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April 23, 2015

Apr 23 11:57

Green Acres! People are Moving to Rural Areas in Droves | Trifecta

Apr 23 11:47

Fracking linked to rise in Texas quakes

Another slam-dunk for the anti-fracking lobby, as new evidence draws a more direct link between hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in North Texas. The study is the first time researchers were able to move past ‘possible’ and into ‘most likely’ causes.

Apr 23 11:46

FDIC Plots a Bank Heist Involving YOUR Accounts

The bail-in is another weapon in the government’s arsenal of capital controls meant to reward Wall Street cronies and separate you from your money.

We’ve long been familiar with capital controls, such as daily limits on bank withdrawals. Add that to seven years of microscopic interest rates cannibalizing savers’ nest eggs combined with planned inflation stealing your money while you sleep. But unlike the drip-drip we’re used to, the bail-in will come upon you quickly, harshly, and with finality.

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Apr 23 11:43

Hungary, Greece, Cyprus to resume trade with Russia regardless of Western sanctions

Hungary, Greece and Cyprus may soon be allowed to export fruit and vegetables to the Russian market, according to a report in the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Russian health authorities are conducting audits of suppliers in all three countries, as well as India, Alexey Alexeyenko, the director of Rosselkhoznadzor (the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) is quoted as saying.

"About 20 companies will be verified in Greece and Hungary. In India — less, around four to five. Cyprus has requested a delay for technical reasons and therefore, the audits will begin on April 27, where seven to eight companies will be checked."

Apr 23 11:38

Red Light Cameras Could be Finished in Texas: Contracted companies would photograph vehicles that run red lights, then send the owner a $75 ticket, however, because ticketed drivers couldn't confront their accusers, the cameras violated a citizens' right

Have you ever received a ticket by mail for running a red light? That’s a trend that could end in Texas.
The state could put red light cameras in the rearview mirror under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate.
Republican Sen. Bob Hall said Wednesday that red light cameras “have failed miserably” before his bill was sent over to the House. Dozens of Texas cities have contracted companies to install red light cameras, which generate millions in revenue for municipalities.

Apr 23 11:38

As if on cue, snow strikes America as Pres. Obama talks global warming for #EarthDay



Apr 23 11:37

House passes PCNA bill allowing corporations to share your data. The bill contains provisions that would allow the government to use these data outside of cyber threats and to spy on journalists and their sources. It's also FOIA exempt

If you wanted to explain the dilemma of privacy versus security to a curious relative, theProtecting Cyber Networks Act would be a good place to start. The bill has just been passed by the House of representatives (voting 307-116 in favor), and is designed to prevent future cyber attacks by allowing corporations to share information with each other and the government. Civil liberties groups claim the bill tramples on the privacy of the customers, and opens the door for agencies like the NSA to access their data (not that it needs much help, it seems).

Apr 23 11:37

The Washington Post Should Tell You When Its Columnists Are Paid to Disinform You

If you’re getting paid to advocate for the destruction of the world as we know it, shouldn’t you at least let people know?

The Washington Post apparently doesn’t think so.

The Post regularly publishes columns by Ed Rogers, a veteran of the Reagan/Bush administration turned lobbyist.

Apr 23 11:37

Say it ain't snow? Parts of Maine get fresh April coating

We may be a month into spring, but some areas received a fresh coating of snow Thursday morning.

Apr 23 11:37

Winter makes an annoying comeback with late April snow

Late April is starting to feel more like mid-winter for many parts of the U.S. this week. The Great Lakes and Northeast woke up to snow on Thursday morning and for some, it was actually the fourth day in a row of the wintry weather.



Apr 23 11:35

Who Granted The GMO Evangelists The Monopoly On Compassion?

Apparently, I am a “nut job” because I adhere to anti-capitalist, socialist, human-hating ideology. Not only that, I am working to keep millions in poverty and assisting in “crimes against humanity.” I guess that’s the type of thing human-hating ‘nut job’ individuals do. Well, it is according to the warped world view of pro-GMO individual Paul Evans, who appears to be associated with the ‘allow golden rice’ website and the ‘Galileo Movement’.

Apr 23 11:35

Are Leading Economists Corrupt, or Just Mind-Blowingly Ignorant?

Conservative economists favor Republican candidates because it’s the way for them to rise in power themselves, but what about ‘progressive’ economists: are they psychopaths, too; or do they instead blindly favor ‘Democratic’ candidates because of a sincerely oblivious belief that the mere ‘Democratic’ Party-label indicates that the given politician is actually progressive?

Apr 23 11:32

The truth about Auschwitz: the role of Poland

Auschwitz, as well as the whole of Poland, was liberated by the Red and not any other army, is the fact. And here was whether Poland is an ally of the USSR in the war with the Germans is debatable. This, of course, is not about the soldiers of the Polish army, which is now in Warsaw considered traitors, and Pansky Poland, revived in 1991.
July 30, 1941 in London, Polish General and head of the émigré government Sikorski and the Soviet Ambassador Maisky has signed a cooperation agreement... The text of the Treaty was published in the newspaper "Pravda" on July 31, 1941. But still almost no one knows the reason of this contract. Although officially it is considered that this contract did Poland is our ally in the anti-Hitler coalition.

Apr 23 11:32

Oregon Teacher Sues School District for Trauma Caused by Active Shooter Drill

Two years ago, Linda McLean, a teacher at Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway, Oregon, was sitting at her desk when a man dressed in a black hoodie and goggles suddenly burst into her classroom.

The man pointed a gun at McLean's face and pulled the trigger.

McLean heard gunfire and smelled smoke, and felt her heart racing.

The gunman said, "You're dead" and left the room.



Apr 23 11:10

Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders.

Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I can see the warships featured in the image on the left hand side of the article, and the date of the photo is 7 April.

But are these the same ships which have actually arrived near Yemen, or are they actually cargo ships, bringing humanitarian aid which we are NOT seeing in this image, and were these warships actually going to somewhere else rather than to Yemen?!?

The Iranian military and civilian leadership may be many things, but stupid is definitely not one of them.

I seriously doubt that they are out for a confrontation of either American or Saudi forces; that does not mean, however, that the US and Saudi governments are not salivating at the possibility of ginning up a false flag to be blamed on Iran, and throw the region, and the world, into further turmoil.




Apr 23 11:09

EPP: EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war

The EPP is the largest political group in the European Parliament, and the party behind the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. It has the support of some of Europe's most powerful leaders, including Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.
Freudenstein, who recently co-authored a booklet published by the Martens Centre, The Renaissance of the West, regretted that with all of the awareness of the new Russian threat, Europe's readiness to go to war had not been properly discussed in public.
“That needs to change […] We have to make clear that yes, we are willing to go to war, for what we consider existential principles of Europe’s future,” he said.
Freudenstein further argued that the West should resume its deterrence, adding that the concept included nuclear deterrence.

Apr 23 11:07

Congress just launched its first strike against women and LGBT people under the guise of defending religious liberty -- "employees in the District of Columbia could be fired for using in vitro fertilization to start a family or for becoming pregnant while

The U.S. House of Representatives is working hard to legitimize discrimination against gay and transgender people and women. And it's using religious liberty as its smokescreen.

Apr 23 11:06

EU leaders to declare: 'We cannot take more migrants'

One of the messages the EU heads of state and government are expected to deliver at their extraordinary summit today (23 April) is that the Union cannot absorb any more mass arrivals of migrants, as they risk undermining it economically, and destroying it politically.



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Apr 23 10:59

ISS performs evasive maneuver to dodge space debris

The engines of the cargo spacecraft Progress M-26M were turned on at 08:22 Moscow time to raise the orbit by 550 metres, Mission Control said.

Russia is going to complement its segment of the station with three new modules: a multi-functional laboratory, a nodal module and research and power supply module - http://tass.ru/en/non-political/791266

Deorbiting and dumping ISS to take one year - http://tass.ru/en/non-political/791245



Apr 23 10:55

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Donetsk, Luhansk

The Russian Emergencies Ministry's 25th convoy has delivered humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, the ministry's crisis management centre said on Thursday.
More than 120 trucks delivered 1,400 tonnes of humanitarian cargos, including foodstuffs, essentials, medicines, clothes, firefighting equipment and gifts for World War II veterans on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazi Germany.
Since mid-August 2014, Russia has delivered more than 31,500 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes to Donetsk and Luhansk.

Apr 23 10:54

RUBIO FAVORITE IN $HELDON $WEEP$TAKE$

Before Iowa and New Hampshire, GOP candidates are competing in the Sheldon Adelson primary, and some will travel to his posh Venetian hotel in Las Vegas this weekend in hopes of winning it. But one candidate — Marco Rubio — has emerged as the clear front-runner, according to nearly a half-dozen sources close to the multibillionaire casino mogul.

In recent weeks, Adelson, who spent $100 million on the 2012 campaign and could easily match that figure in 2016, has told friends that he views the Florida senator, whose hawkish defense views and unwavering support for Israel align with his own, as a fresh face who is “the future of the Republican Party.” He has also said that Rubio’s Cuban heritage and youth would give the party a strong opportunity to expand its brand and win the White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So elections, in this country, have come to this; it is no longer We the People who actually elect Presidents; it is the large corporations and front-men for Israel who buy candidates to fulfill their agendas, just as one would buy a side of beef.

And what is most depressing as to how this process has evolved, is the hard reality that the needs and concerns of working Americans are completely eclipsed by the needs and concerns of a foreign nation, and the huge corporations, which literally write most of the legislation under which the rest of us are forced to live.

Elections in the US are a Kabuki-like process, engineered to give the citizens of this country the illusion that they have some, even minor, control over their destinies when they absolutely do not.

And if you want a good look at how that works, take a look at what we know of the TPA:

Congress’ tax committees announced an agreement Thursday to speed through a bill to give President Barack Obama the fast-track authority that he will need to push mammoth new trade deals through Congress. While many believed a deal was in the works, news that it was actually done came as a surprise to members of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, which had been called to a hearing on the deal less than 12 hours earlier. The “trade promotion authority” bill, or TPA, would allow the White House to cut new trade deals with Asian and European nations, and then pass them through Congress using expedited procedures. Under these rules, the deals cannot be amended or obstructed, and they get a simple up-or-down vote.

Again, great for corporations, but generally lousy for We the People.

Any questions, folks?!?

Apr 23 10:52

Protect Yourself With Hard Assets: “You Can’t Trust Any Of These Currencies… Or The People Who Run Them”



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Apr 23 10:45

A RESOLUTION GERMANY OWES HISTORY

If the Bundestag chooses to refuse Palestinian statehood when called to act on it, this would be totally out of synchronization with the long-standing German position for two-states as a model to resolve the conflict. Germany’s political integrity is at stake.

Apr 23 10:44

SEE FOR YOURSELF ~~ MORE ‘LOVE’ ON THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM

This disturbing video shows Israeli youths, escorted by police and occupation forces, marching through the Old City of Jerusalem chanting “mavet la’aravim” – “death to the Arabs” – and other cries of hate.



Apr 23 10:38

MH17 flight investigators remove 15 tonnes of debris in eastern Ukraine

About 15 tonnes of wreckage have been removed from the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, the Emergencies Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Thursday.
Specialists from Malaysia and the Netherlands, charged with body part recovery and also leading the probe into the July 17 crash that killed all 298 people on board, on April 16 resumed search for debris and human remains at the crash site, planning to complete their work by April 30.
The debris and remains will be taken to the Netherlands for examination.
"Rescue workers from the city of Torez helped experts to load the plane’s wreckage. About 15 tonnes of fragments of different sizes have been removed from the crash site near the village of Grabovo," the ministry said.

Apr 23 10:36

Illinois law would force state to boycott companies accused of boycotting Israel

Illinois lawmakers are expected to vote Friday on two bills that civil rights defenders say will severely curtail the constitutionally protected right to engage in boycotts.



Apr 23 10:34

Russian plane evacuating people from Yemen lands in Moscow

Russian plane evacuating Russian and foreign nationals from Yemen landed at the Chkalovsky airport outside Moscow in the small hours on Thursday.
This is the ninth Russia plane that evacuated people from war-torn Yemen. The Ilyushin Il-62 plane has evacuated 160 people, including citizens of Uzbekistan, Cuba, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
Earlier on Thursday, another Il-62 plane evacuated 160 people - citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Yemen and the United States.
After medical, passport and customs procedures, these people will be taken by buses to the Russian foreign ministry’s evacuation centre, where they will meet with diplomats from their countries.

Apr 23 10:32

Taco Bell, lobbying to prevent workers from organizing/getting healthcare, give congressional staff 6,000 free tacos

Taco Bell franchise owners are lobbying Congress to help prevent their workers from organizing a union or qualifying for employer-based healthcare. They’re also asking for assistance with real estate tax credits and other issues on their legislative agenda.

Apr 23 10:31

Food workers, janitors walk out on U.S. Senate

About 40 contracted workers from the United States Senate walked off their jobs Wednesday morning and joined more than 1,000 labor activists at a rally calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to require federal contractors to pay their workers more.

Apr 23 10:31

Eurasian Economic Union and Mercosur to sign Memorandum of Cooperation — Putin

EAEU and Mercosur are going to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation; its approval is near completion, President Putin said Thursday at a press-conference after talks with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirshener.
"We value the cooperation between regional integration organizations - the Eurasian Economic Union and the South American Common Market - Mercosur. The approval of the corresponding memorandum is at its final stage," he said.
Putin said that over the past 10 years the volume of bilateral trade between Russia and Argentina grew 3.5 fold, but last year it fell by 10.8%. "We discussed with the President of Argentina the way we could return the trade between on the path of sustainable growth, to increase the counter-flow of investments," Putin said.
Mercosur is a sub-regional bloc, established in 1991, which comprises Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. The EAEU members are currently Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia.



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Apr 23 10:26

Yes, it was snowing in metro Detroit today

Remember that old saying about April snow showers bringing May flowers?

I don't either, but yes, there was snow today in Detroit, and all across southeast Michigan.

Apr 23 10:25

Pentagon pushes for offensive cyber ops in new attack strategy

The Pentagon is unveiling a new document outlining the United States military’s strategy regarding its ability to launch offensive cyber-attacks against foreign targets.

Apr 23 10:21

Chinese scientists just admitted to tweaking the genes of human embryos for the first time in history

A group of Chinese scientists just reported that they modified the genome of human embryos, something that has never been done in the history of the world, according to a report in Nature News.

Apr 23 10:20

MIT Professor: Greater Chance of Accidental Nuclear War Now Than During the Cold War

Changing technical conditions and issues, unstable political environments and geopolitical tensions are producing a greater danger of accidental nuclear war between the US and Russia than during the Cold War, according to Theodore A. Postol, a professor of Science, Technology, and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Apr 23 10:20

U.S.: Warships near Yemen create 'options' for dealing with Iranian vessels

He noted that the nine ships in the Iranian convoy were cargo ships, but he declined to specify what they were carrying beyond "containers." International officials are concerned that Iran could surreptitiously attempt to transfer weaponry to the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finally, we get a photo of the Iranian "warships!"

And as expected, they are cargo ships, most likely carrying humanitarian aid.

Apr 23 10:16

Judge orders NY buses to run ‘Killing Jews’ ads

It was a major victory for not just bigotry but for bigotry which is poorly expressed through confusing, obscure, inner-baseball advertising campaigns. (They are pretty meta, though. I’ll give them that.) Not surprisingly, Geller praised the decision as a “triumph for liberty and truth.” Her lawyer, David Yerushalmi, who the Anti-Defamation League denounced for his “record of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry,” was equally thrilled:

Judge Koeltl’s well-written and considered opinion sends a loud and clear message to Islamic terrorists around the globe as well as to those government bureaucrats who believe that Sharia’s blasphemy laws are an exception to the First Amendment. And that message is this: America’s liberties will not give way to Islamic terror threats nor to government bureaucrats who are quick to cast aside our liberties for fear of offending Muslims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To every Muslim in this country who works hard, loves their family, and participates in their community with tolerance and benevolence with their fellow and sister Jews, Christians, Buddhists, and non-believers, I am very, very sorry for this ruling.

Every Muslim I have ever met in a business environment immigrated to this country for the same reasons my ancestors came here; to avoid discrimination; to give their kids better opportunities for education; and to find a job or found a business where they could thrive.

That such blatant racial, and religious, profiling should be allowed on public transport should be an affront to us all.

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Apr 23 10:11

U.S. warns of new Russian buildup in Ukraine

Russia has sent arms and drone aircraft into eastern Ukraine and is concentrating troops along the tense border, a buildup that is raising concern about a new escalation in the conflict, the State Department said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been claiming Russian provocations in eastern Ukraine for over a year now, with every single case turning out to be a hoax, to portray Russia as the bad guy and obfuscate the fact that this civil war began with the US overthrow of Ukraine's elected government last year and the installation of a US puppet junta.

Apr 23 10:09

Despite 'End of War,' Saudi Jets Punish Yemen

Saudi-led coalition jets bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen's third city of Taiz Wednesday, hours after Saudi Arabia announced the end of its military campaign against the Houthis.

A short time earlier, Houthis captured a nearby base where an army brigade loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was stationed.

The BBC also reported fighting in the second city of Aden, in Lahj's provincial capital, Huta, and at Daleh.

Apr 23 10:09

Exercise 'not key to obesity fight'

Physical activity has little role in tackling obesity - and instead public health messages should squarely focus on unhealthy eating, doctors say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the US, there are chemicals added to food that actually cause people to eat more, to boost food corporation profits. One is MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate, advertised as a flavor enhancer but in actuality it blocks the signal in the brain that signals one has eaten enough. So many shoppers now avoid this chemical that manufacturers have resorted to vague terms such as "Yeast extract" in the ingredients list to fool consumers. Another is the artificial sweetener Aspartame, sold as an aid for dieters, but in actuality it causes the body to crave real carbohydrates. Yet another problem are the growth hormones given to corporate farmed animals. The unmetabolized portions of these chemicals are consumed with the meat products triggering the same growth and weight gain in humans.

Apr 23 10:06

Russia supports Argentina’s desire to settle dispute with UK over Falkland Islands — Putin

Russia favors a speedy peaceful settlement of the dispute between Argentina and U.K. over the Falkland Islands, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following talks with Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
"Russia supports Argentina’s striving for holding direct bilateral talks with the U.K. with a view of a speedy peaceful settlement of the dispute around the Falkland Islands," he said.

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Apr 23 10:03

The American Dream is a myth, says Nobel-prize winner: "Stiglitz argued that income inequality in America is not just the result of market forces, but also politics and policies put in place by lawmakers and companies, particularly after Ronald Reagan's

It has become increasingly difficult for Americans to climb the economic ladder, says Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel-prize winning economist.

The U.S. has one of the highest levels of income inequality among its peers and is among the worst in offering equal opportunities for advancement, said Stiglitz, who spoke Tuesday in New York City. Whether an American gets ahead is also more dependent on the income and education of their parents, he said.

Apr 23 10:02

Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 36 Years Is Finally Getting A Sweet Taste Of Freedom

Innocent until proven guilty... and then proven innocent.

Apr 23 10:02

The School Of The Americas Is Still Exporting Death Squads

In 2009, just a year before Sebastián Piñera became president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet approved the training of 211 Chilean recruits at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA).

Between 1999 and 2010, Chilean governments sent a total of 1,205 recruits to the school, with Bachelet remaining at the helm of cooperation with the U.S.-based institute that has graduated scores of alumni involved in human rights violations under Chile’s dictatorship era from 1973 to 1990.

Despite the macabre reality inflicted upon Chileans during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, the Concertación governments of the center-left, allegedly embarking upon a democratic future for Chile, retained ties with the school that produced torturers such as Miguel Krassnoff Martchenko, who, according to torture survivors, never concealed his identity while subjecting his victims to brutality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country's leadership always talks about human rights, human dignity, democracy and compassion while teaching torture, dictatorship, oppression, and suppression of popular, indigenous movements.

It is no wonder that this country's leadership is considered schizophrenic, if not downright psychotic, by much of the rest of the the world's more sane leaders.

Apr 23 10:01

HPV Vaccines and Their Devastating Legacies

By Catherine J. Frompovich

There are no doubts by now that most readers have heard that in the USA there is much concern about everyone being vaccinated with booster shots, regardless of age!

Well, if there ever were a vaccine that should scare the living daylights out of everyone, it is the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, of which there are three...

Apr 23 09:57

US Journalist Dispel Myths About The "Dangerous For Foreigners" Russia

I can't number how often I've heard that notice in the 14 months since I chose to move to Moscow from Berlin. It's as though I were entering a combat area.

In reasonableness, those 14 months have seen a series of disastrous occasions that have left a lot of Russia changed: the addition of Crimea; war in eastern Ukraine; the weakening of relations with the West; authorizes; President Vladimir V. Putin's clampdown on political resistance, media and expressions of the human experience; and the breakdown of the ruble and log jam of the Russian economy.

http://whatisusa.info/us-journalist-dispel-myths-about-the-dangerous-f...

Apr 23 09:57

UQ offers free course to combat climate change deniers

A free online university course created in Brisbane aims to explain the mentality behind climate change denial and give students tools to combat it.

The University of Queensland's Global Change Institute has developed the seven-week program, Making Sense of Climate Change Denial, which will be offered for the first time from April 28.

Apr 23 09:54

Chinese school likened to 'cell block' after pupils jump to their deaths

A middle school in northern China has been likened to prison block after bars were installed on windows and balconies to deter pupils from jumping to their deaths, according to a newspaper report.

The security measures have been taken at Hengshui No. 2 Middle School in Hebei province and were prompted after two pupils killed themselves jumping, apparently due to the pressure they felt to succeed academically, the Beijing Times reported.

One died in October last year and the other last month, the report said.

The school is well known for the high percentage of pupils who are admitted to China’s top universities and has a reputation for academic excellence, according to the newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what will not change here is the psychological environment which causes kids to kill themselves?!?

Or do educators in China just consider these kids as "collateral damage" for having had the temerity to take their own lives, when the pressure got too great?!?

Apr 23 09:51

AUDIO: The Real Hillary Clinton

How much do you know about the woman who will most likely be the next American president?

If you haven’t read Victor Thorn’s “Hillary Trilogy,” odds are you don’t know much.

Dave Gahary had the opportunity to sit down with Victor, the prolific conspiracy researcher and author of over 50 books, in this enlightening interview (19:22).

Apr 23 09:49

Historical Book on Israel Censored in U.S.

• AHA refuses to run ad for tome on “special relationship” between United States, Israel.

Most people think of historians as quiet bookworms, squirreled away in corners of ancient libraries. Few recognize the more radical side of their profession, however, which for several decades has pushed various racial, social and political ideologies as the yardstick of historical interpretation.

Take, for example, the American Historical Association (AHA), the largest organization of professional historians in America. Claiming to “serve the interests of the entire discipline of history,” it also issues statements on everything from a jaywalking arrest to opposing Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Now, they have censored advertising for a new history book about the U.S.-Israeli “special relationship.”

Apparently, modern history comes equipped with a memory hole.

Apr 23 09:49

IT JUST COST DEUTSCHE BANK $25,000 PER EMPLOYEE TO KEEP ITS LIBOR MANIPULATING BANKERS OUT OF JAIL

And so another historic scandal involving the manipulation and rigging of one of the most important global markets, that of Libor which is the reference security for several hundred trillion in derivatives, goes in the history books.

Moments ago the NY Department for Financial Services announced that Deutsche Bank would pay $2.5 billion "in connection with the manipulation of the benchmark interest rates, including the London Interbank Offered Bank ("LIBOR"), the Euro Interbank Offered Rate ("EURIBOR") and Euroyen Tokyo Interbank Offered Rate ("TIBOR") (collectively, "IBOR")."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That those responsible for this graft never go to jail is a complete mockery of the law.

Apr 23 09:46

Iceland’s Economic Revolution

Unlike Greece or Ireland or other EU countries or the USA, the Iceland Parliament and government refused to give unlimited state guarantee to save the private banks.

They nationalized them instead, creating a “Good bank-Bad bank” model loosely based on the successful Swedish 1992 experience with Securum. All domestic assets of the three banks were placed in new publicly-owned domestic versions of the banks. All foreign liabilities of the banks, which had expanded with subsidiaries in the UK and Netherlands, went into receivership and liquidation. British and Dutch bank counterparties and governments shrieked howls of protest, threatening Iceland with being blackballed and forever cut off from further credit by the world.

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Apr 23 09:44

And Now… “How Tor Is Building a New Dark Net with Help from the U.S. Military”

The funding, which began in 2014, comes as part of DARPA’s Memex project, a “groundbreaking” search engine designed to best commercial titans like Google at searching the Deep Web and other oft-ignored terrain for the U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, and military. To build Memex, DARPA is partnered with universities like Carnegie Mellon, NASA, private research firms, and several Tor Project developers.

Apr 23 09:44

CORPORATE SOVEREIGNTY TRUMPS NATIONAL LAWS; HERE'S HOW THE US THINKS IT CAN GET AROUND THAT

For a while now, Techdirt has been writing about the extraordinary corporate sovereignty chapters in trade agreements that grant foreign companies far-reaching powers to sue a government simply for issuing regulations that impact their investments. Recently, there has been a textbook example of how the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals that adjudicate corporate sovereignty cases are literally a law unto themselves. A post on The Hill explains the background:
A company sought to develop a mining and marine terminal project in Canada, but it had to obtain approval from provincial and federal authorities. As part of that process, the company had to submit an environmental impact study (EIS) addressing the project’s potential impacts on the natural and human environment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!!!

Apr 23 09:40

Pacific Ocean life devastated by Fukushima radiation: Fisheries populations have crashed 91 percent

With environmentalists and activists still reeling and trying to remedy the chemical annihilation of pollinator populations, they now have a new crisis to manage and investigate to prevent another important ecosystem from crashing -- the West Coast fisheries.

Apr 23 09:39

Whistleblowers reveal criminal practices of pharmaceutical industry in stunning interviews

Before you rush out to get the MMR vaccine for your child or sign up for the latest statin or antidepressant pharmaceutical pill in obedience to the television, you might want to first consider what several former pill pushers-turned-whistleblowers have to say about how drugs and vaccines are actually approved, marketed and dispensed to the masses in today's corrupt regulatory paradigm.

"Certified Health Nut" Troy Casey recently interviewed three former drug industry employees who divulged that drug companies routinely break the law in order to reap windfall profits. Most conventional doctors have also become nothing more than legal drug pushers, these whistleblowers revealed, regularly accepting bribes from drug industry reps in exchange for prescribing dangerous drugs to patients.

Apr 23 09:38

Freddie Gray death highlights ‘real law enforcement problems’ – former US Marshal

Details surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in police custody highlight “some real law enforcement problems” when it comes to police behavior, a retired US Marshal told RT. He also added that police also had no right to arrest the 25 year-old.

Speaking to RT’s Ben Swann, Matthew Fogg was critical of the course of action taken by officers from the Baltimore Police Department. Asked if running away from law enforcement officers was a reason to be detained, the former US Marshal was emphatic in his response.

“Absolutely not,” Fogg said. “Just to run – no, that’s not a crime. The issue here is: What was the probable cause for [police] to even stop him or to go after him?”

Apr 23 09:38

How Wall St Has Quietly Bilked Billions from Cities Across the US

A recent report by Saqib Bhatti of the Roosevelt Institute describes a number of financial deals between Wall Street and municipalities as predatory. Bhatti asserts that these dirty transactions have forced cities and states to cut essential services to pay off the financial sector. On Tuesday, Bhatti's ReFund America project issued a new report specifically directed at the financial problems of Chicago and calling on the city to fight back in the courts and elsewhere against these deals.

Apr 23 09:37

Mouthpiece of the Elite: The Washington Post’s Longstanding Contempt for People Who Work for a Living

The Washington Post is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, the world’s 15th richest human, but it was already promoting the interests of the wealthy when it was owned by mere multi-millionaires.

Apr 23 09:31

Britain Plans to Open First Persian Gulf Naval Base by Late 2016

Britain's Ambassador to Bahrain said that the new British naval base will allow the UK to station next-generation aircraft carriers in the region.

Apr 23 09:29

Where the world’s unsold cars go to die

“The car industry cannot stop making new cars because they would have to close their factories and lay off tens of thousands of employees. This would further add to the recession. Also the domino effect would be catastrophic as steel manufactures would not sell their steel. All the tens of thousands of places where car components are made would also be effected, indeed the world could come to a grinding halt.”

Apr 23 09:27

Explosión volcán calbuco

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Earth's reply to Earth Day!

Apr 23 09:26

The Free Market is Solving the GMO Problem

When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds.

The corn, which will head to a processor 20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand for food without biotech ingredients.

For Dammann and other Midwest farmers, the burgeoning interest in non-GMO foods has increased how much they get paid to grow crops in fields once populated exclusively with genetically modified corns and soybeans. The revenue hike is a welcome benefit at a time when lower commodity prices are pushing farm income down to what's expected to be the lowest level in six years.

Apr 23 09:25

Top Yemen scholars in the West condemn Saudi Arabia’s war

As the genocide of the defenseless people of Yemen continues by the criminal bombardment of their homes, installations and the infrastructure by Saudi Arabia and the unholy alliance of reactionary Arab states it has assembled with the blessings of the US and the illegal Zionist entity, conscientious people throughout the world have castigated the Wahhabi regime in Riyadh for its state terrorism. Please stay with us to listen to comments of leading scholars.

Apr 23 09:25

Lindsey Graham’s “All-Jewish Cabinet”

He described “the means” as the biggest hurdle facing his potential campaign, adding:

If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing… I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America because of the pro-Israel funding. [Chuckles.] Bottom line is, I’ve got a lot of support from the pro-Israel funding.

Indeed, pro-Israel heavyweights, such as Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer, and other heavyweight donors of the Republican Jewish Coalition, are emerging as the go-to funders of the Republican Party. Graham’s observation—whether meant lightly or not (or uttered under the influence of the Riesling)— tends to confirm that access to their millions is critical to the fortunes of any Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Apr 23 09:24

‘Open Season For Gang Members’: Texas Police Chief Blasts New Open Carry Law

The same officer previously asked citizens to turn in any neighbors they might define as "gun enthusiasts."

Apr 23 09:24

Major Toronto-area hwys closed due to fatal crash, icy roads

Two Toronto highways were closed this morning due to icy conditions and blowing snow, causing tractor-trailers to jack-knife.

Apr 23 09:09

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill Despite Privacy Protests

Congress is hellbent on passing a cybersecurity bill that can stop the wave of hacker breaches hitting American corporations. And they’re not letting the protests of a few dozen privacy and civil liberties organizations get in their way. On Wednesday the House of Representatives voted 307-116 to pass the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, a bill designed to allow more fluid sharing of cybersecurity threat data between corporations and government agencies. That new system for sharing information is designed to act as a real-time immune system against hacker attacks, allowing companies to warn one another via government intermediaries about the tools and techniques of advanced hackers. But privacy critics say it also threatens to open up a new backchannel for surveillance of American citizens, in some cases granting the same companies legal immunity to share their users’ private data with government agencies that include the NSA.

Apr 23 09:06

The Mena Connection Exposing the CIA, Bush, Clinton, Iran Contra, And Drug Running

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Very long documentary. Bookmark for later viewing.

Apr 23 09:02

Ex-Navy SEAL Drops Bombshell On FOX: Says Government Is CREATING Conditions To Impose Martial Law (Video Report)


Ex-US Navy SEAL Ben Smith joins Fox News and drops a bombshell on the US government by revealing that the government ITSELF is CREATING the conditions necessary to impose martial law here in America. This is a must watch video for those who feel martial law is merely believed by conspiracy theorists. Veterans and US Navy SEALS see the same thing!

Apr 23 09:00

Holocaust Survivors join NYC’s Ad War, accuse Israel of genocide

Now, New Yorker’s have yet another ad to chew on, this time sponsored by Holocaust survivors. The group of 300 survivors and their descendants have chipped in to buy an ad in the New York Times, condemning Israeli atrocities against Palestinians, which they unabashedly describe as – yes, genocide. And if that weren’t blasphemous enough, they call for a “full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.”

Apr 23 08:59

LIBOR investigation ends with spectacular fizzle

Banker: “can we have a high 6mth libor today pls gezzer?” LIBOR Submitter, “sure dude, where wld you like it mate ?”

That’s just one of countless egregious examples of LIBOR manipulation. Yet, after countless months of investigation and worldwide scandal, the controversial LIBOR manipulation case has ended this morning with a fine but no jail time – a spectacular fizzle:

Moments ago the NY Department for Financial Services announced that Deutsche Bank would pay $2.5 billion “in connection with the manipulation of the benchmark interest rates, including the London Interbank Offered Bank (“LIBOR”), the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (“EURIBOR”) and Euroyen Tokyo Interbank Offered Rate (“TIBOR”) (collectively, “IBOR”).”

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Most importantly for DB’s 98,138 employees is that while DB will “terminate and ban individual employees who engaged in misconduct” nobody will go to jail. Again.

Apr 23 08:59

Vaccines cause autism, says confidential document from corrupt drug company

The document,[PDF] which runs over 1,000 pages, is from the fraudulent and corrupt GlaxoSmithKline. Several hundred pages in, it’s revealed that vaccines are tied to autism. It’s blatantly outlined in a chart, along with a long list of other conditions caused by vaccines, including “motor development delay,” “tremor” and “altered state of consciousness.” Autism is listed in this chart as a nervous system and mental impairment disorder associated with receiving GSK’s Infanrix hexa vaccine.(1)

Apr 23 08:57

THE U.S. GOLD MARKET: Completely Insane

I am not blaming Americans, as they have been totally brainwashed by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve into believing that gold is something you wear, not invest in.

This is certainly proven by the data shown in the chart below. These figures come from the World Gold Council Full Year Demand Trends Reports, and while it may be true that the data is manipulated or incomplete, it’s the best we can go by. And I believe it gives us a pretty good idea of the insanity taking place in the good ole US of A.

Apr 23 08:57

Vietnam 40 years on: how a communist victory gave way to capitalist corruption

After the military victory, Vietnam’s socialist model began to collapse. Cut off by US-led trade embargos and denied reconstruction aid, it plunged into poverty. Now its economy is booming – but so is inequality and corruption.

Apr 23 08:56

Criminal alien murderer of former 'Top Model' contestant protected by Obama

Exchanges of letters on Tuesday between a U.S. Senate lawmaker and an official from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals that President Barack Obama's executive-ordered immigration policy was instrumental in protecting a criminal alien gang member. Sadly, that gang member allegedly murdered four Americans, including a former participant on the television series "America's Next Top Model," according to news reports on Wednesday.

Apr 23 08:55

Putin Undercuts Obama Iran Ploy

Once more Vladimir Putin and his team have managed to undercut Washington’s geopolitical strategy, this time regarding the secret bilateral US negotiations with Iran outside the G5+1 talks that included Russia. What Russia has done, with dazzling speed, is to defuse what could have been a devastating US move to turn Iran from an ally of Russia into a bitter adversary. Were that to happen it would deal a devastating blow to Russia’s resistance to the Washington dictates.

Apr 23 08:54

Report: Small L.A. County cities seize large amounts in civil forfeitures

The seizures by police in South Gate, Beverly Hills, Baldwin Park and other relatively small cities dwarf those made by much larger police departments in California from 2006 through 2013, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Pomona reaped more than $14 million, exceeding assets collected in the considerably larger cities of Oakland, Long Beach, Fresno and Bakersfield combined, said the report, which is expected to be published Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement agencies keep up to 80% of property seized under what’s known as civil asset forfeiture, and several cities appear to rely on the revenue at a time of dwindling police budgets, potentially creating pressure on cops to make more seizures, according to the alliance, which has long been critical of the practice and called for reform.

Apr 23 08:52

McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize a controversial surveillance authority of the Patriot Act until 2020, a push that comes just as a group of bipartisan lawmakers is preparing a last-minute push to rein in the government's mass-spying powers.

Apr 23 08:52

ECB: What if Greece Issues a Parallel Currency?

Greece should issue it's own public currency.The ECB, however, is less enamoured of the idea, for what should be the most obvious reason. It would be a publicly issued currency outside the grasp of global private central bankers

Apr 23 08:51

The THREATS posed by the TPP and the TTIP. You Can Act!

Apr 23 08:50

Clinton, Rubio lead in 2016 US election poll

Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio are early frontrunners to become the next president of the United States, according to a well-regarded poll released Thursday.

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Rubio trails Hillary by just 2 points.

Apr 23 08:49

FLASHBACK 2011 - Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality.

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Raping the female members of their units is, as of last report, still considered a crime!

Apr 23 08:24

House Report: IRS ‘Deliberately’ Cut Customer Service to Make Tax Season Painful for Taxpayers

During the 2015 tax-filing season, the IRS provided what its own Commissioner described as “abysmal” customer service, blaming skyrocketing wait times for telephone and in-person assistance on agency budget cuts. The IRS even called budget cuts “a tax cut for tax cheats.” But a close review of the agency’s spending shows the IRS deliberately cut $134 million in funding for customer service to pay for other activities. Spending decisions entirely under the IRS’s control led to 16 million fewer taxpayers receiving IRS assistance this filling season. Other spending choices, including prioritizing employee bonuses...

Apr 23 08:23

Drone likely landed on prime minister’s office this week; cesium may be from Fukushima No. 1

A drone carrying a small amount of radioactive cesium that was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office may have landed there in the last few days, investigative sources said Thursday, as authorities moved to beef up security and weighed regulating drone flights.

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the helipad on the roof on March 22 to fly to Kanagawa Prefecture for a graduation ceremony at the National Defense Academy, the four-propeller drone was not there and no staff members had visited the roof since then, the sources said.

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Apr 23 08:22

Cops Kill Man for Refusing to ID as He Dropped Off Stray Cat to Animal Shelter, Police Remain Silent

In late December of 2014, Robert Earl Lawrence, 30, in an act of compassion, took a stray cat to the Dothan Animal Shelter. What was a seemingly selfless act of kindness would subsequently end with Lawrence being fatally gunned down by a cop.

Apr 23 08:22

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Coming to New York

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is scheduled to come to New York to address the five-yearly review conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that will be held from April 27th to May 22.

During the daily foreign ministry press briefing in Tehran, the ministry's Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham confirmed Zarif's trip to New York and added that, "given the presence of Iranian diplomats as well as other members of the P5+1, there may be talks on the nuclear negotiations on the sideline."

Apr 23 08:21

Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades

Apr 23 08:21

DOJ Claims Grossly Disparate Treatment Will “Promote Respect for the Law”

DOJ says sending Jeffrey Sterling away for decades while David Petraeus gets probation will promote respect for the law.

Apr 23 08:17

Hillary Clinton: Arkancide

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

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

Apr 23 08:16

Does Israel's Anti-Boycott Law Muzzle Free Speech?

Gordon has a good reason to be reticent. In mid-April, the Israeli high court largely upheld a 2011 law that makes it a civil offense to call for a boycott of a person or body because of its affiliation to the state of Israel. Now, Gordon and other Israelis have silently distanced themselves from the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel even as the movement to do so, known as BDS, is gaining steam abroad.
Note: Very similar to "holocau$t deniers" being put in jail. Truth.

Apr 23 08:16

‘Maidan snipers trained in Poland’: Polish MP alleges special op in Ukraine to provoke riot

Snipers who are thought to have operated in Kiev’s Independence Square amidst events that led to a coup in February 2014 were trained in Poland and sent to Ukraine to “do a favor” for the US, a Polish Euro-MP claimed in an interview.

Apr 23 08:15

Tax dodger, wife might be on lam

A Coquille pastor and his wife may be on the run from federal authorities who want to see them imprisoned in a $1.2 million tax evasion case.

Two federal judges on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for Ronald and ­Dorothea ­Joling after they failed to show up for ­scheduled court appearances in Eugene on Wednesday.

Attorneys for the couple told Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken that they had no ­information regarding the Jolings’ whereabouts. Aiken had been scheduled to make sentencing decisions in the couple’s case.

Instead, she issued warrants for their ­arrests.

Apr 23 08:14

Former Mossad Chief: Israel Should Not Meddle In US-Iran Talks

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, ex-Mossad Director Efraim Halevy summed up the current chilly relationship between the United States and Israel with a joke.

"When we had problems with the United States, people in Israel jokingly said we should go to war with the United States," Halevy said. "And the problem would be not what would happen if we would lose the war, but what happens if we win the war?"

Halevy, speaking on a conference call sponsored by the Israel Policy Forum, said that the old line shed light on the Israeli government's current opposition to the Obama administration's ongoing negotiations with Iran over the country's nuclear program.

"That of course highlights the somewhat ridiculous situation we might be in if an Israeli effort to derail the entire process would succeed," the former intelligence chief said.

Apr 23 08:13

Obama: Meeting with Netanyahu only after nuke talks deadline

President Barack Obama reportedly said he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks.

Apr 23 08:12

Hopium: How Far Can Irrational Optimism Take The U.S. Economy?

If enough people truly believe that things will get better, will that actually cause them to get better? There is certainly something to be said for being positive and thinking that anything is possible. And as Americans, optimism seems to come naturally for us. However, no amount of positive thinking is ever going to turn the sun into a block of wood or turn the moon into a block of cheese.

Apr 23 08:11

Another American Water Emergency: Utah Municipal Water Supply Tainted by Chemical Spill

In the past couple of years, it seems that one American city after another has faced a water disaster when municipal supplies have become tainted. West Virginia and Ohio both faced water emergencies in 2014.

Now, the city of Nibley, Utah has issued an order to residents not to use the water from their taps due to a foul odor caused by contamination.

Apr 23 08:07

FLASHBACK 2008 - Adam Gadahn resurfaces in new al Qaeda tape

Adam Gadahn, al Qaeda’s American spokesman, has resurfaced in a newly released videotape, squashing the rumors that he died in a US airstrike earlier this year. Gadahn was rumored to have been killed in a January 2008 airstrike in North Waziristan that killed Abu Laith al Libi, a senior al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.

Apr 23 08:04

Argentine president: RT answers world’s demand for all-inclusive news coverage

The inclusion of RT’s Spanish channel into the Argentinian state TV network illustrates the global demand for different points of view, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s president, said on her visit to the Russian capital.

"In fact, we are very grateful to RT, because people in different countries need a more complete coverage of what is happening around the globe – not just a subjective point of view on events in a particular region, which is being imposed on us,” Fernandez de Kirchner mentioned during her speech at the Russian-Argentine Business Forum in Moscow.

Apr 23 08:03

No man left behind? US citizens fleeing Yemen tell RT of abandonment (VIDEO)

Some 20 American citizens were among the 200 evacuated on Wednesday night by two Russian planes from Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition continues bombings. They related their ordeal to RT’s correspondent.

Apr 23 07:56

Palestinians denied medicines in prisons equipped by G4S, says new report

One former prisoner told Corporate Watch that access to medicine is currently the most significant struggle prisoners are fighting: “Prisoners can spend months trying to get medicines for a particular illness and when they finally get some it is hardly ever the right one.”

“Painkillers and drinking water are the only solutions they give medical problems,” a prisoner from Beit Hanoun in Gaza told Corporate Watch.

When this man was arrested in 2006 he was being treated for chronic heart problems. Yet when the doctor examined him at Ashkelon prison before handing him over to interrogators, he said that he “would not be responsible for what happens during interrogation.”

The prisoner spent 35 days without any medical attention, enduring up to seventeen hours of interrogation at a time. When he was finally taken to a prison hospital, a guard deliberately slammed a door on his legs, brushing that cruelty off to another guard by saying, “he is a dog, don’t worry about him.”

Apr 23 07:53

5 Stories Everyone Assumes Are In The Bible (But Aren't)

Sure, Mary Magdalene does appear in the gospels as a disciple of Jesus, but that's about it. She wasn't a prostitute and wasn't even the only female in his entourage -- Luke Chapter 8 lists his disciples, which include Magdalene; Joanna, wife of Chuza; and somebody named Susanna. Jesus was actually pretty popular with the ladies.

Apr 23 07:51

Wal-Mart accused of closing stores in 'retaliation' for workers demanding better pay and conditions

The company has said the stores need to be closed for plumbing repairs A major American retailer has been accused of closing five of its stores in retaliation against workers who attempted to campaign for better pay and conditions.

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Apr 23 07:45

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, senior Obama administration officials said.

The killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike.

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Emphasis on "known."

Apr 23 07:43

Hillary the Hawk

Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for “everyday Americans.” As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has long championed military campaigns that have killed scores of “everyday” people abroad, from Iraq to Yemen.

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