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February 25, 2016

Feb 25 20:15

Essential history: ‘Forever debt’ Federal Reserve system invented to pay interest without ever ever ever repaying debt – definition of ‘Ponzi scheme’

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Ponzi scheme: criminal fraud of paying existing “investors” only and always from new “investors.” Collapse occurs without new “investors” and/or existing “investors” panic to cash-in.

The US Federal Reserve is based on the 1694-created Bank of England because this model allows government finance with debt that is never meant to be repaid. It is an “investment” model that pays interest guaranteed through tax collection. Its invention was to finance England’s government and military in a history of continuous centuries of war.

It’s cleverness allowed British finance to fund a short-term empire over rival European powers.

Although we can appreciate this historical manipulation, this is a Ponzi scheme because the system collapses without new “investors” of government debt securities.

This Ponzi scheme model is our US Federal Reserve System today:

not “US Federal” but admitted privately-owned,

Feb 25 19:36

Venezuela is shipping gold to pay debt



Taboola
Feb 25 19:23

South Carolina Bill To Legalize Marijuana Faces Uphill Battle

In a sign that the tide is beginning to turn in terms of public opinion of marijuana, there is now a new push to legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina. Never known for its reasonable drug laws even the Palmetto state is being forced to admit that not only does marijuana not…

Feb 25 19:21

Why Hillary Clinton’s Deep Monsanto Ties Are Giving US Voters Serious Heartburn

...group says the US presidential hopeful must give back the $335,000 she received from Monsanto’s GMO lobby group As former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton emerges victorious in the Nevada caucus, her ties with Monsanto, the most hated corporation on the planet, continue to give US voters serious concern about…

Feb 25 18:28

9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides businesses can't collect tips to share among workers

Businesses cannot collect tips given to waiters, casino dealers or other service employees to share with support staff such as dishwashers even if the tipped employees are receiving minimum wage, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Feb 25 18:27

A New Jersey woman who tossed her neighbor’s dog into oncoming traffic during an argument over a parking space was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday

Haniyyah Barnes, of Newark, N.J., was convicted in October on animal cruelty, theft and criminal mischief charges, after breaking into her neighbor’s home in 2011, and fatally throwing her neighbor's dog into oncoming traffic. The 2-year-old Shih Tzu, named Honey Bey, was struck by a vehicle and killed.

Feb 25 18:25

Feds Refuse To Allow LaVoy Finicum Family Lawyer To See Truck Riddled With Bullets

The widow of LaVoy Finicum was interviewed for the first time publicly since Oregon State Police killed the rancher January 26th. Jeanette Finicum said that the family paid for a private autopsy to be done on her deceased husband, (smarter than the Scalia's!) but that they will not release the results until after the federal government releases the findings of their autopsy. She also revealed that when their lawyer attempted to examine the vehicle which LaVoy was driving that day, the feds refused access to it.

Feb 25 18:12

It’s NOT Coming Down: Mississippi Votes To Keep It’s Confederate State Flag

Mississippi’s state flag will continue to include the Confederate battle emblem for the foreseeable future, after state lawmakers on Thursday refused to support bills to remove the controversial symbol.

There were 12 different bills in the Mississippi Legislature to either redesign, change, or remove the Confederate symbol from the state’s 122-year-old flag. But they all died on Thursday for lack of support, which was the deadline for lawmakers to act on bills that were stuck in legislative committees.



Feb 25 18:05

Windows 10 Users Start Seeing Full-Screen Ads As Screen Savers

Just because you don’t have to lay out money for software, that doesn’t necessarily make it “free.” In the last few days, users of Windows 10 have noticed full-screen ads on their lock screen if they happen to be using “Windows Spotlight” to put pretty pictures there. Fortunately, you can banish the ads from your screen, without even having to pay.

Feb 25 18:03

'Greedy bankers' to blame for collapse, says Dick Smith

The founder of electronics chain Dick Smith has told Australian media outlets that "greedy bankers" were behind the collapse of the company he founded nearly 50 years ago.

Electronics retailer Dick Smith Group, which collapsed last month, announced yesterday it would close its 363 stores in Australia and New Zealand after its receivers couldn't find a buyer.

Nearly 3000 workers will lose their jobs - 430 of them in New Zealand.

Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith, who has not owned the business since 1982, told the Herald Sun that he thought the chain had a future ahead of it before its value was destroyed by a hasty and overvalued market float two years ago.

"I'm angry that these greedy bankers have destroyed a business that could have kept going for a long time," he told the Herald Sun.

Smith said he hoped Australia's corporate regulator would investigate the events around the collapse.

Feb 25 17:41

‘Desperate situation’: Majority of landlords refuse to let properties to homeless, survey reveals

Changes to government benefits are making it harder for homeless people in the UK to find a place to live, with the majority of landlords in Britain refusing to let properties to people without a fixed address, research published on Thursday reveals.

In a survey of more than 800 landlords, social justice charity Crisis found that 82 percent were unwilling to let their properties to people without a fixed abode. The poll also revealed that two thirds of the respondents were dismissive of people receiving benefits such as Universal Credit.



Feb 25 17:39

Canadian Thought-Criminal Arthur Topham, 50's Beatnik, Turns 69: "It's going to be an interesting year. I can feel it already"

Arthur Topham, who was convicted of thought crimes in Canada last year for daring to criticize Israel and Zionism, turns 69 tomorrow! He posted a nice message on Facebook about it today, along with a great photo of himself as a beatnik in the 1950's. Be sure to give Arthur your well-wishes today.

Feb 25 17:39

Drugs Found In Puget Sound Salmon

It can't be limited to salmon. We are all unwillingly taking SSRI antidepressants and other drugs.

Cocktail, anyone?

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Feb 25 16:12

US government secretly gave millions of dollars in Social Security payments to Nazi war criminals



Lockerdome
Feb 25 16:10

Anti-Defamation League Demands Donald Trump "publicly condemn their racism" Of David Duke & White Nationalist Supporters

"The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to distance himself from white nationalist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, as well as other white supremacists, and publicly condemn their racism," a press release stated.

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Feb 25 15:45

Rubio builds steam as Cruz shows signs of struggle

as we predicted here weeks ago as it appeared that Cruz may possibly be Israel’s ‘rising star’, his ascension was only a preparatory step in bringing Rubio forward, and that at the right moment when Rubio had acquired enough momentum, Cruz would suddenly find him self cut off at the knees, more than likely over his ‘natural born’ status.

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Feb 25 15:04

Utah Senate votes to repeal 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Utah Senate on Wednesday called on Congress to repeal the 17th Amendment — so that state senators could again select U.S. senators.

It voted 20-6 to pass SJR2, and sent it to the House. It calls for Congress to repeal the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was ratified in 1913 to allow people to directly elect U.S. senators.

Its sponsor, Sen. Al Jackson, R-Highland, says electing senators by the state Senate is needed because no branch of the federal government now represents the needs of state governments. A change would force senators to do that.

Feb 25 15:00

‘No Plan B for Syrian settlement’ – Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow is not discussing alternative plans for a political settlement in Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has said. The Russian-American peace initiative is going to be formalized through a UN Security Council resolution.

“We’re perplexed by our Western partners, the US included, mentioning the existence of some kind of ‘Plan B,’ Nothing is known on that one, we are considering no alternative plans,” Bognanov told the ‘Middle East: From violence to security’ conference in Moscow.

On February 22, Russian and American presidents simultaneously announced that an agreement on peaceful plan for Syria had been reached, coming into force on February 27, at midnight Damascus time.

Feb 25 14:59

Iraqi militia seize ISIS chemical weapons store

Iraqi militia fighters have captured two locations with vast deposits of highly toxic agents used by Islamic State terrorists to arm mortar shells and rockets, potentially for use against civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To be blamed on other parties, of course!



Feb 25 14:44

Russia's Gazprom cuts gas supplies to Turkey by 10 pct - sources

Russian energy giant Gazprom has reduced natural gas supplies to private sector companies in Turkey by 10 percent due to a price dispute, officials at Turkey's energy ministry told Reuters on Thursday.

The cut came after Turkish companies refused to pay a fresh bill sent by Gazprom with higher prices after an initial deal between Ankara and Moscow envisaging a 10.25 percent reduction in prices was cancelled.

Russia's Interfax news agency said the cut came into effect on Feb. 10. Six private Turkish companies buy a total of 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia annually.

Gazprom declined to comment.

Feb 25 14:33

What Are The World's Strongest Currencies?

Feb 25 14:32

Paul Craig Roberts: The Neo-Cons Are Being Defeated

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.



Feb 25 14:30

Poll: Trump crushes Rubio in Florida

Marco Rubio is getting clobbered by Donald Trump in home state of Florida, where a Quinnipiac University poll shows the frontrunner is polling at an all-time high in the Republican race for president.

Trump's 44-28 percent lead over Rubio reflects the momentum of the New York billionaire’s string of first-place finishes in the last three early state races, and it blunts the Florida senator's argument that he's the only candidate who can defeat the frontrunner in a one-on-one race.

Feb 25 14:04

Germans backlash against “lying press”

Lying Press? Germans Lose Faith in the Fourth Estate “Mendacious swine journals” reads this sign held by a German protester at a recent PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden, listing various German media outlets … Germans are losing faith in their media. Nowhere is this more apparent than in mistrust of refugee crisis media coverage. Where did journalists go wrong? And how much of this skepticism reflects a preference for rumors over facts? – Der Spiegel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons? That was a typical example of why people do not trust the corporate media any longer.



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Feb 25 13:53

Israeli passenger goes berserk over ‘immodest’ in-flight movie

An Israeli man on an El Al flight to Israel went on a rampage on the plane because he objected to an “immodest” in-flight movie, according to reports.
Note: Had enough yet!

Feb 25 13:46

THIS IS CNN:

Feb 25 13:45

DISNEY OFFERS TO DEDUCT CONTRIBUTIONS TO ITS PAC FROM EMPLOYEES' PAYCHECKS, TO LOBBY FOR TPP

In a mass mailing to employees, CEO Bob Iger asked Disney people to make a regular contribution to Disney PAC to help the company lobby for expanded copyright laws, and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The company explicitly advised employees that they wouldn't be penalized for failing to contribute.

The Disney PAC gave out $375K in the 2014 election cycle.

Other companies have engaged in similar tactics. Citibank encourages its employees to donate to Citi PAC, whose mission is to promote impunity for international financial crimes and tax-funded bailouts of millionaires.

Feb 25 13:36

Jim Willie Warns End Game Is Underway- Big Banks Have Begun LOADING UP On Gold! Gold & Silver To Be Pushing $10,000 & $400 By End of 2017!



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Feb 25 13:31

This Business Owner REQUIRES Workers to Carry Concealed: “Presents Them With .410 Judge Pistol”

An aviation insurance company is requiring all of his employees – including women – to get certified for concealed carry and to arm themselves at work.

Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person. I would not want to come into one of my facilities,” Toland said. “It’s a 5 shot .410, just like a shotgun and you call it hand cannon.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 25 13:24

Kohl's to close 18 underperforming stores; locations not yet announced

Wisconsin-based Kohl's Corp. will close 18 stores this year as the company seeks to cut costs and find the proper balance between its extensive brick-and-mortar presence and its increasingly important online business.

Feb 25 13:24

Political Science Professor: Odds Of President Trump Range BETWEEN 97% AND 99%

A political science professor who claims his statistical model has correctly predicted the results of every election in the last 104 years has forecast that the odds of Donald Trump becoming America’s next president currently range from 97 percent to 99 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barring the expected, of course....

Feb 25 13:19

The Problem With Free Trade: There Are Always Losers

If you join a poker game and can’t identify the “mark,” then chances are, you’re it! The “mark” is the person at the game who is less experienced, or perhaps is given to reckless betting. By including this player in the game, everyone else has an opportunity to walk away a winner.

But don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Not everyone is a winner, and typically someone ends up the big loser!

The same principle works when countries get together for free or open trade. Everyone talks about how great it will be, how much their economies will grow, about efficiencies and new opportunities. But they almost never talk about the people who will lose.

Believe me, there are always losers.

Feb 25 13:18

Banking System could be in trouble, if support breaks here!

Since the market highs back in 2007, Banks in the states have little to brag about! The table below compares the Bank Index (BKX) with the S&P 500 since March of 2007.

Feb 25 13:17

Nestle sued for supporting child slavery in cacao harvesting operations... U.S. Supreme Court allows court case to proceed

The nation's highest federal court in recent days threw out a request by chocolate giant Nestle SA, the world's largest food maker, and a pair of other companies to reject a lawsuit that seeks to hold all three companies liable for using child slaves to harvest cacao in the African nation of Ivory Coast.

Feb 25 13:15

Obama May Have Been Elected With Illegal Votes

A large number of non-citizens cast ballots in U.S. elections and it’s possible that the illegal votes were responsible for President Obama’s 2008 victory, according to an in-depth academic study that confirms Judicial Watch’s assessment that foreign nationals have helped Democrats steal elections.

Feb 25 13:10

Recent Polls Hold Good News for Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton may have won the Nevada caucus, but recent polls show Bernie Sanders ahead in several key areas.

First, a new nation poll from Reuters shows Sanders ahead of Clinton by 6 points. Senator Sanders currently hods 41.7 precent of Democratic voters, with Clinton holding 35.5 percent. 22.9 percent of the voters polled said that they wouldn’t vote.

Feb 25 12:57

QUESTIONS RAISED BY JUSTICE SCALIA’S UNPLUGGED BREATHING MACHINE

The late Justice Antonin Scalia was one of an estimated 22 million Americans who have sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by either a blockage of the airway or a signaling issue from the brain regarding breathing during sleep.

Feb 25 12:28

Jeb Bush Tells Donors He’s Really, Truly Sorry He Let Them All Down

In a Wednesday conference call with donors, Jeb Bush apologized for ending what was once seen as a promising bid months before Election Day, the New York Times reported.

“I’m sorry that it didn’t turn out the way that I intended,” Bush said in an audio recording of the call obtained by the Times. “When I launched the campaign in front of three or four thousand people in Miami, I anticipated a different result.”
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Bush hinted at the volatile nature of the 2016 race and the unexpected rise of Trump in his Wednesday call with donors.

“The reality was that you had a year of disruption, a year of outsiders making a compelling case to people who were deeply disaffected and angry,” Bush said, as quoted by the Times. “I just didn’t get the breakthrough that I needed in the early states and felt it was important to not move on without a clear path to winning.”

Feb 25 12:12

What are these Michigan legislators thinking?

The biggest news in Michigan in recent months has been the severe crisis over the lead-contaminated water in Flint that has poisoned residents, but the Detroit public school district has generated some of its own.

Detroit teachers have been staging a series of sickouts to call attention to the appalling conditions of the public schools, and the teachers union recently filed a lawsuit which says that conditions inside the schools are so unhealthy that the rights of students — who are predominately African American and poor — are being violated.

Feb 25 12:02

The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules

Houston, we have a sobriety problem
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Players may want to make side-bets as to what happens more often: Cruz reminding the audience that he's Texan, or Trump reminding them that Cruz is from Canada. We can have a bonus shot if Cruz mentions his Texan-ness only to have Trump immediately call him a Canadian Texan.

Lastly, I propose we create a toast in honor of the recently fallen. Instead of saying "Cheers" or "Prost," we might say, before drinking, "Chris Christie was a federal prosecutor."

Feb 25 11:53

Donald Trump Wins Hispanic Vote in Nevada

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"We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated!" he said. "We're the smartest people, we're the most loyal people. You know what I really am happy about, because I've been saying it for a long time: 46 percent with the Hispanics, 46 percent, number one with Hispanics. I'm really happy about that."
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Feb 25 11:33

US Sec'y of State Kerry's "Plan B" for Syria = Oded Yinon’s,“A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties”

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria and Iraq, the war in Yemen, the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

Feb 25 11:21

NY TIMES COLUMNIST JOKES ABOUT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ENDING TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat caused outrage after he joked about how an assassination attempt could end Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Good news guys I’ve figured out how the Trump campaign ends,” Douthat tweeted last night.

Feb 25 10:43

Ben Jealous: "In the ’90s, she’s pushing the superpredator theory. The superpredator theory was, there were some children that were so sociopathic that by age 6 months they were beyond redemption. It’s not just a violation of psychology, it’s a violation

In the Democratic presidential field, as the two Democratic candidates are about to leave states where the electorate was 91 percent and 93 percent white respectively, they’re headed into much more diverse states. The Democratic candidates now are fighting tooth and nail not only to try to appeal to minority voters and specifically to African-American Democratic voters, they are fighting very specifically for the endorsement of leaders within the black community.

Feb 25 10:41

Brazil is building $250m-worth undersea cable linking directly Europe to avoid US espionage – Tech giants like Google, Facebook likely to support

Brazil is constructing a dedicated underwater cable to link the southern American country's internet directly with Europe and avoid any espionage attempts by the US. The structure, which is estimated to cost up to $250m (£180m), will come into operation in late 2017 and is likely to be supported by tech giants Google and Facebook.

Feb 25 10:40

WATCH: Trump Just Revealed The 3 Things He Would Do On His First Day As President – Many Will LOVE It

“First thing is knock out some of the executive orders done by our president,” Trump told George Stephanopoulos Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Feb 25 10:34

BRITAIN AND THE BDS MOVEMENT ~~ CONTRADICTIONS IN POLICY

If this is the case …..

British PM slams Israel: ‘Situation in East Jerusalem is genuinely shocking‘

David Cameron criticizes Israeli construction beyond the Green Line and the ‘effective encirclement of East Jerusalem, occupied East Jerusalem.’

British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed Israeli construction in East Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, saying the situation in the capital was “genuinely shocking.”

More HERE

Then WHY DID THEY GO FOR THIS?

Israel “quietly” pushed for anti-BDS legislation in US, UK

Feb 25 10:11

Spy agencies say Clinton emails closely matched top secret documents: sources

U.S. spy agencies have told Congress that Hillary Clinton's home computer server contained some emails that should have been treated as "top secret" because their wording matched sections of some of the government's most highly classified documents, four sources familiar with the agency reports said.

The two reports are the first formal declarations by U.S. spy agencies detailing how they believe Clinton violated government rules when highly classified information in at least 22 email messages passed through her unsecured home server.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, Hillary copied sections of classified documents into non-secure documents on her non-secure server.

Feb 25 10:10

The current Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was designed by the insurance companies with their own interests (profits) placed first and the health care of Americans second.

In her Feb. 16 column, Cynthia Tucker claims that many health experts say a Medicare for All plan which includes dental, vision coverage, mental health care and long-term care can’t be done while saving money. Yet many health experts say it can.

Feb 25 09:48

UK bank risk returns: Most risky in the developed world – Taxpayers on hook again

Our banking system in the UK is still dangerously dysfunctional. Post-crisis reforms failed to fully address the risks posed by the City of London, and with banks back in the driving seat, these reforms are already being rolled back. We cannot afford a return to business as usual.

Feb 25 09:43

Syria Ceasefire: Who is Interested in Upsetting the Deal?

To resolve the Syrian conflict, Washington should persuade Ankara and Riyadh to call of their "dogs" and halt their support to Islamic extremists in the region, US author Stephen Lendman stresses, commenting on the US-Russia 'cessation of hostility' agreement.

"Moscow and Washington will work with pro-Western UN envoy to Syria Steffan de Mistura, a US-appointed stooge, aiming to assure all parties abide by ceasefire terms. So far, no meaningful mechanism was established to mediate reported violations, no enforcement procedure, nothing to hold violators accountable," Lendman writes in his article for Global Research.

The columnist expresses his deep concerns over Ankara and Riyadh's support to Islamic extremists in the region, referring to the fact that the US, Britain and France have not raised a finger to bring the controversial and destructive collaboration to an end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that, by requesting from the Syrians and Russians a "major change in behaviour", Hammond is demanding that they stop what they have been doing so successfully to date, which is making short work of ALL jihadis in Syria.

I would suggest that Putin is no fool, and most probably already has numerous fail-safe scenarios in place, should the US attempt to "ropeadope" him with some kind of a blind-side attack, which might cause the cessation of fighting to stop.

Feb 25 09:42

Liberia Indicts Several Officials for Corruption

Several former and current officials of the Government of Liberia have been indicted to face prosecution on multiple criminal charges. At least one of the several defendants is spending the night at the Monrovia Central Prison in Monrovia while the court pursues the others. Former Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) was committed to the prison following a writ of arrest issued by Criminal Court C based on a complaint from the anti-graft Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission of Liberia.

The Court in its writ of arrest spotted by FrontPageAfrica at Criminal court C named some of the defendants as former Commerce Minister Miatta Beyslow, Director at Commerce, Steve Flahn-Paye and Aaron Whiegar, amongst others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need those kinds of arrests right here!

Feb 25 09:38

CRASH2: when everyone feels they have to lie, then you know it’s a war

So many things today come under that infamous Mandy Rice-Davies riposte to the Profumo scandal prosecutor. Earlier today down under, the Australian Energy Minister said he had “every confidence in the Chinese economic future”. Three hours later, the Shanghai Composite closed 6.4% down on the day – a dire outcome even by its own standards.

But 120% of Australia’s profitable trade involves selling unrefined mineral ores to, um, China so he would say that.

After taking a few seconds to gulp, the market explained it away with ‘on anticipation of G20 meeting’ because it would say that.

Feb 25 09:36

Obama Bans US Imports of Slave-Produced Goods

President Barack Obama signed a bill Wednesday that includes a provision banning U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.

Feb 25 09:35

Life with ISIS is ‘really hard,’ discovers Swedish teen who joined jihadists

Marlin Stivani Nivarlain, a 16-year-old from the town of Boras, described her ordeal to a Kurdish television station in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish regional government. Nivarlain said she had been duped by her boyfriend, who persuaded her to accompany him to join the extremist group.

Feb 25 09:32

Breedlove: NATO Ready to ‘Fight and Win If Necessary’ Against Russia

The US European Command (EUCOM) and NATO are prepared to "fight and win" against Russia "if necessary," US Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove said on Thursday.

Russia has repeatedly warned that NATO’s attempts to expand on its borders, as well as more recently amass troops and equipment, constitute provocative acts that are contrary to previous agreements and can undermine regional and global stability.
"To counter Russia, EUCOM, working with allies and partners, is deterring Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary," Breedlove said.
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US European Command to Counter Russia in High North - Breedlove
Since 2014, the United States and NATO have been focused on rebuilding military capacity and force readiness in Europe under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with Russia would be absolute madness: what is this man thinking?!?!?

This is fearmongering, pure and simple, to garner funding for the program, and to throw it at the feet of the US's and Europe's military industrial complex.

Feb 25 09:32

Celente: The Top 10 Trends To Watch In 2016

Popular trends forecaster, Gerald Celente, shares his economic and geopolitical outlook for 2016.

Feb 25 09:32

Apple CEO Tim Cook claims FBI wants him to develop the 'software equivalent of CANCER' to unlock San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

Apple chief Tim Cook says the FBI is asking him to develop 'the software equivalent of cancer' in order to hack an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

'The only way to get information (...) would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the equivalent of cancer,' Cook told ABC News on Tuesday in his first interview since the court order came down last week.

'We think it's bad news to write. We would never write it. We have never written it - and that is what is at stake here. We believe that is a very dangerous operating system.'

Feb 25 09:26

John Kerry Threatens US Banks Over Russia Bond Sale

Russia wants to sell some bonds and President Obama isn’t happy about it.

Moscow is looking to issue “at least” $3 billion of foreign bonds in what amounts to the country’s first international issuance since the West imposed sanctions on The Kremlin in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and Russia’s alleged role in “destabilizing” Ukraine (because it was very “stable” before).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia did not "destabilize Ukraine"; the duly elected government of Ukraine was removed in a putsch, sponsored by the US, the IMF, and NATO, to bring Ukraine into the Eurocentric fold in terms of its economy.

Crimea, realizing that the legitimate government had been regime-changed, had a national referendum to ask its people if they wanted to join the Russian Federation, and they said yes.

Following the election, which was adjudged to have been free and fair, the Russian Federation accepted the results of the referendum, and Crimean went to being part of Russia again.

For those with a small understanding of history, Crimea was Russian until Khrushchev annexed it to Ukraine in the mid-50s (Khrushchev was, himself, Ukrainian).

There is no Russian intervention in Ukraine, and Russia did not "annex" Crimea: deal with it!

Feb 25 09:25

'SERIOUS FAILINGS' AT BBC LET JIMMY SAVILE AND STUART HALL GO UNCHECKED

Serious failings at the BBC allowed Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall to sexually abuse nearly 100 people without detection for decades, according to two damning reports published on Thursday, which insisted that the corporation still had lessons to learn from the affair. Dame Janet Smith, who started the independent inquiry in October 2012, found that despite what had happened with Savile and Hall in previous years, those worked at the BBC were still worried about reporting potential abuse and taking on the broadcaster’s stars.

Feb 25 09:21

Osborne’s privatisation drive continues – railway stations next

As if confirmation was required that a nationalised rails service would be better for the country, The Guardian reported fifteen months ago; “How infuriating it must be, then, for free-market ideologues that east coast (nationalised) depended on less public subsidies than any of the 15 privately run rail franchises. Indeed, the franchise has proved a lucrative cash cow for the state, bringing in around £1bn to the exchequer since 2009. East coast is an embarrassing success story for public ownership. Instead, it must be run by a tax exile and a Scottish businessman perhaps best known for campaigning against gay equality.”

Feb 25 09:20

US DECLARES FINANCIAL WAR ON RUSSIA

The U.S. government has warned some top U.S. banks not to bid on a potentially lucrative but politically risky Russian bond deal, saying it would undermine international sanctions on Moscow, people familiar with the matter said. The move, apparently the first of its kind since the sanctions went into effect, has sent Wall Street bankers scrambling to determine whether the opportunity for new business is worth the political downside of bucking the administration’s warning. The rules don’t explicitly prohibit banks from pursuing the business, but U.S. State Department officials hold the view that helping finance Russia would run counter to American foreign policy.

Feb 25 09:16

Israel accuses Iran of building up international terror cells

Israel's defence minister has accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes "sleeper cells" that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the US.

“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday following talks with his Cypriot counterpart in Nicosia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me,Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon, but have you gone absolutely, completely barking mad, to make these accusations?!?

After the passage of the P5+1 agreement, countries are lining up around the block in Tehran to do deals; any violence done by Iran operatives would be like the country's government shooting itself in the foot right now, because with sanctions lifted, countries want to trade with Iran!!

Feb 25 09:10

Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton At Private Event In South Carolina

Two Black Lives Matter activists interrupted a private Hillary Clinton fundraising event Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Youth activist Ashley Williams protested Clinton, demanding that the Democratic presidential candidate account for inconsistencies on her record on race, specifically around her comments made about crime in 1996.

Williams and her colleague, whom she did not identify, contributed $500 to attend the Clinton event, which was held at a private residence with around 100 people, she estimated.

Williams said she and her colleague strategically placed themselves at the front of the crowd and waited until Clinton appeared. Speakers introducing Clinton around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night spoke of Walter Scott, the Charleston A.M.E. shootings and how Clinton had a strong record of racial justice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The hubristic impunity which defines Candidate Clinton means that she doesn't believe that whatever she ever says should ultimately come back to....bite her.

And this reference to at-youth risk being kids we have to "bring to heel", as one does with a dog, is something thinking would people never say in the first place. Troubled kids are just that; troubled, and you have to create a plan of action to keep them focused, to give them protection when they need it (from the gangs and the drugs) and find a way of helping their families stay encouraging and secure.

Sometimes, people don't want to hear what they need to hear; this instance, at this event, was one of them.

Ashley Williams, I hope your family is proud of you today, for having had the temerity to tell the truth; Bravo, and well done on that.

There may well be consequences for you for having done this, and God knows I understand what they may be, having been victims of the Clintons, and lived to tell the tale.

Feb 25 09:01

Italy Summons US Envoy Over NSA Spying Reports

Italy has summoned the US ambassador to Rome following reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped the telephones of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his aides in 2011

Feb 25 08:56

Breaking the Backbone of Indian Society: The Small Farmer

Despite what many people might think, small farms actually produce most of the world’s food: a lower estimate is 53% for the world as a whole, but others have put the figure at 75%.

The UN Environment Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food all estimate that small farmers produce up to 80% of the food in non-industrialised countries.

Feb 25 08:54

Federal Court Rules You Can Be Arrested Simply for Filming the Police

By Derrick Broze

A federal appeals court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ruled that filming the police without a specific challenge or criticism is not constitutionally protected.

The cases of Fields v. City of Philadelphia, and Geraci v. City of Philadelphia involve two different incidents where individuals were arrested for filming the police...

Feb 25 08:50

Saudi Generals Sign “Secret” Letter To Monarch and Gov’t Warning Against Invasion Of Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

As a shaky ceasefire agreement is set to take hold in Syria on February 27, the threat of a NATO-backed Turkish, Saudi, Qatari, and UAE military invasion of Syria remains looming in the background...

Feb 25 08:48

The Pentagon Readies Backup Island in Case of Chinese Missile Onslaught

The United States can no longer count on its Pacific air bases to be safe from missile attack during a war with China. On the contrary, a 2015 paper from the influential RAND Corporation noted that in the worst case scenario, “larger and accurate attacks sustained over time against a less hardened posture could be devastating, causing large losses of aircraft and prolonged airfield closures.”

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, due to its relative proximity, would be hardest hit. To up the stakes, China in September 2015 publicly revealed its DF-26 ballistic missile, which can strike Andersen Air Force Base in Guam — nearly 3,000 miles away — from the Chinese mainland. Andersen and Kadena are among the U.S. military’s largest and most important overseas bases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be willing to bet that construction on Tinian will begin very quickly, with the escalation of tensions between Korea, the US, and China.

Feb 25 08:47

Do You Really Want To Live In A World Where Computers Read Your Mind?

Not that we really have a say in the matter either way, but nothing about the question conjures up warm, gushy feelings. The government, via its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is spending $60 million on a direct brain-computer interface via neural implant that would allow computers to decode the human brain.

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Feb 25 08:40

Regime Change in Ankara? More Likely Than You Think

So what is Washington’s gameplan in Syria? Is the administration serious about defeating ISIS and ending the hostilities or does Obama have something else up his sleeve?

First of all, Washington is not the least bit concerned about ISIS. The group is merely a straw-man that allows the US to conduct military operations in a region that is vital to its national interests. If the ISIS boogieman disappeared tomorrow, the White House would conjure up some other phantom–like the drug war or something equally ridiculous–so it could continue its depredations uninterrupted. What matters to Washington is breaking up the strong, secular Arab governments that pose a long-term threat to US-Israeli ambitions. That’s what really matters. The other obvious goal is to control critical resources and pipeline corridors to the EU and make sure those resources continue to be denominated in US dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With geopolitical "friends" like the US government, who in this world needs enemies?!?

Feb 25 08:36

European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo

The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.

Feb 25 08:35

In Biggest Victory For Saudi Arabia, North Dakota's Largest Oil Producer Suspends All Fracking

Yesterday, during his speech at CERAWeek in Houston, Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi made it explicitly clear that Saudi Arabia would not cut production, instead saying that it is high-cost producers that would need to either "lower costs, borrow cash or liquidate” adding that there is "no need for cuts as marginal barrel will get out of the market." He was right.

Feb 25 08:32

Gold Will Overwhelm Dent

Anti-gold propaganda is heavily promoted because gold is honest money that generates little profit for the financial community and because it competes against the paper stuff issued by central banks.

Harry Dent believes that gold prices will fall to $700 and possibly as low as $250 in the next five to ten years, so he discourages buying gold. If you prefer debt based fiat currencies that can be created by the trillions with a keystroke, confiscated easily, and devalued overnight, then by all means, trust in those dollars, euros, and yen instead of gold. The financial and political elite might thank you.

Feb 25 08:30

SECRET POLICE' PLAN CALLED 'UNPRECEDENTED'

A prominent civil-rights organization is protesting a Virginia state bill that would create a “secret police” force allowing officers to be “effectively immunized from wrongdoing and able to act with impunity.”

The Rutherford Institute dispatched a letter Wednesday to James LeMunyon, chairman of the House of Delegates’ General Laws subcommittee.

The proposal, Senate Bill 552, would classify the names of all police officers as “personnel records,” making them exempt from disclosure.

“American citizens have a right to know when government agencies and government officials have engaged in wrongdoing,” said constitutional attorney John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute and author of “Battlefield America: The War on the American People.”

Trust the government? Maybe you shouldn’t. Read the details in “Lies the Government Told You,” by Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the Virginia Legislature has the collective sense not to pass this bill; the impunity, and rashness to action, demonstrated by police departments across this country, has killed enough of our young people of color, thank you very much.

Feb 25 08:29

Religious Children Have Trouble Distinguishing Reality from Fiction

A study conducted by researchers led by Kathleen H. Corriveau of Boston University examined how religious exposure affects a child’s ability to distinguish between fact and fiction. They found that religious exposure at an early age has a surprising effect: it makes children less able to differentiate between reality and fantasy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Telling little kids that women are made from ribs, snakes talk, apple trees are magic, etc. is going to screw up their little minds!

Feb 25 08:26

All About Russia After All: Washington’s Vow of No New Arms Race Exposed

The nuclear non-proliferation treaty – agreed to by both the US and Russia – calls on all signatories to further the goal of nuclear disarmament.

The Obama administration, however, has found a loophole in the agreement, and plans to funnel nearly $1 trillion into upgrading America’s nuclear arsenal. While these improvements include modifying nuclear-equipped ballistic missiles to make them more accurate, and installing adjustable yields to make nuclear bombs more practical, the US maintains the moves are aimed at sustaining current stockpiles, and are not, technically, upgrades.

Feb 25 08:25

PRE TSD or Kosher Psychosis

Police took Aroule to hospital, but he only had self-inflicted scratches on his body and was quickly released.

Following questioning, he confessed to making the story up to try and spread mistrust and suspicion of Muslims.

The conclusion is inevitable. Rather than a rise in anti semitism in Europe what we see here is a growing manifestation of kosher psychosis.

Feb 25 08:22

Missiles in paradise: Kauai island faces controversial Hawaii defense plan

When 2016 began with North Korea declaring it had detonated a hydrogen bomb, its fourth nuclear test, the U.S. military had already tested a land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Hawaii — Lockheed Martin’s version of the short-to-intermediate-range ballistic missile defense (BMD) system used on Aegis Navy destroyers.

Now, as tension mounts after Pyongyang’s satellite launch on Feb. 7, media reports suggest the Pentagon is mulling making the Aegis Ashore test facility operational at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at the Barking Sands naval base on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

A Navy spokesman said, “There are no plans for an operational site of Aegis Ashore at PMRF. It was constructed as a test and training site only.” But Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, has publicly stated that he believes the Aegis Ashore test facility should be considered as an operational site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though if the US military has its way on Kauai, all of us in the state will have a ring-side seat to any Chinese or Russian bombardment of our islands!!!!

And, of course, the geopolitical "ownership" of these islands (if the onslaught doesn't destroy too much of the infrastructure) translates as power projection, either East or West, depending on who has staked their claim here, militarily.

What in sam's hill ever happened to the US government's capabilities to enter into honest, good-faith negotiations, as a way to resolve geopolitical disputes?!?

It appears that this process is completely gone from DC's mindset,and the only thing this government is capable of doing is attempting to win its geopolitical battles only by military means.

And this is a problem, because right now, the US military doesn't have the money, the weapons, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome against either Russia or China.

And how has our military come to this point? Because the weapons procurement process has become incestuously corrupt, and those politicians who steer various weapons programs to various weapons manufacturers get taken care of handsomely by those same companies.

And how that translates for our military in the field is that when these weapons are finally deployed, many times they do not work as advertised; are chronically late, and horrifically over budget.

Please understand; as a Christian pacifist, I abhor war, and I never advocate violence. However, when it comes to weapons for our men and women in uniform, I want them to have the best, which perform as advertised, and are supplied on time and within budget.

Feb 25 08:22

Even The Average Joe Gets It: "They’re Winding Us All Up For A Minsky Moment"

With global central bank policy in disarray following the Fed's now admitted "policy error" of tightening just as the US and global economy are heading for recession, while the rest of the world desperate to cut to ever more negative rates, not to mention Japan's abysmal foray into NIRP, there was hope that this weekend in Shanghai the G-20 would "bail us out" and unveil some miraculous rescue for risk takers at least one more time.

However, as Jack Lew explained earlier today, this won't happen, leaving traders in a state of limbo and cognitive shock - after all if not even the central banks have your back, then who does?

Still something has to happen, or otherwise the world will careen into a deflationary, NIRP collapse and the Fed's 25bps "recession buffer" will have absolutely no impact before the US itself plunged into economic contraction.

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Feb 25 08:21

Worst US Economy Since Government Shutdown Sparks Panic-Buying In Stocks

Well, we've seen some ridiculous moves in markets before but today's cross asset-class malarkey takes the proverbial biscuit...

Feb 25 08:14

Detroit Teachers Face "Payless Paydays" As Dilapidated School District Faces Financial Reckoning

When last we looked at the effect America’s multiple state and local government fiscal crises are having on the country’s school systems, we noted that budget drama across both Illinois and Pennsylvania threatened to force layoffs and class cancellations.

In Chicago, for instance, the Board of Education has variously been described as “a gambler at the end of his run,” a reference to officials’ bad habits when it comes to skipping pension payments and borrowing heavily to stay afloat. “Let’s be clear Chicago Public Schools are in dramatic trouble,” Governor Bruce Rauner said in December. “They’re looking at a disaster somewhere in the next nine months.”

Just this month, the Board sold another $725 million in bonds at punishing interest rates of up to 8.5%.

Feb 25 08:13

According To Morgan Stanley This Is The Biggest Threat To Deutsche Bank's Survival

Two weeks ago, on one of the slides in a Morgan Stanley presentation, we found something which we thought was quite disturbing. According to the bank's head of EMEA research Huw van Steenis, while in Davos, he sat "next to someone in policy circles who argued that we should move quickly to a cashless economy so that we could introduce negative rates well below 1% – as they were concerned that Larry Summers' secular stagnation was indeed playing out and we would be stuck with negative rates for a decade in Europe. They felt below (1.5)% depositors would start to hoard notes, leading to yet further complexities for monetary policy."

Feb 25 08:13

Putin's Newest Satellite State

Two days before Christmas, as American policymakers were settling into the holidays, Russia quietly signed a sweeping air defense agreement with Armenia, accelerating a growing Russian military buildup that has unfolded largely under the radar. It was the most tangible sign yet that Putin is creating a new satellite state on NATO’s border and threatening an indispensable U.S. ally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "We good Russia bad" propaganda.

Feb 25 08:08

New Poll Shows Sanders Ahead of Clinton by Widest Margin Yet

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton by six points nationwide, his biggest lead in the presidential race so far.

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Feb 25 07:33

Cruz and Rubio Must Take Down Trump at Tonight’s Debate

Tonight’s debate has to be the beginning of Trump’s downfall.
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As it stands, there are only two men in America who can take on Trump and defeat him: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The two senators clearly don’t like each other. Each thinks that if only the other guy would drop out of the race, a conservative coalition would consolidate in time to top Trump. Each hopes that some outside bazooka of money will open up on Trump to take him down a notch or two. Wrong, wrong, all wrong. If either Rubio or Cruz is going to defeat Trump, the turnaround will begin tonight at the GOP debate in Houston

(*That's the plan ? Stay The Jeb! Bush Course ??
Meanwhile , once again , there will be no debate on the actual issues enveloping the nation .)

Feb 25 07:16

Hillary Clinton’s War on Women

As a Senator, Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War, and in 2008, defended her vote, saying, “I believe in coercive diplomacy.” She also voted against the Levin Amendment in 2002, an amendment that would have given the UN veto power over United States military action. In 2004, she voted in favor of allocating $86 billion of the U.S. budget to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She voted against withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2007.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s record is horrific. Clinton aggressively pursued regime changes in Libya and Syria, leading to the creation of ISIS, war in Mali, and the strengthening of terrorist group Boko Haram. Regime change has historically been terrible for national security, leading to blowback and the creation of newer, bigger, more oppressive threats to both citizens of the United States and citizens of the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do not be fooled by Clinton's slick marketing blitzkrieg: she is not "fighting for us" - she is fighting for the major corporations which look to abuse the rights of Americans even more than they already are abused; she will bring more war and desperation to this country, and continue to offshore/outsource jobs away from this country to make her corporate cronies, who own her, happy.

And BTW, in a coming Clinton regime, look for a reinstitution of the draft, culling both our young men and young women, to fight and die, ultimately for private corporate profit; this is what this woman is all about.

Feb 25 07:14

Winter weather headed to St. Louis, highest snowfall totals south and east

Our next winter storm arrives tonight bringing heavy rain, wet snow, and gusty winds to the St. Louis region through Wednesday. Rain will spread into our southern counties late Tuesday evening. That rain with then spread northward towards midnight, when it will start to mix with snow over the eastern Ozarks. The transition to all snow really starts to get going by 4am as temperatures fall to at or just above the freezing point, a sloppy, wet snow. It will be snowing just about everywhere by the morning commute and there will be some slick, slush covered roads. Most of the accumulations will be on grass. Snow will exit to the east through the afternoon.

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Feb 25 07:13

Heavy snow falling in Saginaw County; see the photos

A snowstorm expected to dump up to 10 inches on much of the Michigan was bringing heavy snowfall to Saginaw and the surrounding region Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Feb 25 07:13

Heavy snow likely Wednesday afternoon in Lansing

Feb 25 07:12

What Was So Important About Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ?

Why was Justice Antonin Scalia the most important Judge on the Bench, in terms of our Constitutional Rights as Americans ?

Why was Justice Antonin Scalia so despised by this administration, that for the first time in US history, this "president" snubbed this Supreme Court Justice's funeral?

What is it about Justice Scalia's importance that fewer than 1 in a 100 Americas even understands the gravity of his passing?

Feb 25 07:09

America's abandoned space history – in pictures

Roland Miller is on a mission to document the deserted sites of America’s space race. He has photographed launch pads, bunkhouses and research facilities across the country, some of which no longer exist or are closed to the public on secure military bases.

Feb 25 07:06

Army Chief: US Troops Must Stay in Alaska to Fight Russia

Army Chief Gen. Mark Milley is pushing his recommendation that the 4-25 Airborne Brigade of the US Army remain stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for “at least an additional year,” amid calls to cut costs by eliminating the brigade.

The excuse, as usual, is Russia. Gen. Milley insists “Russian aggression” is present not just in Europe, where the Pentagon has been getting money to throw ever more money at the Russian frontier, but also in the Arctic, and that the US needs to keep troops in Alaska to counter Russia.

The deployments into Eastern Europe were sold on the claim that a Russian invasion of the region is “imminent,” though talk of an impending invasion has lost a lot of credibility over the last year and a half.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What "Russian aggression", when the US military is bombing on 7 continents as I type this?!?

What I have seen, particularly recently in its fight to keep Syria from getting balkanised, is Russian logic and statesmanship, backed up by a military that has the tools to be taken seriously, and the training to do so.

Putin is a master chess player, and has outmaneuvered the US by playing at least one hundred moves ahead of his American counterpart, President Obama.

Feb 25 07:01

DID ESQUIRE JUST CALL FOR TRUMP TO BE KILLED?

"There does not appear to be any way to stop him now. Unless something completely untoward happens, He, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president."

Feb 25 07:00

Kerry Touts Massive Arms Shipments to Kurdish Factions

Just five days after the US State Department denied that the US had supplied any weapons to any Syrian Kurdish forces, in response to complaints from the Turkish government about all their shipments, Secretary of State John Kerry is bragging about the scheme.

Though Kerry didn’t offer any split on how the arms were distributed among various Kurdish factions, he insisted 41,000 grenades and 60,000 anti-tank rounds, along with 1,000 unguided missiles, had been sent to the Kurdish forces, along with more than 150 US vehicles.

Though that would include Kurdish groups in Iraq as well as Syria, 41,000 grenades is definitely more than “no weapons,” and Kerry’s talk of a plan to send another 5 million rounds of ammunition for heavy machine guns shipped just adds to the effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can the people running this country manage NOT to lie, to either the world, or the American people?!?

In short, no; not at all.

And I would like to politely remind Secretary of State Kerry that having made this statement publicly, there is no plausible deniability to the Turkish government on this, which is desperately attempting to make the US government see the Kurds as "our enemy", because they are characterised by Edrogan's government as "Turkey's enemy".

Feb 25 06:54

Reuters Asks Even Stupider Questions about Apple-FBI Fight than Pew

In my post on Pew’s polling on whether Apple should have to write a custom version of its operating system so FBI can brute force the third phone, I gave Pew credit for several aspects of its question, but suggested the result might be different if Pew had reminded the people the FBI has already solved the San Bernardino attack.

Feb 25 06:52

Military Intelligence chief: Deterioration in Gaza endangers Israel

Hamas members warned on Wednesday that a change in the situation in Gaza is inevitable in the shape of either an explosion of violence or the opening of a new exit route, while Israel's head of Military Intelligence warned that deteriorating conditions in Gaza endanger Israel's security.

At a closed meeting with the members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Military Intelligence Chief Herzl Halevi said that "the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating, and if it explodes, it will explode on Israel."

Hamas, for its part, said a seaport is a legitimate Palestinian right, said Hamas. Building a seaport in Gaza is also a Turkish condition in ongoing negotiations to rehabilitate its relationship with Israel, which collapsed following the Marmara raid in 2010. The Turks have made it clear that reconciliation would have to involve free access to the Gaza Strip in order to provide aid to the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is absolutely correct in his assessment; the big question, now, having laid this out, is what is the Israeli government going to do to fix the problem?!?

Feb 25 06:52

Congressman at Bill Rally: Hillary 'Going to Kill' Trump

Rhetoric got heated at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton featuring the Democratic frontrunner’s husband, Bill Clinton. In fact, a sitting U.S. congressman promised the crowd of Hillary Clinton loyalists that their candidate would "kill" the Republican frontrunner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A rather poor choice of words, but I am sure many of Hillary's supporters are thinking along those lines!

Feb 25 06:50

Syria ceasefire not binding for Turkey, Prime Minister says

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, February 25 that Turkey would not be bound by the Syrian ceasefire plan if its security was threatened, and would take "necessary measures" against the Syrian Kurdish YPG and Islamic State if needed, Reuters reports.

Feb 25 06:48

Rubio Attacks Trump

In Shift, Marco Rubio Attacks Donald Trump By Name Ahead of Debate
In an abrupt about-face in strategy, Marco Rubio on Wednesday night attacked Donald Trump on policy by name from the stump, drawing the battle lines for a certain showdown with the GOP front-runner on the eve of Thursday's debate.

At an energetic rally in Houston, Rubio targeted Trump on Obamacare and Israel, charging Trump "thinks parts of Obamacare are pretty good" and that he's refused to come to Israel's defense.

"The front-runner in this race, Donald Trump, has said he's not going to take sides on Israel versus the Palestinians because he wants to be an honest broker," Rubio said. "Well, there is no such thing as an honest broker in that. Because the Palestinian Authority, which has strong links to terror, they teach little kids that it's a glorious thing to kill Jews."

(*Still memorizing lines , I see .)

Feb 25 06:48

Fundraiser for elderly Calif. woman facing eviction from 66-year home nets more than $33,000

A 97-year-old San Francisco Bay Area great-grandmother facing eviction after 66 years in her rented home has received thousands of dollars in donations from people who see her plight as an example of growing economic inequity in the region, a friend said on Wednesday.

Feb 25 06:48

‘Cruel, inhuman and degrading:’ Israel’s systematic abuse of Palestinian detainees exposed by NGOs

Israel’s domestic security agency systematically abuses Palestinians kept at its Shikma detention facility, two NGOs say, adding that “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment is inherent to the interrogation policy and dictated from above.

Israeli rights groups B’Tselem and HaMoked released a 70-page report on Wednesday detailing abuses taking place between August 2013 and March 2014 at the Shikma interrogation facility, which is run by the Israel Security Agency (ISA, Shin Bet in Hebrew) in Ashkelon, southern Israel. The report was based on the accounts of at least 116 suspects that had been interrogated at the facility.

Feb 25 06:47

20 countries involved in IS bomb supply chain, Turkey 'key choke point' – study

Over 50 companies from 20 countries, including Turkey, US and the Netherlands, have produced, sold or received hundreds of components, such as detonators, cables and wires, used by Islamic State terrorists to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a major study has found.

Feb 25 06:46

THAAD deployment in ROK to "directly" impair China's security interests: FM

The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced U.S. missile defense system, in the Republic of Korea (ROK) will "directly" impair China's security interests, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"We understand the ROK's legitimate security concerns, but no country should impair others' security interests when pursuing its own," Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing.

"We believe that the deployment of the THAAD system will directly compromise China's national security interests," said the spokesperson.

The United States and the ROK started talks on THAAD after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) allegedly launched an Earth-observation satellite to test ballistic missile technology earlier this month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one and only move to de-escalate the tensions here here is something which the US government will not entertain at all: a full-scale, all parties negotiation between North and South Korea, the US, and China, to replace the armistice, which is simply a cessation of hostile military activities, with a true peace treaty, which guarantees that North Korea will not continue its weapons research, to the point of it ultimately having a nuclear bomb.

The degree to which logic, and the US government's leadership, do not have a good on-going relationship is absolutely frightening sometimes.

Feb 25 06:39

Clinton Democrats Turn a Nervous Eye to Trump After His Nevada Blowout

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But the Clinton campaign itself seems suddenly anxious over the Trump phenomenon. “Everything’s coming up Trump — we need to take this seriously!” they wrote in the subject line of a fundraising e-mail sent late on Wednesday evening. Most Clinton Democrats at the rally agreed and are nervously eyeing Trump’s dominance over his Republican rivals. “A couple of months ago, I would’ve said, ‘Okay, that would be our best possible strategy, that Trump would win, Hillary would beat him,’” says Kathy Michaelman, of Fairfax, Va. “But the way I see people voting and the support that he’s getting — when he alienates a group, the next day his numbers go up, when you think it would make them go down — that’s what worries me.

“You have to trust the electorate, and I don’t,”>>>

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