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Feb 23 09:08

Offers pour in to help 97-year-old tenant facing eviction

Such is the plight of 97-year-old Marie Hatch, who was served with a 60-day notice this month to vacate the Craftsman cottage she's lived in since 1950. She says she may wind up homeless if evicted...Hatch's landlord, David Kantz, said he has great sympathy for her, but that he has a duty on behalf of his sons to handle the property to the best of his ability before his late wife"s trust expires this summer. His attorney says that under the terms of his wife's will, the house must be sold this year.

Feb 23 08:42

Why Did 'The Daily Beast' (Newsweek) Contact Me For An Interview About Trump & 9/11 Then Not Publish It? (Hint: Israelis)

The Daily Beast, formerly part of Newsweek, contacted me several times last week requesting an interview regarding my confrontation with Donald Trump (when I asked him about the five Dancing Israelis arrested in New Jersey on 9/11/2001.) They also asked if I was Trump supporter and what I made of his recent comments on 9/11. After contacting me four separate times over two days, and getting my replies about 9/11 and Israel's involvement, The Daily Beast conveniently and mysteriously opted not to publish the interview, so I will post it myself. (Gee, I wonder why on earth they'd want to omit such info from the public sphere? I guess documented facts about all the Israelis arrested on 9/11 doesn't fit in well with their "tin foil hat 9/11 conspiracy" meme.)

Feb 23 08:36

Marco Rubio to carry on neocon agenda for backers: Project For a New American Century (PNAC) to live on

Despite Donald Trump’s heavy surge in the Primaries, Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio will likely end up being the Establishment’s pick, favored by the GOP to become the next President of the United States, in another attempt to undermine American voters who now taking their voice to the polls in droves with an anti-Establishment stance.

Feb 23 08:10

UK BAN ON PUBLIC-SECTOR BOYCOTTS OF ISRAELI GOODS RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT ISRAEL, DEMOCRACY

Last week, without parliamentary debate or vote, the United Kingdom announced a controversial new law that looks to ban publicly-funded institutions from boycotting Israeli goods and services on political grounds — including student unions at publicly-funded universities, local councils and the National Health Service. In a statement released on Feb. 17, the Cabinet Office of the U.K.’s Conservative government stated: “Town hall boycotts undermine good community relations, poisoning and polarizing debate, weakening integration and fueling anti-Semitism.” “Locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain’s export trade and harm international relationships,” it added.

Feb 23 07:41

Canada's Liberal PM and his party decide to suck and blow at the same time on the BDS issue

Liberals denounce and agree with Tory motion condemning Israel boycotters

So, the Trudeau government intends to join with the Conservatives next week and condemn the United Church of Canada and the Quakers, along with every other organization and individual participating to any degree in a boycott of Israeli goods and services.

Blanket government condemnation is not a very sunny thing to do, and the Liberals, quivering with outrage, are making it clear they really don't want to do it.

But they are going ahead because, apparently, they're being bullied, the poor daisies.

It's just not fair, the things you can be forced to do when you have a parliamentary majority.

Feb 23 06:17

We Need to Talk About Sheldon

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Adelson, who spent upwards of $100 million trying (and failing) to sway the 2012 presidential election, is essentially a single-issue candidate: His driving concern is not only maintaining but supplementing the diplomatic and military cover that the United States offers the state of Israel. The Palestinians, he has said, are an “invented people” whose sole purpose “is to destroy Israel.”

The casino magnate has not yet graced a Republican candidate with his largesse in this election, though he is thought to favor Marco Rubio.

Feb 23 05:53

BREXIT : TORIES UNLEASH MILITARY LEADERS, RUSSIAN INVASION, ISIS, THREATS FROM US AND NATO IN FEAR CAMPAIGN

Originally, Britain signed up to the European Economic Community or EEC via a referendum in 1975 for the purposes of enhancing trade, it was in essence a trade deal, or at least that was how it was sold to the British people. What the unsuspecting people of Britain were not aware of was that in reality the origins of the EU was devised by the USA back in the 1950’s that saw the continent more as an opportunity of a puppet run super-state filled with attendant yes-men for trade and the manipulation of strategic global markets and, just as importantly a defensive buffer zone against it’s new foe – the Reds from Russia. Think TTIP, Ukraine and an ever expanding NATO alliance.

Feb 23 05:53

European Stocks Fall as Yen Gains With Gold on China Yuan Fixing

>China cuts yuan fixing by the most in more than a month
>Euro weakens with pounds as Brexit risks weigh on currencies

Investors got a reminder on Tuesday of the potential for China’s currency moves to jar financial markets.

European stocks fell with emerging markets after the People’s Bank of China reduced the yuan’s reference rate by the most in six weeks. BHP Billiton Ltd. led commodity producers lower after making a larger-than-expected cut to its dividend. Industrial metals declined, with zinc slipping back after entering a bull market on Monday. The yen gained and gold climbed on haven demand.

Feb 23 05:07

flashback: 2/5/16 Adelson's Vegas Paper Endorses Rubio

Sheldon Adelson-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal endorses Marco Rubio
Endorsement comes after months of speculation surrounding secretive purchase of state’s largest newspaper by the GOP donor and casino mogul

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, now under the ownership of billionaire casino mogul and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, has endorsed senator Marco Rubio in the presidential race.

The high-profile endorsement comes after months of speculation surrounding Adelson’s initially secretive purchase of Nevada’s largest newspaper, with the news organization’s own staff forced to investigate the identity of their new boss.

The endorsement published Friday afternoon includes a prominent disclaimer distancing Adelson from the decision: >>>

Feb 22 23:27

Americans Mindless About the Grave Dangers They Face

Never before in history has the danger of possible humanity destroying nuclear war been greater. Fundamental rights Americans think they have don’t exist.

They’re deplorably out-of-touch, the most over-entertained, uninformed people anywhere, controlled by neocon infested bipartisan governance, lunatics threatening their welfare, security and world peace.

Public ignorance is shocking, why America gets away with high crimes at home and abroad. Lawless interventionism is longstanding policy.

Endless US wars on humanity rage. Human and civil rights are fast eroding en route toward disappearing altogether. Police state injustice rules, tyranny by any standard, heading toward becoming full-blown.

Feb 22 22:20

Guess What Americans Are Most Afraid Of

mostly rational fears - government corruption, privacy violations, big brother, etc.

Feb 22 21:24

Paul Craig Roberts: The Neo-Cons Are Being Defeated

"America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests"
— Henry Kissinger

but the banksters and neocons interests do not coincide with ours

Feb 22 19:37

PCR: The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip

Paul Craig Roberts blogs on the recent release of an updated version of the book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by the former "hit man" John Perkins.

PCR:
Perkins shows that despite his revelations, the situation is worse than ever and has spread into the West itself. The populations of Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the United States itself are now being looted by Hit Man activity.

Perkins’ book shows that the US is “exceptional” only in the unbridled violence it applies to others who get in its way. One of the new chapters tells the story of France-Albert Rene, president of Seychelles, who threatened to reveal the illegal and inhumane eviction of the residents of Diego Garcia by Britain and Washington so that the island could be converted into an air base from which Washington could bomb noncompliant countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Washington sent in a team of jackels to murder the president of Seychelles, but the assassins were foiled. All but one were captured, tried and sentenced to execution or prison, but a multi-million dollar bribe to Rene freed them. Rene got the message and became compliant.

Feb 22 18:36

Donald Trump Jr: "They're Deathly Afraid Of My Father On Both Sides"

Replay of today's Donald J. Trump for President event in Elko, NV with Donald Trump, Jr. at the Elko Convention Center. (40 minutes, Streamed live 6 hours ago.)

Feb 22 18:09

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Hasn't Asked a Question in a Decade

Ten years ago Monday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question from the bench.

He hasn't done it since.

The streak is a record — no other justice in modern history has gone more than a term without asking a question during oral arguments. It's also a source of curiosity and angst in the legal community.

Feb 22 18:07

Emails Show Hillary Clinton Aides Celebrating F-15 Sales to Saudi Arabia: “Good News”

The shockingly brutal Saudi air campaign in Yemen has been led by American-made F-15 jet fighters.

Feb 22 18:03

Consultants reaped windfall from failed Bush campaign

When Donald Trump pointed the finger at Jeb Bush at the last debate and claimed he’s got nothing to show for the millions his campaign has spent, he wasn’t kidding.

A review of how Bush and his allies spent over $125 million in his failed campaign shows the main thing to come out of it was a lot of consultants and local TV stations made a lot of money.
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The rest of the money, according to the Post review, went to polling, legal fees, and other areas. For all that, he won just four delegates – or roughly $31 million per delegate >>>

Feb 22 17:30

Trump Now Counts Rudy Giuliani as Part of His Political Kitchen Cabinet

In an email Sunday night, Trump confirmed that Giuliani has become part of his inner circle as he navigates the 2016 terrain and hotly contested primaries. "Rudy is a very knowledgeable friend. I consider his counsel very important," Trump wrote.

Feb 22 17:10

Trump Threatens Owners of the Chicago Cubs

"I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016

Feb 22 17:05

Arizona Bill To Nullify All Future Federal Gun Laws

state nullification
regional nullification
city nullification
courtroom nullification
group nullification
individual nullification

take your power back

Feb 22 16:55

George Galloway calling BBC tabloid on Brexit

BBC wants to focus on scandal rather than the official topic of the interview

Feb 22 16:28

Sister of slain Muslim student challenges Donald Trump after 'pig blood' comments

Campaigning ahead of the South Carolina primary last Saturday, Mr Trump illustrated his belief in the importance of being tough on terror with a war story about Gen John Pershing. In his recounting, which has not been historically verified, Pershing once captured 50 militants and had his soldiers kill 49 of them with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood.

“This is something you can read in the history books,’’ Mr. Trump said. “Not a lot of history books, because they don’t like teaching it.’’

After hearing his comments, Ms Barakat issued her invitation on Twitter on Sunday night. She asked Mr Trump to “meet me in person and tell me my brother, Yusor & Razan were deserving of the bullets.”

Feb 22 16:23

Going Off Grid? Here’s What To Do About Water: “Solution With Minimal Effort”

Especially if you are just starting out with your off grid home or survival shelter, securing potable water for your most basic needs may be very difficult.

Water is quite heavy, and hence, any large containers will be very difficult to carry or transport if you don’t think ahead... but this video shows the solution this off-grid couple worked out.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

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Feb 22 15:58

Scalia murder cover-up begins to unravel: Intelligence officers and high ranking police publicly question his untimely death

As questions surrounding the untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia continue to mount, multiple highly credible officials have publicly raised concerns over the very real possibility that foul play was involved.

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Feb 22 15:49

Catholic Church based upon Roman vs Anglo Saxon Law

Whatever you think or believe about the Catholic Church, the latest dust up between the current Pontiff and Donald Trump may seem trite, but actually reveals a fundamental difference in the meaning of being a Christian. When Pope Francis Suggests Donald Trump Is ‘Not Christian’, such a troubling account reported in the New York Times, should alarm believers and non-believers alike. An integral part of this issue must acknowledge a startling distinction on the basei of law and how it relates to the concept of a Christian Church.

Feb 22 15:45

Gadsden flag flies at Malheur Wildlife Refuge before authorities spot it and take it down

According to a local Oregon publication, “Late Sunday night the Gadsden “Don’t Tread On Me” flag suddenly appeared at the Bureau of Land Management building outside of Hines, Oregon. The flag was hanging below the U.S. flag on the agency flagpole shortly before midnight. Law enforcement arrived shortly after people began to notice it. The flag wasn’t present Monday morning.”

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Feb 22 15:10

Marco Rubio: A New American Century

(*worse then Bush & Obama together , and he's not even IN yet .)

Feb 22 14:28

flashback March 20, 2015; Senator Marco Rubio – Israel First, America Last

On March 19, 2015, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) gave a speech which promoted Israel. He spoke more like a paid Israeli lobbyist than a US Senator.

Who exactly is Senator Rubio working for, America or Israel? And where does his loyalty lie?

Not only was his speech filled with a stunning facade of inaccuracies, and outright lies, it approached sycophancy and boot-licking of Israel and Bibi Netanyahu.

Could it be that Senator Rubio clearly understands who is running America and that in order to advance his political career, he must suck up to them?

>Could it be that he understands that the City of London based Rothschild Khazarian Mafia Banksters established a beachhead in America in 1913, from which they proceeded to infiltrate and hijack our monetary production and distribution system in order to buy control of Congress, and now uses Israel as their main action-agent?

>Could it be that he understands >>>

Feb 22 14:09

Mark Kirk Breaks with McConnell, Citing Duty to ‘Constitution’ over ‘Party’

In a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed posted moments ago, Kirk argues that, in the spirit of honoring the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans should place the Constitution before their party.

“I recognize the right of the President, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider,” he writes.

“I also recognize my duty as a Senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information. The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the President’s role in proposing a nominee.”

By the same token, he urges the president to put forth a nominee who rejects partisanship and extremism.

“My sincerest hope is that >>>

Feb 22 13:19

SAUDI ARABIA BECOMES BIGGEST ARMS IMPORTER IN MIDDLE EAST

In a further sign of its ramping up its military muscle, Saudi Arabia has become the biggest arms importer in the Middle East, and the second biggest in the world, after India, with an increase of 275 percent in 2011-5 compared to 2006-10. Between 2011-15 Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer, with an increase of 275 per cent compared to 2006-10. In the same period, arms imports by the United Arab Emirates rose by 35 per cent and those by Qatar went up by 279 per cent.

Feb 22 13:17

Cruz: US Will Stand Unapologetically With Israel

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke at a rally in Pahrump, Nevada on Sunday, just one day after finishing third in South Carolina's primary. (Feb. 21)
Note: No matter how many innocent Israel murders!

Feb 22 13:15

What the Social Security Administration doesn't tell you

Amid all the changes underway with retirement, from disappearing pensions to shrinking matches on company 401(k) plans, one thing – so far – has remained constant: Social Security.(*?)

Among those age 65 and over, more than half of married couples and 74 percent of those who are not married depend on Social Security for at least half of their income, according to the Social Security Administration.

But are Americans leaving Social Security money on the table? And could the Social Security statement provide more information that would help them make better choices?

"It probably could do more,">>>

Feb 22 13:01

Rubio Inherits Establishment Support

Rubio inherits establishment support but is on a narrow path to stop Trump

LAS VEGAS — A wave of mainstream Republican donors and elected officials is swiftly flocking to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) amid a growing sense that is he is the last best chance to prevent Donald Trump from running away with the Republican nomination.

(*The Jeb!tanic sunk , but they're trying to steady the Rubio Life Boat , which could capsize from the pitch caused by the wake from The passing SS Trump )

Feb 22 12:02

Death of last Treblinka survivor points to post-witness era

the death of Willenberg, who was buried Monday, also symbolizes a looming transition in the field of Holocaust commemoration, as historians and educators prepare for a world without survivors and the challenge of maintaining the memory of the Nazi genocide without the aid of those who witnessed it.
Note: Let us transition into honest research about the holocau$t based on verifiable facts instead of the imagination and lies of survivors!

Feb 22 11:56

'The Daily Beast' Repeatedly Contacts Me For An Interview About Trump & 9/11, (Israelis) Then Conveniently Declines To Publish It - So I'll Post It Myself.

The Daily Beast, formerly part of Newsweek, contacted me several times last week requesting an interview regarding my confrontation with Donald Trump (when I asked him about the five Dancing Israelis arrested in New Jersey on 9/11/2001.) They also asked if I was Trump supporter and what I made of his recent comments on 9/11. After contacting me four separate times over two days, and getting my replies about 9/11 and Israel's involvement, The Daily Beast conveniently and mysteriously opted not to publish the interview, so I will post it myself. (Gee, I wonder why on earth they'd want to omit such info from the public sphere? I guess documented facts about all the Israelis arrested on 9/11 doesn't fit in well with their "tin foil hat 9/11 conspiracy" meme.)

Feb 22 11:56

NO, THE FBI DOES NOT 'NEED' THE INFO ON FAROOK'S IPHONE; THIS IS ENTIRELY ABOUT THE PRECEDENT

Over and over again as people keep talking about the Apple / FBI encryption stuff, I keep seeing the same line pop up. It's something along the lines of "but the FBI needs to know what's on that phone, so if Apple can help, why shouldn't it." Let's debunk that myth. The FBI absolutely does not need to know what's on that phone. It might not even care very much about what's on that phone. As the Grugq ably explained last week, there's almost certainly nothing of interest on the phone. As he notes, Farook destroyed his and his wife's personal phones, indicating that if there were anything truly important, he would have destroyed the last phone too

Feb 22 11:10

America Is In A Proxy War With Itself In Syria

American proxies are now at war with each other in Syria.
Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government.
The infighting between American proxies is the latest setback for the Obama administration’s Syria policy and lays bare its contradictions as violence in the country gets worse.
The confusion is playing out on the battlefield — with the U.S. effectively engaged in a proxy war with itself. “It’s very strange, and I cannot understand it,” said Ahmed Othman, the commander of the U.S.-backed rebel battalion Furqa al-Sultan Murad, who said he had come under attack from U.S.-backed Kurdish militants in Aleppo this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

I think we need to start immediately sending the Pentagon, State Department, White House, and Congress massive shipments of ouija boards; perhaps that might help them come up with something infinitely more coherent with these than whatever they are currently doing.

What is going on, in terms of US foreign policy in Syria, is completely, utterly insane!!

Feb 22 10:58

Torture Is a Crime

The subject of U.S. policies on torture is back in the news again. With far too much frequency, I've been seeing media reports of public figures calling for a return to so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" or, even worse, using dangerous and ill-informed rhetoric in support of reviving these illegal and immoral tactics.

In my more than 30 years of human rights and humanitarian work, most recently with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), I've witnessed too often the near destruction of both the human body and the human spirit as a result of torture, as well as the corrosive effects it has on societies and institutions that permit it. And although appropriate rehabilitative care can help to heal the person, I long for the day when organizations such as CVT are put out of business because torture has been wiped off the face of the Earth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it tells the world that it doesn't care about human rights, democracy, or the rule of law.

And when the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it gives rulers in other countries carte blanche to do the same to American civilians or military personnel.

Feb 22 10:51

Cornel West: ‘Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics’

Philosopher and Bernie Sanders surrogate Cornel West told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Hillary Clinton was like the disgraced band Milli Vanilli because she only gave “lip service” to social justice policies.

During a Monday interview on CNN’s New Day, West praised Sanders for supporting Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential bid, but he wasn’t as impressed with Clinton’s political pedigree.

“Sister Hillary Clinton is the Milli Vanilli of American politics,” West charged. “She lip-syncs, she gives lip service. But when it comes to policy, who supported the crime bill? Who supported, not just the deregulating of banks, but also pulled the rug from under welfare?”

West also pointed out that “corporate media” have not taken Sanders’ campaign seriously.

“We know Donald Trump is a Frankenstein of corporate media,” he explained. “They cover every Twitter [message], they cover every speech, every word. If Bernie had that kind of coverage, people would know who he is.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Cornell West tells it like it is, when it comes to Clinton.

Feb 22 10:48

Largest ever US-South Korea military drill planned as a 'warning to Pyongyang'

The joint US-South Korean exercises scheduled for March will be largest military drills ever staged on the Korean Peninsula and are both a warning to Pyongyang and an effort to reassure the jittery public in the South.
The parallel Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises are scheduled to commence on March 7, with the field-training exercises that make up Foal Eagle lasting until April 30. The drills will involve 15,000 US troops, twice the number of previous years, and will serve to demonstrate Washington's firepower.
The US will deploy a combat aviation brigade to South Korea for the duration of the manoeuvres, as well as a mobile US Marine brigade, an aircraft carrier and its attendant fleet, a nuclear-powered submarine and aerial tankers to refuel fighter aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"ABRN"!!!!

(Anything but reasonable negotiations- official White House Souse)

Feb 22 10:43

Dr. Henry Makow: "Americans are such rubes. Trump's making a masonic hand sign!"

Dr. Henry Makow, Canadian author and creator of the board game 'Scruples,' tweeted this photo of Donald Trump today. Makoow's twitter page describes him as "Exposing Feminism and The New World Order."

Feb 22 10:40

DEA AGENT BUSTED FOR SELLING SEIZED NARCOTICS – “COMMITS SUICIDE” WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY

Officer Tye Downard was arrested while on duty last week by federal agents investigating him for theft and sale of drugs. On Monday, police reported that he died in their custody.

Downard, a 20-year veteran of the Reynoldsburg Police department, was also a member of the DEA Task Force and SWAT team whose job it was to raid the homes of suspected drug dealers.

According to the US Attorney’s office, Downard was allegedly caught making over 20 different sales of narcotics in just the last five months — including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and Percocet pills.

During the investigation, according to the complaint, Downard was captured on recorded audio, recorded telephone calls, surveillance cameras, and the seizure of drugs sold to their undercover source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will believe the statement about him having "committed suicide" when pigs fly!

This alleged US government "war on drugs" is only a war on the drugs the government cannot control or sell.

A number of years ago, the country of Portugal did a very revolutionary thing, with its drug control policy. It decriminalized having small amounts of drugs for personal use, but at the same time, encouraged counseling to help get people off the drugs.

And guess what?!? It worked brilliantly!

But of course, this...was logical.

And unfortunately, as happened with Prohibition, if you criminalize something, there are vast amounts of money to be made from its fabrication as sale.

Feb 22 10:28

FORTUNE MAGAZINE NAMES MONSANTO ONE OF THE “WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES”

In a list released this week by Fortune Magazine, Monsanto was named one of the world’s most admired companies. Monsanto was honored as No. 1 in its industry sector, biotechnology, although they have very little competition in that market, and the list was decided by dubious means.

According to Business Wire, the honor that Monsanto received was decided by company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors and analysts, in other words, it was based on the opinions of people within the industry, and within the company.

Monsanto Chairman and CEO, Hugh Grant, said in a statement that this is the third year that they were named as the top of their sector by Fortune.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is proof positive that no matter how morally repellant a company may be, and no matter the wreckage of human and plant health it leaves behind, if it makes money, it is REVERED by the rest of the money junkies!

Feb 22 10:23

Prime Minister of India bows down to touch a 104 year old woman's feet who built toilets to stop open defecation

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday touched the feet of a 104-year-old woman from a village in Chhattisgarh's Dhamtari district who sold her goats to build two toilets at her home.

Felicitating Kunwar Bai from Kotabharri village at the launch of 'Rurban Mission' in the state's Naxal-hit Rajandgaon district, Modi said her efforts to make her village open defecation free was a big sign of changing India.

Feb 22 10:22

Oil is now so cheap even pirates aren’t stealing it any more

Oil tankers are enormous, and ships that carry expensive cargo are designed to be difficult to board. Stealing can mean hijacking the original tanker, disabling its tracking devices, taking it to a location where it can’t be spotted, and transferring thousands of heavy barrels to a different vessel that can then be sailed away. Stealing crude also means finding a buyer for it, or else getting involved in the messy and dangerous business of illegal refining.

Feb 22 10:20

Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

Cui Bono re:Linux Mint Hack!

According to Satya Nadella, Microsoft loves Linux. He said as much, complete with pictures -- and his team backs him up. In itself, it's a remarkable statement.

Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, described open source in the darkest terms, characterizing it (with the GNU GPL) as a commercial cancer and never retracting the slur. In many ways, that dark prophecy has come true for Microsoft, which has seen its rent-seeking business model steadily eroded by open source. Though it still has a cash cow to milk, Microsoft's monopolies no longer frighten anyone.

Feb 22 10:14

Man burns teenage pregnant girlfriend alive because he didn't want to be a father

A man burned alive his heavily pregnant teenage lover because he didn’t want to be a father.
Eren Toben, the father-to-be, and his friend lured Maria Peiner, 19, into a wood on the outskirts of Berlin to kill her.
In Germany the killer and his accomplice friend were each caged for 14 years for the horrific crime.

Feb 22 10:13

We cannot trust our government, so we must trust the technology. "Apple’s battle with the FBI is not about privacy v security, but a conflict created by the US failure to legitimately oversee its security service", posts Snowden.

America’s national security agencies insist on wielding unaccountable power coupled with “trust us, we’re the good guys”, but the majority of users have no such trust. Terrorism is real, and surveillance can sometimes help prevent it, but the only path to sustainable accommodation between technologies of secrecy and adequately informed policing is through a root-and-branch reform of the checks and balances in the national security system.

Feb 22 10:12

Whore of Babylon shreds Constitution, exposed as ultimate backer of massive U.S. land grab

As it turns out there’s a lot more to the story behind the Malheur Wildlife Refuge–a whole lot more–and this article is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

As you may or may not know, Intellihub reported on Jan. 4, that the Hammond’s ranch and other ranch-lands surrounding the refuge sit atop a vast swath of precious metals, minerals, and uranium that’s heavily desired by not only the federal government, but foreign entities as well.

Feb 22 09:55

Billionaire asks for $30M for access to public beach

How much should it cost the state of California to buy access to Martins Beach? Roughly $30 million, according to Silicon Valley investment titan Vinod Khosla, who owns the San Mateo County property.
Khosla s lawyers dropped that number into a Feb. 3 letter to Jennifer Lucchesi, executive director of the State Lands Commission, which has been negotiating with Khosla to purchase a public right of way. The easement would allow people to drive down Martins Beach Road and hang out on the sandy beach.

Feb 22 09:55

Mother of teen paralyzed by Ethan Couch speaks out: ‘We’ve been in hell’

Maria Lemus’ teenage son used to love soccer. He used to have friends. He used to be a normal kid.But since he became a victim of Ethan Couch’s drunken driving, 18-year-old Sergio Molina has been paralyzed and requires around-the-clock care.

Feb 22 09:51

Syria conflict: US-Russia brokered truce 'to start at weekend'

A ceasefire in Syria agreed by Russia and the US is scheduled to come into effect at midnight on 27 February, a draft of the plan reveals.

Feb 22 09:47

Mysterious Oily Substance Rains From The Sky With No Explanation In Michigan

The whole town of Harrison Township, Michigan is trying to figure out why a black oily substance was raining from the sky last week. According to ABC, the local fire department and environmental agencies have no clue what the substance is, but they do admit that it mysteriously fell from the sky….

Feb 22 09:38

America’s shameful state of decay: Sanders is campaigning on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure

Infrastructure. Not a very exciting word, and certainly not one to whip up the hysteria of the electorate in an election year. We have other words for that: immigration, terrorism, religious extremism or Russian aggression. The usual suspects.
Yet, perhaps the word “infrastructure” will become more exciting if we unpack it, learn what it is – and understand that it is not any external cause that most threatens America, but instead decades of negligence to the very “infrastructure” of this nation. There is that word again: infrastructure. But, what does it mean?

Feb 22 09:36

US authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen to produce electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests.

US authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen to produce electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests.
German newspaper Welt am Sonntag claims the US Environmental Protection Agency is currently in talks with Volkswagen with the aim of agreeing on a fix for nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles that emit up to 40 times legal pollution limits.

Feb 22 09:30

US asks VW for electric cars

US authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen to produce electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests.

Feb 22 09:26

No food stamps for steak or lobster, NY bill says: New York state lawmaker wants to block the use of food stamps for "luxury" items like high-end steaks, lobster and junk food.

A New York state lawmaker wants to block the use of food stamps for "luxury" items like high-end steaks, lobster and junk food.
Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County, introduced a bill Wednesday that would further restrict the types of purchases that can be made through the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as the food stamp program.

Feb 22 09:26

National Nurse Union Says UN Election Observers Needed After Clinton Camp's Tricks in Nevada

The U.S.'s largest nurses union has accused Hillary Clinton campaigners of deceiving Democratic voters in Nevada at Saturday's caucuses by wearing red t-shirts that people typically identify with their union. Now the union is suggesting that Senator Bernie Sanders, who it endorsed for president, request U.N. election observers.

Feb 22 09:05

School children launch crowdfunding campaign to buy idyllic island to keep it out of bankers’ hands

Children in Italy plan to crowdfund €3 million to buy an unspoilt island to keep it out of rich buyers' hands, La Stampa reports.

Feb 22 09:01

Catholic Priest Tells Parishioners During Sunday Mass Homily: "Pope Francis Was Wrong" To Say Trump Isn't Christian

I was very happily surprised to hear at Sunday Mass yesterday that not only did the priest bring up the issue of Pope Francis' "controversial remarks" about Donald Trump last week, but the priest quoted the pope's exact words and said that "he was wrong" to say that Donald Trump was not a Christian. The truth is that this damage control was a very good thing, since most all conservative Catholics in America, millions of them, rightly expect and demand that the U.S. government enforce its immigration laws and secure the borders. There is nothing whatsoever 'un-Christian' about this - and the clergy knows it. In 2013 The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops boldly proclaimed that the "Duty of Government Is To Secure One's Border And Enforce The Law For The Sake Of The Common Good." That sounds like something Donald Trump would say!

Feb 22 08:51

The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip — Paul Craig Roberts

In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project. The Hit Man convinces a country’s government that borrowing large sums of money from US financial institutions in order to finance the project will raise the country’s living standards. The borrower is assured that the project will increase Gross Domestic Product and tax revenues and that these increases will allow the loan to be repaid.

However, the plan is designed to over-estimate the benefits so that the indebted country cannot pay the principal and interest. As Perkins’ puts it, the plans are based on “distorted financial analyses, inflated projections, and rigged accounting,” and if the deception doesn’t work, “threats and bribes” are used to close the deal.

Feb 22 08:40

German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

Thomas Köppl grabbed the screenshot on his iPad with his main browser window showing a Wikipedia page about the German Constitution and posted it on his Facebook page as part of a political argument.

Unfortunately, readers quickly noticed that the browser tabs were distinctly less political.

One was for the porn site xHamster, another for "BDSM porn videos," a third for "Punishment porn videos" and no less than two tabs were headlined "German slut punished." Only then did the browser offer Article 3 of the German constitution.

Feb 22 08:16

CREEPY PICTURE SHOWS ZUCK-BOTS PLUGGED INTO THE MATRIX

The image above looks like concept art for a new dystopian sci-fi film. A billionaire superman with a rictus grin, striding straight past human drones, tethered to machines and blinded to reality by blinking plastic masks. Golden light shines down on the man as he strides past his subjects, cast in gloom, toward a stage where he will accept their adulation. Later that night, he will pore across his vast network and read their praise, heaped upon him in superlatives, as he drives what remains of humanity forward to his singular vision.

Feb 22 08:07

Widespread starvation, food scarcity in Venezuela, inevitable result of socialist economic policies which end in price controls, scarcity and mass famine

Self-avowed socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is beginning to close in on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, no doubt has the country's best interests at heart, but we simply wish he was more educated on the effects of socialist policies on vitally important issues like commerce and the laws of economics. Why? Because if he becomes president, and his socialist economic policies get adopted, the country just might starve to death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The country will starve to death anyway, not because Sanders is socialist, or the others fascist, but because of the flaw designed into the model of private central banking, in which the practice of creating money out of thin air and then loaning it into circulation at interest creates more debt than money with which to pay that debt, in order to keep us enslaved to the bankers, until the debt grows so large it locks up the system ... which is what is happening right now. The big crash is coming and whoever sits in the oval office cannot stop it short of following Andrew Jackson's solution of shutting down the private central bank and returning to the debt-free money model the United States was founded on.

See THE ELEVENTH MARBLE and ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

Feb 22 08:00

FRENCH PRESIDENT THREATENS TO “SUSPEND” NATIONS THAT ELECT “FAR-RIGHT” POLTICIANS

Last month, we documented the burgeoning spat between Brussels and Poland over the latter’s move to approve new laws that allow the conservative (and eurosceptic) Law and Justice (PiS) government to name the chiefs of public TV and radio, and select judges for Poland’s constitutional court. In response to a bloc-wide backlash, Polish minister Zbigniew Ziobro sent a letter to EU commissioner Gunther Oettinger in which Ziobro dismissed criticism of the new laws as “silly.”

Feb 22 07:58

FORTUNE MAGAZINE NAMES MONSANTO ONE OF THE “WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES”

In a list released this week by Fortune Magazine, Monsanto was named one of the world’s most admired companies. Monsanto was honored as No. 1 in its industry sector, biotechnology, although they have very little competition in that market, and the list was decided by dubious means. According to Business Wire, the honor that Monsanto received was decided by company surveys and peer ratings from senior executives, directors and analysts, in other words, it was based on the opinions of people within the industry, and within the company.

Feb 22 07:45

A USS Liberty’s Hero’s Passing – R.I.P Terry Halbardier

It took the U.S. government 42 years after the attack to recognize Halbardier’s heroism by awarding him the Silver Star, a delay explained by Washington’s determination to downplay Israeli responsibility for the 34 Americans killed and the 174 wounded.

Feb 22 07:41

Holocaust Survivors Struggle To Prove Their Cases as Claims Conference Cracks Down

Seventy-eight-year-old Izrail Gelman received $70,000 in Holocaust restitution payments from the German government over nearly 20 years. Now, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which distributed the money, is demanding it all back.

Feb 22 07:41

Worse than the Mafia

America's ruling crime families - Bush's and Clinton's

Feb 22 07:24

Anti-German boycott of 1933

The Anti-Nazi Boycott of 1933 was a boycott of German products by foreign critics of the Nazi Party in response to antisemitism in Nazi Germany following the rise of Adolf Hitler, commencing with his appointment as Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. Those in the United States, the United Kingdom and other places worldwide who opposed Hitler's policies, developed the boycott

Feb 22 05:56

The Aliso Canyon gas leak has been plugged; now what?

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By Pavley's account, two-thirds of Porter Ranch residents near the storage facility favor closing the operation for good.

But that suggestion has prompted a great deal of hand-wringing.>>>
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Shutting down Aliso Canyon could end that potential revenue stream.
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Who pays for the improvements?

Californians already are footing the bills for other utility mishaps.>>>
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Sherman said he believes shareholders of Sempra Energy, the parent company of Southern California Gas, should pay for costs created by the leak. And he said utilities must be prevented from relying so heavily on a few huge facilities, as Southern California Gas did with Aliso Canyon.

"Too big to fail," Sherman said, "is too big to exist."

Feb 22 05:07

Teen suicide rates in Idaho a cause for concern

Teen mental health and suicide rates in Idaho a cause for concern
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Idaho ranks 42nd in the nation when it comes to mental health care services with teenagers among the highest at risk for suicide contemplation.

Feb 22 04:56

Requiem for the Bush Dynasty

An unrivaled political pedigree and $100-million war chest were not enough to overcome an undeniable fact: voters didn’t buy what Jeb Bush was selling.

(*...all the king's horses and all the king's men...
from nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Feb 22 04:52

Romney Could Soon Endorse Rubio

Mitt Romney Could Soon Endorse Marco Rubio. Will Jeb Join Him?

The G.O.P. is anxious to coalesce around a candidate to defeat Donald Trump.

(*Or: Send In The G.O.P. Establishment Clowns !
and throw More Money away while we're at it !)

Feb 22 04:47

Rubio Winning Campaign For Wall Street Cash

Marco Rubio Is Winning the Campaign for Wall Street Cash

Republican Marco Rubio’s presidential run has drawn more money from Wall Street donors than any other candidate, according to a Reuters review of campaign finance disclosures, shoring up his position as his party’s establishment alternative to front-runner Donald Trump.

(*Demonstrating The GOP commitment to assuring the selection of a fiscally responsible candidate)

Feb 22 04:36

Pound pummelled on Brexit fears

Sterling is heading for its biggest single-session loss since October 2009 after London mayor Boris Johnson threw his weight behind the campaign for Britain to exit the EU.

Pressure on the pound intensified in morning trading on Monday, leaving it down by as much as 1.8 per cent to a session low of $1.4152 — its lowest level in three weeks. The euro rose 1.2 per cent against the pound to £0.7828.

“Any closes below $1.42 [against the dollar] or above £0.7850 [for the euro] would open the way to further weakness for sterling,” warned Kit Juckes at Société Générale.

“Overall, I think we are likely to see further sterling weakness ahead of the vote itself >>>

Feb 22 04:27

Davos Elite Reveal Orwellian Plan to Decode Your Brain and Read Your Mind

Still think we aren’t living in the Matrix? In his fiction-turned-fact novel 1984, George Orwell wrote “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.”

Apparently even that won’t hold for long.

Feb 22 04:09

Scottish Government ditches pro-fracking consultant after Sunday Herald investigation

The Scottish Government has ditched a major contract to investigate the environmental impact of fracking after the Sunday Herald revealed it had been awarded to an avowed supporter of the controversial technology.

Earlier this month ministers gave a £36,000 contract to the Edinburgh firm Ramboll Environ, but in a dramatic u-turn on Friday night, the deal was abruptly dumped.

Feb 22 00:24

Turkey's Ankara False Flag Blaming Syrian Kurds Clears Pathway to Turkish-Saudi Gulf State Invasion of Syria and WWIII

By Joachim Hagopian
February 22, 2016

Turkey’s been blasting away all month long shelling heavy artillery mortars from its side along the Turkish border killing Syrian National Army soldiers, Syrian Kurd forces (YPG), at least, one Russian advisor and defenseless civilians in border villages inside Syria. Widespread reportage of the ongoing daily Turkish artillery barrage into Syria was publicly confirmed by the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu since February 13th. Though a NATO member, longtime close US ally and next to Empire and Israel among the world’s leading partners-in-crime for state-sponsored terrorism, earlier this week Turkey was asked by Washington to cease its border aggression. Yet Turkish President Recep Erdogan has elected to defy his US master and continues his daily bombardment of northern Syrian villages and Syrian militarily controlled outposts abandoned recently by decimated escaping Islamic State terrorists.

Feb 21 18:23

New Technologies the Police State Can Use to Spy on You

you can count on the PTB to weaponize everything

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Feb 21 15:39

Ethiopia: Unity in opposition

Graham Peebles argues that the recent huge demonstrations in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Gondar regions could be the green shoots of a popular movement that would eventually depose the country’s quarter-century one-party dictatorship.

Feb 21 15:34

Russian 5th Generation Fighter Jet T-50 PAK FA Sets World Record in Rate of Climb

The Russians are showin off!

Russian fifth generation fighter T-50 (PAK FA) has set the world record in rate of climb, reports the Russian newspaper.
The Russian aircraft was climbing at a speed of 384 meters per second. With such speed it would have been on top of Everest in 23 seconds, said the portal.

Feb 21 13:59

The racial purification of Israel’s parliament

Uri Avnery looks at how Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud and other supporters are in the process of ethnically cleansing the Knesset, so that it would become “Jewish, pure and simple”.

Feb 21 11:32

The Pharmaceutical Market: The Netherlands – Market Research, Mechanisms and Forecast Report

While the Netherlands is a low-risk market from the point of view of multinational drugmakers, the country’s modest per capita expenditure on pharmaceuticals relative to other Western European countries is an issue. Another challenge facing drugmakers is cost-containment, which will only intensify as the Netherlands enters a period of slower economic growth. In fact, as we warned , the Dutch authorities recently introduced a new scheme – reimbursement for medicines that prove therapeutically ineffective will be reclaimed from the manufacturer – to reduce public healthcare costs. BMI notes that the ‘no cure, no pay’ scheme implemented by the Dutch government is not a new concept , with the US government and a number of Western European governments already having made risk – sharing or money-back guarantee agreements with drug companies. However, these agreements focused on particular medicines, unlike the much harsher ‘blanket’ stance of the Dutch health ministry.

(*I think a sprinkle of BEX can be detected , starting with; 'with the US government - - - already having made risk – sharing or money-back guarantee agreements with drug companies.'
never heard of it before reading The Netherlands agenda .)

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