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"After World War II, in the name of containing Communism, the United States, mostly through the actions of local allies, executed or encouraged coups in, among other places, Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and patronized a brutal mercenary war in Nicaragua ... By the end of the Cold War, Latin American security forces trained, funded, equipped, and incited by Washington had executed a reign of bloody terror - hundreds of thousands killed, an equal number tortured, millions driven into exile-from which the region has yet to fully recover." -- Greg Grandin in his book "Empire's Workshop"

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December 22, 2015

Dec 22 16:39

Apple warns about UK surveillance powers bill

The tech giant Apple has warned that a plan set forth by the UK government to give intelligence agencies extra online surveillance powers could weaken the security of personal data for millions of people and paralyze the tech sector.

Dec 22 16:36

Congress Passes PATRIOT Act II In Secret



Dec 22 16:35

Families of Sandy Hook victims to split $1.5m in lawsuit settlement

(*I can hear the Sleigh Bells and The Ho-Ho-Ho-ing from here !)

Dec 22 16:31

US military provided Assad with intel on extremists via Russia, Israel & Germany – report

The Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff has been indirectly providing Syrian military with intelligence on Islamic extremists fearing the Obama administration’s agenda to oust Bashar Assad will engender total chaos in Syria.

Dec 22 16:30

Solidarity! Jeremy Corbyn heads to Portugal, heralds anti-austerity victory

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will hammer home the victory of Portugal’s new leftist government and promote its fight against austerity by embarking on a solidarity tour of the country.

Dec 22 16:21

Do Racists Like Fox News, or Does Fox Make People Racist?

Since the election of Obama in 2008, Americans have become increasingly polarized about racial issues. At the same time, Americans have also become more polarized in their news media viewing habits. In the wake of horrifying events like the racially motivated mass murder in a Charleston church, some have connected these trends; Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 3/19/15), for example, criticized Fox News for ignoring the reality of systemic racism.

Dec 22 16:19

Israel finishes testing new missile system built with $150mn US aid

A new Israeli mid-range missile interceptor developed in cooperation with the US has successfully passed its final trials and is expected to enter service next year, Israel’s Defense Ministry said.

Dec 22 16:18

The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he’s trying to sell to Congress and the public.



Dec 22 15:44

Pete Seeger, Folk Legend & FBI Target: Declassified Docs Show Iconic Singer Was Spied on for Decades

The late folk artist Pete Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement.

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Dec 22 15:38

The Coming Saudi Crack-up?

Is the Saudi monarchy coming apart at the seams? Scholars and journalists have long predicted the kingdom’s demise, but this time the forecasts may finally prove correct.

Dec 22 15:37

Threat to the establishment, David Icke, speaks out over ‘calculated’ Australia speaking visa delay

In a statement to RINF Alternative News, the UK’s most prominent political researcher, David Icke, has revealed why he believes the Australian government has prevented him from speaking in the country.

Dec 22 15:36

Man Who Loaned Marathon Bomber Gun That Killed MIT Officer Sean Collier Gets Time Served

A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer has been sentenced to the 17 months he has already served and apologized, saying his actions were "dumb."

Stephen Silva told a judge Tuesday in U.S. District Court that he was "young, dumb, and thought I could outsmart everyone." He had pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges.

(*How convenient is that ?)



Dec 22 15:34

Home schooling of 20,000 children across the country will be reviewed amid fears they are being 'radicalised by parents' 

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for a review of home schooling amid concerns that thousands of children are being radicalised by their own parents.

It is unclear how many children and young adults are being home schooled but it is thought to be in the region of 20,000 to 50,000.

Parents do not have to inform their council that they are educating their children at home, leaving the government in the dark about the number of kids at risk of radicalisation through education at home.

Dec 22 15:29

I Helped Create ISIS

Back then, I routinely saw and participated in obscenities. Of course, the wickedness of the war was never properly recognized in the West. Without question, antiwar organizations attempted to articulate the horrors of the war in Iraq, but the mainstream media, academia and political-corporate forces in the West never allowed for a serious examination of the greatest war crime of the 21st century.

As we patrolled the vast region of Iraq’s Al-Anbar Province, throwing MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) trash out of our vehicles, I never contemplated how we would be remembered in history books; I simply wanted to make some extra room in my HUMVEE. Years later, sitting in a Western Civilization history course at university, listening to my professor talk about the cradle of civilization, I thought of MRE garbage on the floor of the Mesopotamian desert.


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Dec 22 15:19

Nasa suspends Mars mission over faulty instrument

The US space agency, Nasa, has suspended the March launch of its next mission to Mars because of a fault in a key research instrument.

Nasa said a problem with a seismometer provided by the French space agency meant the launch could not go ahead.

It is feared the mission could now face a two-year delay.

Dec 22 15:16

The Money Revolution: Khodorkovsky's Open Russia Receives Offshore Funding

During a recent press conference the former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said that the "only" way forward for Russia is the organization of a revolutionary change of power. From the investigation by the lawyer Ilya Craft, you will learn how Khodorkovsky organized the scheme of financing "Open Russia", what resources it possesses to organize mass unrest and who actively helps Khodorkovsky in the activities of the project...
The company Khodorkovsky actively collaborates with are influential U.S. lobbyists, the entree into the American elite, who are defending hard anti-Russian positions. Khodorkovsky has at his disposal the enormous financial and administrative resources which he controls with the help of partners of "Yukos". His words about "the inevitability of the revolution" in Russia is supported by a serious financial base.


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Dec 22 14:58

US Navy Seals Involved in Afghan Detainee's Torture Death

are these the military 'heroes' we're supposed to worship?

Dec 22 14:45

Expert: the danger of steam at the plant has been exaggerated by environmentalists

According to the International Nuclear Event Scale accident got zero.
Danger couple of SELA has been greatly exaggerated by environmentalists, said Andrei Akatov, Senior Lecturer, Department of Radioecology and Radiochemical Engineering Technology Petersburg State Institute of Technology. "Dangerous such an accident can not be under any circumstances. There are special valves that disable a loose section of pipe, ventilation with clearing, the system stops the unit staff and others, "- he said" Karpovka ".

Dec 22 14:45

DONALD TRUMP: The TRUTH is… I am Iron Man. – Why Trump is UNBEATABLE

This article contains straight talk and vulgar language; you’ve been warned.

Dec 22 14:25

More Blood on Ankara's Hands as Kurdish Civilian Death Toll Mounts

More than 100 civilians have been killed and many more injured in Kurdish areas in Turkey's southeast since July, Human Rights Watch said, warning that civilian casualties are likely to rise in the coming days.

The region has been the scene of clashes between Turkish security forces and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) following the collapse of a ceasefire between the two groups in July.

A report by the Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged Turkish authorities to scale back security operations in the southeast.

"The Turkish government should rein in its security forces, immediately stop abusive and disproportionate use of force, and investigate the deaths and injuries caused by its operations," HRW senior Turkey researcher Emma Sinclair-Webb said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Prime Minister Erdogan: it is high time for both the Kurdish leadership and you to sit down, negotiate, and stop this murderous war.

This is a no-win situation, and both sides must understand, for the sake of their people, and the sake of this world, that there has to be some kind of rapprochement between them. 30 years of war have produced nothing but...more war.

Isn't it time to try something new?!?

Dec 22 14:21

Der Schneemann (The Snowman) Hans Fischerkoesen 1944 NeaFrea NeaFrea

~ Hans Fischerkoesen (1944)

Created in Germany during World War Two. (That era was not all monochrome and Nazis.)

Dec 22 14:20

Your Daily Dose of BOOGA BOOGA! New York City has received ‘credible’ threat: sources

A “credible threat” has been lodged against New York City, days ahead of Christmas and during an especially busy time of the year when tourists flock to the Big Apple, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News Tuesday.

Dec 22 14:04

America cannot do away without Russian oil

This year one of unexpected destinations for the exports of "black gold" became the US, reminds Rustam Tankaev. "Apparently, this market will continue to grow next year, especially as shale oil production in the New World is gradually declining due to low prices," - he suggests. As for Europe, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are gradually replacing Russia in this market, lowering the cost of their oil. "At the same time, I am sure that we will not only preserve our share in the old world market, but will also multiply it, as unlike OPEC, we follow the path of partnership, rather than the usual price game. Same thing with China - the share is growing and will continue to grow as we increase the number of joint projects. And - we are awaiting the development of relations with India," - he concluded.



Dec 22 14:01

There is a growing list of US politicians who realize what we have done

There is a growing list of US politicians who could answer the question that V. V. Putin posed in the UN back in September. Surprisingly, they are across the political spectrum, from the far right to the far left... The growing list of US politicians who do realize what we have done includes: Tulsi Gabbard, Ted Cruz, Dennis Kucinich, Donald Trump, Pat Buchanan, Dana Rohrabacher, Ron Paul...

Dec 22 13:59

Poroshenko billions via Belize and Panama -- Andrew Portnov

Poroshenko continues to shift his business offshore, says Ukrainian politician and Doctor of Law Andrew Portnov. In his investigation the expert not only found that the Roshen company is walking away from tax payment in the Ukrainian budget by means of trade operations offshore in Belize and Panama, but that Poroshenko "has also begun moving a smaller business to Belize." As an example, the expert puts forward one of the assets of the Ukrainian president, the Vinnytsa plant bakeries... UK legislation allows companies with a mark LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) to pay taxes where their registered partners are participating, making no contributions to the British budget. A formal analysis of the British registry demonstrates that the authorized members of the company are located in Belize.

Dec 22 13:57

These Fifteen American Cities Are Destroying Homeless Camps Just Days Before Christmas

Christmas is normally known as the time of year when Americans try to be a little more giving, more compassionate, and more altruistic than during the other 11 1/2 months of the year. But in cities across the US, many are simply fighting for the right to exist in hastily-constructed homeless camps. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that on any given night, there are over 578,000 Americans sleeping on the streets. At the same time, there are at least 10 million vacant homes across America that are lying empty.

Here are 19 cities that are going above and beyond to push the most vulnerable Americans out of the public eye during the most compassionate time of the year:

1. Portland, Maine
2. Seattle, Washington
3. Phoenix, Arizona
4. Eureka, California
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
6. Washington DC
7. Boise, Idaho
8. Mendota, California
9. Kissimmee, Florida
10. Tucson, Arizona
11. Salinas, California
12. Oakland, California
13. Honolulu, Hawaii

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The criminalizing of homelessness continues apace in this country; I wouldn't put it past officials to restart debtor's prisons in all 50 states.

One of the measures by which any society is ultimately judged is how it treats the most vulnerable among them.

History will not be kind to 21st century America, with its inhumane, shameful treatment of its homeless, be it by imprisoning them, or just destroying what little they had left in life.

The state of Utah, bless it, has blazed a trail here, one that makes economic sense, and compassionate social sense, and pretty much by the end of the year, they will have nearly eliminated its homeless problem.

They crunched the numbers, and realized that it was more economical to house the homeless, match them with social workers, and get them back into some kind of work than constantly arresting them, imprisoning them, and having ER take care of them when they got ill; it was just that simple.

Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, I implore you to set up a symposium for your brother and sister governors in the states which are named here, and invite them to your state to show them how it's done.

And bravo, Governor Herbert, and the people of Utah who made this happen.

Dec 22 13:55

Judicial Watch Sues for Documents Withheld From Congress in New Climate Data Scandal

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a lawsuit on December 2, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records of communications from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials regarding methodology for collecting and interpreting data used in climate models (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Commerce (No 1:15-cv-02088)). The lawsuit sought the same documents unsuccessfully subpoenaed by a House committee. Less than week after Judicial Watch served its lawsuit on NOAA, the agency finally turned over the targeted documents to Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for JW!



Dec 22 13:53

Is Turkey Ready For The Norms and Values of the EU?

First we must consider that in the last 10 months, 98 people have been imprisoned for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The notion of free speech does not seem to exist and rather this violation resembles a dictatorship... In 2014, there were 40,733 blocked websites in Turkey. As of December 2015, this has risen to reach 96,000. The suppression of information again, demonstrates the beginnings of a dictatorship... However, most importantly and one that cannot be overlooked, is the continuing Cyprus dispute. With Turkey occupying the top third of Cyprus since 1974, Ankara has refused to acknowledge the existence of the Republic of Cyprus as the sole legitimate authority on the island. Turkey is the only country to recognize the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The integration of Turkey into the European Union has been self-sabotaged as they refuse to implement the Customs Union because of their non-recognition of the Republic of Cyprus.

Dec 22 13:45

Afghan Opium Is Processed Into Heroin By Turkey (VIDEO)

Russia's anti-drug head claims that Afghan opium imported by ISIS is turned into heroin by Turkish labs and is later transported to Russia and Europe. According to Russia, up to 50 tonnes of drugs are transported by ISIS annually, from which ISIS receives up to $500mn.

Dec 22 13:43

Turkey Descends Into Civil War as Pro-Kurdish Opposition Leader Arrives in Moscow

The People's Democracy party is a serious political force in Turkey. According to the results of the last parliamentary elections, it received 13% of votes and formed its own faction, along with three other major political forces of the country. The main difference of the party of Demirtash from the others in that it openly supports the Kurds and opposes President Erdogan. It is important to note that the planned meeting between Lavrov and Demirtash will take place amid a sharp deterioration in Turkey's domestic situation. In the southeastern provinces predominantly populated by Kurds, there is currently fighting between the Kurdish militia and the Turkish army. Data on casualties from both sides varies, but we are talking about dozens of dead and wounded. On Sunday there were street battles in Istanbul between police and thousands of protesters demanding to stop the military operation.

Dec 22 13:41

Erdogan to help Crimean Tatar radicals oust Russians from Kherson region of Ukraine

Kherson region should be resettled with Crimean Tatars, to dilute the local pro-Russian population, said on "Radio Svoboda" the people's deputy of Ukraine, ex-leader of Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Mustafa Dzhemilev. According to him, this was discussed during his meeting with President of Turkey Recep Erdogan. Dzhemilev noted that he wants to concentrate the Crimean Tatars leaving the peninsula in one place, and for that they must be provided with housing. "They go to Western regions of Ukraine and spread throughout Ukraine. It's not in our interests – we would like them to preserve their national identity, the language environment, and want them to concentrate in Kherson region, closer to Crimea, to make it easier to return. And, then, we are interested in strengthening the Ukrainian presence in Kherson region. There are too many 'vatniki' ['quilted jackets' - Russians]. Even the authorities keep these "two-headed chickens" in case the Russians come.

Dec 22 13:35

Seymour Hersh Bombshell: US Military Shared Intelligence With Assad In Defiance Of Obama, CIA

Back in May, Seymour Hersh upended the “official” narrative surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden and in the process created a media firestorm prompting a response from the White House.

The explosive revelations about the events that ultimately led to bin Laden’s demise came a year-and-a-half after Hersh accused the Obama administration of not telling the whole story with regard to an infamous sarin gas attack that nearly served as an excuse for airstrikes against the Assad regime in 2013.

In the six months since Hersh’s bin Laden story made international headlines, the war in Syria has escalated meaningfully. Indeed, the country is now the theatre for what amounts to World War III with the US, France, Britain, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iraq all involved either directly or indirectly.

Dec 22 13:30

Kremlin says measures are being taken in response to attempts to arrest Russian property

Apartments of Russian opposition movement employees searched as part of Yukos case http://tass.ru/en/politics/845932
Investigators say Tuesday's searches are part of Yukos money laundering probe http://tass.ru/en/politics/846032

Dec 22 13:26

Russian security service may get right to take fingerprints of foreigners on border

Russia’s State Duma has passed amendments to the draft law on the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB), which empower the agency’s employees to take fingerprints of persons on the border who may be recruited to take part in terrorist activities. The document is considered in the second reading on Tuesday.

Russia eases visa regime for Georgian citizens from December 23 — foreign ministry http://tass.ru/en/politics/846074
Russia ready to soften visa regime with Japan — ambassador http://tass.ru/en/politics/845931

Dec 22 13:24

Vulnerable homeless men and women in Los Angeles could die in El Nino rainstorms

Los Angeles is grappling with a huge homelessness problem; the number of people living on the streets is estimated at about 44,000. Many of them are concentrated in Skid Row – a 54-block area of downtown LA that has become synonymous with homelessness and poverty. More and more can be seen across the sprawling metropolis of some 10 million people, sheltering under highway overpasses, or in ragged tent encampments, or in cars and motorhomes lining the streets.

The outlook for the next few months is bleak, as El Nino weather patterns are likely to bring torrential downpours, adding to the misery of the thousands of people sleeping in flimsy tents and rusty old vehicles.

Dec 22 13:04

Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc says Kiev has not fulfilled its Minsk accords commitments

"The Minsk Agreements expire in several days. They [agreements] facilitated ceasefire and preserving the lives of thousands of people," Boyko said adding that "Ukrainian authorities have not fulfilled its commitments in accordance with the Minsk Agreements over this time." "Despite calls from leading world countries, European Union, nothing has been done over the year for the implementation of the agreements and settlement of the conflict in Donbas, as well as for the return of non-controlled territories," he stressed.

Dec 22 13:02

Russian Orthodox Church slams seizure of churches in Ukraine

As of the end of 2014, 9 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions were completely destroyed, 77 others were destroyed partially. This year six more churches suffered. During the conflict three priests were killed, four others were injured and at least eight were subjected to interrogations and beaten. In addition to that, the cathedrals are looted and illegally seized. There are more than 30 examples to this effect... "The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (of the Moscow Patriarchate-TASS) is essentially the only unifying factor amidst the present civil conflict," Shulga said, adding that "for this very reason the Ukrainian Orthodox Church observes strict political neutrality in relation to the conflict." He noted that "the task of the political forces was to draw the Ukrainian Orthodox Church into the conflict, which already involves in full measure the competing denominations.

Dec 22 12:59

Ukrainian forces move 26 units of military equipment to contact line in Donbas — media

Ukrainian forces have moved 26 units of military equipment to the contact line in Donbas, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said on Tuesday. "Donetsk People’s Republic’s intelligence continues registering movement of military equipment and Ukrainian Armed Forces’ personnel along the entire contact line," the DPR defense ministry told Donetsk News Agency. According to DPR defense ministry, intelligence spotted 20 self-propelled artillery systems, armored personnel carriers and vehicles near the Nikolaevka settlement (Donetsk direction, eight kilometers from contact line), and six Grad multiple rocket launcher systems on the Gorlovka direction in 42 kilometers from the contact line.

Dec 22 12:58

Philippines vows stronger military to back South China Sea claim

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to leave behind a stronger and a more capable armed forces to face maritime challenges in the South China Sea when he leaves office next year.

Aquino, ineligible to run for re-election under the constitution, promised to spend about 83.90 billion pesos ($1.77 billion) in a five-year period until 2017 to strengthen the military as China asserts its claims to most of the waters.

The spending plan was only approved this year, meaning the bulk of that money will be spent in coming months.

China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines has challenged Beijing before the arbitration court in The Hague, a case Beijing has not recognized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now, the US government is signing off on the Philippines playing picador against China?!?

And of course, great assurances have been uttered that the US will defend the Philippines at any and all costs?!?

Considering how horrifically botched Obama's present and past military misadventures have gone, and the degree to which he has left our military vulnerable, I am very nervous about his starting yet another military flustercluck against China.

And when I make that statement about leaving our military vulnerable, let me explain.

As much as I detest war, as a Christian pacifist, when our military personnel are engaged in combat, I want them to have the finest, most functional equipment with them at every step of the way.

For China and Russia, there is an implicit understanding between these governments and their weapons producers that when weapons are deployed in the field, they work precisely as, or better than, advertised.

With the US and its large weapons manufacturers, it is not that way at all. Weapons companies fund election cycles very lavishly, as the Clinton campaign managers will surely admit.

Unfortunately, when US-made weapons are deployed, our military has utterly no guarantee that these weapons, planes, or ships, will work as advertised.

Many times they are defective; not well conceived, horrifically over budget, and horribly behind schedule.

IF the US government is seriously looking at going to war with China, using the Philippines' claim to the South China Sea as the "bait" here, I would like to politely suggest that they cure this problem first, before looking at a head-on military collision with China.

Dec 22 12:55

Expert puts losses of Ukraine’s agrarian sector from Russian food ban at $800 mln

"In such conditions it is necessary to look for other markets. But we need time and money for that"...
Russia has no intention of sacrificing its economic interests for the sake of satisfying other’s ambitions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: "We cannot prevent the current leadership in Kiev from undermining their country’s economy and subordinating it to external forces acting to one’s detriment. This is Ukraine’s internal affair, its ‘sovereign choice,’ as bureaucrats in Kiev and Brussels put it," the ministry said. "It’s unclear though why Russia should pay for this choice. We have our own economic interests, which we are not going to sacrifice, the more so, to satisfy the ambitions of others." The European Union’s and Ukraine’s uncompromising position at free trade talks has forced Russia to take measures to protect its legitimate interests and remove risks to its economy. http://tass.ru/en/politics/846009

Dec 22 12:52

Former Cong. Tom Tancredo quits the Republican Party, reveals party’s Big Pharma ties

“As a Member of Congress for ten years (1998-2008), I was subjected to threats and pressures from the Congressional Leadership and President George W. Bush to support the creation of an expensive Medicare prescription drug program–even though creating a new government spending program financed by massive debt flies in the face of the Republican Party’s core principles.

“Our most powerful and influential ‘leaders’ were shoving this down our throats in a crass political effort to use taxpayer money to buy the votes of senior citizens–particularly in the state of Florida in the next presidential election.

“I was incredulous about the fact that the most intense lobbying I had ever seen undertaken by our ‘leadership’ was not an effort to limit government or the dollars it spends; it was to do just the opposite.

Dec 22 12:51

Russian official says attempt to blame Russia for failed talks with Ukraine and EU cynical

"We have repeatedly offered various options to solve this problem," he said. "Russia had offered four editions of legally binding documents, but we had never suggested any amendments to the basic agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. We had suggested additional agreements be signed to settle the problems of concern for Russia." However, according to Shuvalov, there had been no positive response to these initiatives. On the contrary, Ukraine and the European Union came out with ideas that "as a matter of fact crossed out all our proposals." "No one had lent an ear to our concerns over technical regulation, sanitary and phytosanitary control and lowered customs taxes," he said. "Both Brussels and Kiev had seen the result of the negotiating process in merely telling Russia that its concerns "are groundless" and hence they had never wanted to make any steps to meet us halfway," the ministry said.

Dec 22 12:42

Ukraine prepares new lawsuits against Russia over Crimea — FM

"We are working on lawsuits planned in the future, as concerns compensations and on individual Ukrainian companies," he said in a televised interview. He said some Ukrainian companies, including the Oschadbank bank and the Naftogaz national energy company, have already gone to law, while several other companies are preparing to follow suit. "The Foreign Ministry is coordinating these processes," the minister said. He reiterated Ukraine’s stance on Crimea, saying Ukraine refused to recognize its accession to Russia, supported sanctions against Crimea and worked on lawsuits... Despite Moscow’s repeated statements that the Crimean referendum on secession from Ukraine was in line with the international law and the UN Charter and in conformity with the precedent set by Kosovo’s secession from Serbia in 2008, the West and Kiev have refused to recognize the legality of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

Dec 22 12:41

Miami judge OKs force-feeding for detainees on hunger strike

A federal judge on Monday authorized the force-feeding of a group of immigration detainees in Florida who have been on a hunger strike for nearly three weeks.

All 10 men who began the hunger strike Dec. 2 at the Krome Service Processing Center are from Bangladesh. As of Monday, seven still refused to eat, and they entered U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga's courtroom in wheelchairs.

Altonaga previously granted a petition from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security permitting involuntary blood draws and other medical procedures to monitor the detainees' health.

On Monday, the judge authorized Krome medical staff to restrain and force-feed the detainees through nasal-gastric tubes if it becomes necessary to save their lives.

The detainees have other ways of protesting their ongoing detention, Altonaga said.

"They are not likely to survive without compelled feeding," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The administration of liquid nutritional supplements through nasal-gastric tubes would be more comfortable for the men than transferring them to a hospital to feed them intravenously, she said."

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

Where did this woman get her medical training?!? Gitmo?!? Abu Ghraib?!? It's no bloody wonder she's not working in the private sector!!

Because even with the most compassionate and skilled medical professional, using NG feeding techniques can go south, pretty quickly and very badly for the patient. The potential for complications is very great.

The bottom line is that this Processing Center doesn't want to spend the money for medical alternatives.

Of course, the logical thing to do would be to repatriate them to their country of origin.

Ultimately it will cost far less than the housing, feeding, and indefinite detention which the state of Florida is paying for these issues right now.

But again: that would be logical.

Dec 22 12:39

Falcon 9 launch vehicles brings 11 telecom satellites into space

US SpaceX corporation on Monday launched into space a total of eleven telecommunications satellites with the help of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The liftoff took place on an Air Force base near Cape Canaveral. The delivery of the satellites manufactured by Orbcomm corporation to the designated orbit was successful. SpaceX initially hoped to effectuate the launch on Sunday but experts required more time for preparations. It was the first launch of a modified version of the Falcon 9 vehicle after the previous abortive launch that occurred on June 28, when the carrier and the Dragon cargo craft exploded some 150 seconds into the flight.

Dec 22 12:36

Egyptian authorities ban publications on Egypt’s first NPPs

The Egyptian authorities on Monday banned publication of any articles on construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in El Dabaa in which the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) will take part. According to the MENA news agency, the distribution of this information is possible only with approval from Egypt’s security bodies and the office of the minister of electricity and renewable energy sources... According to the Egyptian media’s previous reports, the agreement is worth 25 billion U.S. dollars. The credit to be issued in 2016-2018 will make it possible to finance 85% of the total cost of works to erect the nuclear power plant. The Egyptian side is supposed to provide the remaining 15% out of its own sources. As it was originally announced, the payments will not be made from the state budget. All the expenses will be recovered through real production of electric energy to be generated by the station.

Dec 22 12:33

Russian minister warns failure of Nord Stream-2 would impair Europe’s energy security

"The sides have reached a considerable progress in terms of legal, technical, economic and financial aspects of this agreement. Obviously, the failure of its formalization and implementation would be a sort of shot in the leg from those who are seeking to do that," he said, adding that the project was of major importance for Europe’s energy balance.

Gazprom Export, the export arm of Russian gas holding Gazprom, plans to hold the auction on the natural gas supply to Baltic nations early next year, the company told TASS on Monday. The auction anticipates gas supplies after expiry of contracts valid until the end of this year. Details of the future auction will be communicated later on. The contract on gas supply to Lithuania will expire in 2016. http://tass.ru/en/economy/845894

Dec 22 12:29

Jeb Bush Doesn’t Know How to Put on a Hoodie

Flashback: when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave presidential wannabe Jeb Bush a hoodie, this happened.

Dec 22 12:28

Russian official puts IS earnings from Afghan heroin smuggling at up to $500 mln a year

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group earns up to $500 million per year by trafficking Afghan heroin, the head of Russia’s federal drug control service said on Tuesday. "The IS groups are actively involved in the drugs trade. According to our data, the revenues may reach from $200 million to $500 million annually," Viktor Ivanov said.

Dec 22 12:24

Indian PM Narendra Modi: Russia remains our principal partner

"First of all, I greet the Russian citizens from my heart, because Russia is India's unwavering friend. Russian citizens too maintained unwavering relations with India. And politically apart, the Russian citizens have shown considerable interest in the Indian traditions and India's culture. And it makes our relationship stronger. I am going on a state visit for the first time, but I have been meeting President Putin frequently"...
Moscow and New Delhi plan construction of 12 new reactors in India http://tass.ru/en/economy/846111

Dec 22 12:18

Deputy foreign minister: Moscow won't leave US’ further anti-Russian sanctions unanswered

"Being absolutely aware that all their attempts to influence us through sanctions are doomed to failure, colleagues from Washington nevertheless are sticking to their false opinion. It is a ‘shot in one’s own leg’ from the point of view of Russian-US relations, which have been driven to a dead end by the current Washington administration." "It will not stay unanswered. The answer will come without fail, maybe not immediately and not in the way that might be expected," Ryabkov stressed. "And our colleagues in Washington should not be surprised why it happens that way."
Kremlin believes US intentions to expand sanctions list are illogical and unfriendly http://tass.ru/en/politics/846161

Dec 22 12:13

Israeli attacks on a dissident soldiers’ group could backfire

Yehuda Shaul was an infantryman in the Israeli army in Hebron during the second intifada. But in recent weeks, he and his group of veterans have been vilified by right-wing organizations and mainstream politicians in a public campaign against Israeli groups critical of their country’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon forbade serving Israeli military personnel from cooperating or meeting with representatives of Shaul’s group, Breaking the Silence (BTS). Education Minister Naftali Bennet issued a similar order to all public schools. And right-wing advocacy group Im Tirzu published a report accusing most Israeli human rights groups of being “foreign agents” because of the funding they receive from friendly states. That report was accompanied by a video and an advertising campaign accusing specific human rights activists of “defending terrorists” and “representing foreign interests.” Those named all received death threats after the ads.

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Yehuda Shaul and BTS are to be commended for their nothing less than heroic efforts to get the truth to be told to Israeli civilians.

Well done, Mr. Shaul, and all the members of BTS: please continue to stand your ground, because both Israel and the world desperately need you to continue this work.

Dec 22 12:12

Welcome to the Dark Side: White House Admits America Is Officially an Empire

This guy Josh Earnest obviously has no idea what the word "irony" means. Just kidding, they did this on purpose and weren't even trying to be subtle about it. Welcome to the Dark Side. Cue the Imperial March. Earnest: "On behalf of the American government, we'd like to thank our corporate sponsor Disney..."?

Dec 22 12:02

Worst Attack in 18 Months Shocks U.S. Military

The Taliban weren’t supposed to able to get to American forces like this. But somehow, a suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle, just took out a half-dozen U.S. troops.

Six U.S. troops were killed while on patrol in Afghanistan. It marked the deadliest day for American forces in nearly 18 months, and signaled that a resurgent Taliban was on the move in what was supposed to be the waning year of the war. Qari Mahajar, a member of the Taliban’s Kabul provincial military council, called it “a brilliant Christmas gift for the occupiers.”
Another two Americans and one Afghan soldier were injured on patrol.

The Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which left U.S. military officials scrambling to figure out how the Taliban could’ve taken out so many troops at once.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of heaven can US military personnel be "shocked" at the reality that the Afghanis want their country back?!?

The US and NATO have occupied this country for 14 years and counting, and can someone, please, explain by what military "metric" you can characterise this occupation as a "success" ?!?

The short answer is, you can't.

We have not fostered democracy enhanced individual liberties, rebuilt their infrastructure (which, when it is rebuilt by American companies, is built in the shoddiest way possible, for a ton of money, and collapses shortly afterward).

So why are we still here?!?

We are here because Afghanistan suffers the curse of geography, which means,when pipelines can be installed through it, once the population is "pacified", much money can be made; we are in Afghanistan because it holds an embarrassment of mineral riches, which can be harvested by Western interests after it's population is "pacified"; and because the money from the opium poppy, which is used to make illegal heroin, is used by various alphabet-soup agencies to fund their off the shelf operations.

Were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that before the end of his Presidency, Obama will announce that the US and NATO will have a permanent presence in this country indefinitely; its all about the money to be made, and that's why the deaths and maimings of American military troops will continue, unabated.

Dec 22 11:54

Israel has ‘deprived 23,000 orphans of monthly sponsorship’

The Deputy Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Shaikh Kamal Al-Khatib, said on Monday that Israel’s banning of the group has deprived 23,000 orphans from their monthly sponsorship payments, Anadolu has reported.

Dec 22 11:53

Canadian officials confirm largest earthquake caused by fracking

When a 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck British Columbia on 17 August, 2015, many were suspicious the event had something to do with a nearby fracking site operated by Progress Energy Canada. Now, the BC Oil and Gas Commission has released a report definitively linking the quake to the underground injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids, making it the strongest known earthquake caused by fracking.

Dec 22 11:53

NUMBERING PALESTINIANS

Israeli army introduces a new system of identification numbers for the 30,000 Palestinian residents in the city.

Dec 22 11:47

QUADCOPTERS DRONES PORTABLE JAMMER 6 BANDS 250W

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Tired of drones peeking in your windows? This may be the answer! JAM THEM! :)

Dec 22 11:42

Watch: MSNBC Noticed Something Sinister About The Democratic Debate And Hillary Clinton

Scarborough cited the unusual airtimes associated with the party’s sparse primary debate schedule as evidence that, “for the first time in the history of modern politics,” a party is taking every conceivable measure to make sure voters are not exposed to its favored candidate: Hillary Clinton.

“If you had worked any harder to not get people watching your candidates,” he said of Democrat leaders, “you couldn’t have done it.”

Dec 22 11:26

Is Iowa Poll severely flawed?

The latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of Republican candidates gave out conflicting numbers ['Big shakepup': Cruz soars to lead, Dec. 13]. The Iowa Poll gave Ted Cruz a 31 percent to 21 percent lead over Donald Trump in Iowa. On Dec. 12, the latest USA Today poll tracker gave Trump a 25.7 percent to 22.3 percent lead over Cruz in the Hawkeye state.

Nationally, Trump crushed Cruz 30.4 percent to 15.6 percent. Could it be that the Register's Iowa Poll is severely flawed? How could Cruz make an unbelievable 21 percent jump from the last Iowa Poll?

How can a newspaper that has criticized and editorialized Trump's every move come out with an objective honest poll? The numbers just don't add up. It appears the Register wants Cruz to win the Iowa caucuses. If that's the case, it's shabby journalism.

Dec 22 11:25

FACTUAL CRUZ CITIZENSHIP TIMELINE

Everything presented in this timeline is a matter of public record. All of it is based upon publicly reported events, public statements made by Rafael Cruz, Ted Cruz, officials with the Elect Ted movement or ?.!. and Canadian officials.

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Dec 22 11:23

4 SUPREME COURT CASES DEFINE 'NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'

Let’s cut through all the opinion and speculation, all the “he says”, “she says”, fluff, and go right to the irrefutable, constitutional authority on all terms and phrases mentioned in the U.S. Constitution: the Supreme Court of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Trump-haters are celebrating the discovery of a poll in Iowa that has Ted Cruz leading Donald Trump. But all of Cruz's supporters, including the corporate media, are demonstrating either an ignorance of the US Constitution, or an utter disregard for it. This tells us that were Cruz to become President, he would continue the long and tragic tradition of recent Presidents to ignore the Constitution to the detriment of the people.

The Founding Fathers made it a requirement to be President of the United States that the candidate be a "Natural Born" citizen of the United States. Their goal was to ensure that the leader of this nation was of this nation and its people, not a foreign ruler imposed by the political machinations that had brought so much turmoil to Europe as ruling families swapped children to build alliances.

Ted Cruz, born in Canada, does not meet that requirement. At the time of his birth, both of Ted Cruz's parents were Canadian citizens. Cruz's father is originally from Cuba. Cruz's mother claims to have been born in Delaware, but the state of Delaware can find no record of her birth. Even if Cruz's mother was born in Delaware, that may make Ted Cruz an American citizen, but not a natural born one.

Cruz's supporters have tried to weasel-word their way around the requirement by stating that the Constitution does not actually define what is meant by "Natural born." I somehow do not think the Founding Fathers meant to exclude babies born by Caesarian section, so common sense tells us "Natural born" means "born inside the nation one wishes to rule."

But the Founding Fathers did not need to define what "Natural Born" meant inside the Constitution as it had been defined in existing legal theory in works such as "The Law of Nations" by Emerich de Vattel, published in 1758 and relied on heavily by the framers of the Constitution.

In addition, there are no less than four United States Supreme Court Decisions that reaffirm that "Natural Born" means "Born inside the nation."

The Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814)

Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830)

Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875)

United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898)

There has never been a UNSC case that ruled "Natural Born" as having any other meaning.

As I said above, all of Cruz's supporters, including the corporate media, are demonstrating either an ignorance of the US Constitution, or an utter disregard for it. This tells us that were Cruz to become President, he would continue the long and tragic tradition of recent Presidents to ignore the Constitution to the detriment of the people.

The Constitution is the original contract with America. It is the rules by which We The People allow the government to act as caretaker of our National Sovereignty. If a politician does not wish to work within the restrictions and rules of the Constitution, the honorable thing to do is resign and find useful employment. If Ted Cruz's supporters wish to live in a nation not protected by the Constitution they are free to move elsewhere.

But under the rules this nation operates on, Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President of the United States.

Dec 22 11:04

PENTAGON PREPARES FOR WAR WITH CHINA

Three recent moves by the United States threaten to ignite a war between the United States and China.

Not content with ratcheting up tensions with Russia in Europe and the Middle East, the Department of Defense’s neo-Cold Warriors are signaling to China their intent on triggering a military conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Admiral Scott Swift, the mustachioed and shaved-head commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, recently told a defense conference in Honolulu that the U.S. Navy was prepared to run Chinese military exclusion zones with military and surveillance aircraft, as well as warships.

Swift’s bellicose statement was followed by the Obama administration’s announcement that it was selling $1.83 billion in advanced weapons to Taiwan, which China regards as a renegade province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not content with the military fiascoes the US government has created under Obama's watch, this administration seems very much hell-bent on creating more of them.

IF there was one new Amendment to our Constitution I would love to see added (although it is one of those "when pigs fly" issues), it would be that no President could ever run for office, or be elected, without having first served in the military, and in the direct line of fire.

The rationale here would be that because these people know the true carnage and cost of war, they would most likely be temperamentally inclined against it, and strive for good faith negotiations with which to resolve geopolitical problems.

For this President, as it was for our last, it's always "other people and other people's kids" who will ultimately pay the price of death or getting maimed for life in these wars of conquest to prevent the rise of the yuan, and the collapse of the petrodollar.

Dec 22 10:53

A Round-up About Monsanto's GMOs

By Catherine J. Frompovich

It seems as if we are reaching a “tipping point” regarding the non-acceptance of GMOs, since close to 90 percent of consumers, the food-buying and eating public, wants GMO labeling. Here is a collection of info that will help you understand why GMO labeling is vitally important to truth in advertising, informed consent, free choice, and your health...

Dec 22 10:48

Error 451 is the new HTTP code for online censorship

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body responsible for overseeing the internet's technical standards, has approved HTTP 451, "an HTTP Status Code to Report Legal Obstacles". The new status code will show viewers when a web page is being blocked for legal reasons.

Dec 22 10:37

Obama Accuses Trump of Exploiting Working-Class Fears

President Obama said in a radio interview that began airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, was exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign. Mr. Obama also argued that some of the scorn directed at him personally stemmed from the fact that he is the first African-American to hold the White House.

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Is this President Obama's, "NEVER take responsibility for anything negative on my watch" 'let them eat cake' moment?!?

And Mr. President, I would strongly suggest that it is not the color of your skin, but the content of your character which has created many of those fears, and real concerns, with which working people are living, IF they are even lucky enough to still have a job.

I have personally been very lucky in my life; I have found a market niche where I cannot be outsourced or offshored; and under your watch, offshoring/outsourcing of jobs continues apace, with no respite in sight.

The increase in the number of children slipping into poverty under your watch,sir, has been nothing less than staggering. As reported at the washingtonexaminer.com on July 21, 2015:

Ever since President Obama took office, the poverty rate among children has soared to 22 percent, with three million more children living in poor conditions, according to an authoritative new report released Tuesday. The 2015 "KIDS COUNT" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation said that the percentage of children living in poverty jumped from 18 percent in 2008, the year Obama was elected, to 22 percent in 2013. It added that the rate dropped from 2012 to 2013, in line with the improving economy.

These are numbers one cannot wish away, sir.

More families are dependent on food stamps than ever before; as reported at iwb.com on 22 September, 2015:

Now, first and foremost, understand that the notion the economy “is improving” is just nonsensical. Consider: — More Americans are now on food stamps as a percentage of the population than at any time in U.S. history, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In all, 20 percent of U.S. households, or one in five, are on some level of taxpayer-supported food assistance. — The poverty level in America under Obama broke a 50-year record in January 2014. “Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama,” wrote Dave Boyer for The Washington Times. The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time that has happened since the mid-1960s. — The real unemployment rate, influential Wall Street analyst David John Marotta said in a memo to clients in January 2014, was not the 5-6 percent that the Obama Administration claims, but more like an astounding 37.2 percent, according to his calculations. “The unemployment rate only describes people who are currently working or looking for work,” he and colleague Megan Russell reveal in their client report, which was leaked to the Washington Examiner.

Again, Mr. President, one cannot wish these numbers away.

And in terms of middle class job declines due to outsourcing/offshoring under Obama's watch, what can we expect with TTP?!?

As reported on December 7th, 2015, at economyincrisis.org:

Those in favor of TPP are in it for the money. The true people in favor of the TPP are hiding behind names that sound harmless. Names such as: The U.S. Business Coalition for TPP Trade Benefits America Coalition The Progressive Coalition for American Jobs The TPP Apparel Coalition But if we take a closer look at the “members” of these coalitions, we don’t see anyone else except for the 1 percent of America. Huge multinational corporations such as: Aflac McGraw Hill MetLife, Inc. Motorola Solutions, Inc. Apple Inc The Clorox Company Siemens Corporation Sony Exxon Mobil Corporation Gap Inc. General Mills, Inc. Hewlett-Packard The Home Depot Honda North America, Inc Johnson & Johnson JPMorgan Chase & Co. Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Liberty Mutual Group Whirlpool Corporation The Walt Disney Company Verizon Communications Tyson Food Inc. Toyota Target Corporation The truth of the matter is that this these multinationals are are pushing the TPP in order to save a buck. They will outsource their jobs in order to save on production and labor costs. The federal minimum wage in America is $7.25 per hour which is roughly $267.80 a week. Compare that to Malaysia’s minimum wage at $297 a month. The average wage for an an engineer in the U.S. is $87,140 but in Malaysia it’s $23,484. The average wage for an accountant in the U.S. is $73,670, in Malaysia it’s $16,263. The average factory worker salary in the U.S. is $36,000, in Malaysia it’s $19,308. We can clearly see the huge difference is labor costs between the U.S. and one of the trading partners in the TPP. That isn’t mentioning Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Peru and Chile who also have low wages in comparison to the U.S. So how exactly is this going to be “good” for America and American jobs? It’s not.

In conclusion, Mr. President, your faux populism act not withstanding, you stand against the very people you promised to help and, at the end of the day, are no less beholden to the corporate interests which got you elected than are your Republican colleagues; that is simply the honest, unvarnished truth.

All the above, coupled with your international aggression against countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan; the potential and current provocations against Russia and China; the fact that a bill to re- institute the draft (which will include women), has been introduced in the house and is still sitting in committee, makes working class Americans legitimately very nervous about the future of this country.

Leaders who break nearly every promise they have made to the American people, and lie so consistently that one cannot believe anything they say anymore, makes the working class Americans legitimately very nervous about the future of this country.

This has nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with a completely failed presidency, sir; we had all hoped for far better from you when you won your first term in office.

Dec 22 10:19

Trump Schools ABC-TV Host on Reality

Mainstream media and politicians are fond of denouncing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for trafficking in conspiracy theories and playing fast and loose with the facts, but some of them slide into the same patterns in attacking Trump or other demonized leaders, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Dec 22 10:12

BEX ALERT - Cruz leads Iowa in new poll

The poll was conducted Dec. 14-17 by YouGov, an online polling organization and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

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The media is using polls to convince people to vote for Cruz ... who actually is ineligible to run for the White House under the Constitution.

Dec 22 10:09

Shenzhen landslide in China: dozens missing, entire blocks gobbled up in seconds

A horrifying video of a landslide swallowing up the city of Shenzhen in southern China shows entire buildings being gobbled up in seconds.

Dec 22 10:06

Lords Speaker's £230 Car Bill For One-Mile Trip

The House of Lords Speaker ran up a £230 bill for keeping her car waiting four hours while she watched an opera - just a mile from Parliament.

Baroness D'Souza spent four hours watching Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana with the chairman of the Federation Council (Russia), at the Royal Opera House and was then driven back to the House of Lords.

It has also emerged she racked up a £270 bill keeping another car waiting four and a half hours for lunch with the Japanese ambassador in Kensington, central London. It would have cost around £30 in a taxi and less than £5 on the Tube.

And she ran up £738 keeping a car parked for 10 hours during a Windsor Castle event.

Dec 22 10:06

Iain Duncan Smith’s 'Christmas message' to poorest families: Make up for benefit cuts by working 200 extra hours

The Government has admitted that families receiving in-work benefits will lose out from April next year – but suggested they could make up the shortfall themselves if they worked harder.

In what Labour has called Iain Duncan Smith’s “Christmas message”, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) proposed people “recoup the loss” from welfare reforms by doing three or four hours extra work every week.

Dec 22 10:04

Drunk people account for 70% of weekend emergency room visits in UK city

A study conducted in the city of Newcastle, UK, has revealed what you always suspected. Over two-thirds of emergency room visits on weekends, especially in the wee hours of the morning, are directly related to alcohol consumption.

Dec 22 09:58

Poland: Anti-government rallies continue as Lech Wa??sa warns of civil war

For the second time this month, thousands took to the streets in Poland to protest against the continuing assault on the country’s laws and governing institutions by the newly elected administration of Law and Justice (PiS). It is estimated that about 20,000 demonstrated in front of the parliament in the country’s capital Warsaw last Saturday. This is less than half the crowd of about 50,000 that gathered in front of the Presidential Palace the previous Saturday. Smaller demonstrations took place in 21 cities all over the world, including protests in front of Polish embassies in Berlin, London and New York.

Dec 22 09:56

Is the EU Breaking Up? Sanctions Against Russia Are Extended

Not only is there dissension within the European Union on account of the Polish President of the European Commission’s having rammed through on December 21st an extension of economic sanctions against Russia, but on the same day, the person who (though only until the end of this year) speaks for the Presidency of the European Union, who is Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, said that Poland’s new far-right government is going too far to change Poland’s own Constitution in order to enable that government to do what it wants to do. He says: if that Polish Party carries it out, Poland’s voting rights in the EU should be suspended.

Dec 22 09:53

Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA

The researchers’ findings suggest that the NSA may be responsible for that backdoor, at least indirectly. Even if the NSA did not plant the backdoor in the company’s source code, the spy agency may in fact be indirectly responsible for it by having created weaknesses the attackers exploited.

Dec 22 09:51

The Israeli I mean "Al Qaeda Christmas Hanukkah" Album

A Slaying Song
Crashing through the homes, over children's bones,
Oh what fun it is to kill and snap pictures with our phones
Oh chosen ones, chosen ones, apartheid on display
We'll cry human shields as we burn their fields and take their land away
Hey!
Chosen ones chosen ones, racism without delay,
On the US dime, this land's all mine, and God, said, it's, O.K.

24 Songs in all!

Grandma got run over by a Boeing

Have yourself a scaredy little Christian

Joy to the World Trade Centers

Infidels roasting on an open fire

Let it Shoah Let it Shoah let it Shoah

All I want for Christians is hell

Al-nusra is bombing your town

Twas the hype before ISIS

Belittle dumber Goy

Do you Fear what I Fear? (Featuring Alex Jones)

Violent Night

It's beginning to look a lot like ISIS

Larry the hook-nosed profiteer

Wreck the laws and blame it on Haji,

It's the most pants shitting time of the year

Signal fail

Frosty the Fireman

What too soon?

Dec 22 09:50

US Gov't Agencies Freak Out Over Juniper Backdoor; Perhaps They'll Now Realize Why Backdoors Are A Mistake

Putting backdoors into technology is a bad idea. Security experts and technologists keep saying this over and over and over and over again -- and politicians and law enforcement still don't seem to get it. And, you can pretty much bet that even though they now have a very real world example of it -- in a way that's impacting their own computer systems -- they'll continue to ignore it. Instead, watch as they blame the Chinese and the Russians and still pretend that somehow, when they mandate backdoors, those backdoors won't get exploited by those very same Chinese and Russian hackers they're now claiming were crafty enough to slip code directly into Juniper's source code without anyone noticing.

Dec 22 09:48

Vero Beach dig site may rewrite Florida's history

In the heart of the Treasure Coast, a team of archeologists is poring over a 14,000-year-old site that could completely rewrite the prehistory of the state and, to some extent, the prehistory of humankind in the New World.

But it took a last-minute intervention by Florida Atlantic University to assure The Old Vero Man site would be around to reveal its mysteries.

Dec 22 09:48

Germans Scramble To Buy Weapons Amid Nationwide Spike In Migrant-Driven Crime

"Things took off beginning in September. Since then, our dealers have been totally overrun. We have never experienced anything like this in the 21 years of our corporate history. Fear: This is not rational. The important term is: 'refugee crisis'."

Dec 22 09:47

Caught On Tape: U.S. Senator Issues Dire Warning On Unchecked Executive Power

To hear a U.S. Senator sound more like a statesman than a corrupt hack politician for sale to the highest bidder, is such a breath of fresh air I almost can’t believe it’s real. Rather than talking down to voters, he challenges them to become more enlightened, nonpartisan-thinkers with a sense of history. He challenges all of us to shake ourselves from an ignorant, fear-based stupor and reclaim the true genius and beauty at the heart of the American experiment.

Dec 22 09:43

Coincidence? Assassin shoots witness, others in danger after agreeing to testify against Detroit cops

Would-be assassin attempted to gun down a witness who agreed to testify against police officers in Detroit, a report revealed this week.

The Detroit News obtained court records on Monday that indicated the lives of several witnesses had been threatened days after they agreed to testify against Detroit narcotics officers Lt. David “Hater” Hansberry and Bryan “Bullet” Watson.

Hansberry and Watson have been accused of using fake traffic stops to steal drugs, money and other property. Prosecutors said that the officers distributed stolen cocaine to known drug dealers who then agreed to split the profits with them.

A court transcript indicated that U.S. Attorney Louis Gabel objected to repeated efforts to delay the trial because of “legitimate witness safety concerns.”

Gabel explained to U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy during a sidebar that one of the witnesses had already been shot and others were in danger.

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Welcome to the "new normal" in Detroit!!

And to those who can, please vote with your feet, and move out of that wretched place just as quickly as possible

Any city and police department which operates in this corrupt way do not deserve your residence or support in any way.

Dec 22 09:41

GET OUT! IRAQ CONTINUES TO PRESS TURKEY

Dec 22 09:39

Green Gestapo: TV programs that mock global warming being memory holed by governments to erase any trace of their existence

The only way the cabal of global warming/climate change hoaxers can be heard, is by silencing anyone with countermanding evidence that the hoaxers are lying to the entire planet. One of the cultist cabal's latest victims of the "green Gestapo" is Britain's Quentin Letts.

As he explains in a story at The Daily Mail, what happened to him was a bit like what happened to a member of the Soviet-era Politburo who had fallen out of favor with then-Premier Josef Stalin in 1940, shortly before World War II began in earnest in Europe.

Using a concept that George Orwell – author of the forward-looking 1984 – created, namely the "unperson," described as "someone who had so offended official thought, he or she was vaporised — not just liquidated but wiped from the record for eternity," Letts wrote that he had been treated similarly by a British media icon for questioning global warming orthodoxy.

Dec 22 09:37

ZIONIST CAPO SHELDON ADELSON SUMMONS TRUMP FOR ‘PRIVATE MEETING’ ON ISRAEL

Well, it seems as if The Donald has been summoned by the Kingmaker himself, Mr. Sheldon Adelson.

Yes, that kind old man who just loves to be involved in “the process” of choosing who gets into power in America.

No doubt Adelson called The Donald in for a debriefing on how Trump feels about Israel, and more importantly, whether or not Israel will be at the top of Donald’s priorities should he make it into power in the White House next fall.

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I, for one, am sick and tired of Presidents and politicians who put Israel first, second, and third, in their geopolitical equations, and not needs and concerns of the American people.

I hope Trump, should he win the Republican nomination, will not be one of these people.

Our "alleged representatives" have heaped American voters on the pyre of irrelevance; we no longer matter, or count, because foreign and domestic corporations and countries (like Israel, through AIPAC) are where the money falls for them like manna in terms of campaign contributions.

And are you aware that AIPAC is not required to register in the US as a political representative of a foreign country?!?

And what has this viciously apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons done, for DC recently, in terms of trying to create a two state solution to attempt to resolve the "Palestinian Problem", and attempt to win some Palestinian good will?!?

As reported at Haaretz.com on 22 December, 2015:

Plans are underway to bud 2,610 new homes in Givat Hamatos, a diplomatically sensitive area of southeast Jerusalem over the Green Line, which Palestinians believe should be part of their future state. The Jerusalem Municipality approved the project in December 2012 but waited almost two years – until Friday, September 24 – to place news of the approval in a local paper, according to Peace Now.

Why is this important? Because this construction in Gilos all but prevents the establishment of a contiguous Palestinian state.

With "friends" like this in the Middle East, please; who needs enemies?!?

Dec 22 09:23

Roman Sword discovered off Oak Island radically suggests Ancient Mariners visited New World 1,000 years before Columbus

Researchers investigating the mysterious Oak Island, located on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, have made a startling announcement regarding the discovery of a Roman ceremonial sword and what is believed to be a Roman shipwreck, radically suggesting that ancient mariners visited North America more than a thousand years before Columbus.

Evidence of the finding, which was exclusively revealed to Johnston Press and published in The Boston Standard, was uncovered by researchers involved in The History Channel’s series Curse of Oak Island, which details the efforts of two brothers from Michigan as they attempt to solve the mystery of the Oak Island treasure and discover historical artifacts believed to be concealed on the island.

J. Hutton Pulitzer, lead researcher and historic investigator, along with academics from the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society, have compiled a paper on the finding, which is scheduled to be published in full in early 2016.

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Being from New England, I heard about Oak Island when I was a kid, and like all children had visions of fantastic treasure hidden below. I enjoy watching the show, but I have several issues with their theories about elaborate water traps protecting the money pit as the slant-drilling technique needed to create the postulated flood tunnels simply did not exist in the times when the treasure (if it exists) was theorized to have been buried. That doesn't mean there is no treasure, only that there is some misinterpretation of the data. One point the show seems to have missed with regards to the possibility of the Templars being the source of the treasure; Oak Island is almost at the exact same latitude as the French seaport of La Rochelle, where the Templar fleet was anchored up until October 13, 1307, the day the French Templars were all rounded up by King Philip IV, who probably decided that killing the bankers he owed so much money to was his best option to erase that debt. The Templar fleet vanished from La Rochelle and many theorize that it sailed north to Scotland, or south to Portugal, the two nations that refused to carry out Pope Clement V's orders to arrest the Templars and confiscate their property. However, La Rochelle Harbor is at 46° 9'24.22"N latitude. Oak Island is at 44°30'44.21"N latitude. Sailing directly west from La Rochelle would have brought the Templar ships to what is today Cape Bretton Island, Nova Scotia. Sailing down along the coast 235 miles would bring them to Oak Island. However, the sextant was not invented until the 1700s, so determination of latitude would have been by Astrolabe, a device the Templars would have acquired during their dealings with the Muslim world. A 2 degree error across the breadth of the Atlantic would be fine accuracy for such an instrument, and it may be that any ships sailing west from La Rochelle would have arrived right at Oak Island, especially with the Labrador current pushing them south.

Dec 22 08:54

America's Biggest Shopping Mall Just Filed a Restraining Order Against Black Lives Matter

Minnesota emerged in 2015 as one of America's biggest hotbeds for political activism. One year ago, Minneapolis' Mall of America was the site of a massive Christmas Day protest by Black Lives Matter activists. Just last month, hundreds of protesters shut down a major freeway and occupied a local police station for days after police shot and killed Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old black man. After a targeted shooting threatened some of those protesters, they announced their next stop would be Minneapolis' Mall of America on Dec. 23.

Dec 22 08:33

The Off-Grid Rebellion the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About

By Daniel Arsenault

For many waking up in the modern world, the weight of the planet is on their shoulders. It seems like the more one learns, the more everything is in ruin. Climate catastrophe and secret financial institutions threaten devastation on all sides, the media is run by the corporate elite and filters the truth into coarse bits of marketing slogans, and there seems like no avenue to fight back, to levy solutions.

When even the charities seem corrupt, where does the charitable soul go?...

Dec 22 08:29

Some of the Disappeared of Canada

Maisie Shaw, age 14, kicked to her death down basement stairs by Principal Rev. Alfred Caldwell, United Church Alberni residential school, the night of December 24, 1946. Burial site unknown.

Albert Gray, age 11, beaten to death by the same Rev. Alfred Caldwell for taking a prune from a jar, Ahousaht United Church residential school, January 13, 1938. Burial site unknown

Vicky Stewart, age nine, died from brain injuries after assault from matron Ann Knizky, United Church Edmonton residential school, April 9, 1958. Buried in Waglisla after a false death record was issued.

Richard Thomas, age fifteen, beaten to death by Brother Terrance MacNamara, Kuper Island catholic indian school, April1964. Buried south of the school property in a mass grave with other children.

Joey Lavallee, age five, killed by torture from electric cattle prod shocks given by a priest at the portage la prairie catholic school, June 1966. Burial site unknown.

Dec 22 08:25

Wikipedia, co-founded by a porn peddler, is now exposed as a massive blackmail engine run by criminal editors

Hundreds of Wikipedia accounts have been shut down after a number of celebrities, businesses, entrepreneurs and others reported being targeted by unscrupulous editors who tried to blackmail them into shelling out cash in exchange for page updates and entries. Denying that its own editorial team had anything do with the scam, a Wikipedia spokesman told the media that the site is devoted to "neutrality," despite earlier accounts of Wikipedia actively censoring information about the natural healing arts and alternative medicine.

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Long time readers will recall that Wikipedia used to have entries for both the whatreallyhappened.com website and me personally. But the article on myself branded me as an anti-Semite, so I edited the article to state that I had been accused of anti-Semitism because of my criticisms of Israel's government, which is more accurate. The next day, the original version calling me an anti-Semite was back, and edits to the article were locked from me under the Wikipedia rationale that Michael Rivero was not a recognized authority on the subject of Michael Rivero. When I went public with this absurdity Wikipedia simply deleted all mention of whatreallyhappened.com and Michael Rivero, so the fact that they are biased is old news.

Dec 22 08:14

6 Horrifying Facts about Chickens: A Wake-Up Call for the Meat Industry

by Yelena Sukhoterina

Today about 9 billion chickens are raised for food in the U.S. annually, a staggering 1400% increase from 50 years ago. Back then, the chicken were raised by more than 1.6 million independent farmers, while today less than 30,000 farms — many of them concentrated factory farms — raise billions of chickens.

As you may have guessed, this increase has brought a ton of unintended consequences. Most people don’t realize it, but a “simple” chicken dinner from the grocery store could have any of these 6 horrifying backstories attached to it...

Dec 22 08:12

Tired of the ‘good fight’ for .01% arrests? I empathize, but prefer surrendering Earth to criminal psychopaths?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Kaoru Yamamoto, from Reflections from the desert:

Change is a slow process, at least until all the spadework has been done. While attention is typically arrested by the swift, sometimes spectacular, final phase of the process, little note is taken of the long, hard preparatory work.

'Time moved on. Changes came into being slowly-almost imperceptibly. Like the shift of the seasons. Barely noticeable, the changing, till the change was there.' -Dorothy W. Baruch, One Little Boy

Dec 22 08:11

WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? CHRISTIANS, JEWS, OR MUSLIMS (The US, Israel, or Iran)!

Since World War II, the United States actually dropped BOMBS ON 23 COUNTRIES. These include: China 1945-46, Korea 1950-53, China 1950-53, Guatemala 1954, Indonesia 1958, Cuba 1959-60, Guatemala 1960, Congo 1964, Peru 1965, Laos 1964-73, Vietnam 1961-73, Cambodia 1969-70, Guatemala 1967-69, Grenada 1983, Lebanon 1984, Libya 1986, El Salvador 1980s, Nicaragua 1980s, Panama 1989, Iraq 1991-1999, Sudan 1998, Afghanistan 1998, and Yugoslavia 1999.

Post World War II, the United States has also assisted in over 20 different coups throughout the world, and the CIA was responsible for half a dozen assassinations of political heads of state.

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Dec 22 08:05

Women fired for refusing flu shot file suit

Two female office workers sued a religious social service organization Monday for firing them after they declined flu shots for religious reasons.

Alanda Watson and Denise Mercurius filed a lawsuit Monday in New Jersey Superior Court in Mount Holly against Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, citing violations of their Constitutional rights and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Dec 22 08:04

9 children dead in ISIS rocket attack on girls’ school in eastern Syria

Nine children have been killed following a rocket attack by Islamic State terrorists on a school in Deir Ezzor, an oil-rich region in the east of Syria. A further 15 students were injured, a source at the Syrian Interior Ministry told SANA news agency.

Dec 22 08:02

THE ETHICALLY SOURCED SMARTPHONE YOU CAN REPAIR AND UPGRADE YOURSELF IS NOW ON SALE

Fairphone say they aim to create a more ethical device with an emphasis on reparability and sourcing key minerals used in the phone's construction from conflict-free areas.?e,’ the first Fairphone was the product of a carefully crafted supply chain that seeks to minimize the use of conflict materials. Now, the second model ups the ante with a modular design that allows for easier repairs, resulting in a smartphone that could do something completely unheard of in the world of pocket-sized electronic gadgets. This could eliminate the need to buy another phone – ever.

Dec 22 08:01

Vaccine mechanism of harm exposed in Gardasil vaccine

Early on in my research into the HPV vaccines I knew that the L-Histidine, which is unique to this vaccine, played a major role in what I was hearing from parents and girls adversely injured by Gardasil®. I made the connection between Histamine and IgE release. I was able to make the connection with all the variety of symptoms to the various components of this vaccine. Because of personal experiences, I found that the majority of the injured experienced an anaphylactic type incident. The adverse events experienced from the HPV vaccines nearly mirror those of an autistic child even down to the regression. Now I find that not only do the components of this vaccine play an integral part, but the main player in this scenario is the probable excessive histamine released because of injected L-Histidine.

Dec 22 07:57

Incontrovertible - New 9/11 Documentary by Tony Rooke

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Time for a repost.

Dec 22 07:51

CHINA PASSES MEXICO AS #1 SOURCE OF CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANTS

China has officially replaced Mexico as the country sending the highest number of immigrants to California. India is right behind the Middle Kingdom, however, and is also poised to overtake Mexico based on sheer data. According to the Sacramento Bee, data acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Public Policy Institute of California indicates that about 33,000 immigrants moved to California from China last year, roughly triple the number who came in 2005.

Dec 22 07:49

West Bank village punished for exposing Israel’s brutality

Widely circulated in recent months, the video shows the mother and sister of 12-year-old Muhammad Tamimi wresting him away from a masked and armed Israeli soldier. The boy was throttled and jammed into boulders on 28 August, despite having a cast on his arm.

Israeli politicians not only defended the Israeli soldier’s actions; some argued that he should have behaved in an even more cruel manner.

Miri Regev, Israel’s culture minister, said that the soldier should have shot the boy’s unarmed rescuers.

Dec 22 07:48

Hillary Clinton’s latest lie about videos and terrorists

When it comes to terrorists and videos, you’d think Hillary Clinton would have learned her lesson.

But her claim during Saturday’s Democratic debate that ISIS is “showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims” in order to recruit jihadists is about as accurate as her claim an online anti-Muslim video sparked the 2012 Benghazi attack.

And a number of usually pro-Hillary fact-checkers agree: The Washington Post, the Associated Press and Politifact all branded her debate claim false.

Dec 22 07:40

Ron Paul - Do We Need the Fed?

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Is this a trick question?!?

Dec 22 07:39

TEXAS JUDGE REFUSES TO BE A PART OF TRAFFIC TICKET SCHEME, BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON POLICING FOR PROFIT

Retired municipal court judge David Viscarde has recently come forward to expose the use of quotas on speeding tickets. In an exclusive interview this week, Viscarde told WFAA that the police department and the local courts were involved in a revenue collection scheme where officers had quotas for speeding tickets, and judges were pressured to rush the cases through the courts.

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