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Apr 21 08:39

Syrian peace talks in quagmire as rebels prepare for more war

Syria's fragile peace talks might not resume for at least a year if they are abandoned now, a senior Western diplomat warned on Wednesday, as the opposition urged more military support for rebels after declaring a truce was over.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the Syrian opposition is US controlled and supplied. Despite the public face of peace talks, the US still wants Assad out and a puppet regime in.

Apr 21 08:37

Fear and Loathing in the Arabian Nights

The Doha summit this past weekend that was supposed to enshrine a cut in oil production by OPEC, in tandem with Russia – it was practically a done deal – ended up literally in the dust.

Apr 21 08:35

Sanders Vows To Fight Until The Convention Despite New York Loss

Despite Hillary Clinton’s double digit win in New York State, the Sanders campaign insists they have a path to victory for the Democratic primary.



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Apr 21 08:35

Timelapse: Aurora Borealis, Aurora Australis From Intl Space Station

NASA captures Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis in all of their glory.

Apr 21 08:35

WSJ Criticized For Running Ad From Group Denying Armenian Genocide

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday encountered a backlash for publishing a full-page advertisement from a group denying the genocide of Armenians during World War I.

The ad was placed by Fact Check Armenia, an arm of a group that says its goal is “to preserve and protect Turkish national identity and culture.” Fact Check Armenia’s website explicitly refutes evidence that Armenians were systematically killed en masse by the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor to modern-day Turkey. But the ad sent a subtler message implying Armenians shared responsibility for the historically fraught relationship between Turks and Armenians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet the Wall Street Journal would never even consider allowing an ad pointing out the factual discrepancies in the orthodox history of WW2! :)

Apr 21 08:33

Colorado town considers potential conflict of becoming Palestine sister city

This peaceful university town is 7,000 miles from the violence of the Middle East, but a proposal to become sister cities with a Palestinian community has stirred such rancor that the city council is trying to negotiate a truce among its own residents.

The council decided Tuesday to hire a moderator and convene a citizen panel in hopes of settling differences between two sides arguing about whether Boulder should have a formal sister-city relationship with Nablus, on the West Bank.

Sister-city ties would help combat misunderstandings about Palestinians, said Essrea Cherin, president of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project, which is promoting the relationship. She said the entire Palestinian population is unfairly portrayed in the US media as violent because of the actions of a few.

Apr 21 08:29

TEFLON TOXIN CONTAMINATION HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

IN RECENT MONTHS, PFOA, the perfluorinated chemical formerly used to make Teflon, has been making news again. Also known as C8, because of its eight-carbon molecule, PFOA has been found in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, New York; Bennington, Vermont; Flint, Michigan; and Warrington, Pennsylvania, among many other places across the United States. Although the chemical was developed and long manufactured in the United States, it’s not just an American problem. PFOA has spread throughout the world.

In early April, a contingent from Keep Your Promises DuPont, an activist group representing residents of West Virginia and Ohio, traveled to the Netherlands and met with local politicians, scientists, Dordrecht residents, and the union representing workers at the plant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any company company knowingly manufacturing compounds like this should be sued out of existence, and their senior executives should be serving hard time in jail; this is the only way to stop this practice, both nationally and internationally.

Even the money junkies are going to have to learn that you cannot poison people, and walk away without severe consequences.

Apr 21 08:23

Private Tests Show Cancer-Linked Herbicide in Breakfast Foods; FDA mum on Its Assessments

If you started your day off with a whole wheat bagel and a bowl of instant strawberries-and-cream-flavored oatmeal today, you might think you made some fairly healthy breakfast choices.

You might want to think again.

According to a report released Tuesday by the Alliance for Natural Health USA, testing procured from an independent laboratory found detectable levels of the herbicide glyphosate in oatmeal and bagels as well as coffee creamer and seven more products, for a total of 10 out of 24 breakfast food items showing levels of glyphosate - a chemical the World Health Organization’s cancer experts have linked to cancer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cumulative effect of glyphosate has a murderous effect on the human system; Monsanto executives, and executives of the other large manufacturers of this kind of product product, should be tried, and convicted, for crimes against humanity.

Apr 21 08:22

Airlines To Charge For Window And Aisle Seats

Bad news for travelers who like to sit at the window or aisle seat when flying: airlines are considering charging passengers for the privilege.



Apr 21 08:18

SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER ADMITS SAUDIS CREATED ISIS

The Saudis could never reconcile themselves to the US-led invasion of Iraq, not because it toppled Saddam Hussein but because it led to Shia majority rule in an Arab country. When Hosni Mubarak was toppled by Egypt’s popular revolt in 2011, Riyadh accused Mr Obama of betraying a US ally.

After the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to a lightning Isis offensive in 2014, even the late Prince Saud al-Faisal, the respected Saudi foreign minister, remonstrated with John Kerry, US secretary of state, that “Daesh [Isis] is our [Sunni] response to your support for the Da’wa” — the Tehran-aligned Shia Islamist ruling party of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If EVER Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel needed a Gandhi at the forefront of their collective geopolitical structures, it is right the heck now.

Because without this, these three countries could set the Middle East ablaze, and take the entire would with them.

Apr 21 08:16

"This Is Going To Be A National Crisis" - One Of The Largest U.S. Pension Funds Set To Cut Retiree Benefits

As the Washington Post reports, the Central States Pension Fund, which handles retirement benefits for current and former Teamster union truck drivers across various states including Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, New York, and Minnesota, and is one of the largest pension funds in the nation, has filed an application to cut participant benefits, which would be effective July 1 2016, as it "projects" it will become officially insolvent by 2025. In 2015, the fund returned -0.81%, underperforming the 0.37% return of its benchmark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in 2008, Wall Street's ratings agencies all rated the fraudulent mortgage bundles being sold as triple-A which made it legal for pensions to invest in them (the sole exception was Eagen Jones, which issued a warning about the mortgage-backed securities and has since been shut down by the SEC). When the fraud imploded, the pensions were defunded, but since nobody dares criticize, let alone jail, a Wall Street money-junkie, the pensions are simply cheating their participants who spent their lives paying into the system.



Apr 21 08:12

Bright Fireball Lights Up English Skies, Earth Enters Debris of Comet Thatcher

Apr 21 08:11

Politicians and officials named in court as ‘boy brothel’ case begins

A court in Amsterdam has begun hearing testimony from nine witnesses into allegations that senior politicians knew about and used underage male prostitutes in the 1980s. Among those implicated are Prince Claus, the late husband of former queen Beatrix, the former finance minister and executive director of the international monetary fund Onno Rudding, and former Amsterdam mayor Ed van Thijn, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Apr 21 08:10

Erdogan’s war on media: Sputnik Turkey chief banned from entering Istanbul, told to fly to Russia

Russian news agency Sputnik’s Turkish bureau chief has been blacklisted by Ankara, who refused him entry to the country in an airport, and seized his residence permit and press credentials.

“I landed in Istanbul at 0:40 today with Aeroflot’s flight 2134. The border control staff held me at the passport control for some 10 minutes, then ushered me to the passenger control premises without explaining anything,” Sputnik’s Turkish bureau Chief Tural Kerimov told RT from the waiting room for passengers attending inspection and screening at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

Apr 21 08:10

German TV journalist refused entry to Turkey, detained in Istanbul airport

A TV journalist for German broadcaster ARD, who was going to the Turkish-Syrian border to report on refugees, spent six hours detained in the Istanbul airport after having been refused entry into Turkey.
“Denied entry into Turkey. There's a note against my name. I'm a journalist. Problem?” Volker Schwenck, the chief of ARD's Cairo bureau, wrote on Twitter.

Turkish authorities haven’t yet given any explanations to the journalist, ARD Tagesschau news service reported.

Apr 21 08:09

Ted Cruz claims 'We are headed to contested convention'

"We're going to arrive in Cleveland with me having a ton of delegates and Donald with a ton of delegates. And at that point it is going to be a battle to see who can earn the support of a majority of delegates elected by the people. I believe we will have a tremendous advantage in that battle,"

The comment marks a change for the Texas senator who has been saying he was on the path to win the nomination. Trump's crushing defeat of Ted Cruz in the New York primary tilted the energy in the Republican race back to the front-runner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In New York, Ted Cruz lost out to Ben Carson ... who isn't even running any more!

Apr 21 08:06

David Cameron will not be investigated over off-shore trust and tax affairs by parliamentary watchdog

Standards watchdogs will not investigate Prime Minister David Cameron over the off-shore controversy revealed by the Panama Papers data leak.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Hudson, has decided not to probe the matter, but her office refused to explain the reasons for that decision.



Apr 21 08:04

Three charts that show George Osborne's failure on public borrowing

Official borrowing data today confirms how comperhensively the Chancellor has missed his 2010 goals on debt and the deficit

Apr 21 08:03

Professors sue American Studies Association over Israel boycott

Several members of the American Studies Association (ASA) announced on Wednesday that they would be suing the association for its boycott of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now you can be sued for refusing to support Israel's crimes against humanity???

Apr 21 08:00

Cloudy with a chance of Humvees: Military vehicles plummet from sky in failed air drill

It was raining Humvees last week when a US Army training exercise at Hohenfels military base in Germany went wrong.



Apr 21 07:58

Target Stores Make MASSIVE Announcement… Parents ARE FURIOUS!

Target just caved to pressure from the Obama administration and liberal activists. They have announced that any “transgendered” person can use the bathroom in their stores, according to the gender they associate with.

Now in Target stores, men are allowed to use the restroom next to your daughter. Once called perverted, this is now a “civil right.”

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Apr 21 07:57

U.S. acknowledges Israel’s unlawful killings, excessive force, torture, discrimination against Palestinians

The U.S. also confirms that Israeli government forces are responsible for unlawful killings and the use of excessive force and torture against Palestinians.
Note: We give Israel over 10 million dollars a day. Shame on U.S.

Apr 21 07:55

Watch as this electronic voting machine gets hacked in 60 seconds

Watch as the ROM is swapped out in this electronic voting machine in about a minute.

Makes you have so much faith in our system; doesn’t it?

Apr 21 07:54

Cameroon: Samantha Power’s Motorcade Mows Down African Child and Flees the Scene

Samantha Power, the neocolonialist wolf in liberal, white, female clothing keeps up appearances even after her motorcade had mowed down an African child during her recent US PR tour of Cameroon.



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Apr 21 07:54

UK spy agencies systematically amass data on innocent people, legal challenge reveals

Privacy campaign group Privacy International says documents it has obtained through a legal challenge to the UK security agencies data-harvesting practices illustrate the extent to which spies have systematically and secretly amassed a cache of data on UK citizens for the past 15 years — regardless of whether a particular individual is suspected of a crime.

Aka: mass surveillance.

Apr 21 07:54

The Palestinian Question: Why the Two-State Solution is Kaput

The radical Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron present what is certainly a candidate for being the ugliest face of Israel’s creeping annexation of of the West Bank. The expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has reached a point that renders the so-called Two State Solution an impossibility.
Note: The answer is by force if necessary to make Israel obey all United Nations resolutions including withdrawal from occupied land.

Apr 21 07:53

Ex-NSA security expert develops generic Mac ransomware blocker

RansomWhere? suspends untrusted processes

Apr 21 07:51

THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: DO OUR VOTES MATTER?

For those who wonder if such phenomena only happen to Republicans, Bernie Sanders can already “feel the spurn.” He won New Hampshire by a landslide (60 to 38 percent) only to discover that Hillary Clinton had been awarded the majority of delegates. This is because the Democratic Party has 717 “superdelegates” who support whomever they prefer, regardless of the wishes of voters or primary results.

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Apr 21 07:46

Obama’s UK visit: The hostile reception for US president over Brexit vote ‘meddling’

Looks like Obama's Brit trip is going well.

US President Barack Obama arrives in the UK on Thursday to urge the British public to vote to ‘remain’ in the European Union in the June 23 Brexit referendum. Since the presidential visit was announced, however, critics have told him to “butt out.”
“This is an unwelcome interference from the most anti-British American president there has ever been. Mercifully, he won’t be in office for much longer,” Farage said.

Senior Tory ‘leave’ campaigners have been just as withering in their commentary, with US-born London Mayor Boris Johnson accusing Obama of “outrageous and exorbitant hypocrisy.”

Apr 21 07:39

GOP Chair Priebus: If Trump Wins 1236 Delegates It's Not Enough

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus told Greta Van Susteren tonight that if Donald Trump goes to the Cleveland convention with 1,236 delegates it's not enough for him to win the nomination.



Apr 21 07:36

Pat Buchanan: The Future of the Republican Party Belongs to the Trump Supporters

Pat Buchanan went on Hannity to discuss the state of the Republican primary race. As of today Donald Trump has the only path to win the nomination. Cruz and Kasich are just playing spoilers. Buchanan says the future of the Republican Party belongs to the Trump supporters.

Apr 21 07:28

Avoiding Disaster

Many people today are addicted to this drug. We’re flooded with advertisements and endorsements from our sports heroes, telling us how great this drug is. It tastes delicious, is convenient, cheap, adds no nutritional value, and is completely unsustainable. It takes tons of fossil fuels to produce, ship, package, and market to you. It can sustain you, but gives you nothing.

What I’m talking about is industrially produced, highly processed, hyper-palatable food. These foods flood our markets, taking over the center of our grocery stores. We’re told they’re fortified with all the vitamins and minerals we need to lead healthy lives. We’re told it’s completely safe to consume. It resembles nothing close to what we are biologically designed to eat. In fact, instead of providing us with nutrition, it can actually cause a slow, painful death. What do you think of it now? Do you still feel compelled to eat it?

Apr 21 07:27

Pratap Chatterjee, Inside the Devastation of America's Drone Wars

In our part of the world, it’s not often that potential “collateral damage” speaks, but it happened last week. A Pakistani tribal leader, Malik Jalal, flew to England to plead in a newspaper piece he wrote and in media interviews to be taken off the Obama White House’s “kill list.” (“I am in England this week because I decided that if Westerners wanted to kill me without bothering to come to speak with me first, perhaps I should come to speak to them instead.”) Jalal, who lives in Pakistan’s tribal borderlands, is a local leader and part of a peace committee sanctioned by the Pakistani government that is trying to tamp down the violence in the region. He believes that he’s been targeted for assassination by Washington. (Four drone missiles, he claims, have just missed him or his car.) His family, he says, is traumatized by the drones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The choice of England is highly symbolic, as during WW2 thew people in and around London lived in daily fear of the sounds of the German V-1 "Buzz bomb" on its way to deliver random death among the civilians.


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Apr 21 07:23

NBC News predicts populace to be RFID chipped in 2017

NBC’s Tom Costello told viewers in a recent piece that the future of America will soon be arriving, RFID chipping, and that it’s for our own good.

So what’s Costello talking about?

Fingerprints and iris scans are already a “reality at airports,” Costello said, also pointing out that “facial scans” are a reality too. But what about RFID chips implanted under the human skin? These chips can store your personal information, make payments, and open doors — they can also look for “terrorists.”

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Apr 21 05:27

US accuses Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians

Annual US report on human rights says nearly half of Palestinians killed by Israel were not carrying out attacks, and many times did not pose a threat to life.



Apr 21 05:25

QUEEN ELIZABETH TURNS 90, WITH $29 BILLION TO HER NAME

The U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth will ring in her 90th birthday on Thursday, and the monarch has every reason to celebrate. Not only has she already beaten the average U.K. life expectancy by nine years, she’s also among the top 25 richest people in the world. Just accounting for the tangible assets of the U.K. monarchy, the Queen sits on about £20 billion, or $28.8 billion, according to strategy consultancy Brand Finance. That is enough to put her 25th among the world’s richest on the Bloomberg Billionaire list, and ahead of high rollers such as investment guru George Soros, Microsoft MSFT, -0.55% CEO Steve Ballmer and Michael Dell.

Apr 21 05:24

US rejects Netanyahu’s pledge to hold onto Golan forever

The United States on Monday objected to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that the Golan Heights will forever remain under Israeli control, reiterating that it does not recognize the Jewish state’s claims to the strategic plateau.

Apr 21 05:21

Vice President Biden Acknowledges 'Immense' Jewish Role in American Mass Media and Cultural Life

Biden might also have mentioned that of the nine current US Supreme Court justices, three are Jewish, and that Jews are vastly overrepresented in other high-level federal, state and city government posts. He could have mentioned that the chairman of the Federal Reserve System, and the mayors of America's three most populous cities – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago – are Jewish.

Apr 21 05:17

Vice President Biden: Jewish leaders, pop culture drove gay marriage acceptance

"The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it's fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage," he said. "The Jewish people have contributed greatly to America. No group has had such an outsized influence per capita as all of you standing before you, and all of those who went before me and all of those who went before you."



Apr 21 05:14

US feels 'overwhelming frustration' with Israeli government, says Biden

The US vice-president, Joe Biden, has delivered an unusually sharp critique of the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, saying the Israeli prime minister is leading Israel in the wrong direction through his policies, including settlement building.

April 20, 2016

Apr 20 19:46

BazantMisconduct.com

This website attempts to provide sufficient information to encourage a campus wide discussion at Northwestern University as to whether Professor Zdenek Bazant’s published work on the fall of the WTC towers on 9/11/01 should be a cause for university wide concern.

Professor Bazant has played an important role in the national conversation about the fall of the World Trade Center towers in New York on 9/11.

His first paper on this matter, written with one of his graduate students, was submitted to peer review TWO DAYS after 9/11. While this does not show that he began the paper before 9/11/01, that possibility should be considered.

Apr 20 18:06

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant Insists Roundup Is Safe, Adamantly Denies Cancer Link

Despite mounting evidence that the world’s most widely used weedkiller is linked to a host of chronic illnesses, including cancer, Monsanto has no intention of suspending its use. In a March interview with Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant maintains the safety of Roundup, despite the World Health Organization’s declaration that the weedkiller is “probably carcinogenic.”

Apr 20 18:00

Illinois Takes Steps To Decriminalize Pot Possession

Illinois may become the next state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana after its Senate passed legislation that would remove criminal penalties for possession. Instead, offenders would receive a fine.



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Apr 20 17:57

Mississippi GOP Threatens Trump, Cruz Supporters

LifeZette has obtained evidence that supporters of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in Mississippi have been threatened with possible arrest should they refuse to elect pro-Establishment delegates to the state’s GOP convention on April 23.

Instead it seems that Bryant and Nosef are working to ensure they have pro-Kasich or “White Knight” delegates prepared for a second or third ballot in Cleveland. Indeed, Bryant only endorsed Cruz in March, which suggests his endorsement was motivated more by anti-Trump feeling than support for Cruz’s brand of constitutional conservatism.

Apr 20 17:46

Brexit To Frexit? Front National Leader Marine Le Pen Could Back ‘Leave’ Camp On UK Visit

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s hard-right Front National party, is considering coming to the UK to campaign for a British exit from the European Union.

Le Pen’s office told the Guardian on Wednesday that a visit ahead of the June 23 vote was “under consideration.”



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Apr 20 17:32

In ‘Era of Propaganda’ Press Freedom on Decline

Reporters without borders (RWB) released their annual World Press Index which reports that the United States ranks 41 out of 180 in press freedom and independence. The World Press Index is an annual report based on an evaluation of media freedom that measures pluralism, media independence, the quality of the legal framework and the safety of journalists in each country. It is compiled by means of a questionnaire in 20 languages that is completed by an expert. This qualitative analysis is combined with quantitative data on abuses and acts of violence against journalists.

Apr 20 17:26

Has The US Ever Been A Free Country?

For believing, we ever lived in a “free” country. As long ago as the reign of His Rotundity – the second president of the United (at bayonet-point) States – people were being dragooned off the street and roughly thrown into cages for having annoyed the powers-that-be. Or who were deemed “dangerous” by the powers-that-be? This was more than 200 years before The Chimp came along with his squinty-eyed pronouncements about “the enemies of freedom” and being either “with us” or “against us.”

Apr 20 17:21

Canada’s Liberal Government Finalizes $15 Billion Saudi Arms Deal

In the latest example of the unbridled hypocrisy and prevarication that is the stock-in-trade of all parties in the Canadian parliament, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his minister of foreign affairs, Stephane Dion, have been caught out lying shamelessly about Canada’s $15 billion arms deal with the brutal, US-backed Saudi monarchy.

Apr 20 17:16

COMEDY CENTRAL: Harriet Tubman Leads An Army Of Bad Bitches

COMEDY CENTRAL DRUNK HISTORY

This is damn funny.

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Apr 20 17:16

The Pretense Of Nation-Building

In 1974, when Friedrich Hayek won the Nobel Prize in Economics, he used his acceptance speech to deliver a warning to the world. Do not again fall for “the pretense of knowledge,” he counseled.

Apr 20 17:12

Why Don’t The Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?

Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America’s longest war is its least talked about.

Afghanistan has not come up in any Republican or Democratic debate, except perhaps as one of a list of countries where Islamic State must be destroyed (left out is the reality that no Islamic State existed in 2001 when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban, who, by the way, are still not defeated.)

Apr 20 17:12

Saudi PR firm ran Twitter account for Syrian Opposition Coalition aka ISIS

The Saudi government [the beheading capital of the world] and its affiliates have spent millions of dollars on U.S. law, lobby and public relations firms to raise the country's visibility in the United States and before the United Nations at a crucial time. And some of Washington's premier law and lobby firms -- including Podesta Group, BGR Government Affairs, DLA Piper and Pillsbury Winthrop -- have been tasked with the job

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Apr 20 17:01

Enemies Everywhere – The US War On The World

The USS Donald Cook, equipped with the Aegis combat system, recently found the Russian air force unwelcoming as the US conducted military maneuvers just 50 miles from Russian soil. The Russian flyover was greeted in Washington with howls of “aggression!” But why was a US Naval vessel whose purpose is to target enemy missiles — nuclear and conventional — conducting exercises so close to Russia? Is that not also provocative? And what about the US Navy in the South China Sea? And near North Korea? And the Black Sea? Is the US at war with the world really the best idea for our security, or is Washington more interested in the financial security of the military-industrial complex?

Apr 20 17:00

Democratic Debate ‘Constrains’ British Military – Fallon

Too much democratic debate would “constrain” the UK from deploying troops, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said, as Britain moots sending 1,000 soldiers to Libya to support the new unity government.

Apr 20 16:59

Flashback: BBC has received £2m in EU funding in run up to referendum, fueling accusations of bias

The BBC has admitted taking more than £2 million in European Union funding over the past three years, in a move that critics said called into doubt the corporation’s impartiality over the forthcoming European referendum.

Apr 20 16:55

New York Cares: Primaries Marred By Allegations Of Voter Fraud, Suppression

The results of New York’s primaries came in largely as expected, except for one thing: accusations of voter suppression. Between broken voting machines, missing ballots, and purged voter registrations, many took to Twitter to voice their complaints.

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Apr 20 16:34

School children should be taught how to 'overcome Euroscepticism' by learning about the benefits of the EU, MEPs demand

Children should be taught about the benefits of the European Union in schools to ‘help to overcome euroscepticism’, MEPs demanded today.

The European Parliament called for Brussels to be ‘more visible’ in textbooks and lessons on ‘the values on which European integration is based’.

British MEPs accused the EU of ‘seeking to fill ‘classrooms with propaganda’, but the report setting out the measures was passed by 482 votes to 146.

Apr 20 16:17

It pays these lords to be EU cheerleaders

Whenever you hear blustering peers Lord (Neil) Kinnock and Lord (Chris) Patten scaremonger about Brexit, you should bear in mind their juicy Brussels pensions depend on them flying the flag for the European superstate.

For the fact is that these former European commissioners benefit from gold-plated and index-linked pensions that are paid on condition that they maintain a ‘duty of loyalty’ to the EU.

Under Brussels rules, they can be stripped of them if they are critical.

Apr 20 15:46

Deutsche Bank Settles Lawsuit for Price Rigging, Turns “State’s Evidence” on Other Banks

By Clint Stiegner

Prior to last week, Deutsche Bank made headlines for a string of huge losses and massive exposure to risky derivatives. The last time the firm’s shares traded at prices this low, the world was in the midst of 2008’s financial apocalypse.

Deutsche Bank didn’t need more bad news, but a group of investors who brought suit against the massive German bank for cheating them by rigging the London “fix” price for gold and silver certainly must be smiling. Last week, the bank offered to settle their class action suit for an undisclosed amount.

Perhaps more importantly, DB promises to provide evidence to help the plaintiffs in their suit against the other banks who participated in manipulating the fix...

Apr 20 15:44

Massive blast at Mexico oil factory, hundreds evacuated

Mexican emergency crews are responding to a major fire at a Pemex oil facility in the port city of Coatzacoalcos that started after a powerful explosion. Hundreds of people in nearby areas have been evacuated.

At least three factory workers are known to have been injured in the blast, Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said on its Twitter account. It reported that the blast took place at the Clorados 3 (Chlorine 3) plant, which is operated by Mexichem, an associate company.

Apr 20 15:43

Embezzlement scandal rocks Israel's diamond exchange

Israeli police arrested a diamond dealer on Wednesday suspected of taking part in a $65 million fraud at the country’s diamond exchange. Some of his family members may also be involved in the embezzlement.

The suspect was identified as a well-known Israeli dealer Hanan Abramovich and head of Hanan Abramovich Diamonds.

"The suspect is under arrest and we are currently questioning him on suspicion of embezzlement," said a police spokeswoman as cited by Reuters.

The investigation was started after a number of dealers from the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) complained the Abramovich firm owed them "tens of millions of dollars" for gems it purchased but never paid for.

Apr 20 15:42

LOOK OUT HUMA AND CHERYL: Hillary' Clinton's Top Aides ORDERED By Judge To Give Depositions In Email Case

This is completely separate from the FBI case.

MORE THAN 30,000 DELETED EMAILS

The passage I have excerpted below demonstrates exactly why these lawsuits matter. Do not forget that Hillary and her cover-up team deleted 30,000 emails from her private server before turning it over to the FBI. No one has seen those emails except her closest aides. However, there have been a few published FBI leaks over the past 4 months hinting that the bureau has been able to find the deleted files.

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Apr 20 15:35

700 MILLION PEOPLE JUST GOT ENCRYPTION THAT CONGRESS CAN’T TOUCH

Last month, WhatsApp, the hugely popular messaging service that Facebook owns, made end-to-end encryption the default for its 1 billion users. On Tuesday, Viber said it will do the same for the 700 million people who use it.

Although Viber is smaller than WhatsApp, the repercussions of its decision to encrypt every text message, every photo, and everything else shared on its platform could be far greater. That’s because, unlike WhatsApp, Viber is not a US company. It will not be subject to US laws written by lawmakers desperate to regulate technology they do not understand. More than anything, Viber offers a powerful example of the futility of legislating encryption.

Apr 20 15:33

Surprise! Author of viral ‘Becoming Anti-Bernie’ piece is corporate lawyer who defends hedge funds

You may have seen this “On Becoming Anti-Bernie” piece, which is going around the internets. It’s one of the top three most popular posts on Medium’s politics section, has 1.4k likes, and over 600 comments. But who is the author? Robin Alperstein? She’s a corporate lawyer who specializes in defending hedge funds but also represents the occasional nanny-abusing, jet-setting, Chilean aristocratic Upper East Side couple.

Lest you think I’m bringing up Alperstein’s biography because I can’t rebut the substance of her argument, I’ll go through a mere sampling of its flaws.

Apr 20 15:27

HighThere, the App for Stoners, Will Broadcast Your Location to Nearby Cops Listening In

HighThere, the "Tinder for Tokers," is a stoner app for finding smoking buddies. When you first download the app and join the network, HighThere asks for your location data and your energy level when stoned, so it can match you with potential friends.

This data would be a jackpot for police if they could get their hands on it. So if you're one of HighThere's 150,000 users, you might be wondering: Is your information safe?

Mic reached out to hacking and cybersecurity firm Synack to find out. After just a few minutes, Synack concluded that HighThere's security is "student project level." Anyone with knowledge of computer science could use HighThere to find the name, photograph, smoking habits and even personal location of nearby users with ease.

Apr 20 15:26

FTC Attacks Dr. Mercola Over Tanning Beds, But Won’t Go After Pharma Giants For Monopolistic Pricing, Fraudulent Science And Blatantly Dishonest Advertising

In the latest government-waged attack on alternative health practitioners, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Dr. Joseph Mercola to pay up to $5.3 million over a “false advertising” settlement involving the sale of tanning beds designed not to cause skin cancer.

Apr 20 15:25

PIRATE BAY FOUNDER: STREAMING MODEL COULD IGNITE NEW PIRACY WAR

As streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify gain even greater traction, so does the centralization of online content that consumers no longer own. According to Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde this business model holds subscribers to ransom, with the threat of content being suddenly taken away now a constant threat.

Apr 20 15:22

Cutting Through The Democratic Party Deceit

The Democratic Party, operating from darkness as is its wont, is still blaming Ralph Nader for their defeat in 2000. A piece at Politico begins “The Clinton campaign has a question for Bernie Sanders: Are you to become “a Ralph Nader and try to destroy the party?”

Apr 20 15:21

Cybercrooks turn away from banks. Your health records are far juicier

Why break into Fort Knox when you can get a data treasure trove from hospital?

Apr 20 15:18

Bill Nye 'The Straw Man Guy'

So Bill Nye, the elementary “Science Guy” (we prefer the more accurate phrase “Science Lie”), is taking on Patriot Post contributor and veteran meteorologist Joe Bastardi. Posing with a fabricated hard copy of a Post publication in his latest video, Nye responds directly to Bastardi’s November column, “Some Questions for Bill Nye Six Years After Our ‘O'Reilly Factor’ Debate.” Nye’s challenge? “Mr. Bastardi, I will bet you $10,000. I predict that the year 2016 will be among the top ten hottest years ever recorded. … I’ll take it up a notch. I’ll bet you another $10,000 that the decade 2010-2020 will prove to be the hottest decade ever recorded.”

Bastardi has been quite public about forecasting a warm 2016 since last year. Nye is apparently unaware of this, so he resorted to a straw man. Why would Joe bet against his own forecast?

Apr 20 15:10

How Israel Killed The ‘Two-State Solution’

The radical Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron present what is certainly a candidate for being the ugliest face of Israel’s creeping annexation of the West Bank. And, the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has reached a point that renders the so-called Two State Solution an impossibility.

Apr 20 15:05

This man is sentenced to die in prison over marijuana

Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran, is sentenced to die in prison thanks to a mandatory sentence involving marijuana.

Brooker was growing about three dozen marijuana plants behind his son's house in Alabama, reportedly for his own medical use. But when Alabama officials found out, they prosecuted Brooker, putting him in prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Apr 20 15:04

Six Years Later, Worried Gulf Residents To Hold Online Town Hall On BP Spill Health Impacts

In April 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded, killing 11 workers before sinking 5,000 feet to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Apr 20 15:04

Millions Of New Yorkers Disenfranchised From Primaries Thanks To State’s Restrictive Voting Laws

Voters head to the polls today in New York for both the Democratic and Republican primary in one of the most closely watched races of the election.

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Apr 20 14:58

Mobs of Angry Investors Fight Market Rigging, Maul Deutsche Bank in Class-Action Lawsuit, other Banks Next

Prior to last week, Deutsche Bank made headlines for a string of huge losses and massive exposure to risky derivatives. The last time the firm’s shares traded at prices this low, the world was in the midst of 2008’s financial apocalypse.

Deutsche Bank didn’t need more bad news, but a group of investors who brought suit against the massive German bank for cheating them by rigging the London “fix” price for gold and silver certainly must be smiling. Last week, the bank offered to settle their class action suit for an undisclosed amount.

Apr 20 14:57

200M Barrels Of Oil Sit In Idle Tankers Waiting To Unload At Chinese Ports

There is a new drama on the oil front: those who have it in excess can’t get it to those who want it—at least not quickly enough for everyone to be happy.

A recent Reuters story reveals that tankers carrying around 200 million barrels of crude are waiting to leave or dock at ports around the world, creating “the world’s biggest traffic jam.”

Apr 20 14:56

I'd Rather Be French Than Leave The EU! Brexit Fears Spark Rush For Foreign Passports

Fears of a British exit from the European Union after the June 23 referendum are pushing Britons living in Europe to apply for French passports.

Apr 20 14:47

Housing Starts Plunge 8.8%, Permits Plunge 7.7%; Bloomberg Cites “Fundamental Strength”

Those expecting a strong Spring start to housing (and you know who you are), were miles off their forecast.

Both starts and permits were down steep percentages, both below the bottom ranges of economists’ estimates.

The Bloomberg Econoday consensus estimate for housing starts was 1.167 million homes SAAR (seasonally adjusted annualized) in a range of 1.120 million to 1.195 million.

Starts came in at 1.089 million.

Apr 20 14:43

Russia-NATO Meeting: Yet Another 'Big Diplomatic Victory' for Moscow

The first Russia-NATO Council meeting since June 2014 will take place in Brussels on April 20; experts regard the meeting as a genuine breakthrough and a signal of willingness toward building trust on the part of West and East.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists Tuesday that she hopes that the meeting would "become a venue for a truly honest, equal and fundamental discussion of vital security issues."

Apr 20 14:43

FLASHBACK - Trump supporters in Wisconsin report seeing votes being changed to Cruz

People voting for Donald Trump in today’s Wisconsin primary are seeing their ballots changed to show a vote for Ted Cruz.

Calls began flooding in early this morning to Madison-based ABC affiliate WKOW with reports of voting machines across the state switching votes entered for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to his establishment counterpart Ted Cruz. The station has spoken with multiple witnesses and is in the process of verifying statements from Burnett, Clark, Dane, Polk and Portage counties.

Apr 20 14:41

No Oil Production Freeze Agreement After Talks Break Down In Qatar

No deal has been reached in Doha after twelve hours of marathon oil talks.

Apr 20 14:41

Russian Su-30 Jets Escort WFP Aid Delivery To ISIS-Besieged Syrian Town

Russian Su-30 fighter jets have provided a safety corridor for an IL-76 cargo plane freighted by WFP to carry out the delivery of vital humanitarian cargo to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, besieged by the Islamic State militants.

Apr 20 14:35

Flint water crisis defendants could lead to higher-ups

The first round of criminal charges against three men involved in the handling of the Flint water crisis will likely set the stage for a broader investigation that could reach higher, legal experts say.

"That's how you build these cases, you start from the lower levels and work your way up," said Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches law at Wayne State University. "The question is how much can the lower level help? Nobody is ever satisfied with getting the sort of mid-level bureaucrat."

Charged today were Mike Glasgow, Flint's laboratory and water quality supervisor; Mike Prysby, a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official, and Stephen Busch, the suspended Lansing district coordinator of the Department of Environmental Quality's Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance.

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Apr 20 14:33

Children, women killed by Turkish border guards while fleeing Syria

Eight Syrians were killed by Turkish border guards while fleeing violence in their war-torn country, according to footage obtained by The Times. Most of the victims were women and children.

Apr 20 14:32

‘We fund terrorists, if those terrorists serve our purposes’ – retired US Lt. Col.

US authorities are continuing the gravy train for many Washington bureaucracies, increasing insecurity around the world, according to retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski . The more conflict the bigger the market place for arms, she adds.

Apr 20 14:31

Dan Lipinski Illinois Superdelegate Says: He’d Back Sanders At Contested Convention

Rep. Dan Lipinski a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, said that if there is a contested convention, he will be for Bernie Sanders because he won his congressional district in the Illinois primary.

“As a Democratic member of Congress, I told Democrats in the 3rd District that I decided that I would pledge my vote to whichever candidate won the districit. Sen. Bernie Sanders received 54 percent and Secretary Hillary Clinton received 45 percent in my district. Therefore, if there is a contested vote at the Democratic National Convention in July, I will vote for Sen. Sanders.”

What’s interesting here is that Lipinski is one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. He crosses the aisle to vote with Republicans more often than many of his Democratic colleagues.

Apr 20 14:30

Russia warns NATO of military action

The Russian military will respond with “all necessary measures” to incidents of “intimidation” such as the US naval destroyer that recently sailed close to Russia’s border.

“This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia," said Russia’s NATO Ambassador Alexander Grushko during the first meeting between the military alliance and Russia since relations went bad over the crisis in Ukraine two years ago.

"We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force," he added.

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Apr 20 14:17

New York voting fiasco just the warm-upfor the November game

“I just got off my 17 hour shift as an election official. In my election district, out of 166 Democratic voters, 39 were forced to file affidavit ballots. The last [election] I worked in, exactly ONE voter needed an affidavit ballot.”

That’s nearly one of four voters. Why? Their names had gone missing from the voter rolls.

An affidavit ballot (called a “provisional” ballot in most other states) is a kind of placebo ballot. You get to pretend to vote – but the chance it will actually be counted is …well, good luck. If your name is wrongly removed, kiss your vote – affidavit or not—goodbye.

Rheannon’s experience was hardly unique. In Brooklyn alone, over 125,000 names were quietly scrubbed from the voter rolls in the five months leading up to the primary.

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Apr 20 14:02

China deploying thousands of troops along North Korea border: Report

China is deploying troops along its border with North Korea, as Pyongyang could be preparing a fifth nuclear test ahead of its Seventh Party Congress in May.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, a nongovernmental organization in Hong Kong, announced Wednesday that Beijing has dispatched 2,000 soldiers along the border, South Korean news service Newsis reported.

China has previously deployed troops along its border with North Korea.

Apr 20 14:02

Hungary Issues Sovereign Bonds Denominated In Yuan: Another Nail In US Reserve Currency Status?

Hungary has become the first Eastern European country to issue a yuan-denominated sovereign bond.

The deal that shows how currying favor with China may be a more important driver for the market than funding.

Reader Steve who sent me the story commented on Hungarian mortgages denominated in Swiss Francs only to see the Franc jump over 20% in value overnight.

“Pretty clever guys!”, said Steve.

Anyone think this is a good idea?

The Wall Street Journal reports Hungary to Issue Dim-Sum Bond as It Seeks to Curry Favor With China.

Apr 20 13:16

Shock: Denver Schools To Patrol Students With Military-Style Rifles: "Certainly Ratchets Up A Notch"

Are they being protected from potential violence, or indoctrinated in a police state society where even children are under sharp suspicion, and misbehavior is criminalized?

A suburban Denver school district is arming its security staff with military-style semiautomatic rifles in case of a school shooting or other violent attack, a move that appears unprecedented even as more schools arm employees in response to mass violence elsewhere.

The guards, who are not law enforcement officers, already carry handguns.

Because Sandy Hook...

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Apr 20 13:13

The UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth by Turning Nature Against Us

Waking Times

The United Nations has been planning a depopulation agenda for decades according to many ‘conspirators’, but few have been able to describe so clearly, just what that plan entails, until now.

Apr 20 13:09

Confessions Of A Panama Papers Hit Man

Waking Times

The hard-earned tax dollars of the average US citizen finances the infrastructure and social services that benefit the very rich and their corporations while they shelter their incomes in tax havens.

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Apr 20 13:06

Nine Meals from Anarchy

In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” Since then, his observation has been echoed by people as disparate as Robert Heinlein and Leon Trotsky.

The key here is that, unlike all other commodities, food is the one essential that cannot be postponed. If there were a shortage of, say, shoes, we could make do for months or even years. A shortage of gasoline would be worse, but we could survive it, through mass transport or even walking, if necessary.

Apr 20 13:06

Did the DEA Just Admit that Cannabis Has Legitimate Medicinal Value?

Waking Times

The DEA has received scientific and medical evaluations as well as a scheduling recommendation from [the Department of Health and Human Services] and that it hopes to release a determination on rescheduling in the first half of 2016.

Apr 20 13:05

Bombshell Reveal on GOP Plan For Kasich

Shepard Smith announced on his Fox News program Tuesday night that former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato told him recently that the GOP will CHANGE THE RULES, in order to give John Kasich a shot at the nomination.

I saw Al D’Amato in the lobby today. Um, Senator Alfonse D’Amato. I saw him down there. And he said they will change the rules. He said, “Shepard, they will change the rules and it will give Kasich a shot.” Now he’s a Kasich supporter. And I told him, I said, “I’m going to quote you on this.” And he goes, “Go right ahead.” They are going to change the rules."

Apr 20 13:03

'I'm surprised she didn't say "watermelon"!': Black Democratic sheriff blasts Hillary's 'hot sauce' pandering to African-American voters as 'dehumanizing' and 'disgusting'

A prominent African-American law enforcement official says Hillary Clinton engaged in 'disgusting' and 'dehumanizing' pandering to black voters when she told a trio of Harlem radio hosts that she never goes anywhere without hot sauce in her purse.

'I'm surprised she didn't say "watermelon" – just go all the way,' Milwaukee County, Wisconsin's Democratic sheriff David Clarke jabbed Wednesday morning on the Fox News Channel's 'Fox & Friends' program.

'You know, this stuff is dehumanizing. It's embarrassing. It's disgusting,' he said.

'And if any other candidate were to say something like that, some stereotype about black people, it would derail their campaign. But the rules seem to be different for the Clintons.'

Apr 20 12:59

Chernobyl On The Hudson Causing a Massive Spike in Thyroid Cancer

Buchanan, New York is a town in the United States where tens of thousands of people have been diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, and it sits just 35 miles from New York City. Also nearby is the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, which is situated on the Hudson River and serves the electricity needs of approximately 2 million people, with two working reactors which have operated since the mid 1970s.

For years, the public has been told that nuclear power is a safe and clean alternative to other fuels, but the people of Indian Point and surrounding areas know those claims are untrue, and it appears they are now paying the price of all the failed promises of nuclear energy.

Thyroid Cancer rates, in and around this area, have seen a huge spike in the last 15 years. Some say as many as 20,000 thyroid cancer cases.

Apr 20 12:55

Ted Cruz's Night Of Humiliation Continues As He LOSES To Ben Carson In New York

More precisely, he got whooped by a man in a coma who wasn't even running.

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Apr 20 12:55

Science Confirms Turmeric as Effective as 14 Drugs

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

Apr 20 12:42

Will The Mormon Church Take Over The Salt Lake Tribune, Silencing An Independent Voice?

Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis is part of a group of people seeking to buy The Salt Lake Tribune in order to prevent the Mormon Church from taking control of the major independent newspaper.

Apr 20 12:35

Sailors Banned From Sharing Photos Of Terrible Royal Navy Food

British sailors have been banned from posting pictures of their highly-unappetizing Royal Navy meals on social media, according to one Tory MP.

The allegations concern the Navy’s HMS Sultan facility, an onshore training base in Wiltshire.

Apr 20 12:35

Pay Attention To The Economy Right Now, Because A Disturbing Series Of Events Seems To Be In Motion

Economic Collapse? Fed Issues an Ominous Warning to JPMorgan Chase and Leaders Flock to Secret Meetings

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Apr 20 12:27

Drive A Car — Waive Your Constitutional Rights

In recent years, the legislatures of some states have criminalized a driver’s choice to assert his constitutional right not to be subject to an unlawful search and seizure. These legislatures have enacted laws which make it a crime for a driver to refuse to consent to searches and seizures via breathalyzer and blood chemical tests after being placed under arrest after a routine traffic stop.

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