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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

"And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. "

"How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. " -- attributed to Julius Caesar

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April 22, 2015

Apr 22 04:49

Scientists Have Warned for Years that Monsanto’s Roundup Causes Cancer

A professor in Argentina backs up the WHO’s classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen, noting that the international scientific community has known for years that the herbicide glyphosate causes cancer.

Backing up the World Health Organization’s recent re-classification, a professor in the Department of Ecotoxicology at the National University of Littoral in Argentinaa and researcher from the primary national research council of Argentina, CONICET, says that “the international scientific community has warned for years, backed up by studies, that glyphosate is carcinogenic. It is good that WHO has recognized this fact.”

Apr 22 04:47

Ex Pharmaceutical Executive Shares His Story of Industry Corruption

Dr. John Rengen Virapen, former Eli Lilly & Co executive, who after 35 years of service decided to quit and speak out about Big Pharma’s method for profit and the benefit of symptomatic diseases that people live with for the duration of their lives, shares his story about his time in pharmaceutical sales, the corruption in the industry, and what is this doing to the population. Worth to watch every minute!!

https://youtu.be/g8bt8eUB1CU

Apr 22 03:46

(*BEX) Taliban Are Said to Target Hazaras to Try to Match ISIS’ Brutality

The police in Ghazni Province on Sunday confirmed that four Hazara farmers who had been kidnapped by the Taliban had been found beheaded in Ajristan District. Another six Hazaras from Daikundi Province who had been kidnapped by unknown assailants were also found dead, dumped in Ajristan District, less than a week after their families began searching for them
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Beheading is not normally a Taliban tactic, but the insurgents seem to be trying to make an ugly example of the Hazaras, in what is seen by some as a bid for attention.

“The Taliban are trying to send out a new message that they are similar in their brutality to ISIS,” said Shahgul Rezaye, a Hazara member of Parliament, referring to Islamic State extremists from Iraq and Syria, who have reportedly been trying to recruit supporters in Afghanistan. “They’re trying to show they are as bad as ISIS.”
(*BULL$#!^)

Apr 22 03:29

Saudi Arabia resumes airstrikes in Yemen

CNN: Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after announcing the end of its "Operation Decisive Storm," a nearly month-long campaign against Houthi positions.

Apr 22 03:15

New Zealand’s Premier Apologizes for Pulling Waitress’s Hair

The waitress made her complaint public in an anonymous blog post on Wednesday, saying that Mr. Key, a frequent visitor to the Auckland cafe where she works, had tugged on her ponytail repeatedly over a period of months
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In her blog post, the waitress said that at first she did not complain directly to the prime minister, but that when he tried to pull her hair on March 13, she backed away, wagged her finger and repeatedly said no. Two weeks later, she said, after he tugged on her hair once more as he left the cafe, she told him, “Please STOP or I will actually hit you soon!”

According to the waitress, Mr. Key returned shortly thereafter with two bottles of wine and said: “This is for you, sorry. I didn’t realize.” She wrote that his assertion that he had not been aware his behavior was unwelcome “was almost more offensive than the harassment itself.”



April 21, 2015

Apr 21 22:07

Farewell Oles Buzina: Mourners Bid Adieu to Slain Journalist in Kiev on April 19

A four-minute news report on 1 TV in Russia captured the raw emotions of those attending the service. They had harsh words for the Ukraine government and the descent into murderous political violence which it has brought to the country.



Apr 21 22:03

Wealth Destruction for the 99.9 Percent

Blaming the 1% for diminished prosperity avoids the real reasons for designed poverty. In round terms, the seven billion souls that populate this planet translate into seventy million to be part of the 1%. Well, that amount is still a very large number to blame for the systemic transfer of riches into the hands of the few. A far more relevant approach is to examine the .001% or around seven million that fall into the mover or shakers of asset and possessions. Before targeting this group of mega wealth, that figure includes a very significant number, who are non players when it comes to global politics or transnational finance.

Apr 21 22:01

In the War Zone of Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine has imposed an economic blockade on Donetsk and Lugansk, including cessation of payment of old age pensions and other social benefits since last June. One piece of good news while we were in Donetsk is that the new government is in a position to assume payment of old age pensions as of April 1. We talked to elderly people lined up at the branches of the new banking system to receive their pensions. They were happy to be receiving payment, finally, but none too happy with the war that finds them in such a lineup.

Apr 21 21:58

Eurasian emporium or nuclear war?

Move over, Cold War 2.0. The real story, now and for the foreseeable future, in its myriad declinations, and of course, ruling out too many bumps in the road, is a new, integrated Eurasia forging ahead.

Apr 21 21:55

Truth Is Washington’s Enemy

Washington’s problem is that whereas Washington controls the print and TV media in the US and its vassal states in Europe, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and Japan, Washington does not control Internet sites, such as this one, or media, such as RT, of non-vassal states. Consequently, Washington’s lies are subject to challenge, and as people lose confidence in Western print and TV media because of the propaganda content, Washington’s agendas, which depend on lies, are experiencing rougher sledding.



Apr 21 21:51

Escalation or Cease Fire? Saudi Arabia Claims Pause in Attack on Yemen

It was not immediately clear whether announcement will lead to sustained halt to military assault or relief for Yemenis facing humanitarian crisis.

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Apr 21 19:01

America’s First $1 Trillion Company

Apple’s success in the past few years is no big secret, but did you know that just 18 years ago it was slated for bankruptcy?

Apr 21 18:56

CEO Raises vs. the Average Employee

Since the recession in 2008, employee raises and bonus have largely been suspended or cut back in an effort to save money. But CEOs of most major companies are still seeing large bonuses and raises despite the slow financial recovery of some companies.

Apr 21 18:29

FDA: Kind Bars Can’t Be Labeled “Healthy” But Big Food Can Make False Claims

Those noble sentinels of our health at the FDA have laid down a verdict. According to them, Kind bars aren’t healthy and they must immediately stop claiming that they are.

Meanwhile, Kellogg's can say whatever they want about their products.

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Apr 21 18:24

Monsanto and Others Caught Paying Internet ‘Trolls’ to Attack Activists

Have you ever seen a post, comment, or reply that absolutely reeked of behind-the-scenes compensation by corporations like Monsanto? In the growing age of internet activism, and the expansion of social media as a tool to spread the word on real issues, paid internet trolling is becoming a new career path.



Apr 21 18:12

America Lying About ISIS and Everything

A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about CIA training camps in Jordan. The expose was a hoax. The WSJ is a Murdoch/Israeli publication that was providing cover to the CIA/Jordanian/Israeli nexus supporting ISIS and Al Nusra against the Damascus government.

The story in the WSJ described lack of funding, total lack of ammunition and supplies and told of a failed operation with few recruits and little US involvement. The story was a lie. There are massive weapons depots outside Amman that supply ISIS and supply lines from the Red Sea ports of both Israel and Jordan that run directly into the Daara region of Syria.

This is one lie, we will be looking at many.

Apr 21 17:23

Grexit: Remaining In The Eurozone Is No Longer ‘The Base Case’ For Greece

According to the Wall Street Journal, Greece staying in the eurozone is no longer “the base case” for European officials, and one even told the Journal that “literally nothing has been achieved” in negotiations with the new Greek government since the Greek election almost three months ago. In other words, you can take all of that stuff you heard about how the Greek crisis was fixed and throw it out the window. Over the next few months, a big chunk of Greek government bonds held by the IMF and the European Central Bank will mature.



Apr 21 16:49

Confirmed: Lobbyists Calling the Shots for SB277; Community Outpour Ignored

By Jefferey Jaxen

After the historic outpouring of families to halt the passing of SB277 last Wednesday in California, information has now been made public to further put into question the bill’s credibility...

Apr 21 15:45

How the Federal Reserve Is Destroying Your Economic Future

When it comes to what goes on in the marble corridors of the Federal Reserve, Americans tend to be suspicious. For different reasons, both the right and the left have challenged Fed policies aimed at bolstering the economy in the wake of the Great Recession.

In two papers for the Institute of New Economic Thinking’s Working Group on the Political Economy of Distribution, “Have Large Scale Asset Purchases Increased Bank Profits?” and the forthcoming “The Impact of ‘Quantitative Easing’ on Expected Profits: Explaining the Rise and Fall of the Fed’s QE Policy,” economist Gerald Epstein and his colleague Juan Antonio Montecino sought to find out who in the economy tends to benefit from the Fed’s actions. They conclude that Wall Street and wealthy Americans are the big winners from policies like quantitative easing, while the rest see little improvement in their economic lives. End result? Inequality is getting worse.



Apr 21 15:34

Man’s death in police custody sparks Baltimore protests

The death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who is believed to have died from a severed spine while in police custody, has sparked protests in Baltimore. Anya Parampil spoke to residents of the city who relayed their fears and concerns about the Baltimore Police Department.

Apr 21 15:33

S&P 500 Has Gone 34 Days Without a Record

Apr 21 15:20

Reverse Repos Go Parabolic: ‘Liquidity Shock’ Derivatives Melt-Down Has Begun!

The strange volatility we’ve been experiencing in the markets is occurring because there’s is a massive derivatives melt-down going on behind the scenes.

The Fed is engaging in an enormous reverse repo operation in order to prevent the global financial system from collapsing.

The ONLY REASON the Fed would need to inject massive amounts of Treasuries into the global banking system is because there’s an extreme shortage.

A massive derivatives accident requiring MASSIVE amounts of collateral to be posted has developed

Apr 21 15:14

Russia Buys 30 Tonnes Of Gold In March

I don’t know what event will trigger a failure in the west’s gold capping abilities, but I have a feeling that it will be an event that will make life very uncomfortable for everyone…

Apr 21 15:07

Flashback - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: The Dead Voice of "al Qaeda" in Iraq

"The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, in an internal 2004 memo praising the propaganda campaign to hype the threat of Iraq's "terrorist mastermind" Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

I'm frankly amazed this Washington Post story from Monday hasn't gotten more play.

What it exposes is that Bush administration never stopped lying to the American people about the threats faced in Iraq. Just as it did with WMD before the war, the administration hyped the threat posed by Zarqawi during the occupation -- this time to make it seem as though Iraq were a vital part of the battle with Al Qaeda.

Apr 21 15:00

Judge orders NY transportation authority to run 'Killing Jews' ad

US District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan says ad is protected speech under First Amendment of US Constitution.

Apr 21 14:59

Massachusetts Transit Authority wins court battle over banned pro-Israel subway ads

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) won its court battle against a non-profit group aiming to place pro-Israel advertisements at some of Boston's busiest subway stops as well as on and inside the trains, The Boston Globe reported on Monday.



Apr 21 14:59

Rivero challenges the NSA

The point of these exercises is to prove that the NSA is not really all that great at cryptography in the era of cheap computing equipment. Their "success" at spying rests on the people of the world using standard off-the-shelf encryption systems for which the NSA has the method and can brute force the keys, or as has proven to be the case, simply has bribed the creators of these commercial products to build in back doors. As we demonstrate here, real criminals and real terrorists can, with little effort, create encryption systems the NSA cannot break. Certainly in these times the NSA would welcome the positive publicity resulting from their finding the computer criminals who broke into Target, or are behind the Cryptolocket extortion racket. The NSA has a powerful motive to find and have arrested these high-profile computer criminals. That they have not, means they cannot.

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Apr 21 14:26

In New York, 88,000 people have applied for 55 affordable apartments in a single building

In New York, 88,000 people have applied for 55 affordable apartments in a single building
You may recall the infamous "poor door" development in New York — a luxury high-rise condo in Manhattan designed to include 55 affordable units that will be accessible from a separate entrance. The developer, Extell, agreed to include the below market-rate apartments in exchange for permission from the city to construct a larger building on the site than the zoning code would normally allow. Affordable housing advocates, the mayor and the media, though, cried foul when they realized that Extell intended to separate the rich from the poor.

Apr 21 14:12

Jewish money flooding Presidential campaign. Lindsey Graham jokes he will have “all-Jewish Cabinet.”

A joke by Lindsey Graham to the extent that he expects so much Jewish money due to his shameless shilling for Israel that he will have to appoint an “all-Jewish cabinet” says so much about the state of politics in America. Some Jewish journalists in fact have voiced their discomfort with Graham’s jokes because it could open people’s eyes to the link between Jewish money, the appointment of Jewish officials, and pro-Israel policies.

Apr 21 14:10

The silence of Greville Janner - Child Sex Crimes Coverup

If Britain’s leading law officer thought she was putting an unfortunate episode to rest when she tried to quietly drop her most difficult case then she was in for a rude shock — people are in no mood to let the child rape charges against Lord Greville Janner go unanswered.

The explosion of outrage at this inexplicable decision has ensured that, for once, it will not go unchallenged. The injustice is too overwhelming, the double standard too glaring and the incompetence is too blatant.

Apr 21 14:07

Will Top Gun 2 Be Made In Time for The Next 'Great War?'

The character, Maverick, will probably be an Admiral by now. Navy recruitment skyrocketed after the first movie hit theaters.

See also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1745960/

Apr 21 14:05

ALL WARS ARE BANKERS' WARS!

"Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of a pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for this world would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you wish to remain slaves of the Bankers and pay for the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits." -- Sir Josiah Stamp, President of the Bank of England in the 1920s, the second richest man in Britain

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Apr 21 14:04

Liberate the Bank of Canada, Intrepid Think Tank Urges

You know the old aphorism -- "If a tree falls in the forest...?" Well, how about this one: If citizens win a significant victory in court against an autocratic government involving the fleecing of Canadians of billions of their hard-earned tax dollars and no one in the media actually covers it, did it really happen?

That might well be the question being asked over at the Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) a very small and low-budget Toronto think tank. With their lawyer Rocco Galati (of Supreme Court fame in the Marc Nadon case), they have been steadily winning court battles initiated in 2011 that would oblige the Bank of Canada to return to its pre-1974 practice of lending the government money virtually interest free. But the mainstream media has boycotted the story. Galati believes the Harper government has done some serious arm-twisting to keep the story buried.

Apr 21 13:29

Apple, Google helping terrorists with encryption – Manhattan DA

Allowing users to take advantage of advanced encryption in order to keep their messages and mobile communication out of the government’s hands will only help terrorists

Apr 21 13:19

And it's gone

Apr 21 12:55

Police involved in standoffs in Ferguson and St. John

Ferguson police are involved in a standoff after responding to report of a shooting in Ferguson. A person has barricaded themselves into a home in the suspects 400 block of Warford. Ferguson police say that a man shot his brother in the head. The victim has been taken to the hospital and was alert in the ambulance.

Apr 21 12:52

With millennials gaining influence, surveillance reform is inevitable

About a year ago, a thirtysomething sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast.

Apr 21 12:50

10 Ways To Screw The System

Apr 21 12:49

Obama Pentagon Caught in Major Cover Up of Mass Murder of US Troops

Apr 21 12:29

Woman Successfully Defends Herself from Armed Attacker Only to Be Shot When Police Arrive

South Huntsville, AL– A woman was shot by police Sunday evening after her estranged husband, against whom who she had filed multiple protection orders, broke into her home and threatened her with a weapon. Lisa Skinner, was at the house she shares with her mother on Sunday as Bradley Skinner, broke the glass on a back door and entered the home carrying a pistol and a large knife.

Apr 21 12:28

New Study: Millennials Don’t Like Credit Cards

Some 36% of millennials — those aged 18 to 29 — have never owned a credit card...

Apr 21 12:27

Tennessee Legislature Repeals Common Core

Yesterday, in a bipartisan vote, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted unanimously (97:0) to repeal Common Core. The Tennessee State Senate will take up the measure today, and is expected to pass the bill.

Apr 21 12:25

BREAKING: DEA Chief Preparing to Resign Over Colombian Drug Cartel Sex Party Scandal

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart is reportedly planning to step down from her post amid Department of Justice allegations that subordinate Drug Enforcement Administration agents participated in sex parties with prostitutes funded by Colombian drug cartels.

Apr 21 12:17

FBI Corruption May Have Led to Execution of 14 Innocent People

FBI corruption has led to other innocent deaths. And a U.S. Congressional committee admitted that – as part of its “Cointelpro” campaign – the FBI used many provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists.

Apr 21 12:10

Strawberries Found to Help With Insulin Resistance and Obesity Related Disease

Strawberries seem simple enough, but they've been hiding beautiful and benevolent complexities that are ripe for research.

Previous research found that strawberries could help prevent throat cancer. Look at the shape when you cut one horizontally - does it not look like a human trachea or throat? Or a pair of lips? Doesn't its crimson hue make you wonder if it works on cardiovascular help?

Apr 21 12:07

BEX Alert!!! - "US cities to hold huge celebrations for Israeli Independence Day"

The Israeli-American Council will hold celebrations marking Israel's Independence Day this year for the first time, in a sign of the organization's expansion and the growth of the Israeli community in the United States.

The five mass festivals around the US will take place throughout May and will be the largest Jewish activity in North America, with more than 50,000 Israeli-Americans expected to participate. The locations were chosen in proportion to the size of the local Israeli community. Miami will hold its festival on May 3, followed by Las Vegas a week later, Los Angeles on May 17, and New York and Boston on May 31.

Apr 21 11:55

Tainted Russian wheat resurfaces in Egypt

The tainted wheat — which contains toxic and cancerous elements and dead insects and cannot be consumed — was among the most dangerous issues that raised the ire of the Egyptian street under the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Its wide distribution to mills and bakeries was discovered in 2009.

Egypt is one of the largest wheat importers in the world, taking in between 7.3 and 8.2 million tons annually from Russia, the United States, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Cairo is currently facing a crisis threatening to increase its wheat bill in the wake of restrictions imposed in February by Russia, the fourth largest wheat exporter in the world, on its wheat exports in accordance with rising domestic prices.

Apr 21 11:52

UK, US look into use of drugs in mass riots, says drug control service

Research centers of Great Britain and the US are studying the possibility of the use of drugs for ‘color revolutions’ and mass unrest, the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov said on Tuesday.
If harder elements are added to drugs, they get toxic features producing a strong effect. It could cause a very strong passionate reaction if used among the young people, he said citing Russian poet, literary critic and traveler Nikolai Gumilyov. "This can be practiced in ‘color revolutions’," Ivanov added.
Ivanov said this method was used during Maidan riots in Ukraine. "Methadone therapy was used on Maidan, it was widely used in Ukraine and scores of methadone were spread among drug users as a matter of fact legally," he continued. "These were the people used as cannon fodder on Maidan," he noted.

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Apr 21 11:47

Baker Hughes increases layoffs to 10,500

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Apr 21 11:45

Moscow expects EU’s assessment following Polish lawmaker’s remarks on Maidan snipers

Russia expects "the international constructive pressure" with regard to Kiev to hold a genuine investigation of the events on Maidan, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov told the Life News TV channel on Tuesday.
According to Polish lawmaker in the European Parliament Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the snipers who fired in Kiev during the tragic events on Maidan last February had been trained in Poland, local media report.
"Maidan was our job. I sat in the European Parliament next to Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. He acknowledged in a conversation with the then EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton that our people were firing on Maidan rather than the people of Russian President Vladimir Putin or former Ukrainian leader [Viktor] Yanukovich," the Polish politician said. He added that the terrorists shot dead 40 protesters and 20 police officers on Maidan to provoke unrest. http://tass.ru/en/world/790717

Apr 21 11:45

VICTIM OF ZIOTERROR TO BE HONOURED ON ISRAEL’S MEMORIAL DAY ~~ UPDATED

Following a request from Mohammad Abu Khdeir’s family, the murdered teenager’s name has been removed from the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial at Mount Herzl.

The Abu Khdeir family say that they do not consider themselves Israelis, and that they only found out about Mohammad’s inclusion from the media.

Apr 21 11:44

Call your Senate Finance Committee member against anti-BDS bill

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) is expected to introduce an amendment to a bill in the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday that would demand that the Obama Administration pressure Europe not to enforce policies against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The amendment is expected to be similar to S. 619 which Cardin introduced March 2. Similar legislation (HR 825) was introduced in the House on February 10.

Both bills target actions to "limit commercial relations" with "territories controlled by Israel." By equating "Israeli settlements in the West Bank" with "Israel," these bills are endorsing the Israeli annexation of the West Bank.

Apr 21 11:43

Russia sending two more evacuation planes to Yemen — embassy

"If Saudi Arabia opens airspace, two Russian aircraft are expected to arrive in Sana’a to evacuate citizens," the Russian diplomatic mission in the country said on Tuesday.
More than 400 people, both the citizens of Russia, the United States and the former Soviet states, are expected to be evacuated, according to the embassy. "If everything is fine, the Russian aircraft will evacuate everyone," it said.
Since early April, Moscow has evacuated more than 1,000 citizens of Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and other countries. Around 900 people were evacuated from Sana’a and the seaport city of Aden on April 2 and April 4 to an airbase outside Moscow.
On April 12, the Priazovye vessel of Russia’s Navy brought another 320 people, including 18 US citizens, from Aden to Djibouti. All the Russian citizens were flown from Djibouti to Moscow by two Il-62 aircraft on April 12-13.

Apr 21 11:25

District Attorney Says Encrypted Phones May Make You a Terrorist Because They “Cannot Be Accessed by Law Enforcement”

As we reported last week, even the Third Amendment can now be violated so that law enforcement officials can forcibly occupy your home to gain a tactical advantage against criminal or terror suspects.

This is America in 2015 so it’s no surprise that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. wants total access to your personal effects. If it were up to Vance, you as an individual would have no right to secure your personal phone or computer data. As far as the DA is concerned, if you are encrypting your passwords, private messages, and personal notes you are denying nosy big government operatives the intrusive access they so desperately need to control you.

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This country's elites have said "good bye and good rubbish" to the protections which used to be extended to ordinary working people under the Bill of Rights and Constitution, and they are trying desperately to make this lack of on-line liberty stick.

But it cannot, and it won't, because people not only want, but also deserve, their privacy on line. Wanting to keep private communication private should not be construed as alleged "terroristic behaviour".

The Federal Government cannot decrypt everything, and those 6 NSA challenges Mike has done have gone completely unanswered, although we know that several people (most likely from one of the "Alphabet Soup" agencies) have tried, and failed miserably.

Apr 21 11:13

Saudi Arabia Orders Its National Guard To Enter Yemen War

Over the better part of the past month, the only entities actively involved in the proxy war in Yemen against the local Houthi rebel force have been air force units, mostly under Saudi command as part of Operation "Decisive Storm." Which probably explains why there has been little if any progress to note in pushing back said rebellion which, armed heavily thanks to the US government, has successfully managed to push the current president into an indefinite exile.

That changed hours ago, when Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard, widely regarded as the kingdom's best equipped military ground force, to take part in Riyadh's campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.

As Reuters notes, "military operations in the campaign have so far been carried out by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Royal Saudi Land Forces, which answer to the Defense Ministry. The national guard is a separate military structure run by its own ministry."

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One has to wonder just how soon it will be American military boots on the ground in Yemen; were I a betting person, I wouldn't bet against...soon.

Apr 21 11:08

Pakistan faces dilemma as Saudi bills come due

When the Saudi appeal first came, it seemed that the dispatch of Pakistani soldiers to the Gulf was imminent: "Any threat to the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia will be met with a firm response," read a communique from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

But soon thereafter, Pakistan's foreign ministry issued a denial that any of the country's military was engaged in Yemen, though the Pakistani flag continued to fly alongside that of Arab nations at the Saudi-based headquarters of Yemen operations.

This "now-you-see-it, now-you-don't" game ended only when Pakistan's Parliament voted against the dispatch of troops. Still, the episode shed light on the murky world of Pakistani-Saudi relations, a link which looks destined to shape the security map of the Middle East for years to come.

Apr 21 11:04

Snow flurries back in mix in Metro Detroit

Spring has gone into hiding this week with windchills hovering near freezing and a chance of snow flurries Wednesday.

Apr 21 11:03

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.

“This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.

Apr 21 11:01

Blood on their Hands: Libya’s Boat Refugees and “Humanitarian” Imperialism

Since the beginning of the year, at least 1,700 people attempting to immigrate to Europe have died in transit, 50 times the number for the same period last year. According to the IOM, the number of people dying in the attempt to reach the shores of Europe rose by more than 500 percent between 2011 and 2014.

Of course, 2011 was the year that the US and its NATO allies, principally France and Britain, launched their war for regime change in Libya, under the fabricated pretext that they were intervening to prevent a massacre by the government of Muammar Gaddafi in the eastern city of Benghazi.

This “humanitarian” mission initiated a six-month US-NATO bombing campaign that killed at least 10 times the number who died in the scattered fighting between government troops and armed rebels that had preceded it. This imperialist intervention, which utilized Islamist militias with ties to Al Qaeda as its proxy ground forces, left Libya descending rapidly into chaos and destruction.

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The future of Libya should, by rights, belong to the Libyan people; but unending and merciless Western intervention is making this almost impossible.

Apr 21 11:01

DOJ Admits FBI Forensic Examiners Gave False Testimony for Decades

In response to a Washington Post investigation, the Department of Justice and FBI have formally admitted that the majority of FBI forensic hair analysts provided flawed testimony and false evidence against criminal defendants for nearly three decades. With the advent of DNA testing, the FBI has discovered that their own forensic examiners gave erroneous testimony in more than 95% of cases that have been reviewed. Due to the fact that FBI analysts provided scientifically invalid testimony for decades, numerous innocent convicts have been exonerated and released from prison.

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Except for the ones who were executed, and the FBI feels really bad about them!

Apr 21 10:59

Now Obama Thinks We Should Pay Blacks “Reparations” For Slavery

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obamaopposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.

Apr 21 10:59

Australia Silently Stopped Testing of Food Imports

Australia has ceased all testing of food imports from Japan, other Asian countries food also contaminated, ongoing leakages from Fukushima nuclear plant

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"You don't want to see those numbers. Really. We've seen them. And we don't want to see them any more. So, be happy and eat hearty! Buy more. Spend."

Apr 21 10:59

New Book And Side Deals Could Spell The End For Hillary 2016

The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Apr 21 10:56

Israel Sprays Gaza Farms With Poisonous Chemicals

Farmers in the blockaded Gaza Strip see no end in sight to their suffering, as Israel continues to destroy their crops. Israeli pesticide planes sprayed Gaza’s agricultural lands east of Gaza in recent days with chemicals causing huge damage to the crops.

Apr 21 10:56

Exclusive: Wary of natural disaster, NY Fed bulks up in Chicago

The New York branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wary that a natural disaster or other eventuality could shut down its market operations as it approaches an interest rate hike, has added staff and bulked up its satellite office in Chicago.

Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan.

Officials believe the Chicago staffers can now handle all of the market operations that are done daily out of the New York Fed, which is the U.S. central bank's main conduit to Wall Street.

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I don't think it is a natural disaster they are worried about so much as an angry mob with torches and pitchforks descending on Wall Street ... like the people of Illinois with torches and pitchforks don't know the FED is there as well!

Apr 21 10:55

Locals come out to support gold mine against government confiscation

Residents living close to a gold mine located in Oregon are challenging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which says they are misusing the land. Lindsay France reports from Los Angeles about the ensuing battle to see who has the right to mine the precious minerals laying in the ground.

Apr 21 10:54

Hungary, Greece, Cyprus to Restart Food Trade With Russia Ignoring US-EU Sanctions

Hungary, Greece and Cyprus may soon be allowed to export fruit and vegetables to the Russian market, according to a report in the newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta

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"You can't DO that! I decide who you do and do not do business with! I decide what currency you will use! I do! Me! ME, DAMMIT!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 21 10:52

Human rights advocates, military see violent video games as teaching tool

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As reported in 2013 at killscreendaily.com:

As it turns out, Ender's Game has been extremely influential in the way the military views videogames as a training tool for soldiers. According to Corey Mead: "The whole idea of what Ender's Game is—young people fighting a war—is what influenced [the military]. And they totally did it." In his new book War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict, Mead explores the U.S. military's use of videogames as a tool for recruitment, training, and treatment. This recent interest in videogames reflects a shift in what it wants from its soldiers. "For the first time in its history‚" Mead writes, "the military wants to teach even junior personnel not just what to think but how to think." This change has taken place primarily because of the U.S.'s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, where a soldier isn't just fighting but is tasked with a number of different jobs, requiring different skills, tactics, and cultural understanding. The military's expanding interest in videogames is well illustrated by America's Army, the first military-developed game. It was a free-to-play first-person shooter that simulated a more realistic approach to warfare, even forcing players to sit through boot camp before allowing them to engage in combat online. The game was originally developed in 2002 for $7.5 million—a third of a percent of the army's marketing budget —and is one of the military's most successful recruiting pushes ever.

IF you are a mom or dad out there with a kid who loves video games....just please be aware of WHAT they are playing, OK?!?

Apr 21 10:51

Tepco to abandon the second robot in Reactor 1 again / Camera went out of order due to high level of radiation

On 4/20/2015, Tepco announced they are going to leave the second robot in Reactor 1 as well.

From 4/18 to 4/19/2015, the second robot investigated the first robot that stopped moving inside PCV (Primary Containment Vessel), and they concluded it had one of the wheels stuck between the gratings though they did not release sufficient visual reports.

They need to transform the second robot to let it out of PCV, but one of the cameras was found out of order to control the transformation.

The cause is assumed to be the excessive level of radiation.

As a result, Tepco has decided to abandon the second robot and two of the robots did not bring more than the data they were supposed to send from PCV.

Apr 21 10:45

HOW YOUTUBE SAVED SHIMON PERES’ LIFE

Peres to get $30,000 a month to promote Bank Hapoalim’s activities abroad

Apr 21 10:44

VICTIM OF ZIOTERROR TO BE HONOURED ON ISRAEL’S MEMORIAL DAY

At sundown tonight Israel will honour its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. For the first time a Palestinian victim of zioterror will be added to the list …. but not the thousands of victims in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank that were also victims.

Palestinian teen, who was burned alive by Jewish settlers, was added to the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial at Mount Herzl; ‘This is a great initiative to honor my son, but I’m more interested in justice,’ says father.

Apr 21 10:44

Greek anger over state cash grab from public entities

Greek local authorities were on the brink of revolt Tuesday against the central government's move to use cash reserves from state agencies — including hospitals and kindergartens — to help the country make ends meet.

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Apr 21 10:38

46 Civilians Killed as Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Capital

At least 46 people are dead tonight and several hundred others wounded after Saudi warplanes launched attacks on the outskirts of a missile depot in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa.

No military casualties were reported in the strikes, which set off a string of explosions around residential neighborhoods in Sanaa. Many of the casualties were from explosions blowing out windows in people’s homes.

Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri went on to say that today’s strikes were part of a “new phase” of war against the Houthis, one which he insisted would include “protection of civilians.” So far, the phase seems not to be off to a great start.

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I have two words for Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri, and those are: WAR CRIMES!!!

And, sir, would someone from the Saudi military please inform me about how one wins what is essentially a ground war from the air?!?

The short answer is, you can't!

The indiscriminate killing of civilians here appears to be quite deliberate, from the Saudi military perspective, and with heavy US military enabling.

The only ways here to restore peace and sanity to Yemen is a negotiated settlement,coupled with some VERY brave Sunni and Shiite clerics having a conversation about cooperating with each other, and becoming examples of what it means to treat the other with tolerance and compassion.

Apr 21 10:34

Flashback: Alex Jones asked about Zyklon B gas chambers and the Protocols of Zion

The caller skillfully returns to the specific point at hand, saying "I'm just asking about the gas chambers and the Zyklon B . Do you think that thats real or not? Cause I can't come to any conclusions." Jones replies with an even more absurd strawman, saying "I know here in the United States we execute people with gas, but some say that didn't exist either. Gas chambers don't exist I guess in Germany or here in the U.S. I thought it was part of the death penalty and things."

Apr 21 10:28

Obama: "We must firmly and forcefully condemn the anti-Semitism that is still far too common today."

Did you hear Obama's holocaust day speech April 15th? Here it is, compared with some previous year. In 2014, Obama said "In our lives, we always have choices. In our time, this means choosing to confront bigotry and hatred in all of its forms, especially anti-Semitism. It means condemning any attempts to deny the occurrence of the Holocaust. In 2012 Obama said "when efforts are made to equate Zionism to racism, we reject them..."

Apr 21 10:27

Oxfam Condemns Coalition Airstrike on Humanitarian Aid Warehouse in Yemen

Grace Ommer, Oxfam's country director in Yemen, called on the warring sides of Yemen's conflict to establish peace and allow for humanitarian access.

Oxfam strongly condemned Monday the bombing of one of its warehouses in Saada Governorate in the north of Yemen.

"This is an absolute outrage particularly when one considers that we have shared detailed information with the Coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities," Grace Ommer, Oxfam's country director in Yemen, was quoted as saying by the organization on its website.

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I am having a palm to forehead moment, at almost terminal velocity, upon reading this.

Is this woman pathologically incapable of understanding that when Oxfam gives the coalition the GPS locations of food storage places within Yemen, these places will be bombed out of existence?!?

Misery is just what the US and Saudi forces want to inflict on the people of Yemen, who had the utter audacity to throw the US-sponsored puppet, Al-Madi, out on his keister.

There have been reports of schools and hospitals being shelled. As reported in the latimes.com 5 days ago:

Pentagon officials, who pride themselves on the care they take to avoid civilian casualties, have watched with growing alarm as Saudi airstrikes have hit what the U.N. this week called "dozens of public buildings," including hospitals, schools, residential areas and mosques. The U.N. said at least 364 civilians have been killed in the campaign. lRelated Al Qaeda seizes Yemen airport, military base; U.N. envoy resigns MIDDLE EAST Al Qaeda seizes Yemen airport, military base; U.N. envoy resigns SEE ALL RELATED 8 Although U.S. personnel don't pick the bombing targets, Americans are working beside Saudi military officials to check the accuracy of target lists in a joint operations center in Riyadh, defense officials said. The Pentagon has expedited delivery of GPS-guided "smart" bomb kits to the Saudi air force to replenish supplies.

And IF, as the article asserts, "Americans are working beside Saudi military officials to check the accuracy of target lists in a joint operations center in Riyadh", only one of two things is possible here: either these civilian targets are being deliberately hit to create as much human carnage and misery possible, or the Saudis, using US gps "smart bombs" cannot shoot straight!!

n/a
Apr 21 10:15

Beijing ‘extremely concerned’ over leaked New Zealand spying reports

China’s foreign ministry has urged New Zealand and US spying agencies to stop hacking into Chinese diplomatic buildings in Auckland. This follows reports exposing the practice and citing secret NSA files, which were leaked by Edward Snowden.

Apr 21 10:15

New Evidence of Civilian Deaths in US Drone War May Be Used in German Court

A new US intelligence report presents new evidence about official knowledge of civilian deaths during Yemeni UAV strikes. Officials may have known about civilian deaths – which have never been acknowledged – and the report could provide fuel for a German lawsuit over the US drone campaign.

Apr 21 10:14

Nuke Deal Fallout: Iran Becomes Major Battleground for Arms Deals

With the framework for an agreement to lift international sanctions against Iran finally in place, Tehran is poised to become a battleground for international arms sales, which has neighboring Arab countries watching closely.

Apr 21 10:13

EU creating "mass graves" in Mediterannean

European countries are the ones to blame for the latest Mediterranean migrants tragedy in which more than 700 people died on Sunday, according to global medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The head of MSF in Italy, Loris De Filippi, said on Monday that Europe is not willing to address the "Mediterranean humanitarian tragedy."

"A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible," said De Filippi, accusing EU countries of closing their borders which forces people seeking protection to risk their lives and die at sea.

De Filippi urged EU countries to urgently launch large-scale search-and-rescue activities in order to avoid more deaths at sea.

Apr 21 10:10

On the Verge of Economic Upset | Michael Rivero

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