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"If the debt which the banking companies owe be a blessing to anybody, it is to themselves alone, who are realizing a solid interest of eight or ten per cent on it. As to the public, these companies have banished all our gold and silver medium, which, before their institution, we had without interest, which never could have perished in our hands, and would have been our salvation now in the hour of war; instead of which they have given us two hundred million of froth and bubble, on which we are to pay them heavy interest, until it shall vanish into air... We are warranted, then, in affirming that this parody on the principle of 'a public debt being a public blessing,' and its mutation into the blessing of private instead of public debts, is as ridiculous as the original principle itself. In both cases, the truth is, that capital may be produced by industry, and accumulated by economy; but jugglers only will propose to create it by legerdemain tricks with paper." -- Thomas Jefferson to John W. Eppes, 1813.

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Jul 13 12:59

Even The Players Are Losing Faith In Their Own Shenanigans

What is on display more brightly and clearly than ever, though, is the utter fakery of international banking. The players have lost faith in their own shenanigans. They simply go through the motions now awaiting the political fallout, which is to say the revolt of the people who can still do arithmetic. So, now Greece can supposedly expect another $90bn-equivalent in new loans on top of the $350bn-equivalent already racked up. That’s rich. The loan repayment schedule must look like a map of Middle Earth.



Jul 13 12:31

Iron Man and Transformers censored by US military for getting too close to the truth

Military chiefs at the Pentagon are gagging Hollywood when its science ­fiction blockbusters get uncomfortably close to the bone.

Directors are being forced to re-write scripts by the United States Department of Defense if the content is deemed ­inappropriate – and the big screen hits affected include Iron Man, Terminator Salvation, Transformers, King Kong and Superman: Man of Steel.

Jul 13 12:30

Poroshenko to Summit War Cabinet Over Mukachevo Shootout

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will gather a War Cabinet on July 13 following the shootout in the western Mukachevo, Ukrainian Presidential Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said Monday.

Jul 13 12:30

EU flag replaced with flag of Right Sector nationalist group in Ukraine's Lviv

Activists of Ukraine’s Right Sector, a radical organization banned in Russia, have hauled down the European Union flag at the building of the Lviv region administration and hoisted their black-an-red flag instead, Radio Liberty said on its Twitter account on Monday.

Jul 13 12:10

'1984' Comes To Europe - The End Of Freedom Of Speech In Spain

Spain has shown that it is fully on board with the Brussels authoritarian direction of ending democracy. Those in power have simply convinced themselves that the people do not understand what is good for them so they must impose their will upon the people but raw force. How does this differ in any what from the justification of imposing communism? This is the death of all freedom and it is upon our doorstep.

Here are the new laws in Spain:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somewhere in Hell, Francisco Franco is laughing!



Jul 13 12:09

What Assets Did Greece Just Hand Over To Europe: "Airports, Airplanes, Infrastructure And Most Certainly Banks"

With the provocative and dramatic Greek "time out" language pulled from the final finmin and summit draft language, the two most humiliating aspects of the latest extend and pretend "deal" for the Greek people will be the return of the Troika's (surely we can call it the Troika again as part of the Greek capitulation) IMF mission to Athens, and the escrowing of some €50 billion in Greek assets in a liquidation fund.

Granted said fund will not be domiciled in Luxembourg as was originally envisioned, but Europe will still have control and first refusal rights over what are technically Greek properties, in the process Athens handing over about 25% of Greek GDP (and sovereignty) over the Brussels.

Jul 13 12:09

US Aid To El Salvador Came With Strings Attached: Monsanto Seeds Required

Farmers and activists for natural agriculture in El Salvador successfully resisted efforts by the U.S. government to tie foreign aid to the use of GMO seeds, in the latest attempt to link relief money with profits for Monsanto, the controversial multinational agribusiness giant.

In 2013, the U.S. offered El Salvador $277 million in aid through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a foreign aid agency established under President George W. Bush. Then, in 2014, Dahr Jamail reports for Truthout, U.S. officials started putting increased pressure on the Central American country to make “economic and environmental policy changes” in return for receiving the next phase of the aid package. A key part of the disagreement involved programs to provide locally produced seeds to poor farmers, which officials argued violated the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement by favoring local products over those produced by multinational corporations.

Jul 13 12:08

LAPD Use Desperate Females Begging For Rides to Entrap Uber Drivers

Despite not going through the Uber app, she tells you she's in a hurry, asks you to book the ride on your own phone and begs you to drive "across the street" to her friend.

When you comply, all the sudden you're surrounded by a gang of cops who accuse you of acting as a "bandit cab" driver -- someone who takes money under the table for rides, rather than funnel cash through Uber and in turn, the state's taxing authorities -- then you're placed under arrest and your car is impounded.

This is the tactic the LAPD is using to bust unsuspecting Uber drivers on petty statute violations.

Jul 13 12:07

Native Tribes Declare Sovereignty from Maine After Failed Social Experiment

Due to Governor Paul LePage launching direct political and environmental attacks against the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes of Maine, leaders of those tribes have recalled their representatives from the state legislature and are asserting their sovereignty from the State of Maine. “The Maine Indian Land claims Settlement act has failed and we cannot allow ourselves to continue down the path,” Chief Francis said. “We’re saying it’s a failed social experiment.”



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Jul 13 12:06

Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults Prescriptions for boys outpacing girls during elementary, high school and college years

A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed antipsychotics, a new study suggests.

In particular, it appears they’re being used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a condition for which the powerful drugs are not approved.

The percentage of teens using antipsychotics rose from 1.10 percent in 2006 to 1.19 percent in 2010. Use among young adults ages 19 to 24 rose from 0.69 percent to 0.84 percent, the study found.

With roughly 74 million children under 18 in the U.S., these small percentages add up to large numbers of medicated kids.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And big bucks for the pharmaceutical corporations!

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Jul 13 12:02

Leaked Documents Show FBI, DEA, & Army Can Control Your Computer

Leaked emails from an Italian-based hacking company reveal that government agencies engage in surveillance more invasive than previously thought, spending millions of dollars on spyware and malware software to accomplish their questionable goals. Tellingly, their use of the product places them squarely in the same category as other repressive regimes around the world.



Jul 13 12:00

Syrian opposition: Intelligence chief assassinated

In what may be one of the highest-profile assassinations since civil war broke out in 2011, a senior official in Syria’s most powerful intelligence service was found shot in the head, opposition sources claimed Wednesday.

Jul 13 12:00

Euro Zone Leaders Reach Agreement To Rescue Greece

Euro zone leaders made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision on Monday in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euros bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the single currency.

The terms imposed by international lenders led by Germany in all-night talks at an emergency summit obliged leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to abandon promises of ending austerity and could fracture his government and cause an outcry in Greece.

"Clearly the Europe of austerity has won," Greece's Reform Minister George Katrougalos said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I expect rioting in Greece as the people realize Tsipras has broken his promises. My sympathies are with the Greek people!

Jul 13 11:58

Puerto Rico Meets With Creditors As Default Looms

Investors in Puerto Rico hope to get specific information about how the commonwealth plans to restructure debt when government officials meet with creditors on Monday, but there are fears that any bungled messaging could knock bond prices.

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla dropped a bombshell on holders of its $72 billion debt on Jun 29, saying he wants to restructure debt and postpone bond payments.

Jul 13 11:58

Greek PM Tsipras Agrees to Key Demands of Eurozone Leaders

In what many are calling a complete surrender, Tsipras' agreement to a 50 billion euro privatization fund and much more could split Syriza and lead to new Greek elections -

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or another civil war!




Jul 13 11:55

The MI5 Dossier That Could Obliterate The Establishment Paedophile Network

There can be little doubt that there have been serious cover-ups over VIP child sex abuse over the years. Now the Government should be allowed complete access to all of MI5’s secret files which will reveal the names of those responsible, says MP Tom Watson, who, three years ago, was the first to raise these allegations in the House of Commons.

Jul 13 11:26

Russian Politician Predicts U.S. Coup Ousting Putin Soon

Evgeny Fedorov, a member of Russia’s Duma or parliament, is predicting, in a half-hour video interview, that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be overthrown by a U.S. coup, within two years. He says that U.S. Government agents have passed word to Russia’s oligarchs, that they will benefit from the end of U.S. sanctions, and that any oligarchs who cooperate will not only enjoy privileged positions in the successor government, but, that if the plan fails, then they will be guaranteed in the U.S. a position of wealth and power that will match or exceed what they currently enjoy under Putin.

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Jul 13 11:22

The Problem of Greece Is Not Only a Tragedy. It Is a Lie

An historic betrayal has consumed Greece. Having set aside the mandate of the Greek electorate, the Syriza government has willfully ignored last week’s landslide “No” vote and secretly agreed a raft of repressive, impoverishing measures in return for a “bailout” that means sinister foreign control and a warning to the world.

Jul 13 11:12

NATO Accuses Russia of 'Aggressive Methods' of Naval Intel Collection

Speaking at a conference in London over the future of NATO's naval forces, senior NATO commander Adrian Bradshaw accused Russia of being "bold" and even "aggressive" in its methods of gathering intel about NATO forces in the bodies of water surrounding Russia's borders, AFP reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if Russian warships showed up in waters bordering the US, the US would of course respect their privacy, right?

Jul 13 11:11

‘Right Sector on combat alert’: Ukraine Neo-Nazis refuse to lay down arms after shootout

Ukrainian Right Sector militants, blocked in on the outskirts of Mukachevo after deadly clashes with police, are refusing to lay down their arms without their leader’s orders. Civilians in the area have been evacuated, as negotiations so far have failed.

SWAT police and special units of the National Guard, as well as Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) agents have secured the area and blockaded members of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist Right Sector group on the outskirts of Mukachevo, which lies a stone’s throw away from Hungarian and Slovakian border.



Jul 13 11:10

Trump: 'Corrupt' Mexican Officials Let Drug Kingpin Escape

Donald Trump on Sunday blasted "corrupt Mexican officials" for letting a notorious drug kingpin escape from a maximum security prison.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped the prison by riding a motorcycle through a mile-long tunnel that was connected to the shower area of Guzman's cell. It is his second escape, and prison employees are being questioned.

Jul 13 11:09

Detroit shipping container model homes near completion

Jan Dijkers, and associate broker with The Loft Warehouse, said the units will sell from between $150,000 for the smallest, 640-square-foot unit to $350,000 for the largest, 1,800-square-foot units.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

$150,000 to live in a shipping crate! That is the face of fascism in the US!

Jul 13 11:08

Israel police arrests 3 Jewish youth suspected of arson at Galilee church

The Judea and Samaria police and the Shin Bet arrested 3 Jewish youth who are suspected of being involved in the arson at the Church of Loaves and Fishes in northern Israel about a month ago, it was cleared for publication on Sunday.

The three were placed under an order preventing them from meeting a lawyer, and will be brought for a remand extension at the Magistrate's Court in Nazareth on Sunday.

They are represented by Honenu attorneys Adi Kedar and Aharon Roza, who appealed against the order to the Magistrate's and District courts in Jerusalem.

The Shin Bet said Sunday that a covert investigation led them to the three suspects.

Jul 13 11:07

GMO's Montier Shifts To 50% Cash, Sees 3 "Hellish" Scenarios For Markets

"This is definitely the most difficult time to be an asset allocator," warns GMO's James Montier, telling conference attendees in Munich that he hasn't been this risk-averse since 2008. Having warned six months ago that "stocks are hideously expensive...in a central bank sponsored bubble," Montier sees three different "hellish" scenarios and as CityWire reports, warns investors, "I think it's best to stand a bit and hold onto some dry powder," despite the groupthink idolatry being practiced around the world.



Jul 13 11:07

Why NATO Fears 'Grexit'

With Greece tottering on the brink of leaving the Eurozone, experts of all stripes have been debating Grexit's security implications, including Athens' relationship with NATO. While naysayers argue that the geopolitics behind Grexit "are actually pretty boring," others warn that the implications for the bloc could be far more serious.

Jul 13 11:06

US Plans to Position Drones in North Africa to Combat ISIL in Libya

The United States has launched negotiations with a number of North African countries to position drones on their territory to monitor the Islamic State's activities in Libya, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday citing undisclosed US officials.

Jul 13 11:06

TTIP Negotiators to Engage Interested Stakeholders on July 15

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a US-advocated pact, seeks to create the world's largest free trade zone. However, there are concerns that TTIP will take trade controls away from local governments and give them to international corporations.

Jul 13 11:03

John Oliver: How Sports Teams Are Ripping Us Off

“The vast majority of stadiums are made using public money,” said Oliver, citing a report from 2012 stating there’s been “$12 billion spent on the 51 new facilities opened between 2000 and 2010.”

“Which begs the question: Why?” he asked. “Sports teams are wealthy businesses with wealthy owners and they still get our help. Two years ago, Detroit got approval to spend more than $280 million in taxpayer money for a new arena for the Red Wings just six days after the city filed for bankruptcy—even though the Red Wings owner is Mike Ilitch, the founder of the Little Caesar’s pizza chain, who’s worth an estimated $5.1 billion. That’s a little hard to swallow.”



Jul 13 10:57

Middle East Turning Net Borrowers?

Further evidence that 2015.75 is really the peak in a Massive Debt Bubble, the Middle East has been always on a cash basis. Their revenues from oil exempted them from ever borrowing money. That is not the case today.

As oil prices rose, spending programs also anticipated no end in site. So as oil peaked and has begun a technology-shift bear market, those spending programs are causing budget deficits to appear in the Middle East for the first time. Not only has Saudi Arabia issued it first bond issue of $4 billion to cover budget deficits, Other countries may follow in the region.

Jul 13 10:57

Iran FM: Nuclear talks won't end by midnight deadline

Zarif's announcement indicates that gaps still remain between the two sides and that talks will likely be extended; Netanyahu: World powers' concessions to Iran show they are willing to accept deal at any price.

Jul 13 10:56

How German Media See The New Greek 'Deal'

Jul 13 10:56

The Earth erupts! Spectacular pictures show THREE volcanoes ablaze in Mexico, Chile and Indonesia while a fourth rumbles away

Volcanoes are erupting around the globe this weekend, causing flight cancellations in southeast Asia and evacuations in Mexico.

Hundreds of people have been forced to flee from their villages located at the foot of the Colima Volcano in western Mexico's Colima State, following an eruption this weekend which saw the active mountain spew ash and fire.

The volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, also forced a local airport to close as authorities have sealed off a 7.5 mile area amid fears an even bigger eruption may follow.



Jul 13 10:55

Prosecutors indict Romania's prime minister in wide-ranging corruption probe

Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation and seized his assets, putting further pressure on him to resign.

Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing.

Prosecutors also said in a statement Monday that they temporarily froze Ponta's personal assets which include shares in a house, an apartment and several bank accounts. He sold two apartments in May for 150,000 euros ($170,000) and also sold a car.

Ponta, who took office in 2012, is the first sitting Romania prime minister to be indicted and have his assets seized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It seems that the Queen of the Coup Victoria Nuland has been spending time in Romania!

Jul 13 10:55

Iran nuclear deal imminent, negotiators say; lawmakers worry Obama conceded too much

Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks plan to announce Monday that they have reached a deal to limit Tehran’s atomic program in return for sanctions relief, as U.S. lawmakers and other critics express concern that the Obama administration has conceded too much in the bid for a historic diplomatic agreement.

Jul 13 10:54

FBI Director Comey is a Maniac

Comey, in a brief op-ed appearing on the prominent national security blog Lawfare, said that "there are lots of good things" about universal strong encryption, such as expanded privacy and protection from cybercriminals. But those benefits must be balanced against the potential risks created by making it more difficult for the government to access the digital communications and data of those suspected of wrongdoing, he said...

"I really am not a maniac (or at least my family says so)," Comey said. "But my job is to try to keep people safe. In universal strong encryption, I see something that is with us already and growing every day that will inexorably affect my ability to do that job." – National Journal, July 6, 2015

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Comey's ban on strong encryption cannot work against real criminals and terrorists who can easily create their own methods of encryption which the government cannot break. Comey wants to ban YOU, the law-abiding citizen from using strong encryption so that the government can steal your business secrets, go on fishing expeditions for civil forfeiture opportunities or blackmail material, scare you into silence about what is going on, and whack off to naked pictures of your spouses and children!

Jul 13 10:53

Iran nuke deal good for Lebanon, region: Berri

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri expressed his belief that an Iranian nuclear deal could help pave the way to ending major conflicts in the Middle East, and the presidential vacuum in Lebanon.



Jul 13 10:52

Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Down Handfuls of Rohypnols with a Jug of Arak

Those costumed characters are performing for children just outside of Gaza City in Palestine. The stage is set up in front of a house that was destroyed during Israel's bombing campaign last year. Gaza is made of rubble, but children still try to be children, however impossible that may be.

Jul 13 10:52

4,500 supporters of the Confederate flag create a spectacular EIGHT-MILE convoy in Florida to protest against the inflammatory symbol being taken down

Thousands of supporters of the Confederate flag have risen up - creating an eight-mile convoy of cars, motorbikes and pick-ups all displaying the controversial symbol.

Horns blared and flags fluttered from the 1,500 vehicles taking part in the Florida Southern Pride Ride on Sunday.

Protesters against the parade fired at least six gunshots towards the convoy but no one was injured, reported wftv.

Jul 13 10:51

Scott Walker: I’m running for president

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday he is running for president in 2016, touting a combination of policy pursuits and electoral successes in his home state as a way to differentiate himself from a crowded Republican field.

Jul 13 10:51

AGreekment: 'Unanimous' decision over Greek crisis reached



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Jul 13 10:30

WOMAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED BY GROUP NEAR U OF C CAMPUS WITH KIDS IN CAR

"They were walking around both sides of the vehicle - in the front, in the back - and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn't belong in their neighborhood because I was white," Pedersen said.

The group, all African-American, she says, kicked the vehicle and shook it violently. Her children were screaming from the back of the vehicle.

Jul 13 10:30

Godfather Ellison’s Protection Racket

On Friday, two business journals ran stories on Oracle’s latest tactic for selling its lagging cloud services. The articles should serve as a warning to business readers, as they say in effect, “If you’re using Oracle software to run your businesses, you should consider running an internal audit to ascertain you’re in compliance, because you don’t want to be caught out of compliance if Redwood City’s goon squad pays a visit.”

It appears that one of the tactics being used by Larry Ellison and his minions to sell the cloud is a new twist on the old protection racket. This shouldn’t surprise. Ellison didn’t become California’s richest person by playing nice — it doesn’t work that way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sure, if the computer industry can't actually write good software, just use politics and pressure to close the deal!

Remember the Obamacare website? They spent 3/4 of a billion dollars building it and it is as screwed up as the new WRH!

Jul 13 10:29

Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

Two more serious Adobe Flash vulnerabilities have emerged from the leaked Hacking Team files, ones which allow malefactors to take over computers remotely – and crooks are apparently already exploiting at least one of them to infect machines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does anyone still use that piece of crap? I get "shockwave player has crashed" messages all day long in all my browsers!

Jul 13 10:26

After Flight Test Failure, F-35 Could Be Demoted by New Defense Chief

Throughout its controversial development, Department of Defense officials have asserted that they would need exactly 2,443 combat F-35s, plus 14 development aircraft, to deter and fight potential adversaries such as China. But with U.S. challenges abroad changing at a dizzying speed – including the rise of ISIS and other terrorists in the Middle East and Russia’s reemergence as a potentially dangerous foe, the Pentagon is rethinking its commitment to the F-35.

On Thursday, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant who was nominated by President Obama to become the next chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the F-35 development and purchasing plan is under review, as Defense One reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, I guess I don;t feel so bad having to go back to the older WRH. At least I didn't spend a trillion on the new version!

Jul 13 10:24

Huge Increase In Oldest/Thickest Arctic Sea Ice Since 2011

A few years ago, crack government scientists announced that the Arctic was out of multi-year ice, and it was your fault

Being a government climate scientist means never admitting you are wrong, but rather just ramp your lies up louder.

Jul 13 10:23

US Midwest Having Its Coldest Three Years On Record

The last three years in the US midwest have had the lowest average temperature on record. This has been accompanied by record amounts of ice on the Great Lakes. Experts say the record cold is due to an overheated atmosphere.

Jul 13 10:23

Northeast US Having Their Third Coldest Year On Record

The northeast US is having their third coldest year on record, and coldest since 1917. This region includes climate dimwits Sheldon Whitehouse and Barack Obama – who believe they are overheating.

Jul 13 10:22

‘Orwellian’: Tory move to criminalize dissent strategic & unjust, say union chiefs

Britain’s biggest union has passed a motion allowing its members to hold illegal protests in a pre-emptive strike against government plans to restrict lawful industrial action.

Unite, which has 1.5 million members in the UK, removed a clause from its rule book stipulating protests can only take place “so far as may be lawful” during a rules conference last week.

Jul 13 10:22

Carlos comes to New York ….My “Palestinian Mandela” cartoon in a pro-Palestine demo in NYC. Photos: Bud Korotzer

Carlos comes to New York ….

My “Palestinian Mandela” cartoon in a pro-Palestine demo in NYC. Photos: Bud Korotzer

Jul 13 10:22

What to do with militant or radical Islam?

Magdi Abdelhadi points to the housework that Muslims must do before the ideology of Islamism can be defeated, and Alan Hart argues that Western governments must cut off the policy oxygen on which Islamism flourishes.

July 10, 2015

Jul 10 20:47

Black lives matter’ protesters burn American flag

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Jul 10 16:58

What the South was really fighting for in the Civil War

All wars are Bankers Wars!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKnF1HEUwuo

A Video I made to show you the real truth behind what the Civil War was fought for in the South and it was against a horrible tarriff and for Independence.

Jul 10 15:22

Five SYRIZA hardliners say prefer drachma to austerity

Five hardliners in Greece's ruling SYRIZA party said on Friday dropping out of the eurozone and a return to the drachma was preferable to a deal with international creditors laced with austerity and without any provision for debt relief.

“The government even at this hour can and should respond to the institutions' blackmail with the dilemma: either a programme without new austerity, with funding and a debt write-off or an exit fron the euro and suspension of payments of the unjust and non viable debt,” the statement signed by five members of the party said. Three of them are lawmakers and two members of SYRIZA's political committee.

Jul 10 14:18

CSS Hunley

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CSS Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy vessel. Will the people banning the Confederate flag demand the Hunley be erased from history? Will they demand the crew, now buried in White Points Garden graveyard, be dug up and tossed back into the ocean?

Jul 10 14:05

Protesters gather as Greece debates austerity

Jul 10 14:04

Greek PM Tsipras seeks party backing after abrupt concessions

The latest reform package was strikingly similar to the terms Greeks rejected in a referendum just last Sunday, angering members of the Syriza's hardline Left Platform wing. Five of them signed a letter saying it would be better to return to the drachma, Greece's pre-euro currency, than to swallow more austerity with no debt write-off.

Jul 10 13:54

Tories backtrack on plans for English votes for English laws

British Prime Minister David Cameron had promised voters to implement the plans in his first 100 days in office.

The decision to delay the plans comes amid concerns that the government was facing a defeat by excluding Scottish MPs from certain votes in Parliament.

Jul 10 13:50

Pentagon Concludes America Is Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World. US Plans War against Russia.

The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent.

Be sure to grasp the point: The threat is the existence of sovereign states, whose independence of action makes them “revisionist states.” In other words, their independence is out of step with the neoconservative Uni-Power doctrine that declares independent action to be the right of Washington alone. Washington’s History-given hegemony precludes any other country being independent in its actions. By definition, a country with a foreign policy independent of Washington is a threat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight: instead of attempting to negotiate, like reasonable adults in the room would do, the Pentagon wants...to wage war with Russia and China?!? And saying this, in this report, PLUBLICLY?!?

A short memo to the Pentagon: have you all gone collectively barking mad, to believe that a war against Russia could be effectively fought and won at this point, when the American military doesn't have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a CONVENTIONAL war against Russia?

Have you collectively drunk the Koolaid, that the over-priced, under-performing, behind-schedule weaponry you have purchased will actually work for our men and women in uniform, who are going to need to rely on those weapons to actually work?!?

I would strongly caution all of you to reconsider this course of action. The unintended consequences of such an attack may well be horrific... and irreversible.

Jul 10 13:39

U.S. Military Makes Monumental Shift To Hollowpoint Pistol Ammunition

The stunning announcement was made at the U.S Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey yesterday during the military’s two-day “industry day” for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), which will conclude today.

A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which outlawed the use of “dum-dum” and expanding bullets more than a century ago. It is the military’s position that the shift to jacketed hollowpoint (JHP) ammunition, which more efficiently transfers energy to the target and which presents much less of a risk of over-penetration, is more humane and less of a risk to innocent civilians downrange in modern combat where there are often no clear front lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why, and why now?!? This development is very alarming.

Jul 10 13:32

'One of the largest human experiments in history' was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco

But one fact many may not know about San Francisco's fog is that in 1950, the US military conducted a test to see whether it could be used to help spread a biological weapon in a "simulated germ-warfare attack." This was just the start of many such tests around the country that would go on in secret for years.

The test was a success, as Rebecca Kreston explains over at Discover Magazine, and "one of the largest human experiments in history."

But, as she writes, it was also "one of the largest offenses of the Nuremberg Code since its inception."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The pathogen used for the test was supposed to be "harmless", only making people sick enough to see a doctor, but in fact there were several deaths!

Jul 10 13:31

One Presidential Candidate Just Promised To Wage War In 4 Different Countries

Everywhere Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) looks in the world, he sees a crisis, and believes these combined crises could soon “throw the world into chaos we haven’t seen since WWII.”
In his first major foreign policy speech as a presidential candidate, Graham told a packed room at the Atlantic Council think tank in D.C. what he would do if he became Commander in Chief, a list that tilted heavily to where he would use military force.
Though he rattled off a laundry list of threats to U.S. national security throughout his speech, Graham called the current diplomatic negotiations with Iran “the greatest existential threat to world order” and “North Korea in the making.”
“I don’t mind Iran or any other nation having a nuclear power program for peaceful reasons,” he said. But if the current negotiations produce a deal that doesn’t include the ability for the U.S. to inspect Iran’s nuclear reactors “anytime, anywhere,” Graham would resort to “overwhelming” military force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how many stocks in defense industries Graham posesses, and how his personal profits will rise if, through some horrible nightmare scenario, he becomes the Republican's candidate for President, and gets elected.

And let's not pretend that we have not seen this before, someone originally considered "unelectable" by many, actually getting elected; remember George W. Bush's "election" (or, appointment, by the Supremes)?!?

Although Graham has served in the military (as a JAG for the Air Force), he personally has never seen combat.

And it strikes me that those candidates who have never been in the middle of a war zone are generally the most bloodthirsty about wanting to declare war on other countries, rather than try to do the adult, civilized thing by negotiation.

Jul 10 13:30

Dead raccoon honoured with Toronto sidewalk shrine

A Toronto raccoon gained a new level of notoriety on Thursday, when its impromptu memorial site began trending nationwide on Twitter.

Jul 10 13:19

Stampede at Clothing Giveaway Kills at Least 20 in Bangladesh

Police say a clothing giveaway in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, a city north of the capital, ended in the deaths of at least 20 people on Friday when a stampede broke out among hundreds of people trying to rush through narrow factory doors in order to get free clothing.

Jul 10 13:10

Syria represents worst refugee crisis in 25 years: U.N. official

More than 4 million Syrians have fled the country since the start of the four-year-long civil war, making it the worst refugee crisis in a quarter century, according to the United Nations.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reported that the total number of Syrian refugees “could be more than 4.25 million by the end of 2015?.

Additionally, more than 7.6 million Syrian people are internally displaced.

“This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” said António Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

“It is a population that deserves the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into abject poverty,” Guterres said in a statement on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama loves large numbers; he's probably very proud of these numbers.

I, as a very concerned Amercan citizen, am not proud of these numbers at all, because I know how deeply the US government is complicit in creating this humanitarian catastrophe.

Jul 10 13:06

NATO to open regional HQ in Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

NATO will open the first Baltic regional headquarters for its new rapid reaction force in Lithuania in the coming months, amid growing concerns over Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas says this will increase quick communication between national and alliance troops in the region. The base will be staffed by 40 people.
The head of the unit, Danish Col. J.S. Larsen, said Thursday the headquarters could co-ordinate operations of a division-sized unit "in case there is a need."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "Picador"-like behaviour on the part of NATO against Ruassia.

Folks, Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong. Ukraine was hit by a "putsch" last year, so that Poroshenko could be installed, as he was more "Western/NATO-centric" than his predecessor.

Following the putsch, Crimea, which had historically been Russian until Kruschiev annexed it to Ukraine in the 50s, requested to return to the Russian Federation. In a clear and fair referendum, watched by vetted international observers, the Crimeans voted to rejoin Russia. Russia accepted.

How in heaven's name can this be construed as "Russian aggression", when the aggressors were NATO, the US, and the IMF?!?!?

Logically, you can't.

Jul 10 12:55

Many girls in US prisons experienced sexual abuse: Report

One in four girls in the United States will experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18 and many of these girls become school dropouts and runaways who end up in prison, according to a new report.

Jul 10 12:49

Confusing Congressional Food Stamp Cut Strikes In Michigan

Nobody could tell Audrey Webster of Clinton Township, Michigan, why her monthly food stamps went down from more than $100 to just $16 in February. The letter she received didn't say much.

"It said they would be cut, that's all," Webster, 63, told HuffPost. She said she didn't get much more information when she called the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

"They just told me that it was cut for the government's reasons," she said.

The culprit is Washington. The farm bill President Barack Obama signed into law last year came with small reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Republicans pushed for steep cuts, arguing that food stamps were going to too many able-bodied adults who didn't have children and didn't have jobs. They pointed to a San Diego surfer who used his benefits for lobster and refused to get a real job. Democrats agreed to more modest cuts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is this woman supposed to do, dumpster dive for food to survive?!?

Most of the major food banks in this country are either completely tapped out, or running out of food on food distribution day. Trust me, I know: Mike and I support a local food bank, co-sponsored by my church and the local Catholic Church. It is always a race to make sure we have enough bags to provide for all the clients, characterized as "food insecure" by the state of Hawaii.

And the jobs?!? It's a "fuggetaboutit" moment, for jobs which are available, and generally have hundreds of applicants.

We the People are irrelevant and expendable to this government, which allows large corporations to offshore/outsource jobs where the labor is the cheapest they can find.

Jul 10 12:47

Hillary Clinton openly courting American Jews for their money, say critics

In an attempt to repair the damage done to the United States-Israeli relationship by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Hillary Clinton is attempting to convince Zionists and their supporters she truly loves Israel. According to the Jewish news media on Thursday, the presidential candidate, who possesses a reputation for having a casual relationship with truth, is telling deep-pocketed Jews that she would be more faithful to the Jewish State than her former boss, Barack Obama. But critics, especially Jewish hawks, claim that former President Bill Clinton and his female mirror image, Hillary, are the most successful 'con artists' in the political arena today.

Jul 10 12:43

International creditors discuss Greece's new proposals

The heads of the European Commission (EC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB) and the eurozone are to review a reform package offered by Athens to the lenders.

EC spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Friday the lenders were now studying the Greek proposals ahead of a meeting in Brussels Saturday of the Eurogroup, the 19-nation eurozone finance ministers.

Like vultures around a carcass...

Jul 10 12:41

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Shifting Nuclear Demands As Talks Drag On

The Iran nuclear talks turned Friday from talk of progress to a blame game, with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accusing the United States of shifting its demands. He dismissed a warning that the U.S. is ready to quit the negotiations as counterproductive.

Hours after his comments, Zarif met again U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for another try at resolving differences standing in the way of a landmark deal that offers Iran sanctions relief in exchange for long-term and verifiable curbs on nuclear programs which Tehran could turn to making weapons.

The tougher rhetoric mirrored the frustrations by the sides as the current round of talks entered its 14th day. After blowing past two extensions, negotiators had hoped to wrap up the talks by Friday, but Zarif's comments cast doubts that agreement was near.

The sides had hoped to seal a deal before the end of Thursday in Washington in attempts to avoid delays in implementing their promises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These talks have been engineered to fail from the beginning.

Jul 10 12:38

Why Hillary Clinton is moving left on every issue except Israel: In a letter to hawkish donor Haim Saban, she hints she may oppose a two-state resolution at the UN.

From immigration to campaign finance reform to criminal justice, Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy is clear: Move to Barack Obama’s left, to energize liberal voters. Except on Israel, where she’s moving to Barack Obama’s right, to energize hawkish donors.

The latest example is a just-released letter about her opposition to the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel (BDS). Among the most significant things about the letter is one of the people to whom it’s addressed: Haim Saban. (Hillary sent similar letters to at least two other Jewish organizational officials, Malcolm Hoenlein and Jack Rosen). Saban is neither an expert on the Middle East nor on Jewish law or culture. He’s a guy who writes large checks. These days, if Joseph Ber Soleveitchik or Abraham Joshua Heschel wanted to correspond with a presidential candidate, they’d first be asked to donate to his Super PAC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you very much, I do NOT want a President who is declared "Good for Israel".

I do not want a President who gives the orders for throwing bullets, bombs, and bodies at countries Israel doesn't like very much; and that pretty much includes ALL of Israel's neighbors.

A Clinton presidency will be a bloody presidency, with more and more wars fought to "defend" this ruthlessly artheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons. The dead and the maimed will be ours; so will the financial burdens of these wars, at a time when we are dealing with a 16 trillion dollar national debt deficiency.

We the People deserve better; far better than a Clinton presidency can ever deliver.

IF the Republicans had a brain cell left between them, they would seriously look at drafting Linda Lingle, former Republican Governor of Hawaii, as VP.
I have met the woman, and although we have our philosophical disagreements on some issues, I found her bright, charming, and very comfortable dealing with Heads of State at various business symposia here in Hawaii.

Jul 10 12:35

Government submits reform proposal to institutions and Parliament

The proposal doe not include the signatures of the Ministers of Productive Reconstruction Panagiotis Lafazanis and the Minister of National Defense Panos Kammenos. Mr. Lafazanis, who is the head of SYRIZA’s Left Platform, has expressed his opposition to the terms of the agreement.

Jul 10 12:33

Greek deal in sight as Germany bows to huge global pressure for debt relief

Germany is at last bowing to pressure as a chorus of countries and key institutions demand debt relief for Greece, a shift that could break the five-month stalemate and avert a potentially disastrous rupture of monetary union at this Sunday’s last-ditch summit.

In a highly significant move, the European Council has called on both sides to make major concessions, insisting that the creditor powers must do their part as the radical Syriza government puts forward a new raft of proposals on economic reforms before a deadline expires tonight.

Jul 10 12:33

Israeli Facebook users launch 'Death to Arabs' campaign

A number of Israeli activists have launched a racist campaign against Arabs on Facebook, calling it "Death to Arabs", Quds Press reported on Wednesday.

Jul 10 12:30

Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says

The man accused of killing nine people in a historically black church in South Carolina last month should not have been able to buy the gun he used in the attack, the F.B.I. said Friday, in what was the latest acknowledgment of flaws in the national background check system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It was a mistake. Really! Nobody gave him that gun to stage a false-flag shooting for political gain because, because, because ... well, just because! We don't do that sort of thing here in the United States. really. Honest!" -- official White Horse Souse

Jul 10 12:28

Someone Pull The Plug Or This Will End In War

Yes, it’s still entirely possible that Tsipras submitted this last set of proposals knowing full well they won’t be accepted. But he’s already gone way too far in his concessions. This is an exercise in futility.

It’s time to acknowledge this is a road to nowhere. From where I’m sitting, Yanis Varoufakis has been the sole sane voice in this whole 5 month long B-movie. I think Yanis also conceded that it was no use trying to negotiate anything with the troika, and that that’s to a large extent why he left.

Yanis will be badly, badly needed for Greece going forward. They need someone to figure out where to go from here.

Just like Europe needs someone to figure out how to deconstruct Brussels without the use of heavy explosives. Because there are just two options here: either the EU will -more or less- peacefully fall apart, or it will violently blow apart.

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Jul 10 12:26

Baltimore Police Chief Allowed Looting to Discredit Protestors, Says Union

Veteran police officers Kenneth Butler and Neil Franklin discuss a report issued by the Fraternal Order of Police that accuses recently fired Chief Batts of ordering police to stand down during looting so protestors would be blamed as the aggressors

Jul 10 12:24

Donald Trump Refuses to Apologize, DESTROYS Pro-Amnesty Critics With 7 Words!

After noting the high crime rate among illegal immigrants – including rapists and murderers – Amnesty advocates have been demanding he apologize. After all, lawbreakers usually continue breaking laws.

But Trump is not backing down! His response to a Fox News host was: “I can never apologize for the truth.”

Jul 10 12:23

Greece's Reform Proposal Welcomed By Creditors, But Leftists Wary Of More Austerity

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought his left-wing party's backing on Friday for a new budget austerity package that is harsher than what he urged Greeks to reject in a vote just last week, but would provide the country will longer-term financial support.

Government ministers signed off on the sweeping new measures, which include pension cuts and tax increases that are likely to inflict further pain on a people that have just emerged from a six-year economic depression.

If approved, Greece would in return get a three-year package of loans worth nearly $60 billion as well as some form of debt relief. The package would be far larger than the 7.2 billion euros creditors had been offering to Greece during the previous five months of fruitless negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tsipras has sold out his fellow and sister Greeks with this move.

It looks as though he named his price to the IMF, and they bought him, or they had something blackmaiable on him.

Either way, if this offer is accepted by Greece's creditors, there may well be rioting in the streets, possibly followed by a full-on civil war.

Jul 10 12:21

Despite GOP pressure, Donald Trump not backing off immigration rhetoric

A day after the Republican National Committee chairman asked the reality television star to tone down his rhetoric, Trump refused to back off his portrayal of Mexican immigrants as criminals. At the same time, he vowed to file paperwork next week ensuring he would qualify for next month's Republican presidential debate, where his hardline immigration policies could emerge as a focus on national television.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nor should he! The corporate media is smearing Trump by claiming that he said ALL illegal immigrants are criminals. (Technically, all illegal immigrants are criminals by virtue of the fact that they are here in the US illegally in the first place.) That isn't what Trump said. He said that a large number of them are criminals, and the statistics on crimes committed by illegals supports him. The Politically Correct anti-truth people are afraid of Trump because he has the backbone to talk about what is really going wrong with this nation, rather than toe the accepted party doctrine. I fully expect the GOP to give Trump the Ron Paul treatment and eject him from the race as quickly as they can because he is a threat to the status-quo! Trump may go third party and despite my earlier misgivings about him, I will support him in 2016 if for no other reason than to force the political machine and the American people to confront the non-politically-correct reality of what has been going on! .

Jul 10 12:15

Jesus camp for adults seeks to impose Christianity on the US by converting 1,000 pastors into politicians

Some 300 evangelical pastors convened in Orlando on Friday with a single goal in mind: To learn how to adapt their preaching and outreach skills for the pursuit of political office. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, himself a former Southern Baptist minister, was slated to the give the keynote address.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, here's the deal. I am a Christian (a Methodist to be precise), but this kind of thinking scares the stuffing out of me.

There is a movement in the religous right in this country, to turn it into a Christian Theocracy, and replace the Constitution and Bill of Rights with Biblical dictates.

The movement is called "Dominionism", and has been highly effective in hijacking Pentecostal churches, one of which has been attended by Sarah Palin in Wasilla.

As reported in alternet.org in 2008:

The Third Wave is a revival of the theology of the Latter Rain tent revivals of the 1950s and 1960s led by William Branham and others. It is based on the idea that in the end times there will be an outpouring of supernatural powers on a group of Christians that will take authority over the existing church and the world. The believing Christians of the world will be reorganized under the Fivefold Ministry and the church restructured under the authority of Prophets and Apostles and others anointed by God. The young generation will form "Joel's Army" to rise up and battle evil and retake the earth for God. While segments of this belief system have been a part of Pentecostalism and charismatic beliefs for decades, the excesses of this movement were declared a heresy in 1949 by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, and again condemned through Resolution 16 in 2000.

In my world, I want faith to be by invitation and love; not coersion. I shudder to think what will happen to this country if these people are able to take it over.

Jul 10 11:58

Agency’s request for 52,000 rounds of ammo for Hoover Dam prompts inquiry

In a move that’s prompting questions about the stockpiling of weapons by the federal government’s nonmilitary agencies, the Bureau of Reclamation wants to buy 52,000 rounds of ammunition for use in law enforcement at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

After learning about the purchase request, Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei vowed to inquire with the bureau about its operations, number of officers carrying firearms and how much ammunition it uses, according Brian Baluta, a spokesman for Amodei.

Department officials declined to provide specific information to the Sun regarding details of the ammunition purchase request. “We want to limit the amount of information any bad guys might have about our protection capabilities,” said Rose Davis, a Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

52,000 rounds?!?

Really?!?

What in heave;s name are they expecting, for someone to attempt to sabotage the Dam?!?

Jul 10 11:55

ENCRYPTION IS AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE: THE FOUNDING FATHERS FREQUENTLY USED IT … AND IT HELPED WIN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

SPYING V. PRIVACY: AN ANCIENT BATTLE

The battle between the NSA, FBI and other government agencies who are pushing to outlaw encryption and those who want privacy is the same battle fought by the Founding Fathers more than 2oo years ago.

After all, the NSA is doing to modern Americans what King George did to Colonial America … which was one of the main reasons the Founders launched the Revolution. And see this.

And Benjamin Franklin was called a traitor (like Edward Snowden) for blowing the whistle on the government’s actions.

ENCRYPTION DURING THE REVOLUTION

While encryption might seem like a new affair, it is actually very old school … and something which the Founding Fathers extensively used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The current demand for only the encryption that only US government agencies can decipher, is a clear demonstration of a government terrified of its own citizens.

And, as Mike demonstrated, 6 times on this website, none of the alphabet soup agencies in the US were able to decipher the encryption he created.

And please rest assured, the "bad guys" (drug dealers, etc.) already have encryption in place which is pretty bullet proof at this point, and unreachable by Federal authorities.

Jul 10 11:49

END OF ASPARTAME? STUDY LINKS DIET SODA TO MAJOR PROBLEMS

It’s nothing new to report that aspartame is an artificial sweetener everyone should aim to avoid. In the past, it has been proven to contribute to a list of ailments, including Diabetes, neurological concerns, weight gain, brain fog, and more.

But in a study (published in 2014) which took place over 10 years and involved 60,000 women, it was determined that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease.

In the largest study of its kind, The University of Iowa concluded the following:

[C]ompared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This product has a very dark history, and was known to be a helth killer when it was introduced into food products. As reported at rense.com in August, 2005:

Today, Donald Rumsfeld is known throughout the world as the zealous U.S. Secretary of Defense who is waging a global "war on terror" in search of "terrorists" and "weapons of mass destruction." Most people, however, are not aware that Rumsfeld himself unleashed a chemical weapon of mass destruction upon the world in 1981-and it,s still out there destroying people all over the world. That "WMD" is aspartame and it has been scientifically and anecdotally linked to millions of chronic illnesses and deaths. The evidence shows that, with full knowledge of aspartame,s neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity, Rumsfeld, as the CEO of G.D. Searle, Co., "called in his markers" to achieve U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the artificial sweetener aspartame, better known by its trade name "NutraSweet." Consumer advocate attorney Jim Turner, who was instrumental in the 1969 banning of cyclamate in the U.S. for its link to various forms of cancer, met with representatives of aspartame approval petitioner Searle in 1974. The main topic of discussion was neuroscientist Dr. John Olney,s 1971 study which showed that aspartic acid caused lesions in the brains of infant mice. According to Turner, arguably the world,s foremost authority on aspartame,s dubious legal history, Rumsfeld was apparently hired by Searle for one specific purpose: To obtain FDA approval for aspartame.

How can a corporation buy off regulators with a product they know will poison people, and lead to horrendous deaths?!? I sure as heck don't know, but I do know that they are out there!!

Jul 10 11:44

'Communist crucifix' puts Pope Francis on the spot

The Vatican is seeking to explain a "Communist crucifix" given to Pope Francis by Bolivian President Evo Morales, saying it's a symbol of dialogue and not an offensive melding of faith and ideology.

Mr Morales gave the crucifix carved into a hammer and sickle to Francis when they met on Wednesday upon the Pope's arrival in Bolivia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if the same people who are banning the Confederate flag (even though it never actually was) will now want to ban the Pope!

Jul 10 11:41

Greek government approves brutal austerity measures in proposal to EU

Greece’s Syriza-led government agreed to a massive new €13 billion (US$14.34 billion) package of austerity measures yesterday evening, less than a week after Sunday’s landslide “no” vote in a referendum on European Union (EU) austerity.

Jul 10 11:40

NEW SWAT DOCUMENTS GIVE SNAPSHOT OF UGLY MILITARIZATION OF U.S. POLICE

Extensive records from SWAT team raids in northeastern Massachusetts released today by the American Civil Liberties Union corroborate what police reform advocates have long insisted: that “Special Weapons And Tactics” units spend a majority of their time responding to low-risk situations that do not require SWAT’s quasi-military approach.

The documents include after-action reports from 79 SWAT operations between August 2012 and June 2014 by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or NEMLEC, a consortium of police departments covering 925 square miles in Middlesex and Essex Counties outside Boston. According to NEMLEC, its SWAT team exists to respond to “critical incidents,” mainly “active shooters, armed barricaded subjects, hostage takers, and terrorists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Overkill by police departments has become the new normal, all over this country.

What we have had happen, in terms of American policing, is a return to "Code Napoleon Law", in which the suspect was considered guilty until proven innocent, which is the absolute polar opposite of the "innocent until proven guilty" premise of American jurisprudence.

This kind of policing, many times taught by IDF or ex-IDF members, is about enforcing fear, and causing police to treat innocent Americans just the way the IDF treats innocent Palestinians.

This is absolutely so wrong, that I don't know where to begin.

Jul 10 11:40

Israel accused of racism over case of Ethiopian Jew missing in Gaza

The belated admission by Israel that one of its citizens was last seen entering Gaza 10 months ago, and that little is known of his fate since, has caused outrage among the country’s small community of Ethiopian Jews.

Avraham Mengistu’s family, able to speak for the first time on Thursday after a gag order imposed since September was lifted, accused the government and security forces of foot-dragging and racism.

The assumption among Israeli authorities is that the 28-year-old has been detained by Hamas in Gaza since he went missing.

Jul 10 11:31

Poll: Majority of Americans Support States Opting Out of Federal Programs

A recent Rasmussen poll indicates a growing number of Americans agree with James Madison and support state refusal to cooperate with the federal government.

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Jul 10 11:12

Ex-Politicians Profit Off the Misery They Caused

As nauseating as that figure is – plus another $50,000 for a previous Laura Bush speech – the news has earned more attention because of the audience the Bushes had. That would be Helping a Hero, a controversy-dogged nonprofit which helps severely injured veterans from the War on Terror afford disability accessible houses, attend family counseling.

Jul 10 11:07

Katherine Archuleta ousted as OPM director after massive data hack

Katherine Archuleta, the chief human resources officer who oversaw arguably the worst data breach in federal history, was ousted Friday, just a day after she insisted she was staying in for the long haul.

Jul 10 11:06

“Blame the Greeks” – 5 Persistent Myths

For most people in the western world, this is their first exposure to this kind of an economic situation. However, this is not new at all. The exact playbook has been used for many decades to take over countries around the world. Two good books to read about austerity, neoliberalism and corporatocracy are “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins and “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein.

Jul 10 11:05

Lindsey Graham: Trump Is Going To Kill The Party

Senator and Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham told CNN that Trump's anti-Mexican rant is killing the GOP. Graham has a history with The Donald, who helped him to be elected before, but said even though Trump has done wonderful things, his remarks about illegal immigrants is destroying the GOP's chances at taking back the White House:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; the GOP is going to give Trump the Ron Paul treatment!

Jul 10 10:48

The Greeks Fight Back: Oxi to Austerity

The July 5 referendum in Greece provides the clearest and most inspiring evidence to date, but the message it conveyed has been clear for a long time: that people hate the banksters who impose austerity upon them, and that they hate austerity even more.

What could be more understandable? Most people are working more (or no less) for less (or no more) — not for the age old reason, that there is not enough to go around, but because of the machinations of banksters, and the politicians and bureaucrats who serve their interests and the interests of their class brothers and sisters.

Jul 10 10:47

JFK: Judyth Vary Baker cements Oswald in the Doorway (therefore he could not have shot JFK)

Among the most contentious issues in JFK research has been whether Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of JFK, was caught in a famous photo taken by AP photographer James “Ike” Altgens in (what is known as) the Altgens6. The question is of enormous importance, since, if he was in the doorway at the time, he could not have been on the 6th floor shooting at JFK.

It therefore gives me great pleasure to report that the issue has been decisively settled by new research from Judyth Vary Baker. Lee not only cannot have been “the lone assassin”–he cannot even have been a shooter! He was innocent of the assassination of JFK. He said he was “the patsy” and that he had been in the doorway with Bill Shelly during the shooting, which has been proven–objectively and scientifically, through collaborative research–to be true.

Jul 10 10:47

Senior British Police Chief Charged in Massive Sex Abuse Inquiry

A senior British police chief was charged with the rape and sexual assault of three boys Thursday, just hours after a massive public inquiry into child sex abuse was officially opened.

Gordon Anglesea, 78, a senior policeman in Wales for 34 years, is accused of abusing three boys between the ages of 11 and 16 in the late 1970s and ’80s.

Jul 10 10:46

For The First Time Since It Was Mexico, California Now Has More Latinos Than Whites

Two weeks ago, we highlighted a statistic that reflects the rapid demographic shift taking place in America. Non-Hispanic whites, Bloomberg reported, citing the Census Bureau, are no longer the majority in Americans under 5 years old.

Why does this matter or, perhaps more to the point, why do we mention it here? Because demographic shifts often have far-reaching consequences for the economy.

Jul 10 10:43

A List of Companies was handed out on Floor of NYSE BEFORE trading began–CNN then pulls story 5 hours later!

I felt I needed to record a clip by CNN about the "tech glitch" where a CNN reporter clearly indicates that a list of "problematic stocks" was circulated to traders and stockbrokers on the floor before the market opened. This CNN news clip has since been removed, and I can't find it anywhere.

Jul 10 10:42

Top 5 Chemical Weapon Tests The British Conducted On Their Own People

Unfortunately, this article is not satirical. Instead, it documents five, historically factual cases where the British Government thought it would be a great idea to test chemical and biological weapons upon their own people during the Cold War.

Jul 10 10:42

Secret Document Shows CIA Reaction to Finding No WMD in Iraq

The National Security Archive has posted several newly available documents Monday, one of them an account by Charles Duelfer of the search he led in Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, with a staff of 1,700 and the resources of the U.S. military. Duelfer was appointed by CIA Director George Tenet to lead a massive search after an earlier massive search led by David Kay had determined that there were no WMD stockpiles in Iraq. Duelfer went to work in January 2004, to find nothing for a second time, on behalf of people who had launched a war knowing full well that their own statements about WMDs were not true.

Jul 10 10:40

Canada intensifies air campaign in Iraq

Canadian fighter jets have stepped up airstrikes in northern and central Iraq as Iraqi government forces struggle to contain advances by Islamic State militants, bombing 18 targets in the past four weeks.

“The overall result is that the Iraqis are slowly taking back control of their territory,” said navy Capt. Paul Forget at a briefing Thursday on Canada’s mission known as Operation IMPACT.

Canada’s intensified air campaign has not conducted any airstrikes recently against ISIL targets in Syria. In fact, three months after a controversial motion passed Parliament to expand the air war into Syria, the U.S.-led coalition has assigned CF-18s to attacks on Syrian territory only three times.

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Jul 10 10:30

Jeb is toast. Rich white guy says working americans must work harder. economy's problems are OUR fault.

Jeb Bush said that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours,” ABC News reports.

Jul 10 10:28

Saudi Arabia withdraws $65 billion in first half of this year

Saudi Arabia withdrew 244 billion riyals ($65.1bn) from its general monetary reserve during the first five months of 2015, a Saudi official said.

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Apparently it is not cheap committing war crimes in Yemen!

Jul 10 10:26

Security Council views US draft resolution to investigate use of chemical weapons in Syria

The US delegation to the UN revealed a draft resolution yesterday which calls on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to form a Joint Investigative Mechanism with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to look into their use in Syria.

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Here we go again. "We have a right to attack [insert name of target here] because they have WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!!"

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Jul 10 10:26

Israel proposes law allowing execution of Palestinian prisoners

Sharon Gal, Knesset member for the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, is scheduled to present a new bill to the Knesset on Sunday that would allow the execution of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Jul 10 10:23

The Real Holocaust Victims Were the Victims of British Firebombing in World War II

Jul 10 10:17

More Than 2,800 People Are Dead in Yemen, So Why Is the Media Silent?

In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State’s barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria’s majestic city of Palmyra.

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Jul 10 10:10

The NeoCons’ Confederate Problem—and America’s

Since the Charleston shootings, GOP officials have been scrambling to comply with Leftist demands that Southern Whites be stripped of visible signs of their Confederate heritage. The GOP has actually been downplaying the Confederacy for years—Jeb Bush conspicuously removed Confederate banners and insignias from the Florida statehouse back in 2001. [Jeb Bush Ordered The Confederate Flag Removed From Florida Capitol 14 Years Ago, By Scott Conroy,Huffingtonpost.Com, June 19, 2015] (But the GOP’s efforts to dump the Mississippi state flag i ncluding the Southern Cross were frustrated when a majority of the population, including almost a quarter of the black population, voted to retain it).

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So, apparently the GOP figured that if they got rid of the Confederate flag, the black population would forget all about the economy, the wars, the pandering to Israel, etc. and blindly vote for them? That strikes me as a dangerous degree of naivete!

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Jul 10 10:09

Israel bans Palestinian TV channel for Arab citizens

Israel's minister of public security issued a banning order on Thursday against F48 (short for Falastin 1948 — "Palestine 1948") television channel, which is geared towards the Arab citizens of Israel. "I will not allow Israel's sovereignty to be harmed or allow the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold in the country," insisted Gilad Erdan.

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