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Oct 25 15:55

James Boyd's family donates $200K to local homeless-assistance organizations

This is the family of the homeless guy murdered in Albuquerque under color of law.

The killing of homeless camper James Boyd changed the landscape for how our city treats the homeless community. Boyd's family sued the Albuquerque Police Department in a wrongful death suit and was awarded $5 million in a settlement.

Many have asked what the family plans to do with the money. They said Friday they plan to donate a large portion.

Quietly, Boyd's brother, Andrew Jones, has helped lead the efforts to give the homeless in our city more resources.

Out of his own settlement money, Jones gave $100,000 to St. Martin's Hospitality Center and another $100,000 to Health Care for the Homeless.

Oct 25 14:41

Israel’s self-inflicted hate

Jamal Kanj argues that the lynching of an Eritrean refugee by a mob of Israeli Jews who thought he was Palestinian, and the murder of an Israeli Jew who was mistaken for a Palestinian, are manifestations of the fundamentally racist nature of Israel’s Jewish population.

Oct 25 13:21

Destructive austerity: Poverty and social hardship in the UK

Graham Peebles examines the devastating effects – and abject failure – of Britain’s neo-liberal programme to eliminate the budget deficit, and argues that what is needed is an approach that transcends ideologies and places the principle of sharing at its heart.

Oct 25 13:00

Our Infrastructure Is Falling Apart - The Railroads

I walked a 1/4 mile of train track in central Florida recently, and found that the tracks in many spots are not connected properly to the railroad ties, and some not at all. And these tracks run past houses. The tracks date back to the 1940’s. Perhaps our infrastructure should be a bigger priority than who we are going to bomb next, or what new weapon we can build.

Oct 25 11:38

Colorado Voters To Decide Who Gets Huge Overflow of Marijuana Tax Revenue

By Activist Post

Colorado literally doesn’t know what to do with all of the revenue from legalizing and taxing marijuana. The state has $66.1 million in excess tax revenue from recreational pot sales and the voters get to decide how it’s spent...

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Oct 25 10:21

The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained

On Friday, the New York Times Magazine decided to tweet this for some reason:
Given certain assumptions, this isn't a hard question. Assume that going back in time merely eliminates Hitler, and that the sole effect of that is that the Nazi Party lacks a charismatic leader and never takes power in Germany, and World War II and the Holocaust are averted, and nothing worse than World War II transpires in this alternate reality, and there are no unintended negative consequences of time travel. Then the question is reduced to, "Is it ethical to kill one person to save 40-plus million people?" That's pretty easy. You don't have to be a die-hard utilitarian to think one baby is an acceptable price to pay to save tens of millions of lives.

Webmaster addition: From which we can deduce from the fact that terrible things have happened and continue to happen that time travel into the past is in fact impossible and will never be solved at any point in the future.

Oct 25 10:20

They really want a theocracy: The GOP candidates who want to make you bow to their lord

If the number of those professing no loyalty to make-believe celestial despots (thankfully) continues to grow, faith derangement syndrome is advancing to its final stage among those suffering from it.

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Oct 25 09:36

Tony Blair apologises for 'mistakes' over Iraq War and admits 'elements of truth' to view that invasion helped rise of Isis.

Tony Blair has made apologies about aspects of the Iraq War for the first time and has said there are ‘elements of truth’ in the theory that the invasion helped feed the rise of Isis.

Oct 25 09:35

Information Minister, Grand Mufti meet Russian parliamentary delegation

That Grand Mufti sure gets around!

Damascus, SANA- Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi affirmed on Sunday that the Syrian media is fighting in a real battle against terrorism and performing huge missions to confront to misleading campaigns led by hostile media outlets.

During a meeting with Russian parliamentary delegation which is visiting Syria currently, al-Zoubi said that the Syrian media has a prominent role in clarifying the dimensions, objectives and components of terrorist war waged against Syria, hailing the sacrifices of Syrian media during the war.

Oct 25 09:35

President Obama’s decision to veto a $612 billion defense spending bill sets the stage for a fight that could force Congress to put an end to an era of fiscal mismanagement. It is a battle the president, who has vetoed only four other bills, may lose.

President Obama’s decision to veto a $612 billion defense spending bill sets the stage for a fight that could force Congress to put an end to an era of fiscal mismanagement. It is a battle the president, who has vetoed only four other bills, may lose. But it’s one well worth fighting.

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Oct 25 08:54

San Diego Police Department wants body cams on when guns come out after the second time in six months officers failed to turn on their body cameras during a deadly shooting

San Diego police officials said they are asking the company that makes the department’s cameras to see if technology exists that would automatically turn on an officer’s body-worn camera when they draw their gun from its holster.

Oct 25 08:52

LAPD Outfits Every Officer with Body Cameras

Over the past month, the LAPD has become the largest police department in the nation to deploy body cameras on all its patrol officers —- 7,000 of them.

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Oct 25 08:12

Lessons Learned From The Kobayashi Maru

As I look at the world with all it’s craziness and doom as of late I am reminded of the Kobayashi Maru test from the Star Trek series. Allow me to explain further. The Kobayashi Maru is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets in the command track at Starfleet Academy. The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, or a solution that involves redefining the problem and testing one’s character.

Oct 25 08:11

Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?

What did we learn from the Democratic presidential debates? We learned that Hillary Clinton hates Edward Snowden, loves the Patriot Act, and considers “the Iranians” among her biggest enemies. In short, we learned that she may very well be Lindsey Graham in drag.

And we also learned what many already knew: that she considers herself above the law. What we didn’t know, however, but do now, is that Bernie Sanders agrees with her. Or, as he put it:

“Let me say — let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.”

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Oct 25 07:45

Five Remain Critical After Crash at Oklahoma State University Parade in Stillwater

Stillwater resident Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence. Police said they were investigating the incident as a homicide and additional charges would be presented to the Payne County District Court.

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Where are the calls for banning cars for all safe, law-abiding drivers because of this one individual? Where are the calls for background checks before being sold a car or gas? Where are the calls to limit cars to only having ten gallons of gas? Where are the calls for registering purchases of gas and oil?

Because under the logic of the gun-grabbers, that is what we should be hearing right now! Every time some nut job whose brain has been melted on prescription anti-depressants kills someone, the first thing we hear is "Take all the guns", or "limit magazines", or "background checks for guns", or "Background checks for ammo"(California).

Why in the area of guns are the innocent being punished from the crimes of the guilty!

Oct 25 07:41

US-Turkey "Buffer Zone" to Save ISIS, Not Stop Them

By Tony Cartalucci

Russia’s intervention in Syria has derailed US regime-change efforts aimed at Damascus. It also threatens America’s secondary objective of dividing and destroying Syria as a functioning, unified nation-state. Long sought after “buffer zones” also sometimes referred to as “free zones” or “safe zones” still stand as the primary strategy of choice by the US and its regional allies for the deconstruction of Syria’s sovereignty and the intentional creation of a weak, failed state not unlike what the US and NATO left within the borders of Libya since 2011.

And while the US seeks to sell its “buffer zone” strategy under a variety of pretexts – from protecting refugees to fighting the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL) – it is admittedly a tactic aimed instead at America’s true objectives in Syria – the destruction of its government, the division of its people, and the eradication of its sovereignty...

Oct 25 07:36

Mother of slain State Dept. officer in Benghazi: Hillary Clinton ‘tells lies,’ treated me like dirt

Sean Smith was a State Department official who was one of four Americans killed in a terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Over three years later, his mother is still searching for answers.

Patricia Smith told RT’s Lindsay France that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised to tell her what happened to her son Sean, but reneged on that vow. She watched Thursday’s marathon hearing in which Clinton finally testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and says that the Democratic presidential hopeful lied to Congress about what happened that fateful September 11.

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Oct 25 06:34

Benghazi Hearing: Hillary Clinton Ignored 600 Requests for More Security in Libya

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Oct 25 06:05

Why Not Al Franken for President in 2016?

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile listed independent senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota as potential Democratic candidates who could challenge Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination in 2016

(*flashback article from November 16, 2014 submitted today , in response to the recent epiphany that Franken revealed in his popular Bush era expose' , 'Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them' , that he recieved the call from Ed Kotch not to go to work on 9/11 , or what Franken refered to as; The Jew Call . )

Oct 25 04:57

Has Federal Reserve Policy Helped - Or Hurt - the American People?

(*The truth is getting out , but please bear in mind 'the market' isn't the same thing as 'the American people' )

Oct 25 03:43

Spread the Word: TPP is Toxic Political Poison that Politicians should Avoid

At its root, the TPP is about modern colonialism. It is the way that Western governments and their transnational corporations, including Wall Street banks, can dominate the economies of developing nations. And it’s not too late to stop it.

Oct 24 22:46

Bush 41: Squanderer of Reagan Legacy Stunned by Son’s Rejection by Anti-Establishment Base

Former President George Bush, 91 and frail, is straining to understand an election season that has, for his son and the Republican Party, lurched sharply and stunningly off script. And he is often bewildered by what he sees.

“I’m getting old,” he tells friends, appraising today’s politics, “at just the right time.”

Oct 24 21:16

Wait, Netanyahu said what?

So, basically, it seems that Bibi made the whole thing up. And while making outrageous claims is something we have come to expect from him, this brings it all to a whole new (low) level. It’s evidence of a borderline psychotic disorder. Maybe not so borderline.

Oct 24 20:26

How regime changers use "nonviolent" tactics in a typical regime change operation.

The architects of regime change insist on the use of “nonviolent” tactics specifically because they pose a much thornier problem for the authorities than an outright revolt. If the government faces an armed uprising, it knows exactly what to do: put it down. But when the youth of the nation parades around in matching T-shirts (that have been mysteriously shipped in from abroad) shouting deliberately anodyne, aspirational slogans, and the entire happening takes on the air of a festival, then the government's ability to maintain public order gradually melts away.

When the conditions are right, the regime changers fly in the mercenaries with the sniper rifles, carry out a public massacre, and blame it on the government. These snipers appeared in Egypt in 2011 during the effort to topple Hosni Mubarak. They also appeared in Vilnius in 1991 and in Moscow in 1993. In Tunisia in 2011 they actually got detained. They had Swedish passports and Northern European faces. They said that they were there to hunt wild boar—with sniper rifles, in Tunis.

Let us not allow ourselves to be misled: all three types of political technologies the US uses against the rest of the world are types of warfare—hybrid warfare—and “nonviolent warfare” is an oxymoron. “Nonviolence” is a misnomer; with respect to Orange Revolutions, the correct term is “delayed use of violence.”

Oct 24 19:43

Let’s stop the stupid flag waving! (Saker rant)

At the end of the day, I suppose that it all boils down to this: do we trust Putin and the men around him. I do. Completely. But all that flag-waving and high-fiving is totally premature and, frankly, indecent. Just in the last couple of days, an Iranian general and a senior Hezbollah commander have died and the best way to honor them is not to act like Dubya did and not to declare “mission accomplished” when there is a long and hard struggle ahead. The best way to honor these men is to recognize the heroic nature and great difficulty of their struggle.

Right now, it could go either way. In theory, Daesh could break under pressure and basically collapse. This is possible, but this is not what I expect will happen. I expect Daesh to show flexibility and adapt to the new environment at which point the Russians will have to bring in more forces (although a Russian ground offensive is not on the table). As for the Iranians, they cannot afford to allow Daesh to prevail, so if the Syrian military continues to be over-extended and lacking supplies, they will have to move in. If that happens, the Americans and their Arab stooges in the region will go ballistic. So make no mistake, there next couple of weeks will be extremely dangerous.

Oct 24 19:20

Hebron activist showed Israel’s crimes to the world

Hebron resident and anti-occupation activist Hashem al-Azzeh died Wednesday after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

Al-Azzeh lived in a part of Hebron that was frequently attacked by Israeli settlers.

One incident, al-Azzeh’s own teeth were smashed when settlers attacked his home, ransacking it and destroying the furniture. Al-Azzeh’s wife was assaulted by settlers twice while she was pregnant in her first and second trimesters. She miscarried both times.

Oct 24 19:12

Israel Is Occupation Addicted – by Gideon Levy [VIDEO]

Gideon Levy, Respected Israeli journalist, explains why Israel is like an addict living off the financial aid from the USA to keep feeding it’s “occupation addiction”

Oct 24 19:04

CAFR expert’s brilliant 400 words on US debt: government hides abundance as future liabilities, ‘retirement’ accounts, buying ‘debt’ from each other

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Walter Burien is the leading expert on Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). Beginning in 1990, Walter began documenting how governments manipulate their books to hide public money, but reveal part of what they do in CAFRs. I discovered Walter’s work in 2012, read CAFRs for the state of California, the City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County, and verified his information as correct. I document those CAFRs’ information here, along with the adventure of my California Assemblyperson and State Senator’s obfuscations and eventual official statements of, “No comment” when asked to verify what I found in the state CAFR. My 23-minute interview to explain my findings is the last video of this article. I found similar fraud in San Jose’s CAFR in 2015.

Oct 24 18:39

Stop telling the public we’re not doomed, says climate change scientist

We all know that the global climate is changing, raising the terrifying prospect of floods, famines and migration crises galore. The latest installment of depressing news is the delightful prediction that dozens of American cities are at risk of drowning before the century is out, turning places like New Orleans and Miami into the lost kingdom of Atlantis.

Oct 24 18:38

SF eviction crisis continues: Oakland landlord who owns 3,600 properties suddenly raises $1080 rent to $3870/month

A group of tenants are resisting a landlord’s ongoing attempts to kick them out of their apartments, just a few blocks away from the site of the new luxury high-rise tower that will be built at the corner of East 12 Street by Lake Merritt.

Oct 24 18:35

Is the New World Order Dying? Part 2

By Bernie Suarez

In 2014 I wrote about how the new world order plans sustained quite a few noticeable and uncomfortable setbacks, enough for anyone paying attention to take notice and wonder if 2015 would be worse for the global elite. Well it’s not quite the end of 2015 (as of the time of this article) and already there are signs all around us that the Western cabal’s new world order plans could be slowly dying.

Oct 24 18:30

'U.S. Presidential Candidate Forum' to take place in Jerusalem, Israel on November 3rd.

A gaggle of right-wing, Jewish and Zionist groups from Israel and America are hosting an international event in Jerusalem on Nov. 3-4th. There is no word on if any actual America presidential candidates actually RSVP'd or have confirmed an appearance. I highly doubt it since none are listed. The event does have a number of other speakers scheduled that day, including several 'Members of the European Parliament.' The group's website states "The co-organizers believe that the Summit event in Jerusalem, Israel, will provide a strategic platform for communicating with leading voices and key stakeholders about foreign policy, US-Israel relations, Europe-Israel relations, the present threats to the West, Israel, and our common civilization based on the foundation of the rule of law - protecting life, liberty and property."

Oct 24 17:39

French journalist attacked by far-right Jewish extremists trying to storm offices of national news agency

A leading French journalist has been assaulted by pro-Israel vigilantes as a mob tried to storm the offices of the country’s national news agency in Paris. David Perrotin, who currently writes for the news site BuzzFeed, was placed under protection after being attacked by around 12 masked men brandishing batons on Thursday night. All were linked to the Jewish Defence League (JDL), a notoriously violent group that was protesting against Agence France Presse’s (AFP) coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Oct 24 16:28

Trey Gowdy Just Elected Hillary Clinton President

What happened on the Hill Thursday echoed the famous scene from All the President's Men, when super-source Deep Throat scolds reporter Bob Woodward for botching a story about hated Nixon henchman H.R. Haldeman.

"You let Haldeman slip away," says Deep Throat.

"Yes," answers a sheepish Woodward.

"You've done worse than let Haldeman slip away. You've got people feeling sorry for him. I didn't think that was possible."

With Thursday's interminable, pointless, haranguing, disorganized, utterly amateurish attempt at a smear job, the Republicans and their tenth-rate congressional attack schnauzer, South Carolina's Trey Gowdy, got people feeling sorry for Hillary Clinton. Over the course of 11 long hours, they made the most eloquent argument for a Hillary Clinton presidency yet offered by anyone, including Clinton herself.

Oct 24 16:16

FLASHBACK 2012 - New Explosive Benghazi Allegations: CIA Operators Told to ‘Stand Down’ During Attack As 3 Urgent Requests for Military Back-Up Were Denied

Explosive new allegations surrounding the Benghazi attack emerged this morning, with FOX News’ Jennifer Griffin reporting that sources have confirmed that three urgent requests for military assistance sent from the CIA annex were all denied; CIA operators were apparently told to “stand down” rather than respond when shots were heard around 9:40 p.m. on September 11. Following the alleged developments, Charles Woods, father of ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods who was killed in the attack, passionately responded to this new information on Glenn Beck’s radio program (see his comments at the end of the article).

Oct 24 14:38

Israel Is Occupation Addicted - by Gideon Levy [VIDEO]

Gideon Levy, Respected Israeli journalist, explains why Israel is like an addict living off the financial aid from the USA to keep feeding it's "occupation addiction"

Oct 24 13:19

Arch-Neocon PNAC Founder Bill Kristol Shilling for Ben Carson & Attacking Trump

Arch neocon Zionist Bill Kristol, publisher of the war-mongerng rag 'The Weekly Standard' and co-founder of Project for the New American Century, (PNAC), is aggressively attacking Donald Trump at every chance he gets. PNAC is the group that called for a 'new Pearl Harbor' to justify their empirical foreign policy ideals, less than one year prior to 9/11. Kristol is also shilling for pro-vaccine warmonger Dr. Ben Carson, who is the 2015 version of black Republican gatekeeper Alan Keyes. Keyes, you might recall, ran against populist America-first candidate Buchanan in the 1996 and 2000 GOP presidential Primaries, and often viciously attacked Pat Buchanan, even saying that Pat "had a black heart." Not coincidentally, Alan Keyes was Bill Kristol's college roommate, and Kristol helped run Keyes first Senate campaign. Ben Carson is indeed the 2015 version of Alan Keyes, and Kristol is their head cheerleader. There is nothing new under the sun.

Oct 24 12:49

Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?

She is simply incapable of telling the truth. Dishonesty is part of her make-up -

What did we learn from the Democratic presidential debates? We learned that Hillary Clinton hates Edward Snowden, loves the Patriot Act, and considers “the Iranians” among her biggest enemies. In short, we learned that she may very well be Lindsey Graham in drag.

And we also learned what many already knew: that she considers herself above the law.

Oct 24 12:10

Will Obama Name This Big Pharma Insider as Head of the FDA?

Americans already pay more for pharmaceutical drugs than almost any other nation, and we also take the lion’s share of them, though our overall health as a nation is relatively poor.
Do we really need a Big Pharma insider as the chief of the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)? That is just what may happen.
President Obama has nominated Dr. Robert Califf, a doctor described as “the ultimate industry insider” to this position. According to the New York Times, Dr. Califf “has deeper ties to the pharmaceutical industry than any F.D.A. commissioner in recent memory.” He has an extensive record of close collaboration with pharmaceutical giants, and recently described regulation as a “barrier,” not a safeguard for public health.

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Were I a betting person, I would absolutely bet on this happening, because the relationship between the pharmaceutical companies and the leadership of the FDA has become absolutely incestuous, and it's all about bringing in windfall profits, many times at the heavy, and terrible, cost to public health.

Oct 24 12:04

‘Turning a blind eye’: Court sides with government on NSA surveillance, dismisses ACLU challenge

A federal district court judge in Virginia has dismissing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the National Security Agency’s mass interception and surveillance of Americans’ communications.

Siding with the government, the judge ruled Friday that the nine plaintiffs in the case had not plausibly alleged that their communications were being monitored by the NSA.

“Plaintiff’s standing argument boils down to suppositions about how Upstream surveillance must operate in order to achieve the government’s stated goals,” wrote US District Judge T. S. Ellis in his ruling. “In a case like this, plaintiffs necessarily rely on probabilities and speculation because most facts about Upstream surveillance remain classified, and hence plaintiffs see through a glass darkly.”

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One must then speculate on what "juicy" information NSA has about Judge Ellis, to have made that ruling.

Oct 24 11:42

Federal court drops ACLU case against NSA snooping

A US federal district court has rejected a case by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the latter’s mass surveillance program.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs had argued that the surveillance program was harmful, despite the NSA’s silence on it in court.

“The NSA’s mass surveillance violates our clients’ constitutional rights to privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of association, and it poses a grave threat to a free internet and a free society,” said Ashley Gorski, a staff attorney with the ACLU national security project. “The private communications of innocent people don’t belong in government hands.”

Yet, the judge in the case, TS Ellis III, said the suit relied on “the subjective fear of surveillance”, because the NSA did not admit to having collected any of the information it was alleged to have collected by the ACLU, according to the Guardian.

Oct 24 11:28

Report: Iraq Authorizes Russia to Strike ISIS Convoys

According to a statement from Iraq’s Defense Committee leader Hakim al-Zamli, the government has formally authorized Russia to carry out airstrikes against ISIS convoys that have crossed into Iraqi territory from Syria, a move he says is key to weakening supply lines.

The move comes amid a solid week of US officials warning Russia away from any involvement in Iraq, and threats to punish Iraq if they dared to accept any help from Russia, insisting Iraq had to choose between the two potential partners in the war.

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Looks like Iraq has just chosen its partner for its very own war on terror; and that partner is NOT the United States of America!!

Oct 24 11:26

Hilarious: Trumps Asks Why Ben Carson Is Ahead In Iowa Polls: "Too much Monsanto in the corn creates issues in the brain?"

Referring to his competitor Ben Carson showing ahead in Iowa primary polls, Donald Trump retweeted "#BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa. Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain? #Trump #GOP." The good news is that Trump is not only hip to the evils of Monsanto and GMO Franken-food, but he also dares to tell the truth about poison vaccines and autism. Very interesting development.

Oct 24 11:22

FBI Agents Accused Of Torturing U.S. Citizen Abroad Can't Be Sued

Federal agents who illegally detain, interrogate and torture American citizens abroad can't be held accountable for violating the Constitution.

A divided federal appeals court on Friday tossed the lawsuit of a U.S. citizen who claimed the FBI trampled his rights for four months across three African countries while he was traveling overseas.

In so many words, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the man, Amir Meshal, couldn't sue the federal government for such violations, and punted the issue to someone else.

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Welcome to Amerika; the land of the cowed; the home of the surveilled; and the country which can torture its citizens overseas with utterly no legal repercussions at home.

People with skills and kids, please get out of this country before it is too late; the window for an exit is closing by the day.

Oct 24 11:20

Hurricane Patricia Flooding, Landslides. Amazing Videos

Hurricane Patricia has toppled trees and lampposts, cut electric power, is flooding and triggered landslides after powerful hurricane made landfall as a Category 5 on Mexico’s coast, as the first raw videos are showing. Evacuees have crowded into shelters, some resorting to the buildings’ halls in Jalisco where over 6,000 people are bunking down for the night.

Winds ranging from 165 -185mph smashed Manzanillo late today as Hurricane Patricia made landfall, bringing the rainy high storm surge through the streets.

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Oct 24 11:16

American Express Makes Bitcoin Technology Venture

With each passing month we see big developments being made with Bitcoin mobile payment technology. A recently announced American Express investment into a payment processor to create a new app is especially noteworthy. American Express has invested over $12,000,000 in a company named Abra to develop a new mobile app...

Oct 24 11:15

FBI Director Blames Crime On Police Misconduct Videos

Police anxiety in the era of ever-present cellphone cameras and viral videos partly explains why violent crime has risen in several large U.S. cities this year, FBI Director James Comey said Friday.

Comey told several hundred students during a forum at the University of Chicago Law School that it's critical to do more to address a widening gulf between law enforcement and citizens in many communities, particularly African-Americans.

He said while there likely are multiple factors behind the spike in violence in cities, including Chicago, officers and others nationwide have told him they see "the era of viral videos" as a link.

"I don't know whether this explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year, and that wind is surely changing behavior," Comey said.

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So, Mr. Comey: you are "blaming the messenger", and in essence saying that the filming of police brutality (particularly against American minorities), is causing a rise in crime?!?

Sir, forgive me, but have you lost your reality licence, to make such a claim?!?

The massive grinding poverty, which creates the perfect storm for crime in many of our inner cities, is directly attributable to the massive offshoring/outsourcing of those jobs which once gave this country both a middle class and a sense of pride. Taking a look at the burned out, scorched, ruined communities in places like Chicago and Detroit, it is hardly a wonder that crime has escalated in these communities. When dreams die hard, and hopelessness just wraps around people like a shroud, they get angry; anger leads to desperation, and desperation leads to crime.

When cops brutalize innocents, it is because they believe they can do it with impunity and get away with it; so precisely where, sir, does that attitude come from?

From State and Federal authorities, perhaps?!? Is there an implicit understanding that people who might, just possibly, have legitimate grievances, be beaten, tasered, or shot (sometimes dead) into submission, as an example for the others, and that is just fine with State and Federal officials?!?

And then, there is the aggravating factor of training by the Israeli military of our police. Mr. Comey, do you realize that when former, or current, IDF members train our police, they train them to behave precisely toward American citizens as they do to the Palestinians?!?
The entire concept of de-escalation is completely foreign to them.

So please, let us not blame the messengers here; let's blame a culture of police violence which is that absolute antithesis of the concept of "to protect and serve", and change it. THAT, sir, is what has to happen, along with providing an economy where people can have the dignity of work.

Oct 24 10:50

Radioactive Waste, The Wigner Effect & Fukushima

On this edition of DTRH Popeye breaks down, in an easy to understand manner, the reality of our current nuclear problems. In the first hour he covers in detail: The ongoing problems of nuclear waste storage; What nuclear waste actually consists of, and The Wigner Effect. In hour number two he is joined by special guest co-host Christina Consolo aka RadChick. Christina covers Wigner a little more in depth, and then her and Popeye delve into the current situation with the ongoing nuclear clusterf**k that is the Fukushima Daiichi Nuke Facility. One of the most dire problems at the moment is the massive amounts of radioactive groundwater now seeping up into the plant and the surrounding land, which they cover in depth. In the last section of the show the two of them offer hope with solutions for what seems to be a no win situation. Make sure to take the time to hear this important broadcast, and share it as much as you can.

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Oct 24 10:37

LOCKHEED MARTIN, BOEING RALLY AROUND SAUDI ARABIA, WAVE OFF HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS

Representatives from two major defense contractors whose advanced weaponry is being used in the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign that has killed scores of civilians in Yemen were quick to defend the human rights record of the Persian Gulf kingdom in a panel discussion held last week in Washington, D.C.

Ronald L. Perrilloux Jr., an executive with Lockheed Martin, complained of an atmosphere of “hostile media reports” shaping the views of Congress, most of which, he said, are “patently false.”

“Another significant irritant,” Perrilloux said, “is the application of human rights laws” toward U.S. allies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Perrilloux argued that these countries, despite being “better partners to us than some of our NATO allies,” were being unfairly judged compared to Chinese human rights abuses.

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It is painfully apparent that Ronald L. Perrilloux Jr., and Jeffrey Kohler, collectively, have the morals of a dead tree stump, in the way that they try to make the human rights issues in Yemen (and in Saudi Arabia) just go away, in their "profit uber alles" rants.

I would like to politely remind them of the true narrative in both countries.

Yemen threw out their US-backed puppet, Al-Hadi, as he had offered absolutely no real solutions to the grinding poverty, corruption, and lack of transparency in government.

And I would like to remind Mssrs. Kohler and Perrilloux that when the last Yemenite "election" was held, the only name on the ballot was that of Al-Hadi. Democracy in action, right, gentlemen?!?

The Saudis, militarily enabled by the US have attacked Yemen to attempt to get the rebels out, and re-establish the Al-Hadi regime.

As of August 24th of this year, as reported by Mondoweiss:

"Approximately 4,500 people, many civilians, have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition began bombing 150 days ago, according to the UN. 23,000 more have been wounded.

An average of 30 people have been killed in Yemen every single day since the beginning of the war on March 26, which pits a US-backed coalition of Middle Eastern nations and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against Iran-backed Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

UNICEF estimates nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 injured in the past four months in the country, the poorest in the Middle East."

The Saudis have hit schools, hospitals, and homes, indiscriminately. As reported by Mother Jones on 28 September, 2015:

"Saudi Arabia, backed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and a coalition of Arab nations, has been bombing Yemen for several months in support of the Yemeni government. The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting since March, when Houthi rebels from northern Yemen ousted President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi. While Saudi Arabia claims that it is targeting Houthi fighters and military installations, human rights groups and the United Nations have found the coalition's air campaign has mostly affected civilians. Since March, more than 2,000 civilians have died and another 4,000 have been injured, most of them killed in the air campaign, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. A new UN report states that 86 percent of casualties in the ongoing violence have been civilians."

Surely, THIS must be "... that type of cooperation and facilitating and helping them with the gaps..." which Mr. Kohler so evangelically praises.

Now, let's bop on over to Saudi Arabia, shall we, and to their sterling human rights record.

As reported by CNN on 14 September 2015:

"On September 14, local media reported that an appeals court and Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence of Ali al-Nimr for participating in protests four years ago. He was 16 at the time. Today, he awaits the execution of his sentence, which stipulates that al-Nimr should be beheaded and that his headless body should be strung up for public display.

Among the "crimes" for which al-Nimr was convicted were "breaking allegiance with the ruler," "going out to a number of marches, demonstrations, and gatherings against the state and repeating some chants against the state," and using his cell phone to incite demonstrations. He was also accused of sheltering men wanted by police, helping wanted men avoid police raids, and attacking police with Molotov cocktails and rocks, although prosecutors offered no clear details of injuries to police officers. Al-Nimr denied the charges and told the court that security officials coerced a "confession."

Saudi Arabia is one of only a handful of countries in the world known to maintain the death penalty for people who allegedly committed crimes as children.* So there was nothing to stop Saudi authorities from bringing al-Nimr to trial before its notorious terrorism court, which sentenced him to death in May 2014.

True, Saudi Arabia has ratified international treaties that prohibit executing anyone for offenses committed when they were under 18. Yet despite this obligation, under the Saudi system, someone who exhibits physical signs of puberty can be tried as an adult. In January 2013, Saudi Arabia executed a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of murdering a newborn when she was 17, and in March of the same year authorities executed two Saudi men convicted of committing armed robbery before they turned 18.

And al-Nimr is far from alone. In fact, he's part of a rising trend. Saudi Arabia has one of the highest known execution rates in the world and so far this year, it has executed 135 people. Saudi diplomats have been trying to deflect criticism of the country's soaring execution rate. In September, the country's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva dismissed the criticism as "protecting the rights of the killer."

In fact, just under half of all executions in Saudi Arabia in any given year are not for murder, but for nonviolent drug crimes or even occasionally for dubious "crimes" such as sorcery. And those accused of serious crimes don't always get fair trials. Al-Nimr's case is a prime example."

So, in conclusion, gentlemen, the US government is in bed with the Saudi government in order for your companies to make money with weapons; to suppress the revolt in Yemen; crush any human rights protests in Saudi Arabia; and attempt to destabilize Saudi Arabia's regional arch enemy, Iran. That is how the world works, and I understand this.

But to essentially dismiss the human rights aspects of the Saudi invasion of Yemen, coupled with the Saudi government's suppression of its own people, demonstrates, clearly, that this government and administration have no moral core whatsoever, and are operating from a "the ends justify the means" policy.

And that kind of attitude can create unintended consequences, culminating in a whup-ass blowback.

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Oct 24 10:16

MICHEAL MEACHER

Michael Meacher, who died yesterday, was in many ways the intellectual powerhouse behind the insurrection that saw Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of the Labour Party this summer.

He was one of the few politicians to attend the Parliamentary debate on money creation, he gave a stirring speech at the protests when UK hosted the secretive Bilderberg Group, and he was the only mainstream politician to raise questions about the 911 attacks, with a 2003 article in the Guardian headed "This War on Terrorism is Bogus".

His 911 stance led to an aggressive character assassination campaign by the US London Embasssy. Later, when he planned a showing of the 911 sceptic movie Loose Change in the House of Commons it was cancelled at the last moment while Michael said privately that he feared violent repercussions.

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Oct 24 10:12

Is Ben Carson Serving The Same 'Spoiler' Role to Donald Trump as Alan Keys Tried To Do With Pat Buchanan? (1996)

In response to my recent post showing Ben Carson saying "Illegal Aliens Could Stay," a reader writes: "Carson is the 2015 version of Alan Keyes. Keyes was a house boy for Bill Kristol (his Harvard roommate) and stalking horse for the Establishment. He crippled Pat Buchanan in the early primary voting in 1996." Let's compare these two situations, twenty years after Buchanan vs. Keyes, where another alleged 'black conservative GOP candidate' Ben Carson challenges a pro-American populist, Donald Trump, in the GOP Presidential primary.

Oct 24 10:10

Multiple injuries at Oklahoma State University parade as car rams into crowd

At least two people are reported killed and several more injured after a vehicle crashed into the crowd during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in the city of Stillwater.

The incident took place on Saturday morning and left many people injured, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent, told AP, without revealing further details.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So will the government now demand that all law-abiding safe drivers surrender their cars?

Oct 24 09:41

Tampons, sterile cotton, sanitary pads contaminated with glyphosate - study

The vast majority ? 85 percent ? of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested in a new Argentinian study contained glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, ruled a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, 62 percent of the samples tested positive for AMPA, glyphosate's metabolite, according to the study, which was conducted by researchers at the Socio-Environmental Interaction Space (EMISA) of the University of La Plata in Argentina.

All of the raw and sterile cotton gauze analyzed in the study showed evidence of glyphosate, said Dr. Damian Marino, the study's head researcher.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this practice is going on in Argentina, you can almost bet that it is going on in the US as well.

Monsanto has known that glyphosate is a carcinogen for over 40 years; and cotton, infused, with glyphosate, has been used in the manufacture of tampons FOR YEARS?!?!?

Holy CRUD!!

To all the ladies who read this site, and the men who love them, please investigate what natural alternatives may exist in your local health food store, today, if possible; you should not have to be putting up with this poison.

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Oct 24 09:30

Democratic Party embracing Black Lives Matter

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not a huge O'Reilly fan, but in this case he makes a valid point. The Democratic party is aligning itself with a radical group that is calling for the killings of police officers.

Oct 24 09:28

The Ancient Esoteric Wisdom of the Hawaiian Huna Philosophy

By Paul Lenda

A long time ago, Hawaii was a mystical and magical place (and still is today in many ways). What made Hawaii especially magical in ages past was that there were shamans called kahunas that lived on its emerald islands. These individuals experienced true nature of Reality, in which they realized several critical defining aspects of reality that were later taught to others in order to guide humanity towards a full Self-realized state of existence.

In the early 20th century, with the rise of New Thought, there was an individual by the name of Max Long who linked the ancient kahunas to abstract and mystical metaphysics he was contemplating upon. He believed the key to Huna is the concept of the ‘ Three Selves’, meaning the unconscious, conscious, and superconscious, which he called the unihipili, the uhane and the aumakua. Also, the word Huna is a Hawaiian word meaning “secret,”but it also refers to the esoteric wisdom of Polynesia.
The 7 Huna Principles.......

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Oct 24 09:25

Is Trump A Populist Or A Pro-Zionist Spoiler?

Be very careful people. This fellow has family and financial ties to Israel!

“I’m very close to Israel . . . very close. I have a great relationship, very close. Far better than our president has,” he told the jubilant Birch Run audience.

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