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August 27, 2015

Aug 27 07:39

The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

When the Ashley Madison databases were splashed all over internet by hackers, it emerged that about 31 million accounts on the Tinder-for-affairs website were created by men. And about 5 million by women.

Not great odds if you're a straight fella looking to cheat on your spouse. It turns out the odds were even worse: very few of the chicks on Ashley Madison were using the site in a meaningful way.

By our counting, of the 35,290,361 leaked accounts marked as approved, 4,594,069 were each created by a woman (or someone who said they were a woman).

However, 4,085,458 of those women don't appear to have ever checked their message inboxes on the website – the database entries for those accounts read a default "0000-00-00 00:00:00" for that particular timestamp.

Aug 27 07:26

Who rules America?

In defense of his violations of the Constitution, which he is his sworn to defend, Obama insists that Congress has been consulted and has given its approval. That is true. He also points accurately to the sanction provided by the courts.
Yet everyone knows that the American people have never been consulted and have been lied to and kept in the dark about the destruction of their democratic rights. Even the term “bourgeois democracy” becomes something of a misnomer for a political system in which the threadbare trappings of popular sovereignty are so wholly contradicted by the realities of political life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But if there is one small stray ray of sunshine is, that people are tuning out to the mass media, because they have tired of being lied to, so consistently and flagrantly.

They are reading blogs like this one, and understand that they have the logical abilities to think critically for themselves, and come to their own conclusions.

The Fourth Estate's "feet of clay", in terms of their ability to hold and mold public opinion to support the Government's narrative, is crumbling, and fast.

Aug 27 07:25

Korean rumble

The Korean peninsula is no stranger to tensions and periodic flare-ups. However, this time around the stakes were higher than ever. In the North, a young leader copes with bad economic times and seeks greater legitimacy. Meanwhile, in the South, Seoul eyes Beijing and Washington as powerful outside brokers. What does this most recent confrontation tell us about both Koreas?



Aug 27 07:24

Scotland Yard recruiting convicted terrorists to counter ISIS propaganda

UK police are recruiting convicted terrorists in prison and employing them following their release to develop a ‘counter-narrative’ to extremist propaganda efforts.

Aug 27 07:12

GOP senator accuses Clinton of improperly passing state secrets to her lawyer

In a “serious risk” to national security, Hillary Clinton gave her State Department emails containing Top Secret and other classified information to her lawyer, who lacked sufficient clearances to possess it and who kept it for as long as eight months, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee charged Tuesday.

In a letter to her successor Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said when she turned over thumb drives containing her official emails to her lawyer, “it appears Secretary Clinton sent (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) to an unauthorized person.”

Grassley, who has sent multiple demanding letters in the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server, said: “The transmission of classified material to an individual unauthorized to possess it is a serious national security risk (and) it raises legitimate questions as to whether the information was properly secured from foreign governments and other entities.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be almost willing to bet on one thing; when the campaign season rolls around in earnest, with all the baggage she is carrying from so many deceptions and frauds over a lifetime, Hillary Clinton may well not be the Democrat's candidate after all.

Aug 27 07:04

Centcom Defends Skewing ISIS War Intel

While most of the Pentagon is going out of its way to avoid comment on yesterday’s revelation of an ongoing inspectors general investigation into deliberate “skewing” of intelligence assessments on the ISIS war by Centcom, the Central Command itself is defiant, insisting that it acted entirely appropriately in its reports.

In their new statement, Centcom insisted that just because they sought “feedback” from sources like the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) didn’t mean they had to include their comments in the final assessment sent on to policy makers, and that they, as the “primary agency” in the war, get to decide what does or doesn’t get sent on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lying to both one's peers and the American public, is now the "new normal" for the Federal Government, which is why thinking Americans don't believe anything the Federal Government says anymore.

ISIS appears to have been concocted and protected by the very US government which condemns its acts today, and appears to be yet another "manufactured excuse" for again putting US troops in harm's way on the ground in Iraq, Libya, and ultimately Syria.

And this is the same US government, claiming that yet another incursion into these countries will be "successful this time"?!?

I am looking at the epic fail which was the invasion and occupation of Iraq; I am looking at the epic, on-going fail which is Afghanistan; and the epic fail of the invasion of Libya, and the extrajudicial assassination of its President, Ghadaffi, which has left the country in chaos; I am looking at the on-going epic fail of the US government-enabled Saudi invasion of Yemen. I am looking at a potential US ground invasion of Syria to oust Al-Assad, which may well invite war with Russia.

And the only logical explanation for the collective war madness which has engulfed the US Federal Government is that they want some war - any war - upon which to blame a coming national economic catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.

As to US government appears to be comprised of people who, collectively, can never take responsibility for anything they have done, this seems an absolutely reasonable scenario, no matter how much hurt they cause to the people of this country, and beyond, in their war lust.

Aug 27 06:47

Fake Goldman Sachs bank found in China



Aug 27 06:46

Ukranian Catholic Archbishop: "Be Ready To Give Up A Life" For Freedom And Independence

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk urged Catholics to love their motherland and defend its' sovereignty, calling for them to be 'Christian patriots' and even be willing to lose their life in the process. The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church issued text from the homily, which stated, in part, "Those who do not love their Motherland will always be strangers and exiles in this land. Who do not want to build their own state and assert its independence, he is doomed to be a slave in a different countries...Let us be mature and those who are building today, who develop their country with the state conscience, being Christians-patriots. Let us not be afraid to grant our lives into God's hands, for everything what do we have now we will preserve and enrich, giving it up for our brothers and sisters... Our freedom, our future, our personal well-being are impossible without an assertion and existence of an independent Ukrainian State," he said.

Aug 27 06:38

NORTH DAKOTA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO LEGALIZE DRONES WEAPONIZED WITH TASERS, TEAR GAS, RUBBER BULLETS & SOUND CANONS

t is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

With all the concern over the militarization of police in the past year, no one noticed that the state became the first in the union to allow police to equip drones with “less than lethal” weapons. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted that way, but then a lobbyist representing law enforcement—tight with a booming drone industry—got his hands on it.

– From the Daily Beast article: First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist

You could see the writing on the walls years ago. In an increasingly authoritarian, lawless, surveillance state like America, it was always inevitable that drones would be weaponized. In North Dakota, this is now a reality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have frequently speculated that if President Obama sees utterly no legal hurdle to extrajudicial assassinations of "people who need killin' " overseas, how far a leap would it be to order extrajudicial assassinations here at home?!?

Unfortunately, it is not that great a leap, seeing how Obama loves to have his way via Executive Order, and accomplish his agenda without any Congressional oversight whatsoever.

And to all North Dakotans, I have one four-letter response to this travesty; move.

Move to another state which has not yet been collectively made mad by the evil genius of this technology, and the promise of suppression, cruelty and death it holds.

Aug 27 06:28

FEDS GO DOOR-TO-DOOR TO INFORM GUN OWNERS RIGHTS NOT ABSOLUTE

By criminalizing individuals 2nd Amendment right to defend themselves, government exempts itself from its own rules and faces no repercussions.

This is certainly the case in victim disarmament areas like school zones where only magical costumes and shinny badges grant one the legal right to carry a firearm – consequently making schools a prime target for mass shootings.

Government revels in the idea of asserting itself over the population – so it is no surprise that a joint initiative launched in New Orleans is doing just that as the ATF, New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office go door-to-door across the metro area informing gun owners that they have no rights in school zones.

“Federal law makes it an offense to possess a firearm within a 1,000 feet of a school,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, who joined in the ridiculous display of hubris, said. “So we wanted to get the word out to the community about this work.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Aug 27 06:24

ON THE TAKE: PRIVATE PRISON FIRMS ARE BUYING ACCESS TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS AT LAVISH CONFERENCES

The prison industry in the United States has grown so large that there are no less than seven professional associations for people who work at prisons and jails. The industry conferences held by these associations provide a perfect venue for private corrections companies to influence government officials with little public oversight, according to a recent report by the watchdog group In The Public Interest(ITPI).

The biggest names in the prison business spend millions of dollars sponsoring these conferences and wooing prison officials with free massages, awards ceremonies, luxury dinner cruises and plenty of corporate schwag. Over the past week, one of the most prominent associations, the American Correctional Association (ACA), held its summer conference in Indianapolis, where major sponsors included private prison companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), GEO Group and food services giant Aramark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These private prisons are gulags of the worst order, and by the time an inmate has served his time (if he hasn't died of complications of untreated medical issues), chances are that he emerges from these prisons far worse off than he was when he came in, and will re-offend shortly, which is music to the ears of private prison owners.

Oh, and by the way; any attempts at rehabilitation are few and far between.

Sweden is closing many of its prisons, because they don't have enough prisoners to fill them.

And why?!?

Because the full focus of prison in Sweden is rehabilitation, to the point where those serving their time become fully integrated into society once they have served their time.




Aug 27 06:23

ON THE TAKE: PRIVATE PRISON FIRMS ARE BUYING ACCESS TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS AT LAVISH CONFERENCES

The prison industry in the United States has grown so large that there are no less than seven professional associations for people who work at prisons and jails. The industry conferences held by these associations provide a perfect venue for private corrections companies to influence government officials with little public oversight, according to a recent report by the watchdog group In The Public Interest(ITPI).

The biggest names in the prison business spend millions of dollars sponsoring these conferences and wooing prison officials with free massages, awards ceremonies, luxury dinner cruises and plenty of corporate schwag. Over the past week, one of the most prominent associations, the American Correctional Association (ACA), held its summer conference in Indianapolis, where major sponsors included private prison companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), GEO Group and food services giant Aramark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These private prisons are gulags of the worst order, and by the time an inmate has served his time (if he hasn't died of complications of untreated medical issues), chances are that he emerges from these prisons far worse off than he was when he came in, and will re-offend shortly, which is music to the ears of private prison owners.

Oh, and by the way; any attempts at rehabilitation are few and far between.

Sweden is closing many of its prisons, because they don't have enough prisoners to fill them.

And why?!?

Because the full focus of prison in Sweden is rehabilitation, to the point where those serving their time become fully integrated into society once they have served their time.

Aug 27 05:17

Media blackout: Canada plans to dump nuclear waste less than mile from U.S. border

Over the last few years, the United States has not had the best track record with Deep Geologic Repositories (DGR) for nuclear waste. In February of 2014, the U.S.’ DGR, known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), had two separate incidents that compromised the integrity of the project by releasing airborne radioactive contamination.

Aug 27 05:01

Confirmed: Long-Lost Nazi Loot Train Found In Poland

Last week, a pair of anonymous treasure hunters approached officials in Walbrzych, Poland? via their lawyer to claim they had found an old Nazi loot train. Now officials have confirmed that the pair certainly found a train. Whether it's full of gold remains to be seen.
Note: Let us get this straight anonymous have found a TRAIN a big train that has been lost for 70 years! Amen brother!

Webmaster addition: This appears to be more "Wag the Nazis" to benefit Israel, and I half expect the train will turn out to be abandoned junk.

Aug 27 04:57

Israel's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War in the Sky

The IAF has an estimated 648 aircraft of all types, manned and serviced by 35,000 active duty personnel. An additional 24,500 reservists can be called up during wartime. At total mobilization, the IAF enjoys a comfortable ratio of 91 personnel for every one aircraft, far above the Egyptian Air Force’s 30 to one ratio and the Royal Saudi Air Force’s 38 to one.
Note: Don't forget they have nuclear bombs too.



Aug 27 03:22

Hurricane Katrina Represents A Failure to Communicate

On September 14, 2005, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project issued a report asserting that the response to Hurricane Katrina was a classic failure in command and control. It found no unity of command—or more specifically, no one in charge and no unified incident reporting system to coordinate efforts of local, state and federal agencies.

Aug 27 02:04

How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid's guide

For example, while Windows 10 doesn't have a keylogger it does collect your keystrokes and voice to improve spell-checking and voice recognition. Before having a fit about this, keep in mind that every cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) program does this to one degree or another. Google Docs, Apple's Siri, Office 365, whatever -- they all collect not just your final words but every keystroke and spoken syllable that went into making those words.

Aug 27 01:51

Why is Mel Gibson making news in Australia?

Did he or didn't he? Did known hot-head Mel Gibson blow up, shove and scream obscenities at a female photographer who snapped him with his new twentysomething girlfriend in Sydney last week? Or did he simply ask her nicely to stop harassing them?

That's what his publicist says, but that's not the story coming from Kristi Miller, a photographer for The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Murdoch's conservative New York Post-style tabloid Down Under.

(* Why is Mel Gibson making news in Australia?
Because he's been working on A New Film http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/mel-gibsons-hacksaw-ridge-to-shoot-i... and this would be a good time to remind everybody that he's already been labeled an anti Semetic , hot-head , and that we really should stay away from the cinema , once it gets released . )



Aug 27 01:18

Greek Elections: January and September 2015 - From Hope to Fear and Despair

Eight months will have passed since the election of Syriza on January 25 up to the snap elections in September. During that time Syriza’s leaders play-acted their ‘opposition to austerity’ and then knelt down in submission to the ‘Troika’.

Aug 27 01:09

Economic Destabilization, Financial Meltdown and the Rigging of the Shanghai Stock Market?

The dramatic collapse of the Shanghai stock exchange has been presented to public opinion as the result of a spontaneous “market mechanism”, triggered by weaknesses in China’s economy.

The Western media consensus in chorus (WSJ, Bloomberg, Financial Times) portend that Chinese stocks tumbled due to “uncertainty” in response to recent data “suggesting a downturn in the world’s second-largest economy”.

Aug 27 01:01

Sanders’ Screwy Mideast Strategy

Out of fear of offending the power centers of Official Washington, Democrats won’t or can’t formulate a coherent foreign policy. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders says the solution to Mideast chaos is more Saudi intervention when Saudi intervention in support of Sunni extremists is the heart of the problem.

Aug 27 00:55

Israeli jets attack central Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets have conducted airstrikes against an area in the besieged Gaza Strip following a claim by the Israeli military that a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel.



Aug 27 00:44

US lawmaker seeks accountability for Israel’s killing of teens

US congresswoman Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) has written to the State Department to raise the case of two Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli occupation forces in May 2014, asking whether the deaths should render the police unit responsible ineligible for US military aid and training.

Aug 27 00:38

The Catastrophic International Consequences of the Capitulation of Syriza and the Criminal Responsibility of Mr. Tsipras

The present capitulation of Syriza and its government will have the same or even worse consequences in Greece than those resulting from the betrayal of the SPD in Germany in that fateful August of 1914.

Aug 27 00:29

Robots will cut 25% of US jobs in 4 years, transform workforce – report

The encroachment of self-help kiosks and grocery store scanners has led doomsayers to suggest automation threatens the workforce of the future. A new report argues it will create new business sectors and new jobs as well.

By studying large companies in various industries, from Delta Airlines Inc. to Whole Foods Market Inc., as well as many startups, analysts have forecast that automation will erase 22.7 million jobs by 2025, or 16 percent of today’s total.

August 26, 2015

Aug 26 20:01

On the Take: Private Prison Firms Are Buying Access to Public Officials at Lavish Conferences

The prison industry in the United States has grown so large that there are no less than seven professional associations for people who work at prisons and jails. The industry conferences held by these associations provide a perfect venue for private corrections companies to influence government officials with little public oversight, according to a recent report by the watchdog group In The Public Interest(ITPI). The biggest names in the prison business spend millions of dollars sponsoring these conferences and wooing prison officials with free massages, awards ceremonies, luxury dinner cruises and plenty of corporate schwag. Over the past week, one of the most prominent associations, the American Correctional Association (ACA), held its summer conference in Indianapolis, where major sponsors included private prison companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), GEO Group and food services giant Aramark.



Aug 26 19:56

Deflationary Collapse Ahead? Overview of What is Going Wrong

1. The big thing that is happening is that the world financial system is likely to collapse. Back in 2008, the world financial system almost collapsed. This time, our chances of avoiding collapse are very slim.

2. Without the financial system, pretty much nothing else works: the oil extraction system, the electricity delivery system, the pension system, the ability of the stock market to hold its value. The change we are encountering is similar to losing the operating system on a computer, or unplugging a refrigerator from the wall.

3. We don’t know how fast things will unravel, but things are likely to be quite different in as short a time as a year. World financial leaders are likely to “pull out the stops,” trying to keep things together. A big part of our problem is too much debt. This is hard to fix, because reducing debt reduces demand and makes commodity prices fall further. With low prices, production of commodities is likely to fall. For example, food production using fossil fuel inputs is likely to greatly decline over time, as is oil, gas, and coal production.

4. The electricity system, as delivered by the grid, is likely to fail in approximately the same timeframe as our oil-based system. Nothing will fail overnight, but it seems highly unlikely that electricity will outlast oil by more than a year or two. All systems are dependent on the financial system. If the oil system cannot pay its workers and get replacement parts because of a collapse in the financial system, the same is likely to be true of the electrical grid system.

Aug 26 19:24

S-500 Prometheus

Originated From:Russia
Possessed By:Russia
Range:500-600km
Basing:Land, Mobile
Status:Development
In Service:2013/2014 (expected)

Russia is currently developing the S-500 mobile surface-to-air missile system, which was announced to be deployed in 2013. The S-500 will be an upgraded version of the S-400. It will fulfill air defense and ballistic missile defense missions.

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Aug 26 17:55

BREAKING! Trump Just Told GOP Brass He Will Forgo A Third-Party Run

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Trump just made a major strategic blunder. The threat of a third party run was the only leverage Trump had over the GOP machine. If he really has committed to not running third party the GOP is now free to eject him from their ranks. If he changes his mind later the GOP will tarnish him as not being a man of his word. Whatever promises the GOP may have made, Trump is a fool to think they will keep them.

Aug 26 16:44

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin

Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi.

“We underline the fundamental importance of the formation of a broad anti-terrorist front involving key international players and regional countries, including Syria,” Putin said on Wednesday.

He also announced plans to increase grain deliveries to Egypt. Plans for Russia to participate in the developing of Egypt’s grain infrastructure were also discussed by the heads of state.

Grain deliveries from Russia to Egypt amounted to 4 million tons in 2014, which is 40% of Egypt’s total demand, Putin noted. In 2014, there was an 86% increase in bilateral trade compared to 2013, reaching $5.5 billion.

Aug 26 16:28

CNN Tells Americans That The Stock Market Is Not Going To Crash

On Wednesday we witnessed the third largest single day point gain for the Dow Jones Industrial Average ever. That sounds like great news until you realize that the two largest were in October 2008 – right in the middle of the last financial crisis.



Aug 26 16:16

Labour maverick's views revitalising jaded left

For New Zealand students of current affairs, the contest for the leadership of the UK Labour Party involves four names that will mean little - and, in that, they will not be too different from observers of the contest in Britain itself. Yet, the emergence of one of the four candidates - Jeremy Corbyn - as the unexpected front-runner is worth a second look, not least for the lessons it might offer to left-of-centre parties around the globe.

Corbyn is a parliamentary veteran who has spent 32 relatively low-profile years on the backbenches - 11 of them, as it happens, while I was also in Parliament. His reputation is that of an old-fashioned leftie - and he may have skeletons in his cupboard, especially involving his links with suspect overseas organisations.

Aug 26 16:01

How Jeb Bush Funneled Pension Money to Lehman Before Getting a $1.3 Million a Year Consulting Job at the Firm

For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops, teachers and firefighters. Lehman would capture more than $5 million in fees on these deals, while gaining additional contracts to manage another $1.2 billion of Florida’s money. Then, in the fall of 2008, Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy, leaving Florida facing up to $1 billion in losses.

But for Jeb Bush personally, his enduring relationship with Lehman would prove lucrative. In 2007, just as he left office, Bush secured a job as a Lehman consultant for $1.3 million a year, Bloomberg reported.

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Aug 26 15:59

Virginia TV shooter Vester Lee Flanagan was a 'disturbed' and 'unhappy man'

As their once shared workplace grieves for Parker and Ward, a preliminary portrait has emerged of an easily agitated employee who accused co-workers in at least two newsrooms of making racist comments. Flanagan’s most recent complaints, filed against reporters at WDBJ, were dismissed by the station manager on Wednesday as “fabricated”.

Aug 26 15:48

Israeli Minister Agrees Ahmadinejad Never Said Israel ‘Must Be Wiped Off the Map’

In a reminder that Persian rhetoric is not always easy for English-speakers to interpret, a senior Israeli official has acknowledged that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, never actually said that Israel “must be wiped off the map.”

Those words were attributed to Mr. Ahmadinejad in 2005, in English translations of his speech to a “World Without Zionism” conference that October. As my colleague Ethan Bronner reported the next year, one problem was translating a metaphorical turn of phrase in Persian that has no exact English equivalent — there was, for instance, no mention of a map — and there was a heated debate about whether the original statement was a threat or a prediction.

Aug 26 15:47

NOW: Heavy fighting at the Belaya Kamenka

Infantry battalion "Vikings" (DPR Army) reports heavy fighting on the Southern Front Telmanovskiy direction.
"The enemy does not rest. To 20:30 the position of "Viking" at Belaya Kamenka ukry rolled "Grad".
We hear the sounds of movement Ukrainian tanks. Thank God, the injuries among our not. "The Vikings" ready for battle.
In the south-west APU treated "hurricanes" on Telmanovo.
There is a real battle in the Petrovskoe village. The Ukrops uses all kinds of artillery, backed by tanks.

Aug 26 15:45

Hillary Clinton Tweets ‘We Must Act to Stop Gun Violence” in Wake of Virginia News Crew Shooting

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fired off a tweet this morning, staying true to her progressive roots and not allowing a senseless tragedy to go to waste by calling for “action to stop gun violence” in light of the tragic murder of a news crew in Virginia.

Since Hillary has taken a serious shellacking in the polls over the last few weeks, it isn’t surprising to see her attempting to use the shooting to try boosting her numbers a bit, but that doesn’t make the move any less despicable.

Aug 26 15:42

Chile Considers Cannabis Decriminalization, Highlighting Growing Movement in Latin America

With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiative, which would grant Chileans the right to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants at a time, was passed in Chile's Chamber of Deputies on July 7 with 68 voting in favor and 39 against. The bill must first be adjusted by a health commission and then passed by the Senate before it officially becomes law, but strong support for cannabis legalization in the country illustrates that legalizing marijuana use appears to be the new norm in the Western Hemisphere and, once again, that the War on Drugs has been a failed campaign.

Aug 26 15:29

"Bond king": USA exchange will collapse again

The U.S. stock market will have another sharp drop, according to the head of Fund of DoubleLine Capital's Jeffrey Gundlach, who is also known as the "bond king".
In an interview with Reuters Gundlach shared his concerns about the possibility of a repetition of the global drop in prices.
Gundlach, in particular, noted that the weakening of China's economy in the future may lead to a reassessment of the forecasts for the growth rate of the world economy and cause a new round of collapse in the markets.

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Aug 26 15:28

AT&T reportedly playing dirty tricks to serve extra ads through airport hotspot

AT&T's "free" Wi-Fi may be too good to be true. One of the company's Wi-Fi hotspots, in Virginia's Dulles airport, is reportedly using an ad-injection platform to tamper with the web traffic of users and bombard them with more ads. Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist and Stanford lawyer, says he discovered ad-injecting code while using the AT&T hotspot in the airport. Mayer noticed ads appearing on educational, government, and ad-supported sites such as The Wall Street Journal, and decided to take a look at the web source, discovering that it was adding lines of code that would pull in promotional materials from outside companies.

Mayer said that the hotspot was making three edits to his traffic. First, he says it added an advertising stylesheet, before injecting a back-up ad, just in case the browser didn't support JavaScript. The hotspot also added two scripts for controlling ad loading and display, code that allows the platform to import the ads themselves from third parties.

Aug 26 15:23

The Way GCHQ Obliterated The Guardian’s Laptops May Have Revealed More Than It Intended

The track pad controller, they said, can hold up to 2 megabits of memory. All the different “chips” in your computer — from the part that controls the device’s power to the chips in the keyboard — also have the capacity to store information, like passwords and keys to other data, which can be uploaded through firmware updates. According to the public documents from other members of Five Eyes, it is incredibly difficult to completely sanitize a device of all its content. New Zealand’s data deletion policies state that USB memory is only destroyed when the dust is just a few millimeters in length. “This wasn’t a random thing,” said Tynan, pointing to a slide displaying a photo of a completely destroyed pile of USB chip shards.

These hidden memory storage locations could theoretically be taken advantage of, Tynan and Al-Bassam said, by a computer’s owner, hackers, or even the government itself, either during its design phase or after the computer is purchased.

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Aug 26 15:19

The Sinking of the USS America

Illegals streaming across the United States borders and then vanishing into our country is a huge, ugly truth the professional politicians do not want to talk about other than to point their fingers at the “other guy,” and launch into a speech about how hard they work to secure our borders. Heck…Senator John McCain pulls this trick every election cycle here in Arizona! The professional politicians, and their handlers, are absolutely appalled and pissed-off that Donald Trump is talking about the carefully crafted agenda to re-colonize our country away from the America we have all known, and into a third-world status nation dutifully taking our place in the New-World Order. We are purposefully being redesigned as Europe has with millions of illegals who absolutely have no intention to accept our culture, our values, our American principles and heritage. Heck…the professional politicians have no intention to make them accept our culture, values, or American heritage.

Aug 26 15:15

Water Being Used as Weapon of War in Syrian Conflict, UN Warns

The United Nations on Tuesday said it has reason to believe that groups in the Syrian conflict are using the country's scarce water supply as a weapon of war.

Aug 26 15:07

Prince Volkonsky: Ukrainians were invented with the aim to weaken Russia

Swiss publisher republishes the work of Prince Alexander Volkonsky 1920, according to Le Temps. In his book titled "Historical truth and ukrainophile propaganda", he argues that the myth of a separate "Ukrainian nation" appeared in the XIX century and was picked up by Western propaganda to Stoke nationalist sentiment and to weaken Russia.
In 1920 Alexander Volkonsky has published a small study, the name of which in itself is a Manifesto: "the Historical truth and ukrainophile propaganda". Volkonsky served in the tsarist army, and after the revolution, he chose to remain in exile, writes the edition. His work he wrote while for Russia, as he believed, was not the most prosperous political conditions. Still-fresh memories of signed in March 1918 Brest-Litovsk peace Treaty and about short-lived independent Ukrainian people's Republic, says Le Temps.

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Aug 26 14:51

OSCE: Contact Group on Ukraine agrees on ceasefire by September 1

The participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donbass have agreed to cease fire by September 1, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the east of Ukraine, said Wednesday after the meeting.
Sajdik said it is necessary to do everything possible to ensure security of schools on the disengagement line between east Ukrainian militiamen and Ukraine's troops.
Plenipotentiary representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Vladislav Deinego confirmed Wednesday after talks in Minsk that all participants of the Contact Group expressed the intention to achieve cessation of fire in Donbass by September 1.
"The proposal received a response from all sides, and there is hope that shelling will be stopped from September 1," Deinego said.

Aug 26 14:49

So in the UK just having access to information makes you a terrorist. "Manchester girl, 16, pleads guilty to terror charges" because of Anarchist Cookbook

Webmaster addition: This is ironic because the Anarchist Cookbook itself is a propaganda hoax to sell the idea of domestic terror groups. And for those of you who have a copy, be aware that the recipes for explosives in that book are missing key stabilization ingredients and are intended to blow up in the face of anyone foolish enough to try to make them, to generate "terrorist blows himself up" headlines.

Aug 26 14:40

Is Too Fast Too Furious Turning into Too Risky Too Dubious?

The devaluation can be seen as a signal that China is changing its strategy for the country’s economic growth and its position on the global markets and within the world financial system.

Aug 26 14:39

What Does the US Gain From the Dollar's Special Role?

China is claiming that it's not devaluing the renminbi to gain a competitive advantage, it's adding flexibility to prepare for the yuan's new role as an international reserve currency, becoming part of the International Monetary Fund's special drawing rights basket and all that. That's a highly implausible story about what's happening right now, but it may be true that China's urge to loosen capital controls is driven in part by its global-currency ambitions. But why, exactly, should China be eager to manage an international reserve currency?

Aug 26 14:39

Another Edition of Police State or Back to the Middle Ages

In the recent years, a trend towards a narrowing of the sphere of individual freedoms has been observed throughout the world. At the same time, we see the expansion of sovereign freedoms — the sphere where government allows itself to interfere with a citizen's private life. Despite a widely declared commitment to the liberal values and multiple attempts of Western countries to force "authoritarian" rulers to respect human rights using various types of sanctions, the modern liberal state has so far failed in clearing itself of charges of regular violations of human rights and double standards. The problem is that rationality as a key liberal principle may be directed not only towards freedom and progress but also towards control for the sake of progress and, in the worst case, control for the sake of control. As a result, instead of liberal, creative and unfettered individuals we may obtain a sort of "ant colony state" — a community of inert, disengaged and totally controlled masses.

Aug 26 14:33

Limiting Saturated Fat Has No Benefit on Health, But Limiting Trans Fats Is Another Story

The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent and more health experts and scientists have finally exposed the myth. According to an analysis of over 100 studies of dietary fat and cardiovascular health, saturated fats are not the problem, but trans fats are.

Aug 26 14:31

WDBJ Live Shooter Filmed Himself as He fired

The fellow who shot the two reporters live on the air posted this video a few minutes ago to his Facebook account. He actually filmed himself as he shot those two individuals. Unbelievable. We've entered a new age of reality folks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the video yanked from social media.

Aug 26 14:29

Putin: `First Soviet Government Was Mostly Jewish 80-85%`

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that at least 80 percent of the members of the first Soviet government were Jewish.

“I thought about something just now: The decision to nationalize this library was made by the first Soviet government, whose composition was 80-85 percent Jewish,” Putin said June 13 during a visit to Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

According to the official transcription of Putin’s speech at the museum, he went on to say that the politicians on the predominantly Jewish Soviet government “were guided by false ideological considerations and supported the arrest and repression of Jews, Russian Orthodox Christians, Muslims and members of other faiths. They grouped everyone into the same category.

"Thankfully, those ideological goggles and faulty ideological perceptions collapsed. And today, we are essentially returning these books to the Jewish community with a happy smile."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"See? See? Putin is an anti-Semite Jew hater who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens! That is why you have to go kill him for us!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 26 14:28

UK police: No apology needed to owners of ‘Iran Is Great’ van after attack

The London police says it owes no apology to a European family whose van, which had had “Iran Is Great” written on its sides, was recently attacked outside a museum.

Aug 26 14:21

Remembering the Summer of 1929

Aug 26 14:20

Houthis - Scud missiles targeting the No. 3 reactor Jizan, Saudi Arabia - Aug 26, 2015

Aug 26, 2015 - Missile landed in Saudi

Aug 26 14:19

Man Has No Regrets After Arrest For Tampering With Long Island Red-Light Cameras

A 42-year-old Centereach man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he tampered with red-light cameras in Ronkonkoma, pointing them upwards so that they would not capture violators, but Stephen Ruth certainly isn’t apologizing.

“To all the people thinking “why would he do that? Didn’t he think he was going to get arrested?” Ruth wrote on his Facebook page early Wednesday. “Of course I knew I would be arrested. I did it for the people who come back from war and get abused by these cameras. I did it because senior citizens are getting these, the same ones that went to war for us. These same seniors live in New York’s high cost environment and are being forced out of New York because of its high taxes.”

Aug 26 13:56

Poroshenko has signed the decree about protection of interests of Ukraine in Crimea

The document suggests the adoption of urgent measures "for damages".
"In particular, to enter the ongoing refinement of the amount of damages caused by the obstacle to the enforcement of the government of Ukraine on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol property rights and property rights", - stated in the message.

Aug 26 13:54

Israel's War on Gazan Children

A new Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI-P) report is damning, providing more evidence of shocking Israeli war crimes - titled “Operative Protective Edge: A War Waged on Gaza’s Children.”

Aug 26 13:53

Basurin: Kiev to divert DNR forces gives the appearance at Belaya Kamenka village

The Ukrainian security officers try to create the illusion of impact in this area to divert forces proclaimed the Donetsk national Republic, as well as to disrupt the implementation of the Minsk agreements by their armed provocations near villages Belaya Kamenka and Novolasp. This was stated by the representative of the Ministry of defence DND Eduard Bacurin.
"According to our estimates, the enemy tries to provoke our troops on the response, and also for its activity to convince the command of the army of DNR in preparing for the onset of the armed forces of Ukraine (APU). We can say that the criminal fascist regime purposefully trying to disrupt the Minsk agreements"

Aug 26 13:47

Western Democracy Is An Endangered Species On Its Way To Extinction — Paul Craig Roberts

The British Labour Party no longer represents the working class. Under UK prime minister Tony Blair, the Labour Party became a vassal of the One Percent. The result has been a rebellion in the ranks and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, a principled Labourite intent on representing the people, a no-no in Western “democracies.”

Aug 26 13:46

Ukrainian Justice Ministry registers nationalistic party UNA-UNSO

Ukrainian Justice Ministry has registered the far-right political party Ukrainian National Assembly/Ukrainian People's Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO), the party's press service said. The registration formalities were over on August 20.
This will enable UNA-UNSO to take part in local elections this October.
UNA-UNSO, which is directly related to the ultra-right Ukrainian nationalistic movements of the World War II era, although it re-emerged in its current form in the early 1990's.
In March 2014, the Ukrainian National Assembly merged with the Right Sector extremist political organization, the activity of which is forbidden in Russia. Ukrainian People's Self-Defense continues functioning as a public association.

Aug 26 13:45

NSA SPYING ON YOU !!! MICROSOFT WINDOWS NO PRIVACY !!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So if the NSA is that good, why didn't they come up with Hillary's or Lois Lerner's missing emails? Why can't they hunt down the ransomware authors? Why can't they catch the identity thieves?

I am starting to think all this "we are spying on everything" is a hoax to scare people into silence, much as the Nazis promoted the image that the Gestapo heard and saw everything to keep the German people silent.

Aug 26 12:45

FEDS GO DOOR-TO-DOOR TO INFORM GUN OWNERS RIGHTS NOT ABSOLUTE

Thank God criminals follow laws – otherwise we might be in trouble. This has always been the traditional attitude of government in regards to gun restrictions. It is important to note that everybody believes in gun rights. – It is just a question of who has those rights. So-called “gun-control supporters” don’t support the absence of guns in society, they support gun ownership being monopolized and centralized in the hands of the state and their enforcers(police).

Aug 26 12:43

Poll: two-thirds of Ukrainians do not approve of the President Poroshenko

Ukrainians negatively evaluate the activities of the Central authorities, in particular two-thirds of residents do not support President Petro Poroshenko. This is evidenced by the data of the survey of the sociological group "Rating".
"Not approve" the President Poroshenko 33% of respondents. About the same - 34% of respondents chose the answer "probably not approve of."
Only 3% fully supported the President's policy, the answer is "rather approve" was chosen by 21% .
The activities of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk respondents rated more negatively. So, do not fully approve of the policy of his Cabinet 52% of respondents, the answer is "probably not approve" was chosen by 32% and "rather approve" of only 10%. The rest were undecided.

Aug 26 12:43

The Drug War Has to End: David Simon on “The Wire” & Over-Policing of the Poor

In his acclaimed TV show "The Wire," David Simon captured the city of Baltimore from the angles of street-level drug dealers, beat police officers and journalists covering corrupt politicians. Earlier this year, President Obama described "The Wire" as "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art, in the last couple of decades.” Simon said he aimed to portray how "raw, unencumbered capitalism" devalues human beings. Nearly a decade ago in Slate, Jacob Weisberg wrote: "No other program has ever done anything remotely like what this one does, namely to portray the social, political, and economic life of an American city with the scope, observational precision, and moral vision of great literature."

Aug 26 12:41

COPS SHOOT MAN 'HOLDING RIFLE,' TURNS OUT TO BE CAR JACK

The Bakersfield Police Department said the man fatally shot last weekend by an officer appeared to have a rifle, which turned out to be a car jack. Jason Lee Alderman, 29, was shot to death by an officer at a Subway restaurant. According to the department, a two-officer patrol unit heard breaking glass during an unrelated investigation. The broken glass was from the front door of the Subway, and a white BMW was backed up to the restaurant.

Aug 26 12:41

BBC Warns Of 32,000 Possible Jobs Cuts

Aug 26 12:40

The U.S. special envoy on Syria is going to the talks in Moscow

The U.S. special representative for Syria Michael Ratni sent for consultations to Moscow. About this at a regular press briefing said the head of the press service of U.S. Department of state John Kirby.
He added that Rate within this foreign trips will also pay a visit to Geneva.
The representative of the U.S. state Department stressed that Washington believes the settlement in Syria "one of those areas where we (i.e. the American way) can cooperate" with Russia.
In addition, Kirby has once again confirmed that the current government in Damascus headed by President Bashar Assad, from the point of view of the US administration, can not be part of the coalition fighting the terrorist group "Islamic state".

Aug 26 12:36

Ex-MP Proctor rejects pedophile and murder claims, accuses police of ‘homosexual witch-hunt’

Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor has denied being involved in a “gruesome” Westminster pedophile ring that allegedly abused, tortured and murdered children in the 1970s and 80s.

Aug 26 12:36

WHAT IF YOUR NAKED EYE COULD SEE WIFI SIGNALS?

In order to show you cell phone signals, the Architecture of Radio app parses wireless tower locations via OpenCellID, a ground mind mapping of cell towers. It uses NASA and JPL’s Ephemeris software to zero in on the locations of in-orbit satellites. There are hidden signals all around us. We can’t see them, but they, in a manner of speaking, can “see” us.

Aug 26 12:35

Russian-German experiment to control robots with the ISS will be extended

Russian-German experiment "Kontur-2" in management of robots from the board of the International space station (ISS) will be expanded.
Today at the aerospace show MAKS "Roscosmos" and the German space Agency DLR agreed to extend the experiment, a corresponding agreement was signed.
Before signing "Kontur-2" included 8 twenty minute sessions, during which the cosmonaut must work out various measures to control ground robots. Two sessions of this series took place on 20 August. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko from the ISS, moving with a speed of 8 km/s, learned how to block the light bulbs in the terrestrial laboratories, controlling the robot - a Hyper-redundant manipulator "Surikat". Thanks to the special design of the joystick, which was in the hand of the cosmonaut and compensated signal delay, Kononenko first in the world could feel the movement of the robot and its contact with the environment.

Aug 26 12:29

If You Bought This "Shrinking" Tuna You Might Be Owed $25

The possible bad news is that if you bought Starkist tuna in the last six years, you may not have gotten the right amount. The okay news is that the potential problem was settled and you might have some extra cash or food vouchers coming your way. Or extra tuna for your cat.

Webmaster addition: Of course, with all the mercury in tuna, maybe it shrank when the weather got cold! :)

Aug 26 12:27

Palestinian artist expelled from Banksy’s Dismaland after anti-Israel protest

Palestinian artist has been ejected from Banksy’s Dismaland theme park after he protested against the presence of Israeli artists.

Shadi Alzaqzouq was escorted out of the new “bemusement park” for placing a bed sheet over his work with the words “R.I.P. Gaza: Boycott Israel” written in coal and lying down “like a corpse” in front of his exhibition.

Aug 26 12:25

Number of non-UK born residents in Britain likely to surpass 8 million

A new report says the number of non-UK born residents living in Britain is likely to surpass 8 million in near future.

Aug 26 12:23

The reaction of the Russian Parliament on the failure of the visit of Valentina Matvienko in the USA

"Cowardly rudeness"
The Chairman of the Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya called cowardly rudeness behavior in USA the situation with the issuance of visas to the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.
"Cowardly rudeness is the only way to describe the behavior of the United States in the situation with visa Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian Parliament, known and respected in the world policy. Cowardly - because they didn't dare to deny, trying to keep the false face of "freedom" and allegedly compliance with international law. Rudeness - because it is unacceptable to offer a visa on the last day and limited political capacity of the delegation of the sovereign state."

Aug 26 12:21

FLASHBACK - Dehumanization of a country and its people -Target: Iran

Dehumanization is a process by which a person, or a group of people, or a country as a whole is subjected to constant (but subtle and overt) statements of asserted demonization, for instance being called 'evil' or being compared to a historic figure (like Hitler) which most people despise.

Dehumanization may be directed by an organization (such as a state) or may be the composite of individual sentiments and actions, as with some types of de facto racism. State-organized dehumanization has been directed against perceived racial or ethnic groups, nationalities (or "foreigners" in general), religious groups, genders (against women and men), minorities of various sexual orientations (e.g. homosexuals), disabled people as a class, economic ( for instance, the homeless), and social classes, and many other groups.

Again and again I see references made regarding Iran that resembles that of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union.

Aug 26 12:19

US MILITARY NOW HAS AUTHORITY TO “CAPTURE AND PUNISH” JOURNALISTS WHO THEY DEEM “BELLIGERENT

Newly adopted Department of Defense guidelines will allow military commanders to “punish journalists” and treat them as “unprivileged belligerents.” The DoD’s 1,180 page Law of War Manual outlines provisions for military commanders to violate the rights of journalists who they disagree with in vaguely written legal speak.

Aug 26 12:15

Bryce Williams, Suspect in Virginia News Crew Shooting, Dies

A former reporter who was fired by a Virginia television station shot and killed two of the station’s journalists as they broadcast live on Wednesday morning, officials said, recording the act on video himself, and then posting the video online. He later took his own life, officials said.

Aug 26 12:11

Over 1.5 tons of unsafe household chemicals withdrawn from sale in Russia — watchdog

On August 25 Rospotrebnadzor announced withdrawal of certain detergents and cleansers produced by Henkel, Procter & Gamble, Nevskaya Kosmetika, ESP-Contract GmbH, Werner & Mertz GmbH, Colgate-Palmolive, and Clorox Company in view of noncompliance with safety requirements. Only unsafe lots will be withdrawn and this will not affect the whole product range. Withdrawn products will be returned to manufacturers.
Systemic inspections of household chemicals in Russian stores are taking place from the middle of spring 2015. "The number of completed tests is over 570. The quantity of products of this kind withdrawn from sale across the whole this period is over 1.5 tonnes but this is not the event occurred yesterday or today".

Aug 26 12:10

Flanagan says God told him to kill Parker and Ward as payback for Charleston

In his 23-page fax to ABC News, Vester Flanagan wrote that the racism behind the Charleston church shooting prompted him to gun down WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on Wednesday Morning.

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them,” he added, ABC reported.

It is unclear who’s initials Mr. Flanagan is referring to.

He added that Jehovah spoke to him after the Charleston shooting, telling him to act.

Aug 26 11:53

EU agency opens investigation into HPV vaccine after shot damages thousands of families

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a probe into the highly controversial HPV vaccination program following thousands of reports of young girls falling seriously ill after getting jabbed. Per the Swedish news source Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), the European Union's version of the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) launched the investigation to determine whether or not the safety claims associated with Gardasil and Cervarix, the two HPV vaccines currently in circulation, are actually legitimate.

Aug 26 11:53

No benefit of omega-3 supplements for cognitive decline, study shows

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. It was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Aug 26 11:52

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert

The possibility that Vice President Biden may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign is convulsing the network of wealthy Democrats that financed President Obama’s two White House bids, galvanizing fundraisers underwhelmed by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s performance.

A wide swath of party financiers is already convinced that Biden will make a late entry into the race and a sizeable number are now contemplating backing him, including some who have already signed on with Clinton, according to more than a dozen top Democratic fundraisers around the country.

Aug 26 11:43

Microsoft Increases Secrecy; Expands Spyware to Windows 7 and 8

So, now that Microsoft has convinced some 50 million users to "update" to Windows 10 (with more than 14 million of them doing it in only the first 24 hours the download was available), it seems to have its sights set on those who have heeded the warnings about Windows 10 being spyware. By sending these Windows updates — many of which will be downloaded and installed by default — Microsoft is expanding its spyware empire.

Aug 26 11:42

Why Plunging Oil Prices Are Bad News For Tesla, GM

With oil below $40 a barrel and gas prices at the pump hovering near a six-and-a-half year low, shares of top automakers should be pedal to the metal.

Instead the brakes are on.

One of the factors dragging oil down is weak global economic growth — which is also weighing on automakers.

Aug 26 11:26

Visual of Global Military Expenditures

How did the US propel itself so far ahead, to the point that it could, alone, comprise about half of global military spending?

Professor of history at Cornell University: “The idea that the commodification and suffering and forced labor of African-Americans is what made the United States powerful and rich is not an idea that people necessarily are happy to hear. Yet it is the truth.”

Even divided in half, the two halves of the US would still be tied for the lead in global military spending, 89 billion dollars each ahead of the number two spender, China.

Aug 26 11:23

NYT calls out Coca-Cola’s harmful junk food science while ignoring Monsanto’s fraudulent GMO science

The New York Times recently published an in-depth article on one of its blogs exposing the Coca-Cola Company’s efforts to promote flawed science downplaying the importance of cutting calories — particularly empty calories — in order to lose weight. The company has been enlisting scientists to push the discredited idea that how much you eat doesn’t matter when it comes to losing weight as long as you exercise enough.

Aug 26 11:16

Ukrainian sniper kills civilian in Donetsk - DPR

"A civilian of the village of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky District [the western outskirts of Donetsk] was killed by a shot from a VSU sniper. The injured woman died on the spot. The bullet hit her head," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Zhukovsky as saying. He said the woman was about 60 years old. She was near her home at the moment of the shot.
The Petrovsky District of Donetsk has constantly been under fire from the Ukrainian army and national battalions. The first shelling of residential areas there was registered in July last year.
Massive shelling of residential neighborhoods, including with the use of aviation, has killed thousands and led to a humanitarian disaster in east Ukraine since Kiev in April 2014 announced the start of an "antiterrorism operation" there, which involved the Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry’s National Guard and volunteer battalions made up of Euromaidan activists, many of whom hold far-right and neo-Nazi views.

Aug 26 11:14

Russia, Europe agree on developing ExoMars project

Russia’s Federal Space Corporation (Roscosmos) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed an agreement on further developing the ExoMars project, Roscosmos spokesman Igor Burenkov said on Wednesday.
Both agencies also preliminarily agreed a schedule of lunar missions, the Roscosmos spokesman said.
Certain political tension exists today between Russia, Europe and America over the Ukraine events and the ESA considers it important to develop and strengthen cooperation in the space sphere, ESA Head Johann-Dietrich Woerner said.
The agreement on implementing the ExoMars joint program was signed in March 2013. The mission’s first orbital spacecraft under the project is expected to be launched in early 2016, after which a Mars robotic vehicle will be dispatched. It is expected to touch the Martian surface in 2018.

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