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April 6, 2015

Apr 06 11:48

Texas Man Thrown in Jail for Weeks Because his Lawn was Overgrown

A hard-working Texas man was thrown in jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest for an overgrown lawn.

Apr 06 11:43

Glyphosate: One of 3 Herbicides Causing Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists now think that another unfortunate part of corporate industrial farming has led to the rapid and exponential increase of antibiotic resistance.

Apr 06 11:30

How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Apr 06 11:27

Greece plans return to drachma and nationalization of banks

“We are a Left-wing government. If we have to choose between a default to the IMF or a default to our own people, it is a no-brainer,” said a senior official.

Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country’s banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands.

Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.



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Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 11:20

A Quiet Corporate Coup on Capitol Hill

Apr 06 11:08

Okay now this is just absurd



Apr 06 11:04

New Jersey Settles for Fraction of Damages Originally Sought from Exxon Over Contamination

The State of New Jersey and ExxonMobil today released the details of a proposed settlement over damages due for decades of soil and groundwater contamination across more than 1,500 acres of wetlands, marshes, meadows, and waters in the northern part of the state.

Apr 06 10:59

CALIFORNIA VACCINE EXEMPTION BILL FACES CRUCIAL FIRST TEST ON WEDNESDAY

CALIFORNIA VACCINE EXEMPTION BILL FACES CRUCIAL FIRST TEST ON WEDNESDAY
On Wednesday, a controversial bill proposed by three state lawmakers to abolish all vaccine exemptions in the Golden State — except for medical reasons — begins an uphill journey through the Legislature. And many observers wonder if it will encounter a similar fate.Democratic-led efforts to ban vaccine exemptions in Oregon and Washington state toppled one after the other last month amid fervent opposition from parents and anti-vaccine groups who say the bills would have trampled their fundamental rights to decide how to care for their own children. Now it's California's turn to try.

Apr 06 10:58

Ukraine: Banning Communism and Donbass Autonomy

All police states operate the same way. Their rules alone apply. International laws, norms and standards are ignored.

Anyone opposing their authority is targeted for elimination. State terror is official policy.

So are one-party rule, rigged elections when held, wars against invented enemies, media control, concentrated wealth and power, and government serving monied interests exclusively.

Apr 06 10:55

FLASHBACK - Black water spews from California faucets and plumbing

Black water has been coming out of some faucets in southern California, and neighbors say not enough is being done about it. The water company that serves Gardena says it’s an isolated situation, but neighbors are not so sure.

“My daughter says, ‘Mommy the water is black. Why does it stink?’ She doesn’t want to wash her clothes,” said Emy Sebastian, a Gardena neighbor.

“I was watering the lawn, and all of a sudden, black water came out,” said Gardena neighbor Aurie Morimoto. “And I put it in a white bucket, and it was all black. So I said, ‘Hey.’”

Neighbors say the water smells as bad as it looks.

“It has an odor of rotten eggs or sewer smell,” said Diane Morita.

Morita and her neighbors say it’s been happening off and on for months.

“We don’t want to drink our water because our water is black,” said Sebastian.

“I’m going to switch to tequila,” said joked Morita.

They may joke about it, but they have serious concerns.

Apr 06 10:54

Netanyahu Reiterates: I’m Trying to Kill Iran Deal

Taking to the major American networks today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued railing against the Iran nuclear framework deal, and reiterated his determination to try to kill it.

Netanyahu has repeatedly talked up sabotaging the nuclear negotiations on Israeli media, but this was the first time he was so overt about leading the anti-diplomacy push on US media.

He tried to prevent the push against the current deal as a push for a “better deal,” though that hypothetical deal that Netanyahu might accept is so far-fetched US officials say it wasn’t even worth bringing up at the talks to the other Western nations, let alone Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Bibi Netanyahu: sir, as the Prime Minister of a nation which has had nuclear weapons for 40 years, as we now understand from the US government's declassification of documents proving the US assisted you in developing those weapons, how do you have the hubristic effrontery to rail against a country which is working with the world to create a framework through which to manage their nuclear energy program?

Iran is a signatory to the NNPT: and Israel, which has developed nuclear weapons, refuses to sign it, or allow its weapons sites to be inspected. Additionally, Israel is not a party to the P 5+1 deal at all.

Right now, the one country which needs to re-assess its position on this deal is Israel, period, end of discussion.

And I would like to suggest that Rivero's Rangers quietly and calmly, and politely contact their Congressional Representatives to say that any attempt to veto this agreements) will demonstrate that they are a representative of a foreign power, and are not addressing the needs and concerns of We the People.

Let them know that you know this is precisely what AIPAC expects, and if that is what they intend to do, their next political campaign will be a complete exercise in futility.

Apr 06 10:50

GOOGLE-BACKED BITCOIN EXCHANGE BUTTERCOIN IS SHUTTING DOWN

Bitcoin exchange site Buttercoin is closing down, according to an announcement posted on the company’s site. In contrast to many cryptocurrency exchanges in the past that have closed down due to scams or heists, Buttercoin is ending services due to lack of funding. “We remain 100% secure & solvent with all customer funds accounted for,” the announcement said.




Apr 06 10:45

Rahm Emanuel: Symbol of a Sick America

It's people like Rahm Emanuel, the privatizer of Chicago and "strikingly corrupt mayor," who snub the needs of average people and manifest a persistent inequality that plagues America. This is just part of a sick America.

Apr 06 10:44

Thousands of Ukrainians Protest against the US Embassy. Media Blackout

The racist-fascist (or “nazi”) anti-Russian regime that the U.S. installed in a February 2014 coup does not permit protest (except from its small right: the few overt nazis demanding even more militancy); so, the only way that thousands of Ukrainians were safely able to express their loathing of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev on April 1st was by mooing as a non-verbal expression against the regime-controllers inside the compound, telling them, in effect, “We are not cattle.” However, at the end of the protest, someone managed to throw cow-dung at the compound.

Apr 06 10:42

Chris Hedges: Boycott, Divest and Sanction Corporations That Feed on

All attempts to reform mass incarceration through the traditional mechanisms of electoral politics, the courts and state and federal legislatures are useless. Corporations, which have turned mass incarceration into a huge revenue stream and which have unchecked political and economic power, have no intention of diminishing their profits.

Apr 06 10:39

Pet Owners Beware: Animal Control Agencies Killing Dogs Over Unpaid Fees

Keep a close eye on your dogs: animal control agencies across the US are hitting pet owners with large fines for small violations - and some are killing the pets of those who can't afford to pay up.

CNN Money posted a disturbing article titled Dogs Killed Over Unpaid Fines that exposes the atrocities:

In a number of cities across the country, animal control agencies are aggressively going after pet owners with big fines for small violations. Some hold people's pets until they settle their bills, even if it means they end up killed. Others leave the dogs alone but issue arrest warrants for owners who can't pay up.

Apr 06 10:27

Rupert Murdoch's US empire siphons $4.5 billion from Australian business virtually tax-free

Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the US has siphoned off $4.5 billion of cash and shares from his Australian media businesses in the past two years, virtually tax free.



Apr 06 10:19

'I'm dreaming of a white Easter ...'

The lyrics to Irving Berlin's famous Christmas carol might need to be adapted for this long winter.

This morning, Easter Sunday, a blanket of fresh snow 1 to 4 inches deep lay on the ground that had also been covered with snowfall the day before.



Apr 06 10:18

American cops just killed more people in March then the U.K. did in the entire 20th century

A new report by ThinkProgress.com unearthed disturbing figures when it came to the number of police-related deaths that occurred in America in the month

Apr 06 10:18

FBI UNCOVERS ANOTHER OF ITS OWN PLOTS, SENATOR FEINSTEIN RESPONDS BY SAYING WE SHOULD CENSOR THE INTERNET

As you may have heard, yesterday the FBI "uncovered" yet another of its own terrorist plots, the latest in a very long line of "terrorist plots" the FBI has "uncovered" -- in which the details always show that it was an undercover FBI "informant" (often doing this to get off leniently for some other issue), who more or less goads hapless, naive people, into a "plot" that had no real chance of ever happening. This appears to be the same sort of thing.

Still, politicians never leave an opportunity like this unexploited, and so in jumps Senator Dianne Feinstein, arguing that the only proper way to deal with this is to, of course... censor the internet:

I am particularly struck that the alleged bombers made use of online bombmaking guides like the Anarchist Cookbook and Inspire Magazine. These documents are not, in my view, protected by the First Amendment and should be removed from the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is a consistent insult to her constituency, and other than being in lockstep submission to her corporate masters, I am continually bemused that she keeps getting re-elected.

But Pelosi doesn't want to answer the hard question here, and that is: why do people become radicalized and disenchanted with their governments in the first place?!?

And first, let me get this out of the way: I am a Christian pacifist who would never, EVER advocate, or endorse, violence.

American politicians talk a good game, about loving democracy, freedom, and those values expressed in the Constitution and Bill of rights.

But when it comes to propping up tinpot dictators who are to its liking, the US government comes across as one of the most completely morally bankrupt and hypocritical governments in the world.

And when the inevitable disaster strikes, and we have regime change against those puppets, the pols in Sodom on the Potomac are at a complete loss to explain why those individuals overthrew their despots could have possibly been the least bit upset with the quality of government the Americans set up for them.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable." It is only a matter of time.

But those in the State Department, the White House, Congress, and the military don't like to talk about that, because it is all about protecting American corporate money, period, end of discussion.

A case in point: the current ruling junta in Thailand. The government of Thailand is a dictatorship, where there are zero freedoms for the Thai people, and no protections for its citizens. But a lot of American interests manufacture there, paying slave-labor wages, which American corporations love.

But of course, neither Nancy Pelosi nor anyone else in Congress want to connect the dots, because corporate wealth must be protected at all costs, and no one in Congress wants to take responsibility when people in places like Bahrain or Yemen want to get rid of their US-imposed leadership, as to why this is going on at all.

Apr 06 10:17

Wet Weather Hits Northern California On Easter, More On Tap This Week

Cold weather bringing rain and snow to Northern California is expected to linger through mid-week but do little to ease a drought gripping the state, forecasters said Sunday.



Apr 06 10:14

Heavy snow for Easter in southwest Sask.

People in the Cypress Hills area woke up to a white Easter.

A snowfall warning was issued Sunday morning for Cypress Hills where reports of up to 27 centimetres or 11 inches of snow fell in the provincial park.

That warning also stretches across the Assiniboia, Gravelbourg, Coronach, Shaunavon, Maple Creek and Val Marie regions.

Heavy snowfall continues in these areas. As of 11 a.m., 14 centimetres were reported in Rockglen.

Apr 06 10:13

Snow spoils Easter weekend in parts of Southwest

An intense band of snow had an impact on a narrow swath of Southwest Saskatchewan over the Easter long weekend, delivering a major spring snowfall in the Cypress Hills.

Apr 06 10:13

Kids Search through the Snow for Easter Eggs

Despite the cold, windy weather Sunday morning, dozens of kids were eager to find Easter eggs at Bolton Valley.

The search kicked off on Mighty Mite Hill at 9 a.m..

Hundreds of eggs filled with chocolate and other sweet treats were hidden in the snow, and for some families it was their very first Easter egg hunt.

Apr 06 10:13

‘White Easter’ greets Southern Tier; more snow possible

Those heading to Easter Sunday services found themselves walking in a winter wonderland.

And any eggs hidden outside were a little more concealed thanks to Mother Nature.

Half an inch of snow fell Sunday morning in Olean, according to a National Weather Service observer. Amounts of up to 2 . inches were reported in other parts of Western New York.

Could it be the last snow of the season?

Even with some warmer temperatures forecast for this week, don’t count out a few more flurries



Apr 06 10:11

Rain, Snow Showers Continue Into Easter Sunday Evening

After a sunny start to Easter Sunday, rain is expected to continue through the evening and overnight, with snow showers possible primarily in the northwest hills.

Rain began falling Sunday afternoon and should wrap up by the morning commute. After temperatures reached the low 50s inland during a breezy Sunday, it will dip into the mid-30s in the evening.

Some parts of the state saw snow showers in the afternoon including Avon, Simsbury and East Canaan and isolated snow showers are possible in the evening. Snow accumulation is not anticipated.

Apr 06 10:11

Afghan Mission accomplished: more heroin for the world

Jon Rappoport
Activist Post

The Guardian reports statistics on opium agriculture in Afghanistan:

“…the US counternarcotics mission in Afghanistan stands out: opiate production has climbed steadily over recent years to reach record-high levels last year.”

“Far from eradicating the deep-rooted opiate trade, US counternarcotics efforts have proven useless, according to a series of recent official inquiries. Other aspects of the billions that the US has poured into Afghanistan over the last 13 years of war have even contributed to the opium boom.” ...

Apr 06 10:10

Easter Sunday snow in Mt. Shasta area

It's snowing on Easter Sunday, and the National Weather Service forecasts 2 to 4 inches through late this evening, followed by possibly a foot or more from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

Apr 06 10:10

Some see snow for Easter, mostly cloudy skies for rest of West Michigan

Throw in some snow for Easter, and the annual egg hunt might have been a bit more difficult this morning.

Newaygo, Montcalm and Mecosta counties northward picked up some late-season snowfall early Sunday. A light batch developed during the overnight period, primarily targeting the northern half of West Michigan into the northern part of the lower peninsula.



Apr 06 10:09

Skiers, snowboarders enjoy Easter snow

Snow falling on Easter Sunday was a welcome sight to businesses and skiers in the Sierra.

Apr 06 10:09

Bavarian riders brave snow for traditional Easter parade

Local residents dressed in historical costumes ride through heavy snowfall to get blessing for men and beast at the traditional Georg (St. George) horse riding procession on Easter Monday in Traunstein, southern Germany, Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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Apr 06 10:03

Washington State Flies Chinese Flag at State Capitol – Patriots Come Out & Take It Down



Apr 06 10:01

Are they arming for riots across America? Homeland stockpiling “less lethal specialty munitions”

A new DHS purchase order raises an eyebrow or two, given the heated and divided political and social climate at hand.

Apr 06 09:56

New York judge rules that divorce papers can now be served through Facebook

A Brooklyn woman scored a judge’s approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook.

In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message.

Apr 06 09:44

MP: Christians are ‘mocked and belittled’ in Canada

Vancouver Island MP James Lunney believes that. He has resigned from the ruling Tory party as result of prime minister Stephen Harper’s knee-jerk pro-Jewish policies. He has decided to sit as an independent MP to speak more freely about his faith in Jesus Christ perspective instead of distorted Jesus’ message like the Christian Zionists.

Apr 06 09:42

The Full Letter Written by the FBI to Martin Luther King Has Been Revealed

Naturally, a man that utters such words and who also has a considerable following would not appeal to the thug in charge of the FBI at the time, J. Edgar Hoover. So what did Mr. Hoover do? He sent a letter to Dr. King, pretending to be a black person and implied that he should kill himself. None of this is news, but until the New York Times released it yesterday, copies of this letter had always been partly redacted. We now have the uncensored version. Here it is:



Apr 06 09:41

Lawsuit: Female attorney strapped up in court

The next day, MacDonald Shimota was summoned to Knutson’s courtroom for a hearing. During a break, several members of the Dakota, Minnesota, County sheriff’s office detained her, stripped her of her glasses, jewelry and shoes, and strapped her to a wheelchair, according to a lawsuit filed by MacDonald on March 25, 2015.

MacDonald Shimota then was wheeled back into court still strapped to the chair, where her notes and cell phone had been removed, and Knutson forced her to continue the proceedings while still restrained, the lawsuit continues.

After the proceedings were over, MacDonald Shimota was wheeled back into the holding area where, the lawsuit charges, the sheriff’s office engaged in seven of the internationally recognized forms of torture: sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, solitary confinement/isolation, temperature extremes, sensory bombardment and psychological techniques.

Apr 06 09:37

REASONABLE DOUBT IN THE TSARNAEV CASE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one image undermines the entire case against the Tsarnaev brothers. Reasonable doubt exists that they planted the bombs. That this evidence was never shown to a jury proves the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a show trial; a kangaroo court whose real purpose is to resell the official story to the public. Feel free to copy and share this image around social media!

Apr 06 09:35

Shining a Light on Corporate "Dark Money"

If 2014 was the “Year of Dark Money” in elections, then 2016 is likely to be the “Year of Way, Way More Dark Money” — that is, unless something big changes soon.

One of the most troubling aspects of the explosion of big money in politics in recent years is the rapid rise in spending by groups that aren’t required to disclose their donors.

Apr 06 09:27

The Two Most Dangerous Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners were initially designed to be sugar substitutes and a helpful tool for the battle against the bulge. Unfortunately, the state of obesity in the world has gotten worse, and artificial sweeteners are clearly not helping. You can find sugar substitutes in diet sodas, yogurt, and a host of other food products. These artificial sweetener additives mimic the flavor of sugar but offer no useful energy and may in fact be toxic.

Apr 06 09:25

Hyping a Proxy War in Yemen

It is an axiom in mainstream analyses of the Middle East that Sunni and Shii Muslims overwhelmingly operate in society based on their sectarian identity and not much else, regardless of their location (Iraq, Syria, Yemen), profession, tribal or regional affiliations, or other economic and political factors.

Apr 06 09:20

Flashback: FBI Ignores Men with Backpacks at Scene of Boston Bombings

The FBI has attempted to blacklist photos which show men working for a private military organization wearing heavy backpacks and appearing to take part in a drill at the Boston Marathon, instead focusing on two other individuals while proclaiming, “other photos will not be deemed credible.”

As Infowars has documented over the last two days, photos taken from the scene of the blast show numerous individuals wearing identical clothing while carrying heavy black backpacks, talking into cellphones and in one case placing one of the backpacks on the ground.

Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi was at the FBI press conference and attempted to get questions answered about bomb drills that eyewitnesses said were taking place on the morning of the marathon, but was ignored and subsequently confronted by two large men at the end of the conference.

Apr 06 09:12

Under Our Skin

A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are all in their head. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.

Apr 06 09:11

G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions Shift

As the proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is debated in coming weeks, President Obama will make his case to a Congress controlled by Republicans who are more fervently pro-Israel than ever, partly a result of ideology, but also a product of a surge in donations and campaign spending on their behalf by a small group of wealthy donors.

Apr 06 08:52

This Is Why The US Just Lost Its Superpower Status According To Larry Summers

This past month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system. True, there have been any number of periods of frustration for the US before, and times when American behaviour was hardly multilateralist, such as the 1971 Nixon shock, ending the convertibility of the dollar into gold. But I can think of no event since Bretton Woods comparable to the combination of China’s effort to establish a major new institution and the failure of the US to persuade dozens of its traditional allies, starting with Britain, to stay out of it.

Apr 06 08:51

How do Those in Power Stay in Control

In this video we break down in simple terms the only way “those in power” retain their power and stay in control.

https://youtu.be/gGKogwbO240

Apr 06 08:48

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)

Apr 06 08:47

THE BODIES PILE UP IN YEMEN'S CIVIL WAR AND SAUDI ARABIA'S BOMBING CAMPAIGN, BUT WHO IS COUNTING THE CASUALTIES?

Between 29 and 45 people were reported killed by an apparent air attack at the al Mazraq camp – some were said to have been burned beyond recognition. Depressingly, the victims also included children. Although the attack came shortly after Saudi Arabia had launched an aerial bombardment of Yemen, Yemen’s foreign minister, speaking from Riyadh, blamed artillery fired by the Houthi militia which stormed the country’s capital Sanaa late last year. A Saudi spokesman meanwhile said that rebels had been firing from a residential area in response to a question about the bombing.

Apr 06 08:45

Kenya: took hours to respond to attacks, despite advance warnings- Flashback Norway

Kenyan authorities had intelligence that a university in Garissa could be attacked, but after the alarm sounded during last week’s massacre, the country’s rapid response team was stuck in Nairobi for hours arranging for transport, a police source told CNN on Monday.

Waiting for hours to arrange for transportation......... think Norway

Apr 06 08:44

Israel Prepares Lobbying Strategy Against Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appearances on multiple American TV news programs on Sunday signaled the launch of what is expected to be a furious lobbying effort to scuttle or reshape a deal that he has criticized as "bad" and a threat to Israel's very existence. A document drawn up by experts in Netanyahu's office, obtained by The Associated Press, gives a glimpse of the arguments the Israeli leader is going to raise, targeting vague language in the system of inspections and its failure to address issues beyond the nuclear program.

Apr 06 08:44

Jobs report's bad news is bad news

The best part about Friday's complete stinker of a jobs report is that it came on Good Friday when the stock market was closed.

With any luck, by the time the market re-opens on Monday, the report of a stunningly-low 126,000 jobs created in March will be fully absorbed and diluted along with a weekend full of marshmallow bunnies, chocolate eggs and whatever other news might develop.

Otherwise, it's a safe bet the stock market would be in bit of a tizzy right now as investors try to adjust to any or all of the following questions:

Apr 06 08:43

Dictatorship Has Now Begun: Welcome To The Surreal

The dictatorship has already begun. There is no need to argue about that.

If the USSA military is running urban warfare "training exercises" in American cities, practicing the night-time round up of people at gunpoint, and practicing taking them away in helicopters and unmarked, windowless, white vans, under cover of darkness, then what more do you need to know? They are showing you to your face what they are getting ready to do.

If you watch a basketball team practicing basketball, you know they are practicing to play basketball. Right? It's obvious.

Apr 06 08:43

Guilty of Being Poor

When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong.

Apr 06 08:42

Ukraine’s Proposed “Legal Regime of Martial Law” Threatens to Intern Russian Citizens Living in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Poroshenko has submitted a bill to his country’s parliament allowing for the internment of Russian citizens living in Ukraine.

Russian citizens living in Ukraine can be interned in line with the bill on “The legal regime of martial law”, submitted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to his country’s parliament on Friday.

According to a memorandum to the bill, “measures on the legal regime of martial law include internment (forced settlement) of nationals of a foreign state which threatens to attack or carries out aggression against Ukraine.”

On January 27, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a bill recognizing Russia as an aggressor country.

Apr 06 08:42

FLASHBACK 2012 - Of Strategic Interest To NATO: The Militarization of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf

First Published in June 2012, this article confirms the nature of the Saudi-NATO relationship. Saudi Arabia is a NATO proxy force.

Apr 06 08:41

Russia to Ratify BRICS “Foreign Currency Reserve Pool”

Russia intends to become the first country among the BRICS group of the world’s five leading emerging economies to ratify an agreement on the group’s foreign currency reserve pool, Russian Foreign Ministry Ambassador-at-Large Vadim Lukov said on Friday.

“An agreement will be ratified soon on establishing a pool of foreign currency reserves. Russia will most likely be the first country to do this,” the Russian envoy said.

Apr 06 08:40

Ukrainian Economy Suffers 15% Drop in GDP in First 100 Days of 2015

The National Bank of Ukraine has projected an economic decline of 15 percent for the first quarter of 2015, Ukrainian media have reported, citing the bank's March report on inflation.

Apr 06 08:40

The Red Cross Gives Priority To The Issue Of The Missing Persons In Guatemala

More than 30,000 cases of disappearances during the civil war have not been clarified in Guatemala.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) leads to compensate the victims of the internal armed conflict last action in Guatemala, Notimex said the Chief of the delegation of ICRC for Mexico, Central America and Cuba, Juan Pedro Schaerer.

http://whatisusa.info/the-red-cross-gives-priority-to-the-issue-of-the...

Apr 06 08:40

Some 100,000 Munitions Handed Over to East Ukraine Authorities Over Week

Residents in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) handed over to local authorities over 50,000 units of weapons and an equal number of ammo over the past week, the LPR Interior Ministry's press office said Sunday.

This came after security authorities in the breakaway region in eastern Ukraine called on civilians to lay down arms by the April 5 deadline.

Apr 06 08:39

US Flexes Military Muscle to Get Rise Out of Russia for Ukraine Invasion

The war party in Washington is making every effort to lure Moscow into a direct invasion of Ukraine: American tanks rolling across Europe, US military maneuvers in Georgia and American troops landing in Ukraine is an all-out campaign by people who want a showdown with Russia, noted Stephen Cohen.

Apr 06 08:38

Antibiotic-resistant superbug has spread to majority of US states – CDC

The CDC found that 90 percent of cases of the shigellosis infection analyzed in Massachusetts, California, and Pennsylvania were resistant to ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the top shigellosis antibiotic in the US.

The agency found that the potent, Cipro-resistant strain was "repeatedly introduced as ill travelers returned and was then infecting other people in a series of outbreaks around the country." Many shigella strains in the US were already considered too advanced for other drugs, including ampicillin and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are the illegal immigrants one of the vectors for this disease to enter the US?

Apr 06 08:36

Saudi Invaders Keep Bombing Yemeni Civilians

The Saudi-led coalition continued to carry out intensive airstrikes overnight and during the day targeting civilian areas and villages near Sanaa.

Apr 06 08:36

TEPCO - No Technology Exists To Stop Fukushima Death

Anyone with a brain could have told you back in 2011 at the time of the Fukushima nuclear triple melt down that Tokyo Electric (Tepco) was lying about the true condition of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant No. 1 (“Dai-ichi”). Four years later, Tepco officials have finally admitted that it may not be technologically possible to decommission the plant.

Apr 06 08:35

Saudi Arabia, Egypt show discord over Syria

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with the region's complex and intertwined conflicts may stop there. The two countries' diverging interests were evident at the Arab summit over the weekend, particularly over the crises in Syria and Libya.

Apr 06 08:30

Turkey Bans Social Media Over Hostage Photos

As we noted more than a year ago: "...with the government in full out despotic mode, however one which would work in the 1970s but certainly not in an age of instant information exchange, further escalations of locking out internet provides will certainly accelerate until finally the information and entertainment starved country says enough." And with gross incompetence apparently to blame for the massive blackout that left half of the country without power last week, one has to lament the plight of Turkey's populace who, thanks to their government, are sometimes left in the dark, both figuratively and literally.

Apr 06 08:28

Great News! Labor Market Conditions Collapse Sends Stocks To Strongest Opening Rally Of 2015

We can't make this up. Following Friday's dismal payrolls, today's Fed Labor Market Conditions Index (the aggregate index of all Yellen's indicators) collapsed to its lowest in almost 3 years. That was just the news that stocks needed to complete the biggest opening rally of the year so far.

Apr 06 08:27

Global Black Hole of Currency Derivatives

Apr 06 08:23

SCAPEGOAT: Is Germanwings Pilot Andreas Lubitz Being ‘Framed’ for French Alps Crash?

The initial and main source of the current official narrative can be traced to what the western media refer to as “The French Proscecutor“, or Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin. At no time have the mainstream media ever questioned the veracity of Brice’s initial pre-investigation claims that sent the media following a very specific story line. In other words, before the bodies were cold, the case was already ‘solved’.

Apr 06 08:22

Outrage: GOP senators betraying voters with Loretta Lynch confirmation

A large number of Republican voters who went to the polls on Nov. 4, 2014, to send President Barack Obama a message by giving the GOP control of both the Senate and House of Representatives are in for a big disappointment. Instead of preventing a continuation of the politicized Department of Justice run by Attorney General Eric Holder, some Republican senators indicated they will vote for nominee Loretta Lynch as Holder's replacement, according to weekend news stories and Sunday morning news shows.

Apr 06 08:22

The Real Afghan War: How a Fantasy Conflict Created Disaster in Afghanistan

The sky clotted gray and the winds gusted cold as the men crowded into an old roadside gas station. It was daybreak in Band-i-Timor, early December 2001, and hundreds of turbaned farmers sat pensively, weighing the choice before them. They had once been the backbone of the Taliban's support; the movement had arisen not far from here, and many had sent their sons to fight on the front lines.

Apr 06 08:20

Ebola death reported in Sierra Leone region where epidemic originated

Ebola has struck again in the district where the epidemic originated in Sierra Leone, dashing hopes of a recovery after more than three months during which no cases had been reported.

The ministry of health and sanitation confirmed a case of the virus on Saturday in the eastern Kailahun district of the country. A nine-month-old boy was tested positive for Ebola after his death, authorities said.

Apr 06 08:20

Discussing Goliath: Life and Loathing In Greater Israel

On April 1st, 2015, Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University students hosted a panel discussion featuring author and journalist Max Blumenthal, former New York Times Middle East correspondent Chris Hedges, and Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan. Princeton Theological Seminary professor, Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor moderated the discussion, the theme and title of which are taken from Blumenthal’s book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

Apr 06 08:20

'Tokyo, We Have a Problem.' Bitcoin's Fatal Flaw?

The summary of Counselor Fogg's theory continues:

In fact, it's only if and when Tony Soprano publicly renounces his claim to the underlying bitcoin collateral he is owed that the bitcoins stand a chance of being treated as unencumbered. Until then, a hot potato claim risk exists for every future acquirer of Soprano's bitcoin.

Indeed, given the high volume of fraud and default in the bitcoin network, chances are most bitcoins have competing claims over them by now. Put another way, there are probably more people with legitimate claims over bitcoins than there are bitcoins. And if they can prove the trail, they can make a legal case for reclamation.

This could be a thorny problem. If you accept bitcoin in payment for something, how do you know that the person transferring it does not owe it to someone else?

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Short version: The bankers want control over bitcoin, despite its intended purpose of being a bankerless currency.

Apr 06 08:17

Israel's Crimes Against Humanity: When Occupation Becomes Apartheid

Israel’s military occupation and control of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza has gone on almost half a century, since it conquered those territories during the 1967 Six Day War. While many fear Israel will become an apartheid state unless it relinquishes all or most of these occupied territories, the evidence is overwhelming that Israel created an apartheid system and became an apartheid state at the end of the 1967 war, 48 years ago.

Apr 06 08:13

The IRS and Congress Both Hold Our Liberty in Contempt

This week the Justice Department announced it would not charge former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner with contempt of Congress. Some members of Congress requested that Lerner be charged with contempt after she refused to testify at a congressional hearing investigating her role in denying or delaying the applications for tax-exempt status of "tea party" and pro-limited government organizations.

Apr 06 08:12

Poland to build WATCHTOWERS along border with Russian exclave of Kaliningrad amid heightened tensions with Moscow

The towers, costing the Polish government £2.5million, will range from 115ft to 164ft and help monitor the 124mile long border between the two countries using CCTV.

Apr 06 08:12

Automakers Say You Don’t Really Own Your Car

Most of the automakers operating in the US filed opposition comments through trade associations, along with a couple of other vehicle manufacturers. They warn that owners with the freedom to inspect and modify code will be capable of violating a wide range of laws and harming themselves and others. They say you shouldn’t be allowed to repair your own car because you might not do it right. They say you shouldn’t be allowed to modify the code in your car because you might defraud a used car purchaser by changing the mileage. They say no one should be allowed to even look at the code without the manufacturer’s permission because letting the public learn how cars work could help malicious hackers, “third-party software developers” (the horror!), and competitors.

Apr 06 08:10

US, Saudis Target Internet Access in Yemen

In past wars of aggression, US have first targeted TV stations and radio communications bases, but in the 21st century, targeting internet access is essential in order to keep real information from circulating between the target nation and the outside world, but also between citizens attempting to coordinate inside the target nation.

Aden is the access point for one of only two submarine fiber optic cables which connect Yemen to the rest of the world. That cable which connects Yemen to the US AFRICOM-controlled client state of Djibouti across the Gulf of Aden in east Africa, home of one of the Pentagon’s largest off-shore military bases. It has gone dark for the last three days and counting. This would indicate direct interference or sabotage.

Apr 06 08:10

Record 93.2 million Americans now not in the labor force: The not in the labor force rebound added 277,000 Americans in March alone.

In the last year alone we have added 2.1 million Americans to the “not in the labor force” category. This mysterious category continues to grow and is having a field day with the employment data. It is hard to ignore this number because it represents a large portion of our population that is simply not counted in the labor force data. You have older Americans in this category but you also have a large number of people wanting work and simply not being able to find it. You also have many relenting and taking up work in the low wage segment of our economy. The unemployment rate would have you believe that this is a fantastic recovery but in March alone we added 277,000 to the not in the labor force category while only 126,000 jobs were created. It is becoming more apparent there will be a strain on the one-third of Americans supporting the other two-thirds.

Apr 06 08:09

Can We End the Privatization of Seeds?

For most of history, farmers have had control over their seeds: saving, sharing, and replanting them with freedom. Developments in the course of the 20th century, however, have greatly eroded this autonomy. Legal changes, ranging from the Plant Variety Protection Act (1970) in the United States to the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), have systematically eroded farmers’ rights to save seeds for future use.

Apr 06 08:07

Oregon man to Obama: 'Please come arrest me' for sending Edward Snowden bitcoin

An Oregon software programmer is publicly taunting President Obama to come arrest him after he openly defied an executive order that appears to prohibit Americans from supplying cyber-currency to Edward Snowden.

Kristopher Ives, who lives in Lafeyette, sent Snowden about 33 cents worth of bitcoin in defiance of the presidential order.

"It's not much but it's the principle of the matter," Ives wrote on the social networking and news site Reddit: "Please come arrest me. I live in Oregon and my name is Kristopher Ives and you can reach me at 503-383-1047."

Apr 06 08:06

Chelsea Manning and the Call of America’s Conscience

April 5th marked the five year anniversary of WikiLeaks publication of theCollateral Murder Video. The footage of a secret US military video depicted an Apache helicopter killing Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists.

Apr 06 08:05

Homeland Security is using the police to turn America into a giant surveillance state

"The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of 2015 Notices of Funding Opportunity for nine DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on implementation of an all-of-nation, whole-community approach to the building, sustainment, and delivery of those core capabilities essential to achieving a secure and resilient nation."

Apr 06 08:04

Benjamin Netanyahu vows to continue quest to derail Iran nuclear deal

Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue his campaign to derail the nuclear deal with Iran even as several leading Republicans suggested they were prepared to give the White House some breathing room to reach a final agreement.

While debate continued in the US, Mohammad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said his country “will be able to return” to its nuclear activities if the West does not honour its agreement to lift sanctions.

The Israeli prime minister has been a vociferous opponent of the talks with Tehran and urged the US Congress to step in and prevent President Barack Obama from making a deal that “endangers our survival”.

Apr 06 08:01

FBI halts terror plot dreamed up by the FBI, then claims victory against terrorism

The FBI and, indeed, the whole of the U.S. intelligence community, is under fire once more for fabricating "terrorist" attacks and then "thwarting" them before they take place, as a means of further empowering the surveillance state and power of the federal government.

According to NBC News, FBI agents have arrested an Ohio man who allegedly was attempting to set up an ISIS cell in the United States and planning an attack against the U.S. Capitol Building. However, U.S. officials also told NBC News that there was never any danger because the government set up the whole thing.

Apr 06 08:01

All the key dates in Greece's April debt drama

Apr 06 07:56

Who’s Playing “Hide and Cheat”?

Not surprisingly, the painfully negotiated pact was denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has repeatedly, and illegally, threatened Iran over its alleged desire to build an atomic bomb. But Obama’s rebuff of Netanyahu’s position was well deserved, given Israel’s record of stealing American military secrets and spying on private American talks with its allies.

If Iran had been guilty of such crimes, the American public would now be deaf from the outcry of the Republicans in Congress. Americans need to remember that Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American civilian naval intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in 1987 to selling classified information to Israel. At least 800 documents were snitched. Pollard, who became an Israeli citizen, sits in a U.S. prison today in Butner, N.C., serving a life sentence. Former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger said his espionage “would cause the greatest harm to our national security.”

Apr 06 07:55

Johns Hopkins Sued for $1 Billion Over Deliberate STD Infection Scheme

More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s in which subjects—including orphans, other children and mental patients, according to plaintiffs—were deliberately infected with venereal diseases without their consent. These experiments came to light in 2010.

Apr 06 07:55

Sen. Mark Kirk: Iranian Deal Puts Israel on 'Path to War'

The framework for the nuclear deal struck between the U.S. and other western countries "commits Israel on a path to war" with Tehran, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk told Politico Thursday following the announcement that a deal had been reached.

"There's nothing for Iranians to do but go at breakneck speed to a nuclear weapon," Kirk said.

"We're moving straight to forcing Israel to clean up this mess … when the West does nothing, Israel over and over has done something."

The U.S., Kirk added, "shouldn't force our best ally in the region to clean up the mess."

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Here's your rifle, Mark...

Apr 06 07:54

Kuwait’s top court upholds jail term of activist

Kuwait’s Supreme Court has upheld a two-year prison term handed down to opposition activist, Ayyad al-Harbi, for posting Twitter messages considered offensive to the ruler of the Persian Gulf country.

The Sunday ruling came as online activists strongly censured the sentence given to Harbi, a journalist in his 20s at the country’s Sabr news website who has remained in captivity since May 2014 following an appeals court ruling that upheld the original jail term.

The journalist’s online supporters further argued that he had only re-posted on Twitter a verse written by Iraqi poet Ahmad Matar in which he slammed corrupt Arab dictators.

Apr 06 07:54

U.S. Senator: Iran Nuclear Deal Does Not Threaten Israel

A nuclear framework agreement reached between world powers and Iran does not threaten the survival of Israel, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday.

Feinstein, a leading Democratic voice on foreign affairs as vice chairman of the Senate select committee on intelligence, was responding to comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizing the deal.

Apr 06 07:53

US State Department Issues Travel Warning For Yemen But Will Not Conduct A Government-Led Evacuation Of Americans

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Yemen on Friday, citing a "high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities and civil unrest." The warning urges U.S. citizens to defer any travel to Yemen and asks Americans currently living in the country "to depart when you are safely able to do so." The warning comes at a time when the country is further descending into chaos amid a civil war and is facing Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes aimed at Houthi rebels who seized control of the government in February.

Apr 06 07:53

StuckInYemen.com: website offers help to Yemeni Americans trapped by war

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (ALC) created StuckInYemen.com as part of a campaign to highlight the plight of Yemeni Americans who fear they have been abandoned by their own government.

Apr 06 07:53

Making Things That Matter With Open Source Technology

by Brian Berletic

Makers around the world have created innumerable interesting and fun projects. While fewer in number, projects that have had, or potentially have a significant social impact, have also come from maker communities around the globe.

Make no mistake, though, playing with technology has a social impact all of its own. It is fun, but it also teaches and inspires. It invites people in who might otherwise shy away from working directly with technology, and give them an immediately satisfying and fun experience they will seek to replicate through a growing involvement with making.

But what of projects that directly make a positive social impact?...

Apr 06 07:50

Obama says a weakened Israel would be 'failure' of his presidency

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has said that a weakened Israel would be a "fundamental failure of my presidency," affirming solidarity with the long-time ally despite recent differences over the Iran nuclear deal.
Note: It would be a great success. (Will Obama and politicians ever
quite kissing Israel's donkey!

Apr 06 07:48

Guaranteed Financial Security Is a Fantasy

Apr 06 07:46

Netanyahu in US media blitz against Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a frontal propaganda attack on US President Barack Obama yesterday on the major US television networks, in an effort to counter the White House's aggressive sales campaign on behalf of the framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program reached last week, aimed at legislators on Capitol Hill and at the US public at large.

Obama and his aides have been using the Easter weekend to speak to senators and representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties in an attempt to persuade them that the proposed agreement with Iran is the most effective way of blocking Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. For Netanyahu, the most important target audience is Democratic legislators torn between their loyalty to Obama and their traditional support for Israel. In the end, it is the Democratic legislators who will decide whether the Senate will be able to override a presidential veto on legislation designed to overturn the deal with Iran.

Apr 06 07:45

Abbas threatens to take frozen tax money case to ICC

Palestinian Authority (PA) chief, Mahmoud Abbas, has threatened to resort to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the Israeli regime's refusal to entirely release hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues owed to the PA.

Apr 06 07:44

Israel intentionally shelled UN troops in Lebanon: Report

A new report has revealed that Israel forces intentionally shelled a United Nations watchtower in southern Lebanon, which left a Spanish peacekeeper dead back in January.

The El Pais newspaper article published on Sunday cited extracts from a confidential Spanish military report on the incident, saying the Israeli forces corrected the trajectory of the artillery fire to hit the UN post. Thirty-six-year-old corporal Javier Soria Toledo was killed in the attack.

Apr 06 07:43

Prove You’re Not a Terrorist

In a report issued by a U.S. government-funded research group tasked with studying drug abuse and addiction, researchers are admitting that marijuana is useful in killing off specific types of brain tumors.

The report — coming from a government-backed group with annual budget of over $1 billion — arrives at an awkward time for the administration following an announcement by the Department of Justice this week that it will continue to prosecute medical marjiuana cases against individuals in defiance of Congress.

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