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February 18, 2016

Feb 18 13:04

The Us Economy Has Not Recovered and Will Not Recover

The US economy died when middle class jobs were offshored and when the financial system was deregulated.

Jobs offshoring benefitted Wall Street, corporate executives, and shareholders, because lower labor and compliance costs resulted in higher profits. These profits flowed through to shareholders in the form of capital gains and to executives in the form of “performance bonuses.” Wall Street benefitted from the bull market generated by higher profits.

However, jobs offshoring also offshored US GDP and consumer purchasing power. Despite promises of a “New Economy” and better jobs, the replacement jobs have been increasingly part-time, lowly-paid jobs in domestic services, such as retail clerks, waitresses and bartenders.

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"The economy is working great! We have all the money!!!!" -- Money Junkies

Feb 18 13:01

Russia Sympathizers in Germany Are Gaining More Confidence

The managers and entrepreneurs in Germany are not in the mood for any legal wrangling, nor do they want to spit hairs politically. They want to have a dialogue. They want to do business. They want to push their factories to full capacity and employ their staff. The support that Bavaria's Minister-President Horst Seehofer received from business circles during his trip to Moscow last week speaks volumes. Politicians and journalists sharply criticized him — both professions that don't have to worry about incoming orders being key to economic success. Gernot Erler, a government contracted coordinator for Russian affairs, even accused Seehofer of having "an unquenchable desire for attention." Klaus Mangold, a businessman who’s specialized in Russia for years, was interviewed at the weekend by the German Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung (FAS).

Feb 18 12:51

Mohamed Heikal's Lesson

What's the lesson? It is that great powers – and most international affairs pundits – think the great powers always control their clients. But they're wrong: as this story shows, the clients frequently manipulate the great powers. The reason is that for the great powers it's a sideshow, for the clients it's the only show... Just because, for example, Ankara is a "client" of Washington, doesn't mean that Ankara always follows the script written in Washington. And we certainly know that Israel and Saudi Arabia have invested a great deal of effort and money to influence, if not altogether create, the script that Washington reads from in the Middle East. The tail often wags the dog; maybe even more often than not.

Feb 18 12:47

The Latest From Western MSM: Putin May Justify War on Poland on Behalf of Its 5,000 Lithuanians

Did you know there is a region of Poland that is home to 5,000 Lithuanians? Did you know it's a border region vulnerable to invasion? Well then Putin may very well, certainly, possibly, plausibly, perhaps, maybe, maybe not, use the former to justify the latter. Don't ask us how. Newsweek makes the claim, then takes 1300 words to explain how Lithuanians and Poles do not like each other and how there are some Lithuanians in Poland – but crucialy without explaining how could that possibly benefit Putin and his alleged territorial ambitions. Still, Newsweek suggests, we would do extremely well to monitor the situation there, because you know. Having annexed all those 15 million Russians left outside Russia's 1991 borders Putin is sure to be interested in provoking World War III to be able to annex an obscure Poles-filled mini-region home to precisely zero Russians.



Taboola
Feb 18 12:44

A Gas Station With Nukes? Why UK Fits the Bill Far Better Than Russia

There is currently a heated debate going on in Britain whether the country should renew its trident nuclear missiles. Conservatives claim the modernization will cost no more than £31 billion and insist it should be done. Corbyn's labourites on the other hand want to give them up asserting UK is better off without. Last week US Defense Secretary Ash Carter joined the debate offering that UK should definetely renew its nukes in order to "continue to play that outsized role on the global stage that it does because of its moral standing and its historical standing." Carter couldn't be more right or more wrong. Great Britain is indeed a former global power and its nukes are a reminder of that. However, the truth is also that UK has given up the role of a power long ago and will not recap it either with nukes or without. To be a great power a state must first be an independent power - something that the UK is empathically not...

Feb 18 12:39

Aleppo Residents Back Assad: 'We Don’t Need Help From Turkey' (Video)

Aleppo is the biggest Syrian city, the industrial center of the country and a melting pot of ethnicities and religions. Almost 2,5 million people lived there before the war, but now there is hardly a million. The city is divided into two parts, the east and south held by governmental forces, the west and north by jihadists. Life on either side of the ragged boundary can hardly be called normal. The water system hasn’t worked for a long time, the pumping station is broken and cannot be repaired because it is located in ISIS territory. The same is true of electricity: only diesel generators operate. For the locals’ reaction to Erdogan’s promise “to come to their rescue”, watch the video.

Feb 18 12:37

Ankara Bombing: A False Flag to Justify Erdogan's Invasion of Syria?

In March 2014 tape recordings of a meeting between the Turkish then Foreign Minister Davutoglu, the chief of the Turkish intelligence MIT Hakan Fidan and others leaked to the public. They talked about a false flag attack on Turkey to be used as a justification form a Turkish attack on Syria. The new was mostly ignored by the "western" main stream media. As I wrote about the tape: The major points from my view: Turkey has delivered 2,000 trucks of weapons and ammunition to the insurgents in Syria. There are plans for false flag attacks on Turkey or Turkish property to justify an attack from Turkey on Syria. The Turkish military has great concerns going into and fighting Syria. The general atmosphere between these deciders is one of indecisiveness. Everyone seems to be unclear what Erdogan wants and is waiting for clear orders from above. Shortly before the meeting the U.S. military presented fresh plans for a no-fly zone over Syria.

Feb 18 11:56

Russian Germans ask Aksenov to help them to resettle in Crimea

Russian Germans living in Germany asked the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov with a request to help them to resettle in the Crimean region of residence, reported RIA Novosti Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Ruslan Balbek. According to him, a letter addressed to the head of the Crimea came from communities of Russian Germans living in Bavaria. The document brought a German delegation consisting of four people, who are paying a visit on the Peninsula. "The letter contains a request to the head of the Republic of Crimea to assist in the relocation to permanent place of residence of Russian Germans. To move mainly want the representatives of the working class, small business owners, electricians, plumbers". Balbek emphasized that in a personal meeting, the German delegation argued the desire to resettle in Crimea on the basis of personal security.

Feb 18 11:53

It's said that "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" -- Take a look at this one! NATO Has a MAJOR Problem now!

In the photo below, look at the flags on the flag pole outside the ISIS terrorist tents in Latakia, Syria: The black ISIS Flag is on top; directly above the flag of . . . . . . Turkey.

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Feb 18 11:44

Michigan’s Water Wars: Nestlé Pumps Millions of Gallons for Free While Flint Pays for Poisoned Water

As Flint residents are forced to drink, cook with and even bathe in bottled water, while still paying some of the highest water bills in the county for their poisoned water, we turn to a little-known story about the bottled water industry in Michigan.

Feb 18 11:36

Kurds warn Turkey of ‘big war’ with Russia if invades Syria

Russia has promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in case of a ground offensive by Turkey, a move that would lead to a "big war," the Syrian group's envoy to Moscow said in an interview on Wednesday.

"We take this threat very seriously because the ruling party in Turkey is a party of war," Rodi Osman, head of the Syrian Kurds' newly-opened representative office said in Kurdish via a Russian interpreter. "Russia will respond if there is an invasion. This isn't only about the Kurds, they will defend the territorial sovereignty of Syria."

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IF in fact this information is true, we may be looking at an intense escalation of this war, happening in a heartbeat.

As reported in consortiumnews.com today:

When President Barack Obama took questions from reporters on Tuesday, the one that needed to be asked – but wasn’t – was whether he had forbidden Turkey and Saudi Arabia to invade Syria, because on that question could hinge whether the ugly Syrian civil war could spin off into World War III and possibly a nuclear showdown. If Turkey (with hundreds of thousands of troops massed near the Syrian border) and Saudi Arabia (with its sophisticated air force) follow through on threats and intervene militarily to save their rebel clients, who include Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, from a powerful Russian-backed Syrian government offensive, then Russia will have to decide what to do to protect its 20,000 or so military personnel inside Syria. A source close to Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught. Since Turkey is a member of NATO, any such conflict could quickly escalate into a full-scale nuclear confrontation. Given Erdogan’s megalomania or mental instability and the aggressiveness and inexperience of Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman (defense minister and son of King Salman), the only person who probably can stop a Turkish-Saudi invasion is President Obama. But I’m told that he has been unwilling to flatly prohibit such an intervention, though he has sought to calm Erdogan down and made clear that the U.S. military would not join the invasion..

However, Obama may not have the luxury of not participating; because Turkey is a NATO member, if it does, in fact, get attacked, the US government would have no choice but to defend it through NATO.

Let us pray that saner, cooler heads will prevail here.

Feb 18 11:33

Strangling the Israel Boycott

Brushing aside the free-speech rights of Americans, Sen. Mark Kirk and other members of the U.S. Congress are pushing Zionist-demanded legislation to stifle a boycott movement aimed at pressuring Israel to stop oppressing Palestinians, as Lawrence Davidson explains.

Feb 18 11:29

Syria: Army Finds More Proof of Turkey's Aid to Terrorists in Aleppo

Field sources in Masqan village said that the Syrian army's surprise attacks on terrorists' positions in the region made the militants flee the battlefield and facilitated the freedom of Masqan and Ahras villages. They added that the terrorist groups had turned a school in Masqan into their medical center in which a large number of Turkey-made medical packages and drugs were found, a proof of Ankara's logistic support for the militants. The Turkish Army, worried about the imminent collapse of terrorist-held lands in Northern Syria, has sent more military equipment and troops to one of the Turkish border cities near Syria following the recent victories of the Syrian army and Kurdish fighters against the militants in the provinces of Aleppo and Lattakia, Turkish media disclosed on Wednesday.



Owl 1
Feb 18 11:26

Syrian Army Seizes Israel-Made Mines, Ammo Cargo of Militants in Sweida [PHOTOS]

Syrian army soldiers, tipped off by intelligence agents on Wednesday, ambushed a vehicle fully laden with Israeli-made mines and artillery shells on a road in the western part of Sweida province and seized its illegal cargo.

Feb 18 11:25

500 Terrorists Enter Syria via Turkey

"At least 500 militants have crossed the Bab al-Salam border crossing on their way to the town of Azaz to help other terrorists in the face of the gains made by Kurdish forces in the Northern parts of the province," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, was quoted as saying by Lebanon Debate news website on Thursday. The monitoring base also said on Wednesday that the crossing of terrorists was carried out under the supervision of the Turkish officials. The Wednesday's crossing was the second time a large group of militants have crossed the Turkish border and entered Syria in less than a week. On Sunday, 350 heavily armed terrorists entered Syrian territories via the Atme border crossing with Turkey. A senior political analyst warned on Wednesday that Turkey will officially launch military invasion of Syria if the strategic town of Azaz in the Northern province of Aleppo is won back by the Syrian Kurds.

Feb 18 11:21

Senior Saudi Army Commanders Oppose Sending Ground Forces to Syria

Senior Saudi commanders in a letter to the crown prince and interior minister, Mohammed bin Nayef, underlined their opposition to the dispatch of ground troops to Syria, warning of its dire consequences. Ten Saudi Generals have signed the letter which foresees definite defeat and failure for Riyadh if the Arab monarchy sends forces to Syria following its failure in the nearly-one-year-long war on Yemen, the NTHNEWS news website reported on Thursday. According to the report, the text of the letter has been released in different Yemeni media and gone viral on the social media.

Feb 18 11:15

Operation Barbarossa 2.0: US Military Occupation of Eastern Europe Intensifies, America Threatens to Attack Russia

There is no need to enter once again into the real history of events in Ukraine, Syria, Europe, Asia, Africa and all the places in the world where American and European meddling have wreaked havoc and loosed Chaos with the dogs of war. The history is well known by those who are interested. But there is a need to comprehend the meaning of what the United States is doing by announcing that it will increase its military budget for eastern Europe by 400%, from a current budget of $789 million to $3.4 billion in 2017. Since the Russians are not the threat in the region, but the United States and NATO are, the placement of military hardware to support a full armoured combat brigade in the region, and right on top of Russia’s borders can have only one other purpose, aggression.

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Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that won't do just that; and war with Russia certainly falls into this category.

The US economy is contracting, big time, and the offshoring/outsourcing of jobs continues apace. People are living in their cars, if they are lucky, with many more homeless, on the streets, disenfranchised and unempowered.

Those in the bowels of power think a new world war would be a really great thing, because it would distract Americans from their economic misery by attempting to blame that misery on the war.

However, they miss a couple of salient points in their support of this.

First, during World War I and II, neither China nor Russia had the atomic bomb.

Secondly, at this point in their history, the US military does not have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia, and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

It has become painfully clear to me, over the last 20 years, that the US government is pathologically incapable of indulging in good faith negotiations with which to resolve geopolitical disputes, and has simply fallen back on militaristic bullying to get its way.

And We the People have become disposable, and irrelevant to those in power along the way, and that is a really dangerous for a country which is, allegedly, a democratic republic.



Feb 18 11:14

Erdogan's son faces prison

The office of public Prosecutor of the Italian city Bologna took a criminal case against Bilal Erdogan. He is suspected of money laundering. President's son moved to Italy last year, ostensibly to obtain a doctoral degree at a University. The police became interested in Bilal Erdogan after the statements of Turkish businessman, by the way, the political opponent of the current President of Turkey. He appealed to Italian authorities to find out the origin of money, which Bilal had brought with him. Similar accusations against Erdogan's Jr. sound not for the first time. Earlier the Turkish Prosecutor's office suspected Bilal in fraud.

Feb 18 11:10

Angry French farmers hold tractor protest as agro-prices continue to fall

Farmers staged a demonstration against falling food prices following Russian sanctions against EU agro-products in France, Wednesday, making fires and dumping rubble in front of an agricultural insurance building.

Feb 18 11:07

Turkish doctors question PM Erdogan’s mental state

‘We are terribly worried, for him, his family and the entire country,’ says Turkish Medical Association.

The Turkish Medical Association announced publicly on Sunday it was worried about the “emotional well-being” of the country’s scandal-ridden Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a written statement, the association, which includes a majority of the country’s doctors, said Erdogan’s use of “polarizing, excluding and ‘otherifying’ language” suggested the premier was unwell.

The association noted Erdogan’s recent comments about 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who died last week after a nine-month coma cause by being hit in the head by a tear gas canister shot by a police officer last summer.



Lockerdome
Feb 18 11:05

Meet the Flint Official Whose Bid to Restore Safe Drinking Water Was Blocked by an Unelected Manager

To learn more about how how Flint ended up with an unelected emergency manager, we spoke with Flint City Councilmember Eric Mays.

Feb 18 11:03

Ukraine has officially demanded to give Crimea back to it

The requirement contained in the petition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to parliamentarians of foreign states. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted an appeal to foreign parliaments, in which it demanded that Russia "immediately leave the Crimea and Sevastopol". The appropriate appeal published on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament. Recall, the Crimea was reunited with Russia following a referendum in March 2014. However, Ukraine doesn't agree with the decision of Crimean population.

Feb 18 10:58

False Flag Terror in Ankara: Turkish PM Accuses Syria “Of Being Directly Responsible”, Accuses Russia of Supporting Kurdish YPG against Turkey

On Thursday, Press TV reported Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accusing Syria “of being directly responsible for” Wednesday’s Ankara blast.

“The premier also accused Russia of using (Kurdish) YPG (fighters) against Turkey,” Press TV added.

Erdogan intends using Wednesday’s incident as justification for continued cross-border shelling – perhaps a ground invasion to follow, a reckless act if launched, risking war with Russia.

Heavy shelling continues for the sixth day, targeting northern Syrian YPG positions, reports indicating government strongholds attacked, trying to slow down steady anti-terrorism advances.

On Thursday, Syrian and YPG forces seized control of Kensaba, the last terrorist stronghold north of Latakia province, along with the Shellef fortress, used by their forces

Retired Lebanese General Amin Hoteit calls Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign a major turning point after nearly five years of war.

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These accusations, after this obvious false flag attack, represent desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of Edrogan.

What worries me is what is the next step, after this shelling, that Edrogan will actually take.

Feb 18 10:54

Ukraine still considers airspace above Crimea closed — Infrastructure Ministry

Ukraine still believes that airspace above Crimea and territorial waters remain closed for aircraft flights, the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry said in a comment on the decision by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). "The EASA conclusion only speaks of routes in airspace above the Black Sea," the statement said. According to the Ukrainian side, the airspace above the peninsula and adjacent water area "remains closed for flights of aircraft." On February 17, EASA reported in a news bulletin that airlines may consider the possibility of flights above separate parts of Crimea, which had earlier been closed. EASA recommended for use two air routes (L851 and M856) above the western part of the Black Sea, proposed by Ukraine in a set of measures to restore the use of air routes in that area.


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Feb 18 10:52

Cushing Is Denying Storage Requests: Some Troubling Data From Genscape And Goldman

Yesterday, one of the best-known providers of energy market intelligence thanks to its massive private and patented network of land, sea, and satellite monitors, Genscape, held a webinar titled the "Current state of the global oil market" in which it covered all the core aspects that investors in the oil space find concerning, among which the following:

While some the key topics discussed focused on the most followed issue, namely total US supply and commercial oil stocks, which as can be seen are now at a record high and rising...

Further, Genscape adds that when looking specifically at Cushing, the storage facility is virtually operationally full (or at 80%) with just 4-5 more months at current inventory build left until the choke point is breached, and as we have reported previously, storage requests for specific grades being denied however the silver lining is that there is a lot of open pipeline space from Cushing to gulf coast (their full presentation can be watched here).

Feb 18 10:44

Citizen Scientists to Test 100+ U.S. Cities for Lead in the Water: EPAwatch.org

Feb 18 10:37

Latvians are selling their organs to pay off debts

In Latvia you can find a donor among young people for the amount of 6 thousand euros. Sellers are willing to give up their kidneys or other organs to pay off debts. According to the newspaper Diena, in an official turn to change are only a few dozen people, but the Network is full of people willing to sell their organs for an amount of 6 to 20 thousand euros. Their wish to be a donor young Latvians explain that they intend to invest in a startup, cover wedding expenses or to pay debts. It is noted that in accordance with the applicable country laws the sellers of their own body parts do not face criminal liability. The law threatens only those active in the illegal removal of organs.


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Owl 2
Feb 18 10:36

What Did GM & the Governor Know? GM Stopped Using Flint Water Over a Year Before Emergency Declared

In October 2014, General Motors recognized the Flint water was corroding its engines.

Feb 18 10:31

BREXIT DOCUMENT LEAK HIGHLIGHTS THE ONE THING CAMERON CARES ABOUT: THE BANKERS

It says there very clearly that it remains a Union objective to stick with monetary union and that the currency is the euro. As the single biggest problem the EU faces is an inflexible single currency, why should we stay in an take on a suicide case as our leading trade partner?

Feb 18 10:30

Canada officially refused to bomb Iraq and Syria

Canada officially ended its participation in the air strikes of terrorists positions in Iraq and Syria. Six aircraft of the Canadian air force, participating in air strikes, gradually leave the region in the next few weeks, the military Department of the country said. It is noted that the canadian forces will continue to assist the international coalition, making air reconnaissance, observation missions and refueling in flight.

Feb 18 10:27

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

Saudi Arabia does not have a history of dirty tricks, nor a demonstrated ability to carry out such deceptions. More to the point, Saudi Arabia has no motive to attack the United States. The Saudi princes have grown very rich indeed through the Petrodollar arrangement. Saudi Arabia buys many American products and weapons ($61 billion in 2011), and unlike Israel, the American taxpayer does not have to give them the money first with which to buy those weapons. Whereas Israel constantly takes money out of the US, the Saudis pour it in! Private Saudi investment in the US economy is over $400 billion. Saudi Arabia is a major creditor to the US Government. Exact figures are hard to find but Saudi Arabia has loaned the US Government hundreds of billions of dollars.

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I am gratified that Donald Trump is willing to question the official narrative of 9-11, but alarmed that once again he is displaying a dangerous politically naivete. Donald has fallen for the "we have secret papers that prove Saudi Arabia did 9-11."

Bush had papers he claimed proved Iraq was buying yellow cake uranium.

So I am reposting this article to lay to rest the idea that Saudi Arabia would have been the mastermind behind 9-11. They had nothing to gain and everything to lose!

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Feb 18 10:11

Reporter: According to foreign diplomats, Erdogan mentally ill

According to the chief editor of Politics First Marcus Papadopoulos, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan is mentally ill. And numerous diplomats of other states According to him, also agrees with it , with whom he managed to speak. About this journalist said in an interview with RT. "In my opinion and in the opinion of many foreign diplomats in London, with whom I spoke, in fact, President Erdogan is mentally ill. And I say this in all seriousness, this is not some figure of speech. Erdogan suffers from megalomania and believes in his Messianic destiny. As head of state he represents for the region an extreme danger," said the journalist. According to Marcus Papadopoulos, Recep Tayyip Erdogan must be so or otherwise removed from power, which he's too dangerous to have in the region.

Feb 18 09:59

DAILY SPOOF ~~ BRITAIN CRIMINALIZES THE BDS MOVEMENT

Feb 18 09:49

See Marco Run

Since his relatively strong third-place showing in Iowa, the ups and downs of Senator Marco Rubio’s GOP presidential campaign are getting more attention. And so are the lefts and rights.

Feb 18 09:47

We Can Now Hear the Universe

Scientists say they can now "hear the universe" at a news conference in which they confirmed they have detected gravitational waves, as predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago.



Feb 18 09:42

CBS Files Copyright Claim on Comical Brady Bunch Measles Episode, Yanks Vid After Public Mocks Measles/Vaccine Hysteria

It's still available on the internet though. This video features clips from The Donna Reed Show, (the doctor in a white lab coat tells the measles-ridden patient "it's not serious,") The Flintstones, and also includes the aforementioned 'memory-holed' clip from The Brady Bunch.

Feb 18 09:41

Russian Foreign Ministry Suggests Plot for New BBC Documentary

The official representative the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, invited the BBC to make a new film about how Britain is harbouring fugitives in their country. Zakharova stated this during a briefing on Thursday afternoon. According to the representative of the Foreign Ministry, the refusal of the British authorities to extradite perpetrators of crimes in Russia does not look favourable on London. "The British side does not trouble themselves with detailed and compelling legal justification for such failure. Only formulaic references to the fact that these people who escaped to the UK, de jure, have a special immigration status or that their issue in Russia will result in the violation of human rights", – said Maria Zakharova. "We are waiting for the plot of the new film," she added. Maria Zakharova also stressed that Britain is harboring fugitives and is sending the wrong signal to other criminals.

Feb 18 09:33

Diplomat: Russian citizens’ extradition by third countries upon US requests unacceptable

The diplomat commented on Norway’s recent decision to extradite to the United States Russian citizen Mark Vartanyan who has been under arrest since 2014. Vartanyan is accused of spreading more than 50 files through the Internet to install computer virus Citadel and control the infected computers. Zakharova said this "has nothing in common with the true interests of justice and means that norms of the international law are ignored." "If this was indeed the need to curb the criminal activity, it would be right to send a respective request to Russia, a country whose citizen Vartanyan is." The lawyers of Vartanyan plan to appeal against the decision that will be considered by Norway’s authorities, she said. "We hope that eventually an unbiased approach will prevail that meets the generally recognized criteria of justice."

Feb 18 09:22

Turkey plans another major provocation to invade Syria?

Is there a possibility for a direct military confrontation between Russia and Turkey? What global plans does Turkish President Erdogan harbor? Russia has publicly announced its knowledge of Turkey's plans. The Turkish side said that despite the fact that Russia had all the intelligence information, Turkey will not give up its intentions. In fact, this is a conflict already. Turkey wants to take control of a major channel, a road that was used to supply the terrorist group in Aleppo with weapons and ammo. This will be a ground operation, definitely. Turkey may also want to create a corridor for the Aleppo group to escape to Turkey - they may want to do it to keep the groups of militants that Turkey was maintaining and training for long. Saudi Arabia says that it would send a limited contingent of 2,000 to Syria - this is a very small amount for such military operations.



Owl 3
Feb 18 09:20

Obama Sends F-22 Raptor Jets to South Korea to Back Up Defense Pledge

The US Air Force has confirmed that it has increased its combat force in South Korea, sending a flight of four F-22 Raptor jets over the country in what local media said was a show of force on Wednesday.

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4 planes. Big show! Have they fixed the problem with the pilots not being able to breath yet?

Feb 18 09:19

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic position in the war against Syria, which could result in being forced back to fight a full-scale civil war to prevent the break-up of the State into at least two components, one being a new Kurdish state.

Turkey’s leadership, in insisting - in 2011-12 - on sponsoring a proxy war to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has already led to a refugee crisis of irreversible strategic damage to Europe, but Turkish Presisdent Reçep Tayyip Erdogan, the Saudi Arabian military-political leadership, the U.S. Barack Obama administration, and the Qatari Emir now find themselves with nowhere to go except to escalate further in the hope that the Syrian revival, backed by Russia and Iran, will collapse.

Feb 18 09:18

Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath

In the Milwaukee debate, Hillary Clinton took pride in her role in a recent UN Security Council resolution on a Syrian ceasefire:

But I would add this. You know, the Security Council finally got around to adopting a resolution. At the core of that resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution, trying to bring the parties at stake in Syria together.

This is the kind of compulsive misrepresentation that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton's role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close.

Feb 18 09:17

FLASHBACK - Bush Caught in a LieAbout the 9/11 WTC Attacks

President Bush has stated on two occasions that he saw a plane hit World Trade Center 1:

There is a problem with the above statements. There was no live video coverage of the first plane hitting the tower. There couldn't be. Video of the first plane hitting the tower did not surface until AFTER the second plane had hit World Trade Center 2.

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So, Donald Trump is correct; George W. Bush was lying. but the real reason the GOP is panicking is that Trump v Bush is making 9-11 a current topic again and they were all hoping that evidence of US/Israel involvement was fading from the public memory!



Carambola
Feb 18 09:11

Israel Demands Governments Regulate Social Media & Ban “Anti-Semitism”

Following up on a recent blog post highlighting the ADL’s collaboration with the social media giant Twitter, we have yet another example of the organized Jewish community’s concerted efforts to censor the Internet and crack down on “anti-Semitism,” i.e., criticizing and/or exposing Israels' government!

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Feb 18 09:08

CALIFORNIA VOLCANIC FIELD SHAKEN WITH BACK TO BACK M4.8 EARTHQUAKES — DAY AFTER MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN VOLCANO HIT

Two back to back M4.8 earthquakes have struck the dormant volcanic fields near Big Pine, California. (One event now downgraded to M4.3)

The earthquakes struck very close to Crater Mountain Volcano.

Feb 18 09:07

Jewish man arrested 'after posting swastikas on doors'

A Jewish man was under arrest on hate-crime charges on Monday, accused of making anti-Semitic telephone calls to his mother and other elderly women and putting swastikas on apartment doors, police said.

Feb 18 09:05

New Research: Earth is Made Up of Two Planets Fused Together

Previously, scientists proposed that Theia, a planetary embryo, simply side-swiped Earth, blasting the Moon into orbit and then continued off into space.
Now, new research from the University of California at Los Angeles suggests that instead of a side-swiping, a head-on collision occurred between Earth and Theia, which made the planetary embryo a part of our own planet.

Feb 18 09:01

Hillary Clinton, With Little Notice, Vows to Embrace an Extremist Agenda on Israel

Former President Bill Clinton on Monday met in secret (no press allowed) with roughly 100 leaders of South Florida’s Jewish community and, as The Times of Israel reports, “he vowed that, if elected, Hillary Clinton would make it one of her top priorities to strengthen the US-Israel alliance.” He also “stressed the close bond that he and his wife have with the State of Israel.”

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No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot, does not, and will not serve the American people. A friend of Israel is no friend of America. In these dark times America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third!

Feb 18 09:00

FEARING AMERICANS ARE TIRING OF THE WAR ON TERROR, DHS CREATES A “NEW BREED OF TERRORISM”

According to Courthouse News (CN) article, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson warned law enforcement of a new breed of terrorism that sees people “self-radicalize.” “As I have said many times, we are in a new phase of the global terrorist threat, requiring a whole new type of response,” Johnson said. “We have moved from a world of terrorist-directed attacks to a world that includes the threat of terrorist-inspired attacks.”

Feb 18 09:00

‘Dogs allowed, Bankers forbidden!’ French restaurateur bites back over expansion loan denials

A young French restaurateur has banned bankers from eating in his establishment as his way of getting back at the industry which treated him “like a dog” by repeatedly denying a loan for expansion despite strong economic performance of his venue.

Feb 18 08:57

Netanyahu asks Germany to mediate to return bodies of Israeli soldiers in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to mediate to return the bodies of the Israeli soldiers held in Gaza, PalSawa.com reported Israeli radio saying yesterday.

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Which is kind of weird, because back when Netanyahu was dropping bombs on Gaza he insisted no Israeli soldiers were captured or killed inside Gaza!

Feb 18 08:53

Turkey's gamble

We are experiencing an extraordinarily dangerous moment in history. The possible illegal ground invasion of Syria by Turkey and Saudi Arabia could ignite a conflict engulfing the great powers that would be difficult to control. Can Washington manage its erratic anti-Assad coalition?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It hasn't so far!

Feb 18 08:52

CLOSURE OF BALKAN REFUGEE ROUTE DEEPENS RIFTS IN THE EU

Diplomatic tensions between the EU member states are intensifying in the run-up to the meeting of heads of state and governments this week. The issue of what measures can better seal off Europe against refugees is further inflaming these conflicts.

Feb 18 08:51

Huge Waves Provide Rare Glimpse of Hawaiian Petroglyphs

The huge waves that hit Hawaii during the weather phenomena known as El Niño (El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO)) excite surfers and, on the odd occasion, rock art enthusiasts too. They know that when the waves are tall enough, there is a chance to catch a glimpse of some centuries-old petroglyphs. The window of opportunity is often short, this time it was only a day, but the appeal is all the greater for the intermittent peeps at the past.

Feb 18 08:45

Study: 58,000 U.S. bridges found to be 'structurally deficient'

Cars, trucks, buses and emergency vehicles cross deficient bridges more than 200 million times a day. If placed end to end, the deficient bridges would stretch 1,340 miles from New York City to Miami.

“I think it is something to still be concerned about, just because of the sheer number of bridges classified as structurally deficient,” said Alison Black, ARTBA’s chief economist. “It’s just such a big problem.”

(*I think they're low balling those numbers . A tour of my home state would not reveal many sound structured bridges .)

Feb 18 08:44

Brexit

The battle lines have been drawn: So will we stay or will we go? It’s 90 percent certain the European Union referendum will take place on June 23 – that’s according to Sputnik’s guest this week, Nigel Farage. He’s the man who more than any other has brought the country to the point where we can democratically agree on whether we remain in the EU or we leave. He joins Sputnik this week to tell us about his Brexit campaign and a whole lot more.

Feb 18 08:43

West has no chance of stopping refugee influx – Turkish President Erdogan

Western countries have no chance of stopping the influx of refugees from Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He also pledged to continue shelling Syrian Kurds and criticized the West for supporting Kurdish organizations.

Feb 18 08:41

Even the mainstream media admits that Big Pharma has led to rampant opioid abuse

On the Super Bowl 50 telecast—amid the slick ads for high-end sports cars and celebrities shilling everything from beer to snack chips—was a commercial for "OIC" (opioid-induced constipation). Why is a $5 million TV spot for something as seemingly esoteric as OIC being broadcast during the most widely viewed television event in America?

That's a point well-made; Super Bowls are generally seen by more than 100 million people. Super Bowl 50, the game's golden anniversary, drew 111.9 million viewers, down slightly from 2015. So, with such a heavy viewership, buying an ad spot – even a short 15–30-second ad, is expensive. So as a company you've really got to want to have your product in front of as many people as possible if you're willing to pay exorbitant prices to do so.

Feb 18 08:40

Gang forging passports for ISIS militants busted in Moscow region, 14 suspects detained

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested 14 suspects from an international criminal group involved in forging passports and other documents for Islamic extremists preparing to go to Syria, and those coming to Russia for terror missions.

A joint special FSB and Interior Ministry operation in the Moscow region has exposed an international organized crime network, which was providing forged papers for extremists from Russia and CIS countries.

The gang was busy forging documents for those “illegally heading to Syria to take part in military actions on the side of Islamic State, and also for the militants sent on a mission to Russia by ISIS leaders to conduct terrorist and extremist activities, as well as illegal migrants.”

Feb 18 08:39

Terror in Turkey: Is Erdogan playing Washington?

A massive apparent terror attack in Turkey’s capital comes at a crucial time just when the Erdogan government is trying to woo Washington’s support for its military intervention in Syria.

The Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday was hit with a deadly car bomb outside its military headquarters. Reports put the dead at 28 with more than 60 injured in what appears to have been a highly sophisticated attack during evening rush hour.

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Emphasis on "apparent!"

Feb 18 08:37

WHAT ARE FORMER CIA AGENTS DOING AT BANKS?

Banking firms are using military expertise to help them identify potential troubles in their workforce in hopes of preventing the next rogue trading scandal. Bloomberg's John Detrixhe reports on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

Feb 18 08:37

FLUORIDE EDITED OUT OF THE DR. OZ SHOW WEBSITE

Dr. Mehmet Oz has a big national TV show on health watched by millions each day. He has been called “America’s Doctor” by Oprah Winfrey. Dr. Oz has the courage to take on controversial issues, and has been attacked for it many times. On February 1st, 2016 he had long time guest Erin Brokovitch on to talk about her opposition to fluoride. This was probably the most widely watched TV show in U.S. history to ever allow an opponent of water fluoridation significant time to present their views. There are now more American celebrities openly against fluoridation than any time in history.

Feb 18 08:36

BEX Alert!!! - "Law Center Finds Surge in Extremist Groups in U.S. Last Year"

Extremist groups thrived in the United States last year as the divisive rhetoric of national political leaders fueled America’s anxieties over the country’s shifting demographics, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The center found that the number of hate groups organized against racial, religious, sexual or other characteristics rose to 892 in 2015, up from 784 a year earlier.

The 14 percent increase came after three years of declines in extremist groups. Mark Potok, the author of the report, portrayed the shift as a product of white Americans’ heightened fears over their shrinking majority during a presidential election.

Feb 18 08:32

'The pillow was against the headboard': Texas ranch owner clarifies Scalia comments

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The "Magic Pillow" theory!!!! :)

Feb 18 08:28

The Real Defense Budget

While everyone knows that the defense budget is large -- even in the numbers that the public sees as the formally admitted figures by the Department of Defense -- the truth is that when one scratches beneath the bureaucratic veneer, national security spending is much larger, nearly double the amount US citizens are told.

Feb 18 08:27

Police Officer Indicted on First Degree Murder Charge for Killing a Couple’s 2-year-old Son

Rock Springs, WY- Jacob Rollen Anglesey has now been indicted by a grand jury for first-degree murder in the 2009 death of a two-year-old child — and new information revealed he’s a cop.

Feb 18 08:27

Another challenge for Saudi Arabia as S&P downgrades its debt rating

RIYADH-Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) for the second time in four months downgraded Saudi Arabia’s debt rating.

S&P cut Saudi Arabia’s debt rating to ‘A-/A-2’ from ‘A+/A-1.’

Earlier, on October 30, the ratings agency cut the kingdom’s rating to ‘A+/A-1’ from ‘AA-/A-1+.’

A debt downgrade makes it more expensive for sovereign issuers to borrow money.
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The ratings agency notes that Saudi Arabia is currently prepared for a deficit of 13% in 2016, but the firm believes the kingdom’s budget assumptions are based on oil trading at $45 a barrel.

Feb 18 08:27

Donald Trump slams Apple for refusing to help FBI hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, reality TV star and apparent data security buff Donald Trump has some thoughts on Apple's objection to a federal court order demanding that it help the FBI unlock an iPhone in connection with December's San Bernardino shootings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, Donald, Donald, Donald...

The FBI is not asking Apple to unlock this one phone. The FBI is asking Apple to create a tool that will allow the government to unlock ALL iPhones, everywhere, at any time, to spy on law-abiding citizens (while real criminals and terrorists simply use their own systems of encryption which the NSA cannot break).

After all this hub-bub I am expecting the government to have to make up some grand story about what is on that iPhone or they are going to look pretty willy making such a fuss over nothing!

Feb 18 08:24

Cops Killed Nearly 4 People a Day in January – More Deaths a Day Than Most Countries Kill Per Year

In January 2016, police killed 113 people — at least one person was fatally gunned down by a cop every day that month. One particularly deadly day, January 27, saw ten people meet their fate, thanks to the police. On average, that is almost 4 people a day.

And there is no indication this tragic epidemic will end soon.

Feb 18 08:23

‘Extraordinary violence’: Hate, anti-government ‘patriot’ groups flourished in 2015 – report

An advocacy group monitoring hate and anti-government groups in the United States released its annual census report showing that such groups flourished around the nation in 2015, growing by 14 percent.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which conducted the survey, called it a year marked by "extraordinary violence from domestic extremists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No wonder DC is nervous! They have pushed the people to the brink of revolution!

Feb 18 08:22

Resisting The Nazis, This Woman Delivered 3,000 Babies Inside Auschwitz

Polish midwife Stanislawa Leszczynska helped pregnant women in Auschwitz deliver their children as comfortably as possible. At times she saved both the mothers and babies from certain death. While Leszczynska and the Nazi doctors who supervised her believed few babies would survive a full-term pregnancy because of rampant disease and malnutrition, she didn't lose a single baby the entire time she practiced midwifery in the camp.

Feb 18 08:21

2016 SENATE CALENDAR 114TH – SECOND SESSION

Feb 18 08:20

Muslim man sues Oklahoma gun range for refusing him service

A U.S. Army reservist from Tulsa asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma after identifying himself as a Muslim sued the owners Wednesday, the latest in a series of cases across the nation alleging anti-Islamic discrimination..A sign posted on the business declared the range a "Muslim-free" establishment, and is similar to signs that have been placed at businesses in Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky and New York, said Brady Henderson, legal director for the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the suit. "Whether the sign in question says 'no Muslims' or whether it says 'no coloreds' or whether it says 'no women' or 'no Christians' or 'no Buddhists' ... it is just as un-American and fundamentally it is just as wrong," Henderson said.

Feb 18 08:20

GOP Says the Right to Know What You’re Eating is Burdensome to Corporations

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement Friday on House passage of H.R. 2017, sponsored by Rep. Cathy Rodgers (R-WA) the so-called Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, arguing that it’s just too expensive to inform consumers, and showing once again that House Republicans don’t care about the burden – cost or health-wise – to the general public:

“The government should not be placing more harmful barriers in the way of hardworking small businesses. This important legislation would roll back the FDA’s burdensome menu labeling rule, giving American restaurants, grocery and convenient stores the flexibility they need to be successful.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where is the expense? Health and safety standards require food production companies to have a list of ingredients for their products. Just add that to the label. The cost of printing the labels and packaging remains unchanged!

Feb 18 08:19

Eulogy For a Civilization

we are NOT borg

snip: As social systems become more institutionalized, human life becomes less significant; more brutal and degraded. People pledge their lives to flags and other lifeless abstractions; their wealth is taken to sustain the interests of entities to which they have subjugated themselves; their bodies and energies shipped to foreign lands to kill and be killed in contrived conflicts that serve no purposes of their own; their children – and, thus, the fate of mankind itself – consumed in the well-organized commitment to death in its varied forms.

Feb 18 08:15

Michigan officials deliberately blocked investigation into water contamination while poisoning children en masse

In an extremely unsettling report by Reuters it seems that Michigan officials were actually aware of a serious problem with the water supply in the city of Flint but took measures to block an investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is said to be undertaking a full review of the way the water crisis was handled, which led to contaminated drinking water seriously poisoning 87 people – 10 of whom died.

The responses from the state and federal government have provoked a great deal of criticism over the past few months and it seems that more could have been done to prevent this crisis.

Feb 18 08:12

Ice Formation over Lake Erie Amid the Polar Vortex and Arctic Blast

Feb 18 08:08

Pedophile Billionaires: Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton & Sex Slave Island Cover-Up

Feb 18 08:03

You decide: the risks and benefits of the MMR vaccination

This is a must read message from Jeff, the editor of VacTruth.com, whose son was damaged from vaccines. I always recommend this site especially to pregnant women.

Feb 18 08:02

Official Report: West Coast hit with 220,000,000 atoms per liter of Iodine

West Coast hit with 220,000,000 atoms per liter of Iodine-129 in rain after Fukushima — 15 Million year half-life — Detected in aquifer that supplies drinking water to large number of people — “Transported rapidly” to Canada and US — Elevated levels continued for many months

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Feb 18 08:00

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima

The map below comes from the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center. It shows that radiation levels at radiation monitoring stations all over the country are elevated. As you will notice, this is particularly true along the west coast of the United States. Every single day, 300 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima enters the Pacific Ocean. That means that the total amouont of radioactive material released from Fukushima is constantly increasing, and it is steadily building up in our food chain.

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Feb 18 07:59

Los Angeles hospital paid $17,000 ransom to hackers to regain control of computers

A Los Angeles hospital paid $17,000 to hackers to regain control of their computers, it has been revealed.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was hacked on February 5 with ransomware.

The cyber criminals had demanded $3.4million to give back the massive computer system, but accepted a lower fee - the cash equivalent of 40 bitcoins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving once again that the NSA/FBI/CIA cannot actually find any real criminals or terrorists. Hence the war on encryption is a war on the privacy of law abiding citizens.

Feb 18 07:57

Turkish PM: Syrian regime responsible for Ankara attack

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the Ankara car bomb attack was carried out jointly by a YPG member from Syria and PKK members based in Turkey.

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"And the Russians! The Russians are to blame as well!!! And, and, and, and, Iran was part of it as well. And Lebanon!" -- Turkee

Feb 18 07:56

China Offers Reward For Decoding Ancient Gold Coins

A Chinese museum is offering a reward to anyone who can decode the inscriptions written on six gold coins found in China’s Hunan province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It's ancient Hebrew and it says 'property of Israel!' So those belong to us and you should Fedex them to me right now!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Feb 18 07:49

Here are the top 10 most callous and inhumane Henry Kissinger quotes

Henry Kissinger’s quote recently released by Wikileaks,” the illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer”, likely brought a smile to his legions of elite media, government, corporate and high society admirers. Oh that Henry! That rapier wit! That trademark insouciance! That naughtiness! It is unlikely, however, that the descendants of his more than 6 million victims in Indochina, and Americans of conscience appalled by his murder of non-Americans, will share in the amusement. For his illegal and unconstitutional actions had real-world consequences: the ruined lives of millions of Indochinese innocents in a new form of secret, automated, amoral U.S. Executive warfare which haunts the world until today.

Feb 18 07:48

Hillary Clinton's SEVERE COUGHING FIT While Speaking in New York

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If the email/spy scandal gets too close to her, Hillary may drop out of the race, using poor health as the excuse.

Feb 18 07:47

The People vs. the Police State: The Struggle for Justice in the Supreme Court

snip: The powers-that-be have already rigged the system. They—the corporations, the military industrial complex, the surveillance state, the monied elite, etc.—will not allow anyone to be appointed to the Supreme Court who will dial back the police state. They will not tolerate anyone who will undermine their policies, threaten their profit margins, or overturn their apple cart.

Scalia’s replacement will be safe (i.e., palatable enough to withstand Congress’ partisan wrangling), reliable and most important of all, an extension of the American police state.

Feb 18 07:46

Cheney, Lindsay Graham & George W Slam Trump Over 9/11 Comments

The GOP presidential front-runner accused former President George W. Bush of lying about the terror attacks in order to force the US into war in Iraq.

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Getting warmer, Don!

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Feb 18 07:42

MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR SAYS DONALD TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN IS NOW ‘LITERALLY UNSTOPPABLE’

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Barnicle added that South Carolina will be “the end of the Jeb Bush campaign.” Barnicle said, “Jon Meacham and I, we were talking earlier not only about the Trump phenomenon but this is pretty much going to be the end of the Jeb Bush campaign in South Carolina.

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If anyone from the Trump campaign is reading this (and I know you are because someone put me on your mailing list) please recall what happened to Robert Kennedy the moment he became unstoppable.

He was stopped.

The hard way.

Make sure Donald is wearing his Kevlar undies! The "wet work" for this campaign season has already started!

Feb 18 07:39

OBAMA: AMERICANS WOULDN’T WANT TO GIVE TRUMP THE NUCLEAR CODES

For those still playing along with the election reality show and pretending the federal political process in this country is real, Obama went after Trump’s electability yesterday, suggesting that Trump is too much of a hothead to be in a position of power that involves the ability to declare wars, including nuclear ones.

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Says a President who has been starting wars all over the planet!

I didn't want Obama to have the nuclear codes!

Feb 18 07:36

Wow: Trump Just Shocked The Critics And Did Something They Thought Impossible

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump said, “I tell the truth. The war in Iraq was a disaster.”

Feb 18 07:35

Lawmakers Rush Bill To Shield Name Of Officer Who Shot LaVoy Finicum

Oregon legislators are rushing through a bill aimed at protecting the identity of the Oregon State Police officer who shot and killed Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation leader Robert LaVoy Finicum after hearing that the officer faces potential death threats.

Feb 18 07:33

GOP showing signs of backing down from vow to block Obama SCOTUS pick

President Obama called on Senate Republicans Tuesday to give his eventual Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing in his bid to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, as cracks emerged in the Republican leadership’s position of automatically blocking any nominee.

“I expect them to hold hearings. I expect them to hold a vote,” Mr. Obama said at a press conference. “There’s no unwritten law that says it can only be done on off years.”

Feb 18 07:30

Walmart's Q4 income down 7.9% as sales fall, lowers outlook

Walmart (WMT) said Thursday its fourth quarter earnings fell 7.9% due to lower sales and higher operating expenses.

The world's largest retailer also lowered its estimate for sales growth in fiscal year 2017, which began in February. It's now expected "to be relatively flat," compared to the previous estimate of 3% to 4% growth. "This change reflects the impact from recently announced store closures globally, as well as the continued strengthening (*rigging) of the U.S. dollar," it said.

Feb 18 07:27

Poll indicates Donald Trump absorbing support of GOP dropouts

Some (used to?) believe that Donald Trump's dominance of the Republican presidential race would eventually be upended by a classically establishment Republican — a Jeb Bush or a Chris Christie, perhaps

Of course, that's not come to pass, and a new Quinnipiac Poll conducted in recent days suggests Trump himself may be slowly sucking up the support of moderate Republicans as other candidates drop out of the race.

Feb 18 07:26

ABN AMRO Predict Gold At $1,300 By Year End, Up From $900

Gold is holding solidly above $1,200, brushing off news of the freshly released Fed minutes. Iranians cautiously welcome the Saudi-Russian oil production pact, while stating that they support cooperation to achieve higher oil prices, they also have domestic pressure to ramp up export of supply and cash in after years of being locked out of the market. This may possibly weigh down future oil price rises.

Feb 18 07:24

DONALD TRUMP BRINGS MEN ON STAGE WHO TOOK OUT PROTESTER


During a campaign rally in North Augusta, SC, Donald Trump was interrupted by a protester who was screaming profanities and raising his middle finger to the crowd. Two men apparently took action against the protester- and Mr. Trump called them up to the stage to say a few words

Feb 18 07:18

Moscow warns against introduction of no-fly zone in Syria

"The statements on a no-fly zone were made by the German chancellor, but this is not her idea, the idea is not new, it was promoted by Turkey," the diplomat said. "Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has pointed out that this proposal should be coordinated with the official Damascus. No one cancelled the country’s sovereignty. No one wants the ‘Libyan scenario’. The international community has already experienced this concept. The result is visible not only in Libya, rather, it is not seen in Libya at all. However, it is seen far beyond Libya’s borders - in Europe."

Feb 18 07:17

Ruling coalition in Ukraine’s parliament breaks up as Samopomich faction exits

The Samopomich faction in the Verkhovna Rada has decided to exit the ruling parliamentary coalition, the faction’s head Oleg Berezyuk told a press conference in Kiev on Thursday. "The Ukrainian people have become eyewitnesses to an overt collision between the leadership of the country, on one hand, and oligarchs and forces in the parliament controlled by them, on the other hand," Berezeyuk said. "An attempt to completely cement the power of kleptocrats and oligarchs in Ukraine has been made. The union has becom obvious that includes part of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc’s faction, People’s Front and remnants of the Party of Regions, controlled by several oligarchs. Such actions de-legitimize the Ukrainian government, represent an attempt at the country’s political system and completely destroy the parliamentary ‘European Ukraine Coalition’," he added.

Feb 18 07:14

Cliven Bundy, 4 others face federal indictment in Nevada

Ammon Bundy, brother Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne and Peter Santilli -- already indicted in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon -- now face federal indictment along with Cliven Bundy in the 2014 armed standoff near the Bundy ranch in Nevada.

Feb 18 07:11

Marco Rubio Holds Fake Town Halls In South Carolina

Although Senator Marco Rubio showed up on CNN and participated in a real town hall with Anderson Cooper, he hoodwinked his supporters or those interested in finding out more about him in South Carolina by promoting four events as town halls and then not taking any questions:

Feb 18 07:10

8-minute video: Saudi/Turkey 350,000 troops, 20,000 tanks, 2,500 planes ready to invade Syria; will humanity demand arrests for ongoing illegal Wars of Aggression?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange with the latest outstanding 8-minute briefing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo2PmI4JCqI

Among hundreds in alternative media, I document illegal US/UK/Israel lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression that continue hundreds of years of psychopathic would-be empires, now focused on Syria with documented use of nuclear weapons by imperial forces (1-minute video):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVgPKxYVxb0

We’ve documented and proven that US “officials” outrageously lie to demonize Russia (and here) acting at the request of Syria’s government for military operations within their own borders against rogue terrorists. These terrorists apparently are agents of the US/UK/Israel illegal Wars of Aggression for empire (also here, here, here).

Feb 18 06:59

Police Block Roads In Epping (*NH) Amid Reports Of Possible Gunman

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It wasn&#';t immediately clear whether he had a gun.

(*fishy report)

Feb 18 06:46

The Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page

PatriotRising.com offers a great 'Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page!' With Nearly 3000 free .PDF Files.

Feb 18 05:57

Turkey invites ambassadors of Russia, China, US, UK and France after terrorist attack

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has invited ambassadors from five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (Russia, China, the US, the UK and France) following Wednesday’s deadly terrorist attack, the NTV channel reported. Individual meetings will be held in the near future with them. Russia’s embassy in Ankara has yet to comment on the report.

Feb 18 05:47

Glenn Beck: God Allowed Scalia To Die In Order To Highlight The Importance Of Electing Ted Cruz

Glenn Beck was on the road today and unable to host his radio program, but he did find time to call in and offer his theory about why God allowed Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia to die so close to the next presidential election.

After Beck's co-host Pat Gray wondered why God simply didn't allow Scalia to live until after the election, Beck called in to assert that God had allowed Scalia to die at this time in an effort to wake up America up to the fact that his nation is on the verge of totally losing its liberty unless it elects Ted Cruz as president.

(*oh christ!)

Feb 18 05:42

Pope gets angry at Mexican crowd for making him fall

"Don't be selfish, don't be selfish," said the Pope after the crowd tugged on his clothes, causing him to topple over on to a man in a wheelchair. A Vatican spokesman said the Pontiff showed a "normal human reaction."

Feb 18 05:37

Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara blast, they deny responsibility, point to ISIS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused forces linked with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia of the terrorist attack in Ankara on Wednesday. Ankara promised to continue to shell the YPG, with the Syrian Kurds denying all allegations and saying Islamic State is behind the attack. In a live television speech, Prime Minister Davutoglu said Turkey has identified the perpetrator of the Ankara bombing attack as Salih Necer, born in northern Syria's Amuda province in 1992. He added the suspect has links to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Davutoglu added the alleged attacker received assistance from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is outlawed by Ankara.

Feb 18 05:16

A powerful explosion occurred in the building of a Turkish cultural centre in a suburb of Stockholm

There was a massive explosion in the building of a Turkish cultural centre in the suburbs of Stockholm. According to local media, it happened at 21:35 PM local time. It is noted that the explosion smashed all the windows in the building. However, the data on victims didn't arrive. The staff of emergency services arrived to a scene. Police cordoned off the surrounding area.

Feb 18 05:14

Bush struggles to mask mounting frustration

'I should stop campaigning maybe,' the candidate quips.


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“The press is totally at the mercy of Donald Trump,” Bush said after Edward Scott, 58, a Bush supporter, stood up and expressed concern that the former governor’s pitch on preparedness and policy “doesn’t resonate” and that the bombastic businessman has been “knocking [him] off center.”

Moments later though, a second likely Bush supporter, David Villinger, 62, stood up and offered a similar lament that his campaign “has been co-opted by the P.T. Barnum of our time.”

Then a third questioner encouraged Bush to show more fire, asking Bush if he could be more of “an [S.O.B.]” like his brother.

Feb 18 05:06

Poll: Trump blowing out rivals in South Carolina

Buoyed by strong voter dissatisfaction with the Republican status quo, Donald Trump holds a commanding double-digit lead over all his rivals in South Carolina, according to the latest Monmouth University survey of likely primary voters released Wednesday afternoon.

Trump earned 35 percent, followed by 19 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 17 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 9 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 8 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 7 percent for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Just 5 percent of voters say they remain undecided in the survey of 400 South Carolina voters.

Overall, 42 percent said they are completely decided ahead of Saturday's primary >>>

Feb 18 04:57

Careful What You Wish For !

Ted Cruz to Donald Trump: Sue Me

Feb 18 04:37

TRUMP: "You Will Find Out Who Really Knocked Down The World Trade Center"

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Trump says if he is elected: "you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center."

"It wasn't the Iraqis," he explained. "You may find it's the Saudis."

"They have papers in there that are very secret," he also said, referencing the 28 still-classified pages of the 9/11 commission report. "But you will find out."

(*Thanks to JEB dragging the whole clan + Cheney into his campaign , we're getting warmer ; )

Feb 18 04:00

Syrian forces regain control over last militant stronghold north of Latakia

The Syrian army and self-defense forces have regained control over the town of Kensaba, the last stronghold of militants to the north of Latakia (320 kilometers from Damascus). A spokesman for Syrian Armed Forces told SANA news agency on Thursday that Syrian forces also regained control over the Shellef fortress where fire positions of the enemy were situated.

Feb 18 03:56

Ankara terrorist attack aimed at disruption of intra-Syrian talks - Russian senator

"There are no doubts that the organizers of the crime wanted to even more aggravate the situation in the Middle East. It was aimed at disrupting intra-Syrian talks," first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich said.

Feb 18 03:55

Russia’s FSB nabs group making fake documents for Islamic State fighters

Fourteen suspected members of the group were caught red-handed in an operation in the Moscow region following a tip-off that an illegal business had been organized to "legalize persons involved in terrorist activity." Organizers and participants of the group "are suspected of making fake documents of citizens of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for persons who illegally go to Syria to take part in combat actions alongside the IS international terrorist organization," the security service said. The group also made fake documents for illegal migrants and "gunmen sent to Russia by ISIL leaders to carry out terrorist and extremism-related crimes. During the searches, a great number of fake documents, blanks, prints, stamps, equipment used to make them were found as well as extremist literature," the FSB said. The officers also uncovered printing houses, laboratories and a scheme for selling fake documents.

Feb 18 03:52

Gas pipeline damaged in shelling in south Donbass — local authorities

A gas pipeline was damaged in night shelling of the settlement of Kominternovo in the south of Donbass , the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Novoazovsky district head Oleg Morgun said on Thursday.

The school in Staromikhaylovka settlement on Donetsk’s western outskirts was damaged in a night shelling by Ukrainian forces, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said on Thursday. http://tass.ru/en/world/857536

Militia fighters of the self-proclaimed Lugansk erpublic told the LuganskInformCenter that the territory the unrecognized republic was shelled three times over 24 hours. The shellings were carried out from the Trehizbenka village with the use of small arms, automatic grenade launchers and mortars with the caliber of 82 mm. http://tass.ru/en/world/857530

Feb 18 03:48

UN, Ukrainian government ask donor for $298 mln to offer aid to Donbass

Humanitarian organizations in Ukraine and the country’s government have requested $298 million to help the most vulnerable people in 2016, said, adding the money is needed to support those who live in settlements along the engagement line in Donbass that were most severely damaged over the conflict, and to people living in areas non-controlled by the Kiev authorities. According to the latest data of the United Nations, as many as 9,145 people have been killed and about 21,000 have been wounded in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. More than 1.1 million people are internally displaced persons. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says about 3.1 million people will need relief aid in Ukraine in 2016.

Feb 18 03:45

China has long been using defense infrastructure on Paracel Islands — foreign ministry

China has already been using defense infrastructure on the Paracel Islands for many years, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Hong Lei said on Thursday. "Deploying defense systems on Shish (Paracel) Islands is not news. China has already been using such infrastructure for many years as it has full sovereignty over the archipelago. At the same time, implementation of measures of defensive nature and militarization of the region, which several countries state, are not the same thing," Hong said. On Tuesday China deployed HQ-9 surface-to-air missile launchers on Woody Island (part of Paracel Islands) in the South China Sea. The HQ-9 is China’s new generation medium- to long-range, active radar homing surface-to-air missile. This is the first Chinese defense system capable of intercepting ballistic missiles. Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Yi said that Beijing is entitled to deploying defense infrastructure on the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Feb 18 03:43

Specific dates of supplying S-300 to Iran undetermined yet — Kremlin

The Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday dismissed media reports the first batch of air defense systems S-300PMU-2 Favorit was due to be dispatched to Iran from Astrakhan on February 18. "It is too early to mention any specific dates," Peskov said. "No deadlines have been set. There are problems with payments. They have not been paid for properly to this day."

Feb 18 03:03

U.S. manufacturing collapse out-of-control

February 17, 2016

Feb 17 21:46

When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: The Truth About the Diamond Industry

Waking Times

Diamonds are timeless, beautiful, symbols of love. They are the world’s most precious gems. Or as the popular slogan of the cartels has simply claimed, “A Diamond is Forever.”

But the astronomical prices paid to the jeweler to possess these beautiful gems, is nothing compared to the ultimate price paid to mine the diamond in another world away.

Feb 17 21:29

Meet the Corporations Lobbying Hardest for TTIP and the End of Democracy

Waking Times

It is quite incredible that the unelected bureaucrats of the EU Commission are even entertaining such an idea as the deeply unpopular TTIP trade deal amid huge citizen protest whilst already facing multiple episodes of social, political and economic unrest and crisis as the demise of the European project gathers pace.

Feb 17 20:41

Playing Whack-a-Terrorist in Libya

The “next front against Islamic State,” as a headline in The Economist puts it, appears to be Libya. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, had talks last month with his French counterpart with an eye toward taking “decisive military action” against ISIS.

Feb 17 20:01

Bernie’s Broadsides Against Kissinger Weren’t Even Half of It

At the February 11 Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

In particular, Sanders berated Clinton for saying that she appreciated the foreign policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger. “I happen to believe,” said Sanders, “that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country.”

Feb 17 19:47

What’s at Stake with the Supreme Court

Whether it’s access to health care, the right of women to make personal medical decisions, the ability of workers to defend themselves against discrimination, or simply having access to the voting booth, it’s difficult to look at any part of our lives and not find evidence for the importance of our nation’s highest court.

Feb 17 18:58

Why Terrorists Aren’t Hitting the U.S. Now

On 30 December 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a cable (subsequently released to the public by wikileaks) to America’s Ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Pakistan, headlined, “Terrorist Finance: Action Request for Senior Level Engagement on Terrorism Finance.”

Feb 17 18:47

Rattling the Bars: 121 Days Without Sleep

In this Episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Producer Eddie Conway examines the institutional practice of sleep deprivation in California State Prisons.

Feb 17 18:40

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Shawna Cox sues US for $666Billion

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Shawna Cox, one of the original occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge who is now facing federal charges, has sued the US government for $666 billion.

The counter suit seeks “damages from the works of the devil in excess of $666,666,666,666.66 Six hundred sixty six billion, six hundred sixty six million, six hundred sixty six thousand, six hundred sixty six dollars and sixty six cents.”

She was among the first 16 people indicted by federal officials for her role in the takeover. She was arrested Jan. 26 and released from the Multnomah County Detention Center on Jan. 29 with some conditions.

Feb 17 18:15

Study Finds Surprising Differences Between Organic And Conventional Milk And Meats

This is one of the first times researchers have thoroughly compared the nutrient profile of organic milk and meats – versus products from conventionally raised animals. What is often referred to as “conventional” food actually comes from animals raised inside dark CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), given growth hormones, antibiotics and raised…

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