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September 28, 2015

Sep 28 13:38

British Think Tank Complains Russia May Harm al-Qaeda in Syria

A new report from British think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is warning that Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war could “help ISIS” in the long run, ironically using the same arguments used against the US when it first started bombing Syria...

Sep 28 13:33

UBS Is About To Blow The Cover On A Massive Gold-Rigging Scandal

With countless settlements documenting the rigging of every single asset class, it was only a matter of time before the regulators - some 10 years behind the curve as usual - finally cracked down on gold manipulation as well, even though as we have shown in the past, central banks in general and the Fed in particular are among the biggest gold manipulators.

That said, we are confident by now nobody will be surprised that there was manipulation going on in the gold casino. In fact, ever since Germany's Bafin launched a probe into Deutsche Bank for gold and silver manipulation, it has been very clear that the only question is how many banks will end up paying billions to settle the rigging of the gold market (with nobody going to prison as usual, of course).

Sep 28 13:32

Obama Boasts of Libya Success In U.N. Speech

President Obama’s address to the United Nations on Monday presented an elaborate apologia for his foreign policy, including something very few people would attempt to defend as a success: the overthrow of dictator Moammar Qaddafi in Libya.

The President said this adventure should be viewed as a example of international cooperation that staved off a massacre, before modestly allowing that the aftermath was less than optimal:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Libya was attacked because of the Gold Dinar.

Sep 28 13:31

Whole Foods to cut 1,500 jobs over next eight weeks

Grocery chain Whole Foods is cutting about 1,500 jobs over the next eight weeks as it looks to lower prices and keep up with competition. The cuts represent about 1.6% of its workforce.



Sep 28 13:16

Catalan separatists win election and claim it as yes vote for breakaway

Separatists took control of Catalonia’s regional government in an election result that could plunge Spain into one of its deepest political crises of recent years, by forcing Madrid to confront an openly secessionist government at the helm of one of its wealthiest regions.

Sep 28 13:08

Obama’s True Foreign-Policy ‘Weakness’

A favorite neocon meme about President Barack Obama is that he is “weak” – because he failed to bomb Syria, bomb Iran, sustain the U.S. occupation of Iraq and start a full-scale economic war with Russia over Ukraine. But an alternate way of looking at Obama is that he is weak because he has failed to face down the neocons.

Sep 28 13:04

Putin speaks at the UN General Assembly. Full speech

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, delivered a landmark speech at the 70th meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Below is the video of Vladimir Putin's full speech in English.



Sep 28 13:03

Brainless in Washington

Washington’s IQ follows the Fed’s interest rate — it is negative. Washington is a black hole into which all sanity is sucked out of government deliberations.

Washington’s failures are everywhere visible. We can see the failures in Washington’s wars and in Washington’s approach to China and Russia.

Sep 28 13:00

Europe to hold referendum on inexpediency of Association with Ukraine

Activists of the Greenpeil movement with the assistance of the Telegraaf newspaper in the Netherlands insist on the conduct of a referendum on the inexpediency of Association agreement with Ukraine. The case is whether the Dutch should agree with the authorities' approval of the Association agreement. Initiators and journalists have already managed to get over 450,000 signatures given those 300,000 needed. Greenpeil said that the idea of such a referendum was promoted for the sake of democracy ni the Netherlands and Europe, and in order to send a message to the Hague and Brussels. If the decision to held the referendum is taken, the Association agreement with Ukraine will be suspended automatically until the results are known. However, regardless of the results, authors of the initiative cast doubt on the necessity of such a burden for the EU.

Sep 28 12:47

Mainstream Media to Biden: Save Us From Sanders! Please Run for President!

Once again revealing their panic that Bernie Sanders could win the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN has moved to break their own rules to allow Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn’t even declared a run, to enter the party’s first debate.



Sep 28 12:37

Mexican representative for the vulnerable suggests homeless should be culled with lethal injections

A Mexican councillor has caused outrage after suggesting that homeless people should be culled by lethal injection.

Sep 28 12:37

Regulated out of Existence: Off-Gridders Forced back on the Grid, Camping on own land Illegal

It’s something we’ve reported on many times in the past – government agencies trying to regulate Off-Grid living out of existence. Throughout the country, local zoning officials have made it impossible for people to go off the grid, in many cases even threatening them with jail time for not hooking into local utilities.

Because of zoning laws that target the off-grid lifestyle, many off-gridders have moved to areas in the Southwestern United States to escape overzealous zoning officials. But this week, off- gridders were dealt another blow in an area of the country that has become a magnet for people looking to live a more self-reliant lifestyle.

Sep 28 12:36

German Justice Minister: "It doesn't matter that we, because of historical reasons, have a stricter interpretation of freedom of speech than the United States does."

Berlin's Justice Minister Heiko Maas, described as 'a leader of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD),' recently chided Facebook corporation for allowing so-called 'holocaust denial' posts on the social media site. He then gave some interesting comments about Germany's strict speech laws, comparing them to laws in the U.S. and justifying Germany's speech laws under the guise of 'historical reasons.' [This is why it's important that the people have a correct and accurate understanding of historical events!]



Sep 28 12:33

Israeli police fire stun grenades at Palestinian protesters after they barricaded themselves inside Jerusalem mosque and attacked them with firebombs

Palestinians clashed with Israeli riot police after barricading themselves inside a mosque at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, throwing firebombs and rocks at officers outside during a major Jewish holiday.

The hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City is a frequent flashpoint and its fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It is known to Jews as the Temple Mount, site of the two biblical Jewish temples. Muslims revere it as the Noble Sanctuary, where they believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven there.

Police said young protesters barricaded themselves inside the Al-Aqsa mosque despite an order permitting only men over the age of 50 from entering the compound for prayers.

Sep 28 12:29

US support for Israel stokes terrorism worldwide, Rouhani says

Problems plaguing the Middle East, from Cairo to Kabul and Aden to Aleppo, are ultimately the product of American policy and its support for an "inhumane" Israel, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations on Monday.

Praising the nuclear deal reached in July with world powers as a "new and constructive way to recreate the international order," Rouhani said Iran is determined not to forget the past. But the Iranian people will not live in the past, either, he told the 70th gathering of the General Assembly, touting that his country is now open for business.

Sep 28 12:23

MSNBC: Hillary won’t ‘reassure’ Dems email scandal is over - because more is coming.

If you tuned in Sunday morning to see the “inevitable” candidate’s Meet The Press interview with Chuck Todd, you likely noticed the moment of “the big fail.” Yes, the whole segment was another in a long line of Hillary Clinton’s poor performances, but one question really stood out as problematic.

Check Todd acknowledged that Democrats are nervous over Hillary’s seemingly endless scandals, and he offered her the chance to reassure them that there was nothing more to the email story:

CHUCK TODD: It has the feel of a drip, drip, drip. Can you reassure Democrats that there’s nothing else here?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, it is like a drip, drip, drip. And that’s why I said there’s only so much that I can control. But what I have tried to do in explaining this is try to provide more transparency and more information than anybody that I’m aware of who’s ever served in the government. And I’m happy to do that because I want these questions to be answered.

Sep 28 12:22

Donors warn Jeb Bush: You’ve got a month to turn your polling around before we start bailing

Jeb Bush is entering a critical phase of his Republican presidential campaign, with top donors warning that the former Florida governor needs to demonstrate growth in the polls over the next month or face serious defections among supporters…

Bush “needs to get his favorables up,” said a senior GOP bundler who is backing him and requested anonymity to speak candidly.

“People are looking at the stage and saying: ‘Jeb and Marco? I’m going with the new,’?” said a top party fundraiser not aligned with a campaign. “You’re seeing people really gravitate to [Rubio] and saying, ‘Okay, we’ll buck the Bush machine.’

“What I hear everywhere when you say Jeb’s name is, ‘If you want to lose the general election, nominate Jeb,’?” the fundraiser added.



Sep 28 12:21

US housing market losing steam?

Sep 28 12:14

The Power of False Narrative

In this age of pervasive media, the primary method of social control is through the creation of narratives delivered to the public through newspapers, TV, radio, computers, cell phones and any other gadget that can convey information. This reality has given rise to an obsession among the power elite to control as much of this messaging as possible.

Sep 28 12:03

US does not even hide preparations for military confrontation with Russia

'Stop NATO' blog editor Rick Rosoff said in September 2010 that the Pentagon was using the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) as a training ground for both the war in Afghanistan and other future wars, an article posted on Global Research said. The deployment of US and NATO forces near Russian borders violates the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe from 1991 that prohibits certain categories of conventional military equipment in Europe, the publication said. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland were used to prepare for a potential confrontation with Russia, A number of large-scale military exercises were conducted, thus marking preparations for third world war. At the same time, US and European officials consistently lie about Russia's non-existent aggression in Ukraine, as well as about the deployment of troops and military aircraft in Syria.



Sep 28 12:00

Saudi Arabia sheds Western shares

The Saudi Arabia reduces exterior investment. Given the fall of oil prices, the Saudis withdraw assets, worth dozens of billions dollars, from investment funds. Authorities of the country intent to reduce the budget deficit in such a way, as well as lower possible risks at stock exchanges. In order to compensate rapid reduce of reserves, the Saudi Arabia Central Bank asked the banks to fund the bonds program. Since the third quarter of 2014, foreign reserves of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency have dropped by almost $73 billion. At the same time, the state needs money to support the economy and fund military campaign in Yemen. The Monetary Agency of the Saudis stated about net outflow from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Financiers from different countries call this organization, which has overgrown with a wide range of agencies on assets management, to be an operator of the biggest quantity of the Saudi Arabia's funds.

Sep 28 11:49

Russia respects Ukraine's sovereignty, would like others to act in same vein, says Putin

"At no time in the past, now or in the future has or will Russia take any part in actions aimed at overthrowing the legitimate government."

Sep 28 11:48

Israel Will Never Hand Over Parts of the West Bank, Says Deputy FM Hotovely

Handing over parts of the West Bank to the Palestinians is not "even on the list of options we’re offering the Palestinians,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in an interview on Sunday.
While professing to support the creation of a Palestinian state in principle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never said evacuating the West Bank was an option, Hotovely averred. The interview with her was published on the Times of Israel.
In the absence of a permanent foreign minister – the post is held by Netanyahu – Hotovely functions as Israel's top diplomat. 

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what precisely, Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely, is Israel "offering" the Palestinians at this point?!?

More serial genocide?!? More brisk annexations of properties in which Palestinian families have lived for generations?!? More encouragement of settlers to burn Palestinian agriculture, and throw incendiary devices into Palestinian housing, killing and maiming all the residents, including the babies, inside?!?

Deputy Foreign Minster Hotovely, the world is watching as the government of Israel continues to behave toward the Palestinian people with a level of utterly cruel, ruthless, and lawless apartheid that is astonishing to behold.

And if Boycott/Divestment is the only language on this issue that the Israeli government understands, it will continue to be spoken by the rest of the governments of this world, until it reaches an enormous, howling crescendo that the Israeli government cannot ignore.

Sep 28 11:47

All you do online illegally tracked by UK spy agency

British intelligence has been running a secret programme ‘Karma Police’ to track the browsing activity of internet users around the world.



Sep 28 11:44

Cameron promises Ukrainian president do dispatch military instructors to Ukraine

"David Cameron gave assurances of Britain’s further willingness to support Ukraine in the defense of its territorial integrity both politically and practically by way of sending military instructors and granting precisely targeted aid to the Armed Forces," the press service said.
Cameron and Poroshenko claimed at the meeting the elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics on October 18 and November would be unacceptable and undermine the Minsk accords.

Sep 28 11:43

Russia, Cuba, Emirates consider making big transport hub in Cuba

"The countries consider a large-scale trilateral project, featuring Russia, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates, on organisation of a big transport hub, which will include modernisation of the Mariel sea port and construction of a modern international airport and a cargo terminal on the basis of an aerodrome in San Antonio de lost Banos".

Sep 28 11:40

China ready to join international fight against terrorism — foreign ministry

China is ready to join the international fight against any forms of terrorism, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told a regular news conference while commenting on information in some media about Chinese warships near Syria being ready to take part in a mission against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization.
However, the spokesman could not confirm information about Chinese warships near the Syrian coast being ready to patrol the region. "As for the situation you are asking about," he told the reporter who asked the question, "I do not have that information."

Sep 28 11:38

UN enthusiastic about idea of Baghdad-based center to coordinate anti-IS efforts

The United Nations is enthusiastic about the idea of establishing a Russia-Iraq-Iran-Syria coordination center in Baghdad to counter the terrorist organization Islamic State, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told TASS on Monday. On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the new centrer would be tasked to coordinate anti-terrorist efforts of the four countries.
A military-diplomatic source told TASS earlier that Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq had established an information center in Baghdad for coordinating efforts in fighting against the Islamic State (IS).



THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US OVER THIS CRISIS.

Sep 28 11:36

Crimean official says OSCE is used to spell out US position

"I’ve had a chance to compare the OSCE report with the report by the US State Department," he told reporters. "There is an impression that the OSCE instruments are used to spell out the position of the State Department."
Crimea’s deputy PM says that Poland violates OSCE principles by denying him entry http://tass.ru/en/politics/824101

Ukraine plans to hike electricity prices for Crimea by 15% per kilowatt-hour http://tass.ru/en/economy/824165

Sep 28 11:34

$2.7 billion later, Pentagon's defense airships have yet to get off the ground

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon has spent $2.7 billion developing a system of giant radar-equipped blimps to provide an early warning if the country were ever attacked with cruise missiles, drones or other low-flying weapons.

After nearly two decades of disappointment and delay, the system — known as JLENS — had a chance to prove its worth on April 15.

That day, a Florida postal worker flew a single-seat, rotary-wing aircraft into the heart of the nation’s capital to dramatize his demand for campaign finance reform.

JLENS is intended to spot just such a tree-skimming intruder, and two of the blimps were supposed to be standing sentry above the capital region. Yet 61-year-old Douglas Hughes flew undetected through 30 miles of highly restricted airspace before landing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The financial culture in the military industrial complex is not about making products which actually work when they are needed in the field; it is only about making money.

And of course, companies like Raytheon, which is the corporate poster child for creating completely useless products guaranteed to fail, then reaping billions from them, are very, very generous, both overtly and covertly, to the Congressional representatives which funnel this kind of work their way.

What we need here is a law, stating that if a weapons product bought and paid for by US taxpayers does not perform as advertised on the first day of its introduction to military service, the president of the company manufacturing that useless product would wind up prosecuted, and potentially jailed (NOT in a Club Fed) for product failure.

That just MIGHT change the corporate military industrial complex' culture; sadly, of course, the passage of such a law will only happen when pigs fly.

The Russian and Chinese governments pay infinitely less for their weaponry than does the US government; but ultimately, what they get will perform when deployed; there is a tacit understanding about that between those governments and their weapons manufacturers.

Weapons manufacturers in the US and this government do not have that kind of understanding, and it may well hurt our US military very badly when weapons are deployed which will work; although as a Christian pacifist I condemn war, I do not want to see this kind of weapons failure happening to our military members, EVER.

Sep 28 11:33

Lawmaker calls for civilized response to Poroshenko’s accusations of "Russian aggression"

Russia will make a civilized response to the charges Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko made in his statement at the global development agenda summit, Russian State Duma member, former Russian envoy to the European Communities, Vasily Likhachev, told TASS. "We’ve got to be prepared to make a civilized response to Poroshenko’s charges," he said. "We staged a walkout during Mr. Poroshenko’s statement in protest against his outspokenly politicized and aggressive speech, which ran counter to the declared theme of the summit, formulated as global development agenda," Likhachev said.
One Russian diplomat however remained in the hall. When asked why this diplomat stayed, the source said, "The Russian side is in the habit of heeding its opponents and not ignoring their words." http://tass.ru/en/politics/824009



Sep 28 11:30

No new US nuclear weapon elements at German airbase — ambassador

The US is replacing old components on nuclear weapons at the Buchel air base in south-west Germany and no new arms are being deployed, Germany’s ambassador to Russia told a TASS news conference on Monday. The diplomat stressed that "this serves the goals of keeping the weapons in safe condition. "This is in everyone’s interests," he said.
No alternative to good relations between Russia, Germany — ambassador
http://tass.ru/en/politics/824131

Sep 28 11:27

Russian expedition discovers new lands in Artic

A Russian scientific expedition has made some 20 geographical discoveries near the Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos in Russia’s Arctic, the expedition’s press service told TASS on Monday. The expedition was conducted by the researchers from Russia’s Northern Fleet, and marked the beginning of systematic studies of the Arctic’s poorly explored water areas. Several big and small islands were found, as well as new peninsulas and straits. New lands will be named after the final data processing. The expedition’s route of 5,300 miles took 41 days, exploring areas in the Barents and Kara Seas.

Sep 28 11:19

TheTiny Dot

Sep 28 11:18

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WARNS THAT ALTERNATIVE ROCK, TEENAGE REBELLION COULD LEAD TO RADICALIZATION

The Australian government is fighting back against the unrelenting terrorist threat that threatens to consume every Western nation. It, too, has noticed that youngsters and their SnapChats are particularly prone to radicalization from outside forces. As Richard Chirgwin of the Register points out, it has chosen to address this threat to Australian society in the way only a government agency can: with a blend of the bizarre and the tone deaf.



Sep 28 11:18

Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.

“The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, featured a pivotal and highly controversial scene in which one of the young male protagonists is raped by an older youth. That harrowing section of the best-selling book highlighted the rampant sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan. Now, a revelation—even more horrifying—has implicated real-life U.S. soldiers serving in that country. The New York Times on Sunday reported how troops have been instructed to condone the routine rape of Afghan children by our warlord allies. The story is a cringe-inducing example of how corrupt our war in Afghanistan has been.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The condoning of such behaviour against young boys in Afghanistan is so sick, and immoral, I do not know where to begin.

But in analyzing this 14 year-old debacle with a coldly logical approach, at the end of the day, this war was, and is, about pipelines, the control and encouragement of the opium trade, and plunder of Afghanistan's embarrassment of riches in natural resources (primarily minerals).

And as long as those goals are getting met through the US and NATO occupation of this country, no one in the Obama administration or the military seems to give one DAMN about the consequences of these actions against helpless kids getting raped.

To our government and our military, these kids' lives are of utterly no consequence, or worth, when there is money to be made; they are simply "collateral damage", about whom no one is supposed to care.

Sep 28 11:11

IRIS SCANNERS DEPLOYED ON CALI SCHOOL BUSSES



Sep 28 11:11

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER EARNS LESS TODAY THAN 40 YEARS AGO

Because most everything we buy gets more expensive over time, we have to earn more money each year just to maintain our existing standard of living. When we're not given raises that keep up with this rate of inflation, we're effectively suffering a pay cut.

Sep 28 11:09

Stage Backdrop Collapses Behind Carly Fiorina During Speech

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But it missed her.

Sep 28 11:04

9.4 Million More Americans Below Poverty Line Than Pre-Crisis

Despite the Fed continuing to kick this down the road, they continue to claim that we are in the middle of an ongoing recovery. There’s just one problem with that: things are getting worse than pre-crisis levels for millions of the poorest Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "alleged recovery" is only for the one percent, not the rest of us, who are generally desperately trying to keep our heads above water financially.

Sep 28 10:51

Rand Paul Finally Confronted About Israel At Live Event, Tells Questioner "Not Right Now" As He answers Everyone Elses Questions

Senator Rand Paul's presidential campaign is considered a mere footnote in the dustbin of political history at this point, but this is noteworthy anyway. Paul was giving a live speech at a campaign event recently discussing ISIS, and said "Don't fund our enemies."
At that point, Chris Perkins from AuthenticEnlightenment.com, who was video-recording Paul loudly chimed in, asking "What about Israel?" Paul completely ignored the questioner, but after the speech Perkins quietly waited his turn while Paul engaged in conversation and answered questions from many, many people. Finally, when his turn arrived, Perkins approached Paul very politely and asked "Can I ask you a question?"

Sep 28 10:43

HOW US PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE COME TO INCREASINGLY RESEMBLE PRISONS INSTEAD OF LEARNING CENTERS

In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).

Indeed, at a time when we are all viewed as suspects, there are so many ways in which a person can be branded a criminal for violating any number of laws, regulations or policies. Even if you haven’t knowingly violated any laws, there is still a myriad of ways in which you can run afoul of the police state and end up on the wrong side of a jail cell.

Unfortunately, when you’re a child in the American police state, life is that much worse.

Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is truly a crime against the most fragile members of our society, our kids, and needs to be changed.

But until such a change happens, where schools are once again a place of learning, encouragement, and the teaching of critical thinking, I have two words for every parent who reads this blog: HOME SCHOOL!!

And if your state forbids this, move to a state that does not. You, and your children, will be far better off in the long run.

Sep 28 10:39

DARPA: SOLDIER BRAIN IMPLANTS TO IMPROVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE [???]

For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.

Creating super soldiers isn’t the only thing that DARPA is trying to do. According to Jacobsen’s new book, published by Little, Brown, government scientists hope that implanting chips in soldiers will unlock the secrets of artificial intelligence, and allow us to give machines the kind of higher-level reasoning that humans can do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with this brave new technology is, that the US government will not stop with just "implanting chips in the brains of soldiers"; this may well become a way of controlling all citizens of this country to the point that they may never have a critical or logical thought pop into their heads ever again, and will only "obey".

I don't know about you, but to me, the potential "dark side" of this technology just gives me the heebie jeebies.

Sep 28 10:34

Is Nazi gold train mystery about to be solved? Polish soldiers FINALLY start digging (but they'll only excavate a metre and it's eight metres down)

The mystery surrounding the Nazi gold train said to have been hidden in a hillside 70 years ago is finally set to be solved as soldiers have cleared the site to start digging.

But already the dig has been dismissed as a 'waste of time' by the treasure hunters who allegedly found it because they will only excavate a metre down when whatever is buried there is said to be at least eight metres underneath the surface.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And anything really valuable that might have been down there is probably already gone!

Sep 28 10:33

Spanish Bonds Rise as Catalonian Voters Reject Independence Bid

Spain’s government bonds jumped, ending a three-day decline, after pro-independence parties received less than 50 percent of the vote in Catalonia’s local elections, reducing for now the prospect of a clash with the central government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The exit polls were showing a huge win for the independence party ... just like happened in Scotland, but the official numbers went the other way ... again, just like in Scotland!

Sep 28 10:33

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: NUMEROUS FACTS PROVE US IS SINKING IN POVERTY

Many people want to go to America in search of better life and to fulfill their dreams. However, the United States that was once seen as a stronghold of freedom and numerous opportunities has turned into a place where financial elites run the show and turn the country into their personal private army, Marco Maier wrote in Contra Magazine.

The money is being invested into the military apparatus and the intelligence services so that a small upper class can advance its international business. The majority of the population, however, is increasingly sinking in misery, the journalist argued.

Maier referred to “The Economic Collapse Blog” to prove his point of view and cited a number of facts that demonstrate the poor economic situation in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We can see it all around us; the deteriorating state of streets, highways, and schools.

We can see the anger on the faces of the homeless, who never chose to be homeless, but had it thrust upon them. We can see the frustration of families, trying to feed their children healthy meals, and are dealing with almost Weimar-era inflation.

One has to wonder what will happen when the whole US economy comes crashing down in one big heap.

Sep 28 10:26

39% OF US CHILDREN SPEND AT LEAST ONE YEAR IN POVERTY, 75% OF US BLACK CHILDREN. DEMANDING ARRESTS AND OBVIOUS ECONOMIC REFORMS YET?

Urban Institute reports that nearly two of every five American children spend at least one year in poverty before age 18, with a stunning 75% of US Black children in poverty for at least one year.

CBS interviewed the study author, Caroline Ratcliffe:

“It did surprise us. When we look at the annual number of children in poverty, it’s at about 20 percent, and we know children cycle into and out of poverty, so we knew it would be higher, but double is startling.”

Importantly, it’s likely an official poverty line of $24,250 yearly income for a family of four is a ridiculous understatement of the income to meet basic economic needs, given US “leadership” lies about economic data of employment and inflation to change definitions that result in ridiculous understatements. For example, when unemployment today is counted the same way as during the Great Depression, today’s statistics of over 20% unemployment for the last six years is worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers constitute a crime against humanity, particularly against the most vulnerable among us, our children.

Sep 28 10:24

China will cancel debts to the world's least developed nations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to establish a $2bn (£1.3bn) fund to assist developing countries and to significantly increase investment.
Addressing a UN summit on development goals, Mr Xi said investment would reach $12bn over the next 15 years.

Sep 28 10:22

17.4 million Americans hit by identity theft in 2014

17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014, according to a government report released Sunday.

Eighty-six percent of the victims were targets of credit card and bank account fraud. An estimated 8.6 million victims had their credit card accounts stolen, 8.1 million victims had bank accounts meddled with. Another 1.5 million experience other varying types of identity theft, including telephone and insurance fraud.

Two-thirds of victims suffered direct financial losses. Fourteen percent lost $1,000 or more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And all of the resources of the NSA and the Justice Department (better known in the 21st century as the "Just-Us" Department, to protect the wealth of the 1%) are totally, thoroughly impotent to stop this, and prevent this kind of crime?!?

Sep 28 10:18

POLICE QUESTION WOMAN FOR WEARING A PROTEST T-SHIRT AS SHE WALKED PAST THE 9/11 MEMORIAL

As Miru Kim walked past the 9/11 memorial, NYPD cops pointed to her shirt and asked her about the message on it!

"He asked me what my shirt said," she recalled. "I told him it was an old T-shirt from a protest group. That got him going even more, and I had to explain that it was from an anti-Iraq War group from a long time ago. Like, 10 years ago."

The officer asked for Kim's apartment number and phone number, then asked for her ID, which she says she didn't have on her person. She proceeded to give him "all of my information," including her name and cellphone number.

"I thought it was kind of annoying getting all of my information taken down by police," Kim said. "I didn't ask why. I didn't really say anything. I basically just complied and explained that it's just a shirt from a long time ago."

In Kim's social media post she says:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hardly recognise this country any more.

Welcome to Amerika, folks.

Sep 28 10:16

Swiss authorities probe 7 banks for suspected metals price fixing

Swiss competition authorities said Monday they were investigating UBS, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and four other major banks for suspected price fixing in the trade of precious metals like gold and silver.

The Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) said it was looking into whether seven banks had colluded to manipulate prices in the precious metals market.

The watchdog said in a statement that it had "opened an investigation against two Swiss banks, UBS and Julius Baer, as well as against the foreign financial institutions Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Mitsui."

COMCO, which opened a preliminary probe in February, said it now had indications that the banks had "possibly concluded illegal competition defying deals" in the trade of the precious metals gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

"We think they can have manipulated the price of these precious metals," COMCO deputy chief Patric Ducrey told AFP.

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GEE, ya THINK?!?!?

Sep 28 10:07

Ben Carson, Bigot

Ben Carson is a Christian—a fact he shares in common with all our greatest domestic terrorists and self-styled Indian-killers. From slave-holding to ethnic cleansing, Christianity has repeatedly been employed to sanctify our most shameful acts. One might counter that Christianity has also been employed to inspire our most honorable acts. But this is a level of complexity that Carson’s ilk do not grant to Islam. To Carson, Islam is terror and nothing else.

Sep 28 10:06

Putin to UN: Export of so-called democratic revolutions continues globally

The export of the so-called democratic revolutions continues, as the international community fails to learn from mistakes, which have already been made, Russian President Vladimir Putin said addressing the UNGA.

He cited the example of the revolutions in the Middle East, when people wished for change, “but how did that turn out?”

He said that instead of triumph of democracy “we have violence and social disaster,” where no one cares about human rights, including the right to life.

Sep 28 09:54

Classic Putin

Sep 28 09:48

Jeb Bush: The tax policies of George W. Bush "created a dynamic effect of high growth."

During his 2016 Republican presidential bid, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has periodically had to answer for the record of his brother, George W. Bush, and he had to do it again on a recent edition of Fox News Sunday.

Sep 28 09:48

Doctor Convicted of Raping 8 Unconscious Patients and Possession of Child Porn Sentenced To 1 Year House Arrest and Probation.

An East County free clinic doctor who admitted he sexually assaulted female patients in his exam room and took photos of their naked bodies will serve one year on house arrest and five years’ probation, a stark contrast to a pre-sentencing report that recommended a 20 year, 8 month state prison sentence.

Sep 28 09:16

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech crusaders typically — and quite tellingly — fail to mention is that the most potent such campaigns are often devoted to outlawing or otherwise punishing criticisms of Israel. The firing by the University of Illinois of Professor Steven Salatia for his “uncivil” denunciations of the Israeli war on Gaza — a termination that was privately condoned by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin — is merely illustrative of this long–growing trend.

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"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." -- Voltaire

Sep 28 09:03

The Decline of Democracy and Capitalism in Britain Advances

Britain is not a democracy any more. The Government is now bowing down to a few extremely powerful organisations that funds their very existence.

Sep 28 09:02

Hillary Clinton’s latest e-mail drips

While most of the nation had its eyes on the papal visit last week, fresh waves of bad Clinton news broke.

Start with her lie about OK’ing the unusual arrangement whereby her top aide, Huma Abedin, was allowed to pull down outside paychecks from the Clinton Foundation and the firm Teneo (the for-profit arm of Clinton Inc.) on top of her job at the State Department.

“I was not directly involved with that, but everything she did was approved, under the rules, as they existed, by the State Department,” Clinton told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell just this month.
Oops: Documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch show Clinton’s signature on forms that created a new title for Abedin in March 2012 — a key step in the whole “outside consulting”
gambit. That is, Hillary personally OK’d Huma’s “special employee” status.

Sep 28 09:01

Hillary Clinton’s incomplete timeline on her personal e-mail account

A number of readers have asked the Fact Checker to explore Clinton’s stated timeline about her dealings with the State Department about her private e-mail system. New questions have arisen in light of The Washington Post’s report that the State Department confirmed that the triggering event to seek Clinton’s e-mails was the congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead.

Previously, the State Department had danced around this fact, despite a report in the New York Times on March 5 that quoted unnamed “current and former officials” as saying “it was the review of Benghazi-related documents last summer that, within the State Department, set off the chain of events leading to the public disclosure this week of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email account.”

Sep 28 08:59

Hillary Clinton on her private email server: I had little to do with it

Hillary Clinton "was not that focused" on the private email server she used during her four years as secretary of state and "couldn't control the technical aspects of it," she told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday.

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Sep 28 08:57

Yes, Hillary Clinton broke the law

According to the law, there are five elements that must be met for a violation of the statute, and they can all be found in section (a) of the statute: “(1) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, (2) by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, (3) knowingly removes such documents or materials (4) without authority and (5) with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location [shall be guilty of this offense].”

The Petraeus case meets those conditions. Does Clinton’s?

Clinton originally denied that any of her emails contained classified information, but soon abandoned that claim. So far, 150 emails containing classified information have been identified on her server, including two that included information determined to be Top Secret.

Sep 28 08:56

Bill Clinton blames Republicans, media for extending wife Hillary's email controversy

Former President Bill Clinton is blaming Republicans and the media for the controversy related to wife and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, saying the GOP has led a “full-scale frontal assault” on her campaign.

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They have to be really desperate to drag out Monica Lewinski's ex-boyfriend! :)

Sep 28 08:47

Putin: Assad’s enemies may be portrayed as opposition, but he fights terrorists

The only way to settle the Syrian conflict is to support the existing legitimate government in its fight against terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin told CBS’s ‘60 Minutes,’ adding he wants to see a united effort to fight the threat in the region.

Sep 28 08:45

Israel Attacks Syria After Stray Rocket, Hits Three Army Sites

As the Syrian Civil War continues to rage, fighting in the Golan led to a “stray rocket” firing across the border into the Israeli-occupied Golan, hitting an empty field and doing no damage. Israel, as expected, was furiously denouncing this as a “violation of sovereignty.”

So Israel’s military did what it usually does, and started attacking random Syrian military posts, with the military bragging of major damage done to three different bases in southern Syria in “retaliation” for a rocket that officials conceded they had no evidence the Syrian military fired in the first place.

Sep 28 08:43

Video: ISIS was allowed to flourish, grow into monster in Syria – UN Deputy Sec-Gen

The UN was created in the wake of World War II as a system to promote peace and avoid war. But with conflicts proliferating and the UN Security Council frequently deadlocked by the veto system, its legitimacy and usefulness have been brought into question.

Sep 28 08:40

France carries out first airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

France has carried out its first airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Syria, the Élysées Palace said in a statement.

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It appears that France is actually hitting ISIS and Al Qaeda, rather than bombing Syrian infrastructure like the US!

Sep 28 08:38

SHE LIED! State Dept. Finds Discarded Benghazi Emails on HIllary's Home Server

Sep 28 08:22

Militant group publishes global hitlist of bloggers, activists and writers

An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh has issued a hitlist of secular bloggers, writers and activists around the world, saying they will be killed if its demands are not met.

The list will raise fears that Islamic militant violence within the unstable south Asian country could take on an international dimension.

The targets in the list include nine bloggers based in the UK, seven in Germany, two in the US, one in Canada and one in Sweden. Some are Bangladeshi citizens living overseas. Others are dual nationals or citizens of the western nations.

Sep 28 08:11

Former Volkswagen boss, Martin Winterkorn, investigated for fraud amid emissions cheating scandal

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn over the rigging of vehicle emissions tests, as the carmaker suspended three top engineers in an attempt to tackle the crisis.

Sep 28 08:07

Migrants trampled on the food and demanded money - English subtitle

Sep 28 08:06

"We know everything" - Putin's interview on American CBS PLUS what was cut from the interview

Charlie Rose: You believe that the United States had something to do with the ousting of Yanukovych, and he had to flee to Russia.

President Putin: I know that for sure.

Charlie Rose: How do you know that for sure?

President Putin: I know those people who live in Ukraine. [Wrong! He said: Because we have thousands of contacts and thousands of connections with people who live in Ukraine - KR]. We have thousands of contacts with them. We know who and where, when, who exactly met with someone and worked with those who ousted Yanukovych, how they were supported, how much they were paid, how they were trained, where, in which countries, and who those instructors were. We know everything. [Omitted - Frankly speaking our American partners are not hiding this - KR]

For the record, the U.S. government has denied any involvement in the removal of the Ukrainian leader. - added by CBS

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Would that be the same U.S. government that told us Saddam had nuclear weapons? - added by Michael Rivero

Sep 28 08:04

Email scam hits corporate computers

In one of the more recent incarnations of this scam, the criminals posing as lawyers contact targeted company executives claiming that they are handling important, confidential or extremely time-sensitive matters and use psychological pressure to trick the company executive into wiring the funds to the scammers. Scam artists often have a knowledge of psychology about which Freud would have been envious and armed with the information about the targeted company and its employees that they have gathered through the malware downloaded through earlier phishing emails, convincing the targeted company executive to authorize an immediate wire transfer of funds becomes an easy task.

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And not a word from the mighty(sic) NSA!

Sep 28 08:04

A Quarter of Fish Sold at Markets Contain Man-made Debris

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to directly link plastic and man-made debris to the fish on consumers’ dinner plates...

Sep 28 08:00

Obama taunts Putin, China at U.N.: ‘I lead the strongest military the world has ever known’

President Obama told the United Nations Monday that the world cannot stand by while Russia violates Ukraine’s sovereignty with impunity — and he left little doubt about which leader in attendance has the world’s strongest military.

“I lead the strongest military the world has ever known,” Mr. Obama told the general convention.

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I recall this guy in 1930s Germany with the Charlie Chaplin mustache who said much the same thing!

Sep 28 07:59

Refugees Provoke Far-Right Rallies Around Germany - Spy Chief

Clashes with extremists are expected to hit Germany amid the ongoing refugee crisis, as the right-wing movement is gaining momentum.

Sep 28 07:59

Putin laughs in face of a journalist (ENG subtitle) about the anti missile system

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Sep 28 07:58

'Son of Saul' Captures Intense Brutality of Auschwitz

There is no music in “Son of Saul,” a cinematic nightmare set in Auschwitz-Birkenau over the course of 36 hours in October 1944. Saul Auslander is a member of the Sonderkommando, the unit of Jews forced by the Nazis to herd new arrivals into the gas chambers, sort out their possessions, remove the corpses for incineration and scrub down the gas chambers for the next round of killings. In the film, the entire mechanism of mass exterminations is both seen and not seen. The powerfully subjective camera, zoomed in tight with a shallow depth of field (the brilliant cinematographer is Mátyás Erdély), rarely leaves Röhrig’s face or the back of his head; the pell-mell scrambling of prisoners and the endless stacks of naked corpses are often visible as only blurry background detail, or fleetingly in focus out of the corner of the frame.

Sep 28 07:57

How Edward VII Started World War 1 - Webster Tarpley in 1995

Sep 28 07:56

Clues to U.S. Relationships Can Be Seen in U.N. Body Language

Perhaps more than any other moment, the annual trip to the United Nations challenges a president to balance disparate relationships all at once. This year the tests for Mr. Obama will be especially acute with a swirl of adversaries and frenemies who do not always show up in New York. All eyes will be on the power dance with Xi Jinping of China, a last-minute meeting with Raúl Castro of Cuba, the awkward pas de deux with Hassan Rouhani of Iran and the reluctant get-together with Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

“It really is the best snapshot of the state of politics in the world all in one building — watching the body language, who’s trying to shake whose hands, who’s trying to avoid shaking hands,” said Nancy E. Soderberg, a senior American diplomat at the United Nations under President Bill Clinton.

Sep 28 07:54

'Bored' migrants BEMOAN lack of cash to buy cigarettes and slow internet in camps

MIGRANTS waiting to claim asylum in Europe are complaining about their quality of life inside camps, claiming they are having to eat bad food and put up with "slow internet".

Sep 28 07:53

‘If we stop training, arming jihadists, the war will end’ – Virginia state senator to RT

As the Syrian civil war continues to rage and Islamic State maintains its foothold in the region, Virginia state Senator Dick Black told RT that “if the US stopped training jihadists and arming jihadists, the war will end.”

Sep 28 07:52

Obama to UN: US ready to work with Russia and Iran on Syria

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"As long as you do what I say!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 28 07:52

Glencore = Next Lehman Brankruptcy?

Sep 28 07:51

Syria Turns The Corner

The deployment of forces from Iran, Russia and Hezbollah along with the Syrian Army aims to recover key and strategic cities and areas under the control of al-Qaeda and ISIS in the first place. Damascus gave Hezbollah 75 tank to become part of this organized- irregular organization. It is the first Hezbollah armored brigade composed of new T-72 and T-55 tanks to support the group’ Special Forces on the ground.

Sep 28 07:49

The Obama administration needs to own up to the quagmire in Syria

The crisis in Syria is still in full throttle. President Obama pretends to be a powerless bystander in Syria when in fact US policy has played an important role in creating the quagmire now playing out. For example, the events of this past weekend present a microcosm of how US policy has failed and it’s time for the US president to take responsibility and to change US policy while he still has a chance.

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Sadly, to judge by the speech Obama is giving to the United Nations, it looks like Obama is trying to preserve the status quo for the war machine.

Sep 28 07:48

‘Dead’ woman emerges 31 years after she disappeared and 28 years after a man confessed to killing her

A woman who vanished 31 years ago and was assumed dead after a man confessed to killing her has emerged alive and well, admitting she plotted her own disappearance.
The alleged murder victim, Petra Pazsitka, from the northern German city of Braunschweig, was 24 when she disappeared in 1984 while living in student accommodation.

Sep 28 07:46

Donald Trump to unveil tax plan Monday

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is set to roll out a tax plan Monday he says will reduce rates for lower and middle-income families as well as corporations, while increasing rates for some, like hedge fund managers who he says don't pay enough.

Sep 28 07:43

FLASHBACK - Russian President Vladimir Putin: So who created ISIS, anyway?

In 2014, President Obama named the three major threats to US national security; ISIS, Russia and Ebola (because spiraling national debt, unequal distribution of wealth, over-incarceration, climate change etc. are less pressing issues.)

It would be fair to say that Russian politicians took much offence to being placed in this list, next to a terror organisation and a disease.

Sep 28 07:43

UN Speech: Obama Beating War Drums

Sep 28 07:40

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. So why is cheap Afghani heroin flooding into the United States?

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Sep 28 07:39

Reports: Taliban seize half of northern Afghan city

The Taliban seized half of a major city in northern Afghanistan on Monday, according to media reports.

The militants launched co-ordinated attacks to capture Kunduz, once one of the wealthiest cities in the country.

At least 25 militants and two policemen have been killed and reinforcements have been sent, the BBC reported, citing the government. The city is in lockdown as gun battles between the extremists and Afghan government forces continue, Al Jazeera said.

Sep 28 07:39

Fighting rages in Afghan city of Kunduz; Taliban raises flag

Taliban fighters entered the capital of the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Monday, raising their flag over portions of the city and engaging in fierce fighting with Afghan security forces, residents and government officials said.

Sources in the city said the clashes began in the early morning hours when militants entered the city from four directions. Mahboobullah Mahboob, a member of a local council, said he and his family fled the city, also called Kunduz, shortly after 6 a.m. when militants neared their neighborhood.

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Another conquered province refuses to stay conquered!

Sep 28 07:37

'This interview is over': Ben Carson staffer pulls the plug on Jake Tapper as Carson insists Muslims would have to 'reject the tenets of Islam' to be president

A Ben Carson staffer gave CNN's Jake Tapper the hook after the newsman continued to press the presidential candidate on the controversial statement he made about Muslims one week ago.

'This interview is over,' a staffer's voice is heard from off-screen, cutting off an exchange between Carson and Tapper on Sunday's State of the Union.

Tapper was asking the retired neurosurgeon if he still meant what he said about Muslims.

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Carson has already demonstrated that he knows little if anything about Islam and is simply pandering to the Muslim-bashers for votes.

Sep 28 07:37

Glencore shares obliterated after analysts warn they could be worthless

Glencore shares plunged 30pc in afternoon trading to a new record low after analysts warned the stock could be worthless if commodity prices remain at current levels.

The shares went into freefall after analysts at Investec issued a note warning that heavily indebted companies such as the Swiss-based mining and trading giant could see almost all their equity value eliminated under current commodity prices, leaving nothing for shareholders.

Almost £2bn was wiped off the value of Glencore as investors panicked and dumped the stock.

Sep 28 07:33

Mobile advertising DDoS JavaScript drip serves site with 4.5bn hits

CloudFlare has turned up an unusual form of denial-of-service attack: mobile advertisements that are pumping out around 275,000 HTTP requests per second.

The cloud outfit didn't name the victim, but said the Layer 7 HTTP floods hitting the target is the latest example of a once-theoretical attack turning up in the real world.

London CloudFlare engineer Marek Majkowski says the difficulty in turning HTTP floods into a real attack was overcome using malicious JavaScript in an advertisement.

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Sep 28 07:32

EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far

Europe’s data protection tsar has warned law-makers that collecting and storing information on all airline travellers risks breaching EU privacy laws.

The so-called PNR (passenger name record) scheme is back on the table after being rejected by MEPs in 2013. The plan is to force airline operators to store every scrap of information they collect about passengers – including sensitive and personal information such as email addresses, credit card details, phone numbers, meal choices (halal, kosher, etc) – for use by security agencies.

Yesterday, Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), said that the current draft of the law goes too far.

Sep 28 07:30

Carly Fiorina defends Bush-era torture tactics

US Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has defended the torture and spying tactics that were used by the administration of former President George W. Bush during the so-called war on terror.

Fiorina vigorously defended on Sunday the CIA’s waterboarding technique as a policy that helped “keep our nation safe” in the aftermath of the September, 11, 2001 attacks.

“I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” Fiorina told Yahoo News.

“And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary,” the former business executive said.

Sep 28 07:30

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Its Record September Increase

After the shortest melt season on record, Arctic sea ice has gained nearly one million km² since September 1.

Sep 28 07:29

Iowa Summers Used To Be Much Hotter And Longer

On this date in 1953, it was an unbelievable 101 degrees at Indianola, Iowa. September days over 100 degrees used to be fairly common there, but they haven’t had one in over 60 years.

Sep 28 07:26

Shell abandons controversial $7bn drilling exploration off Alaska coast after 'disappointing' results

Shell has spent upward of $7billion (£4.6bn) on Arctic offshore exploration, including $2.1billion in 2008 for leases in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, where an exploratory well about 80 miles off shore was drilled to 6,800 feet but yielded disappointing results.

Backed by a 28-vessel flotilla, drillers found indications of oil and gas but not in sufficient quantities to warrant more exploration at the site.

Sep 28 07:19

Trump promises a ZERO per cent tax rate for millions: He plans to cut tax for the poor, middle classes and corporations, soak the rich... and pay for it all by 'taking jobs back' from China

Donald Trump announced radical plans for a 'large segment' of Americans to pay a federal income tax rate of zero per cent during a '60 Minutes' interview Sunday night.

It is the first time the presidential candidate has revealed details of his tax plan, which would also cut taxes for the middle class and corporations. Interviewer Scott Pelley repeatedly challenged him on the viability of the ambitious-sounding scheme.

According to Trump, hiking taxes on Wall Street executives and abolishing tax breaks for the most well-off will pay for much of the plan, which will also restore jobs lost to China and Mexico.

Sep 28 07:17

Blood moon paints the sky red: Stargazers around the world look to the heavens to witness lunar spectacle for first time in 33 years

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away.

This makes it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 - and it will not be repeated until 2033.

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Sep 28 07:16

Now we're sending troops to Somalia and South Sudan: 370 to help fight against Islamist terrorists

Hundreds of British troops are to be deployed to East Africa to help counter Islamist extremists and help UN peacekeepers, David Cameron announced last night.

A group of 70 Armed Forces personnel will go to Somalia, where African Union forces are fighting jihadis from Al-Shabaab. A second force of up to 300 is to go to South Sudan, the world’s youngest country where a civil war has been raging for two years.

Sep 28 07:07

Super-glue yourself to the PM: John McDonnell backs 'non-violent' direct action against politicians who 'do not listen'

Fed-up voters should take direct action against politicians, including staging sit-ins and super-gluing themselves to Prime Minister, Labour's shadow chancellor said today.

John McDonnell insisted protests should be 'non-violent' but defended the right of the public to take to the streets if the were not being heard through the ballot box.

Sep 28 06:53

Pope Francis Makes Surprise Stop to Bless Statue of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a statue celebrating dialogue between the Catholic Church and Judaism at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The pope, surrounded by a ring of spectators who flooded the campus upon hearing of his arrival, stood for a few seconds in front of the statue apparently rapt in thought, and then blessed it, splashing it with holy water.

According to the Vatican's spokesman, the visit marked the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, a declaration made by the Second Vatican Council on the relation of the Church with non-Christian religions, among them Judaism. The 1965 declaration, among other things, repudiated the Christian doctrine that the Jews were collectively responsible for Jesus's death and decried anti-Semitism.

Sep 28 06:42

Aggressive power and immoral authority

Another sad chapter from a desperate imperial empire lays naked for the entire world to see. The pretense that an international community of nations has arbitrary authority to remove any government that conflicts with the master plan of total global enslavement exposes the utter failure of legitimacy.

Sep 28 06:40

United Nations and American Feminists push plan for total censorship of the Internet

United Nations and American Feminists push plan for total censorship of the Internet
United Nations and extremist feminists team up to redefine harassment, end free internet.

Sep 28 06:24

Russia Warns Global Chaos To Follow Worst Winter In History

A chilling new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today warns that the potential for global chaos has grown “beyond all measure” due to the catastrophic effects being caused by the severe weakening of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) that not only has slammed Europe with the “winter that never left” this year, but is now threatening to unleash upon the world another Little Ice Age (LIA) event.
Agreeing with Russian scientists warning of this global winter danger, this report notes, are several top climate scientists—including Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Michael Mann of Penn State, who in March released their shocking report titled Exceptional Twentieth-Century Slowdown In Atlantic Ocean Overturn Circulation warning of what is to come.

Sep 28 06:06

Ohio cardiologist convicted of overbilling $7.2 million

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court jury in Cleveland has convicted a cardiologist of ordering unnecessary medical tests, performing unnecessary procedures and submitting fraudulent bills in what prosecutors say was a $7.2 million scheme.

Sep 28 02:03

Fukushima: 0.88 MBq/km2 of Cs-134/137 falling in Tokyo monthly

According to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, Tokyo is still receiving fallout from the disaster stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

A report released on August 312st 2015 showed that 0.88 MBq/km2 of Caesium 134 and 137 isotopes fell on Tokyo during the month of July. The sampling location was Shinjuku.

Sep 28 01:45

The Western Media Is Dying and Here’s Why

With the veils of legitimacy and professionalism yanked from them, they are reduced to vulgar, miniature versions of the rotting system that created them. Without realizing their very creation as “consultants” lies in the decline of those who sought them out, not because of their talent, but because of their willingness to do what those with dignity refuse to do, they will likely go on with their ignoble work. But like the media houses that desperately needed their “independent credible voices” to begin with, fewer will be listening and reading.

September 27, 2015

Sep 27 21:20

Netanyahu’s Ministry of Fear

snip: Fearless people can make peace, reach a compromise with yesterday’s enemy, reach out for co-existence and even friendship. This happened – more or less – in Europe after many centuries of continuous wars.

Not here. Fear of the “Arab World” was a permanent fixture in our national life, the picture of “little Israel surrounded by enemies” both an inner conviction and a propaganda ploy. War followed war, and each one produced new waves of anxiety.

This mixture of overweening pride and profound fears, a conqueror’s mentality and permanent Angst, is a hallmark of today’s Israel. Foreigners often suspect that this is make-believe, but it is quite real.

Fear is also the instrument of rulers. Create Fear and Rule. This has been a maxim of kings and dictators for ages.

In Israel, this is the easiest thing in the world. One has just to mention the Holocaust (or Shoah in Hebrew) and fear oozes from every pore of the national body.

Sep 27 21:11

U.S. Doublespeak on Palestine

tired of these blatant lies? I know I am

Sep 27 20:48

Putin and Xi rock da house: Escobar

the stories not covered by the lamestream media tell us so much more

Sep 27 19:30

Negative interest rates and QE4 is coming

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