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May 31, 2015

May 31 06:47

Moscow introduces ‘blacklist’ exceptionally as response to EU actions — FM source

Moscow confirms it has sent to the European Union’s countries a list of persons who were denied entry to Russia but says it would prefer to refrain from comments on personalities, a high-ranking official at the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
Russia recommended long ago that envoys of those countries which imposed sanctions on the Russian Federation should apply to Russian consular offices before their trips for specifying whether they are barred from entering the country, he said.

May 31 06:46

1812: The Inconsequential War That Changed America Forever

Most adult Americans today are unaware of what caused the War of 1812, who started it, what the outcome was, or even who the belligerents were. If I recall correctly, my grade school / high school History Class covered The War Of 1812 — aka America’s Second War Of Independence, or America’s Forgotten War — for a total of maybe one week. And what a worthless week it was. Like most history teachers I’ve ever had, they turned an exciting story into a dry bundle of boring crap … focusing on memorizing dates and random events without getting to the real story behind the story; i.e. why did it happen, how does the war affect us today, and what can we learn from it? This is a crying shame because the war had a tremendous impact on American political development, territorial expansion, and national identity.

May 31 06:45

Ukraine’s Donetsk Republic accuses Kiev of 28 truce breaches in past 24 hours

The Ukrainian military shelled populated areas on the territory controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) 28 times over the past twenty-four hours, the DPR Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
"The Ukrainian side shelled populated areas 28 times over the past twenty-four hours," the DPR Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Mortar fire from Ukraine military hits Sakhanka village - http://tass.ru/en/world/797774

May 31 06:43

From mobile chemical weapons labs in Iraq to mobile crematoriums in Ukraine - The bizarre world of US establishment propaganda

The US State Department cannot confirm media reports alleging that Russia has delivered mobile crematoriums to Ukraine, US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told CNN on Wednesday. However, she continued to claim that Russia was trying to hide its presence in Ukraine.



May 31 06:43

Donetsk republic reveals new evidence of Kiev crimes in Donbass

The documents of the Ukrainian police department in the Donetsk region obtained by the Donetsk news agency mention the killing of a local citizen from the Amvrosievsky district.
In late August 2014, armed people wearing camouflage with Ukrainian insignia broke into his private house and shot him dead. His wife was critically wounded, according to the leaked report.
The Interior Ministry said Kiev troops had been involved in a series of robberies, mostly at the roadblocks. The law enforcement agencies also reported about the shootouts between the troops.

May 31 06:42

Government re-establishes experimental institute of military medicine in St. Petersburg

The Russian government has endorsed the decision to re-establish the State Research Experimental Institute of Military Medicine in St. Petersburg. The resolution signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was placed on the Cabinet of Ministers’ website on Saturday.
"The adopted decision will allow for conducting special military applied research for enhancing the country’s defence and security and preserving unique laboratories and specialists responsible for the development and testing of weapons and radiation projection means," the accompanying note says.
The Defence Ministry’s research institute of military medicine under the Soviet Union’s Defence Ministry was established in 1969 for research into medical means of protection and equipment crucial to the military medicine service.

May 31 06:04

Countdown: Obama has 1 month to strike deal with Iran

In recent days, Republicans have highlighted the continuing imprisonment of three Americans in Iran, as The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian.

House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office issued a statement on Thursday urging the administration to tie the final nuclear deal with their release.

“Negotiations with Iran — and any good nuclear deal — should include the safe return of all of them,” the statement said.

But the Obama administration doesn’t just have to worry about Congress: it also faces pressure from within the “P5+1” — which consists of the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, France, and Russia plus Germany.

May 31 05:59

Iran nuclear talks very constructive: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the latest round of nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have been ‘very constructive’ while top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi says some gaps still remain.

Kerry made the remarks following talks with his Iranian counterpart over Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Geneva late on Saturday.

According to reports, US State Department officials also described the negotiations as most substantive and toughest since a mutual understanding between Tehran and the six world powers was reached in Switzerland back in April.



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May 31 05:46

Operation Northern Exposure: Over 1,000 troops to take part in Michigan dirty bomb exercise

A massive simulated dirty bomb attack exercise is set to take place at the end of June in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

May 31 05:39

US paid $20 million in benefits to ex Nazis- von Braun



May 31 05:32

Wiesenthal Centre urges Croatia to end pensions to Nazi allies

Zagreb (AFP) - The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday urged Croatia to stop paying pensions to people who served in the country's World War II Nazi-allied armed forces, labelling the policy an insult to their victims.

May 31 05:22

British Jewish Woman Wins $25k in Religious Discrimination Suit

Aurelie Fhima applied to Travel Jigsaw in Manchester, but was rejected after she said at a job interview that her religious observance prevents her from working on Friday nights and Saturdays, the Telegraph reported.

Travel Jigsaw officials sent her a letter saying that they could not hire her, because “We are still looking for people who are flexible enough to work Saturdays.”



May 31 05:20

Dear World: Netanyahu Is Calling You Stupid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is grabbing positive headlines these days: first with reports that he wants to go back to negotiations with the Palestinians, and second with reports that he has expressed support for the Arab Peace Initiative (API). Or more accurately, he told EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini that he wants negotiations with the Palestinians over settlement blocs, and he told the press that he likes the "general idea" of better relations between Israel in the Arab world. Or, in essence, twice recently Netanyahu called the world stupid.

May 31 04:50

US police shot dead almost 400 people in 5 months

At least 385 people ranging in age from 16 to 83 have died at the hands of police across the US this year, The Washington Post revealed. One in six victims were unarmed, mostly black or Hispanic, and officers were charged in less than 1% of cases.

May 31 04:44

European Parliament Ignores Concerns Over EU-US Free Trade Deal

The European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade ignores the wide-spread concerns over the proposed free-trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, according to a German member of the European Parliament.

May 31 04:42

UK Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.



May 31 04:40

London council threatens homeless with £1,000 fines for sleeping rough

A council has been accused of treating the homeless as a 'nuisance' after threatening rough sleepers with £1,000 fines.

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May 30, 2015

May 30 23:26

When It Can Be Illegal To Withdraw Your Own Money

May 30 23:22

U.S. Economy Doomed By Healthcare



May 30 23:10

Rand Paul Praises Bill Gates, "his amazing vaccination crusade in Africa"

Presidential hopeful Rand Paul has done it once again, never ceasing to amaze those who supported his father Ron. In his latest book 'Taking A Stand,' Rand Paul has praised Bill Gates vaccine campaign, and also said there's a chance that the Federal Reserve only has our best interests at heart.

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May 30 18:49

Pentagon Report Says West, Persian Gulf States and Turkey Created ISIS

When asked repeatedly by journalist and ex-US marine Brad Hoff to dispel claims that the West aligned itself with IS or ISIS at some point in Syria, the DIA’s official response was telling: “No comment.”



May 30 16:47

When Will Climate Scientists Say They Were Wrong?

Day after day, year after year, the hole that climate scientists have buried themselves in gets deeper and deeper. The longer that they wait to admit their overheated forecasts were wrong, the more they are going to harm all of science.

The story is told in a simple graph, the same one that University of Alabama’s John Christy presented to the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15.

The picture shows the remarkable disconnect between predicted global warming and the real world.

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May 30 15:09

Bubble After Bubble, They All End the Same!

May 30 14:59

Irish billionaire muzzles Irish media from reporting on dealings with toxic bank

Ireland is in the throes of an outright assault on press freedom and it comes in the form of a legal injunction preventing reporting on the financial affairs of Ireland's richest businessman and owner of a significant slice of Ireland's media, Denis O'Brien. In particular, the injunction seeks to prevent the disclosure of details pertaining to this businessman's dealings with the bank that precipitated the Irish financial collapse, Anglo-Irish Bank and its incarnation after its debts had been dumped on the Irish taxpayer, the IBRC (Irish Bank Resolution Corporation).

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May 30 14:50

GDPhriday – QE Doesn’t Work, Now What?

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May 30 13:50

Obama has become ‘chronic liar’: American journalist

US President Barack Obama has largely supported the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency and is “lying” about the number of lawmakers who oppose the agency’s spying activities, an American journalist in Philadelphia says.

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May 30 12:15

Ireland can’t declare 'neutrality' as US military aircraft regularly land at a major Irish airport

Ireland declares itself a neutral state. At least that’s how it presents itself to the world. So why then have over 2 million US soldiers since 2001 passed through the country, potentially carrying weapons and munitions?

May 30 11:20

DOD Charges Millions at Casinos and Strip Clubs to Government Credit Cards

In yet another chapter from the book of how government irresponsibly wastes your money, it has now been reported that DOD employees racked up over $4 million in personal charges on government issued credit cards, including casinos and strip clubs.

May 30 11:19

Londoners to hold anti-govt. rallies

Traffic on Westminster bridge in London was brought to a standstill on Saturday as hundreds of protesters occupied the road to paint a huge message decrying the government’s austerity agenda.

May 30 11:10

Hillary Clinton's RICO trial announced by federal court judge

Although presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wants the current controversies surrounding her emails, her charity's suspicious donors, the Benghazi consulate slaughter and other questionable activities to be in the rearview mirror of her race for the White House, a Florida judge on Friday set a trial date for a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Criminal Organization) lawsuit brought against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a Washington, D.C., watchdog group that specializes in government corruption and criminal enterprise cases.

May 30 11:10

UK benefit cap may push 40K kids into poverty: Leaked memo

Tens of thousands of British children may be pushed into poverty by the UK government’s bid to lower the household benefit cap, a leaked memo to ministers shows.

Ministers claim that changes to the cap included in the upcoming employment and welfare benefits bill will bring fairness for the taxpayer while still offering support for those most in need, the UK-based daily Guardian reported Friday. However, according to the newspaper, an internal government estimate shows if parents are not able to find extra work, the policy will place 40,000 additional kids on or below the official poverty line.

May 30 11:09

Pentagon Spent $176Bln to Create Jobs Overseas Instead of US

The US Department of Defense has spent $176.8 billion over the past eight years buying foreign imports through more than 307,000 waivers to the Buy American Act, US Senator Chris Murphy aid in a press release published on Thursday.

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How's your job search going?

May 30 10:22

Bank Head: Islamic banking in Russia may ease effect of sanctions and help attract capital from Arab Countries

Herman Gref, the head of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank, welcomed the introduction of Islamic banking in the country’s traditionally Muslim regions, saying it would help attract capital from Arab countries. "We will actively promote the development of such a tool as Islamic banking, as it opens up a good opportunity to work with international partners amid sanctions," said Gref on Friday at a shareholders meeting.

May 30 10:09

Future Imperfect: Tomorrowland (Review)

It might be a little unfair to criticize Tomorrowland for sticking to themes that, admittedly, are fine and comforting presences in a childrens’ movie. However, Bird’s commitment to abstract banalities and spineless pep talks accomplish neither. Kids should be encouraged to hope and dream and invent fun things. Hell, everybody should. That’s still no excuse for a mess of a story that contradicts itself tonally, politically, and philosophically. Tomorrowland isn’t going to inspire the world’s next generation of scientists. It takes a lot more than a movie to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not in the regular habit of posting reviews about movies. I generally prefer to write my own when needed.

But since I discussed this latest Disney film, "Tomorrowland" in the context of its pandering to the global warming agenda, I figured it is relevant to mention in follow-up that Disney has a $190 million flop on its hands!

Some other reviews...

Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ movie fails to meet high expectations

'Tomorrowland' Dreams Big, But Fails To Rake In Big Bucks At The Box Office

'Tomorrowland' sermonizes, fails to inspire

And finally ‘Tomorrowland’ Exposes Hollywood’s Originality Problem

The last one is right on the button. Ever since Eisner, Disney projects have been planned by marketing people who treat a movie like a salad; add a few more nuts and flakes and people will want to eat it. That may make sense designing a menu but is a recipe for losing the narrative in a film, and along with it your audience!

Moving beyond Disney, the political correctness movement which infected Hollywood in the 1990s repeated the mistake made during the McCarthy years of driving the most creative and original people out of the industry for the crime of ... being creative and thinking truly original thoughts, meaning thoughts the government doesn't like. Been there, done that, didn't buy the T-shirt!

The best minds in Hollywood have been kicked out of Hollywood, because obedient dummies are what is wanted!

Disney may have felt they could return to the formula of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" which ran from 1954 through 1993. Originally run on NBC to fill out their transition to the full-color network, NBC thought they were getting the catalog of Disney movies and cartoons, only to learn to their dismay that every 3rd program was basically an infomercial for the Anaheim park. Back then it worked, as with a medium with only 3 channels, anything on TV was seen as special and exalted. In today's media-saturated world with a thousand channels (and endless re-runs) being seen on TV does not have the social status it once did. Social media, which makes everyone their own production company, has ended the mystique of being special just because you are seen on an appliance! Basing a movie on a section of the theme park (even if just the title) backfired.

Hollywood today does lack creativity because the truly original thinkers are banned, as they were back in McCarthy's time, and like McCarthy's time Hollywood is trying to survive by resorting to endless remakes of what-worked-before-only-better. That too, is also a thing of the past as everyone has seen the earlier versions on their thousand channel cable more times than they wanted to!

There are, of course, original stories out there; stories people would really like to see, like how Vince Foster really died, or how the US Navy shot down TWA 800, or how the Lusitania really was carrying weapons of war, and so forth. But Hollywood, ever the propaganda servant of the US Government will not dare touch those, nor anyone who even talks about them. And so it is back to endless remakes of what-worked-before-only-slightly-different, with the inevitable politically-correct twists.

Disney just learned a hard lesson that people no longer buy a ticket to see every movie, and the Disney name is not a box-office guarantee any longer; not since the Disney family got the heave-ho.

Disney put $190 million into this film. The Hollywood rule of thumb is that after advertising and distribution costs plus the theaters' percentages, a film has to take in 2.5 times that original budget at the ticket windows (DVD and cable sales) just to break even. That means in the case of "Tomorrowland", $475 million, almost half a billion at the box office just to break even. Despite today's high theater ticket prices, I doubt Disney will see that much cash from this disaster, and frankly never intended to see it myself, given its overt pandering to the global warming hoax.

And that last part might also explain the lukewarm sales for the film. More and more people know the global warming claims are a hoax, which make it hard to take seriously a film that treats it as real. For people my age, who listened to promises of the glorious future world we would all grow up to see, only to wind up living in ... Detroit, the optimism of "Tomorrowland" rings very hollow, almost like the Busby Berkeley films of the 1930s depression, but without the leggy dancing girls in skimpy costumes!

That is not enough to hold our attention, no matter how great the visual effects are!

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May 30 09:52

To Fill Budget Hole, Kansas G.O.P. Considers the Unthinkable: Raising Taxes

With the state facing a $400 million budget hole for the coming fiscal year, the conservatives who dominate the Legislature here say they are agonizing over the likelihood of doing something that did not seem to be in their DNA: raising taxes.

May 30 09:21

Iran not to discuss military sites access with P5+1: Araqchi

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has reaffirmed that inspections of Iran’s military sites and interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists will not be on the agenda of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear talks with the P5+1 states.

May 30 09:01

So. Calif Man Gets $18,741 Water Bill even after installing astroturf on his lawn

When he challenged the amount of both bills, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) told him to pay it or his water and power would be shut off. The LADWP has declined request for interview.

May 30 09:01

How ‘Public Servant’ Hastert Got His Riches

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying hush money to protect his reputation. The question, however, is what reputation?

Not-so-frequently Asked Questions About the Hastert Indictment

It’s clear that the indictment of Dennis Hastert has raised more questions than it’s provided answers. But I suspect a lot of people are asking the wrong ones. Hastert’s “misconduct” may turn out to be of sexually predatory nature, in which case talk of how much his reputation is worth is picayune compared the nature of crime. But there are questions about what he did that are applicable to the entire industry he represents.

May 30 08:59

Greville Janner - How "People in High Places" Covered Up for a Parliamentary Pedophile

The Lord Greville Janner affair shows no signs of winding down despite the best efforts by the authorities to kick it into the long grass. Each week brings new revelations about the former President of the British Board of Jewish Deputies, who is suspected of at least 22 cases of child sexual abuse.

Up until now the scrutiny has mainly focused on how, although said to be too ill with dementia to be tried, the 86-year-old founder of the Holocaust Education Trust was able to take part in parliamentary debates, collect a hundred thousand pounds in expenses, and was compus mentus enough to sign over his property deeds to his children thereby putting them out of range of any damages litigation.

May 30 08:58

Rahm Emanuel: Epic Failure Of Chicago Gun Control Proves More Gun Control Needed

Following a Memorial Day Weekend during which 12 people shot and killed and 43 more were wounded, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a large part of the solution to the problem is more gun control.

That’s right — gun control is failing miserably and the solution is more gun control.

May 30 08:49

Canadian Risk Assessment Finds GMO Salmon Susceptible to Disease

The partially redacted, 400-page draft risk assessment from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans makes startling findings about the welfare and performance of GE salmon...

May 30 08:30

VIDEO: Officers Admit They Will Not Ticket Fellow Cops, They Only Collect Revenue From Non-Cops

A Youtube user going by the name F.T.G. released a video yesterday showing Jacksonville police refusing to issue citations to unmarked patrol cars parked in violation of city parking signs. The description of the video reads, “I conducted an audit at the Jacksonville Florida Jail where cops are constantly parking in violation of there[sic] own signage. Not one cop was willing to enforce their own restrictions simply because it is a fellow cop.”

May 30 08:29

Swordfish impales, kills Hawaii fisherman: ‘They defend themselves pretty good’

A Hawaii man was killed Friday after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a fish, officials said.

Witnesses at Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona reported that a man in his 40s jumped from the pier in an apparent attempt to catch a billfish, said West Hawaii Acting Battalion Chief John Whitman of Hawaii County’s fire department.

May 30 08:26

Martin O’Malley sets out to deny Hillary Clinton the White House

The Irish American former governor and mayor will start out as a long shot but it is a place he has come from before.

When initially running for City Council, mayor and governor, O’Malley was an outsider who confounded the odds.

Were he to do the same against Hillary Clinton it would be the biggest upset since --- well, since a relatively unknown senator Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton.

May 30 08:22

Global Warming Busted

May 30 08:20

Hezbollah ready to liberate Arsal: Qaouk

Hezbollah is ready to liberate the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, the deputy head of the party's executive council said Saturday, accusing the March 14 coalition of supporting terrorism and inciting sectarian strife.

“The positions of the March 14 [coalition], which serve as a source of hope for takfiri gangs don’t concern us, neither does sectarian incitement which is worse than the terrorist occupation of the outskirts of Arsal,” Sheikh Nabil Qaouk said during a Hezbollah ceremony in south Lebanon.

May 30 08:20

Some of the world's biggest banks could be dragged into the FIFA bribery scandal

Nobody has come out of the FIFA bribery scandal looking good, but one group that has been overlooked could soon find itself in the spotlight: banks.

The US Department of Justice's 164-page indictment names a string of the world's biggest lenders that reportedly held accounts that were used to pay and transfer bribes around the world.

May 30 08:19

If You're an American you should see THIS! for real

May 30 08:17

Obama does not support Israel enough: Gov. Walker

Possible US presidential candidate Scott Walker has accused the administration of President Barack Obama of not supporting Israel enough and making “bad deals” with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds of sucking and swallowing follow.

May 30 08:16

Quote Of The Day: Graham: I’ll Drone You for Your Thoughts

Another day, another round of embarrassing authoritarian nonsense from would-be Republican presidential candidates. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the honey-throated apocalyptic who Ed Krayewski writes about below, made the following “joke” on Saturday:

If I’m president of the United States and you’re thinking about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL — anybody thinking about that? — I’m not going to call a judge, I’m going to call a drone and we will kill you.

May 30 08:01

Uncle Sam’s Personal “Terror Factory”

If someone believes that most, or all, “terrorists” are invented and created by government agents provocateurs, would, or should, they be considered a “conspiracy theorist”?

In fact, agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been busily creating terrorists out of what had been law-abiding individuals. The system features entrapment, sting operations, provocations and denial of due process, with anonymous juries, secret evidence and extensive pretrial detentions.
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May 30 07:46

Report: U.S. cyberattack on N. Korea nuke program failed

The United States tried but failed to sabotage North Korea's nuclear weapons program with a computer virus in 2010, Reuters reported Friday.

The cyber attack came at the same time the Stuxnet virus was disrupting Iran's uranium-enrichment efforts, according to sources familiar with the stealth effort. Stuxnet was reportedly created by the United States and Israel.

The North Korea attack involved a Stuxnet variant that was designed to activate "when it encountered Korean-language settings on an infected machine," Reuters writes. But U.S. agents were never able to install the malware on the computers controlling Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is cause to suspect that Stuxnet exacerbated the Fukushima disaster by crippling emergency systems using the targeted Siemens' controllers. And despite the danger, the US went ahead and tried again with North Korea's nuclear weapons!

May 30 07:43

UC Davis senators vote to divest citing Israel’s harm to student welfare

Last night, the student senate of the University of California at Davis passed a resolution to divest from companies which profit from Israel’s occupation and abuses of Palestinian rights. Ten senators voted yes, none voted against and two abstained.

May 30 07:41

Palestinians disappointed but determined after FIFA betrayal

Palestinians are expressing disappointment at the abandonment and sabotage of efforts to have Israel suspended from world football’s governing body over its systematic abuses of Palestinian players.

But campaigners are vowing to continue to work to isolate Israel.

May 30 07:35

Bank of America fined $30m by US for debt collection

Washington: Bank of America has been fined $30 million by US regulators, who accused the bank of violating consumer protections for members of the military in collecting debts.

May 30 07:34

When it can be illegal to withdraw your own money

It's your money, in your account, but that doesn't mean you can take it out any way you please.

Failure to report large cash transactions can often trigger federal investigations, leading to fines or even lengthy prison sentences.

It all stems from U.S. law that requires forms to be submitted—both by financial institutions, as well as bank customers—each time a cash transaction in excess of $10,000 occurs. Customers hoping to avoid having to disclose such transactions often seek ways around around the law in a process known as "structuring," which can lead to serious money laundering charges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the government forces you to keep your money in the bank, they are forcing you to be an accessory to the crimes committed by that bank!

May 30 07:24

CA Senator Slams Punitive Traffic Fines to Peers In State Legislature: "Why do we have to be such money grubbing legislators??!!"

A CA Republican State Senator joined Democrats in delivering a scathing bipartisan indictment of California's traffic ticket revenue schemes, during a Public safety Committee hearing last month. The hearing, which until now went largely unnoticed, had mainline Democrats and Republicans sounding shockingly like libertarians, criticizing and condemning an out of control corrupt government. Sen. Joel Anderson said "let's just reverse some of the funding that we put on the backs of hard working Californians who are trying to make a living, who are trying to do the right thing, and not just focus on the poverty-stricken, because many of these folks are just one step out of poverty and yet we're doing nothing for them. And that is not right because we should be doing this for everyone."

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May 30 06:45

M7.8 - 189km WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan

May 30 04:22

Obama urges Senate to renew NSA spying program

Pass this spying bill so I won't have to write another executive order...

May 30 02:42

Ukraine humanitarian crisis ‘one of the world’s worst’ – UN refugee agency

The rise in the number of refugees in the Ukrainian conflict is resulting in one of the world’s “worst humanitarian crisis” today, the UN has confirmed, as sporadic fighting and a lack of aid forces civilians flee to neighboring countries, mainly Russia.

May 30 02:36

Latest Amnesty International Ukraine War Crimes Report Fails the Test

Is there any basis to Amnesty International’s equal treatment and equal blame against both sides? No there is not.

May 30 01:52

Macedonian Crisis: An Uneasy Conscience Betrays Itself

It all started with protests organized by the Serbian youth resistance movement Otpor. Its leaders, Slobodan Dinovic and Srda Popovic, became professional international revolutionaries. Paid by US, they move from one country to another organizing protest actions. Sr?a Popovi? was seen in Skopje before the events in question. It should be noted that US Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily was Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara at the time the US-supported Taksim Square protests too place in an attempt to topple Recep Erdogan. Who else can do a better job opposing the plans to build the Turkish Stream across the Balkans? It’s not a coincidence that Baily came out in support of protesters as soon as they hit the streets of Skopje. He is dry behind the ears in making "popular" protest movements look right in the eyes of public.

May 30 01:47

The US and China can avoid a collision course – if the US gives up its empire

The problem isn’t China’s rise, but rather America’s insistence on maintaining military and economic dominance right in China’s backyard.

May 30 01:43

'Now, we have a democratically elected totalitarian government' — Arundhati Roy

“How have the other ‘developed’ countries progressed? Through wars and by colonising and usurping the resources of other countries and societies,” she says. “India has no option but to colonise itself.”

May 30 01:35

The Map on the Wall

That is the lesson Israel should absorb. Today we are strong, and the Arab world is in shambles. It will not always be so.

A peace treaty with Palestine and the Arab world will hold if it is wise and generous. Wise enough so the Palestinian people, or at least a great majority, will come to the conclusion that it is both worthwhile and honorable to keep it.

May 30 01:31

Critics Blast 'Compromises' as Patriot Act Barrels Toward Sunset

With the sunset of key spy powers on the near horizon and lawmakers scrambling to save them, privacy and internet freedom groups are dialing up the pressure on Congress to end mass surveillance as we know it.

May 29, 2015

May 29 21:39

Saudi Paranoia

May 29 20:37

Current NSA Officials Admit Agency Is Drowning In TOO MUCH Info

Former top NSA officials have repeatedly said that the NSA is collecting TOO MUCH information on Americans to be able to stop terror attacks.

The Intercept reports that current mid-level NSA officials confirm that the NSA is gathering TOO MUCH information… and it’s making it impossible to focus:

May 29 18:58

LIVE: Watch Protesters at Phoenix Mosque

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both the FOX and ABC affiliates in Phoenix are reporting a peaceful demonstration, but over at InfoWars they are wallowing in overt Muslim-bashing!

May 29 17:59

Gulf War II a Bush Disaster? So was Gulf War I

In light of the shocking advances of the Islamic State, the sense that Iraq is coming apart at the seams despite the huge toll of lives and treasure squandered over more than a decade, it’s clear that George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was the most fateful foreign policy blunder ever made by an American leader.

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