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July 5, 2015

Jul 05 07:15

As the Eurozone Teeters, the IMF Does Something Weird

The IMF’s job is to bail out holders of sovereign bonds issued in a currency the issuer doesn’t control and can’t devalue (Mexico issuing bonds in dollars, Greece issuing bonds in euros). These bondholders are mostly banks. In a debt crisis, the IMF bails out these banks by buying their troubled bonds and then tightens the belts around the little guys so that the country can service the debt it now owes the IMF. What happened in Greece? The banks that used to hold Greek debt have sold most of it to the European institutions, and some of it to the IMF; they have been bailed out years ago. The IMF has done its insidious job. Now mostly taxpayers are on the hook. But the IMF doesn’t give a crap about taxpayers.

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Jul 05 06:56

Will a Selfie at Auschwitz Make You Free?

“ Look at him,” I said under my breath to a friend, narrowing my eyes at the sight of this guy. “Is he serious? Someone should go confiscate that stick, now.”
Note: From you tube video on Auschwitz... Rabbi Glickman,I myself was gassed at Auschwitz by Mengele himself six... uhh... ty.... Yes! Sixty times! The trick is you must hyperventilate before they shut the door. It's incredible how long you can hold your breath if you do that! To this day I can still hold my breath six... uhhh... hours! So don't tell me the holocaust is a hoax!

Jul 05 06:56

The Washington Post whitewashes the violence of Israel's occupation

In its inaccuracies and omissions, the Post's article is a microcosm of the way in which the mainstream media distorts and misrepresents the reality in Palestine, whitewashing Israeli violence and colonial control, and decontextualising attacks by Palestinians under occupation.

Jul 05 06:47

Hillary Clinton: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran”

On Friday, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton addressed a hand-picked audience at a Dartmouth College campaign event. She lied calling Iran an “existential threat to Israel… I hope we are able to get a deal next week that puts a lid on (its) nuclear weapons program.”

Jul 05 05:35

Crunch Time with Iran

I refer to a “nonexistent” program as the frequently cited intelligence suggesting that a weapon was being developed has turned out to be based on forgeries provided by the Israelis. Currently, both the CIA and Mossad agree that no such program exists though both Washington and Tel Aviv persist in suggesting that Iran might change its mind and therefore must not even be able to develop relevant technologies in the future.

Jul 05 05:32

Massive US Media Campaign Aims to Derail Iran Nuclear Deal

With the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear deal just days away, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), an organization bankrolled in large part by Republican super-hawk Sheldon Adelson, is stepping up in its typical role of spoiler, launching a new media campaign aimed at killed the pact.

Jul 05 05:28

What It Will Take to Fix America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

May 11-15 is national Infrastructure Week in the U.S., but don’t get out the party hats. It’s not a celebration. It’s more like a cry for help. Bridges are crumbling, buses are past their prime, roads badly need repair, airports look shabby, trains can’t reach high speeds, and traffic congestion plagues every city. How could an advanced country, once the model for the world’s most modern transportation innovations, slip so badly?

Jul 05 04:41

Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli warplanes and warships tried to sink the USS Liberty, killing 34 of the spy ship’s crew. Afterwards, U.S. and Israeli officials excused the attack as an unfortunate mistake and covered up evidence of willful murder.

Jul 05 04:35

Putin congratulates Obama on Independence Day

In spite of a slide in US-Russian relations, pushed into the deep freeze by the Ukraine conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day.

“In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,’ said a Kremlin statement on Saturday.



Jul 05 04:22

With close of austerity vote just hours away, world's eyes on Greece

The question on Sunday's ballot paper reads: "Must the agreement plan submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the Eurogroup of 25 June, 2015, and comprised of two parts which make up their joint proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled 'reforms for the completion of the current program and beyond' and the second 'Preliminary debt sustainability analysis.'"

Voters are asked to check one of two boxes, either "not approved/no" or "approved/yes."

Jul 05 04:15

‘OXI!’: Greek solidarity protesters interrupt Merkel’s speech

A speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel was interrupted by a group anti-austerity protestors, who chanted ‘No’ in Greek in support of a negative vote in Greece’s Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept the harsh bailout demands of its creditors.

The incident occurred when Merkel was just about to begin her speech at an event in Berlin dedicated to her Christian Democratic Union Party’s 70th anniversary.

Jul 05 03:50

EU ready for well-planned disinformation campaign against Russia and other states

The EU "strategic communication plan" to counter "Russian propaganda" in Europe has not been published yet, but the very fact of its existence hits the radar screen. Originally, the nine-page plan (already seen by many reporters) was to be made public at the June 25-26 session of the European Council.




July 4, 2015

Jul 04 21:56

The US Needs War Every 4 Years To Maintain Economic Growth

Jul 04 21:55

Food Collapse Unfolding In Greece: Grocery Store Shelves To Be Stripped Bare



Jul 04 21:22

McCain: US Must Reassess Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal



Jul 04 21:08

This 20-year-old Student Has Written 100 Malware Programs in Two Years

TSPY_BANKER.NJH is a Trojan capable to identify when a user enters any of a target bank's URLs into their browser. The malware then shuts down the browser window (if it is running on Google Chrome), displays an error message, and then opens a fake Chrome window.

Once the victim enters the login details into the fake window, the information is sent back to the attackers address via email.

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Jul 04 17:30

To Protect And Serve? Police Constabulary Ignores 600 Emergency Calls A Year

Today it has been revealed that a British police constabulary ignored almost 600 emergency calls last year, around 50 each month and more than one per day.

According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by a Scottish newspaper, the figures show that police constabularies in Moray and Aberdeen failed to send assistance to 583 emergency calls between April 2014 and March 2015.



Jul 04 17:11

Big News From Greece (If True)

Webmaster addition: Desperate last-second bluff IMHO.

Jul 04 16:30

Clinton, Bush struggle to shed dynasty labels in N.H.

(*Should be a piece of cake .
They only need to keep up the charade until next November .)



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Jul 04 14:12

UK child poverty rising as government seeks cuts to tax credits

Child poverty remained at a high of 2.3 million in 2014, according to the latest figures released by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, reversing the fall in child poverty between the late 1990s and 2010.



Jul 04 13:18

Hillary Clinton won’t release her personal medical records, but Obamacare keeps YOUR medical records forever!

Consider it another case of the governing elite playing by a set of rules different from the ones they impose on the rest of us, further tearing asunder the uniquely American founding principle of “government of, for and by the people.”

Jul 04 13:15

The Future of Greece Without Illusions - The National and Global Significance of a "No" Vote

The Greek people, at one of the most critical and dramatic crossroads of a history going back several thousands of years, for which they feel proud and justifiably so, shall be called, this coming Sunday, to decide once again whether man is the measure of all things or money is the measure of all things, the latter being the central “motto” and “belief” of the global financial oligarchy, the European “elites” and their domestic offshoots, attacking Greece. And in the face of the Greeks, they are attacking the social and democratic conquests of all Europeans after their victory in 1945 against fascism, if not after the French Revolution.



Jul 04 13:10

The Other Contagion: What If Greece Thrived After Euro Exit?

From an economic perspective, one of the major contagion threats from a Greek exit would be if Greece left and its economy quickly started to grow strongly,” said Ben May of Oxford Economics.

“Few forces are more clearly demonstrated in economic history than the boost to spending and growth from a large and sustained real depreciation,” said Gagnon.

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Jul 04 11:55

Ukrainian radicals stage massive march, demand end of ceasefire in E. Ukraine

Ultranationalist Right Sector activists and other Ukrainian radicals rallied in the center of Kiev on Friday.

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Jul 04 11:37

WHAT IS AMERICA TO ME ~~ FOUR VIDEOS THAT SAY IT ALL

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Jul 04 10:25

Peacekeeper 2.0 - Smartphone App Ushers in Peer-to-Peer Protection

By Activist Post

The state of police work in the U.S. continues to be called into question...

People are beginning to look to technology as a possible solution.

We previously reported on a community response app called Peacekeeper. Designed for smartphones, the app was built to encourage connectivity with your neighbors, family and friends in order to establish a network filled with people who already have earned your trust. The creators call this concept "Peer-to-Peer Protection."

As Americans celebrate the concept of independence, today July 4th, please read the latest updates on this project, watch their video, and learn how we can work together to fundamentally decrease our misplaced dependence on centralized security...

Jul 04 10:06

Putin Wishes Obama a Happy Independence Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin has emphasized the importance of U.S.-Russian relations in a congratulatory July 4 message to President Barack Obama Saturday.

“In his message of congratulations, the Russian President noted that, despite the differences between the two countries, Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,” the Kremlin said, Reuters reports.

Jul 04 10:00

Ukrainian Govt. Acknowledges Some of Its Leaders Are Nazis

On July 3rd, the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti headlined “The Ministry of Justice Acknowledges UNA-UNSO Collaborated with Nazis,” and reported that, “Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice has officially recognized that the members of the Ukrainian nationalist organization UNA-UNSO fought on the side of Nazi Germany during the Great Patriotic War.” It went on to note that, “On May 22 of last year, the State Registration Service renamed the party of UNA-UNSO as the Right Sector Party, which is led by Dmitriy Yarosh.”

Jul 04 09:57

Hillary Clinton Bombshell: Documents Prove She is Guilty of Multiple Felonies

I am convinced as are others who have looked at this -- and FOX aired this in a special Saturday night and several times over the weekend -- that a conspiracy existed between the president, and Mrs. Clinton, and Congressional leaders from both parties in both Houses others in the State Department, the Treasury Department and the Justice Department to get arms shipped to rebels in Syria and in Libya. And some of those rebels are members of organizations that are on the terror list and providing them with material assistance is a felony. So the arms dealers applied for and received permission from State and Treasury lawfully to sell arms to the government of Qatar and they lawfully did so. Qatar then sold, delivered, bartered or gave these arms to the terrorist organizations with the knowledge and consent of Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was Secretary of State.

Jul 04 09:50

BEX ALERT - Netanyahu: Israel now faces double threat from Iran and ISIS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that "Israel now faces two threats: that of ISIS – and that of Iran."

He added in a statement issued yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu news agency, that "We need not strengthen one at the expense of the other. We need to weaken both and prevent the aggression and arming of both".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu's new propaganda strategy is to link ISIS and Iran in the public mind, so that the hate created by the US/Israel manufactured front group transfers onto Iran, which has not launched a war of aggression against another country in over 200 years.

Jul 04 09:49

Swiss solution for Greece: two currencies - Euro co-designer

The future is unclear not only for Greece, but for the Eurozone itself. One of the architects of the Euro, Bernard Lietaer thinks hard liners in bailout negotiations are only twisting the knife in the wound.

Jul 04 09:48

What Stinks about Varoufakis and the Whole Greek Mess?First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/03/what-stinks-about-varoufakis-and-the-whole-greek-mess/

Something stinks very bad about Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and the entire Greek mess that has been playing out since the election victory of the nominally pro-Greek Syriza Party in January. I am coming to the reluctant conclusion that far from being the champion of the hapless Greek people, Varoufakis is part of a far larger and very dirty game.

Jul 04 09:47

Cold war redux (featuring Chris Hedges)

Over the past year at CrossTalk we have asked guests many times whether we face the specter of a new Cold War. Today it is all too obvious there is a new Cold War. What we need to ask now are the terms and conditions of this conflict and the possible outcomes.

Jul 04 09:45

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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Time for a repost

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Jul 04 09:41

New Reporting: US Spied on German Media

While previous revelations showed that German officials have been the target of U.S. government spying, new reporting indicates that German press was targeted as well.

Both CNN and The Intercept reported Friday on incidents that took place in the summer of 2011 involving the CIA station chief in Berlin, who also represented the NSA at the U.S. Embassy; a top German government intelligence official, Günter Heiss; another senior intelligence official, Hans Josef Vorbeck; and the German news magazine Der Spiegel.

The publications' new stories detail an incident Heiss confirmed in testimony to the German parliament on Thursday.

Jul 04 09:40

Feds ‘Lose’ Audits for Fort Knox Gold

The blog, goldseek.com, recently published a report on a Freedom of Information Act request they recently filed with the US government. They were seeking seven reports from federal audits of the gold at Fort Knox. The government's response? They can't find those reports - even though they reference those reports as evidence of the gold stored at Fort Knox in a number of ways.

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Jul 04 09:27

A Jewish Defector Warns America: Benjamin Freedman Speaks

"Now, first of all, I'd like to tell you that on August 25th 1960 -- that was shortly before elections -- Senator Kennedy, who is now the President of the United States, went to New York, and delivered an address to the Zionist Organization of America. In that address, to reduce it to its briefest form, he stated that he would use the armed forces of the United States to preserve the existence of the regime set up in Palestine by the Zionists who are now in occupation of that area."

Video: Benjamin Freedman's 1961 Speech at the Willard Hotel (Complete)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhFRGDyX48c

Jul 04 09:17

Not Learning from Mideast Mistakes

Apparently, the United States, perhaps Great Britain and almost certainly Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are on the brink of a major escalation of war in what we now can call “the former Iraq and Syria.” But is this rational? Are we drawing lessons from our interventions in the past? Is there a realistic post-intervention plan? How much will intervention cost? And, finally, will it accomplish the presumed objective of making the situation better with more security for them and for us?

Jul 04 09:13

Fox Yakker: Overtime Pay Is Just A 'Giveaway'

So that we're clear, let it be stated for the record that Fox News does not believe in overtime pay or a minimum wage because workers are just a bunch of leeches who are always wanting more.

Jul 04 09:12

Greece – Risk of False-flagging Greece into Submission and Chaos?

As we move closer to the 5 July referendum, it becomes clearer every day – Brussels, Washington and Berlin are waging an open “class war” against Greece, because the Greek people, the citizens of a sovereign country – the first democracy in Europe, the country that gave Europe her name – these people have had the audacity to democratically elect a socialist government. Now they have to suffer. They do not conform to the self-imposed rules of the neoliberal empire of unrestricted globalized privatization of public services and public properties from which the elite is maximizing profits – for themselves, of course – it is outright theft of public property.

Jul 04 09:10

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part Of Violent Assault On Ship

Directly contradicting initial reports from the Israeli Navy that the boarding of a Swedish vessel traveling to break the blockade of Gaza was an “uneventful” incident, campaigners reported Tuesday that several people on board, in fact, were violently treated and shot with tasers.

“At least four people were tasered and one was lightly wounded,” Loukas Stamellos, spokesperson for the global Freedom Flotilla Coalition, told Common Dreams over the phone from Athens, Greece. “We were questioning the military’s narrative before, but now we know at least some people were hurt and there was violence during the interception.”

The following video, just released by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, shows Swedish peace sailor Charlie Andreasson being tased multiple times by an Israeli combatant, explained David Heap, spokesperson for the coalition.

Rejecting Israeli Narrative, Freedom Flotilla Campaigners Say Tasers Were Part Of Violent Assault On Ship

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this raw footage is very disturbing, I encourage you to watch.

This is your tax dollars at work, folks.

By supporting and enabling this criminal government, the US government supports and enables this kind of criminal behaviour.

I have to wonder what some of the original founders of the state of Israel would think about where things have gone wrong in a viciously apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons.

It is no wonder that we are looking at an arms race the Middle East, with countries like Saudi Arabia looking to buy Pakistani nuclear technology. As reported in May in the Times of Israel in May of this year:

Saudi Arabia has reached out to its ally Pakistan to acquire “off-the-shelf” atomic weapons as a nuclear arms race begins to shape up with Shiite rival Iran, US sources said. “For the Saudis the moment has come,” a former US defense official told the UK’s Sunday Times. “There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.” The anonymous former official said the US did not believe that “any actual weaponry has been transferred yet,” but declared that “the Saudis mean what they say and they will do what they say.”

Jul 04 09:03

Whose Flag

In the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, the Left seized on the Confederate flag and pushed for banning the Stars and Bars from the grounds of state capitals. Within days, the victims (seriously, can anyone even name them?) were utterly forgotten, as reporters screeched about the need to desecrate Confederate graves, ban the Dukes of Hazzard, and make sure no one ever accidently reinstates slavery by watching Gone With the Wind.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: And the irony is that the flag under discussion, with the blue crossed bars and white stars over red, was never officially a flag of the Confederacy.

Jul 04 08:58

 Netanyahu blasts UNHRC for endorsing Gaza war crimes report

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed a decision by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to endorse a report accusing Israel and Hamas in war crimes during last summer's war in the Palestinian enclave.

"The UNHRC is not interested in the facts and is not really interested in human rights," Netanyahu on Friday said in a statement released by his office, Xinhua reported.

He accused the UNHRC for condemning Israel "for no fault of its own, for acting to defend itself from a murderous terrorist organisation." He added that Israeli soldiers "act in accordance with international law".

The resolution to back the report was adopted with strong European support, with 41 council members, including Germany, France, and Britain, voting in favour the report, while only the US voting against. India, Kenya, Paraguay, Ethiopia, and Macedonia abstained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, Prime Minister Netanyahu, for delivering one of the largest loads of triple grade A bovine excrement ever delivered by an Israeli politician.

It is obvious that you think that serial genocide against innocent Palestinian women and children is "... in accordance with international law."

It is also obvious that one of your administration's legal folks needs to sit down and have a long talk with you, as to why this is not, perhaps, correct.

Jul 04 08:51

Health official: Washington state woman who died of measles had been vaccinated

The woman's death in the spring was the first from measles in the U.S. in 12 years.

Jul 04 08:50

AEI: Obama White House Pays Women 15.8 Percent Less Than Men

The Obama White House pays its female staffers 15.8 percent less on average than its male staffers, according to an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute.

AEI economics scholar Mark J. Perry looked at the salaries of all White House employees, which are publicly available, and averaged out those who were male and female.

Female staffers earned on average $65,650 a year to male staffers' $78,000, Perry found.

"Therefore, female staffers in the Obama White House currently earn 84.2% of the median salary for male staffers, or 84.2 cents for every $1 men earn, and there is a 15.8% gender pay gap at the White House," Perry wrote. "That pay gap is slightly smaller than the 17.9% gender pay gap at the White House last year, but is still almost two times the average gender pay gap for Washington, DC of 9.2% according to the most recent data from the Department of Labor."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 04 08:47

OIL COMPANY CHEMICALLY LADEN FRACKING WATER USED ON YOUR CALIFORNIA VEGGIES...

Abby Auffant, spokeswoman for oil giant Chevron, explained that crude comes out of the ground mixed with water, from which it must be separated.

Separating the water from the crude is a process that actually benefits oil firms, according to Stano.

"It's hard for the oil industry to get rid of, so it's a win-win for the oil companies" when they are able to sell the water, she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That may be one reason cancer rates are increasing in California as the process by which oil is separated from water is to create clean oil, not necessarily clean water, and exposure to petroleum compounds is a known cause of cancer.

The other day we ran a story about rampant food fraud enabled by the fact that the FDA only inspects 1% of all food imports.

So how does government react to foreign food imports that contain dangerous chemicals, or California produce soaked with oil well runoff? We are already seeing growing efforts to ban labels on food identifying their place of origin, so that consumers cannot avoid foods from known problem sources! After all, profits are far more important than people, and if you get sick, that stimulates the economy by forcing you to go to the hospital!

Jul 04 08:41

We blame the sick for being expensive': The mother whose baby cost AOL $1 million

After AOL’s CEO told employees he was cutting retirement benefits partly because of the cost of Deanna Fei’s ‘distressed baby’, the mother fought back

Deanna Fei is not a healthcare expert. She is also not a privacy expert. According to her, she is just a mom – a mom forced to defend the decision to save her daughter’s life.

Fei came into national spotlight in February 2014 when Tim Armstrong, AOL’s CEO, sparked an nationwide debate about healthcare and privacy when he told employees that he was cutting their retirement benefits because of Obamacare and costs associated with two “distressed babies” born to the tech company’s employees. One of those babies was Fei’s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we are most probably going to see as a legal requirement for women who want to work in large corporate structures, in the not too distant future, is a doctor's signed statement that they have been sterilized before they are permitted to work for those large corporations, so as not to be a strain on the bottom line.

Jul 04 08:32

Big Pharma, Prescription for Disaster – Overdosed America

Considering Viagra, Paxil, Lipitor, Zoloft, Nexium, Zocor, Ambien, Zyrtec, Crestor, Celebrex, Wellbutrin, Flomax, Botox, Cialis, Nasonex or any other drug? Educate yourself before you make your decision. Is the FDA really on your side?

Jul 04 08:31

Greece's Yanis Varoufakis prepares for economic siege as companies issue private currencies

Greece has stockpiled enough reserves of fuel and pharmaceutical supplies to withstand a long siege, and has set aside emergency funding to cover all the country's vitally-needed food imports.
Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, said the left-Wing Syriza government is still working on the assumption that Europe's creditor powers will return to the negotiating table if the Greek people don't agree to their austerity demands in a referendum on Sunday, but it stands ready to fight unless it secures major debt relief.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the vote is no on Sunday, look for the IMF to pull every dirty trick in the book (and then some) to attempt to get their way with anything else BUT debt relief for Greece.

Jul 04 08:28

Greek debt relief was not on table during bailout negotiations, says EU official

Debt relief was not on the table during negotiations to extend Greece’s existing bailout programme, and agree a package of reforms needed to unlock its remaining funds, according to a senior EU official.

The official told the Guardian that debt relief was “politically highly toxic for many eurozone member states”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason the money-junkies are taking h a hard line on Greek Debt relief is that if they cut Greece's debt, every other debt-crippled member of the EU will demand the same thing.

Jul 04 08:25

Liberia works hard to contain Ebola, determine source of new cases

Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week.

The West African country previously succeeded in containing the outbreak, despite being initially the hardest hit with more than 4,800 deaths. The last recorded case before this latest emergence was on March 20, according to the World Health Organization.

Jul 04 08:24

Fleming: What Life Was Like in 1776

Those Americans, it turns out, had the highest per capita income in the civilized world of their time. They also paid the lowest taxes—and they were determined to keep it that way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that money-junkies cannot feel they are rich until they make everyone else poor.

Jul 04 08:06

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Jul 04 07:58

My Independence Day Open Letter to Government

By Bernie Suarez

Today I want to openly declare to the current control system what Independence Day means to me and why it is the most important holiday of the year.

Dear controlling (federal) government,

Do you know what today is? That's right. It's the one day of the year where we the little people celebrate Independence from you the larger control system. That is after all at the heart of Independence Day. This is the day when individuals with a conscience, not groups like government and corporations but individual human beings get to reminisce on the idea of freedom...

Jul 04 07:57

Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility

JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces.
Note: Caused no casualties or damage. End of story!

Jul 04 07:41

The Artificiality of Greek Debt and its Odious Nature

The measures imposed against the Greek people were wholly antithetical to fundamental human rights as these stem from customary international law, multilateral treaties and the Greek constitution. Consequently, these ‘loans’ were held to be odious, illegal or illegitimate. The recommendation of the Committee was that Greece was not only entitled but obliged to unilaterally repudiate such illegal, odious and illegitimate debts on account of its international human rights obligations and economic self-determination.

Jul 04 06:53

July 4: US military & police: Impose martial law on all Americans, or arrest .01% criminal psychopath ‘leaders.’ Your call

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

hat tips: Video Rebel (and here), and Tragedy & Hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zFcIx30Pic

“Crimes against humanity” include any of the following acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:
murder;
extermination;
enslavement;…
the crime of apartheid;
other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.
– International Criminal Court (ICC)

Jul 04 05:55

Sunday’s vote will determine liberty or serfdom for the Greek people

2,500 years ago Greeks saved their independence from the Persian Empire. Sunday’s vote will tell us whether Greeks have again served liberty or whether they have succumbed to Washington’s Empire.

The fate of all Europeans and of Americans themselves will be settled on Sunday.

Jul 04 05:29

It Begins! Montana Man Being Prosecuted for 'Hate Speech' and Holocaust Denial

Via Volokh Conspiracy, a disturbing criminal case out of Montana, where Flathead County resident David Lenio, 28, is being prosecuted for making disparaging remarks about Jews on Twitter and denying that the Holocaust happened.

Jul 04 05:23

Mass demonstration opposes austerity in Greece

Ahead of Sunday’s referendum a massive protest took place in Athens Friday evening, in opposition to the austerity programme of the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund.

In a show of defiance, tens of thousands of people packed Athens’ central Syntagma Square in front of the parliament building. The main sentiment expressed by the crowd was a determination to end years of austerity. Among them were many young people.

Jul 04 04:53

Turkey’s growing unease about the consequences of the Syrian crisis

Syria was once the jewel in the crown of Turkey’s “zero problems with neighbours” policy. However, the Arab Spring and Syrian revolution not only devastated that policy but also led to a big economic burden stemming from an ever-increasing number of Syrian refugees fleeing from the brutal violence and crossing into Turkey. The Syrian crisis also crystallised Turkey’s Achilles’ heel, Kurdish separatism, and the Sunni-Alawite split as the spillover effect of the Syrian conflict became more and more evident with the appearance of new, and unwelcome, neighbours along the 900 km border: the Jihadist groups Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and the Democratic Union Party (“Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat” or PYD, the Syrian branch of the PKK).

Jul 04 04:39

America's Got the #1 Military in the World — and It's Increasingly Useless

Decline may be in the American future, but on a planet pushed to extremes, don’t count on it taking place within the usual tale of the rise and fall of great powers or even superpowers. Something else is happening on Planet Earth. Be prepared.

Jul 04 04:26

EU, troika subjecting Greece to terrorism: Finance minister

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has slammed the European Union and the international lenders for attempting to “humiliate” his nation, saying their treatment of Greece’s debt crisis amounts to “terrorism.”

Jul 04 04:07

Saakashvili, Ukraine’s governor in Odessa, dismisses 20 senior officials

The new chief of the Odessa regional state administration, Mikhail Saakashvili, has cracked down on the departments of internal audit and cooperation with law enforcement agencies and of the prevention of and struggle with corruption. Having heard 2014 performance reports by the heads of these two agencies last year Saakashvili said they were doing nothing and ordered the dismissal of all staff.

Jul 04 04:02

Greece Faces New Kind of Coup

Two months ago Euclid Tsakalotos, the deputy Foreign Minister, took over as Greece's new chief negotiator, instead of Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. He says the government faces a new kind of coup, one that is not carried out with tanks, as in 1967, but through banks.

Jul 04 03:55

What Stinks about Varoufakis and the Whole Greek Mess?

Something stinks very bad about Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and the entire Greek mess that has been playing out since the election victory of the nominally pro-Greek Syriza Party in January. I am coming to the reluctant conclusion that far from being the champion of the hapless Greek people, Varoufakis is part of a far larger and very dirty game.

Jul 04 03:40

Fed Rate Hike Is Nothing to Panic About

"Delaying action to tighten monetary policy until employment and inflation are already back to our objectives would risk overheating the economy," she said in May. "For this reason, if the economy continues to improve as I expect, I think it will be appropriate at some point this year to take the initial step to raise the federal funds rate target and begin the process of normalizing monetary policy."

(*Fed Rate Hike Is Nothing to Panic About
if you live in Tel Aviv .)

(*Fed Rate Hike Is Nothing to Panic About
if you're part of the elite 1% .)

(*Fed Rate Hike Is Nothing to Panic About
so just sit back and
enjoy the mayhem .)

Jul 04 03:28

How Europe cancelled Germany’s debt in 1953

Given the intransigence and downright hostility of Germany's political leadership over the issue of the repayment of Greek debt, the story of Greece's participation in the write-off of German debt in 1953 deserves to be brought into the limelight once more.

Jul 04 03:16

As Referendum Looms, Troika Charged with Plotting 'Regime Change' in Greece

With so much still up in the air, it was Tsipras who took to his Twitter account on Friday with this simple message for Greeks ahead of the vote: "Greek citizens, the time has come for responsibility and democracy. Let's silence fear-mongering and baseless talk of disaster."

He then added: "Let us calmly go to the polls and make our choice by weighing the arguments—not the slogans."

July 3, 2015

Jul 03 20:09

Retail Therapy Wins Over Socializing for Americans

The average American spends 42 minutes shopping each day, but only 35 minutes socializing.

Jul 03 18:47

HAIRCUT:Greek Banks Prepare To Raid Deposits

Jul 03 18:24

Iceland repeals blasphemy ban after Pirate party campaign

Iceland has legalised blasphemy following a campaign started by the Pirate party after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in France. The move to repeal the 75-year-old law, under which blasphemers could be imprisoned for up to three months or fined, faced opposition from some church groups.

In a statement on its website, the party wrote that it was a victory for freedom of speech and showed the principle could not be defeated by terrorist attacks. The law, which was passed in 1940, had been an attack on “humorists and all the friends of freedom of expression”, the party added.

The bill that it introduced read: “Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of democracy. It is fundamental to a free society that people should be able to express themselves without fear of punishment, whether from the authorities or from other people.”

Jul 03 17:42

Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

The study grew phytoplankton at the high carbon dioxide levels predicted for the year 2100 and beyond.

The samples were allowed to evolve through 400 generations, with some exposed to varying levels of CO2 and some kept at constant CO2 levels.

Researchers found that samples exposed to fluctuating CO2 levels was better able to cope with further changes in conditions, compared with those grown in stable CO2 levels.

The finding suggests that populations ... will adapt more to the varied conditions expected in future than was previously thought based on experiments at stable conditions.

Jul 03 16:33

U.S. Jails Lone Vaccine Researcher, While Fraud Remains Epidemic: “Perhaps Half May Simply Be Untrue”

The seriousness of fraudulent science research is indeed on a grand scale, and could cost lives... but most science fraud goes unpublished:

Rare is the scientist who goes to prison on research misconduct charges. But on 1 July, Dong-Pyou Han, a former biomedical scientist at Iowa State University in Ames, was sentenced to 57 months for fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jul 03 16:28

Whether Greece votes yes or no, the euro cannot survive in its current form

For all of those deluded Europhiles who believed that enforcing an artificial, imperfect currency on 19 different, divergent nations was a good idea that would help bring about peace, friendship and prosperity, the events of the past few weeks have surely been devastating.

Jul 03 16:18

IS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket attack on Israel

A group affiliated with Islamic State has said it fired three rockets into Israel from Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

The affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, said it had acted in retaliation for what it says is Israeli support for the Egyptian army.

Israel said two rockets landed in the south of the country, causing no casualties or material damage.

Jul 03 14:17

The CIA’s Creation of “Islamic Terrorism” on American Soil

Islamic paramilitary camps have been set up in the United States and Canada to train African American Muslims in guerilla warfare. After months of training on firing ranges and obstacle courses, the black Muslims are sent to Pakistan where they receive advanced training in explosives. Many never return.

Stories about these camps are not new. They have been reported by the main stream media, including Fox News.

The origin of these compounds for would-be jihadis dates back to 1979, when the Agency sent hundreds of radical Islamic clerics to the United States in an effort to recruit African American Muslims for the holy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Jul 03 14:16

Record-breaking Solar Flight Reaches HawaiiDemonstrating the Potential of Clean Technologies

Endeavoring to reach Hawaii from Japan to encourage the use of clean technologies (#futureisclean), the solar powered aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg achieved the longest exploration leg of the Solar Impulse’s Round-The-World mission.

At the controls of Solar Impulse 2, André Borschberg landed safely in Kalaeloa on July 3rd at 05:55 local time, after a perilous non-stop flight of 5 days and nights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was supposed to be on the list to watch the landing but somehow I never got the phone call or email.

Jul 03 14:04

‘Cameron’s anti-encryption moves ill-thought out, leave no safe spaces to communicate’

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron wants to tackle terror at home by opening up people’s private chats, calling for measures to allow intelligence services to read your online conversations. The former leader of the Pirate Party in the UK thinks David Cameron’s anti-encryption moves are ill-thought out, and could spell disaster.

Jul 03 13:46

Watch: The Stupidity Of Some Americans Is Absolutely Mind-Boggling

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people...

Jul 03 13:24

Just Before Round of Negotiations on the Proposed 'Trade in Services Agreement' (TISA), Wikileaks Releases Updated Secret Documents

Today, Wikileaks released a second batch of the most updated draft texts on the proposed TISA, along with substantive analysis, on each of four massive services sectors: Financial Services, Telecommunications Services, Electronic Commerce, and Maritime Transport. This follows on their release yesterday of cross-cutting annexes on Domestic Regulation, the "Movement of Natural Persons," Transparency, and Government Procurement, and the Agenda for next week's negotiations, along with what Wikileaks called the journalistic holy grail: the Core Text of the proposed agreement. The negotiating texts are supposed to remain secret for five years after the deal is finalized or abandoned.

Jul 03 13:05

Exposed: Establishment-Funded ‘Security Network’ Spying On Users

An experiment by a Swedish researcher reveals that an online network used to ensure secure Internet communications may itself be under surveillance. Tor is free open source software and a popular open network used to anonymize communications on the Internet.

In 2013 it received more than $1,800,00 in funding from the US government and previous sponsors include; Google, The Ford Foundation and DARPA.

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