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"The agony and moral anguish that ought to accompany an act of mass killing -- yes, even in a war [the Gulf War against Iraq in 1991] -- seemed wholly absent from American culture." -- Ruth Rosen, history professor

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February 17, 2016

Feb 17 08:30

Latest Version of Monopoly is Called “Ultimate Banking” and is Completely Cashless

I find it extremely perplexing that I have been the only one to report that there is a secret meeting in London where Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University and Willem Butler the chief economist at Citigroup will address the central banks and advocate the elimination of all cash to bring to fruition the day when you cannot buy or sell anything without government approval.

Feb 17 08:29

Gold Stabilises Above $1,200; Asia Markets Run Out Of Steam

Global economic turmoil continues to rumble on as major economies seek to come to grips with a changing monetary environment, sagging growth, low inflation, pockets of deflation and uncertainty over the future of Europe post Brexit. Japanese shares sold off after their gains on Monday, falling 1.8% in today’s trading sessions. European shares rising 1.6% this morning on the back of an expectation that volatility in the markets may begin to stabilise, feels more like a dead cat bounce to be honest.

Feb 17 08:25

"Drowning Migrants" Well, Except That Dude Standing In The Surf We Had To Crop Out To Pull This Lie Off...

Feb 17 08:25

Will We Hold It Wednesday – Strong Bounce Edition



Taboola
Feb 17 08:23

Israeli celebrity rabbi goes to prison for bribery

Pinto is considered one of Israel’s wealthiest rabbis. The great-grandson of a famous Moroccan-born mystic known as the Baba Sali, he amassed his fortune while serving as a spiritual guru to the rich and powerful in Israel, New York and elsewhere.

Feb 17 08:23

Israel seeks government change in Syria to undermine resistance: Nasrallah

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, says Israel seeks government change in Syria in order to undermine the resistance front against the Zionist regime.

Feb 17 08:19

The Obama administration enables anti-Semitism at the United Nations

The United Nations itself promotes anti-Israel rhetoric and efforts to treat the only Jewish state differently from all other members. With U.S. participation, it interceded to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident, a denigration of Israel’s sovereignty and ability to investigate and remedy its own conduct. As a body, the U.N. again and again takes up anti-Israel resolutions. The U.N. tolerates, and by its silence condones, anti-Semitism. Just one example sums up the body’s attitude:
Note: President Harry S. Truman "Jesus Christ himself couldn't please these people, so how can I?"



Feb 17 08:16

Remembering Waco

The first thing Bill Clinton did after he won the 1992 election - even before he took office - was to order the Little Rock ATF to make a case against the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

It's refreshing to see Siskel & Ebert, popular movie reviewers, take a clear stand on behalf of the victims of government criminality.

It's a remarkable film and deserves a wide viewing - even 20- years later.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement: www.waco93.com

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Feb 17 08:15

Syria: At the Gateway of Greater War

By Tony Cartalucci

Syrian forces backed by Russian airpower have made major advances across the battlefield along multiple fronts.

Around Aleppo, Syrian forces have cut supply lines from Turkey that were for years, supplying terrorists operating inside the country. Just east of a growing encirclement of the city of Aleppo, a secondary encirclement of so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) forces is forming as the offensive to relieve Kuweris Airbase has evolved into a northern advance toward Al Bab – a critical logistical hub used by US-NATO-GCC backed terrorists during the initial invasion of Aleppo in 2012 and onward.

Deeper within the interior of Syria, Syrian forces have advanced eastward into the Al Raqqa Governorate, approaching the Tabaqa Airbase. The airbase is a crucial waypoint toward seizing back the city of Al Raqqa itself, which has become the de facto capital of ISIS...

Feb 17 08:14

GCHQ intel used to develop Stuxnet, claims new documentary

The super worm known as Stuxnet was but a cog in an active US war program in which hundreds of thousands of network implants and backdoors in Iran networks were actively maintained to facilitate a devastating barrage of hacking attacks, a documentary claims. Zero Days, due to screen at the Berlin Film Festival today, claims that Stuxnet was just one part of an operation called "Olympic Games" that is itself part of a wider effort dubbed "Nitro Zeus" that involves hundreds of US defence personnel.

Feb 17 08:13

Russian Diplomat Drops a Bombshell: US Expected ISIS to Seize Damascus by October

Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, dropped something of a bombshell on Monday, though one that has gone completely unnoticed.

In a piece in the print edition of the London Evening Standard defending Russian policy in Syria he made the following extraordinary disclosure:

“Last summer we were told by our Western partners that in October Damascus would fall to IS (ie. the Islamic State – AM).
What they were planning to do next we don’t know. Probably, they would have ended up painting the extremists white and accepting them as a Sunni state straddling Iraq and Syria”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was the plan all along! Then the door would open for the conquest of Iran.



Feb 17 08:12

U.S. PLANNED MAJOR CYBER ATTACK ON IRAN IF NUCLEAR TALKS FAILED

The U.S. was planning to carry out a major cyber attack against Iran in the event that negotiations over a landmark deal to pull back Tehran’s nuclear program failed, The New York Times reported late Tuesday.

According to an upcoming documentary and to military and intelligence officials, the plan, code-named Nitro Zeus, would have targeted the Islamic Republic’s air defenses, electrical power grid and communications systems if the failure of the talks sparked a conflict.

The plan was shelved after the talks between Tehran and six world powers ended in success in July 2015, the Times reported.

Feb 17 08:10

German 'bail-in' plan for government bonds risks blowing up the euro

The London Debt Conference in 1953, when much of Germany's debt was written off. European sovereign debt was sacrosanct after that until the euro led to serial crises A new German plan to impose "haircuts" on holders of eurozone sovereign debt risks igniting an unstoppable European bond crisis and could force Italy and Spain to restore their own currencies, a top adviser to the German government has warned. "A speculative attack could come very fast. If I were a politician in Italy and I was confronted by this sort of insolvency risk I would want to go back to my own currency as fast as possible, because that is the only way to avoid going bankrupt,” he told The Telegraph.

Feb 17 08:08

‘Islamic Rape Of Europe’: Polish Magazine Splashes ‘White Europa’ Girl Groped By Migrant Hands

One of Poland’s most popular weekly magazines has splashed a graphic depiction of the rape of Europe’s women by migrants on its front cover. The image may be one of the most politically incorrect illustrations of the migrant crisis to date.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Screw political correctness!



Owl 1
Feb 17 08:06

Ground troops only solution to Syria conflict: Turkey

Turkey is among the few countries insisting that the only way to stop the war in Syria is to deploy ground forces in the Arab country’s northern regions.

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Here's your rifle, Erdogan...

Feb 17 08:06

BEX ALERT - On the Death of Supreme Court Junket King Scalia

It’s appropriate that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died at a luxury resort while freeloading as the guest of thus far unidentified wealthy sponsors as one of 40 guests at a private quail-hunting vacation party.

The resort where he died, Cibolo Ranch Resort, located on land stolen by its founder from the Apache and Comanche people in the Big Bend region of west Texas, is a posh retreat favored by the ultra rich, offering rooms priced from $350 to $800 a night — and it’s a safe bet that the bed Scalia died in was located in a top-priced room — and that the credit card that was swiped to pay for it didn’t have his name on it. (According to one report, the guests at the gathering had their bills covered by the resort’s owner, John Poindexter, a mullti-millionaire real estate owner, rancher and former investment banker.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Having failed to convince anyone that Scalia died a natural death, the next step for the propagandists is to smear the man and make him hated. If people stop caring about Scalia, they stop caring about just how he died.

Pathetic.

Truly pathetic!

Feb 17 08:05

Sikh Man Barred From Mexico Flight Sees 'Small Victory'

Ahluwalia showed an excerpt from an email that he said came from Aeromexico. The text said the airline had "issued a directive to its staff regarding the religious significance of the Sikh turban" and planned to ask that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Mexican government implement sensitivity training on religious headwear for airport agents.

Feb 17 08:03

Whoever Does Not Respect the Penny is Not Worthy of the Dollar

When was the last time you saw someone make the effort to pick up a penny off the street? A nickel? A dime?

Walking around New York City recently, I saw pennies, nickels, and dimes just sitting there on busy sidewalks. This happened at least five times in one day. Even homeless people wouldn’t bother to bend over and pick up anything less than a quarter.

The U.S. dollar has become so debased that these coins are essentially pieces of rubbish. They have little to no practical value.



Feb 17 08:03

Trump’s Spokeswoman Asks If 9/11 Was An “Inside Job” – Before the Campaign

The internet is mad at Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, for suggesting that the September 11 attacks were an “inside job” committed by people within the United States government.

Pierson tweeted on Sept. 13, 2012: “9/11…An inside job?”, before Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Pierson serves as national spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s campaign, however she was not affiliated with Trump at the time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please don't use the broad brush "The internet is mad at ..." I am part of the internet community. In fact I started blogging before the word was invented! And I an not mad at anyone who looks at the facts of 9/11 and understands something is very fishy about the official story, just like there is something fishy about the official story of Scalia, just like there is something fishy about the official story about Saddam's nuclear weapons, just like there is something fishy about the official story about Vincent Foster, just like there is something fishy about the official story about John Kennedy Jr., just like there is something fishy about the official story about a 5% unemployment rate in a nation where 100 million Americans have not been able to find jobs for years, just like there is something fishy about the official story about Hillary's email server!

Feb 17 07:48

Markets Ignore Fundamentals And Chase Headlines Because They Are Dying

By Brandon Smith

Normalcy bias is a rather horrifying thing. It is so frightening because it is so final; much like death, there is simply no coming back. Rather than a physical death, normalcy bias represents the death of reason and simple observation. It is the death of the mind and cognitive thought instead of the death of the body.

Ever since the derivatives collapse of 2008 the public has been regaled with wondrous stories of recovery in the mainstream to the point that such fantasies have become the “new normal”. These are grand tales of the daring heroics of central bankers who “saved us all” from impending collapse through gutsy monetary policy and no-holds-barred stimulus measures.

Alternative economists have not been so easy to dazzle...

Feb 17 07:37

Has Gold Bottomed? (Part 2) Global Production Crisis - Mike Maloney

After seeing this chart, you'll have no doubt that the price discovery mechanism that is supposed to balance supply with demand is out of whack. This is more proof that the paper commodities markets are completely divorced from the real world

Feb 17 07:35

2016 Reveals Banks Shaky & Gold Solid-James Turk

Gold expert James Turk says the banks are in trouble again. One of the biggest troubled institutions is Germany’s Deutsche Bank, and Turk contends, “It is quite alarming the shares of the stock are basically where they were in the lows of 2008. It’s at the bottom of that year’s financial crisis, and here we have not even started the financial crisis yet. The stock is back to those prices of seven or eight years ago. It makes you wonder what is yet to come. You are seeing publicity stunts like Jamie Dimon buying $25 million worth of JPMorgan stock. It reminds me of what we saw back in the 1930’s. In the history books, guys would go out and buy shares of their stock to convince people that things were okay. The market is telling us that people want to be in safer things, and it looks like gold’s trend has finally turned after a four year correction. . . . It looks like we are going to be heading higher.”



Lockerdome
Feb 17 07:05

Peter Schiff: Goldman Sachs Sacks Gold

Feb 17 06:46

The UN and the Invisible Palestinian Knives of Allege-gate

The UN is as fake as the fake knives of Allege-gate. Both are smokescreens for impunity for zionist brutality and crimes against humanity.

Feb 17 06:19

Iran In New Phase Of Ties With Europe

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran and Europe has entered a new phase of relations and will speed up cooperation following the implementation of JCPOA.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz on Tuesday, in Brussels

Feb 17 06:09

S-300 delivery, Syrian crisis top agenda of talks in Moscow

TEHRAN, Feb. 17: Visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation, Dehghan said the delivery of Russia’s advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran and the Syrian crisis topped the agenda of talks during his visit to Russia.
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Dehghan underlined Iran is serious in its support for the government and people of Syria and has had decisive cooperation with Russia leading to the shift of balance and creation of a new situation in Syria.

Russia's Shoigu also said Iran and Russia face common threats in the region which needs joint cooperation to counter the challenges.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow and Tehran were ready to step up their military cooperation after meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday.
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Owl 2
Feb 17 05:32

Donetsk Blog Feb 15: Two Civilians Killed - 9 Yr Old Girl Wounded - Heavy Shelling

A nine-year-old girl was wounded and a 54-year-old civilian killed by mortar shelling emanating from Ukrainian positions over the past week. DONi reporters heard shelling falling on the northern and western suburbs of Donetsk city and witnessed mortar shelling of the northern suburb of Gorlovka. DONi reporters visited some of the shelled areas and found that a number of residential houses and parts of infrastructure were partly or totally destroyed, including two private homes burned down and a gas pipeline damaged in a western suburb of Donetsk. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian side shelled DPR territory 471 times, including 276 incidents of shelling over the past day. The shelling is reported to have consisted of 171 82mm mortar rounds, four tank rounds, and one round from an anti-tank missile system (see below for description of weapons mentioned). The DPR claims to have returned fire in an effort to suppress the shelling.

Feb 17 05:26

Syria Invasion: Obama Is About to Make the Biggest Decision of His Presidency

President Obama must decide if he will let the Syrian civil war come to an end with Russian-backed President Assad still in power or if he will escalate by supporting a Turkish-Saudi invasion, which could push the world to the brink of nuclear war, writes Joe Lauria. With the Russian-backed Syrian army encircling Aleppo, cutting off Turkish supplies to rebels and advancing on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, a panicked Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint headquarters to direct an invasion of Syria that could lead to a vast escalation of the war. And there’s only one man who could stop them: President Barack Obama. It is probably the most important decision Obama will make in his eight years in office since a Turkish-Saudi invasion risks a direct showdown between Russia and NATO, since Turkey is a member of the alliance...

Feb 17 05:25

‘Islamic Rape Of Europe

‘Islamic Rape Of Europe’: Polish Magazine Splashes ‘White Europa’ Girl Groped By Migrant Hands
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One of Poland’s most popular weekly magazines has splashed a graphic depiction of the rape of Europe’s women by migrants on its front cover. The image may be one of the most politically incorrect illustrations of the migrant crisis to date.

(*politically incorrect ? but isn't one picture worth a thousand words anymore ?)

Feb 17 05:23

Israel's Plan B for Syria Is to Break It Up

If there's one thing that Israel likes it's Arabs fighting Arabs.
…Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said he was “very pessimistic” about the truce’s prospects. “Unfortunately we are going to face chronic instability for a very, very long period of time,” he said. “And part of any grand strategy is to avoid the past, saying we are going to unify Syria. We know how to make an omelette from an egg. I don’t know how to make an egg from an omelette.” Referring to some of the warring sects, Yaalon added: “We should realise that we are going to see enclaves?—?‘Alawistan’, ‘Syrian Kurdistan’, ‘Syrian Druzistan’. They might cooperate or fight each other.” Ram Ben-Barak, director-general of Israel’s Intelligence Ministry, described partition as “the only possible solution”.



Feb 17 05:18

Ex-British Army Chief: Russia Is Getting It Right in Syria, It's the UK Getting It Wrong

Britain is failing spectacularly in Syria and should follow Russia's lead by launching airstrikes in support of the Syrian state says General Lord Dannatt, ex-chief of the general staff. General Lord Dannatt, ex-chief of general staff, said defeating Islamic State (ISIS) would only be achieved through military force. The senior official, who led the British army between 2006-2009, said: "It is only going to be one with military defeat. From the air can help, but on the ground is where the decision is going to come. "Conflicts are only resolved on the ground...it has got to be soldiers acting on the ground that bring a resolution, but within a diplomatic and political framework. That is what is missing in Syria."

Feb 17 05:13

Medvedev: "We Will Not Ask for the Lifting of Sanctions. They Will Come to Us"

"Russia will never ask for the sanctions to be lifted against her," stated the Prime Minister of our country in an interview. According to Medvedev, Russia will wait until the West will understand that they only make themselves worse off. "We have never asked for anything and will never ask, especially to the West. Knowing our literature, it is possible to remember, for example Mikhail Bulgakov. There is a very exact phrase in the book that was widely reviewed — "Master and Margarita". Woland says in it that he doesn't need to ask for anything — they'll make the offer, and then they will give everything. So we'll do the same — will never ask them to cancel these sanctions. They will soon come to to an intelligent opinion and then say: "Come on, hurry up, let's end this as soon as possible, because nobody is better, everybody only gets worse" — these exact words were picked by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation to summarise the situation.

Feb 17 05:11

Jeb hit between eyes with sensational allegations

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“Virtually every one of Jeb’s failed business enterprises is a carried interest in which he put up no cash but used his family name and connections to secure loans, financing, waivers, or other financially significant benefits,” Stone and Hunt write. “No less than five of Bush’s former partners in these endeavors are in jail.”
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Feb 17 05:09

German General: Russia Will Bring Peace to Syria, Turkey Will Bring Catastrophe

Moscow has a coordinated plan to combat the jihadists, and it is obvious that without its participation the solution is impossible. "Without Russia, there will not be peace in the region" — said the General. The General also noted that the Syrian conflict has sides who will prevent the implementation of this plan, the first of which is Ankara. The corridor created by the army of Assad will eventually run into areas that are now under the control of Kurds, who distinguished themselves in the fight against terrorists. Meanwhile Turkey does not intend to stop the bombing of these areas and intends to continue the operation against Kurdish troops. In addition, Ankara is planning to send ground forces to Syria than can undermine all efforts to resolve the crisis."Turkish intervention has the potential to transform the Syrian conflict into a global catastrophe," concludes Kujat.



Feb 17 05:04

Kremlin asks to distinguish between Russia-Saudi Arabia dialogues on oil, Syria

The Kremlin believes it is incorrect to link Russia’s dialogues with Saudi Arabia over the situation on the world energy markets and attitudes to political issues, in particular, the situation in Syria, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "These are different matters," he stated...

Feb 17 05:02

Russia calls on UN SC to make Turkey stop ‘inadmissible actions’ in Syria

"I presented a number of facts of Turkey’s violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, including weapons supplies, destabilization and aggression against Syria. I called on all our partners to work with Turkey to stop its inadmissible activities," Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said. At Russia’s initiative, the Security Council discussed on Tuesday activity of Turkey, shelling positions of Syrian Kurds who help Damascus in fight against terrorists. After the meeting, Security Council President Rafael Ranirez said all 15 member countries had expressed concern over this actions and agreed to urge Turkey to comply with international law.

Feb 17 05:01

Russian Ground Forces commander visits Cuba

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, Col.-Gen. Oleg Salyukov, begins an official visit to Cuba to discuss the training of Cuban officers at Russian military higher education institutions and Cuba’s participation in the 2016 International Army Games in Russia, the press service of the Defense Ministry reports. Oleg Salyukov will meet with Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba Leopoldo Cintra Frias and Deputy Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Chief of the General Staff Alvaro Lopez Miera. Talks will also focus on the development of the two countries’ ground forces, the press service said.

Feb 17 04:53

China deploys anti-aircraft systems on disputed islands

The Chinese authorities have deployed several long-range anti-aircraft complexes on a disputed island in the South China Sea. Two batteries of eight HQ-9 systems are seen on satellite images, TASS reports. Beijing also deployed a radar station on one of the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands). The anti-aircraft systems appeared on the location last week, Fox News said. A US official confirmed the authenticity of the satellite images. China, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have differences over maritime boundaries and areas of responsibility in the South China and East China Seas. China believes that countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam deliberately use the support of the United States to escalate tensions in the region.



Owl 3
Feb 17 04:41

Scalia murdered? Did Texas Judge once ask God for a ruling?

Who is Texas Judge, Cinderela Guevara, who denied an autopsy?

“[In 2013], my sister and my daughter’s paternal aunt and I went to see Cinderela Guevara several times. [This is Judge Guevara, who just ruled Scalia died of natural causes and no autopsy was necessary.] I went to see her alone two times…

“When she was alone with me, Ms. Guevara asked about my religious beliefs several times. We spoke about the Catholic faith and on September 3, 2013, when I met with her, she told me that she had prayed to God for an answer as to whether it was suicide or not and asked God to give her an answer in the video. She said she did not receive an answer as to that, but she did receive an answer from God. She stated to me that God told her that, yes this was a tragedy, but the true tragedy was that Melaney had died without accepting Jesus Christ as her savior.

“This was the woman who was deciding the cause of death of my daughter. Was she willing to consider any investigation of a homicide if she believed I was being punished by God?”

A US Supreme Court Justice dies. The circumstances are unknown. Therefore, a Texas Judge rules: no autopsy is necessary. Talk about insanity—or worse.

February 16, 2016

Feb 16 21:43

US ‘waging endless wars’ against independent nations: Author

The United States is “waging endless wars” and “raping” countries that seek independence from the US government and is not subservient to Washington’s interests, according to an American author and radio host.

Feb 16 21:43

Bush is back: George W hits the campaign trail to help brother Jeb

George W Bush is back in the political limelight after a long hiatus to support brother Jeb’s campaign to become president number 45.

Number 43 made an appearance Monday at a South Carolina rally, the state he won in 2000 after beating Senator John McCain.



Carambola
Feb 16 19:28

Buying a House Is for Suckers

Feb 16 19:10

Austerity causes biggest rise in England’s death rate since WWII – health expert

Government cuts to social services could be killing large numbers of vulnerable people in England, a health journal has said, as new figures show 2015 saw the biggest increase in the national death rate for decades.

Feb 16 18:55

Justice Scalia

Died of a heart attack
8% (175 votes)
Was assassinated
92% (1884 votes)
Total votes: 2059
Feb 16 18:30

Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Comment on Court Monitor’s Second Report

Today, the court-appointed monitor overseeing reforms to the New York City Police Department’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices filed his second interim report on the steps taken to date to implement the court’s orders in the Center for Constitutional Rights’ landmark case, Floyd v. City of New York. While the number of stops the department conducts continues to decrease, the percentages of Black and Latino New Yorkers being stopped remain disproportionately high.

Feb 16 18:24

$50 Silver: When Do We See It? Mike Maloney

Feb 16 18:15

Stopped!! Methane Blow-Out. Radioactive Fall-out. And … The Predictable Result.

By Brett Redmayne-Titley

This past Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 brought a welcome breath of fresh air to more than 4400 displaced Porter Ranch, CA residents. It was their first in more than four months. A mile or so due north and a thousand feet farther up the foothills of the Santa Susana mountains in Aliso Canyon, the nation’s worst environmental and health disaster since BP, has stopped. Natural gas well, SS-25 is dead.

Feb 16 18:01

Submarine rescue op drills held in Black Sea

The Russian Black Sea fleet held search and rescue drills in the Black Sea as part of the navy’s ongoing military exercises.

Feb 16 17:39

Poll: 79% Suspect “Foul Play” in Death of Antonin Scalia

A poll conducted by the Conservative Outfitters website finds that 79% of its readers suspect “foul play” was involved in the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Over 40,000 people voted in the poll, with nearly eight out of ten thinking there may be a cover-up.

Feb 16 16:30

Republicans stand down for FBI investigation of Clinton server

Republicans are refusing to use the Benghazi playbook to go after Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Instead of launching formal investigations or propping up a new special committee to investigate the emails — as they did with the 2012 Libya terror attack — House Republicans have gone out of their way to avoid formal inquiries into allegations that classified information was mishandled on Clinton’s personal machine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the GOP to be protecting Hillary over her server supports the theory that Hillary was indeed selling US secrets to foreign governments using her private server to deliver and her "charitable" foundation to collect and launder the payments. The GOP is not protectring Hillary out of love, but to save their own jobs, because a serving Secretary of State running an espionage operation out of the State Department is a scandal capable of bringing down the entire Federal Government.

And it should!

Feb 16 16:28

The Health Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.

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Feb 16 16:18

The Supreme Court and the Non-Violent Settling of Elite Disputes

Attorney Kamau Franklin says when there’s been no pressure from the people, the nation’s top court historically protected capitalist interests and served elite opinion.

Feb 16 16:16

6 Foods For Natural Heavy Metal Chelation

Heavy metals can do significant damage to the body. Historically, they’ve been used as “an instrument of murder” (in the case of arsenic) and instruments of war. But most people who are exposed to heavy metals in today’s times are through their food, water, vaccines, or the air around them. The good news is that there are natural ways to chelate heavy metals from your body.

Feb 16 16:15

Making NATO ‘nervous’: Corbyn opposes UK nuke renewal program

The UK's Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is causing quote, 'a great deal of nervousness' among NATO officials, that's according to a former head of the alliance. Lord Robertson says concerns have been raised by Britain's allies over Corbyn's vocal opposition to Britain renewing it's nuclear weapons program - which NATO relies on for defense.

Feb 16 16:13

Syria Accuses Alliance of Striking Hospital

Syria's United Nations ambassador says his government has "credible information" that the U.S.-led alliance struck a hospital in northern Syria run by Doctors Without Borders and is accusing the medical aid organization of being a branch of French intelligence.

Bashar Ja'afari accused the U.S. and its allies of triggering a hostile media campaign blaming Syria and its ally Russia for the "criminal act against a hospital."

Feb 16 16:13

Haiti’s New Interim President has Close Ties to Business Elite

CUNY's Francois Pierre-Louis and Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford discuss how protesters forced former President Michel Martelly to step down, but the people could lose in the struggle for free and fair elections.

Feb 16 16:08

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Feb 16 16:01

The Roots of Scalia’s Originalism

Larry Wilkerson examines the pitfalls of Scalia's theory of originalism and how this creates a tendency of disunion rather than cohesion when interpreting the law.

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Feb 16 15:52

Scalia’s Death Leaves Split Court to Decide Major Abortion, Labor, Voting Rights, Immigration Cases

With Saturday’s death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the most important conservative voice on the Supreme Court in decades, the nation may be heading into a constitutional crisis.

Feb 16 15:47

DID OBAMA HAVE SCALIA KILLED?

Feb 16 15:44

Who is on President Obama’s Shortlist to Replace Antonin Scalia?

Nearly 30 years ago, Antonin Scalia was approved by the Senate in a unanimous vote.

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Feb 16 15:32

Liberals Celebrate The Death Of Justice Antonin Scalia!

Feb 16 15:24

Britain’s new era of government state secrecy challenges democracy

David Cameron nobly declared in 2010 that;

“It is our ambition to be one of the most transparent governments in the world” and “Greater transparency across government is at the heart of our shared commitment to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account; to reduce the deficit and deliver better value for money in public spending; and to realise significant economic benefits by enabling businesses and non-profit organisations to build innovative applications and websites using public data” and – “…we will extend transparency to every area of public life.”

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Feb 16 15:12

“The War in Iraq was a Big, Fat Mistake”: Trump & Bush Spar over War & 9/11

At Saturday’s Republican debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush had a tense exchange over former President George W. Bush’s record in Iraq. "Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake," Trump said. "George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty.

Feb 16 15:08

Kimberlé Crenshaw: Scalia “Bludgeoned” the Constitution That Gave Us Desegregation, Women’s Rights

We talk about the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the leading conservative voice on the Supreme Court for decades.

Feb 16 15:05

Stop Hate, Dump Trump: New Campaign Aims to Derail Presidential Bid Built on Racism & Xenophobia

A coalition of union presidents, activists, actors, professors and others have launched the "Stop Hate, Dump Trump" campaign "to end hatred, fear mongering, bullying, racism in America." We speak to movement co-founder Kimberlé Crenshaw.

Feb 16 15:05

Argument Clinic

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the paid shills trying to cover up the assassination of Scalia sound like! :)

Feb 16 14:46

POLICE CALL FOR INVESTIGATION OF SCALIA’S DEATH

Growing concern over handling of Scalia death

Feb 16 14:43

Trump Joins Radio Ally To Fuel Scalia Murder Conspiracy Theory

Republican front-runner Donald Trump appeared on one of his favorite radio shows and added fuel to the conspiracy theory that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, saying that one of the details of his death was "pretty unusual."

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Another reason we love Trump!

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Feb 16 14:28

Proof That Ukraine and Members of the EU Have Given up Their Sovereignty to the US

This is a 9 minute video, although you only have to watch till 7:40 to get the main argument. It seems state sovereignty in the EU has become a thing of the past. Not only does the EU seem to obey every foreign policy decision the US asks it to, but there are many US citizens, educated in the US, who have become important members of government in certain states. In the Baltic States, namely Estonia and Lithuania, even heads of government were US citizens. Under these heads of government, the Baltic states had joined both the EU and NATO. Of course, there is also Ukraine, which, after the coup in 2014, the new government appointed a US citizen to be finance minister. Even more striking is these members of government had retained US citizenship even while "leading" their nations. Why does this matter? It matters because when acquiring US citizenship, like all people obtaining US citizenship, they had to take an oath swearing allegiance to the United States and no other country.

Feb 16 14:26

Questioning Bernie Sanders: War, Poverty, Israel

Bob Dole was the Republican nominee for President 20 years ago. He was called the tax collector for the welfare state. I want to begin this essay by explaining why Bernie Sanders is the tax collector for both Wall Street and the Warfare state.

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Feb 16 14:25

CIA, NATO and Swedish Military Plotted Regime Change in Sweden in 1980s - Documentary (Video)

To win the cold war President Ronald Reagan formed a secret ‘deception committee’ for a disinformation campaign against the USSR. On several occasions ‘disinformation’ put the world on the brink of nuclear war. The ‘Soviet’ U-boat scare that shook Sweden in the 80s was caused by US and UK subs that penetrated Swedish territorial waters disguised as Russian ones. Swedish military were fully aware of these operations but did not report to Prime Minister, Olof Palme. The number of Swedes believing in a Soviet threat increased fourfold. ‘Dove’ Palme had no choice but to take anti-Soviet stance. He was assassinated the day before his trip to meet Gorbachev whom he saw as a like minded person. The 52 minutes documentary “Deception: The Methods of Reagan” by German director Dirk Pohlmann premiered last May on ‘ARTE’ the French/German highbrow channel. Broadcast late at night and early in the morning, it generated no reaction.

Feb 16 14:19

What Are Friends For? - Jihadist Turkey Loans $50 Mil to Nazi Ukraine

The agreement was signed in the Ukrainian capital, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported. A corresponding decree was adopted by the Ukrainian government on Thursday. The funds will be directed to the general fund of the state budget to finance general expenditures. The Finance Ministry of Ukraine on Friday said that Kiev could receive these funds in the first quarter of the year or the beginning of the second quarter of 2016. "Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Turkey have agreed to resume negotiations on the establishment of an FTA between the two countries," the Cabinet said via Twitter.

Feb 16 14:18

How TTIP Threatens UK’s Ability to Enforce Fair Taxes on Corporations

Corporations are regularly using secretive corporate courts to undermine the ability of countries to pass effective tax legislation, according to a new report, Taxes on trial: How trade deals threaten tax justice. The report warns that if the free trade deal being proposed between the EU and the USA were to come into force, it would massively increase the ability of corporations to sue member states of the EU over measures such as windfall taxes on exceptional profits, or use of taxation as a policy instrument such as a possible ‘sugar tax’.

Feb 16 14:17

Turkey Admits to Aiding Al Qaeda and ISIS

Turkish support for Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria has always been an open secret. Now it's an accepted fact. Yesterday, Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu told Reuters that YPG fighters would have seized Azaz and Tal Rifaat if it had not been for Turkish artillery shelling. He failed to mention that these towns would have been liberated from Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat Al Nusra, shares control of Azaz with "moderate" FSA brigades. Davutoglu has effectively admitted that Turkey is protecting Al Qaeda. This would not be the first time Turkey has had a direct hand in helping Al Qaeda take a Syrian town...

Feb 16 14:17

FLASHBACK: Scalia Dared, ‘What Can Obama Do To Me?’

well, here's a possible answer to the question...

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Feb 16 13:57

US-Saudi military ties violate many international laws: Academic

US support of Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen is a violation of international laws and aimed at boosting the profits of the US military–industrial complex, an American writer and retired professor says.

Feb 16 13:54

Yatsenyuk Survives No-Confidence Vote In Parliament, Remains As Ukraine's Prime Minister

Ukraine’s parliament failed to get enough votes to remove Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his Cabinet of Ministers on Feb. 16.

A petition calling for a vote of no-confidence in the government got 159 signatures. A total of 194 out of 354 lawmakers registered in parliament voted to dismiss Yatsenyuk, far short of the 226 votes needed.

Those voting to dismiss Yatsenyuk included 97 members of President Petro Poroshenko's Bloc, 28 independent lawmakers, 25 from Samopomich Party, 15 from the Radical Party, 15 from the Batkivshchyna Party led by ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, 8 from the Opposition Bloc and 6 from the People's Will party.

Feb 16 13:52

Austerity causes biggest rise in England’s death rate since WWII – health expert

Government cuts to social services could be killing large numbers of vulnerable people in England, a health journal has said, as new figures show 2015 saw the biggest increase in the national death rate for decades.

Preliminary figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate mortality rates in 2015 rose by 5.4 percent on 2014 - an increase of nearly 27,000 deaths, bringing the total to 528,340.

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Feb 16 13:51

Report: FSA Asks Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar to Launch Military Operations in Syria

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) militant group asked for the military intervention of Riyadh, Ankara and Doha governments in Syria, a document released in the Arab media outlets showed.

Feb 16 13:45

Trump’s crafty move on Iraq: His war comments allow conservatives to move past the Bush years while saving face

Trump's Iraq comments were initially surprising, but they give conservatives a way to put Bush years behind them
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Trump accused the former president of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and called the war “a big, fat mistake.” Trump also sneered at Jeb Bush that the “World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign.” These comments range from demonstrably true (the 9/11 comment) to arguable (there’s no proof that Bush knowingly lied, but his administration did heavily massage the evidence to get their preexisting desire to start a war in Iraq). Perhaps unaccustomed to hearing reality-based rhetoric during their debates, the Republican audience booed Trump loudly for this.

Feb 16 13:36

Donald Trump supporters in South Carolina: 'We're voting with our middle finger'

One poll taken since the debate by Public Policy Polling, which works mostly for Democrats, shows Trump leading South Carolina’s Republican primary field by 17 percentage points, about the same lead he had going into the debate. His core support from about one in three Republicans remains steady here, in line with earlier national polling.

Feb 16 13:35

US to ‘Adjust Accordingly’ After Assessing Results of Ceasefire in Syria

"We will assess the secession of hostilities and whether or not the parties have agreed to it, and we will adjust accordingly," Cook stated in a briefing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the US is looking for an excuse to keep bombing.

Feb 16 13:35

U.S. Uranium Equips Russian Nukes

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Feb 16 12:47

The Turkey-Qatar Military Cooperation Agreement: Turkish Military Presence in the Persian Gulf?

A short while ago Turkey and Qatar announced that they have an agreement in place to further deepen their military cooperation within the framework of the “struggle against common enemies“, which implies the construction of two new military bases: a Turkish one in Qatar and a Qatari base in Turkey.

As it was made clear by the Turkish Ambassador to Qatar, Ahmet Demirok, Ankara is planning to construct a multi-purpose military installation that will become home to some 3,000 soldiers. By taking this step Turkey expects to become a state that is directly influencing security in the Persian Gulf. In the future, this base will also provide Turkish armed forces with an outpost for operations in the Red Sea, North Africa, along with the access to the waters of the Pacific, which Turkey lost back in 1950.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not the fight against Isil Jeh Johnson will be primarily discussing with Turkish military officials; this will be a discussion if the impending Turkish/Saudi invasion of Syria.

Feb 16 12:41

The Neoconservatives Are Brewing A Wider War In Syria — Paul Craig Roberts

In order to protect themselves, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah have come to the support of Syria.
The Russians are there legally at the invitation of the Syrian government. The US is there illegally.

Russian air power in support of the Syrian Army has turned the tide against the Islamist State.
The invaders are being driven out. The neoconservatives cannot accept this defeat.

Washington is preparing a Syrian invasion by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the purpose of which is to split Syria in half with Washington controlling the eastern part with the oil fields.

Possibly this is a bluff to get Russia to accept a Syrian settlement less favorable to Russian, Iranian, and Syrian interests. However, the Russian government cannot risk that it is only a bluff. If a US/Turkish/Saudi force were to arrive first in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, Syria would be dismembered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war the US government apparentlywants with Russia is in the works; unfortunately, the war the US government and military will get will most likely be, and pardon my Serbo-Croation on this, an industrial-strength arse-whipping.

And why?!? Because right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the manufacturing, the troop strength, and the money to assure a positive conclusion to a conventional war against Russia, which is what makes the military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 16 12:26

Even if Russia and OPEC tango, oil prices won’t budge an inch

Common wisdom claims it is sufficient to engineer rebalancing within market fundamentals by cutting production and then watch tight supply automatically drive prices up. This did happen before triggering accusations by primary energy consumer nations that OPEC was manipulating the market. Today it won’t work and the grand idea of a concord between Russia and OPEC is not feasible...

Feb 16 12:26

Presidents Day snowstorm blankets region, making flying, driving difficult

The Presidents Day holiday is keeping many people off the roads on Monday. But the wet snow that has been falling all day isn't making it easy for those who are driving or flying.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is reporting some delays and cancellations but the majority of flights are listed on time. BWI officials are advising travelers to check in with their airlines before heading to the airport.

Feb 16 12:25

Turkey Violates Greek Airspace 22 Times Within 24 Hours

The violations took place over the islands of Samos and Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea and over Lemnos and Lesbos in the northern part of the sea, the General Staff said, adding that two "virtual dogfights" between Greek and Turkish aircraft took place.

On Wednesday, Greek media reported that at least six Turkish fighter jets, flying in a single formation, violated Greek airspace.

Feb 16 12:25

5.1M Quake Among Latest Swarm of Temblors in Oklahoma

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook northwest Oklahoma and was felt in seven other states on Feb. 13, the U.S. Geological Survey said, the third-strongest temblor ever recorded in the state where the power and frequency of earthquakes has dramatically increased in recent years.

Feb 16 12:18

Fed's Kashkari Calls for Radical Approach to Megabanks

Neel Kashkari shocked much of the financial world Tuesday by saying the Dodd-Frank Act was insufficient and that breaking up the big banks and turning them into public utilities may be the only way to end "too big to fail."

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Feb 16 12:15

Former U.N. chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali dead at 93

Boutros-Ghali headed the United Nations from 1992-1996, chaotic years marked by war in the former Yugoslavia and famine and genocide in Africa. He died at Al Salam Hospital in Cairo on Tuesday, a hospital official said. Egypt’s state news agency MENA said he had a broken leg and heart and kidney problems.

Feb 16 12:15

China urges United States, North Korea to hold direct talks

China's foreign ministry on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to sit down with each other face-to-face and resolve their problems, as tension continues to climb on the Korean peninsula after North Korea's latest rocket test.

While China was angered by the launch, it has also expressed concern at plans by Washington and Seoul to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system, saying it would impact upon China's own security.

"The focus of the nuclear issue on the peninsula is between the United States and North Korea," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.

"We urge the United States and North Korea to sit down and have communications and negotiations, to explore ways to resolve each other's reasonable concerns and finally reach the goal we all want reached."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very positive, reasonable proposal from China, but it left out one key player: South Korea.

Unless there is a rapprochement between all four countries, no true peace deal can be realized. Unfortunately, right now, it appears that South Korea is not amenable to that approach. As reported today in the Washington Post:

North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons program “will only hasten its collapse,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday, forgoing her usual caution to warn in uncharacteristically blunt terms that her government would do all it could to punish Pyongyang for its recent provocations. Talk of the North’s collapse is normally a no-go topic here, because the prospect not only alarms South Koreans but also enrages Kim Jong Un’s irascible regime. But following the North’s nuclear and missile tests this year, Park is taking a markedly more confrontational approach. “Dear people of South Korea, it’s obvious now that our previous methods and goodwill cannot break Pyongyang’s nuclear will,” she said in a special televised address to the National Assembly. “I believe we should not provide them with unconditional support anymore nor succumb to their provocations. We now need to find a fundamental solution to effectively change North Korea, and it is our time to be brave.” Her tough words come at a time when South Korea, Japan and the United States are in unusual accord on how to deal with North Korea.

Unfortunately, this approach will have the polar opposite result from what is needed in this situation. Getting more "muscular" with North Korea, rather than sitting down with all parties at the negotiating table, and replacing the armistice with a true peace treaty, may incite him to further acts of aggression, and kick off a war into which the US and China will be inevitably dragged.

War with China right now, from the US government's perspective, should be a very lousy thing to do. And I would like to politely remind those in the bowels of power in this country that at this time in the US Military's history, it does not have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

Feb 16 12:11

Cheney: Hillary’s Private Email Server Raises Questions About Her Fitness To Be President

Monday on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Brett Baier, Cheney said Clinton’s decision to use a private email server “raises questions in my mind anyway about the fitness of Secretary Clinton’s service as commander in chief.”

Asked about the almost 1700 emails that are now classified on Clinton’s private email server, Cheney said, “All I know is what I see in the press, but it’s a very serious matter.”

“You have a secretary of state who should know better, all of us who hold those positions, I did at Defense or as vice president. You’re briefed thoroughly and reminded constantly of the sensitivity of the materials you’re dealing with,” Cheney said.

Feb 16 12:11

Children of the PKK: The Growing Intensity of Turkey's Civil War

It was midday on a Thursday at the end of December when Rozerin Çukur left her home, supposedly to pick up class notes from a friend. She never returned.

Rozerin wandered through the narrow streets of Sur, the tangled old town neighborhood in Diyarbakir, a city of one million in southeastern Turkey. An attractive 17-year-old, Rozerin was wearing her school uniform and carrying a book and a pen in her bag.
"Just a few hours later," her father says, "my daughter was inside the war." She supposedly joined the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), a group supported by the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and which since September has been fighting against the Turkish army in the streets of Diyarbakir, using Kalashnikovs and booby traps.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A government which does not include minorities within the political process; discriminates against them, and jails their political leaders, is inevitably preparing to reap the whirlwind of civil war.

Unfortunately, Edrogan's Turkey is on the brink of doing just that.

Feb 16 12:08

JERRY SHENK: Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is different

Shady land deals, Rose law firm records, cattle futures, allegations of sexual abuse, infidelities, Oval Office assignations and even Bill’s proven acts of perjury and subornation of perjury pale in comparison to Hillary’s alleged criminal violations of national security laws. (“Alleged” is included only to satisfy America’s legal standard of “innocent until proven guilty.”)

But Hillary is guilty: The security classifications of her emails aside, the proof is the unequivocal evidence of an illegal, unsecured, private server on which she conducted all of her official business while Secretary of State.

Feb 16 12:07

28 Palestinians Shot as Israeli Troops Raid Refugee Camp

They won’t say why, but the Israeli military invaded a West Bank refugee camp today, fairly quickly attacking a bunch of Palestinian protesters, in an incident that left 28 protesters shot, and one Israeli soldier wounded from being hit with a rock.

Officials refused to comment on the raid itself, but said they ordered the “rioters” to disperse and the military shot the main “instigators” when they continued to demonstrate. They also claimed the Palestinians were throwing explosives, though AFP reports who were present did not witness any such thing.

Palestinian sources say they believe the Israeli troops were there to arrest a member of the Fatah Party, but that he managed to escape. The camp is home to about 15,000 Palestinian refugees. After about three hours, the troops left, mostly through a nearby settlement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unending nightmare of torture, wounding, and death continues for the Palestinians, courtesy of the IDF.

Feb 16 12:02

Chelsea campaigns to empty seats in Cleveland

While there may be sagging excitement around Hillary Clinton’s campaign, there seems to be even less to see Chelsea.

The younger Clinton was campaigning in Cleveland Monday and video shows numerous empty seats in an already small room.

Feb 16 12:01

South Carolina TV stations pull pro-Cruz ad using San Bernardino shootings to attack Rubio

A group of South Carolina television stations has moved to pull a commercial supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign, citing legal concerns.

According to the New York Times, the three stations decided on Friday to stop airing a commercial citing the San Bernardino shooting attacks last December to attack Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) immigration record.

The commercial, which was produced by the pro-Cruz super PAC Stand for Truth, also argued that the immigration bill Rubio helped put together in 2013 was proof that he wanted to “allow sanctuary cities.”

The Washington Post reported that the ad incorporated photos of the San Bernardino attackers and a voiceover saying, “We are at war. Not just abroad, but here at home.”

“We had our legal folks review it, and it was decided that this needed to be pulled and substituted,” said WBTW-TV general manager Randy Ingram of the commercial. He did not identify the aspect of the ad that prompted its removal.

Feb 16 12:01

Pakistan confirms participation in Saudi-led military drills

Pakistan has confirmed its participation in military exercises in Saudi Arabia along with other Islamic nations.

The confirmation came on Monday, a day after the Saudi Press Agency reported that the military forces from 20 countries are scheduled to begin military maneuver in Saudi Arbia.

The news agency described the maneuver, dubbed "Thunder of North," as the region's most important military drills involving ground, air and naval forces.

In response to a media question regarding joint military exercise in Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani foreign ministry said the country is participating in a multi-national exercise on counter-terrorism being held in Saudi Arabia.

"A small Pakistani defence contingent also remains stationed in Saudi Arabia under a bilateral arrangement," the foreign ministry spokesperson said late on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question left unasked here, is will Pakistan be providing nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia if this alleged drill "goes hot"?!?

Remember, Saudi Arabia provided a great deal of investment to Pakistan for its nuclear program, with the understanding that should the Saudi Arabian government believe it needed nuclear weapons, it could get them from Pakistan.

Feb 16 12:00

Vancouver featured in Marco Rubio campaign ad

A new U.S. political television ad touts 'Morning in America,' but the opening skyline is unmistakably Canadian.

Vancouver's distinctive downtown is the first scene in the latest campaign advertisement for Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.

"It's morning again in America," says the narrator, an apparent homage to U.S. president Ronald Reagan's famous 'Morning in America' ad from his 1984 re-election campaign.

Problem is, in Rubio's ad a tugboat with a Canadian flag sails past Port Metro Vancouver cranes in Burrard Inlet, as the Harbour Centre and other downtown buildings stand in the background.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe Ted Cruz can use the footage! :)

Feb 16 12:00

Kiev unveils war plans against Russia for Crimea and Donbass: If Ukraine does declare war on Russia, Ukraine will have a few days or weeks to exist

War is likely to be in store for Russia unless the Crimea is returned to Ukraine, Ukrainian experts believe. To "return" the Crimea and Donbas, the official suggests using military methods. "In the near future, we will face the question of the active and effective involvement of another instrument of foreign policy - armed forces. To successfully hold back, repulse and teach a lesson to attacker by diplomatic means is simply impossible - one needs a powerful army and convincing propaganda for that," Poroshenko's advisor wrote. He also said that diplomatic agreements, including the Minsk Accord, is just a way of "buying time" to prepare for the political registration of conflict results. A military victory, in his opinion, is possible with the support of Western countries.

Feb 16 12:00

FLASHBACK - Democrat Says All Military Veterans are Mentally Ill

Dianne Feinstein: "All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms."

Yep, - she really said it on Thursday in a meeting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee...

Feb 16 11:58

Trump threatens 'nasty' GOP rival with legal action

“Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual,” Trump said in a statement on Monday, according The Hill newspaper.

“He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them. His statements are totally untrue and completely outrageous,” he added.

"Cruz has become unhinged and is lying with the hopes that his statements will go unchecked until after the election and he will save his failing campaign," Trump continued.

He said he might bring a lawsuit against Cruz “relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cruz should never have been allowed to be a candidate!

Feb 16 11:55

Los Angeles: Hackers demand $3m bitcoin ransom from hospital to unlock vital files

An internal emergency has been declared at a major US hospital in Los Angeles following a widespread ransomware-style cyberattack which has left staff unable to access vital patient data, it has been revealed.

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Centre, located in the heart of LA, is now dealing with hackers who are reportedly demanding over 9000 bitcoins - which equates to roughly $3.6m – to release the encryption keys to computer systems that hold patient data, X-Ray scans, CT scans and crucial lab work.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof that the NSA (CIA, FBI. yadda yadda) cannot actually find and deal with real computer criminals. The war on encryption is a war on your privacy and nothing more.

Feb 16 11:54

South Carolina isn’t Bush Country anymore

“He’s hijacked my party,” Jeb Bush said of Donald Trump on Tuesday on CBS's "This Morning." “Someone has to take a stand.”

Bush has deputized himself to take that stand in South Carolina, which will hold its Republican presidential primary Saturday and which is regularly referred to by his supporters as "Bush country." He has brought his mother and brother, the former president, into the state to help with this job -- believing that South Carolina's Republican Party will return logic back to the nominating process.

I wouldn't bet on it.

Feb 16 11:54

Judge's Death "Suspicious" ? Micheal Rivero

Feb 16 11:53

Health, Tax, Yemen: Three UK Ministers, A Rudderless Boat, No Paddle

" ... do we provide training and advice and help in order to make sure that countries actually obey the norms of humanitarian law? Yes, we do." (David Cameron, Prime Minister's Questions, 21st January 2016.) It has been a bad week for Prime Minister David Cameron's decimation-bent government at home and abroad. His Chancellor, George Osborne is hell bent on targeting, it seems, all but the mega-rich and the multi-nationals, determined to erase all affordable social housing in a country where the average salary - before tax - is £25,500 (2014 figure) and the average rent for a modest flat is £816 and £1,000 in London. The disabled and ill, are targeted by ever more draconian measures. A petition demanding the government publish the figures of how many ill, disabled and in need people had died or committed suicide has gathered a quarter of a million signatures so far.

Feb 16 11:51

Crime, terrorism and tax evasion: why banks are waging war on cash

There is a “war on cash” in the offing – but it has nothing to do with boosting our ease of payment or saving trees.

Consider the central banks’ anti-crisis measures so far. The first was to slash interest rates close to zero. Then, since you can’t slash them below zero, the banks turned to printing money to stimulate demand. But with global growth depressed, and a massive overhanging debt, quantitative easing (QE) is running out of steam.

Enter the era of negative interest rates: thanks to the effect of QE, tens of billions held in government bonds already yield interest rates that are effectively below zero. Now, central banks such as Japan and Sweden have begun to impose negative official interest rates.

The effect, for banks or long-term savers, is that by putting your money in a safe place – such as the central bank or a government bond – you automatically lose some of it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More real motives behind the ban on cash. If it is in your pockets, they can't help themselves to it.

The last official act of any government is to loot the nation!

Feb 16 11:44

Bush is back: George W endorses brother Jeb in South Carolina

Just days ahead of the next primary vote, former US President George W Bush has come out in support of his brother Jeb. The move ahead of the South Carolina poll is an effort to get his Republican presidential campaign off the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... or bury it once and for all!

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