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My apologies for the confusion. I had been given to understand my radio show would be live today, then off Christmas and Friday, but apparently the majority of the other GCN hosts wanted today off as well, and so we are doing replays until the end of the week.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"For me, the most ironic token of [the first human moon landing] is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the moon. It reads, 'We came in peace for all Mankind.' As the United States was dropping seven and a half megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity. We would harm no one on a lifeless rock. That plaque is there still, attached to the base of the Apollo 11 lunar module on the airless desolation of the Sea of Tranquility. If no one disturbs it, it will still be readable a million years from now." -- Carl Sagan

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December 17, 2014

Dec 17 10:57

EU: Greek Defiance on Debt Would Be 'Suicidal'

A refusal by Greece to repay bailout debts would be "suicidal" for the country, the European Union's top finance official said Monday in a clear warning to the country's popular opposition.

EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici made the remarks after a three-hour meeting with conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

"The idea of contemplating the possibility not to reimburse a huge debt is suicidal ? it's not possible, you'll be in default and that's what we've been trying to avoid for years," Moscovici said.

Moscovici's two-day visit went ahead despite stalled negotiations between Greece and bailout creditors, and took place ahead of a parliamentary vote that could topple Greece's pro-bailout government this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to EU Finance Commissioner Moscovici: it sure as heck was NOT suicidal when Iceland did it. They repudiated their odious debt, threw the politicians and the banksters responsible for creating their financial mess into prison, and their economy is doing quite well, thank you very much!!

I frankly think it is a GRAND model, sir, and one that the Greeks might well think about emulating.

Dec 17 10:57

WAIT UNTIL PSYCHO GAL HEARS ABOUT THIS …

Hamas removed from EU terrorist list on technicality

Dec 17 10:56

WHITEWASHING CIA TORURE

“This is not who we are. This is not how we operate,” were the words of President Barack Obama commenting on the grisly findings of a long-awaited congressional report on the use of torture by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

But what if this is exactly who we are?

The report is difficult to read, not just because it is awfully long – hundreds of pages of a summary of a nearly 6,000-page investigation, including 38,000 citations based on the review of six million pages – but because it was most disturbing. Parts of it resemble the horror of an extremely dark Hollywood movie. But it was all real: fromrectal feeding (as in putting hummus in detainee’s rectums), to rape, to torturing prisoners to death, to blinding prisoners, to forcing them to stand on broken feet, for days. It is beyond ghastly.

Dec 17 10:55

NO NATIVITY SCENE IN DC THIS YEAR

The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene
at Capital Hill this Christmas season.

This isn’t for any religious reason. They simply have not been
able to find Three Wise Men in the Nation’s Capital.

The search for a Virgin continues.

There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.


Dec 17 10:50

NATO tactical aircraft double flight intensity near Russia, Belarus borders

Tactical aircraft of North Atlantic Alliance states more than doubled flight intensity near borders of Russia and Belarus this year, Chief Commander of Russian Air Force Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Tuesday.

“Overall number of flights by NATO tactical aircraft in regions bordering Russia and Belarus has more than doubled to exceed three thousand in 2014 against 2013,” Bondarev said.

NATO aircraft flights near Russian borders “are beyond comparison with flight intensity by Russian long-range aircraft,” the chief commander added.

The United States and NATO states have made flights of their spy planes much more intensive this year, particularly in the Baltic states. The number of flights makes 8-12 a week, the general said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because initiating a war with Russia would be one of the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid things the US and NATO could do right now, is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that they will not do so, and that is just the hard truth here.

I have seen the demonization of Russia rise exponentially in the last couple of months. Now, we see an economic war against the ruble due to the oil price collapse, courtesy of the US and Saudi Arabia, which is already putting many US oil-related companies and projects at high risk.

I would like to very politely suggest to all those inhabiting Sodom on the Potomac, that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia; and this is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous here.

Dec 17 10:33

Congress extends dozens of tax breaks

The US Senate approved a sweeping package of tax breaks, sending to President Barack Obama a bill that allows individuals and corporations to save billions of dollars on their 2014 taxes.

On the Senate’s final day of the year, lawmakers passed some 55 so-called tax extenders, deductions that expired at the end of 2013 but will be retroactively restored with the current legislation.

The Senate easily passed the measure, 76 votes to 16, after the House passed it earlier this month.

“Today’s strong bipartisan vote shows that Democrats and Republicans can come together to encourage our economy to create jobs and strengthen the middle class,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, someone get me a bucket; with that last statement by Harry Reid, I think I am about to HURL!!

This is NOT about making things better for the middle class, those precious few who still exist in the US; it is about giving everything to the large corporations which fund election cycles, period, end of discussion.


Dec 17 10:30

Iran to Australia: We warned you about the gunman

Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born self-styled cleric who died along with two of the people he had taken hostage, was being investigated over fraud charges when he fled in 1996, police said.

But Iran's deputy foreign minister for Asia and Oceania affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, said Australia ignored the guidance sent.

Dec 17 10:27

Ferguson residents torn over property destruction

Members of the Ferguson, Mo. community are reflecting on the violence that shook the St. Louis suburb just over one week ago. Despite having no connection to the death of African-American teenager Michael Brown, multiple businesses were burned, and some residents are torn over the legitimacy of these actions.


Dec 17 10:27

Cop sells T-shirts disgustingly mocking the death of Eric Garner

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – When police abuse and misconduct became a national conversation recently, police all over the country have had a great opportunity to actually connect with the public,

Dec 17 10:14

Pepe Escobar, Eurasian Integration vs. the Empire of Chaos

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. It will represent geopolitics with a human touch, knitting together small traders and huge markets across a vast landmass. It’s already a graphic example of Eurasian integration on the go. And most of all, it’s the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road,” conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What does Chinese government do to get the things it wants economically?!?

It pushes technology, and drives win/win deals.

What does the US government do to get what it wants economically?!/ It wages wars.

And what is wrong with this picture?!?

BLOODY EVERYTHING.

Dec 17 09:47

Police-owned company sells "Breathe Easy Don't Break The Law" shirts in response to popular "I Can't Breathe" shirts

A Michiana police officer and businessman is selling shirts with a slogan supporting police in response to the popular ’I Can’t Breathe“ shirts worn recently by professional and college athletes.

Dec 17 09:46

Cops killed man at Walmart, then interrogated girlfriend: "[T]he recently released interrogation video shows police were trying to force Crawford's girlfriend to say something to justify what they'd done."

After killing a man at an Ohio Walmart, police interrogated his girlfriend, accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail time and suggesting she could be on drugs, according to a video obtained by CNN.

The man, John Crawford III, was holding an air rifle he had picked up off a store shelf when police shot him. A prosecutor called the case a "perfect storm" with "no bad guys," but the family has said police used excessive force.

Dec 17 09:46

The Absurdity of The Sandy Hook Families Lawsuit Against Bushmaster Perfectly Illustrated

A lawsuit has been filed in Bridgeport Superior Court against Bushmaster, Camfour (a firearms distributor), and now-defunct Riverview Gun Sales for negligence and wrongful death in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nine of the 26 families assert the rifle was a military-grade weapon and should not have been made publicly available, as its unsuitable for hunting or home defense.


Dec 17 09:45

Delta Airlines Security Flaw Allows You To Use Another’s Boarding Pass

Delta Airlines intends to remain ahead of the competition when it comes to being on the cutting edge of technology, but even the best of intentions can result in an mistake or a flaw being discovered. Case in point, Delta Airlines’ glitch would allow you to actually access someone else’s boarding pass – without them being aware of it.

Dec 17 09:43

Truth In Berlin

The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Germany’s Family Ministry and the Berlin Senate are engulfed in an anti-Israel scandal because they provided some funding for the three-day Canaan conference that included a group that had previously hosted a speaker who called for an “end of Jewry” and claimed that “Zionists are racists.”

If anyone still harbored some remote doubts about racism and the ‘Jews only State’, such doubts evaporated last month when the Israeli cabinet approved Israel’s National Bill, a law that specifically affirms the primacy of Jews in Israel.

Dec 17 09:43

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

The Palestinians seem to be more united than ever while Israel is sinking into shtetle type fights. Seemingly, even the Jewish Lobby can’t provide the good anymore. Israeli PM has been witnessed in the last few days begging America to veto the plea submitted by Palestinian President Abbas with the Security Council to set a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Dec 17 09:41

Cadiz former Salesian college director to be tried for alleged sexual abuse of 12 children

Francisco Javier Lopez, a Roman catholic priest of the Salesian order of Don Bosco, was held by police for a month in 2013 following sexual abuse complaints from up to 30 children from Cadiz’s Salesian San Ignacio College.

Judge Miguel Angel Lopez Marchena charged the priest with sexual abuse of 12 children, between the ages of 12 and 14, and 15 counts of assault.

Dec 17 09:40

Israel criticised at Geneva meeting

A total of 126 of 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention have met in Geneva and agreed that international humanitarian law must be followed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dec 17 09:40

Israel Demands EU Return Hamas to Terror List

The EU General Court's ruling to exclude Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations has sparked a powerful protest in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Hamas a "murderous terrorist organization" and promised to continue to fight it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Plus a "Hamas" (nudge nudge wink wink) terror attack on a major European city!

Dec 17 09:36

CRISIS IN RUSSIA: Seven reasons why Obama should’ve nixed the Congressional sanctions

Nothing shows more clearly just how little Americans have learned than their foreign policies. Belligerent, trigger-happy and naive, in recent years the blundering motivation behind them has been compounded by a naked desire to prosecute energy (and other raw materials) imperialism that will satisfy the infinite greed of its dominant neoliberal franchise.

What never ceases to baffle me is the American citizen surprise when, on going abroad (and over 74% of them never do) they discover the profound degree to which US interference in other people’s affairs has made them widely loathed. It is equalled in my experience only by the inability of Germans to understand why they get poor service in Greek restaurants.


Dec 17 09:35

Over 1,000 Gun Owners Violate Washington’s I-594 - In Front Of Police!........Is This The Catlyst We've Been Waiting For?

Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington state held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation’s history, brazenly titled “I Will Not Comply.” No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.

Dec 17 09:29

FedEx's stock slumps after profit, sales disappoint

FedEx's stock FDX, -4.71% slumped 3% in premarket trade Wednesday, after the package delivery giant reported fiscal second-quarter profit and sales that missed expectations.

Dec 17 09:28

Utah Demands Feds Surrender Lands by Dec. 31

With the federal government engaged in a de facto unconstitutional occupation of some two thirds of Utah’s territory, citizens of the state and their elected representatives have had just about enough. So, on December 31, the State of Utah is formally demanding that Washington, D.C., relinquish control over more than 30 million acres of valuable land currently controlled by various federal bureaucracies.

Dec 17 09:27

Flashback: Court Rules You Can Be 'Too Smart' to Be a Cop

Can a person actually be "too smart" to be a cop in America?

A federal court's decision back in 2000 suggests that, yes, you actually can.

(read more)


Dec 17 09:27

Jon Stewart Rips Dick Cheney on Torture : Is He ‘Righteous Warrior or a Psychopath?’

Dec 17 09:21

European stocks slump; ruble gains as central bank steps up defense

European stocks dropped Wednesday, resuming their recent run of losses as investors wrestle with economic and political uncertainty throughout the region.

The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +0.19% fell 0.7% to 326.62, with all major sectors swimming in the red.

In Frankfurt, the DAX 30 index DAX, -0.12% fell 1% to 9,459.54. France’s CAC 40 PX1, +0.61% declined 0.9% to 4,058.65 and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 UKX, +0.11% declined 0.9% to 6,274.87.

At the same time, attention turned once again to Russia’s currency, which advanced against the dollar Wednesday following a report the Russian finance ministry has started to sell foreign currency in an effort to halt the ruble’s slide. The dollar was buying 64.674 rubles USDRUB, -15.46% compared with 67.893 late Tuesday.

Dec 17 09:16

FLASHBACK - The Calm Before The Storm: An Interview With Dr. Gilbert Levin

In a little over one month, the British built Beagle 2 exobiology lander will look for signs of extinct or extant life on the surface of Mars. Not since NASA's Viking mission 27 years ago has another search for life on Mars been attempted.

One has to wonder why since the Viking mission left behind important unanswered questions - such as: are there organic molecules from either life and meteorites laying on the surface? Or are they destroyed by the hypothetical oxidants many NASA researchers say are certainly there? One of the Principal Investigators for the NASA Viking biology team was Dr. Gilbert V. Levin who invented and built the Viking Labeled Release Experiment. His experiment tested the soil of Mars nine times at two different landing sites under different temperature regimes and environmental conditions. All his data point to microbes metabolizing a nutrient solution and giving off an indicative radioactive CO2 gas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, the Beagle 2 lander failed to communicate from the surface of Mars.


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Dec 17 09:02

OBAMA ALLOWS WEALTHY ECUADORIAN FELONS INTO US AFTER THEY MADE MASSIVE DONATIONS TO HIS CAMPAIGN

This kind of back-room dealing is completely commonplace in the Obama administration. Obama has doled out special favors to all manner of large political donors, rewarding them with everything from cushy jobs as ambassadors to countries they know nothing about to large Federal contracts to further pad their wallets.

Dec 17 08:47

Missing - the 50,000 jobless teens who have dropped off the radar

More than 50,000 people aged 16 to 18 not in education or work have “gone missing” from official statistics and are receiving no support, according to research published today.

It warned that the problem of Neets - young people not in education, employment or training - is much bigger than local authorities realises because tens of thousands of them have “disappeared off the radar”. In London alone, an estimated 15,000 youngsters have “gone missing”.

Dec 17 08:44

ACCUSED WITCH BURNED AT THE STAKE IN PARAGUAY

After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot with several arrows before being burned alive. Paraguayan authorities investigating the killing have arrested nine men in the village, all of whom have confessed to the killing and with little indication of remorse. Police have also rescued a fourteen-year-old girl who was accused of witchcraft as well.

Dec 17 08:39

Police officer won't be charged with the 4-5 pounds of marijuana found in his home.

A Richmond police officer found with marijuana in his home earlier this year likely won't be charged with a crime, authorities said, but his future on the police force is undetermined.

Dec 17 08:39

The 'Architect' Of The CIA Torture Program Says Senate Report Put His Life In Danger

The "architect" of the CIA's interrogation program, James Mitchell, accused Senate Democrats of putting his life in danger last week when they released a report detailing the program's "brutal" abuses.

Dec 17 08:38

False Flag Alert Ukraine

Eastern Ukraine:
It is well planned that Poroshenko in the next 10 days proclaims martial law for the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. It is probably pushed by the right sector.

In Kramatorsk regular Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles are equipped with Russian national emblem. The vehicles move in the direction Slavyansk. A False Flag action must be close. Finally proof of a Russian invasion to the world! What is already clear: the West "must" strike then!

Dec 17 08:37

Despite warnings of future war, Obama to impose new Russian sanctions

INSTEAD OF NEGOTIATIONS DESIGNED TO END CRISIS OVER STATUS OF UKRAINE, WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT WILL SIGN QUIETLY PASSED BILL THAT CRITICS SAYS WILL SOLIDIFY NEW COLD WAR

Dec 17 08:32

Surprise! Guess which currency has stronger fundamentals— the dollar or… ruble?

The US Federal Reserve only has a basic capital ratio of 1.26%. Talk about razor thin. (This is down from 4.5% just a few years ago)

That means if the value of the Fed’s assets declines by only 1.26%, the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve currency becomes insolvent.

Now, what happens to the liabilities of an insolvent entity? They decrease in value. Just like how Greek bonds (the liabilities of the Greek government) collapsed a few years ago.

What are the Fed’s liabilities? Open your wallet. Those green pieces of paper aren’t ‘dollars’. Just look. They have “Federal Reserve Note” (i.e. debt) printed on them.

So the Fed’s pitiful financial condition directly affects the value of the dollar over the long-term.

On the other hand, the Russian central bank’s ratio is 12.5%—literally almost TEN TIMES GREATER than the Fed.

Dec 17 08:28

Texas Could Become Even Friendlier To Gun Owners Than Ever Before!

It’s possible that one day Texas gun owners could have a tax holiday of their own.
A proposed tax holiday bill would establish March 2, which also happens to be Texas’ Independence Day, as a day in which guns can be purchased tax-free. Hunting supplies would also be tax-free on March 2.

Dec 17 08:28

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that some of the men and boys detained as terrorism suspects after 9/11 were in fact innocent

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Cheney, a staunch proponent of the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' used during US questioning of terror suspects but considered torture under domestic and international law, said that a "few" detainees were wrongfully held. However, Cheney expressed no remorse and little concern that these people were imprisoned for long periods and sometimes tortured — even to death.

Dec 17 08:27

Russia invites North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, for visit

Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of World War Two, in what would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive state in 2011, Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily said on Wednesday.

Dec 17 08:26

US war on terror is war on Israel’s enemies: Kevin Barrett

American political commentator Kevin Barrett says Washington’s so-called war on terror is actually a war on Israel’s enemies.

He made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on the US Senate’s approval of a multi-billion-dollar military spending bill that includes $350 million for Israel’s Iron Dome missile system.

“Once again the United States’ Congress has proved its absolute slavement to... Israel by voting to give 350 million dollars of the American taxpayers’ money to Israel to build its so-called Iron Dome missile system,” Barrett said.

“This is just a small part of the vast outlays that Americans are sending over to Israel. According to a Christian Science Monitor article, earlier – was it about ten years ago?! – the US has provided over a trillion dollars in support to Israel over the years,” he stated.

Dec 17 08:22

Upper House plans probe into Central Bank role in ruble crash

Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko has ordered a vote on a parliamentary investigation into the recent activities of the Central Bank and its alleged role in the worst-ever plunge of the ruble rate.

The motion was initiated by Senator Evgeny Tarlo (Tambov Region) who sits in the Upper House committee for economic policy.

“I suggest to start a parliamentary investigation into activities of the Central Bank that has allowed violations of the citizens’ Constitutional rights, including the right for property,” the RIA Novosti quoted Tarlo as saying on Wednesday.

Dec 17 08:20

Pennsylvania judge rules Obama’s immigration action unconstitutional

A Pennsylvania federal court judge ruled in a deportation case that President Barack Obama exceeded his executive powers when he announced his executive order on immigration policy.

The judge’s ruling was made in an unrelated criminal case, however, and has no consequences for the president’s action. It is unclear how much weight the ruling will hold moving forward.

"The Court holds that the Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution," wrote US District Judge Arthur J. Schwab, who was appointed by George W. Bush.

Dec 17 08:10

Total Chaos: Massive Market Moves Spark Selling-Panic Into Close

Incredible Volatility today - 100 point roundtrip in the S&P, and 800 points in the Dow - all driven by a halt in Ruble Trading, the European close, and Kuwait pissing on the US market's fireworks...

Dec 17 08:09

US, Cuba reportedly seek to normalize relations after Alan Gross released

U.S. officials say the Obama administration plans to start talks with Cuba on normalizing full diplomatic relations and opening an embassy, after American Alan Gross was released from Cuba as part of a prisoner swap.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FINALLY!

Dec 17 08:07

The Holocaust and the Myth of the Past as History

For the Jews, the term "Holocaust" does not simply denote a single catastrophic era in history, but is a grim metaphor for the meaning of Jewish history. The "Holocaust" lies at the heart of the Jewish experience of time itself. One is either anxiously awaiting persecution, experiencing persecution, recovering from it, or living in a period that is a temporary reprieve from it ... Thus the "reality" of the Holocaust is inextricably part of the myth in which it is woven -- and for which myth it serves as further confirmatory evidence for the timeless Jewish theme that the world is in conspiracy to annihilate them, one way or another, at least eventually.

Dec 17 08:04

Disturbing Video: Man films US cops beating suspect, gets arrested

Police in Colorado have arrested a man who witnessed an officer brutally punching a suspect earlier this month.

Dec 17 08:04

Police union boss flips out over cartoon showing kids telling Santa, "Keep us safe from the police"

Enter Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby.

In a scathing letter yesterday . . . McNesby demanded an apology from the Bucks County Courier Times for the cartoon.

“Surprisingly, you have at least one reader of that excuse for a newspaper you run,” McNesby wrote. “The one reader forwarded a copy of your disgraceful and highly offensive ‘cartoon.’ . . .

“There is a special place in hell for you miserable parasites in the media who seek to exploit violence and hatred in order to sell advertisements.”

Dec 17 08:04

Venezuela's Maduro: 'US Knows Where It Can Stick Its Sanctions'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. sanctions on Monday and told a crowd of supporters in Caracas that the recent police killings in New York and Ferguson were a sign of an "imperialist police state."

Sparking Maduro's comments at the rally to mark the 15th anniversary of Venezuela's constitution was legislation passed by Congress last week to impose new sanctions against the Latin American nation. The measure would freeze the assets of and ban visas for "persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes."

Speaking in front of a banner that read "Respect Venezuela," the leftist leader said that "insolent Yankees[...] already know where they need to put the sanctions."

Dec 17 08:02

Are You Really Ready for the World to be Ruled by Bankers?

Believe it or not, Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the actual U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015. Yes! They might as well had since they got everything they wanted.. Could you imagine Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives.

This is just jumping off the cliff. Not only did these people grease enough palms to repeal Dodd Frank, they are now virtually leasing space right in the Capital Building and managed to increase the donation limitation from $32,400 to $324,000. They own Congress.

Dec 17 08:00

Jewish World War I Hero Could Get Medal of Honor

Shemin-Roth believes her father was denied the highest honor because of anti-Semitism. “Now a wrong has been made right and all is forgiven,”
Note: That's it more anti-Semitism again!

Dec 17 07:59

Jim Rogers on ruble: Russian central bank doing it right

Russia's PM says emotions have been one of the main factors driving the rouble out of its comfort zone. It is now sliding a little after regaining some ground following Tuesday's shocking falls. Financial commentator Jim Rogers believes panic is a crucial factor driving the rouble down, but overall he's optimistic about Russia's plan to tackle the problem without strict capital control.

Dec 17 07:59

Online news sites to be blacked out during next major catastrophic event?

According to what I'm hearing from several sources in my network of contacts, the U.S. government is putting systems in place to black out online news sites like Natural News, Drudge Report, The Blaze and many others. A practice run that took place earlier this week in California has already achieved this result and confirmed the technical ability to make it happen at will.

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Dec 17 07:58

10 Facts That Prove “Sandy Hook Shooting” was a Hoax

The medical examiner claimed that the children were killed with the rifle. But the rifle was found in the truck of a Adam Lanza car. So who did all the shooting if the rifle was in the trunk of a car? and why would the medical examiner say that the children were killed with the rifle ?

Emily Parker’s dad was laughing and smiling right before he gave an official interview on CNN. Let me ask you a question if you lost a child would you be laughing and smiling 24 hours after the death of your loved one?

Who created the Emily Parker Fan page on Dec 14th just a few hours before the shooting. I just want to know what kind of a person makes a Facebook Fund Page while their child in in the school on a lock-down yet they still didn’t know the condition of their daughter? she was not even confirmed dead yet…. i smell BS

Dec 17 07:57

U.S. Special Forces Conducts Urban Training in North Texas

If you think you've spotted low-flying black helicopters around Downtown Dallas in recent days, you likely have.

Twitter users reported seeing blacked-out helicopters flying in low, close formations with no lights.

Our partners at The Dallas Morning News checked and found out the helicopters were taking part in preparedness training for U.S. Special Forces Monday night.

Dec 17 07:56

Amnesty fight: Obama admin tells courts they’re powerless to stop executive order

The administration warned a federal judge Monday to stay out of the debate over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, saying decisions about whom to deport fall squarely within the executive’s job description, “which this court lacks authority to review.”

Dec 17 07:56

Europe Court Pulls Hamas From Terror Blacklist

Brussels — The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

Dec 17 07:55

Western Banks Cut Off Liquidity To Russian Entities

As Zero Hedge first reported today, shortly before noon one (and subsequently more) FX brokers advised clients that any existing Ruble positions would be forcibly closed out because "western banks have stopped pricing USDRUB", over concerns of Russian capital controls.

Dec 17 07:52

Humans Started Using Fire Habitually 350,000 Years Ago, Researchers Claim

Two years ago the team at UNESCO declared the cave to have “universal value” because of its documentation of human history dating back to half a million years. The site allowed researchers to precisely document how the use of fire by humans evolved over a lengthy period of time.

Researchers examined the caves sediment layers and found that most flints were not burned in layers that were older than 350,000 years old. The flints, characterized by cracking, red or black coloration began regularly showing up 350,000 years ago. The group found small round depressions where fragments called pot lids flaked off the stone, indicating exposure to fire.

Dec 17 07:50

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” Of CIA’s Torture Techniques By Jeffrey Kaye

snip: The failure to take on the entire torture apparatus is one reason accountability for U.S. torture cannot get sufficient traction. The argument remains shackled by what the Establishment deems reasonable dialogue about torture. So one can criticize the embrace of euphemism to describe torture, or argue why waterboarding is torture, or shout loudly why the redacted portion of the SSCI’s Executive Summary of their years-long investigation should be released, but evidently it is not reasonable, that is, establishment-sanctioned via the New York Times or other media or political authority, to bring up torture beyond the terms already established.

Dec 17 07:49

ISIS’ Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS).

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a de facto NATO invasion by proxy...

Dec 17 07:46

Cuba & US exchange prisoners, Obama to announce major changes in Cuban policy

Cuba has exchanged American citizen Alan Gross for three Cubans jailed in the United States. The prisoner swap is set to be the first step in a major overhaul of US-Cuba relations.

US officials said Gross was transported on a government plane Wednesday morning after being released on humanitarian grounds, which followed a request from the White House. Gross, who had been imprisoned for five years, was viewed as a stumbling block towards improving relations between Havana and Washington.

Cuban President Raul Castro is set to address his nation about relations with the United States at 1700 GMT on Wednesday, Reuters cites Cuban state television as saying.

Dec 17 07:45

Britain’s MoD uses torture systematically

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to shake off allegations of systematic abuse at any cost, as hard evidence corroborates the British Army’s use of torture techniques.

Dec 17 07:42

New voting machines finally on horizon

In an era that increasingly relies on paperless technology, Maryland is about to revert to using old-fashioned pen and paper to elect its leaders..

The Board of Public Works is expected to approve a $28 million contract Wednesday to replace Maryland's touch-screen voting system with machines that scan paper ballots, which voters will mark with a pen or pencil.

Dec 17 07:41

Euro Crisis Deepens

James Hall
Activist Post

The alarm warnings are going off in Europe. International markets under pressure, global tensions rising and the financial system stressed to the point of breaking. Europe is ready for a relapse. It may be a very cold winter without Russian gas. Yet the technocrats in Brussels just go on their merry way in dictating the future to the vastly different societies and economies that make up the EU block...

Dec 17 07:40

Zabludowicz Foundation Boycotted Over Arms Dealing Connection

The online magazine Mute is "hosting" a call for the boycott of the Zabludowicz Foundation, set up by London tycoon Poju Zabludowicz and his wife Anita.

According to Mute, the document was initially published in the wake of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, which killed over 2,000 Gazans and over 70 Israelis. It also caused the displacement of an estimated half-million Gaza Strip inhabitants.

Dec 17 07:35

The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users

For more than a decade, a powerful app called Metasploit has been the most important tool in the hacking world: An open-source Swiss Army knife of hacks that puts the latest exploits in the hands of anyone who’s interested, from random criminals to the thousands of security professionals who rely on the app to scour client networks for holes.

Now Metasploit has a new and surprising fan: the FBI. WIRED has learned that FBI agents relied on Flash code from an abandoned Metasploit side project called the “Decloaking Engine” to stage its first known effort to successfully identify a multitude of suspects hiding behind the Tor anonymity network.

Dec 17 07:35

Worldwide Game of Thrones

The truth is that the crisis the US is drumming up is designed to cripple several economies at once, of which Russia is just one. Moreover, Russia is not as helpless as the Guardian and others want to make it appear. Russia could impose its own capital controls, among other real economic measures, that could send the whole world’s paper wealth into a tailspin.

The US government knows this but doesn’t care about the tens of millions of extras whose life savings (and livelihoods) will be wiped out in this game of thrones. Instead, behind the scenes, Congress has quietly and steadily increased the pressure, creating the economic conditions for a perfect storm in Russia (and the world) and the legal framework to bring Ukraine fully into the fold of hegemony.

Dec 17 07:35

“Questionable Police Conduct”: Report Examines Alleged NYPD Gun Planting, Judges’ Distrust Of Police

A New York Times investigation of three individuals arrested on gun charges by the NYPD has shed light on several similarities involving anonymous informants and some of the same arresting officers in each case.

The Times’ report on the three men- Eugene Moore, John Hooper, and Jeffrey Herring- is part of an outline that questions the methods of one group of police: “Taken individually, the cases seem to be routine examples of differences between the police account of an arrest and that of the person arrested.

Dec 17 07:33

Geneva Conventions invoke rights of Palestinians

The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying Wednesday the practice violates its responsibilities as an occupying power.

A declaration adopted by consensus among 126 of the 196 parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention insists that international humanitarian law must be followed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's response will be a new attack on Gaza.

Dec 17 07:32

Treasury Department seeks survival kits to prepare employees at every major bank for coming collapse

The Treasury Department is looking to buy survival kits for all of its employees who are proprietors of the federal banking system, according to a new government solicitation posted online.

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon (FB), the emergency goods and supplies are for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller and Currency -- the OCC -- which is in charge of conducting on-site reviews and audits of banks around the nation.

According to the solicitation, each survival kit contains everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets. And the government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, the solicitation says [which can be viewed here in PDF format: FreeBeacon.com].

Dec 17 07:32

Russia Contagion Spreads To European Banks : French SocGen, Austrian Raiffeisen Plummet

We recently noted the rise of counterparty risks in the financial system due to oil prices dropping (and leveraged derivative exposures) but as the Russia situation has deteriorated so dramatically this week, a renewed focus on bank exposures has sent stocks reeling (and credit risk soaring) among many European (and US) banks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only because those American and European banks were already in a fragile state ... but let's blame Russia for the mess, shall we?

Dec 17 07:32

Did CIA torture violate Nuremberg ban on human experimentation?

CIA health professionals may have committed war crimes by collecting and analyzing data on brutally interrogated detainees in potential violation of U.S. and international bans on research on human subjects without their consent, a human rights organization said Tuesday.

Dec 17 07:31

Blair Whitewash? Ex-PM Prepared To Face CIA Torture Inquiry Into UK Complicity

Tony Blair will face an inquiry into British complicity in the CIA’s torture of terror suspects. The former prime minister’s decision came to light following Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement that the probe would not be judge-led.

Dec 17 07:30

EU parliament backs compromise resolution on Palestinian state

The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle on Wednesday in a compromise motion that did not follow some European national legislatures in backing immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.

Following a deal among the main parties, the motion that was carried stated: "(The European Parliament) supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced."

Dec 17 07:30

Climate change: Beavers boost emissions with 800 million kg of methane every year

Beavers are contributing to climate change, adding an estimated 800 million kg of methane to the atmosphere every year, scientists have found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But are far too smart to fall for the carbon tax scam!

Dec 17 07:29

Americans Favor Protecting Gun Rights Over Stricter Government Gun Control Laws For The First Time In 20 + Years

On the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a poll run by the government-funded Public Broadcasting Service found efforts led by gun control groups have ultimately failed to convince the American public to surrender their Second Amendment rights.
After buttering up readers with statistics cited by Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy, which claim that “there were 32 percent fewer murders in 2013 than in 2011” in the state due to newly-imposed gun control laws, PBS gives a run down of several of the restrictions that went into effect almost immediately following the shooting, one of which is a blanket no-purchase regulation on people labeled “mentally ill” by health professionals.

Dec 17 07:28

Stocks Bounce But Credit & Crude Continue Slide

Hope abounds once again this morning. Stocks are up (albeit off their overnight highs) thanks to AUDJPY and the Ruble is 'stabilizing'. However, the two crucial factors for recent volatility - crude prices and credit spreads - continue to slump. WTI crude is back below $55 (trading as low as $54.60 this morning) and HY credit spreads have pushed back to their wides around 406bps (disagreeing with stocks modest bounce).

Dec 17 07:27

Pennsylvania judge’s amnesty ruling reverberates through other challenges

The federal judge’s ruling Tuesday that President Obama’s deportation amnesty is unconstitutional is already playing out in other court cases, with two different challengers to the new policies telling their judges to pay attention to the Pennsylvania decision.

Both Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed papers late Tuesday night in their respective challenges to Mr. Obama’s amnesty, saying the Pennsylvania judge’s ruling adds heft to their own attacks.

Dec 17 07:25

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah to Step Down

fter nearly five years of heading the United States Agency for International Development, one of the Obama administration’s most charismatic and well-liked bureaucrats is leaving his job next month, Foreign Policy has learned.

Dec 17 07:24

Charges dropped in Mrs. Lady's cash seizure case

Attorneys from Arlington, Virginia say "the most contentious civil forfeiture fight in the nation" is nearing an end.

Federal prosecutors are dropping an effort to seize nearly $33,000 from Carole Hinders, who operated Mrs. Lady's Mexican Food restaurant in Arnolds Park for 38 years. The New York Times reports the IRS became suspicious of Hinders because of a pattern of cash deposits of less than $10,000. The law pertaining to cash deposits is designed to catch drug dealers, terrorists and money launderers.

Dec 17 07:18

Joint Israel-U.S. missile test fails

JERUSALEM — A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official says an exercise meant to test an advanced missile defense system developed with the U.S. has failed.

The official said a missile was launched from the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday to test the first live interception by the Arrow 3.

The system locked and was not deployed, he said anonymously according to protocol.

Dec 17 07:16

IMF Now Ready To Slam The Door On The U.S. And The Dollar

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

As I write this, the news is saturated with stories of a hostage situation possibly involving Islamic militants in Sydney, Australia. Like many, I am concerned about the shockwave such an event will create through our sociopolitical structures. However, while most of the world will be distracted by the outcome of this crisis (for good or bad) for at least the week, I find I must concern myself with a far more important and dangerous situation...

Dec 17 07:16

NEW BANKING ORDER: SINGLE OVERARCHING EUROPEAN BANKING AUTHORITY SET FOR LAUNCH

The Single European Mechanism (SRM) will be launched over the next three months, with the aim of rescuing or winding up stricken banks with minimal recourse to taxpayers’ money. The SRM will consist of a board and a fund, and will cover banks overseen by the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) which became operational last month, and represents a concluding part of the new Banking Union.

Dec 17 07:13

Former AP Reporter: Media Does Not “Tolerate the Truth” About Israel

In a profile published today of former Associated Press (AP) reporter Mark Lavie, the veteran journalist admitted that the “‘The Media’s’ response to Israel does not tolerate the truth if it is good.”

Now retired after a 40-year career at NPR, NBC, the CBC and the AP, Lavie has become a critic of reporting generally and reporting on the Middle East specifically. As far as the state of journalism, Lavie says he didn’t leave the field, rather “it left me.”

Dec 17 07:06

Sandy Hook’s Case against Bushmaster, and Why the Gun Debate Is Already Over

Last Sunday, the families of several Sandy Hook victims came together to remember the tragic shooting that transpired 2 years ago. However, they didn’t gather to light candles and lay wreaths on the graves of their children. Instead, they’ve decided to file a lawsuit against Bushmaster for the “crime” of manufacturing the weapon used by Adam Lanza.

At least that’s how they seem to view it. The parents are arguing that since the rifle used by Lanza was originally designed for military purposes, they had no business selling it to civilians. Thus, the company that built the rifle and the dealer who sold it to the shooter’s mother are both liable for monetary and punitive damages.

- See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/sandy-hooks-case-against-bushmaster-and...

Dec 17 07:05

SILENCED Official Trailer 2014

Dec 17 07:03

Sony hit with class action suit over hacked employee info

On Monday, attorneys representing two former Sony workers filed paperwork in United States District Court for the Central District of California asking that a jury be assembled to weigh in on what could become a class action lawsuit between upwards of 15,000 current and past employees and the major motion picture company over the massive security breach suffered earlier this month.

According to the class action complaint, Sony should have been better prepared to protect against the hackers who recently pilfered troves of company data, especially in light of similar lapses suffered by the company in years past.

Dec 17 07:02

Commodity Trading Giant Exits Physical Gold Due To "Lack Of Physical With A Documented Origin"

But the biggest surprise in this story was the reason why Gunvor chose to discontinues its gold trading. Per Bloomberg, "executives decided to abandon the precious metals trading business partly because of difficulties in finding steady supplies of gold where the origin could be well documented, one of the people said."

And while we would certainly love to learn more about this problem of "undocumented" physical gold, just like that we have the most definitive confirmation yet that the story surrounding China's rehypothecated commodities scandal in the port of Qingdao which as previously reported included copper and aluminum and which mysteriously disappeared just as abruptly as it first appeared, not only also involved the precious yellow metal but never really went away, and instead what appears to have happened is that "robosigned" physical gold - or gold whose ownership traders are unable to validate - has now flooded into the global trading infrastructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the China-bashing without any mention of the problems nations are having getting their gold back from the New York Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the Bank of China!

Dec 17 07:01

President Obama’s Joke Calling Troops ‘Santa in Fatigues’ Silences Audience

President Obama was met with complete silence when attempting to make a joke in front of a group of U.S. soldiers. The response only kicked up a notch when he mentioned the C-130 military aircraft, and even then it was barely lukewarm.

- See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/president-obamas-joke-calling-troops-sa...

Dec 17 07:01

'ISRAEL MIGHT BE FORCED TO ATTACK GAZA AGAIN': ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTER

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army might be forced to attack Gaza again, said the Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Tuesday, according to the army's radio channel.

Ya'alon came together with the Israeli soldiers and told them that they need to be ready for another war in Gaza anytime, the Israeli news radio reported. Ya'alon reportedly said, "The army might be forced to attack Gaza with all its power."

Dec 17 06:58

Your all-electric car may not be so green: Researchers say electricity generated by coal plants can cause MORE pollution than simply using gasoline

'A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline.'

Dec 17 06:58

Threatened New York Times journalist ordered to appear in court - report

A federal judge has ordered New York Times reporter James Risen to appear in court to answer questions about his book on CIA efforts to subvert Iran’s nuclear program. Risen has long resisted government threats over his refusal to reveal a book source.

According to an anonymous US official cited by CBS, prosecutors will ask Risen about his 2006 book, "State of War," as well as two New York Times articles in late 2001 and early 2002.

“They will ask him to confirm that both the book and articles are accurate, as far as he knows,” CBS reported.

The Tuesday order comes days after the US Department of Justice decided not to force Risen to reveal an intelligence community source in “State of War.” Risen had been told repeatedly by the US government that he would have to offer evidence about who gave him the information, but he has refused to officially provide the name of his source, saying that it would be a breach of his civil liberties and press freedom.

Dec 17 06:57

Georgia city approves mosque following legal threats

City Council officials in Kennesaw, Georgia, voted to approve the opening of a mosque in a local shopping center, despite some opposition from local residents, after supporters threatened to sue the city for violating their religious freedom rights.

The proposal passed by a vote of 5-0, reversing a 4-1 decision against the mosque that was made in early December.

Dec 17 06:57

Russia Completely Jammed The U.S. Navy In The Black Sea And Could Have Subsequently Blown Them Away! [Validated]

As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up – or about to be – with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control.

The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft – unarmed – repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.

After that, the 4th generation destroyer immediately set sail towards a port in Romania.

Dec 17 06:55

Pentagon confirms military buildup along Russian borders for ‘peace and stability’

The Pentagon has confirmed the military buildup along Russia’s borders to ensure long-term “peace and stability” in the region. Earlier Moscow accused NATO of a sharp increase in air activity and intelligence flights in the border zone.

Replying to RIA Novosti’s query on the increased number of NATO flights around Russia's borders, a Pentagon representative told the news agency that the military presence of the alliance has increased, but all operations are carried out under utmost “transparency.”

The current efforts of the US European Command, the Pentagon official said, are in line with Operation Atlantic Resolve and demonstrate American “commitment to the collective security of NATO, the long-term peace and stability in the region”, particularly in the light of Russian “interference” in Ukraine.

Dec 17 06:54

Family of John Crawford files wrongful death suit against police, Walmart

The family of John Crawford filed a federal lawsuit claiming Ohio police officers and Walmart were negligent in his death. A grand jury failed to indict the officers involved, but video footage appeared to contradict the police’s version of events.

In the suit, the family’s lawyer argues the Beavercreek Walmart was at fault for allowing the Crosman MK-177, which resembles an AR-15 rifle, to be left unlocked on a shelf for two days. That mistake led John Crawford III, 22 years old, to pick up the gun on August 5 and walk around the store freely — an act that led to the tragic killing of the father of two young children when a shopper made a 9/11 call to which police responded.

Dec 17 06:54

Big food corporations committing massive organic fraud - investigation

Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.

Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies to hijack the organic industry by selling products blatantly in violation of strict organic standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA fails to prosecute violators due to giant corporations' lobbyists pressuring the agency to "favor their preferred industrial model of food production," according to Mark Kastel, the Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.

Dec 17 06:51

Bloomberg Foresees Russia's Demise?

Bloomberg was in full cry last night regarding a failing Russian economy. We've never seen anything like it on Bloomberg: The front page of the website carried a box on the top left hand corner filled with blaring stories.

The Collapse of Putin's Economic System
U.S.-China Economic Role Reversal Roils Emerging Markets
Russian Crisis Hits Pimco Fund Wipes Out Options as Ruble Sinks
Apple Stops Online Sales in Russia Over Ruble Fluctuation
Is the Russian Collapse Wrecking Your 401(k)?
Rate Jump Fails to Stop the Ruble Crash
Russian Stocks Drop 12 Percent
View: Russia's Problems Are Everyone's Problems

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, corporate media has been telling us that Iran and North Korea's economies are on the verge of collapse for the last twenty years and it hasn't happened yet.

This economic turmoil was started with the US-backed overthrow in Kiev last January, and accelerated by the US sanctions, and now that everything is about to implode, the rush is on to convince the world that this is all somehow Russia's fault!

Dec 17 06:50

How did a plumber's pick-up truck from Texas end up carrying an anti-aircraft gun for Islamic fighters on the front lines of Syria?

Mark Oberholtzer isn't an Islamic fighter in Syria. He's never been to Syria. And the plumber from Texas City, Texas, says he certainly would never willingly aid fundamentalist rebels. So it's hard for him to understand how his Ford F-250 pickup truck - including his logo for Mark-1 Plumbing and his phone number - wound up in a propaganda picture sent out by the extremist Ansar al-Deen Front from the front lines of the war in Syria.

Dec 17 06:48

California leaders vow to continue climate change action

California's political leaders pledged Monday to advance the state's landmark laws on climate change and fend off challenges from opponents such as oil companies..

"We're just at the beginning," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "There's still lots of skeptics and lots of deniers."

Dec 17 06:42

They are terrified of the consequences: man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind slams CIA interrogation report

The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA's program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.

"If it was torture, I would be in jail," James Mitchell said on "The Kelly File." "This thing was investigated over and over. I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law, and that all of the things we had included in that list were legal."

Dec 17 06:42

Cold War comeback: U.S.-Russia locked in high-stakes submarine drone race

The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command’s recent announcement that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle prompted an immediate rebuttal from Russia: They, too, are close to unmanned submarine drones.

Dec 17 06:41

Bosnia to join EU? Brussels backs UK-German reform road map

European Union foreign ministers agreed to give the green light to a UK-German plan to revive Bosnia's bid to join the 28-member bloc.

The troubled Balkan country, which has a fragile, stagnant economy riven with corruption, launched its bid to join the EU in 2010.

Dec 17 06:41

New Russian sanctions bill to be signed by end of week – White House

A new bill imposing further sanctions on Russia is to be signed by US President Barack Obama by the end of the week, a White House spokesman told a news briefing Tuesday.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that Obama is expected to sign new legislation this week despite preliminary concerns about its content. “I would anticipate that it would get done before the end of the week,” he said.

Dec 17 06:40

‘Human microwave’: China's controversial ray gun inflicts unbearable pain

China has presented Poly WB-1, a non-lethal ray gun that can be used for crowd dispersal, by making its targets feel like their skin is on fire. The US version of the weapon was shelved due to practical difficulties and the potential public backlash.

Dec 17 06:39

Landmark Petition Submitted to Parliament Could Launch Canadian 9/11 Investigation

An historic milestone in the 9/11 Truth Movement has been achieved by a dedicated group of activists in Ottawa, Ontario, with the presentation of a petition in the House of Commons requesting a "parliamentary review of the omissions and inconsistencies in the official United States of America 9/11 Commission Report."

This is not the first time that Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has published news on the three-year effort to present this petition to the Canadian government. Back in February 2012, we reported that the petition for a parliamentary review of the destruction of the three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, had been given to members of Parliament in the hope that they would formally present the petition in the House of Commons. However, officials were not yet ready to tackle the numerous unanswered questions about 9/11. Again, in March 2013, we reported that a renewed effort to have the petition read in the House of Commons was impeded by Ottawa MP and foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar, because he "did not agree with it." Still not ready.

A major development finally unfolded on December 3, 2014 when a Member of Parliament rose in the House of Commons "to present a petition, from petitioners in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and particularly in the Ottawa area, calling on the government of Canada to conduct a parliamentary review into the events that occurred in the United States on September 11."

Dec 17 06:36

The 'Architect' Of The CIA Torture Program Whines That His Life In Danger

Mr. James Mitchell, that fear you are experiencing is real. You brought it upon yourself. It isn't crazies and jihadists who find this behavior abhorrent. The rest of the world has judged you to be a cancer and an embodiment of evil itself.

Dec 17 06:27

Sony Hackers Threaten 911 Attack On Movie Theaters

A threatening message from the Guardians of Peace, the group responsible for hacking into and releasing more than a terabyte of Sony’s internal data so far, is alleging an attack on movie theaters that plan to screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie “The Interview.”

“The world will be full of fear,” the message, first reported by BuzzFeed, reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.).”

Which theater will show what movie isn’t usually available until just days before a release. However, the Interview, a movie about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is scheduled for a wide release this Christmas. This threat could affect thousands of theaters across the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where is the mighty NSA in all this? We have this huge spy system that cost billions of dollars, has violated the Fourth Amendment, which said spying along with torture has destroyed the reputation of the United States around the world, and for the last year that SONY knew they had an intrusion have been unable to find these hackers!

Here we are being told there is an actual threat of terror; the very reason we were told we had to accept the NSA peeking at our wives and daughters through our webcams, and the NSA has come up short.

Or maybe the NSA are the hackers, so they can say, "See? You NEED us!" after some patsy gets framed for the hack down the road!

Dec 17 06:22

VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?

Such a cyber false-flag also gives the US Government the excuse to take total control of the internet so that those pesky truth-seeking bloggers don't give the slaves uppity ideas that this is just another war-starting hoax like the attack on the USS Liberty or 9-11 or the Boston bombing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reposted in light of the claim that the SONY Hackers are planning to bomb movie theaters now.

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Dec 17 06:15

Cops illegally nailed webcam to utility pole for 6 weeks to spy on house

A federal judge on Monday tossed evidence that was gathered by a webcam—turned on for six weeks—that the authorities nailed to a utility pole 100 yards from a suspected drug dealer's rural Washington state house.

The Justice Department contended that the webcam, with pan-and-zoom capabilities that were operated from afar—was no different from a police officer's observation from the public right-of-way.

Dec 17 05:58

BEWARE: Putin The Wounded Animal

Ruble down 50%, good buying opportunity?

Dec 17 05:57

AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED DURING RAIDS TODAY IN SPAIN FOR BEING PART OF SO-CALLED “ANARCHIST TERROR ORGANIZATION”

On orders from the Spanish National Court, in an operation ordered by Judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez, the agents have raided the Kasa de la Muntanya, the historic house which this year celebrates twenty five years of activity. They busted the main entrance of the house to gain access while a police helicopter with spotlights was above the building. The twenty inhabitants of the house were able to gather in the gym while police accessed the building. At the time of the police raid, the building had two children aged five and six years. The Mossos separated one of the minors from his father on the ground floor.

Dec 17 05:23

State Rep Slams Sheriff For Defending Controversial MRAP Comments

Washington State Rep. Matt Shea slammed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for refusing to apologize for comments made by a Sheriff’s deputy in which the officer stated that MRAP armored vehicles were necessary to deal with “constitutionalists” who could pose a violent threat.

Dec 17 05:16

Layoffs begin today at The New York Times

Job cuts at the New York Times will exceed the stated goal of 100 newsroom positions eliminated, the Newspaper Guild of New York said yesterday in a memo to union members.

Dec 17 01:36

flashback: MIT to Pay Victims $1.85 Million in Fernald Radiation Settlement

Wednesday, January 7, 1998
MIT and Quaker Oats Co. agreed last week to pay $1.85 million to children at the Walter E. Fernald State School who were subjects of nutrition studies during the 1940s and 1950s as part of an out of court settlement. The students were fed breakfast cereals laced with minute amounts of radioactive iron and calcium tracers. Children were encouraged to take part in the testing with promises of gifts or trips to Red Sox games.

Fernald had been officially designated as a school for retarded children, although some of the residents at the time of the experiment were not retarded.

Following the declassification of federal records on post-war radiation experiments in 1993, a state task force investigating postwar radiation experiments throughout Massachusetts found children at Fernald were used in experiments without the informed consent of parents. A class action suit against MIT and Quaker Oats was filed by former students in December 1995.

(*Torture in the United States is nothing new .)

Dec 16 19:56

Banks loosen lending standards to levels seen before financial crisis

The largest U.S. banks, such as Wells Fargo, have continued to erode standards for some of the riskiest lending, a sign that weak underwriting is returning to levels seen before the 2008 financial crisis.

Dec 16 19:49

CONGRESSMAN: BOEHNER TRICKED ME INTO VOTING!

For a member of Congress to accuse his party leaders of lying to him, and for their aides to return the favor, is about as rare as the drama that surrounded last week’s procedural vote — a vote that led to the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.

Dec 16 19:41

Hawaii officials: Lava on course to hit shopping center with gas station in 7 to 10 days

There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about when the lava might reach the center and what it could hit. The lava could smother one structure in the complex or cover them all, he said.

Dec 16 19:35

Whitewashing a murder…

Moments before he was murdered and standing in the middle of a group of Israeli soldiers, the minister spoke live to TV reporters,

“‘This is an occupying terrorising army… we came here to plant trees. We are peaceful. No one was violent, yet we were attacked brutally by this terrorist army.’

Dec 16 19:12

Who’s Winning the Battle Over Gun Rights?

Despite the millions spent by anti-gun advocates to promote gun control, more and more Americans are now embracing their gun rights.

Dec 16 19:08

International Court OK's Trial of Auschwitz Guard for Early 2015

A German court says a 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.

Dec 16 18:37

Israel is occupied Palestine

Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.

Dec 16 17:48

Cop Was Not Fired Despite 75 Counts of Stalking and Harassment — Now He Just Shot a Mother and Her Daughter

A mother and her daughter have been gunned down in a deadly shooting incident that happened Monday night in Glenolden.

Valerie Morrow, the mother, has been pronounced dead. Her daughter suffered bullet wounds but is now recovering.

The shooter has been identified as Officer Stephen Rozniakowski, according to a report by NBC 10.

Officer Rozniakowski was an employee of the Colwyn Borough Police Department.

Dec 16 17:27

Ukrainian PM appeals to EU for immediate financial aid

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the European Union for urgent financial aid on Monday, saying the government was doing all it could to fix a shattered economy but needed help.

Dec 16 17:24

Russia's next financial option may be 'nuclear'

The Russian Central Bank has seemingly lost control of the ruble, which lost more than 20% in just hours on Tuesday. Currency interventions and interest rates both have failed to save the ruble. The next major step could be limiting the cash flow.

Dec 16 17:22

Eric “You Have No Privacy Get Over It” Schmidt says Store Your Data on Our Servers

The news of surveillance by the NSA and intelligence agency counterparts at allied nations has damaged the U.S. tech industry on “many levels,” with many Europeans now distrusting U.S. tech companies to hold on to their personal data, Schmidt said Friday at a surveillance conference at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Dec 16 17:22

“Mass sterilization”: Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic publication, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

Dec 16 17:13

The College Industrial Complex Does Not Want You To Read This

A college education used to be considered the great equalizer in which a young adult from any social class could close the future income gap regardless of the social class of origin. Unfortunately, a college education is becoming a governmental form of oppression. Step on to almost any college campus today and you will witness the beginning of the creation of generational debt slaves.

Dec 16 17:00

The German people have had it with Merkel.

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They don't agree with sanctions against Russia and they against her support of Nazis in Ukraine

Dec 16 16:42

Former Ukrainian Parliamentarian Exposes Kiev Ruthlessness

US installed fascist putschists run Ukraine. Illegitimate. Brutal. Lawless. Ruthless. Obama's new friends.

A rogue's gallery of societal misfits. Neo-Nazi thugs. Racists. Anti-Semites. Making Mafia bosses look saintly by comparison.

For the first time since WW II, overt fascists have real power in Europe's heartland. Taking full advantage destructively.

Dec 16 16:17

Killed By Police 2014

Corporate news reports of people killed by nonmilitary law enforcement officers, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method.

Inclusion implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. The post merely documents the occurrence of a death.

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Readers and members were calling for a database of police killings. As it turns out, there is already one in existence.

Dec 16 16:04

L.A. Mayor Announces Bodycams Will Be Deployed Across LAPD

LA is taking the steps to lead nation in establishing trust between community and police with deployment of bodycams. The real measure of good policing is the presence of justice bbb In a series of tweets, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that the LAPD will use bodycams departmentwide. The Mayor's office tweeted: "For last year @LAPDHQ has been field testing bodycams. Today we're announcing cameras will be deployed across department. LA is taking the steps to lead nation in establishing trust between community and police with deployment of bodycams. The real measure of good policing is the presence of justice. That's what builds trust... Connecting community & police is essential to public safety.. Mayor Eric Garcetti announces new policy of on-person cameras for police officers."

Dec 16 16:01

Germany to spend 115 million Euros on Israel warships deal

Germany will spend up to 115 million Euros on the construction of four warships worth 1 billion Euros that Israel plans to purchase, the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper revealed on Sunday.

Dec 16 15:55

Police Investigate ‘Several’ Swastikas Painted on Tufts Campus Building

Police are investigating “several” swastikas painted on the south side of a Tufts University campus building Saturday morning.

Dec 16 15:54

Sony leaks reveal Hollywood is trying to break DNS, the backbone of the internet

Most anti-piracy tools take one of two paths: they either target the server that's sharing the files (pulling videos off YouTube or taking down sites like The Pirate Bay) or they make it harder to find (delisting offshore sites that share infringing content). But leaked documents reveal a frightening line of attack that's currently being considered by the MPAA: What if you simply erased any record that the site was there in the first place?

To do that, the MPAA's lawyers would target the Domain Name System (DNS) that directs traffic across the internet. The tactic was first proposed as part of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011, but three years after the law failed in Congress, the MPAA has been looking for legal justification for the practice in existing law and working with ISPs like Comcast to examine how a system might work technically.

Dec 16 15:46

IS THE TULIP ABOUT TO BECOME THE US' NATIONAL FLOWER?

In the early 1600s, as the global economy moved from "production for consumption" into "production for profit", Dutch trading and business had become so efficient that merchants were finding themselves contracting for products that did not yet exist. The Dutch called it "Trading on the wind", a reference to the Dutch trading ships that sailed the Atlantic.

In 1636, increasing demand for newly created varieties of tulips set off a speculative cycle of ever higher prices. Tulip bulbs were bought and sold unseen. Huge fortunes (on paper) were created seemingly overnight.

Then, in 1637, the market crashed. People were ruined. The entire Dutch credit system was almost destroyed and the effects of the crash were felt across Europe.

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Dec 16 15:32

Citigroup closing 13 of its 21 Phila. region branches

Citigroup, which entered the Philadelphia market with a bang six years ago, said it will be closing 13 of its 21 branches here, with 90 positions being lost. The closings include virtually all of its suburban locations, which is part of a global strategy to focus on an urban physical footprint, spokeswoman Catherine Pulley said during an interview Friday.

Dec 16 15:31

Hundreds of police killings go unreported

According to a Wall Street Journal report, national statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation do not report 25 percent or more of police killings in the US.

The newspaper analyzed data from 105 of the largest police agencies in the country and compared the figures to the official statistics of the FBI. More than 550 killings between 2007 and 2012 were not part of the FBI totals.

Dec 16 15:17

Russia Contagion Spreads To European Banks : French SocGen, Austrian Raiffeisen Plummet

We recently noted the rise of counterparty risks in the financial system due to oil prices dropping (and leveraged derivative exposures) but as the Russia situation has deteriorated so dramatically this week, a renewed focus on bank exposures has sent stocks reeling (and credit risk soaring) among many European (and US) banks.

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Oh yes, let's blame it all on Russia! Let us forget that this whole mess was started when the US and Saudi Arabia decided to flood the oil market to drive prices down, to harm Russia's economy, and in the process, slammed the economies of every other oil-producing nation on Earth, as well as commodity traders dealing with oil. So, as it all unravels, let's put the blame on Russia!

Dec 16 15:02

Is the U.S. Government incapable of breaking free from the domination of its Zionist masters?

The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December.

As is made clear in the article by Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United States, transmitted here, at a time when European states are, hesitantly, moving toward holding Israel accountable for its crimes and taking meaningful action to end the occupation, the United States is, defiantly, moving in the opposite direction, confirming its national subservience to Israel and its continuing support (in its acts if not its rhetoric) for perpetual occupation.

Dec 16 15:00

Karma, Ukraine Style - Shell Hits Ukrainian Soldier As He Argues for Killing Civilians

A Ukrainian solider tells his fellow soliders that there are no peaceful civilians in Donetsk and that everyone there is a collaborator with the enemy. Within seconds of this utterance, which was ironically spoken in the Russian language, he gets hit by an artillery shell.

Dec 16 14:58

Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for.

Dec 16 14:57

Iran Nuclear Talks à la Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Soon after the Iran nuclear talks were recently extended for another seven months (beyond the November 22, 2014 deadline), President Rouhani spoke with the Iranian people in a televised address in which he sought to portray the inconclusive negotiations as a diplomatic victory for Iran, as an indication that his team of negotiators “stood their ground” in the face of excessive demands by the US and its allies.

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