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May 30, 2015

May 30 13:50

Obama has become ‘chronic liar’: American journalist

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

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May 30 12:15

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

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

May 30 11:20

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

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

May 30 11:19

Londoners to hold anti-govt. rallies

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

May 30 11:10

Hillary Clinton's RICO trial announced by federal court judge

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

May 30 11:10

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

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

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



May 30 11:09

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How's your job search going?

May 30 10:22

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

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

May 30 10:09

Future Imperfect: Tomorrowland (Review)

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Some other reviews...

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

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

'Tomorrowland' sermonizes, fails to inspire

And finally ‘Tomorrowland’ Exposes Hollywood’s Originality Problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 30 09:52

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

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

May 30 09:21

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

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



May 30 09:01

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

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

May 30 09:01

How ‘Public Servant’ Hastert Got His Riches

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

Not-so-frequently Asked Questions About the Hastert Indictment

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

May 30 08:59

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

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

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

May 30 08:58

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

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

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



May 30 08:49

Canadian Risk Assessment Finds GMO Salmon Susceptible to Disease

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

May 30 08:30

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

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

May 30 08:29

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

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

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

May 30 08:26

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

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

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

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

May 30 08:22

Global Warming Busted

May 30 08:20

Hezbollah ready to liberate Arsal: Qaouk

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

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

May 30 08:20

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

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

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

May 30 08:19

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



May 30 08:17

Obama does not support Israel enough: Gov. Walker

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds of sucking and swallowing follow.

May 30 08:16

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

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

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

May 30 08:01

Uncle Sam’s Personal “Terror Factory”

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

In fact, agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been busily creating terrorists out of what had been law-abiding individuals. The system features entrapment, sting operations, provocations and denial of due process, with anonymous juries, secret evidence and extensive pretrial detentions.
- See more at: http://americanfreepress.net/?p=24691#sthash.gnAQSANU.dpuf



May 30 07:46

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 30 07:43

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

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

May 30 07:41

Palestinians disappointed but determined after FIFA betrayal

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

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

May 30 07:35

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

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

May 30 07:34

When it can be illegal to withdraw your own money

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 30 07:24

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

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

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May 30 06:45

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

May 30 04:22

Obama urges Senate to renew NSA spying program

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

May 30 02:42

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

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

May 30 02:36

Latest Amnesty International Ukraine War Crimes Report Fails the Test

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

May 30 01:52

Macedonian Crisis: An Uneasy Conscience Betrays Itself

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

May 30 01:47

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

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

May 30 01:43

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

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

May 30 01:35

The Map on the Wall

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

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

May 30 01:31

Critics Blast 'Compromises' as Patriot Act Barrels Toward Sunset

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

May 29, 2015

May 29 21:39

Saudi Paranoia

May 29 20:37

Current NSA Officials Admit Agency Is Drowning In TOO MUCH Info

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

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

May 29 18:58

LIVE: Watch Protesters at Phoenix Mosque

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

May 29 17:59

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

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

May 29 17:05

Calif. Legislature Seeks to Fleece the People in 2015: Higher Gas Tax, Car Registration Fees, Speed Cameras, 24/7 School Zones

The editor of HighwayRobbery.net has issued an important legislative update, which begins "For California Motorists Concerned about Red Light Camera Tickets, Speed Camera Tickets, and New Motoring Taxes: There's four bad bills, and one more really bad one that's likely to show up soon. The worst of the four known bills lowers the plurality required for voters to increase taxes. Right now it is 67%, but ACA 4 will lower it to 55%, opening the door for LOTS of new road and public transit taxes every year, from now on, at state level as well as at county and city level. Another of the known bills will increase your gas tax and car registration fees. There is a bill to add even more government employees to the list of those eligible for protected plates (in California, 1.5 million private vehicles enjoy near immunity from camera and toll tickets). And there is a bill to increase fines in school zones and, strangely, enforce them 24 x 7.

May 29 16:01

BEX ALERT - Mohammed cartoon contest: Hundreds expected outside Phoenix mosque

It's scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m., about the time evening prayers are taking place inside the center. The rally also features its own cartoon contest, similar to the one targeted in Texas.

"I think the whole thing, the cartoon contest especially, I think it's stupid and ridiculous," Ritzheimer said, "but it's what needs to take place in order to expose the true colors of Islam."

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May 29 15:53

Hastert paid man $1.7 million to hide sexual abuse, federal official says

Dennis Hastert paid a man $1.7 million to keep quiet about having been sexually abused by Hastert while the victim was a student at the high school where Hastert once taught, says a federal law enforcement official. The former Speaker of the House is accused of then lying to the FBI when asked about unusual cash withdrawals from several banks.

May 29 15:43

The College Bureaucracy: How Education Forgot the Students and Became A Business

Students attend college to pursue their interests, broaden their intellectual horizons and make headway toward a career. While this is made difficult due to the amount of debt that many must saddle in order to earn a degree, there is also another, much stealthier problem as well: the college bureaucracy. University bureaucracies absorb large amounts of funding and undermine the alleged goal of college, which is to provide an education. But they also signal something more sinister: the neo-liberalization of education, now viewed as a business.

May 29 15:40

Palestine, Israel and Dissent

It seems that the United States just can’t prevent itself from protecting Apartheid Israel. Just when it seemed that even U.S. government opinion was turning, the U.S. decided to arrest several members of FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association; English: International Federation of Association Football or International Federation of Soccer) the day before FIFA was to vote on expelling Israel.

May 29 15:20

SIS spies to Kim Dotcom: We're sorry for calling you fatty

Security Intelligence Service chief Rebecca Kitteridge has apologised to Kim Dotcom for the behaviour of her spies, who swapped emails about the internet entrepreneur's weight and wife while mocking his chances of getting New Zealand residency.

An extraordinary cache of emails has emerged from an Official Information Act request by the Weekend Herald, including one in which an SIS staff member sends a picture of Dotcom to others, saying, "What a fatty po po."

Ms Kitteridge's apology is the second Dotcom has secured from the intelligence agencies. The Government Communications Security Bureau had to say sorry in 2012 after it was caught carrying out illegal surveillance.

May 29 15:04

Exclusive: Here Are a Bunch of Cops Talking About How a Slain 14-Year-Old Deserved to Die

When 14-year-old Christopher Duran left his Bronx home on Friday to go to school, he didn't know that a red-bandana-wearing gunman was waiting to pump him full of lead.

In a brutal ambush caught on surveillance video, Duran was shot four times and died while screaming for his mother. Though Duran already had five previous arrests on his record, no one could possibly blame such a young victim for his own tragic murder.

No one, except for three former New York Police Department officers who took to Facebook to call the 14-year-old a "piece of shit thug," a "piece of trash" and a "menace to the neighborhood."

May 29 14:47

Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing: monitor

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.

May 29 14:11

US set to boost military aid to Israel amid fears over Iran diplomacy

The United States is poised to increase its annual military assistance to Israel amid Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran, according to reports.

May 29 13:59

US Set To Approve Arms Package For Israel Worth $1.8 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale of arms to Israel on May 18, 2015.

The details were sent for congressional review on Tuesday.

A statement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said, “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives and will not change the power balance in the region.”

It notes that Israel “already has these munitions in its inventory” and “will have no difficulty absorbing the additional munitions into its armed forces.” The proposed sale of these munitions will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” it says.

The full list of weapon includes 750 bunker buster bombs and 3,000 Hellfire missiles

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A recent study indicates that 20% of American schoolkids live at, or below, the poverty level.

Apparently, the Israeli military matters more to Congress than do our own kids.

May 29 13:46

Anonymous Fear-Mongering About the Patriot Act From the White House and NYT

everal of the most extremist provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act are going to expire on June 1 unless Congress reauthorizes them in some form. Obama officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and new Attorney General Loretta Lynch have been engaged in rank fear-mongering to coerce renewal, warning that we’ll all be “less safe” if these provisions are allowed to “sunset” as originally intended, while invoking classic Cheneyite rhetoric by saying Patriot Act opponents will bear the blame for the next attack. In an interview yesterday with the Intercept, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer explained why those scare tactics are outright frivolous.

May 29 13:45

United States to nominate Ukrainian President Poroshenko for a Nobel Peace Prize

There have been several attempts to discredit the Nobel Peace Prize since its establishment. Founder of Italian fascism, bloody dictator Benito Mussolini was nominated for the Prize in 1935. In

1939 member of the Swedish Parliament E.G.C. Brandt nominated Adolf Hitler, who unleashed the Second World War. Tens of millions of people died at the hands of his soldiers. American President Barak Obama received the Prize in 2009, though he did not stop the war in Afghanistan, failed to close the torture prison in Guantanamo. While American drones constantly kill civilians in the Middle East at his order. The Prize pushed Obama to even bloodier airstrikes in Libya and Syria. This year US Ambassador to Norway Julie Furuta-Toy is at great pains to get Ukrainian President Poroshenko nominated for the Prize. As you can see from the letter of the Chairman of Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Groysman, US Ambassador managed to get the support of two Nobel committee members.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The prize has become an absolute joke, and awarding it to Poroshenko will only serve to demonstrate that the current recipients are, most generally, the international "prize equivalent" to putting lipstick on a pig.

May 29 13:43

Alleged Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison without parole

The convicted mastermind behind the world's largest online narcotics emporium has been sentenced by a federal judge to life in prison without parole. The judge also ordered Ross Ulbricht, 31, to forfeit $184 million dollars. The website made over $187 million before it was shut down in 2013.

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May 29 13:36

Another mystery: Why'd Zacharias Moussaoui (so-called 20th 9/11 hijacker) have #Blackwater's number in his notebook?

Zacharias Moussaoui, the 20th hijacker, had the Blackwater Training Center phone number in his notebook.

May 29 13:33

UN: LIBYA ON VERGE OF ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

Libya is on the verge of economic collapse as rival factions haggle over a political settlement, the United Nations special envoy said on Thursday.

Bernardino Leon, who has been trying for months to broker an agreement on a national unity government for Libya, said the United Nations was preparing a new draft of a possible political agreement which it hoped to give to the feuding parties in the first week of June.

Two governments, one in the east, the other in Tripoli, are fighting for control of the North African state four years after leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted.

Leon said that in the last round of talks in Morocco, the rival groups had agreed on 80 percent of an accord and negotiators were working on the remaining 20 percent, which was the most difficult part.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that wherever NATO and the US Military goes, utter catastrophe and devastation happens.

May 29 13:30

Yemen Crisis a 'Humanitarian Catastrophe,' Experts Say

It’s been just more than two months since a Saudi Arabia-led coalition began its airstrike campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, and the country has since become a “humanitarian catastrophe,” experts said Thursday.

“I am shocked about what I have seen,” said Medecins Sans Frontieres’ Middle East Operations Manager Pablo Marco, who spent 50 days inside the country recently. “The biggest problem is the fact both parties in the conflict are not respecting the civilians and, specifically, they are not respecting medical facilities and medical staff.”

Marco was one in a panel of three experts in Washington who took a hard line against attacks by the Houthis as well as the 10-country coalition engaged in a bombing campaign against them for the past 10 weeks. The U.S. provides intelligence and material support to that Arab-led coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Yemenite people deserve their own peaceful self determination.

The Saudi attacks have been engineered to destroy the people of the country, and the infrastructure, so that the Yemenite people will beg for their old dictator, al-Saleh, back.

May 29 13:25

White House: US Not Responsible for Iraqi Security

In an effort that simultaneously seeks to eschew responsibility for the situation on the ground and to define certain limits on the scope of the US war, the White House today declared itself to be unwilling to be “responsible” for the security situation in Iraq.

Though press secretary Josh Earnest emphasized the growing problem of foreign fighters flowing into Iraq, he insisted the war itself, at least on the ground, was up to the Iraqi government to fight and win.

This comes irrespective of Pentagon efforts to dictate exactly where and when Iraqi forces launch offensives, and to try to push them into cooperative relationships with pro-US tribal factions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I LOVE the smell of irony in the morning!

How in the name of heaven can the government of this country NOT take responsibility for destroying this country?!?

The blame shifting will NOT go well for the Democrats in 2016, nor for the Republicans either; and no one in Congress or the White House actually gave, or gives, a damn about the US kids who would get killed or maimed for life in this circus for oil, and oil only to be paid for in US dollars.

After all, it would always be other people's kids, so that made it all right to invade and occupy Iraq.

May 29 13:18

Spain Makes US Rapid Force at Moron Base Permanent

The Spanish government approved an accord Friday permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa and elsewhere.

The deal approved by Spain's Cabinet allows for the U.S. to station up to 3,000 troops at the Moron air base, up from a current 850. The number of aircraft deployed can be increased from 14 to 40.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is to visit Madrid on Sunday and Monday to sign the agreement. Kerry will meet with King Felipe, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo during his stay.

Under a 1988 bilateral agreement, accords permitting U.S. presence at the base have been renewed annually. The new agreement needs to be approved by Spain's Parliament.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said the rapid reaction force was aimed at contributing to stability in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The timing on this deal worries me, and greatly.

May 29 13:14

US preparing for war on China, Russia to save banks: Analyst

The United States is preparing for a possible war against China and Russia aimed at preventing the collapse of the Western banking system, an American political commentator and activist says.

Michael Billington, Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review and author of Reflections of an American Political Prisoner: the Repression and Promise of the LaRouche Movement, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday.

“The point that has to be made is that the Chinese, like the Russians, are very, very clear that the United States and their NATO allies are in a war mobilization, preparing for war on Russia, preparing for war on China,” Billington stated.

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pentagon, the White House, and State Department: a war against Russia and China (and yes, we are looking at a war with BOTH countries), is a really, really bad idea.

The reality is (and Mr. President, if you haven't been informed of this by now, you should have) the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to such a war.

May 29 13:04

How Genetic Engineering Could Ruin the Human Race

It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like if everyone had access to genetic engineering. Whether it’s for curing hereditary diseases, making designer babies, or giving humans incredible abilities, we’re in for one hell of a strange future should this ever come to pass. And believe it or not, that world is closer than you might think. The technology for this is advancing at an impressive rate, and it won’t be long before you’re able to choose the genetic makeup of your children. (read more)

May 29 13:03

Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

So the fast track plan to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership has run into a new wrinkle after an amendment passed in the Senate debate: slavery. Yes, really, slavery: the Senate voted for an amendment that would make it more difficult for countries that engage in slavery to be in the TPP, and the Obama administration objected. This is bizarre stuff, folks, but welcome to the world of international trade deals. From Ryan Grim's article the day Fast Track was passed, about the amendment in question:

That measure would bar governments considered to be complicit in human trafficking from receiving the economic benefits of a fast-tracked trade deal. Menendez, the author of the provision, has described it as a human rights protection that will prevent U.S. workers from competing with modern-day slave labor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine by (absolute absence of) shock.

Anything for the money, right, Mr. President?!?!?

May 29 12:55

Japan’s Prime Minister Calls for ‘Robot Revolution': Hopes to ‘Spread the Use of Robotics to Every Corner of Society’

Japan’s total fertility rate currently sits well below replacement rate at 1.41 births per woman. The image above is more than just a robot door greeter at a department store in a country with a dwindling population of young people to take care of its elderly.

It’s a death knell for the income of the nation’s already dwindling human population, sung by robots.

(read more)

May 29 12:52

US Mint to Lift 2015 American Silver Eagle Rationing

Ordering limits attached to 2015 American Silver Eagle bullion coins end on Monday, June 1, the United States Mint announced in a memo sent to its network of bullion distributors called “Authorized Purchasers.”

May 29 12:50

"I Was Treated Like an Animal": Pregnant Woman Wrestled to Ground in Unlawful Arrest

Newly released police body cam video footage shows cops in California wrestle a pregnant woman to the ground and arrest her after she refuses to show them identification.

The incident occurred on January 26, and the footage, recorded by Barstow Police, was released by the ACLU last week. It reveals the unlawful arrest of Charlena Michelle Cooks, who at the time was eight months pregnant and dropping off her second-grade daughter at school.

(Video)

May 29 12:38

IRS Admits Refunding Billions On Fake Tax Returns

Just hours after being force to admit that they were hacked (by Russians apparently) [8], an inspector general's report shows that The IRS [9]has rather remarkably continued to pay refunds on hundreds of thousands of fraudulent tax returns in recent years, and sent dozens of checks to the same addresses, including in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. While some progress has been made, $2.3 billion of real US taxpayer's money was wrongfully refunded to fake US taxpayers... but with this new cyber-attack, we suspect that number will soar.

May 29 12:05

Fury after primary pupils are asked to complete radicalisation-seeking surveys

Parents of children as young as nine have reacted angrily after schools in an east London borough asked pupils to complete surveys designed to provide clues to possible radicalisation. Waltham Forest council has been piloting the scheme in five primary schools with large Muslim intakes. The questionnaire, circulated among year 6 pupils, asks how much they trust the police and people from another race or religion.

They are also asked whether they agree that it is acceptable to marry someone from outside their race or religion and whether women are just as good as men at work. Another question asks if the pupils believe their religion is the only correct one. About 22% of the population in Waltham Forest, one of the most deprived local authorities in England, are Muslim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the Ministry of Education in the UK: this is not rocket science, and you are looking in absolutely the wrong direction here.

What causes radicalisation is realizing that a foreign country is taking advantage of natural resources in a country, to which the invading country has absolutely no moral right.

What causes radicalization is watching a relative, a toddler, get blown to bits by a drone bombing, and understanding that this dead, innocent child is considered simply "collateral damage" by the government doing the drone bombing.

What causes radicalization is not being able to peacefully advocate for change, because the government in power (let's say in Bahrain) is supported by both the British and US governments, where the Bahraini government will have your tear gassed or hit with rubber bullets for your efforts; then, the first responders who tried to keep you from dying are tortured into confessing, and also jailed.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

May 29 11:53

DE-DOLLARIZATION DU JOUR: RUSSIA BACKS BRICS ALTERNATIVE TO SWIFT

Russia is ready to consider the creation of a currency union with other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

Now, Russia is taking de-dollarization a step further by suggesting that a BRICS alternative to SWIFT may be in the cards.

This comes as Russia (which, incidentally, is the second heaviest SWIFT user) is set to convene a BRICS summit in Ulfa on July 8-9 where the $100 billion BRICS bank will officially be launched along with a $100 billion currency reserve

"In this [EEU] format it would be possible to consider the possibility and conditions of eventually creating a monetary union,” Medvedev said.

The prime minister is currently in Kazakhstan for a session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

May 29 11:46

DENNY HASTERT IS CONTEMPTIBLE, BUT HIS INDICTMENT EXEMPLIFIES AMERICA’S OVER-CRIMINALIZATION PATHOLOGY

That common arc is more of an indictment of U.S. political culture than Hastert himself, but he’s certainly been happily and hungrily feeding at the trough. A political system that essentially ensures that every powerful political official becomes extremely rich is one that is inherently corrupt – as we’ve been taught for decades about those Bad Other Countries – and that is the most interesting and most important part of this story.

But Hastert was not indicted for any of that. Nor was he indicted for the alleged, unspecified “past misconduct” against an unnamed person to whom he agreed to pay $3.5 million to keep concealed.

Instead, Hastert was indicted for two alleged felonies: 1) withdrawing cash from his bank accounts in amounts and patterns designed to hide the payments; and 2) lying to the FBI about the purpose of those withdraws once they detected them and then inquired with him. That’s it. For those venial acts, he faces five years in a federal prison on each count.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that Hastert will actually do real time; if he does, he will get off with a slap on the wrist, and short sentence to a "Club Fed", which I am sure, his attorney is working on right now.

And yes, our alleged "justice system" is completely skewered in favor of the rich, privileged, and powerful.

It should not be this way at all.

And why our prisons bulge with prisoners, when Sweden is emptying its jails, (because the total approach there is rehabilitation, so that people do not re-offend) leaves much to ponder.

May 29 11:37

False Flag - The Trailer HD

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Bumped to the top in light of the renewed "Wag the ISIS" we are seeing!

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May 29 11:34

BEX ALERT - The Barber Report: The 47 Mile Path of Entry for ISIS Nuclear Weapons Entering the United States

Today, I am releasing a report submitted by Jeff Barber and his wife, from El Paso, Texas. The Barbers decided to investigate 47 a mile stretch of “open border” between Mexico and the United States. Barber obviously examined the claims that I made, via a Judicial Watch report, which stated that ISIS had a base camp only 8 miles from El Paso.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Setting the stage for the next false-flag?

May 29 11:27

Hillary Double-Crosses U.S. in ‘Nuclear Stockpile for Cash’ Deal

There are growing concerns, following news that a Russian state nuclear corporation named Rosatom now controls 20% of all American uranium deposits, that United States national security may have been compromised. Making matters worse, a great deal of evidence indicates that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped seal the deal in exchange for substantial contributions to her and Bill’s foundation, though many of the details may never emerge because Mrs. Clinton illegally erased key documents from the hard drive of her private email server.

May 29 11:26

Uncle Sam’s Personal “Terror Factory”

Would one be considered a “conspiracy theorist” to believe that most, or all, “terrorists” are invented and created by government agents provocateurs?

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

May 29 11:24

One cold night in May batters crops

Things were going fairly well for the first three weeks of May. There were a few cold evenings, but in general we were on the right track for the spring growth of leaves and blossoms.

Then came May 20. In the early morning hours the temperatures dropped far below freezing, as low as 22 degrees in some places. By the end of the day extensive injury to plants was obvious throughout the Grand Traverse region.

May 29 11:22

Wait, what? There's still snow in Boston?!

The snow was dumped there throughout the city's snowiest winter on record.

The trash-filled pile is three stories high and includes bikes, traffic cones and even half a $5 bill, all encrusted in solid ice, according to the Associated Press.

May 29 11:22

In Hawaii, Surf, Sun and Snow

I had looked into the weather conditions on the mountain about a week before the trip and was floored by what I saw: the National Weather Service had issued a blizzard warning for the area. Six inches of snow and gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour were expected. Yes, in Hawaii.

May 29 11:17

49 U.S. Governors Request Refugees from Feds

At a time when the United States suffers from record high joblessness, unprecedented debt and a failing economy, governors in 49 states across the country have been taking money from the federal government to “resettle” refugees from third world countries in Africa and the Middle East. It’s all part of a little-known program whereby states like Wyoming and Minnesota, which have seen thousands of good-paying, middle-class jobs exported to foreign lands, agree to take in tens of thousands of foreign immigrants, who will no doubt have to depend on taxpayer-funded medical care and other welfare services.

May 29 11:16

Judge’s ruling allows concealed-carry for D.C. gun owners, shoots down police objections

A federal judge on Thursday rejected a short-term stay of a decision that blocked the District from enforcing a key provision of its restrictive concealed-carry laws — prompting the city to move to issue carry permits to the gun owners who had sued after being denied permits.

However, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. left open the possibility the District could obtain a stay pending appeal of his previous ruling, which called the city’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” to obtain a permit unconstitutional. He set a hearing on the matter for July 7.

In the meantime, the ruling means the Metropolitan Police Department may end up issuing concealed-carry permits to applicants who previously were denied because they could not demonstrate they faced a specific threat of injury or harm.

May 29 11:15

Freedom under fire: Congress eyes requiring gun liability insurance

Gun owners will have to carry liability insurance if a bill introduced Friday by New York House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney successfully makes its way through Congress.

Rep. Maloney’s The Firearm Risk Protection Act would subject gun owners to a $10,000 fine if they ignored a mandate for liability insurance before obtaining a weapon, The Hill reported Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another giveaway to the insurance industries!

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