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May 14 09:55

Nearly half of Americans concerned government takes tougher control over several states

A new Rasmussen Poll shows that while 65% of U.S. voters favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their state. At the same time, "45% of voters are concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states, with 19% who are very concerned."
It goes about tens of millions of Americans who think the U.S. military could be used to subdue states' rights.

May 14 09:53

A List of Obama’s Constitutional Violations

“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” Barrack Hussein Obama.

May 14 09:52

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Proving Systemic Sexual Abuse by TSA Workers at Airports Nationwide

Abuse by TSA agents is a recurring theme. Yes, the people supposedly “protecting you from terrorists” are often just sexual predators in a cheap blue costume.

May 14 09:49

The American Dream: Designed by War Planners

"It is wrong to believe that postwar American suburbanization prevailed because the public chose it...Suburbanization prevailed because of the decisions of large operators and powerful economic institutions supported by federal government programmes...ordinary consumers had little real choice in the basic pattern that resulted...Essentially city planners saw the atomic threat as a means to accelerate the trend of suburbanization. Plans to circle American cities with open spaces, highways and circumferential life belts was long overdue...The federal government played a more effective role in reducing urban vulnerability [to atomic attack] in future residential development by working through the Federal Housing Administration [FHA], The Housing and Home Finance Agency and the Federal National Mortgage Association [FNMA].

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May 14 09:48

The FBI violated its own rules in surveillance of anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists

More than eighty pages of internal FBI documents dated from November 2012 to June 2014, obtained by the Guardian and Earth Island Journal after a request under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that the FBI breached its own investigation rules when it spied on protesters opposing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The rules, detailed in the agency’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, dictate that special care should be taken over sensitive investigations such as those targeting elected officials, journalists, and political organizations. FBI work on “sensitive investigative matters” requires prior approval of the chief division counsel (CDC) and the special agent in charge (SAC), both of whom are supposed to consider the severity of the threat and the consequences of “adverse impact on civil liberties and public confidence” should the investigation be made public.

May 14 09:48

California senators approve ban on grand jury investigations into police deaths

Grand juries would be prohibited from investigating police shootings and cases where an individual dies from excessive force during an arrest under a bill passed Thursday by the California state Senate.

Protests sprouted up nationwide last fall after grand juries in Missouri and New York declined to indict white police officers who had killed unarmed black men during confrontations. The system, in which a jury of citizens weighs the evidence to decide whether to bring charges, came under fire for its secrecy.

May 14 09:47

House Rules Committee Thwarts Effort to Add Privacy Protections to NSA “Reform”

Last night the Rules Committee in the House of Representatives voted 8-3 along party lines against proposals to allow the full House to consider amendments to the USA Freedom Act. The House is now scheduled to vote on the bill this afternoon under rules that forbid any changes.

May 14 09:42

KFOX14 exclusive: video obtained of Fort Bliss soldier shows moments before his death while in custody

An active-duty Fort Bliss soldier self-reported for a two day DWI sentence at the El Paso County Jail in 2012 but died before he saw the light of day or his family again.

In July 2012, KFOX14 anchor Erika Castillo reported on the story of the mysterious circumstances surrounded the death of Sgt. James Brown while he was in jail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are all now living through the Stanford Prison Experiment!

May 14 09:38

Australia to begin implementing global-elitist economic system by directly confiscating citizens' savings

The globalists' war on cash is continuing as Australia is set to actually begin taxing physical monetary holdings - in other words, savings.

According to Martin Armstrong of financial advisory firm Armstrong Economics, the compulsory savings tax to be implemented by the continent Down Under is part of what he and others have described as the "new age of Economic Totalitarianism."

May 14 09:37

School District Arrests Kids For Throwing Skittles

In Jefferson Parish School District, 1,629 students were arrested in one year alone, many for swearing, having a cell phone or a Skittles fight on the bus

May 14 09:34

Ministers want to make it more difficult to expose what they're up to behind closed doors

Ministers could be given stronger powers to block scrutiny of public bodies under government transparency law, Downing Street has said.

Speaking ahead of the expected release of documents detailing Prince Charles’s correspondence with ministers, Number 10 argued that there was a “strong case” for beefing up the ministerial veto on freedom of information requests.

“Our view remains – as the government has argued in the lengthy legal proceedings [regarding the Prince’s correspondence] – that there is a strong case for there being the ability to exercise a ministerial veto,” he told a briefing of journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the government gets to watch you, but you don't get to watch the government!

May 14 09:32

New UK Law Could Criminalize ‘Politically Incorrect’ Opinions, Targets Radicalisation

Preparing to introduce a new counter-terrorism bill later this month, Cameron laid the groundwork for the measures by remarking that the state not interfering with people’s lives if they “obey the law” was a “failed approach.”

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach,” Cameron stated.

According to BBC News, the new anti-radicalization laws could even ensnare those who voice politically incorrect opinions.

May 14 09:31

“Free Trade” Run Amok: Canada Challenges U.S. Laws Reining In Banks

Under the TPP, could the US government be sued and be held liable if it decided to stop issuing Treasury debt and financed deficit spending in some other way (perhaps by quantitative easing or by issuing trillion dollar coins)? Why not, since some private companies would lose profits as a result?

Under the TPP or the TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership under negotiation with the European Union), would the Federal Reserve be sued if it failed to bail out banks that were too big to fail?

May 14 09:09

China’s Secret Space Weapons Targeting U.S. : “Soon Every Satellite Will Be at Risk”

A new Pentagon report to Congress claims that China is pursuing a secret space weapons program to disable U.S. satellites, GPS and communication systems.

The United States is concerned that the Chinese regime’s “continued development of destructive space technologies” is a “threat to all peaceful space-faring nations,” states the Pentagon’s 2015 annual report to Congress on the Chinese regime’s military and security developments.

The report is particularly concerned with China’s use of directed-energy weapons, satellite jammers and other technology that can be used to take out the communications grid and weaken U.S. military positions.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

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May 14 08:21

One Day After Sentencing, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Tells His Side of the Story

One day after a federal court sentenced the former CIA officer to 42 months in prison for allegedly blowing the whistle on a botched CIA mission, Jeffrey Sterling is sharing his side of the story.

In The Invisible Man: Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, a short documentary released Tuesday, Sterling describes how his experience with racial discrimination within the CIA took him from working as an Agency case manager, to living out of his car, to years later facing charges under the Espionage Act for supposedly leaking national intelligence secrets toNew York Times journalist James Risen.

The film was directed by Judith Erlich, whose past works include the Oscar-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

May 14 08:18

House Votes to End N.S.A.’s Bulk Phone Data Collection

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records, exerting enormous pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, who insists that dragnet sweeps continue in defiance of many of those in his Republican Party.

Under the bipartisan bill, which passed 338 to 88, the Patriot Act would be changed to prohibit bulk collection by the National Security Agency of metadata charting telephone calls made by Americans. However, while the House version of the bill would take the government out of the collection business, it would not deny it access to the information. It would be in the hands of the private sector — almost certainly telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, which already keep the records for billing purposes and hold on to them from 18 months to five years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, your privacy is still being invaded; they just changed the signs on the doors.

May 14 08:15

GREATEST THREAT TO FREE SPEECH COMES NOT FROM TERRORISM, BUT FROM THOSE CLAIMING TO FIGHT IT

Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the UK, Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada — joining the U.S. — have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms in the name of protecting them: prosecuting people for Facebook postings critical of Western militarism or selling “radical” cable channels, imprisoning people for “radical” tweets, banning websites containing ideas they dislike, seeking (and obtaining) new powers of surveillance and detention for those people (usually though not exclusively Muslim citizens) who hold and espouse views deemed by these governments to be “radical.”

May 13 19:47

Seizing an alternative: Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015.

Paper title:

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful wars, bankster looting, lying corporate media
I’ve divided the paper into sections:

Recognizing The Emperor’s New Clothes as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

Bankster looting: fundamental fraud that “debt” is “money” (5 of 7)

Lying corporate media: required propaganda trying to hide naked empire (6 of 7)

Integrity for the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (7 of 7)

This section is: Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

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https://vimeo.com/5341730

May 13 17:23

Nearly Half of Americans Concerned Jade Helm Will “Impose Greater Control Over States”

While the media has been busy trying to reassure the public over the frightening tone and scope of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises, it is clear that many Americans are not buying it.

A recent poll conducted by Rasmussen, the country is indeed quite alarmed over the exercise, with a near majority concerned about federal intrusion and apparent preparations to use martial law during crises – perhaps not too much different than what is going on in Baltimore, or previously in Ferguson.

But 45% of voters are concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states, with 19% who are Very Concerned. Just over half (52%) are not concerned that the government has an ulterior motive for the training exercises, including 26% who are Not At All Concerned.

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May 13 15:43

Fight for the Future

Congress is hours away from renewing the PATRIOT Act and allowing the NSA to continue mass spying on everyone for years.
Tell them: “End NSA mass spying! Overturn the PATRIOT Act.”

May 13 15:30

Docs: TSA Agents Laugh at Groping While Travelers Have “Breasts, Penis, Butt Crack” Fondled

The whole charade of preemptively screening every passenger – and carrying out retribution against those that object and speak out – is not supporting “national security,” it is swiftly turning America into a banana republic with goons at the gates.

The documents were uncovered by Judicial Watch, the accountability group who last year filed a lawsuit for more information on alleged sexual assaults at the hands of TSA.

July 5, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” O’Hare Airport:

The female TSO then proceeded to roughly feel of [sic] her breast including her nipples. The TSO didn’t go under her arms or along her sides. She indicated that she did not receive a proper pat down. The search was limited to her breast…

Read more at SHTFplan.com

May 13 15:16

This is the creepiest thing David Cameron has ever said

Today in politicians say the creepiest things, David Cameron is actually going to tell his National Security Council this as he announces plans to crack down on radicalisation.

May 13 15:06

The secret corporate takeover hidden in the TPP

Corporations would be able to overturn laws and regulations that protect us NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) — The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the U.S. and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,” as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

May 13 15:05

“The biggest company you’ve never heard of” acquired by major military contractor you’ve heard of

Last week, one of the biggest names in military-intelligence contracting, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) acquired “the biggest [military-intelligence] company you’ve never heard of,” Scitor, for $790 million. That quote about Scitor was told by a former NSA officer to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock, author of the definitive book on the military-intelligence complex, “Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing”. In the press release, SAIC describes its newest acquisition as “a leading national security provider focused on classified US Air Force and intelligence community programs,” with annual revenues of $600 million.

May 13 15:01

Fact-Checking Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Police Department on Those May Day "Rioters"

So that's a solid 50 percent of arrestees coming from the Seattle area. It's also worth noting that eighty-eight percent of Seattle police officers live outside Seattle, according to Nate Silver. Who's really the outside agitator, then?

May 13 14:59

Senate Democrats Relent on Trade Bill

Lawmakers reached a deal to move forward on President Obama’s fast-track bill, just a day after Democrats blocked it from coming to the floor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder how many got late night phone calls from the NSA playing back recordings of their calls to Fifi's Fone Fantasies! :)

May 13 14:39

UK's Cameron to introduce new laws reducing freedom of speech

These measures will focus on reducing the presence of those who incite hatred against gender, race or religion on social media and in print.

They will also target those who perpetrate harmful activities for the “purpose of overthrowing democracy.”

May 13 13:47

Elderly Couple Honk At Off Duty Cop; Cop Breaks Man’s Nose, Smashes Teeth Out With Gun

An elderly couple in St. Louis County found out what happens when you honk your horn at a cop this past weekend, when the officer drew his gun and pistol whipped the man in the face, while wrestling with the woman as she attempted to defend her husband.

Describing the harrowing incident to local reporters, Janet and Donald Akers noted that they were unable to pay their respects to Janet’s deceased mother on Mother’s day, as they were beaten up by the cop before they could get to the graveyard.

Mrs Akers was driving the car, when she was suddenly rushed upon by a large unmarked black truck. Fearing that the truck was going to collide with their vehicle, she honked her horn.

“To let him know, hey, you’re coming over to hit us, and then he backed down, got behind us, and honked and honked and honked, all the way through the intersection,” said Janet.

May 13 13:24

The Military & the Militia

A standing army has always been used by despots to enforce their rule and to keep their people under subjection. Its existence was therefore considered a great threat to peace and stability in a republic and a danger to the rights of the nation. Since every aspect of government was designed to prevent the rise of tyranny, strict limits and control over the military were considered absolutely necessary. It was essential that the military be subordinate to civilian control.

May 13 12:18

A Nation of Snitches

A totalitarian state is only as strong as its informants. And the United States has a lot of them. They read our emails. They listen to, download and store our phone calls. They photograph us on street corners, on subway platforms, in stores, on highways and in public and private buildings. They track us through our electronic devices. They infiltrate our organizations. They entice and facilitate “acts of terrorism” by Muslims, radical environmentalists, activists and Black Bloc anarchists, framing these hapless dissidents and sending them off to prison for years. They have amassed detailed profiles of our habits, our tastes, our peculiar proclivities, our medical and financial records, our sexual orientations, our employment histories, our shopping habits and our criminal records. They store this information in government computers. It sits there, waiting like a time bomb, for the moment when the state decides to criminalize us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time I see those "See something? Say something!" signs I remember back in 1994 when I did see something; the evidence of fraud in the Vincent Foster case, and did try to say something, only to have my career in Hollywood wrecked and my life threatened!

May 13 10:13

Hezbollah slams removal of Yemeni TV from satellite stream

Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has condemned as “pure piracy” the removal of Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah TV from the satellite stream.

Hezbollah’s Media Relations issued a statement on Tuesday, saying Egyptian satellite company Nilesat’s decision to take the Yemeni broadcaster off air is “frantic.”

May 13 09:53

France bans Pro-Palestinian rallies – assigns criminal penalties and hefty fines

This astonishing act of censorship happened only two days after the killings at Charlie Hebdo in January, but I hadn’t heard about it until now.

Incredibly, not only did France’s interior minister ban Pro-Palestinian demonstrations, he assigned criminal penalties not only for those who participate in the rallies, but also those who publish details about these demonstrations on social media!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merde!

May 13 09:25

What Does U.S. Treasury Do With Vaccine Excise Taxes It Collects?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not only do vaccine sales enrich the pharmaceutical industry, the excise tax on vaccines generates billions of dollars in revenue for the government, which may explain why the government mandates so many vaccines!

May 13 08:53

California Senate mulls new attempt to squash Palestine solidarity

The California legislature is once again attempting to formally conflate opposition to Zionism with anti-Semitism.

California Senate Resolution 35 (SCR 35) urges each of the nine University of California campuses to condemn “all forms of anti-Semitism,” including those “justified…as expressions of disapproval or frustrations over political events in the Middle East.”

May 13 07:07

Document: Jade Helm Commander Plans to “Operationalize The CONUS Base”

Special Ops Command seeks to “Operationalize” the homeland; “…informationally aware, smartphone?enabled urban populations and their satisfaction—or lack of satisfaction—with local, regional, and even global conditions…” presents challenge to military. Is Jade Helm part of the plan to “Operationalize the CONUS base”?

May 12 20:41

UK government will bring back Snooper’s Charter; Snowden warns of dangers

However, speaking from Russia at a conference in Australia on Friday evening, the whistleblower Edward Snowden warned against accepting this distinction: "The impacts of metadata can’t be overstated, they are collecting data on everyone regardless of wrongdoing. When you have metadata, it’s a proxy for content, so when politicians split hairs about metadata you should be very sceptical." He went on to say that adopting these data retention laws was a "radical departure from the operation of traditional liberal societies around the world," and pointed out that mass surveillance had not stopped the Sydney siege, the Boston marathon bombings, or the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in France.

May 12 16:44

Court’s Reversal Leaves Phones Open to Warrantless Tracking

In a decision published Tuesday, a panel of 11th circuit judges overturned the ruling the same circuit court made last year in US vs. Davis, which found that obtaining Davis’ past cellphone location without a warrant violated his fourth amendment right to privacy. The new ruling instead finds that because Davis’ phone location data wasn’t Davis’s property, but the property of his phone carrier, MetroPCS—a legal argument known as the “third party doctrine”—he had no expectation of that data’s privacy, and the cops tracking him didn’t in fact need a warrant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going back to two Dixie cups and a waxed string!

May 12 15:04

Michigan Voters Smash Tax Hike Referendum

Proposal 1 suffered the worst defeat Tuesday of any Michigan ballot measure since the current Constitution was adopted more than a half-century ago, as 80 percent of voters rejected the sales tax increase and road funding plan. . . .

May 12 14:44

Sales Exec Says She Was Fired for Uninstalling GPS App That Tracked Her Constantly

According to the suit, which was spotted by Ars Technica, Intermex made employees install the Xora GPS app so the company could track them at all times. Myrna Arias claims that she told her boss, John Stubits, that she was fine with the tracking while she was on duty, but opposed to it during her off hours and weekends. The suit alleges that a group of co-workers agreed with this position. After doing some research about Xora, Arias uninstalled the app in April 2014.

After researching the app and speaking with a trainer from Xora, Plaintiff and her co-workers asked whether Intermex would be monitoring their movements while off duty. Stubits admitted that employees would be monitored while off duty and bragged that he knew how fast she was driving at specific moments ever since she installed the app on her phone.

May 12 13:41

Washington state limits Stingray surveillance in unanimously approved ‘pro-privacy’ law

An anti-surveillance bill that brings unprecedented restrictions to cell phone tracking technology, not unlike that achieved through devices sold as “Stingrays,” has been signed into law in Washington state.

Governor Jay Inslee, a Republican, added his signature to HB 1440 on Monday this week, authorizing a law that effective immediately requires police officers to obtain search warrants before deploying “cell site simulators,” or devices that mimic the behavior of mobile phone towers.

May 12 12:42

NC County Commissioner Infuriates Muslims: "Only Christian Prayers Allowed Here"

A Lincoln County Commissioner, Carrol Mitchem, says non-Christian prayer is not welcome in Lincoln County government meetings that he is a part of and that he plans on keeping it that way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What part of "shall make no law respecting an institution of religion" do you not get?

May 12 12:37

A Big Problem Is Brewing Behind “The Scenes:” Pentagon Admits To Prepping For Mass Civil Unrest

A new US Department of Defense (DoD) research program admits that the Pentagon has long been concerned about widespread social break down. Even more striking of an admission is the fact that they have been funding universities to create models of the dynamics, risks and tipping points that would all be part of large-scale civil unrest in the United States.

May 12 10:01

The EU will regulate wich seeds you are allowed to use. In your own garden!

In future farmers can only buy seeds wich are allowed by the European Union. But it does not stop there. This regulation also includes small farmers and private gardeners. Till now old varieties of seeds and rare seeds where allowed. In future you will not even forbidden to buy other sorts then the allowed seeds, it will be also forbidden to trade or even gift non allowed seeds to others.

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Not even Hitler went THAT far!

May 12 09:39

‘Govt using security to hide mismanagement, misuse of power’ - J. Kirk Wiebe

The US government is prosecuting whistleblowers for sharing information with journalists as the latest Jeffrey Sterling case shows, retired NSA analyst and whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe,

May 12 09:34

Bill C-51 Going Gestapo on Canadians? Michael Rivero - May 11, 2015

May 12 09:11

Hillary Clinton Has 1 Day to Take a Serious Stand on One of the Biggest Corporate Trade Deals in US History

The Democratic Party is now in an all-out war over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with labor unions, environmentalists, and other public interest groups opposed to fast tracking the deal – which would allow it to have a vote with no amendments -- battling corporations and President Obama who are for fast track. The big vote on TPP in the US Senate is on Tuesday.

One voice who has been silent in this internecine conflict is Hillary Clinton. Clinton has refused to say whether she supports granting Obama fast track authority, let alone whether she supports the overall agreement. Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, recently joked to some donors that he wishes the deal would just “go away.” She has basically one day to come out and show where she stands on this issue and influence the outcome of the vote.

May 12 09:08

Rainwater collection being criminalized in U.S. to solidify total government dependence

You might be aware that it is illegal to collect rainwater on your own property in some states, but did you know that doing so could actually land you in jail? That is exactly what is happening to Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Oregon. He is now facing a 30-day jail sentence and fines of more than $1,500.

His crime? Harrington has been collecting rainwater in three reservoirs on his property, and the government doesn't like it. In Oregon, all water is considered property of the state whether it flows from the tap or falls from the sky.

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May 12 08:55

Sens. Paul, Wyden Both Plan Filibuster of Patriot Act Renewal

With the deadline looming for the expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, nominally the basis for NSA surveillance, two senators, Rand Paul (R – KY) and Ron Wyden (D – OR), are both planning filibusters of any attempt to renew it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which sounds good until you realize that NSA will continue the spying regardless of the law. Indeed making the spying illegal only serves to lull the American people into a false sense of privacy to drop their guard about protecting their business secrets from government looting.

May 11 22:56

Amid TPP Fight, El Salvador Mining Case Shows Danger of Corporate Tribunals

OceanaGold, which purchased the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining in 2013, is suing El Salvador—the most water-stressed country in the region—for an amount equivalent to 5 percent of its gross domestic product for refusing to grant it a permit to put a gold mine into operation.

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May 11 14:16

“It’s time for Palestine,” says Abbas as corruption runs out of control

Stuart Littlewood says the political incompetence of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas – whose mandate expired six years ago – as shown in his inept dealings with Israel, is matched only by his catalogue of maladministration and malfeasance.

May 11 12:08

Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje Part of channel(s): Ukraine (current event)

Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje

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Part of channel(s): Ukraine (current event)

May 11 12:00

The Prison Gates Swing Open for US Peace Activists

Kathy Kelly is just out of prison, where she’d been sent for nonviolently opposing drone murders.

An appeals court has just overturned convictions for Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, imprisoned for entering and protesting a nuclear weapons site at Oak Ridge, Tenn., three years ago. Resentencing on lesser charges, and quite possibly immediate release, is expected.

Amazingly, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the government failed to prove that the activists intended to “injure the national defense.” (Maybe Venezuela, accused by President Obama of being a threat to the same, should appeal to the Sixth Circuit!)

The U.S. government has just dropped charges against eight members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance who nonviolently protested the U.S. military’s environmental destruction with a march from the EPA to the Pentagon this past Earth Day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are small wins, in the battle for peace and justice, but they are wins.

May 11 11:12

When Obama Talks About His "Massive Fight" With Wall Street, What Exactly Does He Refer To?

On one hand, none other than the company whose very future depends on the continuity of the financial status quo (that would be Bloomberg whose 200,000 Bloomberg terminals are the cashflow lifeblood of the company and for which another financial crash would mean a huge hit to the bottom line as millions of financial workers are again laid off) has a cover story, as well as a cover, depicting Elizabeth Warren as Wall Street's bogeyman.

On the other hand, we now learn that Warren is also warning that Obama's pet trade project, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which is supposed to counter the ascendence of China in global trade, has been warning about the potential damage of the trade deal and has been arguing that the deal would cost American jobs (for more on the topic, see "Free Trade Is Plutocratic Propaganda").

And Obama is not happy: according to the NYT, Obama called Warren "absolutely wrong" in his criticism of the TPP.

May 11 10:38

How prisons have become a cash cow for the rich

And it’s not just the phone companies that are getting rich off prisoners’ phone calls.

Thanks to so-called “commissions” that can account for as much as 94 percent of the cost of a call, prison phone contracts have become a major source of revenue for state and local governments all across the country.

These glorified kickbacks have also become a source of revenue for prisons themselves, and they use them to pay for the health care and food services they’re already constitutionally required to provide.

In other words, like pretty much every other case of privatization over the past few decades, the rise of private prison phone contracts has nothing to do with “efficiency” or “improving services” and has everything do with making a quick buck for some crony capitalist with a bunch of Republican friends in Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The privatization of prisons in this country has guaranteed an horrific rise in recidivism (re-offending, going back to prison), which means that the private prisons have become great investment opportunities (for people with the morals of a trout, that is).

Sweden is CLOSING many of its prisons, and why?!? Because the total focus of prison time is rehabilitation, rather than punishment, and reintegration with society when the prisoner is released.

It is a sane, and compassionate model, which is why it is completely ignored by the penal system here in the US.

May 11 10:22

DHS LATEST ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE PUBLIC IN FEAR, CLAIM LONE-WOLF ATTACKS COULD HAPPEN ANY DAY NOW

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the United States is facing a new era in which a lone-wolf terrorist could “strike at any moment.”

Keeping the American public in fear is what It's all about. We can't have DHS/police budgets dry up right Mr. Johnson?

As a result, Johnson said, the federal government is making a greater effort to engage with state and local law enforcement and encourage them to be “vigilant” about what is happening in their communities. This last statement proves one DHS and our police are one entity and two they're complicit in using another false-flag to scare the public. Remember this is the very same DHS that lied and claimed malls were being targeted by ISIS when their budget was under attack.

Later DHS had to admit there were no credible threats to ANY malls in America.??

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can believe absolutely nothing anyone in the Federal government says anymore; I expect every one of its representatives to simply lie with impunity, to forward any agenda they fancy at any particular moment.

May 11 09:39

It's time to rein in the NSA

May 11 09:03

Who’s Got the Gold?

In 1971, the US abruptly went off the gold standard, and in making the public announcement, US President Richard Nixon looked into the television camera and said, “We’re all Keynesians now.”

I was a young man at the time and had previously bought gold, albeit on a very small scale, but I recall looking into the face of this delusional man and thinking, “This is not good.”

May 11 08:12

BBC WANTS GOOGLE TO REMOVE TOP GEAR’S IMDB PAGE

This week BBC Worldwide reported a record number of infringing links to Google, targeting more than 25,000 webpages. We decided to go through the links and it wasn’t hard to find several URLs that are clearly not infringing.

For example, one of the notices targets the IMDb pages of Top Gear, The Game and Top Fails.

The Internet Movie Database is one of the prime sources for movie and TV fans to get information and doesn’t host or link to infringing content, so taking these pages offline only hurts the BBC.

Perhaps even more worrying is that the same notice also lists the British home of the video site Dailymotion as “infringing.” While this page may have linked to unauthorized material in the past, it’s certainly doesn’t warrant the removal of the entire homepage.

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May 10 20:06

US fall from virtuous republic to tragic-comic empire described perfectly by Roman historians

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The ancient Greek historian, Polybius, celebrated the Roman republic of ~ 150 BC under its constitution with balance of powers among the Senate, two elected consuls, and the general citizens:

“Such being the power that each part has of hampering the others or co-operating with them, their union is adequate to all emergencies, so that it is impossible to find a better political system than this.” - The Histories, Book VI, Section V: On the Roman Constitution at its Prime

Americans and people around the world were equally proud of the United States Constitution as “impossible to find a better political system than this.”

About 100 years after Polybius’ account, Rome’s republic had descended into oligarchic competition for power. Contemporary to Julius Caesar, the Roman historian and government insider Sallust blasted the decline of virtue in government:

May 10 16:52

Criminologist Likens Bill and Hillary To “Ordinary Criminals”

As a criminologist I see one common thread among the numerous items in the Clintons’ baggage—the unfair exploitation of opportunity for relatively quick pleasures. I also see that they have very little regard for the long-term negative consequences of those decisions. They have low self-control, in other words, just like all “ordinary criminals.” Ordinary criminals are the vast majority of arrestees almost everywhere. You don’t have to be a criminologist to figure it out.

May 10 14:21

Federal Courts Green Light Police Access to Cellphone Tower Records without a Warrant

A federal appeals court has ruled that law enforcement agencies may access tracking information on cell phones without a warrant. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (pdf) Tuesday that police were justified in asking a mobile phone provider to hand over the records of Quartavious Davis, who was convicted of committing seven armed robberies in South Florida in 2010. As part of the evidence used against Davis, prosecutors presented data showing that Davis’ phone was using cell towers near sites of robberies.

May 10 12:51

Officer in Freddie Gray Case Demanded Man's Arrest as Part of Personal Dispute

During an erratic late-night episode in March, Brian Rice boasted he was a Baltimore police lieutenant and warned “heads will roll” if officers in a nearby city did not “go arrest” his ex-girlfriend’s husband, according to a police report obtained by the Guardian.

Now THAT'S interesting!

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May 10 10:43

Hillary Clinton: Big Friend of Big Bankers

With the cost of a 2016 presidential campaign expected to reach more than $1 billion, a candidate will need some rich friends. Fortunately for Hillary Clinton, she has plenty of those on Wall Street. Nomi Prins, a former Wall Street executive and now senior fellow at the nonpartisan public policy institute Demos, writes that Clinton should be able to count on help from large financial institutions. Prins is the author of All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power.

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May 10 10:15

New Example of the Pentagon, DEA and Private Companies Conspiring to Beat Encryption, Track Everything You Do

Yet another report has surfaced describing how tools created by the companies selling software that can damage and hack into people’s computers are being deployed by U.S. security services. While the coverage surrounding this story focuses primarily on federal agencies it’s important to step back for a moment and view the big picture. In particular, looking at who builds, operates, and profits from mass surveillance technology offers insight into the nature of the global panopticon.

May 10 10:11

The United States Patriot Act Vs.Hitler's Enabling Act

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