugely influential 2006 Stern Review - have put the costs to the global economy caused by 'climate change' at between 5 and 20 percent of world GDP.

But the latest estimates, to be published by Working Group II of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, say that a 2.5 degrees Celsius rise in global temperatures by the end of the century will cost the world economy between just 0.2 and 2 percent of its GDP.

If the lower estimate is correct, then all it would take is an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent (currently it's around 3 percent) for the economic costs of climate change to be wiped out within a month.

Mar 27 08:23

Home Sales Plunge Most In 3 Years, Drop 8th Months In A Row

Must be the weather... (though if you want to believe that, do not look at the regional breakdowns)... Pending home sales fell 10.2% YoY - the worst in 3 years (notably worse than the 9% drop expected by the meteorologists in the economics departments of the big banks). This is the 8th month in a row of home sales drops

Mar 27 08:23

Turkish Court Overturns Erdogan's Twitter Ban Ahead Of "Spectacular Leak" Rumor

A Turkish court has ruled against Prime Minister Erdogan's unilateral decision to ban Twitter from the nation after the threatened leak of corruption allegations. As The FT reports, the Ankara district court imposed a stay on the measure after hearing arguments from the Turkish Bar Association that the ban was disproportionate and illegal. While government officials have agreed they would implement the court's ruling, so far there has been no change. Twitter has officially responded expressing concern at the ban and filing further petitions to have it lifted as rumors spread of a "spectacular leak" in the next few days ahead of Sunday's elections.

As The FT notes, A Turkish court has ruled against the country’s ban on Twitter, which has attracted widespread international condemnation, in the last heated days before nationwide elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Edrogan somehow thought this would be a great move, right before the elections, is suspicious in the extreme, and may only confirm what Turkish voters have been thinking for a long time; that there is cause to believe that there has been some corruption in his government.

Mar 27 08:23

The First Duty of American Citizens is to Protect Their Freedom From the Government

“The window for the United States to save the PETRODOLLAR (THERE IS THAT WORD I KEEP HARPING ON IN MY FINANCIAL SERIES) from the scourge of the Iranian sale of oil for gold to the BRIC nations (e.g. Russia, China, India) is rapidly closing. If the Russians are able to invade Ukraine and consolidate their holdings, an invasion of Syria as a precursor to the invasion of Iran, can be seriously challenged by the Russians operating out of Crimea.”

I absolutely CANNOT stress enough how important the financial component is to understanding domestic or global politics right now. If you think it does not concern you, you are sorely mistaken. I include the links again below.


Mar 27 08:22

Thai satellite detects 300 floating objects near search area for MH370

A Thai satellite has detected 300 floating objects in the Indian Ocean, about 200 kilometres from the international search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370.

Mr Anond Snidvongs, executive director of Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, said that Thaichote satellite or Thailand Earth Observation Satellite, has recorded the objects, ranging from two to 15 metres, about 200 kilometres south-west of where the ill-fated flight is thought to have come down.

Mar 27 08:03

NASA uses Russian crisis to push for U.S.-run 'taxi' to space station

Russia's annexation of Crimea may have put the world economy on edge, but for the U.S. rocket industry, at least, the standoff over Ukraine hasn't been all bad.

Since the showdown began, NASA officials, along with industry groups and politicians such as U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, have renewed calls to speed up the creation of a U.S.-run "taxi service" to the International Space Station.

The goal is to free NASA from having to pay Russia to fly U.S. astronauts to the outpost. The service is costing NASA about $1.7 billion from 2012 to 2017.

Mar 27 07:58

New York State Anti Marijuana Politician Arrested for Possession

Notorious medical marijuana-opponent, New York State Assemblyman Stephen Katz, was arrested and charged with possession of what was deemed a "small bag of marijuana" after getting pulled over at a police traffic checkpoint on the New York State Thruway early Friday morning. Initially the assemblyman was stopped due to a speeding infraction, which would only lead to more problems after the trooper who conducted the traffic stop smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana. Subsequently enough, the trooper found Katz to be in possession of a bag of what many call the most common illicit drug used in the United States. In a brief contemptuous statement released by Katz following his arrest, he is dauntless in saying that he is "confident that once the facts are presented, that this will quickly be put to rest."

Mar 27 07:57

Police Involved Shooting Statistics: A National One-Year Summary

I collected this data myself because the U.S. Government doesn't. There is no national database dedicated to police involved shootings. Alan Maimon, in his article, "National Data on Shootings by Police Not Collected," published on November 28, 2011 in the "Las Vegas Review-Journal," wrote "The nation's leading law enforcement agency [FBI] collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, but missing from this clearinghouse are statistics on where, how often, and under what circumstances police use deadly force. In fact, no one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most significant act police can do in the line of duty: take a life."

Since the government keeps statistics on just about everything, why no national stats on something this important? The answer is simple: they don't want us to know. Why? Because police shoot a lot more people than we think, and the government, while good at statistics, is also good at secrecy.


Mar 27 07:56

Payments to Albuquerque Officers Are Called a ‘Bounty System’

Mike Gomez has been angry with the police officer here who shot and killed his 22-year-old son, Alan, last year, after officers responded to a report that the young man was acting erratically and firing a rifle. But Mr. Gomez became even angrier just days ago after he learned that the officer, Sean Wallace, received a $500 payment from the Albuquerque police union shortly after the shooting.

Mar 27 07:55

Former KBI Deputy Director Set To Plead In Child Porn Case

A former top lawman is set to make a plea Thursday to child sex charges.

Former Kansas Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Kyle Smith was arrested in February on one count of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of interfering with law enforcement...

A criminal complaint alleges that sometime between November 7th and 15th 2013, Smith possessed a photo of a child under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. It goes on to allege Smith then knowingly concealed, destroyed or altered evidence, identified in one count as a computer and in the second a phone.

Smith's employment with the KBI ended November 26th 2013 without explanation.

Mar 27 07:54

Another round of food stamp cuts in states

A fresh round of food stamp cuts at the state level are underway, on top of federal food stamp reductions that hit millions of Americans twice since November. In some states, policymakers have imposed additional cuts that jeopardize benefits for hundreds of thousands.

The impact of the reductions is just beginning to take hold, or soon will.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has been an axiom of the GOP that if you cut food stamps, unemployment will go down, because as we all know there are just oodles of good paying jobs sitting empty because the US is "incentivizing" people to sit at home. Well, they have been cutting food stamps for months and there are more jobless now than when they started, because the problem isn't the workers, it is the absence of jobs.

Mar 27 07:16

French jobless rate surges to new record

The number of new jobseekers rose by 31,500 last month, it said, admitting there had been a "marked progression" in unemployment.


Mar 27 07:15

Ted Cruz: The Russians are 'openly laughing' at Obama

Sen. Ted Cruz believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian leaders no longer respect President Obama because of his failure to lead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ted Cruz; Any moron can drop a bomb. Real leadership is solving your problems without murdering millions of people in the process.

Mar 27 07:12

Brazil's anti-spy Internet bill clears lower house vote

Brazil's lower chamber of Congress approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday aimed at guaranteeing equal access to the Internet and protecting the privacy of its users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations.

Mar 27 07:12

Obama: Well That's Embarrassing, No One Clapped 3/25/2014

Mar 27 07:05

Qatar jails US couple for killing daughter to "sell her organs"

A Qatari court on Thursday condemned a US couple from Los Angeles to three years in prison for allegedly causing the death of their adopted eight-year-old daughter to sell her organs or "perform medical experiments on them."

Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January 2013 after their daughter Gloria from Ghana died.

The couple were also ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 riyals (4,100 dollars) each and will be deported after serving their sentence.

The judge did not specify the exact charges for which the Huangs were sentenced, but the "Free Grace and Matt" website which supports the couple said police accuse them of having adopted the children "in order to harvest their organs, or perhaps to perform medical experiments on them."

They have two weeks to appeal.


Mar 27 07:04

Russia is global not regional power: parliamentarian

Russia is a global power not a regional one, a senior Russian parliamentarian said Wednesday.

"The world is not unipolar. No country can today impose its will on other countries. Like it or not, Russia was, is and will be a global power," Valentina Matviyenko, chairperson of the Federal Council, or upper house of the parliament, told reporters.

Responding to comments by U.S. President Barack Obama that Russia was now only a regional power, she said Russia strongly influenced world affairs and played an important role in the global economy.

Mar 27 07:03

Russian Government Officials Dump iPads Over Spying Fears

Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday.

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Mar 27 06:58

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan to further discuss excise duty harmonisation

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan can further discuss harmonisation of excise duties after they sign a treaty to create the Eurasian Economic Union in May, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov says.

"At the moment, several issues on trade remain unresolved in especially sensitive goods such as crude, petroleum products, gas, medicines, medical devices, alcohol and tobacco," he told a session at the upper house of parliament on Wednesday.

Mar 27 06:58

Russian industrial zone to be established in Egypt

A Russian industrial zone focused on producing agriculture machinery and equipment will be established in Egypt, an official statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade said Wednesday.

Russia will assist Egypt in the development and modernisation of the Egyptian Iron and Steel Helwan Factory, El Nasr Automotive Manufacturing Company and Egypt’s large aluminium production company, Egyptalum, located in Nag Hammadi. Russia will also aid in the development of the Aswan Dam’s electricity power plants.


Mar 27 06:57

Why the EU can't 'isolate' Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could teach US President Barack Obama one or two things about how to establish a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As if Obama would listen. He'd rather boost his constitutional law professor self, and pompously lecture an elite eurocrat audience in the glittering Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, like he did this Wednesday, on how Putin is the greatest threat to the US-administered global order since World War II. Well, it didn't go that well; most eurocrats were busy taking selfies or twittering.

Mar 27 06:57

Senator Slams Americans! “Go F*%K Yourselves”

Rhode Island state senator Joshua Miller has SLAMMED ALL Constitution supporting Americans as shown in the video below when he tells a reporter and 2nd Amendment advocates to “go f*&k yourselves”. We expect Senator Miller will resign within the day and YOU can help to ensure that by SLAMMING Senator Miller’s office at 401-276-5582. APPLY PRESSURE! The Rhode Island Senate Presidents office can be reached at 401-222-6655 and her press office at 401-276-5588. The Rhode Island governors office can be reached at (401) 222-2080.

Mar 27 06:53

Barack Hussain's Legacy: The Top 10 Greatest Achievements and lessons to the world

10. He strengthened international friendship and cooperation between patriots who cling to their guns, religion and integrity.

9. The increased international awareness of government spying results from violation of human rights and privacy laws committed by the Obama administration.

8. By constantly insulting our values and stealing our liberties he made us realise how much we care for our faith and tradition. The threats to our lifestyle are forcing us to become more determined and forceful.

7. He helped humanity become aware of devaluation of Nobel Peace Prize.

Mar 27 06:52

Slovakia refuses to supply Russian gas to Ukraine

Bratislava has refused to arrange reverse supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said that the country could not afford that.


Mar 27 06:52

Social media: Weapon of PsyWar & you’re the target

For centuries the most powerful intelligence gathering service on the planet was the Catholic rite of ‘confession’, where millions of people told vital info to the Pope on guilty acts which could then be used to blackmail them and their co-sinners.

But you’d be wrong if you thought that was mostly over with Luther and the reformation. Priest-spooks of the new church at Google and Facebook took over where the confession box left off.

“Facebook have my life and I worry, ‘what will they do with it?’” a friend admitted to me this week. It’s a fair concern and one the software and social media giants have skirted round, paying their PR and legal departments to keep public debate to a minimum. Without a cast iron assurance that our data really is private we have to assume they hand everything to the NSA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Using social media as an intelligence gathering tool seems silly when you recall just how many people are lying online, especially if they are trying to get a date.

Mar 27 06:51

Merkel not ready to back economic sanctions against Russia

The West has not yet reached a stage where it will be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, stressing that she hopes for a political solution to the stalemate over Ukraine crisis.

The chancellor said she is “not interested in escalation” of tensions with Russia, speaking after Wednesday meeting with the South Korean president in Berlin.

“On the contrary, I am working on de-escalation of the situation,” she added, as cited by Itar-Tass.

Mar 27 06:48

Goldman Sachs' Outrageous Scheme to Profit Off Jailed Young Offenders

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New York City would be the site of a new experiment very dear to his billionaire’s heart. He declared that Wall Street megabank Goldman Sachs would provide a loan of nearly $10 million to pay for a program intended to reduce the rate at which adolescent men incarcerated at Rikers Island reoffend after their release (currently almost half reoffended within a year). The city government was short of money, so Goldman Sachs would step in to do what anemic public investment could not accomplish on its own: keep young men out of jail.

Mar 27 06:47

Document: JPMorgan Chase Bets $10.4 Billion on the Early Death of Workers

Families of young JPMorgan Chase workers who have experienced tragic deaths over the past four months, have been kept in the dark on many details, including the fact that the bank most likely held a life insurance policy on their loved one – payable to itself. Banks in the U.S., as well as other corporations, are allowed to make multi-billion dollar wagers that their profits from life insurance policies on employees will outstrip the cost of paying premiums and other fees. Early deaths help those wagers pay off.

Mar 27 06:46

Germany and Zionists Tie the Knot Again

Israel’s foreign ministry has gone on strike. Israel has closed embassies worldwide on the heels of an agreement with Merkel’s Germany to represent it in predominantly Muslim countries.

I’m trying to remember a time when a labor dispute such as this has caused not only all embassies worldwide to close their doors but prompted the head of state of the country in question to cancel an historic trip to Latin America.

Mar 27 06:46

Paul Craig Roberts - The Greatest Crisis In Mankind’s History

Dr. Roberts: “That government (in Ukraine) is conducting extraordinary propaganda against Russia, claiming that Russian troops are massed on the border and are going to invade Ukraine. So they are creating this image which helps foment war. Here’s the great danger in all of this....

Mar 27 06:41

France Is Not Sick – Europe Is

France is the sick man of Europe according to this article, because its manufacturing and service sectors are contracting.

But in reality, France is no sicker than any other country in Europe. They all suffer from the same problems: monetary over-stimulation, over-regulation, over-taxation and a cradle-to-grave socialist mentality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is amazing to see how hard financial writers will work to NOT look at the root cause of the economic problems afflicting the west, which is that when you allow a privately-owned central bank to issue all of the nation's currency as a loan at interest, by design this system creates more debt than money with which to pay that debt. Once this pyramid scheme is started, the total debt owed to that central bank will grow faster than the available money supply until the system approaches collapse, at which point the people are enslaved to "austerity", meaning they must work harder and live with less so the bankers can have more, or in the worst case, government's are forced to resort to wars of conquest to try to balance the books.

Until that root cause is recognized and corrected, there is nothing the people or governments can do that will improve the economy, once it is in the control of those private central banks.

The United States fought a revolution to break free of this very system of private central banking, only to be sold back into that form of slavery 100 years ago by a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President.

March 26, 2014

Mar 26 15:27

State Sen. Leland Yee indicted on public corruption charges in major FBI operation

In a stunning criminal complaint, State Sen. Leland Yee has been charged with conspiring to traffick in firearms and public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee's aspirations for statewide office.

Yee, D-San Francisco, highlights a series of arrests Wednesday morning that included infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, whose past includes a variety of charges including racketeering and drug crimes. Targets of the early-morning raids appeared in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is ironic about the gun trafficking charge is the Yee is a notorious gun-grabber and opponent of the Second Amendment.

Mar 26 12:32

TSA union: agency needs its own armed officers

The head of a union representing 45,000 Transportation Security Administration officers says a report conducted by the TSA after a Los Angeles airport shooting last fall doesn't go far enough in addressing threats posed by individuals targeting its officers.

The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

Mar 26 12:04

Russia to create national payment system to rival Visa, Mastercard

Russia is considering launching its own payment system in response Visa and Mastercard's recent blocking of the bank card operations of several US-sanctioned Russian banks. Russian officials are debating whether to base it on Sberbank’s PRO100 or to cooperate with the Chinese UniPAY.

Mar 26 12:02

Software problems will set back F-35 joint strike fighter another year – report

Delivery of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be more than a year behind schedule due to ongoing software problems, according to a US government report. The delay marks the latest snag in the ongoing saga of the world’s most expensive aircraft.

According to a new Government Accountability Office report, the F-35’s mission management system software needs a vast debugging effort to meet the plane’s various requirements.

“Challenges in development and testing of mission systems software continued through 2013, due largely to delays in software delivery, limited capability in the software when delivered, and the need to fix problems and retest multiple software versions,” the GAO auditors wrote.

Mar 26 12:02

Push in Sardinia for online vote on independence from Italy

The island of Sardinia plans to hold an online referendum on independence from Italy, following in the footsteps of country’s northeastern Veneto region, where a similar vote revealed high separatist moods.

Mar 26 12:01

Doin the Math…

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity. I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh.

16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile. The gasoline powered car costs about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.

So the Government wants us to pay 3 times as much, for a car that costs more than 7 times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across the country…..

Mar 26 12:01

Pollard-for-prisoners deal said offered by US to save peace talks

No confirmation of Army Radio report that Kerry, on emergency visit to the region, willing to free Israeli spy in order to salvage negotiations

Mar 26 12:00

Sinkhole growing near Mexican Village restaurant in Detroit

A sinkhole appeared three weeks ago along Bagley in the alley next to the popular Mexican Village restaurant, and it's doing nothing but getting bigger.

The hole is more than a foot wide and about 15 feet deep and so far, nothing has been done to repair it.

Severo Gonzalez, who owns the Mexican Village restaurant, has been getting nothing but the run-around from various city departments.

Mar 26 11:56

Dear Ukrainians, Your Gas Bill Goes Up By 50% On May 1, Have A Nice Day

We assume this is not what President Obama meant when he said "costs"...

*UKRAINE TO RAISE GAS PRICES FOR HOUSEHOLDS 50% FROM MAY 1
*UKRAINE TO RAISE GAS PRICE FOR HEATING UTILITIES 40% FROM JULY

As we warned previously, "the honeymoon is over" and it seems, from today's address, President Obama is about to mandate who and where the free market for natgas delivers it supply.

Of course, this is not about to get better anytime soon:

*NAFTOGAZ UKRAINY SAYS GAS DEBT TO GAZPROM IS $1.7B: KOBOLYEV

Mar 26 11:55

What Happens If A US President Stops Speaking, And Nobody Claps

... does it mean that everyone saw right through the endless bluster, hollow rhetoric and empty promises of the man tasked with reading from a teleprompter, and currently in charge of one of the world's most totalitarian states? Because either someone is getting fired for forgetting to turn on the "applause" sign, or Europeans no longer care for the lies uttered by Obama on all topics NSA-related (and all other topics too). One wonders: how long until the US president finally gets the same treatment in his own country?

Mar 26 11:54

'Just the cost of doing business': Banks suffer growing backlash in the US as legal fines for misconduct rocket to $100bn

The big US banks and their foreign rivals on Wall Street are suffering a growing backlash, with legal settlements paid to US regulators for misconduct rocketing in recent years.

New figures show the total paid out in legal costs by the US banking sector since the onset of the financial crisis now amounts $100billion (£60.5billion) - and more than half of those financial penalties were levied in the past year.

The patterns suggests the banking industry is prepared to buy its way out of the sort of conduct that was supposed to have been set aside since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

Mar 26 11:48

Circuit Court Judge Calls Obamacare Stupid, Unmitigated Disaster

The case of Halbig v. Sebelius was heard yesterday by a three judge panel of the DC Circuit Court. The issue in the case is whether the federal government can offer subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal Obamacare exchange. The language of the law says the subsidies will only be available under exchanges set up by the states, so the Obama administration is clearly in violation.

The Washington Times has a report on what happened at the hearing, and one of the judges didn’t seem to be buying the administration’s arguments. He called the law an “unmitigated disaster” and “stupid,” and wondered why the courts should save it.

Mar 26 11:31

Gang of teenage girls who smacked female Temple University student, 19, in the face with a brick taken into custody

Five juveniles in Philadelphia have been taken into custody in connection the assault of a Temple University student with a brick on Friday evening.

The five girls, ages 14, 15 and 17, were arrested early on Tuesday afternoon after police released security camera footage of the gang who also punched two other students in separate incidents within a 20 minute time span.

The five girls have all been interviewed at least three will be charged. The 15-year-old who used a brick to beat a 19-year-old student is expected to be charged with aggravated assault.

Mar 26 11:29

IRS stonewalls probe of tea party targeting emails

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday that he won’t be able to produce all of former employee Lois G. Lerner’s emails and those of other key employees by the end of this year, pushing it beyond this year’s congressional elections.

In a heated exchange over whether he and his tax agency employees are cooperating in Congress’s investigations into tea party targeting, Mr. Koskinen said the amount of time it will take to look through and redact private information from the documents could last years.

Mar 26 11:17

Monks recant: Bundesbank opens the door to QE blitz

The last bastion is tumbling. Even the venerable Bundesbank is edging crablike towards quantitative easing.

Mar 26 11:16

Malaysia Airlines may need government rescue

Even before Flight 370 disappeared, Malaysia Airlines was neck-deep in financial trouble.

But the loss of the flight and subsequent focus on the company's management has further damaged the troubled carrier.

Mar 26 11:04

Pin drop! Obama lawyer stuns Supreme justice

In a dramatic moment at the Supreme Court Tuesday, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told justices that U.S. business owners have no religious freedom to reject government mandates forcing them to cover abortions.

Justices and lawyers also sparred over whether businesses actually have religious freedom and whether striking down the Obamacare mandate makes women second-class citizens.

Mar 26 11:02

Maidan of Discord: Ukraine coup comrades brawl, accuse, turn on each other

Mar 26 11:00

War Voyeurs: Israeli tourists watch Syria battles from safe distance

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israels latest tourism event: Watching people kill each other

Mar 26 10:59

Homeland Security Exercise Targets “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny”

Leaked Homeland Security documents obtained by Infowars reveal details of a joint DHS/FEMA national exercise set to take place this week, one of the components of which revolves around an effort to counter online dissent by a group called “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny,” which is disgruntled at the imposition of martial law after an earthquake in Alaska.

Mar 26 10:53

Billionaire’s son avoids punishment for cocaine found in his Mercedes when he was stopped by police for jumping traffic lights

A banker's son who was found to have cocaine in his car when he was stopped for jumping traffic lights was let off by magistrates without penalty for the drugs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what else is new?

Mar 26 10:44

Pat Roberson: Jesus more likely to stone gays to death than bake them a wedding cake

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday argued that Jesus would have never baked a wedding cake for LGBT couples because it was more common to stone homosexuals during biblical times.

After a CBN report on a Colorado baker who supported an Arizona bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT couples, Robertson reflected on how Jesus would have responded if a gay couple asked him for a wedding cake.

“I think you’ve got to remember from the Bible, you look carefully at the Bible, what would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabitate together, they would have been stoned to death,” he explained. “So, Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake, nor would he he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am probably going to get into deep kim-chee with our more fundamentalist readers, but here it goes.

Roberson just made it painfully obvious that he has absolutely zero understanding of the New Testament.

Yes, you are going to find that statement in Leviticus about men having intimate relationships with other men should be punished by death; but then it goes on to say that speaking to a woman who is menstruating, or wearing a blended fabric, are both acts which should be punishable by death.

But no where in the New Testament to you find any condemnation of, or punishment for, LGBT people; none whatsoever. Christ told us to love one another, even our enemies, and to not judge, lest we be judged: this is what I get from my understanding of the New Testament.

And here's the deal for me. Depending on my body chemistry and the light, sometimes my eyes look hazel; sometimes they look more brown. This came in with my DNA, just as does being LGBT.

How do you condemn someone for something that came in with their DNA? The short, intelligent, answer is, you logically, and spiritually, cannot.

P.S. from the other webmaster. You might want to check out Ruth 1:14, which seems to describe a positive same-sex relationship between Ruth and Naomi. In the original Hebrew, the text uses the exact same word too describe how Ruth felt about Naomi as is used to describe how Adam felt about Eve. Then there is the story of David and Jonathan, whose relationship as described by the bible would probably raise a few eyebrows in the more homo-phobic portions of our society. And if same-sex contact is bad, why do so many priests engage in it with the little kiddies?

Mar 26 10:37

At summit in Kuwait, Arab League rejects Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state

Arab leaders say they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and are blaming it for a lack of progress in the Mideast peace process.

Mar 26 10:37

FOR A FEE, YOU CAN NOW ‘TALK’ TO THE DEAD IN ISRAEL

If you’re thinking that this whole prayer-by-proxy thing sounds kind of weird — well, it’s nothing new. Thanks to Western Wall Prayers, you can now pay $38 and “a Torah scholar will pray on your behalf at the Kotel for 40 consecutive days ($95 value).” Give a “minimal donation” to a group called Protection on the Road, and “close to 2000 children in our schools will recite Tehilim(Psalms) and additional special tefilos (prayers) of protection for you daily.” Log onto SayKaddish.com, and for the low-low price of $300 rabbis in Israel will recite the mourner’s prayer for your deceased loved one three times a day, every day, for a whole year.
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Mar 26 10:36

ZIONISTS CONTINUE TO USE THE WORD NAZI

Ohio State Hillel member calls Desmond Tutu a ‘neo Nazi’ for criticizing Israel

Mar 26 10:36

POLLARD WILL ROT IN PRISON

“There are no plans to release Jonathan Pollard at the moment,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Wednesday. “Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage against the United States – a very serious crime. He was sentenced to life and is currently serving his sentence.”

Mar 26 10:33

Boeing disparu : 122 débris flottants repérés par satellite

Impossible d'affirmer catégoriquement qu'il s'agit bien du Boeing 777 de la Malaysia Airlines. Reste que les images prises par un satellite d'Airbus Défense et Espace montrent des dizaines d'objets flottants, dans une zone de 400 km² de l'océan Indien, là où l'on pense que le vol s'est abîmé. Pour en être sûr, il faut maintenant réussir à les récupérer.

Des objets d'un mètre de long, d'autres de 23 mètres... C'est ce que révèlent de nouvelles images satellites, prises par Airbus Défense et Espace, et publiées ce mercredi. Des images plus précises semble-t-il que celles communiquées auparavant par l'Australie, la Chine et la France.

Au total, 122 objets ont été repérés en plein océan Indien, dans une zone de 400 km², au sud-ouest de Perth, sur la côte occidentale de l'Australie.

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French satellite spots large amounts of debris.

Mar 26 10:30

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

A Turkish court Wednesday overturned a controversial Twitter ban imposed after audio recordings spread via the social media site implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal.

The Ankara administrative court ruled that the ban restricted freedom of expression, after the Turkish Bar Association put up a legal challenge against the government's move, saying it was without legal grounds and an arbitrary decision.

Twitter, meanwhile, said it had challenged the ban through local courts, "joining Turkish journalists and legal experts, Turkish citizens and the international community in formally asking for the ban to be lifted".

Mar 26 10:23

Kansas GOP nixes all-day kindergarten for fear it lacks ‘academic rigor,’ will be used by poor

Lawmakers in Kansas have tabled Governor Sam Brownback’s (R) election-year proposal to make all-day kindergarten care available to all.

House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) said that “[n]ow is not the year” for the initiative, which would have compelled schools state-wide to offer all-day kindergarten programs.

Conservatives also complained that all-day kindergarten programs would be abused by poor families as a substitute for day-care sans “academic rigor.”

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Opposition to this (if in fact, the state of Kansas DOES have a good kindergarten program), just blows me away, and I am reminded of that wonderful one-liner from the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid!"

And IF in fact poor families flock to this program, what is the harm in having a safe, secure, comfortable environment for these children through most of their day?

What is the harm in giving them mental "building blocks" so that that they will be learning how to learn, and that, as they get older, their abilities to pick up new skills will be easier?!?

I frankly see no downside, particularly when it comes to verbal and reading skills, and all upside.

I was enormously lucky, in terms of one family value: my parents read to me, and encouraged me to read. They also reinforced that I was going to go to college, and would graduate (which I did).

Some kids, however, are not that lucky, for a variety of reasons, and Brownback is correct when he says that the most money should be spent on early learning, to make later learning easier.

This should be a no-brainer for the Kansas state legislature; why it is not just baffles me.

Mar 26 10:22

Are the Israelis Planning Another 9-11 Using the Missing Boeing 777?

Why would Israel have a plane identical to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in storage in Tel Aviv? The plane in this photo is Boeing 777 2H6(ER) - 28416/155, an identical twin of the missing plane, which has been in Israel since November 2013. What are the Israelis doing with this plane in a hanger in Tel Aviv? Could it be part of a false-flag terror plot in the making? Where is this plane today?

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HERE is the page at planespotters.net regarding this Malaysian 777 which has been sitting in a hanger in Tel Aviv since last November. That is a very expensive piece of equipment to keep sitting around doing nothing.

Mar 26 10:06

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Obama hosts Japan-South Korea summit

North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles Wednesday, prompting a stern US reaction after President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit aimed at uniting the three nations against Pyongyang's nuclear threat.

Washington condemned the tests as "troubling and provocative", with the US State Department threatening "appropriate measures" for the violation of UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting North Korea from conducting ballistic missile tests.

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The US government will do absolutely nothing about this.

Obama is out of the country, with his domestic agenda in complete shambles, doing the only thing at which he is marginally adept; campaigning.

Expect a lot more international trips to attempt to "refocus" the rest of his uber-lame-duck presidency.

Yes, Kim jung-Un is behaving badly, and North Korea's relationship with China is getting strained, almost to the breaking point.

However, Kim Jung-Un simply wants a peace treaty to replace the half-century old armistice, which was a cesssation of war, but not a peace treaty per se, and guarantees on trade relations.

The US government has been extraordinarily disingenous in the in past, failed negotiations. Perhaps it is is time for the US to come up to the plate with an honest plan for peace, in return for North Korea's abandoning its nuclear arms program.

That would really ratchet down the tension in this region.

But of course, doing this... would be logical. And logic and American foreign policy haven't had a stable, on-going relationship for one heck of a long time.

Mar 26 09:59

Lithuania pleads for US gas exports to counter Russia

Lithuania's energy minister has called on the US Senate to speed up the export of natural gas to Europe.

Mar 26 09:58

Bank of England agrees Chinese London currency clearing hub

The Bank of England has agreed a deal with the People's Bank of China to make London a hub for Chinese currency dealing.

The memorandum of understanding, to be signed on Monday, sets out settlement and clearing arrangements for the renminbi, or yuan, in London.

The signing is expected to be followed by the appointment of a London clearing bank for yuan.

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"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 26 09:57

Fed Gov sells GM stock at 10.8 billion loss just before the recalls

The fed Gov sold the last of its holdings in GM in Dec 2013 and the recalls any lawsuits started in Feb 2014...insider trading at its best ..yes I hate GM and their defective cars and their "we dont give a shit" attitude

Mar 26 09:57

Target missed many warning signs leading to breach -U.S. Senate report

Target Corp missed multiple opportunities to thwart the hackers responsible for the unprecedented holiday shopping season data breach, U.S. Senate staffers charged in a committee report released on Tuesday.

There was no indication the No. 3 U.S. retailer responded to warnings that malware was being installed on Target's system. Other automated warnings the company ignored revealed how the attackers would carry data out of Target's network, according to the report.

Mar 26 09:55

Ukraine wants closer military ties with U.S. and NATO after Crimea annexation

Ukraine’s acting president asked parliamentary approval on Wednesday for a set of military exercises with NATO partners that would put US troops in direct proximity with Russia’s forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov’s request came as the chief of Russia’s general staff announced in Moscow that his forces were now in full control of all 193 military bases Ukraine had in the Black Sea region prior to its seizure by Kremlin forces at the start of the month.

Turchynov said Ukraine would like to conduct two sets of military exercises with the United Sates this summer — Rapid Trident and Sea Breeze — that have prompted disquiet in Russia in previous years.

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It appears that the government of Ukraine, with support from its US puppet masters, is attempting to do everything humanly possible to ratchet up tensions in the region rather than calm them down.

Militarily, with a financially broken government, Ukraine will have to rely heavily on US and NATO for quite some time to come.

Mar 26 09:47

Turkey Vs. Syria: NATO’s Last Gasp?

Turkey’s downing of a Syrian plane it knew was targeting militants it is intentionally harboring within its territory is problematic for several reasons.

First, these militants crossing over into Syria from Turkey are openly identified as Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra front by the above mentioned Reuters report - Al Nusra being a designated terrorist organization by the US State Department itself, thus making the Turkish government guilty of violating both US and international law.

Mar 26 09:39

Media Whoop Up Stampede to Cold War, Hot War, Whatever

f American media seem filled these days with bellicose, jingoistic, uniform perspectives on a new Cold War, that’s probably because so many news outlets can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to framing new events in the tired terms of the last generation’s ingrained propaganda. At a time that needs fresh contemplation, even people like Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW! are talking about recent events in and around Ukraine as having “sparked the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War,” or words to more extreme effect.

Mar 26 09:38

Obama says Russia's energy sector could be target of new sanctions

President Obama threatened a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, this time aimed at the country’s energy sector.

Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Council of the European Union, said the crisis in Ukraine underscored Europe’s need to become less dependent on Russia’s rich energy sources.

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"Really; you should buy all of your oil and gas from the United States! and, and, and, pay for it ONLY in US dollars! That is the way it is supposed to be!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 26 09:32

Warming Interruptus: Causes For The Pause

What is the reason for the lack of warming observed at the surface of the Earth since about 1997? Many causes have been proposed, and with increasing frequency, but most only represent partial explanations. There are clearly more putative causes than can possibly be the case.

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Proper scientific method is that when the real world does not match the predictions produced by a theory, then the theory is wrong and needs to be discarded. Back in 2000, the promoters of Human-Caused Global Warming were making predictions that snow would be a thing of the past, Greenland would lose all of its ice in just 20 years, polar bears would all drown, etc.

It is fairly obvious that the real world has not matched those predictions. Proper scientific procedure would be to look at the theory of Human-Caused Global Warming as clearly invalid, discard it, and go back to the drawing board.

Except that Human-Caused Global Warming was never science. It is a political agenda, devised to extract money from the masses by forced purchases of carbon credits and carbon taxes. Those who created this mythical crisis of Human-Caused Global Warming expect to profit handsomely from it, and are not about to let a little thing like a cooling planet get in their way. Hence a desperate and pathetic attempt to somehow explain how their cherished Human-Caused Global Warming somehow creates colder weather!

This is not unlike the situation in the 16th Century when the church promoted their theory of a universe centered on an unmoving Earth. But the observed motion of the planets in the night sky did not match the predictions derived from the Geocentric model of the solar system. But scientists, afraid of the church's disapproval, refused to question the primary assumption of an Earth-centered universe. After all, Galileo had been tortured and Giordano Bruno burned at the stake for daring to suggest the theory of an Earth-centered universe was incorrect. So scientists created the concept of the "Epicycle"; a wildly fanciful idea of invisible wheels within wheels on which the planets hang to explain their odd motions. Entire academic careers and university departments were built on studying epicycles. In the end, those who questioned whether the Earth was the center of the solar system were proven right, and all those who hid behind epicycles became the laughing stocks of history.

The same appears to be happening with Human-Caused Global Warming. To question the primary assumption, while no longer punched with the rack and the stake, often results in loss of funding and tenure, and ridicule in the corporate media. And most scientists supporting Human-Caused Global Warming, like their brethren who supported epicycles, simply lack the courage to challenge the primary assumption enforced by the orthodoxy, and continue to invent ever more fanciful explanations of why we should go on believing the dogma even when the real world observations fail to line up with it.

Mar 26 09:15

White House offers extension on completing Obamacare enrollment

The Obama administration plans to allow consumers to complete enrollment for health insurance under Obamacare after next week's deadline as long as they declare that they started the process before the end of the month.

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Mar 26 08:57

America's Book Of Secrets

Back for an exciting third season, America’s Book of Secrets on H2™ goes deeper, farther and wider than ever in its unceasing effort to bring viewers the truth behind today’s most shocking headlines. From the facts behind the NSA spying scandals (“Big Brother”) and the Boston Bombings (“American Terrorists”) to America’s secret prisons, Scientology, the Gold conspiracy and America’s doomsday plans, this thought-provoking informational series features in-depth interviews with top journalists, law enforcement officials and even whistleblowers. It gets past the spin and straight to the heart of what everyone needs to know, whether the government wants you to or not.

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TODAY'S RADIO SHOW GUEST IS KEVIN BURNS, THE CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "AMERICA'S BOOK OF SECRETS."

There will be some interesting inside information about the upcoming season! :)

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Mar 26 08:52

US set to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard: Israeli army radio

The United States is set to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to save the so-called peace talks between Palestinian Authority (PA) and Tel Aviv, reports in the Israeli news media say.

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Washington is worried about their "street cred" if they don't stand up to Russia, but every time they grovel to Israel, the world sees the US Government as clearly lacking in spine.

To recap. Pollard stole (among other things) secrets related to the US Nuclear Deterrent, including where US missiles were targeted inside the USSR, and sold that information to Israel. Israel, our supposed only friend in the Middle East turned around and traded that information to the USSR in exchange for increased emigration quotas for Russian Jews.

Had a nuclear WW3 started at that moment, the USSR would have won.

When the Rosenbergs gave the USSR the secret to the Atomic Bomb, they were executed. How is it that Pollard is treated with such kid gloves for just as serious a betrayal?

Mar 26 08:47

Judging Obamacare state by state

Earlier this month the Department of Health and Human Services announced that more than five million people had selected plans on the public insurance exchanges, a sign that the pace of enrollments is quickening as the March 31 deadline for choosing a plan approaches. But a look at the exchanges during the last month of the sign-up period shows that the enrollment picture isn’t equal across the map. “A handful of states have done great,” says Katherine Hempstead, the senior program officer for the coverage team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy dedicated to health care. “But there are some states that are really not getting much traction at all.”

Mar 26 08:46

Remember the missing Obamacare "back-end?" Yeah, HHS still hasn't built that

The website works. Sometimes. And the deadline for signing up is rapidly approaching. Again. But there's one big piece of Obamacare that's still missing.

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Mar 26 08:38

NASA forks over $71 million to Russia for upcoming Soyuz ride

As U.S.-Russia relations sour over the Crimea crisis, NASA is forking over $71 million to send an American astronaut to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft on Tuesday night.

NASA says that astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev will join Commander Koichi Wakata and Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mikhail Tyurin aboard the ISS. The cost of Swanson’s seat aboard the Soyuz spacecraft — $70.7 million.

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Obama is the first US President to preside over a United States that does not have a manned space capability since Eisenhower. He felt it was more important to spend YOUR tax money on Israel, propping up Wall Street, covertly overthrowing foreign governments, and outright war on the rest.

Mar 26 08:33

Dolan Co. Files Bankruptcy to Cut Foreclosure Unit Debt

Dolan Co. (DOLN), a provider of legal-support services and publishing, filed for bankruptcy after agreeing to be taken over by lenders to cut debt linked to its former mortgage foreclosure-processing business.

The Minneapolis-based company listed debt of $185.9 million and assets of $236.2 million as of Sept. 30 in a Chapter 11 petition filed today in Wilmington, Delaware.

“This reorganization step is necessary to unlock these current businesses from the weight of debt principally associated with its previous mortgage foreclosure processing businesses,” Kevin Nystrom, Dolan’s chief restructuring officer, said in a March 20 statement.

Mar 26 08:12

Live: Satellite spots objects, Australia says no debris of MH370 found

After another day of search, Australian aircraft searching for debris of the missing Malaysian jet has said that it has found no signs of debris yet.

The Staits Times quotes the last statement from an Australian pilot as saying that they found the weather was good but had no findings other than "mammal activity".

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"But we found this old lady says she's Amelia Earhart!"

Mar 26 08:09

WhatsApp Founder Fled USSR for 'Anti-Semitism', Laments Communist Spying, yet spies, records & surveils WhatsApp users

In a video interview which can be viewed at the Forward Daily Jewish Newspaper article, 'WhatsApp Founder Jan Koum's Jewish Rags-to-Riches Tale,' 37-year-old Jan Koum talks a lot about the importance of privacy while conveniently omitting all the data that his company collects on users and their detailed terms of use.

Mar 26 08:07

'A policeman can shoot a blind man in the back and get away with it?' Fury of Taser attack victim as blundering officer who mistook his white stick for a samurai sword is let off with an order to APOLOGISE

A police officer who shot a blind man with a Taser when he mistook his white stick for a samurai sword will keep his job - and has only been asked to apologise to the man.

Colin Farmer, 64, was hit with the stun gun in Chorley, Lancashire, by PC Stuart Wright in 2012 as he walked to his local pub.

Mr Farmer, who thought he was suffering a stroke, was then handcuffed by the police constable - who was responding to reports of a man in the town centre with a sword.

Mr Farmer was not released until the arrival of another officer whom PC Wright told: 'I think I’ve got the wrong person.'

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Dear officer.

This is a Samurai Sword.



This is a white cane.

This is shit.

This is Shinola!

Mar 26 07:54

Can't Say the 'L' Word!

Right on schedule and just as we predicted, it is suddenly occurring to mainstream pundits that the right/left paradigm of the US's political structure is collapsing. What's going to take its place?

Why, a kind of libertarianism, of course.
- See more at: http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/35150/Cant-Say-the-L-Word/#s...

Mar 26 07:54

Bloomberg Writer Quits Over China Coverage

Notice the "news" in the Times excerpt above. "Bloomberg declined to publish an investigative article that explored financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders."

One can only imagine the furor that would arise if one of the West's leading media instruments decided to publish a story detailing the relationship of British royalty to British business. Or if some US facility commissioned an investigative report on David Rockefeller's influence in Washington DC.

Mar 26 07:53

American Lung Association EXPOSED

It’s no secret that Pfizer is losing money on it’s failed cessation products; such as Chantix & Nicotrol. As it turns out, when your product kills your customers (500 suicides and counting), you lose customers. Q3-2013 earnings were down 15%, “amid continuing safety concerns…”

Also, the Nicotrol Inhaler is losing market share to new generation electronic cigarettes and Pfizer is scrambling to reclaim that lost market. One method has been to publicly scrutinize electronic cigarettes due to “safety concerns”, which is ironic, considering that their Nicotrol Inhaler is nearly identical in form and function:

Additionally, one well known group, the American Lung Association, has been especially active in this continued debate over electronic cigarettes and has taken a hardline stance against these harm reduction products for all sorts of different reasons – regardless of relevance or scientific evidence.

Mar 26 07:52

How Much War Does Washington Want? — Paul Craig Roberts

I doubt that the Ukraine crisis precipitated by Washington’s overthrow of the democratic government is over. Washington has won the propaganda war everywhere outside of Russia and Ukraine itself. Within Ukraine people are aware that the coup has made them worse off. The Crimea has already separated from the US puppet government in Kiev and rejoined Russia. Other parts of Russian Ukraine could follow.

In Kiev itself where the unelected, imposed-by-Washington dictatorial government resides, extreme right-wing Ukrainian nationalists, whose roots go back to fighting for National Socialist Germany, are at work intimidating public prosecutors, media editors, and the US imposed “government” itself. There is an abundance of videos available on the Internet, some made by the extreme nationalists themselves, that clearly reveal the intimidation of the imposed and unelected government installed by Washington..

In Kiev US bribes contend with naked neo-nazi force. Which will prevail?

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I disagree that Washington has won the propaganda war outside of Russia and Ukraine. At best it is a tie.

Mar 26 07:49

'Noah' hits rough religious waters on-screen

Director Darren Aronofsky has seen his share of controversy in a body of work that has included uncompromising films such as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan.

But there hasn't been anything quite like the storm that has erupted over his treatment of the Old Testament tale featured in Noah, out Friday. The maelstrom has battle-tested studio heads reaching for appropriate biblical comparisons.

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What this means is that the early test received a lukewarm response from the audience, so the PR boys are going to create a "controversy" to get people to go see the movie to find out what all the fuss is about. This is an old PR trick, and I even used it myself back in my college days.

Mar 26 07:37

Asset Forfeiture The looting of U.S. citizens

“Civil asset forfeiture has allowed police to view all of America as some giant national K-Mart, where prices are not just lower, but non-existent — a sort of law enforcement ‘pick-and-don’t-pay.”
U.S. Representative Henry Hyde

“Findings suggest asset forfeiture is a dysfunctional policy. Forfeiture programs, while serving to generate income, prompt drug enforcement to serve functions that are inherently contradictory
and often at odds with the demands of justice.”
Mitchell Miller & Lance H. Selva

Mar 26 07:36

Policing for Profit - The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Mar 26 07:33

Reconnaissance drone downed in Transnistria

A reconnaissance drone which came from Ukraine was shot down in Transnistria, a Transnistrian state security institution said, cited by ITAR-TASS.

A statement of the same institution also says that on the basis of preliminary data it was established the aircraft came from the territory of Ukraine and was set into motion by a group of individuals who [probably] were connected with the Ukrainian security service, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry or followers of Right Sector aiming at intelligence activities on the territory of Transnistria.

Mar 26 07:32

OBAMA CALLS FOR DICTATORSHIP IN AMERICA!! Communists Democrats CHEER! TREASON Caught On Video!

Mar 26 07:26

Using Metadata to Catch a Whistleblower

So what did Stanford find among all that metadata? They began with some simple, common-sense assumptions, primarily that the more calls you made to a specific place (i.e., a political group or a friend) and the longer in duration those calls were, the more significant the connection. If that same source called you back, frequently or for long durations, the connection was more or less confirmed. Mistakes could be made, but there is always some collateral damage in these things.

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It is nonsense to trust the government's claim that they are only looking at the meta-data. The Utah data facility alone has enough storage to record every single phone call made by every single human on Earth for the last 7 years!

Mar 26 07:23

Turkish army artillery pounds west Syria

Turkish army has fired several rounds of artillery toward western Syria as Ankara seeks to renew its assistance to foreign-backed militants fighting against the Damascus government.

Mar 26 07:10

Israel warships target Gaza fishermen, injure 4

Israeli warships have opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the southern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression against Palestinians continues unabated.

Witnesses said Israeli forces fired at the boats near the city of Rafah, situated 30 kilometers (around 19 miles) south of Gaza City, early on Wednesday, injuring four fishermen.

The four fishermen were shifted to nearby Kamal Adwan Hospital, where medics said they have suffered moderate injuries.

Mar 26 07:00

Warnings from Former Presidents About Who Really Runs the Show

Verified Warnings From Former U.S. Presidents About the “Invisible Government” Running the U.S. With “No Allegiance To the People”

Mar 26 06:57

Flight MH370 - Chinese vessel arrived at where French satellite spotted suspected object, found a 15m whale carcasses.

Mar 26 06:57

The staggering reality of Jewish charity in America

The Forward’s investigation has uncovered a tax-exempt Jewish communal apparatus that operates on the scale of a Fortune 500 company and focuses the largest share of its donor dollars on Israel.

This analysis doesn’t include synagogues and other groups that avoid revealing their financial information by claiming a religious exemption. But even without this substantial sector, the Jewish community’s federations, schools, health care and social service organizations, Israel aid groups, cultural and communal organizations, and advocacy groups report net assets of $26 billion.

Mar 26 06:56

Arnold Schwarzenegger accused of profiting from deforestation

Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing allegations that a £204bn investment fund that he once held a stake in is a major investor in 20 of the most well-known companies involved in the logging of the world’s rainforests.

Mar 26 06:55

Brazil scrambles to avoid power rationing as costs soar

Brazil is fighting against time to avoid crippling power blackouts and electricity rationing as a drought prevents the world's most water-rich nation from recharging its hydroelectric dams.

Mar 26 06:54

Multiple sclerosis patient 'strangled and beaten in violent gang rape' says police treated her case like it was a joke and even asked her if she was a prostitute

A multiple sclerosis patient says police repeatedly asked her is she was a drug addict and a prostitute after she reported being raped last year.

Mar 26 06:48

U.S. criticises Saudi Arabia for barring Israeli paper reporter

The White House on Tuesday criticised Saudi Arabia for refusing a visa to a journalist working for Israeli media who planned to cover President Barack Obama's visit to the kingdom.

Mar 26 06:47

Thief is mercilessly killed by irate villagers

Thiief was caught when he attempted to steal food from a poor village of fishermen, the villagers didn't spare him and he was beaten to the death.

Mar 26 06:41

Ukrainian authorities to tame Eastern regions with aid of private military company

An overseas private military company will engages in the suppressing of protest moods of the mostly Russian-speaking population in the East of Ukraine, a source at the Security Service of Ukraine said Monday

“The case in hand is Greystone Ltd. company,” he said.

The incumbent authorities in Kiev that came to power as a result of a coup believe that the Security Service branches in the eastern regions are unable to suppress the protest moods and “to neutralize” the leaders and activists of the broad pro-Russian movement here.

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Greystone is a subsidiary of Blackwater, Xi, Academii, or whatever they are calling themselves these days to escape the bad press.

Mar 26 06:39

UK professor refuses to put his name to 'apocalyptic' UN climate change survey that he claims is exaggerating the effects

A climate scientist has accused the United Nations of being too alarmist over global warming – and demanded his name be removed from a crucial new report.

Professor Richard Tol, an economist at the University of Sussex, said fellow UN academics were exaggerating climate change and comparing it to the ‘apocalypse’.

His comments are a blow to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which on Monday will publish its first update in seven years on the impacts of climate change.

Previous IPCC reports on climate impact have been plagued by errors that damaged the body’s credibility.

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Mar 26 06:26

Born into slavery

The banks have been the modern slave owners and as the saying goes, “He who owns the debt owns the people.” The way the Slavery System was imposed on us meant that even if we did end up paying off our house or our car, we never actually owned it, because our right to any Real Property ownership was given away at the registration of our birth.

Mar 26 06:23

fukushima still out of control March-2014

Mar 26 06:22

Ukraine seeks national guard, call-up of reserves

Ukraine's acting president on Tuesday called for the formation of a national guard and for the mobilization of reserves and volunteers into the country's armed forces to counter Russian military moves.

Mar 26 06:21

Six army battalions called up under emergency orders to meet growing threat on Egypt, Syria borders

The IDF has issued emergency call up orders to six reserve battalions in light of new dangers on the Egyptian and Syrian borders. And the Knesset has given the IDF permission to summon a further 16 reserve battalions if necessary, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

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Looks like everyone is gearing up for a war and all they need is a starting flag!

Mar 26 06:20

On Guard: Poland Calls-Up Army Reserves

The former Soviet-held nations are understandably a bit anxious and concerned over Russia’s recent activities in Crimea and Ukraine, not to mention the previous invasion of Georgia several years ago. This report comes out of Great Britian where Polish workers have told employers about the recent move in their home country…

Mar 26 06:19

BP Refinery Spilling Oil into Lake Michigan

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are responding to the report of an oil discharge into Lake Michigan from the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Ind.

Mar 26 06:19

State Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law

Hours after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping statute on Thursday, Annabel Melongo reflected on the 20 months she spent locked up in the Cook County Jail under the now-unconstitutional law.

Melongo said she had been ordered held on a six-figure bond typically given repeat or violent offenders for recording three telephone conversations she had with a court reporter supervisor at the Leighton Criminal Court Building about the policy for correcting a hearing transcript.

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Apparently the government can record you, but you better not record the government!

Mar 26 06:18

Israeli minister accused of sexual offense

Israel’s Minister of Energy and Water Silvan Shalom has been accused of sexual offenses committed against a female staff member, and is being investigated over the case.

Israel Police and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein have launched a probe to check the credibility of the allegations of the woman who claims that Shalom has harassed her in a sexual manner 15 years ago, when she worked for him as a secretary under the then science and technology minister.

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She waited 15 years?!?

Mar 26 06:16

Metropolitan police whistleblower 'forced to resign'

The whistleblower who revealed inaccuracies in the Metropolitan police service (MPS)'s crime figures, prompting an investigation and the withdrawal of their gold standard status for statistics, said on Monday night he had resigned as a result of his treatment by senior officers.

PC James Patrick gave evidence to a parliamentary committee that led to admissions by the police inspector, Tom Winsor, and the Met commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, that crime figures produced by the force were likely to be unreliable.

He was also subject to misconduct proceedings and faced the sack over a book he wrote, proceeds from which he said were donated to charity, pointing out problems at the Met.

Mar 26 06:16

Met chief under fire as corruption probe is branded whitewash: Hogan-Howe faces questions over why force was dismissive of claims about detective

Britain's most senior policeman will today face damaging claims that a 2012 Scotland Yard probe into alleged police corruption was a whitewash.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be questioned on why his force was dismissive of renewed claims that a notorious detective had been in a corrupt relationship with the gangster father of one of Stephen Lawrence's killers.

In 2012, it was claimed John Davidson, a sergeant who worked on the first Lawrence murder inquiry, may have helped shield Stephen's killers.

Mar 26 06:15

Fastrack LNG Deliveries to Europe Unlikely

Expedited regulatory approval of proposed US liquefied natural gas export terminals would not lead to their immediate construction nor to near-term deliveries of US gas into Europe, panelists at a Senate hearing have said, reports Platts.?

Mar 26 06:11

Turkish military pounds Syrian army bases near border

Turkish military tanks have targeted Syrian army bases in the Kasab border town, where the Syrian army has been battling numerous militant groups to secure the border.

According to Al-Alam reporter in Syria’s Latakia, a huge explosion was heard at a Syrian army base near Kasab after Turkish military targeted the area.

The explosion has been followed with Turkish military firing several other rockets at Syrian army bases, the reporter said citing military sources.

The report said, Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra front have raised their flags over several Turkish military tanks near Kasab, as a sign of having the area under their control.

Mar 26 06:10

Moscow Slams Closure of Russian TV in Ukraine

A ruling by a Ukrainian court to suspend broadcasts of four Russian TV channels in Ukraine is an attack against human rights and media freedom, a senior Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.

The District Administrative Court in Kiev ruled to suspend broadcasts of Russia's Rossiya 24, Channel One, RTR Planeta, and NTV-World in Ukraine pending hearings on a permanent ban.

Mar 26 06:09

Tripoli airport targeted in second missile attack

Another missile was fired at Tripoli International Airport yesterday afternoon, according to an Airport Authority official.

The report has been confirmed by aviation sources, who said the missile landed in an open space causing no damage.

Mar 26 06:09

Central Bank official kidnapped in Tripoli

The head of the Central Bank of Libya’s media office, Essam Al-Oul, has been kidnapped from in front of his home in Tripoli’s Salahadeen district near the old airport road.

According to his brother, three men arrived at around 3.30 pm in a BMW with tinted windows. One of them, whom the brother described as thin, short and with a beard, grabbed Al-Oul and bungled him into the car which then drove off.

Mar 26 06:08

Zionist Bullshit

It must be nice to be a member of a religion that allows, nay encourages, you to steal others people’s land and resources and feel good about it. Then, if anyone objects to your obnoxious disgusting behavior you get to label them as bigots. What a great deal. Want to be an asshole – well here comes your role model.

Mar 26 06:07

Venezuela arrests three generals for alleged coup plot

Three Venezuelan air force generals accused of plotting a coup against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro were arrested Tuesday, amid a widening crackdown on the opposition.

The unidentified generals were in contact with opposition politicians and "were trying to get the Air Force to rise up against the legitimately elected government," Maduro told a meeting of South American foreign ministers.

Mar 26 06:07

NSA, CIA, FBI sued for refusing to disclose Mandela records

Transparency activist Ryan Shapiro is suing three government agencies for failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests he filed in an attempt to uncover details about any role the United States played in the 1962 arrest of Nelson Mandela.

Shapiro — a doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a noted FOIA researcher — filed a lawsuit Monday morning in Washington, DC against the US National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Defense Intelligence Agency after his requests for details about the anti-apartheid activist were rebuked by the US government. He is already suing the Central Intelligence Agency for the same reason.

The US has long been rumored to have played an instrumental role in the 1962 arrest of Mandela, and his name remained on a government terror watch list until 2008 — more than a decade after he completed his term as the first president of South Africa after spending decades behind bars.

Mar 26 06:06

Rep. Mike Rogers Is A Liar

Rep. Mike Rogers, one of the most doggedly pro-NSA figures in Congress, is once again making claims for which he presents zero evidence and which contradict findings from the intelligence community.
Specifically, he is going on television to claim Edward Snowden is a double agent for the Russians. “Every counterintelligence official believes that,” Mr. Rogers said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press.” “You won’t find one that doesn’t believe today he’s under the influence of Russian intelligence services.”

Actually, I know of one official who doesn’t believe Snowden is working with Russian intelligence services: Rick Ledgett, the guy who leads the NSA’s task force on Snowden’s leaks. That task force, according to a Reuters report, “found no evidence that [Snowden] had help either within the NSA or from adversary spy agencies.”

Mar 26 06:05

Party over: US Secret Service agents sent home over drunken Netherlands incident

Three agents from the US secret service responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week have been sent home after a night of drinking. The incident happened just a day before the president’s arrival.

One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway by hotel staff on Sunday morning, according to the people familiar with the incident who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported the Washington Post. The hotel workers immediately alerted the US embassy in the Netherlands, which then informed senior agents on the presidential trip, including its director, Julia Pierson.

The same source added that the other two agents were also involved in the incident who “didn't intervene despite being in a position to assist the drunken agent or tamp down his behavior.”

Mar 26 06:02

Ultranationalist’s Death Signals Split Between Maidan Leaders – Lawmaker

The killing by Ukrainian law enforcement of a notorious ultranationalist wanted for war atrocities is a sign of an emerging rift in the new leadership in Kiev that illegally seized power in a coup last month, a senior Russian lawmaker said Wednesday.

March 25, 2014

Mar 25 13:47

Feinstein’s Bill to Kill Free Speech of Independent Journalists ‘Has Votes’ to Pass Senate

After fending off numerous attacks on the freedom of the internet last year, activists and independent journalists alike are now facing another hurdle that flies in the face of freedom of the press, the “Journalist Shield Law“. Image credit: davidleesf

Although the bill is being sold by the Obama administration and establishment politicians in both parties as a positive step in protecting free speech, unfortunately the name of this bill is highly deceiving. Remembering just how unpatriotic the Patriot Act was, this new law, although deceivingly named, is likely to crush freedom of speech of any journalist not on a corporate payroll. According to the AP, this is how the bill defines who a real journalist is:

Mar 25 13:31

How Much Is NSA Spying Costing In Lost Productivity?

NSA spying is costing the U.S. tech industry tens of billions of dollars. And see this and this.

It also undermines trust in U.S. companies, fellow Americans and are government. Given that trust is the foundation for a prosperous economy, this is really bad for our economy.

But there might be another big cost to mass surveillance: loss of worker productivity.

Specifically, top computer and internet experts say that NSA spying breaks the functionality of our computers and of the Internet. It reduces functionality and reduces security by – for example – creating backdoors that malicious hackers can get through.

Mar 25 13:18

Syria allows IAEA experts to visit nuclear reactor in Damascus - Amano

Syria is ready to show International Atomic Energy Agency its miniature neutron source reactor (MNSR) near Damascus but the current situation in Syria prevents the IAEA from sending its experts to the country, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"THEY ARE MAKING BOMBS! INVADE!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 25 13:01

Ships make channel test run after Texas oil spill

A test run of two ships through the Houston Ship Channel offered hope Tuesday that traffic could begin to clear on both sides of the waterway after an oil spill halted dozens of vessels in the environmentally sensitive waters along the Gulf of Mexico.

Mar 25 12:45

Flight MH370 Found? Not Quite – Now the Real Whitewash Begins.

This week Malaysian authorities made the dramatic announcement that they had finally “found” the aircraft, without any “debris sighting” . On cue, global mainstream media outlets ran continuous coverage on Monday March 24th of this week, showing footage of men looking out the window of Royal Australian Air Force P-3, looking rather intensely at a trail of smoke hanging over the water, but failed to tell viewers in many instances – that this was merely a “smoke marker placed there”, no doubt for the cameras.

Mar 25 12:44

CARBONAZI BEX ALERT - Summer heatwaves here to stay as seasons become more extreme thanks to climate change, say experts

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are not even out from the current snowstorm and already they are pushing the "scorching hot summer" crap.

Mar 25 12:33

BRICS rejects sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

The group of five major emerging national economies known as the BRICS has rejected the Western sanctions against Russia and the “hostile language” being directed at the country over the crisis in Ukraine.

Mar 25 12:05

Three Ways to Get My Sandra K. Anderson App

Keller Williams Realty Real Estate Search available on Android, iPhone, or iPad gives you access to more than 4 million homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are one week away from the end of the Keller William contest. If Sandra gets the most downloads, she will win $20,000 which will be donated to Republic broadcasting to fund our operations. And you will be entered in a drawing for $50,000.

Mar 25 11:20

FLASHBACK - Media "Distortions"

Asked to give a toast before the prestigious New York Press Club in 1880, John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Sun, made this candid confession [it's worth noting that Swinton was called "The Dean of His Profession" by other newsmen, who admired him greatly]:

" There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In light of the BBC's latest humiliation regarding fabricating stories about Syria, I decided to reprise this article from WRH's earliest days.

Mar 25 11:16

what is their plan for us?

Some people have all the luck. People in Connecticut, for example. The state cops say they’re coming for the guns. The matronly new chief says no, but the odious Lt. Paul Vance, the front man for the Sandy Hook lie factory, says it’s true and moreover, it’s un-American to oppose them in any way. Not only that: he said that he’s the master. What the hell did that mean?

Let’s say Chief Grandma thinks she’s not lying. If eighty percent of the people refuse to obey “the law,” what’s a gun cop to do? They know you’ve got an “illegal” rifle or magazine, they know where you live. Are they going to let it slide?

The Maryland fathead government has gotten in the act, declaring its cops are coming after 110,000 owners of previously legal rifles and magazines.

Mar 25 11:03

Obama: Well That’s Embarrassing, No One Clapped 3/25/2014

Mar 25 11:02

Either U.S. Economy Collapses or WWIII | Mike Rivero

Mar 25 10:55

RACISM SURFACES AGAIN AT NEW YORK TIMES

‘NYT Book Review’ owes readers an apology for printing blatant racism about Palestinians.

Mar 25 10:54

HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY TO HEAR THE ROLLING STONES SING FOR APARTHEID?

Tickets for the concert are to go on sale on Sunday, March 30, at 9am. The tickets cost 695 shekels ($200) for the cheapest spaces, 1,790 shekels ($515) for the “golden ring”, and 2,850 shekels ($820) for VIP seats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not planning on going.

Mar 25 10:52

The Five Biggest NSA Bombshells Dropped by Snowden

Nine months and counting... NSA fugitive Edward Snowden is still making waves. And he warns that more secrets will be revealed. Here are some of the biggest bombshells he's exposed so far. (Source: Bloomberg)

Mar 25 10:23

'They've blown off the subpoenas': Republicans prepare brickbats for Obama administration with new IRS corruption hearing

An aide to one Republican committee member said Monday that the White House and the Treasury Department were already dangerously close to causing a constitutional crisis.

'They've blown off the subpoenas,' the aide said, referring to legal demands the committee issued to the IRS on August 2 and February 14. 'If the DOJ keeps dragging its heels too, and can just get away with it, why do we have an oversight committee in the first place? It's like the White House has never heard of the separation of powers.'

Mar 25 10:12

Exotic dancers at a gentleman's club in San Diego say police officers violated their civil rights by 'taking revealing photos of them' during a raid

25 exotic dancers at a strip club in San Diego are filing a claim against police officers they say forced them to stay at the strip club against their will so they could take revealing pictures of them and their tattoos.

Ten officers on the San Diego police force raided the Cheetah's Gentleman's Club in Kearny Mesa on March 6 to 'check dancers permits' said the dancer's lawyer Dan Gilleon.

The claim says that during the check, 10 officers whose identities were not released, held dancers against their will for an hour without a proper warrant.

Mar 25 10:11

URGENT: NATO's Turkey Providing Air Support for Al Qaeda in Northern Syria

The downing of a Syrian jet by Turkey was not an isolated incident but part of a major offensive by Al Qaeda affiliated groups Jabhat Al Nusra (designated a terrorist organization by the US State Department) and Ahrar Al Sham against a northwestern Syrian-Turkish border crossing. Turkey has been supporting Al Qaeda’s attack on the Kassab border crossing, the only crossing that was still held by the Syrian military. While the AFP did report that the group involved in the attack was the AlQaeda faction Jabhat Al Nusra , this fact has not made it to any mainstream media headline.

Jabhat Al Nusra, are also actively being given safe haven by Turkey. The map below shows the Al Qaeda Camp within the Turkish border from which the attack on the Kassab border crossing came. AlQaeda militants also brazenly videotaped themselves walking right through the Turkish Kassab border gate into Syria without any harassment from Turkish guards.

Mar 25 10:10

Police release CCTV footage of the gang of teenage girls who smacked female Temple University student, 19, in the face with a brick

Philadelphia police have released surveillance video footage showing the group of teenage girls accused of assaulting a Temple University student with a brick.

The 19-year-old woman, who has declined to be identified, was walking with her boyfriend just off campus on Friday evening when a group of about 10 teenage girls began taunting them and then followed them for a block.

Police say one of the girls then struck the female student in the face with a brick while the other suspects tried to rob the student's boyfriend. The victim was left with dislocated teeth and a fractured jaw.

Mar 25 10:06

Public Service Announcement: Mass Surveillance Is ALWAYS About Crushing Dissent

500 Years of History – and 40 Years of Warnings by Top U.S. Officials – Confirms that Government Spying On One’s Own People Is Always About Grabbing Power and Stifling Criticism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not working very well this time, is it?

Mar 25 10:05

CONFESSIONS OF A TYRANT

Turkey’s Prime Minister confirms he gave the orders to shut down Twitter, claims the site was breaking Turkey’s laws.
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Turkey’s Prime Minister confirmed on Sunday that he was the one who gave theorders to shut down Twitter in the country, reports The Associated Press (AP).

Speaking at a campaign event in Istanbul ahead of March 30 municipal elections, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had given the order because Twitter was not obeying Turkey’s laws.

Previously, the Turkish government said that the telecommunications authority had blocked Twitter on court orders. However, the move came shortly after Erdogan threatened to “rip out the roots” of the website.

Mar 25 10:04

TRIANGLE FIRE ~~ 104 YEARS AND COUNTING

Mar 25 10:04

THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING TOURIST

‘Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared’: An Italian tourist’s Ben Gurion nightmare

Mar 25 10:02

No Law Requires You to Pay Income Tax, Period.

Mar 25 09:51

Flight 370 Largest Conspiracy Since 9/11

Webmaster's Commentary: 

9%? I must have more of a reach than I thought! :)

Mar 25 09:39

Consider mass fluoridation of water, says health body

Adding fluoride to water should be considered by councils in England to improve dental health, the government's public health advisory body says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While topical application of fluoride can reduce cavities, there is no evidence supporting the claim that drinking fluoride in water affects the teeth. But what fluoride in water DOES do is mildly tranquilize the population, delaying the day when mass rage erupts and the masses start marching on the banks with pitchforks and torches.

Mar 25 09:30

Obama: I'm Concerned About a Loose Nuke Being Detonated in Manhattan

"So my response then continues to be what I believe today, which is: Russia's actions are a problem. They don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan," said Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know, somewhere near that now-closed Israeli embassy, the one that NEST showed a huge radioactive spike coming from, that Israel refused to let us inspect. THAT one!" -- Official White Horse Souse.

Mar 25 09:04

Obama doubts Russian retreat in Ukraine, threatens tougher sanctions

President Obama admitted Tuesday that he doesn’t expect Russia to remove its troops from the Crimea region of Ukraine, but said the U.S. and its allies are ready to impose harsher economic sanctions if Russia seizes more territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia doesn't need to seize anything. The eastern Ukraine is going to split away from the coup d'etat government in Kiev and plop into Russia's hands without a single shot being fired.

Mar 25 09:01

JPMorgan Loses Potential Successor to Dimon as Cavanagh Quits

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Mike Cavanagh, who has served as a close deputy to Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon for more than two decades, will leave to become co-chief operating officer of Carlyle Group LP.

Mar 25 09:01

Suspect in sailor's shooting death disarmed officer to obtain weapon, Navy says

The civilian suspected of fatally shooting a sailor aboard a docked destroyer in Virginia late Monday disarmed a petty officer who was on watch and did not use his own weapon, the Navy says.

A Navy news release Tuesday said the man approached the USS Mahan late Monday night at Naval Station Norfolk and was confronted by ship security personnel. The Navy said a struggle occurred, and the civilian disarmed the petty officer, and used the weapon to fatally shoot a sailor. The news release added that Navy security forces then killed the suspect.

Mar 25 08:58

Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev

f the US State Department's Victoria Nuland had not said "Fuck the EU," few outsiders at the time would have heard of Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, the man on the other end of her famously bugged telephone call. But now Washington's man in Kiev is gaining fame as the face of the CIA-style "destabilization campaign" that brought down Ukraine's monumentally corrupt but legitimately elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Geoffrey Pyatt is one of these State Department high officials who does what he’s told and fancies himself as a kind of a CIA operator," laughs Ray McGovern, who worked for 27 years as an intelligence analyst for the agency. "It used to be the CIA doing these things," he tells Democracy Now. "I know that for a fact." Now it's the State Department, with its coat-and-tie diplomats, twitter and facebook accounts, and a trick bag of goodies to build support for American policy.

Mar 25 08:28

A Chinese Shadow Bank Bailout May Mean A Crash In U.S. Treasury Bonds

China’s economy in 2014 is remarkably similar to America’s in 2008: Both were fueled by real estate speculation, both speculative bubbles a product of cheap-and-cheerful shadow-bank financing.

And just like the U.S. in 2008, China in 2014 is looking down the barrel of a Minsky Moment: The point at which servicing debt levels becomes unsustainable, and there are no reserve cushions large enough to absorb the losses.

Mar 25 08:28

Russia may counter sanctions threat with foreign real estate ban for officials

A ruling party MP is suggesting to fast track a bill banning leading Russian politicians owning foreign real estate, claiming such a move would make the country less vulnerable to outside pressure and threats of sanctions.

Mar 25 08:27

EU Completes "Single Resolution Mechanism" for Suicidal Bail-out and Bail-in of Bankrupt Banking System

The SRM will have a Euro 55 billion bail-out fund, supposedly to be contributed by the banks over 8 years, but backed by governments in the meantime, to be used together with bail-in to carry out the EU's intention of shutting down a significant number of the 120 largest banks, bail out and/or bail-in the bad debt, and absorb these failed banks into the Too Big To Fail banks. This assumes that the coming bank crisis will be relatively small and one-by-one, rather than the reality of the pending systemic collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It does not matter how obfuscated they make it; it still comes down to looting the people to prop up that Ponzi scheme private central bank.

Mar 25 08:25

Lessons From the Little Ice Age

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The New York Times finally admits the world may actually be cooling ... but it's still all your fault!

Mar 25 08:23

Caldicott: Fukushima to be pouring radioactive water into Pacific “probably for the rest of time… forever more”

There seems to be no end in sight for this dreadful catastrophe. About 300 to 400 tons of radioactive water per day are pouring into the Pacific, have been for the last 3 years, and will continue probably for the rest of time because no one can find out where the molten cores of a hundred of seethingly hot uranium are. No one can get near them because they’re so radioactive, and the water will continue to flow over them, I guess, forever more. I can’t see any other way out of it. [...] I had the same reaction as you when two days after the tsunami and earthquake occurred [...] I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach [...] there is simply nothing anyone can do about it. And people are asking me all the time what can I take, what nutrients can I take? There’s nothing you can take to remove the radioactive elements from your body once you’ve eaten them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not only true for Fukushima, but for Hanford, Washington, and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Mar 25 08:22

NATO Can’t Be Trusted to Tell the Truth About Russia and Ukraine

The corporate media in the United States has performed its usual task of rationalizing a move toward war by characterizing Russia as a brutal aggressor, a portrayal that has used lurid comparisons to Hitler and the annexation of Czechoslovakia and the Sudetenland while ignoring past moves by NATO to confront Russia, diminish its influence over political and economic conditions in its own backyard, and slowly chip away its territorial integrity.

Mar 25 08:21

US Prepares To Provide A Billion To Ukraine As Detroit Plans Mass Water Shutoffs Over $260 Million

Either way, one thing is certain: in order to enforce the fading Pax Americana in the Ukraine, and to keep the funding to the otherwise insolvent Ukraine flowing, which as everyone knows will be first and foremost used to pay Russia's Gazprom, the US is about to send lots of money abroad. As in, not in the US.

So when it comes to priorities, whom does Putin have to thank for the billions in Western funds he is about to receive? Maybe he can start in Detroit, where the local utility is planning mass water shutoffs over $260M in delinquent bills.

Mar 25 08:15

Spanish 'Anti-Austerity' Protesters "Sick Of This System They Call Democracy"

"I'm here to fight for my children's future," exclaims one father as Spaniards rallied in Madrid against poverty and EU-imposed austerity. As Reuters reports, the largely peaceful protest later marred by violent clashes in which police fired rubber bullets. The so-called "Dignity Marches" brought hundreds of thousands to the capital with banners making it clear what their feelings about record 26% unemployment were - "Bread, jobs and housing for everyone" and "Corruption and robbery, Spain's trademark." One protester summed up the people's views of the government, "I'm sick of this system they call democracy... I want things to change."

Mar 25 08:15

Gandhi's Message 2009

Mar 25 08:13

Family surprised to learn it was Toronto cops who broke into house, removed computers

When Nahid Alikhani and her sons came home on March 18, they found the front door jammed, muddy footprints throughout the house, their mail strewn about, doors ajar and all of their electronic devices missing.

Fearing a burglary, they called 9-1-1.

“The police said, ‘Actually it was us,’” said Alikhani.

That’s when they noticed the search warrant that had been left. It was for their Markham address, but none of their names were listed. Then Alikhani spotted a name she did recognize — the son of the home’s previous owner.

Their story highlights difficulties surrounding police investigations, and obtaining search warrants while protecting personal privacy when the person police are looking for are no longer at the home being searched.

The Toronto police say the family was the victim of a sophisticated crime ring busted this week and that proper procedure was followed in lawfully entering the home.

The family sees it differently.

Mar 25 08:12

Russia denies mobilizing troops near Ukrainian border

Russia dismissed reports on Tuesday that it was allegedly mobilizing troops to its border with Ukraine after the absorption of Crimea, a former Ukrainian republic.

"Results of monitoring, which are recognized even by Ukraine, are obvious and the data speaks for itself," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, citing the recent inspection flight in Russia carried out by Ukrainian experts.

Peskov blamed the Western governments for "unfair behavior" not only in military sphere but also in other spheres.

Mar 25 08:12

Ukraine in talks with IMF for $15-20B loan package

Ukraine, its economy seriously weakened by months of political turmoil and mismanagement, is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund for a loan package of $15-20 billion, its finance minister said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of the Ukraine are up on the slave-auction block as of today, with the private central bankers all bidding!

Mar 25 08:11

Poll: Americans Want Nothing to Do with Ukraine Crisis

A CBS News poll found Tuesday morning that 61% of respondents do not believe the U.S. is obligated to involve itself in the Ukrainian crisis, almost double the 32% who do.

Slightly more (65%) believe the U.S. should not send military aid, compared to only 26% who think it should. The opposition to military aid stretched across party lines, with slightly more Democrats and Independents opposing it.

The numbers are in line with previous public opposition to involvement in foreign conflict, especially the recent civil war in Syria.

Mar 25 08:08

New Home Sales Drop To Lowest Since October, Median Home Price Below Year Ago Levels

It was only a matter of time before, as we said last month, January's reported surge in New Home Sales soared by 10% to 468K (well above the 400K then expected) would be revised lower. This just happened, when moments ago the Census Bureau lowered the January number from 468K to 455K. But what's worse is that last month's seasonally abnormal print was obviously an aberration due to the law of small numbers (explained here in detail), February's print was even worse, printing at 440K, below the 445K expected, and the lowest monthly print since September. Then again looking at the chart below shows why 20K houses up or down is absolutely meaningless in the grand scheme of things, as New Home Sales is the one category that resolutely refuses to bounce from the Depression lows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged "recovery" we are supposed to be having in this country is just smoke and mirrors, for most working Americans; nothing more.

Mar 25 08:00

China casts doubt on fate of Flight MH370

A Senior Chinese official has demanded Malaysia to turn over satellite data it used to conclude that a missing airliner has crashed in the Indian Ocean.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng told Malaysia’s ambassador to Beijing that China wanted to know exactly what led the Kuala Lumpur government to announce that the plane has plunged in the ocean.

“We demand the Malaysian side to make clear the specific basis on which they come to this judgement,” Xie said during an urgent meeting with Malaysian Ambassador Iskandar Sarudin in Beijing.

Mar 25 08:00

Canada rules out suspected case of Ebola

Canadian officials investigating a man suspected of having contracted Ebola during a visit to West Africa say it has been determined he does not have the virus.

Cailin Rodgers, a spokeswoman for Canada's health minister, said Tuesday lab testing confirmed the individual hospitalized with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever does not have Ebola.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But he does have symptoms of hemorrhagic fever.

Mar 25 07:56

Another stolen generation: how Australia still wrecks Aboriginal families

The tape is searing. There is the voice of an infant screaming as he is wrenched from his mother, who pleads, "There is nothing wrong with my baby. Why are you doing this to us? I would've been hung years ago, wouldn't I? Because [as an Aboriginal Australian] you're guilty before you're found innocent." The child's grandmother demands to know why "the stealing of our kids is happening all over again". A welfare official says, "I'm gunna take him, mate."

This happened to an Aboriginal family in outback New South Wales. It is happening across Australia in a scandalous and largely unrecognised abuse of human rights that evokes the infamous stolen generation of the last century. Up to the 1970s, thousands of mixed-race children were stolen from their mothers by welfare officials. The children were given to institutions as cheap or slave labour; many were abused.

Mar 25 07:51

S&P cuts Brazil credit rating in blow to Rousseff

Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's sovereign debt rating closer to speculative territory on Monday in a blow to President Dilma Rousseff, whose efforts to stir the economy from a years-long slump have eroded the country's finances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that S&P rated the fraudulent mortgage-backed securities as triple-A back in 2008, why is anyone listening to them pass judgements on other countries?

Mar 25 07:50

African health workers battle Ebola; suspected Canada case

Health officials in Guinea battled to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighbouring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveller returning to Canada was hospitalised with suspicious symptoms.

Mar 25 07:49

Anti-fracking activist asks court to lift ban keeping her from local hospital, grocery store

Attorneys for a 62-year-old anti-fracking activist from Pennsylvania are in court on Monday attempting to overturn a ruling that keeps their client from stepping foot in nearly half of the county she lives in.

Since October, a preliminary injunction filed against Vera Scroggins of Brackney, PA has barred the retired nurse’s aide and grandmother from being on the property of any part of Susquehanna County leased by Cabot Oil and Gas — a Texas-based energy company that conducts shale gas extraction in the region through the controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

Mar 25 07:49

1945 - US Army Brass on 'Nazi' Atrocities - 'I Swear'

In 1945, officials of the US Army, under the direction of General Eisenhower, "swore" that their propaganda film of "Nazi death camps" was true. This legendary film became the basis of much of the "Holocaust" story. It turns out, the makers of the film "swore" false oaths about its veracity. Watch and see!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The heavy assdurances of authenticity at the start of this "docuemntary" are the best reason to presume it is all total BS!

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mar 25 07:43

Ebola Suspected to Have Spread From Guinea to Liberia

Africa’s biggest Ebola outbreak in seven years has probably spread from Guinea to neighboring Liberia and also threatens Sierra Leone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Plus one suspected case in Canada.

Mar 25 07:40

The BBC's 'WTC 7 CollapsedAt 4:54 p.m.' Videos

At 21:54 GMT on 9/11/2001 the BBC announced that WTC 7 had collapsed. There was just one problem with this news: WTC 7 did not collapse until 22:20 GMT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BBC is taking a well-deserved public flogging for being caught flat-out fabricating their story about Syrian government atrocities last summer. So, it is time to look back at another case of obvious BBC deception gone wrong, which is their reporting that World Trade Center Building 7 had collapsed ... 26 minutes before it actually happened. This proves that 9-11 was a staged incident by the US and its allies, following a script, and whoever had the detonator for building 7 missed their cue by almost half an hour, and the presstitutes and whorespondents at the news networks didn't get word of the delay in time.

Mar 25 07:27

Poland Is Quietly Mobilizing Its Army Reservists

It seems the words of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen... Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation," are a little more real than some (US equity buyers) might suspect. As The Week's Crispin Black reports, at least 7,000 Polish workers in Europe have received call-up papers as army reservists in the last few weeks. Polish authorities dismiss it as "routine" but the men note this has never happened before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, this is a very alarming development.

Mar 25 07:16

No Syria talks for time being: UN-AL envoy

United Nations-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has dismissed the likelihood of a new round of peace talks on the Syria crisis at the present juncture.

“A return to Geneva is out of question for the time being because the criteria have not been met," Brahimi said in Kuwait on Monday.

Two rounds of talks recently hosted by Brahimi and held in Switzerland have made little progress toward ending the crisis in Syria.

The second round of talks between delegations representing the Syrian government and the so-called Syrian National Coalition in the Swiss city of Geneva hit a deadlock in mid-February with both sides sticking to their positions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No negotiations completely raises the possibility for outside military intervention here, which will be a lousy development for everyone, including internally displaced Syrians.

What the US absolutely doesn't want to see is Assad re-elected, and the initial election processes are due to begin shortly.

Mar 25 07:15

Media 'staged' Syria chem attack


BBC’s 'total fabrication from beginning to end' of Syria 'atrocity'; call to revoke visas for intel agents posing as reporters in NATO targets; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back.

Seek truth from facts with UK Member of Parliament George Galloway, Illinois University Professor of International Law Francis Boyle, investigative reporter John Helmer, ordinary Syrians and Ukraine covergirl - 'Julia'.

Mar 25 07:09

Scientists Condemn New FDA Study Saying BPA Is Safe: "It Borders on Scientific Misconduct"

In February, a group of Food and Drug Administration scientists published a study finding that low-level exposure to the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA) is safe. The media, the chemical industry, and FDA officials touted this as evidence that long-standing concerns about the health effects of BPA were unfounded. ("BPA Is A-Okay, Says FDA," read one Forbes headline.) But, behind the scenes, a dozen leading academic scientists who had been working with the FDA on a related project were fuming over the study's release—partly because they believed the agency had ?bungled the experiment.

Mar 25 07:05

ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash

Early versions of Ploutus allowed it to be controlled via the numerical interface on an ATM or by an attached keyboard. But the latest version shows a remarkable new development: it is now controllable remotely via text message.

Mar 25 07:03

Iran Propaganda debunked in less than 6 minutes

Mar 25 07:02

Netanyahu was wrong about Iraq having nuclear weapons

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So why would anyone listen to Netanyahu scream about Iran's nuclear weapons?

Mar 25 06:57

The 60th Anniversary of Nothing Special

2014 is the 60th anniversary of nothing special. A quick review and comparison to 1954 seems appropriate.

Mar 25 06:57

From Savile to Syria: BBC in Breach of Charter Again with Staged Panorama ‘Chemical Doc’

George Galloway, UK Member of Parliament adds, “Well, the Bush and Blair Corporation (BBC), as it became in the run-up to the Iraq war, has almost entirely lost its reputation for journalistic integrity. A full inquiry must be launched into why the BBC used a piece of material which was not just wrong but was falsified, and falsified with the purpose of propelling our country into war. That’s not what the British public pays its BBC licence fee for, so that it can be tricked into a war.”

Mar 25 06:55

Thousands of Crimeans Apply for Russian Passports

Russian authorities have received almost 30,000 applications for Russian passports from residents in the country’s newest region, Crimea, a senior migration official said Monday.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree finalizing the reunification treaty with Crimea, formerly an autonomous republic within Ukraine. Leaders in the region had refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government in Kiev that came to power amid violent protests last month, instead scheduling a referendum in which residents voted overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia.

Mar 25 06:55

Colorado House Passes Forced Vaccination Bill: One of 18 States Pushing Corporate Drugs

Parents will have little choice over whether or not to have their children vaccinated in Colorado now, due to a bipartisan measure passed by Colorado’s House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee this past Thursday. Parents who intended to claim the ‘opt out’ available in a current rendition of Colorado’s current law, due to religious or personal beliefs, will find it much more difficult to do so.

HB 14-1288, which gained traction after recent whooping cough outbreaks, will require parents to complete an online ‘education’ module and get the signature of their health care providers confirming that parents have been informed of health risks and a ‘possible detriment to the community’ if their children go unvaccinated.

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Were I a parent in Colorado, I would be seriously thinking about moving out of state right about now.

Mar 25 06:55

IP address does not constitute a person, judge rules in copyright suit

When a copyright holder – whether it be Warner Bros., Interscope records, or another media company – tries to file suit against internet users who downloaded their content without paying, they generally identify that user with their computer’s IP address. That method of using an IP as the computer’s fingerprint has been a reliable legal method since piracy became commonplace over 10 years ago.

Yet judges have become more familiar with the intricacies of piracy as time has gone on, with a number of recent rulings deciding that an IP address alone is not enough to determine whether someone downloaded something illegally. Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro has become the latest to fall on that side of the issue.

Mar 25 06:53

Monsanto package admits seeds treated with 'poison,' advises against human consumption

Images are surfacing across the internet that illustrate the true dangers associated with genetically modified (GM) seeds, as admitted by the seeds' manufacturers. The Food Warrior Network recently posted a photo of a seed package distributed by Monsanto India Limited, for instance, that warns users not to consume the seeds or use them as food, oil or animal feed, because they are poisonous.

This shocking photo is sparking controversy among many health advocates, particularly as the biotechnology industry ramps up the propaganda machine to reassure the public that GMOs are safe and no different from natural organisms. On the contrary, GM seeds are admittedly dangerous and not safe for human consumption, which means the widespread industry claim that they are substantially identical to natural seeds is wholly false.

Mar 25 06:52

Will Israel kill US empire this week?

The US empire, which might be more accurately termed the New World Order bankster empire, seems to be lashing out blindly as it enters its death spasms.

In Ukraine – as in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere – the Empire's forces are in disarray. The loss of Crimea, and setbacks in Syria, are merely the latest of many debacles. The cause of this ongoing disaster: A series of self-inflicted wounds.

The worst wounds have been self-inflicted by the Empire's lunatic fringe: the Israel-centric neoconservatives. This group, which includes both Jewish chauvinists and Christian armageddonites, is burdened by fanatical devotion to an impossible project: The maintenance of a sustainable "Jewish state" in Occupied Palestine.

Mar 25 06:51

US jazz musicians were drafted into the CIA’s MKULTRA

Here is a bit of US history that shows the reach of the CIA’s infamous mind-control program, MKULTRA.

During the 1940s and 50s, it was common knowledge that musicians who were busted for drug use were shipped, or volunteered to go, to Lexington, Kentucky. Lex was the first Narcotics Farm and US Health Dept. drug treatment hospital in the US.

According to diverse sources, here’s a partial list of the reported “hundreds” of jazz musicians who went to Lex: Red Rodney, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt, Howard McGhee, Elvin Jones, Zoot Sims, Lee Morgan, Tadd Dameron, Stan Levey, Jackie McLean.

It’s also reported that Ray Charles was there, and William Burroughs, Peter Lorre, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

It was supposed to be a rehab center. A place for drying out.

But it was something else too. Lex was used by the CIA as one of its MKULTRA centers for experimentation on inmates.

Mar 25 06:51

Here is Ukraine since the NATO Coup

Here follows a private video of the takeover of Ukraine’s Parliament by Svoboda and other right-wing groups, beating up the elected Yanukovich parliament members. In the days just after the coup a member of the Yanukovich coalition, Partia Regionov, begins a speech in Russian language. Then Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok comes to the podium and forbids him to speak the language of the “enemy.” After that begins a barroom brawl led by Svoboda against the others. Note the Svoboda MP with the long ponytail. He led the beating later of the head of Ukrainian TV 1:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrSe2Csi7i0&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Freedom lovers", MY ASTROLABE!! These are right wing thugs, who took power in a coup d'etat, pure and simple.

Mar 25 06:36

Afghanistan: Taliban militants carry out deadly attack on Kabul election office

Four people were killed when militants stormed an election commission office in the Afghan capital Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

The victims were two policemen, a provincial council candidate and a civilian, said spokesman Sediq Sediqqi in Kabul.

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"See? See? You NEED us to stay in Afghanistan!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 25 06:32

Reid, GOP Battle Over Ukraine Aid Deal

House Republican leadership aides are bristling at accusations made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday that Republican opposition to provisions in the Senate Ukraine aid package may have emboldened Russia to annex Crimea.

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Looks like the Democrats are going to use Crimea to counter Obamacare this November.

Mar 25 06:25

Navy: Sailor, civilian suspect killed at Va. base

Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the lone suspect late Monday, according to the Navy.

The suspect was a civilian who had access to be at Naval Station Norfolk, spokeswoman Terri David said early Tuesday. She said she couldn't say whether he had permission to be on the USS Mahan, where the male sailor was shot about 11:20 p.m. Monday.

No other injuries were reported, and the base was briefly on lockdown, according to the Navy. David would not describe any other circumstances of the shooting but said the scene was secure.

The Navy will release both men's names once their families are notified, Davis said.

Mar 25 06:25

Snow on Washington DC!

Today’s temperatures were about normal for the coldest part of the year. D.C. snuck past 40 degrees, but many locations were stuck in the 30s. After a record low this morning, Dulles should also tack on a record low maximum today as long as it stays under 40 degrees there. Sick of winter? You may want to stop reading, and hide indoors for the next day or two.

Mar 25 06:22

Moscow Blasts Ukraine for Risking Safety of Russian Diplomats

The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded on Monday that Kiev’s Western-backed interim government must ensure the security of Russian officials in the country following threats to their safety.

The ministry said a group of so-called Maidan activists attempted to seize a building in Kiev, which is rented by Russia as a cultural center, to use its facilities and equipment for their own purposes.

A vehicle owned by the center was stolen from the premises, but later returned, the ministry added.

“This incident was possible because the new Ukrainian authorities have lost control over the situation in Kiev and an atmosphere of legal nihilism and a total absence of authority has set in,” the Russian ministry said.

Mar 25 06:20

Was shoot down of Syrian plane linked to Turkish elections?

The first sentence of any news analysis about the Syrian plane shot down March 23 cannot be complete unless it notes that the plane was shot down one week before the March 30 local elections.

On March 24, as this article was being written, Ankara authorities had not yet released sufficient or persuasive information to the public that the Syrian plane was posing a direct and critical security threat that needed to be eliminated.

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