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December 31, 2015

Dec 31 08:39

New York Daily News’ Bill Cosby Cover Perfectly Illustrates America’s Rape Problem

The New York Daily News is quite well known for its genius — and refreshingly honest — covers, and they’ve done it again, this time with regards to the arrest of comedian Bill Cosby. The icon-turned-pariah has finally been charged with sexual assault after decades of hiding behind his fame, money, lawyers, influence, and, most importantly, the statutes of limitations in several states. It took nearly 60 women to come forward, but finally, just days before the statute ran out in Pennsylvania, he was charged. And, as happy as anyone who cares about justice is about that, it is actually the problem. That is where the NY Daily News cover comes in. The paper ran the Cosby story with this image:

Dec 31 08:21

Trump’s Spokeswoman Wore One Thing Live On CNN That Instantly Sparked Huge Buzz

The necklace was not made up of pearls, jewels or beads, but various rounds of ammunition. CNN’s Jim Sciutto tweeted Pierson after the interview inquiring about her unique neckwear. “We noticed your bullet necklace on our air. Is there a message behind it?” he asked.

Pierson responded: Made in #Texas! Real ammo. #2A Support your local small business owners! #Trump2016 https://t.co/6T4zYWDqeR

Dec 31 08:10

Flashback, ABC News: "Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?"

Millions saw the horrific images of the World Trade Center attacks, and those who saw them won't forget them. But a New Jersey homemaker saw something that morning that prompted an investigation into five young Israelis and their possible connection to Israeli intelligence.

Dec 31 07:52

Wiesenthal Center releases 2015 list of worst global anti-Semitic incidents

“This was a horrible year of anti-Semitism across Europe and across American college campuses,” Cooper said in a telephone interview. “Just last Thursday an Orthodox Jew was walking through … Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and he was physically assaulted.”
Note: It wasn't a real good year for the Palestinians either!

Dec 31 07:48

US sued over donations for illegal Israeli settlements

A group of American citizens filed the suit on December 21 against the US Department of Treasury, claiming about 150 non-profits have sent an estimated $280bn to Israel over the past two decades.
Note: The U.S. loses billions revenue not collected!

Dec 31 07:44

Israel rejects book on Jew-Arab love for school curriculum

Israel has refused to include a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man in the country's high school curriculum, reportedly over concerns that it could encourage intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews.

Dec 31 06:09

Bombshell: Obama’s policy in Syria is to DIRECTLY support the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda

President Obama’s active support for terror groups in Syria led to creation of ISIS

Dec 31 05:44

How the Israel boycott movement struck major blows in 2015

There’s also every sign that BDS could become a big issue in the 2016 US presidential campaign – already Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican hopeful Jeb Bush have launched attacks on the Israel boycott movement

Dec 31 05:37

Toshiba Estimating Multi-Billion Dollar Loss

As the center of attention for a accounting scandal Toshiba could loss some money, a lot of money.

Dec 31 05:36

Hyatt Hotels Experience Possible Hackers

The hotel chain has found software connections leading them to believe hackers may have obtained credit card numbers among other things.

Dec 31 03:24

‘Mental’ People Reported by Family Will Be Forced to “Have a Time Out, Surrender Their Weapons” in CA

Careful not to seem too angry next time you argue with your spouse. It could spell the end of your 2nd Amendment.

Gun control legislation going into effect in California next week will allow authorities to seize a person’s weapons for 21 days if a judge determines there is potential for violence.

The bill provides family members with a means of having an emergency “gun violence restraining order” imposed against a loved one...

Read more at SHTFplan.com

December 30, 2015

Dec 30 23:45

Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock

With a heavy heart Debian mourns the passing of Ian Murdock, stalwart proponent of Free Open Source Software, Father, Son, and the 'ian' in Debian.

Ian started the Debian project in August of 1993, releasing the first versions of Debian later that same year. Debian would go on to become the world's Universal Operating System, running on everything from embedded devices to the space station.

Ian's sharp focus was on creating a Distribution and community culture that did the right thing, be it ethically, or technically. Releases went out when they were ready, and the project's staunch stance on Software Freedom are the gold standards in the Free and Open Source world.

Ian's devotion to the right thing guided his work, both in Debian and in the subsequent years, always working towards the best possible future.

Dec 30 21:42

Vladimir Putin Fights the War Party on All Fronts - by PEPE ESCOBAR

The bottom line is that in 2016 the option will continue to be stark; it’s either the hegemony of the War Party – with the subtext of a Washington “willfully” condoned Salafi-jihadi “offer” to young, disaffected Muslims; or the vision of a full, prosperous trade/commerce/communication network for the whole of Eurasia. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

Dec 30 20:59

Army Needs Volunteers to Eat Only MREs for 21 Days Straight

Are we planning to be in protracted battles beyond the reach of supply lines?

Dec 30 19:05

“What is Israel supposed to do?

As for the biggest question, “what is Israel to do?” Israel is to free all Palestinian prisoners, repeal all the laws that give Jewish people exclusive rights in Palestine, repeal the law the prohibits Palestinians from returning to their land and allocate the billions of dollars that will be needed for paying reparations to the refugees and their descendants. Then, Israel is to call for free, one-person one-vote elections where all people who live in mandatory Palestine vote as equals. That is what Israel should do.

Dec 30 18:11

Sadistic Cops Make K-9 Maul Unarmed Suicidal Teen – Caught Planning and Celebrating It in Texts

Lemay’s mother had called the North Port PD when she learned that her son was apparently about to commit suicide. Keith Bush, the leader of their K-9 unit, responded to the scene, but not before telling a fellow K-9 handler to come join in the fun.

“On this day, before he or any other officer reached Jared Lemay’s home, Bush sent a message to fellow K-9 handler Michael Dietz: “COME GET UR BITE.”

Minutes later, records show, Bush messaged Dietz again: “IM GONNA TAKE UR BITE IF U DONT HURRY UP.”

Lemay, who was found unarmed and hiding in a trash can in his garage, was bitten in the face and back by Dietz’s dog, a Belgian Malinois named Cammo.”

Dec 30 16:44

Fury as thousands of NHS patients are left without essential medicines for weeks after the UK's biggest online pharmacy goes into meltdown

Thousands of NHS patients have been left without essential medicines for weeks because the UK's biggest online pharmacy is in meltdown.

Some patients have been waiting four weeks for urgently needed medication – and are now being told it could be another fortnight until the problem is resolved.

They have been left without life-saving drugs 'for days on end' over Christmas as a result of the problems at the warehouse of Pharmacy2U, the Leeds-based internet pharmacy endorsed by the NHS.

Dec 30 16:41

Welcome to the EU! Poles Remind Ukrainians About The Restitution Of Property

"Welcome to the European Union! Together with our possessions" - so began the leaflet that was distributed among Ukrainian migrants staying in Poland by participants of the organization "Restitution Borderlands". The organization seeks the return of Polish property to the heirs of those who lived in Western Ukraine prior to its annexation by the USSR. "We just want to remind people that Kiev has agreed certain terms of Association with the EU. Of course, nobody has asked Ukrainians, but, once the government provides such an opportunity, the poles will seek lawsuits demanding compensation for property of their ancestors" - quoted Jaroslaw Augustyniak from the organization "Restitution Borderlands", according to the resource "Politnavigator". "We own about $5 billion of property not only within the old borders of the Second Polish Republic, but everywhere that was (and according to the law - and still is) Polish property before the revolution.

Dec 30 16:40

California Law Allowing Government to Seize Legal Guns Goes into Effect January 1st

By Claire Bernish

Beginning January 1, gun regulations in California will give authorities the right to seize a person’s weapons for 21 days if a judge determines the potential for violence exists...

Dec 30 16:38

Ukrainian Saboteurs Attempted to Attack Joseph Kobzon In Donbass

On Wednesday, 30th of December, the trip of Joseph Kobzona to embattled Lugansk and Donetsk came to its conclusion. Of all the trips (and this was the sixth) he had made prior, this was the most dangerous. However, judge it for yourself - here's a recording of the conversation with the Commander of the detachment of special forces Vladimir Novikov...

Dec 30 16:36

Ukrainian army shells Donetsk suburbs - DPR Defense Ministry

Ukraine’s Armed Forces have violated the silence regime over the past day once, a source in the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told the Donetsk News Agency on Wednesday. "The enemy has violated the ceasefire regime once over the past 24 hours," the source said. It said the area of Staromikhailovka in western Donetsk came under fire. Overall, ten shots were made from an infantry fighting vehicle.

Dec 30 16:24

London Sperm Bank turns away dyslexic donors in move branded as 'eugenics' by campaigners

Britain’s largest sperm bank has been rejecting donors with dyslexia in an attempt to “minimise the risk of transmitting common genetic diseases or malformations to any children born”.

But the practice by the London Sperm Bank has been condemned as “eugenics” by charity campaigners and one would-be donor.

A leaflet from the centre - which was seen by the Guardian - listed several neurological conditions that prevented men from donating such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], autism, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia and the motor disorder dyspraxia.

Dec 30 16:22

High dose vitamin D could treat multiple sclerosis, scientists find

Taking large doses of the recommended daily dose of vitamin D could be a cheap and simple treatment for multiple sclerosis, say scientists.

Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS.

And patients with low levels of the vitamin are also likely to suffer from disability, but until now scientists have now known if supplements could help the condition.

Now research by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has shown that upping levels of the sunshine vitamin dampens down the immune system, stopping it attacking nerve fibres.

Dec 30 16:21

US military shelves Google robot plan over 'noise concerns'

The US army says it has mothballed plans to deploy a robot developed in conjunction with Google because it is "too loud".

The Legged Squad Support System - referred to by some as "the big dog" - is capable of carrying 400lbs (181.4kg) of equipment over rugged terrain.

But the US Marines now say its petrol-powered engine is too noisy for them to use in battle.

Google has long said it planned to move away from its military contracts.

Dec 30 16:18

U.S. preparing sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile programme

President Barack Obama's administration is preparing new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Iran's ballistic missile programme, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the potential sanctions would target about 12 companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their suspected role in developing Iran's ballistic-missile programme.

Dec 30 16:17

New Year's Honours: Almost 30 Tory Party members or supporters receive awards amid accusations of cronyism

'This outrageous award is the clearest evidence yet that the Tories think they can get away with whatever they like'

Dec 30 16:15

Spotify sued for $150m by musicians over alleged unpaid royalties

Spotify is being sued for at least $150m by a collective of musicians who allege that the streaming site has knowingly and willingly reproduced and distributed their music without permission, Billboard reports.

David Lowery, frontman of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, is leading the suit, filed at California’s central district court in Los Angeles on 28 December by the law firm Michelman & Robinson LLP.

Almond Grove, Get on Down the Road, King of Bakersfield and Tonight I Cross the Border were all made available to Spotify’s 75 million users, the suit alleges, but did not attempt to notify the rights holders.

Dec 30 16:13

UK government wants to send tech execs to jail for disclosing surveillance

Ministers are lobbying to make it a criminal offense for a tech company to inform a user that the UK government is spying on them. Many tech companies -- Twitter, Yahoo and Google, to name three -- have a policy of notifying users when it's suspected that a state-level actor is attempting to hack into their account.

Dec 30 16:02

DANGEROUS: Marco Rubio Says First Thing He’ll Do as President Is Amend the U.S. Constitution

If you watched the last debate, it’s a good thing you finally got to see how authoritarian Rubio really is. He drooled all over the NDAA and begged for more NSA surveillance state to fight the turrurists. He was roaring for boots on the ground and more war in the Middle East. Don’t forget, not only was Rubio “totally committed” to Obama’s unconstitutional immigration bill, but he’s also Israeli billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s favorite GOP lapdog. In fact, while he’s perfectly fine with even more spying on Americans here at home (to keep you safe), he’s apparently somehow outraged that spying on Israel may be worse than reported (just so you know where his allegiances truly are first and foremost).

This is extremely dangerous.

Dec 30 16:00

Feeling Chilly? Seattle Will Be Colder than the North Pole Wednesday Morning

A storm that brought severe weather to the southeast over Christmas has moved out into the Atlantic, re-strengthened into another monster storm bearing down on Iceland...

And has somehow managed to make it to where Santa's elves at the North Pole are enjoying a warmer Wednesday morning than Seattleites rushing out the door to work.

Dec 30 15:51

In latest NSA spying scandal, world learns Obama lied again; Congress furious it was spied on

In January 2014, during the scandalous aftermath of Edward Snowden’s NSA snooping revelations, one which revealed the US had been spying on its closest allies for years, Obama banned U.S. eavesdropping on leaders of close friends and allies and promised he would begin reining in the vast collection of Americans’ phone data in a series of limited reforms.

Dec 30 15:47

Revealed: Trump Is About To Unleash A Weapon He Hasn’t Yet Used On His Opponents

Among the many campaign attributes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump often mentions during debates and other events is the fact that he has maintained a lead over his GOP rivals without relying on paid television advertisements. According to recent reports, he will soon no longer be able to make that claim.

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz cited Trump campaign sources who insisted an upcoming television ad campaign will set the tone for future commercials by focusing on issues rather than his intraparty competitors. That could change, however, if other Republicans target his candidacy in their own ads.

Dec 30 15:44

FBI Seeks to Reframe Encryption Debate

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is issuing a more direct challenge to technology companies in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and California, urging them in blunter terms to allow investigators to decrypt private communications during terror probes.

Hoping to escape a continuing debate over the technical feasibility of decryption, which they fear plays into Silicon Valley’s hands, FBI Director James Comey and others are pushing executives to move away from a policy they say values customers’ privacy over public safety.

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Excerpt that the Paris attackers did not even use encryption, and real terrorists can create system of encryption the FBI/CIA/NSA cannot break!

Dec 30 15:39

UN supports sovereignty for Palestine and slams Israel

Since Brazil is Israel’s largest trading partner in South America you’d think the Israelis would watch their manners. The Brazilians, hopefully, won’t allow themselves to pushed around by Tel Aviv’s insufferable thugs.

Dec 30 15:36

Three vaccine 'science' fraudsters who should probably be (or already have been) in jail: Poul Thorsen, Paul Offit and Henry Miller

You know the American justice system is in utter shambles when a non-violent, elderly man is sentenced to life in prison for his involvement with the cannabis plant, while corrupt scientists and drug company CEOs who lie about the safety of pharmaceuticals and vaccines, harming and killing thousands of innocent children in the process, get off scot-free.

Dec 30 15:33

“Expel Israel from the UN”

A motion to expel Israel from the United Nations is to be put to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) Annual General Meeting (AGM). It reads as follows:

Dec 30 15:32

“Expel Israel from the UN”

A motion to expel Israel from the United Nations is to be put to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) Annual General Meeting (AGM). It reads as follows:

Dec 30 15:25

How Iceland Escaped From The One Bank

Dec 30 15:24

Ad Shows Army Prepping for Martial Law: “This Is Not Battle Training. This Is Riot Control”

Not only is Army martial law training going on, but they are promoting it to prepare the population to accept it.

Is it coming to an American city near you? Well, there’s no international application where the Army does this. The Army doesn’t take to the battlefield with these shields. This is not battle training. This is riot control. Crowd control.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Dec 30 15:16


1 – Criminalize certain groups as being terrorist simply because they belong to groups who oppose government policy of any type and then labeling these groups as terrorists (see Assistant Attorney General John Carlin).

2 – Criminalize free speech which opposes any government program, action or official (eg Loretta Lynch).

3 – Seize the guns of all the newly declared “domestic terrorists” (eg the No-Fly List, Christians, etc).

4 – Perpetuate more false flag attacks in an effort to disarm even more Americans through an ever-growing web of gun confiscation efforts.

Dec 30 15:06

Tamir Rice Prosecutor Indicted Innocent Men, But Not Killer Cops

McGinty has made no attempt to mask his belief that rookie officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback committed no crimes on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2014. That’s the day when Garmback rapidly pulled their police cruiser within inches of Rice at a Cleveland community center and Loehmann jumped out, firing.

In fact, during his press conference, McGinty made numerous mentions of the many risks police officers face, the split-second decisions they have to make to protect their and the public’s lives, and how real the toy gun Rice was holding as he played at the park looked.

Dec 30 15:04

Protesters Shut Down Streets After Cop Who Killed 12-Year-Old Boy Goes Free

A grand jury’s decision not to indict the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice sparked public protests Monday evening — and will likely continue throughout the week.

Dec 30 15:02

Message Saudi ambassador in Baghdad to ISIS

Young Journalists Club quoted "Alsumaria News", "Thamer Als·hban" new -Sfyr Saudi Arabia in Baghdad from which Svdyhayy In addition to fighting Islamic State asked to turn themselves in. Ambassador of Saudi Arabia promised to those who turn themselves in, the government will be commuted sentence against them. "Thamer Als·hban" announcing the request said "measures for all of young people who tend to give up, is intended. " "Als·hban"

Dec 30 14:50

New liberal laws California just passed could trigger end of our Republic

California used to be a fantastic state. It still is beautiful in many ways but for the most part it has turned into a liberal cesspool. Trust me, I know because I was born here and actually still reside here but not for much longer, thank God.

Dec 30 14:47

It’s Finally Here!! The New Sandy Hook Documentary “The Life of Adam”

The reason why events like Sandy Hook are so incredibly important to keep at the forefront is because it is a gigantic Achilles heal — that if exposed properly, could topple the entire gun control agenda. The corruption involved in this ONE event is a powder keg that could start a chain reaction of American outrage. The “Powers That Be” know this and have spent MILLIONS of dollars on internet & social media operations to make sure the masses stay clueless and distracted from it. Their army of trolls work around the clock to attack anyone involved in the “Sandy Hook truth movement”.

Dec 30 14:31

Sy Hersh Blockbuster: Top US General Ignored Obama, Led Secret Plot to Protect Assad and Bring Russia Into Syria War

President Obama’s top military commander secretly orchestrated intelligence sharing with military leaders in Germany, Israel and Russia to thwart the president’s policy to remove Bashar Assad from power in Syria and lay the groundwork for Russia’s military entrance into the Syrian civil war, because he believed Obama’s anti-ISIS strategies were hopelessly misguided.

That is just one of the astounding takeaways from a 6,800-word expose by venerated investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, that was just published in the London Review of Books.

Dec 30 14:25

Syria: It’s Not a Civil War and it Never Was

The weapons are foreign, the fighters are foreign, the agenda is foreign. As Syrian forces fight to wrest control of their country back and restore order within their borders, the myth of the “Syrian civil war” continues on.

Dec 30 14:22

Russia destroyed main threat to its pilots in Syria

The Russian Su-24 bombed out the only serious threat to the Russian Air Force in Syria. That is surface-to-air missile system Osa, which was designed in the USSR and was under the control of Daesh fighters. Jihadists concealed the missile system in a bunker near Damascus, while the Russian Air Force got its position from the Coordination Center in Baghdad. The Iraqi and Syrian intelligence managed to fix exact location of the bunker and missile system. 'Due to a direct hit of a bunker-busting bomb BETAB-500, the building was completely destroyed,' Igor Konashenkov, official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry claimed.

Dec 30 14:10

Tourists attacked with automatic fire in Dagestan, one killed

The incident occurred on a viewing platform near the ancient Naryn-Kala Fortress in Derbent. When the tourists were visiting the fortress, unknown individuals opened automatic fire on the people. According to preliminary data, there were two shooters, who attacked the tourists from the direction of the forest. "At least two people opened fire on the tourists - they were shooting from a pistol and from an automatic rifle," a law-enforcement official said, RIA Novosti reports. "Twelve people were injured and one of them was killed as a result of the attack. All of the wounded individuals were hospitalized to the Central Hospital in Derbent. Four people remain in serious condition," officials said. According to Interfax, the person who was killed in the shooting was a border guard.

Dec 30 14:08

Chechen officer named as ‘mastermind’ of Boris Nemtsov assassination

An officer of Chechnya's Sever battalion has been named the mastermind of the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in February this year. Investigators say the murder was non-political – a claim that is disputed by Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of the former first deputy prime minister... According to investigators, Mukhudinov, who was put on the international wanted list as early as in November this year, is now hiding in the United Arab Emirates...

Dec 30 14:00

CHP leader shows proof of $99 million Saudi donation to Erdogan son

The leader of the main opposition party has provided a court with evidence of shady donations made to a foundation run by President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's son, Bilal, by the Saudi royal family in order to secure favors from the government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That sounds familiar!

Dec 30 13:59

Watch, Russian New Video Shows How ISIS Smuggles OIL to Turkey

Russia has released a footage that confirms Turkey’s financial support of ISIS by letting the Smuggled oil of Iraq and Syria entering Turkey by a chain of 11,775 tankers.

Dec 30 13:53

Heroin dealer in chief

A heroin surge is shocking and awing Americans, 165,000 of who will be killed the next ten years. How does 415,000 kilograms (913,000 pounds) of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get to US each year?

Dec 30 13:52


Arkancide is the unfortunate habit of potential witnesses to the Clintons' dirty dealings in Arkansas suddenly deciding to shoot themselves twice in the back of the head. Police and Coroners in Arkansas, notably Fahmy Malak who answered to Governor Bill Clinton, automatically described these shootings as "suicides."

After Bill Clinton became President the phenomenon spilled over to Washington D.C. when Hillary Clinton's ex-lover Vincent Foster was "Arkancided."

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Another Clinton dead bodies list!

Dec 30 13:33

USSR wound CIA round finger during Cold War

Hundreds of agents, whom the CIA was recruiting in Cuba and in other countries of the socialist bloc during the Cold War, appeared to be agents of Soviet secret services at the same time, former chief historian of the CIA Benjamin Fisher wrote for the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. Such double agents were transmitting a great deal of false information to the political administration of the United States. The amount of such information was so large that it was impossible to estimate the scale of failure of CIA's intelligence work. As many as 100 CIA agents in East Germany, Cuba, the USSR, and then Russia were engaged in the activities to provide false information to the United States for decades. "During the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency bucked the law of averages by recruiting double agents on an industrial scale; it was hoodwinked not a few but many times," Benjamin Fisher wrote.

Dec 30 13:26

New Year’s Eve: The eyes of the world are on Sydney to welcome in 2016 with a bang

NOTHING on earth can beat the party that kickstarts a global celebration.

As the world awaits midnight, Sydney will once again be the focus of ­attention as the first major city to ring in the New Year.

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Claire and I were on a tall ship in Sydney Harbor for New years 1999, and the Australians do it up RIGHT!!!!!!

Dec 30 13:25

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Army Takes Full Control of Several Areas in Northern Lattakia

The army and NDF seized Shir al-Masira hilltops, Ravisa al-Qora'a and Ravisa al-Naba'a from Jeish al-Fateh terrorists in Northern Lattakia. The Syrian forces also purged terrorists from Beit Fares village, Beit Fares mountains and also Al-Qasb and Borj al-Qasb villages. Earlier today, the Syrian troops and their popular allies continued to advance against the militant groups in the mountainous regions of Lattakia and recaptured another strategic village near the border with Turkey, the army announced Wednesday.
Syrian Army Captures Sheikh Meskeen in Dara'a Province http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941009001245
Dozens of Takfiri militants were killed in anti-terrorism operations near a key town of the Syrian province of Idlib http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941009000465
Al-Nusra Front's Emir Killed in Syrian Army Raid in Idlib Countryside http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941009001496

Dec 30 13:18

Commander: Iran's New Ballistic Missile, Emad, Delivered to IRGC Operational Units

"This missile (Emad) which has been fully designed and made by Iranian Defense Ministry's scientists and experts is the country' first long-range missile with navigation and strike controlling capability; it is capable of hitting and destroying the targets with high-precision," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told reporters after the successful test of Emad missile. He reiterated that the manufacture and successful testing of Emad missile is a technological and operational jump in a strategic field, and said, "We don’t ask for anyone's permission for boosting our defense and missile power; we resolutely continue our defense programs, specially in the missile field, and Emad missile is a conspicuous example."

Dec 30 13:15

Iraqi Forces Go on Alert to Win Back Fallujah

The Iraqi armed forces are on alert now to take part in operations to seize back the city of Fallujah after they regained full control over the city of Ramadi, informed sources announced. "The Iraqi security forces have now been stationed to the South of the city; these forces are under the command of Baghdad operations and the rapid reaction police forces while the volunteer and tribal forces will also take part in the operations," Arab media outlets quoted Fallujah Governor Sa'adoun Obeid as saying on Wednesday. He reiterated that clashes are currently underway on the outskirts of the city. Iraqi troops are preparing for major assaults on the ISIL after they raised their national flag in downtown Ramadi and liberated the city from the Takfiri militants.

Dec 30 12:53

Gene Study: Irish DNA Has Middle Eastern, Russian Roots

Irish DNA originates in the Middle East and southern Russia, from where settlers brought ceramics and cattle as well as the genetic features of brown hair and blue eyes, scientists discovered. Scientists from Belfast and Dublin have analyzed remains found in ancient tombs in Ireland to get a broad picture of migration to the country. They used genetic evidence from the body of a woman who lived around 5,000 years ago and was buried near Ballynahatty, close to Belfast, and the remains of three men who lived between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago in Country Antrim. Based at Trinity College Dublin, the experts traced ancient migration patterns using a method called whole-genome analysis, which examines where people came from genetically rather than at their personal DNA characteristics. Testing confirmed the modern Irish are descended from Stone Age people from the pre-biblical Middle East and migrants from southern Russia.

Dec 30 12:50

War, American Style

Wars are no longer declared by Congress, and thus they are not waged in the name of the people.

Dec 30 12:48

Political Activist: Bahraini Regime Using Trained Terrorists to Kill Civilians

A prominent Bahraini political activist underlined that the Manama regime has intensified its suppression of people by recruiting professional terrorists to kill the civilians. "The Al Khalifa has recruited terrorists for its security services to massacre the Bahraini people," Hashem al-Salman told FNA on Wednesday. He, meantime, said that some Bahraini political activists have asked the UN Human Rights Commission to send a special delegation to Manama to exert pressure on the Bahraini regime to stop killing the Bahraini people. "All the documented instances of the violation of human rights and intensified crackdown on people by the Al Khalifa regime will be submitted to UN Human Rights Commission," he stressed. In relevant remarks in mid-November, another Bahraini political activist underlined that the Manama regime is by no means accountable to its crimes, massacre and torture of Bahrain's people...

Dec 30 12:46

Bahraini Warplane Crashes in Saudi Arabia

The Bahraini warplane crashed in Fifa Mountains in Saudi Arabia, sources said. The jet reportedly suffered a technical failure. The pilot ejected as the jet plummeted and was transferred to hospital, the sources added. Earlier this month, an F-16 fighter jet of the Saudi-led coalition forces crashed while attempting to land at al-Anad airbase in Southwestern Yemen. The incident happened in Lahij Province on December 12 as the aircraft was trying to land at the al-Anad airbase, Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported. The Yemeni defense ministry confirmed the report, and said that the aircraft was completely destroyed after one of the missiles it was carrying exploded. The Saudi air force has no F-16 fighters, but the UAE - one of its allies in the coalition against Yemen - has been supplied with dozens of the US-made aircraft.

Dec 30 12:43

Banking Source: Saudi Arabia's Historical Budget Deficit Standing Way above Officially Declared $98bln

As Saudi Arabia announced that it faces a record budget deficit of over $98 billion, some European banking sources disclosed that the figure is twice higher than what has been officially declared, adding that the kingdom's foreign reserves would end in, at most, 18 months.

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned the Saudi rulers that continued war against Yemen will cost them dearly. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941005000648

Dec 30 12:41

You Hurt My Feelings: Kid Arrested for ‘Insulting’ Erdogan on Facebook

Turkish authorities arrested a teenager for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook.

Dec 30 12:36

State officials investigating potential data leak on millions of California voters

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that his office was working to verify media reports, first circulated Monday, that the information of as many as 191 million voters nationwide had been posted online “in an insecure manner by an unknown third party.”

Dec 30 12:33

Russia eliminates several ISIS commanders in Syria air op, data provided by opposition - MoD

The Russian Air Forces have eliminated several Islamic State commanders striking a building in Raqqa, where they were holding a meeting. The intelligence data for the operation was provided by opposition forces, Russia' Defense Ministry said.
Islamic State, Russian anti-terror op in Syria, Syria unrest
“The reported area was constantly surveyed from air for two days. After the arrival of commanders was confirmed, a Su-34 targeted the building used as the venue of the meeting. The building was totally eliminated by a guided bomb,” the ministry reported on its website Wednesday.

In total, Russian bombers carried out 121 sorties over the last two days, hitting a total of 424 targets across Syria. The raids were undertaken by Su-24, Su-25 and Su-34 warplanes.

Dec 30 12:32

Ethics office under fire for Clinton speeches

Rep. Jason Chaffetz pressed the Office of Government Ethics last week for an explanation of its decision to exempt Clinton from laws compelling public officials to disclose all forms of income.

"Earlier this year, press reports indicated that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband failed to disclose millions of dollars in paid speeches over the past thirteen years under the belief they did not have a duty to report that because the speeches were delivered on behalf of the Clinton Foundation, and not in the Secretary's or the President's personal capacity," Chaffetz wrote.

The Utah Republican cited "at least five speeches" for which Clinton routed her speaking fee to the philanthropy between 2014 and 2015. She did not list that income on her disclosure form as the law typically requires.

Dec 30 12:26

Poroshenko Tried To Embroil Russia and Israel

Moscow's policy in the Middle East, according to Poroshenko, is likely to harm Israel directly, reports the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post. "Russia supplies Syria systems that can change the balance of power in the region," he said. In addition, the weapons supplied by Russia to Syria, "may fall into the hands of those who wish to harm Israel", Poroshenko informed the Knesset. These "threats" should be studied by the Israeli side, said Poroshenko. "We must act in cooperation, Israeli policy must clearly stand on the side of Ukraine," said Ukrainian President. Because the country, in his opinion, is so similar. Ukraine is "an outpost of democracy in Eastern Europe, and Israel is the Outpost of democracy in the Middle East", said Poroshenko.

Dec 30 12:24

U.S. Doesn't Consider Detention Of Russians Abroad Violation Of Treaty

The arrest by US law enforcement of Russian citizens on the territory of third countries is not related to the Russian-American Treaty on mutual legal assistance, 1999, said a specialist in public relations of the Ministry of Justice Mark Abueg to the agency Sputnik. On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner on Human Rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said that Washington issued 22 warrants for the arrest of the Russians in third world countries for their extradition to the US. According to him, "this practice... is contrary to... the provisions of the Treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters of 1999". "The 1999 agreement is an agreement on mutual legal assistance between the United States and Russia, the purpose of which is to assist in the gathering of evidence and other information in the field of criminal justice," said Abueg. The representative of the U.S. Department of Justice added that "it has no relation to the detention of fugitives from justice. The U.S.

Dec 30 12:21

Lavrov: Washington Is Opposed To The Establishment Of Europe's Own Military Forces

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an exclusive interview to the TV channel "Zvezda" said that Russia has no plans to send troops to the territory of countries who are members of NATO. "I'm sure everyone understands that no tanks or Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will enter the territory of NATO members, none of this is even being considered", – said Lavrov. The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry commented on the attitude to Russia towards the Baltic States and Eastern Europe. According to him, the United States claimed that the Baltic and Eastern European countries will calm down only when they join the Alliance. However, Lavrov said, that did not happen. Lavrov said that new members of the Alliance began to use its membership for regular attacks on Russia. "Since becoming members of NATO, they behave quite differently: they use this membership to come on and attack us via their constant rhetoric.

Dec 30 12:19

Since Dec 28, Russian Aircraft Performed 121 Sorties Engaging 424 ISIS Targets

In the course of last two days, since December 28th, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 121 combat sorties engaging 424 terrorists’ objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damaskus, Daraa, Raqqah and Deir Ez-Zor provinces. Near Mahin (Homs province), Russian Su-34 performed a strike on a large terrorists’ base of the ISIS. A hangar with military hardware, depots with weapons, materiel and munitions of terrorists were destroyed. Five off-road vehicles equipped with large-caliber machine guns, an infantry fighting vehicle, and four trucks loaded with munitions were eliminated. Near Shawarighat al-Arz (Aleppo province), Russian Su-25 destroyed a terrorists’ strong point. Direct hits caused elimination of a tank and three off-road vehicles equipped with large-caliber machine guns. Near Lahaya (Hama province), a Su-25 of the Russian Aerospace Forces eliminated two artillery guns and an ammunition depot.

Dec 30 12:18

French Jews: Paris Photo Exhibit Glorifies Palestinian Terror

Cukierman wrote: “We are crying still for 130 dead but for Doctors without Borders, terrorist are martyrs. Shocking.”
Note: He forgot to mention the Palestinian deaths.

Dec 30 12:17

Relax America, your driver’s licenses will still be accepted at airport security

On Dec. 22, the Department of Homeland Security alerted state officials in Illinois and Missouri that their exemptions to a federal identification standard will end. In practice, this means that driver’s licenses from those states wont be valid to pass through security at various federally operated or regulated facilities—such as nuclear power plants, federal buildings, and courthouses—beginning on Jan. 10, 2016.

Does that mean that holders of those documents can’t use them to proceed through airport security checks? Absolutely not.

While the Department of Homeland Security is supposed to eventually require that the TSA agents manning airport checkpoints only accept IDs that meet the federal standard, known as Real ID, the date of implementing that requirement is yet to be determined.

Dec 30 12:17

Ukrainian Security Forces Shell Spartak and Donetsk Airport

Ukrainian soldiers for the past day have violated the ceasefire four times in Donbass, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the DPR Ministry of Defence. According to the militia, attacks were recorded in the South of Donbass - Donetsk airport and the village of Spartak. The Defense Ministry reported that during the day the Ukrainian security forces had used, for more than 15 minutes, caliber 82 mm and 120 mm, and fired about eight rounds from a BMP. "The enemy has violated the Minsk agreements four times by firing at the territory of the Republic", — reported the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk Republic.

Dec 30 12:11

Main Saudi Mufti Calls ISIS "Soldiers Of Israel"

The Supreme Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz, called the militants of the terrorist group ISIS "Israeli soldiers" and expressed confidence that the coalition of Arab States under the leadership of Riyadh will defeat them. The Mufti's statement was made amid widespread publicity of the Internet audio recording on which the leader of the "Islamic State" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threatened to destroy Israel. But the Sheikh doesn't think so. In an interview to a Saudi Gazette publication, he said: "These threats to Israel – it's just a lie. Actually, they GIVE the role of Israeli soldiers". It should be noted that this version is not invented by Shaykh – many Arab fans of conspiracy theories believe that the ISIS army is composed of soldiers of the IDF.

Dec 30 12:06

New Ban Bill Hits Congress: Targets Semi-Automatic Rifles & Handguns: “To Ensure That The Right To Keep and Bear Arms Is NOT Unlimited”

States like California already ban "assault weapons" and outlaw "high capacity" magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. But the kinds of restrictive laws that strike at the very heart of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution have thus far been limited to just a dozen or so heavily liberal states.

Until now.

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The United States Supreme Court ruled in United States vs Miller that the Second Amendment reserves to the people arms equivalent to those carried by the uniformed services. If the police have thirty rounds magazines, the people are allowed thirty round magazines. That is because the Second Amendment is not about hunting or target shooting or even home defense, but protection of the citizenry against the rise of tyranny in government. Setting that aside, common sense says that We The People have a right to keep and bear arms equal if not superior to those in the hands of the criminals, including those Mexican Drug Cartels which were provided with assault weapons by the US Government's "Fast And Furious" program at taxpayer expense.

Dec 30 12:06

Moldovan opposition leader slams pro-European policy

Moldova will face social upheaval next year against the corrupt rule of pro-European parties, supported by the United States and EU, leader of the opposition Party of Socialists of Moldova Igor Dodon who controls the largest faction of 24 deputies in the 101 seat local parliament, told TASS in an interview on Wednesday. "Moldova next year will face social upheaval the responsibility for which rests not with the opposition, which for the third month in a row has been staging peaceful protests demanding early elections and the transition to nationwide elections of the president. The main reason for it is the catastrophic situation in the economy, which was the result of incompetent and corrupt rule of pro-European parties," said Dodon, who until 2009 was deputy prime minister in charge of the economy.

Dec 30 12:06

Activist Jailed & Tortured for Exposing Gov’t Role in Illegal Uranium Mining Speaks Out

By Claire Bernish

Nuclear energy always has been, and likely will be for the duration of its existence, the subject of controversy and contention for many; but often the enmity surrounds radioactive waste and its disposal or risks of monumental meltdown catastrophes, as occurred at Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011. Rarely does such contention concern sourcing of uranium for nuclear energy — but it should.

Golden Misabiko, an award-winning human rights activist, risked his life exposing governmental corruption...

Dec 30 12:04

Russian aircraft strike at 6 Islamic State oil production facilities in Syria

Russia’s aviation has destroyed over the past two days six militants’ illegal oil production facilities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor, as well as bombed more than 20 tanker trucks, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Wednesday. In addition, he said, Russia’s Sukhoi Su-34 bomber has delivered a strike on a group of tank trucks that were moving towards the border with Turkey in the area of Kfar Nebel in the Idlib province. "The bombing strike destroyed more than 20 tank trucks used by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group for the smuggling of oil to Turkey, as well as two jeeps with mounted ZU-23 air defense gun systems," the official said.

Dec 30 11:59

Kiev concerned over restrictions on transit of Ukrainian goods through Russia

Ukraine fears that within the framework of changes in trade and economic relations between Kiev and Moscow from January 1, 2016 there is a threat that Russia may impose restrictions on the transit through its territory of goods of Ukrainian origin to third countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan Uzbekistan, China and others), the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry reported on Wednesday.

Dec 30 11:50

Study Proves Fluoride Does Not Promote Dental Health – US Teeth “Significantly” Worse Than UK

Blowing the pro-water-fluoridation argument out of the water, a new study by Harvard and University College London just found Brits — notoriously crooked smiles and all — actually have better dental health than people in the United States. No, seriously.

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So the US Government recommended fluoridation to improve dental health. Recently they were forced to admit it doesn't work, and with this report it now turns out flouride is actually harmful to teeth!

Reminds me of back in the 1920s when the US government recommended fluoroscopes be in shoe stores to make sure shoes fit properly and allowed workers to work longer and harder. The US Surgeon General even made educational films touting the use of these devices. Then in the 1930s shoe store employees started dying of cancer, and eventually the machines were banned.

So why would you trust the US Government today when it tells you vaccines are safe and necessary, that GMOs are harmless, TSA scannmers don;t cause skin cancer, and that humans are warming the Earth?

Dec 30 11:30

What should a bishop’s secretary do who knows the prelate is moving around abusive priests?

The answer here is very clear. Any person who has knowledge of a priest (or a teacher or a coach or any other adult) sexually abusing children (or physically abusing them) is bound by morality – and, it turns out, by civil law – to report that person to the authorities. There is no moral argument for protecting the bishop, and only a selfish one for protecting one’s own job.

Dec 30 11:29

Dad Arrested, Two-Year-Old Daughter Taken, for Successfully Treating Her Cancer with Cannabis Oil

By John Vibes

As cannabis is taken more seriously as a medicine and a treatment, more people are taking a chance and using it as a treatment for terminal illnesses. This treatment has had overwhelmingly positive results for countless people who had no other hope of recovery. Every day more stories and scientific studies are appearing from all over the world where people of all ages, even young children, are cured of life-threatening illnesses with cannabis oil.

More often than not, these patients face legal penalties and even jail time for trying to better their lives. In the case of parents with children who have terminal illnesses, they are forced to break laws to get their kids the treatment that they need...

Dec 30 11:24

IRS Employee Whose Job Was Assisting Victims Of Identity Theft Charged In $1 Million Identity Theft Tax Fraud

Federal officials today announced arrests and charges in a stolen identity tax-refund scheme believed to involve more than $1 million in false claims and run by an IRS employee who was supposed to be assisting taxpayers experiencing problems resulting from identity theft.

Dec 30 11:21

BEX ALERT - Turkey Detains 2 ISIS Militants Planning New Year’s Eve Attack

Two Islamic State militants who were plotting a suicide attack on the Turkish capital, Ankara, on New Year’s Eve have been detained, Turkish officials said on Wednesday.

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"See? See? Turkey and ISIS are enemies. ENEMIES! Would ISIS plan terror attacks if we were buying stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil form them? Would ISIS plan terror attacks if we were supplying them with weapons and training and medical care? Would they? WOULD THEY?!? Of course not ... so you can ignore all those other reports that say we are!" -- Turkee

Dec 30 11:20

Saudi Jets Slaughter Tens of Friendly Troops Again

Saudi warplanes hit the positions of the forces allied with the Saudi-led coalition in Southern Yemen, and killed a large number of militants loyal to fugitive former President Mansour Hadi, in what has come to be known as "routine" shooting and bombing of friendly troops by Saudi forces.
Tens of pro-Hadi militias were killed in the Saudi fighter jets' air raid on their positions in the town of Sabr al-Mavadem in Ta'iz province in Southern Yemen, the Arabic-language media quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

In a similar incident on November 17, the Saudi warplanes killed scores of militias loyal to Mansour Hadi.

Also on October 18, the Saudi fighter jets killed 30 pro-Hadi militants in Ta'iz province.

Also on August 10, the Saudi fighter jets killed 20 other friendly militias from pro-Hadi militant groups.

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The Saudi forces appear to be the gang that cannot shoot straight in Yemen.

Dec 30 11:12

Foia Documents Reveal Obama Took an $8 Million Vacation

Between all of his golf games and vacations, the President has since gained a reputation for being one of the most laid back presidents we’ve ever had. In fact, his vacations may have created the biggest taxpayer tab in presidential history. A FOIA request by judicial watch has revealed that his December 2014 Hawaiian vacation cost over $8 million for the 17 day vacation. The vast majority of the cost was flight related, but also included $91,000 in car rental expenses and $224,000 for hotel stays.

Dec 30 11:11

What If Politicians Had to Wear the Corporate Logos of Their Donors?

As hilarious as that sounds, it may become a reality in California in the very near future. An advocacy group known as “California Is Not For Sale” recently submitted a potential ballot measure to the Attorney General, that would not only force lawmakers to wear the logos of their top ten sponsors when they speak in the state legislature, their political ads would also have to disclose their contributors.

Dec 30 11:09

Can Donald Trump Do No Wrong?

It appears that no matter what he says, does, or is alleged to have said or done, The Donald’s rating continue to rise.

As Bloomberg notes in the following chart of his ‘success’ so far, Trump’s controversial comments appear highly correlated with his poll standings as the latest poll shows his support is now larger than that of his next three rivals combined…

Dec 30 11:08

The Cable Industry's Response To A Banner Year For Cord Cutting? Massive Across The Board Price Increases For 2016

2015 was the year cord cutting stopped being written off as fringe behavior and truly went mainstream. 23% of consumers engaged in "cord trimming" in 2014 (reducing their overall package where they could), while 16% said they had unsubscribed from pay-TV services in the past year. Billions in stock value evaporated in a flash as Wall Street realized cord cutting wasn't a fad. in 2015, 4.9 million consumers called themselves former cable customers, a tally that's expected to jump 12.5% in 2016. Consumers are finally tired of paying an arm and a leg for bloated channel bundles, when they only watch, on average, about 17 of them.

Dec 30 11:08

The 9 dumbest things said by conservatives in 2015

Being asked to collect the dumbest things said by conservatives in 2015 is not exactly like being be asked to complete the 12 labors of Hercules, although upon completion I did feel like I had just finished mucking out a particularly disgusting stable.

Dec 30 11:08

Record snow in Milwaukee

More than 11 inches of snow fell in Green Bay, more than 9 inches in Fond du Lac and 7 to 10 inches to the west. Monday's storm also stranded air travelers at airports in Wisconsin.

Dec 30 11:08

Storm linked to deaths of 2 men as 9 inches of 'wintry mix' hit area

Two men died clearing snow Tuesday as Milwaukee dug out from the previous day's record-breaking 9-inch snowfall, which clogged roadways and knocked out power to thousands of people in southeastern Wisconsin.

Dec 30 11:07

New Mexico works to unbury after record snow storm that trapped couple, suspended newspapers

Crews worked to clear snow-covered roads Tuesday after a record winter storm trapped a New Mexico couple in a 12-foot snow drift for almost 20 hours, forced four newspapers to suspend publication and prompted authorities to deliver a baby in a snowbound Texas home.

Dec 30 11:06

Affluenza Teen Might Get Actual Jail Time After Authorities Catch Him Sporting Bad Dye Job With Mom in Mexico

Playing beer pong is kind of a big no-no when one is still underage and, you know, on probation for drunk driving that killed four people and brain damaged one guy so bad he is paralyzed for life.

Obviously Couch feels a lot of remorse for what he did. So much in fact that he dyed his hair and goatee and ran away to the Mexican beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta with his mommy.

Dec 30 10:53

Iraq urges Turkish troops pullout, threatens military action

The Iraqi foreign minister has once again called on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad may otherwise take military action against Ankara.

Iraq seeks a peaceful resolution of the issue, but if there is no other solution and if "fighting is imposed on us, we will consider it to protect our sovereignty," Ibrahim al-Jaafari told a press conference in Baghdad on Wednesday.

The remarks came more than three weeks after Turkey deployed some 150 soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons and backed by 20 to 25 tanks, to the outskirts of the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.

Ankara claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Takfiri Daesh terrorists, but Baghdad denounced the uncoordinated act as a violation of Iraq's national sovereignty.

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So what is going to happen if Iraq invites Russia to assist them in getting the Turkish troops out?!?

This could get very ugly very quickly.

Dec 30 10:41

IMF Chief Pours Cold Water On Optimistic Yellen, Says Growth "Will Be Disappointing"

Over the past six or so months, the OECD, the WTO, and the ADB have all come out with rather grim assessments of global growth and trade.

Back in September for instance, the WTO warned that the rate of growth in global trade is set to trail the expansion of the worldwide economy for the third year running. As WSJ noted at the time, “before the recent slump, the last time trade growth underperformed the rate of an economic expansion was 1985.”

“We have seen this burst of globalization, and now we’re at a point of consolidation, maybe retrenchment,” WTO chief economist Robert Koopman said. “It’s almost like the timing belt on the global growth engine is a bit off or the cylinders are not firing as they should.”

Dec 30 10:35

Chicago mayor offers ‘major overhaul’ of police training program, wants more cops w/Tasers

As Chicago, Illinois faces ongoing protests over its police force, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to announce changes in officer training, including a new policy that calls for every cop on street duty to carry a Taser by this summer.
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The new training program will emphasize teaching officers to try to de-escalate confrontations, rather than going in with a “shot or don’t shoot” mindset, the Chicago Tribune reported. It is unclear how the new procedures differ from current ones.

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"The policy changes center around de-escalation tactics to reduce the intensity of a conflict or a potentially violent situation at the earliest possible moment, emphasizing that the foremost goal is to protect the safety of all involved," spokeswoman Lauren Huffman said in a statement.

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This all may be too little too late for Emanuel's tenure as mayor.

He most probably will not step down, but his reputation is completely in critical condition, with little to no way to get that turned around.

Dec 30 10:31

All Eyes on Middle East and Balkans for Next US Combat Caper

The next major US military operation is likely to take place in the Middle East or the Balkans, according to an analysis published by the US magazine The National Interest.

The US is most likely to enter into a military operation in the Middle East or the Balkans, according to a study of its most recent military activities which was published in the US magazine The National Interest.

Author Daniel Sukman created a graphic to display the US' combat and peacekeeping operations over the last 35 years, from which he deduced the next most likely targets.

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A short memo to the Obama administration: you have a citizenry which is stretched to the limit, financially; is very war-weary, and war skeptical; and does not want more wars, thank you very much.

And we have "a modest proposal" for fighting whatever the next military misadventure you folks might conjure up. Henceforward,only the sons and daughters of owners of major corporations which contribute to your campaigns, and which find wars profitable, shall be the only ones fighting, getting maimed for life, and dying in these wars.

After all, that would be more than fair, wouldn't it?!?

Dec 30 10:31

Heavy Water, US New Excuse: Iran Nuclear Chief Says

The Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Akbar Salehi in an exclusive interview with Alalam News Network has announced that the sale of heavy water was not included in the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implementation and could be done in another time but the other side is insisting to perform it before of the JOCPA implementation.

Dec 30 10:28


DesertPeace and Associates wishes all of our readers and friends the best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2016!

Dec 30 10:28


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The Enclave Clause of the Constitution prohibits the Federal Government from owning or controlling any lands other than those underneath Federal buildings or Federally built infrastructure such as harbors, airports, and military bases.

Dec 30 10:28

Texas GOP lawmaker: ‘Rape is non-existent in marriage, take what you want’

A Republican lawmaker in Texas reportedly joked that rape was “non-existent in marriage,” and that husbands could “take what you want” from their wives.

Dec 30 10:27

“When Wall Street greed drove this country into a major economic recession, the middle class bailed them out, now it's time for Wall Street, they're doing great right now, to help the middle class, and help our young people pay-off their student debts."

2016 Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is stumping in Southern Nevada.

On Monday Sen. Sanders sat down with News 3's Gerard Ramahlo to talk about his platform and the changes he thinks the next president must make to keep the new generation of America strong and growing.