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Aug 15 08:28

Pentagon Seeks More Funds for ‘Sustained’ War With Russia

In the eternal quest to drive up the already preposterous level of US military spending, Pentagon officials are talking up the notion of Russia as an “existential threat” to the United States, and running tabletop war games which they say show the US military isn’t as “ready as we want to be” for a sustained ground war in Russia.

That the US and Russia each have enough nuclear weapons to annihilate most life on the planet has long made the war-gaming for a long US-Russia war ultimately pointless: no one would survive long enough to enjoy the “win” anyhow. That hasn’t stopped the Pentagon from envisioning protracted campaigns on Russian soil with conventional weaponry.

The conclusion: most Pentagon officials figure the US would almost certainly defeat Russia in this drawn-out war, but after drawn-out wars in Iraq and Afghanistan it is “not a sure bet.” That’s a problem looking for a solution, and at the Pentagon, the solution is always only a few hundred billion dollars away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Pentagon is ramping up for war without end, at a point where homelessness and malnutrition, particularly for American kids, has soared, and where US infrastructure is crumbling.

The American people have become all but irrelevant and completely useless to those in Congress and the military.

And just because the US outspends Russia on weaponry is absolutely no guarantee that it will work as well, or better, than Russian military equipment. In fact, cost many times, is very high for US weapons, and the weapons do not work at all as advertised.

Aug 15 08:15

While The UK Panicked Over Calais Migrants, Hundreds Of Others Died At Sea

While Britain has been in uproar over hundreds of migrants trying to storm the Channel Tunnel and enter the U.K. in recent weeks, a much larger and more deadly crisis has been taking place on another European shore.

Around 3,000 people, mostly from countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, reside in a squalid camp in France's Calais known as the Jungle, waiting for a chance to reach Britain. The long-ignored crisis escalated last month as ever larger groups of migrants used the cover of night to try to climb through fences and push back police in an attempt to sneak into the EuroTunnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and its minions have been waging war, sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly, against so many countries in the Middle East, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, that it is a wonder we don't have more externally displaced people who can never go home again.

But where is the compassion for these people, translated into just, humane policies with which to alleviate their distress?!?

That, in the bluster of France and Britain against them, is nowhere to be found.

Aug 15 08:08

Barber Gives Free Cuts To Kids Who Read Aloud In His Chair, And It’s Shear Genius

An Iowa barber has developed a creative way to get kids reading.

Courtney Holmes, a barber in Dubuque, offered free haircuts to kids who read out loud to him during an appointment on Saturday, USA Today reported. The initiative was part of a back to school event, and Holmes hopes the storytelling will help young students strengthen their reading skills.

"The kids would come in, and I would say, 'Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can't read it, I'll help you understand and we can read it together,'" Holmes told the news outlet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With so much going so badly around the world, it is nice, for at least a moment, to focus on someone who is doing a great thing for kids.

Bravo, Mr. Holmes: well done!!

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Aug 15 07:50

Did The Rod Of God Weapon Hit Tianjin?

Aug 15 07:49

Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black Lives Matter Protests

During a company conference call with financial analysts last week, Tom Brown, the chief executive of LRAD, a military contractor, informed investors that sales were rolling in, not just from Chinese government agencies and the U.S. Navy, but also from American law enforcement.

LRAD manufactures an acoustic cannon that can be used either as a mounted loudspeaker or as a weapon to fire deafening noises at crowds of people.

Over the last year, following a wave of protests over officer-involved killings of black Americans, LRAD has seen an uptick in inquiries from police departments around the country.

Brown told financial analysts in a May conference call about the “renewed interest” from police departments. “A lot of grant money starts to flow to law enforcement, and we’re getting a lot of inquiries” following protests, he said. One inquiry he mentioned came from the Maryland Sheriff’s Department following the protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; instead of actually addressing the out of control policing which has lead to assassinations of African American members of the community, and addressing the economic policies which have caused utter despair in many of those communities. police departments are, instead, buying more destructive equipment with which to bully and intimidate those communities?!?

This is so wrong, on so many levels, I hardly know where to start.

Aug 14 20:01

12-minute video: US military do War Crimes for .01% liars, Orwellian opposite of Oath to US Constitution

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

Mark Passio’s 12-minute video by 1stageofawareness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIfcDGIvTSk&feature=youtu.be

The time is coming for one of two futures:

Critical mass recognize Emperor’s New Clothes facts of .01% crimes centering in war, debt that we use for money, and lies. As in the story, recognition ends the tragic-comedy. Our real-world story will end in lawful arrests for these obvious crimes.
The Orwellian crimes continue to escalate from current ~100 crucial areas, continuing to reduce all Earth’s inhabitants to work animals of the .01% requiring “culling of the herd” (or worse).

Choose wisely.

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Aug 14 16:30

"Not Legal Tender"? City Refuses to Allow Man to Pay His $25 Parking Ticket with 2,500 Pennies

Since when are pennies and nickels not a form of legal tender in this country? Our Fed fiat money is still money. We aren't a fully cashless society... yet.

Justin Greene, a Pennsylvanian who attempted to protest what he felt was an unfair $25 parking ticket by paying for it with 2,500 pennies in Chambersburg, was told he couldn't because... federal law says the coins aren't legal tender.

Greene reportedly got the ticket for parking on the wrong side of the street for ten minutes when he went back to a job site to pick up some tools he left behind. To protest what he felt was an unfair situation, Greene showed up to pay his fine with thousands of pennies only to be told that a federal law says pennies and nickels are not legal tender for transactions over 25 cents.

Oh, wait, make that a repealed federal law from 50 years ago!
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Aug 14 15:52

Animas River May Remain Toxic for Decades

Ever since the EPA accidentally dumped 3 million gallons of toxic mine water into the Animas River, Colorado authorities have been keen on reopening the river for public use as soon as possible. The river is a significant source of tourist income in the region, and they don’t want the toxic spill to put a damper on their summer.

Governor John Hickenlooper is one of those authorities, and he’s determined to prove that everything is back to normal. So on Tuesday, after being given the challenge by the Durango Herald, he decided to take a big gulp of river water for the cameras. After 24 hours, he reported that he was still in perfect health.

However, that hardly proves that the river is safe, at least in the long-term.

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Aug 14 15:50

AIPAC: Headed for Defeat (But That’s Not Why It’s Bad for the Jews)

snip: The willfully blind don’t yet see it and those who shamelessly do what Israel orders don’t care, but the conventional wisdom is fast becoming that Obama has had it with Netanyahu and that he is finally growing a pair.

True enough: the old Obama would have represented Israeli interests in the Vienna negotiations as unabashedly as all Republican and some Democratic Senators and Representatives still do; and he would have shied away from the chances of reaching a successful conclusion just as soon as it became clear that the Iranians were not about to surrender unconditionally to Israeli demands.

Aug 14 15:42

Israel, Congress and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

snip: ‘The Iran deal threatens the very existence of Israel.’ Ho-hum. We keep hearing this, anytime anyone dares do or say anything in opposition to Israel. When someone suggests that perhaps United States aid to Israel, greater than that given to all other countries combined, could fantinapossibly go to better use serving the taxpayers whose pockets it is being extracted from, Israel interprets such ideas as anti-Semitic, clear evidence that another Holocaust is around the corner, and needing the support of the U.S. Congress to quash such destructive thoughts. If one mentions the suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, suffering caused by the illegal Israeli blockade, Israeli spokespeople accuse the speaker of denying Israel its right to defend itself. Yet when Israeli government officials call Palestinians ‘beasts’, and advocate their complete annihilation, well, what does that really matter?

Aug 14 15:39

Mexico Government Gives Free TVs to Millions of Poor… With High Definition Social Programming

For better or for worse, television has been how many see the world.

It is a “mediated” experience that shows the viewer exactly what the programmer wants him to see… and believe.

Television has been a remarkable tool of manipulation and indoctrination, and has now created several generations of zombies, morons and dullards here in America.

But poorer parts of the world do not have these things, or at least typically do not have such a close experience with them.

Now, that’s changing. Mexico’s government just spent approximately $1.6 billion dollars to make sure nearly everybody is exposed to the flickering suggestion of the television set – and all that high definition broadcasts and flat screens have to offer.

Setting pace with global standards in an age of massive information and almost universal connectivity is a major interest as well.

Aug 14 15:36

Is Putin Planning to Sell-Out Assad?

snip: Washington wants war. Washington cannot achieve its goal of breaking up Syria and redrawing the map of the Middle East if peacemaker Putin prevails. Let’s put it this way: If Putin gets Saudi Arabia on board, then a good portion of the funding for jihadi groups will dry up, the Syrian Army, assisted by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, will have greater success on the battlefield, and ISIS will be annihilated.

Aug 14 15:03

American cops wonder why Clinton not indicted for alleged email fraud

The allegations against Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she had at least two top-secret classified information emails stored on her private server are the latest in a long and tedious process involving the Clinton family and their depiction of themselves as being victimized by Republicans, according to a growing number news reports on Thursday. And many American law enforcement officers are wondering why the Justice Department is dragging its feet to investigate and indict Mrs. Clinton when they regularly imprison Americans for the same types of alleged offenses.

Aug 14 14:18

Iran Deal’s Surprising Supporters

Neocons are in a frenzy trying to help Bibi kill the Iran deal. Meanwhile, former senior US military officers and former Iranian political prisoners in the US have come out in favor. Who do you trust?

Aug 14 14:02

Can You Trust a Country That Has Violated 20 International Agreements?

snip: On the other hand, it is AIPAC’s view that any killing that Israel does has been “GOOD” and must be “GOOD”. To say otherwise and accuse Israel is not simply to be supportive of human rights, or possibly anti-Zionist, but also possibly to be branded as that old enemy that went out of fashion in the 20th century with the Third Reich or at least has been thoroughly discredited and meets with not a fiber of serious intellectual support: anti-Semitic. If one is not to risk being accused of hating Jews or even hating oneself if one is Jewish, one must by this perforation and shredding of logic, by this muddling of distinct ideas, support Israel and all of its genocidal and expansionist policies in all important respects. One must regard nuclear weapons in Israel’s hands as inherently “GOOD” too.

Aug 14 13:56

Government Wants to “Implant Recipients of Welfare Assistance with Satellite-Tracked Chips”

Sold on public fears, an RFID chipped population could only be years away.

Otherwise the "terrorists" will win. Oh my!

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Aug 14 12:07

6th Planned Parenthood video released

A Los Angeles Superior Court previously issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Center for Medical Progress from releasing videos featuring leaders of StemExpress, a company that provides blood, tissue and other specimen to biomedical researchers.

David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, told CNN's New Day last month that StemExpress leaders are "very scared" that he will release the videos.

"Stem Express is trying to suppress a specific video recording of a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics that they work with and that could be prima facie evidence of born-alive infants," he said.

Aug 14 12:06

Fact Check: Was Planned Parenthood Started To 'Control' The Black Population?

Ben Carson alleged in an interview with Fox News Wednesday that Planned Parenthood puts most of its clinics in black neighborhoods to "control the population" and that its founder, Margaret Sanger, "was not particularly enamored with black people."

Planned Parenthood has been a target on the campaign trail after a series of sting videos was released alleging the organization illegally profits from selling aborted fetal tissue. Carson, a famed neurosurgeon turned Republican presidential candidate, has been a vocal opponent of the group.

Aug 14 11:41

Jewish terrorists and the dilemma of administrative detention

Uri Avnery explains the dilemma of whether administrative detention, which Israel has used extensively and until recently exclusively against Arabs – should be supported, even if it saves the lives of Arabs and Jews.

Aug 14 11:36

The War On Air Conditioning Heats Up

Aug 14 10:45

Obama Just Issued A Giant Threat To 2 States That Refuse To Play By His Rules

The Obama administration has warned the states of Alabama and Louisiana that they may be in violation of federal law for terminating their contracts with Planned Parenthood.

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Aug 14 10:11

HUMA ABEDIN PLEDGES TO PRESERVE EMAILS AFTER JUDGE’S ORDER

Two aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have agreed not to delete any work-related emails or documents following an order from a federal judge that they preserve the records, according to their lawyers.

The pledges from Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills are contained in court documents submitted by the State Department this week as a part of a public records lawsuit brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

That lawsuit sought records related to Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, specifically documents about the work of Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan last week ordered Abedin and Mills to preserve their emails and records, which their lawyers say they have agreed to do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; however, I would advise both women to be wearing their Kevlar undies right about now. People close to the Clintons have been known to transition from "depressed" to "suicided" in quick order.

Aug 14 10:09

Suspicious device found at First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces

Las Cruces Police stated in a news release they learned that a groundskeeper at First Presbyterian Church located a suspicious device before calling 911. No other details are available at this time.

Boutz Road, between El Paseo Road and south Main Street, is closed to traffic. Police are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.

The Doña Ana County Bomb Squad has been dispatched to the church, and investigators from several local, state and federal agencies will be working together on this incident, the release stated.

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Aug 14 09:57

Photos Show Prison Guards Escorting Crying Female Inmate into Planned Parenthood

Columbia, South Carolina – Two correctional officers with the South Carolina Department of Corrections were photographed on May 30, 2015, escorting an obviously distraught female inmate into the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Columbia, South Carolina.

The handcuffed woman was wearing tan prison attire as she was accompanied into the Planned Parenthood facility – presumably for an abortion — by two uniformed prison guards. She was visibly upset and wiped away a tear as she entered Planned Parenthood.

It is doubtful that the prisoner was at Planned Parenthood for anything other than abortion since prisons have infirmaries that handle routine gynecological care and treatment. Her apparent emotional state also gives rise to concerns that she may have been pressured or coerced into an abortion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess PP was running low on parts!

Aug 14 09:57

150 people arrested over 2 days in Ferguson, state of emergency still in effect

Despite largely peaceful protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, police cracked down on activists and arrested 150 people in multiple demonstrations across St. Louis, Missouri.

Aug 14 09:50

EPA, FBI, DOJ, FDA, CDC, ATF: Nearly every government agency routinely plots and carries out false flag operations to justify its own existence

The EPA used to prevent corporations from polluting the rivers, but now the EPA has become the polluter, the liar and the cover-up cartel. In that story, I pointed out the total absurdity of our sickening, corrupt government, where private citizens now have to conduct the science to expose the pollution of the EPA.

That got me thinking... hey, wait a minute. Almost EVERY federal government agency is now functioning as a rogue entity. Nearly all of them routinely carry out false flag events in order to justify their own existence (and increase their budgets).

Aug 14 09:50

Klintonerdämmerung

Aug 14 09:43

Facebook canceled a student's internship after he highlighted a significant privacy issue with the Messenger app.

Facebook cancelled a Harvard student's internship after he created a Google Chrome plugin that highlighted serious privacy flaws in the social network's messaging service, Boston.com reports.

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Aug 14 09:42

Renting in America Has Never Been This Expensive - Los Angeles residents are now spending half their income on rent

Americans living in rentals spent almost a third of their incomes on housing in the second quarter, the highest share in recent history.
Rental affordability has steadily worsened, according to a new report from Zillow, which tracked data going back to 1979. A renter making the median income in the U.S. spent 30.2 percent of her income on a median-priced apartment in the second quarter, compared with 29.5 percent a year earlier. The long-term average, from 1985 to 1999, was 24.4 percent.

Aug 14 09:40

Pentagon blocking Guantánamo deals to return Shaker Aamer and other cleared detainees

The Pentagon is blocking the return of UK permanent resident Shaker Aamer and two other longtime Guantánamo Bay detainees for whom the US Department of State has completed diplomatic deals to transfer home, the Guardian has learned.

American and UK diplomats reached an agreement in late 2013 for the return of Aamer, who has spent more than 13 years at the infamous detention facility without charge, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the understanding.

But even as the White House pledged to make his case a priority after a personal plea from David Cameron, Barack Obama’s defense secretaries have played what one official called “foot-dragging and process games” to let the deals languish.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pentagon is loathe to release some of these prisoners of war because in some cases, water-boarding was not the worst that was done to them.
And this is very graphic language, folks, but you need to understand what was done with your money and in your name, outsourced to such "freedom loving" countries as Pakistan and Morocco:

Benyam Mohammed travelled from London to Afghanistan in July 2001, but after September 11 he fled to Pakistan. He was arrested at Karachi airport on April 10 2002, and describes being flown by a US government plane to a prison in Morocco. These are extracts from his diary. They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me. They took the scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Maybe an inch. At first I just screamed ... I was just shocked, I wasn't expecting ... Then they cut my left chest. This time I didn't want to scream because I knew it was coming. One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. "I told you I was going to teach you who's the man," [one] eventually said. They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists. I asked for a doctor.

What the torturers wanted were confessions to make their other big cases stick, and look legitimate as though there was a reasonable justification for what they were doing. And please note: there were, ultimately, no charges filed against this man, and no trial.

That this manner of sadistic behaviour against any prisoner of war was not only tolerated, but ordered by the highest level of the US government, should have been cause for a trial of that most unholy of trinities Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney; however, because it appears that they made a deal Candidate Obama who ultimately became President Obama, that will only happen when pigs fly.

Aug 14 09:23

Let’s Talk About Torture

The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never elicited any actionable intelligence that saved American lives, Bush-era CIA Directors George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, and several of their underlings announced plans to release a book justifying torture.

They intend to repeat a lie over and over again in this book: that torture worked. They hope that the American people are either so gullible or so stupid that they’ll believe it. It’s up to the rest of us to ensure that our government swears off committing this crime against humanity.

I know that these former intelligence leaders are lying because I worked with them at the CIA. When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, they came down on me like a ton of bricks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Kiriakou is one of my heroes, for his willingness to speak out against torture; and for that he was punished with a jail sentence...for telling the truth.

I would love to watch any of the above-named minions in the Bush administration, with cameras rolling, be treated just as those prisoners who were tortured were treated, and then swear they were not tortured.

Torture does not create actionable intelligence. But when the US tortures, or outsources torture, here is what happens:

The world understands that the US government's alleged love of democracy, and human rights is only observed in the breach.

Foreign governments which don't love the US government very much will believe that they have carte blanche to torture American citizens and military personnel.

For those of you serving in our military, or have friends or family in the military, please chew on that last one for awhile.

Aug 14 09:15

Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton: A Case of Double Standards

The “crimes” of Chelsea Manning weren’t crimes against people but against the US government, i.e. they were acts of conscience that should be rewarded rather than punished. Nothing she did hurt a single person, except those persons in power whose hypocrisy and venality was exposed: not a single US casualty in our interminable “war on terrorism” can be traced back to the leaking of the materials that have been posted on Wikileaks via Manning. Indeed, the material that was released to the world exposed the very real crimes of our rulers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. This is Chelsea’s real “crime,” one for which she is paying dearly.

On the other hand, let’s take a look at another lady who stands accused of mishandling US secrets, including material classified “Top Secret”: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

Were I a betting person, I might be convinced to bet that this will absolutely crater her Presidential run.

I mean, come on, folks; do you really want a President who plays so fast and loose with the law, that she just ignores it when it is not to her liking?!?

I am an equity feminist; and yes, I would love to see a woman as President.

But THIS woman, married to a serial adulterer, who made made sure the lives of the women he slept with were completely destroyed and ruined?!?

Thank you, but no.

Aug 14 09:07

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up… Hillary Email Shows She Asked to Borrow Book with Chapters on ‘Email That Can Land You In Jail’ and ‘How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted’

The latest batch of Hillary emails released by the U.S. State Department show that Clinton used email to ask a contact to borrow a book titled “Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better,” by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.

Seems innocent enough right? Wrong… Pantsuit was requesting the book likely due to the beautiful chapters covering “The Email That Can Land You In Jail” and “How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted.”

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Aug 14 08:49

CIA Torture Tactics Reemerge in New York Prison

Over 60 inmates at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility have complained of abuse by prison guards in the wake of the June escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.

According to a New York Times report, they allege that the prison staff interrogated them by beating them, placing them in solitary confinement, and in at least one inmate’s case, throwing a bag over his head and threatening to waterboard him.

Hearing about the domestic use of tactics so similar to those used by the CIA on suspected terrorists during the Bush administration, the Reverend Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, made the obvious connection.

“Faith and human rights leaders who worked to stop the CIA’s torture program have long feared its corroding influence on our civilian authorities,” he said in a statement. “These events prove that we must fight the torture of Americans here at home just as we have fought the use of torture abroad.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have 3 words for Rev. Steif: GOD BLESS YOU!!

I am no bleeding heard liberal on crime. But I have to wonder; why is Sweden able to close a number of their prisons because they don't have enough prisoners to fill them?!?

The answer here is a no-brainer; in Sweden, there is a total focus on rehabilitation, which does a magnificent job of preventing recidivism. The American prison system offers almost no rehabilitation whatsoever, and by the time prisoners have done their time, they are generally worse off than they were before they were sentenced.

And the prison/industrial complex, be they private or public prisons, love their budgets, and do not want the status quo changed at all.

Aug 14 08:46

A Pennsylvania man who spent more than three decades behind bars for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl has been freed after a DNA test.

A Pennsylvania man who spent more than three decades behind bars for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl has been freed after a DNA test.
A judge voided 63-year-old Lewis Fogle's 1982 conviction on Thursday.

Aug 14 08:46

Ireland Refuses to Extradite Man to US Because Prison System is Too Inhumane

Throughout the world, the U.S. prison system is often seen as inhumane and excessively large.
The American prison system is so reviled, in fact, that Irish officials recently refused to extradite an alleged terrorist to the U.S. The court cited concerns that if he were sent to the U.S., he would probably be placed in Colorado’s “Supermax” prison, ADX Florence (Administrative Maximum Facility). The prison is nicknamed Colorado’s “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”

Aug 14 08:39

Hunger Striker Mohammed Allan Falls Unconscious In Test For Israeli Force-Feeding Law

- Hospital-bound and shackled, Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan was 60 days into his hunger strike, launched in protest of his detention without charge in an Israeli jail, when he slipped into unconsciousness on Friday.

What happens next -- whether or not the suspected militant becomes the first Palestinian prisoner force-fed to stay alive under a controversial new Israeli law -- is an issue that has caused cleavages between doctors and the state in a clash over medical ethics and Israel's detention policies.

At the heart of the matter is the new, contentious law that allows a judge to sanction force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to an inmate's life, even if the prisoner refuses. Israel fears that a hunger-striking prisoner's death could trigger Palestinian unrest amid widespread disillusionment with stalled peace negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government would love for this man to die; they just don't want to be blamed for it. And whatever the outcome, with these indefinite detentions, ultimately met by prisoner hunger strikes, it is going to focus the unrelenting glare of international public awareness on the Israeli practice of indefinite detentions, with no charges brought.

The reality is, the Israeli government doesn't want peace; it wants territory, and by any means necessary.

That is why we are seeing the brisk evictions of Palestinians from homes in which they have lived for generations, and the approval of vast Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Aug 14 08:27

US MILITARY USES IMF AND WORLD BANK TO LAUNDER 85% OF ITS BLACK BUDGET

Though transparency was a cause he championed when campaigning for the presidency, President Obama has largely avoided making certain defense costs known to the public. However, when it comes to military appropriations for government spy agencies, we know from Freedom of Information Act requests that the so-called “black budget” is an increasingly massive expenditure subsidized by American taxpayers. The CIA and and NSA alone garnered $52.6 billion in funding in 2013 while the Department of Defense black ops budget for secret military projects exceeds this number. It is estimated to be $58.7 billion for the fiscal year 2015.

What is the black budget? Officially, it is the military’s appropriations for “spy satellites, stealth bombers, next-missile-spotting radars, next-gen drones, and ultra-powerful eavesdropping gear.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks: how does that make you feel?!?

Are you angry yet?!?!? You deserve to be, and I don't mean you should be throwing stuff, or getting physically confrontational.

But the truth is, you cannot believe anything this government says, ever again. This government has lost all credibility, and about the only thing you can occasionally believe are its weather reports. And that is only occasionally.

Aug 14 08:20

FAMILY BURNED BY EXPLOSION OF WELL CONTAMINATED BY FRACKING

A Texas family is suing several companies involved in fracking after their water well exploded, injuring all four of them.

In August 2014, Cody Murray and his father, Jim, went to inspect the family’s pump house after seeing pressurized water spraying from it. Upon entering the building and turning on a switch, a fireball erupted from inside the well. Cody sustained serious burns on his arms, upper back, neck, forehead and nose after pulling his father away from the explosion, which caused serious injuries to Jim, Cody’s wife and his 4-year-old daughter.

Cody says he is unable to work and may never be able to do so again.

Their attorneys say the explosion was caused by methane gas that leaked into the well from nearby fracking operations run by the defendants, EOG Resources, Fairway Resources LLC and three Fairway subsidiaries. Fairway Resources GP, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, according to Courthouse News Service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oil company executives and their families should be MANDATED to live in very close proximity to where their companies are fracking.

Aug 14 08:16

NEOCON 'GODFATHER' WARNS AGAINST "TOO MUCH TRANSPARENCY" IN GOVERNMENT

In case you still harbor any doubts about who this guy is, and where he is coming from, he recently wrote an Op-ed in the Financial Times arguing that too much government transparency is a bad thing.

It is clear that there are vast areas in which modern governments should reveal more. Edward Snowden’s revelations of eavesdropping by the National Security Agency has encouraged belief that the US government has been not nearly transparent enough. But is it possible to have too much transparency? The answer is clearly yes: demands for certain kinds of transparency have hurt government effectiveness, particularly with regard to its ability to deliberate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is desperation on the cusp of madness, and his case against Judicial Watch just craters when you understand that their FOIA was submitted because the current administration didn't tell the truth about what really happened in Benghazi because it was "too embarrassing", and Americans deserve to know the truth here, particularly with regard to Hillary Clinton's candidacy for the Presidency, relative to how she handled Benghazi.

Aug 14 07:54

Suit: Days Inn employee told to just flip over mattress where guest died

A group of African-American workers has filed a lawsuit against their former employer at the Days Inn hotel on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa claiming they faced discrimination and other hardships on the job. In one case, an employee said she was forced to flip over a mattress where a guest had died in preparation for the next guest to check in.

Aug 14 07:53

Massachusetts: Police department offers heroin addicts amnesty, treatment: As of Thursday, police say, 104 addicts turned themselves in seeking help. All have been placed into drug treatment programs at a total cost of about $5,000 to the department

Under a policy launched in June, heroin and opioid addicts who voluntarily turn themselves in at the station are fast-tracked into treatment services through a team of police officers, volunteers and trained clinicians.

Aug 14 07:47

‘Hoping for change’ from President Trump? Eight minutes of video to consider

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Hat tips: ZenGardener, JoyCamp, Kermit de la Frog

1-minute satirical campaign ad from JoyCamp, letting Trump speak his mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG_8WURBGnM

4-minute video of Trump’s choice of hobby time for staged violence, attention, and ego-service in the “Battle of the Billionaires” that is brilliantly perfect artistic representation of fake theatrics we can expect from President Trump and his associates:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NsrwH9I9vE

And 1-minute of 2015 Trump campaign promises (can’t embed).

Analysis: Trump’s gladiator-like theatrics approach Roman historian descriptions of their republic’s fall to tragic-comic empire.

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Aug 14 07:39

Mexico Government Gives Free TVs to Millions of Poor… With High Definition Social Programming

Movies warned that TV would be used for mind control... They Live, Videodrome and others.

Now, the Mexican government is giving out free HD flat screen TVS to 10 million poor people... so they can upgrade to the digital standard. But why?

Read full article at Truthstream Media.com

Aug 14 07:36

Police Using Biometrics on Americans… Without Consent in Unaccountable Database

Biometrics are designed for use in mass populations here in America and throughout the Western world, not just war torn locales. According to the NY Times:

Facial recognition software, which American military and intelligence agencies used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan to identify potential terrorists, is being eagerly adopted by dozens of police departments around the country to pursue drug dealers, prostitutes and other conventional criminal suspects. But because it is being used with few guidelines and with little oversight or public disclosure, it is raising questions of privacy and concerns about potential misuse.

The potential for abuse is obvious.

Read full article at Truthstream Media

Aug 14 07:34

F-35 slammed as 'inferior' to older American & foreign fighters incl. Russia's Su-27, MiG-29

The report released this week by US progressive think tank National Security Network identified four key areas in which the F-35 does not deliver: poor maneuverability that makes it vulnerable in dogfights, small internal payload capacity, short operational range and reliance on stealth technology for survivability.

“The F-35 will find itself outmaneuvered, outgunned, out of range, and visible to enemy sensors,” NSN’s policy analyst Bill French said. “Going forward, full investment in the F-35 would be to place a bad trillion-dollar bet on the future of airpower based on flawed assumptions and an underperforming aircraft.

“To avoid such a catastrophic outcome, Congress and DOD should begin the process of considering alternatives to a large-scale commitment to the F-35. Staying the present course may needlessly gamble away a sizable margin of American airpower at great expense and unnecessary risk to American lives,” he added.

Aug 14 07:33

Governor Drinks Contaminated River Water But Tells Public “Not Safe to Drink Even Before Disaster”

The water is safe to drink... but not safe for the public to drink.

That's why Colorado's Gov. Hickenlooper gulped down some of the river water that was contaminated by the EPA only days ago.

What is really going on with this carefully staged environmental disaster?

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Aug 14 07:26

Earthquake Rattles NJ... MAP

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Aug 14 06:37

The Oligarch Recovery - Renting In America Is Most Expensive Ever

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson

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