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Mar 14 10:21

Chicago’s Untold Story of Widespread Child Abuse in State Facilities

Derrick Broze
Activist Post

Illinois seems to be a hotbed for a lack of accountability and transparency on the part of government agencies. Most recently we have learned that police in Chicago were using a domestic “black site” in the Homan Square area to illegally detain, question, and torture Americans suspected of crimes.

However, before that story broke, Illinois was already in the midst of another controversy. One that has received very little attention outside of local and state media.

State treatment and residential centers for youth in Illinois are rampant with abuse – physical, mental, and sexual...

Mar 14 10:19

The oil glut and low prices reflect an affordability problem

For a long time, there has been a belief that the decline in oil supply will come by way of high oil prices. Demand will exceed supply. It seems to me that this view is backward–the decline in supply will come through low oil prices.

The oil glut we are experiencing now reflects a worldwide affordability crisis. Because of a lack of affordability, demand is depressed. This lack of demand keeps prices low–below the cost of production for many producers. If the affordability issue cannot be fixed, it threatens to bring down the system by discouraging investment in oil production.

Mar 14 10:18

CIA DIRECTOR DESCRIBES HOW THE U.S. OUTSOURCES TERROR INTERROGATIONS

In rare remarks about a sensitive issue, the director of the CIA confirmed today that the U.S. government works with foreign intelligence agencies to capture and jointly interrogate suspected terrorists.

“There are places throughout the world where CIA has worked with other intelligence services and has been able to bring people into custody and engage in the debriefings of these individuals…through our liaison partners, and sometimes there are joint debriefings that take place as well,” said John Brennan, the CIA director, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Brennan’s remarks confirm what journalists have long reported: that the Obama administration sometimes helps other countries do the dirty work of snatching and interrogating terror suspects–keeping the U.S. at arm’s length from operations that are ethically and legally dubious.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....ethically and legally dubious.." ?!?!?!?

HOW ABOUT FLIPPING MORALLY ABHORRENT?!?

And folks, whenever the US tortures, or outsources torture, the following things happen:

1. The world understands that all of those values this country allegedly hold dear (human rights, the right to due process, and even the right to life) mean absoflippinglutely NOTHING to those in power.

2. When the US tortures, or outsources torture, it gives other governments which don't like us much carte blanche to torture American civilians and military personnel.

Those of you with friends or family serving, please chew on that last one for a while.

Mar 14 10:07

Canadian school takes 21 students out of school as parents refuse to vaccinate them while a measles outbreak reaches 119 cases

Public health officials in Quebec's Lanaudière region, where a measles outbreak has infected 119 people, got a vaccination campaign underway at a local school after learning that an infected child visited it recently.

Mar 14 10:07

NYPD caught red-handed sanitizing police brutality Wikipedia entries

IP addresses linked to the New York Police Department's computer network have been used to sanitize Wikipedia entries about cases of police brutality.

Mar 14 09:59

Impending Threat to Canadian Democracy: Harper Government’s “Anti-Terrorism Act” isn’t about Terrorism, it’s a Torture Act

We know already that Stephen Harper doesn’t flinch from covering up high-level Canadian responsibility for torture in Afghanistan. In November 2009, the Toronto Star quoted a former senior NATO public affairs official as saying that flagrantly false denials about Canadian complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees had been scripted by Harper and his PMO, “which was running the public affairs aspect of Canadian engagement in Afghanistan with a 6,000-mile screwdriver.”9 And we’ve not forgotten that a month later Mr. Harper prorogued Parliament in order to shut down a parliamentary committee that was hearing evidence on the subject.

But on October 22 of last year, when a deranged gunman murdered Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial and then tried to run amok on Parliament Hill, Mr. Harper was less brave. While some members of his caucus prepared to defend themselves and their parliamentary colleagues with anything that came to hand, he hid in a closet.

Mar 14 09:49

Boy seen in ISIS video recognized by schoolmates

A school inspector in Toulouse said that the boy had been recognized by former schoolmates in the city after they watched the chilling video on social media. They told other children, some of whom burst into tears at school.
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"Concerning the formal identification of this person, I cannot tell you anything," the schools inspector, Jacques Caillaut told reporters. "Children from the Vauquelin College have recognised one of their (former) classmates, but we must remain cautious."

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Mar 14 09:32

'Patriot Act 2.0'? Senate Cybersecurity Bill Seen as Trojan Horse for More Spying: Framed as anti-hacking measure, opponents say CISA threatens both consumers and whistleblowers

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved a cybersecurity bill during a secret session on Thursday, marking the next step in a process that critics warn will nefariously expand the government's already substantial surveillance powers.

Mar 14 09:31

Ship diverts 180 miles to pick up sick girl.

The Master and owners of a cargo ship have been praised for diverting to pick up a desperately sick child on St Helena – two days after being told their vessel was unsuitable.

Mar 14 09:24

US trust in govt, media at record low - poll

Americans are less confident in the government than ever before and consider it a bigger problem than the economy and unemployment, according to a comprehensive social survey for 2014 and a just-released Gallup poll.

Only 10 percent of Americans consider the nation's job situation to be the top problem. Eleven percent are most worried about the economy, according to a Gallup poll published Thursday. Meanwhile, 18 percent say the government is the biggest problem the country is facing.

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Mar 14 09:23

Key Witness in Britain's Biggest Pedophile Case Lives in U.S.

After decades of alleged cover-ups the extent of sex abuse rings that included politicians, intelligence agents, judges and celebrities has only begun to emerge in recent years.

At the center of the claims is the Elm Guest House, a secretive hotel in West London, which, according to police, allegedly operated as a gay brothel that hosted regular child sex abuse parties attended by wealthy and influential guests. One of the boys who was considered a “favorite” and a “prize possession” to be shared by the abusers at these events is the man who has since relocated across the Atlantic.

Mar 14 08:49

On Iran deal, Republicans cut off their nose to spite their face

The letter signaled not only continued Republican obstructionism toward seemingly anything President Obama does, but also that the United States is potentially no longer a cohesive entity in terms of how it conducts itself in global affairs. In fact, what the Republicans have done with their attempt at scuttling the diplomatic efforts aimed at peacefully resolving the Iranian nuclear dispute, is to make a claim that has very rarely been made in US history: that the US government’s executive branch does not conduct the nation’s foreign policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under the Constitution, only the White House and the State Department may conduct foreign policy, and those 47 Senators who signed that letter to Iran (and the congressmen who bypassed the White House to invite Netanyahu to speak before Congress) are all in violation of the Logan Act, which carries a three-year prison sentence for the crime of unauthorized negotiations with foreign governments.

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Mar 14 08:25

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country’s main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported last month.

Mar 14 08:19

US, UK, and China battle over which bank gets to exploit Third World

US officials are currently in an uproar over the United Kingdom’s decision to become a founding member of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This is a decision that forecasts a massive change in the world economy. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is setting itself up to be direct competition to the World Bank and IMF. These two little known institutions truly cement the West as the dominant powers in the world. The policies of the new bank will be in direct opposition to those of the World Bank.

Mar 14 08:15

CIA Director Describes How the U.S. Outsources Torture at CFR

In rare remarks about a sensitive issue, the director of the CIA confirmed today that the U.S. government works with foreign intelligence agencies to capture and jointly interrogate suspected terrorists. “There are places throughout the world where CIA has worked with other intelligence services and has been able to bring people into custody and engage in the debriefings of these individuals…through our liaison partners, and sometimes there are joint debriefings that take place as well,” said John Brennan, the CIA director, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Mar 14 08:12

BP signs $12 billion energy deal in Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt: British oil company BP finalized on Saturday a $12 billion deal with Egypt to develop 5 trillion cubic feet of gas resources and 55 million barrels of condensates in the West Nile Delta.

The supply deal, signed at an international investment conference in the Sharm El-Sheikh resort, will help Egypt as it tackles its worst energy crisis in decades.

Rising energy consumption and decreasing production have turned it from a net energy exporter to a net importer in the last few years and caused persistent blackouts.

Mar 14 08:11

Caligula’s Horse By Eric Margolis

snip: Adelson, who has reportedly called for nuking Iran, is also Bibi Netanyahu’s primary political and financial sponsor. So Adelson can say he owns the US Congress and Israel. Some Israelis, who will vote next week in a very tight election, are uneasy that Netanyahu is “owned” by the American gambling mogul Adelson. Is this the Zionist dream of a state built on morality, social fairness, and honesty?

Democrats are now largely owned by Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban who calls himself somewhere to the right of the late Ariel Sharon. Saban, a media mogul, recently gave $5-10 million to the Clinton Library and is Hillary’s principal backer.

Bibi’s visit to Congress was clearly intended as pre-election political grandstanding. Marketing fear of Islam, Iran, ISIS, Hezbollah, Syria, al-Shebab and Boko Haram are now the stock in trade for embattled politicians in Israel, Canada, Australia and France.

Mar 14 07:59

Few Notice The Supreme Court Just Ruled Police Don’t Need a Warrant To Search Your Trash Cans

Sound law enforcement be allowed to search your garbage without a warrant? For decades it has been debated, and the largely agreed-upon answer was that they do. But recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a person should not expect privacy when it comes to the contents of a garbage container. Once the trash can or recycling bin is placed outside, the Court ruled that police no longer need a warrant to search i

Mar 14 07:42

Thousands REVOLT In China Against Police Brutality. Cops Beat Woman In Street, Four Officers KILLED By Crowd

With all of the police brutality throughout the United States – especially in the past year – many have wondered if (or when) there might be a breaking point. Yesterday police officers in Ferguson, Missouri were shot by a sniper on a hilltop near the Ferguson Police Department. While denounced by nearly everyone, some – like hip hop musician Method Man of the Wu Tang Clan, described this as a sort of “chickens coming home to roost” situation. In his words, however, he said the police had “reaped what they sowed.”

Mar 14 07:31

N. Korea threatens "merciless" retaliation against U.S. over joint exercises

North Korea again condemned the United States Saturday for its joint exercises with South Korea, vowing harsh retaliations.

Seoul and Washington kicked off their annual military drills on March 2 -- the command post exercise of Key Resolve and field training exercise Foal Eagle -- to improve their combat capabilities to deter threats from North Korea. Key Resolve was completed on Friday, with Foal Eagle set to run until April 24.
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"The U.S. imperialists should not misjudge the firm will of the army and people of the DPRK to mercilessly smash the anti-DPRK hysterics and eliminate the source of evils,"

Mar 14 07:31

Obama Bails Out Oil Industry at the Expense of Consumers

Oil industry lobbyists must have been working the government over for months. The price of oil has plunged nearly 60% since June. Smaller oil companies are going bankrupt. Larger ones are bleeding. Energy junk-bondholders are getting massacred. Wall Street is fretting about losing the fees. Banks are worried about their energy loans. Venezuela is falling apart and is going to default. Russia is careening in the wrong direction. Kern County, the oil capital of California, declared a “fiscal emergency.”

Mar 14 07:18

Peak Pathetic – Chinese Authorities Claim Control Over the Dalai Lama’s Reincarnation Process

The relative lack of political and internet freedom in China is well known, as is the egregious treatment of the Tibetan people. Despite having controlled Tibet since 1949, and the subsequent intentional migration of ethnic Han Chinese into the region in order to dilute the culture, Chinese authorities remain paranoid and filled with fear. So much so that the government is panicking at recent statements by the Dalai Lama that he may not be reincarnated. This screws up the government’s plan to name the next Dalai Lama and use him as a puppet stooge for the regime. Truly embarrassing.

Mar 14 06:58

Currency Wars: UK support for China-backed Asia bank prompts US concern

The US has expressed concern over the UK's bid to become a founding member of a Chinese-backed development bank. The UK is the first big Western economy to apply for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Mar 14 06:30

Enjoy the Decline and Fall of American Statism! By Karen Kwiatkowski

snip: The poll designers were either extremely naive or extremely perspicacious. They have cogently asked how we like our fascism, sunny side up or easy over? Not surprising, the people indicated they’d prefer to skip breakfast, due to a growing queasiness in the pit of their stomachs, and a sense that something is going to fall on our heads.

Mar 14 06:29

John Kerry Says GOP Letter to Iran Was ‘Wrong’

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt—Secretary of State John Kerry, a day ahead of new nuclear negotiations with Iran, stressed to Tehran’s leadership that President Barack Obama has the power to implement any agreement reached with the country, despite intense opposition from Republican lawmakers in Congress.

Iran’s most powerful political figure, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, expressed reservations this week about the White House’s ability to execute a deal after 47 Republican senators wrote in an open letter to Tehran that Congress ultimately will decide the fate of any deal.

Mr. Kerry said on Saturday in Egypt that these American lawmakers were “wrong.”

Mar 14 06:23

redacted tonight - homeless bill of rights

why racoons have more rights than homeless people
why it is illegal to ask for a handout while the government showers tax money on corporations and the military-industrial-espionage-prison state

Mar 14 05:53

New poll: Netanyahu's Likud down to 20 seats

The two final polls published before Israel's election predict that Zionist Union will have a four-seat margin over the prime minister's Likud.

A Channel 10 poll published on Friday, just three days before next week's Knesset election, has given only 20 seats to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party - the lowest the party has polled since the leadup to the vote.

n another poll published Friday evening by Channel 2, Likud got 22 seats, while Zionist Union got 26.

This four-seat gap between the two main parties reflects the results of most of the polls conducted over the past week.

Still the right-wing bloc was ahead of the center-left. In Channel 10's poll, the Arab Joint List got 13 seats, while Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi both polled at 12 seats and Kulanu polled at 10. Shas stayed on seven seats, United Torah Judaism polled at six seats, and Yisrael Beiteinu, Yahad and Meretz all got five seats.

Mar 14 05:36

Will the 47 Diplomacy Saboteurs Have Democratic Enablers?

Republicans ostentatiously trying to blow up negotiations with Iran with their "open letter" to Iranian leaders - essentially begging Iranian hardliners to blow up the talks on the Republicans' behalf. Senate historians could find no precedent for the party opposed to the president in Congress trying to blow up an international negotiation involving the United States in this way.

But in terms of practical outcomes, the main drama still lies ahead. The main drama in terms of practical consequences is still all about Senate Democrats, not about Senate Republicans. Without at least six Senate Democrats supporting them, Republicans cannot pass anti-diplomacy legislation in the Senate. Without at least 13 Senate Democrats supporting them, Republicans cannot override a presidential veto of anti-diplomacy legislation. Without the support of a substantial group of Senate Democrats, Republicans cannot blow up the talks. The key question in the wake of the unprecedented controversy around the Netanyahu anti-diplomacy speech to Congress and the Republicans' open letter to Iran is: Which Senate Democrats will reward the Republicans who did these things by helping them try to blow up diplomacy?

Mar 14 05:31

Is It Time to Disband the Republican Party?

Unfortunately, the days of Eisenhowers, Roosevelts and Lincolns in the Republican Party are long gone, and so too are that party's progressive beginnings.

What started out as a good idea in Ripon, Wisconsin and Jackson, Michigan has turned into a nightmare for the US and for "We The People."

Today's Republican Party, the modern-day Republican Party, hasn't done a single positive thing for "We The People" in nearly 100 years.

Instead, that party consistently does things that hurt our economy, hurt our society and hurt our country.

Today's Republican Party has sold out to the wealthy elite, and only cares about helping the rich get richer.

They take millions of dollars in donations from lobbyists and mega-donors, all the while corrupting our democracy and electoral process.

Republicans today are in bed with the likes of Big Oil, ensuring that Big Oil can get even bigger, while our planet slowly gets destroyed.

Republicans today support policies that have destroyed a once flourishing working-class.

Mar 14 04:57

China Lodges Protest After Myanmar Air Raid Kills Four

BEIJING—China has lodged an official protest with Myanmar and called for an investigation after a Myanmar military aircraft dropped a bomb in Chinese territory, killing four and injuring nine others.

The official Xinhua news agency reports the bomb hit a sugarcane field near China’s border with Myanmar in southern Yunnan province.
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It is not the first time in recent days that fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic rebels near China’s border has spilled over into Chinese territory.

Earlier in the week, China’s Foreign Ministry said a house in Yunnan had been hit by shelling from across the border. And according to the Communist Party-backed Global Times newspaper, a Myanmar fighter jet crashed in Chinese territory Thursday after dropping two bombs.

Mar 14 04:46

Likud bigwig rules out Netanyahu-Herzog power-sharing arrangement

"Netanyahu will not be prime minister in a rotation arrangement," Gilad Erdan said during a town hall meeting in Tel Aviv.

Mar 14 04:03

Kiev junta cleaning the field? Seven high-profile suicides in Ukraine in one month

In the seventh "suicide" in one month, Ukraine lost another former member of the "Party of Regions".

Ed Note: While the Western establishment media were (and still are) all over the murder of Nemtsov like a bad rash, they are curiously silent about all these former Ukrainian politicians who are dying in highly suspicious circumstances on a weekly basis.

Mar 14 03:52

How to Speak Cottonese: The New Hawk in Washington

The gods destroy those they call promising. In this case, there may well be a firming agenda from various circles of praise that seem to be haloing the new, hip shooting Arkansas Senator. Much of this admiration stems from the simplicity of it all – Tom Cotton, for one, doesn’t want the implications of international diplomacy to be too troubling for US interests. For that reason, he has left his diplomacy text books at home. Embrace the inner brute, and feel more comfortable with things.

Mar 13 21:50

Christopher Bollyn 2015 “Solving 911 Ends the War”

In the name of 9/11, “wars have been waged, governments overthrown, and an untold number of lives sacrificed.” Yet 9/11 is an unsolved crime of terrorism and mass murder, with no trial and no serious investigation. This elaborately planned criminal deception was carried out “with the intention that the public would be deceived with a false explanation blaming the atrocity on Osama Bin Laden and Al Quaida....”

Christopher Bollyn states he has written “Solving 9-11: the Deception that Changed the World” because he could not remain indifferent and silent...”as the lies about 9/11 were used to wage wars of aggression and transform American into a police state.”

Mar 13 21:32

US says UN will approve final nuclear deal between Iran, P5+1

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said that the United Nations Security Council would endorse any final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group.

"We would anticipate that, if we're able to reach a joint comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran, an endorsement vote would be held by the UN Security Council," Psaki told reporters on Friday.

She added that Washington’s unilateral restrictions imposed against Tehran would be in place, even if the UN Security Council decides to ease its sanctions on the country.

Iran and the P5+1 group -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- are currently working to complete the outlines of a nuclear deal by the end of March after they reached an interim agreement in November 2013.

The two sides have by the end of June to clinch a final agreement.

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Mar 13 20:35

Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (1 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*
The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections:

Instructions (1 of 7)
Contextual orientation: seeing the past as clearly as possible (2 of 7)
Money and bank credit (3 of 7)
Fractional reserve banking (4 of 7)
Debt (public, private) and money supply (5 of 7)
Historical struggle between government-issued money and private bank-issued credit (6 of 7)
Cost-benefit analysis for monetary reform in your world of the present (7 of 7)
Instructions: Economics studies the creation and management of money, goods, and services. In order to understand the multi-trillions-value topic of how money is created, this assignment has you:

Read conservatively non-controversial text to understand the mechanics of how what we use for money is created.

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Mar 13 20:12

Reports link Islamic State recruiter to Canadian Embassy in Jordan

Canada’s embassy in Jordan, which is run by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handpicked ambassador and former top bodyguard, is being linked in news reports to an unfolding international terrorism and spy scandal. The federal government refused to comment Friday on multiple Turkish media reports that a foreign spy allegedly working for Canadian intelligence – and arrested in Turkey for helping three young British girls travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants – was working for the Canadian embassy in Amman, Jordan.

Mar 13 19:32

US Accuses Iraqi Military Of War Crimes, Continues To Support ISIS

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

With the recent and largely successful battle for Tikrit conducted by the Iraqi security forces combating Western-backed ISIS fighters who have controlled the city for some time, Iraq has once again forced itself into the brief headlines of international media. Yet the subsequent claims of war crimes committed by these security forces have also found their way into the public discussion, most notably in the West.

Thus, there are a number of questions that surround the events on the ground and the manner in which they are being reported in the West that must be looked at closely in order to fully understand the events that are transpiring...

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Mar 13 16:47

Bill and Melinda Gates are not interested in the Apple Watch

I'm not interested that Bill and Melinda Gates are not interested in the Apple Watch.

Mar 13 16:17

U.S. soldiers in full combat gear spotted training at local airfield

Armored military vehicles, by the thousands, being relocated to underground bunkers as combat ready troops train for coming civil unrest

Mar 13 15:37

Commerzbank fined $1.5bn for doing business with sanctioned Iran and Sudan

Germany’s second biggest bank, Commerzbank, is to pay $1.45 billion (€1.36 billion) in fines to settle US Justice Department charges over transactions with sanctioned companies in Iran and Sudan.

Mar 13 15:32

Ongoing harassment and restrictions on farmers around Nablus

Early spring marks an important time of the year for farmers around Nablus, where critical work must be done to ensure a quality olive harvest in October. In high tension regions, where farmers risk settler attacks while accessing their land, District Coordination Offices have negotiated to ensure specific days when Palestinians can access their land under the “supervision” of Israeli forces.

Mar 13 15:14

NATO's Massive Show of Force in Latvia - What's the Endgame?

The end goal of the EU/NATO saber-rattling targeting Russia, he said, is to "reinforce the existing supranational institutions of the West – the European Union, on the one hand, and the transatlantic bond on the other." Russia as the enemy will give some meaning and legitimacy to the ongoing maintenance of the European Union and NATO. The EU leadership is firmly behind this project, he added, but it remains to be seen how much of the population supports such a gambit.

Mar 13 15:11

Ex-governor of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia region found dead in his home

Peklushenko’s body - with a bullet in the neck - was found in the Solnechnyi village on Thursday. Law enforcers are working at the scene.

Mar 13 14:44

NASA Signals Crisis: “California Has About One Year of Water Left”

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com

The California drought has already been alarming enough not only for residents of the state – whose water supply was never secured, and has constantly been the source of heated controversy – but those across the country and globe who depend up on its agriculture for survival.

As SHTF reported back in November, NASA scientists have already warned that California’s groundwater supplies are at critical low points, and threatening the food supply.

Now, Jay Famiglietti – the same NASA hydrologist who led the previous report – is sounding an all-out alarm that California has less than one year of water remaining based on satellite image data:

Mar 13 13:58

Majority of Germans in favour of 'Grexit'

In a survey conducted by the Politbarometer of the Mannheim Research Group, 52% of respondents said that Greece shouldn’t stay in the eurozone, 40% said Greece should, and 8% weren’t sure.

Mar 13 13:36

US War on ISIS a Trojan Horse

ISIS could not be a more effective part of America’s plans to overthrow the Syrian government and destroy the Syrian state if it had an office at the Pentagon.

Mar 13 13:32

The real story behind the Republicans’ Iran letter

Members of Congress don’t arrive at their positions on issues related to Iran through discussion and debate among themselves. They are given their marching orders by AIPAC lobbyists, and time after time, they sign the letters and vote for legislation or resolution that they are given.

Mar 13 11:35

Democrats sticking by Clinton in email row

Democrats have closed ranks around Hillary Clinton after her public explanation of her email practices.

However, party officials in important election states appeared resigned to the fact that her all-but-certain presidential campaign will be saddled with drama and controversy.

The mood among Democrats around the country suggested the former Secretary of State has work to do to bolster party enthusiasm as she nears the launch of her 2016 campaign.

Mar 13 11:34

Clinton emails breathe new life into Benghazi panel

The photo that became an Internet meme - Hillary Rodham Clinton, wearing sunglasses, staring at her BlackBerry - troubles Republicans on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, for what they say is an incomprehensible omission.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., wants to know why the panel has no emails from Oct. 18, 2011, the day the photo was taken as Clinton, then the secretary of state, was en route to Tripoli. In fact, the committee says it has no emails at all from Clinton's trip to Libya, which occurred just days before longtime Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi was killed.

Mar 13 11:16

Oregon man commits no crime, but held in jail for 900 days

Benito Vasquez-Hernandez has orange canvas slip-ons, a single spoon, a wristband he wears at all times. He has little else.
He lives in a small cell with a single window high above his head and sleeps on a skinny mattress resting on a cinderblock frame.

Mar 13 11:16

White House petition on ‘47 traitors’ draws more than 200,000 signatures

A petition on the White House’s web site calling for charges to be filed against 47 Republican senators who sent a letter to Iran’s leaders has garnered more than double the signatures it needs to draw a White House response.

Mar 13 10:50

CANADIAN TOWN BANS SPITTING, SWEARING AND GATHERING IN GROUPS OF THREE OR MORE

Taber, a town of 8,100 in Alberta, Canada, must be in the midst of the nation’s smallest and least impressive crimewave. How else would you explain the town’s new “Community Standards Bylaw,” which imposes the following on its residents?

Mar 13 10:49

Southwest cancels man's ticket while he sits on plane

A West Michigan man says he was forced to buy a new plane ticket home after the airline told him that he failed to show up for his original flight. He called KSDK's sister station WZZM looking for help after Southwest refused to refund his money.

Mar 13 10:38

There’s Only One Way to Stop a Murderous Government

I’m sure by now, most of you have heard of the infamous Milgram experiment that was conducted in the early 60’s. I’ll save you the details since, if you’re like me, you’ve probably read about it a dozen times or more already. It’s one of most popular experiments to cite, because it says so much about the nature of evil, and the darkest potential of the human spirit; and anyone who understands the dangers posed by government power, could probably describe the experiment from memory.

In short, Milgram provided an answer to the most tragic question in human history. How do so many good people wind up doing horrific things to their fellow-man? How is it that when the Nazis had to answer for their crimes, all they could say for themselves was “I was just following orders.”

Mar 13 10:37

7 Ways the Matrix Coerces Public Consent for Torture

Cleverly at work for the dark side, the corporate media isn’t going into great detail about the recent discovery that the Chicago Police Department has for years been operating a secret, off-site, extra-judicial, unconstitutional detention and interrogation center in a nondescript warehouse on the West side of the Windy City. Americans, so the talking heads would have us believe, have more important things to busy ourselves with.

The protest against this outrage is growing, however because at Homan Square, as it’s known, the local police ‘disappear’ American citizens before charging them with any crime. They hide them there for hours or days without the knowledge of lawyers, family, or friends, interrogating, threatening, abusing and at times coming up with cleverly inhumane ways to torture them.

Mar 13 10:34

THE SECRET SERVICE'S HISTORY OF BOOZE, BULLETS, BOMBS, AND HOOKERS

The agency is investigating an incident involving two agents who crashed a car into a White House Security barricade after attending a retirement party for a colleague at a nearby bar, theWashington Post reported. The barricade was set up to block off an active bomb investigation, and the agents, who had been drinking, possibly ran over the suspicious package.

Mar 13 10:34

MARGARET THATCHER’S PROTÉGÉ NAMED AS PEDOPHILE SUSPECT

Leon Brittan, a former Home Secretary and once Margaret Thatcher’s protégé, has now been named as a suspect in the Westminster pedophile ring. [1] Since his death in January, an influx of concerns have surfaced about the politician who once had files in his possession containing the names of some of Britain’s elite in a pedophile ring. It has since disappeared, after it was handed by him to the authorities.

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Mar 13 09:47

Hillary Clinton's Questionable Process for Sorting Work Emails

Hillary Clinton asked the public to trust her during a recent press conference at the United Nations, when she stated that she has already complied with transparency laws by turning over all public records she generated as Secretary of State.

She had no business making that claim. A Time magazine report about the process used to identify public records in her possession shows that she cannot possibly know if she is in compliance with the law. And juxtaposing her process with the words used in her press conference shows her core claim to be misleading.

Unless she can disprove the story, her credibility can only suffer from the comparison.

Mar 13 09:37

Iran: “The letter by American senators indicates the collapse of political ethics in the United States”

The letter to Iran, designed to undermine nuclear program negotiations between the Obama administration, Tehran and European powers, was signed by 47 of 54 Republican senators. The issue, underscored by a speech to Congress by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu – at Republicans’ invitation – that railed against the deal, allowed Republicans to briefly unite on a policy point.

Mar 13 09:35

US Senate committee advances cyber-surveillance bill in secret session. Lone dissenter calls measure ‘a surveillance bill by another name’

The Senate intelligence committee advanced a priority bill for the National Security Agency on Thursday afternoon, approving long-stalled cybersecurity legislation that civil libertarians consider the latest pathway for surveillance abuse.

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Mar 13 09:03

Map Shows America’s Most Heavily Armed Counties

Interestingly the state with the highest rates of gun owning residents doesn’t even have counties!

Mar 13 09:03

German anti-vaccer wagers € 100,000 to anyone proving the existance of the measles virus. Researcher sends him articles proving the virus' existance and takes him to court where he's ordered to pay the full amount.

A German biologist who offered €100,000 (£71,350; $106,300) to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus has been ordered by a court to pay up.

Mar 13 08:58

Hillary Clinton Didn't Encrypt Her Secretary of State Emails For Months

New details have emerged about exactly how Hillary Clinton secured the homebrew private email servers she used as Secretary of State. The punchline? Clinton didn't encrypt her emails or use a certificate for her first three months running the State Department.

While the future presidential candidate was dodging reporters' questions and complaining about the inconvenience of carrying two phones, security experts at Venafi, a company that sells email security software, went back to January 2009 when Clinton took office and analyzed the server activity through the end of her cabinet term.

The findings are unsettling at best:

Mar 13 08:55

No One Read Hillary’s Emails Before Deleting Them

For more than a year after she left office in 2013, she did not transfer work-related email from her private account to the State Department. She commissioned a review of the 62,320 messages in her account only after the department–spurred by the congressional investigation–asked her to do so.

And this review did not involve opening and reading each email; instead, Clinton’s lawyers created a list of names and keywords related to her work and searched for those. Slightly more than half the total cache–31,830 emails–did not contain any of the search terms, according to Clinton’s staff, so they were deemed to be “private, personal records.”

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Mar 13 08:42

‘We grieve with the families of the police officers’ – activist on recent Ferguson shootings

As a manhunt continues for the shooters of two Ferguson police officers at a protest early Thursday morning, new questions are being raised about how the incident will affect the already tense atmosphere between the community and its police department.

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Mar 13 07:41

Jeff Gates - How the Israel Lobby Took Control of U.S. Foreign Policy and Public Opinion

Jeff talks about the war with Iran that has been ongoing since 1979, and the manipulation of intelligence that could lead America into another war. We'll end by examining strategies that can be used to combat and bring attention to the Zionist storylines aggregated in our minds through master mythmaking and sophisticated storytelling.

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