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January 4, 2016

Jan 04 09:30

Ukrainian soldiers loot the settlements at Mariupol and lead people to despair

"Mariupol coast is filled with soldiers. Everything that could be found in the surrounding villages they plundered. From the facilities they took everything so that others are only ruins. At the same time mobilize men without exception. They mobilized the father of three small children, "he writes on social networks Donetsk blogger Evgeny Mart.

"They steal cattle and poultry. The man went away for a few days in another town, and when he returned he found nothing at home. The situation is critical, people are brought to despair. Please note that the villages of living of summer visitors, and this year the sea was no one there. Ordinary people do not know how to survive. "

According to Mart in Mariupol, which is now occupied by the Ukrainian army still live followers Donetsk People's Republic.

"They were burned, killed, trampled by tanks, but still bravely holding. At one civilian have three soldiers - these are our people! "Says blogger says Evgeny.

Jan 04 09:28

Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has Serious Problems

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They are not making money with it, for one thing. If you are running Windows 7 (or 8) maybe it is time to stop all automatic updates because Microsoft's next tactic to get you onto the RMS Windows10-tic will be to break your existing systems.

Jan 04 09:26

Video shows captured Israeli soldier at Gaza barbecue

But the new video shows scenes of the smiling Shalit grilling meat at a barbecue. It also shows him drinking tea with Hamas fighters and watching television.

In one clip, Shalit sits in a relatively spacious cell with an exercise bicycle and adjoining toilet as an attendant brings him a beverage.

Jan 04 09:25

Explosive Device Detonates Near Israeli Forces on Lebanon Border

An explosive device detonated near two Israel Defense Forces vehicles on Monday, in the northern area of Har Dov along the border with Lebanon. 

The explosive device was detonated near two Caterpillar D-9 bulldozers. A senior IDF officer said the army did not know of any casualties at this stage.



Jan 04 09:24

The Self Driving Car Scam

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Google's self-driving car passed a driver's test in Nevada ... except the test was rigged!

Jan 04 09:23

Iran's Intelligence Minister: Saudi Collapse Imminent

Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi in a message on Monday condemned the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by the Riyadh government, and reiterated that the Saudi regime will be toppled soon.

Jan 04 09:23

Transport Canada following up on drone vs. vehicle crash in Belleville, Ont.

Transport Canada says its enforcement investigators are looking into a Belleville, Ont., crash between a drone and a vehicle last month, and that while charges may not be warranted, it's a good opportunity to raise awareness about drone safety.

Jan 04 09:22

Behavior of a Self-Professed Psychopath

Like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, psychopaths can be intelligent and charming, while hiding a lack of empathy.

So given their ability to manipulate others, how easy it is for you to spot one?

Jan 04 09:21

In which we learn something more about the nature of gods

Kent Hovind attempts to explain the contradictions in the Bible, and it’s easy. The Bible is a trap. God intentionally put in errors so he can catch the people smart enough to notice them, and drive them away from the faith. Because, apparently, he only wants irrational people to believe in him.

Jan 04 09:18

Merkel facing further pressure for a cap on migrants entering Germany after allies call for limit on 'excessive' number of newcomers 

Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy was challenged by her own political allies again yesterday as she faced calls for a cap on the numbers entering Germany.



Jan 04 09:18

US military base in Ukraine not on the agenda - defence minister

A U.S. military base in Ukraine is not on the country’s agenda as Ukraine’s laws do not provide for its possible deployment, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak said in an interview with the Ukrainian News agency published on Sunday.

Jan 04 09:13

Former Czech President Says Europe Likely to Face 'Real Migration Tsunami'

"Apparently, another migration of nations is coming. Someone [in Europe] thinks that the migration wave has already passed. But it only begins, a real tsunami is coming only now," Klaus said in an interview with the Prima TV channel.

Jan 04 09:13

Jeremy Corbyn prepares to sideline pro-war critics in Shadow Cabinet reshuffle

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to move Shadow Foreign Secretary Hillary Benn and Shadow Defense Secretary Maria Eagle to other positions in his Shadow Cabinet in a bid to secure party unity on foreign and defense policy.

Jan 04 09:12

Europeans Finally Losing Patience With NATO’s Reckless Mess

Amid the mounting refugee crisis caused by “NATO’s non-stop campaign of overseas military misadventures”, Europeans are becoming “increasingly wary of multiculturalism, neo-liberal reforms, austerity measures - and now, it seems, even NATO itself,” according to American writer and journalist Robert Bridge.



Jan 04 09:12

Oregon Sheriff: “These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to over throw the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement acr

The remote high desert ofeastern Oregon became the latest flashpoint for anti-government sentiment as armed protesters occupied a national wildlife refuge in objection to a prison sentence for local ranchers convicted of burning federal land.

Jan 04 09:12

The ECB - EUR22 Trillion Is Missing

Yesterday I published the assets/liabilities of the European Central Bank as provided by them. I provided some analysis that I thought was relevant as I also asked all of you to look at the numbers yourself. To be quite open; I was stunned by the data they provided and shocked by the implications. I had not seen the data in any other source or commented about by anyone and the subject, while admittedly complex, and perhaps made more complex by design, is a huge wake-up call for anyone investing in Europe.

Jan 04 09:12

160 abandoned Apartments being remodeled in Ohio by volunteers for homeless.

Volunteers in Campbell began remodeling two apartments on Delmar Avenue on Saturday for veterans that don’t have a home.

Jan 04 09:11

1/02/2016 -- Volcano watch -- Hawaii's Kilauea Lava Lake Rising -- Large flow at Pu'u O'o Caldera



Jan 04 09:10

War on Drugs responsible for guns deaths, not the access to guns


The War on Drugs responsible for guns deaths, not the access to guns.
There are plenty of countries from Mexico to Colombia that restrict gun access and yet they still have the same problems or worth than America. Its not the legality of guns or not, its the war on drugs.

Jan 04 09:08

'Saudi Arabia is in serious trouble, and they know it'

Saudi Arabia's growing international isolation and Iran's rising regional influence have led the kingdom to "double down" on protecting its interests, according to a new analysis of the world's top 2016 risks by Eurasia Group, the world's largest political-risk consultancy.

That at least partly explains the kingdom's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, after Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran over Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Saudi Arabia is acting as a US proxy against Iran, just as they are in Yemen, and the real goal is to get a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia going into which the US can jump in on Saudi Arabia's side, and get the war with Iran the Israel-firsters have been after for years!

Jan 04 09:06

GOP field rips Obama's move toward executive action to tighten gun control laws

Obama said over the weekend that he’ll meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss his options on tightening federal firearms laws to reduce gun violence, after instructing his White House team several months ago to look at what type of “action” he could take.

“The president is a petulant child,” GOP candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told “Fox News Sunday.” “Whenever he doesn’t get what he wants, … this president acts like a king.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

George III to be exact!

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Jan 04 09:04

Conn Hallinan’s 2015 “Are You Serious?” Awards

The First Amendment Award to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for issuing a new Law Of War manual that defines reporters as “unprivileged belligerents” who will lose their “privileged” status by “the relaying of information” which “could constitute taking a direct part in hostilities.” Translation? If you report you are in the same class as members of al-Qaeda.



Jan 04 09:04

Must watch: A Glimpse Into Jewish Self-Love

In this uniquely disturbing video we witness some orthodox Jews filming themselves hopping in front of their phones cameras attesting how much they love and are proud of being themselves.

Jan 04 09:03

'Fewer Than 1 Million Jews Killed in Holocaust,' Says NY Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi.

In a video on his YouTube channel, Rabbi Mizrachi cites high assimilation rates in Europe before World War II as support for his claim that 80% of those identified as Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust were not Jewish according to Jewish law.

Jan 04 08:59

Clashes with police erupt in Bahrain after Saudi execution of Shiite cleric

Violent clashes erupted between protesters and riot police in Sitra, Bahrain, following the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia.

Jan 04 08:57

Dow Jones Industrial Average plunges back into the 16000s!


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Jan 04 08:50

Two more top banks getting away with paying NO corporation tax in the UK: Credit Suisse and Citigroup are latest to admit using previous losses to slash their bills

Two foreign investment banks with major businesses in Britain are paying no corporation tax, it emerged last night.

Citigroup and Credit Suisse disclosed in the past fortnight that their main British subsidiaries paid zero corporate income tax in 2014.

It means there are now seven foreign investment banks in London paying no corporation tax. They also include JP Morgan Chase, Nomura, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

They used huge losses from previous years – including fines and lawsuits – to slash their tax bills. The revelation follows the controversial decision by the Financial Conduct Authority to shelve plans to investigate pay and behaviour in the banking sector.

Jan 04 08:40

Fears for FTSE and DOW remain after collapse on China's opening day of trading drags down European and U.S. markets

Fears remain for global share markets after Chinese trading was dragged down by a panicked opening day, in which stocks plunged 7 per cent to reach the market's lowest point in three months.

Jan 04 08:36

Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

A security researcher reckons he's spotted the first example of JavaScript-based ransomware-as-a-service, dubbing it Ransom32.

Emsisoft's Fabian Wosar writes here that embedded in a self-extracting WinRAR archive is an NW.js-packaged application that does the heavy lifting for the ransomware.

NW.js, Wosar notes, is a JavaScript framework for application development, based on Node.js and Chromium. It works around JavaScript's normally-strict sandboxing, so a Web application can be repurposed for the desktop without the sandbox getting in the way.

Jan 04 08:32

HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

HSBC has apologised for an online banking outage which left customers unable to access their accounts.

In a tweet, the company said: "We are working hard to fix the issue with our Online & Mobile Banking service. Follow us for further updates. Sorry for any inconvenience."

The problem appears to have started this morning with the bank tweeting it was aware that some customers are experiencing problems logging on to its online and mobile banking services.

Jan 04 08:18

Saudi Arabia’s Growing Body Count

By Tony Cartalucci

Mass executions at home, war abroad – Saudi Arabia tries to kill its way out of adversity. As the new year rolled in around the world, Saudi Arabia was already getting off to a bad start. The Western media published muted reports of a mass execution of some 47 prisoners alleged to be “terrorists,” though the most prominent among them was clearly a political leader, not a militant...

Jan 04 08:15

Hyping More Fears about Iran

There are several important things to understand about ballistic missiles and Iran, beyond the fact that this topic has become one of the latest on which those who want Iran to be an ostracized and feared pariah forever, and who still want to kill the agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program, have seized.

Jan 04 05:22

Israel destroys east Jerusalem assailant homes

Israeli forces on Monday destroyed the east Jerusalem homes of two Palestinians who killed four Israelis in one of the deadliest days in the recent surge in violence.
Note: Had enough yet!

January 3, 2016

Jan 03 22:32

The road to hell is paved with 'national security'

Israel is turning the West’s fixation on the Islamic State group into an opportunity to expand its apartheid laws and militarisation of the West Bank

Jan 03 19:29

The middle class is just this screwed: Janet Yellen declares victory while workers drown - "We're working longer, earning less, and closer to poverty. The recovery has only lifted the few"

Earlier this month when Fed chair Janet Yellen offered her rationale for raising interest rates, it was sadly reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, given on the USS Abraham Lincoln when he declared that major combat operations in Iraq were over in 2003.



Jan 03 18:39

Feds Preparing “Multi-Agency” Action In Oregon As Patriot Militia Says They Are “Willing To Kill And Be Killed”

What started as a peaceful protest in Burn, Oregon over the imprisonment of two ranchers who lit fires on federal land to curb the growth of invasive plant species and reduce the risk of wildfires on their property has turned into an armed standoff pitting the Federal government against armed Patriot militiamen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is starting to smell like a set-up. The Hammonds are surrendering tomorrow and going to jail. So why continue a standoff?

Jan 03 18:34

FROM BAGHDAD TO BAHRAIN…FROM BERUIT TO TEHRAN – TENSIONS ARE EXPLODING ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

Either the rebel prince succeeds in convincing enough people who matter to remove the King, or the King counters and drives the prince out. The former situation is far and away the best option for stability in the Middle East, and would likely allow the Saudi royal lineage to hold on to power for longer. If the second scenario unfolds, current leadership will crack down even harder on dissent and run the state further into the ground. This behavior will ultimately lead to an unpredictable and likely violent revolution, and if you think the Middle East is volatile now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Jan 03 18:33

Aha.. It turns Out That The Hammond Ranch Is Sitting On Natural Gas And Uranium that China Wants..Like The Bundys Ranch Was.....

Mount says Obama’s feds have been harassing the Hammond Ranch very aggressively for a long time in an effort to get at the natural gas and Uranium resources the land holds, but to no avail.

Now, the feds have simplified their plan: Toss the Hammond’s in prison for a grossly excessive sentence, and see to it that they meet unfortunate and untimely deaths while there. Remember, per the article, “In the Hammonds’ plea agreement in the 2012 trial, the BLM obtained the first right of refusal should the family have to sell their private land,” or if they should happen to come to an early dirt nap “retirement” so to speak.

Jan 03 18:07

Iran blacklash: Saudi embassy stormed over execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr

The Saudi Embassy in Tehran has been pelted with Molotov cocktails in response to Saudi Arabia's beheading of a prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Al-Nimr, on terror charges Saturday. He was one of the 47 people who were put to death.

Jan 03 17:54

BREAKING: FBI en route to Oregon Federal Building occupation with scores of fully armed agents

Heavily armed and well-equipped federal agents have arrived in Oregon from various parts of the U.S. to gain tactical advantage over the armed patriot group who commandeered a federal building Saturday, by responding swiftly and with force if necessary.

Jan 03 16:53

Derailed? What Rail Traffic Tells Us About The U.S. Economy

Raw materials and goods need to be transported regardless of how modern or sophisticated an economy is.

Every week the Association of American Railways (“AAR”) posts a free report on rail volumes transported across North America by major category. This provides some decent clues on the condition of the US economy, almost in real time.

Let’s see what the latest report covering virtually all of 2015 is telling us.

The rail intermodal traffic category registers the long-haul movement of shipping containers and truck trailers by rail whenever combined with (a much shorter) truck movement at one or both ends.

Jan 03 16:51

Oil Spike Risk: Iran Police Use Water Cannon On Angry Protesters Near Saudi Consulate

Despite official pleas for “calm” following the death of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Iranians are in no mood to stand down.

Jan 03 16:51

Failing Banks Can ConvertYour Deposits Into BANK STOCKS

A Bail In is a procedure whereby a failed or failing bank can convert some of your bank deposits into the stock of the failing bank. In other words, money in your bank account can be taken by the bank and converted so that you would now own stock in what had been a failing bank.

You see, once you deposit money in a bank it is no longer yours. It belongs to the bank. You are what is called an "unsecured creditor" of the bank. The bank owes you the money as if you had laid the carpet in the bank lobby.

You read that right.

Well, "Those Europeans..." you say.

Right. Except the FDIC (along with the Bank of England) issued a paper on December 10, 2012 on how Bail In procedures will be implemented in the U.S. and in England.

Jan 03 16:50

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel Desperate to Save His 2020 Presidential Run

Just before the New Year bell rung, the embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Israel Emanuel (D) was forced to cut short his family vacation in Cuba, and headed back to the windy city after yet another embarrassing police shooting last week which claimed two lives as police responding to a ‘domestic disturbance’ call killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, an engineering student at Northern Illinois University, and bystander 55-year-old Betti Jones, a grandmother.

Jan 03 16:50

Illinois Considers Allowing Recall Attempts Of Chicago Mayor

The furor over recent Chicago police shootings has legislators considering whether voters should be allowed to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel or future officials who hold his post.

Illinois state law currently addresses only the recall of a governor, a provision voters approved in 2010 after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested and impeached.

Now, state Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat, wants voters to also have the power to remove the mayor of the country's third-largest city.

In light of the unrest in the city, Ford said, "It's clearly the right thing to have on the books."

Jan 03 16:48

Overwhelming irrefutable video and documentary evidence: Sandy Hook another false flag CRIMINAL hoax requiring arrests

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

As I wrote in 2014 (and here), Wolfgang Halbig has the perfect combination of expertise to evaluate what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

? law enforcement: Florida State Trooper, US Customs Agent.
? education: teacher, assistant principal, principal.
? current school safety expert: trained key personnel at over 4,000 US school districts, and over 3,500 school safety officers.

His conclusion after almost three years of motivated investigation:

“In my professional opinion, [Sandy Hook was] a scripted event… in planning for maybe two, two and a half years.”

Mr. Halbig’s response is demand for criminal arrests of “leaders” involved in Sandy Hook based on rational embrace of the public evidence. Among ~30 areas of game-changing objective facts:

Jan 03 16:47

Breaking News: Obama Orders Hammond Ranch Destroyed!

“The last holdouts on that cow-free wilderness are the Hammonds,” said Maupin. Though some still have BLM grazing permits, the Hammonds are the last private landowners in the area.

“It’s become more and more obvious over the years that the BLM and the wildlife refuge want that ranch. It would tie in with what they have,” said Rusty Inglis, an area rancher and retired U.S. Forest Service employee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I figured a land snatch was behind charging them with terror for an accidental brush fire.

Jan 03 16:43

CNN analyst: White militiamen aren’t a threat like black protesters because ‘they’re not looting anything’

law enforcement analyst Art Roderick said over the weekend that armed protesters who took over a federal building in Oregon were not being treated harshly like Black Lives Matter protesters and Muslims would be because they were “not looting anything.”

On Saturday, an armed group of militiamen and members of Cliven Bundy’s family seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge headquarters to protest sentences against two ranchers who were convicted of setting wildfires.

Roderick told CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday that law enforcement should not react with force to end the militia’s occupation of the federal building.

Jan 03 16:42

BEX ALERT - Stop Calling Terrorists 'Militiamen'

Heavily armed domestic terrorists have occupied a wildlife preserve in Oregon and invited other extremists to take up arms and join the movement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

King George III had similar words to describe Washington., Jefferson, and the patriots.

Jan 03 16:41

Google is Collecting Information on Public School Students – Here’s How

One such example relates to Google’s penetration of the U.S. public school system, and how the company employs a loophole in order to collect data on children. Google achieves this by referring to itself as a “school official” under the law. I truly wish I was making this up.

From the Washington Post:

Google is a major player in U.S. education. In fact, in many public schools around the country, it’s technically a “school official.” And that designation means parents may not get a chance to opt out of having information about their children shared with the online advertising giant.

The combined allure of Google’s free suite of productivity tools and cheap laptops that use the company’s Web-based ChromeOS operating system have made Google’s products a popular choice at schools around the country. And the company’s growing dominance is raising concern from some privacy advocates who allege it is using some student data for its own benefit.

Jan 03 16:40

Beautiful, young (white) student killed by guess who (media blackout, uh, cover-up)

Sara Mutschlechner. a twenty year old white female college student was shot in the head and killed New Year’s morning in Denton, Texas. She was driving three friends home from a party. A car with five or six black males pulled up next to her and made undisclosed statements. Then one of them shot Sara in the head. She was a student at the University of North Texas.

The Dallas Morning News downplayed the murder as “road rage.” The most likely chain of events probably involved unwanted sexual catcalling and a negative reaction by the women. Racial hatred and misogyny are probably the motives.

Many on social media are critical of the coverage, saying that the murder would have generated national attention if the races were reversed.

Jan 03 16:36

According to obtained documents, after rape and forcing inmates to do oral sex, British Soldiers could face charges for possible War Crimes committed in Iraq

British soldiers could face charges for war crimes that were allegedly committed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, according to the head of a UK government unit that handles claims of torture and unlawful killing. Mark Warwick, a former police detective who runs the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), told The Independent in an interview on Saturday that there's sufficient evidence to justify charges against British troops for the abuse and murder of Iraqi civilians.

Jan 03 16:33

Rubio Outraged by Spying on Israel’s Government, OK with Mass Surveillance of Americans

Rubio’s newfound objection to surveillance appears to be limited to spying on the Israeli government. The senator has been a long-time defender of the NSA’s mass surveillance. “There is no evidence that these programs have been systematically abused,” he said in 2014, decrying what he described as “paranoia” around surveillance programs.

The previous year, he defended spying on foreign government officials, saying that “everybody spies on everybody, it’s just a fact.” In the most recent presidential debate, he accused rivals, like Ted Cruz, of endangering U.S. security by supporting modest reforms to the surveillance regime.

One reason Rubio may be carving out a special objection to spying on the Israeli government is that he is competing in the so-called Adelson primary — a contest for the financial backing of the pro-Israel casino magnate who spent $150 million during the 2012 election.

Jan 03 16:33

Yurok Tribe Adopts Ordinance Banning Frankenfish and GMOs

The Yurok Tribe, the largest Indigenous Tribe in California with over 6,000 members, has banned genetically engineered salmon and all Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs) on their reservation on the Klamath River in the state’s northwest region.

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Jan 03 16:17

Woman Shoots, Kills Home Invasion Suspect in Trotwood

One of three home invasion suspect was shot and killed during the incident, and has been identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office as Azikiwe Presley, 29, of Dayton. Police tell FOX 45 three masked men armed with firearms forcibly entered and attempted to rob the homeowner. "I got my gun and I started shooting and they ran," the female caller told dispatchers. "They all three had guns, I'm confused ... they must not have had bullets because after I pulled the trigger they just took off, instead of firing back. I don't know if I hit one or not, I don't see blood anywhere."

Jan 03 16:08

I will veto Obama’s executive actions on guns, Trump says

Leading US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to veto President Barack Obama's executive actions on guns if winning the White House.

"The Second Amendment, it's so great to me," Trump told supporters at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday. "We're not changing the Second Amendment."

Trump accused Obama of planning an "assault" on the Second Amendment. "I will veto that. I will unsign that so fast.”

Jan 03 16:06

After Terrorists Seize on His Words, Donald Trump Vows to Keep Speaking Out

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Sunday that he had no control over his words and image being used in terrorist recruiting videos.

Mr. Trump recently appeared in a video apparently created by the group Al-Shabaab, which said the U.S. would soon become a place of religious intolerance. The video cited Mr. Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. as evidence that the country was growing increasingly hostile to Islam.

“They use other people, too. What am I going to do? I have to say what I have to say,” Mr. Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS .

Jan 03 16:04

Trump’s test with independents

As pollster Peter Hart has noted, independents have moved away from Clinton over last 12 months, with only 32% now able to envision supporting her. A recent Zogby poll shows Trump polling at 56% among independents — close to double his support among Republicans.

Jan 03 15:56

Israel Admit To Spraying Poison On Palestinian Crops

Israel have admitted that their military have used crop-dusters to destroy hundreds of acres of Palestinian crops for “security operations” reasons...“The aerial spraying of herbicides and germination inhibitors was conducted in the area along the border fence last week in order to enable optimal and continuous security operations,” an IDF Spokesperson told +972 on Sunday.

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Jan 03 13:44

Bernie bucks: Sanders smashes Obama record with $33mn from individual donors

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has broken Barack Obama’s fundraising record from individual donors with more than $33 million in the last three months of 2015.

Jan 03 13:26

Israeli Army Admits To Using Pesticides As A Weapon Of War In The Middle East

The Israeli army admitted to using crop-dusters to kill off vegetation - and perhaps inadvertently, agricultural crops - inside the Gaza Strip last week.

Jan 03 12:27

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

The commander of US forces in Afghanistan is prepared to ask the Obama administration to send more American troops to the country under conditions in which the security forces of the US-backed regime in Kabul have proven incapable of holding back a nationwide offensive by the Taliban.

In an interview published Tuesday by USA Today, Army Gen. John Campbell said that he would seek to postpone as long as possible any drawdown of the nearly 10,000 US troops now deployed in Afghanistan and would not hesitate to request additional forces should he find them necessary.

Jan 03 11:09

The Looming Environmental Disaster in Missouri that Nobody is Talking About

What happens when radioactive byproduct from the Manhattan Project comes into contact with an “underground fire” at a landfill? Surprisingly, no one actually knows for sure; but residents of Bridgeton, Missouri, near the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills — just northwest of the St. Louis International Airport — may find out sooner than they’d like.
And that conundrum isn’t the only issue for the area. Contradicting reports from both the government and the landfill’s responsible parties, radioactive contamination is actively leaching into the surrounding populated area from the West Lake site — and likely has been for the past 42 years.

Jan 03 11:07

Workers’ Comp Industrial Complex: The Middlemen Silencing Injured Workers

Las Vegas – A scantily clad acrobat dangles from the ceiling, performing flips and splits as machines puff smoke and neon lights bathe the dance floor in turquoise and magenta. Dancers in lingerie gyrate on poles to the booming techno. Actors dressed as aliens pose for selfies with partygoers. There’s an open bar and waiters weave through the crowd passing out chocolate truffles.

Jan 03 10:59

Clinton Campaign Launches Contest, Sign Up For A Chance To Win A Free Dinner With Hillary Clinton!

The Hillary Clinton campaign has launched a contest where people can sign up for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to have dinner with Hillary. No purchase is required to enter the contest, and online sign-ups are open until 2/29/16. The contest organizers note that there will be a background check on each potential winner and their guest, and that they may disqualify anyone based on that background check at their discretion. They of course add the obligatory and in this case ominous warning that they are not liable if the dinner guest's death results as a result of the dinner or transportation thereto. (Umm, Mike & Claire, I'd opt out of this one if I were you, MmmKay? :-)

Webmaster addition: Wasn't even thinking about entering. :)

Jan 03 10:31

Blasts, gunfire target Indian consulate in northern Afghanistan

Unidentified gunmen have attempted to break in into the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a governor’s spokesman said, as cited by Reuters. Numerous reports say blasts and gunshots have been heard at the scene.

Jan 03 10:20

Star Wars: The Force Awakens still has a long way to go to beat A New Hope at the box-office

The original film, released in 1977 to little previous fanfare, was a gigantic success, making over $775.4 million at the box office.

Yes, you’re right, The Force Awakens has already made $1.39 billion globally, surpassing the original film, and on track to beat Avatar's US domestic run.

But if we adjust the figures for inflation, Star Wars - later subtitled A New Hope - has made $2.825 billion globally at the box office: more than double Episode VII.

Jan 03 10:18

"New Research Suggests [Fluoridating Water] Is Dramatically Misguided"

One of our pet peeves is when erroneous groupthink persists even in the face of contradictory evidence.

As shown below, water fluoridation is based on very shaky science. And yet – despite the science – the big dental associations in the U.S. and other countries continue to push it as safe and effective.

Jan 03 10:18

Ecological Meltdown And Nuclear Conflict: The Relevance Of Gandhi In The Modern World

A few months ago, entrepreneur Charles Devenish contacted me to tell me about his plans to develop various mining enterprises across India. He spoke about the massive amounts of untapped mineral resources lying beneath India that is just lying there and has been for a long time. What he thought I might find appealing were his plans for how small-scale mining could dovetail with a model of agriculture aimed at restoring Indian soils, which have been seriously degraded by decades of ‘green revolution’ chemical poisoning, and a rolling back of the increasing and harmful corporate control of farming.

Jan 03 10:15

Climate change targets 'have huge implications for UK pensioners'

Britain’s biggest carbon polluters stand to lose billions of pounds from tough new climate targets and must come clean with their shareholders about the financial crisis that lies ahead, the country’s biggest pension funds have warned.

A legally binding agreement struck by world leaders in Paris last month, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, has huge implications for pensioners, who have billions of pounds invested in “carbon-intensive” companies.

Analysts say that more than three-quarters of the world’s known coal, oil and gas reserves will have to stay in the ground if the planet is to have any chance of meeting the target to limit global warming to between 1.5C and 2C.

Since fossil-fuel companies are largely valued on their reserves, leaving them in the ground threatens to decimate their profits and share prices.

Jan 03 10:02

SUNDAY’S TOON ~~ THE IRONY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Jan 03 10:01

You Should Watch Making of a Murderer

There's a 10-hour documentary on Netflix with more to teach us than all the combined episodes of Star Wars. (Yes, it's nice to see a storm trooper refuse to fight, but only until he gleefully joins in the killing for the other side, with all his victims still in masks so that we, the executioner audience, don't have to see faces die.)

Making of a Murderer is a hugely important film, and it is in fact quite suspenseful. And I am about to SPOIL the plot for you. So please STOP READING until you've watched the film if you want it to include suspense.

Jan 03 09:54

John Brown’s Anti-Slavery Legacy

Only the skies were gloomy as Emancipation Day 1863 dawned and the First Kansas Colored Volunteers — a mix of African-Americans, Native Americans and Black Indians — assembled at Fort Scott to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s long-delayed Emancipation Proclamation.

Jan 03 09:49

The Looming Environmental Disaster in Missouri that Nobody is Talking About

By Claire Bernish

What happens when radioactive byproduct from the Manhattan Project comes into contact with an “underground fire” at a landfill? Surprisingly, no one actually knows for sure; but residents of Bridgeton, Missouri, near the West Lake and Bridgeton Landfills — just northwest of the St. Louis International Airport — may find out sooner than they’d like...

Jan 03 09:46

Why did flood quango blow £75,000 on comfy chairs? Environment Agency spends thousands on perks for staff

The Environment Agency spent almost £100,000 on non-essentials such as ‘ergonomic’ chairs, mugs, and tea and coffee in less than two years.

As flood victims lost everything, official government accounts show the agency spared no expense on some of its own staff, spending a total of £75,000 on the special chairs, which cost between £500 and £900 each.

The money spent over 2013 and 2014 would be enough to buy 25,000 sandbags.

Jan 03 09:44

Almost 1200 people, mostly minorities, killed by US cops in 2015

US law enforcement officers killed up to 1,199 people last year, the majority of whom were ‘people of color’.

Black men between the ages of 15 and 34 were 15 percent of those killed by police in 2015.

Jan 03 09:41

America’s Vampire Aristocracy

On January 2nd, America’s NBC News bannered “Arab Spring Cleric Nimr al-Nimr Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia,” and, one-third of the way into their report, showed this tweet:

“Saudi execution of Nimr al-Nimr along w/ al Qaeda members is straight from Assad’s playbook – lumping nonviolent activists with terrorists.

Jan 03 09:36

Police In Riot Gear Arrest Homeless Protesters For Camping In Front Of City Hall

By John Vibes

Last week, we reported that homeless people and supporters in Sacremento were protesting a recent ordinance that makes it illegal for them to camp in the city. Many of them were camped out in front of city hall for the past month and are demanding a reversal of the camping ban.

This Friday, police invaded the encampment in riot gear and made several arrests...

Jan 03 09:23

The Right To Keep And Bear Arms - Student Essay

By Anonymous 14-yr old writing her essay for 8th grade English class

Jan 03 09:22

BEX ALERT!!!:Obama beats out Pope, Trump for ‘most admired man’ in 2015: Gallup

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2015

President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the most admired man and woman of 2015, according to a Gallup survey that had Pope Francis and 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump in a tie for second behind Mr. Obama.

Jan 03 09:15

Oregon ranching case sparks anti-government sentiment

Federal lawyers prosecuted the Hammonds under an anti-terrorism law that required a five-year minimum sentence, though they have declined to say why.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Hammonds did a controlled burn on their own land to reduce the overburden and reduce the risk of a wildfire. The fire spread onto what the government claims is their land (in violation of the enclave clause of the Constitution). At worst this is an accident. Charging the Hammonds with deliberate arson was excessive. Charging them with terror was flat-out absurd and abusive. And at the heart of the issue of government control of the public lands is the question why wasn't the government taking steps to reduce wildfire risk on the lands they claim authority over?

Jan 03 09:03

live feed Hammond ranch

Jan 03 09:02

ANALYSIS: Chipotle is a victim of corporate sabotage... biotech industry food terrorists are planting e.coli in retaliation for restaurant's anti-GMO menu

After observing recent events involving Chipotle and e.coli, here's my analysis of the situation: Chipotle's e.coli outbreaks are not random chance. They are the result of the biotech industry unleashing bioterrorism attacks against the only fast food company that has publicly denounced GMOs.

How do we know? The CDC has already admitted that some of these e.coli outbreaks involve a "rare genetic strain" of e.coli not normally seen in foods. Furthermore, we also know the track record of the biotech industry engaging in the most criminal, dirty, sleazebag tactics imaginable against any person or company that speaks out against GMOs.

Doctor Oz, for example, was maliciously targeted in a defamation campaign funded by the biotech industry earlier this year. The onslaught against Oz was initiated because he publicly expressed his support for honest GMO labeling on foods.

Jan 03 08:58

Surreal: West Mourns Death of Al Qaeda Collaborator in Syrian Airstrike

By Tony Cartalucci

Jaysh al-Islam is a stalwart ally of US State Department-listed terrorist organization al-Nusra, though one would never suspect as much reading weepy Western eulogies over the terrorist organization leader’s death. The commander of terrorist organization and Al Qaeda affiliate Jaysh al-Islam (the Army of Islam), “Sheikh” Zahran Alloush, was killed in a Syrian airstrike this week in the suburbs of Damascus...

Jan 03 08:58

Hundreds of Armed Right-Wing Militia Members Take Over Federal Building

Armed white terrorists have invaded and are currently occupying federal property.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the word "terrorist" to describe people fighting for their legal rights. I imagine King George III thought the same thing about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the boys!

Jan 03 08:33

Trump: "Hillary Clinton Created ISIS With Obama"

In what was the largest campaign event in Mississippi history, at the Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center on January 2, 2016, Presidential front-runner Donald Trump dropped some major truth bombs, boldly proclaiming that "HILLARY CLINTON CREATED ISIS WITH OBAMA." The first video is a short clip of these remarks, below that is the video of the entire speech. Tens of thousands of Trump supporters were in attendance, with thousands also waiting outside.

Jan 03 08:18

Bloody Trump

Indeed, the painting by Mz. Levy–’Bloody Trump’–was the trumpet blast heard ‘round the world. Buried deep under many layers of symbolism and nuance and yet Kristol clear to those ‘made’ members of La Kosher Nostra skilled in Judaic philology is the inescapable message, that the ‘Teflon Don’ has fallen out of favor with Judea and as a result, his days are numbered. The only question remaining is whether his death with be merely political, or whether the Siccari in America, Israel, and throughout the world will, in employing the motto of the assassination agency Mossad--‘by way of deception, we shall make war'–activate some Islamic agent to gun him down in some dramatic fashion, thus leaving Marco Rubio–clearly ‘the Golden Boy’ as far as the Jewish state is concerned, with a clear and open road to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Jan 03 08:14

Gun sales up in 12 Swiss cantons

Applications for gun permits in Switzerland increased by 20% between 2014 and 2015, according to a survey conducted by Swiss public television, SRF.
The survey, published on Wednesday, showed that in the 12 out of 26 cantons surveyed, the Swiss are increasingly interested in purchasing pistols, rifles and other firearms for private use.

Jan 03 08:13

Juncker rules out unilateral approach on immigration

Talks between Bern and Brussels over the implementation of Switzerland’s cap on EU immigrants will intensify even though no solution has yet been found, according to Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga.

Jan 03 08:13

2016: Russian Documentary Aims to Avert Nuclear War - Western Media Still Busy Demonizing Putin

If ‘World Order’ is a piece of propaganda, it is sophisticated and serves certain higher values, not the interests of individuals or power for power’s sake. In effect, it is a wake-up call to avert nuclear war by reining in exceptionalism and safeguarding the principles of the UN Charter.

Jan 03 08:12

Erdogan’s New Year resolution: Be more like Hitler

On New Year’s Eve, the Turkish president described Adolf Hitler’s Germany as an example of an effective presidential system. While reprehensible and terribly stupid, it actually explains a lot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when George Bush said "This would be a lot easier if this were a dictatorship ... as long as I am the dictator!"

Jan 03 08:10

Belgium’s nuclear power plants ‘falling to bits’ – German officials

Jan 03 08:04

Sunriver passes snowfall average for season

Snowstorms over the past month have already pushed Sunriver past its snow average for the whole season.

An average winter season, measured from the first to last snowfall, brings about 60 inches of snow to Sunriver, the Bend Bulletin reports. Spokesman Brooke Snavely said Sunriver had already received about 70 inches this winter.

Jan 03 08:03

Will it ever end? Forecast threatens a month of rain, snow and flooding HELL for January

Bitter -7C (19F) winds threaten to throw a snowy spanner in the works towards the end of the week with showers turning wintry in the north.

Jan 03 08:01

Flashback: CIA Intentionally Impeded Sept. 11 Inquiry, Officials Say

The review was conducted this month after the disclosure that in November 2005, the CIA destroyed videotapes documenting the interrogations of two operatives from Al Qaeda, well after the commission made its requests in 2003 and 2004. A seven-page memorandum prepared by Philip Zelikow, who was the panel's executive director, concluded that "further investigation is needed" to determine whether the CIA's withholding of the tapes from the commission violated federal law.In interviews in the past week, the chairman of the commission, Thomas Kean, and its vice chairman, Lee Hamilton, said their reading of the report had convinced them that the agency had made a conscious decision to impede the Sept. 11 commission's inquiry.

Jan 03 08:00

From $500,000 To $170 Million In A Few Months: The Next "Subprime Trade" Emerges

Ever since a few far-sighted, contrarian traders made a killing by betting on the collapse of subprime in 2005 and 2006 - and by implication on the implosion of the capital markets - a trade famously resurrected in the latest Wall Street movie The Big Short (whose Michael Burry recently warned that "The Little Guy Will Pay" For The Next Crisis, again) everyone has been dreaming to uncover the next "subprime" - a trade that has a 20-to-1 upside to downside ratio, which can be put on in massive size, and which would lead to a quick and lucrative retirement.

Jan 03 08:00

Over 52,000 Killed in Iraq during 2015

Meanwhile back in Iraq.....

Antiwar.com has found that at least 52,045 people were killed across Iraq during 2015, while at least 19,651 were wounded. The number of fatalities reported was slightly higher than in 2014, but the number of wounded was substantially lower. These figures should be taken as very rough estimates and probably low estimates at that.

Jan 03 07:49

Israel Charges Two Jews Over West Bank Arson Murders

One adult charged with three counts of murder, one minor charged as accessory to murder. Two others charged with violence against Palestinians.

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