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October 7, 2015

Oct 07 09:20

Corporal Punishment Returns To Public School

Corporal punishment is generally thought to be a degrading form of public punishment intended to inflict harm or pain on another. The term is most associated with the public school system as its presence lingered there for some time after it became a more controversial practice. One reason it's viewed as barbaric is…

Oct 07 09:19

Rocket Artillery Barrage on Hama

Oct 07 09:15

'Don't say his name': Oregon community wants to make shooter anonymous

Keith Weikum, a set builder and special effects operator for theater productions at Umpqua Community College, already had a skeptical expression when he opened his front door.
The reporter standing outside asked him whether he knew a particular student who had signed up to be a production assistant on a play with Weikum.



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Oct 07 09:13

NYPD STEAL WOMANS BMW, COMMIT HER WHEN SHE ASKS FOR IT BACK

Brock woke up inside the Harlem Hospital psychiatric ward. For eight days, doctors and medical staff repeatedly injected Brock with sedatives and forced her to take lorazepam and lithium after misdiagnosing her as bipolar and delusional. According to medical records, doctors also repeatedly attempted to coerce her into denying she owned a BMW, was a banker, and has President Barack Obama as a follower on Twitter.

But according to her lawsuit, Brock does own a BMW. She has worked at Citibank, Chase, and Astoria Bank. And the 32-year-old black woman with no history of mental illness actually does have President Obama as a follower on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Institutional racism is still very much alive and well at NYPD, as this case certainly demonstrates.

Oct 07 09:13

Colorado Town Considers Repealing It's Nudity Laws and Letting Women Go Topless

"Option 1, maintains the current policy that does not allow for women to be topless in public but adds an exception for breastfeeding mothers. Option 2, allows for women to be topless in public. The City is seeking feedback on these update options. Please take the following 4 question survey," their press release stated.

Oct 07 09:11

The New York Times Passes off a Russian Opposition MP as 'Kremlin'

NYT: "Although President Vladimir V. Putin has ruled out sending ground forces to Syria, a senior Kremlin defense official told Russian news agencies on Monday that military veterans who had fought in eastern Ukraine were likely to start showing up as “volunteer” ground forces in Syria. The statement by the official, Adm. Vladimir Komoyedov, head of the armed forces committee in Russia’s Parliament, asserted that such volunteers “cannot be stopped."... Dear NYT - believe it or not - but the Kremlin and the Parliament in Moscow are indeed two dissimilar institutions. The retired Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov is the elected chairman of the defense committee of the Russian Duma and not a “Kremlin official”. Also - Senator John McCain is not a “White House official” no matter how much he would like to be one. The Kremlin cares about the former Admiral's opinion just as much as the White House cares about McCain's usual blabber. Komoyedov can announce whatever nonsense he likes.

Oct 07 09:09

GROUPS ISSUE WARNING: PRO-CORPORATE TPP COULD KILL THE INTERNET

Digital rights groups warn that TPP "will criminalize our online activities, censor the Web, and cost everyday users money." (Photo: Getty)

The "disastrous" pro-corporate trade deal finalized Monday could kill the Internet as we know it, campaigners are warning, as they vow to keep up the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations.

"Internet users around the world should be very concerned about this ultra-secret pact,"said OpenMedia's digital rights specialist Meghan Sali. "What we’re talking about here is global Internet censorship. It will criminalize our online activities, censor the Web, and cost everyday users money. This deal would never pass with the whole world watching—that’s why they’ve negotiated it in total secrecy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nature abhors a vacuum, and I am reasonably certain that some of our more bright "netizens" will find a way around the censorship, as has happened with The Great Firewall of China.

But that people are most likely to have to jump through hoops to tell the truth means that in the United States, the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be completely circumvented by this treaty.



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Oct 07 09:03

NEWLY UNSEALED DOCUMENTS REVEAL EPA & MONSANTO ALWAYS KNEW ROUND-UP WAS DEADLY TOXIC

If you get all of your news from mainstream media and cable TV infotainment, then you’re probably unaware that glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp herbicide) has been linked to cancer. The World Health Organization stated in March that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, and California will soon label it as such.

The MSM addict will also be unaware that long-term exposure to glyphosate—even tiny amounts deemed “safe” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—can lead to liver and kidney damage.

The “safe” level of glyphosate for U.S. drinking water was set at 0.7 ug/L in 1994, and this has not been revised, despite studies over the years showing glyphosate’s toxicity. For comparison, the European Union’s safe glyphosate level for drinking water is 0.1 ug/L.

Several countries have banned or restricted the herbicide’s use, and other leading nations are considering legislative bans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Monsanto should be sued out of existence, and those still alive who knew, from the inception of this product that it was toxic and highly dangerous, should be doing jail time, and NOT in a Club Fed.

Oct 07 09:01

CHINA LOOKS TO QUELL DISSENT WITH 'CITIZEN SCORES,' A NUMBER THAT TRACKS PURCHASES, OPINIONS AND SOCIAL CIRCLES

China's plan to control the hearts, minds and internet connections of its citizens continues unimpeded. That's the great thing about authoritarian regimes: rollout of mandatory programs is usually only a problem of logistics, not opposition.

The Chinese government has mandated a rating system for all of its connected citizens. It looks like a credit rating but goes much deeper than just tying a measurement of financial risk to a number. It's a way of defining who someone in terms of the government's desires and aims. And its desires aren't all that honorable.

Everybody is measured by a score between 350 and 950, which is linked to their national identity card. While currently supposedly voluntary, the government has announced that it will be mandatory by 2020...

Oct 07 08:59

Drudge: Supreme Court Justice told me its over for independent media

In perhaps the best interview Matt Drudge has done in years, the reclusive founder of the Drudge Report appeared on the Alex Jones Show where he revealed his belief that independent media on the internet will soon be a target of government regulation.

Oct 07 08:54

Lindsey Graham’s disaster relief hypocrisy: He wants federal aid for his state’s floods but voted against Hurricane Sandy relief

We just knew that after all those red state Republicans voted against federal aid in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2013 (months after the 2012 storm), their greed would come back to haunt them, because nature doesn’t observe borders.

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Oct 07 08:49

Israel, the Neocons, and their Bloody, Blundering 'Art' of War

The West has indeed adopted the neocons/Israeli strategy, precipitating the “chaotic collapse” of secular-Arab nationalism in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. But the chaos has not been “contained and managed



Oct 07 08:48

Syrian rebels ask U.S. for arms to defend against Russian strikes

Representatives of “moderate” rebel groups in Syria opposed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad have asked the U.S. to supply them with surface-to-air missiles to counter Russian air strikes, American media have reported. Russian observers say this is unlikely but caution that arms may be supplied by the key regional sponsors of Syria’s opposition, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I presume this makes the Unites States, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, state sponsors of terror!

Oct 07 08:48

All Americans need to see this to connect the dots regarding the hidden agenda for world government!

Norman Dodd (1899 – 1987) was a banker/bank manager, worked as a financial advisor and served as chief investigator

Oct 07 08:47

Huge explosions as Russia allegedly strikes Hama region, Syria

Oct 07 08:47

Syrian army launched a ground offensive, Putin sent a SWAT to catch the leaders ISIS

An official who insisted on anonymity, said that the operations taking place in the neighboring provinces of Hama and Idlib. The activists said that the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes today led the fight against the rebels in central Syria, as the first major land battle since Moscow began bombing the positions of extremists last week.

Russia attacks from the air looks have encouraged the Syrian army to launch a ground offensive after a series of defeats in northwest Syria in recent months, according to the AP.

Russian air strikes destroyed the main warehouse of weapons, with which the US is practiced by rebel groups in Syria, said the commander of the rebel group. Group Liva Sukvor al Jabal whose fighters attended military training and organization of the CIA in Saudi Arabia, also last week was hit by Russian bombs, because it was a sign of support to Damascus, Reuters reported.



Oct 07 08:45

BREAKING VIDEO: Russian warships attack ISIS positions in Syria from Caspian Sea

Oct 07 08:43

The Fed Blew It! More QE on the Horizon?

Oct 07 08:42

US Army’s Combat Patch for ISIS Conflict Draws Flak over Design

A combat patch worn by U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq on the mission against Islamic State is drawing flak from service members and veterans who say the patch -- with its palm wreath, stars and crossed scimitars -- looks like something the enemy would wear.



Oct 07 08:41

Marco Rubio Would Risk War With Russia Over Syria

Oct 07 08:40

World's First Lesbian Bishop Calls for Church to Remove Crosses, to Install Muslim Prayer Space

Yes, this is a sign of the decay of Western civilization. Yes this story of a sell-out lesbian "christian" bishop peddling Islam is truly a sign of a terrifying degeneracy in Sweden. Despite that, who can say that they miss the Swedish church? It's been dead for some time now.

Oct 07 08:33

Jayme Liardi: Millennial Rebellion: Confessions of a Former Liberal

Jayme Louis Liardi holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Humanities and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. He is the author of “Revelation: A Return to Virtue,” a book geared towards inspiring disillusioned millennials to challenge the degenerate cultural conditions dominating the modern world today. Jayme is with us to continue the conversation that was begun with Lana on Radio 3Fourteen, this time expanding upon the ideas of finding honor in one’s self and inducting into an authentic life by rejecting the politically correct, cultural Marxist nonsense that is working to destroy the European spirit.

Oct 07 08:29

Why Drug Prices Are So High, And What Can Be Done About It

Jamie Love of Knowledge Ecology International told the Real News that our system does little to curb outrageous drug prices, and it’s not because there aren’t good alternatives.

Oct 07 08:22

GERMANY historian destroyed the myth: not Russians but the Americans and the British mass-raped German woman

Germany historian Miriam Gebhardt has recently published the book "When the soldiers came," and debunked myth about the atrocities of the Red Army. In a book about mass rapes of German woman by US and British troops in post-war Germany and caused a shock in Europe.
"The lessons of the victory over Nazi Germany" - so called historical and thematic conference, which was held in London to mark the seventieth anniversary of the victory over German Nazism. British experts, as usual, repeated the "crucial role of the Anglo-American allies in the victory" and as usual repeated trite phrases about "raped Germany" by the Soviet Red Army. As the rule was repeated long time debunked figure of 2 million raped German woman.
But the writer of these lines, on the other hand, read just a few passages from the book by German historian, Professor Miriam Gebhardt, who published a harsh and truthful information about the behaviour of British and US troops in post-war Germany.

Oct 07 08:21

Yet another psych drug shooter: Oregon gunman Christopher Mercer was taking five types of medication, likely vaccine-damaged with autism spectrum disorder

New information is now emerging about Christopher Mercer, the now-deceased shooter who recently killed and injured numerous victims at the Oregon community college (Umpqua Community College). While the mainstream media follows the predictable script of blaming guns for the violence, we now know that Mercer was almost certainly damaged by vaccines and medications, altering his mind and leading to the violent behavior that we see so often when psychiatric medications are involved.

We now know that Harper was possibly vaccine-damaged because he suffered from Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.



Oct 07 08:20

The Jewish Takeover of Canada: The Case of Arthur Topham

If found guilty, this man who has said and done nothing that you and I have not said or done a thousand times, will be torn from the embrace of his wife, his family and his friends and be thrown into prison. It will be a major miscarriage of justice if this should occur.

The forthcoming trial of Arthur Topham is therefore much more than the trial of one man. Canadian justice will itself be on trial.

What is Arthur’s alleged crime? Arthur’s only crime is that he is a political dissident who has chosen to exercise his democratic right to free speech. He has spoken out eloquently about the war crimes of the state of Israel and published books on his website which are regarded as offensive to many Jews. To criticize this privileged ethnic group in Canada or to question its cherished assumptions, is, it seems, strictly taboo. This is classified as “hate speech”.

Oct 07 08:19

Skeptics of Trans-Pacific Partnership abound locally

The White House billed Monday's historic trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries, Canada and Mexico as one that will "rewrite the rules of trade to benefit America's middle class."

But locally, skeptics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — most notably Democrats — abound.

"Has there ever been one that helped workers in this country?" asked Dan O'Neill rhetorically. As president of the Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body, O'Neill said he'll read the trade agreement when it comes available sometime in the next 90 days, but he seemed to know what he would find.

"The only ones benefiting are the big corporations," O'Neill said. "It's very disappointing to a lot of Democrats."

Oct 07 08:18

Top Ukraine official backs idea 'to help ISIS take revenge on Russian soldiers in Syria’

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, has shared a message from a Facebook “friend” who wants to help ISIS militants take revenge on Russian military fighting terrorists in Syria under Sharia law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Kiev is now a state-sponsor of terror?

Oct 07 08:17

Russian air base in Syria protects "Krasnuha-4" - blinding everything in the range of at least 300 kilometers

Here is a new headache for Americans and their allies in Syria.
Russian Armed Forces have shifted to Syria at least one of its modern system for radio-electronic fight "Krasuha-4" 1RL257. "The last word" of Russian high technologies in this field.
"Krasuha-4" is placed near the Russian air base in Latakia, where Airplanes who beat bases, depots, command posts and positions of the Islamic state.
Although it does not shoot, "Krasnuha-4" is considered a "terrible weapon" for all enemy planes, helicopters and missiles. It does not shootthem but – makes them "blind and deaf".
Specifications of "Krasuhe-4" are one of the most important Russian military secrets. What is known is that the radius of its activities "more than 300 kilometers." How much: no one knows ...



Oct 07 08:15

Listen: Why new Israel lobby smears are “good news” for activists

Last week, Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights released a detailed report on the escalation of tactics deployed by Israel lobby groups to smear and derail Palestine solidarity activism on US campuses.

These include targeting students and faculty with false accusations of terrorism or anti-Semitism, threats of legal complaints and administrative disciplinary actions. Flush with new injections of cash from right-wing Israel supporters, including billionaire Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson, lawyers and students are bracing for “dirtier tactics” to spread across US campuses in the coming school year.

Israel lobby groups explicitly aim to crush student-organized boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns, which have been steadily gaining victories in university settings.

Students say that these silencing attempts reveal that Palestinian rights organizing is having an irreversible impact as it becomes more mainstream.

Oct 07 08:14

Shot dead in a school uniform

It is not unusual to see youth from the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem fight with the Israeli forces of occupation. But the clashes which followed Israel’s slaying of 13-year-old Abdulrahman Shadi Obeidallah — or Abdo, as he was affectionately known — were among the fiercest that residents have seen in recent years.

For hours after Abdo’s funeral procession on Tuesday, anyone entering the camp had to wade through clouds of tear gas that had been fired by Israeli soldiers. Young locals, many of whom knew Abdo personally, could be seen gathering rocks and tires in preparation for another riot.

The sense of collective grief and rage is always palpable when a Palestinian is martyred. Nowhere is this more so than in refugee camps, where communities are bound together in resistance and by the desire of returning to homes from which they were expelled.

Oct 07 08:13

With Surface Book, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Declared War On Apple (And The Entire Windows PC Industry)

Microsoft on Tuesday left little doubt it plans to remake itself in the mold of archrival Apple, introducing a number of sleek, artfully crafted devices that rival and, in some cases, surpass the best Tim Cook and company have produced this year, including the iPhone 6S and iPad Pro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can I buy one without the NSA spyware pre-installed? No? Then forget it.

Oct 07 08:13

Trans-Pacific Partnership accord’s copyright details leaked

As suspected, Pacific Rim trade deal mimics US on copyright term: life plus 70 years.



Lockerdome
Oct 07 08:12

Guns do not kill people.. doctors & drug companies do……….

Does anyone wonder why these mass shootings are occurring in these last decades, usually perpetrated by young men?† And the suicides! Have you noticed that suicides have become an epidemic in soldiers, adults in general and even children as young as seven?
(see: http://www.SSRIstories.org)

The answer lies in a field of medicine called pharmacogenomics.†
In the last decades the pharmaceutical companies have produced medications called SSRIs. (Selective Seratonin Uptake Inhibitors).† The pharmaceutical producers have been forced to put a black box warning on the label warning that these drugs may cause “suicidal ideations”. † Suicide is a label for those who blame themselves.† Homicide is a label for those who blame “others”.† However, the establishment does not put homicidal warnings on the label so as not to wake up the society to the ever present danger to “others” in the society.†

Oct 07 08:11

Cisco shuts down million-dollar ransomware operation

Security researchers have disrupted an online criminal operation they estimated drew $30 million per year pushing ransomware on unsuspecting people browsing the Internet.

The takedown was performed by investigators from Cisco Systems' Talos security unit, which was researching the Angler Exploit kit. The hack-by-numbers tool is sold in underground crime forums to people who don't want to go through the hassle of developing and testing exploits themselves. Angler is one of the most potent of the exploit kits available, with the ability to successfully infect an estimated 40 percent of the end users it targets using attack code that surreptitiously exploits vulnerabilities in browsers and browser plugins. In most cases, the security flaws have already been patched, but, in some cases, the kits exploit zero-day vulnerabilities for which there is no currently available fix.

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Oct 07 08:03

Survey Says: Americans Trust No One

Four in 10 Americans say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. This ties the historical lows on this measure set in 2014 and 2012. Prior to 2004, slight majorities of Americans said they trusted the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio.

Americans' confidence in the media has slowly eroded from a high of 55% in 1998 and 1999. Since 2007, the majority of Americans have had little or no trust in the mass media. Trust has typically dipped in election years, including 2004, 2008, 2012 and last year. However, 2015 is not a major election year.



Oct 07 08:03

Delta Force 'used IEDs for secret assassinations during the Iraq war'

US special operation forces created an IED so that they could carry out secret assassinations without the FBI knowing, a new book claims.

The bomb, developed by Delta Force and the SEAL Team 6, was designed to look and act like those that were made by Iraqi insurgents, writes Sean Naylor in his new book Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command.

Naylor writes that the IED, dubbed the Xbox, was designed by the Joint Special Operations Command to get around political restrictions during the Iraq war.

Oct 07 08:01

NYT Continues to Obscure Responsibility in US’s Bombing of Hospital

The New York Times followed up its euphemistic and equivocal coverage (FAIR Blog, 10/5/15) of the US bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, with an article (10/6/15) that continued to downplay the US’s responsibility for the deaths of 12 hospital staffers and 10 patients.

Oct 07 08:00

PETITION - Resignation of the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and immediate reelection of the German Government

Dr. Merkel is acting irresponsible not only for Germany, but also for the EU and whole Europe. She is overruling laws without considering the consequences. She and the German Government are no longer "master of the situation" and therefore no longer able to run Germany or to have a strong political vote in the EU.

Oct 07 07:59

‘We don’t want Syria to be terrorist black hole, let us deal with ISIS’–Russia’s Foreign Ministry

The official spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova is addressing a number of issues, including Moscow’s airstrike campaign in Syria.

Oct 07 07:57

Dem Rep. Will Introduce Amendment to Dismantle Benghazi Committee

A House Democrat is going to try and push an amendment tonight to abolish the Benghazi Committee––an amendment on a bill to abolish funding for Planned Parenthood.

Yes, reports tonight are saying that the House Rules Committee ranking member will propose an amendment tonight that would replace the language abolishing Planned Parenthood with language abolishing the Benghazi committee instead.


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Oct 07 07:57

Clinton Server Firm Employee Worried They Were ‘Covering Up Some Shady Sh*t’

According to emails obtained by congressional Republicans, at least one employee of the data firm hired by Hillary Clinton to manage her private server was concerned the company was taking part in a cover-up.

Oct 07 07:56

Russian Embassy Trolls Saudi Arabia On Twitter

As regular readers and foreign policy critics the world over are no doubt acutely aware, the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey have gotten themselves in a bit of a quagmire in Syria and Moscow has been keen on pointing it out. Still, The Kremlin has thus far observed some semblance (and we do emphasize the word “some”) of decorum in criticizing the West’s approach as Moscow has generally confined its scolding to what at least seem like serious foreign policy critiques. That just went out the window - Russia is now openly mocking Riyadh, Doha, and Washington and as if the following weren’t brazen enough as it stands, note that it emanates from the UAE…

Oct 07 07:54

BREAKING: Power Grab in Riyadh Likely After Saudi King 'Hospitalized for Dementia'

The news of King Salman's hospitalization comes just days after a senior Saudi prince called for regime change in Riyadh.



Oct 07 07:54

Dependency on Warlords Led to U.S. Attack on MSF Afghan Hospital

Sonali Kolhatkar tells Paul Jay that the American perpetual war strategy has created a criminal narco-state and generated support for the hated Taliban.

Oct 07 07:51

Ex-British Ambassador a Pariah in Western Circles for Making Sense About Russia

Former UK ambassador slams anti-Russian sanctions along with Western policies in Ukraine and Syria.

Oct 07 07:51

Obama Boots Syrian Peace Chance

President Barack Obama is turning his back on possibly the last best chance to resolve the bloody Syrian war because he fears a backlash from Official Washington’s powerful coalition of neoconservatives and “liberal interventionists” along with their foreign fellow-travelers: Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf sheikdoms.



Oct 07 07:49

The ISIS spoofs all in one place - UPDATED!

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Oct 07 07:49

Why today’s children should be prepared to work until they’re 100 and have FORTY different jobs

Schools should be preparing children for working to the age of 100 and driving Uber taxis to make ends meet, a top business consultant has warned.

Rohit Talwar said that as businesses become more automated there will be fewer jobs and many of the old ‘occupations’ will be filled with robots.

It could mean that people will have to adapt to a number of different jobs and spend periods of time unemployed.

Mr Talwar said youngsters should be ready to have 40 jobs during their career, working ‘potentially up to the age of 100’ and living to 120.



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Oct 07 07:48

Sisi, Putin call for anti-terror Mideast coalition – Al Arayabiay

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, Sisi said “the Egyptian people” are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

Putin told reporters after the talks that regional powers should join their efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Oct 07 07:48

How and Why Russia Launched Its Cruise Missiles Against ISIS

The missiles would have been the long range subsonic land attack version of the Klub cruise missile family. The Klub family is a modular family of different cruise missiles tasked for different roles depending on their motors and guidance systems. Some members of this family of missiles are used for attacking surface warships, and others for attacking submarines. Those that are used to attack surface warships typically skim close to the sea, but have a supersonic terminal phase. Those used to attack submarines are short range, sometimes supersonic, and launch a light anti-submarine torpedo into the sea near the point where the submarine has been spotted. The land attack version of the Klub used in this attack uses a combination of inertial and satellite guidance and in order to achieve a longer range (up to 2,500 km is claimed) uses a turbojet as opposed to a rocket engine to fly subsonically at Mach 0.8.

Oct 07 07:48

Bashar Assad wins Syria presidential election with 88.7% of vote

Bashar Assad has won a landslide victory in the Syrian presidential poll with 88.7 percent of the vote. This will secure him a third seven-year term in office amidst a bloody civil war, which stemmed from protests against his rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Assad got 88.7 percent of the vote, then the people protesting his rule are not Syrian voters.

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Oct 07 07:48

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen

Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times.

Oct 07 07:47

Watch Madman McCain lie about what is going on in Syria

What makes John McCain tick continues to baffle observers.

Putin has volunteered that he is missing a few marbles due to his long captivity in Vietnam.

Conspiracy theorist argue that he is a an asset of Israeli intelligence, citing his marriage to a Jewish mobster family from Arizona, and his comically knee-jerk hollering in favor of anything that benefits Israel.

Conservatives hate him because pretends to be conservative, but isn't at all on social issues.

Who knows where the truth lies, but one thing is sure, the man is a menace.

Oct 07 07:47

‘Massive’ Media Hype for TPP

It is amazing how the elite media can be dragged along by their noses into accepting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can have a big impact on trade and growth. If I had a dollar for every time the deal was described as “massive,” or that we were told what share of world trade will be covered by the TPP, I would be richer than Bill Gates.

Oct 07 07:45

Syria: Assad's ground troops launch offensive against IS in Hama and Idlib

Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched a ground offensive amid Russian airstrikes in the provinces of Hama and Idlib in western Syria targeting members of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Wednesday. It is the first major ground fighting since Russian authorities began launching air strikes on IS militias on September 30.

Oct 07 07:45

USS Porter enters Black Sea 'to maintain peace'

USS Porter has entered the water area of the Black Sea on October 7. The destroyer is equipped with Aegis air defense system and Tomahawk missiles, Turkish news websites report, publishing photos of the US vessel passing through the Bosphorus. According to US officials, the destroyer was sent to the Black Sea to maintain peace and stability in the region. The mission is being carried out in the framework of Atlantic Determination Operation. The goal of the operation is to show support for NATO allies of the United States in the Baltic and the Black Sea regions in the light of the Ukrainian crisis. SS Porter, based in Rota (Spain), conducts naval operations in cooperation with NATO allies and partners in the area of ??operational responsibility of the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy to promote security and stability in the Black Sea region, officials said. The United States remains committed to maintaining permanent presence in Eastern Europe, they added.

Oct 07 07:44

Seize the Chaos: Israel, the Neocons, and their Bloody, Blundering 'Art' of War

Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, “carpe chaos” would be an apt and honest choice.

“Seize the chaos” is half of Israeli foreign policy in a nutshell (the other half being the instigation of that chaos in the first place). Indeed, even its friends in the media cannot help but put it in such terms. For example, The New York Times recently reported about the:

…many Israeli leaders and thinkers seizing on the chaos in Syria to solidify Israel’s hold on Golan.

This refers to the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and has occupied ever since. Even the Israel-enabling United Nations considers that occupation and subsequent annexation to be unjust and illegal. Returning Golan to Syria has long been advanced as part of a potential peace deal.

Oct 07 07:44

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

When news first broke of the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the response from the U.S. military was predictable and familiar. It was all just a big, terrible mistake, its official statement suggested: an airstrike it carried out in Kunduz “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Oops: our bad. Fog of war, errant bombs, and all that.

Oct 07 07:44

Ukraine wants ISIS terrorists to take revenge on Russia

Anton Gerashchenko, Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, believes that the Russian military involved in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria, should be "punished according to Shariah laws." The politician urged everyone to post any information about the Russians fighting against militants in Syria on "The Peacemaker" website. This would help the terrorists and their brethren to take revenge on the servicemen of the Russian Air Force for "Russia's undeclared war against the people of Syria," Gerashchenko wrote on his Facebook page, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to RIA Novosti. The Ukrainian politician thus wants to help the terrorists punish Russia for protecting the legitimate government of Syria. Anton Gerashchenko is known for his outrageous statements. Not that long ago, the advisor to Interior Minister said that Ukrainian TV channel "Inter" belonged to Putin.

Oct 07 07:38

Moldova parliament to discuss top resignations sought by opposition

Moldova's parliament will discuss resignations of heads of state supervisory agencies demanded by opposition groups, a deputy from the Party of Socialists told TASS on Wednesday, saying the Party of Communists had helped put these issues on the agenda. "These draft bills will be put to the vote in priority order at a plenary session on October 9," Vladimir Batrincea said. The opposition was demanding notably resignations of the heads of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Central Election Commission, the National Center for the Fight Against Corruption, the Information and Security Service and the National Bank, he added.

Oct 07 07:35

Poland to relocate 106 fellow citizens from eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol

The Polish government has prepared a plan to relocate to the republic 106 Polish citizens living in Mariupol, a city in the Donetsk region, Foreign Minister Grzegorz Shetyna told the local television on Wednesday. "The Polish government launches the campaign to relocate Polish nationals from Mariupol," he said. "This concerns 106 of our citizens," the minister added. According to him, preparations for this move were carried out for a long time, since the fighting raged in the Donbas region. However, this became possible now that the situation calmed down. The government prepared the adaptation program for them to learn the language and find a job.

Oct 07 07:35

California Mayor Forced to Hand Over Electronics and Passwords at Airport, Compares U.S. To Nazi Germany

“I think the American people should be extremely concerned about their personal rights and privacy. As I was being searched at the airport, there was a Latino couple to my left, and an Asian couple to my right also being aggressively searched. I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free."

Oct 07 07:34

Russian attack helicopters to be moved to military base in Tajikistan

Russia will move the Mil Mi-24P and Mi-8 MTV helicopters to the 201st military base in Tajikistan, spokesman for the Central Military District, Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin reported on Wednesday. "The newly formed air group will be deployed at the Hissar district of Tajikistan at the Aini airfield 30 km from the capital Dushanbe. The unit will comprise the Mi-24P attack helicopters and Mi-8 MTV combat transport helicopters," he said. Roshchupkin said that the helicopters would be engaged in the transportation of cargoes, covering troops’ convoys and support of assault landing operations, putting minefield obstacles, evacuation of the sick and wounded, conduct aerial engineer terrain intelligence.

Oct 07 07:34

When Buybacks Fail...

Oct 07 07:32

Iran's supreme leader says no talks with US can be held as they bring no result

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran should have no talks with the US as they yield no benefit. "The path towards talks with the United States is closed as last time the result of these negotiations was only disappointment and they brought no benefit," said Khamenei, who has not publicly backed the nuclear deal reached with the world powers in mid-July. "Our talks with the US always turn to be America’s attempt to harm the Islamic Republic," he said. At the lengthy nuclear talks even when it seemed that the ways of solving the problem were found, Washington always "searched for a chance to pressure Iran and make us take a step at the expense of national interests," he said. "The US always conducts talks from the position of imposing its will," the supreme leader stressed.

Oct 07 07:30

Britain's commitment to climate aid is immoral

The decision by the Conservative government to spend 50% more on so-called "climate aid" is a feel-good policy that does little for the world’s poorest or the planet. It is part of an indefensible international movement towards ever greater chunk of aid going towards climate.

The money – £5.8 billion – is to be diverted from the United Kingdom’s overseas aid budget to its International Climate Fund over the next five years.

In a world where malnourishment continues to claim at least 1.4 million children’s lives, 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, and 2.6 billion lack clean drinking water and sanitation, diverting scarce resources from aid that address these obvious challenges to climate policies is not only wasteful; it is immoral.

Oct 07 07:27

Diesel scandal will wipe out VW for at least two years

VW faces a bill of €32bn over two years to clean up after diesel emissions cheating scandal, says Soc Gen

Oct 07 07:26

Risk of global financial crash has increased, warns IMF

Threat of instability and recession in emerging economies, and legacy of debt and disharmony in eurozone among ‘triad of risks’ outlined in stability report

Oct 07 07:25

Dissent On Israel Not Permitted At Bernie Sanders Event

Another Zionist who puts Israel first instead of his own country.

Fast forward to 2015, this past Saturday, when Bernie Sanders, an increasingly viable contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, held one of his biggest campaign rallies to date, drawing more than 20,000 people to an event at the Boston convention center. Among those visitors were a number of young activists from Boston Students for Justice in Palestine, who were curious about Sanders’ position on the occupied territories. They had a sign with them; in a playful nod to one of Sanders’ campaign slogans, it simply asked, “Will Ya Feel The Bern For Palestine?” The activists say they were well-received by other Sanders supporters in the crowd.

Oct 07 07:24

Afghan hospital bombing: MSF demands investigation under Geneva conventions

Médecins sans Frontières has called for an independent inquiry under the Geneva conventions into a US airstrike on a hospital in northern Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.

The medical charity said the investigation, which can be set up at the request of a single state under the conventions, would gather facts and evidence from the US, Nato and Afghanistan.

“If we let this go, we are basically giving a blank cheque to any countries at war,” Joanne Liu, MSF international president said.

The investigation would be a first step, aimed to establish facts about the incident and the chain of command that led to the strike, MSF said. Only then would it decide whether to bring criminal charges for loss of life and damage.

Oct 07 07:23

The World's Silliest Empire

The next silly moment arrived at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, where Obama, who went on for 30 minutes instead of the allotted 15 (does Mr. Silly President know how to read a clock?) managed to use up all of this time and say absolutely nothing that made any sense to anyone.

But it was Putin's speech that laid out the Empire's silliness for all to see when he scolded the US for making a bloody mess of the Middle East with its ham-handed interventions. The oft-repeated quote is “Do you understand what you have done?” but that's not quite right. The Russian «?? ???? ????????? ??????, ???? ?? ??????????» can be more accurately translated as “How can you even now fail to understand what a mess you have made?” Words matter: this is not how one talks to a superpower before an assembly of the world's leaders; this is how one scolds a stupid and wayward child. In the eyes of the whole world, this made the Empire look rather silly.

Oct 07 07:23

Caspian Flotilla ships fire 26 cruise missiles on IS targets in Syria — Defense Minister

"Intensive work of different intelligence services over the last two days has made it possible to detect a large number of various IS facilities - command posts, ammunition depots, military equipment depots, training camps of militants. This morning, the Caspian Flotilla warships were involved in the operation against them, in addition to the aircraft. Four missile ships have launched 26 cruise missiles on 11 targets. According to the objective control data, all the targets have been destroyed, and no civilian facilities have been hit," Shoigu said. "The strike results have confirmed the missiles’ high long-range efficiency - at distances of nearly 1,500 km," the minister said.
Russia agreed with partners in advance on cruise missile strikes on IS militants in Syria http://tass.ru/en/defense/826967 (VIDEO)

Oct 07 07:21

Russia hits 112 Islamic State targets in Syria — defense minister

"As of today, 112 targets were hit since September 30," Shoigu said. "The intensity of strikes is growing. Many targets were discovered in the past two days, command posts, ammunition and military hardware depots, militant training camps. All the targets were destroyed, no civilian facilities were damaged." Shoigu said the Russian aerospace forces had "destroyed "19 command posts, 12 ammunition caches, 71 military hardware pieces and six explosive device making facilities." He added that "23 aircraft continued hitting militant positions since morning."
Syrian troops launch offensive in Hama province http://tass.ru/en/world/826929

Oct 07 07:19

Expert: Ukraine’s rating downgrade to restricted default puts end on investments

Downgrade of Ukraine’s short-term and long-term issuer default rating to "RD" (restrictive default) by Fitch Ratings will further affect investment attractiveness of the country, ex-minister of economy of Ukraine Viktor Suslov told TASS on Wednesday. "This is significant. It underlines investment unattractiveness of the country. This means it will be extremely difficult for Ukraine to make any borrowings on financial markets, primarily private financial markets," the expert said. Furthermore, this is a signal of potential default on other liabilities and highlights the decline of other economic indicators. "Production volume drops, unemployment grows and the GDP is likely to continue falling in case of investments outflow," Suslov said. Kiev will have the restricted default rating until the issue of new Eurobonds, Ukraine’s economist Andrei Blinov said in his turn. "Ukraine will have such ratings until new securities are issued.

Oct 07 07:18

Kiev not considering amnesty, special status for Donbas — foreign minister

"They tried to impose on us an "amnesty list" or a special status. There will be no such things," Klimkin stressed. The minister said the French initiative on immunity is discussed in the format of post-conflict settlement. "Amnesty is a judicial process rather than a political one, it may take place only when Ukrainian prosecutors and the court will be locally," Klimkin said. "The Balkan states have the experience of such an amnesty." Speaking about another stand-off over the special status, Klimkin said "no special status actually exists." "We have the law on peculiarities of local self-government regime, and the references to this law are included in the constitution. It is the only [law] that solves the situation with the special local self-rule in these regions," he said.

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Oct 07 07:07

Europe’s Rape Epidemic: Western Women Will Be Sacrificed At The Altar Of Mass Migration

Readers will be more than aware that Sweden has become Europe’s rape capital. Its government has blamed this on everything from increased reporting to the internet to the weather. Norway and Denmark also have some rather alarming rates of rape, but those countries are more readily willing to admit the cause.

In Norway, recent statistics revealed that 100 per cent of violent street-rapes committed in the capital city of Oslo were committed by “non-western” immigrants. It’s a similar story in Denmark, where the majority of rapes are committed by immigrants, usually Muslim.

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Europe is dealing with the same "filter" the US is. The people most likely to come across the border are people who behaved badly in their home country and are fleeing prosecution.

Oct 07 07:04

FLASHBACK 2009 - Ron Paul on Obama's Foreign Policy

Oct 07 07:03

Russian warplanes in Syria destroy US-trained rebels' weapons depots: commander

Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a US-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said on Wednesday, in an expansion of Russian attacks on insurgents backed by foreign enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.

Oct 07 07:01

Supreme Court Says Mandatory Vaccinations Don’t Violate Children’s Constitutional Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case challenging the state of New York’s public school vaccination requirement, which requires all children to be vaccinated prior to attendance at public school.

The SCOTUS’s failure to hear the case effectively states that mandatory vaccination of all public school children, doesn’t violate their constitutional rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It does, however, violate the Nuremberg code, which requires informed consent (emphasis on consent) prior to any medical treatment!

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Oct 07 06:57

Scotland Yard accuses the BBC of hampering its investigations into historical child sexual abuse

Scotland Yard has accused the BBC of undermining its investigation into historical child sex abuse, claiming that the corporation’s actions risked deterring victims from coming forward.

An hour-long Panorama investigation aired on BBC One last night, scrutinising allegations of a historical paedophile ring in Westminster.

On the programme, a man known only as David, claimed he may have been led by campaigners into making serious allegations against members of the establishment.

Oct 07 06:55

Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia Responsible for All Chaos in Region

Nasrallah said that the role of the Saudi government, since the establishment of the Riyadh regime, has been to serve the interests of Israel and the United States in the region.

Oct 07 06:51

An Ex-Lawman On A Lonely Mission: Bringing The Police To Justice

At the heart of Peace Officer, a new documentary out this month, stands a man named William "Dub" Lawrence. A former sheriff, Lawrence comes off as a somber figure — a man capable of calmly reconstructing the death of his suicidal son-in-law, who was shot in a standoff with a SWAT team in 2008.

But when you meet Lawrence, it's impossible not to note just how much the man grins — as in, big, toothy, Jimmy Carter-level grins.

"That's my best weapon," he says. "If I smile, they will usually not punch me in the face."

Oct 07 06:50

South Florida Cop Acquitted of Raping Woman at Gunpoint After Jury Determines She Asked For It

A South Florida cop accused of raping a woman at gunpoint while on duty was acquitted today after a jury determined she had asked for it and was merely acting out a fantasy by allowing the cop to penetrate her as she bent over the hood of his car.

The incident took place October 15, 2014 when the woman, who was 20 at the time, was riding passenger in a car with a friend who had been arrested for drunk driving.

Maiorino, 35 at the time, agreed to drive her to the police station where she could be picked up by her mother.

However, the woman said that when he pulled up in front of the station, he unzipped his pants and pulled out his penis and held her head down, ordering her to suck it.

Oct 07 06:43

Pat Robertson Warns: God Will Flood All 50 States If ‘The Gays Keep Getting Married’

Pat Robertson says the South Carolina flooding is to be blamed on gay marriage, and that more states will flood soon too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does anyone even pay attention to this clown?

Oct 07 06:33

Effort To Recall Vaccine Senator Pan Underway In California

Even though the effort to repeal S.B. 277 in California has officially failed, possibly due to what many suggest may have been a concerted act at sabotage, another “repeal” effort is taking place in the golden state. This time, however, it is not a bill that is the target, but a senator.…

Oct 07 06:28

6 Reasons To Think Before You Pink

Every October we get a nationwide wave of pink ribbon breast cancer awareness products. Even after October it’s pretty difficult to avoid getting the widespread pink ribbon marketing culture ‘in our faces…’

Oct 07 06:13

OREGON SHOOTER WAS RAISED TO BE A TRUMP SUPPORTER???

Imagine that -- out of the 3,008 Sheriffs in America, how conveeeenient that this most recent, and most suspicious shooting event should happen right in Hanlin's backyard, at a Community College which he once attended. And, again, how conveeeenient that the dirty deed was perpetrated, we are told, by a pre-natal devotee of Donald Trump.

Something doesn't smell too rosey in Roseburg, Oregon,

Oct 07 06:10

Russia "Violated" Turkish Airspace Because Turkey "Moved" Its Border

One Russian plane may even indeed have slightly crossed the border while maneuvering. But the real reason why the U.S. military official and Turkey claim the above "violations" is because Turkey unilaterally "moved" the Turkish-Syrian border five miles south:

Turkey has maintained a buffer zone five miles inside Syria since June 2012, when a Syrian air defense missile shot down a Turkish fighter plane that had strayed into Syrian airspace. Under revised rules of engagement put in effect then, the Turkish air force would evaluate any target coming within five miles of the Turkish border as an enemy and act accordingly.

If Syrian rules of engagement would "move" its northern border up to the Black Sea would any plane in eastern Turkey be in violation of Syrian air space? No one would accept such nonsense and that is why no one should accept the U.S.-Turkish bullshit here. Russian planes should not respect the "new" Turkish defined border but only the legitimate one.

Oct 07 06:06

Chris Christie: 'Put Me in the Ring Against Vladimir Putin'

Another fat ass repub who wants to fight Vladimir Putin! This obese politico has truly lost it!

Published on Oct 6, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie joined Sean Hannity tonight to react to Russia's continuing military buildup and ongoing airstrikes in Syria.

Oct 07 06:03

Nevada lawmaker wants study of medications prescribed to mass shooters

As the nation learns more about the mass-casualty shooter at a rural Oregon community college, a state lawmaker would like to learn more about drugs used to treat mental illness while one of Nevada's federal lawmakers says it is time for lawmakers to act to try to end mass shootings. . .

. . . Local Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore says that while a lot of people want to blame guns for mass shootings, she believes we need to take a look at psychiatric drug treatments prescribed to those struggling with mental illness.

Journalists have learned that the shooter's screen name on social media was "lithium love." Lithium is used as a psychiatric medication.

While there is no confirmation of medications that Harper-Mercer was prescribed, Fiore says with some drugs known to cause violence, suicidal and homicidal actions, we need more scientific proof that they work.

Oct 07 05:58

Massive strike with precision weapons on targets in Syria LIH of the Caspian Sea

Published on Oct 7, 2015

This night ship strike group of the Russian Navy launched cruise missiles against ISIS infrastructural facilities in Syria.

Oct 07 05:58

Western propaganda blitz targets Russian involvement in Syria

On September 30, Russian warplanes began targeting Takfiri militants in Syria. Before the planes even left the ground, the internet was awash with stories of civilians murdered by Russian bombs. The west has launched a full-scale information war against Russia, but according to experts it is unlikely to affect Moscow's support for Syria's fight against terrorism.

Oct 07 05:54

4 Russian warships launch 26 missiles against ISIS from Caspian sea

Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea.

Oct 07 05:47

New Yorkers slam Israeli atrocities against Palestinians

A group of people have held a rally in New York to protest the recent escalation of violence by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinians, Press TV reports.

The demonstrators representing many communities, including a number of university campuses, gathered near the Israeli mission to the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday.

Waving Palestinian flags and carrying anti-Israel banners, the crowd denounced Tel Aviv’s wave of aggression across the occupied Palestinian territories and expressed support for the Palestinian resistance front.

Oct 07 05:46

US airstrike on Afghan hospital attack on Geneva conversion: MSF

The aid organization, Doctors without Borders, has slammed the recent deadly US airstrike on its hospital in the Afghan northern city of Kunduz as “an attack on the Geneva conventions.”

“This was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva conventions. This cannot be tolerated,” Joanne Liu, the president of the group, known by its French acronym as the MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), said in a statement on Wednesday.

Liu said that the air raid was in violation of the international law because targeting hospitals in war zones is in breach of the Geneva Convention.

The MSF chief called for an independent and impartial investigation into the incident which killed 12 MSF staff and ten patients.

Oct 07 05:44

Talks with US banned because of disadvantages: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says holding negotiations with the US is banned as it has countless disadvantages and no benefits.

The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with commanders and staff members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Navy as well as their families in Tehran on Wednesday.

“The problem currently facing the country is due to certain individuals who are quite thoughtless or quite credulous and don’t understand these realities,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in an apparent reference to those who favor talks with Washington.

Holding talks with Washington would be tantamount to “infiltration” and paving the way for imposing its will, the Leader noted.

Oct 07 05:40

Top Ukraine official backs idea 'to help ISIS take revenge on Russian soldiers in Syria’

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, has shared a message from a Facebook “friend” who wants to help ISIS militants take revenge on Russian military fighting terrorists in Syria under Sharia law.

Gerashchenko said he received a message on Facebook which said that “Russian propaganda channels” and Russian army in almost every report “show off” their military personnel in Syria.

Oct 07 05:37

'We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans' - Iraq defense committee chairman

Baghdad, Russia’s ally in its fight against ISIS, wants Russia to have a bigger role in the anti-terrorist campaign in Iraq than the US and may soon officially request to start airstrikes on its soil, the chairman of Iraqi parliament’s defense committee said.

"We might be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes in Iraq soon. I think in the upcoming few days or weeks Iraq will be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes and that depends on their success in Syria," said Hakim al-Zamili, Reuters reported.

"We are seeking to see Russia having a bigger role in Iraq... Yes, definitely a bigger role than the Americans," Zamili said.

The Iraqi official told RIA Novosti that the decision would depend on how efficient the Russian campaign in Syria proved to be.

Oct 07 04:21

How Putin will Win in Syria

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

So the Russian people are proud of the way Putin is fighting the war on terror. Is there something wrong with that? Many Americans are old enough to remember a time when they were proud of their own country too, when it actually stood up for the principles it espouses in its founding documents. That was quite a while ago though, sometime back in the “pre-Gitmo” era”.

Oct 07 02:29

Key Chart Shows Silver at Critical Crossroads

October 6, 2015

Oct 06 23:46

Russians Say U.S. Not Bombing ISIS

Russian Government Says U.S. Has Been Pretending to Strike ISIS Over the Last Year and that Obama is Lying to the American People…

Oct 06 20:49

Hillary Clinton 'beats her husband Bill and terrorizes her staff', a new book claims

so much for being a victim of male patriarchy

Oct 06 20:06

Top European Court Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Unsafe For Data

snip: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had a suggestion: reform U.S. surveillance law.

The decision is disastrous for U.S. companies, Wyden said in a statement. “By striking down the Safe Harbor Agreement, the European Union Court of Justice today called for open season against American businesses,” he said. “Yet, U.S. politicians who allowed the National Security Agency to secretly enact a digital dragnet of millions of phone and email records also bear responsibility. These ineffective mass surveillance programs did nothing to make our country safer, but they did grave damage to the reputations of the American tech sector.”

Wyden called on Congress to “start taking the next steps on surveillance reform now, and not wait for the expiration of section 702 of the FISA statute in December 2017 to get started.”

Oct 06 19:25

NZ diplomat Robert Kaiwai had a hand in choosing $6.2m Hawaii mansion

Note: Maybe Mike can go & visit him & get him to help feed the homeless & get a spare bed for someone.

A New Zealand diplomat was involved in the selection of a $6.2 million mansion bought with taxpayer money for him and his wife to live in.

However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) has come out strongly against criticism that diplomat Robert Kaiwai picked the luxurious property, saying the decision was made by officials in Wellington.

"Mr Kaiwai was involved in identifying properties that corresponded with the terms of reference. A short list of five properties was made," an Mfat spokesman said.

"The short listed properties were then viewed by a three person Mfat team. Mr Kawai was neither part of that team nor present when they visited the properties."

The team made a recommendation to the Ministry, the spokesman said, which was reviewed by an independent advisory panel. The purchasing decision was made at a senior level in the Ministry.

Oct 06 19:23

Toys ‘R’ Us Forces U.S. College Grads To Train Their H-1B Foreign Replacements

Toys “R” Us is the latest in a string of U.S. companies that has been caught forcing their American employees to train foreign college-grads to take the Americans’ jobs, via a process known as “knowledge transfer.”

Oct 06 19:22

White House Spokesman: Putin is playing checkers, not chess

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YOU WISH!

Oct 06 19:22

Kiwi's Libor rigging trial begins

A New Zealand resident known as "Big Nose" was one of six brokers that helped convicted trader Tom Hayes manipulate bank rates by acting as middlemen between him and other traders, a London court has heard.

The six are former brokers of ICAP, RP Martin and Tullett Prebon and their trial began in the Southwark Crown Court in London overnight.

The group - Wellington resident Darrell Read, Colin Goodman, Danny Wilkinson, Terry Farr, James Gilmour and Noel Cryan - are defending charges of conspiracy to defraud.

They are accused of helping Hayes, a former Tokyo-based UBS and Citigroup trader, profit from his yen derivatives trades.

"They were rewarded in various ways to corrupt a process that should not have been corrupted," said prosecutor Mukul Chawla, according to the Financial Times.

Oct 06 18:50

911 truth hijacked by crazies complain original crazies


Dylan Avery actually said no planes hit the WTC nonsense, but oh I guess no plane hit the pentagon is OK. Holy shit this guy has no shame.

When you are ready to graduate to big boy pants, I have been the Sane voice on 911 the entire time. I have forgotten more about 911 than these people know.

Oct 06 18:29

"More preschoolers are shot dead each year than police officers are in the line of duty."

The Oregon shootings raise the question of what can be done to reduce the frequency of gun violence. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof argued in favor of smaller steps that might enjoy public support, such as requiring safe storage at home and a 10-year ban for anyone convicted of domestic violence or assault.

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