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"Behind all the finger-pointing there lies a fundamental flaw in the Private Central Bank Debt-Based Currency model the American people have been enslaved to since 1913.

Since all cash in circulation is the proceeds from a loan from the bank at interest, the debt always grows faster than the amount of available money.

The instant that first paper note goes into circulation, more money is owed to the bankers than actually exists, and by design, the debt-subjugated population can never pay off the debt; can never be free of the bankers.

This is why all nations with state banks and value-based currencies come under military attack. Libya is only the most recent example. Qaddafi had a state bank of Libya, no private central banks, and a currency based on gold. Far from a radical idea this is the financial system the United States stated with. Yet state banks and value-based currencies are a threat to the ponzi-scheme banking by which nations are enslaved to the bankers. Thus, they come under attack, and millions of young people are sacrificed to make the world safe for compound interest.

In the not-too-far future, rule by debt-based currency will be seen as devoid of any legitimacy, just as today we see as devoid of legitimacy the concepts of rule by divine right and rule by chattel ownership of ones body." -- Michael Rivero

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July 10, 2015

Jul 10 06:53

Hillary aide: "She hates you. Period."

Jul 10 06:52

No, the F-35 Can’t Fight at Long Range, Either

By now the Pentagon should be well aware of the JSF’s shortcomings. The F-35’s limited weaponry was one of the major problems that a controversial simulation highlighted back in 2008.

In the Pacific Vision war game, which the California think-tank RAND conducted on behalf of the Air Force, F-22s and F-35s lost a simulated aerial battle over the Taiwan Strait.

Two dozen Chinese J-11 fighters brought nearly 250 long-range missiles to the mock fight. The same number of F-35s carried fewer than 100 AIM-120s. Beijing’s jets easily overwhelmed the Americans. And the J-11 isn’t even China’s best fighter.

With limited sensors, compromised stealth, not enough energy and too few weapons, the F-35 is probably already outclassed in a long-range fight. Never mind merely staying out of short-range dogfights. America’s new stealth fighter should probably avoid aerial duels at any distance.

Jul 10 06:48

Fiscal Friday - My Big, Fat Greek Crisis

Jul 10 06:47

Bess Byers on TPP

Jul 10 06:40

German ‘Efficiency’ Is Killing Europe

The renowned German "efficiency" is opening up a grievous rift within the European Union in the wake of the Greek No vote to EU-imposed bailout austerity. Not only that. The famed Germanic mechanical methodology is threatening to tear Europe asunder from runaway financial debts – the very Europe that Berlin claims to be upholding.

Jul 10 06:37

Amid detente with Hamas, Israel says 2 citizens held in Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said that two of its citizens are being held captive in the Gaza Strip, an announcement that brought back bitter memories of the case of an Israeli soldier who was captured and imprisoned for five years by the Hamas militant group.
Note: 2015, 5,554 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners were held in Israeli prisons, 357 of them from the Gaza Strip.* An additional 1,028 Palestinians were held in Israel Prison Service facilities for being in Israel illegally, 16 of them from the Gaza Strip.Jun 16, 2015

WEBMASTER ADDITION: It should be remembered that "captured" citizens was the excuse Israel used to launch the last attack on Gaza a year ago.

Jul 10 06:28

Guerrilla Warfare Against a Hegemonic Power - The Challenge and Promise of Greece

Banks create money when they make loans. Greece could restore the liquidity desperately needed by its banks and its economy by nationalizing the banks and issuing digital loans backed by government guarantees to its ailing businesses. Greece could provide an inspiring model of sustainable prosperity for the world. But it is being strangled by a hegemonic power in a financial war that is being waged against us all.

Jul 10 06:26

Israel says will 'engage' with ICC on war crime probe

"We've decided to engage with the ICC, the engagement will be limited solely to the question of authority" to deal with Palestine, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Jul 10 06:18

School to pay $4.5M settlement to bullied Jewish students

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $4.5 million settlement between an upstate New York school district and five Jewish students who say they endured years of abuse by classmates who made Holocaust jokes toward them and drew swastikas in hallways and lockers.
Note: Had enough yet!



Jul 10 06:11

Tsipras Caves; "Tsipras Destroys Greece Regardless of parliament vote, Tsipras must resign - he violated all he campaigned for

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Here comes the US coup to kick Tsipras out and put in a pro-US pro-banker junta. This will trigger another bloody civil war like Ukraine. But no price is too great to pay to keep the money-junkies happy!

Jul 10 05:57

Cyber Guard Exercise Simulated Attacks On Critical Infrastructure

WEBMASTER ADDITION: So maybe they broke into OPM's database, and China gets the blame. Because if you think about it, stealing blackmail information only has value if nobody knows the crime took place. The blackmailer is very selective and only steals what they need, to minimize the risk of detection. Stealing tens of millions of records is intended to be noticed! That is why I do not think China had anything to do with this.

Jul 10 05:46

Russian Gays Now Fleeing to Isis! What Next From the Daily Mail's Anti-Russian Corps?

The Daily Mail took some time off from stalking Kate Middleton to remind us all that Russia is the worst place on the planet to be LGBT.

We continue to see Isis and Russia conflated in the western media, and this article really takes the biscuit…

Jul 10 05:38

Tony Blair and the Self-Exalting Mindset of the West: in Two Paragraphs

Tony Blair today took a little time off from serving the world’s despots in order to exploit the 10th anniversary of the July 7 London train bombing. He did so by casting blame on “radical Islam” for the world’s violence while exempting himself, pronouncing:

This is a global problem … we’re not going to allow anyone to excuse themselves by saying that the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government.



Jul 10 05:19

MH-17 Case Slips into Propaganda Fog

Almost a year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people. Yet, instead of a transparent investigation seeking justice, the case became a propaganda game of finger-pointing, with the CIA withholding key evidence all the better to blame Russia.

The Dutch investigation into the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last July has failed to uncover conclusive proof of precisely who was responsible for the deaths of the 298 passengers and crew but is expected to point suspicions toward the ethnic Russian rebels, fitting with the West’s long-running anti-Russian propaganda campaign.

Jul 10 02:55

Video: Proof Hillary Clinton is a serial liar

In yet another example of the glaring problem former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has with telling the truth, the 2016 Presidential Candidate has been caught publicly lying about receiving a subpoena for emails connected to the Benghazi terror attack.

Jul 10 00:12

Gun Sales Reached Record Highs Last Month

It wasn’t that long ago that we were experiencing severe ammunition and firearm shortages. The prices for pretty much every kind of weapon reached outrageous levels, and there was a waiting list for just about everything gun related. But over the past two years or so, the cost of firearms has finally fallen to a reasonable price point, and ammo shortages have largely relented. Contrary to popular belief however, gun purchases have not fallen. In fact, it seems that Americans are still buying more guns then ever before.
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Jul 10 00:11

How Did the Illegal Immigrant Who Shot and Killed Kate Steinle Get a Federal Agent’s Gun?

Last week, 45-year-old San Francisco pier shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez shot and killed Kate Steinle while she was out walking with her father. She died in front of him.

Sanchez, here illegally from Mexico, has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times.

So how did he wind up with a federal agent’s gun? Reports say he got it by breaking into the car of a law enforcement officer with the Bureau of Land Management on June 27th.

Perhaps the real question is, why was Sanchez here walking free if he had been deported five times?

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Jul 10 00:09

The Euro Is Finished: Reporter Catches First Glimpse of Drachma in Greece

With the situation rapidly deteriorating in Greece, many experts have predicted that Greece may be forced from the Euro. If that happens, then Greece will have to go through the lengthy and complicated process of creating a new currency, which would most likely carry the namesake of their pre-Euro currency, known as the “Drachma.” For now the Euro is still their official currency, but it seems that hasn’t stopped some financial institutions from jumping the gun.

A reporter for Bloomberg stayed at a hotel in Athens from June 28th to July 4th, but when they charged his Visa debit card, the online statement didn’t show his charge in Euros. Instead, it was recorded as “Drachma EQ.”

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Jul 10 00:06

School Threatens Parents That Pick Their Kids Up Late

Do you have kids? Do you have a job that you have to commute to? More importantly, do you have to drop your kids off at school every morning? I’m sure plenty of you are raising your hands right now. We all have busy schedules, and many of you face a daily race against time to get your kids to school, and to pick them up at the end of the day; and sometimes you’re either late or early. But how would you feel if a school threatened to take your kids away for being late?



Jul 09 23:08

Amazon Releases The Ultimate Big Brother Spy Device That Constantly Listens To Everything You Say In Your Own Home



Jul 09 20:18

One-third of shop workers to miss out on 'living wage' rises

Around one million workers in retail could miss out on the Government’s so-called living wage pay rise to £9-an-hour by 2020 because they are under 25 years old, the Independent understands.

The British Retail Consortium, which represents most of the high street’s stores, said of the 3 million workers in the sector, a third were under 25 and could miss out on the wage rise, while seeing their working tax credits slashed. The shop workers’ union Usdaw attacked the Government’s decision to implement an age threshold, as retailers started playing down the impact of the wage rises, pointing out their young workforce.

Jul 09 20:07

US Presidential campaign 2016: Bernie Sanders - the socialist Senator going after billionaires and mega-banks - and garnering widespread support

A CNN poll in New Hampshire shows Mr Sanders just eight points behind Ms Clinton. In Iowa, he is 19 points behind her, according to a Quinnipiac survey. But in May, the gap was 45 points, so he is catching up fast.

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Senator Sanders, rumpled and stern, faces huge hurdles. He vows to refuse billionaire donations, a stand that delighted the crowd here, but which will put him at a disadvantage in a race where money obviously does matter. Last week his campaign said it had raised $15m (£9.7m) since April through small donations averaging $35 from about 250,000 people – a decent number that also speaks to the grassroots groundswell he is creating. But Ms Clinton raised a handier $45m.

Jul 09 18:40

Gaza is ‘a recurring threat to peace’!

The British taxpayer, yet again, picks up the tab for the wreckage left behind by Israeli war crimes. It’s a paltry sum considering the Israelis caused damage estimated at $6 billion. If it wasn’t for the rotten windows of Lord Davies’ mansion and his crumbling bell tower we could afford to give more.

Jul 09 18:31

The Wait Will Soon Be Over: European Leaders Promise The Greek Debt Crisis Will Be Resolved One Way Or Another On Sunday

For months, the entire planet has been following this seemingly endless Greek debt saga. Global financial markets have gyrated with every twist and turn of this ongoing drama, and many people have wondered if it would ever come to an end. But now European leaders are promising us that the uncertainty is finally going to be over this weekend…



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Jul 09 18:02

Gilad Atzmon on Jewish controlled opposition


Not saying all anti-zionist jews are controlled opposition he is saying there always is a faction of controlled opposition though which is jewish.

Jul 09 15:46

Pelosi: Congress Has a Moral Authority to Act on Gun Control – But Not on Illegal Aliens

Communist Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for more gun control following the murder of Kathryn Steinle at the hands of an illegal alien using a federal agent's gun. She even said that it is a "moral responsibility" that Congress has to act. What she failed to put at the forefront was acting with regard to illegal aliens.

Jul 09 15:32

No prison for accounting executive in Madoff fraud case

A New York accounting firm executive who worked for some of Bernard Madoff's most important clients has been spared prison time.

Seventy-nine-year-old Paul Konigsberg was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and falsifying books and records.

The judge did not require any post-sentence supervision of Konigsberg, leaving him free to visit grandchildren in Russia. Konigsberg smiled and hugged family and friends after the ruling came down.

Jul 09 15:28

School Letter Threatens Parents with Call to DHS

“Children must be picked up on time. If they are not picked up on time, we will call DHS and you will then have to pick them up at court the next day.”



Jul 09 15:23

Florida cops admit running over retired veteran

Police in Tampa, Florida admitted one of their detectives was responsible for a deadly hit-and-run that decapitated a 60-year-old Army veteran. Detectives investigating the case told the man’s son that the officer was answering a robbery call.

William Dale McIntire was hit by an SUV in the evening of June 28. Witnesses described a vehicle looking like a GMC Yukon or a Chevrolet Tahoe speeding away from the scene without stopping to offer aid or call the authorities.

Jul 09 15:03

The Warped World of the GMO Lobbyist

There’s a massive spike in cancer cases in Argentina that is strongly associated with glyphosate-based herbicides. These herbicides are a huge earner for agribusiness. But don’t worry, Patrick Moore says you can drink a whole quart and it won’t harm you. Who needs independent testing? He says people regularly try to commit suicide with it but fail. They survived – just. So what’s the problem? Perfectly safe. Patrick Moore says he is ‘not an idiot’. So he must be right. Right?

Anyway, all that scare mongering about GMOs and glyphosate is a conspiracy by a bunch of whinging lavishly funded green-blob types. Former UK environment minister Owen Paterson said as much. He says those self-serving anti-GMO people are damaging the interests of the poor and are profiting handsomely. They are condemning “billions” to lives of poverty.



Jul 09 15:02

BEX ALERT - FBI: U.S. Authorities Thwarted July 4 Terrorist Attacks

U.S. authorities prevented supporters influenced by the Islamic State, or ISIS, from killing Americans around the July Fourth holiday, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

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Jul 09 15:01

South Dakota tells polygamists to bring details for water

South Dakota regulators want more information from a secretive polygamist group before they decide on its request to draw water more quickly at its remote Black Hills compound.

Jul 09 14:54

Why there is still no Iran nuke deal in Vienna

Deep into a warm Viennese night, with the legendary Café Sacher already closed, it was still a long way to go. In a hotel room, an Iranian diplomat mused; “The Americans created a structure of sanctions they don’t want to destroy. Emotionally, they want to keep it.” It’s no wonder that most of the unresolved brackets in the final text still relate to US and EU sanctions.

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Jul 09 14:46

Jim Sinclair: I Think the PPT Knew They Were Going to Be Overwhelmed & Pulled the Plug!

Scenario number three seems to me to be the meatiest. I spoke to Jim Sinclair while the market was in closure to see what his take was. He immediately said to me; “it’s like if in a casino and everyone starts winning, mysteriously either the lights go out of someone pulls a fire alarm …no more gambling! I think the PPT knew they were going to be overwhelmed, if this were the case and I was the chairman of the NYSE, I would run upstairs and pull the plug out of the wall. …Problem solved …for now!“.

Jul 09 14:43

Kimonos Are Now Racist

Jul 09 14:42

Palestinian Christians sceptical as Israeli police 'investigate' church attack

Muslims, Christians and Druze mobilise in the Galilee following attack on holy site, accuse police of not doing enough to counter hate crimes.

In the early morning of 17 June a group of intruders broke into the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. They tried to set fire to various parts of the building, burned bibles and other religious books, made a roof partially collapse, damaged the interior and wrote on the walls: "False idols will be smashed," "Death to non-Jews," and verses from the Torah referring to "gentiles".

Jul 09 14:37

Biotech industry uses Roundup-contaminated GMOs as control group feed in fraudulent animal studies

The rodent feed used for control groups in laboratory studies -- including studies on the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides -- is widely contaminated with those same GMOs and pesticides as well as toxic metals and PCBs, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Caen in France and slated to be published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Jul 09 14:32

Home About Contact Tips Facebook PageProfessors Urge Social Workers to Take "Real Vampires" Seriously, Not Impose "Stereotypes" on Them

Dr. D J Williams of Idaho State University and Emily E. Prior of the College of the Canyons have released a study about "real vampires" and how social workers can help them. They also urge people not to "stereotype" people who identify as vampires.

Appearing in Critical Social Work, 2015 Vol. 16, No. 1, their article is titled, "Do we Always Practice What we Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals." The 10-page study aimed to see how comfortable vampires were in coming out to them.

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We are in the new Dark ages!

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Jul 09 14:31

President Obama Accepts Slavery in Order to Win TPP Trade Deal

So that U.S. President Barack Obama can end a roadblock and win the agreement of other nations for his proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, he has decided to remove one of the nations, Malaysia, from the U.S. State Department’s official list of countries that allow slavery. Malaysia, which recently found over a hundred graves of discarded slaves, has been on the U.S. State Department’s “Tier 3” list of slave nations, along with North Korea, Zimbabwe, Syria, and Iran, but, unlike those other countries, Obama wants Malaysia to be included in his Trans Pacific Partnership; so, he has decided to remove Malaysia from that official list.

Jul 09 14:19

SPOOF ~~ ISRAEL ‘CELEBRATES’ THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR IN GAZA

Jul 09 14:18

PINKWASHING PALESTINE

Last week, in an article on the controversial rainbow flag mural a Palestinian artist painted on Israel’s apartheid wall, the Associated Press made this claim: “A 1951 Jordanian law banning homosexual acts remains in effect in the West Bank, as does a ban in Gaza passed by British authorities in 1936.”

In fact, there is no law in the West Bank, or in Jordan, that bans sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex.

Jul 09 14:17

GAG ORDER OR RACISM?

Almost a year ago a mentally challenged young Ethiopian man allegedly crossed over from Israel to the Gaza Strip. About the same time, a young Bedouin from Israel also crossed over. Neither were heard from since and nothing appeared in the Israeli press about their disappearances.

WHY ???

Does no one give a damn or is it only the government of Israel that doesn’t?

You decide after reading the following …

Jul 09 14:05

FLASHBACK 2012 - New York Stock Exchange sold to derivatives company in $8bn takeover

The New York Stock Exchange called time on two centuries of independence on Thursday, agreeing to an $8.2bn takeover that will hand control of the icon of American capitalism to an Atlanta-based energy trader.

The stock exchange's holding company, NYSE Euronext, has agreed to an offer of $33.12 a share in cash and stock from IntercontinentalExchange (ICE). ICE was founded in 2000, NYSE in 1817. The combined company would have headquarters in both ICE's home of Atlanta and in New York.

The takeover comes amid a historic shift for Wall Street and stock exchanges around the world. The move to electronic trading, fierce competition between exchanges and the sharp decline in trading commissions has led to a wave of mergers and takeover offers that have failed amid regulatory concerns.

Jul 09 13:58

Greece seeks bailout totaling $55 billion, offers painful spending cuts

Greece is seeking another bailout totaling at least 50 billion euros ($55 billion) from its European creditors and offering to make painful spending cuts and tax increases as it races to avert a financial meltdown, according to government sources.

Under a 10-page blueprint completed late Thursday, the country said it would undertake austerity measures worth between 12 billion and 13 billion euros ($13 billion to $14 billion), including raising taxes on cafes, bars and restaurants.

Government leaders will bring the proposal before the Greek parliament for approval over the next few days as a display of good faith as it attempts to rebuild trust with its European creditors after months of rocky negotiations.

Jul 09 13:58

Emails Show Secretary Clinton Disobeyed Obama Policy And Continued Funding For Honduras Coup Regime

Buried in the latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails made public last week are some missives that shed new light on the former Secretary of State’s role in seemingly undermining President Barack Obama’s policy in dealing with the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras.

The official emails recently made public by the State Department —more than 3,000 pages worth — were sent or received primarily in 2009 through Clinton’s private email account — via an email server set up outside the government’s system and used to conduct official business.

One email exchange discovered in the recently released batch of State Department communications reveals that Clinton personally signed off on continuing the flow of US funds to the putsch regime in Honduras in the fall of 2009 — even as the White House was telling the world that such aid had been suspended.

Jul 09 13:57

The Inevitable Grexit and Banking Collapse

Dimitri Lascaris Report: Credibility of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is hanging by a thread, in the meantime 15 out of 18 European governments support ousting Greece from the Eurozone.

Jul 09 13:46

Are The E.U. And Asia Turning A Blind Eye To Russian Sanctions?

In a previous article on Oilprice, I questioned whether western sanctions imposed on Russia were being regularly breached by E.U. and Asian companies, noting that sanctions only work if all countries unite behind them.

Jul 09 13:44

Greece debt crisis: Athens accepts harsh austerity as bailout deal nears

The Greek government capitulated on Thursday to demands from its creditors for severe austerity measures in return for a modest debt write-off, raising hopes that a rescue deal could be signed at an emergency meeting of EU leaders on Sunday.

Jul 09 13:32

Long-Term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize

A long-term study claiming to show toxic effects on rats of the herbicide Roundup and genetically modified (GM) Roundup-tolerant maize (corn) was originally published in 2012 (Seralini et al. 2012). It roused significant controversy. The journal retracted the article — although it had been peer-reviewed and elicited no “red flags” during the review process. The authors stood by their findings. In 2014, this study was re-published in a different journal (Seralini et al. 2014).

Jul 09 13:29

Contracting and Expanding the NSA’s Powers

Can we be generous enough to say that Edward Snowden scored a considerable coup last week with the change in Washington’s attitudes to the National Security Agency? Even by his own admission, the whistleblower is pleased that the bulk collection of records may well be seeing its last days. In a statement released through the American Civil Liberties Union, Snowden used the term “turning point”, a rather tepid observation that did not detract from his overall sentiment.

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Jul 09 13:10

The Greek government on Thursday evening approved a package of specific reform measures it will present to foreign creditors in an effort to break an impasse that has raised questions about austerity and democracy across the European continent.

The Greek government on Thursday evening approved a package of specific reform measures it will present to foreign creditors in an effort to break an impasse that has raised questions about austerity and democracy across the European continent.

Jul 09 13:06

Gaza Waits for Justice

One year after Israel launched a military assault on Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians in just 51 days, people from within the Strip and around the world are calling on the international community to honor the dead and demand justice for the living—who are struggling to rebuild amid an ongoing siege and humanitarian crisis.

Jul 09 13:06

The Anglo-American empire is preparing for resource war

The control of resources remains a core factor in US considerations for sustaining global US hegemony in the face of rising geopolitical influence of its major rivals,

Jul 09 13:04

Bernie Packs The House: Draws Crowd of 7,500 in Town of 66,000 Residents

We told you weeks ago that Senator Bernie Sanders is the untold story of the Democratic Primary race. While media has treated Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sanders has been building a massive groundswell of support from grassroots Democratic supporters.

Sanders, is doing more than creating a buzz, he is filling stadiums across the northeast and is becoming the face of the anti-establishment movement. So why is Sanders support growing, despite a media—including print, broadcast, cable and internet—that is so Clinton-centric? The answer may be pretty simple. Senator Sanders isn’t building his campaign based on Clinton’s weaknesses. Instead, he is focusing on issues that millions of Americans—many in the Democratic Party—are concerned over.

Jul 09 13:03

Agency’s request for 52,000 rounds of ammo for Hoover Dam prompts an inquiry

In a move that’s prompting questions about the stockpiling of weapons by the federal government’s nonmilitary agencies, the Bureau of Reclamation wants to buy 52,000 rounds of ammunition for use in law enforcement at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

After learning about the purchase request, Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei vowed to inquire with the bureau about its operations, number of officers carrying firearms and how much ammunition it uses, according Brian Baluta, a spokesman for Amodei.

Jul 09 13:03

Judge orders Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security chief, others to court

A federal judge in Texas has threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court for not fixing problems that led to work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama’s executive immigration action after the judge had put the plan on hold.

The Justice Department had said about 2,000 individuals had been sent three-year work authorizations after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, temporarily blocked the immigration action on Feb. 16.

Jul 09 12:55

Donald Trump has surged to the top of 2 new 2016 polls

Donald Trump's position on immigration does not seem to be hurting the real-estate developer's standing in the Republican presidential primary.

Two new polls have him in first place among registered Republican voters.

The latest poll arrived Thursday. In the Economist/YouGov poll, Trump holds 15% of the Republican vote nationally — ahead of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida (11%).

The good news for Trump doesn't stop there.

Jul 09 12:53

Fed data hack reached staggering 21 million

Federal officials admitted Thursday that hackers got the most sensitive personal information from more than 21 million Americans, further raising the stunning estimate of damage from the cyber intrusion, which has caused chaos at the government’s main human resources agency.

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Notice that when THEIR privacy is being invaded, it's a bad thing! Too bad they are not as concerned when us ordinary "Little people" citizens have our Fourth Amendment rights violated by NSA!

Jul 09 12:53

Iran deal delay gives Israel lobby opportunity to pressure Congress: Analyst

Longer Congress review period of a possible nuclear deal with Iran will give the Israeli lobby more opportunity to put extensive pressure on every member of Congress, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

Jul 09 12:46

The Amazing FBI Trick

How credible are the reports of interviews filed by FBI agents working a case? In fact, such reports are known to be so unreliable that in one case, a federal judge refused to be interviewed by agents unless he was allowed to review their report and make corrections.

Jul 09 12:09

Wednesday’s high of 67 second-coldest on record

You weren’t imagining a cool breeze Wednesday in the Detroit area.

Wednesday’s high of 67 in Detroit was the second-coldest on record, according to the National Weather Service, that’s a mere 1 degree from the coldest July 8 on record — 66 degrees in 1891, the weather service said.

Jul 09 12:09

Shell’s Renewed Arctic Drilling Campaign Faces Yet Another Setback As Key Ship Forced Back To Port

Is Shell finally “Arctic Ready” after its doomed 2012 campaign? The company is set to begin drilling in the Arctic within the week, and it’s already not looking good.

The MSV Fennica, an icebreaker vessel bound for the Chukchi Sea, had barely left its berth in Dutch Harbor, Alaska last Friday when it had to immediately turn around. The crew discovered a 39-inch long, half-inch-wide breach in the Fennica’s hull, FuelFix reports.

Jul 09 12:00

Ford to move Focus, C-Max from Michigan Assembly

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will move production of the Focus and C-Max from its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne starting in 2018.

Ford did not say where production was moving to and that it was reviewing "several possible options," but in a note handed out to UAW members at the plant, UAW Chairman Bill Johnson said production of the Focus would move "to a location outside of the United States."

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This is the plant where Obama spoke about the resurgent auto industry.

Jul 09 11:33

New Docs Reveal US SWAT Teams Mostly Respond to Low-Risk Situations

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts reveal that SWAT teams are most often used in low-risk situations that do not call for such heavy-handed tactics. The disclosures promise to fan the flames of civil rights activists already outraged by the over-militarization of law enforcement in the United States.

Jul 09 11:29

Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘everything I did [on e-mails] was permitted’

With her very careful language, Clinton skirts some of the important issues concerning her private e-mail account. She appears to be arguing her case on narrow, technical grounds, but that’s not the same as actually complying with existing rules as virtually everyone else understood them.

In reality, Clinton’s decision to use a private e-mail system for official business was highly unusual and flouted State Department procedures, even if not expressly prohibited by law at the time. Moreover, while she claims “everything I did was permitted,” she appears to have not complied with the requirement to turn over her business-related e-mails before she left government service. That’s a major misstep that she has not acknowledged.

We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios, but Clinton’s excessive spin finally tipped us toward Three. She’s goes too far in suggesting her actions were ordinary–and did not stretch the limits of existing laws and regulations.

Jul 09 11:26

Former Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal Reportedly Dead

Faisal's death is markedly important as it comes after a hacking group known as the Yemen Cyber Army launched a successful cyberattack on Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry in May and released hundreds of thousands of top secret documents that disclosed the true identity of Riyadh's spies as well as the autocracy's darkest plots staged or underway in different world nation.

Jul 09 11:22

Leaked Documents Reveal Israel Attempt to Transfer Weapons to Syrian Rebels

Israeli officials tried to recruit agents in Lebanon and Syria to transfer weapons to Syrian rebels, Al-Akhbar news portal reported Thursday.

According to the Haaretz newspaper, the report published on Al-Akhbar stated that documents revealed an attempt by Mendi Safadi, an influential Israeli Druse, who served as chief of staff to the former deputy minister of regional cooperation, to organize a transfer of arms to Syrian opposition groups. The existence of a contact between an Islamic State (ISIL) militant organization member and Israel was also revealed, the report said.

Jul 09 11:22

Joint Chiefs Nominee Calls Russia #1 Threat, Proposes Arming Ukraine

During the course of his confirmation hearing before the Senate to become the next Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. stated that Russia poses "the greatest threat" to US national security, adding that it would be "reasonable" for the US to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons, AP reports.

Jul 09 11:21

“Blame it on Gaza” say UK Politicians

It has no nukes, no navy, no air–force, no tanks, no phosphor bombs, no subs, no guided missiles, no exits, nowhere to run… its people are terrorised, blockaded and exhausted... their homes are rubble… unemployment is the highest in the world and 73% suffer food insecurity… but suddenly:

Jul 09 11:16

Democrat fundraiser and gay activist Terry Bean, facing trial on sodomy charges with young boy

Prominent Democratic fundraiser and gay activist Terry Bean, accused of sexual involvement with an underage boy, is trying to resolve the criminal case through a settlement with the alleged victim.

Bean has proposed a civil compromise that could result in the dismissal of the criminal charges, though the prosecutor in the case said he will fight the deal. A judge would have to approve the settlement.

A civil compromise usually includes restitution. The court filings do not say whether the boy would receive cash as part of the agreement.

Bean, 66, and his former boyfriend, Kiah Loy Lawson, are each charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. They pleaded not guilty to the charges and are scheduled for trial Aug. 11.

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Jul 09 11:12

US Senator Urges to 'Meet With Force' Crimean Reunification With Russia

A US Senator, attending the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session in Helsinki, accused Russia of "violating the territorial integrity of an OSCE member state" and called for the use of force "to end the Russian aggression against Ukraine", US media reported Tuesday.

In an interview with the Russian service of Voice of America, Senator Roger Wicker described Crimea’s reunification with Russia as “aggression by Moscow” and “annexation by a powerful state” of the territory of another country, which is a member of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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Okay, Roger, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Moscow and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Jul 09 10:59

Hillary Clinton Lied to CNN and America About Being Subpoenaed

CLINTON: You know, you're starting with so many assumptions that are - I've never had a subpoena. There is - again, let's take a deep breath here. Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation. I had one device. When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system.

Now I didn't have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official already was in the State Department system.

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Jul 09 10:55

Man arrested on child porn charges: Porn was 'only of kids I didn't know'

A Daytona Beach man who reportedly admitted to police he had a problem with liking kids was arrested Tuesday on child pornography charges.
Officials went to Ronald A. Lynn's home on June 29, where he let them in and answered several questions about file-sharing programs he's used.

Jul 09 10:46

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY


National Geographic map of Palestine, 1947.

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I am posting this just for Mike Huckabee, who appears to be in a contest with Hillary Clinton over who can smooch Israel's butt the hardest, echoing the claim that there is no such thing as Palestine. As the photos in this article demonstrate, Huckabee is smoking Israeli opium!

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Jul 09 10:39

Mike Huckabee: “There’s Really No Such Thing As A Palestinian”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee once said at a campaign stop during his 2008 run for president that the Palestinian people did not exist. Huckabee, who is currently running for president and has been a vocal critical of President Obama’s policies on Israel said speaking of the Palestinian people was really “a political tool to try and force land away from Israel.”

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Jul 09 10:36

Big Tech Does Not Speak for the Internet

Too often, media and policymakers take seriously the claim of government officials that secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) promote and protect “Internet freedom,” even though the traditional guardians of Internet freedom—users and innovators who rely on it—have said precisely the opposite. Unfortunately, that’s likely because some large tech companies have joined the negotiations and have implicitly given these deals their blessing. Now that they’re at the table, companies that once stood with users have gone silent, while others now emphatically support TPP and President Obama’s effort to push the agreement through without appropriate public review. We’re disappointed to lose their support, but that’s not the biggest problem. Our policymakers need to get one thing straight: Big tech companies do not speak for the Internet.

Jul 09 10:22

101 US Cities Have Pledged to Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

The US has a big and rather complicated internet speed problem. Its broadband infrastructure is woefully behind in speed and price compared to a broad swath of other countries, and much of this has to do with its tenacious commitment to maintaining the status quo: that is, giving big telecommunications companies a lot of our money without being able to demand a fair amount in return.

Jul 09 10:22

Obama To Upgrade Malaysia On Human Rights Despite Mass Graves

The Obama administration will remove Malaysia from its official list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, according to Reuters, a move human rights advocates fear will damage U.S. credibility.

The maneuver would allow the administration to continue negotiating a controversial trade agreement with Malaysia and 10 other Pacific nations. Legislation authored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) effectively bars the U.S. from enacting trade deals with countries deemed "Tier 3" violators of human trafficking standards -- the worst of the worst in the State Department's formal reckoning of governments that facilitate modern-day slavery.

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This is just sick.

But money and deals for your corporate masters trumps every other consideration, don't they, Mr. President?!?

Jul 09 10:16

Maine To Allow Carrying Of Concealed Guns Without A Permit

Webmaster addition: Get ready for a mass shooting in Maine!

Jul 09 10:08

Trump denies RNC chief chastised him

Donald Trump is pushing back against reports that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus voiced concerns to him about the billionaire's tone when talking about undocumented immigrants during a Wednesday phone call.

A Republican source familiar with the call told CNN on Wednesday that Priebus expressed his concern to Trump during the call and that they discussed a range of topics.

"Look, I've gotta tell you, I spent four years trying to make inroads with the Hispanic community ... how we address illegal immigration is very important," to winning back Hispanics politically, Priebus said at the end of the call, according to the GOP source.

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So according to the GOP, illegals breaking US laws, using up resources, not paying taxes, carrying contagious diseases, many of them proven criminals, is all unimportant compared to the fact that they might vote for the GOP (even though only US citizens are legally allowed to vote).

Jul 09 10:06

US Muslims raise $30,000 to help repair black Christian churches destroyed by fire

When Faatimah Knight reached out to her Muslim friends and acquaintances to try and help black churches that had been destroyed by fire, she had no idea how much they could raise.

Jul 09 10:04

NYSE, SEC Suspect Software Update Triggered Trading Halt

A computer malfunction that knocked out trading at the New York Stock Exchange for more than three hours Wednesday probably stemmed from a software update that went awry, said two people briefed on a preliminary review.

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Oh yes, we believe the stock market updates its software in the middle of the trading day, rather than overnight when trading is not occurring. Yeah, we believe that. Just as we believe that humans are warming the Earth, Saddam had nuclear weapons, the unemployment rate is just 5.3%, the Lusitania wasn't carrying weapons, etc. etc. etc.

Jul 09 10:00

Suspected hostile short-selling behind sell-off in China markets

A recent sell-off in China's stock markets is the first major challenge facing the country since the introduction of margin trading, and is believed to have been caused by hostile short-sellers.

In a report on the Chinese news site ifeng.com, an analyst said the sell-off was similar to what took place in Hong Kong in 1997, when the territory's benchmark Hang Seng Index plunged 60% after peaking at 16,673 points.

The steep drop in share prices in Hong Kong in 1997 was caused by financier George Soros, who shorted both the Hong Kong dollar and the Hang Seng Index futures, the analyst said, adding that similar practices were observed in the last two trading sessions in China.

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So, it was an attack with a weaponized stock market!

Jul 09 09:47

Jeb Bush: People Need To Work Longer Hours

Jul 09 09:20

FLASHBACK MARCH - Stock market rigging is no longer a ‘conspiracy theory’

The stock market is rigged.

When I started making that claim years ago — and provided solid evidence — people scoffed. Some called it a conspiracy theory, tinfoil hats and that sort of stuff. Most people just ignored me.

But that’s not happening anymore. The dirty secret is out.

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Jul 09 09:18

UK Conservative budget heralds ever deeper austerity

Conservative Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his second budget in four months yesterday.

March’s budget took place under conditions of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. Wednesday’s announcement was the first opportunity after May’s General Election for the government to bring forward the first wholly Conservative budget since 1996.

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Jul 09 09:04

“Payback’s a Bitch”: Rural Wisdom and the Gathering Storm

The furor over the Confederate flag, think I, has little to do with the Confederate flag, which is a pretext, an uninvolved bystander. Rather it is about a seething anger in the United States that we must not mention. It is the anger of people who see everything they are and believe under attack by people they aren’t and do not want to be—their heritage, their religion, their values and way of life all mocked and even made criminal.

The talking heads inside Washington’s beltway, in editorial suites in New York, do not know of this anger. They do not talk to people in Joe’s Bar in Chicago or in barbecue joints in Wheeling. They are cloistered, smug, sure of themselves. And they are asking for it.

Jul 09 09:04

FLASHBACK 2013 - Gadsden flag, called Tea Party symbol, removed from New York military armory

A group of New York veterans is preparing to march into court after a town ordered the Gadsden flag removed from a military armory.

The city of New Rochelle, N.Y., has removed the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag from the New Rochelle Armory after the city council refused to let a veterans organization display the flag, World Net Daily reported.

The United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle is fighting the decision, ordered by City Manager Chuck Strome after complaints that the flag is a symbol of the Tea Party movement, according to World Net Daily.

Jul 09 09:02

Such a patriot - George W. Bush charged $100,000 for veterans charity speech

Former US president George W. Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a charity fundraising event in 2012 for US military veterans severely injured during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush was also provided with a private jet to travel from Dallas to Houston at a cost of $20,000, officials of the Texas-based Helping a Hero charity confirmed to ABC News.

Jul 09 09:01

FLASHBACK 2013 - NY Town Removes Veterans’ Gadsden Flag For Being an Offensive Tea Party Symbol

The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association is fighting a New York town for the right to fly the Gadsden flag bearing the phrase, “Don’t Tread On Me.”

The veterans group had flown the flag, used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1775, at the New Rochelle Armory, but the city council claimed it was an offensive Tea Party symbol and voted to have the flag removed.

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Jul 09 08:55

Fasces At The U.S. House Of Representatives

Although originally representing federal government, the fasces was so closely identified with Rome itself that the symbol’s perception changed to mean authoritarianism as Rome went from republic to empire.

Twentieth century dictators chose the symbol to obscure their totalitarian crimes.

The result is that today virtually every definition found for the symbol is one of forceful domination despite its noble beginning.

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With all the caterwauling going on about banning the Confederate Flag as a symbol of oppression, it is strange those same people do not mention that the House of Representatives includes the symbol of fascism on either side of the speaker's platform!

Oh, look! Also on Lincoln's chair at his memorial!!!! :)

Jul 09 08:45

Lindsey Graham Wants 20,000 U.S. Troops In Iraq And Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

It appears that – with few exceptions – the 2016 elections will be an exercise where candidates jockey for the title of biggest warmonger. Of course, that contest would have been won long ago if rhetoric and war psychosis were the only criteria...

Webmaster addition: Here's your rifle, Lindsey...

Jul 09 08:30

Is Alexis Tsipras the Mosaddegh of Our Time?

Like Tsipras, Mosaddegh is famous for a controversial and historic referendum. Mosaddegh’s rule was in turmoil domestically and outside the country, and he knew that the parliament was about to remove him from power soon. That’s why he held a referendum about the dissolution of the parliament, and to give himself temporary power to pass the laws necessary. The referendum was successful with 99% of the votes.

This remains Mosaddegh’s most controversial move to this, which many people including some reformists call undemocratic and unconstitutional. But the truth is that the parliament was handpicked by the Shah, Iran’s dictator, and they were about to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, and there is nothing undemocratic about turning to people’s votes, and getting a democratic mandate to push your agenda.

Jul 09 08:29

Ebola ruled out for NJ man with like symptoms

Officials say Ebola has been ruled out for a man who was hospitalized as a precaution in Lakewood, New Jersey.

A hazmat crew was called early Wednesday morning to the man's condo complex at Squankum Road and East Kennedy Boulevard.

Officials did not believe the man had Ebola, but he was taken to Monmouth Medical Center to be checked.

Jul 09 08:28

How British government carried out secret biological warfare tests on London Tube passengers in 1960s during Cold War

Secret biological warfare tests were carried out on Tube passengers by the British government during the Cold War to a greater extent than previously thought,according to new research.

Hundreds of thousands of Britons were subjected to 'mock' biological and chemical warfare attacks in more than 750 secret operations, with 4,600kg of chemical zinc cadmium sulphide dispersed from ships, aircraft and lorries between 1953 and 1964.

Professor Ulf Schmidt, a leading academic of modern history at the University of Kent, has also discovered that passengers on London's Underground were subjected to chemical exposure during secret trials on the Tube.

Jul 09 08:27

Nigel Farage Destroys EU Group-Think: "There's A New Berlin Wall... And It's Called The Euro"

Today it’s not nearly as controversial to say that the Eurozone experiment has failed. Anyone aware of what’s happening in Greece should say the same. But very few people really understand why.

As Nigel explains in the video below, right from the start, the system was never intended to help the Greek people.

Greece entering the euro was great for Goldman Sachs. But terrible for Greeks. It chained the country to a system in which it didn’t belong.

And what about all the bailout money that’s been thrown at Greece in the time since?

None of it actually went to the Greek people. It went to bail out the French, German, and Italian banks who own Greek debt.

Jul 09 08:25

Is Seattle doing away with single-family homes?

Get rid of single-family zoning in Seattle. That's the big message in a draft report being worked on by Mayor Ed Murray's housing committee, obtained by The Seattle Times.

According to a draft letter, the city needs to move away from the idea that all families can live in their own home on a piece of land, the Times reports.

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Jul 09 08:21

Michigan Jewish Institute Raided by Federal Agents Amid Fiscal and Academic Questions

During a five-year period, MJI’s students claimed $25 million under the Federal Pell Grant Program, which is designed for the neediest American students.

Almost all those students took degree courses in Judaic studies at yeshivas and seminaries in Israel that they never completed.

Jul 09 08:21

Apple Watch sales plunge 90%

Sales of the new Apple Watch have plunged by 90% since the opening week, according to a new market-research report.

Apple AAPL, +0.67% has been selling fewer than 20,000 watches a day in the U.S. since the initial surge in April, and on some days fewer than 10,000, according to data from Palo Alto, Calif.-based Slice Intelligence.

That is a sharp decline from the week of the April 10 launch, when Apple sold about 1.5 million watches, or an average of about 200,000 a day, Slice estimates.

Jul 09 08:20

Hillary joins the chorus against BDS: On Israel, she aligns herself with the right, and people like Sheldon Adelson

No middle ground for Clinton -- she's come out in support of Israel's most right-wing policies toward Palestinians

Jul 09 08:17

Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously?

Next time he has on a Chertoff or a McCaul discussing a vague government terror warning, I’d like him to ask this simple question: “Has the FBI ever successfully warned, or foreshadowed in anyway, a terror attack in the United States? Because so far the count is 0 for 40+, and I’m curious what makes this time different.”

Put the burden of proof on those who are attempting to scare us, march our men and women off to war, and line their private security firm’s pockets. Don’t demand “FBI warning skeptics” disprove those in power; make those in power justify their own consistently discredited “warnings.”

If journalists still insist on disseminating these vague “threats,” I ask this question: How many false positives would be required for you to eventually stop doing so? Seventy? Two hundred?

Jul 09 08:17

Apple investors see $69B vanish

Shares of the gadget maker closed down $3.12, or 2.5% to $122.57 amid a volatile day on the market – continuing what’s been a brutal period for the stock. Shares have slid nearly 9% from their all-time high of $134.54 set on April 28.

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