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April 7, 2016

Apr 07 02:00

9-year-old reporter breaks crime news, posts videos, fires back at critics

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"It's just what I really want to do. And crime is definitely my favorite."

(*We'd get more out of her covering Hillary )
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But her reporting did not impress some of the good people of Selinsgrove, and they let Hilde have it on Facebook Saturday night. "I think this is appalling that u would do a story like this when all the facts are not in yet," >>>

(*But it's OK for ABCNNBCBS&FOX !)

Apr 07 01:38

Dutch people shoot down Ukraine referendum

Dutch people shoot down Ukraine referendum; Voter turnout tops 30 pct.

On Wednesday the Netherlands voted “no” in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and the Ukraine. According to preliminary results, the turnout was 32.2 percent, more than the minimum 30 percent for the referendum to be considered valid, NU.nl reports.

All votes were counted around midnight. 61.1 percent voted against the referendum, 38.1 percent voted for.

Of the four big cities, only Utrecht reached the 30 percent threshold limit. There the majority of 57.4 percent voted “yes” in the referendum. Amsterdam was also in favor of the association agreement with 52 percent voting for, the voter turnout was 26.8 percent.

The other two large cities were against the association agreement. In Rotterdam 64 percent voted “no”, voter turnout 24.4 percent. In The Hague 58.9 percent were against, voter turnout 28.2 percent.

Apr 07 01:31

Damning blood test results for DuPont plant neighbors

The first blood tests on two people living near the DuPont factory in Dordrecht (*Netherlands) showed that the concentration of toxic chemical C8 in their blood is much higher than the government expected, newspaper AD, who had the blood tests done, reports.

The first blood tests were done on Jan and Ineke, a couple whose been living next to the plant for 32 years. The high concentration of C8 – a toxic substance used to produce Teflon, banned after being classified as very dangerous in 2012 – means that the two and thousands of other residents in the area face significant health risks due to the factory’s emissions.

Apr 07 01:19

Hillary’s world collapsing around her

Hillary’s world collapsing around her: Wisconsin, Bernie’s surge and FBI probe poised to derail her White House bid
Clinton isn’t only facing a possible indictment, but also Sanders & millions of voters sick of status quo politics



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April 6, 2016

Apr 06 23:22

The Panama Papers Problem

Is anybody surprised that the PTB that create the tax laws know and take advantage of the loopholes they created

Apr 06 20:44

CNBC: 'We Referred Citigroup CEO Bob Rubin To DOJ For Prosecution'

Bob Rubin gets annihilated.

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Apr 06 19:16

Ecuador’s Indigenous Willing To Die To Defend Rainforest Against Oil Drilling

By Derrick Broze

As oil drilling begins in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Sápara people are prepared to lay their lives on the line to defend the Earth.

Indigenous, native, and First Nation communities around the world have long been fighting the forces of colonization. Thousands of unique communities with diverse cultures, languages, and beliefs are united in their desire to preserve their sacred ways of life. They are also fighting against the theft, slavery, and oppression which has characterized relations between native peoples and invaders.

Apr 06 19:08

It's On! American Institute of Architects to Hear New WTC 7 Resolution by 97 Architects

WE’RE BACK!

97 Architects Submit Resolution to be Voted on at
AIA National Convention

Our Most Important Campaign of the Year!

We did it again. I, along with 96 other AE911Truth petition signers who are members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), have sponsored a bold resolution that calls upon the AIA to officially support a new WTC 7 investigation.

Yesterday the AIA released its Official Delegate Information Booklet. Our resolution, number 16-3 on page 36, is one of just three that will be voted on.

Unlike last year’s resolution, this one contains three pages of powerful evidence upon which we're basing our call for a new investigation. At least 1,000 AIA members — if not more — will lay eyes on it in the next six weeks.

AIA Resolution Campaign 2.0



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano

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Apr 06 18:29

B.C. ski resorts sidestep El Nino knockout, celebrate remarkable seasons

Predictions of slushy, El Nino-dampened ski seasons were snowed under across British Columbia this winter as many resorts celebrated one of their most successful years.



Apr 06 18:28

Spring snow negatively impacts high school sports

There was no running on the baseball and lacrosse fields at Cranston Stadium Tuesday.

Snow from Sunday and Monday covered every inch of grass and turf, as well as resulted in the cancelation of games and practices.

"(It's) very frustrating," said Brittney Rice, a softball player at Cranston High School East. "It's spring and it's snowing"

All the snow is making Vincent Varrecchione's job as the director of athletics for Cranston Public Schools very difficult.

Apr 06 18:28

It’s snowing again, briefly, in Durham Region

A weather update from the Government of Canada as of 11 a.m. has snowfall ending around the noon hour, with cloudy skies persisting all day Wednesday, April 6.
There is a 60 per cent chance of rain showers or flurries, with rain starting late this afternoon for the drive home.

Between 2 to 4 cm of snow are expected, but won’t stick around as it’ll remain warm overnight and a high of 7 is predicted tomorrow.

Apr 06 18:21

Ted Cruz National Enquirer Cheating Scandal Enters New Phase

Radar has learned The National ENQUIRER will this week report its findings of yet another exhaustive and investigative probe that will quote journalist detectives who claim the mystery candidate almost certainly “has to be Cruz.”

Investigator Wayne Madsen, who was on a team of reporters hired by Hustler Magazine’s boisterous owner Larry Flynt to investigate the madam, told The ENQUIRER that Cruz should be concerned!

“If Montgomery Sibley has what he says he has, it has to be Cruz,” he said in an interview — an advance copy of which was provided to Radar.

PHOTOS: Blac Chyna’s Latest Instagram Diss To Kylie Jenner Is The Worst Yet – Proof Tyga Is Cheating!

“Going on what I know about the other male candidates still in the race, it isn’t any of them, and Palfrey didn’t provide call boys, so it wasn’t Hillary.”

Apr 06 18:13

Not Even Police Weren’t Told About This “Active Shooter” Drill…

So secret that it’s for your safety… unannounced terror drill freaks out police.

Bystanders didn’t take long to call police last month when they spotted a couple of suspicious men skulking around a New Jersey train station taking photos of security cameras. Port Authority cops turned on lights and sirens and rushed to the scene in hour traffic.

But when they got there, the officers were shocked to find that the emergency they had rushed to was only a test. The suspicious men? Port Authority’s own security analysts.

Read more at SHTFplan.com



Apr 06 18:05

Puerto Rico Deals Horrendous Blow to Wall Street — Suspends All Payments On Public Debt

By Matt Agorist

In a devastating blow to its megabank creditors, Puerto Rico’s Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that suspended the US territory’s debt payments until at least January 2017.

Since 2000, Wall Street has conned the Puerto Rican government into a massive black hole of debt. After Puerto Rico handed them control of their federal bond sales, Wall Street executives tacked on hundreds of millions in fees for their “services,” greasing the skids for the island’s financial dismay.

Along with suspending debt payments, the legislation suspended payment on all general obligation bonds which happen to be guaranteed by the island’s constitution...

Apr 06 17:42

3 More Companies Issuing Major Layoffs

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Apr 06 17:05

It has just come out that some shaky NY GOP elitists want to use a specific system to fool New York voters with the machinery

It has just come out that some shaky NY GOP elitists want to use a specific system to fool New York voters with the machinery. Well...it's time to stand up AGAINST THE WASHINGTON MACHINE, and THESE CRONY VOTING MACHINES that WILL be rigged in New York. If you support TRUMP, let's make this hashtag go viral: #TrumpTheMachine to get awareness out and encourage people to ask for PAPER BALLOTS only!

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Apr 06 16:49

Flashback 2012: Tax avoidance scheme used by Jimmy Carr investigated by HMRC

A tax avoidance scheme alleged to be used by thousands of wealthy individuals, including the comedian Jimmy Carr, is under investigation by authorities.

HM Revenue and Customs told the Guardian that accounting firms using a scheme to create offshore loans and new contracts of employment for UK earners were being investigated and could be taken to court.

HMRC said the scheme, known as K2, was already under serious scrutiny by tax inspectors before a Times investigation on Tuesday (paywall) which alleged that comedian and presenter Carr was avoiding paying higher rates of tax by funnelling millions of his assets through a £168m Jersey-based scheme.

HMRC said it was currently investigating whether the scheme was technically legal.

Apr 06 16:38

Cruz Bronx school visit canceled after students plan walkout

Ted Cruz came to New York Wednesday talking about education, but he’s the one who got schooled.

The lesson came from a group of Bronx high school students who told the Republican presidential candidate to stay away.

“The presence of Ted Cruz and the ideas he stands for are offensive,” the letter said. “His views are against ours and are actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love. “



Apr 06 16:28

David Cameron: 'Avoiding tax is not morally acceptable'

Cameron in 2012 reacting to comedian Jimmy Carr's offshore banking

Apr 06 16:26

EU referendum: Government to spend £9m of taxpayers' money on leaflets warning of 'damage' Brexit would cause

The Government is to spend nearly £10 million of taxpayers' money sending leaflets to every household in the country to make the case for Britain to stay in the European Union.

In a move described by leave campaigners as "disgraceful", Downing Street signed off on plans to spend £9.2m printing and distributing the 16 page glossy leaflet outlining the benefits of Britain’s continued EU membership.

Apr 06 16:20

Honor USS Liberty Vets

BILLBOARD COMPANY REFUSES TO HONOR NAVY VETS – We placed this billboard in New Bedford, MA, to honor USS Liberty veterans and to help them and their families get the respect and help they deserve.

But Israel partisans complained, one threatening to take his business elsewhere, so the billboard company reneged on their contract and took the billboard down two weeks early.

Now we're asking others to SHARE THIS IMAGE to honor these men and their 34 shipmates who never returned. The Liberty is the most decorated crew since WWII. honorlibertyvets.org

TO SEE PHOTOS & HELP please go to HonorLibertyVets.org

PLEASE CONTACT THE BILLBOARD COMPANY – Outfront Media, Inc – and ask them to put the billboard back up: PHONE 800.926.8834 / EMAIL info@outfrontmedia.com

You may wish to direct your messages to CEO Jeremy J. Male - bit.ly/1oBPDSW - and tell him that Americans honor men who have served their country and hope that Outdoor Media does, too.

Apr 06 16:13

Crimea for Dummies



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Apr 06 16:12

Panama Papers: David Cameron faces questions over father's off-shore fund in Jersey

David Cameron is facing further questions over his links to offshore investment funds, after it emerged that his late father was involved in a second company based in a tax haven.

Labour accused the Prime Minister of failing to “put the record straight” despite four statements in the space of three days.

Channel 4 News reported that Ian Cameron was a director of Jersey-based Close International Equity Growth Fund and held 6,000 of its shares. His assets were reportedly left to his family following his death in 2010.

Apr 06 15:55

The GOP Is Now Bragging About Voter Suppression

Voting, Thomas Paine once said, “is the beating heart of democracy.” It’s what makes our democracy possible. Without it, Paine said, “man would be reduced to slavery.”



Apr 06 15:54

Trump Hotels attacked by hackers -- again

For the second time in six months, the Trump hotel chain is dealing with an attack on its computer systems, potentially exposing information about its customers.

Apr 06 15:50

FBI: It’s ‘too early’ to tell if gunman’s iPhone contains useful evidence

According to a senior FBI official, the organization won’t reveal what — if anything — it’s learned until it’s finished examining all the data on the handset.

Apr 06 15:50

Wall Street Should Pay A Sales Tax, Too

In case there was any doubt, the presidential election fight has confirmed that blasting Wall Street, even eight years after the financial crisis, is still a vote-getter.

Apr 06 15:49

Dr. Jim Willie: Quantitative Easing Ushers In A Global Police State

In the interview below with Dr. Jim Willie, the topics Dr. Willie covers match up perfectly with an article James Hall wrote for Sleuth Journal titled: What Currency Has The Highest Purchasing Power? One of the ways Dr. Willie is unique compared with other economists, is he’s not afraid to acknowledge the New World Order. He knows they are all too real, and he knows they are in complete control, so when James Hall says the result of the U.S. going off the Gold Standard at Bretton Woods was not a market based floating rate monetary system as believed, but rather a New World Order banking cartel (run primarily by the Rothschild family), he’s on the same page as Dr. Willie, and some of the things discussed in the interview below.



Apr 06 15:48

Netherlands Referendum: What Does The Dutch Vote Mean For Britain’s EU Debate?

Dutch citizens are taking part in a referendum on an EU-Ukraine treaty, but pundits say the vote marks an important test of public opinion on the EU. RT explains what is happening in the Netherlands and how it could affect Britain.

Apr 06 15:46

iPhone security flaw lets anyone access your contacts and photos without a passcode

Luckily, the flaw only affects devices that have given Siri relevant permissions to access these applications. At the time of writing there does not appear to be an official fix for the bug however concerned users can fully disable Siri on the lock screen to ensure they don't fall victim.


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Apr 06 15:46

Turkey’s Gaziantep is main ISIS trade hub of antiques hauled in Syria & Iraq – Russian UN envoy

The Turkish city of Gaziantep is the trade hub used by Islamic State to sell objects of cultural heritage, stolen from Syria and Iraq. In an official letter to UN Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin outlined how the valuables are being transported and sold.

Apr 06 15:45

$160 Billion Pfizer-Allergan Mega Merger Falls Apart After US Tax-Dodging Rules Hit

Drug makers Pfizer and Allergan called off their $160 billion merger just two days after the US Treasury Department issued new rules to stop companies from moving overseas to avoid taxes.

Apr 06 15:41

Poll: 1 in 4 Sanders voters won't back Clinton

A new poll finds Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by two percentage points, 49-47 percent.

The poll also suggests Democrats may have a difficult time uniting behind a candidate after their increasingly contentious primary fight.

One-quarter of voters supporting Sanders say they wouldn't back Clinton in a general election, the new McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday finds. About 69 percent of Sanders supporters say that they would support Clinton if she were to become the party's nominee.

Apr 06 15:31

No plan to change Australia’s gun laws, says Justice Minister Michael Keenan

JUSTICE Minister Michael Keenan says the government has no plans to change Australia’s gun control laws, despite claims by former Prime Minister John Howard they are inadequate.

Mr Howard, who introduced national gun control laws two decades ago, told SBS last night they needed to be tightened.

But Mr Keenan, addressing the media in Brisbane, ruled out changing the laws.



Apr 06 15:25

Over 30 Countries Tax Financial Speculation. Why Doesn’t The United States?

In case there was any doubt, the presidential election fight has confirmed that blasting Wall Street, even eight years after the financial crisis, is still a vote-getter.

Hillary Clinton has said she’d like to jail more bankers. Donald Trump has skewered the hedge fund managers who are “getting away with murder.” And Bernie Sanders has made Wall Street accountability a centerpiece of his campaign.

Apr 06 15:19

NW Territorial Mint seeks bankruptcy protection

Northwest Territorial Mint, a Federal Way company that sells precious metals and produces medals and medallions, filed for Chapter 11 protection Friday, a month after the company and its owner were hit with large jury verdicts in a defamation case.



Apr 06 15:10

Iraq Is Broke. You Have To Pay For It.

The next time a candidate or reporter asks during a debate about education or healthcare “But how are you going to pay for that?” I would like the person being questioned to respond “The same way we find money to pay for Iraq.”

Apr 06 15:08

Why Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speeches Are Relevant

On the fake-‘progressive’ (actually conservative-Democratic-Party) website that’s run by a longtime CIA asset Markos Moulitsas, “Daily Kos,” there was posted on February 24th an article by “motocat”, headlined, “I have personally been to a closed door corporate Clinton speech. This is what I experienced.” This person, he or she, didn’t indicate what the speech said, other than “how disappointing the whole thing was,” and, that it was a speech by Bill Clinton, not Hillary Clinton, and “It made me feel sort of sad to see how old and feeble he looked. The last time I had seen Bill speak was when he was running for his first term as President. He looked like a different man.”

Apr 06 15:06

Imperialism, Political Corruption And The Real Face Of Capitalism

The “Panama Papers” claimed its first casualty Tuesday, when Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was forced to resign following protests by thousands of people in the country’s capital.



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Apr 06 15:01

How Much Are You Worth, Dave? Panama Leaks Hint At Vast Personal Wealth For Cameron

Shaken by the Panama Leaks, Prime Minister David Cameron has been forced to deny he owns or benefits from any “shares, offshore trusts or funds.” RT follows the money and asks how much the Tory chief is really worth.

The PM has been rocked by the Panama Papers, which exposed the offshore financial dealings of his late father Ian Cameron.

Apr 06 14:52

“Panama Papers” Tax Evasion Leak Stokes Political Crises Worldwide

On Sunday evening, a group of over 100 global newspapers, in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), began releasing reports on corruption, money laundering and other fraudulent activities by leading global politicians and business people disclosed in what the ICIJ called the “biggest leak of inside information in history.”

Apr 06 14:50

Feds New Target ‘The Sharing Economy’

Apr 06 14:46

What the Fed, IMF Are Really Engineering: “Their Goal Is to Create Instability”

The central banks are quietly triggering an economic collapse.

In the big picture, it is so utterly clear that the table is literally tilted and the contents are sliding down with gravity – the monetary policy is rigged so as to transfer wealth and power to the insiders.

We live in strange economic times, stranger perhaps than at any other point in history... considerable declines in every conceivable area. Manufacturing around the world is in a slump... with the minimal manufacturing accomplished in the U.S. also fading. Consumption is falling, most notably in petroleum and raw materials. Employment is truly dismal, with the U.S. posting over 94 million people as “non-participants”...

Read more at SHTFplan.com

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Apr 06 14:31

Climate change might not be as bad as first thought: Projections for global drought and floods may be flawed, claim scientists

A changing climate may not necessarily lead to more floods and droughts according to Swedish researchers who have reconstructed weather patterns over the past 1,200 years.

Scientists used data collected from tree rings, marine sediments, ice cores and mineral deposits to examine the interaction between water and climate in the northern hemisphere over the centuries.

Using this to create a 'spatial reconstruction of hydroclimate variability', they found no evidence to support simulations that showed wet regions getting wetter and dry regions drier during the 20th century.

Apr 06 14:30

VOTER FRAUD IN WISCONSIN PRIMARY! Ted Cruz Declared Winner Before All Votes Reported/Counted!

Apr 06 14:26

UK Documentary Exposes Saudi Role In Global Terror Operations

ITV’s Exposure: Saudi Arabia Uncovered portrays the horrific brutality with which the House of Saud maintains its rule and has been the subject of intense media commentary.

Apr 06 14:20

Bill's Alleged Mistress: Hillary Had 'Several Abortions,' Kept Chelsea to Advance Her Career

In an interview with the American Mirror, Sally Miller — who claims she was a mistress of former President Bill Clinton — alleges that Hillary had “several abortions” and only decided to keep Chelsea after Bill convinced her it would benefit their political careers.

Apr 06 14:18

RT Breaking Dutch vote NO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Netherlands have voted "No" on the referendum on allowing Ukraine to merge with the EU. Now, the parliament can ignore the voters (at risk of losing their next elections), or the EU may simply ignore the Netherlands (at risk of further alienating the member states), but at this point, it looks like the US coup in Kiev followed by all that cost and bloodshed was for nothing.

Apr 06 13:56

Ron Paul On Fixing The Intelligence Around The Policy… In Syria

The scandal around the fixing of intelligence around the Pentagon training program for Syrian rebels has been on slow burn for some time. The mainstream media has largely avoided it, but when Pentagon superiors quash reports of intelligence analysts because they don’t match the desired outcome of the policy there is a big problem. Having spent $500 million to train rebels last year and only produced five fighters, there should be more scrutiny of this program, not less.

Apr 06 13:39

Kostin: Putin Never Involved in Panama Shell Companies

Vtb Bank President Andrey Kostin denies that Russia President Vladimin Putin's had any involvement in offshore tax havens. Kostin speaks on "On The Move."

Apr 06 13:32

Bernie Sanders: If You Ignore What You Hear on Corporate Media

The corporate media has failed to report where the country is politically. It is either on purpose or they just don’t get it. The reality is right in front of them in their exit polls, so my guess is they are purposely getting it wrong and trying to spin the country back to where they are comfortable. So let’s look at what the exit polls in Wisconsin tell us.

Apr 06 13:31

Panama Tax Haven Leak: The Bigger Picture

Unfortunately the leaker has made the dreadful mistake of turning to the western corporate media to publicise the results. In consequence the first major story, published today by the Guardian, is all about Vladimir Putin and a cellist on the fiddle. As it happens I believe the story and have no doubt Putin is bent.

But why focus on Russia? Russian wealth is only a tiny minority of the money hidden away with the aid of Mossack Fonseca. In fact, it soon becomes obvious that the selective reporting is going to stink.

Apr 06 13:22

Zionist Controlled Espionage Agencies Behind the Lahore Easter Attack Massacre

Regarding the murderous false flag attack against Pakistani innocents the names that are leveraged are familiar: the TTP and its splinter groups, Malala Yousafzai, Anjem Choudary, and more. Regardless, why pick Easter Holiday for a massacre of unsuspecting civilians, in this case in Lahore, Pakistan? Why do so while specifically targeting women and children, including children and families going to play at a public park? Only the so-called security services would do so, those fake terror groups who are government-funded: in other words, the Mossad and its collaborators.

This clearly is an act by Zionist Jewry through their well-established espionage systems. The attack is meant to polarize Christians against Muslims and to, once again, create global demonization against Islaam. People were randomly slaughtered in this act. It is attributed to a suicide bomber. Yet, no one has proven, yet, the source of the bombing and or the parties responsible for the detonation.

Apr 06 13:21

18 U.S. Code § 2071 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Apr 06 13:19

#PanamaPapers: Ex-UN Chief Kofi Annan’s Son Implicated In Offshore London Property Deal

The son of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is among hundreds of high-profile figures named as having links to offshore firms in the largest ever document dump in journalistic history.

Apr 06 13:01

"KKK Member With Whip" Panics College Over Racist Assault... Oh, Wait. It's a Priest With Beads

Why PC will destroy the world: These confused young adults are so fearful that they are hallucinating attacks of “hate speech” and hurt feelings.

"a person saw white robes and what looked to them like a weapon, got scared (rightfully so), warned people, warned staff, which in turn caused me to warn my residents because I need to look out for my residents, which in turn made it spread.

“Then my residents, terrified, come running to me, saying yeah the report must be true, they saw him and couldn‘t believe there was a klansmember with a whip. And I see this picture. It’s a priest. With a rosary.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Apr 06 13:00

Six Year Anniversary Of WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder

On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks published classified military footage of a July 2007 attack by a US Army helicopter gunship in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad.

Apr 06 12:53

Roll Call Of Top Tory Tycoons Exposed In #PanamaLeaks

Tory donors, former MPs and Conservative Lords have been implicated in the Panama Papers, which have cast light on the billions of pounds channeled tax free through law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Apr 06 12:45

Festival Threatened by “High Government Officials” Not to Show Anti-Vaccine Film

Email correspondence between Todd and Philippe Diaz, head of Cinema Libre, the distributor of the film, shockingly reveals how government censors are apparently desperate to stop the film from reaching a wider audience.

“I wanted you to know that just like De Niro and Tribeca, we must withdraw our invitation to screen VAXXED! It has been cancelled, and there was no press release about the film…that was scheduled for today, but after very threatening calls late yesterday (Monday) from high Houston Government officials (the first and only time they have ever called in 49 years) – we had no choice but to drop the film,” states Todd’s email to Diaz.

“Heavy handed censorship, to say the least…they both threatened severe action against the festival if we showed it, so it is out,” he added.

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All this just makes me want to buy the DVD when it comes out.

Apr 06 12:33

Why Bankers HATE It When You Hold Cash

Apr 06 12:32

Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,300 at Chrysler 200 plant

The cutbacks at the Sterling Heights plant reflect a larger trend of declining sales of passenger cars in the U.S.

Apr 06 12:31

Romania arrests Israeli firm workers for spying on top prosecutor

Romania has arrested two employees of an Israeli intelligence company on charges of spying on and trying to intimidate the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor, officials say.

"An investigation has been launched and two people have been arrested," Mihaela Porime, a spokeswoman for the anti-crime and terrorist prosecutors' office, said on Wednesday, adding that the suspects work for the Israeli private intelligence agency, Black Cube.

The firm reportedly has several former operatives of Israel's Mossad spy agency on its payroll.

The pair were identified as Belgian David Geclowitz and Israeli-born Ron Weiner, who holds a French passport.

Apr 06 12:28

The Price We Pay: As US Becomes A Top Tax Haven, How Hiding Wealth Offshore Robs The People At Home

When it comes to sheltering the wealth of the super-rich, the United States is moving up the ranks. A new study says the U.S. is now the third most secretive country for offshore finances, trailing only Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Apr 06 12:21

Military Wants ‘Safe Space Away From Public Gaze’ To Come Up With Policy, Including Trident

Britain’s notoriously transparency-shy Defence Ministry says it wants to make major policy decisions without “public comment,” a Freedom of Information (FoI) request on the cost of Trident made by Reuters has shown.

Some commentators suggest replacing Britain’s ageing nuclear deterrent could cost upwards of £160 billion (US$227 billion).

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Apr 06 12:12

Keystone Pipeline Shut Down After it Begins Leaking in South Dakota

TransCanada shut down a lengthy portion of its Keystone pipeline on Monday after a reported 187 gallons of crude oil spilled in South Dakota. Though the leak could be considered proportionately minor — estimated by TransCanada to cover a 10- to 30-foot area on the ground — it sparked fresh debate over the relative safety of pipelines, in general, as a means for transporting crude.

Apr 06 12:12

Gov. Snyder faces racketeering suit over Flint water crisis

The lawsuit accuses Snyder and others of hatching a “wrongful scheme” to reduce Flint’s indebtedness by stopping the impoverished city from buying treated Lake Huron water from Detroit, instead of “invoking time tested, well-honed federal bankruptcy protections for restructuring the debts of municipalities.”

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler declined comment on the suit.

State officials have acknowledged erroneously advising Flint officials not to treat the river water with anti-corrosive chemicals, and that this enabled lead to leach from aging pipes and reach some homes, businesses and schools. Testing last fall showed that levels of lead in the blood of some children in the city rose after the water systems were switched.

Apr 06 12:05

White House to Deal with Pressing Issue of Toys That Perpetuate Gender Stereotypes

You’d think with all of the serious stuff that’s actually going on in society today and across the world, the White House would have its hands too full to deal with something like, say, toys that perpetuate gender stereotypes.

You’d be wrong.

Social engineering and the politically correct agenda are at the top of Obama’s list.
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Apr 06 12:02

Why Do Virtually All ‘News’ Media Hide An Exposé Of CNN’s Lies?

On April 3rd, a news report was submitted to virtually all news-media, concerning the falsehood of a certain CNN story that allegedly explained why the U.S. is sending F-15 fighter-jets to Iceland. The CNN report placed it into context of U.S.-Russian relations, and falsely represented Russia’s and America’s respective roles regarding the change of government that had occurred in Ukraine in February 2014, and regarding also the reasons for the breakaway then of Crimea from Ukraine, which resulted from that Ukrainian change-of-government.

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Apr 06 12:01

Don Terryl Plumeri, 71, was found murdered inside his Dunnellon rental home Friday

Plumeri's work was featured in more than 50 Hollywood films. He is a gold and platinum recording artist and most recently released a DVD of his work with the Moscow Philharmonic in 2012.

Apr 06 11:55

Ted Cruz Failed To Disclose Ties To Caribbean Holding Company

An old college friendship led to financial entanglement with a Jamaican private equity firm and a British Virgin Islands holding company. Neither was disclosed during his 2012 campaign.

Apr 06 11:53

Pentagon Chief Seeks Reforms, Calls Russia ‘No. 1 Strategic Threat’

Seeking to make the US military more efficient and better coordinated in the face of “strategic threat” from Russia, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is seeking “practical updates” to the Pentagon’s organizational framework established in the 1970s.

Apr 06 11:52

Crime-mapping app steers users clear of dangerous London neighborhoods

A new GPS-enabled map application that flags areas with high crime rates and chooses “safe” routes is set to launch in London later this month.
The app, called RedZone, consolidates data from police crime statistics, news outlets, social media and crowdsourcing to “geofence” areas with high concentrations of reported crime.

On average, the calculated “safe routes” are about 12 to 15 percent longer than riskier routes, founder Ted Farnsworth told the Evening Standard.

Apr 06 11:51

Monsanto's Willing Executioners

Bt-infused crops have the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin built directly into the plant. That toxic protein kills hungry insects. But, like Roundup-doused weeds, insects are developing resistance to Bt crops. Whether it's lice in Texas, bacteria in India or superweeds choking American farms, resistance to human-made poison is literally a textbook response by Mother Nature.

Now this predictable evolutionary response is casting a pall over the agribusiness model.

The Union of Concerned Scientists pointed out that the superweed "plague" overshadows "60 million acres of U.S. cropland" and is "wreaking environmental havoc, driving up farmers' costs and prompting them to resort to more toxic weed-killers." Even worse, scientists at the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds found "467 unique cases of herbicide resistant weeds globally" and that weeds evolved resistance to "160 different herbicides" in "86 crops in 66 countries."

Apr 06 11:42

U.S. Scrambles to Repair Damaged Saudi Ties

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will soon head to Saudi Arabia to discuss ways to increase cooperation in the war against the Islamic State. But there’s little indication he will be able to restore a vital relationship that's become riven with distrust in the last year, which would require him to reassure the Saudis on the very nature of the U.S. commitment to the kingdom and the region.

Carter is slated to meet on April 20 in Riyadh with Mohammed Bin Salman al Saud, the 30-year-old deputy crown prince and defense minister who is widely believed to be in contention to succeed his father, King Salman. Carter’s visit will come one day ahead of President Barack Obama’s stop there for a leaders’ summit between the U.S. and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a follow-on to their meeting at Camp David last May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to SecDef Carter; neither Syria nor Iraq have invited the US military to do ANYTHING in their countries, thank you very much.

And Russia can reconstitute its troops in Syria in less than 24 hours, if need be.

And there is something about the US Government-enabled Saudi proxy war in Yemen that people in the West need to realize. As reported today in sputniknews.com:

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity, American political analyst Phil Butler explains.

According to American political analyst and researcher Phil Butler, the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen is neither about the longstanding sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, nor about the much-discussed military campaign aimed against al-Qaeda in the region. While Western media outlets usually refer to Yemen as a "small" energy producer, the truth of the matter is the country is sitting on substantial oil and gas reserves, which Saudi Arabia and its allies want to control, Butler notes.

In addition, Yemen lies at the Bab el-Mandab, a key checkpoint for maritime transit of oil, with 3.4 million barrels of oil passing through it each day. In one of his previous analytical reports for New Eastern Outlook, Phil Butler called attention to the fact that Saudi Arabia's oil wealth is doomed to falter: "Given the nature of the country's [Saudi Arabia's] oil reserves, and almost unlimited production for decades, it's possible the Saudis could simply be running out of gas," the American analyst stressed.

In this context, it is hardly surprising that Riyadh has recently adopted an assertive and even aggressive foreign policy approach towards its neighbors. "Running out of the last of the nation's only saleable resource, the Saudi royalty have put their country into a mess, the potential for revolution there being acute, should the people discover the real predicament.

IF in fact the above report is true, look for further, and more intense, US military commitment to Saudi Arabia against the Houthi rebels in Yemen until they can be routed, and a US-controlled puppet can be "anointed" as Yemen's next "president".

Of course, the "good reasons" for this increased commitment will be passed off to the American people as concerning ISIS or Al Qaeda, or the rebels, but the real reason for enhanced US military activities here are Yemen's oil reserves, and the strategic, geopolitical importance of Bab El- Mandab.

Webmaster addition: So, it would appear that control of Yemen's oil and port was Saudi Arabia's payoff to act as the US proxy against the people of Yemen trying to oust their imposed puppet rulers.

Apr 06 11:31

Take From The Poor, Give To The Rich: Tories Slash Benefits While Tax Breaks Boost Wealthy

Welfare programs for the long-term unemployed in Britain will have funding slashed this Parliament, while top earners will see their take-home pay increase thanks to generous tax breaks.

Apr 06 11:27

THE GREAT WALL OF TRUMP

Apr 06 11:25

Rothschild Humiliates Obama, Reveals That "America Is The Biggest Tax Haven In The World"

In short: while Obama is complaining about corporate tax avoidance and slamming Panama, he is encouraging it in the U.S.

Places like Switzerland and Bermuda are agreeing, at least in principle, to share bank account information with tax authorities in other countries. Only a handful of nations have declined to sign on. The most prominent is the U.S. The other one is, of course, Panama, and we just saw what happened there.

The latest reporting "underscores the secrecy in Panama," said Stefanie Ostfeld, the acting head of the U.S. office of the anti-corruption group Global Witness. "What’s lesser known, is the U.S. is just as big a secrecy jurisdiction as so many of these Caribbean countries and Panama. We should not want to be the playground for the world’s dirty money, which is what we are right now."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning!!!

And the loopholes will never, ever get fixed in this country, because it is the elites with the capability to launder their money, which make the calls in US elections, and not We the People.

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Apr 06 11:14

McDonalds Responds To Minimum Wage Hikes, Launches McCafe Coffee Kiosk

When it comes to jobs growth in the US, all one can say is thank god for waiters and bartenders: after all, a Starbucks barista is precisely what a recently fired oil chemical engineer making half a million dollars really wants to do with their life.

n essence, this is the company's latest venture to make employees responsible for one less task as corporate HQ slowly but surely responds to minimum wage hikes sweeping all states, and in the process, outsource its minimum wage workers to simple machines which will never unionize or have any demands aside from being cleaned occasionally.

As shown below, the coffee station includes a touchpad for ordering and paying (it appears to take credit card only), a beverage spout, and a dispenser for cups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but didn't those at the top of labor movements demanding a $15.00 per hour minimum wage NOT ultimately see where this would lead?!?!?!?

Apr 06 11:09

Ford Confirms New $1.6B Plant In Mexico, UAW Fires Back

Ford has confirmed plans for a new assembly plant in Mexico, likely fueling more criticism of the company in the current presidential election.

“We’re going to be in vesting in a new plant in Mexico’s San Luis Potosi state to produce more small cars for North America,” said Ford President of the America’s Joe Hinrichs. “It’s a $1.6 billion U.S. investment that will create 2800 additional direct jobs by 2020.”

Hinrichs told WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert that construction will begin this summer. The first small cars will start rolling off the line at the plant in 2018.

While the new jobs will be in Mexico, Hinrichs says they could lead to more engineering and design jobs at the company’s Dearborn headquarters.

But the UAW wasn’t ready to be reassured, calling the announcement a disappointment and “very troubling.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but large corporations LOVE broken systems, because those broken systems are to their financial advantage.

And trust me: the amount of engineering and design jobs allegedly generated by this move, will be absolutely minimal.

Apr 06 11:08

The Four Laws That Hillary Clinton Broke (but She Will Probably Never Be Charged For)

How hard is this case to "investigate" really? The evidence is already out there that Hillary committed at least three felonies cited in Title 18 of the U.S. Code of the Espionage Act, and a misdemeanor too!

But for all the media clamoring over these potential charges, it all seems like a lot of hot air.

Hillary didn't get to where she is without making an artform out of backbiting, dirt collecting, threats, the usual dirty politician stuff. More so actually because it's Hillary. Word on the street is the whole reason she's supposedly had a clean run with little actual opposition in this race besides Sanders is because she called up and threatened the majority of her potential adversaries from even thinking about running.

If she went down, can you imagine how many she would take with her on the way? The elite can.

Apr 06 11:04

“Puppet on a String”: Hillary as President would be Catastrophic for the US and the World

Clinton is the walking, talking definition of a political prostitute, completely controlled by special interests, Israel and the shadow establishment. Since the beginning of 2013, Clinton has received at least $21.7 million for 92 speeches she has given to private organizations and groups. This includes $225,000 from Morgan Stanley; $225,000 from Deutsche Bank; $225,000 from Bank of America; and $675,000 from the Goldman Sachs Group (for three separate speeches). George Soros, the investor, billionaire and regime change extraordinaire, has also put millions into Clinton’s campaign.

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Apr 06 10:58

Clear Channel On The Verge Of Bankruptcy

Apr 06 10:56

State Department wants limits on questioning of Clinton aides

Top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not be questioned about an ongoing FBI investigation into the presence of classified information on her private email server or about the substance of the messages that were exchanged, as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the State Department said in a court filing Tuesday night.
In the new submission, the State Department continued to object to depositions of former Clinton aides and other officials in the lawsuit brought by the the conservative group Judicial Watch, but U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in February that he would permit "narrowly tailored" discovery about the unusual private server set-up used by Clinton during her four years as America's top diplomat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my absolute (absence of) surprise at this move!!

Apr 06 10:52

Rating the Candidates: Who wants war?

So how do I rank them? Bernie is best choice but unlikely to be on the ballot. I then would have to go with Trump in hopes that I can trust him to pay heed to the whispering of his better angels. That leaves Hillary, who is completely corrupted by interest groups and a reliable establishment warmonger. Or Cruz who comes across as a crazed zealot with little in the way of the Christian virtues that he so often cites. Kasich doesn’t seem to actually stand for anything but maybe he would prove to be a tough talking street guy too timid and insecure to be dangerous. It’s a hard choice, but I think that Hillary is capable of doing more damage than Cruz, who would be reined in somewhat by a Congress that truly hates him. I would go with Bernie, then Trump, then Kasich. I could never vote for Cruz or Hillary under any circumstances. God save America!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is unfortunate that by the time Americans "vote", the corporate choices have already been made for us.

It's which candidates can do the most good for the corporations which fund them, covertly and overtly, and that is not at all how a functioning democratic republic works.

Apr 06 10:52

The Mystery Of Shakespeare’s Tomb

The 400th-anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare — to be observed in late April — was supposed to be a moment for global celebration of the literary genius long believed to have been from Stratford-on-Avon. But, in a classic case of “unintended consequences,” a reluctant decision by Anglican Church officials to permit scientists to use modern technology to study his presumed grave inside the local church has backfired because the inconclusive results of this investigation — the apparent failure to confirm conclusively the presence of any human remains in the tomb — is casting a shadow over the celebration.

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Apr 06 10:44

‘Sporadic Fighting’ Reported as Ceasefire Takes Hold in Nagorno-Karabakh

Locals reported “sporadic firing” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region today, but no major fighting after Armenian and Azerbaijan officials agreed to a joint ceasefire, which seems to be ending the fighting in the territory for now.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been disputed between Armenians and Azeris for a century now. The UN recognizes the territory as Azerbaijan’s, but the de facto autonomous government is Armenia-backed. The two sides have fought several wars over the issue.

This latest fighting, which spanned the weekend and Monday, was the first major dust-up since 1994. Both sides continue to accuse the other of starting it, and dozens of people were killed in the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed on this one; for cessation of hostilities to truly end, there needs to be a good-faith, intelligently negotiated, peace treaty which makes both sides believe that they have been treated reasonably and fairly, and can abide by the treaty comfortably.

This is a moment in time when Russia (as it generally does)needs to be "the adult in the room", and get all parties in Baku and Yerevan talking as a prelude to true peace treaty negotiations.

Apr 06 10:41

TWO DAYS AFTER "PANAMA PAPERS" RELEASED, IRS HQ TO BE CLOSED ALL WEEK AFTER BASEMENT FIRE

IRS headquarters in Washington will remain closed for the rest of the week while repairs are made after a basement fire in the building.

Apr 06 10:40

#IsraeliApartheid ~~ FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE

Far-Right Israeli Lawmaker Openly Backs Maternity Ward Apartheid

Apr 06 10:40

#BDS ~~ WHY THE CULTURAL BOYCOTT IS GROWING

In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, and Alice Walker, and award-winning author Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival. The seven-day Festival takes place from April 25 to May 1 in New York City. In promotional materials, PEN lists the Israeli Embassy as among the “Champions” of the Festival, and as a sponsor of one of the Festival’s panels.

Apr 06 10:39

The NY Times Tries To Demonize Gold

Right now it is $1,390 an ounce, but before the events in New York and Washington it was $280 an ounce,” he wrote. He added, “If the price of gold reaches $1,500 or a little over before you get this message, it’s still all right to buy it. – NY Times quoting Bin Laden

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The New York Times is trying to suppress gold prices again. Their story that Osama Bin Laden was a gold bug is an attempt to link owning gold with terrorism by claijming to have found a memo in Abbottabad from 2010. But the original NY Times article doesn't allow comments, or I would have reminded them that the real Osama Bin Laden died of natural causes in late 2001, and the "Osama" at Abbottabad was a propaganda fake!

Apr 06 10:35

Iraq PM Abadi doubles down on 'technocratic' cabinet plan#InsideIraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected complaints from political opponents that they were not consulted before he last week named a new “technocratic” cabinet in response to anti-corruption protests and calls for political reform.

Abadi has been accused of undermining democracy and “leading a coup” against Iraq’s power-sharing political structure that has been in place since 2003, which guarantees a certain number of political positions to the country’s Shia, Sunni and Kurdish blocs.

But Abadi told Middle East Eye in a phone interview that rival political blocs had not responded to his request for them to nominate their preferred independent candidates for cabinet posts last month.

He also said that the call for an independent cabinet had come from Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric who last week threatened to raid Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone unless his demands for political reform were met.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the moment, it looks like Al-Abadi blinked, and Al-Sadr was successful in his getting the Iraqi government to move in a direction which will, hopefully, get rid of some of the corruption in the Iraqi government; however, only time will tell how this really shakes out.

Apr 06 10:30

Parents complain after teacher hands out 'privilege' survey

A Florida principal launched an investigation into a survey handed out to middle school students in Spanish class.

Some parents complained after their children were asked to complete a form titled, "How much privilege do you have?'

Students routinely fill out forms every year that ask their race and sex, but the form handed out at Monroe Middle School also asked about gender, sexual orientation and religion.

Regina Stile is the mother of one of the students who received the form.

"Her sexuality and all that has nothing to do with school," Stile said.

The form was handed out in a Spanish class to 7th and 8th graders

Apr 06 10:29

Virginia governor vetoes bill to label books 'sexually explicit' in schools

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed a bill that would force schools to identify materials as "sexually explicit," a measure prompted by objections to Toni Morrison's novel "Beloved."

The measure passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have mandated that schools notify parents if teachers planned to use the labeled materials.

"This requirement lacks flexibility and would require the label of 'sexually explicit' to apply to an artistic work based on a single scene, without further context," McAuliffe, a Democrat, said in a statement.

Apr 06 10:28

U.S. emerging as tax haven alongside Switzerland, Caymans

The United States is emerging as a top tax haven alongside the likes of Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and Panama, those seeking reform of the international tax system say. And states such as Delaware, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming, in particular, are competing to provide foreigners with the secrecy they crave.

"There's a big neon sign saying the U.S. is open to tax cheats," says John Christensen, executive director of the Tax Justice Network.

Apr 06 10:25

Chicken Propaganda (Graphic)

This circulates as the picture of a Sunni boy slaughtered by Iran led Shia militia in Fallujah, Iraq.

Apr 06 10:25

Nokia to Cut As many as 15,000 positions

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Apr 06 10:18

G20 class-action lawsuits against Toronto police over 'kettling' get go-ahead

Two class actions over alleged civil rights abuses and "kettling" during the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto were given the go-ahead by the Ontario Court of Appeal Wednesday.

The class actions involve over 1,000 people. The lawsuit alleges people were arrested in large groups and held in "inhumane conditions" at a detention centre located inside an unused film studio on Eastern Avenue.

These are the first class actions involving group arrests to be certified in the province.

The Court of Appeal wrote that police cannot arrest a group of civilians "as a way of 'fishing' for particular individuals."

Apr 06 10:17

Once the Underdog in Wisconsin, Bernie Sanders Pulls Out a Win in the State's Primary

This time last year, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was relatively unknown in Wisconsin.

To be fair, he hadn’t yet declared his candidacy — but in April 2015, 58 percent of likely Wisconsin Democratic voters were supportive of Hillary Clinton, the current frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race. Four months later, in August 2015, polls still showed Sanders trailing Clinton by about 12 percentage points.

Fast forward to Tuesday night, and Wisconsin clearly knows about Sanders. The independent senator from Vermont won the state’s Democratic primary, according to projections from Fox News and NBC News.

Apr 06 10:14

CLINTON SPENDS PRIMARY NIGHT AT NY FUNDRAISER HOSTED BY FORMER AIPAC VP

Hillary Clinton wasn't greeting voters at a rally, town hall or diner as votes rolled in from Wisconsin. Instead, she was spending her evening with top donors in New York City.

She raised at least $60,000 Tuesday night at a fundraiser hosted by Jack Bendheim, the owner of a company that manufactures veterinary health products and nutritional supplements. Benheim, a former vice president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has deep ties to New York's orthodox Jewish community.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is for the elites, by the elites, and of the elites; heaven forbid that she would have to spend time with "the little people" who, she thinks, "are so beneath her".

Should she steal both the nomination and the election, expect many more wars in behalf of Israel, and the turning of the Middle East into more of a killing field than it already is.

Apr 06 10:12

Is The Democratic Party In Danger Of Losing The Next Generation Of Voters?

The Democratic Party is facing a serious existential question. And if the party doesn’t make the right moves in 2016 — if it doesn’t hang onto the Independent voters and first-time voters who are turning out in droves to vote for Bernie Sanders and other progressive challengers to the Democratic National Committee establishment — the Democratic Party seriously risks alienating an entire generation of voters.

Apr 06 10:06

IMPERIAL HUMAN SACRIFICE IN YEMEN

“America is like a terrible girlfriend to the rest of the world. If someone hurts America, she remembers it forever. But if she does anything bad, she’s like: ‘Whaaatt? I didn’t do anything!’ America, why do you keep bombing those people in Yemen? ‘Because nine-eleven, okay. Nine-eleven. So shut up!’”

Apr 06 10:04

Southern California braces for summer blackouts due to Porter Ranch gas leak

ate officials warn that Southern California could face as many as 14 days of scheduled blackouts this summer because of depleted reserves of natural gas caused by the massive leak in Aliso Canyon.

The canyon in the hills above Porter Ranch is a crucial gas storage facility, supplying 17 power plants in the Los Angeles Basin. But the four-month leak that began in October left the facility at one-fifth of its capacity and new injections of gas have been prohibited until all of its wells have passed comprehensive tests.

Officials estimate the storage facility won’t be back on line for months, leaving local power plants without a key source of natural gas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a classic example of what happens when infrastructure maintenance is ignored over a long period of time; the ensuing problems become far harder, and far more costly to fix.

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