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CURRENT EVENTS

Apr 19 11:14

New Video Game Lets Players FIght off ISIS Invasion of Europe

The refugee crisis has clearly left an indelible mark on the culture of Europe. Despite the best efforts of the government and the media, the people of Europe are beginning to see these migrants as invaders rather than desperate refugees. People are so fed up and frightened by these unassimilated migrants, and by the likelihood that ISIS is among them, that one Polish video game company thinks that there is a market for a game like IS Defense.

Apr 19 11:10

Watch Fake Hillary Clinton Cackle and Pretend to Speak Spanish before a Hispanic Crowd | The...

Here she is in front of a predominantly Hispanic group at a senior center having her words translated. A woman yells something at her from the crowd and Hillary begins nodding her head, cackling and giving a thumbs up… all of which manages to jet way past placating to look like the kind of incredibly bad acting you would find in a local car dealership commercial.

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Apr 19 11:09

PATRICK BROWN, JAILED BECAUSE HE COULD NOT AFFORD BAIL, BEATEN TO DEATH WITHIN 48 HOURS

A man in Harris County, Texas, was beaten to death in a jail cell on April 5 less than 48 hours after failing to post bail, authorities told the Houston Press. Patrick Joseph Brown, 46, was booked on a misdemeanor theft charge on April 3 for allegedly stealing a guitar.

According to the Press, Brown was denied a personal bond at his hearing and asked to pay $3,000 to walk free — an amount he could not afford. He was then sent to the Harris County Jail to await trial. Less than 48 hours later, he was found unresponsive in the holding cell he'd shared with several other men, including Curtis Maxwell and Ebenezer Nah.

Maxwell and Nah had beaten Brown to within an inch of his life. He was pronounced dead at nearby Memorial Hermann Hospital soon after.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to Amerika, where the "justice" system is still, in the 21st century, painfully, and in-your-face, based on one's ability to pay to get out of prison, waiting for the trial phase of your prosecution to begin.

Apr 19 10:38

PRISON DEBATE TEAM WHO BEAT HARVARD, WINS AGAIN, THIS TIME AGAINST WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY

The Bard Prison Initiative debate team who famously defeated Harvard College students last October put another notch in their belt. This time, in poetic fashion, the prison inmates bested students at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Members of the Bard team, all inmates at a maximum security prison, are enrolled in a college program at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility. They go through a competitive screening process to get there, joining about 1,000 others who made the cut.

Their winning streak in debate demonstrates the cognitive potential that exists in the massive U.S. prison system. This is what motivates the Bard Prison Initiative, which is funded mostly through private donations. Graduates of their college program have an astonishingly low 2 percent rate of recidivism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This begs the question: what should have been done by the alleged educational facilities these kids attended which could have possibly kept these people from going to prison?!?

Unfortunately, the American system of "justice" rewards institutions which don't work, because it keeps recidivism high, and that means more funds for the prison/industrial complex.

And that complex, by the name of UNICOR, turns out an unbelievable array of products, sold primarily to Federal agencies, including: books for the blind; lingerie; park benches and picnic tables; military jackets and battle garb; human silhouette targets; baseball caps; and blue jeans.

And think about it; in Sweden, they are closing their prisons because their program is 100% rehabilitation, which enables people who have served their time to rejoin the community effectively, and recidivism is in single digits.

Why do American voters keep putting up with what fails utterly, and doesn't work at all in its prison systems?!?

THAT is a mystery, and the success of this debate team proves it.

Apr 19 10:20

OBAMA WENT FROM CONDEMNING SAUDIS FOR ABUSES TO ARMING THEM TO THE TEETH

In the 2002 speech against the Iraq War that helped propel him to the presidency, then-state Sen. Barack Obama denounced not just the looming invasion of Iraq, but also human rights abuses by our “so-called allies” in Saudi Arabia:
Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.
And he spoke out against the U.S.’s role as weapons supplier to the world:

Let’s fight to make sure … that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the current bent of American geopolitics, money trumps any possibly of intelligent, and enlightened, foreign policy every time, and the country's president is the "house servant" to the military industrial complex.

Nothing demonstrates that more clearly than does the US government's relationship with Saudi Arabia, a country with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun.

"Corporate money uber alles" is the clear winner here.

Apr 19 10:13

FEDERAL RESEARCHERS BUILD MASSIVE ONLINE DATABASE OF GENOMIC DATA

A new online portal would let scientists access vast amounts of genomic data from patients involved in heart, lung, blood and sleep research studies.

The hub, called GenPort, is supposed to help researchers look into the results of several studies at once, tracking individuals in different trials who might share the same characteristics, known as “synthetic cohorts.”

The Health and Human Services Department is currently looking for small businesses who can help build that hub, so even researchers without informatics or genomics training can make “practical use” of data from cohort studies other scientists have already conducted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without the patients' consent, in writing?!?

This means that anytime you will have any kind of test done, no matter if you have no criminal record whatsoever, you will have that data shared with the Federal Government.

Apr 19 09:55

Cheaper Than China Again, First Solar Vindicates U.S. Investment - First Solar Inc. is making panels for less than China’s biggest producer, justifying more than $3 billion in loan guarantees from the U.S. government

After investing $775 million in technology, First Solar is producing panels for as little as 40 cents a watt, or about 15 percent less than China’s Trina Solar Ltd. In 2019, First Solar’s module cost could be as low as 25 cents a watt, according to analysts’ models.

Apr 19 09:51

USS Destroyer Donald Cook Incident (Baltic Incident)

“(C)ommanders and their signals staff on board the Donald Cook” knew they weren’t threatened. They were being watched and warned.

Deploying an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system aboard the Donald Cook violates the 2010 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, said Helmer.

The ship simulated an attack on Russian subsurface and shore-based systems, installed to defend against potential US Aegis missile attacks.

Russian aircraft were deployed as a self-defense measure - to monitor close up what the Donald Cook and other US warships are up to, along with vessels from other countries like Poland.

Apr 19 09:33

LISTEN: Laura Ingraham Drops The F-Bomb On A Hot Mic

Syndicated radio is not always easy, as demonstrated by this audio clip from Friday. Laura and her production staff thought it was dead air. It in fact was not. Her listeners heard everything.

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Apr 19 09:22

QUEEN HILLARY HAS A GOLDMAN SACHS PROBLEM

Check out this clip of Hillary getting booed mercilessly by a large crowd over her Goldman speeches. It's highly entertaining.

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Apr 19 08:51

BUSTED: Clinton Foundation Caught In Panama Papers Scandal

Details here including a completely ridiculous response by Hillary.

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Apr 19 08:45

Sight For Sore Eyes: NYPD Roughly Arrests Blind Man

Claude Ruffin had no idea why two men grabbed him until he reached out and felt a gun. That was the moment NYPD officers roughly arrested the blind, disabled veteran. Ruffin is now moving forward with a lawsuit.

Apr 19 08:35

Vice President Joe Biden: No improper motive by feds at Waco, the Davidians "committed suicide"

Congressional testimony from the hearings on Waco show Biden and a gaggle of other disgusting government apologists pronounce that the government was blameless in the entire ordeal. This despite the fact that the Davidian survivors who were charged with murder of federal agents afterwards were acquited of all charges.
Identified on screen 'Joseph R. Biden- U.S. Delaware' , the current Vice President definitively stated "The record of the Waco incident documents mistakes. What the record from Waco does not evidence, however, is any improper motive or intent on the part of law enforcement. David Koresh and the Davidians set fire to themselveves and committed suicide.The government -DID NOT- DO THAT".

Apr 19 07:20

Visit to the Mount Carmel Branch Davidian (Waco) Massacre Site - Video

I first visited the site of the Branch Davidian Massacre in 2008. My wife and I were in the Waco area this morning so we stopped by once again and took some video of the current site of the 'Waco' tragedy, for a virtual tour of what the place looks like 21 years after the siege. Upon our arrival we were greeted by two very nice labs.

Apr 19 06:38

EVE OF NEW YORK POLLS: CLINTON +12 TRUMP +30

Webmaster addition: Sanders has been leading Clinton for weeks, and all of a sudden, she leaps ahead in the polls?

I smell a big Clinton rat!

Apr 18 19:54

THE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN AMERICA: CONSEQUENCES, CAUSES, AND REMEDIES (5 of 5)

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PART 1: THE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN AMERICA

PART 2: WALL STREET CUSTOMS: ECONOMIC BULLYING, LEGALIZED AND LAWLESS 

PART 3.1 - 3.4:  OLIGARCH’S PROGRESS

PART 3.5 - 3.8: OLIGARCH’S PROGRESS: TRAIL OF TEARS

PART 4.1 - 4.2:  AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE TRADITION: IDEAS, POLICIES, METHODS, PROGRAMS

PART 4.3 - 4.4:  AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE TRADITION: IDEAS, POLICIES, METHODS, PROGRAMS

PART 5: A SUGGESTION (this article)

Process

Apr 18 19:19

NYPD: No Arrests For Subway Swipe In Manhattan, But Fines Remain As High As $50

Under new rules, New York police officers in Manhattan will stop arresting people that are swiped through the subway turnstile by a fellow passenger. The act is still considered a violation, however, and can command fines as high as $50.

Apr 18 18:10

Obama Administration Makes Stunning Admission: "Seed Money For Al Qaeda Came From Saudi Arabia"

Moments ago a member of the Obama administration made a stunning admission, when for the first time ever, Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, admitted revealed on the record that the Saudis were the original source of funding for Al Qaeda: "A lot of the money, the seed money if you will, for what became Al Qaeda, came out of Saudi Arabia."

Apr 18 15:53

Dissociative Disorder: Netherlands Could Torpedo Ukraine-EU Agreement

The Netherlands could refuse to ratify the Ukraine-EU association agreement, according to a diplomatic source.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders notified his EU counterparts on Monday that he does not rule out that the Netherlands will refuse to ratify the Ukraine —EU association agreement, a EU diplomatic source said.

"He [Koenders] said that the Dutch government cannot ratify the agreement in light of the current situation…they are pressed for time, including by the Constitution," the source told reporters in Brussels.

"A large group in the parliament has asked the government not to ratify the agreement and he [Koenders] cannot rule this out. They want to resolve this issue by the summer," the source said.

A total of 61 percent of Dutch people who cast their vote a consultative referendum on the EU-Ukraine association agreement on April 6 rejected the deal's ratification.

Apr 18 15:35

Oil falls on failed output freeze

Oil falls on failed output freeze; Dow above 18,000

In Qatar, some 18 oil-exporting nations, including OPEC members, failed to agree to stabilise output at January levels until October 2016. A pact fell apart after Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran join in.

Crude oil ended well off the day's lows, however, with a strike in Kuwait slashing the country's oil output by more than half.

Brent crude LCOc1 settled down 19 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $42.91 a barrel, after falling $3 earlier in the session, while U.S. WTI crude CLc1 closed down 58 cents, or 1.4 percent, at $39.78 a barrel, after hitting $37.61 earlier.

Apr 18 15:27

Israeli Soldier Charged With Manslaughter

Israeli soldier who shot assailant on the ground charged with manslaughter

JAFFA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's military filed manslaughter charges on Monday against a soldier who shot a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay wounded on the ground in a killing that a poll said many Israelis felt was justified.

Apr 18 15:20

Government Officials Admit to ECONOMIC False Flag Operations

False flag attacks don’t just involve physical deaths and wars …

They also involve faked economic events and financial casualties.

Apr 18 15:13

Psychologists urged to examine complicity in supporting abusive systems of torture in U.S. criminal justice system and covert government programs

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), the group which led the call to end the involvement of American psychologists in the CIA Torture program at Guantanamo and took the American Psychological Association (APA) to task last summer for their “highly permissive” ethics through which the APA had colluded with the Departm

Apr 18 14:53

Pam Geller’s Islamification

beware - algebra, algorithms, astronomy, surgery, soap, shampoo, bathing, coffee, and other Islamic threats! :-)

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Apr 18 14:22

School Accused of Ignoring “White Student’s Claims of Racial Harassment” Settles Case

There’s no doubt that many wrongs have been done in the name of racism.

But, two wrongs don’t make a right.

As originally reported, pupil Giovanni Micheli was repeatedly attacked, assaulted, and abused for being white in the majority nonwhite school. Repeated requests for help directed to the school authorities by Giovanni and his parents were ignored by the school staff.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Apr 18 14:19

The County Sheriff Vs. The Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

Where are the county sheriffs? The elected peace officer who answers to only the people who is the chief law enforcement officer from the county. These public servants are sworn to uphold the law over the land and keep the peace. The Sheriff can nullify city ordinances that violate state laws, especially if these ordinances infringe on a person’s right to privacy when using the public bathroom

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Apr 18 13:22

Muslim Student Removed From Southwest Airlines Flight ‘For Speaking Arabic’

A university student who came to the US as an Iraqi refugee says he was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight after a fellow passenger became alarmed that he was speaking Arabic.

Apr 18 12:37

Australian Govt Forces Johnny Depp and Amber Heard to Record Creepy Hostage Apology Video for Bringing Undeclared Pets Into the Country

Whatever you do, don’t forget to declare your pet dogs when you visit Australia.

If you do, you might be held hostage in a torture camp, brainwashed, and forced to record an awkward, creepy “hostage” video apologizing like this one featuring Johnny Depp and Amber Heard...

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Apr 18 12:35

Just GROSS: Company Makes “period Panties” so Feminists Can Bleed on Ted Cruz or Donald Trump’s Face

Wow.
This has got to be one of the most disgusting things I have ever written about, and I’m a girl.
This will be brief (no pun intended).
Then again, this is one of the most bizarre hot garbage fires of an election I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life, so I guess in a sick way, it is fitting… but really, really sick.

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Apr 18 12:21

Israeli-Palestinian shouting match at UN Security Council

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an address that Israeli demolitions of Palestinian buildings in the West Bank were continuing at "an alarming rate," reasserting that settlements are illegal.
Note: What part of ILLEGAL (and immoral) does Israel not understand!

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Apr 18 11:19

U.S. Preparing To Launch Submarine Drones Into Disputed Territory Of The South China Sea

By Nicholas West

An ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea over a stretch that comprises more than 750 reefs, banks, and shoals known more generally as the Spratly Islands continues to heat up.

Late 2015 saw a severe escalation when the United States announced that it would send warships directly into a zone which China believes it lays claim to. The U.S. has continued to counter China’s claim to sovereign territory, which (officially) dates from 2009, with a series of military maneuvers that many believe could spiral dangerously out of control...

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Apr 18 09:49

FANNIE MAE AT RISK OF NEEDING ANOTHER BAILOUT

My thoughts are simple. Five times every day, including weekends with the family in the Hamptons, Tim Mayopolous should be forced to bow his head in prayer and thanks to the American taxpayer. We saved you when no one else would.

He can kiss our collective asses. We own these bastards.

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Apr 18 09:17

MONDAY’S TOONS ~~ #ImpeachmentDay IN BRAZIL

Apr 18 09:16

US Government Report Admits Poisoning Drinking Water Of Millions

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a shocking report that says drinking water across the United States is being knowingly contaminated with dangerous poisons by the federal government.

According to the GAO, the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to protect underground drinking water supplies from oilfield contamination, and been grossly negligent in allowing companies to dump wastewater into aquifers – putting the health of millions of citizens at risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, if you can get cheap safe water out of your faucets, then you won;t buy the more expensive bottled water sold by our campaign donors! So, by letting your water become dangerous, we force you to spend MORE money for water, and that is good for the economy (and for those of us who own stock in those bottled water companies)! See how it works?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 18 09:06

Panama and the Criminalization of the Global Finance System

Within a week the 11 million documents called the Panama papers, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has become a household name. The documents are connected to the Panama law firm Mossack Fonsesca that helped establish offshore accounts for some of the wealthiest and most powerful leaders to launder money and evade taxes.

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Apr 18 08:47

THE REAL REASON HILLARY CLINTON REFUSES TO RELEASE HER WALL STREET TRANSCRIPTS

“It was pretty glowing about us,” one person who watched the event said. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”

– From the post: What Clinton Said in Her Speeches – “She Sounded More Like a Goldman Sachs Managing Director”

We’ve seen bits and pieces emerge from Hillary Clinton’s infamous $225,000 speech to Goldman Sachs in October 2013, but an article published by the Huffington Post yesterday adds some additional perspective. In a nutshell, the author believes that a release of these transcripts would be so damaging it would end her bid for the presidency.

Apr 18 08:38

COPS NOW CHECKING BICYCLE SPEED WITH RADAR AND TICKETING “FAST BIKERS”

As if threatening government force to extort money from drivers who exceed an arbitrary limit of speed on the highway is not bad enough, police in California will begin issuing tickets to speeding bicyclists as well.

Earlier this month, Marin County parks officials launched a new enforcement program to enforce an arbitrary speed limit on bicycles.

City officials refused to call it a “crackdown” on speeding bicyclists and instead opted for the Orwellian option of calling it an “educational” program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last official act of any government is to loot its people to what it believes to be the absolute maximum.

Apr 18 08:34

Two more deaths linked to Flint water crisis

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, two more deaths from Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed, bringing the total up from 10 to 12. In 2014 and 2015, the state found 91 cases of this illness. It is believed that at least half of the cases are associated with the recent water crisis, though at this time they are still uncertain. [1] [2]

Apr 18 08:31

THIS DESK-SIZE TURBINE PRODUCES ELECTRICITY FROM CARBON DIOXIDE AND CAN POWER 10,000 HOMES!

General Electric (GE) Global Research has just announced the development of a prototype turbine which converts carbon dioxide into electricity. While the size of the turbine does not exceed that of a desk, the inventors say it could actually power a town of 10,000 homes!

This sounds really promising, given that this innovation has the potential to help solve two critical issues of the modern world – CO2 pollution and energy crisis – at the same time.

As Doug Hofer, GE steam turbine specialist who is leading the development of the carbon dioxide turbine technology, said in a press release, “the world is seeking cleaner and more efficient ways to generate power. The concepts we are exploring with this machine are helping us address both.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this turbine is actually that good,this technology will most likely be privately purchased, and disappear completely from public view.

Remember what happened to cold fusion?!?

Apr 18 08:27

UK PRIVATE MILITARY FIRM HIRED EX-CHILD SOLDIERS FROM SIERRA LEONE FOR IRAQ OPS

Former child soldiers from Sierra Leone have been employed by a private British military company to provide security for American bases in Iraq as part of a 2,500-strong contingent hired for the job, a new Danish documentary has revealed.

According to investigation based on contract documents, UK’s Aegis Defense Services contracted by US Department of Defense employed some 2,500 mercenaries to provide security force for the Pentagon-administered Project and Contracting Office (PCO) in Iraq.

Part of the security force, according to a documentary, titled Børnesoldatens Nye Job (The Child Soldier’s New Job) included child soldiers from Sierra Leone who were paid only $16 a day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sickens me; children should be protected from the violence of war, not forced to fight it.

This private recruitment firm should be sued out of existence, and their executives sacked immediately.

When financial expedience trumps the morally reprehensible, as is the hiring of child soldiers, something is very, radically, horrifically wrong with the corporate culture of the organisation which thinks that this is a good thing.

Apr 18 08:19

US to sail submarine drones in South China Sea

As it watches China build up its presence in the South China Sea, one reclaimed island at a time, the US military is betting on a new technology to help retain its edge — submarine drones.

During the past six months, the Pentagon has started to talk publicly about a once-secret programme to develop unmanned undersea vehicles, the term given to the drone subs that are becoming part of its plan to deter China from trying to dominate the region.

Ashton Carter, US defence secretary, made special mention of drone subs in a speech about military strategy in Asia and hinted at their potential use in the South China Sea, which has large areas of shallower water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what the US government is prepared to do, to create war with China, in light of the fact that the gold-based yuan is making its debut tomorrow.

Apr 18 08:10

Peter Schiff On CNBC: 'Goldman Sachs Is Wrong, Gold Is Going Higher!'

Schiff destroys Goldman. This is outstanding. Runs just 1:45.

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Apr 18 07:58

Groundswell of Support Builds in Israel for Soldier Who Killed Helpless Palestinian Suspect

Last week, the military prosecutor said a video of the incident shows that the soldier “was not as moved and agitated as he claimed.” The prosecutor also confirmed that the autopsy showed that the soldier’s shot to the head was what killed the assailant.
Note: No surprises here Israelis have an unlimited supply of murders!

Apr 18 07:57

All lives matter — not just black ones

Simply because someone does not support the Black Lives Matter movement does not mean that they are a bigot, racist or ethnically insensitive

Apr 18 07:49

Syrians reject Israel's vow to control Golan 'forever'

Speaking in the Jewish-only settlement of Maaleh Gamla on Sunday, Netanyahu declared that the 70 percent of the Golan, which Israeli forces occupied during the 1967 Middle East war, will "always remain" under Israeli control.
Note: Israeli used illegal force to occupy this land but let us use legal force to get them out! Forever!

Apr 18 07:46

Tourism is the new front in Israeli settlers’ battle for legitimacy

“The stereotype is of monsters, high school dropouts, Arab killers, thieves of Arab land and uprooters of Arab olive trees,” the host, Rabbi Meir Goldmintz, told his visitors. “The truth is they are the greatest kids, they love this land and want to make their lives here.”
Note: There is nothing left to see I have been there many times. The Israelis have made it a little New York city. Don't go.

Apr 18 07:07

Multiple Clinton Connections Emerge As More "Panama Papers" Names Revealed

Hillary Clinton recently blasted the hidden financial dealings exposed in the Panama Papers, but she and her husband have multiple connections with people who have used the besieged law firm Mossack Fonseca to establish offshore entities.

Apr 18 06:46

WHAT THE PANAMA PAPERS DID FOR FRANCE

This short clip outlines what the Panama Papers did for France, and provides context throughout..

Apr 17 17:36

2016 interview with Socrates: Standing for Truth, Love, & Technology on a planet of lies, sadism, & slavery (5 of ?)

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language warning: Socrates and I speak in the same direct language that caused his execution for “corrupting the young.”

Socrates: (laughs) One conversation leads to another! Now you want to talk to me?

Carl: Yeah, please. May I explain?

S: Of course.

C: So here’s the deal: as I’ll discuss, we live on a planet of lies, sadism, and slavery. Let’s feel this for 5-minutes with, for examples, Hillary Clinton cackling about assassinations and war on Iran, President Bush joking about not finding WMDs in Iraq, Senator McCain joking about bombing Iran, and President Obama joking about drone assassinations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocih62dSJR8

The team of awake humans we have for Truth, Love, and Technology are enough to provide fair choice to humanity, but not enough for significant policy upgrade or to enact arrests for Emperor’s New Clothes obvious .01% criminals slaughtering millions and looting trillions.

Apr 17 17:33

Our Drinking Water Systems Are A Disaster; What Can We Do?

People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted. That complacency was dramatically disrupted last year when children in Flint, Michigan, started testing positive for lead poisoning and the source was traced to tap water. But Flint shouldn’t have taken anyone by surprise; in fact, water industry professionals have been sounding the alert for years. Much of the water infrastructure in the developed world was built 70 to 100 years ago and is nearing the end of its useful life.

Apr 17 17:16

Iran shows off Russian S-300 defense system on Army Day

Iran showed off parts of its new Russian S-300 missile defense system during National Army Day on Sunday, where President Hassan Rowhani said the country’s armed forces were no threat to neighboring countries.

Every year, Iran’s armed forces hold parades across the country to mark Army Day. In a ceremony in Tehran, broadcast live on state television, trucks carrying the missiles drove past a podium where Rowhani and military commanders were standing. Soldiers also marched passed the podium and fighter jets and bombers took part in an air display.

“The power of our armed forces is not aimed at any of our neighbors ... Its purpose is to defend Islamic Iran and act as an active deterrent.”>>>

Apr 17 16:56

US War Crimes in Iraq

US War Crimes in Iraq: Fallujah Residents Starving, Murdered, Besieged by US Backed Government Forces and ISIS

It is hard to imagine that anything worse could befall Fallujah after the war crimes and criminal assaults by the US military in 2004. At the time, one correspondent wrote:“There has been nothing like the attack on Fallujah since the Nazi invasion and occupation of much of the European continent – the shelling and bombing of Warsaw in September 1939, the terror bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940.” (1)

Seventy percent of houses and shops were reported destroyed, with those still standing damaged. Iraqi doctor, Ali Fadhil, described a city:

“ … completely devastated, destruction everywhere. It looked like a city of ghosts. Fallujah used to be a modern city, now there was nothing. We spent the day going through the rubble that had been the centre of the city; I didn’t see a single building that was functioning.”(City of Ghosts, The Guardian, January 11, 2005.)

Nicholas J. Davies, author of “Blood on our Hands – the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq”, has written:

“The Fallujah Compensation Committee reported in March 2005 that the assault destroyed 36,000 homes, 9,000 shops, 65 mosques, 60 schools, both train stations, one of the two bridges, two power stations, three water treatment plants and the city’s entire sanitation and telephone systems.”

Apr 17 16:42

Trump Says ‘Rigged’ Convention Should Not Be Met With Violence

Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he hoped the Republican convention in July “doesn’t involve violence” as he pressed his case that the system is rigged against him.

“I hope it doesn’t involve violence,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference on Staten Island, a stronghold of support, after he was given an award by the New York Veteran Police Association and spoke at a Lincoln Day brunch for Republicans.

“I hope it doesn’t. I’m not suggesting that.”

He added, “I don’t think it will. But I will say this, it’s a rigged system, it’s a crooked system.”

Apr 17 16:36

The "Night Stands Up" movement - a nightmare for the "one percent"

Since their launch in Paris on March 31st, the "Night Stands Up" (#NuitDebout) movement has been a huge success. Very quickly it has spread to other French cities.

The massive occupation of public spaces clearly recalls the Indignados in Spain, "Occupy Wall Street" in the US and the occupation of Syntagma Square in Athens. All these movements took place in 2011, in the wake of the revolutionary explosion in Egypt, where the occupation of Tahrir Square had played a central role

At the time of those movements, in France there was a failed attempt to occupy the esplanade of La Défense. Five years later, during the struggle against the Labour Law, "Night Stands Up" has immediately acquired a mass character. This movement has the same basic characteristics as those of 2011. It relies mainly - but not only - on the youth, which has been radicalized by the crisis of capitalism and austerity policies. In Paris, every evening, Republic Square is transformed into a big meeting which expresses the rejection of a bankrupt system that only benefits a small minority of the population (the "one percent").

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Apr 17 15:22

Nothing Significant Found On San Bernardino Terrorist’s IPhone – Officials

Two weeks since the FBI unlocked an iPhone tied to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, the intelligence agency has not managed to find any pertinent information on the device, according to law enforcement officials.

Apr 17 13:41

A Despicable Decision: Hamilton Will Stay on the $10 Bill; Jackson Will Be Booted From the $20 Bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce this week that Alexander Hamilton's face will remain on the front of the $10 bill and a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill, a senior government source told CNN on Saturday. When it was originally announced that Hamilton would be replaced by a woman, the statist banking crowd, led by Ben Bernanke, roared in outrage. The statists know their history. It was Hamilton, who from the early days of the nation clamored for a central bank and a strong interventionist federal government.

Apr 17 13:16

Wyoming DOT: I-80 Completely Shut Down For 'White Out Conditions'

The State of Wyoming is informing all commercial trucks entering their port of entry on Interstate 80 eastbound that the entire interstate is shut down at Rock Springs due to whiteout conditions. Weather looked sunny and mild at the Utah/ Wyoming state line, but Rock Springs is 100 miles to the east. Evanston, WY, located at exit 3, is beginning to see light snowflakes. The DOT officer said that the I-80 has been closed since last night. So if you're expecting a package in the mail, don't be surprised if it's late. Happy spring in the age of 'global warming!' :-)

Apr 17 12:36

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Could be me but what was once my favorite web site is now empty of content and wants me to become a tech troubleshooter.

Not of interest to me.

Let me know if you get it working.

Apr 17 12:09

NY Post: Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11 ‘Deliberately Covered up at the Highest Levels of Our Government’

Paul Sperry writes that the “highest levels” of the U.S. government are implicated in a cover-up of Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks, all to preserve diplomatic relations with the oil-rich Islamist nation.

Apr 17 11:59

Wyoming DOT: I-80 Completely Shut Down For 'White Out Conditions'

The State of Wyoming is informing all commercial trucks entering their port of entry on Interstate 80 eastbound that the entire interstate s shut down at Rock Springs due to whiteout conditions. Weather looked sunny and mild at the Utah/ Wyoming state line, but Rock Springs is 100 miles to the east. Evanston, WY, located at exit 3, is beginning to see light snowflakes. The DOT officer said that the I-80 has been closed since last night. So if you're expecting a package in the mail, don't be surprised if it's late. Happy spring in the age of 'global warming!' :-)

Apr 17 11:11

Tony Blair used secret fund to manage multi-million pound fortune

Tony Blair used a secret trust to manage his multi-million pound fortune, it emerged on Friday.

The former Prime Minister used an interest-in-possession (IIP) trust, which he has not previously disclosed, to receive payments for his consultancy projects, including his work with controversial regimes.

Apr 17 11:10

If politicians want to be trusted, they should stop lying to us

Had I not been in France last week – a country where several hundred thousand people legally avoid tax by living in the United Kingdom – I should have sought to ease the Prime Minister’s embarrassment by writing a column militantly in favour of tax avoidance. I have long believed it is the duty of every citizen to ensure the state does not take from him or her so much as a penny in taxation that can be legally withheld. Contrary to a fashionable view among certain of the super-rich – George Osborne, for example – this is not “immoral”. It is entirely moral to strive to keep what one has earned, and to stop the government from wasting it on, for example, disgraceful overseas “aid” projects.

Apr 17 10:38

Secrets revealed of how Israel manipulates U.S. public opinion

Israel habitually launches its most unpopular and, sometimes, deadly attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to coincide with big news events here in the U.S., so that they don’t get too much public attention, according to the study.

Apr 17 10:25

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Holds First Official Marriage

Legally recognized as a religious organization in New Zealand, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster cooked up its first official wedding this weekend. Marriage is the latest step members of this untraditional spiritual group have taken to be recognized as belonging to a legitimate, religious entity.

Toby Ricketts and Marianna Young of New Zealand got married this weekend, and they owe eternal happiness to a divine mass of noodles in the sky.

Apr 17 10:20

Israeli and Palestinian Children Killed September 29, 2000 - Present

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world's major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.

Please click on any statistic for the source and more information.
Statistics last updated January 13, 2015

Apr 17 10:05

Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones last year

As if Apple needed the cash, the company has discovered a way to make tens of millions of dollars off of old, broken, unwanted iPhones.
In its annual environmental report released this week, Apple said it recovered 2,204 pounds (more than a ton) of gold from recycled iPhones, iPads and Macs last year. That's $40 million worth.

Apr 17 10:04

Edward Snowden on police pursuing journalist data: the scandal is what the law allows

Edward Snowden has condemned Australian law enforcement for collecting the communications records of a Guardian journalist without a warrant.
The world’s most prominent whistleblower, who disclosed dragnet surveillanceunprecedented in its scale by the National Security Agency and its allies, singled out for critique the Australian government’s contention that it broke no laws in its leak investigation of Paul Farrell, a Guardian reporter who in 2014 exposed the inner workings of Australia’s maritime interception of asylum seekers.

Apr 17 10:02

Wilders threatens lawsuit over Ukraine Referendum inaction

The Netherlands: PVV leader Geert Wilders wants to take Prime Minister Mark Rutte to court. According to Wilders, the Prime Minister is breaking the law by not immediately responding to the “no”-vote in the referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine.

Wilders told the Telegraaf that he researched the law of ministerial responsibility and based on what it says, Rutte can be prosecuted. He called the lack of response a “professional misconduct”, which could a prison sentence of up to three years, according to Wilders.

The PVV leader and other PVV members therefore filed a complaint with Tweede Kamer president Khadija Arib, asking her to investigate.

The majority of people who voted in the Ukraine referendum on April 6th, voted against the association agreement between the country and the EU. Earlier this week Prime Minister Mark Rutte promised a response on the outcome by June.

Apr 17 09:54

Evidence Points to the CIA Targeting Assad, Not Daesh in Syria

Washington has jumped at the opportunity to provide massive amounts of weapons to Syria's so-called moderate rebels amid the ongoing ceasefire; it seems that the White House is not bothered by the fact that half of its arms have found their way into the hands of al-Qaeda, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams note.

Apr 17 09:54

The Ridiculous Reason A Muslim Woman Was Kicked Off A Flight

A Muslim woman says she was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight after she asked to switch seats with her neighbor, according to The Independent.
Note: Fire the flight attendant immediately.

Apr 17 09:31

Muslim woman kicked off plane as flight attendant said she 'did not feel comfortable' with the passenger

A Muslim woman was asked to get off a plane without any explanation after she asked her neighbour to switch seats.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for an investigation of a possible “bias motive” as the woman was of Somali descent and was wearing a headscarf.

Apr 17 09:28

Two despised frontrunners, two dying parties and a deeply broken system: How did we get here?

To paraphrase a great American poet of the 1980s, this is not our beautiful house.We get a tiny breather in the political calendar this week, and it’s a useful moment to take half a step back from the most chaotic and disordered presidential campaign in living memory and ask ourselves the big question: What in the name of Jiminy Cricket is going on here? I spent the week digging into the past for clues to the strange dynamics of the present: To be clear, I did not conclude that Donald Trump is a new Hitler or that Bernie Sanders is a new Lenin, only that the parallels and the discontinuities were instructive.

Apr 17 09:23

Declassify the Full 9/11 Report

Declassify the Full 9/11 Report and the CIA’s Bay of Pigs History

NATIONAL REVIEW: When President Obama departs for Saudi Arabia, an incubator of the 9/11 attacks, he will leave behind a dispute about government secrecy. The suppression of 28 pages, first from a public congressional inquiry and then from the 2004 report by the national 9/11 Commission, has spared the Saudis embarrassment, which would be mild punishment for complicity in 2,977 murders. When Obama returns, he should keep his promise to release the pages. Then he should further curtail senseless secrecy by countermanding the CIA’s refusal to release its official history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle.

The nature of the 28 pages pertaining to 9/11 can be inferred from this carefully worded sentence in the commission’s report: “We have found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded [al-Qaeda]” (emphases added).>>>

(*cutting out where BEX starts filtering in )

Apr 17 09:22

Saudi Arabia’s threat to sell off billions in American assets if 9/11 bill passes

The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to sell of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets should the US Congress pass a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the September 11, 2001 attacks, The New York Times reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia knows that the US links 9-11 to every nation it wants to invade. First it was Afghanistan, then Iraq (after which George W. Bush admitted on TV Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11).

Saudi Arabia now finds themselves in the croshairs of the US war machine!

To find out if you are being lied to, look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a motive for Saudi Arabia to attack the United States on 9-11. Saudi Arabia has grown very rich off of the United States with the petrodollar deal. And they have invested much of that money in the United States. Why would Saudi Arabia do anything that would risk having the United States confiscate that money or end the lucrative petrodollar arrangement? Especially without some compelling reason? And as the Saudi threat confirms, if Saudi Arabia really did want to harm the United States they would not need to crash airplanes into buildings, all they need do is take their investment funds back and the US economy would implode. The resulting economic devastation would make the loss of the World Trade Towers seem like a minor inconvenience in comparison! And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to do so.

And let us be honest, it wasn't Saudis who were arrested for cheering and clapping while the towers came crashing down, it was Mossad agents. Israeli owned companies like Odigo received advance warning of the attack. Saudi companies did not.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice (or thrice) shame on me!

Apr 17 09:02

Hillary’s “I’m Not a Crook” Moment

Either Hillary Clinton ignored the rules of the secrecy game. Or she willfully breached the rules. The undisputed top reason for the existence of the subterranean private server was for Hillary Clinton to keep her emails, well, secret, and thus not subjected to freedom of information laws.

Clinton even had a request for a government Blackberry denied by the NSA in 2009. Yet immediately afterwards she was busy on a Blackberry using private email accounts to contact State Department staff. Legitimate questions in this case include whether the subterranean server was protected against hacking. And whether State Department information morphed into Clinton Foundation information.

Apr 17 08:55

Dutch people are stupid and they shouldn’t be allowed to vote!*

The Washington Post’s foreign affairs columnist seems to believe that Dutch people are stupid and, as a result, they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Of course, she can’t write it directly. So, instead, she blames RT, and other Russian media, for a democratic choice that delivered a result she doesn’t like.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the US Government and establishment media, democracy is a good thing only when the people vote the way the government wants them to vote ... which means it iisn;t really democracy at all, but an illusion of democracy.

Apr 17 08:49

What to Expect on April 19, 2016, by Anna von Reitz

I expect the UN Corp doing business as the IMF (which is merely doing-business-as the “UNITED STATES” and as the “United States Treasury”) to try to stick us with all their debts, because they are crooks and they naturally don’t want to pay their own debts out of their own profits. They are basically trying to stage a repeat of what FDR did back in the 1930’s when he got the clueless Americans to assume and pay the debts of the “United States of America, Inc.” — a bankrupt privately owned and operated governmental services corporation – under conditions of constructive fraud and semantic deceit.

Apr 17 08:44

Reince Priebus blasted for ‘major breach of trust’ by top RNC officials

By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is coming under fire from some of his top officials, all of whom have been considered loyalists throughout his six years in office.

They are accusing Mr. Priebus of concealing from members proposed changes to the rules that will govern the party’s July presidential nominating convention in Cleveland.

“I consider this to be a major breach of trust,” said RNC Rules Committee Chairman Bruce Ash of Arizona.Mr. Priebus‘ former loyalists say they have reluctantly concluded that forces at the RNC will stop at virtually nothing to keep the door open to the nomination of Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the July convention – or, as some skeptics fear, some “white knight” who moderates claim will have broader voter appeal this fall than either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, the two top-delegate winners, have shown in most polls so far.

Apr 17 07:36

JebBush.com redirects to Trump

JebBush.com redirects to Trump, but for a real kick, click on TedCruzForAmerica.com

(* let's see here: http://www.jebbush.com = NOTHING!

http://www.TedCruzForAmerica.com LOL!)

Apr 17 07:04

How US covered up Saudi role in 9/11

In its report on the still-censored “28 pages” implicating the Saudi government in 9/11, “60 Minutes” last weekend said the Saudi role in the attacks has been “soft-pedaled” to protect America’s delicate alliance with the oil-rich kingdom.
Note: Isn't it strange that ISRAEL is never mentioned. Mossad.

Apr 17 06:57

Reince Priebus blasted for ‘major breach of trust’ by top RNC officials

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is coming under fire from some of his top officials, all of whom have been considered loyalists throughout his six years in office.

They are accusing Mr. Priebus of concealing from members proposed changes to the rules that will govern the party’s July presidential nominating convention in Cleveland.

“I consider this to be a major breach of trust,” said RNC Rules Committee Chairman Bruce Ash of Arizona.

A copy of Mr. Ash’s email to the Rules Committee was shared with the Washington Times by a Trump supporter on the Rules Committee who asked not to be named in the story.

The “breach of trust,” according to the Ash email, was the failure by Mr. Priebus‘ Legal Counsel’s office to notify Rules Committee members that Oregon RNC member Solomon Yue had submitted a rules change, to be considered at Thursday’s Rules Committee meeting.>>>

Apr 17 05:52

Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft

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This encounter comes just days after the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued formal concerns with the Russian government over an incident in which Russian fighter jets flew very close to the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea this week.

(*The Russian Jet Did A Little Old 'Let's See What You Got Barrel Roll' , For Crying Out Loud !)

Apr 17 05:30

Trump Supporters Walk

Trump Supporters Walk Out of Georgia Delegate Fight After Party Picks Cruz Supporter…’Uproar in the Hall’

Donald Trump supporters walked out of a delegate election in Georgia Saturday to protest a vote that robbed Trump of all of his slated delegates from a district that he won in the primary.

A Cruz-Rubio alliance at the district convention in Buford, Georgia helped to knock Trump supporters out of the district’s national delegation altogether. Cruz supporters implied that Trump’s people would “embarrass” the district at the convention in Cleveland. Then things got heated.

“This morning, I attended Georgia 7th Congressional District GOP convention as a delegate and a Donald Trump supporter. We were there to elect the 3 delegates and 3 alternates to the national convention,” Ronnie Kurtz told Breitbart News. “Per the primary results, two slots were for Trump, and one was for Rubio. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
97%
finished third in the primary and had no delegates allotted to him…Nonetheless, the hall was stacked with Cruz delegates.”

Apr 17 04:40

Saudi Arabia to Sell Billions in U.S. Assets

Saudi Arabia to Sell Billions in U.S. Assets if 9/11 Bill Passes: NYT
Newsweek: The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to sell of hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets should the U.S. Congress pass a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The newspaper reported that Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told U.S. lawmakers last month that "Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in Treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts."

The bill, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year, would take away immunity from foreign governments in cases "arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil."

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Apr 16 22:19

Russia plans S-500 missile defense system deployment

“We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon,” RT quoted Russian Aerospace Forces Vice-Commander Lieutenant General Viktor Gumenny as saying on Friday.

According to reports, Russia’s Defense Ministry has already ordered five of the systems which are currently passing their final testing stages.

Viktor Murakhovsky, a member of the Military-Industrial Commission advisory council, said the new complex will be highly superior to its previous models such as the S-400.

Apr 16 18:56

AMMON BUNDY REPORTS BEING TORTURED, STARVED IN NEVADA PRISON

A personal friend of Ammon Bundy has relayed a message from Ammon about the treatment he received after being transferred to a Nevada prison. Harrowing account.

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Apr 16 18:10

A VC who made $200 million when Skype was acquired explains why Israel has become the 'Startup Nation'

For a country with a population of just 8 million people, Israel certainly packs a punch when it comes to creating world-class technology companies — several of which have been acquired by Apple, Google, Facebook, and other US tech giants for hundreds of millions.
Note: Then why are we sending over 6 billion a year to Israel for aid!

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Apr 16 12:27

Climate Change HOAX exposed by Geologist straight to the UK Govt

Geology Prof Ian Plimer explains why he believes there is no evidence to support the theory of human caused global warming.

Apr 16 12:19

We Can't Trust a Major American Police Department. That's a Problem.

This past year, in the shadow of the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal, investigative reporters from The Guardian and their lawyers have exposed, in numerous articles, that Chicago's history of torture and cover-up is repeating itself, this time at Homan Square.

As the Guardian has documented, Homan Square, named after a notorious Chicago slumlord Samuel Homan, was, until recently, a secret site where thousands of people of color have been – and apparently still are – held and interrogated for hours, "off the books", often without being under arrest. They are handcuffed to a wall in dark and foreboding rooms and cells, with inconsistent access to food, drink or access to bathroom facilities. The Guardian's continuing investigation reveals that when this sensory deprivation does not yield sufficient cooperation, the police interrogators all too often employ physical brutality that meets the United Nations Convention Against Torture's definition of torture. Cases of tasering, which is a very real form of electric shock, suffocation, anal rape, beatings with batons, threats with a weapon and questionable deaths while in custody are now all on the public record. And, once again, we see police officers committing perjury and innocent victims being charged with crimes that they did not commit.

Apr 16 12:13

Flashback April 2015: Top medical journal, The Lancet, warns much published science is bogus, can't be trusted

A lot of what is published is incorrect. I am not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. We were also asked not to take photographs of slides. Those who worked for government agencies pleaded that their comments especially remain unquoted, since the forthcoming UK election meant they were living in purdah — a chilling state where severe restrictions on freedom of speech are placed on anyone on the government's payroll. Why the paranoid concern for secrecy and non-attribution? Because this symposium — on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, held at the Wellcome Trust in London last week — touched on one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations.

The case against science is straightforward:much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes,tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. As one participant put it, “poor methods get results”.

Apr 16 12:02

'Justice For Jack' Sign Stolen From Yantis Family's Ranch, Sheriff Re-Election Sign Erected Nearby

The administrator for the Justice for Jack Yantis Facebook page has announced that someone has stolen the giant Justice for Jack sign off the private Yantis property. 'Coincidentally,' campaign reelection sign for the sitting sheriff, who employs the two deputies who killed jack last November 1st, has been placed right near the Yantis property.

Apr 16 11:33

Blind Palestinian karate team detained at Israeli border after return from Dubai tournament

Israel has detained the coach of a blind Palestinian karate team for “suspected involvement in terrorist activity" after he and five of his students were stopped by Israeli forces at the Erez border crossing earlier this week while trying to re-enter Gaza.

The five blind and vision-impaired students, all under 18 years old, were travelling with four sighted students from the same karate school on their way back from Dubai where they had been competing in an international tournament. One of the students’ mothers was also travelling with them.

Their coach, Hassan Al Ra’e, had intended to go to Dubai with the students but after crossing with them from Gaza into Israel and then the West Bank, he was unable to travel onwards, his brother, Nasser, told The National.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the joint IDF/Israeli Government Department of "You can't make this sh*t up"!!!!!

Apr 16 11:15

Thousands to descend on London to demand David Cameron’s resignation

Thousands from across the UK are expected to gather in central London Saturday in protest of government austerity measures. They’ll also call for the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron over revelations of offshore investment funds linked to his family.
The demonstration through the center of the capital will end on Trafalgar Square around 6pm.

The March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education has been organized by the People's Assembly Against Austerity alongside several trade unions, including Unite. Organizers are demanding that David Cameron’s “vicious government” end its policy of austerity.

“They've attacked junior doctors and student nurses while privatizing the NHS. They plan to force all schools to become academies and teachers are now balloting to strike over pay and conditions. They've done nothing to address the growing housing crisis.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD! This couldn't happen to a more deserving British politician, in light of the Panama Papers, and his participation in tax-dodging schemes while demanding everyday Brits live in crippling austerity.

Apr 16 11:11

In Texas, some local GOPs call for statewide vote on secession

A handful of Texas Republican district or county conventions in March passed resolutions calling for a vote on secession, paving the way for a potentially awkward debate at the state GOP conference in May.
A Nederland-based pro-independence activist group, the Texas Nationalist Movement, said at least 22 of the hundreds of conventions passed secession items. Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler said he "would be very surprised" if that many had indeed passed the conventions.
The Houston Chronicle reached out to GOP officials in the counties listed by the Nationalist Movement. Ten responded and all confirmed passage of the resolutions. An official count should be available from the Republican Party of Texas in early May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the insanity and corruption of the Federal government, who can blame thinking Texans for examining this possibility?!?

OF course, it won't end well, should this be passed; you're looking at a Federal government invasion, total martial law, and a US military occupation of the state.

But the embarrassment factor for the US government, at having had to do this, will create a "V for Vendetta" moment in this country.

And if you have not seen the movie, please rent it; it is a magnificent, cautionary tale of government overreach, and the ultimate public reaction to that overreach. (Warning; lots of violence, and totally not appropriate for children).

Apr 16 10:53

BILLION DOLLAR LAWSUITS FILED FOLLOWING DEUTSCHE BANK'S ADMISSION OF GOLD, SILVER RIGGING

Barely a day had passed since the historic admission of gold and silver price rigging by Deutsche bank, which as we reported on Thursday was settled with not only "valuable monetary consideration", but Deutsche's "cooperation in pursuing claims" against other members of the cartel, i.e., exposing the manipulation of other cartel members, and the class action lawsuits have begun.

Overnight, two class action lawsuits seeking $1 billion in damages on behalf of Canadian gold and silver investors were launched in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

The first class action alleges that the defendants, including The Bank of Nova Scotia, conspired to manipulate prices in the silver market under the guise of the benchmark fixing process, known as the London Silver Fixing, for a fifteen-year period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bring the popcorn!

It's always a treat to watch the rich eat their own!!

But I would almost be willing to bet that, at the end of the day, we will see out-of-court settlements, in which the main mechanisms of these manipulations will be hidden from public view.

Apr 16 10:42

“SMILE IN MY FACE ONE MORE TIME!” COP TERRORIZES CHILD ON SCHOOL BUS FOR NOT WORSHIPPING HIM

A student on a bus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania caught a cop on video angrily berating a kid for smiling. The incident highlights the modern reality in public schools where blue-clad soldiers of law with badges and guns are a normal, everyday presence.

In the video, uploaded to Facebook, an unidentified police officer stalks down the aisle of the bus, directing his rage at a student in the back who performed the outrageous act of smiling.

“You think you’re funny…you think you’re funny.”

As he reaches the student, the cop leans over the boy and says, “Smile in my face one more time, I’m gonna drag your ass off this bus and back to that fucking police car.”

The student is not in view of the camera, but can be heard saying, “Alright, alright.”

“Don’t smile one more time!” the cop says as he leaves the bus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The contemporary school experience is not at all focused on learning, but submission to authority, no matter how much emotional and physical pain and violence that produces.

If you want your child to really be educated, take them out of the public school, and home school them.

If you live in a state that is anti-home schooling, move to a state where this is a respected alternative.

School districts are paid by the State and Federal government based on the number of students in their district; disable the funding through keeping kids safe and home schooled.

If that will not work, find a private school, or a magnet school in your area with a reputation for turning out kids who have the skills to make them competitive in later life.

Not only do your kid's educational lives depend on this;but also, the future of our society, as a place where critical thinking, and good decision making, are encouraged.

Apr 16 10:33

Supervolcanoes Around the World

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan and one of the largest in the world, is classed as a potential supervolcano.

Apr 16 10:09

The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos

Yet other In-Q-Tel-backed companies are now openly embracing the practice. Geofeedia, for instance, promotes its research into Greenpeace activists, student demonstrations, minimum wage advocates, and other political movements. Police departments in Oakland, Chicago, Detroit, and other major municipalities have contracted with Geofeedia, as well as private firms such as the Mall of America and McDonald’s. Lee Guthman, an executive at Geofeedia, told reporter John Knefel that his company could predict the potential for violence at Black Lives Matter protests just by using the location and sentiment of tweets. Guthman said the technology could gauge sentiment by attaching “positive and negative points” to certain phrases, while measuring “proximity of words to certain words.” Privacy advocates, however, have expressed concern about these sorts of automated judgments.

Apr 16 10:04

Saudi Arabia Threatens To Liquidate Its Treasury Holdings If Congress Probes Its Role In Sept 11 Attacks

Back in January, when the market was watching in shocked silence as oil prices were crashing to decade lows and as concerns emerged that Saudi Arabia may need to commence selling its vast, if unquantified, USD reserves, we wrote a post titled "Attention Finally Turns To Saudi Arabia's "Secret" US Treasury Holdings" where we noted something very surprising: whereas we do know that Saudi Arabia is the owner of the world's third largest USD reserves...

Apr 16 09:48

It’s a Speed Trap! California Cops to Check Bicycle Speed with Radar and Ticket Fast Bikers

By Matt Agorist

As if threatening government force to extort money from drivers who exceed an arbitrary limit of speed on the highway is not bad enough, police in California will begin issuing tickets to speeding bicyclists as well.

Earlier this month, Marin County parks officials launched a new enforcement program to enforce an arbitrary speed limit on bicycles.

City officials refused to call it a “crackdown” on speeding bicyclists and instead opted for the Orwellian option of calling it an “educational” program...

Apr 16 09:11

Man Designated an Extremist by Major Rights Group Chosen to Train US Police

A man who has been designated as an anti-Muslim extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center will be a key presenter at the New York Tactical Officers Association (NYTOA) conference.

Ryan Mauro works as a national security analyst for the Clarion Project, an anti-Muslim group based in Washington, DC, the SPLC reports. The organization is known to distribute films promoting anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.

Apr 16 09:02

Half-truth Hillary finally exposed: This was the debate where Bernie Sanders changed the Democratic Party for good

What always disappointed me the most about President Obama was how he never even tried to change the language of politics that had been established in the eight years of the Bush presidency.

From immigration (on which he never articulated a different rhetoric than the punitive law-and-order one put into effect by his predecessor) to civil liberties to war crimes to inequality to health care to race relations to trade, he has kept to the establishment line on all substantive policy issues.

And that's where Bernie Sanders has succeeded so brilliantly. Sanders has managed to draw level with Hillary Clinton in the national polls, and seriously threatens to upset the carefully balanced apple cart if he can pull out a win in New York. As a result, he has pushed the establishment to acknowledge, at least rhetorically, the grievances of the powerless. That is no mean accomplishment, and he and his supporters should feel proud for having come this far.

Apr 16 09:01

Clinton's Pro-Free Trade Policies Lead to Wider Illegal Money Laundering in Panama

In 2011, President Obama and Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, sold the U.S./Panama Free Trade Agreement as a fix for Panama's secret tax haven and money laundering operations. Obama asserted at the time: "Thanks to the leadership of President Martinelli, there have been a range of significant reforms in banking and taxation in Panama. And we are confident now that a free trade agreement would be good for our country."

Last week, President Obama appeared to be singing a different tune. Obama said that activities like those exposed by the release of the eleven million plus Panama Papers were a result of poorly designed laws. However, some analysts say that the relevant regulations were not exactly poorly designed, but were skillfully concocted to facilitate certain privileged interests.

Apr 16 08:41

“How Has the ‘System’ Been Working Out For You And Your Family?” – Trump Blasts Establishment Elite In Mainstream Op-Ed

“Let me ask America a question,” Trumps begins. “How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.”

Taking direct aim at Ted Cruz for bragging about his “voterless” victory in Colorado, Trump blasts the entrenched politicos, donors and the system as a whole:

Apr 16 08:38

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

In The Road to Serfdom, published in 1944, Hayek argued that government planning, by crushing individualism, would lead inexorably to totalitarian control. Like Mises’s book Bureaucracy, The Road to Serfdom was widely read. It came to the attention of some very wealthy people, who saw in the philosophy an opportunity to free themselves from regulation and tax. When, in 1947, Hayek founded the first organisation that would spread the doctrine of neoliberalism – the Mont Pelerin Society – it was supported financially by millionaires and their foundations.

With their help, he began to create what Daniel Stedman Jones describes in Masters of the Universe as “a kind of neoliberal international”: a transatlantic network of academics, businessmen, journalists and activists. The movement’s rich backers funded a series of thinktanks which would refine and promote the ideology. Among them were the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Centre for Policy Studies and the Adam Smith Institute. They also financed academic positions and departments, particularly at the universities of Chicago and Virginia.

As it evolved, neoliberalism became more strident. Hayek’s view that governments should regulate competition to prevent monopolies from forming gave way – among American apostles such as Milton Friedman – to the belief that monopoly power could be seen as a reward for efficiency.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-pr...

Apr 16 08:21

Washington DC could become the 51st US state

The mayor of Washington DC has called for a citywide vote to grant the nation’s capital statehood.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said she wanted residents of the District of Columbia full citizenship rights held by states in the unin — such as a vote in the House and two senators.

Apr 16 07:47

First scans of a brain on LSD

First scans of a brain on LSD show it lighting up like a pinball machine
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Scientists have published the first images of what the human brain looks like under the influence of LSD, one of the most powerful drugs ever created.

What’s more, the new study by Imperial College London explores what researchers say are potential medical uses for the illegal psychedelic known as acid, including treating mental health disorders.
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“For brain researchers, studying how psychedelic drugs such as LSD alter the ‘normal’ brain state is a way to study the biological phenomenon that is consciousness,” David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London and senior researcher on the study, told the science journal Nature.

“We ultimately would also like to see LSD deployed as a therapeutic tool.”

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Apr 16 07:43

Woman Sues P&G, Says She Was Fired For Being Pregnant, Looking ‘Not Perfect’

A New York woman who claims she was fired after becoming pregnant is suing Procter & Gamble Co, accusing the company of telling her she lacked the “perfect look” for a sales position and that “pregnancy is not part of the uniform.”

Apr 16 07:41

Israel’s ‘Absurd’ Map Of Jerusalem’s Old City

The latest attempt to monopolize the holy city has been so over the top that an Israeli newspaper called the effort “absurd.”
Note: Absurd indeed....Israel is absurd!

Apr 16 05:27

Flight from hell leaves passengers bloodied

Terrifying turbulence sent one plane passenger “flying into the air” and hospitalized six people, as shocking pictures emerge revealing blood-splattered seats and people’s belongings hurled across the plane.
Note: Hardly a flight from hell....and how many times do passengers need to be reminded keep you seat belts on. DAH!

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