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Feb 26 10:14

Stephen Lendman - US Diplomats Paid to Lie

If Washington ran want ads tor diplomatic posts, they'd read something like this:

Wanted: Individuals for diplomatic positions. Foreign service experience preferred. Deception skills required.

Comfortable spreading state propaganda. Willing to ignore hard truths. Eager to lie for their government.

John Kerry does it poorly. How he got the top diplomatic post is anyone's guess. Maybe he bought it.

Feb 26 10:14

Prosecutor: Former NJ Democratic chairman sold influence

RICO case

schemes including one that involved a multibillion-dollar megamall project that has languished for more than a decade

Feb 26 10:13

George W. Bush Asked What He Misses Most About Being President; This Is What He Said

Former President George W. Bush said he is often asked what he misses about being president.

Feb 26 10:13

No, the FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows: A day before before an FCC vote to bar telecoms from artificially slowing down the web, lobbyists are still pouring money into attacks—and a paper is reporting the government will be able to defund TV shows.

A day before before an FCC vote to bar telecoms from artificially slowing the web, lobbyists are still pouring money into attacks—and a paper is reporting the government will be able to cancel TV shows.

Feb 26 10:12

States Spend More Than $1 Million On Welfare Drug Testing, Turn Up Barely Anything

As state legislatures convene across the country, proposals keep cropping up to drug test applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare. Bills have been introduced so far in Montana,Texas, and West Virginia, with a handful of others also considering such a move. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) hasgone further, proposing to drug test applicants for food stamps and unemployment benefits. They follow recent bills put into action in Maine, Michigan, and Mississippi.

Feb 26 10:12

McDonald’s accused of €1bn tax evasion

Fast-food chain McDonald’s has been accused of avoiding over €1 billion in European corporate taxes between 2009-2013. A report by a coalition of European and American trade unions has revealed the company’s alleged tax avoidance strategy.

McDonalds paid a total of €16 million in tax on royalties of €3.7 billion for a period of 5 years (2009-2013), according to a report from the charity group War on Want.

Feb 26 10:12

flashback: Thursday, October 27, 2005 Kerry Rips Bush On Iraq

Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington, Kerry blasted the Bush administration, saying that "the country and the Congress were misled into war.... History will judge the invasion of Iraq one of the greatest foreign policy misadventures of all time."
Kerry also called for a rapid reduction in the number of troops in Iraq and cited the seemingly endless U.S. occupation of the country as the primary reason for the ferocity of the insurgency.
He also dismissed the conservative notion that Americans somehow have a patriotic obligation to remain silent about opposition to the Iraq war.
Kerry ripped Team Bush for the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame and came right out and accused them of attacking Plame to get at her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson.
"And knowing now the full measure of the Bush Administration’s duplicity and incompetence, I doubt there are many members of Congress who would give them the authority they abused so badly. I know I would not. There is, as Robert Kennedy once said, ‘enough blame to go around,’ and I accept my share of the responsibility.
(*all of which sounds good , but Kerry apologized for his scathing commentary a day or two after he let it rip .)

Feb 26 10:10

Who is Jihadi John? CNN’s blooper hints he’s… Putin

As the world media raced to break the identity of the Islamic State killer nicknamed Jihadi John, some of them moved too fast. Like CNN, who unexpectedly paraded Vladimir Putin’s image in its Who-is-Jihadi-John report.

Thursday’s report by Max Foster from the London office of CNN International was supposed to reveal the identity of Jihadi John, a young British man who is believed to have executed a number of ISIS hostages.

Feb 26 10:06

St. Louis Police officers want to keep World Series ticket scandal records private

officers let friends and relatives use World Series tickets seized from scalpers.

Feb 26 10:03

Who Is Bankrolling the Islamic State? Private Donors in Gulf Oil States Cited as Key to ISIS Success

Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State have reportedly abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive. Meanwhile, the Islamic State militant nicknamed "Jihadi John," who has been featured in several beheading videos, has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born former resident of London. In other news, two U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have reportedly killed over three dozen people in Iraq, including at least 20 civilians.

Feb 26 10:02

Developing: Ohio Man Accused Of Funding Middle Eastern Terrorism To Face Judge On Charges

Columbus man helped terrorists, indictment says

Feb 26 09:59

Niagara Falls frozen! (No, not the waterfall, the U.S. city's water mains)

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (Niagara Falls Reporter): For residents with broken pipes, Dyster and the Niagara Falls Water Board were quick to disavow any responsibility. After they thawed the pipes. they told residents to hire a plumber and fix your broken lines yourself.

So that's what the residents did.

When we first heard about the problem we went to 72nd and within minutes we knew something was fishy.

The plumbers hired by the city to thaw out the frozen pipes (but not to fix the broken ones) showed us the holes they dug to expose pipes to thawing.

To our surprise we found that water lines were less than two feet under the surface. Naturally they will freeze and the only possible reason they were that shallow was because the main line under the street was shallow and the lateral lines to people's homes - which had frozen - had to be shallow to hook up with the main line.

Feb 26 09:55

Greek Orthodox seminary targeted in Jerusalem in apparent hate crime

Greek Orthodox Seminary torched; graffiti reading ‘Jesus is a son of a whore’ and “Redemption of Zion” were among the slogans painted in the areas surrounding the bathrooms.

Feb 26 09:53

Samsung faces complaint in US over Smart TV 'surveillance'

Samsung routinely intercepts and records the private communications of consumers in their homes

Feb 26 09:48

Why is the FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Secret?

What's FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler? Hiding From Congress and the American People?

The 332-page final draft FCC order was only delivered to the four other FCC commissioners three weeks ago. When Wheeler delivered the document, he took the unusual step of issuing a “gag order” to prevent its release before the FCC vote

Feb 26 09:48

Donbas blames Kiev ‘economic blockade’ for multi-currency introduction

The people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk will introduce a multi-currency financial system using the US dollar, euro and yuan. This is to shield against the free fall of the domestic currency, the hryvnia, and the “economic blockade” by Kiev.

"As Ukraine is not going to lift the economic blockade as agreed, as the Ukrainian currency has depreciated to such an extent that large city stores are becoming sold out, I inform you that we decided to launch a multi-currency system in our country,” said Igor Plotnitsky, head of self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk, as quoted by TASS. “We will use the ruble, the hryvnia, the dollar and other currencies convenient for us."

Feb 26 09:44

Bailed-out RBS offers staff ‘outrageous’ bonuses despite £3.5 bn losses in 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) chief executive Ross McEwan has conceded the 80 percent state-owned bank will pay staff lucrative bonuses from a pool of £421 million, despite the fact it faced losses of £3.5 billion in 2014.

McEwan took control of the scandal-ridden bank in 2012 after it became insolvent and received a £45 billion bailout at UK taxpayers’ expense.

Feb 26 09:43

Reports Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use its airspace for Iran strike

Saudi Arabia is apparently prepared to allow Israeli jets into its airspace to conduct attacks on Iran. That's according to a report by the Israeli Channel 2 TV station, citing an unnamed senior European source.

Feb 26 09:43

Who is Jihadi John? CNN’s blooper hints he’s… Putin

As the world media raced to break the identity of the Islamic State killer nicknamed Jihadi John, some of them moved too fast. Like CNN, who unexpectedly paraded Vladimir Putin’s image in its Who-is-Jihadi-John report.

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