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Jan 06 15:48

U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation: Joint Police & Law Enforcement Training

where would you send the police officers to learn how to treat the people?

Jan 06 15:30

Sleepwalkers In American Society

by Doc Vega

Jan 06 15:29

Is This What The NYPD Has Been Doing After Refusing To Do Their Jobs?

In a stunning discovery, it has now come to light how the NYPD has been passing the time away,

Jan 06 14:47

Appalling Israeli Treatment of Palestinian Prisoners by Stephen Lendman

How do you re-integrate people who have committed atrocities?

Jan 06 14:31

Murderous Son, Who Killed His Hedge Fund Father Over $200 Allowance, Was A Mentally-Disturbed Princeton Economist Grad

The most bizarre story from the past weekend was the shocking murder of Tom Gilbert, 70, founder of the Wainscott biotech-focused hedge fund, who was shot dead in his Sutton Place apartment on Sunday Afternoon: shocking because the alleged shooter was none other than his Millennial, hence unemployed, 30-year-old son. What was certainly unclear at the time was what would be the motivation of a son to kill his successful and wealthy father, especially in such dramatic cold blood.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was he on prescription anti-depressants?

Jan 06 14:30

Hot off the nonpress: The Khazarian Sex Predator Gene May Soon Be Found

Professor Yehuda Kosher from Be’er Chosen University, Israel, announced today that he and his team may be close to uncovering the JNA (Jewish DNA) and may be able to isolate the Khazarian Sex Predator (KSP) gene.

Professor Kosher, Israel’s leading evolutionary psychoarcheologist and a renown advocate of applied Eugenics told The Jewish Scientific Daily (JSD) that the apparent physical resemblance between Woody Alan and Alan Dershowitz’s facial features gives new hope for a scientific break through.

Jan 06 14:23

Close the Military Academies Ryan McMaken

why train people to murder on the public's dime?

Jan 06 14:20

Police: Entitled Bullies, Specially Protected ‘Victims’ William Norman Grigg

They are already a protected class. Not just qualified immunity but also degree sentencing (ie. first degree murder of a cop carries a harsher penalty than killing a commoner)

Jan 06 12:16

Oil falls below 50 as global financial markets begin to unravel

On Monday, the price of oil fell below $50 for the first time since April 2009

Jan 06 10:56

17-Year-Old Girl Forced To Undergo Chemotherapy Against Her Will

A 17-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare form of cancer is being given chemotherapy against her will. The case is now going to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Doctors diagnosed the teenage girl, identified only as “Cassandra C.” in court documents, with Hodgkin's lymphoma in September of 2014 and recommended she undergo chemotherapy.

Jan 06 10:55

Taliban leader lists ‘jihad’ as skill on LinkedIn

A senior Taliban commander, wanted in connection with an assassination bid on Malala Yousufzai's life, has been found using networking site LinkedIn, listing his skills as "jihad and journalism".

Jan 06 10:48

Where Are Bernie Madoff and His Inner Circle Now?

Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, the most extraordinary swindler of the heady pre-recession years, was arrested six years ago on Thursday, but the distrust that his dealings directed toward the financial system is indelible.

Many people know a friend, relative or school acquaintance whose college savings or retirement fund was pillaged by Madoff’s gargantuan Ponzi scheme. The Occupy movement, the Heartland’s vitriolic anger towards bankers, and the proverbial Main Street-Wall Street divide are all linked to the mess Madoff sank himself into. His loss of $65 billion in Americans’ savings rattled what little confidence many Americans still had in Wall Street and the finance industry.

Jan 06 10:40

Wobbles in US-EU axis against Russia

The latest wobble in the Washington-Brussels axis against Russia, as expressed this week by Francois Hollande, has to be seen as good news. In that, at last, finally, official Europe is coming to its senses about the dangerous course the US is driving.

French President Francois Hollande this week called for an end to Western sanctions on Russia. He is the latest senior European political figure to express misgivings about the hostile policy that Washington and Brussels have embarked on against Russia over the year-old Ukrainian crisis.

BBC report added: “Politicians in Italy, Hungary and Slovakia are among those who want the sanctions eased.”

To that list we could append Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic and Bulgaria, among others.

Last weekend, Czech President Milos Zeman deplored the warmongering attitude of the Kiev regime, denouncing the CIA-installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as “the prime minister of war.”

Jan 06 10:25

Middle East Officials Question ''Convenient Mistakes'' Of US Airdrops To Al-Qaeda

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the “convenient” and “accidental” airdrops of weapons and supplies by the US and NATO into the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda jihadists fighting inside both Syria and Iraq begin to draw more attention throughout largely alternative media outlets, such convenient mistakes are also being questioned by national governments, particularly those who may be in the crosshairs of NATO in the very near future...

Jan 06 09:52

Defending press freedom, NYT reporter refuses to reveal key details in Whistleblower Case

‘IN MY STORIES OR MY BOOK, WHERE I SAY I HAD UNIDENTIFIED SOURCES, I HAD UNIDENTIFIED SOURCES,’ JAMES RISEN TOLD PROSECUTORS IN COURT MONDAY

Jan 06 09:45

Why Is San Francisco USD Teaching That Only Black Lives Matter?

Five school librarians from San Francisco want to make sure their district’s teachers are prepared to answer questions about the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men who were killed by police. They’ve created a resource guide dedicated to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement for teacher use, which one of the compilers said will help instructors explain the news to their students.

Jan 06 09:45

FBI says search warrants not needed to use “stingrays” in public places

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places. Nicknamed "stingrays," the devices are decoy cell towers that capture locations and identities of mobile phone users and can intercept calls and texts.

Jan 06 09:44

Power and Perversion: Leon Brittan, Greville Janner and Britain’s Establishment Abuse Scandal

A scandal is brewing in Britain about sex-abuse allegedly committed by powerful men from politics, law and other public institutions. In the early 1980s, a maverick Conservative MP called Geoffrey Dickens gave a dossier of alleged establishment paedophiles to the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan. This may have been rather like giving a rabbit to a python. The rabbit would disappear. The dossier certainly did. And guess what? It is now widely alleged that Brittan himself was part of the so-called “Westminster paedophile ring.”

Jan 06 09:41

BATFE Ruling Creates New Hurdle To Private Gun Manufacture

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

It only took two days before the anti-gun American bureaucracy began chipping away at the Second Amendment in areas where Congress and the President, despite being backed by billion dollar NGOs and Foundations, have so far been unsuccessful.

On January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) issued its ruling regarding “whether Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), or unlicensed machine shops, may engage in the business of completing, or assisting in the completion of, the manufacture of firearm frames or receivers for unlicensed individuals without being licensed as a manufacturer of firearms.”

The ruling that was made in order to address the issue that ATF Ruling 2015-1 has called into question - whether or not the ability of American citizens to produce their own weapons, pass them down, and modify those weapons in specific capacities will remain a viable option...

Jan 06 09:09

Artist Illustrates Why The Democratic Party Is The Mortal Enemy Of The Black Community

Here are 5 reasons Black America should give up on the Democratic party:

Jan 06 09:09

WATCH How These Disruptive ‘Hands Up’ Protesters Just Disrespected This 100-Year-Old Navy Veteran

An Oregon town hall meeting, hosted by Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, was cancelled Saturday after more than 100 “hands up, don’t shoot” protesters stormed the event.

Jan 06 08:52

New York Police Work Slowdown Backfires, Revealing Time Wasted on Petty Violations

The work slowdown is the latest NYPD tactic in its battle with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Officers turned their backs on the mayor when he spoke at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, an officer killed on December 20 by a gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who cited police abuses as the reason for his crime. Now police officers, at the behest of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, are not enforcing the law “unless absolutely necessary.” During the week of December 22, arrests were down 66% and traffic and parking tickets and summons for minor offenses were down more than 90% from the same week in 2013.

Instead of concern, many are grateful for the diminished police presence. Tickets and summons have been issued disproportionally to those in the working class, forcing them to bear much of the city’s revenue burden. Now the targeting has stopped and those around the political spectrum wonder if it was ever necessary, according to BBC News.

Jan 06 08:49

Jeffrey Epstein: Sordid high life of paedo billionaire who became Prince Andrew's pal

Maxwell was the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, who died in 1991 after falling from his yacht when it emerged he had stolen hundreds of millions from the Daily Mirror pension fund. Epstein earned her gratitude and unswerving loyalty when he picked her up after her father’s death.

But court documents filed last week say their relationship took a sinister turn when Maxwell became “one of the main women whom Epstein used to procure under-aged girls for sexual activities and a primary co-conspirator in his sexual abuse and sex-trafficking”.

Roberts’ lawyers claim Maxwell took part in the sexual abuse and “took numerous sexually explicit pictures of underage girls involved in sexual activities” and shared these with Epstein.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You never saw THAT on "Lifestyles of the rich and famous", did you?

Jan 06 08:36

Michael Rivero - January 5, 2014 - Chemtrails, Pot, GMO's & Pediphiles

Jan 06 08:30

The new Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male and 92 percent Christian

Trying to predict the gender and race of a member of Congress is like trying to predict who would win a basketball game between the 1996 Chicago Bulls and the 2015 New York Knicks. Which is to say: It is like trying to predict who would win in an arithmetic competition between you and a talking horse. Which is to say: It is like trying to guess how many jellybeans are in a glass jar that contains two jellybeans. Which is to say: It is easy.

Jan 06 08:30

This Air Force Vet Was Trying to Save His Dog’s Life; Now He’s Facing Felony Charges

A dog-loving Air Force veteran was arrested in Chicago when he slugged a cop trying to stop him from barging into his burning house to save his trapped pooch.

Jan 06 08:24

Obamacare vote to test Democrats’ resolve under Republican majority

House Republicans will hold a vote this week to change Obamacare’s definition of full-time work from 30 hours a week to the traditional 40, setting up an early test to see how many Democrats are willing to buck President Obama and his signature overhaul now that they are in the minority.

It’s part of the early agenda taking shape on Capitol Hill, where the GOP in both the House and Senate is planning votes on issues that have earned bipartisan support before, but which stalled as Democrats circled wagons to protect Mr. Obama politically.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And while they all played politics, millions of Americans' lives were ruined by Obamacare!

Jan 06 08:21

Protesters Storm NYC Restaurants – Target White People Eating Brunch

Dozens of demonstrators today stormed restaurants and targeted white diners in New York and California as part of a 'Black Brunch' protest against alleged police violence.

Carrying banners, the chanting protesters entered a number of venues in New York City that they identified as 'white spaces', including midtown eateries: Lallisse, Maialino and Pershing Square.

Jan 06 08:21

Our System Is So Broken, Almost No Patented Discoveries Ever Get Used

We all know the patent system is broken.
But most people believe that the biggest problem with it is abusive litigants who extort so-called “license fees” from small businesses unable to pay the cost of standing up to them in court. Their activities, of course, have no more in common with real patent licensing than a mob protection racket has with the sale of genuine “liability insurance.”

Jan 06 08:07

This Is What It Feels Like To Have PTSD

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have PTSD? It definitely doesn't feel good.

Jan 06 08:06

The Truth About Humanity In 2015

If humanity is going to move forward, we need to take a long hard look at where we've already been.

Jan 06 07:38

U.S. charges Texas businessman, vet in Gambia coup bid

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Texas businessman who allegedly wanted to be the president of Gambia with conspiring with a former U.S. Army sergeant and others to orchestrate a deadly coup attempt in the tiny African nation last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And that's MY job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 06 07:37

Nye County commissioners need strengthening in protecting our land & resources against the BLM - Latest from Cliven Bundy

A notice from the federal registry reveals that the federal government is seeking even more power over the Nye County people by claiming further control of the lands and resources. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No.197 Notice, outlines plans to make much more of Nye County, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). ACEC’s are human restricted areas.

The Nye County people soon will have less access to their lands and resources than any other people in the history of this country.

On December 1st Nye County Commissioners held a meeting discussing the federal attempt for more control over the land and resources in the county.

Due to the unanimous voice of the citizens of Nye County, the commissioners ended the meeting with a decision to draft a resolution revoking any authority the county had given the BLM and declaring that federal agencies do not have constitutional authority to administer land or resources in the State of Nevada including Nye County.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The vote is now scheduled for January 20th.

Jan 06 07:23

Protesting the right to protest?

After the tragic death of two NYPD police officers at the hands of a police brutality protest sympathizer, some people have taken to the streets to "protest the protesters".

These anti-protest activists display their complete lack of empathy and decency by wearing "I Can Breathe" T-shirts, mocking the devastating last words of Eric Garner.

Could the senseless murder of two NYPD officers really discredit an entire movement based on the killing of thousands of unarmed people by police hands?

Somehow I think not.

Jan 06 07:21

Arizona: drunk cop points gun on a clerk, gets fired for assault

Jan 06 07:18

Two NYPD Officers Shot In Bronx, Massive Manhunt Underway for Suspect!

Jan 05 21:07

Obamacare Architects At Harvard Furious After Learning They Are Not Exempt From Obamacare

Let me enjoy snickering in schadenfreude...

Jan 05 20:24

Why Do Most Russian Women Hate Feminism?

What does often surprise foreigners, however, is that women in Russia tend to uphold these gender roles as vociferously, if not more so, than their male counterparts.

Jan 05 20:02

Weed 101: Colorado tries ‘neighborly’ pot education

Colorado is taking a novel approach to marijuana education — not telling people to avoid the drug, just to use it safely.

Jan 05 19:45

Civil Rights Groups to Obama: More Fed Edu Funding, No Standardized Tests for Minorities

When the new Congress begins to consider the federal government’s role in America’s classrooms, civil rights groups will be doing their best to advocate for the strength of that role to ensure mandates that purport to promote “equity” for “diverse” groups. However, in October of last year, these same groups referred to the standardized testing requirements of the same federal government as “overly punitive” of racial minorities.

Jan 05 19:26

Police use battering ram, tasers during raid on ‘young looking people with beer’

Police performed a violent raid on a birthday party based on a suspicion of ‘young looking people with beer,’ then dubiously confiscated guests’ cell phones when they were used to record the police. The incident occurred on January 4th, 2014, at the home of George and Cathy Magas. The couple’s son, Nicholas, was turning twenty-one years old, and he was allowed to invite a number of his friends to the home for a party. Both his parents were present.

Jan 05 19:18

Fraternal Order of Police lobbies for new federal hate crime law

The 300,000-member Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is demanding that the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama “act now” to expand the federal hate crimes statute and add police officers as a protected class. In a recent press release, the police union boasts that it has spent years lobbying for more federalization of crime and punishment. The presser cites a handful of recent incidents, nationally, in which police officers were attacked while on the job.

Jan 05 18:29

This military program lost 100 times as much money as Solyndra — yet no one talks about it

James Fallows has a long, excellent essay in this month's Atlantic about how most Americans are increasingly disconnected from the US military. And one big consequence is that politicians tend to give shockingly wasteful defense programs a free pass.

Jan 05 18:26

Elizabeth Warren:"Why are the trade talks secret? You'll love this answer.Boy,the things you learn on Capitol Hill. I actually have had supporters of the deal say to me,'They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them

Shouldn't it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone's job to another country? Shouldn't we negotiate trade agreements that increase people's wages on both sides of a trade border? These are the kinds of agreements we would make if We the People were negotiating trade agreements with representatives of the working people in other countries. Unfortunately that is not the kind of trade agreements that our current trade negotiation process produces.

Jan 05 18:22

Students slam Michelle O lunch rules: Mayo banned…

“When lunch ends, I feel that the trash cans are more full than my stomach”

Jan 05 18:19

20 states just raised the minimum wage. It wasn’t enough: "The work that we do, it’s modern-day slavery," says one Florida worker who just got a 12-cent raise.

On New Year’s Day, minimum wage increased in 20 states. More states will bump pay later this year. The first round of hikes will expand paychecks by as much as $1.25 an hour, fattening the wallets of about 3.1 million Americans, according to the Economic Policy Institute. (Peruse Wonkblogor work by our labor reporter Lydia DePillis for more details about how the pay bumps could impact your state.)

Jan 05 18:19

Brazen Attempts by Hotels to Block Wi-Fi -- Some large hotel chains want to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices. It’s a blatant attempt to limit customer choice, and the FCC should say no

Some large hotel chains want to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices. It’s a blatant attempt to limit customer choice, and the Federal Communications Commission should say no.

Jan 05 18:12

FBI: No Expectation of Privacy from Stingrays in Public

Two U.S. Senators attempting to investigate government use of cellphone interceptors, commonly referred to as “Stingrays,” have confirmed that no search warrants are obtained when FBI agents use the devices in public.

Jan 05 17:29

Florida Outlaws Off-the-Grid Living

Think you are still free to make choices in your life? Do you think the government will allow you to live independent of their utility monopolies? If you think so, try opting for renewable non-grid tied power and utilize environmentally friendly composting toilets and your own self-sufficient water supply. Today, those life choices could land you in jail if you live in South Florida. Take the case of Robin Speronis...

Jan 05 17:19

Why are Virginia police going door to door to “inform” businesses about open carry of firearms?

The truth is the police were targeting the area not because of illegal activity, but because of constitutionally protected legal activity. Yes, you heard that right. Alexandria felt that citizens legally going about their business were such an affront to the “good order” of Alexandria that they needed to go door to door to warn businesses about these people that dared to openly carry a firearm.

Jan 05 16:55

Canada catches dozens of U.S. sex offenders attempting to jump border

Canada Border Services agents stopped more than 150 U.S. sex offenders from entering Canada, in part due to a partnership with United States customs, the federal government announced Monday.

Jan 05 16:20

Prevent Cold Injury, Frostbite, and Hypothermia

Global warming... err, : Cold injury can occur whenever air temperature is below freezing (32 degrees F). Here are some tips to prevent hypothermia…

Jan 05 16:01

Unreported Israel: poverty, injustice, child abuse

Moti Leybel and Marianne Azizi highlight some facts about life in Israel which the Israeli political and “security” elites and their allies in the media and abroad would rather hide.

Jan 05 16:00

‘Medical Kidnapping’: Couple Accuses State of Stealing Kids After Routine Hospital Visit

“As soon as I asked for a lawyer… they came here and took the other kids out of the house,” Becker said to KSFY, describing how CPS also nabbed Noah, 2, and two-year-old Robin, despite them not being the subject of focus. -- Becker and Bowling say they’ve tried to ask the state how to get their kids back, but that phone calls to CPS are largely ignored, and that an attempt to ask the agency for proof was met with the response: “We don’t have to prove it.”

Jan 05 16:00

Know someone who is pro-Palestinian? Secretly, instantly report the scoundrel.

snip: It’s almost entirely obsessed with criticism of Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions–the movement to hold Israel accountable for violating human rights violations. (In fact, BDS is a tactic embraced by literally thousands of Jews around the world, and BDS movement leaders have repeatedly condemned all forms of bigotry.)

Jan 05 15:51

Examining the Hatred of Vladimir Putin and Russia - A Conservative Analysis

??Anyone who has followed the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe and Ukraine knows the very hostile view that the establishment news media and Washington political class have of President Vladimir Putin of Russia and his policies. In the halls of Congress and in the mainstream press—almost every night on Fox News—serious charges are proffered against Russia’s president and his latest outrages. Sanctions and bellicose measures get enacted by the House and Senate overwhelmingly, with only meagre opposition and almost no serious discussion.

Jan 05 15:50

CURSE YOU GLOBAL WARMING!!! (COLD WEATHER WARNING)

CHICAGO COLD SET TO SMASH RECORDS… Minnesotans Warned Frostbite In Minutes…

Jan 05 15:40

In 10 years, your job probably won’t exist. Here’s how to make sure you’re still employable.

It is a sobering thought that in 10 years, around 65 percent of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet, according to the Department of Labor. -- In Australia, there are reports that up to half a million existing jobs could be taken over by robotics or machines run by artificial intelligence.

Jan 05 15:32

Rebuilding the Obama-Putin Trust

Heading into the last quarter of his presidency, Barack Obama must decide whether he will let the neocons keep pulling his strings or finally break loose and pursue a realistic foreign policy seeking practical solutions to world problems, including the crisis with Russia over Ukraine, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Jan 05 15:25

Texas lawmakers to feds: Leave us alone

Touching on issues from guns to the 10th Amendment, state lawmakers are calling on the federal government to do everything from repaying the costs Texas incurred for dealing with people illegally in the country to abolishing the income tax system.

Jan 05 15:18

Retired U.S. Soldier Charged for Planning Gambian Coup with the Same Plot as His Book on 1981 Gambian Coup

Are we really supposed to believe a former Air Force and Army soldier of a decade with two Master’s degrees who teaches at two colleges and who is working on his PhD is also so blatantly stupid, he would literally write and publish a book on a crime he was about to copycat the following year on the world stage???

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Jan 05 15:16

Ron Paul: Hey Congress, Want To Fix The Country?

Since New Year’s is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since the new Congress convenes this week, I thought I would suggest some New Year’s resolutions for Congress:

Jan 05 15:13

Billionaire sex slave ring leader's phone contained 21 different numbers for Bill Clinton

Now that Prince Andrew has found himself ensnared in the sleazy sex slave story of wealthy degenerate Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton can’t be too far behind. Epstein, who paid teenage girls for naked massages at his Palm Beach, Florida mansion, is a convicted sex offender whose circle of powerful friends has included financiers, celebrities, politicians, and scientists.

Jan 05 15:06

In Joyless Nanny State Called America, Government Prohibits Sledding

Don’t have too much fun. In fact, don’t have any fun. You could hurt yourself! That’s the thinking of all too many government entities these days—and it’s why local officials are increasingly likely to shut down the neighborhood sledding hill.

Jan 05 15:03

La Mar Gunn, Others File Kent County Vote Fraud Complaints with U.S. DOJ & Sen. Chris Coons

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Good Day Attorney Paradee, I see you are trying to railroad the State High Court into holding an expedited hearing so that you can get Betty Lou McKenna sworn in by Governor Markell. We vigorously oppose that little end-around the Fair Election Process.

I am aware that you find me funny, but while you're busy laughing I along with others are filing DOJ complaints, the GOP Chair, the Black Caucus, the NAACP and I have all addressed Governor Markell. Further, I spoke with Senator Coons' office in light of his Voting Rights Act advocacy and Candidate Gunn is demanding a full forensic evaluation of those mystery ballots. My Free Press First Amendment lawsuit will arrive in your hands with Waiver of Summons by the end of this week or top of next.

Jan 05 14:58

65 Percent of Children in Households Get Federal Aid

Sixty-five percent of American children are living in households that receive some form of federal assistance, according to a new report.

Jan 05 14:55

Oil Tycoon Says Price Will Rise In 2015: “Could Shoot Right Back To $100 Per Barrel”

You didn’t really think they were going to let us enjoy cheaper gas, did you?

Jan 05 14:49

Presidents Are Gods

A former Governor of Virginia is expected to be sentenced to a long stay in prison. The same fate has befallen governors in states across the United States, including in nearby Maryland, Tennessee, and West Virginia. A former governor of Illinois is in prison. Governors have been convicted of corruption in Rhode Island, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Connecticut, and (in a trumped-up partisan scam) in Alabama. The statewide trauma suffered by the people of states that have locked up their governors has been . . . well, nonexistent and unimaginable.

Jan 05 14:38

Russia sanctions 'must be lifted now' - Hollande

French President Francois Hollande is wary of the impact economic crisis in Russia might have on Europe. He has called for sanctions imposed against Moscow to be lifted as soon as there’s progress in peace talks over Ukraine.

Jan 05 14:25

Receive an Obamacare Subsidy? Surprise! You May Owe the IRS Money

Remember those Obamacare subsidies, the ones that were supposed to make healthcare "affordable" for Americans?

6.8 MILLION people received those subsidies under the ACA in 2014.

A nasty surprise is in store for about half of those people - an estimated 3.4 million Americans - when they file their taxes.

That's because - OOPS - they received subsidies that were too generous. This means that the people impacted will either receive smaller tax refunds than they expected, no refund at all, or will actually OWE the IRS money.

Jan 05 13:55

American Food Supply Listed as Reason for EU to Dump U.S. and Join Russia

Russia is making no bones about an open proposal to the EU. Essentially, dump the U.S. - don't join the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but join the Eurasian Economic Union, which went into effect January 1st. It's a call to join other members at the "cool table" - a promise of a better trading table.

Jan 05 12:58

Bill Clinton identified in lawsuit against his former friend and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had 'regular' orgies at his Caribbean compound that the former president visited multiple times

A new lawsuit has revealed the extent of former President Clinton's friendship with a fundraiser who was later jailed for having sex with an underage prostitute.

Bill Clinton's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, who served time in 2008 for his illegal sexual partners, included up multiple trips to the onetime billionaire's private island in the Caribbean where underage girls were allegedly kept as sex slaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooooh, big shocker there! Bill Clinton was having sex with girls not his wife!!!!

Jan 05 12:34

Queens man donates accordion he played at Auschwitz to Glen Cove Holocaust memorial

Rosner, 79, of Long Island City, decided a few months ago to donate his last possession from his time as a prisoner of the Germans during World War II to the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove.
A female Nazi guard gave him the accordion when he was at the Auschwitz-Birkenau
Comment: What!! Gave him an accordion! But...they all were gassed! Another holocau$t miracle.

Jan 05 11:47

A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State

I must declare that PCR is simply one of America’s best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline.

Anyone who wants to understand where we’ve been recently, where we are now, and where we’re heading, had better read this book pronto!

These hundred-plus columns hammer home some basic themes:Our Constitution has become little more than “a scrap of paper” (quote attributed to G. W. Bush—and sure does sound like something that moron would say!).

Also, the official narrative of 9/11 is a “hoax.” That preposterous narrative has been used to justify our Nuremberg-Standard “war crimes” against Muslims (killing, wounding, traumatizing and displacing millions) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.

Jan 05 11:36

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015

The balance sheet for 2014 and the prospects for 2015 provide us with a complex panorama of negative and positive outcomes. In most cases the advances, are not earth-shattering but open possibilities for further progress. The negative developments, however, have greater and more threatening systemic outcomes.

We will proceed in a telegraphic fashion to outline the positive and negative developments in 2014 and their real and potential symbolic and substantive impacts. In the second part of the essay we will sketch out some of the most important events and the way in which the positive and negative outcomes of 2014 will play out in 2015.

Jan 05 11:22

Did legal deal protect the duke? Paedophile billionaire's plea bargain halted police investigation

An ‘army of legal superstars’ persuaded prosecutors to sign a controversial agreement which may have given Prince Andrew protection from prosecution, it is claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thereby acknowledging there is something Andrew needed protection from!

Jan 05 11:21

50-Year-Old White Man Carjacked, Bashed In Head With Hammer 13 Times By 2 Blacks = No Hate Crime, No Media, No Protests

In 2012, A 50 year old white man named Mark Slavin was pulled out of his vehicle by two black men and bashed in the head with a hammer 13 times in Florida. This occurred a short distance from where Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, only a month prior. Slavin reportedly died two years later. But his assailants, Julius Bender and Yahaziel Israel, were never charged with murder and were never even charged with a hate crime. The victim's father went to the FBI for help and they told him to get a lawyer. The father also contacted two congressmen and s senator: Congressman Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., but they ignored him. No major media outlets have reported on this story. Here is the tragic story of Mark Slavin- that you have never heard. Because #MarkSlavinMatters.

Jan 05 11:03

‘ANTI SEMITISM’ IS DERSHOWITZ’S DEFENSE IN ILLICIT SEX CHARGES

Anti-Semites and anti-Israel “zealots” are having a field day over sexual abuse allegations leveled against him, prominent Jewish American law professor Alan Dershowitz told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

Jan 05 11:01

Is JP Morgan acquiring tens of millions of silver eagles? David Morgan explains

We ring in the New Year with a visit from Silver-Investor.com’s David Morgan to discuss the unprecedented demand for American Silver Eagles

Jan 05 10:25

While Obama Brags of Ending The War in Afghanistan, This Marine Dad’s Letter Puts It In Perspective

While President Obama is bragging about ending the war in Afghanistan, this 2012 letter from a Marine dad helps put this “achievement” in perspective.
The comments on this letter from President Obama to Marine dad Steven R. Hogan which was posted publicly tells a very different story than the one we’ve heard from the President, Democrats and the mainstream media.

Jan 05 10:08

The Royal Family are exempt from Freedom of Information requests and can veto BBC programmes. Why do we put up with this?

Let us go back to Prince Andrew, the prodigal son. The Palace has never denied that he has, for years, been cavorting with insalubrious billionaires and vicious autocrats. Human rights? Why should an ageing, playboy prince care about those? Prince Charles is matey with Arab despots too. The next time you feel the urge to denounce Robert Mugabe, remember these royal appeasers. Yes Blair, Clinton and Bush also had unsavoury friendships. But they lost power, eventually. Our royals can carry on sleazing indefinitely.

Jan 05 09:55

'Tips For Jesus' Strikes Again At San Francisco Restaurant, Server Receives $2K Tip

Over the past year, a social media user has decided to pay it forward bygenerously tipping random servers at restaurants across the country, and now, the anonymous tipper is at it again.
Reports say that staff members at a San Francisco restaurant were shocked last week when the mysterious customer left a $2,000 tip on his check along with the now famous message, “Tips for Jesus!” Just the week prior, a restaurant in Arizona received an $11,000 tip along with the same religious message.

Jan 05 09:54

Nuclear power is the greenest option, say top scientists

Nuclear power is one of the least damaging sources of energy for the environment, and the green movement must accept its expansion if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, some of the world's leading conservation biologists have warned.

Jan 05 09:54

The American people are utterly clueless about what is going to happen as we enter 2015

what we are experiencing right now is so similar to what we witnessed in 2007 and early 2008. The stock market had been on a great run, people were flipping houses

Jan 05 09:39

San Francisco police shoot man dead who challenged officers with fake gun

A man in San Francisco was shot dead by police after he confronted officers in a police parking lot and reached out for what later turned out to be a fake gun.

Jan 05 09:00

Fascism Will be Fought 2015: Defending Humanity by Reason or Force

snip: The only circumstance, under which they would let the rest of us survive and exist, would be, if we were to become their unconditional slaves; not just servants, but slaves.

They want to rule over us and simultaneously they demand to be feared, admired and adored. Yes, the control, the submission, has to be total. And all those servile, shameful feelings we are expected to demonstrate have to be absolute, ‘pure’ and unconditional.

You are guessing correctly: it all has its roots somewhere ‘back there’ – in the era of the ‘Holy Inquisition’.

If we dare to resist, they are capable of nuking us, reducing all of us to dust, even if they and their families would also vanish in that fire.

It is because these people are true extremists and fanatics, because they want absolutely everything, because they are maniacs in possession not only of tremendous propaganda, surveillance and security apparatuses, but also of nukes.

Jan 05 08:51

How driver's license suspensions unfairly target the poor

If you get caught drinking and driving in Wisconsin, and it's your first offense, you lose your license for nine months. For a hit and run, the punishment is suspension for one year.

Jan 05 08:51

Police Officer performs CPR on child and then pays for his funeral after he passes away.

This story has both heart and heartache. It's about a 10-year-old boy who died right before Christmas, and a stranger - a police officer - who helped pay for the boy's funeral.

Jan 05 08:27

100-Year-Old Navy Veteran Tells Protesters To Have Respect As They Interrupt Awards Ceremony

A 100-year-old Navy veteran accepting an award from U.S. Sen. Rob Wyden in Portland, Oregon, had some choice words for protesters who interrupted him with cries of, “Hands-up, don’t shoot!” before he could speak.

Jan 05 08:19

Sony Hack a Prime Excuse for New US Cybersecurity Laws

Congress has been reluctant to pass the various draconian cybersecurity laws pushed by the administration in recent years, but that may be changing because of the high-profile Sony Pictures hack .

With the FBI ‘successfully’ pinning it on North Korea, at least so far as everyone on Capital Hill is concerned, there is a great deal of pressure for Congress to “do something,” and little interest in the evidence that North Korea had nothing to do with it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the FBI: if you had real, actionable evidence that North Korea hacked into SONY, that would be one thing; but you don't so the charge here is nothing more than a bold-faced lie, and both US citizens, and the world, knows it.

The only bloody reason you pinned this on North Korea is that North Korea, at the New Year, was reaching out to South Korea for a new round of talks, aimed at ratcheting down the tension between the two countries.

Should that have happened, it would have curtailed this administration's ability to engage in war with North Korea, as a back door to a war with China, which must defend it due to treaty obligations.

The FBI's credibility, if it was not before, is in absolute meltdown, and thinking Americans do not believe one word you say.

Jan 05 08:18

HOMELAND SECURITY DEPT. BLUNDER OPENED DOOR TO CYBERSECURITY ATTACKS ON POWER AND WATER SYSTEMS

Sometimes even when it’s trying to do the right thing, the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) steps on a rake. A recent miscue by the department could make it easier for someone to bring down the nation’s power grid. A Freedom of Information Act request was filed with DHS for documents on Operation Aurora, which was a cyberattack on Google. The department responded with 800 pages of documents, according to Patrick Tucker at Defense One. However the documents weren’t about Operation Aurora, but were instead on the Aurora Project, which in 2007 demonstrated how easy it would be to disable the nation’s electric and water supply grids.

Jan 05 08:16

Sutton: "Stopping TPP is about stopping what has, up until this point, seemed like an endless cycle of corporate-dominated back-room policy laundering. We've so far been successful in slowing down the progress of TPP

A draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter from May 2014leaked this past fall, confirming what previous leaks had suggested: this so-called trade agreement would bring copyright enforcement provisions that threaten users' right to free expression, privacy, and unfettered access to knowledge online.

Jan 05 08:14

ICELAND TO WITHDRAW EU APPLICATION, LIFT CAPITAL CONTROLS

Despite public protests, Iceland’s PM Gunnlaugsson plans to for­mally with­draw the coun­try's EU ap­pli­ca­tion early in the new year, he told Ice­landic ra­dio sta­tion Byl­g­jan on Sun­day. First steps of removing cap­i­tals con­trols, in place since the fi­nan­cial cri­sis hit Iceland in 2008, would likely be taken as well.

Jan 05 07:14

Gilad Atzmon on George Galloway's Sputnik RT

Jan 05 07:12

From Gilad Atzmon to Alan Dershowitz

I just saw a BBC item following the sex scandal you were caught in. Apparently you are threatening to sue lady who claims to be forced to sleep with you. You don’t get it, do you Alan? This is probably the biggest compliment you have ever got in your entire life- a women admits spending a night with you.

Jan 05 06:54

DARPA Developing Microdrones Designed to Sneak Into Homes

The federal government apparently isn’t content with remotely watching and recording your every electronic (and real world) movement; it will soon control microdrones that could then be sent surreptitiously into your home. And unless the warrentless eletronic surveillance already being conducted by government-run-amok is brought to a halt, this new form of home invasion will also be warrantless.

DARPA, the military’s research and development arm, has announced its intent to sponsor development of a new category of these tiny monitors.

In a press release soliciting bids for manufacture of the microdrones, DARPA doesn’t define the potential target theatre, but any promise of foreign focus is illusory in a world where the Constitution’s prohibition on warrantless searches is seen as nothing more than a quaint parchment barrier to those determined to keep an eye (and ear) on every person in the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will tell you precisely where I would like to see those microdrones deployed immediately after they have been developed: in the homes of every family of every military or research entity which has signed off on this concept, permanently.

Between the unholy trinity of the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA, US citizens no longer have the rights to life, liberty, or privacy, even when you are doing absolutely nothing wrong or illegal.

And folks with kids and skills, please get the hell out of this country while you still can!!

Jan 04 13:39

AirAsia Flight 8501 crash search reveals fifth ‘large object’

WEATHER was the “triggering factor” in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, as rough seas Sunday hampered the search for bodies and the sunken wreckage.

Jan 04 13:02

Former Aviation Boss Says U.S. Navy Shot Down Missing Airliner

A former French airline boss and novelist is making international headlines after going public last week with a bold theory about what really happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, believes the U.S. Navy may have shot it out of the sky.

Dugain lays out his case in two articles in French magazine Paris Match.

Dugain's claims have gotten media attention in Europe and spurred a flurry of activity in online conspiracy forums.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's not like the US Navy hasn't accidentally killed a passenger jet before!

Jan 04 11:39

U.S. embassy in Indonesia issues security alert for city of Surabaya

The U.S. embassy in Indonesia issued a security alert on Saturday for its citizens in the country's second biggest city Surabaya.

"The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of a potential threat against U.S.-associated hotels and banks in Surabaya, Indonesia," the embassy said in a statement on its website.

Jan 04 11:25

Gun Control Is Here: Guns Permanently Confiscated After Veteran Got Treatment For Insomnia

For those who have always believed that it can’t happen here, think again, because it IS happening, and things are only going to get worse as data surveillance becomes a way of life.

Gun confiscation at the hands of medical records sharing is now officially a reality, with serious consequences for the individuals involved.

Now, under ObamaCare, the United States is on pace to swiftly become a snitch society that would make East Germany and Soviet Russia blush.

Jan 04 11:15

2015 Will Be Worse For Obamacare Than Its 2014 Debut As A Result Of New Burdens The White House Is Saddling Onto Insurers

An ominous and largely ignored outcome of Obamacare’s failed launch is that the large insurers have not signed up to offer health plans on the state exchanges.

The nation’s big insurers have mainly sat out of the program, even after a reported browbeating from the White House.

The reason is simple. Offering plans on the exchanges is a bad business deal.

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Jan 04 10:38

UPDATED ~~ 1st AND 2nd DEMOS OF THE YEAR IN NEW YORK ~~ IN PHOTOS

On New Year’s Day 50+ people gathered in New York City’s Grand Central Station for a “sing” to protest the police killings of Black citizens in New York City and nationally. The song began with “ I can hear my brother crying ‘I can’t breathe’” it was sung eleven times, the number of times Staten Islander Eric Gardner cried out as he was killed by a police choke hold. The only person arrested that day had made a video of the event which had gone viral. The protesters noted that District Attorneys have not indicted any police officer engaged in the racial shooting of Blacks.

Jan 04 10:21

The CIA and Other Government Agencies Have Long Used Propaganda Against the American People

Jan 04 09:24

How Many of These Secret Surveillance Programs Do you Know About?

According to various publications in the American and foreign media, the United States has created a global system of cyber espionage that allows the interception and processing of personal data around the globe in violation of fundamental human rights. Tapped phones, intercepted short messages, supervised discussions in social networks and stolen emails – this is the ugly reality we are living in. The NSA and other units of the United States Intelligence Community are more than capable of breaching any mobile operating system, be it iOS, Android or BlackBerry OS.

Washington and its agencies are literally spending billions of taxpayer dollars annually under the convenient guise of the “war on terror”, which in fact turns out to be a hidden war against its own citizens, now deprived of basic human rights. But what makes it even worse is that it’s pushing its satellite countries to launch an all-out offensive against the civil liberties of Europe and beyond.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged "war on terror" is simply a cover for a continuing surveillance war against Americans.

We have moved so quickly from "the land of the free...and the home of the brave" to the "land of the cowed...and the home of the surveilled" quickly enough to make my head spin.

Jan 04 09:07

Woman who sued convicted billionaire over sex abuse levels claims at his friends

A woman allegedly kept as a sex slave by politically-connected billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein, who went to jail for having sex with underaged girls, is accusing several prominent friends of the financier of having taken part in the debauchery, according to a new court filing.

The woman—referred to in court papers as Jane Doe #3—leveled the allegations Tuesday against Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew, as well as British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and French model scout Jean Luc Brunel.

Jan 04 08:27

Millions of Obamacare subsidy recipients may need to pay back-taxes.

The problem for Democrats is not exactly this: “As many as 3.4 million people who received Obamacare subsidies may owe refunds to the federal government, according to an estimate by a tax preparation firm… H&R Block is estimating that as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act benefited from subsidies that were too large, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.” Although it’s definitely going to be a problem: ‘several million people suddenly discovering that they now owe back taxes to the government over Obamacare’ is not exactly a good scenario, especially if you belong to the political party that set that scenario up in the first place.

Jan 03 11:41

Now Legal, Declassified Documents Reveal How CIA “Develop” Covert Propaganda “Themes to Push ‘Hot Buttons’ of Americans”

We are continually lied to and deceived by the mass media and our government institutions. Professionally-crafted propaganda techniques to frame the story and, in many cases, to advance totally fabricated events, have been used to goad on the population and gain support for the State, even at the expense of what is best for the people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government does not have a legal right to lie to its people.

And if you want a recent example of this, just take a look at Obama's declared intention to punish North Korea with sanctions about the Sony data breach, which North Korea did not do.

But North Korea was making overtures to South Korea about meeting, at a very high level, to replace the armistice, well over 60 years old this year, with a real peace treaty; and of course, Obama couldn't stand to see that happen, because it would ruin his chances of starting his war against North Korea as a back door to a war with China, because both China's currency and military are on the ascendent.

Jan 03 11:11

Catastrophe at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant?

The first thing most people don’t realize is that geiger counters are location sensitive. They are calibrated against the background radiation for a specific location. This means that if you take a geiger counter and move just a mile away, the background radiation itself could be different and the measurement inaccurate. Known background radiation is the Zero point on a calibrated geiger counter.

Second and as important is that all sensitive measurement tools need to be calibrated and certified to be useful. Sensitive tools go out of calibration by themselves over time. After Fukushima, a new normal needs to be considered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poroshenko's government needs to come as clean as humanly possible about the facts on the ground here; lives are at stake, not only those of Ukrainians, but also those of Europeans.

Expert help needs to be asked for, and granted, in dealing with the realities here, to make sure that this is not a huge catastrophe in the making.

Jan 03 10:56

1st DEMO OF THE YEAR IN NEW YORK ~~ IN PHOTOS

On New Year’s Day 50+ people gathered in New York City’s Grand Central Station for a “sing” to protest the police killings of Black citizens in New York City and nationally. The song began with “ I can hear my brother crying ‘I can’t breathe’” it was sung eleven times, the number of times Staten Islander Eric Gardner cried out as he was killed by a police choke hold. The only person arrested that day had made a video of the event which had gone viral. The protesters noted that District Attorneys have not indicted any police officer engaged in the racial shooting of Blacks.

Jan 03 09:46

Iris Scan Beaten with Cell Phone Cameras

A hacker has cracked at the Congress of the Chaos Computer Club, the thumbprint of Ursula von der Leyen and the iris of Chancellor Merkel.Therefore, the hacker used simple press photos of politicians. It appears that it is sufficient for a cell phone camera to fool biometric recognition systems, such as the Irsis scan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for Iris scans being "safe" from hacking!!

Jan 03 07:43

$3mn awarded in lawsuit to family of prisoner who died as guards watched laughing

The Colorado Department of Corrections will pay $3 million to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died after guards and nurses at the facility for several hours watched his fatal seizures without helping him.

Jan 02 10:12

Stricken AirAsia plane soared 'as fast as a fighter jet' and then dropped almost vertically into Java Sea as if being thrust down by a giant hand, crash experts revealed today

The AirAsia jet which plunged into the Java Sea rose up as fast as a fighter jet and then dropped almost vertically into the water as if being thrust down by a giant hand, crash experts agreed today.

Their conclusion is that the Airbus 320-200 was in the grip of weather so freakishly extreme that there was nothing the pilots could have done to save the jet and all 162 people on board.

Jan 02 10:10

Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz named in US lawsuit over underage sex allegations

British press reports today that a woman claims that Jewish banker Jeffrey Epstein loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave.” The woman has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz.

The woman, who filed the motion anonymously, alleges that between 1999 and 2002 she was repeatedly sexually abused by Epstein who, she also alleges, loaned her out to rich and influential men around the world.

The British press is obviously interested in developments related to prince Andrew. But I am actually curious to hear what the ethnic cleansing enthusiast Alan Dershowitz has to say in his defence.

Jan 02 09:41

Florida man beheads mother on New Year's Eve

Christian Gomez, 23, attacked his mother in garage with an ax, cut her head off and dragged the body to the garbage outside the home, according to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

"He just left the body sitting there, next to the trash can, went into the garage, tried to clean up the scene a little bit," Gualtieri said. “When he saw that wouldn't happen is when he left."

The sheriff said Gomez confessed to killing his mother.

He said Gomez was upset with his mother because she wanted him to move boxes around the house, and he was jealous of the attention Suarez-Cassagne paid to his brother.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to know what prescription anti-depressants this guy was on!

Jan 02 09:39

Detroit cops rob people at gunpoint

It's the "fake cop" theft scam, except with real cops!

Two Detroit police officers were caught robbing people at gunpoint while wearing their badges, guns, bullet proof vests and flashing those red and blue lights.

Jan 02 07:47

"Audit The Fed" Bill Gains Momentum, Yellen Starts Damage Control

After years of being blocked by Democratic leader Harry Reid, The Washington Times reports, the Senate will finally get a chance next year to vote on legislation to force a broad audit of the Federal Reserve's decision-making. Ron Paul's flagship legislative efforts have been picked up by his son and now has the backing of the leader of the new Republican majority, Sen. Mitch McConnell, whose office says the legislation will earn a floor vote. While the bill is not a sure thing, it appears to have The Fed worried as Reuters reports, Yellen and other Fed officials are lobbying Capitol Hill to drop the audit push.

As The Washington Times reports,

After years of being blocked by Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Senate will finally get a chance next year to vote on legislation to force a broad audit of the Federal Reserve's decision-making.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If everything at the Federal Reserve is done open and above board, then Yellen should have no fear of an audit.

But because the Federal Reserve is no more "federal" than the Federal Express, what are the odds that monetary policies are made on the basis of what is going to line the pockets of executives of this bank, rather than create financial opportunities for hard working individuals in this country?!? I frankly would not bet against that.

Right now, money in this country is a loan at interest rather than a public utility.

And did you know that the Federal Reserve pays absolutely no taxes?!?

Jan 01 15:16

FLASHBACK - Las Vegas police investigate helicopter ride given to Guns N' Roses guitartist, girlfriend

An internal investigation is under way after a rock guitarist and his girlfriend were given a private tour of Las Vegas in a police helicopter for a wedding proposal.

Jan 01 15:16

FLASHBACK - DA report: Metro air unit allegations unfounded

Allegations that Metropolitan Police Department command staff covered up an investigation into the department’s embattled air support unit are without merit, Clark County prosecutors concluded in an 18-page report released Wednesday.

“‘The Department’s handling of the SOAR (Safety and Operational Aviation Review) Team, the assessment and subsequent report does not rise to the level of improper governmental action as alleged in the initial letter requesting an investigation, and therefore these claims are without merit,” stated the report authored by Chief Deputy District Attorney Jessica Walsh.

The initial letter, sent to prosecutors March 13, was written by now-retired Lt. Gawain Guedry and Sgt. Leonard Lorusso, who said high-ranking Metro officers changed the 100-page SOAR assessment written by the two men.

Jan 01 12:40

2014 Year in Review: 7 Examples of Police State Technology Making Our Rights Obsolete

Things are not looking pretty for the land of the free.

The year 2014 has made it very clear that privacy is under threat, and the situation is not likely to improve. Mass surveillance – which became a national issue via the Edward Snowden leaks – is not subsiding or under reform; instead, is becoming more bold and complex with each passing day.

It would take several books to catalog the myriad ways in which the rights of The People have been casually infringed by various levels of government just in years since 9/11 and the introduction of the PATRIOT Act.

And it’s not only are federal agencies like the NSA, Homeland Security and the FBI that are taking liberties with our… umm… liberties; it is local police, too. The rise of technology is rapidly fueling these agencies with data and “intelligence” with very little oversight and even less pause for reflection to use these powerful abilities wisely and yes, judiciously.

Jan 01 10:22

AirAsia flight's behaviour 'on the edge of logic'

Mr Soejatman said that at least as baffling was "the extremely low ground speed" which was as low as 61 knots during the descent. This would suggest the plane was heading almost straight down, explaining why it was found in the water just 10km from its last point of radar contact.

The new claims lend weight to the impression that the plane was subject to extraordinary forces from the weather.

Jan 01 07:53

Frozen instruments, deliberate crash? AirAsia plane crash versions multiply

Recovering data from flight and cockpit recorders would be crucial for establishing the truth about the fate of QZ8501, but some flight experts point out that the AirAsia Airbus A320 crash has similarities with another flight incident, that of Air France flight AF447 in 2009.

The plane was officially classed as missing for two years and was found only in 2011. The investigation showed instruments called pitot tubes froze and gave false airspeed readings to the crew. They failed to respond to the problem accordingly and didn’t notice that the plane was about to stall or to try to recover it.

Jan 01 07:29

Firecracker sales high for New Year's celebrations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Personal fireworks are illegal in Hawaii, except for firecrackers for which you must buy a license from the local government (which costs more than the firecrackers). But while Hawaiians' ardor for the Fourth of July has cooled in recent years, this New Year's was the greatest display of illegal fireworks since 2000!

The smugglers brought in a huge amount of the banned fireworks, and the show got underway right after sunset, peaked at 11:30 and continued unabated until 1:00 AM, then started to taper off. But even as I type these words at 4:35 AM I can still hear in the distance the occasional sound of another exploding firework.

The message is clear; we have had enough of government telling us we cannot do this and we cannot do that, and last night's raucous display was a benign rejection of nanny government, with President Obama here to witness it! With some of the smuggled fireworks powerful enough to rattle the windows, I expect the Secret Service was very nervous last night, and probably did not get much sleep! :)

Dec 31 13:01

A spectacular way to welcome 2015 as Sydney celebrates a New Year of hope

Sydney’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebrations were crowned early this morning with the lighting of the Harbour Bridge centrepiece — a spectacular, multicoloured lightbulb that burst into life as the city’s 12-minute fireworks spectacular drew to a breathtaking crescendo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claire and I were on a tall ship in Sydney Harbor in 1999. The Ozzies know how to put on a show!

On a different note, I don;t want 20156 to be a year of hope. I want 2015 to be the year of "fix it now or resign, dammit!"

Dec 31 12:54

Why Is The Fed Hiring An "Emergency Preparedness Specialist Familiar With DHS Directives"

A few weeks ago, we reported that for some still unexplained reason, the US Treasury is ordering "survival kits" to its employees overseeing the federal banking system.

We still don't know why. But what makes things even more surprising, and confusing, is that two days before the survival kit RFP soliciation became public on December 4, 2014, a just as curious notice was blasted by the Fed's recruiting Twitter account:

So the Fed is hiring not just any "emergency preparedness specialist" but one familiar with DHS directives?

#Hiring an emergency preparedness specialist familiar w/ Department of Homeland Security directives. #Job ID:10185 http://go.usa.gov/6rpx

The only question is why does the Fed - a uniformly safe institution, where economists engage in deep contemplation and decide how much of the US deficit they will monetize - need a person with these qualifications?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing which makes sense to me is that the Fed believes, based on some very critical realities, that there is going to be some massive financial and social disruption in the US in 2015.

Folks, I know I sound like a chipped CD on this one, but if the Fed is preparing for a massive financial and social disruption here at home, you had darned well better be preparing for it as well.

Please make sure you have potable water, some kind of filtration, storable food and a means to cook things if power goes off. If you, or the people you care about are on medication, please make sure you have extra medication for yourself, and your loved ones. Buy small amounts of gold and silver, and do not put any more money in the bank than just what you need to pay your bills. Figure out what skills and services you can barter if the US currency crashes completely, and becomes worthless. Have a bug out plan, if you need to leave, and make sure you know how to get your children released from school, if you need to.

Preparing never hurts; when things go haywire, it is the preparing that can keep you and your family alive in the middle of any kind of a disaster.

Dec 31 11:39

Saudi King undergoing medical tests in Riyadh hospital: state TV

Saudi Arabia's elderly King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was admitted to a hospital in the capital Riyadh on Wednesday for medical tests, state media reported on Wednesday, citing a royal court statement.

King Abdullah was born in the court of his father, King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, in the early 1920s.

The softly-spoken monarch, who took power in 2005 after the death of King Fahd, has undergone surgery in the past few years related to a herniated disc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a critically important juncture for the House of Saud, because should the king die, succession is not yet clear. And it will be King Abdullah's successor who, most likely, will be calling the shots on foreign and domestic policies.

And one has to wonder; after the US vetoed the establishment of a Palestinian state at the UN Security Council yesterday, just how western-centric Abdullah's successor might be, and whether they will still insist on selling their oil in US dollars?

As reported in wickipedia.com:

The order of succession to the throne of Saudi Arabia is determined by, and within, the House of Saud. It follows agnatic (a relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males) seniority, but a prince may be surpassed or another elevated. The Allegiance Council was created in 2006 to facilitate the royal transfer of power.

Dec 31 11:35

Couple thrown in JAIL for being unable to pay court fees on traffic ticket they received visiting dying son in hospital

An Alabama couple say they ended up in a modern-day equivalent of a debtor's jail after they had failed to pay court fees in connection to a minor traffic violation as their young son lay dying in the hospital.

Tim Fugatt, a music pastor from Sylacauga, Alabama, was pulled over in Childersburg in December 2010 and issued a ticket for driving with an expired tag on his license plate.

At the time of the traffic stop, Mr Fugatt was returning home from visiting his terminally ill infant son, Cole, suffering from a rare brain disease.

The couple told a judge about their gravely ill child and were both found not guilty, but the judge ruled they still had to pay $500 in court fees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not guilty, and they STILL have to pay $500?!?

Dec 31 10:51

The NYPD is Essentially Refusing to do Its Job and Yet New York Hasn’t Collapsed into Chaos

The NYPD has basically stopped doing its job since the murder of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu earlier this month, according to reports in the New York Post and New York Daily News, and yet the city hasn’t descended into total chaos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmm. Maybe we don't need those police after all. Or their tanks. Tear gas. Rubber bullets. Tasers. Drones and other spy gear. Flash-bang grenades into baby cribs.

Dec 31 10:07

Under The New World Order

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Want mt predictions for 2015? These are most of them!

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Dec 31 09:51

FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR

DesertPeace and Associates wishes all of our readers and friends the best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2015!

Dec 31 09:39

Obama Says He Is Improving the World

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a December 30th Oval Office interview with Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio, that, “wherever we have been involved over the last several years, I think the outcome has been better because of American leadership.” This statement from him was part of his answer when Inskeep asked whether the President had regrets about “overthrowing the Gaddafi regime” in Libya.

Obama answered:

“We are hugely influential; we’re the one indispensable nation. But when it comes to nation-building, when it comes to what is going to be a generational project in a place like Libya or a place like Syria or a place like Iraq, we can help, but we can’t do it for them.” In other words: the Libyan people failed, and the Syrian people failed, and the Iraqi people failed, according to America’s President — but he himself and his predecessor Bush did not fail by bombing those countries under false pretenses as they did.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only a one word characterization of Obama's state of mind, upon making these statements: delusional!!!

And unfortunately, even invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which states that a President can be removed for physical or mental disabilities, the US government would be left with...President Biden for at least two years.

Dec 31 08:28

N.C. police chief says ‘all lives matter’ after officer ambushed by two black men

A North Carolina police chief reminded residents during a remembrance ceremony Sunday that “all lives matter,” after a Durham police officer what shot at in an ambush attack by two black men.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Agents provocateurs?

Dec 31 07:34

2014 – A Year of Gumshoeing Without Fear or Favour

I had always known there was a yawning gap between mainstream reporting (MSM) and the alternative media, but it was only when I actually began the investigating and reporting process, that it became apparent we exist in two parallel realities (#1).

Dec 31 07:09

PA police shoot suspect dead for resisting arrest over alleged online threats

Police in Pennsylvania have shot and killed a 52yo man after he allegedly attempted to 'run them over' in his vehicle after they tried to arrest him over his [alleged] earlier online threats against police officers and federal agents.

Dec 30 12:28

FBI Busted Falsely Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack

I hate North Korean leaders …

They’re not only clowns sporting bad haircuts and weird clothes, but they live in luxury while the population literally starves.

But the FBI’s official assertion that North Korea carried out the attack in retaliation for Sony’s releasing the movie “The Interview” is B.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, America's money-junkies live in luxury while Americans starve, so I don't see much difference.

Dec 30 12:25

Obamacare: How Screwed Are You?

Since the ACA was deemed to have passed Congress, rewritten and declared a tax by Justice Roberts, altered, parsed and carved up by Presidential fiat, had its many exemptions and waivers issued to the fortunate and filibustered against its funding; dozens of minions in various administration agencies have also cranked out over 100 final regulations on how this fraud will be implemented.

That’s the long way of saying you’re about to be subjugated. Think I’m paranoid?

Okay, riddle me this:

Since when does enforcement of a law require thirty times more words and regulations than the law itself?

The answer is when enforcement is the entire point of the law.

But most importantly, the Administration will have you by the short hairs. They’ll have your medical history and the ability to share it or exploit it when it suits them.

Dec 30 12:12

Worse than the dictators: Egypt’s leaders bring pillars of freedom crashing down

Egypt is enacting authoritarian laws at a rate unmatched by any regime for 60 years, legal specialists from four institutions have told the Guardian.

Since the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Morsi’s successors in the presidency, Adly Mansour and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, have used the absence of an elected parliament to almost unilaterally issue a series of draconian decrees that severely restrict freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is NOT the outcome for which Egyptians were demonstrating not so long ago.

IT is, very much, however, the outcome preferred by both the US government and Israel, so that Egyptian governmental activities were "controllable".

Dec 30 12:04

The Fierce Encroachment of the Last Gasp of Darkness.

Happy New Year, my friends! May this coming year bring massive frustrations for The Overlords and a rapid diminishment of all of their powers and influence. May this new year bring a rising tide of awareness all along the river banks of this world. May our banks be flush with the currency of consciousness and may every dark dream die. May we rise to every occasion, as the light intensifies against the fierce encroachment of the last gasp of the darkness, that seeks to bury the common mind within it. That is not the fate I have chosen for myself, nor do I support that end for you. Let us always remember that beneath this blanketing curse of Materialism, there are many brave souls who labor in vineyards far and wide, seeking the unity of mind, which empowers our collective to resist the unhappy highways being built for our gridlock and demise.

Dec 30 11:47

28 Signs That U.S. Public Schools Are Rapidly Being Turned Into Indoctrination Centers And Prison Camps

It has been said that children are our future, and right now the vast majority of our children are being “educated” in public schools that are rapidly being turned into indoctrination centers and prison camps. Our children desperately need to focus on the basics such as reading, writing and math, but instead a whole host of politicians, “education officials” and teachers are constantly injecting as much propaganda as they possibly can into classroom instruction. Instead of learning how to think, our children are continually being told what to think. Not only that, our children are also being trained how to live as subservient slaves in a Big Brother police state. Today, nearly everything that children do in public schools is watched, monitored, recorded and tracked. Independent thought and free expression are greatly discouraged and are often cracked down upon harshly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had Mike and I had kids, we would have home schooled them, and if we lived in a non-friendly home school state, we would have moved to a state that was more home school friendly.

Dec 30 11:34

Russia, Japan likely to cooperate in creating Eurasian Economic Corridor

Russia and Japan have perfect chances to take their cooperation in eastern Siberia and the Far East to a new level in 2015 if they set up the so-called Eurasian corridor, MP Yukio Hatoyama, an important figure in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday.

“This concept is very topical in spite of all the current difficulties,” said Hatoyama who has more than once occupied important governmental positions throughout his political career.

He is president of the Japan-Russia Society, which unites the activists of different political forces, as well as large and medium-sized businesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF realized, this could offer tremendous economic benefits to both countries.

Dec 30 08:50

AirAsia Plane Debris and Bodies Are Found in Search

Indonesian television showed a rescuer descending from a helicopter toward a corpse, which like other bodies found was not wearing a life jacket.

The Indonesian authorities said the pieces of wreckage were found about 60 miles southeast of the last known position of the plane — the opposite direction from the plane’s path, a fact that was not explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absence of life jackets suggests that something sudden happened to the aircraft, leaving no time for the passengers to prepare for a water landing. The claim that the debris was found 60 miles to the southeast of the aircraft's last known position appears to be an error, with AirAsia giving the number as only 6 miles.

UPDATE: The New York Times is stating the 60 mile figure.

Dec 30 07:51

NYPD cop throws man to the ground after spotting him doing Ellen Degeneres’ ‘dance dare’

An online “prankster” was berated and thrown to the ground by New York City police while participating in one of talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ “dance dares,” the Free Thought Project reported.

The victim, who identifies himself as Alexander BOK, posted footage on his YouTube channel of the encounter, which shows several officers crowding around BOK, with one asking him, “Are you f*cking kidding me, bro? Are you a f*cking a*shole?”

BOK explains in another video that he approached the officer from behind as part of a “dance dare” Degeneres made to her viewers earlier this month.

Dec 30 07:47

Is Malaysia being threatened for being outspoken?

Who the heck is Mahathir Mohamad and why does it matter?

In 2007, the year before the global financial market, Mohamad called for the Islamic world to develop its own gold-backed currency, the gold dinar, as an alternative to US dollar reserves in central banks.

How often to you hear people who run a big country talk like this?

This movement launched seven years ago, but do you think the issue is any less important now?

Is it possible that Malaysian airliners are being "disappeared" at strategically timed intervals to telegraph a message to Malaysian authorities who still may back this movement?

Dec 30 07:23

NYPD Has Gotten Paranoid After Executions, Letting Minor Crimes Go

“I’m not writing any summonses. Do you think I’m going to stand there so someone can shoot me or hit me in the head with an ax?” One cop said Sunday, referring to the Dec. 20 slayings and another recent attack on the NYPD.

“I’m concerned about my safety,” the cop added. “I want to go to home to my wife and kids.”

An NYPD supervisor noted, “My guys are writing almost no summonses, and probably only making arrests when they have to — like when a store catches a shoplifter.”

And the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association directive for cops to respond with at least two patrol cars has resulted in a manpower shortage that’s delaying response times to non-emergencies — such as burglaries or car crashes without injuries — to as much as four hours, sources said.

Dec 30 07:22

Isolated Incidents? A Lawsuit is Filed Against the NYPD Every 2 1/2 Hours

New York City comptroller, Scott Stringer, recently released a map of all lawsuits filed against the NYPD in 2013. This graphic representation of police misconduct was then analyzed and compiled into a compelling report which illustrates the dire need of reform.

The report put out by the comptroller’s officer, titled Claimstat, shows that the lawsuits are derived “primarily of allegations of police misconduct, civil rights violations, and injury and/or damage from accidents involving police vehicles.” The report was put out in July and is used as a way of using data-driven methods to try and save money.

However, it doesn’t look like counting the incidents of police brutality is doing anything to save the city money, as Stringer’soriginal report said that the 2015 budget would have to include $674 million for settlements and judgments (an amount greater that the budget for the Parks Department, Department of Aging and New York Public Library combined).

Dec 30 07:08

Michael Rivero - Dec. 29, 2014 - The Real Sony “Interview” Hacker

Dec 30 07:04

Someone in China warned of a AirAisa disaster 13 days before QZ8501 disappeared.

There is a post on some Chinese forum that is blowing up right now because apparently a user 13 days ago made a post warning people not to go on AirAsia Airline. He explained that the people that brought down MH370 is going to target another Malaysian airline to destroy Malaysia's Air travel industry or something like that and it all has something to do with the US (my Chinese is a bit rusty).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Malaysia angered Israel by launching their War Crimes Commission back in 2007, and undertaking cases which for political reasons had stalled in the ICC and the UN, including war crimes charges against Israel for genocide of the Palestinians. So the idea of a payback by wrecking their airline industry is not without merit.

Dec 30 06:50

SONY HACK: An Inside Job

Dec 30 06:48

New Mexico cop, former officer arrested for Christmas Eve sexual assault: police

Milan Police officer James Watters and former Sheriff's security officer Jessie Terrazas were arrested after providing alcohol to a 20-year-old woman and forcing her into sex acts, police said.

Dec 30 06:47

Two gunmen shoot Los Angeles police car in ‘unprovoked’ attack

Two police officers were responding to an unrelated radio call around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday in South Los Angeles when two men allegedly opened fire. The officers were not injured and returned fire, police said. The suspects fled, although an 18-year-old man was detained as a ‘person of interest.’ The incident has raised tensions at the police department after two NYPD cops were killed execution-style in Brooklyn Dec. 20.

Dec 30 06:43

QZ8501 AirAsia Wreckage Found, Bodies Being Recovered

Over 40 bodies have been recovered from the missing AirAsia flight, the Indonesian Navy said. Objects resembling parts of the plane, as well as what was thought to be the plane’s outline underwater, were seen in the search area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, now how do I blame this on Al Qaeda, ISIS, Syria, Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea???" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 30 06:27

Ezell Ford, unarmed man, shot 3 times by police, once in the back, autopsy reveals

A 25-year-old black man killed in a fight with Los Angeles police was shot three times in his right side, right arm and back, an autopsy report released Monday states.

The autopsy involving Ezell Ford was disclosed after police initially ordered the Los Angeles County coroner's office to withhold the results for months to avoid tainting potential witness statements.

Ford was unarmed when police confronted him on a street near his home Aug. 11. Police said officers tried to speak to him but got into a struggle with Ford and shot him when he tried to grab an officer's gun.

Dec 30 06:20

Debris Found During Search for AirAsia Flight 8501

As the search for AirAsia Flight 8501 continues for a third day, Indonesian authorities have announced they have found debris and bodies from the passenger jet that went missing three days ago with 162 people on board.

Dec 29 13:39

Searchers 'Suspect' Missing AirAsia Jet Is on Ocean Floor

The plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter should function automatically and send warning signals, but no signal has been detected by control centers in Indonesia or in neighboring countries, Soelistyo said.

Dec 29 12:59

Wild footage captures the moment diners batter man with chairs at Chicago's Rock N Roll McDonald's

There was chaos at a flagship McDonald’s in Chicago in the early hours of Saturday when a mass brawl broke out.

The Rock N Roll McDonald's is one of the fast food chain's most famous locations in the world and a popular tourist attraction in the city.

The violent incident was captured on cell phone footage which was later posted on YouTube.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not exactly the image America wants to project to the rest of the world!

Dec 29 12:31

Missing QZ 8501 AirAsia flight: Crowded airspace forced it to fly at low altitude, disappear

The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

Minutes later, the jet carrying 162 people was gone from the radar. No distress signal was issued. It is believed to have crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea on Sunday morning, but exactly what happened - and whether the plane's flight path played any role - won't be determined until after the aircraft is found.

Dec 29 11:12

AirAsia Flight 8501: Request to climb initially denied

The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

Minutes later, the jet carrying 162 people was gone from the radar. No distress signal was issued. It is believed to have crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea on Sunday morning, but exactly what happened - and whether the plane's flight path played any role - won't be determined until after the aircraft is found.

Dec 29 11:12

Did Bad Weather Bring Down Air Asia 8501?

In the Air France disaster, the pilots had been flying a larger airplane—an Airbus A330—and, like the AirAsia pilots, they had spotted a large storm system ahead of them, towering over their flight path. Knowing that storm systems of this kind contain strong updrafts and downdrafts—one following another—the Air France pilots made a course change but the thunderheads were far too high to avoid.

Yet it wasn’t actually the weather that triggered the sequence of events that led to the loss of the Air France airplane. Because of a design flaw, airspeed instruments iced up, fed false readings to the computers controlling the flight, and the computers shut down. Left to fly the Airbus manually, the pilots mishandled the controls and instead of stabilizing the airplane, destabilized it and never regained control until it hit the Atlantic—in one piece—at the huge velocity of 11,000 feet per minute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many observers have commented that pilots are over-dependent on their automated flight systems, such as the one which led to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 striking the edged of the runway in San Francisco in 2013. If the flight systems mess up, bad things happen if the flight crew cannot handle the aircraft with old fashioned "seat of the pants" piloting.

Dec 29 10:48

Michael Brown (?) Mugs an Old Man

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: Snopes says this is NOT Michael Brown in the video. Sadly, Snopes has often sided with the official story on too many issues to be taken at face value, so look at the video and decide for yourself.

Dec 29 09:10

America’s Toxic Middle East Allies

U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf have a history of directly supporting or at least allowing private funds to flow to terrorist groups. This phenomenon has its roots in the U.S. and Saudi-backed Afghan insurgency against the Soviet Union, which included aid to the so-called “Arab Afghans” who joined the indigenous insurgency. The impact on Saudi society, and the broader Middle East, was profound.

At the same time, Gulf monarchies view these terrorist groups as a serious threat. But the Saudi state is inhibited in dealing with terrorist financing, as it cannot afford to estrange the powerful clerical establishment that permeates society and is comparatively unabashed about funding jihadists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether as a parent, or as a nation, when you enable bad behaviour, the outcomes are usually pretty lousy.

Dec 29 08:59

ACLU Sues Ferguson Schools For Being “Too White”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of the NAACP against Ferguson School districts for being “too white” and discriminating against African-Americans.

According to the federal complaint filed against the school district, the system used to elect the members of its school board dilutes the “black vote,” causing African-Americans not to be represented properly on the school board. According to the lawsuit, six of the seven board members are white, although seventy percent of the school is African-American.

Dec 29 08:34

Virgin Atlantic VS43 circles over Gatwick Airport as 'landing gear fails'

A Virgin Atlantic plane is circling south east England after its right wing landing gear apparently failed to come down.

Flight VS43 has been captured on a flight radar circling the region after taking off from Gatwick Airport.

Virgin Atlantic confirmed there was a problem with one of the landing gears and said it was preparing to make an emergency landing.

It is believed pilots will remain in a holding pattern over the south east until enough fuel has been burned off before attempting to bring the Boeing 747 down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently the cockpit instruments indicated a problem while retracting the landing gear after take-off, so the pilot tried to lower the gear and the starboard side outboard gear refuse to come down. Now they are circling to burn off fuel before attempting a landing. The good news is that the 747 has four main gear, which means if the pilot sets the 747 down gently enough, the remaining starboard gear will hold the weight and allow the plane to complete the rollout safely.

UPDATE: The plane has landed safely.

Dec 29 08:24

Leaked ‘kill list’ shows NATO killed Afghan children, civilians in pursuit of low-level Taliban fighters

Drawing information from top secret documents spirited away by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports that the “kill list” used by NATO forces in Afghanistan included low-ranking members of the Taliban along with drug dealers suspected of supporting them.

As the war in Afghanistan draws to a close after 13 years, new information is becoming available describing NATO conduct in the war-torn nation. According to the newly released documents, NATO maintained an extensive list — including up to 750 names at times – of Afghans (found here) slated for death, including mid- and lower-level Taliban operatives along with drug dealers who allegedly supported the insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it very psychologically insightful that extrajudicial assassinations are the primary form of war this President likes to wage.

Dec 29 08:09

The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart

Wal-Marts all over the nation were absolutely packed this holiday season, but according to a recent Bloomberg article, the average amount of welfare that Wal-Mart employees receive from the government each year breaks down to about $420,000 per store…

Wal-Mart’s low wages have led to full-time employees seeking public assistance. These are not the 47 percent, lazy, unmotivated bums. Rather, these are people working physical, often difficult jobs. They receive $2.66 billion in government help each year (including $1 billion in healthcare assistance). That works out to about $5,815 per worker. And about $420,000 per store.

Does that make you angry?

It should.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to speculate as to the covert and overt "compensation" which Wal-Mart regularly pays various members of Congress, in the form of campaign funds, to keep this huge, disgustingly socially irresponsible ponzi scheme, going.

Dec 29 08:05

Researchers Release Full Data from 2012 Police Body Cam Study

In the debate over police body cameras, there is basically one study that proponents repeatedly reference: a 2012 experiment in Rialto, California, carried out by the local police chief and two academics from the University of Cambridge.

The topline results—that cameras reduced the use of force by 60 percent and civilian complaints against police by 88 percent—were released by the Rialto police and have been cited widely since then. However, the full details of the study weren’t available until now.

In fact, the full study wasn’t even published until November, where it appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

The researchers weren’t planning to release the detailed results publicly, but they changed their minds when “it became highly topical,” says Fred Lewesy, a communications officer at Cambridge University, which funded the study through its Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology. He sent the text of the study to journalists last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would look to me as though this practice should be a no-brainer, on the part of police departments everywhere in the US...unless police wanted brutality to suspects remain hidden, of course.

Dec 29 07:47

Hundreds still awaiting airlift on stricken Italian ferry

Italian and Greek helicopter crews worked into the night to airlift passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, battling darkness and bad weather that hampered rescue efforts by other ships throughout Sunday.

Helicopters were plucking passengers off the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic and transferring them to a nearby vessel, after a dramatic day that began when a fire broke out on its lower deck in the early hours.

Dec 29 07:43

Another Air Disaster? An Air Asia Flight From Indonesia To Singapore Loses Contact And Goes Missing

An AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday. Flight QZ 8501, an Airbus 320-200, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 a.m. (2317 GMT). The flight had 155 passengers and 7 crew members on board; 149 Indonesians, three people from Korea, and one each from Singapore, Britain and Malaysia. Among the passengers, 138 were adults, 16 children and 1 was a baby.Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia confirmed its flight had lost contact with air traffic control and said a search-and-rescue operation had been launched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


This is supposedly the last ATC data block of Flight 8501. If this is real, it indicates that Flight 8501 was at 36,300 feet but only flying at 363 knots. There is a known issue with the Airbus susceptibility to stalling at high altitudes and speeds. Unlike a slow-speed, low-altitude stall, which is easy to recover from, a high-speed stall can put the plane into a spin that is unrecoverable. Given the highly turbulent air they were flying in, caused by the severe weather conditions, flying that close to the stall speed, it appears the plane may have crossed into a wind-shear zone that dropped the wings below stall. The plane went divergent, and the crew was to busy trying to recover the craft to make a radio call.

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