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Jan 15 06:19

German leisure centre becomes the first to ban all migrants after a schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in a public swimming pool by Syrian teenagers

A German leisure centre has become the first in the country to ban all migrants after a schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in a public swimming pool by Syrian teenagers.

Jan 15 06:17

Planned Parenthood sues anti-abortion group behind secret videos

Exactly six months after the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released its first secretly recorded video accusing Planned Parenthood of trafficking in fetal tissue, the women’s health provider has filed suit in a San Francisco federal district court.



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Jan 15 05:19

A “Homeland” Is a Country That Allows Domestic Use of Military

Have you seen Dahr Jamail’s report on U.S. military plans for war games in Washington state? I’m sure some observers imagine that the military is simply looking for a place to engage in safe and responsible and needed practice in hand-to-hand combat against incoming North Korean nuclear missiles, or perhaps to rehearse a humanitarian invasion of Russia to uphold the fundamental international law against Vladimir Putin’s existence.

But if you look over the history of domestic use of the U.S. military — such as by reading the new book Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military — it’s hard not to wonder whether, from the U.S. military’s point of view, at least a side benefit of the coming war game isn’t rehearsing for the next time citizens in kayaks interfere with a corporation intent on poisoning the earth’s climate with fossil fuels.

Jan 15 05:18

The Surprising Parallel Between Modern Germany and Pre-Hitler Germany

For most of Germany’s post World War Two history, their political scene has been largely devoid of any right-wing rhetoric. The reason why is obvious enough. Living under a brutal fascist regime that contributed to the deaths of millions has a habit of making any right-wing idea seem unappealing.

Japan’s culture has gone through the same process. After living under an openly militaristic regime that ended with two nuked cities, Japan has developed one of the most pacifistic foreign policies on the planet. When Japan’s parliament passed a law allowing their troops to deploy overseas, tens of thousands of Japanese citizens took to the streets to protest the decision. It’s not just a cornerstone of their legal code, being anti-war is a big part of their culture too.



Jan 15 05:09

"Ready for Hillary... to Take Your Guns": Brady Campaign Backs Clinton as Gun Control Advocates Throw Themselves at Her for President

It would appear a large segment of the liberal Dem population is definitely "Ready for Hillary"... to take away your guns, America.

After focusing her campaign around the idea that the U.S. desperately needs more gun control in recent months leading up to and following Obama's executive action announcement, famous pro-gun controllers with deep pockets are throwing money at Hillary to be the next commander-in-chief.

Major anti-gun endorsements are pouring in. Just a few days ago, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence announced it is backing Hillary. So are well-known gun control advocates Mark Kelly and his wife, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

Hillary has already said that she'll sign more gun control executive orders if she becomes president...

Jan 15 04:22

Outrage over Charlie Hebdo cartoon of dead toddler Alan Kurdi as sex attacker

(*"Rapide , sortir les canons à eau"
souce officielle )

Jan 15 03:18

Why the Brookings Institution and the establishment love wars

Washington’s public relations operations for the military contracting firms that surround the US Capitol aren’t by for-profit PR firms, so much as they’re by ‘non-profit’ foundations and think tanks, which present that ‘non-profit’ cover for their sales-promotion campaigns on behalf of the real beneficiaries: owners and top executives of these gigantic ‘defense’ contracting corporations, such as Lockheed Martin, and Booz Allen Hamilton.



Jan 15 02:57

The Leader of the “Most Powerful Nation on Earth” Stands Humiliated

The latest Barack Obama’s speech in front of members of Congress was his last State of the Union Address in his capacity as the president. Yet, according to numerous analysts, this speech did little to raise his popularity both in the US and abroad.

Jan 15 00:31

No boots on the ground? Pentagon plans to help retake ISIS hotbeds Raqqa and Mosul

They must be wearing slippers.

January 14, 2016

Jan 14 22:53

Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce hears calls for Queensland Government to set up own bank

The Banksters want to control the food supply and they are using the drought in Australia to quietly gain ownership of family farms with a simple scam that should be illegal.

"The gathering heard some lenders were devaluing properties across the region by up to 30 per cent, forcing graziers to pay higher interest rates because the loans were now considered higher risk."

At the same time farmers from areas not in drought are donating $millions and thousands of man hours to help those in drought.

Jan 14 22:50

U.S. Media Condemns Iran’s “Aggression” in Intercepting U.S. Naval Ships — In Iranian Waters

Even when the White House was saying they did not yet regard the Iranian conduct as an act of aggression, American journalists were insisting that it was.



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Jan 14 19:20

RT Host Anissa Naouai Nails CNN for Whitewashing Child-Killing Terrorists

MUST SEE VIDEO 2 MINUTE VIDEO
Sometimes Western media has no limits on how low it will go to spread more anti-Russian lies, but in October of 2015, CNN topped them all.

Jan 14 18:17

Members of Congress demand investigation into predatory practices at Warren Buffett’s Clayton Homes

Yesterday, four members of Congress sent a joint letter to both Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, demanding an investigation into predatory practices at Warren Buffett’s mobile home unit Clayton Homes.



Jan 14 17:52

Locals being told lies, threatened, as Oregon Occupation intensifies

“There has been an extreme amount of intimidation and pressure on the community right now. It is coming from those who have basically occupied their town and it seems that most of it is coming from Judge Grasty.

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Jan 14 17:02

Royal Bank of Scotland is warning their investors to sell virtually all their investments. Is this the beginning of the big selloff and a new depression?



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Jan 14 16:44

Hillary Clinton attack on Bernie Sanders backfires

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign raised $1.4 million in one day, following attacks on his healthcare plan by Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea.

Jan 14 16:43

UK Scientists Say First Genetically Modified Human Embryos Are Ready to Be Created

By John Vibes

A team of scientists in the UK recently asked for permission to create the world’s first genetically modified human embryos. Laws currently on the books would prevent the scientists from allowing the embryos to live longer than 14 days, but the team believes that this research could lead to the first genetically modified human beings...

Jan 14 16:36

Cisco fixes hard-coded password 'backdoor' flaw in Wi-Fi access points

Two of the vulnerabilities were considered 'critical," allowing an attacker to take complete over an affected device.

Jan 14 16:32

The US Government Has An Internet Killswitch - And It's None Of Your Business

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret “killswitch” protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies.


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Jan 14 16:26

The 'Real' Price Of Oil Is Below $17

"You see a big destruction in the income of the oil and commodity producers," exclaims on analyst but, as Bloomberg notes, while oil prices flashing across traders' terminals are at the lowest in a decade, in real terms the collapse is considerably deeper. Adjusted for inflation, WTI is its lowest since 2002 and worse still Saudi Light Crude is trading at below $17 (in 1998 dollar terms) - the lowest since the 1980s...

Jan 14 16:19

Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent

Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East.

Jan 14 16:16

Bernie Sanders Decries Lack of Wall Street Prosecutions

Former financial regulator Bill Black says it’s important to reimplement the Glass-Steagall Act – but it’s not enough to prevent another financial crisis.

Jan 14 16:13

Netanyahu tells Hollywood stars to make films about Israel

After a week-long trip to the U.S., Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed Los Angeles on Thursday and was expected to arrive back in Israel on Friday afternoon. On Wednesday, Netanyahu joined a host of Hollywood stars for a dinner in his honor at the house of celebrated film producer Arnon Milchan. Israeli-born Milchan produced Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Among the dinner guests at the private event were Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Kate Hudson, Keanu Reeves, Billy Crystal and James Caan.

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Jan 14 16:08

Here’s the Thing About Terrorism Obama Won’t Tell You

One in 3.5 million: That’s your annual risk of dying from a terrorist attack in the United States, at least according to Cato analyst John Mueller. Rounded generously, that comes out to roughly 3 one-hundred thousandths of a percentage point, or 0.00003 percent.

And this, according to a recent Gallup poll cited by The New York Times, is the percentage of Americans “worried that they or someone in their family would be a victim of terrorism”: 51.

Jan 14 16:05

Elections held in rebel-held Ghouta, Syria for local council, armed opposition reps lose, civilian opposition wins

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Jan 14 15:50

Declassified Emails Reveal NATO Killed Gaddafi to Stop Libyan Creation of Gold-Backed Currency

By Jay Syrmopoulos

In spite of French-led U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 creating a no-fly zone over Libya with the express intent of protecting civilians, one of the over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve, contain damning evidence of Western nations using NATO as a tool to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The NATO overthrow was not for the protection of the people, but instead it was to thwart Gaddafi’s attempt to create a gold-backed African currency to compete with the Western central banking monopoly...

Jan 14 15:50

Shaker Aamer: Gitmo built with sole purpose of breaking people

Guantanamo is run by psychologists with the sole purpose of destroying the human beings it holds, Shaker Aamer told RT in an exclusive interview.

Jan 14 15:50

Arab Spring and Declining Oil Prices Drives Saudi Arabia’s Reactionary Barbarism

Bilal Ahmed of Souciant.com says, accusations of religious degeneracy and charges of heresy at the heart of the executions, such actions advance and protect the national narrative of Wahhabism.

Jan 14 15:44

Netflix Founder Drops $100 Million to Join Billionaire Crusade to Privatize Our Public Schools

There’s more evidence that the push to privatize traditional public schools across America is a pet project of Silicon Valley’s billionaire boy’s club.



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Jan 14 15:44

BEX ALERT - Putin To Plunge World Into Depression

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep. Washington DC is trying to find a believable scapegoat to blame the coming crash on.

Jan 14 15:36

MIT: New Incandescent Light Bulbs Are More Efficient Than LEDs

By Jeffrey A. Tucker

Researchers at the MIT are publicizing that they have fixed the incandescent lightbulb with a brilliant improvement. They have wrapped the interior filament in a crystal glass that both bounces light and contains heat. It recycles energy in a way that addresses the main complaint against Edison’s bulb: It burns far too much energy for the light that it produces.

Why is this interesting? About a decade ago, governments around the world developed a fetish for banning incandescents and replacing them with expensive LED technology and florescent bulbs...

Jan 14 15:33

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Admits No 'Failure To File' IncomeTax Law Exists

In the transcript of the Oral Argument:
He (Chief Justice Rhenquist) and the United States attorney (Kent
Jones) admit there is NO statute (LAW) that makes it a crime for "failure to
file" an income tax return!
QUOTE: "I'm not familiar with a statute that makes that a crime
by itself" ..."but the fact that you didn't file...frankly...it's my
impression that that would not by itself be a crime".
..then it says on pg. 6 lines 20-25 of the transcript, Chief
Justice of the United States Supreme Court William Rhenquist said:
"We'd better not let the word get out"..."We'll keep it just
among ourselves"... and they have the nerve to laugh about it!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In Sullivan vs United States, Judge James C. Fox admitted in the court record that the 16th (income tax) Amendment failed to be ratified, then goes on to admit that judges all know this, but pretend the 16th Amendment is the law of the land, because their salaries, court rooms, staff, and those robes are all bought with money taken from the American people.

Jan 14 15:30

Nevada Lawmaker: 'FBI Agents in Oregon are posing as militia'

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is definitely not your average Republican. Fiore, who has a penchant for posting attractive pictures of herself posing with firearms which will remind you of 1980's glam rockers, represents District 4 in Clark County. An ardent supporter of Second Amendment and smaller, constitutional government, Fiore recently posted on twitter that 'FBI Agents in Oregon are posing as militia' and that Harney Co. Fire Chief Chris Briels in joining the Oregon occupiers, says he's resigned because he's lost faith in county government.

Jan 14 15:18

GERALD CELENTE JUST DESTROYED OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS WITH THESE 7 SHOCKING WORDS

Jan 14 15:14

Sacked ANZ trader says bank tolerated drugs, strip clubs

Wall St culture comes to Sydney. It's been suggested that the inability of cocaine users to recognise their mistakes was one of the factors in the 08 crash. The four big banks in Australia are all facing lawsuits for ripping off clients.

In fact there is only one bank

This bank owns most of everything else.

The use of nominees means that who actually owns 80% of Australia is unknown.

Jan 14 15:10

Iraqi jets target ISIS, according to Defense Ministry

he Iraqi Ministry of Defense has released a video showing its jets targeting ISIS-controlled areas.

Jan 14 15:06

Ben Swann Attacked by The New York Times for Pointing Out Rubio’s Voting Record

However, the Times article did not focus on verifying the validity of Swann’s statements about Rubio’s voting attendance. The author instead chose to describe Swann as a “conspiracy-minded journalist” without delving into any examples of Swann’s so-called “focus on conspiracy theories.”

Jan 14 15:05

Lawsuit Claims Monsanto Contaminated ‘All Segments’ Of The San Francisco Bay

Monsanto and its ancillaries are facing another lawsuit over pollution caused by their manufactured chemicals. A 6-0 vote by the Berkeley City Council last week prompted an official complaint demanding the conglomerate pay for a cleanup of the PCB-compromised San Francisco Bay. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were almost exclusively produced by Monsanto from…

Jan 14 15:05

‘Cancer Screening Has Never Saved Lives’ – BMJ Study Concludes

Millions have marched for “cancer causes.” Millions more have been diagnosed “early” and now believe screening saved their lives. But a new study confirms something we have been reporting on since our inception: In most cases, screening not only has not “saved lives,” but actually increases your risk of dying. An extremely important…

Jan 14 14:02

Emails of Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Insiders Sought in New Lawsuit

A new Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department is requesting emails from Chelsea Clinton and other individuals from Hillary Clinton’s inner circle.

The Washington Examiner reported that conservative watchdog Citizens United filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday. The suit requests emails sent from the name “Diane Reynolds,” the pseudonym under which Chelsea Clinton operated an email account on Hillary Clinton’s personal website domain.

The lawsuit comes just as Chelsea Clinton begins to play a larger role in her mother’s presidential campaign, launching attacks at Democratic challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and headlining an upcoming fundraiser at a SoulCycle studio in New York City.

Jan 14 13:58

Obama's last State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that America has “the strongest, most durable economy in the world” and called claims of economic decline "fiction."

Jan 14 13:37

Catholic Bishop's Message To The People Of Gaza: "You live in a prison; the Israeli Confiscation Of Land Is In Violation Of International Law, You Are Not Forgotten"

Here is one story you probably won't see on CNN! Every January, an international contingent of Catholic Bishops meet in the Holy Land. They issued a strongly-worded statement today which noted that the Israeli "occupation eats away at the soul of both occupier and occupied.' The bishops added that the Israeli 'confiscation of land' in Gaza is "in violation of international law" and assured the Palestinian people that "you are not forgotten - Throughout 2016 we shall raise your plight nationally and internationally." They continued "The 2014 war led to the destruction of thousands of homes and the physical and social infrastructure of Gaza... To those Israelis and Palestinians who seek peace, you are not forgotten... Political leaders across the world must put greater energy into a diplomatic solution to end nearly 50 years of occupation and resolve the ongoing conflict so the two peoples and three faiths can live together in justice and peace."

Jan 14 13:09

‘Breach of sovereignty’: US apologizes for intrusion into Iran waters

Tehran has reportedly released 10 US sailors seized after straying into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf.

Jan 14 12:43

Two Smoking Guns

Hillary for prison 2016?

snip: There are now more than 100 FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton. Her denial that she is at the core of their work is political claptrap with no connection to reality. It is inconceivable that the FBI would send such vast resources in the present dangerous era on a wild-goose chase.

Jan 14 12:41

Treasury Department confirms President Obama has fully turned around the U.S. economy

Jan 14 12:20

Emails Prove Hillary Knew Libyan Rebels Were Conducting Ethnic Cleansing, Supported Them Anyway

On New Year’s Eve, the State Department released 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails from her tenure as secretary of state. While much of the corporate media dove into investigating pointless gossip, Brad Hoff at the Levant Report decided to look for more clues into understanding the epic failure that was the 2011 war on Libya by the US and NATO.

But, perhaps, the most troubling revelation is that Secretary Clinton was being explicitly told that the Libyan rebel forces were conducting racially charged massacres of black Africans under the rationale of labeling them “foreign mercenaries.”

In an email on March 27, 2011 [PDF], Blumenthal informs Secretary Clinton that a Libyan rebel commander told him that “his troops continue to summarily execute all foreign mercenaries captured in the fighting.”

Summarily execute is a nice way of saying they are straight up killing anyone they see, who they think could be a “foreign mercenary.”

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How in the name of all that is right and moral could then-Secretary Clinton allow this to happen?!?

Because for her, the end justified the means, and the US government was hell-bent on regime change in Syria at any cost.

And why?!? Because Gaddafi was proposing a gold-backed dinar, which would have meant the end of the US dollar very quickly, after the introduction of such a currency.

One has to wonder just how much Clinton rejoiced in hearing precisely how Ghadaffi actually died (and I will share with you: it was not anything like the highly sanitized version presented by the world's presstitute whorespondents).

It was one of the worst deaths one could possibly imagine.

But the bottom line here is, do we really need another warmonger, interventionist President, as we have had for the last 4 administrations?!?

Take a good look at these endless wars; the American economy; the homeless encampments; the continuing outsourcing and offshoring of jobs, and the answer cannot possibly be "yes", with a straight face.

Jan 14 12:09

Neocons want you to stop calling them Neocons, claiming anti-semitism. How stupid to you think we are, Neocons?

So now that the neoconservatives have successfully burrowed themselves so deeply into what was once the conservative movement that they have killed the host, they look around at the destruction they have wrought and scream, “don’t blame us!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We can't say "Neocon" because it is anti-Semitic? Okay, let's just call them Fascists and everyone will be happy! :)

Jan 14 12:07

US and EU Could Lift Iranian Sanctions This Weekend

The United States and the European Union are expected to formally lift sanctions against Iran this weekend.

Jan 14 12:05

Watch Politicians Snap When Alternative Media Journalist Asks Them One Short Question

In the following video, Helfeld interviewed Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and walked him down the same path of logic that was laid out in this article. He asked Inouye first whether or not people had the right to steal from one another, and then if they had the right to delegate that authority to the government; then finally he asked, “Can a person delegate a right that they do not have?” Inouye sat frozen like a deer in the headlights realizing that he had just been backed into a corner, and that’s when the interview gets really interesting.

Jan 14 12:02

FLASHBACK 2013 - Cruz: 'I should be only an American,' will renounce Canadian citizenship

Sen. Ted Cruz acknowledged late Monday that he probably has been a lifelong Canadian and vowed to renounce that citizenship now that he realizes he’s had it.

Jan 14 11:58

Attkisson: ‘Overwhelming Body of Evidence’ Benghazi Rescue Teams Turned Back

Attkisson said, “We also spoke to sources and have some email evidence that talks about special forces that were not far away in Europe that we were told were assigned to respond in the event of a case just like this, and yet were turned back according to witnesses. This is something that the president and the White House has steadfastly denied, but there’s now what I would call an overwhelming body of evidence that leads us to believe that somebody stopped a number of teams and potential rescuers from entering Libya or going to Benghazi to help while those attacks were underway. They could have gotten there. According to experts and people that have information we spoke to, they could have gotten there before the last two Americans died. Those attacks went on for eight hours.”

Jan 14 11:43

FULL Speech HD: Donald Trump Holds MASSIVE Rally in Pensacola, FL

Jan 14 11:42

“Man Made Water Disaster”: National Guard Take Water Door-to-Door in Contaminated Michigan

Government failed to ensure basic clean water in Flint, MI and now National Guard is saving residents from this man-made crisis...

The Michigan National Guard began arriving in Flint on Wednesday for briefings on the drinking water crisis... part of a larger contingent of Guardsmen who will help distribute bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents... as state health officials reported a spike in Legionnaires’ disease cases in the [area]

So, who do you trust to filter YOUR water?

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jan 14 11:38

U.S. Ag. Secretary Vilsack to Hold “Secret Meeting” to Rewrite GMO Labeling Law

The humble state of Vermont is rarely ever in the spotlight (unless we’re talking about maple syrup I suppose), but all eyes in the clean food movement are focused on the The Green Mountain State as July 1, 2016 looms. That’s when the state’s democratically passed, mandatory GMO labeling bill is set to take effect.

But now Vilsack, one of the many pro-GMO forces on the inside, is threatening to overturn it by holding an invitation-only meeting with the goal of “fixing” Vermont’s law before it goes into effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Tom Vilsak: yes, I am willing to pay more for organic, untampered-with food; I do not want GMO food, because I know, from way too many studies, that it is carcinogenic.

We know who owns you, Secretary Vilsak; that is obvious.

But may I suggest that if you want to impress people with the safety of GMO foods, I would suggest you go on a diet of only GMO food for one year, possibly in fields sprayed with glyphosate, and see what your health looks like after that year.

Of course, you won't do it, because, even though you most like take Monsanto's money, you know better.

And shame on you for attempting to reverse a law that Vermont voters wanted to see implemented; this is for the voters of Vermont to decide!!

Jan 14 11:23

White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public

The White House has officially admitted that fake vaccination programs have been used by the United States as a cover for covertly stealing DNA samples from the public as part of the so-called “war on terror.” The aim of the scheme, carried out in the Middle East, was to use DNA analysis to identify suspected terrorists who would then be targeted to be killed by the United States.
As the New York Times reported in 2011, “In the months before Osama bin Laden was killed, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a phony vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, as a ruse to obtain DNA evidence from members of Bin Laden’s family thought to be holed up in an expansive compound there.” (1)
“CIA agents recruited a senior Pakistani doctor to organize the vaccine drive in Abbottabad, even starting the “project” in a poorer part of town to make it look more authentic,” reports The Guardian (2).

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 of natural causes; who the Navy Seals assassinated in Abbottabad was some poor schmuck who some Pakistani identified, wrongly, as Bin Laden.

This is why his carcass was unceremoniously dumped at sea, because the White House didn't want to have to live with the humiliation of having killed the wrong guy once pictures of the corpse became public.

Jan 14 11:15

Face It: A Vote for Hillary Clinton Is a Vote for War

Less than a week out from the next Democratic debate—and less than a month from the Iowa caucuses—it’s time for all of us to acknowledge what is plainly true: A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for war.

Liberals shouldn’t kid themselves that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is very different from the Republican frontrunners on this score. Conservatives should stop pretending too, so they can get on with digging into areas where true policy differences between the Democrats and Republicans might actually mean something.

Jan 14 11:14

CORRECTION - Setting The Record Straight: Did Monsanto Really Buy Blackwater (Xe)?

While the two seem to be a great match, as they both fail to consider the morality and consequence of their actions, it seems that Monsanto is only involved with Blackwater in infiltrating activist groups who are opposed to the biotech giant — an operation quite sinister enough. The truth of the matter is that Academi (Blackwater) was purchased by private investors, and the heavily sourced article written by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation actually says nothing about Monsanto buying Blackwater.

Jan 14 11:09

Rhetoric Shift: Germany imposes stricter rules on refugees after Cologne sex assaults

Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss the string of mass sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in cities across Germany, when she speaks in parliament later on Wednesday.

Jan 14 11:05

Video: Israeli sniper praised for shooting Palestinian protestors

A chilling video has been published by Palestinian activists on the YouTube page of Kareem Asakra, showing Palestinians being shot while protesting near Ramallah. The video includes the voices of Hebrew speakers, purportedly between an Israeli sniper and his commanding officer. The officer is heard praising, encouraging, and congratulating the sniper. Ma’an News is reporting Israeli soldier praised for shooting protesters in video footage:

Jan 14 10:55

SPOOF OF THE WEEK ~~ ‘THE STATELESS UNION ADDRESS’

Jan 14 10:46

Before I Can Fix This Tractor, We Have to Fix Copyright Law

How many people does it take to fix a tractor? A year ago, I would have said it took just one person. One person with a broken tractor, a free afternoon, and a box of tools.

I would have been wrong.

When the repair involves a tractor's computer, it actually takes an army of copyright lawyers, dozens of representatives from U.S. government agencies, an official hearing, hundreds of pages of legal briefs, and nearly a year of waiting. Waiting for the Copyright Office to make a decision about whether people like me can repair, modify, or hack their own stuff.

Jan 14 10:41

Likud Cancels Primary, Netanyahu Will Remain Party Leader Through 2023

Israel’s ruling Likud Party has called off a planned primary election for party leadership, naming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the winner by default and ensuring he remains in the leadership post through 2023.

The decision came from Likud’s internal court, which noted that there was no other candidate besides Netanyahu, and that not bothering to hold a vote would save the party around $1 million. The move is likely to irk some senior party members.

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For people who value peace, freedom, the rule of law and democracy, this is a very, very bad day indeed.

Jan 14 10:38

US Plans for ISIS War in 2016: Attacking Mosul, Raqqa

Carter bragged about how well the ISIS campaign is going, claiming his statement today was the completion of a “military plan” to retake Mosul and Raqqa, saying Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria would encircle those cities.

Carter insisted he has “big arrows” pointing at those cities, but also talked up other plans, including widespread assassinations of ISIS leaders, and a significant escalation of the US drone wars against Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, with drone strikes in those countries extending “beyond declared battlefields.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...beyond declared battlefields." ?!?!?

What is Carter really saying?!? That even without Congressional authorization of a war against ISIS, he believes that he has carte blanche to assassinate alleged ISIS members, wherever they might be?!?

I don't know about you, folks, but this is making the hair at the back of my head start to break dance in very strange convulsions of movement, and that is always a bad sign.

Jan 14 10:38

Diplomatic Sanity Prevails with Iran

Before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, U.S. cable news blasted out bulletins about Iran seizing American sailors, as Obama’s critics blasted him. But the U.S. intrusion into Iranian waters was quickly explained and the sailors returned, a sign of diplomatic sanity, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Jan 14 10:35

Clinton Attacks Produce Windfall of Campaign Cash for Sanders

Hillary Clinton’s new barrage against Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential primary opponent she has all but ignored through most of her campaign, is having an effect — though probably not the one she intended.

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Jan 14 10:29

Defense Secretary, in Speech to Deploying Troops, Lauds Push Against

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter provided an upbeat assessment on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State and said that missions now underway by a new deployment of Special Operations forces are “generating a virtuous cycle of action” against the extremist group.

The administration is aware that many Americans are skeptical of its approach to the Islamic State. Republican presidential candidates have said that Mr. Obama was too slow to react to the group when it first seized wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, and that his current ISIS strategy has been a failure.

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The US "training" of Iraqi troops hasn't worked since it began; Iraq has not invited the US into the country to contain ISIS; neither has Syria invited the US into the country to contain ISIS there.

And what the heck does this man mean when he uses the phrase "generating a virtuous cycle of action"?!?

That the US government, here , is the "good guy", for killing the same people it supported and trained to destabilise the Al-Assad government, which Russia is doing quite nicely, thank you very much?!?

Jan 14 10:23

Turkey seals border with Kurdish enclave in Syria surrounded by ISIS

The clampdown on Kurds isn't limited to south-east Turkey. Kurdish people, living in an enclave surrounded by ISIS across the border in Syria, are also being blockaded - as RT’s Murad Gazdiev's been finding out.

Jan 14 10:22

POLICE USE ‘COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING’ TO CREATE ENTIRE COMMUNITIES OF SPIES!

Community-Oriented Policing (COP) is being used with the help of religious groups, businesses, schools etc., to spy on everyone. Community oriented policing research began in the 1970’s but wasn’t officially implemented until1994, which means police have been spying on Americans for TWENTY TWO YEARS! The Center for Problem Oriented Policing website is a great resource to find out more about COP.

Jan 14 10:19

American folk singer hopes peace concert for ISIS will win over terror group

An Oregon folk singer plans to leave next week to serenade the Islamic State, and he intends to bring the black-clad barbarians a prayerful message of peace -- despite a warning from the State Department that his life could be in danger.

Jan 14 10:19

Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy

Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East. Though this is being presented as a response to the rise of the Islamic State and other militant groups, there's remarkably little that’s new about the Pentagon plan. For more than 36 years, the U.S. military has been building an unprecedented constellation of bases that stretches from Southern Europe and the Middle East to Africa and Southwest Asia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Doing something precisely the same way, but expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Jan 14 10:18

Thousands flying to Canada flagged for security checks by new system

OTTAWA — Canada’s new security system for scrutinizing people who arrive by airplane singled out more than 2,300 passengers for closer examination during a recent three-month period, the federal border agency says.

The Canada Border Services Agency says the travellers — flagged for possible links to terrorism or serious crime — represented a tiny fraction of the millions who flew into the country.

Still, privacy and civil liberties watchdogs want to know more about the border agency’s so-called scenario-based targeting system to ensure individual rights are not being trampled.

The agency has implemented the targeting system, already used by the United States, as part of Canada’s commitment to co-operate with Washington under the 2011 continental security pact known as the Beyond the Border initiative.

Jan 14 10:17

REEFER MADNESS DEBUNKED AS MAJOR UK STUDY FINDS MARIJUANA DOES NOT REDUCE IQ IN TEENS

A large study conducted in the United Kingdom failed to find evidence of a robust link between cannabis use and lowered intelligence among teenagers. The study, published online January 6 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found a statistical association between cannabis use and decreased intellectual performance. However, this association vanished when the researchers took other variables into account. “The notion that cannabis use itself is causally related to lower IQ and poorer educational performance was not supported in this large teenage sample,” wrote Claire Mokrysz of the University College London and her colleagues.

Jan 14 10:16

Want to save money by buying your own modem? Comcast will attack you with unstoppable pop-ups

Comcast has done plenty of things to frustrate subscribers over the years. In fact, some of the company’s recent moves are bad for all of us, not just for its own subscribers. The latest customer complaint making the rounds might be one of the most frustrating ones we’ve seen though, namely because it will likely only impact the savviest of Comcast’s Internet users, and it appears to be completely impossible to prevent.

Jan 14 10:13

Angry Local Politician Buses Refugees To Merkel's Office

An irate local politician in Germany's southern state of Bavaria has dispatched a bus filled with dozens of refugees on a 7-hour journey to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin as a protest against her open-door refugee policy.

A spokesman for Peter Dreier from the southeastern town of Landshut confirmed to Reuters that 31 refugees were making the 550 kilometer trip to the capital and were likely arrive in the afternoon.

A video on the online site of German newspaper Die Welt showed police officers shepherding dozens of men and women with bags onto a bus in a sunny country road lined with trees and chalets.

Dreier appeared to be acting on a threat he made to Merkel last year. Critical of her mantra that Germany can cope with the influx of migrants, he reportedly issued a warning to the chancellor in a phone call in October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, unfortunately, appears to be only the beginning of the end for Merkel's "magical thinking" on refugee absorption.

I do not know what the Vegas odds are of her staying in power, but I would imagine that they may not be too great at the moment.

The New Year's Eve incidents in Cologne have shocked and mortified the German people, and there will be a stop put to this immigration very soon.

Jan 14 10:12

UPSTATE NY POLICE SEIZE $8.5 MILLION IN ASSETS A YEAR WITHOUT HAVING TO PROVE A CRIME

Justin Lucas gathered up $50,000 in cash in 2011 to bail his brother out of jail on a drug charge. But when Lucas brought the money to the Otsego County jail in a brown paper bag, sheriff's deputies seized the cash without releasing his brother. They told him the money was the subject of a drug investigation.

Jan 14 10:08

5 Insane Facts That Will Change How You View Christianity

We feel like we know the general history of Christianity: Christ was born, he spouted some stuff about free love and messed with the man (the Ro-man), then bada-boom-bada-bing, his followers rule the world. But there are several chapters too awkward, terrifying, or just plain embarrassing for your average Sunday school teacher to handle. Come, let's dive neck deep into the truly weird antics of early Christians.

Jan 14 10:08

Hillary Clinton's Shadowy History With Shadow Banking

Like the Clinton campaign's recent broadside against Sanders' Medicare-for-all health care plan, the attack is misleading and dishonest. It also sidesteps her complicated record on shadow banking as a senator, which includes a vote in favor of a bill that eventually fueled shadow banking in the mortgage market and exacerbated the financial crisis. Clinton's team, moreover, continues to criticize legislation supported by both Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that would ameliorate the problems created by that bill.

Jan 14 10:00

UK INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO BE DENIED ACCESS TO DRONE STRIKE INFORMATION, SAYS PM

Members of the UK’s Parliamentary intelligence watchdog will not be allowed access to all intelligence or defence information relating to the new British practice of targeted killing by drone, the Prime Minister has said.

David Cameron was asked today by Andrew Tyrie MP whether the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) would be allowed to examine the military aspect of the targeted killing programme, and whether he would commit to the Committee’s security-cleared members being able to see all the relevant intelligence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to ask: what is David Cameron so afraid the Intelligence Committee will find in this data?!?

That perhaps the info leading to the drone strike was iffy at best, and that the amount of collateral damage was ....incredibly high?!?

Jan 14 09:56

PRINCETON STUDY SAYS U.S. NO LONGER AN ACTUAL DEMOCRACY

A groundbreaking study from Princeton University is causing a lot of controversy, but its findings are undeniable.

The university study explain that U.S. democracy is pure fiction. That is, the researchers explain, it simply does not exist.

The scholars behind the study asked the question: “[w]ho really rules?”

Researchers Martin Gilens along with Benjamin I. Page concluded that over the past few decades in particular, the U.S. political system has gradually changed in a way that has warped the Democratic Republic into a nearly pure oligarchy, where the elite 1% rule with almost total influence and control over the government and even police state apparatus.

The researchers drew data from over 1,800 different policy initiatives dating from 1981 to 2002. They concluded that wealthy, well-connected families are the ones who steer the direction of nearly everything politically in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete and utter) absence of shock!!

Jan 14 09:53

EMAILS EXPOSE CLOSE TIES BETWEEN HILLARY CLINTON AND ACCUSED WAR CRIMINAL HENRY KISSINGER

“I greatly admire the skill and aplomb with which you conduct our foreign policy,” wrote Henry Kissinger in a 2012 letter to “the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.” The compliment was included as a handwritten postscript added to the printed letter.

The Feb. 7 letter, which was released in a batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a request that she help declassify documents from Kissinger’s time as secretary of state, which he says constitute “a unique record of a critical period in American foreign policy.”

Critics say Kissinger helped carry out egregious war crimes in this critical period, during which he served as secretary of state under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's really not that complicated; sociopathic warmongers want to bind with other sociopathic warmongers!!

Jan 14 09:52

BEX ALERT - Cyberwarfare: Will Isis blow up the global finance system with weaponised algorithms?

“"We have not yet seen criminals or terrorists weaponise algorithms for attacks, but the future will surely bring this at some point. When it happens, the safest thing for investors is to have their investments in other algorithms."”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Private Central Banking coupled with the greed of the money-junkies always destroys an economy. But ISIS makes a great scapegoat!

Jan 14 09:50

Alan Rickman: The cruel trick played on the actor in his Die Hard death scene

But one thing Rickman’s followers may not know is the real reason behind the look of utter shock on his face when he fall to his death in Die Hard.

Director John McTiernan asked Rickman to fall backwards onto an airbag from a height of 25 feet on the count of three. Sounds easy enough, until the stunt crew decided to drop him on “one” instead, to make his reaction more genuinely believable. So that explains why Hans Gruber’s expression is quite so priceless.

Jan 14 09:48

Criminal Probe: Turkey launches investigation into ‘terrorist propaganda’ on TV channel

Turkish prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into a popular TV show for, what they say, is “terrorist propaganda”.

Jan 14 09:46

Trump Supporter Ann Coulter Obliterates Nikki Haley, Then Seeks Her Deportation

The Republican Party is dead. Long live Trump.

Governor Nikki Haley delivered the response last night to Barack Obama’s final SOTU Address.

Rather than focus on Barack Obama’s nasty remarks and attacks on Republican politicians the GOP last night focused their attention on bashing Donald Trump.

And they wonder why conservatives don’t trust them?

Trump supporter Ann Coulter obliterated Haley and the GOP after her Trump-trashing response.

Jan 14 09:45

Renault share price tanks following reports of emissions probe

Renault shares fell by as much as 20 per cent on Thursday after reports that investigators had seized computers from the car manufacturer in an alleged probe into emissions testing.

Jan 14 09:44

Rebekah Brooks: New claims that phone hacking was rife at The Sun under former editor

Rebekah Brooks is facing a legal battle over new allegations that phone hacking was “endemic” when she was editor of The Sun, a court has heard.

Lawyers for News Group Newspapers, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s UK print business, told a High Court hearing that a “new flank” of hacking claims had been opened against Rupert Murdoch’s daily tabloid.

Jan 14 09:44

Prosecutors move to exclude video of drug raid that shows cops laughing and pocketing cash. Suspect's property later found for sale on Craigslist.

Prosecutors are hoping to exclude video footage of an officer allegedly stealing cash from the defendant during a drug raid, concerned that it will compromise the outcome of their case.

Crescent City resident James Banuelos is scheduled for a Jan. 25 jury trial on charges including methamphetamine possession and operating a drug house.

Jan 14 09:44

Student loan debt in the US has topped $1.3 trillion, growing $2000 per second

Total student loan debt in the US has topped $1.3 trillion.
It's not just an issue for people holding six figures' worth of loans — it's become a policy issue as well.
In September, the Obama administration announced a series of changes to the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the go-to form for prospective college students applying for federal student aid.

Jan 14 09:41

“Buy Gold” As Equities “Rolling Over” Warns UBS

UBS has warned that the seven-year cycle in equities is rolling over, we could see a sharp 30% correction in stocks and that as per the headline of their ‘Technical Outlook 2016?, it is time to “buy gold”.

Jan 14 09:39

FLASHBACK - Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media is trying to demonize Iran over the treatment of the captured (and released) US marines who violated Iran's territorial waters. They are making a big deal about the "humiliating" pictures of the men. But take a look at how the US treats prisoners and you will see that Iran's handling of their prisoners was pretty tame!

Jan 14 09:33

White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public

The White House has officially admitted that fake vaccination programs have been used by the United States as a cover for covertly stealing DNA samples from the public as part of the so-called “war on terror.” The aim of the scheme, carried out in the Middle East, was to use DNA analysis to identify suspected terrorists who would then be targeted to be killed by the United States.

Jan 14 09:33

Off-Gridders Threatened: Get Rid Of Your Wood Stove Or Face Thousands Of Dollars In Fines

Montreal residents that burn wood for heat must register their stoves and by October 2018, must replace them with newer models or face thousands of dollars in fines.
The registration is part of an effort to ban most wood-burnings heaters in Canada’s second largest city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, we are headed into a little Ice age, the global economy and petroleum supply chain is hovering at the edge of collapse, so let's tell people they cannot burn wood for heat, even though that worked for the human race for the last half million years.

Jan 14 09:30

What hurt holiday sales at Best Buy

Best Buy said Thursday that sluggish sales of mobile phones contributed to a weak holiday shopping performance.

The consumer electronics retailer also said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to fall 1.5%, which is below its previous projection of "near flat" sales. Devices such as tablet computers and digital photo goods also disappointed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What's with these people, anyway? It's like they ran out of money or something!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 14 09:26

Canadians Panic As Food Prices Soar On Collapsing Currency

$31.99 for Tide detergent!

Jan 14 09:25

FLASHBACK 2014 - Fed Insolvent, Dollar Will Collapse 90% or More

The problem today is we are on a global dollar standard. A paper money standard can work, but only if you maintain confidence in the money . . . and you do that by running a good economy and having a good business environment . . . we’re doing the opposite. We are printing a lot of money. We have a lousy business environment. Taxes are too high. Growth is too low. So, a lot of things are combining to undermine confidence in the dollar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember TARP? Following the collapse of the mortgage-backed security fraud in 2008 the US Government saved Wall Street (and their own stock portfolios) by spending a trillion of your tax dollars to buy worthless but overpriced securities from those banks and dumping the losses on the American people.

But, the trillion from the US taxpayer wasn't enough, so the Federal Reserve created trillions more, somewhere between $4 trillion and $9 trillion, to buy more of those worthless mortgage bundles off of Wall Street.

Here's the problem.

Those securities are still on the Fed's books, along with the huge blocks of overpriced stocks built up from years of PPT market rigging. If prices drop, the Fed (and a lot of other Wall Street firms) will be insolvent overnight. That is why the PPT is at it again today trying to drive the stock market back up by purchasing stocks with instantly created money from the FED.

But when the FED creates instant money, that cash is not an asset but a liability. The Federal Reserve note is a unit of debt, not of value. It is a loan at interest, and the value of the asset purchased with that loan is less than the loan, or "underwater."

Right now the FED is leveraged at an insane 78:1. Normal investment banks dare not go above 15:1.

Most people think the FED is very rich but the truth is it is functionally broke, and has started down the path of money-printing to paper over the failure, concealing the fiscal reality behind clever accounting tricks and the Democrats who filibustered the Audit The Fed bill to defeat in Congress.

This morning's PPT surge in the markets is not a solution, but only increases the long term problem of deteriorating trust in the US currency.

Jan 14 09:10

Labour’s revolution: Membership almost doubles and support for Corbyn is overwhelming

‘Here’s the evidence we’ve all been waiting for. Labour’s membership has almost doubled after Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the leadership election; the figures have been swelled by new arrivals and returning members who had left because of disillusionment with Blairite neoliberalism; and there has been no infiltration by hard-left groups.

Jan 14 09:10

Anti-fracking protesters arrested as UK police storm camp

‘Nine activists who oppose the controversial fracking technique for extracting gas from the ground were arrested by UK police Tuesday.

Jan 14 09:09

Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition

‘Here’s another Tory attack on democracy, on the poor, on aspiration and on choice.

As the placard in the image states, education is not a privilege. Deprive anyone of education and you could be depriving the world of the next great scientific, artistic, cultural or political genius.

George Osborne is not pushing this plan through without a democratic vote because he wants to save money, and he certainly isn’t doing it as a minor adjustment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If you want an education, you enslave yourself to the bankers for life, like the Americans do!" -- Number 9 3/4

Jan 14 09:09

How many is too many? State Dept says calculus for civilian casualties exists, but won’t disclose it

Civilian casualties are weighed against the value of the targets in a “calculus” used by the US military, but what that ratio might be, the State Department refused to say.

On Sunday, US warplanes bombed a bank in Mosul that was considered a hub of Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) financial operations, housing the cash used to fund operations and pay the group’s fighters. US military officials said they were willing to tolerate up to 50 civilian deaths for such a high-value target, according to a CNN report.

Jan 14 09:00

War Party Torpedoes Peace in Ukraine with Bombing

The supporters of the war in Ukraine reiterated their unwillingness to implement the truce agreed in Minsk with the resumption of the bombing of the airport in Donetsk, as was denounced today by rebel sources.
The Security Service of the insurgent Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) confirmed the attack from positions of ultranationalist units against the airfield in ruins, controlled for months by militia, began at midnight and lasted two hours.

Quoted by the News Agency of Donetsk, the source said that Kiev troops used 82mm mortars and fired a total of 10 mines against the airport in the area dominated by the DPR.

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