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November 2, 2015

Nov 02 13:23

Atlanta Fed: US on Track to Grow 1.9 Percent in Fourth Quarter [lower than expected]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter with expected weaker consumer spending and equipment-investment growth following a private report on U.S. manufacturing in October, the Atlanta Federal Reserve's GDPNow forecast model showed on Monday.

Nov 02 13:22

Four US Senators, Mayors and Cops 'Outed' as KKK by Anonymous

On Monday morning, Anonymous “hacktivists” released a list of names of people they allege are members of the notorious Ku Klux Klan, including four US Senators, five mayors, and several law enforcement officers.

Nov 02 13:21

In 10 States, Children Can Be Punished With Indefinite Solitary Confinement

Ten states allow children in juvenile detention centers to be punished with solitary confinement indefinitely, according to a new report released by the pro bono program at the law firm Lowenstein Sandler. Of the twenty-one states that prohibit the practice, most still allow kids to be isolated for reasons other than punishment.

Nov 02 13:13

Pentagon offers no answers on $43 million price tag for Afghan gas station

Nov 02 13:01

Federal Government as Employer: High Road or Bottom Feeder?

The federal government has long been a model employer. It often has taken the lead in providing workers with benefits like on-site child care, paid family leave and flexible work-time options in addition to more standard benefits like health-care insurance and pensions. After seeing that these sorts of benefits could be provided at a reasonable cost, private employers often follow suit.

Nov 02 12:59

CONFEDERATE GENOCIDE: Walmart Sells Dead Skeleton Playing "I Wish I Was In Dixie" On Banjo

Despite Walmart's recent hysterical announcement that they will sell NOTHING associated with the Confederate Flag, Walmart apparently made one exception: They are selling a dead skeleton setting on his perch with his banjo, Playing "I WISH I WAS IN DIXIE LAND." Maybe they're hoping that relics of the past are the only ones who will remember or support Dixie? A collector's item of days past, for sure!

Nov 02 12:57

Russian plane crash: Final moments of doomed airliner revealed in flight data as it emerges crew went unpaid for two months

Disaster which killed 224 people caused by 'external impact on plane' as it emerges Metrojet airline had not paid employees for two months

Nov 02 12:55

"Kogalymavia": economic problems did not affect safety

According to "Izvestia", the financial situation in the company was difficult: in 2014 greatly increased the cost of flights — from 5.9 billion to 7.2 billion, while net profit fell into 36 — fold, from 87 million to 2.4 million. The company had billions in debts to partners and their employees, who for several months had not received wages. "Kogalymavia" acquired loans: debt in 2013 was estimated at 354,9 million rubles, and in 2014 already more than 1 billion according to documents, the "Kogalymavia" was trying to improve the economic situation of not only loans, but through dubious tax schemes. For example, in 2014-2015 the company has repeatedly and persistently been trying to get almost 100 million roubles from VAT.

Nov 02 12:53

Numerous violations were found in the airline "Kogalymavia" before the fire, the Tu-154 in Surgut - prosecutors

The supervisory authorities have identified numerous violations of the airline "Kogalymavia", whose plane caught fire on January 1 at the airport of Surgut, told the Ural Transport Prosecutor Paul Kukushkin.

"Last year was carried out checks in the airline-related preflight training. Revealed a number of violations. There is a question very hard to understand how the inspections were conducted, why not inspected," - said the prosecutor at a press conference in Yekaterinburg on Thursday.

P.Kukushkin noted that the final version of what happened will be announced after the completion of the audit of the International Aviation Committee on 18 February, "but it is clear that there were problems with the wiring of the aircraft."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The airline flying the Airbus which crashed has a long record of safety violations!

Nov 02 12:47

Ten worst sentences for marijuana-related crimes

US Army veteran and business-owner Will Foster was suffering from widespread rheumatoid arthritis when he started growing marijuana. In 1997, Oklahoma police discovered his marijuana garden and just $28 cash after a “confidential informant” helped them procure a “John Doe” search warrant for methamphetamine. His sentence was reduced to 20 years and he was paroled to California in 2001. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections was unhappy when Foster completed parole, and attempted to extradite him back to Oklahoma — a fight Foster won.

But in 2008, Foster’s marijuana grow, legal by California standards, was raided. Foster sat in a California jail for a year before local authorities dropped the charges. Unfortunately for Foster, Oklahoma officials showed up at the Calif. jail, shackled Foster and drove him back to Oklahoma, where he remained until he was released in late November 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nov 02 12:40

Save the Apologies, Just Stop Promoting War!

Usually when politicians apologize it’s because they have been caught
doing something wrong, or they are about to be caught. Such was likely the case with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who recently offered an “apology” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Nov 02 12:38

Rights involved in UK snoop decision

Following reports that the British government has abandoned a citizen snooping program, speculations are emerging as to what has motivated Prime Minister David Cameron to adopt the decision. Ian Williams, a senior analyst from the London-based Foreign Policy in Focus, has told Press TV that Cameron was compelled to shelf the controversial plan due to European laws.

Nov 02 12:36

Terror at 30,000 feet: Islamic State may have taken down Russian plane in Egypt, Clapper says

America’s top spy said Monday there is not yet any “direct evidence” that terrorists took down the Russian charter flight over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, but he would not rule out the possibility that the Islamic State — also known as ISIL — has the capability to shoot a plane out of the sky in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 30,000 feet? I don't think so.

Nov 02 12:33

China sends armed naval fighter jets over contested islands after US warship pass-by

Days after a US warship sailed by contested islands in the South China Sea, Beijing conducted training for its naval jets in the same area. The armed aircraft flew from China’s recently constructed island airstrip.

Last Tuesday, the USS Lassen passed through a 12-mile limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago. The reef is one of seven that China has artificially reinforced to support its claim on the archipelago and the sea around it.

Nov 02 12:30

Two Dead, 26 Shot During Chicago’s Rainy Halloween Weekend

Halloween was somewhat chilly and rainy, but that didn’t stop another gruesome tradition in Chicago with 26 shot and 2 dead. But while the total number shot this year outpaced 2014 and 2013, the number of killed was actually lower.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is your model of gun control laws!

Nov 02 12:12

Flight recorders show crashed Russian jet was not struck from the outside

The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt was not struck from the outside, and the pilot did not make a distress call before it disappeared from radar, a source in the committee analyzing the flight recorders said on Monday.

Nov 02 12:11


Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would tread very carefully on this one. To those of us who know the real Hillary this is no surprise. The Rose Law Firm was a real party house and even maintained a private cabin in the Arkansas mountains for weekend trysts. Hillary was reported to have had an ongoing affair with Vince Foster as well as Hubbell.

But ...

Hillary's campaign could turn around and play the victim card on this, not for Hillary herself but for Chelsea, who even though she is entering public life will be presented as an innocent victim.

Nov 02 12:07

Watchdog: Military blew $43M on useless gas station

U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for a $42 million natural-gas filling station in Afghanistan, a boondoggle that should have cost $500,000 and has virtually no value to average Afghans, the government watchdog for reconstruction in Afghanistan announced Monday.

A Pentagon task force awarded a $3 million contract to build the station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan, but ended up spending $12 million in construction costs and $30 million in "overhead" between 2011 and 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found. Meanwhile, similar gas station was built in neighboring Pakistan cost $500,000.

Nov 02 12:05

Syrian High School Students Telling the Truth About Terrorists

Nov 02 12:05

In Ghouta Syrian Alawite women and men caged in bid to deter Russian air strikes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the people the US Government calls "moderate" terrorists!

Nov 02 12:01

Al-Qaeda leader calls for new 9/11 strikes against the US and praises Palestinian knife attacks on Israelis in new audio message to fanatics

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for a new wave of 9/11 strikes on the United States while praising Palestinians who are carrying out stabbing attacks across Israel.

The terror chief, who was a close advisor of Osama Bin Laden released the 16-minute propaganda message on the internet where it was spread by social media by armchair jihadists.

In the message, al-Zawahiri ordered his followers to attack 'the West', with the United States the main target over its continuing support for Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ayman al-Zawahiri was reported killed in 2013, but like CIA-asset Osama Bin Laden, who died of natural causes in December 2001, he is too useful a US propaganda tool to let a little thing like being dead get in the way!

Nov 02 11:50

Are NATO Forces “Blind” In Syria?

By Brandon Turbeville

As Western media circulates reports accompanied with exactly zero evidence to back up claims that Russian cruise missiles crashed in Iran or that Russia has engaged in a hospital bombing spree, there is a notable silence about the capabilities of the Russian military, particularly when it relates to the question of how effective it is in preventing NATO and the United States from achieving its goals in Syria.

Recent reports in the alternative media, however, are suggesting that, at least in the coastal areas of Syria and in a number of locations controlled by the Assad government and backed by Russian forces, the NATO forces are essentially blind...

Nov 02 11:49

Coup d’État in Portugal

The President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has rejected the coalition government formed with the support of the new parliamentary majority, on the grounds that it includes personalities from the left-wing block and also some Communists.

The President pointed out that the majority of the electorate had not voted for an exit from the Euro zone – which is true – but he said nothing about the popular movement of rupture with the Troika’s politics of austerity.

This decision, which constitutes a coup d’État according to the terms of the Portuguese Constitution, is the first institutional affirmation of a ban on opposers of NATO entering into a government of the European Union. It attests to the fact that the Gladio principle did not die with the Soviet Union.

Nov 02 11:45

Police State America claims traveling from one city to another city is SUSPICIOUS

Given that nearly every stretch of interstate is considered a drug corridor, the fact that a stop occurred on any such route is almost meaningless. See United States v. Wisniewksi, 358 F. Supp. 2d 1074, 1093 (D. Utah 2005) (“Traveling on a ‘drug corridor’ cannot reasonably support a suspicion that the traveler is carrying contraband. To so hold would give law enforcement officers reasonable suspicion that every vehicle on every major—and many minor—thoroughfares throughout this country was transporting drugs.”), aff’d, 192 Fed. App’x 749 (10th Cir. 2006). Furthermore, because of courts’ willingness to designate various cities and states as “source” regions for narcotics, it is likely that most major roads in this country could be considered drug corridors. See Foreman, 369 F.3d at 795 (Gregory, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part); United States v. Beck, 140 F.3d 1129, 1138 n.3 38 (8th Cir.

Nov 02 11:29

US ramps up military planning, training to deter Russia in Europe

The United States is intensifying military planning and training in Europe for a potential conflict with Russia on NATO’s eastern flank, according to reports.

Nov 02 11:29

Wreckage East of Bahamas Is Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro, NTSB Confirms

Wreckage found at the bottom of the ocean over the weekend is the sunken cargo ship El Faro, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday.

The wreckage was found Saturday in 15,000 feet of water east of the Bahamas. El Faro had gone missing on Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin.

All 33 crewmembers on board were lost.

Nov 02 11:06

Israeli police beat & pepper spray Palestinian journalists

A video which has appeared online shows an Israeli police officer assaulting Palestinian journalists covering clashes in the West Bank.

Nov 02 11:03

NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses

A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

Nov 02 11:03

162-Inches of Snow Forecast for Mount Rainier, WA Next 3 Days

Up to 162? of snow (13.5-feet) is currently forecast to fall on 14,411-foot Mt. Rainer in Washington state in the next 3 days. That huge snowfall total is due to an atmospheric river that will be “slamming” into Washington this weekend.

Nov 02 11:03

Argentina through the coldest October since records began

"The extremely cold conditions in much of Argentina were because we had many cold surges as they passed by masses of polar origin Patagonia and reached at least five times," said Telam meteorologist Jose Ignacio Lopez Amorin.

Nov 02 11:02

Greenland Blowing Away All Records For Ice Gain

Greenland is blowing away all records for ice gain this year. They have gained almost 200 billion tons of snow and ice over the past two months, which is more than 50% above normal. The surface of the ice gained more than 200 billion tons during the previous 12 months.

Nov 02 11:01

NOAA refuses to comply with House science committee subpoena

In a study published in the journal Science in July, scientists indicated that average global temperatures have continued to rise in the 21st century, contradicting previous evidence that suggested a global warming hiatus. The analysis, based on temperature records from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has now come under congressional scrutiny.

In July, the US House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology committee head, Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas, asked NOAA for both data and internal communications related to the study led by Thomas Karl.

While NOAA conceded publicly available data related to the study, it has refused to release internal communications, citing the “long-standing practice in the scientific community to protect the confidentiality of deliberative scientific discussions,” as reported by Nature.

Nov 02 11:01

CO2 levels today the same as in 1910

“Svante August Arrhenius (19 February 1859 – 2 October 1927) was a Swedish scientist, originally a physicist, but often referred to as a chemist, and one of the founders of the science of physical chemistry. He received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1903,…”

“He is acknowledged as the father of the CO2 driven global warming hypothesis and supposedly one of the greatest scientists of his time.

“In 1910 he is quoted in a newspaper article thus:

“The present proportion of carbon dioxide in the air is about one part in 2,500.”

“Arrhenius thought doubling the CO2 levels would provide huge benefits by increasing the available land for agriculture.

“But the point I want you to note is this

“The present proportion of carbon dioxide in the air is about one part in 2,500.”

Nov 02 10:58

Ski resorts giddy as snow falls; Mt. Rose to open soon

Area ski resorts were giddy Monday morning after many saw their first generous dump of snow.

While most resorts will not open until late November, resort staff hoped it was an indicator of good things to come.

“It’s still snowing up here,” said Mike Pierce, marketing director for Mt. Rose Ski Resort.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort estimated about 3 to 4 inches of snowfall Monday morning, though the snow still was falling at about 8 a.m.

Nov 02 10:55


Only “good” thing about Turkey’s election is that, since Erdogan remains in power, I will continue having inspiration for toons

Nov 02 10:54


Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Blames Murder of Jewish Settlers on Gay Pride

Nov 02 10:54

AKP Wins Majority in Turkey, but Not Enough Seats To Secure Constitutional Changes

Baris Karaagac of Trent University says the push for constitutional changes in Parliament was a critical issue in this election for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was hoping to institute a Presidential system

Nov 02 10:51

I learned to drive it


Nov 02 10:51


Nov 02 10:49

Brazen Lies Are Now "the Driving Force Behind GOP Politics"

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman lit into the hopefuls in the GOP’s latest debate for embracing what he considers a “grifter ethos.”

As personified by Ben Carson, who brazenly lied about his connection to Mannatech during Wednesday’s debate, the GOP candidates are participating in a system “in which marketers use political affinity to sell get-rich-quick schemes, miracle cures.”

“Right-wing warnings of imminent hyperinflation, coupled with demands that we return to the gold standard,” are a staple of conservative media, and such statements go unchallenged by Republican hopefuls eager to court the conservative base.

Nov 02 10:32

A year of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado has brought the Rocky Mountain state significant savings, reduced crime rates and tax revenue gains from the sale of the plant...

A year of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado has brought the Rocky Mountain state significant savings, reduced crime rates and tax revenue gains from the sale of the plant and its byproducts, according to a studypublished Tuesday by a drug policy reform group.

Nov 02 10:32

Texas Case Mulls if Home-school Kids Have to Learn Something. Parents are accused of not teaching their children, because they were waiting to be "raptured"

Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle dealership she ran with her husband and other relatives.

Nov 02 10:11

Obama Undergoes 'Pacifist' Crisis – Italian Media

American foreign policy has been quite idle recently, the Italian newspaper wrote, but it would be a mistake to take the country's lack of intervention in the Middle East for pacifism. However, now that the US is "psychologically suppressed" by Russia's actions in Syria, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama is showing signs of shifting toward the risk of a big war.
The US stands on the threshold of four potential battle grounds, the article says, and each of these possible wars could be disastrous.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


How in the name of heaven could Il Giornale possibly characterize Obama's geopolitical approach as "pacifism"?!?

I could almost laugh; but then, it would be the stopping which would be difficult.

Let's see, now; the continuing of the war in Afghanistan; the assassination of Ghadaffi in Libya; the military re-involvement in Iraq; the enabling of Saudi Arabia's carnage in Yemen; the support of "our assets" in Syria to create regime change in that country, and weapons brandishing at China: could someone please explain how could ANY of these acts be considered the acts of a pacifist President?!?

Apparently, this writer for Il Giornale has been seduced by Obama's faux populism, to the point that they are utterly unable to see him for what he is; just as much a corporate tool as are his alleged rivals, the Republicans.

At the end of the day, they, including President Obama, are nearly all liars, warmongers, and those who daven to their masters in the military - industrial complex, and the bankers.

We the People have become both expendable and irrelevant.

Nov 02 09:59

US Military Gets 'Kindergarten' Grade According to Influential Report

James Jay Carafano, America’s leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, has criticized the current state of the US military, calling it “not a bad grade for kindergarten,” but certainly “not much to show for a commander-in-chief after seven years of stewardship over America’s military.”

His comments on The Heritage Foundation website follow the assessments of the US military index, released by the Foundation in its “2016 Index of US Military Strength” report.
The report concluded that the US’ military posture is rated as “marginal” for its Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Nuclear power, trending toward “weak”, and is just plain “weak” for the Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this information is true, it does not bode well for any war-fighting in which this country may become engaged; and unfortunately, that may be coming sooner rather than later.

Nov 02 09:53

Russian Arms Exporters Seek to Expand Presence in Asia

The Russian defense industry has been working on increasing its arms export to Asia and Oceania.

After the US and EU imposed sanctions against Russia, Moscow has been making an effort to strengthen its presence in Asia. According to a report released earlier this year by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), more than 60 percent of Russian arms exports go to Asia and Oceania in particularly to India and China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing is perfect; Russia has just demonstrated how effective their weaponry is during their bombing campaign in Syria!

Nov 02 09:51

Violence Spike As Six Syrians Hospitalised In Germany Over Weekend

Violence against Syrian asylum seekers spiked over the weekend with police Sunday reporting three different attacks in which six Syrian refugees had to be treated for injuries in the hospital.

Two of the attacks, in Wismar and Magdeburg, were committed by groups of more than 20 persons who harassed and beat asylum seekers with baseball bats on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the number of immigrants now a sizable portion of the population, Europe could see a civil war!

Nov 02 09:50

Masked Men in Black Fence Off the Aegean by Attacking Refugee Boats

Violent treatment of refugees by individual countries in the European Union is now common practice - as is the decision to pass laws controlling the migrant influx.

Nov 02 09:49

Israel shot 2,600 Palestinians in October: Red Crescent

At least 2,617 Palestinians have been shot and injured by Israeli forces using live and rubber bullets in the month of October, a Red Crescent officials says.

On Sunday, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an released a report quoting a Red Crescent spokesperson as saying that at least 760 Palestinians were shot with live rounds across the occupied Palestinian territory, while another 1,857 were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets.

At least 5,645 Palestinians sustained injuries, including burns from tear gas canisters and excessive tear gas inhalation.

At least 72 Palestinians were also killed in Palestinian territories by Israeli soldiers in October.

Nov 02 09:49

Execution of injured Palestinian captured on video

After injuring the 23-year-old Mahdi Muhammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib in the city of al-Kalil (Hebron) on Thursday, the Israeli soldier first stood several meters away from the immobilized victim for a couple of seconds, then aimed his gun at him and fired.

The disturbing footage then shows two more soldiers at the scene, seconds later, milling around the fallen Palestinian, but no ambulance or medics are called to tend to him. Finally, Israeli personnel drag Muhtasib’s lifeless body and put it on a stretcher.

Nov 02 09:48

BEX ALERT - US allies in S. China Sea want expanded American presence in region – Pentagon chief

Tensions are flaring up in the South China Sea, as pro and anti-Western powers vie for the waters. American allies are now demanding an increased US presence in the area, despite China and Japan agreeing to talks.

Nov 02 09:47

First China, Now Russia: US Navy Chief Debates European Escalation Amid "Fears For The Global System"

What happens next? A very likely course of events is that despite Russia's denials, the Pentagon will use the gambit of a Russian ground campaign, credible or not, to get permission from Congress to send a "small", at first, then bigger ground force of US troops in Syria to, you guessed it,"fight ISIS", but really to do everything to prevent Russian troops from taking over key strategic positions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's give every member of Congress who voters for more war a rifle and as parachute and send them in!

Nov 02 09:46

Iraq Turns On America: “Iraqi People Have Started To Feel That The US Isn't Serious About Fighting ISIS"

If you frequent these pages, you’re well aware of why the US decided to release helmet cam footage of a raid on an ISIS prison in the northern Iraqi town of Huwija.

Put simply, Baghdad has had just about enough of Washington’s “strategy” for fighting terror in the country and when PM Haider al-Abadi said he would welcome Russian airstrikes, the US panicked.

Nov 02 09:46

U.S. State Dept. Halloween News Dump: $100M More Announced for Syrian 'Rebels' After $500M Recently Spent to Train Only 4-5 Militants

The United States ramped up its support for Syria’s opposition with a pledge of nearly $100 million in fresh aid on Saturday. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the additional assistance at the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Gulf island nation [slave state] of Bahrain, where discussion of Syria dominated the gathering of mostly Western and Arab officials.

Nov 02 09:45

Turkey's Ruling Party Gets "Surprising" Boost In Election As Erdogan Poised For Victory

So there you go folks: Ankara's NATO-sponsored civil war with the PKK combined with who knows what manner of ballot box manipulation and outright coercion looks set to complete Erdogan's subversion of Turkey's fragile "democracy."

On the bright side, this may bode well for the plunging lira.

Nov 02 09:42

What global warming? Antarctic ice is INCREASING by 135billion tonnes a year, says NASA

The US space agency research claims an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is "currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from melting glaciers.

Global warming theories have been thrown into doubt after Nasa also claimed current horror predictions into future sea-level rises may not be as severe.

Major studies previously made the case for global warming being a man-made problem, including the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which said that Antarctica was overall losing land ice.

But a Nasa spokesman said: "According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001.

"That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008."

Nasa agrees ice has been lost in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island region of West Antarctica.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eat THAT, Al Gore!!

Nov 02 09:42

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy's mobile phones are seized and examined by judges probing £35m cocaine smuggling ring

A judge ordered two mobile phones belonging to Nicolas Sarkozy to be examined in relation to a £35million cocaine smuggling scandal, it has been revealed today.

The former French president’s name appears in court papers about an attempt to fly 680kg of the drug out of the Dominican Republic.

Two French pilots involved in the case dubbed ‘Air Cocaine’ made a ‘James Bond-style’ escape from the country last week, leading to accusations that politicians in their own country were involved in setting them free.

Nov 02 09:41

Confederate flag supporters indicted under Georgia terrorism law

A Georgia grand jury formally charged 15 members of a group supporting the Confederate flag on terror charges following a July confrontation with a black family who was celebrating a child’s birthday, according to an indictment released Monday.

Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said members of the “Respect the Flag” group violated the state’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and made terroristic threats when their caravan of vehicles bearing the rebel flag drove past a neighborhood party.

Nov 02 09:38

Senator and actor Fred Thompson dies at 73

Fred Thompson, a towering Tennessee lawyer who parlayed his role as a Hollywood actor to a career in politics that spanned from Watergate to the U.S. Senate and the presidential campaign trail, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

The Thompson family issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying the 2008 Republican presidential primary hopeful had died from a recurrence of lymphoma surrounded by his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nov 02 09:37

Israel Torture and Imprison Palestinian Children. “A Severe Threat to the National Security of Israel”

Young children treated as brutally as adults. On October 19, soldiers abducted three Palestinian children from their homes pre-dawn. They’re being held uncharged for at least six months, an unprecedented move in East Jerusalem according to human rights groups.

Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) accountability program director Ayed Abu Eqtaish expressed outrage, saying:

We are deeply disturbed that Israeli authorities have approved the detention of these three boys without charge or trial. Administrative detention must never be used as a substitute for criminal prosecution where there is insufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.

We believe this is unprecedented by Israeli authorities to put children from East Jerusalem under administrative detention. It’s part and parcel of the ideology and policies of Israeli authorities to suppress the Palestinian people who are living there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, without due process, can mean the rest of one's life as a Palestinian detainee.

And THIS is how the alleged "only democracy in the Middle East" treats Palestinian kids and teens?!?

Give me a break!!

Nov 02 09:37

Pro-Israel Hedge Fund Billionaire, Paul Singer, Buys Large Stake in Rubio Inc.

Sheldon Adelson and Marco Rubio have been seen snuggling together for months now. The Guardian reports the casino magnate is poised to buy his first stake in Rubio Inc. Rubio needs billionaires to ride to the GOP presidential nomination and Adelson is looking for a pro-Israel horse to ride to victory the sweepstakes.

The Las Vegas mogul already has a controlling interest in Bibi Inc. (and literally owns Bibiton-Yisrael HaYom, Israel’s most popular daily newspaper), a wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Lobby Co. He’s seeking a complementary U.S. brand to round out his portfolio.

Nov 02 09:36

Swiss group says it has signatures for 'sovereign money' vote

A Swiss group pushing a sovereign money initiative on grounds it will make the country's banking system more secure has collected 100,000 signatures necessary to eventually put the matter to a popular vote, it said on Saturday.

The group, Monetary Modernization, wants to make the Swiss National Bank alone responsible for creating the country's money, not just coins and banknotes, but also so-called "electronic money" that makes up most bank accounts.

The group says the current fractional reserve system - where banks "create" money each time they issue loans - is unstable because it is secured by reserves representing just a fraction of the currency actually created by the national bank.

Nov 02 09:33

US special forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to protect terror assets in Syria: Analyst

The CIA began its covert operation in 2013 to arm, fund and train terrorists to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Obama's decision to deploy special forces to Syria is "more about inhibiting Russian success in destroying the sundry anti-regime forces on the ground than about either 'helping the fight against [ISIL]' as claimed, or about misgivings of a large-scale American invasion," Cunningham wrote.

The analyst added that "the real purpose for Obama sending in the troops is to restrict Russian offensive operations by introducing the risk of bombing American forces. In effect, the US Special Forces are being used as human shields to protect American regime-change assets on the ground."

Nov 02 09:31

US Navy Can Be Sunk

It appears that Washington, ever a seething cauldron of bright ideas, is looking for a shooting war with China, or perhaps trying to make the Chinese kowtow and back down, the pretext being some rocks in the Pacific in which the United States cannot possibly have a vital national interest. Or, really, any interest. And if the Chinese do not back down?

I do not know a great deal about the Chinese Navy, having been out of that loop for years. I do know that the Chinese are smart, and that they have optimized their forces specifically to take out carrier battle groups near their territory. They do not try to match the US ship-for-ship in the kind of war America wants to fight. They would lose fast, and they know it. The key is to swarm the fleet with cruise missiles arriving all at once, accompanied perhaps by large numbers of aircraft. Would this work? I don’t know, but that is certainly the way I would bet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government has absolutely lost the ability to negotiate in good faith, and therein lies the rub.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a tacit agreement between Chinese and Russians weapons makers, that when they deliver military hardware and software, and it is deployed in the field, it works absolutely as advertised.

With American weapons makers, the products are often horribly over budget, excessively late on delivery, and do not function as advertised.

Please understand this; as a Christian pacifist, I abhor war as a way of attempting to resolve geopolitical issues.

But when our troops are deployed, I want them working with weapons which are fully functional, period, end of discussion. And it is in this matter where American weapons manufacturers have fallen way short of the mark, and I don't know how - and when - this issue will be resolved, in light of the "generous contributions" to political campaigns made by those manufacturers to keep their products at the forefront of their competition.

Nov 02 09:22

Majority of Palestinian citizens of Israel blame gov’t for violence, fear revenge attacks, limit their movements

After violence took hold of Jerusalem at the beginning of October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that the fault lay with the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic movement of northern Israel. He accused them of inciting attacks against Israelis, and spurring demonstrations across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza that have led to the killings of Palestinian protesters.

Many of his own citizens do not believe him. The 20-percent Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel believe that it is the Israeli government, and not the Palestinian leadership, that is responsible for the outbreak of hostilities, according to a survey published by the Haifa-based think tank Mada al-Carmel.

Nov 02 09:20

Here we go again with attacks on the “mainstream media” and the invocation of the dreaded “gotcha question” to excuse poor performance and intellectual flat-footedness.

After being asked at last week’s debate about his ties to the shady nutritional supplement company Mannatech and saying “I didn’t have an involvement with them” and dismissing claims of a connection as “total propaganda,” Ben Carson called Thursday for an overhaul of Republican debate formats.

Nov 02 09:18

Putin calls for ‘objective picture’ of Russian plane crash in Sinai

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on investigators to sketch an "objective picture" of the recent deadly crash of a Russian Airbus A321 in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

"I would like to once again express my condolences to the families and relatives of the victims," Putin said Monday, adding, "Without any doubt everything should be done so that an objective picture of what happened is created, so that we know what happened."

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov had earlier in the day said that all possibilities about the cause of the incident are being considered. “No theory could yet be ruled out,” he said when asked whether the crash could have been the result of a terrorist attack.

Nov 02 09:16

Assad to Putin at Moscow talks: Terrorists would seize larger areas if Russia did not act

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad held talks in Moscow on Tuesday. The Syrian leader said Russia’s actions have prevented the terrorists from seizing larger areas in his country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Terrorists" are those who commit acts of terror to reshape policy. The people who seize and control territory are more correctly called "invaders."

Nov 02 09:15

Saudi Arabia 'Moves Towards Forging Alliance With Russia

King Salman has been impressed by Russia's counterterrorism campaign in Syria so much that he is allegedly planning to come to Moscow before the year is out to "forge an alliance with Russia," Dr. Mordechai Kedar wrote for Arutz Sheva.

The oil kingdom is one of America's key allies in the Middle East but Riyadh and Washington have long appeared to be slowly moving apart. At the same time, Saudi Arabia and Russia have been increasingly interested in improving bilateral ties.

Kedar, who served at the IDF's military intelligence agency for 25 years, outlined four major reasons explaining this trend.

"The most important is America's weak standing in the region, obvious to all and exacerbated by Obama's announcing his retirement from the position of world policeman and the beginning of the American electoral campaign. There is no one to talk to anymore in Washington, especially now that it has become clear that the Iran Agreement is a 'done deal,'" he noted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's successful air campaign against the terrorists in Syria has netted not only appreciation of the job they are doing, but also a desire for more geopolitical closeness by surrounding countries, such as Saudi Arabia.

Russia is a real game changer here, in the Middle East, and - as usual - Putin has deployed his military assets like the master chess player he is.

Nov 02 09:14

Global Warming the new Religion for Leftists

Global warming like the hole in the ozone fear-porn pushed on school kids all through the 90s or global freezing used all through the 70s is just the latest Noah's Ark story for the new religion of progressives...

Nov 02 09:07

Missing 13th Amendment Found: “No Lawyers In Public Office”

In the winter of 1983, archival research expert David Dodge, and former Baltimore police investigator Tom Dunn, were searching for evidence of government corruption in public records stored in the Belfast Library on the coast of Maine.

By chance, they discovered the library’s oldest authentic copy of the Constitution of the United States (printed in 1825). Both men were stunned to see this document included a 13th Amendment that no longer appears on current copies of the Constitution. Moreover, after studying the Amendment’s language and historical context, they realized the principle intent of this “missing” 13th Amendment was to prohibit lawyers from serving in government. So began a seven year, nationwide search for the truth surrounding the most bizarre Constitutional puzzle in American history — the unlawful removal of a ratified Amendment from the Constitution of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." -- William Shakespeare, Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

Nov 02 09:05

BEX ALERT - How climate change disproportionately affects women

As with all complex and wicked problems, gender inequality and climate change are inextricably linked. Like gender inequality, climate change is an issue of deep injustice. Poorer countries such as the Pacific islands, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka already are and will continue to bear much higher burdens of the effects of sea level rise, extreme heat, water scarcity and catastrophic weather events.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now the Carbonazis are trying to fan up their agenda as a woman's issue! Pathetic!

Nov 02 09:02

"In November 2014, only 36 percent of eligible voters went to the polls—the lowest share in more than 70 years."

Not enough people vote. It’s a perennial source of concern in American politics. There’s no shortage of reforms designed to address the problem, but one idea that seems particularly promising, at least in theory, is compulsory voting. It would produce much higher turnout for the obvious reason that it requirespeople to vote. It’s long been dismissed, though, as an impossible pipe dream, unlikely to ever happen in the United States. But if reformers were to start at the municipal level, they could set into motion forces that might lead to its nationwide adoption.

Nov 02 09:02

Sherwin-Williams says new paint will kill bacteria. The company created a paint that it claims will kill bacteria — a major cause of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals. Among the targeted bacteria are Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE, and Enterobacter

Sherwin-Williams wants to paint a cleaner picture of hospitals.
The company created a paint that it claims will kill bacteria — a major cause of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals. Among the targeted bacteria are Staph, MRSA, E. coli, VRE, and Enterobacter aerogenes.

Nov 02 08:58

Construction begins in Bahrain of British army base

Construction work has begun in Bahrain to build Britain's first permanent military base in the Middle East since 1971, amid security threats in the region, Bahrain's state media reported Sunday.

"The ground-breaking ceremony for the establishment of the marine facilities headquarters in the kingdom of Bahrain" was launched on Saturday, the official BNA news agency.

The ceremony was attended by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa, it said.

Hammond tweeted on Saturday that "work starts today on new base at Mina Salman ," and said the new base "is a symbol of UK's enduring commitment to Gulf security".

The new base is part of a deal reached last year between the two countries to increase cooperation in tackling security threats in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am appalled and chagrined that the UK would do this.

Bahrain is known world wide as having one of the absolutely worst, and most brutal, human rights records in the Middle East.

Peaceful protests from the Shiite majority in the country for changes in the governmental system have been met with teargas, torture, and the torture of first responders providing emergency care to those hurt by government forces.

British Foreign Secretary Hammond, apparently, I need to remind you that England gave the world the great example of the Magna Carta; those 40 barons who wrote this must be turning in their graves, at warp speed, to think that the UK would find the only hospitable "home" for British Navy operations in one of the most human-rights- averse countries in the region.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable." Secretary Hammond, it doesn't take a genius to see that Bahrain is on the tipping point here, unless, and until, some fundamental changes are made.

And if the UK comes down on the side of the Bahraini government, when more unrest comes to this country, it will be as hated and reviled as was the British presence in China during the Opium Wars.

Please, in your and the British Military's consideration about the scope of services you intend to provide to the Bahraini government, do keep this in mind.

Nov 02 08:58

Syria at a Crossroads

The Vienna Communique — issued on Friday by 17 countries, the United Nations and the European Union — provides a diplomatic framework for peace in Syria. In this document, the external powers who have poured weapons, fighters and money into a disastrous and failed “regime change” policy in Syria for more than four years have signed on to what could be a realistic basis for peace.

Nov 02 08:56

‘Russian engagement in Syria made parties seek solutions’

The world’s top diplomats were in Vienna this week, for a major diplomatic push to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Nov 02 08:53

FLASHBACK - Bernie Sanders Once Blamed Cervical Cancer on a Lack of Orgasms

Sanders once wrote for a Vermont left-wing revolutionary paper called “The Freeman.” Many of his contributions were a bit kooky, such as one claiming the U.S. was on the brink of nuclear annihilation or “death by poison gas.” But perhaps the craziest was Sanders’ take on cancer:

Mr. Sanders contributed only sporadically… [H]e cited studies claiming that cancer could be caused by psychological factors such as unresolved hostility toward one’s mother, a tendency to bury aggression beneath a “facade of pleasantness” and having too few orgasms. “Sexual adjustment seemed to be very poor in those with cancer of the cervix,” he wrote, quoting a study in a journal called Psychosomatic Medicine.

This should go without saying, but there is no evidence that orgasms have anything to do with cancer or cervical cancer.

Nov 02 08:51

ObamaCare has cancer. And if it’s not treated quickly and aggressively, it will die

Cancer is the proliferation and growth of abnormal cells that, over time, can invade tissue and cause severe damage to the body’s organs. It’s often hard to spot in its early stages, but once it’s detected, it can reach a point of no return if it isn’t treated.

That’s where ObamaCare is today. It has cancer. And if it is not treated quickly and aggressively, it will die.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ben Carson can help! :)

Nov 02 08:50

Airbnb wages $8 million campaign to defeat San Francisco measure

Airbnb has spent more than $8 million and hired a top political operative to defeat a San Francisco initiative on the ballot Tuesday that could threaten the growth of one of the most valuable global technology companies.

Proposition F, which would limit short-term rentals, was brought by affordable housing advocates fed up with the city's housing stock being used as rentals for tourists while residents face skyrocketing rents and evictions.

For Airbnb, a defeat in its hometown of San Francisco would be mostly a symbolic blow. Should similar measures be introduced elsewhere, however, the company could face serious financial consequences.

Nov 02 08:50

Israel requests extra squadron of F-15s

An additional squadron of advanced Boeing F-15s has been revealed as one of the elements of a so-called "compensation package" requested by Israel in exchange for the US government backing a lifting of sanctions against Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Washington DC grovels before Israel, the whole world should take note!

Nov 02 08:49

FLASHBACK - Your Bank Didn’t Loan You Any Money, and They Can’t Foreclose On Your House

Jerome Daly was a homeowner living in Minnesota who stopped paying his mortgage. The lender, First National Bank of Montgomery, of course, sued the man for foreclosure. Daly presented his argument before a jury as to why he did not owe the bank anything.

Essentially, he argued that the bank had not provided any consideration for Daly’s promise to pay back the loan. Consideration is one of the requirements for a valid contract, and without it, a contract is void. Daly was arguing that the mortgage contract was void and did not need to be repaid because the bank had not actually given him any money. The lender had created the money out of thin air in response to the promise to repay the loan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, you agree to work for thirty years for little more than the bank's permission to live in a house! That is serfdom!

Nov 02 08:44

The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project

I’ve recently come across an interesting document (found here) which details a conference that took place in Israel on May 7, 2013, called the “Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project.”

It is comprised of transcripts of the talks given by the various Jews and European representatives who were at the conference, which was sponsored by Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and is well worth a read.

Nov 02 08:34

Violence in the Name of the Messiah – Noah Feldman/Bloomberg View

In July, a house in the Palestinian village of Duma was firebombed. A family of four was inside: Saad Dawabsheh, his wife and two children, ages 4 and 18 months. Only the 4-year-old survived.

The leading suspects for the attack are Jewish, part of a loose network known in Israel as “hilltop youth,” teenagers who grew up in small and often unsanctioned settlements in the West Bank, especially in the region they call Samaria. They perform what are called “price-tag” operations — violent acts meant to send the message that any attempt to remove Jewish settlers from their land will carry a “price.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Settlers are no different than ISIS in their thinking and ideologies. They have no respect of others faith, race, or nationality. They want to rule by the sword, and if any opposes them, he or she must be killed or made a refugee out of them.

Sadly we support those people with weapons and money, and without US support they cannot exist.

Nov 02 08:33

Flashback 2014 - "Arthur Topham - 'Hate Propaganda' Legislation in Canada"

Arthur will talk about the pressures of Jewish lobbyists in Canada to remove his site, specifically B'nai Brith Canada. Its materials posted sparked two attacks from the lobbyists, the first occurring in 2007 when he was charged with a sec. 13(1) "hate crime" under the legislation contained in Canada's Human Rights Code. The second attack occurred in 2012 when he was charged under the Canadian Criminal Code, sec. 319(2) "Hate Propaganda" legislation with "willfully promoting hatred against an identifiable group, people of the Jewish religion or ethnic origin."

He’ll talk about these charges, his arrest and the upcoming trial before the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Arthur discusses the history of such “hate propaganda” laws in Canada and how they came about. He’ll also talk about the former sec. 13 legislation which was used by the lobby groups for decades to stifle criticism of Israel and discussion concerning anything related to Zionism both on and off the internet.

Nov 02 08:32

Video: Israeli military tells Palestinian refugee camp, ‘We will gas you until you die’

A shocking video has emerged recording a loud verbal threat from the Israeli military to residents of Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem. As a military jeep rolls down an empty quiet street a threatening voice comes over the loudspeaker “You throw stones and we will hit you with gas until you die.” The words spoken seems almost unfathomable. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/military-palestinian-

Middle East Eye (MEE) reports the video was recorded on October 29 by a youth, 17-year-old Yazan Ikhlayel, on his iPhone. Ikhlayel was at Aida’s community center with a clear view of the road below. As Ikhlayel recorded the scene the jeep slows and then come to a halt as the threats continue. You can begin to see stones being thrown at :28 in the video. The threat also warns they were holding a person “one of you” and if they didn’t stop throwing stones they would slaughter the person:


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, America: don't you feel proud to know what the Israeli military is doing with them?!?

Nov 02 08:30

Silent Base: British Duct Tape Is Golden in Bahrain

To the dismay of human rights campaigners, the British government has started the construction work on a controversial naval base in the tiny Persian Gulf state, where human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests, crackdowns on protests, torture and political prisoners are unabated. No doubt the base, which is mainly funded by the Al Khalifah regime, is a reward for British silence over the rights violations in Bahrain, which is home of the US Fifth Fleet. What’s cynical is that the base will be named after a previous naval base the UK maintained in the country during the colonial times: HMS Juffair. It is yet another brazen gesture by the British government to celebrate a legacy of repression and colonialism that it should properly be ashamed by...

Nov 02 08:30

French weatherman Verdier 'sacked' for writing skeptic climate change book ahead of UN summit

A famous French weatherman has broadcast the news of his sacking in an online video, saying he was fired for writing a book challenging climate change. It comes just weeks before Paris is set to host a UN conference on the controversial topic.

Philippe Verdier, arguably France's most popular weatherman, is the author of the book 'Climat Investigation' (Climate Investigation), in which he accuses state-funded climate change scientists of having been “manipulated” and “politicized.” He goes on to accuse the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of publishing deliberately misleading data.

Nov 02 08:28

Alice Slater: US Is Not Honoring its NPT Promise for Nuclear Disarmament

The New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation believes that the United States has never been ready to acknowledge its “immoral” use of nuclear weapons during the World War II in Japan, and does not honor its promise to make good faith efforts for nuclear disarmament.

Nov 02 08:27

Customer with a concealed carry license shoots and kills armed gunman attempting to rob a Chicago corner store

robbery was foiled when a customer with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed man attempting to hold up a Chicago corner store, police said.

A masked man walked into Envios de Dinero, a store and currency exchange, on the 7200 block of West 51st Street in the Gage Park neighborhood on the city's southwest side at about 7pm on Saturday.

He showed a handgun and announced a robbery to an employee behind the counter.

The gunman then pointed his weapon at another employee and forced her to the back of the store.

But he was fatally shot by the armed customer.

Nov 02 08:26

John Kerry courts Kazakh leader as US eyes stronger Central Asia ties

Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed US interests in Kazakhstan on Monday in talks with veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev who has lured huge Western investments to his Central Asian state while keeping it in Moscow's political orbit.

Nov 02 08:26

NASA: Antarctica Gaining More Ice than Losing

A new study from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre has revealed that the Antarctic ice sheet is thickening enough to currently outweigh the losses of ice occurring due to global warming.

Nov 02 08:26

Anti-Arab brainwashing by the US media

More insidious than the wars with tanks and guns, aircraft and bombs, missiles and guidance systems, shock and awe campaigns. The wickedest wars are the wars for people’s minds – the propaganda campaigns that exercise thought control…

Western brainwashing comes from the media. Readers, listeners and viewers need to be aware of these propaganda sources. About the media in general, Steven Salaita correctly observed:

The flippancy with which US media apply the word “terrorism” to Arab populations reinforces the notion that violence in the Arab world is ahistorical and therefore senseless. Arabs in turn become a people without narratives who belong to a culture incapable of rationality.

Nov 02 08:26

Syria hospitals Russia accused of bombing don’t exist – Defense Ministry

The Russian Defense Ministry has checked the data presented in recent media reports, which blamed Russian aviation for hitting several hospitals in Syria, the spokesman said.

Konashenkov denied the accusations, which he said were "traditionally made without any proof, without any factual backing.”

Out of six hospitals that were mentioned in the reports, only one medical facility actually exists in real life, he added.

"We’ve checked this information. It turned out that, a hospital is only present in the village Sarmin,” the spokesman said, adding that there are no hospitals and no medical workers in the other five villages named in media reports.

Nov 02 08:25

Multipolar world

Since the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago, the global security order has been dangerously out of balance. During this time the U.S. has been able to unilaterally dictate its unipolar agenda. Today American hegemony is in question and in decline. Welcome back to a multipolar world.

Nov 02 08:23

Deputy FM Warns Saudi Top Diplomat Not to Test Iran's Patience

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Sunday blasted Saudi Foreign Minister Adil al-Ahmad al-Jubayr for his "baseless" allegations against Tehran, cautioning him to be careful not to make its non-Arab neighbor run out of patience. "We warn Adil al-Jubayr not to test the Islamic Republic of Iran's patience," Amir Adbollahian told FNA after the Saudi foreign minister's recent allegations that Iran smuggles weapons to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
FM: Iran Resolved to Pursue Fate of Missing Pilgrims, Diplomat in Saudi Arabia. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed Tehran's determination to do its best to utilize each and every diplomatic potential and capacity to clarify the fate of the Iranian Hajj pilgrims, including a senior diplomat, who went missing during the recent stampede in Mina. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940811000184

Nov 02 08:23

Israel expands detention without trial to minors

Israeli authorities last week placed three Palestinian minors from East Jerusalem under administrative detention, a move rights group say is unprecedented in the city, as Israel heightens security measures amid a month of deadly violence.

Nov 02 08:21

Fortran, assembly programmers ... NASA needs you – for Voyager

With its last generation of space-race engineers hanging up their slide-rules, NASA is looking for someone fluent in Fortran and other Cold War-era languages.

In an interview with Popular Mechanics, the manager of NASA's Voyager program Suzanne Dodd said the retirement of the last original crew member has left the space agency with a shortage of people capable of communicating with the 40-year-old craft.

Webmaster addition: I remember Fortran! :)

Nov 02 08:21

The CIA's Torture Experiment

This month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA's torture program. The lawsuit argues that in addition to designing, overseeing, and personally conducting torture sessions, the two psychologists engaged in unethical research and experimentation on detainees.

In both the Nazi and American examples, the experiments were carried out in the name of "national security." A Nazi doctor whom I (Lifton) interviewed had at first opposed the harmful "research" but changed his mind and participated in typhus experiments with prisoners after being told by a Nazi medical bureaucrat that they were necessary for finding ways to prevent epidemics in German troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a completely "limited hangout" here, and goes no where near far enough,to unravel the true culpability for these crimes.

And I say this because true accountability cannot just stop with these doctors; unless, and until, it goes all the way up the food chain to that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, no real, moral accountability can ever be accomplished, and the moral stain on the conscience of this country resulting from these actions will never be removed.

And unfortunately, when President Obama took office, and told the American people, and the world, that we were going to be looking forward, and not backward, at the crimes committed in the name of alleged "national security", he made his very own, quite personal, pact with the devil to insure both his election, and the reality that these men would never, ever be brought to justice.

Nov 02 08:20

Commander: US Trying to Weaken Iraqi Volunteer Forces in Favor of ISIL

A senior commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) underlined that the US is doing its best to weaken his country's popular forces to block their further advances in key provinces.

Nov 02 08:19

Kaspersky announces 'death' of Coinvault, Bitcryptor ransomware

The Coinvault and Bitcryptor ransomware are officially dead according to Kaspersky: the alleged authors have been arrested, and all 14,000 decryption keys released allowing victims to avoid paying ransoms to unlock their files.

The ransomware variants infected thousands of machines locking up valuable files and demanding victims pay attackers hundreds of dollars in Bitcoin to have the attack reversed.

Two alleged Coinvault and Bitcryptor authors were arrested 14 September in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

Webmaster addition: Crucify these clowns live on the internet. If they are in good health it will take them a week to die, and that will probably discourage others from engaging in this sort of behavior. Meanwhile, note that the Netherlands could do what the NSA could not!

Nov 02 08:18

The First Week of Arthur Topham’s “Hate Speech” Trial in Canada’s Supreme Court

The Supreme Court “Hate Speech” trial of Arthur Topham and his website RadicalPress.com concluded its first week of deliberations on Friday, October 30th, 2015 in the small, central interior city of Quesnel, British Columbia.

Having elected to be tried by a jury of his peers rather than gamble on the Attorney General’s office selecting a potentially biased justice to oversee the proceedings and decide his fate, the first order of business was to select twelve individuals from around the local community to sit on the jury. This process of selection meant that well over a hundred individuals were called to appear at the provincial government office on the morning of Monday, October 26th.

Nov 02 08:17

When Asked About Putin's Challenge to His Leadership, Obama Says Climate Change Is More Important

President Obama was on the CBS News show "60 Minutes" a few weeks back when the topic turned to Putin and Russia's role in Syria.

Interviewer Steve Kroft pointed out that Putin was 'challenging Obama's leadership'.

His response?

"I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and [an] international accord that potentially would get in Paris. My definition of leadership is mobilizing the entire international community to make sure Iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon."

Climate change. That's what, first and foremost, is important here. Climate change.

That's foreign policy, for you. Climate change.

Nov 02 08:14

Israeli Military Warns Its Personnel of Possible CIA Recruitment

The military intelligence services of Israel has reportedly issued a warning to Israeli army personnel to beware of CIA activities and report any contacts immediately.

Nov 02 08:13

Turkey election: Erdo?an’s AKP wins outright majority – as it happened

Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, tightened his grip on power decisively as his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) swept back to single-party government with a convincing win in national elections. With more than 95% of the votes counted, the party won almost 50% of the vote. That would give it about 325 seats in the 550-seat parliament, comfortably ahead of its three main rival parties and easily enough to form a government on its own.

Nov 02 08:13

Pro-Kurdish HDP Party Alleges Fraud Across Eastern Turkey Polling Stations

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters received complaints of fraud from polling stations across the eastern Turkish province of Agri during snap parliamentary elections.
Turkey's Islamist-rooted AK Party swept to an unexpected victory in elections on Sunday, returning the country to single-party rule in an outcome that will boost the power of President Tayyip Erdogan but may sharpen deep social divisions. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940811000037

Nov 02 08:12

UN Chief Condemns US' Syria Position, Endorses Putin’s

Even Ban Ki-moon - usually solidly in US' pocket - thinks Washington's insistence that Assad 'must go' before a solution can be sought is mad

Nov 02 08:12

Russia May Start Training Civilians to Deal With Nuclear Attack

Every day it seems like we take another step towards reliving the Cold War era, and Friday was no different. Dmitry Rogozin, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia’s defense industry, suggested that his government should start preparing civilians for a nuclear attack much like the Soviets did during the Cold War.

After claiming that the US was upsetting the nuclear balance of power by developing new weapon systems, he suggested that the defense industry needs to keep up with our technology by putting more research and development into Russia’s nuclear arsenal. He further added that more measures should be added “so that the population, if nonetheless they were subject to that kind of aggression, could avoid colossal losses. … Civil defense should be recreated.”

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Nov 02 08:11

13 UN Hostages Freed in S. Sudan Week after Abduction

Thirteen UN workers kidnapped by rebels in South Sudan have been freed a week after their abduction, the UN said on Monday.

Nov 02 08:11

Russian Bombers Destroy 237 ISIL, Nusra Front Targets in Syria in 2 Days

Russian bombers has carried out 131 sorties and destroyed 237 ISIL and Nusra Front targets in Syria's provinces of Hama, Latakia, Homs, Damascus, Aleppo, Raqqa over the past 48 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

Nov 02 08:10

Refugee Inflow Through Russia-Norway Border 'Huge Challenge'

The increased wave of refugees crossing the Russian-Norwegian border has become a serious challenge and both sides must deal with it, Ole Andreas Lindeman, the Consul General of Norway in the Russian city of Murmansk, said Thursday.

Nov 02 08:10

URGENT: Terrorists Confirm Death of 3 Top Commanders in Aleppo

Terrorist groups acknowledged the death of, at least, 3 senior commanders in Syrian airstrikes on the Takfiri militants' positions in Aleppo province.
Syrian army troops killed and injured all members of Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group in a town in the countryside of Homs. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940811000300
The Syrian Army announced on Monday that its forces have engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL militants around Palmyra (Tadmur) in Central province of Homs. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940811000853
Battlefield sources announced on Monday that most of the militant positions, mainly those of ISIL, have come under large-scale operations of the Syrian army, popular forces and Hezbollah in the Eastern and Southeastern sides of Aleppo. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940811000724

Nov 02 08:10

‘No infrastructure for so many people’: German village of 102 getting ready to house… 750 refugees

A small German village containing just 102 residents and with almost no infrastructure will have to accommodate as many as 750 asylum seekers after a decision by the regional authorities. Villagers fear the area will be unable to cope with the burden.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The regional authorities should take these 750 into their own homes and leave everyone else alone!

Nov 02 08:09

Pentagon Sees South China Sea Dispute Driving Calls for US Presence

Making the rounds in the Pacific and southeast Asia in his latest overseas trip, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter bragged about the growing regional interest around the South China Sea in hosting a US presence, attributing it to the disputes with China in the area.

China is one of 10 nations in the region around the South China Sea with conflicting maritime claims. The US largely doesn’t get involved in those disputes unless one of the parties involved is China, in which case the US always backed the other party.

Though most of these disputes have existed as irrelevant boundary disputes for many decades, the US has gotten a great deal of mileage out of railing at China for building an artificial island in the area near the Spratlys. This has included the US making high-profile sail-bys of the island, and making it clear they are doing so purely to spite China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Ashton Carter; sir, were I you, I would not be quite so quick to dismiss either China's military capabilities, or its political will to have the US leave them alone.

As you should be aware, the US government rarely gets what it is paying for, in terms of its military hardware and software, and the field performance thereof. In China, there is a tacit agreement between weapons manufacturers and the Chinese government that when weapons are field-deployed, they work as advertised, period, end of discussion.

As reported at the South China Morning Post on 3 September, 2015:

Fuelled by booming defence spending, the People’s Liberation Army is expected to today showcase breakthroughs in missile technology and military aircraft that reflect its increasing focus on projecting force beyond its borders, especially adjacent seas where it competes with neighbours for territory and resources. Here are 10 military hardware pieces that analysts and other nation’s defence experts will likely be watching out for.

Right now, the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with China.

And even with the US Navy defending these allies, the issue of quite how effective the US Navy can be against the newest weapons in the Chinese military arsenal, is ....questionable, at best.

Nov 02 08:09

Ordinary Chinese blame America for the Russian plane crash

"America's revenge did not take long." (480 likes) Jiangsu, Nantong

"The hand of American gangsters is behind all this!" (145 likes), Tianjin

"Mourning for the victims of the Russian people" (129 likes) Henan Nanyang

"99% it is connected to the USA" (38 likes) Jiangsu Wuxi

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US is not much loved around the world these days!

Nov 02 08:07

Rothschild Bankster Indicted for Illegal Banking Activities

Baron David de Rothschild was recently indicted by the French government after he was accused of fraud in a scheme that allegedly embezzled large sums of money from British pensioners.

Nov 02 08:05

Why the Most Liberal Cities Have the Worst Wealth Inequality

Wealth inequality has long been the cause célèbre of the Left, who are always quick to point the finger at the private interests in our society. They always blame the corporations and the banks for dominating the economy, and they criticize the government for not doing anything to stop them. While there is certainly an argument to be made there, it ignores one simple fact that most liberals would rather ignore. The cities where they predominately live, have some of the worst income inequality rates in the country.

That’s right. The places where they have the most influence over the laws, often have the widest divide between the rich and the poor. Of course, conservative areas are known for having this problem too, but in their case it’s not across the board. For instance, the South is riddled with income inequality, while the Midwest is fairly equal.

Nov 02 08:05

Catalonia and the Move Against Empires

Recently, the people of Catalonia voted in favour of seceding from Spain.

In the recent election, secessionist parties secured 72 out of the 135 seats, confirming that the majority of voters want secession. Artur Mas, region president of Catalonia and the leader of the Junts pel Sí movement, is seeking independence from Spain in 18 months.

This is great news for libertarians the world over, as, to our minds, this is a clear step forward for the Catalan people and for those who seek greater freedom from governments worldwide. And, of course, any blow against the present trend toward empires is a step in the right direction.

Nov 02 08:05

Windows 10 growth sluggish as Windows 7/8.x users stick with their OS

The monthly desktop operating system usage share figures are in from NetMarketShare and they show that Windows 10 growth is slowing down as Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users stick with their operating system.

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Windows 10 will open us all to more surveillance, possibly break older applications forcing us to buy upgrades which we cannot afford, take hours of time to install and configure, and based on Microsoft's history, will come with thousands of bugs which will cut into our productivity in the coming years. Microsoft hasn't given anyone a reason to go through all that other than that is what Microsoft wants! They can't GIVE their product away any more!

Nov 02 07:56

U.S. Congresswoman: CIA Must Stop Illegal, Counterproductive War to Overthrow Assad

Nov 02 07:55

Want Your Testicles Batoned? If Not, Act Now

Was I ever surprised today when watching a Next News Network video about National Guard training. It said that “civil unrest” could lead to soldiers whacking citizens with batons “below the waist.”

Nov 02 07:53

A CIVIL WAR ERUPTS: Irate and fed up Swedes are now setting muslim ‘refugee’ centers on fire