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Aug 31 16:11

Are Russians Sending Military Support To Syria? Potential For Conflict With NATO?

By Brandon Turbeville

If reports coming from YNet News are accurate, the Syrian crisis just became more complex and more dangerous. The report would be great news for the Assad government, however, as it suggests that, in addition to providing Syria with six new MIG 31 jets and providing satellite images with the SAA, the Russians will also be delivering an expeditionary force of Russian soldiers.

YNet claims that the Russian force will be made up of fighter pilots, attack helicopter pilots, advisors, technicians, logistics personnel, instructors, and members of the aerial protection division. The forces are to be stationed at a permanent base in Syria. Although the Russians already maintain the Port of Tartus, YNet suggests that the new base of operations will be an “Assad-controlled” location in an area surrounding Damascus...

Aug 31 15:23

Cheney blames Obama’s Iraq troop withdrawal for rise of ISIS

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is accusing President Barack Obama of being responsible for the rise of Islamic State in Iraq. He also denied that the Iraq War, which he supported, played a critical part in the origins of the terrorist group.

Aug 31 15:22

Police arrest 62 in dawn raids before London’s Notting Hill Carnival weekend

More than 1,000 police officers across London have made 62 arrests and seized a firearm, drugs and cash as part of an operation to crackdown on gang crime and drugs ahead of the city’s annual Notting Hill Carnival.

Officers seized one handgun from an address in Tower Hamlets, along with gloves and gaffer tape.

Aug 31 15:07

The Emperor’s Nice Clothes

Robert Mugabe, sempiternal president of Zimbabwe, was recently booed and jeered in parliament, suggesting that, after more than a third of a century in power and at the age of 91, he still has a thing or two to learn about being an absolute dictator.

Aug 31 15:01

Ron Paul and Lost Lessons of War

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul lays out a national security strategy for the United States in his book, Swords into Plowshares, which Carl von Clausewitz , the author of On War, would have approved. Clausewitz, a Prussian general in the early Nineteenth Century, is considered perhaps the West’s most insightful strategist, and On War is his classic work on the inter-relationship between politics and war.

Aug 31 14:57

UK MPs get free VIP service at NHS to protect from public

British lawmakers get free VIP service at the National Health Service (NHS) hospital to protect them from public, UK media reports have revealed.

Aug 31 14:55

TSA Worker Accused of Molesting Girl in Airport Bathroom

Imagine a profession that grants its workers the power to confiscate the belongings of law-abiding citizens, detain them arbitrarily, scan them with machines that can record their naked bodies, and physically fondle the private parts of adults and children.

Now imagine if that job granted police powers without requiring law enforcement training, and was so frowned upon and hated by the vast majority of the public, that they would probably have to hire just about anyone who walks through the door. With all that power and responsibility combined with such low standards, you could reasonably expect that job to attract absolutely horrible people, right?

Of course it would. Which would probably explain why the following transpired.

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Aug 31 14:32

UK petition against war criminal Netanyahu reaches 90,000

A petition posted on the British parliament’s website for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over crimes against Palestinians has garnered over 90,000 signatures.

Aug 31 14:18

‘UN to probe disability deaths over UK govt. benefit cuts’

The United Nations is set to launch an inquiry into whether the UK government’s welfare cuts led to rights abuses and death of more than 2,000 disabled Britons.

Aug 31 14:18

Still Waiting for Help: Lessons of Hurricane Katrina on Poverty

New Orleans residents who waited out Hurricane Katrina at home took stock on the morning of August 29 2005, and they appeared to be safe; they had weathered the worst of the storm. In the hours to follow, however, a breach in the levees allowed water to continue to rise until whole neighborhoods were floode

Aug 31 13:42

Sanders pledges his campaign to save Democratic Party

In a speech Friday afternoon to the Democratic National Committee, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders portrayed his presidential campaign as the only way to rebuild popular support for the Democratic Party and save its electoral prospects in 2016.

Aug 31 13:36

Chilcot report delays blamed on ‘vested interests’

Anger over continued delays in the publication of the report into the Iraq war has swung back against the government with allegations that “vested interests” have tried to suppress evidence.

The inquiry, chaired by former Whitehall mandarin Sir John Chilcot and established in 2009, has yet to name a date for the publication of its report, which is expected to heavily criticise a number of politicians, including former prime minister Tony Blair, and several intelligence and defence officials.

The delay has dismayed the families of armed forces personnel killed in the conflict and led to complaints that it is prolonging their anguish. It has also seen Chilcot come under criticism from MPs, with David Cameron and other ministers repeatedly expressing their frustration.

Aug 31 13:24

AMERICAN TEEN GETS 11 YEAR SENTENCE FOR PRO-ISIS TWEETS THAT TAUGHT PEOPLE HOW TO USE BITCOIN

First: the one area where Amin’s actions do seem fairly questionable are when he helped another Virginia teen travel to Syria, apparently to join ISIS. That part definitely seems like it stepped over the legal line. But, the rest of the charges against him seem… like a teenager using Twitter and other social media to discuss stuff he’s interested in. Amin ran a Twitter account called @AmreekiWitness, which had about 4,000 followers. He tweeted pro-ISIS propaganda, but that still seems to be a form of protected speech, last I checked. And, his big “crime” appears to be linking to an article about why ISIS supporters should use Bitcoin.

Aug 31 12:53

Eric Pickles calls justice for war criminal Netanyahu ‘completely absurd’

A petition signed by 80,000 people calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits Britain in September has been branded “completely absurd” by Conservative MP Eric Pickles.

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Aug 31 12:40

America’s Short-sighted ‘Grand Strategy’

The contemporary theory and practice of grand strategy by the United States can be summarized in the sound byte uttered in 2001 by President George W. Bush shortly after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists.”

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Aug 31 12:17

Growth of Cancer

Now, that's pretty convincing! Cancer deaths clearly have not been going up in recent years; they've been going down. Kudos to medical science. Kudos to the Competitive Enterprise Institute for exposing a fraud. So much for the theory that cancer is a "modern" disease -- except for one tiny little problem. The graph starts in 1975. Why not earlier since data is available for those years?

One need go no further than the graphs found in Cancer Trends During the 20th Century, as published in the Journal of Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine for the answer. See for yourself how cancer rates evolved in Sweden during the 20th Century -- and be sure and check out what happens on each graph around the mid-70s where the National Cancer Institute graph begins:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The National Cancer Institute is fudging their graphs as badly as the global wamring people fudge theirs!

Aug 31 12:04

Will Grassroots Movements Change the Political Discourse in Iowa?

The Iowa State Fair used to be campaign gold for presidential candidates, an event National Public Radio's "On Point" host Tom Ashbrook has called a "campaign launching pad," a picture perfect opportunity to meet thousands of likely caucus-goers, eat fried pork chops on a stick and bask in the glow of a national media spotlight brighter than buttered sweet corn shining in the summer sun.

Aug 31 11:42

Jail to Explain Tomorrow How it will Hang Disabled Prisoner

Jail authorities in Lahore have been given 24 hours to explain how they will physically hang a disabled prisoner.

At a hearing at the Lahore High Court today, lawyers for Abdul Basit, 43, argued that his execution would constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, prohibited under Pakistani and international law. Basit is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair as a result of an illness he contracted while in prison, for which he did not receive adequate treatment. Basit’s lawyers contend that he has already suffered unusual punishment, and to try to execute him now would be a form of “double punishment”, and a breach of Pakistani law. His execution was scheduled for last month, but has been postponed by the court.

Aug 31 11:40

State to release largest batch of Clinton emails so far

The roiling controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state looks likely to intensify Monday with the State Department set to release the largest batch of her messages made public thus far.

The sheer size of the planned posting on the State Department's website—at least 6,106 pages, according to a recent court filing—should give Clinton's critics and her defenders a lot to digest. The volume of emails slated to go public Monday is roughly the same as that of all of Clinton's messages unveiled up to this point.

Aug 31 11:28

2,300 die within year of being declared ‘fit for work’ by DWP

More than 2,300 people have died within a year of being found “fit for work” by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), analysis of new data has shown, outraging campaigners.

Aug 31 11:22

‘Legally Kidnapped’: US child protective services accused of separating families for profit

Separating children in danger from troubled families is supposed to protect the innocent, but accusations are being leveled in one US state that the system is being run for profit not for care.

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Aug 31 11:20

Police charge at anti-govt protesters in Beirut, several injured

Several people were left injured after protesters clashed with police in Beirut, Saturday night, as the 'You Stink' demonstrations continued to grip the Lebanese capital. Police were seen charging at protesters who were attempting to make their way towards the government palace.

Aug 31 11:13

JEREMY CORBYN ~~ MENTCH* EXTRAORDINAIRE

When a bunch of neo-Nazis and antisemites threatened to march in Golders Green a few months ago, a wide campaign was organised to stop them with a counter-demonstration. Only one of the current candidates for the Labour Party leadership sent a message of support to the counter-demonstrators.

Jeremy Corbyn, MP.

Aug 31 10:21

As Legal Proceedings Commence in Gray Case, Feds Probe Past Police Killings

Key civil rights attorney says he has turned over records from past wrongful death suits involving police to the Justice Department’s civil rights division.

Aug 31 10:16

Donald Trump is set to blow up GOP orthodoxy -- again

First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party's powers-that-be.

The problem for the establishment is that Trump's positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment's preferred policies. By using his popularity to force outside-the-GOP-box ideas into the Republican presidential debate, Trump is displaying an uncanny sense of the divisions between voters and the GOP power structure.

Aug 31 10:11

MASS PROTESTS IN TOKYO AS TENS OF THOUSANDS REJECT CONTROVERSIAL SECURITY BILLS

The demonstrators were chanting "No to war legislation" and calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to quit, at the large rally in downtown Tokyo on Sunday. "Sitting in front of TV and just complaining wouldn't do," said Naoko Hiramatsu, a 44-year-old professor of French. "If I don't take action and try to put a stop on this, I will not be able to explain myself to my child in the future," she added, holding a four-year-old son in her arms. While the organizers estimated that some 120,000 people took part in the Sunday protests, the police provided a far lower figure of 30,000.

Aug 31 10:08

PEOPLE ARE STILL LIVING IN FEMA’S TOXIC KATRINA TRAILERS — AND THEY LIKELY HAVE NO IDEA

FEMA ultimately succeeded in deploying 140,000 trailers up and down the ravaged Gulf Coast. Then it had to start figuring out what to do with them as people began to rebuild their lives and leave them behind. The agency had planned on getting rid of the trailers by selling them, possibly even to the people who were living in them, but that was no longer an option. In July of 2007, FEMA suspended sales of the trailers to the public, and in November, it announced plans to move as many residents as possible out of the trailers — partly, a FEMA spokesperson said, because of formaldehyde levels.

Aug 31 09:57

MONSANTO DROPS $46.5B BID FOR SYNGENTA

Agriculture giant Monsanto MON +0.00% has dropped a $46.5 billion hostile bid for Swiss competitor Syngenta , choosing to refocus on a five-year plan to double earnings over an unfriendly merger effort that risked backlash from large shareholders.

Aug 31 09:54

Say NO to Hillary Clinton in 2016!

Aug 31 09:43

Kathleen Willey: Hillary 'wrote the book on terrorizing women'

Kathleen Willey, one of the women caught in the crossfire of alleged sexual harassment by former President Bill Clinton and what she characterizes as acts of intimidation to silence her, has taken issue with Hillary Clinton’s remarks last week comparing terrorists to Republicans engaged in a so-called war on women.

“This woman wrote the book on terrorizing women, on terrorism,” exclaimed Willey during an interview Sunday on Aaron Klein’s Investigative Radio program.

Continued Willey: “Her tactics and the things that she set in motion against all the women like me, the ones you have heard of and the ones you haven’t heard of, and the ones who are so scared that fled the country, are terrorist tactics like I’ve never seen before.”

“I went through them. I lived through them. And I know exactly what I am talking about. She is the war on women. I don’t care what anybody says.”

Aug 31 09:29

Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?

But he is most critical of the lack of any apparent effort to put Bin Laden on trial for his crimes, saying the solution “has got to be law, not war” – and it is that which he describes as a “tragedy”.

He says: “There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him, to put him on trial, to go through that process.

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.

“The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage, been canonised virtually into law by Guantanamo and Bagram.

"Can't we learn some lessons from this? That we are just going to descend deeper and deeper…”

Aug 31 09:28

Doomsday Countdown: US Hawks Pushing World to the Brink of Nuclear War

US neocons are deliberately aggravating tensions with nuclear-armed Russia and thoughtlessly pushing the world to the brink of an all-out nuclear war, US veteran foreign policy consultant Dr. William R. Polk warns.

Aug 31 09:15

FED UP WITH BEING SHUT OUT OF FEDERAL RESERVE, ACTIVISTS DESCEND ON SUMMIT

As U.S. Federal Reserve officials gather this week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to discuss "Inflation Dynamics and Monetary Policy" at their annual policy symposium, they will be met by members of the progressive Fed Up Coalition, who say the central bank "privileges the voices and needs of corporate elites rather than those of America's working families."

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Aug 30 19:09

Connecticut Becomes The FIRST State To End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

By Amanda Froelich

Positive news! Officials of Connecticut announced last Thursday that the state has officially become the first in the nation to provide housing for every one of its chronically homeless veterans.

No doubt national and state officials are celebrating the monumental achievement after having set a goal earlier on to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

The Connecticut Department of Housing, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), and other nonprofits and volunteers who spent time on the streets identifying homeless veterans played a major role in the state’s coordinated efforts...

Aug 30 18:18

Blair's 11th hour plea to 'pull back from the abyss': Former Prime Minister ignores advice not to intervene in Labour leadership race and mocks Corbyn's supporters

Mr Blair mocked Mr Corbyn's supporters for embracing the 'politics of parallel reality ... in which reason is an irritation, evidence a distraction, emotional impact is king and the only thing that counts is feeling good about it all'.

Aug 30 16:19

Bill Clinton Attempted to Give Paid Speeches to North Korea and the Congo While Hillary was Secretary of State

With each passing day, it become clearer and clearer just what a crumbling charade of greed, cronyism and phony humanitarianism the Clinton family really is. In the latest revelation, we find out that Bill Clinton tried to get State Department support to deliver paid speeches to two of the most repressive regimes in the world: North Korea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Apparently, the $48 million “Slick Willie” raked in during the four years Hillary was Secretary of State wasn’t enough to “pay the bills.”

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“I did not have financial relations with that dictator.”

Aug 30 16:16

Sanders Surges As 1 Million Fake Hillary Followers Exposed

"This feels like 2008 all over again," as NPR reports the latest Iowa Poll showed Sanders just 7 points behind Hillary Clinton, who leads 37 to 30 percent among likely Democratic caucus-goers. Why 2008? As NPR notes, that's when a heavily favored Clinton stumbled and lost to Barack Obama, then a young senator whose middle name, Hussein, was the same as a dictator the U.S. had just overthrown and whose last name rhymed with America's Public Enemy No. 1. And while the socialist septuagenarian continues to surge, Hillary faces yet another 'issue', as Yahoo Tech reports, 1 million (or one third) of her 'apparent' Twitter followers are fake.

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