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Apr 20 10:59

BEX Alert!!! - "Garth Brooks’ Tribute to Our Troops During the ACM Awards is POWERFUL"

Arguably one of the best moments of this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards came when Taya Kyle, widow of slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, took the stage to introduce Garth Brooks, who then came out and gave a powerful tribute to the troops that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.

Apr 20 10:52

Parent Offers Epic Response to Vaccine Homework

Sadly, this is not for Health Class! Like so many other assignments we've seen, this is for a staple class (the three Rs) but produces propaganda about an unrelated topic. We've seen this happen for math classes in story problems. In the upper right corner is the word "comprehension" indicating that this is from Reading class.

The parent would have none of it and marked a big....

SEE it here!

Apr 20 10:50

Baltimore Man Dies From Injuries Sustained While In Police Detention

The arrest, captured on video, has raised more questions about police tactics. Police say Gray was fine when he was placed in a van and transported. But his family says his spine was severed 80 percent from his neck. The question: what happened, and when. Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has promised transparency and a full investigation, but the Gray family attorney said in a statement they believed the police are keeping the circumstances of Freddie's death secret until they develop a version of events that will absolve them of all responsibility.

Apr 20 10:40

Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel?

American MSM Faking Stories Again?

In an article published on Wednesday, Engel said the kidnappers had “put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen.” According to the Times investigation, NBC knew more than it let on about the kidnappers.

Apr 20 10:29

President Obama Crushes the Marijuana Movement With 15 Words

When it comes to the polarizing debate of whether or not marijuana should be decriminalized, a slight majority of the American public continues to be in favor of legalizing the drug.

Apr 20 10:28

Depressing Chart Shows The Difference Between Income Tax in 1913 and 2015

Have you recovered from April 15th yet? Let’s hope so, because this chart is mega depressing.

The income tax officially began in 1913 after Congress passed the Sixteenth Amendment, and this nifty little chart shows how it has progressed.

Apr 20 10:06

Mainstream media FAIL: Sleazebag doctors attacking Doctor Oz have histories of criminal fraud and ties to Monsanto’s “Discredit Bureau”

The mainstream media has just been suckered by the "Monsanto Discredit Bureau" into waging an all-out propaganda war against any person revealing the very real dangers of glyphosate or GMOs

Apr 20 09:51

Arkansas Republican who gave adopted daughters away to rapist thought they were possessed by demons: report

An Arkansas state legislator and his wife believed their two adopted daughters were possessed by demons and forced them to undergo exorcisms before giving them away to a former staffer, who later raped the older girl, according to a report.
Republican Justin Harris and his wife Marshagave away the girls, ages 3 and 6, to a friend, six months after the adoption was finalized.

Apr 20 09:51

Feds Spent $410,265 Studying ‘Satisfaction’ Levels of Young Gay Men’s First Time

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $400,000 studying the satisfaction levels of the first sexual experiences of young gay men.
The four-year study, being conducted by Johns Hopkins University, is examining the “meaning and function” of first “penetrative same-sex sexual experiences.”

Apr 20 09:34

14-year-old boy from UK arrested over terror plot in Australia.

Messages found on devices linked to a 14-year-old boy from Blackburn led to a major anti-terror operation in Australia, police in the UK have said.
Greater Manchester Police said the boy was arrested on 2 April on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism.

Apr 20 09:33

Exonerated death row inmate denied compensation money.

When Glenn Ford walked out of prison for the first time in 30 years, he had a state-issued debit card for $20. His prison account had $0.24. Everything he owned fit into two cardboard boxes.

Until he was freed last March, Ford, now 65, had been one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the United States.

Apr 20 09:19

The Big Idea: California Is So Over

The water situation reflects this breakdown in the starkest way. Everyone who follows California knew it was inevitable we would suffer a long-term drought. Most of the state—including the Bay Area as well as greater Los Angeles—is semi-arid, and could barely support more than a tiny fraction of its current population. California’s response to aridity has always been primarily an engineering one that followed the old Roman model of siphoning water from the high country to service cities and farms.

But since the 1970s, California’s water system has become the prisoner of politics and posturing. The great aqueducts connecting the population centers with the great Sierra snowpack are all products of an earlier era—the Los Angeles aqueduct (1913), Hetch-Hetchy (1923), the Central Valley Project (1937), and the California Aqueduct (1974). The primary opposition to expansion has been the green left, which rejects water storage projects as irrelevant.

Apr 20 09:06

UN: Slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians is not genocide

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rejected the Pope’s categorization of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I as genocide.

Apr 20 08:57

Cook County, IL...."If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute that case,"

The Cook County state's attorney's office says it is changing the way it prosecutes low-level drug offenses, including dismissal of misdemeanor marijuana cases.

"If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute that case," office spokeswoman Sally Daly said Sunday. The program will cover people with fewer than three arrests or citations, she said.

Apr 20 08:57

Baltimore Man Freddie Gray Dies After Spine Severed in Police Encounter: Lawyer

A 27-year-old Baltimore man died Sunday a week after an encounter with police that left him with a severed spine, according to a lawyer for his family.
Freddie Gray was arrested for yet-undisclosed reasons April 12 after fleeing police on foot. It was unclear when Gray's injury occurred. His death was confirmed Sunday by the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Apr 20 08:14

In 2017, Norway will be first country to shut down FM radio

Control The Content -

Apr 20 08:10

Another Reason To Move Away From California: ‘Conditions Are Like A Third-World Country’

As if anyone actually neededanother reason to move out of the crazy state of California, now it is being reported that conditions in some areas of the state “are like a third-world country” due to the multi-year megadrought that has hit the state.

Apr 20 08:09

If anyone's still on the fence about 'Standing with Rand' watch this video

& jump-off the frigging zionist fence for christ's sake.

Apr 20 08:05

'Hookers for Hillary'

Bunny Ranch Sex Workers Announce Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton For President With "Hookers For Hillary" Initiative

Apr 20 08:05

SS 'accountant of Auschwitz' going on trial in Germany

One of the black-uniformed men on the ramp was likely SS guard Oskar Groening. Now 93, he goes on trial Tuesday in a state court in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Two of those deaths were Bohm's parents, who are believed to have been killed in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival in Auschwitz.
Note: But they tell us all the children were immediately killed. The kids in the picture look alive and well fed. More lies!

Apr 20 07:19

JADE HELM 15: ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND PUSHES BACK AGAINST ALARMIST CLAIMS ABOUT UPCOMING EXERCISE

U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other territory as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket.” The document also refers to coordination with law enforcement agencies.
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Apr 20 07:08

INSANE: Police Shoot Dog in Crowd of People During Arrest in Brooklyn

Apr 20 03:54

Robert F. Kennedy Jr on Vaccines: Big Pharma has Captured the Scientific, Regulatory, Law-making Processes

In this address given on the California Capitol steps in Sacramento Robert Kennedy Jr. provides an inspired and detailed analysis of the extent to which the powerful pharmaceutical cartel has effectively captured the nation’s scientific, regulatory, and law-making processes. Combined with the corporate news media’s dependence on drug advertising, this has put big pharma in a position where it is running roughshod over informed choice and dictating vaccine policies that have little-if-any basis in scientific research yet will greatly contribute to that industry’s already gargantuan profits.

Apr 19 22:31

Iran urges India, China & Russia to counter NATO missile system

Iran has announced its readiness to cooperate with Russia, China and India on the issue of NATO’s missile shield and related threats from the military bloc, the head of its defense ministry said in Moscow.

“I’d like to support the idea of developing multifaceted defense cooperation between China, Iran, India and Russia to counter NATO eastwards expansion and installing a missile shield in Europe,” Hossein Dehghan said on Thursday, at an international security conference in Moscow.

Hours later Dehghan was cited by RIA Novosti as saying that Russia, China and Iran may hold tri-party defense talks.

“We discussed certain aspects of regional security. It was proposed to hold a trilateral meeting of Russia, Iran and China,” Dehghan said after meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Apr 19 22:26

Conference on the Israel Lobby—Press Blackout at the Press Club

So, where were the reporters of the mainstream media? Where was C-SPAN during a week when Congress was on a holiday and their cameras were not preoccupied by Capitol Hill activities—its foremost priority? Apparently, the American people were only to see and hear the extreme views of AIPAC that do not even command the support of a majority of American Jews who do favor a two-state solution, along with a majority of Arab-Americans.

Organized by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, which was launched about thirty years ago by a British Army Officer who served in World War II and two retired U.S. Ambassadors to countries in the Middle East (wrmea.org), the day-long program at the prestigious National Press Club should have been intriguing to reporters. After all, are they not interested in important, taboo-challenging presentations on a critical dimension of U.S. foreign and military policy?

Apr 19 22:13

UK General Elections: Breakaway SNP strikes fear into Westminster parties

… but notions of independence are flawed

The SNP (Scottish National Party), under feisty new leader Nicola Sturgeon, is scaring the daylights out of Labour and Conservatives with the prospect of a strong squad of MPs marching south headed by fearsome former leader and political bruiser Alex Salmond.

Cameron or Miliband for prime minister – warmongering toff or socialist nonentity? And with whose coalition help? That’s the bleak choice for British voters.

Apr 19 22:08

Hezbollah slams Saudi's bid to buy silence on Yemen

An official of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has blasted Saudi Arabia’s bid to silence the group’s vocal opposition to its Yemeni aggression, saying Saudi money could not buy Hezbollah’s silence.

Apr 19 22:04

Saudi air strikes hit medical center in Yemen

It’s the twenty-fifth day of relentless Saudi airstrikes on Yemen. One of the latest attacks has hit a medical center in Sirwah district of the Ma'rib governorate.

Apr 19 20:21

"Holocaust Denial" Conference in London Nothing of the Sorts

London Forum one of the last bastions of free speech on controversial aspects of history and politics.

Apr 19 19:59

Signs That 'The Elites' Are Feverishly Preparing For Something Big

Perhaps all of these examples are just unrelated coincidences.

But then again, perhaps not.

Apr 19 18:34

We Spend $600 Billion a Year on Defense, but Couldn’t Stop a Mailman From Landing His Gyrocopter on the Capitol Lawn

The US military machine spends around $600 billion a year on national defense, but somehow it couldn’t stop a Florida mailman from landing his airborne protest right on the Capitol lawn. Doug Hughes arrived in a slow-moving, light-weight gyrocopter that he flew right past all the elaborate checkpoints and high-tech security monitors. His message to members of Congress: you and your institution are utterly corrupted by political money and we, the people, are coming after you.

Apr 19 14:16

Pakistan agrees to send ships to block arms shipments to Yemen rebels

Yielding to pressure from staunch ally Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has agreed to help an Arab military coalition enforce an arms embargo against Houthi rebels in Yemen and is expected to announce the deployment of navy warships to the busy commercial shipping lanes off Yemen’s coast.

Apr 19 14:04

Why Does The World Wage War Against The People Of Yemen?

Nearly the whole world, seemingly paid off by Saudi money, is waging war against Yemen.

Apr 19 13:18

The Mind is the Ugliest Part of the Body.

Simple observation should tell us that doing committing certain acts has consequences. They aren't always the dramatic consequences of justice seen to be done but... it does get done. We also should know through simple observation that certain other things have entirely different consequences, even thought they sometimes are not seen to be done... they get done. The world is as perfect as the vision of the person observing it and that does not mean that everything is beautiful and everything is fine. It's not. What it means is that the world is perfectly what it is for the outworking of its set destiny; not entirely set but... what do I know?

Apr 19 11:42

76 people accounted for 41% of all individual and corporate donations made to the political parties and other political causes in Britain over the past five years

Just 76 people accounted for 41% of all individual and corporate donations made to the political parties and other political causes in Britain over the past five years, it has been reported.

Apr 19 11:21

So you want to get out of the USSA — or EU?

For some time I have been warning of the threat of catastrophic warfare

Apr 19 11:04

North Carolina Alderman calls constituent "mixed race b**ch" in public.

Alderman Darryl Mills is facing pressure to resign after he used derogatory language to a bartender last month.
Mills made the comment to Mia Banks while she was working at King Neptune Restaurant on North Lumina Avenue.
In an interview, Mills confirmed he called Banks a “mixed breed” and used an expletive. He said he and Banks have had a bantering and teasing relationship for years.

Apr 19 11:03

Japanese population falls to 15-year low. "The number of people aged 65 or over ... now outnumber those aged 14 or younger by two to one."

Japan’s population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, the government said. More than one in four people are now 65 or older.

Apr 19 10:44

Ohio Cop Refuses to Resort to Deadly Force: 'I Wanted to Be Absolutely Sure'

A rookie Ohio cop is being praised for "great restraint and maturity" after he held off using deadly force against a double murder suspect who charged at him, his police chief said.
In a confrontation Thursday with a man accused of killing his fiancee and his best friend, New Richmond Police Officer Jesse Kidder is heard on his body-camera video yelling, "No man, I'm not going to do it!" and ordering the suspect to get down on the ground.

Apr 19 10:44

FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Apr 19 10:13

Australia ends religious exemptions to vaccinations.

Doctors will be given incentive payments so that parents stick to their children’s vaccination schedule, and the one religious exemption to vaccinations will end, as part of a push by the federal government to boost the immunisation rate.

Apr 19 10:13

FBI can’t cut Internet and pose as cable guy to search property, judge says

A federal judge issued a stern rebuke Friday to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's method for breaking up an illegal online betting ring. The Las Vegas court frowned on the FBI's ruse of disconnecting Internet access to $25,000-per-night villas at Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino. FBI agents posed as the cable guy and secretly searched the premises.

Apr 19 10:04

Twitter moves non-US accounts to Ireland away from the NSA: Twitter Inc is governed by US law, it is obliged to comply with NSA-driven court requests for data. Data stored in Ireland is not subject to the same obligation

Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats US and non-US users differently. If you live in the US, your account is controlled by San Francisco-based Twitter Inc, but if you're elsewhere in the world (anywhere else) it's handled by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland. The changes also affect Periscope.

Apr 19 10:01

More Americans favor gun rights over gun control for first time

According to Pew research, the percentage of Americans who thought gun rights were more important was only 29-34 percent during the 90s. In the 00s, that number shot up and down between the 32 and 45 percent. Around the turn of the current decade, the numbers were roughly even for several years, but in December 2014 the number of Americans who value gun rights surpassed those who prefer gun control for the first time. The numbers are currently 52 percent and 46 percent.

Apr 19 09:53

Increased Soros Destabilization through the Appearance of "Micro-nations"

The appearance of a micro-nation called "Liberland" on the Croatian-Serbian border may indicate that the provocation and destabilization specialists funded by billionaire global troublemaker George Soros have discovered that the concept of micro-nations may serve as the latest tool for the further "Balkanization" of an overly-segmented Balkan peninsula.

Apr 19 09:43

235 years later, The Hermione sails again to America

This is L'Hermione, the ship that carried Le Marquis de Lafayette from France to Boston in 1780 to help the American revolutionaries fight the Brits.

Three years before, when he was just 19 years old, he offered his services to the insurgent American army. After fighting in several battles and being wounded, he returned to France in 1779 to seek aid from King Louis XVI on behalf of the American revolutionaries. He came back with a whole army...

Apr 19 09:15

Rand Paul attacks Clinton and names the enemy of the US – 'radical Islam'

Ron Paul should have his DNA checked against Rands'!

Speaking in Nashua, New Hampshire, at the Republican Leadership Summit – where most of the declared and potential GOP candidates for president were scheduled to speak on Friday and Saturday – the libertarian-tinged candidate largely focused on foreign policy, an area in which he has been vulnerable to attack over his supposedly isolationist stance.

He named radical Islam as the enemy of the US and focused again on the Benghazi attacks of 2012 and Clinton’s role in the US response.

Apr 19 09:11

Smart meter opt-out fees rescinded in Arizona, commissioners fearing liability

Warren Woodward
Activist Post

At a meeting last Monday, and after spending an hour in “executive session” privately discussing the issue with their lawyers, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) rescinded the decision they made last December to allow APS to charge an extortion fee to people who refuse a “smart” meter...

Apr 19 08:43

Re: NEED FOR DONATIONS - MY SINCERE THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED OUT

Thanks to everyone who chipped in to help out. We are out of our current crisis with enough left over to proceed with the upgrade to Drupal 7 over the next two weeks. I sent emails to all who donated and will send paper mails to those who donate through the postal box (mail to Hawaii is slow). But just in case I missed anyone, I am posting my thanks here.









Apr 19 08:19

BEX Alert!!! - "Nazi invasion of London EXPOSED: World's top Holocaust deniers... filmed at secret race hate rally where Jews are referred to as the 'enemy' "

Nazi sympathisers, Holocaust deniers and their supporters from across the world have held a sickening secret rally in Britain at which speakers unleashed anti-Semitic rants, referring to Jews as ‘the enemy’ and ‘children of darkness’.

The meeting of the shadowy organisation will fuel fears of a growing resurgence in hatred towards Jews across Europe. The vile event was observed by a Mail on Sunday undercover team. Held in London’s Victoria, the meeting was, said experts, the most significant gathering of Holocaust deniers Britain has ever seen, with speakers invited from Spain, Canada and the United States.

Apr 19 05:37

How Oklahoma City Bombing Propaganda Effects Real Americans Decades Later

Mohammed Abdullah is a black American, U.S. Marine veteran, and convert to Islam who found something very wrong with his country's government. Abdullah, an armed guard, had come to disbelieve the U.S. government's official story regarding 9/11. He also felt a serious moral obligation to expose the lies, which blame Muslims for the attack. So he stood outside the local police dept. handing out DVDS & fliers. Soon after, the Police Dept. itself & the City Attorney filed a restraining order against him, in an attempt to ban him from all contact with hundreds of city employees. In shocking court testimony, one of the 'victims,' a female officer, justified her fear of Abdullah and his words with her beliefs about OKC and anti-government extremists. She referred to "my knowledge of incidents at Oklahoma City" and how "no one was able to do anything about it because of First Amendment rights."

Apr 18 18:34

"Members of Congress—most of whom can’t secure their own websites, and some of whom don’t even use email—are trying to force a dangerous 'cybersecurity' bill down the public’s throat

Leaders are expected to bring its much-maligned series of “cybersecurity” bills to the floor sometime in the next couple weeks - bills that we know will do little to help cybersecurity but a lot to help intelligence agencies like the NSA vacuum upeven more of Americans’ personal information. The bills’ authors deny that privacy is even an issue, but why we’re trusting Congress at all on this legislation, given their lack of basic knowledge on the subject, is the question everyone should be asking.

Apr 18 18:32

Cops Charge Man With “Destruction of Police Property” for Bleeding on Their Uniforms After They Beat Him

A black man who claims he was charged with destruction of police property for bleeding on Ferguson police officers’ uniforms during a brutal jailhouse assault asked a federal appeals court Thursday to revive his case.

Apr 18 13:37

Israel’s anti-boycott law casts shadow on judicial independence

Uri Avnery explains how political manipulation of the Israeli Supreme Court facilitated the judgement prohibiting calls for the boycott of goods produced in Jewish squatter colonies built on stolen Palestinian land.

Apr 18 12:45

Paedophiles busy practising dementia symptoms

MP for Wirral West, Simon Williams, who is one of those accused said, “My memory has become very selective, unfortunately.”

“The carers will assist me to wash and dress and point me in the direction of parliament, yet I am still able to fill in my expense forms entirely unaided.”

“It’s probably time for me to go into a care home. I’ve heard the House of Lords is very nice.”

Meanwhile, a Downing Street spokesman confirmed that David Cameron was unable to attend last night’s leaders debate after he was found wandering around Waitrose with a tea cosy on his head.

Apr 18 12:26

Another BLM standoff brewing as miners fear for “surface rights”

Armed BLM agents patrol mine

Apr 18 11:12

Putin warns Israel on possible lethal arms delivery to Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against a possible supply of lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government, following Moscow’s decision to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran.

He issued the warning in an interview aired on Rossiya 1 TV on Saturday, saying that the move by Tel Aviv would be “counterproductive” and “only cause a new round of hostility.”

“The death toll would rise, but the result would not change,” Russia Today quoted the Russian leader as saying.

The remarks came after some Israeli politicians suggested that the regime might send lethal weapons to Ukraine in retaliation for Russia’s planned supply of S-300 missile system to Iran.

Apr 18 10:31

ood Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

To date, 33 cities have adopted or are considering such food–sharing restrictions, according to the coalition, which shared with NBC News a draft of its soon-to-be published study.

Police in at least four municipalities – Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Daytona Beach, Fla. – have recently fined, removed or threatened to jail private groups that offered meals to the homeless instead of letting government-run service agencies care for those in need, the advocacy group reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I participate in a couple of food distribution programs, sponsored by two local churches; one is for state-recognised food-insecure children, and the other is for general food distribution to people who are food insecure.

Trust me, these people are not lazy in any way. Some are elderly with no local family to help them; others fall through the cracks in terms of benefits.

But I thoroughly understand that cities don't like the homeless around, because homelessness makes cities "look bad".

But there is a remarkable answer, and that is what the state of Utah (who knew?!?) is doing to eliminate their homeless problem. And it is an intelligent, and compassionate approach. As reported at nationalswell.com in December of 2013:

Utah has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 74 percent over the past eight years, moving 2000 people off the street and putting the state on track to eradicate homelessness altogether by 2015. How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000. Each participant works with a caseworker to become self-sufficient, but if they fail, they still get to keep their apartment.

I certainly wish that the folks in these cities criminalizing homelessness would take a page from Utah's example, and get things working for their homeless populations. It can be done, if there is a will to do it.

Apr 18 10:17

College Forced to Apologize for Serving Mexican Food at Sci-Fi Event Because “Racism”

An administrator at the University of California, Santa Cruz issued an apology to students after some of their peers made the “poor decision” to include Mexican food at a space-themed event on Tuesday.

Apr 18 10:12

CONGRESS IS ATTEMPTING TO REAUTHORIZE KEY PATRIOT ACT PROVISIONS BY SNEAKING IT INTO “USA FREEDOM ACT”

Yet with Section 215’s lifespan now stretching to a matter of weeks, supporters of broad surveillance powers have yet to put forth a bill for their preservation – evidence, opponents believe, that the votes for reauthorization do not exist, particularly not in the House of Representatives.

More likely, according to a multiple Hill sources, is a different option under consideration: making the major NSA reform bill of the last Congress the point of departure for reauthorizing 215 in the current one.

The bill would not abridge NSA collection of Americans’ international communications, nor prevent the NSA or the FBI from warrantlessly searching through its troves of them for Americans’ identifying information. Nor would it restrict a constellation of surveillance efforts authorized by a Reagan-era executive order. Even a recently disclosed bulk domestic phone records collection dragnet by the Drug Enforcement Agency would be untouched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leave it to Congress to do something this completely underhanded.

Apr 18 09:35

San Jose CAFR: $5.4 billion ‘pension fund’ LOSES $17 million, but pays $24 million to ‘advisors.’ Public banking, monetary reform are answers

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

The City of San Jose’s 2014 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR) reveals:

A $5.4 billion Pension Trust Fund (pg. 194) that generated $105 million income from interest and dividends (pg. 195), and pays advisors $24.4 million for investment expenses (pg. 195).
A comprehensive financial strategy of purchasing debt securities to earn interest ($58.6 million, page 195), and selling debt securities that cost interest ($98.4 million, page 201).

Therefore, this financial strategy involving a $5.4 billion pension fund cost $17 million to taxpayers and retirees (income minus interest and investment expenses) while paying the advisors to manage these “investments” $24 million.

And it might be worse than this because the CAFR is not transparent with how much debt securities cost taxpayers:

Page 201 states a $98 million interest cost, but page 85 has total interest cost for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 as $135 million.

Apr 18 09:29

"It’s easy to assume that workers earning less than $15 is a small subset of the workforce. But, in fact, 42% of all workers in the United States fit this bill. Just over half of all African Americans earn less than $15 an hour, and nearly 60% of Latinos

TURNS OUT IT’S 42% OF ALL U.S. WORKERS.
Ever since fast-food workers walked off their jobs in New York City in November 2012 to demand $15 per hour, that dollar figure has been the rallying cry of the low-wage worker movement.
The campaign has had some notable wins lately, as Wal-Mart, Target, T.J.Maxx, and McDonald’s announced increases to their minimum wages.

Apr 18 09:29

A federal judge has ruled that FBI agents went too far when they shut off Internet service to a hotel room, then posed as repairmen so they could get a peek into the room without a search warrant

FBI agents cut off Internet service to the room at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas where world champion poker player, Paul Phua, 50, was staying last July, and then claimed to be the repairmen summoned to fix it.

Apr 18 08:30

Nearly 600 troops participate in homeland response drill

Nearly 600 Army and Air National Guard forces from New Jersey and New York are preparing for the worst.

They are participating in a homeland response force drill at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Friday.

The troops specialize in rescue, security, decontamination and medical treatment.

The units will train to rapidly assess and identify a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident.

Apr 18 07:58

Idaho Police Shoot Pregnant Woman In Stomach With AR-15

The department has cleared its officers “of any criminal wrongdoing,” claiming that they followed all proper procedures when they chose to use an AR-15 assault rifle on the mentally ill, pregnant woman who was holding a knife outside of the hospital.

Apr 18 07:45

Can the courts liberate the Bank of Canada?

The good folks at COMER have for years -- decades, actually -- been trying to get people to pay attention to what is far and away the biggest, most outrageous fraud ever perpetrated on the Canadian people. I am speaking here of the fact that instead of the Canadian government borrowing money from its own bank, our bank -- the Bank of Canada (BoC) -- it has, since 1974, chosen instead to borrow exclusively from private international and domestic financial institutions providing them with enormous, absolutely risk-free profits for almost four decades.

The result, according to economist Ellen Brown:

"By 2012, the government had paid C$1 trillion in interest -- twice its national debt. Interest on the debt is now the government's single largest budget expenditure -- larger than health care, senior entitlements or national defense."

Apr 18 07:24

Who Is the GOP’s Strongest Candidate?

Why Obamacare-loving moderate John Kasich may be the Republican Party’s best bet.

(*One has to hand it to The GOP for their promotion of Jeb Bush as 'The Smarter Than The Rest' Presidential Candidate for 2016 )

Apr 18 07:20

DHS Seeking to Buy Access to Private Surveillance Cameras to Track Drivers

espite the ongoing debate to roll back the Department of Homeland Security’s current civil liberties overreaches, the DHS is soliciting bids from corporations for access to license plate data collected by private surveillance systems. In a public statement, the Department said it’s “not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system,” rather, the DHS claims to be tapping into existing networks.

Apr 18 07:11

‘Monster Marijuana’ To Become Reality As Monsanto Patents GMO Pot

‘Monster Marijuana’ To Become Reality As Monsanto Patents GMO Pot
Last week Monsanto announced that it had patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. This news has far-reaching consequences for drugs policy, since cannabis is still an illegal substance. Many believe Monsanto’s interest in the market must mean that full legalization of the drug for recreational purposes is on the horizon, but at what cost?

Apr 18 07:08

Former Hussein Deputy Killed

Hussein deputy, insurgent leader al-Douri killed, Iraqi TV reports

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top deputy to Saddam Hussein and more recently a key figure in Sunni extremist groups battling the Iraqi government, has been killed in a security operation in that country, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday.

Al-Douri was the highest-ranking member of Hussein's regime to evade capture -- the "King of Clubs" in "The (*Bush Era) Deck Of Cards" .

Apr 18 06:58

Personal details of murdered journalist & ex-MP found posted on Ukrainian ‘enemies of state’ database

The journalist and ex-MP who were gunned down in Kiev this week were on an ‘enemies of the state’ database – a social media website supported by the aide to Ukraine’s interior minister. The bloggers also have a Twitter account to share ‘successes.’ The volunteer-made website calling itself ‘Mirotvorec’ (Peacekeeper), posts very thorough and comprehensive information on anyone who happens to make the list – journalists, activists, MPs opposing the current Kiev authorities’ policies and rebels fighting against the government in the east. The posts include their addresses, social media account links, a substantial biography and any mentions in the Ukrainian press. There is also labeling involved e.g. “terrorist; supporter of federalization” and other tags.

Apr 18 06:51

Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger may hinge on Internet service expansion

Comcast Corp.'s bid to win state approval to purchase Time Warner Cable could hinge on whether the company becomes a generous corporate citizen.

(*Do they have to demand such grueling conditions ? )

Apr 18 06:49

Former IMF President, Bank-Bailout-Fiasco President, and VP of Spain, Long Untouchable by the Law – Suddenly Gets Crushed

The week has not been kind to Rodrigo Rato, the embattled former vice-president of Spain, former president of the IMF, and former president of ongoing bank-bailout-fiasco Bankia. First the Spanish news website Voz Populi reported that he was under police investigation for tax fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. That was on Tuesday.

Apr 18 06:46

‘Free range’ parents’ rights slam up against child abandonment laws

Maryland parents who left their two children unsupervised in park have pushed the issue of parental rights into the national spotlight and sparked a firestorm of a debate over the degree to which the government should intervene in child-rearing practices.

Apr 18 06:37

The Pussident Will Sign Bill

Barack Obama Says Will Sign Bill Allowing US Congress to Review Iran Deal

(*DISCLAIMER: spelling error; header should read 'President Will Sign Bill'
and we thank you )

Apr 18 06:32

Food Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless. To date, 33 cities have adopted or are considering such food–sharing restrictions, according to the coalition, which shared with NBC News a draft of its soon-to-be published study.

Apr 18 06:28

Video: Walmart ‘Plumbing’ Issue Related To DHS Underground Tunnel Network: “This Is A Very Real Situation”

There’s been much speculation about the recent closures of Walmart stores around the country.

Apr 18 06:22

'We'll unseat Netanyahu from opposition'

“From our place in the opposition, we will unseat the Likud government in the future, Netanyahu will ultimately lead the country to a dead end.
Netanyahu needed to decide with whom he is going to form a coalition, It’s clear to all that he prefers a rightist-religious government… He even said a number of times that Tzipi Livni and I represent an anti-Zionist faction.
In any event, no messages have been passed between us,” Herzog said. “I said after the election results came in that we were headed to the opposition. That’s not by default. That is our preference.”

Apr 18 06:01

Biden to attend Israel's Independence Day event

Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer on Thursday said he was pleased to host the vice president at the holiday event marking Israel's 67 years of independence.

(*Submitted for everybody who thinks It's Just The Republicans Who Are Dissing American Values .)

Apr 18 05:16

Boston is not wicked cool with Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon movie

(*Have Mark's People Get With Mike's People , And Let's See If We Can Change That !)

Apr 18 05:01

Hail to the Chief

Republicans haven’t just rejected President Obama. They have adopted Benjamin Netanyahu as their leader.

Last month, at the unilateral invitation of Republicans, and against the will of a Democratic president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress. He argued for a foreign policy that matched the views of congressional Republicans, not the views of the U.S. administration. Many people, including me, were taken aback by this overt alliance between the U.S. opposition party and the prime minister of another country. But a Bloomberg Politics poll released this week shows that the alliance is deeply rooted. Republicans haven’t just rejected Obama. They have adopted Netanyahu as their leader.

Apr 18 04:47

US Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said on Friday that he will make an announcement on May 5 about whether or not he will run for president in 2016.

(*There's still hope That He WON'T !
http://whatreallyhappened.com/blogs/comedywriter/10/12/07/mike-huckabe... )

Apr 18 04:31

Iran-U.S. differences over nuclear deal widen

Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging.

(* http://media.worldbulletin.net/news/2015/03/09/netanyahu.jpg )

Apr 18 04:15

Dozens killed in suicide bomber’s attack at Afghanistan bank

KABUL — The Islamic State’s regional branch has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100

(*I See We've Resorted To Robbing Banks !
whitehorse souce)

Apr 18 03:54

Heirs to Holocaust victims sue France's railway in Chicago federal court

A federal lawsuit by a suburban Chicago descendant of Holocaust victims alleged the French national railway confiscated property and belongings from tens of thousands of Jews and other "undesirables" sent to Nazi concentration camps from France.

The proposed class-action suit, filed on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in federal court in Chicago, seeks compensation for the cash, silver, gold, jewelry, works of art, musical instruments and clothing taken from the victims as well as the earnings from the sale of their property.

The suit also seeks restitution from the railroad for the third-class train fares it billed the Nazis. But victims instead were stuffed into cattle cars for the journey to the concentration camps, according to the suit.

Note: Had enough yet. It ends when you say it ends!

Apr 18 03:43

List of Politicians with Israeli Dual Citizenship

Someone wrote and asked me, "Why are there Israeli- but not Mexican-American Dual Nationals?"
The word "allegiance" means that we promise loyalty. It also carries with it the expectation that this loyalty will be exclusive and unrestrained. In the case of a declared war or real threat or conflict, for example, our allegiance to America should preclude any other interest, be it another country or political ideology.

Apr 18 03:40

Israeli Foreign Minister Denounces E.U. Proposal to Label Settlement Products

JERUSALEM — Israel’s foreign minister on Friday angrily denounced a letter signed by more than a dozen of his European counterparts asking that the European Union require products made in Israeli settlements be labeled differently from those made in Israel.

Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, said if the European Union wanted to differentiate products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it should just stick a yellow star on the products, a pointed reference to the stars Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe were forced to wear.
Note: Ah the holocau$t card again. Had enough yet!

Apr 18 03:38

GLOBAL FINANCE GRINDS TO A HALT

Global finance grinds to a halt as Bloomberg terminals black out
The outage that struck Bloomberg’s popular trading portals was apparently not the result of a cyber attack.

Though Business Insider has reported a rumor (* http://www.businessinsider.com/reason-for-the-global-bloomberg-outage-... ) that someone spilled a can of coke on a server somewhere , Fortune remains skeptical. (Revenge, perhaps, for former three-term New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed bid to outlaw big soda drinks? The former mayor recently returned to lead the company he founded in 1981.)

Apr 18 03:12

Jalalabad suicide attack kills dozens of workers

Jalalabad suicide attack kills dozens of workers queueing for wages
Thirty three people have died and a hundred wounded in a bomb blast outside a bank

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Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the scene to help, the police chief, Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, told a news conference.

"It was a suicide attack," said Mr Sherzad, adding that police had yet to determine if the attacker had worn the explosives or had placed them in a car. "It is early to say what kind of suicide bomber."

Apr 18 01:54

Fearing Yemen Defeat, US-Saudis Stack the Deck

The United Nations Security Council needs a name-change in the interests of accuracy and truth in language. It should henceforth be called the Insecurity Council. Or better still, the UN Council for Aiding and Abetting Aggression.

Apr 17 20:14

Texas Veterinarian Kristen Lindsey Brags About Killing Local Cat With Bow And Arrow (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

Belonged to some of her neighbors. Looks like one of my old ginger toms. Whatta country!

A Texas veterinarian was fired after a Facebook photo showing her with her "first bow kill" -- a local cat -- went viral.

Dr. Kristen Lindsey bragged online that she killed a "feral" cat in her neighborhood in Brenham. She posted a photo on Wednesday, which shows her holding up the dead cat by an arrow protruding from its head, according to KBTX.

The caption reads:

"My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted."

Apr 17 18:30

Oregon towns won't wait for Google Fiber, start building their own gigabit networks

Google Fiber is fast, but a handful of Portland suburbs want to move faster.
Some of the same Oregon cities Google is eyeing for its speedy Internet service are contemplating building their own networks.
Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Gresham and West Linn are at various stages of assessing how they might commission their own fiber-optic networks, which they hope would upgrade Internet speeds and hold down costs for residents and businesses.

Apr 17 18:30

Tanks, helicopters, and troops arrive in Big Springs, Texas ahead of Jade Helm 2015

A train full of military equipment and over a dozen helicopters has arrived in Big Springs, Texas ahead of Jade Helm 2015.

Apr 17 18:29

150 cops for 300 residents: the Michigan town running 'pay-to-play' policing

Oakley, Michigan, is not a hotbed of crime. But if that should change, it seems well placed to cope, because the village is believed to have a police force numbering almost 150 people, or one officer for every two residents.

Apr 17 15:19

Police Fire Over 600 Rounds Into Vehicle, Killing Innocent Woman

Police officers in the City of Stockton, California says its officers are not to blame for firing over 600 rounds into a disabled SUV, hitting an innocent hostage more than 10 times.

It all happened after armed bank robbery suspects took off in the SUV with a hostage. The police knew this much, but it didn’t cause them a moment’s pause when they unloaded magazine after magazine full of rounds into the vehicle, suspects and hostage.

Apr 17 15:18

I-Team: Witness says prisoner thrown into police vehicle

Gray's arrest Sunday morning on a west Baltimore street was recorded on video by residents. Gray had been chased down by police for a still-undisclosed reason. He was talking, mobile and standing up when he was first put in the police transport vehicle.

But just a couple of blocks later at a second stop, Gray was taken out of the van and put on the pavement. Gray was already handcuffed. The witness who spoke with the I-Team, who doesn't want to be publicly identified, said at this stop, police also put cuffs on Gray's ankles. She then watched how they put Gray back in the van.

"They threw him in the paddy wagon face first, you know, facedown, and mind you, his arms and legs are locked up," the witness said. "He was facedown as he was on his stomach. They just threw him in the paddy wagon facedown, head first, ankles bound, arms bound."

Apr 17 15:00

Scottish National Party strikes fear into Westminster elites

Stuart Littlewood argues that although the Scottish National Party is scaring the daylights out of Labour and the Conservatives, its views on independence, especially its attachment to the European Union, are flawed.

Apr 17 14:50

Yemen: Death count grows as Aden sinks in humanitarian crisis

Violent fatalities in the war-wracked port city of Aden have risen again in the last couple of days as the city descends into a humanitarian crisis amid chronic shortage of essential food stuffs, water and fuel, health officials and residents said on Thursday.

Apr 17 12:36

Video: Walmart ‘Plumbing’ Issue Related To DHS Underground Tunnel Network: “This Is A Very Real Situation”

According to one theory, Walmart is working in conjunction with DHS to expand the government’s underground tunneling system and is integrating it with a larger national emergency response network designed to move supplies and people during a crisis.

Apr 17 12:17

PRISON LABOR COMPANY FEATURES PROMO VIDEO TOUTING “BEST-KEPT SECRET IN OUTSOURCING”

Searching for the “best kept secret in outsourcing,” one that can “provide you with all the advantages” of domestic workers, but with “offshore prices”? Try prison labor! That’s the message of Unicor, also known as Federal Prison Industries, a government-owned corporation that employs federal workers for as little as 23 cents an hour to manufacture military uniforms, furniture, electronics and other products.

Apr 17 12:05

Cop accused of tickling feet of man killed by police

A Bakersfield police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly tickled the feet of a man shot dead by police and said, “tickle, tickle.”

Apr 17 12:05

‘This is not Bundy Ranch’: Oregon miners beg militia nuts to stop threatening federal agents

The owner of a southwestern Oregon mining claim embroiled in a land-use dispute with federal authorities asked militia groups Thursday afternoon to stop sending volunteers to back him against government agents.

“We don’t need any more volunteers, we’re not under attack, this is not the Bundy Ranch,” said Rick Barclay, co-owner of the Sugar Pine Mining Claim, told the Mail Tribune. “Please stop calling the BLM and threatening their personnel.”

Apr 17 12:04

Missouri National Guard's term for Ferguson protesters: 'Enemy forces'

"It's disturbing when you have what amounts to American soldiers viewing American citizens somehow as the enemy," said Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis.

The documents obtained by CNN also detail that the Missouri National Guard was concerned about perceptions of its deployment, with superiors later telling troops to stop using heavily militarized language to describe protesters.

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